Aug 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Tied, 1-1
(Suspended, Rain)
vs. Rochester,
4:05 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Laffey (12-4, 3.35) and
Hill (10-6, 2.96) vs.
TBD and
Gilmartin (2-4, 4.36)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-7, 6.49) vs.
Bleich (4-5, 3.51)
Potomac Cancelled vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.43) vs.
Vader (2-4, 5.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-6 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 33.75) vs.
Mendez (2-0, 1.17)
Auburn Lost, 14-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Ander. Martinez (1-2, 4.40) vs.
Pinto (1-3, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-5 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0;
Won, 4-1
vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
M. Pena (1-1, 5.46) vs.
Peralta (0-4, 3.12)


Syracuse 1 Rochester 1
Rain halted this after one inning. They’ll pick it up this afternoon at 4:05, then play a second, seven-inning game 45 minutes afterwards.

Portland 1 Harrisburg 0
• Espino 8IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 11K
• Self (L, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Vettleson 2-3
• Ramsey 2-4
• 0-1, RISP; 3 LOB

Paolo Espino turned in his best outing of the season, but the rest of his teammates turned in one of their worst in Harrisburg’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Ric Flair was whipping the home crowd into a frenzy with his “WOOOOOO!” as Espino struck out 11, including four straight starting off the 3rd. Harrisburg won the hit column 5-3, but lost the game 1-0 when Espino was removed after eight innings for Derek Self. Mr. Self immediately gave up a leadoff homer to Mike Miller, and the Senators dismal 2014 season continued when they were retired 1-2-3 in the home 9th by winner Mike McCarthy in his second inning of work.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — CNCLD
The series finale — and the final regular-season game — between Potomac and Lynchburg was canceled when the grounds were deemed unplayable following a thunderstorm. Combined with a Blue Rocks loss, the P-Nats magic number was reduced to eight games with 13 games left on the schedule (67+1 – 32W – 28L).

Greensboro 14 Hagerstown 6
• Suero 7IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 5-6) 1+ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Napoli (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Souza 1-2, BB, SB <-- on rehab assignment; expected to join Potomac tonight

Greensboro scored nine runs off Hagerstown in the 9th inning to complete a 14-6 comeback at Municipal Stadium. The game was a back-and-forth affair for the first eight innings, with the Suns leading 6-5 entering the final frame. After getting two quick outs, David Napoli allowed the next nine Greensboro batters to reach base – six on hits, four on walks and hitting one batter, resulting in nine runs for the Grasshoppers. Seven Hagerstown batters had at least one hit during the game, with Wilmer Difo leading the offense. He was 4-5, with 2 runs scored and a triple. Hagerstown now holds a two-game advantage over Greensboro in the SAL Northern Division standings with ten games remaining in the regular season. Tonight, they begin a three-game set against third-place (five games behind) Hickory in North Carolina.

State College 14 Auburn 3
• Van Orden 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• D. Williams (L, 1-3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Davidson 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz, 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Auburn bullpen gave up a combined 13 runs in two innings to State College as the Spikes crushed the Doubledays 14-3. After Auburn starter Drew Van Orden pitched five innings of one-run baseball, things started to unravel as Deion Williams allowed all five batters that he faced to reach base and four of them came around to score. The Spikes then added on three more runs in the frame before being retired. State College then collected six more runs, on seven hits and two walks, in the 7th off of David Ramos to complete the rout. Despite getting 11 hits, Auburn was only able to manage 3 runs, all in the first four innings. They were led by Austin Davidson, who was 3-4 with two RBIs and a double. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was also a top contributor, going 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 5
• Mills 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mancini (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Reetz 2-4, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, BB

The G-Nats dug themselves out of a 5-0 hole with a run in the 6th and a four-run 7th, but couldn’t answer the G-Mets single run in the 8th to drop a 6-5 decision and lose their fourth straight. McKenzie Mills and Yorlin Reynoso were touched for three runs and two runs respectively over three innings apiece. Domenick Mancini saw a one-out hit batsman turn into a two-out run as an infield single plated the gamewinner. Kelvin Gutierrez reached base three times with two singles and a walk as the G-Nats notched eight hits and drew three walks for the afternoon.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Cardinals 0 — GAME ONE
• Lopez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Diaz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Y. Ramirez (W, 3-0) 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mota 2-3, CS
• Peguero 1-3
• Andr. Martinez 1-4, R, 2B

Yonathan Ramirez picked up where his teammates left off and completed the no-hitter with four scoreless innings as the D-Nats edged the D-Cards, 1-0. Andres Martinez scored the lone run in prototypical DSL fashion, leading off the 7th with a double, taking third on a wild pitch, then scoring two batters later on another wild pitch. The D-Nats were held to just four hits and two walks total, with Israel Mota the sole batter to reach base twice.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1 — GAME TWO
• Bermudez (W, 5-5) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Vargas (SV, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• Agustin 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI,
• Pilier 1-3, RBI

The D-Cards finally broke through in the top of the 1st of the second game but then were shut down again as the D-Nats completed the de facto doubleheader sweep with a 4-1 win. Juan Bermudez evened up the won-loss record with five innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning four. Miguel Vargas tossed two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save. Telmito Agustin doubled, tripled, and scored twice to lead the D-Nats attack.

Aug 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-2 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Lively (3-2, 3.91) vs.
Johnson (9-7, 3.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (6-4, 4.07) vs.
Rodriguez (5-7, 4.14)
Potomac Won, 8-1;
Won, 3-0
@ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-2, 4.00) vs.
Scarpetta (3-6, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-1, 2.14) vs.
Garcia (9-5, 4.69)
Auburn Won, 5-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Gomber (0-2, 2.79)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-6 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals 0-0 after 5 inn.
(Suspended, Rain)
@/vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m. (COMP. DH)
Bermudez (4-5, 2.10) vs.
Fernandez (0-5, 5.79)


Syracuse 11 Rochester 2
• Cole (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Perez 2-2, R, 2B, RBI <-- was hit by throw returning to 2B after RBI double, lifted for PR one batter later
• Schierholtz 3-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Syracuse scored early and often in a dominant 11-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New Chief Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer off RailRiders starter and loser Bryan Mitchell, scoring Emmanuel Burriss and Eury Perez before a single out was recorded. The rout continued with a Perez RBI double in the 3rd, scoring Burriss. Pinch-runner Jose Lozada would later score on a Tyler Moore sacrifice fly. Armed with a 5-0 lead, starter and winner A.J. Cole gave up a solo home run to lead off the 5th. Scranton’s Taylor Dugas walked with one out, advanced to third on a single by Carmen Angelini that was deflected by Will Rhymes and later scored on a sacrifice fly. Only Will Rhymes will want to delete this game from his laptop; every other Chief managed either a hit or an RBI. Fine bullpen work was turned in by Matt Grace and Ryan Mattheus, who bounced back from some tough outings with a perfect 9th.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 3
• Rivero 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Bates (BS, 1; L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-4

The Harrisburg Senators continued their losing ways with a 5-3 loss last night to the Portland Sea Dogs. Colin Bates blew a 1-0 lead in the top of the 6th on some small ball by Portland, including a sacrifice bunt to send Hunter Menesis to second and an RBI single by Ryan Dent to send him home. Following a two-run homer by Kevin Keyes that scored Cutter Dykstra in the bottom of the 6th, Bates gave up a two-RBI-double to Carson Blair in the next frame before he was asked to intentionally walk Stefan Welch. Meneses then singled off of new pitcher Tyler Herron to load up the bases before Harrisburg escaped with only minor damage on a sacrifice fly double play that scored Carson Blair but ended the inning with an 8-3-5-4 gundown of Welch at third. Robert Benincasa allowed Carson Blair to hit an insurance home run in the ninth.

Potomac 8 Lynchburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Bacus (W, 5-6) 6⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Oduber 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Randolph Oduber grooved a two-run shot in the 1st, Isaac Ballou delivered the Earl Weaver special in the 2nd to give Potomac a 5-0 lead as they cruised to an 8-1 win in the opener. Dakota Bacus pitched into the 7th but couldn’t get the complete game shutout as Lynchburg got their only run after former National farmhand Justin Bloxom led off the 7th with a double and came around to score on another double by Will Skinner. Cody Davis took over from there and got the final two outs to finish the game.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Encarnacion (W, 3-4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pleffner 3-4, 2-2B, RBI, CS
• Miller 2-3, R, RBI

With a 3-0 shutout in the nightcap, the Hillcats are Sniff’n’the Tears with their seventh straight loss while the P-Nats are in the driver’s seat with their sixth straight win. A resurgent Kylin Turnbull (2-0, 0.79 in August) spun four scoreless innings to start while Pedro Encarnacion completed the shutout with three blank frames to finish and earn his third win for Potomac. Shawn Pleffner singled once and doubled twice but saw his streak of eight straight steals snapped when Tyler Tewell caught him trying to steal third in the 3rd.
The twin losses dropped Lynchburg into third place while Wilmington won again to assume second place, trailing Potomac by 4½ games (five in the loss column). The Blue Rocks host the P-Nats next week for five games next Tuesday through Friday.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 2
• Pivetta (W, 13-8) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Thomas (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K,
• Dent 2-4, R, CS
• Bautista 2-5, R, SB, OF assist at HP
• Mesa 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB, HBP

Hagerstown pounced on the first Greensboro reliever for three runs in the 5th, added two more in the 6th and held on for 5-2 win. Nick Pivetta kept his one-game lead over A.J. Cole for the most wins in the Nats minors at 13. He gave up both Grasshopper runs on a two-run shot in the 7th, his fifth hit allowed over six and 2/3rds innings to go with one walk and five K’s. Leadoff man Rafael Bautista singled twice, stole his 66th base, and gunned down a runner at the plate in the 6th to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.
Hagerstown now leads the Sally North by three games. Their magic number to clinch is nine with eleven games left to play.

Auburn 5 State College 4
• Bourque (W, 2-5) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, 2WP
• Feliz 1⅔ (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Langlois 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Page 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Just four of 15 hits racked up by the Spikes made it home as the Doubledays staved off elimination with a 5-4 victory. James Bourque earned his second win with five innings of two-run ball, though he put on ten baserunners with six hits and four walks. John Feliz and Connor Bach both earned holds while Tyler Mapes earned his fourth save Chad Cordero-style by loading up the bases with three straight two-out singles in the 9th before getting third out on a flyball. Brian Langlois accounted for half of Auburn’s eight total bases with two singles and a double as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 6
• Baez (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K
• Jauss 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Reetz 3-4, R, 2RBI, SF, SB
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB

The G-Marlins got five in the 1st and two in the 6th to build a 7-3 lead, holding off a late charge by the G-Nats for 9-6 win and hand
the Washington mainland rookie team their third straight loss. Joan Baez took the loss, charged with those first five runs, which were unearned thanks to three errors committed on the first four balls put in play. He finished with three hits allowed, one walk issued, and one strikeout over three innings. Eighteen-year-old Jakson Reetz led the offense with a 3-for-4 effort, including a run scored, two RBI, and a stolen base.

DSL Nationals 0 DSL Cardinals 0 — SUSP. (5 inn.)
• Lopez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Diaz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mota 2-2 IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Peguero 1-2

The rain halted a combined no-hit bid by the D-Nats after five innigs, the score remaining as it was when the game begun at 0-0. Presumably they’ll complete this, then play seven innings today.
Roster move: P Aaron Diaz assigned from Washington.

Aug 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (5-0, 3.29) vs.
Mitchell (4-1, 2.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (1-6, 6.11) vs.
Haley (0-2, 0.98)
Potomac Won, 3-2;
Postponed
@ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Bacus (4-6, 4.65) and
Turnbull (2-3, 5.54) vs.
Parsons (4-5, 4.52) and
Sims (7-9, 4.36)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-8, 4.28) vs.
Wertenberger (1-1, 4.30)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-5, 4.50) vs.
Perez (5-1, 3.52)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (2-3, 2.30) vs.
Alcantara (1-8, 3.73)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 5
• Poveda 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Martin (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Dobbs 3-4, R
• E. Perez 2-4, R, BB, SB(20)
• Leon 2-4, R, RBI

The RailRiders drove a train through Rafael Martin’s perfect ERA in their 6-5 walkoff win over the Chiefs. In the 1st, Syracuse starter Omar Poveda allowed three straight singles before Sandy Leon’s crucial passed ball allowed Scranton to take a 2-0 lead. Jose “My Way” Pirela hit a solo shot to lead off the 3rd before the Chiefs responded with two runs in the 5th on three straight singles of their own and a Will “Skills” Rhymes sacrifice fly to foul territory in left. Three straight singles in the 6th resulted in Destin Hood scoring the tying run in his second game back from the DL. Tyler “WaPo’s 26th Man” Moore hit a two-run blast that scored Eury Perez to give Syracuse the 5-3 lead they would need to win. Sadly, the clock struck midnight for Rafael “Beer League” Martin. He loaded the bases on a walk, a single, and a walk before Jose “My Way” Pirela sent the Scranton fans into a delirious celebration with a bases-clearing triple to give Syracuse a deflating loss.
Roster moves: RHPs Omar Poveda, Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg; C Jeff Howell placed the 7-Day DL; RHP Scott McGregor placed on the 3-Day TIL; OF Nate Schierholtz assigned from Washington.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Voth 3+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Holland (L, 6-3) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Martinson 4-4, R, HR, 4RBI, SB, CS
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

Jason Martinson tried to legislate a win for the cratering Harrisburg Senators in their 5-4 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Mr. Martinson clobbered a first-inning grand slam to right field and invited Cutter “Future Soprano” Dykstra, Matt “So Phat” Skole and Kevin “Special K’s” Keyes to join his committee at home plate and celebrate Harrisburg’s 4-1 lead. Starter Austin Voth later gave up a two-run homer to Stefan “Grapes” Welch in the 4th and was pulled for Paul Demny without recording an out. Demny gave up a solo shot to Carson “Me-Jay” Daly that tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the 6th. Keury “Gives You The Blues” De La Cruz hit a solo shot off Neil Holland in the 8th inning to give Portland the eventual 5-4 victory. Ric Flair wants you to know that Holland can wrestle for him any day of the week because he did strike out three Sea Dogs and hit the next batter after he gave up the home run.
Roster move: RHP Austin Voth activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Henke (W, 4-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mendez 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• McQuillan 1-1, 3B, 2RBI
• Wooten 1-3, R, 2B

The P-Nats used a three-run 5th inning to extend their winning streak to four games, as they bested the Hillcats, 3-2, in the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader. After Lynchburg put up a run in the 1st inning, John Wooten and Khayyan Norfork led off the 5th with back-to-back hits, with Wooten scoring on a fielder’s choice by Estarlin Martinez. Mike McQuillan then put Potomac ahead for good with a two-RBI triple to right field. After Lynchburg scored a run in the 6th off winning pitcher Travis Henke, Gilberto Mendez shut down the Hillcats for his 12th save of the season.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — GAME TWO, PPD
Potomac can’t seem to escape the rain as the second game of Tuesday night’s twinbill against Lynchburg was postponed. The P-Nats and Hillcats will now play a doubleheader today starting at 6:05 p.m.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 0
• Lopez (W, 3-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mesa 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, CS
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Kieboom 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Twenty-year-old Dominican Reynaldo Lopez and 25-year-old Cuban Manny Rodriguez joined forces to twirl a 5-0 victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers for the Hagerstown Suns. Reynaldo Lopez kept first baseman Carlos Lopez busy with five groundouts to his infielders before Felix “Not Frankie” Munoz flied out to end the 2nd. Chris “I’m On First” Hoo singled to lead off the 3rd and break up the perfect game. Hoo would not make it home, however, because he was stranded at third when J.T. Riddle struck out. When wild Jose Adames plunked Rafael Batista in the bottom of the frame, Hagerstown retaliated with four runs on a Naricso Mesa triple, a Spencer “I Drop The” Kieboom double, and Drew Ward’s two-run homer to take a 4-0 lead. Following a Hagerstown unearned run in the fifth, Manny Rodriguez cruised to his first save for the Suns with three innings of one-hit ball.
Roster move: RHP Manny Rodriguez reassigned from Auburn; LHP Joseph Webb placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn — ALL STAR BREAK
The North All-Stars and the South All-Stars played to 1-1, nine-inning tie before a reported crowd of 7,230 (thus, the Cyclone owners were the winners ;-). Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz got the start at first base and went 1-for-2. Mario Sanchez got the last out of the game, retiring the only batter he faced.

GCL Marlins 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Costa (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP, WP
• Reyes 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Tillero 2-4
• Guzman 1-3, R, BB

The G-Marlins picked up where they left off on Monday afternoon, scoring three in the 1st and cruising to a 5-2 decision. John Costa, who missed 2013 with TJ surgery after being drafted in the 13th Rd., retired just one of four batters faced and was charged with the loss. Jorge Tillero was the sole batter to notch multiple hits as the G-Nats collected eight total, but were an abysmal 2-for-14 with RISP.
Roster move: LHP Brandon Sisk reassigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mariners 6
• W. Pena 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Morel (BS, 2; W, 3-1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• A. Martinez 4-5, RBI
• Agustin 3-5, R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI, CS
• Rengel 1-3, 2R, 2BB, CS

The D-Nats hit the 40-win mark for the first since 2008 with a 7-6 win over the D-Mariners. Wilber Pena got the start and let in one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five. He left with a 5-1 lead but the prosperity was too much for Miguel Vargas as he failed to retire a batter in the 8th as the D-Mariners took a 6-5 lead with a four-run rally. Andres Martinez’s fourth hit was the gamewinner, a two-run single that capped off a sloppy ninth inning that saw two errors, a walk, a wild pitch, and a runner thrown out at third with no outs. Melvin Morel got the benefit of the battle of who could play worse as he earned his third win despite blowing the save.

Aug 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Nuding (3-5, 5.89)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (1-2, 3.52) vs.
Diaz (3-3, 4.01)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-1, 5.09) and
Turnbull (2-3, 5.54) vs.
Parsons (4-5, 4.52) and
Watts (2-4, 5.29)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-1, 1.76) vs.
Adames (1-1, 2.90)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-2 @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (4-4, 2.78) vs.
Asencio (3-4, 3.58)


Rochester 6 Syracuse 2
• McGregor (L, 1-1) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Mattheus 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Perez 1-3, BB

Sandy Leon’s two-run shot in the 8th highlighted an otherwise flaccid night for the Chiefs, as the RedWings tripled them up 6-2. Scott McGregor took the loss with three runs given up on six hits and three walks. Leon and Eury Perez both went 1-for-3 while Destin Hood singled in four trips to the plate to account for the three (3) Syracuse hits.
Roster moves: RHPs Aaron Barrett, Blake Treinen placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Destin Hood activated from 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
Going for .400 sounds like a great goal for a batting average but as a team winning percentage? Not so good. With last place all but assured, avoiding the worst finish since 2007 (55-86) will require the Seantors to get seven wins over the next two weeks; breaking .400 will require eight.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The quest to win both halves for the second straight season begins tonight with a doubleheader in Lynchburg. For the scoreboard watchers, red-hot Salem plays the “other Salem” while third-place Wilmington takes on Myrtle Beach. The Red Sox have not lost since they left Woodbridge (eight straight) and trail the Pelicans by just a game in the second-half race, however, their series against the Dash can effectively clinch a playoff spot by knocking the Hyphens too far back to catch either Myrtle Beach or Salem.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Grasshoppers are in town for three games, giving the Suns a chance to extend their one-game lead in the Northern Division and prevent a double-half win. Third-place Hickory is lying in wait, thus this is Hagerstown’s best chance to take care of business.

Auburn — ALL STAR BREAK
Tonight is the New-York Penn League’s All-Star Game, to be held in Brooklyn. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Mario Sanchez will represent Auburn.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 2
• Yrizarri 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Salazar (L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Guzman 2-4, BB, OF assist at 2B
• Reetz 1-4, R, BB

The G-Marlins broke a 2-2 deadlock with a four-run 11th to win 6-2. Deibi Yrizarri started and let in one unearned run on three hits and a walk. The loss went to Melvi Salazar, as he was torched for all four G-Marlins runs in the final frame. Luis Guzman led the G-Nats offense with two singles and a walk.

DSL Mariners 4 DSL Nationals 2
• Rosario 4IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Y. Garcia (BS, 1: L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Peguero 2-4, R
• Je. Baez 3-4

The D-Mariners scored three unanswered runs over their last two “ups” to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win. Ramses Rosario gave up just an unearned run on four hits and no walks but the decision went to Yordani Garcia, who was also charged with unearned runs, tow of them, to suffer the blown-save-loss. Jeyner Baez and Francys Pegeuro combined for five of the nine D-Nats hits.

Aug 182014
 

Ian DicksonAfter eight innings of one-hit, shutout ball thrown on Saturday, it should come as no surprise that Ian Dickson’s masterpiece would garner him the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of August 11-17.

Dickson tied his season-high of eight strikeouts (third time) while setting a career-long for innings pitched, which is particularly interesting for a guy who’s spent both this season and last alternating between starting and middle-to-long relief.

Since returning to the rotation in late July, Dickson is 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA and a WHIP of 1.23 over four starts, which is in line with his the resurgence he’s had since the C.L. All-Star break (6.25 ERA before, 3.12 ERA after).

Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 35th Rd. of the 2011 Draft, Dickson was acquired in June 2013 when the Chicago Cubs became the latest organization to attempt to turn right-handed thrower Henry Rodriguez into a pitcher after the Nationals gave up. He spent the remainder of the 2013 season with Low-A Hagerstown where he compiled a 5-3, 4.39/3.72/1.25 line in 16 appearances (10 starts), earning him a spot on the 2014 Watchlist as a “Notable Arm.”

Aug 182014
 

If Potomac clinches both halves, the proper thing to do is to send a “Thank You” to Carolina.

That’s because the Mudcats lost to the P-Nats for the ninth straight time on Sunday night by a 7-6 score. Combined with yet another loss by the Hillcats, Potomac now leads the Northern Division by three games with two weeks left to go.

By no means of course, has it been easy. All three games this weekend were one-run decisions, which even Harold Reynolds could tell you means that just one break or play that had gone other way could have reversed the outcome.

Early on, it certainly looked like Carolina was about to get some semblance of payback — overall, it’s been 15 of 19 games won by
Potomac — as they jumped on Matt Swynenberg for three runs in the 1st on a single-triple-double-error sequence with two outs.

Following a 1-2-3 bottom of the 1st, the Mudcats loaded the bases in the top of the 2nd with a single and two walks before hitting a long flyball to deep center that Isaac Ballou ran down for the third out.

Potomac went in order again in the 2nd, but got things going in the bottom of the 3rd. IF Khayyan Norfork caught his counterpart at 3B napping with a perfectly placed bunt for the first P-Nat baserunner. Brandon Miller and Pedro Severino both walked to get the bases tipsy.

After a nifty snag of a popup by the Mudcat dugout, Tony Renda steered one into right for a 1-0 score. Carolina got pinch-hitter Estarlin Martinez (no word on why Pleffner was lifted) to strike out, Randolph Oduber got the Homer Simpson RBI with a HBP, then Stephen Perez laced one into right-center for a two-run single and a 4-3 P-Nats lead.

Swynenberg worked through the 4th, retiring the last seven batters for an uneven performance of three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks. Potomac added one more in the 4th, two more in the 5th to open up a 7-3 lead.

The game seemed in hand when Bryan Harper took the hill in the 9th — following two and 2/3rds scoreless relief from Cody Davis, who got the win — having retired three of four batters faced by way of the K, beginning with a whiff that stranded two in the 7th.

Give credit to the Mudcats, as they loaded the bases with two singles and a walk to chase Harper, then unloaded them against Jake Walsh with a walk and a single before Walsh got his bearings and retired the next three batters for the save, his first at High-A.

It’s their last scheduled off day today before Potomac begins a stretch of 17 games in 14 days — all against the rest of the Northern Division. They’re in the driver’s seat, though, leading Lynchburg by five in the loss column with four games left (this Tuesday through Thursday), Wimington by five with five games left (next Tuesday through Friday), and Frederick by seven with eight games left.

Aug 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 (10 inn.);
Won, 7-3
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (1-0, 3.46) vs.
Pino (9-2, 2.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 7-6 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 9-0 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-1;
Lost, 7-4
ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (3-3, 3.56) vs.
Edw. Martinez (1-1, 2.13)


Syracuse 5 Rochester 2 (10 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Hill 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grace (W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Martin (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Laird 2-4, BB, RBI
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI, 2BB

Syracuse outlasted Rochester 5-2 in a ten-inning opening to a doubleheader sweep. Emmanuel “I’m No Webster” Burriss started off the proceedings with a leadoff homer. After the RedWings tied it up in the 2nd, Tyler “Dare you to call me Mary!” Moore gave the lead back to the Chiefs with a solo blast of his own. ‘Cuse starter Taylor Hill had to settle for a no-decision when he gave up a homer to Chris “Back, back, back!” Herrmann. Daniel Stange, Xavier “Y-Man” Cedeno, and Aaron Barrett held down Rochester before winner Matt “Savin” Grace entered to pitch one and a 1/3rd perfect innings. In the top of the 10th, the Chiefs poured three runs of offense onto loser Mark Hamburger who was “well-done” in by an Emmanuel Burriss single that scored Sandy Leon and Josh Johnson with the help of a missed catch error by catcher Dan “ROFL” Rohlfing at the plate. Rafael Martin still has yet to allow an earned run for Syracuse and recorded his seventh save with a scoreless 10th.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 3 — GAME TWO
• Laffey 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Lively (W, 3-2) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Leon 1-3, HR, 4RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, 2B, BB

Syracuse quickly dismissed the demoralized Red Wings 7-3 in game two. The Chiefs jumped out to a six-run cushion in the 1st inning when they sent nine men to the plate. Eury Perez singled in Emmanuel Burriss, and Josh Johnson accepted a generous two-out bases loaded walk before Sandy Leon put this one away with a grand slam. Rochester did edge closer with a picket fence of single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, but Eury Perez tacked on an insurance run with a bases-loaded single. Laffey was pulled after laboring through 80 pitches in three innings so Mitch “Steppin’” Lively earned the win with two innings of one-run ball. Manny “No Harmin’” Delcarmen finished matters with a scoreless 6th and 7th.

New Britain 7 Harrisburg 2
• Kroenke (L, 2-7) 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Bates 2IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Leonida 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Sanchez 1-4, 2B

Following yesterday’s “March to the Scaffold”, the Senators played a “Requiem” of a game in their 7-2 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats. All starter and loser Zach Kroenke gave up in five innings was an Eddie “Not Easy To You” Rosario two-run homer in the 3rd inning. A five-run bullpen implosion by Colin Bates in the 7th turned this one into a laugher. He had help by a fielding error by Jason Martinson, but Bates alone is responsible for the three-run triple he gave up to Corey Wimberly with one out. Four of Harrisburg’s five hits were doubles, though Harrisburg’s two cosmetic runs in the 8th were unearned due to an error from third basemen Stephen “Through The” Wickens.

Potomac 7 Carolina 6
• Swynenberg 4IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Davis (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Renda 2-5, R, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, SB
• Miller 1-2, R, 2BB

The P-Nats completed their third straight sweep of the Mudcats Last Night In Woodbridge

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 0
• Ott 1⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, HBP
• Lee 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 2-3
• Middleton 2-3

Travis Ott was rudely introduced to the South Atlantic League by the Lakewood Blue Claws. Mr. Ott escaped harm in the 1st after the first two batters reached on a single and a walk when he induced an inning-ending double play by Zach “Not So Mean!” Green. Lakewood sent 13 men to the plate in the 2nd. Ott allowed two singles, a hit by pitch, a sac fly, another single, and a double before Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson mercifully called on Ryan Ullmann for bullpen assistance. Ullman gave up three runs of his own, although only one of them was earned thanks to an error by shortstop Wilmer Difo. The closest Hagerstown came to scoring were men on first and third with two outs in the 6th before Drew Ward flied out to Larry “On the Scene” Greene in left.
Roster move: RHP Andrew Cooper placed on the 7-Day DL, making room for Ott.

State College 4 Auburn 1 — GAME ONE
• A. Martinez (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Bach 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 2B
• Gunter 2-3, HR, RBI

State College picked up where they left off on Friday night, scoring four times in the first three innings as they took Game One from Auburn, 4-1. Anderson Martinez was taken deep twice — a solo shot in the 1st, a two-run homer in the 2nd — and gave up all four Spikes runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings. Cody Gunter broke up the shutout with a big fly in the 6th while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz accounted for a third of the nine Doubledays hits with a two singles and a double.

State College 7 Auburn 4 — GAME TWO
• Torres 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• McDowell (L, 1-2) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Carey 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Eusebio 2-3

The two days off afforded by the NYPL’s All-Star break couldn’t come at a better time as the Doubledays were dropped in the nightcap, 7-4 for their sixth straight loss. For a brief moment, after the four-run 4th tat put them up 4-2, Auburn appeared poised to stop that slide. A two-run 5th erased that lead while a three-run 7th put the nail in the coffin.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are still one good week or one bad week away from defending their division title or packing up for the fall. Only problem is there’s just two weeks left in the season. This week, it’s two home against the G-Marlins, one home versus the G-Mets and vice-versa for away games.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats took five of six in their penultimate week but with just six playoff spots between 36 teams and uneven divisions, the DSL postseason isn’t necessarily the six best teams in the league (e.g. The D-Nats would be a game up in the Boca Chica Northwest). Barring a collapse, the D-Nats will win 40+ games for the first time since Smileygate as they close out 2014 against the D-Mariners, D-Cards, and D-Orioles2.

Aug 172014
 

Rain for NPP 2

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
4:05 p.m.
Hill (10-6, 2.94) and
Laffey (12-4, 3.29) vs.
Darnell (6-5, 3.30) and
Gilmartin (2-3, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1;
Lost, 9-0
@ New Britain,
1:35 p.m.
Kroenke (2-6, 6.71) vs.
Wheeler (3-4, 3.36)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Sulser (4-11, 5.30)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
5:05 p.m.
Ott (Low-A Debut) vs.
Prosinski (4-5)
Auburn Postponed vs. State College,
1:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (1-1, 3.65) and
Torres (1-1, 1.82) vs.
Nielsen (3-2, 2.43) and
Baez (2-1, 2.94)
GCL Nationals Postponed OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 19-4 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse vs. Rochester — PPD
The Chiefs, winners of four straight, were stopped by the rain on Saturday night. They’ll try to make it up with two-fer twilight this afternoon at 4:05 p.m.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Simms (L, 2-5) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Latimore 1-1, R, 2B, 2BB
• Ramsey 1-2, 2B

The Harrisburg Senators “March to the Scaffold” of the offseason continued in a 5-1 loss in the first game in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the New Britain Rockcats. The Senator from Texas, John Simms, lost his shutout in the second when Reynaldo “Hey Hey” Rodriguez hit a two run homer. His problems grew when Nate Hanson hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Mr. Rodriguez added insult to injury with a solo shot in the 4th. In the 6th, Mr. Rodriguez failed to hit the ball over the wall and settled for an RBI double that scored Stephen “Sticky” Wickens. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore broke up the shutout when he walked to lead off the 5th and later scored on Cutter “Future Soprano” Dykstra’s sacrifice fly. While Mr. Simms lost for the fifth time at AA, he did successfully filibuster his way to a complete game that saved the ‘pen.

New Britain 9 Harrisburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Dupra (L, 1-6) 2IP, 2H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Runion 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Zero hits, zero walks, two K’s
• 69 pitches by Vasquez, 44 for strikes

Congratulations to any New Britain fans who attended the RockCats 9-0 seven inning no-hit victory over Harrisburg. Only Jorge Polanco’s error at short on a Kevin Keyes routine ground ball prevented a perfect game. Reynaldo Rodriguez’s big night continued when he hit another two-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd and scored Mike “Not the Nat” Gonzales. The Senators then began their “Reign of Error” when Tony Thomas reached on a throwing error by Adrian Sanchez, and Stephen Wickens reached on a throwing error by Jason Martinson in the very next at bat. Both runners scored on Eddie Rosario’s two-out single before flustered starter and loser Brian Dupra hit Nate “MMMMstop” Hanson before striking out Mike Gonzales to end the sadness.

Potomac 2 Carolina 1
• Dickson (W, 4-8) 8IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 8K, HBP, WP
• Walsh (H, 1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Mendez (S, 11) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-4, SB
• Oduber 2-4
• Severino 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Ian Dickson one-hit the Mudcats for eight innings while the Potomac bullpen walked the high wire in the 9th for a 2-1 win. Dickson allowed just a single to right with two out in the 2nd. Oddly enough his other three baserunners allowed all got there to lead off the inning as he hit Alex Monsalve in the 2nd, walked Jerrud Sabourin (4th), and walked LeVon Washington (5th). None of them made it to third base. Offensively, the P-Nats got a solo HR from Pedro Severino in the 3rd and got a break when Washington botched Estarlin Martinez’s two-out single in the 4th, which let Khayyan Norfolk, who had gotten on with a walk, score from first bsae. Despite having thrown less than 100 pitches, Dickson did not come out to pitch the 9th and watched Jake Walsh give up a run on a triple and a single sandwiched between a strikeout and a ground out. With the tying run on first and a pinch-runner inserted for an extra boost of speed, Manager Tripp Keister responded by lifting the southpaw for the righthanded Gilberto Mendez to face the righthanded Carolina first baseman Joe Sever. Mendez got the whiff to end it and earn his 11th save.
Combined with another Lynchburg loss, Potomac’s lead is now back to two games, four in the loss column. Presuming the rained-out Salem games will not be made up, the magic number to clinch both halves will be 15.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2
• Giolito (W, 10-2) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Johansen (H, 3) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• Napoli (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bautista 2-3, 2R, BB, SB(65)
• Yezzo 2-3, BB, RBI
• Difo 2-4, R

Lucas “Twinkletoes” Giolito allowed his enemies from the Lakewood Blueclaws one measly run on a Dylan “Dozens” Cozens RBI in the single in the 1st before continuing to lay waste to the poor batters of the South Atlantic League in the Hagerstown Suns’ 4-2 win. After admiring a scoreless 2nd and 3rd inning of work, Giolito’s teammate Rafael “I Gotcha” Batista engineered a run with a bunt single, stolen base, and scored on James “Mellow” Yezzo’s single. In the 6th, Spencer dropped the “Kieboom” when he hit a bases-loaded single to score Batista and Wilmer “Almost a Flintstone” Difo and give the Suns the 3-1 lead they would carry to victory. Jake “Don’t Break” Johansen only slightly self-destructed when his wild pitch contributed to a Lakewood run after he replaced Giolito in the 6th. Carlos Lopez provided some valuable insurance with his RBI single in the top of the 9th. Hagerstown wouldn’t need that insurance as David “Never Mike” Napoli hurled a perfect 9th for his fifth save.
Jeremy Houghtaling of the Auburn Citizen has reported that Travis Ott will be promoted from Auburn. Houghtaling previously reported the moves of Matt Swynenberg and John Feliz days before they were officially listed on MiLB.com

State College vs. Auburn — PPD
The rain that washed out the game in Rochester made its way to Auburn and will force a doubleheader this afternoon, weather permitting.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Cardinals — PPD
The rain that shortened Friday’s game also washed out Saturday’s, creating a doubleheader on the 27th.
Roster moves: RHP Franklyn Lopez reassigned from the DSL Nationals.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Mets1 2 (10 inn.)
• M. Pena 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Vargas (W, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Vilorio 3-4, R, OF assists at HP, 1B
• Agustin 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB

A single, wild pitch, an error, and another single gave the D-Nats a walkoff 3-2 win in extras against the D-Mets1. The rally made a winner out of Miguel Vargas for the first time as a pro, as the 19-y.o. Venezuelan pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th innings with two hits allowed, no walks, and one whiff. Malvin Pena started and let in both D-Mets1 runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. Luis Vilorio got a break from squatting behind the plate with a start in left field and threw out two baserunners while leading the D-Nats offense with a 3-for-4 game. He began the aforementioned rally with a one-out hit and scored on Victor Robles’s subsequent safety.
Despite their fourth straight win — #39, surpassing last year’s total of 38 — the D-Nats were eliminated from the Boca Chica South division race.

Aug 162014
 

After losing four straight to the resurgent Red Sox, the prospect of a fifth straight loss seemed quite possible as the P-Nats fell behind 5-1 after five and a half innings.

Matthew Spann had started but struggled through four innings, giving up three runs on a 2nd-inning HR and three hits total. He walked three and struck out three. Kylin Turnbull followed but was touched for single runs in the 5th and and 6th innings.

Then came the bottom of the 6th, in which Potomac jumped on the Carolina bullpen for five runs, having been stifled by Joe “I got my Dad’s 1970s haircut” Clevinger for five innings.

Isaac Ballou got things going with a leadoff walk. Tony Renda lined one into right, with Ballou taking third with no hesitation. Shawn Pleffner lifted a high fly to center that Renda judged would not be caught, enabling him to score all the way from first on the double.

A grounder to second pushed the big man to third while Stephen Perez laced one up the middle to plate Pleffner and send Clayton Cook to the bench in favor of Michael Peoples.

The power was not with Peoples but with John Wooten, who clubbed his second homer for the P-Nats to give them a 6-5 lead and atone for his sixth error that let the fourth Mudcat run score in the 5th.

Travis Henke, who’s often called upon when the game’s not on the line, responded to the pressure situation with two scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th, walking one and striking out three to earn his team-leading fifth hold.

Henke gave way to Gilberto Mendez in the 9th. Facing the heart of the Carolina lineup, Mendez mowed ‘em down in order — flyout, strikeout, groundout — to earn his 10th save in 12 chances.

The win, combined with a Lynchburg loss, puts Potomac back up a game in the Carolina League North while Carolina sinks to third place in the C.L. South, a half-game behind Salem which won its sixth straight.

The series continues tonight with Ian Dickson (3-8, 5.16) taking the hill against D.J. Brown (2-6, 4.57).

Aug 162014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Rochester,
7:15 p.m.
Hill (10-6, 2.94) vs.
Darnell (6-5, 3.30)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ New Britain,
6:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.04) and
Dupra (1-5, 5.73) vs.
Berrios (1-3, 4.18) and
Vasquez (5-6, 4.41)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (3-8, 5.16) vs.
Brown (2-6, 4.57)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (9-2, 2.23) vs.
Viza (3-15, 5.15)
Auburn Lost, 8-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (1-1, 3.65) vs.
Nielsen (3-2, 2.43)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5 (7 inn.) vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 19-4 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
M. Pena (W, 1-1, 5.84) vs.
R. Rodriguez (0-2, 4.41)


Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Cole (W, 5-0) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Lively (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Perez 3-4, 2B, CS
• Kobernus 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Laird 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A.J. Cole labored through five innings in the Syracuse Chiefs’ 6-4 win over the Rochester Red Wings. Two batters in, Jeff Kobernus and Emmanuel Burriss scored when Kobernus hit his second AAA homer of the season. A Tyler Moore walk, a Eury Perez double, and a Jhonatan “Yellow Onion” Solano RBI groundout put the Chiefs up 3-0. Rochester closed the gap to 3-1 on a Pedro Florimon RBI triple in the 2nd before taking a 4-3 lead on a double and back-to-back homers in the 3rd. Brandon Laird’s two-out, two-run homer capped off a three-run rally in the 5th that gave the Chiefs all the runs they would need. Mitch “Steppin’” Lively, Matt “Savin’” Grace, Manny “No Harmin’” Delcarmen, and Rafael Martin combined for four shutout innings of relief. Mr. Martin still has yet to allow an earned run in twenty-six AAA innings. He recorded his sixth save.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 1
• J. Simmons (L, 2-4) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Vettleson 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ramsey 1-3, BB, OF assist at HP, 0K <-- only one in lineup
• 17 batting K’s, 13 LOB, 2-for-11 RISP

The New Britain Rock Cats jumped out to a four-run 1st inning lead in their 5-1 victory over Harrisburg. Somehow, Harrisburg banged out thirteen hits yet managed to score just once. An Adrian Sanchez error at short allowed New Britain’s first batter of the game to reach base safely. After a double, a walk, and two singles scored three runs, a double steal by Reynaldo Ramirez, who stole home, and partner-in-crime Jorge Polanco scored the Rock Cats’ fourth run of the inning. New Britain got more help from the generous Senators when Kevin Keyes missed a catch at first with one out in the 3rd that contributed to an unearned run. Only a two-out solo shot by Drew Vettleson prevented this one from being a whitewash.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5
• Spann 4IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Turnbull (W, 2-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Wooten 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Carolina was the cure to end a four-game slide Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 4
• Suero (L, 3-1) 5IP, 12H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Thomas 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Bautista 3-5, R, SB
• Mesa 2-4, RBI, SB(20)

Wander Suero had his first tough outing for Hagerstown this season in the Suns’ 6-4 loss to the Lakewood Blueclaws. Wilman Rodriguez doubled in Carlos Lopez and Drew Ward to give the Suns a brief 2-0 lead in the topf of 2nd, but Suero allowed six singles and four runs in the bottom of the inning. Hagerstown answered back with a single, a double and two singles to load the bases with nobody out and the score now 4-3. Following a Drew Ward strikeout, Hagerstown essentially blew the game when Narciso “Oh no!” Mesa was thrown out at third by Aaron “Gunned You Down” Brown to make the third out of the inning. Andrew “Clap, Clap!” Knapp doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch “Not Balding” Walding that gave Lakewood the lead for good. Following a 6th-inning insurance run for Lakewood on three more singles off reliever Justin Thomas, Nick Rodesky ended this ill-fated night with a Rafael Bautista double play to record his first save in his first outing for Lakewood.

State College 8 Auburn 1
• Dickey 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Sanchez (BS, 3; L, 5-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 1-1, 2B, BB, RBI
• Read 1-3

You can feel good about Hood but that’s about it as State College pummeled Auburn, 8-1 in the series opener. Destin Hood doubled with two outs in the 3rd to break up both the no-hitter and the shutout. He would later walk to account for half of the four (4) Doubleday baserunners (two hits, two walks). Robbie Dickey and Daniel Poncedeleon did some cop swapping (traded donuts) for five innings, with John Feliz making his NYPL debut with a scoreless 6th. The wheels came off the bus in the Spikes’ 8th as they sent 11 men to the plate and scored eight times with one out off Mario Sanchez and Tyler Mapes.
Roster moves: OF Destin Hood assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 5 (7 inn.)
• Mills 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, WP, HBP
• Valerio (W, 3-0) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Reetz 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Keniry 1-2, 2R, BB, SB
• R. Encarnacion 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The G-Nats scored three in both the 3rd and 5th innings to stop a three-game slide with a 7-5 win over the G-Cards. Maximo Valerio got the win in relief of McKenzie Mills, who was knocked around for three runs over four inninfs on four hits and two walks. Randy Encarnaction smacked a three-run shot to dig the G-Nats out of a 3-1 hole. Jackson Reetz doubled twice to match him in the total-base count as the G-Nats got seven runs on just seven hits and four walks.

DSL Nationals 19 DSL Mets1 4
• Bermudez 4IP, 3H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Agustin 4-5, 3R, 2-3B, 4RBI, BB,
• Jo. Ramirez 4-6, 3R, 3B, 2RBI
• Vilorio 3-5, 3R, 2B

The D-Nats left just four runners on base in an 19-4 obliteration of the D-Mets1. Telmito Agustin led the 20-hit parade with a walk, two singles, and two triples as eight of nine starters hit safely and reached base multiple times. Juan Bermudez “Shorts” started and went four innings, letting in two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks. Franklyn Lopez got the win in relief with three scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed.