May 302015
 


Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 17-31, 6th place I.L. North, 9½ games behind

Good Scott McGregor 2-2, 2.12 ERA, 1.26 WHIP in May (5GS)
Bad Cutter Dykstra .517 OPS in 40G
Interesting Syracuse starters have had 19 quality starts in May (27G)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 21-26, 5th place E.L. West, 6½ games behind

Good Brian Jeroloman .846 in 10G
Bad Hector Ambriz 2-4 SV-SVO, 8.59 ERA, 1.64 WHIP in 7 appearances
Interesting Paul Demny 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 14 appearances



POTOMAC NATIONALS 21-27, T3rd place C.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Wander Suero 1-0, 0.00ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 5 relief apperances
Bad Estarlin Martinez .140 BA in May (7-for-50)
Interesting Five IBB issued is the most in the Carolina League



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 25-23, 3rd place Sally North, 7½ games behind

Good Grant DeBruin .314/.380/.396, HR, 25RBI in 41G
Bad Jefry Rodriguez 1-3, 7.58 ERA, 1.72 WHIP
Interesting 33CS 2nd most in Sally Lg., 60.7% success rate 2nd worst
May 302015
 

It’s too late for Potomac to think about a run at the Carolina League North Division title. But after a 3-1 win on Friday following an 8-3 win on Thursday, the last-place P-Nats can serve notice to the first-place Blue Rocks that things might be different in the second half.

Of course, that’s easy to write when Potomac had things go right on both sides of the ball.

Phillips “Exxon” Valdez made his High-A debut and tossed six innings of one-run ball. He hit two Blue Rocks on the puss elbow pad in the first inning, with both players making little-to-no effort (think Don Baylor) to get out of the way of the pitch, as the rules require, but got out of the bases-loaded jam.

Then in the 3rd he gave up a leadoff triple that came in on a sacrifice fly, for the one run he let in. Otherwise, he dominated the weak Wilmington offense — just three hits allowed, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Alas, his counterpart Erik Skoglund was just as good. The slim (could hide behind a telephone pole) southpaw retired six straight to start the game before Khayyan Norfork doubled to lead off the 3rd, Estarlin Martinez singled to push him over, and Narciso Mesa flew out to CF for the sac fly that tied the game at 1-1.

The P-Nats got leadoff singles in the 4th and 5th, but Skoglund dialed up 6-4-3 DPs both times to erase the threat. He also worked around a pair of two-out singles in the 6th before Norfork made the last out of the 7th trying for a second double.

Perhaps the minors are primarily for development, but the decision to send out Skoglund for an 8th inning without a reliever at the ready is hard to explain, much less defend. As lineups often do, a fourth look was what it took to beat him.

In what seemed like a rerun of Norfork’s previous at-bat, Martinez singled to left to lead off the 8th and then turned it into a double on a play that might not have stood up on instant replay. Mesa sacrificed him to third and Christopher Bostick plated him with double to center for a 2-1 lead.

Stephen Perez got the insurance run with a single to center and Skoglund escaped further damage with a popup by Isaac Ballou, an intentional walk to Spencer Kieboom, and an “oops” check-swing tapper by Drew Ward.

Derek Self, who worked around a third hit batsman in the 7th, retired six straight before giving up a leadoff single to begin the 9th. Tripp Keister had Nick Lee ready and called him in shut the door. After a strikeout and a flyout, Wilmington got a second safety to put runners at first and third, but couldn’t get a third hit as Lee whiffed the No. 9 batter to wrap it up.

The win went to Self (his first for Potomac this season) while the save went to Lee, his fifth.

Another first-place team comes to town as Myrtle Beach makes its first trip to the Pfitz. Reynaldo Lopez (2-1, 2.75), who suffered his first loss to the Pelicans last Friday, gets a rematch tonight against fellow righthander Paul Blackburn (3-2, 4.64).

May 302015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-2, 4.35) vs.
Diamond (4-2, 3.94)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 3.66) vs.
Bridwell (1-3, 4.75)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Blackburn (3-2, 4.64)
Hagerstown Won, 12-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (1-0, 3.93) vs.
Lowry (4-2, 4.18)


Durham 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 7BB, 4K
• Fornataro 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Burriss 2-3, 2B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, RBI, SB

The Chiefs outhit the Bulls 5-1, but Durham outscored Syracuse, 3-1. The decision to yo-yo A.J. Cole between starting and relieving, AAA and MLB “paid off” last night as the 23-y.o. issued five straight walks with one out in the fourth and seven total before he was taken out. He would be charged with the loss, and all three Durham runs. Jason Martinson homered in the 7th, but the Syracuse bats were largely silent, collecting just five total and wasting near-perfect relief (4⅔ IP, 0H, BB, 3K) from three relievers.
Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Bates 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (SV, 4) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 1-4, 3B

The Senators shook off a tough loss on Thursday and rallied for three in the 7th to edge the BaySox, 3-2. Colin Bates turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Gilberto Mendez finished with three scoreless innings for his fourth save. Brian Goodwin homered to break up the shutout and lead off the 7th, while Pedro Severino singled with two out to tie, and Tony Renda got plunked for the game-winning, Homer Simpson RBI.
Roster move: IF Anthony Rendon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Valdez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Self (W, 1-0) 2+ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Lee (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Norfork 2-3, R, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, 2B

Potomac rallied for two in the 8th for a sportswriter’s win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 12 Kannapolis 6
• Rodriguez 4⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 4K, 2WP, 2BK
• M. Sanchez 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Keller 2-5, R, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, HR (GS), 4RBI

Austin Davidson’s grand slam capped off a five-run 4th as the Suns scorched the Intimidators, 12-6. Starter Jefry Rodriguez fell one out short of getting a Jack Morris win as he was ineffective yet again: five runs on three hits and five walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Mario Sanchez got the win with three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief. Every Hagerstown batter hit safely as they racked up 12 hits total with Brennan Middleton also going deep with a solo shot in the 3rd.

Trea Turner Update
The Missions were rained out on Friday night.

May 292015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 2.67) vs.
Buschmann (4-3, 3.02)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
(0-0, 3.38) vs.
Berry (0-4, 7.66)
Potomac Won, 8-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (A+ debut) vs.
Skoglund (3-1, 2.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-3, 7.20) vs.
Martinez (1-4, 6.14)


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 0
• Billings 6⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Martin (BS, 2; L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Minicozzi 2-3, R, BB
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Burriss 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Rafael Martin’s struggles returned as he coughed up three in the 9th to complete Norfolk’s 6-5 comeback win and four-game sweep of Syracuse. For the second straight game, the Chiefs starter pitched well enough to win as Bruce Billings gave up three run on six hits, though two were home runs. He walked none and struck out two. The Tides’ third and final home run was a two-out, two-run walkoff shot off Martin, who blew his second save and lost for the third time. Four Syracuse batters registered multiple hits as the offense produced 11 hits and drew five walks, with Mark Minicozzi and Emmanuel Burriss both reaching base three times.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Simmons 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR; 1-2
• Ambriz (BS, 2; L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2RBI
• Renda 1-4, R

Richmond rallied in the 9th to tie and won it in the 10th for a 3-2 win. An 89-minute rain delay shelved starter Joe Ross, but James Simmons filled in admirably with four innings of one-run ball, followed by Paul Demny with three scoreless frames. The Senators offense put up two runs in the 1st but was limited to six hits and one walk total. Shawn Pleffner drove in both runs and went 2-for-4 to lead the Harrisburg attack. Hector Ambriz, who had saved two games and won one in his last three appearances, took the loss with two runs allowed over an inning and 2/3rds.

Potomac 8 Wilmington 3
• Simms (W, 2-4) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Suero (SV, 1) 4IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 3K
• S. Perez 2-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, BB
• Ward 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Potomac scored in each of the first three innings and put the game away with a four-run 5th in an 8-3 win over Wilmington. A perhaps too-rested John Simms wobbled through five innings but got his second win in as many starts, giving up three runs on seven hits and five walks over five innings while striking out four. Wander Suero was peppered for seven hits over four scoreless innings to register his first save of 2015. Stephen Perez singled twice, walked twice, and drove in two to lead the P-Nats offense.
Roster moves: RHP Phillips Valdez promoted from Hagerstown; RHP Tyler Mapes placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 0
• Purke (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, BK
• Orlan 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K
• Abreu 1-3, BB
• DeBruin 1-3, BB

Matt Purke made his first start since having Tommy John surgery last May in a 4-0 Hagerstown loss to Kannapolis. The oft-injured southpaw was charged with two runs on three hits over four innings. He walked none and struck out three. The Suns ‘pen walked seven over five innings but gave up just two more runs. The Hagerstown batters were held to four hits and four walks and were just 1-for-8 with RISP with seven men left on base. Osvaldo Abreu and Grant DeBruin both reached base twice with a single and a walk.
Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke activated from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner tripled to keep his 14-game hit streak alive and was 1-for-4 overall.

May 282015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 @ Norfolk,
12:05 p.m.
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Villanueva (1-1, 5.23)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-0 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Ross (2-2, 3.05) vs.
Marte (4-0, 3.31)
Potomac Lost, 3-1;
Lost, 5-1
vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-4, 4.44) vs.
Caramo (2-2, 2.40)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-5 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (5-2, 1.47) vs.
Peralta (1-4, 9.45 ERA)


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 0
• McGregor (L, 3-4) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Meek 1IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Minicozzi 2-3
• Ramsey 0-2, 2BB

The Chiefs bats remained AWOL as the Tide shut them out, 3-0 for Syracuse’s third straight loss. Scott McGregor was the hard-luck loser, letting in two runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three. Mark Minicozzi singled twice while Darin Mastroianni and Tony Gwynn Jr. each singled once to account for the four (4) hits. Caleb Ramsey drew two of the four walks as the Chiefs left on all eight baserunners and were 0-for-4 with RISP.

Richmond 12 Harrisburg 0
• Bleier (L, 3-1) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 2K
• De Los Santos 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Robinson 1-3, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

The Harrisburg defense blocked two extra points but couldn’t cross the goal line in a 12-0 loss to Richmond. Reigning E.L. Pitcher of the Week Richard Bleier took the brunt of the beating, charged with eight runs on eight hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings for his first AA loss of the season. The Senators offense was held to four singles, one double (Brian Goodwin), and five walks with Brian Jeroloman the only batter to reach base three times on a single and two walks.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
• Spann (L, 0-5) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• K. Perez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 1-3, R, 2B
• Yezzo 1-3, 2B

The lack of hitting was spotted in Woodbridge, too, in a 3-1 Potomac loss to Wilmington. Matt Spann took the loss, his fifth, while giving up all three Blue Rocks runs on nine hits and a walk. The P-Nats 5th encapsulated the offensive struggles as Brandon Miller drew a leadoff walk and would have scored on a James Yezzo double to the right-center gap had it not bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double. Miller and Yezzo would watch the next two batters strike out then a flyout ended the 2nd-and-3rd no-out threat.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Mapes 4IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 1-4) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K
• Kieboom 2-3, 2-2B
• S. Perez 1-2, 2B, SF, RBI

Wilmington broke open a 0-0 game with a five-run 5th and easily took the nightcap, 5-1 to sweep the doubleheader. Starter Tyler Mapes scattered five hits over four scoreless innings with no walks and four K’s. The loss went to Jake Johansen, who was pummeled for a second straight appearance as the Blue Rocks sent nine men to the plate in his first inning of work and five of them came in to score. Spencer Kieboom doubled twice and Stephen Perez doubled once to account for three of the four hits and the sole run (Perez sac fly in the 6th) that Potomac produced.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 5
• Reyes 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Mooneyham (L, 0-2) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, HBP, 2WP
• Masters 3-4, R, 2B
• DeBruin 3-4, RBI

Greensboro prevented a three-game sweep by Hagerstown with an 8-5 win in the series finale. Losing pitcher Brett Mooneyham gave up the decisive three runs on four hits, a hit batsman, and two wild pitched in one inning thrown. Starter Luis Reyes was dinged for four runs (three earned) on eight hits, including two solo HRs. The Suns collected 12 hits — five less than the rest of the Nats minors on Wedensday — with David Masters and Grant DeBruin both going 3-for-4.

Trea Turner Update
Turner struck out twice and was only 1-for-4 on Wednesday, which dropped his batting average to a paltry .342 but extended his hit streak to 13 games.

May 272015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
McGregor (3-3, 3.35) vs.
Bowden (3-1, 1.97)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Bleier (3-0, 2.48) vs.
Biagini (2-3, 1.76)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Spann (0-4, 4.66) and
Mapes (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Rico (2-2, 2.70) and
Mills (2-3, 3.32)
Hagerstown Won, 10-3 @ Greensboro,
12:30 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) vs.
Cavanerio (0-1, 3.21)


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 1
• Lively (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Fornataro 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 1-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Gwynn 1-4, 2B, RBI, OF assist at HP

The Chiefs bats were held to just three hits in a 3-1 loss to the Tides. Mitch Lively was the first of five pitchers to take the mound and the loser for allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with two K’s. Eric Fornataro followed with two scoreless, while Erik Davis let in the third Norfolk run in his two frames. Emmanuel Burriss singled, walked, and stole two bases while scoring the sole Syracuse run. Tony Gwynn Jr. drove him in with a double in the 1st while Josh Johnson accounted for the third and final hit in 9th.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 3
• Bacus (L, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Mendez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Robinson 3-4, SB
• Hague 0-2, R, 2BB

Richmond exploded for five runs in the 3rd and cruised to a 6-3 win over Harrisburg. Dakota Bacus took the loss in his second AA start, charged with all six runs on seven hits (including a three-run HR) over five innings. He walked two and struck out three. Gilberto Mendez tossed two scoreless innings and Brian Dupra one to keep the Sens within striking distance. Derrick Robinson led the Harrisburg offense with three singles and a stolen base, but the rest of the lineup managed just five hits and left on 12 baserunners.
LHP Richard Bleier was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After a drive-by, three-game homestand last week, the last-place P-Nats are in town for eight games in seven days, beginning with a doubleheader tonight (weather permitting) against the first-place Blue Rocks.

Hagerstown 10 Greensboro 3
• Dickey 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Cooper (W, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Van Orden (SV, 2) 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Carey 2-4, 2R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• DeBruin 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Read 0-2, R, 3BB, 2GIDP

Dale Carey homered twice and drove in three as the Suns scored the last seven runs in a 10-3 win over the Grasshoppers. Robbie Dickey was activated shortly before the game but was ineffective, giving up all three Greensboro runs on six hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. The win went to Andrew Cooper, who stranded two in the 3rd and went two and a 1/3rd innings total. Expected starter Drew Van Orden tossed four shutout innings for the rulebook save. Grant DeBruin was the only other Hagerstown batter to record multiple hits, thanks the Grasshopper pitchers issuing nine walks to enable ten runs to score on just eight hits.
Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams reassigned to XST, RHP Robbie Dickey reassigned from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner singled and doubled and stole a base for a 2-for-4 night, a 12-game hit streak, and a 25-game on-base streak.

May 262015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 @ Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
Lively (0-0, 1.85) vs.
McFarland (1-2, 4.24)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Lujan (1-4, 5.59)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Van Orden (2-1, 2.67) vs.
Kolek (3-2, 4.50)


Norfolk 7 Syracuse 2
• T. Hill (L, 3-2) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Rivero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• den Dekker 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI

A five-run 8th turned the, um, tide of a 2-1 game as Norfolk defeated Syracuse, 7-2. The loss went to Taylor Hill despite pitching into the 7th and letting in just two runs on eight hits and a walk. Manny Delcarmen retired just one of four batters faced in the 8th while Rich Hill prevented none of three inherited runners from scoring and let in two more to put the game away for the Tides. Four Chiefs recorded multiple hits but just three came with RISP as the team left on 14 runners.

Harrisburg 3 New Britain 2
• Voth 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Simmons (W, 2-2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, 2B, BB
• Lisson 2-4, R

Harrisburg closed out its seven-game homestand with another one-run victory, this one a 3-2 decision against New Britain. Drew Vettleson drove in two in the 7th to plate the tying and winning runs and make a winner out of James Simmons. Austin Voth started and went the first five innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five. Abel De Los Santos and Hector Ambriz each threw a 1-2-3 inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Kevin Keyes singled, walked, and doubled to pace the Senators offense.
Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Syracuse.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 0
• Giolito (L, 1-3) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Thomas 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Miller 1-3, 3B
• Manuel 1-2, HBP

Giolito may very well master the National League someday, but first he needs to get past the Carolina League. Myrtle Beach jumped on the Nats top prospect for three runs early, connecting for four extra-base hits in the first two innings and six hits total over five innings as Giolito suffered his third loss in four starts. The Potomac offense was limited to just four baserunners in nine innings. Craig Manuel was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice with a 6th-inning single and a hit-by-pitch in the 8th.

Hagerstown 4 Greensboro 2
• Williams (W, 6-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• M. Sanchez (SV, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Masters 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Read 1-4, 2B, SB

Hagerstown answered Greensboro’s two-run 2nd with two in the and added single runs in the 7th and 8th innings en route to a 4-2 win in the series opener. Austen Williams won his team-high sixth game with a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Mario Sanchez finished the game with three scoreless for his second save. David Masters collected multiple hits for the third straight game, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored though the Suns did whiff 11 times and walked just once.
Roster moves: 1B Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, C Jorge Tillero reassigned to XST; C Raudy Read activated from 7-Day DL; IF Carlos Lopez reassigned from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Keep both hands on the keyboard while you read that Turner went 1-for-3 in both games of the San Antonio-Frisco doubleheader to extend his hit streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 24 games.

May 252015
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Norfolk,
4:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-1, 4.57) vs.
Davies (1-3, 3.03)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) vs. New Britain,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 3.89) vs.
Flemer (1-1, 3.72)
Potomac Won, 1-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-2, 4.67) vs.
Tseng (1-2, 5.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-13 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (5-1, 1.47) vs.
Kolek (3-2, 4.50)


Indianapolis 5 Syracuse 4
• Espino (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K; 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Valverde 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Butler 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, BB, RBI

Paolo Espino pitched seven scoreless innings and hit a three-run HR as the Chiefs stopped their seven-game slide with a 5-3 win over the Indians. Called up from Harrisburg to replace Taylor Jordan, Espino allowed just four hits and no walks while striking out three and earned the win. Dan Butler led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, adding a triple and a run scored as well as an RBI as Syracuse made the most of their eight hits and two walks.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington, RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington; RHP Paolo Espino, OF Caleb Ramsey reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Kila Ka‘aihue released.

Harrisburg 2 New Britain 1 (10 inn.)
• Bates 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Ambriz (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Pleffner 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Skole 1-2, BB, SF, RBI

Shawn Pleffner’s second double of the afternoon was the difference as the Senators edged the Rock Cats in 10 innings, 2-1. It was just the fifth hit for Harrisburg, with Matt Skole’s sacrifice fly in the 2nd providing the other run. Colin Bates made the spot start in place of Paolo Espino and turned in five innings of one-run ball. Sam Runion and Paul Demny followed with two scoreless innings apiece before giving way to Hector Ambriz, who struck out two in the 10th and got the win.
Roster move: OF Drew Vettleson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 1 Myrtle Beach 0
• Pivetta (W, 3-3) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Self (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lee (SV, 4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-4
• Mesa 1-3, R, 3B

Three P-Nats pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Pelicans by the minimum score of 1-0. Nick Pivetta went the first six, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out four. Derek Self got his third hold in four appearances with two hits let up over an inning and 2/3rds while Nick Lee stranded a runner in the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 4th save in as many chances. Narciso Mesa tripled with one out in the 3rd and came home on a sacrifice fly by Christopher Bostick for the game’s only run.

Lexington 14 Hagerstown 13 (10 inn.)
• Rodriguez 4IP, 8H, 10R, 9ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Bach 3⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Napoli (L, 2-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 5BB, 1K
• Gardner 4-5, 2R, 3B, BB
• Masters 2-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Tillero 2-4, R, 2-2B, 3RBI

Three straight walks with one out (two intentional) put Lexington on top 14-13 in the bottom of the 10th, earning the Legends a series split. David Napoli walked five total over one and 2/3rds innings to take the loss. The Suns were unable to hold leads of 9-8 and 13-10 after rallying from a 7-1 deficit after the 1st. Starter Jefry Rodriguez was pounded yet again: 10 runs on eight hits and four walks with zero (0) strikeouts. Jeff Gardner led Hagerstown’s 17-hit attack with two runs, three singles, a triple, and a walk, going 4-for-5 overall.

Trea Turner Update
The hit streak for Turner is now at nine with a 2-for-4 game on Sunday, pushing his batting average to a season-high .340

May 242015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Indianapolis,
5:35 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 2.14) vs.
Richard (1-0, 2.53)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. New Britain,
6:30 p.m.
Espino (0-3, 4.26) vs.
Burke (0-0, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Pivetta (2-3, 1.60) vs.
Skulina (1-4, 4.80)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-3, 4.71) vs.
Ray (0-3, 6.44)


Indianapolis 5 Syracuse 4
• Billings 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Meek (BS, 1; L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Ka‘aihue 1-2, R, 2BB
• den Dekker 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Indianapolis rallied for three in the 9th to send Syracuse to its seventh straight loss, 5-4. Evan Meek blew his first save and suffered his second loss while giving up three hits to turn a 3-2 lead into a 5-3 deficit. The Chiefs got one back in the 9th but left the tying run on second. Bruce Billings turned in a quality start, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings while striking out four. Matt den Dekker homered, scored twice, and drove in two while Kila Ka‘aihue singled and walked twice to lead the Syracuse six-hit, five-walk offense.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 3
• Ross (L, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Mendez 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2R, HR, RBI
• Goodwin 1-4

Joe Ross’s streak of quality starts was stopped at four in a 4-3 loss by Harrisburg. New Britain homered twice, accounting for three of their four runs, all of which were allowed by Ross over five and a 1/3rd inning. He struck out six, walked none, and gave up five hits total. Three Rock Cats errors made the score much closer than it should have been as the Senators blistered the ball for three (3) hits and one (1) walk, with Caleb Ramsey’s HR in the 3rd accounting for the only earned run Harrisburg scored on the night.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 3
• Mapes 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Johansen (L, 1-3) 2IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Bostick 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B

The Pelicans swooped on Jake Johansen for six runs in the middle innings en route to a 7-3 win vs. the P-Nats. Tyler Mapes got the spot start and went the first three innings, dinged for a HR in the 2nd and two hits total as he struck out three and walked none. Myrtle Beach batted around against Johansen in the 4th and got six of their seven hits against him, as he lost for the third time this season. Christopher Bostick homered for the second straight game against his former team and went 2-for-4 with a walk to lead the Potomac attack.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 2
• Valdez (W, 5-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Orlan (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Gardner 3-5, 2-2B, RBI
• Abreu 2-5, 2B, RBI, CS
• Carey 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown scored in four straight innings and collected a baker’s dozen of hits for the sole Nats farm win on Sunday, 5-2 over Lexingto. No curse of the GBI for Phillips Valdez who spun six innings of two-run ball on three hits and a pair of walks to tie Austen Williams for the team lead in wins with five. R.C. Orlan and Justin Amlung combined for three shutout innings of relief for the hold and save respectively. The Suns probably should have scored more than five times as they also drew six walks and were caught stealing three times, going 3-for-15 with RISP and stranding 10 baserunners.

Trea Turner Update
San Antonio was rained out on Saturday.

May 232015
 

GBI for NPP 2

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 16-25, 6th place I.L. North, 7½ games behind

Good Matt den Dekker .286BA (11-for-38) over last 10G
Bad Rich Hill 12BB, 4HBP in 17IP
Interesting Six (6) of 25 on current roster drafted by Washington



HARRISBURG SENATORS 18-22, 3rd place E.L. West, 5½ games behind

Good Richard Bleier 3-0, 2.77 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in May (4GS)
Bad Matt Skole .194BA, 44K in 37G
Interesting 13-11 at home, 5-11 on the road



POTOMAC NATIONALS 18-23, 2nd place C.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Brandon Miller .311/.415/.622, 4HR, 8BB, 8RBI in May (15G)
Bad Justin Thomas 5.06 ERA, 1.59 WHIP in seven appearances
Interesting Team SB rate 79.1% (38-for-48)



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 21-20, 4th place Sally North, 6 games behind

Good Phillips Valdez 3-1, 0.82 ERA in May (4GS)
Bad Brennan Middleton .441 OPS in 19G
Interesting 245 batting K’s — fewest in the Sally League