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.

Aug 152014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 71-53, 1st place I.L. North, 1 game ahead

Good Brandon Laird .372/.386/.744, 3HR, 14RBI last 10G
Bad 787 pitching K fewest in I.L.
Interesting Six weeks without any news on the health or status on Brian Goodwin



HARRISBURG SENATORS 49-74, 6th place E.L. West, 20½ games behind

Good Tyler Herron 0-0, 2SV, 0.73 WHIP last 10G
Bad 60 of 123 games started by Washington-drafted pitchers
Interesting Bullpen ERA is 2.89 since July 1 (H/T Sens PR staff)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 26-22, 1st place C.L. North, .004 W% ahead (64-53 overall)

Good Randolph Oduber .350/.366/.600, 2HR, 11RBI in last 10G
Bad Travis Henke 7HR allowed in 52⅓ IP
Interesting Tied with Lynchburg for fewest CGs, SHOs (0)



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 35-19, 1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (79-45 overall)

Good Wander Suero 0-0, 2SV, 1.52 ERA, 0.74 over last 10 appearances for the Suns
Bad David Masters .188 BA last 10G
Interesting 212 Team SBs = Most since becoming Nationals affiliate in 2007



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 26-32, 5th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 8 games behind

Good Bryan Mejia .367/.406/.533 in last 10G
Bad James Bourque 1.75WHIP, 5HBP in 28IP
Interesting 384 pitching K = 13th in 14-team NYPL



GCL NATIONALS 25-24, T2nd GCL East, 4 games behind

Good Jean Ramirez 3-0, 1.95 ERA, 1.30 WHIP in 11 appearances
Bad Conor Keniry .035 ISO
Interesting 19-y.o. Thomas Alvarez .407 SLG%



DSL NATIONALS 37-27, 4th place Boca Chica South, 8½ games behind

Good 18-y.o. Israel Mota 8HR (T1st, DSL), 47RBI (4th)
Bad 17-y.o. Malvin Pena 5.84 ERA, 1.66 WHIP in 12 appearances (24⅔ IP)
Interesting Avg. Pitcher Age = 18.4; League Avg. = 18.9
Aug 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 @ Rochester,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (6-3, 2.92) vs.
K. Johnon (9-6, 3.28)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (2-3, 5.85) vs.
Rogers (8-6, 3.79)
Potomac Lost, 2-1;
Lost, 3-1
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.33) vs.
Clevinger (0-0, 9.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-0, 1.67) vs.
Imhof (0-1, 3.00)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Poncedeleon (1-3, 3.49)
GCL Nationals Lost, 11-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-8 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (4-5, 2.09) vs.
Merilan (1-2, 3.10)


Syracuse 2 Charlotte 1
• Treinen 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Cedeno 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Barrett (W, 1-0) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 3-4, 3B
• Kobernus 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI

Tyler Moore silenced his critics with a walkoff solo HR in Syracuse’s 2-1 victory last night over the Charlotte Knights. While Moore earned his celebration at home plate, Washington National Blake Treinen did the heavy lifting in a tough-luck no-decision. Treinen did not allow a man past second base until the 7th inning when he gave up a sacrifice fly to Michael BIZARRO BATMAN Taylor that tied the score at 1-1. Xavier Cedeno struck out three in a dominant one and a third innings before Syracuse manager Billy “Slicker Than Willy” Gardner shrewdly played matchups and brought in Washington National Aaron Barrett for the final two outs. Mr. Barrett may have cheered the loudest for Moore’s leadoff ninth inning walkoff because it saved him from having to pitch the tenth and gave him the win.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 2
• Rivero (L, 1-6) 3IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Bates 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Latimore 1-3, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, BB, OF assist at 3B

The Harrisburg Senators did not grace the grounds of Metro Bank Park with much major-league quality talent yesterday in a 5-2 loss to the Reading Fightin’ Phils that wasn’t even that close. None of the professional baseball players for the Senators recorded more than one hit against Severino Gonzalez, a AA journeyman with a 4.93 ERA who they made look like the second coming of Pedro Martinez. Senators starter and loser Felipe Rivero gave up four runs in the first on two doubles, three walks, and a single. Only an outfield assist from centerfielder Drew Vettleson to end the inning prevented further disaster. Reading’s KC Serna tried to hit a baseball to his favorite city in the second, had to settle for clearing the outfield wall with a solo shot. Down 5-0, the Senators put a little bit of lipstick on the pig with a 7th-inning RBI double from Rick Hague and a Brian Jeroloman RBI groundout to score Jason Martinson. Kyle “I Ain’t Rhymin’” Simon pitched two scoreless innings for his second save. With the loss, the Senators were eliminated from the Western Division race.

Salem 2 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
• Rauh (L, 2-2) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• Walsh ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-2 IR-s
• Renda 1-2, BB
• Miller 1-3, 2B, RBI

An error on a drag bunt with one out in the top of the 7th led to both Salem runs. Khayyan Norfolk singled with two outs in the bottom of the 7th and came around to score on a Brandon Miller RBI double, but the tying run was left at second as Pedro Severino lined out to third to end it, and drop the opener, 2-1. Brian Rauh took the loss despite pitching into the 7th for the first time this season while fanning a season-high of seven.

Salem 3 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion (L, 2-4) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Harper 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Norfork 1-2, BB
• Renda 1-4, R, 2B

Potomac got an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st but that was it as the Red Sox chipped away and swept both the doubleheader and the series with a 3-1 win in the nightcap. Pedro Encarnacion started and allowed all three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out one. The P-Nats were held to just five hits and left eight men on.
Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg reassigned from Hagerstown, RHP Richie Mirowski placed on the 7-Day DL.

Lakewood 8 Hagerstown 0 (6 inn.)
• Pivetta (L, 12-8) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Lee ⅓ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K
• Difo 1-2, BB
• Ward 1-3

Rain mercifully ended this one early as the BlueClaws eclipsed the Suns, 8-0 in six innings. Nick Pivetta gave up a pair of runs in the 1st and 2nd innings but gutted out five innings total. He was pinched for nine hits, including a two-run HR, and struck out four while suffering his eighth loss. Nick Lee returned from Florida but retired just one of seven batters faced as Lakewood scored four times in the 6th. Ranfi Casimiro, who had lost four of his five previous starts against Hagerstown, finally got the best of them with just two hits (Wilmer Difo, Drew Ward) allowed over six shutout innings.
Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee transferred from GCL Nationals.

Jamestown 3 Auburn 1 — GAME ONE
• M. Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Bourque (L, 1-5) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Davidson 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Langlois 1-3, R

James Bourque was juiced for three runs in his first inning of relief by the Jammers in a 3-1 loss in Game One. Manny Rodriguez tossed four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and hitting a batter while striking out four in his first NYPL start since 2011. The Doubledays drew first blood with a run in the top of the 1st as Brian Langlois singled and scored on an Austin Davidson double. Auburn outhit Jamestown 5-4 but struck out 11 times in seven innings.

Jamestown 4 Auburn 3 — GAME TWO
• A. Williams (L, 2-3) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Van Orden 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Medina 3-3, R, SB
• Bacak 1-2, 2RBI

Auburn scored three times with two out in the 7th and got the tying run to third but fell short, 4-3. Austen Williams took the loss, giving up the first three Jamestown runs on four hits and a walk over the first three innings. Drew Van Orden pitched the next three, and let in an unearned run in the 6th that proved to be the difference. Willie Medina went 3-for-3 with a stolen base to lead Doubleday attack of eight hits (seven singles, a Bryan Mejia double).

GCL Cardinals 11 GCL Nationals 0
• Baez (L, 1-1) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Mancini (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 1-2, 2BB
• Rosario 1-3, 2B

The hopes of making the playoffs, never mind defending the 2013 GCL Championship, were dimmed with an 11-0 shutout as the G-Cards handed the G-Nats their third straight loss. Joan Baez’s second start in the GCL was much rougher as the G-Cards manhandled him for four runs on six hits and a walk over four innings. Offensively, the G-Nats were AWOL with just two singles, a double, and three walks drawn. Roster move: RHP Erick Fedde placed on the 60-Day DL retroactive to August 8.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Yankees1 8
• Fuentes 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Y. Ramirez (W, 2-0) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Vilorio 3-4, 2R, BB
• Rengel 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Mota 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

The D-Nats put a hurt on the D-Yankees1 with a five-run 3rd and a four-run 5th and held off a late charge for a 12-8 win. Steven Fuentes started but was lifted after three subpar frames with two runs given up on three hits and two walks. The win went to Yonathan Ramirez with three innings of one-run ball. The D-Nats pounded out 12 hits, led by Luis Vilorio who reached base four times with three singles and a walk.