Jun 242014
 

Rehabbing major-leaguer Wilson Ramos sliced a three-run home run to cap off a four-run 3rd as Potomac defeated Salem, 5-2 before a reported crowd of 7,804 last night in Woodbridge.

Ramos, who was joined in the lineup by some kid named Bryce Harper (single in 1st, walk in the 3rd, made a putout in LF), also doubled and went 3-for-4 on the night. Nursing a hamstring strain, the 26-y.o. Venezuelan ran like Mark DeRosa, but faster gingerly but obviously didn’t need to run very much as he hit the ball hard.

The DC backstop also had an influence with the pitching of Dakota Bacus, whose start was somewhat obscured by all the hype and hullabaloo. The 23-y.o. went seven innings and scattered eight hits, with no walks and two strikeouts to win his third game of the season.

Also not likely to be found outside this space: a terrific night by Will Piwinica-Worms, who made diving catch to end the 2nd, doubled to start the four-run rally in the 3rd and singled in the 4th for an RBI.

Despite the score, defense factored in the outcome as both teams turned three double plays and Potomac narrowly missed a fourth to offset the 20 hits between the two teams. Take away the Ramos HR and you’re looking at a very close ballgame that Potomac may have only won by a 2-1 count, assuming the usual outfield alignment and not Oscar Tejeda playing left field after Harper left, which led to an unearned run in the 8th off Travis Henke.

Gilberto Mendez, persumably the closer with the promotion of Robert Benincasa, worked around a pair of hits in the 9th to close it out and earn his fourth save.

The win improves Potomac to 3-1 in the second half and was their third straight. Tonight, Austin Voth is scheduled to make his High-A debut, opposed by Pat Light (1-3, 6.06) for Salem. Both Ramos and Harper are expected to play again, with Harper reportedly in center field for five innings while Ramos catches again for nine innings.

Jun 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:00 p.m.
Kroenke (1st AAA start of ’14) and
Hill (9-2, 1.92)
Delcarmen (3-2, 2.78) vs.
Bootcheck (2-3, 4.09) and
Smith (5-5, 4.32)
Neris (1-0, 3.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Brach (1-1, 8.00) vs.
Snodgrass (7-1, 3.24)
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (High-A Debut) vs.
Light (1-3, 6.06)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (3-4, 4.83) vs.
Junis (7-4, 3.28)
Auburn Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Packrall (0-0, 9.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-0 vs. DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (2-1, 1.42) vs.
Bautista (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 7 Durham 4
• Laffey 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Cedeno (W, 3-0) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Gonzalez (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Souza 3-4, 2R, BB
• Rhymes 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Walters 1-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI

A four-run rally in the 8th broke a 3-3 tie as the Chiefs won their seventh straight, 7-4 to complete a four-game sweep of the Bulls. Starter Aaron Laffey spun a quality start with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks while striking out six but did not factor in the decision. The win went to Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno while the save was earned by veteran Mike Gonzalez. Steve Souza reached base with three singles and a walk while veterans Brandon Laird and Jeff Howell both drove in two while going 1-for-4.
Roster move: LHP Zach Kroenke reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 2
• McGregor (L, 0-1) 0IP, 1H, 6R, 6ER, 5BB, 0K, 0HR
• Bates 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Dykstra 3-4
• Vettleson 2-4

Scott McGregor continued the Sens starter tradition of giving up lots of runs early as the Squirrels scored six in the 1st and, um, flew to a 7-2 win. The 27-y.o. walked the first five batters he faced, then gave up a two-run double before he was lifted to preserve an infinite ERA. Colin Bates let in both inherited runners but finished the 1st, then pitched four more scoreless innings. The offense did not reward Bates’ bullpen-saving work, scoring just single runs in the 3rd and 7th innings. Cutter Dykstra singled three times for second straight game to push his BA over .300 while Drew Vettleson went 2-for-4 in his first game back with the Senators since April 13.
Roster moves: MLB Rehabs Jeff Kobernus and C Wilson Ramos removed from roster.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 2
• Bacus (W, 3-2) 7IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mendez (SV, 4) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• W. Ramos 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Oduber 1-3, R, 2B

Good pitching, adequate defense, and a three-run home run were the recipe for a win Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster moves: OF Bryce Harper and C Wilson Ramos added to roster for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 1
• Mooneyham 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Cooper (W, 5-1) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Napoli (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, HBP
• Ward 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Lopez 2-4, R, 2B

Isaac Ballou’s two-run blast highlighted a three-run sixth as Hagerstown tripled up Lexington, 3-1 in the series opener. Starter Brett Mooneyham walked just two over four innings and gave up three hits while fanning five while pitching at his third stop of 2014. The win went to Andrew Cooper for three scoreless innings of relief while David Napoli pitched the 8th and 9th innings for his first Low-A save. Drew Ward and Carlos Lopez both went 2-for-4, including back-to-back doubles for the third run of the Hagerstown sixth.
Roster moves: LHPs Brett Mooneyham, David Napoli reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 3 (10 inn.)
• J. Rodriguez 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Valdez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Page 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Read 2-3, 2R, BB

The Doubledays rallied for two in the 8th to tie and took advantage of two costly Scrapper mistakes for the 4-3 walkoff win in extra innings. Osvaldo Abreu reached and went to second on a two-base error to lead off the 10th, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a flyball over the drawn-in centerfielder for a game-winning single by Matthew Page. The win went to Jake Joyce, who pitched a scoreless 10th inning. Starter Jefry Rodriguez went five and a 1/3rd innings with two runs charged to him on six hits with no walks and six K’s. Page and Raudy Read both reached base three times with two hits and a walk to pace the Auburn offense.
Roster move: OF David Gardner (8th Rd. pick) assigned from Washington.

GCL Cardinals 8 GCL Nationals 2
• Van Orden (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Johns 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Corredor 2-3, R, BB
• Aguero 2-3, 2B

The G-Cards scored in four of the first five innings as they cruised to an 8-2 beating of the G-Nats. Washington 5th Rd. pick Drew Van Orden took the loss, giving up two runs on four hits and no walks in his pro debut. Aldrem Corredor and “Fred” Aguero both went 2-for-3 as the G-Nats got eight hits total but went 0-for-13 with RISP.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Rojos 0
• Bermudez (W, 1-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Charlis 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• G. Ramirez 3-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Je. Baez 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, 4RBI, SB

Three D-Nat pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over the D-Rojos. Juan Bermudez got the win with four hits and two walks allowed over five and 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Jeyner Baez singled, doubled, and walked to lead the 12-hit, three-walk offense.

Jun 232014
 

Hagerstown took both Pitcher and Player of the Week awards for the Sally League while Brandon Laird was named the Imnternational League’s Batter of the Week for week of June 16-22.

Pivetta pitched just once, but six no-hit innings with one unearned run allowed on one walk and two strikeouts last Friday was enough to earn the honor of the Sally League’s Pitcher of the Week. Hagerstown won the game 9-1 and finished with a combined one-hitter with Andrew Cooper (2IP) and Ryan Ullmann (1IP) finishing up the game. For the season, Pivetta is 9-3 in 13 appearances (12 starts) with a pitcher’s line of 3.57/4.37/1.27 with 47K (6.71/9IP) and 23BB (3.29/9IP) in 63 innings pitched.

Even an 0-for-3 game yesterday couldn’t dissuade voters from naming 19-y.o. (yes, really) Drew Ward as Batter of the Week for the Sally League. Of course, the week was shortened by the All-Star break but in those four games, Ward went 7-for-17 (.412) with three doubles and two home runs for a Nintendo-esque .941 slugging percentage and a .444 on-base percentage. He scored four times and drove in six. The third baseman has struggled on defense (14 errors in 48 games) and has whiffed 60 times in 57 games but has also hit .274/.328/.465 with eight HRs and 48 RBI total on the season thus far.

Brandon Laird did play a full slate, as the I.L. all-star break isn’t for another couple of weeks, and hit .423 with a double, four homers for eight RBI and eight runs scored. The four longballs came in four straight games, one shy of the franchise record set by Corey Brown in 2012. The 26-y.o. was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 27th Round of the 2007 Draft and has seen time at the MLB level with New York (11 games, 2011) and Houston (17 games, 2012; 25 games, 2013) as a corner infielder. He was acquired in a spring-training trade with Kansas City for cash and/or a PTBNL this past March.

Jun 232014
 

There’s not much question about this when it comes to the P-Nats: These guys can hit.

Sure, they took a couple of innings to get going last night as the first six men went down in order with just one well-struck ball, an opposite-field liner by Shawn Pleffner. But in the 3rd, Will Piwnica-Worms homered to lead off the inning and struck out to end it.

In between, the Woodbridge nine had seven runners make it to first base and five of them came around to score for six-run inning that propelled the P-Nats to an 11-4 win over the Salem Red Sox.

Eight of the nine batters hit safely, and the one who didn’t — Oscar Tejeda — still drove in two runs with a fielder’s choice that might have been a hit but for a brilliant stop and toss by Salem’s Ryan Dent to get the runner trying to advance from second to third.

Randolph Oduber also went deep while Khayyan Norfork went 3-for-4 with a two-run double. Cobmined with Piwinica-Worms, the #7 batter, the veteran trio went 7-for-13 with five runs scored and five runs driven in.

On the pitching side, John Simms started and turned in five innings that on many nights wouldn’t be good enough to win as he did for the second time. He was charged with all four Salem runs on six hits and two walks and struck out four.

Two relievers followed, both coming off long stints on the DL.

Brian Rauh made his first appearance in nearly two months and did pitch well: three no-hit, no-run innings with two walks and three strikeouts and three groundouts.

He was followed by Richie Mirowski — out since May 6th, and essentially down from AA on an unofficial rehab assignment, much like Rafael Martin and Paul Demny before him — who was charged with a hit when Oduber lost the ball in the twilight and had it fall behind him in LF for a double. Mirowski was unfazed by the gaffe and retired the next two batters to finish out the game.

The two teams resume the series tonight, which could be a sellout with both Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper expected to play on rehab assignments from DC. Dakota Bacus (2-2, 3.63) will get the ball for Potomac, opposed by Salem’s Justin Haley (5-2, 2.05).

Jun 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-0 @ Durham,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (9-3, 3.08) vs.
Montgomery (8-1, 3.38)
Harrisburg Won, 7-5 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
MacGregor (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
Blach (4-4, 2.79)
Potomac Won, 11-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-2, 3.63) vs.
Haley (5-2, 2.05)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1st Low-A start of ’14) vs.
Rico (2-5, 4.33)
Auburn Lost, 15-5 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Hill (0-0, 9.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (0-2, 1.20) vs.
Estevez (0-2, 2.16)


Syracuse 9 Durham 0
• Treinen (W, 4-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 8K
• Jackson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, BB

The Chiefs continue to roll, taking their sixth straight with a 9-0 running of the Bulls. Blake Treinen gave up three hits and three walks in six scoreless innings to improve his AAA record to 4-0. Three relievers threw one inning apiece to complete the four-hit shutout. Steve Souza doubled and homered, scoring twice and driving in three to lead Syracuse’s 13-hit attack, followed by Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes, who singled, doubled and walked.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 5
• Cole 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Harper (BS, 1; W, 1-0) ⅔+ IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Herron (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Dykstra 3-3, R, 2BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, BB, 2SB

A three-run 7th put Harrisburg on top for good as they outlasted Akron for a 7-5 win to take the series, 2-1. The rally took Bryan Harper off the hook for blowing a 3-2 lead in the top of the inning and turned A.J. Cole’s quality start into another no-decision. Tyler Herron let in one of two inherited runners in the 8th, but closed out the game for the save. Cutter Dykstra reached base five times with three singles and two walks to pace the Senators offense. Roster moves: While not official yet, UTs Sean Nicol and Justin Bloxom have been released to make room for recently signed RHP Scott McGregor (not the son of former Orioles LHP) and OF Drew Vettleson, according to Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-Times.

Potomac 11 Lynchburg 4
• Simms (W, 2-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rauh 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Norfork 3-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

A six-run 3rd put this one away early Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 Greensboro 3
• Johansen 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Webb (W, 3-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Ballou 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Difo 2-4, 2R, BB
• Kieboom 2-4, RBI, SB

The Suns rallied in the 9th to take the game, 4-3 and the series, 3-1 against the Grasshoppers. Jake Johansen got the start but failed to go five innings for the fourth time in 14 starts, giving up two runs on five hits over four innings with no walks and three K’s. The win went to Joe Webb, who walked two and struck out one while pitching the 8th and 9th innings. The 2-3-4 trio of Wilmer Difo, Isaac Ballou, and Spencer Kieboom combined to go 6-for-12 with a homer (Ballou), three runs scored, and three RBI.

Mahoning Valley 15 Auburn 5
• Martinez (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, WP, BK
• Yrizarri 1IP, 2H, 7R, 0ER, 2BB, K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Mejia 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, 2E
• Page 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Davidson 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Six Auburn errors and a seven-run 6th by Mahoning Valley put the brakes on a modest three-game win streak as the Scrappers trashed the Doubledays, 15-5. Andres Martinez took the loss, dinged for four runs on nine hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings. All seven runs charged to Deibi Yrizarri in the aforementioned frame were unearned, though the 19-y.o. Venezuelan put five baserunners on with two hits, two walks, and a hit batsman in the space of 10 batters. Bryan Mejia went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple while Matthew Page smacked his first professional homer, a two-run shot in the 9th.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After splitting two with the G-Mets last week, it’s three against the Cardinals (away-home-away) then three against the Marlins (home-away-home) this week.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
A 3-3 week has dropped the D-Nats three back in the Boca Chica South. This week it’s home games against the Rojos, Red Sox, Giants and Rockies with a pair of home games against the Red Sox and Giants.

Jun 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 16-3 @ Durham,
5:05 p.m.
Treinen (3-0, 2.17) vs.
Hellickson (0-2, 12.60)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Cole (6-3, 2.78) vs.
von Schammann (5-2, 3.09)
Potomac Won, 10-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Simms (1-4, 4.07) vs.
Kukuk (1-4, 7.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-4 @ Greensboro,
4:00 p.m.
Johansen (4-2, 5.13) vs.
German (7-2, 2.10)
Auburn Won, 5-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-0, 6.23) vs.
Vizcaya (0-0, 2.25)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-0 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 10-9 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 16 Durham 3
• Simmons (W, 1-1) 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Delcarmen 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Peterson 4-6, 3R, 2-2B, RBI
• Rhymes 4-7, 3R, 3RBI
• Souza 3-6, 2R, 2B, BB, 5RBI

An 11-run 2nd put this one away early as Syracuse destroyed Durham, 16-3. James Simmons shook off the long delay to go seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk to record his first AAA win of the season. Just three of the 21 hits the Chiefs compiled were for extra bases — two doubles by Brock Peterson, who had four hits as did Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes, and one by Steve Souza, who tallied five RBI.

Harrisburg 5 Akron 3
• Espino (W, 3-3) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Self (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Hague 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• W. Ramos 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

Harrisburg dialed long distance three times, including a three-run shot by Wilson Ramos in the 3rd as they ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Akron. Ricky Hague and Kevin Keyes also went deep, with Hague the sole Senator to record multiple hits. Paolo Espino got the win, giving up both RubberDuck runs on four hits and no walks over five innings. He struck out a season-high of eight. Derek Self turned in three scoreless innings for the hold while Robert Benincasa retired the side in order for his first AA save.

Potomac 10 Lynchburg 2
• Spann (W, 5-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Tejeda 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Perez 1-3, 3R, 3B, 2BB, RBI, 2SB (19, 20)
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI, SB(1)

The P-Nats scored three in the 1st and were in control from start to finish for a 10-2 win over the Hillcats. Matthew Spann threw five shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out two for the win, his team-leading fifth “W” for the P-Nats. Potomac batters put up a baker’s dozen of hits, including a double by Shawn Pleffner (1-for-3), a triple by Stephen Perez (1-for-3) and a home run by Oscar Tejeda (3-for-5).

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 4
• Giolito (L, 2-2) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 3-4, 2B, SB
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, RBI

The Suns led this one early, 3-0, but the Grasshoppers got to Lucas Giolito with back-to-back solo home runs to lead off the 3rd, then chased him in the 5th with four straight hits with one out as they went on to an 8-4 win. Washington’s #1 prospect finished with a line of four runs allowed on six hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Isaac Ballou led the Hagerstown hit column with a 3-for-4 game, which included a double and stolen base. Wilmer Difo racked up seven total bases with a triple and a home run.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3
• Reyes 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Williams (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Read 2-4, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, 2R, 2BB

Auburn scored in each of the first three innings en route to a 5-3 win and two-game sweep of Williamsport. Luis Reyes got the start but gave up all three Crosscutter runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out five. Deion Williams threw four innings of two-hit relief, issuing one walk and fanning four to earn the win. Raudy Read doubled twice, walked once, and drove in three. The Doubledays totaled nine hits and ten walks on offense, which led to 13 men left on base.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Mets 0
• Vasquez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Reynoso (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Fischer (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Rosario 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Ortiz 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB, 3K

The G-Nats took advantage of five errors and five walks to score eight runs on just seven hits as they blanked the G-Mets, 8-0. Six pitchers combined on the three-hit shutout. The win went to Yorlin Reynoso, who walked two and struck out one over two innings, while David Fischer struck out five of seven batters faced in his two scoreless frames, which earned him a hold. Dionicio Rosario singled three times and walked once to lead the offense, while 18-y.o. Oliver Ortiz hit his first professional homer.

DSL Rojos 10 DSL Nationals 9
• Nunez 2⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Fuentes (L, 0-2) 3IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mota 4-5, 2R, SB
• Franco 3-5, 2R, RBI, E(10)

The D-Nats coughed up four runs in both the 3rd and 5th innings to blow an 8-2 lead and lose to the D-Rojos, 10-9. Jose Nunez started and went two and 2/3rds innings, charged with five runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out five. The loss went to Steven Fuentes, his second, with two runs allowed over three innings on one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. Israel Mota and Anderson Franco combined for seven of the 12 D-Nats hits.

Jun 212014
 

So Long
With the signing of 24 players earlier this week, there are more players than spots. Thus, this batch includes a few releases…

HARRISBURG
• C Wilson Ramos assigned from Washington for MLB rehab

POTOMAC
• RHP Richie Mirowski activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Brian Rauh activated from 7-Day DL
• RHP Ronald Pena placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 15

AUBURN
• OF Brenton Allen released
• IF Jean Carlos Valdez released
• OF Greg Zebrack released
• OF D.K. Carey assigned from Washington (7th Rd. pick)
• IF Austin Davidson assigned from Washington (13th Rd. pick)
• OF Alec Keller assigned from Washington (17th Rd. pick)
• OF Brian Langlois assigned from Washington (20th Rd. pick)
• SS Chris Riopedre assigned from Washington (23rd Rd. pick)
• OF Clay Williamson assigned from Washington (19th Rd. pick)

GCL NATIONALS
• RHP David Fischer assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab

Jun 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Simmons (0-1, 7.50) vs.
Montgomery (8-1, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (2-3, 5.18) vs.
Anderson (2-5, 4.92)
Potomac Postponed @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (4-1, 3.83) vs.
Sims (5-4, 5.00)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (2-1, 2.03) vs.
Garcia (6-2, 4.58)
Auburn Won, 5-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Sanchez (0-1, 6.75)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-1 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 15-8 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Nunez (0-0, 8.00) vs.
Jones (0-2, 4.30)


Syracuse 8 Durham 2
• Roenicke (W, 3-3) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gonzalez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 3-4
• Johnson 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Laird 2-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Brandon Laird homered for the fourth straight game — all Syracuse wins — including this one by an 8-2 count over Durham.
Roster move: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Akron 2 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 2WP
• Holland (L, 5-2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Skole 3-4, 2B
• Kobernus 1-4, 2B, SB
• 0-for-12 RISP

The clutch hit eluded Harrisburg as they tumbled to their fifth straight loss, 2-1.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — PPD
Usually, when I write the phrase “power outage,” it’s metaphorical; This time it’s literal as thunderstorms rolled through Lynchburg in the late afternoon and knocked out the electrcity to force a doubleheader tonight on August 19.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 1
• Pivetta (W, 9-3) 6IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Cooper 2IP, 1H, 0R, ER, BB, K
• Manuel 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Mesa 3-5, R, SB, CS

Hagerstown wasted no time with Greensboro, scoring five in the 1st en route to a 9-1 win, their second in the 2nd half and third straight overall.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3
• Ott 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, K, HBP (60+ pitches)
• Derosier 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Valdez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Vettleson 4-4, 2B, RBI, SB, OF assist at 3B
• Mejia 2-4, R

The Doubledays rallied for three in the bottom of the 8th for the 5-3 sportswriter’s win and got to .500 with a 4-4 mark for the season.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 1
• Morales (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• J. Ramirez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• L. Guzman 2-4
• T. Alvarez 1-3, R, 3B

It’s a different year and a different set of kids, as the G-Mets pounded the G-Nats, 7-1.

DSL Orioles2 15 DSL Nationals 8
• Pena (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Cespedes 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Franco 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Pimentel 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Robles 2-3, 2R, 2BB, SB

After getting pounded 19-8 on Thursday, the D-Orioles2 returned the favor on Friday with a 15-8 beating of the D-Nats.

Jun 202014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 43-30, 1st place I.L. North, 2 games ahead

Good Tyler Moore .383/.500/.660 in June (14G)
Bad Mike Gonzalez 5.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP over last 10 appearances
Interesting Daniel Stange 11⅓ consecutive IP w/o an ER allowed (7 appearances)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 28-42, 5th place E.L. West, 13½ games behind

Good Tyler Herron 1-0, 2 SV, 1.88 ERA, 1.40 WHIP over last 11 appearances
Bad 68 errors in 70 games (9th in 12-team E.L.)
Interesting 48 different players have played for the Senators thus far (H/T Sens PR)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 0-1, T2nd place, 1 game behind (38-32 overall)

Good Oscar Tejeda .297/.381/.514, 2HR, 5RBI in last 10G
Bad 7th or 8th in every team pitching category except BB (6th)
Interesting (No, not really) Excluding MLB rehabs, the P-Nats have used 13 different SP, 23 pitchers overall



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 1-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (45-26 overall)

Good Jake Walsh 0-2, 4SV, 1.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Drew Ward 56K in 54G
Interesting .977 Fld%, 46% CS rate — both #1 in 14-team Sally League



DSL NATIONALS 11-6, 2nd place Boca Chica South, 2 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Angher Cespedes 1-0, 3SV, 14K in 9⅔ IP (six appearances)
Bad 18-y.o. Luis Rengel .459 OPS, 5E in 13G
Interesting 17-y.o. Victor Robles 11SB, .916OPS in 14G
Jun 202014
 

After getting rained out the night before, the clouds were ominous as Auburn and Mahoning Valley began play last night. But the rain never came and the two teams combined for a pair of close games, with the Scrappers posting a 3-0 shutout in the opener and the Doubledays returning the favor with a 2-0 whitewash in the nightcap.

Auburn’s Reynaldo Lopez took the hill in Game One and quickly established a mid-90s fastball… but not much else. The 20-y.o. Dominican walked two in the first inning as he tried to get a feel for the strike zone, showing a slider, change, and a curve.

Despite the Scrappers not having to worry too much about his secondary offerings, they struggled to get the bat on the ball solidly. They avoided the K, but also popped up four times in the first three innings.

Mahoning Valley got on the board when a two-out, two-strike fastball was taken the other way by the No. 5 batter Jorge Martinez to drive in leadoff man Ordormar Valdez, who got on with with a single, and cleanup man Leo Castillo, who walked.

Lopez would go four innings total, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, but curiously for such high heat, zero strikeouts.

Brett Mooneyham was the first man out of the ‘pen in the 5th and served up a solo HR to the first batter he faced. He then retired the side in order and the leadoff batter in the next before loading the bases in the 6th on a single, hit batsman, and a walk — committing an error on a poor pickoff throw but getting out of the mess with by starting a 1-2-3 DP to end the inning.

Offensively, the Doubledays were no-hit for three innings by 20-y.o. Sean Brady, a southpaw who could throw a nice 12-6 hook, just not for strikes. Unlike Lopez, he kept with the secondary pitches and might have had four no-hit frames had he not been caught napping by Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who dropped down a bunt with one out in the 4th.

Diaz went to 2nd on a two-out walk by Cody Gunter and was stranded there as Raudy Read flew out to end the 4th. That would be the one and only batter to get into scoring position as the two Scrapper relievers finished the job with three scoreless innings.

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In the second game, Auburn got on the board first in the 1st to put Mahoning Valley in chase mode for the rest of the game. With one out, Bryan Mejia singled, then stole second. After a Drew Vettleson strikeout, Jean Carlos Valdez ripped a grounder through the 5/6 hole for an RBI single to put the Doubledays up 1-0.

Luis Torres was the starter in the second game. He didn’t flash the heat like Lopez, but had much better breaking pitches and much better command. He retired the first five batters he faced and didn’t allow a runner to reach second until the 5th, which he did by firing a strike to the first base wall for a two-base error.

That was enough for manager Gary Cathcart to pull the plug and insert R.C. Orlan into the game. The slender southpaw got the Scrappers leadoff man to pop up to end the 5th, and preserve a 1-0 lead.

Auburn plated an insurance run in the 6th with some help from Mahoning Valley. Vettleson and Valdez went back-to-back with singles to lead off the inning while Cody Gunter drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out.

Matthew Page couldn’t get ‘em in when a tapper to first base was tossed in to home plate for the force, erasing Vettleson, but hit slowly enough for Page to beat the return throw from the catcher.

Garrett Gordon also came up short with a flyout to right field which wasn’t hit deep enough to send in the runner (Cathcart wisely put the brakes on Valdez, as the Scrappers outfielder fired in a bullet in that probably would have nailed him).

And then, after two good plays to deny Auburn, Mahoning Valley literally threw it away with a wild pitch and dug themselves into a 2-0 hole.

Orlan retired the side in order in the bottom of the 6th, which would earn him the win. He was replaced by David Napoli in the 7th, who got the first two batters easily. An error and a walk made things interesting before he struck out the final batter with a sharp curve to earn the save. It would be the first win and save for Orlan and Napoli, respectively.

The Doubledays (3-4) return to upstate New York for a pair of games against the Crosscutters tonight and tomorrow before hosting the Scrappers on Sunday and Monday.