May 152015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 2.67) vs.
E. Johnson (3-2, 4.89)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Potomac Lost, 1-0 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (0-3, 7.71) vs.
Ramos (0-0, 1.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-0;
Won, 3-0
vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (4-1, 1.72) vs.
McRae (2-2, 4.33)


Syracuse 4 Gwinnett 1
• Hill (W, 3-1) 8IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Martin (S, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Lerud 3-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• den Dekker 2-4, 3R, SB(5)

Steven Lerud drove in all four runs while Taylor Hill turned in a season-high eight-plus innings as the Chiefs took the game, 4-1 and the series, 3-1. Lerud posted his third straight multihit game as he went 3-for-4, including a two-run HR in the 7th to break open a 1-0 game. Hill pitched into the 9th but hit a batter and gave up a single before giving way to Rafael Martin, who lost the shutout but got the save, as he did not allow a run for just the second time in six appearances since his return from Washington.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 2
• Espino (L, 0-3) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, 2B
• Renda 1-4, R, 2B, BB, SB

The Thunder struck for four runs in the 1st and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Senators. Starter Paolo Espino turned in four shutout innnings afterwards, but the damage had been done as he gave four runs on six hits and three walks to suffer his third loss of the season. Erik Davis continued his rehab tour with a shutout inning of relief. Wilmer Difo singled and doubled while Tony Renda walked and doubled, but Harrisburg’s inability to convert baserunners into runs continued as they left on 12 and were just 2-for-10 with RISP.
Roster move: RHP Erik Davis assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 0
• Giolito (L, 0-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 11K
• Suero 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mesa 2-3, 2B, BB
• Bostick 2-4

Facing the Carolina League’s weakest offense instead of its strongest, Lucas Giolito struck out a career-high 11 batters over six innings, walking one and letting in one run. He threw 84 pitches, 63 for strikes. That should have been good enough to win, but the P-Nats were unable to score a single run as they were shut out for the third time in 34 games, 1-0 by the Blue Rocks. Narciso Mesa singled, doubled, and walked to lead the Potomac offense, which collected seven hits and no walks on the night.

West Virginia 3 Hagerstown 0 — GAME ONE
• Rodriguez (L, 0-3) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Mooneyham 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Carey 1-2
• Read 1-3

Jefry Rodriguez pitched into the 5th for the first time, but lost for the third time as the Suns were shut out, 3-0. Rodriguez let in all three Power runs on six hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings. He left with the bases loaded, but Brett Mooneyham was able to strand all three and closed out the game with two more scoreless innings. Hagerstown managed just four hits — all singles — and no walks.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 0 — GAME TWO
• Bach (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Amlung (S, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-2, 2R, 2B
• Reistetter 2-3, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

Hagerstown scored twice in the 1st and once in the 3rd as they returned the favor with a 3-0 shutout of West Virginia. Connor Bach and Justin Amlung combined on the three-hit shutout, with Bach walking two and striking out six over five and 1/3rd innings to earn the win, and Amlung stranding two in the 6th and working around a hit batsman in the 7th to notch the save. Tablesetters Alec Keller and Matt Reistetter combined to go 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles, a triple (Reistetter) and two RBI (ditto).

Trea Turner Update
Turner was 1-for-2 in a rain-shortened 2-0 Missions loss. His on-base streak is now at 14 games.

May 142015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Gwinnett,
10:35 a.m.
T. Hill (2-1, 4.86)vs.
G. Smith (1-1, 1.80)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (0-2, 3.67) vs.
Ruth (0-0, 4.82)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 10.38) vs.
Reed (2-2, 2.08)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. West Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (0-2, 6.97) and
Bach (0-0, 4.56) vs.
Y. Garcia (0-2, 2.82) and
Regalado (0-1, 3.05)


Gwinnett 2 Syracuse 1 (10 inn.)
• Jordan 8IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Fornataro (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Hill ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Stewart 2-5
• Dykstra 0-1, R, 3BB

A pitcher’s duel went into extras and Gwinnett was the last man standing with a 2-1 win in 10 innings. Taylor Jordan needed just 84 pitches to get through eight innings, in which he allowed just one run on six hits and no walks, but had no decision to show for it. Eric Fornataro pitched a scoreless 9th, but gave up a hit and a walk in the 10th which Rich Hill let in with two outs to give Fornataro the loss. Ian Stewart collected two of the seven Syracuse hits while Cutter Dykstra drew three of the Chiefs’ five walks. Syracuse left 12 men on base, including one in the 9th and two in the 10th.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 3
• Rauh (W, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• De Los Santos (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dupra (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, BB

Kevin Keyes’s two-run shot in the 7th broke open a 2-1 game as the Senators held off the Phils for a 4-3 win to complete the three-game sweep. Brian Rauh was Dr. Jekyll for this start, allowing one run on a HR and four hits total while walking three and fanning two over six innings for his first AA win. Keyes was 3-for-4 overall, leading the Harrisburg hit column, but the Sens struggled yet again to make Reading pay for walking seven batters with 1-for-8 mark with RISP and 10 men left on base. Brian Dupra worked around a hit and a walk in the 9th to close out the game and earn the save.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 2 (10 inn.)
• Pivetta 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 1-2) 3⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, K, WP
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Wooten 1-4, R, 2B

The offensive struggles for Potomac continue as they managed just five hits and lost in extras Wilmington, 3-2. Nick Pivetta turned in a quality start, giving two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Jake Johansen followed and was perhaps pushed an inning too far, as the Blue Rocks got to him on their second look with a three singles in the 10th. Isaac Ballou was the sole P-Nat with multiple hits as he singled, doubled, scored a run, and stole his seventh base.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After a 4-3 road trip through Georgia and South Carolina, the Suns return to the Muni for eight games against the Power and the Grasshoppers, beginning with a doubleheader tonight.

Trea Turner Update
Wednesday was an off day for the San Antonio Missions.

May 132015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 2.88) vs.
Banuelos (2-0, 3.06)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 vs. Reading,
10:30 a.m.
Rauh (0-3, 6.46) vs.
Windle (0-1, 5.33)
Potomac Won, 2-0 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Pivetta (1-3, 1.41) vs.
Junis (1-3, 4.24)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 4
• Billings (W, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Delcarmen (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lerud 3-3, BB, RBI
• Ka‘aihue 2-4, 2R, 2B

Gwinnett scored single runs in the 1st and 3rd innings, but Syracuse answered with two in the 2nd and 4th and added a fifth run in the 5th to take a 5-2 lead. The Barves rallied for two in the bottom of the 9th but couldn’t push across the tying run to lose, 5-4. Bruce Billings got his first win with a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. Steven Lerud reached base four times with three singles and a walk and drove in a run to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 1
• Ross (W, 2-1) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Demny (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Lisson 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Mario Lisson drove in three while Joe Ross tossed seven strong innings as the Sens beat the Phils, 4-1. Ross notched his fourth straight quality start with one run let in on seven hits and a walk while fanning five. Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold while Paul Demny did the same in the 9th for the save. Brian Goodwin led the hit column with two singles and a double while Lisson singled and homered in four trips to the plate as Harrisburg pounded out 11 hits total on the night.
Roster move: RHP Casey Janssen assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 0
• Lopez (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, WP
• Self (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lee (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kieboom 2-4
• Wooten 1-3, 2B, RBI

Three P-Nats pitchers combined on a 2-0 shutout of the Blue Rocks. Reynaldo Lopez won his second start with another scoreless outing, giving up four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six. Derek Self got the hold with one hit allowed over two innings while Nick Lee whiffed two of three batters in the 9th for the save. Spencer Kieboom went 2-for-4 while Isaac Ballou (single in the 6th) and John Wooten (double in the 7th) collected RBIs to power the Potomac offense.
Roster moves: RHPs Casey Janssen and Erik Davis MLB rehab assignments ended.

Greenville 4 Hagerstown 0
• Valdez (L, 3-2) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Orlan 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Keller 1-3, BB, SB(5)

Two Greenville pitchers shut out Hagerstown on four hits to take the game, 4-0, and split the four-game series. Phillips Valdez took the loss, his second, allowing a run on four hits over four innings while striking out four. Alec Keller was the sole Sun to reach base twice with a walk in the 4th and a single in the 6th.

Trea Turner Update
Turner lost his hit streak but extended his on-base streak to 13 games as he was 0-for-3 with a walk in the Missions’ 3-2 loss.

May 122015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Billings (0-2, 4.01) vs.
Marimon (2-0, 0.47)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Ross (1-1, 2.81) vs.
Eflin (2-2, 2.51)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Caramo (1-1, 2.67)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Greenville,
2:05 p.m.
Valdez (3-1, 1.38) vs.
Kopech (1-2, 3.86)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• McGregor (W, 3-2) 6⅔ IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Lively (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• den Dekker 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Burriss 1-3, 2R, BB, SB(5)

Chien Ming-Wang coughed up three runs in the 6th, but this time it was to the benefit of the Nats as Syracuse held off Gwinnett, 5-2. Scott McGregor allowed one run on seven hits and two walks over six and 2/3rds inning to pick up the win, with an assist (ok, fine: hold) from Mitch Lively who stranded two runners to finish the 7th. Matt den Dekker led the Chiefs offense with a 3-for-5 night while Emmanuel Burriss singled and walked to push his hit streak to 11.

Harrisburg 6 Reading 3
• Bleier (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• D. Robinson 2-3, R, BB
• Hague 2-4

Harrisburg also broke through for three runs in the middle innings, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead as they doubled up Reading, 6-3.
Richard Bleier was roughed up for a pair of runs in the 1st but settled down to go seven full, retiring 11 straight batters at one point. He gave up four hits, no walks, and struck out three. Derrick Robins reached base three times with a walks and two singles, while Ricky Hague also got two safeties as the Sens totaled nine hits and four walks on offense.
Roster moves: LHP Bryan Harper placed on 7-Day DL; RHP Hector Ambriz assigned from Washington (FA sign from L.I. Ducks, Atlantic League)

Potomac 5 Frederick 1
• Bacus (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K
• Davis (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Miller 2-3, 2R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Norfork 2-3, R, RBI

Brandon Miller went deep twice while Dakota Bacus turned in five strong innings on short rest as Potomac split the series with Frederick with a 5-1 victory. Miller also walked and was 2-for-3 overall, as was Khayyan Norfork to lead the P-Nats attack. Despite throwing on three days’ rest, Bacus turned in his best outing: one run on two hits and two walks over five with seven strikeouts, which earned him his first win of ’15. Erik Davis and Tyler Mapes both turned in two scoreless innings of relief to finish off the Keys.

Greenville 5 Hagerstown 4
• Reyes 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Davidson 2-4, R, SB(5)
• Abreu 2-3, R, 2B, E(15)

The Drive rallied for two with two out in the 7th to snap a 3-3 tie and held on for a 5-4 win over the Suns. Luis Reyes got the start and was charged with three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The loss went to Mario Sanchez, who gave up two on three hits in the 7th after a scoreless 6th. Hagerstown scored four times without an RBI hit, thanks to a pair of sacrifice flies by Grant DeBruin and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, an error on Austin Davidson’s steal of third, and Osvaldo Abreu getting pushed over and across by back-to-back groundouts to second after his leadoff double.
Roster moves: LHP Jake Walsh placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Jake Amlung assigned from Washington.

Trea Turner Update
Turner tripled and walked in four plate appearances, extending his hit streak to seven games and his on-base streak to 12 contests in a 2-1 San Antonio loss.

May 112015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
McGregor (2-2, 4.21) vs.
Wang (0-3, 5.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Bleier (0-0, 5.63) vs.
Biddle (3-0, 4.62)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (0-0, 3.38) vs.
Horacek (2-2, 2.83)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-2, 4.97) vs.
Fernandez (0-4, 4.91)


Durham 5 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 0-1) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Runion ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• Burriss 2-4
• Lerud 2-3

The HR bug continues to bite A.J. Cole, as two of three hits he gave up left the yard in a 5-1 Chiefs loss to the Bulls. Cole went six innings and was charged with three runs, all coming via the longball, with one walk and five strikeouts for his first AAA loss of the season. The Syracuse ‘pen gave up single runs in the 7th and 9th, but it was mostly moot as the offense consisted of Ian Stewart’s HR and six other hits, four of which came from Emmanuel Burriss (2-for-4) and Steven Lerud (2-for-3).

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 4
• Voth 4IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Simmons (L, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Keyes 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Renda 2-4, R, BB, SB

Altoona put up crooked numbers in the first two innings and another in the 9th as they reversed their fortunes from Saturday night to win this one, 7-4. Austin Voth labored through four innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks while fanning four, but needing 83 pitches to do it. James Simmons took the loss as he allowed the go-ahead run in his two innings of relief. Kevin Keyes singled once and doubled twice to lead the Sens offense, which struggled with RISP at 3-for-14.
Roster move: RHP Brian Dupra promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Frederick 3
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Janssen (BS, 1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Suero (W, 4-2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 2-4, R
• Ward 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

Potomac scored in each of its last three “ups” to stop a three-game slide and walk off in the 9th, 4-3 vs. Frederick. Rehabbing Casey Janssen took away a “W” from Matt Spann, who turned in his best out of the year with six shutout innings with no walks and four hits allowed. Janssen was a single shy of giving up the cycle in the 7th, as her served up a homer, double, and triple for three runs. Christopher Bostick delivered the gamewinner after a walk, error, and failed double play got the deciding run to third with less than two out. Drew Ward doubled twice while Isaac Ballou singled twice to lead the P-Nats attack.
Roster move: RHP Derek Self demoted from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 2 Greenville 0
• Van Orden 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, PO at 1B
• Napoli (W, 2-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B
• Keller 1-3, BB

Three Suns pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of the Drive for a 2-0 win. Drew Van Orden (3IP), Connor Bach (2IP), and David Napoli (4IP), each gave up one hit with Napoli earning the win while walking one and striking out six. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled to lead off the 7th and scored on Grant DeBruin’s RBI double. DeBruin took third on the failed play at the plate and scored on Jeff Gardner’s sacrifice fly to account for the two Hagerstown runs.
Roster moves: LHP David Ramos placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Drew Van Orden recalled from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner has hit safely now in five straight games for the second time in a span of 11 games as he was 2-for-4 with a double in a 6-5 San Antonio win.

May 102015
 

Potomac’s losing streak was extended to three as they were shut out for the second time this season, 4-0 by the first-place Frederick Keys.

Perhaps the outcome was evident from the first inning, which began with such promise. Isaac Ballou led off with a line-drive single to right, followed by a ‘tweener that fell in to short right-center off the bat of Christopher Bostick. Stephen Perez then drew the first of two walks on the night to load the bases.

Then Spencer Kieboom was caught looking. Drew Ward swung and missed for another K. John Wooten worked the count full, which allowed the runners to take off and ensure that at least two runs would score on anything that got out of the infield.

Nope — Wooten whiffed. It was the first and best chance for Potomac to score.

The next-best chance came in the 5th when Ballou walked and took third on another Bostick single to short right-center, though an on-line throw would have got him. Bostick advanced on the throw, which missed third but was backed up by the pitcher.

Perez flew out to shallow center and Ballou ran the P-Nats out of the inning by getting thrown out at the plate.

John Simms, who had been hit hard in his first two starts, was the hard-luck loser as he turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on four hits and no walks over six innings.

Jake Johansen was the first man out the ‘pen and also had the misfortune of a one-out error followed by a double, which forced the Potomac infield to play in. Sure enough, Frederick’s John Ruettiger bounced one up the middle to double the Keys lead from 2-0 to 4-0.

It was mostly a moot point, though, since P-Nats went down in order in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th as Keys reliever Dennis Torres was perfect while earning his first save of the season.

The loss dropped Potomac to 11-18 for the season, five and half behind Frederick and just a game and a half out of the Carolina League North cellar.

Today, it’s a matchup of southpaws Matthew Spann (0-4, 5.87) faces off against Jhonathan Ramos (0-0, 1.93).

May 102015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-8 (12 inn.) vs. Durham,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 2.14) vs.
Romero (0-1, 6.75)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 vs. Altoona,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 3.97) vs.
Dodson (1-1, 1.08)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Spann (0-4, 5.87) vs.
Ramos (0-0, 1.93)
Hagerstown Won, 11-7 @ Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 4.98) vs.
Beeks (2-0, 4.74)


Syracuse 9 Durham 8 (12 inn.)
• Hill 5IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 1K, 3HR
• Meek (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Martinson 3-6, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Gwynn 2-5, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Stewart 2-5, 2R, BB, RBI

Syracuse rallied from a 5-1 deficit to force extras, answered Durham’s run in the 11th, and then walked off in the 12th for a 9-8 win. Taylor Hill got the start but was pounded for six runs on nine hits, including three home runs, over five innings. He walked one and struck out one. The win went to Evan Meek, who saw his scoreless streak stopped at nine innings (22 dating back to 2014), though he gave up a solo HR in the 11th. Jason Martinson singled, doubled, and homered to go 3-for-6 and drive in three while Matt den Dekker walked with the bases loaded to score the winning run.

Harrisburg 7 Altoona 4
• Espino 3⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Demny (W, 2-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mendez (SV, 3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• D. Robinson 2-4, R, SB
• Renda 2-4, R, RBI

Harrisburg scored five unanswered runs, including three in the 7th, to complete a comeback from a 4-2 deficit for a 7-4 win over Altoona. Paolo Espino was chased from the game in the 4th, when the Curve scored all four runs, three of which were charged to him. He gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Paul Demny got the win with two scoreless innings of relieve while Gilberto Mendez worked around two hits in the 9th to earn his third save. Derrick Robinson and Tony Renda both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Senators offense.

Frederick 4 Potomac 0
• Simms (L, 0-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ballou 1-3, BB
• Bostick 2-4

John Simms pitched well, but the clutch hit was AWOL Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 11 Greenville 7
• A. Williams (W, 4-1) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Walsh 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Carey 4-5, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• DeBruin 3-5, 2R, 2RBI

The Suns sent 12 men to the plate in an eight-run 1st and held off the Drive for an 11-7 win. Hagerstown starter Austen Williams won his fourth game with five innings of one-run ball, though it came on a HR in the 3rd. He gave six hits total, a walk, and struck out three. D.K. Carey led the 20-hit assault with four singles in five trips to the plate, followed by Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Grant DeBruin, who both went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Trea Turner Update
Turner remains hot as he was 2-for-4 with an RBI in an 11-1 Missions loss. After a month of play, he’s hitting .314/.392/.467 with 3HR, 15RBI, and 6SB.

May 092015
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 11-17, 5th place I.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Emmanuel Burris, 10-game on-base streak
Bad Rafael Martin 5H, 5R, 4BB in last three appearances (1-2, BS)
Interesting Evan Meek 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 5SV in nine appearances


HARRISBURG SENATORS 10-17, 4th place E.L. West, 6½ games behind

Good Joe Ross — three straight QS, 2.81/2.69/1.31
Bad Brian Goodwin, 3E in 12G
Interesting 67 pitching BB is second fewest in E.L.


POTOMAC NATIONALS 11-17, 3rd place C.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Spencer Kieboom .324, 7BB, 4RBI over last 10G
Bad 15 pitching HBP, leads C.L.
Interesting 1-11 in games where the opponent scores first


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 12-15, T5th place Sally North, 7 games behind

Good Austen Williams, Phillips Valdez both 3-1 with sub-2.00 ERAs, sub-1.05 WHIPs
Bad Rest of the rotation: 0-4, 5.34 ERA, 1.59 WHIP
Interesting Alec Keller .333/.359/.427 in 19G
May 092015
 

A 20-y.o. pitcher making his High-A debut and first start of the season showed flashes of brilliance, but was ultimately humbled by batters four to five years older in an 8-7 loss by the Potomac Nationals to the Frederick Keys.

That’s the reality of what happened to Lucas Giolito on Friday night, but it might not play that way to the folks who have only read the breathless hype and cheerleading from Baseball America and others that’s accompanied him since he was drafted in 2012.

The Washington Nationals’ #1 prospect did not dazzle, did not blow away the competition, and ultimately lost his first start of 2015.

Did I mention he’s just 20 years old?

For the velo whores, you can unbunch your panties: Giolito was hitting the mid-90s. He had plenty of heat. What he lacked was command. It’s been written here before, but it bears repeating. It doesn’t matter how hard a pitcher throws, if a professional batter knows what’s coming, he can hit it. Low-A, High-A, AA, AAA, it doesn’t matter.

Giolito was clearly working on his changeup, his third-best pitch. His renowned 12-6 hammer was on display for a couple of whiffs in the 2nd, but for the most part, Giolito was struggling to get ahead, enabling the Keys 24- and 25-y.o. veterans to sit on fastballs in hitter’s counts and they cashed in, scoring four times on five hits in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead and twice in the 5th (the first run was Giolito’s, the second was Justin Thomas’s) to go up 6-4.

Frederick never trailed after the 3rd, though Potomac twice pulled within one run at 6-5 and the ultimate score of 8-7.

Drew Ward (2-for-5) homered and doubled and drove in two as did Stephen Perez (2-for-3), who also walked twice as Potomac pounded out 14 hits total but also left on 10 baserunners, including the tying run in the bottom of the 9th.

The loss dropped Potomac to 11-17, four and a half games behind first-place Frederick and three and half games behind second-place Wilmington. Tonight, John Simms (0-2, 12.71) makes his third start against Jarrett Miller (0-1, 4.30) for Frederick in Game Two of the four-game series.

May 092015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Durham,
1:05 p.m.
T. Hill (2-1, 3.81) vs.
Diamond (3-0, 1.67)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-4 vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Espino vs. (0-2, 3.89)
Creasy (3-0, 2.00)
Potomac Lost, 8-7 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Simms (0-2, 12.71) vs.
Ja. Miller (1-0, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 13-0 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (3-1, 1.71) vs.
Callahan (0-2, 5.91)


Durham 7 Syracuse 6
• Jordan 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Martin (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mastroianni 2-3, 2BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Stewart 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI

Rafael Martin’s struggles continued in a 7-6 loss for the Chiefs. The 30-y.o. reliever has now given up runs in three straight appearances, including two in the 9th to blow the save and lose the game. Taylor Jordan got the start pitched into the 6th, allowing two runs on five hit and no walks while striking out five for another no-decision. Veterans Darin Mastroianni (2-for-3, 2BB) and Ian Stewart (2-for-4, 2HR) powered the Syracuse offense with four hits, two runs, and four RBI combined.
Roster move: OF Kevin Mattison released.

Altoona 10 Harrisburg 4
• Rauh (L, 0-3) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Severino 2-4
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Altoona jumped on starter Brian Rauh for five runs in the first and cruised to a 10-4 win over Harrisburg. While four of those runs were unearned, Rauh gave up nine hits total over five innings, including a HR. He walked one and struck out six while losing his third AA game.
Meanwhile MLB rehab Charlie Morton shut down the Sens on two hits over seven innings. Matt Skole’s three-run shot highlighted a too-little, too-late four-run rally in the bottom of the 9th.
Roster move: RHP Tim Alderson placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 4th.

Frederick 8 Potomac 7
• Giolito 4⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• E. Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-3, 2BB, 2RBI,
• Kieboom 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, E(4)

Lucas Giolito made his season debut Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: RHP Erik Davis assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Rome 13 Hagerstown 0
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• M. Sanchez 1⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, 3-3 IR-S
• Keller 2-4
• Read 1-3, BB

Rome prevented a three-game sweep with 13-0 pounding of Hagerstown. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss, charged with six runs (four earned) on five hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out two in his second loss in three starts. Alec Keller went 2-for-4 while Raudy Read was 1-for-3 with a walk. The rest of the lineup was 2-for-23 as they managed just five hits and one walk total.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went to town on Frisco pitchers, going 4-for-6 with a double and a home run and four RBI in a 12-2 San Antonio win.