Jul 262014
 


After a six-run top of the first, the Luftwaffe weren’t circling Woodbridge, but it sure looked like this wasn’t going to be Potomac’s night.

Instead, the P-Nats answered with four of their own, beginning with Isaac Ballou’s leadoff single in his Carolina League debut, and ending with an inside-the-park home run by Randolph Oduber as he launched a line drive that bounded off the glove of the Mudcat centerfelder on the warning track.

The comeback was made possible by Kylin Turnbull, who scattered six hits and walked none over four scoreless innings for his best outing of the season. He came on in relief of Brian Rauh, who was hammered for six runs (five earned) on five hits, including a grand slam.

The decision went to Cody Davis despite giving up two runs over two and a 1/3rd innings, as he was the pitcher of record when Potomac rallied for for three in the 7th, highlighted by RBI doubles by Ballou and Stephen Perez and a run-scoring single by Shawn Pleffner.

Bryan Harper and his mustache came on in the 8th and locked it down with two perfect innings of relief for his second save.

With the win, Potomac improves to 18-15 in the second half, still tied with Wilmington for first place. Tonight, Ian Dickson (2-8, 5.61) gets the start, opposed by Michael Peoples (7-7, 4.57) for Carolina.

Jul 262014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.14) vs.
Martin (6-6, 3.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 8.27) vs.
Anderson (3-2, 4.58)
Potomac Won, 11-8 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (2-8, 5.61) vs.
Peoples (7-7, 4.57)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 5.14) vs.
Stankiewicz (6-7, 4.30)
Auburn Lost, 17-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-3, 9.49) vs.
Gomber (0-1, 2.13)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-4 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-4, 3.68) vs.
Marte (4-0, 4.15)


Gwinnett 3 Syracuse 1
• Lively (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K
• Mattheus 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 1-2, 2BB
• E. Perez 1-2, SAC, SF, RBI

Gwinnett starter Hector “Betcha Wish I Was the Other H-Rod” Daniel Rodriguez stumped Syracuse for six innings last night as the G-Braves defeated Syracuse 3-1. Syracuse starter Mitch Lively not only fell one inning short of a meager quality start, but he also gave up runs early that possibly demoralized his offense. A single and a double and a groundout in the first led to the first Gwinnett run. A single a double and two sacrifice flies pushed it to a 3-0 lead for the G-Braves in the bottom of the 4th. The Chiefs had little to do with their lone cosmetic run in the bottom of the 8th. Whatever MLBer Luis Avilan was working on wasn’t effective; a single by Greg Dobbs sandwiched between walks of Jeff Kobernus and Burriss preceded Eury Perez’s sacrifice fly. Gwinett’s Juan Jaime then shut the door with one and 2/3rd perfect innings, ending the 8th with a Tyler Moore whiff and finishing the 9th with punchouts of Destin Hood and Sandy Leon to create angst in the streets of Syracuse.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 3
• Simmons (L, 2-1) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 7K, HBP, WP
• Manno 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Vettleson 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R

Manno’s Minions may be the only people satisfied by last night’s outcome in Harrisburg. While Manno stymied the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, concluding with a stifling whiff, groundout, popout perfect inning of work in the top of the eighth, his manager might have been better served to use him in some higher leverage innings. James “I’m Not Richard” Simmons gave up five runs over six innings and watched his ERA balloon to 5.68, although in his defense he did throw strikes and entertained the faithful by allowing them to shout “WOO!!!” with Ric Flair seven times for strikeouts. A two-out error by third baseman Andy “Simpson, eh?” Burns led to Harrisburg’s first two cosmetic runs in the bottom of the seventh. Drew Vettleson’s double scored Kevin Keyes to conclude an ugly night for the upper affiliates 5-3.

Potomac 11 Carolina 8
• Rauh ⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Turnbull 4IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Oduber 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB

It looked like it was over early, but it wasn’t Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 1
• Giolito (W, 6-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Webb (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K
• Mesa 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3SB
• Wooten 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• C. Lopez 1-3, 2B, RBI

What a bum. Lucas Giolito gave up a leadoff single in the 1st then only retired the 18 batters in a row, seven by way of the K, to win his sixth game in a 5-1 Hagerstown win over Kannapolis. The 20-y.o. walked none and got five groundouts and six flyouts. Joseph Webb couldn’t preserve the shutout with an unearned run, but finished out the game with three hitless innings for his first save. Narciso Mesa singled, doubled, and swiped three bags from the top of the order as the Suns scored five times on just six hits and three walks.

State College 17 Auburn 4
• A. Williams (L, 0-2) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 9R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, HR, WP
• Read 2-3
• Carey 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

The buck didn’t stop with either Williams (Austen or Deion) as the Spikes gored Auburn for 11 unanswered runs in the first thee innings en route to a 17-4 demolition. Austen got the start and was charged with nine runs (six earned) on five hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings. Deion came on in relief in the 3rd and let in one before giving up two of his own in State College’s nine-run 3rd. Raudy Read and Dale Carey both went 2-for-3 to pace the Doubledays offense.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Cardinals 2
• Yrizarri (W, 2-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• De La Cruz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Tillero 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Aguero 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Florentino 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Darryl Florentino got the party started with a two-run homer in the 2nd as the G-Nats would add on two more in the 3rd and 6th innings as they tripled up the G-Cards, 6-2. Deibi Yrizarri escaped the tag of “Bad” with five shutout innings, giving up four hits and two walks while fanning four for his second win. Jorge Tillero doubled twice and singled once to lead the D-Nats nine-hit attack.
Roster move: RHP Erick Fedde assigned from Washington.

DSL Mets1 6 DSL Nationals 4
• Acevedo 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Morel (BS, 1; L, 2-1) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Vilorio 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Rengel 2-5

The D-Mets1 scored twice in each of the 6th and 7th innings to break open a one-run game as they defeated the D-Nats, 6-4. Starter Carlos Acevedo spun five innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits and two walks while striking out five but got the no-decision. Melvin Morel took the loss with the aforementioned four runs (two earned) in two innings on four hits, including a two-run HR. The Luises combined for four of the eight D-Nat hits with Vilorio scoring twice and homering once and Rengel connecting for two singles.

Jul 252014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
Among the slew of transactions that were received today, the promotion of 22-year-old Austin Voth stands out.

The move comes despite his worst outing in High-A this past Wednesday when he gave up five runs on six hits to Winston-Salem, chased by his second HR in 37⅔ innings. He’ll join former teammate John Simms as one of two pitchers to advance two levels this season, which has been rare since current GM Mike Rizzo took the helm from leath..er, previous GM Jim Bowden in 2009.

Here’s a rundown of the other moves made today…
SYRACUSE
• OF Eury Perez optioned from Washington (end of rehab)
• RHP Ryan Mattheus activated from the 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• RHP Neil Holland reassigned from Syracuse
• RHP Sam Runion placed on the 7-Day DL
• LHP Matt Purke recalled to Washington, placed on the 60-Day DL

POTOMAC
• LHP Bryan Harper reassigned from Harrisburg
• LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned from Hagerstown
• OF Isaac Ballou promoted from Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN
• IF-OF Cody Dent reassigned from Potomac
• RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from Auburn
• LHP Joseph Webb activated from the 7-Day DL

AUBURN
• LHP David Napoli reassigned from Hagerstown

Now, it’s certainly possible that the corresponding moves of Silvestre and Lopez are also promotions, but in a season where it feels like I need to take an Ex-Lax to keep up with all the moves, I’m hedging my bets with the more neutral verb.

Apologies in advance… the GBI is going to be delayed a day or so as some of you may have noticed that my website was having server issues earlier.

Jul 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Lively (0-1, 9.00) vs.
D. Rodriguez (5-11, 4.94)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 8.27)
Simmons (2-0, 5.44) vs.
Lawrence (6-5, 2.94)
Potomac Won, 9-6 (11 inn.) vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 4.46) vs.
Merritt (10-3, 2.13)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 (13 inn.) vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (5-2, 2.54) vs.
Wheeler (1-2, 3.27)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 4.05) vs.
D. Perez (2-1, 3.34)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-1 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-2, 3.11) vs.
Montijo (2-3, 3.96)


Buffalo 3 Syracuse 1
• Hill (L, 9-5) 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Roenicke 2IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-4, R, HR RBI
• Laird 2-4

A Tyler Moore homer broke up the Buffalo shutout, while Brandon Laird singled and Destin Hood walked to put the tying runs on base but the Chiefs couldn’t connect for one more hit and fell by a 3-1 score. Taylor Hill lost his third straight start, giving up a third-inning solo shot in the 3rd and three hits total while walking three and striking out two. Eury Perez butchered a line drive in the 5th for a three-base error to send in what proved to be the deciding runs as the Bisons scored two unearned runs off Josh Roenicke. Moore and Laird both went 2-for-4 as the Syracuse offense was limited to six hits and two walks total on the afternoon.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill activated from 7-Day DL.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 3
• Kroenke (L, 2-4) 7IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Self 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Vettleson 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, SF, RBI

The starter was pushed an inning too far, the offense got going an inning too late as the Senators fell to the Fisher Cats, 5-3. Zach Kroenke had a quality start going until he was charged with two more in the 7th to account for all five New Hampshire runs on eight hits, including two homers. Harrisburg drew two walks, smacked two singles, and connected for two sacrifice flies to score all three runs in the 8th inning. The Sens were held to six hits and six walks total as they dropped their 62nd game and 20 games below .500.

Potomac 9 Winston-Salem 6 (11 inn.)
• Spann 2⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 1K
• Mirowski 3⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Mendez (W, 6-3) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Tejeda 3-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Renda 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB, CS
• Pleffner 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

Potomac dug themselves out of a 5-2 hole to tie it at 6-6 then broke through for three in the 11th to avoid the series sweep, 9-6 against Winston-Salem. Rain delayed the start of this nearly 90 minutes, perhaps affecting starter Matt Spann as the southpaw was knocked around for five runs on seven hits and four walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Richie Mirowski, Jake Walsh, and Gilberto Mendez combined for eight and 1/3rd innings of one-run (on a homer, natch) relief with Mendez getting the win, his sixth. Oscar Tejeda remains red-hot as the former Red Sox farmhand went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI to lead the Potomac attack.

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 4 (13 inn.)
• Johansen 3+IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, WP
• Napoli 4IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, 3-1 IR-S
• Cooper (W, 7-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mesa 4-4, R
• Bautista 2-2, R, SB(55)
• Wooten 2-4, 2B, 4RBI

Third Baseman John Wooten was the hero for Hagerstown on Thursday as he drove in the winning run in the 13th inning to give the Suns a 5-4 victory over the Intimidators. The three-hour and 44-minute marathon was a see-saw battle early on as the two teams traded runs in the opening innings of the game. Kannapolis then tied it up in the 8th inning as Suns reliever Sam Johns surrendered a solo shot to Tyler Williams. Andrew Cooper earned his seventh win on the season, pitching a 1/3 inning in the 13th before Hagerstown scored in the bottom half of the inning. With the win, Hagerstown improves to 7-1 in extra-inning games in the 2014 season.

State College 5 Auburn 3
• Bourque (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 0ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• D. Ramos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• B. Miller 2-5, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, BB

Auburn was first to score, but could not hold the lead as they fell to State College, 5-3 in the opener. After the Doubledays scored single runs in the 1st and 4th innings, their lead disappeared as starter James Bourque allowed four runs on one hit in the 5th inning. None of the runs were earned as Auburn committed two fielding errors during the frame. The Doubledays added an additional run in the 6th inning, but that was the extent of their scoring for the game. Auburn had runners on second and third in the 9th, but were unable to score as Brandon Miller struck out to the end the game.
Roster move: OF Brandon Miller transferred from GCL for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 3
• Morales 5IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 1K, 2HBP, WP
• J. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Aguero 3-4
• Guzman 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

Luis Guzman’s two-run homer in the 6th broke open a 2-2 game as the G-Nats held off the G-Cards for a 4-3 win. Jose Morales made his second start in seven appearances and tossed five shutout frames with six baserunners allowed via one hit, two hit batsmen, and three walks. His would-be win turned into a no-decision as the G-Cards scored two in the top of the 6th off D.J. Jauss, who walked three and uncorked three wild pitches while giving up two hits in 2/3rds of an inning. Jean Ramirez preserved the tie by stranding two runners in the 6th then finishing the game with one unearned run over the final three innings. “Fred” Aguero went 3-for-4 to lead the G-Nats 12-hit attack while Guzman and Kelvin Gutierrez both went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Yankees1 1
• Jo. Baez 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K, 2WP
• Y. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Je. Baez 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI; ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Robles 4-5, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Mota 2-3, 2R, BB, 2SB

The D-Nats put up crooked numbers three times as they pounded out 14 hits in a 7-1 rout of the D-Yankees1. Joan Baez went the first four innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks while striking out four. The win went to Yonathan Ramirez, who also issued four free passes and set down four on strikes over the next three innings. Victor Robles led the hit column with two singles, a double, and a triple in five at-bats.

Jul 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (9-4, 2.63) vs.
Valdes (3-3, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-3, 5.66) vs.
Norris (1-1, 7.20)
Potomac Lost, 9-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (7-4, 3.96) vs.
Wendelken (5-8, 5.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-5, 5.00) vs.
Lowry (4-4, 4.14)
Auburn Won, 6-2 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-1, 2.87) vs.
Anderson (4-1, 2.52)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-6 vs GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-3 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
J. Baez (3-1, 1.21) vs.
E. Martinez (0-0, 1.82)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 0
• Cole (W, 3-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• E. Perez 2-5, R, 2B, SB
• Souza 2-5, SB

A.J. Cole and Matt Grace combined on a four-hitter as the Chiefs blanked the Bisons, 5-0. Cole walked none and struck out six over seven scoreless innings with just three hits allowed to win his third AAA game. Matt Grace put on three baserunners — hit, walk, HBP — but none made it past second in his two innings of work, preserving the shutout. Emmanuel Burriss homered in the 3rd to get the Syracuse offense started, which was led by Eury Perez and Steve Souza who both went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.
Roster move: IF Zach Walters recalled to Washington; no corresponding move.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Simms (L, 2-2) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Harper 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Taylor 2-3, 3R, 2BB, HR, RBI, SB(30)
• Martinson 2-4, 2B

The BaySox broke out for three in the bottom of the 6th to turn a 3-2 game into a 6-2 lead. The Sens responded with two in the top of the 7th but could get no closer as they dropped the series finale, 6-4. John Simms took the loss, his second at AA, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Michael Taylor singled, drew two walks, stole his 30th base, and smacked HR #21 to power the Harrisburg offense, which totaled 10 hits but just one in 12 chances with RISP.

Winston-Salem 9 Potomac 4
• Voth (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• C. Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• S. Perez 2-5, RBI, SB(25)
• Pleffner 3-4, 2B, BB

Not even the reigning C.L. Pitcher of the Week could escape the horror that is BB&T Park for Potomac, as Winston-Salem hammered them (again), 9-4. Austin Voth was lit up for five runs on six hits, including a solo HR to chase him with two outs in the 5th and hand him his first High-A loss. It was the 36th loss for the P-Nats in 49 regular-season games since the Dash’s park opened in 2010. All-Stars Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner combined for five of the ten Potomac hits. Cody Davis pitched a scoreless 8th in his Carolina League debut.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2
• Pivetta (L, 11-6) 4IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, BK, HBP
• Valdez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, 2E
• Ballou 1-4, 3B, RBI

The middle innings turned out to be the difference as Kannapolis plated five runs in those innings en route to a 6-2 win over Hagerstown. After the Suns tied up the contest in the bottom of the 1st with an Isaac Ballou RBI triple, Hagerstown starter Nick Pivetta struggled in the 4th inning, allowing three runs on two hits. Ryan Ullmann did not fare much better as the Intimidators scored two additional runs in the 5th off him. The Suns came back with one in the 8th with another RBI triple, this one from Wilmer Difo, but that was all the offense they would get for the night.
Roster moves: RHP Wander Suero placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to July 18; OF Wilman Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL (rehab ended at Auburn).

Auburn 6 Jamestown 2
• Ott (W, 1-1) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• McDowell (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Read 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-5, R, CS
• Davidson 1-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Auburn led from the beginning and also got a solid pitching performance from Travis Ott, as they defeated Jamestown 6-2. For the second consecutive start, Ott pitched at least six innings, this time allowing only two runs on four hits for his first win of the 2014 season. At the plate, the Doubledays were led by Austin Davidson and Raudy Read, who each hit a two-run homer during the contest. Chase McDowell also picked up his first professional save, pitching three innings to cap off the two-game sweep of the Jammers.

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 6
• M. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Feliz (L, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Reetz 3-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Lora 2-4, R

After tying up the game in the 7th, the G-Nats gave it away with one in the 8th and two in the 9th for the 9-6 loss to the G-Mets. Manny Rodriguez is back with the organization after missing the 2012 and 2013 seasons and pitched a scoreless 1st. Kyle Simmons took the brunt of the G-Mets attack with six runs allowed over two and 2/3rds innings. The loss went to John Feliz with three runs over the final two and 2/3rds. Jackson Reetz walked, singled twice and scored twice, and tripled while going 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the G-Nats 12-hit parade.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez assigned to Hagerstown from Washington, transferred to the GCL for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Yankees1 3
• Bermudez (W, 2-4) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, WP
• M. Pena 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Pimentel 3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, CS
• Peguero 2-4, R, RBI
• J. Ramirez 2-4, R

The D-Nats broke through again in the 4th, scoring five runs this time to erase an early 1-0 deficit as they tripled up the Yankees1, 9-3. Juan Bermudez got the win with five innings of one-run ball, giving up two hits and two walks while setting down five on strikes. Davinson Pimentel was a triple shy of the cycle as the 17-y.o. went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as the D-Nats pounded out 13 hits total.

Jul 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 3.42) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Bowie,
11:05 a.m.
Simms (2-1, 3.45) vs.
Vasquez (4-6, 4.70)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 @ Winston-Salem,
12:00 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 0.27) vs.
Danish (2-2, 3.64)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-5, 3.87) vs.
Brennan (0-0, 1.50)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.10) vs.
Eppler (0-1, 4.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-1 vs GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 1-0 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-4, 1.82) vs.
Gomez (1-2, 3.04)


Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 3
• Treinen (L, 6-1) 5IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K
• E. Perez 2-4, R, 2B
• Solano 1-3, BB, SB

The PawSox jumped on Blake Treinen for two in the 1st, four in the 2nd, and seven runs total as they tripled up the Chiefs, 9-3. The 26-y.o. was charged with his first AAA loss of the year with eight hits and two walks allowed over five innings. Syracuse took advantage of six walks to score three times on seven hits, including three doubles. Eury Perez was the lone Chief to register multiple hits has he went 2-for-4 with two-base knock, while Jhonatan Solano singled, walked, and nabbed his 12th stolen base of his career.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2
• Dupra 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Demny (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Latimore 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-4, 2B, BB, 2SB

Caleb Ramsey’s two-run, pinch-hit single highlighted a three-run 9th as Harrisburg knifed Bowie, 4-2. Paul Demny got the win with two perfect innings in relief of starter Brian Dupra, who scattered eight hits over six innings while allowing both BaySox runs. Quincy Latimore led the Senators offense with a single and a double in four at-bats, followed by Michael Taylor who walked, doubled, and stole two bases.
Roster moves: RHP Paul Demny activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Paolo Espino placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 5
• Bacus 6IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Turnbull (BS, 1; L, 0-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Tejeda 3-5, R, RBI, 2SB
• Renda 2-4, 2R, BB
• Martinez 2-4

The P-Nats jumped out to a 4-0 lead early but fell in the late innings, 6-5 to end a modest three-game win streak. Dakota Bacus held the lead for five innings before the Dash got to him for three in the 6th to send him packing with a no-decision. The staff ace finished with four runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks over six innings. Oscar Tejeda led the Potomac offense with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Tony Renda and Estarlin Martinez, who both went 2-for-4. Kylin Turnbull suffered the loss with two runs allowed on four hits over the final two frames.
Roster move: RHP Cody Davis reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns return to the Muni for seven games on a three-game win streak, but remain tied with Greensboro for first place in the Sally North. It’s three against division rival Kannapolis and then four against league doormat Greenville.
Roster move: RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 5 Jamestown 3
• Lopez (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, BK
• Mapes (S, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Read 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Mejia 1-3, RBI, SB

Raudy Read and Cody Gunter both went deep in Auburn’s four-run 4th in a 5-3 win over Jamestown. All nine Doubledays reached base, with Read also drawing a walk and single to go 2-for-4 with two runs scored and lead the attack. Reynaldo Lopez dropped his ERA to 0.75 with six shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four in his third win. Tyler Mapes came in with the bases loaded and nobody out and let in just one in the 8th then put the lid on the Jammers in the 9th for his third save.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 1
• A. Martinez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Plouck 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• R. Encarnacion 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Lora 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Florentino 2-4, 2B

Randy Encarnacion’s RBI double highlighted a four-run 4th as the G-Nats cruised to a 5-1 win over the G-Mets. Anderson Martinez got the win with one run allowed on a solo HR and four hits total over five innings. He walked none and struck out two. Maximo Valerio and Cole Plouck both followed with two scoreless innings in relief. Encarnacion and Edwin Lora both went 2-for-3 with a run scored as the G-Nats registered eight hits total and drew four walks for the afternoon.

DSL Rockies 1 DSL Nationals 0
• Fuentes 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K,
• Rosario (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Robles 2-4, SB, CS
• A. Martinez 1-3, BB

The D-Nats were shut out 1-0 by the D-Rockies with the winning run scoring on a double-play ball that only got one out. The D-Nats would get the tying run to third in the final two “ups,” only to get picked off to end the 8th and miss two chances in score in the 9th. Steven Fuentes tossed six scoreless for the second time in three starts, fanning six, walking none, and allowing just three hits but would get nothing for his efforts. The loss went to Ramses Rosario, who gave up the lone in the bottom of the 7th and let up three hits total over his two innings of work. Victor Robles and Andres Martinez both reached base twice as the D-Nats were held to seven hits and three walks.

Jul 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-0, 2.25)) vs.
Barnes (4-7, 5.06)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (1-4, 6.17) vs.
E. Rodriguez (3-6, 5.15)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (3-5, 3.62) vs.
J. Dykstra (1-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-2 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
R. Lopez (2-2, 0.90) vs.
Minarik (1-2, 4.76)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-3;
Lost, 7-4
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-2 @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.73) vs.
J. Pena (3-1, 1.19)


Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 3
• Laffey 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Madrigal (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Hood 1-3, R
• Burriss 2-5, R, RBI, 2E

Shuckit! The Chiefs fell to Pawtucket last night! But they did not do so without a fight. After three PawSox runs over the first five made the home fans feel less than all right, a three run rally by Syracuse made the score tight. A soft single by Jeff “Strobe Kobe” Kobernus to right, scoring Emmanuel “Purest” Burriss, tied the score for sure and was the fans’ fave highlight. But in the bottom of the 9th a vengeful Corey Brown told the fans, “Good night!” He effectively ended the contest with a solo dinger that was out of sight. The final score was 4-3, you see.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 3 (10 inn.)
• Espino 7⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Manno (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Lozada 2-4, RBI
• Martinson 2-5, R

The “vengeance is mine” theme of the Syracuse game re-emerged with a two-run blast to left from Chris Marrero in the 1st to give Bowie an early 2-0 lead. Drew Vettleson answered “Not very much” and answered a two run homer to right in the 4th. After Jose Lozada’s RBI single in the top of the 9th gave put Chris Manno, who had entered the game in the 8th in relief of starter Paolo Espino, in position to win, the Brooklyn native returned the favor and gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th. When Vettleson came up in the Harrisburg in top of the 10th, Skole and Martinson were on second and third. The sight of him apparently frightened loser Julio “Why’d you have to say my name?” DePaula as he unleashed game-losing wild pitch for the hospitable Baysox. Bryan Harper saved the day with his first save for the Senators with a 1-2-3 tenth.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Ryan Perry released.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Encarnacion 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Dickson (W, 2-8) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K, HBP
• Tejeda 4-5, R, 3-2B, RBI
• Manuel 2-4

The P-Nats are going to go into Winston-Salem, which has been house of horrors since BB&T opened in 2010, with some momentum as they defeated the Red Sox, 5-2 for their sixth straight road victory. Oscar Tejeda’s third double of the night was the catalyst in a three-run 8th that broke the 2-2 deadlock as the former Sox farmhand went 4-for-5 on the night and 7-for-13 in the series sweep. Pedro Encarnacion started and went the first four innings, giving up both Salem runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Ian Dickson, Travis Henke, and Gilberto Mendez combined for five scoreless to earn the win, hold, and save respectively.
Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; It’s unofficial, but the Potomac Booster club is passing along news that OF Will Piwnica-Worms has decided to retire and enroll in a med-school program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 1
• Silvestre (W, 6-7) 6IP, 9H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, BK
• Cooper (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, RBI

A three-run 3rd was all Hagerstown would need as they defeated Delmarva, 3-1. Wilmer Difo got the Suns on the board first with a two-RBI double after a hit batter and wild pitch. Difo then scored on Isaac Ballou’s double later in the inning. Despite surrendering nine hits, Hector Silvestre allowed only one run to the Shorebirds, with it coming on a balk in the 4th inning. Delmarva threatened in the 7th, but Andrew Cooper escaped the inning and retired the final six batters he faced to earn his second save of the 2014 season. This was Hagerstown’s 11th win in 20 games against Delmarva this year.

Lowell 10 Auburn 2
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 2WP
• Bach 3IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Carey 1-3, R, 2B
• Gunter 1-4, R, 3B, RBI

Auburn could not overcome an early three-run deficit as they fell to Lowell, 10-2, for their second loss in as many days. Starter Robbie Dickey lasted only two innings, giving up three runs on three hits. The Doubledays then cut the lead to 3-2 in the second, but that would be the only offense they would put up all night. Auburn relievers then imploded, surrendering seven more runs to Lowell in the game, including three in the 3rd and 8th innings.The Doubledays also made three errors, which made two of the Spinners’ 10 runs unearned.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Mets 3— GAME ONE
• Reyes (W, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K
• Lee ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ortiz 1-1, R, 3B, 3RBI, 2BB, HBP
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2R, BB
• Rosario 0-1, 2R, RBI, 3BB

The G-Nats only got three hits but made the G-Mets pay for 10 walks as they took the opener, 8-3. Luis Reyes pitched a season-high of five innings, letting in two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning two for the win. Oliver Ortiz tripled for the sole G-Nat extra-base hit, scored a run, walked twice and drove in three to lead the G-Nats offense.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 4 — GAME TWO
• Mills (L, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, ER, BB, 0K
• W. Davis 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-1 IR-S
• Rosario 2-2, 2B, RBI
• Ortiz 1-2, R, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats rallied for three in the bottom of the 4th to pull within one of the G-Mets at 4-3, but couldn’t get over the top as they dropped the second game, 7-4. McKenzie Mills took the loss, with three runs charged on five hits and a walk and zero K’s over two and a 1/3 innings. Dionicio Rosario and Oliver Ortiz both doubled and drove in a run as the G-Nats notched seven hits but no walks.
Roster move: LHP Nick Lee assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab; RHPs Matthew Derosier Jefry Rodriguez reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Rockies 7 DSL Nationals 2
• W. Pena (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Morel 2⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 1-1 IR-S
• A. Martinez 2-4, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4, CS

Two-run outbursts in the 5th, 7th, and 9th innings by the D-Rox broke open a 1-0 game as the D-Nats lost for the fourth time in five games, 7-2. Wilber Pena was chased with one out in the 5th, eventually charged with three runs on six hits and three walks as he struck out three in his fourth loss. The D-Nats offense was stymied for six innings before scoring single runs in the 7th and 9th innings. Andres Martinez and Joshual Ramirez both went 2-for-4 to lead the seven-hit effort.

Jul 212014
 

Potomac Nationals pitcher Austin Voth has been named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week.

As he did the week prior, Voth tossed seven scoreless innings with one walk and eight K’s on the 18th but went one better with only one hit allowed versus two. He retired the last 16 batters he faced.

Unfortunately, the effort did not result in a win as Voth matched up against Wilmington’s Jonathan Dziedzic, who matched him goose egg for goose egg on the scoreboard and also got a no-decision for his efforts. The P-Nats ultimately lost the game, 3-0.

In five starts since his callup from Hagerstown, the 22-y.o. “northpaw” has turned in a quality start each time out with just a single run allowed on home run on June 29th and 36 strikeouts over 33 innings pitched. Between the two levels, Voth is 6-3 with a 1.75 ERA in 18 starts with a WHIP of 0.86 and 110 strikeouts in 102⅔ innings (9.64/9IP).

Jul 212014
 


There’s a window of opportunity here at the home office of NationalsProspects.com, so I’m taking it to catch up on an overdue feature — the revisiting of my initial observations of the Potomac Nationals, which for the record, are those of a fan, a former sportswriter, and an amateur scout… just like the tagline has always said.

One of the most common questions I get when folks notice me keeping score at the park — after “Who do you work for?” — is “Who are the real prospects here?”

That, of course, is a loaded question; all the players are prospects to a certain degree, just some more than others. But I know what they mean (the some), so I tell ‘em the usual suspects for 2014: You should watch the catcher and the middle infielders.

But then I tell them: “This is the level that makes or breaks the guys. If they make it past here, they’ll probably play professionally well into their 20s, and a couple may make it all the way to DC. But if they don’t, they still made it farther than almost everyone they ever played with and there’s no shame in that.”

With that in mind, I’ll revisit the 2014 P-Nats:

FIRST BASE
Kevin Keyes has moved up and has shown the power stroke again. Shawn Pleffner has proven to be a hitter for average, and has shown a sweet opposite-field stroke, but has not consistently shown the kind of power that folks want from the position. He is the best fielder of his age cohort (i.e. Keyes and Matt Skole).

SECOND BASE
Tony Renda missed about five weeks to injury, but it’s not enough to say that it’s impeded his development. Defensively, he’s better than advertised, which is somewhat faint praise because his glove is usually mentioned as an afterthought to his hitting tool. I’d agree that he can be an adequate fielder, but having noticed that so many of his doubles are of the single-turned-into variety — and he’s not as fast as some of his predecessors that have advanced to AAA and beyond — he’s going to have to develop some more pop to justify the, um, shortcomings elsewhere.

SHORTSTOP
Stephen Perez is having a rough July on offense, but his defense hasn’t suffered all that much (in fact, I believe it’s improved). The league has adjusted to him and now it’s his turn to adjust back. Unless he bottoms out, this is still a breakthrough year for him.

THIRD BASE
This has become Khayyan Norfork’s position, in large part because he’s a better defensive player than Oscar Tejeda. Both players are serviceable veterans who bring different skills to the party. Tejeda’s got a fair amount of power while Norfork has shown a knack for the clutch hit along with decent speed.

LEFT FIELD
Randolph Oduber has played here the most in large part because the organization has deemed others to be more applicable to the other outfield positions. The Groovin’ Aruban remains a streaky player who’s prone to strikeouts and doesn’t walk much but remains a useful role player because he can play anywhere in the outfield.

CENTERFIELD
Will Piwnica-Worms emerged as the CF of choice and was just starting to cool off from a hot June offensively when he was dropped by a pitch on July 4th. Defensively, he’s not in the class of what has been quite an impressive run of defensive CFs over the past several seasons (most notably Eury Perez and Michael Taylor) but could play the position as well as the most of the league’s CFs.

RIGHT FIELD
Brandon Miller pulled up lame at first base in mid-May and is still working his way back from the hamstring injury. Right field had been a bit of a merry-go-round until Estarlin Martinez began hitting about a month ago. There is a sense that Martinez may be simply on a hot streak — I’m fully expecting someone to knock him for the lack of homers and RBI — but his game and his intensity both seem to have turned up a notch.

CATCHER
Pedro Severino has not lived up to the offseason hype. This reminds me of when Michael Taylor got a lot of buzz prior to 2012 only to founder by midseason and have folks turn on him. Like Taylor, the tools are evident when you watch Severino catch day in and day out. He’s also the same age (turning 21). Unlike Taylor, there is no other catcher to provide cover from above. I suspect the healthier Wilson Ramos is the more patience the fans will have.

THE BENCH
Justin Miller and Mike McQuillan have gotten the bulk of the work since the departures of Adrian Sanchez, Cole Leonida, and Kevin Keyes. Craig Manuel and Cody Dent have been called up from Hagerstown, but only Manuel has seen a similar workload to his counterpart. Dent has played sparingly. Eury Perez has covered the absence of Piwnica-Worms but has since gone back to Syracuse, meaning that another move or two may be imminent.

STARTING PITCHERS
There’s no sugar-coating this: it’s been a patchwork all season long. Injuries have played a part, with Pedro Encarnacion, Nick Lee, Brian Rauh going on the DL early and Ronald Pena almost making it to the All-Star break before succumbing, while ineffectiveness sent Brett Mooneyham backwards after seven starts.

Dakota Bacus has emerged as the staff ace, though he began the season in the ‘pen. Matthew Spann was called up from Hagerstown and did likewise. John Simms came up around the same time as Spann and has since gone up to Harrisburg. Austin Voth has also been promoted from Hagerstown and is pitching better than Simms ever did, begging the question: why not Voth too?

The suspicion here is that the rest of the summer will be an exercise of rotating in pitchers as they get healthy at both Hagerstown and Potomac. That doesn’t preclude any more promotions, but I’m pessimistic since recent history shows that most pitcher promotions at the full-season “A” level generally take place by mid-July.

RELIEVERS
I said they were very good in mid-May, and sure enough three of the five relievers I singled out — Bryan Harper, Derek Self, and Robert Benincasa — are now pitching for Harrisburg. The two that remain — Gilberto Mendez and Travis Henke — are still heavily used, recently reinforced with Jake Walsh from Hagerstown.

The aforementioned hurt guys have worked in relief and have started. What remains to be seen is how they’ll be used going forward. With only six or so of the so-called “roles” seemingly set — Spann, Bacus, Voth as SPs; Mendez, Henke, Walsh as RPs — those “other innings” could be used in variety of ways and probably will.

It’s going to be an interesting six weeks or so. Even with a playoff berth secured, with an arbitrary playoff format and not much separation between teams in either division (though ultimate I still think Myrtle Beach is the team to beat), anything can happen.

Jul 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6;
Won, 6-4
vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.15) vs.
Webster (4-4, 3.05)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 (15 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.31) vs.
Bischoff (2-3, 3.80)
Potomac Won, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-3, 5.95) vs.
Littrell (5-5, 3.77)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (5-7, 4.32) vs.
Brault (7-6, 3.32)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 vs. Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Reilly (0-1, 7.71)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6 — GAME ONE
• Lively (L, 0-1) 5IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Dobbs 2-3, R
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Apparently Mitch Lively’s fastball was anything but lively because he yielded seven runs in the first two innings of Syracuse’s 7-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. First baseman Greg Dobbs’ fielding error with one out in the 1st led to two of those seven runs being unearned. The Syracuse faithful got to see ex-Nat Jason Marquis almost give this one away. After six scoreless frames, he fell short of the complete game. Destin “It’s All Good” Hood was both hero and goat in the inning. He proved that Marquis was human with a leadoff bomb to left in the seventh, but he later grounded into the game ending 6-4-3 double play after reliever BJ Rosenberg tried to blow his first save for Lehigh Valley with two walks and a single upon entering the game.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 4 — GAME TWO
• Simmons (W, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Cedeno (SV, 3) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Laird 2-3, 2R
• Solano 2-3, 2RBI

The Chiefs secured a doubleheader split by putting up six runs on the board over the first three innings on its way to a 6-4 victory over the IronPigs. Zach “Barbara’s not my moms” Walters 1st-inning solo shot to right got the scoring started. After Lehigh Valley’s Nate “Where’s Britney?” Spears tied it up on a solo shot of his own against starter and winner James “Big Richard” Simmons, the Syracuse offense went right back to work and put up three runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Josh Johnson’s two-run double was the key hit. After the IronPigs closed the gap to 4-3 in the top of the third, Jhonatan “The Condiment” Solano put the Chiefs back up 6-3 with a single up the middle that scored Steve Souza and Brandon Laird. Lehigh Valley made their final score with an RBI double in the 6th from Spears in the 6th before Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno closed out the game for his third save.
Roster moves: LHP Zach Jackson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 4 (15 inn.)
• McGregor 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Herron 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB (1 IBB), 0K
• Vettleson 4-6, R, 2B, 3B
• Taylor 3-7, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg dropped the series finale, 5-4 to Richmond in heartbreaking fashion deep into extras. In the bottom of the 1st, 3B Matt Skole made a critical error that allowed a runner to score from third. The Flying Squirrels extended the lead to 2-0 in the 3rd before Harrisburg finally answered with singles by Jason Martinson, Drew Vettleson, and Cole Leonida get one back in the 5th. However, starter Scott McGregor couldn’t produce a shutdown inning and gave up four singles and two runs to put Harrisburg into a 4-1 deficit to come back from. The Sens managed to tie it up with outstanding relief work headlined by Derek Self who pitched two scoreless frames. Manno’s Millions got a scoreless frame from their hero, and the offense finally broke through with a Vettleson triple and Quincy “Don’t Call Me Jones” Latimore sac fly in the 7th. Michael “[SD's mancrush]” Taylor hit a two-run bomb out to left that scored a Ricky Hague ahead of him and tied it up at 4-4. Harrisburg fans listening to the dulcet tones of Terry Byrom over the interwebs had to wait until the bottom of the 15th before a bases-loaded walkoff single removed the Senators from their on-field offices

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Rauh 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Walsh (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinez 2-3
• Severino 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Tejeda 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Pedro Severino went “Marco!” with homer in the 8th while Oscar Tejeda went “Solo!” with a big fly in the 9th as the P-Nats edged the Red Sox, 3-2 and returned to sole possession of 1st place. The start went to Brian Rauh and he turned in four shutout innings with a single hit allowed, no walks, and five K’s. Severino and Estarlin Martinez both went 2-for-3 to lead the Potomac offense. Jake Walsh won for second time in four appearances with two shutout innings, with one hit and no walks allowed while setting down three on strikes.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Estevez 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, WP, 2BK
• Johns (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, 2SB (51, 52)
• Ballou 2-5, R, OF assist at HP
• Kieboom 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI

The Suns scored on a wild pitch in the 9th to take their first and only lead of the night as they edged the Shorebirds, 5-4. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was ineffective in his second start back from the GCL, giving up two runs over three innings on four hits and a walk while doing himself no favors with a wild pitch and two balks. Osvaldo Bautista went 2-for-4 with a walks and two stolen bases from the leadoff spot while nos. 3-4 hitters Isaac Ballou and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-5 with Kieboom lofting his 6th home run. Samuel Johns got the win after stranding two runners in the 7th, pitching a scoreless 8th, and working around a pair of singles in the 9th.

Lowell 6 Auburn 5
• Van Orden (L, 0-3) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Torres 4IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Abreu 1-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Gardner 1-4, R, 3B

The Doubledays led 1-0 early but gave up five runs in the middle innings and couldn’t complete the comeback for a 6-5 loss. Drew Van Orden took the brunt of Lowell’s assualt, giving up four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings. Luis Torres returned to Auburn with four innings with two unearned runs let in on one hit and two walks over the final four frames. The Doubledays managed just six hits, but three went for extra bases with Osvaldo Abreu and Jeff Gardner both going 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats broke even with a 3-3 week against the Cardinals and Marlins. This week, it’s four against the Mets and three against the Cardinals.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
• Pimentel 0-2, K
• Baez ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

With a four-run 8th, the DSL NL All-Stars defeated the AL All-Stars, 9-7. Davinson Pimentel started at catcher and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout while Joan Baez appeared with one out in the 5th and struck out both batters he faced as the two managers did the best to make sure every player on the roster appeared. This week, it’s home games against the Rockies today, the Yankees1 and Mets1 on Thursday and Friday while they visit those three on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.