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.

May 082015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 2.79) vs.
Buschmann (2-2, 2.84)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Rauh (0-2, 8.71) vs.
Morton (MLB rehab)
Potomac Won, 2-1;
Lost, 3-1
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (10-2, 2.20 @ Low-A in ’14) vs.
Gonzalez (1-2, 5.64)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Rodriguez (0-1, 5.14) vs.
Furney (3-1, 2.92)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
The Chiefs’ nine-game homestand resumes tonight with the first of three vs. the Durham Bulls. A win tonight would even their home record at .500

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators return to City Island with the hopes of breaking a five-game losing streak. Thus far, they’ve been 6-8 at Metro Bank Park.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bacus (SV, 3) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Wooten 2-3, R, RBI
• Bostick 1-3, BB, 3B, RBI

The P-Nats scratched out runs with two outs in the 1st and 6th and survived a bases-loaded threat in the 7th to take the opener, 2-1.
Reynaldo Lopez threw five shutout innings and won his 2015 debut, giving up two hits, no walks, and striking out three. Dakota Bacus set the side down in order in the 6th but gave up three straight hits to open the 7th before settling down to earn the save, his third. John Wooten went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI while Christopher Bostick walked, tripled, and drove in the insurance run.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1
• Janssen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Pivetta 6IP, 8H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Ballou 1-3, R, 2B
• Perez 1-3, RBI

In Game Two, the Blue Rocks got the benefit of an error and a bases-loaded walk to score three unearned runs in a 3-1 win to split the doubleheader (and the series). Casey Janssen made the rehab “start” and dispatched the first three batters with less than a dozen fastballs and changeups. Nick Pivetta finished the game, allowing eight hits over six innings and walking in the first run. He struck out three while losing his third game. Isaac Ballou led off the 4th with a double and scored on Stephen Perez’s RBI single, preventing the shutout as the P-Nats managed just four hits total.
Roster move: RHP Casey Janssen assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 7 Rome 6
• Valdez (W, 3-1) 5IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Ramos (SV, 1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Reistetter 2-4, R, BB

A pitcher’s duel turned into a slugfest, which the Suns emerged as the last man standing as they beat the Barves, 7-6. Phillips Valdez scattered eight hits over five innings of one-run ball while issuing one walk and fanning three to get the “W.” David Ramos let in the final run in the 8th but set the side down in order in the 9th to get his first save of 2015. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz smacked a three-run HR in Hagerstown’s four-run 6th and also doubled and tripled to lead the Suns offense with a 3-for-5 night.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-4 and struck out twice (his 24th and 25th K’s in 25 games) in another suspended game for San Antonio.

May 072015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
5:00 p.m.
Lopez (4-1, 1.33 at Low-A in ’14) and
Janssen (MLB Rehab) vs.
Rico (2-0, 2.93) and Caramo (0-1, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 @ Rome,
10:30 a.m.
Valdez (2-1, 1.29) vs.
Beech (0-2, 7.00)


Norfolk 2 Syracuse 1
• Billings 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Hill (L, 2-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Runion ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Burriss 1-3, BB, RBI
• Johnson 0-1, 2BB, CS

It was another 2-1 game in Syracuse, but this time the Chiefs were on the wrong end of the score. Bruce Billings turned in six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and no walks while fanning three. The loss when to Rich Hill for putting on the baserunner that Sam Runion let in the top of the 9th. Emmanuel Burriss drove in the lone Syracuse run with an RBI single in the 2nd. The Chiefs collected six hits and drew seven walks for the game but also hit into three double plays.

New Britain 3 Harrisburg 1
• Ross 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• De Los Santos (L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-3, BB
• Lisson 1-4, R, SB

A pair of errors in the bottom of the 8th led to the deciding runs in a 3-1 Rock Cats win that completed the three-game sweep and handed the Senators their fifth straight loss overall. Starter Joe Ross was stellar again — six innings of one-run ball, with three hits and three walks allowed and seven strikeouts. Abel De Los Santos was charged with the loss, giving up a pair of singles between a double error on a tapper to second as Tony Renda missed first baseman Matt Skole and Skole threw it away trying to get the batter-runner advancing to second. Kevin Keyes was the sole Harrisburg hitter to walk and collected one of the seven hits on the night.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — PPD
The P-Nats and Blue Rocks were washed out again, forcing a pair of doubleheaders — one tonight at 5 p.m., the other on Wednesday, May 27th at 6 p.m. Reynaldo Lopez’s debut is still set for Game One while Casey Janssen will make a rehab appearance in Game Two with Nick Pivetta to follow in his regularly scheduled turn of the rotation

Hagerstown 9 Rome 6
• Reyes 4⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
• Napoli (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, BK, WP, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Walsh (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Carey 3-4, 2R, RBI
• Dent 2-4, R, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-4, 2R, RBI

Hagerstown answered a three-run 1st with a six-run 2nd and held the lead for a 9-6 decision over Rome, breaking a three-game losing streak. Luis Reyes fell one out short of qualifying for the win, giving up all six Barves runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks over four and 2/3rds innings. The win went to recently demoted David Napoli while Jake Walsh set the side down in order in the 9th for a save in his season debut. D.K. Carey led the Suns’ 12-hit parade with three singles and two runs scored, followed by Cody Dent and Grant DeBruin, who both went 2-for-4 and combined for three runs scored and three RBI.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in a 9-1 San Antonio rout of Frisco. His hit streak is in limbo, thanks to Tuesday’s suspended game, but his on-base streak is now a modest seven games.

May 062015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Billings (0-2, 4.82) vs.
Wright (3-0, 2.81)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-7 (10 inn.) @ New Britain,
10:35 a.m.
Ross (1-1, 3.12) vs.
Carpenter (2-2, 3.90)
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (4-1, 1.33 at Low-A in ’14) and
Bacus (0-0, 3.21) vs.
Rico (2-0, 2.93) and Caramo (0-1, 3.00)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (0-2, 4.79) vs.
Grosser (1-0, 4.15)


Syracuse 2 Norfolk 1
• McGregor (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K
• Meek (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ka‘aihue 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Gwynn 1-3, RBI

Kila Ka‘aihue’s 7th-inning solo HR proved to be the difference as Syracuse edged Norfolk, 2-1. Scott McGregor outdueled Tyler Wilson with seven innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out six to get the win. Eric Fornataro high-wired through a three-hit 8th for the hold while Evan Meek stranded a leadoff triple to earn his fifth save. Syracuse mustered just six hits total with Ka‘aihue the sole batter to reach base twice.
OF Darin Mastroianni acquired for cash considerations from Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia).

New Britain 8 Harrisburg 7 (10 inn.)
• Bleier 5IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Mendez (L, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Jeroloman 3-4, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 2B, RBI, SB
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI, HBP

The joy of taking a 7-6 lead in extras was short-lived as the Senators once again were burned with a walkoff HR, this time a two-run shot in the bottom of the 10th to give the Rock Cats an 8-7 win. After setting down the first six batters he faced, Gilberto Mendez served up the gamewinner after a single and a flyout to take the loss. Starter Richard Bleier gave up the first six runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings while fanning just one. Brian Goodwin singled twice and doubled once while Brian Jeroloman drove in three while going 3-for-4 to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — PPD
Rain washed away the opener between the Blue Rocks and P-Nats, resulting in a doubleheader today at 4 p.m. Overshadowing that, however, is the news that Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito and have been freed from Viera activated from XST and will start today (Game One) and Friday respectively, weather permitting. Making room for them on the roster are the departures of Kevin Perez (XST) and David Napoli (Hagerstown).

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns swing though Georgia and South Carolina for three against the Rome Braves and four against the Greenville Drive. Meanwhile, the ripple effect from the Giolito and Lopez activations saw LHP Joe Webb and RHP Ryan Ullmann sent back to XST while LHPs David Napoli and Jake Walsh join the team from Potomac and XST respectively.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in a 7-7 game that was suspended in the 8th.

May 052015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 (10 inn.) vs. Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (1-2, 5.30) vs.
Wilson (1-3, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Bleier (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Flemer (1-1, 1.88)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (0-0, 3.21) vs.
Rico (2-0, 2.93)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-6 OFF DAY N/A


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 1 (10 inn.)
• Cole 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Martin (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-5, 2B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2BB, SB

Syracuse left runners on in each of their last three at-bats, including the bases loaded with one out in the 8th, as they fell in extras to Norfolk, 3-1. A.J. Cole rebounded from the mauling he received from the Barves last week with six innings of one-run ball, letting up seven hits, no walks, and striking out one. Rafael Martin was roughed up again, giving up the game-winning runs in the 10th after a 1-2-3 ninth on two hits and two walks. Cutter Dykstra was the sole Chief with multiple hits while Matt den Dekker walked twice and stole a base as the Chiefs stranded 14 runners total on the night.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 2-2) 5⅓ ⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Self 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Difo 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Severino 2-4

A 1-0 Harrisburg lead evaporated within the space of four batters as the Sens dropped the series opener, 4-2. Austin Voth pitched into the 6th and left with the game tied and the bases loaded after a double, error, and a pair of singles. Derek Self got the last two outs but not before the bases were emptied on a walk and a single to the first two batters he faced. Wilmer Difo continues to hit like he’s late for a date, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI while Pedro Severino notched his seventh multiple hit game in the last twelve with a 2-for-4 game.
Roster move: LHP Richard Bleier reassigned from Syracuse.

Salem 4 Potomac 2
• Suero (L, 3-2) 6IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, WP, 2HBP
• Lee 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 2-3, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2SB

The Red Sox put up two-spots in the 4th and 5th innings to double up the P-Nats, 4-2 and complete the four-game sweep. Wander Suero dropped his second straight decision, giving up all four Salem runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. He also hit two batters, accounting for the final two runs as they were sent in triple in the 5th. Spencer Kieboom reached base three times on a pair of doubles and a walk while Narciso Mesa singled twice and stole two bases to lead the Potomac offense.

Greenville 9 Hagerstown 6
• Bach 3⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 7K, HBP, WP
• M. Sanchez (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keller 3-5, 2-2B, RBI
• Read 2-5, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, RBI

After answering a three-run 1st to build a 5-3 lead, the Suns could not respond to the Drive’s subsequent rallies and fell in the series finale, 10-6. Mario Sanchez took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) in two and a 1/3rd innings in relief. Connor Bach got the start and was dinged for three runs on five hits and three walks over the first three and 2/3rds innings. Alec Keller singled and doubled twice to lead Hagerstown’s 14-hit attack.

Trea Turner Update
Make that five straight games for Turner, who was 2-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base (#6) and was caught stealing (#3) in a 4-3 Missions loss.