Jun 042015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-2, 3.26) vs.
Long (3-4, 4.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 6.00) vs.
Plutko (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Ball (3-5, 4.98)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0;
Won, 3-1
@ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Steckenrider (1-2, 2.63)


Louisville 4 Syracuse 2
• Billings 6IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Lively (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Mastroianni 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R

[! – – 2015 script – – ]
The Chiefs’ starter pitched well, the bullpen did not. A couple of hitters did well, but the offense otherwise struggled.
Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Akron 1 — GAME ONE
• Bleier 8IP, 7H, 0R, BB, K, BK
• Mendez (W, 3-2) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Rendon 1-4, 2B
• Lisson 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Mario Lisson’s two-out, two-run home run in the 9th gave the Senators a walkoff win in the opener. Starter Richard Bleier threw eight shutout innings, with seven hits and one walk allowed before giving way to the bullpen. Gilberto Mendez struck out the side but gave up single and triple in the 9th. Derrick Robinson singled to lead off the final frame and scored ahead of Lisson’s big fly. The Sens totaled just four hits and a walk overall.

Akron 1 Harrisburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Simmons (L, 2-3) 4IP, 4H, R, 0BB, 3K
• Demny 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pleffner 1-2
• Hague 1-2, SB

Harrisburg couldn’t push across the equalizing run and were shut out 1-0 in the nightcap to split the doubleheader. James Simmons was the losing pitcher, giving up the lone Akron run on four hits and no walks while striking out three. Paul Demny and Colin Bates combined for three shutout innings of relief. As they did in the first game, the Senators tallied just four hits — all singles.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After splitting an eight-game homestand, the P-Nats hit the road four against Salem and four against Carolina.

Hagerstown 2 Hickory 0 — GAME ONE
• Purke (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, K, HBP
• Van Orden (SV, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keller 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, R

Two Suns pitchers combined on a seven-inning shutout by a 2-0 score in the first of two in Hagerstown. Starter and winner Matt Purke went the first five innings, allowing a walk and all four Hickory hits while striking out one and hitting a batter. Drew Van Orden threw two perfect innings to earn the save, his third. The Suns were held to just three hits and two walks, with Alec Keller (single, BB) and Jeff Gardner (BB, HBP) the only two batters to reach base twice.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 1 — GAME TWO
• Reyes (W, 2-3) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Napoli (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 2-3, R, RBI
• Masters 1-3, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown rallied for three in the bottom of the 4th in a 3-1 win that swept the doubleheader. Luis Reyes got the win, with one run let in on two hits and four walks over five innings. Andrew Cooper and David Napoli both turned in a scoreless innings to earn the hold and save respectively. The Suns made the Crawdads pay for issuing six walks as they scored three times on just four hits, led by Grant DeBruin’s 2-for-3 effort.
Roster move: LHP Brett Mooneyham released.

Trea Turner Update
Turner ended his two-game hitless streak with a 2-for-5 night, scoring once, driving in two, and striking out twice.

Jun 032015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-5;
Lost, 6-1
vs. Louisville,
10:35 a.m.
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Smith (1-2, 3.81)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Akron,
5:00 p.m.
Bleier (3-1, 4.28) and
Simmons (2-2, 4.26) vs.
Merritt (3-4, 4.02) and
Colon (0-0, 13.50)
Potomac Won, 4-3 (11 inn.);
Won, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Cancelled vs. Hickory,
11:05 a.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) and
Purke (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76) and
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)


Louisville 8 Syracuse 5 — GAME ONE
• McGregor 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Meek (L, 2-3) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Johnson 2-4, 2R
• Gwynn 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Burriss 2-5, R

The Chiefs bullpen allowed three of four inherited runners score while blowing a 2-0 lead in the 7th and then coughed up three more in the 9th to lose this one, 8-5. Scott McGregor pitched his sixth straight quality start, charged with two runs on four hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Rafael Martin failed to get the one out necessary to earn the save, instead giving up two hits and two walks to the four batters he faced before he was lifted. Syracuse tied it with three runs scored with two out in the bottom of the 7th to send it into “extras.” Evan Meek was dinged for three runs in his second inning of work to take the loss. The Chiefs loaded the bases with one out in their final “ups” but the three baserunners became the 8th, 9th, and 10th men left on as a strikeout and a flyout ended the game.

Louisville 6 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Fornataro (L, 0-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mastroianni 1-3, 2B, BB
• Minicozzi 1-3, 2K

Louisville continued to beat up on the Syracuse bullpen, scoring six times against four relievers for 6-1 win that swept the doubleheader. Eric Fornataro was given the spot start and gave up a run on three hits and two walks with two K’s. With next-to-no offense, Fornataro’s effort would be a losing one as the Chiefs were held to two hits, enabling the Bats’ pitchers to get away with seven walks in seven innings.
Roster moves: OF Matt den Dekker recalled to Washington; RHP Sam Runion assigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg vs. Akron — PPD
It was an extra day off for the Senators as the Tuesday night contest against Akron was rained out. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader tonight.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — COMP. (11th inn.)
• Self (W, 2-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• S. Perez 2-4, 2RBI

The P-Nats got three singles in the bottom of the 11th to take the completion, 4-3. The win went to Derek Self, who worked around two hits in the top of the 11th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 5-2) 2⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Wooten 2-4, R, 2B
• Bostick 2-5, 2B, RBI

Potomac took advantage of some sloppy defense in the 8th to rally for two and take the regularly scheduled game, 4-3 to split the four-game series. Starter John Simms pitched into the 7th for the second time in three starts and let in two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Wander Suero got the win though his streak of innings without an earned run ended at 12⅔ with a run given up in the 8th. John Wooten and Christopher Bostick both singled and doubled as the P-Nats piled up 11 hits total.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Thomas reassigned to Hagerstown; RHP Justin Amlung reassigned to Potomac

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — CNCLD
Rain will shorten this three-game series to a maximum of two games today as the two teams do not meet again in the first half.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was hitless in five AB’s in a 1-0 shutout of the Missions.

Jun 022015
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Louisville,
5:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-4, 3.25) and
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Axelrod (2-3, 3.83) and
Hand (1-2, 3.51)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
TBD vs. Merritt (3-4, 4.02)
Potomac Tied, 3-3 (Suspended) vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.60) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
5:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) and
Purke (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76) and
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)


Louisville vs. Syracuse — PPD
Rain washed out the first of three against Louisville. It will be made up today with a doubleheader scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Roster moves: LHP Felipe Rivero recalled to Washington; LHP Matt Grace optioned to Washington; RHP P.J. Walters assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
It’s a brief three-game homestand for Harrisburg before they make a weekend road trip to Trenton and four-game set next week in New Britain.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 3 — SUSP. (10th inn.)
• Giolito 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Lee 2⅓ 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Wooten 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, 3B
• Ward 2-4, R

The only game to start on Monday did not finish as the 3-3 tie game was suspended in the 10th with the P-Nats at bat with one out and nobody on base. Lucas Giolito started and pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out nine. Both teams scored twice in the 6th and once in the 10th, with Christopher Bostick tripling and scoring on a Stephen Perez sac fly shortly before the umps ordered the teams off the field. They’ll finish the game at 5:05 p.m. and play the regularly scheduled nine-inning game
30 to 45 minutes afterwards.

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Rain also postponed the start of the Hickory-Hagerstown series, and like Syracuse, the plan is to play two games today at 5:05 p.m.

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

Jun 012015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-4, 3.25) vs.
Axelrod (2-3, 3.83)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 7-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-3, 4.84) vs.
Tseng (2-2, 4.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 vs. Hickory,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76)


Durham 3 Syracuse 0
• Runion (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lively 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Burriss 2-4, 2B
• Butler 1-2, 2BB

The Bulls scored in each of the first two innings and it was more than enough as they gored the Chiefs for a 3-0 shutout and a three-game sweep. Sam Runion got the spot start and gave up the aforementioned runs in the aforementioned innings on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Mitch Lively turned in four scoreless innings of relief, but the Syracuse offense was stuck in neutral, going 1-for-10 in the clutch and stranding 11 baserunners. Emmanuel Burriss collected multiple hits for the fourth straight game with a single and a double and closed out the month of May with a .304/.385/.451 line in 26 games.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Ross 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Bacus (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-4, R
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, CS

The last Sunday in May was just like the first Sunday in May as Harrisburg blew a 4-1 lead to lose 6-4 on a walkoff grand slam. The implosion spoiled yet another strong outing by Joe Ross, who tossed seven innings of one-run ball with just three hits and no walks allowed while striking out eight. Hector Ambriz loaded the bases in the 9th before Brian Dupra was brought on. Dupra got two outs and let in one run before giving up the HR. Shawn Pleffner singled twice and doubled once to go 3-for-4 and lead the Sens offense.
Roster move: LHP Bryan Harper activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 2
• Pivetta (L, 3-4) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, 3HR
• Thomas 4⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Martinez 2-3
• Manuel 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Myrtle Beach took a second straight game from Potomac Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHP Tyler Mapes activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL.

Kannapolis 7 Hagerstown 5
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 3+ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, K
• Orlan 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Keller 2-5, 2R, 3B
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB
• Gardner 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Robbie Dickey was driven into the wall by the Intimidators as they lapped the Suns, 7-5 to take the series, 3-1. Dickey was charged with five runs on three hits and three walks over three-plus innings, as Brett Mooneyham let in all three inherited runners and two more of his own during Kannapolis’s five-run 4th. Hagerstown put up three runs in the 1st and two in the 5th but couldn’t advance a runner past second the rest of the way. Osvaldo Abreu, Alec Keller, and Jeff Gardner combined to go 6-for-13 with five runs scored, two doubles, two triples, and two RBI.

Trea Turner Update
That wobble in the earth’s axis yesterday? It came from Trea Turner’s 23-game hit streak coming to an end with an 0-for-4 in a 3-1 Missions loss. Without a walk, a hit-by-pitch, or catcher’s interference, Turner’s on-base streak was also stopped at 29 games.

May 312015
 

Same [stuff], different game.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans picked where they left off on Saturday night with near-constant pressure on Potomac’s pitchers, scoring in four of the first six innings en route to a 7-2 win.

Nick Pivetta was the primary victim this time, strafed for six runs on ten hits over four and a 1/3rd innings to suffer his fourth loss. He failed to get the leadoff batter in each of the five innings he began and faced five or more batters in the four innings he completed.

Now credit where credit is due: The Pelican hitters weren’t lucky or getting cheap hits. Just as they did to Reynaldo Lopez, they made loud, solid contact. The most noticeable difference is that three of those hits left the yard.

Justin Thomas was brought in to finish the 5th and gave up a triple followed by sac fly in the 6th. He pitched the rest of the game and put up a quite respectable line of one run over four and 2/3rds with one walk and two whiffs.

Craig Manuel was responsible for both Potomac runs as he pulled a high flyball justinsidethefoulpole with two outs in the 3rd to plate Drew Ward, who led off the inning with a walk.

Overall, the P-Nats bats collected seven hits and two walks and left five runners on base. Estarlin Martinez, the No. 9 batter, was the sole batter to reach base twice.

With the loss, Potomac drops to 21-29 in the first half and remains in last place in the Carolina League North. Uberprospect Lucas Giolito (1-3, 4.84) is slated to pitch tomorrow, opposed by Jen-Ho Tseng (2-2, 4.26) for Myrtle Beach.

May 312015
 

Myrtle Beach scored in four straight innings, including a five-run 7th that “featured” six straight walks, as they scored ten unanswered runs in an 11-1 demolition of Potomac.

Reynaldo Lopez was beaten in his previous start—also against the Pelicans—and did little to suggest that it was fluke or an aberration. The Carolina League’s best team looked every bit the part as they manhandled the 21-y.o. for a second straight start.

Lopez was charged with five runs on nine hits, five of which were for extra bases (three doubles, a triple, and a home run), and one walk. He did strike out six, but it was not enough to mitigate the damage from the cannonade of extra-base knocks.

Kevin Perez followed Lopez and was immediately greeted with a long HR to right field. While he managed to get the next three outs, he walked four straight to open the 7th before he was lifted for Cody Davis. The usually reliable reliever walked two more before getting a flyout to center to let in all three inherited runners.

Davis then wild-pitched in another run before getting the last two outs. He would close out the game, saving the bullpen from further taxation and finishing with one run charged to his record over three innings.

Meanwhile, the P-Nats had trouble getting solid contact against Myrtle Beach’s Paul Blackburn. They also helped him out — as they have quite a bit this season — with first-pitch swings that produced easy outs.

Potomac would manage just five hits total and draw three walks while striking out nine times. Even a MASN analyst can tell you that’s not enough to get it done on offense.

The series continues this afternoon with Nick Pivetta (3-3, 1.41) vs. Tyler Skulina (1-3, 4.25). Potomac’s elimination number is now 16 with 21 games left in the first half.

May 312015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Durham,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Andriese (0-0, 4.35)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Ross (2-2, 3.05) vs.
Ramos (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 11-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Pivetta (3-3, 1.41) vs.
Skulina (1-3, 4.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Dickey (0-0, 10.12) vs.
Almonte (3-2, 3.72)


Durham 4 Syracuse 2
• Espino 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, 2HR
• Davis 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burriss 2-3, BB
• Dykstra 2-4, R

Make that six straight losses for Syracuse as Durham rallied in the 8th for a 4-2 win. Paolo Espino got the start in place of Taylor Hill and gave up two homers and four hits total over six and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Erik Davis took the loss as he was dinged for two runs in the 8th. Emmanuel Burriss and Cutter Dykstra both singled twice as the Chiefs compiled nine hits (all singles) and three walks on offense.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill recalled to Washington.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 2-3) 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K
• De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

Bowie rallied for three in the 6th to turn a 2-0 deficit into eventually winning score of 3-2 over Harrisburg. Austin Voth suffered the loss, his third, with all three BaySox runs allowed on six hits and a walk while fanning eight. Abel De Los Santos worked around a walk in the 8th. The Senators were held to just five hits, with Tony Renda going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the way. Drew Vettleson was the only other hitter to reach base twice as he walked in the 4th and singled in the 8th.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 1
• Lopez (L, 2-2) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 6K, HR
• K. Perez 1+ IP, 1H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Wooten 2-4
• S. Perez 1-3, 3B, RBI

Potomac pitchers were off the mark Last Night In Woodbridge.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Bach (L, 1-1) 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 5BB, 4K
• Cooper 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, K
• DeBruin 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Abreu 1-3, 2B, BB

Hagerstown matched Kannapolis’s single runs in the 7th and 9th inning but not in the 2nd as they fell, 3-2. Connor Bach took the loss, giving up a run on three hits and five walks while setting down four on strikes over four innings. Andrew Cooper let in a run over three innings while Sam Johns gave up a run over two. The offense was held to four hits: three by Grant DeBruin, who doubled twice and scored both Suns runs, and Osvaldo Abreu’s 1st inning double. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-21 with a sacrifice hit and a sacrifice fly.

Trea Turner Update
The rain on Friday merely postponed Turner’s next three hits in Saturday’s doubleheader as the 21-y.o. went 3-for-8 with two RBI, two runs scored, and two strikeouts.

Editor’s Note
While the DSL Nationals were rained out yesterday, it should be noted that I have decided to drop day-to-day coverage of the GCL and DSL. I think I can handle the addition of Auburn to my morning writing session but I know I can’t handle all three short season teams consistently without making sacrifices to the overall coverage. I’m hoping to develop something that I can write on Sundays to summarize those two levels.

May 302015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 17-31, 6th place I.L. North, 9½ games behind

Good Scott McGregor 2-2, 2.12 ERA, 1.26 WHIP in May (5GS)
Bad Cutter Dykstra .517 OPS in 40G
Interesting Syracuse starters have had 19 quality starts in May (27G)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 21-26, 5th place E.L. West, 6½ games behind

Good Brian Jeroloman .846 in 10G
Bad Hector Ambriz 2-4 SV-SVO, 8.59 ERA, 1.64 WHIP in 7 appearances
Interesting Paul Demny 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 14 appearances



POTOMAC NATIONALS 21-27, T3rd place C.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Wander Suero 1-0, 0.00ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 5 relief apperances
Bad Estarlin Martinez .140 BA in May (7-for-50)
Interesting Five IBB issued is the most in the Carolina League



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 25-23, 3rd place Sally North, 7½ games behind

Good Grant DeBruin .314/.380/.396, HR, 25RBI in 41G
Bad Jefry Rodriguez 1-3, 7.58 ERA, 1.72 WHIP
Interesting 33CS 2nd most in Sally Lg., 60.7% success rate 2nd worst
May 302015
 

It’s too late for Potomac to think about a run at the Carolina League North Division title. But after a 3-1 win on Friday following an 8-3 win on Thursday, the last-place P-Nats can serve notice to the first-place Blue Rocks that things might be different in the second half.

Of course, that’s easy to write when Potomac had things go right on both sides of the ball.

Phillips “Exxon” Valdez made his High-A debut and tossed six innings of one-run ball. He hit two Blue Rocks on the puss elbow pad in the first inning, with both players making little-to-no effort (think Don Baylor) to get out of the way of the pitch, as the rules require, but got out of the bases-loaded jam.

Then in the 3rd he gave up a leadoff triple that came in on a sacrifice fly, for the one run he let in. Otherwise, he dominated the weak Wilmington offense — just three hits allowed, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Alas, his counterpart Erik Skoglund was just as good. The slim (could hide behind a telephone pole) southpaw retired six straight to start the game before Khayyan Norfork doubled to lead off the 3rd, Estarlin Martinez singled to push him over, and Narciso Mesa flew out to CF for the sac fly that tied the game at 1-1.

The P-Nats got leadoff singles in the 4th and 5th, but Skoglund dialed up 6-4-3 DPs both times to erase the threat. He also worked around a pair of two-out singles in the 6th before Norfork made the last out of the 7th trying for a second double.

Perhaps the minors are primarily for development, but the decision to send out Skoglund for an 8th inning without a reliever at the ready is hard to explain, much less defend. As lineups often do, a fourth look was what it took to beat him.

In what seemed like a rerun of Norfork’s previous at-bat, Martinez singled to left to lead off the 8th and then turned it into a double on a play that might not have stood up on instant replay. Mesa sacrificed him to third and Christopher Bostick plated him with double to center for a 2-1 lead.

Stephen Perez got the insurance run with a single to center and Skoglund escaped further damage with a popup by Isaac Ballou, an intentional walk to Spencer Kieboom, and an “oops” check-swing tapper by Drew Ward.

Derek Self, who worked around a third hit batsman in the 7th, retired six straight before giving up a leadoff single to begin the 9th. Tripp Keister had Nick Lee ready and called him in shut the door. After a strikeout and a flyout, Wilmington got a second safety to put runners at first and third, but couldn’t get a third hit as Lee whiffed the No. 9 batter to wrap it up.

The win went to Self (his first for Potomac this season) while the save went to Lee, his fifth.

Another first-place team comes to town as Myrtle Beach makes its first trip to the Pfitz. Reynaldo Lopez (2-1, 2.75), who suffered his first loss to the Pelicans last Friday, gets a rematch tonight against fellow righthander Paul Blackburn (3-2, 4.64).

May 302015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-2, 4.35) vs.
Diamond (4-2, 3.94)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 3.66) vs.
Bridwell (1-3, 4.75)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Blackburn (3-2, 4.64)
Hagerstown Won, 12-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (1-0, 3.93) vs.
Lowry (4-2, 4.18)


Durham 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 7BB, 4K
• Fornataro 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Burriss 2-3, 2B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, RBI, SB

The Chiefs outhit the Bulls 5-1, but Durham outscored Syracuse, 3-1. The decision to yo-yo A.J. Cole between starting and relieving, AAA and MLB “paid off” last night as the 23-y.o. issued five straight walks with one out in the fourth and seven total before he was taken out. He would be charged with the loss, and all three Durham runs. Jason Martinson homered in the 7th, but the Syracuse bats were largely silent, collecting just five total and wasting near-perfect relief (4⅔ IP, 0H, BB, 3K) from three relievers.
Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Bates 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (SV, 4) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 1-4, 3B

The Senators shook off a tough loss on Thursday and rallied for three in the 7th to edge the BaySox, 3-2. Colin Bates turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Gilberto Mendez finished with three scoreless innings for his fourth save. Brian Goodwin homered to break up the shutout and lead off the 7th, while Pedro Severino singled with two out to tie, and Tony Renda got plunked for the game-winning, Homer Simpson RBI.
Roster move: IF Anthony Rendon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Valdez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Self (W, 1-0) 2+ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Lee (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Norfork 2-3, R, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, 2B

Potomac rallied for two in the 8th for a sportswriter’s win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 12 Kannapolis 6
• Rodriguez 4⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 4K, 2WP, 2BK
• M. Sanchez 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Keller 2-5, R, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, HR (GS), 4RBI

Austin Davidson’s grand slam capped off a five-run 4th as the Suns scorched the Intimidators, 12-6. Starter Jefry Rodriguez fell one out short of getting a Jack Morris win as he was ineffective yet again: five runs on three hits and five walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Mario Sanchez got the win with three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief. Every Hagerstown batter hit safely as they racked up 12 hits total with Brennan Middleton also going deep with a solo shot in the 3rd.

Trea Turner Update
The Missions were rained out on Friday night.