Jul 282014
 


Oscar Tejeda homered in the 1st to get Potomac on the scoreboard first, then homered in the 11th off the scoreboard for the last Potomac run and a 6-5 walkoff win to complete the three-game sweep of Carolina.

The HR also snapped a seven-inning scoring drought, as the P-Nats jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings while literally knocking out Mudcat starter Dylan Baker with a screamer back to the mound off the bat of Estarlin Martinez that bounded off what appeared to be the noggin as he crumpled in a heap by the mound. He walked off the field under his own power.

Meanwhile, Hector Silvestre made his 2014 debut for the P-Nats and turned in a quality start of three runs on six hits over six innings, but all three runs came via the longball with a solo blast in the 3rd and a two-run blast in the 6th. He would walk none and strike out six without issuing a walk, and left in position to win with a 5-3 lead.

Travis Henke would blow the save with two runs given up in the 7th to allow the Mudcats to tie it at 5-5. He would follow his Mr. Hyde inning with a Dr. Jekyll 8th before giving way to Jake Walsh, who pitched around baserunners in each of his three innings for htis third win in six appearances.

The win, which was the 13th in walkoff fashion, was also the fourth straight for Potomac. Combined with a Wilmington loss extends the P-Nats lead to two games in the C.L. North. The homestand continues with three against Myrtle Beach in a battle of the 2014 first-half champs. Dakota Bacus (3-5, 3.58) gets the ball for the P-Nats versus Chad James (1-1, 5.59) for the Pelicans.

Jul 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 vs. Gwinnett,
12:00 p.m.
Cole (3-0, 2.64) vs.
Texeira (1-3, 6.00)
Harrisburg Losing, 9-7 (12 inn.) @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-4, 5.88) vs.
Blackburn (3-5, 2.93)
Potomac Won, 6-5 (11 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (3-5, 3.58) vs.
James (1-1, 5.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-4 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (0-1, 7.04) vs.
McGrath (4-4, 3.59)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.27) vs.
Eppler (0-2, 4.08)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.31) vs.
Zabala (1-3, 4.26)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Treinen (W, 7-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Martin (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burriss 4-5, 2B, 2RBI,
• Leon 2-4, 2R
• Souza 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI

Syracuse starter Blake Treinen played the role of stopper last night. His victory over the Gwinett Braves ended a three-game losing streak for the Chiefs with seven innings that showed he may yet contribute to the MLB club’s pennant race. Treinin only struck out one batter in a ruthlessly efficient outing in which he yielded only two runs in seven innings on a total of 76 pitches. A leadoff hit by pitch and sacrifice bunt by Gwinnett resulted in an eventual RBI single by Syrcause nemesis Jose “No Soy Jorge!” Constanza. Tyler Pastornicky’s double in the top of the 6th preceded a sacrifice fly by Brandon “Wish I Was Wade” Boggs that scored Elmer “Wish I Was Jose” Reyes, who had singled to start the inning. Syracuse’s offense supported Treinen with a “picket fence” of single runs in the second, third, and fourth highlighted by Steven “Phone” Souza’s 17th homer in the third, a solo shot. The offense generously scored just enough runs to allow Rafael “Not Tisha Campbell’s Husband” Martin to record his first save as a Syracuse Chief this season.
Roster move: LHP Zach Jackson released.

New Hampshire 9 Harrisburg 7 (12 inn.) — SUSP.
• Espino 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Herron 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Vettleson 2-3, R
• Skole 3-6, 3-2B, 3RBI
• Keyes 2-6, R, HR, RBI

Rain suspended this one with one out in the bottom of the 12th with New Hampshire leading, 9-7. Harrisburg couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 5-4, but rallied to tie in the 9th to send it into extras. Matt Skole doubled three times and drove in three while Kevin Keyes homered again. The two teams will complete this next month when the Senators make their final road trip up 95 to Manchester (not by the sea) and Portland.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino activated from 3-Day TIL, LHP Chris Manno released.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5 (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Walsh (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Tejeda 3-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Severino 3-5, R
• J. Miller 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Tejeda homered twice to secure Potomac’s 13th walkoff win Last Night In Woodbridge
Roster move: RHP Gilberto Mendez placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 4
• Mooneyham 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 2K, 3WP, HBP
• Ullmann (L, 3-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Yezzo 3-4, R
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, SF
• Dent 2-5, 2R, 2-3B, RBI

The Suns pitchers didn’t miss many bats as they gave up 13 hits and walked eight in an 8-4 loss to the Drive. Brett Mooneyham somehow managed to only give up two runs on five hits, five walks, a hit batsman, and three wild pitches and escaped the loss, which went to Ryan Ullmann. James Yezzo singled three times while Cody Dent tripled twice and scored twice to lead the Hagerstown hit parade.

Auburn 3 Jamestown 1
• Dickey 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sanchez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Read 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, RBI

Auburn would take advantage of multiple miscues in the 5th to score three times and outduel Jamestown, 3-1. Robbie Dickey rebounded for a poor outing with four scoreless innings on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts to his credit. The win went to Mario Sanchez, though he served up a solo shot in the 7th and three hits total over three innings with nary a walk or a whiff. Chase McDowell closed out the game with two perfect frames for the save. Raudy Read (double), Cody Gunter (single), and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz (sac fly) accounted for two of the three Doubleday hits and all three RBI.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez reassigned from the GCL to Auburn for minor-league rehab from Hagerstown; IF Cutter Dykstra assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
With one month to go, the G-Nats are tied with the G-Mets, four games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. After a 3-3 week, it’s three against the division (and league) cellar-dweller G-Marlins then three against the Mets, with home games on Tuesday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Like the G-Nats, the D-Nats are a shade over .500 with four weeks left but further back at 10 games off the pace for the division and six behind the Wild Card leader. Thanks to the reset afforded by the All-Star Break, it’s a trio of away-home games this week against the Mariners, Cardinals, and Orioles2.

Jul 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Gwinnett,
1:05 p.m.
Treinen (6-1, 3.16) vs.
Northcraft (0-4, 6.66)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0 vs. New Hampshire,
2:00 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.11) vs.
Copeland (6-7, 4.04)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1st A+ start of ’14) vs.
Baker (1-1, 4.66)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Greenville,
5:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-0, 3.86) vs.
Garcia (0-1, 7.11)
Auburn Won, 7-1 vs. Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
Dickey (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Minarik (1-3, 5.34)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-1 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A


Gwinnett 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Laffey 6IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Cedeno (BS, 3; L, 4-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• E. Perez 3-4, R
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB

Revenge was sweet for former Chief Atahualpa “Huapa-Time” Severino, and one-time P-Nats closer. Gwinnett jumped out to a 2-0 lead over starter Aaron Laffey in the 1st, but Laffey righted the ship and gave up nothing else during his six innings of work. A Steven Souza three-run clout in the 3rd that scored Emmanuel Burriss and Eury Perez looked like it would be enough. Sean Kazmar, apparently the Bravest Brave, stole home off Syracuse southpaw Xavier Cedeno after leading off with single, advancing to second on another single, and advancing to third on a ground out to by Jose “No Jorge” Constanza in the 9th. Cedeno later gave up the losing run in the 10th on a Christian Behthancourt solo homer to left. Left-Handed One Out Guy (LOOGY) Severino of Gwinnett became a winner and Left Handed Two Outs Guy when he induced a line out by Will Rhymes to complete the 9th and began the 10th with a ground out by Greg “Grinding Souldrmmer’s Gears” Dobbs. Juan Jaime slammed the door and struck out the final two Chiefs to record his sixteenth save.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 0
• McGregor (W, 1-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B

While Mike Rizzo might have preferred more than just two strikeouts, winner Scott McGregor stymied the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for six shutout innings. Caleb Ramsey tripled in the home half of the first, and Harrisburg subsequently got the only run it would need on a Jose Lozada sacrifice fly. Jason Martinson decided he wants to get on Souldrummer’s “Good, Bad like Michael Jackson, and The Most Interesting Man on the Senators.” He continued his hot July by extending the lead to 2-0 with a solo shot in the 2nd and adding a single that contributed to a third run in the 4th. Paul Demny pitched two shutout innings for his second hold, and Robert Benincasa pitched a scoreless 9th for his fourth save. The lack of earlier strikeouts by McGregor allowed Ric Flair to shout one of his loudest “WOOOOOS!” of the season when the game ended in a whiff.

Potomac 3 Carolina 2
• Dickson 5⅔ IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Encarnacion (W, 2-3) 3⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-3, BB

Mike McQuillan drove in the first and the last run for Potomac as they walked off with a 3-2 win over Carolina despite being outhit 13-6. Starter Ian Dickson scattered eight hits over five and 2/3rds innings for just one run. He walked one and struck out four. Pedro Encarnacion got the win, though he let in the tying run in the top of the 9th. McQuillan launched a solo shot in the bottom of the 2nd and singled in Stephen Perez, who led off the bottom of the 9th with his second walk and took second on a Randolph Oduber sacrifice. Perez’s first walk plated Tony Renda to give Potomac a 2-1 lead in the 6th.

Greenville 6 Hagerstown 5
• Estevez IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Cooper (L, 7-3) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Wooten 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, RBI

A 4-0 lead wasn’t enough “For The Weekend” as the Drive edged the Suns, 6-5. Wirkin Estevez gave up two-spots in the 3rd and 4th innings after cruising through the first two innings unscathed to finish with four runs allowed on four hits and three walks over four innings. Andrew Cooper took the loss with the final two runs let in over his four innings of relief. John Wooten and Rafael Bautista both went 3-for-5 and combined for two runs scored (Bautista) and two RBI (Wooten) but the Hagerstown lineup struggled in the clutch, going just 3-for-14 and left on 11 baserunners.

Auburn 7 State College 1
• Van Orden (W, 1-3) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Torres (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Gardner 3-4, R, 2B
• Gordon 2-5, 2R, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5

The Doubledays got a little bit of revenge for the Friday-night smackdown as they ran over the Spikes, 7-1. Drew Van Orden, who suffered an eight-hit, eight-run assault on July 8th, got his first professional win with five innings of one-run ball. He walked none, fanned three, and gave up four hits, with the one run coming on a solo HR in the 4th. Jeff Gardner wasn’t “bad” as he singled twice and doubled once to lead Auburn’s ten-hit parade, followed by Garrett Gordon and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who both went 2-for-5.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 1
• Rivero 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Reyes 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Plouck (l, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K
• Guzman 1-4, 2B
• R. Encarnacion 2-4, CS

The G-Cards exploded for four in the 9th to hand the G-Nats a 5-1 loss to close out the week. Felipe Rivero put in a scoreless inning as a rehab starter before giving way to Luis Reyes, who turned in five innings of one-run ball with seven hits allowed and no walks. Cole Plouck took the loss with the aforementioned four-run inning. The G-Nats were held to just five hits with Randy Encarnacion the sole batter to reach base twice with a single and a double.
Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Mets1 4 DSL Nationals 3
• W. Pena 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• M. Pena ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mota 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Franco 3-4, RBI

Malvin Pena melted down with two out in the 9th, giving up a double, unleashing a wild pitch, and letting in the gamewinner with a single as the D-Mets1 took another one from the D-Nats, 4-3. Starter Wilber Pena had a one-hit shutout going into the 5th when he gave up a solo HR. He left with two outs in the 6th with a 2-1 lead but the bases loaded. Angher Cespedes blew the save in typical DSL fashion with a wild pitch, the first of three to go with three walks over the next two and a 1/3rd innings. Israel Mota and Anderson Franco both went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the D-Nats stranded nine baserunners and struck out 11 times for the game.

Jul 262014
 


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

NOTE: Stats & standings prior to games of July 25
SYRACUSE CHIEFS 61-45, 1st place I.L. North, 2½ games ahead

Good A.J. Cole 3-0, 2.88 ERA, 1.21 WHIP in July (4GS)
Bad Greg Dobbs .194/.219/.258 in last 10 games
Interesting In first place since June 5, 28-19 over that stretch



HARRISBURG SENATORS 42-62, 5th place E.L. West, 21½ games behind

Good Jason Martinson .280/.375/.440 in July (22G)
Bad Zach Kroenke 0-3, 7.48 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, 5HR allowed in July (5 appearances)
Interesting Now up to 55 different players used (record, 61 in 2012 – H/T to Sens PR folks)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-15, T1st place C.L. North, 1½ games ahead (55-46 overall)

Good Gilberto Mendez 2-0, 4SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Stephen Perez .158/.214/.158 in last 10 games
Interesting Jake Walsh 2-0, 1.86 ERA, 0.72 WHIP in first 5 appearances



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 22-12, T1st place Sally North, 3 games ahead (66-38 overall)

Good Rafael Bautista 55-for-63 in SB attempts (87.3% success rate)
Bad Jake Johansen 5.11 BB/9IP
Interesting Isaac Ballou 24-game on-base streak



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 18-21, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 9½ games behind

Good Travis Ott 1-1, 2.27/3.39/1.14 in 7GS
Bad Jeff Gardner .123/.200/.192 in 21G
Interesting Tyler Mapes 3SV, 0R first 5 appearances (9IP)



GCL NATIONALS 17-14, 2nd place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 4 games behind

Good “Fred” Aguero .321/.357/.434 in 19G
Bad D.J. Jauss 7.71 ERA, 2.29 WHIP in 7 appearances
Interesting Jakson Reetz .410 OBP (11BB in 19G)



DSL NATIONALS 25-21, 5th place Boca Chica South, 9 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Victor Robles .312/.410/.478, 21SB in 40G
Bad 18-y.o. Jose Nunez 6.86/5.93/2.33 in 9 appearances, 4GS
Interesting Catchers 51% CS rate (44/86) — 2nd best in DSL
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.