Jun 212013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (2-4, 4.81) vs. TBA
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 4.94) vs.
Stroman (3-1, 4.15)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 14-1 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-2, 5.32) vs.
Montas (1-5, 5.82)
Auburn Lost, 7-5 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
R. Lopez (0-0, 6.75 @ A-) vs.
Petree (Pro Debut)
GCL Nationals N/A vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0 @ DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Soto (1-0, 0.64)



Charlotte 5 Syracuse 3
• Mandel (L, 1-4) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 3K
• Broadway ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, WP, 3-2 IR-S
• Walters 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, RBI

After matching the Knights twice, the Chiefs had no answer for Charlotte’s two-run rally in the 6th, losing the game 5-3 and the series 3-1. Starter Jeff Mandel suffered his fourth loss, charged with all five runs on six hits and five walks. He left with one out in the sixth as the go-ahead run came in on a groundout and the insurance run scored on a wild pitch. Zach Walters was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored as he hit his career-high and team-best 16th home run.

Bowie 5 Harrisburg 3
• Karns (L, 4-3) 4IP, 5H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, SB(10)
• Goodwin 2-5

Nathan Karns hadn’t faced any live* batters in 11 days and it showed as he took the “L” in a 5-3 Harrisburg loss to Bowie. Karns threw 28 of 78 total pitches during his fourth and final inning, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Bowie extended the lead from 2-1 to 5-1 with a pair against Matt Swynenberg in the 5th and one against Ryan Perry in the 6th. Steve Souza Jr. led the Senators attack with 3-for-4 night with a home run, walk, two runs scored, and his 10th stolen base.
* No word in whether he pitched to any dead ones. *rimshot!*

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
The second half finally begins with a seven-game homestand against the Carolina Mudcats and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Hagerstown 14 Greenville 1
• Mooneyham (W, 3-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Dickson (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Foat 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Mesa 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

Hagerstown scored 14 unanswered runs in the second-half opener for a 14-1 win over Greenville. Starter Brett Mooneyham gave up a solo shot in the 1st but went the requisite five innings to get the win, giving up three hits total while walking three and striking out four. All nine starters got a hit as the Suns pounded out 13 total. Matt Foat led the way with a single, walk, a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two runs driven in for 3-for-4 night, followed by Shawn Pleffner and recently promoted Narciso Mesa, both of whom went 2-for-5 with 2RBI.

State College 7 Auburn 5
• D. Williams (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Medina 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• Difo 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Valdez 2-5, 2B, RBI

The Spikes rallied twice for three runs in the 5th and 6th innings to break open a 1-1 game and held off the Doubledays for 7-5 win. Deion Williams, converted to pitcher last summer in the GCL, took the loss with two runs allowed on two hits and two walks while fanning five over four and a 1/3rd innings. Dominicans Wilmer Difo and Jean Valdez led the Auburn attack, as the second baseman (Difo) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI and the corner infielder (Valdez) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

GCL Nationals — OPENING DAY
Like the diet of a fussy toddler, the GCL schedule is limited — 20 games apiece against the Mets, Marlins, and Cardinals for the next 10 weeks. Seven of the ten DSL guys from the 2013 Watchlist are on the roster, which also includes 2012 first-round pick Lucas Giolito, 2013 third-rounder Drew Ward.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Tigers 0
• Reyes 4IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Feliz (W, 3-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Salazar (SV, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mercedes 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Yermin Mercedes’s solo HR in the bottom of the 4th was the difference in a 1-0 D-Nats win over the D-Tigers. Of course, three pitchers combining on a four-hit shutout also helped. Luis Reyes went the first four and gave up all four hits. John Feliz got his third relief win pitching the next three, while Melvi Salazar notched his third save with two goose eggs in the 8th and 9th innings. Meredes, Aldrem Corredor, and Israel Mota each went 1-for-3 with a walk ad the D-Nats were held to just five hits and four walks.

Jun 202013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Mandel (1-3, 5.55) vs.
Stewart (3-9, 5.23)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Karns (4-2, 4.60) vs.
Wilson (1-0, 4.35)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 6-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-0, 0.00 in GCL in ’12) vs.
O’Shea (3-3, 3.12 in NYPL in ’12)
DSL Nationals Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) vs. DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (1-0, 2.87) vs.
Lara (1-0, 1.80)



Charlotte 2 Syracuse 1
• Clay (L, 0-1) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Crotta 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-4, RBI, SB
• Rhymes 3-5
• Moore 2-4, 2B

Syracuse stalled in the clutch, going just 1-for-7 with RISP and stranding 11 in a 2-1 matinee loss to Charlotte. Caleb Clay pitched into the 7th for his AAA debut, but allowed both Knights runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four over six and 2/3rds innings. Chris Rahl and Will Rhymes both singled three times as the Chiefs racked up 10 hits total (double the output of Charlotte).
Roster move: 2B Danny Espinosa reinstated from DL, optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 1
• Jordan (W, 6-0) 8IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 3-3, R, BB
• Nicol 1-2, RBI

Taylor Jordan slumped to allowing a run over eight innings, snapping a 23-inning scoreless streak, but the bum still pitched Harrisburg to a 3-1 victory over Bowie. The 24-y.o. walked two and struck out three while running his record to 6-0 in eight appearances for the Senators. Brian Goodwin reached base four time with three singles and a walk, while Sean Nicol came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the 6th that broke the 1-1 deadlock. Aaron Barrett pitched around a two-out double to earn his 13th save.

Potomac Nationals — ALL-STAR BREAK
No doubt by design to give the league’s All-Stars an extra day of rest, the Carolina League begins the second half with an off day today before the eight-team circuit restarts tomorrow.

Hagerstown Suns — ALL-STAR BREAK
After finishing the first half with seven games at home, the Suns open the second with seven games on the road, beginning with a four-game set in Greenville, followed by a three-game series in Charleston.

Auburn 6 Batavia 3
• Orlan 4IP, 3H, 0R, 5BB, 2K
• Simko (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Napoli (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lippincott 2-4, R, BB
• Ballou 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI

Walks and errors will kill you, as Batavia learned by giving out nine and committing four in a 6-3 loss to Auburn. R.C. Orlan, a 30th round pick out of North Carolina in 2012, made his pro debut as the starter with four scoreless innings. The 22-y.o. from Glen Allen, VA allowed three hits, walked five and struck out two. Rehabbing Todd Simko got the win in relief while 2013 8th-rounder David Napoli got the save in his pro debut. Bryan Lippincott led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game, while Isaac Ballou drove in two and reached base three times with a single and two walks.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Cardinals 1 (10 inn.)
• Valerio 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K
• Morales 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Aquino (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mercedes 2-2, R, RBI
• Mota 2-3, 3B, 2BB
• Alvarez 2-4

Brayan Serrata’s single in the 10th ended what might have been a very frustrating game as the D-Nats outhit the D-Cards 12-3, but only won 2-1. Maximo Valerio gave up the lone D-Cards run on two hits and three walks over six innings while striking out six, but got the no-decision. Jose Morales followed with three no-hit innings, allowing a walk. Jonathan Aquino got the win with a scoreless 10th inning pitched. The D-Nats left on 15 runners and went just 2-for-16 with RISP.

Jun 192013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (11 inn.) @ Charlotte,
12:15 p.m.
TBA vs. Berken (4-7, 4.32)
Harrisburg Won, 9-1 @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Jordan (5-0, 0.66) vs.
Wright (6-0, 3.92)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-2 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (DNP in ’12) vs.
J. Garcia (1-3, 3.60 @ GCL in ’12)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-3 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-0, 2.03) vs.
Mateo (0-1, 1.00)



Charlotte 7 Syracuse 6 (11 inn.)
• Rosenbaum 7IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Roark 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Accardo (L, 2-1) ⅔ 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Moore 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Perez 2-6, 2R, HR, RBI, SB

For the second time in three games, the Syracuse Chiefs loaded the bases in extras on walks (one intentional) and lost, falling this time on a two-out single in the 11th for the short end of a 7-6 decision. Danny Rosenbaum got a no-decision for the fourth straight start, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out four over seven innings. Reigning I.L. Batter of the Week Zach Walters remains red-hot, doubling and homering while scoring a run and driving in three. Tyler Moore and Eury Perez also went deep, as the trio of longballers combined for six of the eight Chiefs hits.
Roster move: RHP Caleb Clay promoted from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 9 Bowie 1
• Demny (W, 5-4) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Leon 2-4, R
• Bloxom 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Paul Demny tossed seven innings of one-hit ball as Harrisburg pummeled Bowie, 9-1. The 23-y.o. Texan walked three and struck out six while earning his fifth win of the season. Brian Goodwin went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBI while Justin Bloxom homered, scored two, and drove in two as the Senators made the most out their offensive opportunities with nine runs on seven hits and three walks. The win combined with an Erie loss puts Harrisburg in sole possession of first place in the E.L. West.
Roster move: RHP Marcos Frias reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac Nationals — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Carolina League blasted the California League 12-2 in San Jose. Billy Burns went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, while Adrian Nieto went 0-for-1 coming off the bench. Blake Schwartz tossed a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and striking out a batter. Robbie Ray did not pitch.

Hagerstown Suns — ALL-STAR BREAK
A two-hour-and-51-minute rain delay shortened the game to seven innings, which saw the Sally North squad edge the Sally South, 2-1. Brandon Miller started in RF and went 0-for-2, while Tony Renda came off the bench and singled as a pinch-hitter and finished the game defensively at 1B. Pedro Severino also came off the bench but struck out. Dixon Anderson got the win for pitching the 3rd, giving up two hits in a scoreless inning. Pedro Encarnacion, presumably replacing Ivan Pineyro who was placed on the TIL on Sunday, followed and turned in a goose egg with a hit allowed and strikeout. Robert Benincasa did not pitch.

Batavia 10 Auburn 2
• Selsor 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Dicharry (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Difo 2-3, 2BB, CS
• Masters 2-4

Batavia broke open a 4-2 game with a five-run 7th to send Auburn to a 10-2 defeat. Starter Casey Selsor gave up two runs on four hits and a walk over five innings while setting down one on strikes. The Doubledays more than doubled their hit total from the opener with seven instead of three, with Wilmer Difo leading the way with a 2-for-3 game and two walks.
Roster moves: RHPs Benjamin Grisz and Manny Rodriguez placed on 60-Day DL.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Cardinals 3
• Pena (L, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Reynoso 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Lora 1-3, BB, SB, CS
• Pilier 1-3, BB, CS

The D-Cards ran up a 6-0 lead before the D-Nats cut it in half with a three-run 6th, but as close as they would get in a 6-3 loss. 18-y.o. Yefri Pena took the loss with three runs given up on three hits and two walks in his first start after three relief appearances. Edwin Lora and Neivy Pilier were both 1-for-3 with a walk as the D-Nats were held to just six hits total.

Jun 182013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (12 inn.) @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.75) vs.
Leesman (1-0, 2.14)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Demny (4-4, 3.68) vs.
Gamboa (2-4, 4.02)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 7-3 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Selsor (0-4, 6.10 in ’12 at GCL) vs.
H. Reyes (0-2, 3.85 at Low-A)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
J. Ramirez (0-1, 8.44) vs.
Medrano (1-0, 3.86)



Syracuse 7 Charlotte 3
• Tatusko 5⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Broadway (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 3-4, 2R, 2BB
• Walters 2-5, 2B, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-6

It was a late start (62-minute rain delay) and a late finish (12 innings) but the Chiefs continue to play their best on the road (19-14) as they outlasted the Knights, 5-4. Starter Ryan Tatusko pitched into the 6th, charged with three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks, and struck out five but saw his “W” turn into an “ND” when recently optioned Xavier Cedeno let in a run while finish the inning. After scoring six runs combined in the 5th and 6th, the teams played to stalemate for five innings before Syracuse opened up a 5-3 lead in the 12th, scoring twice with just one hit. Mike Broadway got the win in relief while Mike Crotta rode out the 12th, allowing a run on three hits, for the save. Will Rhymes paced the Chiefs offense with three hits and two walks.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
The Senators six-game road trip continues with a three-game midweek series against the BaySox. Harrisburg remains tied for 1st place, percentage points behind Erie, thanks to a 10-4 mark in the month of June. Roster moves: RHP Ryan Perry reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac Nationals — ALL-STAR BREAK
Replacing the injured Zane Chavez, C Adrian Nieto joins RHP Blake Schwartz, LHP Robbie Ray, and OF Billy Burns at the 2013 Carolina-California All-Star game in San Jose, California.

Hagerstown Suns — ALL-STAR BREAK
The first-half Northern Division champs will send six players and two coaches to the 2013 Sally League All-Star Game in Lakewood, New Jersey. Roster moves: LHP Todd Simko, C Spencer Kieboom, OF Narciso Mesa, IF Wilmer Difo reassigned to Auburn.

Auburn 7 Batavia 3
• Turnbull (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Hollins 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dent 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Mesa 1-4, R, BB, RBI

Auburn took advantage of seven walks and five errors to score seven times on just three hits as the Doubledays took the opener against Batavia, 7-3. Sinking from High-A to SS-A, Kylin Turnbull found his groove and turned in his first scoreless outing of 2013 with two hits allowed, no walks, and three strikeouts over five innings to get the win. The Muckdogs had success against the first two men out of the ‘pen, scoring once against Silvio Medina in two innings and twice against Todd Simko in the 8th before L.J. Hollins closed out the 9th with a goose egg. Cody Dent (2-for-3) and Narciso Mesa (1-for-4) accounted for all three Doubledays hits and two of the three RBI collected.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Orioles2 2 (12 inn.)
• Torres 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• M. Sanchez 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Salazar (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Lora 4-5, R, 2B
• Rosario 1-1, 2B, 2R, BB

The D-Nats fell behind 2-0 early but rallied to tie it with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings and scored on a wild pitch in the 12th for a 3-2 win over the D-Orioles2. The 19-y.o. Venezuelan Luis Torres gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over five innings, striking out four in his third start. Edwin Lora went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Dionicio Rosario came off the bench to score the final two runs, walking in the 9th, and leading off the 12th with a double. Mario Sanchez, John Feliz, and Melvi Salazar combined for seven shutout innings and one walk and four hits and nine strikeouts.
Roster move: RHP Fiyeral Charlis assigned to DSL Nationals from Washington.

Jun 172013
 

The Auburn Doubledays have announced the 2013 Opening Day roster. For the second straight year, it’s not laden with 2013 picks — just 10 11 of the 30 active (plus two on the D.L.) were drafted earlier this month. But also like 2012 they do include four there are five from the top ten rounds (2013 picks are in parentheses).

This year’s marquee player will be second-rounder Jake Johansen, a 22-y.o. who throws very hard and will draw comparisons to Nathan Karns as a hard thrower with subpar collegiate numbers that the scouts believe aren’t indicative of his talents.

Perhaps more intriguing is the inclusion of 19-y.o. Cody Gunter, who the Nats are challenging with short-season A instead of the GCL, which is the usual destination for JuCo and HS picks.

If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve included a couple of links in the “Resources” from Sean Hogan of Citeznsofnatstown.com and Ryan Kelley from BaseballNewsHound.com for folks interested in learning more about the draft picks.

Next, our eyes will turn to the GCL to see how and where the rest of the picks and players land. I’m not holding my breath, however, for the next installment of BA’s transaction to answer a lot of the “What happened to __________?” questions. Didn’t happen last year, which I was expecting given what was believed to be a large contingent of players in XST.

Finally, the usual reminder: SpringfieldFan is going to be busy as all this shakes out, so please be patient with her as she updates the Big Board over next couple of weeks.

Without further ado, here’s your 2013 Auburn Doubledays…

PITCHERS CATCHERS INFIELDERS OUTFIELDERS
Joel Barrientos Austin Chubb Cody Dent (22nd) Isaac Ballou (15th)
Kevin Dicharry Erik Fernandez Wilmer Difo Narciso Mesa
L.J. Hollins Andruth Ramirez Cody Gunter (6th) Jordan Poole
Jake Johnansen (2nd) Spencer Kieboom* Bryan Lippincott Wilman Rodriguez
Jake Joyce (9th) David Masters (14th)
Reynaldo Lopez Brennan Middleton (13th)*
Silvio Medina Jean Valdez
Mike Mudron Jimmy Yezzo (7th)
David Napoli (8th)
Robert Orlan
Casey Selsor
Todd Simko
Niko Spezial (19th)
Mike Silvestri (29th)
Todd Simko+  Bold = Watchlist
Kylin Turnbull  Italics = DSL Graduate
Elliot Waterman  * = D.L.
Deion Williams  + = Rehab
Jun 172013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 (10 inn.) @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 3.23) vs.
Rienzo (5-4, 5.74)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 9-8 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn N/A vs. Batavia,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Pacheco (0-1, 2.35)



Toledo 8 Syracuse 4
• Maya 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Davis (L, 1-3) 1⅔ 1H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR (GS)
• Walters 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Rivero 2-4, BB

Erik Davis’s return to AAA was a near-perfect failure. In his second inning of work, the 26-y.o. walked the bases loaded (one intentional, following a sacrifice after a leadoff walk) then coughed up a grand slam as the Mud Hens defeated the Chiefs, 8-4 in 10 innings. Just an inning and a half earlier, Syracuse had victimized the Toledo ‘pen for three runs in the 8th to tie the game at four, including a two-run double by Zach Walters, who went 3-for-4 to lead the Chiefs offense. Yunesky Maya got the no-decision with four runs allowed on nine hits and no walks while striking out eight. Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned from Washington; RHP Matt Torra released.

Harrisburg 5 New Britain 2
• Treinen (W, 6-6) 5IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Holland (H, 5) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrett (S, 12) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-3, R, SB

Harrisburg broke out for four runs in the 3rd and salvaged the series with a 5-2 win over New Britain. Starter Blake Treinen evened his won-loss record at 6-6 by scattering eight hits over five innings for one run allowed, with two walks and one strikeout. The Sens ‘pen turned in four innings of one-run relief to lock it down, highlighted by Aaron Barrett whiffing four of six batters faced for a multi-inning save, his 12th. Brian Goodwin singled three times and scored twice as the Harrisburg offense churned out 11 hits, including doubles by Steve Souza, Sandy Leon and Jimmy Van Ostrand.

Potomac 10 Frederick 9 (10 inn.)
• Ray 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, 3HR
• Frias (W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Fischer (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Gilmartin 3-5, RBI, CS
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

In something of a microcosm for the team’s first half, the P-Nats offense overcame its pitching deficiencies for a 9-8 win that secured a 42-win half for just the third time since becoming a Washington affiliate (2008 1st half, 2009 2nd half). Robbie Ray was lit up for six runs on six hits over four innings, with five of the runs coming on three home runs, matching his season total to date. He walked two and struck out five. Marcos Frias got the win in relief with a scoreless fifth inning, though the 24-y.o. gave up two hits. Potomac took advantage of seven walks issued by Frederick pitchers to score nine times on ten hits, with Mike Gilmartin the lead bat at 3-for-5 for the afternoon.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 6
• Purke 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Meza (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB

In an improbable turn of events, the Suns won the first half with a 9-6 win over Lakewood by a half game over Hickory. Starter Matt Purke turned in four and 2/3rds innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Christian Meza got the win in relief, walking one and striking out two over an inning and a 1/3rd. Tony Renda doubled once, tying for the league lead at 24, while Khayyan Norfork and Estarlin Martinez both doubled twice as the Suns pounded out 12 hits total. With the Sally League’s arbitrary predetermined playoff format, Hagerstown hosts Games Two and Three (if necessary) of the Semifinals, and should they advance, Games One and Two of the Finals. For those wondering, the Suns took four of seven games from Hickory during the first half and play them six times in the second half. Roster moves: RHP Ivan Pineyro placed on TIL; RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned to Auburn Doubledays, RHP Pedro Encarnacion reassigned from Auburn Doubledays.

Auburn Doubledays — OPENING DAY
The 2012 Pinckney Division Champions look to defend their title as they open the 2013 campaign against the second-place Batavia Muckdogs. Despite multiple inquiries, the Auburn Doubledays have yet to release information (or issue a press release) regarding the 2013 Opening Day roster. The current roster is inaccurate, containing multiple players who were released in the spring.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 week, the D-Nats remain atop the Boca Chica South division with a 9-4 mark, 1½ games up on the second-place D-Pirates2 squad. It’s home games this week against the D-Orioles2 and D-Mets1 and home-and-home series against the D-Cards and D-Tigers.

Oct 022012
 

Like two years ago, the first couple of 2012 league Top 20s from Baseball America — Gulf Coast League, New York-Penn League — have been sans Nats.

That will most likely change with tomorrow’s Top 20 for the 2012 South Atlantic League, with Brian Goodwin, Alex Meyer and Matt Skole as good possibilities to make the list.

However, there was a mention in the BA chat held yesterday, which I’ll pass along:

Ben (Leland Grove): Did any of the Doubledays come close to making this list?

Aaron Fitt: As our college readers surely know, I’ve been a Tony Renda fan for a long time, and he was in the mix for a spot on this list. He’s an undersized second baseman who did not stand out for his performance in his pro debut, but he has an innate feel for his barrel that I think will carry him through the minors. He also made great strides defensively this summer, though he has a few more things to clean up in order to become an average defender. Brett Mooneyham had an encouraging debut, but he’s got to smooth out his delivery in order to harness his potential — I think there’s a lot of risk there. Robert Benincasa and Derek Self are a couple of college relievers who pitched very well this summer; both have polish, tenacity and solid stuff (working in that 90-93 range with solid-average sliders), and I think both could move quickly. And Estarlin Martinez is an interesting sleeper with some power potential — certainly a guy to keep an eye on.

The Doubledays, as you’ll be shocked to learn (no, not really), were one of the oldest teams in the New York-Penn League. This is a function, of course, of the organization’s tendency (philosophy?) towards collegiate players. It’s disappointing, of course, when there were two candidates (Martinez, Narciso Mesa) that put up stronger numbers than the four OFs that were tabbed, but two were younger and two were recent high-price/high-profile draftees — and let’s not forget BA’s tendency to favor youth and money spent when it comes to prospects.

Sep 112012
 

Five runs in the 7th and six in the 8th turned a 6-5 ballgame into a 16-7 Tri-City beatdown as Auburn lost Game Three of the New York-Penn League Semifinals and was eliminated 2-1 in the best-of-three series.

If there’s a single number that tells the story, it’s 14 — the number of walks issued by the Doubledays pitchers on the night. Seven of them would eventually score. The Auburn moundsmen would also give up 14 hits, six coming in the final two fateful frames.

Despite the eventual outcome, the Doubledays would take the lead three times, scoring two in the top of the 1st for a 2-0 lead, one in the 3rd for a 3-2 lead, and one in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead. Auburn actually outhit Tri-City 15-14, with every batter in the lineup getting a hit. Tony Renda led the charge with a 4-for-5 night, followed by Wander Ramos at 3-for-5, and Mike McQuillan went 2-for-5 with two doubles.

Six Auburn pitchers threw last night, with each of them issuing at least one walk, hit, and a run. Cody Davis, the only one to set down a batter on strikes, was charged with the loss, giving up four runs on two hits, a walk, and a hit batsman over two and 2/3rds innings.

The loss ends Auburn’s 2012 season while Tri-City advances to the NYPL Finals against Hudson Valley, which eliminated Brooklyn with 2-0 one-hitter.

Sep 102012
 

Three first-inning runs would prove to be enough, but it never felt that way as the Auburn bullpen worked its way in and out of trouble in each of the last five innings in a 5-2 triumph over Tri-City, taking the New York Penn League Semifinal series to the limit of a deciding Game Three.

Travis Henke would get credit for the win by stranding the two runners he inherited with one out in the 5th inning, thanks in large part to a nifty double play turned by left-fielder Estarlin Martinez, but gave up a run in 6th on a walk and two singles. Robert Benincasa would follow with two high-wire innings, allowing a pair of one-out singles in the 7th before righting the ship with a popup and a flyout, then walking two in the 8th before getting another IF pop and a groundout. Derek Self seemed poised to stop the circus act before he, too, put on two with two outs before retiring Tri-City’s .320-hitting DH for the final out and the save.

Offensively, the Doubledays collected nine hits — same as the ValleyCats — but it was spread across just five hitters, of which just two were back-to-back in the lineup. Those two, Brandon Miller and Wander Ramos, would drive in four of the five runs and hit both Auburn doubles. Miller’s two-run two-bagger opened up the scoring in the 1st while Ramos’s keystone hit plated the final Doubleday run in the 8th. Miller, Ramos, Mike McQuillan, and Shawn Pleffner each hit safely twice.

Starter David Fischer walked four and gave up three hits over four and a 1/3rd innings for the no-decision.

Nick Lee (3-1, 3.77) is the announced Auburn starter for tonight’s deciding game, with Brian Holmes (7-2, 2.57) set to pitch for Tri-City. Both 21-year-olds last pitched a week ago. The winner of tonight’s contest will advance against the winner of the Hudson Valley-Brooklyn matchup tonight, a Game Three in that series forced by an 8-1 Renegade win over the Cyclones 98 miles down the road in West Fishkill.

Sep 082012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Auburn Lost, 5-4 @ Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Fischer (3-3, 4.96) vs.
Rodgers (7-2, 2.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 ELIMINATED N/A

Tri-City 5 Auburn 4
• Mooneyham 5IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Boyden (L, 0-1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Renda 2-4, SB
• Ramos 1-3, R, 3B, BB, OF assist at 3B
• Kieboom 1-4, 2B, 2RBI

A pinch-hit double by the league’s oldest player put the tying run for Auburn in the bottom of the 9th, but despite a pair of walks and three pitching changes, the clutch hit eluded the Doubledays for a 5-4 loss to Tri-City. Auburn scored a first-inning run but gave it back in the 3rd and fell behind with three in the 4th, a pair of errors turning might have been one-run frame into a crooked number. The Doubledays got a couple back with a two-run double off the bat of Spencer Kieboom, then had the miscues evened out with an error and a balk in the 5th to plate the tying run.

The ValleyCats got the go-ahead run in the 7th with three singles, the only hits that Michael Boyden gave up, but it stood up for the win. Boyden took the loss with one run over three innings, while starter Brett Mooneyham gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks over the first five innings. Auburn outhit TriCity 8-7, with Tony Renda leading the hit column with a 2-for-4 effort.

The series shifts to Troy, NY for Game Two tonight with Auburn needing to win to force a deciding Game Three in the best-of-three format.

Greensboro 7 Hagerstown 5
• Estevez 2⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Turnbull (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Hawkins 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Burns 2-3, R, BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-4, R

Two big innings powered Greensboro to a 7-5 win to eliminate Hagerstown and advance to Sally League Finals to defend their 2011 title. The Grasshoppers went deep twice against Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez for all four runs scored in the 3rd inning to chase the 20-year-old from the game. The Suns responded with four of their own in the top of the 5th to tie the game, only to see Greensboro take the lead right back with two in the bottom of the inning. Hagerstown got within one with a run in the 8th, but gave it right back with a run in the 8th and went in order in the 9th.

Estevez got the no-decision with the four runs allowed over two and a 1/3rd innings on three hits (a double and two home runs) and a walk while striking out three. Kylin Turnbull took the loss with two runs given up on four hits and a walk in 2/3rds of an inning in the 6th. Richie Mirowski and Ben Hawkins combined for four scoreless innings of relief following Estevez and Turnbull. Billy Burns and Caleb Ramsey both singled twice and scored a run as Hagerstown made the most of its chances with a 4-for-6 night with RISP and just two runners left on base.