Dec 192014
 

Baseball America for NPP
Having confirmed the new list via Twitter, here’s the new-and-improved Washington Nationals Top 10 list from Baseball America (Last year’s ranking in parentheses):

1. Lucas Giolito, RHP (1)
2. Michael Taylor, OF (7)
3. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP (–)
4. Erick Fedde, RHP (’14 Draft Pick)
5. A.J. Cole, RHP (2)
6. Wilmer Difo, 2B/SS (–)
7. Drew Ward, 3B (17)
8. Brian Goodwin, OF (3)
9. Nick Pivetta, RHP (22)
10. Austin Voth, RHP (15)

If you’re a TCU an A.J. Cole fan, you’re probably wondering what he did to drop three slots, but I think the better way to look at it is that the three guys ahead of him simply have either more upside (Fedde) or were in stratosphere this past summer (Taylor, Lopez).

Steve Souza was originally the #5 prospect on this list, though I think most most folks already knew this as the top 10 list was leaked (tweeted) earlier this week.

I’m a bit curious as to why Brian Goodwin remains ranked so high, given this tidbit (italics added):

They pushed him to Double-A Harrisburg by the second half of 2012, but he followed a lackluster 2013 with a horrific 2014 campaign at Triple-A Syracuse that ended on July 1 when he tore the labrum in his left shoulder sliding into second base.

Granted, Goodwin throws righthanded, but injury experts have long held that the torn labrum is baseball’s most fearsome injury, not to mention the conventional wisdom that shoulder injuries in general are what ends or alters baseball careers.

Unfortunately, BA did not weigh in on Difo’s defensive prowess so the SS vs. 2B debate will have to wait until the book is released or perhaps John Sickels’s book is released. They did, however, note that Drew Ward may outgrow 3B, pointing to his size-16 cleats and describing his footwork as merely adequate while noting his arm was strong and accurate.

BA’s projections for 2015 were as follows:

AAA –Taylor, Cole, Goodwin
High-A — Giolito, Lopez, Difo, Ward, Pivetta
Not specified — Fedde, Voth

I still believe Giolito will be jumped to AA (and would love to be wrong) because the Nats have not been keen on letting high-profile prospects play at Potomac (see: Strasburg, Harper, Goodwin). Voth is a near-lock to return to Harrisburg, while I’d expect Fedde to follow the track of Giolito and start out at the GCL and perhaps make an appearance with Auburn late in the year.

Oct 052014
 

Renda-Bunting-2014I had been hoping as I plugged away at this week’s column/post during my time confetti to be able to make some reference to how the parent club is doing in the playoffs. Now, I’m just hoping this will get read between wailing and second-guessing from last night’s 2-1 loss in 18 innings.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
The “other” fall baseball starts up on Tuesday, with sponsor-contrived exhibition festivities held last night (hence, the pic). It looks like there won’t be a taxi squad guy this year, as the Nationals also officially placed the seven players named in late August onto the roster of the Mesa Solar Sox.

BA TOP 20 PROSPECT LISTS
The love-fest for Reynaldo Lopez continues as Baseball America named him the #2 prospect in the New York Penn League, citing what we all know now: a 96-99 FB, a killer 11-5 CV, and a devastating changeup. Also named (#13) was catcher Raudy Read, who may be more intriguing given how thin the position had gotten. The trio of Pedro Severino, Read and Reetz are all under 22 and should populate the rosters at AA, Low-A, and SS-A with a resurgent Spencer Kieboom the likely starter at High-A (though he’ll be 24).

BA loves to double-dip, which is why Lopez got the nod as the #3 prospect of the South Atlantic League, two spots behind Lucas Giolito. In a bigger market, or a true baseball town, these two would have a nickname by now (Giopez?) though I suspect they won’t be teammates again until they’re both in AA. Coming in at #14 for the Sally Top 20 was Wilmer Difo, which I suspect is a function of his age (22) as twelve of the thirteen players ranked above him were 21 or younger.

TRANSACTION STUFF
So far, it’s quiet, which is the norm. Thus far, two players have been re-signed for next year — IF Cutter Dykstra and RHP Sam Runion. As much as we’d like to read into that, Occam’s Razor suggests it’s simply that both the organization and the player are content to continue with the 2014 arrangement for 2015.

2014 AFFILIATE SHUFFLE
Thankfully, the Nats affiliates will remain the same for another two years, which is hardly a shock — even with the rumblings in Hagerstown and Fredericksburg, which continues to be more talk than walk. It does however mean that they’ll be seeing some new opponents, as the Rockies join the Eastern League and the Cubs join the Carolina League, replacing the Twins and Rangers, respectively. Jamestown will be moving to Morgantown, which will require some new scheduling for Auburn and longer bus rides for everyone.

THE GCL NATIONALS
Let’s face it: No matter what this team did in 2014, it would be a disappointment compared to 2013. It also bears repeating that folks shouldn’t get too high or too low about performance in the short-season leagues (and yes, I’ve been guilty of that “crime”). So even though the team reverted to the mean — 25-35, .417 — there’s still some kids to get excited about (ok, that sounds a little creepy).
Offensively, the team was pretty much league average (4.32 vs. 4.37) but the pitching was second-worst in the league, giving up nearly a run more per game (5.32 vs. 4.37).

Without further ado…

TOP 5 BATS TOP 5 ARMS
1. Jakson Reetz, C, .285 GPA, 26BB in 43G 1. Jean Ramirez, RHP, 3.41/3.60/1.45, 0HR allowed in 36⅔ IP
2. Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B, .250 GPA, .934FA 2. Luis Reyes, RHP, 4.42/3.86/1.42, 2.95 BB/9
3. Aldrem Corredor, LF, .256 GPA, .411 OBP 3. Yorlin Reynoso, LHP, 3.38/3.97/1.75, 73.8 LOB%
4. Thomas Alvarez, 2B, .253 GPA, 4.65 RF/G 4. Maximo Valerio, RHP, 5.23/4.28/1.45, 7.3 K/9
5. “Fred” Aguero, IF, .249 GPA, .400 SLG 5. Jose Morales, RHP, 4.68/4.58/1.68, 3.03 BB/9


I’d give an honorable mention to Edwin Lora who batted .293 and stole 13 bases, but worry about the lack of doubles (just eight out of 53 hits). It was a stretch to name five pitchers, as it seemed like the best you could say for most of these guys is that they were still teenagers. Folks who are interested in seeing the entire team’s stats, should click here.

Aug 282014
 


With a long weekend to get the hell of out of Dodge enjoy, league offices aren’t waiting until the regular season is over to churn out the postseason accolades.

Well, two can play at that game. Here’s a look at the how the Nationals have been honored thus far this week…

SYRACUSE
Steve Souza was named the International League’s MVP and Rookie of the Year (an award that meant more prior to expansion) while necomer Billy Gardner took home Manager of the Year honors. Souza was also named to the postseason All-Star team along with teammates Emmanuel Burris and Brandon Laird.

HARRISBURG
Amid the worst season the Senators have had since the Expos became the Nationals, Michael Taylor was a bright spot until his callup to Syracuse (and briefly, Washington) as he was named the Eastern League’s MVP and Rookie of the Year as well as a postseason All-Star.

POTOMAC
The full list has not yet been announced, but should be soon as former National Michael Burgess was named to the C.L. Team and the Frederick folks have been quick to publicize the exploits of a 25-year-old in his fifth year at the High-A level.

UPDATE: Tripp Keister was named the Manager of the Year while IFs Stephen Perez, Shawn Pleffner, Tony Renda, and Oscar Tejeda were named to the Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team.

HAGERSTOWN
Lucas Giolito was named both Most Outstanding Pitcher and the Most Outstannding Prospect for the Sally League while Wilmer Difo was the third Nationals farmhand to garner an MVP title. Joining them on the All-Star team is outfielder Rafael Bautista, who leads the league with 66 steals.

The GCL, which finishes today, and the NYPL have not yet announced their postseason teams/awards.

Aug 012014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 62-49, 1st place I.L. North +.001 W% ahead

Good Emmanuel Burris .351/.422/.514 in July (17G)
Bad Taylor Hill 0-3, 5.48/6.67/1.69, 5HR in 5 July GS
Interesting Rafael Martin 38 consecutive IP w/o an ER (19⅓ at AA; 18⅔ at AAA)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 45-65, 6th place E.L. West, 20 games behind

Good Scott McGregor 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 0.85 WHIP in July
Bad Senators third baseman not named Adrian Sanchez = 19E, .875 Fld. Pct.
Interesting Adrian Sanchez 2E in 39G at 3B (.971 Fld. Pct.)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 20-18, 1st place C.L. North, .001 W% ahead (58-49 overall)

Good Pedro Severino .304/.368/.468 since All-Star Break (26G)
Bad Dakota Bacus 6.33 ERA, 1.66 WHIP in July (5GS)
Interesting 752 batting K second-fewest in the Carolina League



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 26-14, 1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (70-40 overall)

Good Lucas Giolito (duh) 5-2, 1.95/2.90/0.87, 10.3K/9IP in last 10 GS
Bad Narciso Mesa 6BB drawn in 46G
Interesting Zero CG through 110G (tied with Asheville; Savannah has 8)



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 21-25, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 10½ games behind

Good Raudy Read .319/.350/.532, 4HR, 16RBI in July (25G)
Bad Connor Bach 4.96 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 18BB in 7 appearances (16⅓ IP)
Interesting 3.87 R/G = 13th in 14-team NYPL



GCL NATIONALS 20-16, 2nd place GCL East, 4½ games behind

Good John Feliz 3-1, 1SV, 1.23/2.04/0.82 in 14⅔ IP
Bad Ryan Ripken .453 OPS in 51AB
Interesting 2012 Avg. Batter Age = 20.9
2013 Avg. Batter Age = 19.7 (2014 Lg. Avg)
2014 Avg. Batter Age = 19.2



DSL NATIONALS 29-23, 4th place Boca Chica South, 8 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Telmito Agustin .877 OPS, 22SB, 5CS
Bad 19-y.o. Michael Archibald 1-0, 7.43 ERA, 2.10 WHIP in 13⅓ IP
Interesting 20-y.o. Angher Cespedes 4-0, 7SV, 3.49 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 38K in 28⅓ IP
May 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-5 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (2-5, 2.22) vs.
Diamond (2-5, 6.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 15-7 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 1.97) vs.
Ryan (3-5, 4.64)
Potomac Lost, 13-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (0-2, 4.33) vs.
Montas (2-0, 1.54)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6;
Lost, 2-1
@ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-1, 2.83) vs.
Vader (6-1, 3.16)


Rochester 10 Syracuse 5
• Jordan (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, BK
• Jackson 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Souza 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Hood 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Peterson 2-5, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs’ six-game win streak came to screeching halt with a six-run Redwing 4th en route to a 10-5 loss. Taylor Jordan suffered the loss, his first at AAA, and was torched for seven runs (six earned) on nine hits, and two walks while striking out two. He threw 68 pitches, 40 for strikes. Destin Hood homered twice and Steve Souza homered once; both drove in two as the Syracuse offense scored in each of the final four innings and racked up 10 hits total.

Bowie 15 Harrisburg 7
• Solis (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 9R, 8ER, BB, K
• Simmons 2⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR, HBP
• Nicol 3-4, R, 2B
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-4

It was a rough Monday Afternoon In Harrisburg for Sammy Solis in his AA debut.

Salem 13 Potomac 4
• Dickson (L, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 2K
• Mooneyham 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 4BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Tejeda 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• J. Miller 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI

After a four-run 1st, things looked pretty good for Potomac to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three weeks, but Salem hung 13 unanswered runs and took the series 3-1 with a 13-4 win. Ian Dickson took the loss with seven runs allowed on five hits and four walks over just an inning and a third. Oscar Tejeda went 2-for-5 with a run, a stolen base and an RBI while Justin Miller doubled twice as the P-Nats piled up nine hits but struck out 11 times in their 16th loss in May.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 6 — GAME ONE
• Lopez 4⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walsh (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Bautista 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Difo 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

A six-run 2nd wasn’t enough for the Suns pitchers as they allowed seven unanswered, including three in the 7th, for a 7-6 walkoff loss. Reynaldo Lopez became the latest fill-in starter for you-know-who as he made his Low-A debut with three runs on seven hits over four and 2/3rds innings. The 20-y.o. Dominican walked none and struck out three. Jake Walsh got the blown-save-loss as he allowed two hits and two walks in the space of seven batters in the 7th, as the winning run scored on Drew Ward’s 12th error to end the game. Wilmer Difo homered and drove in three while Rafael Bautista went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Delmarva 2 Hagerstown 1 — GAME TWO
• Cooper 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Orlan (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Ballou 1-3, R, 3B
• Bautista 1-2

Hagerstown scored first again in the nightcap, as Isaac Ballou tripled and scored on an error to lead off the game for an early 1-0 lead. It would be the first of just two hits for the Suns as they were edged 2-1 to complete the Shorebirds doubleheader sweep. Andrew Cooper started and went the first five innings, letting in a run on five hits while walking none and fanning two. R.C. Orlan gave up a solo home run in the 6th to take the loss. Rafael Bautista’s bunt single in the 3rd and walks by John Wooten and Craig Manuel summed up the rest of the Suns offense on the night.
Roster moves: RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned to Auburn, RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

May 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-1 vs. Columbus,
2:00 p.m.
Laffey (4-1, 3.82) vs.
Bauer (4-1, 2.15)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0;
Won, 9-3
vs. New Britain,
2:00 p.m.
Purke (1-5, 7.90) vs.
Rogers (3-3, 5.65)
Potomac Won, 2-1;
Lost, 4-3 (8 inn.)
@ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
TBD Schwartz (1st A+ start of ’14) vs.
Parra (4-1, 4.10)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
Voth (1-2, 1.87) vs.
Junis (4-2, 3.16)


Columbus 8 Syracuse 1
• Tatusko (L, 1-5) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 4K
• Jackson 1IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Souza 3-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Peterson 2-3, RBI, HBP

Beginning with a three-run 6th, the Clippers scored eight unanswered runs in the last four frames to, um, sail past the Chiefs 8-1 in the series opener. Starter Ryan Tatusko went a season-high seven innings but also surrendered four runs on six hits and a walk to take his fifth loss. For the fourth straight appearance, Zach Jackson was gashed for multiple runs with a four-run pounding in the 8th. Steve Souza singled, doubled, and tripled to push his OPS to an even 1.000 while raising his BA to .347

Harrisburg 5 New Britain 0 — GAME ONE
• Cole (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 8K, 98-68 P-K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Dykstra 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Taylor 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A.J. Cole threw a seven-inning complete-game shutout in the opener for a 5-0 win in the opener. Cole pounded the zone for 68 strikes out 98 pitches, walked none, and allowed just four hits as he earned his fourth win. Caleb Ramsey drove in two with a double in the 5th and went 2-for-3 overall to lead the Senators hit column. Cutter Dykstra and Michael Taylor both hit solo HRs.

Harrisburg 9 New Britain 3 — GAME TWO
• Dupra 3⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Holland (W, 4-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Keyes 3-3, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Skole 2-2, 3R, 2B, BB
• Taylor 2-3, 2R, HR(10), BB, 2RBI

The Sens completed the doubleheader sweep with a 9-3 win in the nightcap. It was the third time this season they’ve won back-to-back games. Spot starter Brian Dupra gave up two runs on four hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds. Neil Holland stranded a runner in the 4th and was touched for a run in the 5th but got win #4 nevertheless. Kevin Keyes drove in three and went 3-for-3 while Michael Taylor and Justin Bloxom both hit two-run homers as Harrisburg made the most of its eight hits and four walks in six turns at bat.

Potomac 2 Myrtle Beach 1 — GAME ONE
• Pena (W, 3-1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K
• Harper (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Self (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Tejeda 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Oscar Tejeda’s two-run shot in 4th was enough as three Potomac pitchers held Myrtle Beach to a single run for a 2-1 win in the first game. Ronald Pena was charged with that run on five hits and four walks but got his third win. Bryan Harper and Derek Self each tossed a scoreless inning for hold #3 and save #2, respectively.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3 (8 inn.)— GAME TWO
• Simms 6IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Mendez (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Tejeda 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, BB

The Pelicans have the number of Gilberto Mendez, as they got to him for three runs in the last of the 8th to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 walkoff win to split the twinbill. It was the second loss of ’14 for Mendez, both to Myrtle Beach, as he was charged with three runs on five hits over an inning and 2/3rds. Starter John Simms gave up one run on six hits and one walk over the first six innings for his third no-decision in four A+ starts. Oscar Tejeda homered again while going 2-for-4 and Steven Perez reached base twice with a walk and a single to lead the Potomac offense.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 2
• Silvestre 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
• Orlan (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Difo 3-5
• Medina 1-2, BB, CS

After trading single runs twice, the Legends broke through for three in the last of the 8th for 5-2 sportswriter’s win against the Suns. Hector Silvestre made the start in place of Lucas Giolito and spun five frames of one-run ball, with one hit and one walk and… wait for it… one strikeout. R.C. Orlan took the loss with four runs given up on four hits and two walks. Wilmer Difo remains red-hot, going 3-for-5, but the rest of the Hagerstown lineup managed just five hits and left on 10 baserunners.

May 122014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 @ Columbus,
10:35 a.m.
Tatusko (1-4, 2.15) vs.
Banwart (2-0, 3.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Purke (1-5, 7.18) vs.
Anderson (2-3, 5.50)
Potomac Lost, 6-1 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Pena (2-1, 5.64) vs.
Kline (3-1, 2.01)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1;
Won, 3-2 (10 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (1-2, 2.28) vs.
Leyer (2-2, 5.19)


Syracuse 4 Columbus 1
• Treinen (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Delcarmen (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Goodwin 2-4, R
• Solano 2-4, 2B, RBI

Blake Treinen needed just 86 pitches to get through seven innings as he won his first AAA game for the Chiefs this season, 4-1. The 25-y.o. allowed just a single run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Syracuse scored one in the 5th and three in the 6th to take command of the game. Brian Goodwin and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense, which tallied seven hits and one walk total. Roster moves: IF Sean Nicol reassigned from Harrisburg; 1B-OF Tyler Moore recalled from Washington.

Binghamton 2 Harrisburg 1
• Cole (L, 3-2) 4⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Herron 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Hague 1-3, SF, RBI
• Taylor 0-4, 4K

Harrisburg was outhit and outscored by one as they dropped the series finale to Binghamton, 2-1. A.J. Cole took the loss, giving up just one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three. The Senators avoided the shutout with a walk, error, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ricky Hague in the 7th. Cutter Dykstra singled, doubled, and walked but was caught stealing to lead the Harrisburg offense, which was held to six hits and two walks total.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 1
• Simms (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Harper 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Oduber 3-4, R, 2B
• Sanchez 1-3, BB

Potomac scored an early run, which turned out to be the only run as Myrtle Beach took the series finale, 6-1. John Simms lost his first High-A game, giving up five runs on four hits and one walk over five innings. He struck out five. Bryan Harper followed with three innings of one-hit ball, charged with an unearned run in the 8th. Randolph Oduber, who’s been hitting .421 thus far in May, went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. The rest of the lineup was 2-for-26.

Kannapolis 2 Hagerstown 1 — GAME ONE
• Giolito 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Thomas (BS, 3; L, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 2B
• Wooten 2-3

Lucas Giolito threw six innings and struck out seven (career highs for both) while allowing just one hit and one walk. Alas, Kannapolis jumped on Justin Thomas for two unearned runs in the 7th to take the opener, 2-1, and end Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak. It was Thomas’s third loss and third blown save. Spencer Kieboom and John Wooten both went 2-for-3 while Drew Ward drove in the lone Suns run with the only other Hagerstown hit.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 2 (10 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Silvestre 4IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Sylvestri 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Anderson (W, 4-0) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Wooten 3-3, R, 2-2B, BB
• Middleton 2-4, R

For nine innings, the Municipal Stadium scoreboard was a Star Trek convention (nothing but zeroes), until the Intimidators struck for two in the top of the 10th. The Suns responded with three to walk off with a 3-2 win and split the doubleheader. The gamewinner came on a suicide squeeze as Wilmer Difo laid a bunt down on the third-base line while Brennan Middleton charged in for the score. Derek Anderson vultured the win despite coughing up two runs on one hit and two walks in the final frame. Hector Silvestre, Michael Sylvestri, and Jake Walsh combined for nine scoreless innings with seven hits allowed and 11 strikeouts.

May 052014
 

Ed. Note: Julie Goldberg, a veteran minor-league team employee for several teams over the past nine seasons — including the Hagerstown Suns in 2005 and the Potomac Nationals currently — gives us this dispatch from the Legends-Suns game last night in Hagerstown.

Photo Credit: Joshua Mitchell via Twitter

Hagerstown, MD – The Hagerstown Suns put on a balanced offensive show in a 10-8 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday evening at Municipal Stadium. The win improves the Suns’ record to 21-7 in 2014 and keeps them 5½ games ahead of the Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division standings.

Seven of Hagerstown’s batters got at least one hit during the game, led by Wilson Ramos, who was making his first rehab start since going on the disabled list for the parent club on April 1st. Ramos went 2-for-3, with a home run and three runs batted in.

The Suns got their offense going early against Legends LHP Cody Reed. After shortstop Wilmer Difo reached on an error, he scored on Ramos’s base hit to score the game’s first run in the bottom of the 1st.

The Legends tied the game in the 2nd and the Suns retook the lead in the 3rd. Following walks to Rafael Bautista and Difo, Ramos put the Suns up by a score of 4-1 with a three-run home run over the right field wall.

It was a back-and-forth battle in the middle innings as the Legends answered with two runs of their own in the 4th inning off of Suns’ RHP Lucas Giolito. In the bottom half of the inning, Hagerstown first baseman John Wooten led off with a solo home run. The Suns tallied two more runs in the 4th after Willie Medina reached on an error and then later scored. Bautista was then hit by a pitch and scored the Suns’ third run of the inning on Difo’s sacrifice fly to extend the Hagerstown lead to 7-3.

The Suns added to their lead in the 5th inning after right fielder Estarlin Martinez walked to lead off the inning.He later scored on Medina’s sacrifice fly. With the bases loaded in the 6th inning, Isaac Ballou scored on Drew Ward’s force out at second base. Martinez then drove in Difo on a sacrifice fly to make the score 10-5.

Lexington would then tack on two unearned runs in the seventh and another unearned run in the 8th before RHP Ryan Ullman closed out the game in the 9th inning. Ullman pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to record his third save of the season.

Giolito pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five and improved his record to 2-0 on the season.

Hagerstown closes out their homestand tonight against Lexington with first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

Apr 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 @ Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Laffey (1-0, 0.00) Treinen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Holmberg (0-3, 14.46) Reineke (0-0, 2.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Purke (0-3, 9.49)
Gilliam (0-0, 5.63) vs. Kingham (1-1, 0.53)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-1, 4.05) vs.
Buccifero (0-2, 3.63)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ Augusta,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.29) vs.
Ysla (0-1, 7.00)


Syracuse 4 Louisville 1
• Tatusko (W, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Jackson (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Robertson (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rhymes 3-4, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Souza 1-3, BB, CS

Ryan Tatusko finally got the run support worthy of his efforts thus far this season (2.18 ERA, 0.68 WHIP) in a 4-1 Syracuse win over Louisville. The 29-y.o. veteran tossed his second straight quality start for his first win, holding the Bats’, um, bats to just one run on four hits with no walks and three K’s over six innings. The Chiefs took advantage of a sloppy 5th inning, scoring three times on three hits with the help of three Louisville errors in the 5th to snap a 1-1 tie. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes led the offense with a 3-for-4 night, scoring a run, drawing a walk, and stealing a base. Brian Goodwin saw his hit streak stop at 11 but extended his on-base streak to 12 with his team-leading 13th base-on-balls. Roster moves: LHP Danny Rosenbaum placed on 7-Day DL; LHP Zach Jackson reassigned from Harrisburg; LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno optioned from Washington; RHP Aaron Barrett recalled to Washington.

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 0
• Rivero (L, 0-4) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 2-4
• Hood 2-4

Felipe Rivero couldn’t stop the Sens trend of giving up runs early and often as the Curve shut them out, 7-0. Rivero was charged with six runs on nine hits and three walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out two and gave up his second home run of the season while taking his fourth loss in as many starts. Caleb Ramsey and Destin Hood both went 2-for-4 to account for four of the five (5) Harrisburg hits. Michael Taylor whiffed four times to extend his E.L-leading batting strikeout mark to 28 in 16 games.
A corresponding move to the reassignment of LHP Zack Jackson to AAA has not yet been announced.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac returns to the Pfitz on a three-game win streak after a 4-2 road trip to Myrtle Beach and Lynchburg. They’ll host Winston-Salem for the three games and finish their first-half slate against the Hillcats with a four-game series from Saturday to Tuesday. Doug Fister is expected to make a rehab start on Sunday, which should take some pressure off Brett Mooneyham, presuming he’s not skipped and/or there’s no rainout between now and then.

Hagerstown 4 Augusta 3
• Giolito 4IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HBP
• Suero (W, 2-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Difo 3-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• E. Martinez 2-3, BB, SB, CS

Isaac Ballou’s RBI triple tied it and Wilmer Difo’s RBI single put the Suns ahead as they rallied for two in the 9th to even the series at 1-1 with 4-3 win over the GreenJackets. Lucas Giolito got his third no-decision as the Hagerstown ace was buzzed for three runs on three hit and three walks over four innings. He struck out five but also hit a batter. Wander Suero got the win with four shutout frames of two-hit relief with no BBs and 2 K’s. Difo went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI to lead the Suns attack, followed closely by Estarlin Martinez’s 2-for-3 night with a walk and a stolen base, though he was also caught stealing.

Apr 162014
 

Baseball Rain For NPP 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
4:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 3.09) vs.
Buchanan (1-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
10:30 a.m.
Rivero (0-2, 4.50) vs.
Sampson (1-1, 2.45)
Potomac Losing, 4-3
(Suspended)
@ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-1, 2.84) vs.
Gonzalez (0-1, 4.00)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Voth (0-1, 3.72) and Giolito (1-0, 3.38) vs.
Harvey (1-0, 1.64) and Brault (1-1, 7.20)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD
The Chiefs’ fifth postponement came as predicted as rain blanketed the East Coast — including WMass to No. VA ;-) — and affected (afflicted?) every affiliate on Tax Day. Roster moves: LHP Aaron Laffey assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD

Rain washed out the second game of the three-game series, which concludes this morning with a matinee. No makeup date was announced at the time of the press release, however, the Sens website is indicating a DH on Saturday, July 12th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — SUSP
• Pena 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Norfork 1-1, BB, RBI, 2SB
• S. Perez 1-1, R, 2B, 2RBI

Rain suspended what looked like a slugfest in the making as the P-Nats landed four hooks in the top of the 2nd while the Pelicans answered with three crosses in the bottom of the 2nd before play was halted. It will be made up today as part of a completion doubleheader (finish the original game, play a seven-inning game afterwards).

Delmarva vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The matchup of Washington’s 1st Rd. pick in ’12 vs. Baltimore’s 1st. Rd. pick in ’13 that was supposed to be tonight is now in doubt thanks to the rainout last night, as the Suns have not officially announced the order in which tonight’s presumed starters will pitch.
Roster moves: IF Cody Dent placed on the 7-Day DL; 3B Drew Ward activated from DL; IF Carlos Lopez returned to XST; IF Willie Medina activated from XST.