Sep 252015

Now I can follow last year’s digital size 13’s, so here goes…


All seven affiliates had losing records and missed the playoffs. Obviously, that’s not the only measuring stick or even the most important one. But I’ve long felt that the reflexive, “stats are meaningless in the minors” trope by baseball folks to be disingenuous. I’m sure many of you had this reaction at least three times a week when looking at the daily rundown. Like a taxi on a rainy night, offense (age-appropriate or not) was hard to find. A lot of you are pinning your hopes on the influx of talent from the D.R. and I have little reason to disagree.

Victor Robles was named the #2 prospect in both the GCL and the NYPL (remember Baseball America loves to double-dip) and was joined by Erick Fedde (#4). That, of course, means there’s a small chance that Fedde will make the cut for the Sally Lg., too. Aside from Lucas Giolito, I have little confidence we’ll see many more.

The logical inference from the previous two items is that the watchlist has become a depth chart. This has always been my worst fear, and it makes me less interested in creating a 2016 edition. This is not necessarily a result of a disappointing season; a year ago I wrote that I knew the list will become smaller and less comprehensive, but I was hoping not to scrap it altogether. Perhaps I’ll feel differently in a few weeks, or someone can make a case in the comments for a way to preserve this.

After years of being one of — if not the — oldest teams in the DSL, the 2015 edition had the youngest set of position players in the league (average age: 17.6 vs. 18.3) and the fourth-youngest pitching staff (18.3 vs. 19.0). But being young is only a part of the equation; were they any good? In the 38-team DSL, the bats were 29th (4.46 R/G vs. 5.02) and the arms were 33rd (5.74). The defense was also below average with a .947FA (.952).

So, no, not really.

The million-peso question is how many of these guys will repeat, with the follow-up of how many will be let go. We won’t know until next May. But the hope is that those that do repeat — and are still age-appropriate — will improve dramatically.

Without further ado…

1. Aldrem Corredor, 1B/OF, .289 GPA, 39 BB 1. Pedro Avila, RHSP, 2.26/1.87/1.06, 13.1 K/9
2. Luis Perdomo, LF, .275 GPA, 16 2B 2. Francys Peguero, RHRP, 1.82/1.99/0.84, 13.5 K/9
3. Edwin Ventura, RF, .265 GPA, 15SB 3. Yonathan Ramirez, LHSP, 2.75/2.91/1.12, 1.7 BB/9
4. Roberto Medina, C, .278 GPA, .442SLG% (34G) 3. Gilbert Chu, RHRP, 2.55/2.90/1.09, 11.0 K/9
5. Juan Evangelista, CF, .258 GPA, 108 TB 5. Warner Duran, RHRP, 2.67/2.35/1.22, 0HR in 33⅔ IP


Honorable mentions go to 17-y.o. Omar Meregildo, who led the team in slugging at .443 (but also faded badly, .450 OPS in August vs. .643 in July and .885 in June) and 18-y.o. RHRP Angel Guillen, who had a very respectable 3.02 FIP and an extremely unlucky .423 BABIP, which can be obscured by his ERA (6.08) and H/9IP (10.8). Folks interested in seeing the entire team’s stats can find them here.

Aug 232015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (5-6, 3.70) vs.
Hutchison (1st AAA start of ’15)
Harrisburg Won, 12-1 vs. Portland,
1:30 p.m.
Rauh (1-3, 5.06) vs.
Wilkerson (1-1, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 4-2 @ Lynchburg,
4:00 p.m.
Howell (A+ debut) vs.
Peoples (9-3, 3.76)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4 vs. Lexington,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.12) vs.
Marte (4-2, 5.95)
Auburn Lost, 6-3 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-4, 2.84) vs.
Gueller (7-1, 1.84)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 1
• Billings (W, 8-5) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Martin (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB

Matt Skole’s two-run HR in the 6th proved to be the difference as the Chiefs rebounded to beat Buffalo, 3-1. Bruce Billings tossed six shutout innings without a walk and five hits allowed to earn his eighth win. Rafael Martin worked around a two-out walk in the 9th to earn save no. 10. Jason Martinson singled and walked in four trips to the plate and was the sole Syracuse batter to reach base twice.
Roster moves: IF Scott Sizemore assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 12 Portland 1
• Voth (W, 5-6) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bacus 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, RBI

Austin Voth recovered from the shock of having a nine-run lead to work with in the top of the 2nd as the Senators went medieval on the Sea Dogs’ [buttocks] in the 1st en route to a 12-1 demoliton. Voth gave up the lone Portland run on five hits total over five innings to get the win, his fifth. Brian Goodwin singled and doubled and drove in three and led the regulars in the 15-hit outburst by Harrisburg.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2
• Spann (W, 2-6) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Dupra (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, R, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, SB(20)

Potomac took advantage of an error and a wild pitch to score twice in the 6th as they doubled up Lynchburg, 4-2. Matt Spann won his second Car. Lg. game with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk while fanning two. Bruan Dupra followed with three scoreless for his second hold. Alec Keller singled three times in five ABs to lead the Potomac offense, followed by Rafael Bautista’s two doubles and stolen base No. 20.
Roster move: 3B Drew Ward reassigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 4
• Fedde 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• K. Perez (L, 0-2) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, RBI

The Legends scored five times in the last four innings to turn a 2-2 tie into a 7-4 win. Erick Fedde started but had a no-decision with two runs let in on five hits and two walks. He struck out three and gave up a HR. Kevin Perez took the loss with a runs allowed in both the 6th and 7th innings. Raudy Read and Wilman Rodriguez both went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Hagerstown attack.

Williamsport 9 Auburn 3
• Crownover 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johns (L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Wiseman 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Florentino 2-4, R, 3B

Williamsport scored four in the 8th and three in 9th to turn a 2-2 tie into a 9-3 smackdown of Auburn. Matt Crownover started and turned in five shutout innings but saw his 2-0 lead vanish in the top of the 6th. Sam Johns lost for the second time this week as he allowed four unearned runs in the 8th. Rhett Wiseman doubled twice and drove in one while Darryl Florentino singled and tripled to account for four of the eight Doubledays hits.

GCL Update
The G-Nats went 2-4 in their penultimate week of play and were eliminated from the GCL East division race. Looking ahead to 2016, Dominican teenagers Anderson Franco and Telmito Agustin (both 18) are sporting OPS’s of .753 and .855 respectively while almost-20-y.o. Wilber Pena and and 21-in-Dec. Joan Baez are 1-2 in games started.

DSL Update
Likewise, the D-Nats closed out their season with a 2-4 mark and overall record of 31-41, which was good for a 4th-place finish in the Boca Chica North division and 19 games behind the D-Rangers1. Among the first-timers, 17-y.o. Roberto Medina led the batters with a .317/.372/.442 albeit in 34 games while 18-y.o. Pedro Avila had the lowest ERA (2.26) and WHIP (1.06), was second in IP and GS, and averaged a staggering 13.1 K/9IP vs. an equally impressive 2.6 BB/9IP.

Aug 162015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Billings (7-4, 4.17) vs.
Redmond (1-4, 4.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-1 vs. Bowie,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 2.99) vs.
C. Lee (2-0, 3.18)
Potomac Lost, 13-10 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-1, 2.21) vs.
Lovvorn (2-3, 4.02)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Bach (5-3, 3.21) and
TBD vs.
Thompson (3-5, 4.59) and
Peralta (4-8, 6.04)
Auburn Won, 9-3;
Lost, 8-5
vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 5.12) vs.
Lilek (1-2, 3.90)

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-8) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• McGregor 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Syracuse’s ride ended with a 4-0, four-hit shutout by Buffalo. Taylor Hill suffered the loss despite pitching fairly well: one run on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings. The Chiefs bats were held to just four hits — two singles by Matt den Dekker and doubles by Emmanuel Burriss and Matt Skole.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill activated from 7-Day DL.

Bowie 9 Harrisburg 1
• Bates (L, 4-4) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Lee 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-4, R
• Lozada 1-4, RBI

The BaySox knifed the Senators in the middle innings, breaking a 1-1 tie with a run in the 5th then eviscerating the Sens ‘pen for four in the 6th and three in the 7th en route to a 9-1 win. Colin Bates took the loss with five innings of two-run ball on seven hits and a walk while striking out two. Shawn Pleffner was the sole Harrisburg bat to reach base twice as he went 2-for-4 and scored the lone run on Jose Lozada’s two-out single in the 4th.

Wilmington 13 Potomac 10
• Spann 5⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Johansen (BS, 1; L, 1-5) 6BF, 4H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HR, 1-1 IR-S
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• DeBruin 3-6, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Webb 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

The Blue Rocks took advantage of sloppy defense and pounced on flat fastballs for seven runs in the 6th as they outslugged the P-Nats, 13-10. Matt Spann swapped spots with Brian Rauh in the announced rotation and looked like he was out of sync, giving up runs in every inning but one over five and a 1/3rd thrown. He was charged with six runs on eight hits and two walks and gave up two homers. The loss went to Jake Johansen, who faced six batters and retired none, giving up four hits (including a HR), a walk and committing multiple misplays, only one of which was deemed an error. Offensively, Rafael Bautista and Grant DeBruin powered the P-Nats attack again with six hits, four runs, three RBI (DeBruin) and two stolen bases (Bautista).

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
Rain postponed last night’s game to a dreaded getaway day doubleheader for both teams.

Auburn 9 Batavia 3 — GAME ONE
• Guilbeau 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, WP
• Johns (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Jefferies 3-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Eusebio 2-3, 2R, SF, RBI
• Wiseman 2-4, 3RBI

Auburn struck for five in the 1st and cruised to a 9-3 win over Batavia in the opener. Taylor Guilbeau fell one inning short of qualifying for the win, giving up all three Muckdog runs on five hits over four innings. The “W” went to Sam Johns for pitching a scoreless 5th, walking one and striking out one. Jake Jefferies powered the Doubleday attack with a single, two doubles, and two RBI while scoring a run and stealing a base.

Batavia 8 Auburn 5 — GAME TWO
• Borne 4IP, 5H, 5R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Ramos (L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Eusebio 3-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Wiseman 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

The Doubledays twice led the nightcap — 2-0 and 5-3 — but the bullpen couldn’t hold the Muckdogs in an 8-5 loss. Grant Borne went the first four innings and was charged with the first five runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out three. David Ramos didn’t blow the save but lost the game with two runs coughed up in the 5th. Diomedes Eusebio paced the Auburn offense with two singles, a double, and a stolen base, going 5-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI for the twinbill.
Roster move: RHP Maximo Valerio promoted from the GCL Nationals.

GCL Update
Two weeks remain for the last-place G-Nats, who fell to six games back with a 1-5 week and are on a four-game slide. The elimination number is seven. The bump up for Valerio (see above) is encouraging at the individual level, but the usage of pitchers in Hagerstown (see the most recent GBI) gives little confidence that more will follow.

DSL Update
It’s the final week for the DSL and a four-game slide clinched a losing season for the first time since 2011. There’s not much else to write that hasn’t already been written… it’s the youngest set of bats in the DSL and fourth-youngest set of arms; let’s see what happens next year when the organization decides who stays and who goes up or out.

Aug 092015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (2-5, 4.11) vs.
Spruill (4-8, 4.54)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Bates (4-2, 4.29) vs.
Fulmer (7-2, 1.75)
Potomac Won, 7-4 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
Spann (1-6, 4.53) vs.
Walters (5-5, 2.84)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 vs. Delmarva,
3:05 p.m.
Bach (4-3, 3.30) vs.
Scott (0-1, 5.40)
Auburn Won, 8-7 @ Connecticut,
4:05 p.m.
Borne (1-1, 1.50) vs. TBD

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Billings (W, 7-4) 5⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Martin 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-5, R
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B, SB

The Chiefs broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run 5th and held on for a 4-3 win — the sixth straight against the PawSox. Bruce Billings got the “W” with one run on three hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings. Rafael Martin worked around a two-out single in the 9th for his sixth save. Syracuse pounded out 11 hits, with Jason Martinson leading the charge with a 3-for-5 game.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 1
• Giolito 6⅔ IP, 7H, R, ER, 4BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Bacus (W, 6-3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Lozada 2-3, R, BB
• Goodwin 1-3, R, IBB, OF assist at 2B

Harrisburg broke out for four in the top of the 8th for a 4-1 win and took a 2-0 series lead. Lucas Giolito put on 11 baserunners (seven hits, four walks) but only let in one, albeit on a solo HR in the bottom of the 6th. He pitched into the 7th and struck out five. The win went to Dakota Bacus, who got the last out of the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. Erie walked three (one intentionally), hit a batter for a Homer Simpson RBI, and committed two errors, the last of which scored two runs on a botched 3-2-3 DP attempt. Erik Davis wobbled through the 9th with a single and a walk allowed to earn the save, his third at AA.

Potomac 7 Carolina 4
• A. Williams (W, 3-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 8K
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• S. Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI, E(15)
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

No curse of the GBI for Austen Williams as the P-Nats jumped out to a 5-1 lead and survived a scare in the 9th for a 7-4 win. The 22-y.o. Texan notched his third high-A win with a quality start of two runs on four hits, no walks, and struck out eight. Jake Johansen followed with two scoreless. R.C. Orlan stranded two of the four baserunners that Phillips Valdez put on to open the 9th to earn his first save for Potomac. Stephen Perez smacked a three-run HR in the 2nd and went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 0
• Howell 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• M. Sanchez (W, 6-5) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2SB
• Mejia 1-2, HBP, 2SB

Three Suns pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of the Shorebirds by a 5-0 score. Jeff Howell went the first four and gave up one hit and no walks while striking out three. Mario Sanchez got the win with three perfect innings, fanning two. Koda Glover finished with two innings, giving up one hit and no walks. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz capped Hagerstown’s four-run 5th with a three-run HR and also drew a walk. Wilman Rodriguez led the hit column with two singles while going 2-for-3 and stole two bases, as did Bryan Mejia.

Auburn 8 Williamsport 7
• Guilbeau 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Torres (BS, 1; W, 4-0) 3IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Robles 2-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Schrock 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Wiseman 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

Big innings were the name of the game as the Doubledays outslugged the Crosscutters, 8-7 to prevent the sweep. Taylor Guilbeau started and pitched five innings of one-run ball on three hits and a walk while setting down two on strikes. He left with a 5-1 lead. Luis Torres gave it away with four runs in the 6th but was the pitcher of record when Auburn struck back for three in the bottom of the 7th to take an 8-5 lead. Mariano Rivera III was credited with the save despite giving up two runs on four hits in the 9th. Max Schrock led the Auburn hit parade with a single and two doubles while Rhett Wiseman drove in three and went 2-for-4.
Kelvin Gutierrez was the sole Auburn representative at the 2015 NYPL All-Star game.

GCL Update
Despite a 4-3 week, the G-Nats are cellar dwellers in the GCL East with an elimination number of 14 with 19 games left to play. Telmito Agustin continues to lead the age-appropriate batters with a line of .333/.375/.481, the last of which is particularly impressive for an 18-y.o. Joan Baez has started six games without prolonged interruption since being dropped down from Auburn in early July and has pitched four or more innings, posting a 1.93 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 28IP. However, the 20-y.o. was absolutely lit up in the previous six starts in Auburn and Hagerstown (12.71 ERA, 2.29 WHIP in 17IP), which begs the question: Is it because he’s improved or because the competition is lesser?

DSL Update
As the DSL’s youngest batting lineup (yes, really) that they’re even within six games of .500 is pretty impressive. The pitchers are only marginally older, and also well below league-average age (18.3 vs. 19). More encouraging, just seven starters have been used and three of the five regulars are sporting sub-3.00 ERAs, two with FIPs under 3.2 (by formula, that’s league average). The GBI has been a challenge for this group because it’s the same names that keep excelling: Juan Evangelista and Aldrem Corredor on offense, Pedro Avila (starter) and Francys Peguero (reliever). It will be interesting to see how the Nats move (or don’t) this group along in 2016.

Aug 022015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-4 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 5.22) vs.
Dean (7-9, 3.13)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Portland,
1:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Diaz (1-9, 5.21)
Potomac Lost, 11-3 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-3, 3.48) vs.
Buttrey (7-4, 3.39)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-7 @ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Pettibone (2-3, 4.66)
Auburn Won, 1-0 vs. Hudson Valley,
2:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-4, 5.15) vs.
Varga (1-2, 3.33)

Syracuse 10 Rochester 4
• Bleier (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Solis (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Burriss 4-5, 2R, BB, SB
• Turner 4-5, 3R, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Mastrioanni 2-5, R, 2RBI, SB(20)

Trea Turner and Emmanuel Burriss reached base 10 times in Syracuse’s 10-4 rout of Rochester. Richard Bleier got the Jack Morris win with all four RedWing runs allowed on nine hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. Sammy Solis stranded two in the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th to earn the hold. Turner homered, scored three times, and drove in two while stealing his 8th AAA base while going 4-for-5 with a walk – the same line for Burriss, who scored twice and stole his 11th base.

Harrisburg 3 Portland 2
• Simms (W, 1-1) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Demny (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• D. Robinson 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Corona 0-1, R, 3BB

The Sens took advantage of seven walks — six by former Nats farmhand Danny Rosenbaum — to edge the Sea Dogs, 3-2. John Simms evened up his won-loss record with a quality start of two runs allowed on six hits and three walks over six innings. Paul Demny (2IP) and Erik Davis (1IP) closed out the game with three scoreless to earn the hold and save, respectively. Derrick Robinson collected both the lone extra-base hit and RBI with a 2nd-inning double that was the third and decisive run for Harrisburg.

Salem 11 Potomac 3
• Dickson (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 1ER, BB, K
• Mapes 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Norfork 2-4

The P-Nats dropped their ninth straight home game and fifth overall in an 11-3 Red Sox smackdown. Ian Dickson couldn’t make it out of the 2nd after Roger Dorn Drew Ward and Stephen Perez committed back-to-back to errors to lead to three unearned runs. Dickson gave up four runs total on five hits over an inning and a 1/3rd. Narciso Mesa and Khayyan Norfork both had two hits while John Wooten homered to lead the P-Nats offense.

Hickory 10 Hagerstown 7
• Reyes (L, 5-7) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, 2HR
• Brinley 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, 4R, 3B, BB
• Abreu 4-5, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B, BB, 4RBI

A four-run 6th broke open a 6-5 game as the Crawdads eclipsed the Suns, 10-7 to take a 2-1 series lead. Starter and loser Luis Reyes was ripped for six runs on seven hits, including two homers and two walks over three innings. Tablesetters Andrew Stevenson (3-4, BB) and Osvaldo Abreu (4-5) both reached base four times and combined for five runs scored and ten total bases as Hagerstown tallied 14 hits for the game.
Roster move: RHP Luis Reyes activated from 3-day TIL.

Auburn 1 Hudson Valley 0
• Hearn 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Overton (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Lora 2-3, R
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, RBI

Four Doubledays combined on a three-hit shutout of the Renegades by a 1-0 score. Taylor Hearn started and turned in five scoreless, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three. Connor Overton got the win with a hit and a walk let up over two innings. Kelvin Gutierrez’s two-out RBI single in the 6th, his second hit of the night. That scored Edwin Lora, who singled twice and committed two errors.
Roster move: RHP Luis Torres demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Update
Rain limited the G-Nats to five completed games last week, with a 2-3 record. The elimination number is now 21 with less than a month to go and a six-game deficit to overcome. In terms of usage (arguably the only reliable indicator in the short-season leagues), 18-y.o. Blake Perkins (2nd Rd. HS pick) has appeared in 30 of 34 games thus far while 20-y.o. Maximo Valerio has logged the most innings at 29.

DSL Update
A 4-2 week has improved the D-Nats to 26-28 and third place in the Boca Chica North division. Usage update: Nineteen-year-old Venezuelan Aldrem Corredor has appeared in 50 of 54 games while 18-y.o. Yonathan Ramirez has made 11 starts and logged the most innings pitched (54⅔).

Jul 262015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Lehigh Valley,
1:35 p.m.
Billings (6-4, 4.45) vs.
Berken (5-7, 3.39)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Purke (1st AA start of ’15) vs.
Bridwell (3-5, 4.21)
Potomac Won, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (0-0, 3.55) vs.
McAvoy (5-8, 4.70)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-6, 4.60) vs.
McRae (4-6, 4.53)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Lowell,
3:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-2, 3.38) vs.
Romero (2-2, 2.84)

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3
• Espino (L, 3-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Treinen 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, WP
• Werth 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Gwynn 2-4, BB

The IronPigs answered the Chiefs two-run rally in the 5th with two of their own to go up 4-2 and held on for a 4-3 win. Paolo Espino became the latest victim of the GBI curse as the “G” took the “L” with all four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk over five innings.
Paul Demny and Blake Treinen combined for three scoreless and six strikeouts to keep the game close. Rehabbing Jayson Werth drove in the aforementioned two runs with a two-out double and went 3-for-4 overall to lead the Syracuse offense, which collected 10 hits total.
Roster moves: LHP Richard Bleier, RHP Sam Runion, IF Matt Skole promoted from Harrisburg; 3B Chris Nelson, RHP Chris Nelson released.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 4-2) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K
• Vettleson 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 2-2, R, 3B, BB

Drew Vettleson’s two-out walkoff shot was the difference as the Sens edged the BaySox, 3-2. Austin Voth labored through five shutout innings on 87 pitches, walking three, striking out four, and giving up four hits. The win went to Gilberto Mendez, who came on in the 8th and gave up the tying run in the top of the 9th. Vettleson also singled as did Isaac Ballou twice to pace the Harrisburg attack.
Roster moves: RHPs Lucas Giolito, John Simms, LHP Matt Purke promoted from Potomac; RHP Abel De Los Santos optioned from Washington.

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Lopez 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Self (W, 3-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 3-4, 3SB
• Keller 2-3, R, BB, CS

The P-Nats were just 1-for-11 with RISP so it should come as no surprise to learn that the gamewinner came in on a passed ball in the 9th for a 3-2 win over the Red Sox. The miscue made a winner out of Derek Self, who had pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, while Manny Rodriguez matched the feat in the 9th for his fourth save. Reynaldo Lopez started and turned in seven innings of two-run ball, walking three and striking out four. The P-Nats hit parade was led by Rafael Bautista, who turned three singles into three doubles via three stolen bases, though he failed to score a run.
Roster move: C Spencer Kieboom placed on the 7-Day DL; C Zach Wright reassigned from Syracuse; LHPs Jake Walsh, R.C. Orlan promoted from Hagerstown.

West Virginia 6 Hagerstown 2
• Rauh 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K
• Torres (L, 0-1) 2+ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4
• Abreu 1-4, R, BB

The Power, um, surged for four runs in the late innings to turn a 2-2 tie into a 6-2 win over the Suns. Brian Rauh started and went the first five innings, letting in two runs on three hits and three walks while fanning six. Luis Torres “earned” the loss with four runs charged on five hits and three walks over two-plus innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the Hagerstown hit parade with three singles in four trips to the plate.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Amlung reassigned from Potomac; RHP Matthew DeRosier assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Auburn 5 Lowell 3
• Dickey 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Borne (W, 1-0) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Reetz 2-3, R, 2B, SB, 2HBP
• Sagdal 1-2, 2R, 2RBI, 2BB, SB, SF
• Dulin 1-3, R, 2BB, SB

Auburn took advantage of sloppy defense and pitching to take 5-3 decision from Lowell. Robbie Dickey made his first appearance in more than three weeks, turning in two innings but giving up a run on two hits and two walks. The Doubleday bullpen combined for seven innings of one-run ball, led by Grant Borne, who earned the win with one run allowed on four hits and two walks. Offensively, the trio of Jakson Reetz, Ian Sagdal, and Dalton Dulin combined for four hits, four runs, four walks, and three stolen bases.

GCL Update
After winning five of six the week before to get to .500, the G-Nats dropped all five this week to fall back into the GCL East cellar with a 12-17 mark. That’s roughly three games off their Pythagorean projection, though the G-Nats are just about league average in the three major phases (4.28 R/G vs. 4.20 batting; 4.34 R/G vs. 4.21 R/G pitching; .964 FA vs. 964 FA).

DSL Update
The D-Nats are 22-26 after a 3-3 week and will need to go 15-9 down the stretch to finish above .500. Seventeen-year-old Colombian Robert Medina has emerged as the team leader in OPS at .823 though he’s played in just 16 games. Nineteen-year-old Francys Peguero and 18-y.o. Pedro Avila continue to pile up the K’s, with Peguero second in the DSL with a 14.1 K/9IP rate and Avila fourth with 55K’s in 39IP (12.7/9IP).

Jul 192015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-8 vs. Gwinnett,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (2-3, 2.54) vs.
White (1-2, 3.71)
Harrisburg Won, 11-7 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Pivetta (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Doyle (10-1, 2.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (5-5, 4.30) vs.
Miranda (0-1, 5.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Rauh (1st A- Start of ’15) vs.
Adams (6-4, 3.43)
Auburn Won, 6-4;
Lost, 3-1
vs. West Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Rivera (0-0, 5.73) vs.
McGarry (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 7 Gwinnett 6
• Cole 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Billings (L, 5-4) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Nelson 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Mastroianni 2-5, R, SB

A seven-run 7th broke a 3-3 tie as the Braves outslugged the Chiefs, 11-8. A.J. Cole got the start and was lifted after four and 2/3rds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three. The loss went to Bruce Billings as he was charged with six runs on four hits over an inning and 2/3rds. Chris Nelson led the Syracuse hit column with a 3-for-5 night.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington, optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 7
• Bates 4⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Suero (W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Jeroloman 4-4, 3R, BB
• Dykstra 3-6, R, 2B, HR, 6RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

Tablesetters Cutter Dykstra and Brian Goodwin combined for three HR and nine RBI as the Senators beat the BaySox, 11-7. Colin Bates started but was ineffective, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks over four and 1/3rd innings. Wander Suero stranded three in the 5th and pitched two more innings to get the win, his first at AA. Brian Jeroloman reached base five times with four singles and a walk to lead the 15-hit attack.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 4
• Valdez 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 5K
• Mapes (L, 1-2) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Rendon 2-2, 2B
• Kieboom 2-4, 2B, RBI

The wheels came off the bus in the sixth inning Last Night In Woodbridge

Roster move: IF Anthony Rendon added to roster for MLB rehab.

Kannapolis 1 Hagerstown 0
• Van Orden (L, 5-3) 4+ IP, 6H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K
• Orlan 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Read 1-4, 2B, K
• Page 1-4, 2B, 2K

Kannapolis pitchers outdueled Hagerstown’s for a 1-0 win. Drew Van Orden took the loss after giving up a leadoff triple in the 5th as R.C. Orlan gave up the game-winning sacrifice fly. Orlan and Sam Johns both spun two scoreless innings, but the Suns offense was held to two hits — leadoff doubles by Raudy Read and Matthew Page in the 3rd and 7th innings respectively.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Jose Morales, 2B Austin Davidson placed on the 7-Day DL; SS Osvaldo Abreu activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 6 West Virginia 4 — GAME ONE
• Fedde (W, 2-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HBP
• Peterson (S, 2) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB
• Encarnacion 1-1, R, 2BB
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B

The Doubledays scored six times in the bottom of the 1st then held on for a 6-4 win in the opener. Erick Fedde got the win, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Tommy Peterson got the save, allowing one run on one hit over two innings with one whiff. Rafael Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to pace the Auburn offense, which drew seven walks.

West Virginia 3 Auburn 1 — GAME TWO
• Crownover (L, 0-4) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Brinley 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kerian 3-3, 3B, RBI
• Me. Rodriguez 2-3, 2-2B
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B

The Black Bears took the nightcap by a 3-1 score. Matthew Crownover turned in his best outing of the season with five innings of two-run ball, letting up five hits and a walk while striking out four but lost his fourth game. Three batters accounted for all seven Auburn hits with David Kerian singling twice and driving in the lone Doubleday run with an RBI triple in the 6th.
Roster move: RHP Connor Overton added to roster from Washington.

GCL Update
The G-Nats won five of six games and now trail the GCL Mets by just one game in the GCL East, albeit with a 12-12 mark. Telmito Agustin leads the team with a .378 batting average and is now slugging a robust .622 in 14 games. Maximo Valerio, who turns 20 this week, has won three straight appearances, which earned him a mention in yesterday’s GBI.

DSL Update
Today is the DSL All-Star game, with the Nationals represented by two pitchers — Pedro Avila and Francys Peguero — and outfielder Juan Evangelista. A 2-3 week dropped the D-Nats to a 19-23 mark, which is 11 games off the pace of the Boca Chica North division-leading DSL Rangers1 at 30-12.

Jul 052015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 12-4 vs. Pawtucket,
5:05 p.m.
Jordan (2-4, 2.97)
Walters (3-1, 5.81) vs.
Johnson (8-5, 2.68)
Owens (2-6, 3.28)
Harrisburg Won, 11-9 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Bleier (6-2, 2.84) vs.
Kuhl (5-3, 3.29)
Potomac Tied, 2-2 (13 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and Pivetta (6-4, 2.38) and
TBD and Mills (6-3, 2.14)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (7-1, 1.88) vs.
Watson (1st Low-A start of ’15)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. State College,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (0-1, 13.50) vs.
Beck (0-1, 0.90)

Syracuse 12 Pawtucket 4
• Billings (W, 4-3) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 7K, 2HR
• Grace (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 4-4, 4R
• Nelson 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
• Martinson 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI

After falling behind 4-3 after three innings, Syracuse put the pedal to the metal and scored the last nine runs for a 12-4 victory over Pawtucket. Bruce Billings got the Jack Morris win with a pedestrian four runs let in on eight hits, including two home runs. He walked none and struck out seven. Jason Martinson homered twice and drove in four while Chris Nelson singled twice and doubled once to drive in five to lead the Chiefs attack.
Roster moves: RHP Scott McGregor placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 11 Altoona 9
• Spann 5⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K
• Lee (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 4RBI, SB
• Severino 3-5, 2R, 2-2B

Harrisburg rallied for three in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead and for five in the 8th to take a 10-7 lead en route to an 11-9 victory over Altoona. Matthew Spann started but was ineffective, giving up seven runs on six hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Nick Lee got the “W” in his AA debut, though he allowed one of two inherited runners to score in the 6th before pitching a scoreless 7th. Wilmer Difo and Pedro Severino were both 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Sens bent the Curve’s pitchers for 16 hits total.
Roster move: LHP Nick Lee promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 2 — SUSP. (13 inn.)
• Barrett 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Simms 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5

They started late. They played late. They did not finish late, as fog forced the suspension of this one in the bottom of the 13th with the scored tied at 2-2. They’ll pick it up in the five o’clock hour tonight and finish, then play the regularly scheduled nine-inning game.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 0
• M. Sanchez (L, 4-3) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• K. Perez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 2-4
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-2, 2BB

The Suns put on 10 runners, left on nine, and scored none as the Blue Claws shut them out, 6-0. Mario Sanchez was pinched for all six runs on nine hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings to suffer his third loss. Kevin Perez and Jake Walsh combined for three and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief, but the offense was limited to six hits with Raudy Read (2-for-4) and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz the only two batters to reach base more than once.

Auburn 4 State College 2
• Fedde (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Brinley (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Page 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Guzman 3-3, 2RBI

Auburn scored four times in four innings to, um, double up State College, 4-2. Erick Fedde earned his first professional win with five innings of one-run ball, striking out six, walking none, and allowing three hits. Ryan Brinley pitched two scoreless, Tommy Peterson one, to earn hold while Luis Torres was awarded the save while giving up the final Spikes run. Luis Guzman led the Doubleday hit column with three hits and drove in two, while Matthew Page also reached base three times with two singles and a walk while plating one.

GCL Update
The G-Nats won just two games this past week, which dropped them below .500 at 5-7 after two weeks of play. Victor Robles remains the flavor of the week, having stolen five bases, smacked seven extra-base hits out of 17, and scored 12 times in 12 games. Twenty-four pitchers have appeared thus with just one pitcher having pitched more than nine innings.

DSL Update
The D-Nats also were 2-4 for the week, dropping them to 12-19, which is 13 games off the pace set by the 25-6 DSL Rangers. With the July 2 start of the 2015-2016 IFA signing period, the Nats made a big splash with two notable signings: No. 13-ranked Juan Soto and SS Luis Angel Aquino.

Jun 072015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-4
(yes, really)
vs. Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Fister (MLB Rehab) vs.
Couch (2-6, 5.15)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Trenton,
1:00 p.m.
Bates (1-0, 3.29) vs.
Wooten (0-1, 6.38)
Potomac Won, 4-3 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-3, 3.95) vs.
D. Bautista (1-0, 4.91)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-3, 7.58) vs.
Holmes (1-4, 4.03)

Syracuse 11 Pawtucket 4
• Walters (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 10K, 3HR, HBP
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mastroianni 3-4, 3R, 2B, RBI
• Burriss 2-5, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-5, R
• Dykstra 0-1, 2R, 3BB

The Chiefs doubled their runs scored in the month of June and managed not to lose, stopping a 12-game slide with an 11-4 win over Pawtucket. P.J. Walters gave up three home runs and all four Pawtucket runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked one to win his first start as a Chief. Rafael Martin threw two scoreless for just the second time this season while finishing the game. A seven-run 4th did the bulk of the damage as Syracuse pounded out 11 hits and drew six walks, with lineup bookends Darin Mastroianni leading the hit and walk columns with three apiece.
Roster move: RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 2
• Spann 7IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Dupra (BS, 2; L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, HR, HBP
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Robinson 1-3, RBI, SB

Matthew Spann made his case to stay at AA with seven inning of one-run ball, giving up an unearned run on five hits and two walks while setting down six on strikes. While he left with a 2-1 lead, it evaporated in the bottom of the 8th as the Thunder struck for five runs against Brian Dupra to send the Senators to a 6-2 loss. Derrick Robinson drove in Adrian Sanchez with a sacrifice fly in the 3rd and Kevin Keyes homered in the 4th but the Harrisburg offense was held to six hits and one walk (Sanchez)
Roster moves: RHP Joe Ross recalled to Washington; LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Salem 3
• Pivetta (W, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Suero (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wooten 3-3, R, BB
• Yezzo 2-3, R, RBI

Potomac put up two spots in back-to-back innings and three pitchers made it stand up for a 4-3 win over Salem. Nick Pivetta allowed all three Red Sox runs on six hits and no walks while fanning four over five innings. Wander Suero and Nick Lee combined four innings of scoreless relief to earn the hold and save respectively. John Wooten reached base four times with three singles and a walk to lead the P-Nats attack, followed by James Yezzo, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL.Hagerstown 3 Greensboro 2
• Van Orden 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Dickey (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• Amlung (W, 2-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• DeBruin 1-3, 2R, BB
• Tillero 2-3, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown blew a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th but got the lead back in the 9th on a sacrifice fly to take Game 3 of the four-game series, 3-2. Drew Van Orden threw six scoreless innings but got the no-decision when Robbie Dickey sandwiched walks around an error, then gave up a two-run double. Justin Amlung stranded two runners while getting the last two outs of the 8th and had his single given up in the 9th erased on a caught stealing to end the game. Jorge Tillero, who replaced Matt Reistetter after he was ejected in the 4th along with four Greensboro players after D.K. Carey gunned down a runner at the plate, led the Suns attack with a 2-for-3 night.
Roster moves: LHP Connor Bach, IF Austin Davidson transferred to Auburn; RHP Austen Williams reassigned from Syracuse; IF Carlos Lopez transferred from Auburn.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in a 5-4 Missions win.

DSL Update
The D-Nats were 3-4 in their first week of play, lowlighted by a 22-7 demolition yesterday. Thus far, it appears that there are just a few holdovers as the Nats have gotten dramatically younger with the lowest average age for batters (17.6) and the third-youngest set of pitchers.

Aug 242014
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2;
Lost, 7-1
@ Lehigh Valley,
1:35 p.m.
Poveda (1-3, 6.39) vs.
Marquis (1-1, 4.41)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (1-2, 4.42) vs.
Severino (2-1, 2.55)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Dickson (4-8, 4.78) and
Silvestre (1-1, 4.57) vs.
Blackmar (8-1, 3.02) and
Bridwell (5-10, 4.79)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
Lopez (3-1, 1.47) vs.
Wiles (2-2, 3.94)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
A. Williams (2-3, 5.97) vs.
Gueller (5-4, 3.65)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-3;
Lost, 11-7
DSL Nationals Canceled END OF SEASON N/A

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2 — GAME ONE
• Lively (W, 4-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Martin (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 1-2

Syracuse mustered up more runs than hits in their 3-2 victory over Lehigh Valley in Game One of yesterday’s doubleheader. Maikel Franco launched a solo shot against starter and winner Mitch Lively to give the Iron Pigs a 1-0 lead. Following leadoff walks of Tyler Moore and Destin Hood, Sandy Leon’s fifth home run gave the Chiefs all the offense that they would need and a 3-1 lead. After that, a 5th-inning single by Josh Johnson was the extent of the Chiefs’ offense as Lehigh Starter and loser Jeff Manship was masterful in his complete-game loss. Ryan Mattheus turned a scoreless 6th for the hold; Rafael Martin bounced back from a tough loss in his last outing with a clean 9th for his eighth save.

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Runion 2⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Grace 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Kobernus 2-3, R, 2-2B
• Hood 0-1, 2BB

Two hits were enough for Syracuse in Game 1 but far from enough in a 7-1 Game 2 loss. Lehigh Valley had a big inning against starter and loser Sam Runion in the 3rd when Runion gave up a one-out single to Cesar Hernandez, a triple to Maikel Franco, and a double to Russ Kansler to make the score 3-0. Runion then hit Leandro Castro, and Sebastian Valle singled home Kansler to make the score 4-0. While reliever Daniel Stange stopped the bleeding and immediately got out of the jam, he gave up two runs of his own in the fourth. After Jeff Kobernus’ 6th-nning double, reliever Tyler Knigge’s wild pitch and a throwing error by shortstop Cesar Hernandez on Brandon Laird’s grounder got Kobernus home. 21-year old Dominican Maikel Franco might have said “Let’s play three!” after he capped off a huge night with his second homer and sixth hit of the doubleheader in the 6th.
Roster moves: OF Nate Schierholtz selected and recalled to Washington, OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington; RHP Scott McGregor activated from TIL.

Trenton 8 Harrisburg 4
• Simms (L, 2-6) 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Latimore 2-4, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Vettleston 2-4, R, 2B

The Harrisburg Senators provided their fans two innings of hope before ultimately falling in an 8-4 loss to the Trenton Thunder last night. In the 1st, Matt Skole doubled to score Caleb Ramsey, who had reached on a fielding error by first baseman Greg Bird. After Bird atoned for his error with a solo shot off of starter and loser John Simms in the second, Drew Vettleson doubled with one out, and Oscar Tejeda gave the Senators a 3-1 lead with his first Harrisburg homer. Taking the mound to start the 3rd with his second one-run lead, John Simms proceeded to walk the leadoff man, give up a single to Ali Castillo and allow a two-run double to Jake Cave that tied the score at 3-3. Cave later scored on a passed ball by catcher Brian Jeroloman that gave the Thunder the lead for good. Simms’s troubles continued in the 5th when he gave up two doubles before Colin Bates allowed an inherited runner to score on an RBI single from Cave that made the score 6-4. Tyler Herron gave up two insurance runs in the ninth to put this one far out of reach for Harrisburg.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
The rain that fell all afternoon eventually postponed Game Two of Four between the High-A affiliates of the Nationals and Orioles.
They’ll play two tonight while welcoming the four-legged fans for the semi-annual Bark in the Park.

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 2
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Thomas (SV, 4) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Masters 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Dent 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, 2R, SB

Robbie Dickey spun five scoreless innings to win his Low-A debut as the Suns boiled the Crawdads, 7-2. The 20-y.o. Texan struck out three, walked none, and allowed four hits. Justin Thomas let in one of three inherited runners in the 7th but got the last eight outs for his fourth save. Hagerstown racked up ten hits, with David Masters, Cody Dent, and Wilman Rodriguez each collecting two while Narciso Mesa clubbed his third HR. The Greensboro Grasshoppers won to keep pace, but the magic number for the Suns to clinch the second-half title was reduced to seven.
Roster move: RHP Robbie Dickey reassigned from Auburn.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 3
• Torres 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Feliz (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Davidson 2-4, R
• Gunter 2-4, R, 2RBI

The Doubledays rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to tie but the Crosscutters answered back in the top of the 8th with one for the eventual 4-3 score. Luis Torres pitched five innings of one-hit, one-run ball (yep, a HR) but got the no-decision. The loss went to John Feliz. Austen Davidson and Cody Gunter both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as Auburn registered eight hits total.
Roster moves: LHP Joseph Webb (rehab), RHP Lucas Giolito (pretense) reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 3 — GAME ONE
• Solis 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Yrizarri (BS, 1; L, 2-3) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Lora 3-4, R, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Tillero 3-4, 2RBI

The G-Nats tacked on another run to extend their lead to 3-0 but the G-Mets scored seven unanswered runs over the last four innings to take the completion, 7-3. Sammy Solis made his first appearance since Memorial Day and retired five of the eight batters he faced, letting up one hit and one walk while striking out three. Deibi Yrizarri made the de facto start and got hammered for all seven runs on nine hits, including a two-run shot in the 8th that was the second of three straight Jeffersons the G-Mets dropped over the final three frames. Edwin Lora and Jorge Tillero both went 3-for-4 as the G-Nats racked up ten hits but left on nine baserunners.

GCL Mets 11 GCL Nationals 7 — GAME TWO
• W. Davis (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, K, 3HBP
• De La Cruz 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, 3RBI, SB
• Keniry 2-3, CS
• Alvarez 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB

The G-Mets had two big innings — six in the 2nd, five in the 5th — as they handed the G-Nats their sixth straight loss to eliminate the 2013 GCL Champions. Weston Davis took the loss with six runs charged to him on one hit, two walks, and three hit batsmen over an inning and a 1/3rd. The G-Nats outhit the G-Mets 9-8, with Kelvin Gutierrez leading the way with a 2-for-3 mark and three RBI.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Orioles2 — CNCLD
The final scheduled game between the D-Nats and the D-Orioles2 was also rained out. The D-Nats finished 42-28 for a .600 winning percentage, the best in the six seasons since Washington dropped from two DSL teams to one in 2009.