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
OFF DAY N/A
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.

Aug 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2;
Won, 7-0
@ Lehigh Valley,
5:35 p.m.
Lively (3-2, 4.10) and
Runion (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Manship (0-0, 4.20) and
Horst (4-2, 4.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 vs. Trenton,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (2-5, 4.42) vs.
De La Rosa (3-3, 3.40)
Potomac Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (4-8, 4.78) vs.
Blackmar (8-1, 3.02)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Ledbetter (6-6, 5.65)
Auburn Won, 4-0 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-1, 1.63) vs.
Whitehead (4-3, 2.61)
GCL Nationals Winning, 2-0
(Suspended, 4th)
@ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals DNP @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Rochester 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE (COMP.)
• Laffey (L, 12-5) 7IP, 12H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Delcarmen 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 2-5, R, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, 2BB, RBI

The Rochester Red Wings flew past the Syracuse Chiefs 4-2 when their suspended game resumed play with two outs in the bottom of the 1st yesterday. Syracuse took a brief 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 2nd when Jose Lozada doubled, and Wilson High School alum and D.C. native Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss singled him home. After the small ball of two singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third in the 6th, Rochester took the lead on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch by “starter” but now long man Aaron Laffey. Despite combining for four free passes in four innings, Rochester’s Stephen Pryor managed to secure a win in relief and Lester Oliveros recorded a hold by stymying the Chiefs offense from the 5th through the 8th. Michael Tonkin recorded his eighth save for the Red Wings with a clean 9th.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 0 — GAME TWO
• Hill (W, 11-6) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Rhymes 2-2, R, BB
• Dobbs 2-3, R, RBI
• Hood 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI

An angry Syracuse squad responded in Game Two with a 7-0 whitewashing of Rochester. Starter Taylor Hill pitched a seven-inning complete game that was a model of efficiency, requiring only 86 pitches to earn his 11th victory. Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss singled and later scored on a Tyler Moore single in the first. The Chiefs turned this one into a laugher in a five-run 4th. Destin Hood circled the bases and invited Tyler Moore to join him in celebration at home plate with a two-run bomb to left field. Burriss did him one better by hitting a three-run bomb later in the inning that scored Greg Dobbs, who got on with a single, and Will Rhymes, who had reached base on a walk. To add insult to injury, the Chiefs tacked on their seventh run in the 5th when they punished the RedWings for walking fearsome Moore with a single by Hood then an RBI single by Greg Dobbs that scored Moore.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 0
• Kroenke (L, 2-8) 5+ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Dupra 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4
• Martinson 1-3, BB

The Harrisburg Senators continued their dubious march toward history with nine lackluster innings in a 7-0 loss to the Trenton Thunder, a sub-.500 Yankees AA affiliate that they made look like the 1927 Yankees. Dante Bichette, Jr. evoked memories of Dante Bichette, Sr.’s glory days for the Colorado Rockies by depositing a baseball into the right field seats in the second inning. Since only Caleb Ramsey and Jason Martinson were capable of recording hits for the Senators, that’s all the offense the Thunder would need. Trenton scored an unearned run following a Rick Hague error in the 4th. Starter and loser Zach Kroenke ran out of gas in the top of the 6th when he allowed a single, a double, and a single to start out the inning before reliever James Simmons poured gasoline on the fire. After promptly recording two outs, Mr. Simmons melted down with a single, a walk, and two more singles that allowed three more Thunder to rattle home plate and put this one out of reach.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis assigned to the GCL Nationals for minor-league rehab.

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 (10 inn.)
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mendez (BS, 3; W, 7-4) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Perez 2-4, R, BB
• Norfork 1-3, 2B, BB

Much like the big Nats, the P-Nats put lots of runners on but only one in — courtesy of Isaac Ballou, who went (han) solo on Frederick’s Sebastian Vader over the CF wall in the 3rd — through the first seven innings. A two-out single, a two-base wild pitch and a passed ball gave Potomac a 2-1 advantage after eight innings. Gilberto Mendez, however, coughed up that lead with a two-run HR in the top of the 9th. The Keys returned the favor with a pair of errors to set up Tony Renda’s game-tying RBI single in the 9th, then committed another miscue in the 10th (fourth of the night) to give Potomac the 4-3 win in extras. The win, Potomac’s seventh straight, combined with a Wilmington loss reduces the magic number to clinch to six.
Roster moves: OF Stephen Souza reassigned from Hagerstown for MLB rehab.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 1
• Ott (L, 0-2) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Valdez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mesa 2-4
• Kieboom 1-3, RBI

Hagerstown got one in the 1st, then were shown who’s their Crawdaddy by two Hickory pitchers for a 5-1 loss. Yohander Mendez and Angelo Leclerc held the Suns to just five hits and one walk on the night, with Narciso Mesa the sole batter to reach base twice. Travis Ott lost the 1-0 lead to the first batter he faced, gave up two more in the 3rd, and another in the 4th. He finished with four runs allowed (two earned) on four hits and two walks while setting down four on strikes. Greensboro, however, also lost to reduce Hagerstown’s magic number to eight. Should the Suns make the playoffs, Lucas Giolito won’t be pitching, according to WaPo’s Adam Kilgore.

Auburn 4 Williamsport 0
• Ander. Martinez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Orlan (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Gardner 3-3, 2B, RBI, CS
• Langlois 2-3, R, 2B
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Crosscutters by a 4-0 count. Anderson Martinez went the first six innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Robert Orlan let up two hits over the next two for this third hold while Mario Sanchez worked around a two-out single in the 9th to seal the deal. Jeff Gardner led the Auburn hit parade with two singles and a double while Raudy Read got things started with his sixth home run in the bottom of the 1st.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Mets 0
Play was halted in the top of the 4th after G-Met farmhand Manuel Hilario was seriously hurt in a head-first collision at second base. According to an official release by the Mets, he was airlifted to an area hospital where he was given a CT scan, which appears to normal and the 22-y.o. could be released today. They’ll pick up play today and play a second game afterwards.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Orioles2 — DNP
Rain washed out the penultimate game on the schedule. While the game is listed as “postponed,” it’s quite possible that it’s actually cancelled.

Aug 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Tied, 1-1
(Suspended, Rain)
vs. Rochester,
4:05 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Laffey (12-4, 3.35) and
Hill (10-6, 2.96) vs.
TBD and
Gilmartin (2-4, 4.36)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-7, 6.49) vs.
Bleich (4-5, 3.51)
Potomac Cancelled vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.43) vs.
Vader (2-4, 5.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-6 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 33.75) vs.
Mendez (2-0, 1.17)
Auburn Lost, 14-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Ander. Martinez (1-2, 4.40) vs.
Pinto (1-3, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-5 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0;
Won, 4-1
vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
M. Pena (1-1, 5.46) vs.
Peralta (0-4, 3.12)


Syracuse 1 Rochester 1
Rain halted this after one inning. They’ll pick it up this afternoon at 4:05, then play a second, seven-inning game 45 minutes afterwards.

Portland 1 Harrisburg 0
• Espino 8IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 11K
• Self (L, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Vettleson 2-3
• Ramsey 2-4
• 0-1, RISP; 3 LOB

Paolo Espino turned in his best outing of the season, but the rest of his teammates turned in one of their worst in Harrisburg’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Ric Flair was whipping the home crowd into a frenzy with his “WOOOOOO!” as Espino struck out 11, including four straight starting off the 3rd. Harrisburg won the hit column 5-3, but lost the game 1-0 when Espino was removed after eight innings for Derek Self. Mr. Self immediately gave up a leadoff homer to Mike Miller, and the Senators dismal 2014 season continued when they were retired 1-2-3 in the home 9th by winner Mike McCarthy in his second inning of work.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — CNCLD
The series finale — and the final regular-season game — between Potomac and Lynchburg was canceled when the grounds were deemed unplayable following a thunderstorm. Combined with a Blue Rocks loss, the P-Nats magic number was reduced to eight games with 13 games left on the schedule (67+1 – 32W – 28L).

Greensboro 14 Hagerstown 6
• Suero 7IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 5-6) 1+ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Napoli (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Souza 1-2, BB, SB <-- on rehab assignment; expected to join Potomac tonight

Greensboro scored nine runs off Hagerstown in the 9th inning to complete a 14-6 comeback at Municipal Stadium. The game was a back-and-forth affair for the first eight innings, with the Suns leading 6-5 entering the final frame. After getting two quick outs, David Napoli allowed the next nine Greensboro batters to reach base – six on hits, four on walks and hitting one batter, resulting in nine runs for the Grasshoppers. Seven Hagerstown batters had at least one hit during the game, with Wilmer Difo leading the offense. He was 4-5, with 2 runs scored and a triple. Hagerstown now holds a two-game advantage over Greensboro in the SAL Northern Division standings with ten games remaining in the regular season. Tonight, they begin a three-game set against third-place (five games behind) Hickory in North Carolina.

State College 14 Auburn 3
• Van Orden 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• D. Williams (L, 1-3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Davidson 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz, 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Auburn bullpen gave up a combined 13 runs in two innings to State College as the Spikes crushed the Doubledays 14-3. After Auburn starter Drew Van Orden pitched five innings of one-run baseball, things started to unravel as Deion Williams allowed all five batters that he faced to reach base and four of them came around to score. The Spikes then added on three more runs in the frame before being retired. State College then collected six more runs, on seven hits and two walks, in the 7th off of David Ramos to complete the rout. Despite getting 11 hits, Auburn was only able to manage 3 runs, all in the first four innings. They were led by Austin Davidson, who was 3-4 with two RBIs and a double. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was also a top contributor, going 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 5
• Mills 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mancini (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Reetz 2-4, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, BB

The G-Nats dug themselves out of a 5-0 hole with a run in the 6th and a four-run 7th, but couldn’t answer the G-Mets single run in the 8th to drop a 6-5 decision and lose their fourth straight. McKenzie Mills and Yorlin Reynoso were touched for three runs and two runs respectively over three innings apiece. Domenick Mancini saw a one-out hit batsman turn into a two-out run as an infield single plated the gamewinner. Kelvin Gutierrez reached base three times with two singles and a walk as the G-Nats notched eight hits and drew three walks for the afternoon.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Cardinals 0 — GAME ONE
• Lopez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Diaz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Y. Ramirez (W, 3-0) 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mota 2-3, CS
• Peguero 1-3
• Andr. Martinez 1-4, R, 2B

Yonathan Ramirez picked up where his teammates left off and completed the no-hitter with four scoreless innings as the D-Nats edged the D-Cards, 1-0. Andres Martinez scored the lone run in prototypical DSL fashion, leading off the 7th with a double, taking third on a wild pitch, then scoring two batters later on another wild pitch. The D-Nats were held to just four hits and two walks total, with Israel Mota the sole batter to reach base twice.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1 — GAME TWO
• Bermudez (W, 5-5) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Vargas (SV, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• Agustin 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI,
• Pilier 1-3, RBI

The D-Cards finally broke through in the top of the 1st of the second game but then were shut down again as the D-Nats completed the de facto doubleheader sweep with a 4-1 win. Juan Bermudez evened up the won-loss record with five innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning four. Miguel Vargas tossed two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save. Telmito Agustin doubled, tripled, and scored twice to lead the D-Nats attack.

Aug 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-2 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Lively (3-2, 3.91) vs.
Johnson (9-7, 3.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (6-4, 4.07) vs.
Rodriguez (5-7, 4.14)
Potomac Won, 8-1;
Won, 3-0
@ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-2, 4.00) vs.
Scarpetta (3-6, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-1, 2.14) vs.
Garcia (9-5, 4.69)
Auburn Won, 5-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Gomber (0-2, 2.79)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-6 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals 0-0 after 5 inn.
(Suspended, Rain)
@/vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m. (COMP. DH)
Bermudez (4-5, 2.10) vs.
Fernandez (0-5, 5.79)


Syracuse 11 Rochester 2
• Cole (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Perez 2-2, R, 2B, RBI <-- was hit by throw returning to 2B after RBI double, lifted for PR one batter later
• Schierholtz 3-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Syracuse scored early and often in a dominant 11-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New Chief Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer off RailRiders starter and loser Bryan Mitchell, scoring Emmanuel Burriss and Eury Perez before a single out was recorded. The rout continued with a Perez RBI double in the 3rd, scoring Burriss. Pinch-runner Jose Lozada would later score on a Tyler Moore sacrifice fly. Armed with a 5-0 lead, starter and winner A.J. Cole gave up a solo home run to lead off the 5th. Scranton’s Taylor Dugas walked with one out, advanced to third on a single by Carmen Angelini that was deflected by Will Rhymes and later scored on a sacrifice fly. Only Will Rhymes will want to delete this game from his laptop; every other Chief managed either a hit or an RBI. Fine bullpen work was turned in by Matt Grace and Ryan Mattheus, who bounced back from some tough outings with a perfect 9th.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 3
• Rivero 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Bates (BS, 1; L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-4

The Harrisburg Senators continued their losing ways with a 5-3 loss last night to the Portland Sea Dogs. Colin Bates blew a 1-0 lead in the top of the 6th on some small ball by Portland, including a sacrifice bunt to send Hunter Menesis to second and an RBI single by Ryan Dent to send him home. Following a two-run homer by Kevin Keyes that scored Cutter Dykstra in the bottom of the 6th, Bates gave up a two-RBI-double to Carson Blair in the next frame before he was asked to intentionally walk Stefan Welch. Meneses then singled off of new pitcher Tyler Herron to load up the bases before Harrisburg escaped with only minor damage on a sacrifice fly double play that scored Carson Blair but ended the inning with an 8-3-5-4 gundown of Welch at third. Robert Benincasa allowed Carson Blair to hit an insurance home run in the ninth.

Potomac 8 Lynchburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Bacus (W, 5-6) 6⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Oduber 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Randolph Oduber grooved a two-run shot in the 1st, Isaac Ballou delivered the Earl Weaver special in the 2nd to give Potomac a 5-0 lead as they cruised to an 8-1 win in the opener. Dakota Bacus pitched into the 7th but couldn’t get the complete game shutout as Lynchburg got their only run after former National farmhand Justin Bloxom led off the 7th with a double and came around to score on another double by Will Skinner. Cody Davis took over from there and got the final two outs to finish the game.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Encarnacion (W, 3-4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pleffner 3-4, 2-2B, RBI, CS
• Miller 2-3, R, RBI

With a 3-0 shutout in the nightcap, the Hillcats are Sniff’n’the Tears with their seventh straight loss while the P-Nats are in the driver’s seat with their sixth straight win. A resurgent Kylin Turnbull (2-0, 0.79 in August) spun four scoreless innings to start while Pedro Encarnacion completed the shutout with three blank frames to finish and earn his third win for Potomac. Shawn Pleffner singled once and doubled twice but saw his streak of eight straight steals snapped when Tyler Tewell caught him trying to steal third in the 3rd.
The twin losses dropped Lynchburg into third place while Wilmington won again to assume second place, trailing Potomac by 4½ games (five in the loss column). The Blue Rocks host the P-Nats next week for five games next Tuesday through Friday.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 2
• Pivetta (W, 13-8) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Thomas (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K,
• Dent 2-4, R, CS
• Bautista 2-5, R, SB, OF assist at HP
• Mesa 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB, HBP

Hagerstown pounced on the first Greensboro reliever for three runs in the 5th, added two more in the 6th and held on for 5-2 win. Nick Pivetta kept his one-game lead over A.J. Cole for the most wins in the Nats minors at 13. He gave up both Grasshopper runs on a two-run shot in the 7th, his fifth hit allowed over six and 2/3rds innings to go with one walk and five K’s. Leadoff man Rafael Bautista singled twice, stole his 66th base, and gunned down a runner at the plate in the 6th to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.
Hagerstown now leads the Sally North by three games. Their magic number to clinch is nine with eleven games left to play.

Auburn 5 State College 4
• Bourque (W, 2-5) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, 2WP
• Feliz 1⅔ (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Langlois 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Page 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Just four of 15 hits racked up by the Spikes made it home as the Doubledays staved off elimination with a 5-4 victory. James Bourque earned his second win with five innings of two-run ball, though he put on ten baserunners with six hits and four walks. John Feliz and Connor Bach both earned holds while Tyler Mapes earned his fourth save Chad Cordero-style by loading up the bases with three straight two-out singles in the 9th before getting third out on a flyball. Brian Langlois accounted for half of Auburn’s eight total bases with two singles and a double as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 6
• Baez (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K
• Jauss 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Reetz 3-4, R, 2RBI, SF, SB
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB

The G-Marlins got five in the 1st and two in the 6th to build a 7-3 lead, holding off a late charge by the G-Nats for 9-6 win and hand
the Washington mainland rookie team their third straight loss. Joan Baez took the loss, charged with those first five runs, which were unearned thanks to three errors committed on the first four balls put in play. He finished with three hits allowed, one walk issued, and one strikeout over three innings. Eighteen-year-old Jakson Reetz led the offense with a 3-for-4 effort, including a run scored, two RBI, and a stolen base.

DSL Nationals 0 DSL Cardinals 0 — SUSP. (5 inn.)
• Lopez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Diaz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mota 2-2 IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Peguero 1-2

The rain halted a combined no-hit bid by the D-Nats after five innigs, the score remaining as it was when the game begun at 0-0. Presumably they’ll complete this, then play seven innings today.
Roster move: P Aaron Diaz assigned from Washington.

Aug 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (5-0, 3.29) vs.
Mitchell (4-1, 2.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (1-6, 6.11) vs.
Haley (0-2, 0.98)
Potomac Won, 3-2;
Postponed
@ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Bacus (4-6, 4.65) and
Turnbull (2-3, 5.54) vs.
Parsons (4-5, 4.52) and
Sims (7-9, 4.36)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-8, 4.28) vs.
Wertenberger (1-1, 4.30)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-5, 4.50) vs.
Perez (5-1, 3.52)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (2-3, 2.30) vs.
Alcantara (1-8, 3.73)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 5
• Poveda 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Martin (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Dobbs 3-4, R
• E. Perez 2-4, R, BB, SB(20)
• Leon 2-4, R, RBI

The RailRiders drove a train through Rafael Martin’s perfect ERA in their 6-5 walkoff win over the Chiefs. In the 1st, Syracuse starter Omar Poveda allowed three straight singles before Sandy Leon’s crucial passed ball allowed Scranton to take a 2-0 lead. Jose “My Way” Pirela hit a solo shot to lead off the 3rd before the Chiefs responded with two runs in the 5th on three straight singles of their own and a Will “Skills” Rhymes sacrifice fly to foul territory in left. Three straight singles in the 6th resulted in Destin Hood scoring the tying run in his second game back from the DL. Tyler “WaPo’s 26th Man” Moore hit a two-run blast that scored Eury Perez to give Syracuse the 5-3 lead they would need to win. Sadly, the clock struck midnight for Rafael “Beer League” Martin. He loaded the bases on a walk, a single, and a walk before Jose “My Way” Pirela sent the Scranton fans into a delirious celebration with a bases-clearing triple to give Syracuse a deflating loss.
Roster moves: RHPs Omar Poveda, Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg; C Jeff Howell placed the 7-Day DL; RHP Scott McGregor placed on the 3-Day TIL; OF Nate Schierholtz assigned from Washington.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Voth 3+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Holland (L, 6-3) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Martinson 4-4, R, HR, 4RBI, SB, CS
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

Jason Martinson tried to legislate a win for the cratering Harrisburg Senators in their 5-4 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Mr. Martinson clobbered a first-inning grand slam to right field and invited Cutter “Future Soprano” Dykstra, Matt “So Phat” Skole and Kevin “Special K’s” Keyes to join his committee at home plate and celebrate Harrisburg’s 4-1 lead. Starter Austin Voth later gave up a two-run homer to Stefan “Grapes” Welch in the 4th and was pulled for Paul Demny without recording an out. Demny gave up a solo shot to Carson “Me-Jay” Daly that tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the 6th. Keury “Gives You The Blues” De La Cruz hit a solo shot off Neil Holland in the 8th inning to give Portland the eventual 5-4 victory. Ric Flair wants you to know that Holland can wrestle for him any day of the week because he did strike out three Sea Dogs and hit the next batter after he gave up the home run.
Roster move: RHP Austin Voth activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Henke (W, 4-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mendez 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• McQuillan 1-1, 3B, 2RBI
• Wooten 1-3, R, 2B

The P-Nats used a three-run 5th inning to extend their winning streak to four games, as they bested the Hillcats, 3-2, in the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader. After Lynchburg put up a run in the 1st inning, John Wooten and Khayyan Norfork led off the 5th with back-to-back hits, with Wooten scoring on a fielder’s choice by Estarlin Martinez. Mike McQuillan then put Potomac ahead for good with a two-RBI triple to right field. After Lynchburg scored a run in the 6th off winning pitcher Travis Henke, Gilberto Mendez shut down the Hillcats for his 12th save of the season.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — GAME TWO, PPD
Potomac can’t seem to escape the rain as the second game of Tuesday night’s twinbill against Lynchburg was postponed. The P-Nats and Hillcats will now play a doubleheader today starting at 6:05 p.m.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 0
• Lopez (W, 3-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mesa 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, CS
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Kieboom 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Twenty-year-old Dominican Reynaldo Lopez and 25-year-old Cuban Manny Rodriguez joined forces to twirl a 5-0 victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers for the Hagerstown Suns. Reynaldo Lopez kept first baseman Carlos Lopez busy with five groundouts to his infielders before Felix “Not Frankie” Munoz flied out to end the 2nd. Chris “I’m On First” Hoo singled to lead off the 3rd and break up the perfect game. Hoo would not make it home, however, because he was stranded at third when J.T. Riddle struck out. When wild Jose Adames plunked Rafael Batista in the bottom of the frame, Hagerstown retaliated with four runs on a Naricso Mesa triple, a Spencer “I Drop The” Kieboom double, and Drew Ward’s two-run homer to take a 4-0 lead. Following a Hagerstown unearned run in the fifth, Manny Rodriguez cruised to his first save for the Suns with three innings of one-hit ball.
Roster move: RHP Manny Rodriguez reassigned from Auburn; LHP Joseph Webb placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn — ALL STAR BREAK
The North All-Stars and the South All-Stars played to 1-1, nine-inning tie before a reported crowd of 7,230 (thus, the Cyclone owners were the winners ;-). Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz got the start at first base and went 1-for-2. Mario Sanchez got the last out of the game, retiring the only batter he faced.

GCL Marlins 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Costa (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP, WP
• Reyes 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Tillero 2-4
• Guzman 1-3, R, BB

The G-Marlins picked up where they left off on Monday afternoon, scoring three in the 1st and cruising to a 5-2 decision. John Costa, who missed 2013 with TJ surgery after being drafted in the 13th Rd., retired just one of four batters faced and was charged with the loss. Jorge Tillero was the sole batter to notch multiple hits as the G-Nats collected eight total, but were an abysmal 2-for-14 with RISP.
Roster move: LHP Brandon Sisk reassigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mariners 6
• W. Pena 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Morel (BS, 2; W, 3-1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• A. Martinez 4-5, RBI
• Agustin 3-5, R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI, CS
• Rengel 1-3, 2R, 2BB, CS

The D-Nats hit the 40-win mark for the first since 2008 with a 7-6 win over the D-Mariners. Wilber Pena got the start and let in one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five. He left with a 5-1 lead but the prosperity was too much for Miguel Vargas as he failed to retire a batter in the 8th as the D-Mariners took a 6-5 lead with a four-run rally. Andres Martinez’s fourth hit was the gamewinner, a two-run single that capped off a sloppy ninth inning that saw two errors, a walk, a wild pitch, and a runner thrown out at third with no outs. Melvin Morel got the benefit of the battle of who could play worse as he earned his third win despite blowing the save.

Aug 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Nuding (3-5, 5.89)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (1-2, 3.52) vs.
Diaz (3-3, 4.01)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-1, 5.09) and
Turnbull (2-3, 5.54) vs.
Parsons (4-5, 4.52) and
Watts (2-4, 5.29)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-1, 1.76) vs.
Adames (1-1, 2.90)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-2 @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (4-4, 2.78) vs.
Asencio (3-4, 3.58)


Rochester 6 Syracuse 2
• McGregor (L, 1-1) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Mattheus 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Perez 1-3, BB

Sandy Leon’s two-run shot in the 8th highlighted an otherwise flaccid night for the Chiefs, as the RedWings tripled them up 6-2. Scott McGregor took the loss with three runs given up on six hits and three walks. Leon and Eury Perez both went 1-for-3 while Destin Hood singled in four trips to the plate to account for the three (3) Syracuse hits.
Roster moves: RHPs Aaron Barrett, Blake Treinen placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Destin Hood activated from 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
Going for .400 sounds like a great goal for a batting average but as a team winning percentage? Not so good. With last place all but assured, avoiding the worst finish since 2007 (55-86) will require the Seantors to get seven wins over the next two weeks; breaking .400 will require eight.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The quest to win both halves for the second straight season begins tonight with a doubleheader in Lynchburg. For the scoreboard watchers, red-hot Salem plays the “other Salem” while third-place Wilmington takes on Myrtle Beach. The Red Sox have not lost since they left Woodbridge (eight straight) and trail the Pelicans by just a game in the second-half race, however, their series against the Dash can effectively clinch a playoff spot by knocking the Hyphens too far back to catch either Myrtle Beach or Salem.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Grasshoppers are in town for three games, giving the Suns a chance to extend their one-game lead in the Northern Division and prevent a double-half win. Third-place Hickory is lying in wait, thus this is Hagerstown’s best chance to take care of business.

Auburn — ALL STAR BREAK
Tonight is the New-York Penn League’s All-Star Game, to be held in Brooklyn. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Mario Sanchez will represent Auburn.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 2
• Yrizarri 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Salazar (L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Guzman 2-4, BB, OF assist at 2B
• Reetz 1-4, R, BB

The G-Marlins broke a 2-2 deadlock with a four-run 11th to win 6-2. Deibi Yrizarri started and let in one unearned run on three hits and a walk. The loss went to Melvi Salazar, as he was torched for all four G-Marlins runs in the final frame. Luis Guzman led the G-Nats offense with two singles and a walk.

DSL Mariners 4 DSL Nationals 2
• Rosario 4IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Y. Garcia (BS, 1: L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Peguero 2-4, R
• Je. Baez 3-4

The D-Mariners scored three unanswered runs over their last two “ups” to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win. Ramses Rosario gave up just an unearned run on four hits and no walks but the decision went to Yordani Garcia, who was also charged with unearned runs, tow of them, to suffer the blown-save-loss. Jeyner Baez and Francys Pegeuro combined for five of the nine D-Nats hits.