Jun 052012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (4-5, 5.63) vs.
Gustafson (2-2, 5.04)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Cohoon (3-5, 3.52)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Holder (2-1, 4.99) and
Nathan Karns (A+ debut) vs.
Zagone (2-0, 3.13) and
Howard (1-2, 5.71)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Snodgress (1-2, 5.29)
DSL Nationals Won, 12-5 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 3
• Duke (L, 6-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Arnesen 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Teahen 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Hoffpauir 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

An RBI triple in the 5th broke a 2-2 tie and the sac fly that followed proved to be the gamewinner as the I-tribe downed the S-Chiefs, 4-3. It was the third straight loss for Syracuse, but the closest game as the Indians outscored the Chiefs 30-19 during the series. Zach Duke took the loss, giving up all four runs on seven hits and three walks. Jarrett Hoffpauir doubled and tripled to lead the seven-hit offense while Corey Brown smacked his 13th HR. Syracuse plays its next 21 games at Alliance Bank Park, thanks to a shifted four-game series vs. the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees next week.

HARRISBURG — OFF DAY
After a weekend jaunt to lovely (no, not really) New Britain, the Senators return to City Island to host the Binghamton Mets for three games, hoping to make a dent in their 10-16 home record (vs. 20-10 on the road).

Frederick 4 Potomac 0
• Lidge (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Grace 7⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Taylor 2-3, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3
• Oduber 1-3

Potomac’s four-game win streak came to a screeching halt in Frederick, as the Keys scored one in the first and three in the second and blanked the P-Nats, 4-0. Brad Lidge hit his pitch limit in the first inning in the space of just four batters and was charged with the loss. Matt Grace was roughed up early, but went the rest of the way for a serviceable three runs over seven and 2/3rds innings. Offensively, the P-Nats put just two baserunners into scoring position as the lineup was limited to just four hits. Prior to the game, OF J.R. Higley was activated while OF Kevin Keyes was placed on the 7-Day DL. Higley started in LF and went 0-for-4 with 2K.

HAGERSTOWN — OFF DAY
After their final scheduled off day of the first half, the Suns have a home-and-home series vs. Kannapolis over the next six games, where all signs point to Hagerstown playing out the string despite a .589 win pct. (33-23) as they trail the 40-17 Greensboro Grasshoppers by 6½ with 13 to play.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Mets1 5
• Suero (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Gomez (H, 1) 3IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Mejia 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Bautista 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Diaz 3-5, 2B, 3B
• Novas 2-4, 4R, RBI, 2SB

With four big innings, the DSL Nationals overcame an early 2-0 deficit and pounded the DSL Mets1 squad, 12-5. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz and Rafael Bautista both singled, doubled, and tripled to combine for six hits and seven RBI as the D-Nats tallied 12 hits total. DSL veteran Wander Suero got the win with two runs allowed on three hits (one a HR) and two walks while fanning seven.

Jun 042012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 14-6 @ Indianpolis,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (6-2, 3.97) vs.
Owens (3-2, 2.30)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 8-0 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Grace (2-6, 6.02) vs.
Wilson (1-1, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 13-5 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
N/A

Indianapolis 14 Syracuse 6
• Atkins (L, 4-5) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Paul 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, BB, SB

Indianapolis scored early and often, pummeling Syracuse for a 14-6 win. Despite the double-digit “R” column, just four pitchers were used (and all were scored upon), with starter Mitch Atkins bearing the brunt of it with six runs allowed on seven hits and three walks. Xavier Paul and Carlos Rivero were the only two Chiefs to collect multiple hits, while James Skelton led the team in RBIs with two. Corey Brown went 1-for-5 in his first start since his return from D.C.

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 1
• Pucetas (W, 3-1) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• McCoy (H, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 3-4, 2RBI, CS, SF
• Rahl 3-5, R
• Mayorson 2-5, R, RBI

Kevin Pucetas stepped in for a spot start and helped deliver a 6-1 Sens win over the Rock Cats. The 27-y.o. veteran held New Britain to just a run on three hits over six innings for his third win. Harrisburg peppered the field with 14 hits but left 10 men on while going 3-for-15 with RISP. Eury Perez and Chris Rahl both singled three times to lead the Sens hit column.

Potomac 8 Lynchburg 0
• Ray (W, 2-2) 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 9K
• McCatty 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hague 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 5RBI, SB
• Oduber 3-4, 2R, 2B, SB
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

In case you missed it yesterday, Robbie Ray had it going on Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 13 Delmarva 5
• Hill (W, 5-4) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Bates 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI, SB
• Dykstra 2-4, 2R, HR, 4RBI, SB
• Martinson 2-2, 2R, HR, BB, RBI, CS

The Suns scored in each of the first six innings to cruise to 13-5 win over the Shorebirds. Steve Souza, Cutter Dykstra, and Jason Martinson each homered, combining to collect 7 of the 11 hits and 9 of the 13 RBIs. Starter Taylor Hill got the win despite a shaky finish, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings. RHP Wilson Eusebio was assigned from the Potomac Nationals to the Hagerstown Suns, with LHP Bobby Lucas being placed on the 7-Day DL to make room on the roster.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a funny start-stop due to the Saturday debut and Sundays being the regular off day, the D-Nats return to action this week with home and away games against the Yankees1 and Giants1 squads, and road games vs. the DSL Mets1 and the Arizona/Cincy co-op (Redbacks?). Looking over the rosters, it’s roughly a 50/50 split between the newcomers and returnees. Perhaps that’s the bad news. The good news is that the average age of the newcomers is roughly 17½ and just four on the active roster are 20 or older.

Jun 032012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-3 @ Indianpolis,
1:15 p.m.
Atkins (4-4, 3.49) vs.
Cabrera (1-1, 3.82)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ New Britain,
1:35 p.m.
Kevin Pucetas (2-1, 1.50) vs.
Aaron Thompson (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 6-1;
Won, 4-2
vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Ray (1-2, 6.66) vs.
Sims (0-0, 5.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-6;
Won, 7-2
vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (4-4, 3.47) vs.
Bridwell (2-3, 4.87)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A

Indianapolis 7 Syracuse 3
• Roark (L, 3-7) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• VanAllen 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Moore 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Rivero 3-4, R, 3B, RBI

Tyler Moore and Carlos Rivero were 6-for-8 combined, but the rest of the Syracuse lineup was 3-for-26 as Indianapolis overcame an early deficit to cruise to a 7-3 win. Starter Tanner Roark took the loss with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Corey Brown made his first appearance since returning to the club, striking out in the 9th as a pinch-hitter. Roster moves: RHP Josh Wilkie and IF Josh Johnson were placed on the restricted list, with Wilkie suspended for 50 games for a “drug of abuse.” MASN’s Byron Kerr has the story on Wilkie, while WaPo’s Adam Kilgore has the story on two more minor-leaguers entering rehab.

New Britain 10 Harrisburg 3
• Rosenbaum (W, 7-1) 7⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Garcia (SV, 7) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 2-3, RBI, SF
• Valdez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

After his worst outing of the season, Danny Rosenbaum bounced back with strong start and secured his 7th win as the Senators held off the Rock Cats for a 4-3 win. Harrisburg raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and extended it to 4-0 in the 6th. New Britain spoiled any chance of a shutout with a two-run HR in the 7th that cut the lead to 4-2. Rosenbaum was lifted with two outs in the 8th, having given up just the two runs on five hits and three walks and two strikeouts. Christian Garcia let in an unearned run in the 9th (fielding error) to secure the win and register his 7th save. Rafael Martin was one of the two minor-leaguers sent home (former Senator Josh Johnson is the other), but no roster move has been officially announced yet.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Olbrychowski (W, 2-4) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, 2B, CS
• Kelso 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2 — GAME TWO
• Hansen 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Testa (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Holland (SV, 2) 1⅔ 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bloxom 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 1-2, R, HR, RBI

Strong pitching and some long ball were the keys to a doubleheader sweep Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 6 — GAME ONE
• Turnbull (ND) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, HR
• McKenzie (BS, 2; L, 1-2) ⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, 2RBI

Kylin Turnbull hit the wall in the 6th and the Suns firemen followed with gasoline instead of water as Delmarva scored eight unanswered runs in the final two innings to send Hagerstown to an 8-6 defeat. Turnbull got the no-decision with five runs allowed on a walk and seven hits, including a three-run HR to the last batter he faced. Brian Goodwin and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-4 to lead the eight-hit attack.

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 2 — GAME TWO
• Meyer (W, 4-3) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Encarnacion 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Nieto 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Burns 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Newsome 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

The Suns held onto the lead in the nightcap, building a 7-0 lead before giving up two in the 7th for a 7-2 win. Alex Meyer tossed five shutout innings to get the win, allowing two hits, walking two and fanning seven. Brett Newsome and Adrian Nieto both went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the offense.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mets1 3
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• K. Rodriguez (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K; 2-0 IR-S
• O. Abreu 4-5, RBI, 2CS
• A. Martinez 2-4, 2RBI, SB
• A. Ramirez 3-4, 2R, 2B

The D-Nats opened the 2012 campaign with bang, pounding out 15 hits in a 7-3 win over the DSL Mets1. Hector Silvestre got the start and the win with five shutout innings, with two hits and no walks allowed and three strikeouts. Osvaldo Abreu led the offense with a 4-for-5 game. Kelvin Rodriguez stranded two runners in the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

Sep 292011
 

If you just look at wins and losses, the 2011 campaign was a step back from 2010 for the DSL Nationals. If, however, you consider the trend of the team getting younger for the third straight year, then there’s a modicum of success for this year’s crew. The average batter was 18.1 years old, the average pitcher was 18.9 years old; the league averages were 18.5 and 19.0. In 2008, the year the DSL Nationals1 team won the league, those figures were 19.3 and 21.2 respectively.

Of course, the real sign of success is going to be how many of these kids “graduate” to the GCL and beyond. Three bats (four if you count Bowden’s folly) and six arms made the jump from the D.R. to the U.S. from 2010 to 2011. In the 2009 to 2010 offseason, four position players and three pitchers made that leap. Of those seven, only Manny Rivera made it north of Florida for any significant playing time in 2011. That’s not all bad news because among those six are a couple of teenagers (Estarlin Martinez and Gregory Baez, both 19).

Following my size 13B’s from last year, let’s take a look at how the team did as a whole vs. the league averages…

HITTING * GPA = Gross Production Average.

PITCHING




Like last year, the team was slightly above average on offense, though the tradeoff was more hits for fewer walks. The pitching wasn’t quite as good and it wasn’t helped by a defense that was 28th out of 33 teams in terms of errors committed. Sight unseen, I’d attribute many of these things to a younger team, particularly the lower walk totals.

So who were the 2011 DSL Nationals? Using 100PA as the cutoff and defensive games played, here’s how the position players broke down. Folks interested in seeing the full team and its stats can click here.














The fielding percentages are at the position listed (G/GP = Games At The Position/Games Played), except for the utilty/bench guys, for which the percentage is cumulative and the number of games at each position is listed between commas. As aforementioned, this was not a strong fielding club. It is, however, encouraging to see such strong GPAs from some of the teenagers.

Two names that did not make the “cut” but will get some play right here are Algenis Ramirez and Junior Geraldo. The former is a 17-year-old signed from the Dominican Prospect League, the latter we’ve since learned is an 18-year-old but little else can found on him outside of this site. Ramirez had the team’s best walk rate at 17.5%, Geraldo put up a sick .909 OPS — both in admittedly small sample sizes (63 and 71 PAs, respectively).

On to the pitchers, listing the Top 12 in terms of innings pitched…














I purposely included Miguel Navarro as the 12th pitcher even though he was tied for the position to illustrate the following: The D-Nats had four pitchers with four-digit ERAs, responsible for more than 20 percent of the total runs surrendered despite pitching just 37 innings combined, or roughly six percent of the team’s total innings pitched. The point? They were clearly willing to let these kids (three 18 yo’s, one 17-yo) take their lumps.

As you can see from the HBP and WP numbers, this was a wild bunch — even by DSL standards. But you can also see there were some guys that had strong peripherals: Ivan Pineyro, Gilberto Mendez, and Joel Barrientos all had K rates of 24% or better, stranded more than 71% of their baserunners and walked less than three batters per nine. Which of course brings us to our…

OBLIGATORY TOP FIVE LISTS
Last year’s #1 picks — Wirkin Estevez and Jean-Carlos Valdez — both “graduated” so a pat on the back. My #5 bat (Paul Chacin) got released, so a facepalm. I don’t feel quite so bad when more than a couple of the draft gurus I follow on Twitter have remarked that getting too excited about the DSL stats is an errand for the foolish. And let’s face it: This is basically looking at those numbers, factoring in age, and going with a gut feeling.

Top 5 Batters
1. Diomedes Eusebio
2. Dionicio Rosario
3. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz
4. Wilmer Difo
5. “Fred” Ortega
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Algenis Ramirez and Junior Geraldo

Top 5 Pitchers
1. Gilberto Mendez
2. Ivan Pineyro
3. Joel Barrientos
4. Hector Silvestre
5. Anderson Martinez

Sep 092011
 

[Ed. Note: The fourth guest column from frequent commenter BinM]
A 2011 regular-season wrapup from another voice…

Syracuse Chiefs, 66-74; 4th in Northern Division, International League
The Chiefs and their fans suffered on many levels this year. Between a spotty offense, and an ever-changing pitching staff (31 total pitchers for the year), the team never really mounted a challenge for the playoffs, despite plenty of MLB experience (25 players appearing with prior MLB time over the course of the year). The 10-game drop in the standings from 2010 with what looked like a better team was disapointing, to say the least.
Hitter of the year
Chris Marrero, 1B — With a slash of .300/.375/.449, 114 runs produced and a .281GPA, he squeaks past Steve Lombardozzi, who compiled a .310/.354/.408 slash, with 71 runs produced, 16SB and a .261GPA over 69GP.
Pitcher of the year
Tom Milone, LHSP — More silly numbers from a guy most people overlook: 3.22ERA, 1.03WHIP, 9.1:1K-BB over 148⅓ IP over 24GS. Hands down, the best pitcher on the staff.
Biggest disappointment
Yunesky Maya, RHSP — 5.00ERA, 1.24WHIP, 2.96:1K-BB, and 14HR allowed over 129⅔ IP ove 22GS.

Harrisburg Senators, 80-62; 1st in Western Division, Eastern League

Despite losing two of their top hitters (Lombardozzi and Bill Rhinehart), and their #1SP (Brad Peacock) near midseason, this team managed to stay together & won their division. The additions of the OF’s Bryce Harper (promotion) & Erik Komatsu (trade), and LHSP Danny Rosenbaum (promotion) to the starting staff certainly didn’t hurt the team. Simply by making the playoffs, I have to call this a good year.
Hitter of the year
Tyler Moore, 1B — Despite how well Steve Lombardozzi played earlier this year, I’m giving the nod to Moore for the Senators. His overall compilation of a .270/.314/.532 slash, with 70 XBH, 129 runs produced, and a .274GPA over 137GP was enough to sway me.
Pitcher of the year
Brad Peacock, RSHP — With numbers like a 2.01ERA, 1.29WHIP, 5.2:1K-BB, and a 10-2 W-L prior to his promotion to Syracuse, he gets the nod over Erik Arnesen, and Shairon Martis for the season, who each had good seasons as well.
Biggest disappointment
Oliver Perez, LHSP — From a former MLB pitcher: a 3.09ERA, 1.39WHIP, 1.9:1K-BB, and 10HRA over only 75⅔ IP and 16GP at AA fails to impress on a lot of levels.

Potomac Nationals, 29-40, 1st half; 39-31 2nd half, 68-71 overall;
2nd Half Champ, North Division Carolina League

An up and down year, with ongoing field/venue problems and a poor 1st half record, the team managed a surprisingly steady 2nd half to make the Carolina League playoffs once again. The team suffered some key losses to the pitching staff, with callups for RHRP Pat Lehman and Rosenbaum, and an injury to RHSP Trevor Holder. The callups of LHSP Sammy Solis and RHRP Neil Holland helped cover those losses. A decent year overall, salvaged by another playoff appearance, but slightly off last years’ pace.
Hitter of the year
Destin Hood, OF — Could be considered the core of the team this season, contributing across the board offensively. Posted a .276/.364/.445 slash, 131 runs produced and 21SB with a .278GPA.
Pitcher of the year
Daniel Rosenbaum — Promoted to AA in late July, he managed a 2.59ERA, 1.17WHIP, and a 2.3:1K-BB over 20GP and 132.0IP for the P-Nats.
Biggest disappointment
J.P. Ramirez, LF-DH — This one is hard for me because I wanted him to succeed, but I can’t ignore the numbers: .223/.275/.342 slash, no speed and limited range defensively, all of which appear to be signs that he’s topped out at High-A.

Hagerstown Suns — 75-64, 35-34 2nd half; 4th place, Northern Division, South Atlantic League
With a fading finish in the 1st half, and some indifferent play in the 2nd half, the Suns missed out on both chances at a playoff spot this year. This was a huge disappointment, given the hitting (Harper, Blake Kelso, and David Freitas) and pitching (Cameron Selik, Solis, Taylor Jordan, Holland and Chris Manno) the team received in the 1st half of the season. The 2nd half was more a “grind-it-out and hope for the best” kind of year. All in all, a better record than 2010, but it still must be a bittersweet finish to the Hagerstown faithful.
Hitter of the year
David Freitas, C-DH — He gets my hat-tip over Harper the younger here. With a slash of .288/.409/.450, 127 runs produced, a .297GPA, and the fact that he catches earns him the honors.
Pitcher of the year
Christopher Manno, LHRP — With a 1.04ERA, a 0.81WHIP, a 4.0:1K-BB and 12Sv / 25GF in 34GP prior
to his trade, he beats out LHP Paul Applebee who compiled a nice 3.35ERA, 1.01WHIP, and a 6.5:1K-BB over 96.2IP and 31GP.
Biggest disappointment
The trade of Christoper Manno to the Reds for Jonny Gomes. Seriously.

Auburn Doubledays – 45-30; 1st place, Pinckney Division, NY-Penn.
With a steady season, the Doubledays reach the playoffs in 2011, only to face last years’ Nats affiliate (now the Oakland A’s), the Vermont Lake Monsters in the 1st round. The team received timely hitting from a number of players (Bryce Ortega, Matt Skole, Hendry Jimenez, Caleb Ramsey, Russell Moldenhauer, Justin Miller; even ‘Bowden’s folly’), and pitching to match (Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez, Taylor Hill, Brian Dupra, Nathan Karns, Richie Mirowski, Tyler Hanks, Manny Rivera and Ben Grisz). A good year, with a 9½ game improvement over the 2010 record.
Hitter of the year
Bryce Ortega, SS-3B — With a .314/.410/.392 slash and a .283 GPA over 56GP at SS, he beats out Matt Skole (.290/.382/.438 slash and a .281GPA at 3B) by the slightest of margins.
Pitcher of the year
Benjamin Grisz, RHRP — I’m going against the grain with this one, but regardless of his alleged off-field behavior, this kid was a solid reliever for the Doubledays coming out of college, posting a 1.35ERA, an 0.85WHIP and 4SV / 8GF in just 11GP.
Biggest disappointment
Benjamin Grisz (see above). If the allegations are true — that he made no further appearances after July 27, despite being named to the NYPL All-Star Team is telling — the lack of personal restraint could ruin a budding career.

Gulf Coast Nationals – 20-33, 4th place Eastern Division
An overall lack of offense couldn’t support spotty pitching, and the G-Nats post their worst record in three years as a result. The team’s most interesting hitters were all out of the DSL — OFs Wander Ramos, Narciso Mesa, Estarlin Martinez; IFs Jean-Carlos Valdez and Wilmer Difo. The pitching carried a few possibles as well, with LHSPs Jack McGeary (recovering from TJ surgery) and Gregory Baez showing promise, and RHRP Scott Williams and LHRP Bobby Lucas out of the bullpen. Not a lot in terms of the record, but some players to keep an eye on going forward.
Hitter of the year
Wander Ramos, RF-LF — A 21-y.o. corner OF up from the DSL, he compiled a .313/.401/.653 slash, with a .344GPA this year.
Pitcher of the year
Gregory Baez — Only 19-y.o., Baez moved up from the DSL to compile a 3.72ERA, a 1.59WHIP and a 1.28K-BB over 48⅓ IP.
Biggest disappointment
Hector Taveras, C — Released without a single 2011 appearance, another career possibly wasted by a lack of restraint.

Dominican League Nationals – 33-36, 5th place, BCS division
Another up-and-down season with little consistency and some questionable starting choices led to a bad overall record. There are some youngsters on this team whose numbers look promising, with Adderling Ruiz (20-y.o. C), Yermin Mercedes (18-y.o. C-DH), Diomedes Eusebio (18-y.o. 3B) all showing promise at the plate, and Ivan Pineyro (19-y.o. RHSP), Gilberto Mendez (18yo RHSP), and Joel Barrientos (18-y.o. LHRP) from the pitching staff. With a regression of 3½ games from 2010, not the best overall result.
Hitter of the year
Adderling Ruiz — Still a little sketchy defensively (5E), he produced at the plate with a .343/.417/.476 slash, and a
.307 GPA.
Pitcher of the year
Ivan Pineyro — Overall solid numbers for a SP (65.7IP, 1.64ERA, 1.08WHIP, 3.14K-BB).
Biggest disappointment
Brian Escolastico, LHRP — Great last name but horrid results, with a 17.72ERA, 3.84WHIP, and a 0.78:1K-BB over 11GP.

Aug 202011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Pawtucket,
4:30 p.m.
Brad Meyers (4-4, 3.79) vs.
Kyle Weiland (8-8, 3.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-3, 2.36) vs.
Luis Marte (1-0, 2.23)
Potomac Postponed vs.
Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Olbrychowski (4-7, 4.39) and
Demny (8-10, 4.76) vs.
Rienzo (5-4, 3.32) and
Petricka (3-6, 4.04)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-1, 3.05)
vs. Spencer Arroyo (8-8, 3.60)
Auburn Won, 4-1;
Won, 8-3
vs. State
College, 7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 4.58) vs.
Ryan Hafner (2-4, 2.83)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-7
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 3-0
@ DSL Rangers
vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Milone (W, 10-6) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 10K
• Zinicola (H, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bynum 3-4, R

Tom Milone struck out 10 while notching his 10th win for third straight season as Syracuse beat Gwinnett, 5-2. Syracuse turned three double plays to erase the eight hits as both teams had trouble scoring runs (25 hits combined). The win improved Syracuse to 56-67, 14½ games behind in the I.L. North.

Akron 2 Harrisburg 1
• Slaten 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez, O (L, 3-4) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Johnson 2-3, 2B
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B
• T Moore 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The trouble with RISP problem isn’t limited to Potomac as Harrisburg went just 1-for-10 last night, only scoring on a Tyler Moore longball in a 2-1 loss to Erie. The loss shaved the Sens lead over Bowie to 1½ games while Richmond also fell to remain 3½ back in the E.L. West.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Oh, look. Potomac got rained out. How novel. The game is scheduled to be made up today with a pair of seven-inning games today at 5:30 p.m. Lynchburg beat Frederick to reduce the gaps between the three teams to 4½ games in the C.L. North.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 1
• Cole 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 7K
• Demmin (W, 4-2) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A five-run eighth broke a 1-1 tie as the Suns lapped the Intimidators, 6-1. Ryan Demmin got the win with four scoreless innings of relief, striking out seven. Kannapolis still leads the Sally North by one game as the two teams play twice more this weekend.

Auburn 4 Aberdeen 1 — GAME ONE
• Estevez (W, 5-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Bates (S, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-1 IR-S
• Ortega 1-3, R, BB, SB
• Skole 1-2, R, RBI, BB

The two teams combined for 16 walks over 6½ innings, but the Doubledays got the clutch hits to cash them in, winning the first game 4-2. Wirkin Estevez flirted with a no-hitter for three and 2/3rds and got his team-leading win #5 with five shutout innings of work.

Auburn 8 Aberdeen 3 — GAME TWO
• Karns (W, 2-2) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Miller 3-4, 3RBI
• Burns 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB, CS
• Mayo 1-1, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB

Nathan Karns bounced back from two bad outings to throw five strong innings and get the win as the Doubledays completed the series sweep, downing the Ironbirds 8-3. Justin Miller and Billy Burns both went 3-for-4 to lead the 11-hit attack. The double dip gained a ½ game on Williamsport and opened up a three-game lead on Mahoning Valley in the NYPL’s Pinckney Division.

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 7
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Medina, S (BS, 2; L, 0-4) ⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramos 3-5, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Schill 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SB

The G-Nats couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 6-0 lead after three innings, giving it back with three in the 5th and five in the 7th for an eventual 9-7 loss. Four errors also helped along the process. The loss drops the G-Nats to 18-31 with a week left to play.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Phillies 0
• Mendez (W, 7-0) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• K Rodriguez (S, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• W Rodriguez 2-4, R, SB
• N Ortega 2-4, R

The “other” Phillies-Nats matchup on Friday ended with a win but much less panache, as the D-Nats won the rain-shortened affair 3-0. Gilbert Mendez won his seventh game against no losses with six scoreless innings. Wilman Rodriguez and “Fred” Ortega both went 2-for-4 to pace the offense. Today is the season finale (weather permitting).

Aug 192011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 1-0 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (9-6, 3.47) vs.
Yohan Flande (7-7, 3.99)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-3, 3.28) vs.
Casey Crosby (7-5, 3.83)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs.
Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (8-10, 4.76) vs.
Jake Petricka (3-6, 4.04)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-4 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-6, 3.55) vs.
Matt Heidenreich (10-8, 4.52)
Auburn Postponed vs. Aberdeen,
5:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Wirkin Estevez (4-2, 3.86)
and Nate Karns (1-2, 5.23) vs.
Matt Hobgood (0-4, 12.23) and
Trent Howard (3-1, 2.89)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-8
(11 inn.)
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Gwinnett 1 Syracuse 0
• Peacock 7IP, 1H, 0R, 5BB, 6K
• Severino (L, 1-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Wilkie 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bernadina 2-4, SB, CS

It was a pitcher’s duel in Syracuse but the Chiefs fells to the Braves, 1-0 despite outhitting them 4-2. Brad Peacock got the start and put runners on via the walk five times, but the lone hit he gave up was a leadoff single in the 2nd. Peacock went the first seven innings and struck out six. Gwinnett capitalized on Atahualpa Severino’s wildness with two outs, as the diminutive lefty hit a batter, issued a walk, and gave up a single to account for the lone run of the game. Roger Bernadina went 2-for-4 with a stolen base to lead the Chiefs offense. The loss drops Syracuse to 55-67, cutting its elimination number to two.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 2
• Rosenbaum (W, 2-0) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K
• Barthmaier 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Norris 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Gilbert 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Derek Norris’s three-run blast in the top of the 7th was the difference as the Harrisburg Senators grounded the Akron Aeros, 4-2. The big fly made a winner out of Danny Rosenbaum, who’s made the jump from High A to AA without skipping a beat, giving up six hits and three walks, but just one run over six and 2/3rds innings for his second win in three starts. Norris, Erik Komatsu, Archie Gilbert, and Tim Pahuta all had multiple hits as the Sens pounded out 11 hits in the win. Harrisburg still sits atop the E.L. West by two games over Bowie, 3½ games over Richmond. The good mood was tempered in the top of the 8th when Bryce Harper pulled up lame with a strained hamstring going from first to third on Gilbert double. It’s a sure bet he’ll be put on the 7-Day DL, and a possibility that he’ll be shelved for the rest of the regular season.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 3
• Solis 3IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Nelo (S, 16) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Leon 2-4, R

Potomac got a gift Last Night In Woodbridge

Kannapolis 12 Hagerstown 4
• Grace (L, 11-6) 2⅔ IP, 8H, 7R, 3ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Mills Rogers ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Curran 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B

A six-run 3rd erased a 3-1 lead as Kannapolis stopped Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak with a 12-4 win. Matt Grace took the loss with seven runs allowed on eight hits over two and 2/3rds innings. Four Suns collected multiple hits, with Adrian Sanchez homering and doubling to lead the offense. Mills Rogers turned out to be the most effective reliever, coming on with two outs in the 8th to get the last batter and stranding two runners. The loss knocked Hagerstown back to two games behind, tied with first-half winner Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — PPD
Rain and a wet infield postponed last night’s game in Auburn, setting up Friday night doubleheader at 5:05 p.m.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Astros 8 (10 inn.)
• McGeary 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Monar 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Mesa 4-5, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

A single-triple-double sequence in the top of the 11th broke an 8-8 tie as the G-Nats outlasted the G-Astros for a 10-8 win. Narciso Mesa went 4-for-5 with four RBI to lead the 14-hit onslaught. Jack McGeary suffered his first rough outing, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks over four innings. The win improves the G-Nats to 18-30 and opens up a 2½ game lead over the last-place G-Astros in a race to avoid last place that nobody but us gives a rat’s cares this much about.

DSL Phillies 7 DSL Nationals 5
• Pineyro (L, 4-6) 4IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Barrientos 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Geraldo 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Mercedes 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

The DSL Phillies scored in four straight innings from the 2nd to the 5th, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 7-2 lead as they went on to a 7-5 win over the DSL Nationals. Ivan Pineyro took the loss, giving up five runs on 10 hits and two walks to finish his season on a sour note. Four D-Nats had multiple hits, with Junior Geraldo and Yermin Mercedes both collecting extra-base hits on a 2-for-4 game. The loss dropped the D-Nats to 32-35, assuring a losing season with just two games left on the schedule.

Aug 182011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (3-1, 4.35) vs.
Todd Redmond (9-8, 2.84)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (1-0, 1.42)
vs. Austin Adams (9-9, 4.00)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs.
Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.38) vs.
Cameron Bayne (11-5, 3.30)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (11-5, 4.32) vs.
Phil Negus (3-0, 2.62)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (4-2, 3.86) vs.
Matt Hobgood (0-4, 12.23)
GCL Nationals Suspended,
Mid 4th vs.
GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-5
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Gwinnett 3 Syracuse 1
• Stammen 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 9K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bernadina 2-3, SB
• Solano 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Gwinnett broke through with two runs in the 7th in this pitcher’s duel for a 3-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. After both teams scored early — the Braves in the 1st, the Chiefs in the 2nd — journeyman Craig Stammen matched goose eggs against (yet another Atlanta) stud pitching prospect Julio Teheran through the 6th. The Braves loaded the bases against Ryan Tatusko in the 7th on a double, walk, and an infield single. Jeff Mandel came in to put out the fire with two outs and was greeted with a two-run single to the 5/6 hole. The Braves bullpen allowed just one baserunner over the last three to nail this one down. Syracuse now stands 55-66, 14½ games back, and its elimination number is just four.

Harrisburg 5 Akron 3
• Roark (W, 8-8) 7⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Pena (S, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davis 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• T Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Akron and Harrisburg playing swimming-pool tag, with the pitchers saying “Marco” and five hitters going “Solo.” But the Sens got a two-run shot from Leonard Davis and an unearned run on an errant pickoff for the difference in a 5-3 win. Tanner Roark evened his record at 8-8 with seven and 2/3rds innings, with six hits and three runs (all on home runs) given up. Pat McCoy stranded two runners to get the last out of the 8th for his 12th hold while Hassan Pena got his 7th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. The win took advantage of Bowie’s fourth straight loss to extend Harrisburg’s lead to two games, while Richmond kept pace at 2½ games back in the E.L. West.

Kinston 2 Potomac 1
• Bronson (L, 4-4) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Holland 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 2-4, SB
• Lozada 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2K

Kinston scored two runs in the bottom of the 1st. Thanks to Potomac’s twin troubles of an inability to hit in the clutch and make contact, that was enough to lose by a 2-1 count. Francisco Soriano’s two-out RBI single in the top of the 5th was the only one in 11 chances with RISP while Eury Perez was the sole batter not to strike out, as the P-Nats whiffed 11 times. Evan Bronson was the latest hard-luck loser, giving up the two Kinston runs on four hits and three walks over six innings. The loss dropped second-place Potomac to six games behind first-place Frederick and shaved its lead over third-place Lynchburg to five games in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.

Hagerstown 9 Lexington 6
• Strasburg 1⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Applebee (W, 7-2) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Curran 3-4, 2R
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B

Stephen Strasburg struggled in his second rehab outing in Hagerstown, unable to finish the second inning as he took 49 pitches to get five outs with the first four batters reaching against him in a three-run 1st. The Suns, however, remain red-hot, winning this one 9-6 for their 7th straight. Kevin Keyes erased that 3-0 deficit with a three-run shot in the bottom of the 1st, and Hagerstown put up another three-spot in the 2nd to take Strasburg off the hook with a 6-5 lead. The Suns got nine runs on 11 hits, including three doubles and two triples. Chris Curran led the hit parade with a 3-for-4 night. Paul Applebee finished the game with six strong innings, allowing a solo home run, a double and a single, no walks, and set down five on strikes for his 7th win. Hagerstown heads into Kannapolis for a four-game showdown against the Intimidators, needing three wins to take first place.

Auburn Doubledays 4 Aberdeen Ironbirds 2
• Meza 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Ortega 2-4, RBI
• Burns 1-2, R, BB, SB

Bryce Ortega’s one-out single, coupled with an error, broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 7th as Auburn, um, doubled up Aberdeen, 4-2. The Christians Meza and Garcia got the start and the win, with Meza going the first five and giving up both Ironbird runs on four his and a walk, while Garcia struck out six over two innings in the 6th and 7th innings for the win. Aaron Barrett walked three but struck out four over the last two innings for the save, his sixth. Ortega led the Doubleday offense with a 2-for-4 night. The win keeps Auburn one game up on Mahoning Valley and Williamsport in the Pinckney Divison of the NYPL.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Cardinals 0 — SUSP, Mid 4th
Rain halted play in the middle of the 4th with the Nationals leading 1-0. It will presumably be made up when the two teams next meet on Saturday, August 27. My apologies to folks hoping for news on Jack McGeary’s next outing. The GCL and DSL are guessing games when it comes to probables, especially when there are lots of rainouts and doubleheaders. With less than 10 days left, it’ll be TBD vs. TBD the rest of the way.

DSL Mets 12 DSL Nationals 5
• Moscat (L, 3-7) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 2K
• Suero 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Rosario 2-3, 2R
• Eusebio 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB

A six-run 3rd put this one out of reach at 8-0, as the D-Mets blasted the D-Nats 12-5. Diomedes Eusebio’s two-run homer in the 4th, broke up the shutout, but the D-Nats were held to just six hits total, taking advantage of four D-Mets errors and seven walks drawn to score their five runs. Felix Moscat got the start and got knocked from the box with two outs in the 3rd, charged with eight runs on seven hits and two walks to take the loss. The D-Nats are now 32-34 and will need to win two of the next three to finish above .500.

Aug 172011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 13-4 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (9-6, 4.62) vs.
Julio Teheran (12-2, 2.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(12 inn.)
@ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Tanner Roark (7-8, 5.38) vs.
T.J. McFarland (9-6, 3.75)
Potomac Won, 6-3
(11 inn.)
@ Kinston,
6:30 p.m.
Evan Bronson (4-3, 3.47) vs.
Francisco Jimenez (3-2, 3.66)
Hagerstown Won, 10-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Luis Cruz (3-2, 4.18)
Auburn ALL STAR
BREAK
vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 7.36) vs.
Phil Wilson (0-0, 2.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cards,
12:00 p.m.
Jack McGeary (0-0, 0.75) vs.
Chase Reid (0-1, 4.50)
DSL Nationals Cancelled
@ DSL Yankees1
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 13 Gwinnett 4
• Maya (W, 2-8) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Zinicola (H, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lombardozzi 3-5, 3R, 2B, BB
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, BB

A seven-run 6th featuring a pinch-hit grand slam was more than enough to help Yunesky Maya win his second game for the Syracuse Chiefs in a 13-4 beatdown. Four Chiefs homered and six collected multiple hits, with Steve Lombardozzi leading the bunch with a 3-for-5 night. Maya gave up two solo shots, four runs total, on seven hits over five and a 1/3rd innings with no walks and six strikeouts. Zech Zinicola stranded two baserunners and finished the inning to earn the hold just before the big inning. The win was the third straight for Syracuse, which is now 55-65, 13½ games behind in the I.L. North.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3 (12 inn.)
• Martis (ND) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 6K
• McCoy (H, 11) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davis 2-5, BB
• Pahuta 2-5

The “Martinísimos” will be dismayed to learn that Rafael was off last night in Akron, blowing the save in the bottom of the 9th as the Akron Aeros went on win in 12 innings, 4-3. Shairon Martis got the no-decision with two runs allowed on four hits, five bases-on-balls and six strikeouts over six and a 1/3rd innings pitched. Veterans Leonard Davis and Tim Pahuta both went 2-for-5 as the Sens were held to ten hits total. The Sens’ loss was a missed chance to gain some ground on the Baysox, which lost its third straight to stay one game behind while The Flying Squirrels got back to within 2½ games in the E.L. West.

Potomac 3 Kinston 1
• E Davis (ND) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Smoker (W, 5-2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Souza 3-5
• Soriano 2-4, R, RBI, 2BB
• Perez 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB (35)

A Bad News Bears moment in the 11th gave the P-Nats an opening that they exploited for a 6-3 win. With two outs, Sandy Leon chugged in from second base on what appeared to be an inning-ending popup by Francisco Soriano that was headed just behind the pitcher’s mound. It fell to the ground foul, Leon scoring the go-ahead run while Soriano took second in the confusion. Jeff Kobernus followed with an RBI flare to second base, and Destin Hood got the killshot with a double. The three-run rally made a winner out of Josh Smoker, who pitched the 10th and 11th with just a hit and a walk allowed and four strikeouts. The wins also kept pace with Frederick and Lynchburg, as Potomac trails the Keys by five but leads the ‘Cats by six, and its elimination number is 15 while its magic number to clinch is 13.

Hagerstown 10 Lexington 2
• Ray 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• McCatty 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keyes 2-3, 3R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI

The Suns put this one away early, scoring eight runs over the first three innings to win their sixth straight over the Legends, 10-2. Kevin Keyes sunk the dagger in the first with a three-run bomb, then iced the cake with an RBI triple in the 8th. Jason Martinson also went 2-for-3 with a homer, driving in three. Robbie Ray was lifted after three (most likely an opportunity to taper, as neither the team release nor the beat guy referenced an injury) after allowing a hit and a walk while striking out four. The win was the Suns’ sixth straight as Kannapolis fell last night, cutting the Intimidators’ lead to two games in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — ALL STAR BREAK
The National League defeated the American League in the 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star game, 7-3. Bryce Ortega (SS), Hendry Jimenez (2B) and Matt Skole (DH) all started for the National League, with Ortega going 0-for-2 with a walk, Jimenez 2-for-5 with an RBI, and Skole 1-for-3, with walk, a run scored, and an RBI.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Just nine games remain on the schedule, so it’s a watch now for picks to show and perhaps a couple of guys to get a bump to Auburn for a longer look.

DSL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain has apparently struck once again, cancelling the final meeting between the D-Nats and the D-Yankees1 squad. Just four games remain on the slate before the season wraps up on Saturday.

Aug 162011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Cancelled
DH vs. SWB
vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-8, 5.30) vs.
Steven Shell (2-2, 2.74)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.05) vs.
Paolo Espino (6-0, 2.44)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 @ Kinston,
6:30 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-2. 6.57) vs.
Clayton Cook (8-8, 3.98)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs.
Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.29) vs.
Mike Foltynewicz (4-9, 4.19)
Auburn ALL STAR
BREAK
N/A N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-2;
Won, 10-4
@/vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 5-0
@ DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — CNCLD
Rain cancelled Monday’s doubleheader, which, as the final meeting between the two clubs this season, will not be made up.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
It’s the stretch run for the Sens, as they embark on their penultimate road trip with a three-spot in Akron, sporting the Eastern League’s best record at 68-53 and a one-game lead over the Baysox in the Western Division.

Kinston 2 Potomac 0
• Olbrychowski (L, 4-7) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Wort 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Souza 2-3, 2B, BB
• Lozada 2-4, 2B

Potomac batters struck out 18 times against Kinston in a 2-0 loss. Team leader Steve Souza (109) was the only batter not to whiff, and in fact, was one of two hitters to reach base three times (Jose Lozada was the other). The season-long inability to hit with RISP (236 in 1002 chances) was on display with an 0-for-11 night and nine runners stranded. Adam Olbrychowski put in a quality start with two runs allowed obver six innings but took the loss. Rob Wort pitched two scoreless frames to keep the game close. The loss drops the P-Nats to 26-24, five games behind Frederick, while a doubleheader loss by Lynchburg keeps the Hillcats six back of Potomac in the Carolina League Northern division.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 2
• Slaten ⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Swynenberg (W, 6-1) 7⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Freitas 3-4, R, RBI
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Handed a 1-0 deficit with two outs in the 1st by rehabbing Doug Slaten, Matt Swynenberg still managed to finish the game as the Suns won their fifth straight, 3-2 over the Legends. Swynenberg got his sixth win with seven and 2/3rds of one-run ball (a 4th-inning solo shot), giving up three hits and three walks, and striking out three. The 3-4-5 combo Adrian Sanchez, David Freitas, and Kevin Keyes accounted for all three runs in the 6th, as Sanchez doubled, Freitas singled, and Keyes homered in consecutive at-bats. The win keeps pace with Kannapolis, which still leads Hagerstown by three games as the two teams head towards a four-game showdown in N.C., starting on Thursday.

Auburn Doubledays — ALL STAR BREAK
Yesterday and today are the last scheduled off days this season in the New York-Penn League, which will fete its All-Stars tonight at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 2
• King (L, 1-4) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K
• Ferrer ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K 3-0 IR-S
• J.C. Valdez 2-3, 2RBI
• Difo 1-3, R, 2SB

A five-run 6th turned a 4-2 win into a 9-2 beatdown in the first game of the doubleheader. Brandon King took the loss with five runs given up over four and 2/3rds innings. Jean-Carlos Valdez drove in both runs and went 2-for-3, but the G-Nats were held to just five hits total.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Marlins 4
• Mieses 2IP, 1H, 3R, 3R, 3BB, 1K, HR
• Santana (W, 2-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• J.C. Valdez 3-4, R, 3B, 4RBI
• Mesa 2-3, R, BB, RBI

The shoe was on the other hand as the G-Nats put up a six-run 3rd to break open a 4-3 lead as the G-Nats took the second game by a 10-4 count. Jean-Carlos Valdez kept up his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 game, driving in four. Andy Santana got the win with three scoreless innings of relief of Adalaberto Mieses, who went the first two innings and allowed three runs on a home run in the 2nd. With the split, the fourth-place G-Nats move to 17-30, two games up on the fifth-place G-Astros.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Marlins 0
• Silvestre (W, 3-1) 7IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• K Rodriguez 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mercedes 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• W Rodriguez 2-2, 2R, 2BB, 2SB, 2CS

Hector Silvestre and Kelvin Rodriguez combined to shut out the DSL Marlins, 5-0. Silvestre struck out seven and walked one, allowing four hits over seven innings, while Rodriguez tossed two scoreless and hitless frames, walking one and striking out one. Yermin Mercedes drove in three of five runs with a 2-for-4 effort to lead the offense. The win improves the D-Nats to 32-33, 10½ back in the B.C. South.