Jun 082014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-3 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (8-1, 1.57) vs.
Hendriks (5-0, 1.91)
Harrisburg Won, 8-0 vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Kroenke (0-1, 4.80) vs.
Roberts (5-6, 4.26)
Potomac Won, 6-1 vs. Wilmington,
1:05 p.m.
Spann (4-0, 2.08) vs.
Sparkman (2-1, 1.45)
Hagerstown Lost, 15-5 @ Greensboro,
4:00 p.m.
Pivetta (8-2, 3.75) vs.
Garner (3-4, 4.09)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 6 Buffalo 3
• Laffey (W, 7-3) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Mattheus (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Souza 2-4, 2-2B, BB
• Moore 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Walters 2-5, 3B, 3RBI

Seven of the 11 Syracuse went for extra bases while Aaron Laffey turned in seven strong innings to lead the Chiefs to a 6-3 win over the Bisons. The 3-4-5 combo of Steve Souza, Tyler Moore, and Zach Walters combined to go 5-for-12 with four doubles, a triple, three walks and five RBI. Laffey allowed just two runs on five hits, with no walks and four strikeouts while earning his seventh win. Ryan Mattheus escaped the curse of the GBI with yet another 1-2-3 inning for his fourth hold.

Harrisburg 8 Akron 0
• Cole (W, 5-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Espino (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 3-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Hague 2-4, 3R, 2B
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2RBI

Three Harrisburg pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout while the offense pounded out 11 hits in an 8-0 shutout of Akron. Thanks to the long stretches watching his teammates duck up the opposing pitchers, Cole was limited to five innings, with just two hits and a walk allowed while striking out seven, but earned his 5th win. Caleb Ramsey reached base four times in four plate appearances and drove in two to lead the Senators attack, followed by Ricky Hague and Michael Taylor, who both went 2-for-4.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 1
• Simms (W, 1-3) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 14K
• Dickson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Tejeda 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Renda 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Perez 1-3, R, BB, 2SB

John Simms reminded us of the difference between throwing and pitching. Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster moves: LHP Gio Gonzalez removed from roster; RHP Paul Demny activated from TIL, reassigned to Harrisburg.

Greensboro 15 Hagerstown 5
• Silvestre (L, 2-3) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 0K, 2HR, HBP
• Ramos ⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR, BK, 3-3 IR-S
• Ballou 3-5, R, RBI
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI, SB

The Grasshoppers eclipsed the Suns with 10 unanswered runs in the middle innings of a 15-5 beatdown. Hector Silvestre, who had appeared to have broken out a funk in his previous outing, was lit up for eight runs on seven hits, including two home runs. David Ramos did his best to make the Greensboro batters look like his brother Wilson with a five hits allowed in the space of eight batters, letting in three inherited runners and giving up a three-run HR. Rehabbing Jeff Kobernus would appear ready to take a ride over to Wilson, NC to join the P-Nats tomorrow with a 2-for-4 game in which he walked, homered, scored twice, and stole a base.
Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day, retroactive to June 6; RHP Philips Valdez reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Rockies 2
• Ramirez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, WP, HBP
• Charlis (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perdomo 2-2, R, RBI, SB
• Martinez 2-3, 3B, RBI
• Robles 2-4, 3R, 2B, 2SB

The D-Nats scored the first four runs of the ballgame and took advantage of four D-Rockies errors as they closed out their first full week with a 6-2 win. Nector Ramirez started and went four innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. The win went to Fiyeral Charlis, his second, for two scoreless innings of relief with one hit, no walks, and no strikeouts. Four batters had two hits, with Andres Martinez racking up the most total bases with a triple and a single and an RBI.
Roster move: SS Leudy Molina assigned from Washington.

Jun 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (6-3, 3.72) vs.
Drabek (4-5, 4.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 2.54) vs.
Colon (5-2, 2.37)
Potomac Won, 11-10 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (1-4, 7.26) vs.
Manaea (2-4, 5.09)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-7 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Silvestre (2-2, 3.24) vs.
Milroy (5-3, 2.70)
DSL Nationals Won, 10-9 vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 1
• Tatusko (W, 4-5) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 5K, HR; 1-2, RBI
• Delcarmen (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Solano 2-3, 2R, BB
• Goodwin 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Moore 1-2, 2BB

Ryan Tatusko gave up a home run to lead off the game, then shut down Indianapolis as his teammates rallied for two in the 2nd and
4th and took away a save chance with a run in the 8th for a 5-1 Chiefs win. The proud papa-to-be gave up four hits and four walks while striking out five to win his fourth game of the season. Brian Goodwin, Tyler Moore, and Jhonatan Solano each reached base three times as the Syracuse offense pounded out 11 hits and drew five walks.

Akron 5 Harrisburg 2
• Meyers (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, K, 0HR
• Bates 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Martinson 2-2, R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Ramsey 2-4

Harrisburg’s quest for a three-game win streak remain unfulfilled as Akron struck for three in the 1st and cruised to a 5-2 win. Brad Meyers failed to make it out of the 5th for the fifth time in five starts, as the RubberDucks pecked him for three runs and nine hits and three walks over four and 1/3rd innings. Jason Martinson was one-man wrecking crew, going 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, a solo HR, and a stolen base. The Sens managed nine hits total but just two came with RISP as they stranded seven and grounded into three double plays.

Potomac 11 Wilmington 10
• Gonzalez 3⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 4BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Harper (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Oduber 3-6, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Tejeda 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, R, 2RBI

The P-Nats batted around and scored five runs in the bottom of the 9th to take the series opener, 11-10 versus the Blue Rocks. Gio Gonzalez made the rehab start, and as frequently (usually) happens, the hype far exceeded the performance as the southpaw was hammered for eight runs on seven hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Potomac scored in each of the first four innings and had leads of 3-0 and 6-5 before Wilmington, the worst offense in the Carolina League, put up four-spots in the 3rd and 4th. Randolph Oduber struck out to lead off the 9th, then beat out an infield single to plate the gamewinner. In between, the P-Nats walked three times, singled four times, and tied the game on a sacrifice fly. The win, which was Potomac’s sixth walkoff this season, reduced the magic number to eight. Lynchburg kept pace with a 2-1 win, coincidentally its sixth walkoff win.
Roster moves: LHP Gio Gonzalez added to the roster for MLB rehab; RHP Paul Demny placed on three-day TIL for paternity leave, RHP Blake Schwartz activated from the 7-day DL.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 7
• Rodriguez 4+ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, K
• Webb (L, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI, SB
• Wooten 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, SF
• Mesa 2-4, R

The Suns drew first blood with three in the first, but the Grasshoppers dug out of the ditch and put a hurt on Jefry Rodriguez to take this one, 8-7. Rodriguez was knocked from the game after giving up back-to-back doubles in the 5th, charged with seven runs on 10 hits anf two walks. He struck out just one. The loss went to Joe Webb, who left with a runner on third and one out in the 7th and watched from the dugout as the gamewinner came in on a sacrifice fly. Wilmer Difo was a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple while John Wooten drove in four with a double, a solo homer, and a sacrifice fly as the Suns racked up 11 hits but drew no walks on the night.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Giants 9
• Baez 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Acevedo (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Cespedes (S, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mota 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• A. Martinez 2-4, R
• Agustin 1-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB

The D-Nats scored nine times in the 2nd inning but barely held on to win vs. the D-Giants, 10-9. Israel Mota’s three-run home run, his third of the season (really), capped off big rally as the 18-y.o. (well, you can never be sure) went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the D-Nat attack. Joan Baez started and went the first four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks. The win was awarded to Carlos Acevedo as the least ineffective of the two reliever that followed Baez. Angher Cespedes got the save with two scoreless innings and four strikeouts.

Jun 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-3 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (3-5, 2.79) vs.
Locke (3-1, 4.14)
Harrisburg Won, 8-7 (12 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Meyers (1-3, 7.32) vs.
Murata (3-1, 1.95)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Gonzalez (rehab) vs.
Santos (0-0, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 5.63) vs.
Garcia (5-2, 4.87)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Vargas (1-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 7 Indianapolis 3
• Jordan 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 9K, HR
• Jackson (BS, 3) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mattheus (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Moore 2-4, 2B, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Souza 1-2, R, 2BB
• Burriss 1-3, R, RBI

Tyler Moore’s grand slam in the bottom of the 7th snapped a 3-3 tie to lead Syracuse to 7-3 win over Indianapolis. The big fly, which was third of the game for the Chiefs, made a winner out of Ryan Mattheus as the pitcher of record by getting the last out of the 7th. Taylor Jordan got the start and posted a quality start with two runs allowed on six hits and three walks while striking out a season high of nine batters. Zach Jackson followed him in the 7th but was dinged for a run on two hits in 2/3rds of an inning. As aforementioned, Jhonatan Solano and Brian Goodwin also homered while Steve Souza maintained his (commanding) I.L. leads in BA (.371) and OBP (.476) with a single and two walks in four PA.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 7 (12 inn.)
• Simmons 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Dupra 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Espino (W, 2-3) 1IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Skole 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Latimore 3-5, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole managed to do what few can do in the minors — upstage the Cowboy Monkeys — with a two-out, three-run bomb in the 12th to turn a 7-5 loss into an 8-7 walkoff win for Harrisburg. Skole also doubled in the 9th as a pinch-hitter to key a three-run rally that sent the game into extras. James Simmons started but was knocked around for four runs on seven hits and three walks in five and a 1/3rd innings. The win went to Paolo Espino despite giving up two runs on four hits in the top of the 12th. Quincy Latimore led the Sens’ 13-hit parade with a 3-for-5 night, homering in the 6th to score the first two Harrisburg runs. The Eastern League named Michael Taylor as its Player of the Month for May, an honor not bestowed on a Senator since Stephen Strasburg in April 2010.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 2
• Bacus 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mendez (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B, SB(15)
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, RBI

All-Stars Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner struck for doubles in the 9th while an error plated what proved to be the gamewinner as Potomac rallied for two in the 9th for a 3-2 win over Wilmington. The rally made a winner out of Wander Suero, who stranded a pair of inherited runners with no outs in the 7th and pitched two perfect innings of relief. Gilberto Mendez bounced back from his poor showing on Tuesday with a three-up, three-down, two-K ninth for his third save. Perez and Pleffner both went 2-for-4 to lead the P-Nats offense, which managed seven hits total. Potomac now leads the C.L. North by 2½ games, thanks to Lynchburg’s fourth straight loss. Their magic number now stands at nine with 11 games left to play in the first half.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 4
• Johansen 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 2K
• Ullmann (W, 2-0) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 0K
• Ward 3-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, E(13)
• Difo 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, 2B

A four-run 5th broke a 2-2 deadlock as the Suns scorched the Grasshoppers for a 9-4 win and reduced their magic number to clinch the Sally North first-half title to five. Jake Johansen struggled again with his control, walking five for the second time in three starts as he only went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out just two in his fifth no-decision in 11 starts. Drew Ward doubled twice and drove in two while going 3-for-5 as Hagerstown lit up the scoreboard for 14 hits total. The win went to Ryan Ullman, who gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings.
Roster move: UT Jeff Kobernus assigned for MLB rehab.

DSL Giants 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Bermudez (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Rosario 2⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Franco 2-3, 2B, BB
• Robles 2-4, SB

All four runs scored by the D-Giants were unearned, but they count just the same on the scoreboard as the D-Nats fell, 4-1. The loss snapped a three-game win streak by the D-Nats. Starter Juan Bermudez took the loss, charged with two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six over four and 2/3rds innings. Sixteen-year-old 3B Anderson Franco singled, doubled, and walked to lead the D-Nats attack.

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In Day 1 of the Rule 4 Draft, the Nationals took a pitcher who had TJ surgery. On Tuesday. Mark Zuckerman has the story on Erick Fedde, who hopes to become the second high-round, injury-risk pick to make the big club out of the past five drafts.

With the 57th pick, the line between arrogance and confidence was broached again with another injury-history selection in LHP Andrew Saurez. Baseball America led with him in its Top 100 College Players story from last December.

Jun 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (0-2, 4.32) vs.
Wilk (3-5, 4.95)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 2.79) vs.
Loewen (AA debut)
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 3.13) vs.
Binford (3-3, 2.68)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Johansen (4-2, 4.98) vs.
German (5-1, 2.24)
DSL Nationals Won, 11-9 @ DSL Giants,
9:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Indianapolis 11 Syracuse 2
• Roenicke (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Stange 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Leon 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Souza 2-4, E
• Hood 2-4, R

Indianapolis put the brakes on the latest Syracuse win streak, pummeling the Nats’ AAA entry for an 11-2 win. Josh Roenicke took the brunt of it, hammered for seven runs on eight hits and three walks. The big blow was a three-run shot in the Indians’ four-run 3rd. Sandy Leon, Steve Souza, and Destin Hood each went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs were held to eight hits and had just three chances with runners in scoring position. Roster move: RHP Christian Garcia placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 2 (shoulder discomfort per MLB.com’s Bill Ladson).

Harrisburg 5 Reading 4
• Poveda 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 9K
• Herron (W, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Grace (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, R, RBI
• Dykstra 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

For the first time this season, the Senators dug themselves out of a four-run hole and scored the five runs of the game for a 5-4 win. Omar Poveda survived a three-run first and gutted out six innings, striking out a season-high of nine. He allowed all four Fightin runs on nine hits. Tyler Herron got the win with a huge assist/save by Matt Grace as the southpaw struck out the first batter he faced and got the second to ground out to leave the bases loaded in the top of the 9th. Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey both went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Harrisburg offense, followed closely by Kevin Keyes, who scored the gamewinner after leading off the 8th with a double, taking 3rd on a flyout, and chugging home on a wild pitch.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1
• Brach (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Benincasa (SV, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Renda 2-4

Shawn Pleffner wasted no time in showing why (hey now) he’s (an) All-Star, (getting his game on) with a 3-for-4 night with a pair of doubles and a solo HR in a 2-1 Potomac win over Wilmington. Brett Brach spun six solid innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and no walks while striking out four, and getting his first win. Robert Benincasa got the last four outs, stranding two in the 8th and working around a walk in the 9th for his ninth save. Tony Renda went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot while Will Piwnica-Worms drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as the P-Nats managed just seven hits total in the pitcher’s duel. Combined with Lynchburg’s third straight loss, Potomac has opened up a 1½ game lead in the C.L. North and has a magic number of 11 with 12 games left in the first half.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Voth (W, 3-3) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Walsh (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 3SB

The Suns scorched the Shorebirds for five runs in the 5th to overcome a 3-0 deficit and held on for 5-4 win. All five tallies came with two outs as Hagerstown struck for five straight hits, including a two-run homer by John Wooten and doubles by Wilmer Difo, Drew Ward, and Spencer Kieboom. Austin Voth went seven innings and let in three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out five to even his won-loss record at 3-3 (yes, really). Jake Walsh pitched around a walk in the 9th to earn his sixth save. The three-game sweep lowered Hagerstown’s magic number to six as they notched their 40th win in 59 games. The Suns hit the road for tied-for-second-place Greensboro for four games, then Lakewood for three and could return to the Muni next Friday having clinched the first-half title.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Red Sox 9
• Nunez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Charlis (W, 1-0) 2+ IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Vargas (SV, 1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mota 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
• A. Martinez 3-5, 2R
• Agustin 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB

The two teams combined for 32 hits and eight errors but the D-Nats struck first and won the slugfest, 11-9 for their third straight victory. Starter Jose Nunez gave up just an unearned run on five hits and two walks over the first three and 2/3rds while striking out four. The win went to Fiyeral Charlis, though he was charged with four runs over two-plus innings. Miguel Vargas was credited with the save, allowing an inherited runner and one of his own over the last two innings. Israel Mota and Telmito Agustin both homered as eight of nine batters hit safely.

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Longtime readers already know this, but for the more recent visitors to this space… I don’t cover the MLB draft because I’m simply too busy keeping track of the teams and the players that are already here than to speculate, worry, or otherwise spend time on the guys who might be here. I can, however, refer you to a couple of folks who have put in that work…

…Ryan Kelley runs down the Top 50 Draft Prospects over at District Sports Page.

…Sean Hogan focuses on possible targets for the Nats, who pick 18th this year.

Jun 042014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Roenicke (1-2, 4.11) vs.
Jackson (2-1, 5.26)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Poveda (1-2, 5.82) vs.
Garner (4-3, 3.86)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Brach (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Dziedric (5-3, 2.94)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-3, 2.49) vs.
Harvey (3-3, 1.68)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-3 @ DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 1
• Hill (W, 8-1) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Cedeno (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Goodwin 1-2, 2B, RBI, 2BB, SB

The offense put up a run in the 1st and posted a picket fence in their final three innings, providing more than enough support for Taylor Hill as the 25-y.o. pitched the Syracuse to a 5-1 victory over Indianapolis — their third straight win and 12th in 15 games. Hill turned in yet another quality start (#7), allowing one run on seven hits with no walks and two K’s to notch his league-leading 8th win. Zach Walters and Steve Souza both homered while Destin Hood tripled and Brian Goodwin doubled as the Chiefs made the most out of their seven hits and five walks collected on the night.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 1
• Kroenke (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Martin 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Latimore 1-4, R
• Keyes 0-2, BB

Quincy Latimore’s two-out single in the bottom of the 9th broke up Reading’s bid for a combined no-hitter as Harrisburg lost again, 5-1. Zach Kroenke made his third start for the Senators and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks over five innings while fanning two. The longball continues to bedevil the southpaw as both runs came on a homer in the 1st. Reading lost the perfect game in the 7th when Latimore reached on dropped third strike and eventually scored with the help of an error and a second wild pitch. The Fightins only led 2-1 before Neil Holland was lit up for three runs on four hits in the 8th.

Wilmington 5 Potomac 3
• Spann 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Mendez (L, 2-3) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Oduber 3-4, RBI
• Norfork 2-3, R, HR, RBI, E, CS

The Blue Rocks broke a 3-3 tie with two in the bottom of the 7th as they beat the P-Nats, 5-3 in the series opener. Matt Spann was dinged for three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks but struck out five. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez, as he gave up the final two Wilmington runs on two hits and no walks while setting down three on strikes while pitching the 7th and 8th innings. Randolph Oduber went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Potomac hit column, followed closely by Khayyan Norfork, who was 2-for-3 and hit a game-tying HR in the 7th. The race for the first-half title in the Carolina League Northern Division has tightened considerably. Lynchburg lost again, which keeps Potomac in 1st place by a ½ game while Wilmington is now just one game behind.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 5
• Giolito 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Pivetta (W, 8-2) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Mesa 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, SB

Hagerstown scored in five straight “ups” to defeat Delmarva, 8-5 as Lucas Giolito returned to the mound for the first time in more than three weeks. As such, he was limited to three innings, in which he allowed three hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out five. Nick Pivetta, who was coming off a two-week layoff, got the win, though he was ineffective with four runs allowed on six hits and a walk over four innings. Narciso Mesa went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored while Drew Ward smacked his 5th HR while going 2-for-4 as the Suns pounded out 12 hits total and extended their lead to five games over Delmarva. The Suns’ third straight win has reduced their magic number to clinch the Sally North to eight vs. both Delmarva, who they play tonight for the final time in the first half, and Greensboro, which will host Hagerstown for four games beginning on Thursday.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Red Sox 3
• Pena 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Cespedes (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• S. Guerrero 2-4, R, SB
• G. Ramirez 2-4, R
• Vilorio 2-4

The D-Nats put up a four in the 4th and two in the 6th as they doubled up the D-Red Sox, 6-3. Wilber Pena got the start and was touched for two runs on three hits and a walk over four innings. Angher Cespedes was the more effective of the two relievers who followed and was thus awarded the win with one walk allowed over two and a 1/3rd no-hit, no-run innings. He stuck out four of ten batters faced. Sandy Guerrero, Gilberto Ramirez, and Luis Vilorio each went 2-for-4 as the D-Nats notched 10 hits total.

Jun 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (7-1, 1.57) vs.
Brigham (2-3, 3.20)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Milner (3-2, 3.88)
Potomac Won, 5-4 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (4-0, 1.85) vs.
Almonte (3-2, 4.72
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 2.51) vs.
Rennie (2-4, 5.11)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 vs. DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 4 Buffalo 2
• Laffey (W, 6-3) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 6BB, 2K
• Mattheus 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Solano 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Syracuse went deep three times for all four runs as they beat Buffalo, 4-2 and reclaimed first place in the I.L. North. Aaron Laffey danced with the devil in the pale moonlight danger by walking six and giving up six hits over five and a 1/3rd innings but let in just two while notching his sixth win. Three relievers combined for three and 2/3rds scoreless relief with Zach Jackson and Ryan Mattheus earning hold and Mike Gonzalez going 1-2-3 in the 9th for his 5th save. Steve Souza reached base three times with two walks and a home run while Brian Goodwin’s two-run shot in the 5th gave the Chiefs a 3-2 lead. Jhonatan Solano provided the insurance run with his 8th big fly.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators return home for a pair of three-game series against the Fightins and the RubberDucks again over the weekend.

Potomac 5 Salem 4
• Simms 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Henke (W, 3-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Renda 4-4, R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The P-Nats reclaimed 1st place with their fifth straight win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 2
• Silvestre (W, 2-2) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Walsh (SV, 5) 2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Middleton 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Bautista 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

After a 2-6 roadtrip, which included losing three-of-four to the Shorebirds, the Suns got a 4-2 decision over Delmarva to cut their magic number to 10 with less than two weeks to go in the first half. Hagerstown rallied for three with two out in the 2nd to get on the board first, taking advantage of the first of four Shorebird errors. Hector Silvestre, who had suffered last-inning lapses in his previous two outings, turned in seven strong innings with just one run (a home run) on seven hits, with no walks and three K’s. Jake Walsh worked around four hits in the final two frames, giving up an unearned run while recording his 5th save.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Rojos 3
• Silfa 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramirez (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Rengel 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Agustin 2-4, R, BB
• Pimental 2-5, R, RBI

The D-Nats broke it open with a five-run 3rd and cruised to a 7-3 win to even up their record at 1-1. Luis Rengel was one-man wrecking crew, going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and two stolen bases to lead the D-Nat attack. Nector Ramirez got the win in his debut, striking out six over two and 2/3rds innings while giving up a hit, a walk, and an unearned run. The two teams, however, combined for 12 errors — eight by the Rojos, four by the Nats.

Jun 012014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Tatusko (3-5, 2.30) vs.
Romero (0-3, 5.71)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ Akron,
2:05 p.m.
Espino (1-2, 5.76) vs.
Colon (4-2, 2.30)
Potomac Won, 8-1 vs. Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-4, 6.55) vs.
Diaz (5-3, 3.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 4-3
@ Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-2, 3.63) and TBD vs.
Barnette (2-3, 4.66) and
Dykstra (3-5, 3.83)
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A


Buffalo 5 Syracuse 2
• Jordan (L, 0-2) 7⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K
• Cedeno (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Walters 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Goodwin 1-3

Xavier Cedeno was summoned from the bullpen with two out and two runners on to get an opposing lefthanded batter out and didn’t get the job done. Instead, he walked him, gave up a two-run single, then a two-run double to turn a 2-1 Syracuse lead into the eventual 5-2 loss to Buffalo. The meltdown hung a loss on Taylor Jordan, who rebounded from a three-inning, seven-run outing on Memorial Day to pitch into the 8th. He was charged with three runs on five hits and a walk and struck out seven. The offense was limited to four hits total for the second straight game with Zach Walters driving in both Chiefs runs with solo HR in the 4th and an RBI double in the 6th.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 4
• Simmons 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Grace (W, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Herron (SV, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run HR in the top of the 8th was the difference as Harrisburg downed Akron, 6-4. James Simmons got the spot start and went five and 2/3rds innings and was charged with all four RubberDuck runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. The win went to Matt Grace, who turned in two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings (though he did let in one of two inherited runners) with three hits given up and three strikeouts. Tyler Herron worked around a pair of hits in the 9th for his second save. Kevin Keyes also homered while Cutter Dykstra reached base three times with a walk and two singles to lead the Sens offense.
Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow is reporting that both Sammy Solis and A.J. Cole will be skipped in the rotation without explanation.

Potomac 8 Salem 1
• Bacus 5⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI, E(15)

The P-Nats won a laugher Last Night In Woodbridge.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Johansen (L, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K, 2HR
• Thomas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Wooten 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Middleton 1-2, 2B, RBI

Jake Johansen may have made just two mistakes in five innings pitched, but both of them left the park as the Intimidators took the opener, 3-2. Johnansen gave up three hits and three walks total and struck out six while losing his second game of 2014. John Wooten and Brennan Middleton both hit RBI doubles as the Suns were held to six hits.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 — GAME TWO
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• Ullmann 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ballou 3-4, R, OF assist at 2B
• Manuel 2-3, 2B

Jefry Rodriguez avoided the long ball but also gave up the sum of Kannapolis’s runs as Hagerstown dropped the nightcap, 4-3. The 20-y.o. was lit up for four runs on four hits and two walks over three innings in the loss. Ryan Ullmann followed with three shutout frames but the Suns couldn’t push across the tying run. Isaac Ballou led the 10-hit parade with a 3-for-4 night. The two losses combined with a Delmarva win cuts Hagerstown’s lead in the Sally North to 3½ games. The Shorebirds visit the Suns for a three-game series tomorrow through Wednesday.

DSL Rojos 3 DSL Nationals 1
• J. Baez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Bermudez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Mota 2-3, R, 2B, 3B
• Rengel 1-3

The DSL Rojos struck for one in the 1st and two in the 3rd off D-Nat pitcher (and man I hope this is a typo) Joan Baez and cruised to a 3-1 win over the D-Nats. Baez gave up all three runs on six hits and one walks with two K’s. Juan Bermudez followed with four no-hit innings of relief but the D-Nats offense was held to just five hits. 18-y.o. Israel Mota doubled and tripled to lead the D-Nat bats.
Roster moves: RHP Anderson Martinez reassigned to the GCL Nationals, 3B Andres Martinez placed on the reserved list.

Sep 272013
 

They’re a little younger and a little better than they were in 2012.

Looking back over the previous three season reviews, it’s a bit an obsession, this thing with the age of the D-Nats. That’s because in the wake of the events of the spring of 2009 — when it was revealed that Smiley was a bit long in the tooth — the Nationals had to fill out an already-old roster with players who probably would have gone unsigned (e.g. for seven of the thirty-six players, 2009 was their only pro season) or been released (for nine others, it was their last), creating the league’s oldest and nearly its worst.

Since then, the average age of the bats has gone from 19.4 in 2009 to 18.1 in 2013, a figure it’s been at since 2011. The arms have gone from 19.7 to 18.1, though the trajectory has been more erratic: 19.2 in 2010, 18.9 in 2011, 19.0 in 2012. The success of the GCL team in 2013 is significantly due to the talent that came from the DSL — five bats, six arms — and the natural hope and inference is that the international pipeline is starting to produce… despite the scandal… despite the past parsimony… despite the new CBA that has codified limited spending for contenders.

Following the format of the past three seasons, let’s take a look at how the team did vs. league averages…

HITTING AB R H HR BB SO AVG OBP SLG GPA* SB
D-Nats 2205 287 503 12 262 457 .228 .320 .300 .219 67
Lg. Avg. 2265 312 534 17 271 500 .236 .329 .318 .228 93

* GPA = Gross Production Average

PITCHING IP ERA R/G WHIP HR BB SO H/9IP BB/9IP K/9IP K/BB
D-Nats 602.2 2.85 3.86 1.185 24 195 514 7.8 2.9 7.7 2.64
Lg. Avg. 610 3.40 4.45 1.320 17 271 500 7.9 4.0 7.4 1.84



The 2013 edition, which finished a half-game better than the 2012 team (38-31 vs. 38-32), scored at a below-average clip (23rd out of 35 teams) but won more than they lost because the pitching was in the upper third of league (boy, they sure do start The Nationals Way early, don’t they?). Defensively, they were right about the league average of a .954 fielding percentage while the catchers were significantly better at throwing out runners (43% vs. 37%).

While short on power, the batters struck out at well below the league average (sixth-fewest) while the pitchers issued the third-fewest walks per nine innings. Both of those are good signs to look forward to for next year’s GCL squad as well as the guys that the organization decides needs to repeat the DSL, given that contact and control are skills that feed into attributes like power and “stuff.”

Using 100PA as the cutoff, here’s how the 2013 DSL Nationals broke down, with the primary player at each position listed under “G” and total games played “GP” (e.g. Brayan Serrata played 47 of 49 games at catcher). Fielding percentage is for the primary position played for the starters while the bench and utility guys players have their numbers combined. Folks interested in seeing the full team and its stats can click here.

Position Name Age G/GP Fld% Err PA GPA
C Brayan Serrata 19 47/49 .980 7 164 .213
1B Oliver Ortiz 17 23/26 .985 3 102 .277
2B Edwin Lora 17 43/55 .940 15 208 .199
3B Younaifred Aguero 20 48/57 .893 17 195 .218
SS Kelvin Gutierrez 18 42/60 .921 18 235 .234
LF Aldrem Corredor 17 37/57 .950 3 228 .243
CF Darryl Florentino 17 56/58 .964 4 222 .226
RF Israel Mota 17 50/52 .945 4 180 .238
UT (2B/SS/CF) Thomas Alvarez 18 28, 20, 11 .975 6 253 .209
UT (LF/RF/1B/CF) Dionicio Rosario 19 20, 20, 3, 1 .953 4 216 .220
Bench (1B/C) Yermin Mercedes 20 16, 3 .990 1 128 .249



I think it’s interesting that the two names that I mentioned at the end of this section last year were the two guys that were used a lot, but not enough to be considered the starter for any one position. In both cases, this appears to be a good problem: more guys that can play than positions available. Alvarez, for example, appears to be the better shortstop than Gutierrez, who appears to be the better hitter.

I’d love to know what’s the deal with Rosario, who made the 2012 watchlist by posting a .229 GPA as a 17-y.o. in the 2011 DSL, then didn’t play last season. Like all things DSL, it’s a guess unless the player is high-profile (in which case there might be a story). His 2013 performance wasn’t as good, but he got lots of playing time (216PA is 5th most) and judging by his finish (.297/.352/.422 in 18G in August vs. .136/.190/.220 in 18G in July and .217/.357/.304 in 21G in June) it would appear that he may have been shaking off rust.

If you’re not intrigued by what 17-y.o. (born May 1996) Oliver Ortiz achieved in a very short period of time (July 19-August 24), you’re probably on the wrong site. Obviously, the caveats of small sample size apply — it does for everybody in the short-season leagues — but the closest performance for someone his age is Randy Encarnacion last year (when he used Novas as his last name), and that was a .257 GPA over 60 games and he turned 18 during the season. Encarnacion hung a .349/.437/.523 line in the GCL this year, so you can following the bouncing ball from there.

The three 17-y.o. OFs (Corredor, Florentino, Mota) also should engender some excitement, with two producing offensively above league average and the third just a shade shy of it. The guess here and now is that no more than two of them will get sent stateside, for much the same reason why Rosario and Alvarez were used elsewhere: there’s only so much playing time to go around.

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

PLAYER AGE G/GS W-L, SV ERA IP H BB SO WHIP HBP WP
Deibi Yrizarri 18 14/13 5-3, 0 1.99 68 59 16 50 1.103 5 4
Maximo Valerio 17 14/13 3-4, 0 2.86 63 55 17 56 1.143 3 8
Mario Sanchez 18 18/5 2-3, 0 2.33 58 46 14 54 1.034 1 8
Jose Morales 18 16/8 4-3, 0 1.13 55⅔ 35 5 37 0.719 7 1
Luis Reyes 18 12/12 5-3, 0 2.82 54⅓ 38 20 65 1.067 11 10
Luis Torres 19 13/9 1-3, 0 3.91 53 54 17 51 1.340 3 7
John Feliz 19 20/0 4-2, 1 2.54 39 33 5 33 0.974 6 3
Yefri Pena 18 17/2 2-1, 2 3.62 37⅓ 37 15 29 1.393 3 5
Yorlin Reynoso 17 19/1 1-1, 0 2.70 36⅔ 27 13 31 1.091 2 7
Jean Ramirez 18 14/4 1-1, 0 3.71 34 32 16 27 1.412 3 3
Melvi Salazar 18 22/0 4-0, 13 0.98 27⅔ 21 10 21 1.120 2 1
Ramses Rosario 17 7/2 1-3, 0 3.54 20⅓ 22 6 15 1.377 2 1



Last year’s pitching was subpar, yet five pitchers moved up to the GCL and did well. And I thought only a couple would be bumped. Granted, three of them were no longer teenagers, but the point I’m trying to make is that when you go strictly by numbers, you’re gonna be wrong. Still, it’s encouraging to see almost all of these guys with more innings pitched than hits allowed and none of them will be 21 at the beginning of the 2014 season.

Two pitchers I feel relatively confident in projecting going to the GCL are Maximo Valerio and Luis Reyes. Valerio has spent two seasons in the DSL now and made improvements year-to-year. Reyes was called up to make an additional start after the DSL season ended and was invited to Instrux — either is generally a sign that the org will move him up the following year. Beyond that, you can make a case any of the other 10 pitchers; that’s how good the pitching was.

As mentioned in the 2013 Watchlist review (and elsewhere), the DSL is where I’ve made a lot of mistakes in picking players to watch — hence the new category — but that won’t stop me from making…

THE OBLIGATORY TOP FIVE LISTS
All five of the batters I picked last year made it to the GCL this year. Two of the top five pitchers made it, too… and two were released. As written above, I don’t think I’ll be so lucky prescient with the batters, but I’m also hoping that my streak of picking guys that end up getting released ends, if for no other reason than these kids are too young to not repeat.

Top 5 Batters
1. Aldrem Corredor
2. Kelvin Gutierrez
3. Oliver Ortiz
4. Israel Mota
5. Darryl Florentino
Honorable Mentions: Dionicio Rosario, Thomas Alvarez

Top 5 Pitchers
1. Mario Sanchez
2. Deibi Yrizarri
3. Luis Reyes
4. Luis Torres
5. Maximo Valerio
Honorable Mentions: John Feliz, Jose Morales

Next up is the 2013 GCL Nationals, which I have a feeling is going to spark some debate as I’ll be incorporating some of the thoughts I’ve already made in the comments.

Aug 252013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Charlotte,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (3-8, 4.78) vs.
Berken (10-12, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 vs. Erie,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.86) vs.
Crouse (8-10, 4.63)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 (10 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Purke (3-3, 4.94) vs.
Davis (0-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Greensboro,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (6-5, 3.88) vs.
James (2-6, 6.14)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ State College,
6:05 p.m.
Barrientos (1-4, 6.38) vs.
Herget (5-0, 2.34)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-0 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A



Charlotte 5 Syracuse 4
• Maya 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Krol (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Syracuse’s five-game winning streak ground to a halt with Charlotte’s four-run 7th as the Knights edged the Chiefs, 5-4. Ian Krol took the loss, letting in two runners and giving two of his own as he retired just one of four batters faced. Yunesky Maya got the no-decision, charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings while striking out six. Chris Rahl singled and homered as Syracuse scored four times on four hits and seven walks.

Harrisburg 8 Erie 2
• Swynenberg 4⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Perry (W, 2-5) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Nicol 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Burns 2-5, 2R, RBI
• Souza 2-5, 2B, RBI, OF assist at HP

Sean Nicol’s two-run triple highlighted a three-run 6th as Harrisburg snapped a three-game skid and sliced Erie’s lead to a half-game with an 8-2 win. Matt Swynenberg was one out shy of getting the win which went to Ryan Perry for stranding two in the 5th, albeit on an outfield kill by Steve Souza Jr., and working around a single and a pair of two-out walks in the 6th. Nicol, Souza, and Billy Burns each had multiple hits and combined to score four runs and drive in four.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 0 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 9IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Benincasa (L, 0-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 1-5, 2B
• Soriano 1-4

Potomac was no-hit for eight innings before Cutter Dykstra greeted Wilmington reliever Andrew Edwards with a leadoff double off the CF wall. With the score being 0-0 (read: not “scoreless”), Potomac had the chance to win a 1-0 game with a run in the bottom of the ninth for the first time since June 21, 2009. After a sacrifice sent Dykstra to third, the Blue Rocks intentionally walked the next two batters. A Kevin Keyes whiff and a Justin Miller groundout ended the inning. Robert Benincasa took over for Blake Schwartz in the top of the 10th and lost for the fourth time with a pair of one-out singles and sacrifice fly. Francisco Soriano got the second P-Nats hit with two outs in the bottom of the 10th but went no further as Dykstra grounded out to end it for Potomac’s fourth straight loss.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 1
• Lee (W, 6-4) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Dickson (SV, 2) 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• McQuillan 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Martinez 2-4, 2B

Hagerstown rallied for three in the 7th to break open a 2-0 game as they evened the series with Greensboro with a 5-1 win. Nick Lee won his sixth game with five shutout innings, though he walked four and struck out just two. Ian Dickson finished the game, scattering six hits and giving up a run in the 9th for his second save. Mike McQuillan reached base three times with a walks and two singles to lead the Suns attack of eight hits and five walks.

State College 7 Auburn 0
• Ullmann 6IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mudron 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 5BB, K, 2WP
• Ballou 1-4, 2B
• Zebrack 0-3, ⅔IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S

The wheels came off the bus in the bottom of the 8th as State College scored all seven runs in their final “ups” in a 7-0 shutout of the Doubledays. Starter Ryan Ullmann pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits and a walk while fanning two. Mike Mudron coughed up seven runs in the fateful frame, walking four (one intentionally) while getting just one of ten batters out. CF Greg Zebrack got the final two outs while stranding two of three inherited runners. The Doubledays were held to just three hits and three walks while striking out 12 times on offense.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Mets 0
• Silvestre (W, 7-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• P. Valdez (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Walsh (SV, 8) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4
• Guzman 1-3, R, 2B

Three wild pitches scored both G-Nats runs while three G-Nats pitchers combined on a four-hit, no-walk shutout for a 2-0 win over the G-Mets. Hector Silvestre improved to 7-0 with five scoreless innings, with three hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. Wilmer Difo singled, stole second, and came in on G-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez’s 2nd and 3rd wild pitches in the 4th. An inning later, Luis Guzman doubled, and came in on Nuez’s 4th and 5th wild pitches. Philips Valdez and Jake Walsh each put up two zeros on the visitor’s scoreboard to earn the hold (2nd) and save (8th) respectively.
Roster move: C Geoffrey Perrott (17th-round pick out of Rice Univ.) assigned from Washington.

DSL Cardinals 4 DSL Nationals 2
• Morales 4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Feliz (L, 4-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ortiz 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Tillero 2-4, RBI

After twice rallying from one-run deficits, the D-Nats gave up a two in the 9th to fall 4-2 to the D-Cards in the season finale. John Feliz took the loss, allowing a pair of singles and a triple in the final frame. Starter Jose Morales went the first four innings, letting in an unearned run on two hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Oliver Ortiz scored both D-Nats runs, walking twice while going 1-for-2 with a double as the D-Nats were held to just five hits. The D-Nats finished the 2013 season at 38-31, a ½ game better than the 2012 edition but in fourth place instead of third in the Boca Chica South.

Aug 242013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.90) vs.
Johnson (3-1, 1.59)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-5 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (4-0, 3.39) vs.
Perez (1-0, 6.75)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (11-4, 2.76) vs.
Selman (10-9, 3.77)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-1 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (5-4, 4.19) vs.
Brice (8-9, 5.52)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-2, 6.66) vs.
Reed (3-2, 2.36)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
P. Valdez (3-0, 2.17) vs.
Church (2-3, 6.43)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 8 Charlotte 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 7-10) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kobernus 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2BB, RBI, CS
• Brown 3-5, R, RBI
• Watts 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI

Danny Rosenbaum snapped a three-game losing streak while Syracuse extended its win streak to five with an 8-1 decision over Charlotte. The 25-y.o. southpaw allowed one run on six hits and three walks while striking out four for his seventh win. He watched from the dugout as the offense exploded for seven runs over their last three “ups” and three relievers turned in a scoreless inning each. Jeff Kobernus reached base four times on two doubles and two walks as the Chiefs pounded out 13 hits for the second straight game.
Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno, C Jhonatan Solano recalled to Washington; C Jeff Howell activated, reassigned from Harrisburg.

Erie 9 Harrisburg 5
• Hill 5+ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Grace (L, 5-2) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Souza 2-4, R, 2SB
• Bloxom 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Nicol 2-4, R

The offense got the boost it’s been missing with the return of Steve Souza Jr., but the pitchers couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 5-1 lead. Erie rallied for four in the 6th to tie, then four more in the 9th to win it, 9-5. Starter Taylor Hill was roughed up for five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk in five-plus innings, letting the first six batters reach base in the 6th, and leaving with the bases loaded and a 5-4 lead. Tyler Herron couldn’t strand all three for the blown save. Souza, Justin Bloxom, and Sean Nicol each went 2-for-4 as the Senators notched nine hits total, though just one after the game was tied. Matt Grace took the loss, giving up the second four-spot on four hits in the 9th. Roster moves: OF Steven Souza Jr. activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Jose Lozada placed on the 7-day DL.

Winston-Salem 3 Potomac 2 (11 inn.)
• Solis 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramsey 3-5, OF assists at 1B, 3B, E
• Sanchez 2-5, R

Potomac remains flat as they were swept at the Pfitz for the first time this season with a 3-2 loss to Winston-Salem in 11 innings. Sammy Solis got the start and went five innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks while striking out three. He was in line for the win thanks in large part to the Dash defense giving away two in the 2nd on a passed ball and double steal attempt that saw the run score before the third out was made. The P-Nats returned the favor with an unearned run in the 8th, “thanks” to a passed ball with one out that moved up two runners into scoring position and a dropped flyball that sent in the equalizer. The Dash won it in the 11th with single and a double with one out off Brian Dupra, the fourth Potomac reliever of the night. Caleb Ramsey led the offense with a 3-for-5 game and cut down two runners but committed the critical error in the 8th.

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 1
• Johansen (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Self 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 2-3, BB
• Ramos 2-4, RBI

Jake Johansen became the latest promoted pitcher to learn there’s a difference between the levels as Greensboro schooled him for five runs in a 9-1 win over Hagerstown. The Nats’ top draft pick went four and 2/3rds innings, walked two, struck out three, but gave up six hits including a two-run shot in the 4th. The Grasshoppers scored in three of the five innings he began. Offensively, the Suns were held to five hits, with two singles apiece coming off the bats of Mike McQuillan and “Help Me” Wander Ramos and a double from Will Piwinica-Worms. Roster move: RHP Dakota Bacus assigned from Washington.

State College 9 Auburn 3
• Simms (L, 0-2) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Napoli 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Lippincott 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Foat 1-3, BB

State College scored in five consecutive innings, building a 6-0 lead before Auburn answered and pranced to a 9-3 win. John Simms lost his first career start, giving up two runs on six hits, walking none, setting down one on strikes. Silvio Medina became the latest victim of the GBI curse, letting in two inherited runners and four of his own over two and a 1/3rd innings. Bryan Lippincott drove in all three Doubleday runs, breaking up the shutout with solo home run in the 7th and plating two in the 8th with a single.

GCL Mets 4 GCL Nationals 3
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Waterman 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Mejia 2-4, R
• Gordon 1-3, R, OF assist at 3B

The G-Nats latest win streak came to an end with a soul-crushing 4-3 loss to the G-Mets. DSL callup Luis Reyes made his first stateside start but was roughed up for three runs on four hits, including a two-run homer in the 4th. The 18-y.o. Venezuelan walked two and struck out one. The G-Nats rallied for two in the 9th and had the tying run at second with one out, but couldn’t push across the equalizer as Hayden Jennings whiffed and Rafael Bautista tapped back to the mound. Bryan Mejia led the G-Nats offense with a 2-for-4 game, including a 9th-inning single and run.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 2
• Sanchez (L, 2-3) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Pena 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Alvarez 3-4, RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The D-Cards erupted for three in the 7th to break open a 2-1 game and went on to defeat the D-Nats 5-2. Starter Mario Sanchez turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on six hits and a walk with six K’s, but took his third loss. The offense was limited to four hits by two players: leadoff man Aldrem Corredor, who went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and no. 2 batter Thomas Alvarez, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI.