Oct 032015

Rained-Out-2014There’s still more than a week to go before the Arizona Fall League starts up, while the hot mess that is the 2015 Washington Nationals limps to a finish.

As much as I’d like to keep the focus on the minor-leaguers, times like these I understand why people want to discuss the parent club. It’s certainly better than in the days of the Nationals Farm Authority, where there was a sizable contingent of folks who only came to whine and campaign for replacements for the product in D.C. and bitch about the perceived lack of spending [Insert remark about Papelbon salary with rhetorical question here].

For what it’s worth, I too, worry that the proverbial window is closing and that Rizzo might not be able to trade his way out of “cleanse the palate” season (or three). But that’s as much as I think I should write about that; I’d like to shift back to why we’re here: to follow the paths of the future Nationals (and/or trade bait ;-)…

Speaking of trade bait, shortly after last week’s post went to virtual press, the Nationals announced the 2015 Organizational Awards with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz earning the Player of the Year, Austin Voth was tabbed as the Pitcher of the Year, and Austen Williams earned the third annual Bob Boone Award. For the folks not on the inside joke, take a look at that link and scroll down: Eight of the last 17 award winners have been traded.

As expected, no Nationals made the South Atlantic League Top 20 or were referenced in its “In A Box” feature. The home office in Durham, NC chose to do the Florida State League ahead of the Carolina League, so the adulation for Lucas Giolito will have to wait until next week.

As usual, it’s pretty quiet on this front: one pitcher re-signing (Justin Amlung) another getting cut loose (Manny Rodriguez). With the free agency period starting in roughly five weeks, we may see one or two more guys re-up rather than test the waters.

For the fifth time in the last six seasons, the G-Nats finished fourth with a 24-34 record. Like most of the affiliates, they had league-average pitching (4.00 R/G vs. 3.99) and were below-average offensively (3.59 R/G). Defensively, they were a shade better (.966FA vs. .964). This is where I also remind you to not get too excited or too depressed: short-season baseball = small sample size, not to mention the bevy of pitchers recuperating from Nationals elbow.

Without further ado…

1. Victor Robles, CF, .358 GPA, 12SB in 23G 1. Matt DeRosier, RHP, 1.29/2.21/0.90, 9.4 K/9
2. Telmito Agustin, LF, .278 GPA, .446 SLG% 2. Joan Baez, RHP, 2.13/2.67/1.18, 6.6 H/9IP
3. Anderson Franco, 3B, .259 GPA, 4HR in 43G 3. Rocky Harmening, RHP, 2.86/3.26/1.14, 4:1 K:BB ratio
4. Darryl Florentino, OF, .267 GPA, .329 BA 4. Brayan Serrata, RHP, 1.80/3.26/1.35, converted from C
5. Oliver Ortiz, 1B-OF, .226 GPA, .982 FA at 1B 5. Maximo Valerio, RHP, 1.72/3.36/0.98, 88.8 LOB%

There were three players that were statistically better than 19-y.o. Ortiz, who was repeating the level, but all three were significantly older (~22 y.o.) Thus, no honorable mentions. Three of the top five pitchers were also on a subsequent tour, but unlike the 2014 staff, they were at or below league-average in terms of FIP. Folks who are interested in seeing the entire team’s stats, should click here.

Aug 302015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (5-5, 3.18) vs.
O’Sullivan (3-2, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 @ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Giolito (2-2, 3.57) vs.
Green (4-14, 4.28)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Mapes (4-3, 2.70) vs.
Ball (8-13, 4.85)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-4 vs. Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Amlung (3-3, 3.63) vs.
L. Martinez (4-13, 5.53)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 4.39) vs.
Leftwich (2-1, 3.03)

Syracuse 2 Rochester 1
• Bleier (W, 6-2) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Grace (H, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2B
• Moore 2-4, 2B

Syracuse scored twice in the 7th to erase a 1-0 deficit and the bullpen was perfect in the final two innings to edge Rochester, 2-1. Richard Bleier gave up the lone RedWing run on three hits over seven innings for his sixth AAA win. He walked none and struck out one. Matt Grace and Rafael Martin had 1-2-3 innings in the 8th and 9th innings to earn their 12th hold and save respectively. Tyler Moore and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Chiefs’ six-hit onslaught.

Erie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Simms ⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 0HR
• Bacus 3IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 3-2 IR-S
• Demny (L, 2-5) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bostick 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Vettleson 0-1, R, 2BB, SF, RBI, OF assist at 2B

John Simms became the latest victim of the Curse of the GBI, as yesterday’s “Good” wasn’t as the SeaWolves rung him up for six runs in the 1st. The Senators managed to get him a no-decision (again) but lost via walkoff (again), 7-6. Simms struck out two but walked three and gave up three hits in 2/3rds of an inning. After letting in two of three inherited runner, the Harrisburg bullpen locked down Erie for seven innings while the offense got back four in the 4th and single runs in the 5th and 8th to tie the game. Paul Demny took the loss when the SeaWolves converted a one-out walk into the gamewinner with back-to-back singles.

Potomac 5 Salem 1
• Howell (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 6BB, 1K
• Thomas (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-5, 3B, SB
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 4RBI

Potomac stopped a two-game slide with a 5-1 win to set up a chance for a series split this afternoon. Knuckleballer Jeff Howell walked six but only gave up one run and three hits over five innings for his first Car. Lg. win. Justin Thomas followed with three scoreless innings for the hold, his second for the P-Nats. Drew Ward drove in four of the five runs with a two-run single in the 1st and two-run homer in the 8th. Lynchburg, however, clinched the C.L. North with its fifth straight win to eliminate Potomac from the playoffs.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 4
• Reyes 2⅔ IP, 0H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• K. Perez (L, 0-3) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Keniry 3-4, R
• Page 2-4, 2B, RBI

Kannapolis scored six unanswered runs to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 win over Hagerstown. Luis Reyes was chased in the 3rd after letting in three runs without a hit, thanks to two walks and a Dan Uggla error. The loss went to Kevin Perez, who left without retiring a batter in the 6th after two singles, a double, and another Uggla error. Conor Keniry went 3-for-4 with a run scored while Matthew Page
went 2-for-4 with double and an RBI to pace the Suns offense.
Roster move: IF Dan Uggla assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Auburn 3 State College 1
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Valerio (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Wiseman 3-3, 2BB, 2RBI
• Schrock 2-4, R, RBI
• 3 GIDP, 12 LOB, 4-13 RISP

The Doubledays had baserunners in eight of nine innings but couldn’t push across the go-ahead runs until the 9th where they broke a 1-1 deadlock with a two-run single by Rhett Wiseman and took the game, 3-1. Jefry Rodriguez put in five (or more) innings for the fifth straight start with one run allowed on three hits and one whiff. Maximo Valerio got his first NYPL win with three scoreless innings, though he walked two and hit a batter. Mariano Rivera III got his fourth save [insert reference to father here] as he worked around a two-out single in the 9th. Wiseman reached base five times with three singles and two walks to lead Auburn’s 13-hit, four-walk attack.

GCL Update
Rain washed out two of the final three games for the G-Nats, who finished 24-34 and in last place, 9½ games behind the G-Cards.
Teenager Anderson Franco and 28th Rd. pick Mick Van Vossen were shipped north to Auburn for further evaluation, and one would think that perhaps another pitcher (e.g. Matt DeRosier) might go, too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 292014
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (1-1, 3.79) vs.
Workman (6-1, 4.45)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Poveda (1-2, 6.00) vs.
Augliera (7-10, 4.69)
Potomac Lost, 8-0 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (5-8, 4.54) vs.
Manaea (6-8, 3.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Dickey (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Rios (6-1, 3.31)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (3-3, 5.08) vs.
Speer (2-1, 3.11)
GCL Nationals Lost, 19-1 (6 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A

Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 11-7) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 2-3, 2BB, E(22)
• Souza 1-3, 2BB, RBI, SB(25)

Syracuse blew the lead late in its 6-3 loss to Rochester. Following the Red Wings’ 2nd inning unearned run, Michael Taylor singled, stole second, and scored on Steven Souza’s RBI grounder up the middle to tie the score at 1-1. The Chiefs took a 2-1 lead on Will Rhymes’ triple and Jhonatan Solano’s RBI single. Chris Hermann tied the game at 2-2 with a solo homer in the 6th. In the 7th, Taylor Hill allowed a run and was pulled for reliever Matt Grace with Syracuse down 3-2 and men on first and second. Grace allowed an RBI single to Eric Farris and the inherited runner to score that was charged to Hill. Rochester added two more in the 8th before Syracuse’s Brandon Laird hit a solo shot that made the final score 6-3. Michael Tonkin recorded his tenth save for the Red Wings when Souza grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Harrisburg 9 New Hampshire 3
• Dupra (W, 2-6) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Demny (H, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Latimore 2-5, 3R

Harrisburg decided to fight the history books and dominate New Hampshire in a 9-3 victory. Former Nationals farmhand Austin Bibens-Dirkx started and took the loss for the Fisher Cats. Matt Skole’s recent hot streak (8-18, 3HR, 2BB in his last four games) continued with a two-run, two-out homer in the 1st. Jason Martinson walked, stole second, and scored on Drew Vettleson’s RBI single to put the Senators up 4-0. Cole Leonida’s two out, RBI double scored Drew Vettleson. In the 2nd, Quincy Latimore tripled and Kevin Keyes hit a two run homer to pass victory out of committee and raise the score to 6-0. The opposition from New Hampshire did respond with a three-run comeback argument on the field with a single, a double, and a three-run homer from Andy Burns in the bottom of the 3rd, but starter and winner Brian Dupra halted the debate and retired the last three Fisher Cats in order. In the 7th, RBI doubles from hot Skole and Martinson before an unearned run on a Mitch Canham grounder to first likely had fans streaming for the exits before the 7th inning stretch.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 0
• Silvestre 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Henke (L, 4-2) 2IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K
• Renda 3-4, SB, CS
• Severino 1-3

The P-Nats’ streak of 10 straight road wins ended with a no-doubt-about-it 8-0 loss to the Blue Rocks. Taking over from starter Hector Silvestre, who spun five scoreless innings with three hits and a walk, Travis Henke was torched for five runs on seven hits in the 6th and 6th innings to suffer his second loss. Tony Renda singled three times in four trips to the plate; the rest of the P-Nats went 2-for-27 with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Lynchburg and Frederick both won to keep pace with Wilmington in the race for second place.
Roster moves: 1B Shawn Pleffner, RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on the 7-Day DL.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 3
• Ott 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-s
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2-2B, SB
• Bautista 1-3, R, BB, SB

Hagerstown managed to score three times on just three hits but the bullpen couldn’t hold a 3-2 lead, giving up single runs in the 7th and 8th innings Asheville in a 4-3 loss. Starter Travis Ott was dinged for two run in the bottom of the 1st but pitched into the 5th, allowing six hits and one walk while fanning four over four and a 1/3rd innings. Jake Johansen got the last two outs in the 5th and stranded two runners but committed a critical error in the 7th with two outs to allow the game-tying run to score. Manny Rodriguez got the last out of the 7th but gave up a single and a double in the 8th to take the loss. Thanks to the BlueClaws’ 3-0 win over the Crawdads, the Suns nevertheless clinched a playoff spot in the Sally North Division series against the Grasshoppers, who beat the Shorebirds to narrow the gap to one game behind the Suns in the 2nd-half title race.

Batavia 3 Auburn 2
• A. Martinez (L, 2-3) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Bach 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Carey 2-3, R, SB
• Mejia 2-4, SB

The Doubledays connected for four straight hits with in the bottom of the 7th to rally within one but couldn’t push across the equalizer as they fell to the Muckdogs, 3-2. Anderson Martinez took the loss despite the quality start of three runs on seven hits over six innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Jeff Gardner’s 7th-inning double drove in both Auburn runs, while D.K. Carey and Bryan Mejia both singled twice and swiped a base to pace the Doubleday offense.

GCL Cardinals 19 GCL Nationals 1 (6 inn.)
• Yrizarri (L, 2-4) 10BF, 0IP, 9H, 10R, 10ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, BK
• Tillero 1-2, 2B
• Ortiz 1-2, 2B
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B

The G-Cards racked up 14 runs in the 1st and were only stopped by the rain in a 19-1 evisceration of the G-Nats, sending the mainland rookie team to the offseason with its 11th straight defeat. Starter and loser Deibi Yrizarri pitched to 10 batters, retired none of them, and all of them scored. The G-Nats batters racked up three (3) hits — all doubles — and managed to score once to avoid the shutout.