Jun 252012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (5-5, 4.46) vs.
Junge (4-7, 4.71)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Pucetas (5-2, 1.93) vs.
Hernandez (1-4, 3.65)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Kimball (rehab) vs.
Ventura (3-5, 3.10)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (2-2, 7.28) vs.
Bridwell (2-5, 5.77)
Auburn Won, 6-5
(10 inn.)
vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-0, 11.25) vs.
Hope (0-0, 2.25)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Marcelino (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Garcia (0-0, 4.91)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
P. Valdez (0-0, 6.75) vs.
C. Diaz (1-1, 7.84)

Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Duke (W, 9-3) 8IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• H. Rodriguez (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Komatsu 4-5, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Brown 2-5, R, 2B
• Marrero 2-4, RBI

After waiting out a 117-minute rain delay, the Syracuse Chiefs ran their win streak to seven with a 5-2 triumph over the Gwinnett Braves. Zach Duke improved to 9-3 with eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks. Henry “El Infarto” Rodriguez worked around two walks in the 9th to notch the save. Carlos Rivero, Brett Carroll, and Corey Brown each extended their hit streaks to 13 games, with Erik Komatsu leading the hit parade with a 4-for-5 night.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 3
• Rosenbaum (l, 7-4) 7IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Frias 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 2-4, 3B, SB, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Walters 2-4, R, HR, RBI

With a 5-3 loss to New Hampshire, the Harrisburg Senators fell to .500 at 37-37. Danny Rosenbaum bounced back from his worst outing of the season with a seven-inning effort, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk and striking out four. Zach Walters smacked his first AA home run in the 9th while Eury Perez went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a stolen base.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 1
• Karns 8IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 11K
• Carr 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 3-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Freitas 2-4, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI

Nathan Karns was sensational Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 3
• Meyer (L, 6-4) 6⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 11K, HR
• Meza 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-1, R, HR, RBI

One bad inning combined with stifling opposing pitcher were too much for Alex Meyer and Hagerstown to overcome as the Suns ace and Hagerstown lost, 5-3. The BlueClaws knocked Meyer around for four runs (three on a HR) in the first, then couldn’t touch him for the next five and 2/3rds, as the 22-y.o. allowed just two baserunners and struck out a career-high 11 batters. His opponent, Ethan Stewart, was just as untouchable and allowed just an unearned run over six. Steve Souza and Matt Skole both hit solo HRs as the Suns were held to just six hits. After a 2-2 homestand, it’s a nine-game road trip to Delmarva and Lakewood before returning home on July 4. Roster move: LHP Josh Smoker was activated from the Potomac DL and transferred to Hagerstown.

Auburn 6 Williamsport 5 (10 inn.)
• Medina 4IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, BB, SAC
• Schill 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Poole 2-5, R, 2B

The Doubledays went to extras again, but this time they won in the 10th, 6-5 over the Crosscutters. The lead changed hands five times through the first six innings before the game became a battle of the ‘pens. Wes Schill doubled in the 10th, took 3rd on a sacrifice by Spencer Kieboom, and came around to score on Tony Renda’s one-out single. Richie Mirowski got the win with a 1-2-3 tenth inning. After playing five of their first even on the road, Auburn returns home for a six-game homestand vs. Jamestown and Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are 4-2 after their first week, tied with the GCL Cardinals in the four-team GCL East.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats are 12-7, tied for second place with today’s opponent, the DSL Giants.

Jun 242012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 12-4 vs. Gwinnett,
5:00 p.m.
Duke (8-3, 3.83) vs.
Lugo (1-2, 3.72)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ New Hampshire,
1:35 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-3, 2.57) vs.
Jenkins (3-6, 5.20)
Potomac Lost, 16-6 vs. Wilmington,
4:05 p.m.
Karns (1-2, 4.15) vs.
Sample (1-7, 5.65)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Meyer (6-3, 3.33) vs.
Stewart (3-6, 3.76)
Auburn Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Medina (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Joaquin (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 12 Gwinnett 4
• Maya (W, 5-5) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, BK
• Arnesen (H, 1) 1⅔ 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S
• Teahen 2-3, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-5, 2R, RBI
• Carroll 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

A six-run 8th ended any hopes of Gwinnett coming back from an early 5-0 deficit as Syracuse tripled them up, 12-4. The Chiefs made the most out of their 10 hits and six walks, leaving just four baserunners on, with Mark Teahen pacing the offense with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Yunesky Maya evened his record with five strong innings and shaky 1/3rd, giving up a home run, a walk and a single to the last three batters he faced. Both Syracuse errors came in the 6th, rendering three of Maya’s runs unearned. Marrero’s rehab stint was ended yesterday with his reinstatement from the DL and immediate optioning to Syracuse.

New Hampshire 2 Harrisburg 1
• Perry 3IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Tatusko 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Zinicola (L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, BB
• Bloxom 1-3, BB

The Fisher Cats scored single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to edge the Senators, 2-1. Ryan Perry tossed three innings of one-hit ball in his first professional start after 212 career relief appearances. Harrisburg was held to just five hits and had two runners thrown out at home. The sole run was scored with Eury Perez leading off the 6th, stealing 2nd, and coming in to score on an RBI single by Jeff Kobernus.
Roster moves: Perez was activated from the DL, while LHP Cory VanAllen was placed on it.

Winston-Salem 16 Potomac 6
• Grace 3⅓ IP, 12H, 10R, 10ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Wort 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Oduber 3-3, R, 3B, BB
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2B,
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI

It was a good, old-fashioned ass-kicking Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Lakewood 8
• Hansen (W, 1-0) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 3R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 9) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Goodwin 4-5, 3R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI

The Suns held off a late charge from Lakewood to take a 10-8 decision. Bobby Hansen Jr. got the win with five and 2/3rds innings pitched, scattering nine hits with the help of a pair of double plays behind him, giving up three runs (one earned) while walking two and striking out three. Brian Goodwin went deep twice, driving in four while Matt Skole and Cutter Dykstra also homered and combined to drive in four. Aaron Barrett came on in the 9th to get the save, bailing out Bobby Lucas, who was torched for four runs on three hits and a walk.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 2 (10 inn.)
• Jordan 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Lee 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Montilla 2-4
• Manuel 2-4, RBI

The Doubledays dropped their second straight, falling 3-2 in extras to the Crosscutters. Taylor Jordan, working his way back from TJ surgery, started and went the first two innings, giving up an unearned run while striking out three. Angel Montilla and Craig Manuel both went 2-for-4 to pace the Auburn offense, while rehabbing Destin Hood went 1-for-4 with a walk. Derek Self took the loss in the 10th when the first three batters reached base on a walk, sacrifice, and a double.

GCL Astros 4 GCL Nationals 1
• Mieses (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Hollins 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• J.C. Valdez 3-4
• McQuillan 2-4, R, BB
• Lippincott 2-4

The rematch didn’t go so well yesterday in Viera as the GCL Astros beat the GCL Nationals, 4-1. Adalberto Mieses lost his second start of the week, giving up three runs on seven hits, including a two-run HR in the Astros’ three-run 5th, but walked none and struck out five. Jean Carlos Valdez led the hit sheet with three singles, but the offense as whole sputtered with 10 runners left on and a 1-for-9 mark with RISP.

DSL Giants 7 DSL Nationals 3
• Valerio (L, 0-3) 3IP, 7H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Dilone 5⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Atencio 1-3, BB
• Aguero 1-3, R, BB

The DSL Giants got to Maximo Valerio with three in the 2nd and four in the 3rd, cruising to a 7-3 win over the DSL Nationals. The 17-y.o. Valerio gave up seven hits and two walks but struck out four. Angelo Dilone followed with five and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief, setting down six on strikes. The D-Nats managed just six hits total, but strung together three of them in the three-run 7th.

Jun 232012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 3.67) vs.
Teheran (5-3, 3.24)
Harrisburg Won, 8-1 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Perry (1st AA start) vs.
Pino (4-2, 3.25)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Grace (4-6, 5.24) vs.
Petricka (4-4, 5.34)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Lakewood,
7:00 p.m.
Hansen (0-0, 2.57) vs.
Kleven (4-5, 3.80)
Auburn Lost, 13-8 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 13.50) vs.
Warner (1-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-3 vs GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m. (DH)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-3 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-2, 4.97) vs.
Flores (1-1, 1.65)

Syracuse 6 Gwinnett 2
• Roark (W, 4-9) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bibens-Dirkx (H, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Paul 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Bynum 2-4, R

A pair of two-run rallies late pushed Syracuse past Gwinnett for a 6-2 win and a .500 record — the first since April 17, 2011. Tanner Roark got the win with a run on five hits and two walks over six innings. Xavier Paul lef the hit parade with two singles and a double, with a run scored and an RBI.
Roster move: OF Jason Michaels was placed on the 7-Day DL

Harrisburg 8 New Hampshire 1
• Demny (W, 5-4) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Walters 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-5, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, R

A five-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the Senators weathered a 38-minute rain delay for an 8-1 win. Paul Demny got the win with seven hits allowed over seven innings, the run coming on a solo HR in the 2nd. Eight of the nine batters got a hit as the Senators pounded out twelve for the contest, with Zach Walters, Jimmy Van Ostrand, Sean Nicol, and Jeff Kobernus each getting two hits.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 2
• Holder (W, 4-2) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Barthmaier 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-4, BB, 2RBI

Lots of walks and strikeouts Last Night In Woodbridge.
Prior to the game, C Sam Palace was transferred to Potomac from Hagerstown with LHP Paul Applebee placed on the 7-Day DL to make room on the roster.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 1
• Kimball 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hill (W, 7-4) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Dykstra 3-4
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

With HRs by Brian Goodwin and Matt Skole, the Suns put the pinch on the BlueClaws for a 5-1 win. Taylor Hill got the win in relief of Cole Kimball, his 7th, with an unearned run allowed on four hits and a walk over seven innings. Kimball started the game and struck out two while giving up a hit in the first inning. Cutter Dykstra led the hit column with three singles, followed by Steve Souza’s 2-for-4 effort.
Kimball was transferred from the GCL to the Suns as an MLB rehab assignment, while C Jeremy Mayo was transferred from Syracuse to replace Palace.

Williamsport 13 Auburn 8
• Smith (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Montilla 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Schill 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A five-run 5th broke a 5-5 tie as Williamsport took an axe to the Auburn ‘pen for a 13-8 win. Jason Smith took the brunt of the beating, giving up eight runs on seven hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Three relievers followed and none went unscathed. Angel Montilla led the Doubleday offense with a 3-for-6 night and 2RBI. Rehabbing Destin Hood was just 1-for-6 (a double) with three strikeouts.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Astros 3
• Schwartz 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Selsor ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, 1HR
• Chubb 2-2, R, HR, 4RBI
• D. Eusebio 1-2, 3RBI

With three runs in the 3rd, five in the 4th, and four more in the 9th, the GCL Nationals scored 12 unanswered runs in a 12-3 rout of the GCL Astros. Five pitchers were used with Blake Schwartz getting the start and OF/DH Casey Selsor making his mound debut, getting tagged for a HR but also striking out #1 overall draft pick Carlos Correa. The G-Nats pounded out 14 hits, with four G-Nats colecting multiple hits, highlighted by Austin Chubb, who went 2-for-4 with a HR and four RBI. Lots of substitutions, so folks looking for first appearances (e.g. Deion Williams) ought to click through to the box score.
Roster move: RHP Anthony Marcelino was released on Thursday.

DSL Yankees1 9 DSL Nationals 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Acevedo 4IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Mercedes 2-5, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

The DSL Yankees1 squad battered the DSL Nationals for four HRs in a 9-3 win to reclaim 1st place in the Boca Chica South Division of the DSL. Starter Jefry Rodriguez took the loss with five runs on four hits and a walk over the first four innings while giving up two HRs. Reliever Miguel Acevedo wasn’t much better, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over the last four innings while coughing up two HRs. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz doubled twice to pace the seven-hit offense.

Jun 222012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (3-9, 5.74) vs.
Flande (3-5, 3.95)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (4-4, 6.06) vs.
McGuire (2-8, 6.62)
Potomac Won, 5-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Holder (3-2, 3.83) vs.
Bachanov (5-1, 3.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (6-4, 4.41) vs.
Oviedo (1-4, 9.27)
Auburn Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Smith (1-0, 6.75) vs.
Perez (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-1;
Lost, 3-0
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-6 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.84) vs.
Severino (1-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Lannan (W,6-6) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Severino (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• H. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Carroll 1-2, R, 3B, RBI
• Marrero 0-1, R, 3BB

Syracuse completed the four-game sweep of Pawtucket with a 3-1 win. John Lannan evened his record at 6-6 with a run (albeit on a home run) on six hits over six innings, with two walks and three strikeouts. The Chiefs had just six hits, but drew six walks — three by Chris Marrero. Henry Rodriguez was in major-league form, issuing two four-pitch walks while earning the save. Gwinnett comes to town for four as Syracuse wraps up a three-week stretch in New York before an eight-game swing through NC and VA next week.

Portland 6 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam (L, 1-7) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K
• VanAllen 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 2-4
• Pahuta 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The bats were DOA and the gloves were MIA as Harrisburg fell 6-1 in Portland. The Senators collected just seven hits, stranding eight runners, while committing a season-high (low?) four errors as the Sea Dogs put up three in the 3rd and two in the 4th to put this away. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up all six runs on nine hits and two walks while setting down just two on strikes. Jimmy Van Ostrand was the sole batter to get multiple hits, singling twice in four at-bats. After a short ride down 95 and over on 101, the Senators visit the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the next four games before returning to City Island on Tuesday.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 4 (10 inn.)
• Ray 6IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Carr 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Holland (W, 4-1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kelso 2-3, R, 3B, 4RBI, SB
• King 2-5, 2B

It was wild walk-off win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 3
• Turnbull (L, 2-4) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holt 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B

A three-run 4th broke open a 1-0 game as the Lakewood BlueClaws took a 4-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 win at Hagerstown. Kylin Turnbull suffered the loss, giving up all five runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out two. Cutter Dykstra singled, doubled, scored a run and stole a base to lead the Suns offense, which was held to seven baserunners. Greg Holt and Chris McKenzie both turned in two scoreless innings of relief.

Auburn 6 Batavia 5 (11 inn.)
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Waterman 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, BB
• C. Lopez 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• S. Perez 2-5, R, 2RBI

Some 373 miles north of Woodbridge, the Auburn Doubledays also went into extras and walked off, 6-5 in 11 innings. Stephen Perez drove in the tying run with an RBI single and scored from third two batters later on an IF single. The rally took Cody Davis off the hook, as the reliever gave up a run on a pair of doubles in the top of the 11th in his third inning of work. He also struck out five. Perez, Estarlin Martinez, and Carlos Lopez each had two hits as the Doubledays registered 10 hits total. Auburn hits the road this weekend for three against Williamsport.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 1 — GAME ONE
• Pineyro 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Smoker (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• D. Eusebio 3-3, R
• E. Perez 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Mesa 1-2, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B

A three-run 5th broke a 1-1 tie as the GCL Nationals clipped the GCL Cardinals, 4-1. Josh Smoker got the win in relief of Ivan Pineyro, as the two combined to strike out 10 over the seven-inning contest. Diomedes Eusebio led the hit column with a 3-3 game.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME TWO
• Vasquez (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• E. Perez 2-4, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 1-2

The G-Cards scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rdm and 5th innings as they shut out the G-Nats, 3-0. Daury Vasquez took the loss, giving up all three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Eury Perez singled twice while the rest of the lineup got just three hits.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Yankees1 5
• Suero 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Gomez (W, 2-1) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Mercedes 3-4, R, 2B
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

A pair of three-run rallies in the 7th and 8th innings propelled the DSL Nationals past the DSL Yankees1, 8-5 and into a first-place tie in the Boca Chica South Division. Wander Suero and Elisaul Gomez combined to strike out 13 with Gomez getting the win in relief. Yermin Mercedes paced the offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon.

Jun 212012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (5-6, 4.91) vs.
Buckner (1-1, 10.54)
Harrisburg Won, 7-3 @ Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1-6, 5.12) vs.
Martin (3-4, 4.80)
Potomac ALL STAR
BREAK
vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-3, 4.89) vs.
McCray (2-0, 2.91)
Hagerstown ALL-STAR
BREAK
vs. Lakewood,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (2-3, 4.47) vs.
Manzanillo (0-5, 5.84)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion
(1st SS-A start of ’12)
vs. Bibona (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Cardinals,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Suero (3-0, 2.65) vs.
Rosario (0-2, 4.15

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 5 (11 inn.)
• Atkins 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Pena (W, 2-3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Hill 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Hoffpauir 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Negrych 2-4, R, BB

With a pair of two-run rallies in the 8th and 9th innings, Syracuse rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 5-3 to send this to extra innings. In the 11th, the 7-8-9 batters each singled in succession to give the Chiefs a 6-5 walkoff win, their third straight over the first-place Pawtucket PawSox. The rally made a winner of Hassan Pena, who pitched the 10th and 11th innings with just a walk allowed while striking out four. Mitch Atkins got the start and allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Harrisburg 7 Portland 3
• Pucetas (W, 5-2) 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Zinicola 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 3-5, R, 2B, SB
• Valdez 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, R, BB, 3RBI

After 18 consecutive scoreless innings, the Senators broke the filibuster with seven runs in the first three innings en route to a 7-3 win over the Sea Dogs. Six of the nine batters got multiple hits, with Jeff Kobernus, Jesus Valdez, and Jimmy Van Ostrand each getting three as Harrisburg pounded out 16 total for the night. Kevin Pucetas improved to 5-2 with six and a 1/3rd innings pitched and three runs allowed, though two came via solo HRs. Zech Zinicola and Hector Nelo combined for two and 2/3rds scoreless relief.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Potomac opens the second half at home with three against the Winston-Salem Dash, the Carolina League South Division first-half champs. With the promotions of Zach Walters and Justin Bloxom, Jason Martinson and Stephen King will reportedly join the infield rotation at SS and 1B, respectively.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
After falling 3½ games short in the first half, the reset button is hit and the Hagerstown Suns start the second half with a four-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws. Bryce Ortega is expected to replace Martinson in the lineup.

Batavia 9 Auburn 3
• Monar (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Pleffner 2-3, BB, RBI
• Manuel 2-3
• Renda 1-2, R, 2BB, E, CS

A pair of three-run innings plus a picket fence in the middle third of the game proved too much for Auburn to overcome as Batavia cruised to a 9-3 win. Blake Monar took the loss with three runs given up on two hits and three walks over three innings. Every Doubleday reliever was scored upon as the Muckdogs racked up 12 hits total. Shawn Pleffner and Craig Manuel each went 2-for-3 to pace the offense, while rehabbing Destin Hood went 1-for-3 with a run scored and one putout on defense.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Not much mystery as to when yesterday’s game will be made up as the two teams face off again today with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. in Viera.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Mets1 2
• Silvestre 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Dilone (W, 2-0) 2IP, H, 0R, 3BB, K, WP
• K. Rodriguez (SV, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Abreu 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Echenique 2-4, 2B, RBI, OF assist at 1B

Yermin Mercedes’s two-run RBI single in the 8th proved to be the game-winner as the DSL Nationals doubled up the DSL Mets1, 4-2. Angelo Dilone got the win in relief of starter Hector Silvestre, who gave up both D-Mets1 runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Kelvin Rodriguez tossed two scoreless frames for his fourth save. Ozzie Abreu and 17-y.o. Armando Echenique both singled and doubled to pace the nine-hit attack.

Jun 202012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (5-5, 4.31)
vs. Germano (8-3, 2.49)
Harrisburg Lost, 14-0 @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Pucetas (4-2, 1.63) vs.
Britton (1-0, 1.10)
Potomac ALL STAR BREAK ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 8-7 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Cuda (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-8 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 14-5 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 2.81) vs.
Almeida (0-1, 11.25)

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Duke (W, 8-3) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 0K, 2HR
• H. Rodriguez (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 0WP, 0HBP
• Pena (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Brown 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Komatsu 2-4

Zach Duke danced with the devil in the pale moonlight danger in each of the first four innings, walking four in the first two innings and stranding eight in the first four, but left the game with a slim 4-3 lead. Despite an appearance by rehabbing Henry Rodriguez, the Syracuse ‘pen got the “W” for Duke with three scoreless innings of relief. Corey Brown and Erik Komatsu combined to go 5-for-8 while rehabbing Chris Marrero delivered an RBI single in four at-bats. FA catcher Koyie Hill was assigned to Syracuse. Jeremy Mayo is a good bet to be transferred in the next couple of days.

Portland 14 Harrisburg 0
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-3) 3+ IP, 7H, 9R, 7ER, 4BB, 3K, HR(GS)
• Rahl 2-2, 2B
• Walters 1-3, BB, E

A grand slam chased Danny Rosenbaum from the game in the 4th as part of a nine-run inning as Portland pounded Harrisburg, 14-0. Rosenbaum was charged with nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and four walks over three-plus innings. In his last six starts, he’s gone 2-2 but with an ERA of 5.94 and a WHIP of 1.74 (contrasted to 5-1, 0.86, 0.73 in his first eight starts). Chris Rahl singled and doubled to lead the offense. Zach Walters and Justin Bloxom both made their AA debuts, with Walters going 1-for-3 with a walk and Bloxom going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
David Freitas doubled, walked, scored a run, and drove a run but failed to stop any of the five stolen base attempts against him in the Carolina League’s 9-1 win over the California League last night in Winston-Salem. Rob Wort also appeared, giving up a hit but striking out speedster Billy Hamilton (80SBs in 66G) to end the game.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Sally League Northern Division beat the Southern, 3-2 last night in Charleston. Matt Skole went 0-for-3 coming off the bench and made an error while playing 3B in the 9th. Caleb Ramsey relieved the starting CF and went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Aaron Barrett got the save, but gave up both Sally South runs (one earned) on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

Auburn 8 Batavia 7
• Baez 4IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Henke (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mirowski (SV, 1) 1IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• B. Miller 1-2, 3R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Montilla 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• S. Perez 2-4, R, 2B

In a back-and-forth contest, Auburn won the battle of attrition with Batavia on a sacrifice fly, 8-7. The Muckdogs scored in each of the first four innings and outhit the Doubledays 15-9, but committed three errors and hit into three double plays. Starter Gregory Baez was lit up for five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two. Travis Henke got the win in relief with two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings while Richie Mirowski got the save despite letting two baserunners on in the 9th. Angel Montilla, Steven Perez, and Spencer Kieboom each went 2-for-4 while Brandon Miller drove in three with a first-inning HR.
RHP Pedro Encarnacion was transferred from Hagerstown to Auburn.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Marlins 8
• Kimball 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marcelino 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Santana (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 3-3 IR-S
• Difo 2-4, 3R, 3B, 2RBI
• Mesa 1-2, 3R, 2B, BB, HBP, RBI
• McQuillan 3-4, BB, 2RBI

After blowing an 8-5 lead in the top of the 9th, the G-Marlins couldn’t stand the prosperity and gave it right back for a 9-8 walkoff win by the G-Nats. A walk, a hit batsmen, balk, and a throwing error turned the trick. Rehabbing Cole Kimball got the “start” and tossed a scoreless inning, followed by Anthony Marcelino who was knocked around for four runs on seven hits and and two walks while striking out four. Andy Santana got the blown-save-win by giving up a bases-clearing double to the first batter he faced before retiring three of the next four batters. 33rd-rounder Mike McQuillan led the eight-hit attack with three singles and a walk while driving in two.

DSL Nationals 14 DSL Mets1 5
• P. Valdez 5IP, 6H, 5R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, 0HR
• Aquino (W, 2-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Aguero 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 3R, 2HR, BB, 4RBI
• Bautista 2-2, 3R, 2BB, SB

The D-Nats scored 14 unanswered runs in a 14-5 decision over the D-Mets1 squad. 18-y.o. Raudy Read continues to flash serious power, smacking HRs #4 and #5 while driving in four to push his slugging percentage to .517 (lg. avg. is .341). Philips Valdez got the no-decision but went five innings, giving up five runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out four. 17-y.o. Jonathan Aquino got the win with four scoreless innings of relief, with just two hits allowed and four set down by way of the K.

Jun 192012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-7 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Duke (7-3, 3.77) vs.
Mathis (5-3, 4.10)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Hernandez (3-6, 2.89)
Potomac ALL STAR BREAK ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 6-5 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Melling (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-4 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Moscat (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Reyes (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 11 Pawtucket 7
• Maya (ND) 6+IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Severino (BS, 2; W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Garcia (SV, 1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Carroll 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Paul 3-4, 3R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Rivero 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

After blowing a 4-1 lead, the Chiefs rallied for five in the 7th and held on in the 9th to take down the first-place Pawtucket PawSox, 11-7. Atahualpa Severino got the dreaded blown-save-win, coughing up a three-run HR to the first batter he faced. Yunesky Maya lost the quality start on the gopherball, giving up five runs on six hits and walk, though two of the six were HRs. Christian Garcia struck out the only batter he faced in the 9th for his first career AAA save. Brett Carroll and Xavier Paul both went 3-for-4, and combined for five runs scored and four RBI while Syracuse made hay when it mattered with an 8-for-17 mark with RISP.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
After a long bus ride from central PA to southern ME, the Senators make their sole road trip to New England to play the Portland Sea Dogs for the next three games, then the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for four over the weekend.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
C David Freitas and RHRP Rob Wort are the sole two representatives for Potomac at the annual Carolina-California League All-Star Game to be held tonight in Winston-Salem.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
C Adrian Nieto, 3B Matt Skole, OF Caleb Ramsey, and RHP Aaron Barrett are the four representatives for the Suns at the Sally League All-Star game to be held tonight in Charleston, SC. Skole was a finalist in the HR derby, with the semifinals held yesterday on the deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown.

Auburn 6 Batavia 5
• Jordan 1⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Medina 5⅓ 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, 2-0 IR-S
• S. Perez 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, E
• Ramos 2-4, R

Stephen Perez drove in the last four Doubleday runs, including two on a triple in the 9th to break a 4-4 tie as Auburn edged Batavia, 6-5. Perez also homered while going 2-for-4 on the night but committed one of the three Doubleday errors. Starter Taylor Jordan lasted just an inning and a third (no mention of injury in any of the local coverage, so perhaps he was on a pitch count) after giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out two. Silvio Medina tossed five and a 1/3rd innings in relief (another indication that Jordan’s outing was limited) with just a walk and two hits allowed. Seven of the nine Auburn batters got a hit, with Wander Ramos joining Perez as the second multihit Doubleday.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 1
• Mieses 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Carr 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• E. Perez 3-5, RBI, 2SB
• Selsor 1-3, 2R, BB
• Difo 0-2, 2R, 3BB, SB

The G-Nats opened up the 2012 campaign with a 6-1 victory over the G-Marlins. Adalberto Mieses got the start and gave up a run on four hits and no walks. Adam Carr got the win in his first regular-season appearance since having shoulder surgery, tossing two scoreless frames. Josh Smoker made his first appearance since April with a pair of goose eggs following Carr. Rehabbing Eury Perez went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases, while OF/P Casey Selsor went 1-for-3 with two runs scored as the DH.

DSL Cubs2 6 DSL Nationals 4
• Valerio (ND) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• E. Gomez (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K
• Atencio 3-4, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2SB

For the second straight outing, 17-y.o. Maximo Valerio gave up one run over five, but the ‘pen couldn’t hold the 2-1 lead as the D-Nats fell to the D-Cubs2, 6-4. 20-y.o. zurdo Elisaul Gomez took the loss, giving up the tying run in his first inning of work, and three more in his second inning on a total of six hits and two walks. Miguel Atencio led the hit column with three singles, while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz doubled and tripled and Rafael Bautista singled twice and stole two bases.

Jun 182012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 3.38) vs.
Cook (3-0, 1.89)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 5-0 ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn N/A @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Freeman (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals N/A @GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-2, 7.04) vs.
Araujo (1-0, 1.80)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 2
• Roark (L, 3-9) 6IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Arnesen 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Brown 2-4, 2-3B
• Rivero 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Yankees got to Tanner Roark early with three runs in the 1st and cruised to a 6-2 win to take three of four at “home.” Roark allowed all six runs on 10 hits, including a solo HR in the 5th to suffer his 9th loss. Corey Brown and Carlos Rivero went 4-for-8 combined, with a double and two triples, but the Chiefs were otherwise held in check with six hits total. RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx was essentially loaned to Harrisburg, transferred to and from the Senators before and after the game. C James Skelton and RHP Ryan Perry were transferred to Harrisburg.

Trenton 4 Harrisburg 0
• Tatusko (L, 1-3) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bibens-Dirkx 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Rahl 1-2, BB
• Pahuta 1-3

Four Thunder hurlers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Senators lost, 4-0. Ryan Tatusko took the loss, giving up three runs on five his and two walks while striking out two. Chris Rahl was the sole Harrisburg player to reach base twice. Roster Moves: SS Chris McConnell was released following the game while IF Stephen King was demoted to Potomac. OF Destin Hood was transferred to Auburn for rehab purposes. LHP Mike Ballard was placed on the DL with elbow discomfort.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 0
• Olbrychowski (L, 2-6) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Demmin 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Walters 2-4
• Sanchez 2-4, 2CS

Potomac was shut out for the 10th time this season by Myrtle Beach by a 5-0 count. Adam Olbrcyhowski suffered the loss with the first three runs given up (two earned) on four hits and three walks over five innings. Zach Walters and Adrian Sanchez both went 2-for-4 to account for half of the P-Nats eight hits. If you guessed that the moves in Harrisburg meant promotions from Potomac, say goodbye to SS Zach Walters and 1B Justin Bloxom. If you’re hoping for news about which Suns are on the way to replace them, you’re going to have to champ at the bit because both Potomac and Hagerstown are coming back from half-ending road trips that had them rolling into town as late as 6:00 a.m. this morning

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 3
• Meyers 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 9K
• Encarnacion (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 3-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI, CS
• Dykstra 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2SB (19,20), E(5)

Alex Meyer struck out a career-high nine batters, but left the game down 3-0 after five innings. Brian Goodwin’s two-run shot tied in the top of the 7th, but the ‘pen faltered for a 5-3 loss to finish the half. The Suns offense struggled in the clutch, going 0-for-8 with RISP and stranding eight baserunners. Goodwin led the attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon. Matt Skole and Jason Martinson are two obvious candidates to replace Walters and Bloxom, but as Brian Oliver noted this a.m. during a Twitter exchange, folks need to consider how the Suns roster will be restocked. As seen with King, demotions are possible – as are backfills via several players for which a release or an assignment is unknown

Auburn Doubledays — OPENING DAY
The 2011 N.Y-Penn League finalists open the 2012 campaign with a home-and-home series against the Batavia Muckdogs.

GCL Nationals — OPENING DAY
With the departure of the GCL Mets, it’s Marlins, Cardinals, Astros, home and away for 60 games this season (20 games vs. each), starting with the Marlins.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The second-place D-Nats host the D-Cubs2 and D-Giants today and Saturday while playing home-and-home’s against the Mets1, and first-place Yankees1 from Tuesday through Friday.

Sep 092011
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 282011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @
Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (4-1, 3.56) vs.
Scott Mathieson (2-1, 2.71)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Erik Davis (0-3, 6.14) and
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.25) vs.
Nathan Moreau (11-10, 4.42) and
Jake Pettit (5-0, 1.38)
Hagerstown Lost, 21-11 @ Asheville,
6:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (12-6, 4.49) vs.
Peter Tago (3-5, 7.07)
Auburn Lost, 7-5 vs. Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-3, 4.79) vs.
Corey Baker (5-1, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. GCL Cards
END OF SEASON. N/A

Syracuse 4 Rochester 3
• Strasburg (ND) 5+ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 7K
• Wilkie (S, 14) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bernadina 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Solano 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

After five perfect innings, Stephen Strasburg gave up two hits in the 6th and was lifted with a 1-0 lead after his 64th pitch. Craig Stammen let in one baserunner to tie the game but got the win when the Chiefs reclaimed the lead. Syracuse would go on to win by a 4-3 count, ending a three-game losing streak. Strasburg walked none and struck out seven and is expected to make one more rehab start before returning to the Washington roster. Roger Bernadina and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 2 New Hampshire 1
• Roark (W, 9-8) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Pena (S, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Pahuta 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ivany 1-3, 2B, RBI

The Senators rallied for two in the 2nd and the pitching made it stand up for a 2-1 win over New Hampshire. Tanner Roark went seven-plus innings to earn his ninth win, allowing the Fisher Cats’ run on five hits and two walks. He struck out two. Tim Pahuta connected for a solo HR while Leonard Davis (single) and Devin Ivany (double) teamed up for the second run. Cory VanAllen, Rafael Martin, and Hassan Pena combined to shut down New Hampshire for the last two innings. The win, which was the seventh straight for Harrisburg, extends the Sens lead on Bowie to five games in the E.L. West, while Richmond is just a ½-game behind the BaySox for the wild card position.

Potomac — PPD
The ancillary effects of Hurricane Irene (a.k.a. rain) postponed Saturday’s game. The two teams will attempt to make it up today with a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m.

Asheville 21 Hagerstown 11
• Ray (L, 2-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K
• Graham 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Freitas 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Newsome 3-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Cuevas 2-5, R

Four Suns got ejected and eight home runs were surrendered as the Asheville Tourists pummeled Hagerstown, 21-11. Adrian Nieto and manager Brian Daubach got tossed in the bottom of the 1st, while hitting coach Marlon Anderson hit the showers in the 3rd and Robbie Ray was given the heave-ho in the 4th in the midst of a six-run rally. Brett Newsome led the Suns offense with a 3-for-4 night, hitting the sole Hagerstown homer. The Suns’ fourth straight loss dropped them to five behind in the Sally North with an elmination number of just four.

Batavia 7 Auburn 5
• Dupra 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Rivera ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Moldenhauer 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Ortega 1-3, 2R, 2BB

Russell Moldenhauer’s three-run bomb in the 6th tied the game at 4-4, but the Auburn bullpen faltered for a 7-5 loss to Batavia. Brian Dupra went the first four innings, giving up the first four runs (three earned) on a walk and seven hits and striking out two. Travis Henke took the loss on an unearned run allowed over two innings. The loss ended a modest three-game win streak, but another Williamsport loss reduced the magic number to clinch the Pinckney Division of the NYPL to just six with eight games left.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Baez 4+ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramos 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Peguero 1-2, 2BB

The G-Nats bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the middle innings as the GCL Cardinals won the season finale, 3-2. Gregory Baez left the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the 5th after the first three batters reached base. He took the loss with two runs allowed on two hits and three walks while striking out five. Wander Ramos and Arialdi Peguero were the only two G-Nats to hit safely. Thanks to the cancellations earlier this week, the G-Nats escaped last place with a 20-33 mark, 17½ games in back of the GCL Marlins