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

Aug 272011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 2-0;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Andy Baldwin (6-12, 5.76)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0;
Won, 8-6
@
New Hampshire,
12:05 p.m.
Tanner Roark (8-8, 4.98) vs.
Chad Jenkins (5-6, 4.06)
Potomac Won, 5-4
(13 inn.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-3, 6.14) vs.
Nathan Moreau (11-10, 4.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.09) vs.
Nick Schnaitmann (5-1, 2.30)
Auburn Won, 2-1 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (4-3, 3.09) vs.
Sam Gaviglio (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs.
GCL Cards,
11:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Rochester 2 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 3-9) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Antonelli 2-3, 2B
• Frazier 1-3, 2B
• Maldonado 1-2, 2B

Yunesky Maya went the distance in the first game, but got no support in 2-0 loss. Matt Antonelli, Jeff Frazier, and Carlos Maldonado each doubled but were each stranded as the Chiefs went 0-for-6 with RISP and left on five baserunners.

Rochester 3 Syracuse 2
• Martin, J (L, 3-7) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Slaten 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 1-3, BB
• Hulett 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Tug Hulett homered in the bottom of the 1st, but that’s all Syracuse would muster in another loss, this one by a 3-2 count. J.D. Martin had but one bad inning, but took the loss for allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Steve Lombardozzi, Roger Bernadina, and Jhonatan Solano were the other Chiefs to collect hits. The two losses dropped Syracuse’s mark to 60-71, ending any hope of reaching .500 for the year.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 0
• Martis (W, 8-5) 7IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Rahl 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Norris 1-3, RBI

Derek Norris’s RBI single gave the Senators an early 1-0 lead and that’s all Shairon Martis would need as he would throw a seven inning no-hitter. Martis walked one and struck out nine in the no-no, the third in Harrisburg franchise history. Tyler Moore and Chris Rahl also homered in the 3-0 win.

Harrisburg 8 New Hampshire 6
• C Martinez 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Lehman (W, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 3-4, R, 2-2B, HR, 5RBI
• Norris 2-3, 2R, 2B
• Komatsu 2-4, R

Tim Pahuta’s two-run pinch-hit home run in the top of the 6th turned a 6-5 deficit into a 7-6 lead to as the Sens outslugged the Fisher Cats for an 8-6 win to sweep the doubleheader. Tyler Moore smacked his 30th home run in the top of the 1st and went 3-for-4 for the game with 5 RBIs to lead the offense. Pat Lehman picked up the win in relief, tossing two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings to close out the game. The double dip coupled with another Bowie loss puts Harrisburg up four games on the Baysox, 5½ games on the Flying Squirrels in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Frederick 4 (13 inn.)
• Demny (ND) 7+IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 0HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Holland (W, 4-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perez 3-4, R
• Hood 2-6, R, RBI

Potomac should have won this one in regulation, but got strong bullpen work after Josh Smoker let in the tying runs to take this one 5-4 in 13 innings. Paul Demny went seven innings plus one batter and left with a 4-2 lead but Smoker gave up a two-run triple following a walk and a sacrifice in the bottom of the 8th to blow the save. Zach Walters broke the tie with a two-out double in the 13th for the only P-Nat extra-base hit of the game, making a winner out of Neil Holland, who pitched two scoreless innings. The win combined with a Lynchburg loss drops the magic number to clinch to just five while cutting Frederick’s division lead to 3½ games.

Asheville 7 Hagerstown 1
• McKenzie (L, 4-6) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Brown 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Oduber 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB
• Taylor 1-3, R, BB

The Groovin’ Aruban returned to the Suns lineup last night for the first time since June 17, going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, but that was the highlight of the Hagerstown night as the Asheville Tourists won, 7-1. Chris McKenzie took the loss with three runs allowed on seven hits and two walks over five innings. The loss was the third straight for the Suns, who are now tied for 4th place with Greensboro, four games behind in the Sally North.

Auburn 2 Batavia 1
• Hill 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• C Garcia (W, 3-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (S, 9) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Montilla 2-3, R
• Moldenhauer 1-2, RBI, BB

Billy Burns doubled and came home on two wild pitches as Auburn edged Batavia, 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel. Taylor Hill started and went the first five, allowing the lone Muckdog run on three hits. Christian Garcia and Aaron Barrett combined for four scoreless innings to earn the win and save, respectively. Both teams had just six hits, with Angel Montilla the lone Doubleday to get two hits. The win reduced the magic number for Auburn to seven as the Doubledays lead second-place Williamsport by 3½ games with eight left to play.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
It would appear that Hurricane Irene won’t end the suffering postpone the final game today for the GCL Nationals, thus giving them the chance to still finish last in the GCL East.

Aug 262011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 12-4 @ Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Yunesky Maya (3-8, 5.25) and
J.D. Martin (3-6, 4.06) vs.
Liam Hendriks (2-4, 6.11) and
Cole DeVries (4-2, 3.81)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4
(10 inn.)
@
New Hampshire,
6:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-5, 2.98) and
Carlos Martinez (2-4, 5.47) vs.
Dustin McGowan (0-1, 3.18) and
Willie Collazo (1-0, 0.71)
Potomac Lost, 11-5 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.58) vs.
Nick Haughian (8-6, 3.49)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.09) vs.
Tyler Matzek (3-4, 5.40)
Auburn Won, 4-1 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 3.57) vs.
Ryan Sherriff (0-0, 1.80)
GCL Nationals @/vs.
GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A

Pawtucket 12 Syracuse 4
• Meyers 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Severino ⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, BB
• Marrero 2-5

A grand slam off Atahualpa Severino lowlighted an eight-run 9th as Syracuse fell 12-4 to Pawtucket. Brad Meyers got the no-decision despite a quality start with two runs given up over six innings. The Chiefs bullpen gave up 10 runs over the last three innings to break a 2-2 tie. Jesus Valdez, Steve Lombardozzi and Chris Marrero each collected two hits in the losing effort.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 4 (10 inn.)
• Arnesen 6⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• VanAllen (H, 10) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-5, R, 2B
• Gilbert 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Archie Gilbert’s two-run single in the 10th took the edge off Rafael Martin’s second blown save as the Sens gave away a 4-2 lead in the 9th but took it back for the 6-4 win. Tyler Moore joined Gilbert in going 2-for-5 to pace the 12-hit attack as the Sens won their third straight and extended their lead over Bowie to 2½ games.

Wilmington 11 Potomac 5
• Olbrychowski 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Brian Peacock 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Soriano 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Walters 2-3, R, RBI, 2BB

Like Syracuse, the 8th inning was unkind to Potomac, as the Blue Rocks rallied for six to prevent the series sweep and hand the P-Nats an 11-5 loss. Francisco Soriano led the offense with a 3-for-4 night as the P-Nats now face off against Frederick this weekend for a likely playoff preview. Potomac’s elimination number is down to seven while its magic number to clinch a playoff berth is just six.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 3
• Swynenberg (L, 6-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Weaver 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nieto 3-3, R, BB, E
• Freitas 2-4, 2B

Hickory took the series three games to one with a 5-3 win over Hagerstown, setting the Suns into fourth place. Matt Swynenberg took the loss with four runs given up over six innings on seven hits and a walk. Adrian Nieto reach base four times with three singles and a walk to lead the Hagerstown batters. Hagerstown’s elimination number is now just seven with 10 games left to play.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 1
• Karns (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Mirowski (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Skole 2-4, 2B
• Jimenez 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Justin Miller and Hendry Jimenez both homered for Auburn in a 4-1 win over the Mahoning Valley. Nathan Karns won his third game with six innings of one-run pitching, allowing three hits and no walks. Coupled with Williamsport’s fourth straight loss, the magic number for the Doubledays to clinch the Pinckney Division title is just eight.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
The impending storm and rains from Hurricane Irene cancelled yesterday’s doubleheader and may cancel tomorrow’s finale.

Aug 252011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (5-4, 3.62) vs.
Kyle Weiland (8-9, 3.48)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 @
New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-4, 2.56) vs.
Yohan Pino (3-7, 3.99)
Potomac Won, 11-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (4-7, 4.31)
vs. Tim Melville (9-9, 4.32)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-2, 3.45) vs.
Cody Buckel (7-3, 2.49)
Auburn Won, 6-5
(10 inn.)
@ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Nathan Karns (2-2, 4.21) vs.
Will Roberts (1-1, 2.93)
GCL Nationals Won, 13-2
@ GCL Mets
@/vs.
GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
(doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Milone (W, 11-6) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Zinicola (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bynum 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Antonelli 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Seth Bynum’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 7th broke a 1-1 tie as Syracuse defeated Pawtucket, 3-1. Tom Milone got his 11th win with seven strong innings, allowing a run on solo HR, walking one and striking out eight. The Chiefs are now 60-68 in the I.L. North, leading the 5th place Bisons by 4½ games.

Harrisburg 9 Portland 3
• Perez 4⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• McCoy 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

The Sens broke out the bats in the 8th for a five-run rally that put this one away as they downed the SeaDogs, 9-3. Chris Rahl, Tyler Moore and Tim Pahuta all homered, with Rahl leading the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon. Jimmy Barthmaier got the win in relief of Oliver Perez, who didn’t go the requisite five innings. The win keeps pace with Bowie, maintaining the Harrisburg lead at 1½ games in the E.L. West.

Potomac 11 Wilmington 3
• Bronson (W, 5-4) 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Frias 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• Lozada 3-4, R, 2B, 2-3B, 3RBI
• Leon 2-2, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Potomac put up another 11-spot against Wilmington, including a pair of four-run rallies in the 6th and 7th innings, to smash the Blue Rocks, 11-3. Zach Walters and Jose Lozada both went 3-for-4 as the P-Nats pounded out 15 hits in support of starter and winning pitcher Evan Bronson, who turned in seven innings and allowed the three Wilmington runs on five hits and a walk. The win keeps pace with Frederick and Lynchburg, as Potomac trails the Keys by 3½ but leads the Hillcats by five in the C.L. North.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 2
• Cole (L, 4-7) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Eusebio 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Martinson 1-2, R, BB, 2SB

A four-run 5th by Hickory turned a 2-1 Suns lead into the eventual 5-4 loss for Hagerstown. A.J. Cole allowed all five runs on six hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings to get tagged with his seventh loss. The Suns were held to just seven hits, with Adrian Sanchez singling twice, Wade Moore doubling for an RBI, and Kevin Keyes connecting for HR #15. The loss drops Hagerstown to four games back, and reduces its elimination number to eight.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 5 (10 inn.)
• Estevez 3⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Jenkins 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Montilla 3-5, R
• Jimenez 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Hendry Jimenez’s RBI single in the top of the 10th broke a 5-5 tie as the Doubledays came back from a 5-1 deficit for a 6-5 win against Mahoning Valley. Wirkin Estevez got hit hard, giving up two home runs and eight hits total over three and a 1/3rd innings. Chris Jenkins, Colin Bates, and Aaron Barrett combined to shut down the Scrappers for the final six and 2/3rds innings. The win combined with a Williamsport loss extended Auburn’s lead to 2½ games in the Pickney Division in the NYPL.

GCL Nationals 13 GCL Mets 2
• Encarnacion (W, 2-2) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Smith (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Schill 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 5RBI, BB, SB
• Oduber 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, RBI, 2SB
• Difo 3-5, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats scored a season-high 13 runs, including a seven-run 7th to send the G-Mets to a 13-2 defeat. Five G-Nats had multiple hits, with Wes Schill, Randolph Oduber, and Wilmer Difo each collecting three in a 16-hit onslaught. Pedro Encarnacion got the win with a run on two walks and two hits over five innings. The G-Nats are now 20-32 with three games remaining in the 2011 campaign.

Aug 242011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (10-6, 3.43) vs.
Greg Smith (1-0, 1.29)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Portland,
12:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-4, 3.13) vs.
Jeremy Kehrt (2-0, 4.52)
Potomac Won, 11-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:00 p.m.
Evan Bronson (4-4, 3.43) vs.
Allen Caldwell (1-0, 0.79)
Hagerstown Won, 13-8 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-6, 3.43) vs.
Nick Tepesch (6-4, 3.58)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (5-2, 3.50) vs.
Joseph Colon (4-3, 3.38)
GCL Nationals Cancelled
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 2
• Peacock (W, 4-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mock 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lombardozzi 2-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Antonelli 0-2, R, 3BB, SB

Tug Hulett’s 2RBI single in the 6th broke a 2-2 tie as the Chiefs downed the PawSox, 4-2. Brad Peacock got his 4th AAA win, allowing both Pawtucket runs on four hits and two walks. Steve Lombardozzi led the nine-hit offense with a 2-for-3 night, stealing two bases. Garrett Mock, Atahualpa Severino, and Josh Wilkie combined for four solid innings of relief. The win improved Syracuse to 59-68, 12½ games off the pace.

Harrisburg 4 Portland 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 3-0) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K
• Lehman (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Pena [S, 8] 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Fox 2-3, R, HR, 4RBI

Adam Fox drove in all four Sens runs while Danny Rosenbaum made yet another strong start for the Sens, as Harrisburg beat Portland by a 4-1 count again. Fox twice delivered two RBIs with two outs, singling in the 2nd and homering in the 7th. Rosenbaum struck out eight and allowed just a run on four hits and a walk over seven innings for his third win for the Senators. The win keeps Harrisburg 1½ games ahead of Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 11 Wilmington 1
• Solis 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Holland (W, 3-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kobernus 4-6, 3R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• Soriano 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats scored early and often and showed no mercy, demolishing the Blue Rocks by an 11-1 count. Sammy Solis went four innings in his second outing since coming off the DL while Neil Holland got the win in relief. Jeff Kobernus led the 13-hit parade with a 4-for-6 night. The win gains a game on Frederick, slicing the Keys lead to 3½ games while the Hillcats fell to the Pelicans to fall to six games behind Potomac.

Hagerstown 13 Kannapolis 8
• Slaten 1 IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Grace (W, 12-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Cuevas 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Nieto 2-3, 3R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, 2BB
• Curran 2-6, 2RBI, SB

The Suns fell behind early (3-0), went up big (10-4) and held on late for a 13-8 win against the first-half champion Crawdads. Adrian Nieto led the offense with a double and a homer for four RBI, enabling Matt Grace to get the win with three runs allowed over five innings. The win keeps pace with Kannapolis, but the elimination number is now nine, as Hagerstown trails Kannapolis by four games in the Sally North.

Mahoning Valley 7 Auburn 6
• Meza 3IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Hawkins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Skole 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three big innings did in the Doubledays as they fell to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 7-6. Christian Garcia got tagged for three runs in the bottom of the 6th to turn a 5-4 lead into a 7-5 deficit. Auburn went just 1-for-9 with RISP while collecting 11 hits. The loss blew a chance to gain some ground on Williamsport, which lost both ends of a doubleheader, as Auburn still leads the NYPL’s Pinckney Division by 1½ games.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain swept away the final meeting between the G-Nats and G-Astros, giving the GCL East’s cellar dwellers an unscheduled day off in the final week of the 2011 campaign.

Aug 232011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (3-1, 3.55) vs.
Alex Wilson (0-0, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Portland Danny Rosenbaum (2-0, 1.40) vs.
Matt Rusch (0-1, 8.44)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
7:00 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.35) vs.
Tyler Sample (7-11, 5.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (11-6, 4.45) vs.
Luke Jackson (4-4, 5.20)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 6.82) vs.
Trent Stevenson (0-2, 5.48)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-5;
Lost, 3-1
@/vs. GCL
Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Stammen (L, 9-7) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Tatusko 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Brown 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, R, 2B

Pawtucket broke a 1-1 tie with two in the bottom of the 5th and held on for a 3-2 victory, eliminating Syracuse from the playoffs. Craig Stammen gave up the killshot, a two-run homer to Che-Hsuan Lin, to take the loss. The Chiefs were held to just six hits, none in their three (3) chances with RISP.

Harrisburg 4 Portland 1
• Roark 6⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• VanAllen 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pahuta 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B, SB

Harrisburg struck for a four-run 8th, highlighted by a three-run home run by Tim Pahuta, to break a 1-1 tie and sending Portland to a 4-1 defeat. Cory VanAllen got the win in relief while Rafael Martin struck out the side in the 9th for the save. The loss keeps pace with Bowie to maintain the Sens’ ½-game lead over the BaySox in the E.L. West.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
The P-Nats finish their penultimate regular-season homestand with three against the Blue Rocks before heading up to Frederick for a three-game set over the weekend, then down to Lynchburg for four games next week. It’s quite possible that last-place Wilmington could be eliminated from all playoff contention, and third-place Lynchburg from a shot at division title, by Thursday or Friday.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 1
• Strasburg (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Applebee 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-4
• Sanchez 1-3, R, HR, RBI, CS

Stephen Strasburg’s struggles matched those of the Suns offense, as Hagerstown dropped its fourth game over the last five by a 3-1 count to the Hickory Crawdads. Strasburg gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk as the Hickory baserunners stole five bases while he was on the mound, seven total to make the most out of the five Crawdad hits. The loss drops Hagerstown to four games behind in the Sally North and reduces its elimination number to 10 with 13 games left to play.

State College 6 Auburn 1
• M Rodriguez (L, 2-3) 4IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, K
• Hanks 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mayo 2-3, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, CS

Auburn’s five-game win streak was snapped with a 6-1 defeat to State College. Manny Rodriguez took the loss, charged with five runs over four innings on eight hits and two walks. Jeremy Mayo went 2-for-3 with the lone RBI to lead the offense. Auburn still leads Williamsport by one game in the NYPL’s Pinckney Division.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Cardinals 5 (Comp.)
• Baez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Heredia (S, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Peguero 2-3
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B

A four-run 6th turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead as the G-Nats held on for a 6-5 win in the completion of the game suspended last week. Inocencio Heredia stranded two runners in the 8th and pitched a scoreless 9th to nail down the win and earn his third save.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez (L, 1-2) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-3, R, SB
• Mozingo 1-3, 2B, RBI

In the seven-inning “nightcap” (a.k.a. the regularly scheduled game), Gregory Baez took the loss by giving up all three runs on six hits and six walks as the G-Cards got a 3-1 victory. The split of the two games puts the G-Nats at 19-32, one game ahead of the last-place (and today’s opponent) GCL Astros in the GCL East.

Aug 222011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (9-6, 4.41) vs.
Tony Pena (8-5, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1
(8½ inn.)
@ Portland Tanner Roark (8-8, 5.23) vs.
Chris Balcom-Miller (3-6, 5.26)
Potomac Lost, 15-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Will Lamb (0-0, 0.00)
Auburn Won, 5-0 vs. State
College, 7:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-2, 4.34) vs.
Nick Kingham (3-2, 2.57)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @/vs. GCL
Cardinals
(completion,
reg. sched. gm)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 4
• Maya (W, 3-8) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Martin 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Frazier 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

A six-run 2nd inning gave Yunesky Maya the cushion and confidence to win his second straight start as Syracuse beat Pawtucket, 7-4. Maya gave up two runs on five hits over six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Jeff Frazier and Seth Bynum both homered, combining for five of the 10 Chiefs hits. The win improves Syracuse to 58-67, but the elimination number is down to one in the I.L. North.

Erie 5 Harrisburg 1
• Martis (L, 7-5) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K
• Pena 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B, SB
• Fox 1-3, R, 2B

Erie completed its sweep of Harrisburg with a rain-shortened 5-1 win. The Senators were held to just five hits, with Archie Gilbert leading the offense with a 2-for-4 afternoon. The loss coupled with a Bowie win cuts the Sens lead to just a ½ game, with Richmond close behind at 1½ games back in the E.L. West.

Winston-Salem 15 Potomac 3
• Davis 2⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Wort 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Soriano 2-3, R, 3B, RBI, BB, SB
• Hood 2-3, BB

Potomac pitchers threw two scoreless innings against Winston-Salem, but the Dash got 15 runs in the other seven, pounding out 23 hits against five pitchers in a 15-3 smackdown. The loss drops second-place Potomac to 4½ games behind Frederick, but they still have a 5½ game lead over third-place Lynchburg in the C.L. North.

Kannapolis 2 Hagerstown 1
• Ray 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• McKenzie (L, 4-5) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Keyes 2-3, RBI, SF

Hagerstown rallied for one in the top of the 9th but left the tying run on first as Kannapolis took the game, 2-1, and the series 3-1. Adrian Sanchez and Kevin Keyes accounted for five of the Suns’ six hits while Chris McKenzie took the loss with both runs allowed on five hits over three and 2/3rds innings of relief. The loss drops Hagerstown to third place, three games behind Kannapolis in the Sally North.

Auburn 5 State College 0
• Dupra (W, 4-3) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Rivera (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rowe 2-3, R, 2B, SB
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Four Doubledays pitchers combined to shut out the Spikes on six hits in a 5-0 Auburn win. Brian Dupra got the win, pitching the first five innings while Manny Rivera and Travis Henke both earned holds. The win, the fourth straight for Auburn, opens up a 1½ game lead over Williamsport in the NYPL’s Pinckney Divison.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a day off on Sunday, it’s six games in four days as the G-Nats have two makeup/completion doubleheaders today and on Thursday.