Jul 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (9-4, 2.63) vs.
Valdes (3-3, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-3, 5.66) vs.
Norris (1-1, 7.20)
Potomac Lost, 9-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (7-4, 3.96) vs.
Wendelken (5-8, 5.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-5, 5.00) vs.
Lowry (4-4, 4.14)
Auburn Won, 6-2 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-1, 2.87) vs.
Anderson (4-1, 2.52)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-6 vs GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-3 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
J. Baez (3-1, 1.21) vs.
E. Martinez (0-0, 1.82)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 0
• Cole (W, 3-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• E. Perez 2-5, R, 2B, SB
• Souza 2-5, SB

A.J. Cole and Matt Grace combined on a four-hitter as the Chiefs blanked the Bisons, 5-0. Cole walked none and struck out six over seven scoreless innings with just three hits allowed to win his third AAA game. Matt Grace put on three baserunners — hit, walk, HBP — but none made it past second in his two innings of work, preserving the shutout. Emmanuel Burriss homered in the 3rd to get the Syracuse offense started, which was led by Eury Perez and Steve Souza who both went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.
Roster move: IF Zach Walters recalled to Washington; no corresponding move.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Simms (L, 2-2) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Harper 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Taylor 2-3, 3R, 2BB, HR, RBI, SB(30)
• Martinson 2-4, 2B

The BaySox broke out for three in the bottom of the 6th to turn a 3-2 game into a 6-2 lead. The Sens responded with two in the top of the 7th but could get no closer as they dropped the series finale, 6-4. John Simms took the loss, his second at AA, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Michael Taylor singled, drew two walks, stole his 30th base, and smacked HR #21 to power the Harrisburg offense, which totaled 10 hits but just one in 12 chances with RISP.

Winston-Salem 9 Potomac 4
• Voth (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• C. Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• S. Perez 2-5, RBI, SB(25)
• Pleffner 3-4, 2B, BB

Not even the reigning C.L. Pitcher of the Week could escape the horror that is BB&T Park for Potomac, as Winston-Salem hammered them (again), 9-4. Austin Voth was lit up for five runs on six hits, including a solo HR to chase him with two outs in the 5th and hand him his first High-A loss. It was the 36th loss for the P-Nats in 49 regular-season games since the Dash’s park opened in 2010. All-Stars Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner combined for five of the ten Potomac hits. Cody Davis pitched a scoreless 8th in his Carolina League debut.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2
• Pivetta (L, 11-6) 4IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, BK, HBP
• Valdez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, 2E
• Ballou 1-4, 3B, RBI

The middle innings turned out to be the difference as Kannapolis plated five runs in those innings en route to a 6-2 win over Hagerstown. After the Suns tied up the contest in the bottom of the 1st with an Isaac Ballou RBI triple, Hagerstown starter Nick Pivetta struggled in the 4th inning, allowing three runs on two hits. Ryan Ullmann did not fare much better as the Intimidators scored two additional runs in the 5th off him. The Suns came back with one in the 8th with another RBI triple, this one from Wilmer Difo, but that was all the offense they would get for the night.
Roster moves: RHP Wander Suero placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to July 18; OF Wilman Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL (rehab ended at Auburn).

Auburn 6 Jamestown 2
• Ott (W, 1-1) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• McDowell (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Read 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-5, R, CS
• Davidson 1-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Auburn led from the beginning and also got a solid pitching performance from Travis Ott, as they defeated Jamestown 6-2. For the second consecutive start, Ott pitched at least six innings, this time allowing only two runs on four hits for his first win of the 2014 season. At the plate, the Doubledays were led by Austin Davidson and Raudy Read, who each hit a two-run homer during the contest. Chase McDowell also picked up his first professional save, pitching three innings to cap off the two-game sweep of the Jammers.

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 6
• M. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Feliz (L, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Reetz 3-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Lora 2-4, R

After tying up the game in the 7th, the G-Nats gave it away with one in the 8th and two in the 9th for the 9-6 loss to the G-Mets. Manny Rodriguez is back with the organization after missing the 2012 and 2013 seasons and pitched a scoreless 1st. Kyle Simmons took the brunt of the G-Mets attack with six runs allowed over two and 2/3rds innings. The loss went to John Feliz with three runs over the final two and 2/3rds. Jackson Reetz walked, singled twice and scored twice, and tripled while going 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the G-Nats 12-hit parade.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez assigned to Hagerstown from Washington, transferred to the GCL for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Yankees1 3
• Bermudez (W, 2-4) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, WP
• M. Pena 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Pimentel 3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, CS
• Peguero 2-4, R, RBI
• J. Ramirez 2-4, R

The D-Nats broke through again in the 4th, scoring five runs this time to erase an early 1-0 deficit as they tripled up the Yankees1, 9-3. Juan Bermudez got the win with five innings of one-run ball, giving up two hits and two walks while setting down five on strikes. Davinson Pimentel was a triple shy of the cycle as the 17-y.o. went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as the D-Nats pounded out 13 hits total.

Jul 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 3.42) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Bowie,
11:05 a.m.
Simms (2-1, 3.45) vs.
Vasquez (4-6, 4.70)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 @ Winston-Salem,
12:00 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 0.27) vs.
Danish (2-2, 3.64)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-5, 3.87) vs.
Brennan (0-0, 1.50)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.10) vs.
Eppler (0-1, 4.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-1 vs GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 1-0 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-4, 1.82) vs.
Gomez (1-2, 3.04)


Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 3
• Treinen (L, 6-1) 5IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K
• E. Perez 2-4, R, 2B
• Solano 1-3, BB, SB

The PawSox jumped on Blake Treinen for two in the 1st, four in the 2nd, and seven runs total as they tripled up the Chiefs, 9-3. The 26-y.o. was charged with his first AAA loss of the year with eight hits and two walks allowed over five innings. Syracuse took advantage of six walks to score three times on seven hits, including three doubles. Eury Perez was the lone Chief to register multiple hits has he went 2-for-4 with two-base knock, while Jhonatan Solano singled, walked, and nabbed his 12th stolen base of his career.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2
• Dupra 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Demny (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Latimore 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-4, 2B, BB, 2SB

Caleb Ramsey’s two-run, pinch-hit single highlighted a three-run 9th as Harrisburg knifed Bowie, 4-2. Paul Demny got the win with two perfect innings in relief of starter Brian Dupra, who scattered eight hits over six innings while allowing both BaySox runs. Quincy Latimore led the Senators offense with a single and a double in four at-bats, followed by Michael Taylor who walked, doubled, and stole two bases.
Roster moves: RHP Paul Demny activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Paolo Espino placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 5
• Bacus 6IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Turnbull (BS, 1; L, 0-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Tejeda 3-5, R, RBI, 2SB
• Renda 2-4, 2R, BB
• Martinez 2-4

The P-Nats jumped out to a 4-0 lead early but fell in the late innings, 6-5 to end a modest three-game win streak. Dakota Bacus held the lead for five innings before the Dash got to him for three in the 6th to send him packing with a no-decision. The staff ace finished with four runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks over six innings. Oscar Tejeda led the Potomac offense with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Tony Renda and Estarlin Martinez, who both went 2-for-4. Kylin Turnbull suffered the loss with two runs allowed on four hits over the final two frames.
Roster move: RHP Cody Davis reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns return to the Muni for seven games on a three-game win streak, but remain tied with Greensboro for first place in the Sally North. It’s three against division rival Kannapolis and then four against league doormat Greenville.
Roster move: RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 5 Jamestown 3
• Lopez (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, BK
• Mapes (S, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Read 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Mejia 1-3, RBI, SB

Raudy Read and Cody Gunter both went deep in Auburn’s four-run 4th in a 5-3 win over Jamestown. All nine Doubledays reached base, with Read also drawing a walk and single to go 2-for-4 with two runs scored and lead the attack. Reynaldo Lopez dropped his ERA to 0.75 with six shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four in his third win. Tyler Mapes came in with the bases loaded and nobody out and let in just one in the 8th then put the lid on the Jammers in the 9th for his third save.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 1
• A. Martinez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Plouck 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• R. Encarnacion 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Lora 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Florentino 2-4, 2B

Randy Encarnacion’s RBI double highlighted a four-run 4th as the G-Nats cruised to a 5-1 win over the G-Mets. Anderson Martinez got the win with one run allowed on a solo HR and four hits total over five innings. He walked none and struck out two. Maximo Valerio and Cole Plouck both followed with two scoreless innings in relief. Encarnacion and Edwin Lora both went 2-for-3 with a run scored as the G-Nats registered eight hits total and drew four walks for the afternoon.

DSL Rockies 1 DSL Nationals 0
• Fuentes 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K,
• Rosario (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Robles 2-4, SB, CS
• A. Martinez 1-3, BB

The D-Nats were shut out 1-0 by the D-Rockies with the winning run scoring on a double-play ball that only got one out. The D-Nats would get the tying run to third in the final two “ups,” only to get picked off to end the 8th and miss two chances in score in the 9th. Steven Fuentes tossed six scoreless for the second time in three starts, fanning six, walking none, and allowing just three hits but would get nothing for his efforts. The loss went to Ramses Rosario, who gave up the lone in the bottom of the 7th and let up three hits total over his two innings of work. Victor Robles and Andres Martinez both reached base twice as the D-Nats were held to seven hits and three walks.

Jul 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-0, 2.25)) vs.
Barnes (4-7, 5.06)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (1-4, 6.17) vs.
E. Rodriguez (3-6, 5.15)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (3-5, 3.62) vs.
J. Dykstra (1-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-2 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
R. Lopez (2-2, 0.90) vs.
Minarik (1-2, 4.76)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-3;
Lost, 7-4
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-2 @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.73) vs.
J. Pena (3-1, 1.19)


Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 3
• Laffey 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Madrigal (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Hood 1-3, R
• Burriss 2-5, R, RBI, 2E

Shuckit! The Chiefs fell to Pawtucket last night! But they did not do so without a fight. After three PawSox runs over the first five made the home fans feel less than all right, a three run rally by Syracuse made the score tight. A soft single by Jeff “Strobe Kobe” Kobernus to right, scoring Emmanuel “Purest” Burriss, tied the score for sure and was the fans’ fave highlight. But in the bottom of the 9th a vengeful Corey Brown told the fans, “Good night!” He effectively ended the contest with a solo dinger that was out of sight. The final score was 4-3, you see.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 3 (10 inn.)
• Espino 7⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Manno (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Lozada 2-4, RBI
• Martinson 2-5, R

The “vengeance is mine” theme of the Syracuse game re-emerged with a two-run blast to left from Chris Marrero in the 1st to give Bowie an early 2-0 lead. Drew Vettleson answered “Not very much” and answered a two run homer to right in the 4th. After Jose Lozada’s RBI single in the top of the 9th gave put Chris Manno, who had entered the game in the 8th in relief of starter Paolo Espino, in position to win, the Brooklyn native returned the favor and gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th. When Vettleson came up in the Harrisburg in top of the 10th, Skole and Martinson were on second and third. The sight of him apparently frightened loser Julio “Why’d you have to say my name?” DePaula as he unleashed game-losing wild pitch for the hospitable Baysox. Bryan Harper saved the day with his first save for the Senators with a 1-2-3 tenth.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Ryan Perry released.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Encarnacion 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Dickson (W, 2-8) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K, HBP
• Tejeda 4-5, R, 3-2B, RBI
• Manuel 2-4

The P-Nats are going to go into Winston-Salem, which has been house of horrors since BB&T opened in 2010, with some momentum as they defeated the Red Sox, 5-2 for their sixth straight road victory. Oscar Tejeda’s third double of the night was the catalyst in a three-run 8th that broke the 2-2 deadlock as the former Sox farmhand went 4-for-5 on the night and 7-for-13 in the series sweep. Pedro Encarnacion started and went the first four innings, giving up both Salem runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Ian Dickson, Travis Henke, and Gilberto Mendez combined for five scoreless to earn the win, hold, and save respectively.
Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; It’s unofficial, but the Potomac Booster club is passing along news that OF Will Piwnica-Worms has decided to retire and enroll in a med-school program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 1
• Silvestre (W, 6-7) 6IP, 9H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, BK
• Cooper (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, RBI

A three-run 3rd was all Hagerstown would need as they defeated Delmarva, 3-1. Wilmer Difo got the Suns on the board first with a two-RBI double after a hit batter and wild pitch. Difo then scored on Isaac Ballou’s double later in the inning. Despite surrendering nine hits, Hector Silvestre allowed only one run to the Shorebirds, with it coming on a balk in the 4th inning. Delmarva threatened in the 7th, but Andrew Cooper escaped the inning and retired the final six batters he faced to earn his second save of the 2014 season. This was Hagerstown’s 11th win in 20 games against Delmarva this year.

Lowell 10 Auburn 2
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 2WP
• Bach 3IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Carey 1-3, R, 2B
• Gunter 1-4, R, 3B, RBI

Auburn could not overcome an early three-run deficit as they fell to Lowell, 10-2, for their second loss in as many days. Starter Robbie Dickey lasted only two innings, giving up three runs on three hits. The Doubledays then cut the lead to 3-2 in the second, but that would be the only offense they would put up all night. Auburn relievers then imploded, surrendering seven more runs to Lowell in the game, including three in the 3rd and 8th innings.The Doubledays also made three errors, which made two of the Spinners’ 10 runs unearned.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Mets 3— GAME ONE
• Reyes (W, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K
• Lee ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ortiz 1-1, R, 3B, 3RBI, 2BB, HBP
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2R, BB
• Rosario 0-1, 2R, RBI, 3BB

The G-Nats only got three hits but made the G-Mets pay for 10 walks as they took the opener, 8-3. Luis Reyes pitched a season-high of five innings, letting in two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning two for the win. Oliver Ortiz tripled for the sole G-Nat extra-base hit, scored a run, walked twice and drove in three to lead the G-Nats offense.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 4 — GAME TWO
• Mills (L, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, ER, BB, 0K
• W. Davis 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-1 IR-S
• Rosario 2-2, 2B, RBI
• Ortiz 1-2, R, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats rallied for three in the bottom of the 4th to pull within one of the G-Mets at 4-3, but couldn’t get over the top as they dropped the second game, 7-4. McKenzie Mills took the loss, with three runs charged on five hits and a walk and zero K’s over two and a 1/3 innings. Dionicio Rosario and Oliver Ortiz both doubled and drove in a run as the G-Nats notched seven hits but no walks.
Roster move: LHP Nick Lee assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab; RHPs Matthew Derosier Jefry Rodriguez reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Rockies 7 DSL Nationals 2
• W. Pena (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Morel 2⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 1-1 IR-S
• A. Martinez 2-4, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4, CS

Two-run outbursts in the 5th, 7th, and 9th innings by the D-Rox broke open a 1-0 game as the D-Nats lost for the fourth time in five games, 7-2. Wilber Pena was chased with one out in the 5th, eventually charged with three runs on six hits and three walks as he struck out three in his fourth loss. The D-Nats offense was stymied for six innings before scoring single runs in the 7th and 9th innings. Andres Martinez and Joshual Ramirez both went 2-for-4 to lead the seven-hit effort.

Jul 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2;
Lost, 5-0
vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Lively (6-4, 5.08 in PCL) and TBD
Simmons (1-2, 5.40) vs.
G. Smith (7-6, 3.86) and
Marquis (0-0, 0.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Richmond,
1:35 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 9.53) vs.
Blach (7-4, 2.98)
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.01) vs.
Kukuk (3-6, 6.61)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Horacek (5-8, 3.42)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Wilkerson (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
• Roenicke (L, 4-5) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Stange 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kobernus 2-3, RBI, CS
• Rhymes 1-3, R, 2B

In game one, Syracuse starter Josh Roenicke was felled by one bad inning. He gave up four runs in the top of the 5th to Lehigh Valley and the Chiefs’ offense failed to drum up an ample response. A leadoff homer by Leandro Castro to left started the fateful frame. Three singles and a double later, Syracuse found itself facing an insurmountable four-run hole. They did respond with two in the bottom of the 5th. Catcher Jhonatan Solano singled, Wil Rhymes doubled him over to third, and a sac fly by Josh Johnson scored Syracuse’s first run. After Emmanuel “I’m not Webster” Burriss was plunked, Kobernus singled in Syracuse’s second run. Lehigh Valley starter Brad “Thinkin’” Lincoln made sure that was all the runs the Chiefs would get en route to the seven inning complete game and a 4-2 score.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Holland (L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Grace 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Moore 1-2, BB
• Walters 1-3, 2B

Syracuse suffered an even worse fate in game two. A pair of doubles in the 1st off starter Matt Holland led to Lehigh Valley’s first run. A two-run homer by Nate Spears in the second made it 3-0. Matt Grace could not stop the bleeding in the third. He yielded four single and two runs, ending his streak without an earned run at 25. The doleful Syracuse fans were now seeing a 5-0 deficit on the scoreboard. After going with the complete game victory in the opener, Lehigh Valley took the committee approach to shut out the Chiefs in the nightcap. Kudos to Hector Neris, winner Jeremy Horst and Cesar Jimenez for limiting the Chiefs offense to just three singles and Zach Walters’ 17th double of the year. Roster move: OF Eury Perez reassigned from Potomac; MiLB.com is listing this as him still being on a rehab assignment, most likely to avoid having to add him to the Chiefs’ roster.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 3
• Kroenke 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Runion (L, 0-1) 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Keyes 1-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Martinson 2-3, R, 3B, BB

The joy of Jose Lozada’s game-tying single in the top of the 8th was short-lived as the Squirrels went nuts on Sam Runion for four runs in the bottom of the 8th en route to a 7-3 win over the Senators. Runion gave up six hits total, including a home run, with no walks and one strikeout over the 7th and 8th innings. Zach Kroenke started and went the first five, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks with five K’s. Jason Martinson reached base three times on a single, walk, and a triple while Kevin Keyes homered and walked twice as Harrisburg registered eight hits and four walks total.

Potomac 6 Salem 1
• Spann (W, 7-4) 7IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinez 3-5, 2R, 2B, OF assist at 2B
• Tejeda 2-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Manuel 2-3, BB, 2RBI

Oscar Tejeda totaled a Mercedes while Matt Spann turned in seven shutout innings as Potomac stopped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Salem. Former Red Sox farmhand Tejeda smacked a three-run HR off Simon Mercedes to give Spann all the support he would need. The 23-y.o. southpaw tied his season-best with six K’s, walked none and let up six hits to win his 7th game for the P-Nats and 9th overall. Estarlin Martinez continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs score to lead the 15-hit parade for Potomac.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5
• Giolito (W, 5-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Thomas (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Lopez 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-3, BB, RBI, SB

Carlos Lopez’s solo HR in the top of the 9th proved to be the difference as Hagerstown nearly blew a 5-0 lead but survived with a 6-5 win over Delmarva. Lucas Giolito tied a season high with nine strikeouts as he pitched into the 6th for just the fourth time in 15 starts. He was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk while earning his fifth win. Lopez and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-4 as the Suns racked up 10 hits on the night.

Auburn 5 Lowell 4
• A. Williams 4⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP, 2WP
• P. Valdez (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• W. Rodriguez 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Williamson 2-4, 2B
• Eusebio 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Diomedes Eusebio’s two-run homer capped off a three-run 8th as Auburn rallied from 4-2 down to win 5-4 over Lowell. Austen Williams was sloppy in the early going, hitting a batter and missing the catcher twice as the Spinners got to him for three runs in the 1st on just two hits. He would compose himself and pitch into the fifth, finishing with three hits allowed and four strikeouts over four and 2/3rds. Lowell returned the favor with a two-run error in the 1st but shut down Auburn until the 8th. That’s when Wilman Rodriguez doubled for his third hit of the night, came in on a single by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, then Eusebio hit the killshot. Philips Valdez, who let in an inherited runner in the 7th, got the win with two scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th.
Roster moves: RHPs Robbie Dickey, Luis Torres reassigned from GCL Nationals. Tonight’s starter is TBD, best bet: Torres, who hasn’t pitched since July 12.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 4
• Mattheus 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (L, 1-1) 3IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 3K, HR
• J. Ramirez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Guzman 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, RBI

The G-Nats answered the G-Marlins first two scores of one run and three runs, but had no response for the five-run 4th as the G-Marlins went on to win 9-4. Ryan Mattheus put in his rehab inning with a run let in on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts. Deibi Yrizarri took the loss with eight runs allowed in three innings on seven hits, including a grand slam. Luis Guzman singled once and doubled twice to pace the G-Nats 10-hit attack. Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Much is made about the NYPL’s grueling schedule, but the DSL isn’t that much easier. Yesterday and today are the only planned consecutive days off from May 31 to August 23, with the DSL All-Star Game scheduled for this morning at 10:30 a.m.

Jul 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Roenicke (4-4, 5.00) and
Lively (6-4, 5.08 in PCL)
Holland (1-0, 1.59) vs.
Lincoln (4-5, 4.40) and
G. Smith (7-6, 3.86)
Neris (3-2, 6.03)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Richmond,
6:05 p.m.
Kroenke (2-3, 5.91) vs.
Crick (6-4, 3.23)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (6-4, 4.39) vs.
Mercedes (2-5, 4.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.47) vs.
Severino (1-0, 3.60)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 4.15) vs.
Buttrey (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 14-1 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 10 Lehigh Valley 2
• Cole (W, 2-0) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Madrigal 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Laird 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Moore 3-5, 2R
• Solano 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The Phillies’ AAA club is apparently as bad as its MLB club. They were destroyed by the Syracuse Chiefs last night, 10-2. Offensive leader Steve Souza, phoned in a home run to lead off the 4th. Seven of his brethren followed up with consecutive positive plate appearances with an A.J. “Slaw” Cole sacrifice bunt being the only out recorded. A strike ‘em out (Jeff Kobernus), throw ‘em out (Emmanuel Burriss) ended the inning, but the damage had been done. Six runs was enough for Cole to kick it in cruise and pound the strike zone. Cole walked not one Iron Pig, but did yield two runs on eight hits while sending six of ‘em back to the dugout with “K.”
Roster move: RHP Mitch Lively assigned from Washington. You probably already knew he’s a former Oakland N.L. West-team farmhand.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 3 (11 inn.)
• Simms 5⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K; 1-2
• Benincasa (W, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bates (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Martinson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators won a thriller in Richmond last night. After an opening tally by Richmond in the bottom of the 3rd, Michael “BATMAN” Taylor promptly erased the evil deficit by leading off the 4th with a solo shot. Harrisburg continued its picket fence with a one-out double by Drew Vettleson and a clutch two-out RBI single by Adrian Sanchez to score him in the top of the 5th. A leadoff double by Rick “The Stick” Hague, a Matt Skole single, and a Kevin Keyes walk loaded the bases for what should have been the knockout blow. But Richmond replaced Kelvin Marte with Jose Casilla, who whiffed Jason Martinson, then yielded a bunt single to complete the picket fence but escaped further damage with lineout double play. Manno’s Minions will be disappointed to learn he issued the walk and the double that led to Richmond tying up the contest at 3-3 in the 7th. Martinson crushed the Flying Squirrels hopes with a two-out homer in the top of the 11th. Robert Benincasa got the win while Colin Bates got the save

Wilmington 3 Potomac 0
• Voth 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Dickson (L, 1-8) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Renda 1-3, 2B, BB

Austin Voth was brilliant, but things fell apart late Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 3
• Johansen (L, 5-5) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Ullmann 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Difo 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Yezzo 1-3, 2B

The Shorebirds erupted for four in the 6th to break open a 3-1 game as they cruised to an 8-3 win over the Suns. Jake Johansen made it through five, but was strafed for four runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five for his fifth loss. Hagerstown was limited to just four hits though two of them were doubles by Wilmer Difo and James Yezzo, who both went 1-for-3.

Hudson Valley 7 Auburn 6
• Bourque (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Mapes 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Read 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI
• Medina 1-3, R, 2BB, 4E

If they didn’t already know it, the Doubledays learned you can’t spot a 24-9 team a 6-0 lead and still win. But they tried, as they rallied for four in the 5th but ultimately fell short with a 7-6 loss. James Bourque was riddled for eight hits and six runs over four and a 1/3rd innings with only one earned run “thanks” to three Willie Medina throwing errors (four total) in the Renegades five-run 2nd. Raudy Read’s three-run HR sparked aforementioned 5th with “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to pace the Auburn offense.
Roster move: CF Alec Keller placed on the 60-Day DL.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Marlins 2
• Vasquez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Plouck (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Valerio (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Gutierrez 3-4, 3B, BB
• Keniry 0-2, R, 2BB

Turnabout is fair play as the G-Nats reversed the score of Thursday with a 4-2 win over the G-Marlins on Friday. Daury Vasquez got the start and gave up one run on two hits with no walks and one whiff over three innings. Cole Plouck got the win in relief, Maximo Valerio got the save as the two combined for four and 2/3rds scoreless innings to finish out the game. Kelvin Gutierrez went 3-for-4 with a walk and a triple to lead the G-Nats attack.

DSL Giants 14 DSL Nationals 1
• Acevedo (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 3R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Vargas ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Guerrero 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Mota 1-3

Sandy Guerrero’s solo shot in the 3rd pulled the D-Nats within two at 3-1 but it was all downhill from here as the D-Giants piled on 11 more for 14-1 demolition. Carlos Acevedo took the loss, allowing those first three runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Just five of the D-Giant runs were earned thanks to seven errors, four by Francys Peguero while positioned near third base. Guerrero also singled to go 2-for-4 as the D-Nats were held to just six hits.
C-1B Davinson Pimentel, RHP Joan Baez named to DSL NL All-Star Team.

Jul 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 13-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 3.78) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-6, 4.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-1, 3.86) vs.
Marte (7-3, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 0.35) vs.
Dziedzic (5-5, 2.82)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-4, 4.86) vs.
Harvey (6-4, 3.01)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-0, 3.18) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2 (10 inn.) @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 3.21) vs.
Guzman (2-1, 3.79)


Syracuse 13 Lehigh Valley 0
• Treinen (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Jackson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Moore 4-5, 4R, 2RBI
• Walter 4-6, 3R
• Laird 3-4, 3R, 3B, HR, BB, 5RBI
• Hood 3-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI

There’s a Pig Roast scheduled for Sunday in Syracuse, but the boys got started a little early as the Chiefs grilled the IronPigs for 18 hits in 13-0 victory in Lehigh Valley. Four pitchers combined on the five-hit shutout, with starter Blake Treinen going the first six frames with four hits and two walks allowed while striking out while Zack Jackson, Daniel Stange, and Neil Holland each turned in a scoreless inning. Brandon Laird drove in five with a single, triple, and a three-run homer to lead the 18-hit assault.
Roster move: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra (L, 1-4) 5IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR(GS)
• Self 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-3, 2B, BB
• Keyes 1-1, R, HR, RBI

The Flying Squirrels swooped on Senators starter Brian Dupra for five runs in the 5th to send Harrisburg to a 5-1 loss. Dupra went toe-to-toe with Richmond’s Austin Fleet for four innings in a 0-0 pitcher’s duel, with Fleet tossing a no-no and Dupra allowing a leadoff double in the 3rd. The excrement struck the spinning airflow device in the bottom of the 5th as the Squirrels rallied for for five, including a grand slam to send Dupra to his fourth loss. Jason Martinson broke up the no-hitter with a one-out double in the 5th while Kevin Keyes’s pinch-hit homer — #16 for the Senators, #20 overall — ended the shutout bid to lead off the 8th.
Roster move: OF Michael Taylor activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Paul Demny placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to July 12.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1 — COMP.
• Schwartz 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Norfork 2-3, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, RBI

Khayyan Norfork led off the continuation with a single, which was knocked down by the Blue Rocks shortstop to deny him the RBI and Mike McQuillan nearly got the Willie Mays Hayes single and an RBI with a swinging bunt that got him out to end the 6th. After Richie Mirowksi pitched around a walk in the top of the 7th, Estarlin Martinez singled, took second on a sacrifice and scored on a Randolph Oduber single in the bottom of the 7th to take the continuation, 2-1.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Bacus (L, 3-5) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Walsh 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, 2WP
• E. Perez 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Pleffner 2-4, RBI

The Potomac bats continue to fizzle as they racked up 10 hits but only plated one run in a 4-1 loss to Wilmington. Starter Dakota Bacus had trouble putting away the leadoff man, putting him on five times out of seven innings, but pitched well enough to win with two runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Jake Walsh’s Woodbridge debut was marred by two wild pitches, one of which came on a strikeout to the first batter he faced. He would give up three hits and two runs in the 8th to give the Blue Rocks a comfortable three-run lead. Eury Perez singled, doubled, walked and scored the lone P-Nat run on a Shawn Pleffner double single off the right-centerfield wall in the 3rd.
Roster move: RHP Blake Schwartz placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 2
• Pivetta 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Suero 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Johns (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wooten 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Middleton 2-4, 2B

James Yezzo singled with one out, Brennan Middleton followed with a double to push him to 3rd, and West Virginia’s shortstop Bucknered a Narciso Mesa roller to send him in as Hagerstown walked off with a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 series win. Nick Pivetta started and pitched into the 6th, when the Power got to him for their two runs. Wander Suero kept the go-ahead run on base by getting the last two outs, then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Samuel Johns pitched two scoreless innings for the “W.” John Wooten got the first two Suns runs with a homer in the 2nd and led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night.

Hudson Valley 6 Auburn 2
• Ott 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• D. Williams (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 2IP, 4H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR
• Gardner 3-4, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB

The Renegades had it made in the 8th as they retrieved six runs off Deion Williams to turn a 2-0 deficit into the eventual 6-2 bounty over the Doubledays. The implosion wasted a career night by Travis Ott, who pitched six innings of three-hit, shutout ball with no walks and six whiffs. Jeff Gardner led the Auburn offense with a 3-for-4 night, followed by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who went 2-for-4 with a walk.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 2 (10 inn.)
• K. Simmons 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Morales (BS, 1; L, 0-4) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Alvarez 2-4, BB
• Ortiz 1-4, R, RBI

The G-Marlins got to Jose Morales for the 2-2 tie in the 8th and smacked a two-run HR against him in the 10th for the 4-2 win. Kyle Simmons started and went the first three innings, letting in one on a hit and two walks while fanning one. Thomas Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot but the rest of the lineup struggled, adding just six more hits and one more walk and going 1-for-14 with RISP.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Giants 5
• Baez 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K, HBP
• N. Ramirez (W, 5-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Franco 4-4, R, BB, RBI, E(16)
• A. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pimentel 2-4, 2RBI

The D-Nats erupted for five runs in the 8th to break a 3-3 deadlock and held on for an 8-5 win over the D-Giants. Starter Joan Baez let in just an unearned run over five innings on one hit and one walk as he struck out one. The win went to Nector Ramirez, though he gave up two unearned runs on four hits and two walks over the 7th and 8th innings. Angher Cespedes struck out two while earning his seventh save in a 1-2-3 ninth. 16-y.o. Anderson Franco reached base five times with four singles and a walk while Davinson Pimentel and Andres Martinez both went 2-for-4 to pace the 12-hit D-Nats offense.

Jul 172014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.91) vs.
Fleet (6-1, 3.27)
Potomac Lost, 6-1;
Lost, 6-2
vs. Wilmington,
6:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
TBD and Bacus (3-4, 3.71) vs.
TBD and Sparkman (5-2, 1.43)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-5, 3.90) vs.
Heredia (1-3, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 8-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.75) vs.
Pike (0-0, 2.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0 (5½ inn.) vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 13-4 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (3-1, 1.36) vs.
Concepcion (4-1, 3.60)


Syracuse — All-Star Break
• Laffey 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Solano 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI

Jhonatan Solano’s two-run blast in the 2nd broke open a 2-0 game as the I.L., um, coasted by the PCL, 7-3 in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham. Steve Souza went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double and made a diving catch to end the 8th. Aaron Laffey pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Harrisburg — All-Star Break
• Taylor 1-3, BB, RBI, SB, CS, OF assist at 3B
• Keyes 0-1, K
• Bates 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K

Michael Taylor showed off the arm, the legs, and the bat in a 5-2 win for the Western Division in the E.L. All-Star game. Kevin Keyes made a late appearance off the bench, striking out in one plate appearance. Likewise, Colin Bates was dinged for the final run on a triple and a groundout in the 8th though he fanned two.
Roster move: LHP Chris Manno promoted from Potomac; RHP Brett Brach released.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
• Rauh 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Encarnacion (L, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, WP, BK
• Pleffner 1-2, BB
• Renda 1-3, 2B

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th Last Night In Woodbridge.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Schwartz (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Pena 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2HR, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillam 1-2, R, BB, CS
• E. Martinez 1-3, RBI, OF assist at 3B

Four solo HRs were basically the gap in the nightcap between Potomac and Wilmington as the Blue Rocks completed the doubleheader sweep of the P-Nats with a 6-2 win. The Schwartz was not with Blake as the 23-y.o. gave up four runs on seven hits, including two homers. Ronald Pena’s return to Woodbridge was also a bit rude as the visitors greeted him with longballs in the 6th and 7th innings. Mike McQuillan was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice (single, walk) as Wilmington limited Potomac to four hits, minimizing the damage from five walks issued.
Roster move: RHP Pedro Encarnacion activated from the 7-Day DL; OF Will Piwnica-Worms transferred from the 7-Day DL to the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

West Virginia 6 Hagerstown 1
• Silvestre (L, 5-7) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Napoli 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, BB, SB, CS
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B, CS

Hagerstown never led this one as West Virginia scored in five of the first seven innings en route to a 6-1 win. Hector Silvestre was zapped for three runs on seven hits and a walk, including a solo HR in the 1st. He struck out three while suffering his seventh loss. The Suns were held to just six hits, through three were doubles by Isaac Ballou, Drew Ward, and John Wooten who combined to go 4-for-9 with two walks.

Auburn 8 Hudson Valley 2
• Lopez 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Sanchez (W 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

A four-run 3rd broke open a 1-1 game as Auburn edged one step closer to .500 with an 8-2 win over Hudson Valley. Reynaldo Lopez labored into the fourth, letting in one run on two hits and three walks, though he struck out five. He left with one out and two runners on in the 4th in favor of Mario Sanchez, who rolled a double play then tossed two perfect innings of relief for the win. The Doubledays racked up 13 hits and seven doubles, with Raudy Read collecting three of the former and two of the latter while driving in two and scoring twice, followed by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Wilman Rodriguez, who both singled and doubled and scored a run.
Roster move: OF Wilman Rodriguez demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 0 (5½ inn.)
• Dickey (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K, 2WP
• W. Davis 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Serrata 1-2
• G. Ramirez 0-0, BB

Rain shortened this one to five and a 1/2 innings as the G-Cards shut out the G-Nats, 5-0 on one (1) hit to stop a six-game win streak. Robbie Dickey was strangled for four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out one over one and 2/3rds innings to take the loss, his second. Gilberto Ramirez pinch-walked to break up the perfect game with one out in the 4th while Brayan Serrata broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the 6th.
Roster move: OF Brandon Miller assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Red Sox 13 DSL Nationals 4
• Bermudez (L, 1-4) 1IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, 3BB, K, HBP
• Y. Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HBP
• J. Ramirez 3-3, 2-2B, RBI
• Agustin 0-2, 2BB, SB

The D-Red Sox scored early, late, and often as they scored five runs in the 1st and six in the 8th en route to a 13-4 beatdown of the D-Nats? Starter Juan Bermudez was lifted after one inning — pitch count, no doubt — as he was charged with five unearned runs on three hits and three walks while hitting a batter. Yonathan Ramirez was the most effective of the four relievers that followed, giving up just one run over four and a 1/3rd while striking out five. Joshual Ramirez singled once, doubled twice and drove in a run to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jul 162014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz, (2-0, 3.75) and
Rauh (1-1, 5.22) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.66) and
Finnegan (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (5-6, 4.26) vs.
Dickson (4-8, 4.45)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-2, 15.19) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5 (7½ inn.) @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-3 (11 inn.) @ DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-3, 1.87) vs.
Gonzalez (7-0, 2.48)


Syracuse — All-Star Break
As you see in the italics below, there’s one less Chief who’ll play tonight in Durham, North Carolina where the International League will match up against the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Jhonatan Solano and Steve Souza are the starters at catcher and in the outfield respectively while Aaron Laffey will be among the pitchers available in relief.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 14.

Harrisburg — All-Star Break
In Altoona, it’ll be Michael Taylor, Colin Bates, and Kevin Keyes representing Harrisburg for the Western Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game tonight. Last night, it was fun and festivities, where folks were treated to something other than a HR derby.
Mick Reinhard has the story.

Potomac — OFF DAY
It’s back to the grind tonight as the P-Nats and Blue Rocks, who play each other 14 times in the second half, begin the first of four-plus games in three days with a doubleheader tonight. Tomorrow, it’s a completion of the game suspended last Thursday, followed by a nine-inning game, then the regularly scheduled game on Friday.

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 4
• Estevez 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Mooneyham (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, K, 3WP
• Kieboom 3-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Wooten 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 3B

Like singles night in a trailer park, the Suns three-run 6th wasn’t pretty: just two hits, neither resulting in an RBI. But Hagerstown took advantage of West Virginia’s pitcher miscues (BB, HBP) to score once on a wild pitch and twice on sacrifice flies to break open a 3-2 game as they took the opener, 8-4. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez made his first start for the Suns since the 2012 playoffs. He went four frames, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks while setting down one on strikes. Brett Mooneyham got his second win with three and 1/3rd uneven innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits and four walks with one strikeout and three wild pitches. Isaac Ballou (2-for-4) and Spencer Kieboom (3-for-4) went back-to-back with triples in the 7th while John Wooten’s third hit of the night plated Kieboom as Hagerstown pounded out 13 hits total.
Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito activated from the 3-Day TIL; OF John Wooten activated from the 7-Day DL; LHP Joseph Webb placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn — OFF DAY
At eight and a half games back with nine games left against division leader State College, the odds are better for Auburn to make it to the crapshoot that is the New York-Penn League playoffs as the wild card. In that race, the Doubledays trail by just three games but have five teams in front of them. Two of them are in their division — Batavia and Williamsport — which means they have plenty of chances to catch them. The other three — Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Connecticut — they play just one series against, on the road. They’ve already swept Connecticut, and play the NYC contingent beginning two weeks from today. The month of August could make for some serious scoreboard watching.
Roster moves: OF Brian Langlois reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 5 (7½ inn.)
• Reyes 4+ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Perry 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• G. Ramirez 2-4, R, SB
• Keniry 2-4, R, RBI
• Rosario 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Dionicio Rosario’s three-run HR highlighted a four-run 5th as the G-Nats beat the G-Cards, 7-5 for their sixth straight win. Luis Reyes got the start but was smoked for three runs on three hits and a walk over four innings. D.J. Jauss was awarded the win but was ineffective, letting in two runs (one inherited) in the top of the 5th. Likewise, McKenzie Mills was credited with the save thanks to the rain, with one run allowed on four hits and two walks over an inning and 2/3rds. Rosario was 3-for-4 overall with a double and three runs scored as the G-Nats notched 11 hits over seven turns at bat.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Perry assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Red Sox 8 DSL Nationals 3 (11 inn.)
• Fuentes 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K, 2HBP
• M. Pena (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Charlis (L, 3-2) 2IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR, HBP
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, SB
• Mota 2-5, PO at 3B
• Franco 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI

A 3-1 lead was too small a lead for the D-Nats ‘pen to hold as they coughed up two in the 6th and five in 11th in an 8-3 loss to the D-Red Sox. Starter Steven Fuentes let in an unearned run on three hits and a walk over his five innings of work for his second no-decision in four starts. The loss went to Fiyeral Charlis, who was torched for a three-run homer and five runs total in the 11th. Telmito Agustin and Anderson Franco both doubled twice while Israel Mota singled twice but was picked off third in the 7th for what might have been the game-winning run.

Jul 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 9-5 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 2.25 @ GCL) vs.
Topa (3-6, 6.03)
Auburn Cancelled OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 8-6 (14 inn.) vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-8 vs. DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 3.21) vs.
Mendoza (3-0, 2.40)


Syracuse — All-Star Break
All is quiet in upstate New York. Unlike summers past, both the Nationals and the Chiefs are in first place at the All-Star break.
Wait. What?

Harrisburg 5 Altoona 4 (10 inn.)
• McGregor 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Self (W, 1-2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sanchez 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI as PH
• Lozada 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, 2R, BB, 2B, RBI

The Senators rallied for one in the 9th to tie and one in the 10th for a 5-4 win over the Curve, taking the five-game series, 3-2. Jose Lozada’s two-out single sent in Cole Leonida to tie the game at 4-4 while Quincy Latimore duplicated the feat in the first extra frame with Matt Skole chugging in to secure Harrisburg’s third straight win. Derek Self got the win for pitching a scoreless 10th. Scott McGregor started and went the first five, striking out six and walking none but giving up two solo HRs and three hits total. Adrian Sanchez got those two runs back and a 3-2 lead with a pinch-hit homer in the 5th.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
After a marathon game on Sunday afternoon, a rainout on Monday was probably not unwelcome — especially the night before an off day before four-plus games in three days starting on Wednesday. The Keys announced they’ll make this one up with a twilight doubleheader on Sunday, August 31st.
Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena transferred from Hagerstown, activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After four games in the Sally League’s westernmost city, the Suns return home tonight for three against the West Virginia Power before heading out for (yet) another three-game set against Delmarva.
Roster move: RHP Wirkin Estevez transferred from the GCL Nationals, activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn vs. Aberdeen — CNCLD
The rains that postponed things in Frederick canceled the series finale in Aberdeen, as the two teams do not meet again in the 2014 season. The Doubledays return to western New York for their first of two six-game homestands of the season (against Hudson Valley and Lowell; the next is August 6-11 against Tri-City and Vermont) beginning on Wednesday.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Cardinals 6 (14 inn.)
• Yrizarri 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 2HBP
• J. Ramirez 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Feliz (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Lora 4-7, 2R, 2B, SB
• Guzman 3-6, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Keniry 3-7, R, RBI

The G-Nats spotted the G-Cards four runs early, took a 5-4 lead in the 6th, lost it in the 8th, rallied to tie in 9th, and won it in the 14th with two runs on four singles for an 8-6 win. The two teams combined for 30 hits and — believe it or not — no errors. Deibi Yrizarri gave up two-spots in the first two innings but made it through five without further damage. Jean Ramirez spun four scoreless innings from the 9th to the 12th while John Feliz put up two goose eggs in the last two innings for the win. Edwin Lora led the 18-hit parade with a 4-for-7 game, followed by Luis Guzman (3-for-6) and Conor Keniry (3-for-7).

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Rojos 8
• W. Pena 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• N. Ramirez (W, 4-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, WP, 2HBP, 3-0 IR-S
• Cespedes (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mota 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Franco 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI
• A. Martinez 2-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI

Andres Martinez’s three-run double capped off a five-run 8th as the D-Nats held off the D-Rojos for a 10-8 win. Wilber Pena started and was knocked from the box in the 5th, leaving with the bases loaded and one out. Nector Ramirez stranded them and went three more innings and was the pitcher of record when the D-Nats rallied. Israel Mota and Anderson Franco both went 2-for-3 with two walks, combining for four of the team’s 12 hits and four of the 10 walks drawn on the afternoon.

Jul 132014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Charlotte,
2:05 p.m.
Hill (9-3, 2.04) vs.
Doran (2-4, 5.36 in PCL)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-1;
Won, 3-2
vs. Altoona,
2:00 p.m.
Simmons (1-0, 4.99) vs.
Dodson (2-5, 5.14)
Potomac Won, 7-5 @ Frederick,
4:00 p.m.
Dickson (1-7, 5.99) vs.
Blackmar (5-1, 4.06)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ Lexington,
6:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-3, 4.69) vs.
Alvarez (4-3, 6.21)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Aberdeen,
5:35 p.m.
Derosier (0-2, 7.71) vs.
Tarpley (0-1, 7.36)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3;
Won, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A


Charlotte 5 Syracuse 3
• Roenicke 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Delcarmen (L, 3-3) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Moore 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B
• Walters 2-5, R, 2B, 3K

The Knights broke through for two in the 8th to break a 3-3 deadlock as they downed the Chiefs, 5-3. Manny Delcarmen took the loss, giving up the decisive runs on three hits and two walks in his lone inning of work. Josh Roenicke started and went the first five, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks while striking four. Zach Walters (2-for-5) and Destin Hood (2-for-4) both doubled while Tyler Moore lofted a two-run shot in the 4th to give Syracuse its only lead at 3-2.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Simms (L, 2-1) 4+ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 1K, HR
• Runion 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Lozada 2-2, R, SAC

John Simms went off the rails in his fourth AA outing as Altoona pounded Harrisburg for a 9-1 win in opener. The Curve got to him for seven runs on eight hits and four walks off in four-plus innings as he dropped his first decision for the Sens. Sam Runion came in with the bases loaded and only let in one but was lit up for two of his own in the 7th as he finished the game. The Senators managed just four hits total; two by veteran Jose Lozada.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 — GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 4-3) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 9K
• Bates (SV, 1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Latimore 2-3, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run home run highlighted a three-run 4th as the Senators split the doubleheader with a 3-2 win over the Curve in the nightcap. After striking out Stetson Allie for his 9th K, setting a new season high, Paolo Espino gave up a double that chased him from the game with one out in the 7th. He would finish with two runs allowed on three hits and no walks. Colin Bates followed suit with another double to the first batter he faced but got the last two outs to earn his first save of the season. Quincy Latimore was the lone Harrisburg batter to reach base twice in a five-hit, one-walk offensive outing.
Roster moves: OF Michael Taylor placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List (Futures Game); RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 7 Frederick 5
• Spann (W, 6-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 1K, WP
• Manno 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-4, BB, 2RBI, SB
• S. Perez 2-4, R, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI

A three-run 4th by the P-Nats erased an early 4-2 lead as they would go on to defeat the Keys, 7-5. Matt Spann was hit hard early and struggled with his control but gutted out five innings as he finished with four runs allowed on seven hits and five walks with one strikeout. He would get his sixth win as three relievers combined for four innings of one-run relief, with Travis Henke and Chris Manno earning holds and Gilberto Mendez notching his sixth save. Shawn Pleffner, Stephen Perez, and Pedro Severino each went 2-for-4 while the team drew nine walks and registered 10 hits.

Hagerstown 8 Lexington 2
• Suero 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Pena (W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Yezzo 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, SB
• Masters 2-3, R, 2B

The Suns scored in four straight innings and eight runs total before the Legends could answer with two in the late innings as Hagerstown won for the fifth time in six games, 8-2. Wander Suero went the first four in a spot start, giving up just one hit and no walks while striking out two. Ronald Pena won it in relief, pitching three innings of one-run ball with four hits allowed. James Yezzo dialed long distance twice and went 3-for-4 overall while his teammates got a baker’s dozen of hits off Lexington pitchers, with Wilmer Difo matching him hit the hit column with a 3-for-5 night.
Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List (Futures Game); RHP Ronald Pena reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Aberdeen 6 Auburn 1
• A. Williams 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K, WP
• McDowell (L, 0-1) 1IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Page 2-4, OF assist at 2B

A five-run 6th by the IronBirds turned a 1-1 tie into the eventual 6-1 outcome and snapped a three-game Doubledays win streak. Chase McDowell was strafed for five runs on six hits, including a two-run home run, with two walks and no strikeouts to record the loss. Starter Austen Williams went the first five and allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six. John Wooten walked, singled, and doubled in four plate appearances while every Auburn batter hit safely for a total of 11 hits and two walks.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 3 — COMP.
• Encarnacion 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Feliz (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Morales (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lora 2-3, 2R, SB
• Aguero 1-3, 2B, RBI

After a Gilberto Ramirez strikeout, Edwin Lora singled, stole second, and took third on an throwing error to set up Darryl Florentino’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th. Jose Morales pitched around Lora’s error in the top of the 7th to secure the 4-3 G-Nats win over the G-Mets in the completion of the Friday afternoon game.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 3 — GAME TWO
• Torres 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• K. Simmons (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Plouck (SV, 1) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ripken 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Tillero 1-2, R, 2BB

In the regularly scheduled game, Ryan Ripken’s first career HR was a three-run blast capped off a four-run 8th as the G-Nats swept the de facto doubleheader with another 4-3 win. Luis Torres started and turned in five innings of two-hit ball with no walks or runs allowed and two set down on strikes. The win went to Kyle Simmons with a LaLoosh line of three runs let in on four walks, four strikeouts and a hit batsman over two frames.

DSL Rojos 6 DSL Nationals 5 (12 inn.)
• Acevedo 6IP, 7H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Charlis (BS, 4) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Rosario (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Robles 4-6, 2R, 2-2B, 3B, CS
• Pimentel 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• Agustin 2-5, R, BB, RBI, SB

Three errors in the 12th and six overall doomed the D-Nats to defeat, 6-5 to the D-Rojos. Ramses Rosario took the loss as he retired just one of five batters faced, letting in one inherited runner and one of his own on one hit and one walk while hitting a batter. It was the second time the ‘pen had failed, as Fiyeral Charlis blew a 5-4 lead in the 8th for his fourth blown save. Offensively, Victor Robles went 4-for-6 with two doubles and a triple while Davinson Pimentel went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to pace the D-Nats attack.