Aug 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (11-6, 2.81) vs.
Vasquez (1-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ New Hampshire,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (1-6, 5.61) vs.
Bibens-Dirkx (6-3, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 3-0;
Won, 3-0
@ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Dziedzic (5-7, 2.65)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-2, 9.95) vs.
Freeland (2-0, 0.48)
Auburn Won, 6-4 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (2-2, 3.63) vs.
Cavanerio (3-6, 4.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-3 (10 inn.);
Lost, 4-1
vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 4 Rochester 3
• Laffey 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR, WP
• Cedeno (W, 5-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martin (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Kobernus 2-3, RBI, SB
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

With a thrilling 4-3 comeback win over the Red Wings, the Chiefs lowered their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one. Syracuse found itself down 2-0 early when starter Aaron Laffey allowed a double to Pedro Florimon and a home run to Chris Hermann in the 1st. Things got even worse in the inning when Laffey allowed two more singles, threw a wild pitch, and Josmil Pinto scored on Deibinson Romero’s RBI groundout. The Syracuse comeback from the 3-0 deficit began in the 7th when Tyler Moore and Brandon Laird drew a pair of walks on a total of twelve pitches off Rochester starter Kris Johnson. Following a Eury Perez single to load the bases, Jhonatan “Onion” Solano hit a sacrifice fly to score Moore and Jeff Kobernus hit a clutch two-out single to score Laird. Following a dominant top of the 8th (3BF, 2K) by winning pitcher Xavier Cedeno, the Chiefs completed the comeback in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI double by Steven Souza and an RBI single from Laird. Rafael Martin missed the prefect 9th with a two-out walk, but still recorded his tenth save for Syracuse. Roster move: OF Steven Souza assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 4
• Kroenke (W, 3-8) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Holland (H, 2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Martinson 3-5, 3R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 2-5, 3R, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Harrisburg outslugged New Hampshire for a 9-6 win. Every Senator recorded at least one hit in the 15-hit attack. With two outs and one on in the 1st, New Hampshire’s first baseman, KC Hobson, breathed life into the dormant Senators offense with an error that allowed Matt Skole to reach safely and Adrian Sanchez to score. A two-out single from Jason Martinson, double from Drew Vettleson, and a single by Mitch Canham gave the Senators a 4-0 lead before centerfielder Melky Mesa gunned down Canham trying to take second and ended the inning. After starter Zach Kroenke coughed up the lead, Quincy Latimore’s sacrifice fly in the 4th scored Canham and put the Senators up 5-4. Harrisburg got some badly needed insurance on Matt Skole’s 13th HR, Jason Martinson’s fourth triple, and an RBI single by Drew Vettleson in the 5th before Kroenke gave up one more run. Martinson hit a 7th inning solo homer, but reliever Neil Holland gave up a home run to Brad Glenn in the 8th as well to make the score 8-6. In the 9th, Harrisburg tacked on another run on a Brian Jeroloman RBI single but Canham was thrown out at home to end the inning before Robert Benincasa pitched a clean 9th for his seventh save.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 0 — GAME ONE
• Spann (W, 9-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mendez (SV, 14) 1IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• S. Perez 2-3, 2-2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

Matt Spann retired 18 of 20 batters faced including the first 11 batters as the P-Nats shut out the Blue Rocks, 3-0 in the opener. The 23-y.o. southpaw gave up just two hits and no walks over six scoreless innings to earn his team-leading ninth win. Gilberto Mendez set ‘em down in order in the 7th to notch his 14th save. Estarlin Martinez snapped the 0-0 deadlock with a two-run double in the 4th while Stephen Perez drove in the third Potomac run with his second double in the 5th; both players went 2-for-3 for the game.
As noted in this space, the three cancellations in the second half worked to Potomac’s favor as they need just this win to clinch the C.L. North for the second straight season of double-half wins.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 0 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull (W, 3-3) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Walsh (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Renda 2-3, R, BB

Kylin Turnbull and Jake Walsh improved upon the efforts of Matt Spann and Gilberto Mendez in Game Two by allowing just two baserunners as Potomac hung another 3-0 shutout on Wilmington. Turnbull let up just a 3rd-inning single to Ramon Torres over his six innings of work, walking none and fanning six as he earned his third win — all in his last five appearances. Jake Walsh plunked Raul Mondesi to lead off the 7th then retired the next three Blue Rocks for his second High-A save. John Wooten smacked a two-run homer in the 3rd while Isaac Ballou tripled in Craig Manuel in the 7th to account for the three scores. It’s scoreboard watching from here on out to see who the P-Nats will host next week. Lynchburg leads the race for second place by a game over Frederick, a game and a half over Wilmington. The Hillcats finish their final five games on the road while both the Blue Rocks and the Keys close out their remaining six games at home; all three teams are playing playoff contenders — Carolina and Myrtle Beach for Lynchburg; Potomac and Salem for Wilmington; Salem and Potomac for Frederick.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Suero (W, 4-1) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 7K
• Napoli (SV, 6) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 2-3, 3B, BB, RBI
• Yezzo 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Behind a solid six-inning performance by Wander Suero, Hagerstown returned to the win column with a 3-2 victory over Asheville. This is the fifth consecutive start that Suero has pitched at least five innings. The right-hander allowed only three hits and one run, while striking out seven Tourists. The Suns jumped on the board quickly with a run in each of the first two inning — one on a Spencer Kieboom double and one on a James Yezzo home run to the short porch in right field. After extending its lead to 3-1, Hagerstown held off a 9th-inning rally from Asheville, with David Napoli recording the final out to preserve the win. The Grasshoppers and Crawdads both won to keep pace, but the Suns’ win reduced their magic number to four for the second-half title, one for the wild card.

Auburn 6 Jamestown 4
• Van Orden (W, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• D. Williams 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gordon 3-3, R, 2B, BB
• Carey 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Eusebio 2-5, 2R, 2B

Auburn held off a 9th-inning rally by Batavia to defeat the Muckdogs 6-4. Reliever Mario Sanchez entered the inning with a four-run lead, but quickly got into trouble, allowing two batters to reach base, which both then came around to score on a triple by Wildert Pujols. Garrett Gordon led the Doubledays with three hits in three at-bats, as Auburn put up runs in four innings on a combined 13 hits. Drew Van Orden pitched five and 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, while striking out four Batavia batters for his second win of the season.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 3 (10 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Solis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• J. Ramirez (L, 3-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• G. Ramirez 2-4, R, 2B
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The G-Nats led just once in Game One after scoring three unearned runs in the bottom of the 5th but fell in extras, 5-3. Sammy Solis made his second appearance since Memorial Day with two perfect innings, which should prompt MASN Commenter to call him up on Monday. The loss went to Jean Ramirez, who gave up for 10th-inning runs to the G-Cards for his first loss. The G-Nats were limited to four hits and four walks, with Gilberto Ramirez and Dionicio Rosario connecting for the two (2) extra-base hits.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 1 — GAME TWO
• Mills (L, 1-2) 3+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Reynoso 4IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Aguero 1-2, BB, CS
• Ortiz 1-3, R, 2B

The G-Cards scored a pair of runs in both the 2nd and 4th innings to send the G-Nats to their tenth straight defeat, 4-1 in Game Two. McKenzie Mills took the loss with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks over three-plus innings. “Fred” Aguero singled and drew the only walk while Oliver Ortiz and Dionicio Rosario both doubled as the G-Nats mustered just six hits total.

Aug 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (12-5, 3.38) vs.
Johnson (9-7, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ New Hampshire,
6:35 p.m.
Kroenke (2-8, 6.53) vs.
Lawrence (9-8, 3.71)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.16) and
Turnbull (2-3, 5.02) vs.
Pounders (0-0, 1.80) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-1, 2.32) vs.
Jiminian (13-5, 4.15)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 4.58) vs.
Holmes (0-1, 2.60)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
10:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD


Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4
• Treinen (L, 8-2) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, WP
• Delcarmen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kobernus 3-4, RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI

The Chiefs’ squandered two outs at home plate in a tough 5-4 loss to the IronPigs. Starter and loser Blake Treinen was his own worst enemy. In the 2nd, Russ Canzler walked, advanced on a wild pitch and later scored on an RBI groundout. Following a game-tying RBI double by Brandon Laird scoring Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss in the top of the 3rd, Treinen loaded the bases on a single and two walks before Mikael Franco’s Giancarlo Stanton-imitating grand slam put Syracuse down to Lehigh Valley, 5-1. A two-out rally in the 6th yielded an RBI double from Destin Hood that scored Brandon Laird and an RBI single from Jeff Kobernus, though Hood was gunned down at the plate trying to score to end the inning. The Chiefs hit four consecutive two-out singles in the 8th to get one run back, but Syracuse third base coach Joe Dillon waved Hood home again and the IronPigs threw him out again to prevent the tying run from scoring. Lehigh Valley’s Luis Garcia only needed just eleven pitches to strike out two Chiefs in a clean 9th and record his 21st save.
Roster moves: RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg, RHPs Aaron Barrett, Blake Treinen activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Daniel Stange placed on the 7-Day DL; UT Jose Lozada placed on the 3-Day TIL.

New Hampshire 6 Harrisburg 4
• Espino (L, 6-5) 7⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 8K, 2HR, HBP
• Herron ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, HBP, 2WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Vettleson 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Canham 2-4, R

Harrisburg reverted to losing form and resumed its tragic march toward franchise history in a 6-4 loss to New Hampshire. Starter and loser Paolo Espino took one for the team. After recording the first two outs in the 1st, Espino gave up two runs on four straight singles. The Rock Cats tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 3rd on a two-run homer by Brad Glenn that scored Kevin Nolan. Harrisburg declined the gift of an unearned run from the Rock Cats when Jason Martinson was picked off at first base right before Drew Vettleson’s solo home run in the 4th. In the bottom of the inning, New Hampshire made the score 5-1 on a Michael Crouse triple and a Derrick Chung single. This edition of the Harrisburg comeback that fell short included two runs in the 7th and one in the 8th, but Brad Glenn hit his second homer of the night to extend the score to 6-4 before Gregory Infante issued only a walk while recording his 21st save.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Bacus (W, 6-6) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K, WP
• Mendez (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Wooten 2-3, R, BB
• Norfork 2-4, R
• Ballou 2-4, BB

Woe be to the folks who decided to hit the concession stands (and/or the bathroom, depending on how well the hot dogs were cooked) during the 5th, as both teams scored their only runs during that inning as the P-Nats defeated the Blue Rocks, 3-1. Dakota Bacus turned in his best outing of the season, striking out eight over seven innings with just the lone run allowed on five hits to even up his won-loss mark at 6-6. Bryan Harper and Gilberto Mendez followed with a scoreless inning apiece to earn hold no. 5 and save no. 13 respectively. The bats were still breezy (13K) but the offense connected for eight hits, with Isaac Ballou, Khayyan Norfork, and John Wooten each singling twice. The win combined with a Lynchburg loss lowers the magic number for Potomac to take both halves to three.
Roster moves: OF Steven Souza removed from roster, assignment to Potomac completed.

Asheville 5 Hagerstown 4 (10 inn.)
• Pivetta 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Thomas (BS, 5) 4IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Johns (L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, IBB, 0K
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R

Suns’ reliever Sam Johns allowed a sacrifice fly to Cesar Galvez, which scored Max White in the 10th inning to give Asheville a 5-4 victory against Hagerstown. The Suns did have a chance to secure the win in the 9th after loading the bases with two outs, but Cody Dent grounded out to send the game to extras. Nick Pivetta started the game and pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, leaving with a 4-2 lead. However, the Hagerstown bullpen was not able to hold the lead as Justin Thomas allowed a solo home run to Jose Briceno in the 6th inning to knot the score up at 4 runs apiece. Narciso Mesa and James Yezzo paced the Suns’ offense with four of the team’s six hits. Hagerstown remains two games ahead of Greensboro in the Sally Lg.’s North Division 2nd Half standings with six games remaining. Hickory won to stave off elimination, but is five games behind. The Suns magic number to clinch a playoff spot, which was incorrectly reported as one on Sunday, remains at two.

Jamestown 4 Auburn 1
• Bourque 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Webb (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Langlois 2-4, 2B
• Gunter 2-4, 2B, RBI

A two-run 7th inning was the difference as Jamestown defeated Auburn 4-1. The loss snapped the Doubledays’ three-game winning streak. After allowing back-to-back hits to start off the inning, Auburn reliever Joseph Webb threw a wild pitch, which allowed both runners to score the decisive runs of the game. The Jammers then added on a single run in the ninth inning to cap off the win. Cody Gunter drove in the Doubledays’ lone run of the night in the fourth inning. The loss combined with a Brooklyn win officially eliminated Auburn from the NYPL playoffs. Things were not all that grape for Jamestown as it was revealed Monday that they will be relocating to Morgantown, WV for the 2015 season, a move that will disrupt the NYPL’s scheduling and divisions, as Jeremy Houghtaling of the Auburn Citizen (link) notes.

GCL Marlins 8 GCL Nationals 2
• Ohlendorf 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Sisk 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Baez (L, 1-3) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR, HBP
• Corredor 2-2, 2BB, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-2, 2BB, SB

After falling behind 1-0 early, the G-Nats got the tying run in the 4th then went ahead 2-1 on Aldrem Corredor’s RBI single. Alas, there were three more innings to play and the G-Marlins scored seven unanswered runs to extend the Senators South skid to eight games by an 8-2 count. Ross Ohlendorf made his first appearance in three months and was charged with a run on two hits and a walk while hitting a batter over an inning and 2/3rds. The loss went to Joan Baez, who was torched for four runs on four hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds for his third loss. Corredor reached base four times with two singles and two walks to pace the G-Nats offense, while Jakson Reetz was close behind with a single, two walks, though he showed his age by making the third out at third base to end the 6th.
Roster moves: RHP Ross Ohlendorf assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Aug 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-0, 3.26) vs.
Lincoln (6-10, 5.17)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ New Hampshire,
6:05 p.m.
Rivero (1-6, 5.18) vs.
Walters (2-1, 2.63)
Potomac Lost, 4-3;
Won, 12-1
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (5-6, 4.47) vs.
Bridwell (5-10, 4.79)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 8-0 vs. Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
McDowell (1-2, 4.63) and
Reyes (0-1, 3.21) vs.
TBD and TBD
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins TBD and TBD


Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 3
• Poveda (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Mattheus 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Kobernus 1-3, BB, 2SB
• Burriss 1-3, 2R, BB

Jason Marquis and his Lehigh Valley IronPigs exacted token revenge on the Washington Nationals by defeating their AAA Syracuse Chiefs 5-3 yesterday. Following a Nate Spears RBI triple, Marquis demonstrated his adeptness with the bat by singling him home for a 2-0 Iron Pigs lead. Syracuse came back to tie the game in the 4th when Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss scored on third baseman Brandon Laird’s 16th homer. Omar Poveda took the loss in the 4th, however, when Ryan Mattheus allowed inherited runner and red-hot prospect Mikael Franco to score on a two-out single past Burriss at shortstop. Russ Canzler’s 13th homer in the 7th off of Xavier Cedeno and Tyler Henson’s 8th homer off Manny Delcarmen in the 8th provided enough insurance for Lehigh Valley. Destin Hood’s RBI double in the 9th prevented Luis Garcia from a clean 9th during his 20th save. The Chiefs’ magic number to clinch the I.L. North remains stuck at six, thanks to a resurgent Bisons, who have won five straight, including the last two vs. the PawSox to take over 2nd place and the lead in the I.L. Wild Card race.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 3
• Voth (L, 1-3) 1+ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Simmons 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-5, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Starter and loser Austin Voth did not record an out in the 2nd inning during the Trenton Thunder’s 7-3 victory over the Harrisburg Senators in the 2014 home finale at Metro Bank Park. Following a solo shot by Jake Cave in the top of the 1st against Voth, rumor has it that Ric Flair was seen angrily leaving the park when the Thunder struck Voth for two singles, a double, and two walks before manager Brian Daubach mercifully pulled the 22-y.o. Reliever Brian Dupra walked in two inherited runners and Voth was charged with all four runs and a 5-0 deficit. Following a Jake Cave RBI double in the 3rd, Harrisburg broke up the shutout with a Jason Martinson RBI single that scored Quincy Latimore. Rob Segedin homered off Dupra in the 4th before Harrisburg closed the gap a little bit with two 9th-inning runs on a triple by Oscar Tejeda, a double by Cole Leonida, and an RBI single from Caleb Ramsey off James Pazos in the 9th.
Roster moves: RHP John Simms, IF Cutter Dykstra placed on 7-Day DL; C Mitch Canham activated from 7-Day DL.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Henke 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Renda 1-2, R, 3B, RBI
• McQuillan 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Potomac’s seven-game win streak went to the dogs with a 4-3 loss to Frederick in Game One. Hector Silvestre was knocked for five of the six hits he gave up in the Keys’s three-run 2nd. Travis Henke was called on in a hurry and stranded two more and kept the P-Nats in the game, giving up one run over three and a 1/3rd innings. The P-Nats bats were largely silent (four hits), aside from Mike McQuillan taking a shot at the clearing all three levels of signage with his sixth HR and Tony Renda tripling one in the right-center gap, scoring himself on a Steve Souza RBI groundout.

Potomac 12 Frederick 1 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (W, 5-8) 6IP, 0H, 0R, 5BB, 5K
• Walsh 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• S. Perez 2-3, 3R 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B, BB 2RBI
• Miller 1-2, R, HR, 2BB, RBI

Ian Dickson no-hit the Keys for six innings while the offense scored in five of six innings to take the nightcap, 12-1. Dickson walked five and struck out five, which pushed his pitch count too high to go for the no-no. Jake Walsh lost the no-hitter and the shutout bid to the first batter he faced with a solo HR by Frederick’s Chih-Hsien Chiang. Keys promoters pitchers handed out ten free passes to enable the P-Nats to score a dozen runs on just nine hits, led by Stephen Perez and John Wooten, who both went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two RBI. With wins by the Hillcats and Blue Rocks, the P-Nats magic number is now five and six, respectively over the next two teams in the C.L. North 2nd-Half title race (the Keys are down to four).

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 2
• R. Lopez (W, 4-1) 5⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2SB
• C. Lopez 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, 2R, SB

The Suns took another 7-2 decision from the Crawdads, reducing their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one, the division title to six. Reynaldo Lopez gave up an earned run for the first time since July 3rd with a HR surrendered to Zach Cone in the 2nd that tied the game at 1-1, then clamped down for just three hits and one walk total over five and 2/3rds innings for his fourth win. He struck out four. Hagerstown put up three in 5th, one in the 6th, and two in the 7th to go up 7-1. David Napoli, who imploded for six runs on Thursday, struggled again with run allowed on three hits and two walks over 1/3rd-plus innings. Manny Rodriguez worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation without further damage and finished the game for his second, three-inning save for the Suns. Wilmer Difo was one-man wrecking crew, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored, two runs driven in, and two bases stolen to lead the Hagerstown hit parade of 12 hits.

Auburn 8 Williamsport 0
• A. Williams (W, 3-3) 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K
• D. Williams 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Medina 2-3, R, BB
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Page 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout while the offense put up a seven-spot in the 3rd in an 8-0 win over the Crosscutters. Starter Austen Williams got his third win with five hits and a walk kept away from home plate over five innings with three whiffs. Connor Bach and Deion Williams combined for four scoreless innings of relief to complete the shutout bid. Willie Medina and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both reached base three times to lead the ten-hit Auburn attack, which included a pair of two-run triples in the 3rd by Osvaldo Abreu and Matthew Page.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
An 0-6 week put the G-Nats five games under .500 with five games to play, which means the odds are pretty good they’ll turn in a losing season as well. It’s back and forth between Viera and Jupiter in the final week as they play the Marlins today and tomorrow, the Cards on Wednesday and Thursday.

Aug 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2;
Lost, 7-1
@ Lehigh Valley,
1:35 p.m.
Poveda (1-3, 6.39) vs.
Marquis (1-1, 4.41)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (1-2, 4.42) vs.
Severino (2-1, 2.55)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Dickson (4-8, 4.78) and
Silvestre (1-1, 4.57) vs.
Blackmar (8-1, 3.02) and
Bridwell (5-10, 4.79)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
Lopez (3-1, 1.47) vs.
Wiles (2-2, 3.94)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
A. Williams (2-3, 5.97) vs.
Gueller (5-4, 3.65)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-3;
Lost, 11-7
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Canceled END OF SEASON N/A


Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2 — GAME ONE
• Lively (W, 4-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Martin (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 1-2

Syracuse mustered up more runs than hits in their 3-2 victory over Lehigh Valley in Game One of yesterday’s doubleheader. Maikel Franco launched a solo shot against starter and winner Mitch Lively to give the Iron Pigs a 1-0 lead. Following leadoff walks of Tyler Moore and Destin Hood, Sandy Leon’s fifth home run gave the Chiefs all the offense that they would need and a 3-1 lead. After that, a 5th-inning single by Josh Johnson was the extent of the Chiefs’ offense as Lehigh Starter and loser Jeff Manship was masterful in his complete-game loss. Ryan Mattheus turned a scoreless 6th for the hold; Rafael Martin bounced back from a tough loss in his last outing with a clean 9th for his eighth save.

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Runion 2⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Grace 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Kobernus 2-3, R, 2-2B
• Hood 0-1, 2BB

Two hits were enough for Syracuse in Game 1 but far from enough in a 7-1 Game 2 loss. Lehigh Valley had a big inning against starter and loser Sam Runion in the 3rd when Runion gave up a one-out single to Cesar Hernandez, a triple to Maikel Franco, and a double to Russ Kansler to make the score 3-0. Runion then hit Leandro Castro, and Sebastian Valle singled home Kansler to make the score 4-0. While reliever Daniel Stange stopped the bleeding and immediately got out of the jam, he gave up two runs of his own in the fourth. After Jeff Kobernus’ 6th-nning double, reliever Tyler Knigge’s wild pitch and a throwing error by shortstop Cesar Hernandez on Brandon Laird’s grounder got Kobernus home. 21-year old Dominican Maikel Franco might have said “Let’s play three!” after he capped off a huge night with his second homer and sixth hit of the doubleheader in the 6th.
Roster moves: OF Nate Schierholtz selected and recalled to Washington, OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington; RHP Scott McGregor activated from TIL.

Trenton 8 Harrisburg 4
• Simms (L, 2-6) 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Latimore 2-4, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Vettleston 2-4, R, 2B

The Harrisburg Senators provided their fans two innings of hope before ultimately falling in an 8-4 loss to the Trenton Thunder last night. In the 1st, Matt Skole doubled to score Caleb Ramsey, who had reached on a fielding error by first baseman Greg Bird. After Bird atoned for his error with a solo shot off of starter and loser John Simms in the second, Drew Vettleson doubled with one out, and Oscar Tejeda gave the Senators a 3-1 lead with his first Harrisburg homer. Taking the mound to start the 3rd with his second one-run lead, John Simms proceeded to walk the leadoff man, give up a single to Ali Castillo and allow a two-run double to Jake Cave that tied the score at 3-3. Cave later scored on a passed ball by catcher Brian Jeroloman that gave the Thunder the lead for good. Simms’s troubles continued in the 5th when he gave up two doubles before Colin Bates allowed an inherited runner to score on an RBI single from Cave that made the score 6-4. Tyler Herron gave up two insurance runs in the ninth to put this one far out of reach for Harrisburg.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
The rain that fell all afternoon eventually postponed Game Two of Four between the High-A affiliates of the Nationals and Orioles.
They’ll play two tonight while welcoming the four-legged fans for the semi-annual Bark in the Park.

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 2
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Thomas (SV, 4) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Masters 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Dent 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, 2R, SB

Robbie Dickey spun five scoreless innings to win his Low-A debut as the Suns boiled the Crawdads, 7-2. The 20-y.o. Texan struck out three, walked none, and allowed four hits. Justin Thomas let in one of three inherited runners in the 7th but got the last eight outs for his fourth save. Hagerstown racked up ten hits, with David Masters, Cody Dent, and Wilman Rodriguez each collecting two while Narciso Mesa clubbed his third HR. The Greensboro Grasshoppers won to keep pace, but the magic number for the Suns to clinch the second-half title was reduced to seven.
Roster move: RHP Robbie Dickey reassigned from Auburn.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 3
• Torres 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Feliz (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Davidson 2-4, R
• Gunter 2-4, R, 2RBI

The Doubledays rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to tie but the Crosscutters answered back in the top of the 8th with one for the eventual 4-3 score. Luis Torres pitched five innings of one-hit, one-run ball (yep, a HR) but got the no-decision. The loss went to John Feliz. Austen Davidson and Cody Gunter both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as Auburn registered eight hits total.
Roster moves: LHP Joseph Webb (rehab), RHP Lucas Giolito (pretense) reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 3 — GAME ONE
• Solis 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Yrizarri (BS, 1; L, 2-3) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Lora 3-4, R, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Tillero 3-4, 2RBI

The G-Nats tacked on another run to extend their lead to 3-0 but the G-Mets scored seven unanswered runs over the last four innings to take the completion, 7-3. Sammy Solis made his first appearance since Memorial Day and retired five of the eight batters he faced, letting up one hit and one walk while striking out three. Deibi Yrizarri made the de facto start and got hammered for all seven runs on nine hits, including a two-run shot in the 8th that was the second of three straight Jeffersons the G-Mets dropped over the final three frames. Edwin Lora and Jorge Tillero both went 3-for-4 as the G-Nats racked up ten hits but left on nine baserunners.

GCL Mets 11 GCL Nationals 7 — GAME TWO
• W. Davis (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, K, 3HBP
• De La Cruz 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, 3RBI, SB
• Keniry 2-3, CS
• Alvarez 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB

The G-Mets had two big innings — six in the 2nd, five in the 5th — as they handed the G-Nats their sixth straight loss to eliminate the 2013 GCL Champions. Weston Davis took the loss with six runs charged to him on one hit, two walks, and three hit batsmen over an inning and a 1/3rd. The G-Nats outhit the G-Mets 9-8, with Kelvin Gutierrez leading the way with a 2-for-3 mark and three RBI.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Orioles2 — CNCLD
The final scheduled game between the D-Nats and the D-Orioles2 was also rained out. The D-Nats finished 42-28 for a .600 winning percentage, the best in the six seasons since Washington dropped from two DSL teams to one in 2009.

Aug 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2;
Won, 7-0
@ Lehigh Valley,
5:35 p.m.
Lively (3-2, 4.10) and
Runion (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Manship (0-0, 4.20) and
Horst (4-2, 4.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 vs. Trenton,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (2-5, 4.42) vs.
De La Rosa (3-3, 3.40)
Potomac Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (4-8, 4.78) vs.
Blackmar (8-1, 3.02)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Ledbetter (6-6, 5.65)
Auburn Won, 4-0 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-1, 1.63) vs.
Whitehead (4-3, 2.61)
GCL Nationals Winning, 2-0
(Suspended, 4th)
@ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals DNP @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Rochester 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE (COMP.)
• Laffey (L, 12-5) 7IP, 12H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Delcarmen 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 2-5, R, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, 2BB, RBI

The Rochester Red Wings flew past the Syracuse Chiefs 4-2 when their suspended game resumed play with two outs in the bottom of the 1st yesterday. Syracuse took a brief 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 2nd when Jose Lozada doubled, and Wilson High School alum and D.C. native Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss singled him home. After the small ball of two singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third in the 6th, Rochester took the lead on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch by “starter” but now long man Aaron Laffey. Despite combining for four free passes in four innings, Rochester’s Stephen Pryor managed to secure a win in relief and Lester Oliveros recorded a hold by stymying the Chiefs offense from the 5th through the 8th. Michael Tonkin recorded his eighth save for the Red Wings with a clean 9th.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 0 — GAME TWO
• Hill (W, 11-6) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Rhymes 2-2, R, BB
• Dobbs 2-3, R, RBI
• Hood 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI

An angry Syracuse squad responded in Game Two with a 7-0 whitewashing of Rochester. Starter Taylor Hill pitched a seven-inning complete game that was a model of efficiency, requiring only 86 pitches to earn his 11th victory. Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss singled and later scored on a Tyler Moore single in the first. The Chiefs turned this one into a laugher in a five-run 4th. Destin Hood circled the bases and invited Tyler Moore to join him in celebration at home plate with a two-run bomb to left field. Burriss did him one better by hitting a three-run bomb later in the inning that scored Greg Dobbs, who got on with a single, and Will Rhymes, who had reached base on a walk. To add insult to injury, the Chiefs tacked on their seventh run in the 5th when they punished the RedWings for walking fearsome Moore with a single by Hood then an RBI single by Greg Dobbs that scored Moore.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 0
• Kroenke (L, 2-8) 5+ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Dupra 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4
• Martinson 1-3, BB

The Harrisburg Senators continued their dubious march toward history with nine lackluster innings in a 7-0 loss to the Trenton Thunder, a sub-.500 Yankees AA affiliate that they made look like the 1927 Yankees. Dante Bichette, Jr. evoked memories of Dante Bichette, Sr.’s glory days for the Colorado Rockies by depositing a baseball into the right field seats in the second inning. Since only Caleb Ramsey and Jason Martinson were capable of recording hits for the Senators, that’s all the offense the Thunder would need. Trenton scored an unearned run following a Rick Hague error in the 4th. Starter and loser Zach Kroenke ran out of gas in the top of the 6th when he allowed a single, a double, and a single to start out the inning before reliever James Simmons poured gasoline on the fire. After promptly recording two outs, Mr. Simmons melted down with a single, a walk, and two more singles that allowed three more Thunder to rattle home plate and put this one out of reach.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis assigned to the GCL Nationals for minor-league rehab.

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 (10 inn.)
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mendez (BS, 3; W, 7-4) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Perez 2-4, R, BB
• Norfork 1-3, 2B, BB

Much like the big Nats, the P-Nats put lots of runners on but only one in — courtesy of Isaac Ballou, who went (han) solo on Frederick’s Sebastian Vader over the CF wall in the 3rd — through the first seven innings. A two-out single, a two-base wild pitch and a passed ball gave Potomac a 2-1 advantage after eight innings. Gilberto Mendez, however, coughed up that lead with a two-run HR in the top of the 9th. The Keys returned the favor with a pair of errors to set up Tony Renda’s game-tying RBI single in the 9th, then committed another miscue in the 10th (fourth of the night) to give Potomac the 4-3 win in extras. The win, Potomac’s seventh straight, combined with a Wilmington loss reduces the magic number to clinch to six.
Roster moves: OF Stephen Souza reassigned from Hagerstown for MLB rehab.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 1
• Ott (L, 0-2) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Valdez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mesa 2-4
• Kieboom 1-3, RBI

Hagerstown got one in the 1st, then were shown who’s their Crawdaddy by two Hickory pitchers for a 5-1 loss. Yohander Mendez and Angelo Leclerc held the Suns to just five hits and one walk on the night, with Narciso Mesa the sole batter to reach base twice. Travis Ott lost the 1-0 lead to the first batter he faced, gave up two more in the 3rd, and another in the 4th. He finished with four runs allowed (two earned) on four hits and two walks while setting down four on strikes. Greensboro, however, also lost to reduce Hagerstown’s magic number to eight. Should the Suns make the playoffs, Lucas Giolito won’t be pitching, according to WaPo’s Adam Kilgore.

Auburn 4 Williamsport 0
• Ander. Martinez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Orlan (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Gardner 3-3, 2B, RBI, CS
• Langlois 2-3, R, 2B
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Crosscutters by a 4-0 count. Anderson Martinez went the first six innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Robert Orlan let up two hits over the next two for this third hold while Mario Sanchez worked around a two-out single in the 9th to seal the deal. Jeff Gardner led the Auburn hit parade with two singles and a double while Raudy Read got things started with his sixth home run in the bottom of the 1st.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Mets 0
Play was halted in the top of the 4th after G-Met farmhand Manuel Hilario was seriously hurt in a head-first collision at second base. According to an official release by the Mets, he was airlifted to an area hospital where he was given a CT scan, which appears to normal and the 22-y.o. could be released today. They’ll pick up play today and play a second game afterwards.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Orioles2 — DNP
Rain washed out the penultimate game on the schedule. While the game is listed as “postponed,” it’s quite possible that it’s actually cancelled.

Aug 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Tied, 1-1
(Suspended, Rain)
vs. Rochester,
4:05 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Laffey (12-4, 3.35) and
Hill (10-6, 2.96) vs.
TBD and
Gilmartin (2-4, 4.36)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-7, 6.49) vs.
Bleich (4-5, 3.51)
Potomac Cancelled vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.43) vs.
Vader (2-4, 5.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-6 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 33.75) vs.
Mendez (2-0, 1.17)
Auburn Lost, 14-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Ander. Martinez (1-2, 4.40) vs.
Pinto (1-3, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-5 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0;
Won, 4-1
vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
M. Pena (1-1, 5.46) vs.
Peralta (0-4, 3.12)


Syracuse 1 Rochester 1
Rain halted this after one inning. They’ll pick it up this afternoon at 4:05, then play a second, seven-inning game 45 minutes afterwards.

Portland 1 Harrisburg 0
• Espino 8IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 11K
• Self (L, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Vettleson 2-3
• Ramsey 2-4
• 0-1, RISP; 3 LOB

Paolo Espino turned in his best outing of the season, but the rest of his teammates turned in one of their worst in Harrisburg’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Ric Flair was whipping the home crowd into a frenzy with his “WOOOOOO!” as Espino struck out 11, including four straight starting off the 3rd. Harrisburg won the hit column 5-3, but lost the game 1-0 when Espino was removed after eight innings for Derek Self. Mr. Self immediately gave up a leadoff homer to Mike Miller, and the Senators dismal 2014 season continued when they were retired 1-2-3 in the home 9th by winner Mike McCarthy in his second inning of work.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — CNCLD
The series finale — and the final regular-season game — between Potomac and Lynchburg was canceled when the grounds were deemed unplayable following a thunderstorm. Combined with a Blue Rocks loss, the P-Nats magic number was reduced to eight games with 13 games left on the schedule (67+1 – 32W – 28L).

Greensboro 14 Hagerstown 6
• Suero 7IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 5-6) 1+ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Napoli (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Souza 1-2, BB, SB <-- on rehab assignment; expected to join Potomac tonight

Greensboro scored nine runs off Hagerstown in the 9th inning to complete a 14-6 comeback at Municipal Stadium. The game was a back-and-forth affair for the first eight innings, with the Suns leading 6-5 entering the final frame. After getting two quick outs, David Napoli allowed the next nine Greensboro batters to reach base – six on hits, four on walks and hitting one batter, resulting in nine runs for the Grasshoppers. Seven Hagerstown batters had at least one hit during the game, with Wilmer Difo leading the offense. He was 4-5, with 2 runs scored and a triple. Hagerstown now holds a two-game advantage over Greensboro in the SAL Northern Division standings with ten games remaining in the regular season. Tonight, they begin a three-game set against third-place (five games behind) Hickory in North Carolina.

State College 14 Auburn 3
• Van Orden 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• D. Williams (L, 1-3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Davidson 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz, 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Auburn bullpen gave up a combined 13 runs in two innings to State College as the Spikes crushed the Doubledays 14-3. After Auburn starter Drew Van Orden pitched five innings of one-run baseball, things started to unravel as Deion Williams allowed all five batters that he faced to reach base and four of them came around to score. The Spikes then added on three more runs in the frame before being retired. State College then collected six more runs, on seven hits and two walks, in the 7th off of David Ramos to complete the rout. Despite getting 11 hits, Auburn was only able to manage 3 runs, all in the first four innings. They were led by Austin Davidson, who was 3-4 with two RBIs and a double. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was also a top contributor, going 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 5
• Mills 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mancini (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Reetz 2-4, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, BB

The G-Nats dug themselves out of a 5-0 hole with a run in the 6th and a four-run 7th, but couldn’t answer the G-Mets single run in the 8th to drop a 6-5 decision and lose their fourth straight. McKenzie Mills and Yorlin Reynoso were touched for three runs and two runs respectively over three innings apiece. Domenick Mancini saw a one-out hit batsman turn into a two-out run as an infield single plated the gamewinner. Kelvin Gutierrez reached base three times with two singles and a walk as the G-Nats notched eight hits and drew three walks for the afternoon.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Cardinals 0 — GAME ONE
• Lopez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Diaz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Y. Ramirez (W, 3-0) 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mota 2-3, CS
• Peguero 1-3
• Andr. Martinez 1-4, R, 2B

Yonathan Ramirez picked up where his teammates left off and completed the no-hitter with four scoreless innings as the D-Nats edged the D-Cards, 1-0. Andres Martinez scored the lone run in prototypical DSL fashion, leading off the 7th with a double, taking third on a wild pitch, then scoring two batters later on another wild pitch. The D-Nats were held to just four hits and two walks total, with Israel Mota the sole batter to reach base twice.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1 — GAME TWO
• Bermudez (W, 5-5) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Vargas (SV, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• Agustin 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI,
• Pilier 1-3, RBI

The D-Cards finally broke through in the top of the 1st of the second game but then were shut down again as the D-Nats completed the de facto doubleheader sweep with a 4-1 win. Juan Bermudez evened up the won-loss record with five innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning four. Miguel Vargas tossed two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save. Telmito Agustin doubled, tripled, and scored twice to lead the D-Nats attack.

Aug 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-2 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Lively (3-2, 3.91) vs.
Johnson (9-7, 3.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (6-4, 4.07) vs.
Rodriguez (5-7, 4.14)
Potomac Won, 8-1;
Won, 3-0
@ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-2, 4.00) vs.
Scarpetta (3-6, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-1, 2.14) vs.
Garcia (9-5, 4.69)
Auburn Won, 5-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Gomber (0-2, 2.79)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-6 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals 0-0 after 5 inn.
(Suspended, Rain)
@/vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m. (COMP. DH)
Bermudez (4-5, 2.10) vs.
Fernandez (0-5, 5.79)


Syracuse 11 Rochester 2
• Cole (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Perez 2-2, R, 2B, RBI <-- was hit by throw returning to 2B after RBI double, lifted for PR one batter later
• Schierholtz 3-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Syracuse scored early and often in a dominant 11-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New Chief Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer off RailRiders starter and loser Bryan Mitchell, scoring Emmanuel Burriss and Eury Perez before a single out was recorded. The rout continued with a Perez RBI double in the 3rd, scoring Burriss. Pinch-runner Jose Lozada would later score on a Tyler Moore sacrifice fly. Armed with a 5-0 lead, starter and winner A.J. Cole gave up a solo home run to lead off the 5th. Scranton’s Taylor Dugas walked with one out, advanced to third on a single by Carmen Angelini that was deflected by Will Rhymes and later scored on a sacrifice fly. Only Will Rhymes will want to delete this game from his laptop; every other Chief managed either a hit or an RBI. Fine bullpen work was turned in by Matt Grace and Ryan Mattheus, who bounced back from some tough outings with a perfect 9th.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 3
• Rivero 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Bates (BS, 1; L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-4

The Harrisburg Senators continued their losing ways with a 5-3 loss last night to the Portland Sea Dogs. Colin Bates blew a 1-0 lead in the top of the 6th on some small ball by Portland, including a sacrifice bunt to send Hunter Menesis to second and an RBI single by Ryan Dent to send him home. Following a two-run homer by Kevin Keyes that scored Cutter Dykstra in the bottom of the 6th, Bates gave up a two-RBI-double to Carson Blair in the next frame before he was asked to intentionally walk Stefan Welch. Meneses then singled off of new pitcher Tyler Herron to load up the bases before Harrisburg escaped with only minor damage on a sacrifice fly double play that scored Carson Blair but ended the inning with an 8-3-5-4 gundown of Welch at third. Robert Benincasa allowed Carson Blair to hit an insurance home run in the ninth.

Potomac 8 Lynchburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Bacus (W, 5-6) 6⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Oduber 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Randolph Oduber grooved a two-run shot in the 1st, Isaac Ballou delivered the Earl Weaver special in the 2nd to give Potomac a 5-0 lead as they cruised to an 8-1 win in the opener. Dakota Bacus pitched into the 7th but couldn’t get the complete game shutout as Lynchburg got their only run after former National farmhand Justin Bloxom led off the 7th with a double and came around to score on another double by Will Skinner. Cody Davis took over from there and got the final two outs to finish the game.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Encarnacion (W, 3-4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pleffner 3-4, 2-2B, RBI, CS
• Miller 2-3, R, RBI

With a 3-0 shutout in the nightcap, the Hillcats are Sniff’n’the Tears with their seventh straight loss while the P-Nats are in the driver’s seat with their sixth straight win. A resurgent Kylin Turnbull (2-0, 0.79 in August) spun four scoreless innings to start while Pedro Encarnacion completed the shutout with three blank frames to finish and earn his third win for Potomac. Shawn Pleffner singled once and doubled twice but saw his streak of eight straight steals snapped when Tyler Tewell caught him trying to steal third in the 3rd.
The twin losses dropped Lynchburg into third place while Wilmington won again to assume second place, trailing Potomac by 4½ games (five in the loss column). The Blue Rocks host the P-Nats next week for five games next Tuesday through Friday.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 2
• Pivetta (W, 13-8) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Thomas (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K,
• Dent 2-4, R, CS
• Bautista 2-5, R, SB, OF assist at HP
• Mesa 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB, HBP

Hagerstown pounced on the first Greensboro reliever for three runs in the 5th, added two more in the 6th and held on for 5-2 win. Nick Pivetta kept his one-game lead over A.J. Cole for the most wins in the Nats minors at 13. He gave up both Grasshopper runs on a two-run shot in the 7th, his fifth hit allowed over six and 2/3rds innings to go with one walk and five K’s. Leadoff man Rafael Bautista singled twice, stole his 66th base, and gunned down a runner at the plate in the 6th to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.
Hagerstown now leads the Sally North by three games. Their magic number to clinch is nine with eleven games left to play.

Auburn 5 State College 4
• Bourque (W, 2-5) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, 2WP
• Feliz 1⅔ (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Langlois 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Page 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Just four of 15 hits racked up by the Spikes made it home as the Doubledays staved off elimination with a 5-4 victory. James Bourque earned his second win with five innings of two-run ball, though he put on ten baserunners with six hits and four walks. John Feliz and Connor Bach both earned holds while Tyler Mapes earned his fourth save Chad Cordero-style by loading up the bases with three straight two-out singles in the 9th before getting third out on a flyball. Brian Langlois accounted for half of Auburn’s eight total bases with two singles and a double as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 6
• Baez (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K
• Jauss 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Reetz 3-4, R, 2RBI, SF, SB
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB

The G-Marlins got five in the 1st and two in the 6th to build a 7-3 lead, holding off a late charge by the G-Nats for 9-6 win and hand
the Washington mainland rookie team their third straight loss. Joan Baez took the loss, charged with those first five runs, which were unearned thanks to three errors committed on the first four balls put in play. He finished with three hits allowed, one walk issued, and one strikeout over three innings. Eighteen-year-old Jakson Reetz led the offense with a 3-for-4 effort, including a run scored, two RBI, and a stolen base.

DSL Nationals 0 DSL Cardinals 0 — SUSP. (5 inn.)
• Lopez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Diaz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mota 2-2 IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Peguero 1-2

The rain halted a combined no-hit bid by the D-Nats after five innigs, the score remaining as it was when the game begun at 0-0. Presumably they’ll complete this, then play seven innings today.
Roster move: P Aaron Diaz assigned from Washington.

Aug 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (5-0, 3.29) vs.
Mitchell (4-1, 2.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (1-6, 6.11) vs.
Haley (0-2, 0.98)
Potomac Won, 3-2;
Postponed
@ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Bacus (4-6, 4.65) and
Turnbull (2-3, 5.54) vs.
Parsons (4-5, 4.52) and
Sims (7-9, 4.36)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-8, 4.28) vs.
Wertenberger (1-1, 4.30)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-5, 4.50) vs.
Perez (5-1, 3.52)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (2-3, 2.30) vs.
Alcantara (1-8, 3.73)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 5
• Poveda 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Martin (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Dobbs 3-4, R
• E. Perez 2-4, R, BB, SB(20)
• Leon 2-4, R, RBI

The RailRiders drove a train through Rafael Martin’s perfect ERA in their 6-5 walkoff win over the Chiefs. In the 1st, Syracuse starter Omar Poveda allowed three straight singles before Sandy Leon’s crucial passed ball allowed Scranton to take a 2-0 lead. Jose “My Way” Pirela hit a solo shot to lead off the 3rd before the Chiefs responded with two runs in the 5th on three straight singles of their own and a Will “Skills” Rhymes sacrifice fly to foul territory in left. Three straight singles in the 6th resulted in Destin Hood scoring the tying run in his second game back from the DL. Tyler “WaPo’s 26th Man” Moore hit a two-run blast that scored Eury Perez to give Syracuse the 5-3 lead they would need to win. Sadly, the clock struck midnight for Rafael “Beer League” Martin. He loaded the bases on a walk, a single, and a walk before Jose “My Way” Pirela sent the Scranton fans into a delirious celebration with a bases-clearing triple to give Syracuse a deflating loss.
Roster moves: RHPs Omar Poveda, Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg; C Jeff Howell placed the 7-Day DL; RHP Scott McGregor placed on the 3-Day TIL; OF Nate Schierholtz assigned from Washington.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Voth 3+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Holland (L, 6-3) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Martinson 4-4, R, HR, 4RBI, SB, CS
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

Jason Martinson tried to legislate a win for the cratering Harrisburg Senators in their 5-4 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Mr. Martinson clobbered a first-inning grand slam to right field and invited Cutter “Future Soprano” Dykstra, Matt “So Phat” Skole and Kevin “Special K’s” Keyes to join his committee at home plate and celebrate Harrisburg’s 4-1 lead. Starter Austin Voth later gave up a two-run homer to Stefan “Grapes” Welch in the 4th and was pulled for Paul Demny without recording an out. Demny gave up a solo shot to Carson “Me-Jay” Daly that tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the 6th. Keury “Gives You The Blues” De La Cruz hit a solo shot off Neil Holland in the 8th inning to give Portland the eventual 5-4 victory. Ric Flair wants you to know that Holland can wrestle for him any day of the week because he did strike out three Sea Dogs and hit the next batter after he gave up the home run.
Roster move: RHP Austin Voth activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Henke (W, 4-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mendez 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• McQuillan 1-1, 3B, 2RBI
• Wooten 1-3, R, 2B

The P-Nats used a three-run 5th inning to extend their winning streak to four games, as they bested the Hillcats, 3-2, in the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader. After Lynchburg put up a run in the 1st inning, John Wooten and Khayyan Norfork led off the 5th with back-to-back hits, with Wooten scoring on a fielder’s choice by Estarlin Martinez. Mike McQuillan then put Potomac ahead for good with a two-RBI triple to right field. After Lynchburg scored a run in the 6th off winning pitcher Travis Henke, Gilberto Mendez shut down the Hillcats for his 12th save of the season.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — GAME TWO, PPD
Potomac can’t seem to escape the rain as the second game of Tuesday night’s twinbill against Lynchburg was postponed. The P-Nats and Hillcats will now play a doubleheader today starting at 6:05 p.m.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 0
• Lopez (W, 3-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mesa 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, CS
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Kieboom 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Twenty-year-old Dominican Reynaldo Lopez and 25-year-old Cuban Manny Rodriguez joined forces to twirl a 5-0 victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers for the Hagerstown Suns. Reynaldo Lopez kept first baseman Carlos Lopez busy with five groundouts to his infielders before Felix “Not Frankie” Munoz flied out to end the 2nd. Chris “I’m On First” Hoo singled to lead off the 3rd and break up the perfect game. Hoo would not make it home, however, because he was stranded at third when J.T. Riddle struck out. When wild Jose Adames plunked Rafael Batista in the bottom of the frame, Hagerstown retaliated with four runs on a Naricso Mesa triple, a Spencer “I Drop The” Kieboom double, and Drew Ward’s two-run homer to take a 4-0 lead. Following a Hagerstown unearned run in the fifth, Manny Rodriguez cruised to his first save for the Suns with three innings of one-hit ball.
Roster move: RHP Manny Rodriguez reassigned from Auburn; LHP Joseph Webb placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn — ALL STAR BREAK
The North All-Stars and the South All-Stars played to 1-1, nine-inning tie before a reported crowd of 7,230 (thus, the Cyclone owners were the winners ;-). Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz got the start at first base and went 1-for-2. Mario Sanchez got the last out of the game, retiring the only batter he faced.

GCL Marlins 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Costa (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP, WP
• Reyes 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Tillero 2-4
• Guzman 1-3, R, BB

The G-Marlins picked up where they left off on Monday afternoon, scoring three in the 1st and cruising to a 5-2 decision. John Costa, who missed 2013 with TJ surgery after being drafted in the 13th Rd., retired just one of four batters faced and was charged with the loss. Jorge Tillero was the sole batter to notch multiple hits as the G-Nats collected eight total, but were an abysmal 2-for-14 with RISP.
Roster move: LHP Brandon Sisk reassigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mariners 6
• W. Pena 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Morel (BS, 2; W, 3-1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• A. Martinez 4-5, RBI
• Agustin 3-5, R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI, CS
• Rengel 1-3, 2R, 2BB, CS

The D-Nats hit the 40-win mark for the first since 2008 with a 7-6 win over the D-Mariners. Wilber Pena got the start and let in one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five. He left with a 5-1 lead but the prosperity was too much for Miguel Vargas as he failed to retire a batter in the 8th as the D-Mariners took a 6-5 lead with a four-run rally. Andres Martinez’s fourth hit was the gamewinner, a two-run single that capped off a sloppy ninth inning that saw two errors, a walk, a wild pitch, and a runner thrown out at third with no outs. Melvin Morel got the benefit of the battle of who could play worse as he earned his third win despite blowing the save.

Aug 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 (10 inn.);
Won, 7-3
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (1-0, 3.46) vs.
Pino (9-2, 2.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 7-6 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 9-0 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-1;
Lost, 7-4
ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (3-3, 3.56) vs.
Edw. Martinez (1-1, 2.13)


Syracuse 5 Rochester 2 (10 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Hill 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grace (W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Martin (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Laird 2-4, BB, RBI
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI, 2BB

Syracuse outlasted Rochester 5-2 in a ten-inning opening to a doubleheader sweep. Emmanuel “I’m No Webster” Burriss started off the proceedings with a leadoff homer. After the RedWings tied it up in the 2nd, Tyler “Dare you to call me Mary!” Moore gave the lead back to the Chiefs with a solo blast of his own. ‘Cuse starter Taylor Hill had to settle for a no-decision when he gave up a homer to Chris “Back, back, back!” Herrmann. Daniel Stange, Xavier “Y-Man” Cedeno, and Aaron Barrett held down Rochester before winner Matt “Savin” Grace entered to pitch one and a 1/3rd perfect innings. In the top of the 10th, the Chiefs poured three runs of offense onto loser Mark Hamburger who was “well-done” in by an Emmanuel Burriss single that scored Sandy Leon and Josh Johnson with the help of a missed catch error by catcher Dan “ROFL” Rohlfing at the plate. Rafael Martin still has yet to allow an earned run for Syracuse and recorded his seventh save with a scoreless 10th.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 3 — GAME TWO
• Laffey 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Lively (W, 3-2) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Leon 1-3, HR, 4RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, 2B, BB

Syracuse quickly dismissed the demoralized Red Wings 7-3 in game two. The Chiefs jumped out to a six-run cushion in the 1st inning when they sent nine men to the plate. Eury Perez singled in Emmanuel Burriss, and Josh Johnson accepted a generous two-out bases loaded walk before Sandy Leon put this one away with a grand slam. Rochester did edge closer with a picket fence of single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, but Eury Perez tacked on an insurance run with a bases-loaded single. Laffey was pulled after laboring through 80 pitches in three innings so Mitch “Steppin’” Lively earned the win with two innings of one-run ball. Manny “No Harmin’” Delcarmen finished matters with a scoreless 6th and 7th.

New Britain 7 Harrisburg 2
• Kroenke (L, 2-7) 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Bates 2IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Leonida 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Sanchez 1-4, 2B

Following yesterday’s “March to the Scaffold”, the Senators played a “Requiem” of a game in their 7-2 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats. All starter and loser Zach Kroenke gave up in five innings was an Eddie “Not Easy To You” Rosario two-run homer in the 3rd inning. A five-run bullpen implosion by Colin Bates in the 7th turned this one into a laugher. He had help by a fielding error by Jason Martinson, but Bates alone is responsible for the three-run triple he gave up to Corey Wimberly with one out. Four of Harrisburg’s five hits were doubles, though Harrisburg’s two cosmetic runs in the 8th were unearned due to an error from third basemen Stephen “Through The” Wickens.

Potomac 7 Carolina 6
• Swynenberg 4IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Davis (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Renda 2-5, R, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, SB
• Miller 1-2, R, 2BB

The P-Nats completed their third straight sweep of the Mudcats Last Night In Woodbridge

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 0
• Ott 1⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, HBP
• Lee 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 2-3
• Middleton 2-3

Travis Ott was rudely introduced to the South Atlantic League by the Lakewood Blue Claws. Mr. Ott escaped harm in the 1st after the first two batters reached on a single and a walk when he induced an inning-ending double play by Zach “Not So Mean!” Green. Lakewood sent 13 men to the plate in the 2nd. Ott allowed two singles, a hit by pitch, a sac fly, another single, and a double before Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson mercifully called on Ryan Ullmann for bullpen assistance. Ullman gave up three runs of his own, although only one of them was earned thanks to an error by shortstop Wilmer Difo. The closest Hagerstown came to scoring were men on first and third with two outs in the 6th before Drew Ward flied out to Larry “On the Scene” Greene in left.
Roster move: RHP Andrew Cooper placed on the 7-Day DL, making room for Ott.

State College 4 Auburn 1 — GAME ONE
• A. Martinez (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Bach 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 2B
• Gunter 2-3, HR, RBI

State College picked up where they left off on Friday night, scoring four times in the first three innings as they took Game One from Auburn, 4-1. Anderson Martinez was taken deep twice — a solo shot in the 1st, a two-run homer in the 2nd — and gave up all four Spikes runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings. Cody Gunter broke up the shutout with a big fly in the 6th while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz accounted for a third of the nine Doubledays hits with a two singles and a double.

State College 7 Auburn 4 — GAME TWO
• Torres 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• McDowell (L, 1-2) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Carey 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Eusebio 2-3

The two days off afforded by the NYPL’s All-Star break couldn’t come at a better time as the Doubledays were dropped in the nightcap, 7-4 for their sixth straight loss. For a brief moment, after the four-run 4th tat put them up 4-2, Auburn appeared poised to stop that slide. A two-run 5th erased that lead while a three-run 7th put the nail in the coffin.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are still one good week or one bad week away from defending their division title or packing up for the fall. Only problem is there’s just two weeks left in the season. This week, it’s two home against the G-Marlins, one home versus the G-Mets and vice-versa for away games.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats took five of six in their penultimate week but with just six playoff spots between 36 teams and uneven divisions, the DSL postseason isn’t necessarily the six best teams in the league (e.g. The D-Nats would be a game up in the Boca Chica Northwest). Barring a collapse, the D-Nats will win 40+ games for the first time since Smileygate as they close out 2014 against the D-Mariners, D-Cards, and D-Orioles2.

Aug 172014
 

Rain for NPP 2

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
4:05 p.m.
Hill (10-6, 2.94) and
Laffey (12-4, 3.29) vs.
Darnell (6-5, 3.30) and
Gilmartin (2-3, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1;
Lost, 9-0
@ New Britain,
1:35 p.m.
Kroenke (2-6, 6.71) vs.
Wheeler (3-4, 3.36)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Sulser (4-11, 5.30)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
5:05 p.m.
Ott (Low-A Debut) vs.
Prosinski (4-5)
Auburn Postponed vs. State College,
1:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (1-1, 3.65) and
Torres (1-1, 1.82) vs.
Nielsen (3-2, 2.43) and
Baez (2-1, 2.94)
GCL Nationals Postponed OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 19-4 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse vs. Rochester — PPD
The Chiefs, winners of four straight, were stopped by the rain on Saturday night. They’ll try to make it up with two-fer twilight this afternoon at 4:05 p.m.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Simms (L, 2-5) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Latimore 1-1, R, 2B, 2BB
• Ramsey 1-2, 2B

The Harrisburg Senators “March to the Scaffold” of the offseason continued in a 5-1 loss in the first game in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the New Britain Rockcats. The Senator from Texas, John Simms, lost his shutout in the second when Reynaldo “Hey Hey” Rodriguez hit a two run homer. His problems grew when Nate Hanson hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Mr. Rodriguez added insult to injury with a solo shot in the 4th. In the 6th, Mr. Rodriguez failed to hit the ball over the wall and settled for an RBI double that scored Stephen “Sticky” Wickens. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore broke up the shutout when he walked to lead off the 5th and later scored on Cutter “Future Soprano” Dykstra’s sacrifice fly. While Mr. Simms lost for the fifth time at AA, he did successfully filibuster his way to a complete game that saved the ‘pen.

New Britain 9 Harrisburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Dupra (L, 1-6) 2IP, 2H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Runion 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Zero hits, zero walks, two K’s
• 69 pitches by Vasquez, 44 for strikes

Congratulations to any New Britain fans who attended the RockCats 9-0 seven inning no-hit victory over Harrisburg. Only Jorge Polanco’s error at short on a Kevin Keyes routine ground ball prevented a perfect game. Reynaldo Rodriguez’s big night continued when he hit another two-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd and scored Mike “Not the Nat” Gonzales. The Senators then began their “Reign of Error” when Tony Thomas reached on a throwing error by Adrian Sanchez, and Stephen Wickens reached on a throwing error by Jason Martinson in the very next at bat. Both runners scored on Eddie Rosario’s two-out single before flustered starter and loser Brian Dupra hit Nate “MMMMstop” Hanson before striking out Mike Gonzales to end the sadness.

Potomac 2 Carolina 1
• Dickson (W, 4-8) 8IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 8K, HBP, WP
• Walsh (H, 1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Mendez (S, 11) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-4, SB
• Oduber 2-4
• Severino 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Ian Dickson one-hit the Mudcats for eight innings while the Potomac bullpen walked the high wire in the 9th for a 2-1 win. Dickson allowed just a single to right with two out in the 2nd. Oddly enough his other three baserunners allowed all got there to lead off the inning as he hit Alex Monsalve in the 2nd, walked Jerrud Sabourin (4th), and walked LeVon Washington (5th). None of them made it to third base. Offensively, the P-Nats got a solo HR from Pedro Severino in the 3rd and got a break when Washington botched Estarlin Martinez’s two-out single in the 4th, which let Khayyan Norfolk, who had gotten on with a walk, score from first bsae. Despite having thrown less than 100 pitches, Dickson did not come out to pitch the 9th and watched Jake Walsh give up a run on a triple and a single sandwiched between a strikeout and a ground out. With the tying run on first and a pinch-runner inserted for an extra boost of speed, Manager Tripp Keister responded by lifting the southpaw for the righthanded Gilberto Mendez to face the righthanded Carolina first baseman Joe Sever. Mendez got the whiff to end it and earn his 11th save.
Combined with another Lynchburg loss, Potomac’s lead is now back to two games, four in the loss column. Presuming the rained-out Salem games will not be made up, the magic number to clinch both halves will be 15.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2
• Giolito (W, 10-2) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Johansen (H, 3) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• Napoli (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bautista 2-3, 2R, BB, SB(65)
• Yezzo 2-3, BB, RBI
• Difo 2-4, R

Lucas “Twinkletoes” Giolito allowed his enemies from the Lakewood Blueclaws one measly run on a Dylan “Dozens” Cozens RBI in the single in the 1st before continuing to lay waste to the poor batters of the South Atlantic League in the Hagerstown Suns’ 4-2 win. After admiring a scoreless 2nd and 3rd inning of work, Giolito’s teammate Rafael “I Gotcha” Batista engineered a run with a bunt single, stolen base, and scored on James “Mellow” Yezzo’s single. In the 6th, Spencer dropped the “Kieboom” when he hit a bases-loaded single to score Batista and Wilmer “Almost a Flintstone” Difo and give the Suns the 3-1 lead they would carry to victory. Jake “Don’t Break” Johansen only slightly self-destructed when his wild pitch contributed to a Lakewood run after he replaced Giolito in the 6th. Carlos Lopez provided some valuable insurance with his RBI single in the top of the 9th. Hagerstown wouldn’t need that insurance as David “Never Mike” Napoli hurled a perfect 9th for his fifth save.
Jeremy Houghtaling of the Auburn Citizen has reported that Travis Ott will be promoted from Auburn. Houghtaling previously reported the moves of Matt Swynenberg and John Feliz days before they were officially listed on MiLB.com

State College vs. Auburn — PPD
The rain that washed out the game in Rochester made its way to Auburn and will force a doubleheader this afternoon, weather permitting.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Cardinals — PPD
The rain that shortened Friday’s game also washed out Saturday’s, creating a doubleheader on the 27th.
Roster moves: RHP Franklyn Lopez reassigned from the DSL Nationals.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Mets1 2 (10 inn.)
• M. Pena 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Vargas (W, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Vilorio 3-4, R, OF assists at HP, 1B
• Agustin 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB

A single, wild pitch, an error, and another single gave the D-Nats a walkoff 3-2 win in extras against the D-Mets1. The rally made a winner out of Miguel Vargas for the first time as a pro, as the 19-y.o. Venezuelan pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th innings with two hits allowed, no walks, and one whiff. Malvin Pena started and let in both D-Mets1 runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. Luis Vilorio got a break from squatting behind the plate with a start in left field and threw out two baserunners while leading the D-Nats offense with a 3-for-4 game. He began the aforementioned rally with a one-out hit and scored on Victor Robles’s subsequent safety.
Despite their fourth straight win — #39, surpassing last year’s total of 38 — the D-Nats were eliminated from the Boca Chica South division race.