Aug 182015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (4-1, 2.53) vs.
Haviland (4-7, 4.32)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 7.27) vs.
Morimando (9-10, 2.98)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Lopez (6-7, 4.22) and
Mapes (3-2, 2.60) vs.
Junis (4-9, 3.60) and
Strahm (1-3, 3.21)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.06) vs.
Jurado (11-0, 2.08)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A


Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 1
• Espino (L, 5-6) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• J. Gutierrez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, BB
• Burriss 2-5, 2B, RBI

Pawtucket broke open a 1-0 game with a four-run 6th to send Syracuse to its third straight loss, 6-1. Paolo Espino was knocked for five runs on eight hits, including a home run over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Caleb Ramsey walked once and singled twice to lead the Chiefs offense, which was limited to six hits and three walks.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
Turns out if you throw seven one-hit, shutout innings that’ll make you the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. It’s the third such honor for the 21-y.o. Lucas Giolito, who won the award twice last season with the Hagerstown (June 23-29, July 21-27).

Potomac — OFF DAY
Reynaldo Lopez gave up two hits in his seven-scoreless, 11-K effort last week, but walked none to effectively match Giolito’s outing and was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week. It was his second weekly award, as he won the POTW for the week June 23-29 for the New York-Penn League in 2014.
Roster move: OF Denard Span rehab assignment ended.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 2 (11 inn.)
• Fedde 4⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Napoli (L, 5-4) 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Stevenson 3-5, R, 2B, SB
• Page 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown’s modest four-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 loss to Hickory in extra innings. Erick Fedde made his second Sally Lg. start, tossing four and 2/3rds scoreless with one walk and four hits allowed and striking out four. The Crawdads pinched Drew Van Orden for two in the top of the 6th but the Suns tied it in the bottom half of the 6th on a double, wild pitch, and RBI groundout. The loss was pinned on David Napoli in his fourth inning of relief. Despite Mario Sanchez stranding three in the top of the 11th, the offense did not get the lift and went in order in the bottom of the 11th.

Auburn — ALL-STAR BREAK
Kelvin Rodriguez is the sole Auburn representative in the 2015 New York-Penn League All-Star game, held tonight at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, MD.

Aug 172015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (5-5, 3.43)
Escobar, Ed (0-2, 6.51)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 7-2;
Won, 4-3
vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 5-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A


Buffalo 3 Syracuse 1
• Billings (L, 7-5) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• den Dekker 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Mastroianni 1-4, 2B

Syracuse’s reversion to the mean continued with a second straight loss to Buffalo, 3-1. Bruce Billings turned in a quality start of three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings and was rewarded with a loss. The offense was limited to just five hits, with Matt den Dekker’s solo HR in the 5th breaking up the Bisons’ shutout bid.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 3
• Voth (L, 4-6) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bacus 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corona 1-2, R, BB
• Difo 2-5

Austin Voth pitches well, gets no-decision; bullpen implodes, offense is too little, too late. It was a familiar sequence as Harrisburg lost the rubber game of the series, 7-3. Voth let in two runs over five innings on six hits and two walks while fanning five. The BaySox piled on two in the 8th and three in the 9th to break open a 2-1 game. The Sens managed just six hits, with Wilmer Difo and Reegie Corona the only batters to reach base twice.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 1
• Rauh (L, 2-2) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 9K, HR, HBP
• Valdez 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• DeBruin 2-4, 2B
• Norfork 2-4, R

Starter Brian Rauh pitched well enough to win, but the offense was out to lunch as the Blue Rocks took the series finale from the P-Nats, 4-1. Rauh gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks but struck out nine over seven innings. The Potomac offense eked out six hits, including a double by Grant DeBruin and an RBI triple by Zach Wright but was 0-for-6 with RISP and left on six.
Roster move: OF Denard Span assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 2 — GAME ONE
• Bach (W, 6-3) 5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Brinley 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Stevenson 2-3, R, BB, SB
• Mayers 2-4, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, HR, 5RBI

Highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, the Suns broke out for six runs in the 6th, and took the opener from the Intimidators, 7-2. The big fly took Connor Bach off the hook for the would-be 2-1 loss and instead gave him his sixth “W” with two runs allowed on two hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Andrew Stevenson paced the Hagerstown attack with two singles, a walk, and a stolen base.

Hagerstown 4 vs. Kannapolis 3 — GAME TWO
• A. Lee 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• D. Williams (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2R
• Mejia 2-3, SB
• Reistetter 2-4, 2RBI

Hagerstown survived a late rally from Kannapolis to take the nightcap, 4-3 and sweep the doubleheader. Andrew Lee got the spot start and was perfect through three before turning the ball over to Deion Williams, who got the win with two scoreless innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, Bryan Mejia, and Matt Reistetter each collected two singles as the Suns registered eight hits total.

Auburn 5 Batavia 2
• Crownover 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Boghosian (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, 2B
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

The Doubledays fell behind 2-1 in the top of the 8th but rallied for four to take the series finale, 5-2. Starter Matthew Crownover gave up a run on five hits but walked none and struck out two for a no-decision. Maximo Valerio followed with two goose eggs in his NYPL debut. Adam Boghosian was credited with the win as the pitcher of record but gave up the go-ahead run in the 8th on a hit and a walk. Luis Torres pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his second. Rhett Wiseman’s two-run single highlighted Auburn’s four-run 8th. Randy Encarnacion led the offense with single and a double and a run scored.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 152015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-7, 5.00) vs.
Jenkins (7-3, 2.48)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Bates (4-3, 4.07) vs.
Miranda (2-1, 1.66)
Potomac Won, 4-0 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Rauh (2-1, 2.21) vs.
Mills (6-6, 2.73)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (5-3, 3.21) vs.
Thompson (3-5, 4.59)
Auburn Canceled vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 4.67) and
Borne (1-2, 2.51) vs.
TBD and TBD


Syracuse 8 Buffalo 2
• Cole (W, 4-5) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Solis 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Mastroianni 3-5, R, RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Johnson 2-3, 2B, RBI

Syracuse only scored in one inning, but eight runs was more than enough to stampede Buffalo, 8-2, for their 11th straight win. A.J. Cole got the win with both Bisons runs allowed on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out two but gave up his ninth HR at AAA. Matt Grace and Sammy Solis combined for three scoreless innings to close out the game. Darin Mastroianni came off the DL and went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Kevin Keyes smacked his sixth HR to drive in three.
Roster move: OF Darin Mastroianni activated from the 7-day DL; RHP Taylor Jordan place on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to August 12 (forearm tenderness).

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 0
• Giolito (W, 1-1) 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 11K, HBP, 99-63 P-K
• Harper (H, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Demny (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-4, RBI
• Severino 1-3, R, 2B

The force was strong with young Luke Giolito as the Nats’ top prospect turned in a career-best outing in a 2-0 win vs. Bowie. Giolito allowed just a second-inning single, walked a batter, and a hit batter over seven shutout innings. He tied his season-high of 11 strikeouts and threw 99 pitches, 63 for strikes while winning his first AA game. Bryan Harper and Paul Demny followed with an inning apiece, both striking out two for a combined one-hit shutout with 15Ks for the Sens. Brian Goodwin went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 0
• Williams (W, 4-3) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Self 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP
• Bautista 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 4SB
• DeBruin 3-4, 3RBI
• Wooten 2-4, 2R, 2B

Pitching and speed made the difference Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: OF Brendan Webb assigned from Washington.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 2
• Howell (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 0K, WP
• Napoli 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2B
• Read 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, CS
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, RBI

The Suns lapped the Intimidators six times in the first six innings en route to a 7-2 checkered flag. Jeff Howell earned his first professional win, allowing one run on four hits and four walks but struck out none. Raudy Read doubled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the nine-hit Hagerstown attack.

Auburn vs. Tri-City — CNCLD
For the second time on this road trip, the Doubledays were washed away and the game won’t be made up. They return home tonight for two against Batavia tonight and one tomorrow before the two-day All-Star break on Monday and Tuesday.

Aug 142015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-2 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (3-5, 3.86) vs.
Copeland (9-3, 1.96)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 5.94) vs.
Additon (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (3-3, 2.48) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 12-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (0-0, 0.00) vs.
L. Martinez (4-10, 5.71)
Auburn Won, 7-5 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 4.67) vs.
Armenteros (1-1, 4.03)


Syracuse 11 Lehigh Valley 2
• Bleier (W, 4-1) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K; 1-3, R, BB, RBI
• J. Gutierrez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Burriss 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

The only thing hotter than the Chiefs are their wives and girlfriends (*rimshot!*) as they smelted the IronPigs, 11-2, for their 10th straight win. Richard Bleier spun seven innings of one-run ball on six hits, two walks, and three whiffs. He also contributed to his own case with a walk and a single and started two double plays. The offense racked up a baker’s dozen of hits with Trea Turner and Emmanuel Burriss both collecting two singles and a double and scoring two runs.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 0
• Simms (L, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Dykstra 1-4, OF assist at 2B
• Pleffner 1-4, 2B

Former Nationals farmhand Nick Pivetta led a quartet of pitchers that shut out Harrisburg on three hits, 3-0. Pivetta struck out eight over five and 2/3rds with just one walk for the win. John Simms was the tough-luck loser with one run allowed on five hits and two walks over six innings. Cutter Dykstra and Pedro Severino both singled while Shawn Pleffner doubled to account for the three hits, all against Pivetta. Reegie Corona and Isaac Ballou drew the two walks for the Sens to account for the five baserunners left on base.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 1
• Dickson (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 5BB, 2K, HBP
• Thomas (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP
• Martinez 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Wright 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Norfork 2-3, 2R, BB

A pair of two-run rallies in the 2nd and 8th innings by the P-Nats was the difference as they took the third of four games from the Dash for a 5-1 win. Ian Dickson walked five but made it through five innings with the lone Winston-Salem run let in on three hits. He struck out two and hit a batter. The bottom third of the order combined to go 7-for-9 with four runs scored, two walks, two doubles, and three RBI.
Roster move: OF Reed Johnson assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 12 Augusta 0
• Amlung (W, 3-1) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Cooper 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Page 3-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Mejia 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-5, R, RBI

Hagerstown missed two extra points, but punched the ball in twice in the second half for a 12-0 shutout vs. Augusta. The Suns scored in every inning from the 4th to 9th with a total of 13 hits and four walks. Matt Page led the way with a walk, two singles, and a double while going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Justin Amlung won his third Low-A game with six and 2/3rds shutout innings pitched, allowing five hits, no walks and fanning seven.
Roster moves: OF D.K. Carey placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jake Mayers activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 7 Tri-City 5
• J. Rodriguez 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 7BB, 7K, HR
• Torres (W, 5-0) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 4-5, 3R, 2-2B
• K. Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Tillero 2-4, R

The Doubledays broke open a 2-2 tie with two-run outbursts in the 7th and 8th innings and survived a bullpen meltdown for a 7-5 win vs. the ValleyCats. Jefry Rodriguez did his best imitation of Nuke LaLoosh with seven walks and seven strikeouts over five and 2/3rds, giving up two runs on three hits, including a solo shot. Luis Torres vultured the win by getting the last out of the 6th before Auburn took the lead in the top of the 7th. Max Schrock led the Auburn attack with two singles and two doubles while going 4-for-5 with three runs scored.
Roster move: RHP Erick Fedde demoted from Hagerstown.

Aug 132015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-5 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (3-1, 2.78) vs.
Biddle (2-2, 4.88)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-1, 4.91) vs.
Pivetta (0-3, 7.56)
Potomac Won, 8-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 4.24) vs.
Heidenreich (12-2, 2.67)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (2-1, 3.73) vs.
M. Reyes (7-4, 2.28)
Auburn Lost, 2-0 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (2-5, 5.36) vs.
Thornton (4-0, 3.32)


Syracuse 9 Lehigh Valley 5
• Espino (W, 5-5) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Walters (H, 2) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Butler 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse continues to roll as a five-run 4th powered them past Lehigh Valley, 9-5. Paolo Espino started and got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed over five innings on nine hits and a walk. P.J. Walters settled things down with three scoreless for his second hold. Every starter had at least one hit in the 12-hit night, with Emmanuel Burriss, Jason Martinson, and Dan Butler each having two hits and two RBI.

Reading 8 Harrisburg 4
• Purke 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Harper (L, 2-2) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Davis 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Difo 2-3, R, 3B, BB, HR, 3RBI

The Fightins once again threw haymakers at the Sens ‘pen, connecting for three in the 6th as Reading knocked out Harrisburg, 9-5. Matt Purke got the no-decision with five innings of three-run ball, giving up six hits, no walks, and striking out two. Bryan Harper took the loss with three runs charged on three hits, including a home run. Wilmer Difo was one-man wrecking crew as he walked, tripled, homered, and drove in three runs. The rest of the lineup went 3-for-27.
Roster moves: 2B Reegie Corona reassigned from Potomac; OF Derrick Robinson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 2
• Lopez (W, 6-7) 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 11K
• Johansen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Mesa 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Norfork 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez struck out a career-high 11 batters while tossing seven shutout innings in an 8-2 Potomac win over Winston-Salem. Lopez allowed just two hits and walked none while earning his sixth win. Every batter in the lineup hit safely with Alec Keller leading the pack with two singles, a walk, a run, an RBI, a stolen base, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 2
• Reyes 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Brinley (L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B
• Read 1-4, R, 2B

Hagerstown and Augusta locked up in in a pitcher’s duel that Augusta won with a walkoff single in the 9th, 3-2. Luis Reyes made one mistake, a two-run HR in the 4th, over six innings for a no-decision. He gave up four hits and a walk and struck out six. Ryan Brinley took the loss as he let in the gamewinner on a walk and two singles in the 9th. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz matched his line from Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Suns’ four-hit effort, with both runs scoring on sacrifice flies.

Tri-City 2 Auburn 0
• Hearn (L, 1-4) 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Ramos 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Florentino 1-3, BB, CS
• Encarnacion 1-3, SB

The ValleyCats scratched out single runs in the 1st and 7th innings while blanking the Doubledays for a 2-0 win. Taylor Hearn gave up just one run on four hits but left with two out in the 4th after walking the bases loaded. David Ramos stranded them and got the last out of the 4th and then pitched a scoreless 5th. The offense was limited to five hits and two walks with Darryl Florentino the sole batter to reach base twice with a single and a walk.

Aug 122015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (4-5, 3.09) vs.
Vasquez (7-4, 3.87)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-8 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 8.03) vs.
Jo. Rodriguez (4-2, 5.01)
Potomac Won, 8-5;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (5-7, 4.55) vs.
Almonte (2-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-1 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.18) vs.
Johnson (1-2, 6.41)
Auburn Canceled @ Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-3, 2.89) vs.
Murphy (0-1, 1.42)


Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 1
• Jordan 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• McGregor (W, 5-5) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Burriss 1-4, 3B, 2RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

The Chiefs rallied for four in the 2nd as they extended their win streak to eight with a 4-1 triumph over the IronPigs. Taylor Jordan got the start but was lifted after two scoreless innings (injury unlikely since he also struck out in the bottom of the 2nd). Scott McGregor got the win in relief, allowing one run on five hits over three innings without a walk or a whiff. Emmanuel Burriss and Matt den Dekker both had two-run triples in the Syracuse 2nd to pace the offense.
Roster move: RHP J.C. Gutierrez assigned from Washington.

Reading 11 Harrisburg 8
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• Mendez (BS, 5; L, 6-4) 4BF, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Ballou 4-4, 3R, BB, RBI
• Difo 4-5, 2RBI
• Pleffner 3-4, BB, RBI, SB

A six-run lead was too small for the Harrisburg bullpen to hold as they coughed up eight runs in the 7th to lose to Reading, 11-8. Austin Voth started and was knocked for three runs on four hits, including a two-run HR, over five innings. He struck out seven, but walked four. Wander Suero bore the brunt of the beating with five runs charged over an inning and a 1/3rd but the loss went to Gilberto Mendez, who let in two runners and three of his own while failing to retire a batter. Isaac Ballou reached base five times with four singles and a walk to lead the Sens’ 16-hit parade that saw seven of eight position players hit safely.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 5 — COMP.
• Mapes (W, 2-1) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Orlan (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Wright 2-3, 2R, 2-2B
• DeBruin 2-4, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2RBI, 2SB

A five-run 6th erased a 4-3 deficit as the P-Nats took the completion from the Dash, 8-5. Tyler Mapes picked up the win in relief of Matt Purke with two runs allowed over four innings on five hits and a walk. R.C. Orlan and Phillips Valdez combined for three scoreless to earn the hold and save, respectively. Grant DeBruin doubled twice and drove in three while going 2-for-4 to lead the Potomac attack.

Winston-Salem 1 Potomac 0 — GAME TWO
• Rauh (L, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 9K
• Keller 1-3, 2B
• S. Perez 2-2, 2B

Brian Rauh pitched a complete-game loss as the P-Nats bats were stifled in the nightcap for a 1-0 loss. Rauh went the full seven, letting in a run on five hits and one walk while fanning nine. Potomac was held to four hits and two walks and hit into four double plays to offset three Winston-Salem errors.

Augusta 9 Hagerstown 1
• Fedde (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K
• D. Williams 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B
• Carey 2-4

The Nats continued their tradition of promoting high-profile pitchers to start on the road and were “rewarded” for their caution as Erick Fedde was stung for six runs by the GreenJackets in a 9-1 loss. Fedde gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out three over four and a 1/3rd innings in his Low-A debut. D.K. Carey and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz both went 2-for-4 but the rest of the Suns were 2-for-28 as they were limited to six hits and a walk.
Roster moves: RHP Erick Fedde promoted from Auburn; RHP Kevin Perez placed on 7-Day DL.

Auburn vs. Connecticut — CNCLD
Rain washed out the finale between the Tigers and the Doubledays. It will not be made up because the two teams do not meet again in 2015.
Roster move: LHP David Ramos reassigned from GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Aug 102015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-2 @ Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 5.00) vs.
Alexander (0-2, 0.82)


Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Cole (W, 3-5) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Martin (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, BB, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B, 2BB, RBI

The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s [prosterior] every day, but don’t tell that to the PawSox, who dropped all seven games to the Chiefs in a home-and-home series. It was a 3-1 win for Syracuse with A.J. Cole giving up the lone run on a home run and three hits total over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six while notching his third win. Caleb Ramsey and Matt den Dekker both reached base three times and drove in a run as the Chiefs registered eight hits total on the afternoon.
Roster move: RHP Aaron Barrett option voided, placed on Washington 15-Day DL retroactive to August 6.

Erie 5 Harrisburg 0
• Bates (L, 4-3) 6⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, K
• Harper ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-4
• Pleffner 1-3, BB

The Seawolves silenced the Senators bats, limiting the Harrisburg nine to just five hits as they lost the series finale, 5-0. Colin Bates took the loss despite allowing just one run on four hits and one walk over six and a 1/3rd innings. Erie broke open the game with a pair two-run rallies in the 7th and 8th innings to put the game away. Brian Goodwin singled twice and struck out once while Shawn Pleffner singled and walked but the rest of the lineup was just 2-for-22 with nine whiffs.

Carolina 3 Potomac 2
• Spann 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 7K
• Walsh (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Self (L, 3-5) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bautista 2-3, 2R, HBP, SB
• Norfork 1-3, 2B, BB, CS

After slugfests on Friday and Saturday night, the series finale was pitcher’s duel that ended with some smallball as the Mudcats edged the P-Nats, 3-2. A safety squeeze after a pair of singles and a sacrifice sent in the gamewinner against losing pitcher Derek Self. Matt Spann started and pitched into the 6th, giving up five hits and five walks. He left with a 2-0 lead but Jake Walsh let in both inherited runners with a single to the first batter he faced. Rafael Bautista reached base three times and scored twice as Potomac was held to just five hits and three walks on offense.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 3
• Bach (W, 5-3) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• K. Perez 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI, SB(25)

Hagerstown scored four in the 3rd and never looked back as they pounded Delmarva, 8-2 to complete the four-game sweep. Connor Bach won his fifth game with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and three walks. He struck out five. The top third of the order combined for seven hits, four runs, and six RBI, led by Bryan Mejia, who was 3-for-5 with a home run. Osvaldo Abreu also reached base three times with two singles and a walk and stole his 25th base.

Connecticut 4 Auburn 2
• Borne (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Johns 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jefferies 2-3, RBI
• Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2-2B

The Tigers roared for four in the 3rd and held off the Doubledays for a 4-2 win. Grant Borne was charged with all four runs on seven hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings to suffer the loss, his second. Sam Johns and Cody Gunter combined for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief. Randy Encarnacion doubled twice and Jake Jefferies singled twice to account for four of the eight Auburn hits on the afternoon.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 082015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Billings (6-4, 4.31) vs.
Todd (3-5, 5.07)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Turley (9-7, 3.87)
Potomac Lost, 9-4 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
A. Williams (2-3, 2.70) vs.
Thurman (5-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (A- debut) vs.
B. Gonzalez (4-7, 5.38)
Auburn Lost, 7-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 5.32) vs.
Leftwich (1-1, 2.49)


Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 0
• Bleier (W, 3-1) 9IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 106-71 P-K
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Turner 2-5, R
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI

Richard Bleier continued Syracuse’s domination of Pawtucket with a six-hit, complete-game shutout and a 5-0 win. Bleier walked none and struck out two as he needed just 106 pitches to dispatch the PawSox for his third AAA win. Matt Skole homered for the fourth time since his callup to give the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd. Syracuse got three runs in the 3rd with just one ball leaving the infield (Trea Turner’s single) as three walks and a groundout to first with Turner beating the play at the plate to take a 4-0 lead and give Skole a second RBI. Emmanuel Burriss and Skole both reached base three times to pace the Syracuse offense, which offset 10 walks drawn with three double plays.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 4
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (BS, 4; W, 6-3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Demny (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, BB
• Difo 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB(20)
• Bostick 2-5, R, 3K

Harrisburg came back twice in this one, rallying for three in the 6th to take a 4-3 lead and one in the 9th to win it, 5-4. John Simms turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on seven hits on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd. He was in line for the “W” until Gilberto Mendez let in the tying run in the 8th on a leadoff walk followed by a double. Pedro Severino walked to lead off the 9th, advanced to second on Adrian Sanchez’s one-out walk, and scored on Wilmer Difo’s RBI double. Paul Demny worked around a two-out error to close out the 9th for his second save, with Mendez earning the blown-save-win.

Carolina 9 Potomac 4
• Dickson (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, 5BB, 5K, WP, HBP
• Mapes 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-4, R, RBI
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B, BB,

The Mudcats scored seven times in the first four innings and held off the P-Nats for a 9-4 win in Zebulon. Ian Dickson took the loss, giving up those seven runs over those four innings on five hits and five walks. He struck out five and hit a batter. Alec Keller went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Potomac offense, which actually outhit Carolina 9-8 but grounded into two double plays (vs. none) and drew just three walks.
Roster moves: IF David Masters reassigned from Hagerstown; 3B Drew Ward placed on 7-Day DL retroactive to August 5.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 5
• Amlung 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Williams 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brinley (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2RBI, 2SB
• Davidson 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Page 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Delmarva took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 8th but Hagerstown answered with four for an 8-5 sportswriter’s win. Ryan Brinley wobbled through the 8th and 9th innings but got the win. Justin Amlung started and was knocked for four runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Lineup bookends Andrew Stevenson and Austin Davidson combined to go 5-for-8 with a home run (Davidson) two stolen bases, three RBI, and four runs scored as the Suns registered 13 hits total.
Roster moves: 2B Austin Davidson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Williamsport 7 Auburn 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 2-5) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K, PO, E
• Pirro 2BF, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Boghosian 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Eusebio 2-5

It was a tale of two relievers in the 6th inning for Auburn as Williamsport scored twice on bases-loaded walks to take a 4-2 lead and cruise to a 7-3 win. Matt Pirro walked both batters he faced in relief of Jefry Rodriguez, who left with a 2-2 tie and the bases loaded and one out. Adam Boghosian got the last two outs and stranded three but the offense didn’t respond as they mustered just one more run and stranded 12 baserunners. Randy Encarnacion was the leading hitter with two singles, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.