Apr 192012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1
(11 inn.)
vs. Pawtucket,
12:00 p.m.
Duke (1-1, 4.91) vs.
Wilson (1-0, 1.80)
Harrisburg Won, 7-1 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Ballard (0-1, 5.23) vs.
Romanski (1-0, 5.23)
Potomac Postponed vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (1-1, 7.88) vs.
Celestino (1-1, 3.60)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (0-1, 10.50) vs.
Kleven (1-1, 2.45)

Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 1 (11 inn.)
• Lannan (ND) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Arnesen 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Brown 1-3, 2BB
• Michaels 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Chiefs had held the PawSox to just two runs over the previous 22 innings, but the levee broke in the top of the 11th with a five-run implosion as Pawtucket defeated the Chiefs, 6-1. John Lannan finally turned in the kind of start you’d expect from a major-leaguer at AAA, with just a solo HR given up over six innings. The problem is that the Syracuse offense, which was shut out on Tuesday, was just as woeful on Wednesday: Just five hits and five walks over 11 innings. Hassan Pena took the loss, loading the bases on a walk and two singles, and sending in the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk. Josh Wilkie nearly escaped the jam with a first-batter strikeout (out #2 of the inning), but then gave up a bases-clearing double to put the game out of reach, and a single to add insult to injury. Bryce Harper went 0-for-5 to drop his season average to .222

Harrisburg 7 Altoona 1
• Rosenbaum 9IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K, 95-71 B-S
• Pahuta 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• King 2-4, RBI

Already the most accomplished Nats pitching prospect in the organization, Danny Rosenbaum put another notch on his belt with a four-hit, nine-inning complete game in a 7-1 win over Altoona. The 24-year-old southpaw needed just 95 pitches to do it, pounding the zone with 71 strikes. Can’t say that this surprises me; I’ve seen something like it before. The Senators also gave Rosenbaum plenty of support, with the 4-5-6 batters (Pahuta-Rahl-King) each going 2-for-4, with Pahuta and Rahl smacking back-to-back jacks in the 7th. The Senators finished their first homestand with a 4-3 mark and now hit the road for Trenton and Altoona before returning to City Island next Friday.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
The rains that pelted the DC area yesterday forced the first postponement of the 2012 campaign. The game will be made up with a doubleheader on Tuesday, June 5th, which might be pivotal as last year’s two playoff teams from the Carolina League’s Northern Division were already set for a four-game series. Currently, both are in second place, two and a half games behind Lynchburg. The P-Nats return to Woodbridge tonight for a four-game series against the Salem Red Sox.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hill 3⅓ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jimenez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Burns 1-3, R

The Shorebird batters turned into the Lehman Brothers in the middle innings, putting up crooked numbers in three consecutive innings for another 6-2 win over the Suns. Kylin Turnbull took the loss with all six runs charged against him over four and 2/3rds innings, giving up nine hits and two walks. Taylor Hill finished the game with three and 1/3rd scoreless innings. Despite the solid relief, the Hagerstown nine couldn’t mount a late-inning charge and were limited to just six hits and one walk. Hendry Jimenez was the leading batter with a 2-for-4 night, driving in both Suns runs with a third-inning double. The Suns will be back in action tonight at the Muni for a four against the Lakewood BlueClaws.

Apr 182012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 1-0 vs. Pawtucket,
6:00 p.m.
Lannan (0-2, 13.50) vs.
Cook (2-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-0, 2.13) vs.
Baker (2-0, 0.82)
Potomac Won, 5-3 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Hansen (1-1, 7.88) vs.
Copeland (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (0-0, 3.72) vs.
Bridwell (1-0, 2.70)

Pawtucket 1 Syracuse 0
• Maya (ND) 7⅓ IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• Wilkie (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, IR-S 3-0
• VanAllen ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, IR-S 1-0
• Hoffpauir 2-3

Ryan Lavarnway’s solo shot off Josh Wilkie was the sole score of the night to send the Chiefs to a 1-0 defeat. The two teams combined for just 11 hits, with Lavarnway and Syracuse’s Jarrett Hoffpauir the only muti-hit performances of the night. Yunesky Maya turned in 7⅓ innings but left the bases loaded in the 8th. Wilkie escaped that jam with a double play ball. The Chiefs got the tying and winning runs on in the last of the ninth, thanks to singles by Seth Bynum and Tyler Moore, with a wild pitch setting up a 2nd-and-3rd with two out situation for Bryce Harper. Facing the 35-year-old Brandon Duckworth, the 19-year-old scorched a liner… right at second baseman Tony Thomas to end the game.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 0
• Mandel (W, 1-1) 7IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K; 2-3, 3RBI
• Nelo (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Hood 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Rahl 1-4, R, RBI

Jeff Mandel must have felt like he was back in high school, throwing seven shutout innings while going for 2-for-3 with 3RBI, as he powered the Senators past the Curve for a 4-0 shutout. The 26-year-old also picked up his first win of the season while lowering his ERA to 0.96. Hector Nelo picked up the save despite allowing four baserunners in two innings, walking a pair in the 8th and giving up two singles in the 9th. Destin Hood doubled, walked, and scored a run to lead the position players on offense.

Potomac 5 Frederick 3
• Winters (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Eusebio (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Oduber 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Taylor 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

After coughing up a two-run shot early, Kyle Winters settled down to turn in a quality start of six innings pitched to earn his first win for the P-Nats. Wilson Eusebio followed with two scoreless to give the ball to Rob Wort, who did his best imitation of Chad Cordero by walking one, giving up three straight singles, the striking out the side with the bases loaded for the save. Randolph Oduber paced the offense from the leadoff spot with a 2-for-4 night, followed by Michael Taylor, who doubled in the first two runs in the top of the 1st. David Freitas also connected for solo shot in the 6th. Just prior to the game, Brent Greer and Josh Smoker were placed on the 7-Day DL. A follower reported to me on Twitter that Greer had broken his finger during BP; no word on Smoker. The roster now stands at 24 with three catchers, as Sam Palace was activated from the DL, with C James Skelton the likely option to replace Greer on an emergency basis (73G experience).

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 2
• Meyer (L, 1-2) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K
• Newsome 2-4
• Leonida 2-4
• Skole 1-4, RBI (16, leads SAL lg.)

Alex Meyer made it out of the first inning, matching zeros with O’s uber-prospect Dylan Bundy for the first three, but ran into trouble in the 4th and 5th innings as the Shorebirds pecked him for three runs en route to a 6-2 win over the Suns. For the second straight game, Hagerstown did all its scoring in the 9th. Delmarva committed two errors to lead to the two unearned runs. Brett Newsome and Cole Leonida both went 2-for-4 to combine for four of the seven Suns hits. OF Brian Goodwin is eligible to come off the DL, but is not yet ready to return to game action, per the Suns radio broadcast last night.

Apr 172012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
6:00 p.m.
Maya (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Germano (1-1, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (0-1, 1.54) vs.
Colla (0-1, 7.00)
Potomac Won, 6-4
(11 inn.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Winters (0-1, 4.09) vs.
Simon (0-1, 7.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (1-1, 7.94) vs.
D. Bundy (0-0, 0.00)

Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 3
• Roark (L, 0-3) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 3HR
• Severino 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, IR-S: 2-0
• Harper 2-4, R, 2B; 1PO, 1E(3) in CF
• Johnson 2-4, 2B, RBI, CS
• Moore 1-4, 2K; 1PO, 0E in LF

The big fly was Tanner Roark’s undoing as all four PawSox runs came on the three round-trippers he gave up in a 4-3 loss by the Chiefs. All three Syracuse runs came in the bottom of the seventh, the last coming when ex-Nat Garrett Mock let in one inherited run (SSDU) then struck out the side (WTF). Josh Johnson was 2-for-4 in his AAA debut. Bryce Harper doubled and scored a run, but also committed his third error of the season. Tyler Moore played his first game in LF and made a putout. His single in the 4th extended his hit streak to seven games.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 2
• Demny (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 2K
• Frias 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 2-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Kobernus 2-4, R, 2B

Paul Demny continues to give up the free pass, with three unintentional and five total in a 5-2 loss to Altoona. The 22-year-old has walked four or more in all three starts for a total of 13 in 11⅔ innings. Two of the three he walked scored in the three-run third, chasing him from the game as he had already thrown 79 pitches. Jeff Kobernus and Chris Rahl both went 2-for-4 to pace the Senators offense, with Rahl swiping both second and third in the 4th, but the rest of the lineup managed just three hits and struck out nine times (10 total).

Potomac 6 Frederick 4 (10 inn.)
• Swynenberg 3⅔ IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K
• Selik (W, 1-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Taylor 3-5, 2B, RBI, OF assist (3B)
• Oduber 2-5, 2RBI, CS, OF assist (HP)
• Nicol 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI

A day after getting smacked like a cheatin’ spouse on daytime talk show, the P-Nats ‘pen turned in a sensational effort to help the offense mount a comeback for a 6-4 win in 10 innings over the Keys. Ryan Demmin, Neil Holland, and Cameron Selik combined for six and a 1/3rd shutout innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six. Randolph Oduber’s two-out single in the 10th was the gamewinner. The Groovin’ Aruban also gunned down a runner at the plate, one of two kills from the outfield. Michael Taylor had the other, cutting down a runner at third while going 3-for-5 to lead the hit parade.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 4
• Dupra (L, 0-3) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Karns 3IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Nieto 3-4, R
• Martinson 1-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Highlighted by Jason Martinson’s three-run blast with two out, Hagerstown rallied for all four of their runs in the 9th but fell short in a 5-4 loss to Delmarva. It was, however, the sole clutch hit as the Suns went 1-for-7 with RISP and stranded eight. Brian Dupra had a no-no through three and third, but got tagged for four runs on six hits by the last 10 batters he faced and took the loss, his third on the season. Adrian Nieto was the leading Suns batter with a 3-for-4 night.

Apr 162012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-2 vs. Pawtucket,
6:00 p.m.
Roark (0-2, 6.30) vs.
Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-3 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (0-0, 4.15) vs.
Poreda (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 13-2 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (1-0, 6.43) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (0-2, 3.86) vs.
Chalas (1-0, 7.20)

Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• Atkins (W, 1-1) 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Teahen 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Rivero 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Bynum 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Four doubles keyed a four-run rally as the Chiefs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Mitch Atkins got the win with seven strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks. Mark Teahen led the 13-hit attack with a 4-for-5 afternoon. Bryce Harper doubled and scored two runs while Tyler Moore homered for the fifth time in six games. Syracuse puts on the home whites for the next seven games, with four against Pawtucket and three against Buffalo.
Xavier Paul was placed on the restricted list yesterday, but no further details could be found at virtual press. Last month, Paul was given a leave of absence for “personal reasons.” It should also be noted that with Brett Carroll currently on waivers, it’s entirely possible this is yet another example of roster shenanigans.

Reading 9 Harrisburg 3
• Gilliam (L, 1-2) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 6K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perez 1-3, 2BB, 2SB
• Johnson 3-3, 2B, BB
• Howell 2-4, RBI

With two in the 1st and four in the 5th, the Reading Phillies built a 6-0 lead en route to a 9-3 win to split the four-game series. Robert Gilliam took the loss in his third start, allowing those six runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Josh Johnson reached base four times to lead the offense, with Eury Perez drawing two walks and stealing two bases. Altoona is next to visit as the Senators host them for the next three games before heading back out on the road to Trenton, New Jersey.

Lynchburg 13 Potomac 2
• Grace (L, 1-1) 4IP, 11H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Eusebio ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Moore 2-3, R, BB
• Taylor 1-3, BB, CS(5)

It was a game to forget on this Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.
Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 4
• Estevez 5⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Simko (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, IR-S 3-3
• Newsome 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Ortega 2-4, 2B, SB

For five innings, Wirkin Estevez had a no-hitter. When he left with one out in the 6th, he still had a 3-0 lead — even after surrendering three straight singles before getting a strikeout. But Todd Simko couldn’t stop the bleeding, letting in all three runners and three of his own as the Lakewood BlueClaws put up six runs en route to a 7-4 win, the second straight loss for the Suns. Bryce Ortega led the seven-hit attack with a 2-for-4 afternoon while Brett Newsome clubbed a pinch-hit HR and Jason Martinson tripled and scored the final Hagerstown run. The Suns continue their road trip with a three against Delmarva before returning home to host the BlueClaws for a four-game series starting on Thursday.

Apr 152012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Scranton/WB,
2:00 p.m.
Atkins (0-1, 0.00) vs.
R. Ortiz (6-3, 4.26 in ’11)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Reading,
2:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1-1, 3.75) vs.
Pettibone (0-1, 2.84)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Grace (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Northcraft (1-0, 1.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-4 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Estevez (1-0, 10.00) vs.
Martinez (1-0, 3.38)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 3
• Duke (L, 1-1) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Pena 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Rivero 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• McConnell 2-4, 2B
• Brown 0-3, 2BB, OF assist at HP

Despite collecting five extra-base hits, the Syracuse Chiefs could only muster three runs to lose their third straight, 6-3 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Zach Duke allowed runs in four of the five innings he pitched, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks. Carlos Rivero and Chris McConnell paced the offense, each going 2-for-4 with a double. Bryce Harper doubled and scored in the 8th to go 1-for-4 while playing CF.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 3
• Ballard (ND) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Lehman (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lozada 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Kobernus 2-4, 2SB, RBI
• King 1-1, RBI

Stephen King’s pinch-hit RBI in the bottom of the 8th broke a 3-3 tie to help send the Senators to a 4-3 win. It also took the edge off the ‘pen squandering a three-run lead, as manager Matt LeCroy nearly emptied it by using four relievers to get to closer Pat Lehman. The top of the lineup continues to be killer, with Eury Perez and Jeff Kobernus combining for three RBI, two singles, and double. Kobernus stole two more bases to bring his E.L.-leading total to seven.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 4
• Olbrychowski (L, 0-2) 5#8531; IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Freitas 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

Free swinging and less-than-stellar defense doomed the P-Nats Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lakewood 14 Hagerstown 4
• McKenzie (L, 0-1) 2IP, 6H, 6R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, 0HR
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, RBI, E(3)
• Ramsey 2-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Skole 1-3, RBI, BB, E(2)

A six-run 3rd and a seven-run 6th by the BlueClaws blocked out the Suns for a 14-4 loss. Hagerstown’s four errors didn’t help the cause as all four Suns pitchers were charged with runs, with starter Chris McKenzie taking the loss. Jason Martinson (2-for-4) and Caleb Ramsey (2-for-5) paced the Hagerstown offense, which scored its four runs on just seven hits and four walks.

Apr 142012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-6 @ Scranton/WB*,
4:00 p.m.
Duke (0-1, 1.50) vs.
Warren (0-1, 18.00)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Ballard (0-1, 11.57) vs.
Rodriguez (1-0, 3.60)
Potomac Won, 11-3 vs. Lynchburg,
6:35 p.m.
Olbrychowski (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Graham (1-0, 3.60)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Lakewood,
4:05 p.m.
McKenzie (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Kleven (0-1, 5.40)

*The game will be held in Syracuse but the Chiefs will bat first as the road team. This is the first of 10 dates that Alliance Bank Park will be the “home” field for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees; eight of those dates will be against Syracuse, the other two will be versus Buffalo. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre plays the entire 2012 season on the road due to the renovation of PNC field, as detailed here.

Lehigh Vally 8 Syracuse 6
• Lannan (L, 0-2) 4IP, 9H, 8R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• VanAllen 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Michaels 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• Solano 2-3, R, BB

John Lannan struggled for the second straight outing, giving up a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to turn a 5-4 deficit into an 8-4 hole as the Chiefs would go on to lose 8-6 and complete the three-game sweep. Sloppy defense led to four unearned runs, with two-out errors in the 2nd and 3rd innings helping Lehigh Valley build a 5-0 lead before Syracuse responded with a run in the 4th and three in the 5th. Led by Corey VanAllen, the Chiefs relievers held down the IronPigs for four scoreless innings the rest of the way, but the offense could only muster two more runs in the 6th. Jason Michaels and Jhonatan Soloano were the leading hitters, each going 2-for-3 with a walk.

Harrisburg 6 Reading 3
• Rosenbaum (ND) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Nelo (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, 2R
• Pahuta 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-3, RBI

The Senators broke a 3-3 tie with three in the bottom of the 7th, highlighted by a two-run triple by Tim Pahuta, as Harrisburg doubled up the Reading Phillies, 6-3. Hector Nelo got the win in relief of starter Danny Rosenbaum, who went 6⅔ innings and allowed three runs (two earned) om six hits and no walks while striking out six. Pahuta, Eury Perez, Jeff Kobernus and Josh Johnson each collected two hits as the Senators outhit the R-Phils 11-7. Pat Lehman collected his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Potomac 11 Lynchburg 4
• Hansen (W, 1-1) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Eusebio 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 0K
• Sanchez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Keyes 1-5, HR, 4RBI

Bobby Hansen got his first Carolina League win and Keven Keyes went deep Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 1
• Turnbull (ND) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Hill (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Leonida 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Burns 2-4, 3B, 2RBI

Cole Leonida’s 7th-inning solo shot broke a 1-1 tie as the Suns piled on four in the late innings to win 5-1 against the Blue Claws. Kylin Turnbull missed getting the win, but turned in a much better outing than his first, giving up three hits and a walk over 5⅔ innings with just one walk. Taylor Hill let in the runner he inherited but finished the game with three scoreless innings to get the blown-save win. Leonida and Billy Burns each went 2-for-4 while Matt Skole and Burns both drove in two runs.

Apr 132012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (0-1, 22.50) vs.
Cochran (1-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Buchanan (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (0-1, 18.00) vs.
Pacheco (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Stewart (0-1, 1.69)

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4
• Maya (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR (GS)
• Severino 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Moore 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Brown 1-3, 2BB, SB

Tyler Moore smacked his 3rd and 4th home runs in his first two at-bats to give the Chiefs a brief 3-0 lead after 3½ innings. But a grand slam in the bottom of the 4th gave the IronPigs a 5-3 lead that Syracuse couldn’t overcome as Lehigh Valley took the game, 5-4. Yunesky Maya suffered the loss, giving up all five runs on just three hits and two walks while striking out two. Three relievers combined for four scoreless innings to keep it close, but the offense ground to a halt in the late innings as the last 10 Chiefs to bat went down in order after Corey Brown’s two-out single in the 6th.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 1
• Mandel (L, 0-1) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Perez 1-3, CS
• Leon 1-3, RBI

For the second straight outing, Jeff Mandel turned in a quality start, giving up two run on three hits and two walks over six innings. But unlike last Saturday, there was no offensive explosion late, as the R-Phils took Game One of the series, 4-1. Harrisburg was held to just five singles, and six baserunners total. Sandy Leon drove in the sole run with the last of three straight safeties with one out, but misjudged Josh Johnson’s warning-track flyout to right field and was doubled off to end the rally. Jeff Kobernus went hitless to end his streak at seven games.

Myrtle Beach 1 Potomac 0
• Winters 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Wort 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Taylor 1-4, 2B, CS(4)
• Sanchez 1-3, SB
• Nicol 1-3

The wind may have been blowing in, but there was a breeze blowing out as the two teams’ pitchers combined to strike out 23 batters as the Pelicans got the best of the pitcher’s duel with a 1-0 walkoff win in the 9th. Cameron Selik was the hard-luck loser, giving up a leadoff single, sacrifice and an intentional pass before fanning the #5 batter for the second out. Kevin Keyes was unable to track down the dying quail on the LF line that proved to be the gamewinner, a ball that some players argued was foul, as it went off his glove for an error and the runner on second scored. Potomac opens its home schedule with a three-game set this weekend against the Lynchburg Hillcats.

Lakewood 8 Hagerstown 1
• Meyer (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Holt 3⅓ IPm 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, IR-S 1-1
• Martinson 1-4, R, BB, 3K
• Skole 1-3, BB

Alex Meyer couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving three hits and two walks while striking out two before he was lifted, as the Lakewood BlueClaws scored six en route to an 8-1 win. Greg Holt followed Meyer out of the ‘pen and was greeted with a two-run homer but shook it off to retire the next 10 batters he faced. The offense, however, was held to just six singles and stranded nine baserunners. Jason Martinson and Matt Skole each reached base twice safely via a hit and a walk, but Martinson whiffed three times to bring his total to 13 in eight games played. UPDATE ON GOODWIN: Citing a source, Byron Kerr is reporting that Brian Goodwin’s injury is to the quadriceps, not the hamstring. This is potentially good news since quads are generally quicker to heal.

Apr 122012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Misch (0-1, 3.60)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (0-0, 0.00) vs.
May (1-0, 7.20)
Potomac Won, 6-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Winters (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-0 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Meyer (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Nesseth (0-1, 14.73)

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6
• Roark (L, 0-2) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 3K
• Bibens-Dirkx 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Brown 4-5, 2B, R, SB, CS
• Solano 3-5, R, E
• Moore 2-3, R, HR, 2BB, RBI

The IronPigs scored in each of the first four innings off starter Tanner Roark, building a 6-2 lead. The Chiefs rallied for three in the 6th to pull within one at 6-5 but double plays in the 7th and 8th innings killed any chance of a comeback. Tyler Moore homered with one out in the 9th to answer Lehigh Valley’s big fly in the 8th, but Bryce Harper, who had tripled earlier in the contest, grounded out and Jhonatan Solano struck out to end the game. Corey Brown led the 13-hit attack with a 4-for-5 night, including a double, a stolen base, and a run scored.

Harrisburg 8 New Britain 2
• Demny (ND) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, K
• Davis (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Lozada 3-4, R, RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B, SB

A pair of four-run rallies in the fifth and seventh innings pushed the Senators past the Rock Cats for an 8-2 victory and a 2-1 series win. For the second time in as many starts, Paul Demny struggled with his control and couldn’t go the requisite five innings for the “W.” The 22-year-old walked five of the 23 batters he faced and struck just one over 4⅔l innings. Erik Davis followed him again but pitched much better: 3⅓ scoreless innings to earn his second win. After a 1-for-23 start in the first six games, Destin Hood drove in four runs and collected two extra-base hits (double, triple). Jeff Kobernus extended his season-opening hit streak to seven games while Eury Perez went 0-for-4 to stop his streak at six. Harrisburg opens its home schedule with a four-game set tonight against the Reading Phillies, followed by a three-game series against the Altoona Curve.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 3
• Swynenberg (W, 1-0) 5H, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Demmin (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Freitas 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, E(3)

With six free passes over the first two innings, the P-Nats took advantage to score all six runs as they doubled up the Pelicans, 6-3 for their second win of the 2012 campaign. Myrtle Beach walked 11 batters overall, including four in the first inning without an out by Wilmer Font (guess the strike zone wasn’t his type?). David Freitas paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, scoring twice and driving in a run, followed by Justin Bloxom with a 2-for-4, 2RBI effort. Matt Swynenberg got the win with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings while Trevor Holder and Ryan Demmin both turned in two scoreless frames to close out the game.

Lexington 3 Hagerstown 0
• Dupra (L, 0-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Karns 3IP, 0H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 4K, 2WP
• Leonida 1-3
• Jimenez 1-3

Brian Dupra pitched six solid innings, scattering five hits and allowing just two runs (on earned), which would be good enough to win most of the time. But Lexington’s hurlers, led by Mike Foltynewicz, were just a little better, limiting the Suns to a season-low four hits — all singles — to hand Hagerstown a 3-0 shutout loss. The Legends scored single runs in the 4th, 6th, and 8th and left on six runners, while the Suns were unable to push any of their nine baserunners past third base. The Suns finish their homestand at 5-2 and head north to visit the Lakewood Blueclaws for a four-game series.

Apr 112012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Losing, 2-0
(Susp., 4 inn.)
@ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (0-1, 1.50) vs.
Hyatt (0-0, 3.18)
Harrisburg Won, 7-2 @ New Britain,
10:35 a.m.
Demny (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Albers (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 6-4 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Font (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 16-8 vs. Lexington,
10:35 a.m.
Dupra (0-1, 8.10) vs.
Foltynewicz (0-0, 6.75)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 Syracuse 0 — SUSP. (4 inn.)
• Atkins 4IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 4BB, 2K
• Teahen 1-1
• Harper 0-2, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 0RBI, 0E

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was leading 2-0 when the rains came in upstate New York. The game will be resumed on Saturday, followed by a 7-inning game.

Harrisburg 7 New Britain 2
• Gilliam (W, 1-1) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• McCoy (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kobernus 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI, CS
• Leon 3-4, R, RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, RBI

After six innings, it looked rather bleak: Down 2-0, outhit 7-1. But Harrisburg racked up 11 hits and dialed up Dallas (214) over the last three innings to run away with a 7-2 win over New Britain. H/T to Geoff Morrow for pointing out Eury Perez, along with Jeff Kobernus, also has hit safely in every game. Combined the 1-2 batters in the Sens lineup are .411 (23-for-56) with 10 runs scored, six bases stolen, and eight RBI. Both are riding six-game hit streaks. Rob Gilliam got the win with seven strong innings, both Rock Cat runs allowed on seven hits (one HR) and no walks while striking out five. The Pats McCoy and Lehman finished out the game with two 1-2-3 innings.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 4
• Grace (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Selik (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 2-3, 2B, BB, 3RBI, CS(3)
• Freitas 3-5, 2B

Michael Taylor’s bases-clearing double in the top of the 2nd capped off a four-run rally as Potomac finally got a win, 6-4 over Myrtle Beach. Matt Grace got the win with five innings pitched, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out two and allowed a solo HR. Cameron Selik pitched a three-up, three-down 9th for the save. Following the game, the P-Nats formally announced that 3B Anthony Rendon has been placed on the DL, replaced by minor-league FA Brent Greer, a native of Manassas, VA, who had been released at the end of spring training by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hagerstown 16 Lexington 8
• Estevez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 7K, 2HR
• Martinson 3-3, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 2BB, 6RBI, E
• Ramirez 4-5, 2R, RBI, SB
• Nieto 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Newsome 1-1, R, HR, 4RBI

Pitching and defense took a back seat to slugging as the Suns debunked the Legends, 16-8. Jason Martinson would not settle for a single, doubling once and homering twice, including a grand slam in the 2nd inning that turned an early 3-2 Lexington lead into a 6-3 Hagerstown advantage. Martinson drove in six runs altogether. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez got the rulebook win with five innings pitched, four runs allowed on five hits and three walks, though he did strike out seven. The 20-year-old has an ERA of 10.00 with just three scoreless innings out of nine thus far. Rehabbing Rick Ankiel was a mere 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. OF Brian Goodwin has been placed on the DL with what’s being called an “upper leg injury” — groin, quadricep, or hamstring was not specified; Bill Belichek would be proud. OF Angel Montilla was also placed on the DL. Replacing Goodwin and Montilla on the Suns roster are OFs Narciso Mesa and Billy Burns. Both are on our watchlist. UPDATE: Byron Kerr once again has the nitty-gritty, reporting that Montilla is out with a broken hamate bone in his left hand.

Apr 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Scranton/WB,
6:00 p.m.
Mitch Atkins (0-1, 0.00) vs.
Craig Heyer (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Rob Gilliam (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Luke French (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (12-7, 5.17
in ’11 @ A-) vs.
Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 1.93
in ’11 @ SS-A)
Hagerstown Won, 8-7
(11 inn.)
vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (0-1, 13.50) vs.
Carlos Quevedo (0-0, 6.75)

Syracuse 6 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5
• Duke (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Wilkie (H, 1) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Rivero 2-4
• Brown 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, E, OF assist
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI, SF

Tyler Moore drove in three runs, including a two-run blast in the second, as the Chiefs built a 6-0 lead early and held on for a 6-5 win. Corey Brown drew two walks and tripled, while Carlos Rivero singled twice to lead the nine-hit attack. Zach Duke gave up just one run on a homer, and four hits total over six innings to earn the win. Three of the four Syracuse errors came in the Yankees’ three-run 7th inning, including one on CF Bryce Harper after colliding with Xavier Paul in RF, a ball that was Paul’s. Harper got some measure of redemption by throwing out Scranton backstop trying for two after driving in a run (who got on base by doubling over Harper’s head) in the 9th inning. Ryan Perry was credited with the save, but the reliever of the night was Josh Wilkie, who stranded two runners with one out in the 8th for his first hold of the season.

New Britain 6 Harrisburg 3
• Ballard (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Pucetas 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, 2B — five-game hit streak (.409)

A three-run shot with two out in the 3rd capped a four-run rally as the Rock Cats cruised to 6-3 win over Harrisburg. The Senators were a respectable 4-for-11 with RISP, stranding eight runners, but the turning point came in the 5th when they loaded the bases with three straight singles with nobody out and only came away with one run as New Britain got a comebacker to the mound for one out and double play after Tim Pahuta singled in the lone run. Mike Ballard took the loss with all six Rock Cats runs allowed on 10 hits and a walk. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Harrisburg, but Jeff Kobernus’s first-inning double extended his hit streak to five games.

Potomac — OFF DAY
For whatever reason, the Potomac Nationals and slow starts seem to be synonymous. It’s 0-3 so far in ’12, 2-6 in both ’10 and ’11 and 2-4 in ’09. In years past, it’s been cold and rainy, but with temps in the 60s and sunshine expected for the long-range forecast, the weather (e.g. cold or rain) can’t be blamed… Anthony Rendon has not been officially placed on the DL just yet, as multiple online reports are stating that team officials are waiting for the swelling to subside in order to further evaluate the extent of the ligament damage. Thus far, the only “known” is that the ankle is not fractured.

Hagerstown 8 Lexington 7 (11 inn.)
• McKenzie 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Simko 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Skole 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI (GS)
• Ramsey 1-2, RBI
• Goodwin 1-2

A Matt Skole grand slam gave the Suns an early 4-1 lead, but a bullpen meltdown sent the game into extras, where Caleb Ramsey stroked a two-out walkoff single to give the Suns an 8-7 win in 11 innings. Two errors (including one my Michael Morse, who also failed to throw out the first Lexington run in the first on a flyout to medium left field) sandwiched around a single, double, and another single fueled the Lexington rally that tied the game at 7-7 in the 7th. Todd Simko put out the fire with a grounder and two strikeouts. Morse and Rick Ankiel were 4-for-7 combined with Ankiel connecting on a two-run homer and drawing two walks. Brian Goodwin left the game in the second inning after beating out an infield hit to the first baseman. Officially, it’s a leg injury, but unofficially it appeared to be the usual turned ankle that comes with hitting the bag awkwardly. Like Rendon, no word yet on the extent of (or timetable for the return from) the injury. UPDATE: Byron Kerr is reporting that it’s an upper leg injury, not the ankle or knee. I was was watching the game via MiLB.tv when the injury occurred but was unable to see what Kerr describes due to the stationary nature of the video (i.e. he limped out of camera range).