May 042013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-3, 5.46) vs.
Britton (1-0, 1.98)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (1-3, 6.12) vs.
Goeddel (1-2, 5.70)
Potomac Won, 10-3 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.76)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (1-0, 1.50) vs.
W. Perez (3-1, 3.08)

Norfolk 8 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 2-2) 5IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR
• Romero 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, RBI
• Komatsu 1-2, R, BB

This one was over early as the Tide rolled in for five in the first and cruised to another 8-2 win over the Chiefs. Starter Danny Rosenbaum doubled his season strikeout total with five on the night but also gave up twice as many runs (six) and a pair of home runs for 10 hits total over five innings. Will Rhymes led the seven-hit offensive effort with a 2-for-4 night and an RBI as Syracuse avoided the shutout with a two-spot in the eighth.

Harrisburg 3 Binghamton 1
• Treinen (W, 3-3) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 5K, WP, BK
• Holland (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 3B
• Johnson 2-4, R, RBI

The Senators returned to .500 with a 3-1 win over the Binghamton Mets. Blake Treinen evened his win-loss mark at three apiece with seven scoreless innings with five hits and one walk allowed. Neil Holland led a trio of relievers with a scoreless eighth while Aaron Barrett nailed things down by striking out the lone batter he faced with the tying runs on base in the 9th for his fifth save. The top four batters combined to go 5-for-15 with a double (Bloxom) and a triple (Goodwin) with Josh Johnson the sole Senator to have multiple hits at 2-for-4. Roster moves: C Jeff Howell was reassigned from Syracuse, with C Kris Watts placed on the 7-Day DL to make room of the Senators roster. Today, 3B Anthony Rendon will be activated with IF Francisco Soriano to be reassigned to Potomac per Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News.

Potomac 10 Carolina 3
• Cole (W, 1-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 9K
• Meza 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Leonida 2-3, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Burns 3-4, BB, RBI
• Oduber 1-3, 3B, 3RBI

A.J. Cole struck out a season-high nine as the P-Nats broke into double digits for the fourth time this season Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 9 Augusta 1
• Andwerson (W, 2-1) 6IP, 0H, 0R, 5BB, 7K
• Fischer (SV, 3) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2-1 IR-S
• McQuillan 3-4, R, RBI, SB, SAC, E(8)
• Pleffner 3-5, R, RBI

A seven-run 8th busted open a pitcher’s duel as the Suns pitchers combined to one-hit the GreenJackets in a 9-1 smackdown. Dixon Anderson walked five and struck out seven over six no-hit frames. Bryan Harper walked one in his 2/3rds of an inning while David Fischer let ‘im in on a wild pitch but closed out the game with two and a 1/3rds innings pitched and the lone Augusta hit surrendered. Hagerstown pounded out 13 hits with Mike McQuillan and Shawn Pleffner both racking up three singles.

May 032013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (2-1, 1.14) vs.
Jurrjens (2-1, 2.64)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (2-3, 4.76) vs.
deGrom (0-2, 4.91)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 4.85) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.76)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 2.25) vs.
Flores (2-0, 1.52)

Norfolk 8 Syracuse 2
• Perry 4+ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Tatusko 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Kobernus 2-4, 2SB (10)
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Tide ripped Ryan Perry for seven runs over four-plus innings as Norfolk defeated Syracuse, 8-2. The 26-year-old walked four and struck out none and gave up nine hits, including a solo shot to Trayvon Robinson. Ryan Tatusko let in two after coming in with the bases loaded and no outs, but stopped the bleeding with four innings of long relief, with just one run allowed (another Robinson HR). Jeff Kobernus and Will Rhymes both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense. Roster Moves: OF-1B Jimmy Van Ostrand reassigned to Harrisburg; OF Erik Komatsu reassigned to Syracuse

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 1
• Karns (W, 2-1) 6⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Barrett 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Head 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Watts 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB

A four-run fifth broke a string of 14 scoreless innings as the Senators pounded out a season-best 13 hits en route to a 6-1 win in the getaway matinee (hey, that rhymes!) versus the Rock Cats. Nathan Karns struggled some early, issuing leadoff walks in the 1st and 3rd innings, but recovered to pitch into the 7th for his second win and second quality start. Pat McCoy stranded one runner while Aaron Barrett stranded two as the two combined for two and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief. Jerad Head led the Harrisburg hit parade with a home run and two singles for his fourth straight multihit game.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Jordan (W, 2-1) 8IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Holt 3BF, 3H, 1R, 1ER
• Self (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 3-4, R
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 1PO, 7A

Taylor Jordan threw eight scoreless innings while Khayyan Norfork dazzled on both offense and defense Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Augusta 2
• Encarnacion (W, 2-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Henke (H, 1) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 3-4, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Ramos 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2K

The Suns scored three in the 2nd and held off the GreenJackets in the 9th for a 3-2 win in Augusta. All three runs came with two out as Tony Renda cashed in the back-to-back walks drawn by Wes Schill and Hunter Bailey to lead off the inning with a two-run single. Mike McQuillan send Renda to third with a safety to RF but couldn’t score from first on “Help Me” Wander Ramos’s double to CF that drove in the third Hagerstown run. Pedro Encarnacion tossed six shutout innings to get the win while the trio of Cody Davis, Travis Henke, and Robert Benincasa each pitched an inning in relief, with Benincasa getting the save, his fourth, though he gave up a home run in the 9th.

May 022013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Norfolk,
6:35 a.m.
Perry (0-1, 4.79) vs.
Arrieta (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 @ New Britain,
10:35 a.m.
Karns (1-1, 3.80) vs.
Hermsen (0-1, 5.79)
Potomac Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 1.59) vs.
Anderson (3-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-1, 2.60) vs.
Stratton (2-1, 2.38)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
It’s the first southern swing for Syracuse, with four against the Norfolk Tides and and four against the Durham Bulls. The road has actually been a friend to the Chiefs with a 6-4 mark vs. 3-12 at home.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 0
• Broderick (L, 1-2) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Head, Bloxom, Hood 2-4
• 0-for-5 RISP, 7 LOB

Usually when the heart of the order goes 6-for-12, you can chalk up a win. But not when the rest of the lineup goes 0-for-20. The Rock Cates took Game 3 of 4 with a 4-0 shutout in mercifully short 121-minute game. Brian Broderick scattered 10 hits over seven frames and let in four runs, the last coming on a solo shot, but the sixth HR the veteran has allowed in as many starts. Jerad Head, Justin Bloxom, and Destin Hood each singled twice while Sandy Leon and Ricky Hague both drew a walk, but the top three batters struck out six times as the Senators were shut out for the first time in 2013.

Carolina 3 Potomac 2 (10 inn.)
• Ray 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 7K
• Herron 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Mirowkski 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 1HR
• Nieto 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Zimmerman 0-3, 2PO, 1A

Richie Mirowski fell victim to the homer again as the P-Nats fell in extras, 3-2. Unlike his previous outing in Myrtle Beach, his teammates had the chance to take him off the hook but speedster Billy Burns was caught stealing for just the second time this season to end the game in the bottom of the 10th. Robbie Ray got the start and went the first five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven. Adrian Nieto provided both Potomac runs on his second home run in the 2nd inning and went 2-for-3 with a walk overall, but the P-Nats were otherwise held in check with just five hits total, two walks drawn and 11 strikeouts.

Hagerstown 5 Augusta 3
• Pena (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 6BB, 3K
• McKenzie (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Rauh (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Pleffner 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Severino 2-4
• Schill 1-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

Hagerstown got to spot starter Justin Schumer early, pounding him for five runs in the first and held off Augusta for a 5-3 win. Ronald Pena worked around six walks in five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and striking out three to even his win-loss record at 2-2. Chris McKenzie and Brian Rauh combined for four shutout innings to earn the hold and save respectively. Shawn Pleffner led the Suns attack with single, two walks, an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base.

Apr 302013
 

Ever Seen The Rain

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 vs. Durham,
12:00 p.m.
Maya (0-2, 7.33) vs.
Archer (3-1, 5.04)
Harrisburg Lost, 16-8 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (2-0, 2.70) vs.
A. Meyer (2-0, 1.64)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 0.00) and
Hill (3-1, 1.88) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 1.80) and
Roberts (1-3, 6.10)
Hagerstown Postponed OFF DAY N/A

Durham 5 Syracuse 0
• Young (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mandel 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marrero 2-4
• Rahl 2-3

Chris Young improved in his second start, albeit from awful to bad, but it was mostly a moot point as Syracuse offense was shut down (and out) in a 5-0 loss to Durham. Young was charged with all five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two over five and 2/3rds innings. Just three Chiefs hit safely (five singles) and only one reached second base (Chris Rahl) and watched as the next two batters made outs. With the activation of C Wilson Ramos, C Jhonatan Solano was optioned back to Syracuse with C Jeff Howell placed an the Temporary Inactive List. Solano was in transit when the game begun last night, thus C Sam Palace was activated from the DL as an emergency option and will likely go back once “The Onion” rejoins the team.

New Britain 16 Harrisburg 8
• Demny (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, CS
• Bloxom 3-4, R, RBI

New Britain sent 15 men to the plate in the 4th and 10 of ’em came ’round to score as the Rock Cats doubled up the Senators, 16-8. Starter Paul Demny took the brunt of the beating, charged with six runs on eight hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings for his third loss of the season. New Britain pounded out 19 hits total, but hit no home runs against the four Harrisburg pitchers. Brian Goodwin was a home run shy of the cycle while Justin Bloxom singled three times in four trips to the plate to lead the Sens offense.

Carolina vs. Potomac — PPD
“Constant rainfall and wet grounds” were the reasons cited for the postponement last night, which was not made until slightly more than a half hour before the scheduled first pitch. It is scheduled to be made up tonight as part of a doubleheader at 6:00 p.m.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
Rain postponed the finale between the Suns and the Crawdads with both teams off until next month. The game will be made up when Hickory next comes to town on June 10th as part of a doubleheader that’s scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Apr 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-3 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Young (0-0, 12.46) vs.
Odorizzi (1-0, 4.09)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (1-2, 4.57) vs.
May (1-1, 2.11)
Potomac Lost, 9-5 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 vs. Hickory,
10:35 a.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.51) vs.
Smith (3-0, 2.45)

Durham 13 Syracuse 3
• Ohlendorf (L, 2-3) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Roark 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 0K, 0HR
• Marrero 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, 2B, HBP

A six-run 7th started the running of the Bulls as Durham scored ten unanswered runs in a 13-3 blowout of Syracuse. Starter Ross Ohlendorf was perhaps pushed an inning too far as he was charged with four runs on four hits and three walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Xavier Cedeno’s first appearance for the Chiefs was a forgettable three batters faced, zero batters retired. Chris Marrero led the Syracuse offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon that improved his line to .352/.405/.676 with 6HR and 20RBI in 21 games.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0
• Treinen (W, 2-3) 6⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• McCoy (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B
• Leon 1-3, SF, RBI

Blake Treinen outdueled O’s prospect Kevin Gausman as the Senators shut out the BaySox, 1-0. Treinen pitched into the 7th and let up just three hits and three walks to go with six strikeouts for his second win of the season. Pat McCoy retired four of the five batters he faced, issuing just a two-out walk to earn the hold while Aaron Barrett came on again in the 9th to set down Bowie in order for his fourth save. Sandy Leon’s sac fly in the 2nd plated Justin Bloxom, who led off the inning with a double and advanced to 3rd on a Destin Hood groundout.

Myrtle Beach 9 Potomac 5
• Cole 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K
• Bates (BS, 1; L, 0-3) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B
• Oduber 1-4, 2B, 2RBI, 3K, SB, 2E

Three times the P-Nats called, building leads of 3-0, 4-1, and 5-3. Three times the Pelicans answered, narrowing it to 3-1 and 4-3 before taking a 6-5 lead in the 7th. A sloppy bottom of the 8th (error, HBP) gave Myrtle Beach three more as they cruised to 9-5 win over Potomac and took the series, 2-1. Despite struggling with his command, starter A.J. Cole notched a quality start with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks to go with seven strikeouts. Colin Bates took the loss, his third, after surrendering the lead on three runs in a three-hit, no-walks 7th. Caleb Ramsey was the sole P-Nat to get multiple hits with a single and a double in four trips to the plate.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 0
• Pineyro (W, 1-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 12K
• Fischer (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Ivan Pineyro and David Fischer combined to strike out 18 in a five-hit shutout as the Suns blanked the Crawdads, 3-0. Pineyro walked two and gave up three hits and struck 12 for his first win while Fischer struck out the side twice in the 7th and 8th innings and stranded a runner in the 9th for the three-inning save, his second of the season. Shawn Pleffner and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as Hagerstown took advantage of three errors to score three times on just seven hits and two walks.

Apr 282013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Durham,
2:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-2, 5.82) vs.
J. Martin (1-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3
(13 inn.)
@ Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Treinen (1-3, 6.23) vs.
Gausman (1-2, 4.71)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Myrtle Beach,
3:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 4.95) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Hickory,
1:05 p.m.
Pineyro (0-2, 6.59) vs.
Stafford (0-2, 6.00)

Syracuse 2 Durham 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 2-1) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, K, HBP; E, DP, pickoff at 1B
• Crotta (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davis (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, SB
• Marrero 2-4, RBI

Both teams scored just once, but stellar Syracuse pitching made the two runs stand up for a 2-1 win over Durham, stopping a three-game slide. Danny Rosenbaum was a groundball machine, getting 18 of 21 outs on the ground, including two double plays over seven innings. He struck out just one and walked two in his second win. Mike Crotta pitched a 1-2-3 eighth while Erik Davis gave up an unearned run in the 9th but struck out the last two for the save, his second. Eury Perez and Chris Marrero both went 2-for-4, with Perez swiping a base and Marrero driving in a run.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 3 (13 inn.)
• Karns 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Broadway (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 3-5, 2R, BB, SB
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B, 2BB, HR, 3RBI

Josh Johnson’s bases-loaded walk — the third straight issued with two out in the 13th — closed the five-inning donut shop on the Bowie scoreboard as Harrisburg ended its six-game losing streak with a 4-3 win. Johnson also doubled and homered and drove in three of the four Senator runs while Destin Hood went 3-for-5 to lead the Senator hit column. Starting pitched Nathan Karns got the no-decision with two runs allowed (one earned) on four hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds. Michael Broadway got the win with three scoreless innings while Aaron Barrett set ’em down 1-2-3 for save number three.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 4
• Jordan 4IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Meza 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mirowksi (L, 1⅓ IP, H, 3R, 0ER, BB, K, HR
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB
• Nieto 2-3, R, BB

Four errors led to five unearned runs, including the last three on a walkoff home run, as Potomac fell to Myrtle Beach, 7-4. Starter Taylor Jordan lasted just four innings and he was charged with three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk. The entire lineup came to bat in the 8th as the P-Nats rallied from 4-0 to tie it at 4-4, the equalizer coming on a would-be ’round the horn double play that Justin Miller beat out. An inning later, Miller’s error with two outs in the 9th gave the Pelicans an extra life, as Kellin Deglan took advantage to deliver the killshot off Richie Mirowski. Cutter Dykstra and Adrian Nieto both went- 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, but the P-Nats offense struggled in the clutch with just a 3-for-13 mark with RISP and nine LOB.

Hagerstown 8 Hickory 2
• Turnbull (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Benincasa 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 3-5, 4R, 2B, RBI
• McQuillan 3-4, 2R, 2RBI

Three crooked innings in the last four Hagerstown at-bats turned a 2-1 game into a blowout as the Suns boiled the Crawdads, 8-2. Kylin Turnbull served up a home run, but went six innings with just three hits total with no walks and seven K’s for the win in his return to Low-A. Tablesetters Tony Renda and Mike McQuillan combined for six hits and five runs scored as Hagerstown pounded out 11 hits total, with Shawn Pleffner and Wes Schill also having multihit performances at 2-for-4 with a double apiece.

Apr 272013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 1.62) vs.
Colome (1-2, 2.08)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Karns (1-1, 4.60) vs.
Pettit (1-0, 4.64)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 1.48) vs.
Jackson (3-0, 1.33)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Turnbull (1st Low-A
start of ’13) vs.
Sadzeck (2-0, 1.69)

Given a choice, you should always pick good pitching over good hitting… but, oh man, why can’t you have both? That’s the question/theme for Friday night on the Nats farm.

Rochester 4 Syracuse 2
• Perry (L, 0-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 1K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI (9-game hit streak)
• Rhymes 1-3, R, BB

After three games with softball scores, it was some good ol’ hardball in Game Four as the Red Wings doubled up the Chiefs, 4-2. Ryan Perry tossed seven strong innings, letting in both Rochester runs on six hits (one home run) and four walks with three strikeouts, but left trailing 2-0. His teammates loaded em up with no outs in the 7th but came away with just one run on a Zach Walters sacrifice fly. Two innings later, they got two runners into scoring position with one out, but again could only plate one with a flyball out. Wondering why Chris Marrero was taken out of Thursday’s game and skipped yesterday. Auburn Citizen sportswriter Ben Meyers has the answer.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 1
• Broderick (L, 1-1) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Holland 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Komatsu 2-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3, SF, RBI

Brian Broderick rebounded from a poor outing last Saturday to turn in his second quality start, but the offense fell three runs short as Bowie knifed Harrisburg, 3-1. The BaySox scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th frames as Broderick worked around nine baserunners (seven hits, two walks) with rehabbing Wilson Ramos gunning down one of ’em. Erik Komatsu was the sole Senator with multiple hits as Bowie’s trio of moundsmen held Harrisburg to just six hits and struck out 10. Justin Bloxom drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the 6th. Roster move: To make room for recently demoted LHP Pat McCoy, RHP Pat Lehman was placed on the 7-Day DL, while C Wilson Ramos joined the team on rehab assignment

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 1
• Ray (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• Herron (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Taylor 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

This was the lone game that had both good hitting and good pitching as Potomac beat Myrtle Beach, 5-1. Robbie Ray threw six shutout innings in his fourth straight quality start and fanned eight to raise his league-leading strikeout total to 34 (in 29IP) and lower his ERA to 1.55 (his 2.53 FIP is not too shabby, either). Kevin Keyes missed the scoreboard with his solo shot, while Michael Taylor’s three-run shot landed in the LF cheap seats as both homered for the second time on this road trip.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 2
• Anderson 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Wa. Ramos 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B
• 0-for-12 RISP, 9 LOB

The clutch hit eluded the Suns all night long as Hickory got the big fly in the 8th for a 3-2 win. Brian Dupra took the loss for his one mistake, a two-run homer, in three innings of relief. Dixon Anderson pitched the first six with just an unearned run allowed on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Hagerstown had but six hits but got 12 men into scoring position and plated none of them, as an error sent in the first Suns run and an RBI double by “Help Me” Wander Ramos drove in Stephen Perez (who reached on an error) for the second.

Apr 262013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-5
(11 inn.);
Lost, 10-7
vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (0-0, 5.93) vs.
Walters (1-2, 4.43)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Broderick (1-0, 6.16) vs.
Wright (1-0, 6.75)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (1-1, 1.96) vs.
N. Martinez (2-1, 3.78)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 2.86) vs.
Edwards (1-1, 2.45)

Rochester 10 Syracuse 5 (11 inn.)
• Ohlendorf ⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S

Ross Ohlendorf was called upon to get out of the bases-loaded, one-out situation when play was halted on Wednesday night but served up a triple to empty the bases to the first batter he faced then gave up his own run on a groundout to the second batter before a popup to the third batter ended the five-run Rochester 11th. The Chiefs went in order in the bottom half to complete the 10-5 extra-inning loss.

Rochester 10 Syracuse 7
• Maya 5⅓ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K
• Romero (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, R
• Kobernus 2-5, 2R, SB

Rochester scored in six of nine frames, including a picket fence in the last three to pull away with a 10-7 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. Starter Yunesky Maya pitched into the sixth, but gave up seven runs on 10 hits and two walks and struck out just three. J.C. Romero was pushed an inning too far, giving up a run on two hits in his second inning of work after stranding three in his first, and took the loss. Zach Walters paced the Syracuse offense with a single, double, and an RBI.

HARRISBURG — OFF DAY
It’s a swing up and down 95 this upcoming week as the Senators head to Bowie for three this weekend, then a jaunt up to Connecticut for four in New Britain next week. Harrisburg is on a five-game slide but trails its division by just two as parity reigns in the Eastern League as all 10 teams are within four games of .500 in either direction.

Carolina 4 Potomac 1
• Hill (L, 3-1) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 1B
• Nieto 2-4

No lights were shattered as the P-Nats fell to the Mudcats 4-1 for a 3-1 series loss. A leadoff homer by Carolina’s Tyler Naquin quashed any hopes of Taylor Hill pitching back-to-back shutouts. Naquin would strike again in the third with a double and come around to score what proved to be the gamewinner. Hill would give up all four runs (two earned) on eight hits over five innings but suffered the loss, his first of the season. Michael Taylor remains red-hot, connecting for a solo HR in the first and going 2-for-4 on the night (as did Adrian Nieto) as the P-Nats collected eight hits total but got just five men into scoring position and left on six.

Hagerstown 4 Augusta 0 — GAME ONE
• Pena (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Rauh 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• S. Perez 2-2, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Schill 0-1, 2R, 2BB

It was the Stephen Perez show in the opener, as the 22-year-old from Miami doubled and homered and drove in three of the four Hagerstown runs in a 4-0 shutout of Augusta. Fellow Floridian Ronald Pena got his first Low-A win, tossing five innings of shutout ball with three hits and three walks allowed and two strikeouts. Brian Rauh closed out the game with a pair of goose eggs and two baserunners allowed.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 2 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Henke 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• B. Miller 1-3, OF assist at 2B

Shawn Pleffner nearly matched Perez in the nightcap by driving in both Suns runs on a pair of doubles, but the proverbial one bad inning was enough for Augusta to edge Hagerstown, 3-2. Two errors made it too hard for starter and losing pitcher Pedro Encarnacion to work around three singles, as the GreenJackets scored all three (unearned), including the game-winner on a bases-loaded walk. Encarnacion gave up five hits and two walks total over three and 1/3rd innings. Travis Henke worked out of the jam with a double-play and went two more innings, but the Hagerstown offense was held to just four hits total (six for the doubleheader).

Apr 252013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Losing, 6-5
(Susp., Top 11th)
vs. Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (0-2, 6.00) vs.
Walters (1-2, 4.43)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 2-0 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Hill (3-0, 1.42) vs.
Roberts (0-3, 8.56)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Augusta,
5:05 p.m.
Pena (0-2, 6.57) and
Encarnacion (1-0, 3.21) vs.
Gregorio (2-0, 1.06) and
Stratton (2-0, 1.08)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 5 — SUSP
• Tatusko 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Mandel 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, BB, K
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Rain suspended play in the top of the 11th with the Rochester Red Wings leading 6-5. It’ll be completed today at 5 p.m. with the regularly scheduled game at 6 p.m. Prior to the rains, the Red Wings rallied for four to tie it in a mistake-laden 8th, which took away a possible “W” from Syracuse starter Ryan Tatusko, who threw six innings of one-run, four-hit ball with no walks and four K’s. Chris Marrero and Chris Rahl both homered and drove in two to lead the Chiefs offense, which will send up the Carloses Rivero and Maldonado and Rahl in the bottom of the 11th.

Reading 6 Harrisburg 5
• Holder (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Broadway 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 2-4, BB, SB
• Bloxom 2-3, 2R, HR, RBI, BB

Sloppy defense and mental miscues put Harrisburg in an early 4-0 hole that they couldn’t dig themselves out of for a 6-5 loss and a series sweep by Reading. Spot starter Trevor Holder took the loss, giving up those first four runs (two earned) on five hits, a walk, and a hit batsman. Brian Goodwin singled twice and stole his fifth base of the season while Justin Bloxom homered and scored twice to pace the Senators offense. They may not have been lollygagging to first, but manager Matt LeCroy had some strong words for his team’s play, captured here by Mick Reinhard at Mayflies and Big Flies

Potomac 2 Carolina 0
• Schwartz (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Herron (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB

Three Potomac pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout while Kevin Keyes went deep in a 2-0 triumph over Carolina. Blake Schwartz retired the leadoff man five times in six innings, allowing a pair of one-out doubles in the first two innings before running into some trouble in the 4th. A leadoff single and a walk put two runners on with no outs, but a DP and a K got him out of the jam as the Minnesota native retired eight straight to finish his night. Jason Martinson walked ahead of Keyes’s first big fly of 2013, while Randolph Oduber doubled to lead off the 5th as the Mudcats pitchers nearly matched their counterparts with just seven baserunners allowed. Roster moves: OF Randolph Oduber reassigned from Harrisburg, OF Will Piwinica-Worms assigned to XST.

Augusta vs. Hagerstown — PPD
It’s a doubleheader today thanks to a rainout yesterday, which the team let folks know the new-fashioned way: via Twitter and Instagram. Roster move: C Andruth Ramirez reassigned to XST.

Apr 242013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-7
(13 inn.)
vs. Rochester,
6:00 p.m.
Tatusko (0-1, 7.11) vs.
Albers (0-0, 3.09)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-5 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Holder (0-0, 0.00)
vs. Neris (1-0, 3.18)
Potomac Lost, 7-1 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (High-A debut) vs.
Morimando (1-1, 1.29)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 vs. Augusta,
6:35 p.m.
Pena (0-2, 6.57) vs.
Gregorio (2-0, 1.06)

Syracuse 8 Rochester 7 (13 inn.)
• Young 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 3HR
• Roark 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Perez 4-7, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Owings 3-5, R, HR, BB, 2BB
• Howell 3-6, R, 2B

A bunt single by Jeff Kobernus, an error, a sacrifice, and another single by Jimmy Van Ostrand put an end to a long night in Syracuse as the Chiefs clipped the RedWings, 8-7 in 13 innings. Chris Young got smacked around for six runs on nine hits, including three home runs over four and a 1/3rd innings in his ’13 debut. A quintet of Syracuse relievers combined to hold Rochester to just one run over eight and 2/3rds innings. Eury Perez led the hit column with three singles and a double, while Micah Owings homered and walked twice, once intentionally.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 5
• Clay 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Lehman (BS, 1;L, 1-2) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K, HR (three-run)
• First four batters 10-18, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Last five batters: 1-17, 3BB, 4K

Reading rallied for four runs in the 9th to turn a would-be 4-3 win into a heartbreaking 7-5 loss, the fourth in a row for Harrisburg. Caleb Clay posted his third straight quality start by pitching into the 7th with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Brian Goodwin (3-for-5), Josh Johnson (3-for-5) and returnees Erik Komatsu (2-for-5) and Jerad Head (2-for-3) combined for 10 hits and drove in three of the four runs, but after that the Senators lineup was ice-cold with just one hit and three walks.

Carolina 7 Potomac 1
• Cole (L, 0-1) 3IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Bates 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burns 1-3, 3B, BB, 2SB
• Taylor 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, 2SB

Despite seven walks, five stolen bases, and three extra-base hits, Potomac was nearly shut out for the second straight night in a 7-1 loss to Carolina. Adrian Nieto’s two-out double following a Carolina error drove in the sole run for the P-Nats, who left on six and went 1-for-10 with RISP. A.J. Cole continues to struggle, roughed up for three runs on seven hits over three innings and lifted after 78 pitches. Likewise for reliever Christian Meza, who let in both runners he inherited and gave up two more in just 2/3rds of an inning.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 1
• Pineyro (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Fischer 4IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, K, 2HBP
• Ramos 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B
• Miller 2-4, 2B

Augusta’s Martin Agosta outdueled Ivan Pineyro for a 3-1 win over Hagerstown. “Help Me” Wander Ramos homered for the Suns only run, his third in 11 games to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Ivan Pineyro, making his first start after getting hit by a line drive last week, took the loss with two runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five innings. Shawn Pleffner and Brandon Miller both went 2-for-4 with a double as the Suns were held just eight hits total and set down on strikes 12 times.