May 172012
 

[Ed. Note:] These are the thoughts of my friend Shawn, a.k.a. one of my “spies in Hagerstown,” on the Suns position players. And again, don’t forget to visit his blog Musings about Sports and other important items

Brian Goodwin
was very impressive offensively in his five games. I was at the game that he injured himself, grabbed the leg immediately and you knew it was trouble. Goodwin showed speed and in power in those five games. Keep in mind that we haven’t seen him struggle, just as the last memory is the best memory.

Matt Skole has done everything you can do with the bat thus far and I really like his patience. Skole is striking out a little more than I would like, but his walk total is high and I think his bat will play higher up the ladder. The real issue is the leather; I do not think Skole plays third in the long run and it might be better to move him sooner than later.

Caleb Ramsey has been better than expected, but thus far something tells me that he will not hit for power as he moves higher — just a gut feeling.

Jason Martinson has played well and has reduced his errors, but for a repeat performer has not torn the Sally League up as you would hope a true prospect would. Martinson is still striking out a lot and that is a red flag to me.

Outside of those, none of the rest show me signs of being true prospects.

I love the way Billy Burns plays, but he reminds me more of a Chris Curran type — a high-energy, slap hitter that plays the game the right way, but lacks true high-end talent.

Steven Souza is killing the ball, but he should: This after all is his fourth Hagerstown stint and he is too skilled for this level. Does this play higher? I doubt it, but he is still young enough to make a move especially considering his tools.

Cutter Dykstra is hitting for a high average as he should, but still lacks the type of pop that you would hope to see, especially when you consider the drop in level. Dykstra turns 23 next month, but he needs to make his move soon.

J.P.Ramirez seems to me to be somewhat dispirited with the demotion and it has shown in his play. I thought Ramirez would rip this league up for eight weeks and move back up, but thus far he has only hit two homers. From a player that will rise and fall with the power potential, that is a huge disappointment.

Adrian Nieto continues to show just enough potential to keep your hopes up. Nieto has some power, but still does not make the type of contact that you would like.

Bryce Ortega broke his thumb and is out of action, but in his 51 at-bats, showed no power at all — not even gap power. Ortega looks to be a organizational type to me.

Brett Newsome is exactly that: an organizational soldier.

Hendry Jimenez has murdered lefties in a small sample size, but has been pathetic against righties.

Cole Leonida looks to be viewed as a backup catcher for the second year in a row. He has not gotten a ton of at-bats, and has not taken advantage of what he has been given.

Justin Miller has hit four homers in a little over a hundred at bats, but also has 35 strikeouts, which is rather high. Considering he turns 24 in the fall, Miller’s chances of making the Potomac roster in ’13 are quite slim.

May 172012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 @ Columbus,
6:35 p.m.
Atkins (2-3, 4.09) vs.
Espino (0-0, 10.12)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-0, 0.71) vs.
Heston (3-2, 0.84)
Potomac Won, 5-4;
Won, 4-2
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Winters (1-5, 6.99) vs.
Copeland (1-3, 5.91)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (2-3, 4.82) vs.
Davies (2-1, 3.16)

Columbus 6 Syracuse 2
• Lannan (L, 3-4) 6IP, 11H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, K, 3HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Rivero 2-4
• Paul 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB

Three home runs, the last being a three-run shot in the 6th, handed the loss to John Lannan as the Chiefs lost for the first time in a week, 6-2 to Columbus. The erstwhile southpaw was tagged for all six Clipper runs, giving up 11 hits and walking four in his 4th loss. Carlos Rivero singled twice while Xavier Paul walked twice and doubled once and to lead the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 2
• Mandel (W, 4-2) 7⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 3K, BK, HBP; 1-for-3
• Nelo (SV, 3) 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 4-5, 2-2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• Pahuta 1-3, BB

Jeff Mandel bounced back to April form, tossing seven and 2/3rds innings of three-hit, one-run ball as the Senators extended their win streak to five with a 4-2 win over Richmond. Eury Perez seems to be shaking his slump, singling, doubling, and driving in a run twice for six total bases out of the Harrisburg total of 13. Hector Nelo worked around a single to pitch a scoreless 9th and register his third save.

Potomac 5 Frederick 4 — GAME ONE
• Ray (W, 1-1) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Selik (SV, 5) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hague 3-3, 2R, HR, RBI
• Sanchez 1-3, HR, RBI
• Keyes 2-3, 2B, RBI

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 — GAME TWO
• Swynenberg (ND) 5+ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Wort 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Eusebio (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kelso 3-5, 3R, 2B, SB
• Soriano 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Potomac improves to 10-8 at home with doubleheader sweep of the Keys Last Night In Woodbridge
Hagerstown 8 Hickory 6
• Karns (W, 1-0) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Lucas (H, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Souza 3-5. R, HR, 4RBI
• Skole 1-3, 3BB, RBI
• Burns 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Steve Souza put another 3-for-5 with a HR into the books as the Hagerstown Suns completed a three-game sweep of Hickory with an 8-6 win. Souza’s HR was his 7th in just 13 games played, and his second in as many games since being activated from the DL. Nathan Karns turned in his longest outing of the season (6IP, 2R) to earn his first win. The Suns return home for a seven-game homestand, beginning with a four-game set against the Delmarva Shorebirds. To make room for Souza on the Suns roster, Wirkin Estevez was placed on the DL, retroactive to May 14.

May 162012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 @ Columbus,
6:35 p.m.
Lannan (3-3, 5.31) vs.
Seddon (3-2, 4.46)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Mandel (3-2, 3.89) vs.
Stevenson (1-4, 6.69)
Potomac Lost, 4-1
(5½ inn.)
vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Ray (0-1, 16.50) and
Swynenberg (3-1, 3.75) vs.
Moore (0-4, 7.62) and
Wilson (A+ debut)
Hagerstown Won, 12-4 @ Hickory,
11:00 a.m.
Karns (0-0, 1.88) vs.
Jackson (2-3, 4.98)

Syracuse 5 Columbus 1
• Maya (W, 3-4) 6⅔ IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Lehman 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Paul 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Brown 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB, CS

The Chiefs remain red-hot, sinking the Clippers for their 7th straight win, 5-1. Yunesky Maya tossed his third straight quality start to his third win of the season, allowing just a run on seven hits and two walks. Corey Brown and Xavier Paul both homered and went 2-for-4, driving in all five Syracuse runs. The Chiefs pounded out 12 hits with five players collecting multiple hits and were 4-for-8 with RISP.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 2
• Demny (ND) 6IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 4K
• Frias (W, 1-2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Garcia (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 3-4, 2RBI, SB
• Pahuta 2-4, 3B, 2RBI

Tim Pahuta’s two-run triple in the top of the 8th was difference in a 4-2 Harrisburg win, the Sens’ fourth consecutive win. Paul Demny flirted with a no-no for five innings but wound up with a no-decision. He allowed just two hits and two runs (one earned) while walking once and striking out four. Eury Perez (3-for-4) and Pahuta (2-for-4) combined for all four Harrisburg RBIs, as the Sens collected seven hits total.

Frederick 4 Potomac 1 (5½ inn)
• Demmin (L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Holland ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Walters 2-2, BB, RBI
• Sanchez 1-3, R

Potomac was trailing 4-1 but had the tying run at the plate when actual lightning struck close to the Pfitz in the bottom of the sixth, ending the seven-inning game early and raining out the second game. Frederick struck with figurative lightning on the second pitch of the game to take a 1-0 lead off losing pitcher Ryan Demmin, who was touched for two more runs in the third. He would finish with three runs allowed on five hits over three innings. Zach Walters drove in the sole P-Nat run while going 2-for-2 with a walk to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 12 Hickory 4
• Turnbull (W, 1-2) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Holt 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Skole 4-4, 4R, 2B, 2HR, 5RBI, BB
• Souza 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-5, 2R, RBI

Matt Skole baited the Crawdad pitchers four times for five RBI as the Suns captured second place in the Sally North with a 12-4 win over Hickory, their third straight win. Skole singled, doubled, and homered twice and a drew a walk, and remains the Sally League leader in RBIs (40) and BBs (34). Steve Souza was a close second in the Hagerstown hit parade, doubling twice and homering once while driving in three. Kylin Turnbull earned his first professional win with three runs allowed on seven hits and a walk over the first five innings.

May 152012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Columbus,
6:35 p.m.
Maya (2-4, 2.98) vs.
Kluber (3-2, 2.58)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Demny (2-2, 5.58) vs.
Westcott (3-2, 4.15)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Demmin (0-0, 3.77) and
Ray (0-1, 16.50) vs.
Simon (0-6, 5.50) and
Moore (0-4, 7.62)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Turnbull (0-2, 5.24) vs.
Perez (2-1, 4.66)

Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Wang (W, 2-0) 8IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 0HR
• VanAllen (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K; 2-2 IR-S, BK Pickoff at 1B
• Brown 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Paul 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bynum 1-3, R, HR, RBI

After pleading his case to finish the game, Chien-Ming Wang proved the coaches right for wanting to end his day after eight innings, as the Chiefs survived a 9th-inning scare. They won their 6th straight and completed the four-game sweep of the Rochester Redwings with a 6-4 win. Corey Brown homered to start a three-run 6th that broke a 1-1 tie. Seth Bynum followed suit a solo shot to start the 7th as Syracuse extended the lead from 4-2 to 6-2. Cory VanAllen let in both runs he inherited from Wang (albeit at 2nd and 3rd) on a sac fly and a single but erased the runner at 1st with a nifty balk pickoff move and got the last out on a flyball for his first save.

HARRISBURG — OFF DAY
After taking three of four from 1st-place Akron, Harrisburg finishes its seven-game roadtrip with three games today, tomorrow, and Wednesday against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Thus far, the Sens have fared much better on the road than at home — 14-6 vs. 6-10.

POTOMAC — PPD
Seems like old times as the Potomac Nationals and Frederick Keys were rained out for the second time in less than a month. It’s doubleheader tonight… weather permitting. A reporter from the Houston Chronicle caught up with Anthony Rendon, who told him "I’m probably not going to come back this year." Naturally, the Nationals’ official response was to deny that conclusion.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 3
• Estevez (ND) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Meza (W, 3-1) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Burns 2-5, R, 2B, RBI (26-game on-base streak)
• Nieto 2-4, R, RBI

After a 67-minute rain delay in the 6th, Hagerstown broke a 3-3 deadlock in the 8th with RBI singles from J.P. Ramirez (12-game hit streak) and Justin Miller for a 5-3 win over Hickory. Christian Meza got the win in relief, taking the hill after the rain delay with two and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief. Aaron Barrett got the last four outs (two by way of the K) to earn the save, his third. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez allowed all three Crawdad runs (two earned), given up on four hits and a walk over the first five innings.

May 142012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Rochester,
12:00 p.m.
Wang (1-0, 2.57) vs.
Vries (0-3, 3.90)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (0-1, 16.50) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Canceled @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Estevez (4-1, 6.69) vs.
Perez (2-1, 4.66)

Syracuse 4 Rochester 2
• Duke (W, 4-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Wilkie (SV, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Brown 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Teahen 1-3, BB, RBI
• Negrych 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A costly two-run error in the bottom of the 7th was the difference as the Chiefs clipped the Redwings for their 5th straight win. Zach Duke scattered six hits over seven inning to record his 4th “W” of the year. Josh Wilkie pitched the final two frames to earn his second save. Corey Brown, Mark Teahen and Jim Negrych combined for three of the five Syracuse hits and all three Chiefs RBIs.

Harrisburg 8 Akron 4
• Ballard 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Davis (W, 4-1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• McCoy (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Rahl 3-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Ivany 2-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Hood 2-5, 2R, 2RBI

Harrisburg doubled up Akron 8-4 for their third straight win and took the four-game series, 3-1. Chris Rahl led the Sens’ 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon, scoring twice, walking once, and driving in two. He also swiped three bases. Devin Ivany stepped in for Sandy Leon behind the plate and had two RBI doubles. Mike Ballard gave up all four Aeros runs in the 3rd inning, leaving after three innings after allowing six hits and two walks. Erik Davis and Pat McCoy each threw three scoreless innings to earn the win and save, respectively. No corresponding move for Leon has been made yet. With two catchers already on the roster and an off day today, there is no immediate need.

Carolina 3 Potomac 2
• Applebee (L, 1-1) 4+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Holder 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K; 1-0 IR-S
• Keyes 1-4, R, 2B
• Oduber 1-2, R
• Kelso 0-2, BB, RBI

The pitching was there for Potomac in the series finale, but the bats remained quiet as Carolina completed the three-game sweep with a 3-2 win. Kevin Keyes doubled and Randolph Oduber singled to account for the two (2) P-Nats hits, with Mudcat errors contributing to both P-Nats runs. Paul Applebee took the loss on this spot start, giving up all three Carolina runs on five hits over 4+ innings. Trevor Holder turned in another stellar relief outing, stringing his scoreless streak to nine innings over his last three appearances with one hit allowed over three frames. Potomac returns home for a seven-game homestand, beginning with four against the Frederick Keys starting tonight, weather permitting.

HAGERSTOWN — CNCLD
Sunday showers canceled the series finale between Lexington and Hagerstown. The Suns head to Hickory, NC for a three-game series against the Crawdads and a chance to take sole possession of second place in the Sally League North.

May 132012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-0 vs. Rochester,
2:00 p.m.
Duke (3-1, 3.86) vs.
Hendriks (1-0, 1.59)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 @ Akron,
1:05 p.m.
Ballard (1-2, 2.67) vs.
House (1-0, 2.25)
Potomac Lost, 9-1 @ Carolina,
2:00 p.m.
Applebee (1-1, 4.40) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Estevez (4-1, 6.69) vs.
Foltynewicz (4-1, 1.60)

Syracuse 11 Rochester 0
• Roark (W, 2-5) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Pena 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Hoffpauir 3-5, R, 3RBI
• Brown 2-3, 4R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Howell 2-4, 2R, RBI

Tanner Roark bounced back from two horrid starts to combine with two relievers on an 11-0 shutout, the fourth straight win for Syracuse and fifth in a row vs. Rochester. Roark went six and gave up just four hits and a walk while setting down a half dozen on strikes. Corey Brown led the offense with four runs scored, three driven in, and six total bases.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 5
• Gilliam 4+ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K, 0HR
• Pucetas (W, 2-1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K; 3-1 IR-S
• Valdez 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Lozada 3-4, RBI
• Rahl OF assist at HP

A pair of two-run rallies in the 3rd and 4th innings erased an early Akron lead as the Senators edged the Aeros, 6-5. Starter Rob Gilliam put on nine baserunners in four-plus innings and left with the bases loaded in the fifth. Kevin Pucetas let in one with a single to the first batter he faced, with Chris Rahl gunning down the tying run, and then retired 9 of the next 10 batters he faced, getting the “W” with four scoreless innings of relief. Six different Senators collected an RBI with the team going 5-for-14 with RISP.

Carolina 9 Potomac 1
• Grace (L, 2-4) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Another nine runs given up Last Night In Zebulon.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 5
• Hill (ND) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• McKenzie (W, 1-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lucas (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Miller 1-3, 2R, HR, RBI
• Skole 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SB

Like the Sens, strong bullpen work and team hitting were the keys to a 7-5 Suns win over the Legends. Chris McKenzie retired all nine batters he faced to get the win, while Bobby Lucas struck out the side in the 9th to get the save. Six different Suns drove in a run while five collected multiple hits. Justin Miller homered in the 8th to break the 5-5 tie while Matt Skole homered in the 9th to give Hagerstown the insurance run.

May 122012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2 vs. Rochester,
2:00 p.m.
Roark (1-5, 5.70) vs.
Thompson (0-0, -.–)
Harrisburg Won, 8-1 @ Akron,
6:05 p.m.
Gilliam (1-3, 4.28) vs.
Espino (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 9-2 @ Carolina,
6:15 p.m.
Grace (2-3, 5.84) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-2, 2.88) vs.
Ordosgoitti (0-1, 14.73)

Syracuse 8 Rochester 2
• Lannan (W, 3-3) 8IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, 0HR
• Arnesen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Paul 3-5, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI
• Teahen 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A pair of three-run rallies and eight strong innings from John Lannan cinched an 8-2 Syracuse win over Rochester. Lannan scattered eight hits over eight innings and walked just two while evening his record at 3-3. Xavier Paul was responsible for four of the eight runs, including a three-run blast in the bottom of the first, leading the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-5 night.

Harrisburg 8 Akron 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 5-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Nelo 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pahuta 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, BB
• Leon 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Rahl 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Though he labored at the finish with a 32-pitch 6th, Danny Rosenbaum continues to steamroll the Eastern League, tossing six scoreless innings in an 8-1 Harrisburg win over Akron. The Ohio native now sports a 5-0 record, a 0.76 ERA, and a 2.39 FIP. Tim Pahuta, Sandy Leon, and Chris Rahl combined for 8 of the 13 Sens hits and scored six of the eight runs.

Carolina 9 Potomac 2
• Winters (L, 1-5) 4⅔ IP, 10H, 9R, 9ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Demmin 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kelso 2-5, 2R
• Hague 2-4, BB, RBI

The fireworks started early Last Night In Zebulon.

Lexington 4 Hagerstown 3
• Meyer (ND) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hawkins 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Newsome 2-3, 2B
• Ramirez 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

After rallying from a 3-0 deficit and being no-hit for five innings, the Hagerstown Suns fell 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th. Delino DeShields Jr. singled, took second on a passed ball, stole third and scampered home for the gamewinner on a sac fly for the gamewinner. Alex Meyer started and gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five.

May 112012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (2-3, 6.10) vs.
Manship (2-0, 2.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (4-0, 0.81) vs.
Wright (3-1, 1.13)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Winters (1-4, 5.51) vs.
Goodnight (1-2, 5.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (2-3, 4.28) vs.
Tropeano (2-2, 1.87)

Syracuse 5 Durham 1
• Maya (W, 2-4) 7IP, 7H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Lehman 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Paul 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Negrych 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Maldonado 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Durham outhit Syracuse 8-6, but three of those six went over the fence as the Chiefs beat the Bulls, 5-1 and took the series 3-1. Yunesky Maya turned in seven strong innings, giving up an unearned run on seven hits and a walk to win his 2nd game of the season. Xavier Paul, Jim Negrych, and Carlos Maldonado each went deep, with Paul’s shot driving in three. Pat Lehman and Josh Wilkie both turned in a scoreless inning to close out the game. The eight-game homestand continues tonight as Rochester comes to town for the next four games.

Akron 7 Harrisburg 0
• Mandel (L, 3-2) 3IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Kobernus 2-4
• Hood 2-4, E(1)

Jeff Mandel got manhandled for four runs in the bottom of the first and it was more than Akron would need as the Aeros flew past the Senators, 7-0. Akron opened their half of the 1st with four straight singles, with a stolen base and an error in between, before Mandel would settle down to get three of the next four batters out. The Aeros, however, would post a picket fence with single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to put the game out of reach. Jeff Kobernus and Destin Hood both went 2-for-4 as Harrisburg was held to just seven hits, shut out for the second time this week and the third time in the last 10 games.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Swynenberg (W, 3-1) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Wort (H, 2) 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Cameron Selik (S, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Keyes 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Walters 2-4, R

Perhaps all Potomac needed was a good night’s rest and a chance to take some BP, as emerging staff ace Matt Swynenberg, the back of the ‘pen, and Kevin Keyes led the P-Nats to 5-2 win in the series finale. Swynenberg faltered late, but turned in a two-runs-in-five-innings start for his team-leading 3rd W. Rob Wort and Cameron Selik combined for four shutout innings of relief with just a hit and walk and eight strikeouts between them. Kevin Keyes doubled, homered, scored twice, and drove in four runs to power the Potomac offense. Prior to the game, RHP Adam Olbrychowski was placed on the 7-Day DL with LHP Joe Testa assigned from Harrisburg taking his spot on the roster.

Lexington 6 Hagerstown 3
• Karns 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HBP
• Lucas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2RBI, BB
• Newsome 1-3, R, 2B, BB

A four-run seventh was the undoing of the Suns as the Legends doubled them up, 6-3. Nathan Karns went four innings in his first start, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk and striking out eight. Christian Meza took the loss after giving up two hits in the seventh and leaving with one out and a 3-2 lead. Greg Holt walked the next two batters to lose the lead then gave up a two-run single and a sac fly for the eventual margin of victory. The Suns were held to just seven hits, going 3-for-12 with RISP and stranding eight baserunners. RHP Alex Kreis was placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 8, making room for OF Chris Curran, who was assigned from Potomac.

May 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 15-8 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (1-5, 5.70) vs.
Torra (2-3, 5.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Mandel (3-1, 2.97) vs.
McFarland (5-1, 2.62)
Potomac Lost, 10-0;
Lost, 6-2
@ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (2-1, 3.77) vs.
Pressly (2-0, 7.06)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (0-0, 1.35) vs.
Dufek (0-0, 5.14)

Syracuse 15 Durham 8
• Wang (W, 1-0) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Severino (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S, WP
• Teahen 3-5, R, 2B, BB, 5RBI, SB
• Hoffpauir 3-3, 2R, 2BB, 3RBI
• Brown 2-3, 3R, 2B, 3BB,

It was a battle of attrition in the late innings, turning what should have been a three-hour cruise into Gilligan’s Island in a 15-8 win for Syracuse. Chien-Ming Wang turned in seven decent innings, scattering eight hits and giving up two runs while the Chiefs offense broke out and built a 10-2 lead. The Bulls gored the Chiefs ‘pen for six runs in the top of the 8th, with Austin Bibens-Dirkx facing four batters and giving up the minimum of four runs possible with three singles and grand slam allowed. The Chiefs steered things around in the bottom of the inning with a five-run rally, highlighted by Mark Teahen’s two-run double and lowlighted by a pair of ejections after a Seth Bynum strikeout (Bynum, manager Tony Beasley). Atahualpa Severino, who had gotten the final out in the 8th, retired the side in the 9th to end the game after three hours, 38 minutes.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 2
• Demny 5⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Nicol 2-3
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R
• Valdez 2-4, 2B

A pair of three-run rallies vaulted Richmond over Harrisburg for an 8-2 win and a two-game sweep of the rain-shortened series. The Senators collected nine hits, with three players getting two hits apiece, but went a dreadful 1-for-9 with RISP and stranded eight baserunners. Paul Demny took the loss, charged with five runs on five hits and three walks, with reliever Pat McCoy letting the last two runs before giving up two of his own over one and 2/3rds innings. The Senators hit the road for seven games, beginning with a four-game set against the Akron Aeros tonight.

Salem 10 Potomac 0 (comp. of susp. gm.)
• Olbrychowski (L, 1-4) ⅔ 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, 2HR
• Applebee 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 1-2, 2B, 2BB, OF assist at 3B
• Sanchez 1-2

Down 6-0 after 3½ innings, Salem had its way with relievers Shane McCatty and Wilson Eusebiom scoring a pair of runs off both to run the score to 10-0. Potomac was held to just three hits, with David Freitas and Adrian Sanchez both singling and Michael Taylor collecting his league-leading 13th double.

Salem 6 Potomac 2 (5 inn, rain)
• Ray (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, 2HR
• Holder 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Hague 1-1, R, 2BB, SB, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B, RBI

Robbie Ray lasted just 15 batters before the Salem Red Sox chased him from the game, sending him to the showers after six runs and seven hits, including a solo HR and a grand slam. Trevor Holder turned in another fine relief outing, but the offense was limited to just two hits: a single by Rick Hague, a double by Justin Bloxom. Rain halted play after five full innings, saving the bullpen further work after having pitched 9⅔ innings in less than 24 hours.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS — OFF DAY
After a 5-2 homestand, the Suns hit the road for seven games, beginning with a four-game set with the Lexington Legends. Prior to yesterday’s game, Kylin Turnbull was assigned from “Auburn,” taking the roster spot of Steve Souza, who had been placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 6.

May 092012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2;
Lost, 2-1
vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Wang (rehab) vs.
Cobb (1-3, 3.38)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Richmond,
10:35 a.m.
Demny (2-1, 4.97) vs.
Westcott (2-2, 4.78)
Potomac Losing, 6-0
(susp., mid-4th)
@ Salem,
11:00 a.m.
Ray (0-1, 10.38) vs.
Workman (2-0, 2.76)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1
(6½ inn.)
OFF DAY n/a

Syracuse 4 Durham 2 — GAME ONE
• Duke (W, 3-1) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Paul 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Maldonado 1-3, 2B
• Negrych 0-1, BB, RBI, SH, SF

Zach Duke went the distance in the opener of the doubleheader, giving up two earned on three hits and a walk while striking out five. The Chiefs gave him a three-run lead in the bottom of the 2nd, highlighted by Xavier Paul’s solo HR. A walk, single, sacrifice and another single plated the two Bulls run in the 3rd. A walk, bunt single, error and a sac fly gave Syracuse the final run in the last of the 5th.

Durham 2 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Atkins (L, 2-3) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Pena 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Paul 1-2, R
• Carroll 1-3

The Chiefs dropped the nightcap as the offense managed just four hits and two walks. Syracuse got on the board first with a pair of one-out singles from Xavier Paul and Mark Teahen and an RBI groundout by Carlos Rivero. Mitch Atkins needed more than the one run to win, as Durham broke through against him with a pair of runs in the 5th. The Chiefs would get a runner to second in the 6th and draw a two-out walk in the 7th, but couldn’t push either across.

HARRISBURG — PPD
Rain postponed the The Harrisburg Senators game Tuesday night against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday, July 13th.

Salem 6 Potomac 0 — SUSP (mid-4th)
Salem opened with back-to-back HRs — one over the wall, one inside the park — as the Red Sox chased Adam Olbrychowski after 2/3rds of an inning and 10 batters faced. The rain came and stopped play after 3½ innings. They’ll try to finish this one this morning at 11 a.m., then play a seven-inning game aftewards, weather permitting.

Augusta 8 Hagerstown 1
• Turnbull (l, 0-2) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Dupra 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K
• Leonida 1-2, R
• Dykstra 1-3, RBI

Rain shortened this one officially, but a four-run sixth put this one away for all intents and purposes as Augusta won 8-1 to split the four-game series. Kylin Turnbull took the loss, giving up two runs early, while Brian Dupra got knocked around for six runs on six hits and three walks in the decisive 5th and 6th innings. Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single in the 5th plated Cole Leonida to break up the GreenJacket shutout.