Apr 112014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Gordon (1-0, 0.00
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 27.00) vs.
Garner (1-0, 3.00)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-1, 7.71) vs.
Merritt (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Arteaga (1-0, 3.60)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 2
• Tatusko (L, 0-1) 5⅔IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Robertson 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Peterson 2-4, 2K
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The RailRiders crossed the trestle from a 2-1 deficit to a 5-2 lead with a four-run 6th as they scored the last six runs in a 7-2 win over the Chiefs. Working on three days’ rest, Ryan Tatusko was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks while striking four over five and 2/3rds. Just two of those runs were earned, “thanks” to a two-out error by Zach Walters, his third of the season. Steve Souza Jr. homered again to account for both Syracuse runs while Brock Peterson was the sole Chief to notch multiple hits with a 2-for-4 game.

Reading 2 Harrisburg 1
• Rivero (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Hood 1-3
• Ramsey 1-3

The Senators were on the wrong end of a one-run ballgame as Reading edged Harrisburg, 2-1. Felipe Rivero made just one mistake, a fastball up to Kelly Dugan, who deposited it over the RF fence for a solo shot in the 4th. Rivero allowed five hits total, walked none, and stuck out three over five innings. Cutter Dykstra tripled in the 9th and came in on a groundout by Matt Skole for the sole Senator run. Destin Hood and Caleb Ramsey both singled to account for the other two Harrisburg hits.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 5
• Pena 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Bacus (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Tejeda 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Miller 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Brandon Miller and Oscar Tejeda connected for two-run homers in the 5th and 6th innings as the P-Nats scored five unanswered runs and took the series finale from the Hillcats, 7-5. Starter Ronald Pena gave up all five Lynchburg runs on four hits and two walks but got the no-decision. Dakota Bacus declawed the Hillcats with three shutout innings of relief for the win. Robert Benincasa set’ em down in order with three groundouts for his second save of the season.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 0
• Giolito (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Suero (SV, 1) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Masters 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-5, R, 3B, RBI

Like Rivero, Lucas Giolito shook off a poor first start to notch his first Low-A win, combining with Wander Suero on a three-hitter as the Suns eclipsed the Blue Claws, 6-0. Giolito struck out six, walked one, and gave up just one hit over five frames. Suero pitched the final four innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and set down two on strikes. Hagerstown scalded Lakewood pitching for 10 hits, including two doubles and two triples. David Masters led the attack with a 3-for-4 night, scoring a run and driving in a run.

Apr 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-0 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Tatukso (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Stoneburner (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Milner (0-0, 3.60)
Potomac Lost, 9-1 vs. Lynchburg,
10:35 a.m.
Pena (0-0, 12.27) vs.
Cabrera (0-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Viza (0-1, 5.40)


Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 0
• Rosenbaum (W, 1-1) 6⅔IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Delcarmen 1⅓IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 3-4, R, HR, 5RBI, BB
• Walters 2-5, R, 3B
• Rhymes 2-5, R, 2B

Three Chiefs pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as Syracuse avoided the sweep with a 7-0 win over Pawtucket. Danny Rosenbaum got his first win with just two hits and two walks given up over six and 2/3rds innings while striking out five. Steve Souza Jr. was a one-man wrecking crew, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and five RBI, three of which came when he dialed long distance in the 3rd inning. Zach Walters and Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes also went 2-for-5 with an extra base hit, with Walters tripling and Rhymes doubling. Roster move: OF Erik Komatsu reassigned from Auburn (XST).

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 4
• Schwartz (L, 0-2) 4⅔IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Herron 1⅔IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-4, 2R, 3B
• Hood 2-4, R, RBI

The longball remains the Achilles heel for Blake Schwartz as another three-run home run was his undoing in a 5-4 Harrisburg loss to New Britain. The damage was done early as the Rock Cats pounced on the Minnesota native for the Earl Weaver special in the 1st inning. Schwartz would give up all five runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks for his second loss. Zack Jackson and Tyler Herron each turned one and 2/3rds scoreless innings to keep the Senators in striking distance. Jason Martinson went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, followed by Destin Hood with a 2-for-4 effort as Harrisburg rapped out 10 hits total.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 7
• Rauh (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 9H, 8R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Dickson 3⅓IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 0-2, 2BB
• Renda 2-4

Neither the weather nor the P-Nats were any warmer Last Night In Woodbridge

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 3
• Voth (L, 0-1) 4⅔IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Hollins 1⅔IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Difo 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Bautista 3-4, 2R, 3B, RBI

The Shorebirds took the rubber game of the three-game series with a 5-3 win over the Suns. Austin Voth took the loss with four runs allowed on five hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings. He struck out six. The leadoff man (Wilmer Difo) and the No. 9 man (Rafael Bautista) combined for two runs, two RBI, four singles, a double and a triple. But the other seven guys had but four hits and
whiffed 11 times.

Apr 092014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Ranaudo (0-0, 2.25)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (0-1, 16.20) vs.
Dean (1-0, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 10-7 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Cabrera (0-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-2;
Won, 7-1
vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Brault (0-1, 13.50)


Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 1
• Poveda (L, 0-1) 4+ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 2K, 2HR
• Madrigal 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burriss 1-3, BB, RBI
• Souza 1-3, BB, CS

Pawtucket scored early and often in a 7-1 defeat of Syracuse. Newcomer Omar Poveda was charged with all seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs to the final two batters he faced in four-plus innings. The 26-y.o. walked four and struck out two. The Chiefs ‘pen combined for four scoreless, led by Warner Madrigal’s two goose eggs, but it was for naught as the Chiefs offense couldn’t score until the ninth when Emmanuel Burriss’s bases-loaded walk ended the shutout bid. Burriss, Steve Souza, and Jhonatan Solano each went 1-for-3 with a walk to pace the Chiefs six-hit, six-walk offense. Roster move: IF/OF Jeff Kobernus placed on 7-Day DL (hand, HBP on Monday)

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 2
• Cole (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 2R, ER, BB, 0K
• Grace (SV, 1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 3-5, R, 2B, 2K
• Martinson 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3RBI

Harrisburg finally got good pitching and hitting on the same day as they tripled up New Brtiain, 6-2 for the first win of 2014. A.J. Cole gave up both runs (one earned; Senators still committed two errors) on six hits and a walk while striking out none. Richie Mirowski got the next five outs for the hold while Matt Grace retired all seven batters he faced for the save. Jason Martinson’s (2-for-5) two-run double highlighted the Senators’ three-run first while Caleb Ramsey’s two-run single in the 5th gave Harrisburg some breathing room at 5-2. Destin Hood led the 12-hit parade with a pair of singles and a double in five ABs.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 7
• Lee (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 3K
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Tejeda 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-5, 2RBI

Potomac dropped its home opener on a chilly night Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 10 Delmarva 2 — GAME ONE
• Johansen 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Spann (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B
• Yezzo 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

A six-run 3rd erased an early 1-0 lead by Delmarva as Hagerstown took the opener, 10-2. James Yezzo went deep for a two-run shot in the frame while Spencer Kieboom lived up to the last syllable of his last name with a three-run bomb in the 6th. Jake Johansen gave up both Shorebirds runs on four hits and two walks and struck out seven over four innings. Matthew Spann got the win with three scoreless to close out the game, giving up two hits and a walk while fanning one.

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 1 — GAME TWO
• Pivetta (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Walsh 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-2, 2R, 2B, SB
• E. Martinez 2-4

The Suns piled on in the nightcap, posting a pair of two-run innings in the first two innings to cruise to a 7-1 win and a doubleheader sweep of the Shorebirds. Nick Pivetta gave up a solo home run and two singles over five innings for his second win in as many starts. He walked none and set down three on strikes. David Master was the beer man as the only Sun not to march in the 12-hit parade on offense. Roster moves: IF Carlos Lopez activated from XST, 3B Drew Ward placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 5.

Apr 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0;
Lost, 5-0
@ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Treinen (6-7, 3.64 @ AA in ’13) vs.
C. Hernandez (3-9, 5.72 in ’13)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-5 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 2.18 in ’13) vs.
Gilmartin (3-9, 5.72 @ AAA in ’13)
Potomac Won, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Johansen (0-2, 5.79 in ’13) vs.
Urban (3-5, 3.32 @ SS-A in ’13)


Syracuse 3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 0 — GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Mattheus (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Peterson 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Rhymes 2-2, 2-2B

Two Syracuse pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout while a pair of veterans combined for four hits and three doubles in a 3-0 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the opener. Taylor Hill tossed six innings, allowing all three RailRiders hits, no walks while fanning five for his 1st “W” of ’14. Ryan Mattheus shook off an error to the leadoff batter and set down the next three in order to preserve the shutout and earn the save. Brock Peterson went 2-for-3 with a two-run double while Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes doubled twice in as many ABs to lead the Chiefs offense.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Tatusko 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Roenicke (L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K
• Walters 2-3, 2B
• Peterson 1-3

The RailRiders broke a 0-0 tie with a four-run 5th as they returned the favor by shutting out the Chiefs, 5-0 in the nightcap. Starter Ryan Tatusko put two runners on base by a walk and a hit batsman in his three innings before the bullpen was called upon. The line between rest and rust was crossed as Josh Roenicke retired just three of nine batters faced in the aforementioned inning, giving up four hits and a walk to suffer the loss. Zach Walters singled and doubled while Brock Peterson singled to account for all three (3) Syracuse hits. Roster move: 1B-OF Tyler Moore recalled to Washington.

Bowie 10 Harrisburg 5
• Purke (L, 0-1) 3IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 2WP
• Bates 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 3-4, 2B
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Skole 0-2, 2R, 3BB

Bowie completed its four-game sweep with a 10-5 pounding of Harrisburg. Matt Purke pitched a scoreless inning in the 3rd as the BaySox rested after pummeling the southpaw for seven runs in the first two innings of his three-inning start. He gave up nine hits and walked one while striking out two in the loss. Five Sens had multiple hits, led by Sean Nicol’s 3-for-4 effort but failed to capitalize on seven walks drawn (three by Matt Skole) as Harrisburg left 12 runners on base. The Senators defensive woes also continued as they doubled their season error total to eight with four more miscues.

Potomac 6 Carolina 4
• Encarnacion 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• Henke (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• S. Perez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Severino 1-2, R, BB, RBI, SF

Potomac rallied for three in the 8th and two in the 9th and held off a late Carolina charge for a 6-4 win and a split of the four-game series. Starter Pedro Encarnacion needed 84 pitches to get through four innings, as he walked four and hit a batter but minimized the damage with just one run on two hits while striking out two. Travis Henke got the win for pitching a 1-2-3 seventh while Robert Benincasa got the save, though he gave up a one-out double that came around to score on a wild pitch and a groundout. Stephen Perez was only P-Nat with multiple hits as Potomac maximized its limited offensive opportunities by scoring six times on just five hits and three walks.

Hagerstown 6 Rome 2
• Silvestre 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, BK
• Anderson (W, 1-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Manuel 2-3, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-5, R, 3B, 3K

Hagerstown took advantage of three Rome errors to score the game’s last six runs to take the game, 6-2 and the series, 3-1. The R-Braves scored twice in the first on four singles but Hector Silvestre shook it off to go five innings and only allowed one more and hit and two walks while striking out six. The win went Dixon Anderson, who pitched the final four innings in his first appearance since last June. Craig Manuel, Wilman Rodriguez, and Isaac Ballou each had two hits as the Suns scored six times despite going 1-for-12 with RISP.

Apr 062014
 

Editor’s note: Frequent commenter SoulDrummer gives us his take on the 4-3 loss last night

This Last Night in Bowie is going to focus more on my experience with the ballpark than with the game. Luke’s got the boxscore up. You can deduce all of the carnage from an excruciating loss.

Sen’s fall behind early on a poor peformance from starter Rob Gilliam. Lefty sidewinder Zack Jackson same in and restored order, retiring six in a row to start his night.

Slowly, the Senators eked their way back into the game and tied it up in the top of the 9th with a rally started by their current MVP, Michael Taylor, who got on, stole a base but caught in a rundown on a comebacker. He shrewdly occupied the Baysox long enough for the batter (Cutter Dykstra) to get all the way to second. Dykstra would eventually score on a Jason Martinson RBI single.

A couple of innings later, the Senators lost on a walkoff “single” that appeared to be a routine grounder to second that was poorly played from my poor view of the play. Wonder what Terry Byrom’s call on the radio sounded like.

Maybe they just wanted to go home. It was chilly for some by that time and the management was just praying that somebody would stick around long enough for what turned out to be an excellent fireworks show, better than many of the ones that I’ve seen at Nats Park.

photo(8)The most important part of this game is that I’ve been given a powerful tool for bringing positive change to the Natmosphere: Michael Taylor’s game-used, slightly cracked bat. He observed me the whole game, acting like a fool praising him to high heaven. If the Bowie Baysox team and fans know one player who is likely to defeat them, that player is most likely Michael Taylor.

Start to finish, here’s Last Night In Bowie. Bowie is not in downtown DC so it takes a bit of doing to get out there. I took a bus out to New Carollton and then a cab to get to the stadium. Landon, who sold me my ticket online, and a friendly saleswoman gave me my ticket at will call and directed me to the Angus Burger stand for pregame refreshment — beans, slaw, and a burger, which ran me about $12, plus a souvenir cup with a Baysox schedule for another $5. The burger was merely okay. Slaw and beans were fine.

One cool thing: The Baysox will give you an Orioles passport at their Customer Relations stand, which you can get stamped as you hit all of their affiliates.

photo(7)They had the absolutely most adorable choir of elementary school students sing the National Anthem. They were so amped before heading out to do their patriotic duty. There was even a kid dancing in the aisle to the National Anthem.

Bowie needs to get a better scoreboard. It was useless in informing me of players and stats during the game. Thankfully, there was a Philly fan sitting next to me scoring along with the game in my seats above the Senators dugout. He helped me fill out my scorebook with the lineups so that I only need to do minor edits from the online boxscore if I choose to make it fully accurate.

There were a couple of kids right behind me who had a ball harassing me, a vile opposing fan, by yelling “CHARGE!” as loud as they could every time that the Baysox were up at bat. All in good fun! I took it in stride. I clowned and encouraged players throghout the game. Sadly, I was unable to share my karaoke skills. I did, however, did some line dancing and was a hit on “I Like To Move It, Move It” during the extra innings.

The Senators were poorly represented in the fairly sparse crowd, but there was one City Island regular behind me who I schooled on this website and the Washington Nationals farm system. I also shook Terry Byrom’s hand when I went up to the concourse to charge my phone. Terry is the voice of the Senators, and he’s a totally class act.

I was extremely pleased by the customer service that I received throughout the stadium. While I would prefer to be loyal to Nats affiliates like the P-Nats and Suns, the Baysox are clearly the best value and most professional operation of all the minor-league teams near DC.

As the weather got colder and the game drifted into extra innings, families slowly filtered out of the stadium before the game was over. The hardy few enjoyed a thriller, though, and everybody went home happy.

Apr 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:00 p.m.(DH)
Hill (1-0, 4.22 in ’13) and
Tatusko (5-8, 4.33 in ’13) vs.
Whitley (3-2, 3.06 in ’13) and
Stoneburner (4-6, 4.57 in ’13)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 (11 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Purke (5-3, 4.43 @ A+ in ’13) vs.
Davies (7-9, 3.69 @ A+ in ’13)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 @ Carolina,
2:00 p.m.
Encarnacion (10-9, 3.58 @ A- in ’13) vs.
Sulser (3-2, 1.83 @ SS-A)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-8 vs. Rome,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (7-0, 1.82 @ Rk. in ’13) vs.
Dettmann (2-4, 2.49 @ Adv. Rk. in ’13)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse — PPD
For the second straight day, officials pulled the plug on this one before folks could come to the ballpark (how novel) as Steve Souza showed us via Twitter the wintry mix at the ballpark. They’ll try again this afternoon with a doubleheader, with another twinbill scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 26.

Bowie 4 Harrisburg 3 (11 inn.)
• Gilliam 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K
• Jackson 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Holland (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Taylor 2-4, R, BB, 2SB
• Ramsey 2-3, R, BB, CS

The Senators rallied from an early 3-0 deficit but fell to the Baysox, 4-3 in 11 innings. Starter Rob Gilliam was lifted after one inning, giving up the first three Bowie runs on three hits and three walks while throwing 38 pitches. Zack Jackson, Matt Grace, and Tyler Herron combined for seven scoreless innings. Neil Holland extended that streak to nine before giving up the gamewinner in the 11th. Michael Taylor and Caleb Ramsey both reached base three times as the Harrisburg offense notched eight hits and two walks for the contest.
For a fan’s take on the game, frequent commenter SoulDrummer takes us to “Last Night In Bowie”

Carolina 3 Potomac 1
• Mooneyham (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 6BB, 1K, 3HBP
• Bacus 4⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K, 3-0 IR-S
• Piwnica-Worms 1-3, BB
• Perez 1-3, BB, SB, CS

Brett Mooneyham and the strike zone remain estranged as the former Stanford southpaw walked six and hit three batters in two and a 1/3rd innings to suffer his fourth loss in four career starts at High-A. He left with a 2-0 deficit with the bases loaded and one out in the third. Dakota Bacus continued the string of sensational relief, stranding those three runners and fanning seven over four and 2/3rds innings. Derek Self whiffed two more in his lone inning of work to bring the tally to 22 K’s in 12 relief innings the past two games. Alas, the Carolina pitchers were just as good, limiting the P-Nats bats to just one run on six hits and three walks.

Rome 9 Hagerstown 8
• Giolito 3IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Thomas (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, HR(GS), BB, 4RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Bautista 2-3, 2R, RBI, BB

Youth was indeed served on Saturday night in Hagerstown… on platter as both teams skewered the other’s 19-y.o. starter for nine of the game’s 17 runs, as the R-Braves outslugged the Suns, 9-8. Lucas Giolito was spanked for four runs (three earned) on six hits, including a two-run homer in the 1st. The Nats #1 prospect walked two and struck out three in his Low-A debut. He did not suffer the loss, thanks to a grand slam by Isaac Ballou that capped off Hagerstown’s five-run 3rd and gave the Suns a brief 8-4 lead. Rome chipped away with single runs in the 5th and 7th innings before rallying for three in the top of the 9th. Ballou, Wilman Rodriguez, and Rafael Bautista each had two hits and two runs to power the Suns offense.

Apr 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
2:00 p.m.(DH)
Hill (1-0, 4.22 in ’13) and Tatusko (5-8, 4.33 in ’13) vs.
Whitley (3-2, 3.06 in ’13) and Stoneburner (4-6, 4.57 in ’13)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-0 @ Bowie, 6:35 p.m. Gilliam (3-6, 4.40 in ’13) vs. Berry (11-7, 3.85 @ A+ in ’13)
Potomac Won, 10-5 @ Carolina, 6:00 p.m. Mooneyham (0-3, 13.50 in ’13) vs. Merritt (0-0, 5.00 in ’13)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 vs. Rome, 5:05 p.m. Giolito (1-0, 0.64 @ SS-A in ’13) vs. Salazar (0-3, 6.92 @ Rk. in ’13)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse — PPD
With rain in the forecast and temps in the low 40s, officials pulled the plug on the Chiefs-RailRiders game approximately 90 minutes before gametime yesterday afternoon. It will be made up today with a doubleheader, um, weather permitting.

Bowie 9 Harrisburg 0
• Rivero (L, 0-1) 3+IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Perry 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Skole 0-3, BB, 2K
• Taylor 0-4, 4K

The BaySox jumped on Felipe Rivero for three runs in the 1st and never trailed as they shut out the Sens, 9-0. The Harrisburg southpaw settled down to hold off Bowie for two innings before getting lifted with no outs in the 4th after allowing his seventh and final hit. He walked one and struck out two. Ryan Perry stranded that runner and pitched two scoreless before getting knocked for four runs in the 5th. The lack of pitching was only exceeded by the dearth of hitting as the Senators managed just four hits and struck out 10 times (led by Michael Taylor with four) and walked just once (Matt Skole).

Potomac 10 Carolina 5
• Pena 3⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 0K, WP
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K, 2-0 IR-S, 2WP
• Lee (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• S. Perez 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Renda 2-5, 2R, 2RBI, SB

Beginning with a three-run shot by backstop Pedro Severino, the P-Nats rallied from 5-0 to score ten unanswered runs and double up the Mudcats, 10-5. Potomac capitalized on seven walks issued to score ten times on just nine hits, with Stephen Perez, Kevin Keyes, and Tony Renda each having multiple hits. Mike McQuillan led the free-pass brigade with three BB’s. P-Nats starter Ronald Pena was roughed up for all five Carolina runs on five hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds innings. He fanned no one. Brian Dupra got the win in relief as the Potomac ‘pen struck out 13 (of 19 batters faced) while locking down Carolina for five and 1/3rd shutout innings.

Hagerstown 2 Rome 1
• Voth 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Hollins (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Bautista 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Difo 2-4, 2SB

Rafael Bautista’s two-out, two-run double to the right-center gap was the one moment that decided the game as the Suns walked off in the 9th with a 2-1 victory over the R-Braves. Austin Voth started and went the first five, tossing five shutout frames with just two hits and two walks allowed while striking out seven, matching Nick Pivetta’s line from the night before. L.J. Hollins got the win in relief by getting the last five outs, though he gave up the hit that plated the sole Rome run to score in the 8th. Bautista and Wilmer Difo both went 2-for-4 to lead the Hagerstown hit parade of seven, with Difo swiping two bases.

Apr 042014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
5:00 p.m.
Hill (1-0, 4.22 in ’13) vs.
Whitley (3-2, 3.06 in ’13)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-6 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Rivero (9-7, 3.40 @ A+ in ’13)
vs. Wilson (7-5, 3.83 in ’13)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Pena (4-3, 3.48 @ A- in ’13) vs.
Peoples (1-4, 5.27 in ’13)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Rome,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (1-0, 3.38 in ’13) vs.
Buchanan (0-0, 3.00 @ Adv-Rk. in ’13)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 0-1) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K
• Stange 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Solano 2-3, 2-2B,
• Walters 2-4, CS

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored in three of the first five innings to build a 4-0 lead over Syracuse and cruised to a 4-1 win. Danny Rosenbaum suffered the loss, giving up nine hits with four going for extra bases (three doubles, one triple) but walked one and struck out two. The Chiefs ‘pen uncoupled the RailRiders for four scoreless innings, led by newcomer Daniel Stange with two goose eggs. Jhonatan Solano doubled twice in three at-bats, while Eury Perez and Zach Walter both singled twice to lead the Syracuse offense.

Bowie 12 Harrisburg 6
• Schwartz (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 8R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Holland 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Dykstra 3-5, R, E
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, BB, SB
• Canham 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A six-run 4th proved to be the difference as Bowie doubled up Harrisburg, 12-6. Blake Schwartz was charged with a career-worst eight runs over three and a 1/3rd inning on eight hits, including three-run bomb by Garabez Rosa, while walking two. The 24-y.o. Minnesota native struck out none. Michael Taylor and Cutter Dykstra picked up where they left off at the end of the 2013 regular season, reaching base six times and scoring three runs combined. Mitch Canham also homered as seven of the nine regulars hit safely for 11 hits as a team.

Carolina 6 Potomac 3
• Rauh 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Dickson (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 2HBP
• Henke 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-2 IR-S
• Renda 2-4, R, 3B

Carolina snapped a 2-2 tie with a four-run 6th to hand Potomac and Ian Dickson the “L” by 6-3 tally. Brian Rauh got the start and gave up two runs on six hits and two walks while fanning three. Dickson retired two of the first three batters he faced before putting on four straight baserunners, leaving the game after a second hit by pitch that gave Carolina’s Ollie Linton the Homer Simpson RBI. Travis Henke was greeted with two-run double to complete the big inning. Tony Renda went 2-for-4 as the P-Nats registered eight hits, including triples by Randolph Oduber and Kevin Keyes.

Hagerstown 4 Rome 0
• Pivetta (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Simms (SV, 1) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Kieboom 3-3, 2R
• Ward 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

Nick Pivetta and John Simms combined for a five-hit shutout as Hagerstown got the sole minors win for Washington on Opening Day with a 4-0 shutout of Rome. Pivetta went the first five frames and gave up two hits and two walks and while striking out seven. Simms finished the game, allowing three singles, no walks, and set down four on strikes. Drew Ward would not settle for one, as the 19-y.o. doubled and tripled and drove in two while Spencer Kieboom scored twice and hit safely in all three ABs.

Apr 032014
 


It’s a full slate today for minor-league Opening Day — first time since 2010 — as the Chiefs host the RailRiders, the Senators visit the BaySox, the P-Nats visit the Mudcats, and the Suns host the R-Braves.

Well, weather permitting. As of this writing, it’s 27 degrees in Central NY with a first-pitch forecast of 44 degrees. There’s a 30% chance of rain in the late afternoon in Zebulon, a 40% chance at gametime in Bowie, and a 60% chance in Hagerstown.

Team Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’13 Stats at Level)
Syracuse vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
2:00 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (7-11, 3.87) vs.
Bruce Billings (13-8, 4.31)
Harrisburg @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Blake Schwartz (11-4, 2.65 at A+) vs.
Ed Rodriguez (4-3, 4.22)
Potomac @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Brian Rauh (4-2, 4.22) vs.
Shawn Morimando (8-13, 3.73)
Hagerstown vs. Rome,
6:35 p.m.
Nick Pivetta (0-1, 3.38 @ SS-A) vs.
Francois Lefreniere (7-13, 5.36)


Just the annual reminder: These pitchers are not necessarily the team’s #1 starter. They are, within a slot or two, how the Nationals would like the starters to align from Low-A to MLB in the event of promotions or injuries.

Based on what I’ve been able to gather, here’s how the rest of the starting rotations will round out:

TEAM Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
Syracuse Hill Tatusko Treinen Poveda
Harrisburg Rivero Gilliam Purke Cole
Potomac Pena Mooneyham Encarnacion Lee
Hagerstown Voth Giolito Silvestre Johansen


As semi-predicted in the P-Nats roster reveal, Pena and Rauh have indeed returned to starting, with Ian Dickson and Dakota Bacus returning to bullpen roles. It’s natural to speculate as to who “benefited” by Sammy Solis’s latest trip to the DL, but we’ll never know for sure (yes, I can be that certain; there’s no legitimate reason to ever tell anyone outside the organization that information).

As implied in the comments, these rotations are quite likely to be short-lived — if past history holds, four or five turns max before guys are shifted around, which of course, will be tracked in either separate posts like yesterday or in the daily News & Notes, which returns tomorrow

Apr 022014
 

After Sandy Leon was a no-show for the Mayflies Senators media day yesterday, it was no mystery as to which catcher on the Washington 40-man roster would get the call today. This afternoon, the Nationals officially placed C Wilson Ramos on the 15-Day DL and recalled Sandy Leon from Harrisburg.

In a related story, veteran minor-league catcher Brandon Bantz was signed to a minor-league deal today as well. Bantz spent 2013 with the Mariners organization, splitting time between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma, with a one-game sojourn to Seattle last June 8th, which was his MLB debut. Combined, Bantz hit .219/.282/.307 in 59 minor-league games, but was released at the end of spring training this year.

Rotoworld.com is reporting that Bantz has been assigned to Syracuse, which is in line with previous catcher shuffles. If this turns out to be the case, journeyman Jeff Howell will be reassigned from the Chiefs to the Senators to take Leon’s place on the Harrisburg roster.

As always, if/when the corresponding moves are announced, this space will be updated.