Sep 062011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 4-1
(5½ inn.)
END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Won, 8-4 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn N/A Game 1, NYPL
Divisional Round
@ Vermont, 7:05 p.m.
Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.44) vs.
Drew Granier (1-1, 1.91)

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 1 — 5½ inn.
• Meyers (L, 6-5) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K
• Mock ⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 0K
• Curran 1-3, RBI
• Brown 1-2, R, 2B
• Nicol 1-2

Syracuse finished the season on a down note with a rain-shortened 4-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. Brad Meyers took the loss with three runs given up over four and 2/3rds innings on nine hits and a walk. The Chiefs were held to just five hits, with Chris Curran’s RBI single scoring Corey Brown for the lone Syracuse run. Garrett Mock continued his reversion to the mean with three walks given up over 2/3rds of an inning. Syracuse finished the season in 4th place with a 66-74 mark, 14 games behind Pawtucket in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 5 Akron 2
• O Perez 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• C Martinez (W, 3-4) 3IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Norris 3-4, 2R, HR (20), RBI
• Pahuta 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

The Sens got off the schneid with a 5-2 win over Akron, stopping a three-game losing streak. Derek Norris started the scoring with a solo shot in the bottom of the 1st, his 20th of the year while Chris McConnell’s RBI double and Erik Komatsu’s two-run single in the 2nd extended the lead to 4-0. Oliver Perez got the start and went four scoreless innings on 49 pitches before giving way to Carlos Martinez, who earned the win with one run given up over three innings. Harrisburg finished the season at 80-62, best in the Eastern League and will host Richmond in the first round of the playoffs, which begin tomorrow.

Potomac 8 Kinston 4
• Olbrychowski 5⅔ IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Holder 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Peacock 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Kobernus 2-3, 2R, SB

Brian Peacock’s two-out, two-run double started a six-run scoring binge in the eighth that secured a 2nd-half title on a Monday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 1
• Swynenberg 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Applebee (S, 2) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Cuevas 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI

A five-run 4th combined with a solid “bullpen outing” sent Hagerstown on its way to a 9-1 win over Lakewood. Matt Swynenberg, Sam Brown, and Paul Applebee divvied up the pitching duties, with Brown getting the win and Applebee getting a four-inning save. Kevin Keyes was the sole Sun to go hitless, but did his part with a sac fly while Blake Kelso, Justino Cuevas and Brett Newsom each went 2-for-4 as part of the 11-hit attack. The win gave the Suns a tie for fourth place with Lakewood at 35-34 in the second half and 75 wins overall, the best season total since the Nats affiliation began in 2007.

Auburn Doubledays
The New York-Penn League Playoffs begin today with the Auburn Doubledays visiting the Vermont Lake Monsters in Game One of the best-of-three divisional series. Nathan Karns faces off against Drew Garnier in what will be just the fourth meeting between the two teams this year, but the first in Burlington. Click here to read the official MiLB.com preview on the NYPL playoffs.

Sep 052011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 7-4 vs.
Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (6-4, 3.46) vs.
Nate Bump (4-9, 5.09)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-5, 3.27) vs.
Steven Wright (2-3, 5.66)
Potomac Lost, 5-3;
Lost, 2-1
vs. Kinston,
1:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-3, 3.77) vs.
Austin Wright (1-1, 1.50)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 4
• Tatusko 4IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• C Garcia 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Valdez 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Hulett 2-2, R, RBI, 3BB

Six unanswered runs in the late innings sent Syracuse to a 7-4 defeat. Jesus Valdez’s 10th home run, a three-run shot in the 5th, highlighted a four-run rally as the Chiefs rallied from an early 1-0 deficit. Ryan Tatusko got the spot start and scattered seven hits over four innings to allow just one run. Recently promoted Christian Garcia threw two scoreless innings to follow but things went south in a hurry after as four relievers gave up six runs over the last three innings, with Jeff Mandel taking the loss and Josh Wilkie blowing his fourth save of the season.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 4
• Rosenbaum (ND) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Komatsu 2-4, 2B, BB
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• King 1-2, 2BB

Tyler Moore smacked his 31st home run for the second straight season, but the Sens ‘pen fell apart late to lose this one, 6-4. Danny Rosenbaum got his 10th no-decision in 25 starts, tossing six solid innings with two runs allowed on four hits and no walks for his 15th quality start of the year. Erik Komatsu led the eight-hit offensive effort with a single, double, and a walk. Meanwhile, Richmond and Bowie tied in the loss column with a Baysox win and a Squirrels loss on Sunday. Richmond is in automatically with a win today, but Bowie needs both a win and Squirrels loss to make the postseason.

Kinston 5 Potomac 3 — GAME ONE
• Bronson (L, 5-5) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Holland 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Lozada 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Evan Bronson wasn’t sharp on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Kinston 2 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Clegg (L, 4-7) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Selik 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Peacock 2-3, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3, RBI

Mitchell Clegg flirted with a no-hitter for four innings in his first starting assignment in nearly three months. He gave up an unearned run on two hits in the fifth to take the hard-luck loss. Potomac was held to just five hits total, with Brian Peacock the sole P-Nat to collect multiple hits with a 2-for-3 game. Frederick lost again, leaving Potomac mathematically alive for the division title, as the two teams are now separated by a single game.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2
• Cole 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Eusebio (W, 1-7) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Cuevas 2-4, 2B, 3B

Back-to-back jacks by Kevin Keyes and Jason Martinson in the bottom of the 6th helped turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead that the Hagerstown bullpen held. A.J. Cole gave up two runs on five hits and a walk to lower his ERA to 4.04 but got the no-decision for the seventh time in 18 starts. Blake Kelso, Justino Cuevas and Keyes had two hits apiece as the Suns collected 10 total for the game. The win puts Hagerstown at .500 for the second half and a win today would put them at 75 wins total, which would be a 10-game improvement over 2010.

Batavia 4 Auburn 2
• Estevez (L, 6-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K
• Moldenhauer 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4

In the season finale, Auburn was, um, doubled up by Batavia, 4-2. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez took the loss with all four runs given up over five innings on seven hits and a walk. Russell Moldenhauer and Caleb Ramsey combined to go 5-for-8, but just two other Doubledays collected hit in the loss. Richie Mirowski, Alex Kreis, and Manny Rivera each threw a scoreless inning of relief. With Connecticut falling 6-5 to Lowell in the 16th inning, Vermont’s 11-7 win over Tri-City gave the Lake Monsters the Stedler Division title. Vermont will host Auburn in Game One of the best-of-three first round on Tuesday night, with Games Two and Three (if necessary) set to be held at Auburn’s Falcon Field on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sep 042011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 vs.
Lehigh Valley,
6:30 p.m.
Ryan Tatusko (3-4, 4.79) vs.
Scott Mathieson (2-2, 3.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (3-1, 2.16) vs.
Brett Brach (1-2, 4.03)
Potomac Lost, 9-8 vs. Kinston,
1:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-7, 4.07) vs.
Ervis Manzanillo (8-7, 5.16)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Batavia,
1:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Martin (ND) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Severino (BS, 2) ⅔ 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Frazier 2-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, CS
• Maldonado 2-4, R

J.D. Martin’s final start of the season was marred by a bullpen blowup, as the Chiefs surrendered three in the 7th and three in the 8th to blow a 3-0 lead and lose 6-3. Martin was lifted with one out in the 7th after giving up his lone run on a home run. Atahualpa Severino gave up the tying runs on three hits and a walk but finished the inning. Garrett Mock took the loss with three runs surrendered in the 8th. Jeff Frazier led the Chiefs offense with a 2-for-3 night including a solo HR.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 2
• Roark (L, 9-9) 7IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
• C Martinez 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Ivany 2-4, CS

In what you’ll see is a motif, the Sens ‘pen also faltered, giving up three in the 9th to turn a 3-2 game into a 6-2 loss. Tanner Roark took the loss to even his record at 9-9, pitching seven innings but putting 13 runners on base via hit or walk. Chris Rahl doubled and tripled to lead the Harrisburg offense, which managed just seven hits total. Bowie lost while Richmond won to put the Baysox on the brink of elimination from the playoffs, the magic number now just one for the Flying Squirrels.

Kinston 9 Potomac 8

• Davis (L, 0-5) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 3K
• Smoker 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR (GS)
• Perez 3-4, 2R, SB (45)
• Walters 2-5, R, 3B

Oh, look. A reliever gave up the big hit to make it hurt Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 5
• Grace 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Demmin (W, 5-2) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Oduber 3-4, R, SB

Another four-run rally in the 8th, another 6-5 win for Hagerstown. Matt Grace tossed six innings but allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out four, finishing the season with a 12-7 mark despite a 1.56 WHIP and a .314 OBA. Jason Martinson and Randolph Oduber both went 3-for-4 for the Suns, with Martinson’s 18th homer beginning the eighth-inning rally. Ryan Demmin got the win with a run given up over the final three innings.

Auburn 2 Batavia 1
• M Rodriguez 4⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K
• Jenkins (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Moldenhauer 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Montilla 2-4, R, 2B

Three Auburn pitchers combined to limit Batavia to one run on five hits as the Doubledays edged the Muckdogs, 2-1. Manny Rodgriguez got the start and gave up the first four hits over four and 2/3rds, walking three and striking out three. Kelvin Lopez got the win by finishing the fifth and pitching the sixth while Chad Jenkins notched his first save with three scoreless innings to finish up. Russell Moldenhauer and Angel Montilla both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Doubleday offense. Today is the season finale with Auburn’s first-round opponent still undetermined, as Connecticut and Vermont are separated by a game in the Stedler Division.

Sep 032011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 10-9
(10 inn.)
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
J.D. Martin (3-7, 4.09) vs.
Andy Baldwin (6-13, 5.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (9-8, 4.75) vs.
Matt Packer (8-12, 4.37)
Potomac Won, 7-3 vs. Kinston,
6:35 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-4, 6.41) vs.
Francisco Jimenez (3-3, 3.25)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (12-7, 5.13) vs.
Lisalberto Bonilla (4-5, 2.94)
Auburn Lost, 4-2;
Won, 2-1
(8 inn.)
@ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-3, 4.93) vs.
Corey Baker (5-2, 2.81)

Syracuse 10 Rochester 9 (10 inn.)
• Stammen 4⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 4K
• Zinicola (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Valdez 4-6, 3R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Curran 3-5, R, 3B
• Frazier 3-6, R, RBI

After blowing two four-run leads and giving up a seven-run 5th, the Chiefs rallied for five runs in the late innings and held on for a 10-9 win in 10 innings. Craig Stammen got knocked from the box in the 5th, charged with seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and a walk. Jesus Valdez’s three-run shot in the 8th tied the game at 8-8, while Corey Brown’s two-run single in the 10th gave Syracuse a 10-8 lead. Zech Zinicola got the win while Josh Wilkie hit a batter and gave up a run on two hits but got the three outs needed to earn his 16th save. The win was Syracuse’s sixth straight

Akron 7 Harrisburg 1
• Martis (L, 8-6) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Norris 0-2, R, 2BB
• Davis 1-3

The Senators were flat in a 7-1 loss to Akron, collecting just four base hits and striking out 10 times as a team. Shairon Martis gave up the first five runs on eight hits and a walk over his five innings to take his sixth loss of the season. Richmond and Bowie flip-flopped again in the standings, and for folks wondering what that might mean for the first round of the playoffs, Harrisburg has gone 9-13 vs. Richmond, 13-5 vs. Bowie this season.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 3
• Solis (W, 6-2) 7IP, 6H, 3R, ER, BB, 4K
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R, RBI, BB, 4SB (51)
• Walters 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Leon 2-4, R, RBI

Potomac stole nine bases in a 7-3 win over Lynchburg to complete a four-game sweep of the Hillcats. Jeff Kobernus stole four of the nine bases and broke the 50-steal mark, the most since Boomer Whiting stole 54 in ’09. Sammy Solis was solid in his (presumably) final regular-season start, going seven innings and giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Neil Holland and Hector Nelo both threw a scoreless inning of relief. Frederick kept pace with Potomac with a 10-0 win over Kinston to maintain its ½-game lead. Should the two teams tie at the end of the regular season, Potomac holds the rather odd tiebreaker of having won the first meeting of the second half as both teams went 10-10 in head-to-head competition.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 5
• Ray 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K
• Holt 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kelso 2-4, R, RBI
• Nieto 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A four-run rally in the bottom of the 8th ended an eight-game losing streak as Hagerstown clipped Lakewood, 6-5. Robbie Ray had a rough final outing, giving up all five BlueClaws runs on six hits with no walks and just two strikeouts over four innings. Blake Kelso (2-for-4) and Adrian Nieto (2RBI) led the offense which made the most of its six hits to score six runs, aided by three Lakewood errors. At 32-34, Hagerstown will need to win the rest of its games (3) to finish above .500 for the second half.

Batavia 4 Auburn 2 — GAME ONE
• Dupra (L, 4-4) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Hanks 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ortega 1-3, R, 2B
• J Miller 1-3, RBI

Batavia took an early 3-0 lead with runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Auburn rallied for two in the bottom of the 6th, but gave up an insurance run in the top of the 7th to lose 4-2. Brian Dupra took the loss with three runs given up over four innings on four hits and a walk. Five different Doubledays got a hit, with Bryce Ortega doubling and Justin Miller notching the lone RBI single (Matt Skole drove in the other on a groundout).

Auburn 2 Batavia 1 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Meza (ND) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Henke (W, 4-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Miller 2-4, RBI
• Montilla 2-3

Justin Miller’s RBI single in the last of the 8th gave the Auburn a 2-1 win to cap the doubleheader and give the fans a treat in the home finale. Coupled with a Williamsport loss, the Doubledays clinched the Pinckney Division title, the first for the team since 2007 and the first division crown for the organization in the New York-Penn League since 1996. Christian Meza nearly got the win with six shutout innings pitched, as the Doubledays took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 6th, but the Muckdogs rallied against Colin Bates for the tie at 1-1. Travis Henke got the win with a 1-2-3 top of the 8th.

Sep 022011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 6-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (10-7, 4.51) vs.
Tom Stuifbergen (1-0, 1.80)
Harrisburg Won, 10-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (8-5, 2.81) vs.
TBD
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (5-2, 2.92) vs.
Caleb Brewer (1-1, 5.28)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-1 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-3, 2.75) vs.
Joe Blanton (rehab)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Brian Dupra (4-3, 3.38) and
Christian Meza (1-1, 6.57) vs.
Ryan Sherriff (0-1, 2.45) and
Jon Cornelius (1-4, 4.30)

Syracuse 6 Buffalo 2
• Maya (W, 4-9) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Mock 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bernadina 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Maldonado 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, BB

Make that five straight for the Chiefs as they took another from Buffalo by a 6-2 count. Yunesky Maya finished his AAA campaign with six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three hits while striking out six for a 4-9 mark and a 5.00 ERA. Roger Bernadina led off and went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Syracuse offense, one of three Chiefs to connect twice for base hits (Carlos Maldonado, Jesus Valdez. Garrett Mock extended his scoreless appearance streak to six with another two innings while Ryan “Ball Me Bro” Tatusko pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for his second hold.

Harrisburg 10 Portland 0
• Strasburg (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• McCoy 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pena 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• King 2-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Pahuta 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Norris 1-1, 2B, 3R, 3BB

Well, I guess some rehab starts aren’t overrated. Stephen Strasburg let up just one hit and no walks over six innings and got the win as part of a 10-0 shutout that clinched the Division title for Harrisburg. Tim Pahuta (three-run) and Stephen King (grand slam) both connected for home runs to lead the 12-hit attack. Bowie broke a three-game losing streak to return to second place while Richmond fell back to third place with a loss, as the two are separated by a ½ game with four left to play.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 1
• Demny (W, 10-10) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Wort 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Walters 3-4, 2R, 2B, SB
• Perez 2-4, RBI, 2SB

Three weeks ago the Keys’ lead over the P-Nats was six games. After a 5-1 Potomac win over Lynchburg and a 3-2 Frederick loss to Kinston, just a ½ game separates the two teams for the Carolina League’s Northern Division lead. Paul Demny threw seven scoreless innings to even up his record at 10-10, giving up only five hits (all of them in the yard for the fifth straight start) and a walk while striking out six. Zach Walters and Eury Perez continue to swing hot bats, going 5-for-8 combined to lead the 12-hit offensive effort.

Lakewood 10 Hagerstown 1
• McKenzie (L, 4-7) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Oduber 2-4
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

The Hagerstown spiral continues with an eighth straight loss to Lakewood, 10-1. Kevin Keyes’s solo shot in the 7th, his 16th of the season, broke up the shutout was one of just six hits the Suns could muster against Lakewood pitchers. Chris McKenzie went the first four innings and gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks to take the loss. Hagerstown can still finish at .500 with three wins over the next four, but can also sink to sixth place if West Virginia can make up the 1½ games that separate the Suns from the Power.

Auburn 4 Jamestown 2
• Hill 3⅔ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Rivera, M (W, 3-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, K
• J Miller 4-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB

The Doubledays got back a little breathing room with a 4-2 win over Jamestown. That’s because Williamsport lost to fall back to two games behind, reducing Auburn’s magic number for the Pinckney Division crown to three. Justin Miller and Matt Skole combined to go 7-for-8 with a double (Skole), a triple (Miller), two runs scored (Skole) and two RBI (Miller). Manny Rivera got the win in relief with two and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief while Christian Garcia blanked the Jammers over the last two innings for the save, his first of the year.

Sep 012011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (3-9, 5.09) vs.
Dylan Owen (6-6, 4.18)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Michael Lee (1-6, 5.12)
Potomac Won, 6-3 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.54)
vs. Matt Crim (2-7, 5.81)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (4-6, 6.80) vs.
Garett Claypool (4-7, 3.63)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 3.25) vs.
Jose Urena (4-7, 4.39)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 1
• Meyers (W, 6-4) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Wilkie (S, 15) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Valdez 2-4, RBI
• Antonelli 0-2, 2RBI, BB, SF

Syracuse took advantage of Buffalo miscues to take their fourth straight game, 3-1. Brad Meyers got his sixth win by scattering seven hits — OK, six; one was a home run — over five and a 1/3rd innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Jesus Valdez was the sole Chief to get multiple hits, driving in the second Syracuse run in the 3rd with an RBI single as part of a 2-for-4 night. Josh Wilkie was the last of five relievers to follow Meyers, pitching a scoreless ninth for his 15th save.

Harrisburg 2 Portland 1
• Arnesen 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K
• VanAllen (W, 5-3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (S, 13) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• T Moore 2-4, RBI
• Pahuta 2-3, R, HR, RBI

Tyler Moore’s 8th-inning RBI single put the Sens in the playoffs with a 2-1 win over Portland. Moore’s hit gave Cory VanAllen the win for pitching a scoreless 8th. Erik Arnesen got the start and allowed just an unearned run on four hits and no walks over the first seven innings while setting down nine on strikes. Tim Pahuta homered in the 5th to tie the game at 1-1, and went 2-for-3 for the game to lead the offense. Rafael Martin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for save #13. Harrisburg can clinch the Eastern League West division with a win or a Richmond loss tonight.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 3
• Olbrychowski (W, 5-7) 7⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Selik ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB
• Bloxom 2-5, R
• Kobernus 2-5, 2RBI, SB

Likewise, Potomac clinched a playoff berth with a win over Lynchburg by a 6-3 count. Adam Olbrychowski pitched a masterful seven and a 1/3rd innings, allowing just two hits, though one was a home run. He walked one and struck out six. Potomac made him a winner by taking advantage of a Hillcats error in the 8th to pile on for four unearned runs. Jeff Kobernus, Justin Bloxom, and Zach Walters each had two hits as the P-Nats collected 11 total. Combined with another Frederick loss, the P-Nats are just 1½ games behind the Keys, the tragic number frozen at five.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns finish out 2011 with a five-game set against the Lakewood BlueClaws. They’ll need to win three to avoid a losing second-half record.

Jamestown 3 Auburn 2
• Karns (ND) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Kreis (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 2-5, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R

Auburn may have the best winning percentage of any Nats affiliate, but a 3-2 loss to Jamestown has tightened up the race for a playoff spot. Colin Bates was touched for two runs in the top of the 8th to burn a 2-1 lead, handing starter Nathan Karns a no-decision for his five innings of one-run ball. Matt Skole and Caleb Ramsey both went 2-for-5 to lead the Doubledays offense, which struggled in the clutch with a 2-for-9 mark with RISP and 10 men left on base. The loss slices Auburn’s lead over Williamsport to just one game in the Pinckney Division, which is also the same margin they have over the Brooklyn Cyclones in the wild-card chase.

Aug 312011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (5-4, 3.57)
vs. Mark Cohoon (4-9, 6.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-4, 2.57) vs.
Brock Huntzinger (5-11, 6.46)
Potomac Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.54) vs.
David Hale (3-6, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5
(11 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 11-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.69) vs.
Josh Hodges (8-1, 3.48)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
Multiple sources are now reporting that Tom Milone will be called up on Saturday to replace Jordan Zimmermann in the Washington rotation, with Brad Peacock another likely candidate to get the nod before the end of the AAA season. Meanwhile, the Chiefs finish out 2011 needing two wins and/or two Bison losses to secure a fourth-place finish in the I.L. North.

Portland 4 Harrisburg 1
• O Perez (L, 3-5) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 1-3, SB
• Gilbert 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger held the Sens to just two hits in a 4-1 loss to Portland. Oliver Perez gave up a three-run shot in the first and was knocked from the box with two outs in the 4th, allowing four hits and four walks total. Harrisburg couldn’t take advantage three first-inning walks and was no-hit until the 5th, when Chris Rahl beat out an infield single. Archie Gilbert’s solo HR in the 7th broke up the shutout bid. Both Bowie and Richmond failed to capitalize on the Harrisburg loss, each losing to drop the Sens magic number to clinch a playoff spot to two.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 4 (10 inn.)
• Bronson (ND) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Testa (W, 6-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Nelo (S, 18) 1IP, 0H, BB, 0K
• Perez 3-4, R, 3SB
• Walters 2-5, RBI, SB

Zach Walters’ two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th gave the P-Nats a 5-4 win in extras over the Lynchburg Hillcats. The win puts Potomac one win away from clinching a playoff berth, and combined with a Keys loss, an outside shot at winning the second-half division crown with 2½ games to make up in six days. Evan Bronson got the start and went five and a 1/3rd innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk but got the no-decision when Marcos Frias let in the tying run in the last of the 7th. Joe Testa got the win with a scoreless 9th and Hector Nelo got the save with a scoreless 10th. Eury Perez led the offense with three singles and three stolen bases.

Asheville 6 Hagerstown 5 (11 inn.)
• Swynenberg 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Oduber 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB
• Freitas 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

Home runs by Randolph Oduber and David Freitas weren’t enough to prevent the five-game sweep and season elimination as the Suns were beaten in extras by a 6-5 score. Matt Swynenberg also surrendered two home runs in his five and 2/3rds innings to account for the first four Tourist runs, while Sam Brown took the loss with two walks, a stolen base, and a one-out single. Oduber and Freitas went 4-for-9 combined with three runs scored, four RBI, a double (Freitas), and a walk and a stolen base (Oduber).

Auburn 11 Jamestown 2
• Estevez (W, 6-3) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• K Lopez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Miller 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Moldenhauer 2-3, RBI
• Pena 2-5, R, 2RBI

The Doubledays got back on track with a big win on Tuesday, spreading the Jammers, 11-2. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez won his team-leading sixth game with both Jamestown runs allowed on four hits and two walks. Four relievers combined to shut down the Jammers the rest of the way. Justin Miller led the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night, including a two-run homer in the 4th, in which Auburn scored seven times to break open a 3-2 lead. The win keeps pace with second-place Williamsport to maintain a two-game lead and cuts the magic number to clinch the Pinckney division to five.

Aug 302011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-0;
Won, 4-0
OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-4, 3.04) vs.
Charlie Haeger (3-0, 2.75)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
7:05
Evan Bronson (5-4, 3.47) vs.
Chris Masters (9-5, 3.19)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-11 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-3, 3.61) vs.
Josh Slaats (7-2, 4.26)
Auburn Lost, 8-7 @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (5-2, 3.77) vs.
Helpi Reyes (1-5, 4.31)

Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 0 — GAME ONE
• Milone (W, 12-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Severino 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Antonelli 2-2, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Brown 2-3

Home runs by Matt Antonelli and Roger Bernadina were more than enough to support Tom Milone, who won his 12th game of the season to match his 2010 and 2009 totals. Milone flirted with a perfect game for 13 batters before giving up a single and two walks in the 5th, but worked out of a bases-loaded jam to finish with five scoreless innings. Atahualpa Severino finished up the 4-0 win with two scoreless innings of relief.

Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 0 — GAME TWO
• Peacock (W, 5-1) 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Slaten 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Brown 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Hulett 2-3, R

The Chiefs wasted no time to get their four runs in the nightcap, scoring ‘em all in the top of the 1st with Corey Brown’s two-out, two-run double capping the rally. Brad Peacock got his fifth AAA win (15th overall) with five scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Brown doubled again in the 6th to match Tug Hulett as both men went 2-for-3 on the night. Doug Slaten and Jeff Mandel each laid an egg on the scoreboard to complete the shutout and sweep the doubleheader.

Portland 4 Harrisburg 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 3-1) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gilbert 3-4, 2B
• Norris 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB

All the scoring in this one came in the 4th inning as the Portland Sea Dogs ended the Harrisburg Senators’ seven-game win streak by handing them a 4-2 loss. Danny Rosenbaum took his first AA loss, giving up the four runs on five hits and three walks over seven innings. Harrisburg’s struggles with RISP resurfaced with a 1-for-11 night and 12 men left on base, as Archie Gilbert was the sole Sen to collect multiple hits with a 3-for-4 night. Bowie was unable to gain ground on Harrisburg, losing to Altoona to stay 4½ back in the E.L. West.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac visits Lynchburg for the next four games, leading the Hillcats by 5½ games and trailing the Keys by 3½ games. The magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three, the tragic number to lose the division title is five.

Asheville 12 Hagerstown 11
• Cole 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 9K
• Graham (BS, 3; L, 4-4) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Sanchez 5-6, 2R, RBI
• Freitas 3-5, 2R, 2RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-6, R, HR, 3RBI

Corey Dickinson’s two-out, two-run pinch-hit home run (#31 for the year, #25 at home) over the right field wall at McCormick Field sent the Suns to their sixth straight defeat by a 12-11 count. The Suns pounded out 21 hits for the contest with Adrian Sanchez leading the way with a 5-for-6 night, overcoming an early 5-0 deficit to take an 11-6 lead. A.J. Cole struggled again, giving up five first-inning runs and allowing seven hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings while striking out nine. The loss drops Hagerstown to below .500 at 31-32 and cuts their elimination number to one.

Jamestown 8 Auburn 7
• M Rodriguez 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Bates 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Montilla 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Jimenez 2-3, 2RBI, BB, SB

Like the Suns, the Doubledays blew a five-run lead and imploded in the 9th for an 8-7 loss. Aaron Barrett took the hill in the 9th with a 7-4 lead and walked three, including one with the bases loaded to score the first run, uncorked a wild pitch to let in two and tie the game at 7-7, and gave up the game-winner with two outs. The loss was Auburn’s second straight and cuts their lead over Williamsport to two games in the NYPL’s Pinckney division.

Aug 292011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (4-1, 3.56) and
Tom Milone (11-6, 3.33) vs.
Scott Mathieson (2-1, 2.71) and
Andy Bass (7-9, 4.15)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (3-0, 1.37) vs.
Jeremy Kehrt (2-1, 4.54)
Potomac Won, 3-2;
Lost, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 15-5 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-7, 3.70) vs.
Josh Mueller (6-6, 4.97)
Auburn Postponed @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-3, 4.79) vs.
Dan Oliver (1-4, 5.86)

Syracuse — PPD
Rains from Hurricane Irene have postponed this one until today, when they’ll attempt to play a doubleheader at Lehigh Valley at 6:05 p.m.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators play the next eight at home, riding a seven-game win streak and leading the E.L. West by 4½ games. A playoff berth is a near certainty, but their first-round opponent is not as Bowie and Richmond are separated by just 1½ games.

Potomac 3 Frederick 2 — GAME ONE
• Solis (W, 5-2) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Nelo (S, 17) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lozada 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Potomac scored all three runs via the longball and held off a late charge by the Keys for a 3-2 win in the first game. Jeff Kobernus hit a two-run shot in the 6th to go up 2-1 while Jose Lozada’s solo shot in the 7th extended the lead to 3-1. Joe Testa, Marcos Frias, and Hector Nelo each got two outs to nail down the win for Sammy Solis, who gave up an unearned run on four hits while striking out eight over the first five innings.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3
• E Davis (L, 0-4) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• Selik 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Soriano 1-3, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, HR, RBI
• I Rodriguez, 1-3, HR, RBI

The big fly continued to power the Potomac offense in the nightcap, but three solo shots weren’t enough as Frederick got the 4-3 win to split the doubleheader and prevent a series sweep. Erik Davis lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing all four Keys runs on four hits and three walks. Francisco Soriano, Jeff Kobernus, and rehabbing Ivan Rodriguez all went 1-for-3 with a solo HR in the loss, which puts Potomac 3½ back in the C.L. North with seven games left to play.

Asheville 15 Hagerstown 5
• Grace (L, 12-7) 4IP, 14H, 11R, 11ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Brown 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kelso 2-5, 2B
• W Moore 1-3, R, BB, SB

Asheville tired slightly from Saturday night, scoring just 15 runs against Hagerstown on Sunday afternoon to take their third straight from the Suns, 15-5. Matt Grace got 12 outs and gave up 11 runs on 14 hits and a walk for his seventh loss of the year. Blake Kelso led the Suns offense with a 2-for-5 game, as Hagerstown took advantage of the six walks they drew to score five runs on six hits. The loss (fifth straight) drops the Suns to .500 at 31-31, 5½ games behind and reduces their elimination number to just two.

Auburn — PPD
It was either the rain or the underpants gnomes that convinced team officials to postpone Sunday’s series finale to this Friday, when Auburn and Batavia will play a pair of seven-inning games in the final regular-season home game for the Doubledays.

Aug 282011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @
Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (4-1, 3.56) vs.
Scott Mathieson (2-1, 2.71)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Erik Davis (0-3, 6.14) and
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.25) vs.
Nathan Moreau (11-10, 4.42) and
Jake Pettit (5-0, 1.38)
Hagerstown Lost, 21-11 @ Asheville,
6:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (12-6, 4.49) vs.
Peter Tago (3-5, 7.07)
Auburn Lost, 7-5 vs. Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-3, 4.79) vs.
Corey Baker (5-1, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. GCL Cards
END OF SEASON. N/A

Syracuse 4 Rochester 3
• Strasburg (ND) 5+ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 7K
• Wilkie (S, 14) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bernadina 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Solano 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

After five perfect innings, Stephen Strasburg gave up two hits in the 6th and was lifted with a 1-0 lead after his 64th pitch. Craig Stammen let in one baserunner to tie the game but got the win when the Chiefs reclaimed the lead. Syracuse would go on to win by a 4-3 count, ending a three-game losing streak. Strasburg walked none and struck out seven and is expected to make one more rehab start before returning to the Washington roster. Roger Bernadina and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 2 New Hampshire 1
• Roark (W, 9-8) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Pena (S, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Pahuta 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ivany 1-3, 2B, RBI

The Senators rallied for two in the 2nd and the pitching made it stand up for a 2-1 win over New Hampshire. Tanner Roark went seven-plus innings to earn his ninth win, allowing the Fisher Cats’ run on five hits and two walks. He struck out two. Tim Pahuta connected for a solo HR while Leonard Davis (single) and Devin Ivany (double) teamed up for the second run. Cory VanAllen, Rafael Martin, and Hassan Pena combined to shut down New Hampshire for the last two innings. The win, which was the seventh straight for Harrisburg, extends the Sens lead on Bowie to five games in the E.L. West, while Richmond is just a ½-game behind the BaySox for the wild card position.

Potomac — PPD
The ancillary effects of Hurricane Irene (a.k.a. rain) postponed Saturday’s game. The two teams will attempt to make it up today with a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m.

Asheville 21 Hagerstown 11
• Ray (L, 2-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K
• Graham 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Freitas 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Newsome 3-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Cuevas 2-5, R

Four Suns got ejected and eight home runs were surrendered as the Asheville Tourists pummeled Hagerstown, 21-11. Adrian Nieto and manager Brian Daubach got tossed in the bottom of the 1st, while hitting coach Marlon Anderson hit the showers in the 3rd and Robbie Ray was given the heave-ho in the 4th in the midst of a six-run rally. Brett Newsome led the Suns offense with a 3-for-4 night, hitting the sole Hagerstown homer. The Suns’ fourth straight loss dropped them to five behind in the Sally North with an elmination number of just four.

Batavia 7 Auburn 5
• Dupra 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Rivera ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Moldenhauer 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Ortega 1-3, 2R, 2BB

Russell Moldenhauer’s three-run bomb in the 6th tied the game at 4-4, but the Auburn bullpen faltered for a 7-5 loss to Batavia. Brian Dupra went the first four innings, giving up the first four runs (three earned) on a walk and seven hits and striking out two. Travis Henke took the loss on an unearned run allowed over two innings. The loss ended a modest three-game win streak, but another Williamsport loss reduced the magic number to clinch the Pinckney Division of the NYPL to just six with eight games left.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Baez 4+ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramos 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Peguero 1-2, 2BB

The G-Nats bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the middle innings as the GCL Cardinals won the season finale, 3-2. Gregory Baez left the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the 5th after the first three batters reached base. He took the loss with two runs allowed on two hits and three walks while striking out five. Wander Ramos and Arialdi Peguero were the only two G-Nats to hit safely. Thanks to the cancellations earlier this week, the G-Nats escaped last place with a 20-33 mark, 17½ games in back of the GCL Marlins