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

Aug 272011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 2-0;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Andy Baldwin (6-12, 5.76)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0;
Won, 8-6
@
New Hampshire,
12:05 p.m.
Tanner Roark (8-8, 4.98) vs.
Chad Jenkins (5-6, 4.06)
Potomac Won, 5-4
(13 inn.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-3, 6.14) vs.
Nathan Moreau (11-10, 4.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.09) vs.
Nick Schnaitmann (5-1, 2.30)
Auburn Won, 2-1 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (4-3, 3.09) vs.
Sam Gaviglio (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs.
GCL Cards,
11:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Rochester 2 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 3-9) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Antonelli 2-3, 2B
• Frazier 1-3, 2B
• Maldonado 1-2, 2B

Yunesky Maya went the distance in the first game, but got no support in 2-0 loss. Matt Antonelli, Jeff Frazier, and Carlos Maldonado each doubled but were each stranded as the Chiefs went 0-for-6 with RISP and left on five baserunners.

Rochester 3 Syracuse 2
• Martin, J (L, 3-7) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Slaten 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 1-3, BB
• Hulett 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Tug Hulett homered in the bottom of the 1st, but that’s all Syracuse would muster in another loss, this one by a 3-2 count. J.D. Martin had but one bad inning, but took the loss for allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Steve Lombardozzi, Roger Bernadina, and Jhonatan Solano were the other Chiefs to collect hits. The two losses dropped Syracuse’s mark to 60-71, ending any hope of reaching .500 for the year.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 0
• Martis (W, 8-5) 7IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Rahl 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Norris 1-3, RBI

Derek Norris’s RBI single gave the Senators an early 1-0 lead and that’s all Shairon Martis would need as he would throw a seven inning no-hitter. Martis walked one and struck out nine in the no-no, the third in Harrisburg franchise history. Tyler Moore and Chris Rahl also homered in the 3-0 win.

Harrisburg 8 New Hampshire 6
• C Martinez 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Lehman (W, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 3-4, R, 2-2B, HR, 5RBI
• Norris 2-3, 2R, 2B
• Komatsu 2-4, R

Tim Pahuta’s two-run pinch-hit home run in the top of the 6th turned a 6-5 deficit into a 7-6 lead to as the Sens outslugged the Fisher Cats for an 8-6 win to sweep the doubleheader. Tyler Moore smacked his 30th home run in the top of the 1st and went 3-for-4 for the game with 5 RBIs to lead the offense. Pat Lehman picked up the win in relief, tossing two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings to close out the game. The double dip coupled with another Bowie loss puts Harrisburg up four games on the Baysox, 5½ games on the Flying Squirrels in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Frederick 4 (13 inn.)
• Demny (ND) 7+IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 0HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Holland (W, 4-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perez 3-4, R
• Hood 2-6, R, RBI

Potomac should have won this one in regulation, but got strong bullpen work after Josh Smoker let in the tying runs to take this one 5-4 in 13 innings. Paul Demny went seven innings plus one batter and left with a 4-2 lead but Smoker gave up a two-run triple following a walk and a sacrifice in the bottom of the 8th to blow the save. Zach Walters broke the tie with a two-out double in the 13th for the only P-Nat extra-base hit of the game, making a winner out of Neil Holland, who pitched two scoreless innings. The win combined with a Lynchburg loss drops the magic number to clinch to just five while cutting Frederick’s division lead to 3½ games.

Asheville 7 Hagerstown 1
• McKenzie (L, 4-6) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Brown 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Oduber 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB
• Taylor 1-3, R, BB

The Groovin’ Aruban returned to the Suns lineup last night for the first time since June 17, going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, but that was the highlight of the Hagerstown night as the Asheville Tourists won, 7-1. Chris McKenzie took the loss with three runs allowed on seven hits and two walks over five innings. The loss was the third straight for the Suns, who are now tied for 4th place with Greensboro, four games behind in the Sally North.

Auburn 2 Batavia 1
• Hill 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• C Garcia (W, 3-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (S, 9) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Montilla 2-3, R
• Moldenhauer 1-2, RBI, BB

Billy Burns doubled and came home on two wild pitches as Auburn edged Batavia, 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel. Taylor Hill started and went the first five, allowing the lone Muckdog run on three hits. Christian Garcia and Aaron Barrett combined for four scoreless innings to earn the win and save, respectively. Both teams had just six hits, with Angel Montilla the lone Doubleday to get two hits. The win reduced the magic number for Auburn to seven as the Doubledays lead second-place Williamsport by 3½ games with eight left to play.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
It would appear that Hurricane Irene won’t end the suffering postpone the final game today for the GCL Nationals, thus giving them the chance to still finish last in the GCL East.

Aug 262011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 12-4 @ Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Yunesky Maya (3-8, 5.25) and
J.D. Martin (3-6, 4.06) vs.
Liam Hendriks (2-4, 6.11) and
Cole DeVries (4-2, 3.81)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4
(10 inn.)
@
New Hampshire,
6:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-5, 2.98) and
Carlos Martinez (2-4, 5.47) vs.
Dustin McGowan (0-1, 3.18) and
Willie Collazo (1-0, 0.71)
Potomac Lost, 11-5 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.58) vs.
Nick Haughian (8-6, 3.49)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.09) vs.
Tyler Matzek (3-4, 5.40)
Auburn Won, 4-1 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 3.57) vs.
Ryan Sherriff (0-0, 1.80)
GCL Nationals @/vs.
GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A

Pawtucket 12 Syracuse 4
• Meyers 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Severino ⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, BB
• Marrero 2-5

A grand slam off Atahualpa Severino lowlighted an eight-run 9th as Syracuse fell 12-4 to Pawtucket. Brad Meyers got the no-decision despite a quality start with two runs given up over six innings. The Chiefs bullpen gave up 10 runs over the last three innings to break a 2-2 tie. Jesus Valdez, Steve Lombardozzi and Chris Marrero each collected two hits in the losing effort.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 4 (10 inn.)
• Arnesen 6⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• VanAllen (H, 10) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-5, R, 2B
• Gilbert 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Archie Gilbert’s two-run single in the 10th took the edge off Rafael Martin’s second blown save as the Sens gave away a 4-2 lead in the 9th but took it back for the 6-4 win. Tyler Moore joined Gilbert in going 2-for-5 to pace the 12-hit attack as the Sens won their third straight and extended their lead over Bowie to 2½ games.

Wilmington 11 Potomac 5
• Olbrychowski 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Brian Peacock 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Soriano 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Walters 2-3, R, RBI, 2BB

Like Syracuse, the 8th inning was unkind to Potomac, as the Blue Rocks rallied for six to prevent the series sweep and hand the P-Nats an 11-5 loss. Francisco Soriano led the offense with a 3-for-4 night as the P-Nats now face off against Frederick this weekend for a likely playoff preview. Potomac’s elimination number is down to seven while its magic number to clinch a playoff berth is just six.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 3
• Swynenberg (L, 6-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Weaver 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nieto 3-3, R, BB, E
• Freitas 2-4, 2B

Hickory took the series three games to one with a 5-3 win over Hagerstown, setting the Suns into fourth place. Matt Swynenberg took the loss with four runs given up over six innings on seven hits and a walk. Adrian Nieto reach base four times with three singles and a walk to lead the Hagerstown batters. Hagerstown’s elimination number is now just seven with 10 games left to play.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 1
• Karns (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Mirowski (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Skole 2-4, 2B
• Jimenez 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Justin Miller and Hendry Jimenez both homered for Auburn in a 4-1 win over the Mahoning Valley. Nathan Karns won his third game with six innings of one-run pitching, allowing three hits and no walks. Coupled with Williamsport’s fourth straight loss, the magic number for the Doubledays to clinch the Pinckney Division title is just eight.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
The impending storm and rains from Hurricane Irene cancelled yesterday’s doubleheader and may cancel tomorrow’s finale.

Aug 252011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (5-4, 3.62) vs.
Kyle Weiland (8-9, 3.48)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 @
New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-4, 2.56) vs.
Yohan Pino (3-7, 3.99)
Potomac Won, 11-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (4-7, 4.31)
vs. Tim Melville (9-9, 4.32)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-2, 3.45) vs.
Cody Buckel (7-3, 2.49)
Auburn Won, 6-5
(10 inn.)
@ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Nathan Karns (2-2, 4.21) vs.
Will Roberts (1-1, 2.93)
GCL Nationals Won, 13-2
@ GCL Mets
@/vs.
GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
(doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Milone (W, 11-6) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Zinicola (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bynum 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Antonelli 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Seth Bynum’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 7th broke a 1-1 tie as Syracuse defeated Pawtucket, 3-1. Tom Milone got his 11th win with seven strong innings, allowing a run on solo HR, walking one and striking out eight. The Chiefs are now 60-68 in the I.L. North, leading the 5th place Bisons by 4½ games.

Harrisburg 9 Portland 3
• Perez 4⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• McCoy 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

The Sens broke out the bats in the 8th for a five-run rally that put this one away as they downed the SeaDogs, 9-3. Chris Rahl, Tyler Moore and Tim Pahuta all homered, with Rahl leading the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon. Jimmy Barthmaier got the win in relief of Oliver Perez, who didn’t go the requisite five innings. The win keeps pace with Bowie, maintaining the Harrisburg lead at 1½ games in the E.L. West.

Potomac 11 Wilmington 3
• Bronson (W, 5-4) 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Frias 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• Lozada 3-4, R, 2B, 2-3B, 3RBI
• Leon 2-2, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Potomac put up another 11-spot against Wilmington, including a pair of four-run rallies in the 6th and 7th innings, to smash the Blue Rocks, 11-3. Zach Walters and Jose Lozada both went 3-for-4 as the P-Nats pounded out 15 hits in support of starter and winning pitcher Evan Bronson, who turned in seven innings and allowed the three Wilmington runs on five hits and a walk. The win keeps pace with Frederick and Lynchburg, as Potomac trails the Keys by 3½ but leads the Hillcats by five in the C.L. North.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 2
• Cole (L, 4-7) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Eusebio 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Martinson 1-2, R, BB, 2SB

A four-run 5th by Hickory turned a 2-1 Suns lead into the eventual 5-4 loss for Hagerstown. A.J. Cole allowed all five runs on six hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings to get tagged with his seventh loss. The Suns were held to just seven hits, with Adrian Sanchez singling twice, Wade Moore doubling for an RBI, and Kevin Keyes connecting for HR #15. The loss drops Hagerstown to four games back, and reduces its elimination number to eight.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 5 (10 inn.)
• Estevez 3⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Jenkins 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Montilla 3-5, R
• Jimenez 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Hendry Jimenez’s RBI single in the top of the 10th broke a 5-5 tie as the Doubledays came back from a 5-1 deficit for a 6-5 win against Mahoning Valley. Wirkin Estevez got hit hard, giving up two home runs and eight hits total over three and a 1/3rd innings. Chris Jenkins, Colin Bates, and Aaron Barrett combined to shut down the Scrappers for the final six and 2/3rds innings. The win combined with a Williamsport loss extended Auburn’s lead to 2½ games in the Pickney Division in the NYPL.

GCL Nationals 13 GCL Mets 2
• Encarnacion (W, 2-2) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Smith (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Schill 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 5RBI, BB, SB
• Oduber 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, RBI, 2SB
• Difo 3-5, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats scored a season-high 13 runs, including a seven-run 7th to send the G-Mets to a 13-2 defeat. Five G-Nats had multiple hits, with Wes Schill, Randolph Oduber, and Wilmer Difo each collecting three in a 16-hit onslaught. Pedro Encarnacion got the win with a run on two walks and two hits over five innings. The G-Nats are now 20-32 with three games remaining in the 2011 campaign.