Aug 052011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-5, 4.40) vs.
Corey Kluber (5-7, 5.90)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1
(10 inn.);
Won, 2-1
@ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Tanner Roark (6-7, 5.47) vs.
Drew Smyly (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (3-6, 5.03)
vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (4-1, 3.48) vs.
Kyle Winters (7-3, 4.62
Auburn Won, 6-5;
Won, 6-3
@
Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Dan Jimenez (1-2, 2.79)
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1
@ GCL Mets
(11 inn.)
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Brandon King (1-3, 5.93) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Postponed
vs. DSL Giants
@ DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Columbus 5 Syracuse 2
• Maya (L, 1-8) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 3HR
• Zinicola 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R
• Hulett 2-4

Yunesky Maya coughed up three home runs to account for all five runs scored by the Clippers in a 5-2 loss to Columbus. He gave up eight hits total and walked one while striking out four in his eighth loss for Syracuse. Offensively, the Chiefs were held to just six hits, with Steve Lombardozzi and Tug Hulett (both 2-for-4) accounting for four of them as just three baserunners got into scoring position. The two Syracuse runs came via a double by Roger Bernadina in the top of the 5th. The loss drops the Chiefs to 49-61, 13½ games behind Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Reading 2 Harrisburg 1 (10 inn.)(Comp.)
• Arnesen 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Lehman (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-4, 2B
• Jo. Johnson 1-4, R, 2B, SB

In the completion of Wednesday night’s game, Reading needed just two tries to get the gamewinner for the 2-1 win in 10 innings. Harrisburg was held to just four hits, three coming from Chris Rahl, who also drove in the lone Senators run. Erik Arnesen got the no-decision with seven strong innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and two hits while striking out six. Pat Lehman took the loss in relief, his first for Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 2 Reading 1 (Reg. Gm.)
• Martis 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• T Moore 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Harper 2-4, R, 2B

Tyler Moore led off the 9th with a walk and Bryce Harper’s double was muffed and followed by an error to plate both Harrisburg runs as the Senators edged the Reading Phillies 2-1 in the regularly scheduled game. Jimmy Barthmaier got the win in relief of starter Shairon Martis, who went the first six innings and allowed just one hit and three walks with five set down on strikes. Moore and Harper combined for four hits and two doubles as the Sens had just six hits total. The doubleheader split leaves Harrisburg a ½ game ahead of Bowie with a 62-50 mark in the E.L. West.

Salem 4 Potomac 3
• Selik (ND) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, K
• Frias 2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Leon 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B
• Kobernus SB #40

A walkoff walk in the bottom of the 10th gave Salem a 4-3 win and a series sweep of the Potomac Nationals. Josh Smoker started the 10th giving up a single, a wild pitch, an intentional walk (to set up the DP and face a lefty) and another single before issuing the free pass to former Nat farmhand Alex Valdez to take the loss. Sandy Leon drove in two of the three P-Nats runs with a solo HR in the 2nd and an RBI double in the 6th to lead the offense, which struggled once again with RISP with an 1-for-10 mark. The loss, the third straight, puts Potomac at 21-18, four behind Frederick but six ahead of both Lynchburg and Wilmington. Prior to the game, Evan Bronson was returned to Potomac from Syracuse. To make room on the roster, J.R. Higley was shifted to the 7-Day D.L.

Hickory 8 Hagerstown 1
• Ray (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• McCatty 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Taylor 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Curran 1-3, BB

Hickory paid back Wednesday night’s beatdown with an 8-1 win on Thursday. The Suns were limited to just five hits and four walks with just one batter achieving both (Curran). Robbie Ray was touched for four runs on seven hits and three walks over the first four innings. Shane McCatty was no better, giving up three runs over three innings. The loss drops Hagerstown back to 3½ games behind Hickory in fourth place in the Sally North with a 20-19 mark. The Suns return home tonight for four games against Greensboro, featuring a rehab appearance by Stephen Strasburg on Sunday.

Auburn 6 Connecticut 5 — GAME ONE
• Estevez 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• C Garcia 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• M Rivera 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Montilla 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Burns 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI

A three-run rally in the bottom of the 7th sent Game One of the doubleheader into “extra” innings, tied at 5-5. Bryce Ortega doubled with two outs in the 9th and Matt Skole sent him home with a single to right to complete the comeback win. Christian Garcia made his Doubledays debut with a run allowed on two hits over two innings, while Ben Hawkins got the win as the last man on the mound for Auburn.

Auburn 6 Connecticut 3 — GAME TWO
• Meza 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K 0 7.71
• Henke (W, 3-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Burns 1-3

Auburn scored three in the 1st, two in the 2nd, and one in 3rd and cruised to a 6-3 victory in the nightcap. Christian Meza went the first four innings and was roughed up for all three Tigers runs in the 3rd, allowing five hits and two walks but striking out four. Travis Henke got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Caleb Ramsey led the offense with 2-for-3 game, including an RBI triple. The wins keep pace with Mahoning Valley, their opponents for the next four games in a home-and-home series, and extend their winning streak to six games. Khayyan Norfork has been recently activated from the 7-Day D.L.

GCL Mets 2 GCL Nationals 1 (11 inn.)
• McGeary 3IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Medina 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Hughes 2-2, BB, CS
• P Severino 2-3, R, BB

Jack McGeary’s second outing was a little bit better: no runs on one hit over three innings, but did give up four walks. Silvio Medina turned in five solid innings, with one run allowed on three hits. Both pitchers struck out three. The defense turned in its second error-free game in a row, but the offense remained equally feeble with one scored on eight hits and nine men left on. The loss, the eighth straight, drops the elimination number to three with a 12-26 mark that’s 16½ games worse than the G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals — PPD
Rain washed away the entire DSL yesterday, setting up doubleheaders for the D-Nats next Thursday and Friday.

Aug 042011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-7, 5.32) vs.
Joe Martinez (6-5, 4.17)
Harrisburg Suspended,
1-1 Top 9th
@ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.36) vs.
J.C. Ramirez (8-10, 4.25)
Potomac Lost, 10-1 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Cameron Selik (4-7, 4.12) vs.
Stolmy Pimentel (0-3, 7.15)
Hagerstown Won, 12-0 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.91) vs.
Cody Buckel (4-3, 2.84)
Auburn Postponed vs. Connecticut,
5:00 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 7.89) and
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 3.79) vs.
Brennan Smith (1-3, 2.11) and
Matt Crouse (1-1, 4.14)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. GCL Astros
(10 inn.)
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-2, 5.79) vs.
Gabriel Ynoa (2-2, 2.83)
DSL Nationals Suspended
@ DSL Rangers
in Bot. 3rd
vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
After an off day in Ohio, it’s another four games against Columbus before a 10-of-12 stretch at home against Buffalo, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Gwinnett, then a trip to Fenway to oppose the Pawtucket Red Sox in Boston’s annual “Futures at Fenway” promotion.

Harrisburg 1 Reading 1 — SUSP
Harrisburg’s game with Reading was suspended after eight innings last night with the score 1-1. Harrisburg tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the 6th on a Chris Rahl RBI single to extend the contest. Bryce Harper, Tim Pahuta and Devin Ivany are the first three batters set for the 9th when play resumes tonight at 6:05 p.m. The regularly scheduled game will be played afterwards.

Salem 10 Potomac 1
• Demny (L, 7-10) 4&8532; IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Wort ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K 2-2 IR-S
• Walters 1-3, R
• Lozada 2BB, SH

An eight-run fifth spelled doom for the P-Nats as the Salem Red Sox ran roughshod over them for a 10-1 victory. Six of the 16 base hits Salem collected went for extra bases, including a two-run homer off starter Paul Demny. The big fly was the 18th that Demny has allowed, which leads the Carolina League. The Potomac offense, however, continues to be more suited to a picture on a milk carton as it’s been missing for the past two games, with just three singles and an 0-for-8 mark with RISP. The loss drops Potomac to 21-17, four games behind first-place Frederick but six games ahead of third-place Wilmington.

Hagerstown 12 Hickory 0
• Demmin (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Bates (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 4-4, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2R HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Nieto 1-5, R, 2R HR

Hagerstown whipped first place Hickory 12-0 last night in an all-around offensive effort. Hickory walked eleven batters and the Suns had eleven hits, six for extra bases. Adrian Nieto and Jason Martinson both had two-run blasts. Most importantly, the Suns benefited from clutch hitting. Eight of their twelve runs were scored on two-out RBI. Ryan Demmin and Colin Bates mystified the Crawdads and combined for a five-hit shutout. With the win, Hagerstown closes Hickory’s lead to 2½ games and improves to 20-18 in the Sally North.

Auburn-Connecticut — PPD
Rain postponed Wednesday night’s game between the Auburn Doubledays and Connecticut Tigers. It will be made up tonight with a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 5 p.m.

GCL Astros 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Encarnacion 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 7K
• Lee 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2B
• D Williams 2-4, RBI, SB

The G-Nats’ losing streak reached seven with a 3-2 loss in extras, tumbling them into a tie for last place. On a non-negative note, the team played an error-free game for the first time in four days. On a non-positive note, the G-Nats had 16 chances to hit safely with a runner on second or third and came through once, stranding 10 baserunners. Pedro Encarnacion lowered his ERA to 5.00 with five innings pitched and one run allowed on one hit and three walks while striking out seven. Narciso Mesa and Deion Williams each had two hits but the G-Nats were limited to just seven. The loss drops the elimination number to five with a 12-25 mark, 15½ games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Rangers 5 DSL Nationals 2 — SUSP

Play was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the 3rd with the DSL Rangers leading 5-2. The two teams next meet on August 11, which is presumably when this will be completed.

Aug 032011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 17-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-3, 2.63) vs.
Austin Hyatt (10-5, 3.88)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (7-9, 4.86) vs.
Ryan Pressly (6-9, 4.28)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Ryan Demmin (1-1, 2.87) vs.
Joe Van Meter (5-3, 2.98)
Auburn Won, 13-3 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 3.79) vs.
Brennan Smith (1-3, 2.11)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-3
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 6.23)
vs. Francis Ramirez (0-2, 7.11)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-0
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
Ivan Pineyro (3-4, 2.01) vs.
Pedro Tirado (4-2, 3.56)

Syracuse 17 Toledo 2
• Peacock 4IP, 1H, 0R, 5BB, 4K
• Tatusko (W, 3-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Brown 4-5, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI
• Antonelli 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
• Marrero 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

The circle clout accounted for six of the 20 Syracuse hits in a 17-2 roast of the Toledo Mud Hens. Just three batters failed to collect two hits, and only four failed to hit for extra bases, with Corey Brown leading the charge with a 4-for-5 game including a double and two HRs. Brad Peacock struggled with his control, allowing just one hit but five walks and was lifted after four innings and 91 pitches. Ryan Tatusko and long relief have become a good match as the 26-year-old went three and 2/3rds scoreless innings for the the win, the second three-plus inning, no-run outing in his last five appearances. The win improves the Chiefs to 49-60, 12½ behind first-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Reading 8 Harrisburg 4
• O Perez (ND) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• C Martinez(BS, 1; L, 2-4) ⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR (GS)
• T Moore 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Komatsu 2-4, SB
• O Perez 1-2, SB

Carlos Martinez got hammered on a Tuesday night. To make matters worse, it was before a crowd of 8,217 as the 27-year-old reliever surrendered six runs in the 6th as the Reading Phillies went on to beat the Senators 8-4. The big inning, which featured a grand slam, spoiled a decent outing by starter Oliver Perez, who gave up a run (also on a homer) over five innings and singled and stole a base in two at-bats. Erik Komatsu had a strong debut going 2-for-4 while stalwart Tyler Moore smacked his league-leading 25th home run. The loss dropped the Senators into second place, a ½ game behind Bowie in the E.L. West.

Salem 3 Potomac 0
• Solis (L, 4-2) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Frias 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 1-3, K
• Perez 1-4, OF Assist

Chris Hernandez became the Carolina League’s fourth 10-game winner with seven scoreless innings, as the Salem Red Sox shut out the Potomac Nationals, 3-0. Hernandez and relievers Mitch Herold and Will Latimer combined on a two-hit shutout while Sammy Solis dropped his second straight decision, giving up all three Sox runs on eight hits (two solo HRs) and a walk over seven innings. Zach Walters singled in the 2nd inning of his Potomac debut, while Eury Perez singled in the 9th for the two P-Nats hits. The loss drops Potomac to 21-16, four games behind Frederick in the Carolina League North. J.P. Ramirez and Brian Peacock were both activated off the 7-Day DL, with Sean Nicol returning to Hagerstown, joining Adrian Nieto, which we hope concludes this flurry of transactions.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 2
• Cole (W, 3-6) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Applebee (S, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Curran 0-2, SH, SF, RBI

In a battle of the bullpens, Paul Applebee’s four scoreless innings sealed the deal as Hagerstown edged Hickory, 3-2. Neither team scored after the 4th, with Sean Nicol’s RBI triple and Chris Curran’s sac fly giving the Suns their second and third runs respectively. A.J. Cole got the win with five innings pitched, two runs allowed on five hits and three walks and two strikeouts. Applebee got the save with just one hit allowed and one strikeout. Nicol went 3-for-4 to lead the offense, which was held to seven hits. The win puts the Suns back over .500 at 19-18, cutting the Crawdads’ leave to 3½ games in the Sally North.

Auburn 13 Connecticut 3
• Hill 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Jenkins (W, 2-0) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Mayo 4-4, 3R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI
• Skole 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Montilla 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

The Auburn Doubledays went deep four times in a 13-3 rout of the Connecticut Tigers. Jeremy Mayo was a perfect 4-for-4 with 4RBI, singling, doubling, and homering twice to lead the 15-hit attack. Matt Skole (2-for-5) and Angel Montilla (1-for-3) accounted for the other two home runs and combined for five RBI. David Hill allowed a run over the first four innings in his first start, while Chad Jenkins went the next four, giving up two runs, to get the win. The victory puts Auburn into a tie with Mahoning Valley at 26-19, one game ahead of both Jamestown and Williamsport in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 3
• Baez (ND) 5IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K
• Hatcher 2-3, CS
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Schill 2-5, RBI

With a three-run homer in the bottom of the 6th, the G-Cards overcame a 2-1 deficit to send the G-Nats a sixth straight loss by a 5-3 count. Gregory Baez left with the lead after giving up a run on three walks and six hits over the first five innings. Ken Ferrer served up the tater into get the blown save and the loss. Rashad Hatcher, Wilmer Difo and Wes Schill each had two hits, as the offense colleted nine hits and stranded eight baserunners. With a 12-24 mark, the G-Nats’ elimination number is down to six, 15 games behind the division-leading G-Marlins and just a game out of the cellar, currently inhabited by today’s opponent, the G-Astros.

DSL Phillies 8 DSL Nationals 0
• Moscat (L, 3-5) 7IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Mercedes 1-4

Yermin Mercedes singled with two outs in the top of the 9th to break up a combined no-hit bid by the D-Phillies, who shut out the D-Nats by an 8-0 count. Felix Moscat fell victim to the longball, accounting for four of the five runs he surrendered over seven innings pitched. He gave up eight hits and walked one while striking out six. The loss drops the D-Nats to 28-27, five games off the pace in the B.C. South.

Aug 022011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-3 @ Toledo,
12:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (2-1, 4.41) vs.
Thad Weber (5-7, 5.56)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-2, 3.46) vs.
Tyson Brummett (2-5, 3.34)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-1, 3.26) vs.
Chris Hernandez (9-5, 2.68)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-13
(10 inn.)
@ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-6, 3.47) vs.
Luke Jackson (4-2, 4.56)
Auburn Won, 13-6 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Wilsen Palacios (2-2, 3.96)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 3.90) vs.
Stalyn Lopez (1-1, 2.93)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Felix Moscat (3-4, 4.44) vs.
TBD

Syracuse 8 Toledo 3
• Meyers 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 5BB, 6K
• Bronson (W, 1-0) 4⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Bernadina 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 3BB
• Antonelli 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB

Syracuse jumped out to an 8-0 lead as they defeated Toledo 8-3 last night. The Chiefs had ten hits and had solo shots from Roger Bernadina (first game since being optioned down) in the first and Matt Antonelli in the third. Steve Lombardozzi, Chris Marrero, and Matt Antonelli all had two-hit nights. Brad Meyers made his first start for Syracuse since June 30th and pitched 4 2/3rds innings of shutout ball. He threw 52 strikes on 84 pitches before being lifted for Evan Bronson (first AAA appearance) with runners on first and second and two outs in the 5th. Bronson induced a lineout to end the inning. The southpaw answered the call for duty and went the rest of the way to get the victory and give the Syracuse ‘pen a badly needed break (10⅔ IP on Sat/Sun), suffering a three-run hiccup in the 7th. With the win, Syracuse improves to 48-60, 13½ games in back of Lehigh Valley and two games up over fifth place Buffalo.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
After a night off, it’s a six-game trek for the Harrisburg across Pennsylvania with three in Erie and three in Reading before returning home a week from tonight. Tanner Roark became the latest Senator to win Pitcher of the Week honors with his two wins last week against Bowie and Binghamton.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Likewise, it’s a six-game swing down I-81 for three against Salem, then a six-plus-hour ride to Myrtle Beach for three against the Pelicans before a seven-plus-hour trek home for a rematch against the same two teams for seven games next week.

Hickory 14 Hagerstown 13 (10 inn.)
• Grace 4+ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 0B, 3K
• Eusebio 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• W Moore 3-4, 4R, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB
• Keyes 3-5, HR, RBI, BB
• Sanchez 3-6, R, RBI

In a game that featured 27 runs and 33 hits, the Hickory Crawdads were the last man standing. The Suns built (and blew) leads of 5-1, 9-5, and 13-10 before letting in three in the 9th, and the gamewinner in the 10th. Starter Matt Grace was knocked from the box after failing to retire the first five batters he faced in the 5th, while Suns relievers were battered for nine runs on seven hits and three walks over five and 1/3rd innings, with Dean Weaver taking the blown save (9th) and Sam Brown taking the loss on a single, hit batsman, a wild pitch and a sac fly. Wade Moore, Kevin Keyes, and Adrian Sanchez each had three hits in the losing effort. Hagerstown falls back to .500 at 18-18 and trails Hickory now by four games.

Auburn 13 Tri-City 6
• Dupra 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Kreis (W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Skole 4-6, 2B, 4RBI
• Burns 3-5, 3R, HR, 4RBI

With a five-run top of the 9th, the Auburn Doubledays spayed any chance the ‘Cats would come back for a 13-6 win and three-game sweep. Jeremy Mayo was the only hitter held hitless, as Auburn pounded out 18 hits, with Matt Skole leading the onslaught with a 4-for-6 game and four RBIs. Alex Kreis got the win in relief of Brian Dupra, while Aaron Barrett go the save but no Doubleday pitcher went untouched as the Tri-City lineup collected 11 hits, including home runs off Kreis and Barrett. The win moves Auburn to 25-19 for the season, good for sole possession of second place in the Pinckey Division one game behind Mahoning Valley, but leading the wild-card race by one game over Brooklyn, Jamestown and Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats didn’t lose yesterday… but they get the chance to extend their five-game losing streak today with the first of four games against the rest of the GCL East, starting with the G-Cards.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 4
• Silvestre 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Kl Rodriguez (W, 2-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Eusebio 2-5, R
• Mejia 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Late-inning home runs by Adderling Ruiz in the 8th and Algenis Ramirez in the 9th made the difference as the D-Nats held off the D-Mets1 squad for a 5-4 win. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win with three scoreless innings of relief of starter Hector Silvestre, who went the first five and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks. J.J. (Jorge Jr.) Hernandez battled past two errors that led to two unearned runs but still got the save (#4). Diomedes Eusebio and Bryan Mejia combined for four of the eight D-Nat hits, the longball masking a woeful 1-for-10 game with RISP. The win puts the D-Nats two games over .500 at 28-26, 4½ games off the pace in the B.C. South.

Aug 012011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 8-5 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (4-4, 4.42) vs.
Andrew Oliver (6-7, 4.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (10-5, 4.25) vs.
Nicholas Tepesch (6-3, 3.27)
Auburn Win, 6-1 @ Tri-City,
11:00 a.m.
Brian Dupra (2-2, 3.90) vs.
Jonas Dufek (3-2, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-0
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Hector Silvestre (2-1, 1.96)
vs. Andres Perez (4-1, 1.57)

Toledo 8 Syracuse 5
• Stammen 6IP, 8H, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Hyde 1IP, 0H, 0ER, BB
• Wilkie (BS, 3; L, 2-4) ⅔ IP, 1H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Marrero 3-5, R, 2B
• J Valdez 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The Syracuse bullpen squandered a strong outing from Craig Stammen in an 8-5 loss to Toledo. The Chiefs and Mud Hens traded runs early as Toledo took a 2-1 lead after the third. Syracuse scored four runs in the top of the 8th with the big blows being a two-out two-RBI single from Jhonatan Solano and a two-out RBI single from Jeff Frazier. Jeff Mandel gave up two runs in the bottom of the 8th, and Josh Wilkie gave up a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th for the Toledo walkoff win. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 47-60, two games up over fifth-place Buffalo and fourteen games back of first-place Lehigh Valley.

Binghamton 5 New York 2
• E Davis (L, 5-7) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• Barthmaier 2IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• Rahl 1-3, 3B, RBI
• Harper 1-3, BB

All five runs were charged to Erik Davis in a 5-2 Harrisburg defeat to Binghamton. Davis gave up two unearned runs on a Michael Fisher two-out, two-RBI triple in the third following an error by Chris McConnell. Davis gave up three runs in the fifth inning on a single, a walk, a two-RBI triple, and an RBI walk. Harrisburg had just five hits. Bryce Harper, McConnell, and Tyler Moore had singles; Chris Rahl had an RBI triple and Tim Pahuta had a double. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 61-48, a ½ game up over Richmond in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Frederick 2
• Rosenbaum (W, 6-5) 8IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 11K
• Nelo (S, 14) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Leon 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lozada 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Sue wrote up Sunday Afternoon late yesterday afternoon. This morning she’s hearing that Danny Rosenbaum has indeed gotten the call to AA, which, when you read how he pitched, will make sense.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 1
• Swynenberg (W, 4-1) 6IP, 6H, R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• McCatty (S, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Newsome 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Keyes 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Hagerstown fell behind early, giving up an unearned run in the 2nd inning of a 3-1 victory over Delmarva. Matt Swynenberg was outstanding, however, and shut the door after that. Hagerstown scored a run on Brett Newsome’s fifth home run in the 6th and mounted a two-run rally in the 7th to take the lead for good. Shane McCatty was strong on this afternoon as he pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save for the Suns. With the win, Hagerstown improves to 18-17, 3½ games behind first half winner Hickory and 1½ games
behind third place Lakewood.

Auburn 6 Tri-City 1
• Karns 3⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 6BB, 3K
• Henke (W, 2-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ortega 3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB
• Montilla 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

The Doubledays ‘pen stepped in admirably when Nate Karns decided he and the strike zone weren’t speaking to each other, pitching five and a 1/3rd scoreless innings in a 6-1 win over Tri-City. Karns walked six over three and 2/3rds, allowing the lone run on one hit while striking out three. Travis Henke got the win with three hitless innings. Bryce Ortega (3-for-4) and Angel Montilla (2-for-5) both homered in the rout. The win keeps pace with first-place Mahoning Valley, as Auburn is now in a three-way tie for second place with Jamestown and Williamsport at 24-19.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 0
• McGeary (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Heredia 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ramos 1-3

That’s five straight losses for the G-Nats with a 6-0 shutout at the fins of the G-Marlins. Jack McGeary got the start and gave up a run on two hits and a walk over two innings. It was his first appearance since Tommy John surgery last year. The offense was limited to just three hits, one walk, and one stolen base. The defense committed four errors, reclaiming the “lead” with 73 errors, two more than the GCL Yankees despite playing two fewer games. The loss drops the G-Nats record to 12-23, just one game ahead of the last-place GCL Astros, and reduces the elimination number to nine.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s another week mostly on the road for the DSL Nationals as they have five road games and a home game on Thursday as they enter the final 20 (or so) games on the schedule.

Jul 312011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 4-3
(11 inn.)
@ Toledo,
6:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-5, 4.47) vs.
Brayan Villarreal (2-5, 4.85)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-6, 4.75) vs.
Collin McHugh (3-2, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (5-5, 2.61) vs.
Nathan Moreau (10-7, 3.92)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6
(10 inn.)
@ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Matt Bywater (0-1, 7.00)
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ Tri-City,
5:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.00) vs.
Juri Perez (1-2, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Adalberto Mieses (1-1, 4.70) vs.
Jose Rodriguez (1-2, 3.30)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-1
@ DSL Yankees1
OFF DAY N/A

Toledo 4 Syracuse 3 (11 inn.)
• Mock 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Balester 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, RBI
• Hulett 1-3, 2BB, 2RBI

Garrett Mock put the Chiefs in a 3-0 hole that the offense managed to dig itself out from, but the bullpen could only hold off the Mud Hens for so long, falling in extras, 4-3. Collin Balester (4IP), Zech Zinicola (2⅔ IP), and Atahualpa Severino (⅓ IP), combined for seven shutout innings of relief, striking out 10 batters. Steve Lombardozzi led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort, as the Chiefs fell to 47-59, 14 games behind Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 5 Binghamton 3
• Roark (W, 6-7) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Martin (S, 6) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• L Davis 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Moore 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI

Back-to-back doubles by Tyler Moore and Bryce Harper highlighted a three-run 1st that Harrisburg would ride onto a 5-3 victory over Binghamton. Derek Norris was the lone position player to go hitless as the Sens pounded out 15 hits, but struggled after the first to get the clutch hit with a 3-for-12 mark overall with RISP and 11 men left on base. Tanner Roark turned in another quality start for his sixth win while Rafael Martin shut the door with two scoreless innnings for save #6. Combined with a Richmond loss, Harrisburg’s lead is back to 1½ games with an E.L.-best 61-47 record.

Frederick 6 Potomac 2
• Olbrychowski (L, 3-6) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, K, HR
• Clegg 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B
• Higley 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats couldn’t cash in on multiple opportunities Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 6 (10 inn.)
• Ray 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K
• W Moore 2-5, R, RBI
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB

A pair of errors in the 10th gave the Hagerstown Suns an 8-6 win in extras over the Delmarva Shorebirds. Colin Bates was rocked in his Low-A debut, charged with six runs in two and 1/3rd innings as the first man out of the ‘pen. Starter Robbie Ray went the first three innings, and it would appear that the organization is tapering both him and A.J. Cole down the stretch. Wade Moore was the lone Sun to get multiple hits as Hagerstown had just eight hits, but drew nine walks. The win improves the Suns to 17-17, back in fourth place, and 3½ games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn 4 Tri-City 3
• Rodriguez, M 4⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Hawkins (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ortega 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• Burns 3-4, SB

Russell Moldenhauer’s sac fly in the 9th capped a comeback from a 3-0 deficit as the Auburn Doubledays defeated the Tri-City Valleycats, 4-3. Both teams had multiple chances to do much more damage than they did, each collecting 11 hits and committing two errors. Ben Hawkins got the win in relief of Manny Rodriguez, tossing three and 2/3rds shutout innings in his debut appearance for Auburn. Aaron Barrett set ‘em down in order in the bottom of the 9th for his second save. The win improves the Doubledays to 23-19, still a game back of Jamestown and Mahoning Valley and tied with Williamsport in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Mets 8 GCL Nationals 2
• King (L, 1-3) 5IP, 1H, 1R 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Santana 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 1-3, R, SB
• P Severino 1-3, 2B

Another bullpen implosion (four runs in the 7th, three runs in the 8th) sent the G-Nats to an 8-2 loss to the G-Mets. NDFAs John Peters and Scott Williams were the pitchers in question, both making their second appearance. Peters faced 10 batters, Williams faced seven, charged with four runs and three runs respectively, with Williams allowing one of two inherited runners to score and Andy Santana letting in one of three while throwing two innings of mopup duty. Meanwhile, the offense was limited to just four hits and two walks. The loss, which is the fourth straight for the G-Nats, tumbles them to a 12-22 mark and reduces their elimination number to 11.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Yankees1 1 (5½ inn.)
• Mendez, G (W, 5-0) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
• Ruiz 1-3, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, 2B

Gilberto Mendez “went the distance” in a (presumably) rain-shortened affair that the D-Nats won, 3-1, over the DSL Yankees1. Mendez allowed an unearned run on two hits, no walks, and struck out six over five innings. Adderling Ruiz and Jose Marmolejos-Diaz both went 1-for-3 with a double to pace the D-Nat offense. The win puts the DSL Nationals over .500 at 27-26, 4½ games behind the B.C. South Division leaders, the DSL Cubs2 and the DSL Rangers.

Jul 302011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-7, 5.32) vs.
Adam Wilk (5-5, 3.47)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-7 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (5-7, 5.58) vs.
Rob Carson (3-8, 4.40)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Cameron Selik (4-6, 3.95) vs.
Jake Pettit (3-0, 0.51)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-7 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.00) vs.
Scott Copeland (5-9, 6.71)
Auburn Lost, 9-1 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (1-2, 4.62)
vs. Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Brandon King (1-2, 7.11) vs.
Craig Missigman (0-0, 4.82)
DSL Nationals Won, 13-3;
Lost, 6-4
vs. DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syarcuse 3 Columbus 0
• JD Martin (W, 3-6) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Hyde (S, 1) 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-4, R
• Valdez 2-4, RBI

Three Syracuse pitchers combined for a 3-0 shutout of the Columbus Clippers. Starter J.D. Martin pitched seven innings before being relieved by Jeff Mandel and Lee Hyde. Sparks flew early when umpire Kelvin Bultron ejected Shelley Duncan and Clippers mangers Mike Sarbaugh following a dustup after a third strike call at the end of the top of the first [Ed. Note: Same umpire that awarded Duncan a HR on a disputed fair/foul call on Thu. night that precipitated the ejection of both Randy Knorr and Tom Milone]. The Chiefs answered back with a run in the bottom of the 1st on singles by Steve Lombardozzi and Brian Bixler followed by a Michael Aubrey sac fly. The Chiefs would go on to score their final two runs in a fourth-inning rally consisting of a leadoff double by Michael Aubrey, singles by Chris Marrero and Jesus Valdez, a Jeff Frazier single, and a two-out wild pitch by Columbus starter Joe Martinez. The Chiefs had thirteen hits; Bixler, Marrero, Valdez, Seth Bynum, and Frazier had two hits apiece. With their third straight win, the Chiefs improve to 47-58, ten games behind third-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and fourteen games back of Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Binghamton 8 Harrisburg 7
• Martis 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 8K
• McCoy 1⅓ IP, 3H, 0ER, BB, 3K
• L Davis 3-5, 2B, RBI
• McConnell 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg squandered a 5-0 lead in an 8-7 loss to Binghamton. The Senators ran up their lead with a run in the third and two runs in each of the 4th and 5th innings. Binghamton immediately answered back with a five-run 6th off of starter Shairon Martis. Martis gave up four runs on five hits before Hassan Pena came in to blow the save by allowing a fifth unearned run to be charged to Martis on Pena’s own fielding error that allowed an inherited runner to score from third. Pena would go on to allow three more runs in the top of the 8th to take the loss. The Senators had eleven hits, but batted only 4-15 with RISP. Leonard Davis, Chris Rahl, Devin Ivany, and Chris McConnell all had at least two hits. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 60-47 and its lead over Richmond in the E.L. Western Division shrinks to just a half game.

Frederick 4 Potomac 0
• Selik (L, 4-7) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Bronson 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 2-4
• Higley 1-3, 2B

One bad inning, but it was enough to send Potomac to defeat Last Night In Woodbridge

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 7
• Demmin 4⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, 2R HR
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 3H, ER, BB, 2K
• Freitas 2-3, 2R, 3R HR, 4RBI, BB
• Keyes 1-4, R, 3R HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown blew a 7-4 eighth-inning lead in an 8-7 loss to Delmarva. The Suns had just five hits, but two of those were three-run blasts by Kevin Keyes in the 1st and Davis Freitas in the 8th. Both teams committed three errors and Hagerstown’s errors led to two unearned runs. Wilson Eusebio was tagged with both a blown save (#2) the loss (#6) when he gave up four runs, three earned in the bottom of the 8th. With the 8-7 loss, Hagerstown falls below .500 to 16-17, and sinks into fifth place in the Sally North, 4½ games behind first-place Hickory.

Hudson Valley 9 Auburn 1
• Meza, C (L, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Jenkins 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Jimenez 1-2, 2BB

Six errors committed on defense, three hits on offense. You need to read more? Fine. The Hudson Valley Renegades put up crooked numbers in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings and then got tired, scoring just one in the 5th en route to a 9-1 demolition of the Auburn Doubledays. Christian Meza took the loss with seven runs allowed on five hits and two walks, including a three-run blast in third. Auburn got its lone run on a hit batsman, a walk, and two wild pitches. The loss drops the Doubledays into second place, a game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Astros 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Medina (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Lee 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Difo 3-5, 2-2B
• E Martinez 2-5, R

Once again, the G-Nats outhit their opponent and lost, falling to the G-Astros by a 5-2 score. Silvio Medina started and went the first five, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks, but took the loss. Wilmer Difo doubled twice and singled to the lead offense as the D-Nats got 10 hits total, but were an abysmal 2-for-14 with RISP, leaving 11 men on base. Estarlin Martinez was next with a 2-for-5 effort that raised his batting average to .350, third-best in the GCL. The loss cuts the G-Nats’ elimination number to 13 with a 12-21 mark, 11½ games off the pace in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 13 DSL Marlins 3 — GAME ONE
• Pineyro (W, 3-4) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Eusebio 3-4, 4R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI

Raudy Read’s grand slam highlighted a seven-run 5th as the DSL Nationals filleted the DSL Marlins, 13-3 in game one of the doubleheader. Ivan Pineyro got the win with five solid innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out six. Diomedes Eusebio led the 13-hit onslaught with a 3-for-4 effort, scoring four runs, followed by Read and Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, who both went 2-for-4.

DSL Marlins 6 DSL Nationals 4 — GAME TWO
• Suero, W (L, 3-1) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Barrientos 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• W Rodriguez 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Reyes 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI

Things were looking good in the second game as Aladin Reyes went deep in the top of the 2nd to give the D-Nats an early 2-0 lead. A five-run rally in the bottom of the 2nd put the D-Marlins up 5-2 en route to a 6-4 victory. Wander Suero took the brunt of the beating with five runs allowed in the first two innings on five hits and two walks, including a three-run shot. Joel Barrientos relieved Suero with three scoreless innings, but the D-Nats bats couldn’t mount the comeback. Wilman Rodriguez also went deep with a solo HR, but the D-Nats were held to just five hits and seven men left on base. With the doubleheader split, the D-Nats are still even-steven at 26-26, 5½ behind the DSL Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 292011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
J.D. Martin (2-6, 4.78) vs.
Joe Martinez (6-4, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1
(14 inn.)
vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.18) vs.
Brandon Moore (8-7, 3.73)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (3-5, 4.68)
vs. Bobby Bundy (10-5, 2.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.00) vs.
Tim Berry (3-6, 5.81)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-0, 6.87) vs.
Andrew Bellatti (0-4, 3.25)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4
(11 inn.) vs.
GCL Cards
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 5.89) vs.
Enderson Franco (0-1, 5.14)
DSL Nationals Lost, 13-2 vs.
DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
Ivan Pineyro (2-4, 2.22) vs.
Miguel Del Pozo (3-3, 5.16)

Syracuse 6 Columbus 5
• Milone 2⅓ IP, 6H, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2R HR, 3R HR
• Zinicola 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 1K
• Hyde (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Bixler 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Aubrey 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• J Valdez 4-5

Syracuse mounted a spirited comeback from a 5-2 7th-inning deficit to bail out starter Tom Milone in a 6-5 victory over Columbus. Milone was victimized by the long ball, giving up a two-run homer to former Nat Nick Johnson in the 2nd, and a three-run shot to former major leaguer Shelley Duncan. Credit goes to the Chiefs bullpen of Ryan Tatusko, Zech Zinicola, Lee Hyde, Jeff Mandel, and Atahualpa Severino that pitched six and 2/3rd scoreless innings. The Chiefs had 15 hits in all. In the 7th, the Chiefs began their comeback with a Chris Marrero RBI single. In the 8th, the Chiefs scored three runs on three singles and a double to take the decisive 6-5 lead. With the win, the Chiefs improve to 46-58, four games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo and fifteen games in back of first-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 2 Binghamton 1 14 Innings
• Arnesen 8IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• VanAllen 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Lehman 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• C Martinez (W, 2-3) 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-6, R, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg outlasted Binghamton 2-1 in a 14-inning game (plus a one-hour, fifty-four minute rain delay) that ended well after midnight. Starter Erik Arnesen was excellent, yielding only a 7th-inning solo homer to Juan Lagares. Derek Norris helped engineer Harrisburg’s response with a leadoff walk and a stolen base in front of a Chris Rahl RBI single. From there, two stingy bullpens took over. Corey VanAllen, Pat Lehman, and Carlos Martinez combined for six shutout innings before Harrisburg mustered a merciful two-out rally in the 14th that began with a Rahl triple. Finally, Tim Pahuta hit a walkoff single to give Harrisburg the 2-1 win. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 60-46 and remains in first place, 1½ games ahead of both Bowie and Richmond in the E.L. West.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 5
• Demny (W, 7-9) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 10K, 0HR
• Wort (S, 3) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB, CS
• Hood 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Soriano 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

With two runs in and three hits allowed in the 1st, Paul Demny’s afternoon looked to be short. But Potomac rallied for three in the second and Demny settled down and in as the P-Nats went on to a 7-5 win. Demny allowed just two more hits and struck out eight of his season-high 10 batters over the next six innings to earn his team-leading seventh win. Cutter Dykstra and Francisco Soriano both homered while Steve Souza and Destin Hood both singled and doubled as the foursome collected eight of the 11 Potomac hits. Neil Holland relieved Demny and pitched a scoreless 8th but got knocked for three runs in the 9th before Rob Wort came on to get the last out for his third save. The win puts Potomac at 20-13, two games behind Frederick, which comes to town this weekend for three games — a chance for the Keys to get some breathing room or the P-Nats to reclaim first place.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 4
• Cole (L, 2-6) 3IP, 5H, 5ER, 3BB, 3K
• Applebee 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• W Moore 1-2, 2R, 2B, RBI, 2BB
• Cuevas 1-2, 2RBI, BB

Hagerstown starter AJ Cole was roughed up for five runs in just three innings in a 5-4 Hagerstown loss to Delmarva. Blake Kelso, Adrian Sanchez, Wade Moore, Mills Rogers, and Justino Cuevas all had hits for the Suns. Hagerstown scored two runs in the 1st on a Wade Moore RBI double and Justino Cuevas RBI single. DelMarva came back with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd and three runs in the 3rd on two walks and two doubles against starter AJ Cole. Paul Applebee pitched five innings of shutout relief to keep the Suns in the game. Aided by two Shorebird errors, the Suns managed a two-run rally in the 8th that just fell short. With the loss, Hagerstown falls to 16-16, 4 1/2 games behind first-place Hickory in the Sally North. As predicted by one of our commenters, Colin Bates has joined the Suns from the Doubledays, along with Justino Cuevas coming up from the GCL while Chris McKenzie has been placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hudson Valley 3 Auburn 1
• Estevez 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Hill (L, 0-1) 3IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Montilla 2-4, 2B
• Moldenhauer 2-4

For the second straight night it was a pitcher’s duel in Auburn, but this time the Doubledays came out on the short end of the 3-1 tally. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez pitched five scoreless innings with just four hits allowed, no walks, and six strikeouts, but left with the score tied at 0-0. The jig was up (and the news was out) as the Renegades had it made against Auburn reliever David Hill, scoring three times in the 7th on a double, walk, and two singles. Just three Doubledays collected base hits, with Russell Moldenhauer and Angel Montilla going 2-for-4 and Billy Burns going 1-for-3. The loss denied Auburn a shot at sole possession of first place, as they remain tied with Jamestown and Mahoning Valley with a 22-18 record.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 4
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Heredia 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Jo. Rodriguez 3-6, 2RBI
• Schill 2-6

The clutch hit eluded the G-Nats all game long, as 15 men were left on in a 6-4 extra-innings loss to the G-Cards. Johan Rodriguez led the 11-hit attack with a 3-for-5 effort, followed by Wes Schill’s 2-for-6 effort. Pedro Encarnacion got the start and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk. Andy Santana took the loss with two unearned runs allowed in the top of the 11th, as the G-Nats committed three errors for the game. The loss cuts the elimination number to 14 and puts the G-Nats at a 12-20 mark, 11 games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Cubs2 13 DSL Nationals 2
• Guzman 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Vasquez (L, 1-1) 2IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 0K
• Geraldo 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ramirez 0-2, R, SB

Surprisingly, no position players pitched in this 13-2 demolition of the D-Nats by the D-Cubs2. Eleven runs were scored in the final three innings, breaking a 2-2 tie. The D-Nats managed just four (4) hits and drew just three walks while the bullfighters defense committed five errors. Jesus Guzman got the start and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Enigmatic Junior Geraldo (no DOB listed) homered in what appears to be his professional debut. The loss evens the D-Nats record at 25-25, five games behind the D-Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 282011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 2-0 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (8-6, 3.30) vs.
Zach McAllister (8-3, 3.11)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-3, 2.78) vs.
Matt Harvey (0-3, 7.15)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Wilmington,
12:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-9, 5.02) vs.
Justin Marks (5-7, 4.70)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-5, 2.83) vs.
Jarret Martin (4-6, 4.84)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 4.36) vs.
Jacob Partridge (0-4, 5.40)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs.
GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 7.27)
vs. Ramon Ulacio (1-2, 2.83)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-2
@ DSL Giants
vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-1, 2.53) vs.
Alex Santana (3-0, 2.13)

Syracuse 2 Columbus 0
• Peacock (W, 2-1) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 7K
• Wilkie (S, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Aubrey 2-4, R, 2B
• C Brown 2-3, 2B
Brad Peacock took a no-no into the 8th inning in Syracuse’s 2-0 victory over Columbus. Peacock walked four batters through four and ran up a very high pitch count early. After that, he settled down and was dominant until he gave up a leadoff double to Beau Mills. Collin Balester came on in relief and walked two and struck out two to load the bases before Josh Wilkie came in and induced a ground out. Wilkie went on to pitch a scoreless 9th to earn the save. Syracuse scored two runs in the fourth on a Chris Marrero single, Michael Aubrey double, an RBI groundout from Jesus Valdez, and an RBI triple from Tug Hulett. Syracuse improves to 45-58, fourth place in the I.L. North and 16 games behind Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 3
• O Perez 5⅔ IP, 6H, ER, 5BB, 3K, HR
• VanAllen [H, 8] 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Pahuta 3-4, 3R, HR, RBI
• Ivany 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Bryce Harper continued to bounce back from his early Eastern League slump with a dominating performance in a 6-3 Harrisburg win over Bowie. Harper whipped out the full offensive arsenal with a single the other way and stolen base in his first at-bat, a homer in his third AB, and a rope of a single in his fourth at-bat. He had plenty of help as Tim Pahuta and Devin Ivany would each go long for the Senators for a total of four RBI. Ollie Perez pitched five and 2/3rds innings of excruciating five-walk ball in the heat before Jimmy Barthmaier added a sixth walk then stranded Perez’s runner at first, which earned him the win. Corey VanAllen pitched a scoreless 7th and Rafael Martin Rafael Martin pitched a scoreless eighth, but struggled to hold a 6-1 lead in the 9th, which required Pat McCoy to record the final out for the save. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 59-46, good for a 1½ game lead over Richmond and Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 1
• Solis (W, 4-1) 7⅓ IP, 6H, E, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Frias 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Higley 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Sammy Solis carried a shutout into the 8th, but a one-out RBI double chased him from the mound but got him his fourth win in five starts as Potomac crushed the Blue Rocks, 5-1. The 2nd-round southpaw retired 13 straight beginning with a double play to end the 3rd and ending with a leadoff walk in the 8th. The P-Nats bats pounded out nine hits, with J.R. Higley and Justin Bloxom both going 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the way, while the defense played error-free and turned two double plays. Frederick still lead the P-Nats by two games, but Potomac’s 19-13 mark is eight games better than both Lynchburg and Wilmington, making a rematch of last year’s divisional round of the C.L. playoffs even more likely.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Yesterday was an off day for the Hagerstown Suns, as they embark on an eight-game road trip with four against Delmarva over the weekend, then four against Hickory from Monday to Thursday before returning to Municipal Stadium next Friday [Insert joke about whether it's a day game or night game here].

Auburn 3 Hudson Valley 1
• Meyers 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Dupra (W, 2-2) 4IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rowe 1-2, R, BB
• Montilla 1-3, SB

A rehabbing Brad Meyers and 7th-round pick Brian Dupra each tossed four strong innings as the Auburn Doubledays pitchers outdueled the Hudson Valley Renegades, 3-1. Both teams had just four hits, but the Doubledays had the fortune to get three of them in the same inning. In the 6th, a Connor Rowe single, Jeremy Mayo walk, and a Hendry Jimenez single loaded the bases, while Bryce Ortega’s single, Matt Skole’s sac fly and an RBI grounder by Justin Miller unloaded the bases. Ben Grisz was the last man on the mound for the Doubledays, pitching a scoreless 9th for his fourth save. With the win, Auburn keeps pace with Jamestown and Mahoning Valley atop the Pinckney Division at 22-17, two games ahead of Batavia and Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s four days on, one day off the rest of the way for the G-Nats, who are 10 games out with a 12-19 mark and have an elimination number of just 16 with 25 games left to play.

DSL Giants 8 DSL Nationals 2
• Moscat (L, 3-4) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Eusebio 2-4, R, HR, RBI 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .274
• Mejia 2B 1-4, 3B, RBI

A modest three-game winning streak was broken with an 8-2 loss by the D-Nats to the D-Giants. Felix Moscat started and went the first six, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The duo of Jesus De Los Santos and Brian Escolastico lived up to their four-digit ERAs, surrendering one run in the 7th and four more in the 8th to erase any doubt. Both D-Nats runs came in the 9th, with Diomedes Esuebio the lone batter to hit safely twice by leading off the 9th with a solo shot to break up the shutout. The loss drops the D-Nats to 25-24, five games off the pace.

Jul 272011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (1-1, 7.71) vs.
Jeanmar Gomez (10-3, 2.32)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Bowie,
11:05 a.m.
Oliver Perez (2-2, 3.75) vs.
Michael Ballard (6-0, 2.90)
Potomac Won, 4-3;
Lost, 4-3
@ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (3-1, 3.91) vs.
Tyler Sample (6-7, 5.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Hudson
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-2, 4.56) vs.
Jason McEachern (3-0, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-1
@ GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Felix Moscat (3-3, 4.64) vs.
Jose Reyes (3-1, 1.82)

Columbus 3 Syracuse 0 [Perfect Game]
• Stammen (L, 8-5) 6⅓ IP, 11H, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Severino 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, K, 2 IR stranded

All credit goes to 28-year-old Columbus Clippers pitcher Justin Germano, who threw a 3-0 perfect game against the Syracuse Chiefs last night. Germano pitched the first perfect game in Columbus history, sixth no-hitter in Clippers history, and the first perfect game in the International League since 2003. Craig Stammen was tagged for three runs early, the first on two doubles in the 1st and two more on a Tim Fedroff triple in the 2nd. Stammen put runners on second and third with one out in the 7th before Atahualpa Severino came in to stifle the rally with a short flyout and former Nat Nick Johnson’s inning-ending popup. With the 3-0 defeat, Syracuse falls to 44-58, two games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo and sixteen games behind irst-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• E Davis (L, 5-6) 6IP, 8H, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2 HR
• Pena 2IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Norris 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• T Moore 1-4, 2B
Harrisburg fell 6-2 in Bowie last night. Starter Erik Davis gave up a first-inning solo shot to L.J. Hoes. Derek Norris answered back with a two-run shot of his own in the 3rd inning to put Harrisburg up 2-1. The lead would not stand when Hoes hit his second homer of the game in the 6th and Bowie plated two more on a Caleb Joseph double. Hassan Pena gave up two runs in the 7th to make the final score 6-2. Harrisburg managed just four hits in defeat. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 58-46, just a ½ game up over Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 — COMP.
• Olbrychowski 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 5BB, 3K
• Clegg (W, 3-5) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Hood 2-4, 2RBI, SB
• Leon, 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• E Perez 2-4, 2R, 2SB (30,31)

In the continuation, Mitchell Clegg spun one of his best outings of the season with four scoreless innings of relief while the Potomac ‘pen held off a late charge for a 4-3 win in Wilmington. Destin Hood broke the 1-1 tie with a two-run single when play resumed and Steven Souza drove in what would prove to be the gamewinner with an RBI single that sent in Eury Perez. Rob Wort came on to protect a 4-1 lead in the 9th and got two quick outs, but was chased after a double and a single narrowed the gap to 4-2. Josh Smoker wasn’t much more effective, giving up the third run on an RBI double and walking the next batter before getting a flyout to end it for the ugly, last-blonde-at-the-bar save.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 3 – F/8
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Holland (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, RBI

In the regularly scheduled game, Wilmington went up 1-0 in the first and the stars seemed in to be in line for Noel Arguelles to get the seven-inning no-no. But a walk, a sacrifice, and a lost-in-the-twilight triple by Destin Hood ended both the no-hitter and the shutout. Justin Bloxom followed Hood with an RBI single to give the P-Nats a 2-1 lead. Danny Rosenbaum, who started and allowed just the one run on six hits over six innings, was assured of his seventh no-decision when Hector Nelo snatched a tie from the jaws of victory by surrendering a one-out double and RBI single. After J.R. Higley and Eury Perez doubled and singled in the top of the 8th to take a 3-2 lead, the bullpen implosion continued in the bottom of the frame as two relievers were victimized by two errors and gave up two singles to allow the Blue Rocks to score twice for a 4-3 Wilmington win. Potomac is now 18-13, three games behind Frederick in the Sally League North.

Greenville 11 Hagerstown 4
• Swynenberg (L, 3-1) 4IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP, BK
• Weaver 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Curran 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Leonida 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown was never really in the game in an 11-4 loss to the Greenville Drive. Starter Matt Swynenberg gave up eight runs in the first three innings. Hagerstown did manage a run on a solo shot by Chris Curran in the bottom of the 1st. Blake Kelso (1-4, 2RBI) had two of Hagerstown’s 4 RBI on a sac fly and an RBI ground out. Cole Leonida went 2-4 with a seventh-inning solo shot, and David Freitas and Russell Moldenhauer had a double apiece in the loss. Hagerstown falls to 16-15, in fourth place in the Sally North and 3½ games behind first-half champ Hickory in the Sally League North.

Auburn Doubledays
Yesterday was the second of just four scheduled days off in the New York-Penn League 2011 campaign. Auburn is in a three-way tie for first place in the Pinckney Division, a ½ game behind in the wild-card standings. Tomorrow, they begin a stretch of 11-of-17 games at home, where they’ve played .625 ball (10-6) versus .500 ball (11-11) on the road.

GCL Marlins 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• S Williams 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Difo 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• E Martinez 0-2, 2BB

A three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 6th was difference in this one, as the G-Marlins beat the G-Nats for (only?) the fifth time in nine meetings this season by a score of 3-1. A 78-minute rain delay limited Gregory Baez to just two innings, with one hit given up and two walks issued. Two NDFAs followed him in relief: Scott Williams from Wisconsin-Stevens Point and John Peters from Augustana College. Williams pitched two perfect innings, Williams was victimized by a two-out error but surrendered the home run to take the loss. Wilmer Difo walked, doubled and drove in the lone G-Nat run, which was also the only hit in 14 chances with RISP. The loss drops the G-Nats to 12-19 and reduces their elimination number to 17 with 25 games left on the schedule.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Rangers (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, K
• Hernandez, Jr (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Novas 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Eusebio 2-5, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB

The bullpen couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead but the D-Nats got the tying run they needed in the bottom of the 9th, and the gamewinner in the last of the 11th for a 6-5 win over the D-Rangers. Hector Silvestre got the start and allowed one run over four innings on two hits and four walks but struck out just one batter. Both D-Nat errors came in the 8th, as the D-Rangers got two unearned runs on two-out errors. Randy Novas (2-for-4) scored the tying run in the 9th when the D-Rangers catcher threw a pickoff to second into centerfield, while Diomedes Eusebio drew a bases-loaded walk (2-for-5) in the 11th to seal the deal. The win improves the D-Nats to 25-23, four games behind the D-Rangers in the B.C. South Division.