Jun 152011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 7-3 vs. Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (3-2, 3.79) vs.
Dellin Betances (3-1, 1.75)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-1; Lost, 2-0 vs. Myrtle Beach, 10:30 a.m. Chad Gaudin (rehab) vs.
Wilfredo Boscan (1-2, 4.31)
Hagerstown Suns Suspended, 2-2 (Top 11) @ Lakewood, 6:05 p.m.
(completion, reg. gm)
Matt Grace (7-4, 4.14) vs.
Garrett Claypool (1-3, 2.69)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6
@ DSL Rangers
vs. DSL Giants Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 3.46) vs.
Yeini Martinez (1-1, 2.31)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 Syracuse 1
• Detwiler (L, 5-6) 7IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Mandel 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Blanco 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, BB

After a leadoff home run by Gregor Blanco, Syracuse was completely stymied by the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees’ Adam Warren last night. Matt Antonelli sat, and apparently the Chiefs offense sat with him as they mustered just two more hits and five walks on the evening. Ross Detwiler barely managed to survive the third inning. He gave up a single, a double, and a Kevin Russo two-run double to start the frame. That was immediately followed by a Greg Golson RBI single to make four consecutive hits and to have Detwiler reeling against the ropes. After a lineout to Jesus Valdez, Detwiler bounced back by striking out Jorge Vazquez and Brandon Laird. Detwiler showed some moxie in pitching through adversity for an encouraging fourth consecutive quality start, which will help him battle his way back into the DC conversation.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 3
• Mock (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 4K
• Martinez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Van Allen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Norris R, 2 BB
• Moore 1-4, 2B

I would like to offer a moment of silence for all of those Harrisburg fans who will have to watch Garrett Mock today.” — Souldrummer, 6/14/11

Carlos Martinez did his best to keep clean up after Mock, turning in a strong two and 2/3rds innings of relief and stranding both baserunners he inherited. Unfortunately, Harrisburg was practicing its binary code with a 100100100 box score. Steve Lombardozzi followed up his Eastern League player of the week with a classic get-on walk, get-over stolen base, and get-in on a Chris Rahl Single to give Harrisburg an early 1-0 lead. Derek Norris walked to leadoff the fourth, two singles loaded the bastes, and a Jonathan Tucker walk were responsible for Harrisburg’s second run. Sadly, the rally lost steam with a Lombardozzi double play groundout. In the 7th, Lombardozzi reached first on a Jose Pirela error, stole second, reached third on a Corban Joseph fielding error and later scored on a Rahl groundout.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 1 — GAME ONE
• Selik, 7IP, 4H, ER, BB, 4K *CG*
• Kobernus 3-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, SB (24)
• Hood 1-4, 2B, RBI

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 0 — GAME TWO
• Olbrychowski 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Smoker 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kobernus 1-3, SB (25)
• Peacock 1-3, 2B

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Sue’s take on the doubleheader split.

Hagerstown 2 Lakewood 2 — SUSP. (Top 11)
• Solis 7IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Manno 2IP, H, BB, 3K *(ERA 0.29. BA .117 in 31 IP)
• Freitas 2-3, R, 2R HR, BB
• Kelso, R, BB, K
Some of the usual suspects showed up for Hagerstown last night. Kelso scored in front of a 2R Frietas home run in the first. Manno’s Minions witnessed another dominant two innings of relief in the 9th and the first frame of extra innings. Sadly, Sammy Solis was his own worst enemy in the fifth. After allowing a leadoff double by Cameron Rupp, Miguel Alvarez singled. Carlos Pedermo reached on a Solis throwing error that ultimately led to an unearned run. Ground outs by Edgar “Duran” Duran, Zach Collier, and Jim Murphy were responsible for the second run that ended the scoring in last night’s extra inning affair before it was suspended. The Grasshoppers won to move into a virtual tie for first place with the Suns with five games to play, while Hagerstown’s magic number remains frozen at seven with seven games to play. Hickory also won last night and is a ½ game back of the top two teams, while Kannapolis is still mathematically alive at two games back with five to play but will only play 68 to ther rest of the teams’ 70 games with two games canceled

DSL Rangers 7 DSL Nationals 6
• Mendez 4IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Martinez 2IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Eusebio 2-4, 2B, SB
• Ruiz 2-2, 2R, 2B

The D-Nats fell below .500 at 6-7 with a 7-6 loss to the DSL Rangers, which was not a doubleheader as anticipated. Gilberto Mendez got the start and struck out six but gave up six hits and allowed two runs (one earned). Somehow the D-Nats nearly overcame seven errors, but only two of the seven runs surrendered were unearned. Diomedes Eusebio and Adderling Ruiz each collected two hits to account for four of the team’s seven hits.

Jun 142011
 

For the sixth time this season, a Nationals farmhand has received a weekly honor, with Steve Lombardozzi earning the Eastern League’s Player of The Week award for the period of June 5 to June 12.

The switch-hitting second baseman went 14-for-26 (.538) with a double, homer, an RBI, eight runs scored, three walks, two stolen bases and a partridge in a pear tree (just checking). The 22-year-old is riding a nine-game hit streak and leads the Eastern League with six triples, his 75 hits is tied for second, giving him the seventh-best batting average at .316. Lombardozzi entered the 2011 campaign as the No. 13 Nationals prospect according to Baseball America.

Jun 142011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-3 vs. Scranton/WB, 7:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (5-5, 5.13) vs.
Adam Warren (4-2, 3.53)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Garrett Mock (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Shaeffer Hall (5-3, 4.00)
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Myrtle Beach, 6:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Cameron Selik (1-4, 4.11) and
Danny Rosenbaum (4-3, 2.50) vs.
Justin Grimm (2-0, 0.96) and
Barret Loux (5-3, 3.75)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-1 @ Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Sammy Solis (1-0, 3.86) vs.
Jesse Biddle (3-6, 4.13)
DSL Nationals Game Not Reported vs./@ DSL Rangers TBD vs. TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 3
• Gorzelanny (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 4ER, BB, 3K, 3R HR
• J.D. Martin 4IP, 7H, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Aubrey 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Blanco, 1-2, R, HR, RBI, 2BB
Tom Gorzelanny was not sharp in his first rehab start back from injury. The big blow was a three-run home run in the third inning that gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 4-0 lead. Syracuse answered with a solo home run from George Blanco in the fourth. They added two runs against Andrew Brackman, who had replaced George Kontos in the fifth. A leadoff double from Michael Aubrey, followed by a Flores HBP, a Jesus Valdez single, and a Corey Brown sac fly led to the additional runs. The Yankees extended their lead in the top of the sixth with an RBI double from Greg Golson. They put it out of reach with three more runs against relievers Lee Hyde and Ryan Tatusko in the 9th.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Despite getting swept at home by Akron, the Senators remain in first place by three games in the E.L. West. They’re back on the road for seven games in six days before returning to Harrisburg a week from today for a six-game homestand.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Unplayable field conditions was the announced (offline) explanation for the postponement. A doubleheader is scheduled for tonight at 6:05 p.m. to make up the game.

Lakewood 3 Hagerstown 1
• Jordan (L, 6-3) 5IP, 4H, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Swynenberg 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Freitas (1B) 3-4
• Kelso 2-4, R, K

With a 3-1 loss to Lakewood, Hagerstown’s lead is down to one over Greensboro and Hickory in the race for the first-half division title in the Sally League North. The Suns were eclipsed each time a runner reached the apex of the basepaths, going 0-for-10 with RISP and stranding nine runners — seven with two out in the inning. Starter Taylor Jordan’s winless streak was extended to six starts by allowing all three Lakewood runs over five innings on four hits and two walks. Brad Kelso and David Freitas, playing first base, combined for five of the eight Suns hits (Bryce Harper did not play. The magic number to clinch remains at seven with seven games to play, the last five of which are scheduled for Municipal Stadium, where the Suns have actually played worse than on the road (15-15 vs. 22-11).

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Phillies — Empty Box Score
We’ll put the link here so you can see for yourself, but as of this writing at ~7:55 a.m., it looked like LeBron James’s digitus quartus.

Jun 132011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-4 vs.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre, 7:00 p.m.
J.D. Martin (1-4, 4.71) vs.
David Phelps (4-4, 2.95)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 5-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-2 vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Tom Gorzelanny (rehab) TBD vs.
Justin Grimm (2-0, 0.96)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 5-4 @ Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-2, 2.62) vs.
Ervis Manzanillo (3-3, 5.43)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. Anthony Marcelino (0-0, 1.00) vs.
Adrian Sierra (0-2, 6.17)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 4
• Arnesen 6⅔ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Severino 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Frazier 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Marrero 3-4, 2B

Ryan Zimmerman’s rehab start was unsuccessful at the plate with an 0-5 afternoon. He handled five chances in the field — including two bunt attempts — but made a poor fielding choice that helped contribute to Scranton Wilke-Barres four-run 8th inning. Erik Arnesen was stung early by the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees with an Austin Krum double and a Ramiro Pena single but settled down and gave up no additional runs. Jeff Frazier homered to lead off the fifth, the only run off Yankees’ overpriced AAAA signee Kei Igawa. Syracuse scored an unearned run in the 7th inning on a throwing error by relief pitcher Josh Schmidt on a single by Matt Antonelli (3-for-5, now hitting .364/.430/.545). Things fell apart during an 8th inning in which Hassan Pena took the loss when he could not retire a batter. He left the bases loaded for Josh Wilkie after a the dreaded leadoff walk, and two singles. Josh Wilkie not only allowed three runs for Pena to score, he allowed one run of his own to put Syracuse down 5-2 heading the 9th. Syracuse launched a furious comeback, putting the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position with two outs for #MrWalkoff, Ryan Zimmerman, who became #MrWalkBacktotheDugout after a groundout to end the game.

Akron 5 Harrisburg 4
• Peacock (L, 7-2) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 10K
• VanAllen 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Lombardozzi 2-3, 2R, BB
• Rahl 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI

Brad Peacock continues to dominate Eastern League batters, this time to the tune of 10 Strasburgesque strikeouts of the Akron Aeros with only one walk. In the first inning, a Steve Lombardozzi leadoff walk eventually led to a Tyler Moore sac fly. Jonothan Tucker singled in Alex Valdez for to tie the score after Peacock had given up two runs in the with the big blow a Nick Weglarz – who later scored – double to right field. Akron scored three more in a 7th inning rally, aided by a Stephen King fielding error. This key error led to FAIL from both Pats: Lehman McCoy, who allowed three singles without retiring a batter, and McCoy Lehman, who gave up a Chun-Hsiu Chen double on a grounder down the line to left field before inducing two groundouts. Akron gave up an unearned
run of its own in the bottom of the 8th as Harrisburg fell short in its comeback bid to eventually match the Chiefs score with a 5-4 loss.

Potomac 5 Carolina 2
• Demny (W, 3-6) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR (10)
• Frias (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Higley 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Cuevas 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Leon 2-3, R

Four wins in a row for Potomac, playing for pride on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 4
• Ray (ND) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Holland 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Freitas 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, RBI, SF

Apparently, Potomac didn’t get the memo about losing 5-4, but the Suns did, falling to Lakewood but having its magic number reduced to 7 with a loss by second-place Greensboro. Robbie Ray showed signs of mortality, giving up three runs over five innings pitched on five hits and three walks and a mere three strikeouts. David Freitas led an otherwise moribund offensive effort with three-fourths of the cycle, singling, doubling, and homering while driving in two of the four Hagerstown runs. Suns batters went just 1-for-11 with RISP while stranding seven.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
A three-game losing streak has dropped the D-Nats to 6-6 for the season, which is three games off the pace. After hosting three of their last four, the D-Nats hit the road for four of the next six days, including rainout/makeup doubleheader against the Rangers.

Jun 122011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (0-2, 4.91) vs.
Andrew Brackman (2-5, 6.75)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 vs. Akron, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (7-1, 2.28) vs.
Matt Packer (2-6, 5.19)
Potomac Nationals Won, 2-0 vs. Salem, 1:05 p.m. Paul Demny (2-6, 4.50) vs.
Ryan Pressly (4-5, 4.50)
Hagerstown Suns Suspended:
Top 2nd, 1-1
@ Lakewood, 4:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (2-0, 0.30) vs.
David Buchanan (7-3, 2.68)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-3
@DSL Mets1
OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• Milone (W, 4-4) 7IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Balester (S, 1) 1⅔ IP 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Zimmerman 2-4, R, RBI; 2 PO’s
• Marrero 2-3, RBI, BB
• Valdez, J. 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Ryan Zimmerman took his rehab tour up to Syracuse against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and delighted the home-team radio announcers to the refrain of “Can we keep him?” Zimmerman made a stellar play to gun down a runner at home on a fielder’s choice and made a pretty grab down the line but a tough throw that Chris Marrero caught with his ever-improving glove. “Watch out NL EAST!” exclaimed the announcers. Both Zimmerman and Chris Marrero had key two-out singles to lead a late two-run rally that put the Chiefs ahead 3-1 before Collin Balester pitched an inning and 2/3rds innings for the save. Starter Tom Milone was his usual calm, cool, and controlled self in allowing a bit of contact on eight hits, but allowing just one run on a solo HR, no walks and striking out batters in key situations, eight in all to even his record at 4-4.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3
• Ollie Perez 5⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Martin 1IP, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• King 1-4, R, HR, RBI
Once again, Harrisburg got off to a strong offensive start early with a leadoff HR by Steve Lombardozzi, and an unearned run on a Tyler Moore groundout following Josh Johnson’s reaching base on a through-the-wickets error on Beau Mills. Stephen King homered in the bottom of the second to give Harrisburg a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately, it would not be enough. The shell of Ollie Perez, whose velocity topped off in the mid 80s, gave up three runs, one of which was unearned in the first inning following a two-out passed ball on Derek Norris. Jimmy Barthamier continues to struggle in AA. He gave up the decisive run in relief despite striking out four batters in two and 2/3rds innings pitched.

Potomac 2 Salem 0
• Holder (W, 3-7) 7IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Nelo (S, 4) 1⅔ IP, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Hood 3-4, R
• Ramirez 2-4, R, 2B

A season-best start for Trevor Holder and a three-game home win streak for Potomac, Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 1 Hagerstown 0 — SUSP. T2
The rains came in the top of the second with the score tied at 1-1, with Delmarva’s Tyler Kelly channeling Rickey Henderson for a leadoff HR off A.J. Cole. They’ll pick up play next week when the two teams meet in Hagerstown to close out the first half. The Suns magic number remains at eight with second-place Greensboro winning last night in Kannapolis.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 3
• Moscat 4⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Barrientos (L, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 3R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
• Difo 2-5, R, SB
• Eusebio 2-4, R, 2B

A three-run seventh broke a 3-3 tie as the DSL Nationals dropped a 7-3 decision to the DSL Mets1 squad for their third straight loss. Felix Moscat started and went the first four and 2/3rds, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. The D-Nats put 12 in the “H” column on the scoreboard, with Wilmer Difo, Diomedes Eusebio and Aladin Reyes each collecting two hits.

Jun 112011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 6-4 vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre, 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (3-4, 3.84) vs.
D.J. Mitchell (4-4, 2.95)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 9-5 vs. Akron, 7:00 p.m. Oliver Perez (2-1, 1.89) vs.
T.J. McFarland (2-4, 4.94)
Potomac Nationals Won, 9-8 vs. Salem, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (2-7, 7.05) vs.
Junichi Tazawa (0-1, 8.76)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 6-5 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. A.J. Cole (1-4, 3.42) vs.
Parker Bridwell (0-0, 9.64)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5 (10 inn.)
vs. DSL Yankees1
@ DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 6 Syracuse 4
• Meyers (L, 3-3) 5⅔ IP, 14H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Pena 2IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Hulett 4-4, R, 2 2B, RBI, BB

This game had the makings of the wrong kind of laugher when Brad Meyers gave up three runs on five hits and one error in the first inning. Syracuse, however, immediately answered in the bottom of the frame with a majestic three-run blast that had the radio announcers in awe. Meyers gave up a solo shot to the Syracuse nemesis and Reds blocked prospect Devin Mesoraco in the top of the third. In the bottom of the third, the Chiefs wasted a leadoff double by Chris Marrero. New fan favorite Matt Antonelli didn’t light up the box score, but he did earn a two-out walk in front of a Tug Hulett double for Syracuse’s final run. The 4-4 game fell apart for the Chiefs in the top of the 6th. Meyers yielded a cheap single to leadoff. With two outs Alonso Yadier Alongso singled and that bad, bad man Mesoraco tripled, yielding two runs. Atahulapa “Huapa Time” Severino stopped the bleeding by stranding Mesoraco on third with a Juan Francisco groundout after a walk to Jeremy Hermida. Ryan Tatusko made his Syracuse debut, pitching a scoreless 9th inning. Overall, the Bats have a fearsome lineup with their 1-6 hitters all hitting well over .300. They hit as advertised tonight with a total of 16 knocks, 14 of them against Meyers.

Akron 9 Harrisburg 5
• Roark (L, 3-2) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Carlos Martinez 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Lombardozzi 3-5, R, K
• Gilbert 1-4, R, 3R HR, 3RBI

Harrisburg got off to an auspicious start over the Akron Aeros with a five-run first inning, punctuated by a three run home run from Archie Gilbert, who is now hitting .297/.371/.485. Lombardozzi continued to solidify his status as a one of the premier leadoff hitters in the Eastern League with a 3-for-5 night, answering his critics in prospect evaluation land with a .297/.371/.485 line. Sadly, Tanner Roark did not answer his critics. He fell apart with three walks and a hit by pitch as part of a seven-run top of the 3rd before Carlos Martinez, who pitched three and 1/3rd strong innings to keep the Senators in the game, ended the inning on a Matt Lawson groundout. The Pats, Lehman and McCoy, each yielded runs in the 8th and 9th innings to complete the scoring in a frustrating Harrisburg loss.

Potomac 9 Salem 8
• Clegg 1⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Bronson 4⅓ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Lozada 2-4, 2B, 3RBI
• Perez 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Hood 2-5, 2B, RBI

It is possible to win back-to-back games at home. See how Potomac did it for just the second time this season, Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5
• Grace (W, 7-4) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Eusebio (H, 6) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Kelso 3-5, RBI
• Harper 2-5, R
• Newsome 2-3, 2RBI

With a 6-5 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Hagerstown Suns lowered their magic number to clinch a division title to eight with nine games left in the first half. Matt Grace tied for the Sally League lead in wins with his 7th on the strength of six innings pitched with three runs allowed on five hits and for walks. The trio of Blake Kelso combined to go 7-for-13 as the Shorebirds stayed in the game by turning four double plays to offset the Suns 13 hits and two walks drawn. Wilson Eusebio earned the hold with two scoreless innings while Ben Graham survived a rocky ninth inning (two runs allowed on three hits) to “get” the save.

DSL Yankees1 7 DSL Nationals 5 (10 inn.)
• Navarro 3⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Guzman 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Mercedes 2-4
• Eusebio 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Diomedes Eusebio’s RBI single (his third hit and third RBI) in the bottom of the ninth tied it for the D-Nats, but Inocencio Heredia was pushed one inning too far as the DSL Yankees1 answered with two in the top of the tenth to give them a 7-5 loss. Miguel Navarro’s 2011 debut was a rocky one, with four runs given up on four hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings. Yermin Mercedes was second to Eusebio in the hit column with a 2-for-4 game.

Jun 102011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-3 vs. Louisville, 7:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (3-2, 4.19) vs.
Scott Carroll (4-2, 4.32)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-3 vs. Akron, 7:00 p.m. Tanner Roark (3-1, 4.81) vs.
Austin Adams (4-5, 3.31)
Potomac Nationals Won, 3-1 vs. Salem, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (2-3, 5.70) vs.
Drake Britton (1-6, 6.75)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-1 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (6-4, 4.26) vs.
Scott Copeland (4-4, 5.09)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-2 vs. DSL Marlins vs. DSL Yankees1, 10:30 a.m. Gregory Baez (0-1, 1.00) vs.
Eduardo Rivera (0-0, 1.80)

Syracuse 4 Louisville 3
• Detwiler (W, 5-5) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Balester (H, 4) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 3K
• Antonelli 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Marrero 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Aubrey 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Ross Detwiler backed up a strong start last Saturday with an even stronger start yesterday. He pitched three perfect innings to start the game off. He was touched for a solo HR by Yonder Alonso, the no. 3 preseason prospect in the Reds system according to John Sickels. Detwiler struggled with control in the 7th, walking Alonso to lead off the frame and then Bert Cleven before ending his outing by striking out Daniel Dorn. Balester offered outstanding relief. He wriggled out of Detwiler’s jam by stranding two inherited runners, striking out Michael Griffin on his way to retiring all five batters he faced. Syracuse MI Matt Antonelli continues to rake; after his 2-for-3 plus a walk and a homer afternoon, he is now hitting .423/.463/.684 over his last ten games. Somebody in the front office should be noticing this 25-year-old’s outstanding season by now.

Harrisburg 7 Bingthamton 3
• Martis (W, 3-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K, HR
• Barthmaier (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2R

A three run 9th homer by Josh Johnson broke the bats last night. They built a strong picket fence earlier in the game with single runs in the first, second, third, and fifth innings. They also brought the speed with stolen bases by Gilbert (1-4, RBI), Tucker (BB, R), Ivany, and Valdez (1-4, R). Shairon Martis answered some of his critics with a high K/BB ratio of 8:2. Jimmy Barthamier, Rafael Martin (in his first outing for Harrisburg this season, and Zech Zinicola combined for four scoreless innings.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 4-3) 7IP, 9H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Nelo (S, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zimmerman 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Bloxom 2-3
• Lozada 2-3, RBI

Six wins at home isn’t bad if it’s late April. A third the way the through June? Well, the 10-game losing streak is over and something appears to be clicking for Danny Rosenbaum. Check out Sue’s take on what happened Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 1
• Solis (W, 1-0) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K, 1HR
• Holland (H, 2) 1⅔ 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson, 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Oduber 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Sammy Solis turned in his long outing of the season, tossing six and 2/3rds innings with a solo HR among the five hits he gave up as the Suns took a 4-1 decision from the Shorebirds. Four Suns got multiple hits but four runners were lost on the basepaths as Delmarva’s Michael Ohlman gunned down three would-be basestealers and Jacob Petit picked off Jason Martinson. Randolph Oduber and Martinson both hit solo shots to lead the Suns offense. Neil Holland and Chris Manno finished the game with two and 1/3rds scoreless relief to earn the hold and save, respectively. Combined with a Greensboro loss, Hagerstown reduced its magic number to 10 games for the Sally League North’s first-half title.

DSL Marlins 6 DSL Nationals 2
• Pineyro (L, 0-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 7K, 1HR
• Rodriguez, Kel. 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 3-5
• Tillero 2-2, 2BB

A three-run sixth pushed the D-Fish past the D-Nats for a 6-2 decision. Ivan Pineyro took the loss, down 2-1 after his five innings, as Daury Vasquez surrendered four runs over the next three innings. Wilmer Difo led the 10-hit attack with a 3-for-5 game while the D-Nats were a woeful 1-for-14 with RISP and stranded 11 baserunners.

Jun 092011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 2-1 vs. Louisville, 10:30 a.m. Ross Detwiler (4-5, 5.37) vs.
Chad Reineke (5-2, 2.52)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-1 @ Binghamton, 10:35 a.m. Shairon Martis (2-2, 3.57) vs.
Brandon Moore (5-3, 3.78)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-4 vs. Frederick, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (3-3, 2.61) vs.
Oliver Drake (4-2, 3.09)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (6-4, 4.26) vs.
Jacob Pettit (5-1, 3.95)
DSL Nationals Won, 9-4
vs. DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins, 10:30 a.m. Ivan Pineyro (0-0, 4.50) vs.
TBD

Syracuse 2 Louisville 1
• Martin, J (W, 1-4) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Mattheus (S, 2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Flores 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Blanco 1-3, 2B, RBI

Apparently, somebody had a plane to catch after this one. It was over in just 2:01. J.D. Martin showed up large, pitching six shutout innings before handing it over to the bullpen with a 2-0 lead. Josh Wilkie gave up a solo shot, but still managed a hold before handing the ball over to Ryan Mattheus for the save. A Jesus Flores solo home run, a double from Corey Brown, and a Fox trot in front of an RBI double from Gregor Blanco was the extent of the Syracuse offense. Thanks to the stellar pitching, that was just enough.

Binghamton 4 Harrisburg 1
• Davis (L, 2-2) 6IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 8K, WP, E (PO)
• Chico 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 5K, 1HR
• Moore 2-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Rhinehart 2-3, 2B, BB, K, E (throw)

Binghamton first stung Erik Davis on a third inning Tobi Stoner double that was later followed by a Reese Havens triple. Tyler Moore answered right away with a solo shot to lead off the fourth in what would be Harrisburg’s lone tally for the evening. Davis gave up his second run in the bottom of the 6th on a Bubba Bell walk and stolen base followed by an Allan Dykstra RBI single. Dykstra advanced to second on a throwing error by Rhinehart, but Davis escaped further harm by inducing an Eric Campbell ground out to end the frame. Matt Chico gave up two runs in relief on a homer by Salomon Manriquez in the bottom of the 8th. This morning the Harrisburg Senators announced that Shairon Martis had been activated from the DL while Matt Chico had been placed on it. Martis is slated to start today’s game, while previously announced starter Oliver Perez has been pushed back to Saturday.

Frederick 6 Potomac 4
• Selik (ND) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hood 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Leon 2-3, RBI
• Zimmerman 0-3, BB, E (Throw)

It’s now 10 straight losses at home, as the P-Nats continue to struggle Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
The lead is now just a ½ game over the second-place Greensboro Grasshoppers as the Suns travel to fourth-place Delmarva for three, then last-place Lakewood before heading home to host Delmarva for four more. The road may be just what the doctor ordered, though, as the Suns have gone 20-9 there vs. 15-15 at Memorial Stadium

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Cubs2 4
• Mendez 4IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 1BB, 4K
• Martinez (S, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• Mercedes 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Eusebio 3-5, 2R
• Rosario 2-2, R, 2B, 3RBI, 2BB

After blowing leads of 2-1 and 4-2, the D-Nats scored five unanswered runs in the middle third of the game for a 9-4 win over the DSL Cubs2 squad. Gilberto Mendez started but was lifted after four with all four runs allowed on five hits and a walk. Joel “necesito comer un bocadillo” Barrientos (6′ 2″, 145) and Anderson Martinez combined for five innings of scoreless relief, with Barrientos getting the win and Martinez getting the save. The D-Nats’ 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 7-for-12 with four runs scored, two doubles, two walks, and three RBI.

Jun 082011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-2 vs. Louisville, 7:00 p.m. J.D. Martin (0-4, 5.50) vs.
Brandon Hynick (1-4, 7.55)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-5; Won, 7-6 @ Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. Erik Davis (2-1, 3.63) vs.
Tobi Stoner (0-2, 12.60)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-2 vs. Frederick, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (1-4, 4.50) vs.
Ryohei Tanaka (3-0, 1.09)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 13-5 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ DSL Giants vs. DSL Cubs2, 10:30 a.m. Gilberto Mendez (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Julio Sanchez (0-0, 0.00)

SYRACUSE
Louisville 9 Syracuse 2
• Arnesen (L, 0-2) 6IP, 7H, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, 1HR
Balester ⅓ IP 5H, 2ER, 3-3 IR-S
• Antonelli 2-3, 3B, BB
• Brown 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Eirk Arnesen gave the Chiefs a solid outing in a spot start situation, but left the game with Chiefs down 3-1 to the Louisville Bats after six innings pitched. Arnesen was victimized by a three run HR by Daniel Dorn in the third inning. After a scoreless frame from Jeff Mandel, Atahualpa Severino retired one of five batters faced and Collin Balester was even worse, giving up a single, a triple, a single, a single, a fly out, and a two-out single by Jeremy Hermidia before he was mercifully removed in front of the home crowd. Syracuse’s only relevant offense was a solo shot by Corey Brown. They scored a less relevant run when Hulett tugged [Ed. note: Nice Tom Swifty!] a line drive to center to plate Chris Marrero who had doubled in the previous at-bat.

Harrisburg 6 Binghamton 5 — GAME ONE
• Peacock (ND) 5IP, 5H, 3ER, 2BB, *9K*, 1HR
• Tatusko (W, 2-4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Norris 1-2, 2R, RBI, 2BB
• Rhinehart 1-4, R, 2R HR, 3RBI

Brad Peacock continues to mystify Eastern league hitters; this time nine Binghamton Mets whiffed. Peacock didn’t emerge unscathed this time, though. In the first, Joshua Satin doubled to left and later scored on a single by Bubba Bell. In the second, two leadoff walks led to a run, although a one-out swinging strikeout of Jeurys Familia with Salomon Manriquez standing on third base helped limit the damage. The third run allowed was a solo shot by pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin in the fifth. The Senators were helped by a two run shot in the top of the fourth by Bill Rhinehart who plated Derek Norris after one of his trademark walks. Harrisburg later strolled to the win in the seventh, with a three run rally aided by SIX bases-on-balls. Apparently, Derek Norris has started preaching on the fine art of walking to his flock. [Ed. note: I'll admit that prose was purple, sheepishly.]

Harrisburg 7 Binghamton 6 — GAME TWO
• Mock 4IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 3HR
• VanAllen (W, 2-1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lombardozzi 3-3, R, PO/CS
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Off The Bench Special #1 Rhinehart 1-1, R, 2R HR, SF, 3RBI
• Off The Bench Special #2 Norris 1-1, R, 2R HR, 2RBI

Yet another Nats affiliate found themselves behind after a Garrett Mock start, as the 40-man-by-reputation pitcher gave up four runs in four innings. Binghamton’s Joshua Satin and Bubba Bell smacked back-to-back jacks in the first inning, with Satin’s clout a two-run shot. Satin feasted on Mock again in the third with a solo shot. Bill Rhinehart revived the Harrisburg offense in the fifth with a two blast to make the score 4-2. Harrisburg found 7th heaven again, this time with a five-run seventh inning rally, keyed by consecutive homers by Derek Norris (two-run, PH) and Chris Rahl (solo). Carlos Martinez was pulled after giving up a run in the 9th to make it 7-6, but Pat McCoy struck out Salomon Manriquez to clinch a hard-earned doubleheader sweep for the Senators.

Frederick 7 Potomac 2
• Demny (L, 2-7) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Martin ⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Bloxom 1-3, R, RBI, 2E
• Peacock 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Make that nine losses at home in a row Last Night In Woodbridge

Greensboro 13 Hagerstown 5
• Jordan (L, 6-2) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2-2B, BB, CS
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Harper 1-3, BB, RBI

Leo Durocher is often attributed with the saying “If you ain’t got a bullpen, you ain’t got s!@#” and the Suns 13-5 loss is proof positive. Four Hagerstown relievers combined to give up 11 runs over the last five innings, with no pitcher going unscathed, (no) thanks to four Suns errors. All-Star Taylor Jordan took his second loss with two runs surrendered over four innings on six hits and two walks, while Adrian Sanchez paced the offense with three of its 11 hits. With the loss, the Suns lead is now just a half game over the Grasshoppers, who head home for an eight-game homestand while Hagerstown hits the road for seven.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Giants 6
• Marcelino 4⅔ IP, 2H, 5R, 1ER, 4BB, 4K
• Heredia (S, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rosario 4-4, R, 2B
• Read 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Ortega 1-1, 2R, RBI, 3BB, 4SB

The D-Nats blew an early 3-0 lead, but tied it at 5-5 in the sixth and got single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to prevail, 7-6. Anthony Marcelino started but was victimized by his defense for four unearned runs, as Wander Suero got the win in relief and Inocencio Heredia survived a two-hit ninth for his second save. Dionicio Rosario (4-for-4) and “Fred” Ortega (1-1, 3BB) both reached base four times and combined to score three runs to lead the D-Nat offense.

Jun 062011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-2; Lost, 7-2 @ Indianapolis, 7:05 p.m. Tom Milone (3-4, 3.63) vs.
Brian Burres (2-6, 3.94)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-4 vs. Frederick, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (1-2, 3.18)*
vs. Robert Bundy (5-3, 2.91)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 6-5 vs. Greensboro, 7:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (2-0, 0.38) vs.
Zachary Neal (3-3, 4.18)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rangers, 10:30 a.m. Felix Moscat (0-1, 7.36) vs.
David Perez (0-0, 0.00)

*Officially, TBD, but this is an educated guess

Syracuse 6 Indianapolis 4 (comp. of susp. game)
• Detwiler (W, 4-5) 6IP, 5H 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 7K
• Balester (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• Antonelli 2-4, R
• Marrero 2-4 R, GS HR, 5 RBI
Chris Marrero quickly announced that the suspended game was all but over with a 7th-inning grand slam off Indianpolis reliever Cesar Valdez. Hassan Pena gave up two doubles and was responsible for two runs that made the final score 6-4. Ross Detwiler earned a much-needed win with six strong innings, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned. Jhonatan Solano was placed on paternity leave while Carlos Maldonado was activated to take his place.

Indianapolis 7 Syracuse 2
• Meyers (L, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 6K, 1HR
• Marrero 2-4, R
• Blanco 1-3, R, 2BB, SB

Syracuse engineered a first inning run using small ball that would make Interim Jim proud. Blanco reached on a fielding error from Indianapolis first baseman Miles Durham. Blanco steals second. Blanco advances to third on an at ‘em ball by Matt Antonelli and former Harrisburg Senator great Jesus Valdez plates Blanco on a sac fly. Classic gift ‘em on, get ‘em over, get ‘em in that gets Blanco one of our hitting stars for the game. The rest of the game didn’t go so well and Syracuse didn’t see the lead again in a 7-2 loss. In the second, Miles Durham went from friendly gifting errors Miles to evil raking RBI triples off Brad Meyers. He later scored to give Indianapolis a 2-1 lead. Marrero singled on a sharp grounder in the fourth and later scored, but that would be all for the Chiefs.

Harrisburg 7 Erie 4
• Roark (W, 3-1) 7IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Zinicola (S, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 1-5, R, 2R HR (#11), 2RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI, BB
• Gilbert 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Derek Norris: 0-3, R, 3BB (Ed. Note: A SoulD fave)
If small ball is textbook AAA, AAAA offense for the Nats, the fifth inning of Sunday’s contest is typical AA offense of the future for the Nats we hope. An unknown quantity, Chris Rahl, gets a leadoff double. Tyler Moore escorts him home with a long ball. Three more runs score and the Sens find themselves up 5-1. In the 7th inning another rally was keyed by…another Derek Norris walk, as the Harrisburg backstop was walked to load the bases with two outs after a Tyler Moore strikeout. Archie Gilbert puts his name in the boxscore big time with a two-run single and that give the Sens all they would need in an eventual 7-4 win.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 4
• Clegg 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• Frias (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Peacock 2-4, R, 2B, SB, CS
• Cuevas 3-4, R, RBI
• Perez 1-5, R, 3B, 4K

They needed five pitchers to do it, but the Potomac Nationals outlasted the Wilmington Blue Rocks for 5-4 decision for a series sweep and their fourth straight victory. Starter Mitchell Clegg faltered in the fifth, leaving with one out and two on but ahead 3-1. Josh Smoker let in both runners and one of his own to fall behind 4-3, but the offense, which had gotten three runs in the top of the fifth, got two more in the sixth to give Smoker the win. Adam Olbrychowski and Marcos Frias earned holds with three scoreless innings combined while Hector Nelo pitched the ninth for the save, his second of the season.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 5
• Cole (W, 1-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, 2HR
• Eusebio (S, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kelso 2-5, R
• Freitas 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Zimmerman 2-2, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI (All luck, this guy will never make it)

Even when the face of the franchise is in town, Bryce Harper can steal the headlines. Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple, a walk, and an RBI to help lead Hagerstown past Greensboro, 6-5. A.J. Cole got his first professional win, though he did give up two solo HRs, pitching the requisite five innings and allowing four hits total, no walks, and striking out eight. The win extended the Suns lead over the Grasshoppers to 2½ games and reduced their magic number to 12.