Apr 162015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-5 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
2:05 p.m.
T. Hill (0-0, 0.00) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Lara (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 1-0;
Won, 6-2
@ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Rauh (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Plutko (0-1, 1.50)
Hagerstown Won, 1-0;
Winning, 1-0 (Susp., 2nd)
vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 4.50) vs.
J. Taylor (0-0, 1.80)


Lehigh Valley 8 Syracuse 5
• Bleier 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Delcarmen (L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• den Dekker 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• Ka‘aihue 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

The IronPigs smelted reliever Manny Delcarmen for a seven-run 7th, turning a 1-1 tie into an 8-1 lead as they held off the Chiefs for an 8-5 victory. Richard Bleier made the spot start in place of Taylor Jordan and gave up a run on four hits over four innings. Sam Runion, also up from AA, turned in two scoreless innings. Kila Ka‘aihue smacked a three-run HR in the 8th and doubled in the 2nd to go 2-for-4 and lead the Syracuse offense. Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington; LHP Richard Bleier, RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 3
• Ross (L, 0-1) 5IP, 9H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Bates 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 2-4, R
• Pleffner 1-3, BB, 3RBI

A four-run 4th was the difference in this one as Bowie defeated Harrisburg, 7-3 and took the series, 2-1. Joe Ross went five innings in his second start but was roughed up for six runs (four earned) on nine hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out six. Caleb Ramsey was the sole Senator to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 while Shawn Pleffner drove in all three Harrisburg runs while going 1-for-3 with a walk. Roster moves: OF Denard Span completed MLB rehab assignment. Next stop: Hagerstown.

Winston-Salem 1 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
• Pivetta 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Thomas (L, 0-1) 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Bautista 0-2, BB

Winston-Salem’s James Dykstra faced the minimum 21 batters in a 1-0 win vs. Potomac for a seven-inning no-hitter. Nick Pivetta matched goose eggs with hm for five innings, giving up two hits and a walk before giving way to Justin Thomas in the 6th. A two-out walk to Trey Michalczewski followed by a double by Keon Barnum accounted for the game-winning run for the Dash.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 2 — GAME TWO
• Bacus 3IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Difo 1-2, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Martinez 3-3, 2R, SB

Wilmer Difo and Isaac Ballou both homered as the P-Nats ran wild, stealing six bases in a 6-2 win to split the doubleheader and prevent a series sweep by the Dash. Dakota Bacus gave up both Winston-Salem runs on two hits and two walks over three innings in the spot start while Cody Davis spun three shutout innings in relief to earn the win. Estarlin Martinez led the hit column with a 3-for-3 mark, followed by Ballou at 2-for-3, while Difo and Chris Bostick both walked twice.

Hagerstown 1 West Virginia 0 — GAME ONE
• Williams (W, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Orlan (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mesa 0-1, R, BB, SB

The Suns got a run in the 1st on three walks and a hit batsman and made it stand up for a 1-0 victory. Austen Williams got the win with seven whiffs over five and 2/3rds innings, allowing four hits and a walk. R.C. Orlan earned the save by retiring the last batter of the 6th and tossing a 1-2-3 seventh. West Virginia’s relievers retired 18 of 19 batters after starter Jake Burnette was lifted with two outs in the 1st, and none of the three pitchers gave up a hit. Since 1991, MLB has defined a no-hitter as “a game in which a pitcher, or pitchers, gives up no hits while pitching at least nine innings.”

Hagerstown 1 West Virginia 0 — SUSP.
• Ullman 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Reistetter 1-1, 2B, RBI

Play was halted by rain in the bottom of the second inning with the Suns leading, 1-0. Matt Reistetter’s double following a leadoff walk by Wilman Rodriguez in the 1st gave Hagerstown the early lead. Ryan Ullman retired four of six batters faced.
A makeup date for the suspended game has not yet been announced. Hagerstown does not return to West Virginia in the first half while the Power visit twice, Apr. 28-30 and May 14-17.

Trea Turner Update
Wednesday was an off day for the San Antonio Missions.

Apr 152015
 

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Lehigh Valley,
10:35 a.m.
Jordan (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Billingsley (0-0, 8.10)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Ross (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Villanueva (0-1, 1.59)
Potomac Postponed vs. Winston-Salem,
10:35 a.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 1.80) and Bacus (0-0, 0.00) vs.
J. Dykstra (1-0, 0.00) and Wheeler (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Postponed @ West Virginia,
10:35 a.m.
Williams (0-1, 2.25) and Ullman (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Burnette (0-0, 3.00) and Rosario (0-0, 2.70)


Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 5
• Cole 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR, WP
• R. Hill (L, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B, 3B
• Minicozzi 2-5, R, 2RBI

After blowing a 4-0 lead, the Chiefs tied it at 5-5 in the 7th with a Mark Minicozzi single after an Emmanuel Burriss triple. In the 8th, a hit batsman, sacrifice, a steal of 3B, and a throwing error plated the gamewinner for the IronPigs in a 6-5 win. A.J. Cole started but was roughed up for three runs on five hits over four innings and left after throwing 80 pitches. Burris also doubled and came around to scored on a Minicozzi groundout as both veterans finished at 2-for-5 to pace the nine-hit attack. Roster moves: RHP Rafael Martin recalled to Washington; RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 4
• Voth (W, 1-0) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Benincasa 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, 5RBI
• Keyes 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Renda 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Matt Skole’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the 5th turned out to be the difference in an 8-4 Harrisburg victory over Bowie. It also masked a subpar outing by winning pitcher Austin Voth, who was knocked around for all four Baysox runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. Skole finished with five RBI total while going 2-for-5. Kevin Keyes also notched multiple hits with a pair of singles and an RBI while Tony Renda doubled and walked improve his OBP to .462 after six games. Roster moves: OF Caleb Ramsey reassigned from Syracuse; OF Drew Vettleson placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Denard Span assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; RHP Colin Bates assigned from XST

Winston-Salem vs. Potomac — PPD
Rain throughout the day yesterday forced a postponement of last night’s game to a pair of games this morning.

West Virginia vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Likewise in Charleston, the rain washed away Game Two of the Suns-Power to create a mid-morning doubleheader.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a 3-0 Missions win. He was caught stealing for the first time in three attempts.

Apr 142015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Jo. Rodriguez (0-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Berry (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 1.80) vs.
J. Dykstra (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-1, 2.25) vs.
Burnette (0-0, 3.00)


Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 4
• Billings 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Delcarmen (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Meek (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, RBI

After blowing a 3-2 lead in the 7th, Syracuse rallied for two in the 9th to edge Lehigh Valley, 5-4. Jason Martinson (3-for-4) doubled to tie it while Cutter Dykstra (2-for-4) singled with the infield in to win it. The rally gave Manny Delcarmen the “W” for a scoreless 8th while Evan Meek struck out two in the 9th to secure the save. Bruce Billings started and went the first five, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington

Bowie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Swynenberg (L, 0-1) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Self 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hague 1-3

Bowie spoiled Matt Swynenberg’s return to AA, making him pay for his one mistake in a 2-1 Harrisburg loss. The 26-y.o. walked two, struck out three and gave up two hits over six innings. The problem? One of those hits was a two-run homer. Kevin Keyes’s solo shot in the 7th broke up Baysox shutout bid and his single in the 9th with two outs was the fourth and final hit for the Senators, which had just one RISP chance and left on four for the night.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 3
• Spann (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Johansen 4IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-4, SB

While it did not render any runs unearned, sloppy defense in the 5th was the undoing of the P-Nats in a 4-3 loss. A throwing error, a wild pitch, and a passed ball were all rendered moot by an RBI triple, the seventh and final hit surrendered by starter Matt Spann, who was charged with all four Winston-Salem runs while walking one and striking out six. Jake Johansen finished the game with four strong innings. Wilmer Difo’s two-run homer in the 1st and John Wooten’s solo shot in the 9th were the bookends to an otherwise dismal offense (five hits, one walk).

West Virginia 3 Hagerstown 1
• Valdez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Gardner 2-4, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, SB

The Suns fell behind 3-0 after three and managed only to break up the shutout for a 3-1 loss to the Power. Phillips Valdez started and gave up all four West Virginia runs on four hits and three walks over four innings. Mario Sanchez shut down the Power for four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Hagerstown collected eight hits total, led by Jeff Gardner and Wilman Rodriguez, who both went 2-for-4.

Trea Turner Update
Turner notched his first multi-hit game with a 3-for-5 night while stealing a base in a 5-2 San Antonio win.

Apr 132015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (6-6, 5.34 in ’14) vs.
Clemens (6-3, 4.08 in ’14)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Swynenberg (0-0, 5.40 @ A+ in ’14) vs.
Bundy (1-2, 4.78 @ A+ in ’14)
Potomac Won, 5-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (9-5, 3.82 in ’14) vs.
Heidenreich (3-4, 5.40 in ’14)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
P. Valdez (2-0, 3.68 in ’14) vs.
Jo. Sever (1-3, 1.33 @ Appy Lg. in ’14)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 Syracuse 1
• McGregor (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Fornataro 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Minicozzi 2-4

The Chiefs never led in this one and only a Caleb Ramsey solo shot in the 9th prevented a shutout as the RailRiders chugged to a 3-1 win to split the four-game series. Scott McGregor took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds while striking out four. Relievers Mitch Lively and Eric Fornataro both stranded a pair of runners to keep the game close. Ramsey also singled as did Marc Minicozzi twice as the two combined for four of the six Syracuse hits.

Altoona 2 Harrisburg 1
• Alderson 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Harper (L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bleier 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-5, R
• Hague 2-4, OF assist at HP

Altoona made the most of its limited chances for 2-1 win over Harrisburg, earning a 2-2 series split. Starter Tim Alderson gave up one run on four hits and two walks over five innings, but left with the game tied 1-1. Bryan Harper struck out the first batter in the 6th but then gave up a triple and a double to suffer the loss. Ricky Hague threw out a runner at the plate on a two-out single to keep the game close and close out the 6th. The Sens got runners into scoring position in the 8th and 9th innings but couldn’t push across the equalizer, leaving a total of 11 men on base. Tony Renda connected for multiple hits for the third straight game, going 2-for-5 to raise his BA to .471 and scored the lone run on a Kevin Keyes RBI double in the 5th.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 0
• Suero (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 0K
• M. Rodriguez 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• Difo 1-2, R, 3BB
• Ballou 2-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 2-5, R, RBI

The bats awoke Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hickory 6 Hagerstown 4
• Van Orden 5IP, 2H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, WP, HBP
• Cooper (l, 0-1) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Abreu 2-3, R, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-1, 2B, RBI, HBP

A two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th snapped a 4-4 tie as Hickory took the finale, 6-4, and the series, 3-1. Drew Van Orden issued three walks on the night but all of them came in the 2nd inning, allowing the Crawdads to tie the game at 3-3 with just one hit. A hit batsman, sacrifice, and a passed ball gave Hickory a 4-3 lead in Van Orden’s 5th and final inning. The Suns got a gift in the 8th with an error on a bunt single to set up Brennan Middleton’s RBI single to tie the game at 4-4. Andrew Cooper, who had shut down Hickory in the 6th and 7th innings, suffered the loss when he allowed the game-winning HR with one out in the 8th. Osvaldo Abreu paced the Suns offense with a single, double, a run scored, and a stolen base.
According to the Hickory Record, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was removed after a pickoff throw struck him in the eye.

Trea Turner Update
Trea Turner broke up his season-starting oh-fer with an RBI double in the 2nd inning of a 4-2 San Antonio loss. He was 1-for-4 overall.

Apr 122015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
McGregor (2-8, 5.68 in ’14) vs.
Whitley (3-2, 2.01 in ’14)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 vs. Altoona,
1:30 p.m.
Alderson (2-4, 6.01 @ AAA in ’14) vs.
Kuhl (13-5, 3.46 @ A+ in ’14)
Potomac Won, 1-0; Lost, 2-1 vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Suero (2-1, 7.57 in ’14) vs.
Brown (8-8, 3.31 @ A- in ’14)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
Van Orden (2-3, 4.39 @ SS-A in ’14) vs.
Martin (1-4, 5.40 @ AZL in ’14)


Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• T. Hill 6IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, BB, K
• R. Hill (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martin (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Minicozzi 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• D. Robinson 3-4, R

It wasn’t pretty — an error, two bunts, and a hit batsman that “drove in” the go-ahead run — but the Chiefs rallied for three in the 8th to double up the RailRiders, 4-2. Taylor Hill started and went the first six innings, letting in two unearned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out one. Rich Hill got the win in relief while Rafael Martin worked around hits in both the 8th and 9th innings with four whiffs to nail down the save. Mark Minicozzi and Derek Robinson both went 3-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 1
• Espino 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• De Los Santos (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Renda 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2E
• Skole 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, 3K

Likewise for Harrisburg, which scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the 8th with the help of two errors to send Altoona to another defeat, 4-1. Paolo Espino took a no-no into the 6th before Curve leadoff man Keon Broxton doubled with one out in the sixth. The veteran Venezuelan stranded Broxton to finish with one hit over six innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Gilberto Mendez gave up a home run to pitcher-turned-slugger Stetson Allie in the 7th but turned in a scoreless 8th and got the win. Abel De Los Santos held off the Curve in the 9th for the save. Tony Renda reached base three times with a single, double, and a walk as the Sens were held to just four hits total.

Potomac 1 Lynchburg 0 — GAME ONE
• Rauh (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bacus (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Werth 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI

Jayson Werth’s 4th-inning HR was the difference in a 1-0 shutout for Potomac vs. Lynchburg in Game One. The two teams combined for just five hits and one walk. Brian Rauh got the win with five innings of two-hit ball with no walks and two K’s. Dakota Bacus worked around a dropped flyball in the 7th for the second of two scoreless innings to earn the save. John Wooten and Drew Ward accounted for the other two P-Nats hits.

Lynchburg 2 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Schwartz (L, 0-1) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Lee 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ward 1-2, BB, RBI

The Potomac offense remained AWOL in Game Two, unable to capitalize on four walks and hindered by some questionable umpiring for a 2-1 loss to Lynchburg in Game Two. The Hillcats smacked a long solo HR in the 1st and used a two-out double to cash in a Wilmer Difo throwing error for its two runs. The P-Nats broke up the shutout bid in the 6th as Difo reached on a throwing error, took second on a wild pitch, and, following a Jayson Werth walk, went to third on a passed ball. Chris Bostick tapped to third, holding Difo, and threw over to 2nd to throw out pinch-runner Isaac Ballou, who slid hard into the Lynchburg second baseman standing on the bag to break up the double play. Umpire Chase Eade ruled the legal slide illegal and awarded the second out to the Hillcats. Drew Ward singled to send in Difo, but instead of 1st and 2nd and one out, it was Ward on first and two down. James Yezzo struck out to end the rally, and the P-Nats went in order in the 7th.

Hickory 2 Hagerstown 1
• Reyes 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K, WP
• Ramos (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 1-3, BB, SB
• Reistetter 2-3, RBI, SB

David Ramos wasted no time in registering his first blown save of the season (ninth of his career) as the Suns were eclipsed with two runs in the bottom of the 9th for a 2-1 loss to Hickory. A double, groundout, triple, and single got the job done for Hickory. Luis Reyes started and went the first five, striking out seven against one walk in three hits. Hagerstown managed just five hits on the night, with Matt Reistetter driving in the lone run with a single in the 5th.

Trea Turner Update
Turner walked, stole a base and scored a run but remains hitless (0-for-10) in three games for AA San Antonio.

Apr 112015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-0 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
4:05 p.m.
Hill (11-7, 2.81 in ’14) vs.
Tracy (1-6, 4.45 in ’14)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Espino (6-5, 3.98 in ’14) vs.
Glasnow (12-5, 1.74 @ Hi-A in ’14)
Potomac Postponed vs. Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-4, 4.39 in ’14) and
Schwartz (2-1, 4.40 in ’14) vs.
Plutko (4-9, 4.08 in ’14) and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 14-4 @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 2.62 @ SS-A) vs.
Garrett (6-1, 4.06 @ SS-A)


Syracuse 6 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 0
• Jordan (W, 1-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 3-3, R, SF, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Gwynn 2-5, R

Caleb Ramsey had three hits and drove in three while three Chiefs pitchers combined on a… wait for it… three-hit shutout for 6-0 triumph over the RailRiders. Taylor Jordan allowed just, um, three baserunners as he gave up two hits and a walk over six innings to earn the win. Jason Martinson went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored and threw out a runner trying to stretch a single into a double to end the 2nd inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. also notched multiple hits as Syracuse racked up 11 total.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 — 11 inn.
• Ross 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Demny (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Renda 3-5, R
• Skole 1-4, R, BB, HR, RBI

Matt Skole’s leadoff walkoff home run ended this one after 11 innings as the Senators straightened the Curve, 3-2. Joe Ross struggled early, giving up single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings and finished with six hits and two walks allowed over four innings (78 pitches). Derek Self, Robert Benincasa, and Paul Demny combined for eight shutout innings of relief, with Demny getting the win. Tony Renda singled three times in five trips to the plate but the rest of the lineup was just 3-for-29 with three walks as Harrisburg had just five RISP chances and left six runners on over eleven turns at bat.

Lynchburg vs. Potomac — PPD
Wet grounds were cited for the postponement of Game Two of the Lynchburg-Potomac series. It will be made up today with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

Hagerstown 14 Hickory 4
• Bach 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP, HBP
• Ullmann (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Masters 3-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Read 2-4, 4R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI, SB
• DeBruin 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI

Hagerstown went to town on Hickory in the middle innings, scoring 10 runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th combined in a 14-4 win. Connor Bach got the start and went the first four innings, letting in two runs on five hits and two walks. Ryan Ullmann earned the win with four innings of one-run relief, allowing two hits and two walks. Raudy Read capped off the scoring with a two-run shot in the 9th and was 2-for-4 with four runs scored while David Masters and Grant DeBruin both registered three hits and three RBI to pace the Suns’ 16-hit attack.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 0-for-4 in a 1-0 San Antonio Missions win, which he helped preserve on defense by throwing out a runner at home to end the 2nd.

Apr 102015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-2, 4.06 in ’14) vs.
Long (7-2, 2.35 @ AA in ’14)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 vs. Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Ross (2-0, 3.60 in ’14) vs.
Creasy (8-9, 3.93 @ A+ in ’14)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-4, 4.39 in ’14) vs.
Plutko (4-9, 4.08 in ’14)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 3.52 in ’14) vs.
L. Ortiz (0-0, 1.29 in ’14)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 3
• Cole 5IP, 8H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Rivero (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB, RBI, E
• D. Robinson 0-2, 2R, 2BB, SB

The wheels came off the bus in the 7th and 8th innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre put up three-spots in both frames to turn a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 win over Syracuse. Felipe Rivero took the loss, retiring just one of six batters in the 7th after a 1-2-3 sixth. A.J. Cole started and gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits over five innings. Emmanuel Burris was the sole Chief to notch multiple hits as Syracuse managed just six singles but did draw seven walks on the night.
Roster moves: C Jeff Howell, IF Jose Lozada, OF Brian Goodwin activated from XST, placed on 7-Day DL

Altoona 1 Harrisburg 0
• Voth 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K, WP
• De Los Santos (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Vettleson 1-4, 2B
• Keyes 1-3, BB

It was a Star Trek convention on the Metro Bank scoreboard (all zeroes) until the 9th inning when Altoona scored the game’s only run to shut out Harrisburg, 1-0. Austin Voth threw six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven. A walk, sacrifice, and an intentional walk set up the game-winning single off Abel De Los Santos in the 9th. Drew Vettleson doubled to lead off the 5th (and break up the no-hitter) and took third on Shawn Pleffner’s subsequent single but a 5-3 lineout DP off the bat of Pedro Severino killed the only true threat of the night. The Sens were held to just five hits and two walks total.
Roster move: Player-coach Andruth Ramirez reassigned to Potomac.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 6
• Pivetta (L, 0-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K
• Johansen 2⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Bostick 1-3, R, BB
• Wooten 1-4, R, 2RBI, 3K

Potomac scored six times in the 9th with two outs. On any other night, that would probably be a walkoff, but down 8-0 it was merely prolonging the agony as Lynchburg held on for an 8-6 win. Early on, it was a pitcher’s duel as Nick Pivetta matched goose eggs with Dylan Baker, who no-hit the P-Nats for five innings. Pivetta would take the loss on just one run allowed over five innings on three hits and two walks while fanning seven. Four of the five Potomac hits and three of five walks came in the 9th, with Chris Bostick the sole P-Nat to reach base twice. Roster moves: RHPs Ian Dickson and Ronald Pena, LHPs Kylin Turnbull and Hector Silvestre activated from XST and placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Jayson Werth assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 2
• Williams (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Johns 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Carey 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 3K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, HR, 2K

The scoring difficulties extended all the way to Low-A, as the Suns could only manage just three hits in a 5-2 loss to the Crawdads. Two of them left the yard with “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz homered in the 2nd and D.K. Carey left the band yard and went solo in the 4th. Austen Williams was dinged for three runs, one earned, on six hits over for innings and was charged with the loss.
Roster moves: LHP Brett Mooneyham, RHP Wirkin Estevez, 3B Jake Mayers activated from XST and placed on the 7-Day DL

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in a 10-4 San Antonio Missions loss.

Apr 092015
 


It’s a full slate today for minor-league Opening Day for the second straight season as the Chiefs visit the RailRiders, the Senators host the Curve, the P-Nats host the Hillcats, and the Suns visit the Crawdads.

Well, weather permitting. Again. The first-pitch forecast is 47 degrees and a 50% chance of rain in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; 50 and 45% in Harrisburg, 55 and 35% chance in Woodbridge, and 75 and 85% in Zebulon, NC.

Team Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’14 Stats at Level)
Syracuse @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-3, 2.92) vs.
Mitchell (4-2, 3.67)
Harrisburg vs. Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Voth (1-3, 6.52) vs.
A. Sanchez (0-2, 4.32)
Potomac vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (13-8, 4.22 @ Low-A) vs.
Baker (3-3, 4.05)
Hagerstown @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (4-3, 4.66 @ SS-A) vs.
Jurado (2-1, 1.62 @ AZL)


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

Based on what I’ve been able to gather (or been told, H/T Mayflies’ Mick Reinhard), here’s how the rest of the starting rotations will round out:

TEAM Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
Syracuse Jordan Hill McGregor Billings
Harrisburg Ross Espino Alderson Swynenberg
Potomac Rauh Schwartz TBD TBD
Hagerstown Bach L. Reyes TBD TBD


Obviously, there’s some intrigue as to who will start Games 4 and 5 for the “A” teams. Potomac, for example, has Nick Lee, Matthew Spann, Dakota Bacus, and Wander Suero as candidates while Hagerstown has R.C. Orlan, Drew Van Orden, and Andrew Cooper. As the press release cycle starts up, we’ll know more.

And another reminder: These rotations are very likely to be short-lived, especially with the likes of Reynaldo Lopez, Robbie Dickey, Jefry Rodriguez, and some other guy expected to arrive within three weeks or so.

Apr 082015
 

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals affiliates officially announced the 2015 Opening Day rosters. Let’s take a look at who landed where to begin the season.

SYRACUSE
Watchlist Pitchers — A.J. Cole, Felipe Rivero, Taylor Hill, Matt Grace
Watchlist Position Players — Cutter Dykstra

HARRISBURG
Watchlist Pitchers — Abel de Los Santos, Bryan Harper, Gilberto Mendez, Joe Ross, Austin Voth
Watchlist Position Players — Pedro Severino, Stephen Perez, Tony Renda, Matt Skole, Shawn Pleffner, Drew Vettleson

POTOMAC
Watchlist Pitchers — Jake Johansen, Nick Pivetta, Matt Spann, Wander Suero, Justin Thomas, Jake Walsh
Watchlist Position Players — Spencer Kieboom, Chris Bostick, Wilmer Difo, Drew Ward, John Wooten, James Yezzo, Isaac Ballou, Rafael Bautista

HAGERSTOWN
Watchlist Pitchers — None
Watchlist Position Players — Raudy Read, Austin Davidson, Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, D.K. Carey

M.I.A. — Robbie Dickey, Ian Dickson, Lucas Giolito, Cody Gunter, Brian Goodwin, Reynaldo Lopez, Jefry Rodriguez, Hector Silvestre, Sammy Solis, John Simms, Kylin Turnbull.

Obviously, there are more that fall into that last batch… but for the sake of expediency, I’m limiting my analysis to the watchlist.

• For those of you who haven’t heard, Giolito and Lopez are both being held back in XST, and that’s presumably the case with most of the other pitchers.

• If indeed Lopez and Giolito are activated in late April, the best bet is for them to debut at the Pfitz during the midweek games of the first homestand in May.

• That Brian Goodwin isn’t ready is in line with our suspicion that he’s much further behind in his recovery than team officials have stated, which is hardly a shock given the amount of time it took for them to divulge that he had labrum surgery at all.

• It’s interesting that players on the DL have not yet been identified. While not a surefire indicator, it’s a least a hint as to where they might end up.

• Folks shouldn’t read too much into Hagerstown having no watchlist pitchers — they do have five 2014 draft picks, and one of the flaws of the watchlist is that short-season guys can (and do) get shortchanged if they don’t succeed right away in the GCL or the NYPL.

• It’s tough to make out what the plans are for Matt Skole with his placement at Harrisburg, but it may be more of a comment on the club’s wanting Ian Stewart and Kila Ka‘aihue in Syracuse and available as replacements for Ryan Zimmerman and/or Anthony Rendon.

• Felipe Rivero is not starting for Syracuse; the team announced a rotation of Cole-Jordan-Hill-McGregor-Billings.

• Austen Williams is the only other Opening Day starter that’s been announced.

• Finally, longtime Nats/Expos farmhand Devin Ivany is listed as a coach for the Senators.

As always, feel free to discuss in the comments. Opening Night — weather permitting :-( — is tomorrow!

Oct 262014
 

BooneRendaKieboom102614The AFL passed its midpoint with yesterday’s game, which saw Mesa demolish Surprise, 14-0. Thanks to the vagaries of a three-team division and sharing it with the league’s best team, the Solar Sox won’t be playing in the title game, though it should be noted that also means Nats fans won’t have to listen to Tom Verducci or someone of his ilk parrot the press guide while calling the title game on MLB Network.

Felipe Rivero, who left his previous start with a turned ankle per our Arizona correspondent, continues to struggle as he was strafed for five runs on Friday in a 9-4 loss to raise his pitcher’s line to 9.00/5.53/1.85.

Tony Renda, who was hitless in his first five games, has quietly put together a six-game hit streak to raise his batting average to something resembling a starter instead of a pitcher.

Catchers Spencer Kieboom and Pedro Severino, who are splitting time with Toronto’s Sean Ochinko, are both hitting (.273 and .375 respectively) despite their limited game action.

Relievers Derek Self, Matt Grace, and Neil Holland aren’t being used terribly often, but they’ve combined for six scoreless innings over four appearances this past week.

WINTER LEAGUE SIGHTINGS
As noted a couple of weeks ago, the Dominican Winter League has started up and with it have come the following sightings of Nats players and farmhands:

Emmanuel Burriss, Oscar Tejeda (Cibao)
Jhonatan Solano, Manny Delcarmen (Licey)
Pedro Florimon (Escogido)
Tyler Moore (Este)

And the following players have also surfaced in the Venezuelan Winter League:

Mitch Lively (Magallanes)
Sandy Leon, Adrian Sanchez (Zulia)

POTOMAC NATIONALS
Season-ticket holders in Woodbridge (*ahem*) have been treated to quite a run over the past eight seasons: five playoff appearances (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), four trips to the Mills Cup Finals (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014), and three championships (2008, 2010, 2014). Only once in that span did they have a losing season (2012) while the 2009 club won 42 games in the second half while falling four games short to the Blue Rocks in a furious finish.

Unfortunately, those three titles remain the only ones won by a Nationals full-season affiliate. Hagerstown has come oh-so-close the past two seasons while Harrisburg has fallen in the first round three times (2010, 2011, 2013). The narrative hope with any league championship is that the spirit of winning is instilled and will carry on as the baby Nats grow up into big Nats, which will be badly needed as some of the 2014 Potomac guys head to Harrisburg in 2015.

The 78-win P-Nats were not statistical monsters: 3rd in the league offensively, 5th in pitching, 3rd defensively. Their hallmark was the walkoff win, which they did 14 times, and they were phenomenal in one-run games (32-13). But most importantly, once they got the lead, they held onto it: 50-1 when leading after eight innings, 55-2 when they were ahead after the seventh. That combination of (p)luck enabled them to outperform their Pythagorean projection (69-67) by an astounding nine games and carried over into the playoffs where they took three of four from a team that had beaten them five out of the previous six meetings and 11 of 19 overall.

And now I present to you the obligatory Top 5’s:

TOP 5 BATS TOP 5 ARMS
1. Tony Renda, 2B, .266 GPA, .980 FA 1. Ian Dickson, RHP, 4.37/4.20/1.32, 2.64 ERA in 2nd half
2. Stephen Perez, SS, .249 GPA, 27SB 2. Gilberto Mendez, RHP, 3.14/3.21/0.89, 8.54 K/9, 1.57 BB/9
3. Pedro Severino, C, .237 GPA, 36 CS% 3. John Simms, RHP, 4.36/3.13/1.23, 2HR in 49⅔ IP
4. John Wooten, 3B/1B/OF, .263 GPA, .473 SLG% 4. Matt Spann, LHP, 3.81/4.09/1.38, 70.1 LOB%
5. Isaac Ballou, CF, .256 GPA, .991FA 5. Bryan Harper, LHP, 2.66/3.52/1.14, .198 OBA


Honorable mentions go to Shawn Pleffner and Kylin Turnbull, a pair of 24-year-olds who turned 25 in August and September respectively. As mentioned last week, we have a hit a point where we can no longer gloss over the advanced age of some of these players, which is necessarily their fault as the Nats do have a tendency to both draft collegiate ballplayers while conservatively moving them up the ladder (though 2014 did see a handful of three-level players). Folks interested in viewing the exploits of all 63 players (including 10 rehab assignments) can see them here.