Jul 212014
 


There’s a window of opportunity here at the home office of NationalsProspects.com, so I’m taking it to catch up on an overdue feature — the revisiting of my initial observations of the Potomac Nationals, which for the record, are those of a fan, a former sportswriter, and an amateur scout… just like the tagline has always said.

One of the most common questions I get when folks notice me keeping score at the park — after “Who do you work for?” — is “Who are the real prospects here?”

That, of course, is a loaded question; all the players are prospects to a certain degree, just some more than others. But I know what they mean (the some), so I tell ‘em the usual suspects for 2014: You should watch the catcher and the middle infielders.

But then I tell them: “This is the level that makes or breaks the guys. If they make it past here, they’ll probably play professionally well into their 20s, and a couple may make it all the way to DC. But if they don’t, they still made it farther than almost everyone they ever played with and there’s no shame in that.”

With that in mind, I’ll revisit the 2014 P-Nats:

FIRST BASE
Kevin Keyes has moved up and has shown the power stroke again. Shawn Pleffner has proven to be a hitter for average, and has shown a sweet opposite-field stroke, but has not consistently shown the kind of power that folks want from the position. He is the best fielder of his age cohort (i.e. Keyes and Matt Skole).

SECOND BASE
Tony Renda missed about five weeks to injury, but it’s not enough to say that it’s impeded his development. Defensively, he’s better than advertised, which is somewhat faint praise because his glove is usually mentioned as an afterthought to his hitting tool. I’d agree that he can be an adequate fielder, but having noticed that so many of his doubles are of the single-turned-into variety — and he’s not as fast as some of his predecessors that have advanced to AAA and beyond — he’s going to have to develop some more pop to justify the, um, shortcomings elsewhere.

SHORTSTOP
Stephen Perez is having a rough July on offense, but his defense hasn’t suffered all that much (in fact, I believe it’s improved). The league has adjusted to him and now it’s his turn to adjust back. Unless he bottoms out, this is still a breakthrough year for him.

THIRD BASE
This has become Khayyan Norfork’s position, in large part because he’s a better defensive player than Oscar Tejeda. Both players are serviceable veterans who bring different skills to the party. Tejeda’s got a fair amount of power while Norfork has shown a knack for the clutch hit along with decent speed.

LEFT FIELD
Randolph Oduber has played here the most in large part because the organization has deemed others to be more applicable to the other outfield positions. The Groovin’ Aruban remains a streaky player who’s prone to strikeouts and doesn’t walk much but remains a useful role player because he can play anywhere in the outfield.

CENTERFIELD
Will Piwnica-Worms emerged as the CF of choice and was just starting to cool off from a hot June offensively when he was dropped by a pitch on July 4th. Defensively, he’s not in the class of what has been quite an impressive run of defensive CFs over the past several seasons (most notably Eury Perez and Michael Taylor) but could play the position as well as the most of the league’s CFs.

RIGHT FIELD
Brandon Miller pulled up lame at first base in mid-May and is still working his way back from the hamstring injury. Right field had been a bit of a merry-go-round until Estarlin Martinez began hitting about a month ago. There is a sense that Martinez may be simply on a hot streak — I’m fully expecting someone to knock him for the lack of homers and RBI — but his game and his intensity both seem to have turned up a notch.

CATCHER
Pedro Severino has not lived up to the offseason hype. This reminds me of when Michael Taylor got a lot of buzz prior to 2012 only to founder by midseason and have folks turn on him. Like Taylor, the tools are evident when you watch Severino catch day in and day out. He’s also the same age (turning 21). Unlike Taylor, there is no other catcher to provide cover from above. I suspect the healthier Wilson Ramos is the more patience the fans will have.

THE BENCH
Justin Miller and Mike McQuillan have gotten the bulk of the work since the departures of Adrian Sanchez, Cole Leonida, and Kevin Keyes. Craig Manuel and Cody Dent have been called up from Hagerstown, but only Manuel has seen a similar workload to his counterpart. Dent has played sparingly. Eury Perez has covered the absence of Piwnica-Worms but has since gone back to Syracuse, meaning that another move or two may be imminent.

STARTING PITCHERS
There’s no sugar-coating this: it’s been a patchwork all season long. Injuries have played a part, with Pedro Encarnacion, Nick Lee, Brian Rauh going on the DL early and Ronald Pena almost making it to the All-Star break before succumbing, while ineffectiveness sent Brett Mooneyham backwards after seven starts.

Dakota Bacus has emerged as the staff ace, though he began the season in the ‘pen. Matthew Spann was called up from Hagerstown and did likewise. John Simms came up around the same time as Spann and has since gone up to Harrisburg. Austin Voth has also been promoted from Hagerstown and is pitching better than Simms ever did, begging the question: why not Voth too?

The suspicion here is that the rest of the summer will be an exercise of rotating in pitchers as they get healthy at both Hagerstown and Potomac. That doesn’t preclude any more promotions, but I’m pessimistic since recent history shows that most pitcher promotions at the full-season “A” level generally take place by mid-July.

RELIEVERS
I said they were very good in mid-May, and sure enough three of the five relievers I singled out — Bryan Harper, Derek Self, and Robert Benincasa — are now pitching for Harrisburg. The two that remain — Gilberto Mendez and Travis Henke — are still heavily used, recently reinforced with Jake Walsh from Hagerstown.

The aforementioned hurt guys have worked in relief and have started. What remains to be seen is how they’ll be used going forward. With only six or so of the so-called “roles” seemingly set — Spann, Bacus, Voth as SPs; Mendez, Henke, Walsh as RPs — those “other innings” could be used in variety of ways and probably will.

It’s going to be an interesting six weeks or so. Even with a playoff berth secured, with an arbitrary playoff format and not much separation between teams in either division (though ultimate I still think Myrtle Beach is the team to beat), anything can happen.

Jul 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6;
Won, 6-4
vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.15) vs.
Webster (4-4, 3.05)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 (15 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.31) vs.
Bischoff (2-3, 3.80)
Potomac Won, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-3, 5.95) vs.
Littrell (5-5, 3.77)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (5-7, 4.32) vs.
Brault (7-6, 3.32)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 vs. Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Reilly (0-1, 7.71)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6 — GAME ONE
• Lively (L, 0-1) 5IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Dobbs 2-3, R
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Apparently Mitch Lively’s fastball was anything but lively because he yielded seven runs in the first two innings of Syracuse’s 7-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. First baseman Greg Dobbs’ fielding error with one out in the 1st led to two of those seven runs being unearned. The Syracuse faithful got to see ex-Nat Jason Marquis almost give this one away. After six scoreless frames, he fell short of the complete game. Destin “It’s All Good” Hood was both hero and goat in the inning. He proved that Marquis was human with a leadoff bomb to left in the seventh, but he later grounded into the game ending 6-4-3 double play after reliever BJ Rosenberg tried to blow his first save for Lehigh Valley with two walks and a single upon entering the game.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 4 — GAME TWO
• Simmons (W, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Cedeno (SV, 3) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Laird 2-3, 2R
• Solano 2-3, 2RBI

The Chiefs secured a doubleheader split by putting up six runs on the board over the first three innings on its way to a 6-4 victory over the IronPigs. Zach “Barbara’s not my moms” Walters 1st-inning solo shot to right got the scoring started. After Lehigh Valley’s Nate “Where’s Britney?” Spears tied it up on a solo shot of his own against starter and winner James “Big Richard” Simmons, the Syracuse offense went right back to work and put up three runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Josh Johnson’s two-run double was the key hit. After the IronPigs closed the gap to 4-3 in the top of the third, Jhonatan “The Condiment” Solano put the Chiefs back up 6-3 with a single up the middle that scored Steve Souza and Brandon Laird. Lehigh Valley made their final score with an RBI double in the 6th from Spears in the 6th before Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno closed out the game for his third save.
Roster moves: LHP Zach Jackson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 4 (15 inn.)
• McGregor 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Herron 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB (1 IBB), 0K
• Vettleson 4-6, R, 2B, 3B
• Taylor 3-7, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg dropped the series finale, 5-4 to Richmond in heartbreaking fashion deep into extras. In the bottom of the 1st, 3B Matt Skole made a critical error that allowed a runner to score from third. The Flying Squirrels extended the lead to 2-0 in the 3rd before Harrisburg finally answered with singles by Jason Martinson, Drew Vettleson, and Cole Leonida get one back in the 5th. However, starter Scott McGregor couldn’t produce a shutdown inning and gave up four singles and two runs to put Harrisburg into a 4-1 deficit to come back from. The Sens managed to tie it up with outstanding relief work headlined by Derek Self who pitched two scoreless frames. Manno’s Millions got a scoreless frame from their hero, and the offense finally broke through with a Vettleson triple and Quincy “Don’t Call Me Jones” Latimore sac fly in the 7th. Michael “[SD's mancrush]” Taylor hit a two-run bomb out to left that scored a Ricky Hague ahead of him and tied it up at 4-4. Harrisburg fans listening to the dulcet tones of Terry Byrom over the interwebs had to wait until the bottom of the 15th before a bases-loaded walkoff single removed the Senators from their on-field offices

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Rauh 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Walsh (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinez 2-3
• Severino 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Tejeda 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Pedro Severino went “Marco!” with homer in the 8th while Oscar Tejeda went “Solo!” with a big fly in the 9th as the P-Nats edged the Red Sox, 3-2 and returned to sole possession of 1st place. The start went to Brian Rauh and he turned in four shutout innings with a single hit allowed, no walks, and five K’s. Severino and Estarlin Martinez both went 2-for-3 to lead the Potomac offense. Jake Walsh won for second time in four appearances with two shutout innings, with one hit and no walks allowed while setting down three on strikes.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Estevez 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, WP, 2BK
• Johns (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, 2SB (51, 52)
• Ballou 2-5, R, OF assist at HP
• Kieboom 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI

The Suns scored on a wild pitch in the 9th to take their first and only lead of the night as they edged the Shorebirds, 5-4. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was ineffective in his second start back from the GCL, giving up two runs over three innings on four hits and a walk while doing himself no favors with a wild pitch and two balks. Osvaldo Bautista went 2-for-4 with a walks and two stolen bases from the leadoff spot while nos. 3-4 hitters Isaac Ballou and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-5 with Kieboom lofting his 6th home run. Samuel Johns got the win after stranding two runners in the 7th, pitching a scoreless 8th, and working around a pair of singles in the 9th.

Lowell 6 Auburn 5
• Van Orden (L, 0-3) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Torres 4IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Abreu 1-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Gardner 1-4, R, 3B

The Doubledays led 1-0 early but gave up five runs in the middle innings and couldn’t complete the comeback for a 6-5 loss. Drew Van Orden took the brunt of Lowell’s assualt, giving up four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings. Luis Torres returned to Auburn with four innings with two unearned runs let in on one hit and two walks over the final four frames. The Doubledays managed just six hits, but three went for extra bases with Osvaldo Abreu and Jeff Gardner both going 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats broke even with a 3-3 week against the Cardinals and Marlins. This week, it’s four against the Mets and three against the Cardinals.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
• Pimentel 0-2, K
• Baez ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

With a four-run 8th, the DSL NL All-Stars defeated the AL All-Stars, 9-7. Davinson Pimentel started at catcher and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout while Joan Baez appeared with one out in the 5th and struck out both batters he faced as the two managers did the best to make sure every player on the roster appeared. This week, it’s home games against the Rockies today, the Yankees1 and Mets1 on Thursday and Friday while they visit those three on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Jul 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2;
Lost, 5-0
vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Lively (6-4, 5.08 in PCL) and TBD
Simmons (1-2, 5.40) vs.
G. Smith (7-6, 3.86) and
Marquis (0-0, 0.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Richmond,
1:35 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 9.53) vs.
Blach (7-4, 2.98)
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.01) vs.
Kukuk (3-6, 6.61)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Horacek (5-8, 3.42)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Wilkerson (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
• Roenicke (L, 4-5) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Stange 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kobernus 2-3, RBI, CS
• Rhymes 1-3, R, 2B

In game one, Syracuse starter Josh Roenicke was felled by one bad inning. He gave up four runs in the top of the 5th to Lehigh Valley and the Chiefs’ offense failed to drum up an ample response. A leadoff homer by Leandro Castro to left started the fateful frame. Three singles and a double later, Syracuse found itself facing an insurmountable four-run hole. They did respond with two in the bottom of the 5th. Catcher Jhonatan Solano singled, Wil Rhymes doubled him over to third, and a sac fly by Josh Johnson scored Syracuse’s first run. After Emmanuel “I’m not Webster” Burriss was plunked, Kobernus singled in Syracuse’s second run. Lehigh Valley starter Brad “Thinkin’” Lincoln made sure that was all the runs the Chiefs would get en route to the seven inning complete game and a 4-2 score.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Holland (L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Grace 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Moore 1-2, BB
• Walters 1-3, 2B

Syracuse suffered an even worse fate in game two. A pair of doubles in the 1st off starter Matt Holland led to Lehigh Valley’s first run. A two-run homer by Nate Spears in the second made it 3-0. Matt Grace could not stop the bleeding in the third. He yielded four single and two runs, ending his streak without an earned run at 25. The doleful Syracuse fans were now seeing a 5-0 deficit on the scoreboard. After going with the complete game victory in the opener, Lehigh Valley took the committee approach to shut out the Chiefs in the nightcap. Kudos to Hector Neris, winner Jeremy Horst and Cesar Jimenez for limiting the Chiefs offense to just three singles and Zach Walters’ 17th double of the year. Roster move: OF Eury Perez reassigned from Potomac; MiLB.com is listing this as him still being on a rehab assignment, most likely to avoid having to add him to the Chiefs’ roster.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 3
• Kroenke 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Runion (L, 0-1) 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Keyes 1-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Martinson 2-3, R, 3B, BB

The joy of Jose Lozada’s game-tying single in the top of the 8th was short-lived as the Squirrels went nuts on Sam Runion for four runs in the bottom of the 8th en route to a 7-3 win over the Senators. Runion gave up six hits total, including a home run, with no walks and one strikeout over the 7th and 8th innings. Zach Kroenke started and went the first five, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks with five K’s. Jason Martinson reached base three times on a single, walk, and a triple while Kevin Keyes homered and walked twice as Harrisburg registered eight hits and four walks total.

Potomac 6 Salem 1
• Spann (W, 7-4) 7IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinez 3-5, 2R, 2B, OF assist at 2B
• Tejeda 2-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Manuel 2-3, BB, 2RBI

Oscar Tejeda totaled a Mercedes while Matt Spann turned in seven shutout innings as Potomac stopped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Salem. Former Red Sox farmhand Tejeda smacked a three-run HR off Simon Mercedes to give Spann all the support he would need. The 23-y.o. southpaw tied his season-best with six K’s, walked none and let up six hits to win his 7th game for the P-Nats and 9th overall. Estarlin Martinez continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs score to lead the 15-hit parade for Potomac.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5
• Giolito (W, 5-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Thomas (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Lopez 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-3, BB, RBI, SB

Carlos Lopez’s solo HR in the top of the 9th proved to be the difference as Hagerstown nearly blew a 5-0 lead but survived with a 6-5 win over Delmarva. Lucas Giolito tied a season high with nine strikeouts as he pitched into the 6th for just the fourth time in 15 starts. He was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk while earning his fifth win. Lopez and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-4 as the Suns racked up 10 hits on the night.

Auburn 5 Lowell 4
• A. Williams 4⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP, 2WP
• P. Valdez (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• W. Rodriguez 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Williamson 2-4, 2B
• Eusebio 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Diomedes Eusebio’s two-run homer capped off a three-run 8th as Auburn rallied from 4-2 down to win 5-4 over Lowell. Austen Williams was sloppy in the early going, hitting a batter and missing the catcher twice as the Spinners got to him for three runs in the 1st on just two hits. He would compose himself and pitch into the fifth, finishing with three hits allowed and four strikeouts over four and 2/3rds. Lowell returned the favor with a two-run error in the 1st but shut down Auburn until the 8th. That’s when Wilman Rodriguez doubled for his third hit of the night, came in on a single by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, then Eusebio hit the killshot. Philips Valdez, who let in an inherited runner in the 7th, got the win with two scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th.
Roster moves: RHPs Robbie Dickey, Luis Torres reassigned from GCL Nationals. Tonight’s starter is TBD, best bet: Torres, who hasn’t pitched since July 12.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 4
• Mattheus 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (L, 1-1) 3IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 3K, HR
• J. Ramirez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Guzman 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, RBI

The G-Nats answered the G-Marlins first two scores of one run and three runs, but had no response for the five-run 4th as the G-Marlins went on to win 9-4. Ryan Mattheus put in his rehab inning with a run let in on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts. Deibi Yrizarri took the loss with eight runs allowed in three innings on seven hits, including a grand slam. Luis Guzman singled once and doubled twice to pace the G-Nats 10-hit attack. Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Much is made about the NYPL’s grueling schedule, but the DSL isn’t that much easier. Yesterday and today are the only planned consecutive days off from May 31 to August 23, with the DSL All-Star Game scheduled for this morning at 10:30 a.m.

Jul 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Roenicke (4-4, 5.00) and
Lively (6-4, 5.08 in PCL)
Holland (1-0, 1.59) vs.
Lincoln (4-5, 4.40) and
G. Smith (7-6, 3.86)
Neris (3-2, 6.03)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Richmond,
6:05 p.m.
Kroenke (2-3, 5.91) vs.
Crick (6-4, 3.23)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (6-4, 4.39) vs.
Mercedes (2-5, 4.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.47) vs.
Severino (1-0, 3.60)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 4.15) vs.
Buttrey (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 14-1 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 10 Lehigh Valley 2
• Cole (W, 2-0) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Madrigal 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Laird 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Moore 3-5, 2R
• Solano 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The Phillies’ AAA club is apparently as bad as its MLB club. They were destroyed by the Syracuse Chiefs last night, 10-2. Offensive leader Steve Souza, phoned in a home run to lead off the 4th. Seven of his brethren followed up with consecutive positive plate appearances with an A.J. “Slaw” Cole sacrifice bunt being the only out recorded. A strike ‘em out (Jeff Kobernus), throw ‘em out (Emmanuel Burriss) ended the inning, but the damage had been done. Six runs was enough for Cole to kick it in cruise and pound the strike zone. Cole walked not one Iron Pig, but did yield two runs on eight hits while sending six of ‘em back to the dugout with “K.”
Roster move: RHP Mitch Lively assigned from Washington. You probably already knew he’s a former Oakland N.L. West-team farmhand.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 3 (11 inn.)
• Simms 5⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K; 1-2
• Benincasa (W, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bates (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Martinson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators won a thriller in Richmond last night. After an opening tally by Richmond in the bottom of the 3rd, Michael “BATMAN” Taylor promptly erased the evil deficit by leading off the 4th with a solo shot. Harrisburg continued its picket fence with a one-out double by Drew Vettleson and a clutch two-out RBI single by Adrian Sanchez to score him in the top of the 5th. A leadoff double by Rick “The Stick” Hague, a Matt Skole single, and a Kevin Keyes walk loaded the bases for what should have been the knockout blow. But Richmond replaced Kelvin Marte with Jose Casilla, who whiffed Jason Martinson, then yielded a bunt single to complete the picket fence but escaped further damage with lineout double play. Manno’s Minions will be disappointed to learn he issued the walk and the double that led to Richmond tying up the contest at 3-3 in the 7th. Martinson crushed the Flying Squirrels hopes with a two-out homer in the top of the 11th. Robert Benincasa got the win while Colin Bates got the save

Wilmington 3 Potomac 0
• Voth 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Dickson (L, 1-8) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Renda 1-3, 2B, BB

Austin Voth was brilliant, but things fell apart late Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 3
• Johansen (L, 5-5) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Ullmann 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Difo 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Yezzo 1-3, 2B

The Shorebirds erupted for four in the 6th to break open a 3-1 game as they cruised to an 8-3 win over the Suns. Jake Johansen made it through five, but was strafed for four runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five for his fifth loss. Hagerstown was limited to just four hits though two of them were doubles by Wilmer Difo and James Yezzo, who both went 1-for-3.

Hudson Valley 7 Auburn 6
• Bourque (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Mapes 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Read 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI
• Medina 1-3, R, 2BB, 4E

If they didn’t already know it, the Doubledays learned you can’t spot a 24-9 team a 6-0 lead and still win. But they tried, as they rallied for four in the 5th but ultimately fell short with a 7-6 loss. James Bourque was riddled for eight hits and six runs over four and a 1/3rd innings with only one earned run “thanks” to three Willie Medina throwing errors (four total) in the Renegades five-run 2nd. Raudy Read’s three-run HR sparked aforementioned 5th with “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to pace the Auburn offense.
Roster move: CF Alec Keller placed on the 60-Day DL.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Marlins 2
• Vasquez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Plouck (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Valerio (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Gutierrez 3-4, 3B, BB
• Keniry 0-2, R, 2BB

Turnabout is fair play as the G-Nats reversed the score of Thursday with a 4-2 win over the G-Marlins on Friday. Daury Vasquez got the start and gave up one run on two hits with no walks and one whiff over three innings. Cole Plouck got the win in relief, Maximo Valerio got the save as the two combined for four and 2/3rds scoreless innings to finish out the game. Kelvin Gutierrez went 3-for-4 with a walk and a triple to lead the G-Nats attack.

DSL Giants 14 DSL Nationals 1
• Acevedo (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 3R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Vargas ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Guerrero 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Mota 1-3

Sandy Guerrero’s solo shot in the 3rd pulled the D-Nats within two at 3-1 but it was all downhill from here as the D-Giants piled on 11 more for 14-1 demolition. Carlos Acevedo took the loss, allowing those first three runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Just five of the D-Giant runs were earned thanks to seven errors, four by Francys Peguero while positioned near third base. Guerrero also singled to go 2-for-4 as the D-Nats were held to just six hits.
C-1B Davinson Pimentel, RHP Joan Baez named to DSL NL All-Star Team.

Jul 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 13-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 3.78) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-6, 4.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-1, 3.86) vs.
Marte (7-3, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 0.35) vs.
Dziedzic (5-5, 2.82)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-4, 4.86) vs.
Harvey (6-4, 3.01)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-0, 3.18) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2 (10 inn.) @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 3.21) vs.
Guzman (2-1, 3.79)


Syracuse 13 Lehigh Valley 0
• Treinen (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Jackson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Moore 4-5, 4R, 2RBI
• Walter 4-6, 3R
• Laird 3-4, 3R, 3B, HR, BB, 5RBI
• Hood 3-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI

There’s a Pig Roast scheduled for Sunday in Syracuse, but the boys got started a little early as the Chiefs grilled the IronPigs for 18 hits in 13-0 victory in Lehigh Valley. Four pitchers combined on the five-hit shutout, with starter Blake Treinen going the first six frames with four hits and two walks allowed while striking out while Zack Jackson, Daniel Stange, and Neil Holland each turned in a scoreless inning. Brandon Laird drove in five with a single, triple, and a three-run homer to lead the 18-hit assault.
Roster move: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra (L, 1-4) 5IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR(GS)
• Self 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-3, 2B, BB
• Keyes 1-1, R, HR, RBI

The Flying Squirrels swooped on Senators starter Brian Dupra for five runs in the 5th to send Harrisburg to a 5-1 loss. Dupra went toe-to-toe with Richmond’s Austin Fleet for four innings in a 0-0 pitcher’s duel, with Fleet tossing a no-no and Dupra allowing a leadoff double in the 3rd. The excrement struck the spinning airflow device in the bottom of the 5th as the Squirrels rallied for for five, including a grand slam to send Dupra to his fourth loss. Jason Martinson broke up the no-hitter with a one-out double in the 5th while Kevin Keyes’s pinch-hit homer — #16 for the Senators, #20 overall — ended the shutout bid to lead off the 8th.
Roster move: OF Michael Taylor activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Paul Demny placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to July 12.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1 — COMP.
• Schwartz 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Norfork 2-3, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, RBI

Khayyan Norfork led off the continuation with a single, which was knocked down by the Blue Rocks shortstop to deny him the RBI and Mike McQuillan nearly got the Willie Mays Hayes single and an RBI with a swinging bunt that got him out to end the 6th. After Richie Mirowksi pitched around a walk in the top of the 7th, Estarlin Martinez singled, took second on a sacrifice and scored on a Randolph Oduber single in the bottom of the 7th to take the continuation, 2-1.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Bacus (L, 3-5) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Walsh 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, 2WP
• E. Perez 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Pleffner 2-4, RBI

The Potomac bats continue to fizzle as they racked up 10 hits but only plated one run in a 4-1 loss to Wilmington. Starter Dakota Bacus had trouble putting away the leadoff man, putting him on five times out of seven innings, but pitched well enough to win with two runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Jake Walsh’s Woodbridge debut was marred by two wild pitches, one of which came on a strikeout to the first batter he faced. He would give up three hits and two runs in the 8th to give the Blue Rocks a comfortable three-run lead. Eury Perez singled, doubled, walked and scored the lone P-Nat run on a Shawn Pleffner double single off the right-centerfield wall in the 3rd.
Roster move: RHP Blake Schwartz placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 2
• Pivetta 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Suero 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Johns (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wooten 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Middleton 2-4, 2B

James Yezzo singled with one out, Brennan Middleton followed with a double to push him to 3rd, and West Virginia’s shortstop Bucknered a Narciso Mesa roller to send him in as Hagerstown walked off with a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 series win. Nick Pivetta started and pitched into the 6th, when the Power got to him for their two runs. Wander Suero kept the go-ahead run on base by getting the last two outs, then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Samuel Johns pitched two scoreless innings for the “W.” John Wooten got the first two Suns runs with a homer in the 2nd and led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night.

Hudson Valley 6 Auburn 2
• Ott 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• D. Williams (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 2IP, 4H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR
• Gardner 3-4, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB

The Renegades had it made in the 8th as they retrieved six runs off Deion Williams to turn a 2-0 deficit into the eventual 6-2 bounty over the Doubledays. The implosion wasted a career night by Travis Ott, who pitched six innings of three-hit, shutout ball with no walks and six whiffs. Jeff Gardner led the Auburn offense with a 3-for-4 night, followed by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who went 2-for-4 with a walk.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 2 (10 inn.)
• K. Simmons 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Morales (BS, 1; L, 0-4) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Alvarez 2-4, BB
• Ortiz 1-4, R, RBI

The G-Marlins got to Jose Morales for the 2-2 tie in the 8th and smacked a two-run HR against him in the 10th for the 4-2 win. Kyle Simmons started and went the first three innings, letting in one on a hit and two walks while fanning one. Thomas Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot but the rest of the lineup struggled, adding just six more hits and one more walk and going 1-for-14 with RISP.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Giants 5
• Baez 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K, HBP
• N. Ramirez (W, 5-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Franco 4-4, R, BB, RBI, E(16)
• A. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pimentel 2-4, 2RBI

The D-Nats erupted for five runs in the 8th to break a 3-3 deadlock and held on for an 8-5 win over the D-Giants. Starter Joan Baez let in just an unearned run over five innings on one hit and one walk as he struck out one. The win went to Nector Ramirez, though he gave up two unearned runs on four hits and two walks over the 7th and 8th innings. Angher Cespedes struck out two while earning his seventh save in a 1-2-3 ninth. 16-y.o. Anderson Franco reached base five times with four singles and a walk while Davinson Pimentel and Andres Martinez both went 2-for-4 to pace the 12-hit D-Nats offense.

Jul 172014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.91) vs.
Fleet (6-1, 3.27)
Potomac Lost, 6-1;
Lost, 6-2
vs. Wilmington,
6:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
TBD and Bacus (3-4, 3.71) vs.
TBD and Sparkman (5-2, 1.43)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-5, 3.90) vs.
Heredia (1-3, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 8-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.75) vs.
Pike (0-0, 2.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0 (5½ inn.) vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 13-4 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (3-1, 1.36) vs.
Concepcion (4-1, 3.60)


Syracuse — All-Star Break
• Laffey 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Solano 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI

Jhonatan Solano’s two-run blast in the 2nd broke open a 2-0 game as the I.L., um, coasted by the PCL, 7-3 in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham. Steve Souza went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double and made a diving catch to end the 8th. Aaron Laffey pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Harrisburg — All-Star Break
• Taylor 1-3, BB, RBI, SB, CS, OF assist at 3B
• Keyes 0-1, K
• Bates 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K

Michael Taylor showed off the arm, the legs, and the bat in a 5-2 win for the Western Division in the E.L. All-Star game. Kevin Keyes made a late appearance off the bench, striking out in one plate appearance. Likewise, Colin Bates was dinged for the final run on a triple and a groundout in the 8th though he fanned two.
Roster move: LHP Chris Manno promoted from Potomac; RHP Brett Brach released.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
• Rauh 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Encarnacion (L, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, WP, BK
• Pleffner 1-2, BB
• Renda 1-3, 2B

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th Last Night In Woodbridge.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Schwartz (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Pena 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2HR, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillam 1-2, R, BB, CS
• E. Martinez 1-3, RBI, OF assist at 3B

Four solo HRs were basically the gap in the nightcap between Potomac and Wilmington as the Blue Rocks completed the doubleheader sweep of the P-Nats with a 6-2 win. The Schwartz was not with Blake as the 23-y.o. gave up four runs on seven hits, including two homers. Ronald Pena’s return to Woodbridge was also a bit rude as the visitors greeted him with longballs in the 6th and 7th innings. Mike McQuillan was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice (single, walk) as Wilmington limited Potomac to four hits, minimizing the damage from five walks issued.
Roster move: RHP Pedro Encarnacion activated from the 7-Day DL; OF Will Piwnica-Worms transferred from the 7-Day DL to the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

West Virginia 6 Hagerstown 1
• Silvestre (L, 5-7) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Napoli 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, BB, SB, CS
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B, CS

Hagerstown never led this one as West Virginia scored in five of the first seven innings en route to a 6-1 win. Hector Silvestre was zapped for three runs on seven hits and a walk, including a solo HR in the 1st. He struck out three while suffering his seventh loss. The Suns were held to just six hits, through three were doubles by Isaac Ballou, Drew Ward, and John Wooten who combined to go 4-for-9 with two walks.

Auburn 8 Hudson Valley 2
• Lopez 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Sanchez (W 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

A four-run 3rd broke open a 1-1 game as Auburn edged one step closer to .500 with an 8-2 win over Hudson Valley. Reynaldo Lopez labored into the fourth, letting in one run on two hits and three walks, though he struck out five. He left with one out and two runners on in the 4th in favor of Mario Sanchez, who rolled a double play then tossed two perfect innings of relief for the win. The Doubledays racked up 13 hits and seven doubles, with Raudy Read collecting three of the former and two of the latter while driving in two and scoring twice, followed by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Wilman Rodriguez, who both singled and doubled and scored a run.
Roster move: OF Wilman Rodriguez demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 0 (5½ inn.)
• Dickey (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K, 2WP
• W. Davis 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Serrata 1-2
• G. Ramirez 0-0, BB

Rain shortened this one to five and a 1/2 innings as the G-Cards shut out the G-Nats, 5-0 on one (1) hit to stop a six-game win streak. Robbie Dickey was strangled for four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out one over one and 2/3rds innings to take the loss, his second. Gilberto Ramirez pinch-walked to break up the perfect game with one out in the 4th while Brayan Serrata broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the 6th.
Roster move: OF Brandon Miller assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Red Sox 13 DSL Nationals 4
• Bermudez (L, 1-4) 1IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, 3BB, K, HBP
• Y. Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HBP
• J. Ramirez 3-3, 2-2B, RBI
• Agustin 0-2, 2BB, SB

The D-Red Sox scored early, late, and often as they scored five runs in the 1st and six in the 8th en route to a 13-4 beatdown of the D-Nats? Starter Juan Bermudez was lifted after one inning — pitch count, no doubt — as he was charged with five unearned runs on three hits and three walks while hitting a batter. Yonathan Ramirez was the most effective of the four relievers that followed, giving up just one run over four and a 1/3rd while striking out five. Joshual Ramirez singled once, doubled twice and drove in a run to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jul 152014
 

Austin VothAfter flirting with a no-hitter for five innings, Austin Voth “only” threw seven shutout innings last Friday, but it was enough to win the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honor for July 7th to the 13th.

Voth, whose name rhymes with “both,” struck out a season-best of eight and walked one, which cost him the perfect game in the 5th, but won for the second time in four starts for Potomac.

Overall, the 22-y.o. native of Washington state is 6-3 with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in 17 starts between Low-A and High-A, where his current pitcher’s line looks like an SEC football player’s GPA in the spring, fall, and winter at 0.35/2.43/0.50.
In 26 innings for the P-Nats, he’s allowed nine hits and four walks while striking out 28.

Originally drafted in the 5th Rd. last year The Univ. of Washington, Voth blew through three levels in 2013, making seven of eleven starts for the Auburn Doubledays where he was 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP, which earned him a place on this site’s 2014 Watchlist for RHPs.

Jul 142014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-8 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 9-5 vs. Altoona,
12:00 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 14.21) vs.
Harlan (0-0, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 2-1 (13 inn.) @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.22) vs.
Wager (3-7, 5.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-2, 15.19) vs.
Tarpley (0-1, 7.36)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
N/A


Charlotte 13 Syracuse 8
• Hill ⅓ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Walters 3-4, 2R, BB, HR, 4RBI
• Souza 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI

Taylor Hill retired just one of the eight batters he faced in the 1st as the Charlotte Knights scored eight times and held on for a 13-8 to split the four-game series. It was the second straight loss for Hill, who left the game after a line drive back to the mound struck his pitching arm, though he was able to get an out at the plate. Zach Walters and Steve Souza both homered and combined for four runs scored and six RBI while Destin Hood drove in the other two runs while connecting for two doubles.

Harrisburg 9 Altoona 5
• Simmons (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Bates (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI, CS
• Ramsey 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB
• Hague 2-3, R, BB, CS

The Senators plated seven in the 1st then got two more in the 7th to hold off the Curve, 9-5. Starter James Simmons got the Jack Morris win with all five Altoona runs allowed on seven hits and three walks. He struck out four and gave up his 12th HR of the season for his second AA win. Kevin Keyes reached base four times with a walk, two singles, and a double and drove in three while Caleb Ramsey went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead the 13-hit, four-walk attack. Michael Taylor went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as he played all nine innings in CF for the USA squad in the 2014 Futures Game.

Potomac 2 Frederick 1 (13 inn.)
• Dickson 5IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Mirowksi 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Walsh (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Oduber 3-6, R, 2B
• Martinez 1-2, R, 2B

Estarlin Martinez doubled and scored on Tony Renda’s lone hit in six trips to the plate as the P-Nats edged the Keys, 2-1 in 13 innings for their fourth straight win. Ian Dickson started and tossed five scoreless innings, letting up five hits and two walks with one strikeout. The win went to Jake Walsh as he pitched around a single that he turned into a double via a wild pitch in the 12th but then shut the door with a three-up-and-three-down 13th. Randolph Oduber doubled and scored in the 7th and went 3-for-6 overall as the Potomac managed just eight hits total.

Lexington 6 Hagerstown 5
• Johansen (L, 5-4) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 3K, WP, HBP
• Ullmann 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Middleton 2-3, R, BB
• Mesa 1-4, R, HR(GS), 4RBI

Narciso Mesa’s grand slam capped off a five-run rally for Hagerstown in the 9th, but it was too little, too late as Lexington held on for a 6-5 win to prevent the four-game sweep. Starter Jake Johansen, who turned in his first quality start in his 27th career start last time out against Lakewood, couldn’t make it 2-for-28. The 23-y.o. was lit up for all six Legends runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings for his fourth loss. Drew Ward (1-for-3) drove in the first run of the 9th with an RBI single as only he and Brenann Middleton (2-for-3, BB) reached base multiple times for the Suns. Lucas Giolito’s 2014 Futures Game appearance was uneven as he gave up a singlethen had Javy Baez put a coat on a hanger for a two-run blast to turn a 1-0 USA lead into a 2-1 deficit in the 6th before retiring the next two on a long flyout and strikeout before he was lifted.

Auburn 5 Aberdeen 3
• Derosier (W, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Mapes (SV, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Read 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Medina 2-4

Matt DeRosier celebrated his birthday by pitching Auburn to a 5-3 win over Aberdeen. The 20-y.o. gave up jut one run on five hits and a walk over five innings while striking out two to earn his first “W” of ’14. Tyler Mapes put the tying runs on base in the 9th but neither came in as he got the last three outs for his second save. Raudy Read helped frost the cake with a two-run homer off rehabbing Steve Johnson in the 1st as both he and Willie Medina went 2-for-4 to lead the seven-hit, four-walk Doubledays attack.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Despite a pair of rain-affected dates, the G-Nats put together a 5-2 week to move into second place in the GCL East. This week, their opponents are the first-place G-Cards and the fourth-place G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats moved up a spot in the Boca Chiac South to tie the D-Yankees1 for third place. This week, it’s four home games and two on the road and a good chance to match last week’s 4-2 mark.

Jul 132014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Charlotte,
2:05 p.m.
Hill (9-3, 2.04) vs.
Doran (2-4, 5.36 in PCL)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-1;
Won, 3-2
vs. Altoona,
2:00 p.m.
Simmons (1-0, 4.99) vs.
Dodson (2-5, 5.14)
Potomac Won, 7-5 @ Frederick,
4:00 p.m.
Dickson (1-7, 5.99) vs.
Blackmar (5-1, 4.06)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ Lexington,
6:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-3, 4.69) vs.
Alvarez (4-3, 6.21)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Aberdeen,
5:35 p.m.
Derosier (0-2, 7.71) vs.
Tarpley (0-1, 7.36)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3;
Won, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A


Charlotte 5 Syracuse 3
• Roenicke 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Delcarmen (L, 3-3) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Moore 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B
• Walters 2-5, R, 2B, 3K

The Knights broke through for two in the 8th to break a 3-3 deadlock as they downed the Chiefs, 5-3. Manny Delcarmen took the loss, giving up the decisive runs on three hits and two walks in his lone inning of work. Josh Roenicke started and went the first five, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks while striking four. Zach Walters (2-for-5) and Destin Hood (2-for-4) both doubled while Tyler Moore lofted a two-run shot in the 4th to give Syracuse its only lead at 3-2.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Simms (L, 2-1) 4+ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 1K, HR
• Runion 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Lozada 2-2, R, SAC

John Simms went off the rails in his fourth AA outing as Altoona pounded Harrisburg for a 9-1 win in opener. The Curve got to him for seven runs on eight hits and four walks off in four-plus innings as he dropped his first decision for the Sens. Sam Runion came in with the bases loaded and only let in one but was lit up for two of his own in the 7th as he finished the game. The Senators managed just four hits total; two by veteran Jose Lozada.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 — GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 4-3) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 9K
• Bates (SV, 1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Latimore 2-3, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run home run highlighted a three-run 4th as the Senators split the doubleheader with a 3-2 win over the Curve in the nightcap. After striking out Stetson Allie for his 9th K, setting a new season high, Paolo Espino gave up a double that chased him from the game with one out in the 7th. He would finish with two runs allowed on three hits and no walks. Colin Bates followed suit with another double to the first batter he faced but got the last two outs to earn his first save of the season. Quincy Latimore was the lone Harrisburg batter to reach base twice in a five-hit, one-walk offensive outing.
Roster moves: OF Michael Taylor placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List (Futures Game); RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 7 Frederick 5
• Spann (W, 6-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 1K, WP
• Manno 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-4, BB, 2RBI, SB
• S. Perez 2-4, R, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI

A three-run 4th by the P-Nats erased an early 4-2 lead as they would go on to defeat the Keys, 7-5. Matt Spann was hit hard early and struggled with his control but gutted out five innings as he finished with four runs allowed on seven hits and five walks with one strikeout. He would get his sixth win as three relievers combined for four innings of one-run relief, with Travis Henke and Chris Manno earning holds and Gilberto Mendez notching his sixth save. Shawn Pleffner, Stephen Perez, and Pedro Severino each went 2-for-4 while the team drew nine walks and registered 10 hits.

Hagerstown 8 Lexington 2
• Suero 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Pena (W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Yezzo 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, SB
• Masters 2-3, R, 2B

The Suns scored in four straight innings and eight runs total before the Legends could answer with two in the late innings as Hagerstown won for the fifth time in six games, 8-2. Wander Suero went the first four in a spot start, giving up just one hit and no walks while striking out two. Ronald Pena won it in relief, pitching three innings of one-run ball with four hits allowed. James Yezzo dialed long distance twice and went 3-for-4 overall while his teammates got a baker’s dozen of hits off Lexington pitchers, with Wilmer Difo matching him hit the hit column with a 3-for-5 night.
Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List (Futures Game); RHP Ronald Pena reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Aberdeen 6 Auburn 1
• A. Williams 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K, WP
• McDowell (L, 0-1) 1IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Page 2-4, OF assist at 2B

A five-run 6th by the IronBirds turned a 1-1 tie into the eventual 6-1 outcome and snapped a three-game Doubledays win streak. Chase McDowell was strafed for five runs on six hits, including a two-run home run, with two walks and no strikeouts to record the loss. Starter Austen Williams went the first five and allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six. John Wooten walked, singled, and doubled in four plate appearances while every Auburn batter hit safely for a total of 11 hits and two walks.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 3 — COMP.
• Encarnacion 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Feliz (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Morales (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lora 2-3, 2R, SB
• Aguero 1-3, 2B, RBI

After a Gilberto Ramirez strikeout, Edwin Lora singled, stole second, and took third on an throwing error to set up Darryl Florentino’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th. Jose Morales pitched around Lora’s error in the top of the 7th to secure the 4-3 G-Nats win over the G-Mets in the completion of the Friday afternoon game.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 3 — GAME TWO
• Torres 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• K. Simmons (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Plouck (SV, 1) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ripken 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Tillero 1-2, R, 2BB

In the regularly scheduled game, Ryan Ripken’s first career HR was a three-run blast capped off a four-run 8th as the G-Nats swept the de facto doubleheader with another 4-3 win. Luis Torres started and turned in five innings of two-hit ball with no walks or runs allowed and two set down on strikes. The win went to Kyle Simmons with a LaLoosh line of three runs let in on four walks, four strikeouts and a hit batsman over two frames.

DSL Rojos 6 DSL Nationals 5 (12 inn.)
• Acevedo 6IP, 7H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Charlis (BS, 4) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Rosario (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Robles 4-6, 2R, 2-2B, 3B, CS
• Pimentel 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• Agustin 2-5, R, BB, RBI, SB

Three errors in the 12th and six overall doomed the D-Nats to defeat, 6-5 to the D-Rojos. Ramses Rosario took the loss as he retired just one of five batters faced, letting in one inherited runner and one of his own on one hit and one walk while hitting a batter. It was the second time the ‘pen had failed, as Fiyeral Charlis blew a 5-4 lead in the 8th for his fourth blown save. Offensively, Victor Robles went 4-for-6 with two doubles and a triple while Davinson Pimentel went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to pace the D-Nats attack.

Jul 122014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 16-9 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (4-4, 4.97) vs.
McCutchen (0-0, 9.72)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-12 (11 inn.) vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (2-0, 1.40) and
Espino (3-3, 4.47) vs.
Sampson (6-5, 2.89) and
Kasparek (1-0, 0.63)
Potomac Won, 4-0 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Spann (5-4, 4.15) vs.
Vader (1-0, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-0, 2.04) vs.
Fernandez (0-5, 7.36)
Auburn Won, 4-0 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 7.36) vs.
Means (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Tied, 3-3
(Susp., Bot 6th)
@/vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-1 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 3.90) vs.
Salas (2-4, 4.58)


Syracuse 16 Charlotte 9
• Laffey 4IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Holland (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Laird 3-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Walters 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Solano 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Moore 3-6, 3R, 3-2B, 6RBI

A touchdown and a field goal in the 8th inning took the edge off a missed extra point in the 5th as Syracuse roared back from deficits of 5-0 and 7-6 for a 16-9 victory over Charlotte. Eight of the Chiefs’ 17 hits were of the extra-base variety, with Tyler Moore pounding the gaps for three doubles and six RBI while Zach Walters, Jhonatan Solano, and Destin Hood each homered. Aaron Laffey stared but was jousted by the Knights after giving up five runs on seven hits over four innings. Neil Holland earned his first AAA win, though he was touched for a run on two hits and a walk over two frames.

Altoona 13 Harrisburg 12 (11 inn.)
• Dupra 3IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 1K, 0HR, PO at 2B
• Benincasa (L, 0-3) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 2HR
• Keyes 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, SAC(!)
• Jeroloman 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Skole 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB
• Hague 2-6, 2-2B, 4RBI

Altoona launched six solo HRs, including two in the final two innings, as they outslugged Harrisburg 13-12 in 11 innings. Starter Brian Dupra kept the ball in the yard, but had his fielders chase after eight hits as the Curve railroaded him for seven runs over three innings. Tyler Herron was the sole Senator pitcher to keep Altoona off the board, as he posted two goose eggs in the 7th and 8th innings before giving up a big fly in the 9th. Robert Benincasa took the loss with the aforementioned two homers in the 10th and 11th innings. The Senators never led in this one but racked up 15 hits and six doubles, including two by Ricky Hague who drove in four for the night.

Potomac 4 Frederick 0
• Voth (W, 2-0) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Walsh 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• E. Perez 2-4, R, 2RBI, CS
• Norfork 2-4, RBI

Austin Voth is just too good for the curse of the GBI as the 22-y.o. flirted with a perfect game into the 4th, a no-hitter though five, and finished with seven scoreless innings as the P-Nats blanked the Keys, 4-0. Voth gave up just two singles and one walk while striking out eight for his second High-A win. Richie Mirowski and Jake Walsh each turned in a zero on the board to complete the third shutout of ’14 for Potomac. Eury Perez and Khayyan Norfork both went 2-for-4 to lead the 10-hit parade against Frederick’s pitchers.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 0
• Pivetta (W, 11-5) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Thomas (SV, 3) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, HBP
• Middleton 2-3, RBI, SAC
• Masters 3-5, R, 2B
• Lopez 2-5, R, RBI

Nick Pivetta became the second 11-game winner on the Nats farm as the Suns debunked the Legends, 5-0. The 21-y.o. Canadian turned in six scoreless frames and let up just three hits with no walks and seven K’s. Justin Thomas finished the game with three hits, no runs, no walks allowed and five whiffs for his third save. The trio of Carlos Lopez, David Masters, and Brenann Middleton combined to go 7-for-13 with a double (Masters), two runs scored, and two RBI to pace the 11-hit Hagerstown attack.

Auburn 4 Connecticut 0
• Bourque (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bach (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Page 2-2, 3B, 2BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB, RBI

Third time’s the charm for James Bourque as he combined with two Auburn relievers for 4-0 shutout of Connecticut. The 14th Rd. pick from the Univ. of Michigan got his first professional win in his third start for the Doubledays, giving up four hits and no walks over five innings while striking out one. Connor Bach no-hit the Tigers over the next three and Philips Valdez worked around a safety in the 9th. Matt Page singled once, walked twice, and tripled in a run while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Willie Medina both went 2-for-4 as Auburn notched 10 hits and extended its winning streak to three games.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 3 — GAME ONE (SUSP., BOT 6th)
• Encarnacion 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Feliz 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Aguero 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Keniry 1-2, R, SAC, SB

Rain halted play in the bottom of the 6th with this one tied at 3-3 and postponed its completion to tomorrow when they’ll try again to get two games in. The second, regularly scheduled game, was postponed to July 21st. Pedro Encarnacion made his fourth start and gave up all three G-Mets runs on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. John Feliz followed with two scoreless innings in relief. The G-Nats were held to just four hits and three walks. There were no runners on and one out when the game was suspended.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Orioles2 1
• Baez (W, 3-1) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K
• Nunez (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Vilorio 3-5, R, 2B, E
• Franco 2-4, R, BB
• Robles 2-5, R, 3B, RBI

The D-Nats scored three early and two late as they cruised to a 5-1 win over the D-Orioles2 for their fourth straight win. Joan Baez got the win with an unearned run let in on two hits and two walks over five innings with seven strikeouts. Jose Nunez followed with scoreless innings to earn the hold. Luis Vilorio went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Anderson Franco singled twice and walked once to lead the D-Nats offense, which racked up 11 hits and seven walks for the game.