Jun 062015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-2 (11 inn.)
(yes, really)
vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Walters (2-1, 4.70 @ AAA in ’15) vs.
Todd (1-1, 4.10)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Lail (3-2, 2.52)
Potomac Won, 10-6 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Pivetta (3-4, 2.28) vs.
McAvoy (4-3, 3.40)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Cavanerio (0-2, 4.07)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 10 Syracuse 2 (11 inn.)
• Espino 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Fornataro (L, 0-3) 7BF, 5H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Gwynn 3-4, 3B
• Johnson 1-4, RBI; 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S

By now, Syracuse fans are probably like Walter in “The Money Pit” after last night’s 10-2 loss in 11 innings. Down 2-1 with two outs in the 9th, the Chiefs got an error, a single, a wild pitch, a walk, and a Josh Johnson single to tie the game and send it into extras. Syracuse tried to give that run back in the 10th with a walk and an error, but got out of the 1st-and-2nd with nobody out jam. In the 11th, Eric Fornataro was lit up for five straight singles, issued a walk, then hit a batter and left with the score 6-2. Johnson came in from second base to mop up and gave up a walk and a double before getting what Fornataro couldn’t: three outs. Cutter Dykstra, who replaced Johnson at 2B, led off the 11th with single but there would be no answer for the RailRiders as the Chiefs lost their 12th straight.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino activated from TIL; RHP Mitch Lively placed on the TIL; RHP P.J. Walters activated (acquired in trade June 1); IF Mario Lisson reassigned from Harrisburg; 3B Ian Stewart released.

Trenton 4 Harrisburg 3
• Voth (L, 2-4) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Harper 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, SB, E
• Skole 2-4, RBI

The Senators rallied for two in the 8th pull within one of the Thunder, but couldn’t get the equalizer in the 9th as they fell, 4-3.
Austin Voth took the loss, charged with all four runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Tony Renda and Matt Skole both went 2-for-4 to lead the Harrisburg attack of nine hits and two walks.

Potomac 10 Salem 6
• Lopez (W, 3-2) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Bostick 3-5, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Ward 3-5, 3R, HR, RBI
• Miller 3-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI

Potomac’s hitters weren’t bewitched by Salem’s pitchers as they pounded out a season-high 19 hits in a 10-6 win. Nobody walked, but everybody hit, with Christopher Bostick, Spencer Kieboom, Drew Ward, and Brandon Miller each collecting three hits and six total bases. Reynaldo Lopez got his third win in four starts not against Myrtle Beach, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings.

Greensboro 6 Hagerstown 1
• Baez 4⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Johns (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R
• Tillero 1-3

Hagerstown was no-hit for seven and 2/3rds innings in a 6-1 loss to Greensboro. Starter Joan (pronounced yo-ahn) Baez pitched into 5th in his Low-A debut with one hit and two walks allowed over four and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out three in the no-decision. Sam Johns got the last two outs of the 5th but was knocked for five runs in the 6th to take the loss, his first of the season. Jorge Tillero broke up the no-no with a single while Grant DeBruin ended the shutout with an RBI groundout in the 9th.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was 1-for-5 with a strikeout in San Antonio’s 8-7 win on Friday night.

Jun 052015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (1-0, 1.32) vs.
Severino (0-0, 4.15)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (2-3, 3.69) vs.
Ruth (3-0, 2.04)
Potomac Lost, 13-1 @ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (2-2, 4.01) vs.
Stankiewicz (1-5, 3.52)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Castillo (2-2, 4.40)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 10 Syracuse 2
• Williams (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Delcarmen 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Gwynn 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2B

A five-run fourth was more than enough to send the Chiefs to their 11th straight loss, a 10-2 trainwreck to the RailRiders. Austen Williams was activated to fill in for A.J. Cole and, predictably, got hammered on the second turn through the lineup. He gave up five runs on four hits and two walks over four innings while striking out two. Tony Gwynn Jr. and Emmanuel Burriss both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington, RHP Taylor Jordan optioned from Washington; RHP Austen Williams transferred from Auburn.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2
• Bacus 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• De Los Santos (L, 1-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, BB
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg got good pitching but not enough offense and lost yet another one-run game, 3-2. Dakota Bacus scattered eight hits over six innings, tossing a quality start of two runs over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. The loss went to Abel De Los Santos, who gave up a run in the 7th on two hits. Matt Skole homered in the 2nd while Brian Goodwin walked and doubled. The Senators totaled just six hits overall and left on five baserunners.
Roster move: IF Wilmer Difo optioned from Washington, IF Anthony Rendon MLB Rehab assignment ended.

Salem 13 Potomac 1
• Valdez (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 9R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 4E
• K. Perez 3⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 6K, HBP, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Bostick 1-3, 2B, BB
• S. Perez 0-2, BB, SB, SAC

Salem continued its domination of Potomac with a 13-1 obliteration for its fifth win in as many meetings this season. Phillips Valdez was his own worst enemy as he committed four of the five P-Nats errors while letting in nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits over four and a third innings to suffer the loss. Kevin Perez finished the game and struck out six but gave up four unearned runs on four hits and a walk. The Potomac offense managed just three hits, with Christopher Bostick the sole P-Nat to reach base twice with a walk and a double while going 1-for-3.
Roster move: LHP Justin Thomas reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 3 Greensboro 1
• Bach 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• M. Sanchez (W, 2-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• DeBruin 2-4, R, 2B
• Davidson 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to pull away from the Grasshoppers and take the first game of the series, 3-1. Starter Connor Bach got the no-decision despite allowing just an unearned run on four hits and a walk over six innings. The win went to Mario Sanchez, who struck out five and walked one over the final three innings. Grant DeBruin and Austin Davidson both went 2-for-4 with a double though the Suns struggled with clutch hitting, as they 0-for-9 with RISP as the three runs scored on an error, home run (“Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz), and a two-out double that Davidson tried (and failed) to stretch into triple.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Amlung reassigned from Potomac; C Raudy Read placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jorge Tillero, RHP Joan Baez activated from XST; 1B Jose Marmolejos-Diaz transferred from Auburn; 1B Carlos Lopes transferred to Auburn.

Trea Turner Update
Another game, another 2-for-5 night. This time Turner only drove in one and didn’t strike out. What a bum.

Jun 032015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-5;
Lost, 6-1
vs. Louisville,
10:35 a.m.
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Smith (1-2, 3.81)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Akron,
5:00 p.m.
Bleier (3-1, 4.28) and
Simmons (2-2, 4.26) vs.
Merritt (3-4, 4.02) and
Colon (0-0, 13.50)
Potomac Won, 4-3 (11 inn.);
Won, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Cancelled vs. Hickory,
11:05 a.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) and
Purke (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76) and
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)


Louisville 8 Syracuse 5 — GAME ONE
• McGregor 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Meek (L, 2-3) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Johnson 2-4, 2R
• Gwynn 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Burriss 2-5, R

The Chiefs bullpen allowed three of four inherited runners score while blowing a 2-0 lead in the 7th and then coughed up three more in the 9th to lose this one, 8-5. Scott McGregor pitched his sixth straight quality start, charged with two runs on four hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Rafael Martin failed to get the one out necessary to earn the save, instead giving up two hits and two walks to the four batters he faced before he was lifted. Syracuse tied it with three runs scored with two out in the bottom of the 7th to send it into “extras.” Evan Meek was dinged for three runs in his second inning of work to take the loss. The Chiefs loaded the bases with one out in their final “ups” but the three baserunners became the 8th, 9th, and 10th men left on as a strikeout and a flyout ended the game.

Louisville 6 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Fornataro (L, 0-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mastroianni 1-3, 2B, BB
• Minicozzi 1-3, 2K

Louisville continued to beat up on the Syracuse bullpen, scoring six times against four relievers for 6-1 win that swept the doubleheader. Eric Fornataro was given the spot start and gave up a run on three hits and two walks with two K’s. With next-to-no offense, Fornataro’s effort would be a losing one as the Chiefs were held to two hits, enabling the Bats’ pitchers to get away with seven walks in seven innings.
Roster moves: OF Matt den Dekker recalled to Washington; RHP Sam Runion assigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg vs. Akron — PPD
It was an extra day off for the Senators as the Tuesday night contest against Akron was rained out. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader tonight.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — COMP. (11th inn.)
• Self (W, 2-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• S. Perez 2-4, 2RBI

The P-Nats got three singles in the bottom of the 11th to take the completion, 4-3. The win went to Derek Self, who worked around two hits in the top of the 11th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 5-2) 2⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Wooten 2-4, R, 2B
• Bostick 2-5, 2B, RBI

Potomac took advantage of some sloppy defense in the 8th to rally for two and take the regularly scheduled game, 4-3 to split the four-game series. Starter John Simms pitched into the 7th for the second time in three starts and let in two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Wander Suero got the win though his streak of innings without an earned run ended at 12⅔ with a run given up in the 8th. John Wooten and Christopher Bostick both singled and doubled as the P-Nats piled up 11 hits total.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Thomas reassigned to Hagerstown; RHP Justin Amlung reassigned to Potomac

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — CNCLD
Rain will shorten this three-game series to a maximum of two games today as the two teams do not meet again in the first half.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was hitless in five AB’s in a 1-0 shutout of the Missions.

Jun 022015
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Louisville,
5:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-4, 3.25) and
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Axelrod (2-3, 3.83) and
Hand (1-2, 3.51)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
TBD vs. Merritt (3-4, 4.02)
Potomac Tied, 3-3 (Suspended) vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.60) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
5:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) and
Purke (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76) and
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)


Louisville vs. Syracuse — PPD
Rain washed out the first of three against Louisville. It will be made up today with a doubleheader scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Roster moves: LHP Felipe Rivero recalled to Washington; LHP Matt Grace optioned to Washington; RHP P.J. Walters assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
It’s a brief three-game homestand for Harrisburg before they make a weekend road trip to Trenton and four-game set next week in New Britain.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 3 — SUSP. (10th inn.)
• Giolito 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Lee 2⅓ 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Wooten 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, 3B
• Ward 2-4, R

The only game to start on Monday did not finish as the 3-3 tie game was suspended in the 10th with the P-Nats at bat with one out and nobody on base. Lucas Giolito started and pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out nine. Both teams scored twice in the 6th and once in the 10th, with Christopher Bostick tripling and scoring on a Stephen Perez sac fly shortly before the umps ordered the teams off the field. They’ll finish the game at 5:05 p.m. and play the regularly scheduled nine-inning game
30 to 45 minutes afterwards.

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Rain also postponed the start of the Hickory-Hagerstown series, and like Syracuse, the plan is to play two games today at 5:05 p.m.

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

Jun 012015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-4, 3.25) vs.
Axelrod (2-3, 3.83)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 7-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-3, 4.84) vs.
Tseng (2-2, 4.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 vs. Hickory,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76)


Durham 3 Syracuse 0
• Runion (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lively 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Burriss 2-4, 2B
• Butler 1-2, 2BB

The Bulls scored in each of the first two innings and it was more than enough as they gored the Chiefs for a 3-0 shutout and a three-game sweep. Sam Runion got the spot start and gave up the aforementioned runs in the aforementioned innings on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Mitch Lively turned in four scoreless innings of relief, but the Syracuse offense was stuck in neutral, going 1-for-10 in the clutch and stranding 11 baserunners. Emmanuel Burriss collected multiple hits for the fourth straight game with a single and a double and closed out the month of May with a .304/.385/.451 line in 26 games.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Ross 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Bacus (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-4, R
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, CS

The last Sunday in May was just like the first Sunday in May as Harrisburg blew a 4-1 lead to lose 6-4 on a walkoff grand slam. The implosion spoiled yet another strong outing by Joe Ross, who tossed seven innings of one-run ball with just three hits and no walks allowed while striking out eight. Hector Ambriz loaded the bases in the 9th before Brian Dupra was brought on. Dupra got two outs and let in one run before giving up the HR. Shawn Pleffner singled twice and doubled once to go 3-for-4 and lead the Sens offense.
Roster move: LHP Bryan Harper activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 2
• Pivetta (L, 3-4) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, 3HR
• Thomas 4⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Martinez 2-3
• Manuel 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Myrtle Beach took a second straight game from Potomac Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHP Tyler Mapes activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL.

Kannapolis 7 Hagerstown 5
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 3+ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, K
• Orlan 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Keller 2-5, 2R, 3B
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB
• Gardner 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Robbie Dickey was driven into the wall by the Intimidators as they lapped the Suns, 7-5 to take the series, 3-1. Dickey was charged with five runs on three hits and three walks over three-plus innings, as Brett Mooneyham let in all three inherited runners and two more of his own during Kannapolis’s five-run 4th. Hagerstown put up three runs in the 1st and two in the 5th but couldn’t advance a runner past second the rest of the way. Osvaldo Abreu, Alec Keller, and Jeff Gardner combined to go 6-for-13 with five runs scored, two doubles, two triples, and two RBI.

Trea Turner Update
That wobble in the earth’s axis yesterday? It came from Trea Turner’s 23-game hit streak coming to an end with an 0-for-4 in a 3-1 Missions loss. Without a walk, a hit-by-pitch, or catcher’s interference, Turner’s on-base streak was also stopped at 29 games.

May 312015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Durham,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Andriese (0-0, 4.35)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Ross (2-2, 3.05) vs.
Ramos (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 11-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Pivetta (3-3, 1.41) vs.
Skulina (1-3, 4.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Dickey (0-0, 10.12) vs.
Almonte (3-2, 3.72)


Durham 4 Syracuse 2
• Espino 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, 2HR
• Davis 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burriss 2-3, BB
• Dykstra 2-4, R

Make that six straight losses for Syracuse as Durham rallied in the 8th for a 4-2 win. Paolo Espino got the start in place of Taylor Hill and gave up two homers and four hits total over six and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Erik Davis took the loss as he was dinged for two runs in the 8th. Emmanuel Burriss and Cutter Dykstra both singled twice as the Chiefs compiled nine hits (all singles) and three walks on offense.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill recalled to Washington.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 2-3) 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K
• De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

Bowie rallied for three in the 6th to turn a 2-0 deficit into eventually winning score of 3-2 over Harrisburg. Austin Voth suffered the loss, his third, with all three BaySox runs allowed on six hits and a walk while fanning eight. Abel De Los Santos worked around a walk in the 8th. The Senators were held to just five hits, with Tony Renda going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the way. Drew Vettleson was the only other hitter to reach base twice as he walked in the 4th and singled in the 8th.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 1
• Lopez (L, 2-2) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 6K, HR
• K. Perez 1+ IP, 1H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Wooten 2-4
• S. Perez 1-3, 3B, RBI

Potomac pitchers were off the mark Last Night In Woodbridge.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Bach (L, 1-1) 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 5BB, 4K
• Cooper 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, K
• DeBruin 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Abreu 1-3, 2B, BB

Hagerstown matched Kannapolis’s single runs in the 7th and 9th inning but not in the 2nd as they fell, 3-2. Connor Bach took the loss, giving up a run on three hits and five walks while setting down four on strikes over four innings. Andrew Cooper let in a run over three innings while Sam Johns gave up a run over two. The offense was held to four hits: three by Grant DeBruin, who doubled twice and scored both Suns runs, and Osvaldo Abreu’s 1st inning double. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-21 with a sacrifice hit and a sacrifice fly.

Trea Turner Update
The rain on Friday merely postponed Turner’s next three hits in Saturday’s doubleheader as the 21-y.o. went 3-for-8 with two RBI, two runs scored, and two strikeouts.

Editor’s Note
While the DSL Nationals were rained out yesterday, it should be noted that I have decided to drop day-to-day coverage of the GCL and DSL. I think I can handle the addition of Auburn to my morning writing session but I know I can’t handle all three short season teams consistently without making sacrifices to the overall coverage. I’m hoping to develop something that I can write on Sundays to summarize those two levels.

May 302015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-2, 4.35) vs.
Diamond (4-2, 3.94)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 3.66) vs.
Bridwell (1-3, 4.75)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Blackburn (3-2, 4.64)
Hagerstown Won, 12-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (1-0, 3.93) vs.
Lowry (4-2, 4.18)


Durham 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 7BB, 4K
• Fornataro 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Burriss 2-3, 2B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, RBI, SB

The Chiefs outhit the Bulls 5-1, but Durham outscored Syracuse, 3-1. The decision to yo-yo A.J. Cole between starting and relieving, AAA and MLB “paid off” last night as the 23-y.o. issued five straight walks with one out in the fourth and seven total before he was taken out. He would be charged with the loss, and all three Durham runs. Jason Martinson homered in the 7th, but the Syracuse bats were largely silent, collecting just five total and wasting near-perfect relief (4⅔ IP, 0H, BB, 3K) from three relievers.
Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Bates 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (SV, 4) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 1-4, 3B

The Senators shook off a tough loss on Thursday and rallied for three in the 7th to edge the BaySox, 3-2. Colin Bates turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Gilberto Mendez finished with three scoreless innings for his fourth save. Brian Goodwin homered to break up the shutout and lead off the 7th, while Pedro Severino singled with two out to tie, and Tony Renda got plunked for the game-winning, Homer Simpson RBI.
Roster move: IF Anthony Rendon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Valdez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Self (W, 1-0) 2+ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Lee (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Norfork 2-3, R, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, 2B

Potomac rallied for two in the 8th for a sportswriter’s win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 12 Kannapolis 6
• Rodriguez 4⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 4K, 2WP, 2BK
• M. Sanchez 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Keller 2-5, R, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, HR (GS), 4RBI

Austin Davidson’s grand slam capped off a five-run 4th as the Suns scorched the Intimidators, 12-6. Starter Jefry Rodriguez fell one out short of getting a Jack Morris win as he was ineffective yet again: five runs on three hits and five walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Mario Sanchez got the win with three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief. Every Hagerstown batter hit safely as they racked up 12 hits total with Brennan Middleton also going deep with a solo shot in the 3rd.

Trea Turner Update
The Missions were rained out on Friday night.

May 292015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 2.67) vs.
Buschmann (4-3, 3.02)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
(0-0, 3.38) vs.
Berry (0-4, 7.66)
Potomac Won, 8-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (A+ debut) vs.
Skoglund (3-1, 2.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-3, 7.20) vs.
Martinez (1-4, 6.14)


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 0
• Billings 6⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Martin (BS, 2; L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Minicozzi 2-3, R, BB
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Burriss 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Rafael Martin’s struggles returned as he coughed up three in the 9th to complete Norfolk’s 6-5 comeback win and four-game sweep of Syracuse. For the second straight game, the Chiefs starter pitched well enough to win as Bruce Billings gave up three run on six hits, though two were home runs. He walked none and struck out two. The Tides’ third and final home run was a two-out, two-run walkoff shot off Martin, who blew his second save and lost for the third time. Four Syracuse batters registered multiple hits as the offense produced 11 hits and drew five walks, with Mark Minicozzi and Emmanuel Burriss both reaching base three times.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Simmons 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR; 1-2
• Ambriz (BS, 2; L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2RBI
• Renda 1-4, R

Richmond rallied in the 9th to tie and won it in the 10th for a 3-2 win. An 89-minute rain delay shelved starter Joe Ross, but James Simmons filled in admirably with four innings of one-run ball, followed by Paul Demny with three scoreless frames. The Senators offense put up two runs in the 1st but was limited to six hits and one walk total. Shawn Pleffner drove in both runs and went 2-for-4 to lead the Harrisburg attack. Hector Ambriz, who had saved two games and won one in his last three appearances, took the loss with two runs allowed over an inning and 2/3rds.

Potomac 8 Wilmington 3
• Simms (W, 2-4) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Suero (SV, 1) 4IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 3K
• S. Perez 2-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, BB
• Ward 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Potomac scored in each of the first three innings and put the game away with a four-run 5th in an 8-3 win over Wilmington. A perhaps too-rested John Simms wobbled through five innings but got his second win in as many starts, giving up three runs on seven hits and five walks over five innings while striking out four. Wander Suero was peppered for seven hits over four scoreless innings to register his first save of 2015. Stephen Perez singled twice, walked twice, and drove in two to lead the P-Nats offense.
Roster moves: RHP Phillips Valdez promoted from Hagerstown; RHP Tyler Mapes placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 0
• Purke (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, BK
• Orlan 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K
• Abreu 1-3, BB
• DeBruin 1-3, BB

Matt Purke made his first start since having Tommy John surgery last May in a 4-0 Hagerstown loss to Kannapolis. The oft-injured southpaw was charged with two runs on three hits over four innings. He walked none and struck out three. The Suns ‘pen walked seven over five innings but gave up just two more runs. The Hagerstown batters were held to four hits and four walks and were just 1-for-8 with RISP with seven men left on base. Osvaldo Abreu and Grant DeBruin both reached base twice with a single and a walk.
Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke activated from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner tripled to keep his 14-game hit streak alive and was 1-for-4 overall.

May 282015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 @ Norfolk,
12:05 p.m.
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Villanueva (1-1, 5.23)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-0 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Ross (2-2, 3.05) vs.
Marte (4-0, 3.31)
Potomac Lost, 3-1;
Lost, 5-1
vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-4, 4.44) vs.
Caramo (2-2, 2.40)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-5 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (5-2, 1.47) vs.
Peralta (1-4, 9.45 ERA)


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 0
• McGregor (L, 3-4) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Meek 1IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Minicozzi 2-3
• Ramsey 0-2, 2BB

The Chiefs bats remained AWOL as the Tide shut them out, 3-0 for Syracuse’s third straight loss. Scott McGregor was the hard-luck loser, letting in two runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three. Mark Minicozzi singled twice while Darin Mastroianni and Tony Gwynn Jr. each singled once to account for the four (4) hits. Caleb Ramsey drew two of the four walks as the Chiefs left on all eight baserunners and were 0-for-4 with RISP.

Richmond 12 Harrisburg 0
• Bleier (L, 3-1) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 2K
• De Los Santos 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Robinson 1-3, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

The Harrisburg defense blocked two extra points but couldn’t cross the goal line in a 12-0 loss to Richmond. Reigning E.L. Pitcher of the Week Richard Bleier took the brunt of the beating, charged with eight runs on eight hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings for his first AA loss of the season. The Senators offense was held to four singles, one double (Brian Goodwin), and five walks with Brian Jeroloman the only batter to reach base three times on a single and two walks.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
• Spann (L, 0-5) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• K. Perez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 1-3, R, 2B
• Yezzo 1-3, 2B

The lack of hitting was spotted in Woodbridge, too, in a 3-1 Potomac loss to Wilmington. Matt Spann took the loss, his fifth, while giving up all three Blue Rocks runs on nine hits and a walk. The P-Nats 5th encapsulated the offensive struggles as Brandon Miller drew a leadoff walk and would have scored on a James Yezzo double to the right-center gap had it not bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double. Miller and Yezzo would watch the next two batters strike out then a flyout ended the 2nd-and-3rd no-out threat.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Mapes 4IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 1-4) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K
• Kieboom 2-3, 2-2B
• S. Perez 1-2, 2B, SF, RBI

Wilmington broke open a 0-0 game with a five-run 5th and easily took the nightcap, 5-1 to sweep the doubleheader. Starter Tyler Mapes scattered five hits over four scoreless innings with no walks and four K’s. The loss went to Jake Johansen, who was pummeled for a second straight appearance as the Blue Rocks sent nine men to the plate in his first inning of work and five of them came in to score. Spencer Kieboom doubled twice and Stephen Perez doubled once to account for three of the four hits and the sole run (Perez sac fly in the 6th) that Potomac produced.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 5
• Reyes 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Mooneyham (L, 0-2) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, HBP, 2WP
• Masters 3-4, R, 2B
• DeBruin 3-4, RBI

Greensboro prevented a three-game sweep by Hagerstown with an 8-5 win in the series finale. Losing pitcher Brett Mooneyham gave up the decisive three runs on four hits, a hit batsman, and two wild pitched in one inning thrown. Starter Luis Reyes was dinged for four runs (three earned) on eight hits, including two solo HRs. The Suns collected 12 hits — five less than the rest of the Nats minors on Wedensday — with David Masters and Grant DeBruin both going 3-for-4.

Trea Turner Update
Turner struck out twice and was only 1-for-4 on Wednesday, which dropped his batting average to a paltry .342 but extended his hit streak to 13 games.

May 262015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 @ Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
Lively (0-0, 1.85) vs.
McFarland (1-2, 4.24)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Lujan (1-4, 5.59)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Van Orden (2-1, 2.67) vs.
Kolek (3-2, 4.50)


Norfolk 7 Syracuse 2
• T. Hill (L, 3-2) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Rivero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• den Dekker 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI

A five-run 8th turned the, um, tide of a 2-1 game as Norfolk defeated Syracuse, 7-2. The loss went to Taylor Hill despite pitching into the 7th and letting in just two runs on eight hits and a walk. Manny Delcarmen retired just one of four batters faced in the 8th while Rich Hill prevented none of three inherited runners from scoring and let in two more to put the game away for the Tides. Four Chiefs recorded multiple hits but just three came with RISP as the team left on 14 runners.

Harrisburg 3 New Britain 2
• Voth 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Simmons (W, 2-2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, 2B, BB
• Lisson 2-4, R

Harrisburg closed out its seven-game homestand with another one-run victory, this one a 3-2 decision against New Britain. Drew Vettleson drove in two in the 7th to plate the tying and winning runs and make a winner out of James Simmons. Austin Voth started and went the first five innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five. Abel De Los Santos and Hector Ambriz each threw a 1-2-3 inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Kevin Keyes singled, walked, and doubled to pace the Senators offense.
Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Syracuse.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 0
• Giolito (L, 1-3) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Thomas 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Miller 1-3, 3B
• Manuel 1-2, HBP

Giolito may very well master the National League someday, but first he needs to get past the Carolina League. Myrtle Beach jumped on the Nats top prospect for three runs early, connecting for four extra-base hits in the first two innings and six hits total over five innings as Giolito suffered his third loss in four starts. The Potomac offense was limited to just four baserunners in nine innings. Craig Manuel was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice with a 6th-inning single and a hit-by-pitch in the 8th.

Hagerstown 4 Greensboro 2
• Williams (W, 6-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• M. Sanchez (SV, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Masters 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Read 1-4, 2B, SB

Hagerstown answered Greensboro’s two-run 2nd with two in the and added single runs in the 7th and 8th innings en route to a 4-2 win in the series opener. Austen Williams won his team-high sixth game with a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Mario Sanchez finished the game with three scoreless for his second save. David Masters collected multiple hits for the third straight game, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored though the Suns did whiff 11 times and walked just once.
Roster moves: 1B Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, C Jorge Tillero reassigned to XST; C Raudy Read activated from 7-Day DL; IF Carlos Lopez reassigned from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Keep both hands on the keyboard while you read that Turner went 1-for-3 in both games of the San Antonio-Frisco doubleheader to extend his hit streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 24 games.