Aug 292011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (4-1, 3.56) and
Tom Milone (11-6, 3.33) vs.
Scott Mathieson (2-1, 2.71) and
Andy Bass (7-9, 4.15)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (3-0, 1.37) vs.
Jeremy Kehrt (2-1, 4.54)
Potomac Won, 3-2;
Lost, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 15-5 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-7, 3.70) vs.
Josh Mueller (6-6, 4.97)
Auburn Postponed @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-3, 4.79) vs.
Dan Oliver (1-4, 5.86)

Syracuse — PPD
Rains from Hurricane Irene have postponed this one until today, when they’ll attempt to play a doubleheader at Lehigh Valley at 6:05 p.m.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators play the next eight at home, riding a seven-game win streak and leading the E.L. West by 4½ games. A playoff berth is a near certainty, but their first-round opponent is not as Bowie and Richmond are separated by just 1½ games.

Potomac 3 Frederick 2 — GAME ONE
• Solis (W, 5-2) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Nelo (S, 17) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lozada 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Potomac scored all three runs via the longball and held off a late charge by the Keys for a 3-2 win in the first game. Jeff Kobernus hit a two-run shot in the 6th to go up 2-1 while Jose Lozada’s solo shot in the 7th extended the lead to 3-1. Joe Testa, Marcos Frias, and Hector Nelo each got two outs to nail down the win for Sammy Solis, who gave up an unearned run on four hits while striking out eight over the first five innings.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3
• E Davis (L, 0-4) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• Selik 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Soriano 1-3, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, HR, RBI
• I Rodriguez, 1-3, HR, RBI

The big fly continued to power the Potomac offense in the nightcap, but three solo shots weren’t enough as Frederick got the 4-3 win to split the doubleheader and prevent a series sweep. Erik Davis lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing all four Keys runs on four hits and three walks. Francisco Soriano, Jeff Kobernus, and rehabbing Ivan Rodriguez all went 1-for-3 with a solo HR in the loss, which puts Potomac 3½ back in the C.L. North with seven games left to play.

Asheville 15 Hagerstown 5
• Grace (L, 12-7) 4IP, 14H, 11R, 11ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Brown 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kelso 2-5, 2B
• W Moore 1-3, R, BB, SB

Asheville tired slightly from Saturday night, scoring just 15 runs against Hagerstown on Sunday afternoon to take their third straight from the Suns, 15-5. Matt Grace got 12 outs and gave up 11 runs on 14 hits and a walk for his seventh loss of the year. Blake Kelso led the Suns offense with a 2-for-5 game, as Hagerstown took advantage of the six walks they drew to score five runs on six hits. The loss (fifth straight) drops the Suns to .500 at 31-31, 5½ games behind and reduces their elimination number to just two.

Auburn — PPD
It was either the rain or the underpants gnomes that convinced team officials to postpone Sunday’s series finale to this Friday, when Auburn and Batavia will play a pair of seven-inning games in the final regular-season home game for the Doubledays.

Aug 282011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @
Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (4-1, 3.56) vs.
Scott Mathieson (2-1, 2.71)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Erik Davis (0-3, 6.14) and
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.25) vs.
Nathan Moreau (11-10, 4.42) and
Jake Pettit (5-0, 1.38)
Hagerstown Lost, 21-11 @ Asheville,
6:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (12-6, 4.49) vs.
Peter Tago (3-5, 7.07)
Auburn Lost, 7-5 vs. Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-3, 4.79) vs.
Corey Baker (5-1, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. GCL Cards
END OF SEASON. N/A

Syracuse 4 Rochester 3
• Strasburg (ND) 5+ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 7K
• Wilkie (S, 14) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bernadina 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Solano 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

After five perfect innings, Stephen Strasburg gave up two hits in the 6th and was lifted with a 1-0 lead after his 64th pitch. Craig Stammen let in one baserunner to tie the game but got the win when the Chiefs reclaimed the lead. Syracuse would go on to win by a 4-3 count, ending a three-game losing streak. Strasburg walked none and struck out seven and is expected to make one more rehab start before returning to the Washington roster. Roger Bernadina and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 2 New Hampshire 1
• Roark (W, 9-8) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Pena (S, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Pahuta 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ivany 1-3, 2B, RBI

The Senators rallied for two in the 2nd and the pitching made it stand up for a 2-1 win over New Hampshire. Tanner Roark went seven-plus innings to earn his ninth win, allowing the Fisher Cats’ run on five hits and two walks. He struck out two. Tim Pahuta connected for a solo HR while Leonard Davis (single) and Devin Ivany (double) teamed up for the second run. Cory VanAllen, Rafael Martin, and Hassan Pena combined to shut down New Hampshire for the last two innings. The win, which was the seventh straight for Harrisburg, extends the Sens lead on Bowie to five games in the E.L. West, while Richmond is just a ½-game behind the BaySox for the wild card position.

Potomac — PPD
The ancillary effects of Hurricane Irene (a.k.a. rain) postponed Saturday’s game. The two teams will attempt to make it up today with a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m.

Asheville 21 Hagerstown 11
• Ray (L, 2-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K
• Graham 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Freitas 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Newsome 3-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Cuevas 2-5, R

Four Suns got ejected and eight home runs were surrendered as the Asheville Tourists pummeled Hagerstown, 21-11. Adrian Nieto and manager Brian Daubach got tossed in the bottom of the 1st, while hitting coach Marlon Anderson hit the showers in the 3rd and Robbie Ray was given the heave-ho in the 4th in the midst of a six-run rally. Brett Newsome led the Suns offense with a 3-for-4 night, hitting the sole Hagerstown homer. The Suns’ fourth straight loss dropped them to five behind in the Sally North with an elmination number of just four.

Batavia 7 Auburn 5
• Dupra 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Rivera ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Moldenhauer 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Ortega 1-3, 2R, 2BB

Russell Moldenhauer’s three-run bomb in the 6th tied the game at 4-4, but the Auburn bullpen faltered for a 7-5 loss to Batavia. Brian Dupra went the first four innings, giving up the first four runs (three earned) on a walk and seven hits and striking out two. Travis Henke took the loss on an unearned run allowed over two innings. The loss ended a modest three-game win streak, but another Williamsport loss reduced the magic number to clinch the Pinckney Division of the NYPL to just six with eight games left.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Baez 4+ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramos 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Peguero 1-2, 2BB

The G-Nats bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the middle innings as the GCL Cardinals won the season finale, 3-2. Gregory Baez left the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the 5th after the first three batters reached base. He took the loss with two runs allowed on two hits and three walks while striking out five. Wander Ramos and Arialdi Peguero were the only two G-Nats to hit safely. Thanks to the cancellations earlier this week, the G-Nats escaped last place with a 20-33 mark, 17½ games in back of the GCL Marlins

Aug 272011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 2-0;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Andy Baldwin (6-12, 5.76)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0;
Won, 8-6
@
New Hampshire,
12:05 p.m.
Tanner Roark (8-8, 4.98) vs.
Chad Jenkins (5-6, 4.06)
Potomac Won, 5-4
(13 inn.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-3, 6.14) vs.
Nathan Moreau (11-10, 4.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.09) vs.
Nick Schnaitmann (5-1, 2.30)
Auburn Won, 2-1 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (4-3, 3.09) vs.
Sam Gaviglio (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs.
GCL Cards,
11:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Rochester 2 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 3-9) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Antonelli 2-3, 2B
• Frazier 1-3, 2B
• Maldonado 1-2, 2B

Yunesky Maya went the distance in the first game, but got no support in 2-0 loss. Matt Antonelli, Jeff Frazier, and Carlos Maldonado each doubled but were each stranded as the Chiefs went 0-for-6 with RISP and left on five baserunners.

Rochester 3 Syracuse 2
• Martin, J (L, 3-7) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Slaten 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 1-3, BB
• Hulett 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Tug Hulett homered in the bottom of the 1st, but that’s all Syracuse would muster in another loss, this one by a 3-2 count. J.D. Martin had but one bad inning, but took the loss for allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Steve Lombardozzi, Roger Bernadina, and Jhonatan Solano were the other Chiefs to collect hits. The two losses dropped Syracuse’s mark to 60-71, ending any hope of reaching .500 for the year.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 0
• Martis (W, 8-5) 7IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Rahl 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Norris 1-3, RBI

Derek Norris’s RBI single gave the Senators an early 1-0 lead and that’s all Shairon Martis would need as he would throw a seven inning no-hitter. Martis walked one and struck out nine in the no-no, the third in Harrisburg franchise history. Tyler Moore and Chris Rahl also homered in the 3-0 win.

Harrisburg 8 New Hampshire 6
• C Martinez 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Lehman (W, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 3-4, R, 2-2B, HR, 5RBI
• Norris 2-3, 2R, 2B
• Komatsu 2-4, R

Tim Pahuta’s two-run pinch-hit home run in the top of the 6th turned a 6-5 deficit into a 7-6 lead to as the Sens outslugged the Fisher Cats for an 8-6 win to sweep the doubleheader. Tyler Moore smacked his 30th home run in the top of the 1st and went 3-for-4 for the game with 5 RBIs to lead the offense. Pat Lehman picked up the win in relief, tossing two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings to close out the game. The double dip coupled with another Bowie loss puts Harrisburg up four games on the Baysox, 5½ games on the Flying Squirrels in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Frederick 4 (13 inn.)
• Demny (ND) 7+IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 0HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Holland (W, 4-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perez 3-4, R
• Hood 2-6, R, RBI

Potomac should have won this one in regulation, but got strong bullpen work after Josh Smoker let in the tying runs to take this one 5-4 in 13 innings. Paul Demny went seven innings plus one batter and left with a 4-2 lead but Smoker gave up a two-run triple following a walk and a sacrifice in the bottom of the 8th to blow the save. Zach Walters broke the tie with a two-out double in the 13th for the only P-Nat extra-base hit of the game, making a winner out of Neil Holland, who pitched two scoreless innings. The win combined with a Lynchburg loss drops the magic number to clinch to just five while cutting Frederick’s division lead to 3½ games.

Asheville 7 Hagerstown 1
• McKenzie (L, 4-6) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Brown 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Oduber 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB
• Taylor 1-3, R, BB

The Groovin’ Aruban returned to the Suns lineup last night for the first time since June 17, going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, but that was the highlight of the Hagerstown night as the Asheville Tourists won, 7-1. Chris McKenzie took the loss with three runs allowed on seven hits and two walks over five innings. The loss was the third straight for the Suns, who are now tied for 4th place with Greensboro, four games behind in the Sally North.

Auburn 2 Batavia 1
• Hill 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• C Garcia (W, 3-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (S, 9) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Montilla 2-3, R
• Moldenhauer 1-2, RBI, BB

Billy Burns doubled and came home on two wild pitches as Auburn edged Batavia, 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel. Taylor Hill started and went the first five, allowing the lone Muckdog run on three hits. Christian Garcia and Aaron Barrett combined for four scoreless innings to earn the win and save, respectively. Both teams had just six hits, with Angel Montilla the lone Doubleday to get two hits. The win reduced the magic number for Auburn to seven as the Doubledays lead second-place Williamsport by 3½ games with eight left to play.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
It would appear that Hurricane Irene won’t end the suffering postpone the final game today for the GCL Nationals, thus giving them the chance to still finish last in the GCL East.

Aug 262011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 12-4 @ Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Yunesky Maya (3-8, 5.25) and
J.D. Martin (3-6, 4.06) vs.
Liam Hendriks (2-4, 6.11) and
Cole DeVries (4-2, 3.81)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4
(10 inn.)
@
New Hampshire,
6:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-5, 2.98) and
Carlos Martinez (2-4, 5.47) vs.
Dustin McGowan (0-1, 3.18) and
Willie Collazo (1-0, 0.71)
Potomac Lost, 11-5 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.58) vs.
Nick Haughian (8-6, 3.49)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.09) vs.
Tyler Matzek (3-4, 5.40)
Auburn Won, 4-1 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 3.57) vs.
Ryan Sherriff (0-0, 1.80)
GCL Nationals @/vs.
GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A

Pawtucket 12 Syracuse 4
• Meyers 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Severino ⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, BB
• Marrero 2-5

A grand slam off Atahualpa Severino lowlighted an eight-run 9th as Syracuse fell 12-4 to Pawtucket. Brad Meyers got the no-decision despite a quality start with two runs given up over six innings. The Chiefs bullpen gave up 10 runs over the last three innings to break a 2-2 tie. Jesus Valdez, Steve Lombardozzi and Chris Marrero each collected two hits in the losing effort.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 4 (10 inn.)
• Arnesen 6⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• VanAllen (H, 10) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-5, R, 2B
• Gilbert 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Archie Gilbert’s two-run single in the 10th took the edge off Rafael Martin’s second blown save as the Sens gave away a 4-2 lead in the 9th but took it back for the 6-4 win. Tyler Moore joined Gilbert in going 2-for-5 to pace the 12-hit attack as the Sens won their third straight and extended their lead over Bowie to 2½ games.

Wilmington 11 Potomac 5
• Olbrychowski 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Brian Peacock 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Soriano 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Walters 2-3, R, RBI, 2BB

Like Syracuse, the 8th inning was unkind to Potomac, as the Blue Rocks rallied for six to prevent the series sweep and hand the P-Nats an 11-5 loss. Francisco Soriano led the offense with a 3-for-4 night as the P-Nats now face off against Frederick this weekend for a likely playoff preview. Potomac’s elimination number is down to seven while its magic number to clinch a playoff berth is just six.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 3
• Swynenberg (L, 6-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Weaver 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nieto 3-3, R, BB, E
• Freitas 2-4, 2B

Hickory took the series three games to one with a 5-3 win over Hagerstown, setting the Suns into fourth place. Matt Swynenberg took the loss with four runs given up over six innings on seven hits and a walk. Adrian Nieto reach base four times with three singles and a walk to lead the Hagerstown batters. Hagerstown’s elimination number is now just seven with 10 games left to play.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 1
• Karns (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Mirowski (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Skole 2-4, 2B
• Jimenez 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Justin Miller and Hendry Jimenez both homered for Auburn in a 4-1 win over the Mahoning Valley. Nathan Karns won his third game with six innings of one-run pitching, allowing three hits and no walks. Coupled with Williamsport’s fourth straight loss, the magic number for the Doubledays to clinch the Pinckney Division title is just eight.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
The impending storm and rains from Hurricane Irene cancelled yesterday’s doubleheader and may cancel tomorrow’s finale.

Aug 252011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (5-4, 3.62) vs.
Kyle Weiland (8-9, 3.48)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 @
New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-4, 2.56) vs.
Yohan Pino (3-7, 3.99)
Potomac Won, 11-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (4-7, 4.31)
vs. Tim Melville (9-9, 4.32)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-2, 3.45) vs.
Cody Buckel (7-3, 2.49)
Auburn Won, 6-5
(10 inn.)
@ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Nathan Karns (2-2, 4.21) vs.
Will Roberts (1-1, 2.93)
GCL Nationals Won, 13-2
@ GCL Mets
@/vs.
GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
(doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Milone (W, 11-6) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Zinicola (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bynum 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Antonelli 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Seth Bynum’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 7th broke a 1-1 tie as Syracuse defeated Pawtucket, 3-1. Tom Milone got his 11th win with seven strong innings, allowing a run on solo HR, walking one and striking out eight. The Chiefs are now 60-68 in the I.L. North, leading the 5th place Bisons by 4½ games.

Harrisburg 9 Portland 3
• Perez 4⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• McCoy 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

The Sens broke out the bats in the 8th for a five-run rally that put this one away as they downed the SeaDogs, 9-3. Chris Rahl, Tyler Moore and Tim Pahuta all homered, with Rahl leading the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon. Jimmy Barthmaier got the win in relief of Oliver Perez, who didn’t go the requisite five innings. The win keeps pace with Bowie, maintaining the Harrisburg lead at 1½ games in the E.L. West.

Potomac 11 Wilmington 3
• Bronson (W, 5-4) 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Frias 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• Lozada 3-4, R, 2B, 2-3B, 3RBI
• Leon 2-2, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Potomac put up another 11-spot against Wilmington, including a pair of four-run rallies in the 6th and 7th innings, to smash the Blue Rocks, 11-3. Zach Walters and Jose Lozada both went 3-for-4 as the P-Nats pounded out 15 hits in support of starter and winning pitcher Evan Bronson, who turned in seven innings and allowed the three Wilmington runs on five hits and a walk. The win keeps pace with Frederick and Lynchburg, as Potomac trails the Keys by 3½ but leads the Hillcats by five in the C.L. North.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 2
• Cole (L, 4-7) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Eusebio 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Martinson 1-2, R, BB, 2SB

A four-run 5th by Hickory turned a 2-1 Suns lead into the eventual 5-4 loss for Hagerstown. A.J. Cole allowed all five runs on six hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings to get tagged with his seventh loss. The Suns were held to just seven hits, with Adrian Sanchez singling twice, Wade Moore doubling for an RBI, and Kevin Keyes connecting for HR #15. The loss drops Hagerstown to four games back, and reduces its elimination number to eight.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 5 (10 inn.)
• Estevez 3⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Jenkins 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Montilla 3-5, R
• Jimenez 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Hendry Jimenez’s RBI single in the top of the 10th broke a 5-5 tie as the Doubledays came back from a 5-1 deficit for a 6-5 win against Mahoning Valley. Wirkin Estevez got hit hard, giving up two home runs and eight hits total over three and a 1/3rd innings. Chris Jenkins, Colin Bates, and Aaron Barrett combined to shut down the Scrappers for the final six and 2/3rds innings. The win combined with a Williamsport loss extended Auburn’s lead to 2½ games in the Pickney Division in the NYPL.

GCL Nationals 13 GCL Mets 2
• Encarnacion (W, 2-2) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Smith (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Schill 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 5RBI, BB, SB
• Oduber 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, RBI, 2SB
• Difo 3-5, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats scored a season-high 13 runs, including a seven-run 7th to send the G-Mets to a 13-2 defeat. Five G-Nats had multiple hits, with Wes Schill, Randolph Oduber, and Wilmer Difo each collecting three in a 16-hit onslaught. Pedro Encarnacion got the win with a run on two walks and two hits over five innings. The G-Nats are now 20-32 with three games remaining in the 2011 campaign.

Aug 242011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (10-6, 3.43) vs.
Greg Smith (1-0, 1.29)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Portland,
12:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-4, 3.13) vs.
Jeremy Kehrt (2-0, 4.52)
Potomac Won, 11-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:00 p.m.
Evan Bronson (4-4, 3.43) vs.
Allen Caldwell (1-0, 0.79)
Hagerstown Won, 13-8 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-6, 3.43) vs.
Nick Tepesch (6-4, 3.58)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (5-2, 3.50) vs.
Joseph Colon (4-3, 3.38)
GCL Nationals Cancelled
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 2
• Peacock (W, 4-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mock 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lombardozzi 2-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Antonelli 0-2, R, 3BB, SB

Tug Hulett’s 2RBI single in the 6th broke a 2-2 tie as the Chiefs downed the PawSox, 4-2. Brad Peacock got his 4th AAA win, allowing both Pawtucket runs on four hits and two walks. Steve Lombardozzi led the nine-hit offense with a 2-for-3 night, stealing two bases. Garrett Mock, Atahualpa Severino, and Josh Wilkie combined for four solid innings of relief. The win improved Syracuse to 59-68, 12½ games off the pace.

Harrisburg 4 Portland 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 3-0) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K
• Lehman (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Pena [S, 8] 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Fox 2-3, R, HR, 4RBI

Adam Fox drove in all four Sens runs while Danny Rosenbaum made yet another strong start for the Sens, as Harrisburg beat Portland by a 4-1 count again. Fox twice delivered two RBIs with two outs, singling in the 2nd and homering in the 7th. Rosenbaum struck out eight and allowed just a run on four hits and a walk over seven innings for his third win for the Senators. The win keeps Harrisburg 1½ games ahead of Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 11 Wilmington 1
• Solis 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Holland (W, 3-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kobernus 4-6, 3R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• Soriano 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats scored early and often and showed no mercy, demolishing the Blue Rocks by an 11-1 count. Sammy Solis went four innings in his second outing since coming off the DL while Neil Holland got the win in relief. Jeff Kobernus led the 13-hit parade with a 4-for-6 night. The win gains a game on Frederick, slicing the Keys lead to 3½ games while the Hillcats fell to the Pelicans to fall to six games behind Potomac.

Hagerstown 13 Kannapolis 8
• Slaten 1 IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Grace (W, 12-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Cuevas 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Nieto 2-3, 3R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, 2BB
• Curran 2-6, 2RBI, SB

The Suns fell behind early (3-0), went up big (10-4) and held on late for a 13-8 win against the first-half champion Crawdads. Adrian Nieto led the offense with a double and a homer for four RBI, enabling Matt Grace to get the win with three runs allowed over five innings. The win keeps pace with Kannapolis, but the elimination number is now nine, as Hagerstown trails Kannapolis by four games in the Sally North.

Mahoning Valley 7 Auburn 6
• Meza 3IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Hawkins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Skole 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three big innings did in the Doubledays as they fell to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 7-6. Christian Garcia got tagged for three runs in the bottom of the 6th to turn a 5-4 lead into a 7-5 deficit. Auburn went just 1-for-9 with RISP while collecting 11 hits. The loss blew a chance to gain some ground on Williamsport, which lost both ends of a doubleheader, as Auburn still leads the NYPL’s Pinckney Division by 1½ games.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain swept away the final meeting between the G-Nats and G-Astros, giving the GCL East’s cellar dwellers an unscheduled day off in the final week of the 2011 campaign.

Aug 232011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (3-1, 3.55) vs.
Alex Wilson (0-0, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Portland Danny Rosenbaum (2-0, 1.40) vs.
Matt Rusch (0-1, 8.44)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
7:00 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.35) vs.
Tyler Sample (7-11, 5.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (11-6, 4.45) vs.
Luke Jackson (4-4, 5.20)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 6.82) vs.
Trent Stevenson (0-2, 5.48)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-5;
Lost, 3-1
@/vs. GCL
Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Stammen (L, 9-7) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Tatusko 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Brown 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, R, 2B

Pawtucket broke a 1-1 tie with two in the bottom of the 5th and held on for a 3-2 victory, eliminating Syracuse from the playoffs. Craig Stammen gave up the killshot, a two-run homer to Che-Hsuan Lin, to take the loss. The Chiefs were held to just six hits, none in their three (3) chances with RISP.

Harrisburg 4 Portland 1
• Roark 6⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• VanAllen 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pahuta 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B, SB

Harrisburg struck for a four-run 8th, highlighted by a three-run home run by Tim Pahuta, to break a 1-1 tie and sending Portland to a 4-1 defeat. Cory VanAllen got the win in relief while Rafael Martin struck out the side in the 9th for the save. The loss keeps pace with Bowie to maintain the Sens’ ½-game lead over the BaySox in the E.L. West.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
The P-Nats finish their penultimate regular-season homestand with three against the Blue Rocks before heading up to Frederick for a three-game set over the weekend, then down to Lynchburg for four games next week. It’s quite possible that last-place Wilmington could be eliminated from all playoff contention, and third-place Lynchburg from a shot at division title, by Thursday or Friday.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 1
• Strasburg (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Applebee 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-4
• Sanchez 1-3, R, HR, RBI, CS

Stephen Strasburg’s struggles matched those of the Suns offense, as Hagerstown dropped its fourth game over the last five by a 3-1 count to the Hickory Crawdads. Strasburg gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk as the Hickory baserunners stole five bases while he was on the mound, seven total to make the most out of the five Crawdad hits. The loss drops Hagerstown to four games behind in the Sally North and reduces its elimination number to 10 with 13 games left to play.

State College 6 Auburn 1
• M Rodriguez (L, 2-3) 4IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, K
• Hanks 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mayo 2-3, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, CS

Auburn’s five-game win streak was snapped with a 6-1 defeat to State College. Manny Rodriguez took the loss, charged with five runs over four innings on eight hits and two walks. Jeremy Mayo went 2-for-3 with the lone RBI to lead the offense. Auburn still leads Williamsport by one game in the NYPL’s Pinckney Division.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Cardinals 5 (Comp.)
• Baez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Heredia (S, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Peguero 2-3
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B

A four-run 6th turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead as the G-Nats held on for a 6-5 win in the completion of the game suspended last week. Inocencio Heredia stranded two runners in the 8th and pitched a scoreless 9th to nail down the win and earn his third save.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez (L, 1-2) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-3, R, SB
• Mozingo 1-3, 2B, RBI

In the seven-inning “nightcap” (a.k.a. the regularly scheduled game), Gregory Baez took the loss by giving up all three runs on six hits and six walks as the G-Cards got a 3-1 victory. The split of the two games puts the G-Nats at 19-32, one game ahead of the last-place (and today’s opponent) GCL Astros in the GCL East.

Aug 202011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Pawtucket,
4:30 p.m.
Brad Meyers (4-4, 3.79) vs.
Kyle Weiland (8-8, 3.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-3, 2.36) vs.
Luis Marte (1-0, 2.23)
Potomac Postponed vs.
Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Olbrychowski (4-7, 4.39) and
Demny (8-10, 4.76) vs.
Rienzo (5-4, 3.32) and
Petricka (3-6, 4.04)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-1, 3.05)
vs. Spencer Arroyo (8-8, 3.60)
Auburn Won, 4-1;
Won, 8-3
vs. State
College, 7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 4.58) vs.
Ryan Hafner (2-4, 2.83)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-7
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 3-0
@ DSL Rangers
vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Milone (W, 10-6) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 10K
• Zinicola (H, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bynum 3-4, R

Tom Milone struck out 10 while notching his 10th win for third straight season as Syracuse beat Gwinnett, 5-2. Syracuse turned three double plays to erase the eight hits as both teams had trouble scoring runs (25 hits combined). The win improved Syracuse to 56-67, 14½ games behind in the I.L. North.

Akron 2 Harrisburg 1
• Slaten 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez, O (L, 3-4) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Johnson 2-3, 2B
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B
• T Moore 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The trouble with RISP problem isn’t limited to Potomac as Harrisburg went just 1-for-10 last night, only scoring on a Tyler Moore longball in a 2-1 loss to Erie. The loss shaved the Sens lead over Bowie to 1½ games while Richmond also fell to remain 3½ back in the E.L. West.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Oh, look. Potomac got rained out. How novel. The game is scheduled to be made up today with a pair of seven-inning games today at 5:30 p.m. Lynchburg beat Frederick to reduce the gaps between the three teams to 4½ games in the C.L. North.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 1
• Cole 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 7K
• Demmin (W, 4-2) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A five-run eighth broke a 1-1 tie as the Suns lapped the Intimidators, 6-1. Ryan Demmin got the win with four scoreless innings of relief, striking out seven. Kannapolis still leads the Sally North by one game as the two teams play twice more this weekend.

Auburn 4 Aberdeen 1 — GAME ONE
• Estevez (W, 5-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Bates (S, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-1 IR-S
• Ortega 1-3, R, BB, SB
• Skole 1-2, R, RBI, BB

The two teams combined for 16 walks over 6½ innings, but the Doubledays got the clutch hits to cash them in, winning the first game 4-2. Wirkin Estevez flirted with a no-hitter for three and 2/3rds and got his team-leading win #5 with five shutout innings of work.

Auburn 8 Aberdeen 3 — GAME TWO
• Karns (W, 2-2) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Miller 3-4, 3RBI
• Burns 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB, CS
• Mayo 1-1, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB

Nathan Karns bounced back from two bad outings to throw five strong innings and get the win as the Doubledays completed the series sweep, downing the Ironbirds 8-3. Justin Miller and Billy Burns both went 3-for-4 to lead the 11-hit attack. The double dip gained a ½ game on Williamsport and opened up a three-game lead on Mahoning Valley in the NYPL’s Pinckney Division.

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 7
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Medina, S (BS, 2; L, 0-4) ⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramos 3-5, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Schill 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SB

The G-Nats couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 6-0 lead after three innings, giving it back with three in the 5th and five in the 7th for an eventual 9-7 loss. Four errors also helped along the process. The loss drops the G-Nats to 18-31 with a week left to play.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Phillies 0
• Mendez (W, 7-0) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• K Rodriguez (S, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• W Rodriguez 2-4, R, SB
• N Ortega 2-4, R

The “other” Phillies-Nats matchup on Friday ended with a win but much less panache, as the D-Nats won the rain-shortened affair 3-0. Gilbert Mendez won his seventh game against no losses with six scoreless innings. Wilman Rodriguez and “Fred” Ortega both went 2-for-4 to pace the offense. Today is the season finale (weather permitting).

Aug 192011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 1-0 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (9-6, 3.47) vs.
Yohan Flande (7-7, 3.99)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-3, 3.28) vs.
Casey Crosby (7-5, 3.83)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs.
Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (8-10, 4.76) vs.
Jake Petricka (3-6, 4.04)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-4 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-6, 3.55) vs.
Matt Heidenreich (10-8, 4.52)
Auburn Postponed vs. Aberdeen,
5:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Wirkin Estevez (4-2, 3.86)
and Nate Karns (1-2, 5.23) vs.
Matt Hobgood (0-4, 12.23) and
Trent Howard (3-1, 2.89)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-8
(11 inn.)
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Gwinnett 1 Syracuse 0
• Peacock 7IP, 1H, 0R, 5BB, 6K
• Severino (L, 1-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Wilkie 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bernadina 2-4, SB, CS

It was a pitcher’s duel in Syracuse but the Chiefs fells to the Braves, 1-0 despite outhitting them 4-2. Brad Peacock got the start and put runners on via the walk five times, but the lone hit he gave up was a leadoff single in the 2nd. Peacock went the first seven innings and struck out six. Gwinnett capitalized on Atahualpa Severino’s wildness with two outs, as the diminutive lefty hit a batter, issued a walk, and gave up a single to account for the lone run of the game. Roger Bernadina went 2-for-4 with a stolen base to lead the Chiefs offense. The loss drops Syracuse to 55-67, cutting its elimination number to two.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 2
• Rosenbaum (W, 2-0) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K
• Barthmaier 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Norris 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Gilbert 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Derek Norris’s three-run blast in the top of the 7th was the difference as the Harrisburg Senators grounded the Akron Aeros, 4-2. The big fly made a winner out of Danny Rosenbaum, who’s made the jump from High A to AA without skipping a beat, giving up six hits and three walks, but just one run over six and 2/3rds innings for his second win in three starts. Norris, Erik Komatsu, Archie Gilbert, and Tim Pahuta all had multiple hits as the Sens pounded out 11 hits in the win. Harrisburg still sits atop the E.L. West by two games over Bowie, 3½ games over Richmond. The good mood was tempered in the top of the 8th when Bryce Harper pulled up lame with a strained hamstring going from first to third on Gilbert double. It’s a sure bet he’ll be put on the 7-Day DL, and a possibility that he’ll be shelved for the rest of the regular season.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 3
• Solis 3IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Nelo (S, 16) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Leon 2-4, R

Potomac got a gift Last Night In Woodbridge

Kannapolis 12 Hagerstown 4
• Grace (L, 11-6) 2⅔ IP, 8H, 7R, 3ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Mills Rogers ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Curran 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B

A six-run 3rd erased a 3-1 lead as Kannapolis stopped Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak with a 12-4 win. Matt Grace took the loss with seven runs allowed on eight hits over two and 2/3rds innings. Four Suns collected multiple hits, with Adrian Sanchez homering and doubling to lead the offense. Mills Rogers turned out to be the most effective reliever, coming on with two outs in the 8th to get the last batter and stranding two runners. The loss knocked Hagerstown back to two games behind, tied with first-half winner Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — PPD
Rain and a wet infield postponed last night’s game in Auburn, setting up Friday night doubleheader at 5:05 p.m.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Astros 8 (10 inn.)
• McGeary 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Monar 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Mesa 4-5, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

A single-triple-double sequence in the top of the 11th broke an 8-8 tie as the G-Nats outlasted the G-Astros for a 10-8 win. Narciso Mesa went 4-for-5 with four RBI to lead the 14-hit onslaught. Jack McGeary suffered his first rough outing, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks over four innings. The win improves the G-Nats to 18-30 and opens up a 2½ game lead over the last-place G-Astros in a race to avoid last place that nobody but us gives a rat’s cares this much about.

DSL Phillies 7 DSL Nationals 5
• Pineyro (L, 4-6) 4IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Barrientos 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Geraldo 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Mercedes 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

The DSL Phillies scored in four straight innings from the 2nd to the 5th, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 7-2 lead as they went on to a 7-5 win over the DSL Nationals. Ivan Pineyro took the loss, giving up five runs on 10 hits and two walks to finish his season on a sour note. Four D-Nats had multiple hits, with Junior Geraldo and Yermin Mercedes both collecting extra-base hits on a 2-for-4 game. The loss dropped the D-Nats to 32-35, assuring a losing season with just two games left on the schedule.

Aug 182011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (3-1, 4.35) vs.
Todd Redmond (9-8, 2.84)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (1-0, 1.42)
vs. Austin Adams (9-9, 4.00)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs.
Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.38) vs.
Cameron Bayne (11-5, 3.30)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (11-5, 4.32) vs.
Phil Negus (3-0, 2.62)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (4-2, 3.86) vs.
Matt Hobgood (0-4, 12.23)
GCL Nationals Suspended,
Mid 4th vs.
GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-5
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Gwinnett 3 Syracuse 1
• Stammen 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 9K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bernadina 2-3, SB
• Solano 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Gwinnett broke through with two runs in the 7th in this pitcher’s duel for a 3-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. After both teams scored early — the Braves in the 1st, the Chiefs in the 2nd — journeyman Craig Stammen matched goose eggs against (yet another Atlanta) stud pitching prospect Julio Teheran through the 6th. The Braves loaded the bases against Ryan Tatusko in the 7th on a double, walk, and an infield single. Jeff Mandel came in to put out the fire with two outs and was greeted with a two-run single to the 5/6 hole. The Braves bullpen allowed just one baserunner over the last three to nail this one down. Syracuse now stands 55-66, 14½ games back, and its elimination number is just four.

Harrisburg 5 Akron 3
• Roark (W, 8-8) 7⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Pena (S, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davis 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• T Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Akron and Harrisburg playing swimming-pool tag, with the pitchers saying “Marco” and five hitters going “Solo.” But the Sens got a two-run shot from Leonard Davis and an unearned run on an errant pickoff for the difference in a 5-3 win. Tanner Roark evened his record at 8-8 with seven and 2/3rds innings, with six hits and three runs (all on home runs) given up. Pat McCoy stranded two runners to get the last out of the 8th for his 12th hold while Hassan Pena got his 7th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. The win took advantage of Bowie’s fourth straight loss to extend Harrisburg’s lead to two games, while Richmond kept pace at 2½ games back in the E.L. West.

Kinston 2 Potomac 1
• Bronson (L, 4-4) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Holland 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 2-4, SB
• Lozada 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2K

Kinston scored two runs in the bottom of the 1st. Thanks to Potomac’s twin troubles of an inability to hit in the clutch and make contact, that was enough to lose by a 2-1 count. Francisco Soriano’s two-out RBI single in the top of the 5th was the only one in 11 chances with RISP while Eury Perez was the sole batter not to strike out, as the P-Nats whiffed 11 times. Evan Bronson was the latest hard-luck loser, giving up the two Kinston runs on four hits and three walks over six innings. The loss dropped second-place Potomac to six games behind first-place Frederick and shaved its lead over third-place Lynchburg to five games in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.

Hagerstown 9 Lexington 6
• Strasburg 1⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Applebee (W, 7-2) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Curran 3-4, 2R
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B

Stephen Strasburg struggled in his second rehab outing in Hagerstown, unable to finish the second inning as he took 49 pitches to get five outs with the first four batters reaching against him in a three-run 1st. The Suns, however, remain red-hot, winning this one 9-6 for their 7th straight. Kevin Keyes erased that 3-0 deficit with a three-run shot in the bottom of the 1st, and Hagerstown put up another three-spot in the 2nd to take Strasburg off the hook with a 6-5 lead. The Suns got nine runs on 11 hits, including three doubles and two triples. Chris Curran led the hit parade with a 3-for-4 night. Paul Applebee finished the game with six strong innings, allowing a solo home run, a double and a single, no walks, and set down five on strikes for his 7th win. Hagerstown heads into Kannapolis for a four-game showdown against the Intimidators, needing three wins to take first place.

Auburn Doubledays 4 Aberdeen Ironbirds 2
• Meza 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Ortega 2-4, RBI
• Burns 1-2, R, BB, SB

Bryce Ortega’s one-out single, coupled with an error, broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 7th as Auburn, um, doubled up Aberdeen, 4-2. The Christians Meza and Garcia got the start and the win, with Meza going the first five and giving up both Ironbird runs on four his and a walk, while Garcia struck out six over two innings in the 6th and 7th innings for the win. Aaron Barrett walked three but struck out four over the last two innings for the save, his sixth. Ortega led the Doubleday offense with a 2-for-4 night. The win keeps Auburn one game up on Mahoning Valley and Williamsport in the Pinckney Divison of the NYPL.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Cardinals 0 — SUSP, Mid 4th
Rain halted play in the middle of the 4th with the Nationals leading 1-0. It will presumably be made up when the two teams next meet on Saturday, August 27. My apologies to folks hoping for news on Jack McGeary’s next outing. The GCL and DSL are guessing games when it comes to probables, especially when there are lots of rainouts and doubleheaders. With less than 10 days left, it’ll be TBD vs. TBD the rest of the way.

DSL Mets 12 DSL Nationals 5
• Moscat (L, 3-7) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 2K
• Suero 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Rosario 2-3, 2R
• Eusebio 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB

A six-run 3rd put this one out of reach at 8-0, as the D-Mets blasted the D-Nats 12-5. Diomedes Eusebio’s two-run homer in the 4th, broke up the shutout, but the D-Nats were held to just six hits total, taking advantage of four D-Mets errors and seven walks drawn to score their five runs. Felix Moscat got the start and got knocked from the box with two outs in the 3rd, charged with eight runs on seven hits and two walks to take the loss. The D-Nats are now 32-34 and will need to win two of the next three to finish above .500.