Jul 142012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed “@” Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (4-11, 5.11) vs.
Ortiz (6-3, 2.83)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0;
Won, 3-2
vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (6-4, 5.14) vs.
Gloor (2-1, 2.25)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 @ Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (4-4, 5.79) vs.
Pimentel (0-1, 6.28)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (6-4, 3.32) vs.
Perez (0-0, 0.76)
Auburn Won, 10-0 @ Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-1, 4.82) vs.
Briceno (0-2, 9.72)
GCL Nationals Won, 1-0 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Vasquez (0-4, 2.50) vs.
Rivera (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-2 ALL STAR
BREAK
N/A

SYRACUSE — PPD
A power failure postponed the game until August 12, the fireworks until next Saturday night.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 0 — GAME ONE
• Wang 4+ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• VanAllen 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Perez 1-3
• Kobernus 1-3, SB(35)

Chien-Ming Wang proved again he can lose at any level, giving up seven hits and three runs in a 4-0 loss in the opening game of the Harrisburg-Richmond doubleheader. The Senators were held to just four hits and a walk, with just three (3) baserunners getting into scoring position and all five men stranded.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 2 — GAME TWO
• Perry 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Davis (W, 7-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Nelo (SV, 13) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Perez 2-3
• Van Ostrand 2-3
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Zach Walter’s three-run HR in the bottom of the 6th broke up a streak of 12 scoreless inning as the Senators salvaged a doubleheader split with a 3-2 win in the nightcap. Ryan Perry’s conversion to starting continues to succeed as the 25-y.o. lowered his ERA to 1.66 with a run over five innings, but had a no-decision. Erik Davis got the win, though he was touched for a run in the 7th and needed some help from Hector Nelo, who got the last two outs for his 13th save.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1
• Grace (L, 4-9) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Barthmaier 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Sanchez 2-2, CS
• Ramirez 1-3, 2B

The Blue Rocks struck for two runs early and held on for a 3-1 win. Kevin Keyes provided the “1″ with his 12th HR, homering in back-to-back games for the fourth time this season. Matt Grace turned in second quality start since back-to-back 10-run outings last month but was the losing pitcher despite allowing just two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. He also struck out a season-high of five.

Greensboro 7 Hagerstown 2
• Hansen 3+ IP, 6H, 6R, 4ER, 4BB, 0K
• Holt 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 3-1 IR-S
• Souza 2-4, RBI
• Burns 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI, SB

No need to tell Bobby Hansen Jr. it was Friday the 13th yesterday — he faced eight batters in the fourth without retiring any of them, committing two errors after back-to-back singles, then another single, then walking three in a nightmarish six-run inning. The Suns lost this one 7-2, as the Hagerstown batters were limited to just six hits. Steve Souza Jr. extended his hit streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 night.

Auburn 10 Aberdeen 0
• Lee 6IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Davis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• McQuillan 3-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• E. Martinez 3-5, 2B, 2RBI

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout Last Night In Aberdeen.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Astros 0
• Pineyro 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Barrientos 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Dicharry (W, 2-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Foat 1-3, RBI

With two outs, James Brooks was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch, and scored on Matt Foat’s RBI single for a 1-0 walkoff win by the GCL Nationals over the GCL Astros. The unlikely run made a winner out of Kevin Dicharry, the third of three G-Nats pitchers, who combined on a four-hit shutout with two walks and nine strikeouts. Foat’s safety was just the fifth of the game as the G-Nats were held to five singles and no walks.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL “Redbacks” 2
• Silvestre (W, 3-2) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Acevedo (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, 2SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

With two runs in the 5th and three in the 6th, the D-Nats broke open a 1-1 game and cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Arizona/Cincinnati DSL squad. Hector Silvestre got the win with an unearned run on four hits and two walks. Rafael Bautista and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz both went 2-for-4, with Bautista swiping two bags and Diaz driving in two runs.

Jul 132012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0;
Lost, 1-0
(14 inn.)
vs. Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (4-11, 5.11) vs.
Ortiz (6-3, 2.94)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-3 vs. Richmond,
6:00 p.m. (DH)
Wang (rehab) and
Perry (1-1, 1.62) vs.
Fitzgerald (4-6, 4.19) and
Maday (3-5, 3.44)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (4-8, 6.12) vs.
Adam (1-9, 3.94)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-0, 4.13) vs.
Brice (6-3, 4.24)
Auburn Won, 6-3 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (0-0, 2.93) vs.
Vader (0-2, 7.31)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-6 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Pineyro (0-0, 3.06) vs.
Barrios (1-0, 1.59)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-0 @ DSL Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (2-2, 4.97) vs.
Aybar (0-5, 5.34)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 Syracuse 0 — GAME ONE (comp.)
• Atkins 9IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 6BB, 4K
• Maldonado 1-3, 2B, BB
• Rivero 1-3
• Negrych 1-2

After a 92-day hiatus, Syracuse lost to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the completion of the suspended game, 3-0. The loss went to Mitch Atkins, who threw the unusual complete game, giving up all three Yankees runs on five hits and six walks while striking out four. Syracuse mustered one more hit (six) with the Carloses (Maldonado and Rivero) both going 1-for-3.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Mandel 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Arnesen 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Bibens-Dirkx (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K, HBP,
• Rivero 2-6, 2B
• Marrero 1-3, BB

What was supposed to be one reliever making a spot start and possibly another finishing it up for a light night, the Chiefs ended up emptying the bullpen as they dropped the second game, 1-0 in 14 innings. Jeff Mandel flirted with a no-hitter for four and 2/3rds and finished with a one hit allowed over five innings. Austin Bibens-Dirkx took the loss when he walked the leadoff batter, gave up a single, hit a batter, then walked in the game’s lone run. The Chiefs collected 10 hits total, but left on 11 while going 0-for-8 with RISP.

Richmond 12 Harrisburg 3
• Holder 1⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, K, 2HR
• Tatusko 5⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 2-5, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Lozada 1-2, R; ⅓ IP, BB, 1-1 IR-S

Trevor Holder’s AA debut was a tale of two innings. The first was the best of times (1-2-3), the second… not so much. Richmond scored seven times against the 25-y.o., including a grand slam that ended his night as the Flying Squirrels went on to a 12-4 triumph. Ryan Tatusko turned in a masterful piece of relief, allowing just a run on six hits and two walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. Jeff Kobernus led the Senators offense with a single and a triple and two RBI.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 3
• Ray (L, 3-6) 4IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Storen 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Ramirez 2-3, 3B
• Soriano 2-3, R, BB

A four-run fourth by the Blue Rocks knocked Robbie Ray from the game and helped send the P-Nats to an 8-3 loss. Ray gave up five runs on five hits and two walks over the first four innings. Drew Storen finished out the game with two innings, but was touched for a home run by Wilmington’s Matt Fields, who also took Ray deep in the 4th. Francisco Soriano and J.P. Ramirez both went 2-for-3 as the offense registered eight hits total, but the defense committed three errors.

Greensboro 4 Hagerstown 3 (10 inn.)
• Hill 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Hawkins (L, 3-2) 1⅓ IP, H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Burns 0-2, 3BB
• Souza 1-5, R, HR, RBI

After taking the lead in the top of the 10th, the Suns were eclipsed in the space of three batters in the bottom of the 10th as a one-out HR gave the GreenJackets the 4-3 win in extras, stopping the Hagerstown win streak at seven. The Suns managed just five hits total, including Steve Souza’s 16th home run. Taylor Hill had just one bad inning, giving up two runs in part of the 7th after tossing six scoreless to begin the game. The loss went to Ben Hawkins who gave up just the big fly over an inning and a third, walking one and striking out one.

Auburn 6 Aberdeen 3
• Mooneyham 3IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Fischer (W, 1-1) 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Ramos 2-3, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Pleffner 3-5, R, 3B
• E. Martinez 2-5, RBI

A pair of two-run rallies in the 6th and 7th innings pushed the Doubledays past the Ironbirds for a 6-3 win in Aberdeen. David Fischer got the win in relief of Brett Mooneyham, who tossed three scoreless inings with a walk, a hit and two strikeouts. Fischer gave up two runs on two hits and a walk over four innings. Derek Self got the last four outs of the game for his second save. Wander Ramos reached base four times: a single, a double, and two walks and drove in three to pace the Auburn offense, which tallied 10 hits total. Roster move: IF Josh Johnson assigned to Auburn from Syracuse.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 6
• Hudgins 4+ IP, 5H, 4R, 0ER, BB, K
• Hollins (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, IR-S 3-1
• Boyden (SV, 1) 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Difo 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Brooks 3-5, R, RBI

After blowing leads of 3-0 and 5-4, the G-Nats put up single runs in the 7th and 8th and held on for their third straight win, 7-6 over the G-Marlins. Starter Will Hudgins gave up four unearned runs on five hits and a walk, but struck out just one. Leonard Hollins let in one run on a groundout but got the win when G-Nats went ahead for good. Wilmer Difo and James Brooks both went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the G-Nats pounded out 16 hits total for the afternoon.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL “Redbacks” 0
• Gomez (W, 4-2) 8IP, H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Chavez 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, RBI, 2SB (20)
• Mercedes 2-4, 2R, RBI

Elisaul Gomez and Jose Chavez combined on a two-hit shutout as the D-Nats downed the Arizona/Cincinnati co-op, 8-0. Gomez allowed just a single in the 7th while walking three and striking out two over eight frames. Jose Chavez gave up a double and a walk in the 9th, but preserved the shutout with the help of a double play. Rafael Bautista and Yermin Mercedes both went 2-for-4 as the D-Nats made their 10 hits count, going 5-for-13 with RISP.

Jul 122012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Scranton/WB,
6:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Kickham (6-7, 2.96)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-5, 4.87) vs.
Ferguson (0-0, -.–)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (9-4, 4.72) vs.
Urena (5-4, 2.96)
Auburn Won, 9-5 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Fischer (0-1, 4.91) vs.
Coffey (0-3, 12.66)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-3 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Hudgins (0-2, 4.70) vs.
Jackson (0-1, 1.50)
DSL Nationals Won, 15-5 vs. DSL Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (3-2, 3.45) vs.
Ramirez (1-2, 1.32)

SYRACUSE — ALL STAR BREAK
• Brown 0-4
• Rivero 0-2, 2K
• Negrych 1-2,
• Duke 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K

The Pacific Coast League defeated the International League 3-0 in the Triple-A All Star Game. All four Chiefs saw game action, as indicated above.

HARRISBURG — ALL STAR BREAK
• Perez 0-4
• Kobernus 1-2
• Rahl 1-4, RBI
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nelo (L, 0-1) 0IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K

The Eastern Division rallied for a 5-4 win in the last of the 9th, with Harrisburg’s Hector Nelo taking the loss with a run on two hits and a walk.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2
• Olbrychowski 6⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Carr 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Freitas 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, SB

Potomac led this one briefly, 2-1, but the Blue Rocks pantsed the P-Nats with five unanswered runs for a 6-2 win. Adam Olbrychowski took the loss with all six runs allowed (five earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out five. David Freitas drove in both Potomac runs while going 3-for-4 with a double.

Hagerstown 4 Greensboro 3
• Turnbull 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (W, 4-2) 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Barrett (SV, 16) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Miller 1-2, R, 2B, BB, SF, 2RBI
• Ortega 1-3, BB, RBI, SB

With three runs in the 7th and a run in the 8th, Hagerstown went from being nearly no-hit to a 4-3 win over Greensboro. Steve Souza broke up the no-no with a leadoff single in the 7th, with Justin Miller following him with an RBI double to break up the shutout. In the following frame, Miller broke the 3-3 tie with a sac fly that sent in Billy Burns, who had led off the 8th with a single. Colin Bates got the win in relief of Kylin Turnbull while Aaron Barrett pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his league-leading 16th save.

Auburn 9 Aberdeen 5
• Encarnacion 4⅔ IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Smith (W, 3-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Henke (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Poole 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, BB
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, RBI

Auburn batted around in the 7th for six-run inning and a 9-5 win over Aberdeen. The Ironbirds strafed starter Pedro Encarnacion for four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and a walk. Jason Smith picked up the win in relief while Robert Benincasa snuffed a late Aberdeen charge in the 9th for the save. Travis Poole paced the offense with a 3-for-5 night, including a double and two RBI.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 3
• Schwartz 3IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Martin (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mesa 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Nieto 2-4, 2R, BB

A four-run 5th broke open 3-3 tie as the G-Nats downed the G-Marlins, 7-3. Blake Schwartz got the start but allowed all three Marlins runs on six hits over three innings. Rafael Martin led a trio of relievers that combined for six shutout and hitless innings with eight strikeouts. Eight of the nine G-Nats batters hit safely, with Narciso Mesa, Adrian Nieto, Jean Carlos Valdez and Will Piwnica-Worms each collecting two hits while the team compiled 12 total.

DSL Nationals 15 DSL Giants 5
• Valerio 4IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Valdez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 5RBI
• A. Martinez 3-6, 3R
• Cerda 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI

The D-Nats snapped their eight-game skid with a 15-5 beatdown of the D-Giants. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled, doubled, and tripled while driving in five to lead the 13-hit attack. Starter Maximo Valerio threw four scoreless, allowing just a hit and two walks while striking out three. Phillips Valdez completed the game and got the win, giving up five runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks.

Jul 112012
 

Things have been real busy at the home office of Nationals Prospects, but it occurred to me that I haven’t done a follow-up to the “First Impressions” column from May. With the lull afforded by the All-Star break, it’s time to fix that problem.

Everybody and their grandmother wants to know when __________ will be promoted. The three most common: Matt Skole, Brian Goodwin, and Alex Meyer. Perhaps the move of Carlos Alvarez up from Auburn to Hagerstown concurring with Skole’s placement on the DL is a signal that a move is coming. Potomac does return home this coming Monday, which is seven days after Skole last played. Or it could just be that he’s legitimately hurt. But there was no mention of an injury in the game report by the Hagerstown newspaper…

I tease because I have no other recourse. The truth is that I rarely get much notice, and sometimes I find out before the team employees do (well, except for the clubbies ;-). But my working assumption is that it’s most likely to be one or none of those three that gets promoted, informed by the pattern of the past three seasons which is (altogether now) one level per year below AA.

Back to the Potomac players & pitchers. Here’s an update on what I’m seeing…

FIRST BASE
Justin Bloxom has been moved up and it was earned. Stephen King has been moved down. Evaluating this has been a battle between the heart and mind. The heart hopes for him to hit like he’s been unfairly demoted and in the process, helping the P-Nats to a second-half playoff run. The mind knows that this has been a pattern: someone from AA gets dropped down to finish out the season (e.g. Sean Rooney, Bill Rhinehart). Defensively, it’s been about what you’d expect – he’s improving relatively quickly (as you’d expect from an athletic IF), but there have been moments of cringe. Offensively, he’s showing that he’s seen AA pitching and hitting the High-A pitchers’ mistakes.

SECOND BASE
Adrian Sanchez has played here the most, but not the best. The word is out that he likes the inside heat, but he’s starting to adjust and drive the ball the other way. Defensively, he has simply not impressed, and is visibly taking steps to compensate for his lack of range, often playing a step or two onto the outfield grass.

SHORTSTOP
This has been a shared position all season long. First with Zach Walters and Rick Hague, now with Jason Martinson and Hague. A lot of this is because there are more left-side IF prospects than positions, which we knew all along. Walters got promoted because of his bat, and while he showed flashes of brilliance on defense, he also committed errors in spades. It’s a similar story for both Hague and Martinson — offense is not the problem, but the defense is uneven. Hague has shown more promise at his secondary position (2B) than Martinson (3B), but the sample sizes for both are very small (16G and 4G).

THIRD BASE
Amid the (constant) carping, campaigning, and complaining about Skole, Blake Kelso has been quietly doing his job. He’s probably never going to hit for power, but I can understand why the Nationals are trying to keep him playing: He’s a decent baserunner, he plays relatively steady-if-unstellar defense and could make for a UI sometime down the line. He’s been regularly pushed aside for rehabbers and the shortstops, so the inference that he’s “blocking” anybody is simply untrue.

LEFT FIELD
Kevin Keyes has a ton of power and is passable on defense, but he’s an all-or-nothing hitter and strikes out a lot. J.P. Ramirez is back and while better than he was at this point last year, most of that is attributable to being a year older and 10-15 lbs lighter. Neither has shown a tremendous amount of improvement.

CENTERFIELD
The link that put in yesterday’s comments section regarding Brett Mooneyham in regards to reality vs. expectations comes to mind. In the offseason, Michael Taylor received scads of praise and was given comps to Mike Cameron and Devon White. Relative to that lofty praise, Michael Taylor has fallen way short. Considering that he’s a convert to the position and turned 21 in March, he’s going through some growing pains. There is still time for him to turn things around and put up the numbers that folks want/demand, but I’m satisfied with Sickels’ assessment that “he’s just scratching the surface,” as he runs well, covers a LOT of ground in CF, and has the kind of arm you’d expect from a former SS.

RIGHT FIELD
This has mostly been the province of Randolph Oduber, who seemed to be turning the corner in June but has fallen into a slump with the the turn of the month. He plays hard, he runs out every ground ball, can easily play any of the three OF positions, but just hasn’t quite mastered the strike zone. I’d like to think there may be other reasons for why he’s been unable to break through, and there probably are, but it probably is that simple.

CATCHER
David Freitas has done little to change my mind on two things: (1) he can hit and get on base (2) he’s not likely to stick at catcher beyond this level. I know the raw numbers don’t agree with that assessment, but having watched him catch now for more than half a season, it’s my gut feeling, especially knowing that he’s a former first baseman and could be converted with much more ease than others.

BENCH
Not much new to report here, especially since it’s still basically the backup catcher and utility infielder. Erick Fernandez has replaced Beau Seabury but Francisco Soriano is still the utility guy. Fernandez has played sparingly and fits both the role and the requirements of a second-string backstop. Soriano started the season very slowly but has since returned to form, which is good enough to sub in at several positions, won’t kill you on defense, and uses his speed well.

STARTING PITCHERS
Adam Olbrychowski — Will get lit up from time to time by the better Carolina League offenses, but can generally be counted on for six innings each time out and will do well against the teams he should.

Trevor Holder — Finally got the promotion after becoming the team’s anchor in May and June. In addition to getting healthy, he got there by no longer doing the things that hurt (leaving the ball up, issuing walks) and kept doing the things that served him well (keeping the ball down, enticing hitters to chase).

Matt Grace — Has had moments where you think he’s turned the corner, but more often than not, it feels like he’s gone up in flames. The trend of giving up a LOT more hits than innings pitched has gone on for a season and a half. It would be one thing if those were mostly singles, but to often they’re extra-base hits to the gaps. As I said in the offseason, he may be better served by returning to the bullpen, where he spent much of his collegiate career.

Matt Swynenberg — Shoulder soreness shelved him in June, but it appears that he’s gotten strong enough to return, especially after a pair of 4+ inning outings. When he’s on, he’ll get ahead and force batters to swing at pitches low and/or away. When he’s off, much like Grace, there’s not much doubt about it: the hitters will eat him alive.

Robbie Ray — One of the disturbing trends has been the dropoff in strikeouts. The K is a very sexy stat, often overrated because some pitchers sacrifice efficiency to achieve them, but it’s concerning when a pitcher gets three or less when going five or more innings, which has happened to Ray four times in 12 starts. Coming out of the all-star break, Ray was giving up a lot of runs early and then settling down. Like Taylor, it’s important to note that he’s still young for the level and also that he missed all of April.

Nathan Karns — Has become the prospect du jour thanks to the high K numbers (52 in 40⅔ IP for Potomac, including 31 over the last three starts of June) but what should make more people excited is that he seems to finally be healthy and is going deep into games, including an 8-inning, 29-batters-faced start in late June. Throws hard but is starting to get serious separation from the the heat to his breaking pitches, which is what’s helping him pile up the strikeouts.

RELIEF PITCHERS
This has gone from a strength to a question mark, particularly in the late innings.

Rob Wort — Since the All-Star game, he’s been foundering: three blown saves, two losses, and an ERA spiking from 1.07 to 2.58. Deception has always been a part of his game, but hitters at this level don’t miss pitches left up and over the plate, and that’s been the problem.

Neil Holland — Was nearly perfect in May, but has since reverted to something more human. Arguably the most reliable reliever that’s been there the whole year.

Paul Applebee — Hasn’t pitched in nearly a month and his last five outings were all pretty, both indications that he’s either hurt or done for the year or both. Struggled with the long ball (8 in 36IP).

Jimmy Barthmaier and Joe Testa — Both are older pitchers that are trying to reinvent themselves as side-armed relievers. Barthmaier, helped in part by have the long, lean physique that seems to help mechanically, has been mostly successful. Testa, who is now in Year Two of the experiment, has not.

Jul 112012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac OFF DAY @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (4-6, 5.43) vs.
Pounders (1-2, 6.08)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 @ Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (4-4, 4.85) vs.
Lowell (3-4, 4.31)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (2-0, 0.55)
Guzman (0-0, 1.17)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Schwartz (0-2, 6.75) vs.
Fox (0-1, 8.53)
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1
(11 inn.)
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-4, 5.47) vs.
Guzman (1-2, 3.41)

SYRACUSE — ALL STAR BREAK
The Triple-A All Star game is tonight in Buffalo, NY with Corey Brown, Zach Duke, Jim Negrych, and Carlos Rivero representing Syracuse.

HARRISBURG — ALL STAR BREAK
The Double-A All Star game is tonight in Reading, PA with Jeff Kobernus, Hector Nelo, Eury Perez, Kevin Pucetas, Chris Rahl, Danny Rosenbaum representing Harrisburg.

POTOMAC — OFF DAY
After the first off day of the second half, Potomac takes to the road for a four-game set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 7
• McKenzie 4⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 5BB, K
• Meza (W, 5-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 15) ⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB
• Miller 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Dykstra 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3BB, 2RBI, SB(25)

The disturbing pattern of the bats building a big lead and bullpen giving it away continues for the Hagerstown Suns in a 9-7 escape from Greensboro. The Suns led this one 9-1 after 6½ innings before allowing three runs to the Grasshoppers in both the 8th and 9th innings. Christian Meza got the win with four outs in the middle innings, stranding the bases loaded in the 5th. Hagerstown pounded out 12 hits, led by Justin Miller’s 2-for-4 night with a double, walk, two runs scored, and three RBI. Starter Chris McKenzie went the first four and 2/3rds, giving up two hits and a run, but walking five while striking out one. Roster moves: 3B/DH Carlos Alvarez transferred from Auburn, 3B Matt Skole placed on the 7-Day DL.

AUBURN — OFF DAY
It’s first of three against the Aberdeen Ironbirds, the furthest point south on the New York-Penn League circuit. Roster moves: UT Mike McQuillan promoted from GCL Nationals, IF Carlos Lopez activated from DL, LHP Jack McGeary assigned from GCL

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Cardinals 1
• Mieses (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dicharry (SV, 2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Nieto 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 0-1, 3BB

With five scoreless frames from the start, strong relief, and a balanced offense, the G-Nats defeated the G-Cards, 3-1. Adalberto Miese allowed just three hits and struck out three, with no walks and no runs allowed to get the win. Eight of nine batters reached base safely, totaling seven hits and four walks, with Adrian Nieto connecting on a solo HR. Kevin DiCharry came on in the 9th to strand the tying runs and earn his second save.

DSL Giants 2 DSL Nationals 1 (11 inn.)
• J. Rodriguez 4⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K, HBP
• Benitez 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (L, 2-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• A. Martinez 1-4, R, HR, BB, RBI, 3K
• Bautista 1-2, 2BB, SB

The tailspin continues for the DSL Nationals as they fell 2-1 in 10 innings for their eighth straight loss. The three D-Nats pitchers combined for eight walks and 15 strikeouts, with Jefry Rodriguez giving up the first run on three hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds and Kelvin Rodriguez giving up the second on three hits and three walks over the final three frames. Andres Martinez’s solo HR in the bottom of the 6th accounted for the D-Nats scoring, as they left on seven and went 0-for-8 with RISP.

Jul 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Won, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (2-2, 8.19) vs.
Lyman (1-2, 8.53)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 1-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Mieses (0-2, 6.32) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-2 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 3.34) vs.
Mella (1-1, 2.37)

SYRACUSE — ALL STAR BREAK
IF Jim Negrych has been added to the International League All-Star roster, joining fellow Chiefs Corey Brown, Zach Duke and Carlos Rivero. Roster move: As predicted, RHP Neil Holland was returned to the Potomac Nationals yesterday.

Erie 4 Harrisburg 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-6) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Walters 2-4, 2B
• Van Ostrand 1-2, R, BB, RBI

A four-run 4th put the brakes on an eight-game winning streak as Erie dropped Harrisburg, 4-1. Danny Rosenbaum took the loss, giving up all four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings. The Sens bats were held to just five hits, with Zach Walters the only multihit Senator (2-for-4) and Jimmy Van Ostrand (1-for-2) registering the sole RBI. Roster move: RHP Rafael Martin assigned to GCL Nationals.

Potomac 2 Carolina 1
• Karns (W, 4-2) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Storen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Holland (SV, 3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramirez 2-3, R, SB, OF assist at HP
• Soriano 1-3, R, 3B

A wild finish Last Night In Woodbridge.

HAGERSTOWN — OFF DAY
After a five-game homestand that saw the Suns sweep the Legends, it’s an eight-game trek to Greensboro for four and a rematch against Lexington from Saturday to Tuesday before returning to the Muni next Thursday.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 1
• Monar (L, 1-2) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Self 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K, PO at 1B
• Manuel 2-4, R
• Kieboom 1-3, RBI

The Auburn Doubledays lost back-to-back games at home for the first time this season, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Hudson Valley Renegades. Blake Monar took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks over five and a 1/3rd innings while setting down five on strikes. The Doubledays were held to just five hits, however, with Craig Manuel going 2-for-4 and Spencer Kieboom driving in the sole Auburn run. Today is the first of just three scheduled off days (the other two coming next month with the NYPL All-Star Game) as the Doubledays make the first of two road trips outside of Western NY/PA Pennsylvania with a pair of three-game series against the Ironbirds (MD) and the Tigers (CT) starting on Wednesday.

GCL Cardinals 1 GCL Nationals 0
• Vasquez (L, 0-4) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• R. Martin 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hollins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• McQuillan 2-4
• Brooks 2-4

For the second straight game, the scoree was 1-0, but this time the G-Nats were on the losing end, falling to the first-place G-Cards. Daury Vasquez gave up the sole run on three hits and three walks while striking out two. Rafael Martin made his first appearance since being placed on the restricted list for Harrisburg in early June, tossing a scoreless inning. The G-Nats mustered just six hits (all singles), with Mike McQuillan and James Brooks hitting safely twice and Wilmer Difo and Narciso Mesa both singling once.

DSL Yankees1 12 DSL Nationals 2
• Suero (L, 4-2) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• A. Martinez 2-4
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A trio of trespassers crossed home plate in three straight innings as the DSL Nationals were pounded, 12-2 by the DSL Yankees1. Wander Suero was the first of four D-Nats pitchers to get [w]itch-slapped, charged with the loss on three runs allowed over three and a 1/3rd innings on two hits and three walks, though he did fan five. Andres Martinez led the the hit column with a 2-for-4 game, while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz connected for a solo HR.

Jul 092012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-5, 3.41) vs.
Carrillo (0-1, 9.45)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (3-2, 2.67) vs.
Roberts (3-5, 6.30)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 7-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (1-1, 3.65) vs.
Ames (1-0, 0.95)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Vasquez (0-3, 3.46) vs.
De Los Santos (1-1, 3.68)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Suero (4-1, 3.09) vs.
Canela (2-1, 1.55)

Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 1
• Maya 7IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Bibens-Dirkx 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Hoffpauir 2-4, RBI
• Teahen 2-4
• Bynum 2-4, R,

Yunesky Maya went seven innings but also gave up a HR in his fifth straight game, as Pawtucket beat Syracuse, 4-1. Maya gave up all four runs on nine hits as the 30-year-old Cuban neither walked not struck out a batter. Jarrett Hoffpauir, Mark Teahen, and Seth Bynum each went 2-for-4 but the Chiefs managed just seven hits total. It’s the AAA all-star break for the next three days with the Chiefs resuming with a five-game sequence against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, including a suspended-game doubleheader on Thursday.

Harrisburg 3 Erie 1
• Perry (W, 1-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• VanAllen (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Bloxom 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Senators haven’t lost since last month, taking a 3-1 decision for their 8th straight win. All three runs came via the longball, with Jose Lozada connecting on a two-run shot in the 5th and Justin Bloxom going deep again in the 9th. Ryan Perry got his first professional win as a starter with five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three. Corey VanAllen and Erik Davis both got holds while Zech Zinicola gave up a solo shot in the 9th but was credited with the save (#2).

Carolina 3 Potomac 2
• Grace (L, 4-8) 5+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Swynenberg 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Kelso 1-3, SB(22)
• Sanchez 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

After flirting with a no-hitter for five innings, Matt Grace hit the wall in the sixth with a single and back-to-back doubles. The Mudcats would score twice in the 6th and once in the 7th on a HR. That last run would prove to be the difference as the P-Nats rallied for two on a two-run double by Adrian Sanchez in the 9th, but fell short 3-2. Grace would suffer the loss, his 8th, giving up two runs on three hits over five-plus innings. Matt Swynenberg stranded a runner in the 6th and allow one run (a home run in the 7th) on two hits while walking two and striking out four over the last four frames.

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 3
• Hansen 4⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 2K
• Mirowski (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Holt (SV, 2) 2⅔ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, RBI
• Palace 2-4, R

With a pair of three-run rallies and four and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief, the Suns completed the five-game sweep of the Legends, 6-3. Matt Skole, Steve Souza, and Justin Miller each homered to highlight the offense. Bobby Hansen Jr. couldn’t go the requisite five, falling two outs short as the 22-y.o. southpaw issued six walks over four and a 1/3rd innings, but kept Lexington off the board after a three-run first. Richie Mirowski stranded two runners and went two innings to earn the win while Greg Holt escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 7th with a double play and finished the game for his second save. If you blinked, or had the sound off to not have to listen to Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone prattle on about players they clearly never saw before, you might have missed Alex Meyer’s six-pitch outing in last night’s Future’s Game.

Hudson Valley 7 Auburn 2
• Jordan (L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Rauh 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Alvarez 3-4, R, 2B
• Poole 1-2, RBI

Hudson Valley put up a crooked number in the first and last innings in a 7-2 win over Auburn. Starter Taylor Jordan suffered the loss, giving up three first-inning runs on five hits while pitching three innings total, walking none, and striking out four. The New York-Penn League’s oldest and most expensive organizational guy (OG) led the hit column, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, The Doubledays offense was otherwise abysmal: just five other hits from guys not born during the Reagan administration, eight runners left on base, and a 1-for-12 mark with RISP.

GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 span in their first week, it’s been 2-10 in the last two weeks for the GCL Nationals as they’ll face the Cardinals, Marlins, and Astros with home games on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

DSL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
Six straight losses have dropped the D-Nats under .500 (15-16) as they look to get their first win in July this week with a five-game week that features a rematch against the DSL Yankees1 and a pair of games against the DSL Giants and the DSL Arizona/Cincinnati co-op.

Jul 082012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Maya (6-6, 3.58) vs.
Duckworth (7-2, 3.53)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3
(10 inn.)
@ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Perry (0-1, 2.31) vs.
Cooper (2-1, 5.06)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Carolina,
1:05 p.m.
Grace (4-7, 6.28) vs.
Rayl (4-7, 4.45)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 vs. Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-0, 3.75) vs.
Dufek (5-1, 5.26)
Auburn Won, 8-7
(10 inn.)
vs. Hudson Valley,
6:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 2.84) vs.
Guerrieri (0-1, 0.90)
GCL Nationals Lost, 1-0
(12 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-0 OFF DAY N/A


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2

• Roark (L, 4-11) 6+IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rivero 2-4, R, 2B
• Negrych 0-2, 2BB, RBI

One bad inning was enough to decide this one as the Chiefs were edged by the PawSox, 3-2. Tanner Roark took the loss when he failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the 7th, leaving with the bases loaded and a 2-2 tie. Hassan Pena got a rehabbing Jacoby Ellsbury to pop up but couldn’t get Jose “No, my Dad is not Julio” Iglesias out, sending in what proved to be the gamewinner with a single to center. Syracuse actually outhit Pawtucket 8-5, with Carlos Rivero leading the hit column with a 2-for-4 night, though he committed an error in the PawSox’s three-run 7th. RHP Neil Holland was assigned to Syracuse from Potomac. Like most A+ to AAA moves, as well as the All-Star break starting tomorrow, this is likely to be an up-and-back maneuver.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 3 (10 inn.)
• Demny 8IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Gilliam (W, 3-7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Nelo (SV, 12) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Leon 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B, SAC
• Bloxom 1-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Make it seven straight for the Senators, as they rallied to tie in the 9th and win in the 10th, 5-3 over the Seawolves. Justin Bloxom’s one-out solo shot in the 9th took starter Paul Demny off the hook, tying the game at 3-3. Demny was knocked to the mat with a three-run third, but got up and held Erie scoreless for the next five innings, allowing seven hits and two walks total while striking out five. Sean Nicol and Destin Hood led off the 10th with back-to-back singles, but after a Chris Rahl sacrifice and Nicol getting erased at the plate, the Seawolves hit Jeff Kobernus to load the bases, then issued RBI walks to Sandy Leon and Bloxom. Hector Nelo pitched around a hit and a walk in the last of the 10th to nail it down and earn his 12th save.

Potomac 4 Carolina 3
• Holder 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 8K
• Storen (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Barthmaier (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Keyes 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, SF, 2RBI, 3E

For the second straight night, the kid that came off the bench to replace the rehabbing major-leaguer won the game, as Kevin Keyes smashed a towering opposite-field homer in the last of the 8th for a 4-3 Potomac win over Carolina. Drew Storen got the blown-save win, letting in two runs (one earned) in the top of the 8th, the tying run coming in on the third of Jason Martinson’s three errors. The 23-y.o. Texan did drive in two for the game, homering in the 5th and getting a sac fly in the 6th. The late-inning heroics were made possible by Trevor Holder, who rebounded from his previous, career-worst outing, to throw seven innings of one-run ball with a season-high eight K’s.

Hagerstown 9 Lexington 6
• Hill (W, 9-4) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 5K
• Hawkins (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Barrett (SV, 14) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Newsome 4-5, 3R, 3-2B, HR, 2RBI
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 4RBI, CS
• Mayo 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI

The Legends must hate going to Hagerstown. For the sixth time in seven games (the last four straight), Hagerstown beat Lexington, 9-6. Taylor Hill got the win despite giving up five runs on eight hits over five innings, though he walked none and struck out five. Brett Newsome would not settle for a single, doubling three times and homering for the third consecutive contest. Steve Souza also went deep and doubled, driving in four. Ben Hawkins got the hold with a run on three hits over three innings while Aaron Barrett pitched a scoreless 9th to tie for the Sally League lead in saves with 14.

Auburn 8 Hudson Valley 7 (10 inn.)
• Mooneyham 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Benincasa (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-2 IR-S
• Henke (W, 3-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Montilla 3-4, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramos 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

Call them the Incredibles, the Cardiac Collegiates, or the Auburn H-Rods, the Doubledays continue to rally late, walking off for the second straight night and fifth time this season with an 8-7 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades. Third-round pick Brett Mooneyham got the start and allowed a hit over one and 2/3rds inningw while walking two and striking out two. Seventh-rounder Robert Benincasa wasn’t as fortunate, letting two of three inherited runners over an inning and a 1/3rd for the blown save. Travis Henke got the win with one hit and three walks given up over the final two and 1/3rd innings. Angel Montilla led the offense with a 3-for-4 night, extending his hit streak to eight games and his on-base streak to 17 contests.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Astros 0 (12 inn.)
• Pineyro 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Heredia (W, 1-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• McQuillan 3-6, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, BB

It was a Star Trek convention on the scoreboard (that’s a whole lot of zeros, folks) until the G-Nats broke through with Wilmer Difo single followed by an RBI double by Mike McQuillan for a 1-0 win over the G-Astros in 12 innings. Four pitchers combined on the shutout, with Ivan Pineyro getting the start and going five innings with one hit and two walks allowed and Inocencio Heredia getting the win with one hit over the three extra frames. Casey Selsor and Kevin DiCharry both tossed two scoreless in between. McQuillan (3-for-6) and Difo (2-for-5) accounted for five of the nine G-Nats hits.

DSL Yankees1 6 DSL Nationals 0
• Silvestre (L, 2-2) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Chavez 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Martinez 1-2, BB, 2CS
• Tillero 1-2, BB

With a 6-0 loss to the DSL Yankees1, it’s 0-for-July for the DSL Nationals. Hector Silvestre turned in a quality start, with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks while striking out four. However, the offense was nearly nil: just three hits and three walks and an 0-for-5 mark with RISP. Andres Martinez and Jorge Tillero both went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Jul 072012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Roark (4-10, 5.27) vs.
Stewart (1-0, 1.54)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (6-4, 5.40) vs.
De La Cruz (5-7, 4.38)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Holder (5-3, 4.28) vs.
Salazar (0-2, 2.65)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (8-4, 4.46) vs.
Ordosgoitti (2-3, 5.01)
Auburn Won, 7-6 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Mooneyham (pro debut) vs.
Bierman (0-1, 5.63)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-3 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (2-1, 5.06) vs.
De Paula (3-1, 2.10)


Buffalo 5 Syracuse 1

• Lannan (L, 6-8) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Severino 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Hoffpauir 2-3, BB
• Marrero 1-4, R, 2B

John Lannan coughed up his 13th HR last night, a three-run shot in the 3rd as the Bison stampeded the Chiefs, 5-1. The former Opening Day starter gave up all five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. Syracuse mustered just five hits in the loss, with Jarrett Hoffpauir the sole batter to reach base multiple times and Chris Marrero collecting the one extra-base hit, a double in the 7th. After dropping the series to Buffalo, it’s a two-game set in Pawtucket to finish up before the All-Star break.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Tatusko (W, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Nelo (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Perez 3-5

With a three-run home run, strong pitching, and a little luck, Harrisburg completed its sweep of Bowie with a 3-2 win, its sixth straight triumph. Zach Walters only went 1-for-4, but the “1″ cleared the batter’s eye in dead CF with two aboard in the 4th inning. Spot starter Ryan Tatusko turned in five innings, allowing just a run on six hits and two walks while striking out five to earn his second win. A quartet of relievers followed, combining for four scoreless innings despite issuing four walks. Bowie had baserunners in every inning but the 9th, in which Hector Nelo set ‘em down in order for his 11th save.
The Senators head back to PA, but it’s to Erie for a three-game set before the two-day All-Star Break. Roster move: LHP Cory VanAllen was activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 6 Frederick 5
• Ray 6IP, 9H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K
• Wort (BS, 5; W, 2-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• King 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Ramirez 1-2, BB, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

The first of three walkoff wins last night happened in spite of some rather questionable managing in the 9th. After Stephen King led off the 9th with a double, Kevin Keyes, with one (1) career sacrifice, was asked to lay one down and predictably bunted into an easy 1-5 putout to erase King. Mysteriously, Randolph Oduber, the team leader in sacrifice hits was called upon to pinch-hit one batter too late and popped up. A hit batsmen push Keyes to second for pinch-hitter Adrian Sanchez, subbing for an 0-for-4 Chad Tracy. Sanchez delivered the game-winning RBI single with a little help from a throw that was too far up the first base line. Rob Wort got the win despite blowing his five save for the season, third in his last four appearances. Roster move: Mascot Uncle Slam was placed on the 60-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 4
• Turnbull 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Bates (W, 3-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Burns 3-5, R, SB
• Jimenez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Newsome 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The second walkoff for the farm also had a WTF moment of doubt when Brian Goodwin singled to lead off the 9th, took second on a Billy Burns single… and got picked off after a Matt Skole strikeout. Steve Souza saved the day with an RBI double that Burns motored in from first with the decisive run. Burns and Souza also contributed on defense with outfield assists on plays at the plate. The win went to Colin Bates, who pitched three scoreless innings and worked around two hits and three walks. Starter Kylin Turnbull threw the first six, allowing all four Lexington runs 10 hits and two walks.

Auburn 7 Lowell 6
• Lee (ND) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Waterman 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Martinez 2-5, 2B, 3RBI

The third walkoff of the night was the most improbable, with three runs, three hits and and two errors in the final frame to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 7-6 win. It was the fourth walkoff win for the Doubledays in 11 home games, and the seventh come-from-behind win in 18 games total. The rally made a winner out of Elliott Waterman, who threw the final one and 2/3rds innings with just a walk allowed. Shawn Pleffner led the offense with a 3-for-5 night, including a leadoff double to start the 9th, while Estarlin Martinez was close behind with a single, double, and three RBI.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Hudgins (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Hollins 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-3, 2B, BB
• J.C. Valdez 1-3, 2B

Three straight two-run innings put this one away as the GCL Astros handed the GCL Nationals their 11th loss in the last 12 games, 6-2. Will Hudgins took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits over two and 2/3rds. He struck out three. Wilmer Difo, Mike McQuillan, and Jean-Carlos Valdez accounted for all four G-Nats hits, with Difo and Valdez collecting doubles.

DSL Mets1 12 DSL Nationals 3
• E. Gomez (L, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• P. Valdez 2IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Abreu 1-3, R, BB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, RBI
• Cerda 1-4, R, 2B, RBI

The DSL Mets1 scored 12 unanswered runs, swatting aside a three-run top of the first to win handily, 12-3. The bulk of the damage was done in the final two stanzas, with three runs in the 7th and five in the 8th off beleaguered Philips Valdez (10.80 ERA, 2.13 WHIP). Despite six D-Nats errors, nine of the 12 runs were earned. Osvaldo Abreu, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, and Kevin Cerda accounted for all three D-Nats hits and runs.

Jul 062012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-8
(14 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (6-7, 4.42) vs.
Familia (5-5, 5.28)
Harrisburg Won, 8-6 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 4.76) vs.
Zagone (1-1, 4.85)
Potomac Won, 14-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-5, 5.22) vs.
Copeland (3-7, 5.99)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (4-4, 4.88) vs.
Cruz (5-5, 3.71)
Auburn Won, 9-1 vs. Lowell,
7:00 p.m.
Lee (0-0, 2.70) vs.
Velette (1-1, 4.11)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-1 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (3-1, 3.55) vs.
Reyes (1-1, 2.29)

Buffalo 9 Syracuse 8 (14 inn.)
• Atkins 3IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Arnesen 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mandel (L, 0-2) 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Maldonado 2-2, 3R, 3BB, HR, RBI
• Rivero 2-7, R
• Valdez 1-4, 2R, HR, 2BB, 4RBI

The Chiefs dug themselves out of a 7-0 hole, but ultimately fell, 9-8 in 14 innings. Starter Mitch Atkins gave up seven runs on seven hits, including a three-run HR in the six-run 2nd. Jeff Mandel, the sixth Syracuse pitcher of the night, suffered the loss with a run given up in his fourth inning of work. Jesus Valdez smacked a grand slam to highlight the offense, which rapped out 12 hits and emptied the bench, forcing manager Tony Beasley to play Tanner Roark in LF and Mark Teahen in CF when Corey Brown was ejected in the 13th.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 6
• Pucetas 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K (left with a leg injury)
• Davis (W, 6-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Leon 2-3, 2RBI
• Kobernus 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, 2SB

With an 8-6 triumph over Bowie, it’s five in a row for the Harrisburg Senators. Jeff Kobernus led the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night, followed closely by Sandy Leon’s 2-for-3, 2RBI effort and Eury Perez’s 2-for-5 with two steals (Nos. 25 and 26). Kevin Pucetas got the start and retired the first seven batters before leaving with “discomfort in his lower right leg,” according to the Patriot-News. Erik Davis got the win in relief with three scoreless innings while giving up just two hits and striking out two.

Potomac 14 Frederick 3
• Storen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Olbrychowski (W, 4-6) 5IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Barthmaier 2IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• Freitas 2-4, 3R, 2HR, BB, 5RBI
• Soriano 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Hague 4-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

The P-Nats scored 13 times in their last three turns at bat Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Lexington 8
• McKenzie 2⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 5ER, 6BB, 2K, HR
• Holt (W, 2-1) 3IP, H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Hawkins (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Newsome 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R, RBI

With three in the 7th and two in the 8th, the Suns completed their comeback from a 6-0 deficit to win this one, 10-8. Starter Chris McKenzie was knocked out after two and 2/3rds with six runs on four hits and six walks. Greg Holt got the win in relief with an unearned run allowed on a hit and two walks over three innings while Ben Hawkins worked around three baserunners in the 9th for his first save. The trio of Brett Newsome, Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey each went 2-for-5, combining for five runs, three doubles, and six RBI. The Suns third baseman hit his 20th HR and notched his 71st RBI.

Auburn 10 Lowell 1
• Fischer 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Smith (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Manuel 3-4, R, RBI
• S. Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• Poole 2-4, R, RBI

A seven-run sixth put this one away for the Doubledays as they cruised to a 10-1 win over the Lowell Spinners. Starter David Fischer went four hitless and scoreless frames in his first start, giving up a walk while striking out two. Jason Peters got the win in relief, allowing a run on two hits over three innings. Craig Manuel led the 11-hit attack with three singles, followed closely by Stephen Perez and Jordan Poole, who both singled twice.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 2
• Schwartz (L, 3IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• McGeary ⅔ IP, 0H, R, ER, 4BB, K, 2WP
• Mendez 4⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 1-3, BB
• Foat 1-3, BB

The Schwartz was not with Blake as the 17th-round pick fwas torched for four runs on eight hits in a 6-2 loss by the G-Nats to thr G-Marlins. Jack McGeary made his second appearance, but walked four of the six batters he faced and threw two wild pitches. The G-Nats were held to just four hits and six walks, with Mike McQuillan and Matt Foat both reaching base twice (single, walk).
Roster move: C Adrian Nieto assigned from Hagerstown.

DSL Mets1 12 DSL Nationals 1
• Valerio (L, 0-4) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Benitez 2⅓ IP, 8H, 8R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Berrio 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
• A. Martinez 1-3
• Tillero 1-3, RBI

Make that three straight losses for the D-Nats, as the D-Mets1 squad handed them a 12-1 beatdown for their third straight loss. The 16-y.o. Maximo Valerio took his fourth loss, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over five innings. The D-Nats were limited to just three hits, with Andres Martinez and Jorge Tillero both going 1-for-3.