Apr 142013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Maya (0-0, 2.84) and
Perry (0-0, 10.80) vs.
E. Martin (0-0, 8.31 and
Rosenberg (0-0, 15.00)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1
(10 inn.)
@ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Broderick (0-0, 4.91) vs.
Waldron (0-1, 6.00)
Potomac Won, 11-6
(10 inn.)
@ Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Turnbull (0-1, 12.46) vs.
Weber (1-0, 3.60)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6 vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Hader (1-0, 0.00)

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 0
• Roark 5+ IP, 7H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Romero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2B
• Walters 1-3

Syracuse’s modest three-game win streak was put to an abrupt halt with a 6-0 shutout by Lehigh Valley. Tanner Roark fell victim to some sloppy defense, giving up all six runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk over five-plus innings. It didn’t much matter as Iron Pigs starter Adam Morgan stifled the Chiefs for eight innings, holding Syracuse to three singles and a walk on just 97 pitches. Eury Perez’s 23-game hit streak ended the hard way as the 22-year-old CF rolled over his (glove) left wrist on dive during the 5th inning. He finished the inning and made the last out, but was taken out and sent to a doctor to evaluate the extent of the injury. C Jhonatan Solano was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 8th, and is most likely on his way to D.C. to replace Wilson Ramos on the Washington roster. Best bet for the catcher shuffle is for Kris Watts to be activated from the Harrisburg DL with Jeff Howell moving up from AA to replace Solano in AAA.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 1 (10 inn.)
• Karns 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Lehman (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Leon 2-4, 2B
• Goodwin 2-5, R, RBI

Nathan Karns’ sophomore start was more in line with expectations of Top 10 prospect but the offense took nine innings to get in gear as Harrisburg took this 3-1 in 10 innings, with all four runs scored in the 10th. Karns gave up just three hits and walked one while striking out eight, throwing 47 of 73 pitches for strikes. Veteran IF Sean Nicol went hitless but made the play of the game in the 8th to quash a 1st-and-2nd with one out by snaring shot down the line for an out at third. Brian Goodwin (RBI single), Anthony Rendon (sac fly) and Destin Hood (RBI double) cashed in their opportunities in the 10th on a rally that started with a leadoff single by Ricky Hague. Pat Lehman got the “W” with the aforementioned help on “D” while Aaron Barrett notched his first AA save, albeit a bit shaky with a hit, a walk, and an error (his). Shoulder soreness continues to dog Steve Souza Jr., which is why he was pulled in the 4th after just two ABs per Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News.

Potomac 11 Lynchburg 6 (10 inn.)
• Cole (ND) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Grace (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2R, BB
• Soriano 2-5, R
• Oduber 2-5, R, 3RBI
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, GIDP, CS, K, E, OF assist at HP

Three home runs in the middle innings helped Potomac build a 6-1 lead, but another bullpen meltdown sent this one into extras. The Hillcats relievers did them one “better,” coughing up five runs with two outs to give the P-Nats an 11-6 win in 10 innings. A.J. Cole got the no-decision with two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings, but just three whiffs. Jason Martinson and Adrian Nieto both hit solo shots while Michael Taylor showed all facets of his game, as the last bullet attests. The 7-8-9 hitters combined for six of the 11 Potomac hits. Matt Grace got the win with two perfect innings in the 9th and 10th.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 6
• Pena (L, 0-1) 3IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K
• Fischer 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Norfork 3-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Schill 1-1, 2R, 2B, 2BB, SB

Delmarva pounded Ronald Pena for seven runs in the first three innings and held off Hagerstown for a 7-6 win. Pena gave up eight hits and two walks, but no home runs. Reliever David Fischer was outstanding in the loss, clipping the Shorebirds’ wings with five scoreless innings and just three baserunners allowed. Khayyan Norfork led the Suns failed comeback bid with a 3-for-4 night, doubling twice and driving in two, with a run scored and a stolen base. Will Piwinica-Worms went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI in his first Low-A start.

Apr 132013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Roark (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Morgan (0-0, 3.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Karns (0-1, 17.18) vs.
Pimental (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Pope (0-0, 7.36)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Pena (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Kline (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse — PPD
Rain affected the Syracuse Chiefs for the third time this week as yesterday’s home opener was postponed by rain. Same starters, same time, same festivities planned as the makeup will be a later date, most likely in July per Auburn Citizen sportswriter Ben Meyers on Sunday afternoon.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 0
• Clay IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB
• Rendon 1-3, 2B

Caleb Clay outdueled Pittsburgh phenom Jameson Taillon as the Harrisburg Senators broke a four-game slide with a 4-0 win vs. the Altoona Curve. Clay let up just four hits over six innings, walked none, and struck out five for his first “W.” Matt Swynenberg, Marcos Frias, and Aaron Barrett each put up a goose egg to preserve the shutout. Steve Souza Jr. homered and doubled while Anthony Rendon reached base three times with a single and two walks to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2
• Jordan 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Herron (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Keyes 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, RBI

Looks like the P-Nats’ bats have cooled just as the pitchers have found their stride as Lynchburg edged Potomac, 3-2. Starter Taylor Jordan turned in another quality start, giving up a pair of runs over six frames on four hits and three walks while setting down six on strikes. Tyler Herron followed with a strong 7th but was touched for a run in the 8th on a two-out single. The P-Nats were held to just four hits — two by Adrian Sanchez — and three walks, making the most of their limited scoring chances (just three LOB) with an RBI double by Kevin Keyes in the first and an RBI single by Jason Martinson in the third.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 0
• Mooneyham (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• Rauh (SV, 1) 3IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Higley 2-4, R, 2B
• Perez 2-3, R, RBI

Brett Mooneyham is still struggling with the walks, but he ain’t letting up the hits — just one in six innings last night as the Suns eclipsed the Shorebirds, 4-0. The southpaw walked three to bring his season total to seven in 10IP. Brian Rauh scattered five hits over the last three to complete the shutout and earn the save. Hagerstown scored all four in the bottom of the 2nd on an RBI single by Stephen Perez, a sac fly from Wes Schill and a two-run double by Tony Renda.

Apr 112013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 17-5 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Demny (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Sadler (1-0, 1.80)
Potomac Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Pineyro (0-1, 12.00) vs.
Blackmar (0-1, 4.50)

Syracuse vs. Buffalo — PPD
The rains that shortened Tuesday night’s game also put the kibosh on the Wednesday afternoon finale between Syracuse and Buffalo. It will be made up with a doubleheader on August 12. The Chiefs return to action tomorrow as they open their home schedule against Lehigh Valley with an afternoon game at Alliance NBT Bank Stadium.

New Britain 17 Harrisburg 5
• Treinen (L, 0-2) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Lozada 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI; 1IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 2HR
• Head 2-4
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B

The Rock Cats pounded the Senators for 17 hits (including seven HRs) to complete the three-game sweep with a 17-5 win. The Harrisburg ‘pen gave up 15 of the 17 runs over the last four frames, with four charged to utility/mopup man Jose Lozada in get-it-over-with ninth inning. Starter Blake Treinen, who couldn’t make it out of the third in his previous outing, took the loss with five runs on seven hits (three HR) over five and a 1/3rd innings. Jerad Head and Justin Bloxom both went 2-for-4 to pace the Sens offense.

Salem 7 Potomac 2
• Ray (L, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 2-4, R
• Oduber 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats offense was held to less than six runs for the first time this season in a 7-2 loss to Salem that capped off a 2-4 homestand. Starter Robbie Ray gave up three runs (two earned, all in the 5th) on five hits (including a solo HR) and a walk over six innings but was charged with the loss. Randolph Oduber singled and doubled in place of Billy Burns as the leadoff man while Cutter Dykstra singled twice as the two combined for four of the six P-Nats hits.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 0
• Schwartz (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Harper 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Henke (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schill 2-3, 3RBI, SB
• Lopez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• McQuillan 2-4, R, BB, SB

Three Suns pitchers combined on four-hit shutout as Hagerstown blanked Lakewood 6-0 to complete a three-game sweep. Starter Blake Schwartz won his second straight start with two hits let up over five frames with no walks and six set down on strikes. Bryan Harper followed with two strong innings before running into trouble in the 8th, loading the bases with one out. Travis Henke escaped the jam with a strikeout and flyout and set ’em down in order in the 9th for his first save. Lakewood pitchers probably want no more of Wes as Schill struck them for two singles and three RBI to lead the Suns attack.

Apr 102013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2
(5 inn.)
@ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Roark (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Ortiz (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-7 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (0-1, 30.86) vs.
May (0-1, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 12-4 vs. Salem,
10:35 a.m.
Ray (1-0, 1.80) vs.
M. Pena (0-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 6.00) vs.
Warner (0-0, 3.60)

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 2
• Ohlendorf (W, 2-0) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Marrero 2-3, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Costanzo 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Brown 2-3, 2B

Chris Marrero tripled and homered as Syracuse pounded out 11 hits in a rain-shortened 8-2 win over Buffalo. Ross Ohlendorf got his second win in as many starts, allowing both Bison runs on five hits and three walks and four strikeouts. Mike Costanzo also homered, while Eury Perez singled twice to extend his hitting streak to 23 games dating back to last August.

New Britain 9 Harrisburg 7
• Broderick 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Lehman (L, 0-1) 1⅓ 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 3-5, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, BB, 2RBI
• Souza 1-1, 4BB

Destin Hood’s bases-loaded triple in the 7th capped off a four-run rally to tie at 5-5, but the Rock Cats matched the “4” on the board in the 9th then held off the Senators in the last of the 9th to hand Harrisburg a 9-7 loss. Starter Brian Broderick turned in a quality start with three runs on eight hits and no walks, but Neil Holland and Pat Lehman were hit hard over the final three, giving up six runs and eight hits combined. Hood led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Justin Bloxom at 2-for-4, while Steve Souza reached base five times with a single and four walks.

Potomac 12 Salem 4
• Hill 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Bates 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burns 3-4, R, BB
• Martinson 1-2, 3R, BB, HR, 3RBI, HBP
• Kelso 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Oduber 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI, 3K

Offense is not the problem for Potomac as the Carolina League’s #1 lineup put up 12 runs on 17 hits en route to a 12-4 win over Salem. Caleb Ramsey went deep for the second night in a row, Jason Martinson smacked big fly #3, while the Groovin’ Aruban made his first of the season a grand affair to punctutate a seven-run third. Taylor Hill got the win with five innings pitched, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk. Christian Meza rebounded from his not-so-special Saturday night with a run on two hits and two walks over two innings while Colin Bates slammed the door shut with six straight outs to finish.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 3
• Anderson (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Fischer (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Lopez 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Higley 2-4, 2B
• McQuillan 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Errors were the difference in this one, as the Suns capitalized on five of ’em by Lakewood score four unearned runs in a 6-3 win. Dixon Anderson got the win with six innings of one-run ball, letting up four hits, walking one, but setting down five on strikes. David Fischer went the rest of the way for the save. Carlos Lopez led the Suns offense with a 3-for-4 night, scoring twice and driving in a run, followed by J.R. Higley’s 2-for-4 effort, while Mike McQuillan hit his first round-tripper with a two-run shot in the 1st.

Apr 092013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Germano (1-0, 7.94)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-2 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Broderick (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Darnell (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Cuevas (8-2, 1.40 @ SS-A)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6
(10 inn.)
@ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Anderson (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Guth (0-1, 9.00)

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Tatusko (H, 1) 3IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Van Ostrand 4-5, 2R, 2B
• Kobernus 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Perez 2-6

Danny Rosenbaum tossed five shutout innings to win his AAA debut as the Chiefs stampeded the Bisons, 8-1. A four-run first also gave Rosenbaum room to breathe, as the 25-year-old gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out two. Jeff Kobernus was a homer shy of the cycle while going 3-for-5, while Jimmy Van Ostrand went 4-for-5 as eight of the nine Syracuse batters hit safely in the 16-hit assault. Ryan Tatusko rebounded from a rough outing on Saturday to turn in three bullpen-saving innings and earn his first hold of the season. Roster moves: RHP Jeremy Accardo was placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Bobby Bramhall was assigned from XST

New Britain 9 Harrisburg 2
• Karns (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Goodwin 2-5, R, 3B, OF assist at 3B
• Johnson 2-5, 2B, RBI

Nathan Karns’s AA debut was one to forget as the 2012 Nats Minor League Pitcher of the Year was torched for seven runs on seven hits, including a pair of home runs in just three and 2/3rds innings in a 9-2 Harrisburg loss to New Britain. Elevated fastballs and poor command was to blame, said manager Matt LeCroy in the Patriot-News gamer. Brian Goodwin and Josh Johnson combined for four of the five Senators hits, including a leadoff triple in the ninth by Goodwin followed by an RBI single by Johnson for the final Harrisburg run.

Salem 7 Potomac 6
• Turnbull (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, BB, K, HR
• Hawkins 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mirowski 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Burns 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-3

The bullpen put out the fire, but damage was done early Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 7 Lakewood 6 (10 inn.)
• Encarnacion (ND) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hudgins (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Benincasa (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Manuel 2-4, 3R, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

A 10th-inning rally took the edge off a 9th-inning meltdown as the Suns won in extras, 7-6. Hagerstown starter Pedro Encarnacion allowed just a run on three hits and two walks while striking out five and was in line for a win when the BlueClaws rallied for three in the 9th to tie at 6-6. Craig Manuel led off the 10th with a single, took second on a walk by Stephen Perez and was bunted over to third by Mike McQuillan. Lakewood intentionally walked the next batter to set up a double play but after a strikeout, Wes Schill drew a two-out walk to force in Manuel. Robert Benincasa set down the side in the 10th to earn the save and “give” Will Hudgins the dreaded blown-save-win.

Apr 082013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-6 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (8-10, 3.94 @ AA) vs.
Redmond (8-11, 3.63)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4
(11 inn.)
vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Karns (8-4, 2.26 @ A+) vs.
TBD
Potomac Lost, 11-6 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (4-5, 5.16 @ A-) vs.
Aguilera (1-3, 4.42 @ SS-A)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Encarnacion (0-1, 6.06) vs.
Mecias (0-2, 2.16 @ GCL)

Syracuse 8 Lehigh Valley 6
• Perry 5IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Crotta (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Brown 2-5, 2R, 2HR. 4RBI
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI

Two-run homers by Zach Walters (third of the year) and Corey Brown (second of the game), turned a 6-4 deficit into the eventual 8-6 decision as Syracuse took two of three from Lehigh Valley. Jeff Mandel and Mike Crotta combined for four scoreless innings in relief of starter Ryan Perry, who gave up all six Iron Piugs runs on nine hits and two walks over the first five innings. Eury Perez extended his hit streak to 21 games with an infield single in the 9th.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4 (11 inn.)
• Clay 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Krol 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Lehman 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2BB, HBP
• Bloxom 2-4, R

The Senators broke up a combined no-hit bid in the 8th, rallied for three in the 9th, then took a gift-wrapped 5-4 win from Bowie in the 11th. Ricky Hague, who had broken up the no-no with an infield single, reached on an error (#5 for the Baysox) with two outs, took second on a single by Brian Goodwin, third on a wild pitch, and scored the gamewinner on a single by Sean Nicol. Aaron Barrett, who tossed a scoreless top of the 11th, got the win following five combined shutdown innings from Ian Krol, Rob Wort, and Pat Lehman. Senators starter Caleb Clay gave up all four Bowie runs on eight hits and and two walks in five innings.

Lynchburg 11 Potomac 6
• Cole (ND) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K
• Self (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Martinson 2-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Burns 1-2, 3BB
• Sacnhez 2-4, 3B, BB, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R, RBI

Lynchburg did all it could to lose, but Potomac was a too-gracious host on Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Delmarva 2 Hagerstown 1
• Pena 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Dupra 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Martinez 1-3, BB
• Rest of lineup 0-for-20

Delmarva pitchers walked eight, but allowed just three hits in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel in Salisbury, Maryland. Just five Hagerstown batters reached second, two by stolen base, as only Estarlin Martinez and Brandon Miller hit safely, with Miller’s solo shot in the 7th accounting for the lone Suns run. Hagerstown starter Ronald Pena gave up the first Shorebirds run on three hits and two walks over the first five innings. Brian Dupra followed with three scoreless frames before giving way to Travis Henke. Delmarva got the gamewinner on a leadoff single, sacrifice, and another single with two outs.

Apr 072013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4
(11 inn.)
@ Lehigh Valley,
1:35 p.m.
Perry (1-1, 4.50) vs
Martin (5-0, 3.18 @ AA)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Clay (3-3, 4.61) vs.
Gamboa (8-4, 3.33)
Potomac Lost, 10-6 vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (0-7, 7.82) vs.
Pope (7-8, 6.13)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3;
Lost, 7-3
@ Delmarva,
2:05 p.m.
Pena (1-0, 2.84 @ SS-A) vs.
Kline (0-0, 4.50 @ SS-A)

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4 (11 inn.)
• Maya (ND) 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Tatusko (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K
• Kobernus 3-4, R, HR, 3RBI, CS, E (in LF)
• Owings 2-4

After a wild ninth in which the Chiefs scored a run to tie without hitting the ball out of the infield, the Iron Pigs had the last laugh. Syracuse reliever Ryan Tatusko loaded the bases with three straight one-out walks then gave up the gamewinner when a grounder trickled through a drawn-in infield to give Lehigh Valley a 5-4 win in 11 innings. Jeff Kobernus homered and drove in three to pace the Chiefs’ offense, which struggled with RISP at 1-for-12. Yunesky Maya pitched into the 7th, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out four.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 1
• Demny (W, 1-1) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K
• Holder (SV, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Nicol 2-4, R, 2B
• Souza 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Hague 1-3, BB, 2RBI

The Senators put up three straight crooked numbers with two-run rallies in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings and cruised to a 6-1 win over the Baysox. Steven Souza got the barrage going with a two-run shot as he rocked this pitch over the wall in left-center. It was, however, an all-or-nothing night on offense as Harrisburg also struck out 13 times. Paul Demny’s return to the starting rotation was a good one: an unearned run on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Trevor Holder went the rest of the way for a four-inning save, his first as a professional. Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News is reporting that Matt Skole will go on the D.L. with “a wrist sprain with a small fracture” with a roster move expected sometime today.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 6
• Jordan (ND) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Meza 4BF, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Bates (L, 0-1) 3BF, 1H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Burns 3-5, R, 3B, SB
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• 14K’s by Potomac hitters

After six strong innings from Taylor Jordan, the wheels came off the bus in the seventh inning
Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 3 — GAME ONE
• Mooneyham 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K
• Schwartz (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• McQuillan 2-3, R, RBI
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Lopez 2-4,

The Suns took full advantage of the Shorebirds’ miscues with two unearned runs being the difference in a 5-3 win over Delmarva. Table-setters Tony Renda and Mike McQuillan combined to go 4-for-7 with three runs scored to lead the Hagerstown “O.” Brett Mooneyham went four innings but also walked four, allowing a run on three hits while fanning two. Blake Schwartz got the win in relief, though he allowed two-run shot in the last of the 6th to cut a 4-1 lead to 4-3 before the Suns tacked on an insurance run in the 7th.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 7 — GAME TWO
• Pineyro (L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 3WP
• Harper 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Martinez 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI, CS
• Miller 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Perez 2-3, R

Ivan Pineyro’s Low-A debut was an ugly one, as the 21-year-old Dominican was rocked for four runs on five hits and a walk as the Suns dropped the nightcap, 7-3. Estarlin Martinez reached base three times, scored a run, and drove in a run while Brandon Miller singled and doubled as all three Hagerstown runs came in the last at-bat in the 7th.

Apr 062013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Maya (11-10, 3.88) vs.
Morgan (4-1, 3.53 @ AA)
Harrisburg Lost, 15-7 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (6-8, 5.46) vs.
Gausman (0-1, 6.00 @ A+)
Potomac Won, 12-1 vs. Lynchburg,
6:35 p.m.
Jordan (3-4, 4.05 @ A-) vs.
Holland (5-9, 4.04 @ A-)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Delmarva,
4:35 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-2, 4.55 @ SS-A) and
Pineyro (3-2, 5.50 @ SS-A) vs.
Taylor (5-7, 4.33) and
Blackmar (4-3, 3.57 @ SS-A)

Syracuse 11 Lehigh Valley 0
• Roark (W, 1-0) 6IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Mandel 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Costanzo 3-4, 2R, HR, BB, 4RBI (GS)
• Walters 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Perez 2-5, 3R, 3B, SB, 2RBI

The Chiefs continued their butchery of Iron Pigs’ pitching with another 11-run outburst for their second straight win, 11-0. Tanner Roark pitched six no-hit innings and was perfect for 3⅔ before giving up the first of his two walks in the 4th. Jeff Mandel lost the no-no by giving up a leadoff single in the 7th but turned in the first of three scoreless frames from the ‘pen to preserve the shutout. Zach Walters homered again while Mike “Don’t Call Me George” Constanzo hit a grand slam to cap a five-run 6th.

Bowie 15 Harrisburg 7
• Treinen (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 2-4, R
• Skole 1-2, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Bowie scored on Harrisburg in eight of nine innings en route to a 15-7 stabbing. Starter Blake Treinen took the brunt of it, giving up eight runs on nine hits and a walk in his AA debut. Aaron Barrett was the sole Senator pitcher to go unscathed, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth. Destin Hood led the Harrisburg offense with a 2-for-4 night. Matt Skole doubled in two in the 1st inning and walked in the 7th but left in the 8th after a collision at first base with a Bowie baserunner. Mayflies and Big Flies has the details plus some color from a real weenie shrinker cold night on City Island.

Potomac 12 Lynchburg 1
• Ray (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Holt 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, RBI, 3BB
• Dykstra 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Oduber 3-5, 2R, 2RBI

Potomac’s 2013 home opener turned out to be a laugher Last Night In Woodbridge

HAGERSTOWN — PPD
The heavy rains that swept through eastern Maryland on Thursday night into Friday morning rendered the playing field at Perdue Stadium unplayable, forcing a doubleheader on Saturday.

Mar 302013
 

The Potomac Nationals unveiled its 2013 Opening Day this afternoon, which as expected, will feature quite a few familiar faces. Without further ado, here’s the rundown (watchlist players in bold, notables in italics:

PITCHERS INFIELDERS OUTFIELDERS CATCHERS
Colin Bates Cutter Dykstra Billy Burns Cole Leonida
A.J. Cole Blake Kelso Randolph Oduber Adrian Nieto
Matt Grace Kevin Keyes Caleb Ramsey
Ben Hawkins Jason Martinson Michael Taylor
Tyler Herron Adrian Sanchez
Taylor Hill Francisco Soriano
Taylor Jordan
Christian Meza
Richard Mirowski
Robbie Ray
Derek Self DISABLED LIST
Kylin Turnbull Paul Applebee Rob Gilliam Josh Smoker

Perhaps not as many high-level prospects or high-profile guys as Harrisburg, but with 10 watchlist players and seven notables (which includes the M*A*S*H unit), it’s certainly an interesting roster. For better or worse, you’re going to read about these guys the most because (full disclosure) Potomac is home base for me as a season-ticket holder.

The early drama is who’s going to the ‘pen? Ray, Grace, and Hill finished the year in the P-Nat rotation but Cole, Jordan, and Turnbull were all Low-A starters last year. Unless there’s a six-man rotation, there’s an odd man out.

The outfield will be one of the fastest and most athletic in recent memory, with three CFs among the four outfielders. Taylor is still likely to the one the one that sees the most time in center, but it wouldn’t hurt to have that arm in right, either.

Keyes is expected to start at first and Martinson at short, but beyond that, I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of mixing and matching at second and third with the rest of the infielders (except Soriano) having spent time shuffling between 2B, SS, and 3B.

Finally, Nieto and Leonida will be a catching tandem and teammates for the third straight year. Neither has caught more than 70 games in a season, but the edge probably goes to Nieto as the more accomplished hitter in his limited appearances due to injury and suspension.

Feb 142013
 

Since I’m going in order downward from AAA to Low-A, this is part three. In reality, this is the last roster to be finalized of the four full-season affiliates. Consequently, I’ve learned to keep my expectations in check when it comes to seeing marquee prospects in April. In the past seven seasons, it’s been two first-round picks — Ross Detwiler (2007) and Anthony Rendon (2012) and only one of those two was in uniform for the home opener.

Of course, I’m also the guy that roots for the lower-round guys to “figure it out” and make it higher up the ladder than anyone ever expected (e.g. Tommy Milone, Tyler Moore, Brad Peacock) so I’m not complaining. Really.

Still, as you can see from my picks last year, I did a pretty decent job of guessing who’d be in Woodbridge:

STARTERS SWINGMEN RELIEVERS
Robbie Ray Paul Applebee Neil Holland
Matt Grace Matt Swynenberg Rob Wort
Brian Dupra Ryan Demmin Ben Graham
Alex Meyer Trevor Holder Dean Weaver
Kyle Winters Mitchell Clegg
Cameron Selik
Robert Gilliam
Erik Davis

I picked 10 of 17 correctly, and was wrong on the usage on just one (blue). As with Harrisburg, there were two instances that would inevitably be wrong: Clegg, who was released; Weaver, who was hurt. I was perhaps too hopeful to see Meyer early, and as mentioned previously, misread Davis’s nosedive in 2011 (losing five of six starts after his demotion from AA). Dupra was simply an overreach, the kind of miss I don’t mind making.

We’ll see if I do so well next year with this collection of picks:

STARTERS SWINGMEN RELIEVERS D.L.
A.J. Cole Christian Meza Aaron Barrett Paul Applebee
Robbie Ray Matt Swynenberg Colin Bates  
Taylor Hill   Richie Mirowski  
Taylor Jordan   Greg Holt  
Kylin Turnbull   Ben Hawkins  
Matt Purke      

I wavered over Purke and will probably get that wrong, but I think there are more than few folks that would like to see him start in High-A and start living up to the hype. That’s not his fault, mind you. As mentioned yesterday, Swynenberg’s up and down season is another challenge to guess, not to mention that he’s started only a little more than half of his games as a pro. Barrett is another one I’d like to be wrong about, but history suggests that he’ll have to come back and put in a little more time at Potomac.

Next up: The fourth and final installment in this exercise of looking at the pitching candidates for Hagerstown.