Jun 172013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 (10 inn.) @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 3.23) vs.
Rienzo (5-4, 5.74)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 9-8 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn N/A vs. Batavia,
7:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Pacheco (0-1, 2.35)

Toledo 8 Syracuse 4
• Maya 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Davis (L, 1-3) 1⅔ 1H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR (GS)
• Walters 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Rivero 2-4, BB

Erik Davis’s return to AAA was a near-perfect failure. In his second inning of work, the 26-y.o. walked the bases loaded (one intentional, following a sacrifice after a leadoff walk) then coughed up a grand slam as the Mud Hens defeated the Chiefs, 8-4 in 10 innings. Just an inning and a half earlier, Syracuse had victimized the Toledo ‘pen for three runs in the 8th to tie the game at four, including a two-run double by Zach Walters, who went 3-for-4 to lead the Chiefs offense. Yunesky Maya got the no-decision with four runs allowed on nine hits and no walks while striking out eight. Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned from Washington; RHP Matt Torra released.

Harrisburg 5 New Britain 2
• Treinen (W, 6-6) 5IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Holland (H, 5) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrett (S, 12) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-3, R, SB

Harrisburg broke out for four runs in the 3rd and salvaged the series with a 5-2 win over New Britain. Starter Blake Treinen evened his won-loss record at 6-6 by scattering eight hits over five innings for one run allowed, with two walks and one strikeout. The Sens ‘pen turned in four innings of one-run relief to lock it down, highlighted by Aaron Barrett whiffing four of six batters faced for a multi-inning save, his 12th. Brian Goodwin singled three times and scored twice as the Harrisburg offense churned out 11 hits, including doubles by Steve Souza, Sandy Leon and Jimmy Van Ostrand.

Potomac 10 Frederick 9 (10 inn.)
• Ray 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, 3HR
• Frias (W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Fischer (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Gilmartin 3-5, RBI, CS
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

In something of a microcosm for the team’s first half, the P-Nats offense overcame its pitching deficiencies for a 9-8 win that secured a 42-win half for just the third time since becoming a Washington affiliate (2008 1st half, 2009 2nd half). Robbie Ray was lit up for six runs on six hits over four innings, with five of the runs coming on three home runs, matching his season total to date. He walked two and struck out five. Marcos Frias got the win in relief with a scoreless fifth inning, though the 24-y.o. gave up two hits. Potomac took advantage of seven walks issued by Frederick pitchers to score nine times on ten hits, with Mike Gilmartin the lead bat at 3-for-5 for the afternoon.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 6
• Purke 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Meza (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB

In an improbable turn of events, the Suns won the first half with a 9-6 win over Lakewood by a half game over Hickory. Starter Matt Purke turned in four and 2/3rds innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Christian Meza got the win in relief, walking one and striking out two over an inning and a 1/3rd. Tony Renda doubled once, tying for the league lead at 24, while Khayyan Norfork and Estarlin Martinez both doubled twice as the Suns pounded out 12 hits total. With the Sally League’s arbitrary predetermined playoff format, Hagerstown hosts Games Two and Three (if necessary) of the Semifinals, and should they advance, Games One and Two of the Finals. For those wondering, the Suns took four of seven games from Hickory during the first half and play them six times in the second half. Roster moves: RHP Ivan Pineyro placed on TIL; RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned to Auburn Doubledays, RHP Pedro Encarnacion reassigned from Auburn Doubledays.

Auburn Doubledays — OPENING DAY
The 2012 Pinckney Division Champions look to defend their title as they open the 2013 campaign against the second-place Batavia Muckdogs. Despite multiple inquiries, the Auburn Doubledays have yet to release information (or issue a press release) regarding the 2013 Opening Day roster. The current roster is inaccurate, containing multiple players who were released in the spring.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 week, the D-Nats remain atop the Boca Chica South division with a 9-4 mark, 1½ games up on the second-place D-Pirates2 squad. It’s home games this week against the D-Orioles2 and D-Mets1 and home-and-home series against the D-Cards and D-Tigers.

Jun 162013

Father's Day
Today’s a travel day, so it’s a lite version this morning. Click on the hammock if you’d like to read my 2011 Father’s Day post.

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 vs. Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Maya (2-4, 4.68) vs.
Hankins (2-3, 3.31)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-1 @ New Britain,
1:35 p.m.
Treinen (5-6, 3.87) vs.
Baxendale (1-1, 7.02)
Potomac Won, 10-9 (10 inn.) @ Frederick,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (5-2, 2.22) vs.
E. Rodriguez (6-3, 2.99)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 (8 inn.);
Won, 9-3
vs. Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Purke (0-1, 4.05) vs.
M. Nunez (5-3, 4.47)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A

Toledo 2 Syracuse 1
• Mandel (L, 1-3) 7IP, 9H, R, ER, BB, K
• Crotta 1⅓IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Walters 2-4, 2B, RBI, E
• Espinosa 1-2, BB, E

Jeff Mandel lost a pitcher’s duel to former National Shawn Hill as the Chiefs were edged again by the Mud Hens, 2-1.

New Britain 8 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam (L, 2-2) 4⅓IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Leon 1-3, 2B

New Britain scored early and often, taking advantage of six walks to pummel Harrisburg, 8-1 on six hits.

Potomac 10 Frederick 9 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 11H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Wort (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1⅓IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 3-2 IR-S
• Holt (SV, 1) ⅓IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Leonida 3-5, 2B, HR, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Taylor 2-3, SB(25), OF assist at HP; HBP in 7th, replaced by Ramsey

Sixteen of the 19 runs scored came in the final three innings as the P-Nats outlasted the Keys, 10-9.
Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned to the GCL Nationals.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 2 (8 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Pineyro 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Perez 2-3, R
• Difo 1-2, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Suns rallied for two in the 7th to tie, then won it with a run in “extra” inning for a 3-2 win.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 3 — GAME TWO
• Lope 4IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Henke (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Piwinica-Worms 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B

Hagerstown scored four in the 1st, three in the 2nd, and two in the 3rd and cruised to a 9-3 win, sweeping the doubleheader, and apparently keeping their slim playoff hopes alive, as the magic number remains at one, which means the Suns must win today and Hickory must lose to secure the first-half title. Roster moves: LHP Christian Meza reassigned from Auburn Doubledays; RHP Wander Suero reassigned to XST (reverses moves made yesterday); RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from DSL Nationals.

DSL Orioles2 4 DSL Nationals 3
• Yrizarri 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Morales (BS, 2;L, 0-1)1⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• D. Rosario 2-4, R,
• Serrata 2-4
• 1-for-9 RISP, 8 LOB

Four errors were the undoing of the D-Nats, who blew a 3-0 lead over the D-Orioles2 in the 8th to lose, 4-3.

Jun 152013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) vs.
Hill (0-8, 6.23)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Gilliam (2-1, 4.19) vs.
Stuifbergen (0-0, 21.00)
Potomac Won, 4-0; Lost, 9-4 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (5-2, 2.17) vs.
Davies (4-3, 3.82)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (5-3, 3.15) and
TBD vs.
Watson (3-6, 6.35) and
Inch (1-2, 3.98)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-6 @ DSL Orioles,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.00) vs.
LeFranc (0-1, 6.35)

Toledo 7 Syracuse 6
• Torra 6IP, 8H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Roark (L, 3-3) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 3-4, 3R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Rivero 2-4
• Perez 2-4, SB (10)

The long ball couldn’t carry the night as Toledo edged Syracuse, 7-6. Zach Walters and Tyler Moore each went deep with a man on in the 4th as the Chiefs scored four to even the game at… wait for it… 4-4. Walters hit a solo shot in the 7th to give Syracuse a brief 5-4 lead. Tabbed as “Good” in the Friday GBI, Tanner Roark wasn’t in the 8th, giving up two runs to end his streak without giving up an unearned run at 26⅓ innings and take the loss. Starter Matt Torra went the first six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes.

Harrisburg 4 New Britain 1
• Clay (W, 6-3) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K
• Barrett (SV, 11) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB
• Howell 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

The Senators jumped out to a 3-0 lead early and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Rock Cats. Caleb Clay won for the sixth time, turning in seven strong innings with just a run on four hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts. A pair of relievers split the 8th while Aaron Barrett locked it down with a scoreless 9th for his 11th save. Jeff Howell doubled and homered and scored twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 4 Frederick 0 — GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 5-2) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Oduber 2-3, R, RBI
• Gilmartin 1-3, 2RBI
• Leonida 1-2, BB

Taylor Hill just owns the Keys. The 24-y.o. turned in his second seven-inning, complete-game shutout of the season as Potomac blanked Frederick, 4-0 in the opener. Hill has compiled 20 scoreless innings against the Keys, 13 in his last two starts. He allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out four. The P-Nats scored all four runs in the 4th, highlighted by a two-run single by newcomer Mike Gilmartin. Randolph Oduber led the charge with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run and driving in a run.

Frederick 9 Potomac 4 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 5R, 1ER, 4BB, K, HR
• Dupra 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Miller 3-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gilmartin 2-3, R, 2B

Spot starter Hector Silvestre was done in by four walks and an untimely error in the nightcap, which saw the P-Nats lose to the Keys, 9-4. The 20-y.o., who will likely be reassigned to the GCL or Auburn, gave up two hits and five runs over three and 2/3rds innings. The lone earned run he gave up was on a solo HR in the 1st. Justin Miller went 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI in the loss. Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre assigned from XST.

Lakewood 11 Hagerstown 5
• Lee 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Dickson (BS, 1) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Renda 2-5, R, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, 2RBI

Lakewood scored nine unanswered runs — three in each of the last three innings — as they pushed Hagerstown to the brink of elimination with an 11-5 loss. Newly acquired reliever Ian Dickson gave up the first three for the blown save, while Bryan Harper was charged with the last six to take the loss. Starter Nick Lee gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three for the no-decision. Khayyan Norfork led the Suns offense with a home run and two runs scored while going 2-for-4. The loss dropped the Suns tragic number to one with three games to play, as Hickory lost to Delmarva.
Roster moves: LHP Christian Meza reassigned to Auburn Doubledays; RHP Wander Suero reassigned from XST.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Rojos 6
• Reyes (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Salazar (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Florentino 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Alvarez 1-3, R, 3BB, 2SB

The D-Nats took advantage of ten walks issued by the D-Rojos in an 8-6 win. Luis Reyes went six innings and let in three runs on four hits on two walks to earn the win. He struck out three. Melvi Salazar set ’em down in order in the 9th for his second save. Darryl Florentino went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBI to pace the seven-hit attack.

Jun 142013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-7 vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Torra (0-3, 6.23) vs.
Alvarez (5-4, 2.42)
Harrisburg Won, 9-0 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Clay (5-3, 3.69) vs.
Darnell (5-5, 2.90)
Potomac Won, 8-0 @ Frederick,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-2, 5.79) vs.
Musser (1-2, 3.60)
DSL Nationals Won, 9-5 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (0-0, 1.86) vs.
Bautista (0-1, 8.53)

Toledo 9 Syracuse 7
• Rosenbaum 4IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Accardo 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-5, 3R, HR, RBI
• Brown 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Moore 1-4, R, 2B, 4RBI, OF assist at 3B

Syracuse put up a pair of crooked numbers early, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings, but couldn’t keep Toledo at bay and fell, 9-7. Starter Danny Rosenbaum gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks. Mike Crotta suffered the loss as the bullpen gave up five runs, three by him, two by Ryan Perry. Eury Perez homered and scored three runs while recently demoted Tyler Moore drove in four while going 1-for-4.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Tatusko reassigned from Harrisburg; 2B Danny Espinosa assigned from Washington on MLB Rehab

Harrisburg 9 Richmond 0
• Jordan (W, 5-0) 9IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 11K; 2-3, 3R, BB, RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Leon 1-3, R, BB
• Nicol 1-2, 2R, 2BB

Taylor Jordan tossed the second nine-inning shutout of the season, as the Senators blanked the Flying Squirrels, 9-0 and vaulted Harrisburg into a three-way tie for first. Jordan allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out 11. At the plate, the 24-y.o. went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored. Brian Goodwin and Justin Bloxom both tripled and drove in two runs as the Senators scored nine times on just eight hits and six walks.
Roster move: RHP Marcos Frias activated from the 7-Day DL and reassigned to Potomac.

Potomac 8 Frederick 0
• Cole (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 10K
• Holt 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-5, 3R, 3HR, 4RBI
• Keyes 2-5, R
• Leonida 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

Jason Martinson homered three times while A.J. Cole and Greg Holt combined on a five-hit shutout for an 8-0 Potomac win over Frederick. The victory clinched the C.L. North Division crown for the first time since 2008. Cole put up double digits in the K column for the second straight start, walking two and giving up four hits. Greg Holt preserved the shutout with two scoreless frames, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out two. Cole Leonida also homered and went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Roster moves: IF Francisco Soriano reassigned from Harrisburg, IF Cutter Dykstra, RHPs Cameron Selik and Colin Bates placed on the 7-Day DL

Hagerstown vs. Lakewood — PPD
Rain postponed the start of the final series of the first half. It will be made up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader. First-place Hickory edged Delmarva, 5-4 to lower the magic number to clinch to two with three games to play as the Suns now trail the Crawdads by a full game.

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Rojos 5
• Valerio (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Aguero 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Alvarez 2-3, 2R, 2BB, SB
• Corredor 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI

A five-run 7th broke open a 2-1 game as the D-Nat held off a late charge from the D-Rojos for a 9-5 win. Maximo Valerio got his first win in his third start, allowing an unearned run on two hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. “Fred” Aguero was a homer shy of the cycle while going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Proof that perhaps I needed this vacation is that the DSL season was overlooked for nearly two weeks. I’ve gone back and edited the daily N&N’s to add the scores back in for those inclined to peruse them.

Jun 132013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.44) vs.
Misch (2-3, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (4-0, 0.84) vs.
Rogers (4-2, 5.14)
Potomac Won, 13-11 @ Frederick,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 4.62) vs.
Wager (0-0, 11.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-3;
Won, 6-5 (9 inn.)
vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-2, 5.79) vs.
Musser (1-2, 3.60)

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
Syracuse resumes its eight-game homestand with a four-game set against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Roster moves: RHP Ross Ohlendorf recalled to Washington; RHP Ryan Tatusko reassigned to Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1
• Tatusko 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 4K
• Barrett 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 2-3, R

Making a spot start because of all the rainouts, Ryan Tatusko gave the Senators seven strong innings as they edged the Flying Squirrels, 2-1. Tatusko walked four and gave up an unearned run on four hits while striking out four. Neil Holland and Aaron Barrett both turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Steve Souza homered in the first while Destin Hood singled and scored in the second, as the two combined for four of the six Harrisburg hits.
Roster moves: RHP Nathan Karns optioned from Washington.

Potomac 13 Carolina 11
• Rauh 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Mirowski 2IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Wort (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 4-6, 3R, SB
• Ramsey 5-6, 3R, 2B, 4RBI

Neither team score in just two of nine innings as the P-Nats outlasted the Mudcats for a 13-11 win. Rob Wort was the only pitcher to go unscathed, picking up the save, while Richie Mirowski got the win in relief. Starter Brian Rauh was knocked from the box with four runs on six hits and a walk in his high-A debut. Tablestters Billy Burns and Caleb Ramsey combined for five runs and a nine hits. With the win, Potomac has reduced its magic number to two with five games to play.
Roster moves: IF Jean Valdez reassigned to Auburn; IF Mike Gilmartin, signed as a FA by Washington, assigned to Potomac.

Hagerstown 10 Hickory 3 — GAME ONE
• Mooneyham (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Henke 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Pleffner 3-4, R
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Manuel 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

A three-run 4th followed by a four-run 5th put this one away as Hagerstown cruised to a 10-3 win in the opener. Starter Brett Mooneyhamd gave up a run on a home run, and two hits total over five innings. He walked three and struck out five. Shawn Pleffner led the 11-hit attack with three singles, followed by Will Piwinica-Worms and Craig Manuel, who both doubled and singled and scored a run.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 5 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion ⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Perez 2-4, RBI
• Severino 2-4, RBI, PB, PO

An error on a sacrfice in the 9th completed the doubleheader sweep as the Suns took the second game, 6-5. Pedro Encarnacion’s night was over early has he gave up two home runs and four hits in just 2/3rds of an inning. Gilberto Mendez, the fifth reliever of the night, got the win with two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four. The offense tallied 14 hits total, as every batter collected at least one and five had two.
The doubleheader sweep split the four-game series and pulls the Suns back to within a ½ game of Hickory.

Jun 122013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1st AA start of ’13) vs.
Teller (1-1, 2.38)
Potomac Lost, 11-3;
Won, 3-1
@ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Rauh (1st A+ start) vs.
Radeke (0-1, 13.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-1, 2.20) and
Encarnacion (5-3, 2.14) vs.
Smith (4-4, 6.75) and
Bores (2-1, 3.66)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5 @ DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
J. Ramirez (0-0, 15.43) vs.
J. Hernandez (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Maya (W, 2-3) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Garcia (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Costanzo 1-4, R, HR, RBI

On another rainy day, the two teams waited out a long delay to finish just the one game, as Syracuse edged Pawtucket, 4-3. Yunesky Maya got the win with one run allowed, albeit on a home run, four hits given up, no walks and two strikeouts. Mike “Don’t Call Me George” Costanzo and Zach Walters smacked back-to-back jacks in the 4th while Corey Brown and Tyler Moore each drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Roster move: Washington assigned RHP Mark Lowe to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 1 Richmond 0
• Demny 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Swynenberg (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Grace (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 9) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Johnson 1-1, R, HR, RBI
• Leon 2-2, BB

Josh Johnson’s pinch-hit HR was all the offense Harrisburg could muster, but all that they would need as four pitchers combined on a four-hit, 1-0 shutout of Richmond. Matt Swynenberg got the win in relief while Aaron Barrett got the save thanks to Steve Souza gunning down Richmond’s Javier Herrera at the plate in the 9th. Sandy Leon reached base three times with two singles and a walk as the Senators were also held to just four hits total. Roster moves: IF Josh Johnson activated from TIL; IF Francisco Soriano assigned from Syracuse.

Carolina 11 Potomac 3 — GAME ONE
• Schwartz (L, 5-2) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Holt 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Blake Schwartz suffered his second loss in his worst outing as Carolina roughed him up for five runs on five hits in the 1st en route to an 11-3 smackdown in the opener. Brian Dupra avoided the same fate for an inning before the Mudcats hung a five-spot on him in the 3rd. Caleb Ramsey and Cole Leonida both homered in the 6th to make the score look closer than it was.

Potomac 3 Carolina 1 — GAME TWO
• Ray (W, 5-2) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• Dykstra 2-3
• Martinson 1-3, BB, RBI
• Nieto 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Robbie Ray no-hit eight of the nine Mudcats as the P-Nats salvaged the nightcap with a 3-1 win. Paddy Matera homered and singled off the 21-y.o. southpaw to ruin any chance of a shutout, but he did go the distance, walking four and striking out seven for his second complete game and fifth win. Every Potomac batter got a hit, as Potomac pounded out 10 total in the win. The split combined with losses the past two nights by Frederick has lowered Potomac’s magic number to clinch the first half title to three with six games to play.

Hickory 6 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Purke (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR, HBP
• Harper 2⅓ IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Renda 2-3, 2B
• Miller 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Matt Purke gave up two home runs and suffered his first loss as Hickory tripled up Hagerstown, 6-2. The 22-y.o. Texan allowed five runs total on six hits and two walks as he struck out eight and hit a batter. Tony Renda and Brandon Miller both doubled in the loss, combining for three of the Suns’ five hits.

Hickory 1 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Anderson (L, 4-4) 5⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 11K
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 1-3, K
• Miller 1-3, 2K

A one-out walk followed by a triple did in Dixon Anderson and the Suns as the Crawdads took the nightcap, 1-0. The walk was the third Anderson allowed, the hit the second, over five and 2/3rds innings to go with 11 strikeouts. Hagerstown was held to just two hits by Shawn Pleffner and Brandon Miller. The two losses dropped Hagerstown’s elimination number to three with six games to play; they would be eliminated with another doubleheader sweep tonight.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Cubs 5
• Torres 4⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Aquino (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Tillero 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Pilier 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Big-ticket IFA Neivy Pilier’s first professional home run was a walkoff in the 9th to give the D-Nats a 6-5 win over the D-Cubs. It made a winner out of Jonathan Aquino, who pitched a scoreless and hitless inning, issuing a walk but striking out a batter, too. Luis Torres gave up four runs on seven hits over four and a 1/3rd innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Jorge Tillero also had a multihit game, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Jun 112013

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Pawtucket,
10:30 a.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) and
Maya (1-4, 4.96) vs.
Aceves (2-1, 3.52) and
S. Wright (2-3, 4.99)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0
(6 inn., rain)
vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (4-4, 3.98) vs.
Snodgrass (5-1, 2.04)
Potomac Postponed @ Carolina,
5:00 p.m.
Schwartz (5-1, 1.29) and
Ray (4-2, 2.32) vs.
Pasquale (0-3, 4.62) and
Anderson (5-3, 2.85)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
Anderson (4-3, 2.80) and
Purke (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00) and
Faulkner (1-0, 2.84)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 (8 inn.) vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Zapata (0-0, 0.00)

Pawtucket vs. Syracuse — PPD
This was the final game of the night to get called, but like the rest, it’ll be made up today with a doubleheader rather than turn a four-game series in August into a five-game set.

Reading 6 Harrisburg 0 (6 inn., rain)
• Treinen (L, 5-6) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 1BB, 7K, WP
• McCoy 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Van Ostrand 1-3
• Bloxom 1-1

The only thing that saved the day from being a complete washout in the U.S. was the 9:30 a.m. start for the Harrisburg-Reading contest. Even then the rain shortened it, perhaps mercifully, as the Senators were shut out, 6-0 in six innings. Blake Treinen took the loss with three runs allowed, one earned, on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Jimmy Van Ostrand and Justin Bloxom accounted for the two Harrisburg hits.. and three of the four errors committed (Treinen was the fourth).

Potomac vs. Carolina — PPD
Heavy rains soaked the field at Five County Stadium yesterday afternoon, prompting officials to postpone the game more than two hours before game time (how novel) as the two teams will play a doubleheader this evening.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Hagerstown; LHP Sammy Solis placed on the 7-Day DL (undisclosed).

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The blanket of storms that made their way up I-95 found their way up I-81, too, as the Suns and Crawdads were rained out, creating a pair of doubleheaders today and tomorrow.
Roster moves: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Christian Meza, RHP Gilberto Mendez reassigned from XST.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Yankees1 3 (8 inn.)
• Yrizarri (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Salazar (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Lora 1-2, 2R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Gutierrez 1-2, 2R, 2BB

Rain, of course, shortened this one to just eight innings, but the D-Nats took advantage of five D-Yankees1 errors for a 7-3 win. Deibi Yrizarri got the win in his second start, throwinf five shutout frames with four hits and one walk allowed while striking out five. Melvin Salazar got the save, allowing an unearned run in the 8th on a hit and a walk while striking out one. Edwin Lora and Kelvin Gutierrez paced the offense, which had just three hits but drew eight walks, with a single and two walks apiece.

Jun 102013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) vs.
Aceves (2-1, 3.52)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 @ Reading,
9:35 a.m.
Treinen (5-5, 3.97) vs.
Wright (0-3, 11.51)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (5-1, 1.29) vs.
Pasquale (0-3, 4.62)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (0-0, 0.00) vs.
F. Jose (0-0, 9.00)

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 3
• Torra (L, 0-3) 5⅔ IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Accardo 2IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Brown 2-4, RBI, SB
• Owings 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Pawtucket went deep twice against Syracuse starter Matt Torra in the first two innings to put the Chiefs in a 4-0 hole as the PawSox cruised to a 5-3 win. Torra was peppered with 11 hits total over five and 2/3rds, walking two and striking out two while losing for the third time in three starts. Veterans Corey Brown and Micah Owings both went 2-for-4 with and RBI, with Brown swiping his 6th base and Owings smacking his 6th home run. Roster moves: 1B Chris Marrero recalled to Washington; OF-1B Tyler Moore optioned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 2
• Gilliam (W, 2-1) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 3-5, 3R, SB
• Head 4-5, 4R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI

Rob Gilliam was perfect for five innings while Jared Head was a triple shy of cycle as Harrisburg pounded Reading, 8-2. Manager Matt LeCroy claimed an organizational directive of five innings or eighty pitches (whichever came first) is why the 25-year-old was lifted after just 57 pitches. By then, the offense had built a 7-0 lead, thanks to a pair of two-run HRs by Head. Steve Souza Jr. singled three times to lead the hit column as Harrisburg notched 14 hits total. Four relievers each turned in an inning to finish the game.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Hill 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Bates (BS, 2; L, 2-4) 1IP, 4H, 6R, 0ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Burns 2-5, SB(30)
• Nieto 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, PB(12)
• Miller 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI

Potomac’s luck finally ran out on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 1
• Pineyro (W, 5-3) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Henke (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Manuel 1-3, R, BB
• Difo 1-2, BB, RBI, SB

If you missed the 6th, you missed all the scoring as Hagerstown put up four in the top half and West Virginia answered with one in the bottom half for the game’s final outcome of 4-1. Ivan Pineyro tied fellow Dominican for the team lead in wins (5) with six strong innings, allowing the Power run on a two-out solo shot, the third and final hit he gave up while walking one and fanning four. Two errors, two walks, two doubles, and two sacrifice flies accounted for the Suns runs as Hagerstown sent 10 men to the plate in the inning.
It’s a battle for the first half title as first-place Hickory comes to the Muni for four games in three days this week, with just a ½ game separating the top two teams (and the Power lurking in third place, 1½ games behind second-place Hagerstown).

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats won five of six in the first full week of the 2013 season, losing to the DSL Yankees1 squad on Saturday. This week, it’s home games against the Yankees1, the Cubs, y Los Rojos (nee the DSL Reds), and road games against the Cubs, Rojos, and the Orioles2.

Jun 092013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
5:00 p.m.
Torra (0-2, 6.19) vs.
Workman (5-1, 3.43)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0;
Lost, 2-1
@ Reading,
1:35 p.m.
Gilliam (1-1, 5.65) vs.
Buchanan (2-6, 4.67)
Potomac Won, 8-7;
Won, 4-3
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (4-2, 3.78) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 @ West Virginia,
2:05 p.m.
Pineyro (4-3, 3.33) vs.
Glasnow (3-1, 3.21)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-6 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, PO
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Soriano 2-3, R, 2RBI

Eury Perez’s two-run triple capped off a three-run 7th as the Chiefs came back from a 2-1 deficit to edge the PawSox, 4-3. Rehabbing Christian Garcia got the win in relief, giving up a run over two innings on a hit and two walks while fanning three. Starter Danny Rosenbaum turned in a quality start with six innings pitched, two runs allowed on four hits and a walk, but struck out just one. Michael Broadway got the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Harrisburg 1 Reading 0 — GAME ONE
• Jordan (W, 4-0) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Nicol 1-2, BB

Taylor Jordan outdueled Phillies top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle as Harrisburg shut out Reading, 1-0. Both pitchers went the distance, allowing four hits and striking out seven over seven innings but Jordan was just a little finer, walking none to Biddle’s three and needing just 84 pitches versus 111. The difference of course was the solo HR that batterymate Sandy Leon hit to lead off the seventh.

Reading 2 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO
• Clay (L, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Herron 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Van Ostrand 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Hague 1-1, 2B, BB

Harrisburg got just a solo HR in the nightcap, but Caleb Clay couldn’t toss the shutout as the Fightin’ Phils landed a 2-1 punch on the Senators to split the doubleheader. Clay gave up both Reading runs on five hits over five innings, walking none and setting down five on strikes. Jimmy Van Ostrand homered and walked, going 2-for-4 with two walks for the night to account for the lone Harrisburg run.

Potomac 8 Frederick 7 — GAME ONE
• Detwiler 3⅔ IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Mirowski (BS, 5; W, 4-3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Burns 3-4, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Martinson 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB, SB

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 — GAME TWO
• Cole (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 11K, HR
• Wort (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 3-1 IR-S
• Burns 2-4, RBI
• Miller 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Took nearly five hours to play 13 innings Last Night In Woodbridge.

West Virginia 1 Hagerstown 0
• Lee (L, 1-2) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinez 1-3, SB
• Severino 1-3

Three Hagerstown pitchers combined to limit West Virginia to seven hits, but the one run given up was enough as the Power shorted the Suns, 1-0. Nick Lee gave up all seven safeties over six innings pitched with no walks and three strikeouts but suffered the loss. Cody Davis and Bryan Harper each turned in a 1-2-3 inning. Estarlin Martinez and Pedro Severino were the only two Suns to reach base, both singling, with Martinez the long Hagerstown batter to reach second base.

DSL Yankees1 8 DSL Nationals 6
• Reyes 5IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
• A. Ramirez (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Lora 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

A four-run 6th stopped the D-Nats win streak at five as the D-Yankees1 squad dropped them, 8-6. Luis Reyes went five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks in start no. 2. Algenis Ramirez blew the save and took the loss, charged with all four runs on five hits over 2/3rds of an inning. 17-y.o. Edwin Lora led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, scoring two runs, drawing a walk, and driving in one.

Jun 072013

For the first time since 2009, Potomac has multiple representatives named to the Carolina League All-Star team, as the rosters for the 2013 contingent were announced today.

OF Billy Burns, LHP Robbie Ray, and RHP Blake Schwartz were among those named on the roster. It’s believed to be the first All-Star appearance for all three players.

Burns will be among the starting outfielders, most likely in center. The 23-year-old Georgia native leads the Carolina League with 28 steals, while his .418 on-base percentage is second in the league.

Ray leads the Carolina League with 81 strikeouts in 62 innings, but is also third in most walks allowed with 29. After a disastrous 2012 (4-12, 6.56), the 21-year-old from Tennessee will take it as he’s also third in ERA at 2.32 and has posted a won-loss mark of 4-2.

Schwartz is a bit of a surprise, given that he began the season in Hagerstown and in the bullpen. Since his promotion in late April he’s won five of eight starts (5-1 for Potomac, 7-1 overall) and posted a league-best ERA of 1.29. The 23-year-old Minnesotan has risen rapidly up the Nationals ladder, going from a 17-round pick from Okalahoma City College to High-A in less than a calendar year.

The 2013 Carolina-California All-Star game is scheduled for June 18th with the San Jose Giants as the host city for the California League. The game will be televised locally as well as on MiLB.tv.

As aforementioned, the P-Nats have had only one player named the past three seasons with OF Michael Burgess the sole representative in 2010 and 2011 and C David Freitas in 2012 (RHP Rob Wort was named as an injury replacement). The previous multiple-player representation came in 2009, when RHPs Brad Meyers and Jeff Mandel were named to the Carolina League’s pitching staff.