Jul 232011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-3 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.
Tom Milone (8-5, 3.02) vs.
Greg Smith (2-2, 5.88)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1;
Won, 1-0
@ Richmond,
1:00 p.m.,
6:35 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-2, 2.57) and
Evan Bronson (AA debut) vs.
Erik Surkamp (7-3, 2.05) and
Chuck Lofgren (0-0, -.–)
Potomac Lost, 10-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-8, 4.39) vs.
Joe Serafin (1-8, 5.61)
Hagerstown Cancelled vs. Greenville,
3:05 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (3-3, 8.36) vs.
Kyle Stroup (1-5, 4.73)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Luis Diaz (3-1, 3.23)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 4.61) vs.
Victor De Leon (0-4, 5.92)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-1
vs. DSL Mets
OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 8 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3
• Peacock (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Severino (H, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Solano 3-4, R, 3R HR, 4RBI
• J Valdez 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Brad Peacock was much improved in his second AAA start, an 8-3 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Peacock hurt his own cause in the second when a throwing error on a pickoff attempt put a runner on third in front of a sacrifice fly. Syracuse answered back in the fifth on a three-run homer by Jhonotan Solano. Peacock was tagged for an RBI double in the fifth inning to make the score 3-2. He threw 79 pitches, 46 for strikes, and struck out four while only walking one. Syracuse scored a run in the sixth on a Brian Bixler single, a throwing error, and a Michael Aubrey groundout to make the score 4-2. Jeff Mandel allowed one run in the seventh when he gave up a single, made an error on a pickoff, and yielded an RBI single to Luis Nunez. Atahualpa Severino and Josh Wilkie then combined for three innings of scoreless relief. The Chiefs would go on to score three more in the eighth and one more in the ninth for a final score of 8-3. The Chiefs offense exploded for thirteen hits, and all starters except Chris Marrero had at least one base hit. With the win, the Chiefs improve to 44-54, seven games back of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for third and twelve games back of Lehigh Valley for first.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• O Perez (L, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2R HR
• McCoy 1IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Harper 1-3
• King 1-2, R, HR, RBI
Harrisburg’s bats melted away in the heat. Harrisburg managed just four hits, with a Stephen King solo shot in the sixth accounting for the sole run in a 3-1 loss in game one of the doubleheader. Ollie Perez gave up three runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run homer by Chris Dominguez.

Harrisburg 1 Richmond 0 — GAME TWO
• Barthmaier 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Martin (W, 3-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lehman (S, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Harper 2-3
• Jo. Johnson 1-2, R, 2BB
Harrisburg’s one run was enough in Game 2, a 1-0 seven inning shutout of Richmond. Jimmy Barthmaier, Rafael Martin, and Pat Lehman combined to limit the Flying Squirrels to three hits. The Senators had only four hits, paced by Bryce Harper’s two singles. Harrisburg rallied for its run in the sixth on a Josh Johnson leadoff single followed by some small ball. Adam Fox bunted Johnson over to second in front of a ground out. Following an intentional walk to Tyler Moore, Bryce Harper singled to load the bases. Tim Pahuta walked to score Johnson and give Harrisburg a 1-0 lead that would stand. With the doubleheader split and Bowie’s win, Harrisburg’s record is now 57-42, just two games over Bowie for first place in the E.L. West.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 3
• Solis (L, 3-1) 4IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Wort 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kobernus 2-5, 2B
• Higley 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Sammy Solis’s bid for four wins in four starts was denied by Winston-Salem in a 10-3 defeat. The Dash got to Solis early, punctuating the southpaw with three runs on three doubles in the first inning alone. He would be done after four innings, with four runs given up on nine hits and two walks though he set down five on strikes. Mitchell Clegg threw in the fifth and sixth innings and Winston-Salem teed off for six runs on 10 hits. J.R. Higley homered for the first P-Nat run in the second. Francisco Soriano walked and took third on a Jeff Kobernus double in the 8th as Destin Hood and Brian Peacock pushed them both in with RBI groundouts. The loss drops Potomac into second place, one game behind Frederick with a 16-11 mark. UPDATE: Evan Bronson has been assigned to the Harrisburg Senators while Erik Davis has been assigned to the Potomac Nationals, with Bronson starting tonight’s game in Richmond. It remains to be seen if this is a permanent move or merely a one-day swap to save the Senator bullpen.

Hagerstown-Augusta — Cancelled
Violent thunderstorms cancelled Friday night’s game and have forced the start of the Saturday game to 3:05 p.m. from 7:05 p.m. due to damage to one of the light towers (click link to see pic).

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3
• Meza (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Hill (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BBm 2K
• J Miller 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Mayo 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A four-run fourth inning overcame a 2-0 deficit as the Doubledays went on to a 5-3 victory, their third straight win. Auburn took full advantage of the walks issued during the rally, as Justin Miller (3-for-4) tripled in the first walk and scored on a throwing error while Connor Rowe doubled in the second walk for third run. Bryce Ortega singled to drive in Rowe for fourth run. Jeremy Mayo homered in the 8th for an insurance run. Christian Meza got the win while Greg Holt earned the save, the first for both respectively this season. The Doubledays remain in second place, one game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley at 19-16.
Recently signed OF Billy Burns, the Nats’ 32nd Rd. pick in the 2011 Draft, made his professional debut. He led off, played CF, and went 1-for-3

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats look to resume their winning ways (currently a three-game streak) with four games in four days against the rest of the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mets1 1
• Pineyro (W, 2-4) 6IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Barrientos (H, 1) 1⅔ IP 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• J De Los Santos 2-4, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Rosario 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats tore open a 2-1 game with a five-run rally in the bottom of the eighth to put away the D-Mets1 by a 7-1 tally. Juan De Los Santos highlighted the rally with a two-run double, his third and fourth RBI in a 2-for-4 game and came home on Dionicio Rosario double, his second hit and second RBI in a 2-for-5 game. Ivan Pineyro got the win by scattering six hits over six scoreless innings with just a walk allowed and two strikeouts.
The win puts the D-Nats back to .500 at 23-23, five games behind and tied for fourth place in the B.C. South.

Jul 222011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (0-1, 14.54)
vs.
Adam Warren (6-3, 3.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-5 @ Richmond,
5:35 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-1, 3.48) &
J. Barthmaier (2-3, 6.19) vs.
J. Fitzgerald (6-5, 3.46) &
Chuck Lofgren (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Sammy Solis (3-0, 2.84) vs.
Jake Petricka (0-4, 6.88)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2;
Won, 3-0
vs. Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (3-3, 8.36) vs.
Shawn Sanford (6-6, 2.67)
Auburn Won, 7-2 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (0-0, 7.62) vs.
Austin Wright (2-0, 2.77)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals vs. DSL Braves,
Game Not Reported
vs. DSL Mets,
10:30 a.m.
Ivan Pineyro (1-4, 2.53) vs.
Ramon Estevez (1-1, 2.43)

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 2
• Stammen (L, 8-4) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, WP
• Balester 2IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, K, HR
• J Valdez 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Solano 1-4, 2B, RBI

Craig Stammen took the loss in a 5-2 Buffalo victory over Syracuse. Stammen gave up three runs in the first inning on a walk, a single, a two-RBI double, and an RBI single. The Chiefs offense was limited to just five hits. In the second, Jhonatan Solano doubled in Seth Bynum on a line drive to center. In the fifth, Jesus Valdez doubled in Brian Bixler to close the Buffalo lead to 3-2. Buffalo quickly tacked on an insurance run against Stammen before Lee Hyde came in to provide one and one-third innings of scoreless relief. Collin Balester pitched two innings, yielding a run on a solo shot by Luis Hernandez in the ninth. With the loss, Syracuse falls back to 43-54, 13 games behind Lehigh Valley in the IL North.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 5
• E Davis (L, 5-5) 4⅔ IP 7H, 8R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Pena 2⅓ IP 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• King 2-4, R, 2R HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg out hit Richmond eleven to seven and outhomered them three to one yet still lost 8-5. Richmond had six two out RBI to Harrisburg’s one by Bill Rhinehart. Every Harrisburg starter except Chris Rahl had at least one hit. Derek Norris tripled and walked to extend his hitting streak to five games as he begins to put some distance between his batting average and the dreaded Mendoza line. Harrisburg had a solo homer from Adam Fox, a solo shot from Tyler Moore, and a two run shot from Stephen King. Erik Davis gave up a run in the third, five runs in the fourth with two outs, and two runs in the fifth. Hassan Pena pitched two and 1/3rd shutout innings of relief, striking out five, and Pat Lehman pitched a scoreless eighth. With the loss, Harrisburg is 4-7 over its last eleven games and the Senators lead has shrunk to 2.5 games over Bowie at 56-41 in the E.L. West.

Potomac — OFF DAY
It’s a seven-game road trip to Winston-Salem for three, then four against Wilmington. The series against the Blue Rocks is a bit of a warmup for next weekend’s clash against Frederick, but arguably more important because it represents a chance to widen the gap between second and third place, as the second-half second-place team gets the playoff bid in the event of a double-half winner, not the team with the second-best overall record.

Hagerstown 4 August 2 — GAME ONE
• Swynenberg (W, 3-0) 5IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Eusebio (S, 4)
• Freitas 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Keyes 2-3, 2B
• Nicol 2-3, 2B, RBI
Hagerstown came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 over Augusta in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Matt Swynenberg gave up a solo homer in the second and an unearned run in the third on a two out error by Blake Kelso. In the fourth, David Freitas hit his 11th home run and Sean Nicol had an RBI single, scoring Jason Martinson. The Suns scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two RBI double from Adrian Sanchez. Hagerstown had nine hits in all; only Blake Kelso and Cole Leonida failed to get at least one hit. Wilson Eusebio pitched the last two innings to earn his fourth save.

Hagerstown 3 Augusta 0 — GAME TWO
• Demmin (W, 1-1) 5IP, 2H, 0ER, 2BB, 7K
• Manno (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 2-3, SB, CS
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• W Moore 1-3, 2B, RBI
Ryan Demmin, Tyler Hanks, and Chris Manno combined for a two hit, seven inning 3-0 shutout of the Augusta GreenJackets to sweep the doubleheader. Hagerstown was only threatened in the fifth, when Josh Mazzola led off the frame with a double. Demmin quickly pitched out of trouble, inducing a flyout and striking out two batters around a two out walk. Hagerstown did all of its damage in the fourth inning. After a leadoff walk to David Freitas and a one-out walk to Russell Moldenhauer, Hagerstown scored two runs on a Jason Martinson double and tacked on another with a Wade Moore RBI double. With the doubleheader sweep, Hagerstown improves to 15-12, good for a three way tie for second place, three games back of first-half Northern Division winner Hickory.

Auburn 7 Williamsport 2
• Meyers 2⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Estevez (W, 3-2) 5⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Nieto 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-3, BB

A pair of two-run homers from the Auburn Doubledays took the teeth out of the Williamsport Crosscutters for a 7-2 win. Adrian Nieto (3-for-4) went deep in the third while Matt Skole matched the feat in the fifth. Rehabbing Brad Meyers got the start and went the first two and 2/3rds, giving up a run on three on hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez followed him out of the ‘pen and put in five and 1/3rd strong innings of relief for the win, which improved the Doubledays to 18-16, just one game out of the division lead.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Marlins
• Encarnacion 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Holder 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• E Martinez 2-4, 2R, 2B
• JC Valdez 1-1, 3BB, SB

Andruth Ramirez’s two-out single in the bottom of the 8th lifted the G-Nats to their third straight victory, a 3-2 win over the G-Marlins. Pedro Encarnacion started and went the first five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks. Trevor Holder pitched for the first time since going on the Potomac DL, giving up a hit and striking out one over two scoreless innings. Estarlin Martinez continued his assault on the GCL with a 2-for-4 game and two runs scored while fellow DSL grad Jean-Carlos Valdez drew three walks to pace the G-Nat offense. The G-Nats gained a game but remain 7½ back of the G-Marlins with an 11-16 mark.

DSL Nationals-DSL Braves
As of 9:30 a.m., the game was not reported on MiLB.com

Jul 212011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 7-6;
Won, 9-5
vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.38) vs.
Pat Misch (4-5, 4.52)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-4, 4.14) vs.
Daryl Maday (2-8, 4.63)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 vs. Augusta,
5:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (2-0, 3.06)
and TBD vs.
Gaspar Santiago (3-3, 3.90) and
Justin Schumer (5-4, 4.66)
Auburn Won, 5-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (2-2, 4.88) vs.
Colin Kleven (2-1, 3.42)
GCL Nationals Won, 1-0
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 14.73)
vs. Beau Wright (1-0, 3.77)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-5
@ DSL Marlins
vs. DSL Braves,
10:30 a.m.
Andy Santana (2-1, 1.69) vs.
Andry Ubiera (2-1, 3.00)

Syracuse 7 Buffalo 6 (8 inn.)
• Maya 5IP, 8H, 6ER, 3BB, K
• Zinicola 2IP, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Bixler 1-3, 2B, 2RBI, BB
• Hulett 2-4, R
• Marrero 1-3, 2R, BB (6G hitting streak)

Syracuse won the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Buffalo 7-6 in an “extra” 8th inning. Yunesky Maya struggled in his start, giving up three runs early in the second. Syracuse quickly answered back with a five-run rally against former Nat Miguel Batista in the bottom half. Syracuse loaded the bases on back to back leadoff walks and a Tug Hulett single. Carlos Maldonado singled in two and later back-to-back two-out doubles by Gregor Blanco and Brian Bixler plated three more Chiefs. Syracuse scored an unearned run in the third to take a 6-3 lead, but Buffalo scored three more runs in the fifth off Maya on a single, two walks, a two-run double and a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6-6. The Chiefs bullpen was up to the task as Zech Zinicola and Jeff Mandel (W, 3-3) combined for three shutout innings. Syracuse finally managed to break the tie with an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th. Hulett reached second on a dropped pop out by Luis Hernandez and Corey Brown singled him in with two outs for the 7-6 win.

Syracuse 9 Buffalo 5
• JD Martin 3⅔ IP, 8H, 5ER, 0BB, 3K
• Tatusko (W, 2-1) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Lombardozzi 3-3, R, 2B, 3RBI, BB
• JD Martin 2-2, R, 3B
• Solano 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse brought out the lumber in a 9-5 win over Buffalo to sweep the doubleheader. The Chiefs had nine runs on 13 hits and scored in each of the first five innings. Seven different Chiefs had hits, and Chris Marrero hit his twenty-first double to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Pitcher JD Martin even tripled and scored on a Steve Lombardozzi double in the second. In the bottom of the third, Seth Bynum hit a one-out homer and Lombardozzi had a two out, two RBI single to score Solano and Blanco and put the Chiefs up 6-0 after three innings. Buffalo, however, answered back with five runs of their own against starter JD Martin in the fourth. Ryan Tatusko came on to strand an inherited runner and pitch three and a 1/3rd innings of dominant relief, walking none and striking out four in one of his best outings as a Chief. Syracuse would go on to score two in the fourth and one in the fifth to put the game out of reach for a 9-5 victory. With the doubleheader sweep, the Chiefs have won four in a row to improve to 43-53, twelve games back of Lehigh Valley.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Roark (L, 4-7) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 7K, 3R HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Norris 2-3, 2R, 2BB
• T Moore 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Bowie would draw first blood with a three-run HR in the top of the first while the Senators couldn’t cash in numerous chances to score, losing the game, 6-2 and the series 2-1. Tanner Roark, who has now gone five straight starts without reaching the sixth or allowing fewer than four runs, took the loss with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk despite striking out seven. The Sens would pull within two with single runs in the first (Chris Rahl RBI walk) and third (Tyler Moore RBI double) but were a woeful 2-for-13 with RISP and left on 12 men. Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored from the #2 hole and the DH spot in the lineup. The loss cuts the Harrisburg lead over Bowie to 3½ games, and 5½ over third-place Richmond. The Sens now embark on a critical nine-game road trip, with six this weekend in Richmond (doubleahaders on Friday and Saturday) and three next week in Bowie. Should Bryce Harper play in any of those games Bowie, it will be the first time a Nationals 1st-round draft pick has played in VA or MD within 50 miles of DC since Drew Storen pitched for Potomac in August 2009.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-5) 9IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, 2R HR, BK, HBP
• Leon 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 1-3, BB, RBI

The problem of scoring just one run — as the PNats have done for three straight games — is that the pitching has to be damn near perfect to win. Danny Rosenbaum made but one mistake (a two-run home run in the first inning) but it was enough to saddle him with a 3-1 loss. The 23-year-old lefty went the distance for the second time this season, facing just 31 batters and allowing just five runners to reach base safely: three hits, one walk, one hit-by-pitch. Potomac’s lone run came on a solo shot by Sandy Leon in the bottom of the seventh, as Potomac mustered just six hits for the evening and went 0-for-3 with RISP. With the loss, Potomac sports a 16-10 mark, but remains tied with Frederick, which saw its six-game win streak snapped in Salem.

Augusta 5 Hagerstown 2
• Cole 5IP, 4H, ER, 0BB, 2K
• McCatty 1IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• A Sanchez 3-4
• Nicol 2-4, R

Hagerstown fell 5-2 to the Augusta Greenjackets last night. Augusta scored quickly on starter A.J. Cole. In the first, the Greenjackets scored on two singles and two stolen bases before Cole struck out the last two batters to end the frame. Cole settled down after that and was only threatened in the fourth, when a Michael Taylor gunned down Josh Mazzola at the plate trying to score with two outs. Hagerstown took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a single by Sean Nicol, an RBI double from Mills Rogers, and an RBI single from Michael Taylor. That would be all for the bats as the Suns left seven men on base with their nine hits and three walks. The defense let down reliever Sam Brown in the 8th. He gave up the game winning RBI on a single, a steal, and an RBI line drive before a two-out error by Michael Taylor would contribute to three additional unearned runs. With the 5-2 loss, Hagerstown falls to fourth place at 13-12, a ½ game back of Lakewood for third place and 3½ games in back of first-place Hickory.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3 (12 inn.)
• Dupra (ND) 6IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Grisz (W, 1-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 3-6, 2B, 4RBI
• Montilla 2-5, RBI, SB

Matt Skole’s two-run single in the top of the 11th was the difference in a 5-3 Auburn win over Williamsport. They were the 3rd and 4th RBI on the night for Skole, who went 3-for-6 with a double to lead the 14-hit Doubleday offense. Brian Dupra went the first six, scattering six hits for no runs, no walks and four strikeouts. His effort would be for naught as Travis Henke gave away the 3-0 lead in the 7th for his third blown save in eight appearance. Ben Grisz finished the game with four scoreless innings to get the win, which puts Auburn at 17-16, two games behind Batavia in the Pinckney Division.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Mets 0
• Baez 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Chico (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lucas (S, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramos 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• JC Valdez 2-3, BB

Wander Ramos’s solo shot in the bottom of the eighth was the only run the G-Nats scored… but it was good enough for a 1-0 win over the G-Mets. Coupled with yesterday’s victory, it was their first back-to-back wins since June 29-30. Gregory Baez got the start and went the first five innings, alllowing just five hits and one walk while striking out five. Matt Chico pitched the next three against a lineup of players who were born while he was in elementary school to get credit for the win. Robert Lucas closed out the ninth with two strikeouts and a flyout for the save. The 10-16 G-Nats remain, however, 8½ games behind in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Marlins 5
• Moscat (W, 3-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• K Rodriguez (H, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Eusebio 2-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Rosario 2-4, R, RBI
• N Ortega 2-5, R, RBI

The D-Nats are back to .500 (22-22) with a 7-5 win over the D-Marlins. Four D-Nats had multiple hits, led by the Diomedes Eusebio’s two doubles and two runs scored as the D-Nats pounded out 12 hits. Felix Moscat got the start and the win, going five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, and striking out six. The D-Marlins would score three times against 18-year-old Jesus De Los Santos, before Kelvin Rodriguez bailed him out for the hold and Jorge Hernandez got the last five outs for his third save. With the win, the D-Nats sliced their deficit to five games behind D-Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 202011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-3
(12 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
5:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-6, 4.45) and
J.D. Martin (2-6, 4.28) vs.
Miguel Batista (0-0, 6.35) and
Gustavo Chacin (0-0, -.–)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Bowie,
12:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (4-6, 6.36) vs.
Zach Britton (0-1, 3.00)
Potomac Won, 1-0 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (5-4, 2.64) vs.
Zeke Spruill (7-8, 3.06)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-5, 2.94) vs.
Michael Kickham (2-5, 4.71)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-2, 6.11) vs.
Lino Martinez (3-2, 3.21)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-4
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 5.23) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1
@ DSL Cubs2
@ DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 4 Buffalo 3 (12 inn.)
• Wang 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR, HBP
• Balester 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wilkie 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mandel (W, 2-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 1-2, R, 4BB
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, 2B

Syracuse outlasted Buffalo in a 4-3 win last night. Chien-Ming Wang made his first start for the Chiefs and was rudely greeted by a solo home run from the second batter of the game. Syracuse came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second when Carlos Maldonado hit a 2-RBI double to score Chris Marrero and Tug Hulett. Buffalo scored two more runs on Wang in the third on two singles, a double, and a sacrifice fly. Wang did not yield any more runs, and he was his usual groundball self, registering nine groundouts to two flyouts. He also pounded the zone, throwing 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes. The Syracuse bullpen was the true hero of the game as Atahualpa Severino, Collin Balester, Josh Wilkie and Jeff Mandel combined for six and 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief. Down 3-2 in the seventh, Syracuse loaded the bases and scored on a Jesus Valdez sacrifice fly. From there the teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the twelfth, when Brian Bixler sent the Syracuse faithful home happy with a walkoff sacrifice fly to score Seth Bynum after he doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With the win, Syracuse improves to fourth place in the IL North, one game up over Buffalo and 13½ games behind Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4
• Martis 5⅔ IP, 8H, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, GS HR
• Martin (W, 2-1) 1.1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Pahuta 3-3, R, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-4, 2R, 2B
Harrisburg mustered enough offense to squeak by Bowie in a 5-4 win last night. Harrisburg had 13 hits with Bill Rhinehart, Chris Rahl, Tim Pahuta, Stephen King, and Chris McConnell all registering at least two hits and every starter reaching base except the slumping Bryce Harper (1-25 over his last 7G). Harrisburg scored two in the second on four singles and two in the third on Tyler Moore’s league-leading 21st homer followed by a Rahl double and a Pahuta RBI single. Starter Shairon Martis almost held the lead, but gave up a two-out grand slam to Pedro Florimon in the top of the 6th. Cory VanAllen and Rafael Martin combined to pitch three and 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief to keep the game tied. In the bottom of the 8th, Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart hit the game-winning RBI single after Josh Johnson and Derek Norris walked. Harrisburg’s win over second place Bowie extends their lead to 4½ games and improves their record to 56-39.

Potomac 1 Lynchburg 0
• Olbrychowski (W, 3-5) 5⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Smoker (S, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Hood 3-4, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R

For the second straight game, the Potomac pitchers combined for a 1-0 shutout of the Lynchburg Hillcats. Unlike Monday night, the story was not keeping them off base but how the P-Nats pitchers bore down and denied the Hillcats the clutch hit. Lynchburg put 11 baserunners on but went 0-for-13 when they got into scoring position, including a one-out triple in the first and leadoff double in the second. Adam Olbrychowski pitched into the sixth, allowing three hits and two walks. Neil Holland, Joe Testa, and Josh Smoker each inherited two runners; the trio combined to strand six, pitching three and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief. Offensively, Destin Hood led the nine-hit Potomac offensive effort, triple Monday’s output, with a 3-for-3 game and the game’s lone RBI. The win puts Potomac to 16-9, keeping pace with the Frederick Keys, who are currently on a six-game win streak.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
The Suns kick off an eight-game homestand against with four against the Augusta Greenjackets, winners of 10 straight, then four against the Greenville Drive.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 2
• Karns (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 3K
• Barrett 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 3-4, R
• J Miller 1-3, RBI

The Doubledays loaded ‘em up with nobody out in the 9th, but could only get two runners in as the Crosscutters held on for the 3-2 win. Nathan Karns was tagged for the loss in his New York-Penn League debut, coughing up three first-inning runs and walking five over four innings while giving up six hits. David Hill pitched one scoreless inning and Aaron Barrett threw three to keep Auburn in it. Caleb Ramsey was the only Doubleday to collect multiple hits (3-for-4) as the Williamsport pitchers held the rest of the lineup to just three hits. The loss drops Auburn back to .500 at 16-16, but still just two games out of first place.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Astros
• Mieses 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Hawkins (S, 1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Schill 3-5, R
• E Martinez 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

The long summer of discontent is finally over with the G-Nats 6-4 win over the G-Astros. Well, no, not really, but the eight-game losing streak is over, thanks to strong relief work from Pat Arnold and Ben Hawkins, who combined for four and 2/3rds scoreless innings and eight strikeouts to earn the win and save respectively. Wes Schill and Estarlin Martinez paced the offense with three hits apiece as the G-Nats pounded out 12 hits and committed just one (1) error. The G-Nats win, no. 9, was the first since July 9, as the 9-16 record trails the G-Marlins by 8½ games in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cubs2 1 (6 inn.)
• Silvestre (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Guzman 0IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Mejia 2-3, R, 3B

The D-Nats scored in both of the first two innings, building a 3-1 lead and extended it to 4-1 before the game was called in the bottom of the sixth. Hector Silvestre got his second win in his second start, allowing an unearned run on two hits and three walks over five innings. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz and Bryan Mejia each had two hits to pace the D-Nats offense. The win puts the D-Nats at 21-22, 5½ games off the pace in the B.C. South Division of the DSL.

Jul 192011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
Miguel Batista (0-0, 6.35)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-3, 2.70) vs.
Oliver Drake (1-1, 9.00)
Potomac Won, 1-0 vs. Lynchburg,
12:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski
(2-5, 5.36) vs.
David Hale (1-3, 4.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-6 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Nathan Karns (SS-A debut) vs.
Mike Nesseth (1-2, 2.37)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4
(12 inn.)
vs. GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6
vs. DSL Giants
@ DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse-Buffalo — PPD
The Chiefs game against Buffalo was rained out and will be made up on Wednesday as part of a pair of 7-inning games. Yunesky Maya will start Game 1 and JD Martin will start Game 2. Chien-Ming Wang is still scheduled to makes his rehab start for the Chiefs tonight.

Bowie 4 Harrisburg 2
• Arnesen (L, 6-2) 6#8531; IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Pena 2⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rhinehart 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• T Moore 2-4, RBI
• Jo Johnson 2-3, R, 2B, BB

Erik Arnesen was touched up early in a 4-2 Harrisburg loss to Bowie. In the first, he gave up a single, a walk, and a 2-RBI double. In the second, he gave up an RBI double, and in the third, he gave up a two out RBI single before settling down until he was removed in the seventh for Hassan Pena. Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart doubled in Josh Johnson in the first for Harrisburg, and Rhinehart later scored on a Tyler Moore single in the third after leading off the inning with single. Potential comeback rallies in the fifth and seventh were snuffed out by Rhinehart and Derek Norris GIDPs. Despite the new “Harpersburg” promotion, Bryce Harper remains stuck in a slump (1-for-21 over last 6G) and was 0-3 with a walk. With the loss to Bowie, Harrisburg falls to 55-39, 3½ games ahead of Bowie with two games remaining in the key series against the second-place Baysox.

Potomac 1 Lynchburg 0
• Selik (W, 3-6) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nelo (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Soriano 1-2, R, 2B
• Hood 0-2, SF RBI

A close but unexciting 1-0 win Last Night In Woodbridge

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 6
• Ray 2⅓ IP, 3H, 3ER, 4BB, 5K, HR
• Manno 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K (ERA 0.87)
• Martinson 1-5, R, GS HR
• Rogers 2-4, 2B, RBI
Hagerstown fell to the Lexington Legends 8-6 in a back-and-forth affair. Robbie Ray was hit hard early in the contest and could not make it out of the third inning. He gave up a leadoff single in the second, and after an RBI single in the third, he gave up two walks to load the bases before giving up the ball to Paul Applebee, who allowed one of the inherited runners to score on an RBI groundout before getting out of the jam. Applebee then proceeded to give up two more runs in the fourth to make the score 5-1. Hagerstown rallied to take a 6-5 lead after Michael Taylor’s tenth homer, a leadoff blast, and Jason Martison’s eleventh homer, a grand slam. Unfortunately, Wilson Eusebio gave up three runs in the seventh during his three innings of reliefto put the Suns down by the final score of 8-6. With the loss, Hagerstown falls to 13-11, 3½ games behind first-half winner Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn 4 Batavia 3
• Bates 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Holt (W, 1-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Perez 3-4, 2B
• Montilla 2-4, R

A three-run seventh and the pitching combo of former Univ. of North Carolina teammates Colin Bates and Greg Holt powered the Auburn Doubledays past the Batavia Muckdogs for a 4-3 win. Rick Hughes walked to start the rally, singles by Caleb Ramsey, Carlos Alvarez, and Adrian Nieto pushed in the first two runs while Justin Miller’s sac fly knocked in what proved to be the gamewinner. The win snaps a four-game losing streak and puts Auburn at 16-15, two games behind Jamestown.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 4 (12 inn.)
• King 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Ja. Smith 2⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• P Severino 1-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Karlen 1-4, BB, RBI, SB

With five in this one, 18 in the last four, and 31 in the last eight, the “E” light on the scoreboard continues to get a workout in the GCL faciities as the G-Nats lost again, 6-4 in 12 innings. No batter collected multiple hits and just three reached base twice. Brandon King started and went the first five, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The G-Nats’ won-loss mark is now 8-16, still nine behind the G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Giants 6
• Mendez 5⅔ IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K
• Barrientos (W, 2-3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mercedes 2-6, 3RBI
• Eusebio 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Mejia 2-5, R, 2-3B, RBI

With a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth, the DSL Nationals sent it to extras and scored the walkoff in the 11th for a 7-6 win. Yermin Mercedes drove in the gamewinner with a single to score “Fred” Ortega. Joel Barrientos got the win with three scoreless innings of relief. D-Nats starter Gilberto Mendez was charged with all six D-Giant runs on 10 hits over the first five and 2/3rds. The win improves the D-Nat mark to 20-22, six games off the pace.

Jul 172011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 8-6 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (7-5, 3.15) vs.
Tyson Brummett (1-2, 4.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-5 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-1, 2.48) vs.
T.J. McFarland (5-4, 4.30)
Potomac Won, 5-3;
Won, 3-2
vs. Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-7, 4.48) vs.
Aaron Shafer (2-2, 2.66)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (9-5, 4.87) vs.
Carlos Quevedo (6-4, 4.45)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 @ Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (1-1, 4.11) vs.
Mike Maness (0-0, 0.32)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-5
@ GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3
@ DSL Rangers
OFF DAY N/A

Lehigh Valley 8 Syracuse 6
• Peacock (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 7ER, 2BB, 4K, 3R HR, HR, 2 HBP
• Mandel 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Solano 2-4, 2R, 2R HR, 2RBI
Brad Peacock’s debut start for Syracuse was a sad 8-6 loss to Lehigh Valley. Peacock was rudely greeted to the International League as Lehigh Valley hit back-to-back leadoff doubles to usher him into the league and back-to-back homers later in a five-run first inning. Peacock was chased from the game in the fifth after allowing a one out single and hitting a batter. Zech Zinicola allowed both runners to score when he gave up a three-run blast later in the inning. He then pitched two more scoreless innings before Jeff Mandel pitched two shutout innings. Offensively, the Chiefs got on the board in the first on a Steve Lombardozzi leadoff home run. They added three in the fifth with a key RBI single from pitcher Zech Zinicola, a Lombardozzi RBI single, and a sac fly by Jesus Valdez. Down 8-4, the Chiefs rallied for two runs in the eighth on a Jhonotan Solano two run homer but failed to complete the comeback. Syracuse has now lost three in a row and falls to 39-53, sixteen back of first place Lehigh Valley in the IL North.

Akron 11 Harrisburg 5
• E Davis (L, 5-4) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 5BB, 4K, 2HR
• C Martinez 2⅓ IP 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B
• Moore 3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
Starter Erik Davis was roughed up for six runs, five earned, in an 11-5 loss to Akron last night. Things started ugly for Davis, with a leadoff walk and back-to-back homers in the top half of first. Harrisburg answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but Akron scored
two in the second and one in the third to take a 6-2 lead that Harrisburg could not overcome. Tyler Moore had three hits, including his 19th homer. A slumping Derek Norris got back on the ledger with two hits to raise his average to .197. Relievers Carlos Martinez, Hassan Pena, and Pat Lehman all gave up runs as Akron extended their lead to a final score of 11-5. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 54-38 but still has a one-game lead over New Hampshire for the best record in the Eastern league and a 4½ game lead over Bowie for first place in E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Kinston 3
• Solis (W, 3-0) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 9K
• Holland (S, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Soriano 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Hood 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Potomac 3 Kinston 2
• Bronson 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Lozada 1-3, 2B
• Dykstra 1-3, 2RBI
• Souza 0-1, R, 3SB (18, 19, 20)

A doubleheader sweep and two sportswriter’s wins Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 2
• McKenzie (W, 3-3) 6IP, 2H, ER, BB, K, HR
• Brown (S, 3) 3IP, 3H, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Sanchez 2-4, R
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Freitas 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Chris McKenzie pitched six strong innings in a 4-2 Hagerstown win over the Lexington Legends. Bryce Lane was the only Legend to score, hitting solo shots off both McKenzie and reliever Sam Brown. Hagerstown managed two homers of their own, a solo shot by David Freitas in the third (10th overall) and a two run shot by Michael Taylor (9th overall) in the sixth. Hagerstown’s other run was an unearned tally in the first after Jay Austin misplayed an Adrian Sanchez single to center to allow him to reach third base. Hagerstown managed 11 hits to just five for Lexington in the win. Hagerstown improves to 13-9, 1½ games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Batavia 4 Auburn 2
• Meza (ND) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Skole 2-4, 2B
• J Miller 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Auburn’s loss streak reached three with a 4-2 loss to Batavia, spoiling a strong start by Christian Meza. The lefty went six innings and allowed just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. He left with a 2-1 lead but the Doubleday ‘pen was no match for the Muckdog counterparts, as the two Auburn relievers were touched for three runs over three innings while three Batavia pitchers tossed four scoreless innings. The loss drops Auburn to 15-14 and into fourth place, two games behind Jamestown in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 5
• Medina (ND) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 8K
• Simko (BS, 2)(L, 1-2) 6BF, 0IP, 3H, 6R, 1ER, 0BB 0K, 0HR
• E Martinez 3-4, 2R, HR, BB, SB, RBI
• JC Valdez 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

With a run in the second, three in third, the G-Nats built a 4-0 lead. The G-Marlins chipped away, scoring single runs in the 4th, 6th, and 7th innings, to pull within one at 4-3. Sadly, today was not a doubleheader as the wheels, axles, and the driveshaft fell off the metaphorical bus as the G-Nats committed five errors in the six-run G-Marlins eighth. That’s now seven straight losses for the G-Nats, who are now 8-15 and 8½ games behind the pace.

DSL Rangers 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Pineyro (ND) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• K Rodriguez (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 2-3B, SB
• Rosario 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Mercedes 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI

The bullpen implosion that ran rampant on Saturday night started here in the D.R. as the DSL Rangers scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th, and the four runs of the game to turn 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 win over the DSL Rangers. Ivan Pineyro got the start and went the first five, giving up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six. The top three batters (Difo, Rosario, Mercedes) combined to go 6-for-12 with a double, three triples, amd three runs scored. The loss puts the D-Nats at 19-22, six games behind the D-Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 162011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (AAA debut) vs.
Ryan Feierabend (8-5, 5.52)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-3, 3.74) vs.
Joe Gardner (6-6, 4.11)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Kinston,
5:30 p.m.
Sammy Solis (2-0, 2.08) and
Evan Bronson (2-3, 3.77)vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 7-0;
Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.)
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Carlos Quevedo (6-4, 4.45)
Auburn Lost, 10-4 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (0-0, 12.86) vs.
Jose Almarante (2-0, 2.81)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-6
@ GCL Mets
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (1-0, 5.40) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-1
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6
• Stammen 4⅔ IP, 10H, 5ER, 2BB, 7K, 2R HR, HR
• Mandel 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 2K, 1 IR stranded
• Lombardozzi 3-5, R, RBI
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, RBI, SF

Syracuse fell in a 7-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Syracuse hit 13 singles and couldn’t match the power of Lehigh Valley’s two home runs. Starter Craig Stammen gave up two runs in the third, one run in the fourth, and two runs in two-thirds of an inning in the fifth before being lifted for Collin Balester. Balester took the loss, giving up two runs in one and a third innings pitched. Jeff Mandel and Atahualpa Severino combined for
two innings of scoreless relief to keep the Chiefs in the game. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 39-50 and a tie for fourth place with Buffalo, fifteen games back of Lehigh Valley.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3
• Roark (L, 4-6) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• McCoy 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Moore 2-4
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI, BB

Harrisburg fell 4-3 to Akron despite a two-run homer from Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart in the sixth after a Derek Norris walk. Jerry Hairston, Jr. went 0-3 and played shortstop in a rehab start. Bryce Harper has cooled off at the plate and earned a sombrero, striking out three times. Tanner Roark continues to struggle at AA (6.36 ERA) and took the loss, allowing eight hits and walking two. Jimmy Barthmaier and Pat McCoy pitched two scoreless innings apiece to keep the game close. Harrisburg remains 5½ games over Bowie for first place in the E.L. West at 54-37 overall.

Potomac 4 Kinston 3
• Rosenbaum (W, 5-4) 8IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K
• Nelo (S, 11) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Soriano 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Lozada 1-3, R, 3B

After two unscheduled nights off, it was all right Last Night In Woodbridge
Augusta 7 Hagerstown 0
• Cole (L, 2-5) 2IP, 3H, ER, 0BB, 5K
• McCatty 2IP, 4H, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Freitas 1-3
• Rogers 1-3
Hagerstown lost 7-0 in the resumption of yesterday’s suspended game. A.J. Cole gave up a single and an RBI double in the second but struck out Bobby Haney, his last batter, and struck out five of the six Greenjackets that he retired on Thursday night. Four Greenjackets pitchers combined to limit the Suns offense to just three singles and two walks in the seven-inning shutout.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 2
• Swynenberg 4IP, 2H, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Manno 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3 IR stranded
• Kelso 1-5, R
• W Moore 1-2, 2RBI
Hagerstown was swept in the doubleheader when they lost 3-2 to Augusta in eleven innings. Starter Matt Swynenberg gave up a run in the third when Carlos Willoughby tripled and scored. Two leadoff walks in the fourth eventually led to a second run. Hagerstown came back to tie in the sixth with a two-run rally. Christopher Manno came in with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth and struck out Jeff Arnold and got Willoughby to get the Suns out of deep trouble. Overall, Paul Applebee, Manno, and Ryan Demmin combined for six innings of scoreless relief before Demmin tired in the eleventh and gave up three two-out walks, one intentional, to give Augusta the dreaded walkoff walk. After the doubleheader sweep, Hagerstown falls to third place at 12-9, 1½ games back of first-place Hickory in the Sally Northern division.

Brooklyn 10 Auburn 4
• Estevez (L, 2-2) 4IP, 10H, 8R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rowe 1-2, R, 2BB
• Hughes 1-4, 2RBI

Brooklyn scored in each of the first four innings, building an 8-1 lead as the Cyclones cruised to a 10-4 win over the Auburn Doubledays. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez gave up 10 hits in four innings, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks. The Doubledays took advantage of five walks to score four runs on just six hits. The loss drops Auburn to 15-13, one game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley.

GCL Mets 8 GCL Nationals 6
• Encarnacion (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Lucas 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• E Fernandez 4-4, R, RBI
• Mesa 2-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Je Valdez 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Make that six losses in a row for the G-Nats, who fell 8-6 to the G-Mets. Pedro Encarnacion started and lasted 2/3rds of an inning, giving up four hits, throwing two wild pitches as the defense committed three of its five errors in the G-Mets five-run first inning. The Mets would tag on another three runs in the fourth to build an 8-0 lead. Jean Carlos Valdez smacked a three-run homer in the top of the 7th, as the G-Nats would score five in the 7th and one in the 8th to pull within two runs. The G-Nats are now 8-14, 7½ games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Phillies 1
• Santana (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 9K
• W Suero (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Rosario 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Mercedes 2-5, R
• Difo 2-5, SB (25)

Behind six strong innings from starter Andy Santana, the DSL Nationals defeated the DSL Phillies by a 5-1 score. Santana gave up just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine to earn the win. Wilmer Difo, Dioncio Rosario and Yermin Mercedes combined to go 6-for-15 from the first three spots in the batting order. Wander Suero pitched three scoreless innings for the save, his first of the year. The D-Nats improved to 19-21, five games in back of the D-Rangers in the B.C. South Division.

Jul 152011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-2;
Lost, 5-2
@ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.11) vs.
Nate Bump (2-6, 6.32)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (4-5, 6.45) vs. TBA
Potomac Postponed,
Unplayable Field
vs. Kinston,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Game 1, Suspended;
Game 2, Postponed
@ Augusta,
6:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 2-0 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-1
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 6.23) vs.
Edioglis Villasmil (1-1, 3.38)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-0
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2 — GAME ONE
• Martin (W, 2-6) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2R HR
• Wilkie (S, 8 ) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Aubrey 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, 2B, RBI

Syracuse won the first game of the doubleheader against Lehigh Valley 3-2. Jeff Frazier hit a two-out double to score catcher Jhonatan Solano in the second. Michael Aubrey led off the fourth with a solo shot. Seth Bynum scored on a Jesus Valdez single after getting hit by a pitch and stealing second. JD Martin offered a strong 5 and 2/3rd innings of two run ball before Josh Wilkie struck out three of the four batters he faced to close the
game for the Chiefs.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2 — GAME TWO
• Tatukso (L, 1-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Severino 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• J Valdez 2-2, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Aubrey 1-1

Syracuse fell 5-2 to split the doubleheader against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Syracuse managed just four hits in the seven inning contest. The Chiefs took a short lived 2-0 lead on a Jesus Valdez home run following a Tug Hulett walk. Spot starter Ryan Tatusko immediately gave up three runs on four straight singles and an RBI groundout by opposing pitcher Scott Mathieson. Atahualpa Severino had his best relief outing of the season, striking out all four batters that he faced and stranding an inherited runner. Collin Balester pitched a scoreless ninth to lower his AAA ERA to 2.79. With the doubleheader split, Syracuse is now 39-51, nine games back of third place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and fourteen games back of first place Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 1
• Wang (W, 2-0) 6IP 6H, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Martin (S, 4) 1⅓ IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rahl 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• A Fox 2-3, 2 2B
• Tim Pahuta 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Chien-Ming Wang was back to his old groundball ways as he earned the win in Harrisburg’s 3-1 victory over Akron. He retired thirteen Aeros — nine on groundouts — in 75 pitches over six shutout innings. Corey VanAllen was charged with a run when Rafael Martin gave up a two-out double to allow inherited runner Beau Mills to score. Martin pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Harrisburg started the scoring with a Tim Pahuta solo shot in the second. Chris Rahl had two out RBIs with an RBI triple in the third and an RBI double for an insurance run in the eighth. Harrisburg improves to 54-36, good for a 5½ game lead over Bowie.

Potomac-Kinston — PPD
Click the link above for the official MiLB.com story on what happened in Woodbridge. Sue showed up just in time (6:39 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m. start) to hear the on-field announcement and withholds editorial comment, lest she look and sound like this.

Hagerstown-Augusta — SUSP/PPD

Bad weather continues to plague the Suns’ series against Augusta. Game 1 of a doubleheader was suspended with the Suns down 1-0 but the Suns will have Mills Rogers on 3rd with two out when the game resumes today. The two teams will then play a second, seven-inning game. With a maximum of three games played for this series, at least one doubleheader will played next week when Augusta comes to Hagerstown.

Brooklyn 2 Auburn 0
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Skole 1-4, 3K
• Nieto 0-2, 2BB, K

Four Brooklyn pitchers combined to shut out Auburn on just three hits, as the Doubledays lost 2-0. Matt Skole, Carlos Alvarez, and Justin Miller were the lone batsmen to hit safely while Angel Montilla was the sole batter to not strike out, as the other eight whiffed 15 times. Brian Dupra allowed both Cyclone runs on two hits and three walks in his four and 2/3rds innings of work but took the loss, which now leaves Auburn at 15-12 and one game back.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez (L, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Chico 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• E Fernandez 2-4, 2B
• Karlen 2-3, 2B

A four-run fourth was more than enough for the GCL Astros to send the GCL Nationals to their fifth straight defeat by a 6-1 count. Gregory Baez was charged with all four of those runs during his three and 2/3rds innings, giving up seven hits and a walk. Erick Fernandez and Frank Karlen both singled and doubled as the G-Nats collected just six hits, falling to 8-13 and six games behind.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 0
• Moscat (L, 2-3) 6IP, 11H, 6E, 5ER, 0BB, 5K
• Hernandez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rosario 2-4, OF assist @ HP
• E Gonzalez 1-2

This one was over early as the D-Mets1 squad piled on six of its seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 7-0 win over the D-Nats. Felix Moscat was left in for six innings, giving up those six runs on 11 hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Dionicio Rosario had two of the five D-Nats hits and threw a runner out at the plate. The loss drops the D-Nats to 18-21, six games behind the division leader.

Jul 142011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse All Star Break @ Lehigh Valley,
6:05 p.m.
J.D. Martin (1-6, 4.37) and
Ryan Tatusko (1-0, 6.14) vs.
Brian Bass (4-6, 4.12) and
Scott Mathieson (0-0, 2.59)
Harrisburg All Star Break vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
Matt Packer (3-8, 5.71)
Potomac Postponed vs. Kinston,
6:00 p.m.
Cameron Selik (2-6, 4.42) and
Danny Rosenbaum (4-4, 2.76) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71) and
Steve Wright (1-1, 5.04)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) and TBD
vs. Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95) and TBD
Auburn Won, 9-3 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-1, 6.92) vs.
Eduardo Aldama (1-0, 2.35)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-0, 4.24) vs.
Adrian Houser (0-0, 3.60)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6 (8 inn);
Won, 6-3
vs. DSL Yankees1
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 3-0 IL win over the PCL, Tom Milone pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out one while Matt Antonelli went 0-for-2 with a strikeout but helped turn a double play.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 8-3 Western Division win over the Eastern Division in the Eastern League All-Star game, Erik Arnesen and Hassan Pena each pitched a scoreless inning with Arnesen striking out the side with no hits, runs, or walks allowed while Pena allowed one hit, no walks, and struck out two. For the baters, Tyler Moore went 0-for-5; Bill Rhinehart went 1-for-3, with double, walk, and a run scored while Archie Gilbert went 1-for-2.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
A late-afternoon thunderstorm produced yet another rainout and shifted Chien-Ming Wang’s rehab outing to Harrisburg. It’s doubleheader today at 6 p.m.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Hagerstown’s game with Augusta was postponed until today. They will play two seven-inning games today starting at 6:05 p.m.

Auburn 9 Brooklyn 3
• Bates 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grisz (S, 3) 3⅔ IP,1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J Miller 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• R Perez 2-5, R, 3RBI

Three straight crooked numbers on the scoreboard gave the Auburn Doubledays an 8-0 lead as they cruised to a 9-3 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones. Justin Miller led the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night from the leadoff spot, followed by Roberto Perez’s 2-for-5 effort with three RBI. Chad Jenkins got the win in relief of Colin Bates, while Ben Grisz earned his third save. The win was the third straight for Auburn and puts them at 15-11, one game behind Jamestown.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Karns 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Hanks 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schill 2-3, R
• E Martinez 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Both hands on the keyboard when commenting about Nathan Karns, who threw another five no-hit innings in a 3-2 G-Nats loss. The 23-year-old Texan now has 26K in 18 and 2/3rds innings and two (2) hits allowed. The G-Cards had but one hit in the game, a double, scoring their three runs on two sac fies and a wild pitch. Estarlin Martinez drove in both G-Nat runs with a two-run home run in the top of the 8th. The loss drops the G-Nats to 8-12, 5½ games off the pace in the GCL East.

DSL Yankees1 7 DSL Nationals 6 (8 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Guzman 3IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Vasquez 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• N Ortega 2-4, R, RBI
• E Gonzalez 2-4, R, RBI

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Yankees1 3 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
• Tillero 2-3, R, RBI
• Ruiz 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats split an unlisted doubleheader with the DSL Yankees1, losing the first game 7-6 in eight innings and taking the second game 6-3 in seven innings. The split puts the D-Nats at 18-20 for the season, six games off the pace.

Jul 132011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse All Star Break N/A N/A
Harrisburg All Star Break N/A N/A
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Kinston,
7:05 p.m.
Chien-Mien Wang (rehab) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) vs.
Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Colin Bates (2-1, 1.85) vs.
Marcos Camarena (1-1, 1.86)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Dail Villanueva (0-0, 5.23)
DSL Nationals Lost, 18-10
vs. DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Triple-A All-Star Game is tonight in Salt Lake City, with Tom Milone and Matt Antonelli representing the Chiefs.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Eastern League All-Star Game is tonight in Manchester, NH with Five Senators representing Harrisburg.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Chien-Ming Wang makes another rehab start, scheduled to go five innings as the P-Nats begin an eight-game homestand against the Kinston Indians and Lynchburg Hillcats.

Augusta 5 Hagerstown 3
• Ray 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Demmin (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP 2H, 1ER, 0BB, K
• A Sanchez 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Martinson 3-4, 2B

Hagerstown jumped out to a 3-0 fifth inning lead but ulimately fell to Augusta 5-3. The Suns scored in the first on a two-out Kevin Keyes RBI single and scored in the fifth on a two-out, two-run double by Russell Moldenhauer. Robbie Ray was unable to make it through the fifth inning after he hit Chris Lofton, allowed Lofton to steal second and third, and gave up a two out RBI single. Sam Brown failed to stop the bleeding, allowing an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch in the fifth and later walking a batter and allowing a single to start a three-run Augusta rally in the seventh. With the loss, Hagerstown falls into a first-place tie with Hickory at 12-7 in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — OFF DAY
The Doubledays start a brief three-game road trip against the Brooklyn Cyclones today before heading back to upstate New York for a home-and-home series against Batavia.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are on the the road for three of the next four games, all against the GCL East.

DSL Marlins 18 DSL Nationals 10
• K Rodriguez 3IP, 3H 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, HR 3.32
• Ruiz ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Eusebio 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• E Gonzalez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The two teams combined for 30 hits and 28 runs with only two errors. Walks? Well, the D-Nats gave up 15 of those. Three position players were called on to pitch. One of them, Adderling Ruiz, was the most effective reliever of the game, and the only pitcher to not give up any runs — inherited or otherwise. The loss drops the D-Nats to 17-19, but they remain only 5½ games behind.