Jun 302011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 7-3 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (4-3, 4.42) vs.
Garrett Olson (1-0, 2.56)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Erik Arnesen (4-1, 2.22)
vs. Brett Jacobson (3-1, 2.78)
Potomac Nationals Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Winston-Salem 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (4-7, 3.98) vs.
Jacob Petricka (A+ Debut)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 7-2 vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Sammy Solis (1-1, 3.93) vs.
Garett Claypool (3-3, 3.01)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 7-3 @ Williamsport, 7:05 p.m. Manny Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Colin Kleven (0-0, 4.15)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m./td>

Nathan Karns (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Rafael Montero (0-1, 2.70)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers, 10:30 a.m.

Indianapolis 7 Syracuse 3
• Maya (L, 1-5) 6IP, 7H, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR, HBP
• Tatusko 2IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Solano 3-4, 2 2B
• Antonelli 2-4, 2RBI, SF

Yunesky Maya was hit hard during a four-run sixth inning rally in a 7-3 loss to the Indianapolis Indians. He was tagged for a leadoff homer by Brian Friday, a single, a walk, a two run triple by Miles Durham, and an RBI double by Gorkys Hernandez. Syracuse had built a 2-0 lead. In the third, a rehabbing Rick Ankiel (2B, 2R) hit a leadoff double and later scored on a sac fly. In the fifth, Ankiel reached on a two-base error by Miles Durham on a dropped line drive, was sacrificed over by Steve Lombardozzi (1-3, nine-game IL debut hit streak), and was driven in by a Matt Antonelli single. Indianapolis extended its lead to 7-3 with two runs off Ryan Tatusko in the seventh and Friday’s second homer of the game and the season. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 33-44, good for a fourth-place tie in the North Division of the International League, twelve games back.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 2
• Peacock (W, 9-2) 5⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Lehman (S, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Jo Johnson 2-4, 2B
• McConnell 2-4 2B, 2RBI
• Pahuta 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, BB

In the resumption of yesterday’s suspended game, Harrisburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind five and 2/3rds shutout innings from staff ace Brad Peacock. Peacock gave up only one hit, striking out six and walking three before Rafael Martin came into strand Peacock’s runner at third as part of his one and 1/3rd innings of relief. Harrisburg scored its first run on a Tim Pahuta homer in the fifth. In the seventh, Chris McConnell landed the key blow for Harrisburg, a two-run double that scored Archie Gilbert and Pahuta. Pat McCoy yielded two runs before Pat Lehman came in for the four-out save, his second, to give Harrisburg a 3-2 win. Harrisburg improved its record to 44-32, good for a four-game lead in the Eastern League’s Western Division over Richmond.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 3 (10 inn.)
• Bronson 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Hood 1-5, RBI, GWRBI
• Soriano 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

After 11 days off, LNIW is back!

Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 2
• Jordan (L, 8-4) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 8K
• McCatty 2⅓ IP 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Keyes 1-1, 2B, 3BB
• Newsome 1-3, RBI, BB

Hagerstown scored two painful first inning runs against Lakewood. Wade Moore and Adrian Sanchez were hit by pitches before Bryce Harper reached on a fielding error to load the bases in front of a Jason Martinson one-out sac fly. With two outs and the bases loaded, Brett Newsome walked to plate Sanchez. Hagerstown’s four errors did its pitching staff no favors. In the third a fielding error by shortstop Jason Martinson led to an unearned run against starter Taylor Jordan. In the fourth, a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and a missed catch by Michael Taylor led to two more unearned runs. The good news for Shane McCatty was that he stranded the bases loaded to keep the score 3-2 for Taylor Jordan. The bad news is that he gave up three runs of his own in an eventful 8th inning that featured an ejection of Hagerstown pitching coach Chris Michalak. Recently demoted Dean Weaver gave up a run in the 9th to close the scoring at 7-2 in a Hagerstown loss. With the loss, Hagerston falls to 4-3, good for a three-way tie for second place, one game back in the early second half of the Sally League 2011 campaign.

Williamsport 7 Auburn 3
• Encarnacion (L, 0-2) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Moldenhauer 2-3
• J Miller 2-4

Auburn couldn’t capitalize on the seven walks and three errors given to them by Williamsport, falling 7-3. The Doubledays stranded 13 runners and were a woeful 2-for-14 with RISP. Russell Moldenhauer went 2-for-3 to lead the nine-hit attack, as both he, Jimenez and Skole extended their hit streaks to 10 games apiece. “Vote For” Pedro Encarnacion started and went the first four innings, but gave up three runs on five hits and two walks. Neither reliever (Alex Kreis and Chris Jenkins) was effective, as both men gave up two runs in two innings. The loss drops Auburn to 8-5, good for second place in the Pinckney Divison, and one game behind the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Astros 2 (8 inn.)
• B King (W, 1-0) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Hanks 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Curran 2-5, 2R, 2K
• Schill 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Ramos 1-3, R, 2B, 3RBI

Brandon King rebounded from a beatdown last time out to throw five perfect innings, striking out four, as the GCL Nationals tripled up the GCL Astros 6-2 in a rain-shortened contest. Chris Curran and Wes Shill each had two hits, while Wander Ramos drove in three to pace the offense, which somehow managed to score six times on eight hits while going 1-for-12 with RISP. The GCL Nats are now 4-4 in the GCL East, one game behind the GCL Mets.

DSL Phillies 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Moscat (L, 1-2) 3IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Vasquez 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Difo 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• B Valdez 2-4, RBI

The DSL Phillies only scored once in eight innings, but the five-spot they put up on the board held up for a 5-3 win over the DSL Nationals. Felix Moscat gave up all five runs over his three innings pitched, giving up four hits and three walks while setting down two on strikes. Wilmer Difo led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, doubling and homering while scoring two runs. The loss snapped a modest three-game win streak and drops the D-Nats to 12-15 in the Boca Chica South, 5½ games behind the DSL Rangers and DSL Yankees1.

Jun 292011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-5 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-4, 4.28) vs.
Sean Gallagher (2-8, 6.14)
Harrisburg Senators SUSPENDED,
0-0, Bot 1st
@ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (8-2, 2.28) vs.
Daryl Maday (2-5, 3.75)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-4 (12 inn.) vs. Winston-Salem 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (3-8, 5.95) vs.
Justin Collop (2-3, 4.11)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-3 (14 inn.) vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (8-3, 2.83) vs.
Lendy Castillo (0-1, 3.60)
Auburn Doubledays Won, 6-1 @ Williamsport, 7:05 p.m. Pedro Encarnacion (0-1, 10.29) vs.
Lino Martinez (0-1, 5.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1
vs. GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. Felix Moscat (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Yari Sosa (3-0, 1.69)

Syracuse 8 Indianapolis 5
• Stammen (W, 7-3) 5.1IP, 9H, 5ER, BB, 9K, 3R HR
• Zinicola (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Marrero 3-4, R, RBI, BB, E
• Bynum 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, RBI (8-game debut IL hit streak)

Indianapolis jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead against Syracuse on a John Bowker three-run homer. Syracuse began its comeback in the second when Craig Stammen (2-3, R, RBI) hit a two out RBI single to score Jeff Frazier. Syracuse jumped to a 4-3 lead with a three-run, two-out rally in the third with a Chris Marrero walk, a Jesus Flores RBI double, a Frazier walk, and a decisive two run double by Seth Bynum. In the bottom of the fourth, Syracuse added two more in a rally capped off by a Marrero single that scored Steve Lombardozzi. Stammen would eventually give up a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth when Atahualpa Severino failed to strand a runner on second with one out. Zech Zinicola pitched two scoreless innings of relief in his first Syracuse outing of 2011. After the Chiefs extended their lead to 8-5 with a two-run eighth inning rally, Josh Wilkie pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the victory.

Harrisburg-Richmond — SUSP.
Harrisburg’s game with Richmond was suspended in the middle of the first. They will resume the suspended game tomorrow with Brad Peacock starting/relieving for the Senators in the 2nd. Tomorrow’s regularly scheduled game will be played as part of two seven-inning doubleheader games on Friday, July 22nd in Richmond.

Kinston 4 Potomac 3
• Olbrychowski (ND) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Testa 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ramirez 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, 2B
• Leon 2-5

For the second game in a row, Potomac’s bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead. Unlike Monday night, this time they fell in extras, 5-4. Marcos Frias surrendered back-to-back home runs for his third blown save, ruining the best outing thus far from Adam Olbrychowski, who had allowed just one run on four hits and two walks over the first six and 2/3rds innings. Mitchell Clegg took the look loss as the sole P-Nat error of the night put the last runner into scoring position with one out, a lineout to center moved him up with two outs, and a single to left sent him in. J.P. Ramirez led the 11-hit attack with a single, double, and a solo HR, his 6th of the season but his first in 31 games (May 19).

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3 (14 inn.)
• Grace 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
• Graham 3IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Keyes 3-6, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI, 2K
• Rogers 2-4, 2B
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Michael Taylor and Kevin Keyes get the glory, as Taylor’s HR tied it in the ninth and Keyes’s big fly won it in the 14th as Hagerstown outlasted Lakewood, 4-3. The real credit, however, should go to the Suns ‘pen for throwing nine (9) scoreless innings to make both HRs possible, with just three hits and two walks allowed between Paul Applebee, Wilson Eusebio, Ben Graham and Sam Brown, who got the win as the last man on the mound. Matt Grace started and went the first five, giving up all three BlueClaws runs on five his and a walk. Keyes went 3-for-6 on the night, homering in the 2nd and singling in the 5th, while Mills Rogers went 2-for-4 with a double. Taylor’s two-run blast was his only hit in 5 ABs. Bryce Harper was held out of the lineup for another night with a bone bruise on his left thumb, Adam Kilgore tweeted last night

Auburn 6 Williamsport 1
• Estevez (W, 2-1) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K
• Monar (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Moldenhauer 2-4, R
• Montilla 2-3, R, 2RBI, SB
• Skole 1-3, R, 3B

An 88-minute rain delay couldn’t cool the Doubleday offense, which put up six runs on eight hits for a 6-1 win over Williamsport. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez went the first five innings and allowed the sole Crosscutter run on four hits and a walk while striking out five for his second win of the season. Blake Monar and Richie Mirowski each tossed two scoreless innings in relief. Russell Moldenhauer (2-for-4), Andy Skole (1-for-3), and Hendry Jimenez (1-for-5) each extended their nine-game hitting streaks.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Cardinals 1
• Mieses (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K
• Meza (S, 1) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• E Martinez 1-3, 2B
• E Fernandez 1-3, HR, 2RBI

Erick Fernandez’s two-run home run in the bottom of the second was all the offense could muster, but strong pitching by Adalaberto Mieses and Christian Meza made it stand up for a 2-1 victory. Mieses allowed the lone run on three hits and three walks over the first five for the win, while Mesa tossed four scoreless innings, also allowing three hits, but walking just one. The defense committed just one error while turning two double plays. Rick Ankiel and Chris Curran both singled while Estarlin Martinez doubled as the G-Nats were held to just four hits total.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 4
• Guzman 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Suero 3⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Novas 2-4, 2-2B
• Ortega 2-4, R, 2SB
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, OF assist @ HP

Randy Novas’s two-run shot in the top of the 7th broke a 3-3 tie as the DSL Nationals held on for a 5-4 win over the DSL Mets1 squad, their third straight win. Jesus Guzman got the starting nod and went the first four innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. Wander Suero got the win in relief, while Jorge Hernandez got the save. “Fred” Ortega and Novas both went 2-for-4 to pace the D-Nats attack, which took advantage of four D-Mets errors and seven walks surrendered.

Jun 282011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 11-2 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Craig Stammen (6-3, 3.86) vs.
Brian Burres (3-6, 3.75)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 9-3 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Erik Davis (4-2, 3.59) vs.
Justin Fitzgerald (6-4, 3.59)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-2 (11 inn.) @ Kinston, 6:30 p.m. Adam Olbrychowski (2-3, 5.45) vs.
Marty Popham (0-1, 2.72)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-2 vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (8-5, 5.00) vs.
Jesse Biddle (3-6, 2.70)
Auburn Doubledays Won, 13-8 vs. Williamsport, 7:05 p.m. Wirkin Estevez (1-1, 6.23) vs.
Mike Nesseth (1-1, 1.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. Brandon King (0-1, 11.25) vs.
Dail Villanueva (0-1, 15.43)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-0 (6 inn.)
@DSL Yankees1
@DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m.

Syracuse 11 Rochester 2
• Milone (W, 6-5) 8IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
• Mandel 1IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Brown 2-5, 2R, 3B, 3R HR, 4RBI
• Lombardozzi 3-6, 2R, RBI

Eight dominant shutout innings from Tom Milone and an offensive outpouring of 19 hits were more than enough to lead Syracuse to an 11-2 victory over the Rochester Red Wings. A masterful Milone retired the first seventeen batters he faced. Jesus Flores was 0-5; every other Chiefs starter had at least two hits in the rout. Corey Brown had the big blow with a three-run homer in a four run fourth inning. Syracuse sent ten men to the plate in a five-run 8th inning, starting the inning with eight consecutive hits. Syracuse has now won four of its last five games to improve to 32-43, 12 games back in the International League’s North division.

Richmond 9 Harrisburg 3
• Roark (L, 4-4) 5IP, 8H, 5ER, 0BB, 5K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rhinehart 3-5, R, 2B
• Rahl 2-5, 2B

The Richmond Flying Squirrels opened the game with four consecutive hits in a four-run first. Harrisburg starter Tanner Roark settled down to allow only one more run in a five-inning outing, but the damage had been done. Derek Norris scored in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Chris McConnell. In the seventh, Tyler Moore singled in Josh Johnson and Bill Rhinehart, who had doubled earlier in the frame, closing the gap to 5-3. Jimmy Barthmaier and a recently demoted Hassan Pena gave up four runs in the bottom of the frame as Richmond put the game out of reach on its way to a comfortable 9-3 win.

Potomac 5 Kinston 2 (11 inn.)
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K
• Frias 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Bloxom 2-6, R, RBI

After an 88-minute delay to start the game, a blown save in the ninth sent this to extras, but Potomac prevailed ’round midnight for a 5-2 victory in 11 innings. It was a small-ball fest in the 11th as a bunt single, a beat-out chopper and a walk put runners on, while a double steal and an error, a squeeze play, and a line-drive single drove them in for the margin of victory. P-Nats ace Danny Rosenbaum returned to action with a solid six-inning start, allowing just one run over six inings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out six. Hector Nelo got the dreaded BS-W, Joe Testa and Rob Wort channeled Nuke LaLoosh with a 3BB & 3K eleventh for the hold and save, respectively.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 2
• Wang 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Cole (W, 2-4) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 6K
• Manno (S, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 3-4, 3R, HR, RBI, SB (20), 2E (20, 21)
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

A.J. Cole pitched a solid five innings in relief of a rehabbing Chien Ming-Wang for his second win of the season, as the Suns cracked the BlueClaws, 5-2. Cole allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out six. Wang put in a pedestrian three innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits (two singles, a double, and a triple), no walks, and three strikeouts. It was the first regular-season appearance for Wang since signing a $2M-plus contract in February 2010. Jason Martinson led the offense with a steal and six total bases, offsetting errors no. 20 and 21 or the season to lead the nine-hit attack.

Auburn 13 Williamsport 8
• Demmin (W, 3-0) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Dupra 2⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Nieto 4-5, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• R Perez 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Montilla 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Auburn Doubledays scored in each of the first five innings en route to a 13-8 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters, snapping a three-game losing streak. Every starter reached base as the offense littered the field with 19 hits, with Adrian Nieto leading the way with a 4-for-5 night. Matt Skole, Russell Moldenhauer, and Hendry Jimenez all extended their current hit streaks to eight. Ryan Demmin got the win with two runs given up over six innings on three hits and two walks. Like a Kennedy at an open bar, 7th-round pick Brian Dupra got hammered in the ninth, pushed one inning too far with all five hits given up in the last 2/3rds of his two and 2/3rds innings pitched.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats look to get to .500 this week with games against the Cardinals, Astros, Mets, and Marlins.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Yankees1 0 (6 inn.)
• Pineyro (W, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 1BB, 8K
• Difo 2-3, 2R
• Mercedes 1-3

Ivan Pineyro went the distance in a 3-0 shutout, presumably shortened by rain. The 19-y.o. went all six innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and struck out eight. Wilmer Difo paced the offense with a 2-for-3 game and two runs scored.

Jun 272011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 9-2 @ Rochester, :05 p.m. Tom Milone (5-5, 3.86) vs.
Scott Diamond (4-6, 4.94)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-0 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (4-3, 5.72) vs.
Henry Sosa (3-0, 0.56)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-4 @ Kinston, 6:30 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (4-3, 2.65)
vs. TBD
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-4 vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
David Buchanan (8-4, 3.21)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 7-1 @ Williamsport, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Demmin (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Leonel Bastidas (1-1, 5.73)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-5
@ GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Yankees1, 10:30 a.m.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 1
• Detwiler (W, 6-6) 5IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• J Martin (H, 3) 3IP, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• J Flores 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, SF
• Antonelli 1-2, 2R, 3B, 3BB
• J Valdez 1-4, 2R, GS HR, 5RBI, BB

The Syracuse offense exploded for six runs in a third-inning rally that helped put away the Rochester Red Wings for a 7-1 win. Seven Chiefs reached base safely before Rochester recorded an out. The big blow was a Jesus Valdez grand slam that scored Gregor Blanco, Steve Lombardozzi (1-4, six-game IL debut hit streak), and Matt Antonelli. Syracuse received strong pitching from Ross Detwiler, who turned in five innings and allowed two runs to improve his June record to 3-1 while lowering his ERA to 4.64. Detwiler has not allowed more than three earned runs this month (five starts), an improvement from May when he did not give up less than four in six starts. J.D. Martin and a rehabbing Chad Guadin combined to pitch four innings of scoreless relief. Jesus Flores also homered in the rout.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 0
• Martis (W, 5-3) 8⅓ IP 3H, 0R, 0BB, 10K
• R Martin ⅔ IP, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ivany 2-4, 2R, 2R HR, 3RBI
• Tucker 1-3, R, RBI, BB

In Harrisburg’s best pitching performance of the season, Sharion Martis dominated the Altoona Curve in a 6-0 victory, striking out ten batters and walking none while pitching into the 9th inning. The near complete game shutout helped Martis lower his ERA to 2.37 over his last ten starts. Harrisburg did most of its damage in a four-run fourth inning that included a leadoff single by “The Godfather” Bill Rhinehart, an RBI single by hitting star Devin Ivany, a key double by Chris McConnell, and a two-out run-scoring strikeout/wild pitch of Shairon Martis. Ivany helped put the game out of reach with a two-run homer in the 8th to finish the scoring at 6-0 and complete the three-game sweep.

Kinston 5 Potomac 4
• Selik (L, 2-5) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP, 2WP
• Clegg 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Cuevas 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Higley 1-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Poor defense offset opportunistic offense as the P-Nats lost their third straight, 5-4 to Kinston. Potomac had four runs on just four hits, as the Kinston pitchers issued five walks and hit a batter to help set up the runs. Unfortunately, four errors made four of the five runs Kinston got unearned, which is roughly the same consolation as breaking the same limb twice. Cameron Selik took the loss with four hits allowed and two walks issued over his five innings. Mitchell Clegg and Josh Smoker combined for three scoreless innings of relief and allowed just three baserunners. Justino Cuevas got three of the hits, including a two-run double, while J.R. Higley got the fourth while also driving in two runs.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 4
• Ray (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K, 2HR
• Brown 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 3-4, R
• Freitas 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

A sloppy bottom of the fourth was Hagerstown’s undoing as a double error on a pickoff attempt after an RBI double turned a 3-3 tie into a 5-3 deficit as Greensboro would pile on three more runs agains the the Suns ‘pen for an 8-4 win and a split of the four-game series. Robbie Ray suffered his worst outing to date with six runs allowed on five hits (including two HRs) and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. He also struck out six. Four Suns would get multiple hits, as the team collected 12 total, with Sean Nicol leading the way with three singles and David Freitas collecting two RBIs on a first-inning single.

Williamsport 7 Auburn 1
• Bates (L, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
Henke 1⅓ 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Moldenhauer 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Jimenez 2-4, 2B, SB

A five-run seventh by Williamsport broke open a 2-1 game as the Crosscutters felled the Doubledays, 7-1. Colin Bates went the first five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while setting down three on strikes. Travis Henke was the victim of the Williamsport 7th, charged with the five runs on four hits and two walks. Russell Moldenhauer and Hendry Jimenez both went 2-for-4, hitting back-to-back doubles in the 4th for the sole Doubleday run. The loss was the third straight for Auburn, and the fourth in four home games this season.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Marlins 5
• Chico (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• McKenzie 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Ramos 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• E Fernandez 3-5, R
• JC Valdez 3-5, 2R, 2B

Three straight big innings in the fourth through sixth innings put the GCL Nationals up 9-0 as they cruised to a 9-5 win over the GCL Marlins. Matt Chico went five innings for some inapparent reason, allowing two hits, no runs, one walk, and getting three strikeouts. Anthony Marcelino got hammered for the second time in as many relief appearances, allowing all five G-Marlins runs on four hits and two walks over three innings. Erick Fernandez, a 2011 25th-rd pick, and Jean Carlos Valdez both went 3-for-5 to pace the G-Nats offense, which pounded out 16 hits total.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY

Since beginning the season 6-3, the DSL Nationals have lost 11 of the last 15 and have not won back-to-back games in nearly three weeks. After just one road game last week, it’s just one home game this week, as they look to cut into the 5½ game deficit in the Boca Chica South Division.

Jun 262011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 10-3; Lost, 6-2 @ Rochester, 5:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (5-6, 4.82) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-1 vs. Altoona, 2:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (4-3, 3.42) vs.
Phillip Irwin (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 11-3 @ Kinston, 4:30 p.m. Cameron Selik (2-4, 3.64) vs.
T.J. House (5-6, 4.04)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 5-1 @ Greensbooro, 7:00 p.m. Robbie Ray (2-0, 1.13) vs.
Jared Rogers (3-4, 2.52)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 2-0 @ Williamsport, 6:05 p.m. Colin Bates (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Austin Wright (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3
@ GCL Mets
@ GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-2
vs. DSL Cubs2
OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 10 Rochester 3 (Comp. Susp. Gm.)
• Maya 3IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Tatusko (W, 1-0) 4IP, 6H, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Gaudin 1IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Flores 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Antonelli 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB

Syracuse completed a 10-3 suspended victory over Rochester on Saturday. Maya pitched the first three innings on Friday night. Ryan Tatusko started the resumed game, pitching four innings for the win. He was touched for two runs in the 7th, his final inning of work. Chad Guadin added a scoreless frame as he continued his Syracuse rehabbing efforts. Every Syracuse regular had at least one hit. Syracuse did most of its damage during a six-run 3rd inning on Friday. After a Lombardozzi groundout, seven consecutive Chiefs reached base safely, including a bases-loaded walk to Jeff Frazier, an RBI single by Michael Aubrey, a two-run Jesus Flores double, and an RBI single from Seth Bynum. The tenth man to bat in the inning, Lombardozzi, completed the scoring with an RBI single and giving Syracuse an 8-1 lead that would hold up for an eventual 10-3 final score.

Rochester 6 Syracuse 2 (7 inn.)
• Meyers 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Wilkie (L, 0-2) ⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K
• Lombardozzi 3-4, R
• J Valdez 1-3, RBI, BB

Rochester and Syracuse matched tallies in the first and third inning to give a 2-2 score before Rochester put the game out of reach with a four-run final seventh inning. Josh Wilkie was charged with all four runs after Atahualpa Severino allowed all three runners he inherited with one out to score. Steve Lombardozzi continued his torrid start (.458/.458/.541/1.000 in 24AB) in the International League with a three-hit night and a run scored. He led off the game with a single and later scored in the inning on a Jesus Valdez RBI single. In the third inning Chris Marrero (1-3, RBI), plated Tug Hulett on an RBI single.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 1
• Arnesen (W, 4-1) 7IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K
• Lehman (S, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• T Moore 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Johnson 1-3, R

Tyler Moore’s fourth inning, two-run with two outs homer — scoring Josh Johnson — proved to be all the offense that Harrisburg would need in a 3-1 victory over the Altoona Curve. Erik Arnesen provided a dominant seven innings of nine-strikeout, one-walk pitching. The only run he allowed was on a two-out fielding error by Alex Valdez. Jimmy Barthmaier (H, 3) and Pat Lehman (S, 1) combined for two runs of scoreless relief.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 3
• Demny (L, 4-7) 6IP, 12H, 6R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Bronson 2IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 1-4, 3B, RBI, 3K

The novelty of giving up big innings early still hasn’t worn off for the Potomac Nationals, who coughed up four runs in the first inning (all unearned, but they count on the scoreboard just the same) en route to an 11-3 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Paul Demny surrendered 11 singles and a double over six innings, allowing six runs total, while issuing a walk and striking out three. Jeff Kobernus led the offense with a 2-for-4 night, scoring twice and driving in runs with both hits. Destin Hood struck out three times but also had an RBI triple.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 1
• Solis (L, 1-1) 7IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K, WP, HBP
• Graham 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, K, HR
• Taylor 2-3
• Sanchez 1-3, R, H, 2B

Hagerstown’s offense was hurt by the absence of Blake Kelso, mustering only one run in a 5-1 loss to Greensboro. Starter Sammy Solis was tagged for four runs in the first and third innings of his seven-inning start. In the first inning, a one-out double by Christian Yelich and a run-scoring wild pitch were the key at-bats in a two run inning. Greensboro had two singles and a double in a two-run third inning. A first-inning double by Adrian Sanchez and a Brett Newsome single led to Hagerstown’s only run.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 0
• M Rodriguez 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• K Lopez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Jenkins 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Batters: 4 singles, one BB, 11K, 0-3 RISP, 5 LOB

Auburn’s stellar pitching returned but the offense was AWOL as the Mahoning Valley shut out Auburn 2-0 on just four hits. 10th-round draft pick Manny Rodriguez got the start and went three scoreless innings, his longest appearance of the year as it appears he’s being eased into pitching more frequently, turning the ball over to Kelvin Lopez who was touched for both of the Scrappers’ runs over his four innings. For the offense, read that last bullet point.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 3
• Baez (ND) 6IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Medina (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Curran 2-5, SB
• E Martinez 2-4, R, BB, RBI

The shift from the NY-Penn League to the GCL was not what the doctor ordered as Silvio Medina blew the save in the 7th and lost the game in the eighth as the G-Nats fell 4-3 for their fourth straight loss. Gregory Baez got the start and went the first six innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk but struck out just one. Chris Curran and Estarlin Martinez led the offense with two hits apiece, as the G-Nats managed to get just six runners into scoring position and left on seven for the game.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Marlins 2
• Mendez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Vasquez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ruiz 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-3, R, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

This one was over early as the DSL Nationals got five straight one-out RBI singles off two DSL Marlins in a five-run first as they cruised to 10-2 victory. Gilberto Mendez (18 y.o.) is emerging as the staff ace with his second win in five starts, tossing five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.88 while allowing six hits and two walks. Adderling Ruiz led the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-5 game, including a double and two RBI.

Jun 252011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Suspended, Bottom of 3rd;
Syracuse leading 8-1
vs. Rochester, 5:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (5-6, 4.82)
vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-0 (10 inn.) vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (3-1, 2.59) vs.
Aaron Pribanic (5-4, 3.57)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-4 (13 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (4-6, 4.06) vs.
Barrett Loux (6-3, 3.48)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-4 @ Greensbooro, 7:00 p.m. Sammy Solis (1-0, 3.62) vs.
Zachary Neal (4-4, 3.98)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 9-3 vs. Mahoning Valley, 7:05 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (0-0, 8.10) vs.
TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4 (10 inn.)
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost 6-5 (13 inn.);
Lost 6-4 (7 inn.) @/vs.
DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 8 Rochester 1 — SUSP.
Rain halted play with one out in the bottom of the third and Syracuse leading, 8-1. The two teams will finish this one today and play a seven-inning game. The previously scheduled doubleheader will be shifted to August 26.

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 0 (10 inn.)
• Peacock 6⅔ IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Zinicola (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Valdez 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI (PH)
• Rahl 3-4

Alex Valdez’s pinch-hit two-run home run ended the game in walkoff fashion for a 2-0 Senators win. Four Harrisburg pitchers — Brad Peacock, Pat McCoy, Rafael Martin, and Zech Zinicola — combined to pitch a masterful ten-inning shutout, with just seven hits allowed. Brad Peacock (114K/18BB/87IP/.181OBA) continued his domination of the Eastern League with six and 2/3rds scoreless innings. Pat McCoy and Rafael Martin both retrired the only two batters they faced while Zech Zinicola struck out five batters in his two-inning appearance to win the game.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 4 (13 inn.)
• Holder (ND) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Frias 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Souza 4-6, R, 2B
• Higley 2-5, BB, 2RBI
• Leon 2-6, 2RBI

The two teams combined for 30 hits, but just nine came around to score as the Pelicans outlasted the P-Nats for a 5-4 win in 13 innings. Four double plays helped kill the Potomac rallies while 10 strikeouts stifled Myrtle Beach. Trevor Holder started and went five and a 1/3rd innings, and left with a 3-2 lead, but Josh Smoker surrendered a double to the first batter to let in the tying run. The two teams traded small-ball runs in the 11th before the Pelicans singled and doubled with two outs for the gamewinner. Steve Souza led the offense with a 4-for-6 night, while J.R. Higley and Sandy Leon both singled twice and drove in two runs.

Hagerstown 7 Greensboro 4
• Jordan (W, 8-3) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K
• McCatty 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Taylor 3-4, 2-2B
• Freitas 2-5, HR, 2RBI

Another solid ass-kicking all-around performance for the Suns as they took another from the Grasshoppers, 7-4. Taylor Jordan turned in seven strong innings with two runs allowed on five hits and a walk to go with eight strikeouts to get win #8. Michael Taylor finally got a single in the eighth after five extra-base hits in his first seven at-bats, leading the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort and two doubles. Dean Weaver, recently sent down from Potomac, did little to show it was unwarranted, giving up a two-run HR in the bottom of the ninth — the fifth given up this year in 17⅓ innings thrown.

Mahoning Valley 9 Auburn 3
• Encarnacio (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Jimenez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Skole 2-4, RBI

The five-game win streak was stopped cold with a 9-3 loss to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Pedro Encarnacion was touched for a run in all but one of the three and a 1/3rd innings he pitched, giving up five runs on six hits including two home runs. Hendry Jimenez and Andy Skole both went 2-for-4 with an RBI, as the Doubledays scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the ninth.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 4 (10 inn.)
• Karns 3IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 5K
• Meza 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Schill 2-5, R, RBI
• E Martinez 2-5, SB
• Curran 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, SB

Nathan Karns put in another strong outing, striking out five and allowing one hit and one walk over the first three innings. Christian Meza did him one better with the same line, minus the walk. After that, the pitching went downhill fast as the GCL Nationals blew a 4-0 lead to fall 6-4 in extras to the GCL Astros. Wes Schill and Estarlin Martinez both went 2-for-5 to pace the offense, which struggled in the clutch with 11 LOB and a 3-14 mark with RISP.

DSL Cubs2 6 DSL Nationals 5 (13 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Navarro 4IP, 1H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Kl Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ortega 3-6, R, 2B, RBI, CS
• E Gonzalez 3-5, R, 2B

DSL Cubs2 6 DSL Nationals 4 (7 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Martinez (L, 0-2) 6IP, 6H, 6R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Barrientos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R
• Rosario 2-3, R, RBI
• Tilero 2-3, RBI

In theory, a minor-league doubleheader ought to be an hour or so longer than regular game — 14 innings instead of nine, a break for the bullpen because it’s four less innings to cover. Unless it goes into extra innings. Then it becomes a nightmare. That what happened yesterday in the Dominican ad the D-Nats dropped a pair to the DSL Cubs2 despite outhitting them 10-5 in the first game and 12-6 in the second.

Jun 242011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-2 vs. Rochester, 7:00 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-4, 4.34) vs.
Ryan Mullins (1-3, 7.24)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 (8 inn.) vs. Richmond, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (8-2, 2.46) vs.
Jeff Locke (5-6, 4.65)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-5 @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (3-8, 6.14) vs.
Justin Grimm (2-1, 2.22)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 6-3 @ Greensbooro, 7:00 p.m. Taylor Jordan (7-3, 2.86) vs.
Jheyson Manzueta (2-5, 5.93)
Auburn Doubledays Won, 7-2 vs. Mahoning Valley, 7:05 p.m. Pedro Encarnacion (0-0, 7.36) vs.
TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 19-7
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Game Not Reported vs. DSL Cubs2, 10:30 a.m. Anderson Martinez (0-1, 5.91) vs.
Victor Garcia (1-0, 3.18)

Syracuse 4 Gwinnett 2
• Stammen (W, 6-3) 8.1 IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 1BB, 9K
• Wilkie (S, 6) ⅔ IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, K
• Lombardozzi 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Marrero 3-3, RBI, 2BB

Craig Stammen was solid, striking out nine and walking just one batter, in a dominant start and 4-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves. Stammen allowed just one batter to get into scoring position before the ninth inning, stranding him at third with clutch strikeout and a flyout. Stammen was lifted with one out in the ninth after back-to-back singles and a Jesus Valdez throwing error ended the shutout bid for the first Gwinnett run and left a runner on third. Josh Wilkie was greeted with single to score the second run, but got a strikeout and a groundball to end the game and earn the save. Offensively, two of the Nats’ best position prospects Steve Lombardozzi and Chris Marrero came up large. Lombo went 3-for-5 with a double, scoring two runs in his best AAA game thus far. Marrero reached base all five times on three singles and two walks. Syracuse has now won back-to-back games after ending its recent five-game losing streak.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 2 (8 inn.)
• Davis (W, 4-2) 6IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Lehman (H, 2) 1IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Johnson 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg fell behind 2-0 early before vaulting to the lead in a three- run sixth inning over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Josh Johnson and Tyler Moore both hit home runs in the inning. Bill Rhinehart, Godfather of Potomac’s Rhinehart Mafia (.259/.358/.547/905 12HR), doubled in front of Moore’s homer. Erik Davis allowed an unearned run in the third when Roger Kieschnick reached on two-out fielding error and Chris Dominguez made the Senators pay with a double to center. In the fifth, Davis hit Charlie Culberson with one out in front of a single and sacrifice fly. Pat Lehman was a relief hero, stranding the bases loaded after entering with no outs; Carlos Martinez had allowed a single and a walk, with a Tyler Moore error sandwiched in between, to fill the bases. Rafael Martin earned his second save and has yet to allow a run in six and two thirds innings at Harrisburg. Rain shortened the game to eight innings when the skies opened up with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 5
• Olrychowski (W, 2-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K
• Testa (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Lozada 2-4, R, RBI
• Higley 1-3, R, BB, RBI, OF assist @ HP
• Dykstra 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Rain delayed this one for 42 minutes, but the pitchers made the offense’s one big inning stick as the first-place Potomac Nationals edged the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 6-5. The first six batters hit safely in third, highlighted by doubles from Eury Perez and Jeff Kobernus as the P-Nats put up all six of their runs in the inning. Adam Olbrychowski made his second start of the season and gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings but struck out seven. Evan Bronson (hold), Joe Testa (hold), and Hector Nelo (save) came out of the ‘pen for the last four innings, allowing an unearned run in the sixth (Bronson) and a manufactured run in the 9th (walk, two steals, single) to finish the game.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 3
• Grace (W, 8-5) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K
• Eusebio (H, 7) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2SB
• Taylor 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2RBI

The Suns were clicking on all cylinders as the pitching, hitting and defense were all in sync for a 6-3 win over the Grasshoppers. Matt Grace turned in a quality start with three runs allowed on a walk and five hits to go with six strikeouts. Michael Taylor doubled, tripled, and homered as part of a 3-for-4 night, as the offense cranked out 11 hits, five for extra bases with Jason Martinson also homering. Wilson Eusebio got his seventh hold with two scoreless innings while Chris Manno reverted to form with with a 1-2-3 ninth for save number nine.

Auburn 7 Mahoning Valley 2
• Estevez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Monar 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Jimenez 2-3, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• M Perez 2-4, RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, RBI

The Doubledays remain red hot, melting the Mahoning Valley scrappers 7-2 for their fifth straight win. Pitching has been at the core of the success, as NFA Brian clued us in with a series of tweets last night about the scoreless-inning streak that was snapped at 26⅔ innings with two runs in the ninth. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez rebounded from a poor outing last time out to turn in five shutout innings with a just one hit and one walk allowed to go with five K’s for his first stateside win. Fellow Dominican Hendry Jimenez led the offense with a 2-for-3 effort, highlighted by a three-run HR in the 5th, while Miguel Perez and Matt Skole both put up 2-for-4 lines in the boxscore as the Doubledays pounded out 11 hits and left just five runners on.

GCL Cardinals 19 GCL Nationals 7
• Br. King (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 12R, 12ER, 4BB, 5K, HR, HBP, WP
• Wa. Ramos 2-4, 2RBI
• HWNBWM 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• E Martinez 1-3, 2B, BB

2009 draft pick Brandon King, making his third tour through the GCL, got hammered in his first start of ’11, giving up 12 runs on eight hits and four walks over four and 1/3rd innings as the GCL Cardinals pounded the GCL Nationals, 19-7. Wander Ramos was the leading age-appropriate batter, going 2-for-4 with 2RBI, followed by Estarlin Martinez, who doubled and walked.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Giants — Game Not Reported
Doubtful that it was a very isolated rainstorm, as this was the only game not recorded yesterday in the DSL

Jun 222011
 

[Ed. Note: Another guest column for frequent commenter BinM]

As we close on the halfway point for the full-season affiliates, and begin ramping up the short-season teams, here’s a review of the minor-league side of the Nationals Organization as of June 20…

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) – 27-40
I had initially expected a much better result from this squad, given their makeup out of Spring Training; It’s been disapointing, to say the least. The offense has struggled for consistency, the pitching has been less than overpowering, and the bullpen has been sketchy, with all areas affected, given the callups to the big club so far. This is a team starved for consistent run producers. Marrero (.282/.345/.431 slash) is okay, but still prone to streaks, as is Matt Antonelli (.316/.391/.469), and Jhonatan Solano (.266/.326/.367).

The starting staff has been bounced around between the big club and Syracuse a bit, but both Maya (0-1 W-L, 6.86 ERA, 1.78 WHIP in four GS in DC), and Craig Stammen (0-1 W-L, 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP in two relief appearances) were returned. The bullpen promotions fared slightly better, with Henry Rodriguez, Cole Kimball (15-DL), and Ryan Mattheus still in D.C., while Collin Balester is in yo-yo mode.

Players I like (statistically) so far…
• Marrero (1B): Could be used as trade bait at some point this year; Trapped behind Adam LaRoche, and now Michael Morse at 1B in DC.
• Antonelli (MI): Another trade bait candidate. The big club has depth at MI, so he becomes fungible.
• Milone (LHSP): A personal favorite. The numbers can’t be ignored (4-5 W-L, 3.81 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 16.4:1 K-BB), this kid just knows how to pitch. A September (or earlier) promotion in in his grasp.
• Meyers (RHSP): Has stumbled a bit in SYR, but still may be a ‘dark-horse’ candidate for a 40-man spot; Has posted solid K:BB ratios (9.6:1) over 14 starts between AA and AAA.
• Wilkie (RHRP): Steady, if not overpowering numbers in Syracuse; Worthy of a look in a MR role with somebody at the MLB level.

Harrisburg Senators (AA) – 39-29
Currently leading their division of the Eastern League by 3½ games, the Sens are setting the stage for another playoff appearance, should they remain focused. The team has been getting steady, but not outstanding performances across the board in all aspects of the game so far this season, with no glaring weaknesses either.

Offensively, the standout hitters have been Lombardozzi (a .309/.366/.454 slash from primarily to #1 spot in the order), and 2011FA OF acquisitions Chris Rahl (.297/.350/.407) and Archie Gilbert (.287/.369/.468). The starting staff is topped by Brad Peacock, who has posted ridiculous numbers to date (8-2 W-L, 2.46 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 6.0:1 K-W), with no-one else on the staff anywhere close. The bullpen has been filled with solid performers as well, with a number of pitchers posting a WHIP of at or below 1.00 as of this post (Zech Zinicola, Hassanb Pena, Rafael Martin, and Pat Lehman [current] and Rodriguez & Mattheus [promoted]).

Players I like (statistically) so far…
• Lombardozzi (2B): A personal favorite; He’s continuing his climb toward the bigs at 2B; It’s simply a question of when (2012-13), and then maybe with which club (WSH currently has the Espinosa/Desmond combo that looks pretty solid).
• Norris (CA): While currently carrying a low BA, his OBP & SLG numbers are in-line with career norms. He’ll play out the year at Harrisburg and look for a good start at Syracuse next season.
• Rhinehart (1B-OF): It looks like ‘Dolla Bill’ is catching onto AA pitching; Probably an OG in terms of age at this point, he still might be worth a look at an AAA level next year for some team.
• Peacock (RHSP): Another personal favorite; Outstanding numbers so far this season, building on previous season results.

Potomac Nationals (High-A) – 29-40
The hoped-for long home stretch failed to yield big changes to the W-L record. The team enters the All-Star break continuing to struggle offensively, and the pitching still looks uneven. One thing that has become evident is the ability to collect errors in the field, with even the Face of The Franchise (Ryan Zimmerman) falling victim to “the curse of the Pfitz” in a three-game rehab stint.

On the mound, Danny Rosenbaum has been the only consistent starter (4-3, 2.65 ERA, 1.33WHIP), while early-May promotion Cameron Selik could be turning the corner (2-4, 3.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) after a horrid beginning. The bullpen has been ragged overall of late, with Hector Nelo, Joe Testa, and Josh Smoker sharing the late-game innings.

At the plate, Destin Hood has been consistent all year (.276/.373/.453 slash), earning an All-Star nomination only to lose it to a knee injury. As his replacement, Jeff Kobernus leads the Carolina League in stolen bases (29) while hitting for an improved .266/.308/.369 line. Eury Perez is proving to be a slap-hitter with speed, when he chooses to use it. Justin Bloxom (.255/.321/.455) has played the majority of his games at 3B, where he is woefully out of
position, and a liability defensively (19 errors in 40 games).

The team currently lacks a player to ‘carry the load’ offensively, and will continue to muddle about until they find one. Maybe they’ll catch some promotions from Hagerstown for the 2nd half; We’ll see if that helps.

Players I like so far…
• Peacock (CA): An 26-y.o. OG, but plays with energy and catches a pretty decent game. Deserves another shot at AA.
• Hood (OF): Only 21, could be a possible for the AFL in 2012 if his knees stay healthy.
• Kobernus (2B): Back in my good graces after two injury-plagued years; Has shown unexpected speed and a consistent glove at 2B.
• Rosenbaum (LHSP): Steady & nearly unshakable on the mound; Needs slightly better control to play at higher levels.
• Nelo (RHRP): An age thing (24yo) as much as anything else – He’s pitching well at high-A, but should be playing to age at AA.
• Smoker (LHRP): Decent numbers, but not quite ready for in-season promotion.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A) – 40-30
The Suns slumped late, falling out of the 1st half pennant chase in the final week; The good news is they are four games ahead of last years’ pace. There’s a lot to like about this team, both at the plate & on the mound; Having five players named to the All-Star team (Bryce Harper, Blake Kelso, David Freitas, Taylor Jordan, & Chris Manno) speaks to that. Their failings have come mostly in the field or in the bridge innings between the starters and the back end of the bullpen.

The hitters have been the big story, with Harper (.330/.429/.586), Kelso (330/.396/.404), and Freitas (.317/.422/.502) all raking the ball, and others (Randolph Oduber, Brett Newsome) chipping in as well. The starting staff covered the early loss of Selik to Potomac with the additions of Sammy Solis (1-0, 3.62, 1.17), and Robbie Ray (2-0, 1.13, 0.90). The bullpen has been a bit of a roller coaster of late, with both Manno and Ben Graham having
some rough outings in late-inning situations, while most of the middle relievers continue struggle to achieve mediocrity. This is still a team that could be
a force to be reckoned with in the 2nd half of the 2011 season.

Players I like (statistically) so far…
• Harper (OF): He’s ready for the next challenge; It’s just a question of where (Potomac or Harrisburg).
• Kelso (IF): He might need a full year at low-A, as his defense is less than stellar at this point.
• Freitas (CA): Still needs some polish behind the plate, but the pitching hasn’t suffered greatly from his game-calling, imo.
• Oduber (OF): A personal favorite, the ‘Groovin’ Aruban’ could push his way into a higher level with a good 2nd half.
• Jordan (RSP): Almost ready to make the jump to high-A, keeps the ball in the park (1HR in 69.3IP).
• Manno (LRP): Outstanding 1st half; Could be moved up at the All-Star break.
• Holland (RRP): Another personal fave; Outstanding as a set-up man, could move up later this season.

The 2011 Draft
You’ve seen the list, probably read a few evaluation pieces. All I’ll offer here for now is a summary by position.
As of 06/20/11
LHP – 10 drafted, 4 signed [B. Monar (12th), T. Simko (21st), R. Lucas (27th), B. Hawkins (36th)].
RHP – 16 drafted, 6 signed [B. Dupra (7th), M. Rodriguez (10th), T. Henke (22nd), K. Ferrer (28th), A. Kreis (35th), R. Mirowski (45th)].
CA – 2 drafted, 2 signed [E. Fernandez (25th), S. Cotton (29th)].
CI – 5 drafted, 2 signed [M. Skole (5th), B. Ortega (41st)].
MI – 7 drafted, 3 signed [D. Williams (16th), K. Norfolk (23rd), T. Karlen (33rd)].
OF – 11 drafted, 2 signed [C. Ramsey (11th), A. Nix (50th)].

Jun 212011
 

Suffice it to say, the first half was a monumental disappointment — even with the strong finish (7 of last 10). The 40 losses appear to be the most in the first half since the team began the Washington affiliation in 2005, the 29 wins tying the 2007 squad for the fewest. This was supposed to be the youngest and most talented team to date.

Wins and losses aren’t the most important bellwether, of course, but the nature of the wins and losses is an indicator. If a good team scores five or more runs while allowing three runs or fewer, well, Potomac hit that standard just eight times (8) in 69 games. Conversely, they scored three or fewer runs while allowing five or more 15 times. They were shut out seven times, and returned the favor four times.

The team’s offense was sixth, the team’s pitching was eighth, as was its defense. There is no mystery as to why this team finished where it did.

Revisiting the format from last months “First Impressions”…

FIRST BASE
After a decent April, Steven Souza has cooled considerably, the average dropping from .273 to .224 and has been on a homerless streak for 19 games. He’s cut down on his strikeouts recently but is also walking less. Defensively, he’s still a work in progress but as a convert from the other side of the diamond, that’s to be expected.

SECOND BASE
The results are now starting to match the intensity with which Kobernus plays. Those of you who thought Jeff would be leading the Carolina League in steals at the break raise your hands. Anyone besides Mr. & Mrs. Kobernus? The soon-to-be-23-year-old is also starting to hit for some power, collecting six of his 13 doubles in the past month or so. He’s still not taking walks (just 14 in 66G) which is arguably the next step for him to take.

SHORTSTOP
Jose Lozada has inherited the position with the season-ending injury to Rick Hague, but one has to wonder how long until the 25-y.o. is moved to the bench to give more playing time to someone younger, like, say Justino Cuevas. Unfortunately, Cuevas is streaky both on offense and defense, so much that Kobernus was placed there this past homestand (and showed why he’s a second baseman). Best-case scenario: Francisco Soriano gets the job back once he regains his form/health in the GCL.

THIRD BASE
Nothing’s changed in terms of my opinion of Justin Bloxom as a third baseman: It’s not his position. But with Souza learning first base, it’s where Bloxom’s been put to keep his bat in the lineup. He’s not hitting .300+ like he was for Hagerstown, but I suspect that by season’s end, he’ll probably be close to .275 and be in the top three for the team in HRs and RBI.

DESIGNATED HITTER
Injuries have returned this slot in the lineup to its more traditional role in the minors of a way station while guys are shifted in and out defensively. Destin Hood, Bloxom, J.P. Ramirez and Cutter Dykstra have been the primary guys there. Dykstra seems to have been used there the most (there is no quick and easy way to look this up, so please bear with me) and while he’s been hitting a bit better, turning on the ball more, he appears overmatched by Carolina League pitchers and is not taking walks — a critical factor since he came to the organization with a reputation for having strong OBP skills.

LEFT FIELD
J.P. Ramirez has played here the most, but unlike Bloxom, it’s because there’s nowhere else for him to play. He compensates well for his lack of footspeed (only Sandy Leon is slower) but there are just far too many balls hit his way that aren’t turned into outs. His patience at the plate has improved tremendously of late, but he’s still hitting like a backup catcher, not a corner OF.

CENTERFIELD
Now the challenge is to see how the league reacts to Eury Perez now that everybody knows his game. Defensively, he’s been solid, just what you’d expect from his archetype with a decent arm, to boot. In what seems like a cut & paste, he’s not taking the walk and striking out too much. The gap power has diminished, too. Relative to the hype, a disappointment, but otherwise fine for a 21-year-old.

RIGHT FIELD
Easily the biggest surprise on the team. Destin Hood’s 33BBs and 5HRs in the first half matches his 2010 season totals for the two categories. Knee troubles have sidelined him lately, but it’s not been evident on the field. He’s begun to start hitting to all fields and the power is starting to flow. Ought to be playing more in LF in preparation for the inevitable shift, unless Bryce Harper plays CF exclusively for games in Woodbridge (*ahem*).

CATCHER
Very little change in my thinking: Sandy Leon is a defensive stalwart that’s still learning to hit, with flashes of power as a LHB.

BENCH
Also not much change here: Peacock belongs in Harrisburg, but is blocked by another OG in person of Devin Ivany. With the DH slot unavailable because it’s being used to evaluate the likes of Dykstra and/or rotate in/out prospects, he’s been limited to a couple of starts a week and the occasional pinch-hitting appearance. J.R. Higley has been getting a fair amount of playing time in the wake of Hood’s injury and/or when Ramirez is put at DH, but both he and Chris Curran appear to be odd men out despite their significant defensive skills and relative youth (both are 23).

STARTING PITCHERS
Little has changed since Opening Day in terms of the hopes of Potomac’s starters getting a callup prior to the AFL deadline. Truth be told, none has made the case consistently to get folks to pound the drum the way Brad Peacock has in Harrisburg. Some have made the case to be shifted to the ‘pen, reassigned or released.

Danny Rosenbaum — Twice the southpaw has put together back-to-back quality starts only to falter in the third start. Of course, “falter” is relative; Rosenbaum has gone at least five innings in every start. Still looking for that curve to come back, but has gone five straight starts with two or less walks and has kept the ball in the yard.

Trevor Holder — A maddening pitcher. Just when you think it’s time for tines in the spine, he comes off the ropes. A troublesome trend: walks and home runs have gone up at the same time strikeouts have gone down. Holder’s never going to be a strikeout guy, but in conjunction with those critical peripherals, it’s something to watch, and perhaps worry.

Paul Demny — Last time, I cited his differential between ERA and FIP as a sign that perhaps he’s been more lucky than good. It’s gone down by more than a run (-2.52 to -1.26) but almost all of that can be explained by the six HRs he’s given up. Or has just been the good fortune of only surrendering solo shots? Demny’s much like Holder in that he has flashes of brilliance but can also get hit very hard.

Mitchell Clegg — Too often the pitches were up and flat, and the OBA of .330 is the expected result. Recently sent to the ‘pen and gave up three hits in a two-and-1/3rd inning outing. More walks allowed than strikeouts (17 vs. 16 in 42⅔ IP). A righthander like that would have been released in April (Kyle Morrison).

Evan Bronson — The beneficiary of Clegg’s removal from the rotation, Bronson will need to prove that he’s a better starter than reliever. Most of his starts have been the result of the numerous rainouts (i.e. a long reliever asked to go four or five out of seven innings). He’s also pitched dramatically better on the road. All of these splits are fair small (20 or so innings per cell) so it’s tough to get a read on him just yet.

Cameron Selik — The first SP to be recalled from Hagerstown, Selik struggled early, making some folks wonder if his Suns success was simply a factor of age (he turns 24 in August), but he’s made an impression on us with his ability to pound RHBs inside and spot his breaking pitches, making him the most improved starter of the bunch.

RELIEVERS
The struggles of the starters have given these guys a lot of work, but it’s hard to make the case that anyone’s been abused. Back-to-back outings have been rare, even for the closers [insert snarky remark about losing record here]. Here’s a rundown on the relievers, ordered by appearances.

Josh Smoker — His velocity is up: mid-90s, but he’s nearly as likely to walk a batter as strike him out. He’s mostly come in to face lefties in the 7th and 8th innings though he’s been slightly more effective vs. RHBs.

Marcos Frias — As a reliever, he’s been effective but no less prone to walks. The regulars wonder aloud “are we going to get the good Marcos or the bad” when he comes in. Typically used for multiple-inning stints.

Adam Olbrychowski — It’s surprising that he’s not the team leader in appearances because it seems like he’s pitched a lot in Woodbridge. Began the year strong, then suffered a string of six straight appearances with at least one earned run allowed. In the past month, he’s been much more effective, but like most of the relievers this year, struggles with walks allowed.

Joe Testa — The powers that be have dropped him down to a sidearm delivery, delaying his first appearance until late April. He’s appeared enough in late games to get four decisions, but it’s clear that they want him to be a LOOGY someday, with seven of his 17 appearances lasting less than an inning.

Dean Weaver — If/when a reliever is moved up from Hagerstown, Weaver is a candidate to take his place. Simply has not been effective, as the 9.37ERA and .319OBA clearly shows.

Rob Wort — Wort caught our eye with his tendency to excel in pressure situations in his brief stint with Potomac in 2010. This year, he’s been more wild (5HBP) and hit harder (2HR) in a slightly larger body of work (though he’s still rail-thin).

Hector Nelo — All the makings of a Rizzo project: thick trunk, big (6’1″, 200) and throws HARD (95-98). Like Cole Kimball, his radar reading can often indicate balls and strikes. The higher the speed, the more likely it’s a ball.

EXPECTATIONS
My initial instinct was to write a wish list, but that’s just going to lead to bitching session about who’s where and why. Last year, Rosenbaum and Holder were sent up in the second half and it wasn’t hard to figure that might happen with the likes of Jesse Estrada and Adrian Alaniz in the rotation. This year, it might just be Sammy Solis or Matthew Grace, and it may not be until August in conjunction with the AFL deadline.

It would be nice to get a couple of the Suns late-inning guys, but who will replace them? Perhaps after a month or so, we’ll have an Auburn guy sawing through the NY-Penn League, but until then, I’d keep my hopes in check.

The P-Nats could use a true third baseman, but as simple as “bring up Blake Kelso, send down Cutter Dykstra” sounds, I’d put more money on Stephen King returning from Harrisburg, and that’s pretty unlikely. A level a year seems to be the new normal from High A down.

Lastly, there’s the question of Bryce Harper. He may be the exception to this “rule,” but I thought he’d be here by now and now I’m starting to think that Rizzo will treat him much the way the Atlanta Braves treated Jason Heyward, leaving him in Hagerstown for almost the entire year. That wouldn’t be the tragedy that some impatient DC fans (an redundancy, I know) may think, especially if that would also mean that we’d have a more fully seasoned 20-year-old in the Washington outfield for Opening Day 2013.

Jun 202011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 10-9 @ Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (5-6, 5.01) vs.
Julio Teheran (6-1, 1.78)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals vs. Salem — CANCELED ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Suns Won, 11-4 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Doubledays Won, 6-4 @ State College, 7:05 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (0-0, -.–) vs.
Stetson Allie (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals SEASON OPENER vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 PM TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. Gilberto Mendez (1-0, 3.46) vs.
Franly Caminero (1-0, 2.70)

Charlotte 10 Syracuse 9
• Maya 5IP, 10H, 6ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Mandel (BS 2, L, 1-2) 2IP, 5H, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Hulett 4-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Brown 3-4 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, BB
• J Valdez 3-5, 3R, 2-2B

This game featured 19 runs, 32 hits, 2 Syracuse blown saves, another heartbreaking loss to the Charlotte Knights, and an out-of-breath recapper. After Saturday night’s walkoff victory, Sunday afternoon Syracuse failed to tie the game up after loading the bases in the 9th inning. A poor performance starts with lackluster starting pitching, and Yunesky Maya appears to not be fooling anyone right now. After a leadoff double by Jordan Danks and a Michael Restovich walk in the sixth inning, Ryan Tatusko was brought in to add more gasoline to the fire, allowing both of Maya’s runners to score and two more of his own to score while putting Syracuse down 8-7. Syracuse got both perpetrators off the hook with a two-run 7th. Tug Hulett doubled in Jim Gallagher who had doubled and Chris Marrero (0-4, R, BB) who had walked earlier in the inning to put the Chiefs up 9-8. Charlotte, however, provided the dads in the house with an immediate response when Gookie (how do you get named Gookie?!?! [Ed. Note: It refers to a face made famous by Harpo Marx]) Dawkins hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 7th off Jeff Mandel to end the scoring and leave Syracuse on the wrong end of a wild 10-9 loss. Lost in the wild scoring at the end were Corey Brown’s two home runs and 3 early RBI to put the Chiefs up early 3-0 before Maya’s Meltdown.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 1
• Arnesen (L, 3-1) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 7K, WP
• VanAllen 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Johnson 1-4, 2B
• Arnesen 1-2

Erik Arnesen did everything he possibly could to carry a feeble Harrisburg offense to victory. He offered a quality six innings. He got a hit. Ultimately, the Harrisburg defense hurt his outing by contributing to an unearned run and the feeble offense couldn’t make up for it. The Suns only mustered one unearned run themselves when Jonothan Tucker reached on a throwing error by catcher Tony Sanchez, Josh Johnson doubled, and Archie Gilbert grounded out. Harrisburg’s chief nemesis was Quincy Latimore, who went 2-2 with a double, a homer, and two of Altoona’s run scored. Relievers Corey VanAllen and Jimmy Barthmaier failed to add quality relief; they allowed one run each.

Potomac Nationals vs. Salem Red Sox — CANCELED
The link above is the official press release regarding the cancellation. This is how the field looked like at approximately 1:10 p.m. yesterday afternoon: Pic1 | Pic2. The second half resumes on Thursday with a six-game trip from South to North Carolina, with visits to Myrtle Beach and Kinston for three games each.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 4
• Solis 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Manno 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 1K
• Martinson 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• Keyes 3-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 3R, 2B, RBI

After being mathematically eliminated on Saturday night, the Hagerstown Suns closed out the first half with a big 11-4 win, its third straight following a six-game tailspin that killed their playoff hopes. The Suns pounded out 19 hits, with every batter collecting at least one and four collecting three. Kevin Keyes and Wade Moore both homered. Bryce Harper sat for the second straight game, ostensibly to rest his nagging injuries. Sammy Solis pitched the first four innings while four relievers followed him out of the ‘pen, including Chad Gaudin on rehab. Christopher Manno’s struggles returned with his worst outing of the season: two runs on three hits and walk over just one inning.

Auburn 6 Batavia 4
• Encarnacion 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
• Henke (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K IR-S: 2-1
• Moldenhauer 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI, BB
• Montilla 2-4

Russell Moldenhauer’s two-run double capped off a four-run second, as the Auburn Doubledays held on for a 6-4 win and took the series 2-1. Pedro Encarnacion couldn’t go the requisite five to get the win, chased with two outs in the fourth inning with three runs allowed on three hits and four walks. Aaron Barrett got the win despite also giving up four walks and a run in just two and 2/3rds innings. Travis Henke and Ben Grisz closed out the game with two and 2/3rds scoreless innings to get the hold and save respectively. Angel Montilla and Moldenhauer paced the 12-hit attack that saw eight of the nine batters reach base safely.

GCL Nationals — SEASON OPENER
The initial roster has a strong Dominican feel to it with roughly a dozen-plus DSL “grads” making it stateside (yes, including HWMNBN) for Opening Day in Viera. Some notables: 17-y.o. IFA Pedro Severino (C), 18-y.o. IFA Arialdi Peguero (1B), Nathan Karns (RHP), Luis Atilano (rehab), Francisco Soriano (rehab), and our 2011 Watchlisters — OF Victor Chavez, RHPs Anthony Marcelino and Andy Santana, IF Jean Carlos Valdez.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Some home cooking this week for the D-Nats with just one road game over the next six (@ D-Giants) as they host the D-Mets1, D-Phillies, D-Rangers, D-Cubs2 and the D-Marlins.