May 252011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 10-4 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Senators Won, 11-6 @ Akron, 7:05 p.m. Oliver Perez (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Austin Adams (4-3, 2.45)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs. Kinston, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (2-2, 4.66) vs.
Giovanni Soto (3-3, 2.03)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY vs. Asheville, 6:35 p.m. A.J. Cole (0-2, 3.86) vs.
Joshua Slaats (0-1, 10.07)

Rochester 10 Syracuse 4
• Detwiler (L, 3-4) 3⅔ IP 10H 8R 6ER 1BB 1K
• Hyde 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
• Valdez 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
• Solano 2-4, R, RBI
• Antonelli 2-4, 3B

After a seven-game win streak was snapped, the reversion has been mean, with Rochester pounding Syracuse early and often for a 10-5 win, the second straight loss for the Chiefs. Ross Detwiler continues to give up more hits than innings pitched with 10 over three and 2/3rds, leading to eight runs (six earned) with just one walk and one strikeout. Jesus Valdez was one of three Chiefs to get two hits, doubling and homering for two RBI, while Jhonathan Solano knocked in one with two singles and Matt Antonelli singled and tripled.

Harrisburg 11 Akron 6
• Davis (ND) 4⅔ 3H 3R 2ER 4BB 4K
• Arnesen (S, 1) 3IP 0H 0R 2K
• Moore 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Norris 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB

Harrisburg broke out the bats for a season-high 11 runs against Akron, with five Senators collecting multiple hits. Matt Chico got the win in relief of recently returned Erik Davis, who allowed three runs on three hits and four walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Erik Arnesen pitched three scoreless innings for the save, his first for the season. The trio of Tyler Moore, Steve Lombardozzi, and Derek Norris combined for a 5-for-12 night with two HRs, four RBIs, two walks (guess who) and six runs scored.

Kinston 4 Potomac 3
• Rosenbaum (L, 2-2) 6⅔ IP 6H 4R 1ER 2BB 3K
• Smoker 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kobernus 2-4, BB, RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Souza 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

A little “O” and even less “D” equals an “L,” in Woodbridge last night.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
It’s a brief four-game homestand for the Suns, who come into Hagerstown still holding onto 1st place with a two-game lead, facing the Southern division’s fourth-place Asheville Tourists.

May 242011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-0 @ Rochester, 11:05 a.m. Ross Detwiler (3-3, 5.04) vs.
Scott Diamond (1-4, 5.70)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 12-8 @ Akron, 7:05 p.m. TBA vs. Joe Gardner (3-2, 2.70)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. Kinston, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (2-1, 3.12) vs.
Clayton Cook (3-3, 3.98)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 10-5 OFF DAY N/A

Rochester 5 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 1-4) 7⅔ IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 7K
• Mandel ⅓ IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 0K 1-1 IR-S
• Flores 1-3
• Fox 1-3, 2B

A two-run first and a three-run eighth was more than enough to snap the Syracuse Chiefs’ streak of seven straight for a 5-0 shutout loss. Yunesky Maya pitched into the eighth, but it was for naught at the offense collected just four hits and two walks, going 0-for-5 with RISP.

Akron 12 Harrisburg 8
• Martis 3IP 4H 5R 5ER 3BB 1K 1HR
• Johnson 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Moore 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Gilbert 2-4, R, 2B,

A four-run seventh inning that included a 96-minute rain delay powered the Akron Aeros past the Harrisburg Senators for a 12-8 win. Starter Shairon Martis took the lost with five runs allowed over three innings, and no reliever was left unscathed. Josh Johnson and Tyler Moore paced the 14-hit offense with three hits apiece while Derek Norris drove in three with a home run.

Kinston 5 Potomac 3
• Selik (L, 0-3) 5IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K 1HR
• Weaver 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Perez 2-3, R, RBI
• Kobernus 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Check out what happened in greater detail, Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 10 Greensboro 5
• Grace (W, 4-4) 5IP 7H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K
• Manno (H, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K 3-1 IR-S
• Keyes 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI, E
• Martinson 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Newsome 3-5, RBI, 2K, E

Kevin Keyes’s three-run homer in a four-run fourth broke open a 3-1 game as the Suns doubled up the Grasshoppers, 10-5, to finish the road trip on a high note and hold onto first place. The win also snapped a four-game losing streak. Starter Matt Grace evened his record at 4-4 with one run allowed on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He also struck out three. Joing Keyes in the hit parade were Jason Martinson (2-for-3) and Brett Newsome (3-for-5) as the trio accounted for seven of Hagerstown’s 11 hits and six of the nine RBIs.

May 242011
 

For any pitcher, a leadoff walk is a bad thing. Two of them to start an inning, deadly. Follow it with a home run, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

That’s what happened in the first inning to Cameron Selik in a 5-3 loss last night. But while it was an “L” in the standings, how Selik responded to the adversity was the proverbial “W.”

After the three-run homer, Selik set down the next seven batters. Just two more runners reached base, both with two outs — neither by a base on balls. Five went down on strikes. His final line: 5IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K 1HR.

Selik was still leaving his pitches up, so as a convert from catcher, he still is learning the craft. But he was touching 92 on the gun and getting good separation on his breaking pitches.

Defensively, the P-Nats were a wreck last night. On a better night, it’s safe to say that they might have pulled this out. Only one of the four errors didn’t come back to haunt them — a pickoff throw in the first that moved up the first runner to second base before the second walk.

But the second and fourth errors directly led to the last two Kinston runs, with J.P. Ramirez dropping a flyball with two outs in the sixth and Steve Souza unable to make the scoop on grounder to short in the ninth.

Offensively, the P-Nats started slowly, going down in order the first three innings before Eury Perez blooped one over the second baseman’s head and Jeff Kobernus followed with a Texas leaguer to shallow center in the fourth. Kinston escaped the jam with a Destin Hood strikeout, and grounders to first and third with an intentional walk to Steve Souza sandwiched between.

Perez and Kobernus would both get on base and score in the sixth. Perez reached by way of a drag bunt up the first base line and scored on a double off the top of the left field wall by Kobernus, who himself came in when Ramirez redeemed his error with an RBI single to right.

A Jose Lozada infield single, followed by Cutter Dykstra double to right and a Perez sacrifice fly capped the scoring for Potomac. Just as the first nine batters were retired to start, the last eight would make outs to finish, with kudos to Kinston relievers Adam Miller and Preston Guilmet in the eighth and ninth innings.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 18-25 for the season, dropping its second straight decision and falling to eight games behind first-place Wilmington. Opening Day starter Danny Rosenbaum (2-1, 3.12) is scheduled to take the mound tonight against Clayton Cook (3-3, 3.98).

May 232011
 

For the third straight week, a Nationals farmhand has taken home a weekly award, with Destin Hood nabbing the Carolina League Batter of the Week award for the period of May 16-22.

Hood batted .448 (13-for-29) during the week, which includes two hitless games on May 16 and 17, and hit seven doubles, a triple, and a home run while collecting 10 RBI. His 16 doubles for the season is now tied for the Carolina League lead and is the best in the system, three ahead of some kid named Harper, and is now hitting .287/.387/.490 overall.

May 232011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 9-3 @ Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-3, 3.66) vs.
Kyle Gibson (1-3, 4.25)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-1 @ Akron, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (1-1, 3.08) vs.
Kelvin De La Cruz (2-3, 3.28)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-6 vs. Kinston, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-2, 8.71) vs.
Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 2.09)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 5-2 @ Greensboro, 10:45 a.m. Matt Grace (3-4, 4.66) vs.
Robert Morey (3-4, 4.98)

Syracuse 9 Rochester 3
• Stammen (W, 4-2) 5IP 7H 3R 3ER 4BB 2K
• Balester (H, 2) 3IP 3H 0R 0BB 1K
• Marrero 3-4, R, BB, HR, 4RBI
• Aubrey 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Make that seven straight as Syracuse defeated Rochester, 9-3. Chris Marrero’s three-run jack in the fifth inning was the offensive highlight, giving the Chiefs an 8-0 lead, and raising the 22-year-old’s average to .283 and undoubtedly the expectations of the impatient DC fans in the wake of Adam LaRoche’s shoulder woes. Craig Stammen got the win after coughing up three runs in the bottom of the fifth, nearly doubling his season total in walks (9) with four base-on-balls given up. Collin Balester followed with three scoreless innings to get the hold.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 1
• Roark (W, 1-1) 6IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 4K
• Arnesen (H, 1) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Valdez 2-5, RBI
• King 3-4, R, HR, RBI

The Senators jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and cruised to a 4-1 decision over Binghamton. Tanner Roark got the win with six strong innings, allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out four. Stephen King led the offense with three of its nine hits, including a home run, followed by Alex Valdez, who went 2-for-5. Erik Arnesen and Hassan Pena followed Roark from the ‘pen to earn the hold and the save, respectively.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 6
• Demny (L, 1-4) 2⅔ 7H 6R 5ER 2BB 1K
• Smoker 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Hood 3-5, R, 3-2B, RBI
• Cuevas 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

Despite eight extra-base hits, the Potomac Nationals couldn’t make it five in a row, as the Lynchburg Hillcats went up 6-0 early, and held on for a 7-6 win. Destin Hood doubled three times to tie for the Carolina League lead at 16, Justino Cuevas went deep twice, and Steve Souza homered for the third straight game to pace the offense. Starter Paul Demny got knocked from the box after two and 2/3rds, charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walk. Three relievers combined for five and 1/3rd innings of relief with just one unearned run allowed.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 2
• Jordan (L, 6-1) 5IP 4H 4R 3ER 3BB 3K
• Swynenberg 2IP 2H 1R 0ER 0BB 2K
• Martinson 2-4, 2SB
• Nicol 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI, 2E

The Suns swoon continues with a 5-2 defeat to the Grasshoppers, their fourth straight loss, and third to second-place Greensboro, slicing their lead to just one game with the fourth game of the series set for this morning. Taylor Jordan suffered his first loss of the season, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks over five innings. Jason Martinson and Sean Nicol both went 2-for-4, but the rest of the lineup managed just three hits, with the team going 0-for-7 with RISP.

May 222011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 2-0 @ Rochester, 1:05 p.m. Craig Stammen (3-2, 3.43) vs.
Eric Hacker (1-1, 3.49)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-2 @ Binghamton, 1:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (0-1, 13.50) vs.
Brandon Moore (3-2, 5.05)
Potomac Nationals Won, 13-8 @ Lynchburg, 2:05 p.m. Paul Demny (1-3, 2.95) vs.
Cory Rasmus (0-5, 7.17)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 9-6 @ Greensboro, 4:00 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-0, 2.82) vs.
Kyle Winters (4-2, 4.30)

Syracuse 2 Rochester 0
• Milone (W, 3-3) 7IP 3H 0R 0BB 9K
• Carr (H, 1) 1+ IP 0R 0H 1BB 0K
• Mandel (S, 2) 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
• Brown 2-4, 2B
• Solano 2-4, RBI

Tom Milone, Adam Carr, and Jeff Mandel combined to shut out the Red Wings, 2-0, as the Chiefs won their sixth straight ballgame. Milone allowed just three hits over seven innings with no walks and nine strikeouts to even his record at 3-3. Carr and Mandel each threw an inning to notch the hold and save respectively. Corey Brown and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-4 to lead the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 7 Binghamton 2
• Peacock (W, 6-1) 6IP 1H 1R 1ER 2BB 10K 1HR
• Chico 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
• Johnson 2-5, 3R, BB, HR, RBI
• Gilbert 2-5, 2R, RBI
• Ivany 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Brad Peacock struck out 10 over six innings for his sixth win as Harrisburg returned to .500 with a 7-2 win in Binghamton. Offensively, the Senators put runners on base in eight of nine innings, getting 11 hits and drawing six walks. The veteran trio of Josh Johnson, Archie Gilbert, and Devin Ivany went 6-for-14 with two HRs and four RBI, scoring six of the seven Harrisburg runs.

Potomac 13 Lynchburg 8
• Holder (W, 2-5) 5⅓ IP 7H 5R 5ER 0BB 6K
• Kobernus 3-5, 2R, 3B, 2SB
• Hood 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Souza 2-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

The P-Nats have taken the “s” out of their offensive slumber, battering the Lynchburg moundsmen for 16 hits in a 13-8 romp, their fourth straight win. Designated driver hitter Cutter Dykstra was the misnomer as the only batter not to join the party, as six Potomac hitters had multiple hits with Jeff Kobernus and Destin Hood leading the way with three apiece. Starter Trevor Holder got the win despite allowing five runs on seven hits over five and 1/3rd innings, but once again did not walk a batter and struck out six. Justino Cuevas has joined the team from XST, with Francisco Soriano placed on the DL to make room.

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 6
• Hansen (ND) 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 2BB 6K
Brown 1⅔ 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 2K
Graham (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) ⅓ IP 2H 3R 3ER 0BB 0K 1HR 1-1 IR-S
• Kelso 2-5, 2RBI
• Freitas 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rogers 1-2, 2R, 2BB, SB

The offense did its part, scoring six runs, with Blake Kelso and David Freitas each going 2-for-5. Starter Bobby Hansen had a quality start with two runs allowed on five hits and two walks over six innings. The bullpen, however, melted down for the second straight game, allowing seven runs in the bottom of the seventh, lowlighted by a two-out, three-run home run that proved to the difference as Greensboro defeated Hagerstown, 9-6.
As mentioned in comments, Kevin Keyes has joined the team from XST, with Randolph Oduber placed on the 7-Day DL. MiLB.com also saw fit to finally confirm our commenters’ observation that Chris McKenzie and Chad Jenkins have been removed from the roster to make room for A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray. No word on whether or not that was posted after 6 p.m. last night.

May 212011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Tom Milone (2-3, 4.21) vs.
Ryan Mullins (1st AAA start of ’11)
Harrisburg Senators Postponed @ Binghamton, 1:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (5-1, 2.13) vs.
Robert Carson (1-4, 3.96)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-2 @ Lynchburg, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-5, 5.57) vs.
Zeke Spruill (2-4, 2.88)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 5-4 @ Greensboro, 7:00 p.m. Bobby Hansen (5-1, 3.53) vs.
Zachary Neal (3-2, 3.73)

Syracuse 5 Norfolk 4 (10 inn.)
• Meyers (ND) 5⅓ IP 7H 3R 3ER 0BB 3K 2HR
• Martin 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
• Marrero 3-5, R
• Hulett 2-2, R, 2BB, RBI
• Frazier 2-4, R, RBI

Pinch-runner Yunesky Maya scored the gamewinner off the bat of Tug Hulett in the bottom of the 10th as the Chiefs won in extras, 5-4, and swept the four-game series with the Norfolk Tide. The win was the fifth straight for the Chiefs and the first four-game sweep since May 2010. Brad Meyers started and went the first five innings, but fell victim to the longball twice for solo shots and allowed three runs on seven hits overall. Chris Marrero led the hit parade with three singles in five at-bats to raise his average to .323 for the month of May and .278 overall.

Harrisburg-Binghamton — PPD
Aliens invaded a small town in upstate New York and hatched their evil plan to postpone yet another Senators ballgame. Well, maybe not. The game will be made up as part of doubleheader on Tuesday, June 7th.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 2
• Clegg (W, 2-2) 7IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K
• Nelo 2IP 2H 1R 0ER 1BB 1K
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Hood 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Perez 3-5, RBI, SB

The P-Nats were clicking on all cylinders, showing speed (five SBs) and power (five XBHs) on offense and limiting the Hillcats to just six hits in a 6-2 triumph in Lynchburg. Mitchell Clegg pitched a season-high seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Destin Hood (double, triple) and Eury Perez (three singles) remain red-hot on offense, with Steve Souza phoning long distance over the centerfield wall for two of his three RBI on the night. Combined, the trio accounted for seven of the 11 Potomac hits.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 4
• Ray (ND) 6IP 7H 2R 1ER 0BB 4K
• Eusebio (L, 0-2) 1IP 4H 3R 3ER 0BB 2K
• Harper 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, SB, 3RBI
• Taylor 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A fifth-inning run ended Robbie Ray’s scoreless inning streak at 15, while a bullpen blowup denied him the chance for the win as the Greensboro edged Hagerstown, 5-4. Ray gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and no walks. Wilson Eusebio was torched for three runs on four hits, with a two-out double clearing the bases that had been loaded with singles. Bryce Harper drove in three with a double and a homer while Michael Taylor’s solo shot accounted for the fourth Sun run.

May 202011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 9-4 vs. Norfolk, 7:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (2-0, 3.00) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-1 (7 inn.)
(2nd Game PPD)
@ Binghamton, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (5-1, 2.13) vs.
Robert Carson (1-4, 3.96)
Potomac Nationals Won, 14-6 @ Lynchburg, 7:00 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (1-2, 5.46) vs.
Dimaster Delgado (4-3, 4.17)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 6-1 (6 inn.)
(2nd Game PPD)
@ Greensboro, 7:00 p.m. Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Jheyson Manzueta (0-3, 6.75)

Syracuse 9 Norfolk 4
• Detwiler (W, 3-3) 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 4BB 3K
• Mattheus (H, 2) 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
• Aubrey 2-5, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Hulett 2-4, 2RBI
• Fox 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Blanco 1-3, 3R, 2BB, 2SB

Whether it was luck or clutch, Syracuse scored all nine runs last night with two outs, sweeping the series with Norfolk with a 9-4 decision. Starter Ross Detwiler gave up four first-inning runs, but settled down to go the five required for the win, allowing five hits, four walks, and setting down three on strikes. Four relievers combined for four scoreless and hitless innings of relief. Michael Aubrey drove in four as the the Chiefs collected 10 hits for the night.

Harrisburg 3 New Britain 1, 7 inn.
• Perez, O (W, 1-0) 5+ IP 1H 1R 0ER 2BB 3K
• VanAllen (H, 3) ⅔ IP 1H 0R 0B 0K
• Pena (S, 2) 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0B 0K
• Gilbert 2-3, R, SB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 1-3, R, SB
• Norris 1-2, 2B, BB

Oliver Perez made his season debut with five-plus innings of work in the first game of a would-be doubleheader as the Sens won, 3-1. The erstwhile LHP alowed one unearned run on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Cory VanAllen and Hassan Pena combined for the final two innings, earning the hold and save respectively. Archie Gilbert paced the offense with two of the seven hits. After a 3:31 delay, the second game of the doubleheader was postponed. No word yet as to when/where the game will be made up.

Potomac 14 Frederick 6
• Rosenbaum (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP 7H 6R 6ER 4BB 4K
• Olbrychowski (S, 1) 3⅓ IP 2H 0R 3BB 3K
• HRs – Perez, Hood, Bloxom, Ramirez, Lozada, Peacock
• RBIs – Perez, Hood – 3; Kobernus, Peacock – 2; Bloxom, Ramirez, Lozada – 1

After a two-hour-plus rain delay, Potomac launched six HRs and pounded the Frederick Keys to the tune of 14-6. Three Nationals had their first HR of the season (Peacock, Lozada, Perez) in support of starter Danny Rosenbaum, who was not sharp with all six Frederick runs charged to him on seven hits and four walks. Adam Olbrychowski broke his string of poor outings with a rulebook save of three and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 1
• Cole (L, 0-2) 4IP 6H 5R 2ER 0BB 5K
• McCatty 2IP 0H 1R 0ER 0BB 0K
• Kelso 1-3, R, SB
• Oduber 1-2, RBI

For the second straight date, rain turned a doubleheader into a shortened game as the Kannapolis Intimidators ran the Suns into the wall, 6-1 in six innings. A.J. Cole took the loss with all five runs allowed (two earned) on six hits, but struck out five and walked none. Blake Kelso and Randolph Oduber were the only Suns to get a hit, as Hagerstown had more hits than runs and more errors than hits. Bryce Harper went 0-for-3 with a strikeout to end his on-base streak at 25 games.

May 192011
 

[Ed. Note: Frequent commenter BinM weighs in here on his view of where the four full-season affiliates stand after the first quarter, roughly 35 games...]

Syracuse Chiefs – 13-22
Weak offensively overall, but getting decent production from behind the plate (Flores/Maldonado/Solano), at 2B/SS (Hulett/Bynum/J.Johnson), and 1B (Marrero). Lost two players to the ‘big club” in Bixler and Bernadina. The starting pitching has been up and down, with Maya and Stammen compiling good numbers to date, while Detwiler and Milone have both struggled; Meyers is a recent addition and is unproven at AAA to date.

In the bullpen, it’s been a battle as well, with J.D. Martin, Carr, Hyde, Chico (demoted) and Balester each struggling at some point or another, while Mandel, Wilkie, and Kimball (recently promoted to DC) have all pitched brilliantly. At the pole, the team is falling short of preseason expectations, given the amount of experience on the roster.

Harrisburg Senators – 17-17
A mixed bag offensively, with both prospects (Norris-CA, Moore-1B, Lombardozzi-2B), and OG’s (Gilbert-OF, Rhinehart-OF/1B, Valdez-OF, and Rahl-OF) contributing to a .500 record. The team lost Fox (3B) and Valdez (OF) to promotion to little effect so far, getting King (3B) and Martinez (RP) as replacements. The starting staff has been wide-ranging in effectiveness so far, with Peacock at the top, then Davis, Arnesen, Martis, Tatusko [Ed. note: Now in the bullpen], Atilano and Roark falling in behind. The long relievers in the bullpen (Chico, Martinez, and Barthmaier) have been less than effective, but the back-end (Pena, Van Allen, and McCoy) have all been solid to date. Overall, not a bad record, but could be a team affected by roster moves as the season drags on.

Potomac Nationals – 14-22
Possibly affected by an extended period on the road (28 games due to an ‘unplayable’ ruling for the field at the Pfitz), the P-Nats are in a bit of a funk offensively, with only Hood (RF), Lozada (IF), and Souza (1B) showing any real consistency at the plate. Maybe the string of home games prior to the All-Star break will get them squared up. The starting pitching has been a bit of a roller-coaster, with Rosenbaum and Demny posting effective starts despite bad K-W ratios; Holder occupies the middle ground with decent peripherals and a bad ERA / W-L record. Clegg and Selik have both been a little overmatched so far, but may settle in.

Middle relief has been the primary problem in the bullpen to date, with no-one carrying an ERA lower than 4; the long roles and backend of the ‘pen have been good up to now. The team has lost Hague (SS), Curran (OF), and Peacock (CA) to the DL, and King (3B) and Martinez (RP) to promotion so far. At the pole, I’d say they’re underachieving; The next couple of weeks could say a lot about what this team is made of.

Hagerstown Suns – 26-12
Got out of the gate cleanly and hasn’t looked back. Kelso (3B), Harper (RF), and Freitas (CA-DH) are all mashing the ball, and Sanchez (2B), Oduber (LF-DH), Taylor (CF), and Martinson (SS) are joining the fun of late. There are some defensive liabilities with the club, but run production has been covering most of that. The pitching (both starting and in relief) has been solid overall, but the backend of the bullpen has been absolutely outstanding. The pairing of Graham and Manno have combined for just one earned run allowed over 30.7IP in 24GP, with 32K and 6BB (a 5.3:1K-W ratio). Player promotions are inevitable over the next few weeks; Hopefully, they won’t slow this teams’ momentum too much.

May 192011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 10-4 vs. Norfolk, 7:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (2-3, 4.76) vs.
Chorye Spoone (2-1, 4.88)
Harrisburg Senators Postponed vs. New Britain, 5:30 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Oliver Perez (1st game) and
Brad Peacock (5-1, 2.13)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-3 (comp. early) @ Frederick, 11:00 a.m. Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 2.28) vs.
Ryan O’Shea (3-1, 1.93)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-3
(comp. of susp. gm)
vs. Kannapolis, 5:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.00) and
A.J. Cole (0-1, 3.52) vs.
Ryan Buch (3-3, 3.89) and
Paul Burnside (3-1, 3.55)

Syracuse 10 Norfolk 4
• Maya (ND) 6⅓ IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Carr (W, 2-2) 1⅔ 1H 0R 1BB 0K
• Marrero 3-5, R
• Blanco 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• McConnell 2-3, 2R, 3B
A six-run bottom of the eighth capped a comeback from a 3-0 deficit as the Chiefs turned the Tide, 10-4. Yunesky Maya weathered a three-run first to go six and 1/3rd innings and get the quality start with a walk and two strikeouts and four hits allowed. Adam Carr got the win in relief with a hit and walk given up over the next one and 2/3rds innings. Chris Marrero paced the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-5 night, as eight of the nine batters had at least one safety with Gregor Blanco, Chris McConnell, and Adam Fox getting two hits apiece.

Harrisburg-New Britain — PPD
It was rainout #5 for the Sens, forcing a pair of seven-inning games tonight at MBP on City Island at 5:30 p.m.

Potomac 6 Frederick 3 (Comp. Early)
• Bronson 3⅔ IP 5H 2R 2ER 3BB 1K 1HR
• Martin, R. (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP 3H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kobernus 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• Hood 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Perez 2-4, R

Eury Perez and Destin Hood remain red-hot, combining for five of the nine Potomac hits in a 6-3 win that was ended early due to… wait for it… rain. Spot starter Evan Bronson went the first three and 2/3rds innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Four relievers combined for one run over the next five innings, with recently activated Rafael Martin getting the win and Dean Weaver getting the hold. Jeff Kobernus stole his team-leading 15th base while going 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot. Pat Lehman was deactivated, i.e. placed on the 7-Day DL, to make room for Martin.

Hagerstown 4 Kannapolis 3
• Grace 3IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
• Applebee (W, 4-1) 4⅓ 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
• Manno (S, 6) 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R
• Freitas 3-4, 2B, 3RBI
• Leonida 2-3, 2-2B, BB

After rain pushed this game from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, the Suns took advantage of timing to come back from a 2-1 deficit to win 4-3 before the rains returned to force another doubleheader tonight. De facto starter Paul Applebee turned in four and 1/3rd innings to get his fourth win while Chris Manno got the last five outs for his sixth save. David Freitas drove in three of the four Hagerstown runs with a double and two singles, while Bryce Harper broke an 0-for-11 streak with a double, for which MASN’s Byron Kerr was on hand, extending his on-base streak to 25 games.