Jun 282015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 @ Indianapolis,
1:35 p.m.
Jordan (2-3, 2.81) vs.
Boscan (4-3, 4.28)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
5:00 p.m.
Bates (3-0, 3.63) and
Spann (1-0, 3.25) vs.
Dodson (3-4, 3.63) and
Kuhl (5-3, 3.18)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
Valdez (1-2, 6.35) vs.
Webster (3-3, 2.79)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Reyes (3-3, 4.78) vs.
Means (5-4, 3.99)
Auburn Postponed vs. Brooklyn,
5:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-­0, 3.00) vs.
Gibbons (1-­0, 1.42)

Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 0
• Espino (L, 2-1) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Grace 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, BB
• Mastroianni 1-3, BB

The Indians jumped on Paolo Espino for two runs in the 1st and shut out the Chiefs, 4-0 on Saturday night. Espino gave up all four Indianapolis runs on six hits and a walk whole striking out three to lose his first AAA game this season. Matt Grace and Jose Valverde held off the Indians the rest of the way, but the Syracuse offense was limited to just six hits. Caleb Ramsey was the bright spot with a double, walk, and a single in four trips to the plate.

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD
The Sens were the first to cry uncle to the rain, calling it more than two hours prior to first pitch. They’ll try to make it up with a doubleheader this evening.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — PPD
The Blue Rocks and P-Nats called it a night last, sending Potomac down I-95 early to come home to host Carolina tonight. A makeup date is yet to be determined.

Delmarva vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Shortly after the Sens called it, the Shorebirds did likewise. Unlike the Sens, they’ll shoot for the doubleheader tomorrow night.

West Virginia vs. Auburn — PPD
The Doubledays were the third team to call off Saturday night’s action, announcing a makeup date on Saturday, July 18th for the Black Bears’ next trip to Auburn.

GCL Update
The G-Nats broke even in their first week of play, taking two of three from the Mets but just one from Cardinals. As noted in the commnents, the SSS champion was Victor Robles, who was 11-for-20 with a double, triple, and two HRs for a Nintendo OPS of 1.609. Rehabbing Ian Dickson started twice for a combined line of two runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings.

DSL Update
The D-Nats also had a 3-3 week, which puts them at 10-15 after four weeks of play. The pitching has improved, with four of the top five starters sporting a sub-3.00 ERA, as has the batting, though just one of the top eight (in terms of ABs) has an OPS above .800 and five are below the league averag of .681.

Jun 222015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 (10 inn.) vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (1-3, 2.97) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Bates (2-0, 3.76) and
Simmons (3-3, 3.42) vs.
Dodson (3-3, 3.10) and
Harlan (4-2, 3.89)
Potomac Won, 4-0;
Won, 1-0
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 9-5 @ State College,
1:05 p.m.
TBD vs. J. Perez (5-3, 3.24 @ Appy Lg. in ’14)

Syracuse 1 Buffalo 0 (10 inn.)
• Jordan 7IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Billings (W, 2-3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hague 1-2, BB
• Gwynn 1-4, RBI

Tony Gwynn Jr.’s walkoff single in the 10th broke up the Star Trek convention on the NBT Bank scoreboard for a 1-0 Chiefs win, preventing a three-game sweep by the Bisons. Taylor Jordan ran his scoreless inning streak to 14 with another seven frames, letting up just two hits and walking three. The win went to Bruce Billings, who worked around a pair of two-out singles in the top of the 10th. Syracuse managed just five hits total, with Ricky Hague the sole batter to reach base twice with a single and a walk.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Hill optioned from Washington; OF Mark Minicozzi released; IF Chris Nelson assigned from Washington.

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 3
• Voth (L, 3-5) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K
• De Los Santos 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Vettleson 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th as Altoona scored five times to turn a 3-2 deficit into the eventual 7-3 winning score over Harrisburg. Austin Voth lost for the fifth time, charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out six.
The Senators mustered just five hits total, though three were for extra bases with doubles by Matt Skole and Drew Vettleson and a triple by Shawn Pleffner. You can unbunch your panties about Trea Turner not playing all nine innings. He was spotted slowing up on his way to first after an infield popup (that was nearly dropped) and was most likely benched as a result.

Potomac 4 Carolina 0 — COMP.
• Lopez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Suero (W, 6-2) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Yezzo 2-3, R, RBI
• A. Sanchez 1-3, R, BB, RBI, 2SB

Potomac scored twice before the rains came on Saturday and twice on Sunday as they shut out Carolina, 4-0 in the completion. Three pitchers combined on the three-hit shutout, with starter Reynaldo Lopez allowing two in his three innings on Saturday, winning pitcher Wander Suero one in his five innings on Sunday and Manny Rodriguez striking out two in the 9th. James Yezzo led the Potomac offense with a 2-for-3 game, followed by Adrian Sanchez 1-for-3 effort with a walk and two steals.

Potomac 1 Carolina 0 — GAME TWO
• Mapes (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lee (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ballou 3-3, 2B
• Martinez 1-1, HBP, SB

In the regularly scheduled game, the P-Nats repeated the feat with a 1-0 shutout to close out the first half with three straight wins and a third-place finish in the Carolina North for the 1st half. Tyler Mapes got the win with five innings of two-hit ball, Justin Amlung the hold with a 1-2-3 sixth, and Nick Lee his eighth save with a 1-2-3 seventh. Drew Ward drove in Stephen Perez with the third of three 1st-inning singles to plate the lone Potomac run.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 3
• Purke 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• M. Sanchez (W, 4-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 2-5, R, RBI, CS, E(20)
• Reistetter 2-3, RBI
• Davidson 1-2, 2BB

The Suns rallied for three in the bottom of the 5th to erase a 3-2 Shorebirds lead and held on for 6-3 win that assured a winning record (35-33) for the 1st half. Matt Purke was knocked for three runs, including a two-run HR in his fourth and final inning of work for a no-decision. Mario Sanchez got the win with two perfect innings of relief, while R.C. Orlan, Kevin Perez, and Jake Walsh each turned in a scoreless inning to close out the game. Osvaldo Abreu and Matt Reistetter both had two hits and an RBI as Hagerstown registered 10 hits total on the afternoon.

Auburn 9 Batavia 5
• Fedde 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Ullmann 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Webb (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, K
• Eusebio 3-5, 2RBI
• Encarnacion 2-4, R
• Dulin 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB

Batavia took a 5-2 lead into the 9th only to see Auburn score seven times to complete the sweep. Erick Fedde allowed one run on two hits over three innings in his professional debut, though he walked three and struck out four. Joey Webb got the win despite giving up two runs in the 8th on two hits and two walks. Diomedes Eusebio led the Doubledays hit column with a 3-for-5 effort, followed by Randy Encarnacion at 2-for-4.

Jun 212015

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 (11 inn.) vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (2-3, 3.20) vs.
Francis (2-0, 2.67)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Voth (3-4, 3.22) vs.
Creasy (7-1, 3.01)
Potomac Winning, 2-0
(Susp., 3rd inn.)
vs. Carolina,
12:00 p.m.
TBD and Mapes (0-0, 2.48) vs.
Robertshaw (0-0, 5.11) and
Webster (3-2, 2.91)
Hagerstown Canceled vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 1.50) vs.
Long (2-1, 2.65)
Auburn Won, 9-5 (10 inn.) @ Batavia,
1:05 p.m.
TBD vs. N. Bautista (2-1, 2.41 @ GCL in ’14)

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 3 (11 inn.)
• McGregor 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Meek (L, 2-4) 2IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K
• Keyes 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R, BB

The Chiefs rallied for three in the 6th to tie it at 3-3 but couldn’t push across the go-ahead run as the Bisons broke through for two in the top of the 11th to take this one, 5-3. Starter Scott McGregor pitched into the 7th, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Evan Meek took the loss as he gave up the final two Buffalo runs in the 11th, his second inning of work. Kevin Keyes remains red-hot (11-for-22) since his AAA arrival as the 26-y.o. went 3-for-5 with a three-run double to lead the Syracuse attack

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 0
• Bacus (W, 3-1) 7IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 3K; 0-2, BB
• Difo 3-4, 2R, SB
• Turner 2-4, R
• Skole 2-4, 2RBI

Dakota Bacus tossed a seven-inning shutout in a 4-0 Harrisburg win in the first of two scheduled yesterday. The 24-y.o. allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out three to earn his third AA win. Defensively, Trea Turner, Wilmer Difo, and Matt Skole turned four double plays. Offensively, the trio combined for seven hits and scored three runs to lead the Sens offense. Rain postponed Game Two to Monday night.

Potomac 2 Carolina 0 — SUSP., 3rd inn.
The P-Nats got two in the bottom of the 3rd before the rains came and washed out the game. They’ll resume play today at noon, and play a seven-inning game afterwards.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva — CNCLD
The strong thunderstorms that ripped through Pennsylvania and Virginia also tore through Western Maryland, forcing the cancellation of last night’s game between the Suns and Shorebirds.
Roster move: RHP Deion Williams reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 9 Batavia 5 (10 inn.)
• Rodriguez 5IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, 2WP, HBP
• Feliz 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Plouck (BS, 1); W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Keniry 3-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Guzman 2-4, R, 2B
• Page 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Auburn nearly won it in regulation, but coughed up the game-tying HR with two out in the 9th to force extras. In the 10th, the Doubledays scored four times with two outs, “aided” by two errors and a wild pitch to take this one, 9-5. Cole Plouck got the dreaded blown-save-win while starter Jefry Rodriguez was SSDL with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five tumultuous innings. Conor Keniry led the ten-hit parade with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Matthew Page and Luis Guzman, who both went 2-for-5.
Roster move: RHP Joan Baez reassigned from Hagerstown.

DSL Update
The D-Nats won three and lost four in the third week of the DSL. As you might deduce from a team with a 7-12 record and young pitchers and even younger batters, the offense is below-average (4.46 R/G vs. 5.19) and the pitching is horrid (7.00 vs. 5.20). Omar Meregildo continues to dominate (.951 OPS) as does Pedro Avila, who struck out 16 in two starts this past week to run up his total to 31 K’s in 17⅓ IP.

Apr 302014

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Postponed vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-4, 9.37) vs. Rogers (0-3, 9.33)
Potomac Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
5:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.24) and Silvestre (0-0, 3.00) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 3.79) and Ledbetter (1-2, 9.98)

Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 2
• Hill (L, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR, HBP
• Gonzalez 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Laird 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Peterson 1-3, R, BB

Both teams lived and died by the long ball as Indianapolis outhomered Syracuse 2-1 to take the game 3-2 and the series 3-1. Brandon Laird smacked a two-run shot in the 2nd to answer Andrew Lambo’s solo shot in the bottom of the 1st. The Indians would strike again in the bottom the 6th with their second home run as Chris McGuiness did not miss a 3-0 fastball from Taylor Hill. Two batters later, Hill was lifted, having surrendered all three runs on seven hits, no walks, and five strikeouts to suffer his first loss of the season. The Chiefs managed just five hits total, with Laird the only multihit batter with a 2-for-3 game and Brock Peterson the only other starter to reach base twice (1-for-3, BB).

Harrisburg vs. New Britain — PPD
Harrisburg will have to wait another day or two to notch their second two-game win streak as the rains postponed yesterday’s game to create a doubleheader tomorrow night, a move that acknowledges the forecast of continued heavy rain today and tonight and possible flooding.

Potomac vs Lynchburg — PPD
The P-Nats and Hillcats were washed out for a second straight night and will have to play five games in three days to make them up when Lynchburg returns to Woodbridge next month. Today is a scheduled day off as Potomac heads to North Carolina for a four-game series against Winston Salem. Roster move: RHP Brian Dupra reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
The Suns pulled the plug on this early and shifted this morning’s game to tonight in the hopes that perhaps they can make this one up here as opposed to next week when Hagerstown visits Hickory from the 6th to the 8th.

Apr 082014

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Poveda (6-7, 3.62 @ in ’13) vs.
Webster (0-1, 7.36)
Harrisburg Postponed @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 2.18 in ’13) vs.
Gilmartin (3-9, 5.72 @ AAA in ’13)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Waszak (3-5, 2.03 @ Adv. Rk. in ’13)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Delmarva,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Johansen (0-2, 5.79 in ’13) and
Pivetta (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Urban (3-5, 3.32 @ SS-A in ’13) and
Rennie (4-5, 3.91 in ’13)

Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2 (10 inn.)
• Treinen 5IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Cedeno 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Stange (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K, 2WP
• Goodwin 1-3, 2BB
• Laird 2-4, 2B, BB

Two walks (one intentional) and two wild pitches decided this one in extras, as Pawtucket edged Syracuse 3-2 in 10 innings. Daniel Stange walked three overall over his one and 2/3rds innings, striking out two but was undone by his wildness. The Chiefs outhit the PawSox 10-4 but needed an error and a wild pitch to plate both their runs as they left 12 runners on base total. Blake Treinen allowed two unearned runs in his AAA debut, walking two, fanning four, and impressing Baseball Prospectus writer Al Skorupa.
Roster move: IF Jose Lozada activated from XST, assigned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg vs. New Britain — PPD
The rain that postponed more than a dozen games from Kentucky to New York to Georgia found its eastern edge in Connecticut as the Senators and Rock Cats were rained out in New Britain. The game has been rescheduled to be a Saturday doubleheader on Aug. 16th.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac opens the 2014 season at home with a three-game series against Lynchburg before rematching against Carolina for three games over the weekend.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva — PPD
Yesterday’s series opener against the Shorebirds was postponed due to wet grounds early yesterday afternoon. It will be made up today with a pair of seven-inning games, starting at 5:05 p.m.

Aug 222013

Rained-Out-2012The second ten-game win streak for Potomac came to an end with a rain-shortened 3-1 loss in five innings to Winston-Salem.

Starter Paul Demny took the loss for the second time in six starts since his demotion from Harrisburg. He gave up all three runs (two earned) on four hits, three of which went for extra-bases. The difference came in the two-run fourth as Kevan Smith took the 24-y.o. Texan deep with a solo shot to right-center with one out while Joshua Richmond connected for the second double of the game with two outs to build a 3-0 lead.

Rain began to fall in the top of the 4th but a double play ended things quickly in the bottom of the 4th and Demny retired the side in order in the top of the 5th. Brandon Miller led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple and came in to score on a groundout to short. Cutter Dykstra struck out to end the inning, which also ended his 29-game on-base streak.

Play was halted after the 5th and the game called 92 minutes later.

The loss combined with Lynchburg’s eighth straight win keeps Potomac’s magic number at six to clinch the Carolina League North division again. Both Frederick and Wilmington have been eliminated from the second-half title race. The Hillcats lead the Keys by eight and the Blue Rocks by 10½ games in the overall standings that determine the second playoff team in the event of a double-half winner.

Potomac, however, still has good incentive to beat the Dash tonight and tomorrow, as Winston-Salem’s best chance of making the playoffs is to beat out Salem for the best overall record behind Myrtle Beach, if the Pelicans can win both halves (they lead the Red Sox by 1½ games after a 5-0 win last night). The P-Nats have won just once in six games at BB&T this year and would play the deciding games there in the event of both teams making the Mills Cup Finals.

Tonight, Brett Mooneyham makes his High-A debut after earning a promotion with a 8-2, 1.88 mark since the Sally League All-Star break. He’ll be opposed by Myles Jaye (7-6, 4.66) for Winston-Salem.

Jun 112013

Rain For NPP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 122013

The rain that stayed away on Friday came back on Saturday, just three outs before becoming an official game.

It was just moments after the Potomac turned a Winston-Salem no-hitter into a 4-1 lead by sending nine men to the plate and stringing together four straight two-out hits. Adrian Nieto got the rally started with a one-out double and took third when Kevin Keyes grounded to first.

Down 1-0, the hope then was to tie the game before rains came. After a two-run homer by Justin Miller, an infield single by Randolph Oduber and an RBI double by Billy Burns, it became a matter of “OK, let’s get back out there and get three outs to make this game official.”

Michael Taylor, however, would not “cooperate” by drawing a two-out walk. The team’s two fastest baserunners then showed as much with a double steal to give Cutter Dykstra a chance to push the lead to 6-1 with the inning’s sixth hit.

Alas, it did not come; instead, a deep line drive right to the Dash centerfielder that ended the frame. The Woodbridge nine had barely gotten on to field in the top of the 5th when the downpour started, going from lawn sprinkler to car wash in less than a couple minutes.

After 92 minutes, officials called it a night. The game will be continued at noon followed by a seven-inning game.

May 122013

Baseball Rain For NPP 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 vs. Norfolk,
2:00 p.m.
Arrieta (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Perry (1-2, 5.87)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (AA debut) and
Karns (3-1, 3.03) vs.
Cohoon (3-0, 2.93) and
Mazzoni (0-1, 2.25)
Potomac Winning, 4-1
Top of 5th)
vs. Winston-Salem,
12:00 p.m. (completion,
7 inn. game)
TBD and Schwartz (2-1, 0.60) vs.
TBD and Van Skike (2-0, 0.60)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-0, 4.09) and
Pena (2-2, 4.24) vs.
Kline (1-2, 5.68) and
Hader (1-1, 1.40)

Norfolk 3 Syracuse 2
• Maya (L, 1-4) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Roark 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rhymes 2-4, RBI
• Watts 2-4, 2B

The lone game to get played to its completion was basically done after three as Norfolk got to Yunesky Maya early and held off Syracuse for six innings for a 3-2 win. Maya allowed all three Tides runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts but took the loss. Will Rhymes and Kris Watts both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs nine-hit attack.

Harrisburg vs. Binghamton — PPD
Rain stopped this one from starting, delaying the AA debut of Taylor Jordan to today as the two teams are set to make it up with a pair of seven-inning games this afternoon.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 1 — SUSP.
• Hill 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
Rain halted this one before the top of the 5th Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva — PPD
Wet grounds forced the postponement of the doubleheader to today at 1:05 p.m.

Aug 262012

It wasn’t pretty, but it counts just the same.

Potomac scored three times in the rain with two outs in the bottom of the sixth before the umpires ordered the tarp drawn. Forty-seven minutes later they called it to give Potomac its fifth straight win, 3-0.

The rally began with a leadoff walk to Matt Skole, and after a Kevin Keyes strikeout and a Steve Souza Jr. flyout, it looked like yet another runner would be stranded. With the wind blowing in, Jason Martinson launched a drive to center that Frederick centerfielder Glynn Davis couldn’t hold onto, plating Skole with a triple. A wild pitch sent in the second run, sailed shot that banged off the backstop like Wednesday night. Jeff Howell homered to center to finish the binge.

Matt Swynenberg got the win despite putting a baserunner (or two or three) on in every inning, issuing four walks and giving up five hits. The secret to stranding eight Frederick runners was two, um, key double plays that ended the first and fourth innings — the latter started Swynenberg himself for a 1-6-3 mark in the scorebook. Ten of the 18 outs he recorded came on grounders as the 23-year-old won his sixth game and was credited with his second complete game.

With Wilmington idle, Potomac crept to within two games of first place and can tie Frederick for second place with a win tonight. Robbie Ray (4-11, 4.52) is scheduled to pitch against Tim Berry (4-5, 4.52)