Apr 062014
 

The Nationals have recalled Tyler Moore from the Syracuse Chiefs for the second time in three Aprils. He will take the place of OF Scott Hairston on the Washington Nationals 25-man roster. Hairston was placed on the 15-day DL with what Nats officials say is a left oblique strain.

Perhaps not coincidentally, an MRI was performed on Ryan Zimmerman’s ailing right shoulder after being removed from last night’s 6-2 loss to Atlanta. Given that Zimmerman is the primary backup to 1B Adam LaRoche, the timing of this move allows Moore to assume that role should Zimmerman require a trip to the DL. Until 2012, 1B was the only position Moore played defensively.

A corresponding move by the Syracuse Chiefs has not yet been announced. Via Twitter, Syracuse media officials announced that the Chiefs would play with 24 players in today’s scheduled doubleheader. Both Syracuse (RI) and Harrisburg (CT) will be traveling to New England for a three-game series from Monday to Wednesday. Potomac is idle on Monday, while Hagerstown remains at home.

Thus, it’s possible for a series of moves to be made following this afternoon’s games to backfill Moore’s spot (and any others should Zimmerman be placed on the DL as well). A similar shuffle occurred last April after an injury to Eury Perez.

Aug 022013
 

Moving On Up for NPPThe Potomac Nationals announced today that OF Billy Burns has been promoted to Harrisburg. Taking his place on the P-Nats roster is OF Brandon Miller, who was also promoted from Hagerstown.

Burns becomes the ninth P-Nat to get the bump this season, but just the second position player. He’s currently riding a 24-game hit streak, which has been aided by a recent propensity to get hit by pitches as he’s twice left the game without an official at-bat, which is one of the exceptions of the hitting-streak rule (10.24b).

For the season, Burns is hitting .308/.417/.387 with 51 stolen bases and 68 runs scored, which is first and tied for second respectively in the Carolina League. Burns was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2011 First Year Player draft out of Mercer University (Georgia) and has played the past two seasons at Auburn and Hagerstown.

Most notably, Burns resumed switch-hitting last season after abandoning it in college, a rather odd decision for an undersized outfielder (listed very, very generously at 5’9″) whose primary weapon is his speed. In the past few weeks, he’s been spotted trying to reduce his reliance on small-ball in favor of turning gap hits into doubles and triples, which he’s obviously had some success doing (five 2B three 3B in July).

Brandon Miller will take his place in Woodbridge, but will presumably continue to play right field where he can leverage his throwing arm as some 14 Sally League runners have walked off the field when trying to take the extra base against the former catcher. Miller has led the Suns all year long in HRs (18), RBIs (72), and strikeouts (135), totals that currently place him tied for fourth, second and tied for second in the Sally League batting leaderboard.

Replacing Miller on the Suns roster is utilityman Wes Schill, who was activated from the Hagerstown DL (placed on it eight days ago). Likewise, Brian Goodwin, who had missed the previous three games with a “stomach ailment” per Dave Sottile of PennLive.com was placed on the 7-Day DL to make room for Burns in Harrisburg.

May 272013
 

Transactions for NPP 3Some serious gamesmanship by the Washington Nationals as they’ve gone to unusual measures to confuse the folks trying to read the tea leaves on tomorrow’s starter for the parent club. To wit, Nathan Karns, who is on the 40-man roster, was listed as the starter for Harrisburg Senators for today in yesteday’s media notes; today, it’s Caleb Clay, who was supposed to go to the bullpen with the promotion of Rob Gilliam.

Meanwhile, Chris Young, who is not on the 40-man roster, was lifted after one inning yesterday, though he was spanked like Ana Steele rocked for three runs on three hits, including his ninth home run allowed in seven starts. With Jeff Mandel and Tanner Roark used for four innings apiece, a pair of relievers were sent to Syracuse, which is not necessarily related, of course.

Here’s a rundown of the moves made thus far today (some previously reported)…

SYRACUSE
• LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington
• RHP Cole Kimball activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Michael Broadway reassigned from Harrisburg

HARRISBURG
• RHP Taylor Jordan reassigned from Syracuse
• IF Josh Johnson placed on the Temporary Inactive List (death in the family)

POTOMAC
• OF Billy Burns activated from 7-Day DL
• OF J.R. Higley transferred to Hagerstown

As of this writing, the rosters for Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Hagerstown are not full, thus there are myriad moves that can be made.
If any are made in the next 24 hours, this space will be updated.

May 212013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsThe Big Nats bullpen getting hammered like a Kennedy at an open bar the past two nights has forced the front office to dip into minors for help, creating a series of transactions. Here’s a recap plus a couple releases relayed via the latest BA transactions post

WASHINGTON
• RHP Yunesky Maya recalled from Syracuse
• LHP Fernando Abad selected, added to the 40-man roster

SYRACUSE
• OF Eury Perez optioned from Washington
• RHP Ryan Perry placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 19

HARRISBURG
• RHP Rob Gilliam reassigned from Potomac

POTOMAC
• RHP Rob Wort activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Harrisburg
• OF J.R. Higley promoted from Hagerstown
• RHP Cameron Selik reassigned from XST
• LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from XST

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Estarlin Martinez activated from 7-Day DL
• IF Wilmer Difo reassigned from Potomac
• IF Hunter Bailey reassigned to XST

AUBURN
• LHP Christian Meza reassigned from Potomac
• RHP Brian Dupra reassigned from Potomac

RELEASED
• RHP Adam Olbrychowski
• RHP Dean Weaver

LHP Sammy Solis is expected to make a rehab start tonight in Frederick, which will necessitate another move or two for Potomac. OF Billy Burns is eligible to come off the 7-Day DL tomorrow, so don’t be surprised if Higley’s stay is just a day (hey, that rhymes!) and/or if a starter is placed on the 3-day temporary list retroactively (e.g. Rob Gilliam) and replaced by Solis tomorrow or Thursday.

Ultimately, it’s probably a good bet that RHP Pat Lehman will recover from his Hellenic flu and replace whichever Syracuse pitcher ultimately stays in DC to replace the (broken) right-handed Ryan Mattheus. I’d also wager that somebody, somewhere will be disappointed that Erik Davis is probably not going to be that pitcher. Even Stevie Wonder can see that the moves of Maya and Abad are indication that the Nats are willing to risk losing one of them if a designation for assignment is needed.

If you sense any cynicism or hesitation, it’s because every year I learn something new about how the transaction rules can be exploited work. I believe the retroactive placement of Perry on the DL is a clue that perhaps the plan is merely to skip him for one start. Jeff Mandel, for example, has not pitched since last Friday and would be the favorite to replace Perry, who had been scheduled to start on Thursday.

As always, if/when the Nationals make corresponding moves, this page will be updated.

UPDATE: The Potomac Nationals have announced a series of eight transactions, six of which (in red) were not previously reported.

As expected, Sammy Solis was added to the roster. Less of a surprise: Rob Gilliam being sent back to Harrisburg (which will require a corresponding move). Brian Dupra and Christian Meza being sent to Auburn might just be a procedural move, but unfortunately, could be a clue that one or both might get released. In the short term, the additions of Rob Wort and Cameron Selik should help shore up the P-Nats’ biggest weakness — the bullpen — while allowing both men to get back up to speed (can we keep ‘em until the 1st half title is won?) in preparation for their return to AA.

May 042013
 

Transactions for NPP 3With the activation of 3B Ryan Zimmerman, IF Anthony Rendon has been optioned back to Harrisburg, setting off a chain of moves (some of which were previously reported in this morning News & Notes, but repeated here for the sake of clarity)…

SYRACUSE

  • OF Erik Komatsu promoted from Harrisburg
  • OF Jimmy Van Ostrand reassigned to Harrisburg
  • C Jeff Howell activated from Temporary Inactive List (TIL), reassigned to Harrisburg

HARRISBURG

  • C Kris Watts placed on the 7-Day DL
  • IF Anthony Rendon optioned from Washingtonn
  • IF Francisco Soriano reassigned to Potomac

POTOMAC

  • RHP Taylor placed on the TIL

The TIL maneuver was used several times last summer, typically with starters that had just pitched and would not be missed anyways. Compared to the “Hellenic Flu” that Kris Watts just caught, this is much more honest. Ultimately, I’m expecting another Potomac player to be removed from the roster and/or sent to XST.

As usual, we learn of releases via the weekly transaction post from BA, which saw the Nats setting loose 21-year-old Gregori Baez, who hit the wall with a 1-1 mark, a 9.64ERA and 2.25WHIP in 9⅓ innings over three starts for Auburn last summer.

Aug 072012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4;
Lost, 4-3
vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (9-8, 3.54) vs.
McHugh (1-3, 3.75)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Wang (1-2, 3.52) vs.
Heston (7-4, 2.39)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (1-0, 0.53) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-1, 4.42) vs.
Hope (1-3, 4.17)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Vasquez (2-6, 3.86) vs.
Villegas (4-2, 6.45)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-3 vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
Valdez (2-1, 6.27) vs.
Torrez (5-1, 1.04)

Syracuse 5 Buffalo 4 — GAME ONE
• Duke (W, 12-5) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, 2HR
• Pena (SV, 4) 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB, E
• Hoffpauir 1-3, 2B, RBI

A two-run 5th and a three-run 6th pushed Syracuse past Buffalo for a 5-4 win in game one. Zach Duke turned in a quality start, working around two solo shots and giving up three runs total on five hits and a walk while striking out eight to earn his I.L.-leading 12th win. Eury Perez singled twice and scored twice to lead the Chiefs offense.

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 3 — GAME TWO
• Arnesen (L, 2-3) 2IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Atkins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Perez 1-4, 2B, RBI (17-gm hit streak)
• Hoffpauir 1-2, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The tying run was left on third as the Chiefs rallied for three in the 7th but lost to the Bison in the nightcap, 4-3. Spot starter Erik Arnesen, who was working on just two days’ rest, tired in the second and gave up all four Buffalo runs. Eury Perez extended his hit streak to 17 games with an RBI double in the 7th. Roster moves: OF Jesus Valdez activated from the TIL, C Carlos Maldonado outrighted from Washington, LHP Atahualpa Severino designated for assignment.

HARRISBURG SENATORS — OFF DAY
After a 3-3 homestand, the Senators make a quick trip to the scenic (no, not really) confines of Richmond for three games against the Flying Squirrels before returning on Friday for a six-games-in-seven-days homestand against Binghamton and Akron.

POTOMAC NATIONALS — OFF DAY
Anthony Rendon is expected to play today when the Potomac Nationals open the second leg of their road trip with three games against Myrtle Beach. Roster move: C Jeff Howell transferred from Syracuse.

Lexington 3 Hagerstown 1
• Rauh (L, 1-2) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, 2WP
• Holt 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burns 2-3, BB, CS
• Nieto 1-2, R

After blowouts in the first two games, the series finale was a pitcher’s duel, but Lexington completed the sweep of Hagerstown, 3-1. The game featured five double plays and three outs at home plate, including two on double plays by the Suns. Brian Rauh took the loss with two runs allowed on two hits and two walks over six innings. Hagerstown outhit Lexington 5-4, with Billy Burns reaching base three times with two singles and a walk. Roster move: C Jeremy Mayo transferred from Syracuse and placed on the 7-Day DL. Again.

Brooklyn 3 Auburn 1
• Fischer (L, 1-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Boyden 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4
• McQuillan 1-4, R

Brooklyn completed its three-game sweep of Auburn with a 3-1 win, handing the Doubledays their first series sweep and three-game skid of the season. David Fischer gave up all three Cyclones runs, including a pair of solo shots in the fourth, on six hits and a walk while striking out three. Auburn loaded the bases with three straight singles to open up the game, then got just one run and two more hits the rest of the game. Shawn Pleffner, who had been activated from the DL just prior to the game, led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Cardinals 3
• Estevez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Hudgins (W, 3-3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Heredia (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Nix 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Lippincott 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Severino 2-4, 2B, RBI

With three strong innings from Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez, and a pair of two-run rallies, the G-Nats opened up a 4-0 lead and held off the G-Cards for a 5-3 win. Estevez struck out six and allowed two hits and a walk over three scoreless innings. Will Hudgins earned the win in relief while Inocencio Heredia got the last four outs for the save. Tony Nix led the offense with a 2-for-3 game, including a double, a stolen base, a run scored, and two runs driven in.

DSL Cubs2 6 DSL Nationals 3
• Ruiz 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sanchez (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Bautista 2-4, SB
• Aguero 1-3, R, 2SB

Raul Ruiz threw three scoreless innings in his D-Nats debut, but the DSL Cubs2 feasted on the first man out of the ‘pen for five runs in a 6-3 win. Ruiz gave up just a hit and struck out two. 17-y.o. Mario Sanchez was lit up for a three-run HR and five runs total in the 5th after pitching a scoreless 4th. 18-y.o. Raudy Read smacked his 8th HR, tied for second-best in the DSL, while 19-y.o. Rafael Bautista was the sole D-Nat to collect multiple hits with a pair of singles and a stole base, no. 36, which leads the DSL. Yesterday afternoon, the Nationals announced the signing of four International Free Agents. James Wagner of the Washington Post has the few details made available.

Jul 242012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (4-12, 5.47) vs.
Martis (0-0, 17.18)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (1-1,1.63) vs.
Jenkins (4-9, 5.26)
Potomac Lost, 5-0 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (5-9, 5.82) vs.
Martin (10-6, 3.28)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lakewood,
10:35 a.m.
Meza (5-1, 2.86) vs.
Stewart (4-8, 3.43)
Auburn Lost, 9-6;
Lost, 19-2
@ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Milroy (1-2, 5.57)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-2 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Hudgins (1-2, 2.16) vs.
Garcia (0-2, 4.79)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6
(13 inn.)
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (5-2, 2.98) vs.
Rosario (2-2, 2.70)

Norfolk 6 Syracuse 1
• Mandel (L, 1-3) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Atkins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rivero 2-3, R, 2B
• Tracy 1-3

Norfolk struck for five runs in the middle innings and cruised to a 6-1 win over Syracuse. Starter Jeff Mandel took the loss, touched for the five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two. Mitch Atkins threw two innings in relief two days after a start, which perhaps may indicate a shift to the bullpen or a rearrangement of the rotation. Carlos Rivero singled and doubled but the Chiefs could only muster four hits total. Roster moves: Jayson Werth, Chad Tracy assigned from Potomac (rehab), C James Skelton activated from DL, OF Corey Brown recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 5 New Hampshire 1
• Wang (W, 1-1) 6⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 3-4, 2R, BB, 3SB
• Hood 3-4, 2B, RBI

Facing the ninth-best offense in the ten-team Eastern League, Chien Ming-Wang tossed six and a 1/3rd shutout innings to get the win for Harrisburg, 5-1. Wang allowed two hits and walked none while striking out six. Jeff Kobernus and Destin Hood both went 3-for-4 for the Senators, with Kobernus swiping three bags to up his league-leading total to 38. Roster moves: RHP Chien-Ming Wang assigned from Potomac (rehab), RHP Kevin Pucetas activated from DL, RHP Rob Gilliam placed on the DL, retroactive to 7/20.Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow is reporting that former Rule 5 pick Brian Broderick has been signed as a FA and will be assigned to Harrisburg after a stint in Viera.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 0
• Ray (L, 3-7) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• Barrett 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• King 1-3, 2B
• Sanchez 1-4, 2B

Gus Schlosser proved his last outing was no fluke, leaving Potomac as flat as a mackerel for a 5-0 shutout. Robbie Ray took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Adrian Sanchez and Steven King both doubled to lead the offense, which was held to five hits total.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 4 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Bates (W, 5-3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Skole 3-5, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Ramsey 3-5, R, RBI
• Burns 2-4, BB, RBI, SB

Matt Skole came off the DL and picked up where he left off, homering in the 5th (#22) and hitting the RBI walkoff single in the 10th for a 5-4 Hagerstown win over Lakewood. Starter Blake Schwartz couldn’t keep two of his mistakes in the yard but had an otherwise decent outing of three runs allowed on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Greg Holt let up an unearned run but delivered the game to Colin Bates with two and 2/3rds of one-hit, one-walk pitching. Bates got the “W” with two scoreless innings in the 9th an 10th innings. Caleb Ramsey matched Skole’s 3-for-5 mark while Billy Burns went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base (#34), but the offense struggled otherwise with a 4-for-20 mark with RISP and 14 runners LOB. Roster moves: OF Angelberth Montilla promoted from Auburn, 1B Brett Newsome placed on the DL, presumably to make room for Skole.

Jamestown 9 Auburn 6 — GAME ONE (Comp.)
• Jordan (L, 0-1) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Medina 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Renda 2-4, 2R, BB
• Martinez 2-4, 2B
• Ramos 2-3, R, BB

Jamestown held its three-run lead at the start of this completion for a 9-6 win. Since-promoted Taylor Jordan took the loss with five runs given up in the first inning on five hits and a walk on July 3rd. Silvio Medina, the de facto starter, gave up three on five hits and no walks. Tony Renda, Estarlin Martinez, and Wander Ramos each had two hits while Wes Schill hit a grand slam in the 8th to keep the came close.

Jamestown 19 Auburn 2 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion (L, 2-1) 1+ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Smith ⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Lopez 1-2, R, 2B, BB

When a team gets just four hits, odds are it’s a bad night. When a backup catcher is the most effective pitcher, it’s a nightmare. The Jamestown Jammers spread 13 runs on the Auburn Doubledays in the second inning alone in a 19-2 stomp in the second game. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss with seven runs allowed on six hits and two walks, with no strikeouts and no home runs. Carlos Lopez reached base twice with a walk and a double and scored once to lead the offense.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 2
• Barrientos 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Mieses (L, 1-3) 6BF, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Rendon 1-1, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Eusebio 1-2
• Jennings 1-3

A grand slam in the 5th broke up a 2-2 tie as the G-Marlins scored seven unanswered runs for a 9-2 win. Adalberto Mieses coughed up the killshot, facing six batters without retiring any of them to take the loss. Joel Barrientos started and went the first four innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five. Anthony Rendon’s first professional HR accounted for both G-Nats runs as the team was held to three hits and four walks total. Roster move: C Cole Leonida assigned from Hagerstown (rehab).

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mets1 6 (13 inn.)
• De La Cruz ⅔ IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Valerio 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Chavez (W, 1-0) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Abreu 3-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Atencio 2-4, 2RBI

After coming back from deficits of 2-0 and 6-2, the D-Nats wasted numerous scoring chances before finally delivering the gamewinner in the last of the 13th for a 7-6 win. A walk, a hit batsman, a single, and another walk by Andres Martinez pushed across the deciding run. Starter Emmanuel De La Cruz faced just five batters, getting two out while giving up a walk and hitting a batter. Maximo Valerio was the first man out of the ‘pen and went the next five and a 1/3rd, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk. Four relievers followed, combining for seven shutout innings with Jose Chavez getting the win. They couldn’t steal first, but the D-Nats stole nine other bases (caught just once), inflating the denominator for the RISP figure of 4-for-27 with 21 LOB. Osvaldo Abreu led the hit column with a single and two doubles.

Jul 112012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac OFF DAY @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (4-6, 5.43) vs.
Pounders (1-2, 6.08)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 @ Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (4-4, 4.85) vs.
Lowell (3-4, 4.31)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (2-0, 0.55)
Guzman (0-0, 1.17)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Schwartz (0-2, 6.75) vs.
Fox (0-1, 8.53)
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1
(11 inn.)
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-4, 5.47) vs.
Guzman (1-2, 3.41)

SYRACUSE — ALL STAR BREAK
The Triple-A All Star game is tonight in Buffalo, NY with Corey Brown, Zach Duke, Jim Negrych, and Carlos Rivero representing Syracuse.

HARRISBURG — ALL STAR BREAK
The Double-A All Star game is tonight in Reading, PA with Jeff Kobernus, Hector Nelo, Eury Perez, Kevin Pucetas, Chris Rahl, Danny Rosenbaum representing Harrisburg.

POTOMAC — OFF DAY
After the first off day of the second half, Potomac takes to the road for a four-game set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 7
• McKenzie 4⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 5BB, K
• Meza (W, 5-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 15) ⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB
• Miller 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Dykstra 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3BB, 2RBI, SB(25)

The disturbing pattern of the bats building a big lead and bullpen giving it away continues for the Hagerstown Suns in a 9-7 escape from Greensboro. The Suns led this one 9-1 after 6½ innings before allowing three runs to the Grasshoppers in both the 8th and 9th innings. Christian Meza got the win with four outs in the middle innings, stranding the bases loaded in the 5th. Hagerstown pounded out 12 hits, led by Justin Miller’s 2-for-4 night with a double, walk, two runs scored, and three RBI. Starter Chris McKenzie went the first four and 2/3rds, giving up two hits and a run, but walking five while striking out one. Roster moves: 3B/DH Carlos Alvarez transferred from Auburn, 3B Matt Skole placed on the 7-Day DL.

AUBURN — OFF DAY
It’s first of three against the Aberdeen Ironbirds, the furthest point south on the New York-Penn League circuit. Roster moves: UT Mike McQuillan promoted from GCL Nationals, IF Carlos Lopez activated from DL, LHP Jack McGeary assigned from GCL

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Cardinals 1
• Mieses (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dicharry (SV, 2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Nieto 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 0-1, 3BB

With five scoreless frames from the start, strong relief, and a balanced offense, the G-Nats defeated the G-Cards, 3-1. Adalberto Miese allowed just three hits and struck out three, with no walks and no runs allowed to get the win. Eight of nine batters reached base safely, totaling seven hits and four walks, with Adrian Nieto connecting on a solo HR. Kevin DiCharry came on in the 9th to strand the tying runs and earn his second save.

DSL Giants 2 DSL Nationals 1 (11 inn.)
• J. Rodriguez 4⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K, HBP
• Benitez 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (L, 2-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• A. Martinez 1-4, R, HR, BB, RBI, 3K
• Bautista 1-2, 2BB, SB

The tailspin continues for the DSL Nationals as they fell 2-1 in 10 innings for their eighth straight loss. The three D-Nats pitchers combined for eight walks and 15 strikeouts, with Jefry Rodriguez giving up the first run on three hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds and Kelvin Rodriguez giving up the second on three hits and three walks over the final three frames. Andres Martinez’s solo HR in the bottom of the 6th accounted for the D-Nats scoring, as they left on seven and went 0-for-8 with RISP.

Jun 142012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF Day “@” Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.
Duke (6-3, 4.08) vs.
Warren (4-3, 3.89)
Harrisburg Won, 8-7;
Lost, 8-2
vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Pucetas (4-1, 1.26) vs.
De La Cruz (3-6, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 6-5;
Lost, 5-3
@ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (3-6, 5.16) vs.
Tepesch (5-3, 2.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3
(10 inn.)
@ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (6-4, 4.03) vs.
Rowland (2-1, 2.86)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-5 vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Santos (0-0, 2.25)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
No significant roster moves were made, nor have I been able to locate any updates on Yunesky Maya’s injury. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Mark Teahen can opt out of his minor-league deal if not called up by tomorrow.

Harrisburg 8 Erie 7 — GAME ONE
• Rosenbaum 4+IP, 8H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Frias (W, 3-3) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Valdez 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at HP
• Marrero 2-3, R, 2B

Chris Rahl’s RBI single in the 8th was a walkoff for an 8-7 Senators win in “extras” for the first game of the doubleheader. It made a winner out of Marcos Frias, who was the third reliever after starter Danny Rosenbaum was knocked out with no outs in the 5th. Rahl went 3-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases to lead the offense, while rehabbing Chris Marrero went 2-for-3 with a double.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 2 — GAME TWO
• Ballard (L, 1-5) 1+IP, 6H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Tatusko 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Kobernus 2-3, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Van Ostrand 2-3, R, HR, RBI

A pair of four-run innings in the first two innings put this one away early as the Senators lost the nightcap, 8-2. Mike Ballard was torched for eight runs on six hits and two walks to take the loss. Jeff Kobernus and Jimmy Van Ostrand both went 2-for-3 with a HR, accounting for both runs and four of the six Senator hits. Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News is reporting Eury Perez is likely headed to the DL with an oblique injury.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 5 (Comp.)
• Olbrychowski 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Applebee 3IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, K, HR
• McCatty (L, 1-1) 2IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Walters 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Freitas 1-3, R, RBI

Winston Salem scored in every inning but one after play resumed in the 4th, the last being the killshot off losing pitcher Shane McCatty to break a 5-5 tie for a 6-5 win in the completion of Tuesday night’s game. Zach Walters singled and tripled to lead the hit column as the P-Nats managed to score five runs on just eight hits.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3 — GAME TWO
• Ray (L, 3-3) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Barthmaier 1IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Bloxom 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ramirez 2-3

One bad inning out of five was enough to hand Robbie Ray the “L,” as the Winston-Salem Dash eliminated the Potomac Nationals from the first-half title race with a 5-3 win in seven innings. Ray gave up four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Justin Bloxom connected for his league-leading 12th HR while J.P. Ramirez singled twice to lead the hit column.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 3 (10 inn.)
• Turnbull 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K
• Barrett ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, K
• Dykstra 2-5, 2B
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

After rallying for two runs to tie it a 3-3 in the last of the 9th, the Suns couldn’t stand their good fortune and returned the favor, coughing up two in the 10th to lose, 5-3. Kylin Turnbull pitched into the 7th for the first time, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four. Hagerstown was held to just five hits, with Cutter Dykstra and Jason Martinson combining for three of them. The loss dropped the Suns back to 2½ games behind Greensboro with four to play. In what should be presumed to be a procedural move, LHP Matt Purke has been placed on the 7-Day DL.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Pirates2 5
• Moscat 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (SV, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Novas 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI
• T. Alvarez 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Read 2-5, 2B, RBI

Thomas Alvarez’s HR in the bottom of the 6th broke a 5-5 tie as the D-Nats would go on to win this one, 7-5. Felix Moscat made his first start of the campaign, giving up two runs on two hits and four walks over three innings. Jonathan Aquino picked up the win in relief with one and 1/3rd scoreless innings while Kelvin Rodriguez posted goose eggs in the 8th and 9th innings for the save. Randy Novas went 2-for-5 with four RBI, including a three-run HR, to lead the D-Nats’ 10-hit attack.

May 282012
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-1 @ Louisville,
4:05 p.m.
Atkins (4-3, 3.07) vs.
Obispo (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 vs. Reading,
6:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (6-0, 0.99) vs.
Buchanan (1-5, 4.73)
Potomac Lost, 6-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Ray (1-1, 8.15) vs.
Buckel (3-2, 1.33)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Meyer (2-3, 4.36) vs.
Lowell (3-1, 3.83)

Columbus 9 Syracuse 1
• Roark (L, 3-6) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 9R, 9ER, 6BB, 4K, HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Teahen 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Rivero 1-4, 2B

A five-run 3rd followed by a four-run 4th left little doubt that Columbus would win, 9-1, completing the three-game sweep. Tanner Roark’s scoreless inning streak was stopped at 16 full innings as the Clippers took advantage of the six walks he issued and connected for a three-run shot in the 3rd. The Chiefs managed just six hits, with Mark Teahen doubling twice and driving in the sole Syracuse run. The Chiefs head back out on the road four an eight-game stretch against Louisville and Indianapolis. Roster Moves: OF J.R. Higley was activated from the Potomac disabled list and assigned to Syracuse and got the start in CF (0-for-3), with RHP Rafael Martin assigned to the Temporary Inactive List. Corey Brown has reportedly been flown down to Miami to be activated if the Big Nats need him to replace Chad Tracy, who was hurt on Saturday afternoon. DC backstop Jesus Flores was lifted in the 7th inning last night in Atlanta with a hamstring injury but is not as likely to go on the DL, which means the Chiefs will probably continue to carry three catchers.

Harrisburg 6 Reading 5
• Mandel 6⅓ IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 7K
• Frias (W, 2-3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Nelo (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Valdez 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI
• Seabury 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• OF assists: Perez, HP; Rahl, 2B

Jesus Valdez and Beau Seabury combined for three HRs and six RBI as Harrisburg rallied from a 5-2 deficit for a 6-5 win over Reading. Starter Jeff Mandel was left in for for one batter too many, leaving in the 7th after a three-run triple, the 10th hit he gave up over six and a 1/3rd innings. Pat McCoy was able to strand the runner at third by striking out the first batter he faced and inducing a flyball to end the inning. Marcos Frias and Hector Nelo both flirted with disaster (two hits, a walk) but laid goose eggs for the win and save respectively.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 1
• Olbrychowski 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 5BB, 5K
• Testa ⅓ IP, 0H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HBP, 2-1 IR-S
• Wort 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-3 IR-S
• Kelso 1-4, RBI
• Sanchez 1-3, R, 2B

The wheels came off in the 7th inning in Lynchburg as three relievers gave up five runs on four hits and two hit batsmen, turning a 1-1 pitcher’s duel into a 6-1 loss for Potomac, its 18th in 24 road games. Bobby Hansen Jr. was officially charged with the loss, but Joe Testa hitting two of three batters faced certainly didn’t help nor did an offensive output of just six hits and one walk. The P-Nats return home for four games against Myrtle Beach before a fourth series against the Hillcats this weekend (as previously reported, this year the Carolina League schedule is unbalanced on a per-half basis, with just six games against Wilmington and Carolina in the first half, 14 against the Pelicans, 12 vs. Lynchburg, and 11 vs. both the Dash and the Keys; only Salem is the “usual” 10 games per half — something that might affect the second-half playoff races, should the P-Nats mount their usual charge).

Hagerstown 7 Lakewood 6
• Dupra (W, 3-4) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Meza (H, 2) 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Barrett (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, 2B, SB
• Souza 3-5, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

A four-run fifth powered the Suns past the BlueClaws for a 7-6 win and a 5-1 series smackdown. Brian Dupra hasn’t shook the homer bug, giving up two — nos. 6 and 7, all given up in his last three starts — but got the win. Hagerstown pounded out twelve hits with Cutter Dykstra, Steve Souza and Brian Goodwin combining for eight of them while Matt Skole drew three more walk to push his league-leading total to 47 in 48 games. The Suns continue their road trip with a 500+ mile bus ride last night to Greensboro for a three-game series. Auburn shuffle: Prior to the game, RHP Brian Dupra was assigned from the Doubledays to the Suns, switching places with RHP Jason Smith