Jul 172015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-0 vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-4, 4.92) vs.
Jenkins (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 (11 inn.) @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (2-1, 4.57) vs.
O’Brien (1-1, 4.38)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (3-4, 2.76) vs.
Torrez (6-5, 3.65)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Morales (0-1, 15.00) vs.
Almonte (6-4, 4.40)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Robinson (0-2, 3.86)


Syracuse 2 Gwinnett 0
• Ross (W, 3-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Valverde (SV, 9) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Four Syracuse pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Gwinnett by a 2-0 score. Joe Ross went the first five, letting up two hits, no walks, and striking out three. Matt Grace and Rafael Martin both earned holds while Jose Valverde struck out two in the 9th for his ninth save. Trea Turner singled twice while Kevin Keyes doubled and walked to lead the Chiefs six-hit, three-walk offense.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Harrisburg; SS Trea Turner activated from 3-Day TIL; RHP Evan Meek placed on 3-Day TIL; C Steven Lerud activated from 7-Day DL; C Zach Wright placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 14.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 1 (11 inn.)
• Bleier 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Runion 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (W, 4-4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, BB, RBI
• Lozada 2-5

The Senators scored three times in the 11th to break a 1-1 deadlock and defeat the BaySox, 4-1. Richard Bleier started and threw seven innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits, two walks, and striking out two. Sam Runion turned in two scoreless, as did Abel De Los Santos, who got the win, his fourth. Jose Lozada singled twice while Brian Goodwin singled and walked as Harrisburg was held to just nine hits over 11 innings.
Roster move: IF Adrian Sanchez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Reegie Corona assigned from Washington (purchased from Long Island Ducks).

Myrtle Beach 1 Potomac 0
• A. Williams (L, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Thomas 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ward 2-3, 2B
• Martinez 1-3

Myrtle Beach’s Jonathan Martinez outdueled Austen Williams for a 1-0 victory over Potomac. Williams allowed the lone, unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out three over five innings. Justin Thomas (3IP) and Tyler Mapes (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings to keep it close, but the offense was stifled — limited to just five hits, one of which came from rehabbing Jayson Werth. Drew Ward was the sole batter to reach base twice, singling in the 4th and doubling in the 7th.
Roster move: OF Jayson Werth assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 0
• Bach (W, 3-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Orlan 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davidson 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Carey 2-5, 3RBI

Like the Chiefs, four Suns pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout last night, but the bats were busier for a 5-0 win over the Power. Connor Bach walked four but only gave up two hits over six innings for his third win. R.C. Orlan, Koda Glover, and Jake Walsh each put up a goose egg in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. Lineup bookends D.K. Carey and Austin Davidson combined for four hits and four RBI as Hagerstown scored five times on eight hits and three walks with just five men left on.
Roster move: C Jake Mayers placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Wilman Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL.

Mahoning Valley 4 Auburn 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 1-3) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Pirro 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Stevenson 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Lora 1-3

Mahoning Valley rallied for four in the 6th to take a 4-2 lead and held off Auburn for a 4-3 win. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss, charged with all four runs on eight hits and two walks while setting six down on strikes. The Doubledays could only answer with one in the 7th as Max Schrock led off with a triple and scored on a one-out groundout, then went in order in the 8th and 9th innings. Andrew Stevenson led the Auburn attack with a single, walk, and a stolen base. He also scored a run and drove in a run.

Jul 102015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 vs. Rochester,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and Hill (3-3, 4.68) vs.
Rogers (7-5, 3.04) and TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (AA debut) vs.
Turley (8-5, 2.75)
Potomac Won, 3-2;
Won, 4-2
@ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (A+ Debut) vs.
Dykstra (3-6, 3.95)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (2-1, 3.21) vs.
Long (2-3, 4.50)
Auburn Postponed @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-2, 7.07) vs.
Holloway (1-1, 3.18)


Syracuse 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• Billings (W, 5-3) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Martin (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Valverde (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 4-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Keyes 2-5, R, 2B
• Gwynn 1-3, R, BB, 3RBI

The Chiefs scored in three of the first five innings to take the series finale vs. the RailRiders, 5-2. Bruce Billings earned his fifth win with five innings of two-run ball, giving up seven hits, two walks, and fanning three. Rafael Martin and Paul Demny combined for three scoreless innings of relief before Jose Valverde came on to lock down the 9th with his seventh save. Tony Gwynn Jr. drove in three while Caleb Ramsey notched his second four-hit game in less than a week to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: C Craig Manuel reassigned from Potomac.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Spann (L, 2-1) 6IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Davis 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Skole 1-2, BB
• Vettleson 1-4, RBI

A four-run 2nd was too much for Harrisburg to overcome as they dropped the series finale to Richmond, 5-1. Matt Spann was charged with those four runs gutted out six innings while losing his first AA game. He finished with 11 hits allowed, one walk, and struck out five.
Erik Davis closed out the game with one run let in over two innings. The Senators were limited to just five hits, with Matt Skole the only batter to reach base twice.
Roster moves: RHP Colin Bates placed on the three-day TIL; IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Valdez 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Kieboom 1-2, R, BB
• Wooten 2-3, R, RBI

Potomac rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to walk off with a 3-2 win in the opener. Phillips Valdez started and went the first five innings, letting in both Lynchburg runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Brian Dupra got the win in relief with two scoreless frames. Khayyan Norfork’s two-out single was the gamewinner as the P-Nats got three of their six hits in their final turn at the plate.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2 — GAME TWO
• Simms (W, 5-5) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 1K
• Mesa 3-4, 2B
• DeBruin 2-2, RBI

Potomac didn’t wait until the 7th to get the decisive three-spot, which they put up in the 5th in Game Two to snap a 1-1 tie. They held off a late charge from Lynchburg to complete the doubleheader sweep, 4-2. John Simms went the distance, allowing both Hillcats runs on five hits with one walk and one whiff over seven innings. Narciso Mesa singled twice and doubled once to go 3-for-4 and lead the P-Nats attack.
Roster moves: C Matt Reistetter, IF Cody Dent reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 10 Delmarva 8
• M. Sanchez 2IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Cooper (W, 2-2) 2+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Napoli (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Carey 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2BB, 2RBI, CS
• Page 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2B, 2HR, 2RBI

The Suns scored nine runs over 5th, 6th, and 7th innings to dig themselves out of a 6-1 hole and take a 10-6 lead. The Shorebirds rallied for two in the 9th but fell, 10-8. Mario Sanchez started but was sent packing after two innings, dinged for five runs on four hits, including a three-run HR in his second and final inning. Andrew Cooper got the win in relief while David Napoli stranded a runner in the 9th and shut the door for his fourth save. D.K. Carey, Matthew Page, and Raudy Ready each had two hits and two RBI for Hagerstown.
Roster moves: OF Matthew Page promoted from Auburn.

Auburn vs. Batavia — PPD
Rain postponed the middle game of the away-home-away series between the Doubledays and Muckdogs. They’ll make it up next month when Batavia visits the weekend before the NYPL All-Star break.

Jun 292015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-4, 4.60) vs.
Sampson (1-1, 5.79)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2;
Won, 4-3
vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (1-0, 3.25) vs.
Kuhl (5-3, 3.18)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Carolina,
7:05
Simms (3-5, 3.79) vs.
Povse (A+ debut)
Hagerstown Won, 11-8 (12 inn.) @ Delmarva,
4:30 p.m.
A. Williams (6-2, 2.35) and
M. Sanchez (4-2, 2.93) vs.
B. Gonzalez (4-4, 4.81) and
Long (2-2, 3.26)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 (6 inn.) vs. Brooklyn,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (0­‐0, 9.00) vs.
Blackham (1-­0, 0.00)


Indianapolis 5 Syracuse 1
• Hill 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Fornataro (L, 0-4) 1+ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, 2B

The Indians broke through for three in the 7th to turn a 2-1 nailbiter into a solid 5-1 win over the Chiefs. Taylor Hill went five innings in his no-decision, allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four. The loss went Eric Fornataro, who was charged with the last four Indianapolis runs on three hits and a walk over one-plus innings. Syracuse avoided the shutout on Jason Martinson’s first-inning HR as they collected just three hits total.
Roster moves: OF Tony Gwynn Jr. placed on three-day TIL; OF Wilman Rodriguez reassigned from Hagerstown.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 — GAME ONE
• Bates 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Runion (W, 1-0) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Solis (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2B, RBI

Back-to-back RBI doubles in the 6th turned a 2-1 deficit into the eventual winning score of 3-2 for Harrisburg in the opener. Colin Bates started and went the first five, giving up a run on a homer and three hits total with one walk and five K’s. Sam Runion got the win despite giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the 6th. Sammy Solis set down the side in order in the 7th for the save, his second.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 3 — GAME TWO
• Simmons 4IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (W, 3-4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bostick 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Skole 0-1, 2BB

Newcomer Isaac Ballou’s RBI single in the 6th broke a 3-3 tie as the Sens completed the doubleheader sweep with a 4-3 win over Altoona. James Simmons started and gave up all three Altoona runs on six hits with no walks while striking out two. The win went to Abel De Los Santos, who held the Curve scoreless for two innings.
Roster moves: IF Wilmer Difo optioned from Washington, OF Isaac Ballou reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 3 Carolina 1
• Valdez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Suero (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Lee (SV, 9) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Mesa 2-4, R, SB(10)
• Kieboom 2-4

Potomac broke a 1-1 tie with two in the 6th and held on for 3-1 win over Carolina. Phillips Valdez got his second win with a quality start of one run on four hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out six. Wander Suero followed with two scoreless to earn the hold while Nick Lee closed out the 9th for his ninth save. Every P-Nats batter hit safely with Narciso Mesa and Spencer Kieboom both going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: C Addlering Ruiz reassigned from Auburn.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 8 (12 inn.)
• Reyes 3⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 3K
• Walsh (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perez (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Gardner 3-6, 3R, 2B, RBI
• DeBruin 3-6, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Keller 3-7, R, RBI

Matt Reistetter’s two-out, three-run HR in the 9th forced extras where the Suns rallied again for three in the 12th to take this one, 11-8. The Suns trailed 5-1 and 8-3 before the two three-run rallies. Luis Reyes started but was knocked around for five runs on five hits and five walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. Jake Walsh got the win in relief while Kevin Perez worked around a one-out double in the 12th for the save. Jeff Gardner, Grant DeBruin, and Alec Keller each had three hits as the Suns piled up 16 in the comeback win.

Brooklyn 6 Auburn 5
• Fedde 4IP, 6H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Crownover (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Reetz 2-2, 2RBI
• Sagdal 2-2, 2B

The Cyclones struck for four in the 3rd and two in the 5th and got the benefit of the rain as they were winners by 6-5 when the game got called in the top of the 6th. Erick Fedde started and gave up four unearned runs on six hits over four innings. The loss went to Matthew Crownover, who allowed a two-run HR with two out in the 5th. Jakson Reetz and Ian Sagdal both went 2-for-2 to lead the Doubledays nine-hit offense.
Roster moves: C Erik Vanmeetren assigned from Washington.

Aug 042014
 

Ripple
With the promotion of Steve Souza from Syracuse to Washington to replace an allegedly injured Nate McLouth, also comes the promotion of CF Michael Taylor from Harrisburg to take Souza’s place on the Syracuse roster.

Now, obviously it’s possible that both moves could be reversed in two weeks when McLouth is eligible to be activated, but it seems awfully convenient coincidental that the Nats waited until after the non-waiver trade deadline to make any of these moves. Washington GM Mike Rizzo is as brilliant as he is stubborn, and we could very well be seeing both traits on display here.

It’s been a topic of debate in the comments as to where Brian Goodwin is and/or what has happened to him. Officially, he’s on the DL (and without explanation), which, to remind the newcomers here, does not necessarily mean that a player is injured. But common sense — a misnomer, as Mark Twain once said because it’s so rarely found — does suggest that Goodwin is indeed hurt. It’s one thing to stash a guy for a week, but as of today it’s been a month.

Thus, the rumor that Goodwin has suffered a separated shoulder (via the comments) doesn’t seem all that implausible. Of course, that is the function of rumor — to fill in the gaps of knowledge when there is no official information. But if it’s true — and there is precedent in the example of Matt Purke, who went missing in the summer of 2012 only to be revealed during the 2012-13 offseason that he had undergone shoulder surgery — then we may be seeing an injury allow one prospect to leapfrog another again, just as we did with Tyler Moore and Chris Marrero.

The Senators and Chiefs also announced the following moves…
• RHP Josh Roenicke released
• RHP Scott McGregor reassigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse
• IF Ricky Hague and RHP Sam Runion activated from the 7-Day DL

It’s possible that Roenicke’s release was at his request; at the time he was signed he reportedly had a June 15 opt-out clause. Though it seems more likely that he was released outright with a two in-season FAs backfilling the gaps.

As always, if there are further moves related to this story, look for this space to be updated.

Jun 162014
 

Shuffling The Deck
Posting from the road office in Nashville, Tennessee… The shuffling of rosters at the Class-A All-Star Breaks has begun, though it’s up and down the ladder:

SYRACUSE
• LHP Matt Grace reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Rafael Martin reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Ryan Mattheus, OF Destin Hood placed on 7-Day DL (Hood retroactive to 6/15)
• IF Jose Lozada activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Ryan Tatusko placed on 3-Day TIL

POTOMAC
• RHP Austin Voth promoted from Hagerstown

AUBURN
• RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from Hagerstown
• LHPs Cory Bafidis, David Napoli reassigned from Hagerstown

In a season chock-full of needs-based moves, it’s hard to tell how many of these moves are permanent. Best guess: Voth stays in High-A where pitching is needed while at least two of the Harrisburg-to-Syracuse moves will be undone a la Brian Dupra last week. Likewise, I’d posit that at least one of the Hagerstown-to-Auburn moves will be reversed as this appears that the Nationals want these guys available and/or working with coaches.

UPDATE: One move that is permanent is that of Ryan Tatusko, who I can confirm has been sold to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball League as noted in the comments. He will rejoin former teammate and former Nationals farmhand Caleb Clay (H/T Geoff Morrow, Mick Reinhard).

May 162014
 

Transactions for NPP 3
Another day, another series of transactions. Here’s the rundown…

SYRACUSE
• OF Eury Perez recalled to Washington, placed on 60-Day DL
• C Sandy Leon optioned from Washington
• RHP Christian Garcia activated from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• RHP Omar Poveda demoted from Syracuse

POTOMAC
• RHP Blake Schwartz demoted from Harrisburg

HAGERSTOWN
• LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Harrisburg
• LHP Justin Thomas reassigned to XST (Auburn)

The Eury Perez move is a means to an end to get Greg Dobbs onto the 40-man roster, as has been reported ad infinitum (and whole lot of other places, too, Skipper). I suspect a few more moves may be coming, as it seems odd to have three catchers and three outfielders on the Chiefs roster.

The demotions of Poveda and Schwartz are being judged as such because of the poor performances thus far. Schwartz’s turn to pitch is not until Sunday and yesterday’s rainout coupled with an off day on Monday means Potomac is not hurting for starting pitchers just yet. The continuation game on Tuesday and doubleheader on Wednesday are another matter, but the timing doesn’t seem to sync, especially if the brass decide to move Sammy Solis from the Suns to the P-Nats in time for his next scheduled turn on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Another move from Potomac is forthcoming, but has yet to be announced. Most likely: a pitcher (there are 14 active as of this writing) being placed on the DL with a strained rosteruem (pronounce it phonetically ;-).

As always, if/when that news comes, this space will be updated.

May 042014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 14-3 vs. Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Hill (2-1, 2.35) vs.
Hardy (1-1, 5.65)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0 @ Reading,
5:05 p.m.
Rivero (1-4, 5.06) vs.
Biddle (2-3, 3.62)
Potomac Lost, 9-5 @ Winston-Salem,
2:00 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Wendelken (3-1, 3.81)
Hagerstown Won, 7-1 vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-0, 2.95) vs.
Reed (0-1, 135.00)


Syracuse 14 Toledo 3
• Treinen 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Laffey (W, 3-0) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Komatsu 3-5, R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Goodwin, 2-3, 4R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Hood 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI

Like a Florida municipal ledger, the official scorebook was filled with crooked numbers as the Chiefs plucked the ‘Hens, 14-3. Blake Treinen started but was scheduled for just one inning as the Nationals continue playing Patriot games with the rotation. Aaron Laffey got the win in the laugher with seven innings of six-hit, two-run relief though he walked four and struck out two. Every Syracuse batter reached base, thanks to ten walks issued by Toledo pitchers and 12 hits racked up by the Chiefs lineup, with Erik Komatsu getting the benefit of “the reverse GBI curse” with a 3-for-5 game with a walk, a homer, and three RBI. As tweeted and mentioned in the comments yesterday, Taylor Jordan is not listed among the probables for the next four games (though May 7), which is consistent with the current vacillation between Wednesday or Friday for Doug Fister’s return to DC.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 0
• Schwartz (L, 0-5) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Bates 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Taylor 2-2
• Bloxom 1-4, 2B

A 38-minute rain delay in the 5th interrupted what had been a strong start by Harrisburg’s Blake Schwartz, who had given up a run on inside-the-park job when Michael Taylor slipped and fell on the warning track in the 3rd. When play resumed, Reading lit up the Senator starter for three more runs and stung Colin Bates for one run in the 5-0 shutout. Does it get worse? Of course it gets worse. Taylor, who had been 2-for-2, left the game in the 5th with a possible leg injury, as Harrisburg radio guy Terry Byrom noted Taylor flexing his left knee after the play (H/T Dave Sottile of the Patriot-Times). Justin Bloxom was the only other Sens batter to hit safely, connecting on a 7th inning double.

Winston-Salem 9 Potomac 5
• Mooneyham (L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, HBP, E
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• S. Perez 2-3, 3B, BB, RBI, SB
• J. Miller 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Brett Mooneyham’s inability to throw strikes that don’t become hits resurfaced last night as Winston-Salem pummeled the 24-y.o. southpaw for seven runs on five hits over just an inning and a 1/3rd en route to a 9-5 win over Potomac. Mooneyham walked “only” three, but two of those came with the bases loaded. He also hit a batter. Offensively, five of the P-Nats’ nine hits went for extra bases, including triples by Stephen Perez and Randolph Oduber, who led the RBI column with two. Perez and Justin Miller both went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Potomac hit parade.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 1
• Pivetta (W, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Cooper (H, 2) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB, CS
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 3B
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown hammered away at Lexington for scores in five of the first six innings in a 7-1 victory. Nick Pivetta won his team-best fourth game with five scoreless innings, giving up a walk and three hits while fanning six. The underage Drew Ward was the “beer man” as the only Sun without hit on the night, ending his 10-game hit streak but drawing a walk to maintain his 12-game on-base streak. Isaac Ballou singled, doubled, scored once, walked twice, and drove in two from the leadoff spot to pace the 13-hit, four-walk attack.

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.