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

May 262012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-6 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (3-4, 2.57) vs.
Kluber (3-4, 4.67)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (3-2, 4.03) vs.
Naylor (3-1, 5.75)
Potomac Won, 11-8 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (3-2, 4.57) vs.
Schlosser (5-2, 3.95)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Karns (1-0, 2.59) and
Jason Smith (A- debut) vs.
Martinez (3-2, 6.15)
and TBD

Columbus 9 Syracuse 6
• Lannan (L, 3-5) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• VanAllen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Carroll 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Brown 2-5, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Solano 2-5, R

Corey Brown homered for the fifth straight game to set a franchise record, but the Chiefs lost, 9-6. Brown also tripled and drove in two while teammate Brett Carroll smacked a double and home run and sent in three. John Lannan also had two home runs, but they came off his arm, not his bat, as the beleaguered lefty was charged with five runs on seven hits and no walks over five innings. It was his fifth loss and the eighth longball surrendered, five coming in his last two starts. Syracuse pounded out 11 hits but somehow scored six times despite going 1-for-12 with RISP.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 1
• Ballard (L, 1-4) 8IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 3HR; 3 sac hits
• Nelo 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Seabury 3-4

The longball also told the story roughly 260 miles down I-81 from Syracuse as the R-Phils went deep three times in a 3-1 win over the Harrisburg Senators. Mike Ballard took the loss despite pitching eight innings with eight hits (three homers, five singles) and a walk allowed; his longest outing of the year. He also followed each of Beau Seabury’s three singles with a sacrifice bunt, but all three times Seabury was stranded. The Sens had 10 hits and 10 men left on base, the lone run coming on (you guessed it) a home run by Jose Lozada.

Potomac 11 Lynchburg 8
• Holder 3⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, K
• Holland (W, 3-1) 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Selik (SV, 6) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Taylor 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Keyes 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-5, 2RBI

Potomac broke a six-game road losing streak with an 11-8 win in Lynchburg. Scoring first has been a bellwether for Potomac (13-6 this season), but on the road lately, scoring at all has been a rarity (13 runs in the 10 games prior). A five-run first followed by single runs in the 2nd and 3rd helped Potomac build a 7-0 lead before the Hillcats scratched back with three runs in the 4th and a single run in the 5th. The P-Nats answered with a four-run rally in the 6th, which Lynchburg matched. Neil Holland and Cameron Selik put a stop to any thoughts of blowing the 7-0 lead, combining for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief to earn the win and save, respectively.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2
• Turnbull (W, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Holt (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Lucas (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP, 2-1 IR-S
• Nieto 1-2, 2RBI, 2BB
• Souza 2-4, 2R
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, BB

Kylin Turnbull turned in his best start of the season and the bullpen held up as the Suns put the pinch on the BlueClaws, 4-2 for their third straight win. The 22-y.o. lefty allowed just a single run on five hits and no walks while setting down six on strikes. Three of the four Suns runs were driven in without a base hit, with Adrian Nieto turning the trick twice on groundout in the 3rd and bases-loaded walk in the 8th. Steve Souza and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-4 to lead the Suns eight-hit attack. Roster moves: RHP Pedro Encarnacion was assigned to “Auburn” to make room for RHP Jason Smith, who was activated from the GCL Nationals roster to pitch the second game of the doubleheader tonight.

May 222012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Toledo,
10:30 a.m.
Atkins (3-3, 3.55) vs.
Oliver (3-2, 3.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-0, 0.62) vs.
Irwin (0-1, 4.76)
Potomac Lost, 7-0 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Ray (1-1, 11.25) vs.
Ventura (2-3, 2.97))
Hagerstown Losing, 1-0
(Susp., Top 2)
vs. Greensboro,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Toledo 1
• Roark (W, 3-5) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pena (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Hoffpauir 1-3, SF, RBI

Tanner Roark returned to the starting rotation and extended his scoreless inning streak to 14 with five more in a 3-1 Syracuse win over Toledo. The 25-y.o. allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out four. For the second straight game, Corey Brown led off the game with a HR, and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Syracuse offense, which struggled otherwise (1-for-10 with RISP, 10 LOB). Hassan Pena was the last of four relievers to follow Roark, pitching around a two-out IF hit to earn his first save of the season.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 2
• Mandel (L, 4-3) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Pucetas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perez 2-4, BB, RBI
• Lozada 3-4, R, 3B

The Sens out hit the Curve 8-5 but lost the game 4-2. Altoona committed two errors to Harrisburg’s one, but two runs scored on the Senator error, a bases-loaded, one-out grounder that went through Manny Mayorson’s legs. The Sens were DOA with RISP, going just 1-for-7 with 9 runners left on. Jose Lozada and Eury Perez combined for five of the eight hits. Starter Jeff Mandel took the loss despite a quality start of three runs allowed (two earned) on four hits and three walks.

Wilmington 7 Potomac 0
• Swynenberg (L, 3-2) 4⅓ IP 9H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 6K
• Hansen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 1-2, 2B, BB
• Hague 1-4

Wilmington’s Greg Billo and Leondy Perez combined on a two-hit shutout of Potomac by a 7-0 count. Starter Matt Swynenberg took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk. Ricky Hague’s single in the 1st and Michael Taylor’s double in the 2nd were the two Potomac hits. Taylor’s walk in the 5th was the third and final P-Nat baserunner. Roster moves… OF J.P. Ramirez was assigned from Hagerstown, while OF Wade Moore was assigned to Extended Spring Training. RHP Adam Olbrychowski was activated from the DL while RHP Kyle Winters was released.

Greensboro 1 Hagerstown 0 — SUSP.
Rain halted play during the second inning last night, forcing a suspension of play. Play will resume tonight at 5:05 p.m. to complete the suspended game in nine innings, followed by second game of seven innings. RHP Brian Dupra was activated from the Temporary Inactive List, taking the place of Ramirez on the Suns’ 25-man roster.

May 202012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 @ Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Maya (3-4, 2.76) vs.
Crosby (4-2, 4.79)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Demny (2-2, 4.91) vs.
B. Bundy (2-6, 5.27)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
1:05 p.m.
Ryan Demmin (0-1, 4.67) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 9-1 vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (1-2, 5.27) vs.
D. Bundy (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 8 Toledo 5
• Wang (ND) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Wilkie (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Hoffpauir 3-5, 2R, 2RBI
• Bynum 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

A four-run 8th turned a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 lead as Syracuse defeated Toledo. Chien-Ming Wang, making what appears to be his final start before heading to DC, was touched for four runs on seven hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Atahualpa Severino, who stranded both runners he inherited from Wang but gave up the go-ahead Toledo run in the 7th, got the win while Pat Lehman and Josh Wilkie each turned in a scoreless inning for the hold and save, respectively. Jarrett Hoffpauir led the 10-hit Chiefs’ attack with a 3-for-5, 2RBI night.

Bowie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Ballard (L, 1-3) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Hood 2-4, R
• Rahl 1-4, RBI, SB

“Missed opportunities” were the two key words to describe the Sens’ 2-1 loss to the Baysox. Harrisburg went 0-for-10 with RISP and did not take full advantage of the four Bowie errors. Mike Ballard was the hard-luck loser, giving up both runs on a two-run shot in the 4th and just five hits total over seven innings with no walks and six K’s. Destin Hood had two of the five Harrisburg hits while Chris Rahl drove in the lone Senator run and stole a base.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5
• Holder 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Applebee 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Freitas 2-4, BB, 2RBI
• Taylor 2-5, RBI

Kevin Keyes’ sac fly in the 9th cashed in the last of several opportunities to win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 9 Hagerstown 1
• Hill (L, 3-3) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Encarnacion 3IP, 4IP, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, K, 2HR
• Dykstra 2-4
• Ramsey 1-2, R, BB, OF assist at HP

Pedro Encarnacion, assigned from the GCL Nationals on Friday night, got a rude welcome to the Sally League on Saturday night with a pair of HRs in the 7th as the Shorebirds eclipsed the Suns, 9-1. Starter Taylor Hill took the loss with four runs given up on nine hits and a walk over the first six innings. Cutter Dykstra was the sole Hagerstown batter to get multiple hits as the Suns were held to five hits and five walks and had their six-game win streak snapped. Brian Goodwin had an RBI double in his second game back from the disabled list. J.P. Ramirez went back and forth to “Auburn” as he was assigned to the SS-A roster on Friday to make room for Encarnacion and returned to the Low-A roster on Saturday with Chris Curran taking his place (but likely not leaving town, either).

May 182012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (4-1, 3.43) vs.
Slowey (2-3, 5.79)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0
(14 inn.)
vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1-3, 4.70) vs.
Clark (2-3, 4.12)
Potomac Won, 10-9 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (2-4, 6.14) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 13-11 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (2-3, 4.32) vs.
Rodriguez (1-0, 2.42)

Syracuse 6 Columbus 1
• Atkins (W, 3-3) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Roark 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Brown 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, CS
• Paul 2-4, R, RBI
• Negrych 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Jim Negrych’s two-run HR started the five-run 2nd off with a bang, as Syracuse downed Columbus, 6-1. Mitch Atkins evened his record with one run given up over five innings while Tanner Roark struck out five over three in his first relief outing. Corey Brown and Xavier Paul remain red-hot, combining for five of the eight Syracuse hits and both scoring a run.

Richmond 1 Harrisburg 0 (14 inn.)
• Rosenbaum (ND) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Pucetas 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Frias (L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 5BB, 0K, WP
• Valdez 2-6
• Kobernus 1-5, SB, SH

Richmond quite literally walked off as Marcos Frias issued four free passes (one intentional) in the bottom of the 14th to send Harrisburg to a 1-0 loss, snapping the Sens’ five-game win streak. Starter Danny Rosenbaum lowered his ERA to 0.62 with seven shutout innings, but the Flyinq Squirrels’ Chris Heston — the #2 man in the E.L. ERA race at 0.71 — matched him, then threw an 8th scoreless frame. Harrisburg managed just six hits, with Jesus Valdez the sole multihit Senator.

Potomac 10 Frederick 9
• Winters (ND) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Holland (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Taylor 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Bloxom 3-5, 3R, RBI

A win is a win, even when it’s ugly like it was Last Night In Woodbridge.
Prior to the game, LHP Bobby Hansen Jr. was activated from the DL, with RHP Wilson Eusebio moved to the temporary inactive list to make room on the 25-man roster.

Hagerstown 13 Delmarva 11
• Dupra 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, 3HR
• Holt (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Simko (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Ramsey 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Dykstra 3-5, 3R, HR, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-3, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI

After blowing leads of 7-4 and 9-8, Hagerstown put another four-spot on the board in the last of the 7th and fended off one last charge from Delmarva for a 13-11 win. Every Hagerstown batter reached base, eight drove in at least one run, and seven had a hit as the Suns piled up 14 hits total. Caleb Ramsey led the hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, while Cutter Dykstra and Jason Martinson both drove in three. Starter Brian Dupra was tagged for four runs on four hits, three of them over the fence. Greg Holt got the win in relief while Todd Simko notched the save. Byron Kerr is reporting that CF Brian Goodwin will be back in action tonight. No word on the corresponding roster move just yet, but look for Billy Burns (29G on-base streak) to shift to LF.

May 132012
 

The much ballyhooed depth of the Nationals’ catching will be put to the test as Harrisburg’s Sandy Leon gets the call to replace Wilson Ramos on the Washington roster.

Geography was apparently a factor in the decision, with the Harrisburg Senators in Akron Ohio, roughly four hours away by car from Cincinnati. Another factor: the undisclosed injury/illness of Jhonatan Solano, who remains on the DL since April 20. As reported last month, the Syracuse radio team referencing him feeling ill in one of the broadcasts.

Folks have pointed out that Solano’s last appearance was on April 16, a game in in which Solano was hit by a pitch in the 7th, however, he did not leave the game, ran the bases, and struck out in the next inning. There was no mention of his name in the timeframe in between April 16th and April 20th in either the Syracuse or Auburn newspapers that would either confirm or refute that remark.

How long Leon stays on the parent club is another question that remains open to debate and speculation. Defensively, there is little doubt that the 23-year-old Venezuelan is MLB-ready, but while the casual fan will note his hitting prowess this season (.319/.356/.457), this offensive outburst has been long time coming.

Yes, he’ll get the benefit of major-league coaching, though the diminishing offensive returns of the Washington Nationals under Rick Eckstein’s watch begs the question, “Might this do more harm than good?”

The move fills the Nationals 40-man roster to the 40-man limit, with seven players (Mark DeRosa, Brad Lidge, Michael Morse, Ramos, Drew Storen, Chien-Ming Wang, and Jayson Werth) on the 15-day DL and two on the 60-day DL (Chris Marrero, Cole Kimball). It’s worth noting that Wang’s rehab period ends in roughly 15 days, while the 60-day period for Marrero and Kimball is up about week after that.

Predicting the next move is always a fool’s errand, for if there’s one thing that’s certain, the current front office will find a way to exploit this confluence of events if there’s any way possible. (You can go looking for the rules for the 60-Day DL, but I suspect they’re not found on a sign on Jimmie Dimmick’s front lawn).

My personal opinion is that this may be harmful to Leon because it’s going to interrupt his offensive development, while folks I highly respect (e.g. Brian Oliver) feel that with a ceiling of a backup catcher, you can kill two stones with one bird instead of making an impulsive trade or burning an organizational player (e.g. Carlos Maldonado or Devin Ivany).

Congratulations to Sandy nevertheless. Quite a phone call he got to make to su mama esta la noche, no?

May 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 15-8 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (1-5, 5.70) vs.
Torra (2-3, 5.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Mandel (3-1, 2.97) vs.
McFarland (5-1, 2.62)
Potomac Lost, 10-0;
Lost, 6-2
@ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (2-1, 3.77) vs.
Pressly (2-0, 7.06)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (0-0, 1.35) vs.
Dufek (0-0, 5.14)

Syracuse 15 Durham 8
• Wang (W, 1-0) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Severino (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S, WP
• Teahen 3-5, R, 2B, BB, 5RBI, SB
• Hoffpauir 3-3, 2R, 2BB, 3RBI
• Brown 2-3, 3R, 2B, 3BB,

It was a battle of attrition in the late innings, turning what should have been a three-hour cruise into Gilligan’s Island in a 15-8 win for Syracuse. Chien-Ming Wang turned in seven decent innings, scattering eight hits and giving up two runs while the Chiefs offense broke out and built a 10-2 lead. The Bulls gored the Chiefs ‘pen for six runs in the top of the 8th, with Austin Bibens-Dirkx facing four batters and giving up the minimum of four runs possible with three singles and grand slam allowed. The Chiefs steered things around in the bottom of the inning with a five-run rally, highlighted by Mark Teahen’s two-run double and lowlighted by a pair of ejections after a Seth Bynum strikeout (Bynum, manager Tony Beasley). Atahualpa Severino, who had gotten the final out in the 8th, retired the side in the 9th to end the game after three hours, 38 minutes.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 2
• Demny 5⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Nicol 2-3
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R
• Valdez 2-4, 2B

A pair of three-run rallies vaulted Richmond over Harrisburg for an 8-2 win and a two-game sweep of the rain-shortened series. The Senators collected nine hits, with three players getting two hits apiece, but went a dreadful 1-for-9 with RISP and stranded eight baserunners. Paul Demny took the loss, charged with five runs on five hits and three walks, with reliever Pat McCoy letting the last two runs before giving up two of his own over one and 2/3rds innings. The Senators hit the road for seven games, beginning with a four-game set against the Akron Aeros tonight.

Salem 10 Potomac 0 (comp. of susp. gm.)
• Olbrychowski (L, 1-4) ⅔ 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, 2HR
• Applebee 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 1-2, 2B, 2BB, OF assist at 3B
• Sanchez 1-2

Down 6-0 after 3½ innings, Salem had its way with relievers Shane McCatty and Wilson Eusebiom scoring a pair of runs off both to run the score to 10-0. Potomac was held to just three hits, with David Freitas and Adrian Sanchez both singling and Michael Taylor collecting his league-leading 13th double.

Salem 6 Potomac 2 (5 inn, rain)
• Ray (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, 2HR
• Holder 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Hague 1-1, R, 2BB, SB, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B, RBI

Robbie Ray lasted just 15 batters before the Salem Red Sox chased him from the game, sending him to the showers after six runs and seven hits, including a solo HR and a grand slam. Trevor Holder turned in another fine relief outing, but the offense was limited to just two hits: a single by Rick Hague, a double by Justin Bloxom. Rain halted play after five full innings, saving the bullpen further work after having pitched 9⅔ innings in less than 24 hours.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS — OFF DAY
After a 5-2 homestand, the Suns hit the road for seven games, beginning with a four-game set with the Lexington Legends. Prior to yesterday’s game, Kylin Turnbull was assigned from “Auburn,” taking the roster spot of Steve Souza, who had been placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 6.