Oct 272011
 

Bryce Harper drove in four of the five Scorpions runs, but it wasn’t enough to prevent another Scottsdale loss, this one by a 10-5 count to Mesa.

Harper connected for his second AFL longball, a three-run shot in the top of the fourth that sliced the Solar Sox lead to 8-3, and singled in the sixth. He drove in Derek Norris for his fourth RBI with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Harper once again was in left, and made three putouts.

Norris, however, was not as adept defensively yesterday with two errors and a passed ball (though he did catch a runner stealing). But like Harper, Norris has found his groove at the plate and was also 2-for-3 with a run scored. He drove in none, but walked once and struck out once.

Conversely, Zach Walters still appears to be overmatched, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout while playing third base (one assist). The 22-year-old is 1-for-17 over his last four games with six strikeouts and no walks.

Rafael Martin made his fourth appearance, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing just one hit. He walked none and struck out one, lowering his ERA for the AFL to 1.50.

Scottsdale plays host as the two teams rematch this afternoon, then Scorpions hit the road to face the Rafters tomorrow night, then return home for another matchup against Salt River to finish out the week on Saturday.

Jun 062011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-2; Lost, 7-2 @ Indianapolis, 7:05 p.m. Tom Milone (3-4, 3.63) vs.
Brian Burres (2-6, 3.94)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-4 vs. Frederick, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (1-2, 3.18)*
vs. Robert Bundy (5-3, 2.91)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 6-5 vs. Greensboro, 7:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (2-0, 0.38) vs.
Zachary Neal (3-3, 4.18)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rangers, 10:30 a.m. Felix Moscat (0-1, 7.36) vs.
David Perez (0-0, 0.00)

*Officially, TBD, but this is an educated guess

Syracuse 6 Indianapolis 4 (comp. of susp. game)
• Detwiler (W, 4-5) 6IP, 5H 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 7K
• Balester (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• Antonelli 2-4, R
• Marrero 2-4 R, GS HR, 5 RBI
Chris Marrero quickly announced that the suspended game was all but over with a 7th-inning grand slam off Indianpolis reliever Cesar Valdez. Hassan Pena gave up two doubles and was responsible for two runs that made the final score 6-4. Ross Detwiler earned a much-needed win with six strong innings, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned. Jhonatan Solano was placed on paternity leave while Carlos Maldonado was activated to take his place.

Indianapolis 7 Syracuse 2
• Meyers (L, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 6K, 1HR
• Marrero 2-4, R
• Blanco 1-3, R, 2BB, SB

Syracuse engineered a first inning run using small ball that would make Interim Jim proud. Blanco reached on a fielding error from Indianapolis first baseman Miles Durham. Blanco steals second. Blanco advances to third on an at ‘em ball by Matt Antonelli and former Harrisburg Senator great Jesus Valdez plates Blanco on a sac fly. Classic gift ‘em on, get ‘em over, get ‘em in that gets Blanco one of our hitting stars for the game. The rest of the game didn’t go so well and Syracuse didn’t see the lead again in a 7-2 loss. In the second, Miles Durham went from friendly gifting errors Miles to evil raking RBI triples off Brad Meyers. He later scored to give Indianapolis a 2-1 lead. Marrero singled on a sharp grounder in the fourth and later scored, but that would be all for the Chiefs.

Harrisburg 7 Erie 4
• Roark (W, 3-1) 7IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Zinicola (S, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 1-5, R, 2R HR (#11), 2RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI, BB
• Gilbert 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Derek Norris: 0-3, R, 3BB (Ed. Note: A SoulD fave)
If small ball is textbook AAA, AAAA offense for the Nats, the fifth inning of Sunday’s contest is typical AA offense of the future for the Nats we hope. An unknown quantity, Chris Rahl, gets a leadoff double. Tyler Moore escorts him home with a long ball. Three more runs score and the Sens find themselves up 5-1. In the 7th inning another rally was keyed by…another Derek Norris walk, as the Harrisburg backstop was walked to load the bases with two outs after a Tyler Moore strikeout. Archie Gilbert puts his name in the boxscore big time with a two-run single and that give the Sens all they would need in an eventual 7-4 win.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 4
• Clegg 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• Frias (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Peacock 2-4, R, 2B, SB, CS
• Cuevas 3-4, R, RBI
• Perez 1-5, R, 3B, 4K

They needed five pitchers to do it, but the Potomac Nationals outlasted the Wilmington Blue Rocks for 5-4 decision for a series sweep and their fourth straight victory. Starter Mitchell Clegg faltered in the fifth, leaving with one out and two on but ahead 3-1. Josh Smoker let in both runners and one of his own to fall behind 4-3, but the offense, which had gotten three runs in the top of the fifth, got two more in the sixth to give Smoker the win. Adam Olbrychowski and Marcos Frias earned holds with three scoreless innings combined while Hector Nelo pitched the ninth for the save, his second of the season.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 5
• Cole (W, 1-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, 2HR
• Eusebio (S, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kelso 2-5, R
• Freitas 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Zimmerman 2-2, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI (All luck, this guy will never make it)

Even when the face of the franchise is in town, Bryce Harper can steal the headlines. Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple, a walk, and an RBI to help lead Hagerstown past Greensboro, 6-5. A.J. Cole got his first professional win, though he did give up two solo HRs, pitching the requisite five innings and allowing four hits total, no walks, and striking out eight. The win extended the Suns lead over the Grasshoppers to 2½ games and reduced their magic number to 12.