Apr 142015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Jo. Rodriguez (0-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Berry (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 1.80) vs.
J. Dykstra (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-1, 2.25) vs.
Burnette (0-0, 3.00)


Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 4
• Billings 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Delcarmen (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Meek (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, RBI

After blowing a 3-2 lead in the 7th, Syracuse rallied for two in the 9th to edge Lehigh Valley, 5-4. Jason Martinson (3-for-4) doubled to tie it while Cutter Dykstra (2-for-4) singled with the infield in to win it. The rally gave Manny Delcarmen the “W” for a scoreless 8th while Evan Meek struck out two in the 9th to secure the save. Bruce Billings started and went the first five, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington

Bowie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Swynenberg (L, 0-1) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Self 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hague 1-3

Bowie spoiled Matt Swynenberg’s return to AA, making him pay for his one mistake in a 2-1 Harrisburg loss. The 26-y.o. walked two, struck out three and gave up two hits over six innings. The problem? One of those hits was a two-run homer. Kevin Keyes’s solo shot in the 7th broke up Baysox shutout bid and his single in the 9th with two outs was the fourth and final hit for the Senators, which had just one RISP chance and left on four for the night.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 3
• Spann (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Johansen 4IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-4, SB

While it did not render any runs unearned, sloppy defense in the 5th was the undoing of the P-Nats in a 4-3 loss. A throwing error, a wild pitch, and a passed ball were all rendered moot by an RBI triple, the seventh and final hit surrendered by starter Matt Spann, who was charged with all four Winston-Salem runs while walking one and striking out six. Jake Johansen finished the game with four strong innings. Wilmer Difo’s two-run homer in the 1st and John Wooten’s solo shot in the 9th were the bookends to an otherwise dismal offense (five hits, one walk).

West Virginia 3 Hagerstown 1
• Valdez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Gardner 2-4, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, SB

The Suns fell behind 3-0 after three and managed only to break up the shutout for a 3-1 loss to the Power. Phillips Valdez started and gave up all four West Virginia runs on four hits and three walks over four innings. Mario Sanchez shut down the Power for four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Hagerstown collected eight hits total, led by Jeff Gardner and Wilman Rodriguez, who both went 2-for-4.

Trea Turner Update
Turner notched his first multi-hit game with a 3-for-5 night while stealing a base in a 5-2 San Antonio win.

Apr 132015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (6-6, 5.34 in ’14) vs.
Clemens (6-3, 4.08 in ’14)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Swynenberg (0-0, 5.40 @ A+ in ’14) vs.
Bundy (1-2, 4.78 @ A+ in ’14)
Potomac Won, 5-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (9-5, 3.82 in ’14) vs.
Heidenreich (3-4, 5.40 in ’14)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
P. Valdez (2-0, 3.68 in ’14) vs.
Jo. Sever (1-3, 1.33 @ Appy Lg. in ’14)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 Syracuse 1
• McGregor (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Fornataro 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Minicozzi 2-4

The Chiefs never led in this one and only a Caleb Ramsey solo shot in the 9th prevented a shutout as the RailRiders chugged to a 3-1 win to split the four-game series. Scott McGregor took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds while striking out four. Relievers Mitch Lively and Eric Fornataro both stranded a pair of runners to keep the game close. Ramsey also singled as did Marc Minicozzi twice as the two combined for four of the six Syracuse hits.

Altoona 2 Harrisburg 1
• Alderson 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Harper (L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bleier 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-5, R
• Hague 2-4, OF assist at HP

Altoona made the most of its limited chances for 2-1 win over Harrisburg, earning a 2-2 series split. Starter Tim Alderson gave up one run on four hits and two walks over five innings, but left with the game tied 1-1. Bryan Harper struck out the first batter in the 6th but then gave up a triple and a double to suffer the loss. Ricky Hague threw out a runner at the plate on a two-out single to keep the game close and close out the 6th. The Sens got runners into scoring position in the 8th and 9th innings but couldn’t push across the equalizer, leaving a total of 11 men on base. Tony Renda connected for multiple hits for the third straight game, going 2-for-5 to raise his BA to .471 and scored the lone run on a Kevin Keyes RBI double in the 5th.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 0
• Suero (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 0K
• M. Rodriguez 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• Difo 1-2, R, 3BB
• Ballou 2-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 2-5, R, RBI

The bats awoke Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hickory 6 Hagerstown 4
• Van Orden 5IP, 2H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, WP, HBP
• Cooper (l, 0-1) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Abreu 2-3, R, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-1, 2B, RBI, HBP

A two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th snapped a 4-4 tie as Hickory took the finale, 6-4, and the series, 3-1. Drew Van Orden issued three walks on the night but all of them came in the 2nd inning, allowing the Crawdads to tie the game at 3-3 with just one hit. A hit batsman, sacrifice, and a passed ball gave Hickory a 4-3 lead in Van Orden’s 5th and final inning. The Suns got a gift in the 8th with an error on a bunt single to set up Brennan Middleton’s RBI single to tie the game at 4-4. Andrew Cooper, who had shut down Hickory in the 6th and 7th innings, suffered the loss when he allowed the game-winning HR with one out in the 8th. Osvaldo Abreu paced the Suns offense with a single, double, a run scored, and a stolen base.
According to the Hickory Record, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was removed after a pickoff throw struck him in the eye.

Trea Turner Update
Trea Turner broke up his season-starting oh-fer with an RBI double in the 2nd inning of a 4-2 San Antonio loss. He was 1-for-4 overall.

Apr 122015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
McGregor (2-8, 5.68 in ’14) vs.
Whitley (3-2, 2.01 in ’14)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 vs. Altoona,
1:30 p.m.
Alderson (2-4, 6.01 @ AAA in ’14) vs.
Kuhl (13-5, 3.46 @ A+ in ’14)
Potomac Won, 1-0; Lost, 2-1 vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Suero (2-1, 7.57 in ’14) vs.
Brown (8-8, 3.31 @ A- in ’14)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
Van Orden (2-3, 4.39 @ SS-A in ’14) vs.
Martin (1-4, 5.40 @ AZL in ’14)


Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• T. Hill 6IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, BB, K
• R. Hill (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martin (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Minicozzi 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• D. Robinson 3-4, R

It wasn’t pretty — an error, two bunts, and a hit batsman that “drove in” the go-ahead run — but the Chiefs rallied for three in the 8th to double up the RailRiders, 4-2. Taylor Hill started and went the first six innings, letting in two unearned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out one. Rich Hill got the win in relief while Rafael Martin worked around hits in both the 8th and 9th innings with four whiffs to nail down the save. Mark Minicozzi and Derek Robinson both went 3-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 1
• Espino 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• De Los Santos (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Renda 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2E
• Skole 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, 3K

Likewise for Harrisburg, which scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the 8th with the help of two errors to send Altoona to another defeat, 4-1. Paolo Espino took a no-no into the 6th before Curve leadoff man Keon Broxton doubled with one out in the sixth. The veteran Venezuelan stranded Broxton to finish with one hit over six innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Gilberto Mendez gave up a home run to pitcher-turned-slugger Stetson Allie in the 7th but turned in a scoreless 8th and got the win. Abel De Los Santos held off the Curve in the 9th for the save. Tony Renda reached base three times with a single, double, and a walk as the Sens were held to just four hits total.

Potomac 1 Lynchburg 0 — GAME ONE
• Rauh (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bacus (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Werth 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI

Jayson Werth’s 4th-inning HR was the difference in a 1-0 shutout for Potomac vs. Lynchburg in Game One. The two teams combined for just five hits and one walk. Brian Rauh got the win with five innings of two-hit ball with no walks and two K’s. Dakota Bacus worked around a dropped flyball in the 7th for the second of two scoreless innings to earn the save. John Wooten and Drew Ward accounted for the other two P-Nats hits.

Lynchburg 2 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Schwartz (L, 0-1) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Lee 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ward 1-2, BB, RBI

The Potomac offense remained AWOL in Game Two, unable to capitalize on four walks and hindered by some questionable umpiring for a 2-1 loss to Lynchburg in Game Two. The Hillcats smacked a long solo HR in the 1st and used a two-out double to cash in a Wilmer Difo throwing error for its two runs. The P-Nats broke up the shutout bid in the 6th as Difo reached on a throwing error, took second on a wild pitch, and, following a Jayson Werth walk, went to third on a passed ball. Chris Bostick tapped to third, holding Difo, and threw over to 2nd to throw out pinch-runner Isaac Ballou, who slid hard into the Lynchburg second baseman standing on the bag to break up the double play. Umpire Chase Eade ruled the legal slide illegal and awarded the second out to the Hillcats. Drew Ward singled to send in Difo, but instead of 1st and 2nd and one out, it was Ward on first and two down. James Yezzo struck out to end the rally, and the P-Nats went in order in the 7th.

Hickory 2 Hagerstown 1
• Reyes 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K, WP
• Ramos (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 1-3, BB, SB
• Reistetter 2-3, RBI, SB

David Ramos wasted no time in registering his first blown save of the season (ninth of his career) as the Suns were eclipsed with two runs in the bottom of the 9th for a 2-1 loss to Hickory. A double, groundout, triple, and single got the job done for Hickory. Luis Reyes started and went the first five, striking out seven against one walk in three hits. Hagerstown managed just five hits on the night, with Matt Reistetter driving in the lone run with a single in the 5th.

Trea Turner Update
Turner walked, stole a base and scored a run but remains hitless (0-for-10) in three games for AA San Antonio.

Apr 112015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-0 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
4:05 p.m.
Hill (11-7, 2.81 in ’14) vs.
Tracy (1-6, 4.45 in ’14)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Espino (6-5, 3.98 in ’14) vs.
Glasnow (12-5, 1.74 @ Hi-A in ’14)
Potomac Postponed vs. Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-4, 4.39 in ’14) and
Schwartz (2-1, 4.40 in ’14) vs.
Plutko (4-9, 4.08 in ’14) and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 14-4 @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 2.62 @ SS-A) vs.
Garrett (6-1, 4.06 @ SS-A)


Syracuse 6 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 0
• Jordan (W, 1-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 3-3, R, SF, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Gwynn 2-5, R

Caleb Ramsey had three hits and drove in three while three Chiefs pitchers combined on a… wait for it… three-hit shutout for 6-0 triumph over the RailRiders. Taylor Jordan allowed just, um, three baserunners as he gave up two hits and a walk over six innings to earn the win. Jason Martinson went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored and threw out a runner trying to stretch a single into a double to end the 2nd inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. also notched multiple hits as Syracuse racked up 11 total.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 — 11 inn.
• Ross 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Demny (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Renda 3-5, R
• Skole 1-4, R, BB, HR, RBI

Matt Skole’s leadoff walkoff home run ended this one after 11 innings as the Senators straightened the Curve, 3-2. Joe Ross struggled early, giving up single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings and finished with six hits and two walks allowed over four innings (78 pitches). Derek Self, Robert Benincasa, and Paul Demny combined for eight shutout innings of relief, with Demny getting the win. Tony Renda singled three times in five trips to the plate but the rest of the lineup was just 3-for-29 with three walks as Harrisburg had just five RISP chances and left six runners on over eleven turns at bat.

Lynchburg vs. Potomac — PPD
Wet grounds were cited for the postponement of Game Two of the Lynchburg-Potomac series. It will be made up today with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

Hagerstown 14 Hickory 4
• Bach 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP, HBP
• Ullmann (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Masters 3-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Read 2-4, 4R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI, SB
• DeBruin 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI

Hagerstown went to town on Hickory in the middle innings, scoring 10 runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th combined in a 14-4 win. Connor Bach got the start and went the first four innings, letting in two runs on five hits and two walks. Ryan Ullmann earned the win with four innings of one-run relief, allowing two hits and two walks. Raudy Read capped off the scoring with a two-run shot in the 9th and was 2-for-4 with four runs scored while David Masters and Grant DeBruin both registered three hits and three RBI to pace the Suns’ 16-hit attack.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 0-for-4 in a 1-0 San Antonio Missions win, which he helped preserve on defense by throwing out a runner at home to end the 2nd.

Apr 102015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-2, 4.06 in ’14) vs.
Long (7-2, 2.35 @ AA in ’14)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 vs. Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Ross (2-0, 3.60 in ’14) vs.
Creasy (8-9, 3.93 @ A+ in ’14)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-4, 4.39 in ’14) vs.
Plutko (4-9, 4.08 in ’14)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 3.52 in ’14) vs.
L. Ortiz (0-0, 1.29 in ’14)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 3
• Cole 5IP, 8H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Rivero (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB, RBI, E
• D. Robinson 0-2, 2R, 2BB, SB

The wheels came off the bus in the 7th and 8th innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre put up three-spots in both frames to turn a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 win over Syracuse. Felipe Rivero took the loss, retiring just one of six batters in the 7th after a 1-2-3 sixth. A.J. Cole started and gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits over five innings. Emmanuel Burris was the sole Chief to notch multiple hits as Syracuse managed just six singles but did draw seven walks on the night.
Roster moves: C Jeff Howell, IF Jose Lozada, OF Brian Goodwin activated from XST, placed on 7-Day DL

Altoona 1 Harrisburg 0
• Voth 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K, WP
• De Los Santos (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Vettleson 1-4, 2B
• Keyes 1-3, BB

It was a Star Trek convention on the Metro Bank scoreboard (all zeroes) until the 9th inning when Altoona scored the game’s only run to shut out Harrisburg, 1-0. Austin Voth threw six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven. A walk, sacrifice, and an intentional walk set up the game-winning single off Abel De Los Santos in the 9th. Drew Vettleson doubled to lead off the 5th (and break up the no-hitter) and took third on Shawn Pleffner’s subsequent single but a 5-3 lineout DP off the bat of Pedro Severino killed the only true threat of the night. The Sens were held to just five hits and two walks total.
Roster move: Player-coach Andruth Ramirez reassigned to Potomac.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 6
• Pivetta (L, 0-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K
• Johansen 2⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Bostick 1-3, R, BB
• Wooten 1-4, R, 2RBI, 3K

Potomac scored six times in the 9th with two outs. On any other night, that would probably be a walkoff, but down 8-0 it was merely prolonging the agony as Lynchburg held on for an 8-6 win. Early on, it was a pitcher’s duel as Nick Pivetta matched goose eggs with Dylan Baker, who no-hit the P-Nats for five innings. Pivetta would take the loss on just one run allowed over five innings on three hits and two walks while fanning seven. Four of the five Potomac hits and three of five walks came in the 9th, with Chris Bostick the sole P-Nat to reach base twice. Roster moves: RHPs Ian Dickson and Ronald Pena, LHPs Kylin Turnbull and Hector Silvestre activated from XST and placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Jayson Werth assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 2
• Williams (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Johns 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Carey 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 3K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, HR, 2K

The scoring difficulties extended all the way to Low-A, as the Suns could only manage just three hits in a 5-2 loss to the Crawdads. Two of them left the yard with “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz homered in the 2nd and D.K. Carey left the band yard and went solo in the 4th. Austen Williams was dinged for three runs, one earned, on six hits over for innings and was charged with the loss.
Roster moves: LHP Brett Mooneyham, RHP Wirkin Estevez, 3B Jake Mayers activated from XST and placed on the 7-Day DL

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in a 10-4 San Antonio Missions loss.

Apr 092015
 


It’s a full slate today for minor-league Opening Day for the second straight season as the Chiefs visit the RailRiders, the Senators host the Curve, the P-Nats host the Hillcats, and the Suns visit the Crawdads.

Well, weather permitting. Again. The first-pitch forecast is 47 degrees and a 50% chance of rain in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; 50 and 45% in Harrisburg, 55 and 35% chance in Woodbridge, and 75 and 85% in Zebulon, NC.

Team Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’14 Stats at Level)
Syracuse @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-3, 2.92) vs.
Mitchell (4-2, 3.67)
Harrisburg vs. Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Voth (1-3, 6.52) vs.
A. Sanchez (0-2, 4.32)
Potomac vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (13-8, 4.22 @ Low-A) vs.
Baker (3-3, 4.05)
Hagerstown @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (4-3, 4.66 @ SS-A) vs.
Jurado (2-1, 1.62 @ AZL)


Just the annual reminder: These pitchers are not necessarily the team’s #1 starter. They are, within a slot or two, how the Nationals would like the starters to align from Low-A to MLB in the event of promotions or injuries.

Based on what I’ve been able to gather (or been told, H/T Mayflies’ Mick Reinhard), here’s how the rest of the starting rotations will round out:

TEAM Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
Syracuse Jordan Hill McGregor Billings
Harrisburg Ross Espino Alderson Swynenberg
Potomac Rauh Schwartz TBD TBD
Hagerstown Bach L. Reyes TBD TBD


Obviously, there’s some intrigue as to who will start Games 4 and 5 for the “A” teams. Potomac, for example, has Nick Lee, Matthew Spann, Dakota Bacus, and Wander Suero as candidates while Hagerstown has R.C. Orlan, Drew Van Orden, and Andrew Cooper. As the press release cycle starts up, we’ll know more.

And another reminder: These rotations are very likely to be short-lived, especially with the likes of Reynaldo Lopez, Robbie Dickey, Jefry Rodriguez, and some other guy expected to arrive within three weeks or so.

Apr 082015
 

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals affiliates officially announced the 2015 Opening Day rosters. Let’s take a look at who landed where to begin the season.

SYRACUSE
Watchlist Pitchers — A.J. Cole, Felipe Rivero, Taylor Hill, Matt Grace
Watchlist Position Players — Cutter Dykstra

HARRISBURG
Watchlist Pitchers — Abel de Los Santos, Bryan Harper, Gilberto Mendez, Joe Ross, Austin Voth
Watchlist Position Players — Pedro Severino, Stephen Perez, Tony Renda, Matt Skole, Shawn Pleffner, Drew Vettleson

POTOMAC
Watchlist Pitchers — Jake Johansen, Nick Pivetta, Matt Spann, Wander Suero, Justin Thomas, Jake Walsh
Watchlist Position Players — Spencer Kieboom, Chris Bostick, Wilmer Difo, Drew Ward, John Wooten, James Yezzo, Isaac Ballou, Rafael Bautista

HAGERSTOWN
Watchlist Pitchers — None
Watchlist Position Players — Raudy Read, Austin Davidson, Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, D.K. Carey

M.I.A. — Robbie Dickey, Ian Dickson, Lucas Giolito, Cody Gunter, Brian Goodwin, Reynaldo Lopez, Jefry Rodriguez, Hector Silvestre, Sammy Solis, John Simms, Kylin Turnbull.

Obviously, there are more that fall into that last batch… but for the sake of expediency, I’m limiting my analysis to the watchlist.

• For those of you who haven’t heard, Giolito and Lopez are both being held back in XST, and that’s presumably the case with most of the other pitchers.

• If indeed Lopez and Giolito are activated in late April, the best bet is for them to debut at the Pfitz during the midweek games of the first homestand in May.

• That Brian Goodwin isn’t ready is in line with our suspicion that he’s much further behind in his recovery than team officials have stated, which is hardly a shock given the amount of time it took for them to divulge that he had labrum surgery at all.

• It’s interesting that players on the DL have not yet been identified. While not a surefire indicator, it’s a least a hint as to where they might end up.

• Folks shouldn’t read too much into Hagerstown having no watchlist pitchers — they do have five 2014 draft picks, and one of the flaws of the watchlist is that short-season guys can (and do) get shortchanged if they don’t succeed right away in the GCL or the NYPL.

• It’s tough to make out what the plans are for Matt Skole with his placement at Harrisburg, but it may be more of a comment on the club’s wanting Ian Stewart and Kila Ka‘aihue in Syracuse and available as replacements for Ryan Zimmerman and/or Anthony Rendon.

• Felipe Rivero is not starting for Syracuse; the team announced a rotation of Cole-Jordan-Hill-McGregor-Billings.

• Austen Williams is the only other Opening Day starter that’s been announced.

• Finally, longtime Nats/Expos farmhand Devin Ivany is listed as a coach for the Senators.

As always, feel free to discuss in the comments. Opening Night — weather permitting :-( — is tomorrow!

Sep 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac OFF DAY @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (7-6, 4.41)
Dickson (5-9, 4.37) vs.
Bell (6-3, 3.52)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A


Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 6
• Lively 3⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Grace (BS 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 4-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 0-1, 4BB
• Rhymes 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI, 2E

The Chiefs led 4-0 early but the bullpen couldn’t stop the PawSox, who rallied for three in the 7th for a 7-6 win and a 3-0 series sweep.
Matt Skole got things started for Syracuse in the 2nd with the first of his four walks drawn, followed by a single by Eury Perez. Will Rhymes busted a double down the right field line for the first two runs, then trotted in ahead of Emmanuel Burriss’s home run for the aforementioned 4-0 advantage. The joy was short-lived as starter Mitch Lively issued four walks in the 3rd to give two runs back, then gave up a leadoff single then a two-out double in the 4th to end his night. Sam Runion got the last out to preserve the 4-3 lead. The Chiefs answered with a run in the bottom of the 4th to take a 5-3 lead and responded again in the 6th when the PawSox got a run in the top of the 6th to go up 6-4. Matt Grace got one quick out by way of the K to start the 7th but then was peppered with a single-double-single sequence, then the second Rhymes error. After a second whiff by former Chief Corey Brown, Grace gave up the gamewinner on an infield single to deep short. Syracuse threatened in the 7th and 8th with two baserunners in each inning but couldn’t get the equalizer. Roster moves: UT Jeff Kobernus recalled to Washington, OF Quincy Latimore reassigned from Harrisburg.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Folks hoping for a rematch of the 2013 Mills Cup matchup will get 2008 instead, as Myrtle Beach shut out Salem, 5-0 to advance to the Carolina League Championship series against Potomac. The Pelicans and the P-Nats, both double-half winners, were the only two teams to finish above .500 in the eight-team circuit. Myrtle Beach won 11 of the 19 meetings, including a three-game sweep in late July at the Pfitz. However, six of Potomac’s eight wins were at BB&T, which was hardly unusual as the team had a better road record (39-26) than at home (39-32), including a 22-9 mark in the second half. The P-Nats have not officially announced a starter, but they have yet to deviate from the previous turn through rotation, hence Dakota Bacus as the probable listed above.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 2
• R. Lopez 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 10K
• Johns (BS, 2; W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Napoli (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Masters 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Hagerstown ‘pen couldn’t match its brilliance of Game One, blowing a 2-0 lead, but were bailed out when the bats broke out for four runs over the final two innings in a 6-2 win that puts the Suns back in the Sally League Finals for the second straight season. Starter Reynaldo Lopez played entomologist, putting the pin in the Grasshoppers for six shutout innings, with just two hits and a walk allowed while striking a career-best 10 batters. The Suns, however, were only able to get two runs for him, taking advantage of Greensboro error for a run in the 1st, then converted a Wilmer Difo leadoff double into the second score with a pair of flyouts. Nick Lee had more wild pitches (2) than outs (1) when manager Patrick Anderson pulled the plug on him after giving up a single and a walk in the space of three batters. Lee’s replacement, Samuel Johns, couldn’t keep the tying run from scoring with the third wild pitch and a two-out double to tie things at 2-2. The Grasshoppers unwisely hit Difo to start the 8th and Anderson played small ball with a sacrifice, which Spencer Kieboom plated with an RBI single to take a 3-2 lead. Johns gave up a double to begin the last of the 8th when Greensboro made another critical mistake: running into the first out of the inning at third on a grounder to short. Anderson called on southpaw David Napoli to face the left-handed Carlos Lopez, who grounded out to the right-handed Carlos Lopez at first base, then got the next batter on a tapper back to the mound. The Suns broke it open with three in the 9th to put the game away, while Napoli shook off a single to start the bottom of the 9th with a 6-4-3 DP and got the final out on the flyball to center. Hagerstown will head south over the weekend, but won’t know if it’s to Georgia or North Carolina, as the Tourists-Sand Gnats game was suspended in the bottom of the 8th with Asheville, who won Game One, leading 2-1.

Sep 052014
 

P-Nats-CLDS-2014

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Lively (5-2, 3.86) vs.
Owens (3-1, 4.03)
Potomac Won, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
R. Lopez (4-1, 1.33) vs.
Sadberry (4-1, 2.65)


Pawtucket 8 Syracuse 2
• McGregor (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Rivero 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, BK, 32 pitches-17 strikes
• Kobernus 1-2, R, 2B, BB
• Hood 1-3, BB, RBI

With a three-run rally in the 1st, the PawSox continued their domination of the Chiefs as they cruised to an 8-2 win and took a 2-0 lead in the Governor’s Cup semifinals. Starter and loser Scott McGregor gave up four hits and a walk to the seven batters he faced in the 1st, escaping only when Garin Cecchini was dumb enough to try for third with two outs, never mind against the arm of Michael Taylor. McGregor recovered to put up four zeroes in innings two through five. His counterpart, Matt Barnes, stifled the Syracuse bats for seven innings, allowing just two singles and a double. The PawSox showed exactly what happens when late-season AAA team faces an inexperienced AA pitcher, as they torched Felipe Rivero for three runs in the 6th to put the game away. Syracuse got four free passes in the 8th to score twice on just one hit and avoid the shutout. The series shifts to NBT Bank Park for its first-ever playoff game tonight.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 3
• Rauh (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Mendez (SV, 2 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, SF, 2RBI
• Renda 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• 0-for-10 RISP, 10 LOB

Isaac Ballou led off the game with a solo HR in the 1st, hit the second of two sacrifice flies in the 4th, and scored on Tony Renda’s two-out double in the 6th as the P-Nats held off a late charge by the Hillcats to take the game, 4-3, and the series 2-0 to advance to the Mill Cup finals for the third time in five years. Brian Rauh made but one mistake in his six innings of work, as Jose Martinez went deep for just the third hit Rauh allowed (hey, that rhymes!). The 23-y.o. walked two and struck out two and was credited with the win. Kylin Turnbull took over in the 7th but struggled, giving up two hits and a walk in the space of four batters. He would be charged with two runs. Bryan Harper let in one of two runners he inherited from Turnbull with a sacrifice fly but struck out the next batter to preserve the 4-3 lead. Lynchburg threatened again in the 8th, getting the tying run to second with two outs on pair of singles. Gilberto Mendez was called upon to put out the fire and got a huge assist from Brandon Miller, who gunned down Kevin Ahrens at the plate for the second straight night. Mendez worked around a one-out error in by Renda to close out the game in the 9th. Myrtle Beach, who lost Game One of the Southern CLDS on a controversial HR, evened it up with a 4-1 win and force a decisive Game Three. Potomac will travel to the winner tomorrow and visit for the first two games of the best-of-five Mills Cup champonship.

Hagerstown vs. Greensboro
Game Two of the Sally North Division series is tonight in Greensboro with Hagerstown needing to to win just one of two possible games. With Lucas Giolito out for the season, Reynaldo Lopez assumes the label of staff ace label and will get the start. Greensboro will send 2014 6th Rd. pick Chris Sadberry to oppose Lopez, who shut out the Grasshoppers for six innings on August 19th.

Sep 042014
 

Two out of three

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (1-2, 3.91) vs.
Barnes (8-9, 3.95)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A


Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 1
• Hill 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Delcarmen (L, 0-1) 1+ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• Mattheus 0IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Solano 3-3, 2B
• Laird 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Gerald Laird tied the game with two out in the top of the 9th, but the sixth Syracuse hit was its final as the PawSox got to the Chiefs ‘pen in the 10th for a 2-1 walkoff win. Taylor Hill got the start and gave up the first Pawtucket run on seven hits and two walks over six innings. Matt Grace followed with two scoreless in the 7th and 8th innings. After failing to convert a leadoff single off Manny Delcarmen in the 9th, the PawSox went one better with a leadoff double in the 10th. Delcarmen spared them the trouble of another sacrifice with a wild pitch, then walked the next batter to set up 1st and 3rd with no outs. Ryan Mattheus was brought in and got neither the K nor a popup as he walked the first batter load the bases, then gave up the game-winning single to center field. Jhonatan Solano singled twice and doubled once while the rest of the Syracuse lineup went 3-for-31 with no walks (despite Matt Skole starting at 1B) and eight whiffs.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• M. Rodriguez (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Ballou 1-1, 2R, 2BB, SB, CS, HBP
• Wooten 2-4, 2B, RBI

Hector Silvestre tossed seven strong innings, the offense made hay with the Hillcat bullpen, and the P-Nats relievers weathered a late comeback bid in a 4-2 win. Silvestre gave up one run on five hits and three walks while striking out five. More importantly, he kept the ball in the yard to improve his 2014 record in homerless starts (13) to 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA (vs. 3-8, 6.61 in 12GS). After a hit batsman, a stolen base, and an error plated Isaac Ballou in the 1st for a 1-0 lead, Lynchburg tied with a run in the 6th on a two-out double and a single. Silvestre let up a third straight hit but Brandon Miller and Pedro Severino prevented a second Hillcat run with a 9-2 putout to the end the inning. Randolph Oduber broke the 1-1 tie with a solo shot golfed over the LF fence in the bottom of the 6th. The P-Nats pushed the lead to 4-1 with a Severino double, singles by Ballou and Tony Renda, and an RBI groundout by John Wooten. Manny Rodriguez set ’em down in order in the 8th while Gilberto Mendez wobbled a bit in the 9th, allowing a single and a double for the second Hillcat run before getting pinch-hitter Levi Hyams to tap out to first to end it and earn the save.
Roster moves: 1B Shawn Pleffner activated from 7-Day DL, UT Cody Dent reassigned to Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 3 Greensboro 2
• Suero 4IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K, 2WP
• Thomas 3IP, 3H, 0R, IBB, 2K
• Napoli (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• Bautista 2-5, RBI

The Suns were three outs away from getting a 2-0 Columbia necktie, but rallied for three in the bottom of the 9th to pull one of out their ascot and shock the Grasshoppers, 3-2. A three-base error got things going as Carlos Lopez’s would-be flyout was turned into a Little League triple. Lopez scored on a groundout to second by Jimmy Yezzo. David Masters, who had struck out three times in three previous at-bats, drew a walk to restart the offense. Wilman Rodriguez sent him home on his second double of the night to tie it while Rafael Bautista’s second single plated Rodriguez to win it. The comeback made a winner out of David Napoli, who tossed the fifth of five scoreless innings by the Hagerstown bullpen in the top of the 9th. Wander Suero started but was dinged for two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over four uneven innings. Justin Thomas followed with three goose eggs while Jake Johansen posted his fifth relief appearance without a run scoring in the 8th. Bautista’s single was the lone hit in 14 chances with RISP, including an 0-for-7 mark following doubles by Drew Ward, Rodriguez, Spencer Kieboom, and Lopez.
Roster moves: UT Cody Dent reassigned from Potomac, IF Austin Davidson placed on the reserve list.