Dec 182013
 

Photo Credit: Syracuse Chiefs Official Twitter Feed

The Syracuse Chiefs and Washington Nationals announced a four-year extension of their player-development contract through the 2018 season. Perhaps not coincidentally, the move comes less than three months after what BallparkDigest.com called a “housecleaning,” as former GM John Simone was ousted following the retirement of his father, Tex.

The move will obviously bolster the financial prospects of the franchise, which has been struggling financially (claiming a $505,146 loss for the 2013 season) and at the gate (345,047 claimed paid attendance, the lowest since its current ballpark opened in 1997).

While the move may be positioned as “how much the Nationals organization values the Chiefs and the Syracuse community,” it’s also about ensuring that the Nationals would not be the odd man out in the next affiliate dance in September 2014. As Adam Kilgore wrote yesterday:

“If the Nationals tried to find a new affiliate, they could be stuck with an undesirable, far-flung city. Teams and Class AAA affiliates match up in the fashion of musical chairs, and some organizations are left with choices they loathe – the Mets, for example, use Las Vegas against their wishes.”

Prior to this move, just four of the eleven* remaining International League teams were eligible to swap affiliations following the 2014 season, with six already extended through 2016 and a seventh, the Charlotte Knights, extended through 2020 in conjunction with its new ballpark set to open next April.
* The Gwinnett Braves are wholly owned by Atlanta while the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRilders are co-owned by the Yankees and Mandalay Enterprises.

Nov 082013
 

For the second straight summer, Syracuse admirably achieved its primary mission of providing the Washington Nationals with replacements for injured or underperforming players. They also fulfilled a secondary function of providing a place for the latter to either get back on track (Tyler Moore) or get reps to try to work through their injuries issues (Danny Espinosa).

From that point of view, the 2013 Chiefs were successful. Like it or not, that’s the role for AAA nowadays — a place to play for “inventory” to stay active and a “finishing school” of sorts for certain prospects (typically, but not exclusively position players). That the Nationals have fielded also-rans for three straight seasons is irrelevant in this philosophy.

With that “said,” we embark on the final 2013 season review with the usual comparison against the league, then a focus on the Top 10 who were 27-and-under (i.e. league-average age) and had significant playing time, which this year works out to 17 or more innings pitched for pitchers, 111 or more plate appearances.

HITTING AB R H HR BB SO AVG OBP SLG GPA* SB
Syracuse 4824 600 1256 114 395 1094 .260 .320 .395 .243 123
Lg. Avg. 4792 609 1223 107 485 1087 .255 .328 .384 .244 111

* GPA = Gross Production Average

PITCHING IP ERA R/G WHIP HR BB SO H/9IP BB/9IP K/9IP K/BB
Syracuse 1251⅔ 4.10 4.56 1.391 104 444 999 9.3 3.2 7.2 2.25
Lg. Avg. 1261 3.86 4.23 1.355 107 485 1087 8.7 3.5 7.8 2.24


At first glance, it looks like this team should have done better than a last-place finish, albeit in a strong division. The Chiefs were better than the league in average, HRs, slugging on offense, walks issued, HRs surrendered. Sure, the ERA was a notch below, but… oh wait: 143 errors in 144 games (tied with Indianapolis)? The worst fielding percentage in the I.L. (.974)? The most unearned runs (86)? Never mind.

Obviously, poor defense aside, the two most glaring exceptions to the around-the-league-average theme are batting walks (tied for 12th fewest) and pitching strikeouts (tied for 11th fewest). Not taking walks is always going to help out the opposing pitchers. Likewise, not getting K’s increases the odds of contact, which was a double handicap because the team was not adept at converting batted balls into outs.

If there is something I’m glad to be wrong about, it’s that the Nationals haven’t gotten older at this level as I thought they might a year ago. Even with the likes of 32-y.o. Yunesky Maya (who pitched the second-most innings), the team’s pitchers were only slightly older than the league average (27.6 vs. 27.3) and the hitters were actually younger (26.6 vs. 26.9), thanks to a pair of 23-year-olds (Zach Walters, Eury Perez) playing nearly every day.

Which brings us to those age-appropriate bats… (Full statistics for the team can be found here.)
here.

Name Age PA Position(s) G @ Pos Fld% Err GPA ISO
Zach Walters 23 521 SS/3B 104/27 .981 38 .258 .264
Chris Marrero 24 450 1B 97 .990 9 .249 .132
Corey Brown 27 438 CF/LF/RF 61/22/21 .973 6 .265 .208
Eury Perez 23 433 CF/LF/RF 69/15/9 .979 4 .257 .122
Jeff Kobernus 25 412 LF/2B/CF/3B/RF 50/15/12/11/8 .992 2 .262 .070
Danny Espinosa 26 313 2B/SS 41/35 .965 12 .198 .070
Carlos Rivero 25 239 3B/1B/SS/LF/RF 42/10/6/5/1 .950 12 .208 .048
Tyler Moore 26 200 LF/1B 21/19 .987 3 .324 .266
Jhonatan Solano 27 148 C 38 .997 1 .180 .065
Josh Johnson 27 111 3B/2B/LF/RF 16/9/8/1 .975 2 .323 .125


The good news is that seven of these ten are home-grown. The bad news is that just two of them aren’t repeating the level. Those two, of course, are Jeff Kobernus and Zach Walters, who will be competing in 2014 to achieve what Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi did in 2012: establish themselves as MLB bench/role players.

Unfortunately, that path seems blocked for Corey Brown (who’s now out of options) while Eury Perez has languished at AAA and has but one option left and would seem destined to follow in Brown’s footsteps. Time ran out for Chris Marrero, who was removed from the 40-man last month, and became a free agent earlier this week. Likewise for Carlos Rivero, who went from nearly making the club out of spring training to getting demoted to AA after his production dropped dramatically (.783 OPS in ’12 to .588)

On to the pitchers…

PLAYER AGE G/GS W-L, SV ERA IP H BB SO WHIP HR HBP WP
Danny Rosenbaum 25 28/28 7-11, 0 3.87 158⅓ 167 67 102 1.478 10 8 8
Tanner Roark 26 33/11 9-3, 2 3.15 105⅔ 85 20 84 0.994 6 3 2
Caleb Clay 25 14/13 5-2, 0 2.49 83 68 14 51 0.988 5 3 3
Erik Davis 25 45/0 3-7, 15 3.10 52⅓ 55 20 54 1.433 4 0 2
Ryan Perry 26 12/8 1-4, 0 7.93 42 54 23 27 1.833 9 1 3
Xavier Cedeno 26 39/0 2-0, 4 1.31 34⅓ 23 16 45 1.136 2 1 5
Tyler Robertson 25 26/1 2-7, 0 3.04 26⅔ 33 8 24 1.538 2 0 2
Cole Kimball 27 23/0 0-0, 1 8.06 25⅔ 31 14 25 1.753 4 0 6
Michael Broadway 26 18/0 1-1, 6 2.28 23⅔ 16 7 26 0.972 2 0 1
Fernando Abad 27 17/0 1-0, 0 1.06 17 17 2 12 1.118 0 0 0


Here is where you see how AAA has become the place to “house inventory” — even with an age-28 cutoff, a significant number of innings went to guys that were acquired, signed, or claimed since last November. And it’s not hard to see what the parent club was looking for in reserve: left-handed relievers.

Danny Rosenbaum, who was taken then returned by Colorado in the Rule 5 draft, was the only lefthanded starter all season long and one has to wonder: If he sticks around next year, is there any chance he’ll be converted to relief to increase his chances of pitching in DC? Or will he be given the Corey Brown treatment and continue to start, with neither the hamburger or the pay on Tuesday?

Methinks the latter will be the case and the example of Tanner Roark will be the justification, as he too was asked to eat innings in 2012 (147⅔ in 26 starts) started 2013 in the Chiefs ‘pen, then shifted back to starting and did both for the parent club, winning seven of his first eight decisions and logging 53⅔ innings for a team that was chasing a playoff spot.

As I did a year ago, I expect the Nationals to promote a handful of the Harrisburg pitchers and use FAs to plug the gaps at both AA and AAA until the prospects are ready. It’s WAY too early to say much more than that, esepcially in light of the trades that have been made over the past couple of offseasons.

OBLIGATORY TOP FIVE
That four of these five are already on the 40-man makes this easy. Justifying the two pitchers is a little harder, given that they turned 26 and 27 last month. But this is what I have to pick from, and the guy not on the 40-man could very well be added to somebody’s 40-man next month (again). Plus, as the old saw goes, he is lefthanded and throws strikes, so…

1. Zach Walters
2. Jeff Kobernus
3. Eury Perez
4. Danny Rosenbaum
5. Erik Davis

Sep 032013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Lost, 7-6; Lost, 16-5 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn Postponed vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Selsor (0-5, 4.17) and Giolito (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Sulser (2-2, 2.06) and Mathews (0-2, 2.80)



Buffalo 4 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-11) 7IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Cedeno 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 2-4
• Van Ostrand 2-4, RBI

Syracuse fell behind 3-0 after three innings and couldn’t come up with the clutch hit, falling 4-2 to Buffalo in the season finale. Danny Rosenbaum lost for the 11th time, allowing all four Bison runs on nine hits, including a home run. The 25-y.o. southpaw struck out six and walked none. Jeff Kobernus and Jimmy Van Ostrand both went 2-for-4 to lead the Chiefs’ 10-hit attack, which included just one hit in eight chances with RISP.

Harrisburg 1 Richmond 0
• Gilliam 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Mirowski (W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• Holland 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Howell 3-4, RBI
• Souza 2-4, 2B

The Senators pitching has been its hallmark all season long and it showed in a 1-0 win over Richmond to secure the E.L. West Division title. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up both Squirrel hits over four and 2/3rds and walked four while striking out six. Richie Mirowski, Pat McCoy, Neil Holland, and Tyler Herron combined for four and a 1/3rd no-hit innings of relief, retiring 13 of 14 batters with no walks and six K’s. Jeff Howell plated the lone Harrisburg run with an RBI single in the 6th while going 3-for-4 overall. Harrisburg will travel to Erie for Games 1 & 2 on Wednesday with the remaining games in Harrisburg in the best-of-five playoff series. A.J. Cole, Taylor Hill, and Nathan Karns were announced as the starters for the first three games, respectively.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6 — COMP.
• Demny 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Martin (BS, 3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, K
• Rauh (BS, 2; L, 4-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Ramsey 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2BB, 2SB (49, 50)
• Keyes 2-5 2RBI

The P-Nats couldn’t hold the 4-3 lead they took on Sunday night, giving up two in the bottom of the 6th and 7th innings as they fell in the completion, 7-6. Neither Rafael Martin nor Brian Rauh could hold a one-run lead, “earning” blown saves for both with Rauh taking the loss. Starter Paul Demny had gone five innings with three runs allowed on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Michael Taylor singled twice, walked twice, and swiped two bases to lead the Potomac offense.

Frederick 16 Potomac 5 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 0-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Dupra 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Miller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2-2B, SB
• Dykstra 2-3, 2B

Brett Mooneyham got rocked for the third time in three starts since his promotion from Hagerstown, as Potomac fell 16-5 in the second game. The Keys struck for four in the 1st and seven in the 4th to knock out Mooneyham, who was charged with eight runs on eight hits and four walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. Middle relievers Colin Bates and Greg Holt were also touched for eight runs combined. The P-Nats registered 11 hits and five doubles in the loss. Like the Sens, the P-Nats also announced their playoff rotation, with Sammy Solis taking the hill on Wednesday, Blake Schwartz on Thursday, and Matt Purke (if necessary) on Friday. As a double-half winner, Potomac will host the entire first round of the divisional series.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 (10 inn.)
• Turnbull 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bacus (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Meza (L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Ramos 2-5, 2B
• McQuillan 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Jacob May’s solo shot off Christian Meza with two outs in the 10th completed the Kannapolis comeback victory over Hagerstown, 4-3. The Suns had built a 3-0 lead with single runs in the 2nd, 4th, and 8th innings on an RBI double by Mike McQuillan, and RBI singles by Will Piwinica-Worms and Estarlin Martinez. Kylin Turnbull turned in five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, walking one and fanning three. Bryan Harper got the blown save, letting in the tying runs and failing to retire any of the four batters he faced. Game One of the Sally League Northern Division Series will be tomorrow night in Charleston, WV. Games Two and Three (if necessary) are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Neither the Suns nor the Power have announced robable pitchers thus far.

Auburn vs. Mahoning Valley — PPD
Rain postponed last night’s game to tonight, forcing a doubleheader tonight to cram the final three games into two days.

Sep 022013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Buffalo,
2:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.81) vs.
Weber (7-5, 2.71)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.64) vs.
Gloor (9-7, 3.87)
Potomac Winning, 4-3
(Susp., 6th)
@ Frederick,
12:30 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Mooneyham (0-2, 10.13) vs.
Berry (10-7, 3.82)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3
(5½ inn.)
@ Kannapolis,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (6-5, 3.81) vs.
Bucciferro (3-5, 2.59)
Auburn Won, 10-0 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Selsor (0-5, 4.17) vs.
Sulser (2-2, 2.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-2 END OF SEASON N/A



Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4
• Tatusko (L, 5-8) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Lowe 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Brown 2-4, R
• Kobernus 1-2, R, 2BB, 3SB

The Bison scored twice on sacrifice flies in the 5th to take a 4-2 lead and held off the Chiefs for a 5-4 win. Ryan Tatusko took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings. Every Syracuse batter hit safely for a total of 10 hits, with Corey Brown the sole Chief to have multiple safeties. Jeff Kobernus reached base three times on a single and two walks and stole three bases to break the 40-steal mark for the third consecutive season.
Roster moves: LHP Ian Krol, RHP Erik Davis recalled to Washington; C Sam Palace activated from the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 3
• Treinen 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Grace (L, 6-3) 3BF, 1H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Holland 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rivero 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The Squirrels went nuts against the Sens ‘pen in the 6th, scoring five times to break a 1-1 tie as Richmond handed Harrisburg a 7-3 defeat. Matt Grace took the loss, unable to retire any of three three batters he faced while Neil Holland let in both inherited runners and two of his own in the innings. Billy Burns walked and stole two bases and came in on a groundout for the first Harrisburg run while Carlos Rivero and Steve Souza Jr. hit solo shots in the 8th and 9th innings to account for the Harrisburg runs. Blake Treinen pitched five innings of one-hit ball, giving up a leadoff homerun then setting down 15 of the next 16 batters (seven on strikes) but got the no-decision. Erie and Bowie were rained out, thus the Sens’ magic number to clinch the division remains at one.
Roster moves: C Sandy Leon recalled to Washington; C Jeff Howell reassigned from Syracuse

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 — SUSP.
• Demny 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K

Play was called with the P-Nats leading the Keys 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th. The game will be resumed this afternoon followed by the regularly scheduled, nine-inning game. Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra activated from TIL; C Cole Leonida placed on the DL

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 3 (5½ inn., rain)
• Encarnacion (L, 10-9) 5IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 8K
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Severino 2-2

Rain ended this one after five and a 1/2 with the Intimidators overtaking the Suns with a two-run fourth for a 5-3 win. Kannapolis struck first with three in the bottom of the 2nd while Hagerstown tied it in the 4th on a two-run double by Khayyan Norfork and an error. The Suns got sloppy in the bottom half of the frame, with a dropped third strike with two outs extending the inning and an error on a bunt single to the next batter setting up a two-run single. Pedro Encarnacion gave up all five runs (four earned) on ten hits for his ninth loss. He walked none and struck out eight. Hagerstown had four hits in six “ups” with Pedro Severino collecting two of them while going 2-for-2. The loss combined with a doubleheader sweep by West Virginia gave the Power the second half Sally North division title.

Auburn 10 State College 0
• Orlan 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Cooper (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Lippincott 2-3, 2R, 2BB
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Foat 1-5, 2R, HR, 5RBI

Four Auburn pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout while the offense exploded twice for big innings for a 10-0 win. R.C. Orlan turned in four innings of one-hit ball, walking three and striking out five in his final start. Andrew Cooper got the win as the first man out of the ‘pen, retiring six of seven batters faced (hitting the other) with three strikeouts. Bryan Lippincott reached base four times with two singles and two walks to lead the 13-hit attack, which included a three-run shot by James Yezzo in the four-run 4th and a grand slam by Matt Foat in the six-run 8th.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Red Sox 2
• Suero (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K, HBP
• Sylvestri 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• R. Encarnacion 1-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Gordon 2-4, R, RBI

The G-Nats did precisely what you’d expect a team that went 49-9 in the regular season to do: Win the league championship.

Sep 012013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Buffalo,
6:30 p.m.
Tatusko (5-7, 4.20) vs.
Romero (4-8, 5.88)
Harrisburg Won, 12-3 @ Richmond,
2:05 p.m.
Treinen (6-7, 3.72) vs.
Snodgrass (11-4, 3.79)
Potomac Won, 7-5 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Demny (2-2, 3.38) vs.
Howard (3-2, 3.32)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (10-8, 3.43) vs.
Olacio (5-11, 4.61)
Auburn Lost, 7-4 vs. State College,
2:05 p.m.
Orlan (1-5, 3.93) vs.
Bautista (1-4, 4.61)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-3 @ GCL Red Sox,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 2 Pawtucket 1
• Clay 6IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Krol (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kimball (SV, 1) 1IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 1-3, BB, SB, OF assist at HP (9th)
• Brown 1-4, RBI
• Marrero 1-4, HR, RBI

A solo shot in the 5th, 20 consecutive batters retired, and an outfield kill in the 9th were the keys to the Chiefs 2-1 win over the PawSox. Chris Marrero’s 11th HR proved to be the gamewinner in the pitcher’s duel. Caleb Clay got his 6th no-decision for Syracuse despite pitching his ninth quality start, letting in a run on two hits in the second inning, then retiring the last 14 batters he faced. Ian Krol and Mike Crotta each pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th and 8th innings to make it 20 in a row. Pawtucket struck for three singles in the 9th against Cole Kimball, who earned his 1st save for Syracuse thanks to Chris Rahl gunning down the tying run at the plate after the third hit of the inning.

Harrisburg 12 Richmond 3
• Karns (W, 10-6) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 7K, HR; 1-4, RBI
• Perry 2IP, H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Souza 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI, HBP, SB(20)
• Hague 3-5, 2R, BB, 3RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, 2BB, 2

An eight-run 5th and seven strong innings from Nathan Karns powered Harrisburg past Richmond, 12-5. The 3-4-5 combo of Steve Souza Jr, Justin Bloxom, and Ricky Hague combined to go 8-for-14 with five runs scored and six RBI as the Senator offense notched 13 hits total. Karns became the third 10-game winner in the organization, giving up a run on a HR (14th in the minors, 19th overall), six hits, a walk, and seven strikeouts. With a 6-1 Erie loss to Bowie, Harrisburg’s magic number to clinch the E.L. West was reduced to one.

Potomac 7 Frederick 5
• Purke (W, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Benincasa (SV, 17) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 4-4, 2R, 2-2B, HR, BB, SB, 5RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Keyes 3-5, 2-2B

Michael Taylor reached base five times, scored twice, drove in five, stole a base, threw out a runner, and saved 15% on his car insurance in a 7-5 Potomac win over Frederick. Kevin Keyes doubled twice and Justin Miller singled twice as the P-Nats rackek up 13 hits. Matt Purke tossed five scoreless innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and setting down five on strikes for win no. 5. The Keys rallied for five against the P-Nats relievers, “forcing” Robert Benincasa to work on back-to-back nights for another save, his 17th for Potomac.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 1
• Johansen (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Pena 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-3, BB
• Perez 1-3, 2B

Jake Johansen’s second start was slightly better than his first, but with an AWOL offense, the result was another “L” — 4-1 to Kannapolis. The Suns mustered just four hits against the Intimidators, with Shawn Pleffner collecting two of them. Johansen allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks while fanning four. West Virginia and Lexington were suspended with the Power leading 1-0 in the 3rd, but with the Sally League playoff format, Game One will be in Charleston regardless of whether there is a double-half winner.

State College 7 Auburn 4
• Simms (L, 0-3) 3⅓ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Joyce 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Masters 2-3, R
• Foat 2-4, 2RBI

State College scored six times in four innings before Auburn answered with two as the Spikes went on to a 7-4 win. John Simms was charged with all six runs on 10 hits, though he walked none and struck out three over three and a 1/3rd innings. Matt Foat and David Masters both had two singles, as did the rest of the lineup, which only walked once as the final two Doubleday runs scored with the help of two errors and a passed ball.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Red Sox 3
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Derosier (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, BB, 0K
• Walsh 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• R. Encarnacion 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, OF assist at 1B
• Mejia 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB, 2E
• Bautista 2-4, RBI

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of 7th, the G-Nats sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the 7th. Eight of them scored. An inning later, two more circled the bases as the G-Nats defeated the G-Sox, 10-3 in Game One of the GCL Finals. Randy Encarnacion connected for a three-run homer, joining teammate Bryan Mejia in going 3-for-4 with two runs scored as the G-Nats pounded out 12 hits total, nine in the final two frames. Jefry Rodriguez got the start and gave up two runs, one unearned, on six hits and a walk while striking out two. Matt Derosier got the win with one run allowed over two innings. Jake Walsh closed out the game with two scoreless innings.

Aug 312013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Clay (5-2, 2.57) vs.
Webster (8-4, 3.68)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (9-6, 3.37) vs.
Westcott (5-11, 3.87)
Potomac Won, 5-3 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Purke (4-3, 4.82) vs.
Clark (1-6, 9.60)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-1, 7.71) vs.
Lopez (4-3, 2.62)
Auburn Won, 6-3 vs. State College,
6:05 p.m.
Barrientos (1-5, 7.26)
Simms (0-2, 4.38) vs.
Herget (6-0, 3.07)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. GCL Red Sox,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 1
• Mandel 5⅔ IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Davis (L, 3-7) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4, R, SB
• Espinosa 2-4

The PawSox rallied with two out in the bottom of the 9th to edge the Chiefs, 2-1. Erik Davis, who had gotten the last two outs in the 8th, issued a two-out walk. A stolen base put the gamewinner into scoring position and a single to center cashed him for the walkoff. Starter Jeff Mandel gave up just a run on six hits while striking out six but got the no-decision. All seven Syracuse hits were allowed by MLB rehabber Clay Buchholz in his three and a 1/3rd innings as the Pawtucket bullpen pitched five and 2/3rds of no-hit relief.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 2
• Ray (W, 5-2) 5IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, 9K, HR
• Mirowski (H, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Head 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Souza 0-1, 2R, 4BB, 3SB

Harrisburg struck for three in the 9th to pull away from Richmond for a 6-2 win. Robbie Ray threw five innings of one-hit, one-run ball, surrendering his 13th longball of the year in the 4th, while walking two and fanning nine. Jason Martinson’s two-run homer in the 2nd got the Sens on the board first while Carlos Rivero’s two-run single capped off the 9th. Meanwhile, Erie took the second game of a doubleheader against Bowie to clinch a playoff berth. The Sens lead the Seawolves by one game with three left to play, but would lose the division on the first tiebreaker, having lost 8 of 15 meetings between the two teams.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 3
• Schwartz 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Bates (W, 5-4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Manuel 2-4, R
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, 2BB, 2SB
• Keyes 1-2, 2RBI

Potomac scored two runs early and three runs late to take the final game of the series vs. Winston-Salem, 5-3. Making his final regular-season start, Blake Schwartz turned in another quality start of three runs on seven hits and a walk but failed to become the first 12-game winner for the P-Nats since Tommy Milone in 2009. Colin Bates got the win with two goose eggs in the 7th and 8th innings, while Robert Benincasa worked around a hit in the 9th for his 16th save. Michael Taylor singled once, walked twice, stole two bases, and scored twice to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 8 Kannapolis 2
• Dickson (W, 5-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 9K
• Meza (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, BB
• Perrott 2-5, R

The Suns put up three crooked numbers and scored in four innings total as they lapped the Intimidators, 8-2. Starter Ian Dickson struck out nine and walked none in six innings, allowing both Kannapolis runs on four hits. Every Hagerstown batter hit safely with Tony Renda and Khayyan Norfork both reaching base three times on two hits and a walk. West Virginia, which clinched a playoff berth on Thursday, won to keep pace as the two teams remain tied for the 2nd half title at 40-25.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 3
• Ullmann (W, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hollins (SV, 5) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Yezzo 2-4, RBI
• Dent 1-3, 2RBI
• Lippincott 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Auburn scored one in the 1st, two in the 3rd, and three in the 6th as they doubled up Mahoning Valley, 6-3. Starter Ryan Ullmann pitched into the sixth, giving up all three Scrapper runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five to earn the win. L.J. Hollins closed out the game with three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings for his fifth save. James Yezzo led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game as the Doubledays scored six times on just seven hits and two walks.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Pirates 1
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Webb 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Difo 2-3, R, BB

Drew Ward’s two-run double capped a four-run 5th as the G-Nats dispensed with the G-Pirates, 6-1 to advance the to GCL League Championship. Ward also homered and drew a walk, collecting two of the G-Nats’ four extra-base hits. Hector Silvestre pitched six one-hit innings without issuing a base on balls and set down six on strikes to earn the “W.” Joey Webb followed with two scoreless but not painless frames, as the 28th-round pick plunked two batters. David “Yes, my brother is Wilson” Ramos lost the shutout in the 9th, surrendering a leadoff triple and a pair of two-out singles.

Aug 302013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Mandel (3-9, 4.78) vs.
Buchholz (MLB rehab)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.91) vs.
Escobar (5-3, 2.59)
Potomac Lost, 6-1 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Schwartz (11-4, 2.56) vs.
Recchia (1-0, 5.23)
Hagerstown Won, 14-1 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (4-3, 4.53) vs.
Montas (5-10, 5.33)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-2, 540) vs.
Hamrick (2-5, 3.55)
GCL Nationals Canceled vs. GCL Pirates,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 8-8) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Crotta 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 2-4
• Watts 1-3, 2B, BB

Pawtucket got to Yunesky Maya for two runs in the 1st while the Syracuse bats were stifled all night for a 2-0 shutout loss. The 32-y.o. Cuban gave up back-to-back-to-back singles to open the game, then two more singles over the next five frames for a quality start but his eighth loss. He walked one and struck out nine. Syracuse managed just six hits and four walks with Josh Johnson the sole multihit Chief and Chris Marrero drawing two of the four bases on balls.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 1
• Hill 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 1-4, R
• Bloxom 1-4, RBI

Ricky Hague was ruled to have interfered an would-be fielder’s choice to end the game on a double play as the Senators fell to Altoona, 4-1. Roughly a half hour later, the Senators learned they had clinched a playoff spot with Richmond’s 9-8 loss to Reading. Taylor Hill gave up two solo shots and three runs total on six hits and a walk over seven innings, but lost for the 7th time at AA. Harrisburg was held to just four hits, three of which came in the 9th as did the sole walk (Hague).

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 1
• Solis (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Dupra 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Manuel 3-4
• Ramsey 1-3, BB

The Dash pounded the P-Nats yet again at BB&T park, 6-1. Sammy Solis gave up all six on nine hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds for his first loss. Brian Dupra let in one of three and combined with Travis Henke for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief but the Potomac bats were largely silent. Craig Manuel had three of the six P-Nats hits in his High-A debut. Adrian Sanchez drove in the lone Potomac run with a sacrifice fly in the 5th.
Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra placed on Temporary Inactive List; C Craig Manuel reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 14 Lakewood 1
• Voth (W, 1-0) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Self (H, 3) 2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Piwinica-Worms 3-6, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, HR, 5RBI
• Perrott 2-2, R, 2RBI

The Lakewood relievers were among the folks that got hammered at the Muni on Thursday night, giving up 12 unanswered runs in 14-1 Hagerstown win. The Blue Claws pitchers were lit up for 13 hits when they could find the plate, as they also issued 12 walks. Austin Voth got the win with six innings of one-run, two-hit pitching with just a walk allowed and five strikeouts while Derek Self and Cody Davis combined for three shutout innings and six strikeout to finish the game. Will Piwinica-Worms led the hit column with a 3-for-6 night while Stephen Perez drove in five on a 2-for-5 effort, including a three-run HR in the six-run 8th inning.
Roster move: C Geoffrey Perrott reassigned from the GCL.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Pivetta 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mudron (L, 0-3) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• J.C. Valdez 1-3, R, 2B
• Masters 1-3, RBI

Mahoning Valley edge Auburn in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel. Starter Nick Pivetta gave up one run on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three but got the no-decision. Mike Mudron took the loss, the gamewinner coming in on a passed ball in the 7th. Jean Carlos Valdez doubled in the second and scored on a Dave Masters two-out single as the Doubledays were held to five hits and one walk.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain denied the G-Nats the chance for 50 wins, but cemented the record for best winning percentage in any domestic league at .845 (the 1992 DSL Blue Jays went 68-2). The playoffs begin today with the G-Nats hosting the G-Pirates, with the winner advancing to the Finals against the winner of the G-Yankees2 and G-Red Sox.

Aug 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.91) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (2-6, 2.59) vs.
Sadler (10-7, 3.41)
Potomac Won, 8-7 (11 inn.);
Lost, 5-0
@ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 2.72) vs.
Ortiz (0-3, 8.06)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 5.79) vs.
Prosinski (2-1, 3.06)
Auburn Won, 2-0; Lost, 3-0 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m. (DH)
Pivetta (0-1, 5.56) vs.
Mathews (0-2, 2.87)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 4
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Lowe (L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Espinosa 3-5, R, SB
• Walters 2-4, RBI

Pawtucket got to starter Danny Rosenbaum early to tske a 4-1 lead after two. The Xavier product settled down to go six innings, allowing four hits total and two walks while fanning six. The Chiefs rallied for three in the 7th, capped by a two-run single by Josh Johnson to take Rosenbaum off the hook. Alas, a solor HR served up by Mark Lowe in the bottom of the 8th proved to be the gamewinner as the PawSox took the game, 5-4.

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 0
• Cole (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Grace (H, 4) 1+IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Burns 2-4, R, 2SB
• Jeroloman 1-3

The Senators reduced their magic number to one with 2-0 shutout of the Curve. A.J. Cole threw seven scorelss inning and struck out sewven to win his fourth game. He walked two and allowed four hits. Three relievers combined for the two innings of relief, with Tyler Herron getting his fourth save. Billy Burns once again wreaked havoc on the basepaths, going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases as Harriburg was otherwise held to just four hits total. Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg activated from the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; RHP Aaron Barrett placed on the 7-Day DL

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 7 (11 inn.) — COMP.
• Schwartz 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Rauh (BS, 1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Holt (W, 5-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-5, 3R, 2HR, BB, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

Kevin Keyes’s 2nd HR of the game in the 11th gave the P-Nats the 8-7 win and cinched the 2nd half title. Greg Holt got the win in relief of starter Blake Schwartz, who went three and 2/3rds and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk when the game was first played on July 11th. Brian Rauh was the de facto starter when the game resumed last night but fell victim to a three-run HR by Dash catcher Kevan Smith, which tied the game at 7-7 in the 7th. Keyes, Adrian, Nieto, and Michael Taylor combined for six of the 12 Potomac hits and five RBI while scoring five times.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 0 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 0-2) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Wort 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Keyes 2-3
• Oduber 1-2, SB

Brett Mooneyham’s second High-A start went better than the first, but he still took the loss as the Dash shut out the P-Nats, 5-0. The 23-y.o. southpaw gave up all five Winston-Salem runs on four hits and three walks while getting three K’s. Potomac was held to five hits, with Kevin Keyes going 2-for-3 to lead the way.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 0
• Bacus (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Harper (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-3, 2R
• Ramos 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Dakota Bacus walked four, but worked around them with six scoreless innings of one-hit ball to win his Nats debut, 4-2. Hagerstown twice put up crooked numbers in support of the “White Ninja,” as Shawn Pleffner and “Help Me” Wander Ramos connected for RBI singles in the 1st. Tony Renda (2-for-3) led off the 5th with a single and came in on a Ramos double while Mike McQuillan drove in Ramos with a single. Bryan Harper closed out the game with a scoreless 9th for the save.

Auburn 2 weqBatavia 0 — GAME ONE
• Giolito 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Grisz (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Foat 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, RBI

Lucas Giolito appears to have found his stride, turning in another five scoreless innings in a 2-0 Auburn shutout of Batavia. The 19-y.o. gave up four hits and walked one while striking out five. The Doubledays, however, didn’t score until the bottom of the 6th, when back-to-back-to-back singles by James Yezzo, Matt Foat, and Cody Gunter with one out plated two. Ben Grisz got the win, pitching the 6th and 7th innings with one hit and one strikeout. Folks interested in seeing some video on Giolito (hey, that rhymes!) should visit Auburn Citizen beat writer Jeremy Houghtaling’s YouTube collection.

Batavia 3 Auburn 0 — GAME TWO
• Selsor (L, 0-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Medina 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Yezzo 1-3, 3B
• Mastes 1-2

The Muckdogs put up runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th while returning the shutout favor with a 3-0 win over the Doubledays in the nightcap. Casey Selsor lost for the fifth time, allowing all three Batavia runs on six hits and no walks while setting down three on strikes. The Auburn offense was limited to just four hits and no walks, with James Yezzo the sole Doubleday to get past first base as he tripled with one out in the 4th and watched as the next two batters failed to send him home.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 0
• Young 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ott (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Derosier (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R
• Abreu 3-4, 2-2B

The G-Nats got win #49 with a 4-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Seven pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout with Chris Young starting and going two innings, giving up a hit and a walk and striking out two. Travis Ott was awarded the win by retiring all four batters he faced, following Young. Matt Derosier earned the save with a perfect innings in the 8th and 9th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Osvaldo Abreu both went 3-for-4 as the G-Nats pounded out 12 hits total.

Aug 282013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.78) vs.
Haeger (4-4, 4.86)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 2.58) vs.
Miller (1-4, 4.07)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
6:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Rauh (4-1, 3.81) and Mooneyham (0-1, 18.00)
vs. Marin (5-5, 4.62) Jaye (8-6, 4.36)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (Sally Lg. debut) vs.
Oviedo (1-3, 5.57) vs.
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Giolito (1-0, 0.00) and Selsor (0-4, 4.00) vs.
German (1-3, 2.40) and Effertz (1-0, 3.60)
GCL Nationals Canceled (Rain) vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Tatusko (L, 5-7) 5IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 3-5, R
• Rahl 2-4, 2B
• Johnson 2-4, 2B

Rochester dropped a five-spot on a sloppy Syracuse in the 1st and cruised to a 6-3 win that ended any chance of a .500 finish. Starter Ryan Tatusko gave up all six Red Wings runs, walking three and giving up five hits for his seventh loss. The Chiefs racked up 13 hits but dropped the transmission with just a 1-for-11 mark in the clutch. Eury Perez led the hit column with three singles while Chris Rahl and and Josh Johnson both singled and doubled while going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus recalled to Washington; LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 3
• Treinen 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Grace (W, 6-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 4-5, 3R, 2B, 2SB
• Souza 4-5, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI

Steve Souza Jr. continues to spark the Sens offense, delivering a two-run single in the 6th in a 6-3 win over the Curve. The 24-y.o. has gone 11-for-20 with seven RBI in five games since his activation, including 4-for-5 with 3RBI last night. Blake Treinen returned to the rotation and went four and 2/3rds, giving two runs on a 4th-inning HR and four hits total while walking none and whiffing six. Matt Grace got the win as the pitcher of record by retiring the final batter of the 6th as Harrisburg used five relievers to close out the game.
Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; RHP Blake Treinen activated from the 7-Day DL

Potomac — OFF DAY
Lynchburg didn’t cooperate last night, defeating Frederick 11-0 to keep Potomac’s magic number to clinch both halves at one. The P-Nats and the Dash play a de facto doubleheader tonight in Winston-Salem with a continuation of the July 11 contest that was suspended at 4-4 in the 4th. Winston-Salem has won eight in a row, but is on the verge of elimination from the playoffs thanks to a similar surge by Salem (five in a row) and spiral by Myrtle Beach (six in a row). The Red Sox’s magic number is down to three to win the second half and could clinch tonight with a doubleheader sweep and a Pelicans loss.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 5
• Encarnacion (L, 10-8) 6IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Meza 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramos 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B

Lakewood put up three in the 1st and two in the 4th to build a 5-0 lead. The single run scored in the 8th proved to be the difference as Hagerstown rallied from 5-0 and 6-2 down but fell short, 6-5. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss, giving up the first five runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over six innings. The Nos. 2-4 batters — Tony Renda, Shawn Pleffner, “Help Me” Wander Ramos — combined for six hits, five runs, and three RBI but also committed three of the four errors on the night.
Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee, OF Narciso Mesa placed on the 7-Day DL (corresponding moves for additions of RHP Dakota Bacus, OF Isaac Ballou).

Batavia 9 Auburn 3
• Orlan (L, 1-5) 3IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bafidis 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Gunter 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Reistetter 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• W. Rodriguez two OF assists (HP, 3B)

The Muckdogs scored in four straight innings to erase an early 1-0 Doubledays lead as Batavia tripled up Auburn, 9-3. R.C. Orlan lost for the fifth time, peppered for seven hits and two runs over three innings with no walks and two strikeouts. Auburn was held to just five hits with Matt Reistetter’s solo HR in the 1st and Cody Gunter’s two-run triple in the 5th accounting for the three Doubledays runs. Roster move: RHP Elliott Waterman reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain spared the G-Marlins one last beating by the G-Nats or one last chance for pride, depending on your point of view.
Roster move: RHP Chris Young assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

Aug 272013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 15-5 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (5-6, 3.90) vs.
Dean (1-2, 2.13)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Navarro (4-6, 4.43)
Potomac Won, 2-0 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (10-7, 3.45) vs.
Stefan (4-7, 3.65)
Auburn Postponed @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (1-4, 3.81) or
Giolito (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Garner (0-1, 1.41)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Zulueta (0-0, 0.96)



Syracuse 15 Rochester 5
• Clay (W, 5-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Espinosa 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse scored eight times before Rochester answered with two solo HRs in the 2nd as the Chiefs destroyed the Red Wings, 15-5. Every batter reached base, but Zach Walters was the “beer man” as the only one without a hit or an RBI in the 12-hit, 11-walk assault that set a season-high in runs for the Chiefs. Danny Espinosa (3-for-6) and Jeff Kobernus (2-for-5, BB) both reached base three times to lead the offense. Caleb Clay gave up three runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts for his fifth win.

Harrisburg 12 Altoona 5
• Karns (W, 9-6) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
• Holland 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Burns 3-4, 4R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Bloxom 3-5, R, 2RBI

The Senators put up double digits in runs for the first time in nearly two months as they straightened the Curve, 12-5. Tablesetters Billy Burns and Brian Goodwin combined for four RBIs, six hits, and seven runs scored. Justin Bloxom also collected three hits and drove in two as Harrisburg pounded out 12 hits total. Nathan Karns got his ninth win, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings for his 11th quality start, though he gave up HR nos. 12 and 13 on the year. The 25-y.o. struck eight to bring his season total to 148, two behind E.L. leader Jesse Biddle of Reading.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 0
• Demny (W, 2-2) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (SV, 15) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keyes 1-1, R, BB, RBI
• Miller 1-3, RBI, SB

Four P-Nats pitchers combined on seven-hit shutout of the Blue Rocks, 2-0. Starter Paul Demny went six innings for the first time since his demotion, allowing four hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes. Robert Benincasa worked around a one-out single in the 9th for his 15th save at High-A (25th overall). Brandon Miller went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base while Kevin Keyes walked and drove in the insurance run in the 8th coming off the bench for leadoff man Cutter Dykstra, who appears to be headed for a stint on the temporary inactive list.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After their final scheduled off day, Hagerstown remains tied with West Virginia for first place in the Sally North. The Suns play their final three regular-season games at home against the 6th-place Blue Claws. It’s not entirely clear if Hagerstown would still win the second half it the two teams remain tied a week from today, however they do hold an 8-5 edge in head-to-head meetings with West Virginia, which is a common tiebreaker. The Power also play its final three home games today through Thursday against the last-place Tourists. Both teams finish on the road for four, with Hagerstown visiting 4th-place Kannapolis and West Virginia visiting 2nd-place Lexington.

Auburn vs. Batavia — PPD
Inclement weather forced the postponement of this one until Wednesday, when Auburn returns to Batavia. The two teams will play a doubleheader at 5:05 p.m.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 1
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Suero (W, 8-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• R. Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bautista 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI

With a 5-1 win over the G-Marlins, the G-Nats clinched the best winning percentage ever in the GCL. Jefrey Rodriguez pitched on three days’ rest after an abbreviated outing last Thursday and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while fanning a pair. Wander Suero improved to 8-1 with two shutout innings of relief as the first man out of the ‘pen. Rafael Bautista homered and drove in two while Randy Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the G-Nats totaled five runs on six hits and three walks.