Jun 012012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Indianpolis,
7:15 p.m.
Maya (3-5, 3.36) vs.
Karstens (0-1, 6.23
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Mandel (4-3, 3.64) vs.
Hirschfeld (3-4, 3.28)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (1-4, 6.62) vs.
Delgado (3-1, 3.55)
Hagerstown Won, 12-0 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-3, 4.46) vs.
Chalas (4-3, 5.77).

SYRACUSE — PPD
Rain postponed the finale of the Bats-Chiefs series, forcing a makeup next week when Louisville visits Syracyuse.

Portland 7 Harrisburg 2
• Demny (L, 4-3) 5IP, 12H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Perez 3-4, R, 2B, BB
• Ivany 1-3, RBI

A pair of crooked innings in the 2nd and 3rd innings pushed Portland past Harrisburg for a 7-2 win. Starter Paul Demny was touched for five runs on 12 hits and no walks for his third loss of the season. Eury Perez registered his third three-hit contest in the last five games to lead the otherwise moribund Senator offense, which went 1-for-13 with RISP and left on 12 baserunners.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 2
• Swynenberg (W, 4-3) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Demmin (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Selik [SV, 8] 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 4-4, R, SB, CS, E(14)

A pair of crooked innings overcame a 1-0 deficit and broke a 2-2 tie Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 12 Delmarva 0
• Karns (W, 3-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Hawkins 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Miller 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI
• Ramsey 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Burns 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

Jason Martinson and Matt Skole both homered while Nathan Karns tossed another six shutout innings as the Suns scorched the Shorebirds, 12-0. Hendry Jimenez was the “beer man” as eight of nine starters hit safely, with Justin Miller and Caleb Ramsey leading the 13-hit attack with three hits apiece. Nathan Karns improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.03 with just three hits and three walks allowed. Ben Hawkins and Chris McKenzie combined with the 24-year-old as the three Suns pitchers allowed just five singles total.

May 312012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (3-5, 3.36) vs.
Villarreal (2-1, 3.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2;
Won, 5-2
vs. Portland,
10:30 a.m.
Demny (4-2, 4.11) vs.
Balcom-Miller (2-4, 5.25)
Potomac Won, 5-3;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (3-3, 4.94) vs.
Hendricks (1-5, 2.67)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (2-0, 2.35) vs.
Rodriguez (1-1, 2.43)

Syracuse 2 Louisville 1
• Lannan (W, 4-5) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, 0HR
• Pena (H, 2) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lehman (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Negrych 2-4, 2B
• Hoffpauir 2-4, RBI
• Rivero 1-2, RBI

Carlos Rivero’s pinch-hit RBI single in the 7th was the difference as Syracuse edged Louisville, 2-1. Starter John Lannan turned in six strong innings, walking three and striking out three but allowing just the one run on five hits, none of which left the park. Jim Negrych and Jarrett Hoffpauir both went 2-for-4 to lead the Chiefs offense, which managed seven hits total. Pat Lehman pitched the ninth to earn his first AAA save.

Portland 3 Harrisburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Ballard (ND) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Davis (BS, 2; L, 4-2) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Perez 3-3, R, 3SB
• Lozada 1-1, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Portland’s Billy Buckner (no relation) gave up two first-inning runs to Harrisburg, but stifled the Senators for the next six as the Sea Dogs won Game One, 3-2. Starter Mike Ballard was nearly as good, giving up just a run on a third-inning HR but got the no-decision when Erik Davis gave up the tying and go-ahead runs in the 7th. Eury Perez singled and stole second three times while Jose Lozada doubled, but the rest of the lineup went 0-for-18.

Harrisburg 5 Portland 2 — GAME TWO
• Tatusko 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Nelo (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Van Ostrand 2-3, R, RBI
• McConnell 1-3, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Perez 1-3, RBI, SB (17)

A five-run 4th broke up the string of nine scoreless innings as the Senators took the nightcap, 5-2. Chris McConnell struck the decisive blow with a three-run triple while newly signed Jimmy Van Ostrand singled twice to lead the seven-hit attack. Christian Garcia got the win in relief of spot starter Ryan Tatusko, who gave up a run over three innings. Hector Nelo got the save while (as usual) working around multiple baserunners. Prior to the doubleheader, RHP Rafael Martin was activated from the Temporary Inactive list and assigned from Syracuse to Harrisburg while 2B Jeff Kobernus was placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 24.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 3 (Comp. of Susp. Gm.)
• Grace 4⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Applebee 3⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Selik (SV, 7)1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Ramirez 1-4, 2RBI
• Freitas 1-4, RBI
• Sanchez 1-3, 2R, 4SB

Myrtle Beach 1 Potomac 0 — GAME TWO
• Holder (L, 2-1) 6IP, 5R, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Wort 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Oduber 2-3, 2B
• Morse 2-3, 2B

Potomac finished what it started in Game One, but never got it going in Game Two of the “doubleheader” Last Night In Woodbridge.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 3
• Purke (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 1K, HR
• Holt 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Nieto 2-3, BB
• Goodwin 2-4, R, SB
• Souza 2-4, R

Matt Purke’s pro debut left much to be desired as the southpaw was rung up for five runs on seven hits and five walks in a 5-3 loss to Greensboro. The game, which was conveniently coincidentally was not broadcast by either team on the radio, was reportedly fraught with poor umpiring, according to a dispatch from MASN’s Byron Kerr. Brian Goodwin, who was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, Adrian Nieto, and Steve Souza combined for six of nine Suns hits, but Hagerstown was woeful in the clutch: 2-for-11 with RISP and 10 LOB. To make room for Purke, who was assigned from the Potomac Nationals to Hagerstown, RHP Brian Dupra was placed on the 7-Day DL; RHPs Travis Henke and Pedro Encarnacion swapped places on the Suns and Doubleday rosters.

May 302012
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (3-5, 6.12) vs.
Tomko (0-5, 3.18)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Tatusko (0-1, 9.00) and
Ballard (1-4, 3.31) vs.
Buckner (3-3, 3.28) and
Pimentel (1-1, 4.44)
Potomac Winning, 3-0
(Susp., Top 5th)
vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Holder (2-0, 6.20) vs.
Tepesch (3-3, 3.88)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Greensboro,
10:45 a.m.
Purke (A- debut) vs.
Conley (5-1, 2.63)

Syracuse 6 Louisville 2
• Duke (W, 6-2) 6IP, 10H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K; 1-1, SAC
• Severino 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Teahen 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Carroll 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Hoffpaiur 2-2, RBI

Syracuse snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Louisville. Zach Duke won his team-leading 6th game, helped by the defense that turned three DPs as he allowed one run on 10 hits over six innings. The Chiefs made the most of their offensive chances, going 3-for-6 with RISP and executing four sacrifices (two hits, two flyballs) while registering 11 hits. The Twins have offered back Rule 5 pick OF Erik Komatsu, who has been assigned to Syracuse. The move puts the Chiefs roster back to the limit of 25

HARRISBURG — PPD
Rain postponed last night’s contest in Harrisburg and will be made up tonight with a pair of seven-inning games. The Nationals signed Jimmy Van Ostrand from the Sugarland Skeeters of the Atlantic League and assigned him to Harrisburg, putting the Senators roster back to the full 25.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 0 — Suspended, Top 5th, Two Outs
• Grace 4⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Ramirez 1-2, 2RBI
• Freitas 1-2, RBI

Potomac fell one batter short of beating the downpour Last Night In Woodbridge.

Greensboro 4 Hagerstown 2
• Hill (L, 4-4) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Henke 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 1-3, BB
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Jason Martinson broke up the shutout bid with a two-run HR in the 9th, taking the edge off an abysmal offensive night for Hagerstown, which fell 4-2 to Greensboro. The Suns hitters managed just four hits on the night and drew just one walk as the Grasshopper pitchers were their master, striking them out 14 times. Starter Taylor Hill went a season-high seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks but gave up a two-run HR in the Greensboro’s three-run 5th. Byron Kerr is reporting that Matt Purke will make his regular-season debut this morning in Greensboro. No corresponding move has been announced, but readers of the maroon italics should be well aware that this development does not mean that a promotion for another pitcher is forthcoming.

May 292012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Louisville,
11:05 a.m.
Duke (5-2, 4.25) vs.
Francis (2-5, 4.09)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-0 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Buckner (3-3, 3.28)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (2-6, 6.70) vs.
Mendez (3-3, 4.08)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (4-3, 3.40) vs.
Brice (4-1, 4.35)

Louisville 4 Syracuse 3
• Atkins (L, 4-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Pena 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Paul 3-4, RBI
• Johnson 2-5, R

All seven runs came in the first three innings as the Bats ‘pen outdueled the Chiefs for a 4-3 win. Mitch Atkins went five innings but gave up all four runs in the first two innings, including a solo HR in the 2nd that proved to be the game-winner. Xavier Paul led the offense with a 3-for-4 game as Syracuse outhit Louisville 9-8 but left seven runners on.

Reading 8 Harrisburg 0
• Rosenbaum (L, 6-1) 6IP, 12H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• King 2-3, 2B
• Valdez 2-4

Danny Rosenbaum got taken to the woodshed by Reading for his first loss of the season as Harrisburg was shut out, 8-0. Rosenbaum gave up six runs on 12 hits and a walk while striking out just two, his second straight start of three-plus runs allowed after a streak of six starts with none or one run allowed. Stephen King and Jesus Valdez combined for four of the seven hits the Senators could muster against Reading’s David Buchanan, who went the distance.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 2
• Ray (L, 1-2) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramirez 2-3, R, 2B
• Sanchez 2-3, 3B, RBI

Robbie Ray turned in decent start, but it wasn’t enough Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 7
• Meyer (W, 3-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Bates (H, 1) 3IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Lucas ⅓ IP, 3H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, HR(GS)
• Burns 2-5, R, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

A six-run 3rd by Hagerstown seemed like enough to coast to a win, but a six-run 9th by Greensboro proved otherwise as the Suns survived, 9-7. Bobby Lucas retired just one of the seven batters he faced, giving up a grand slam after a pair of walks and a single and getting chased after an error (his) and a double. Aaron Barrett struck out two but let in two while putting out the fire and earning his sixth save. Starter Alex Meyer evened his record at 3-3 with a run on five hits and two walks over five innings. Billy Burns and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-5 to lead the Suns 11-hit offense.

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 272012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-6 vs. Columbus,
6:30 p.m.
Roark (3-5, 3.89) vs.
Seddon (4-3, 4.70)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Reading,
2:00 p.m.
Mandel (4-3, 3.40) vs.
May (5-2, 4.10)
Potomac Lost, 7-2 @ Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (1-4, 7.20) vs.
Delgado (2-1, 4.15)
Hagerstown Won, 7-1;
Lost, 7-5
@ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Oviedo (1-0, 1.50)

Columbus 9 Syracuse 6
• Maya (L, 3-5) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Teahen 2-5, 2RBI
• Negrych 2-4
• Solano 2-5, R

A six-run 5th put the wind in Columbus’s sails as the Clippers built a 9-0 lead and weathered a late rally by Syracuse, 9-6. Yunesky Maya was torched for seven runs on six hits, including a three-run HR in the 5th, and suffered the loss. Mark Teahen, Jim Negrych, and Jhonatan Solano each had two hits in the loss.

Harrisburg 5 Reading 4
• Demny (W, 4-2) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Pucetas (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Perez 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• Lozada 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Pahuta 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Big flies and mayflies were both out Last Night In Harrisburg.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 2
• Swynenberg (L, 3-3) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, 3HR
• McCatty 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramirez 3-4, RBI
• Freitas 1-3, R, RBI

The month of May continues to be unkind to Matt Swynenberg, as the Lynchburg Hillcats smacked three HRs in a 7-2 win over Potomac. The staff ace lost for the second time in five starts and has seen his ERA climb from 3.24 to 4.94 over that span. J.P. Ramirez led the P-Nats offense with three of their nine hits.

Hagerstown 7 Lakewood 1 — GAME ONE
• Karns (W, 2-0) 7IP, H, R, ER, BB, 10K
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Skole 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, RBI, SB

Nathan Karns threw a one-hit complete game, striking out a career-high 10 as the Suns took game one of the doubleheader, 7-1. Hagerstown broke the game open in the 3rd with a four-run rally, highlighted by Steve Souza’s two-run double. Matt Skole connected for his 10th HR in the 5th while Jason Martinson singled twice as the Suns pounded out 10 hits in the seven-inning game.

Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 5 — GAME TWO
• Smith (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Hawkins 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Skole 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI

The tables were turned in the nightcap as the BlueClaws roughed up Jason Smith in his Low-A debut with a five-run 2nd and held on for a 7-5 win. Matt Skole went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double while Brian Goodwin doubled and tripled as Hagerstown outhit Lakewood 9-5. Jason Martinson singled to extend his hit streak to seven games and scored twice to push his league-leading tally to 52.

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 252012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 13-4 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (3-4, 5.80) vs.
Huff (2-1, 2.66)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Ballard (1-3, 3.30) vs.
Pettibone (3-4, 3.59)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Holder (2-0, 6.00) vs.
Martin (5-4, 3.28)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0;
Won, 4-3
@ Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Turnbull (1-3, 5.01) vs.
Kleven (3-3, 3.38)

Syracuse 13 Columbus 4
• Duke (W, 5-2) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Bibens-Dirkx 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bynum 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Brown 3-5, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Solano 2-5, 2R, 2B

Corey Brown was a double short of the cycle as the Chiefs sunk the Clippers by 13-4 count. It was the fourth straight game with a homer for the 26-y.o. outfielder. Syracuse put the game away early with a five-run 2nd and a six-run 3rd, racking up 14 hits with Seth Bynum matching Brown’s three hits and leading the RBI column with four. Zach Duke won for the fourth time in his last five starts, giving up all four Columbus runs on eight hits and two walks. Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Pat Lehman, and Josh Wilkie each tossed a scoreless inning in relief to finish the game. Roster Moves: After a two-month plus absence due to a neck injury, C Jhonatan Solano was activated from the 7-Day DL, with OF Jason Michaels placed on it to make room on the Syracuse roster.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 4
• Gilliam (L, 1-5) 6IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 6K
• Pucetas 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Perez 2-4, R, SB,
• Mayorson 2-4, RBI, CS

Rob Gilliam had just one bad inning, but that five-run first stood up as Altoona took the series finale from Harrisburg, 5-4. Gilliam composed himself to allow just one more hit over the next five scoreless innings, finishing with five runs allowed on five hits and four walks (one intentional) with six strikeouts over six innings. Kevin Pucetas kept the Sens in it with two more scoreless frames. Harrisburg got the tying run to second with one out, and loaded the bases with two outs, but couldn’t push any across. Eury Perez and Manny Mayorson both singled twice as the Sens notched seven hits total.

POTOMAC — OFF DAY
After getting swept by second-place Wilmington, the P-Nats head to Lynchburg for a weekend series against the first-place Lynchburg Hillcats, needing a sweep to have any chance at making up the seven-game deficit with a little more than three weeks left in the first half.

Hagerstown 2 Lakewood 0 — GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 4-3) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Barrett (SV, 4) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Skole 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 1-2, BB

Taylor Hill ended his winless streak of four starts as the Suns shut out the Blue Claws, 2-0 in the opening game of the doubleheader. Hill went six and a 1/3rd innings but back-to-back walks chased him from the game. He allowed just three hits and struck out a career-high seven batters. Aaron Barrett stranded both baserunners for his fourth save. Matt Skole’s RBI double and Caleb Ramsey’s sac fly in the 4th were the difference as the two teams combined for just seven hits.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion (ND) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Burns 3-4, R
• Dykstra 3-4, 2R, 2SB

Matt Skole struck again, singling in the go-ahead run in the top of the 8th as Hagerstown took the nightcap, 4-3. Billy Burns and Cutter Dykstra combined for six hits while Jason Martinson and Skole combined for four RBI as the four batters accounted for all the Suns offense (nine hits, one walk). Pedro Encarnacion got the spot start and weathered a two-run first to go five innings. Colin Bates gave up the tying run on a leadoff homer in the 7th but retired six of the last seven batters he faced to earn his first win of the season.

May 232012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Postponed @ Altoona,
10:00 a.m.
Rosenbaum (5-0, 0.62) and
Gilliam (1-4, 4.68) vs.
Irwin (0-1, 4.76) and
Cumpton (5-3, 3.72)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Wilmington,
11:05 a.m.
Grace (2-5, 7.34) vs.
Sample (0-5, 6.00)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4;
Lost, 8-4
vs. Greensboro,
10:35 a.m.
Meyer (2-3, 4.70) vs.
(3-1, 3.95)

Syracuse 7 Toledo 0
• Atkins (W, 4-3) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Arnesen (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Brown 2-5, R, HR, 5RBI
• Michaels 2-4, 2R, RBI

Mitch Atkins and Erik Arnesen each gave up two hits to combine on a four-hit Syracuse shutout of Toledo, 7-0. The Chiefs did their damage with two big innings — a four-run 2nd and a three-run 7th as the Chiefs plucked the Mud Hens pitchers for 12 hits. Corey Brown remains an offensive force, driving in five runs (all with two outs) while smacking his 10th HR. Syracuse finished its Ohio swing with a 5-3 mark and gets an off day today before returning to action on Thursday.

HARRISBURG — PPD
Rain postponed Game Two of the four-game series and will be made up as a doubleheader this morning.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 2
• Ray (ND) 5⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Wort (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Selik (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B
• Keyes 1-4, R, RBI, SB

Robbie Ray turned in his finest outing thus far for Potomac, pitching into the 6th with eight strikeouts and a run on five hits and two walks. The Blue Rocks, however, pulverized the Potomac ‘pen for three runs in the last of the 8th, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win for Wilmington. Rob Wort took the loss when Cameron Selik couldn’t strand the two runners he inherited. Wort was charged for his first earned run in more than a month while Selik suffered his first blown save in six opportunities. Justin Bloxom continues to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead the P-Nat offense.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 4, 10 inn. (comp.)
• Karns 1⅓ IP, H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, K
• Meza 4⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 5K, 2-1 IR-S
• Barrett (BS, 1; W, 3-1) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, K
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Souza 2-4, R, BB
• Skole 2-5, 2R, RBI

Adrian Nieto’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave the Suns a 5-4 win over Greensboro in the completion of Monday night’s suspended game. Christian Meza got the spot “start,” and turned in four and 2/3rds innings of relief, letting in one of two inherited runners while walking three and striking out five. After Hagerstown rallied for two in the last of the 8th, Aaron Barrett couldn’t nail it down in the 9th, giving up a two-out double to tie it at 4-4 but pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win. Nieto, Steve Souza, and Matt Skole each had two hits as the Suns rapped out nine total.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 4 — GAME TWO
• Dupra (L, 2-4) 1⅔ IP, 6H, 8R, 8ER, 4BB, K, 2HR
• Hawkins 3⅓ IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Burns 2-3, R, 2B, 3B, BB, SB, RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB

Brian Dupra’s struggles with the long ball continue with two more given up in an 8-4 loss to Greensboro. The righthander has given up five in his past two starts, along with 10 hits, 12 runs and five walks. Billy Burns walked, doubled, tripled, stole a base, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Suns on offense, which collected seven hits total but left nine runners on base.

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.