Jul 292011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
J.D. Martin (2-6, 4.78) vs.
Joe Martinez (6-4, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1
(14 inn.)
vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.18) vs.
Brandon Moore (8-7, 3.73)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (3-5, 4.68)
vs. Bobby Bundy (10-5, 2.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.00) vs.
Tim Berry (3-6, 5.81)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-0, 6.87) vs.
Andrew Bellatti (0-4, 3.25)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4
(11 inn.) vs.
GCL Cards
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 5.89) vs.
Enderson Franco (0-1, 5.14)
DSL Nationals Lost, 13-2 vs.
DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
Ivan Pineyro (2-4, 2.22) vs.
Miguel Del Pozo (3-3, 5.16)

Syracuse 6 Columbus 5
• Milone 2⅓ IP, 6H, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2R HR, 3R HR
• Zinicola 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 1K
• Hyde (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Bixler 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Aubrey 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• J Valdez 4-5

Syracuse mounted a spirited comeback from a 5-2 7th-inning deficit to bail out starter Tom Milone in a 6-5 victory over Columbus. Milone was victimized by the long ball, giving up a two-run homer to former Nat Nick Johnson in the 2nd, and a three-run shot to former major leaguer Shelley Duncan. Credit goes to the Chiefs bullpen of Ryan Tatusko, Zech Zinicola, Lee Hyde, Jeff Mandel, and Atahualpa Severino that pitched six and 2/3rd scoreless innings. The Chiefs had 15 hits in all. In the 7th, the Chiefs began their comeback with a Chris Marrero RBI single. In the 8th, the Chiefs scored three runs on three singles and a double to take the decisive 6-5 lead. With the win, the Chiefs improve to 46-58, four games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo and fifteen games in back of first-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 2 Binghamton 1 14 Innings
• Arnesen 8IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• VanAllen 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Lehman 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• C Martinez (W, 2-3) 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-6, R, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg outlasted Binghamton 2-1 in a 14-inning game (plus a one-hour, fifty-four minute rain delay) that ended well after midnight. Starter Erik Arnesen was excellent, yielding only a 7th-inning solo homer to Juan Lagares. Derek Norris helped engineer Harrisburg’s response with a leadoff walk and a stolen base in front of a Chris Rahl RBI single. From there, two stingy bullpens took over. Corey VanAllen, Pat Lehman, and Carlos Martinez combined for six shutout innings before Harrisburg mustered a merciful two-out rally in the 14th that began with a Rahl triple. Finally, Tim Pahuta hit a walkoff single to give Harrisburg the 2-1 win. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 60-46 and remains in first place, 1½ games ahead of both Bowie and Richmond in the E.L. West.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 5
• Demny (W, 7-9) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 10K, 0HR
• Wort (S, 3) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB, CS
• Hood 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Soriano 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

With two runs in and three hits allowed in the 1st, Paul Demny’s afternoon looked to be short. But Potomac rallied for three in the second and Demny settled down and in as the P-Nats went on to a 7-5 win. Demny allowed just two more hits and struck out eight of his season-high 10 batters over the next six innings to earn his team-leading seventh win. Cutter Dykstra and Francisco Soriano both homered while Steve Souza and Destin Hood both singled and doubled as the foursome collected eight of the 11 Potomac hits. Neil Holland relieved Demny and pitched a scoreless 8th but got knocked for three runs in the 9th before Rob Wort came on to get the last out for his third save. The win puts Potomac at 20-13, two games behind Frederick, which comes to town this weekend for three games — a chance for the Keys to get some breathing room or the P-Nats to reclaim first place.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 4
• Cole (L, 2-6) 3IP, 5H, 5ER, 3BB, 3K
• Applebee 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• W Moore 1-2, 2R, 2B, RBI, 2BB
• Cuevas 1-2, 2RBI, BB

Hagerstown starter AJ Cole was roughed up for five runs in just three innings in a 5-4 Hagerstown loss to Delmarva. Blake Kelso, Adrian Sanchez, Wade Moore, Mills Rogers, and Justino Cuevas all had hits for the Suns. Hagerstown scored two runs in the 1st on a Wade Moore RBI double and Justino Cuevas RBI single. DelMarva came back with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd and three runs in the 3rd on two walks and two doubles against starter AJ Cole. Paul Applebee pitched five innings of shutout relief to keep the Suns in the game. Aided by two Shorebird errors, the Suns managed a two-run rally in the 8th that just fell short. With the loss, Hagerstown falls to 16-16, 4 1/2 games behind first-place Hickory in the Sally North. As predicted by one of our commenters, Colin Bates has joined the Suns from the Doubledays, along with Justino Cuevas coming up from the GCL while Chris McKenzie has been placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hudson Valley 3 Auburn 1
• Estevez 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Hill (L, 0-1) 3IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Montilla 2-4, 2B
• Moldenhauer 2-4

For the second straight night it was a pitcher’s duel in Auburn, but this time the Doubledays came out on the short end of the 3-1 tally. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez pitched five scoreless innings with just four hits allowed, no walks, and six strikeouts, but left with the score tied at 0-0. The jig was up (and the news was out) as the Renegades had it made against Auburn reliever David Hill, scoring three times in the 7th on a double, walk, and two singles. Just three Doubledays collected base hits, with Russell Moldenhauer and Angel Montilla going 2-for-4 and Billy Burns going 1-for-3. The loss denied Auburn a shot at sole possession of first place, as they remain tied with Jamestown and Mahoning Valley with a 22-18 record.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 4
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Heredia 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Jo. Rodriguez 3-6, 2RBI
• Schill 2-6

The clutch hit eluded the G-Nats all game long, as 15 men were left on in a 6-4 extra-innings loss to the G-Cards. Johan Rodriguez led the 11-hit attack with a 3-for-5 effort, followed by Wes Schill’s 2-for-6 effort. Pedro Encarnacion got the start and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk. Andy Santana took the loss with two unearned runs allowed in the top of the 11th, as the G-Nats committed three errors for the game. The loss cuts the elimination number to 14 and puts the G-Nats at a 12-20 mark, 11 games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Cubs2 13 DSL Nationals 2
• Guzman 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Vasquez (L, 1-1) 2IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 0K
• Geraldo 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ramirez 0-2, R, SB

Surprisingly, no position players pitched in this 13-2 demolition of the D-Nats by the D-Cubs2. Eleven runs were scored in the final three innings, breaking a 2-2 tie. The D-Nats managed just four (4) hits and drew just three walks while the bullfighters defense committed five errors. Jesus Guzman got the start and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Enigmatic Junior Geraldo (no DOB listed) homered in what appears to be his professional debut. The loss evens the D-Nats record at 25-25, five games behind the D-Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 282011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 2-0 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (8-6, 3.30) vs.
Zach McAllister (8-3, 3.11)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-3, 2.78) vs.
Matt Harvey (0-3, 7.15)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Wilmington,
12:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-9, 5.02) vs.
Justin Marks (5-7, 4.70)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-5, 2.83) vs.
Jarret Martin (4-6, 4.84)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 4.36) vs.
Jacob Partridge (0-4, 5.40)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs.
GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 7.27)
vs. Ramon Ulacio (1-2, 2.83)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-2
@ DSL Giants
vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-1, 2.53) vs.
Alex Santana (3-0, 2.13)

Syracuse 2 Columbus 0
• Peacock (W, 2-1) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 7K
• Wilkie (S, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Aubrey 2-4, R, 2B
• C Brown 2-3, 2B
Brad Peacock took a no-no into the 8th inning in Syracuse’s 2-0 victory over Columbus. Peacock walked four batters through four and ran up a very high pitch count early. After that, he settled down and was dominant until he gave up a leadoff double to Beau Mills. Collin Balester came on in relief and walked two and struck out two to load the bases before Josh Wilkie came in and induced a ground out. Wilkie went on to pitch a scoreless 9th to earn the save. Syracuse scored two runs in the fourth on a Chris Marrero single, Michael Aubrey double, an RBI groundout from Jesus Valdez, and an RBI triple from Tug Hulett. Syracuse improves to 45-58, fourth place in the I.L. North and 16 games behind Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 3
• O Perez 5⅔ IP, 6H, ER, 5BB, 3K, HR
• VanAllen [H, 8] 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Pahuta 3-4, 3R, HR, RBI
• Ivany 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Bryce Harper continued to bounce back from his early Eastern League slump with a dominating performance in a 6-3 Harrisburg win over Bowie. Harper whipped out the full offensive arsenal with a single the other way and stolen base in his first at-bat, a homer in his third AB, and a rope of a single in his fourth at-bat. He had plenty of help as Tim Pahuta and Devin Ivany would each go long for the Senators for a total of four RBI. Ollie Perez pitched five and 2/3rds innings of excruciating five-walk ball in the heat before Jimmy Barthmaier added a sixth walk then stranded Perez’s runner at first, which earned him the win. Corey VanAllen pitched a scoreless 7th and Rafael Martin Rafael Martin pitched a scoreless eighth, but struggled to hold a 6-1 lead in the 9th, which required Pat McCoy to record the final out for the save. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 59-46, good for a 1½ game lead over Richmond and Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 1
• Solis (W, 4-1) 7⅓ IP, 6H, E, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Frias 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Higley 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Sammy Solis carried a shutout into the 8th, but a one-out RBI double chased him from the mound but got him his fourth win in five starts as Potomac crushed the Blue Rocks, 5-1. The 2nd-round southpaw retired 13 straight beginning with a double play to end the 3rd and ending with a leadoff walk in the 8th. The P-Nats bats pounded out nine hits, with J.R. Higley and Justin Bloxom both going 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the way, while the defense played error-free and turned two double plays. Frederick still lead the P-Nats by two games, but Potomac’s 19-13 mark is eight games better than both Lynchburg and Wilmington, making a rematch of last year’s divisional round of the C.L. playoffs even more likely.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Yesterday was an off day for the Hagerstown Suns, as they embark on an eight-game road trip with four against Delmarva over the weekend, then four against Hickory from Monday to Thursday before returning to Municipal Stadium next Friday [Insert joke about whether it's a day game or night game here].

Auburn 3 Hudson Valley 1
• Meyers 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Dupra (W, 2-2) 4IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rowe 1-2, R, BB
• Montilla 1-3, SB

A rehabbing Brad Meyers and 7th-round pick Brian Dupra each tossed four strong innings as the Auburn Doubledays pitchers outdueled the Hudson Valley Renegades, 3-1. Both teams had just four hits, but the Doubledays had the fortune to get three of them in the same inning. In the 6th, a Connor Rowe single, Jeremy Mayo walk, and a Hendry Jimenez single loaded the bases, while Bryce Ortega’s single, Matt Skole’s sac fly and an RBI grounder by Justin Miller unloaded the bases. Ben Grisz was the last man on the mound for the Doubledays, pitching a scoreless 9th for his fourth save. With the win, Auburn keeps pace with Jamestown and Mahoning Valley atop the Pinckney Division at 22-17, two games ahead of Batavia and Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s four days on, one day off the rest of the way for the G-Nats, who are 10 games out with a 12-19 mark and have an elimination number of just 16 with 25 games left to play.

DSL Giants 8 DSL Nationals 2
• Moscat (L, 3-4) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Eusebio 2-4, R, HR, RBI 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .274
• Mejia 2B 1-4, 3B, RBI

A modest three-game winning streak was broken with an 8-2 loss by the D-Nats to the D-Giants. Felix Moscat started and went the first six, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The duo of Jesus De Los Santos and Brian Escolastico lived up to their four-digit ERAs, surrendering one run in the 7th and four more in the 8th to erase any doubt. Both D-Nats runs came in the 9th, with Diomedes Esuebio the lone batter to hit safely twice by leading off the 9th with a solo shot to break up the shutout. The loss drops the D-Nats to 25-24, five games off the pace.

Jul 272011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (1-1, 7.71) vs.
Jeanmar Gomez (10-3, 2.32)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Bowie,
11:05 a.m.
Oliver Perez (2-2, 3.75) vs.
Michael Ballard (6-0, 2.90)
Potomac Won, 4-3;
Lost, 4-3
@ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (3-1, 3.91) vs.
Tyler Sample (6-7, 5.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Hudson
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-2, 4.56) vs.
Jason McEachern (3-0, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-1
@ GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Felix Moscat (3-3, 4.64) vs.
Jose Reyes (3-1, 1.82)

Columbus 3 Syracuse 0 [Perfect Game]
• Stammen (L, 8-5) 6⅓ IP, 11H, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Severino 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, K, 2 IR stranded

All credit goes to 28-year-old Columbus Clippers pitcher Justin Germano, who threw a 3-0 perfect game against the Syracuse Chiefs last night. Germano pitched the first perfect game in Columbus history, sixth no-hitter in Clippers history, and the first perfect game in the International League since 2003. Craig Stammen was tagged for three runs early, the first on two doubles in the 1st and two more on a Tim Fedroff triple in the 2nd. Stammen put runners on second and third with one out in the 7th before Atahualpa Severino came in to stifle the rally with a short flyout and former Nat Nick Johnson’s inning-ending popup. With the 3-0 defeat, Syracuse falls to 44-58, two games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo and sixteen games behind irst-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• E Davis (L, 5-6) 6IP, 8H, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2 HR
• Pena 2IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Norris 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• T Moore 1-4, 2B
Harrisburg fell 6-2 in Bowie last night. Starter Erik Davis gave up a first-inning solo shot to L.J. Hoes. Derek Norris answered back with a two-run shot of his own in the 3rd inning to put Harrisburg up 2-1. The lead would not stand when Hoes hit his second homer of the game in the 6th and Bowie plated two more on a Caleb Joseph double. Hassan Pena gave up two runs in the 7th to make the final score 6-2. Harrisburg managed just four hits in defeat. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 58-46, just a ½ game up over Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 — COMP.
• Olbrychowski 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 5BB, 3K
• Clegg (W, 3-5) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Hood 2-4, 2RBI, SB
• Leon, 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• E Perez 2-4, 2R, 2SB (30,31)

In the continuation, Mitchell Clegg spun one of his best outings of the season with four scoreless innings of relief while the Potomac ‘pen held off a late charge for a 4-3 win in Wilmington. Destin Hood broke the 1-1 tie with a two-run single when play resumed and Steven Souza drove in what would prove to be the gamewinner with an RBI single that sent in Eury Perez. Rob Wort came on to protect a 4-1 lead in the 9th and got two quick outs, but was chased after a double and a single narrowed the gap to 4-2. Josh Smoker wasn’t much more effective, giving up the third run on an RBI double and walking the next batter before getting a flyout to end it for the ugly, last-blonde-at-the-bar save.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 3 – F/8
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Holland (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, RBI

In the regularly scheduled game, Wilmington went up 1-0 in the first and the stars seemed in to be in line for Noel Arguelles to get the seven-inning no-no. But a walk, a sacrifice, and a lost-in-the-twilight triple by Destin Hood ended both the no-hitter and the shutout. Justin Bloxom followed Hood with an RBI single to give the P-Nats a 2-1 lead. Danny Rosenbaum, who started and allowed just the one run on six hits over six innings, was assured of his seventh no-decision when Hector Nelo snatched a tie from the jaws of victory by surrendering a one-out double and RBI single. After J.R. Higley and Eury Perez doubled and singled in the top of the 8th to take a 3-2 lead, the bullpen implosion continued in the bottom of the frame as two relievers were victimized by two errors and gave up two singles to allow the Blue Rocks to score twice for a 4-3 Wilmington win. Potomac is now 18-13, three games behind Frederick in the Sally League North.

Greenville 11 Hagerstown 4
• Swynenberg (L, 3-1) 4IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP, BK
• Weaver 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Curran 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Leonida 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown was never really in the game in an 11-4 loss to the Greenville Drive. Starter Matt Swynenberg gave up eight runs in the first three innings. Hagerstown did manage a run on a solo shot by Chris Curran in the bottom of the 1st. Blake Kelso (1-4, 2RBI) had two of Hagerstown’s 4 RBI on a sac fly and an RBI ground out. Cole Leonida went 2-4 with a seventh-inning solo shot, and David Freitas and Russell Moldenhauer had a double apiece in the loss. Hagerstown falls to 16-15, in fourth place in the Sally North and 3½ games behind first-half champ Hickory in the Sally League North.

Auburn Doubledays
Yesterday was the second of just four scheduled days off in the New York-Penn League 2011 campaign. Auburn is in a three-way tie for first place in the Pinckney Division, a ½ game behind in the wild-card standings. Tomorrow, they begin a stretch of 11-of-17 games at home, where they’ve played .625 ball (10-6) versus .500 ball (11-11) on the road.

GCL Marlins 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• S Williams 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Difo 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• E Martinez 0-2, 2BB

A three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 6th was difference in this one, as the G-Marlins beat the G-Nats for (only?) the fifth time in nine meetings this season by a score of 3-1. A 78-minute rain delay limited Gregory Baez to just two innings, with one hit given up and two walks issued. Two NDFAs followed him in relief: Scott Williams from Wisconsin-Stevens Point and John Peters from Augustana College. Williams pitched two perfect innings, Williams was victimized by a two-out error but surrendered the home run to take the loss. Wilmer Difo walked, doubled and drove in the lone G-Nat run, which was also the only hit in 14 chances with RISP. The loss drops the G-Nats to 12-19 and reduces their elimination number to 17 with 25 games left on the schedule.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Rangers (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, K
• Hernandez, Jr (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Novas 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Eusebio 2-5, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB

The bullpen couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead but the D-Nats got the tying run they needed in the bottom of the 9th, and the gamewinner in the last of the 11th for a 6-5 win over the D-Rangers. Hector Silvestre got the start and allowed one run over four innings on two hits and four walks but struck out just one batter. Both D-Nat errors came in the 8th, as the D-Rangers got two unearned runs on two-out errors. Randy Novas (2-for-4) scored the tying run in the 9th when the D-Rangers catcher threw a pickoff to second into centerfield, while Diomedes Eusebio drew a bases-loaded walk (2-for-5) in the 11th to seal the deal. The win improves the D-Nats to 25-23, four games behind the D-Rangers in the B.C. South Division.

Jul 262011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 15-1 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-4, 4.49) vs.
Justin Germano (0-2, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 13-2 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-5, 4.66) vs.
Rick Zagone (3-6, 4.62)
Potomac Suspended,
1-1, Top 5th
@ Wimington,
5:05 p.m.
(Comp, 7 inn.)
Danny Rosenbaum (5-5, 2.67)
vs. Noel Arguelles (3-4, 2.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 vs. Greenville,
11:05 a.m.
TBD vs.
Scott Swinson (2-2, 2.67)
Auburn Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2
@ GCL Mets
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 4.21) vs.
Patrick Hope (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-0
vs. DSL Phillies
vs. DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
Hector Silvestre (2-1, 1.89) vs.
Aliangel Lopez (1-0, 2.03)

Scranton/WB 15 Syracuse 1
• Maya (L, 1-7) 3IP, 8H, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR (5.32 ERA)
• Mandel 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-3, BB
• Bynum 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse was out of this game early as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored three runs in the 2nd inning against Yunesky Maya and was up 7-0 after four innings, with all seven earned runs charged against Maya. Collin Balester’s ERA also took a beating as he gave up seven runs in the 8th while retiring only one batter. Outside of Chris Marrero’s 2-3 night, not much happened offensively for the Chiefs. Syracuse’s lone run came from a Seth Bynum homer in the 9th inning. With the loss, the Chiefs fall to 44-57, 14½ games back of first-place Lehigh Valley and ten games behind third-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and just two games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo.

Harrisburg 13 Bowie 2
• Roark (W, 5-7) 8IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• McCoy 1IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Rhinehart 2-5, R, 3R HR, 3RBI
• Moore 2-5, R, HR, RBI
Harrisburg brought out the big bats in a 13-2 rout over Bowie. All starters except Josh Johnson and Leonard Davis (1-5, R in his Harrisburg 2011 debut) had at least two hits in a 15-hit onslaught. Tanner Roark easily had his best outing of the season, pitching eight innings to a total of 27 batters. Roark’s one run allowed was unearned, although his own error on a pickoff attempt contributed. Bowie led 1-0 until Harrisburg put the game out of reach with an eight-run fifth inning that featured two doubles, a triple, two singles, and back-to-back home runs from Bill Rhinehart and Tyler Moore after an error that made four of the eight runs unearned. Harrisburg would go on to score one more in the seventh and four more in the eighth before Pat Lehman gave up a run in the 9th to make the final score 13-2. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 58-45, good for a 1½ game lead over second-place Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 1 Wilmington 1 — SUSP
Play is set to resume this afternoon at 5 p.m. with the scored tied at 1-1, runners on 1st and 2nd, one out and Destin Hood at the plate. The two teams will play out this one, then a seven-inning game afterwards.

Greenville 6 Hagerstown 4
• Ray 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• McCatty (L, 1-3) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB
• A Sanchez 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• W Moore 2-3, R, 2B, BB

Shane McCatty has had eight appearances in which no runs came across while he was on the mound. This was not one of those outings. The 24-year-old served up four runs in the top of the 6th, three coming on one swing of the bat, as the Hagerstown Suns would eventually lose this one, 6-4. Robbie Ray went the first four innings, giving up a hit and three walks while striking out six. Adrian Sanchez doubled twice, scored a run, drove in a run and stole a base to lead the Suns offense. The loss puts Hagerstown at 16-14, 2½ games behind Hickory in the Sally League North. Chris Manno gave up a HR in the top of the 9th, his first of the season, but still leads the Sally League with the lowest OBA at .135

Auburn 8 Lowell 2
• Karns (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 4BB, 6K, HR
• Holt 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Miller 2-5, R, 2B
• Ramsey 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Jimenez 1-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI, BB

Auburn’s offense amply supported Nathan Karns in an 8-2 thumping over the Lowell Spinners. Auburn had 11 hits; Justin Miller, Caleb Ramsey, and Jeremy Mayo had two hits apiece. Karns pitched well in his second start for the Doubledays, giving up only a 2nd-inning solo shot. Auburn scored one run in each of the 2nd through 5th innings and put the game out of reach with a three-run 6th inning to make the score 6-1. Gregory Holt allowed one run and three hits in three innings of relief. Travis Henke pitched a scoreless 9th. With the win, Auburn improves to 21-17 and moved back into first place, tied with Jameston and Mahoning Valley for first place in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 2
• Mieses 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lee (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• J Rodriguez 2-4, R
• E Martinez 2-4, 2B, RBI

A balk and a sac fly scored the first two G-Nats in the 6th, Estarlin Martinez’s RBI single in the top of the 8th was the deciding run in a 3-2 victory over the GCL Mets. Martinez and Johan Rodriguez both went 2-for-4 to lead the offense, which collected just seven hits. The G-Nats pitchers survived seven walks, allowing six hits. Nick Lee got the win with two scoreless innings of relief of Adalaberto Mieses (3IP) and Garrett Mock (1IP). Ben Hawkins pitched the final three innings to notch the save. The win improves the G-Nats to 12-18, 8½ games off the pace.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Phillies 0
• Mendez, G (W, 4-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Vasquez (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ramirez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

A trio of 18-year-old D-Nats pitchers combined on four-hit shutout of the D-Phillies for an 8-0 victory. Gilberto Mendez walked two and gave up two hits while striking out a season-high nine batters over the first six innings. Daury Vasquez followed him out of the ‘pen, striking out four in two innings. Jesus De Los Santos had his first scoreless outing with a one-hit, one-K 9th inning. Offensively, the D-Nats had just eight hits with Algenis Ramirez, a 17-year-old recently signed from the Dominican Prospect League, connecting for two doubles, scoring twice, and driving in two. With the win, the D-Nats move into fourth place and above .500 at 24-23, five games behind the DSL Rangers.

Jul 252011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-6, 4.80) vs.
D.J. Mitchell (7-7, 3.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1;
Lost, 7-5
@ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Tanner Roark (4-7, 6.29) vs.
Zach Britton (0-1, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 6-3 @ Wimington,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (3-5, 4.85)
vs. Michael Mariot (6-2, 3.03)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 vs. Greenville,
3:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.12) vs.
Keith Couch (3-3, 3.19)
Auburn Won, 8-4 @ Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Nathan Karns (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Miguel Pena (1-0, 2.35)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-7
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Adalberto Mieses (1-1, 5.11) vs.
Julian Hilario (0-1, 6.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 2
• Wang (L, 0-1) 5IP, 8H, 5ER, BB, 5K, 3R HR
• Tatusko 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hulett 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• J Valdez 1-3, 2B, RBI
Chien-Ming Wang was hit hard in a 7-2 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He gave up a single, a walk, and a three-run homer to Gustavo Molina in the second. In the fourth, he gave up a two out RBI double to Luis Nunez, and in the fifth Jesus Montero doubled and came in to score on a sac fly to make the score 5-1. Wang threw 96 pitches through 5 innings, 63 for strikes. He had five groundouts to four flyouts. Syracuse squandered an opportunity for a big inning in the first. Steve Lombardozzi was caught stealing after leading off with a walk. After a walk by Brian Bixler and a single by Michael Aubrey, Chris Marrero popped out. Jesus Valdez doubled in Bixler, but Aubrey was thrown out at home on the play trying to score. Syracuse’s only other run would be a Tug Hulett homer in the seventh. J.D. Martin gave up two runs in one and 2/3rds inning of relief and Ryan Tatusko got the last out of the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. With the 7-2 loss, Syracuse falls to 44-56, 14 games back of Lehigh Valley for first place.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Bronson 4IP, 5H, ER, 2BB, K
• VanAllen (L, 3-2) 2IP, 3H, 3ER, BB, HR)
• Jo. Johnson 1-3
• Pahuta 1-1, RBI
Harrisburg continued to struggle in a doubleheader sweep at the hands (wings?) of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. In game one, the offense could only manage three singles and two walks. The lone tally was a Tim Pahuta two-out, pinch-hit RBI single scoring Devin Ivany, who had reached on a single. Starter Evan Bronson acquitted himself well in his first Eastern League appearance, giving up one run on an RBI double in the fourth. His defense helped him out of a runners-on-second-an-third-with-one-out jam when Adam Fox gunned down Johnny Monell at home plate trying to score. Corey Van Allen took the loss when he gave up a solo shot in the fifth to Roger Kieschnick and two runs on a triple, an intentional walk, a double, and a squeeze bunt.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 5 — GAME TWO
• Martis (L, 7-4) 5IP, 5H, 4ER, 3BB, 8K
• Lehman 1IP, 3H, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Norris 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• T Moore 2-3, R, 2R HR, 3RBI, BB
Shairon Martis took the loss in a 7-5 defeat to Richmond in game two of the doubleheader. Harrisburg jumped out to a brief lead with one out singles by Derek Norris, Bill Rhinehart, and Tyler Moore. Unfortunately, Moore all but killed the rally when he was thrown out trying to advance to second to make the second out. Bryce Harper would ground out and that would be the end of Harrisburg’s offense until the seventh inning. Richmond scpred on Shairon Martis early with two doubles and two singles to take a 2-1 lead after one. Martis gave up leadoff walks in the 6th before Pat Lehman came in for relief. Lehman allowed both inherited runners to score on a bunt single and an RBI single followed by a bases-loaded walk, a sac fly, and a two RBI singles before finally escaping the disastrous frame with a sharp double-play lineout to shortstop. Harrisburg mounted a furious four-run rally in the final seventh inning, but fell short after a two-out Tyler Moore two-run homer. After being swept by Richmond, Harrisburg falls to 57-45 and its lead over Bowie is down to just a half game.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 3
• Selik (W, 4-6) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Nelo (S, 13) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Kobernus 3-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Hood 3-3, R, 2BB, RBI
• Souza 1-3, R, BB, 3RBI

The P-Nats built a 4-0 lead in the middle innings and held on for a 6-3 win over the Winston-Salem Dash. Cameron Selik tossed five and a 1/3rd solid innings for his fourth win, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The trio of Destin Hood, Jeff Kobernus and Steve Souza combined for four runs, three walks, seven hits, and four RBI as Potomac collected 11 hits total. Joe Testa and Hector Nelo held the Dash to one run over the last three and 2/3rds to earn the hold and save, respectively. The win snapped a three-game losing skid and kept pace with the first-place Frederick Keys, which Potomac still trails by two games in the Carolina League North.

Hagerstown 7 Greenville 2
• Grace (W, 10-5) 6⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• Esuebio (S, 5) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Taylor 2-3, 3R, 3B, HR, BB, RBI
• W Moore 2-4, 3B, 2RBI

Matt Grace became the second 10-game winner in the minors (Peacock) with Hagertown’s 7-2 victory over the Greenville Drive. The lefty from UCLA had a no-hitter through six and a third innings, but lost it on a double and was lifted with a 3-0 lead after giving up a walk to the next batter. Greenville took advantage of a Wade Moore error to score two and pull within one at 3-2, but the Suns rallied for two runs in bottom of the 7th and 8th innings to put this one away. Wilson Eusebio finished the game for his fifth save. Michael Taylor tripled and homered and scored three runs to lead the Suns offense. The win improves Hagerstown’s record to 16-13, two games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn 8 Lowell 4
• Bates (W, 3-1) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mirowski (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Nieto 3-4, R, BB, SB, RBI
• Mayo 2-3, 2R, HR, RBI
• J Miller 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI

The Doubledays made the most of their offensive opportunities, scorin eight runs on 10 hits and six walks to double up the Spinnners, 8-4. Auburn went 4-for-11 with RISP and left just six runners on base, scoring four in the first, two in the 2nd and single runs in 5th and 6th innings. Lowell made some hay with the middle relievers, pummeling Chad jenkins and Manuel Rivera for four runs in the bottom of the 7th. Richie Mirowkski inherited three runners but allowed just one to score to earn the hold. Adrian Nieto led the Doubleday hit parade with a walk, three singles, a stolen base, scoring a run and driving in a run. Auburn returns to second place, a game behind Mahoning Valley in the bunched-up (five teams within two games of first place) Pinckey Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Astros 8 GCL Nationals 7
• King 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Holder (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) 1⅔ 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mesa 5-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Peguero 2-4, R

A three-run home run highlighted a four-run seventh, sending the GCL Nationals to an eventual 8-7 defeat. The G-Nats couldn’t hold an early 4-1 lead, as Trevor Holder was touched for all four runs and the big fly to get the blown save and the loss. Brandon King went the first four and a 1/3rd innings and gave up three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five. Narciso Mesa had a career day, gong 5-for-5 with two doubles and a solo home run to lead the G-Nat offense. The loss was the second straight and reduces the G-Nat elimination number to 20 with an 11-18 mark for the season, 8½ games behind the G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The American League defeated the National League in the DSL All-Star game by a score of 5-3. Dionicio Rosario (0-for-1), Yermin Mercedes (0-for-2) came off the bench while Ivan Pineyro pitched 2/3rds of an inning in relief.

Jul 242011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Scranton/
WB, 1:05 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, 4.76)
vs. Ivan Nova (1-2, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1;
Postponed
@ Richmond,
5:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-3, 2.94) and
Evan Bronson (AA debut) vs.
Erik Surkamp (7-3, 2.05) and
Wilmin Rodriguez (2-2, 2.83)
Potomac Lost, 9-8 @ Winston-
Salem, 5:00 p.m.
Cameron Selik (3-6, 4.00) vs.
Santos Rodriguez (2-2, 3.38)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-4 vs. Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (9-5, 4.55) vs.
Brandon Workman (2-5, 4.23)
Auburn Lost, 7-5 @ Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
Colin Bates (2-1, 2.38) vs.
Jason Garcia (3-0, 1.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-6
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Brandon King (1-2, 7.29) vs.
Enderson Franco (0-1, 5.48)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 2
• Milone (L, 8-6) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• Zinicola 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Lombardozzi 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Marrero 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse fell 5-2 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Syracuse jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on third inning homers from Chris Marrero (10th) and Steve Lombardozzi (3rd for Syracuse in 135 ABs; he had four with Harrisburg in 262 ABs). Syracuse mustered just five hits and was 0-6 with runners in scoring position. Tom Milone gave up a single, an RBI triple, and an RBI groundout in the third inning for two runs. Milone was chased when he gave up two more runs in the fifth on a one-out, bases-loaded two RBI double from Jesus Montero. Zech Zinicola would allow the inherited runner from third to score on an RBI groundout, closing the damage against Milone at five runs. Zech Zinicola would go on to pitch a scoreless sixth and Lee Hyde would hold the Yankees down with a scoreless eight and ninth. With the 5-2 loss, Syracuse falls to 44-55, 13 games behind first place Lehigh Valley.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Arnesen (L, 6-3) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• C Martinez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Norris 1-2, 2B, RBI, HBP
• Rhinehart 1-1, 2B

Harrisburg fell 5-1 in seven innings of the first game of the day-night doubleheader. Richmond jumped out to an early lead with two unearned runs in the first. Harrisburg answered back in the third with their lone run, a Derek Norris RBI double scoring Chris Rahl. Erik Arnesen gave up two in the third on a leadoff double, two singles, a hit by pitch, and another single. Richmond would tack on their fifth run on an RBI double in the
fourth. Harrisburg managed just five hits, two walks, and a hit by pitch. They failed to take advantage of several opportunities, hitting 1-8 with RISP. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 55-43, one game in front of Bowie and tied in the loss column. With the postponement of game two of the doubleheader, Harrisburg will play a doubleheader today against Richmond before coming to Bowie on Monday for three crucial games.

Winston-Salem 9 Potomac 8
• Demny (L, 6-9) 4IP, 5H, 9R, 9ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR (16, 17)
• Smoker 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 3-4, 2R, 2HR, BB, 3RBI, SB
• Souza 3-4, R, HR, BB, RBI

The Carolina League’s HR leader had two more yesterday in a 9-8 Winston-Salem win over Potomac. Unfortunately, that’s HRs allowed, not hit. Paul Demny surrendered a pair of two-run HRs and walked three to give up all nine Dash runs in the loss, which was his team-worst ninth. Joe Serafin pulled within one of Demny by surrendering four HRs to the Potomac lineup, which outhit the Winston-Salem batters 13-6. Jeff Kobernus led the offense with two HRs and three RBI, while Steve Souza broke a 39-game HR drought and a 17-game streak without multiple hits; both hitters went 3-for-4. The loss drops Potomac two games behind Frederick at 16-12 in the Carolina League North.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 4
• McKenzie (L, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Kelso 3-4, R
• Freitas 2-4, 2B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

A three-run shot in by Jason Martinson in the last of the ninth was too little, too late as Greenville doubled up Hagerstown, 8-4. The Suns ‘pen was horrific, giving up six runs on seven hits (two home runs) over four innings as no Hagerstown pitcher was untouched. Hagerstown outhit the Drive 13-11, with eight of nine batters hitting safely and four collecting multiple hits. Chris McKenzie started and went the first five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks but took the loss, his fourth of the season. The loss sets the Suns to 15-13, 2½ games behind the Hickory Crawdads in the Sally North.

Lowell 7 Auburn 5
• M Rodriguez (ND) 5⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Kreis (BS, 2) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Skole 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB
• Rowe 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

The bullpen woes from Hagerstown were also on display in Lowell, as the Doubledays relievers unraveled to turn a 5-0 lead into a 7-5 loss to the Spinners. Alex Kreis was torched for four runs on four hits over an inning and a third, letting in one inherited run for his second blown save. Aaron Barrett gave two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the loss. Matt Skole doubled twice and scored a run to lead the Auburn offense. Connor Rowe and Justin Miller both homered in the loss, which tunbled Auburn into third place at 19-17 for the year, two games behind Mahoning Valley.

GCL Cardinals 8 GCL Nationals 6
• Medina 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, HR, HBP, WP
• Arnold 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• E Martinez 3-5, 2R, 3B
• Ramos 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

The G-Nats reverted to form with an 8-6 loss to the G-Cards, stopping a three-game win streak. After battling back from deficits of 4-0 and 5-3, the G-Nats rallied to tie it in the 6th and took a 6-5 lead in the 7th. The G-Cards took the final lead with three runs in the bottom of the 7th off beleaguered reliever Andy Santana, who was charged with the loss. Silvio Medina started and went the first four and 2/3rds, giving up the first five runs on eight hits and a walk. Estarlin Martinez (3-for-5) and Wander Ramos (2-for-4) were the offensive stars. The loss drops the G-Nats to 11-17, eight games behind the G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Today is the All-Star game; that much I can glean from the Spanish-language website. But which DSL Nationals, if any, will be participating is unknown as of now because there is no list of players named to the two teams (American League affiliates vs. National League affiliates).

Jul 232011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-3 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.
Tom Milone (8-5, 3.02) vs.
Greg Smith (2-2, 5.88)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1;
Won, 1-0
@ Richmond,
1:00 p.m.,
6:35 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-2, 2.57) and
Evan Bronson (AA debut) vs.
Erik Surkamp (7-3, 2.05) and
Chuck Lofgren (0-0, -.–)
Potomac Lost, 10-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-8, 4.39) vs.
Joe Serafin (1-8, 5.61)
Hagerstown Cancelled vs. Greenville,
3:05 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (3-3, 8.36) vs.
Kyle Stroup (1-5, 4.73)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Luis Diaz (3-1, 3.23)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 4.61) vs.
Victor De Leon (0-4, 5.92)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-1
vs. DSL Mets
OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 8 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3
• Peacock (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Severino (H, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Solano 3-4, R, 3R HR, 4RBI
• J Valdez 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Brad Peacock was much improved in his second AAA start, an 8-3 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Peacock hurt his own cause in the second when a throwing error on a pickoff attempt put a runner on third in front of a sacrifice fly. Syracuse answered back in the fifth on a three-run homer by Jhonotan Solano. Peacock was tagged for an RBI double in the fifth inning to make the score 3-2. He threw 79 pitches, 46 for strikes, and struck out four while only walking one. Syracuse scored a run in the sixth on a Brian Bixler single, a throwing error, and a Michael Aubrey groundout to make the score 4-2. Jeff Mandel allowed one run in the seventh when he gave up a single, made an error on a pickoff, and yielded an RBI single to Luis Nunez. Atahualpa Severino and Josh Wilkie then combined for three innings of scoreless relief. The Chiefs would go on to score three more in the eighth and one more in the ninth for a final score of 8-3. The Chiefs offense exploded for thirteen hits, and all starters except Chris Marrero had at least one base hit. With the win, the Chiefs improve to 44-54, seven games back of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for third and twelve games back of Lehigh Valley for first.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• O Perez (L, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2R HR
• McCoy 1IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Harper 1-3
• King 1-2, R, HR, RBI
Harrisburg’s bats melted away in the heat. Harrisburg managed just four hits, with a Stephen King solo shot in the sixth accounting for the sole run in a 3-1 loss in game one of the doubleheader. Ollie Perez gave up three runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run homer by Chris Dominguez.

Harrisburg 1 Richmond 0 — GAME TWO
• Barthmaier 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Martin (W, 3-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lehman (S, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Harper 2-3
• Jo. Johnson 1-2, R, 2BB
Harrisburg’s one run was enough in Game 2, a 1-0 seven inning shutout of Richmond. Jimmy Barthmaier, Rafael Martin, and Pat Lehman combined to limit the Flying Squirrels to three hits. The Senators had only four hits, paced by Bryce Harper’s two singles. Harrisburg rallied for its run in the sixth on a Josh Johnson leadoff single followed by some small ball. Adam Fox bunted Johnson over to second in front of a ground out. Following an intentional walk to Tyler Moore, Bryce Harper singled to load the bases. Tim Pahuta walked to score Johnson and give Harrisburg a 1-0 lead that would stand. With the doubleheader split and Bowie’s win, Harrisburg’s record is now 57-42, just two games over Bowie for first place in the E.L. West.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 3
• Solis (L, 3-1) 4IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Wort 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kobernus 2-5, 2B
• Higley 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Sammy Solis’s bid for four wins in four starts was denied by Winston-Salem in a 10-3 defeat. The Dash got to Solis early, punctuating the southpaw with three runs on three doubles in the first inning alone. He would be done after four innings, with four runs given up on nine hits and two walks though he set down five on strikes. Mitchell Clegg threw in the fifth and sixth innings and Winston-Salem teed off for six runs on 10 hits. J.R. Higley homered for the first P-Nat run in the second. Francisco Soriano walked and took third on a Jeff Kobernus double in the 8th as Destin Hood and Brian Peacock pushed them both in with RBI groundouts. The loss drops Potomac into second place, one game behind Frederick with a 16-11 mark. UPDATE: Evan Bronson has been assigned to the Harrisburg Senators while Erik Davis has been assigned to the Potomac Nationals, with Bronson starting tonight’s game in Richmond. It remains to be seen if this is a permanent move or merely a one-day swap to save the Senator bullpen.

Hagerstown-Augusta — Cancelled
Violent thunderstorms cancelled Friday night’s game and have forced the start of the Saturday game to 3:05 p.m. from 7:05 p.m. due to damage to one of the light towers (click link to see pic).

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3
• Meza (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Hill (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BBm 2K
• J Miller 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Mayo 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A four-run fourth inning overcame a 2-0 deficit as the Doubledays went on to a 5-3 victory, their third straight win. Auburn took full advantage of the walks issued during the rally, as Justin Miller (3-for-4) tripled in the first walk and scored on a throwing error while Connor Rowe doubled in the second walk for third run. Bryce Ortega singled to drive in Rowe for fourth run. Jeremy Mayo homered in the 8th for an insurance run. Christian Meza got the win while Greg Holt earned the save, the first for both respectively this season. The Doubledays remain in second place, one game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley at 19-16.
Recently signed OF Billy Burns, the Nats’ 32nd Rd. pick in the 2011 Draft, made his professional debut. He led off, played CF, and went 1-for-3

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats look to resume their winning ways (currently a three-game streak) with four games in four days against the rest of the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mets1 1
• Pineyro (W, 2-4) 6IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Barrientos (H, 1) 1⅔ IP 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• J De Los Santos 2-4, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Rosario 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats tore open a 2-1 game with a five-run rally in the bottom of the eighth to put away the D-Mets1 by a 7-1 tally. Juan De Los Santos highlighted the rally with a two-run double, his third and fourth RBI in a 2-for-4 game and came home on Dionicio Rosario double, his second hit and second RBI in a 2-for-5 game. Ivan Pineyro got the win by scattering six hits over six scoreless innings with just a walk allowed and two strikeouts.
The win puts the D-Nats back to .500 at 23-23, five games behind and tied for fourth place in the B.C. South.

Jul 222011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (0-1, 14.54)
vs.
Adam Warren (6-3, 3.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-5 @ Richmond,
5:35 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-1, 3.48) &
J. Barthmaier (2-3, 6.19) vs.
J. Fitzgerald (6-5, 3.46) &
Chuck Lofgren (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Sammy Solis (3-0, 2.84) vs.
Jake Petricka (0-4, 6.88)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2;
Won, 3-0
vs. Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (3-3, 8.36) vs.
Shawn Sanford (6-6, 2.67)
Auburn Won, 7-2 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (0-0, 7.62) vs.
Austin Wright (2-0, 2.77)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals vs. DSL Braves,
Game Not Reported
vs. DSL Mets,
10:30 a.m.
Ivan Pineyro (1-4, 2.53) vs.
Ramon Estevez (1-1, 2.43)

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 2
• Stammen (L, 8-4) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, WP
• Balester 2IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, K, HR
• J Valdez 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Solano 1-4, 2B, RBI

Craig Stammen took the loss in a 5-2 Buffalo victory over Syracuse. Stammen gave up three runs in the first inning on a walk, a single, a two-RBI double, and an RBI single. The Chiefs offense was limited to just five hits. In the second, Jhonatan Solano doubled in Seth Bynum on a line drive to center. In the fifth, Jesus Valdez doubled in Brian Bixler to close the Buffalo lead to 3-2. Buffalo quickly tacked on an insurance run against Stammen before Lee Hyde came in to provide one and one-third innings of scoreless relief. Collin Balester pitched two innings, yielding a run on a solo shot by Luis Hernandez in the ninth. With the loss, Syracuse falls back to 43-54, 13 games behind Lehigh Valley in the IL North.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 5
• E Davis (L, 5-5) 4⅔ IP 7H, 8R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Pena 2⅓ IP 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• King 2-4, R, 2R HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg out hit Richmond eleven to seven and outhomered them three to one yet still lost 8-5. Richmond had six two out RBI to Harrisburg’s one by Bill Rhinehart. Every Harrisburg starter except Chris Rahl had at least one hit. Derek Norris tripled and walked to extend his hitting streak to five games as he begins to put some distance between his batting average and the dreaded Mendoza line. Harrisburg had a solo homer from Adam Fox, a solo shot from Tyler Moore, and a two run shot from Stephen King. Erik Davis gave up a run in the third, five runs in the fourth with two outs, and two runs in the fifth. Hassan Pena pitched two and 1/3rd shutout innings of relief, striking out five, and Pat Lehman pitched a scoreless eighth. With the loss, Harrisburg is 4-7 over its last eleven games and the Senators lead has shrunk to 2.5 games over Bowie at 56-41 in the E.L. West.

Potomac — OFF DAY
It’s a seven-game road trip to Winston-Salem for three, then four against Wilmington. The series against the Blue Rocks is a bit of a warmup for next weekend’s clash against Frederick, but arguably more important because it represents a chance to widen the gap between second and third place, as the second-half second-place team gets the playoff bid in the event of a double-half winner, not the team with the second-best overall record.

Hagerstown 4 August 2 — GAME ONE
• Swynenberg (W, 3-0) 5IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Eusebio (S, 4)
• Freitas 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Keyes 2-3, 2B
• Nicol 2-3, 2B, RBI
Hagerstown came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 over Augusta in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Matt Swynenberg gave up a solo homer in the second and an unearned run in the third on a two out error by Blake Kelso. In the fourth, David Freitas hit his 11th home run and Sean Nicol had an RBI single, scoring Jason Martinson. The Suns scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two RBI double from Adrian Sanchez. Hagerstown had nine hits in all; only Blake Kelso and Cole Leonida failed to get at least one hit. Wilson Eusebio pitched the last two innings to earn his fourth save.

Hagerstown 3 Augusta 0 — GAME TWO
• Demmin (W, 1-1) 5IP, 2H, 0ER, 2BB, 7K
• Manno (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 2-3, SB, CS
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• W Moore 1-3, 2B, RBI
Ryan Demmin, Tyler Hanks, and Chris Manno combined for a two hit, seven inning 3-0 shutout of the Augusta GreenJackets to sweep the doubleheader. Hagerstown was only threatened in the fifth, when Josh Mazzola led off the frame with a double. Demmin quickly pitched out of trouble, inducing a flyout and striking out two batters around a two out walk. Hagerstown did all of its damage in the fourth inning. After a leadoff walk to David Freitas and a one-out walk to Russell Moldenhauer, Hagerstown scored two runs on a Jason Martinson double and tacked on another with a Wade Moore RBI double. With the doubleheader sweep, Hagerstown improves to 15-12, good for a three way tie for second place, three games back of first-half Northern Division winner Hickory.

Auburn 7 Williamsport 2
• Meyers 2⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Estevez (W, 3-2) 5⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Nieto 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-3, BB

A pair of two-run homers from the Auburn Doubledays took the teeth out of the Williamsport Crosscutters for a 7-2 win. Adrian Nieto (3-for-4) went deep in the third while Matt Skole matched the feat in the fifth. Rehabbing Brad Meyers got the start and went the first two and 2/3rds, giving up a run on three on hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez followed him out of the ‘pen and put in five and 1/3rd strong innings of relief for the win, which improved the Doubledays to 18-16, just one game out of the division lead.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Marlins
• Encarnacion 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Holder 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• E Martinez 2-4, 2R, 2B
• JC Valdez 1-1, 3BB, SB

Andruth Ramirez’s two-out single in the bottom of the 8th lifted the G-Nats to their third straight victory, a 3-2 win over the G-Marlins. Pedro Encarnacion started and went the first five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks. Trevor Holder pitched for the first time since going on the Potomac DL, giving up a hit and striking out one over two scoreless innings. Estarlin Martinez continued his assault on the GCL with a 2-for-4 game and two runs scored while fellow DSL grad Jean-Carlos Valdez drew three walks to pace the G-Nat offense. The G-Nats gained a game but remain 7½ back of the G-Marlins with an 11-16 mark.

DSL Nationals-DSL Braves
As of 9:30 a.m., the game was not reported on MiLB.com

Jul 212011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 7-6;
Won, 9-5
vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.38) vs.
Pat Misch (4-5, 4.52)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-4, 4.14) vs.
Daryl Maday (2-8, 4.63)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 vs. Augusta,
5:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (2-0, 3.06)
and TBD vs.
Gaspar Santiago (3-3, 3.90) and
Justin Schumer (5-4, 4.66)
Auburn Won, 5-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (2-2, 4.88) vs.
Colin Kleven (2-1, 3.42)
GCL Nationals Won, 1-0
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 14.73)
vs. Beau Wright (1-0, 3.77)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-5
@ DSL Marlins
vs. DSL Braves,
10:30 a.m.
Andy Santana (2-1, 1.69) vs.
Andry Ubiera (2-1, 3.00)

Syracuse 7 Buffalo 6 (8 inn.)
• Maya 5IP, 8H, 6ER, 3BB, K
• Zinicola 2IP, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Bixler 1-3, 2B, 2RBI, BB
• Hulett 2-4, R
• Marrero 1-3, 2R, BB (6G hitting streak)

Syracuse won the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Buffalo 7-6 in an “extra” 8th inning. Yunesky Maya struggled in his start, giving up three runs early in the second. Syracuse quickly answered back with a five-run rally against former Nat Miguel Batista in the bottom half. Syracuse loaded the bases on back to back leadoff walks and a Tug Hulett single. Carlos Maldonado singled in two and later back-to-back two-out doubles by Gregor Blanco and Brian Bixler plated three more Chiefs. Syracuse scored an unearned run in the third to take a 6-3 lead, but Buffalo scored three more runs in the fifth off Maya on a single, two walks, a two-run double and a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6-6. The Chiefs bullpen was up to the task as Zech Zinicola and Jeff Mandel (W, 3-3) combined for three shutout innings. Syracuse finally managed to break the tie with an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th. Hulett reached second on a dropped pop out by Luis Hernandez and Corey Brown singled him in with two outs for the 7-6 win.

Syracuse 9 Buffalo 5
• JD Martin 3⅔ IP, 8H, 5ER, 0BB, 3K
• Tatusko (W, 2-1) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Lombardozzi 3-3, R, 2B, 3RBI, BB
• JD Martin 2-2, R, 3B
• Solano 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse brought out the lumber in a 9-5 win over Buffalo to sweep the doubleheader. The Chiefs had nine runs on 13 hits and scored in each of the first five innings. Seven different Chiefs had hits, and Chris Marrero hit his twenty-first double to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Pitcher JD Martin even tripled and scored on a Steve Lombardozzi double in the second. In the bottom of the third, Seth Bynum hit a one-out homer and Lombardozzi had a two out, two RBI single to score Solano and Blanco and put the Chiefs up 6-0 after three innings. Buffalo, however, answered back with five runs of their own against starter JD Martin in the fourth. Ryan Tatusko came on to strand an inherited runner and pitch three and a 1/3rd innings of dominant relief, walking none and striking out four in one of his best outings as a Chief. Syracuse would go on to score two in the fourth and one in the fifth to put the game out of reach for a 9-5 victory. With the doubleheader sweep, the Chiefs have won four in a row to improve to 43-53, twelve games back of Lehigh Valley.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Roark (L, 4-7) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 7K, 3R HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Norris 2-3, 2R, 2BB
• T Moore 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Bowie would draw first blood with a three-run HR in the top of the first while the Senators couldn’t cash in numerous chances to score, losing the game, 6-2 and the series 2-1. Tanner Roark, who has now gone five straight starts without reaching the sixth or allowing fewer than four runs, took the loss with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk despite striking out seven. The Sens would pull within two with single runs in the first (Chris Rahl RBI walk) and third (Tyler Moore RBI double) but were a woeful 2-for-13 with RISP and left on 12 men. Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored from the #2 hole and the DH spot in the lineup. The loss cuts the Harrisburg lead over Bowie to 3½ games, and 5½ over third-place Richmond. The Sens now embark on a critical nine-game road trip, with six this weekend in Richmond (doubleahaders on Friday and Saturday) and three next week in Bowie. Should Bryce Harper play in any of those games Bowie, it will be the first time a Nationals 1st-round draft pick has played in VA or MD within 50 miles of DC since Drew Storen pitched for Potomac in August 2009.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-5) 9IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, 2R HR, BK, HBP
• Leon 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 1-3, BB, RBI

The problem of scoring just one run — as the PNats have done for three straight games — is that the pitching has to be damn near perfect to win. Danny Rosenbaum made but one mistake (a two-run home run in the first inning) but it was enough to saddle him with a 3-1 loss. The 23-year-old lefty went the distance for the second time this season, facing just 31 batters and allowing just five runners to reach base safely: three hits, one walk, one hit-by-pitch. Potomac’s lone run came on a solo shot by Sandy Leon in the bottom of the seventh, as Potomac mustered just six hits for the evening and went 0-for-3 with RISP. With the loss, Potomac sports a 16-10 mark, but remains tied with Frederick, which saw its six-game win streak snapped in Salem.

Augusta 5 Hagerstown 2
• Cole 5IP, 4H, ER, 0BB, 2K
• McCatty 1IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• A Sanchez 3-4
• Nicol 2-4, R

Hagerstown fell 5-2 to the Augusta Greenjackets last night. Augusta scored quickly on starter A.J. Cole. In the first, the Greenjackets scored on two singles and two stolen bases before Cole struck out the last two batters to end the frame. Cole settled down after that and was only threatened in the fourth, when a Michael Taylor gunned down Josh Mazzola at the plate trying to score with two outs. Hagerstown took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a single by Sean Nicol, an RBI double from Mills Rogers, and an RBI single from Michael Taylor. That would be all for the bats as the Suns left seven men on base with their nine hits and three walks. The defense let down reliever Sam Brown in the 8th. He gave up the game winning RBI on a single, a steal, and an RBI line drive before a two-out error by Michael Taylor would contribute to three additional unearned runs. With the 5-2 loss, Hagerstown falls to fourth place at 13-12, a ½ game back of Lakewood for third place and 3½ games in back of first-place Hickory.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3 (12 inn.)
• Dupra (ND) 6IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Grisz (W, 1-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 3-6, 2B, 4RBI
• Montilla 2-5, RBI, SB

Matt Skole’s two-run single in the top of the 11th was the difference in a 5-3 Auburn win over Williamsport. They were the 3rd and 4th RBI on the night for Skole, who went 3-for-6 with a double to lead the 14-hit Doubleday offense. Brian Dupra went the first six, scattering six hits for no runs, no walks and four strikeouts. His effort would be for naught as Travis Henke gave away the 3-0 lead in the 7th for his third blown save in eight appearance. Ben Grisz finished the game with four scoreless innings to get the win, which puts Auburn at 17-16, two games behind Batavia in the Pinckney Division.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Mets 0
• Baez 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Chico (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lucas (S, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramos 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• JC Valdez 2-3, BB

Wander Ramos’s solo shot in the bottom of the eighth was the only run the G-Nats scored… but it was good enough for a 1-0 win over the G-Mets. Coupled with yesterday’s victory, it was their first back-to-back wins since June 29-30. Gregory Baez got the start and went the first five innings, alllowing just five hits and one walk while striking out five. Matt Chico pitched the next three against a lineup of players who were born while he was in elementary school to get credit for the win. Robert Lucas closed out the ninth with two strikeouts and a flyout for the save. The 10-16 G-Nats remain, however, 8½ games behind in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Marlins 5
• Moscat (W, 3-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• K Rodriguez (H, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Eusebio 2-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Rosario 2-4, R, RBI
• N Ortega 2-5, R, RBI

The D-Nats are back to .500 (22-22) with a 7-5 win over the D-Marlins. Four D-Nats had multiple hits, led by the Diomedes Eusebio’s two doubles and two runs scored as the D-Nats pounded out 12 hits. Felix Moscat got the start and the win, going five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, and striking out six. The D-Marlins would score three times against 18-year-old Jesus De Los Santos, before Kelvin Rodriguez bailed him out for the hold and Jorge Hernandez got the last five outs for his third save. With the win, the D-Nats sliced their deficit to five games behind D-Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 202011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-3
(12 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
5:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-6, 4.45) and
J.D. Martin (2-6, 4.28) vs.
Miguel Batista (0-0, 6.35) and
Gustavo Chacin (0-0, -.–)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Bowie,
12:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (4-6, 6.36) vs.
Zach Britton (0-1, 3.00)
Potomac Won, 1-0 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (5-4, 2.64) vs.
Zeke Spruill (7-8, 3.06)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-5, 2.94) vs.
Michael Kickham (2-5, 4.71)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-2, 6.11) vs.
Lino Martinez (3-2, 3.21)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-4
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 5.23) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1
@ DSL Cubs2
@ DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 4 Buffalo 3 (12 inn.)
• Wang 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR, HBP
• Balester 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wilkie 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mandel (W, 2-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 1-2, R, 4BB
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, 2B

Syracuse outlasted Buffalo in a 4-3 win last night. Chien-Ming Wang made his first start for the Chiefs and was rudely greeted by a solo home run from the second batter of the game. Syracuse came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second when Carlos Maldonado hit a 2-RBI double to score Chris Marrero and Tug Hulett. Buffalo scored two more runs on Wang in the third on two singles, a double, and a sacrifice fly. Wang did not yield any more runs, and he was his usual groundball self, registering nine groundouts to two flyouts. He also pounded the zone, throwing 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes. The Syracuse bullpen was the true hero of the game as Atahualpa Severino, Collin Balester, Josh Wilkie and Jeff Mandel combined for six and 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief. Down 3-2 in the seventh, Syracuse loaded the bases and scored on a Jesus Valdez sacrifice fly. From there the teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the twelfth, when Brian Bixler sent the Syracuse faithful home happy with a walkoff sacrifice fly to score Seth Bynum after he doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With the win, Syracuse improves to fourth place in the IL North, one game up over Buffalo and 13½ games behind Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4
• Martis 5⅔ IP, 8H, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, GS HR
• Martin (W, 2-1) 1.1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Pahuta 3-3, R, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-4, 2R, 2B
Harrisburg mustered enough offense to squeak by Bowie in a 5-4 win last night. Harrisburg had 13 hits with Bill Rhinehart, Chris Rahl, Tim Pahuta, Stephen King, and Chris McConnell all registering at least two hits and every starter reaching base except the slumping Bryce Harper (1-25 over his last 7G). Harrisburg scored two in the second on four singles and two in the third on Tyler Moore’s league-leading 21st homer followed by a Rahl double and a Pahuta RBI single. Starter Shairon Martis almost held the lead, but gave up a two-out grand slam to Pedro Florimon in the top of the 6th. Cory VanAllen and Rafael Martin combined to pitch three and 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief to keep the game tied. In the bottom of the 8th, Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart hit the game-winning RBI single after Josh Johnson and Derek Norris walked. Harrisburg’s win over second place Bowie extends their lead to 4½ games and improves their record to 56-39.

Potomac 1 Lynchburg 0
• Olbrychowski (W, 3-5) 5⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Smoker (S, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Hood 3-4, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R

For the second straight game, the Potomac pitchers combined for a 1-0 shutout of the Lynchburg Hillcats. Unlike Monday night, the story was not keeping them off base but how the P-Nats pitchers bore down and denied the Hillcats the clutch hit. Lynchburg put 11 baserunners on but went 0-for-13 when they got into scoring position, including a one-out triple in the first and leadoff double in the second. Adam Olbrychowski pitched into the sixth, allowing three hits and two walks. Neil Holland, Joe Testa, and Josh Smoker each inherited two runners; the trio combined to strand six, pitching three and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief. Offensively, Destin Hood led the nine-hit Potomac offensive effort, triple Monday’s output, with a 3-for-3 game and the game’s lone RBI. The win puts Potomac to 16-9, keeping pace with the Frederick Keys, who are currently on a six-game win streak.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
The Suns kick off an eight-game homestand against with four against the Augusta Greenjackets, winners of 10 straight, then four against the Greenville Drive.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 2
• Karns (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 3K
• Barrett 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 3-4, R
• J Miller 1-3, RBI

The Doubledays loaded ‘em up with nobody out in the 9th, but could only get two runners in as the Crosscutters held on for the 3-2 win. Nathan Karns was tagged for the loss in his New York-Penn League debut, coughing up three first-inning runs and walking five over four innings while giving up six hits. David Hill pitched one scoreless inning and Aaron Barrett threw three to keep Auburn in it. Caleb Ramsey was the only Doubleday to collect multiple hits (3-for-4) as the Williamsport pitchers held the rest of the lineup to just three hits. The loss drops Auburn back to .500 at 16-16, but still just two games out of first place.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Astros
• Mieses 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Hawkins (S, 1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Schill 3-5, R
• E Martinez 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

The long summer of discontent is finally over with the G-Nats 6-4 win over the G-Astros. Well, no, not really, but the eight-game losing streak is over, thanks to strong relief work from Pat Arnold and Ben Hawkins, who combined for four and 2/3rds scoreless innings and eight strikeouts to earn the win and save respectively. Wes Schill and Estarlin Martinez paced the offense with three hits apiece as the G-Nats pounded out 12 hits and committed just one (1) error. The G-Nats win, no. 9, was the first since July 9, as the 9-16 record trails the G-Marlins by 8½ games in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cubs2 1 (6 inn.)
• Silvestre (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Guzman 0IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Mejia 2-3, R, 3B

The D-Nats scored in both of the first two innings, building a 3-1 lead and extended it to 4-1 before the game was called in the bottom of the sixth. Hector Silvestre got his second win in his second start, allowing an unearned run on two hits and three walks over five innings. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz and Bryan Mejia each had two hits to pace the D-Nats offense. The win puts the D-Nats at 21-22, 5½ games off the pace in the B.C. South Division of the DSL.