Jun 252011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Suspended, Bottom of 3rd;
Syracuse leading 8-1
vs. Rochester, 5:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (5-6, 4.82)
vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-0 (10 inn.) vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (3-1, 2.59) vs.
Aaron Pribanic (5-4, 3.57)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-4 (13 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (4-6, 4.06) vs.
Barrett Loux (6-3, 3.48)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-4 @ Greensbooro, 7:00 p.m. Sammy Solis (1-0, 3.62) vs.
Zachary Neal (4-4, 3.98)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 9-3 vs. Mahoning Valley, 7:05 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (0-0, 8.10) vs.
TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4 (10 inn.)
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost 6-5 (13 inn.);
Lost 6-4 (7 inn.) @/vs.
DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 8 Rochester 1 — SUSP.
Rain halted play with one out in the bottom of the third and Syracuse leading, 8-1. The two teams will finish this one today and play a seven-inning game. The previously scheduled doubleheader will be shifted to August 26.

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 0 (10 inn.)
• Peacock 6⅔ IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Zinicola (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Valdez 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI (PH)
• Rahl 3-4

Alex Valdez’s pinch-hit two-run home run ended the game in walkoff fashion for a 2-0 Senators win. Four Harrisburg pitchers — Brad Peacock, Pat McCoy, Rafael Martin, and Zech Zinicola — combined to pitch a masterful ten-inning shutout, with just seven hits allowed. Brad Peacock (114K/18BB/87IP/.181OBA) continued his domination of the Eastern League with six and 2/3rds scoreless innings. Pat McCoy and Rafael Martin both retrired the only two batters they faced while Zech Zinicola struck out five batters in his two-inning appearance to win the game.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 4 (13 inn.)
• Holder (ND) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Frias 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Souza 4-6, R, 2B
• Higley 2-5, BB, 2RBI
• Leon 2-6, 2RBI

The two teams combined for 30 hits, but just nine came around to score as the Pelicans outlasted the P-Nats for a 5-4 win in 13 innings. Four double plays helped kill the Potomac rallies while 10 strikeouts stifled Myrtle Beach. Trevor Holder started and went five and a 1/3rd innings, and left with a 3-2 lead, but Josh Smoker surrendered a double to the first batter to let in the tying run. The two teams traded small-ball runs in the 11th before the Pelicans singled and doubled with two outs for the gamewinner. Steve Souza led the offense with a 4-for-6 night, while J.R. Higley and Sandy Leon both singled twice and drove in two runs.

Hagerstown 7 Greensboro 4
• Jordan (W, 8-3) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K
• McCatty 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Taylor 3-4, 2-2B
• Freitas 2-5, HR, 2RBI

Another solid ass-kicking all-around performance for the Suns as they took another from the Grasshoppers, 7-4. Taylor Jordan turned in seven strong innings with two runs allowed on five hits and a walk to go with eight strikeouts to get win #8. Michael Taylor finally got a single in the eighth after five extra-base hits in his first seven at-bats, leading the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort and two doubles. Dean Weaver, recently sent down from Potomac, did little to show it was unwarranted, giving up a two-run HR in the bottom of the ninth — the fifth given up this year in 17⅓ innings thrown.

Mahoning Valley 9 Auburn 3
• Encarnacio (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Jimenez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Skole 2-4, RBI

The five-game win streak was stopped cold with a 9-3 loss to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Pedro Encarnacion was touched for a run in all but one of the three and a 1/3rd innings he pitched, giving up five runs on six hits including two home runs. Hendry Jimenez and Andy Skole both went 2-for-4 with an RBI, as the Doubledays scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the ninth.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 4 (10 inn.)
• Karns 3IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 5K
• Meza 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Schill 2-5, R, RBI
• E Martinez 2-5, SB
• Curran 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, SB

Nathan Karns put in another strong outing, striking out five and allowing one hit and one walk over the first three innings. Christian Meza did him one better with the same line, minus the walk. After that, the pitching went downhill fast as the GCL Nationals blew a 4-0 lead to fall 6-4 in extras to the GCL Astros. Wes Schill and Estarlin Martinez both went 2-for-5 to pace the offense, which struggled in the clutch with 11 LOB and a 3-14 mark with RISP.

DSL Cubs2 6 DSL Nationals 5 (13 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Navarro 4IP, 1H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Kl Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ortega 3-6, R, 2B, RBI, CS
• E Gonzalez 3-5, R, 2B

DSL Cubs2 6 DSL Nationals 4 (7 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Martinez (L, 0-2) 6IP, 6H, 6R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Barrientos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R
• Rosario 2-3, R, RBI
• Tilero 2-3, RBI

In theory, a minor-league doubleheader ought to be an hour or so longer than regular game — 14 innings instead of nine, a break for the bullpen because it’s four less innings to cover. Unless it goes into extra innings. Then it becomes a nightmare. That what happened yesterday in the Dominican ad the D-Nats dropped a pair to the DSL Cubs2 despite outhitting them 10-5 in the first game and 12-6 in the second.

Jun 242011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-2 vs. Rochester, 7:00 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-4, 4.34) vs.
Ryan Mullins (1-3, 7.24)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 (8 inn.) vs. Richmond, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (8-2, 2.46) vs.
Jeff Locke (5-6, 4.65)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-5 @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (3-8, 6.14) vs.
Justin Grimm (2-1, 2.22)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 6-3 @ Greensbooro, 7:00 p.m. Taylor Jordan (7-3, 2.86) vs.
Jheyson Manzueta (2-5, 5.93)
Auburn Doubledays Won, 7-2 vs. Mahoning Valley, 7:05 p.m. Pedro Encarnacion (0-0, 7.36) vs.
TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 19-7
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Game Not Reported vs. DSL Cubs2, 10:30 a.m. Anderson Martinez (0-1, 5.91) vs.
Victor Garcia (1-0, 3.18)

Syracuse 4 Gwinnett 2
• Stammen (W, 6-3) 8.1 IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 1BB, 9K
• Wilkie (S, 6) ⅔ IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, K
• Lombardozzi 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Marrero 3-3, RBI, 2BB

Craig Stammen was solid, striking out nine and walking just one batter, in a dominant start and 4-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves. Stammen allowed just one batter to get into scoring position before the ninth inning, stranding him at third with clutch strikeout and a flyout. Stammen was lifted with one out in the ninth after back-to-back singles and a Jesus Valdez throwing error ended the shutout bid for the first Gwinnett run and left a runner on third. Josh Wilkie was greeted with single to score the second run, but got a strikeout and a groundball to end the game and earn the save. Offensively, two of the Nats’ best position prospects Steve Lombardozzi and Chris Marrero came up large. Lombo went 3-for-5 with a double, scoring two runs in his best AAA game thus far. Marrero reached base all five times on three singles and two walks. Syracuse has now won back-to-back games after ending its recent five-game losing streak.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 2 (8 inn.)
• Davis (W, 4-2) 6IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Lehman (H, 2) 1IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Johnson 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg fell behind 2-0 early before vaulting to the lead in a three- run sixth inning over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Josh Johnson and Tyler Moore both hit home runs in the inning. Bill Rhinehart, Godfather of Potomac’s Rhinehart Mafia (.259/.358/.547/905 12HR), doubled in front of Moore’s homer. Erik Davis allowed an unearned run in the third when Roger Kieschnick reached on two-out fielding error and Chris Dominguez made the Senators pay with a double to center. In the fifth, Davis hit Charlie Culberson with one out in front of a single and sacrifice fly. Pat Lehman was a relief hero, stranding the bases loaded after entering with no outs; Carlos Martinez had allowed a single and a walk, with a Tyler Moore error sandwiched in between, to fill the bases. Rafael Martin earned his second save and has yet to allow a run in six and two thirds innings at Harrisburg. Rain shortened the game to eight innings when the skies opened up with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 5
• Olrychowski (W, 2-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K
• Testa (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Lozada 2-4, R, RBI
• Higley 1-3, R, BB, RBI, OF assist @ HP
• Dykstra 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Rain delayed this one for 42 minutes, but the pitchers made the offense’s one big inning stick as the first-place Potomac Nationals edged the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 6-5. The first six batters hit safely in third, highlighted by doubles from Eury Perez and Jeff Kobernus as the P-Nats put up all six of their runs in the inning. Adam Olbrychowski made his second start of the season and gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings but struck out seven. Evan Bronson (hold), Joe Testa (hold), and Hector Nelo (save) came out of the ‘pen for the last four innings, allowing an unearned run in the sixth (Bronson) and a manufactured run in the 9th (walk, two steals, single) to finish the game.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 3
• Grace (W, 8-5) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K
• Eusebio (H, 7) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2SB
• Taylor 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2RBI

The Suns were clicking on all cylinders as the pitching, hitting and defense were all in sync for a 6-3 win over the Grasshoppers. Matt Grace turned in a quality start with three runs allowed on a walk and five hits to go with six strikeouts. Michael Taylor doubled, tripled, and homered as part of a 3-for-4 night, as the offense cranked out 11 hits, five for extra bases with Jason Martinson also homering. Wilson Eusebio got his seventh hold with two scoreless innings while Chris Manno reverted to form with with a 1-2-3 ninth for save number nine.

Auburn 7 Mahoning Valley 2
• Estevez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Monar 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Jimenez 2-3, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• M Perez 2-4, RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, RBI

The Doubledays remain red hot, melting the Mahoning Valley scrappers 7-2 for their fifth straight win. Pitching has been at the core of the success, as NFA Brian clued us in with a series of tweets last night about the scoreless-inning streak that was snapped at 26⅔ innings with two runs in the ninth. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez rebounded from a poor outing last time out to turn in five shutout innings with a just one hit and one walk allowed to go with five K’s for his first stateside win. Fellow Dominican Hendry Jimenez led the offense with a 2-for-3 effort, highlighted by a three-run HR in the 5th, while Miguel Perez and Matt Skole both put up 2-for-4 lines in the boxscore as the Doubledays pounded out 11 hits and left just five runners on.

GCL Cardinals 19 GCL Nationals 7
• Br. King (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 12R, 12ER, 4BB, 5K, HR, HBP, WP
• Wa. Ramos 2-4, 2RBI
• HWNBWM 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• E Martinez 1-3, 2B, BB

2009 draft pick Brandon King, making his third tour through the GCL, got hammered in his first start of ’11, giving up 12 runs on eight hits and four walks over four and 1/3rd innings as the GCL Cardinals pounded the GCL Nationals, 19-7. Wander Ramos was the leading age-appropriate batter, going 2-for-4 with 2RBI, followed by Estarlin Martinez, who doubled and walked.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Giants — Game Not Reported
Doubtful that it was a very isolated rainstorm, as this was the only game not recorded yesterday in the DSL

Jun 232011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won 12-4 @ Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Craig Stammen (5-3, 4.34) vs.
Erik Cordier (1-3, 3.86)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-2 vs. Richmond, 12:00 p.m. Erik Davis (3-2, 3.81) vs.
Daryl Maday (2-4, 3.68)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Adam Olbrychowski (1-3, 5.46) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY @ Greensbooro, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Doubledays Won, 5-0 vs. Mahoning Valley, 7:05 p.m. Wirkin Estevez (0-1, 14.73) vs.
Harold Guerrero (0-1, 5.40)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-0
vs. DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants, 10:30 a.m. Felix Moscat (0-1, 5.14) vs.
Carlos Diaz (1-1, 2.50)

Syracuse 12 Gwinnett 4
• Milone (W, 5-5) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Gaudin 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, K
• J Valdez 5-6, 4R, 2HR (HR, 3R HR), 5RBI
• C Brown 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
• Milone 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-6, R

Tom Milone led Syracuse to a dominating 12-4 victory over the Gwinnett Braves, snapping the Chiefs’ five-game losing streak. He continued to exhibit his pinpoint control, adding seven strikeouts and no walks to his stingy K:BB ratio (89:5) while evening his won-loss mark at 5-5. Jesus Valdez had a career night, with five hits, including a leadoff homer in the 5th and a three-run, two-out clout in the top of the 7th. Other notable offensive performances: Steve Lombardozzi went 2-for-6, including his second first-inning leadoff single in as many games; Matt Antonelli went 2-for-5 with a walk to raise his team-leading batting average to .318; Corey Brown had a 2-for-4 night with a solo shot; and Milone helped his own cause with a single and an RBI double, his 2-for-4 night to move his batting average to .333 (pretty damn good when you consider pitchers don’t swing the bat in the minors until AA).

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 2
• Roark (L, 4-3) 6⅓ IP 5H, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, HR (ERA 5.72)
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gilbert 2-3, R
• A Valdez 1-2, 2B, 2RBI, BB

Harrisburg’s feeble offense was not enough to support a quality start Tanner Roark against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Harrisburg scored both of its runs in a two-run fifth. A Tyler Moore leadoff walk, Archie Gilbert single, Ivany sacrifice bunt, and a decisive two-run Alex Valdez double plated the two runs for a temporary 2-0 Harrisburg lead. After a Juan Perez solo shot against Roark in the 6th, Roark tired and gave up the lead in the seventh with three consecutive leadoff doubles to give Richmond a 3-2 lead. Jimmy Barthmaier (ERA, 6.63) struck out two in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched but yielded a single and a Chris Dominguez triple to close the scoring at 4-2. With the loss, Harrisburg’s record fell to 39-31, good for a three-game lead over Bowie, Erie, and Richmond in the Eastern League’s Western division.

POTOMAC NATIONALS — OFF DAY
The second half begins with a three road games against the Southern Division first-half champs, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Adam Olbrychowski gets the start (whether it’s a spot start or a new role remains to be seen), followed by Trevor Holder and Paul Demny.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS — OFF DAY
Neither team is releasing details regarding the starting pitchers, as our public query was ignored, defeating the purpose and so-called advantage of social media. The Suns return to Hagerstown on Monday after this four-game set.

Auburn 5 State College 0
• Demmin (W, 2-0) 5P, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Henke (H, 2) 2#8532; IP, 1H, 0R, 2K
• Grisz 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• R Perez 1-4, 2RBI, 3K

The Auburn Doubledays swept the State College Spikes with a 5-0 win on Wednesday, improving to 5-1 on the young season. Ryan Demmin, Travis Henke, and Ben Grisz combined for the three-hit shutout with Demmin and Henke earning the win and hold. Caleb Ramsey’s two-run double broke open a 1-0 game in the 6th, while the one time Roberto Perez didn’t strikeout resulted in the last two Doubleday runs in the 8th. The win was the fourth straight for the Doubledays, who are now home for the next six games.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats resume play as they hit the road for three of the next four games, visiting the G-Cardinals today, hosting the G-Astros tomorrow, and cruising down the Eastern Florida cost to visit the G-Mets and G-Marlins over the G-weekend.

DSL Rangers 5 DSL Nationals 0
• Navarro ⅔ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, K
• J Guzman 5⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, IR-S 3-1
• Vasquez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mercedes 1-3, 2B

A five-run first put the game away, as the DSL Nationals were held to just one hit in a 5-0 shutout. Miguel Navarro was charged with all five runs on two hits and four walks over 2/3rds of an inning to take the loss. Jesus Guzman and Daury Vasquez were sensational in relief, combining for eight and a 1/3rd innings of relief, with Guzman allowing just one of three inherited runners to score. Yermin Mercedes collected the sole hit for the D-Nats, who lost their third straight.

Jun 222011
 

[Ed. Note: Another guest column for frequent commenter BinM]

As we close on the halfway point for the full-season affiliates, and begin ramping up the short-season teams, here’s a review of the minor-league side of the Nationals Organization as of June 20…

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) – 27-40
I had initially expected a much better result from this squad, given their makeup out of Spring Training; It’s been disapointing, to say the least. The offense has struggled for consistency, the pitching has been less than overpowering, and the bullpen has been sketchy, with all areas affected, given the callups to the big club so far. This is a team starved for consistent run producers. Marrero (.282/.345/.431 slash) is okay, but still prone to streaks, as is Matt Antonelli (.316/.391/.469), and Jhonatan Solano (.266/.326/.367).

The starting staff has been bounced around between the big club and Syracuse a bit, but both Maya (0-1 W-L, 6.86 ERA, 1.78 WHIP in four GS in DC), and Craig Stammen (0-1 W-L, 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP in two relief appearances) were returned. The bullpen promotions fared slightly better, with Henry Rodriguez, Cole Kimball (15-DL), and Ryan Mattheus still in D.C., while Collin Balester is in yo-yo mode.

Players I like (statistically) so far…
• Marrero (1B): Could be used as trade bait at some point this year; Trapped behind Adam LaRoche, and now Michael Morse at 1B in DC.
• Antonelli (MI): Another trade bait candidate. The big club has depth at MI, so he becomes fungible.
• Milone (LHSP): A personal favorite. The numbers can’t be ignored (4-5 W-L, 3.81 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 16.4:1 K-BB), this kid just knows how to pitch. A September (or earlier) promotion in in his grasp.
• Meyers (RHSP): Has stumbled a bit in SYR, but still may be a ‘dark-horse’ candidate for a 40-man spot; Has posted solid K:BB ratios (9.6:1) over 14 starts between AA and AAA.
• Wilkie (RHRP): Steady, if not overpowering numbers in Syracuse; Worthy of a look in a MR role with somebody at the MLB level.

Harrisburg Senators (AA) – 39-29
Currently leading their division of the Eastern League by 3½ games, the Sens are setting the stage for another playoff appearance, should they remain focused. The team has been getting steady, but not outstanding performances across the board in all aspects of the game so far this season, with no glaring weaknesses either.

Offensively, the standout hitters have been Lombardozzi (a .309/.366/.454 slash from primarily to #1 spot in the order), and 2011FA OF acquisitions Chris Rahl (.297/.350/.407) and Archie Gilbert (.287/.369/.468). The starting staff is topped by Brad Peacock, who has posted ridiculous numbers to date (8-2 W-L, 2.46 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 6.0:1 K-W), with no-one else on the staff anywhere close. The bullpen has been filled with solid performers as well, with a number of pitchers posting a WHIP of at or below 1.00 as of this post (Zech Zinicola, Hassanb Pena, Rafael Martin, and Pat Lehman [current] and Rodriguez & Mattheus [promoted]).

Players I like (statistically) so far…
• Lombardozzi (2B): A personal favorite; He’s continuing his climb toward the bigs at 2B; It’s simply a question of when (2012-13), and then maybe with which club (WSH currently has the Espinosa/Desmond combo that looks pretty solid).
• Norris (CA): While currently carrying a low BA, his OBP & SLG numbers are in-line with career norms. He’ll play out the year at Harrisburg and look for a good start at Syracuse next season.
• Rhinehart (1B-OF): It looks like ‘Dolla Bill’ is catching onto AA pitching; Probably an OG in terms of age at this point, he still might be worth a look at an AAA level next year for some team.
• Peacock (RHSP): Another personal favorite; Outstanding numbers so far this season, building on previous season results.

Potomac Nationals (High-A) – 29-40
The hoped-for long home stretch failed to yield big changes to the W-L record. The team enters the All-Star break continuing to struggle offensively, and the pitching still looks uneven. One thing that has become evident is the ability to collect errors in the field, with even the Face of The Franchise (Ryan Zimmerman) falling victim to “the curse of the Pfitz” in a three-game rehab stint.

On the mound, Danny Rosenbaum has been the only consistent starter (4-3, 2.65 ERA, 1.33WHIP), while early-May promotion Cameron Selik could be turning the corner (2-4, 3.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) after a horrid beginning. The bullpen has been ragged overall of late, with Hector Nelo, Joe Testa, and Josh Smoker sharing the late-game innings.

At the plate, Destin Hood has been consistent all year (.276/.373/.453 slash), earning an All-Star nomination only to lose it to a knee injury. As his replacement, Jeff Kobernus leads the Carolina League in stolen bases (29) while hitting for an improved .266/.308/.369 line. Eury Perez is proving to be a slap-hitter with speed, when he chooses to use it. Justin Bloxom (.255/.321/.455) has played the majority of his games at 3B, where he is woefully out of
position, and a liability defensively (19 errors in 40 games).

The team currently lacks a player to ‘carry the load’ offensively, and will continue to muddle about until they find one. Maybe they’ll catch some promotions from Hagerstown for the 2nd half; We’ll see if that helps.

Players I like so far…
• Peacock (CA): An 26-y.o. OG, but plays with energy and catches a pretty decent game. Deserves another shot at AA.
• Hood (OF): Only 21, could be a possible for the AFL in 2012 if his knees stay healthy.
• Kobernus (2B): Back in my good graces after two injury-plagued years; Has shown unexpected speed and a consistent glove at 2B.
• Rosenbaum (LHSP): Steady & nearly unshakable on the mound; Needs slightly better control to play at higher levels.
• Nelo (RHRP): An age thing (24yo) as much as anything else – He’s pitching well at high-A, but should be playing to age at AA.
• Smoker (LHRP): Decent numbers, but not quite ready for in-season promotion.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A) – 40-30
The Suns slumped late, falling out of the 1st half pennant chase in the final week; The good news is they are four games ahead of last years’ pace. There’s a lot to like about this team, both at the plate & on the mound; Having five players named to the All-Star team (Bryce Harper, Blake Kelso, David Freitas, Taylor Jordan, & Chris Manno) speaks to that. Their failings have come mostly in the field or in the bridge innings between the starters and the back end of the bullpen.

The hitters have been the big story, with Harper (.330/.429/.586), Kelso (330/.396/.404), and Freitas (.317/.422/.502) all raking the ball, and others (Randolph Oduber, Brett Newsome) chipping in as well. The starting staff covered the early loss of Selik to Potomac with the additions of Sammy Solis (1-0, 3.62, 1.17), and Robbie Ray (2-0, 1.13, 0.90). The bullpen has been a bit of a roller coaster of late, with both Manno and Ben Graham having
some rough outings in late-inning situations, while most of the middle relievers continue struggle to achieve mediocrity. This is still a team that could be
a force to be reckoned with in the 2nd half of the 2011 season.

Players I like (statistically) so far…
• Harper (OF): He’s ready for the next challenge; It’s just a question of where (Potomac or Harrisburg).
• Kelso (IF): He might need a full year at low-A, as his defense is less than stellar at this point.
• Freitas (CA): Still needs some polish behind the plate, but the pitching hasn’t suffered greatly from his game-calling, imo.
• Oduber (OF): A personal favorite, the ‘Groovin’ Aruban’ could push his way into a higher level with a good 2nd half.
• Jordan (RSP): Almost ready to make the jump to high-A, keeps the ball in the park (1HR in 69.3IP).
• Manno (LRP): Outstanding 1st half; Could be moved up at the All-Star break.
• Holland (RRP): Another personal fave; Outstanding as a set-up man, could move up later this season.

The 2011 Draft
You’ve seen the list, probably read a few evaluation pieces. All I’ll offer here for now is a summary by position.
As of 06/20/11
LHP – 10 drafted, 4 signed [B. Monar (12th), T. Simko (21st), R. Lucas (27th), B. Hawkins (36th)].
RHP – 16 drafted, 6 signed [B. Dupra (7th), M. Rodriguez (10th), T. Henke (22nd), K. Ferrer (28th), A. Kreis (35th), R. Mirowski (45th)].
CA – 2 drafted, 2 signed [E. Fernandez (25th), S. Cotton (29th)].
CI – 5 drafted, 2 signed [M. Skole (5th), B. Ortega (41st)].
MI – 7 drafted, 3 signed [D. Williams (16th), K. Norfolk (23rd), T. Karlen (33rd)].
OF – 11 drafted, 2 signed [C. Ramsey (11th), A. Nix (50th)].

Jun 222011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 7-1 @ Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Tom Milone (4-5, 3.81) vs.
Yohan Flande (2-3, 4.09)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-2 vs. Richmond, 12:00 p.m. Tanner Roark (4-2, 6.00) vs.
Justin Fitzgerald (5-4, 3.75)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Doubledays Won, 9-0 @ State College, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Demmin (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Nicholas Kingham (0-1, 15.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-5
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost 11-5
vs. DSL Phillies
vs. DSL Rangers, 10:30 a.m.

Gwinnett 7 Syracuse 1
• J Martin (L, 1-5) 6IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, 2R HR
• Wilkie ⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Hulett 2-4, 2 2B, RBI
• Solano 3-4, 2B

Save the ball and the spikes; Steve Lombardozzi doubled in his first AAA at-bat and later scored on a Tug Hulett double. Sadly, that would be Syracuse’s only run in a 7-1 loss to Gwinnett, extending the losing skid to five games. JD Martin offered a quality start with six innings, allowing only a fourth-inning two-run homer to Stefan Gartrell. The Chiefs would only seriously threaten to score twice more after losing the early 1-0 lead. Jesus Valdez flied out in the sixth inning with one out and Matt Antonelli was gunned down trying to score. In the seventh, Lombardozzi grounded out into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded to stifle another Syracuse rally. Gwinnett broke the game open in the bottom of the frame as they greeted Josh Wilkie with a leadoff homer, two singles and a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. After a one out walk loaded the bases, Wilkie walked in a run. Two errors by shortstop Matt Antonelli led to two more runs. Atahulapa Severino pitched the final one and 1/3rd innings, yielding a leadoff homer in the 8th to close the scoring at 7-1.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 2
• Martis (L, 4-3) 6⅓ IP 8H 3ER, BB, 8K, 2R HR
• Lehman 1⅔ IP 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Norris 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, PB
• Rhinehart 2-3, 2B, BB

Harrisburg bookended their night with solo shots in the 1st by Josh Johnson and in the 9th by Derek Norris, who also gave up his 13th passed ball of the season [Ed. Note: Souldrummer is all in, but won't look past this hole in his game]. Sadly, they squandered the six other hits in the game, batting 0-5 with RISP. Shairon Martis took the loss but tossed a quality start with three runs allowed over six innings, yielding a two run homer to Roger Kieshnick in the third and another run on a double by Hector Correa followed by a Juan perez single in the seventh. Corey VanAllen failed to keep the game close at 3-2 when he allowed a leadoff homer to Johnny Monell to close the scoring at 4-2. Harrisburg’s record is now 39-30, good for a first place lead of 3.5 games over the second-place Orioles affiliate in Bowie.

POTOMAC NATIONALS — ALL-STAR BREAK
Jeff Kobernus struck out in his lone at-bat in the California-Carolina League All-Star game, which the Carolina Leaguers lost 6-1.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Southern Division beat the Northern Division, 6-3, with the following Suns appearing in the game:
• Kelso 1-2, R
• Harper 0-2, RBI
• Freitas 0-2, 2K
• Manno 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K

Auburn 9 State College 0
• Bates (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Jenkins 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• M Rodriguez 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Jimenez 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Nieto 2-5, R, 2RBI
• Rowe 2-4, 3R, BB, RBI

The Doubledays made roadkill out the Spikes, pounding out 13 hits and scoring in six separate innings for a 9-0 victory. Colin Bates, Chad Jenkins and Manny Rodriguez each gave up a hit while combining for the shutout. Rick Hughes was the sole batter to not reach base, as Hendry Jimenez led the offensive onslaught with a 3-for-4 effort, followed by Connor Rowe (2-for-4, two doubles) and Adrian Nieto (2-for-5, two RBI). The win was the third straight for Auburn, which leads the six-team Pinckney Division at 4-1.

GCL Marlins 7 GCL Nationals 5 (14 inn.)
• Chico 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Mieses 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
• Martinez 3-6, R, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Ramos 2-5, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, 2SB

The GCL Nationals built a 4-2 lead, running wild on the basepaths (eight SBs), but a bullpen blowup in the ninth sent the game into extras, tied at 4-4. The GCL Marlins pushed across three in the top of the 14th to which the G-Nats could only respond with one for the eventual 7-5 loss. Estarlin Martinez led the 10-hit attack with a 3-for-6 afternoon, walking once and stealing twice. Matt Chico and Adalberto Mieses were the starter and first reliever, both allowing a run over four innings of work. Andy Santana blew the save in the 9th while Anthony Marcelino took the loss, pitching the final four frames but giving up the final three runs.

DSL Phillies 11 DSL Nationals 5
• Pineyro (L, 0-2) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• K Rodriguez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• E Gonzalez 3-5, R
• N Ortega 1-3, BB, RBI

A pair of three-run outbursts by the D-Phillies in the fourth and fifth innings erased an early 4-3 lead and put the game away as the D-Nats fell for the eighth time in the last 10 games by an 11-5 count. Ivan Pineyro took the loss, chased in the fourth after giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks. Emmanuel De La Cruz and Brian Escolastico couldn’t stop the bleeding, allowing the next five runs before Kelvin Rodriguez could over the last two. Edgar Gonzalez led the offense with three hits of the D-Nats seven hits.

Jun 212011
 

The specious nature of recent player moves prevents the use of the word “promote,” but Steve Lombardozzi has been moved from the AA roster of Harrisburg to the AAA roster of Syracuse.

Lombardozzi, who was recently named the Eastern League batter of the week, had been hitting .309 with a .466 OBP with Harrisburg, with 16 steals in 19 tries. Taking his place on the Senator roster is Chris McConnell, a recent “B” on our GBI for his .175/.250/.257 line put up over 57 games with the Chiefs.

In other roster moves, RHP Garrett Mock was placed on the 7-Day DL for Harrisburg while C Jhonatan Solano was activated for Syracuse.

Jun 212011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-2 @ Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Brad Meyers (4-3, 4.60) or
J.D. Martin (1-4, 4.94) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY vs. Richmond, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (4-2, 3.30) vs.
Henry Sosa (2-0, 0.00)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Doubledays Won, 7-6 @ State College, 7:05 p.m. Colin Bates (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Joely Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 PM TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. DSL Mets1
vs. DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 2.50) vs.
Francibel Alejo (0-2, 3.18)

Gwinnett 8 Syracuse 2
• Detwiler (ND) 6⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
• Pena (L, 0-4) 1IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, K
• Marrero 2-3, R, RBI, BB
• Hulett 1-3, BB

Syracuse battled hard against the Gwinnett Braves’ JV Tomahawk Chop and Julio Teheran, the no. 5 overall rated prospect according to Baseball Prospectus. Teheran (W, 2-1, 8IP, 5H, 2ER, 0BB, 8K) easily retired the first ten Chiefs he faced, but Syracuse scratched out a game-tying run on a Matt Antonelli double and a Chris Marrero RBI single. Detwiler had allowed a first inning run after a dreaded leadoff walk. In the seventh, Syracuse eked out another tally with a Marrero single, a Tug Hulett single, and a Jesus Flores groundout. Syracuse, as has been their habit the last three games, then found a creative way to blow a late lead. With two out and nobody on base, Detwiler walked the pitcher, Teheran, and was justifably pulled from the game after a strong six and 2/3rds innings pitched where he yielded just one run and a two-out inherited runner for the bullpen that matched Teheran’s more dominating performance. Lee Hyde then came into “relieve” and gave up a walk and a single to allow Teheran to score. Hassan Pena then temporarily shut the door by inducing Gartrell to fly out. Pena (*ERA 19.29*) then imploded in the eighth giving up six runs before Ryan Tatusko mercifully retired the final batter in the 8th. All in all, Syracuse is becoming more frustrating as they continue to find worse and worse ways to blow late leads. If any Syracuse fans wander through our threads in a foul mood, let’s remind them to keep a sunny disposition.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
After a strong 5-2 roadtrip, the first-place Senators are home for the next six, hosting Richmond for three, then Altoona for three.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Tonight is the Carolina-California All-Star Game in Modesto, with Jeff Kobernus as the sole P-Nat player on the roster, a replacement for Destin Hood.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Tonight is the Sally League All-Star Game in Delmarva, with five Suns players on the roster. Due to injury concerns, Bryce Harper will forego the HR derby, MASN’s Byron Kerr reports.

Auburn Doubledays 7 State College Spikes 6
• Lopez 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 2K
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R
• B Ortega 2-4, SB

Adrian Nieto’s two-run HR in the top of the 7th broke a 3-3 tie and began a late-inning slugfest that saw another Auburn triumph by a 7-6 score. Nieto also doubled and drove in four total for the night, one of three Doubledays to get multiple hits, as Bryce Ortega and Khayyan Norfork also went 2-for-4. Kelvin Lopez got the start but was knocked out in the fourth after charged with three runs on five hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. Richie Mirowski, a 45-round draft pick from Oklahoma Baptist Univ., got the win with one unearned run allowed on one hit and one walk over two innings.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 3
• Karns 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• J Smith 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramos 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Soriano 1-2, HR, RBI

Wander Ramos’s two-run HR in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the difference as the GCL Nationals held off a ninth-inning rally for a 5-3 win over the GCL Mets. Perenially rehabbing Nathan Karns took the ball first and allowed one hit and two walks over two and 2/3rds. NDFA Jason Smith was first out the ‘pen with an inning and a 1/3rd relief to get the win. Francisco Soriano also homered as the G-Nats had nine hits and made the most of their scoring opportunities, going 2-for-5 with RISP and just five runners left on.

DSL Mets1 3 DSL Nationals 2
• Mendez 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 5K
• Barrientos (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 6K
• Mercedes 1-3, R, BB
• Rosario 1-3, BB, RBI, OF assist @ 3B

The D-Nats mustered just three hits but held a 2-1 lead into the seventh, when the D-Mets1 squad rallied for two with two outs for the eventual 3-2 outcome. The seventh began with the cardinal baserunning mistake, as Dionicio Rosario and Wilmer Difo combined to cut down a runner trying to stretch a leadoff double into a triple. Losing pitcher Joel Barrientos struck out the next batter but gave up a walk, then a two-out double that “Fred” Ortega threw away to allow both runs to score. Barrientos would finish the game and strike out six over three innings, but the lack of clutch hits (1-for-10 with RISP) and shaky defense (two errors) gave starter Gilberto Mendez a no-decision for his six innings, in which he allowed an unearned run on three hits and three walks while setting down five on strikes.

Jun 202011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 10-9 @ Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (5-6, 5.01) vs.
Julio Teheran (6-1, 1.78)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals vs. Salem — CANCELED ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Suns Won, 11-4 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Doubledays Won, 6-4 @ State College, 7:05 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (0-0, -.–) vs.
Stetson Allie (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals SEASON OPENER vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 PM TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. Gilberto Mendez (1-0, 3.46) vs.
Franly Caminero (1-0, 2.70)

Charlotte 10 Syracuse 9
• Maya 5IP, 10H, 6ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Mandel (BS 2, L, 1-2) 2IP, 5H, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Hulett 4-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Brown 3-4 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, BB
• J Valdez 3-5, 3R, 2-2B

This game featured 19 runs, 32 hits, 2 Syracuse blown saves, another heartbreaking loss to the Charlotte Knights, and an out-of-breath recapper. After Saturday night’s walkoff victory, Sunday afternoon Syracuse failed to tie the game up after loading the bases in the 9th inning. A poor performance starts with lackluster starting pitching, and Yunesky Maya appears to not be fooling anyone right now. After a leadoff double by Jordan Danks and a Michael Restovich walk in the sixth inning, Ryan Tatusko was brought in to add more gasoline to the fire, allowing both of Maya’s runners to score and two more of his own to score while putting Syracuse down 8-7. Syracuse got both perpetrators off the hook with a two-run 7th. Tug Hulett doubled in Jim Gallagher who had doubled and Chris Marrero (0-4, R, BB) who had walked earlier in the inning to put the Chiefs up 9-8. Charlotte, however, provided the dads in the house with an immediate response when Gookie (how do you get named Gookie?!?! [Ed. Note: It refers to a face made famous by Harpo Marx]) Dawkins hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 7th off Jeff Mandel to end the scoring and leave Syracuse on the wrong end of a wild 10-9 loss. Lost in the wild scoring at the end were Corey Brown’s two home runs and 3 early RBI to put the Chiefs up early 3-0 before Maya’s Meltdown.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 1
• Arnesen (L, 3-1) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 7K, WP
• VanAllen 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Johnson 1-4, 2B
• Arnesen 1-2

Erik Arnesen did everything he possibly could to carry a feeble Harrisburg offense to victory. He offered a quality six innings. He got a hit. Ultimately, the Harrisburg defense hurt his outing by contributing to an unearned run and the feeble offense couldn’t make up for it. The Suns only mustered one unearned run themselves when Jonothan Tucker reached on a throwing error by catcher Tony Sanchez, Josh Johnson doubled, and Archie Gilbert grounded out. Harrisburg’s chief nemesis was Quincy Latimore, who went 2-2 with a double, a homer, and two of Altoona’s run scored. Relievers Corey VanAllen and Jimmy Barthmaier failed to add quality relief; they allowed one run each.

Potomac Nationals vs. Salem Red Sox — CANCELED
The link above is the official press release regarding the cancellation. This is how the field looked like at approximately 1:10 p.m. yesterday afternoon: Pic1 | Pic2. The second half resumes on Thursday with a six-game trip from South to North Carolina, with visits to Myrtle Beach and Kinston for three games each.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 4
• Solis 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Manno 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 1K
• Martinson 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• Keyes 3-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 3R, 2B, RBI

After being mathematically eliminated on Saturday night, the Hagerstown Suns closed out the first half with a big 11-4 win, its third straight following a six-game tailspin that killed their playoff hopes. The Suns pounded out 19 hits, with every batter collecting at least one and four collecting three. Kevin Keyes and Wade Moore both homered. Bryce Harper sat for the second straight game, ostensibly to rest his nagging injuries. Sammy Solis pitched the first four innings while four relievers followed him out of the ‘pen, including Chad Gaudin on rehab. Christopher Manno’s struggles returned with his worst outing of the season: two runs on three hits and walk over just one inning.

Auburn 6 Batavia 4
• Encarnacion 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
• Henke (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K IR-S: 2-1
• Moldenhauer 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI, BB
• Montilla 2-4

Russell Moldenhauer’s two-run double capped off a four-run second, as the Auburn Doubledays held on for a 6-4 win and took the series 2-1. Pedro Encarnacion couldn’t go the requisite five to get the win, chased with two outs in the fourth inning with three runs allowed on three hits and four walks. Aaron Barrett got the win despite also giving up four walks and a run in just two and 2/3rds innings. Travis Henke and Ben Grisz closed out the game with two and 2/3rds scoreless innings to get the hold and save respectively. Angel Montilla and Moldenhauer paced the 12-hit attack that saw eight of the nine batters reach base safely.

GCL Nationals — SEASON OPENER
The initial roster has a strong Dominican feel to it with roughly a dozen-plus DSL “grads” making it stateside (yes, including HWMNBN) for Opening Day in Viera. Some notables: 17-y.o. IFA Pedro Severino (C), 18-y.o. IFA Arialdi Peguero (1B), Nathan Karns (RHP), Luis Atilano (rehab), Francisco Soriano (rehab), and our 2011 Watchlisters — OF Victor Chavez, RHPs Anthony Marcelino and Andy Santana, IF Jean Carlos Valdez.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Some home cooking this week for the D-Nats with just one road game over the next six (@ D-Giants) as they host the D-Mets1, D-Phillies, D-Rangers, D-Cubs2 and the D-Marlins.

Jun 192011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 7-6 (11 inn.) @ Charlotte, 2:15 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-4, 3.79) vs.
Matt Zaleski (1-3, 6.75)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-3; Won, 4-3 @ Altoona, 6:05 p.m. Garrett Mock (0-1, 13.50) vs.
Bryan Morris (1-3, 5.05)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-2; Won, 2-0 vs. Salem, 1:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (2-4, 3.64) vs.
Chris Hernandez (5-4, 2.95)

CANCELED
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-3 vs. Delmarva, 1:05 p.m. Sammy Solis (1-0, 3.47) vs.
Scott Copeland (4-4, 4.78)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 9-6 vs. Batavia, 1:05 p.m. Pedro Encarnacion (0-0, -.–) vs.
Andrew Benes (0-0, -.–)
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1
vs. DSL Yankees1
OFF DAY N/A

Charlotte 7 Syracuse 6 (11 inn.)
• Stammen 3IP 6H, 5ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Wilkie 2IP 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• J Flores 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Frazier 2-4, R, 2R HR, 4RBI

Why? Why? Why did they pitch to Damon Viciedo, the 21-year-old phenom (.912 OPS) for the White Sox, after coming back from five runs down to take a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th inning? With two outs, a man on second, and an 0-2 count, Viciedo rapped a game tying single that was part of the two-run Charlotte walkoff eleventh. Outstanding bullpen work by JD Martin, Jeff Mandel, Atahulapa Severino, and even eventual loser Hassan Pena held down the knights for 7 scoreless innings to give Syracuse a chance for what might have been. In the fifth, Jeff Frazier started the comeback with a two run homer. In the sixth inning Jesus Flores had an RBI double (his 11th two-bagger), and Jeff Frazier stepped up with a 2RBI single to plate Flores and Tug Hulett. All in all, this is the kind of loss that Syracuse will look back upon if they manage to run off a miraculous win streak to get back into the IL playoff picture from their current 27-39 record.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 3 — GAME ONE
• Brad Peacock (W, 8-2) 7IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HR, CG
• Moore 2-4, 2 2B, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

Brad Peacock proved to the Altoona Curve that he is one of the better pitching prospects in the Nationals system. Last night, he gave up a first-inning home run. He gave up a double and a triple in the 6th as part of a two-run rally for the Curve, but in-between he must have been filthy, striking out seven and walking only one in a seven-inning complete game. Harrisburg did most of its damage in the third inning, keyed by doubles from Chris Rahl and Tyler Moore and helped by a Curve fielding error. Archie Gilbert had a strong game as well. He helped engineer a run in the second with some get ‘em on (walk), get ‘em over (stolen base), get ‘em over once more (balk), and get ‘em in on a Jonathan Tucker groundout. He later led off the sixth inning with a home run.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 3 — GAME TWO
• C. Martinez 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zinicola (S, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• A. Valdez 1-2, R, HR, BB
• Tucker 2-3 2R, 3B, RBI
This game got off to an inauspicious start when Carlos Martinez gave up a first-inning, three-run shot to Jordy Mercer. The back end of the bullpen and the back end of the lineup sealed the deal on the doubleheader sweep for Harrisburg against former Harrisburg pitcher Aaron Thompson. Batters six through eight scored all four runs. In the second, Alex Valdez homered and Jonathan Tucker scored on a two out wild pitch from Thompson. In the fourth, an RBI Tucker triple was the big blow in a two-run frame. Rafael Martin pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Protecting a one-run lead, Zech Zinicola struck out the side in the 9th.

Salem 5 Potomac 2 — GAME ONE
• Holder (L, 3-8) 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR (three-run)
• Nelo ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, R
• Ramirez 0-1, 3BB

Sue may have picked the wrong game to skip, but here’s what “she” saw in the first game Last Night In Woodbridge.

Potomac 2 Salem 0 — GAME TWO
• Demny (W, 4-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Testa (S, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Perez 2-3, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-3

Paul Demny carried a no-hitter into the fifth, giving up a one-out double with a runner on but getting two key outs to escape the jam. Josh Smoker would pitch to two batters in the sixth, hitting one and walking the other before Joe Testa was brought on to kill the rally. Testa got the last six outs to earn his first save of 2011. Eury Perez’s two-run single in the second against the #39 pick in the 2010 Draft, Tony Ranaudo, stood up as the game-winner. Perez and Jeff Kobernus both went 2-for-3 to pace the Potomac offense. Sue skipped this one in part because of fatigute, but also to make time to write a Father’s Day essay.

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 3
• Jordan (W, 7-3) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Eusebio (S, 3) 3IP, 2H, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Keyes 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI
• Martinson 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 2BB
Hagerstown battled back from a 3-0 fourth inning deficit. Taylor Jordan was hit hard in the second and gave up a double and two singles as part of an early two-run rally. In the fourth inning, two singles and a Michael Mooney error led to an eventual Tyler Kelly sacrifice fly. Kevin Keyes answered back with a three-run homer that scored David Freitas, who had doubled, and Jason Martinson. Hagerstown went on score in three consecutive innings with back-to-back homers by Martinson and Keyes to put the game out of reach. Wilson Eusebio pitched three shutout innings to close the door and earn his third save.

Batavia 9 Auburn 6
• Esteves (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 6K
• Jenkins 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Ortega 2-2, 2R
• Norfork 3-5, 2B, 4RBI

A five-run fourth chased DSL grad Wirkin Estevez, who gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk, as the Auburn Doubledays lost their home opener, 9-6 to Batavia. Middle infielders Bryce Ortega and Khayyan Norfork combined to go 5-for-7 with two runs and four RBIs to lead the Doubleday offense, which scored five of their six runs in the last three innings.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Yankees1
• Martinez, A 4IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• Vasquez (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Difo 2-2, 2R, 2BB
• Tllero 1-3

Their fourth error of the day prevented the shutout, but not before the D-Nats snapped their three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the DSL Yankees1 squad. Venezuelan Anderson Martinez made his first start, going four scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three. Daury Vasquez was awarded the win as the most effective reliever to follow, pitching two and 2/3rds innings and charged with the lone run on one it and a walk. Wilmer Difo reached base four times with two hits and two walks to lead the D-Nat offense.

Jun 182011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-2 @ Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. Craig Stammen (5-3, 3.84) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-4 @ Altoona, 5:05
(doubleheader)
Brad Peacock (7-2, 2.33) and
Erik Arnesen (3-0, 2.78) vs.
Jeff Locke (5-5, 4.46) and TBD
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Salem, 5:35 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Trevor Holder (3-7, 6.31) and
Paul Demny (3-6, 4.38) vs.
Anthony Ranaudo (1-2, 2.55) and
Ryan Pressly (4-6, 4.58)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) vs. Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-3, 2.84) vs.
Luis Noel (4-6, 5.76)
Auburn Doubledays Won, 6-1 vs. Batavia, 7:05 p.m. Wirkin Estevez (0-0, -.–) vs.
Patrick Daugherty (0-0, -.–)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-4
@ DSL Braves
vs. DSL Yankees1, 10:30 a.m. Anthony Marcelino (1-0, 0.57) vs.
Cesar Vargas (0-2, 6.30)

Charlotte 5 Syracuse 2
• Milone (L, 4-5) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Tatusko 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Aubrey 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB
• Hulett 2-2, 2B, BB

The Charlotte Knights’ Lastings Milledge picked last night to show one of those flashes of offensive brilliance that has tantalized and tormented Nats fans. He had a two-run double after Tug Hulett allowed Eduardo Escobar to reach on a fielding error. Milledge also had a two-out RBI single to almost singlehandedly beat the Chiefs. Tom Milone showed control (six K’s and just one walk for the IL strikeout leader entering the game), but didn’t miss enough bats within the strike zone to earn the win. Offensively, the Chiefs struggled to score early when they got their leadoff man aboard, wasting a leadoff single in the first, a Tug Hulett walk in the second, and an Adam Fox double in the third. Overall, the Chiefs went 2-for-10 with RISP and left nine runners on base.

Harrisburg 8 Altoona 4
• Davis (W, 3-2) 6IP, 10H, 4ER, 0BB, 8K
• VanAllen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Moore 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Norris 2-3, 2RBI, 2BB

The Altoona Curve pitching was a bit flat as the Harrisburg offense exploded for eight runs in Altoona. Six Senators had multihit games. Eight Senators tallied in the box score with either runs or hits. Harrisburg did half of its damage in a four-run third inning. Tyler Moore’s two-run double was a key blow, followed by a Derek Norris RBI single, and an RBI single from Alex Valdez that scored Bill Rhinehart, who had doubled earlier in the inning. If it wasn’t for a caught stealing of Alex Valdez, Harrisburg might still be batting. Erik Davis was didn’t walk anyone but caught too much of the plate, yielding 10 hits and four runs in his six innings. Pat Lehman, Corey VanAllen and Zech Zinicola combined for three innings of perfect relief to shut the door on the Curve.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Heavy thunderstorms in the six-o’clock hour dumped enough rain on the Pfitz field to force a rainout and a Saturday night
doubleheader between the High-A affiliates of the Boston and Washington franchises of the same names.

Hagerstown 2 Delmarva 1
• Ray (ND) 5IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
• Swynenberg 4IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 7K
• Harper 2-3, 2RBI, 2BB, SB
• Freitas 2-3, BB

Hagerstown snapped its six-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds, but it may be too little, too late as both Greensboro and Hickory won on Friday night to reduce the Suns’ elimination number to one. Randolph Oduber drove in the gamewinner in the bottom of the tenth after back-to-back walks issued to Bryce Harper (intentional) and Mills Rogers (unintentional) after Blake Kelso’s leadoff single. Ben Graham got the win in relief, following four scoreless and hitless innings from Matt Swynenberg. Robbie Ray started and allowed the lone Delmarva run on seven hits and one walk over the first five innings.

Auburn 6 Batavia 1
• Demmin (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Bates (S, 1) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Nieto 3-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Moldenhauer 2-4, R, 2B

Hendry Jimenez’s two-run triple highlighted a three-run sixth, as the Auburn Doubledays broke open a 2-1 lead for a 6-1 victory on the Opening Day of the New York-Penn League. Ryan Demmin returned to action as a starter after struggling in relief for Potomac with the lone Muckdog run allowed on three hits and three walks over five innings. Adrian Nieto returned from his PED suspension with a 3-for-3 night, including a solo HR and two RBIs. Colin Bates finished the game with four scoreless innings to earn the save.

DSL Braves 5 DSL Nationals 4
• Moscat (ND) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Guzman 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Difo 2-5, CS
• Rosario 0-1, R, 2BB, SB

The D-Nats dry spell was extended to three straight with a 5-4 loss to the DSL Braves. Starter Felix Moscat couldn’t hold an early 3-0 lead, coughing up four runs over five and 2/3rds innings. A run in the top of the eighth gave him the no-decision, but the ‘pen gave it back in the bottom of the inning for the loss. Wilmer Difo went 2-for-5 to lead the offense, which managed seven hits for the game.