May 192011

[Ed. Note: Frequent commenter BinM weighs in here on his view of where the four full-season affiliates stand after the first quarter, roughly 35 games...]

Syracuse Chiefs – 13-22
Weak offensively overall, but getting decent production from behind the plate (Flores/Maldonado/Solano), at 2B/SS (Hulett/Bynum/J.Johnson), and 1B (Marrero). Lost two players to the ‘big club” in Bixler and Bernadina. The starting pitching has been up and down, with Maya and Stammen compiling good numbers to date, while Detwiler and Milone have both struggled; Meyers is a recent addition and is unproven at AAA to date.

In the bullpen, it’s been a battle as well, with J.D. Martin, Carr, Hyde, Chico (demoted) and Balester each struggling at some point or another, while Mandel, Wilkie, and Kimball (recently promoted to DC) have all pitched brilliantly. At the pole, the team is falling short of preseason expectations, given the amount of experience on the roster.

Harrisburg Senators – 17-17
A mixed bag offensively, with both prospects (Norris-CA, Moore-1B, Lombardozzi-2B), and OG’s (Gilbert-OF, Rhinehart-OF/1B, Valdez-OF, and Rahl-OF) contributing to a .500 record. The team lost Fox (3B) and Valdez (OF) to promotion to little effect so far, getting King (3B) and Martinez (RP) as replacements. The starting staff has been wide-ranging in effectiveness so far, with Peacock at the top, then Davis, Arnesen, Martis, Tatusko [Ed. note: Now in the bullpen], Atilano and Roark falling in behind. The long relievers in the bullpen (Chico, Martinez, and Barthmaier) have been less than effective, but the back-end (Pena, Van Allen, and McCoy) have all been solid to date. Overall, not a bad record, but could be a team affected by roster moves as the season drags on.

Potomac Nationals – 14-22
Possibly affected by an extended period on the road (28 games due to an ‘unplayable’ ruling for the field at the Pfitz), the P-Nats are in a bit of a funk offensively, with only Hood (RF), Lozada (IF), and Souza (1B) showing any real consistency at the plate. Maybe the string of home games prior to the All-Star break will get them squared up. The starting pitching has been a bit of a roller-coaster, with Rosenbaum and Demny posting effective starts despite bad K-W ratios; Holder occupies the middle ground with decent peripherals and a bad ERA / W-L record. Clegg and Selik have both been a little overmatched so far, but may settle in.

Middle relief has been the primary problem in the bullpen to date, with no-one carrying an ERA lower than 4; the long roles and backend of the ‘pen have been good up to now. The team has lost Hague (SS), Curran (OF), and Peacock (CA) to the DL, and King (3B) and Martinez (RP) to promotion so far. At the pole, I’d say they’re underachieving; The next couple of weeks could say a lot about what this team is made of.

Hagerstown Suns – 26-12
Got out of the gate cleanly and hasn’t looked back. Kelso (3B), Harper (RF), and Freitas (CA-DH) are all mashing the ball, and Sanchez (2B), Oduber (LF-DH), Taylor (CF), and Martinson (SS) are joining the fun of late. There are some defensive liabilities with the club, but run production has been covering most of that. The pitching (both starting and in relief) has been solid overall, but the backend of the bullpen has been absolutely outstanding. The pairing of Graham and Manno have combined for just one earned run allowed over 30.7IP in 24GP, with 32K and 6BB (a 5.3:1K-W ratio). Player promotions are inevitable over the next few weeks; Hopefully, they won’t slow this teams’ momentum too much.

May 192011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 10-4 vs. Norfolk, 7:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (2-3, 4.76) vs.
Chorye Spoone (2-1, 4.88)
Harrisburg Senators Postponed vs. New Britain, 5:30 p.m.
Oliver Perez (1st game) and
Brad Peacock (5-1, 2.13)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-3 (comp. early) @ Frederick, 11:00 a.m. Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 2.28) vs.
Ryan O’Shea (3-1, 1.93)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-3
(comp. of susp. gm)
vs. Kannapolis, 5:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.00) and
A.J. Cole (0-1, 3.52) vs.
Ryan Buch (3-3, 3.89) and
Paul Burnside (3-1, 3.55)

Syracuse 10 Norfolk 4
• Maya (ND) 6⅓ IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Carr (W, 2-2) 1⅔ 1H 0R 1BB 0K
• Marrero 3-5, R
• Blanco 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• McConnell 2-3, 2R, 3B
A six-run bottom of the eighth capped a comeback from a 3-0 deficit as the Chiefs turned the Tide, 10-4. Yunesky Maya weathered a three-run first to go six and 1/3rd innings and get the quality start with a walk and two strikeouts and four hits allowed. Adam Carr got the win in relief with a hit and walk given up over the next one and 2/3rds innings. Chris Marrero paced the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-5 night, as eight of the nine batters had at least one safety with Gregor Blanco, Chris McConnell, and Adam Fox getting two hits apiece.

Harrisburg-New Britain — PPD
It was rainout #5 for the Sens, forcing a pair of seven-inning games tonight at MBP on City Island at 5:30 p.m.

Potomac 6 Frederick 3 (Comp. Early)
• Bronson 3⅔ IP 5H 2R 2ER 3BB 1K 1HR
• Martin, R. (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP 3H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kobernus 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• Hood 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Perez 2-4, R

Eury Perez and Destin Hood remain red-hot, combining for five of the nine Potomac hits in a 6-3 win that was ended early due to… wait for it… rain. Spot starter Evan Bronson went the first three and 2/3rds innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Four relievers combined for one run over the next five innings, with recently activated Rafael Martin getting the win and Dean Weaver getting the hold. Jeff Kobernus stole his team-leading 15th base while going 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot. Pat Lehman was deactivated, i.e. placed on the 7-Day DL, to make room for Martin.

Hagerstown 4 Kannapolis 3
• Grace 3IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
• Applebee (W, 4-1) 4⅓ 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
• Manno (S, 6) 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R
• Freitas 3-4, 2B, 3RBI
• Leonida 2-3, 2-2B, BB

After rain pushed this game from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, the Suns took advantage of timing to come back from a 2-1 deficit to win 4-3 before the rains returned to force another doubleheader tonight. De facto starter Paul Applebee turned in four and 1/3rd innings to get his fourth win while Chris Manno got the last five outs for his sixth save. David Freitas drove in three of the four Hagerstown runs with a double and two singles, while Bryce Harper broke an 0-for-11 streak with a double, for which MASN’s Byron Kerr was on hand, extending his on-base streak to 25 games.

May 182011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-3 vs. Norfolk, 7:00 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-3, 3.57) vs.
Michael Ballard (2-4, 4.58)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-1 vs. New Britain, 7:00 p.m. Oliver Perez (1st start) vs.
Liam Hendriks (3-1, 3.66)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 2-0 @ Frederick, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (1-1, 2.20) vs.
Nathan Moreau (3-2, 3.56)
Hagerstown Suns Suspended, Top 3 vs. Kannapolis, 10:35 a.m.
(completion, then 7-inn gm)
(Game 2)
A.J. Cole (0-1, 3.52) vs.
Paul Burnside (3-1, 3.55)

Syracuse 4 Norfolk 3
• Stammen (W, 3-2) 6IP 9H 3R 3ER 0BB 7K
• Wilkie (S, 4) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Hulett 1-3, R, RBI
• Flores 1-4, R, RBI
• Aubrey 1-1 2BB

Thanks to three runs scored in the sixth inning, the Chiefs were able to take the lead and win the game, defeating Norfolk by a score of 4-3. While it took five pitchers to get the win, Stammen earned it, pitching six complete innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and seven strikeouts. Wilkie also earned his fourth save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth. Hitters of the game were Hulett, Flores and Aubrey who collectively went 3-for-8 with two runs scored, two RBIs and two walks.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 1
• Martis (ND) 7IP 3H 0R 1BB 5K
• McCoy (BS, 1)(L, 1-2) ⅓ IP 4H 4R 4ER 0BB 1K 0HR
• Barthmaier 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K 1-0 IR-S
• Norris 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4
• Gilbert 2-4

A four-run eighth was the undoing for the Senators, ruining a fine outing by Shairon Martis, as Harrisburg lost, 4-1. Martis laid seven goose eggs on the top of the scoreboard, giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out five. Pat McCoy would face just six batters and give up all four runs to blow the save and take the loss. Derek Norris’s two-out RBI double in the fourth was the only hit in nine chances with RISP, as the Senators stranded seven baserunners. Norris, Steve Lombardozzi and Archie Gilbert each collected two hits in the loss.

Frederick 2 Potomac 0
• Demny (L, 1-3) 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 3BB 4K
• Nelo 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Perez 2-3, CS

Poor baserunning undid what little offense Potomac was able to bring last night, as Frederick Keys locked them out, 2-0. Paul Demny took the lost with both runs allowed on five hits and three walks. Justin Bloxom was picked off first in the ninth, doubled off second base in the second while Francisco Soriano got gunned down trying to advance to third on a ball hit to short. Eury Perez went 2-for-3 to improve his average to a team-best .329, as Potomac got just four hits in getting shut out for the seventh time this season.

Kannapolis 2 Hagerstown 1 — SUSP, T3
• Grace 3IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
• Freitas 1-1, RBI
• Sanchez 1-1, R

Sanchez’s RBI single in the bottom of the 1st tied the game at one apiece but Kannapolis fought back in the top of the 3rd to score an additional run to gain the lead. Due to the weather, the game was called in the 3rd inning, with the Suns trailing by a score of 2-1. The nine-inning game will be completed this morning, followed by a seven-inning contest for a daytime doubleheader.

May 172011

As discussed in the comments, further roster moves have been made to undo/explain last week’s moves that were deemed questionable by some readers…

• Jesus Valdez was promoted from Harrisburg to Syracuse

• Ryan Mattheus was promoted from Harrisburg to Syracuse

• Oliver Perez was activated from the Syracuse 7-Day DL and assigned to Harrisburg

• Ryan Tatusko was returned to Harrisburg

With two active players added to the Chiefs roster but only one subtracted, it would appear that another roster move is forthcoming for Syracuse, which has a 24-man limit and currently 25 men listed as active. If more details are discovered this afternoon, look to this space for an update.

As mentioned in the comments, the other shoe dropping in Syracuse is C Carlos Maldonado being placed on the 7-Day DL.

Some Potomac moves…
• Cameron Selik was placed on the 7-Day DL
• Chris Curran was activated from the 7-Day DL
• Hector Nelo was assigned from XST
As usual, is listing more active players than allowed so my best guess is that J.R. Higley has been deactivated.

• IF Matt Antonelli promoted from Harrisburg to Syracuse
• IF Alex Valdez demoted from Syracuse to Harrisburg

May 172011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed vs. Norfolk, 7:00 p.m. Craig Stammen (2-2, 3.26) or
Tom Milone (2-3, 4.21) vs.
Chris George (2-2, 4.15)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY vs. New Britain Shairon Martis (1-1, 4.19) vs.
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-2 @ Frederick, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (1-2, 2.94) vs.
Richard Zagone (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-3 (12 inn.) vs. Kannapolis, 6:35 p.m. Matt Grace (3-4, 4.54) vs.
Jacob Petricka (3-1, 2.70)

Syracuse-Durham — CANCELED
The rains washed out the doubleheader. Because these two teams will not play each other again in the regular season, the games have been canceled. Tonight, Syracuse begins a four-game set against the Norfolk Tides.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
After an off day yesterday, the Harrisburg Senators host the New Britain Rock Cats for three before heading out on the road to Binghamton (three games) and Akron (four games).

Frederick 3 Potomac 2
• Holder (L, 1-5) 8IP 6H 3R 3ER 0BB 5K
• Leon 2-4, 2RBI

After shutting out the Keys on 73 pitches through seven innings, Trevor Holder appeared poised for a complete game, perhaps even a shutout. He got one but not the other as the Keys rallied for three in the eighth, aided by a strikeout-wild pitch with two outs that extended the inning, and turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead. Potomac would get one back in the 9th, as Justin Bloxom and J.P. Ramirez drew walks following outs and Sandy Leon drove in his second run, but Jose Lozada struck out to end it, the tying run stranded at third.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 3 (12 inn.)
• Jordan (ND) 6IP 7H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K
• Swynenberg 3IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
• Brown (W, 1-0) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kelso 3-6, R, 2SB
• Oduber 2-6, 2R, 2RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-6, 3B, 2RBI

With a five-run 12th, highlighted by a two-run triple by Michael Taylor, the Hagerstown Suns beat the Lakewood Blue Claws, 8-3 in extra innings, securing a four-game sweep on the road for the third time this season. Taylor Jordan allowed all three Blue Claw runs on seven hits and two walks over the first six innings, as four Suns relievers shut down the Blue Claws for the last six, with Sam Brown getting the win. Blake Kelso led the 13-hit attack with three hits, while Bryce Harper was given an intentional pass to extend his on-base streak to 24 games.

May 162011

Can one game win you batter of the week honors? It just might, if you slug four HRs in four at-bats like Michael Aubrey did this past Saturday.

Aubrey was named the International League’s Batter of the Week for the week of May 9-15. In six games, the 29-year-old went 8-for-18 with a double, four HRs, four walks, and nine RBI. He is the second Syracuse player to win the weekly honors, with recently promoted Cole Kimball winning it for the opening week of April 7-10.

May 162011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed @ Norfolk, 11:00 a.m.
Tom Milone (2-3, 4.21) and
Craig Stammen (2-2, 3.26) vs.
Edgar Gonzalez (2-2, 3.26) and
Alex Cobb (4-0, 1.31)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 11-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-4 @ Frederick, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-4, 6.09) vs.
Brian Matusz (rehab)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 6-2 @ Lakewood, 6:35 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-0, 2.51) vs.
Mario Hollands (2-3, 4.54)

Syracuse-Durham — PPD
The Syracuse-Durham game was rained out on Sunday and will be made up with a doubleheader on Monday morning and afternoon.

Richmond 11 Harrisburg 4
• Roark (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP 10H 5R 5ER 2BB 3K
• Arnesen 1⅔ IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
• Moore 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Tucker, 2-4, 2-2B

Tanner Roark’s first start of 2011 was a rough one as Richmond beat Harrisburg handily, 11-4. The Flying Squirrels went, um, nuts on offense, getting at least two hits in every inning and 22 altogether. Roark gave up the first 10 over three and 2/3rds, allowing five runs and two walks to go with three strikeouts. Tyler Moore (3-for-5) and Jonathan Tucker (2-for-4) combined for five of the nine Senators hits.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 4
• Clegg (ND) 5⅓ IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
• Frias (H, 1) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K 2-1 IR-S
• Hood 4-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Perez 4-4, 2R, 3-2B

Another walkoff win on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 2
• Hansen (W, 5-1) 7IP 4H 2R 1ER 1BB 5K
• Holland 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
• Nicol 2-3, BB
• Leonida 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kelso 2-5, RBI

With two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth, Hagerstown turned a 1-1 game into a 6-2 win over Lakewood. Starter Bobby Hansen turned in seven solid innings to get his 5th win, allowing both Lakewood runs on four hits and a walk. Sean Nicol, Cole Leonida, and Blake Kelso each collected two hits as the Suns won their third straight. Alas, Bryce Harper’s hit streak was snapped at 18 games with an 0-for-4 afternoon. His on-base string was extended to 23 games with a walk.

May 152011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 11-0 vs. Durham, 2:00 p.m. Tom Milone (2-3, 4.21) vs.
Edgar Gonzalez (2-2, 3.26)
Harrisburg Senators Postponed @ Richmond, 2:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (1st game) vs.
Daryl Maday (1-2, 3.00)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-4 (8 inn.) vs. Wilmington, 1:05 p.m. Michell Clegg (1-2, 6.29) vs.
Jake Odorizzi (3-0, 1.97)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 1-0 vs. Delmarva, 6:35 p.m. Bobby Hansen (4-1, 4.08) vs.
Ervis Manzanillo (1-2, 6.08)

Syracuse 11 Durham 0
• Meyers (W, 2-0) 7IP 4H 0R 0BB 8K
• Martin 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Aubrey 4-4, 4R, 4HR, 7RBI

Michael Aubrey had a career day, belting four big flies for seven RBIs as the Chiefs trampled the Bulls, 11-0. Brad Meyers and J.D. Martin combined for a five-ht shutout, with Meyers going the first seven and striking out eight, and Martin finishing and striking out two. Neither pitcher issued a walk.

Harrisburg-Richmond — PPD
The rains that delayed the Syracuse and Hagerstown games and shortened the Potomac game stopped the Harrisburg game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, July 9th.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 4 (8 inn.)
• Rosenbaum (ND) 7IP 10H 4R 3ER 3BB 5K
• Weaver (W, 1-0) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Perez 3-4, 3RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI

Can’t complain about this one. Check out what went down Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 1 Lakewood 0
• Ray (W, 1-0) 6IP 2H 0R 1BB 7K
• McCatty (H, 3) 1⅔ IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
• Manno (S, 5) 1⅓ 0H 0R 2BB 1K
• Harper 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Three Suns pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout while Bryce Harper’s home run was difference in a 1-0 Hagerstown win over Lakewood. Robbie Ray picked up his first professional win with six innings with just two hits and one walk allowed to go with seven strikeouts. Shane McCatty and Chris Manno got the hold and save respectively. BRyce Harper extended his hitting streak to 18 games and drove in the sole run of the game with a seventh-inning blast, and picked up another hit in the ninth to push his batting average to a Sally League-leading .393.

May 142011

The ripple effect from the Kimball callup has resulted in a couple of transactions involving Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark, a.k.a. “The Guz Two”

Tatusko has been promoted to Syracuse. The 26-year-old went 1-3 with a 5.73 ERA for Harrisburg with 30 K’s in 33 IP. No word on whether he’ll start or relieve for the Chiefs.

Taking his place on the Senators roster will be Roark, who has been activated from extended spring training and will start tonight’s game. In the same press release, Harrisburg announced that Erik Davis will be placed on the DL. Taking Davis’s spot on the roster is Josh Johnson, who was activated from the DL today as well.

May 142011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-2 vs. Durham 2:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (1-0, 7.20) vs.
Jeremy Hall (0-1, 9.28)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-2 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Erik Arnesen (1-0, 3.10) vs.
Daryl Maday (1-2, 3.00)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 13-4 vs. Wilmington, 6:35 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 1.98) vs.
Tyler Sample (1-3, 2.81)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-3 @ Lakewood 4:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Garett Claypool (0-1, 3.33)

Durham 9 Syracuse 2
• Detwiler (L, 2-3) 6⅔ 11H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K 2HR
• Balester 4BF: HBP, 2B, 2B, HR
• Carr 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Marrero 2-3, R, 2B, BB

A seven-run seventh spelled doom as the Durham Bulls gored the Syracuse Chiefs, 9-2. Starter Ross Detwiler took the loss, coughing up 11 hits (including two home runs) and charged with four runs. Collin Balester did not retire a batter as he hit batter, gave up back-to-back doubles and a home run before being lifted. Chris Marrero singled, doubled and took a walk to pace the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 2
• Peacock (W, 5-1) 7IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 14K
• McCoy (S, 2) 2IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
• King 2-3, BB, 3RBI
• Norris 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 3B, RBI

Brad Peacock rebounded from his worst outing of the season to spin his best as the Senators grounded the Flying Squirrels, 5-2. Peacock went seven inning, allowing one run on five hits and one walk. While he struck out 14, more impressive is that he needed just 106 pitches to do it, 74 of which were strikes. Hitters of the game Stephen King, Derek Norris, and Steve Lombardozzi collected five of the team’s ten hits and all five RBI, with King driving in three, Norris going deep, and Lombardozzi tripling.

Wilmington 13 Potomac 4
• Selik (L, 0-2) 4⅓ IP 10H 9R 8ER 1BB 4K
• Bronson 3⅔ IP 5H 2R 1ER 2BB 2K
• Lozada 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Hood 1-3, 2B

Pitching and defense wins. Well, at least when they’re good. Last night they weren’t.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3
• Cole (ND) 4IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 4K
• Applebee (W, 3-1) 2IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
• Graham (S, 5) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kelso 2-4, RBI

A four-run second held up for Hagerstown as they edged Lakewood, 4-3. A.J. Cole went the first four innings and allowed one run on two hits and two walks. Paul Applebee got the win in relief while Ben Graham pitched the last two inning for save #5. Michael Taylor and Blake Kelso both had two hits as the Suns drove in two of the three of the runners they put into scoring position and only left four men on base. Bryce Harper extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single in the sixth. He was subsequently picked off for his third CS of the season.