May 112014
 
Helen Callaghan, the only mother of an MLB player to play professionally

Helen Callaghan, the only mother of an MLB player to play professionally

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Treinen (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Davies (1-0, 2.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-1, 2.86) vs.
Pill (0-5, 6.38)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Payano (2-1, 5.00)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 3.08) and
Silvestre (1-0, 1.32) vs.
Wheeler (0-2, 4.15) and
Danish (3-0, 0.84)


Columbus 4 Syracuse 2
• Jordan 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Jackson (H, 3; L, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Mattheus (BS, 3) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Souza 1-2, 2BB
• Laird 2-4, R

Taylor Jordan returned from a long layoff to turn in five innings of one-run ball, leaving with a 2-1 lead. The Clippers got the the Chiefs ‘pen for three runs in the 7th and held on for a 4-2 win. Jordan gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out six in his AAA debut. Zach Jackson was tagged with the loss when Ryan Mattheus let in one two inherited runners and coughed up one of his own for his third blown save. Steve Souza reached base three times with a single and two walks to keep his on-base streak alive at 17 games.
Roster moves: IF Josh Johnson placed on the 7-day DL (retroactive to 5/7).

Binghamton 5 Harrisburg 2
• Espino (L, 0-2) 5IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Bates 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 2-3
• Skole 1-4, R, HR(1), RBI

Binghamton took an early 3-0 lead and piled on the ‘pen late as they defeated Harrisburg, 5-2. Paolo Espino gave up just two hits over five innings, but walked and hit a batter before serving up a homer in the 2nd to lose his second straight start. Matt Skole’s 2014 home run drought also ended with a solo shot in the 4th. The Sens pulled within one at 3-2 in the 7th on a Ricky Hague RBI double but
Sean Nicol’s second single couldn’t plate Hague to tie the game. Tyler Herron gave up two in the 8th to give the B-Mets breathing room. Harrisburg went in order in the 9th to lose for the second time in three games.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 5
• Dickson 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Spann (W, 2-0) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Oduber 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 2-4, 2B, RBI

Potomac rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit and held off a late charge from Myrtle Beach to halt a three-game skid with a 6-5 win. Ian Dickson recovered from the early damage to toss five scoreless frames for a total of three runs on five hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out four but did not receive the decision. That went to Matthew Spann who was victimized by Pelican DH-to-be Joey Gallo for a two-run HR in the 8th. Derek Self stranded two inherited runners and pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of ’14. Shawn Pleffner drove in the tying and go-ahead runs while going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the P-Nats attack, followed closely by Randolph Oduber’s single, double, walk, and three runs scored in four PAs.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
Rain postponed the Suns return from the road to create a Mother’s Day doubleheader this afternoon at Municipal Stadium.

May 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-3 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (AAA debut) vs.
Cloyd (1-2, 6.61)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (0-1, 7.94) vs.
Lara (2-1, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 7-5 (11 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 5.06) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 3.08) vs.
Leyer (2-2, 5.19)


Columbus 7 Syracuse 3
• Hill 5IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Delcarmen (L, 2-2) 1IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 1K, 0HR
• Hood 1-3, BB, OF assist at HP
• Solano 0-2, R, 2BB, OF assist at 2B
• Solano 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

After trailing 3-0 for most of the game, Chiefs’ backstop Jhonatan “The Condiment” Solano thumped a three-run dinger to tie the score in the 8th, making Nick Hagadone of Columbus pay for walking Brian Goodwin and Tyler Moore. Solano’s team-leading fifth homer must have woken up the Columbus Clippers because the Chiefs’ new lease on life did not last long. Right-hander Manny Delcarmen emerged from the ‘pen in a giving mood and promptly issued the dreaded leadoff walk to Roberto Perez. Solano the hero became Solano the goat when he committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Audy Ciriaco. All hands were safe. A Todd Hankins sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk of Tim Fedroff loaded up the sacks for the pivotal moment, which was a Justin Sellers walk by Delcarmen to give Columbus a lead that they would not relinquish. Syracuse would only manage a Destin Hood leadoff walk in the top of the 9th, and kissed their six-game win streak goodbye.
Roster moves: 1B/OF Tyler Moore optioned from Washington, OF Erik Komatsu released.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3
• Meyers 4⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Holland (BS, 1; W, 3-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Madrigal (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, SB
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Cutter Dykstra (3-for-4) led off the 9th with a single, stole second and came around to score after singles by Justin Bloxom and Ricky Hague for a 4-3 Harrisburg win over Binghamton. It was the first road win of the season that came in the Sens final at-bat. Brad Meyers made his season debut and his first start north of Florida since 2011. The 28-year-old gave up just a run on three hits, walked one intentionally, and struck out six over four and 2/3rds innings but left with the score tied 1-1. Michael Taylor (2-for-4) pushed Harrisburg to a 3-1 advantage with a two-run shot in the 6th. Neil Holland was touched for two runs in the bottom of the 8th but got the blown-save-win. Warner Madrigal earned his first AA save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 5
• Bacus 5⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Benincasa 2IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Mendez (L, 1-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 2HR
• Oduber 3-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Tejeda 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R

Apparently, a four-run lead was too much prosperity for the Potomac ‘pen as Myrtle Beach used four home runs in the final three innings to turn a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 win in 11 innings. Robert Benincasa served up two (2) two-run homers and five hits total in the 9th to send the game into extras. Gilberto Mendez became the latest to suffer from the GBI curse as the “Good” went to “Bad” with two solo shots in the 11th to take the loss. The implosion erased a strong start by Dakota Bacus, who pitched five and 1/3rd innings of one-run ball with three walks and five whiffs. Randolph Oduber led the offense with a 3-for-5 night, with the second of his two doubles starting a back-to-back-to-back sequence with Stephen Perez and Oscar Tejeda in the bottom of the 8th for the final two P-Nat runs.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 2
• Pivetta (W, 5-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Walsh (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wooten 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

The Suns are as hot as their namesake as they boiled the Crawdads, 5-2, to complete a four-game sweep and take their 10th consecutive road game and seventh straight win overall. Nick Pivetta won for the fifth time in seven starts with five shutout frames, giving up three hits and three walks and striking out six. John Wooten homered for the third time this week and fourth of the season with a solo shot in the 4th. He followed Spencer Kieboom’s RBI double in the 8th with an RBI single as both men went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the night. Jake Walsh struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th to earn his team-best fourth save.

May 092014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Hill (4-1, 1.82) vs.
House (1-2, 2.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-6 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
TBDMeyers (1st start of ’14) vs.
Bowman (3-1, 4.57)
Potomac Lost, 10-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.53) vs.
Wolff (3-3, 2.80)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2;
Won, 6-4 (8 inn.)
@ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (4-2, 3.71) vs.
Vasquez (1-0, 3.42)


Syracuse 6 Durham 5 (10 inn.)
• Laffey (W, 4-0) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 6BB, 1K
• Stange 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Peterson 2-3, 3R, BB,
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

A four-run 4th followed by a three-run 5th powered Syracuse to an 8-5 win to complete a four-game sweep of Durham and sixth straight win overall. Aaron Laffey survived six walks to give up just two runs on three hits while striking out one (yes, it was called) to push his record to 4-0. Destin Hood doubled twice and scored two runs while going 3-for-4 on the afternoon to lead the 13-hit attack that saw eight of nine batters hit safely, with Brock Peterson, Emmanuel Burriss, and Brandon Laird also notching multiple hits.

Binghamton 12 Harrisburg 6
• Schwartz (L, 0-6) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Dupra 3IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Taylor 3-5, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Blake Schwartz’s HR woes continue as the 24-y.o. surrendered his 6th — a three-run shot in the 5th — in seven starts as the B-Mets doubled up the Sens, 12-6. Schwartz gave up only four hits in five innings, but three of the four walks he issued scored as he was charged with five runs total. Michael Taylor returned from his leg injury to lead off the game with his seventh round-tripper and went 3-for-5 with two RBI overall. Ricky Hague also homered and drove in two while Caleb Ramsey singled and doubled and plated a pair.
Roster move: RHP Tyler Herron reassigned from Syracuse; roster is now back to full complement of 25

Myrtle Beach 10 Potomac 4
• Mooneyham (L, 2-3) 1⅓ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Suero 5⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Perez 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Sanchez 3-4, 2RBI
• B. Miller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Brett Mooneyham was knocked from the box in the second frame for the second straight starts as the Pelicans pounded the P-Nats, 10-4. The 24-y.o. southpaw was strafed for six hits, including a home run, walked three and was charged with seven runs while striking out two in just an inning and a 1/3rd. Stephen Perez and Adrian Sanchez continue to swing hot bats as the two IFs combined for six hits, two runs, and two RBI. Brandon Miller homered for the second time in as many nights for his team-leading ninth big fly.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 2— GAME ONE
• Johansen (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Orlan 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 4-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, OF assist at 2B

Jake Johansen flirted with a no-no for four innings before giving up a single to lead off the 5th. The Nats top draft pick in 2013 finished with one unearned run allowed on three hits as the Suns took the opener, 6-2. Spencer Kieboom went 4-for-4 with a solo HR while Isaac Ballou went 3-for-4 to combine for seven of the 13 Hagerstown hits while Rafael Bautista and Wilman Rodriguez both stole two bases and hit the 10-steal mark.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 4 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Wooten 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B

John Wooten’s two-run triple highighted a three-run 8th as Hagerstown beat Hickory in “extras,” 6-4 to sweep the doubleheader and extend the Suns’ latest win streak to five. Kylin Turnbull went five innings in his 2014 debut and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and fanning three. The decison went to Andrew Cooper, who finished the game with a run on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Wooten and Wilmer Difo both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Hagerstown offense.

May 082014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) vs. Durham,
12:00 p.m.
Laffey (3-0, 2.05) vs.
Montgomery (3-0, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (0-5, 6.14) vs.
Gorski (2-1, 3.04)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-2, 4.43) vs.
Gonzalez (2-2, 2.80)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Hickory,
4:00 p.m.
Johansen (2-1, 7.52) and
Turnbull (1st start of ’14) vs.
Ledbetter (1-2, 8.55) and
Ri. Rodriguez (1-1, 4.19)


Syracuse 6 Durham 5 (10 inn.)
• Tatusko 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Jackson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Herron (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Rhymes 3-5, R, 3B
• Souza 1-3, 2BB
• Burriss 2-6, 2B, 4RBI

Emmanuel Burris drove in four of the six Syracuse runs, including the walkoff in the 10th as the Chiefs edged the Bulls 6-5 for their fifth straight win. Tyler Herron worked around a pair of walks to notch a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win. Starter Ryan Tatusko pitched five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out four. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes went 3-for-5 with a triple to lead the hit column, while Steve Souza also reach base with a single and two walks to extend his on-base streak to 14 games.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 0
• Purke (W, 1-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 88-57 P-S
• Simmons 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Latimore 2-3, 2R, 2B

Matt Purke and Clayton Blackburn traded goose eggs for five and a half innings before Harrisburg exploded for four runs in the 6th en route to a 5-0 shutout of Richmond in the series finale. Purke threw six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out three for his first AA win. Blackburn struck out 10 over five no-hit innings before the Sens struck for six hits in the space of seven batters to break the 0-0 tie. Newly acquired James Simmons turned in two scoreless innings and Warner Madrigal pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the shutout. Caleb Ramsey led the Harrisburg offense with single, double, and three RBI.

Frederick 3 Potomac 2
• Pena (L, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Mendez 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Tejeda 2-4, R
• Miller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B

No walkoff this time Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 Hickory 2
• Voth (W, 1-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Rodriguez 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-4, BB

Hagerstown scored once in the 4th and twice in the 8th to build a 3-0 lead and held off a late Hickory comeback for a 4-2 win. Austin Voth threw six innings of one-hit ball, walking just one while matching his season strikeout high of seven for his first win of the season. Justin Thomas got the last out of the 8th with the bases loaded and weathered a three-hit ninth for the save, his first as well. Wilman Rodriguez doubled and tripled and drove in two while Estarlin Martinez singled twice and walked to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.

May 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-4, 2.20) vs.
Montgomery (3-0, 3.19)
Romero (2-4, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Richmond,
10:30 a.m.
Purke (0-5, 9.30) vs.
Blackburn (2-2, 2.00)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (2-0, 6.23) vs.
Kline (2-1, 2.36)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Voth (0-2, 2.91) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 4.30)


Syracuse 3 Durham 2
• Poveda 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Stange (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Gonzalez (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Komatsu 2-3, R, SB, HBP

Syracuse finally surpassed the .500 mark (16-15) as they won their fourth straight with a 3-2 decision over Durham. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes’s two-run double in the last of the 7th was the game-winner, which also marked the Chiefs’ sixth win in ten one-run ballgames. Omar Poveda got the start, giving up both Bulls runs on three hits and two walks while fanning a season-high of seven. Daniel Stange got the win while Mike Gonzalez got the save (the first for both, respectively) as the two veteran relievers combined for three shutout innings. Erik Komatsu singled twice, scored once, and stole a base to lead the Syracuse attack.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington, RHP Ryan Mattheus optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 1
• Cole (W, 3-1) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 7K; 1-2
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-3, BB, RBI
• Skole 1-4, 2B, RBI

A.J. Cole spun six scoreless innings while the Harrisburg offense put up a four-spot in the bottom of the 5th to take a 5-1 win from Richmond. Cole scattered seven hits and struck out seven in his best outing of the season thus far, which earned him his third win and dropped his ERA to 2.86. Kevin Keyes and Brian Jeroloman both reached base twice with a single and a walk to pace the balanced attack of eight hits and four walks. Roster moves: LHP Felipe Rivero placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Justin Thomas reassigned from Hagerstown. As noted by Byron Kerr via Twitter, this is likely a signal that LHP Sammy Solis is about to return from XST (back).

Potomac 4 Frederick 3
• Simms 6IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Tejeda 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

A sloppy start, a fantastic finish Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 homestand, the Suns take to the road on a three-game win streak to take on Hickory for four games over three days, with one of last week’s rainouts scheduled to be made up with a doubleheader tomorrow.

May 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Poveda (1-3, 8.17) vs.
Romero (2-4, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-5, 9.30) vs.
Marte (1-1, 5.85)
Potomac Won, 4-0 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Wager (2-2, 6.12)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 8 Durham 4
• Roenicke 4IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Jackson (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Souza 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 2-5, R, RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, 3B

Steve Souza drove in three while going 3-for-5 in his return to AAA as the Chiefs doubled up the Bulls, 8-4. Josh Roenicke got the start and pitched around three walks and three hits for four scoreless innings before giving way to Tyler Herron. Durham spoiled the 26-y.o.’s AAA debut with four runs in the 5th before Zach Jackson bailed him out and pitched two more scoreless for the win. Josh Johnson (2-for-5) and Emmanuel Burris (2-for-4) both had multiple hits as Syracuse tallied 10 hits total.
Roster moves: OF Jerry Scott Hairston activated from 15-Day DL, recalled to Washington, OF Steve Souza optioned from Washington; LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 2, RHP Tyler Herron reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 2
• Espino (L, 0-1) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 4K
• Bates 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 3-3, RBI, SF
• Dykstra 2-4

Spot starter Paolo Espino seamlessly kept the first-inning woes of the Senators intact as the Flying Squirrels pounced for four runs early and cruised to an 8-2 win. Espino gave up six runs total on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Caleb Ramsey and Cutter Dykstra combined for five of the eight Harrisburg hits with Ramsey notching the lone RBI on a sacrifice fly in the 5th.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos added to roster as MLB rehab; RHP Rob Gilliam placed on 7-Day DL.
Potomac 4 Frederick 0
• Dickson (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Spann (SV, 1) 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Tejeda 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Perez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB

Officially, no quality start, but some strong pitching nevertheless Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster moves: OF Will Piwnica-Worms placed on 7-Day DL, RHP Rafael Martin assigned from XST

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 5
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Medina 2-3, RBI, SF
• Wooten 1-3, R, 2RBI
• Martinez 1-1, 2R, 2B, 3BB, 2SB, CS

Hector Silvestre threw five no-hit, no-run innings as the Suns built a 4-0 lead before holding off a late Lexington charge for a 6-5 win. Silvestre, working on three days’ rest, allowed just one walk and struck one to earn his first win of the season. Estarlin Martinez drew three walks, scored twice and stole two bases to lead the Hagerstown offense. Jake Walsh was awarded his third save despite giving up single runs in the 8th and 9th innings.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos removed from roster as MLB rehab.

May 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Roenicke (0-2, 6.08) vs.
Andriese (1-2, 4.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 15-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 5.09)TBD vs.
Snodgrass (1-0, 0.93)
Potomac Won, 11-3 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (0-2, 6.23) vs.
Beal (0-0, 4.41)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lexington,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Tenuta (2-2, 2.73)


Syracuse 1 Toledo 0
• Hill (W, 4-1) 9IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K, 102-67 P-K
• Solano 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The battery of Taylor Hill and Jhonatan Solano powered Syracuse to a 1-0 shutout of Toledo. Hill went the distance with just three hits and a walk allowed while striking five. Solano provided the lone Chief run with a solo shot in the 7th. Hill retired 17 batters from the 3rd to the 9th before Emmanuel Burriss’s error ended the streak. The 25-y.o. “northpaw” ended the game with the tying run at 2nd and the go-ahead at 1st with a whiff of 36-y.o. Mike Hessman, the active minor-league leader in HRs with 395.

Reading 15 Harrisburg 2
• Rivero (L, 1-5) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Grace 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Bloxom 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Latimore 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI

Reading scored six in the 3rd and the last six runs of the game in a 15-2 blowout of Harrisburg. Felipe Rivero was strafed for seven runs on seven hits and two walks while losing for the fifth time in six starts. Five of the Fightins runs were unearend, “thanks” to four errors by the Senators, who now have 37 in 27 games. Justin Bloxom (2-for-3, BB) and Quincy Latimore (1-for-2, 2BB) both reached base three times to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 11 Winston-Salem 3
• Bacus 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 4-5, R, 3B, RBI (10G hit streak)
• Oduber 3-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Oscar Tejeda’s grand-slam highlighted a five-run 8th as Potomac earned a split of the four-game series with an 11-3 smackdown of Winston-Salem. Khayyan Norfork, Shawn Pleffner, and Pedro Severino also went deep as the P-Nats saw seven of their 14 hits go for extra bases. Dakota Bacuse made his second start and went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Gilberto Mendez got the win with two perfect innings of relief. Adrian Sanchez remains on fire, going 4-for-5 to extend his hit streak to 10 games and raise his BA to .267 after a 2-for-35 start.

Hagerstown 10 Lexington 8
• Giolito (W, 2-0) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Ullmann (SV, 3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Ramos 2-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Wooten 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Martinez 1-1, R, RBI, 2BB, SF

Julie Goldberg is our latest guest writer and recaps what happened Last Night In Hagerstown.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos added to roster for MLB rehab.

May 042014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 14-3 vs. Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Hill (2-1, 2.35) vs.
Hardy (1-1, 5.65)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0 @ Reading,
5:05 p.m.
Rivero (1-4, 5.06) vs.
Biddle (2-3, 3.62)
Potomac Lost, 9-5 @ Winston-Salem,
2:00 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Wendelken (3-1, 3.81)
Hagerstown Won, 7-1 vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-0, 2.95) vs.
Reed (0-1, 135.00)


Syracuse 14 Toledo 3
• Treinen 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Laffey (W, 3-0) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Komatsu 3-5, R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Goodwin, 2-3, 4R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Hood 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI

Like a Florida municipal ledger, the official scorebook was filled with crooked numbers as the Chiefs plucked the ‘Hens, 14-3. Blake Treinen started but was scheduled for just one inning as the Nationals continue playing Patriot games with the rotation. Aaron Laffey got the win in the laugher with seven innings of six-hit, two-run relief though he walked four and struck out two. Every Syracuse batter reached base, thanks to ten walks issued by Toledo pitchers and 12 hits racked up by the Chiefs lineup, with Erik Komatsu getting the benefit of “the reverse GBI curse” with a 3-for-5 game with a walk, a homer, and three RBI. As tweeted and mentioned in the comments yesterday, Taylor Jordan is not listed among the probables for the next four games (though May 7), which is consistent with the current vacillation between Wednesday or Friday for Doug Fister’s return to DC.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 0
• Schwartz (L, 0-5) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Bates 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Taylor 2-2
• Bloxom 1-4, 2B

A 38-minute rain delay in the 5th interrupted what had been a strong start by Harrisburg’s Blake Schwartz, who had given up a run on inside-the-park job when Michael Taylor slipped and fell on the warning track in the 3rd. When play resumed, Reading lit up the Senator starter for three more runs and stung Colin Bates for one run in the 5-0 shutout. Does it get worse? Of course it gets worse. Taylor, who had been 2-for-2, left the game in the 5th with a possible leg injury, as Harrisburg radio guy Terry Byrom noted Taylor flexing his left knee after the play (H/T Dave Sottile of the Patriot-Times). Justin Bloxom was the only other Sens batter to hit safely, connecting on a 7th inning double.

Winston-Salem 9 Potomac 5
• Mooneyham (L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, HBP, E
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• S. Perez 2-3, 3B, BB, RBI, SB
• J. Miller 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Brett Mooneyham’s inability to throw strikes that don’t become hits resurfaced last night as Winston-Salem pummeled the 24-y.o. southpaw for seven runs on five hits over just an inning and a 1/3rd en route to a 9-5 win over Potomac. Mooneyham walked “only” three, but two of those came with the bases loaded. He also hit a batter. Offensively, five of the P-Nats’ nine hits went for extra bases, including triples by Stephen Perez and Randolph Oduber, who led the RBI column with two. Perez and Justin Miller both went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Potomac hit parade.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 1
• Pivetta (W, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Cooper (H, 2) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB, CS
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 3B
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown hammered away at Lexington for scores in five of the first six innings in a 7-1 victory. Nick Pivetta won his team-best fourth game with five scoreless innings, giving up a walk and three hits while fanning six. The underage Drew Ward was the “beer man” as the only Sun without hit on the night, ending his 10-game hit streak but drawing a walk to maintain his 12-game on-base streak. Isaac Ballou singled, doubled, scored once, walked twice, and drove in two from the leadoff spot to pace the 13-hit, four-walk attack.

May 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 vs. Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Treinen (0-0, 0.87) vs.
VerHagen (0-3, 4.39)
Harrisburg Won, 9-4 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (0-4, 6.08) vs.
Garner (2-1, 3.13)
Potomac Won, 4-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-1, 3.32) vs.
Recchia (2-2, 2.95)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-4 vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Pivetta (3-2, 4.57) vs.
Rico (0-3, 6.62)


Toledo 2 Syracuse 1
• Tatusko (L, 1-4) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Robertson 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 2-3, BB, SB
• Peterson 2-4, R, 2B
• Burriss 2-4

Ryan Tatusko spun his fourth straight quality start yet lost for the third time over that stretch as the Mudhens pecked the Chiefs, 2-1. The 29-y.o. veteran gave up just one run on a solo shot in the 6th and five hits total over six innings. He walked two and struck out six while lowering his ERA to a team-best 2.20. The clutch hit eluded Syracuse as they went 1-for-10 with RISP left on 10 men. Destin Hood reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk and stole a base to lead the Syracuse attack, followed closely by Brock Peterson and Emmanuel Burriss, who both went 2-for-4.

Harrisburg 9 Reading 4
• Fister 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Holland (W, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jeroloman 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Harrisburg dialed long distance four times in a 9-4 romp over Reading to take their fourth decision in five games. Rehabbing Doug Fister struggled towards the end of his outing, needing 76 pitches to get 11 outs. He was charged with two runs on two hits and three walks but struck out five. Neil Holland picked him, stranding a runner and throwing two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings to get the win. Michael Taylor, who was discovered by WaPo’s James Wagner last night, Brian Jeroloman, Jason Martinson, and Kevin Keyes each went deep and combined for seven of the Senators eleven hits.
Roster moves: RHP Doug Fister assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; OF Quincy Latimore activated from 7-Day DL.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 3
• Pena 5IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Spann (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Tejeda 3-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pleffner 2-4, BB, 2RBI

Potomac fell behind 3-0 early but chipped away with a pair of runs in the 5th and single runs in the 7th and 8th to overcome the Dash, 4-3. Ronald Pena gave up all three Winson-Salem runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings in a no-decision. Four relievers combined for four scoreless innings, with Matthew Spann getting the win, his first, in his Carolina League debut while Robert Benincasa earned his sixth save. Oscar Tejada led the Potomac hit parade with a 3-for-4 night. The P-Nats drew eight walks but struggled to make the Dash pay, going 3-for-16 with RISP and leaving 14 men on base.
Roster moves: OF Randolph Oduber reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Brian Rauh placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 30.

Lexington 12 Hagerstown 4
• Johansen (L, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 7H, 8R, 6ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Suero 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Yezzo 4-4, R
• Difo 3-5, 2-2B, 3RBI
• OF assists: Ballou, E. Martinez

The Legends put a hurt on Jake Johansen with a six-run 2nd as the cruised to 12-4 beating of Suns. Johansen was knocked from the box after just an inning and a 1/3rd, having been torched for eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out one. James Yezzo (4-for-4) and Wilmer Difo (3-for-5) combined for seven of the 14 Hagerstown hits, as the Suns stranded 10 runners.
Drew Ward extended his hit streak to 10 games and on-base streak to 11 with a single in the 1st.

May 022014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-3, 2.36) vs.
Lobstein (0-3, 7.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3; Won, 4-3 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Fister (MLB Rehab) vs.
Garner (2-1, 3.13)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Pena (2-0, 6.43) vs.
Ortiz (0-2, 4.15)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-3; Won, 4-3 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (2-0, 5.21) vs.
Junis (1-2, 2.78)


Syracuse 4 Toledo 3
• Poveda 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Jackson (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Cedeno (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Laird 3-4, R, RBI
• Hairston 1-3, R, BB, RBI

In a see-saw contest, Syracuse scored last with a run in the 8th to edge Toledo, 4-3. Omar Poveda pitched seven full innings with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks while striking out six but got the no-decision. Zack Jackson pitched a scoreless 8th and picked up the win when Brandon Laird’s third single of the night plated Jhonatan “The Onion” Solano for the go-ahead run. Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

New Britain 6 Harrisburg 3 — GAME ONE
• Purke (L, 0-5) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Espino 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Jeroloman 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Hague 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

The long ball continues to haunt Harrisburg pitchers with three more surrendered in a 6-3 loss to New Britain in the opener. Matt Purke served up another three-run shot in the 1st and solo shot in the 2nd to account for all four runs he gave up in his fifth loss in as many starts. Paolo Espino finished the game but wasn’t any more effective, allowing two runs over three innings. Brian Jeroloman’s two-run blast capped off the Senators three-run 5th, following Ricky Hague’s RBI double.

Harrisburg 4 New Britain 3 — GAME TWO
• Cole 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Grace (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Taylor 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB

A daring double steal by set up the gamewinner as the Senators rallied for three in the final frame for a 4-3 win and a doubleheader split. Doubles by Brandon Bantz and Michael Taylor sandwiched around an error scored two to tie it at 3-3, forcing New Britain to walk Caleb Ramsey to set up a double play. Instead, Taylor and Ramsey took off and took away the play. Cutter Dykstra tapped one to short that the Rock Cats SS threw high to the plate, enabling Taylor to duck and score the gamewinner. Matt Grace got the win, allowing a run on a walk and two hits. Starter A.J. Cole went the first five, giving up two on a walk and five hits while striking out five.

Winston-Salem 3 Potomac 2
• Simms 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Dickson (BS, 2; L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Tejeda 2-4, R, 2B
• Miller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Winston-Salem scored three unanswered runs, including two in the 7th for a 3-2 win over Potomac. John Simms made his A+ debut with the start and turned in five innings of one-run ball with four hits and two walks allowed and one strikeout. Ian Dickson took the loss and the blown save, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over two innings. Oscar Tejeda led the hit column with a 2-for-4 night while Brandon Miller smacked a two-run homer, his seventh, which is good for a second-place tie on the Carolina League leaderboard.

Hickory 7 Hagerstown 3 — GAME ONE
• Voth (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Ullmann 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-4, SB (10)
• Ballou 1-2, R, BB, 2RBI, HBP

Hickory’s four-run 2nd snapped an early 1-1 tie as the Crawdads snapped the Suns six-game streak with a 7-3 decision in the opener. Austin Voth remains winless, charged with five runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks while setting down five on strikes. Isaac Ballou drove in two of the three Hagerstown runs with a two-run single in the 4th

Hagerstown 4 Hickory 3 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Thomas (BS, 2; W, 1-2) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Ward 4-4, R, HR, RBI
• Chubb 1-3, 2B, RBI

The Crawdads threw it away in the final frame, as two errors led to the final Suns run for a 4-3 win that evened up the twinbill. Hector Silvestre made his first start in nearly three weeks, going two and 2/3rds innings with two hits, no walks, and no runs let in. He struck out one. Dixon Anderson was the first man out of the ‘pen and stranded two runners but gave up two runs over three and a 1/3rd innings. Still, Anderson was in line for the win, thanks to Drew Ward’s third HR as part of a 4-for-4 night. Justin Thomas gave the lead back in the top of the 7th with a run on two hits and two walks and got the “W” nevertheless.