Jun 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-3 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (3-5, 2.79) vs.
Locke (3-1, 4.14)
Harrisburg Won, 8-7 (12 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Meyers (1-3, 7.32) vs.
Murata (3-1, 1.95)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Gonzalez (rehab) vs.
Santos (0-0, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 5.63) vs.
Garcia (5-2, 4.87)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Vargas (1-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 7 Indianapolis 3
• Jordan 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 9K, HR
• Jackson (BS, 3) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mattheus (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Moore 2-4, 2B, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Souza 1-2, R, 2BB
• Burriss 1-3, R, RBI

Tyler Moore’s grand slam in the bottom of the 7th snapped a 3-3 tie to lead Syracuse to 7-3 win over Indianapolis. The big fly, which was third of the game for the Chiefs, made a winner out of Ryan Mattheus as the pitcher of record by getting the last out of the 7th. Taylor Jordan got the start and posted a quality start with two runs allowed on six hits and three walks while striking out a season high of nine batters. Zach Jackson followed him in the 7th but was dinged for a run on two hits in 2/3rds of an inning. As aforementioned, Jhonatan Solano and Brian Goodwin also homered while Steve Souza maintained his (commanding) I.L. leads in BA (.371) and OBP (.476) with a single and two walks in four PA.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 7 (12 inn.)
• Simmons 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Dupra 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Espino (W, 2-3) 1IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Skole 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Latimore 3-5, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole managed to do what few can do in the minors — upstage the Cowboy Monkeys — with a two-out, three-run bomb in the 12th to turn a 7-5 loss into an 8-7 walkoff win for Harrisburg. Skole also doubled in the 9th as a pinch-hitter to key a three-run rally that sent the game into extras. James Simmons started but was knocked around for four runs on seven hits and three walks in five and a 1/3rd innings. The win went to Paolo Espino despite giving up two runs on four hits in the top of the 12th. Quincy Latimore led the Sens’ 13-hit parade with a 3-for-5 night, homering in the 6th to score the first two Harrisburg runs. The Eastern League named Michael Taylor as its Player of the Month for May, an honor not bestowed on a Senator since Stephen Strasburg in April 2010.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 2
• Bacus 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mendez (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B, SB(15)
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, RBI

All-Stars Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner struck for doubles in the 9th while an error plated what proved to be the gamewinner as Potomac rallied for two in the 9th for a 3-2 win over Wilmington. The rally made a winner out of Wander Suero, who stranded a pair of inherited runners with no outs in the 7th and pitched two perfect innings of relief. Gilberto Mendez bounced back from his poor showing on Tuesday with a three-up, three-down, two-K ninth for his third save. Perez and Pleffner both went 2-for-4 to lead the P-Nats offense, which managed seven hits total. Potomac now leads the C.L. North by 2½ games, thanks to Lynchburg’s fourth straight loss. Their magic number now stands at nine with 11 games left to play in the first half.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 4
• Johansen 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 2K
• Ullmann (W, 2-0) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 0K
• Ward 3-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, E(13)
• Difo 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, 2B

A four-run 5th broke a 2-2 deadlock as the Suns scorched the Grasshoppers for a 9-4 win and reduced their magic number to clinch the Sally North first-half title to five. Jake Johansen struggled again with his control, walking five for the second time in three starts as he only went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out just two in his fifth no-decision in 11 starts. Drew Ward doubled twice and drove in two while going 3-for-5 as Hagerstown lit up the scoreboard for 14 hits total. The win went to Ryan Ullman, who gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings.
Roster move: UT Jeff Kobernus assigned for MLB rehab.

DSL Giants 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Bermudez (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Rosario 2⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Franco 2-3, 2B, BB
• Robles 2-4, SB

All four runs scored by the D-Giants were unearned, but they count just the same on the scoreboard as the D-Nats fell, 4-1. The loss snapped a three-game win streak by the D-Nats. Starter Juan Bermudez took the loss, charged with two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six over four and 2/3rds innings. Sixteen-year-old 3B Anderson Franco singled, doubled, and walked to lead the D-Nats attack.

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In Day 1 of the Rule 4 Draft, the Nationals took a pitcher who had TJ surgery. On Tuesday. Mark Zuckerman has the story on Erick Fedde, who hopes to become the second high-round, injury-risk pick to make the big club out of the past five drafts.

With the 57th pick, the line between arrogance and confidence was broached again with another injury-history selection in LHP Andrew Saurez. Baseball America led with him in its Top 100 College Players story from last December.

Jun 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (0-2, 4.32) vs.
Wilk (3-5, 4.95)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 2.79) vs.
Loewen (AA debut)
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 3.13) vs.
Binford (3-3, 2.68)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Johansen (4-2, 4.98) vs.
German (5-1, 2.24)
DSL Nationals Won, 11-9 @ DSL Giants,
9:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Indianapolis 11 Syracuse 2
• Roenicke (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Stange 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Leon 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Souza 2-4, E
• Hood 2-4, R

Indianapolis put the brakes on the latest Syracuse win streak, pummeling the Nats’ AAA entry for an 11-2 win. Josh Roenicke took the brunt of it, hammered for seven runs on eight hits and three walks. The big blow was a three-run shot in the Indians’ four-run 3rd. Sandy Leon, Steve Souza, and Destin Hood each went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs were held to eight hits and had just three chances with runners in scoring position. Roster move: RHP Christian Garcia placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 2 (shoulder discomfort per MLB.com’s Bill Ladson).

Harrisburg 5 Reading 4
• Poveda 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 9K
• Herron (W, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Grace (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, R, RBI
• Dykstra 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

For the first time this season, the Senators dug themselves out of a four-run hole and scored the five runs of the game for a 5-4 win. Omar Poveda survived a three-run first and gutted out six innings, striking out a season-high of nine. He allowed all four Fightin runs on nine hits. Tyler Herron got the win with a huge assist/save by Matt Grace as the southpaw struck out the first batter he faced and got the second to ground out to leave the bases loaded in the top of the 9th. Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey both went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Harrisburg offense, followed closely by Kevin Keyes, who scored the gamewinner after leading off the 8th with a double, taking 3rd on a flyout, and chugging home on a wild pitch.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1
• Brach (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Benincasa (SV, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Renda 2-4

Shawn Pleffner wasted no time in showing why (hey now) he’s (an) All-Star, (getting his game on) with a 3-for-4 night with a pair of doubles and a solo HR in a 2-1 Potomac win over Wilmington. Brett Brach spun six solid innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and no walks while striking out four, and getting his first win. Robert Benincasa got the last four outs, stranding two in the 8th and working around a walk in the 9th for his ninth save. Tony Renda went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot while Will Piwnica-Worms drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as the P-Nats managed just seven hits total in the pitcher’s duel. Combined with Lynchburg’s third straight loss, Potomac has opened up a 1½ game lead in the C.L. North and has a magic number of 11 with 12 games left in the first half.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Voth (W, 3-3) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Walsh (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 3SB

The Suns scorched the Shorebirds for five runs in the 5th to overcome a 3-0 deficit and held on for 5-4 win. All five tallies came with two outs as Hagerstown struck for five straight hits, including a two-run homer by John Wooten and doubles by Wilmer Difo, Drew Ward, and Spencer Kieboom. Austin Voth went seven innings and let in three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out five to even his won-loss record at 3-3 (yes, really). Jake Walsh pitched around a walk in the 9th to earn his sixth save. The three-game sweep lowered Hagerstown’s magic number to six as they notched their 40th win in 59 games. The Suns hit the road for tied-for-second-place Greensboro for four games, then Lakewood for three and could return to the Muni next Friday having clinched the first-half title.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Red Sox 9
• Nunez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Charlis (W, 1-0) 2+ IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Vargas (SV, 1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mota 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
• A. Martinez 3-5, 2R
• Agustin 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB

The two teams combined for 32 hits and eight errors but the D-Nats struck first and won the slugfest, 11-9 for their third straight victory. Starter Jose Nunez gave up just an unearned run on five hits and two walks over the first three and 2/3rds while striking out four. The win went to Fiyeral Charlis, though he was charged with four runs over two-plus innings. Miguel Vargas was credited with the save, allowing an inherited runner and one of his own over the last two innings. Israel Mota and Telmito Agustin both homered as eight of nine batters hit safely.

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Longtime readers already know this, but for the more recent visitors to this space… I don’t cover the MLB draft because I’m simply too busy keeping track of the teams and the players that are already here than to speculate, worry, or otherwise spend time on the guys who might be here. I can, however, refer you to a couple of folks who have put in that work…

…Ryan Kelley runs down the Top 50 Draft Prospects over at District Sports Page.

…Sean Hogan focuses on possible targets for the Nats, who pick 18th this year.

Jun 042014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Roenicke (1-2, 4.11) vs.
Jackson (2-1, 5.26)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Poveda (1-2, 5.82) vs.
Garner (4-3, 3.86)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Brach (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Dziedric (5-3, 2.94)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-3, 2.49) vs.
Harvey (3-3, 1.68)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-3 @ DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 1
• Hill (W, 8-1) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Cedeno (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Goodwin 1-2, 2B, RBI, 2BB, SB

The offense put up a run in the 1st and posted a picket fence in their final three innings, providing more than enough support for Taylor Hill as the 25-y.o. pitched the Syracuse to a 5-1 victory over Indianapolis — their third straight win and 12th in 15 games. Hill turned in yet another quality start (#7), allowing one run on seven hits with no walks and two K’s to notch his league-leading 8th win. Zach Walters and Steve Souza both homered while Destin Hood tripled and Brian Goodwin doubled as the Chiefs made the most out of their seven hits and five walks collected on the night.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 1
• Kroenke (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Martin 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Latimore 1-4, R
• Keyes 0-2, BB

Quincy Latimore’s two-out single in the bottom of the 9th broke up Reading’s bid for a combined no-hitter as Harrisburg lost again, 5-1. Zach Kroenke made his third start for the Senators and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks over five innings while fanning two. The longball continues to bedevil the southpaw as both runs came on a homer in the 1st. Reading lost the perfect game in the 7th when Latimore reached on dropped third strike and eventually scored with the help of an error and a second wild pitch. The Fightins only led 2-1 before Neil Holland was lit up for three runs on four hits in the 8th.

Wilmington 5 Potomac 3
• Spann 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Mendez (L, 2-3) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Oduber 3-4, RBI
• Norfork 2-3, R, HR, RBI, E, CS

The Blue Rocks broke a 3-3 tie with two in the bottom of the 7th as they beat the P-Nats, 5-3 in the series opener. Matt Spann was dinged for three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks but struck out five. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez, as he gave up the final two Wilmington runs on two hits and no walks while setting down three on strikes while pitching the 7th and 8th innings. Randolph Oduber went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Potomac hit column, followed closely by Khayyan Norfork, who was 2-for-3 and hit a game-tying HR in the 7th. The race for the first-half title in the Carolina League Northern Division has tightened considerably. Lynchburg lost again, which keeps Potomac in 1st place by a ½ game while Wilmington is now just one game behind.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 5
• Giolito 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Pivetta (W, 8-2) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Mesa 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, SB

Hagerstown scored in five straight “ups” to defeat Delmarva, 8-5 as Lucas Giolito returned to the mound for the first time in more than three weeks. As such, he was limited to three innings, in which he allowed three hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out five. Nick Pivetta, who was coming off a two-week layoff, got the win, though he was ineffective with four runs allowed on six hits and a walk over four innings. Narciso Mesa went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored while Drew Ward smacked his 5th HR while going 2-for-4 as the Suns pounded out 12 hits total and extended their lead to five games over Delmarva. The Suns’ third straight win has reduced their magic number to clinch the Sally North to eight vs. both Delmarva, who they play tonight for the final time in the first half, and Greensboro, which will host Hagerstown for four games beginning on Thursday.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Red Sox 3
• Pena 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Cespedes (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• S. Guerrero 2-4, R, SB
• G. Ramirez 2-4, R
• Vilorio 2-4

The D-Nats put up a four in the 4th and two in the 6th as they doubled up the D-Red Sox, 6-3. Wilber Pena got the start and was touched for two runs on three hits and a walk over four innings. Angher Cespedes was the more effective of the two relievers who followed and was thus awarded the win with one walk allowed over two and a 1/3rd no-hit, no-run innings. He stuck out four of ten batters faced. Sandy Guerrero, Gilberto Ramirez, and Luis Vilorio each went 2-for-4 as the D-Nats notched 10 hits total.

Jun 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (7-1, 1.57) vs.
Brigham (2-3, 3.20)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Milner (3-2, 3.88)
Potomac Won, 5-4 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (4-0, 1.85) vs.
Almonte (3-2, 4.72
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 2.51) vs.
Rennie (2-4, 5.11)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 vs. DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 4 Buffalo 2
• Laffey (W, 6-3) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 6BB, 2K
• Mattheus 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Solano 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Syracuse went deep three times for all four runs as they beat Buffalo, 4-2 and reclaimed first place in the I.L. North. Aaron Laffey danced with the devil in the pale moonlight danger by walking six and giving up six hits over five and a 1/3rd innings but let in just two while notching his sixth win. Three relievers combined for three and 2/3rds scoreless relief with Zach Jackson and Ryan Mattheus earning hold and Mike Gonzalez going 1-2-3 in the 9th for his 5th save. Steve Souza reached base three times with two walks and a home run while Brian Goodwin’s two-run shot in the 5th gave the Chiefs a 3-2 lead. Jhonatan Solano provided the insurance run with his 8th big fly.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators return home for a pair of three-game series against the Fightins and the RubberDucks again over the weekend.

Potomac 5 Salem 4
• Simms 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Henke (W, 3-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Renda 4-4, R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The P-Nats reclaimed 1st place with their fifth straight win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 2
• Silvestre (W, 2-2) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Walsh (SV, 5) 2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Middleton 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Bautista 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

After a 2-6 roadtrip, which included losing three-of-four to the Shorebirds, the Suns got a 4-2 decision over Delmarva to cut their magic number to 10 with less than two weeks to go in the first half. Hagerstown rallied for three with two out in the 2nd to get on the board first, taking advantage of the first of four Shorebird errors. Hector Silvestre, who had suffered last-inning lapses in his previous two outings, turned in seven strong innings with just one run (a home run) on seven hits, with no walks and three K’s. Jake Walsh worked around four hits in the final two frames, giving up an unearned run while recording his 5th save.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Rojos 3
• Silfa 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramirez (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Rengel 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Agustin 2-4, R, BB
• Pimental 2-5, R, RBI

The D-Nats broke it open with a five-run 3rd and cruised to a 7-3 win to even up their record at 1-1. Luis Rengel was one-man wrecking crew, going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and two stolen bases to lead the D-Nat attack. Nector Ramirez got the win in his debut, striking out six over two and 2/3rds innings while giving up a hit, a walk, and an unearned run. The two teams, however, combined for 12 errors — eight by the Rojos, four by the Nats.

Jun 022014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (5-3, 3.93) vs.
Drabek (4-4, 4.19)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 12-11 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-3, 4.50) vs.
Light (1-2, 5.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1;
Won, 11-5
vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (1-2, 3.63) vs.
Vader (7-1, 3.09)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 8 Buffalo 5
• Tatusko 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Stange 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Souza 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Laird 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Brandon Laird’s two-run single capped off a four-run rally in the 9th as the Chiefs roared back from a 5-1 deficit to win, 8-5. Syracuse scored the last seven runs of the game as the offense pounded out 12 hits, with five batters notching multiple hits. Ryan Tatusko struggled with his control (90P-45K), walking five and giving up a three-run homer as the Bison got to him for all five runs in the 3rd. The 29-y.o. veteran went five innings and allowed four hits total. The bullpen combined for four shutout innings to enable the comeback. Manny Delcarmen got the win for holding Buffalo scoreless in the 8th, while Warner Madrigal struck out two in the 9th to earn his first career AAA save.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 3
• Espino (L, 1-3) 4IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace (W, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Taylor 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Canham 2-4, R

If only Michael Taylor could pitch… The Senators weren’t so fortunate with their second spot starter — still no official explanation — as the RubberDucks took the series finale, 6-3. Filling in for A.J. Cole, who sources have told me is actually experiencing some soreness, Paolo Espino was touched for three runs on three hits and three walks over four innings to take his third loss. Taylor extended his current hit streak to 12 games with a single and his E.L.-leading 15th HR and took a walk to lead the Senators offense, which was held to eight hits total.

Potomac 12 Salem 11
• Dickson 4⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 5K, 2WP
• Suero (W, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 3-5, 2R, 3B, 3RBI
• Leonida 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 3BB
• J. Miller 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

The P-Nats won a slugfest Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 1 — GAME ONE
• Lopez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Orlan 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Ballou 1-3, R, OF assist at 2B
• Kieboom 2-3, 2-2B, RBI

Hagerstown dropped its third straight, and sixth of seven games, with 5-1 loss to Kannapolis in the opener. The Intimidators struck for three in the 1st against Reynaldo Lopez in his second start of the season. Lopez would go two more scoreless before giving way to R.C. Orlan, who was run into the wall for two runs in the 6th. The bats were held to just five hits total, with Spencer Kieboom’s second double of the game plating the sole Sun run to break up the shutout bid.

Hagerstown 11 Kannapolis 5 — GAME TWO
• Cooper 4IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, K, HR, WP
• Webb (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Difo 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB
• Wooten 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI

The Suns broke out for eight runs in the 4th to finally take one from Kannapolis, 11-5 and prevent another doubleheader sweep. The top third of lineup combined to go 7-for-12 with five runs scored and six RBI while Drew Ward homered for the fourth time. Andrew Cooper was unable to go the requisite five innings, giving up all five Intimidator runs on nine hits, including a HR. Joseph Webb got the win with three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out four.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After the usual Sunday off, the DSL schedule begins its six mornings a week grind with four home games against the Rojos, Red Sox, Giants and Rockies, hitting the road for Wednesday and Thursday to visit the Boston and Colorado affiliates.

Jun 012014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Tatusko (3-5, 2.30) vs.
Romero (0-3, 5.71)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ Akron,
2:05 p.m.
Espino (1-2, 5.76) vs.
Colon (4-2, 2.30)
Potomac Won, 8-1 vs. Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-4, 6.55) vs.
Diaz (5-3, 3.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 4-3
@ Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-2, 3.63) and TBD vs.
Barnette (2-3, 4.66) and
Dykstra (3-5, 3.83)
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A


Buffalo 5 Syracuse 2
• Jordan (L, 0-2) 7⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K
• Cedeno (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Walters 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Goodwin 1-3

Xavier Cedeno was summoned from the bullpen with two out and two runners on to get an opposing lefthanded batter out and didn’t get the job done. Instead, he walked him, gave up a two-run single, then a two-run double to turn a 2-1 Syracuse lead into the eventual 5-2 loss to Buffalo. The meltdown hung a loss on Taylor Jordan, who rebounded from a three-inning, seven-run outing on Memorial Day to pitch into the 8th. He was charged with three runs on five hits and a walk and struck out seven. The offense was limited to four hits total for the second straight game with Zach Walters driving in both Chiefs runs with solo HR in the 4th and an RBI double in the 6th.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 4
• Simmons 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Grace (W, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Herron (SV, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run HR in the top of the 8th was the difference as Harrisburg downed Akron, 6-4. James Simmons got the spot start and went five and 2/3rds innings and was charged with all four RubberDuck runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. The win went to Matt Grace, who turned in two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings (though he did let in one of two inherited runners) with three hits given up and three strikeouts. Tyler Herron worked around a pair of hits in the 9th for his second save. Kevin Keyes also homered while Cutter Dykstra reached base three times with a walk and two singles to lead the Sens offense.
Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow is reporting that both Sammy Solis and A.J. Cole will be skipped in the rotation without explanation.

Potomac 8 Salem 1
• Bacus 5⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI, E(15)

The P-Nats won a laugher Last Night In Woodbridge.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Johansen (L, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K, 2HR
• Thomas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Wooten 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Middleton 1-2, 2B, RBI

Jake Johansen may have made just two mistakes in five innings pitched, but both of them left the park as the Intimidators took the opener, 3-2. Johnansen gave up three hits and three walks total and struck out six while losing his second game of 2014. John Wooten and Brennan Middleton both hit RBI doubles as the Suns were held to six hits.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 — GAME TWO
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• Ullmann 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ballou 3-4, R, OF assist at 2B
• Manuel 2-3, 2B

Jefry Rodriguez avoided the long ball but also gave up the sum of Kannapolis’s runs as Hagerstown dropped the nightcap, 4-3. The 20-y.o. was lit up for four runs on four hits and two walks over three innings in the loss. Ryan Ullmann followed with three shutout frames but the Suns couldn’t push across the tying run. Isaac Ballou led the 10-hit parade with a 3-for-4 night. The two losses combined with a Delmarva win cuts Hagerstown’s lead in the Sally North to 3½ games. The Shorebirds visit the Suns for a three-game series tomorrow through Wednesday.

DSL Rojos 3 DSL Nationals 1
• J. Baez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Bermudez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Mota 2-3, R, 2B, 3B
• Rengel 1-3

The DSL Rojos struck for one in the 1st and two in the 3rd off D-Nat pitcher (and man I hope this is a typo) Joan Baez and cruised to a 3-1 win over the D-Nats. Baez gave up all three runs on six hits and one walks with two K’s. Juan Bermudez followed with four no-hit innings of relief but the D-Nats offense was held to just five hits. 18-y.o. Israel Mota doubled and tripled to lead the D-Nat bats.
Roster moves: RHP Anderson Martinez reassigned to the GCL Nationals, 3B Andres Martinez placed on the reserved list.

May 312014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-1, 4.67) vs.
McGuire (1-0, 3.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-0 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Solis (0-1, 21.60) vs.
Murata (3-1, 1.95)
Anderson (2-3, 4.35)
Potomac Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) vs. Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 3.57) vs.
Diaz (5-3, 3.42)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-1, 4.93) and
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Leyer (2-3, 4.22) and
Wheeler (0-2, 2.89)
DSL Nationals N/A @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 4
• Roenicke (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Mattheus (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Rhymes 0-2, R, 2BB
• Souza 1-3, R, BB

The Chiefs had but one big inning — a five-run 4th — and survived two rallies by the Bison for a 5-4 win. All four Syracuse hits came in the 4th, as the Chiefs took advantage of two walks and a two-run throwing error with one out. Josh Roenicke got the spot start and turned in five scoreless innings, with three hits and two walks allowed and two strikeouts to register his first win of the season.
Zach Jackson followed and was dinged for three runs (one earned) in the 7th. Ryan Mattheus let in one of two inherited runners but got out of the inning and pitched around an error in the 8th. Mike Gonzalez turned in a Cordero-esue 9th, opening the inning with a walk-single-walk sequence to load the bases then giving up a run while getting the next three batters out to record his 4th save.

Akron 10 Harrisburg 0
• Meyers (L, 1-3) 3IP, 8H, 8R, 7ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, WP
• Canham 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-4, 2B
• Taylor 1-2, BB

The RubberDucks took their fourth straight game against the Senators with a 10-0 shutout. Brad Meyers took the brunt of beating — and the loss — with eight runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in only three innings. He struck out none and saw just 34 of his 58 pitches go for strikes. Harrisburg was held to just seven hits, with just two batters reaching base twice: Jason Martinson, who went 2-for-4 with a double, and Michael Taylor, who went 1-for-2 with a walk before being lifted from the game in the 8th; He did not appear to have been injured, though the (on) crack Akron broadcast team never noticed how the 6’3″ Taylor shrunk to 5’11″ when Adrian Sanchez pinch-hit for him in the 8th. Catcher Mitch Canham pitched the final inning of the night, throwing 14 of 21 pitches for strikes and walking one in a scoreless 8th.

Potomac 5 Salem 4 (10 inn.)
• Brach 5+ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Harper 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP
• Benincasa (W, 4-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Renda 1-4, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Oduber 1-4, R, 2B

The P-Nats won an ugly one Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: RHP Brett Brach assigned from Washington (previously pitched for Somerset, Columbus in ’14), LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
Rain will compress this four-game series into two doubleheaders today and tomorrow. Hagerstown’s magic number to clinch the Sally North title is at 13 with the next two series against the second- and third-place teams, who have crept up to within 5 (Delmarva) and 6½ games (Greensboro).

DSL Nationals — OPENING DAY
It’s time to learn some new names… and the “TBD vs. TBD” macro is ready to go.

May 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (0-2, 4.91) vs.
Stroman (2-4, 3.03)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Meyers (1-2, 4.86) vs.
Anderson (2-3, 4.35)
Potomac Won, 14-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Brach (1st A+ start of ’14) vs.
Kukuk (1-3, 4.43)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-1, 4.93) and
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Leyer (2-3, 4.22) and
Wheeler (0-2, 2.89)


Syracuse 5 Rochester 1
• Hill (W, 7-1) 8IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K,
• Delcarmen 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Burriss 3-5, 3R, 2B
• Souza 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Walters 2-5, 2B, RBI, 3K

Taylor Hill “defended” his I.L. Pitcher of the Week title with eight strong innings as Syracuse beat Rochester, 5-1. Hill gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two to earn his I.L.-leading seventh win. The Chiefs struck for three in the 1st and single runs in the 7th and 9th innings while posting a baker’s dozen in the hit column. Steve Souza and Emmanuel Burriss led the way with 3-for-5 marks, followed by Zach Walters and Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes, who both went 2-for-5.

Erie 5 Harrisburg 1
• Poveda (L, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, 2HR
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 3-3, 2B, BB
• Martinson 2-3, BB, SB

The longball continues to be Omar Poveda’s downfall. The 26-y.o. veteran gave up two big flies for three runs in the top of the 1st as Erie went on to defeat Harrisburg, 5-1, and take the series, 2-1. Poveda followed with five scoreless innings, giving up five hits total with one walk and seven K’s over six innings, but was charged with his second AA loss of the season. Brian Jeroloman’s solo HR in the 3rd accounted for the lone Senator run, while Michael Taylor (3-for-3, 2B) and Jason Martinson (2-for-3) registered the remaining five hits as the rest of the Harrisburg lineup went 0-for-22 with a walks (Matt Skole) and four strikeouts.

Potomac 14 Winston-Salem 4
• Spann (W, 4-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Oduber 4-6, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Tejeda 4-6, 4R, HR, 3RBI
• Leonida 2-5, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Potomac broke a three-game slide and returned to .500 (26-26) with a 14-4 victory over Winston-Salem. The P-Nats sent 15 men to the plate in the nine-run 2nd, ellipsed with four Dash errors. The 14 runs and 19 hits were both season highs for Potomac as every starter reached base at least twice, led by Randolph Oduber and Oscar Tejeda, who both went 4-for-6 and combined for five runs scored and five RBI. Matt Spann tossed six shutout innings for his team-best fourth win, giving up four hits and three walks while striking out one.
Roster move: RHP Paul Demny activated from XST — and a strong candidate to replace the tireless TBD as tonight’s starting pitcher.

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
Rain postponed the opening of the four-game series between the Suns and Intimidators. It will made up tonight with a doubleheader.

May 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Rochester,
11:05 a.m.
Hill (6-1, 1.63) vs.
Pelfrey (1-0, 0.90)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-5 (10 inn.);
Won, 6-4
vs. Erie,
5:30 p.m.
Poveda (1-1, 6.55) vs.
Ferrell (3-4, 5.36)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (3-0, 2.45) vs.
Danish (0-0, 5.23)
Hagerstown Won, 12-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Johansen (4-1, 4.93) vs.
Leyer (2-3, 4.22)


Rochester 4 Syracuse 3
• Laffey (L, 5-3) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Madrigal 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Souza 1-2, R, 2BB
• Solano 1-3, BB, RBI

Rochester scored in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead and held off Syracuse for 4-3 win. Aaron Laffey was charged with the loss, his third, giving up all four RedWing runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four. The Chiefs were held to seven hits, though Destin Hood and Zach Walters were both able to double against former National Alex Meyer. Steve Souza reached base three times with two walks and a single to lead the Syracuse offense.

Erie 7 Harrisburg 5 (10 inn.) — COMP.
• Grace (L, 1-1) 2+ IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Holland 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Hague 2-4, BB, SB
• Keyes 2-6, 2R, HR, RBI

Erie scored once in the 8th and twice in the 10th as Kevin Keyes’s game-tying HR in the bottom of the 9th was wasted in a 7-5 loss in the completion of Tuesday night’s suspended game. Matt Grace took the loss, charged with all three runs (one earned) on five hits over two-plus innings. Neil Holland retired the first two batters he faced in the 10th but gave up the go-ahead runs on a two-out single by Devon Travis. Cutter Dykstra and Matt Skole both reached base in the bottom of the 10th but Keyes couldn’t go yard a second time and instead flew out to right field to end it.
On the off chance you’re this guy… LHP Matt Purke is expected to have Tommy John surgery today, ending his 2014 season.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 4
• Kroenke 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Martin (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Taylor 3-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B
• Nicol 2-4, R

Harrisburg got the the big hits when they needed them, twice coming back from two-run deficits to win this one, 6-4. Michael Taylor (3-for-4) homered in the 5th to tie it at 2-2 while Caleb Ramsey matched the feat in the sixth to tie it at 4-4. Taylor struck again in the 7th with one-out RBI triple and scored on a Quincy Latimore single to complete the rally. Rafael Martin got the win with three scoreless innings in relief of starter Zach Kroenke, who gave up all four Erie runs on seven hits over the first six innings.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 0
• Turnbull (L, 0-2) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Mendez 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Pleffner 1-4, 2B

Potomac’s latest circle down the first-half drain came with a 4-0 shutout by Winston-Salem, their third straight loss and seventh in the last eight games. Kylin Turnbull made his second start and gave up all four Dash runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Gilberto Mendez tossed three perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts, but it was for naught as the offense was held in check. The P-Nats bats were limited to just four hits by Winston-Salem’s Myles Jaye, who had just been demoted from AA after an 0-6, 6.32 mark in 10 starts for Birmingham.

Hagerstown 12 Delmarva 2
• Voth (W, 2-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Webb 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Bautista 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, 6RBI
• Ward 3-5, 3R, 2-2B
• Middleton 3-4, BB, RBI

The Suns avoided a second four-game skid this month with a 12-2 thrashing of the Shorebirds in the series finale. Rafael Bautista drove in six while going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple and a run scored to lead the 15-hit Hagerstown barrage in which eight of nine batters hit safely. Austin Voth turned his fourth quality start and earned his second win with two runs allowed on four hits and two walks over six innings while striking out seven.

May 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (5-2, 3.66) vs.
Meyer (2-1, 3.55)
Harrisburg Tied, 4-4
(Suspended, Top 8th)
vs. Erie,
5:30 p.m.
Kroenke (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Palacios (3-2, 5.04)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (0-1, 10.80) vs.
Ortiz (0-4, 4.66)
Jaye (9-6, 4.11 in ’13 @ High-A)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 @ Delmarva,
10:35 a.m.
Voth (1-3, 2.42) vs.
Rennie (2-3, 5.57)


Syracuse 10 Rochester 2
• Tatusko (W, 3-5) 6+ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Mattheus 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 3-5, R, 2RBI, CS
• Hood 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Walters 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Syracuse clipped the Red Wings pitchers for 17 hits and nine unanswered runs en route to a 10-2 win. Ryan Tatusko got back-to-back wins for the first time this season, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks over six-plus innings. It was his seventh quality start out of 11. Josh Johnson and Destin Hood both went 3-for-5 with a run scored as every Chiefs batter hit safely. Brock Peterson and Zach Walters both homered as eight of the Syracuse hits were of the extra-base variety. Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno activated from 7-Day DL (eff. May 25), RHP Christian Garcia activated from 3-day TIL (eff. May 26), IF Zach Walters optioned from Washington, IF Jose Lozada placed on 7-Day DL (retroactive to May 26).

Erie 4 Harrisburg 4 — SUSP.
• Cole 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Bates 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sanchez 2-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 1-2, 3B, BB, RBI

The umpires may have had an assist in this one as they refused to stop play in the 7th, just long enough for the Senators to draw back-to-back-to-back walks to tie the game at 4-4. A.J. Cole was hit hard, giving up four runs in the 1st and seven hits total but managed to make it through four innings. Colin Bates relieved with three scoreless while the Harrisburg offense single runs in the 2nd, 5th, 6th, and of course, the 7th. Play was halted with one out in the top of the 8th and will be resumed tonight with the regularly scheduled nine-inning game to follow.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 2
• Simms (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Harper 3IP, 3H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, 3WP
• Oduber 2-4, R, SB
• Severino 2-4, R, SB

Winston-Salem put up three crooked numbers to erase an early 1-0 Potomac lead and knocked the P-Nats out of 1st place with a 7-2 win. John Simms lost for the third time in six starts, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings. Bryan Harper allowed the final five Dash runs on three hits and three walks and did not help his cause with three wild pitches. Randolph Oduber and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored as Potomac was held to just six hits total. Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 2
• Silvestre (L, 1-2) 6+ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Ramos 2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Lopez 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ward 2-4, 2K

Hector Silvestre was perhaps pushed an inning too far. The 21-y.o. southpaw gave up a three-run HR to third batter he faced in the bottom of the 7th to snap a 2-2 tie as the Shorebirds took a third straight from the Suns, 7-2. Silvestre gave up five runs total on eight hits and a walk, with one walk and a one K over six-plus innings. David Ramos was hit hard again in his second outing, giving up the final two Delmarva runs on five hits with neither a walk nor a strikeout in two innings pitched. Carlos Lopez reached base three times with a single, walk, and a double to lead the Hagerstown offense.