May 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Pawtucket,
6:30 p.m.
Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Webster (2-2, 2.47)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Meyers (0-2, 5.40) vs.
Berry (3-1, 3.68)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 (10 inn.) @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 3.31) vs.
Kukuk (1-2, 2.55)
Hagerstown Won, 7-3 vs. Asheville,
5:05 p.m.
TBD J. Rodriguez (3-0, 2.45 in GCL in ’13) vs.
Jiminian (5-2, 3.35)


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 1
• Hill (W, 6-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mattheus 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 3-4, 2B, 2RBI, 10-game hit streak
• Rhymes 2-4, R, RBI

After hanging seven zeroes on the top of the scoreboard, Taylor Hill got the rest of the night off when his teammates put up four in the last of the 7th as the Chiefs won their fifth straight, 4-1. Hill improved to 6-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.63 while allowing just five hits, no walks and fanning four. Steve Souza went 3-for-4 and extended his hit streak to 10 games while Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Syracuse no. 2-3 hitters combined for five of the team’s seven hits. Former Chief Corey Brown homered in the 9th off Mike Gonzalez to break up the shutout. Roster moves: RHP Christian Garcia placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List (retroactive to 5/22), IF Zach Walters optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 5
• Poveda (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, 2HR
• Holland (SV, 1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Taylor 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Sanchez 2-2, 2B, RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2B, RBI

Perhaps the third time was the charm as the Senators victimized BaySox pitcher Tyler Wilson, who beat them in his first two starts, for six runs on nine hits and three walks en route to an 8-5 victory. Omar Poveda was less ineffective in his second turn in the rotation, allowing three runs on three hits, including two home runs, with no walks and seven strikeouts over five innings for his first AA win of ’14. Five Senators would notch multiple hits, with Michael Taylor and Jason Martinson both reaching base three times with two hits and a walk while stealing a base to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster move: 1B Adam LaRoche removed from roster (end of MLB rehab).

Salem 7 Potomac 6 (10 inn.)
• Spann 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Self 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Benincasa (BS, 2; L, 3-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 0BB, 0K, HR(5)
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Oduber 2-4, R
• Renda 0-1, R, 3BB

After taking a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th, it took just three batters for Potomac reliever Robert Benincasa to finish the game. Unfortunately, that was single-flyout-homer as Salem’s Kevin Heller smacked a two-run blast for 7-6 walkoff for the Red Sox. It was the first loss, the second blown save, and the fifth HR for Benincasa, whose line is now 6.50/6.37/1.61 in 18 innings. Matthew Spann started and went the first five innings, giving up two runs on five hits (one of which was a Heller solo shot), with no walks and five strikeouts. Shawn Pleffner extended his modest hit streak to six games with a 2-for-5 night, scoring a run and driving in a run to lead the Potomac offense. Roster move: RHP Ian Dickson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 7 Asheville 3
• Johansen (W, 4-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, 2WP
• Webb (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Wooten 3-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Kieboom 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5, R, RBI

The Suns scorched the Tourists for a pair of three-run innings in the early going and cruised to 7-3 win. Jake Johansen would need that cushion as he put on 10 baserunners — five hits, five walks — in five innings but managed to let in just two while striking out three for his fourth win. The 3-4-5 batters John Wooten, Spencer Kieboom, and Drew Ward combined for seven hits, four runs scored, a double (Wooten), a triple (Kieboom), and three RBI. The Hagerstown lineup saw eight of nine batters reach base, including 10 hits and seven walks as they assumed the title of the top offense in the Sally League with 253 runs scored in 47 games (5.38 R/G).
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Ullmann reassigned from Potomac; RHP Michael Sylvestri reassigned to Auburn; LHP David Ramos activated from XST.

May 232014
 

Transactions for NPP 2
Another day too busy to wait for the news & notes to pass along [truck]load of transactions…

SYRACUSE
• IF Josh Johnson activated from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• UT Sean Nicol reassigned from Syracuse
• C Brandon Bantz released
• LHP Zach Kroenke assigned from Washington
• C Mitch Canham activated from 7-Day DL
• IF Justin Bloxom placed on 7-Day DL
• 1B Adam LaRoche assigned from Washington for MLB rehab

POTOMAC
• RHP Ryan Ullmann promoted reassigned from Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Nick Pivetta placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF Wilman Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL
• 3B Drew Ward activated from 3-Day TIL
• RHP Ian Dickson reassigned from Potomac

It’s pretty clear that more moves are coming – IF Adrian Sanchez returning to Potomac, C Jeff Howell dropping down to take Bantz’s spot are a couple of obvious reversals I can foresee with only two three of the four affiliates’ media notes in virtual hand (a.k.a. email ;-) and a tweet from Bill “The Rocket” Ladson.

As always, if/when further information comes across within the next few hours, this space will be updated.

UPDATE #1:
Harrisburg’s notes are in, and it looks like Adrian Sanchez is sticking while Syracuse will continue to carry three catchers as Mitch Canham has been activated to replace Bantz.

UPDATE #2:
Potomac’s PR folks have released their notes and there’s some interesting manuevering going on here. Ian Dickson and Ryan Ullmann have swapped roster spots, but Dickson is listed as a probable pitcher for Potomac on Monday, which is a doubleheader for Hagerstown (the Suns have not yet announced a starter for either game). Perhaps not coincidentally, Ullmann last pitched on May 20, and may not physically be in Salem, Va. — just as Matt Spann, who was “promoted” to the Senators on Wednesday and returned to the P-Nats yesterday, never left Woodbridge. Likewise for Dickson, who started on Wednesday for the P-Nats and would not be likely to appear as a reliever over the weekend.

May 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (4-2, 4.54) vs.
Workman (3-1, 5.12)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
Vasquez (0-3, 4.60)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
TBD Pena (3-1, 4.81) vs.
Mercedes (1-4, 4.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (1-3, 1.82) vs.
Balog (3-3, 3.38)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Tatusko (W, 2-5) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hood 3-3, 2R, BB
• Laird 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

Ryan Tatusko got plenty of support on both offense and defense while Syracuse won its third straight, 6-1 over Pawtucket. The Chiefs scored in each of the first four innings, with Brock Peterson homering in the 1st to open the scoring and Steve Souza homering in the 4th to close the six-run binge. Tatusko was peppered for eight hits over six innings, but with the help of four double plays, just one run came around to score. He walked one and struck out three to earn his second win of the season. Destin Hood and Brandon Laird combined for six hits and three runs scored to lead the Chiefs’ 11-hit parade (though they did strike out 12 times).

Harrisburg 6 Trenton 4
• Cole 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Martin (W, 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Herron (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 1-2, BB, 3RBI, CS, SF
• Taylor 1-4, R, 3K, SB

A five-run 9th flipped the script for Harrisburg as they both scored late and won the ballgame 6-4 to earn a split of the four-game series against Trenton. It was the first time the Senators had come back in 27 games trailing in the 9th. Harrisburg ace A.J. Cole pitched a shutout into the 6th but gave up four unearned runs when a possible inning-ending double-play ball with the bases loaded was thrown away to let in two then a two-out double plated two more. Cole finished with five hits and two walks allowed with five strikeouts over five and 2/3rds. The Senators sent 11 men to the plate in the final frame, drawing four walks and connecting for four of their six hits on the night, with Cutter Dykstra’s two-run, two-out single providing the final margin of victory. Rafael Martin got the win in relief with a strikeout to end the 6th, then silenced the Thunder — save for one hit — for two more innings. Tyler Herron also gave up a hit in the 9th but got the final three outs for the save. Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Potomac.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 4
• Simms (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Harper 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Severino 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB, HBP
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Hillcats scratched out four runs in the 3rd added single runs in the 7th and 9th innings to down the P-Nats 6-4 and take the series, 3-2. John Simms took the loss, his second in five starts, with four runs allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings with four strikeouts. Four of the eight Potomac hits went for extra bases, withe Pedro Severino the sole P-Nat to notch multiple hits with a 2-for-4 night and an RBI. Rehabbing Adam LaRoche went 0-for-2 with two flyouts at the plate and two putouts in the field.
Roster moves: LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from Harrisburg, 1B Adam LaRoche assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Asheville 7 Hagerstown 1
• Silvestre (L, 1-1) 6IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Cooper 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Manuel 1-4, R, HR
• Lopez 1-3, 2B

Making his second spot start in place of the “not injured” Lucas Giolito, Hector Silvestre hit the wall in the 6th, giving up five runs in the frame, including a grand slam off the bat of Asheville’s Correlle Prime, as the Tourists trampled the Suns, 7-1. Silvestre was charged with six runs total on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Hagerstown was limited to three hits total with Craig Manuel spoiling 19-y.o. Antonio Senzatela’s complete-game shutout bid with a two-out HR in the 9th. Wilmer Difo singled in the 6th while Carlos Lopez doubled in the 2nd to account for other two Suns hits.

May 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-5, 2.31) vs.
Barnes (1-1, 2.89)
Harrisburg Won, 9-0 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 2.25) vs.
Ruth (0-0, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 3-2; Lost, 3-2 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (3-1, 4.81) vs.
Sims (4-3, 4.07)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 1.19) vs.
Senzatela (4-1, 4.32)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
After their lone scheduled day off in May, the Chiefs continue an eight-game homestand with four against the PawSox. The Chiefs are currently in last place in the I.L. North, but trail the first-place Bison by just a game and a half.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington, RHP Ryan Mattheus optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 9 Trenton 0
• Espino (W, 1-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Tylor 3-5, 3R, HR, RBI, 2SB
• Martinson 2-4, 2HR, 2RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Three Harrisburg pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 win over Trenton to break a three-game losing streak. Paolo Espino (6IP), Neil Holland (2IP), and Tyler Herron (1IP), each gave up a hit and combined for two walks and five strikeouts for Espino’s first win of 2014. Jason Martinson (2-for-4) went deep twice and Michael Taylor (3-for-5) once while Matt Skole reached base three times with two singles and a walk, one of seven the Thunder pitchers issued as the Senators scored nine times on just eight hits.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Solis (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (SV, 8) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Renda 2-3, R, SB
• Tejeda 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI

Sammy Solis continued his rehab tour Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (L, 1-3) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-2, BB, SB

Both teams got to the starters in the second game, with Lynchburg putting up three in the top half and Potomac answering with two in the bottom half. Neither team would score again as the Hillcats returned the favor with a 3-2 win of their own to split the doubleheader. Ian Dickson went six innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out six but took the loss. Will Piwnica-Worms was the sole P-Nat to notch multiple hits with a 2-for-3 night, though Stephen Perez also reached base twice with a walk and a single.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis transferred from Hagerstown, LHP Matthew Spann reassigned to Harrisburg to make room on roster (two will likely swap places on Sens roster by Saturday).

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown returns home for four games against Asheville after losing its first full series of the season, 3-1 to Lexington. Like the P-Nats, the Suns are in the midst of a long sequence (31 days) where they’re home for just one series against one team. Despite the hiccup, Hagerstown still holds a commanding nine-game lead over second-place Delmarva and Greensboro.

May 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Trenton, 10:35 a.m. Espino (0-2, 6.64) vs. Cotham (0-1, 2.35)
Potomac Won, 6-5; Lost, 10-1 vs. Lynchburg,
5:30 p.m.
TBD and TBD
Solis (1st A+ start of ’14) and Dickson (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Parsons (3-1, 3.72) and Miller (1-4, 4.46)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-8 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 5 Columbus 3
• Jordan 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Stange (W, 2-2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Peterson 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Souza 2-5, 2R, 2B

Syracuse scored all five of its runs in each of the first three innings and won the battle of the bullpens as they defeated Columbus, 5-3 and took the four-game series, 3-1. Taylor Jordan started but left after three innings with reported elbow soreness, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk and a strikeout. Four relievers combined for six innings of one-run relief, with the win going to Daniel Stange, the save going to Michael Gonzalez, and holds going to Warner Madrigal and Christian Garcia. Every Chiefs batter hit safely with two batters — Brock Peterson (2-for-4, HR) and Steve Souza (2-for-5, 2B) — racking up multiple hits.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 1
• Meyers (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Simmons 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Latimore 3-4
• Jeroloman 2-4

Brad Meyers was hit hard again while the Sens got plenty of hits but couldn’t get them in (again) in a 5-1 loss to the Thunder. Meyers was charged with all five Trenton runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out two and gave up his fourth HR in three starts. James Simmons finished the game with five scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and fanning four. The 7-8-9 trio of Quincy Latimore, Brian Jeroloman, and Jason Martison combined to go 7-for-12 and did figure in the lone run scored with Latimore and Jeroloman getting 9th-inning singles to load the bases with nobody out behind pinch-hitter Justin Bloxom, who drew a leadoff walk. Alas, Harrisburg could only get one run out of it as Martinson struck out and none of the next three batters could get the ball out of the infield.
Roster move: LHP Matt Purke placed on the 7-Day DL. A possible replacement could be LHP Zach Kroenke, purchased yesterday from the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. Kroenke is a former Yankee and Diamondback farmhand who pitched last year for the Brewers’ AAA team in Nashville.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 5 — COMP.
• Bacus 6IP, 7H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 2K, 2WP
• Mooneyham 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K, BK,
• Self ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Renda 4-5, 2R
• Perez 3-5, R, 3RBI, 2E
• Pleffner 2-4, R

Stephen Perez got his shot at redemption Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull (L, 0-1) 4IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, K, HR, BK, WP
• Suero 3IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K, 2WP
• Pleffner 2-3, BB
• Perez 1-1, 2BB

In the nightcap, Kylin Turnbull picked up where he left off in April 2013 by getting smacked around for five runs on nine hits including a two-run HR in the 1st as the Hillcats pummeled the P-Nats, 10-1 in seven innings. Turnbull pitched four innings and struck out one while issuing a balk and throwing a wild pitch. Wander Suero was no better in relief, coughing up five runs on four hits and four walks over three innings with two wild pitches. Shawn Pleffner and Stephen Perez, who had four hits in the completion, added three hits and three walks in this one with Pleffner driving in the sole Potomac run. The rest of the lineup was just 2-for-19 and left 10 men on for the night.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Schwartz placed on the 7-Day DL, RHP Dakota Bacus activated from the TIL; UT Mike McQuillan placed on the 7-Day DL, OF Narciso Mesa activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 11 Lexington 4
• Pivetta (W, 7-2) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Ullmann (H, 2) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Middleton 2-2, R, 2RBI, 3BB
• Kieboom 1-3, 3R, 2B, 2BB

Hagerstown scored in each of the final six innings, pulling away from a 3-2 deficit to win this one 11-4 and prevent a four-game sweep by Lexington. Nick Pivetta won his Sally Lg.-leading 7th game, scattering nine hits over five and a 1/3rd innings for three runs charged, no walks, and three strikeouts. Wilmer Difo homered twice for the second time in six games and drove in four while Brendan Middleton reached base five times with two singles and three walks to lead the Hagerstown attack.
Roster moves: 3B Drew Ward placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List, OF Wilman Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL.

May 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 vs. Columbus,
12:00 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 0.82) vs.
Cloyd (1-3, 6.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Meyers (0-1, 4.15) vs.
Mitchell (1-2, 3.74)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
5:30 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 3.68) and
Turnbull (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Ross (3-1, 2.72) and
Jadofsky (2-1, 5.14)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-8 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (6-2, 3.03) vs.
Reed (0-3, 8.79)


Syracuse 5 Columbus 0
• Ohlendorf (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Hill (SV, 1) 4IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Laird 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Solano 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Hood 1-3, 2B, BB

Ross Ohlendorf and Taylor Hill combined on a 5-0 Syracuse shutout of Columbus to take a 2-1 series lead. Ohlendorf allowed just one hit and one walk over five innings while striking out four in his second rehab outing since going on the DL in late March. Hill, the original starter, was less efficient — six hits and a walk over four frames — but kept the ball on the ground and took part in two of three double plays turned while he pitched, including a 1-6-3 number to end the game and cinch his first professional save. The Chiefs only had six hits, but five went for extra bases with four doubles and a home run. Brandon Laird smacked the big fly and one of the doubles to go 2-for-4 and drive in two to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster move: RHP Warner Madrigal reassigned from Harrisburg.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 4
• Poveda (L, 0-1) 6+ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Grace (BS, 1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Taylor 2-4, R, BB
• Dykstra 2-4, BB

The Senators took leads of 1-0 and 4-2 but the lack of a killshot with bases loaded haunted them again as the Thunder roared for three in the 7th and one in the 8th for a 6-4 win. Omar Poveda made his first start since his demotion but the lower level didn’t raise his game. He gave up five runs on six hits and a walk over six-plus innings to take the loss. Harrisburg loaded the bases twice with less than two outs but couldn’t get the clutch hit, scoring a total of three runs with a sacrifice fly, a walk, and a double play. Michael Taylor, Cutter Dykstra, and Ricky Hague each went 2-for-4 as the Sens totaled 10 hits and six walks but stranded 11 baserunners.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac begins stretch of five games in three days against Lynchburg with a continuation doubleheader tonight, a makeup doubleheader tomorrow, and a single game on Thursday. These are the final games between these two teams in the first half, and with a 3½ game lead, the P-Nats can hold serve with two or three wins while the Hillcats need to win four or more to climb back into the race to win the C.L. North division title. It’s also the beginning of an odd sequence where Potomac won’t be home for more than four consecutive days until the 4th of July weekend.

Lexington 10 Hagerstown 8
• Johansen 6IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Thomas (BS, 4; L, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-4, 3R
• Bautista 2-4, R

With an 8-1 lead with one out in the fourth inning, it looked like Hagerstown’s three-game skid was going to end. Instead, the Suns tumbled to a fourth straight loss as the Legends scored nine unanswered runs while Luis Rico eclipsed the Suns with five and 2/3rds innings of shutout relief for a 10-8 win. Hagerstown starter Jake Johansen was charged with five runs on six hits and a walk but left with an 8-5 lead after six innings. The loss (and blown save) was hung on reliever Justin Thomas, who stranded two runners in the 7th to preserve a slim 8-7 lead but gave up the tying run in the 8th. Michael Sylvestri let in the final two runs (charged to Thomas) to complete the meltdown. Wilmer Difo walked, singled, doubled, scored twice, and drove in three to lead Hagerstown’s offense, which Rico limited to just one hit (a single by Rafael Bautista) after the 4th inning.

May 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (5-1, 1.99) vs. TBD
Ohlendorf (MLB rehab) vs. Barnes (2-1, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Poveda (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
Banuelos (0-1, 5.59)
Potomac Won, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 @ Lexington,
10:05 a.m.
Johansen (3-1, 5.23) vs.
Edwards (1-2, 3.69)


Columbus 8 Syracuse 3
• Laffey (L, 4-2) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 7R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K,
• Roenicke 3⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Rhymes 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Nicol 2-4, 2B, RBI, E

Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes’s two-run homer highlighted a three-run 2nd, which pulled Syracuse within one of Columbus at 4-3. Alas, the Clippers shifted course and scored four unanswered for an 8-3 win, dropping the Chiefs to below .500 at 21-22. Aaron Laffey suffered his second straight loss, giving up seven runs over four and 2/3rds innings on nine hits and three walks. Rhymes would lead the 11-hit Syracuse offense with a 3-for-5 afternoon, followed by Destin Hood, Steve Souza, and Sean Nicol, who each had two hits.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus recalled to Washington; RHP Ross Ohlendorf transferred from Potomac for MLB rehab.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 3
• Purke (L, 1-6) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Bates 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2RBI
• Bantz 2-4, 2B, RBI

With another three-run homer in the first — his third given up in eight starts, and fourth first-inning HR out of five total — Matt Purke fell behind early and the offense couldn’t catch up as New Britain defeated Harrisburg, 5-3. The 23-y.o. gave up four runs total on eight hits over four innings in his sixth loss. Colin Bates turned in four strong innings of long relief, allowing the final Rock Cats run on a triple and a sac fly in the 5th. Justin Bloxom and Brandon Bantz both went 2-for-4 and drove in all three Senators runs, with Bloxom plating two with a single in the 1st and Bantz driving in one with a single in the 4th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 2
• Schwartz 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Spann (W, 3-0) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Benincasa (SV, 7) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Perez 4-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-4, R, 2-2B

Potomac earned a split of its four-game series against the Carolina League’s top team with a 4-2 victory over Myrtle Beach. Indicating a forthcoming rotation reshuffle, Blake Schwartz threw just one inning as the starter before giving way to Matthew Spann. The 23-y.o. southpaw won for the third time in five relief appearances with four innings of one-run ball. Stephen Perez led the P-Nats offense with a 4-for-5 night, driving in one while smacking two doubles, a feat matched by Estarlin Martinez as well.
Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Lexington 1 Hagerstown 0
• Voth (L, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, WP, BK
• Ballou 1-4, 2B
• Manuel 0-1, HBP, 2BB

Isaac Ballou broke up the combined no-hit bid against the Suns with a one-out double in the 9th. He got as far as third base with two outs but couldn’t come around to tie the game as the Legends won, 1-0. Austin Voth took the loss despite allowing just one run on four hits and two walks while fanning four. Craig Manuel reached base three times, taking two walks and getting plunked to break up any chance of a perfect game.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis reassigned to Harrisburg, LHP Justin Thomas returned from Auburn (both moves effective May 17).

May 162014
 

Transactions for NPP 3
Another day, another series of transactions. Here’s the rundown…

SYRACUSE
• OF Eury Perez recalled to Washington, placed on 60-Day DL
• C Sandy Leon optioned from Washington
• RHP Christian Garcia activated from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• RHP Omar Poveda demoted from Syracuse

POTOMAC
• RHP Blake Schwartz demoted from Harrisburg

HAGERSTOWN
• LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Harrisburg
• LHP Justin Thomas reassigned to XST (Auburn)

The Eury Perez move is a means to an end to get Greg Dobbs onto the 40-man roster, as has been reported ad infinitum (and whole lot of other places, too, Skipper). I suspect a few more moves may be coming, as it seems odd to have three catchers and three outfielders on the Chiefs roster.

The demotions of Poveda and Schwartz are being judged as such because of the poor performances thus far. Schwartz’s turn to pitch is not until Sunday and yesterday’s rainout coupled with an off day on Monday means Potomac is not hurting for starting pitchers just yet. The continuation game on Tuesday and doubleheader on Wednesday are another matter, but the timing doesn’t seem to sync, especially if the brass decide to move Sammy Solis from the Suns to the P-Nats in time for his next scheduled turn on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Another move from Potomac is forthcoming, but has yet to be announced. Most likely: a pitcher (there are 14 active as of this writing) being placed on the DL with a strained rosteruem (pronounce it phonetically ;-).

As always, if/when that news comes, this space will be updated.

May 162014
 

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (1-0, 1.56) vs.
Hankins (2-3, 5.22)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (0-2, 7.16) vs.
Dean (2-1, 3.69)
Potomac Postponed @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 4.96) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lakewood,
4:05 p.m.
Cooper (4-0, 2.74) and
Solis (1st start of ’14) vs.
Arteaga (3-4, 7.29) and
Leiter Jr. (Mark, not Al; 3-3, 4.22)


Toledo 3 Syracuse 2
• Jordan 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K, 12-2 GO-FO
• Jackson (BS, 2; L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Stange 1BF, BK, 2-1 IR-S
• Souza 2-3, BB
• Burriss 1-2, R, BB

A walkoff balk?! That’s how the lone Nats-affiliated game that got in on Thursday night ended as the Mud Hens rallied for three against the Chiefs in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 win. Taylor Jordan started and threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk while setting down three on strikes. He left with a 2-0 lead after Syracuse scored two in the top of the 6th on a Jhonatan Solano sac fly and an RBI single by Brian Goodwin. Zach Jackson fell a HR short of the cycle in the 9th, giving up a single, triple, a hit batsman, and a double before giving way to Daniel Stange. With one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Stange threw his first pitch in the dirt, then flinched towards home plate before he could throw the second pitch to send in the gamewinner.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
While the rain probably would have given them the day off anyway, the Senators, losers of five straight, got a badly needed respite on Thursday as they return home for four games in three days against the New Britain Rock Cats. Weather and/or field condition permitting, of course.

Potomac vs. Myrtle Beach — PPD
The first of four games between the Carolina League division leaders was postponed to tomorrow night for a cash cow Saturday night doubleheader. Last weekend, the Pelicans took three of four, including a comeback from a 5-1 deficit in the 9th a week ago tonight. Roster moves: OF Brandon Miller placed on the 7-Day DL, OF Estarlin Martinez reassigned from Hagerstown.

Lakewood vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The rain that stretched from South Carolina to Montreal also washed out the second of three games against Lakewood to create a twinight doubleheader at the Muni tonight. Roster move: OF Greg Zebrack activated from XST to take place of Martinez.

May 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Toledo,
6:30 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 1.80) vs.
VerHagen (1-4, 4.81)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 12-5 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 4.96) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Cooper (4-0, 2.74) vs.
Arteaga (3-4, 7.29)


Syracuse 3 Toledo 0
• Hill (W, 5-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Delcarmen (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Laird 2-4, R
• Burriss 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI, CS

Emmanuel Buriss’s two-run double in the 5th proved to be the game-winner as the Chiefs went back over .500 with a 3-0 shutout of the Mud Hens. Taylor Hill went the first five innings, allowing just two hits, no walks and striking out four. A 116-minute rain delay forced him from the game, but Mike Gonzalez and Manny Delcarmen combined for two scoreless frames apiece to earn the hold and save, respectively. Brandon Laird was the sole Syracuse batter to have multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Burriss also walked twice to reach base three times. Roster move: LHP Tyler Robertson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 2
• Meyers (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Bates 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Latimore 2-3, SAC
• Taylor 1-3, R, BB, OF assist at HP

Akron had their ducks in a row as they hit three homers in a 4-2 win to complete the three-game sweep of Harrisburg. Veteran Brad Meyers served up two of the longballs, and three runs total on five hits over four innings for his first loss. He walked one and struck out two and left on the losing end of a 3-1 score. Kevin Keyes homered in the 7th to pull the Sens within one at 3-2 but the RubberDucks answered with their third HR with two outs in the 8th for the final score.

Frederick 12 Potomac 5
• Ohlendorf (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 11H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Spann 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Perez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, 2BB
• Tejeda 2-2

Ross Ohlendorf threw batting practice was dinged for seven runs on 11 hits in his first rehab start as Frederick took the rubber match from the Potomac in a 12-5 smackdown. All seven runs came in the 3rd as the Keys got six consecutive hits to open the inning and sent 11 men to the plate to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 7-3 advantage. Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner both reached base four times, combining for five hits, four runs, three doubles, three walks, and two RBI. Brandon Miller left the game in the 3rd after suffering an apparent leg injury while running out a double-play groundout.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2
• Pivetta (W, 6-2) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Thomas (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ward 2-4, R, E(8)
• Bautista 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Lakewood continues to be Hagerstown’s bitc… er, favorite opponent as the Suns took their eighth straight game from the BlueClaws with a 4-2 win, their fourth straight win and 30th of the season. Nick Pivetta went a season-long seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four to win his Sally Lg.-leading sixth game. Drew Ward went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the hit column. Rafael Bautista started the scoring with a two-run double in the 2nd and scored when Lakewood committed an error trying to prevent his 14th steal of the season. Roster moves: RHP Dixon Anderson retired, LHP Joseph Webb reassigned from XST.