Jun 202013
 

While not as pronounced as in years past, the traditional realignment of players for the second half continues with the latest set of transactions today (well, that and the Hagerstown Suns start back up tonight, natch).

As the headline suggests, the majority of the movement is between the “A” teams — Potomac, Hagerstown, Auburn. As I did a year ago, here’s a breakdown of the moves over the past three days:

SYRACUSE
• 2B Danny Espinosa optioned from Washington — They can’t make him have shoulder surgery, but they can stop the accrual of service time
• RHP Caleb Clay promoted from Harrisburg — Superb first outing, seems ready to make the jump

HARRISBURG
• RHP Ryan Perry reassigned from Syracuse — The starter experiment seems over, is this a demotion to work with certain coaches or in a lower-pressure environment?
• RHP Marcos Frias reassigned from Potomac — Injured and/or ineffective most of the year, seems likely that he was sent back either due to health or having the preferred pitchers in place

POTOMAC
• RHP Robert Benincasa promoted from Hagerstown — Is the closer’s job up for grabs?
• RHP Ivan Pineyro promoted from Hagerstown — Looks like Sammy Solis is going to be out for a prolonged period of time.

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Derek Self demoted from Potomac — Hit or miss all season long for the P-Nats; at least the new Suns unis won’t clash with his preferred red glove.
• OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Auburn — Hit .343 in 32 games for Auburn last summer, but that wasn’t enough to get the the full-season assignment in April.

GCL
• RHP Brian Broderick assigned from Harrisburg on rehab — Pretty typical this time of year.

With the P-Nats roster at 12 pitchers and 24 players (one short of the usual for both), it would seem that another move is coming. What would seem most likely is an injured reliever coming off the D.L.

As always, if the other shoe drops within the next 24 hours or so, this space will be updated.

Jun 202013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Mandel (1-3, 5.55) vs.
Stewart (3-9, 5.23)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Karns (4-2, 4.60) vs.
Wilson (1-0, 4.35)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 6-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-0, 0.00 in GCL in ’12) vs.
O’Shea (3-3, 3.12 in NYPL in ’12)
DSL Nationals Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) vs. DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (1-0, 2.87) vs.
Lara (1-0, 1.80)



Charlotte 2 Syracuse 1
• Clay (L, 0-1) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Crotta 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-4, RBI, SB
• Rhymes 3-5
• Moore 2-4, 2B

Syracuse stalled in the clutch, going just 1-for-7 with RISP and stranding 11 in a 2-1 matinee loss to Charlotte. Caleb Clay pitched into the 7th for his AAA debut, but allowed both Knights runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four over six and 2/3rds innings. Chris Rahl and Will Rhymes both singled three times as the Chiefs racked up 10 hits total (double the output of Charlotte).
Roster move: 2B Danny Espinosa reinstated from DL, optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 1
• Jordan (W, 6-0) 8IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 3-3, R, BB
• Nicol 1-2, RBI

Taylor Jordan slumped to allowing a run over eight innings, snapping a 23-inning scoreless streak, but the bum still pitched Harrisburg to a 3-1 victory over Bowie. The 24-y.o. walked two and struck out three while running his record to 6-0 in eight appearances for the Senators. Brian Goodwin reached base four time with three singles and a walk, while Sean Nicol came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the 6th that broke the 1-1 deadlock. Aaron Barrett pitched around a two-out double to earn his 13th save.

Potomac Nationals — ALL-STAR BREAK
No doubt by design to give the league’s All-Stars an extra day of rest, the Carolina League begins the second half with an off day today before the eight-team circuit restarts tomorrow.

Hagerstown Suns — ALL-STAR BREAK
After finishing the first half with seven games at home, the Suns open the second with seven games on the road, beginning with a four-game set in Greenville, followed by a three-game series in Charleston.

Auburn 6 Batavia 3
• Orlan 4IP, 3H, 0R, 5BB, 2K
• Simko (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Napoli (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lippincott 2-4, R, BB
• Ballou 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI

Walks and errors will kill you, as Batavia learned by giving out nine and committing four in a 6-3 loss to Auburn. R.C. Orlan, a 30th round pick out of North Carolina in 2012, made his pro debut as the starter with four scoreless innings. The 22-y.o. from Glen Allen, VA allowed three hits, walked five and struck out two. Rehabbing Todd Simko got the win in relief while 2013 8th-rounder David Napoli got the save in his pro debut. Bryan Lippincott led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game, while Isaac Ballou drove in two and reached base three times with a single and two walks.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Cardinals 1 (10 inn.)
• Valerio 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K
• Morales 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Aquino (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mercedes 2-2, R, RBI
• Mota 2-3, 3B, 2BB
• Alvarez 2-4

Brayan Serrata’s single in the 10th ended what might have been a very frustrating game as the D-Nats outhit the D-Cards 12-3, but only won 2-1. Maximo Valerio gave up the lone D-Cards run on two hits and three walks over six innings while striking out six, but got the no-decision. Jose Morales followed with three no-hit innings, allowing a walk. Jonathan Aquino got the win with a scoreless 10th inning pitched. The D-Nats left on 15 runners and went just 2-for-16 with RISP.

Jun 182013
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Harrisburg Senators have announced that RHP Caleb Clay has been promoted to the Syracuse Chiefs.

Clay, who was signed during the offseason as a minor-league free agent, was 6-3 with a pitcher’s line (ERA/FIP/WHIP) of 3.46/3.62/1.08 over 13 starts. He logged 75⅓ innings, averaging nearly 6 innings per start. He walked just 17 batters (2.03/9IP) and struck out 59 (7.05).

On June 1st, Clay tossed the first nine-inning shutout for the Harrisburg Senators since 2005. The three-hit gem earned him Pitcher of the Week Honors for the Eastern League for the period of May 27 to June 2.

The 25-year-old was originally drafted by Boston as a 1st Rounder (44th overall) in 2006, but saw his ascent up the Red Sox ladder stunted by TJ surgery in 2007. He made it up to High-A Salem in 2010 before shifting to the bullpen for AA Portland for the majority of 2011 and 2012.

He’ll most likely make his AAA debut against Charlotte tomorrow afternoon.

Jun 182013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (12 inn.) @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.75) vs.
Leesman (1-0, 2.14)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Demny (4-4, 3.68) vs.
Gamboa (2-4, 4.02)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 7-3 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Selsor (0-4, 6.10 in ’12 at GCL) vs.
H. Reyes (0-2, 3.85 at Low-A)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
J. Ramirez (0-1, 8.44) vs.
Medrano (1-0, 3.86)



Syracuse 7 Charlotte 3
• Tatusko 5⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Broadway (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 3-4, 2R, 2BB
• Walters 2-5, 2B, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-6

It was a late start (62-minute rain delay) and a late finish (12 innings) but the Chiefs continue to play their best on the road (19-14) as they outlasted the Knights, 5-4. Starter Ryan Tatusko pitched into the 6th, charged with three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks, and struck out five but saw his “W” turn into an “ND” when recently optioned Xavier Cedeno let in a run while finish the inning. After scoring six runs combined in the 5th and 6th, the teams played to stalemate for five innings before Syracuse opened up a 5-3 lead in the 12th, scoring twice with just one hit. Mike Broadway got the win in relief while Mike Crotta rode out the 12th, allowing a run on three hits, for the save. Will Rhymes paced the Chiefs offense with three hits and two walks.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
The Senators six-game road trip continues with a three-game midweek series against the BaySox. Harrisburg remains tied for 1st place, percentage points behind Erie, thanks to a 10-4 mark in the month of June. Roster moves: RHP Ryan Perry reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac Nationals — ALL-STAR BREAK
Replacing the injured Zane Chavez, C Adrian Nieto joins RHP Blake Schwartz, LHP Robbie Ray, and OF Billy Burns at the 2013 Carolina-California All-Star game in San Jose, California.

Hagerstown Suns — ALL-STAR BREAK
The first-half Northern Division champs will send six players and two coaches to the 2013 Sally League All-Star Game in Lakewood, New Jersey. Roster moves: LHP Todd Simko, C Spencer Kieboom, OF Narciso Mesa, IF Wilmer Difo reassigned to Auburn.

Auburn 7 Batavia 3
• Turnbull (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Hollins 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dent 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Mesa 1-4, R, BB, RBI

Auburn took advantage of seven walks and five errors to score seven times on just three hits as the Doubledays took the opener against Batavia, 7-3. Sinking from High-A to SS-A, Kylin Turnbull found his groove and turned in his first scoreless outing of 2013 with two hits allowed, no walks, and three strikeouts over five innings to get the win. The Muckdogs had success against the first two men out of the ‘pen, scoring once against Silvio Medina in two innings and twice against Todd Simko in the 8th before L.J. Hollins closed out the 9th with a goose egg. Cody Dent (2-for-3) and Narciso Mesa (1-for-4) accounted for all three Doubledays hits and two of the three RBI collected.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Orioles2 2 (12 inn.)
• Torres 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• M. Sanchez 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Salazar (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Lora 4-5, R, 2B
• Rosario 1-1, 2B, 2R, BB

The D-Nats fell behind 2-0 early but rallied to tie it with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings and scored on a wild pitch in the 12th for a 3-2 win over the D-Orioles2. The 19-y.o. Venezuelan Luis Torres gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over five innings, striking out four in his third start. Edwin Lora went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Dionicio Rosario came off the bench to score the final two runs, walking in the 9th, and leading off the 12th with a double. Mario Sanchez, John Feliz, and Melvi Salazar combined for seven shutout innings and one walk and four hits and nine strikeouts.
Roster move: RHP Fiyeral Charlis assigned to DSL Nationals from Washington.

Jun 172013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 (10 inn.) @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 3.23) vs.
Rienzo (5-4, 5.74)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 9-8 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn N/A vs. Batavia,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Pacheco (0-1, 2.35)



Toledo 8 Syracuse 4
• Maya 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Davis (L, 1-3) 1⅔ 1H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR (GS)
• Walters 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Rivero 2-4, BB

Erik Davis’s return to AAA was a near-perfect failure. In his second inning of work, the 26-y.o. walked the bases loaded (one intentional, following a sacrifice after a leadoff walk) then coughed up a grand slam as the Mud Hens defeated the Chiefs, 8-4 in 10 innings. Just an inning and a half earlier, Syracuse had victimized the Toledo ‘pen for three runs in the 8th to tie the game at four, including a two-run double by Zach Walters, who went 3-for-4 to lead the Chiefs offense. Yunesky Maya got the no-decision with four runs allowed on nine hits and no walks while striking out eight. Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned from Washington; RHP Matt Torra released.

Harrisburg 5 New Britain 2
• Treinen (W, 6-6) 5IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Holland (H, 5) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrett (S, 12) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-3, R, SB

Harrisburg broke out for four runs in the 3rd and salvaged the series with a 5-2 win over New Britain. Starter Blake Treinen evened his won-loss record at 6-6 by scattering eight hits over five innings for one run allowed, with two walks and one strikeout. The Sens ‘pen turned in four innings of one-run relief to lock it down, highlighted by Aaron Barrett whiffing four of six batters faced for a multi-inning save, his 12th. Brian Goodwin singled three times and scored twice as the Harrisburg offense churned out 11 hits, including doubles by Steve Souza, Sandy Leon and Jimmy Van Ostrand.

Potomac 10 Frederick 9 (10 inn.)
• Ray 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, 3HR
• Frias (W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Fischer (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Gilmartin 3-5, RBI, CS
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

In something of a microcosm for the team’s first half, the P-Nats offense overcame its pitching deficiencies for a 9-8 win that secured a 42-win half for just the third time since becoming a Washington affiliate (2008 1st half, 2009 2nd half). Robbie Ray was lit up for six runs on six hits over four innings, with five of the runs coming on three home runs, matching his season total to date. He walked two and struck out five. Marcos Frias got the win in relief with a scoreless fifth inning, though the 24-y.o. gave up two hits. Potomac took advantage of seven walks issued by Frederick pitchers to score nine times on ten hits, with Mike Gilmartin the lead bat at 3-for-5 for the afternoon.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 6
• Purke 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Meza (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB

In an improbable turn of events, the Suns won the first half with a 9-6 win over Lakewood by a half game over Hickory. Starter Matt Purke turned in four and 2/3rds innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Christian Meza got the win in relief, walking one and striking out two over an inning and a 1/3rd. Tony Renda doubled once, tying for the league lead at 24, while Khayyan Norfork and Estarlin Martinez both doubled twice as the Suns pounded out 12 hits total. With the Sally League’s arbitrary predetermined playoff format, Hagerstown hosts Games Two and Three (if necessary) of the Semifinals, and should they advance, Games One and Two of the Finals. For those wondering, the Suns took four of seven games from Hickory during the first half and play them six times in the second half. Roster moves: RHP Ivan Pineyro placed on TIL; RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned to Auburn Doubledays, RHP Pedro Encarnacion reassigned from Auburn Doubledays.

Auburn Doubledays — OPENING DAY
The 2012 Pinckney Division Champions look to defend their title as they open the 2013 campaign against the second-place Batavia Muckdogs. Despite multiple inquiries, the Auburn Doubledays have yet to release information (or issue a press release) regarding the 2013 Opening Day roster. The current roster is inaccurate, containing multiple players who were released in the spring.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 week, the D-Nats remain atop the Boca Chica South division with a 9-4 mark, 1½ games up on the second-place D-Pirates2 squad. It’s home games this week against the D-Orioles2 and D-Mets1 and home-and-home series against the D-Cards and D-Tigers.

Jun 162013
 

Father's Day
Today’s a travel day, so it’s a lite version this morning. Click on the hammock if you’d like to read my 2011 Father’s Day post.

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 vs. Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Maya (2-4, 4.68) vs.
Hankins (2-3, 3.31)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-1 @ New Britain,
1:35 p.m.
Treinen (5-6, 3.87) vs.
Baxendale (1-1, 7.02)
Potomac Won, 10-9 (10 inn.) @ Frederick,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (5-2, 2.22) vs.
E. Rodriguez (6-3, 2.99)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 (8 inn.);
Won, 9-3
vs. Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Purke (0-1, 4.05) vs.
M. Nunez (5-3, 4.47)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A



Toledo 2 Syracuse 1
• Mandel (L, 1-3) 7IP, 9H, R, ER, BB, K
• Crotta 1⅓IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Walters 2-4, 2B, RBI, E
• Espinosa 1-2, BB, E

Jeff Mandel lost a pitcher’s duel to former National Shawn Hill as the Chiefs were edged again by the Mud Hens, 2-1.

New Britain 8 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam (L, 2-2) 4⅓IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Leon 1-3, 2B

New Britain scored early and often, taking advantage of six walks to pummel Harrisburg, 8-1 on six hits.

Potomac 10 Frederick 9 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 11H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Wort (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1⅓IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 3-2 IR-S
• Holt (SV, 1) ⅓IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Leonida 3-5, 2B, HR, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Taylor 2-3, SB(25), OF assist at HP; HBP in 7th, replaced by Ramsey

Sixteen of the 19 runs scored came in the final three innings as the P-Nats outlasted the Keys, 10-9.
Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned to the GCL Nationals.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 2 (8 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Pineyro 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Perez 2-3, R
• Difo 1-2, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Suns rallied for two in the 7th to tie, then won it with a run in “extra” inning for a 3-2 win.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 3 — GAME TWO
• Lope 4IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Henke (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Piwinica-Worms 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B

Hagerstown scored four in the 1st, three in the 2nd, and two in the 3rd and cruised to a 9-3 win, sweeping the doubleheader, and apparently keeping their slim playoff hopes alive, as the magic number remains at one, which means the Suns must win today and Hickory must lose to secure the first-half title. Roster moves: LHP Christian Meza reassigned from Auburn Doubledays; RHP Wander Suero reassigned to XST (reverses moves made yesterday); RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from DSL Nationals.

DSL Orioles2 4 DSL Nationals 3
• Yrizarri 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Morales (BS, 2;L, 0-1)1⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• D. Rosario 2-4, R,
• Serrata 2-4
• 1-for-9 RISP, 8 LOB

Four errors were the undoing of the D-Nats, who blew a 3-0 lead over the D-Orioles2 in the 8th to lose, 4-3.

Jun 152013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) vs.
Hill (0-8, 6.23)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Gilliam (2-1, 4.19) vs.
Stuifbergen (0-0, 21.00)
Potomac Won, 4-0; Lost, 9-4 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (5-2, 2.17) vs.
Davies (4-3, 3.82)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (5-3, 3.15) and
TBD vs.
Watson (3-6, 6.35) and
Inch (1-2, 3.98)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-6 @ DSL Orioles,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.00) vs.
LeFranc (0-1, 6.35)



Toledo 7 Syracuse 6
• Torra 6IP, 8H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Roark (L, 3-3) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 3-4, 3R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Rivero 2-4
• Perez 2-4, SB (10)

The long ball couldn’t carry the night as Toledo edged Syracuse, 7-6. Zach Walters and Tyler Moore each went deep with a man on in the 4th as the Chiefs scored four to even the game at… wait for it… 4-4. Walters hit a solo shot in the 7th to give Syracuse a brief 5-4 lead. Tabbed as “Good” in the Friday GBI, Tanner Roark wasn’t in the 8th, giving up two runs to end his streak without giving up an unearned run at 26⅓ innings and take the loss. Starter Matt Torra went the first six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes.

Harrisburg 4 New Britain 1
• Clay (W, 6-3) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K
• Barrett (SV, 11) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB
• Howell 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

The Senators jumped out to a 3-0 lead early and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Rock Cats. Caleb Clay won for the sixth time, turning in seven strong innings with just a run on four hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts. A pair of relievers split the 8th while Aaron Barrett locked it down with a scoreless 9th for his 11th save. Jeff Howell doubled and homered and scored twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 4 Frederick 0 — GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 5-2) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Oduber 2-3, R, RBI
• Gilmartin 1-3, 2RBI
• Leonida 1-2, BB

Taylor Hill just owns the Keys. The 24-y.o. turned in his second seven-inning, complete-game shutout of the season as Potomac blanked Frederick, 4-0 in the opener. Hill has compiled 20 scoreless innings against the Keys, 13 in his last two starts. He allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out four. The P-Nats scored all four runs in the 4th, highlighted by a two-run single by newcomer Mike Gilmartin. Randolph Oduber led the charge with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run and driving in a run.

Frederick 9 Potomac 4 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 5R, 1ER, 4BB, K, HR
• Dupra 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Miller 3-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gilmartin 2-3, R, 2B

Spot starter Hector Silvestre was done in by four walks and an untimely error in the nightcap, which saw the P-Nats lose to the Keys, 9-4. The 20-y.o., who will likely be reassigned to the GCL or Auburn, gave up two hits and five runs over three and 2/3rds innings. The lone earned run he gave up was on a solo HR in the 1st. Justin Miller went 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI in the loss. Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre assigned from XST.

Lakewood 11 Hagerstown 5
• Lee 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Dickson (BS, 1) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Renda 2-5, R, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, 2RBI

Lakewood scored nine unanswered runs — three in each of the last three innings — as they pushed Hagerstown to the brink of elimination with an 11-5 loss. Newly acquired reliever Ian Dickson gave up the first three for the blown save, while Bryan Harper was charged with the last six to take the loss. Starter Nick Lee gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three for the no-decision. Khayyan Norfork led the Suns offense with a home run and two runs scored while going 2-for-4. The loss dropped the Suns tragic number to one with three games to play, as Hickory lost to Delmarva.
Roster moves: LHP Christian Meza reassigned to Auburn Doubledays; RHP Wander Suero reassigned from XST.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Rojos 6
• Reyes (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Salazar (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Florentino 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Alvarez 1-3, R, 3BB, 2SB

The D-Nats took advantage of ten walks issued by the D-Rojos in an 8-6 win. Luis Reyes went six innings and let in three runs on four hits on two walks to earn the win. He struck out three. Melvi Salazar set ‘em down in order in the 9th for his second save. Darryl Florentino went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBI to pace the seven-hit attack.

Jun 132013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.44) vs.
Misch (2-3, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (4-0, 0.84) vs.
Rogers (4-2, 5.14)
Potomac Won, 13-11 @ Frederick,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 4.62) vs.
Wager (0-0, 11.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-3;
Won, 6-5 (9 inn.)
vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-2, 5.79) vs.
Musser (1-2, 3.60)



Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
Syracuse resumes its eight-game homestand with a four-game set against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Roster moves: RHP Ross Ohlendorf recalled to Washington; RHP Ryan Tatusko reassigned to Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1
• Tatusko 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 4K
• Barrett 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 2-3, R

Making a spot start because of all the rainouts, Ryan Tatusko gave the Senators seven strong innings as they edged the Flying Squirrels, 2-1. Tatusko walked four and gave up an unearned run on four hits while striking out four. Neil Holland and Aaron Barrett both turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Steve Souza homered in the first while Destin Hood singled and scored in the second, as the two combined for four of the six Harrisburg hits.
Roster moves: RHP Nathan Karns optioned from Washington.

Potomac 13 Carolina 11
• Rauh 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Mirowski 2IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Wort (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 4-6, 3R, SB
• Ramsey 5-6, 3R, 2B, 4RBI

Neither team score in just two of nine innings as the P-Nats outlasted the Mudcats for a 13-11 win. Rob Wort was the only pitcher to go unscathed, picking up the save, while Richie Mirowski got the win in relief. Starter Brian Rauh was knocked from the box with four runs on six hits and a walk in his high-A debut. Tablestters Billy Burns and Caleb Ramsey combined for five runs and a nine hits. With the win, Potomac has reduced its magic number to two with five games to play.
Roster moves: IF Jean Valdez reassigned to Auburn; IF Mike Gilmartin, signed as a FA by Washington, assigned to Potomac.

Hagerstown 10 Hickory 3 — GAME ONE
• Mooneyham (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Henke 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Pleffner 3-4, R
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Manuel 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

A three-run 4th followed by a four-run 5th put this one away as Hagerstown cruised to a 10-3 win in the opener. Starter Brett Mooneyhamd gave up a run on a home run, and two hits total over five innings. He walked three and struck out five. Shawn Pleffner led the 11-hit attack with three singles, followed by Will Piwinica-Worms and Craig Manuel, who both doubled and singled and scored a run.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 5 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion ⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Perez 2-4, RBI
• Severino 2-4, RBI, PB, PO

An error on a sacrfice in the 9th completed the doubleheader sweep as the Suns took the second game, 6-5. Pedro Encarnacion’s night was over early has he gave up two home runs and four hits in just 2/3rds of an inning. Gilberto Mendez, the fifth reliever of the night, got the win with two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four. The offense tallied 14 hits total, as every batter collected at least one and five had two.
The doubleheader sweep split the four-game series and pulls the Suns back to within a ½ game of Hickory.

Jun 122013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1st AA start of ’13) vs.
Teller (1-1, 2.38)
Potomac Lost, 11-3;
Won, 3-1
@ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Rauh (1st A+ start) vs.
Radeke (0-1, 13.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-1, 2.20) and
Encarnacion (5-3, 2.14) vs.
Smith (4-4, 6.75) and
Bores (2-1, 3.66)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5 @ DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
J. Ramirez (0-0, 15.43) vs.
J. Hernandez (0-0, 0.00)



Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Maya (W, 2-3) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Garcia (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Costanzo 1-4, R, HR, RBI

On another rainy day, the two teams waited out a long delay to finish just the one game, as Syracuse edged Pawtucket, 4-3. Yunesky Maya got the win with one run allowed, albeit on a home run, four hits given up, no walks and two strikeouts. Mike “Don’t Call Me George” Costanzo and Zach Walters smacked back-to-back jacks in the 4th while Corey Brown and Tyler Moore each drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Roster move: Washington assigned RHP Mark Lowe to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 1 Richmond 0
• Demny 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Swynenberg (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Grace (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 9) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Johnson 1-1, R, HR, RBI
• Leon 2-2, BB

Josh Johnson’s pinch-hit HR was all the offense Harrisburg could muster, but all that they would need as four pitchers combined on a four-hit, 1-0 shutout of Richmond. Matt Swynenberg got the win in relief while Aaron Barrett got the save thanks to Steve Souza gunning down Richmond’s Javier Herrera at the plate in the 9th. Sandy Leon reached base three times with two singles and a walk as the Senators were also held to just four hits total. Roster moves: IF Josh Johnson activated from TIL; IF Francisco Soriano assigned from Syracuse.

Carolina 11 Potomac 3 — GAME ONE
• Schwartz (L, 5-2) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Holt 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Blake Schwartz suffered his second loss in his worst outing as Carolina roughed him up for five runs on five hits in the 1st en route to an 11-3 smackdown in the opener. Brian Dupra avoided the same fate for an inning before the Mudcats hung a five-spot on him in the 3rd. Caleb Ramsey and Cole Leonida both homered in the 6th to make the score look closer than it was.

Potomac 3 Carolina 1 — GAME TWO
• Ray (W, 5-2) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• Dykstra 2-3
• Martinson 1-3, BB, RBI
• Nieto 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Robbie Ray no-hit eight of the nine Mudcats as the P-Nats salvaged the nightcap with a 3-1 win. Paddy Matera homered and singled off the 21-y.o. southpaw to ruin any chance of a shutout, but he did go the distance, walking four and striking out seven for his second complete game and fifth win. Every Potomac batter got a hit, as Potomac pounded out 10 total in the win. The split combined with losses the past two nights by Frederick has lowered Potomac’s magic number to clinch the first half title to three with six games to play.

Hickory 6 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Purke (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR, HBP
• Harper 2⅓ IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Renda 2-3, 2B
• Miller 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Matt Purke gave up two home runs and suffered his first loss as Hickory tripled up Hagerstown, 6-2. The 22-y.o. Texan allowed five runs total on six hits and two walks as he struck out eight and hit a batter. Tony Renda and Brandon Miller both doubled in the loss, combining for three of the Suns’ five hits.

Hickory 1 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Anderson (L, 4-4) 5⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 11K
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 1-3, K
• Miller 1-3, 2K

A one-out walk followed by a triple did in Dixon Anderson and the Suns as the Crawdads took the nightcap, 1-0. The walk was the third Anderson allowed, the hit the second, over five and 2/3rds innings to go with 11 strikeouts. Hagerstown was held to just two hits by Shawn Pleffner and Brandon Miller. The two losses dropped Hagerstown’s elimination number to three with six games to play; they would be eliminated with another doubleheader sweep tonight.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Cubs 5
• Torres 4⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Aquino (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Tillero 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Pilier 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Big-ticket IFA Neivy Pilier’s first professional home run was a walkoff in the 9th to give the D-Nats a 6-5 win over the D-Cubs. It made a winner out of Jonathan Aquino, who pitched a scoreless and hitless inning, issuing a walk but striking out a batter, too. Luis Torres gave up four runs on seven hits over four and a 1/3rd innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Jorge Tillero also had a multihit game, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Jun 112013
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Pawtucket,
10:30 a.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) and
Maya (1-4, 4.96) vs.
Aceves (2-1, 3.52) and
S. Wright (2-3, 4.99)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0
(6 inn., rain)
vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (4-4, 3.98) vs.
Snodgrass (5-1, 2.04)
Potomac Postponed @ Carolina,
5:00 p.m.
Schwartz (5-1, 1.29) and
Ray (4-2, 2.32) vs.
Pasquale (0-3, 4.62) and
Anderson (5-3, 2.85)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
Anderson (4-3, 2.80) and
Purke (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00) and
Faulkner (1-0, 2.84)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 (8 inn.) vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Zapata (0-0, 0.00)



Pawtucket vs. Syracuse — PPD
This was the final game of the night to get called, but like the rest, it’ll be made up today with a doubleheader rather than turn a four-game series in August into a five-game set.

Reading 6 Harrisburg 0 (6 inn., rain)
• Treinen (L, 5-6) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 1BB, 7K, WP
• McCoy 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Van Ostrand 1-3
• Bloxom 1-1

The only thing that saved the day from being a complete washout in the U.S. was the 9:30 a.m. start for the Harrisburg-Reading contest. Even then the rain shortened it, perhaps mercifully, as the Senators were shut out, 6-0 in six innings. Blake Treinen took the loss with three runs allowed, one earned, on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Jimmy Van Ostrand and Justin Bloxom accounted for the two Harrisburg hits.. and three of the four errors committed (Treinen was the fourth).

Potomac vs. Carolina — PPD
Heavy rains soaked the field at Five County Stadium yesterday afternoon, prompting officials to postpone the game more than two hours before game time (how novel) as the two teams will play a doubleheader this evening.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Hagerstown; LHP Sammy Solis placed on the 7-Day DL (undisclosed).

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The blanket of storms that made their way up I-95 found their way up I-81, too, as the Suns and Crawdads were rained out, creating a pair of doubleheaders today and tomorrow.
Roster moves: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Christian Meza, RHP Gilberto Mendez reassigned from XST.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Yankees1 3 (8 inn.)
• Yrizarri (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Salazar (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Lora 1-2, 2R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Gutierrez 1-2, 2R, 2BB

Rain, of course, shortened this one to just eight innings, but the D-Nats took advantage of five D-Yankees1 errors for a 7-3 win. Deibi Yrizarri got the win in his second start, throwinf five shutout frames with four hits and one walk allowed while striking out five. Melvin Salazar got the save, allowing an unearned run in the 8th on a hit and a walk while striking out one. Edwin Lora and Kelvin Gutierrez paced the offense, which had just three hits but drew eight walks, with a single and two walks apiece.