May 232013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Torra (1st start of ’13) vs.
House (1-2, 5.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 @ Erie,
11:05 a.m.
Jordan (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Lobstein (5-2, 3.14)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Cole (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Berry (2-2, 3.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (3-2, 3.96) vs.
Stumpf (3-1, 1.49)



Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
The Chiefs’ eight-game Ohio swing continues with a four-game weekend set in Columbus. After a 3-1 series win in Toledo, Syracuse is 13-9 on the road and has climbed out of the I.L. North cellar, a ½ game ahead of the Rochester Red Wings.

Erie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Karns 6IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 9K, 2HR
• Broadway 1⅓ 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Barrett (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Head 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, OF assist at HP
• Nicol 1-3, R, HR, 4RBI, SF

In a game that saw six lead changes, it was the last that hurt the most as a two-out single drove in the tying run and an error let in the winning run as the Seawolves stopped the Senators, 7-6. Starter Nathan Karns suffered his first multi-HR game as a pro, surrendering two solo shots and five runs total on eight hits and a walk while striking out nine. Sean Nicol drove in four, three with a HR in the 4th and fourth with a sacrifice fly in the 9th. Jerad Head and Ricky Hague also went deep. Aaron Barrett put on the first two batters he faced but then got two flyball outs before giving up a second hit for the single-and-error that halted the Harrisburg win streak at five. Roster moves: LHP Bill Bray was placed on the 7-Day DL to make room for RHP Rob Gilliam, who was promoted from Potomac.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
Apparently, just the threat of rain can cause a delay as the P-Nats and Keys waited more than an hour before any rain actually fell at which point the game was called due to the “threat of increasingly torrential thunderstorms.” The game is scheduled to be made up on June 14th, when two teams next meet in Frederick and will turn a four-game set into a five-game series (and quite possibly six, given today’s forecast).

Greensboro 6 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 2-2) 4IP, 5H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Henke 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramos 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Severino 1-3, 2B, BB

The good news is that none of the five runs Kylin Turnbull gave up were earned. The bad news is that they still count on the scoreboard, which ended with Greensboro on top of Hagerstown, 6-2. Turnbull gave up five hits and one walk, struck out one, but gave up no homers for the first time in five starts for the Suns. “Help Me” Wander Ramos singled twice, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole a base to pace the Hagertown offense, which was held to seven hits and four walks and mustered just one hit in 12 chances with runners in scoring position.

May 212013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsThe Big Nats bullpen getting hammered like a Kennedy at an open bar the past two nights has forced the front office to dip into minors for help, creating a series of transactions. Here’s a recap plus a couple releases relayed via the latest BA transactions post

WASHINGTON
• RHP Yunesky Maya recalled from Syracuse
• LHP Fernando Abad selected, added to the 40-man roster

SYRACUSE
• OF Eury Perez optioned from Washington
• RHP Ryan Perry placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 19

HARRISBURG
• RHP Rob Gilliam reassigned from Potomac

POTOMAC
• RHP Rob Wort activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Harrisburg
• OF J.R. Higley promoted from Hagerstown
• RHP Cameron Selik reassigned from XST
• LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from XST

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Estarlin Martinez activated from 7-Day DL
• IF Wilmer Difo reassigned from Potomac
• IF Hunter Bailey reassigned to XST

AUBURN
• LHP Christian Meza reassigned from Potomac
• RHP Brian Dupra reassigned from Potomac

RELEASED
• RHP Adam Olbrychowski
• RHP Dean Weaver

LHP Sammy Solis is expected to make a rehab start tonight in Frederick, which will necessitate another move or two for Potomac. OF Billy Burns is eligible to come off the 7-Day DL tomorrow, so don’t be surprised if Higley’s stay is just a day (hey, that rhymes!) and/or if a starter is placed on the 3-day temporary list retroactively (e.g. Rob Gilliam) and replaced by Solis tomorrow or Thursday.

Ultimately, it’s probably a good bet that RHP Pat Lehman will recover from his Hellenic flu and replace whichever Syracuse pitcher ultimately stays in DC to replace the (broken) right-handed Ryan Mattheus. I’d also wager that somebody, somewhere will be disappointed that Erik Davis is probably not going to be that pitcher. Even Stevie Wonder can see that the moves of Maya and Abad are indication that the Nats are willing to risk losing one of them if a designation for assignment is needed.

If you sense any cynicism or hesitation, it’s because every year I learn something new about how the transaction rules can be exploited work. I believe the retroactive placement of Perry on the DL is a clue that perhaps the plan is merely to skip him for one start. Jeff Mandel, for example, has not pitched since last Friday and would be the favorite to replace Perry, who had been scheduled to start on Thursday.

As always, if/when the Nationals make corresponding moves, this page will be updated.

UPDATE: The Potomac Nationals have announced a series of eight transactions, six of which (in red) were not previously reported.

As expected, Sammy Solis was added to the roster. Less of a surprise: Rob Gilliam being sent back to Harrisburg (which will require a corresponding move). Brian Dupra and Christian Meza being sent to Auburn might just be a procedural move, but unfortunately, could be a clue that one or both might get released. In the short term, the additions of Rob Wort and Cameron Selik should help shore up the P-Nats’ biggest weakness — the bullpen — while allowing both men to get back up to speed (can we keep ‘em until the 1st half title is won?) in preparation for their return to AA.

May 212013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Toledo,
10:30 a.m
TBD vs.
Hankins (1-2, 2.84)
Harrisburg Won, 10-7 @ Erie,
6:35 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 5.14) vs.
Crouse (3-2, 4.19)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Solis (1st start of ’13) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 12-3 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (2-2, 3.26) vs.
Lyman (1-3, 6.00)



Syracuse 4 Toledo 3 (10 inn.)
• Young 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Cedeno (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Marrero 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SF, E(6)
• Costanzo 2-4, R, 2-2B

Jeff Kobernus drew a leadoff walk and stole 2nd and 3rd to set up a Chris Marrero sac fly as the Chiefs took the Monday matinee from the Mud Hens, 4-3 in 10 innings. Chris Young pitched well enough to not lose, giving up all three Toledo runs on six hits and two walks while tying his season-high of strikeouts with four. It was also his third start (out of six) without issuing a home run. Xavier Cedeno got the win, combining with Tanner Roark for five scoreless and hitless innings of relief with four walks and five strikeouts. Roster moves: RHP Yunesky Maya, LHP Fernando Abad recalled to Washington; OF Eury Perez optioned to Syracuse

Harrisburg 10 Erie 7
• Demny 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Herron (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Krol (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 4-5, 2R, 2B
• Hague 2-4, R, HR, 3BI, BB (7-game hit streak)
• Goodwin 2-6, 2R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 5-2 with a pair of four-run rallies to take their fourth straight game, 10-7 over Erie. Paul Demny got the no-decision with four runs allowed on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. No word on whether he failed to breathe through his eyelids. Tyler Herron got the win in relief while Ian Krol locked it down with two scoreless for his first pro save. Jimmy Van Ostrand led the hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, while Ricky Hague remains red-hot with another multihit game (six straight) at 2-for-4 and a seven-game hit streak overall.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Byron Kerr has confirmed whispers heard that LHP Sammy Solis will start for Potomac tonight in Frederick. Corresponding roster moves have not yet been announced.

Hagerstown 12 Greensboro 3
• Anderson (W, 4-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Henke ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 1K
• Manuel 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
• Renda 2-3, 2R, 2BB
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, 2R, BB

Craig Manuel’s three-run shot capped off a six-run first as the Suns scorched the Grasshoppers, 12-3. Manuel drove in five total and doubled as part of his 2-for-4 night. The offense was more than enough for starter Derek Anderson, who tossed six scoreless innings and gave up just two hits and two walks to win his fourth game of the year. Tony Renda singled twice, walked twice, and scored twice as Hagerstown took advantage of seven Greensboro walks and two errors to score 12 times on just 10 hits. Roster moves: IF Mike McQuillan placed on the 7-Day DL; C Thor Meeks assigned from XST, placed on 7-Day DL

May 192013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (3-4, 4.96) vs.
J. Alvarez (3-2, 1.69)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ Reading,
1:35 p.m.
Treinen (3-4, 5.04) vs.
Wright (0-1, 9.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ Winston-Salem,
2:00 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Jaye (1-0, 3.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Anderson (3-1, 2.43) vs.
Olacio (1-5, 6.75)

Syracuse 6 Toledo 4
• Rosenbaum 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 5BB, 6K
• Davis (SV, 5) 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Kobernus 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Owings 2-5, 2-2B
• Rahl 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

The Chiefs batters roasted the Mud Hens pitchers for 15 hits as they scored five runs early and held off a late Toledo charge for a 6-4 win. Danny Rosenbaum rebounded again from a poor outing with seven innings of one-run ball, though he did walk five and allow five hits with six strikeouts. Jeff Kobernus singled and doubled twice to lead the offensive outburst. Erik Davis loaded the bases in the 9th with two singles and a walk but induced a popup to end it and earn his fifth save.
Roster move: RHP Jeremy Accardo activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Reading 4
• Jordan (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Herron ⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Barrett (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hague 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Rendon 2-4, R, 3B, HR, BB, 3RBI

Taylor Jordan threw six scoreless innings with just one hit and one walk allowed while setting down nine on strikes for his first AA win, as Harrisburg held off a late surge from Reading for a 6-4 win. Ricky Hague and Anthony Rendon both homered and drove in three runs to power the Senators attack. Tyler Herron’s return to AA after a four-year absence was one to forget with three runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Aaron Barrett locked it down 1-2-3 in the 9th for his seventh save.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 3 (10 inn.)
• Ray 6⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 9K
• Grace (BS, 4) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Mirowski (L, 3-3) ⅔ 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Nieto 3-4, 2R
• Difo 2-4, BB, RBI, CS

Robbie Ray flirted with a no-hitter into the 7th, but couldn’t finish the inning. For the second night in a row, the Potomac ‘pen blew the lead, allowing Winston-Salem to tie it in the 9th and win it in the 10th. Ray struck out nine and walked three and finished with six and 1/3rd innings pitched, with two runs charged on two hits. Adrian Nieto and Wilmer Difo combined for five hits; Justin Miller had the sixth and the only extra-base knock. Roster move: UT Francisco Soriano reassigned from Syracuse.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 0
• Encarnacion (L, 3-3) 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Rauh 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Norfork 1-3, 2B, BB
• Ramos 1-3, BB

Kannapolis scored in each of the first four innings while three pitchers combined to shut out Hagerstown, 4-0. The Intimidators moundsmen issued seven walks, but with just four hits, the Suns couldn’t cash any of them in. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk with just one strikeout. Khayyan Norfork and “Help Me” Wander Ramos both went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Hagerstown offense stranded nine and went 0-for-8 with RISP.

May 182013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (3-2, 3.35) vs.
R. Garcia (1-3, 4.30)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Buchanan (1-4, 5.87)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-2, 2.36) vs.
Blough (2-4, 5.82)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-2, 1.62) vs.
Cose (2-3, 1.77)

Columbus 6 Syracuse 3
• Perry (L, 1-4) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 6R, 4ER, 5BB, 3K, 0HR
• Mandel 4⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S
• Rahl 2-4, R
• Marrero 3-4, RBI
• Walters 0-4, 3E (10,11,12)

The Clippers piled on six runs early and, um, sailed to a 6-3 victory over the Chiefs for a three-game sweep. Ryan Perry walked five (a season high) in just two and a 1/3rd innings (a season low) to lose for the fourth time in eight starts. He was charged with all six runs on two hits. Jeff Mandel and Tanner Roark combined for six and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief, but Syracuse rallied just once after the first — two runs in the 8th — as they outhit Columbus 9-6. Chris Marrero led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, driving in the first Chiefs run. Roster moves: C Brian Jeroloman traded from Washington to Pittsburgh, assigned to Syracuse Chiefs; C Sam Palace shuffled back onto the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 7 Reading 4
• Karns (W, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K
• Krol (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R
• Hague 2-3, 2R
• Head 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI (PH)

A five-run 4th took the fight out of the Phils as the Senators took the series opener, 7-4. Nathan Karns rebounded from his worst outing of the year with a quality start, allowing three runs on seven hits, no walks, and striking out six. Brian Goodwin’s three-run double highlighted Harrisburg’s big inning while Jerad Head’s pinch-hit two-run home run in the 9th doubled the lead from two runs to four. Jimmy Van Ostrand and Ricky Hague both singled twice to pace the 11-hit attack.
Roster move: RHP Tyler Herron promoted from Potomac; RHP Pat Lehman shelved on the 7-Day DL.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 4
• Schwartz 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Self (BS, 3; L, 2-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, 2R, SB
• Sanchez 2-4, R, SB
• 2-for-17 with RISP, 9 LOB

Winston-Salem struck for three runs in the bottom of the 8th to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead and stranded Michael Taylor’s one-out double in the 9th for the win. Blake Schwartz allowed just two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes for his third quality start. Derek Self took the loss and was charged with his third blown save as put on the the first three batters he faced (double, single, HBP). Caleb Ramsey paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night.
Roster move: OF Billy Burns placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 9 Kannapolis 7
• Pineyro (W, 3-2) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 8) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Renda 3-5, 2R, 2-2B
• B. Miller 3-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown racked up nine runs in the first five innings lead and held off a late Kannapolis charge over the last four frames for a 9-7 win. Brandon Miller and Khayyan Norfork both went deep and drove in three runs while Tony Renda singled and doubled twice as the Suns filled the scorebook with 13 hits. Ivan Pineyro got the win with four runs given up over six and 2/3rds on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Robert Benincasa came on with two on and no outs and let in one but got the three outs for his eighth save, tied for second-best in the Sally League.

May 172013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2
(11 inn.)
vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (1-3, 7.15) vs.
D. Salazar (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (3-2, 4.36) vs.
Smith (1-1, 4.50)
Potomac Won, 7-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (3-1, 0.82) vs.
Buch (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 10-7 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (2-2, 3.64) vs.
Hansen (0-0, 6.75)

Columbus 4 Syracuse 2 (11 inn.)
• Maya 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Davis 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rahl 2-5
• Marrero 1-5, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse was held to just six hits over 11 innings as good pitching went to waste in a 4-2 defeat by Columbus. Yunesky Maya pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just five hits and two walks while setting down five on strikes. Fernando Abad and Erik Davis combined for three scoreless, but Mike Crotta couldn’t lay the fourth goose egg, giving up three in the top of the 11th. Chris Marrero homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th for the final Chiefs hit, with Chris Rahl the only Syracuse batter to notch multiple hits. C Jhonatan Solano recalled to Washington; C Sam Palace activated from 7-Day DL; OF Corey Brown activated from 7-Day DL; LHP J.C. Romero placed on 7-Day DL; IF Brian Bocock assigned from Harrisburg

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
The Senators embark on a seven-game jaunt through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, beginning with a weekend set against the Reading Fightin Phils and followed by a four-game series against the Erie Seawolves. Roster moves: C Jeff Howell assigned from Syracuse; RHP Tyler Herron promoted from Potomac

Potomac 7 Wilmington 4
• Hill (W, 4-1) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Mirowski (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, CS
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, E

The P-Nats closed out a 5-2 homestand with a 7-4 win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Kannapolis 7
• Turnbull 4IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, 2E as fielder
• Lee (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• B. Miller 1-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• S. Perez 2-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

After falling behind 4-1, Hagerstown put the Kannapolis ‘pen into the wall with a four-run 7th and a five-run 8th and held off a late charge for a 10-7 win. Kylin Turnbull gave up his sixth HR in four starts for the Suns and allowed seven hits total with four runs (two earned) a walk, and three K’s charged to him in the no-decision. Nick Lee got the win in his 2013 debut with two and 1/3rd scoreless innings pitched. Wes Schill was the beer man as the only Sun not to march in the 10-hit parade, which included Brandon Miller’s team-leading eighth home run.

May 162013
 

Moving On Up for NPPThe Hagerstown Suns have announced that RHP David Fischer has been promoted to the Potomac Nationals.

Fischer was 1-0 with three saves and a 3.65 ERA in nine relief appearances with eight walks and 28 strikeouts over 24⅓ innings for the Suns.

At Auburn last summer, he was 3-3 with a 4.96/4.30/1.43 pitching line in eight starts and four relief appearances after being drafted in the 18th round out of UConn.

A corresponding move for Potomac has not yet been announced.

UPDATE: To make room on the Potomac roster, RHP Tyler Herron has been promoted.

Herron was signed this past offseason as a reclamation project, having pitched 2012 with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the independent American Association. A former first-rounder with St. Louis in 2005, off-the-field issues forced Herron out of affiliated ball by 2009. He spent 2010 with the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League, but missed the 2011 season with an arm injury.

This season, at the age of 26, Herron was 1-1 with one save and a 1.77 ERA in ten relief appearances with 11 walks and 32 strikeouts over 20⅓ innings for Potomac.

With an off day today, a corresponding move for Harrisburg will most likely be announced on Friday.

May 162013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-7 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (1-4, 5.70) vs.
C. Carrasco (1-0, 1.88)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 9-6 vs. Wimington,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-1, 2.21) vs.
Zimmer (0-2, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-1, 7.07) vs.
Brennan (1-5, 8.42)

Columbus 10 Syracuse 7
• Young (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 11H, 9R, 8ER, 4BB, 1K, 3HR
• Tatusko 4⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Rahl 5-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Rhymes 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Chris Young’s struggles continue as the 33-y.o. veteran was pounded for nine runs on 11 hits, including home runs nos. 6, 7, and 8 as Syracuse fell to Columbus, 10-7. He walked four and struck out just one over four and 2/3rds. Ryan Tatusko turned in a terrific long outing, stranding a runner in the 5th and giving up just one run over the final four innings, with three walks and five strikeouts. Chris Rahl had a career night, going 5-for-5 with two runs and two doubles to lead the 13-hit attack that saw eight of the nine batters in the starting lineup hit safely. Roster move: C Jhonatan Solano activated from 7-Day DL (just in time to take a plane to the West Coast?)

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 6
• Clay 4⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Swynenberg 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Head 3-5, R
• Hague 2-3, R, BB
• Leon 2-4, 2R

The Senators rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 6th to tie it at 6-6 only to see the Flying Squirrels reclaim the lead in the 7th. Richmond held on for a 7-6 win and took the series 2-1. Caleb Clay was rocked for the third straight start, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks over just four and a 1/3rd innings. Jerad Head and Ricky Hague both reached base three times to pace the Harrisburg offense, which pounded out 12 hits total but went just 3-for-12 with RISP.

Potomac 9 Wilmington 6
• Cole 5+ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Holt (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Taylor 2-2, 2R, 2B, BB
• J. Miller 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

A five-run 7th propelled a 9-6 win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 0
• Pena 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Fischer (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Perez 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

Pitching on just two days’ rest, Ronald Pena combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout as the Suns eclipsed Greensboro, 6-0. Pena walked one, struck out none, and allowed five hits over five innings. David Fischer got the win in relief, allowing the sixth hit and walking one but striking out two. Robert Benicasa pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Shawn Pleffner and Stephen Perez both went 2-for-4 with two RBI as Hagerstown scored all six runs in the final three innings.
Roster moves: C Craig Manuel reassigned from Harrisburg, C Erick Fernandez reassigned to XST, RHP David Fischer promoted to Potomac, LHP Nick Lee reassigned from XST.

May 152013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5
(14 inn.)
vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Young (1-1, 6.33) vs.
Murata (0-2, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 8-1 vs. Richmond,
10:30 a.m.
Clay (3-2, 4.30) vs.
Javier (3-0, 4.09)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 3.65) vs.
Zimmer (0-2, 4.09)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-7 @ Greensboro,
10:45 a.m.
TBD* vs.
Lyman (1-3, 7.07)

*FWIW, the only Hagerstown pitcher that’s well rested is closer Robert Benincasa. The Nats do have a history of activating certain pitchers from XST on road daytime starts

Syracuse 6 Columbus 5 (14 inn.)
• Ohlendorf 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 7K, 0HR
• Abad 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Roark (W, 2-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-5, R, BB, RBI, SF
• Costanzo 2-5, R, BB, RBI
• Soriano 1-3, 2B, RBI

Francisco Soriano’s RBI double in the 14th gave Syracuse a 6-5 walkoff win. Columbus built a 5-1 lead as they torched Chiefs starter Ross Ohlendorf for five runs on seven hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. Syracuse rallied for four on six hits (all singles) in the bottom of the 7th, with Will Rhymes’s sac fly capping the rally. The foursome of Fernando Abad, Xavier Cedeno, Mike Crotta and Tanner Roark combined for eight and 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief with Roark getting win.
Roster move: OF Erik Komatsu placed on 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 1
• Demny (W, 3-4) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• McCoy 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Rendon 3-5, RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Paul Demny’s turnaround continues with six innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 Harrisburg win over Richmond. The 23-y.o. Texan did walk four and gave up a run on four hits, including a home run but struck out seven for his third win. Fellow Texan Anthony Rendon continues to savage E.L. pitchers, going 3-for-5 for his 7th multihit game since his option back to AA. Brian Goodwin and Sandy Leon both homered and drove in two while LHPs Pat McCoy and Bill Bray combined for three scoreless innings to close out the game.

Wilmington 7 Potomac 3
• Gilliam 4IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Dupra (L, 0-2) 1+IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2B

The scoring drought ended, but the bullpen faltered badly Last Night In Woodbridge.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 7
• Anderson ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Rauh (L, 1-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, HR, 4RBI (GS)
• Miller 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R

Will Piwinica-Worms smacked a grand-slam to highlight a five-run 4th that tied the game at 5-5, but the Grasshoppers outslugged the Suns for an 8-7 win. Starter Dixon Anderson was knocked from the box early, giving up three runs on two hits and four walks. Brian Rauh stranded three in the first but took the loss when he gave up the 6th Greensboro run on a solo shot to answer the Suns in the 4th. Brandon Miller also homered in the loss, pulling the Suns within one with a two-run shot in the 8th.

May 142013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-7
(10 inn.)
vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (3-4, 4.57) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (2-4, 4.62) vs.
Bradley (0-3, 7.03)
Potomac Lost, 7-0 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (1st start of ’13)
or Dupra (0-1, 6.55) vs.
Brooks (0-3, 4.99)
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Anderson (3-1, 1.80) vs.
Hope (1-2, 5.00)

Norfolk 8 Syracuse 7 (10 inn.)
• Rosenbaum 4⅔ IP, 10H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Mandel 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Davis (L, 0-1) 1IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Costanzo 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rhymes 2-5, R, 2B
• Kobernus 2-5, 2R, SB(15)

After rallying from deficits of 4-1 and 7-5, Syracuse fell victim to the dreaded two-out solo shot in the 10th to fall in extras 8-7 for their third straight loss to Norfolk. Starter Danny Rosenbaum was battered for seven runs on ten hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds. Jeff Mandel, who was blasted for six runs less than 24 hours before, stemmed the Tide with two stranded runners in the 5th and two more scoreless to enable the second comeback. Frequent flier Jeff Howell homered with one out in the 9th to send the game into extras while Mike Constanzo, Will Rhymes, and Jeff Kobernus accounted for six of the Chiefs’ 11 hits. Roster moves: C Carlos Maldonado placed on 7-Day DL, C Jeff Howell assigned from Harrisburg

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 0
• Treinen (L, 3-4) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K
• Krol 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Goodwin 1-4, BB, CS, 2K
• Bloxom 0-1, 3BB

Three Richmond pitchers combined on a four-hit, 4-0 shutout in Harrisburg. Blake Treinen took the loss and gave up all four Flying Squirrels runs on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Ian Krol and Bill Bray combined for three scoreless innings in relief. The Senators drew seven walks — three by Justin Bloxom — but were held to just four singles and advanced only four men into scoring position, stranding 11 baserunners. C Craig Manuel activated from XST and assigned to Harrisburg to replace C Jeff Howell.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 0
• Ray (L, 3-2) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 9K
• Bates 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 2-3, BB
• Miller 1-3

The air was cold and so was the lineup Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 4
• Encarnacion (W, 3-2) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Hudgins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Norfork 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Schill 2-5, R, 2RBI

Obviously, everyone was much warmer in Greensboro, if for no other reason than nine Suns circled the bases in a 9-4 rout of Greensboro. Pedro Encarnacion earned his third win with three runs allowed (one earned) on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Khayyan Norfork to blister the ball, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI (6-for-11 since his return from Potomac) while Tony Renda and Wes Schill both went 2-for-5 in the 11-hit attack.