Nov 052013
 

Well, it’s that time of year in the minors when we find out which of the veterans have become free agents. Some of these guys will re-sign, some will retire, and some will move on. Without further ado…

(* = spent entire season on DL)
CATCHERS
AAA – Carlos Maldonado
AA – Brian Jeroloman
High-A – Beau Seabury*, Sean McCauley*

INFIELDERS
AAA – Chris Marrero, Will Rhymes, Josh Johnson
AA – Jimmy Van Ostrand, Melvin Dorta*, Carlos Rivero
High-A – Mike Gilmartin
Low-A – Carlos Alvarez

OUTFIELDERS

AAA – Jason Michaels*, Chris Rahl
AA – Jerad Head

LHPs
AA – Bill Bray, Patrick McCoy
High-A – Josh Smoker*

RHPs
AAA – Mike Broadway, Caleb Clay, Mike Crotta, Cole Kimball, Jeff Mandel, Ryan Tatusko, Chris Young
AA – Brian Broderick

Three players are known to have re-signed prior to the deadline — IF Adrian Sanchez, C Jeff Howell, UT Francisco Soriano — but we’ll have to wait until the next dispatch to find out if there were any others.

Like 2011, there were 26 free agents, though three of the five DL guys were signed as player/coaches (Dorta, McCauley, Michaels) and were never going to be activated, according Nationals Director of Player Development Doug Harris. Overall, there were 550 players that became free agents, according to Baseball America.

This year’s first-time free agents include Nats ’07 draft picks Mandel, McCoy, and Smoker, and a pair of ’06 picks who were removed from the 40-man, Kimball and Marrero. There was only one IFA this year (as opposed to two last year), but has anyone ever heard of this Carlos Alvarez guy?

Nov 012013
 

This morning, the Nationals officially confirmed what Steve Souza Jr. wrote to his followers on Twitter last night: The longtime Nationals farmhand has been added to the 40-man roster.

Of course, the move was more than a little telegraphed by his inclusion on the Mesa Solar Sox roster for the Arizona Fall League, but what was not known was whether he’d be added to the big club or if he’d made an agreement to re-sign as a minor-leaguer. Souza was due to become a six-year free agent on Monday. The move also protects the 24-y.o. from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

For those just joining us in progress, Souza has had a tumultuous ride through the minors, beginning as a 3rd-Rd. high-school pick out of Everett, WA in 2007 and seemingly hitting the wall in 2010 his third season at Low-A Hagerstown when he was suspended for PED use. As detailed in this long piece from the Seattle Times, Souza would actually fall further in 2011 before shedding the labels of (among others) draft bust over the past two seasons.

While for many there was a huge disconnect between the praise heaped upon Souza — by Nationals farm director Doug Harris in particular — it was evident, even in 2011, to folks who saw him play everyday that the five-tool tag was legitimate. Indeed, Souza has been a member of this site’s watchlist at three different positions: 3B in 2011, 1B in 2012, and in the outfield for 2013.
(Spoiler: He’ll prolly make it 2014, too)

Souza is currently posting a line of .360/.467/.400 with five RBI and nine SBs in seven AFL games. This past season, despite playing in just 77 of 142 games, he led the Harrisburg Senators in both SBs (20) and HRs (15) and was fourth in runs, walks and RBI.

Oct 242013
 

Catching Up On Transactions
In addition to the news that longtime Nationals farmhand Chris Marrero has been outrighted to Syracuse, the latest transaction post from Baseball America has been released, revealing the following signings:

• RHP Hector Guance

• IF Adrian Sanchez (re-signed)

As was the case with the previous (presumably Dominican) signing last week (OF Telmito Agustin), there is very little to be found on Guance. Sanchez has chosen to remain the organization he has played with since 2007 at the age of 16 (he turned 23 this past August) but is most likely a candidate to repeat Potomac.

Marrero, of course, is the Nats 2006 1st Round pick who seemed on track for the majors after reaching High-A in 2007, posting a line of .275/.338/.484 with 23 homers. Inexplicably, that turned out to be his high water mark in terms of power as his slugging percentage steadily dwindled over the next four seasons. He would still make it to AAA at 22, but a hamstring injury limited him to just 53 games in 2012, enabling Tyler Moore to pass him by on the ladder (though his lack of defensive prowess was also an impediment).

Following the World Series, Marrero will most likely become a minor-league free agent.

Sep 192013
 

Other Shoe DroppedOne month after the strange saga of David DeJesus, the Nationals announced today that 22-y.o. LHP Matthew Spann is the “player to be named later.”

Spann was drafted in the 25th round out of Central High School in Columbia, TN (that’s roughly 40 miles south of Brentwood, hometown of Robbie Ray) and was eased into starting his first year in the GCL (2010) before spending another short season as a starter (2011) and a full season at Low-A (2012).

As you might imagine with a low-round draft pick, scouting reports are few and far between. The most recent is this one from Robbie Knopf at RaysColoredGlasses.com where the upshot was this:

Right now, Spann lives and dies off the late movement on his fastball, with the remainder of his pitches showing flashes but no consistency. Spann throws from a high three-quarters arm slot and has trouble at times getting the finish on his pitches to keep them down in the zone, but when he does, he can be effective even though his arsenal is a long ways away.

That was, of course, last summer and a lot could have (and probably did) changed since then, as the Rays decided to move him to the ‘pen for 2013, where he had some good numbers (2.87 ERA, 3.2 BB/9) and some not so good (1.475 WHIP, 5.3 K/9). According to Baseball America’s Jim Callis, Spann is less of a beanpole — 220 lbs. vs. 185 — and pegged his velo at 86-90 m.p.h.

Best guess is that Spann will be in Woodbridge next summer. If used as a setup man, he’ll be mentioned in conjunction with several bridge puns, though my gut feeling is that we’ll see him used in long relief until he’s ready to start. Considering the dearth of age-appropriate-to-level pitchers in the Nats system, this is quite a return for waiver-claim pickup.

Sep 052013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Erie, 6:35 p.m. Hill (2-7, 2.71) vs.
Saupold (7-6, 3.28)
Potomac Won, 2-1 (14 inn.) vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Schwartz (11-4, 2.65) vs.
Hinson (4-4, 2.48)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Encarnacion (10-9, 3.58) vs.
Kuchno (9-5, 4.01)
Auburn Lost, 2-0 END OF SEASON N/A



Harrisburg 5 Erie 4
• Cole 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Mirowkski (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Herron (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Head 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Hague 2-5

Steven Souza only had one hit last night, but it cleared the fence for a 5-4 Harrisburg win over Erie in Game One of the E.L. West Divisonal series. It was the third big fly of the night, as Justin Bloxom went deep for two in the top of the 1st and Seawolves TomTyler Collins mixed up an A.J. Cole pitch for three runs in bottom of the 1st. That would be all the 21-y.o. would allow, as he finished with six innings pitched, seven hits and one walk allowed, and four strikeouts. Richie Mirowski got the win in relief, giving up a run on a controversial play at the plate that saw Erie score its fourth run and C Brian Jeroloman removed from the game. Tyler Herron struck out the side in the 9th to nail down the game and earn the save. Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News reports via manager Matt LeCroy that Jeroloman was taken to the hospital with a gash under his chin, which may make the backtop unavailable for Game Two, if not the rest of the series.

Potomac 2 Lynchburg 1 (14 inn.)
• Solis 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Oduber 3-5, 2B, BB, RBI
• Soriano 2-5, BB

It was the longest game of the year, both by time and innings Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster moves: OF Caleb Ramsey placed on temporary inactive list; OF Will Piwinica-Worms reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Christian Garcia added to roster for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 1
• Voth (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Pena 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Severino 2-3, 2R, BB
• Perez 2-4, R, SB

“Help Me” might have been what West Virginia pitcher Tyle Glasnow was thinking after issuing two hits and two walks to the first five batters of the 3rd, but Wander Ramos did not comply, smacking a two-run double to complete a four-run inning for Hagerstown. The Suns went on to a 6-1 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Austin Voth pitched five shutout frames, walking two and letting up three hits while fanning five. Ian Dickson walked five in his his two and 1/3rd innings of work, giving up the Power run, but escaped major damage with the help of Ronald Pena, who stranded two in the 8th and pitched a scoreless 9th to preserve the win. The series shifts to Hagerstown for Game Two on Friday, the Suns having two chances to win once to make it to the Sally League Championship Finals. Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen removed from the roster; LHP Jake Walsh reassigned from the GCL; 1B Bryan Lippincott reassigned from Auburn

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 0
• Pivetta 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Selsor (L, 0-6) 1IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 0K, HR
• W. Rodriguez 2-5, 2B
• Ramirez 2-4, 2B

The Scrappers struck for two in the 6th for the game’s only scoring as the Doubledays fell in their season finale, 2-0. Casey Selsor took the loss, giving up both Mahoning Valley Runs on two hits, including a solo HR in one inning of relief. Nick Pivetta tossed five scoreless innings in his final start, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. Wilman Rodriguez and Andruth Ramirez both singled and doubled as Auburn racked up eight hits in the loss. The Doubledays finished the season as the NYPL’s worst at 26-49.

Sep 022013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Buffalo,
2:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.81) vs.
Weber (7-5, 2.71)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.64) vs.
Gloor (9-7, 3.87)
Potomac Winning, 4-3
(Susp., 6th)
@ Frederick,
12:30 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Mooneyham (0-2, 10.13) vs.
Berry (10-7, 3.82)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3
(5½ inn.)
@ Kannapolis,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (6-5, 3.81) vs.
Bucciferro (3-5, 2.59)
Auburn Won, 10-0 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Selsor (0-5, 4.17) vs.
Sulser (2-2, 2.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-2 END OF SEASON N/A



Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4
• Tatusko (L, 5-8) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Lowe 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Brown 2-4, R
• Kobernus 1-2, R, 2BB, 3SB

The Bison scored twice on sacrifice flies in the 5th to take a 4-2 lead and held off the Chiefs for a 5-4 win. Ryan Tatusko took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings. Every Syracuse batter hit safely for a total of 10 hits, with Corey Brown the sole Chief to have multiple safeties. Jeff Kobernus reached base three times on a single and two walks and stole three bases to break the 40-steal mark for the third consecutive season.
Roster moves: LHP Ian Krol, RHP Erik Davis recalled to Washington; C Sam Palace activated from the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 3
• Treinen 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Grace (L, 6-3) 3BF, 1H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Holland 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rivero 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The Squirrels went nuts against the Sens ‘pen in the 6th, scoring five times to break a 1-1 tie as Richmond handed Harrisburg a 7-3 defeat. Matt Grace took the loss, unable to retire any of three three batters he faced while Neil Holland let in both inherited runners and two of his own in the innings. Billy Burns walked and stole two bases and came in on a groundout for the first Harrisburg run while Carlos Rivero and Steve Souza Jr. hit solo shots in the 8th and 9th innings to account for the Harrisburg runs. Blake Treinen pitched five innings of one-hit ball, giving up a leadoff homerun then setting down 15 of the next 16 batters (seven on strikes) but got the no-decision. Erie and Bowie were rained out, thus the Sens’ magic number to clinch the division remains at one.
Roster moves: C Sandy Leon recalled to Washington; C Jeff Howell reassigned from Syracuse

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 — SUSP.
• Demny 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K

Play was called with the P-Nats leading the Keys 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th. The game will be resumed this afternoon followed by the regularly scheduled, nine-inning game. Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra activated from TIL; C Cole Leonida placed on the DL

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 3 (5½ inn., rain)
• Encarnacion (L, 10-9) 5IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 8K
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Severino 2-2

Rain ended this one after five and a 1/2 with the Intimidators overtaking the Suns with a two-run fourth for a 5-3 win. Kannapolis struck first with three in the bottom of the 2nd while Hagerstown tied it in the 4th on a two-run double by Khayyan Norfork and an error. The Suns got sloppy in the bottom half of the frame, with a dropped third strike with two outs extending the inning and an error on a bunt single to the next batter setting up a two-run single. Pedro Encarnacion gave up all five runs (four earned) on ten hits for his ninth loss. He walked none and struck out eight. Hagerstown had four hits in six “ups” with Pedro Severino collecting two of them while going 2-for-2. The loss combined with a doubleheader sweep by West Virginia gave the Power the second half Sally North division title.

Auburn 10 State College 0
• Orlan 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Cooper (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Lippincott 2-3, 2R, 2BB
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Foat 1-5, 2R, HR, 5RBI

Four Auburn pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout while the offense exploded twice for big innings for a 10-0 win. R.C. Orlan turned in four innings of one-hit ball, walking three and striking out five in his final start. Andrew Cooper got the win as the first man out of the ‘pen, retiring six of seven batters faced (hitting the other) with three strikeouts. Bryan Lippincott reached base four times with two singles and two walks to lead the 13-hit attack, which included a three-run shot by James Yezzo in the four-run 4th and a grand slam by Matt Foat in the six-run 8th.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Red Sox 2
• Suero (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K, HBP
• Sylvestri 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• R. Encarnacion 1-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Gordon 2-4, R, RBI

The G-Nats did precisely what you’d expect a team that went 49-9 in the regular season to do: Win the league championship.

Aug 302013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Mandel (3-9, 4.78) vs.
Buchholz (MLB rehab)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.91) vs.
Escobar (5-3, 2.59)
Potomac Lost, 6-1 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Schwartz (11-4, 2.56) vs.
Recchia (1-0, 5.23)
Hagerstown Won, 14-1 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (4-3, 4.53) vs.
Montas (5-10, 5.33)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-2, 540) vs.
Hamrick (2-5, 3.55)
GCL Nationals Canceled vs. GCL Pirates,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 8-8) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Crotta 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 2-4
• Watts 1-3, 2B, BB

Pawtucket got to Yunesky Maya for two runs in the 1st while the Syracuse bats were stifled all night for a 2-0 shutout loss. The 32-y.o. Cuban gave up back-to-back-to-back singles to open the game, then two more singles over the next five frames for a quality start but his eighth loss. He walked one and struck out nine. Syracuse managed just six hits and four walks with Josh Johnson the sole multihit Chief and Chris Marrero drawing two of the four bases on balls.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 1
• Hill 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 1-4, R
• Bloxom 1-4, RBI

Ricky Hague was ruled to have interfered an would-be fielder’s choice to end the game on a double play as the Senators fell to Altoona, 4-1. Roughly a half hour later, the Senators learned they had clinched a playoff spot with Richmond’s 9-8 loss to Reading. Taylor Hill gave up two solo shots and three runs total on six hits and a walk over seven innings, but lost for the 7th time at AA. Harrisburg was held to just four hits, three of which came in the 9th as did the sole walk (Hague).

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 1
• Solis (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Dupra 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Manuel 3-4
• Ramsey 1-3, BB

The Dash pounded the P-Nats yet again at BB&T park, 6-1. Sammy Solis gave up all six on nine hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds for his first loss. Brian Dupra let in one of three and combined with Travis Henke for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief but the Potomac bats were largely silent. Craig Manuel had three of the six P-Nats hits in his High-A debut. Adrian Sanchez drove in the lone Potomac run with a sacrifice fly in the 5th.
Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra placed on Temporary Inactive List; C Craig Manuel reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 14 Lakewood 1
• Voth (W, 1-0) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Self (H, 3) 2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Piwinica-Worms 3-6, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, HR, 5RBI
• Perrott 2-2, R, 2RBI

The Lakewood relievers were among the folks that got hammered at the Muni on Thursday night, giving up 12 unanswered runs in 14-1 Hagerstown win. The Blue Claws pitchers were lit up for 13 hits when they could find the plate, as they also issued 12 walks. Austin Voth got the win with six innings of one-run, two-hit pitching with just a walk allowed and five strikeouts while Derek Self and Cody Davis combined for three shutout innings and six strikeout to finish the game. Will Piwinica-Worms led the hit column with a 3-for-6 night while Stephen Perez drove in five on a 2-for-5 effort, including a three-run HR in the six-run 8th inning.
Roster move: C Geoffrey Perrott reassigned from the GCL.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Pivetta 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mudron (L, 0-3) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• J.C. Valdez 1-3, R, 2B
• Masters 1-3, RBI

Mahoning Valley edge Auburn in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel. Starter Nick Pivetta gave up one run on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three but got the no-decision. Mike Mudron took the loss, the gamewinner coming in on a passed ball in the 7th. Jean Carlos Valdez doubled in the second and scored on a Dave Masters two-out single as the Doubledays were held to five hits and one walk.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain denied the G-Nats the chance for 50 wins, but cemented the record for best winning percentage in any domestic league at .845 (the 1992 DSL Blue Jays went 68-2). The playoffs begin today with the G-Nats hosting the G-Pirates, with the winner advancing to the Finals against the winner of the G-Yankees2 and G-Red Sox.

Aug 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.91) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (2-6, 2.59) vs.
Sadler (10-7, 3.41)
Potomac Won, 8-7 (11 inn.);
Lost, 5-0
@ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 2.72) vs.
Ortiz (0-3, 8.06)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 5.79) vs.
Prosinski (2-1, 3.06)
Auburn Won, 2-0; Lost, 3-0 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m. (DH)
Pivetta (0-1, 5.56) vs.
Mathews (0-2, 2.87)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 4
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Lowe (L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Espinosa 3-5, R, SB
• Walters 2-4, RBI

Pawtucket got to starter Danny Rosenbaum early to tske a 4-1 lead after two. The Xavier product settled down to go six innings, allowing four hits total and two walks while fanning six. The Chiefs rallied for three in the 7th, capped by a two-run single by Josh Johnson to take Rosenbaum off the hook. Alas, a solor HR served up by Mark Lowe in the bottom of the 8th proved to be the gamewinner as the PawSox took the game, 5-4.

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 0
• Cole (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Grace (H, 4) 1+IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Burns 2-4, R, 2SB
• Jeroloman 1-3

The Senators reduced their magic number to one with 2-0 shutout of the Curve. A.J. Cole threw seven scorelss inning and struck out sewven to win his fourth game. He walked two and allowed four hits. Three relievers combined for the two innings of relief, with Tyler Herron getting his fourth save. Billy Burns once again wreaked havoc on the basepaths, going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases as Harriburg was otherwise held to just four hits total. Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg activated from the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; RHP Aaron Barrett placed on the 7-Day DL

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 7 (11 inn.) — COMP.
• Schwartz 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Rauh (BS, 1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Holt (W, 5-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-5, 3R, 2HR, BB, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

Kevin Keyes’s 2nd HR of the game in the 11th gave the P-Nats the 8-7 win and cinched the 2nd half title. Greg Holt got the win in relief of starter Blake Schwartz, who went three and 2/3rds and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk when the game was first played on July 11th. Brian Rauh was the de facto starter when the game resumed last night but fell victim to a three-run HR by Dash catcher Kevan Smith, which tied the game at 7-7 in the 7th. Keyes, Adrian, Nieto, and Michael Taylor combined for six of the 12 Potomac hits and five RBI while scoring five times.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 0 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 0-2) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Wort 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Keyes 2-3
• Oduber 1-2, SB

Brett Mooneyham’s second High-A start went better than the first, but he still took the loss as the Dash shut out the P-Nats, 5-0. The 23-y.o. southpaw gave up all five Winston-Salem runs on four hits and three walks while getting three K’s. Potomac was held to five hits, with Kevin Keyes going 2-for-3 to lead the way.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 0
• Bacus (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Harper (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-3, 2R
• Ramos 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Dakota Bacus walked four, but worked around them with six scoreless innings of one-hit ball to win his Nats debut, 4-2. Hagerstown twice put up crooked numbers in support of the “White Ninja,” as Shawn Pleffner and “Help Me” Wander Ramos connected for RBI singles in the 1st. Tony Renda (2-for-3) led off the 5th with a single and came in on a Ramos double while Mike McQuillan drove in Ramos with a single. Bryan Harper closed out the game with a scoreless 9th for the save.

Auburn 2 weqBatavia 0 — GAME ONE
• Giolito 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Grisz (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Foat 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, RBI

Lucas Giolito appears to have found his stride, turning in another five scoreless innings in a 2-0 Auburn shutout of Batavia. The 19-y.o. gave up four hits and walked one while striking out five. The Doubledays, however, didn’t score until the bottom of the 6th, when back-to-back-to-back singles by James Yezzo, Matt Foat, and Cody Gunter with one out plated two. Ben Grisz got the win, pitching the 6th and 7th innings with one hit and one strikeout. Folks interested in seeing some video on Giolito (hey, that rhymes!) should visit Auburn Citizen beat writer Jeremy Houghtaling’s YouTube collection.

Batavia 3 Auburn 0 — GAME TWO
• Selsor (L, 0-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Medina 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Yezzo 1-3, 3B
• Mastes 1-2

The Muckdogs put up runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th while returning the shutout favor with a 3-0 win over the Doubledays in the nightcap. Casey Selsor lost for the fifth time, allowing all three Batavia runs on six hits and no walks while setting down three on strikes. The Auburn offense was limited to just four hits and no walks, with James Yezzo the sole Doubleday to get past first base as he tripled with one out in the 4th and watched as the next two batters failed to send him home.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 0
• Young 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ott (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Derosier (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R
• Abreu 3-4, 2-2B

The G-Nats got win #49 with a 4-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Seven pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout with Chris Young starting and going two innings, giving up a hit and a walk and striking out two. Travis Ott was awarded the win by retiring all four batters he faced, following Young. Matt Derosier earned the save with a perfect innings in the 8th and 9th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Osvaldo Abreu both went 3-for-4 as the G-Nats pounded out 12 hits total.

Aug 282013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.78) vs.
Haeger (4-4, 4.86)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 2.58) vs.
Miller (1-4, 4.07)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
6:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Rauh (4-1, 3.81) and Mooneyham (0-1, 18.00)
vs. Marin (5-5, 4.62) Jaye (8-6, 4.36)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (Sally Lg. debut) vs.
Oviedo (1-3, 5.57) vs.
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Giolito (1-0, 0.00) and Selsor (0-4, 4.00) vs.
German (1-3, 2.40) and Effertz (1-0, 3.60)
GCL Nationals Canceled (Rain) vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Tatusko (L, 5-7) 5IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 3-5, R
• Rahl 2-4, 2B
• Johnson 2-4, 2B

Rochester dropped a five-spot on a sloppy Syracuse in the 1st and cruised to a 6-3 win that ended any chance of a .500 finish. Starter Ryan Tatusko gave up all six Red Wings runs, walking three and giving up five hits for his seventh loss. The Chiefs racked up 13 hits but dropped the transmission with just a 1-for-11 mark in the clutch. Eury Perez led the hit column with three singles while Chris Rahl and and Josh Johnson both singled and doubled while going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus recalled to Washington; LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 3
• Treinen 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Grace (W, 6-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 4-5, 3R, 2B, 2SB
• Souza 4-5, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI

Steve Souza Jr. continues to spark the Sens offense, delivering a two-run single in the 6th in a 6-3 win over the Curve. The 24-y.o. has gone 11-for-20 with seven RBI in five games since his activation, including 4-for-5 with 3RBI last night. Blake Treinen returned to the rotation and went four and 2/3rds, giving two runs on a 4th-inning HR and four hits total while walking none and whiffing six. Matt Grace got the win as the pitcher of record by retiring the final batter of the 6th as Harrisburg used five relievers to close out the game.
Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; RHP Blake Treinen activated from the 7-Day DL

Potomac — OFF DAY
Lynchburg didn’t cooperate last night, defeating Frederick 11-0 to keep Potomac’s magic number to clinch both halves at one. The P-Nats and the Dash play a de facto doubleheader tonight in Winston-Salem with a continuation of the July 11 contest that was suspended at 4-4 in the 4th. Winston-Salem has won eight in a row, but is on the verge of elimination from the playoffs thanks to a similar surge by Salem (five in a row) and spiral by Myrtle Beach (six in a row). The Red Sox’s magic number is down to three to win the second half and could clinch tonight with a doubleheader sweep and a Pelicans loss.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 5
• Encarnacion (L, 10-8) 6IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Meza 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramos 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B

Lakewood put up three in the 1st and two in the 4th to build a 5-0 lead. The single run scored in the 8th proved to be the difference as Hagerstown rallied from 5-0 and 6-2 down but fell short, 6-5. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss, giving up the first five runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over six innings. The Nos. 2-4 batters — Tony Renda, Shawn Pleffner, “Help Me” Wander Ramos — combined for six hits, five runs, and three RBI but also committed three of the four errors on the night.
Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee, OF Narciso Mesa placed on the 7-Day DL (corresponding moves for additions of RHP Dakota Bacus, OF Isaac Ballou).

Batavia 9 Auburn 3
• Orlan (L, 1-5) 3IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bafidis 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Gunter 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Reistetter 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• W. Rodriguez two OF assists (HP, 3B)

The Muckdogs scored in four straight innings to erase an early 1-0 Doubledays lead as Batavia tripled up Auburn, 9-3. R.C. Orlan lost for the fifth time, peppered for seven hits and two runs over three innings with no walks and two strikeouts. Auburn was held to just five hits with Matt Reistetter’s solo HR in the 1st and Cody Gunter’s two-run triple in the 5th accounting for the three Doubledays runs. Roster move: RHP Elliott Waterman reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain spared the G-Marlins one last beating by the G-Nats or one last chance for pride, depending on your point of view.
Roster move: RHP Chris Young assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

Aug 252013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Charlotte,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (3-8, 4.78) vs.
Berken (10-12, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 vs. Erie,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.86) vs.
Crouse (8-10, 4.63)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 (10 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Purke (3-3, 4.94) vs.
Davis (0-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Greensboro,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (6-5, 3.88) vs.
James (2-6, 6.14)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ State College,
6:05 p.m.
Barrientos (1-4, 6.38) vs.
Herget (5-0, 2.34)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-0 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A



Charlotte 5 Syracuse 4
• Maya 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Krol (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Syracuse’s five-game winning streak ground to a halt with Charlotte’s four-run 7th as the Knights edged the Chiefs, 5-4. Ian Krol took the loss, letting in two runners and giving two of his own as he retired just one of four batters faced. Yunesky Maya got the no-decision, charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings while striking out six. Chris Rahl singled and homered as Syracuse scored four times on four hits and seven walks.

Harrisburg 8 Erie 2
• Swynenberg 4⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Perry (W, 2-5) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Nicol 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Burns 2-5, 2R, RBI
• Souza 2-5, 2B, RBI, OF assist at HP

Sean Nicol’s two-run triple highlighted a three-run 6th as Harrisburg snapped a three-game skid and sliced Erie’s lead to a half-game with an 8-2 win. Matt Swynenberg was one out shy of getting the win which went to Ryan Perry for stranding two in the 5th, albeit on an outfield kill by Steve Souza Jr., and working around a single and a pair of two-out walks in the 6th. Nicol, Souza, and Billy Burns each had multiple hits and combined to score four runs and drive in four.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 0 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 9IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Benincasa (L, 0-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 1-5, 2B
• Soriano 1-4

Potomac was no-hit for eight innings before Cutter Dykstra greeted Wilmington reliever Andrew Edwards with a leadoff double off the CF wall. With the score being 0-0 (read: not “scoreless”), Potomac had the chance to win a 1-0 game with a run in the bottom of the ninth for the first time since June 21, 2009. After a sacrifice sent Dykstra to third, the Blue Rocks intentionally walked the next two batters. A Kevin Keyes whiff and a Justin Miller groundout ended the inning. Robert Benincasa took over for Blake Schwartz in the top of the 10th and lost for the fourth time with a pair of one-out singles and sacrifice fly. Francisco Soriano got the second P-Nats hit with two outs in the bottom of the 10th but went no further as Dykstra grounded out to end it for Potomac’s fourth straight loss.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 1
• Lee (W, 6-4) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Dickson (SV, 2) 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• McQuillan 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Martinez 2-4, 2B

Hagerstown rallied for three in the 7th to break open a 2-0 game as they evened the series with Greensboro with a 5-1 win. Nick Lee won his sixth game with five shutout innings, though he walked four and struck out just two. Ian Dickson finished the game, scattering six hits and giving up a run in the 9th for his second save. Mike McQuillan reached base three times with a walks and two singles to lead the Suns attack of eight hits and five walks.

State College 7 Auburn 0
• Ullmann 6IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mudron 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 5BB, K, 2WP
• Ballou 1-4, 2B
• Zebrack 0-3, ⅔IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S

The wheels came off the bus in the bottom of the 8th as State College scored all seven runs in their final “ups” in a 7-0 shutout of the Doubledays. Starter Ryan Ullmann pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits and a walk while fanning two. Mike Mudron coughed up seven runs in the fateful frame, walking four (one intentionally) while getting just one of ten batters out. CF Greg Zebrack got the final two outs while stranding two of three inherited runners. The Doubledays were held to just three hits and three walks while striking out 12 times on offense.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Mets 0
• Silvestre (W, 7-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• P. Valdez (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Walsh (SV, 8) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4
• Guzman 1-3, R, 2B

Three wild pitches scored both G-Nats runs while three G-Nats pitchers combined on a four-hit, no-walk shutout for a 2-0 win over the G-Mets. Hector Silvestre improved to 7-0 with five scoreless innings, with three hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. Wilmer Difo singled, stole second, and came in on G-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez’s 2nd and 3rd wild pitches in the 4th. An inning later, Luis Guzman doubled, and came in on Nuez’s 4th and 5th wild pitches. Philips Valdez and Jake Walsh each put up two zeros on the visitor’s scoreboard to earn the hold (2nd) and save (8th) respectively.
Roster move: C Geoffrey Perrott (17th-round pick out of Rice Univ.) assigned from Washington.

DSL Cardinals 4 DSL Nationals 2
• Morales 4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Feliz (L, 4-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ortiz 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Tillero 2-4, RBI

After twice rallying from one-run deficits, the D-Nats gave up a two in the 9th to fall 4-2 to the D-Cards in the season finale. John Feliz took the loss, allowing a pair of singles and a triple in the final frame. Starter Jose Morales went the first four innings, letting in an unearned run on two hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Oliver Ortiz scored both D-Nats runs, walking twice while going 1-for-2 with a double as the D-Nats were held to just five hits. The D-Nats finished the 2013 season at 38-31, a ½ game better than the 2012 edition but in fourth place instead of third in the Boca Chica South.