May 072013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Perry (0-2, 6.57) vs.
Torres (2-1, 2.08)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Karns (2-1, 3.25) vs.
Taillon (2-3, 3.03)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (2-0, 0.00) vs.
K. Smith (0-1, 2.49)
Hagerstown Canceled @ Rome,
10:30 a.m.
Pineyro (1-2, 4.58) and
Pena (2-2, 4.43) vs.
LaFreniere (2-0, 4.50) and
Scoggin (2-2, 4.98)

Syracuse 5 Durham 0
• Maya (W, 1-3) 7⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 9K, WP
• Roark 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Three Syracuse pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout as Syracuse blanked Durham, 5-0. Yunesky Maya notched his first win with seven and 2/3rds innings pitched, six hits and a walk allowed, and nine strikeouts. Xavier Cedeno struck out the lone batter he faced while Tanner Roark closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. Zach Walters’s seventh HR (#2 in the I.L.) drove in three in the 2nd while Eury Perez’s 2-for-4 effort extended his hit streak to a modest six games and pushed his batting average to .333.

Altoona 3 Harrisburg 1
• Broderick (L, 1-3) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Swynenberg 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Leon 2-3
• Goodwin 0-2, BB, CS

All that stood between Casey Sadler and a no-hitter was Sandy Leon. The Senators catcher went 2-for-3, the rest of the Harrisburg lineup was 0-for-26 in a 3-1 loss to the Altoona Curve. Brian Broderick gave up his seventh HR (solo shot in the 6th) in his seventh, but still pitched well enough to win; a quality start of three runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Matt Swynenberg and Ian Krol combined for three scoreless (and hitless) innings relief, walking one apiece. Brian Goodwin and Justin Bloxom both drew a walk in the loss. Roster moves: RHP Trevor Holder was released yesterday to make room for LHP Bill Bray, who was assigned from XST. Geoff Morrow of the Patriot News has the story.

Potomac — OFF DAY
It’s a brief jaunt up 95 to visit Wilmington for three before heading home this weekend for a seven-game homestand versus the Winston-Salem Dash for four, then another three-game set against the Blue Rocks.

Hagerstown vs. Augusta — Canceled
Officially, rain canceled the regularly scheduled game on Monday. They’ll try to get in two this morning to make up Saturday’s rainout, which was postponed yesterday.

May 062013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5
(11 inn.)
@ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (0-3, 7.45) vs.
Archer (4-1, 4.06)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Broderick (1-2, 5.34) vs.
Sadler (3-2, 3.50)
Potomac Won, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 5-4;
G2 PPD
@ Rome,
5:00 p.m.
Pineyro (1-2, 4.58) and
Pena (2-2, 4.43) vs.
LaFreniere (2-0, 4.50) and
Scoggin (2-2, 4.98)

Norfolk 6 Syracuse 5 (11 inn.)
• Young 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perez 3-6, R, 2B
• Kobernus 2-6, 2R, SB
• Rhymes 2-5, BB, 2RBI

After taking a two-run lead with single runs in the 6th and 7th, the Chiefs gave it back with a three-run 8th but tied the Tide with a two-out Will Rhymes RBI single in the 9th. Alas, Norfolk got to Mike Crotta (the seventh Syracuse pitcher) in the 11th for the deciding run, 6-5. Chris Young got the start and gave up just two runs on six hits and one walk (all season lows) with four strikeouts. Eury Perez scored the tying run with the second of his three singles, which led the Syracuse hit column. Jeff Kobernus and Micah Owings both scored two runs, with Kobernus swiping his 13th bag, which would lead any league without Billy Hamilton (17).

Binghamton 6 Harrisburg 1
• Clay (L, 3-1) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rendon 2-4, BB, 2K
• Hood 2-4, 2B, 2K, OF assist at 2B

Harrisburg was one hit shy of Binghamton, but outhomered 3-0 and outscored 6-1. Caleb Clay took the loss, giving up six hits and four runs, three coming via two home runs allowed. He walked one and struck out two. Anthony Rendon both went 2-for-4 and struck out twice as the Senators were a woeful 1-for-14 with RISP and 11 runners left on. Pat McCoy gave up the third big fly and the final two B-Mets runs in the 8th. Pat Lehman, activated from the DL after Marcos Frias was struck by a line drive on Saturday night, pitched a scoreless 9th.

Potomac 3 Carolina 2
• Hill 7IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Mirowski (BS, 2;W, 2-2) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Burns 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SB
• Taylor 2-5, RBI

For the second time in less than a week, Billy Burns and Michael Taylor teamed up for the walk-steal-walkoff as Potomac edged Myrtle Beach, 3-2 to take the series 2-1 and close out the homestand 5-2. The steal was Burns’s Carolina League-leading 14th while Taylor’s single was his second of the game, but just the third P-Nat hit from scoring position as the P-Nats struggled to plate their nine hits and six walks, not to mention three Pelican errors. Taylor Hill gave up just two hits over seven innings, but one was a solo shot. He walked two and struck out seven. Richie Mirowski got the win with an unearned run over the last two frames, allowing two hits and a walk but setting down three on strikes.

Hagerstown 5 Augusta 4 — GAME ONE
• Turnbull (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Hudgins (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Benincasa (SV, 5) 1IP, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Miller 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI
• Schill 2-3, RBI

Brandon Miller doubled and scored twice, homered once, and drove in three runs as the Suns edged the Braves, 5-4 in what was to be the first of two in Rome, GA yesterday afternoon. Kylin Tunrbull got the win, but continues to give up the long hits, allowing seven total with five going for extra bases (two homers, two doubles, and a triple) as he gave up four runs and walked one with three strikeouts in his second start since being demoted from Potomac. Will Hudgins pitched a scoreless 6th for his second hold while Robert Benincasa walked two and struck out three in the 7th for his fifth save.

Hagerstown vs. Augusta — GAME TWO (PPD.)
The rains came back and postponed game two. They’ll try to get in two tonight, weather permitting.

May 042013
 

Transactions for NPP 3With the activation of 3B Ryan Zimmerman, IF Anthony Rendon has been optioned back to Harrisburg, setting off a chain of moves (some of which were previously reported in this morning News & Notes, but repeated here for the sake of clarity)…

SYRACUSE

  • OF Erik Komatsu promoted from Harrisburg
  • OF Jimmy Van Ostrand reassigned to Harrisburg
  • C Jeff Howell activated from Temporary Inactive List (TIL), reassigned to Harrisburg

HARRISBURG

  • C Kris Watts placed on the 7-Day DL
  • IF Anthony Rendon optioned from Washingtonn
  • IF Francisco Soriano reassigned to Potomac

POTOMAC

  • RHP Taylor placed on the TIL

The TIL maneuver was used several times last summer, typically with starters that had just pitched and would not be missed anyways. Compared to the “Hellenic Flu” that Kris Watts just caught, this is much more honest. Ultimately, I’m expecting another Potomac player to be removed from the roster and/or sent to XST.

As usual, we learn of releases via the weekly transaction post from BA, which saw the Nats setting loose 21-year-old Gregori Baez, who hit the wall with a 1-1 mark, a 9.64ERA and 2.25WHIP in 9⅓ innings over three starts for Auburn last summer.

May 042013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-3, 5.46) vs.
Britton (1-0, 1.98)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (1-3, 6.12) vs.
Goeddel (1-2, 5.70)
Potomac Won, 10-3 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.76)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (1-0, 1.50) vs.
W. Perez (3-1, 3.08)

Norfolk 8 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 2-2) 5IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR
• Romero 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, RBI
• Komatsu 1-2, R, BB

This one was over early as the Tide rolled in for five in the first and cruised to another 8-2 win over the Chiefs. Starter Danny Rosenbaum doubled his season strikeout total with five on the night but also gave up twice as many runs (six) and a pair of home runs for 10 hits total over five innings. Will Rhymes led the seven-hit offensive effort with a 2-for-4 night and an RBI as Syracuse avoided the shutout with a two-spot in the eighth.

Harrisburg 3 Binghamton 1
• Treinen (W, 3-3) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 5K, WP, BK
• Holland (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 3B
• Johnson 2-4, R, RBI

The Senators returned to .500 with a 3-1 win over the Binghamton Mets. Blake Treinen evened his win-loss mark at three apiece with seven scoreless innings with five hits and one walk allowed. Neil Holland led a trio of relievers with a scoreless eighth while Aaron Barrett nailed things down by striking out the lone batter he faced with the tying runs on base in the 9th for his fifth save. The top four batters combined to go 5-for-15 with a double (Bloxom) and a triple (Goodwin) with Josh Johnson the sole Senator to have multiple hits at 2-for-4. Roster moves: C Jeff Howell was reassigned from Syracuse, with C Kris Watts placed on the 7-Day DL to make room of the Senators roster. Today, 3B Anthony Rendon will be activated with IF Francisco Soriano to be reassigned to Potomac per Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News.

Potomac 10 Carolina 3
• Cole (W, 1-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 9K
• Meza 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Leonida 2-3, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Burns 3-4, BB, RBI
• Oduber 1-3, 3B, 3RBI

A.J. Cole struck out a season-high nine as the P-Nats broke into double digits for the fourth time this season Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 9 Augusta 1
• Andwerson (W, 2-1) 6IP, 0H, 0R, 5BB, 7K
• Fischer (SV, 3) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2-1 IR-S
• McQuillan 3-4, R, RBI, SB, SAC, E(8)
• Pleffner 3-5, R, RBI

A seven-run 8th busted open a pitcher’s duel as the Suns pitchers combined to one-hit the GreenJackets in a 9-1 smackdown. Dixon Anderson walked five and struck out seven over six no-hit frames. Bryan Harper walked one in his 2/3rds of an inning while David Fischer let ‘im in on a wild pitch but closed out the game with two and a 1/3rds innings pitched and the lone Augusta hit surrendered. Hagerstown pounded out 13 hits with Mike McQuillan and Shawn Pleffner both racking up three singles.

May 032013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (2-1, 1.14) vs.
Jurrjens (2-1, 2.64)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (2-3, 4.76) vs.
deGrom (0-2, 4.91)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 4.85) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.76)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 2.25) vs.
Flores (2-0, 1.52)

Norfolk 8 Syracuse 2
• Perry 4+ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Tatusko 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Kobernus 2-4, 2SB (10)
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Tide ripped Ryan Perry for seven runs over four-plus innings as Norfolk defeated Syracuse, 8-2. The 26-year-old walked four and struck out none and gave up nine hits, including a solo shot to Trayvon Robinson. Ryan Tatusko let in two after coming in with the bases loaded and no outs, but stopped the bleeding with four innings of long relief, with just one run allowed (another Robinson HR). Jeff Kobernus and Will Rhymes both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense. Roster Moves: OF-1B Jimmy Van Ostrand reassigned to Harrisburg; OF Erik Komatsu reassigned to Syracuse

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 1
• Karns (W, 2-1) 6⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Barrett 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Head 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Watts 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB

A four-run fifth broke a string of 14 scoreless innings as the Senators pounded out a season-best 13 hits en route to a 6-1 win in the getaway matinee (hey, that rhymes!) versus the Rock Cats. Nathan Karns struggled some early, issuing leadoff walks in the 1st and 3rd innings, but recovered to pitch into the 7th for his second win and second quality start. Pat McCoy stranded one runner while Aaron Barrett stranded two as the two combined for two and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief. Jerad Head led the Harrisburg hit parade with a home run and two singles for his fourth straight multihit game.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Jordan (W, 2-1) 8IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Holt 3BF, 3H, 1R, 1ER
• Self (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 3-4, R
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 1PO, 7A

Taylor Jordan threw eight scoreless innings while Khayyan Norfork dazzled on both offense and defense Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Augusta 2
• Encarnacion (W, 2-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Henke (H, 1) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 3-4, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Ramos 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2K

The Suns scored three in the 2nd and held off the GreenJackets in the 9th for a 3-2 win in Augusta. All three runs came with two out as Tony Renda cashed in the back-to-back walks drawn by Wes Schill and Hunter Bailey to lead off the inning with a two-run single. Mike McQuillan send Renda to third with a safety to RF but couldn’t score from first on “Help Me” Wander Ramos’s double to CF that drove in the third Hagerstown run. Pedro Encarnacion tossed six shutout innings to get the win while the trio of Cody Davis, Travis Henke, and Robert Benincasa each pitched an inning in relief, with Benincasa getting the save, his fourth, though he gave up a home run in the 9th.

May 012013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Broderick (1-1, 5.40) vs.
Darnell (2-1, 2.73)
Potomac Won, 5-0;
Won, 4-3
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (2-1, 1.55) vs.
Colon (0-1, 4.15)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (1-2, 4.67) vs.
Schumer (0-1, 3.86)

Durham 7 Syracuse 1
• Maya (L, 0-3) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Abad ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Perez 2-4, R, SB
• Rahl 1-3, 2B

Poor pitching from an aging veteran? Check. Too little offense? Check. Rinse, lather; repeat. With a 7-1 defeat to Durham, Syracuse lost for the 7th time in its last eight games and 12th time in 15 home games. Starter Yunesky Maya allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds innings to suffer his third loss in five starts. Eury Perez led the Chiefs hit column with a pair of singles, scoring the lone Syracuse run on Jeff Kobernus’s 8th-inning double that prevented back-to-back shutouts by Durham pitchers. As predicted yesterday, C Sam Palace was returned to the DL with the arrival of C Jhonatan Solano.

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 2
• Clay (W, 3-0) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, K
• Krol (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Head 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, R, HR, SF, 3RBI

Caleb Clay ran out of gas in the 6th, but still outpitched former Nats farmhand Alex Meyer as Harrisburg defeated New Britain, 6-2. An error and three walks issued in the Rock Cats’ 6th rendered both runs Clay was charged with as unearned, thanks in large part to Ian Krol’s strikeout to leave ‘em loaded in what was a 4-2 game at the time. Justin Bloxom’s two-run shot in the 8th gave the Senators some breathing room as well as his second and third RBIs. Jerad Head led the hit column with two singles and drove in two as well.

Potomac 5 Carolina 0 — GAME ONE
• Schwartz (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Grace 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 3-3, 2R, 2B, SB, RBI
• Dykstra 2-3, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, R, 2RBI

Drizzle pushed back the start of the doubleheader to 7 p.m., hence the coverage of just the first game of the doubleheader Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac 4 Carolina 3 — GAME TWO
• Hill 5⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Self (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, 2SB, 2DP
• Ramsey 1-3, 2B, RBI, SB

Billy Burns walked, stole second, and came around to score on a Michael Taylor single to give Potomac the walkoff win and a doubleheader sweep with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. Eight of the Woodbridge nine reached base as the P-Nats racked up eight hits, drew three walks, and swiped six bases (three by Billy Burns). Starter Taylor Hill gave up all three Mudcats runs on six hits, including a solo shot in the first, but pitched into the 6th for third time in five starts. Derek Self stranded two runners for Hill with a popup to the first batter he faced, then set ‘em down in order in the 7th to get the win. Caleb Ramsey combined for a 4-for-5 night with two doubles, two RBI and two stolen bases for the night.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The longest roadtrip of the season for the Suns as they make their only regular-season trip to Georgia to play three against the Augusta GreenJackets and four against the Rome Braves before returning home for four against the Delmarva Shorebirds. The other shoe has dropped on the promotion of Brian Dupra, as the Suns announced LHP Bryan Harper has been activated from the DL.

Apr 302013
 

Moving On Up for NPPThe Potomac Nationals have announced that RHP Brian Dupra has been promoted from the Hagerstown Suns.

Dupra was 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in five appearances (one start) with six walks and 12 strikeouts over 19⅓ innings. He was a 2012 watchlist player after posting strong peripherals for Auburn following a four-year career at Notre Dame, but was limited to eight starts and 11 appearances last season before undergoing season-ending surgery.

A corresponding move for Hagerstown has not yet been announced, but to make room for Dupra on the P-Nats roster, LHP Ben Hawkins was assigned to Extended Spring Training. Hawkins had no wins or losses in seven appearances, but put on 21 baserunners in eight innings pitched and had an ERA of 5.63 with nine strikeouts.

Finally, unless you’re Mitch Williams from the MLB Network, you probably already know that “Face of the Franchise” 3B Ryan Zimmerman will be rehabbing with Potomac tonight and tomorrow (weather permitting) in preparation for his activation on Friday, which will undoubtedly result in a series of transactions, beginning with the expected return of Anthony Rendon to Harrisburg.

Apr 272013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsToday, the Hagerstown Suns announced pair of transactions this afternoon:

  • OF J.R. Higley placed on the 7-Day DL
  • IF Matt Foat activated from XST

Basically, this is a reversal of the moves made on Tuesday. Higley was hit by a pitch on Thursday’s opening game and has not played since. Foat last appeared in a game on Sunday.

Baseball America issued its weekly transaction post yesterday. Among the moves not previously reported were two releases:

  • RHP Adalberto Mieses
  • LHP Graham Hicks

After a strong rookie season in the DSL (3-3, 2.98 in 2010), Mieses hit his ceiling in the GCL with two 5+ ERA, 1.61+ WHIP seasons in 2011 and 2012.

Hicks was originally drafted by Washington out HS in the 4th round of 2008 and was among three minor-leaguers traded to Chicago for the services of Tom Gorzelanny in January 2011. He was released late last spring by the Cubs, and signed as a FA by the Nationals shortly thereafter, but made just one appearance in the GCL.

Apr 272013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 1.62) vs.
Colome (1-2, 2.08)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Karns (1-1, 4.60) vs.
Pettit (1-0, 4.64)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 1.48) vs.
Jackson (3-0, 1.33)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Turnbull (1st Low-A
start of ’13) vs.
Sadzeck (2-0, 1.69)

Given a choice, you should always pick good pitching over good hitting… but, oh man, why can’t you have both? That’s the question/theme for Friday night on the Nats farm.

Rochester 4 Syracuse 2
• Perry (L, 0-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 1K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI (9-game hit streak)
• Rhymes 1-3, R, BB

After three games with softball scores, it was some good ol’ hardball in Game Four as the Red Wings doubled up the Chiefs, 4-2. Ryan Perry tossed seven strong innings, letting in both Rochester runs on six hits (one home run) and four walks with three strikeouts, but left trailing 2-0. His teammates loaded em up with no outs in the 7th but came away with just one run on a Zach Walters sacrifice fly. Two innings later, they got two runners into scoring position with one out, but again could only plate one with a flyball out. Wondering why Chris Marrero was taken out of Thursday’s game and skipped yesterday. Auburn Citizen sportswriter Ben Meyers has the answer.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 1
• Broderick (L, 1-1) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Holland 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Komatsu 2-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3, SF, RBI

Brian Broderick rebounded from a poor outing last Saturday to turn in his second quality start, but the offense fell three runs short as Bowie knifed Harrisburg, 3-1. The BaySox scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th frames as Broderick worked around nine baserunners (seven hits, two walks) with rehabbing Wilson Ramos gunning down one of ‘em. Erik Komatsu was the sole Senator with multiple hits as Bowie’s trio of moundsmen held Harrisburg to just six hits and struck out 10. Justin Bloxom drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the 6th. Roster move: To make room for recently demoted LHP Pat McCoy, RHP Pat Lehman was placed on the 7-Day DL, while C Wilson Ramos joined the team on rehab assignment

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 1
• Ray (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• Herron (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Taylor 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

This was the lone game that had both good hitting and good pitching as Potomac beat Myrtle Beach, 5-1. Robbie Ray threw six shutout innings in his fourth straight quality start and fanned eight to raise his league-leading strikeout total to 34 (in 29IP) and lower his ERA to 1.55 (his 2.53 FIP is not too shabby, either). Kevin Keyes missed the scoreboard with his solo shot, while Michael Taylor’s three-run shot landed in the LF cheap seats as both homered for the second time on this road trip.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 2
• Anderson 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Wa. Ramos 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B
• 0-for-12 RISP, 9 LOB

The clutch hit eluded the Suns all night long as Hickory got the big fly in the 8th for a 3-2 win. Brian Dupra took the loss for his one mistake, a two-run homer, in three innings of relief. Dixon Anderson pitched the first six with just an unearned run allowed on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Hagerstown had but six hits but got 12 men into scoring position and plated none of them, as an error sent in the first Suns run and an RBI double by “Help Me” Wander Ramos drove in Stephen Perez (who reached on an error) for the second.

Apr 232013
 

Transactions for NPP 2Another day, another set of transactions. Here’s the rundown on the latest roster moves on the Nats farm…

SYRACUSE

  • RHP Chris Young activated
  • LHP Bobby Bramhall released
  • OF Eury Perez activated from 7-Day DL
  • LHP Xavier Cedeno claimed off waivers from Houston, optioned to Syracuse

HARRISBURG

  • OF Jerad Head reassigned from Syracuse

HAGERSTOWN

  • OF J.R. Higley activated from 7-Day DL
  • IF Matt Foat reassigned to Extended Spring Training

With the exception of Young-for-Bramhall and Xavier Cedeno, most of these moves are simply a reversal of transactions made earlier this month. The corresponding move to make room for Cedeno has not yet been announced, but when it is, this space will be updated.

This also returns Harrisburg back to full strength at 25, which means if/when Rendon is returned from Washington, another move will have to be made.