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.

Apr 222013
 

The Hagerstown Suns have announced that RHP Blake Schwartz has been promoted to the Potomac Nationals.

Schwartz was 2-0 with an ERA of 1.26 and a WHIP of 0.49 in four appearances (one start) for Hagerstown, with 21 strikeouts and two walks. He is one the “Notables” on the 2013 Watchlist, in large part because he made the rare jump from the GCL to the Suns last summer. Schwartz was a 17th-Round pick in the 2012 Draft with Oklahoma City University(NAIA).

Taking his place on the Suns roster is LHP Kylin Turnbull, who was routed this past Saturday in the nightcap of a doubleheader by Frederick and roughed up twice by Salem for a total of three losses in three starts, a 14.81ERA, a 2.71WHIP in 10⅓ innings, with eight walks and just three strikeouts. Turnbull was previously drafted (2011 30th Round, White Sox) before signing with the Nationals as a fourth round pick out of Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara, CA) in 2011, but did not pitch until last season with Hagerstown.

Schwartz last pitched on April 19th (four perfect innings against West Virginia) and if he’s assuming Turnbull’s spot in the Potomac rotation, he’ll mostly likely make his High-A debut on Wednesday against the Carolina Mudcats in Zebulon, NC.

Apr 202013
 

With injuries to catchers becoming a thing in the Nationals organization, it should come as no surprise to see that the latest transaction post from Baseball America has Washington signing two of them along with a shortstop:

  • C Kevin Flynn
  • C Robert “Thor” Meeks
  • SS Jose Savinon

Flynn is a product of Hofstra University, where he was a C-DH from 2010 to 2012 and played briefly (i.e. one game) in the American Association (Independent).

Meeks graduated from Marshall University in 2012 but went undrafted, presumably after poor showing in his senior season that saw his line drop from .257/.337/.444 to .227/.349/.325.

Nothing could be found on Savinon, so the logical inference is that he is an international free agent.

Apr 202013
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Scranton/WB,
5:35 p.m.
Maya (0-1, 5.25) and
Perry (0-0, 6.30) vs.
Wang (2-0, 4.35) and
Marshall (0-1, 11.25)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Karns (0-1, 7.27) and
Broderick (1-0, 3.94) vs.
Liriano (MLB rehab) and
Bromberg (0-1, 3.60)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:30 p.m.
Turnbull (0-2, 12.00) and
Hill (2-0, 2.25) vs.
Davies (1-0, 3.27) and
Rodriguez (1-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 13-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 3.06) vs.
Holmes (1-0, 2.57)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse — PPD
Make that four rainouts in 15 days (with a fifth game shortened by rain) for Syracuse. The makeup is tonight in the first visit for the Chiefs at the rebuilt facility in Moosic, PA against the renamed RailRiders. Roster moves: OF Corey Brown placed on the 7-Day DL (oblique); OF Chris Rahl activated from Harrisburg DL, assigned to Syracuse (freed from XST).

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD
Rainout #1 for the Senators, who will make it up tonight with a doubleheader.

Frederick vs. Potomac — PPD
The entire Carolina League was rained out last night, creating a boon in concessions doubleheaders at all four stops tonight.

Hagerstown 13 West Virginia 2
• Encarnacion (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 4K
Schwartz (SV, 1) 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Renda 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3B, 2RBI, BB
• Ramos 1-3, 3R, 3BB
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Rain halted play from upstate New York to the Florida panhandle, but perhaps the folks in Charleston might have wished it was there, too, as the Suns shorted the Power, 13-2. Starter Pedro Encarnacion got the win with two runs allowed on two hits and four walks over five innings while setting down four on strikeouts. Even on a full slate, Blake Schwartz would probably have the line of the night with four perfect innings and seven K’s for the save. Tony Renda was home run shy of the cycle with a pair of doubles and a triple, plus a walk to lead the Hagerstown offense, which took full advantage of West Virginia’s miscues (including two from former pitching phenom Stetson Allie at first base) to cash in 13 runs on 12 hits and nine walks. Roster moves: C Craig Manuel placed on the 7-Day DL; C Erick Fernandez assigned from XST

Apr 182013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsThe Hagerstown Suns and Harrisburg Senators have both announced a series of moves shuffling pitchers on and off their rosters:

HARRISBURG

  • RHP Rob Wort placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Michael Broadway assigned from XST

While Wort may have been stung by the decision by Matthew LeCroy to lift him in his last outing, this has all the hallmarks of a procedural move designed to give the recently signed Broadway a chance to pitch.

HAGERSTOWN

  • LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL
  • LHP Bryan Harper placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Cody Davis assigned from XST
  • RHP Christopher McKenzie assigned from XST

Unfortunately, as noted in the comments yesterday, Mooneyham’s early exit from the Wednesday afternoon game was due to “arm discomfort” per Lacy Lusk on Twitter. Lusk also noted that Ivan Pineyro, who exited in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game after taking a line drove off his glove-side hand, did not suffer a break. Otherwise, it’s the usual roster machinations for this time of year.

Apr 172013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
4:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.64) and
Tatusko (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Germano (1-1, 10.13) and
TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 3-2
(12 inn.)
@ Salem,
11:00 a.m.
Jordan (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Owens (0-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 11-2 vs. Lakewood,
12:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-0, 0.90) vs.
Brady (0-1, 5.79)

Syracuse vs. Buffalo — PPD
Rain continues to beguile Syracuse (not only that, Skipper, it’s really starting to annoy them) as the Chiefs had their third rainout in the past week. The game is scheduled to be made up this afternoon with a pair of seven-inning games at 4 p.m.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 3 (10 inn.)
• Demny 5⅔ IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Krol 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Leon 2-4, R, HR, BB, 3RBI, 2-5 CS-SB
• Hague 1-3, BB
• Nicol OF assist at 2B
• 1-for-10 w/ RISP

Sandy Leon’s two-run shot in the top of the 9th forced extra innings for Harrisburg, but the jubilation was short-lived as Reading needed just four pitches to win it in the 10th. Starter Paul Demny scattered 10 hits over five and 2/3rds innings and gave up just three runs (one via HR) with one walk and five strikeouts. The Leon homer, however, masked another poor showing on offense as the Senators collected just five hits total and left 10 men on base. Matt Swynenberg, Ian Krol, and Aaron Barrett combined to shut down the Fightins for three and a 1/3rd innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. Marcos Frias gave up a triple and a single to the two batters he faced in the 10th to take the loss.

Potomac 3 Salem 2 (12 inn.)
• Ray 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP, WP, 2PO
• Grace 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Taylor 3-5, R, BB, SB
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2BB
• 3-for-15 w/ RISP, 12 LOB

Like the Phils in Reading, Potomac had numerous chances to score but needed extras to win in Salem. Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single in the 12th, his third hit of the contest and second two-out RBI, delivered the gamewinner as the P-Nats edged the S-Sox, 4-3. Starter Robbie Ray struggled some with his control (4BB, HBP, WP) but was more than good enough to win, letting in just one run on four hits over six innings. Michael Taylor (3-for-5, BB) and Carolina Lg. POTW Jason Martinson (2-for-4, 2BB) both reached base four times while Mark Grace and Richie Mirowski combined for five shutout innings following Salem getting the tying run in the 7th on a two-out wild pitch.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 2
• Pineyro ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Hudgins (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Pleffner 1-3, 2R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB, 2 OF assist (3B, 2B)
• Martinez 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI

Three home runs, including a grand slam by Brandon Miller, powered the Suns past the Blue Claws for an 11-2 win on Tuesday. Brian Dupra got the win in long relief, as the one hit allowed by Ivan Pineyro was literally off the starting pitcher, forcing him from the game (no word on the extent of his injury). “Help Me” Wander Ramos, activated from the DL before the game, was a three-way force: doubling and homering for three RBI and two runs scored, swiping a bag, and gunning down two runners from right field. Shawn Pleffner also went deep and drew two walks in his second game since being activated from XST. Will Hudgins got the save with three perfect frames and five strikeouts. Roster moves: C Andruth Ramirez placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Wander Ramos activated from the 7-Day DL