Aug 122014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-4, 3.20) vs.
E. Johnson (5-6, 6.29)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-5, 6.56) vs.
Nola (1-0, 1.80)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Salem,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 13-7 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (1st Low-A start of ’14)
vs. Horacek (5-10, 3.98)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-4, 3.81) vs.
Duncan (2-2, 3.45)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-0 (6 inn.) @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 3-1 @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (3-3, 3.91) vs.
Oviedo (3-2, 2.54)


Charlotte 9 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 10-6) 4+ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, K, 3HBP
• Stange 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Moore 2-4, R

The Knights scored three times in the 5th to break open a 4-3 game and made single-run crusades in the 7th and 9th to complete a 9-3 conquest of the Chiefs. Taylor Hill put on 13 baserunners in the space of 25 batters faced over four-plus innings. Seven of them crossed home plate, including the three he left to Daniel Stange, who was greeted with a two-run single by the “other” Michael Taylor before inducing a double play, which scored the third inherited run. All three Syracuse runs came in the 3rd as Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes smacked his fifth home run. Rhymes and Tyler “Boz Thinks I’m Boggs” Moore both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Chiefs managed eight hits and three walks total.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The elimination number for the Western Division race is down to five for Harrisburg, which hosts Eastern Division cellar-dweller Reading for the next three at City Island. The Fightins now lead the Senators by four and 1/2 games to avoid the tag of the worst record in the Eastern League. Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero reassigned from Hagerstown.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The rain that washed out this past weekend’s slate between Salem and Potomac has followed them to Woodbridge as thunderstorms are forecast for today. For Potomac, one or more cancellations could actually be to their benefit as it will make it harder for second-place Lynchburg to catch them as well as make it possible to win by less than a game or by percentage points.

Hagerstown 13 Delmarva 7
• Giolito (W, 9-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Difo 5-6, 2R, 2RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, BB, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lopez 3-6, 2R, HR, 4RBI

Hagerstown got a touchdown on their opening drive, featuring deep completions beyond the secondary by Rafael Bautista and Wilman Rodriguez, and added a pair of field goals for a 13-7 win over Delmarva. Lucas Giolito won his 9th game with five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. Wilmer Difo went 5-for-6 to lead the 19-hit parade while Bautista, Rodriguez, and Carlos Lopez, who had a two-run homer in the 6th, had three hits apiece. It’s not all roses as reliever Andrew Cooper was hammered for six runs on seven hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds — the third time in a week that the Suns ‘pen was charged with three or more runs. Roster move: RHP Matt Swynenberg reassigned from Auburn.

Vermont 6 Auburn 2
• Ott 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Ramos (BS, 2; L, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Williamson 2-3, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

The Lake Monsters scored five unanswered runs to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 win over the Doubledays. Travis Ott gave up a solo shot with two out in the 1st but finished with the one run allowed on four hits. He walked one and struck out five. David Ramos blew yet another save as he was knocked for two runs in the 6th and was charged with the loss. Clay Williamson singled twice while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz doubled and tripled to lead the Auburn offense. Roster move: RHP John Feliz reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 0 (6 inn.)
• K. Simmons 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Vasquez (W, 1-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Valerio (S, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ortiz 1-2, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lora 1-2, BB

Oliver Ortiz’s three-run homer in the last of the 5th was the difference in a 3-0 G-Nats win over the G-Mets in six innings (rain). Kyle Simmons got the start and went two scoreless innings with two hits and two walks with… wait for it… two strikeouts. Daury Vasquez got the win with three shutout frames while Maximo Valerio was awarded the save for recording a goose egg in the 6th. The G-Nats totaled just four hits and one walk with Edwin Lora the sole batter to record one of each.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Rockies 1
• M. Pena (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Morel (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mota 2-4, 2B
• A. Martinez 2-4, R, 3B

The D-Nats stopped a two-game slide with a 3-1 win over the D-Rockies. Malvin Pena, who took Joan Baez’s place in the rotation, earned his first “W” with five frames of one-run ball, giving up three hits, no walks, and setting down three on strikes. Angher Cespedes completed four innings of shutdown relief that earned holds for Melvin Morel (#3) and Miguel Vargas (#1) as he set ‘em down in order in the 9th for the save (#8). The trio of Israel Mota, Anderson Franco, and Andres Martinez combined to go 5-for-12 with double (Mota), triple (Martinez) and home run (Franco) as the D-Nats registered eight hits for the game.

Aug 102014
 

No, I Said The White PhoneLike his teammate Taylor Hill, his stay on the big Nats may be brief, but for today Michael Taylor will be a major-leaguer as multiple outlets are reporting that the 23-y.o. outfielder will join the big club in Atlanta.

Taylor will be replacing either Jayson Werth or Steve Souza, who was called up last week to replace outmak..er, fielder Nate McLouth, as both rightfielders are battling injuries

Taylor is in the midst of a breakout season, which began in Harrisburg where he batted .313/.396/.539 with 22HR and 34SB in 98 games, which earned him a trip to the Eastern League All-Star game and the 2014 Futures game.

He’s barely skipped a beat in Syracuse going 5-for-13 with three doubles and a triple with two RBI, albeit in four games.

Corresponding moves have obviously not yet been made, and in a season with more movement than after a bad buffet, it’s pointless to guess. As always, if/when those moves are made today, this space will be updated.

UPDATE: Steven Souza is going to the DL. Thus far, there’s just one corresponding move: UT Jose Lozada has been reassigned from Harrisburg. The P-Nats, who were rained out for the entire weekend, and the Senators both have Monday off — so it’s unlikely that any more moves will be made (or announced) until Tuesday.

Aug 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-2 vs. Louisville,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-0, 3.15) vs.
Diamond (1-1, 2.96)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Simmons (2-2, 5.98) vs.
Matz (4-3, 2.83)
Potomac Postponed @ Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 3.55) and
Bacus (4-6, 4.49) vs.
Gunkel (2-4, 3.83) and
Light (5-5, 4.99)
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Suero (3-0, 1.47) vs.
Guerrero (6-0, 3.09)
Auburn Lost, 5-2 vs. Vermont,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Jo. Torres (0-5, 4.43)
GCL Nationals Won, 12-8 (12 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-5 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 7 Louisville 2
• Treinen (W, 8-1) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• E. Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, 2SB
• Kobernus 1-2, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Johnson 2-4, 2RBI

The Syracuse Chiefs celebrated Michael Taylor’s impending callup by breaking out offensively in a crucial 7-2 win over the Louisville Bats. Starter Blake Treinen had a rough 1sst inning and gave up two runs, the first on a Felix “I ain’t Timo!” Perez RBI double and the second on a Bryan “I and I” Anderson RBI single. Syracuse answered in the bottom of the 1st on Brandon Laird’s 26th double, an RBI that scored Emmanuel Burriss. Two walks and a Josh Johnson single tied the score. Burriss gave the Chiefs the lead for good with a single that scored Jeff “Bryant” Kobernus. When starter and loser Josh “Umpteenth” Smith walked Sandy “Candy Rapper” Leon to load the bases and then threw a wild pitch to give Syracuse a much needed insurance run, Louisville knew that it would not be their night. Kobernus, Josh “Double J” Johnson, and Greg “Hobbit” Dobbs followed up with consecutive RBI singles as the Chiefs broke it open in the four-run 5th. Rafael Martin struck out four Bats in a dominant non-save situation that extended his streak without an ER to 24 AAA innings.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 1
• Simms (L, 2-4) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR; 1-2 (.300BA)
• Bates 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hague 1-3, BB
• Martinson 1-4, 2B, RBI

The B-Mets scored three runs early and it was enough to win as the Sens lost again, 3-1. John Simms turned in a quality start, with all three Binghamton runs charged to him on eight hits and a walk, but lost for the fourth time at AA. Offensively, Harrisburg was held to just seven hits — four by the starting position players. The lone run came in the 9th with some help by Binghamton as Adrian Sanchez connected for a two-out pinch-hit single to drive in Jason Martinson, who reached on a three-base error to lead off the 9th.

Potomac vs. Salem — PPD
Rain struck again in Salem yesterday afternoon, forcing a doubleheader today and another this week when the two teams meet again in Woodbridge. (Best guess: Wednesday).

Hagerstown 9 Kannapolis 4
• Rivero 4IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
• Johns 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 4RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-5, 2B, RBI

The Hagerstown bullpen blew another lead in the 7th but the offense bailed them out with five unanswered runs for a 9-4 victory over Kannapolis. Felipe Rivero made his first start north of Florida since going on the DL in May. He went four innings, and let in an unearned run on three hits while striking out six. Philips Valdez hit a batter and gave up double and a run before getting the first two outs in the 7th. Joseph Webb was greeted by a triple, walked two batters and issued two wild pitches before Sam Johns came in to get the final out and preserve the 4-4 tie. Rafael Bautista singled and came around to score on Wilmer Difo’s 12th HR in the bottom of the 7th. Difo would strike again in the 8th with a two-run double to cap off a 4-for-5 night with four RBI. Johns pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th to earn his third win. Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero reassigned from Harrisburg.

Vermont 5 Auburn 2
• Dickey (L, 0-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, BB, K
• M. Rodriguez 2⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 2-4, R
• Langlois 0-1, R, 3BB

Auburn struck for two runs in the bottom of the first as they loaded the bases with two singles and a walk and connected for a sac fly and a two-out single. And that would be it as Vermont scored five unanswered runs to take game one of the series, 5-2. Robbie Dickey took the loss with three runs allowed on three hits and a walk over five innings. Bryan Mejia, D.K. Carey, and Raudy Read each went 2-for-4 but the Doubledays were held to nine singles total while drawing three walks for the game.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Marlins 8 (12 inn.)
• Mills 1⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Poveda 3⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Je. Ramirez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Alvarez 3-5, 3R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Gutierrez 3-5, 2R, 3B, 2BB, CS
• G. Ramirez 3-6, R, BB, SB, 2CS

A four-run 12th snapped a 7-7 tie as the G-Nats held off a late charge for a 12-8 win over the G-Marlins. The two teams combined for 34 hits and six errors in the 236-minute marathon. McKenzie Mills got the start but was lit up for two runs on five hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds. Thomas Alvarez led off the 1st with a home run and the 12th with a single. The 19-y.o. notched three hits total, as did Kelvin Gutierrez and Gilberto Ramirez. The trio combined for four stolen bases but were caught three times. Jean Ramirez got the win in relief, pitching all three extras with one run allowed on three hits and a walk with one whiff.

DSL Giants 8 DSL Nationals 5
• Bermudez (L, 4-5) 2+ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Pinto 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Pilier 3-3, R, BB, 2E
• A. Martinez 2-5, R, 3B
• Rengel 2-5, RBI

Juan Bermudez came up short vs. the D-Giants as they hung four runs on his pitching in the 3rd en route to an 7-5 victory over the D-Nats. Bermudez gave up four hits and no walks over two-plus innings while losing for the fifth time. Neivy Pilier led the hit column with three singles, but committed two of the five D-Nat errors on the game.

Aug 082014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (1-6, 6.34 in PCL) vs.
Holmberg (1-6, 4.90)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (0-2, 4.50) vs.
Ynoa (2-0, 5.23)
Potomac Won, 6-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 3.55) vs.
Gunkel (2-4, 3.83)
Hagerstown Won, 8-1 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-7, 4.39) vs.
Freudenberg (1-0, 1.50)
Auburn Won, 11-4 vs. Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 6.04) vs.
Kahana (NYPL Debut)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-3 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (2-2, 2.25) vs.
Reyes (3-2, 4.03)


Syracuse 4 Louisville 1
• Lively (W, 2-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Martin (S, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Burriss 2-4, R, 3B
• Taylor 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Syracuse effectively silenced Louisville in an efficient 4-1 victory last night. They immediately took a 1-0 lead before the Bats recorded an out when Emmanuel Burris tripled and Will “Skills” Rhymes singled him home. Greg Dobbs singled home Michael “BATMAN” Taylor and Jhonotan “Red Onion” Solano in the 6th. Taylor continued his assault on AAA pitching by tripling home Tyler Moore in the seventh to give the Chiefs a 4-0 lead. Matt Grace gave up a rare run on two singles and two groundouts in the 7th before Rafael “Hershiser” Martin (41⅓ IP w/o an ER) ended the proceedings with his fourth save for the Chiefs.
Roster moves: C Sandy Leon optioned from Washingtion; RHP Warner Madrigal released.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 0
• Espino (L, 5-4) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Runion 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Latimore 1-3, BB, SB(10)
• Ramsey 1-4, 2B, SB

The Harrisburg Senators failed to pass the law in the Pennsylvania legislature that would have given them a victory over the Reading Fightin’ Phils and lost 3-0 on the baseball diamond. Their feeble offense mustered only two hits. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore did his best to give Harrisburg a lead in the 1st. He singled and stole second and third before Kevin Keys whiffed. Reading’s Aaron “I’m here!” Altherr announced his presence with a solo homer to lead off the 4th off of starter and loser Paolo Espino. Jake “Not the Snake” Fox launched a solo shot to lead off the 6th against reliever Derek Self. A double and two singles against Self led to Reading’s final score. Colton “In a Hurry” Murray quickly ended Harrisburg’s latest debacle with a two-inning save.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 4
• Dickson 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, BK, 2WP
• Turnbull (W, 1-3) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Wooten 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, BB
• Oduber 2-4, R, RBI, SB, OF assist at HP

John Wooten made his first High-A homer count as the three-run bomb highlighted a four-run 8th for Potomac as they completed another series sweep with a 6-4 win over Winston-Salem. Ian Dickson shook off a shaky start to pitch into the 6th for the second time since his return to the rotation, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four. Kylin Turnbull got the win with an unearned run allowed over two and a 1/3rd with two runners stranded in the 6th. Wooten and Shawn Pleffner both went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to lead the 10-hit parade for the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 8 Kannapolis 1
• Lopez (W, 2-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Napoli 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bautista 3-5, R, RBI
• Lopez 3-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, 2B, 3RBI

The Hagerstown Suns were not impressed by the inaptly named Kannapolis Intimidators during their 7-1 victory last night. Spencer Kieboom, Drew Ward, and Carlos Lopez all doubled to start the 2nd, resulting in two runs for the Suns. Kannapolis starter and loser Jeffrey McKenzie walked in a run the next inning before giving up a two-out, three run double to James “Mellow” Yezzo that gave Hagerstown a 6-0 lead. The merciless Suns piled on with a Wilmer Difo RBI double in the 4th before Kieboom grounded into an inning-ending double play. Meanwhile 20-y.o. starter and winner Reynaldo Lopez tossed six shutout innings and only ran into difficulty when he walked two in the 5th before two groundouts enabled him to escape. Kannapolis broke up the shutout with a Danny Hayes one-out homer against Andrew Cooper in the 9th.
Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero transferred from GCL Nationals for minor-league rehab.

Auburn 11 Tri-City 4
• A. Williams (W, 2-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, 2WP
• Orlan (H, 2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Davidson 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 2-4, 2B, 5RBI
• Gordon 1-3, 3R, HR, 2RBI

Cody Gunter drove in five without a HR as Auburn pounded Tri-City, 11-4. Gunter got the rare three-run single to cap off a four-run 6th that turned a one-run game into blowout. He struck again for a more mundane two-run double in the Auburn five-run 7th. Austen Williams, who gave up just a single run on five hits and no walks over five innings, got the win. Gunter went 2-for-4 as did Austin Davidson to pace the Doubleday offense, which registered nine hits and four walks.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 3
• Reyes (L, 1-4) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Reynoso 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lora 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI

The G-Nats lost their third straight with a 6-3 loss to the G-Marlins. Starter Luis Reyes gave up five runs on six hits and four walks over five innings while setting down three on strikes. Edwin Lora singled, doubled, walked, scored a run and stole his seventh base as the D-Nats, who managed eight hits total.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Red Sox 0
• W. Pena (W, 3-4) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Rosario (SV, 2) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• J. Ramirez 2-3, BB
• Pimentel 1-4

The D-Nats scored but one run again but it was enough to win as two pitchers combined on a 1-0 shutout of the division-leading D-Red Sox. Wilber “Where’s Charlotte?” Pena struck out eight and walked one over six innings of three-hit ball to win his third game. Ramses Rosario whiffed three, walked none, but let up four hits over the final three frames to notch his second save. Joshual Ramirez singled twice while Davinson Pimentel singled once to account for the three (3) D-Nats hits, with the game’s only run scoring on a throwing error.

Aug 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Lively (1-2, 5.74) vs.
Marshall (0-7, 8.62)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-2 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (5-3, 5.07) vs.
Bootcheck (2-3, 6.06)
Potomac Won, 10-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-8, 5.27) vs.
Rodon (0-0, 6.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-1, 2.89) vs.
McKenzie (2-3, 5.89)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-2, 6.53) vs.
Ordosgoitti (2-3, 4.68)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 18-1 @ DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (2-4, 3.42) vs.
Jh. Diaz (5-2, 1.28)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
The Syracuse Chiefs’ nine-game homestand resumes with a chance to make some hay against the cellar-dwelling Louisville Bats for four games and the sub-.500 Charlotte Knights for three before they begin the first of two series against the third-place Rochester RedWings. Roster move: RHP Blake Treinen optioned from Washington.

Reading 9 Harrisburg 2
• Kroenke (L, 2-5) 2⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 4K
• Dupra 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Ramsey 4-4, 2B, RBI, 2SB
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B

The Harrisburg Senators briefly held a 1-0 lead in their eventual 9-2 defeat at the hands of the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Cole Leonida doubled to lead off the 3rd and was singled in by Caleb Ramsey. Ramsey stole second before Reading immediately blew the game open in the bottom half of the inning against starter and loser Zach Kroenke. Three straight singles and a bases-loaded walk made the score 1-1. Two more singles, a double, and a Sebastian “Frankie” Valle single made the score 6-1 before Brian Dupra entered and threw a wild pitch to give Reading a comfortable 7-1 lead. Cutter Dykstra’s solo homer in the top of the sixth was Harrisburg’s last gasp of offense.

Potomac 10 Winston-Salem 2
• Spann (W, 8-5) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Walsh 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Ballou 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 6RBI
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Matthew Spann tossed six one-hit innings, Randolph Oduber drove in six Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: UT Justin Miller released.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 2
• Estevez (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Valdez 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-2 IR-S
• Difo 3-4, 2R, 2SB (39, 40)
• Yezzo 2-4, RBI

Starter Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez was tattooed for five early runs in the Suns’ 7-2 loss to the Power. Hagerstown managed only one run in the top of the 1st despite four singles, two stolen bases and a walk from West Virginia because both Rafael Bautista and Wilman Rodriguez were gunned down at second for the inning’s first two outs. The Power immediately erased the 1-0 deficit with an Austin Meadows homer. Estevez later gave up four straight singles and a walk in the top of the second before leaving with an ominous sounding “injured arm.” Austin “Power’s Powers” Meadows effectively put the game away with a two-out, two-run single against reliever Phillips Valdez. Hagerstown’s James “Mellow” Yezzo’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th preceded Drew Ward’s rally-killing double play with nobody out and runners on first and second.

Tri-City 3 Auburn 2
• Bourque (L, 1-4) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, WP, HBP
• Swynenberg 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Page 2-4, RBI
• Langlois 1-3, R, 2B, BB

With two out in the bottom of the 9th, Brian Langlois doubled, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Matthew Page’s second single of the night to pull the Doubledays within one at 3-2. Alas, Osvaldo Abreu struck out to end it and there was no joy in Auburn as they dropped the series opener to Tri-City. James Bourque started and gave up all three ValleyCat runs on seven hits and a walk over four innings. Three relievers combined for five scoreless innings, but the offense was limited to seven hits and two walks while fanning 11 times.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Morales (L, 0-5) 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Yrizarri 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Lora 0-3, BB, RBI
• R. Encarnacion 0-2, 2BB, SB

Four G-Cards pitchers combined to no-hit the G-Nats and take a 6-1 decision. Jose Morales started for the third time, but was perforated for nine hits and two runs over five inning. He struck out three but suffered his fifth loss in nine appearances. A walk, balk, and a wild pitch set up Edwin Lora’s RBI groundout in the 3rd that prevented the shutout. The G-Cards doubled down on reliever Deibi Yrizarri for two runs in the 7th and 8th innings to put the game out of reach.

DSL Red Sox 18 DSL Nationals 1
• Acevedo (L, 3-3) 2IP, 8H, 10R, 8ER, 2BB, K, HR
• D. Rojas 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Mota 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Franco 1-2

When a 17-y.o. position player is your most effective pitcher of the game, you know it was a blowout. The D-Red Sox pounded three D-Nats pitchers for 18 runs and 17 hits before Dany Rojas tossed a scoreless 9th with one walk. Israel Mota broke up the shutout with an RBI double to plate Neivy Pilier in the bottom of the 7th and was the sole batter to record multiple hits.
Roster move: RHP Yordani Garcia assigned from Washington.

Aug 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Kroenke (2-4, 5.72) vs.
Nola (AA Debut)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (7-5, 4.65) vs.
Dykstra (2-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 10-6 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 7.04) vs.
Heredia (1-4, 4.53)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-3, 3.27) vs.
Musgrove (4-1, 3.88)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-1 vs. DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. Bautista (2-0, 0.38)


Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6
• Hill (W, 10-5) 6⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HBP, 2WP
• Barrett (H, 1) 1⅓, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Cedeno (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Laird 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, 2B

Syracuse improved to 2-0 on the Michael Taylor era with a 4-1 win over Scranton Wilkes-Barre. The Chiefs gained a run on doubles by Emmanuel Burris and Brandon Laird in the bottom of the 1st, but lost Manager Billy Gardner for what appeared to be arguing against an out call at first base on a Tyler “Quite Contrary” Moore groundout. Starter and winner Taylor Hill pounded the zone with 54 strikes on 88 pitches en route to his tenth win. His lone mistake was an RBI double in the second. A Jeff Kobernus double and a Josh Johnson single gave Syracuse a 2-1 lead in the 3rd. A Brandon Laird two-run homer in the 4th concluded the offense for the night and scored Emmanuel Burriss. Xavier Cedeno recorded his fourth save with a scoreless 9th after a dreaded leadoff walk.
Roster move: C Sandy Leon recalled to Washington.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 2
• Simmons (L, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Demny 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Sanchez 2-4, 2B
• Dykstra 1-3, BB

The Harrisburg Senators moved one day closer to fall recess with a 3-2 loss to the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Things started great for Harrisburg with a Cutter Dykstra leadoff double and a Quincy “The Dude” walk preceding sacrifice flies by Kevin Keyes and Jason Martinson to give Harrisburg a 2-0 lead after one. Things came to a screeching halt offensively when Adrian Sanchez was gunned down at home on a Cole Leonida double in the top of the 2nd. Starter and loser James Simmons immediately yielded a run in the home 2nd and two more in the bottom of the 4th on a Zach Collier homer. Reading’s Colton Murray lowered his ERA to a tidy 1.64 when he recorded his fourth save.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 2
• Rauh (W, 2-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Mirowski 1IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Martinez 2-4, R
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI
• Ballou 1-4, 3B, 2RBI

Brian Rauh was lights out Last Night In Woodbridge

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 2
• Giolito (W, 8-2) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Johns (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Yezzo 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Ward 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Masters 2-3, R, 2RBI

Lucas “Twinkletoes” Giolito recorded his eighth victory in a 10-6 offensive battle against the West Virginia Power that was not as close as the score indicated. Giolito gave up a two-run homer to Austin Meadows in the 1st. In the 3rd, three one-out singles loaded the bases before an Edwin Espinal groundout to first scored a run. Jake Johansen struggled in relief, giving up two runs in the 7th on an RBI double and a sacrifice fly. The Suns pounded starter and loser Dovydas “Bleak Greek” Neverauskas for seven runs in two and 1/3rd innings. They erupted for three doubles and a two run Wilmer Difo homer in a six run third that gave them an 8-1 lead.

Auburn — OFF DAY
The Doubledays return to upstate New York after 4-2 swing through the two borough teams of NYC for a six-game homestand against the Tri-City and Vermont.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 0
• Poveda 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, WP
• K. Simmons (L, 1-1) 3IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Encarnacion 2-3, BB
• Rosario 2-3, 2B

The G-Nats took a step back in their quest to overtake the G-Cards, losing 4-0 with three of the four runs coming in the top of the 9th. Omar Poveda took another step closer to getting the hell out of Viera returning to Harrisburg with three scoreless innings. Kyle Simmons took the loss on an unearned run over three frames. The offense was limited to Randy Encarnacion, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, and Dionicio Rosario, who singled and doubled. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-25 with a walk.

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Rojos 1
• M. Pena 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3WP
• Pinto (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Y. Ramirez (SV, 2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mota 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Pimentel 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Another big inning in early going — five runs in the 3rd — propelled the D-Nats to their eighth straight win, 9-1 over the D-Rojos. Malvin Pena got the start and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three. The win went to Francisco Pinto, who gave up the lone D-Rojos run while pitching two innings. Yonathan Ramirez closed out the game with three innings of one-hit ball for the save. Israel Mota singled, walked, doubled and scored three times while 17-y.o.’s Davinson Piomentel and Telmito Augustin both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the 3-4-5 combo collected six of the nine D-Nats hits for the game.

Aug 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (9-5, 2.58) vs.
Tracy (1-4, 3.62)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Simmons (2-1, 6.11) vs.
Milner (6-5, 4.57)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.18) vs.
Wendelken (6-8, 4.79)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (7-2, 2.17) vs.
Neverauskas (5-9, 5.35)
Auburn Won, 7-6 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 12-2 (7½ inn.) vs.GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 13-0 vs. DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. Estevez (0-4, 2.75)


Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6
• Cole 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
• Grace (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Martin (SV, 3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 2-2, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Laird 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Michael Taylor had an adventuresome but successful AAA debut as he led Syracuse to a crucial 7-6 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to hold onto 1st place in the I.L. North. It began with a whimper as Taylor ran down a deep flyball to the warning track in right-center to record the first out but dropped the ball for an error to let the first Baby Bomber run score. It ended with a bang as the 23-y.o. doubled in Emmanuel “Still Not Webster” Burriss for the game-winning run to cap a three-run 7th and a 2-for-2 night (he also walked and stole base). The Chiefs committed four errors total, which compounded poor outings by starter A.J. Cole and reliever Ryan Mattheus, but the offense saved the day. Brandon Laird went 2-for-4 with a two-run HR while Will “Skills” Rhymes went 2-for-4 with a two-run double to combined with Taylor for six of the nine Chiefs hits. Matt Grace got the win, his first at AAA, while Rafael Martin did his best to keep the cardiologists of Syracuse employed by requiring a gundown of Zelous Wheeler at the plate by third baseman Brandon Laird to help him record his third save.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 1
• Simms (L, 2-3) 3⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-4
• Vettleson 1-3, BB, SF, RBI

The Fightin’ Phils beat on the Senators for two in the 1st round inning and never looked back in a 5-1 decision versus Harrisburg. Starter and loser John Simms gave up three more in the 4th, starting with a leadoff homer by Zach Collier. Colin Bates recorded the final out in the fourth as part of two and 1/3rd innings of stellar, three-strikeout pitching for one of the few Senators highlights on the night. The Harrisburg offense was limited to just one run, which came on a Drew Vettleson sacrifice fly after the Sens loaded the bases with no outs in the 8th. A strikeout and a groundout sandwiched around a walk ended the Harrisburg threat in the 8th while a double play ended the game in the 9th

Potomac — OFF DAY
While the P-Nats were taking care of business in Zebulon over the weekend, the Hillcats were swept by the Dash two hours to the west in Winston-Salem to open up a three-game lead for Potomac over Lynchburg. For the second week in a row, the Carolina League’s division leaders will meet in Woodbridge for a pair of night games and getaway day matinee — and a possible 2014 Mills Cup preview.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 2
• Suero 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Cooper (L, 7-4) ⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Kieboom 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Lopez 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A four-run 6th put this one away as the Power shorted the Suns, 5-2. Wander Suero made the spot start and turned in five strong innings with one unearned run and one hit allowed. He walked none and struck out four. West Virginia greeted Andrew Cooper with three straight hits and five total in the space of nine batters as the 22-y.o. reliever was charged with his fourth loss. Hagerstown was held to just three hits and two walks total, as solo shots by Spencer Kieboom and Carlos Lopez accounted for both Suns runs.

Auburn 7 Staten Island 6 (10 inn.)
• Ott 4IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Sanchez (W, 4-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• D. Ramos (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gunter 2-4, R, RBI
• Gardner 1-3, 3R, HR, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Page 2-5

Jeff Gardner homered with two out in the 9th to force extras, where Auburn struck again with two down as Clay Williamson drove in pinch-runner Willie Medina from second to snatch a 7-6 win away from Staten Island and take the series, 2-1. Travis Ott started and went the first four innings, but walked five and gave up three runs on three hits, including a two-run shot in the 4th. After the Doubledays took a 5-3 lead in the 6th, the Yankees put up a picket fence with single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to take a 6-5 lead. Mario Sanchez, who stranded three in the 7th before giving up a run of his own in the 8th, got the win. David Ramos set them down 1-2-3 in the 10th for the save, his first for Auburn and second for the 2014 season.

GCL Nationals 12 GCL Cardinals 2 (7½ inn.)
• Rivero 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, BK
• Lee (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR, 2WP
• Lora 3-5, 2R
• Florentino 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Rosario 2-3, 2R, BB

The G-Nats took a 6-0 lead after two and cruised to a 12-2 win that was shortened to 7½ innings by rain. Felipe Rivero tossed three scoreless innings to start with just two hits and no walks allowed. The win went to Nick Lee though he was largely ineffective, with two runs let in on three hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds. Edwin Lora went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, followed by Dionicio Rosario, who also reached base three times on two singles and a walk in four PAs.
Roster move: RHP Joan Baez reassigned from the DSL Naionals.

DSL Nationals 13 DSL Rojos 0
• Bermudez (W, 4-4) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Guance 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mota 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Pimentel 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The D-Nats broke open a 1-0 game with an eight-run 4th while three pitchers combined to limit the D-Rojos to no runs and five hits for a 13-0 shutout. Juan Bermudez finally evened his won-loss mark at 4-4 with five one-hit, one-walk innings with four K’s. Hector Guance and Ramses Rosario both went two scoreless innings in relief with two hits given up. Every starter reached base with Israel Mota leading the hit column at three with two singles and a double, Luis Rengel driving in three with a two-run single and a sac fly, and Andres Martinez drawing four of the nine walks taken by the D-Nats.

Aug 042014
 

Ripple
With the promotion of Steve Souza from Syracuse to Washington to replace an allegedly injured Nate McLouth, also comes the promotion of CF Michael Taylor from Harrisburg to take Souza’s place on the Syracuse roster.

Now, obviously it’s possible that both moves could be reversed in two weeks when McLouth is eligible to be activated, but it seems awfully convenient coincidental that the Nats waited until after the non-waiver trade deadline to make any of these moves. Washington GM Mike Rizzo is as brilliant as he is stubborn, and we could very well be seeing both traits on display here.

It’s been a topic of debate in the comments as to where Brian Goodwin is and/or what has happened to him. Officially, he’s on the DL (and without explanation), which, to remind the newcomers here, does not necessarily mean that a player is injured. But common sense — a misnomer, as Mark Twain once said because it’s so rarely found — does suggest that Goodwin is indeed hurt. It’s one thing to stash a guy for a week, but as of today it’s been a month.

Thus, the rumor that Goodwin has suffered a separated shoulder (via the comments) doesn’t seem all that implausible. Of course, that is the function of rumor — to fill in the gaps of knowledge when there is no official information. But if it’s true — and there is precedent in the example of Matt Purke, who went missing in the summer of 2012 only to be revealed during the 2012-13 offseason that he had undergone shoulder surgery — then we may be seeing an injury allow one prospect to leapfrog another again, just as we did with Tyler Moore and Chris Marrero.

The Senators and Chiefs also announced the following moves…
• RHP Josh Roenicke released
• RHP Scott McGregor reassigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse
• IF Ricky Hague and RHP Sam Runion activated from the 7-Day DL

It’s possible that Roenicke’s release was at his request; at the time he was signed he reportedly had a June 15 opt-out clause. Though it seems more likely that he was released outright with a two in-season FAs backfilling the gaps.

As always, if there are further moves related to this story, look for this space to be updated.

Aug 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-0 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.13) vs.
Pineda (1-1, 3.86)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Morata (5-3, 4.81)
Potomac Postponed @ Carolina,
1:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 1-0 @ Charleston,
5:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-6, 3.98) vs.
Davis (5-8, 4.69)
Auburn Lost, 5-2 @ Staten Island,
4:00 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 4.61) vs.
Montgomery (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 13 Syracuse 0
• Roenicke (L, 4-6) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Stange 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2-2B

The Syracuse Chiefs weren’t watching last night’s 11-0 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies by the Washington Nationals from the dugout. But had they been, they were not inspired to win as they lost by the even uglier score of 13-0 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Only reliever Daniel Stange, who only allowed three hits during his shutout 5th and 6th innings, can hold his head high. Perhaps Jeff Howell, who pitched a perfect one-third of an inning and stranded two runners to end the madness, can too. Offensively, only Will “Skills” Rhymes, whose two doubles came when Syracuse was already down 6-0 to the Evil Empire’s AAA minions, warrants mention. Thanks to a PawSox loss, the Chiefs held onto their one-game division lead, but the gap between 1st place and 3rd place was narrowed to one and a half games by a RedWings win.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 2
• Espino (W, 5-3) 8IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Benincasa (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-4
• Latimore 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

In contrast to the Chiefs, the Senators have decided to make a noble final speech before they are voted out of their playoff offices for the 2014 season. Nobody should lose to a RubberDuck, and tomorrow Harrisburg will go for a rare home four-game sweep of Akron. Starter and winner Paolo Espino was down 1-0 with no outs in the 1st following a wild pitch and a double, but he wriggled out of further harm with a flyout to Michael Taylor, a lineout to Drew Vettleson and a groundout to Jason Martinson. After a Bryan Miles homer put Harrisburg down 2-0 in the top half the 4th, Quincy “The Dude” Latimore countered with a two-run double in the bottom half before Jason Martinson was gunned down at home. Cutter Dykstra returned to the lineup for the first time since Independence Day and celebrated by singling and scoring the decisive run in the bottom of the 5th on a Matt Skole two-out single. Ric Flair was upset and stalked off angrily, however, because he only got to yell “WOOOO!” twice during Robert Benincasa’s fifth save.
Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra activated from 7-Day DL, C Mitch Canham placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac vs. Carolina — PPD
They’ll play two today to make up for the rainout on Saturday. With an off day on Monday, both teams are shuffling the deck and neither is showing their hand as to who’s pitching today.
Roster moves: RHP Gilberto Mendez activated from the 3-Day TIL, UT Justin Miller placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 1 Charleston 0
• Lopez 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Webb (W, 4-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2 pickoffs
• Johns (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, SB(60)
• Difo 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI

Three Hagerstown pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout while Wilmer Difo provided the margin of victory with a solo shot in the 9th in a 1-0 win over Charleston. Reynaldo Lopez only struck out three but turned in another five scoreless innings to bring his total to 11 in his two starts since returning from Auburn. Joseph Webb followed with three more zeroes on the scoreboard, giving up a hit and a walk (both were picked off at first) and getting the benefit of Difo’s blast for his fourth win. Sam Johns pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save. Difo also doubled and walked as the Suns piled up nine hits but also hit into three double plays.

Staten Island 5 Auburn 2
• Dickey 4+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mapes (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Page 2-3, BB
• Mejia 2-4, 3SB

Auburn led this one 2-1 at the halfway mark but gave up four unanswered runs in the 5th and 6th innings to lose to Staten Island, 5-2. Robbie Dickey put baserunners in four of five innings he started, leaving with one on and no outs in the 5th. Tyler Mapes let in that runner and one of his own to suffer the loss, his first. The Doubledays were held to just six hits with Matt Page and Bryan Mejia accounting for four of the five singles, and Clay Williamson connecting for the lone extra-base knock, a double in the 5th.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 4
• W. Davis (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Mills 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, BB, RBI
• Reetz 1-2, R, 2BB, SB, CS

With a four-run 9th the G-Nats made this game a whole lot closer than it really was as they fell to the G-Mets again, 6-4. Eleventh Rd. pick Weston Davis took the loss with four runs (two earned) given up on six hits and two walks over three innings. Aldrem Corredor’s two-run HR highlighted the G-Nats lone rally of the game. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice and walked once while Jakson Reetz walked twice and singled once to lead the seven-hit, five-walk offense for the G-Nats.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Orioles2 3
• Fuentes (W, 2-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 9K, WP
• Cespedes 3BF, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Vargas 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP, 3-3 IR-S
• Pimentel 2-4, 2B
• Agustin 2-4, R

Angher Cespedes did his best Rafael Soriano imitation, putting three straight runners on in the 8th with a 4-0 lead to set up a Chad Cordero save for Migeul Vargas as he let in all three runners on a wild pitch and a double before getting the last six outs in a 4-3 D-Nats win over the D-Orioles2. The meltdown nearly took away the win from Steven Fuentes, who struck out nine in five innings with just a walk and two hits allowed. Seventeen-year-olds Davinson Pimentel and Telmito Augustin both went 2-for-4 to lead the D-Nats attack.

Aug 012014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Lively (0-2, 7.20) vs.
Ranaudo (12-4, 2.41)
Ely (0-0, 1.75)

Harrisburg Won, 10-9 (10 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (1-1, 6.04) vs.
Roberts (10-10, 4.11)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 1-0 @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 6.55) vs.
Encinas (0-1, 9.90)
Auburn Won, 14-3 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 7.27) vs.
Oswalt (4-1, 2.56)
GCL Nationals Won, 13-10 vs GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (1-4, 3.61) vs.
Pacheco (2-4, 1.60)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Hill 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Madrigal (L, 0-4) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Perez 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, SB
• Laird 2-4, 2B

A two-run walkoff in the 9th dropped Syracuse, 4-2, and into a first-place tie with Pawtucket (percentage points ahead). Taylor Hill turned in his best outing of the month with one run on four hits and three walks but gave up a longball for the sixth straight start. Warner Madrigal took the loss as he gave up a single and a homer with one out in the 9th after pitching a scoreless 8th. Eury Perez scored both Chiefs runs, doubling in the 1st, stealing third, and trotting home on a Tyler Moore two-out double, then homering in the 8th to tie it at 2-2. Brandon Laird singled and doubled as Syracuse was held to just six hits on the afternoon.
Roster move: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 10 Akron 9 (10 inn.)
• Simmons 5⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Self (W, 2-2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Latimore 2-4, 3R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

Michael Taylor announced his return to the lineup by going Rickey Henderson in the 1st with a leadoff home run, but it was Quincy “The Dude” Latimore’s walkoff blast in the last of the 10th that sent the folks in Harrisburg home happy with a 10-9 win. Starter James Simmons left with a 7-4 lead with one out in the 6th but both runners he turned over to Colin Bates came in while Paul Demny melted down with a three runs in the top of the 9th to put the Senators in a 9-7 hole. Harrisburg rallied to tie at 9-9 when Kevin “Special Ks” Keyes hit a two-run, game-tying single in the next half-inning. The Sens then found their best Derek Self, who stopped the bleeding in the 10th before Q “I Ended You” Latimore connected for his second HR on the night and third in two games.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The P-Nats make the first of three three-game road trips this month with a Friday-to-Sunday series in Zebulon in a rematch of last weekend’s series against the Mudcats, who they swept last weekend. It’s also the beginning of a stretch of 31 games in 32 days as two doubleheaders (19th and 31st) offset the three scheduled off days (4th, 11th, 18th) in August.

Hagerstown 1 Charleston 0
• Giolito (W, 7-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Suero (SV, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Difo 2-4, R
• Kieboom 1-4, RBI

Unless someone throws a complete-game shutout over the weekend, odds are Lucas Giolito’s got the Sally Lg. Pitcher of the Week for a second straight week for his effort in a 1-0 neutering of the RiverDogs. The 20-y.o. spun another six scoreless innings, letting up two hits and one walk while “only” striking out six. Wander Suero followed with three more goose eggs to complete the combined three-hit shutout, the ninth this season for the Suns. Charleston’s Chaz Hebert was nearly as brilliant — yes, we can acknowledge this — giving up just the one unearned run off two hits: a two-out Wilmer Difo single, which the defense turned into a “double” with an error, followed by an RBI single by Hagerstown backstop Spencer Kieboom in the 4th.

Auburn 14 Brooklyn 3
• A. Williams (W, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Torres 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mejia 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Read 2-3, R

The Doubledays stormed the Cyclones for 10 runs in the 4th and 5th innings en route to a 14-3 smackdown in Brooklyn. Austen Williams rebounded from a season-worst outing last Friday, with serviceable effort of three runs let in on six hits and a walk over five innings for his first professional win. Any thoughts of a comeback or getting some runs back for pride were squashed by the relief duo of Chase McDowell and Luis Torres with two scoreless inning apiece. Bryan Mejia reached base four times from the #9 spot in the lineup while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Jeff “Call Me Bad, Will You?” Gardner smacked two- and three-run HRs respectively to highlight Auburn’s six-run 5th.

GCL Nationals 13 GCL Mets 10
• Yrizarri 1⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, 3BB, 0K
• Valerio (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S, WP
• Guzman 3-5, R, 3B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2-2B, 4RBI

After blowing leads of 3-0 and 7-5, the G-Nats tied the game at 9-9 in the 6th and rallied for four in the 8th to take this see-saw battle, 13-10. Deibi Yrizarri started and was charged with five unearned runs on three hits and three walks with no strikeouts. The win went o Maximo Valerio, who finished off the 6th and allowed one run over the last three innings on two walks (one intentional) and a wild pitch. The 4-5-6 combo of Kelvin Gutierrez, Randy Encarnacion, and Luis Guzman combined to go 7-for-12 with four runs scored, two doubles, two triples and six RBI as the G-Nats pounded out 14 hits total.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Cardinals 3
• Acevedo (W, 3-2) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Charlis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Agustin 3-4, 2R, 2B, CS
• Viloro 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4, RBI

Carlos Acevedo turned in six shutout innings as the D-Nats put up four in the 1st en route to a 7-3 win over the D-Cards. Acevedo walked one and struck out five while letting up just four hits in his third win. Telmito Agustin singled twice and doubled once to lead the D-Nats ten-hit parade, which featured a two-run HR by the still-just-16-y.o. Anderson Franco.