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.

Jul 312014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Hill (9-5, 2.62) vs.
Escobar (3-8, 5.11 @ PCL)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 (13 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (2-1, 5.68) vs.
Colon (8-6, 2.82)
Potomac Lost, 10-6 (16 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (6-2, 2.34) vs.
Herbert (1-2, 3.05)
Auburn Lost, 9-4 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (0-2, 6.89) vs.
Acosta (3-2, 2.14)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0;
Won, 7-4
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-0 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-2, 2.95) vs.
Fernandez (0-3, 7.63)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Cole 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR
• Mattheus (L, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI, SB
• Moore 1-3, 2BB

Syracuse and the Paw-Sox decided to put up a box score of binary code filled with “1’s” and “0”s last night in Pawtucket. Back-to-back doubles by former Washington Nationals Eury Perez and Steven “FREE ME” Souza scored a 1st-inning run for the Chiefs before Mookie “Not Bill Buckner’s Nemesis” Betts immediately erased A.J. Cole’s lead with a leadoff homer in the home half. Garin Cecchini added to the Paw-Sox Power Punishment of Syracuse with a one-out dinger of his own. Jhonatan “The Green Onion” Solano’s double play scored a run, but effectively killed a rally in the following top of the 3rd. While Danny Stange and Manny Delcarmen effectively kept the score tied at 2-2, former Washington National Ryan “Firework” Mattheus took the loss by allowing two singles through the infield and a sacrifice fly for the loss that shaved the Syracuse lead to one in the I.L. North.
Roster moves: OF Destin Hood placed on the 7-Day DL retroactive to July 24, C Jeff Howell activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 3 (13 inn.)
• Simms 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Herron 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Holland (W, 6-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Latimore 4-7, R, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Martinson 2-6, RBI
• Tejeda 2-6, R
• Skole 0-3, R, 4BB

In a shocking development, the Harrisburg offense woke up in a 6-3 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Harrisburg, not Richmond, flew out to an early 1-0 lead with a 1st-inning homer from Drew Vettleson. Mr. Vettleson, like the rest of the Harrisburg Senators, then proceeded to take the next 11½ innings off at the plate. Meanwhile, Richmond tied up the game at 1-1 off of starter John Simms when Matt “I’m a Toughy” Duffy doubled, Jarrett “Squirrelyman” Parker singled and Devin “Better at Basketball” Harris hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 6th. Harrisburg exploded for five runs in the 13th with a sacrifice fly by Jason Martinson following a leadoff walk, a hit by pitch, and a Fundamental Baseball Sacrifice Bunt to advance the runners. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore ended a 406-game drought for Harrisburg with a two-out grand slam. Harrisburg would need those insurance runs because Richmond fought back and scored two runs off of Robert “Happy House” Benincasa before ultimately falling 6-3.

Myrtle Beach 10 Potomac 6 (16 inn.)
• Encarnacion 4⅔ IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Henke 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP, 2WP
• Norfork (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, HR(GS)
• Oduber 4-7, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Ballou 2-7, R, HR, 2RBI
• Wooten 2-6, RBI

Isaac Ballou homered with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to force extras, where the Pelicans ‘pen shut down the P-Nats for seven innings to secure a 10-6 win and the three-game sweep. Khayyan Norfork, who pitched scoreless 15th, took the loss in the 16th on a grand slam following an intentional walk to set up a possible double (or triple) play. Randolph Oduber once again threatened to cycle but missed the longball to “only” go 4-for-7 to lead the 13-hit parade for Potomac.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown begins a brutal 14-road-games-in-18-days stretch with four against Charleston as they cling to a ½ game lead in the Sally North with 33 days left in the regular season.
Roster moves: LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Wander Suero activated from the 7-Day DL.

Brooklyn 9 Auburn 4
• Bourque (L, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 3ER, 2BB, K, BK, HBP, WP
• Swynenberg 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, BB
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A seven-run 2nd put this one away early for the Cyclones as they blew away the Doubledays, 9-4. James Bourque took the brunt of the beating with seven runs (three earned) allowed on five hits and two walks over just an inning and 2/3rds. Matt Swynenberg came out of retirement for two shutout frames with two hits, no walks, and two whiffs. Cutter Dykstra and Raudy Read both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Auburn nine totaled eight hits and five walks on offense.
Roster move: RHP Matt Swynenberg assigned from Washington.

GCL Marlins 5 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME ONE
• Rivero 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Poveda (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, K
• Rosario 1-2, 2B
• Guzman 1-3

In the opener, the G-Marlins broke open a 1-0 game with a four-run 4th as they shut out the G-Nats, 5-0. Felipe Rivero tossed two scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed while striking out two. Omar Poveda took the loss with four charged on three hits and three walks. Dionicio Rosario connected for the sole extra-base hit as the G-Nats were limited to just three hits total.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 4 — GAME TWO
• K. Simmons 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2WP
• Je. Ramirez (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Reetz 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Corredor 1-2, R, BB

In the second game, the G-Nats returned the favor with a five-run 4th to break a 2-2 deadlock as they held on for a 7-4 win to split the doubleheader. Kyle Simmons got the start and let in one run on three hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd. The win went to Jean Ramirez with an identical line but in one inning fewer. Kelvin Gutierrez and Jakson Reetz combined for five hits, two runs, three doubles, and three RBI to lead the G-Nats offense.
Roster moves: RHP Omar Poveda assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab; RHP Domenick Mancini reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Cardinals 0
• Baez (W, 4-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Vargas (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Vilorio 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• Pimentel 2-5, R, RBI
• Franco 2-5, R

Two D-Nat pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the D-Nats shut out the D-Cards, 5-0. Joan Baez struck out a season high of nine while walking just one over the first six innings. Miguel Vargas was perfect over the final three to earn his second save. Luis Vilorio reached base three times and drove in two while Davinson Pimentel and Anderson Franco both went 2-for-5 as the D-Nats pounded out 11 hits for the game.

Jul 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (3-0, 2.64) vs.
Workman (6-1, 4.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Simms (2-3, 3.78) vs.
Stratton (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 vs. Myrtle Beach,
12:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (2-3, 5.33) vs.
Bores (0-3, 3.04)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 3-2
@ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (1-2, 2.21) vs.
Reyes (2-1, 1.88)
GCL Nationals Postponed @/vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 21-10 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (3-1, 1.29) vs.
Alcantara (1-5, 2.68)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
With an extra day’s rest, the Chiefs begin a three-game series against the second-place PawSox in an unusual position: They’re in first place and do not *need* to sweep… or avoid being swept.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Kroenke 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Latimore 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 1-4, 2B

Austin Voth pounded the strike zone in his Eastern League debut, but two Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded him back to turn what could have been a great outing into a merely serviceable one. In the 2nd, Richmond’s cleanup hitter, Jarrett Parker, hit a leadoff homer to right. In the 4th, Voth’s own wildness sparked a Richmond rally. After a leadoff single and a fielder’s choice, Voth threw a wild pitch and then walked Parker later in the at bat. After a pop up, it looked he would wiggle out of trouble, but Angel Villalona’s two-out double plated both baserunners and left Voth on the hook for the loss. Harrisburg’s offense remained feeble but did manage to decorate the scoreboard with two 8th-inning runs on Quincy Latimore’s homer as part of a three-hit effort.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 6
• Spann (L, 7-5) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HBP
• Mirowski 3IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Miller 2-5, R
• Martinez 1-3, R, BB, RBI, OF assist at HP

The Pelicans clinched the season series with an 8-6 decision for their 11th win in 19 games versus the P-Nats. Starter Matt Spann took the loss as the rats-with-wings swooped on him for five runs on nine hits over six innings to hand him his fifth loss. An error led to three unearned runs in the top of the 7th to push the Myrtle Beach lead to 8-2. Potomac answered in the bottom of the 8th with three runs on five straight hits but had no more in the tank in the 9th as they could only muster a one-out walk by Randolph Oduber, who led the Potomac offense with a 2-for-4 night.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 4
• Pivetta (W, 12-6) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR, 2WP
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• W. Rodriguez 3-4, R, 2-2B
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB
• C. Lopez 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown broke out for three in the bottom of the 6th and added one in the 7th for an 8-4 win over Greenville. Nick Pivetta got the benefit of the offense as he let in all four Drive runs on ten hits, including a solo HR in the 4th. He walked one and struck out seven while earning his 12th save. Jake Johansen turned in his first scoreless outing in 20 appearances with two shutout frames to close out the game. Eight of nine batters reached base as the Suns scorched the opposing hurlers for 13 hits and 10 extra-base hits, with James Yezzo and Wilman Rodriguez both doubling twice.

Jamestown 3 Auburn 2 — GAME ONE
• A. Martinez 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (BA, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Gunter 1-1, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2-2B

Manny Rodriguez’s return to the NYPL after missing the past two seasons with multiple elbow surgeries* was untriumphant as the Jammers edged the Doubledays, 3-2. The 25-y.o. Cuban was lit up for all three Jamestown runs on four hits and a walk over the 6th and 7th innings. Starter Andres Martinez was also back in town after five appearances in the GCL and turned in five shutout innings, with one and three hits given up and four strikeouts. Cody Gunter led off the 5th with a solo HR while rehabbing Cutter Dykstra doubled two batters and scored on fielding error to account for the two Auburn runs as the Doubledays were held to just five hits total.
* Two TJ’s, which I guess makes him a Double National?

Auburn vs. Jamestown — GAME TWO
• Ott (L, 1-2) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• Ramos 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-3, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2B, RBI

Jamestown struck for three in the 4th and held off Auburn for another 3-2 win to sweep the doubleheader and take the series, 2-1. Travis Ott was juiced for all three Jammer runs on three hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings. The Doubledays ‘pen held them scoreless the rest of the way but the offense was unable to push across the tying runs, held to to seven hits with Osvaldo Abreu, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, and Clay Williamson each going 2-for-3.
Roster move: RHP Anderson Martinez reassigned from GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s contest. They’ll try to make it up today with a doubleheader.

DSL Nationals 21 DSL Mariners 10
• Bermudez (W, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Y. Ramirez (SV, 1) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Je. Baez 4-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Peguero 3-4, 3R, HR, 5RBI, 2BB
• Mota 3-6, 3R, 2RBI

The D-Nats got a field goal and went for two in the 4th quart, er inning as they rode the 11-run outburst to a 21-10 win over the D-Mariners. Francys Peguero homered and drove in five while Jeyner Baez went 4-for-5 with everything but the big fly to lead the 16-hit assault. Juan Bermudez let up four unearned runs over five innings to earn his third win. Yonathan Ramirez stranded one of two runners, gave up three runs on five hits over three innings for the rulebook save.

Jul 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Canceled OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (AA Debut) vs.
A. Mejia (5-6, 5.52)
Potomac Lost, 11-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (7-4, 4.42) vs.
Parra (7-6, 5.27)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-6, 3.90) vs.
Smith (3-7, 6.46)
Auburn Postponed vs. Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.27) and
Ott (1-1, 2.27) vs.
Eppler (0-2, 4.08) and
McRae (1-2, 3.57)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-4 (10 inn.) vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-9 vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (2-4, 1.82) vs.
Manzueta (2-1, 2.19)


Syracuse vs. Gwinnett — CNCLD (Rain)
Rain washed out the series finale between the G-Braves and the Chiefs. Since the two teams don’t meet again in the regular season, the game will not be made up.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra (L, 1-5) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bates 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Leonida 1-3, R, BB
• Sanchez 1-4

A feeble Harrisburg offense fielded a lineup of hitters whose highest batting average is now Caleb Ramsey’s .259 (Michael Taylor is out with a wrist injury). Not surprisingly, offense was a problem in a 2-1 loss to powerhouse Richmond, a team that will make a run at the Eastern League crown and presently has a 65-44 record. A committee of four Flying Squirrels yielded only one unearned run in the 2nd that gave Harrisburg a short-lived 1-0 lead. Brian Dupra took his fifth loss despite pitching well enough to win. The first “earned” run was aided by a throwing error by Cole Leonida when Squirrely Squirrel Kelby Tomlinson not only stole second but also advanced to third on the error. A single, a walk, and a single resulted in the second, decisive in the 5th inning run in a tidy 2-1 loss.
Roster moves: IFs Ricky Hague, Jose Lozada placed on the 7-Day DL; C Mitch Canham activated from 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 2
• Bacus (L, 3-6) 3⅓ IP, 14H, 10R, 10ER, 2BB, K, 0HR
• Rauh 4⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2BB
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Myrtle Beach connected for six runs on six straight two-out hits in the 2nd and, like their moniker, dropped a couple more deuces in the 3rd and 4th innings en route to an 11-2 win over Potomac. Dakota Bacuse was eviscerated for ten runs on 14 hits and two walks over just three and a 1/3rd innings. Brian Rauh, who suffered a similar fate last Friday, came on in relief and saved the bullpen for a cause less lost with four and 2/3rds innings of one-run relief, which came via the only HR of the 16 hits the Pelicans pounded out. Shawn Pleffner singled twice and walked twice to lead the Potomac response of just eight hits.

Hagerstown 4 Greenville 0
• Lopez (W, 1-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Napoli (SV, 3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Middleton 2-3, BB
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez returned to Low-A with a vengeance, tossing six scoreless innings as Hagerstown blanked Greenville, 4-0. Lopez struck out a season-high of nine will letting up two hits and walking two. David Napoli set down all nine batters he faced to close out the game for his third Low-A save and fourth overall. James Yezzo doubled and homered and scored two runs to lead the Suns offense, which saw the bottom third account for five of its seven hits and three of the four RBI.
Roster move: LHP David Napoli reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn vs. Jamestown — PPD
The storms that sent Syracuse and Gwinnett packing also gave Auburn and Jamestown the night off. They’ll make it up with a pair of seven-inning games tonight at Falcon Park.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 4 (10 inn.)
• W. Davis 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Feliz (W, 3-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Ortiz 2-2, R, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Tillero 2-5, RBI, SB

The G-Nats took advantage of an error, a misplay, and a wild pitch to score thrice in the 10th for 7-4 win over the G-Marlins. Weston Davis got the start but was roughed up for two runs on four hits over three innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Five different batters had multiple hits as the G-Nats pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon, with Kelvin Gutierrez leading the total base column with a single and a double while drawing a walk. John Feliz got the win in relief with three scoreless innings, with one hit and one walk allowed and four set down on strikes.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Mariners 9
• Fuentes 4IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rosario (W, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, 4R, ER, BB, K
• Charlis (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Agustin 2-2, 3R, 3B, 2RBI, 2BB, 2SB
• Mota 2-4, 3R, HR, 3RBI, BB, 2SB
• Vilorio 2-4, 2R, BB, SB

The D-Nats scored in eight of nine innings while outslugging the D-Mariners for a 12-9 victory. Led by Telmito Agustin with two hits, two walks, and two stolen bases, the D-Nats totaled 13, nine, and six in each of those categories. Starter Steven Fuentes went the first four innings, but was dinged for three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The win went to Ramses Rosario while Fiyeral Charlis struck out the side in the 9th for the save.

Jul 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 vs. Gwinnett,
12:00 p.m.
Cole (3-0, 2.64) vs.
Texeira (1-3, 6.00)
Harrisburg Losing, 9-7 (12 inn.) @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-4, 5.88) vs.
Blackburn (3-5, 2.93)
Potomac Won, 6-5 (11 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (3-5, 3.58) vs.
James (1-1, 5.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-4 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (0-1, 7.04) vs.
McGrath (4-4, 3.59)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.27) vs.
Eppler (0-2, 4.08)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.31) vs.
Zabala (1-3, 4.26)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Treinen (W, 7-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Martin (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burriss 4-5, 2B, 2RBI,
• Leon 2-4, 2R
• Souza 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI

Syracuse starter Blake Treinen played the role of stopper last night. His victory over the Gwinett Braves ended a three-game losing streak for the Chiefs with seven innings that showed he may yet contribute to the MLB club’s pennant race. Treinin only struck out one batter in a ruthlessly efficient outing in which he yielded only two runs in seven innings on a total of 76 pitches. A leadoff hit by pitch and sacrifice bunt by Gwinnett resulted in an eventual RBI single by Syrcause nemesis Jose “No Soy Jorge!” Constanza. Tyler Pastornicky’s double in the top of the 6th preceded a sacrifice fly by Brandon “Wish I Was Wade” Boggs that scored Elmer “Wish I Was Jose” Reyes, who had singled to start the inning. Syracuse’s offense supported Treinen with a “picket fence” of single runs in the second, third, and fourth highlighted by Steven “Phone” Souza’s 17th homer in the third, a solo shot. The offense generously scored just enough runs to allow Rafael “Not Tisha Campbell’s Husband” Martin to record his first save as a Syracuse Chief this season.
Roster move: LHP Zach Jackson released.

New Hampshire 9 Harrisburg 7 (12 inn.) — SUSP.
• Espino 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Herron 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Vettleson 2-3, R
• Skole 3-6, 3-2B, 3RBI
• Keyes 2-6, R, HR, RBI

Rain suspended this one with one out in the bottom of the 12th with New Hampshire leading, 9-7. Harrisburg couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 5-4, but rallied to tie in the 9th to send it into extras. Matt Skole doubled three times and drove in three while Kevin Keyes homered again. The two teams will complete this next month when the Senators make their final road trip up 95 to Manchester (not by the sea) and Portland.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino activated from 3-Day TIL, LHP Chris Manno released.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5 (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Walsh (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Tejeda 3-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Severino 3-5, R
• J. Miller 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Tejeda homered twice to secure Potomac’s 13th walkoff win Last Night In Woodbridge
Roster move: RHP Gilberto Mendez placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 4
• Mooneyham 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 2K, 3WP, HBP
• Ullmann (L, 3-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Yezzo 3-4, R
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, SF
• Dent 2-5, 2R, 2-3B, RBI

The Suns pitchers didn’t miss many bats as they gave up 13 hits and walked eight in an 8-4 loss to the Drive. Brett Mooneyham somehow managed to only give up two runs on five hits, five walks, a hit batsman, and three wild pitches and escaped the loss, which went to Ryan Ullmann. James Yezzo singled three times while Cody Dent tripled twice and scored twice to lead the Hagerstown hit parade.

Auburn 3 Jamestown 1
• Dickey 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sanchez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Read 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, RBI

Auburn would take advantage of multiple miscues in the 5th to score three times and outduel Jamestown, 3-1. Robbie Dickey rebounded for a poor outing with four scoreless innings on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts to his credit. The win went to Mario Sanchez, though he served up a solo shot in the 7th and three hits total over three innings with nary a walk or a whiff. Chase McDowell closed out the game with two perfect frames for the save. Raudy Read (double), Cody Gunter (single), and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz (sac fly) accounted for two of the three Doubleday hits and all three RBI.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez reassigned from the GCL to Auburn for minor-league rehab from Hagerstown; IF Cutter Dykstra assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
With one month to go, the G-Nats are tied with the G-Mets, four games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. After a 3-3 week, it’s three against the division (and league) cellar-dweller G-Marlins then three against the Mets, with home games on Tuesday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Like the G-Nats, the D-Nats are a shade over .500 with four weeks left but further back at 10 games off the pace for the division and six behind the Wild Card leader. Thanks to the reset afforded by the All-Star Break, it’s a trio of away-home games this week against the Mariners, Cardinals, and Orioles2.