May 112014
 
Helen Callaghan, the only mother of an MLB player to play professionally

Helen Callaghan, the only mother of an MLB player to play professionally

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Treinen (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Davies (1-0, 2.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-1, 2.86) vs.
Pill (0-5, 6.38)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Payano (2-1, 5.00)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 3.08) and
Silvestre (1-0, 1.32) vs.
Wheeler (0-2, 4.15) and
Danish (3-0, 0.84)


Columbus 4 Syracuse 2
• Jordan 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Jackson (H, 3; L, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Mattheus (BS, 3) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Souza 1-2, 2BB
• Laird 2-4, R

Taylor Jordan returned from a long layoff to turn in five innings of one-run ball, leaving with a 2-1 lead. The Clippers got the the Chiefs ‘pen for three runs in the 7th and held on for a 4-2 win. Jordan gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out six in his AAA debut. Zach Jackson was tagged with the loss when Ryan Mattheus let in one two inherited runners and coughed up one of his own for his third blown save. Steve Souza reached base three times with a single and two walks to keep his on-base streak alive at 17 games.
Roster moves: IF Josh Johnson placed on the 7-day DL (retroactive to 5/7).

Binghamton 5 Harrisburg 2
• Espino (L, 0-2) 5IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Bates 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 2-3
• Skole 1-4, R, HR(1), RBI

Binghamton took an early 3-0 lead and piled on the ‘pen late as they defeated Harrisburg, 5-2. Paolo Espino gave up just two hits over five innings, but walked and hit a batter before serving up a homer in the 2nd to lose his second straight start. Matt Skole’s 2014 home run drought also ended with a solo shot in the 4th. The Sens pulled within one at 3-2 in the 7th on a Ricky Hague RBI double but
Sean Nicol’s second single couldn’t plate Hague to tie the game. Tyler Herron gave up two in the 8th to give the B-Mets breathing room. Harrisburg went in order in the 9th to lose for the second time in three games.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 5
• Dickson 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Spann (W, 2-0) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Oduber 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 2-4, 2B, RBI

Potomac rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit and held off a late charge from Myrtle Beach to halt a three-game skid with a 6-5 win. Ian Dickson recovered from the early damage to toss five scoreless frames for a total of three runs on five hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out four but did not receive the decision. That went to Matthew Spann who was victimized by Pelican DH-to-be Joey Gallo for a two-run HR in the 8th. Derek Self stranded two inherited runners and pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of ’14. Shawn Pleffner drove in the tying and go-ahead runs while going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the P-Nats attack, followed closely by Randolph Oduber’s single, double, walk, and three runs scored in four PAs.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
Rain postponed the Suns return from the road to create a Mother’s Day doubleheader this afternoon at Municipal Stadium.

May 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-3 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (AAA debut) vs.
Cloyd (1-2, 6.61)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (0-1, 7.94) vs.
Lara (2-1, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 7-5 (11 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 5.06) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 3.08) vs.
Leyer (2-2, 5.19)


Columbus 7 Syracuse 3
• Hill 5IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Delcarmen (L, 2-2) 1IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 1K, 0HR
• Hood 1-3, BB, OF assist at HP
• Solano 0-2, R, 2BB, OF assist at 2B
• Solano 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

After trailing 3-0 for most of the game, Chiefs’ backstop Jhonatan “The Condiment” Solano thumped a three-run dinger to tie the score in the 8th, making Nick Hagadone of Columbus pay for walking Brian Goodwin and Tyler Moore. Solano’s team-leading fifth homer must have woken up the Columbus Clippers because the Chiefs’ new lease on life did not last long. Right-hander Manny Delcarmen emerged from the ‘pen in a giving mood and promptly issued the dreaded leadoff walk to Roberto Perez. Solano the hero became Solano the goat when he committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Audy Ciriaco. All hands were safe. A Todd Hankins sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk of Tim Fedroff loaded up the sacks for the pivotal moment, which was a Justin Sellers walk by Delcarmen to give Columbus a lead that they would not relinquish. Syracuse would only manage a Destin Hood leadoff walk in the top of the 9th, and kissed their six-game win streak goodbye.
Roster moves: 1B/OF Tyler Moore optioned from Washington, OF Erik Komatsu released.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3
• Meyers 4⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Holland (BS, 1; W, 3-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Madrigal (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, SB
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Cutter Dykstra (3-for-4) led off the 9th with a single, stole second and came around to score after singles by Justin Bloxom and Ricky Hague for a 4-3 Harrisburg win over Binghamton. It was the first road win of the season that came in the Sens final at-bat. Brad Meyers made his season debut and his first start north of Florida since 2011. The 28-year-old gave up just a run on three hits, walked one intentionally, and struck out six over four and 2/3rds innings but left with the score tied 1-1. Michael Taylor (2-for-4) pushed Harrisburg to a 3-1 advantage with a two-run shot in the 6th. Neil Holland was touched for two runs in the bottom of the 8th but got the blown-save-win. Warner Madrigal earned his first AA save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 5
• Bacus 5⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Benincasa 2IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Mendez (L, 1-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 2HR
• Oduber 3-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Tejeda 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R

Apparently, a four-run lead was too much prosperity for the Potomac ‘pen as Myrtle Beach used four home runs in the final three innings to turn a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 win in 11 innings. Robert Benincasa served up two (2) two-run homers and five hits total in the 9th to send the game into extras. Gilberto Mendez became the latest to suffer from the GBI curse as the “Good” went to “Bad” with two solo shots in the 11th to take the loss. The implosion erased a strong start by Dakota Bacus, who pitched five and 1/3rd innings of one-run ball with three walks and five whiffs. Randolph Oduber led the offense with a 3-for-5 night, with the second of his two doubles starting a back-to-back-to-back sequence with Stephen Perez and Oscar Tejeda in the bottom of the 8th for the final two P-Nat runs.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 2
• Pivetta (W, 5-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Walsh (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wooten 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

The Suns are as hot as their namesake as they boiled the Crawdads, 5-2, to complete a four-game sweep and take their 10th consecutive road game and seventh straight win overall. Nick Pivetta won for the fifth time in seven starts with five shutout frames, giving up three hits and three walks and striking out six. John Wooten homered for the third time this week and fourth of the season with a solo shot in the 4th. He followed Spencer Kieboom’s RBI double in the 8th with an RBI single as both men went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the night. Jake Walsh struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th to earn his team-best fourth save.

May 092014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Hill (4-1, 1.82) vs.
House (1-2, 2.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-6 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
TBDMeyers (1st start of ’14) vs.
Bowman (3-1, 4.57)
Potomac Lost, 10-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.53) vs.
Wolff (3-3, 2.80)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2;
Won, 6-4 (8 inn.)
@ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (4-2, 3.71) vs.
Vasquez (1-0, 3.42)


Syracuse 6 Durham 5 (10 inn.)
• Laffey (W, 4-0) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 6BB, 1K
• Stange 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Peterson 2-3, 3R, BB,
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

A four-run 4th followed by a three-run 5th powered Syracuse to an 8-5 win to complete a four-game sweep of Durham and sixth straight win overall. Aaron Laffey survived six walks to give up just two runs on three hits while striking out one (yes, it was called) to push his record to 4-0. Destin Hood doubled twice and scored two runs while going 3-for-4 on the afternoon to lead the 13-hit attack that saw eight of nine batters hit safely, with Brock Peterson, Emmanuel Burriss, and Brandon Laird also notching multiple hits.

Binghamton 12 Harrisburg 6
• Schwartz (L, 0-6) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Dupra 3IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Taylor 3-5, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Blake Schwartz’s HR woes continue as the 24-y.o. surrendered his 6th — a three-run shot in the 5th — in seven starts as the B-Mets doubled up the Sens, 12-6. Schwartz gave up only four hits in five innings, but three of the four walks he issued scored as he was charged with five runs total. Michael Taylor returned from his leg injury to lead off the game with his seventh round-tripper and went 3-for-5 with two RBI overall. Ricky Hague also homered and drove in two while Caleb Ramsey singled and doubled and plated a pair.
Roster move: RHP Tyler Herron reassigned from Syracuse; roster is now back to full complement of 25

Myrtle Beach 10 Potomac 4
• Mooneyham (L, 2-3) 1⅓ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Suero 5⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Perez 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Sanchez 3-4, 2RBI
• B. Miller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Brett Mooneyham was knocked from the box in the second frame for the second straight starts as the Pelicans pounded the P-Nats, 10-4. The 24-y.o. southpaw was strafed for six hits, including a home run, walked three and was charged with seven runs while striking out two in just an inning and a 1/3rd. Stephen Perez and Adrian Sanchez continue to swing hot bats as the two IFs combined for six hits, two runs, and two RBI. Brandon Miller homered for the second time in as many nights for his team-leading ninth big fly.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 2— GAME ONE
• Johansen (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Orlan 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 4-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, OF assist at 2B

Jake Johansen flirted with a no-no for four innings before giving up a single to lead off the 5th. The Nats top draft pick in 2013 finished with one unearned run allowed on three hits as the Suns took the opener, 6-2. Spencer Kieboom went 4-for-4 with a solo HR while Isaac Ballou went 3-for-4 to combine for seven of the 13 Hagerstown hits while Rafael Bautista and Wilman Rodriguez both stole two bases and hit the 10-steal mark.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 4 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Wooten 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B

John Wooten’s two-run triple highighted a three-run 8th as Hagerstown beat Hickory in “extras,” 6-4 to sweep the doubleheader and extend the Suns’ latest win streak to five. Kylin Turnbull went five innings in his 2014 debut and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and fanning three. The decison went to Andrew Cooper, who finished the game with a run on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Wooten and Wilmer Difo both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Hagerstown offense.

May 072014
 

Transactions for NPP
It’s at this point that I remind the teams that perhaps there should be a set of uniforms with a high number and a name plate “New Guy” sewn on, just in case of an example like Justin Thomas.

Thomas, who was reassigned yesterday to Harrisburg from Hagerstown, has been returned to the Suns today. He was replaced on the Harrisburg roster by recently signed RHP James Simmons a bass guitarist from NYC a former Oakland (yes, really) prospect who had been pitching for the Camden Riversharks in the Atlantic League, where he was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings over two starts. Simmons split time between High-A and AAA last season in the A’s organization with a record of 8-8 and a 5.48 ERA in 20 High-A starts and an 0-2 mark with a 7.16 ERA in 12 AAA relief outings.

The 26-y.o. Simmons has already made his Nats debut, appearing in this morning’s Senators game with two shutout frames with one walk and no K’s.

The Suns, meanwhile, announced a flurry of moves this morning:

• RHP Wander Suero promoted to Potomac
• LHP Robert Orlan assigned from XST
• C Spender Kieboom activated from the 7-Day DL
• C Austin Chubb reassigned to XST
• LHP Kylin Turnbull activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP L.J. Hollins placed on the 7-Day DL

A corresponding move from Potomac may not be forthcoming, as RHP Rafael Martin’s assignment to the P-Nats from XST is a minor-league rehab stint (officially, Martin remains on the Harrisburg DL) per MilB.com.

UPDATE #1
The Senators have made a second announcement today regarding player transactions:

• C Wilson Ramos MLB rehab ended (activated today by Washington)
• RHP Brad Meyers assigned from XST
• RHP Gabriel Alfaro released
• RHP Rafael Martin activated and reassigned to Potomac

MiLB.com is still reporting the Martin’s move as a rehab assignment, which conflicts with this announcement as well as one made by the P-Nats late Monday night. Not the first time this has happened. Stay tuned for updates if/when Potomac & Syracuse make press releases this afternoon.

UPDATE #2

Potomac and Syracuse’s PR folks have weighed in, clarifying the corresponding moves:

POTOMAC
• RHP Brian Dupra promoted to Harrisburg

SYRACUSE
• RHP Brad Meyers activated from the DL, reassigned to Harrisburg.

The Potomac, Hagerstown, and Syracuse rosters are all full, while it appears that the Senators roster has one spot open. There are, of course, TBAs and TBDs in the upcoming probables. Stay tuned to the daily News & Notes to see how it plays out.

May 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-4, 2.20) vs.
Montgomery (3-0, 3.19)
Romero (2-4, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Richmond,
10:30 a.m.
Purke (0-5, 9.30) vs.
Blackburn (2-2, 2.00)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (2-0, 6.23) vs.
Kline (2-1, 2.36)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Voth (0-2, 2.91) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 4.30)


Syracuse 3 Durham 2
• Poveda 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Stange (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Gonzalez (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Komatsu 2-3, R, SB, HBP

Syracuse finally surpassed the .500 mark (16-15) as they won their fourth straight with a 3-2 decision over Durham. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes’s two-run double in the last of the 7th was the game-winner, which also marked the Chiefs’ sixth win in ten one-run ballgames. Omar Poveda got the start, giving up both Bulls runs on three hits and two walks while fanning a season-high of seven. Daniel Stange got the win while Mike Gonzalez got the save (the first for both, respectively) as the two veteran relievers combined for three shutout innings. Erik Komatsu singled twice, scored once, and stole a base to lead the Syracuse attack.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington, RHP Ryan Mattheus optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 1
• Cole (W, 3-1) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 7K; 1-2
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-3, BB, RBI
• Skole 1-4, 2B, RBI

A.J. Cole spun six scoreless innings while the Harrisburg offense put up a four-spot in the bottom of the 5th to take a 5-1 win from Richmond. Cole scattered seven hits and struck out seven in his best outing of the season thus far, which earned him his third win and dropped his ERA to 2.86. Kevin Keyes and Brian Jeroloman both reached base twice with a single and a walk to pace the balanced attack of eight hits and four walks. Roster moves: LHP Felipe Rivero placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Justin Thomas reassigned from Hagerstown. As noted by Byron Kerr via Twitter, this is likely a signal that LHP Sammy Solis is about to return from XST (back).

Potomac 4 Frederick 3
• Simms 6IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Tejeda 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

A sloppy start, a fantastic finish Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 homestand, the Suns take to the road on a three-game win streak to take on Hickory for four games over three days, with one of last week’s rainouts scheduled to be made up with a doubleheader tomorrow.

May 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Poveda (1-3, 8.17) vs.
Romero (2-4, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-5, 9.30) vs.
Marte (1-1, 5.85)
Potomac Won, 4-0 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Wager (2-2, 6.12)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 8 Durham 4
• Roenicke 4IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Jackson (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Souza 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 2-5, R, RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, 3B

Steve Souza drove in three while going 3-for-5 in his return to AAA as the Chiefs doubled up the Bulls, 8-4. Josh Roenicke got the start and pitched around three walks and three hits for four scoreless innings before giving way to Tyler Herron. Durham spoiled the 26-y.o.’s AAA debut with four runs in the 5th before Zach Jackson bailed him out and pitched two more scoreless for the win. Josh Johnson (2-for-5) and Emmanuel Burris (2-for-4) both had multiple hits as Syracuse tallied 10 hits total.
Roster moves: OF Jerry Scott Hairston activated from 15-Day DL, recalled to Washington, OF Steve Souza optioned from Washington; LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 2, RHP Tyler Herron reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 2
• Espino (L, 0-1) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 4K
• Bates 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 3-3, RBI, SF
• Dykstra 2-4

Spot starter Paolo Espino seamlessly kept the first-inning woes of the Senators intact as the Flying Squirrels pounced for four runs early and cruised to an 8-2 win. Espino gave up six runs total on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Caleb Ramsey and Cutter Dykstra combined for five of the eight Harrisburg hits with Ramsey notching the lone RBI on a sacrifice fly in the 5th.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos added to roster as MLB rehab; RHP Rob Gilliam placed on 7-Day DL.
Potomac 4 Frederick 0
• Dickson (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Spann (SV, 1) 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Tejeda 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Perez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB

Officially, no quality start, but some strong pitching nevertheless Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster moves: OF Will Piwnica-Worms placed on 7-Day DL, RHP Rafael Martin assigned from XST

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 5
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Medina 2-3, RBI, SF
• Wooten 1-3, R, 2RBI
• Martinez 1-1, 2R, 2B, 3BB, 2SB, CS

Hector Silvestre threw five no-hit, no-run innings as the Suns built a 4-0 lead before holding off a late Lexington charge for a 6-5 win. Silvestre, working on three days’ rest, allowed just one walk and struck one to earn his first win of the season. Estarlin Martinez drew three walks, scored twice and stole two bases to lead the Hagerstown offense. Jake Walsh was awarded his third save despite giving up single runs in the 8th and 9th innings.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos removed from roster as MLB rehab.

May 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Roenicke (0-2, 6.08) vs.
Andriese (1-2, 4.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 15-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 5.09)TBD vs.
Snodgrass (1-0, 0.93)
Potomac Won, 11-3 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (0-2, 6.23) vs.
Beal (0-0, 4.41)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lexington,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Tenuta (2-2, 2.73)


Syracuse 1 Toledo 0
• Hill (W, 4-1) 9IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K, 102-67 P-K
• Solano 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The battery of Taylor Hill and Jhonatan Solano powered Syracuse to a 1-0 shutout of Toledo. Hill went the distance with just three hits and a walk allowed while striking five. Solano provided the lone Chief run with a solo shot in the 7th. Hill retired 17 batters from the 3rd to the 9th before Emmanuel Burriss’s error ended the streak. The 25-y.o. “northpaw” ended the game with the tying run at 2nd and the go-ahead at 1st with a whiff of 36-y.o. Mike Hessman, the active minor-league leader in HRs with 395.

Reading 15 Harrisburg 2
• Rivero (L, 1-5) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Grace 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Bloxom 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Latimore 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI

Reading scored six in the 3rd and the last six runs of the game in a 15-2 blowout of Harrisburg. Felipe Rivero was strafed for seven runs on seven hits and two walks while losing for the fifth time in six starts. Five of the Fightins runs were unearend, “thanks” to four errors by the Senators, who now have 37 in 27 games. Justin Bloxom (2-for-3, BB) and Quincy Latimore (1-for-2, 2BB) both reached base three times to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 11 Winston-Salem 3
• Bacus 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 4-5, R, 3B, RBI (10G hit streak)
• Oduber 3-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Oscar Tejeda’s grand-slam highlighted a five-run 8th as Potomac earned a split of the four-game series with an 11-3 smackdown of Winston-Salem. Khayyan Norfork, Shawn Pleffner, and Pedro Severino also went deep as the P-Nats saw seven of their 14 hits go for extra bases. Dakota Bacuse made his second start and went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Gilberto Mendez got the win with two perfect innings of relief. Adrian Sanchez remains on fire, going 4-for-5 to extend his hit streak to 10 games and raise his BA to .267 after a 2-for-35 start.

Hagerstown 10 Lexington 8
• Giolito (W, 2-0) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Ullmann (SV, 3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Ramos 2-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Wooten 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Martinez 1-1, R, RBI, 2BB, SF

Julie Goldberg is our latest guest writer and recaps what happened Last Night In Hagerstown.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos added to roster for MLB rehab.

May 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 vs. Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Treinen (0-0, 0.87) vs.
VerHagen (0-3, 4.39)
Harrisburg Won, 9-4 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (0-4, 6.08) vs.
Garner (2-1, 3.13)
Potomac Won, 4-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-1, 3.32) vs.
Recchia (2-2, 2.95)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-4 vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Pivetta (3-2, 4.57) vs.
Rico (0-3, 6.62)


Toledo 2 Syracuse 1
• Tatusko (L, 1-4) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Robertson 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 2-3, BB, SB
• Peterson 2-4, R, 2B
• Burriss 2-4

Ryan Tatusko spun his fourth straight quality start yet lost for the third time over that stretch as the Mudhens pecked the Chiefs, 2-1. The 29-y.o. veteran gave up just one run on a solo shot in the 6th and five hits total over six innings. He walked two and struck out six while lowering his ERA to a team-best 2.20. The clutch hit eluded Syracuse as they went 1-for-10 with RISP left on 10 men. Destin Hood reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk and stole a base to lead the Syracuse attack, followed closely by Brock Peterson and Emmanuel Burriss, who both went 2-for-4.

Harrisburg 9 Reading 4
• Fister 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Holland (W, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jeroloman 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Harrisburg dialed long distance four times in a 9-4 romp over Reading to take their fourth decision in five games. Rehabbing Doug Fister struggled towards the end of his outing, needing 76 pitches to get 11 outs. He was charged with two runs on two hits and three walks but struck out five. Neil Holland picked him, stranding a runner and throwing two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings to get the win. Michael Taylor, who was discovered by WaPo’s James Wagner last night, Brian Jeroloman, Jason Martinson, and Kevin Keyes each went deep and combined for seven of the Senators eleven hits.
Roster moves: RHP Doug Fister assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; OF Quincy Latimore activated from 7-Day DL.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 3
• Pena 5IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Spann (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Tejeda 3-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pleffner 2-4, BB, 2RBI

Potomac fell behind 3-0 early but chipped away with a pair of runs in the 5th and single runs in the 7th and 8th to overcome the Dash, 4-3. Ronald Pena gave up all three Winson-Salem runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings in a no-decision. Four relievers combined for four scoreless innings, with Matthew Spann getting the win, his first, in his Carolina League debut while Robert Benincasa earned his sixth save. Oscar Tejada led the Potomac hit parade with a 3-for-4 night. The P-Nats drew eight walks but struggled to make the Dash pay, going 3-for-16 with RISP and leaving 14 men on base.
Roster moves: OF Randolph Oduber reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Brian Rauh placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 30.

Lexington 12 Hagerstown 4
• Johansen (L, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 7H, 8R, 6ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Suero 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Yezzo 4-4, R
• Difo 3-5, 2-2B, 3RBI
• OF assists: Ballou, E. Martinez

The Legends put a hurt on Jake Johansen with a six-run 2nd as the cruised to 12-4 beating of Suns. Johansen was knocked from the box after just an inning and a 1/3rd, having been torched for eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out one. James Yezzo (4-for-4) and Wilmer Difo (3-for-5) combined for seven of the 14 Hagerstown hits, as the Suns stranded 10 runners.
Drew Ward extended his hit streak to 10 games and on-base streak to 11 with a single in the 1st.

May 012014
 

Transactions for NPP 2
A series of transactions were made today by the affiliates. Here’s a rundown of who went where and a few words about why…

SYRACUSE
• OF Destin Hood reassigned from Harrisburg
• OF Eury Perez placed on 7-Day DL
• OF Scott Hairston assigned for MLB rehab

HARRISURG
• OF Randolph Oduber reassigned from Potomac
• RHP Warner Madrigal reassigned from Syracuse

POTOMAC
• OF Will Piwnica-Worms reassigned from Syracuse

With so many transactions in such a short period of time, it’s difficult to assess their permanence. Brian Dupra, for example, was putting up strong numbers — enough for me to assess that perhaps his recent move from Potomac to Harrisburg would not be what it ultimately was: an up-and-back maneuver until the more experienced Warner Madrigal was ready.

Thus, with all due respect to Hood, I have to consider that his placement in AAA might be short-lived as well; it has been only 19 games, after all. Oduber has also bounced back and forth between High-A and AA before and I haven’t seen anything thus far that convinces me that he won’t return to Potomac again — especially if Scott Hairston is on the verge of starting a rehab assignment, as reported in the Washington Post earlier this week, in which case we could see Hood and Oduber returned to AA and A+ respectively and Tyler Moore optioned yet again when Hairston is deemed healthy again.

UPDATE: Syracuse has announced that Eury Perez has been placed on the 7-Day DL with a foot injury while Scott Hairston will begin a rehab assignment tonight.

Apr 302014
 

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Postponed vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-4, 9.37) vs. Rogers (0-3, 9.33)
Potomac Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
5:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.24) and Silvestre (0-0, 3.00) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 3.79) and Ledbetter (1-2, 9.98)


Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 2
• Hill (L, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR, HBP
• Gonzalez 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Laird 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Peterson 1-3, R, BB

Both teams lived and died by the long ball as Indianapolis outhomered Syracuse 2-1 to take the game 3-2 and the series 3-1. Brandon Laird smacked a two-run shot in the 2nd to answer Andrew Lambo’s solo shot in the bottom of the 1st. The Indians would strike again in the bottom the 6th with their second home run as Chris McGuiness did not miss a 3-0 fastball from Taylor Hill. Two batters later, Hill was lifted, having surrendered all three runs on seven hits, no walks, and five strikeouts to suffer his first loss of the season. The Chiefs managed just five hits total, with Laird the only multihit batter with a 2-for-3 game and Brock Peterson the only other starter to reach base twice (1-for-3, BB).

Harrisburg vs. New Britain — PPD
Harrisburg will have to wait another day or two to notch their second two-game win streak as the rains postponed yesterday’s game to create a doubleheader tomorrow night, a move that acknowledges the forecast of continued heavy rain today and tonight and possible flooding.

Potomac vs Lynchburg — PPD
The P-Nats and Hillcats were washed out for a second straight night and will have to play five games in three days to make them up when Lynchburg returns to Woodbridge next month. Today is a scheduled day off as Potomac heads to North Carolina for a four-game series against Winston Salem. Roster move: RHP Brian Dupra reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
The Suns pulled the plug on this early and shifted this morning’s game to tonight in the hopes that perhaps they can make this one up here as opposed to next week when Hagerstown visits Hickory from the 6th to the 8th.