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.

Apr 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) @ Indianapolis,
11:05 a.m.
Hill (3-0, 1.80) vs.
Wilk (2-1, 4.37)
Harrisburg Won, 9-0 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-4, 9.37) vs.
Rogers (0-3, 9.33)
Potomac Tied, 0-0
(suspended, Top 2)
vs. Lynchburg,
5:00 p.m. (DH)
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.24) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 3.79)


Syracuse 6 Indianapolis 5 (10 inn.)
• Treinen 4IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HBP
• Laffey 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Delcarmen (BS, 2; W, 2-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• Rhymes 3-5, R, SB
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB
• Lozada 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Syracuse broke a 1-1 tie with a four-run 5th, capped off by Jose Lozada’s two-run HR, his first of the 2014 season. Indianapolis rallied for three in the 6th against piggybacking reliever Aaron Laffey and one in the 9th against would-be closer Manny Delcarmen to tie it at 5-5. Brock Peterson’s RBI single in the 10th reclaimed the lead and Delcarmen held it on his second chance in the 10th to give the Chiefs a 6-5 victory. Blake Treinen got the start and turned in four innings of one-run ball with three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts allowed. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes continues to swing a hot bat (12 hits, .429BA over last 7G) with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Emmanuel Burriss and Lozada, who both went 2-for-4.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus recalled to Washington (unofficial, but reported by multiple online sources); RHP Taylor Jordan optioned from Washington, OF Will Piwnica-Worms reassigned from Potomac.

Harrisburg 9 New Britain 0
• Gilliam 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Keyes 3-5, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Skole 3-5, R, 2B
• Bantz 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

In a role reversal, Harrisburg scored early and often and did not have their efforts washed away in a 9-0 win over New Britain. Matt Skole and Kevin Keyes both went 3-for-5 with a run scored while veteran Brandon Bantz matched Keyes’s RBI tally of two while going 2-for-4 with a douvble and a run scored. Rob Gilliam started and went four and 2/3rds scoreless innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Brian Dupra got the win in relief as he made his AA debut with three and 1/3rd scoreless innings with three walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Herron pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the shutout, the first for the Senators this season.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Perry placed on the 7-Day DL, RHP Brian Dupra promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 0 Lynchburg 0 (SUSP.)
It was dollar Monday (and perhaps F.P. Santangelo Groupie Night?), but the P-Nats and Hillcats couldn’t make it past the top of the 2nd as rain halted play with one out and a runner on 2nd. They’ll try to finish it tonight, but with heavy rain in the forecast, odds are more likely we’ll see a couple of doubleheaders next month when the Hillcats return to the Pfitz.
Roster moves: RHP John Simms, LHP Matthew Spann promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns return to the Muni riding a six-game win streak after taking the last two from Augusta GreenJackets and sweeping the West Virginia Power for four games. Weather permitting, they’ll begin a three-game series against Hickory and round out the seven-game homestand with four games against the Lexington Legends, starting on Friday.
Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre activated from the 7-Day DL, RHP Michael Sylvestri assigned from XST.

Apr 282014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Hagerstown Suns have announced that two relievers — RHP John Simms and LHP Matthew Spann — have been promoted to the Potomac Nationals. Taking their place on the Suns roster are LHP Hector Silvestre, who was activated from the 7-Day DL, and RHP Michael Sylvestri, who was activated from XST.

Simms was 0-0 with three saves and a 0.98 ERA in five appearances with two walks and 20 strikeouts over 18⅓ innings for Hagerstown. The 22-year-old was twice drafted by the Washington Nationals: in the 39th Rd. of the 2010 Draft out of College Park HS in The Woodlands, TX and in 11th Rd. of last June’s draft out of Rice University. He posted an 0-3, 5.79 record for Auburn last summer but had terrific peripherals (2.2BB, 10.0K per 9IP), which earned him a spot on this site’s 2014 Watchlist.

Spann was the PTBNL in the strange saga of waiver-wire claim David DeJesus last summer, which earned him an entry as one of the Notable Arms on the aforementioned Watchlist. He was 2-0 with two saves and a 1.20 ERA in four appearances with four walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 innings for the Suns.

Potomac has had 11 pitchers on the roster since LHP Nick Lee and RHP Pedro Encarnacion were placed on the DL last week, which will bring them back to the usual complement of 13 pitchers. A corresponding move to reduce the Potomac roster to the 25-man limit has not yet been announced. If/when it is, this space will be updated.

UPDATE:
The Potomac Nationals announced the following roster moves this afternoon…

  • RHP Doug Fister removed from roster as MLB rehab
  • RHP Brian Dupra reassigned to Syracuse
  • OF Will Piwinica-Worms reassigned to Harrisburg

As noted last year, there are cases such as these in which the word promotion is not used because it’s pretty clear that the roster move is a needs-based assignment. This is not an indictment of the player but merely a reflection of that judgment (sometimes the clubs’ media folks themselves will use the word “transfer”). Sadly, this could also mean that I’m wrong about Spann and Simms, but that bell has already been rung.

This latest set of moves does appears to be a ripple effect from the placement of Bryce Harper on the parent club DL, which means that an OF from Harrisburg is likely on his way to Syracuse to replace Steve Souza, who was recalled to take Harper’s spot. If/when that news is received, I’ll update this space again.

UPDATE #2: The Syracuse Chiefs and Harrisburg Senators are announcing the following moves…

  • RHP Ryan Perry placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Brian Dupra promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg
  • OF Will Piwnica-Worms reassigned from Potomac to Syracuse

Obviously, there’s some conflicting information here, which we’ll have to sort out tomorrow.

Apr 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (2-0, 0.00) vs.
Jackson (1-1, 7.71)
Harrisburg Won, 10-7 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 6.92) vs.
Summers (0-1, 7.62)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Miller (0-2, 3.86)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A


Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 1
• Tatusko (L, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, HBP
• Robertson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Peterson 1-4, RBI

The Indians and Chiefs batters were stymied by some good peyote pitching as the two teams combined for just eight hits in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel that Indianapolis took from Syracuse. Starter Ryan Tatusko turned in his third straight quality start but lost for the second time over that stretch. He allowed both Indians runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes doubled with two outs in the 1st and Brock Peterson cashed in the first of just three chances they would get to drive in a baserunner from scoring position. The Chiefs were no-hit the rest of the way but did draw six walks.
Roster move: OF Steve Souza recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 10 Bowie 7
• Rivero (W, 1-4) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 1K
• Mirowski (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Taylor 3-4, 4R, 3HR, BB, K, 4RBI
• Hague 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI

Frequent commenter SoulDrummer got a treat when his favorite player went deep three times Yesterday Afternoon In Harrisburg.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 2
• Fister 4IP, 6H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Mooneyham (W, 2-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Perez 3-4, 3R, 2B
• Severino 3-4, R, 2RBI, SB
• Sanchez 2-4, SB

The P-Nats took their fourth straight from the Hillcats Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 2
• Giolito 4⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 3-0) 4⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Difo 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, SF

Hagerstown completed the four-game sweep with a 5-2 win over West Virginia to complete a 6-1 roadtrip, for which the “1″ came first and “6″ have been since. Isaac Ballou, Wilmer Difo, and Drew Ward each had an RBI in the Suns’ three-run 6th that broke a 2-2 tie and gave Wander Suero, who finished the game with four and 2/3rds scoreless innings, his third win of the season. Lucas Giolito got the start and gave up both Power runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four in his fourth no-decision in five starts. Eight of the nine starters collected hits with Difo and Ballou combining for eight of the eleven.

Apr 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Sadler (3-0, 1.67)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Rivero (0-4, 6.61) vs.
Berry (1-0, 1.13)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Fister (MLB rehab) vs.
Ross (1-1, 2.84)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ West Virginia,
1:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 5.54) vs.
Carle (0-1, 3.24)


Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 5
• Roenicke 4⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Mattheus (BS, 2; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 0K, 0HR,
• Solano 3-4, R, 2B
• Laird 2-4, 2RBI, SF
• 3-for-11 RISP, 13 LOB

The Syracuse ‘pen blew leads of 3-0 and 5-3, including a three-run implosion in the 9th to lose to Indianapolis, 6-5. Ryan Mattheus coughed up the decisive runs with just one of five batters faced retired as he gave up a leadoff walk, a single, a two-run double to tie, and an RBI single to lose. It was his second blown save in eight appearances. Josh Roenicke got the spot start and turned in four and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless, one-hit ball, though he walked four and struck out three. Jhonatan Solano led the Chiefs offense with a pair of singles and a double, followed by Brandon Laird’s 2-for-4 mark with 2RBI.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Schwartz (L, 0-4) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 4R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K, HR
• Grace 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-4, 2B
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2-2B
• 14 team K’s, 10 LOB

The spiral is now six games as Bowie knifed Harrisburg for a 6-2 loss on Saturday. Blake Schwartz lost again, giving up four runs (one earned) on nine hits and one walk. He struck out three and surrendered his third HR in five starts. Matt Grace followed with two and a 1/3rd scoreless to keep the Senators close before Tyler Herron gave up two runs in the 9th. Justin Bloxom doubled twice and Kevin Keyes doubled once to go 4-for-8 combined with just one of Harrisburg’s 14 batting strikeouts.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 2
• Pena (W, 2-0) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Rauh 2⅔ IP, 0H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• Oduber 2-4, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, RBI
• B. Miller 1-4, R, HR(5), 2RBI

The P-Nats took their fourth straight from the Hillcats Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 2
• Pivetta (W, 3-2) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
• Spann (SV, 2) 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
• Ward 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, 2RBI
• E. Martinez 3-5, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, R, 2B, BB, SB

Drew Ward homered for the second straight game, a two-run shot that highlighted a four-run 1st as the Suns scorched the Power, 8-2, for their fifth straight win. Nick Pivetta and Matthew Spann continued the trend of Hagerstown using just one starter and one reliever. Pivetta went the first five innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts for the win. Spann went the last four frames with the second West Virginia run allowed on just two hits and one walk for the save. Estarlin Martinez notched his third three-hit game in the last nine days to lead the Suns’ 16-hit attack.
Roster moves: C Spencer Kieboom placed on 7-Day DL, C Austin Chubb activated from XST.

Apr 262014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-7 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (0-2, 9.00) vs.
Locke (0-1, 5.73)
Harrisburg Lost, 14-2 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (0-3, 7.50) vs.
Wilson (3-0, 2.70)
Potomac Postponed vs. Lynchburg,
6:35 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 4.58) vs.
Sims (1-2, 4.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (2-2, 5.40) vs.
Neverauskas (2-0, 3.00)


Louisville 10 Syracuse 7
• Poveda (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 2K
• Robertson 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perez 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Souza 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Howell 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Syracuse posted a picket fence in its first three turns at the plate but got whitewashed by Louisville for 10 runs in the middle innings and fell short of a comeback in a 10-7 loss. Omar Poveda reverted to form with five runs allowed on eight hits and one walk over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out two in his third loss in four starts and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Leadoff man Eury Perez went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and stole his seventh base to lead the Syracuse hit parade of 15, followed closely by Steve Souza and Jeff Howell, who both went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. The 3-1 series win was the first-ever for the Chiefs against the Bats since Louisville Slugger Field opened in 2000. Roster move: LHP Mike Gonzalez activated from XST, filling the roster spot vacated yesterday.

Bowie 14 Harrisburg 2
• Cole (L, 2-1) 3⅔ IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB, RBI, 2E
• Hood 2-4, RBI, OF assist at HP

Kevin Keyes doubled once and struck out twice in his AA debut but couldn’t prevent the Harrisburg tailspin from extending to five games as the BaySox battered the Sens for a 14-2 win. Staff ace A.J. Cole gave up a leadoff single but kept Bowie from scoring in the first, the first starter to do so twice this season. The BaySox got to him for three runs on seven hits in the 2nd and chased him with two outs in the 4th after racking up 10 hits total. He walked one and struck out two and suffered the loss. The curse of the GBI lives as the Harrisburg relievers were ineffective, charged with eight runs and nine hits before manager Brian Daubach waved the white flag and sent Sean Nicol to mop up, though the 27-y.o. journeyman was swabbed for three runs on four hits including two home runs while getting the last two outs in Bowie’s seven-run 9th. Cutter Dykstra and Destin Hood both had two hits and an RBI to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: C Brian Jeroloman activated from XST, C Mitch Canham placed on 7-Day DL; 1B Kevin Keyes promoted from Potomac, OF Qunicy Latimore placed on 7-Day DL.

Potomac vs. Winston-Salem — PPD
Between the rain, a return trip to the Pfitz for Winston-Salem in June, and getaway day, the decision to postpone came early for the series finale between the Dash and P-Nats. It will be made up with a doubleheader on Friday the 13th, with everyone welcome except Mrs. Voorhees and her son Jason.

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 5
• Johansen 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Cooper (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Walsh (SV, 2) ⅔ 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP, 1-0 IR-S
• Ward 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Manuel 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, R

Drew Ward homered for the first time this season while Craig Manuel went deep for the third straight game this week as Hagerstown extended their win streak to four with a 7-5 win over West Virginia. Ward went 3-for-5 on the night, including a two-run single in the 9th that proved to the difference. Andrew Cooper couldn’t finish the game and gave up a run in the 9th, his second over three and a 1/3rd innings in relief. Jake Walsh got the last two outs by way of the K for his second save. Jake Johansen started but was jolted for three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings. Manuel also doubled while going 2-for-3 with a walk and had two RBI as the Suns racked up 11 hits total with four doubles and two walks.

Apr 252014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
Late last night, the Potomac Nationals announced that 1B Kevin Keyes has been promoted to Harrisburg.

Keyes had been hitting .284/.346/.500 with four HRs and 17 RBI and was named the Carolina League’s Batter of the Week just this past Monday.

He’s the first true promotion from one minor-league level to the next this season, as the the majority of the player movement thus far this season has been between Syracuse and Washington for relief and bench help.

Corresponding moves have not yet been announced. The activation of Shawn Pleffner from the 7-Day DL to take Keyes’s place is probably more likely than a promotion from Low-A Hagerstown. As always, if/when that occurs within a reasonable period of time, this space will be updated.

UPDATE: As predicted, Pleffner has indeed been activated to take the roster spot vacated by Keyes. The Potomac Nationals also officially announced:

• LHP Nick Lee placed on the 7-Day DL
• RHP Pedro Encarnacion placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF Narcisco Mesa reassigned from XST

As noted in today’s “Last Night In Woodbridge,” Lee left the game after taking his warmup tosses in the 5th inning last night. Encarnacion pitched four and 2/3rds on Wednesday night but did not appear to be injured.

Apr 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Poveda (1-2, 9.00) vs.
Smith (3-0, 2.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 2.63) vs.
Bischoff (1-1, 3.77)
Potomac Won, 8-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 4.58) vs.
Recchia (1-2, 4.11)
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (2-0, 5.14) vs.
Topa (1-1, 4.38)


Syracuse 5 Louisville 2
• Hill (W, 3-0) 7IP, 6H, 1 ER, 0BB, 6K
• Cedeno 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0 BB, 2K
• Solano 4-4, 3R, 2B, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, SB

Jhonatan “The Onion” Solano made the Louisville Bats weep tears of agony with his mighty stick last night. Solano’s one-out, two-run dinger off of last year’s Colorado Rockie Jeff Francis in the 6th was the highlight of his 4-for-4 night with eight total bases night and gave the Chiefs a decisive 3-0 advantage. Taylor Hill continued to make his case for next man up in DC with a sterling quality start of seven innings of one-run ball, walking one and striking out six. Brian Goodwin’s triple to left in the 4th plated Solano and gave Syracuse an initial 1-0 lead. Eury Perez generated a key insurance run to give the Chiefs a 4-1 lead in the 7th when he singled, stole second, and later scored on a Josh Johnson single, although Johnson was thrown out trying to advance to second. Syracuse scored its final run in the eighth. Solano singled to lead off the frame, took second on a Brandon Laird walk, and scored on a Jose Lozada single to give the Chiefs a 5-1 lead. While closer of the evening, Ryan Mattheus gave up a run in the 9th to make the final score 5-2, the Chiefs clinched a rare road series victory and returned to .500 for just the first time in three weeks.
Roster moves: RHP Christian Garcia placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 22.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 1
• Purke (L, 0-4) 4IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Espino 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Dykstra 1-4, RBI

Altoona completed its four-game sweep of Harrisburg with a 6-1 takedown. Matt Purke served up a three-run homer to pitcher-turned-hitter Stetson Allie to lowlight a four-run 1st. He would follow with three scoreless innings for a line of four runs on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts, but took his fourth loss in his fourth start. Offensively, Harrisburg managed just four hits and could only cash in one of six walks drawn. Cutter Dykstra drove in the sole Senator run after Ricky Hague and Michael Taylor drew back-to-back walks to lead off the 8th.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 2
• Lee 4IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 7K
• Bacus 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K
• Sanchez 3-4
• McQuillan 2-4, R, 3B
• Oduber 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI

It was a wild one Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 5
• Anderson (W, 3-0) 5IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 3K
• Simms (SV, 3) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 5K
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Ward 2-5, R, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-5, 2R

The Suns scored early and often and held off a surge by the Power for a 7-5 wi, their third straight. Dixon Anderson got the benefit of the strong support as he was hit hard for five runs on 10 hits and one walk over five innings, four of which came in the 5th. John Simms finished the game with four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Rafael Bautista and Craig Manuel both homered while Drew Ward twice connected on RBI singles to run his season total to 14 in 11 games. Roster moves: SS David Masters placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Brennan Middleton recalled from XST. Middleton, a 14th Rd. pick from Tulane, will make his pro debut if/when he plays for the Suns, as the 23-y.o. did not play last summer due to an ankle injury.

Apr 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-0 @ Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (2-0, 2.00) vs.
Francis (3-1, 1.99)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-9 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Purke (0-3, 9.49) vs.
Sample (1-0, 1.50)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (0-2, 13.06) vs.
Ortiz (0-2, 4.38)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 (13 inn.) @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (2-0, 5.54) vs.
Dickson (2-1, 4.02)


Syracuse 7 Louisville 0
• Treinen 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Laffey (W, 2-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, 2R, RBI, SF

Syracuse stopped a two-game slide with a 7-0 shutout of the Louisville Bats. Blake Treinen got the start, but was lifted due to a high pitch count, throwing 32 pitches in the 1st and four to the first out of the 2nd. This appeared to be by design as the first man out of the bullpen was warming up before the 2nd began and the originally announced starter, Aaron Laffey, went six scoreless innings for win, walking one and fanning five. Emmanuel Burriss and Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes both went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to power the Syracuse offense. Injury update: Sources are passing along news that Danny Rosenbaum will soon undergo elbow surgery.

Altoona 10 Harrisburg 9
• Gilliam 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Herron (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Ramsey 2-5, R, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Bantz 2-4, 2R

After rallying from a five-run deficit and scoring twice in the 9th to take a three-run lead, the Senators imploded in the 9th for a 10-9 loss, their 13th of the season and third straight. The blown-save-loss went to Tyler Herron who gave up but one hit, a solo HR to start the final frame, but committed two critical errors that let in the tying runs and put the winning run on 3rd with one out. After a pair of IBBs to set up a DP, PH Elias Diaz hit a SF to deep CF for the GWRBI. Caleb Ramsey, Justin Bloxom, and Brandon Bantz each had two hits to pace the 11-hit Harrisburg attack. Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino, a longtime farmhand in the Cleveland organization, has been reassigned from XST to replace LHP Zach Jackson on the Senators roster.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 2
• Encarnacion (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Dickson 4⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-4, R, 2B
• Keyes 2-4, RBI

Potomac simply got outpitched Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 5 Augusta 3 (13 inn.)
• Voth 3IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Ullmann 4IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Thomas 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hollins (W, 2-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Yezzo 4-5, R, 2B, BB
• Wooten 3-6, 2B, 2RBI
• Difo 3-7, R, 2B

For the second straight night, the Suns rallied in the 9th but needed four extra innings to swat the GreenJackets, 5-3. Drew Ward’s two-out RBI single tied it while Craig Manuel’s two-run homer in the 13th won it. Starter Austin Voth only went three innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out four. Three relievers followed for ten innings of one-run relief, with the win going to L.J. Hollins. The Suns struggled with runners on (3-for-16), but as aforementioned, got the key when it mattered most. James Yezzo led the 15-hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, including a double and a walk, followed by John Wooten and Wilmer Difo, who both singled twice and doubled once.