Jun 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (0-2, 4.32) vs.
Wilk (3-5, 4.95)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 2.79) vs.
Loewen (AA debut)
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 3.13) vs.
Binford (3-3, 2.68)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Johansen (4-2, 4.98) vs.
German (5-1, 2.24)
DSL Nationals Won, 11-9 @ DSL Giants,
9:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Indianapolis 11 Syracuse 2
• Roenicke (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Stange 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Leon 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Souza 2-4, E
• Hood 2-4, R

Indianapolis put the brakes on the latest Syracuse win streak, pummeling the Nats’ AAA entry for an 11-2 win. Josh Roenicke took the brunt of it, hammered for seven runs on eight hits and three walks. The big blow was a three-run shot in the Indians’ four-run 3rd. Sandy Leon, Steve Souza, and Destin Hood each went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs were held to eight hits and had just three chances with runners in scoring position. Roster move: RHP Christian Garcia placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 2 (shoulder discomfort per MLB.com’s Bill Ladson).

Harrisburg 5 Reading 4
• Poveda 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 9K
• Herron (W, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Grace (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, R, RBI
• Dykstra 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

For the first time this season, the Senators dug themselves out of a four-run hole and scored the five runs of the game for a 5-4 win. Omar Poveda survived a three-run first and gutted out six innings, striking out a season-high of nine. He allowed all four Fightin runs on nine hits. Tyler Herron got the win with a huge assist/save by Matt Grace as the southpaw struck out the first batter he faced and got the second to ground out to leave the bases loaded in the top of the 9th. Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey both went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Harrisburg offense, followed closely by Kevin Keyes, who scored the gamewinner after leading off the 8th with a double, taking 3rd on a flyout, and chugging home on a wild pitch.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1
• Brach (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Benincasa (SV, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Renda 2-4

Shawn Pleffner wasted no time in showing why (hey now) he’s (an) All-Star, (getting his game on) with a 3-for-4 night with a pair of doubles and a solo HR in a 2-1 Potomac win over Wilmington. Brett Brach spun six solid innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and no walks while striking out four, and getting his first win. Robert Benincasa got the last four outs, stranding two in the 8th and working around a walk in the 9th for his ninth save. Tony Renda went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot while Will Piwnica-Worms drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as the P-Nats managed just seven hits total in the pitcher’s duel. Combined with Lynchburg’s third straight loss, Potomac has opened up a 1½ game lead in the C.L. North and has a magic number of 11 with 12 games left in the first half.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Voth (W, 3-3) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Walsh (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 3SB

The Suns scorched the Shorebirds for five runs in the 5th to overcome a 3-0 deficit and held on for 5-4 win. All five tallies came with two outs as Hagerstown struck for five straight hits, including a two-run homer by John Wooten and doubles by Wilmer Difo, Drew Ward, and Spencer Kieboom. Austin Voth went seven innings and let in three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out five to even his won-loss record at 3-3 (yes, really). Jake Walsh pitched around a walk in the 9th to earn his sixth save. The three-game sweep lowered Hagerstown’s magic number to six as they notched their 40th win in 59 games. The Suns hit the road for tied-for-second-place Greensboro for four games, then Lakewood for three and could return to the Muni next Friday having clinched the first-half title.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Red Sox 9
• Nunez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Charlis (W, 1-0) 2+ IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Vargas (SV, 1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mota 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
• A. Martinez 3-5, 2R
• Agustin 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB

The two teams combined for 32 hits and eight errors but the D-Nats struck first and won the slugfest, 11-9 for their third straight victory. Starter Jose Nunez gave up just an unearned run on five hits and two walks over the first three and 2/3rds while striking out four. The win went to Fiyeral Charlis, though he was charged with four runs over two-plus innings. Miguel Vargas was credited with the save, allowing an inherited runner and one of his own over the last two innings. Israel Mota and Telmito Agustin both homered as eight of nine batters hit safely.

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Longtime readers already know this, but for the more recent visitors to this space… I don’t cover the MLB draft because I’m simply too busy keeping track of the teams and the players that are already here than to speculate, worry, or otherwise spend time on the guys who might be here. I can, however, refer you to a couple of folks who have put in that work…

…Ryan Kelley runs down the Top 50 Draft Prospects over at District Sports Page.

…Sean Hogan focuses on possible targets for the Nats, who pick 18th this year.

Jun 032014
 

Ripple
As is often the case, the effect of activating someone on the parent club ripples throughout the minors…

WASHINGTON
• Removed 3B Ryan Zimmerman from Potomac roster, activated from 15-Day DL
• Released LHP Niko Spezial*
• Released RHP Andy Santana*
• Released OF Hayden Jennings*
* Per latest BA Transaction post.

SYRACUSE
• 1B-OF Tyler Moore optioned from Washington

HARRISBURG
• LHP Sammy Solis placed on the 7-Day DL

POTOMAC
• UT Mike McQuillan activated from the 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Potomac
• RHP Nick Pivetta activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Cody Davis activated from the 7-Day DL

AUBURN
• OF Greg Zebrack reassigned from Hagerstown
• RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from Hagerstown
• LHP R.C. Orlan reassigned from Hagerstown

A corresponding move to make room for Moore has not yet been announced; Syracuse is at 25-man limit while Harrisburg is at 24 and could absorb a player reassigned if Washington so chooses.

It’s obviously concerning that Solis, who was hit hard on Memorial Day but did not appear to have diminished velocity, is back on the DL after just three starts total. As perverted as this may sound, we can only hope that it’s just his back (on which he has had surgery and was the reason cited for his previous trip to the DL) and not his left arm that’s bothering him because a bad back can be more readily treated versus a bad shoulder or elbow.

For the folks champing at the bit for promotions, the Nationals will sometimes realign the Low-A and High-A rosters after their All-Star Break (June 16-18) and in between when the Auburn and GCL rosters are set. (Auburn begins play June 13; the GCL on June 21).

As always, if/when further moves related to these become known, this space will be updated.

UPDATE:

Multiple online sources are now reporting that it is indeed elbow soreness that’s sent Sammy Solis to the DL. This, of course, is about as bad as it gets for a pitcher who’s already had one TJ surgery (2012).

Jun 012014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Tatusko (3-5, 2.30) vs.
Romero (0-3, 5.71)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ Akron,
2:05 p.m.
Espino (1-2, 5.76) vs.
Colon (4-2, 2.30)
Potomac Won, 8-1 vs. Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-4, 6.55) vs.
Diaz (5-3, 3.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 4-3
@ Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-2, 3.63) and TBD vs.
Barnette (2-3, 4.66) and
Dykstra (3-5, 3.83)
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A


Buffalo 5 Syracuse 2
• Jordan (L, 0-2) 7⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K
• Cedeno (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Walters 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Goodwin 1-3

Xavier Cedeno was summoned from the bullpen with two out and two runners on to get an opposing lefthanded batter out and didn’t get the job done. Instead, he walked him, gave up a two-run single, then a two-run double to turn a 2-1 Syracuse lead into the eventual 5-2 loss to Buffalo. The meltdown hung a loss on Taylor Jordan, who rebounded from a three-inning, seven-run outing on Memorial Day to pitch into the 8th. He was charged with three runs on five hits and a walk and struck out seven. The offense was limited to four hits total for the second straight game with Zach Walters driving in both Chiefs runs with solo HR in the 4th and an RBI double in the 6th.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 4
• Simmons 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Grace (W, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Herron (SV, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run HR in the top of the 8th was the difference as Harrisburg downed Akron, 6-4. James Simmons got the spot start and went five and 2/3rds innings and was charged with all four RubberDuck runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. The win went to Matt Grace, who turned in two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings (though he did let in one of two inherited runners) with three hits given up and three strikeouts. Tyler Herron worked around a pair of hits in the 9th for his second save. Kevin Keyes also homered while Cutter Dykstra reached base three times with a walk and two singles to lead the Sens offense.
Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow is reporting that both Sammy Solis and A.J. Cole will be skipped in the rotation without explanation.

Potomac 8 Salem 1
• Bacus 5⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI, E(15)

The P-Nats won a laugher Last Night In Woodbridge.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Johansen (L, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K, 2HR
• Thomas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Wooten 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Middleton 1-2, 2B, RBI

Jake Johansen may have made just two mistakes in five innings pitched, but both of them left the park as the Intimidators took the opener, 3-2. Johnansen gave up three hits and three walks total and struck out six while losing his second game of 2014. John Wooten and Brennan Middleton both hit RBI doubles as the Suns were held to six hits.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 — GAME TWO
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• Ullmann 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ballou 3-4, R, OF assist at 2B
• Manuel 2-3, 2B

Jefry Rodriguez avoided the long ball but also gave up the sum of Kannapolis’s runs as Hagerstown dropped the nightcap, 4-3. The 20-y.o. was lit up for four runs on four hits and two walks over three innings in the loss. Ryan Ullmann followed with three shutout frames but the Suns couldn’t push across the tying run. Isaac Ballou led the 10-hit parade with a 3-for-4 night. The two losses combined with a Delmarva win cuts Hagerstown’s lead in the Sally North to 3½ games. The Shorebirds visit the Suns for a three-game series tomorrow through Wednesday.

DSL Rojos 3 DSL Nationals 1
• J. Baez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Bermudez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Mota 2-3, R, 2B, 3B
• Rengel 1-3

The DSL Rojos struck for one in the 1st and two in the 3rd off D-Nat pitcher (and man I hope this is a typo) Joan Baez and cruised to a 3-1 win over the D-Nats. Baez gave up all three runs on six hits and one walks with two K’s. Juan Bermudez followed with four no-hit innings of relief but the D-Nats offense was held to just five hits. 18-y.o. Israel Mota doubled and tripled to lead the D-Nat bats.
Roster moves: RHP Anderson Martinez reassigned to the GCL Nationals, 3B Andres Martinez placed on the reserved list.

May 312014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-1, 4.67) vs.
McGuire (1-0, 3.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-0 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Solis (0-1, 21.60) vs.
Murata (3-1, 1.95)
Anderson (2-3, 4.35)
Potomac Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) vs. Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 3.57) vs.
Diaz (5-3, 3.42)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-1, 4.93) and
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Leyer (2-3, 4.22) and
Wheeler (0-2, 2.89)
DSL Nationals N/A @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 4
• Roenicke (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Mattheus (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Rhymes 0-2, R, 2BB
• Souza 1-3, R, BB

The Chiefs had but one big inning — a five-run 4th — and survived two rallies by the Bison for a 5-4 win. All four Syracuse hits came in the 4th, as the Chiefs took advantage of two walks and a two-run throwing error with one out. Josh Roenicke got the spot start and turned in five scoreless innings, with three hits and two walks allowed and two strikeouts to register his first win of the season.
Zach Jackson followed and was dinged for three runs (one earned) in the 7th. Ryan Mattheus let in one of two inherited runners but got out of the inning and pitched around an error in the 8th. Mike Gonzalez turned in a Cordero-esue 9th, opening the inning with a walk-single-walk sequence to load the bases then giving up a run while getting the next three batters out to record his 4th save.

Akron 10 Harrisburg 0
• Meyers (L, 1-3) 3IP, 8H, 8R, 7ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, WP
• Canham 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-4, 2B
• Taylor 1-2, BB

The RubberDucks took their fourth straight game against the Senators with a 10-0 shutout. Brad Meyers took the brunt of beating — and the loss — with eight runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in only three innings. He struck out none and saw just 34 of his 58 pitches go for strikes. Harrisburg was held to just seven hits, with just two batters reaching base twice: Jason Martinson, who went 2-for-4 with a double, and Michael Taylor, who went 1-for-2 with a walk before being lifted from the game in the 8th; He did not appear to have been injured, though the (on) crack Akron broadcast team never noticed how the 6’3″ Taylor shrunk to 5’11” when Adrian Sanchez pinch-hit for him in the 8th. Catcher Mitch Canham pitched the final inning of the night, throwing 14 of 21 pitches for strikes and walking one in a scoreless 8th.

Potomac 5 Salem 4 (10 inn.)
• Brach 5+ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Harper 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP
• Benincasa (W, 4-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Renda 1-4, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Oduber 1-4, R, 2B

The P-Nats won an ugly one Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: RHP Brett Brach assigned from Washington (previously pitched for Somerset, Columbus in ’14), LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
Rain will compress this four-game series into two doubleheaders today and tomorrow. Hagerstown’s magic number to clinch the Sally North title is at 13 with the next two series against the second- and third-place teams, who have crept up to within 5 (Delmarva) and 6½ games (Greensboro).

DSL Nationals — OPENING DAY
It’s time to learn some new names… and the “TBD vs. TBD” macro is ready to go.

May 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (0-2, 4.91) vs.
Stroman (2-4, 3.03)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Meyers (1-2, 4.86) vs.
Anderson (2-3, 4.35)
Potomac Won, 14-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Brach (1st A+ start of ’14) vs.
Kukuk (1-3, 4.43)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-1, 4.93) and
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Leyer (2-3, 4.22) and
Wheeler (0-2, 2.89)


Syracuse 5 Rochester 1
• Hill (W, 7-1) 8IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K,
• Delcarmen 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Burriss 3-5, 3R, 2B
• Souza 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Walters 2-5, 2B, RBI, 3K

Taylor Hill “defended” his I.L. Pitcher of the Week title with eight strong innings as Syracuse beat Rochester, 5-1. Hill gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two to earn his I.L.-leading seventh win. The Chiefs struck for three in the 1st and single runs in the 7th and 9th innings while posting a baker’s dozen in the hit column. Steve Souza and Emmanuel Burriss led the way with 3-for-5 marks, followed by Zach Walters and Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes, who both went 2-for-5.

Erie 5 Harrisburg 1
• Poveda (L, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, 2HR
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 3-3, 2B, BB
• Martinson 2-3, BB, SB

The longball continues to be Omar Poveda’s downfall. The 26-y.o. veteran gave up two big flies for three runs in the top of the 1st as Erie went on to defeat Harrisburg, 5-1, and take the series, 2-1. Poveda followed with five scoreless innings, giving up five hits total with one walk and seven K’s over six innings, but was charged with his second AA loss of the season. Brian Jeroloman’s solo HR in the 3rd accounted for the lone Senator run, while Michael Taylor (3-for-3, 2B) and Jason Martinson (2-for-3) registered the remaining five hits as the rest of the Harrisburg lineup went 0-for-22 with a walks (Matt Skole) and four strikeouts.

Potomac 14 Winston-Salem 4
• Spann (W, 4-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Oduber 4-6, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Tejeda 4-6, 4R, HR, 3RBI
• Leonida 2-5, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Potomac broke a three-game slide and returned to .500 (26-26) with a 14-4 victory over Winston-Salem. The P-Nats sent 15 men to the plate in the nine-run 2nd, ellipsed with four Dash errors. The 14 runs and 19 hits were both season highs for Potomac as every starter reached base at least twice, led by Randolph Oduber and Oscar Tejeda, who both went 4-for-6 and combined for five runs scored and five RBI. Matt Spann tossed six shutout innings for his team-best fourth win, giving up four hits and three walks while striking out one.
Roster move: RHP Paul Demny activated from XST — and a strong candidate to replace the tireless TBD as tonight’s starting pitcher.

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
Rain postponed the opening of the four-game series between the Suns and Intimidators. It will made up tonight with a doubleheader.

May 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (5-2, 3.66) vs.
Meyer (2-1, 3.55)
Harrisburg Tied, 4-4
(Suspended, Top 8th)
vs. Erie,
5:30 p.m.
Kroenke (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Palacios (3-2, 5.04)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (0-1, 10.80) vs.
Ortiz (0-4, 4.66)
Jaye (9-6, 4.11 in ’13 @ High-A)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 @ Delmarva,
10:35 a.m.
Voth (1-3, 2.42) vs.
Rennie (2-3, 5.57)


Syracuse 10 Rochester 2
• Tatusko (W, 3-5) 6+ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Mattheus 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 3-5, R, 2RBI, CS
• Hood 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Walters 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Syracuse clipped the Red Wings pitchers for 17 hits and nine unanswered runs en route to a 10-2 win. Ryan Tatusko got back-to-back wins for the first time this season, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks over six-plus innings. It was his seventh quality start out of 11. Josh Johnson and Destin Hood both went 3-for-5 with a run scored as every Chiefs batter hit safely. Brock Peterson and Zach Walters both homered as eight of the Syracuse hits were of the extra-base variety. Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno activated from 7-Day DL (eff. May 25), RHP Christian Garcia activated from 3-day TIL (eff. May 26), IF Zach Walters optioned from Washington, IF Jose Lozada placed on 7-Day DL (retroactive to May 26).

Erie 4 Harrisburg 4 — SUSP.
• Cole 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Bates 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sanchez 2-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 1-2, 3B, BB, RBI

The umpires may have had an assist in this one as they refused to stop play in the 7th, just long enough for the Senators to draw back-to-back-to-back walks to tie the game at 4-4. A.J. Cole was hit hard, giving up four runs in the 1st and seven hits total but managed to make it through four innings. Colin Bates relieved with three scoreless while the Harrisburg offense single runs in the 2nd, 5th, 6th, and of course, the 7th. Play was halted with one out in the top of the 8th and will be resumed tonight with the regularly scheduled nine-inning game to follow.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 2
• Simms (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Harper 3IP, 3H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, 3WP
• Oduber 2-4, R, SB
• Severino 2-4, R, SB

Winston-Salem put up three crooked numbers to erase an early 1-0 Potomac lead and knocked the P-Nats out of 1st place with a 7-2 win. John Simms lost for the third time in six starts, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings. Bryan Harper allowed the final five Dash runs on three hits and three walks and did not help his cause with three wild pitches. Randolph Oduber and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored as Potomac was held to just six hits total. Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 2
• Silvestre (L, 1-2) 6+ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Ramos 2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Lopez 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ward 2-4, 2K

Hector Silvestre was perhaps pushed an inning too far. The 21-y.o. southpaw gave up a three-run HR to third batter he faced in the bottom of the 7th to snap a 2-2 tie as the Shorebirds took a third straight from the Suns, 7-2. Silvestre gave up five runs total on eight hits and a walk, with one walk and a one K over six-plus innings. David Ramos was hit hard again in his second outing, giving up the final two Delmarva runs on five hits with neither a walk nor a strikeout in two innings pitched. Carlos Lopez reached base three times with a single, walk, and a double to lead the Hagerstown offense.

May 262014
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-9 @ Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 1.93) vs.
May (3-3, 3.35)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Solis (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
Petit (3-3, 5.29)
Potomac Won, 10-6 @ Salem,
1:00 p.m.
Dickson (1-3, 5.27) vs.
Diaz (5-3, 3.50)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Brault (4-2, 2.35) and Horacek (1-5, 3.33)


Syracuse 10 Pawtucket 9
• Ohlendorf 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Cedeno (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gonzalez (SV, 3) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Laird 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Peterson 2-4, 3R, BB, 3RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Brock Peterson’s three-run shot in the 8th capped a six-run comeback as the Chiefs edged the PawSox 10-9 for their sixth straight win and took 1st place in the I.L. North. Ross Ohlendorf made his third rehab start and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and fanning two. Pawtucket put the puss on Josh Roenicke’s face with eight runs over two and 2/3rds following Ohlendorf to put Syracuse in an 8-2 hole. The Chiefs rallied for four in the 6th, one in the 7th, Jose Lozada led off with a walk and Steve Souza walked with two outs to set up Peterson. The win went Xavier Cedeno for pitching a scoreless 9th while Mike Gonzalez cleaned up Manny Delcarmen’s mess (one batter retired out of four faced) by stranding both the tying and go-ahead runners for his third save.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 2
• Meyers (W, 1-2) 5IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Taylor 1-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assists at 3B, HP

The Senators put up three-spots in both the 4th and 5th innings as they took back-to-back games for the fifth time this season with an 8-2 decision against the BaySox. Brad Meyers gave up both Bowie runs, scattering eight hits and working around three walks over five innings for his first win since 2011. Rafael Martin followed with two perfect innings while Matt Grace and Tyler Herron each turned in a scoreless inning to seal the deal. Cutter Dykstra and Matt Skole both singled twice and doubled once to lead the Harrisburg offense, while Michael Taylor gunned down a runner at the plate and went deep again for his 13th HR of ’14.

Potomac 10 Salem 6
• Bacus (W, 2-1) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 6K
• Henke 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Tejeda 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Severino 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Potomac broke a season-worst four-game losing streak and kept a first-place tie with Wilmington with a 10-6 win over Salem. Dakota Bacus got the win, but labored through five innings with three runs on six hits and four walks though he did strike out six. Kylin Turnbull struggled again, giving up three runs in an inning and a 1/3rd before Travis Henke came on. The 25-y.o. veteran let in one of two inherited runners but finished the game with two and 2/3rds scoreless innings. Every batter hit safely while six men had multiple hits as the P-Nats marched to a 16-hit parade, led by Oscar Tejeda’s 3-for-4 afternoon, and followed by Will Piwnica-Worms, who singled and homered, and Pedro Severino, who doubled twice.

Hagerstown 6 Asheville 5
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Ramos (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Middleton 3-4, R, RBI
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B
• Difo 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI, 2SB

Wilmer Difo doubled in two to tie and scored on a throwing error to cap a three-run 9th as Hagerstown walked off again, 6-5. It was the 8th win in 17 games in which the Suns entered the 9th trailing or tied. Jefry Rodriguez made his Low-A debut, allowing a run on six hits and a walk while striking out three, but left in a 1-1 tie. Asheville jumped on Philips Valdez for three in the 6th to take a 4-1 lead. Hagerstown scored single runs in the 6th and 7th innings but David Ramos was also greeted with a run in the 8th before pitching a scoreless 9th and was the pitcher of record. Brennan Middleton went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Suns hit column, followed by Difo at 2-for-5 with 3RBI, and John Wooten at 2-for-3 with a double.
Roster move: RHP Jefry Rodriguez activated from XST.

May 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Pawtucket,
6:30 p.m.
Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Webster (2-2, 2.47)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Meyers (0-2, 5.40) vs.
Berry (3-1, 3.68)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 (10 inn.) @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 3.31) vs.
Kukuk (1-2, 2.55)
Hagerstown Won, 7-3 vs. Asheville,
5:05 p.m.
TBD J. Rodriguez (3-0, 2.45 in GCL in ’13) vs.
Jiminian (5-2, 3.35)


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 1
• Hill (W, 6-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mattheus 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 3-4, 2B, 2RBI, 10-game hit streak
• Rhymes 2-4, R, RBI

After hanging seven zeroes on the top of the scoreboard, Taylor Hill got the rest of the night off when his teammates put up four in the last of the 7th as the Chiefs won their fifth straight, 4-1. Hill improved to 6-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.63 while allowing just five hits, no walks and fanning four. Steve Souza went 3-for-4 and extended his hit streak to 10 games while Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Syracuse no. 2-3 hitters combined for five of the team’s seven hits. Former Chief Corey Brown homered in the 9th off Mike Gonzalez to break up the shutout. Roster moves: RHP Christian Garcia placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List (retroactive to 5/22), IF Zach Walters optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 5
• Poveda (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, 2HR
• Holland (SV, 1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Taylor 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Sanchez 2-2, 2B, RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2B, RBI

Perhaps the third time was the charm as the Senators victimized BaySox pitcher Tyler Wilson, who beat them in his first two starts, for six runs on nine hits and three walks en route to an 8-5 victory. Omar Poveda was less ineffective in his second turn in the rotation, allowing three runs on three hits, including two home runs, with no walks and seven strikeouts over five innings for his first AA win of ’14. Five Senators would notch multiple hits, with Michael Taylor and Jason Martinson both reaching base three times with two hits and a walk while stealing a base to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster move: 1B Adam LaRoche removed from roster (end of MLB rehab).

Salem 7 Potomac 6 (10 inn.)
• Spann 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Self 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Benincasa (BS, 2; L, 3-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 0BB, 0K, HR(5)
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Oduber 2-4, R
• Renda 0-1, R, 3BB

After taking a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th, it took just three batters for Potomac reliever Robert Benincasa to finish the game. Unfortunately, that was single-flyout-homer as Salem’s Kevin Heller smacked a two-run blast for 7-6 walkoff for the Red Sox. It was the first loss, the second blown save, and the fifth HR for Benincasa, whose line is now 6.50/6.37/1.61 in 18 innings. Matthew Spann started and went the first five innings, giving up two runs on five hits (one of which was a Heller solo shot), with no walks and five strikeouts. Shawn Pleffner extended his modest hit streak to six games with a 2-for-5 night, scoring a run and driving in a run to lead the Potomac offense. Roster move: RHP Ian Dickson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 7 Asheville 3
• Johansen (W, 4-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, 2WP
• Webb (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Wooten 3-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Kieboom 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5, R, RBI

The Suns scorched the Tourists for a pair of three-run innings in the early going and cruised to 7-3 win. Jake Johansen would need that cushion as he put on 10 baserunners — five hits, five walks — in five innings but managed to let in just two while striking out three for his fourth win. The 3-4-5 batters John Wooten, Spencer Kieboom, and Drew Ward combined for seven hits, four runs scored, a double (Wooten), a triple (Kieboom), and three RBI. The Hagerstown lineup saw eight of nine batters reach base, including 10 hits and seven walks as they assumed the title of the top offense in the Sally League with 253 runs scored in 47 games (5.38 R/G).
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Ullmann reassigned from Potomac; RHP Michael Sylvestri reassigned to Auburn; LHP David Ramos activated from XST.

May 232014
 

Transactions for NPP 2
Another day too busy to wait for the news & notes to pass along [truck]load of transactions…

SYRACUSE
• IF Josh Johnson activated from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• UT Sean Nicol reassigned from Syracuse
• C Brandon Bantz released
• LHP Zach Kroenke assigned from Washington
• C Mitch Canham activated from 7-Day DL
• IF Justin Bloxom placed on 7-Day DL
• 1B Adam LaRoche assigned from Washington for MLB rehab

POTOMAC
• RHP Ryan Ullmann promoted reassigned from Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Nick Pivetta placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF Wilman Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL
• 3B Drew Ward activated from 3-Day TIL
• RHP Ian Dickson reassigned from Potomac

It’s pretty clear that more moves are coming – IF Adrian Sanchez returning to Potomac, C Jeff Howell dropping down to take Bantz’s spot are a couple of obvious reversals I can foresee with only two three of the four affiliates’ media notes in virtual hand (a.k.a. email ;-) and a tweet from Bill “The Rocket” Ladson.

As always, if/when further information comes across within the next few hours, this space will be updated.

UPDATE #1:
Harrisburg’s notes are in, and it looks like Adrian Sanchez is sticking while Syracuse will continue to carry three catchers as Mitch Canham has been activated to replace Bantz.

UPDATE #2:
Potomac’s PR folks have released their notes and there’s some interesting manuevering going on here. Ian Dickson and Ryan Ullmann have swapped roster spots, but Dickson is listed as a probable pitcher for Potomac on Monday, which is a doubleheader for Hagerstown (the Suns have not yet announced a starter for either game). Perhaps not coincidentally, Ullmann last pitched on May 20, and may not physically be in Salem, Va. — just as Matt Spann, who was “promoted” to the Senators on Wednesday and returned to the P-Nats yesterday, never left Woodbridge. Likewise for Dickson, who started on Wednesday for the P-Nats and would not be likely to appear as a reliever over the weekend.

May 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (4-2, 4.54) vs.
Workman (3-1, 5.12)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
Vasquez (0-3, 4.60)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
TBD Pena (3-1, 4.81) vs.
Mercedes (1-4, 4.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (1-3, 1.82) vs.
Balog (3-3, 3.38)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Tatusko (W, 2-5) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hood 3-3, 2R, BB
• Laird 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

Ryan Tatusko got plenty of support on both offense and defense while Syracuse won its third straight, 6-1 over Pawtucket. The Chiefs scored in each of the first four innings, with Brock Peterson homering in the 1st to open the scoring and Steve Souza homering in the 4th to close the six-run binge. Tatusko was peppered for eight hits over six innings, but with the help of four double plays, just one run came around to score. He walked one and struck out three to earn his second win of the season. Destin Hood and Brandon Laird combined for six hits and three runs scored to lead the Chiefs’ 11-hit parade (though they did strike out 12 times).

Harrisburg 6 Trenton 4
• Cole 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Martin (W, 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Herron (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 1-2, BB, 3RBI, CS, SF
• Taylor 1-4, R, 3K, SB

A five-run 9th flipped the script for Harrisburg as they both scored late and won the ballgame 6-4 to earn a split of the four-game series against Trenton. It was the first time the Senators had come back in 27 games trailing in the 9th. Harrisburg ace A.J. Cole pitched a shutout into the 6th but gave up four unearned runs when a possible inning-ending double-play ball with the bases loaded was thrown away to let in two then a two-out double plated two more. Cole finished with five hits and two walks allowed with five strikeouts over five and 2/3rds. The Senators sent 11 men to the plate in the final frame, drawing four walks and connecting for four of their six hits on the night, with Cutter Dykstra’s two-run, two-out single providing the final margin of victory. Rafael Martin got the win in relief with a strikeout to end the 6th, then silenced the Thunder — save for one hit — for two more innings. Tyler Herron also gave up a hit in the 9th but got the final three outs for the save. Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Potomac.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 4
• Simms (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Harper 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Severino 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB, HBP
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Hillcats scratched out four runs in the 3rd added single runs in the 7th and 9th innings to down the P-Nats 6-4 and take the series, 3-2. John Simms took the loss, his second in five starts, with four runs allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings with four strikeouts. Four of the eight Potomac hits went for extra bases, withe Pedro Severino the sole P-Nat to notch multiple hits with a 2-for-4 night and an RBI. Rehabbing Adam LaRoche went 0-for-2 with two flyouts at the plate and two putouts in the field.
Roster moves: LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from Harrisburg, 1B Adam LaRoche assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Asheville 7 Hagerstown 1
• Silvestre (L, 1-1) 6IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Cooper 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Manuel 1-4, R, HR
• Lopez 1-3, 2B

Making his second spot start in place of the “not injured” Lucas Giolito, Hector Silvestre hit the wall in the 6th, giving up five runs in the frame, including a grand slam off the bat of Asheville’s Correlle Prime, as the Tourists trampled the Suns, 7-1. Silvestre was charged with six runs total on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Hagerstown was limited to three hits total with Craig Manuel spoiling 19-y.o. Antonio Senzatela’s complete-game shutout bid with a two-out HR in the 9th. Wilmer Difo singled in the 6th while Carlos Lopez doubled in the 2nd to account for other two Suns hits.