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.

Apr 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 @ Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Laffey (1-0, 0.00) Treinen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Holmberg (0-3, 14.46) Reineke (0-0, 2.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Purke (0-3, 9.49)
Gilliam (0-0, 5.63) vs. Kingham (1-1, 0.53)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-1, 4.05) vs.
Buccifero (0-2, 3.63)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ Augusta,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.29) vs.
Ysla (0-1, 7.00)


Syracuse 4 Louisville 1
• Tatusko (W, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Jackson (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Robertson (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rhymes 3-4, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Souza 1-3, BB, CS

Ryan Tatusko finally got the run support worthy of his efforts thus far this season (2.18 ERA, 0.68 WHIP) in a 4-1 Syracuse win over Louisville. The 29-y.o. veteran tossed his second straight quality start for his first win, holding the Bats’, um, bats to just one run on four hits with no walks and three K’s over six innings. The Chiefs took advantage of a sloppy 5th inning, scoring three times on three hits with the help of three Louisville errors in the 5th to snap a 1-1 tie. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes led the offense with a 3-for-4 night, scoring a run, drawing a walk, and stealing a base. Brian Goodwin saw his hit streak stop at 11 but extended his on-base streak to 12 with his team-leading 13th base-on-balls. Roster moves: LHP Danny Rosenbaum placed on 7-Day DL; LHP Zach Jackson reassigned from Harrisburg; LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno optioned from Washington; RHP Aaron Barrett recalled to Washington.

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 0
• Rivero (L, 0-4) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 2-4
• Hood 2-4

Felipe Rivero couldn’t stop the Sens trend of giving up runs early and often as the Curve shut them out, 7-0. Rivero was charged with six runs on nine hits and three walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out two and gave up his second home run of the season while taking his fourth loss in as many starts. Caleb Ramsey and Destin Hood both went 2-for-4 to account for four of the five (5) Harrisburg hits. Michael Taylor whiffed four times to extend his E.L-leading batting strikeout mark to 28 in 16 games.
A corresponding move to the reassignment of LHP Zack Jackson to AAA has not yet been announced.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac returns to the Pfitz on a three-game win streak after a 4-2 road trip to Myrtle Beach and Lynchburg. They’ll host Winston-Salem for the three games and finish their first-half slate against the Hillcats with a four-game series from Saturday to Tuesday. Doug Fister is expected to make a rehab start on Sunday, which should take some pressure off Brett Mooneyham, presuming he’s not skipped and/or there’s no rainout between now and then.

Hagerstown 4 Augusta 3
• Giolito 4IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HBP
• Suero (W, 2-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Difo 3-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• E. Martinez 2-3, BB, SB, CS

Isaac Ballou’s RBI triple tied it and Wilmer Difo’s RBI single put the Suns ahead as they rallied for two in the 9th to even the series at 1-1 with 4-3 win over the GreenJackets. Lucas Giolito got his third no-decision as the Hagerstown ace was buzzed for three runs on three hit and three walks over four innings. He struck out five but also hit a batter. Wander Suero got the win with four shutout frames of two-hit relief with no BBs and 2 K’s. Difo went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI to lead the Suns attack, followed closely by Estarlin Martinez’s 2-for-3 night with a walk and a stolen base, though he was also caught stealing.

Apr 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 vs. Rochester,
12:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 4.15) vs.
Diamond (0-2, 15.00)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Schwartz (0-2, 7.62) vs.
Dodson (0-1, 2.53)
Potomac Won, 6-5 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-1, 2.38) vs.
Parsons (1-1, 3.45)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Augusta,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (2-1, 4.38) vs.
Jones (0-1, 3.00)


Rochester 9 Syracuse 3
• Roenicke (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Delcarmen 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-2, R, 2B, 2BB
• Komatsu 0-2, BB, SF, RBI

The Chiefs’ modest three-game win streak was halted with a 9-3 loss to the RedWings. Spot starter Josh Roenicke was pounded for four runs on six hits and two walks over just three innings. Brian Goodwin extended his hit streak to 10 games with a single and a double, and also drew two walks, pushing that tally to 12 in 16 games. The rest of the lineup managed just two hits and a walk, capitalizing on an error, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch to score twice in the 7th while Erik Komatsu plated Goodwin’s leadoff double in the 9thg with a sacrifice fly in the 9th. RHP Warner Madrigal placed on the 7-Day DL with a calf injury to make room for OF Steve Souza on Chiefs 25-man roster.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators complete their six-game road trip with a three-game series against the Curve in Altoona in a battle between the fifth- and sixth-place teams in the Eastern League’s Western division.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 5
• Pena (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K
• Self (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Oduber 2-4, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Kevin Keyes’s three-run homer, his fourth in seven days, powered a four-run 4th as the P-Nats defeated the Hillcats, 6-5 and took sole possession of 1st place in the Carolina League North Division. Starter Ronald Pena earned his first win but fell one inning short of the six innings required to turn in the team’s first quality of start of 2014. Instead, he game up two runs over five frames on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Robert Benincasa pitched a shaky ninth, allowing a run on two hits but was awarded his league-leading fifth save. Randolph Oduber singled twice to lead the Potomac offense, which scored six times on just seven hits and two walks.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown’s second road trip is the first of five two-team, 1,000-mile-plus road trips of the season as they’ll visit Augusta, GA for three against the GreenJackets today through Wednesday, then head north to Charleston, WV for four against the Power.

Apr 202014
 

near-fight-in-Hagerstown

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Rochester,
2:00 p.m.
Roenicke (0-1, 7.20) vs.
May (0-0, 4.82)
Harrisburg Won, 10-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 10-4 @ Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Pena (0-0, 10.97) vs.
Sims (1-1, 4.20)
Hagerstown Won, 11-6 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 4 Rochester 2
• Poveda (W, 1-2) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Barrett (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lozada 2-3, R
• Laird 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs doubled up the RedWings 4-2 to run their win streak to three and pull within a game of .500. Omar Poveda tossed seven strong innings, giving up both Rochester runs on three hits and three walks while fanning four. Aaron Barrett worked around a pair of ninth-inning singles to earn his second save. Emmanuel Burriss and Gerald Laird both went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Syracuse offense while Brian Goodwin singled to extend his hit streak to nine games. OF Steve Souza optioned from Washington; the corresponding move to reduce the roster to 25 has not yet been announced.

Harrisburg 10 Reading 3
• Cole 3⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Holland (W, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Dykstra 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Canham 2-4, 2R

Harrisburg fell behind early 2-0 but didn’t phone it in. Instead, they dialed long distance three times — twice in the five-run 9th as they pummeled Reading, 10-3. Cutter Dykstra drove in four while going 3-for-5, including a two-run shot in the 3rd (his second in as many games) to tie the game at 2-2. Michael Taylor struck out twice to maintain the league lead in K’s but drove in three with his second HR while Destin Hood hit his first HR to cap the Sens scoring binge. A.J. Cole started but was lifted with two outs in the 4th after giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk while throwing 82 pitches. Neil Holland got the win with two and 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief.

Potomac 10 Lynchburg 4
• Rauh (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Mendez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Piwnica-Worms 3-4, R, BB, 3RBI
• Norfork 3-5, 3R, 3B, BB, RBI
• S. Perez 3-5, 2R, RBI, E(5)

Potomac pounded out a season-best 17 hits and returned to a first-place tie with a 10-4 victory over Lynchburg. Brian Rauh won for the first time this season, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out two. Bryan Harper and Gilberto Mendez combined for four innings of one-run relief, with Mendez stranding two in the 8th to quash a Hillcat comeback. Kevin Keyes continued his bid for POTW honors with his third HR and 8th RBI since Monday. Will Piwnica-Worms, Khayyan Norfork, and Stephen Perez each had three hits as eight of the nine starters hit safely.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 6
• Johansen (W, 2-0) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, WP, HBP
• Simms (SV, 2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Difo 2-4, 3B, 3RBI
• E. Martinez 3-5, 2R
• Ward 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Tempers flared in the 8th (H/T to @NatAC1 via Twitter) as the Suns scored in each of the first seven innings en route to an 11-6 scalding of the BlueClaws, the seventh win by Hagertsown in seven meetings (and only 20 more to go). Jake Johansen got the Jack Morris win with five runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. John Simms closed out the game with three shutout frames for his second save. Lakewood pitchers walked seven Suns (Isaac Ballou three times) and hit a batter (Spencer Kieboom, prompting the above) which enabled Hagerstown to score 11 runs on 12 singles, a double, and a triple. Estarlin led the hit parade with a 3-for-5 night as all nine Suns batters reached base at least twice. OF Denard Span removed from roster, end of MLB rehab