Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 2-0 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (8-6, 3.30) vs.
Zach McAllister (8-3, 3.11)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-3, 2.78) vs.
Matt Harvey (0-3, 7.15)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Wilmington,
12:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-9, 5.02) vs.
Justin Marks (5-7, 4.70)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-5, 2.83) vs.
Jarret Martin (4-6, 4.84)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 4.36) vs.
Jacob Partridge (0-4, 5.40)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs.
GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 7.27)
vs. Ramon Ulacio (1-2, 2.83)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-2
@ DSL Giants
vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-1, 2.53) vs.
Alex Santana (3-0, 2.13)

Syracuse 2 Columbus 0
• Peacock (W, 2-1) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 7K
• Wilkie (S, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Aubrey 2-4, R, 2B
• C Brown 2-3, 2B
Brad Peacock took a no-no into the 8th inning in Syracuse’s 2-0 victory over Columbus. Peacock walked four batters through four and ran up a very high pitch count early. After that, he settled down and was dominant until he gave up a leadoff double to Beau Mills. Collin Balester came on in relief and walked two and struck out two to load the bases before Josh Wilkie came in and induced a ground out. Wilkie went on to pitch a scoreless 9th to earn the save. Syracuse scored two runs in the fourth on a Chris Marrero single, Michael Aubrey double, an RBI groundout from Jesus Valdez, and an RBI triple from Tug Hulett. Syracuse improves to 45-58, fourth place in the I.L. North and 16 games behind Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 3
• O Perez 5⅔ IP, 6H, ER, 5BB, 3K, HR
• VanAllen [H, 8] 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Pahuta 3-4, 3R, HR, RBI
• Ivany 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Bryce Harper continued to bounce back from his early Eastern League slump with a dominating performance in a 6-3 Harrisburg win over Bowie. Harper whipped out the full offensive arsenal with a single the other way and stolen base in his first at-bat, a homer in his third AB, and a rope of a single in his fourth at-bat. He had plenty of help as Tim Pahuta and Devin Ivany would each go long for the Senators for a total of four RBI. Ollie Perez pitched five and 2/3rds innings of excruciating five-walk ball in the heat before Jimmy Barthmaier added a sixth walk then stranded Perez’s runner at first, which earned him the win. Corey VanAllen pitched a scoreless 7th and Rafael Martin Rafael Martin pitched a scoreless eighth, but struggled to hold a 6-1 lead in the 9th, which required Pat McCoy to record the final out for the save. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 59-46, good for a 1½ game lead over Richmond and Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 1
• Solis (W, 4-1) 7⅓ IP, 6H, E, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Frias 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Higley 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Sammy Solis carried a shutout into the 8th, but a one-out RBI double chased him from the mound but got him his fourth win in five starts as Potomac crushed the Blue Rocks, 5-1. The 2nd-round southpaw retired 13 straight beginning with a double play to end the 3rd and ending with a leadoff walk in the 8th. The P-Nats bats pounded out nine hits, with J.R. Higley and Justin Bloxom both going 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the way, while the defense played error-free and turned two double plays. Frederick still lead the P-Nats by two games, but Potomac’s 19-13 mark is eight games better than both Lynchburg and Wilmington, making a rematch of last year’s divisional round of the C.L. playoffs even more likely.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Yesterday was an off day for the Hagerstown Suns, as they embark on an eight-game road trip with four against Delmarva over the weekend, then four against Hickory from Monday to Thursday before returning to Municipal Stadium next Friday [Insert joke about whether it’s a day game or night game here].

Auburn 3 Hudson Valley 1
• Meyers 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Dupra (W, 2-2) 4IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rowe 1-2, R, BB
• Montilla 1-3, SB

A rehabbing Brad Meyers and 7th-round pick Brian Dupra each tossed four strong innings as the Auburn Doubledays pitchers outdueled the Hudson Valley Renegades, 3-1. Both teams had just four hits, but the Doubledays had the fortune to get three of them in the same inning. In the 6th, a Connor Rowe single, Jeremy Mayo walk, and a Hendry Jimenez single loaded the bases, while Bryce Ortega’s single, Matt Skole’s sac fly and an RBI grounder by Justin Miller unloaded the bases. Ben Grisz was the last man on the mound for the Doubledays, pitching a scoreless 9th for his fourth save. With the win, Auburn keeps pace with Jamestown and Mahoning Valley atop the Pinckney Division at 22-17, two games ahead of Batavia and Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s four days on, one day off the rest of the way for the G-Nats, who are 10 games out with a 12-19 mark and have an elimination number of just 16 with 25 games left to play.

DSL Giants 8 DSL Nationals 2
• Moscat (L, 3-4) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Eusebio 2-4, R, HR, RBI 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .274
• Mejia 2B 1-4, 3B, RBI

A modest three-game winning streak was broken with an 8-2 loss by the D-Nats to the D-Giants. Felix Moscat started and went the first six, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The duo of Jesus De Los Santos and Brian Escolastico lived up to their four-digit ERAs, surrendering one run in the 7th and four more in the 8th to erase any doubt. Both D-Nats runs came in the 9th, with Diomedes Esuebio the lone batter to hit safely twice by leading off the 9th with a solo shot to break up the shutout. The loss drops the D-Nats to 25-24, five games off the pace.

Ripple Effects From Rhinehart/Manno Trade

As everyone surmised, Matt Stairs has been designated for assignment to make room for Gomes. Of course, that’s the MLB front; not our turf.

So far, only one move has just a couple of moves have been officially announced in the minors…

• P Gregory Holt assigned from Auburn
(Unofficially, one of our commenters has informed us that RHP Colin Bates is on the way, too)
• P Colin Bates assigned from Auburn
• SS Justino Cuevas activated from Potomac DL and assigned from GCL

• 1B-DH Russell Moldenhauer assigned from Hagerstown Suns.
• P Ben Hawkins assigned to Auburn Doubledays from GCL Nationals

With Harrisburg short one man at 23, it’s pretty clear that another move will be made soon. But it’s not obvious who because both Potomac and Syracuse have four or less OFs on the active roster. My apologies for these kind of “placeholder” posts, but I feel like it’s the best way to handle this until the dust settles… or another trade is made.

UPDATE: A few moves shuffling the deck between Auburn and Hagerstown, indicated in bold.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (1-1, 7.71) vs.
Jeanmar Gomez (10-3, 2.32)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Bowie,
11:05 a.m.
Oliver Perez (2-2, 3.75) vs.
Michael Ballard (6-0, 2.90)
Potomac Won, 4-3;
Lost, 4-3
@ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (3-1, 3.91) vs.
Tyler Sample (6-7, 5.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Hudson
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-2, 4.56) vs.
Jason McEachern (3-0, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-1
@ GCL Marlins
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Felix Moscat (3-3, 4.64) vs.
Jose Reyes (3-1, 1.82)

Columbus 3 Syracuse 0 [Perfect Game]
• Stammen (L, 8-5) 6⅓ IP, 11H, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Severino 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, K, 2 IR stranded

All credit goes to 28-year-old Columbus Clippers pitcher Justin Germano, who threw a 3-0 perfect game against the Syracuse Chiefs last night. Germano pitched the first perfect game in Columbus history, sixth no-hitter in Clippers history, and the first perfect game in the International League since 2003. Craig Stammen was tagged for three runs early, the first on two doubles in the 1st and two more on a Tim Fedroff triple in the 2nd. Stammen put runners on second and third with one out in the 7th before Atahualpa Severino came in to stifle the rally with a short flyout and former Nat Nick Johnson’s inning-ending popup. With the 3-0 defeat, Syracuse falls to 44-58, two games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo and sixteen games behind irst-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• E Davis (L, 5-6) 6IP, 8H, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2 HR
• Pena 2IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Norris 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• T Moore 1-4, 2B
Harrisburg fell 6-2 in Bowie last night. Starter Erik Davis gave up a first-inning solo shot to L.J. Hoes. Derek Norris answered back with a two-run shot of his own in the 3rd inning to put Harrisburg up 2-1. The lead would not stand when Hoes hit his second homer of the game in the 6th and Bowie plated two more on a Caleb Joseph double. Hassan Pena gave up two runs in the 7th to make the final score 6-2. Harrisburg managed just four hits in defeat. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 58-46, just a ½ game up over Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 — COMP.
• Olbrychowski 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 5BB, 3K
• Clegg (W, 3-5) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Hood 2-4, 2RBI, SB
• Leon, 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• E Perez 2-4, 2R, 2SB (30,31)

In the continuation, Mitchell Clegg spun one of his best outings of the season with four scoreless innings of relief while the Potomac ‘pen held off a late charge for a 4-3 win in Wilmington. Destin Hood broke the 1-1 tie with a two-run single when play resumed and Steven Souza drove in what would prove to be the gamewinner with an RBI single that sent in Eury Perez. Rob Wort came on to protect a 4-1 lead in the 9th and got two quick outs, but was chased after a double and a single narrowed the gap to 4-2. Josh Smoker wasn’t much more effective, giving up the third run on an RBI double and walking the next batter before getting a flyout to end it for the ugly, last-blonde-at-the-bar save.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 3 – F/8
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Holland (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, RBI

In the regularly scheduled game, Wilmington went up 1-0 in the first and the stars seemed in to be in line for Noel Arguelles to get the seven-inning no-no. But a walk, a sacrifice, and a lost-in-the-twilight triple by Destin Hood ended both the no-hitter and the shutout. Justin Bloxom followed Hood with an RBI single to give the P-Nats a 2-1 lead. Danny Rosenbaum, who started and allowed just the one run on six hits over six innings, was assured of his seventh no-decision when Hector Nelo snatched a tie from the jaws of victory by surrendering a one-out double and RBI single. After J.R. Higley and Eury Perez doubled and singled in the top of the 8th to take a 3-2 lead, the bullpen implosion continued in the bottom of the frame as two relievers were victimized by two errors and gave up two singles to allow the Blue Rocks to score twice for a 4-3 Wilmington win. Potomac is now 18-13, three games behind Frederick in the Sally League North.

Greenville 11 Hagerstown 4
• Swynenberg (L, 3-1) 4IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP, BK
• Weaver 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Curran 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Leonida 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown was never really in the game in an 11-4 loss to the Greenville Drive. Starter Matt Swynenberg gave up eight runs in the first three innings. Hagerstown did manage a run on a solo shot by Chris Curran in the bottom of the 1st. Blake Kelso (1-4, 2RBI) had two of Hagerstown’s 4 RBI on a sac fly and an RBI ground out. Cole Leonida went 2-4 with a seventh-inning solo shot, and David Freitas and Russell Moldenhauer had a double apiece in the loss. Hagerstown falls to 16-15, in fourth place in the Sally North and 3½ games behind first-half champ Hickory in the Sally League North.

Auburn Doubledays
Yesterday was the second of just four scheduled days off in the New York-Penn League 2011 campaign. Auburn is in a three-way tie for first place in the Pinckney Division, a ½ game behind in the wild-card standings. Tomorrow, they begin a stretch of 11-of-17 games at home, where they’ve played .625 ball (10-6) versus .500 ball (11-11) on the road.

GCL Marlins 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• S Williams 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Difo 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• E Martinez 0-2, 2BB

A three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 6th was difference in this one, as the G-Marlins beat the G-Nats for (only?) the fifth time in nine meetings this season by a score of 3-1. A 78-minute rain delay limited Gregory Baez to just two innings, with one hit given up and two walks issued. Two NDFAs followed him in relief: Scott Williams from Wisconsin-Stevens Point and John Peters from Augustana College. Williams pitched two perfect innings, Williams was victimized by a two-out error but surrendered the home run to take the loss. Wilmer Difo walked, doubled and drove in the lone G-Nat run, which was also the only hit in 14 chances with RISP. The loss drops the G-Nats to 12-19 and reduces their elimination number to 17 with 25 games left on the schedule.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Rangers (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, K
• Hernandez, Jr (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Novas 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Eusebio 2-5, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB

The bullpen couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead but the D-Nats got the tying run they needed in the bottom of the 9th, and the gamewinner in the last of the 11th for a 6-5 win over the D-Rangers. Hector Silvestre got the start and allowed one run over four innings on two hits and four walks but struck out just one batter. Both D-Nat errors came in the 8th, as the D-Rangers got two unearned runs on two-out errors. Randy Novas (2-for-4) scored the tying run in the 9th when the D-Rangers catcher threw a pickoff to second into centerfield, while Diomedes Eusebio drew a bases-loaded walk (2-for-5) in the 11th to seal the deal. The win improves the D-Nats to 25-23, four games behind the D-Rangers in the B.C. South Division.

Two Fan Favorites Traded for Jonny Gomes

Alas, it is true… Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart and Chris Manno — two of the fan favorites here at — are no longer in the organization.

They were the minor-leaguers in today’s trade to acquire Jonny Gomes from the Cincinnati Reds, a move made to bolster the parent club’s bench and perhaps garner an extra draft pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, should Gomes become a Type B free agent this offseason.

Rhinehart was second in the Eastern League with 21 HRs and seventh in RBI. In five years with the Nationals farm (2007-2011), he batted .261/.331/.458 with 73HR and 310RBI, an integral part of the 2010 Carolina League champion Potomac Nationals.

Manno was leading the South Atlantic League in Opponents Batting Average at .135 and was 10th in appearances with 34. This was his second season in the organization and he was having a monster season in relief with a 1.04 ERA, a 0.81 WHIP, and had 69K in 43⅓ innings — an otherworldly 14.3K/9IP.

Good luck, boys… and so long.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 15-1 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-4, 4.49) vs.
Justin Germano (0-2, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 13-2 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-5, 4.66) vs.
Rick Zagone (3-6, 4.62)
Potomac Suspended,
1-1, Top 5th
@ Wimington,
5:05 p.m.
(Comp, 7 inn.)
Danny Rosenbaum (5-5, 2.67)
vs. Noel Arguelles (3-4, 2.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 vs. Greenville,
11:05 a.m.
TBD vs.
Scott Swinson (2-2, 2.67)
Auburn Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2
@ GCL Mets
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 4.21) vs.
Patrick Hope (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-0
vs. DSL Phillies
vs. DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
Hector Silvestre (2-1, 1.89) vs.
Aliangel Lopez (1-0, 2.03)

Scranton/WB 15 Syracuse 1
• Maya (L, 1-7) 3IP, 8H, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR (5.32 ERA)
• Mandel 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-3, BB
• Bynum 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse was out of this game early as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored three runs in the 2nd inning against Yunesky Maya and was up 7-0 after four innings, with all seven earned runs charged against Maya. Collin Balester’s ERA also took a beating as he gave up seven runs in the 8th while retiring only one batter. Outside of Chris Marrero’s 2-3 night, not much happened offensively for the Chiefs. Syracuse’s lone run came from a Seth Bynum homer in the 9th inning. With the loss, the Chiefs fall to 44-57, 14½ games back of first-place Lehigh Valley and ten games behind third-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and just two games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo.

Harrisburg 13 Bowie 2
• Roark (W, 5-7) 8IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• McCoy 1IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Rhinehart 2-5, R, 3R HR, 3RBI
• Moore 2-5, R, HR, RBI
Harrisburg brought out the big bats in a 13-2 rout over Bowie. All starters except Josh Johnson and Leonard Davis (1-5, R in his Harrisburg 2011 debut) had at least two hits in a 15-hit onslaught. Tanner Roark easily had his best outing of the season, pitching eight innings to a total of 27 batters. Roark’s one run allowed was unearned, although his own error on a pickoff attempt contributed. Bowie led 1-0 until Harrisburg put the game out of reach with an eight-run fifth inning that featured two doubles, a triple, two singles, and back-to-back home runs from Bill Rhinehart and Tyler Moore after an error that made four of the eight runs unearned. Harrisburg would go on to score one more in the seventh and four more in the eighth before Pat Lehman gave up a run in the 9th to make the final score 13-2. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 58-45, good for a 1½ game lead over second-place Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 1 Wilmington 1 — SUSP
Play is set to resume this afternoon at 5 p.m. with the scored tied at 1-1, runners on 1st and 2nd, one out and Destin Hood at the plate. The two teams will play out this one, then a seven-inning game afterwards.

Greenville 6 Hagerstown 4
• Ray 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• McCatty (L, 1-3) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB
• A Sanchez 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• W Moore 2-3, R, 2B, BB

Shane McCatty has had eight appearances in which no runs came across while he was on the mound. This was not one of those outings. The 24-year-old served up four runs in the top of the 6th, three coming on one swing of the bat, as the Hagerstown Suns would eventually lose this one, 6-4. Robbie Ray went the first four innings, giving up a hit and three walks while striking out six. Adrian Sanchez doubled twice, scored a run, drove in a run and stole a base to lead the Suns offense. The loss puts Hagerstown at 16-14, 2½ games behind Hickory in the Sally League North. Chris Manno gave up a HR in the top of the 9th, his first of the season, but still leads the Sally League with the lowest OBA at .135

Auburn 8 Lowell 2
• Karns (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 4BB, 6K, HR
• Holt 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Miller 2-5, R, 2B
• Ramsey 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Jimenez 1-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI, BB

Auburn’s offense amply supported Nathan Karns in an 8-2 thumping over the Lowell Spinners. Auburn had 11 hits; Justin Miller, Caleb Ramsey, and Jeremy Mayo had two hits apiece. Karns pitched well in his second start for the Doubledays, giving up only a 2nd-inning solo shot. Auburn scored one run in each of the 2nd through 5th innings and put the game out of reach with a three-run 6th inning to make the score 6-1. Gregory Holt allowed one run and three hits in three innings of relief. Travis Henke pitched a scoreless 9th. With the win, Auburn improves to 21-17 and moved back into first place, tied with Jameston and Mahoning Valley for first place in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 2
• Mieses 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lee (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• J Rodriguez 2-4, R
• E Martinez 2-4, 2B, RBI

A balk and a sac fly scored the first two G-Nats in the 6th, Estarlin Martinez’s RBI single in the top of the 8th was the deciding run in a 3-2 victory over the GCL Mets. Martinez and Johan Rodriguez both went 2-for-4 to lead the offense, which collected just seven hits. The G-Nats pitchers survived seven walks, allowing six hits. Nick Lee got the win with two scoreless innings of relief of Adalaberto Mieses (3IP) and Garrett Mock (1IP). Ben Hawkins pitched the final three innings to notch the save. The win improves the G-Nats to 12-18, 8½ games off the pace.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Phillies 0
• Mendez, G (W, 4-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Vasquez (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ramirez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

A trio of 18-year-old D-Nats pitchers combined on four-hit shutout of the D-Phillies for an 8-0 victory. Gilberto Mendez walked two and gave up two hits while striking out a season-high nine batters over the first six innings. Daury Vasquez followed him out of the ‘pen, striking out four in two innings. Jesus De Los Santos had his first scoreless outing with a one-hit, one-K 9th inning. Offensively, the D-Nats had just eight hits with Algenis Ramirez, a 17-year-old recently signed from the Dominican Prospect League, connecting for two doubles, scoring twice, and driving in two. With the win, the D-Nats move into fourth place and above .500 at 24-23, five games behind the DSL Rangers.

Transaction Update

I’ll spare you guys the row of bottles, but I did notice a few blips on the transaction front…

• Activated OF Jeff Frazier from DL
• Placed OF Gregor Blanco on 7-Day DL

• Assigned RHP Erik Davis from Potomac
• Assigned IF/OF Leonard Davis from Washington Nationals
(purchased from New Jersey Jackals of Can-Am League)

• Assigned C Adrian Nieto from Auburn
• Assigned IF Sean Nicol from Harrisburg
• Placed C Brian Peacock on the 7-Day DL

• Assigned LHP Evan Bronson from Harrisburg
• Placed OF J.P. Ramirez on 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 20
• Activated IF Justin Bloxom from 7-Day DL

• Activated Brett Newsome from 7-Day DL
• Activated Patrick Arnold from 7-Day DL

• Assigned Justino Cuevas (currently on Potomac 7-Day DL)

• Assigned OF Algenis Ramirez from Washington Nationals (turned 17 this past April, appears to be a signee from the Dominican Prospect League)

Like the previous transaction post, if there are any additions in the next 24-36 hours, I’ll update this post. The nature of these moves certainly suggests that more are coming. We still don’t know, for example, if the swap of Evan Bronson and Erik Davis to/from Harrisburg and Potomac is a permanent move or simply a one-off to accommodate the multiple doubleheadrs in Richmond over the weekend.

UPDATE #1: Potomac has announced the full extent of its roster moves, additions in bold.
UPDATE #2: Harrisburg has announced the full extent of its roster moves, additions in red. As predicted/feared/suspected, the Bronson-Davis move was reversed. Leonard Davis returns to the Nats organization, purchased from the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can Am league.
UPDATE #3: Potomac and Syracuse have made and/or announced a couple more moves, indicated in blue.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-6, 4.80) vs.
D.J. Mitchell (7-7, 3.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1;
Lost, 7-5
@ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Tanner Roark (4-7, 6.29) vs.
Zach Britton (0-1, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 6-3 @ Wimington,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (3-5, 4.85)
vs. Michael Mariot (6-2, 3.03)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 vs. Greenville,
3:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.12) vs.
Keith Couch (3-3, 3.19)
Auburn Won, 8-4 @ Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Nathan Karns (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Miguel Pena (1-0, 2.35)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-7
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Adalberto Mieses (1-1, 5.11) vs.
Julian Hilario (0-1, 6.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.

Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 2
• Wang (L, 0-1) 5IP, 8H, 5ER, BB, 5K, 3R HR
• Tatusko 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hulett 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• J Valdez 1-3, 2B, RBI
Chien-Ming Wang was hit hard in a 7-2 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He gave up a single, a walk, and a three-run homer to Gustavo Molina in the second. In the fourth, he gave up a two out RBI double to Luis Nunez, and in the fifth Jesus Montero doubled and came in to score on a sac fly to make the score 5-1. Wang threw 96 pitches through 5 innings, 63 for strikes. He had five groundouts to four flyouts. Syracuse squandered an opportunity for a big inning in the first. Steve Lombardozzi was caught stealing after leading off with a walk. After a walk by Brian Bixler and a single by Michael Aubrey, Chris Marrero popped out. Jesus Valdez doubled in Bixler, but Aubrey was thrown out at home on the play trying to score. Syracuse’s only other run would be a Tug Hulett homer in the seventh. J.D. Martin gave up two runs in one and 2/3rds inning of relief and Ryan Tatusko got the last out of the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. With the 7-2 loss, Syracuse falls to 44-56, 14 games back of Lehigh Valley for first place.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Bronson 4IP, 5H, ER, 2BB, K
• VanAllen (L, 3-2) 2IP, 3H, 3ER, BB, HR)
• Jo. Johnson 1-3
• Pahuta 1-1, RBI
Harrisburg continued to struggle in a doubleheader sweep at the hands (wings?) of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. In game one, the offense could only manage three singles and two walks. The lone tally was a Tim Pahuta two-out, pinch-hit RBI single scoring Devin Ivany, who had reached on a single. Starter Evan Bronson acquitted himself well in his first Eastern League appearance, giving up one run on an RBI double in the fourth. His defense helped him out of a runners-on-second-an-third-with-one-out jam when Adam Fox gunned down Johnny Monell at home plate trying to score. Corey Van Allen took the loss when he gave up a solo shot in the fifth to Roger Kieschnick and two runs on a triple, an intentional walk, a double, and a squeeze bunt.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 5 — GAME TWO
• Martis (L, 7-4) 5IP, 5H, 4ER, 3BB, 8K
• Lehman 1IP, 3H, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Norris 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• T Moore 2-3, R, 2R HR, 3RBI, BB
Shairon Martis took the loss in a 7-5 defeat to Richmond in game two of the doubleheader. Harrisburg jumped out to a brief lead with one out singles by Derek Norris, Bill Rhinehart, and Tyler Moore. Unfortunately, Moore all but killed the rally when he was thrown out trying to advance to second to make the second out. Bryce Harper would ground out and that would be the end of Harrisburg’s offense until the seventh inning. Richmond scpred on Shairon Martis early with two doubles and two singles to take a 2-1 lead after one. Martis gave up leadoff walks in the 6th before Pat Lehman came in for relief. Lehman allowed both inherited runners to score on a bunt single and an RBI single followed by a bases-loaded walk, a sac fly, and a two RBI singles before finally escaping the disastrous frame with a sharp double-play lineout to shortstop. Harrisburg mounted a furious four-run rally in the final seventh inning, but fell short after a two-out Tyler Moore two-run homer. After being swept by Richmond, Harrisburg falls to 57-45 and its lead over Bowie is down to just a half game.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 3
• Selik (W, 4-6) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Nelo (S, 13) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Kobernus 3-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Hood 3-3, R, 2BB, RBI
• Souza 1-3, R, BB, 3RBI

The P-Nats built a 4-0 lead in the middle innings and held on for a 6-3 win over the Winston-Salem Dash. Cameron Selik tossed five and a 1/3rd solid innings for his fourth win, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The trio of Destin Hood, Jeff Kobernus and Steve Souza combined for four runs, three walks, seven hits, and four RBI as Potomac collected 11 hits total. Joe Testa and Hector Nelo held the Dash to one run over the last three and 2/3rds to earn the hold and save, respectively. The win snapped a three-game losing skid and kept pace with the first-place Frederick Keys, which Potomac still trails by two games in the Carolina League North.

Hagerstown 7 Greenville 2
• Grace (W, 10-5) 6⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• Esuebio (S, 5) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Taylor 2-3, 3R, 3B, HR, BB, RBI
• W Moore 2-4, 3B, 2RBI

Matt Grace became the second 10-game winner in the minors (Peacock) with Hagertown’s 7-2 victory over the Greenville Drive. The lefty from UCLA had a no-hitter through six and a third innings, but lost it on a double and was lifted with a 3-0 lead after giving up a walk to the next batter. Greenville took advantage of a Wade Moore error to score two and pull within one at 3-2, but the Suns rallied for two runs in bottom of the 7th and 8th innings to put this one away. Wilson Eusebio finished the game for his fifth save. Michael Taylor tripled and homered and scored three runs to lead the Suns offense. The win improves Hagerstown’s record to 16-13, two games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn 8 Lowell 4
• Bates (W, 3-1) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mirowski (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Nieto 3-4, R, BB, SB, RBI
• Mayo 2-3, 2R, HR, RBI
• J Miller 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI

The Doubledays made the most of their offensive opportunities, scorin eight runs on 10 hits and six walks to double up the Spinnners, 8-4. Auburn went 4-for-11 with RISP and left just six runners on base, scoring four in the first, two in the 2nd and single runs in 5th and 6th innings. Lowell made some hay with the middle relievers, pummeling Chad jenkins and Manuel Rivera for four runs in the bottom of the 7th. Richie Mirowkski inherited three runners but allowed just one to score to earn the hold. Adrian Nieto led the Doubleday hit parade with a walk, three singles, a stolen base, scoring a run and driving in a run. Auburn returns to second place, a game behind Mahoning Valley in the bunched-up (five teams within two games of first place) Pinckey Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Astros 8 GCL Nationals 7
• King 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Holder (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) 1⅔ 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mesa 5-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Peguero 2-4, R

A three-run home run highlighted a four-run seventh, sending the GCL Nationals to an eventual 8-7 defeat. The G-Nats couldn’t hold an early 4-1 lead, as Trevor Holder was touched for all four runs and the big fly to get the blown save and the loss. Brandon King went the first four and a 1/3rd innings and gave up three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five. Narciso Mesa had a career day, gong 5-for-5 with two doubles and a solo home run to lead the G-Nat offense. The loss was the second straight and reduces the G-Nat elimination number to 20 with an 11-18 mark for the season, 8½ games behind the G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The American League defeated the National League in the DSL All-Star game by a score of 5-3. Dionicio Rosario (0-for-1), Yermin Mercedes (0-for-2) came off the bench while Ivan Pineyro pitched 2/3rds of an inning in relief.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Scranton/
WB, 1:05 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, 4.76)
vs. Ivan Nova (1-2, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1;
@ Richmond,
5:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-3, 2.94) and
Evan Bronson (AA debut) vs.
Erik Surkamp (7-3, 2.05) and
Wilmin Rodriguez (2-2, 2.83)
Potomac Lost, 9-8 @ Winston-
Salem, 5:00 p.m.
Cameron Selik (3-6, 4.00) vs.
Santos Rodriguez (2-2, 3.38)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-4 vs. Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (9-5, 4.55) vs.
Brandon Workman (2-5, 4.23)
Auburn Lost, 7-5 @ Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
Colin Bates (2-1, 2.38) vs.
Jason Garcia (3-0, 1.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-6
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Brandon King (1-2, 7.29) vs.
Enderson Franco (0-1, 5.48)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 2
• Milone (L, 8-6) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• Zinicola 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Lombardozzi 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Marrero 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse fell 5-2 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Syracuse jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on third inning homers from Chris Marrero (10th) and Steve Lombardozzi (3rd for Syracuse in 135 ABs; he had four with Harrisburg in 262 ABs). Syracuse mustered just five hits and was 0-6 with runners in scoring position. Tom Milone gave up a single, an RBI triple, and an RBI groundout in the third inning for two runs. Milone was chased when he gave up two more runs in the fifth on a one-out, bases-loaded two RBI double from Jesus Montero. Zech Zinicola would allow the inherited runner from third to score on an RBI groundout, closing the damage against Milone at five runs. Zech Zinicola would go on to pitch a scoreless sixth and Lee Hyde would hold the Yankees down with a scoreless eight and ninth. With the 5-2 loss, Syracuse falls to 44-55, 13 games behind first place Lehigh Valley.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Arnesen (L, 6-3) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• C Martinez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Norris 1-2, 2B, RBI, HBP
• Rhinehart 1-1, 2B

Harrisburg fell 5-1 in seven innings of the first game of the day-night doubleheader. Richmond jumped out to an early lead with two unearned runs in the first. Harrisburg answered back in the third with their lone run, a Derek Norris RBI double scoring Chris Rahl. Erik Arnesen gave up two in the third on a leadoff double, two singles, a hit by pitch, and another single. Richmond would tack on their fifth run on an RBI double in the
fourth. Harrisburg managed just five hits, two walks, and a hit by pitch. They failed to take advantage of several opportunities, hitting 1-8 with RISP. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 55-43, one game in front of Bowie and tied in the loss column. With the postponement of game two of the doubleheader, Harrisburg will play a doubleheader today against Richmond before coming to Bowie on Monday for three crucial games.

Winston-Salem 9 Potomac 8
• Demny (L, 6-9) 4IP, 5H, 9R, 9ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR (16, 17)
• Smoker 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 3-4, 2R, 2HR, BB, 3RBI, SB
• Souza 3-4, R, HR, BB, RBI

The Carolina League’s HR leader had two more yesterday in a 9-8 Winston-Salem win over Potomac. Unfortunately, that’s HRs allowed, not hit. Paul Demny surrendered a pair of two-run HRs and walked three to give up all nine Dash runs in the loss, which was his team-worst ninth. Joe Serafin pulled within one of Demny by surrendering four HRs to the Potomac lineup, which outhit the Winston-Salem batters 13-6. Jeff Kobernus led the offense with two HRs and three RBI, while Steve Souza broke a 39-game HR drought and a 17-game streak without multiple hits; both hitters went 3-for-4. The loss drops Potomac two games behind Frederick at 16-12 in the Carolina League North.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 4
• McKenzie (L, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Kelso 3-4, R
• Freitas 2-4, 2B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

A three-run shot in by Jason Martinson in the last of the ninth was too little, too late as Greenville doubled up Hagerstown, 8-4. The Suns ‘pen was horrific, giving up six runs on seven hits (two home runs) over four innings as no Hagerstown pitcher was untouched. Hagerstown outhit the Drive 13-11, with eight of nine batters hitting safely and four collecting multiple hits. Chris McKenzie started and went the first five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks but took the loss, his fourth of the season. The loss sets the Suns to 15-13, 2½ games behind the Hickory Crawdads in the Sally North.

Lowell 7 Auburn 5
• M Rodriguez (ND) 5⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Kreis (BS, 2) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Skole 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB
• Rowe 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

The bullpen woes from Hagerstown were also on display in Lowell, as the Doubledays relievers unraveled to turn a 5-0 lead into a 7-5 loss to the Spinners. Alex Kreis was torched for four runs on four hits over an inning and a third, letting in one inherited run for his second blown save. Aaron Barrett gave two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the loss. Matt Skole doubled twice and scored a run to lead the Auburn offense. Connor Rowe and Justin Miller both homered in the loss, which tunbled Auburn into third place at 19-17 for the year, two games behind Mahoning Valley.

GCL Cardinals 8 GCL Nationals 6
• Medina 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, HR, HBP, WP
• Arnold 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• E Martinez 3-5, 2R, 3B
• Ramos 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

The G-Nats reverted to form with an 8-6 loss to the G-Cards, stopping a three-game win streak. After battling back from deficits of 4-0 and 5-3, the G-Nats rallied to tie it in the 6th and took a 6-5 lead in the 7th. The G-Cards took the final lead with three runs in the bottom of the 7th off beleaguered reliever Andy Santana, who was charged with the loss. Silvio Medina started and went the first four and 2/3rds, giving up the first five runs on eight hits and a walk. Estarlin Martinez (3-for-5) and Wander Ramos (2-for-4) were the offensive stars. The loss drops the G-Nats to 11-17, eight games behind the G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Today is the All-Star game; that much I can glean from the Spanish-language website. But which DSL Nationals, if any, will be participating is unknown as of now because there is no list of players named to the two teams (American League affiliates vs. National League affiliates).

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-3 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.
Tom Milone (8-5, 3.02) vs.
Greg Smith (2-2, 5.88)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1;
Won, 1-0
@ Richmond,
1:00 p.m.,
6:35 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-2, 2.57) and
Evan Bronson (AA debut) vs.
Erik Surkamp (7-3, 2.05) and
Chuck Lofgren (0-0, -.–)
Potomac Lost, 10-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-8, 4.39) vs.
Joe Serafin (1-8, 5.61)
Hagerstown Cancelled vs. Greenville,
3:05 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (3-3, 8.36) vs.
Kyle Stroup (1-5, 4.73)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Luis Diaz (3-1, 3.23)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 4.61) vs.
Victor De Leon (0-4, 5.92)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-1
vs. DSL Mets

Syracuse 8 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3
• Peacock (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Severino (H, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Solano 3-4, R, 3R HR, 4RBI
• J Valdez 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Brad Peacock was much improved in his second AAA start, an 8-3 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Peacock hurt his own cause in the second when a throwing error on a pickoff attempt put a runner on third in front of a sacrifice fly. Syracuse answered back in the fifth on a three-run homer by Jhonotan Solano. Peacock was tagged for an RBI double in the fifth inning to make the score 3-2. He threw 79 pitches, 46 for strikes, and struck out four while only walking one. Syracuse scored a run in the sixth on a Brian Bixler single, a throwing error, and a Michael Aubrey groundout to make the score 4-2. Jeff Mandel allowed one run in the seventh when he gave up a single, made an error on a pickoff, and yielded an RBI single to Luis Nunez. Atahualpa Severino and Josh Wilkie then combined for three innings of scoreless relief. The Chiefs would go on to score three more in the eighth and one more in the ninth for a final score of 8-3. The Chiefs offense exploded for thirteen hits, and all starters except Chris Marrero had at least one base hit. With the win, the Chiefs improve to 44-54, seven games back of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for third and twelve games back of Lehigh Valley for first.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• O Perez (L, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2R HR
• McCoy 1IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Harper 1-3
• King 1-2, R, HR, RBI
Harrisburg’s bats melted away in the heat. Harrisburg managed just four hits, with a Stephen King solo shot in the sixth accounting for the sole run in a 3-1 loss in game one of the doubleheader. Ollie Perez gave up three runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run homer by Chris Dominguez.

Harrisburg 1 Richmond 0 — GAME TWO
• Barthmaier 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Martin (W, 3-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lehman (S, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Harper 2-3
• Jo. Johnson 1-2, R, 2BB
Harrisburg’s one run was enough in Game 2, a 1-0 seven inning shutout of Richmond. Jimmy Barthmaier, Rafael Martin, and Pat Lehman combined to limit the Flying Squirrels to three hits. The Senators had only four hits, paced by Bryce Harper’s two singles. Harrisburg rallied for its run in the sixth on a Josh Johnson leadoff single followed by some small ball. Adam Fox bunted Johnson over to second in front of a ground out. Following an intentional walk to Tyler Moore, Bryce Harper singled to load the bases. Tim Pahuta walked to score Johnson and give Harrisburg a 1-0 lead that would stand. With the doubleheader split and Bowie’s win, Harrisburg’s record is now 57-42, just two games over Bowie for first place in the E.L. West.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 3
• Solis (L, 3-1) 4IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Wort 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kobernus 2-5, 2B
• Higley 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Sammy Solis’s bid for four wins in four starts was denied by Winston-Salem in a 10-3 defeat. The Dash got to Solis early, punctuating the southpaw with three runs on three doubles in the first inning alone. He would be done after four innings, with four runs given up on nine hits and two walks though he set down five on strikes. Mitchell Clegg threw in the fifth and sixth innings and Winston-Salem teed off for six runs on 10 hits. J.R. Higley homered for the first P-Nat run in the second. Francisco Soriano walked and took third on a Jeff Kobernus double in the 8th as Destin Hood and Brian Peacock pushed them both in with RBI groundouts. The loss drops Potomac into second place, one game behind Frederick with a 16-11 mark. UPDATE: Evan Bronson has been assigned to the Harrisburg Senators while Erik Davis has been assigned to the Potomac Nationals, with Bronson starting tonight’s game in Richmond. It remains to be seen if this is a permanent move or merely a one-day swap to save the Senator bullpen.

Hagerstown-Augusta — Cancelled
Violent thunderstorms cancelled Friday night’s game and have forced the start of the Saturday game to 3:05 p.m. from 7:05 p.m. due to damage to one of the light towers (click link to see pic).

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3
• Meza (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Hill (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BBm 2K
• J Miller 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Mayo 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A four-run fourth inning overcame a 2-0 deficit as the Doubledays went on to a 5-3 victory, their third straight win. Auburn took full advantage of the walks issued during the rally, as Justin Miller (3-for-4) tripled in the first walk and scored on a throwing error while Connor Rowe doubled in the second walk for third run. Bryce Ortega singled to drive in Rowe for fourth run. Jeremy Mayo homered in the 8th for an insurance run. Christian Meza got the win while Greg Holt earned the save, the first for both respectively this season. The Doubledays remain in second place, one game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley at 19-16.
Recently signed OF Billy Burns, the Nats’ 32nd Rd. pick in the 2011 Draft, made his professional debut. He led off, played CF, and went 1-for-3

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats look to resume their winning ways (currently a three-game streak) with four games in four days against the rest of the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mets1 1
• Pineyro (W, 2-4) 6IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Barrientos (H, 1) 1⅔ IP 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• J De Los Santos 2-4, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Rosario 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats tore open a 2-1 game with a five-run rally in the bottom of the eighth to put away the D-Mets1 by a 7-1 tally. Juan De Los Santos highlighted the rally with a two-run double, his third and fourth RBI in a 2-for-4 game and came home on Dionicio Rosario double, his second hit and second RBI in a 2-for-5 game. Ivan Pineyro got the win by scattering six hits over six scoreless innings with just a walk allowed and two strikeouts.
The win puts the D-Nats back to .500 at 23-23, five games behind and tied for fourth place in the B.C. South.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 14

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 43-54, 4th Place I.L. North, 13 games behind

Good Steve Lombardozzi .357/.396/.468, 5SB, 0E in 29G
Bad Corey Brown .161/.217/.268 in July
Interesting Defense — 2nd-best FPct. (.983), 3rd-fewest errors in I.L.

HARRISBURG 56-41, 1st place E.L. West Division, 2½ games ahead

Good Shairon Martis 2.94 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 7QS in last 9GS
Bad Bryce Harper .175/.250/.175, 9K in 12G
Interesting Rafael Martin 2-1, 0.54 ERA, 0.84 WHIP

POTOMAC 16-10, T1st place C.L. North Division (45-50 overall)

Good Francisco Soriano .306/.342/.667 in last 10G
Bad Eury Perez .214/.290/.250, 2CS in last 10G
Interesting Joe Testa 5-0, 1.11 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 2SV, 6 holds in 26G

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 15-12, T2nd place Sally North Division, 3 games behind (55-42 overall)

Good Robbie Ray 2-1, 2.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 66K in 63⅔ IP
Bad Wade Moore .181/.286/.278
Interesting Matt Swynenburg 2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP in 52IP

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 18-16, 2nd place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 1 game behind

Good Adrian Nieto .292/.375/.469, 4HR in 27G
Bad Travis Henke 7.36 ERA, 1.91 WHIP, 3 Blown Saves
Interesting Ben Grisz 1.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP in 9G

GCL NATIONALS 11-16, 4th place GCL East, 7½ games behind

Good Bobby Lucas 0.68 ERA, 17K in 13⅓ IP
Bad Deion Williams .121/.171/.121, 10E in 18G
Interesting That it took this long to release Matt Chico

DSL NATIONALS 22-22, 5th place, Boca Chica South Division, 5½ games behind

Good Edgar Gonzalez (18 y.o.) .291/.371/.372 in 27G
Bad Miguel Navarro (18 y.o.) 14.59 ERA, 2.51 WHIP in 6G
Interesting Joel Barrientos (17 y.o.) 2.55 ERA, 1.02 WHIP in 11G