Transaction Update

RippleThe injuries to OFs Eury Perez in Syracuse, Steven Souza Jr. in Harrisburg, and J.R. Higley in Hagerstown (the latter two detailed here by MASN’s Byron Kerr) have created a ripple effect throughout the Nats’ minors.

Here’s the rundown on the transactions announced today by the Suns and, Senators, and P-Nats:

  • Taking Perez’s place on the Syracuse roster is Harrisburg OF-1B Jerad Head
  • OF Randolph Oduber and UT Francisco Soriano have been reassigned from Potomac to Harrisburg, taking the place of Head and Souza
  • IF Khayyan Norfork and OF Will Piwinica-Worms have been transferred from Hagerstown to Potomac, taking the place of Oduber and Soriano
  • IFs Hunter Bailey, Matt Foat, and Shawn Pleffner were activated from XST and assigned to Hagerstown, taking the place of Norfork and Piwinica-Worms
  • IF Carlos Lopez was placed on the 7-Day DL for Hagerstown
  • IF Blake Kelso was placed on the 7-Day DL for Potomac
  • UT Justin Miller was activated from XST and assigned to Potomac

With those moves, the four full-season affiliates roster are back to the 25-man limits.

This morning, Baseball America issued its weekly update on transactions, most of which were previously reported.

As usual, signings tend to be found here and not via This time, it’s SS Kelvin Gutierrez, who appears to be an NDFA from Bates College. Absent a DOB, that’s a best guess.

Also of note are some of the players placed on the 7-Day DL, which include RHPs Rafael Martin and Shane McCatty, LHP Josh Smoker, and Cs Beau Seabury and Sean McCauley, who is listed as a coach for Potomac (and mentioned in last week’s update) could logically be inferred as this year’s Sam Palace (who’s on the Syracuse DL as of this writing).

UPDATE: Potomac issued its press release after this went to virtual press. Changes are in red.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2;
Won, 3-2
(8 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
6:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-0, 0.00) vs.
R. Ortiz (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Treinen (0-2, 15.26) vs.
Buchanan (1-1, 6.75)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (1-0, 3.00)
W. Cuevas (0-1, 27.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Anderson (1-0, 2.45) vs.
Warner (0-1, 4.50)

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
• Maya (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Marrero 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 1-3, RBI

The Iron Pigs broke open the first game of the twinbill with a four-run 6th inning and held off the Chiefs in the bottom half of the inning for a 5-2 win. Yunesky Maya was charged with the loss with all five Lehigh Valley runs allowed on five hits and two walks. He struck out four. Carlos Rivero singled in a run in the 6th while Chris Marrero doubled in a run in the 1st as the two corner infielders both went 1-for-3.

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Perry (ND) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Abad (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kobernus 3-4, R, 2SB
• Van Ostrand 2-4, 2B, RBI

Jimmy Van Ostrand’s walkoff single in the bottom of the 8th gave Syracuse a 3-2 win to split the doubleheader and avoid the series sweep. Starter Ryan Perry gave up just one run on four hits, no walks, and struck out four but got the no-decision when Erik Davis blew the save in the top of the 7th, giving up the tying run on a double and a single after whiffing the first two batters he faced. Jeff Kobernus continues to put up Nintendo R.B.I. numbers with a 3-for-4 afternoon that pushed his batting average to .556 while swiping his 4th and 5th bags.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2
• Broderick (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K, HR, 2WP
• Holder (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 1K
• Rendon 4-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 3R, 2-2B

Anthony Rendon and Brian Goodwin combined for seven hits and four doubles as Harrisburg completed the sweep of Altoona with a 4-2 win. Brian Broderick had just one three-up-and-three-down frame out of five, but gave up just one run — a solo HR in the 3rd — on five hits and three walks to earn the win. Trevor Holder followed with three scoreless innings to earn the hold. Rob Wort couldn’t get the save, giving up a run on a single, steal, and sacrifice fly. After an error extended the inning, he issued a walk, which prompted manager Matt LeCroy to pull him. Marcos Frias wasn’t much better, issuing a wild pitch to move the tying runs into scoring position, but got the final out for the save.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 4
• Turnbull (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Burns 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI, SB
• Leonida 1-3

With a 6-4 win on Sunday, Lynchburg once again took two out of three from Potomac. For the second straight start, Kylin Turnbull hit the wall in the 5th, charged with six runs (all earned) on nine hits and two walks with just a single whiff. Colin Bates let in one inherited run, but finished the frame and held the ‘Cats scoreless for the next two. The P-Nats rallied for three in the 6th and put the tying runs on in the 9th with singles by Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey, but Lynchburg closer Nathan Hyatt struck out the next two batters (all three in the inning) to kill the comeback bid.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 4
• Encarnacion 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Henke 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 2-3, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, 3RBI

Hagerstown trailed 2-0, 3-2, and 4-2 before rallying for four in the 7th to take the rubber game of the series from Delmarva, 6-4. Khayyan Norfork delivered the decisive blow in the game-winning rally, doubling in two and driving in three runs total. Starter Pedro Encarnacion was lifted after four innings after allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Bryan Harper got the win in relief while Robert Benincasa worked around a pair of hits in the 9th to get his second save of the year.

Catcher Shuffle, Redux

As predicted in this morning’s news & notes, the injury to Wilson Ramos has set off a chain reaction of roster moves:

  • C Wilson Ramos placed on the Washington DL
  • C Jhonatan Solano recalled to Washington from Syracuse
  • C Jeff Howell reassigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse
  • C Kris Watts activated from the Harrisburg DL
  • OF Steven Souza Jr. placed on the Harrisburg DL
  • OF J.R. Higley placed on the Hagerstown DL
  • C Andruth Ramirez activated from the Hagerstown DL

As of this writing, Potomac has not made any moves, which is the natural inference as there are currently three catchers on the Suns roster, not to mention the unknown severity of the wrist injury suffered by Eury Perez on a diving play in the 5th inning of yesterday’s game.

If/when such a move occurs (and I’m able to access the WordPress admin), this space will be updated.

UPDATE: OF Eury Perez has indeed been placed on the DL. As mentioned in the comments, there are two candidates in XST to replace him or Souza on the corresponding rosters of Syracuse and Harrisburg.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Maya (0-0, 2.84) and
Perry (0-0, 10.80) vs.
E. Martin (0-0, 8.31 and
Rosenberg (0-0, 15.00)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1
(10 inn.)
@ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Broderick (0-0, 4.91) vs.
Waldron (0-1, 6.00)
Potomac Won, 11-6
(10 inn.)
@ Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Turnbull (0-1, 12.46) vs.
Weber (1-0, 3.60)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6 vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Hader (1-0, 0.00)

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 0
• Roark 5+ IP, 7H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Romero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2B
• Walters 1-3

Syracuse’s modest three-game win streak was put to an abrupt halt with a 6-0 shutout by Lehigh Valley. Tanner Roark fell victim to some sloppy defense, giving up all six runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk over five-plus innings. It didn’t much matter as Iron Pigs starter Adam Morgan stifled the Chiefs for eight innings, holding Syracuse to three singles and a walk on just 97 pitches. Eury Perez’s 23-game hit streak ended the hard way as the 22-year-old CF rolled over his (glove) left wrist on dive during the 5th inning. He finished the inning and made the last out, but was taken out and sent to a doctor to evaluate the extent of the injury. C Jhonatan Solano was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 8th, and is most likely on his way to D.C. to replace Wilson Ramos on the Washington roster. Best bet for the catcher shuffle is for Kris Watts to be activated from the Harrisburg DL with Jeff Howell moving up from AA to replace Solano in AAA.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 1 (10 inn.)
• Karns 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Lehman (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Leon 2-4, 2B
• Goodwin 2-5, R, RBI

Nathan Karns’ sophomore start was more in line with expectations of Top 10 prospect but the offense took nine innings to get in gear as Harrisburg took this 3-1 in 10 innings, with all four runs scored in the 10th. Karns gave up just three hits and walked one while striking out eight, throwing 47 of 73 pitches for strikes. Veteran IF Sean Nicol went hitless but made the play of the game in the 8th to quash a 1st-and-2nd with one out by snaring shot down the line for an out at third. Brian Goodwin (RBI single), Anthony Rendon (sac fly) and Destin Hood (RBI double) cashed in their opportunities in the 10th on a rally that started with a leadoff single by Ricky Hague. Pat Lehman got the “W” with the aforementioned help on “D” while Aaron Barrett notched his first AA save, albeit a bit shaky with a hit, a walk, and an error (his). Shoulder soreness continues to dog Steve Souza Jr., which is why he was pulled in the 4th after just two ABs per Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News.

Potomac 11 Lynchburg 6 (10 inn.)
• Cole (ND) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Grace (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2R, BB
• Soriano 2-5, R
• Oduber 2-5, R, 3RBI
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, GIDP, CS, K, E, OF assist at HP

Three home runs in the middle innings helped Potomac build a 6-1 lead, but another bullpen meltdown sent this one into extras. The Hillcats relievers did them one “better,” coughing up five runs with two outs to give the P-Nats an 11-6 win in 10 innings. A.J. Cole got the no-decision with two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings, but just three whiffs. Jason Martinson and Adrian Nieto both hit solo shots while Michael Taylor showed all facets of his game, as the last bullet attests. The 7-8-9 hitters combined for six of the 11 Potomac hits. Matt Grace got the win with two perfect innings in the 9th and 10th.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 6
• Pena (L, 0-1) 3IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K
• Fischer 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Norfork 3-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Schill 1-1, 2R, 2B, 2BB, SB

Delmarva pounded Ronald Pena for seven runs in the first three innings and held off Hagerstown for a 7-6 win. Pena gave up eight hits and two walks, but no home runs. Reliever David Fischer was outstanding in the loss, clipping the Shorebirds’ wings with five scoreless innings and just three baserunners allowed. Khayyan Norfork led the Suns failed comeback bid with a 3-for-4 night, doubling twice and driving in two, with a run scored and a stolen base. Will Piwinica-Worms went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI in his first Low-A start.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Roark (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Morgan (0-0, 3.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Karns (0-1, 17.18) vs.
Pimental (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Pope (0-0, 7.36)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Pena (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Kline (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse — PPD
Rain affected the Syracuse Chiefs for the third time this week as yesterday’s home opener was postponed by rain. Same starters, same time, same festivities planned as the makeup will be a later date, most likely in July per Auburn Citizen sportswriter Ben Meyers on Sunday afternoon.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 0
• Clay IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB
• Rendon 1-3, 2B

Caleb Clay outdueled Pittsburgh phenom Jameson Taillon as the Harrisburg Senators broke a four-game slide with a 4-0 win vs. the Altoona Curve. Clay let up just four hits over six innings, walked none, and struck out five for his first “W.” Matt Swynenberg, Marcos Frias, and Aaron Barrett each put up a goose egg to preserve the shutout. Steve Souza Jr. homered and doubled while Anthony Rendon reached base three times with a single and two walks to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2
• Jordan 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Herron (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Keyes 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, RBI

Looks like the P-Nats’ bats have cooled just as the pitchers have found their stride as Lynchburg edged Potomac, 3-2. Starter Taylor Jordan turned in another quality start, giving up a pair of runs over six frames on four hits and three walks while setting down six on strikes. Tyler Herron followed with a strong 7th but was touched for a run in the 8th on a two-out single. The P-Nats were held to just four hits — two by Adrian Sanchez — and three walks, making the most of their limited scoring chances (just three LOB) with an RBI double by Kevin Keyes in the first and an RBI single by Jason Martinson in the third.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 0
• Mooneyham (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• Rauh (SV, 1) 3IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Higley 2-4, R, 2B
• Perez 2-3, R, RBI

Brett Mooneyham is still struggling with the walks, but he ain’t letting up the hits — just one in six innings last night as the Suns eclipsed the Shorebirds, 4-0. The southpaw walked three to bring his season total to seven in 10IP. Brian Rauh scattered five hits over the last three to complete the shutout and earn the save. Hagerstown scored all four in the bottom of the 2nd on an RBI single by Stephen Perez, a sac fly from Wes Schill and a two-run double by Tony Renda.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Roark (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Morgan (0-0, 3.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Clay (0-0, 7.20) vs.
Taillon (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Holland (0-0, 7.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Taylor (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
The tied-for-first-place Syracuse Chiefs return home after a 5-1 road trip to open the season, leading the International League on offense with 50 runs scored (8.33R/G) and second in pitching with just 16 runs allowed (2.67R/G).

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 4
• Demny (L, 1-1) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR
• Holder 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rendon 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Hague 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

Make that four losses in a row for Harrisburg, which dropped a 5-4 decision to Altoona on Thursday night. Starter Paul Demny gave up all five runs on seven hits, including two home runs. He walked two and struck out four. Trevor Holder did his part to flatten the Curve with two scoreless innings, but pinch hitter Jose Lozada grounded into a double play to quash yet another 9th-inning rally in a Senators loss. Anthony Rendon got off the interstate with a 2-for-3 night, including his first home run of the season while Ricky Hague led the hit column with a double and two singles.

Potomac — OFF DAY
It’s a six-game road swing through southwestern Virginia, as the P-Nats rematch against the Lynchburg Hillcats this weekend for three, then head west to take on the Salem Red Sox on Monday through Wednesday.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 4 (10 inn.)
• Pineyro 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Dupra 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Schill 2-4, R
• Manuel 1-3, R, BB

Suns closer Robert Benincasa was roughed up for three runs in the top of the 10th as Hagerstown fell in its home opener, 7-4. Starter Ivan Pineyro went the first five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Like Holder in Harrisburg, Brian Dupra shut the door for the next four innings, letting up just two hits. Doubles by Brandon Miller and Tony Renda accounted for the first three Suns runs while Delmarva gave the equalizer in the bottom of the 8th on an Estarlin Martinez single followed by a wild pitch and an errant throw into left field on Martinez’s steal of third. Wes Schill led the seven-hit attack with a 2-for-4 night.
Roster moves: OF Wander Ramos placed on 7-Day DL with what Byron Kerr is reporting to be a hamstring pull; OF Will Piwinica-Worms assigned from XST to take Ramos’s place on the Hagerstown roster.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 17-5 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Demny (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Sadler (1-0, 1.80)
Potomac Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Pineyro (0-1, 12.00) vs.
Blackmar (0-1, 4.50)

Syracuse vs. Buffalo — PPD
The rains that shortened Tuesday night’s game also put the kibosh on the Wednesday afternoon finale between Syracuse and Buffalo. It will be made up with a doubleheader on August 12. The Chiefs return to action tomorrow as they open their home schedule against Lehigh Valley with an afternoon game at Alliance NBT Bank Stadium.

New Britain 17 Harrisburg 5
• Treinen (L, 0-2) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Lozada 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI; 1IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 2HR
• Head 2-4
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B

The Rock Cats pounded the Senators for 17 hits (including seven HRs) to complete the three-game sweep with a 17-5 win. The Harrisburg ‘pen gave up 15 of the 17 runs over the last four frames, with four charged to utility/mopup man Jose Lozada in get-it-over-with ninth inning. Starter Blake Treinen, who couldn’t make it out of the third in his previous outing, took the loss with five runs on seven hits (three HR) over five and a 1/3rd innings. Jerad Head and Justin Bloxom both went 2-for-4 to pace the Sens offense.

Salem 7 Potomac 2
• Ray (L, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 2-4, R
• Oduber 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats offense was held to less than six runs for the first time this season in a 7-2 loss to Salem that capped off a 2-4 homestand. Starter Robbie Ray gave up three runs (two earned, all in the 5th) on five hits (including a solo HR) and a walk over six innings but was charged with the loss. Randolph Oduber singled and doubled in place of Billy Burns as the leadoff man while Cutter Dykstra singled twice as the two combined for four of the six P-Nats hits.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 0
• Schwartz (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Harper 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Henke (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schill 2-3, 3RBI, SB
• Lopez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• McQuillan 2-4, R, BB, SB

Three Suns pitchers combined on four-hit shutout as Hagerstown blanked Lakewood 6-0 to complete a three-game sweep. Starter Blake Schwartz won his second straight start with two hits let up over five frames with no walks and six set down on strikes. Bryan Harper followed with two strong innings before running into trouble in the 8th, loading the bases with one out. Travis Henke escaped the jam with a strikeout and flyout and set ’em down in order in the 9th for his first save. Lakewood pitchers probably want no more of Wes as Schill struck them for two singles and three RBI to lead the Suns attack.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2
(5 inn.)
@ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Roark (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Ortiz (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-7 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (0-1, 30.86) vs.
May (0-1, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 12-4 vs. Salem,
10:35 a.m.
Ray (1-0, 1.80) vs.
M. Pena (0-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 6.00) vs.
Warner (0-0, 3.60)

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 2
• Ohlendorf (W, 2-0) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Marrero 2-3, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Costanzo 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Brown 2-3, 2B

Chris Marrero tripled and homered as Syracuse pounded out 11 hits in a rain-shortened 8-2 win over Buffalo. Ross Ohlendorf got his second win in as many starts, allowing both Bison runs on five hits and three walks and four strikeouts. Mike Costanzo also homered, while Eury Perez singled twice to extend his hitting streak to 23 games dating back to last August.

New Britain 9 Harrisburg 7
• Broderick 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Lehman (L, 0-1) 1⅓ 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 3-5, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, BB, 2RBI
• Souza 1-1, 4BB

Destin Hood’s bases-loaded triple in the 7th capped off a four-run rally to tie at 5-5, but the Rock Cats matched the “4” on the board in the 9th then held off the Senators in the last of the 9th to hand Harrisburg a 9-7 loss. Starter Brian Broderick turned in a quality start with three runs on eight hits and no walks, but Neil Holland and Pat Lehman were hit hard over the final three, giving up six runs and eight hits combined. Hood led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Justin Bloxom at 2-for-4, while Steve Souza reached base five times with a single and four walks.

Potomac 12 Salem 4
• Hill 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Bates 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burns 3-4, R, BB
• Martinson 1-2, 3R, BB, HR, 3RBI, HBP
• Kelso 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Oduber 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI, 3K

Offense is not the problem for Potomac as the Carolina League’s #1 lineup put up 12 runs on 17 hits en route to a 12-4 win over Salem. Caleb Ramsey went deep for the second night in a row, Jason Martinson smacked big fly #3, while the Groovin’ Aruban made his first of the season a grand affair to punctutate a seven-run third. Taylor Hill got the win with five innings pitched, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk. Christian Meza rebounded from his not-so-special Saturday night with a run on two hits and two walks over two innings while Colin Bates slammed the door shut with six straight outs to finish.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 3
• Anderson (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Fischer (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Lopez 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Higley 2-4, 2B
• McQuillan 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Errors were the difference in this one, as the Suns capitalized on five of ’em by Lakewood score four unearned runs in a 6-3 win. Dixon Anderson got the win with six innings of one-run ball, letting up four hits, walking one, but setting down five on strikes. David Fischer went the rest of the way for the save. Carlos Lopez led the Suns offense with a 3-for-4 night, scoring twice and driving in a run, followed by J.R. Higley’s 2-for-4 effort, while Mike McQuillan hit his first round-tripper with a two-run shot in the 1st.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Photo Credit: Gary Dize (Potomac Nationals)
The good news is that the P-Nats scored six runs for the third straight game. The bad news is that wasn’t enough to stop them for suffering their third straight loss, as Salem edged Potomac 7-6 on Monday.

The bullpen wasn’t to blame for this one — Ben Hawkins and Richie Mirowski hosed the Sox for four and 2/3rds of scoreless relief… with a little help from Michael Taylor, who gunned down top prospect Deven Marrero from shallow centerfield to end the top of the 7th.

Instead, it was the struggles of starter Kylin Turnbull, who had difficulty locating his fastball and was touched for nine hits — five going for extra bases — over just four and a 1/3rd innings. The big blow came in the top of the second when he gave up singles to three of the first four batters he faced before surrendering a three-run shot to the No. 9 batter Felix Sanchez.

The Salem right fielder also figured in the first and last Potomac runs, unable to track down a wind-blown flyball off the bat of Kevin Keyes in the 2nd and dropping a drive to the warning track off the bat of Jason Martinson in the 8th.

Those miscues, however, were something of a wash as the P-Nats ran into two outs that minimized the damages in the 5th as the Red Sox played like a team that was up big (7-1) and used the P-Nats aggression against them.

Singles by Cutter Dykstra, Adrian Sanchez, and Randolph Oduber loaded the bases with one out (a strikeout by Caleb Ramsey). Billy Burns doubled to left to plate Dykstra and Sanchez but Oduber was gunned down for the second out, trying to score from first. Likewise, Taylor followed with a single to right that sent in Burns for the third run but ended the rally when the Sox catcher reversed a throw to the on-deck circle with a seed to second get Taylor for the third out.

Ramsey atoned for his whiff with a homer in the 7th while Martinson cashed in the Salem Sanchez’s error by scampering home on a wild pitch.

Adrian Nieto would lead off the 9th with a walk, giving way to pinch-runner Francisco Soriano but a Dykstra strikeout and a Sanchez GIDP ended the game.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 1-3 on the young season. Taylor Hill, who apparently was doing his side session as a relief appearance (unusual, but not unprecedented) on Friday, gets the start tonight against William Cuevas for Salem.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Germano (1-0, 7.94)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-2 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Broderick (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Darnell (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Cuevas (8-2, 1.40 @ SS-A)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6
(10 inn.)
@ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Anderson (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Guth (0-1, 9.00)

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Tatusko (H, 1) 3IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Van Ostrand 4-5, 2R, 2B
• Kobernus 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Perez 2-6

Danny Rosenbaum tossed five shutout innings to win his AAA debut as the Chiefs stampeded the Bisons, 8-1. A four-run first also gave Rosenbaum room to breathe, as the 25-year-old gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out two. Jeff Kobernus was a homer shy of the cycle while going 3-for-5, while Jimmy Van Ostrand went 4-for-5 as eight of the nine Syracuse batters hit safely in the 16-hit assault. Ryan Tatusko rebounded from a rough outing on Saturday to turn in three bullpen-saving innings and earn his first hold of the season. Roster moves: RHP Jeremy Accardo was placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Bobby Bramhall was assigned from XST

New Britain 9 Harrisburg 2
• Karns (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Goodwin 2-5, R, 3B, OF assist at 3B
• Johnson 2-5, 2B, RBI

Nathan Karns’s AA debut was one to forget as the 2012 Nats Minor League Pitcher of the Year was torched for seven runs on seven hits, including a pair of home runs in just three and 2/3rds innings in a 9-2 Harrisburg loss to New Britain. Elevated fastballs and poor command was to blame, said manager Matt LeCroy in the Patriot-News gamer. Brian Goodwin and Josh Johnson combined for four of the five Senators hits, including a leadoff triple in the ninth by Goodwin followed by an RBI single by Johnson for the final Harrisburg run.

Salem 7 Potomac 6
• Turnbull (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, BB, K, HR
• Hawkins 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mirowski 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Burns 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-3

The bullpen put out the fire, but damage was done early Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 7 Lakewood 6 (10 inn.)
• Encarnacion (ND) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hudgins (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Benincasa (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Manuel 2-4, 3R, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

A 10th-inning rally took the edge off a 9th-inning meltdown as the Suns won in extras, 7-6. Hagerstown starter Pedro Encarnacion allowed just a run on three hits and two walks while striking out five and was in line for a win when the BlueClaws rallied for three in the 9th to tie at 6-6. Craig Manuel led off the 10th with a single, took second on a walk by Stephen Perez and was bunted over to third by Mike McQuillan. Lakewood intentionally walked the next batter to set up a double play but after a strikeout, Wes Schill drew a two-out walk to force in Manuel. Robert Benincasa set down the side in the 10th to earn the save and “give” Will Hudgins the dreaded blown-save-win.