Friday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Rochester,
11:05 a.m.
Hill (6-1, 1.63) vs.
Pelfrey (1-0, 0.90)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-5 (10 inn.);
Won, 6-4
vs. Erie,
5:30 p.m.
Poveda (1-1, 6.55) vs.
Ferrell (3-4, 5.36)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (3-0, 2.45) vs.
Danish (0-0, 5.23)
Hagerstown Won, 12-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Johansen (4-1, 4.93) vs.
Leyer (2-3, 4.22)


Rochester 4 Syracuse 3
• Laffey (L, 5-3) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Madrigal 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Souza 1-2, R, 2BB
• Solano 1-3, BB, RBI

Rochester scored in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead and held off Syracuse for 4-3 win. Aaron Laffey was charged with the loss, his third, giving up all four RedWing runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four. The Chiefs were held to seven hits, though Destin Hood and Zach Walters were both able to double against former National Alex Meyer. Steve Souza reached base three times with two walks and a single to lead the Syracuse offense.

Erie 7 Harrisburg 5 (10 inn.) — COMP.
• Grace (L, 1-1) 2+ IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Holland 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Hague 2-4, BB, SB
• Keyes 2-6, 2R, HR, RBI

Erie scored once in the 8th and twice in the 10th as Kevin Keyes’s game-tying HR in the bottom of the 9th was wasted in a 7-5 loss in the completion of Tuesday night’s suspended game. Matt Grace took the loss, charged with all three runs (one earned) on five hits over two-plus innings. Neil Holland retired the first two batters he faced in the 10th but gave up the go-ahead runs on a two-out single by Devon Travis. Cutter Dykstra and Matt Skole both reached base in the bottom of the 10th but Keyes couldn’t go yard a second time and instead flew out to right field to end it.
On the off chance you’re this guy… LHP Matt Purke is expected to have Tommy John surgery today, ending his 2014 season.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 4
• Kroenke 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Martin (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Taylor 3-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B
• Nicol 2-4, R

Harrisburg got the the big hits when they needed them, twice coming back from two-run deficits to win this one, 6-4. Michael Taylor (3-for-4) homered in the 5th to tie it at 2-2 while Caleb Ramsey matched the feat in the sixth to tie it at 4-4. Taylor struck again in the 7th with one-out RBI triple and scored on a Quincy Latimore single to complete the rally. Rafael Martin got the win with three scoreless innings in relief of starter Zach Kroenke, who gave up all four Erie runs on seven hits over the first six innings.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 0
• Turnbull (L, 0-2) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Mendez 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Pleffner 1-4, 2B

Potomac’s latest circle down the first-half drain came with a 4-0 shutout by Winston-Salem, their third straight loss and seventh in the last eight games. Kylin Turnbull made his second start and gave up all four Dash runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Gilberto Mendez tossed three perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts, but it was for naught as the offense was held in check. The P-Nats bats were limited to just four hits by Winston-Salem’s Myles Jaye, who had just been demoted from AA after an 0-6, 6.32 mark in 10 starts for Birmingham.

Hagerstown 12 Delmarva 2
• Voth (W, 2-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Webb 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Bautista 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, 6RBI
• Ward 3-5, 3R, 2-2B
• Middleton 3-4, BB, RBI

The Suns avoided a second four-game skid this month with a 12-2 thrashing of the Shorebirds in the series finale. Rafael Bautista drove in six while going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple and a run scored to lead the 15-hit Hagerstown barrage in which eight of nine batters hit safely. Austin Voth turned his fourth quality start and earned his second win with two runs allowed on four hits and two walks over six innings while striking out seven.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taylor Hill Named Int’l Lg. Pitcher of the Week

Taylor HillNot too often a starting pitcher gets a win and a save in the same week. Couple that with 11 scoreless innings, and you’ve got the recipe for Taylor Hill’s International League Pitcher of the Week award for May 19-25.

A week ago tonight, Hill scattered six hits over four scoreless innings, participating in two of three double plays turned behind him while notching his first professional save. He returned to the rotation last Saturday night and laid seven goose eggs on top of the scoreboard for his team-leading (and tied for the I.L. Lg. lead) sixth win.

For the season, Hill is 6-1 with an ERA of 1.63 (3rd), an FIP of 3.39 (11th), and a WHIP (2nd) of 0.98 with eight (3rd) walks and 47 strikeouts (15th) over 60⅔ innings (2nd). (Rank among I.L. pitchers with 40+ IP).

The 25-y.o. was originally drafted in the 6th Rd. of the 2011 Draft out of Vanderbilt University and has steadily moved up the ladder, pitching . He is a two-time Watchlist Player (2012, 2014) and has exceeded 100 IP in his two previous full-season campaigns (2012, 2013).

Monday Afternoon In Harrisburg

Sammy Solis’s AA debut was one to forget.

The 25-y.o. southpaw, originally drafted in 2010, made quick work of the first three Bowie batters in the 1st — a flyout to right, a three-pitch strikeout, and weak tapper to 1st. The velocity was as advertised: low-90s, touching 94 depending on which radar gun you choose to believe.

After an infield single and a flyout, Solis seemed ready to dispatch the Baysox again in the 2nd. But then an inside-out single to right put runners on 1st and 3rd, then a sacrifice fly erased a brief 1-0 lead that had come off the bat of Cutter Dykstra with a solo shot to the [sorry, no free advertising] cheap seats in left.

A two-out double from Garabez Rosa gave Bowie the 2-1 lead and Solis rolled a grounder to end the 2nd. He mowed down the first three BaySox in the 3rd. After Adrian Sanchez hit another solo shot to left to tie things up, all Solis needed to do was respond with another goose egg.

Instead, the BaySox connected for six hits in the space of eight batters — nothing cheap, nothing weak, nothing lucky. Solis was lifted with one out in the 4th. His replacement, James Simmons was renamed Richard with a three-run blast off the roof of the Senators team well beyond the left field fence.

The final line for Solis — nine runs, eight earned, one walk, one strikeout over three and 1/3rd innings. He faced 20 batters and threw fifty-six pitches, forty-two for strikes and only went to a three-ball count on the one batter he walked (former Nats farmhand David Freitas).

As Patriot-Times beat writer Geoff Morrow tweeted, perhaps some credit goes to the Bowie offense, which leads the Eastern League in several offensive categories (H, 2B, K’s, BA, SLG%).

The Senators would not answer the BaySox eight-run 4th until the 7th, when they mounted a similar, slow-motion rally for five runs, punctuated by Matt Skole’s two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded to pull Harrisburg within four at 11-7.

Alas, Bowie answered with a pair of two-run innings in 8th and 9th and homers in both frames to make it a 15-7 final.

With the loss, Harrisburg’s quest for three wins in a row in 2014 remains unfulfilled as they fell to a 17-32 mark, second-worst in the Eastern League.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-5 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (2-5, 2.22) vs.
Diamond (2-5, 6.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 15-7 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 1.97) vs.
Ryan (3-5, 4.64)
Potomac Lost, 13-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (0-2, 4.33) vs.
Montas (2-0, 1.54)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6;
Lost, 2-1
@ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-1, 2.83) vs.
Vader (6-1, 3.16)


Rochester 10 Syracuse 5
• Jordan (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, BK
• Jackson 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Souza 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Hood 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Peterson 2-5, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs’ six-game win streak came to screeching halt with a six-run Redwing 4th en route to a 10-5 loss. Taylor Jordan suffered the loss, his first at AAA, and was torched for seven runs (six earned) on nine hits, and two walks while striking out two. He threw 68 pitches, 40 for strikes. Destin Hood homered twice and Steve Souza homered once; both drove in two as the Syracuse offense scored in each of the final four innings and racked up 10 hits total.

Bowie 15 Harrisburg 7
• Solis (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 9R, 8ER, BB, K
• Simmons 2⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR, HBP
• Nicol 3-4, R, 2B
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-4

It was a rough Monday Afternoon In Harrisburg for Sammy Solis in his AA debut.

Salem 13 Potomac 4
• Dickson (L, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 2K
• Mooneyham 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 4BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Tejeda 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• J. Miller 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI

After a four-run 1st, things looked pretty good for Potomac to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three weeks, but Salem hung 13 unanswered runs and took the series 3-1 with a 13-4 win. Ian Dickson took the loss with seven runs allowed on five hits and four walks over just an inning and a third. Oscar Tejeda went 2-for-5 with a run, a stolen base and an RBI while Justin Miller doubled twice as the P-Nats piled up nine hits but struck out 11 times in their 16th loss in May.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 6 — GAME ONE
• Lopez 4⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walsh (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Bautista 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Difo 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

A six-run 2nd wasn’t enough for the Suns pitchers as they allowed seven unanswered, including three in the 7th, for a 7-6 walkoff loss. Reynaldo Lopez became the latest fill-in starter for you-know-who as he made his Low-A debut with three runs on seven hits over four and 2/3rds innings. The 20-y.o. Dominican walked none and struck out three. Jake Walsh got the blown-save-loss as he allowed two hits and two walks in the space of seven batters in the 7th, as the winning run scored on Drew Ward’s 12th error to end the game. Wilmer Difo homered and drove in three while Rafael Bautista went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Delmarva 2 Hagerstown 1 — GAME TWO
• Cooper 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Orlan (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Ballou 1-3, R, 3B
• Bautista 1-2

Hagerstown scored first again in the nightcap, as Isaac Ballou tripled and scored on an error to lead off the game for an early 1-0 lead. It would be the first of just two hits for the Suns as they were edged 2-1 to complete the Shorebirds doubleheader sweep. Andrew Cooper started and went the first five innings, letting in a run on five hits while walking none and fanning two. R.C. Orlan gave up a solo home run in the 6th to take the loss. Rafael Bautista’s bunt single in the 3rd and walks by John Wooten and Craig Manuel summed up the rest of the Suns offense on the night.
Roster moves: RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned to Auburn, RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

Monday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (5-1, 1.84) vs.
De La Rosa (2-3, 3.42)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Poveda (0-1, 7.50) vs.
Wilson (5-3, 3.73)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (3-0, 2.03) vs.
Cuevas (2-5, 5.19)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (3-1, 5.11) vs.
Wade (3-4, 5.36)


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 0
• Laffey (W, 5-2) 9IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Burriss 3-4, 2R, BB, 2SB
• Souza 2-4, RBI
• Peterson 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Well, maybe Aaron Laffey ain’t so “bad” after all. The veteran southpaw spun a four-hit shutout as the Chiefs extended their win streak to four with a 4-0 win vs. Pawtucket. He walked one, struck out nine, and threw 74 of 108 pitches for strikes. Emmanuel Burris reached based four times with a walk and three singles while swiping a pair of bases from the leadoff spot to literally lead the Syracuse offense. Steve Souza singled twice to push his hit streak to nine games and raise his batting average to .351 with a 16-for-36 surge.

Bowie 5 Harrisburg 4
• Kroenke 4IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Dupra (L, 1-1) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Taylor 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI, 3K
• Latimore 2-3, R, BB

Apparently, the only way Harrisburg can score with the bases loaded is by a walk, an error, or an out. For the second time this week, the Senators couldn’t get a hit in that situation, going 0-for-5 with a Matt Skole walk, and the missed opportunities would haunt them in a 5-4 loss to Bowie. Zach Kroenke made his first start in place of Matt Purke and had similar success with four runs (two earned) on seven hits (one home run) and two walks over four innings. Brian Dupra went the next four but got the loss when he served up a solo shot in the 8th to break a 4-4 tie, one of four hits allowed with no walks and two K’s. Michael Taylor went 2-for-5 with a home run (no. 12) and three strikeouts (nos. 63, 64, 65) to keep his Eastern League lead in both categories.

Salem 8 Potomac 2
• Pena (L, 3-2) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Ullmann 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Pleffner 3-3, BB
• Mesa 2-4, 2B, RBI

Potomac had chances to score in every inning, but only plated two while leaving 11 on in an 8-2 loss to Salem. Ronald Pena took the loss, giving up the first six on eight hits and a walk over the first five innings. Ryan Ullmann gave up the next two Red Sox runs on four hits over three innings with no walks and three strikeouts in his High-A debut. Shawn Pleffner singled three times and walked once to push his average to .320 while Narciso Mesa (2-for-4) doubled in the 9th for the lone P-Nat hit in 11 RISP chances. The loss was Potomac’s fifth straight to Salem since July 2013, including the three-game sweep in last September’s Mills Cup Finals.

Hagerstown 6 Asheville 5
• Voth 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K
• Thomas (W, 2-4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kieboom 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Ward 2-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-3, RBI, 2SB (19, 20)

James Yezzo delivered with one out and the bases loaded with a two-run single for 6-5 walkoff win for Hagerstown. Asheville led early with four runs off starter Austin Voth in the 1st. The 21-y.o. recovered with four scoreless innings to finish with five hits and one walk allowed with seven whiffs. Every Suns batter reached bases as they pounded out 14 hits, including four doubles — two apiece for Spencer Kieboom (3-for-5) and Drew Ward (2-for-5, 2RBI), and stole three bases — two by Sally League leader Rafael Bautista, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 6


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 24-22, T3rd place I.L. North, 1½ games behind

Good Steve Souza .351/.439/.544 in May (15G)
Bad Aaron Laffey 2-2, 6.35 ERA, 1.90 WHIP in May (4 appearances, 3GS)
Interesting Brock Peterson 4HR, 11RBI in last 10G



HARRISBURG SENATORS 15-30, 6th place E.L. West, 14½ games behind

Good James Simmons 0.79 ERA, 0.53 WHIP in first five appearances (11⅓ IP)
Bad 63 team doubles, 11th in 12-team E.L.
Interesting Zero passed balls in 45 games



POTOMAC NATIONALS 24-21, 1st place C.L. North, 2 games ahead

Good Shawn Pleffner .303/.378/.424 in last 10G
Bad 4.52 Team ERA, 1.40 Team WHIP both 8th in the Carolina League
Interesting Stephen Perez team leader in 2B, BB, SB, and E’s



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 32-13, 1st place Sally North, 8 games ahead

Good Nick Pivetta 4-0, 2.01 ERA, 1.16 WHIP in May (4GS)
Bad Willie Medina .041 ISO%
Interesting 3rd fewest pitching BB, 4th most pitching HBP