Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 @ Columbus,
10:35 a.m.
Tatusko (1-4, 2.15) vs.
Banwart (2-0, 3.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Purke (1-5, 7.18) vs.
Anderson (2-3, 5.50)
Potomac Lost, 6-1 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Pena (2-1, 5.64) vs.
Kline (3-1, 2.01)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1;
Won, 3-2 (10 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (1-2, 2.28) vs.
Leyer (2-2, 5.19)


Syracuse 4 Columbus 1
• Treinen (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Delcarmen (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Goodwin 2-4, R
• Solano 2-4, 2B, RBI

Blake Treinen needed just 86 pitches to get through seven innings as he won his first AAA game for the Chiefs this season, 4-1. The 25-y.o. allowed just a single run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Syracuse scored one in the 5th and three in the 6th to take command of the game. Brian Goodwin and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense, which tallied seven hits and one walk total. Roster moves: IF Sean Nicol reassigned from Harrisburg; 1B-OF Tyler Moore recalled from Washington.

Binghamton 2 Harrisburg 1
• Cole (L, 3-2) 4⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Herron 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Hague 1-3, SF, RBI
• Taylor 0-4, 4K

Harrisburg was outhit and outscored by one as they dropped the series finale to Binghamton, 2-1. A.J. Cole took the loss, giving up just one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three. The Senators avoided the shutout with a walk, error, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ricky Hague in the 7th. Cutter Dykstra singled, doubled, and walked but was caught stealing to lead the Harrisburg offense, which was held to six hits and two walks total.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 1
• Simms (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Harper 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Oduber 3-4, R, 2B
• Sanchez 1-3, BB

Potomac scored an early run, which turned out to be the only run as Myrtle Beach took the series finale, 6-1. John Simms lost his first High-A game, giving up five runs on four hits and one walk over five innings. He struck out five. Bryan Harper followed with three innings of one-hit ball, charged with an unearned run in the 8th. Randolph Oduber, who’s been hitting .421 thus far in May, went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. The rest of the lineup was 2-for-26.

Kannapolis 2 Hagerstown 1 — GAME ONE
• Giolito 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Thomas (BS, 3; L, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 2B
• Wooten 2-3

Lucas Giolito threw six innings and struck out seven (career highs for both) while allowing just one hit and one walk. Alas, Kannapolis jumped on Justin Thomas for two unearned runs in the 7th to take the opener, 2-1, and end Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak. It was Thomas’s third loss and third blown save. Spencer Kieboom and John Wooten both went 2-for-3 while Drew Ward drove in the lone Suns run with the only other Hagerstown hit.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 2 (10 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Silvestre 4IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Sylvestri 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Anderson (W, 4-0) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Wooten 3-3, R, 2-2B, BB
• Middleton 2-4, R

For nine innings, the Municipal Stadium scoreboard was a Star Trek convention (nothing but zeroes), until the Intimidators struck for two in the top of the 10th. The Suns responded with three to walk off with a 3-2 win and split the doubleheader. The gamewinner came on a suicide squeeze as Wilmer Difo laid a bunt down on the third-base line while Brennan Middleton charged in for the score. Derek Anderson vultured the win despite coughing up two runs on one hit and two walks in the final frame. Hector Silvestre, Michael Sylvestri, and Jake Walsh combined for nine scoreless innings with seven hits allowed and 11 strikeouts.

Sunday’s News & Notes

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Helen Callaghan, the only mother of an MLB player to play professionally
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Treinen (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Davies (1-0, 2.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-1, 2.86) vs.
Pill (0-5, 6.38)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Payano (2-1, 5.00)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 3.08) and
Silvestre (1-0, 1.32) vs.
Wheeler (0-2, 4.15) and
Danish (3-0, 0.84)


Columbus 4 Syracuse 2
• Jordan 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Jackson (H, 3; L, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Mattheus (BS, 3) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Souza 1-2, 2BB
• Laird 2-4, R

Taylor Jordan returned from a long layoff to turn in five innings of one-run ball, leaving with a 2-1 lead. The Clippers got the the Chiefs ‘pen for three runs in the 7th and held on for a 4-2 win. Jordan gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out six in his AAA debut. Zach Jackson was tagged with the loss when Ryan Mattheus let in one two inherited runners and coughed up one of his own for his third blown save. Steve Souza reached base three times with a single and two walks to keep his on-base streak alive at 17 games.
Roster moves: IF Josh Johnson placed on the 7-day DL (retroactive to 5/7).

Binghamton 5 Harrisburg 2
• Espino (L, 0-2) 5IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Bates 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 2-3
• Skole 1-4, R, HR(1), RBI

Binghamton took an early 3-0 lead and piled on the ‘pen late as they defeated Harrisburg, 5-2. Paolo Espino gave up just two hits over five innings, but walked and hit a batter before serving up a homer in the 2nd to lose his second straight start. Matt Skole’s 2014 home run drought also ended with a solo shot in the 4th. The Sens pulled within one at 3-2 in the 7th on a Ricky Hague RBI double but
Sean Nicol’s second single couldn’t plate Hague to tie the game. Tyler Herron gave up two in the 8th to give the B-Mets breathing room. Harrisburg went in order in the 9th to lose for the second time in three games.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 5
• Dickson 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Spann (W, 2-0) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Oduber 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 2-4, 2B, RBI

Potomac rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit and held off a late charge from Myrtle Beach to halt a three-game skid with a 6-5 win. Ian Dickson recovered from the early damage to toss five scoreless frames for a total of three runs on five hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out four but did not receive the decision. That went to Matthew Spann who was victimized by Pelican DH-to-be Joey Gallo for a two-run HR in the 8th. Derek Self stranded two inherited runners and pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of ’14. Shawn Pleffner drove in the tying and go-ahead runs while going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the P-Nats attack, followed closely by Randolph Oduber’s single, double, walk, and three runs scored in four PAs.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
Rain postponed the Suns return from the road to create a Mother’s Day doubleheader this afternoon at Municipal Stadium.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 4


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 18-15, 3rd place I.L. North, 1 game behind

Good Destin Hood .357/.424/.607, HR, 8RBI in 8G since promotion
Bad Daniel Stange 2.11 WHIP, 12BB WHIP in 12 appearances
Interesting Team OBP .347, 1st in International League



HARRISBURG SENATORS 10-21, 6th place E.L. West, 10 games behind

Good Matt Grace 1-0, 1.59/2.84/1.10, .143 OBA vs. LHBs
Bad Jason Martinson .179BA, 13K in last 10G
Interesting 83.7% SB success rate (31-for-37), 2nd in E.L.



POTOMAC NATIONALS 18-12, 1st place C.L. North, 4½ games ahead

Good Stephen Perez .412/.512/.529 in last 10G (.343/.409/.465 overall)
Bad Brett Mooneyham 7.06/7.59/2.22 in 21⅔ innings (7G, 6GS)
Interesting Gilberto Mendez 1-0, 2SV 1.59/2.07/0.69 in 11⅔ IP, 9 appearances



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 25-7, 1st place Sally North, 7 games ahead

Good Austin Voth 2.28/2.55/1.16 in 6GS (27⅔ IP)
Bad Tied for 7th in team HR — Top 3 in every other offensive category except doubles and nose hairs
Interesting Catchers are batting .333/.383/.520 with 6HR, 21RBI on offense; 1 error, 4 passed balls and a 40% CS rate on defense.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Hill (4-1, 1.82) vs.
House (1-2, 2.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-6 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
TBDMeyers (1st start of ’14) vs.
Bowman (3-1, 4.57)
Potomac Lost, 10-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.53) vs.
Wolff (3-3, 2.80)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2;
Won, 6-4 (8 inn.)
@ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (4-2, 3.71) vs.
Vasquez (1-0, 3.42)


Syracuse 6 Durham 5 (10 inn.)
• Laffey (W, 4-0) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 6BB, 1K
• Stange 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Peterson 2-3, 3R, BB,
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

A four-run 4th followed by a three-run 5th powered Syracuse to an 8-5 win to complete a four-game sweep of Durham and sixth straight win overall. Aaron Laffey survived six walks to give up just two runs on three hits while striking out one (yes, it was called) to push his record to 4-0. Destin Hood doubled twice and scored two runs while going 3-for-4 on the afternoon to lead the 13-hit attack that saw eight of nine batters hit safely, with Brock Peterson, Emmanuel Burriss, and Brandon Laird also notching multiple hits.

Binghamton 12 Harrisburg 6
• Schwartz (L, 0-6) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Dupra 3IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Taylor 3-5, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Blake Schwartz’s HR woes continue as the 24-y.o. surrendered his 6th — a three-run shot in the 5th — in seven starts as the B-Mets doubled up the Sens, 12-6. Schwartz gave up only four hits in five innings, but three of the four walks he issued scored as he was charged with five runs total. Michael Taylor returned from his leg injury to lead off the game with his seventh round-tripper and went 3-for-5 with two RBI overall. Ricky Hague also homered and drove in two while Caleb Ramsey singled and doubled and plated a pair.
Roster move: RHP Tyler Herron reassigned from Syracuse; roster is now back to full complement of 25

Myrtle Beach 10 Potomac 4
• Mooneyham (L, 2-3) 1⅓ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Suero 5⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Perez 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Sanchez 3-4, 2RBI
• B. Miller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Brett Mooneyham was knocked from the box in the second frame for the second straight starts as the Pelicans pounded the P-Nats, 10-4. The 24-y.o. southpaw was strafed for six hits, including a home run, walked three and was charged with seven runs while striking out two in just an inning and a 1/3rd. Stephen Perez and Adrian Sanchez continue to swing hot bats as the two IFs combined for six hits, two runs, and two RBI. Brandon Miller homered for the second time in as many nights for his team-leading ninth big fly.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 2— GAME ONE
• Johansen (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Orlan 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 4-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, OF assist at 2B

Jake Johansen flirted with a no-no for four innings before giving up a single to lead off the 5th. The Nats top draft pick in 2013 finished with one unearned run allowed on three hits as the Suns took the opener, 6-2. Spencer Kieboom went 4-for-4 with a solo HR while Isaac Ballou went 3-for-4 to combine for seven of the 13 Hagerstown hits while Rafael Bautista and Wilman Rodriguez both stole two bases and hit the 10-steal mark.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 4 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Wooten 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B

John Wooten’s two-run triple highighted a three-run 8th as Hagerstown beat Hickory in “extras,” 6-4 to sweep the doubleheader and extend the Suns’ latest win streak to five. Kylin Turnbull went five innings in his 2014 debut and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and fanning three. The decison went to Andrew Cooper, who finished the game with a run on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Wooten and Wilmer Difo both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac couldn’t pull off a second walkoff in as many nights as their ninth-inning rally fell one run short in a 3-2 loss to Frederick.

Through eight innings, the Keys held the P-Nats to just four hits, thanks in large part to six strong innings from native son Brenden Kline. The Frederick-born 22-y.o. walked just one and struck out four while earning his third win of the season.

After Stephen Perez tapped a dribbler in front of the mound to start the ninth, Oscar Tejeda beat out an infield singled and scored ahead of Brandon Miller’s team-leading eighth home run.

The Keys lifted Miguel Chalas, who had stifled Potomac in the 7th and 8th innings, in favor of veteran Matt Hauser. Shawn Pleffner kept the one-out rally going against the 26-y.o. reliever with double to right field and took third on a wild pitch.

Potomac had two chances to send in Pleffner but couldn’t deliver as Keys shortstop Adrian Marin knocked down Khayyan Norfork’s at ’em ball with infield drawn in for the second out and then ranged behind second base to gun down Adrian Sanchez on a close play at 1st to end it.

Ronald Pena was charged with the loss despite turning his best effort of the season with six innings pitched, with two runs on four hits and one walk. He did give up a home run, his fourth of the season, on a first-pitch fastball to Frederick’s Glynn Davis.

Travis Henke was responsible for the third Keys run as former P-Nat Mike Burgess singled in the second of two walks issued with two outs in the 8th after pitching a scoreless 7th. Gilberto Mendez stranded two runners and struck out the side in the 9th to lower his pitching line to 1.54/1.74/0.69 in 11⅔ innings over nine appearances.

The loss snaps a three-game win streak for Potomac, which still leads the Carolina League North by 4½ games. The seven-game homestand continues as Myrtle Beach, the Southern division leader by two games over Carolina, visits for the the next four games.
Brett Mooneyham (2-2, 4.43) will be on the mound for the P-Nats opposed by Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-2, 2.80) for the Pelicans.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) vs. Durham,
12:00 p.m.
Laffey (3-0, 2.05) vs.
Montgomery (3-0, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (0-5, 6.14) vs.
Gorski (2-1, 3.04)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-2, 4.43) vs.
Gonzalez (2-2, 2.80)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Hickory,
4:00 p.m.
Johansen (2-1, 7.52) and
Turnbull (1st start of ’14) vs.
Ledbetter (1-2, 8.55) and
Ri. Rodriguez (1-1, 4.19)


Syracuse 6 Durham 5 (10 inn.)
• Tatusko 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Jackson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Herron (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Rhymes 3-5, R, 3B
• Souza 1-3, 2BB
• Burriss 2-6, 2B, 4RBI

Emmanuel Burris drove in four of the six Syracuse runs, including the walkoff in the 10th as the Chiefs edged the Bulls 6-5 for their fifth straight win. Tyler Herron worked around a pair of walks to notch a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win. Starter Ryan Tatusko pitched five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out four. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes went 3-for-5 with a triple to lead the hit column, while Steve Souza also reach base with a single and two walks to extend his on-base streak to 14 games.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 0
• Purke (W, 1-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 88-57 P-S
• Simmons 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Latimore 2-3, 2R, 2B

Matt Purke and Clayton Blackburn traded goose eggs for five and a half innings before Harrisburg exploded for four runs in the 6th en route to a 5-0 shutout of Richmond in the series finale. Purke threw six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out three for his first AA win. Blackburn struck out 10 over five no-hit innings before the Sens struck for six hits in the space of seven batters to break the 0-0 tie. Newly acquired James Simmons turned in two scoreless innings and Warner Madrigal pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the shutout. Caleb Ramsey led the Harrisburg offense with single, double, and three RBI.

Frederick 3 Potomac 2
• Pena (L, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Mendez 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Tejeda 2-4, R
• Miller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B

No walkoff this time Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 Hickory 2
• Voth (W, 1-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Rodriguez 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-4, BB

Hagerstown scored once in the 4th and twice in the 8th to build a 3-0 lead and held off a late Hickory comeback for a 4-2 win. Austin Voth threw six innings of one-hit ball, walking just one while matching his season strikeout high of seven for his first win of the season. Justin Thomas got the last out of the 8th with the bases loaded and weathered a three-hit ninth for the save, his first as well. Wilman Rodriguez doubled and tripled and drove in two while Estarlin Martinez singled twice and walked to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.

Transaction Update (UPDATED)

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It’s at this point that I remind the teams that perhaps there should be a set of uniforms with a high number and a name plate “New Guy” sewn on, just in case of an example like Justin Thomas.

Thomas, who was reassigned yesterday to Harrisburg from Hagerstown, has been returned to the Suns today. He was replaced on the Harrisburg roster by recently signed RHP James Simmons a bass guitarist from NYC a former Oakland (yes, really) prospect who had been pitching for the Camden Riversharks in the Atlantic League, where he was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings over two starts. Simmons split time between High-A and AAA last season in the A’s organization with a record of 8-8 and a 5.48 ERA in 20 High-A starts and an 0-2 mark with a 7.16 ERA in 12 AAA relief outings.

The 26-y.o. Simmons has already made his Nats debut, appearing in this morning’s Senators game with two shutout frames with one walk and no K’s.

The Suns, meanwhile, announced a flurry of moves this morning:

• RHP Wander Suero promoted to Potomac
• LHP Robert Orlan assigned from XST
• C Spender Kieboom activated from the 7-Day DL
• C Austin Chubb reassigned to XST
• LHP Kylin Turnbull activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP L.J. Hollins placed on the 7-Day DL

A corresponding move from Potomac may not be forthcoming, as RHP Rafael Martin’s assignment to the P-Nats from XST is a minor-league rehab stint (officially, Martin remains on the Harrisburg DL) per MilB.com.

UPDATE #1
The Senators have made a second announcement today regarding player transactions:

• C Wilson Ramos MLB rehab ended (activated today by Washington)
• RHP Brad Meyers assigned from XST
• RHP Gabriel Alfaro released
• RHP Rafael Martin activated and reassigned to Potomac

MiLB.com is still reporting the Martin’s move as a rehab assignment, which conflicts with this announcement as well as one made by the P-Nats late Monday night. Not the first time this has happened. Stay tuned for updates if/when Potomac & Syracuse make press releases this afternoon.

UPDATE #2

Potomac and Syracuse’s PR folks have weighed in, clarifying the corresponding moves:

POTOMAC
• RHP Brian Dupra promoted to Harrisburg

SYRACUSE
• RHP Brad Meyers activated from the DL, reassigned to Harrisburg.

The Potomac, Hagerstown, and Syracuse rosters are all full, while it appears that the Senators roster has one spot open. There are, of course, TBAs and TBDs in the upcoming probables. Stay tuned to the daily News & Notes to see how it plays out.

Last Night In Woodbridge

The Potomac Nationals rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to walk off in the 9th with a 4-3 win over Frederick. Randolph Oduber’s two-out double to right-center, his second two-bagger of the game and third hit overall, sent in Justin Miller all the way from first base to complete the comeback effort.

Of course, had the P-Nats not been so sloppy in the first, the drama would not have been necessary. It started with the very first batter as Oscar Tejeda booted a grounder to third by the Keys leadoff man Glynn Davis. After a 1-3 sacrifice moved up Davis, Zane Chavez singled to center.

For the second time in as many games Narciso Mesa launched a rocket in from center. If Cole Leonida were 7’2″ he might have caught it on the fly. Instead it sailed to the backstop and allowed Chavez to take second. Former P-Nat Mike Burgess drove in the first run with a groundout to first.

Frederick got another gift run when Stephen Perez committed his eighth error on a routine grounder, pulling the 6’5″ first baseman Shawn Pleffner off the bag far enough that the southpaw couldn’t get the tag play ruled in his favor (it looked like he got him but thanks to the Carolina League’s parsimony two-umpire system, the call was made from across the diamond).

Burgess would double and score in the 4th, catching the Potomac battery napping with a steal of third and trotting home on single by Jason Esposito as the Keys extended their lead to 3-0.

Frederick’s Bradley Wager went through the Potomac lineup twice with just a single hit allowed, retiring nine in a row from the 1st to the 4th, but failed the true test of a starter — making it through the lineup a third time.

Oduber doubled to the LF corner to start the 6th, Perez singled to center to push him third, and Tejeda atoned for his error with a three run bomb on a BP warmer to the tie it up at 3-3 and chase Wager from the game.

The big fly also took John Simms off the hook, as the 22-y.o. survived the errors to notch the very first quality start for Potomac in 2014: three runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings with no walks and two strikeouts.

The gamewinner came after a questionable called third strike in the 9th against Leonida, who protested without getting tossed, perhaps influencing the walk that followed to Justin Miller. Mesa missed his chance for redemption with a first-pitch popup for the second out in the ninth, setting up Oduber’s heroics.

The win went to Robert Benincasa, who pitched a scoreless 9th, while Rafael Martin made his first appearance of the year with two perfect innings in the 7th and 8th.

Potomac goes for the sweep tonight with Ronald Pena (2-0, 6.23) making the start against Frederick’s Branden Kline (2-1, 2.36).

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-4, 2.20) vs.
Montgomery (3-0, 3.19)
Romero (2-4, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Richmond,
10:30 a.m.
Purke (0-5, 9.30) vs.
Blackburn (2-2, 2.00)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (2-0, 6.23) vs.
Kline (2-1, 2.36)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Voth (0-2, 2.91) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 4.30)


Syracuse 3 Durham 2
• Poveda 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Stange (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Gonzalez (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Komatsu 2-3, R, SB, HBP

Syracuse finally surpassed the .500 mark (16-15) as they won their fourth straight with a 3-2 decision over Durham. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes’s two-run double in the last of the 7th was the game-winner, which also marked the Chiefs’ sixth win in ten one-run ballgames. Omar Poveda got the start, giving up both Bulls runs on three hits and two walks while fanning a season-high of seven. Daniel Stange got the win while Mike Gonzalez got the save (the first for both, respectively) as the two veteran relievers combined for three shutout innings. Erik Komatsu singled twice, scored once, and stole a base to lead the Syracuse attack.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington, RHP Ryan Mattheus optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 1
• Cole (W, 3-1) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 7K; 1-2
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-3, BB, RBI
• Skole 1-4, 2B, RBI

A.J. Cole spun six scoreless innings while the Harrisburg offense put up a four-spot in the bottom of the 5th to take a 5-1 win from Richmond. Cole scattered seven hits and struck out seven in his best outing of the season thus far, which earned him his third win and dropped his ERA to 2.86. Kevin Keyes and Brian Jeroloman both reached base twice with a single and a walk to pace the balanced attack of eight hits and four walks. Roster moves: LHP Felipe Rivero placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Justin Thomas reassigned from Hagerstown. As noted by Byron Kerr via Twitter, this is likely a signal that LHP Sammy Solis is about to return from XST (back).

Potomac 4 Frederick 3
• Simms 6IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Tejeda 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

A sloppy start, a fantastic finish Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 homestand, the Suns take to the road on a three-game win streak to take on Hickory for four games over three days, with one of last week’s rainouts scheduled to be made up with a doubleheader tomorrow.

Last Night In Woodbridge

It doesn’t count as a quality start, but the efforts of Ian Dickson and Matthew Spann last night are as good as it gets for a two-pitcher effort. The Potomac duo combined on a seven-hit shutout — the first of 2014 for the P-Nats — in a 4-0 win last night in Woodbridge.

Dickson, who was making his first start of the season after seven relief outings, allowed just three hits and a walk over four innings as he kept the veteran Frederick lineup (redundant, I know) off-balance with a mix of fastballs and changeups. More importantly, he retired the first batter in all five innings.

The P-Nats would draw first blood in the 1st with a leadoff double by the Groovin’ Aruban (Randolph Oduber) and one-out triple by Oscar Tejeda. Brandon Miller was responsible for three runs, the first one via the bat as he ripped one to the 5/6 hole that Keys 3B Jason Esposito stopped and threw out Miller while Tejeda charged in from third base.

The second Miller run was one he prevented with his right arm in the 3rd inning as he gunned down Tucker Nathans trying to score from second on a two-out, groundball single to right field by Lucas Herbst.

The third run came in the 6th as Miller beat out an infield hit to third to extend the Potomac lead to 3-0. Potomac would get its fourth and final run in the 8th on a Stephen Perez walk, steal of second, and Tejeda’s two-out single for his second hit and second RBI of the night.

Matthew Spann took over for Dickson in the 6th and gave up back-to-back singles before getting a flyball to medium center, which Narciso Mesa airmailed past the cutoff man, perhaps too eager to show that he’s a worth successor to the CF arms that came before him (Michael Taylor, Chris Curran).

Spann would erase the threat with a double-play ball with a 6-3 DP by Perez, the second of five batters Spann set down in a row before giving up a leadoff double and a one-out single in the 8th. Spann would go self service this time, striking out the next two batters to end the threat and catching all three Keys looking in the 9th to earn the save.

With the win, Potomac improves to 17-10 and opens up a 4½ game lead over second-place Lynchburg in the Carolina League North. John Simms (0-0, 1.80) make his second start tonight for the P-Nats with Brady Wager (2-2, 6.12) taking the hill for Frederick.