Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (7-3, 3.56) vs.
Reineke (8-7, 3.53)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (7-3, 3.33) vs.
McGuire (5-8, 5.40)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 vs. Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 3.90) vs.
M. Pena (4-4, 5.06)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2; Won, 7-2 @ Greensboro,
12:30 p.m.
Lee (3-2, 4.56) vs.
James (1-3, 6.41)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m
Johansen (0-0, 1.04) vs.
Martin (1-2, 4.73)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-5; Won, 11-0 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 2-0 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (3-1, 1.87) vs.
Oca (1-1, 5.11)



Louisville 6 Syracuse 4
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Davis (L, 1-5) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Rahl 4-4, 2B
• Moore 2-3, R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, HR(22), RBI, E(23)

Louisville only scored in two of nine innings, but the four-run 1st and two-run 8th were enough to win, 6-4. Danny Rosenbaum was roughed up early but settled down to turn in six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks while fanning five. Erik Davis took the loss when a error by Zach Walters led to two unearned runs. Chris Rahl, who had an eight-game hit streak snapped on Sunday, went 4-for-4 with a double to lead the Syracuse attack, which included homers by Tyler Moore and Walters (third straight game).

New Hampshire 4 Harrisburg 3
• Hill 6⅔ IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Herron (BS, 1; L, 4-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2BB, 2E (4, 5)
• Van Ostrand 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Three home runs — two over the wall, one of the Little League variety — were the undoing of the Senators in a 4-3 loss to the Fisher Cats. Starter Taylor Hill pitched six and 2/3rds innings and scattered nine hits, including a solo HR, for two runs while walking one and striking out four. Tyler Herron stranded a runner to end the 7th but gave up a solo shot that tied the game to lead off the 8th. A two-out single turned into the game-winning “homer” as Brian Goodwin couldn’t field it cleanly and Steve Souza committed a throwing error on the relay back to the infield. The Senators led at one point, 3-0, scoring three times in the 3rd with Jimmy Van Ostrand driving in two with a double.

Salem 5 Potomac 2
• Schwartz (L, 7-4) 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Leonida 1-3, BB, RBI
• Dykstra 0-1, 3BB

Salem flirted with a no-hitter for six innings and broke open a 3-1 game with two in the 9th for a 5-2 win over Potomac. Blake Schwartz took the loss despite the quality start of three runs on six hits over seven innings. Rafael Martin followed him and retired the side in order in the 8th but gave up a walk and a homer to the first two batters in the 9th. Potomac rallied for one late on a walk, wild pitch, and an RBI single by Cole Leonida (1-for-3) as the P-Nats were held to four hits total. Billy Burns left the game after getting hit in the head with a pitch in the 6th, his second HBP of the game. He had walked and stolen a base in his previous two plate appearances.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 2 — GAME ONE
• Mooneyham (W, 5-3) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Meza 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-3, R, BB
• Miller 1-2, BB, 2RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SB

The Suns broke open a 1-1 game with a four-run 5th and took the opener, 6-2. Starter Brett Mooneyham did not issue a walk for the first time this season, turning in his third quality start of two runs allowed on six hits while striking out two. Greensboro pitchers issued seven walks, enabling Hagerstown to score six times on just seven hits. Tony Renda led the way by walking once and singling twice.

Hagerstown 7 Greensboro 2 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Self 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ramos 2-4, R
• Norfork 2-3, R, 3B
• Miller 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, 2K

After falling behind 1-0, the Suns scorched the Grasshoppers for seven unanswered runs to complete the sweep, 7-2. Ian Dickson got his first win for Hagerstown, giving up a run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Sam Palace and Brandon Miller both hit two-run blasts to lead the Suns onslaught, which scored seven times on seven hits and left on just four baserunners.

Vermont 7 Auburn 0
• Ullmann (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Mudron 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Gunter 1-3, BB
• Dent 0-1, 2BB, E(10)

The Lake Monsters roared for six in the 3rd as they shut out the Doubledays, 7-0. Ryan Ullmann was pounded for all seven runs on eight hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings in his first start for Auburn. Four Vermont pitchers held the Doubledays to just five hits total, with the Codys Gunter (1-for-3, BB) and Dent (0-for-1, 2BB) the only batters to reach base twice.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 5 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre ⅓IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Webb (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, 2-1 IR-S
• Selik (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• McQuillan 2-4, R, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, RBI

Hector Silvestre couldn’t make out of the 1st, but the bullpen held the Marlins in check the rest of the way for a 6-5 win in morning matinee. Silvestre was charged with five runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk. The lone out he recorded was a strikeout. Joe Webb got the win in relief, letting in one of two inherited runners but closing out the inning and pitching two more scoreless. Rehabbers Mike McQuillan and Shawn Pleffner both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the G-Nats overcame a 5-2 deficit by scoring in each of the first four innings.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Marlins 0 — GAME TWO
• P. Valdez 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Ramos (W, 3-2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Jennings 2-3, 2B, 3B, BB, 3RBI
• Guzman 3-4, 3R

Two G-Nats pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout as the G-Marlins were blanked 11-0 in the second game. Starter Philips Valdez let up a hit and a walk over four innings while David Ramos got the win in relief with three hitless innings, allowing just a walk. Hayden Jennings led the 14-hit parade with a double and a triple and three runs batted in.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Cardinals 0
• Valerio (W, 3-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Feliz (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Serrata 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Lora 2-4, R

The D-Nats held the D-Cards to just three hits, but despite ten of their own, eked by with a 2-0 shutout win. Maximo Valerio celebrated his 18th birthday with six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out two to lower his ERA to 1.39. Fellow All-Star Melvi Salazar tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save. Brayan Serrata led the D-Nats batters with a pair of singles and a double in four at-bats. Roster moves: SS Francys Peguero, 1B Oliver Ortiz assigned from Washington.

Souza, Taylor Win Weekly Honors

Steve Souza, Jr. and Michael Taylor have been named the Player of the Week for the Eastern and Carolina Leagues, respectively, for the week of July 15-21. It’s the second time Taylor has won the award for the Carolina League and the second time a Senator position player has been named (Anthony Rendon, May 6-12).

Steve SouzaSouza went 10-for-27 for a .370 batting average and collected four doubles, a triple, and two home runs for an .815 slugging percentage. He drew three walks, scored eight runs and drove in six. For the season, the 24-year-old is posting a line of .282/.382/.560 with 14 home runs and 30 RBI in 62 games. He was a 2013 Eastern League All-Star despite having spent nearly six weeks on the DL. This is Souza’s seventh season in the Nationals organization, originally drafted in 2007 as a third-round pick out of Cascade HS in Everett, WA.

Michael Taylor Last night’s 0-fer snapped an eight-game hit streak for Taylor, but the 22-year-old still batted .500 for the week (12-for-24) with five doubles, four runs scored, nine RBI, and three stolen bases. Taylor is currently 3rd in the Carolina League with 61 RBI, and second to teammate Billy Burns with 31 steals. Overall, he’s hitting .275/.343/.434 in 92 games. Taylor was originally drafted in 2009 as a shortstop out of Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL but converted to outfield in 2011, where he’s become one of the organization’s best defensive prospects.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Five times before this season, Potomac got a run in the ninth to walk off with a win. The sixth would require them to match that output in one inning.

Down 7-3 after eight and a half innings, the P-Nats sent nine men to the plate and scored five times on five hits for the improbable 8-7 win.

Billy Burns plated the gamewinner on a two-out bloop single that sent in pinch-runner Randolph Oduber. It was the fourth single of the frame, as the P-Nats had just one extra-base hit, a Cutter Dykstra double, and one walk.

The heroics made a winner out of Marcos Frias, who got the last out of the 9th and took starter Sammy Solis off the hook.

Solis was making his first start at home since coming off the DL last week in Salem. After striking out the side in the 1st, Solis stumbled in the 2nd, giving up a single then a long home run to put himself in a 2-0 hole. Two innings later, he would give up another two-run blast that ended his night early.

Final line: Four innings pitched, four runs allowed on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Salem simply made him pay for two pitches left up in the zone on fastball counts.

Brian Dupra followed Solis out of the ‘pen in the 5th, starting off about as bad as any pitcher could (solo HR) but then finishing as strong as anyone could expect (nine straight retired).

Rob Wort was next with two runs charged over an inning and 2/3rds, as Frias was greeted with a single then retired the second batter he faced.

The win improves Potomac to 16-11 in the second half, three games better than Wilmington, which lost its seventh straight yesterday. The series continues tonight with a matchup of Blake Schwartz (7-3, 2.81) vs. Henry Owens (7-4, 2.93).

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-7, 3.88) vs.
Dennick (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (2-3, 1.64) vs.
Tepera (8-6, 3.91)
Potomac Won, 8-7 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (7-3, 2.81) vs.
Owens (7-4, 2.93)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Greensboro,
5:30 p.m.
Dickson (0-2, 6.85) and
Mooneyham (4-3, 2.96) vs.
Del Orbe (5-5, 5.79) and
Brice (6-6, 5.63)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Vermont,
7:05 p.m
Ullmann (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Finnegan (0-1, 2.16)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Tatusko (L, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Broadway 2IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4
• Marrero 2-4, R

It was too little, too late as the Chiefs rallied for three in the 9th but fell to the Red Wings, 5-3. Starter Ryan Tatusko took the loss, his fourth, as he gabe up two runs on four hits and three walks over five innings. Zach Walters was responsible for all three runs with his 21st HR, going 1-for-4 overall with three strikeouts. Eury Perez and Chris Marrero both went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs were held to seven hits total.

Akron 11 Harrisburg 2
• Ray (L, 2-1) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 6K
• Demny 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Souza 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Howell 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A seven-run 7th put the game away for Akron as they cruised to an 11-2 win over Harrisburg. Robbie Ray started strong, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters, but let up three in the 5th and was charged three more in the 6th to take the loss, his first at AA. The Senators offense was held to just four hits, led by Steve Souza going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk and Jeff Howell connecting on a solo shot.

Potomac 8 Salem 7
• Solis 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Dupra 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Sanchez 3-4, 2B, 2RBI, SF
• Dykstra 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Burns 3-6, R, RBI

Potomac rallied from four down in the 9th Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown vs. Greensboro — PPD
Rain postponed the late-Sunday matchup, forcing a doubleheader today.

Auburn 5 Vermont 3
• Voth 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K (38 pitches)
• Bafidis (W, 2-0) 3IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Hollins (SV, 3) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, RBI

The Doubledays snapped a three-game skid with a 5-3 win over the Lake Monsters. Starter Austin Voth made it through the 1st unscathed, but needed 38 pitches to get three outs while facing five batters and was lifted. Cory Bafidis got the win in relief while L.J. Hollins got the final seven outs for his third save. Isaac Ballou and Wilman Rodriguez both had a pair of his and an RBI as Auburn made the most of its eight hits, going 6-for-14 with RISP.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
A pair of doubleheaders today and Wednesday makes it an eight-game week for the G-Nats, who are riding a four-game win streak and sit atop the GCL East with a 19-5 mark.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The A.L. All-Stars defeated the N.L. 3-1 in the DSL All-Star game. Melvi Salazar pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit but striking out three.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-1 vs. Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
Tatusko (3-3, 3.59) vs.
Albers (9-4, 3.11)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (2-0, 1.59) vs.
Brach (5-6, 4.77)
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 2.70) vs.
Augliera (6-6, 4.69)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-4 @ Greensboro,
4:00 p.m.
Dickson (0-2, 6.85) vs.
Del Orbe (5-5, 4.79)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 @ Vermont,
5:05 p.m
Voth (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Trivino (0-1, 3.24)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A



Syracuse 7 Rochester 1
• Maya (W, 5-6) 6⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Lowe 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Walters 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR (20), 2RBI
• Rhymes 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Brown 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB

Yunesky Maya was one pitch short of tossing a six and 2/3rds scoreless, Zach Walters was triple shy of the cycle as the Chiefs clipped the Red Wings, 7-1. The 31-y.o. Cuban allowed just two hits, including a solo shot in the 5th, walked one and struck out two for his 5th win. The offense served up a baker’s dozen of hits, led by Walters and Will Rhymes, who both went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Treinen 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perry (L, 0-3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Martinson 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 2K, 2E

Jesus Aguilar’s solo shot in the 10th off Ryan Perry propelled the Aeros past the Senators for a 3-2 win in extras. For five innings, Harrisburg was held hitless and they mustered just six hits total. Jason Martinson accounted for both runs, connecting for a big fly in the 5th and driving in Carlos Rivero with an RBI triple in the 7th. Starter Blake Treinen went five and 2/3rds innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out four.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 2
• Cole (W, 6-3) 6IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Benincasa (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Nieto 1-3, R, BB

Potomac rebounded from just its second six-run loss of the season with a 5-2 win over Lynchburg. A.J. Cole dominated eight of the nine Hillcats bats, but Trent Moses solved him twice, singling and homering for the two hits Cole allowed over six innings. The 21-y.o. walked one and struck out three while earning his sixth win. Kevin Keyes led the P-Nats attack with two walks and a two-run double, while Michael Taylor and Franciscoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Soriano contributed RBI singles.

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 4
• Encarnacion (L, 7-6) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Henke 2⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Mesa 3-4, RBI, CS
• Renda 3-4, CS

Greensboro exploded for four runs in the bottom of the 8th to put away the game for a 9-4 win over Hagerstown. It was the second four-run rally of the game, the first of which chased starter Pedro Encarnacion in the 6th. The 22-y.o. Dominican suffered the loss with five runs allowed on eight hits and two walks. He set down four on strikes. The Suns got double digits in hits and strikeouts (10 apiece) with Narciso Mesa and Tony Renda each going 3-for-4 and Bryan Lippincott completing the hat trick.

Vermont 8 Auburn 4
• Williams 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K
• Medina (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Foat 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Chubb 2-4

The last of the 8th was unkind to the Doubledays, too, as the Lake Monsters snapped a 4-4 tie with a grand slam off Silvio Medina for an 8-4 win. Shortstop-turned-pitcher Deion Williams continues to struggle with the conversion, knocked for four runs on five hits and four walks over four and a 1/3rd innings, which actually lowered his ERA from 8.44 to 8.41. Matt Foat and Austin Chubb both went 2-for-4 as Auburn was held to just six hits and three walks while Vermont committed three errors, which lead to an unearned run in the 4th.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 3
• Giolito ⅔IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, K, WP
• Spezial (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• K. Rodriguez (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Jennings 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI, SB
• McQuillan 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The G-Nats continue to roll, doubling up the G-Mets, 6-3, for their 19th win in 24 games. Lucas Giolito, who went a career-high three innings on Monday couldn’t make it out of the 1st, walking three of five batters faced and presumably hitting his pitch limit as he was lifted with two outs. Niko Spezial got the win in relied with a run on three hits over two innings, though he got five of six out by way of the K. Hayden Jennings led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, falling a homer shy of the cycle but driving in three.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Today is the DSL All-Star Game, which pits the prospects from… wait for it… the American League vs. the National League. Two D-Nat pitchers made the squad: 18-year-old Venezuelan reliever Melvi Salazar and 17-year-old Dominican starter Maximo Valerio (he turns 18 tomorrow).

Last Night In Woodbridge

“Still looks the same as he did in college.”

It’s an opinion I keep hearing from folks, as Matt Purke was battered for his third loss in four starts in an 8-2 loss to Lynchburg. The problem is that this isn’t TCU and the next start isn’t next Friday, but next Wednesday (weather permitting, of course).

Even in this loss, which I’m sure folks are champing at the bit to pin on the defense (especially if you believe you can explain away extra-base hits to the gaps), the potential that got the southpaw drafted is evident. The velocity, which is good but not great, is there. The fastball has good movement. The curve can drop like a hammer.

But the command is not yet good enough for this level, which really shouldn’t surprise anyone when factoring out age, bonus, or draft position. He’s spent less than 50 innings over two seasons in Low-A, and just 18 in High-A. He’s coming off shoulder surgery, which some believe was put off for far too long.

I’ll leave it to the experts to analyze the mechanics, but Purke thus far looks like pitcher that hasn’t spent enough time refining his stuff at the lower levels.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (4-6, 4.73) vs.
Hendriks (2-6, 4.53)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-7, 3.83) vs.
Packer (9-5, 2.58)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 vs. Lynchburg,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (5-3, 4.43) vs.
Miller (7-5, 3.40)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Encarnacion (7-5, 3.23) vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 3-1 @ Vermont,
6:05 p.m
D. Williams (0-4, 8.44) vs.
Grundy (1-2, 9.20)
GCL Nationals Won, 11-6 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A



Rochester 5 Syracuse 4 (5 inn.)
• Clay 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Mandel (L, 1-6) 2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Brown 3-3, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Moore 2-3, R
• Game 2:01, Delay 2:00

The Red Wings beat the rain and the Chiefs, 5-4 in five innings. Starter Caleb Clay took the loss, tagged with three runs on three hits and a walk over two innings. His night was finished after rain interrupted play for 75 minutes between the 2nd and 3rd innings. Syracuse tied it at 3-3 with a pair of runs but Rochester answered with two in its half of the 4th. The Chiefs pulled within one in the 5th, but left the tying run at 3rd when the rains came again. After 45 minutes, the game was called.
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Akron 3 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam (L, 3-4) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Souza 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B

The Senators pitching is the best in the league, but couldn’t toss another shutout as the Aeros took this one, 3-1. Steven Souza Jr. cranked his team-leading 14th homer in the 1st, but it was one of just three hits Harrisburg would manage. Rob Gilliam turned in six decent innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts, but took the loss.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 2
• Purke 4⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-5, R
• Taylor 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Matt Purke was lit up for six runs on six hits over four and 1/3rd innings as the Hillcats battered the P-Nats, 8-2. Purke walked four and struck out two, with four of the six hits going for extra bases (three doubles and a triple). Michael Taylor doubled twice (once to left, one to right) to lead Potomac’s nine-hit attack, which sputtered in the clutch with an 0-for-7 mark with RISP. As for my thoughts on Purke, an opinion/essay today for Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Hickory 2
• Turnbull (W, 4-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 3-4, R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Schill 0-1, 3R, 3BB

Hagerstown took the rubber game of the series and reclaimed first place with an 8-2 win over Hickory. Starter Kylin Turnbull, who was dreadful in his previous outing, pitched six shutout innings, giving up a walk and five hits and struck out eight for his fourth win for the Suns. Led by Wes Schill, the Suns drew nine walks and made the most of their nine hits to score eight runs, highlighted by a Narciso Mesa’s two-run blast in the 3rd.

Tri-City 3 Auburn 1
• Orlan 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Cooper (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Gunter 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Masters 2-4, 3B

Auburn outhit Tri-City 9-5, but the ValleyCats outscored the Doubledays, 3-1 to take the series, 2-1. Starter R.C. Orlan tossed five scoreless innings and let up three hits, walked none, and struck out five. Andrew Cooper took the loss, giving up a two-run shot in the 7th that proved to be the gamewinner. Cody Gunter homered while going 2-for-4 for the sole Auburn run.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Mets 6
• Pivetta 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Suero (W, 2-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Abreu 3-4, R, 2B, BB, 4RBI, SB
• Ruiz 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The G-Nats scored five runs in the bottom of the 8th to take this one, 11-6. Adderling Ruiz’s three-run blast highlighted the final “ups,” as the G-Nats offense pounded out 16 hits total, led by Osvaldo Abreu, who went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, a run scored, and four RBI. Nick Pivetta got the start and walked two and struck out three over two and a 1/3rd scoreless and hitless innings. Wander Suero got the win, pitching the final two innings with a hit and a walk allowed and two strikeouts.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Orioles2 2
• J. Ramirez 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Pena (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Serrata 2-4, RBI
• Florentino 1-3, 2R, 2B

The D-Nats scored three times in the 3rd and added insurance runs in the 8th and 9th for a 5-2 win over the DSL Orioles2. Jean Ramirez got the start, allowing both D-Orioles2 runs on three hits, no walks, and struck out three. Yefri Pena got the win with three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes. John Feliz gave up two hits over the final two innings but let in no runs for the save. Brayan Serrata led the offense with a 2-for-4 game, followed by Darryl Florentino at 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 14


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 42-55, 6th place I.L. North, 11½ games behind

Good Chris Rahl .389/.397/.593 in July
Bad Tyler Robertson 0-1, 7.45ERA, 2.28 WHIP in 11 appearances
Interesting Tanner Roark 3-0, 3.24 ERA, 0.72 WHIP since return to rotation (4 starts)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 55-44, 1st place E.L. West, 4 games ahead

Good Justin Bloxom .313/.463/.500, 9BB in last 10 games
Bad Team BA .247, worst in E.L. (pay no attention to offense 6th overall)
Interesting Jimmy Van Ostrand .393/.452/1.000, 5HR since AA All-Star Break (seven games)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 14-10, 1st place C.L. North, 1 game ahead (56-37 overall)

Good Richie Mirowski 3-0, 2SV since Hi-A All-Star Break (9 appearances)
Bad Mike Gilmartin .162/.244/.297 in last 10 games
Interesting 152 doubles, 7th in Carolina League (offense overall, 2nd)/td>



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 16-11, 2nd place Sally North, ½ games behind (54-40 overall)

Good Pedro Encarnacion 7-5, 3.23 ERA/ 3.97 FIP / 1.13 WHIP
Bad Stephen Perez 16E in 88G
Interesting Team offense #2 (5.22 R/G) in Sally League (Municipal Field 1.04 park factor for runs)
#1 Asheville (5.38 R/G, McCormick Field 1.359 park factor for runs)



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 10-19, 5th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 7½ games behind

Good Brenton Allen .290/.405/.484 in 10 games since callup from GCL
Bad Team ERA 5.13, 14th in NYPL (No. 13 – Batavia, 4.20)
Interesting Jake Johansen 2BB, .000 OBA vs. RHBs (35PA); 10BB, .200 OBA vs. LHBs (35PA)



GCL NATIONALS 17-5, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 5½ games ahead

Good Jefry Rodriguez 3-0, 2.18 ERA / 2.18 FIP/ 1.16 WHIP in 5 starts
Bad Luis Guzman .173/.204/.212 in 16 games
Interesting Team 3rd in runs scored, 2nd in OBP and BA in the GCL



DSL NATIONALS 21-17, 4th place Boca Chica South, 5&fra12; games behind

Good 20-y.o. “Fred” Aguero .447/.462/.500 in last 10G
Bad 18-y.o. Jean Ramirez 7.94 ERA, 2.12 WHIP in 11⅓ IP
Interesting 18-y.o. American-born Thomas Alvarez 22BB in 36G

Last Night In Woodbridge

Kevin Keyes’s three-run double, mixed with a little fortuitous wildness, were the, um, keys to Potomac’s four-run sixth as the P-Nats scored five unanswered runs in a 5-3 win over Lynchburg.

Like many do, the big inning started with a whimper, not a bang as Caleb Ramsey drilled a grounder off the leg of Hillcats starter A.J. Holland for an infield single. Holland hit Michael Taylor, then gave up a single to Adrian Nieto to load the bases.

The Lynchburg bullpen had been busy since the Ramsey single, but Holland was left in to face the P-Nats first baseman, hoping that the right-on-right matchup might yield the badly needed double play.

Instead, Keyes looped one over the third baseman that rattled around by the left field corner, enough for Nieto to score all the way from first. Holland was still left in to face Cutter Dykstra, who singled to left, too shallow for Keyes to score, but an errant throw allowed Dykstra to take second as Holland backed up the play to keep Keyes in place.

After a pitching change, Keyes finally came in on a wild pitch by lefty Carlos Perez. The miscue loomed larger when Perez struck out the next three batters to quash the rally.

The next inning, Billy Burns led off with a triple to right-center and scored two batters later on an RBI single by Taylor. After a walk to Nieto, Lynchburg switched pitchers again, and again the fireman, John Cornely, struck out the side.

The four runs in the 6th and 7th innings gave David Fischer the vulture win, as he turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-0 hole with a run on a walk and two hits. Brian Dupra settled things down with two scoreless frames in the 7th and 8th and Richie Mirowski pitched around a single in the 9th for his sixth save.

Brian Rauh made the start and went the first five innings, allowing two runs on second-inning HR and five hits total. The 21-y.o. walked one and struck out five in his sixth start and seventh appearance since his promotion from Hagerstown.

The win was Potomac’s third in a row since ending a four-game slide on the road. Matt Purke (0-2, 8.56) is slated to make his second home start (and second Friday start) tonight, opposed by Greg Ross (5-4, 3.50) for Lynchburg.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-4 @ Rochester,
7:15 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 1.68) vs.
P. Walters (4-2, 3.68)
Harrisburg Won, 12-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (3-3, 4.41) vs.
Murata (3-5, 4.21)
Potomac Won, 5-3 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-2, 8.56) vs.
Ross (5-4, 3.50)
Hagerstown Won, 15-2 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (3-2, 6.75) vs.
Sadzeck (9-2, 2.31)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m
Orlan (0-1, 5.23) vs.
Westwood (1-1, 0.90)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Game Not Reported @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 11 Rochester 4
• Roark (W, 7-3) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Rahl 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Perez 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Brown 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

A six-run 2nd put ended this one early as Syracuse belted four home runs in an 11-4 smackdown of Rochester. Chris Rahl’s two-run HR started the big inning and a bases-loaded walk ended the scoring binge. Eury Perez led off the 3rd with a solo shot, his sixth of the season after entering 2013 with a career total of eight. Corey Brown’s solo shot in the 8th, his second big fly of the night, plated the 11th Chiefs run. Tanner Roark got the win with four runs allowed on five hits, no walks, and five strikeouts over six innings.

Harrisburg 12 Akron 3
• Karns (W, 7-3) 8IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K
• Swynenberg 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Souza 4-5, 4R, 2-2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Rivero 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 3R

Harrisburg scored in each of the first five innings and cruised to a 12-3 win over Akron. Starter Nathan Karns went eight strong innings, giving up a pair of runs on a trio of hits and walks while fanning seven to tie departed Taylor Jordan for the team lead in pitching wins. He threw 106 pitches, 70 for strikes. Steve Souza missed the cycle by hitting the ball too far too often, with a pair of doubles, a triple, and a home run to lead the 17-hit onslaught. Roster moves: OF Destin Hood activated from the 7-Day DL; UT Sean Nicol placed on the 7-Day DL; C Sandy Leon placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to 7/13; C Brian Jeroloman activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Harrisburg.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 3
• Rauh 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Fischer (W, 3-0) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Dupra (H, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Taylor 2-3, R, RBI, OF assist at HP
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 3RBI

Potomac scored five unanswered runs in the 6th and 7th innings for the win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 15 Hickory 2
• Lee (W, 4-2) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Ramos 4-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinez 3-5, 3R, 3B, 2RBI
• Schill 3-5, 2B, BB, RBI

The Suns offense steamed the Crawdads pitchers for 21 hits in a 15-2 rout. Every batter hit safely, seven had multiple hits, and four had three or more. “Help Me” Wander Ramos singled three times, doubled once, and drove in two. Stephen Perez hit the only Hagerstown home run, a grand slam in the 9th. Nick Lee got the win with a run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. Travis Henke was the first man out of the ‘pen, striking out two in the 7th that was mistakenly attributed to pinch-hitter Bryan Lippincott, who had entered the game in LF during the inning.

Tri-City 9 Auburn 3
• Selsor (L, 0-3) 3IP, 8H, 5R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-4
• J.C. Valdez 2-5

Tri-City exploited a two-out error to score four in the 2nd go up 5-0, en route to a 9-3 win over Auburn. Casey Selsor lost for third time in six appearances (four starts), peppered for eight hits and charged with five runs over three innings, with no walks and one strikeout. The Doubledays racked up 12 hits but just twice in fourteen chances with runners on 2nd or 3rd, stranding nine of them. James Yezzo went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and a run driven in to lead the offense.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain postponed today’s game until Monday, when the G-Nats and G-Marlins will rematch with an 11 a.m. doubleheader in Jupiter, FL

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Orioles2 — GNR
At virtual press (OK, roughly 6:45 a.m.) the box score was empty.