Good, Bad. Interesting – Vol. 13

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 39-55, 6th place I.L. North, 13 games behind

Good Caleb Clay 3-2, 1.62/3.29/0.99 in five appearances
Bad Mike Costanzo .185/.241/.333 in final 10 games before release
Interesting Danny Espinosa .417/.475/.750 over last 10 games



HARRISBURG SENATORS 51-41, 1st place E.L. West, 3frac12; games ahead

Good Robbie Ray (duh) 2-0, 0.64/1.34/1.00 after first two starts in AA
Bad Sandy Leon .172/.226/.172 over last 10 games
Interesting #1 E.L. pitching team in ERA (3.43), fewest runs allowed (3.79), CGs (11) and shutouts (7)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 11-7, T1st place C.L. North, .011 W% ahead (53-34 overall)

Good Billy Burns .375/.419/.450, 6RBI, 6SB in July
Bad 15 relievers used thus far in less than 90 games
Interesting Cole Leonida active team leader with nine HR in 36 games


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 13-8, 2nd place Sally North, ½ game behind (51-37 overall)

Good Shawn Pleffner .343/.415/.514 since All-Star break (currently on DL)
Bad Brett Mooneyham 32BB in 46⅔ IP
Interesting Brett Mooneyham 2.31 ERA, 4.49 FIP, 5.2 H/9IP


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 8-15, 5th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 7½games behind

Good Jake Johansen 0.71 ERA, 0.95 WHIP in 1st four starts (12⅔ IP)
Bad David Masters .179/.220/.232 in 14 games
Interesting 151 batting strikeouts 3rd fewest in NYPL


GCL NATIONALS 14-4, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 4½ games ahead

Good Bryan Mejia .385/.396/.596 in 15G
Bad David Ramos 7.56 ERA, 1.44 WHIP in 4 appearances
Interesting Drew Ward 12BB in 17G


DSL NATIONALS 17-15, 4th place Boca Chica South, 5 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Deibi Yrizarri 2-1, 1.99/3.07/1.26 in seven appearances (six starts)
Bad 19-y.o. Brayan Serrata .194/.254/.194 in 22 games
Interesting Luis Reyes 2-1, 2.28ERA, 18H, 8HBP, 12BB in 27⅔ IP

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (4-6, 4.52) vs.
Huff (4-4, 3.18)
Harrisburg Won, 7-0 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (1-1, 1.71) vs.
Larez (6-6, 5.11)
Potomac Tied, 4-4 (Susp.) @ Salem,
7:05 p.m
Rauh (1-0, 3.15) vs.
Stroup (4-7, 5.06)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 vs. Rome,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (3-2, 4.36) vs.
Sims (4-3, 2.60)
Auburn Won, 7-0; Lost, 4-3 vs. Brooklyn,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-1, 6.14) vs.
Gsellman (0-1, 1.23)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-1; Won, 7-0 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvestre (3-0, 2.95) vs.
Almonte (0-1, 2.84)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-2, 4.05) vs.
Polanco (2-1, 2.94)



Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1
• Clay (W, 3-2) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR,
• Cedeno 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, BB, 4RBI
• Espinosa 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI, K

Tyler Moore’s grand slam was the highlight of the Chiefs’ five-run 5th as Syracuse ran the RailRiders off the tracks, 7-1. Caleb Clay scattered eight hits over six innings, though one made it over the wall for the lone S/W-B run. He walked none and struck out four. Xavier Cedeno, Cole Kimblal, and Mike Crotta combined to set down the last nine batters in a row. Danny Espinosa doubled and homered and scored twice, pushing his AAA batting average over .200 for the first time since June 15.

Harrisburg 7 Erie 0
• Ray (W, 2-0) 9IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 11K
• Bloxom 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Head 3-5, 2B
• Martinson 2-4, BB, 2RBI

Robbie Ray became the latest Senator to toss a complete game shutout as Harrisburg blanked Erie, 7-0. The 21-y.o. needed just 107 pitches (77 for strikes) to dispatch the SeaWolves on three hits and two walks while fanning 11 in his second AA start. Justin Bloxom doubled three times and scored three times to lead the Harrisburg hit parade. Jerad Head and Jose Lozada filled in for Brian Goodwin and Steve Souza in CF and RF respectively, as the All-Stars arrived ahead of their luggage while traveling from New Britain yesterday.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 4 — SUSP.
• Schwartz 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Burns 2-2, 2R, BB
• Nieto 1-2, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-2, 2B, RBI

A two-out error by the P-Nats in the 4th enabled the Dash to tie the game at 4-4 before the rains washed the game away. It will be resumed on August 28, when Potomac makes its final regular-season visit to Winston-Salem.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 3
• Mooneyham 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K
• Pena (W, 4-3) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Miller 2-4
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R

Hagerstown drew three walks and scored four times in the 7th as they overcame a 3-1 deficit for a 5-3 win over Hickory. Ronald Pena got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless 8th after giving up a run in the 7th. Brett Mooneyham turned in a quality start despite walking five batters, allowing two runs on four hits over the first six innings. Brandon Miller and Will Piwinica-Worms both went 2-for-4 to lead the Suns offense. Roster moves: C Pedro Severino placed on the 7-Day DL; C Sam Palace activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Syracuse.

Auburn 7 Brooklyn 0 — COMP.
• Johansen 4IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Hudgins (W, 1-1) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• J.C. Valdez 2-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Allen 2-3, 2RBI, CS

The Doubledays picked up where they left off on Wednesday night and completed the 7-0 shutout. Jake Johansen pitched four no-hit innings, walking two and striking out five on Wedenesday. Will Hudgins “started” on Thursday and went four scoreless innings, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out two to earn the win. Jean Carlos Valdez doubled twice and drove in two while Brenton Allen singled twice and plated two as Auburn took advantage of three Brooklyn errors to score seven times on just eight hits.

Brooklyn 4 Auburn 3 — GAME TWO
• Selsor (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Hollins 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, WP, 2-1 IR-S
• J.C. Valdez 2-3, R, RBI
• Poole 1-2, 2B, RBI

The Cyclones built a 4-0 lead after four innings and held off the Doubledays for a 4-3 win to split the de facto doubleheader. Casey Selsor was peppered for ten hits over three and a 1/3rd innings, charged with all four Brooklyn runs while issuing a walks and striking out two. Jean Carlos Valdez went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI as the sole Auburn batter to have multiple hits.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Marlins 1 — GAME ONE
• J. Rodriguez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Walsh 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• D. Eusebio 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• R. Encarnacion 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats put up a pair of three-spots in the final two innings to break away from the G-Marlins, 8-1. Jefry Rodriguez got the win with five innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out five. Diomedes Eusebio and Randy Encarnacion both went 3-for-4, combining for four RBI and three runs scored.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 0 — GAME TWO
• Meyers 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Silvestre (W, 3-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ward 3-4, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, RBI

Brade Meyers and Hector Silvestre combined on three-hit shutout as the G-Nats completed the doubleheader sweep with a 7-0 win in Game Two. Meyers gave up two hits and a walk over the first three frames, Silvestre just the one hit over the final four, earning him his third win without a loss. Drew Ward paced the nine-hit attack with a 3-for-4 game, driving in three.

DSL Yankees1 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Yrizarri (L, 2-1) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• Aquino 3IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
• Florentino 3-4, 2B
• Gutierrez 2-4

The D-Yankees1 struck for four in the 1st and held on for a 5-3 win over the D-Nats. Deibi Yrizarri suffered his first loss, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Darryl Florentino led the offense with a double and a pair of singles, followed by Kelvin Gutierrez’ 2-for-4 effort.

Thursday’s News & Notes

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Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (2-2, 1.65) vs.
Pineda (1-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (1,0, 1.90) vs.
Cooper (2-6, 5.40)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m
Schwartz (6-3, 2.92) vs.
Beck (8-8, 3.08)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-7 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (4-2, 2.21) vs.
Edwards (7-2, 1.98)
Auburn Winning, 2-0 (Top 4th) vs. Brooklyn,
5:35 p.m.
Selsor (0-1, 3.60) vs.
D. Alvarez (0-1, 4.73)
GCL Nationals Postponed @/vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
Solis (0-0, 0.00) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Postponed @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Buffalo 4 Syracuse 3
• Roark 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Davis (L, 1-4) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Espinosa 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, K
• Brown 1-4, 2B, RBI, E
• 65-minute rain delay

After an hour-plus rain delay and tied at 3-3 after seven innings, the Bison won the battle of the bullpens for a 4-3 win. Erik Davis scuffled in the 9th, giving up a run on three hits to suffer his fourth loss. Tanner Roark got the start and let in the first three Buffalo runs on five hits and no walks over the first seven frames. Danny Espinosa doubled and homered and drew a walk while going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Syracuse attack.
Roster moves: IF Brian Bocock sent to Pittsburgh as the PTBNL in the Brian Jeroloman trade on May 17.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB
• Souza 0-3
• Barrett ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K

The Western Division shut out the Eastern Division for a 5-0 victory in the E.L. All-Star game. Brian Goodwin went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as starting CF and leadoff man, Steve Souza was the DH but went hitless, and Aaron Barrett struck out the only batter he faced to close out the 9th.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 1
• Cole 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dupra (L, 0-3) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 1K
• Bates 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-4, R, SB
• Burns 1-3, 2BB

Colin Bates surrendered a three-run bomb to the first batter he faced in the 6th, which was the margin of victory in a 4-1 Dash win over the P-Nats. As the replacement for Taylor Jordan in Sunday’s Futures Game, A.J. Cole’s outing was shortened to just three innings, as the 21-y.o. allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out one. The first man out of the ‘pen, Brian Dupra took the loss, charged with three runs on three hits and five walks over two and 1/3rd innings. Potomac got six hits and five walks but Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single in the 6th was the “1” in the team’s 1-for-10 mark with RISP as they stranded ten baserunners.

Hickory 11 Hagerstown 7
• Dickson (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 0BB, 5K, 4HR
• Schill 3-5, RBI
• Renda 2-4, BB, RBI
• Mesa 2-6, R

Hickory added four more longballs to push its league-leading total to 130 (not a typo) and defeat Hagerstown, 11-7. Ian Dickson was the too-gracious host, surrendering all four homers over four and 2/3rds innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and striking out five. A five-run 5th got the Suns within two at 8-6 but the Suns ‘pen couldn’t stop the crustacean aggression. Wes Schill paced the Suns 12-hit attack with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Tony Renda at 2-for-4 with a walk.

Auburn 2 Brooklyn 0 — SUSP.
Remember that game that went nine innings without rain in upstate New York? The Doubledays are trying to remember as they had their third game suspended or postponed in ten days. Play will resume tonight in Auburn at 5:35, followed by a seven-inning game.

GCL Nationals at GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain postponed Wednesday’s game. It will be made up this morning with a doubleheader at 11 a.m.

DSL Blue Jays vs. DSL Nationals — PPD
Tuesday’s score came in too late to make the virtual press, but Wednesday’s game was indeed rained out.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 vs. Buffalo Roark (6-3, 3.33) vs.
Germano (5-7, 5.44)
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Won, 5-0 @ Winston-Salem,
12:00 p.m
Cole (5-3, 4.58) vs.
Bassitt (7-2, 3.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (0-0, 5.14) vs.
Faulkner (2-2, 3.02)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Brooklyn,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 1.04) vs.
Lugo (1-1, 5.79)
GCL Nationals Won, 11-3 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Cavanerio (3-0, 2.81)
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 @ DSL Blue Jays,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Buffalo 6 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-7) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Mandel 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, 2B, OF assist at 2B
• Espinosa 1-3, BB, 0K
• 87-minute rain delay to start

A pair of two-run rallies in the middle innings broke open a 1-1 game as Buffalo defeated Syracuse, 6-2. Starter Danny Rosenbaum suffered his fourth loss in as many starts, charged with five runs (three earned) on seven hits, including a two-run HR in the 6th. The 25-y.o. southpaw walked three and struck out two. Eury Perez and Danny Espinosa combined for three of the six Chiefs hits while Will Rhymes accounted for both runs with an RBI groundout in the 2nd and a solo shot in the 7th. Roster moves: IF Mike Costanzo released; C Jhonatan Solano optioned from Washington; C Brian Jeroloman placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Eury Perez activated from the 7-Day DL

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
Tonight is the 2013 Eastern League All-Star game in New Britain, CT with Aaron Barrett, Brian Goodwin and Steve Souza Jr. in uniform for the Western Division. Taylor Jordan, Paul Demny, and Josh Johnson were originally named to the team last month, but are ineligible to play due to injury (Demny) or promotions (Johnson, Jordan). Souza finished second to Bowie’s Caleb Joseph in the Home Run Derby held last night.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 0
• Frias 3⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Fischer (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Sanchez 2-4, R, RBI
• Nieto 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Dykstra 1-3, BB

Four P-Nats pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout, as Potomac got its first win in Winston-Salem since July 24, 2011 by a 5-0 count vs. the Dash. Marcos Frias got the start, giving up three hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. David Fischer got the win, striking out six of eleven batters faced, with just a hit and a walk allowed over three and 2/3rds innings. Adrian Sanchez led the hit column with a 2-for-4 night, while Adrian Nieto and Cutter Dykstra both went 1-for-3 with a walk as Potomac scored five times on just six hits.

Hickory 4 Hagerstown 3
• Encarnacion (L, 6-5) 6IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 1-3, R, 2BB, SB
• Norfork 2-4, R

Ryan Rua’s 26th HR turned a 3-1 Hagerstown lead into Hickory’s eventual score of 4-3, its fourth straight win. The three-run shot in the 6th also tied Rua for the Sally League lead and pegged Pedro Encarnacion with his fifth loss. The 22-y.o. Dominican gave up four hits total, walked two, and struck out seven batters over six innings. Tony Renda reached base three times with a single and two walks while stealing his 17th base to lead the Hagerstown offense. The loss dropped Hagerstown into 2nd place by a half game behind Hickory.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 1
• Barrientos (L, 0-2) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR, 3HBP
• Joyce 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Yezzo 2-4, 2B
• Gunter 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The Doubledays lost for the sixth time in seven games, felled by the Crosscutters, 3-1. Joel Barrientos gave up two runs on six hits over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked one, struck out four, and hit three batters, though none of them came around to score. Auburn mustered just five hits, with James Yezzo the sole batter to get multiple hits while Cody Gunter’s RBI double in the 2nd accounted for the lone run scored.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Cardinals 3
• Giolito 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Cooper 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ullmann (W, 1-0) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 3-2B, 2RBI
• Mejia 3-5, R, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats scored in each on the first five innings to build an 11-0 lead before the G-Cards got three in the 6th for the eventual 11-3 score. Lucas Giolito made it out of the first and into the second in his second start, allowing just one hit, no walks and striking out three. Ryan Ullmmann got the win with pedestrian line of three runs on five hits and one walk over four innings. Drew Ward led the 11-run, 13-hit parade with a trio of doubles, scoring twice and driving in two. Roster move: RHP Andrew Cooper activated from the 3-Day TIL.

DSL Blue Jays 3 DSL Nationals 1
• Reyes (L, 2-1) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Morales 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Florentino 2-4, 3B
• Atenio 1-3, R

The DSL Blue Jays posted a picket fence in the first three frames and held the D-Nats to four hits for a 3-1 win. Luis Reyes took the loss, giving up all three runs (two earned) on four hits over three innings. Darryl Florentino was the sole D-Nat with multiple hist, going 2-for-4 with a triple.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Buffalo Rosenbaum (5-6, 3.98) vs.
Vargas (5-6, 5.51)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 12-9 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Frias (1-0, 18.00) vs.
Jaye (5-2, 4.60)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (6-4, 3.14) vs.
Lopez (2-2, 4.44)
Auburn Lost, 6-1; Won, 5-1 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-0, 27.00) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-1 vs. DSL Blue Jays,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. (Guzman (2-1, 3.48)



Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
After playing three doubleheaders over the past six days, the Chiefs got a scheduled off day yesterday. In the final week before the All-Star Break, the Chiefs have three two-game series, with a two pair against the Bisons and the Iron Pigs and a pair against the RailRiders in between. Roster move: OF-1B Tyler Moore optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Karns 3⅓ 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Grace (W, 2-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 18) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-3, BB, SB
• Bloxom 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI

Harrisburg took advantage a key Bowie error in the 4th and weathered a 92-minute rain delay to edge Bowie, 3-2 and take five of seven games played over the holiday weekend. Nathan Karns was rained out of his start in the 4th, charged with an earned run when Matt Grace let in one of two baserunners in the top of the 4th. Grace finished the inning and turned in three more and got the win with two hits and one run of his own allowed over three and 2/3rds. Brian Goodwin and Ricky Hague each had a pair of singles while Justin Bloxom collected the only RBI while going 1-for-2 with two walks.

Winston-Salem 12 Potomac 9
• Purke (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 11H, 9R, 9ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burns 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Leonida 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Make that 14 straight losses for the P-Nats to the Dash at BB&T since the beginning of last season. Winston-Salem outslugged Potomac 12-9 as the two teams combined for eight home runs. Matt Purke suffered his worst outing as a pro, hammered for nine runs on 11 hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings, albeit to the Carolina League’s top offense. Adrian Sanchez, Cole Leonida, Mike Gilmartin each hit solo shots while Kevin Keyes came off the bench for a two-run pinch-hit HR in the 8th. Rafael Martin made his first appearance north of Florida in 2013 with two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.
Roster moves: RHPs Rafael Martin, Marcos Frias reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
The Suns return home to Municipal Stadium after a 6-1 roadtrip in West Virginia and Eastern Maryland. It’s first place versus second place again as the Hickory Crawdads return for three, followed by the Rome Braves for four.

Williamsport 6 Auburn 1 — GAME ONE
• D. Williams (L, 0-3) 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Simms 2IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• W. Rodriguez 2-3
• Chubb 2-3, R, 2B

A three-run 5th broke open a 1-0 game as the Crosscutters took the first game, 6-1. Deion Williams pitched into the 4th for the second time in four starts but took the loss on a solo HR as the Doubledays failed to score until the top of the 7th. Wilman Rodriguez and Austin Chubb both went 2-for-3 with Wilmer Difo breaking up the shutout with an RBI groundout.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 1 — GAME TWO
• Voth 4IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Simko (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Zebrack 3-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B

The Doubledays scored five unanswered runs over the final three innings to split the doubleheader with a 5-1 win. Austin Voth allowed an unearned run on five hits over four innnings in his NYPL debut. Todd Simko pitched a scoreless 5th for the win while Justin Thomas retired the final six batters in order for the save. Greg Zebrack drove in three runs while going 3-for-3, including a two-run shot in the 7th for his first professional HR.

GCL Cardinals 2 GCL Nationals 1
• Ott 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Derosier (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• K. Rodriguez 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mejia 3-4, R, OF assist at 3B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B, BB

The clutch hit eluded the G-Nats in a 2-1 loss to the G-Cards. 24th-Rd. pick Matt Derosier took the loss in relief with a run on three hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Bryan Mejia and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz combined for five of the seven G-Nats hits, but an 0-for-8 mark with RISP led to seven men left on base. The G-Nats also struck out 12 times for the game.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Pirates2 1
• Valerio (W, 2-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Sanchez 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Atencio 2-3, 3RBI
• Corredor 2-3, 2B, RBI

Three D-Nats pitchers held the D-Pirates2 squad to just four hits and an unearned run in a 5-1 win. Maximo Valerio evened his won-loss record at 2-2 with one hit over six shutout innings, walking none and striking out four. Miguel Atencio and Aldrem Corredor both went 2-for-3 to lead the 10-hit attack.

Estarlin Martinez Named Sally League Batter of the Week

Estarlin Martinez has been named the South Atlantic League’s Batter of the Week for the week ofJuly 1-7, the first Hagerstown Sun to win a weekly award this season.

Martinez, who is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, went 12-for-27 for the week with four doubles, a home run, and eight RBI while scoring seven runs and drawing three walks.

For the season, Martinez is hitting .251/.344/.358 with two HR and 52 RBI. The 21-year-old was on the DL from late April to late May.

He’s in his fourth season with Nationals organization, having begun in the DSL in 2009 and spending 2010 and 2011 in the GCL before making it north of Florida with a season in Auburn last summer, where he posted a strong campaign (.319/.385/.455) that put him on this site’s 2013 watchlist for outfielders for the second straight year.

Ivan Pineyro, PTBNL Traded For Scott Hairston, PTBNL

Late last night, news came that the Nats had traded for Scott Hairston for a minor-leaguer. Early this morning, it was reported that it would be a “Class A pitcher” (a CYA, BTW since that could mean Auburn, Hagerstown, or Potomac).

Now, it’s been revealed that Ivan Pineyro is “the guy the Cubs got,” as well as the two teams swapping players to be named later.

The 21-year-old Dominican entered the Nats system in 2011, leading that DSL squad in starts, innings, and strikeouts and second to former Suns teammate Gilberto Mendez in ERA and WHIP. Last summer, he started five games in the GCL and posted a 2.38ERA over 22⅔ innings (no record), before finishing with a less impressive 3-2 mark with a 5.50/3.26/1.660 line in eight starts with Auburn (note the FIP).

That was, however, good enough to earn Pineyro a trip to full-season ball in 2013, in addition to making this site’s 2013 Watchlist for the second straight year as one of the “Notable Arms” (which, along with $2, gets you a cup of coffee).

In Hagerstown, Pineyro went 5-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 starts and represented the Suns in the All-Star game. Following the break, Pineyro was moved up to Potomac, a move that at the time, appeared to be more of an injury replacement for Sammy Solis than a true promotion.

Pineyro made three starts for Potomac, all at home, with mixed results. In his debut, he was left out there a little too long and couldn’t go the requisite five innings against Carolina for the win. His second outing was in a suspended-by-rain start versus Myrtle Beach, in which he gave up a run on three hits over three innings, but was hit hard in the second inning.

His final start, however, was impressive as he threw seven scoreless on the 4th of July in a 3-1 win over Wilmington.

Pineyro was a good but not great pitcher in the limited time I was able to see him. Decent fastball, good change, but quite hittable when he missed his spots and left pitches up. There’s sure to be some overreaction to dealing one of the very few age-appropriate-to-the-level arms in the system, particularly one developed in the post-SmileyAlvarez era of the team’s efforts in the Dominican Republic.

A corresponding move in terms of “backfilling” Pineyro’s spot in the rotation has not yet been announced. Two possibilities (and this is pure speculation) are (A) Solis returning from the GCL (B) Dixon Anderson coming off the DL in Hagerstown.

Solis last pitched on July 5 in the GCL, which is prototypical for a rehabbing pitcher to appear in a game or two before returning north. Anderson was placed on the DL justbefore his scheduled start on July 4th as opposed to after his previous start on June 29, which could also indicate that he may have been one of the players under consideration (and still may be).

If/when such an announcement is made within the next few fours, this space will be updated.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2; Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 1-0; Won, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
12:00 p.m.
Karns (6-3) vs.
Wilson (3-1, 2.96)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Purke (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Blough (7-5, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 11-7 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Postponed @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-2, 9.00) and
Voth (SS-A Debut) vs.
Prosinski (0-1, 6.14) and
Anderson (2-1, 3.38)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-2, 2.22) vs.
Vivas (2-1, 2.60)



Buffalo 6 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
• Maya (L, 4-6) 5IP, 9H, 6R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Rhymes 3-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 1-3, 2B

The Bison halted the Chiefs’ win streak at four with a 6-2 win in the opener. Yunesky Maya gave up all six Buffalo runs on nine hits, including a home run, and three walks while striking out two. Will Rhymes accounted for both Syracuse runs with a two-run blast in the 3rd and went 3-for-3 overall.

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Robertson (L, 2-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, HR
• Kimball 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 1-3, R, SB
• Espinosa 1-3, RBI

Buffalo stampeded spot starter Tyler Robertson for four runs in the 2nd and cruised to a 4-1 win in the nightcap, sweeping the doubleheader. Robertson lasted an inning and 2/3rds and gave a walk and five hits, including a three-run home run. Jeff Kobernus singled, stole second, and scored on Danny Espinosa’s RBI single, but the bats were otherwise limp against recently outrighted Chien-Ming Wang. Roster move: Yunesky Maya activated from 3-Day temporary inactive list.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0 — GAME ONE
• Gilliam (W, 3-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 17) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Head 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Leon 1-2

Rob Gilliam and Aaron Barrett combined on a two-hit shutout as the Senators edged the BaySox, 1-0 in the opener. Gilliam allowed one hit and walked two over the first six to earn the win, his third for the year. Barrett worked around an leadoff single and retired the next three batters for his 17th save. Jerad Head’s leadoff HR in the 4th was the difference as Bowie’s Eduardo Rodriguez gave up just two hits for the complete-game loss.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 2 — GAME TWO
• Swynenberg 5IP, 7H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 0K, HBP, WP
• Head 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Goodwin 2-2, 2R, 2B, BB,
• Game Time 1:29 (1:22 delay)

Rain shortened the nightcap to just five innings, but a pair of three-run Senator rallies in the first two innings ended it early as Harrisburg completed the doubleheader sweep with a 6-2 win. Spot starter Matt Swynenberg went all five innings and scattered seven hits, giving up two unearned runs while walking one and striking out none. Jerad Head and Brian Goodwin combined for four hits, four runs, and four RBI as the Senators scored six times on just six hits.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Rauh (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 2R, ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Benincasa (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burns 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Dykstra 2-2, 2BB, SB

Only the rain could slow down Potomac as they scored in each of the first five innings in a 5-2 win over Wilmington. Starter Brian Rauh earned his first win for Potomac with a quality start of two runs given up on three hits and a walk over six innings. He hit a batter and struck out four. Robert Benincasa walked one but got his fifth save in as many opportunities. Adrian Nieto was the sole P-Nat to not march in the 14-hit parade, though he extended his on-base streak to 15 games while Robert Gilmartin pushed his on-base streak to 17 games.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 7
• Turnbull 2⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Harper (W, 5-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pena (H, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Martinez 2-3, 4R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Lippincott 2-5, 3B, RBI
• Miller 1-4, 2R, HR, BB, 4RBI

Hagerstown racked up three big innings in the first five “ups” to outslug Delmarva, 11-7 and take the series, 3-1. Twice-demoted starter Kylin Turnbull gave up six runs in his first start back from the NYPL, knocked from the box with one out in the 3rd with two walks, two strikeouts, and nine hits surrendered. Bryan Harper bailed him out of the third with the Suns clinging to a 7-6 lead. Estarlin Martinez and Brandon Miller both homered, combining for seven of the 11 RBIs the Suns

Williamsport vs. Jamestown — PPD
Make that four rainouts in the past nine days as Auburn and Williamsport will play two tonight with 5th Rd. pick Austin Voth scheduled to make his NYPL debut.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats still lead the GCL East by 3½ games and are riding a modest three-game win streak.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Rain shortened the slate to just four games last week, which the D-Nats split. This week, they begin at home against the Pirates2 and finish on the road against the Cubs, with home-and-home series against the Jays and Yankees1 in between.

Last Night In Woodbridge

A three-run 6th broke open a 2-2 game as the P-Nats fell again to Wilmington, 8-3.

It was the first time the same opponent had beaten Potomac consecutively since May 18-19, which was part of a three-game sweep in Winston-Salem. The last time they had lost to back-to-back games was nearly a month ago, when Frederick beat them 7-6 in Woodbridge on June 9 and Carolina won 11-3 in Zebulon.

This, of course, is the problem with such a prolonged streak of winning baseball — especially at the minor-league level in an eight-team league. It’s a wonder that this hasn’t happened sooner with such frequency and familiarity between the seven other teams. It’s hard to dominate the same seven teams, especially when it’s not unusual to play each other on back-to-back weekends.

Blake Schwartz took the loss for this one, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits, no walks, while striking out just one over five and a 1/3rd innings. The one K is always a troubling sign, as it’s extremely difficult to succeed with that much contact, especially for a pitcher that relies heavily on the gap in speed between an average fastball and plus changeup.

Suffice it to say, the bullpen wasn’t any better (three runs over three and 2/3rds innings) but neither was the offense. In the aggregate, eight of nine batters hit safely and collected 11 hits total. But it when it mattered most? Not so much — just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, resulting in 10 men left base.

Adrian Nieto continues to be as hot as the weather, going 2-for-5 with a run scored to extend his hit streak to six games and on-base streak to 14 games. Perhaps he’s nursing some small injuries, but since Wilson Ramos has come and gone the 23-y.o. Floridian has been the DH, thus one cannot help but wonder if this is to help him maintain this success.

The four-game series (and seven-game homestand) concludes this evening with a matchup between Brian Rauh (0-0, 3.86) and Kellen Moen (1-1, 4.35), with Potomac looking for the series split and stay in first place, as the consecutive losses have shaved the lead over Wilmington to just a ½ game.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 4.35) and Robertson (0-0, 4.91)
vs. Bush (7-6, 4.12) and Wang (4-4, 2.33)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Bowie,
1:00 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 4.78) and Swynenberg (2-0, 3.16)
vs. E. Rodriguez (0-0, 9.00) and Bischoff (2-0, 4.39)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m
Rauh (0-0, 3.86) vs.
Moen (1-1, 4.35)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (6-4, 3.14) vs.
Bridwell (5-7, 5.04)
Auburn Lost, 15-5; Lost, 14-1 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 4-2 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A



Syracuse 4 Buffalo 3
• Tatusko (W, 2-3) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Kimball ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Davis (SV, 10) ⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Espinosa 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, K
• Rhymes 3-4, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse took their fourth straight game with a 4-3 triumph over Buffalo. Starter Ryan Tatukso turned in his best outing of the season, tossing seven scoreless innings with four hits and two walks allowed while striking out five for his second win for the Chiefs. The Bisons rallied for three in the 9th against Cole Kimball, who failed to finish the 9th for second time in as many tries this season, giving up a two-run HR to Andy LaRoche (brother of Adam). Erik Davis got the save (No. 10) while giving up two hits to four batters faced. Danny Espinosa and Will Rhymes both went 3-for-4 to lead the Syracuse offense.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 2
• Hill (L, 1-2) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Frias 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Head 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, BB

Harrisburg loaded the bases in the 9th, but could only push across one run and fell to Bowie, 3-2. Starter Taylor Hill scattered eight hits over seven innings, allowing two runs and two walks while striking out four, but took the loss. As noted by Mick Reinhard of mayfliesandbigflies.com, it was seventh time in eight games the Senators failed to get six (6) hits. Jerad Head was the sole multihit batter at 2-for-4.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 3
• Schwartz 5⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Dupra 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Nieto 2-5, R
• Taylor 2-5, 2B
• Burns 2-5, SB (40)

Potomac dropped its second straight Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 3
• Lee (W, 3-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 9K, HR
• Henke (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Severino 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Mesa 2-5, R, RBI

A four-run second erased an early 1-0 deficit as the Suns doubled up the Shorerbirds, 6-3. Starter Nick Lee struck out a season-high nine batters over five innings, though he gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. Travis Henke pitched three scoreless for the hold and Gilberto Mendez pitched around a hit in the 9th for the save. Pedro Severino and Narciso Mesa both went 2-for-5 to lead the Hagerstown attack.

Jamestown 15 Auburn 5— COMP.
• Selsor 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Medina (L, 0-2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Poole 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Difo 1-3, R, BB

The Jammers scored ten times from the 6th to the 8th innings, pummeling the Doubledays in the completion of Friday night’s game, 15-5. Casey Selsor had given up an unearned run on one hit and two walks as the original starter. Silvio Medina took the loss with three runs allowed on two hits and a walk over two and 1/3rd innings. Jordan Poole’s three-run HR highlighted Auburn’s four-run 7th that briefly pulled the Doubledays to within four at 9-5 before the six-run 8th put the game away.

Jamestown 14 Auburn 1 — GAME TWO
• Orlan (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 0K
• Hollins 3IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Allen 1-3

Jamestown continued its devastation of Auburn pitchers in the second game, racking up 14 runs on 20 hits in a 14-1 seven-inning game. Starter R.C. Orlan took the brunt of it (and the loss), charged with eight runs on nine hits and two walks over an inning and 2/3rds. He struck out none. Jordan Poole came off the bench to drive in the sole Doubleday run, as Auburn was held to just four hits.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 2 (10 inn.)
• Meyers 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Suero (BS, 1) 4IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Ramos (W, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Ruiz 3-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-2, 2RBI

The G-Nats rallied for three in the top of the 10th and held off the G-Mets for a 4-2 win in extras. Brad Meyers surfaced from the DL and turned in two scoreless innings at the outset, giving way to Wander Suero, who gave up a run on one hit and three walks while striking out four. Adderling Ruiz led the hit column with a 3-for-4 game as he drew a walk and drove in a run.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Pirates2 0
• Rosario (W, 1-3) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Reynoso (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Salazar (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Aguero 1-3, R

Three pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout as the D-Nats edged the D-Pirates2, 1-0. Ramses Rosario got the win, his first, with five hits given up over five innings. Yorlin Reynoso pitched the next three with a walk and two hits allowed for the hold. Melvi Salazar walked a batter in the 9th but closed out the game for his sixth save. The offense mustered just four hits, with two coming in the 2nd as the D-Pirates2 let in the lone run on a wild pitch.