Desmond on Paternity Leave, Bernadina Recalled

Congrats to the Nats’ soon-to-be Daddy

Today the Washington Nationals placed SS Ian Desmond on the PL — Paternity Leave — List and recalled OF Roger Bernadina from Syracuse to take his spot on the roster. Desmond is allowed up to three days leave for this newly created roster maneuver, which has also been used by the Texas Rangers’ Colby Lewis earlier this year.

UPDATE: Erik Arnesen has been assigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse, presumably taking Bernadina’s place. At Potomac, Alex Caldera was released and appears to have been replaced by Joe Testa, though no official line item has been posted on MiLB.com

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Just the Suns win on Monday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 2-1 (13 inn.) vs. Toledo, 6:00 p.m. J.D. Martin (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Charlie Furbush (1-1, 1.62)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 8-7 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Erik Davis (0-0, 1.86) vs.
Aaron Thompson (2-1, 2.08)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 2-0 @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (1-0, 5.40) vs.
Barret Loux (1-1, 4.40)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 3-0 @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (1-2, 6.00) vs.
Tyler Waldron (2-1, 5.06)

Scranton/WB 2 Syracuse 1 (13 innings)
∙ Detwiler 6⅓ IP 8H 1R 1ER 2BB 5K
∙ Carr 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
∙ Wilkie 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Brown 3-5, 2-2B
∙ Bynum 1-6, R, HR, RBI

Unfortunately, it was another one-run loss for the Chiefs as the Yankees were able to win in walkoff fashion, scoring a run in the bottom of the 13th inning. While Bynum was able to hit a solo shot for his second homerun in as many games, that would be the only run Syracuse would score as the Chiefs went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler pitched a good game, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out five. Carr, Wilkie, and Rodriguez, combined for five and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out seven. Unfortunately, Mandel couldn’t hold the tie, allowing a 2-out solo home run in the bottom of the thirteenth, pegging him with his first loss of the season.

Altoona 8 Harrisburg 7
∙ Martis 4IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 6K 1HR
∙ Martinez (L, 0-1) 2IP 4H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K
∙ Lombardozzi 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
∙ Moore 2-5, 2R, 2-2B
∙ Fox 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI

It was a high-scoring game right off the bat as 10 runs collectively were scored between Harrisburg and Altoona after the first three innings. Down 6-4, Altoona would score four unanswered runs until the bottom of the ninth. That’s when the Senators rallied late, with a Tyler Moore double and Adam Fox RBI single, but they fell one run short for an 8-7 loss. Including a 2-run homerun and another RBI double in the third, Fox ended the game with four RBI on the night. Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore also collectively hit 5-for-9 with three runs scored, three doubles and two RBI. The Harrisburg pitching, on the other hand, was less than admirable. Starting pitcher Shairon Martis, making his ’11 debut, threw four complete innings, allowing five earned runs on eight this and a walk while striking out six. Differnt city, same result as Carlos Martinez took the loss by allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk in his two innings of work.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 0
∙ Demny (ND) 7IP 5H 0R 3BB 2K
∙ Olbrychowski (L, 1-1) 1IP 3H 2R 2ER 1BB 1K
∙ Ramirez 1-3
∙ Lozada 1-3
∙ Kobernus 1-4, 2SB

Paul Demny pitched his best game of the season but had the misfortune of matching up against Texas’s #4 prospect in a 2-0 loss. Demny threw seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks with two strikeouts. The 21-year-old lefthanded Erlin, however, allowed just two hits and walked none and struck out 10 in his seven innings. Potomac managed just three hits, all singles, and had just one runner reach third base all evening. Folks interested in vicarious road-trippin’ might be interested in following Tug Haines, who was on hand last night at BB&T Coastal park as part of his 113-game sojourn.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 0
∙ Selik (W, 4-0) 8IP 6H 0R 0BB 3K
∙ Manno (S, 2) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
∙ Martinson 3-4, R, SB, CS, E
∙ Taylor 1-4, 2B, RBI

Cameron Selik wasn’t about to rest on his laurels, combining with Chris Manno, to short-circuit the West Virginia Power 3-0. Selik scattered six hits over eight innings with no walks and three strikeouts for his fourth win while Manno struck out the side in the 9th for his second save. Jason Martinson led the offense with a 3-for-4 night as the Suns scored single runs in the 1st, 4th and 5th innings, but struggled in the clutch with a 2-for-10 mark with RISP and seven runners left on base.

Martis Activated, Coats to DL, Selik and Peacock named Pitchers of the Week

Martis is back, Coats is on DL, Selik and Peacock win POTW honors

The Harrisburg Senators announced this afternoon that RHP Shairon Martis has been assigned from XST to Harrisburg, taking the place of Buck Coats, who was placed on the DL. Martis will be starting tonight’s game against Altoona, with Erik Davis expected tomorrow, and Ryan Tatusko slated for Wednesday.

Earlier today, the Hagerstown Suns’ Cameron Selik and Harrisburg’s Brad Peacock were named pitcher of the week for the South Atlantic League and Eastern League respectively. Selik, who will be starting tonight against the West Virginia Power, got the nod with his five shutout innings with 11Ks last Monday. Peacock’s nine-strikeout, seven and 1/3rd innings shutout innings this past Friday led to the award.

Monday’s News & Notes

Two losses on Easter Sunday for the Nats affiliates

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-2 @ Scranton-W/B, 1:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (2-0, 2.50) vs.
David Phelps (1-2, 5.51)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Erik Davis (0-0, 1.86) vs.
Jeff Locke (0-2, 2.30)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 11-4 @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (0-1, 4.66) vs.
Robbie Erlin (1-0, 4.20)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Zack Dodson (1-1, 4.85)

Scranton/WB 3 Syracuse 2
∙ Maya 7IP 3H 3R 3ER 0BB 9K 1HR
∙ Kimball 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Bernadina 1-4, R, 2B
∙ Bynum 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Despite an early first inning 2-0 lead, thanks to Seth Bynum’s second homerun of the season, the Yankees were able to fight back, scoring two runs in the fourth inning and one run in the fifth to win the game by a score of 3-2. Starting pitcher Yunesky Maya was perfect through three and 2/3rds, but took his second loss, pitching seven complete innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Impressively, he had good command of the strike zone, walking none and striking out nine. Kimball pitching a perfect inning of scoreless relief without allowing a Yankee player to reach base.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY

The Senators had an off day but will continue their homestand today with the first game of a four-game series against the Altoona Curve. The Senators’ three-game winning streak has put them atop the Eastern League Western division with an 8-7 record and a ½ game lead over Bowie.

Salem 11 Potomac 4
∙ Caldera (L, 0-1) 2IP 5H 5R 5ER 1BB 3K 2HR
∙ Bronson 3IP 1H 0R 0ER 3BB 2K
∙ Lozada 2-4, R, RBI
∙ Kobernus 0-2, BB, RBI, 2SB

Spot starter Alex Caldera’s struggles continued with yet another multi-run appearance as the journeyman was blasted for five runs on five hits over two-plus innings in an 11-4 Potomac loss to Salem. His ERA stands at 16.71 with 5HRs, 16 hits, and 13 runs given up in seven innings over three appearances. Potomac’s offense was only marginally better, held to just six hits and two walks with six runners left on base.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY

After a losing homestand (4-5), Hagerstown takes to the road for the second time this season with five against the West Virginia Power and four against the Rome Braves. The Suns were 6-2 in the first road trip and are now 10-7, tied for third place, 2½ games behind Kannapolis in the Sally League Northern division.

Sunday’s News & Notes

A Syracuse shutout was the afternoon’s highlight while Potomac rallied in the ninth for a winning Saturday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-2; Won, 2-0 @ Scranton-W/B, 1:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya (0-1, 5.51) vs.
Andrew Brackman (1-0, 6.30)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 9-8 @ Salem, 4:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (0-0, -.–) or
Alex Caldera (0-0, 14.40) vs.
Chris Hernandez (2-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 9-4 OFF DAY N/A

Scranton/WB 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
∙ Milone (L, 1-2) 5IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 6K 1HR
∙ Rodriguez 1IP 0H 1R 0ER 1BB 1K
∙ Bynum 2-3, 2B
∙ Frazier 2-3, HR, RBI, CS

Tom Milone couldn’t scatter the hits, giving up nine over five innings including a solo HR (third surrendered this year) for three runs and his second loss of the season. Of course, he was opposed by an established major-leaguer, Kevin Millwood, who went the distance in the seven-inning affair for the 4-2 win. Seth Bynum and Jeff Frazier both went 2-for-3 to lead the Syracuse offense.

Syracuse 2 Scranton/WB 0 — GAME TWO
∙ Stammen (W, 1-0) 7IP 4H 0R 0BB 7K
∙ Bynum 1-2, R, RBI, SB
∙ Aubrey 1-3, RBI

Game Two was a pitchers’ duel, with both pitchers throwing complete games, but Craig Stammen got the shutout as the Chiefs won to split the twinbill. Syracuse got single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, as Michael Aubrey’s RBI groundout plated the first run and Seth Bynum’s third hit of the afternoon drove in the second run.
Collin Balester was optioned back to Syracuse with the removal of Todd Coffey from the DL.

Harrisburg 8 Trenton 2
∙ Meyers (W, 3-1) 6⅔ IP 4H 2R 2ER 0BB 10K
∙ VanAllen 1⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Gilbert 4-4, 4R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, SB
∙ Moore 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
∙ Johnson 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
∙ Lombardozzi 2-5, 3B, 2RBI

Archie Gilbert came a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-4 with four runs scored, as the Harrisburg Senators pounded the Trenton Thunder for 12 hits in an 8-2 win. Brad Meyers won his third game, striking out 10 over six and 2/3rds innings while allowing both runs on four hits. Tyler Moore’s home run drought ended with a 2nd-inning solo shot, while Josh Johnson and Steve Lombardozzi both collected two hits.

Potomac 9 Salem 8
∙ Frias (ND) 3IP 6H 7R 7ER 4BB 1K 1HR
∙ Morrison 3IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 4K
∙ Olbrychowski (W, 1-0) 2IP 1H 0R 1K
∙ Lehman (S, 3) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Kobernus 2-5, 3R, RBI, 2SB
∙ Soriano 0-1, R, 4BB
∙ Hood 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
∙ Leon 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

J.P. Ramirez had but one hit on Saturday night, but the two-out, ninth-inning homer was the difference in a 9-8 Potomac win. Starter Marcos Frias got pounded early, giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks, lowlighted by a first-inning grand slam. Unlike previous nights so far this year, the middle relievers were outstanding, as Kyle Morrison and Adam Olbrychowski combined for one run allowed on four hits and one walk over five innings and five strikeouts. Eight of the nine batters collected hits, with Sandy Leon collecting three of the 12, and the one that didn’t (Francisco Soriano) drawing four walks as the P-Nats rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 8-5.

Hickory 9 Hagerstown 4
∙ Hansen (L, 1-1) ⅔ IP 6H 6R 6ER 1BB 0K 1HR
∙ McCatty 4⅓ 3H 1R 1ER 0B 2K
∙ Rogers 2-4, R
∙ Moore 3-4, BB
∙ Freitas 0-2, 3BB

Payback for Friday night was swift as the Crawdads sent Bobby Hansen to the showers before the first inning was over in a 9-4 win. Hansen loaded the bases with a walk, single, and a fielder’s choice, while Hickory’s Andrew Clark emptied them with a grandslam to right-center. Hansen would leave after 2/3rds of an inning, with six runs allowed on six hits and no strikeouts. Shane McCatty stranded both runners he inherited to finish the first and went four more innings to give Hagerstown a chance, but despite a late charge in the 9th, the Suns couldn’t get the key hit and stranded 11 runners. Bryce Harper was given the night off, according to local beat writer Bob Parasiliti who filed this story about the autograph seekers at the Muni

Saturday’s News & Notes

Bryce Harper’s 6RBIs highlights Friday night

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed @ Scranton-W/B, 1:05 p.m. Tom Milone (1-1, 2.08) and
Craig Stammen (0-0, 3.09) vs.
Kevin Millwood (rehab) and
D.J. Mitchell (0-1, 5.40)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 vs. Trenton, 7:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (2-1, 3.07) vs.
Steve Garrison (0-1, 4.38)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-4 @ Salem, 6:05 p.m. Marcos Frias (1-1, 0.71) vs.
Pete Ruiz (0-0, 9.00)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 17-1 vs. Hickory, 6:35 p.m. Bobby Hansen (1-0, 1.64) vs.
TBD

Syracuse-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — PPD
Twice this past week, Syracuse was the sole affiliate to get in a game, but the rains got them last night. Thus, there’s a doubleheader in Scranton-Wilkes/Barre this afternoon.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 2
∙ Peacock 7⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 9K
∙ VanAllen ⅔ IP 0H 0R 1BB 0K, IR-S: 1-0
∙ Valdez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
∙ Norris 1-3, R, 2B
∙ Moore 1-4, 3B, RBI

While Trenton tried to come back in the 9th inning, scoring a pair, it was not enough to overcome the three runs that the Senators put on the board in the first three innings. The three runs came collectively from an RBI single from Jesus Valdez in the 1st inning, back-to-back doubles from Derek Norris and Tim Pahuta in the 2nd, and a Valdez double and Tyler Moore triple in the 3rd. Starting pitcher Brad Peacock won his second game of the season, pitching seven and 1/3 innings allowing only two hits with no walks, while striking out nine. Pena earned the save, but it was not an easy one, pitching the ninth inning, allowing two hits and two earned runs off a Bradley Suttle home run.

Salem 6 Potomac 4
∙ Holder (L, 0-2) 5IP 9H 5R 5ER 0BB 3K
∙ Wort 2⅔ IP 2H 0R 2BB 3K
∙ Kobernus 3-5, RBI
∙ Leon 2-5, R, 2B
∙ Higley 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Both teams got 13 hits on the night, but Salem came through in the clutch, scoring five times with two outs in a 6-4 win. Potomac got runners into scoring position 20 times but collected just three hits and left 13 men on base. Starter Trevor Holder struggled once again, allowing five runs in five innings on nine hits, but managed to keep the ball inside of Lewis-Gale Field. Jeff Kobernus led the hitters with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Sandy Leon’s 2-for-5 effort.

Hagerstown 17 Hickory 1
∙ Jordan (W, 4-0) 6IP 4H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Swynenberg 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Harper 3-3, 3R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 6RBI, SB
∙ Kelso 3-4, R, 2B, 2BB, 4RBI
∙ Moore 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
Oduber 0-6, R, BB, 5K

Bryce Harper put any doubts about his health to rest with a career night of 6RBIs, two coming off a 4th-inning HR that cleared everything in right-centerfield, as Hagerstown blasted Hickory 17-1. Starter Taylor Jordan flirted with perfection, retiring the first 14 batters before allowing a two-out single in the 5th. He would leave after six scoreless innings, with four hits and one walk allowed and three strikeouts. Blake Kelso and Wade Moore also shined in the laugher, going 3-for-4 and 2-for-4 respectively and both doubling and drawing two walks.

Catching Up On Transactions

The recall of Brian Bixler sets off a chain reaction from Syracuse to Potomac

Let’s see if we can following the bouncing ball, shall we?

Yesterday, Jesus Flores was optioned to Syracuse. Today, Brian Bixler was recalled from Syracuse. Due to the rainout on Friday, the corresponding DFA move does not have to be made until tomorrow.
UPDATE: Garrett Mock has been placed on the 7-day DL. Replacing him on the Chiefs roster is IF Tug Hulett.
UPDATE #2: Lee Hyde has been designated for assignment.

Taking Bixler’s place on the Syracuse roster is RHP Jeff Mandel, who was assigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse this afternoon.

Taking Mandel’s place on the Harrisburg roster is RHP Carlos Martinez, who was also assigned from Potomac to Harrisburg this afternoon.

Taking Martinez’s place on the Potomac roster is LHP Evan Bronson, who was assigned from XST to Potomac.

OF Eury Perez was placed on the 7-Day DL, replaced by OF J.R. Higley from XST. UPDATE: According to one of our readers, Perez was involved in a collision at first base on Monday

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Nats’ minors.

It’s back! Our weekly look at the leaders (good), trailers (bad), and outliers (interesting) in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 6-8, T4th place IL North, 3 games back

Good Tom Milone 0.85WHIP, 0BB in 13 innings
Bad Garrett Mock 17BB, 2.29WHIP in 11⅓ IP
Interesting Brian Bixler .326/.483/.370 in 14G

HARRISBURG 6-7, T3rd place E.L. West, 1 game back

Good Brad Meyers 2-1, 3.07 in 3GS
Bad Jonathan Tucker .140/.178/.209 in 12G
Interesting Hassan Pena 9K, 0.90WHIP in 4 appearances

POTOMAC 5-7, 3rd place, Carolina League North, 3½ games back

Good Steve Souza 5HR, 1.079OPS in 12G
Bad Alex Caldera 14.40ERA, 2.60WHIP, 3HR in 2 appearances
Interesting Destin Hood 10BB, .467OBP in 12G

HAGERSTOWN 9-6, 3rd Place Sally League Northern, 2 games back

Good Cameron Selik 20K in 15IP, 0.00ERA, 3GS
Bad Michael Taylor .143/.205/.229 in 13G
Interesting Blake Kelso .333/.380/.422, 1E in 14G

Before folks chime in about who did or didn’t get named, bear in mind that:
(a) This ain’t Little League
(b) I try to keep the bats and arms balanced
(c) Outliers aren’t necessarily organizational soldiers; mostly it’s the unexpected in either extreme. For example, Bryce Harper might have been an “Interesting” because he’s not tearing up the Sally League, but Blake Kelso (who is a watchlist player) is both hitting and fielding better than expected.
(d) I also try to highlight (or lowlight) different folks every week unless someone’s on a run like Tyler Moore or Stephen Strasburg, in which case, I owe it to both you, the reader, and them to give them their due.

Now, comment away!

Friday’s News & Notes

Syracuse shut out, Harrisburg walked off, P-Nats got the key hits, Hagerstown didn’t

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 14-0 @ Scranton-W/B, 6:35 p.m. Tom Milone (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Kevin Millwood (rehab)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Trenton, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (1-1, 2.79) vs.
Craig Heyer (1-1, 1.54)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-2 @ Salem, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-1, 6.94) vs.
Chris Balcom-Miller(2-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-5; Lost, 7-6 vs. Hickory, 6:35 p.m. Taylor Jordan (3-0, 3.46) vs.
TBD

Pawtucket 14 Syracuse 0
· Mock (L, 0-2) 2+ IP 4H 8R 8ER 7BB 2K
· Carr 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
· Frazier 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
· Brown 2-4
· Maldonado 2-4

Garrett Mock’s aversion to the strike zone continued for the second straight start with seven walks surrendered in two-plus innings as the PawSox pounded the Chiefs, 14-0. He threw 69 pitches, 34 for strikes and faced just 17 batters. Corey Brown and Carlos Maldonado combined for fourof the eight Syracuse hits as the Chiefs lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 3 (10 inn.)
· Tatusko (ND) 5⅓ IP 7H 3R 3ER 3BB 4K 0HR
· McCoy 2⅔ IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
· Pahuta 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
· Gilbert 2-3, 2B, SB, RBI

Tim Pahuta’s one-out shot in the bottom of the 10th gave the Senators a 4-3 win, the second walkoff of the year for Harrisburg. After getting hammered by the Thunder last Friday night, starter Ryan Tatusko recovered for a much better outing with three runs allowed on seven hits and three walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. The Sens bullpen combined for four and 2/3rds of scoreless relief, with one hit allowed and five strikeouts. The veteran bats of Pahuta, Archie Gilbert and Jonathan Tucker combined for four of the Sens six hits and all four RBI.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
· Rosenbaum (W, 1-1) 7⅓ IP 6H 2R 2ER 5BB 2K
· Lehman (S, 2) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
· Kobernus 1-3, 2B
· Souza 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
· Leon 1-4, 2B, 3RBI

Danny Rosenbaum struggled with his control yet again, but pitched into the 8th to secure his first win of ’11 as the P-Nats stopped the Salem win streak at five with a 5-2 win. The Potomac lefthander’s key moment came in the third inning, after two walks, a flyout, and two singles brought in a run and loaded the bases with one out. Rosenbaum got the DP and got out of the inning, preserving the lead that Steve Souza’s 5th HR had given the P-Nats. Sandy Leon emptied the bases in the very next half-inning with a double to take a 5-1 lead. Pat Lehman would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the year.

Hickory 8 Hagerstown 5 — GAME ONE
· McKenzie (L, 1-2) 3⅓ IP 4H 6R 6ER 4BB 3K
· Eusebio 3⅔ IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K 1HR
· Harper 1-2, 2R, BB, HR, RBI; OF assist at 2B
· Oduber 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Suns built a 5-2 lead after three, but gave up six unanswered runs to lose 8-5. Bryce Harper put one over the wall in the bottom of the first, but ran into it during the five-run fourth [Ed. Note: SFW, but poorly edited]. He stayed in the game but was held out of the nightcap. Starter Chris McKenzie was tagged for six runs on four hits and four walks. The Suns took advantage of five walks to score five runs on just four hits, highlighted by solo HRs by Harper and Randolph Oduber.

Hickory 7 Hagerstown 6 — GAME TWO
· Applebee (ND) 5IP 6H 4R 3ER 0BB 4K
· Sanchez 2-4, 2RBI
· Leonida 1-2, R, BB
· Oduber, OF assist at HP

Hickory did all it could to give this game away, walking eight batters — including five in the Suns’ five-run fifth — but Hagerstown saved its worst for last, committing two errors in the top of the 7th to drop this one 7-6. Chris Manno was the hard-luck loser, charged with both unearned runs. Starter Paul Applebee went the first five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits. The Suns managed just four hits in the game, with Adrian Sanchez getting two of them.

Transactions Update

Updates on moves involving Syracuse and Harrisburg

By now many of you have already heard that Jesus Flores was optioned to AAA Syracuse and utilityman Brian Bixler was pulled from this afternoon’s game in Pawtucket, presumably headed for Logan for a flight to Pittsburgh. Garrett Mock is considered the most likely candidate to be DFA’d to make room.

Late this afternoon, the Harrisburg Senators announced that Luis Atilano has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday. He was replaced by Chris Rahl, an OF that was recently acquired from Arizona for future considerations.

The 27-year-old Rahl is a 2005 fifth-round pick who hit .291/.351/.462 for AAA Reno in 2010 but did not break camp with any of the Diamondback affiliates. He’s considered a hot-cold, defense-first OF (career .985FPct.) that’s spent 380 of his 645 career games at AA.