Offseason Update: Oct. 10, 2015

It’s been an interesting week to say the least. And as much as I’d like to say there’s been a lot of news, if you look more closely, there’s a hell of a lot more smoke than fire. The entire Nats coaching staff — many of whom have been mainstays in the organization before the current GM assumed his role — was “informed their contracts would not be renewed” while the Nats have reportedly “offered several jobs to several of our former major league coaches in our system.”

I’d like to know which coaches were offered which jobs. Not that for a minute would I actually believe that Rizzo or the Nationals would answer that directly or honestly, but it would nice if somebody, somewhere would ask such an obvious (and necessary) question. Maybe it was asked, but I doubt it.


Perhaps biggest “news” is that Trea Turner won’t be playing on the taxi squad after all. This never made much sense and sounds like a (yet another) tone-deaf PR maneuver. Meanwhile, Christopher Bostick replaces Wilmer Difo, who was injured last weekend. Games start up on Tuesday the 13th.

Three Nats made the Carolina League Top 20: Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Austen Williams. Not much argument about Giolito, but the previous accolades and perhaps a weak year seems to account for the picks of Lopez and Williams respectively. Giolito as the top dog in the Eastern League also reeks of laziness, as does the naming of Joe Ross — who is no longer an MLB rookie — at No. 8.

Let me be clear: I’m criticizing Baseball America here. Yes, we get that Giolito is a great talent, but double-dipping means that another guy elsewhere doesn’t get named. And a pitcher that made 13 starts for a second-place team might be a major-leaguer someday?
Even F.P. Santangelo could make that call.

Still fairly slow, as P.J. Walters was re-signed. That’s it.

A look over the rosters of the Venezuelan Winter League, which started up on the 7th, has turned up two pitchers and two position players who were with the organization at the end of the 2015 season:

  • Reegie Corona
  • Mario Lisson
  • Paolo Espino
  • Mario Sanchez

So far, no Nationals have been listed on the Mexican Pacific League teams, which began last night.

In 2011 and 2012, the Doubldays were contenders to win the NYPL league. In 2013, they bottomed out with the league’s worst record and worst pitching. The past two seasons, it’s been a slow climb to the .500 mark. It’s worth noting that the first two teams were among the league’s oldest while the last three have been edging towards the average, falling below this year (20.6 vs. 21.1 for bats; 21.1 vs. 21.3 for arms) with the influx of more players from the D.R.

Just two of the seven Washington affiliates surpassed the league average runs scored per game. Not coincidentally, both clubs — Auburn and Hagerstown — were the closest to a winning record. Funny how that works. The Doubledays scored 4.82 R/G (vs. 4.25), which was good for second-best in the league. The pitching and defense let in 4.88 R/G which was third-worst in both categories. Thus, the 36-38 mark is only one off from the Pythagorean projection (for the folks who still mindlessly lament the “collapse” of the 2005 parent club, look at the second paragraph under “Justification”) of 37-37.

Before I unveil the Top 5’s, a note: I’m not listing Victor Robles twice, even though he was head and shoulders above the rest (.311 GPA). If that doesn’t make sense, re-read “BA Top Prospects” above 😉

1. Max Schrock, 2B/SS, .272 GPA, .308 BA 1. Erick Fedde, RHP, 2.57/2.60/1.31, 9.26 K/9IP
2. Dalton Dulin, 2B, .273 GPA, .410 OBP 2. Mariano Rivera III, RHP, 5.45/2.70/1.64, 0.82BB/9
3. Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B, .265 GPA, 21 doubles in 62G 3. Tommy Peterson, RHP, 2.66/2.83/1.23, 1.8 BB/9
4. Edwin Lora, SS, .238 GPA, .414 SLG% 4. Taylor Guilbeau, LHP, 3.88/2.89/1.39, 1.6 BB/9
5. David Kerian, 1B, .236 GPA, .995 FA 5. Grant Borne, LHP, 3.59/2.99/1.26, 1.3 BB/9

Honorable mentions to Rhett Wiseman and Matt Crownover; the former was just a tick below Kerian, the latter because he finished very strong — 2.22 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in August. And it pained me to have to include Mariano Rivera III because I am really not a fan of legacy picks (*cough* Shane McCatty *cough*) but like Crownover, getting pounded early skewed his stats.

This is why I like FIP and include it as a “pitcher’s triple slash” because it’s less volatile. Indeed, you’ll see that a lot of the pitchers listed had one thing in common: they didn’t issue walks. We can complain that they didn’t strike out many, either, but that’s a conversation for the comments section.

As always, folks who want to see the numbers for the full team can find them here.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (11 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn Won, 11-10 (10 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A

Syracuse 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 (11 inn.)
• Espino 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• J. Gutierrez 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Overton (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Hague 2-4, BB
• Sizemore 2-5, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

The Chiefs blew it in the 9th and fell behind in the top of the 11th but rallied for two in the bottom of the 11th for their second walk-off in the series, 5-4 over the RailRiders. Paolo Espino started and went the first five innings, giving up a run on seven hits, no walks, and struck out six. The win went to Connor Overton, who was actually in town, though it was a pedestrian one-run, two-inning outing. Matt Skole and Scott Sizemore both homered while Syracuse connected for twelve hits total.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2
• Rauh 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Purke (L, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2-2B

Akron scored single runs in the 4th, 7th, and 8th to edge Harrisburg, 3-2 in the season finale. Brian Rauh gave up the first run on three hits over five innings while walking two and striking out three for a no-decision. The loss went to Matt Purke, who gave up the go-ahead run in the 7th. Christopher Bostick doubled and homered while Khayyan Norfork doubled twice to account for four of the six Senators hits and both runs scored.

Salem 4 Potomac 2
• A. Williams (L, 4-6) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Read 1-3, 2B, BB
• Ward 1-3, R, BB

Salem struck for three in the 3rd and never looked back as they doubled up Potomac for a 4-2 win. Austen Williams gave up all four runs on nine hits, walked none, and struck out four in his sixth Hi-A loss. Jeff Howell and Justin Thomas combined for three scoreless innings of relief, but the P-Nats bats were limited to three singles, three walks, and two doubles (Drew Ward and Raudy Read, who both went 1-for-3).

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 2
• Fedde (W, 1-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, WP
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, 2R, BB, 2SB, CS

Hagerstown scored in three of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead and took the series finale, 6-2 from Lexington. Erick Fedde tossed five shutout innings, with two hits and one walk allowed and seven strikeouts to win his first Low-A game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled twice and homered once to go 3-for-4 and drive in two as the Suns registered nine hits and drew three walks on the afternoon.

Auburn 11 Batavia 10 (10 inn.)
• DeRosier 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Johns (W, 3-2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Dulin 4-5, 3R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Kerian 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, BB, 3RBI

Auburn rallied for two in the 9th to send it into extras, then plated the game-winner in the 10th for an 11-10 win. Matt DeRosier was ineffective in his second NYPL start, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings for a no-decision. Sam Johns was the winning pitcher with one run let in on two hits over three innings. Every Doubleday batter had a hit with tablesetters Dalton Dulin and David Kerian combining for seven hits, four runs scored, two doubles, a triple (Kerian), two walks, and six RBI.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.28) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 2-0 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Rauh (2-5, 5.25) vs.
Morimando (10-12, 3.22)
Potomac Lost, 8-0 vs. Salem,
1:05 p.m.
A. Williams (4-5, 2.22) vs.
McAvoy (11-9, 3.90)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-8 @ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Fedde (0-2, 5.25) vs.
Ray (5-6, 6.06)
Auburn Won, 6-1 vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 18.00) vs.
Holloway (5-6, 2.95)

Scanton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 0
• Jordan (L, 5-6) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Billings 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K, 3-1 IR-S
• Mastroianni 1-3, 2B, BB
• Skole 1-4, 2B

The RailRiders ran roughshod on the Chiefs for four runs and 14 hits in a 4-0 shutout. Taylor Jordan was charged with all four runs on 11 hits and two walks (one intentional) over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four in his sixth loss. Bruce Billings let in one of three inherited runners on the 6th and tossed two more scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th to give the offense a chance to come back. They did not. Matt Skole and Darin Mastroianni both doubled while the rest of the lineup managed just four singles.
Roster move: RHP Connor Overton reassigned from Auburn (probably a paper move to activate today’s starter for the Doubledays).

Akron 2 Harrisburg 0
• Voth 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Suero (L, 1-2) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Corona 1-2, 2B, BB
• Bostick 1-4, 3B

A no-decision for Austin Voth? How novel. The 23-y.o. one-hit Akron for six innings as Harrisburg was shut out 2-0. He walked none and struck out seven and received neither a win nor a loss for the 14th time in 28 appearances. The loss went to Wander Suero, who allowed both RubberDuck runs on three hits and two walks in his lone inning pitched. Reegie Corona doubled and Christopher Bostick tripled for the two (2) Senators hits.

Salem 8 Potomac 0
• Dickson (L, 3-3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 1K, WP
• M. Rodriguez 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mesa 2-4
• Wooten 1-3, 2B

Potomac dropped an 8-0 decision to Salem for its tenth shutout loss of the season. Ian Dickson walked only four this time out but lost again after letting in one run on one hit and four walks over an inning and 2/3rds. R.C. Orlan stranded three to finish the 2nd but was lit up for two homers in the 5th to effectively put the game away. The P-Nats bats were held to five hits total with Narciso Mesa the sole hitter to reach base twice with a pair of singles.

Lexington 14 Hagerstown 8
• A. Lee (L, 3-1) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 2WP, HBP
• Brinley 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 4-4, R, 2-2B, BB, 5RBI, SB

The Legends put up four big innings to take an 11-3 lead early as they cruised to a 14-8 victory that clinched a losing record for Hagerstown. Andrew Lee lost for the first time in five starts and was manhandled for six runs on five hits and three walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Bryan Mejia drove five of the eight Hagerstown runs and drew his fifth walk in 67 games as he went 4-for-4 with two doubles to lead the offense.
Roster move: C Jake Mayer placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Andrew Stevenson activate from the 3-Day TIL.

Auburn 6 Batavia 1
• Baez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Rivera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 2-2, 3R, 2BB
• Agustin 3-4, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-4, R

The Doubledays exploded for four runs in the 7th to break open a 1-0 lead as they took this one from Batavia, 6-1. Joan Baez evened his won-loss record with Auburn at 2-2 with six shutout innings, though he put seven runners on with three hits and four walks while fanning six. The bottom third of the order combined for eight hits, five runs, two walks (Ian Sagdal), and three RBI (Telmito Agustin) as Auburn collected 13 hits total.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (5-5, 2.75) vs.
Davies (10-8, 3.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 3.03) vs.
Plutko (8-5, 3.05)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-2, 3.52) vs.
Stankiewicz (4-11, 4.22)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 (10 inn.) @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
A. Lee (3-0, 0.34) vs.
Griffin (3-6, 5.49)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (1-2, 10.80) vs.
Weaver (0-1, 0.56)

Syracuse 6 Scanton/Wilkes-Barre 5
• Hill 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Runion (W, 3-3) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Lozada 2-4, R, BB
• Sizemore 2-2, R, HR, 3RBI

The Chiefs built an early 5-1 lead, blew it, then rallied in the 10th for 6-5 win over the RailRiders. Jose Lozada drew a leadoff walk, took second on an Emmanuel Burriss sacrifice, and came home on rulebook single as Isaac Ballou drove the ball over the centerfielder’s head for the gamewinner. Taylor Hill went the first six innings and gave up the first four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three for a no-decision. P.J. Walters gave up the equalizer, thus the blown save, in the 7th. Sam Runion got the win with three scoreless innings in the 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 1
• Bates (L, 6-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI

Akron broke through for three in the 3rd and stifled Harrisburg for a 3-1 win. Colin Bates gave up all three RubberDuck runs on a home run, and six hits total over six innings. He walked three and struck out four. Matt Purke pitched a scoreless 7th while Erik Davis kept Akron at bay in the 8th and 9th. Wilmer Difo scored the lone Senators run after leading off the 4th with a triple and coming home on a Brian Goodwin sacrifice fly. Goodwin later doubled, but the Sens mustered just five hits total and were 0-for-1 with RISP.

Potomac 6 Salem 2
• Mapes (W, 6-3) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Read 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Webb 3-3, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Bautista 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB, CS

Tyler Mapes turned in another seven innings of one-run ball as the P-Nats tripled up the Red Sox, 6-2. Mapes allowed six hits and walked three for his sixth Hi-A win of ’15. Jake Johansen closed out the game with a run in the 8th and a scoreless 9th. Raudy Read and Brendan Webb both reached base four times and combined for two doubles, four runs scored, and four RBI as Potomac collected 11 hits and drew three walks total.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 5
• Bach 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• D. Williams (L, 1-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Abreu 4-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Ruiz 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

The Legends walked off with a two-run shot in the 10th for a 7-5 win over the Suns. Connor Bach started and let in three on five hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings for a no-decision. The loss went to Deion Williams gave up the one hit and walked a batter for the loss, his second. Osvaldo Abreu was a homer short of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Batavia 6 Auburn 3
• Guilbeau (L, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Johns 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Robles 3-5, R, SB, CS
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, BB

Auburn never led in this one as they dropped a 6-3 decision to Batavia. Taylor Guilbeau gave up the first three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings for his third loss. He struck out seven. Victor Robles singled three times in five trips to the plate to lead the Doubledays’ 11-hit parade.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Lail (3-2, 3.71) vs.
Hill (3-10, 5.19)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Bates (6-5, 4.19) vs.
Brown (1-3, 3.86)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 2.47) vs.
Buttrey (8-9, 3.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (6-4, 3.75) vs.
Blewett (3-5, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 5-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-2, 3.91) vs.
Squier (5-2, 3.69)

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 1
• McGregor (L, 6-6) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Harper 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Sizemore 2-4, R
• Ballou 2-4, 2B, RBI

Syracuse closed out its road scheduled with a 4-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. Scott McGregor got the nod in place of A.J. Cole and was knocked for two runs on five hits and a walk over four innings to lose his sixth game. Dakota Bacus made his AAA debut but was dinged for a two-run homer in the 5th. Isaac Ballou and Scott Sizemore both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 4
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Corona 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Vettleson 1-2, 2RBI, 2BB, SB
• Difo 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

Lucas Giolito finished up his 2015 campaign with six innings of four-run ball as the Sens beat the ‘Ducks, 7-4. Washington’s top prospect allowed seven hits, including a HR in the 6th, walked one and struck out four to finish with a mark of 4-2 for Harrisburg, 7-7 overall with a combined pitcher’s line of 3.15/2.58/1.28 with 6HR, 37BB, 131K in 117IP. Nick Lee, Gilberto Mendez, and Paul Demny each turned in a scoreless frame to earn the hold(s) and save, respectively. Reegie Corona walked twice, scored twice, and smacked a HR top lead the Harrisburg offense, which drew eight walks total.
Roster move: RHP Tanner Roark recalled to Washington.

Salem 6 Potomac 3
• Howell (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 5BB, 1K, HR, BK
• Walsh 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Mesa 2-4, R
• Read 2-4

Salem scored six times in the 2nd and cruised to a 6-3 win over Potomac in the series opener. Jeff Howell gave up all six runs on five walks and three hits over an inning and 2/3rds to lose for the second time for the P-Nats. Jake Walsh and Derek Self both turned in three and 2/3rds scoreless innings to give the offense a chance to catch up, but the offense could only muster three runs on ten hits and two walks. Narciso Mesa and Raudy Read accounted for four of those hits, each going 2-for-4.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 4
• Amlung (L, 3-4) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• Napoli 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Abreu 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Hagerstown stranded 12 runners, five in the final three innings, as they were edged by Lexington, 5-4 in game two of the five-game series. Justin Amlung let in all five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in his fourth Low-A loss. David Napoli walked two in two scoreless innings of relief. Osvaldo Abreu and Wilman Rodriguez both homered as the Suns pounded out 11 hits and drew six walks in the loss.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 1
• Valerio (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Van Vossen (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Kerian 2-4, 2B
• Schrock 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

The Doubledays scored all five runs in the first four innings as they took the game, 5-1, and the series, 2-1 from the Scrappers. Maximo Valerio spun five scoreless innings for his second NYPL win, with two hits and one walk allowed and four K’s. Mick Van Vossen lost the shutout in the 8th but earned the hold, his second for Auburn. Kelvin Gutierrez and David Kerian both went 2-for-4 with a double as the offense registered 11 hits total.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won 2-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (6-5, 4.02) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-2, 3.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (3-2, 3.48) vs.
von Schamman (1-2, 7.40)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (1-1, 2.45) vs.
Ball (8-3, 4.85)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (3-3, 3.88) vs.
Tenuta (2-6, 4.14)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Valerio (1-0, 4.15) vs.
Robinson (2-3, 2.93)

Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1
• Bleier 7⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Runion (BS, 2; W, 2-3) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• J.C. Gutierrez (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, BB

A two-out walk and a stolen base by Isaac Ballou followed by an error led to the deciding run in the top of the 9th as Syracuse edged Lehigh Valley, 2-1. The miscue made a winner out of Sam Runion, who blew a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th. J.C. Gutierrez struck out the side in the 9th for his fourth save. Richard Bleier started and pitched into the 8th with six hits and one walk allowed over seven and a 1/3rd innings. Emmanuel Burriss singled and doubled and scored the first Chiefs run to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus, OF Isaac Ballou reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 2
• Simms (L, 2-3) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SB
• A. Sanchez 2-4, 2B, SB

Richmond posted a picket fence across four innings as they doubled up Harrisburg, 4-2. John Simms started and turned in a quality start of three run on seven hits over seven innings, but lost his third AA game. Wilmer Difo, Christopher Bostick, Adrian Sanchez, and Derrick Robinson each had two hits as the Senators racked up nine total while drawing two walks and stealing four bases.
Roster moves: RHP John Simms activated from the 3-Day TIL; IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 2
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Thomas (W, 1-6) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Wright 1-1, R, 2BB

Grant DeBruin’s two-out, three-run homer was the difference as Potomac took the game, 4-2 and the series, 2-1 from Myrtle Beach. The Earl Weaver special made a winner out of Justin Thomas for the first time in 2015. Thomas pitched two scoreless innings in relief of fellow southpaw Matt Spann, who started and tossed six innings of two-run ball with four hits, two walks and five whiffs. Phillips Valdez struck out the side in the 9th for his fifth save. Zach Wright was the sole P-Nat to reach base multiple times as he singled once and walked twice in three PAs.
Roster move: IF-OF John Wooten activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 2
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• K. Perez (W, 1-3) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Gardner 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB, CS

A three-run 4th broke open a 1-0 game as the Suns debunked the Legends, 5-2 to get back to .500. Jefry Rodriguez started and turned in four scoreless innings with two hits and three walks allowed. He struck out four. The win went to Kevin Perez with one less inning and one more walk. Jeff Gardner walked, singled, and doubled and scored twice to pace the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.
Roster moves: OF Andrew Stevenson placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Jake Mayer activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 4
• Hearn 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Mooney (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• K. Gutierrez 3-4, 3RBI, E(21)
• Florentino 2-4, R, RBI

Auburn turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead that the ‘pen was able to hold for a 5-4 win over Mahoning Valley. Taylor Hearn gave up all four Scrappers runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in four innings. Kevin Mooney, Adam Boghosian, and Mariano Rivera III combined for five scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, hold, and save respectively. Kelvin Gutierrez singled three times and drove in three to lead the Doubledays’ ten-hit parade.
Despite the win, Auburn was eliminated from the NYPL playoffs.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (6-2, 2.93) vs.
Buchanan (4-2, 3.14)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (2-2, 4.50) vs.
Gage (2-3, 4.91)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (2-7, 4.66) vs.
Underwood (6-3, 2.63)
Hagerstown Won, 10-9 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-5, 7.45) vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 11-5 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-5, 3.92) vs.
Hentges (0-1, 20.25)

Syracuse 6 Buffalo 2
• Espino (W, 8-6) 6⅓ IP, 9H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• J.C. Gutierrez (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mastroianni 3-5, R, 2B, 4RBI, SB
• Burriss 2-5, RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, OF assist at HP

Syracuse rallied for four runs in the 8th and broke open a 2-1 game en route to a 6-2 win. Paolo Espino got the win with six and 2/3rds innings pitched and one run let in on nine hits and two walks. He struck out four. J.C. Gutierrez stranded two in the 8th and set the side down in order in the 9th for the save. Darin Mastroianni led the hit column with two singles and a double while driving in four as the Chiefs pounded out 13 hits total.
Roster moves: RHP Rafael Martin, LHP Matt Grace recalled to Washington; IF Mario Lisson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2
• Rauh (L, 2-5) 4IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Suero 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Manuel 1-3
• Goodwin 0-2, R, 2BB

The Flying Squirrels struck for three in the 3rd and made it stand up for a 3-2 win over the Senators. Brian Rauh gave up all three runs on three hits and a walk over four innings while striking out five for his fifth AA loss. Wander Suero and Abel De Los Santos combined for five scoreless innings of relief, but the offense was limited to four hits and three walks, two of which were drawn by Brian Goodwin.
The loss combined with a win by Bowie eliminated Harrisburg from the playoffs.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 2
• A. Williams (L, 4-5) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• M. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 2-4, BB, RBI
• Ward 2-4, RBI, E(28)

Austen Williams flirted with a no-hitter for five and 1/3rd innings but a three unearned runs in the 6th was his and Potomac’s undoing in a 4-2 loss to Myrtle Beach. Williams finished the sixth and gave up three hits and two walks while striking out two but lost his fifth game for the P-Nats. Rafael Bautista and Drew Ward both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the P-Nats outhit the Pelicans 9-5.

Hagerstown 10 Kannapolis 9
• Fedde 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Napoli (BS, 2; W, 7-5) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, WP, HBP
• W. Rodriguez 5-5, 3R, 2-2B, RBI, 2SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Stevenson 3-6, 3R, 2RBI

The Suns closed out their home schedule with a 10-9 walkoff against the Intimidators. Erick Fedde went the first five and gave up three runs on five hits, no walks, and struck out two. The (dreaded) blown-save-win went to David Napoli for coughing up two runs on two hits in the top of the 9th. Wilman Rodriguez scored the tying run after leading off the 9th with his fifth hit while D.K. Carey drew a bases-loaded walk to send in the gamewinner.
It’s five on the road in Lexington with a chance for .500 with three wins, a winning record with four.

Mahoning Valley 11 Auburn 5
• DeRosier (L, 0-1) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 4K
• K. Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, RBI
• Sagdal 2-5

Three runs in the 9th made this one look a lot closer than it was as the Doubledays were demolished by the Scrappers, 11-5. All three Auburn pitchers were scored upon, with starter Matt DeRosier taking the worst of it with six runs on seven hits over three innings. Kelvin Gutierrez, Victor Robles, and Ian Sagdal each went 2-for-5 as the Auburn offense registered 11 hits total.
The loss dropped Auburn’s tragic number for a wild-card slot to one with five games to play.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-1 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Espino (7-6, 3.39) vs.
Roach (2-4, 5.87)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Rauh (2-4, 5.34) vs.
C. Johnson (0-1, 7.27)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (4-4, 2.49) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 vs. Kannapolis,
1:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-2, 5.21) vs.
Lowry (12-7, 4.17)
Auburn Won, 8-4 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1st SS-A start of ’15) vs.
Esparza (3-0, 1.93)

Syracuse 7 Buffalo 1
• Jordan (W, 5-5) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Billings (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI, CS
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B

Matt Skole homered twice and Kevin Keyes went deep once as the Chiefs stampeded the Bisons, 7-1. Taylor Jordan bounced back from one of his worst outings to toss five scoreless innings with three hits and three walks allowed while striking out three to earn his fifth AAA win. Skole was 3-for-4 overall with four RBI while Keyes went 2-for-4 with two RBI as Syracuse collected 15 hits total.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 0
• Voth (W, 6-7) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bostick 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Goodwin 2-3, 3R, RBI

Three Harrisburg pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Richmond by a 4-0 score. Austin Voth went the first seven, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four to win his sixth game. Gilberto Mendez and Erik Davis put up goose eggs in the 8th and 9th innings respectively to preserve the shutout. Christopher Bostick singled, doubled, and homered and drove in two to lead the Senators hit column.
Roster moves: C Pedro Severino added to the 40-man roster, recalled to Washington; C Craig Manuel reassigned from Potomac. ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE – RHPs John Simms, Dakota Bacus, Abel De Los Santos, LHP Nick Lee, IF Wilmer Difo assigned to Salt River Rafters for 2015 season.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3
• Dickson 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1R, 8BB, 2K, 2WP, BK
• Walsh (W, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
• Norfork 1-4, SB(10)
• Ward 1-3, R, BB

The P-Nats somehow managed to issue 16 walks and still win, walking off in the 9th for a 4-3 victory. Ian Dickson gave up the first eight free passes in just three innings, but only gave up one run and one hit and struck out two. Walks also led to the Pelicans’ demise as they walked the bases loaded to start the last of the 9th. Brenden Webb singled to left to end the shutout, while Raudy Read and Stephen Perez had infield hits to plate the second and third runs. Webb then scored on a Rafael Bautista sacrifice fly for the gamewinner.
Roster move: C Raudy Read reassigned from Hagerstown. ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE – C Spencer Kieboom, 3B Drew Ward assigned to Salt River Rafters for 2015 season.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 0
• A. Lee 4⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Sanchez (W, 7-5) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Davidson 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, R
• Abreu 2-5, 2B

Hagerstown scored five times in the first four innings en route to a 6-0 shutout of Kannapolis. Andrew Lee started and struck out seven and walked one over four and 2/3rds innings. Mario Sanchez stranded two in the 5th and went three more innings to earn the “W.” Austin Davidson walked, singled, and homered and drove in two to lead the Suns offense.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Potomac. LEAGUE ALL-STAR – Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was named to the Sally League’s 2015 All-Star team.

Auburn 8 Williamsport 4
• Baez (W, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Johns (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Schrock 3-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Eusebio 3-5, 2B
• Agustin 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI

Auburn scored early and often for an 8-4 win over Williamsport. Joan Baez got the win with five innings of three-run ball, with five hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. Max Schrock, Diomedes Eusebio, and Telmito Agustin each went 3-for-5 with a double (Eusebio), triple (Agustin) and a homer (Schrock), scoring four and driving in four.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (4-5, 2.89) vs.
Redmond (2-6, 4.07)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (5-7, 3.18) vs.
Lujan (8-5, 3.20)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-2, 3.57) vs.
Skulina (3-5, 3.29)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (3-0, 0.41) vs.
Thompson (3-6, 4.09)
Auburn Lost, 12-2 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-2, 14.85) vs.
Taveras (7-2, 3.08)

Lehigh Valley 8 Syracuse 3
• Hill 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Runion (L, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, 5R, 0ER, 1BB, 2K, HR(GS), HBP
• Ramsey 2-3
• Skole 2-4, 2RBI

The wheels came off the bus in the 6th as the IronPigs scored five unearned runs to break a 3-3 deadlock and win, 8-3. Taylor Hill went the first five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four. The loss went to Sam Runion, who struck out two, walked a batter, hit a batter, and allowed two hits — including a grand slam — in his lone inning of work. Caleb Ramsey, Scott Sizemore, and Matt Skole each singled twice as the Chiefs collected seven hits total (Ricky Hague pinch-hit double).

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 5
• Roark 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bates (W, 6-5) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• A. Sanchez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB
• Corona 2-4, R, 2B
• Pleffner 2-4

The Senators twice rallied for three runs as they took the series opener from the Flying Squirrels, 6-5. Tanner Roark was on the mound first and left after two innings and 34 pitches, with one run let in on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts. The originally scheduled starter Colin Bates followed and was the pitcher of record when Harrisburg took the lead, thus was the winner despite four runs allowed on six hits (two homers) and two walks over four innings. Adrian Sanchez doubled twice, walked once, and scored twice to lead the Sens offense.
Roster move: RHP Tanner Roark reassigned from Potomac; RHP John Simms placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After the final scheduled off day on Monday, Potomac closes out the 2015 season with three against playoff-bound Myrtle Beach and four against Salem.
Roster move: RHP Manny Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 4
• Bach 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Peterson (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Page 3-4, RBI, SB(5)
• Mejia 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

A 4-1 lead was too small for the Hagerstown ‘pen to hold as they gave up five runs late in a 6-4 loss, the fourth straight for the Suns. Connor Bach started and let in three runs on five hits over five innings in a no-decision. Tommy Peterson suffered the blown-save-loss with two runs charged on three hits and a walk over two innings. Matthew Page led the hit column a 3-for-4 night, followed by Bryan Mejia’s single and triple in four trips to the plate.
Roster moves: Jefry Rodriguez reassigned from Auburn; RHP Luis Reyes reassigned GCL Nationals.

Williamsport 12 Auburn 2
• Borne (L, 1-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, E(20)
• Robles 1-3, R, HBP

Williamsport scored 12 unanswered runs for a 12-2 smackdown of Auburn. Grant Borne was the starter and the losing pitcher, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk while fanning two over five innings. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice while Anderson Franco walked twice as the Doubledays managed just five hits total on offense.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-10, 5.18) vs.
Vasquez (7-7, 4.12)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Bates (5-5, 4.00) vs.
Marte (10-5, 2.38)
Potomac Won, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (6-4, 3.67) vs.
Brito (1-2, 4.32)
Auburn Won, 4-0 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Borne (1-3, 2.88) vs.
Gilbert (4-3, 2.79)

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 5-6) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Runion ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keyes 1-4
• Lozada 1-4

Syracuse barely avoided a third shutout in less than a week as they dropped a 3-1 decision to Lehigh Valley. A.J. Cole posted his fifth straight quality start, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks over six and 2/3rds innings, but lost his sixth AAA contest. The Chiefs got their lone run in the 5th on a walk and two stolen bases by Darin Mastroianni and a wild pitch. Kevin Keyes and Jose Lozada both singled to account for the two (2) Chiefs hits.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 3
• Giolito (W, 3-2) 6+ IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Suero (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 2-3, CS
• Goodwin 2-4, 2-2B, SF, RBI

Harrisburg put up four in the 7th to take a 4-2 lead and held on for 4-3 win over Erie in the series finale. Lucas Giolito earned his third AA win with six-plus innings of two run ball with five strikeouts. The defense turned three double plays behind him (four overall) to offset the 10 hits and one walk allowed. Brian Goodwin doubled twice and drove in one with a sac fly while Christopher Bostick’s homered to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 4 Salem 1
• Mapes (W, 5-3) 7IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Self (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Masters 3-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The P-Nats took the lead with a run in the 8th and put the game away with two in the 9th as they split the four-game series with Salem with a 4-1 win. Tyler Mapes gave up the lone Red Sox run on eight hits and no walks over seven innings. He struck out three. Derek Self closed out the game with two scoreless innings for the save. David Masters singled once, doubled twice, and drove in two to lead Potomac’s attack.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 4
• Amlung 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Napoli (L, 6-5) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, 2WP
• Carey 2-2, R, RBI, SAC, SF, CS, OF assist at HP
• Keniry 2-3, R, BB, RBI

Hagerstown couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead and tied the game twice before falling, 5-4. Justin Amlung started and went the first six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three. David Napoli finished the game but took the loss, his fifth, with an 8th-inning run and two hits and two walks allowed total. D.K. Carey, Conor Keniry, and Raudy Read each had two hits while the rest of the lineup went hitless.
Roster move: IF Dan Uggla rehab assignment from Washington completed.

Auburn 4 Williamsport 0
• Guilbeau (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Overton (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Schrock 3-4, R, 2B
• Dulin 3-4, 2R, RBI

Three Auburn pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Williamsport, 4-0. Taylor Guilbeau got his second win with five innings pitched, three hits and no walks allowed and two strikeouts. Max Schrock and Dalton Dulin both went 3-for-4 as the Doubledays rapped out 12 hits total. Roster moves: RHPs John Feliz, Robbie Dickey, Joan Baez, Matthew DeRosier, IF Luis Vilorio, OF Telmito Agustin reassigned from GCL Nationals; RHP Cody Gunter assigned to GCL Nationals.