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Anthony Rendon batted third and played DH for the Potomac Nationals on Monday night going 2-for-4 with a run in his last game in Woodbridge. According to sources, Rendon has been promoted and heading to Double-A Harrisburg.
Rendon, 22, was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 draft. He missed most of the season rehabbing an ankle injury sustained very early in the season and only played eight games for Potomac Nationals.
Here are Anthony Rendon photos in a P-Nats uniform from Sunday when he was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing his called strikes.
Wang Slated to Start Game One of the Doubleheader Friday
Washington Nationals’ right handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang is joining the Senators on a major league rehab and is expected to start game one of the doubleheader on Friday with the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Metro Bank Park. Wang was slated to pitch for the Senators in a rehab start earlier this year but didn’t due to the wet playing surface. He twice pitched for the Senators in rehab games last year.
Wang will become the seventh Washington Nationals’ player to appear for the Senators while on a rehab assignment this season.
Former Detroit Tiger RH Ryan Perry starts game two for the Senators. The doubleheader begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night. Both games Friday are scheduled for seven-innings with a 25 minute break between games.
Friday night is a 40” Flatscreen and Fireworks Friday night with nine 40” Flatscreen Televisions being given away once per inning for the first nine innings.
The Senators and Richmond Flying Squirrels play a five-game in four-day series beginning Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The other games are Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
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Hector Nelo Named to Western Division All-Star Team
The Harrisburg Senators, in conjunction with the Eastern League and the Reading Phillies, are pleased to announce that Senators’ reliever Hector Nelo has been added to the Western Division All-Star Roster and will participate in the 2012 Baseballtown All-Star Classic on July 11 in Reading. Previously, the Harrisburg Senators had five players named to the Western Division All-Star Team in the 2012 Baseballtown All-Star Classic on July 11 at First Energy Stadium in Reading. The Harrisburg Senators representatives for the game are Pitchers Danny Rosenbaum and Kevin Pucetas were selected along with infielder Jeff Kobernus and outfielders Eury Perez and Chris Rahl.
Hector Nelo is 1-2 with a 1.53 ERA in 24 games this year with a team leading eight saves in nine tries. He was signed by the Nationals as a minor league free agent on April 2, 2011. Last year, he led the Nationals minor leagues with 18 saves while pitching with Potomac. He was originally selected in the 15th round of the 2007 draft by the Texas Rangers. He has struck out at least two batters in 15 of his 24 games this season. He replaces Senators’ starter Danny Rosenbaum who is unavailable to pitch in the game. Nelo is the sixth Senator named to the Western Division All-Star team. He joins Kevin Pucetas, Danny Rosenbaum, Jeff Kobernus, Eury Perez and Chris Rahl, who were all named to the team on Thursday evening.
Danny Rosenbaum (7-4, 2.76) is sixth in the Eastern League with a 2.76 ERA. He had tossed two nine-inning complete games this year on 4/18 vs. Altoona and 5/5 at Binghamton. He was the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 22. He was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2010. The Washington Nationals selected the 25-year-old in the 22nd round of the 2009 draft.
Kevin Pucetas (6-2, 2.63) is fifth in the Eastern League in ERA. He started the season in the bullpen but moved into the rotation on June 3. As a starter, he is 4-1 with a 3.69 ERA. He was a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star in 2009. In 2008, he was a Baseball America Class A All-Star, and was also selected to play in the Futures Game. This is his first time in AA having played the past three seasons in AAA. The Nationals signed the 27-year-old as a minor league free agent on March 28, 2012.
Jeff Kobernus is second in the league in stolen bases with 28. He’s currently batting .272 with a home run and 12 runs batted in. He enters the 2012 season as the 20th ranked prospect in the Nationals organization according to Baseball America. He was a Baseball America High Class A All-Star last year. He was a Carolina League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in 2011. The 24-year-old was a 2nd round selection in the 2009 draft by the Washington Nationals.
Eury Perez is tied for 3rd in the Eastern League in stolen bases with 21. After starting the season slowly, since May 1 Perez is batting .343 with 17 runs scored, 18 runs batted in, and is 16 for 18 in stolen base attempts. He is the 22nd ranked prospect in the Nationals organization according to Baseball America and he received an invite to major league spring training this year. He participated in the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game for the World Team. The 22-year-old was signed as a non-drafted free agent on April 13, 2007.
Chris Rahl is hitting .295 with six home runs and 33 runs batted in, both good for second on the club. He is second on the Senators with eight multi-rbi games. This is the third time in his career he has been a mid-season All-Star previously being selected as a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star in 2009 and a California League Mid-Season All-Star in 2006. The 28-year-old was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 19, 2011 for cash considerations.
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (31-33, 5th in North Division)
Corey Brown: After his cup of coffee with the big club last month, Brown went right back to mashing AAA pitching. In his last ten games, Brown isn’t making much contact (.216/256) but is making it count when he does, slugging .595 over that period with four homers, two doubles and nine RBIs. His overall numbers sparkle (.284/.377/.586, 16 homers, 11 doubles, four triples and 39 RBIs).
Mark Teahen: The MLB veteran is plugging away in minors and quietly putting up a very good season for the Chiefs. He was hot again over the last ten days, hitting .342/.350/.421. For the year, Teahen is hitting .293/.347/.404 with just one home run, but 41 RBIs.
John Lannan: The exiled soft-tossing lefty for a while looked like he’d turned a corner on his season, issuing two straight one earned run performances, the latter on June 5 a complete game four-hitter where he struck out six and walked just one. But Sunday, Lannan got lit up again, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in a loss to Lehigh Valley.
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League (33-29, 2nd in West Division)
Jesus Valdez: The 27-year old isn’t really a prospect, but he continued a very strong AA campaign the last ten days, hitting .293/.341/.512 for the Senators with two homers and six RBIs, most of which came in a two-homer, three-RBI games on June 5 against Binghampton.
Eury Perez: Perez has gotten hot, going .381/.413/.452 since May 31, though he’s only attempted one stolen base and was caught. The speedster had five RBIs over the span and scored four runs. For the season, Perez is hitting .288/.323/.329 and is 17-for-24 in steals.
Destin Hood: Has not played since May 24 with a wrist “issue,” according to manager Matt Lecroy.
Jeff Kobernus: Has not played since May 23 with a thumb injury.
Daniel Rosenbaum: Rosenbaum had a string of six games where he allowed one earned run total from April 18 – May 17. Since that point he’s been, well, human. His latest two outings were a two earned run, five-hit, three walk performance June 2 against New Britain (where he earned his sixth win of the season) and June 7 when he allowed three earned (four total) on eight hits and no walks, striking out seven in a loss to Binghampton.
Paul Demny: Demny has struggled recently, allowing at least three earned runs in each of his last four starts while failing to get past the sixth inning,. In his latest start, he managed just four innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and four walks.
Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League (29-34, 2nd in Northern Division)
David Freitas: Freitas was named starting catcher in the Carolina/California Leagues All-Star Game to be held June 19. It is the third straight season Freitas has been named to an all-star game, having played in the NY-Penn League All-Star game in 2010 and South Atlantic League game last season. For the season, the 23-year old is hitting 0282/.386/.397 with three homers and 22 RBIs.
Chris Marrero: The first baseman has been playing in Potomac on a rehab assignment from the torn hamstring he suffered during the off-season. In four games for the P-Nats and two games for Hagerstown, Marrero is hitting .412/.474/.706 with a homer and four RBIs.
Justin Bloxom: The 24-year old third baseman has been on fire, hitting .323/.417/.742 with four homers and seven RBIs in his last 10 games. He leads the P-Nats with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs this season.
Michael Taylor: Hyped this off-season about having all the tools necessary to someday compete for the Nats center field job, Taylor has struggled to put it together in High-A this season. His season line of .236/.333/.352 (no homers, 23 RBIs and 10-for-17 SB attempts) doesn’t show the promise his athletic ability might indicate. Over the last ten games, Taylor is 6-for-30 (.200) with two RBIs and two stolen bases.
Robbie Ray: Ray put together a couple of stellar outings in the past week. On June 3 he went eight innings shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, striking out nine in a win against Lynchburg. Five days later, he went five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits (but four walks), striking out six in a win over Salem.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League (38-24, 2nd in Northern Division)
The Slugging Suns had four players named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Infielder Matt Skole, catcher Adrian Nieto, outfielder Caleb Ramsey and pitcher Aaron Barrett, along with skipper Brian Daubach, will represent the Suns and the Washington Nationals at the game, to be played June 19.
Matt Skole: Skole is having a monster year at the plate, hitting .294/.442/.544 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs. Over his past ten games, the left-handed hitting third baseman hit .229/.372/.429 with two homers and six RBIs.
Caleb Ramsey: A 23-year old outfielder, Ramsey is hitting .298/.365/.439 with five homers and 35 RBIs for the Suns.
Adrian Nieto: A fifth round pick in the 2008 draft, Nieto is hitting .259/.331/.403 with four homers and 25 RBIs this season.
Aaron Barrett: Barrett, the ninth round pick of the 2010 draft, has seven saves with 37 strikeouts against just nine walks in 23 2/3 innings this season with a 3.42 ERA.
Compiled from press releases from Washington Nationals minor league affiliates
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League
The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, dropped their series opener to the Louisville Bats, 4-3, on Monday afternoon. All seven runs in the game were scored in the first three innings, with Louisville’s bullpen tossing six scoreless frames to shut down the Chiefs’ offense.Syracuse (23-28) struck early, scoring two runs within the game’s first three batters against Bats right-hander Wirfin Obispo. After Josh Johnson singled to begin the game, left fielder Jim Negrych laced a triple to right field, his first three-base hit of the season, to score Johnson. First baseman Mark Teahen followed with a groundout to first base, plating Negrych for a 2-0 lead.
But it didn’t take long for Louisville (17-35) to retaliate against Chiefs right-hander Mitch Atkins. Kristopher Negron singled to lead off the game, and left fielder Felix Perez followed with a run-scoring double to center field. Perez was thrown out at third trying for a triple, negating the initial rally, but the Bats quickly put Atkins in trouble once more. Neftali Soto and Daniel Dorn each reached on hard-hit infield singles, and a Cody Puckett groundout advanced the runners to second and third. With two outs, third baseman Willie Harris doubled to right field, scoring both runners for a 3-2 Louisville advantage.
In the bottom of the second inning, Negron added to the lead with a solo home run to left field. The center fielder’s fifth home run of the season doubled the lead to 4-2.
The Chiefs got a run back in the third inning thanks to the middle of their order. Teahen doubled with one out, and two batters later, Xavier Paul drove him in with a run-scoring single. The inning would be Obispo’s last, after allowing five hits and three runs.
However, three Bats relievers would combine to shut the Chiefs out after the third inning. Scott Carroll tossed three innings to bridge the gap until the seventh inning. Nick Christiani then entered to record the next eight outs, but Carlos Rivero’s two-out pinch-hit double in the ninth ended the right-hander’s night. Jordan Smith then entered for the Bats and retired Johnson on a groundout, sealing the Louisville victory.
The Chiefs and Bats will resume their series Tuesday morning with an 11:05 start time. Syracuse left-hander Zach Duke and Louisville left-hander Jeff Francis are the scheduled starters.
Monday evening the Harrisburg Senators dropped the series-finale against the Reading Phillies 8-0. Reading’s high-powered offense was put on display throughout the game as the R-Phils pounded out 15 hits, with 12 coming against previously unbeaten Harrisburg starter Danny Rosenbaum.
With the game scoreless into the fourth, Cesar Hernandez singled and one batter later scored when Sebastian Valle homered for the second time in the series. Reading then loaded the bases and plated one more in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Troy Hanzawa.
Reading added three more in the fifth to take a commanding 6-0 lead. They tacked on single runs in the seventh and eighth innings for the final margin.
Reading starting pitcher David Buchanan pitched a complete-game shut-out, as he was scattered seven hits. Buchanan faced just one more than the minimum through the first six innings, and strike out five while walking just one.
Harrisburg was led offensively by Stephen King and Jesus Valdez. King had a single and double, while Valdez had a pair of singles. Valdez has now hit safely in seven consecutive games.
The Senators continue the seven-game homestand Tuesday evening as they welcome the Portland Sea Dogs for their lone trip to City Island in 2012. Portland sends RH Billy Buckner (3-2, 3.28), while the Sens send RH Ryan Tatusko the hill for his second straight spot start.
Potomac Nationals, High-A Eastern League
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans defeated the Potomac Nationals 3-2 in front of a crowd 4,214 on Memorial Day at Pfitzner Stadium. Cody Buckel tossed six innings for the Pelicans striking out nine earning the victory.
Myrtle Beach started the scoring in the second off of Potomac starter Robbie Ray. Vinny DiFazio doubled then scored on a two-out single by Jake Skole to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead.
The Pelicans scored again in the fourth. Tomas Telis led off reaching on a throwing error by Zach Walters. Christian Villanueva singled in Telis on a line drive to left and the Pelicans led 2-0.
Again Myrtle got on the board thanks to defensive miscues by the P-Nats. In the top of the seventh, DiFazio hit a double to right that Randolph Oduber lost in the sky. DiFazio then scored on a wild pitch extending the Pelican lead to 3-0. The day ended in the seventh for Ray who gave up three runs with just two earned and struck out two. It was the first time into the seventh for Ray in his professional career.
The Pelicans starter Cody Buckel had no problems with the Nationals. He tossed six innings striking out nine and yielding just three hits while walking one. Buckel struck out nine over six scoreless for the second time against the P-Nats in three starters.
Potomac did finally score in the eighth off of Myrtle Beach reliever Ben Henry. Justin Bloxom led off the inning with a single. Then Adrian Sanchez hit a triple off the right field wall scoring Bloxom to bring the P-Nats within 3-1. But with no out, Randolph Oduber struck out. The next batter Blake Kelso hit into a 1-5 double play lining a ball back to the pitcher Henry who threw out Sanchez who was caught off of third base.
The Nationals last chance was in the ninth inning against Jimmy Reyes of Myrtle Beach. JP Ramirez led off the inning with a double. He would score on a one-out infield single by David Freitas to bring Potomac within 3-2 of Myrtle Beach. Freitas was pinch ran for by Francisco Soriano. With Zach Walters batting, Soriano was caught stealing 1-3-6 on a pick off move by Reyes for the second out of the inning. Walters struck out to end the contest and Reyes earned his second save of the season. Buckel (4-2) lowered his ERA to a Carolina League leading 1.19. Ray (1-2) tossed a quality start but took his first home loss of the season.
Washington 1B/OF Michael Morse comes to the Pfitz tomorrow to start a rehab assignment with Potomac. The Nationals face off with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for a 7:05 PM start.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League
The Hagerstown Suns (30-20) handed the Greensboro Grasshoppers (36-15) just their fifth home loss of the season in a 9-7 at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C., on Monday night.
Suns starting pitcher Alex Meyer (3-3) earned the win by allowing just one run over five innings. Colin Bates delivered three scoreless out of the bullpen before lefty Bobby Lucas was hit four six runs (four earned) in the ninth inning. Aaron Barrett came on to record the final two outs of the game and secure his sixth save of the season, second in as many nights.
Left fielder Billy Burns went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Jason Martinson doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Third baseman Matt Skole hit his team-leading 11th home run of the season.
Grasshoppers starting pitcher Charlie Lowell (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits in five innings. Shortstop Ryan Goetz went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, his first homer of the season.
The Suns will play game two of the series with Greensboro on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. when RHP Taylor Hill (4-3) makes the start for the Suns against Greensboro’s RHP Jose Urena (3-3).
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (23-27)
Corey Brown: Brown is the current minor league player everyone wants to see called up to the big club. He’s been on fire for the Chiefs, especially over the last ten games, where he’s hitting .372/.417/.930 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in that period. He had homered in five straight games through Friday, but curiously hasn’t played since that time, perhaps on instruction from the big club as they assess Chad Tracy‘s injured groin. Brown is a
rightleft-handed hitting outfielder that can play all three positions, and for the season is hitting .297/.399/.584 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs.
Mark Teahen: The veteran infielder is slumping, hitting just .189/.262/.270 over the last ten games, though he’s driven in six runs in his past four contests. For the season, Teahen is hitting .282/.349/.391 and has played all four corners.
Zach Duke: The lefty had a rough week, allowing nine earned runs in 11 innings over two starts. He gave up 16 hits and five walks, striking out just five. For the season, the MLB veteran is 5-2 with a 4.25 ERA and .277 BAA in nine starts.
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League (27-22)
Jesus Valdez: Valdez, 28, is no longer a prospect, but he’s been hot for Harrisburg, hitting .395/.400/.658 over his last ten games, including a two-homer game Sunday against Reading. For the season, he’s hitting .305/.329/.433.
Eury Perez: Perez continues to work on his game in Double-A, and over his last ten games he’s .268/.333/.268 with three RBIs and five stolen bases, though he’s been caught four times as well. For the season, he’s hitting .257/.294/.293 with 13-for-19 steals. Still very much a work in progress, Perez will turn 22 on Wednesday.
Destin Hood: Another 22-year old prospect, Hood’s had a tough go of it recently, hitting just .175/.244/.200 over his last ten games. He has one extra base hit during that time, a double on May 18 against Bowie. This season, Hood is hitting .220/.291/.302 and really struggling against right-handed pitchers, hitting a paltry .193.
Daniel Rosenbaum: The most prolific pitching prospect in the system right now due to graduation or attrition by trade, Rosenbaum had an uncharacteristicly poor outing Wednesday against Altoona, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four. For the season, the 24-year old is 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA and .194 BAA in nine starts. He’s struck out 41 and walked just nine in 63 1/3 innings.
Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League (19-27)
David Freitas: The catcher has been productive att he plate in his last ten games, going .296/.457/.370 with seven runs driven in. For the season, his .407 OBP is very encouraging.
Michael Taylor: The toolsy, 21-year old outfielder is 11-for-40 (.275) in his last ten games with six RBIs in and five extra-base hits, all doubles. For the season, Taylor — who some think has a chance to be the Nats center fielder of the future — is just 8-for 15 in stolen bases this season, though his .345 OBP is showing signs of better plate discipline.
Robbie Ray: Tuesday was a nice outing for the 20-year old lefty. He gave up just one earned run on five hits and two walks — striking out eight — in 5 2/3 innings. That halted a string of three consecutive poor starts for Ray, who’d given up at least four earned runs in each of the three previous games.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League (29-20)
Matthew Skole: The slugging third baseman has been raking in his last ten games to the tune of .371/.476/.657 with two homers and six RBIs. The 6’4″, 230 22-year old for the season is hitting .309/.456/.562 with ten homers and 48 RBIs. The power is legit, but his 13 errors makes many wonder if he isn’t destined for first base at some point in his near future.
Billy Burns: The diminutive (5’9″, 180) speedster is having a great season leading off for th Suns but is in a little dry patch right now, hitting just .258/.303/.355 in his last ten games. Overall, the Nats 2011 32nd round pick is hitting .300/.427/.379 and is 19-for-21 in stolen bases.
Alex Meyer: Meyer had a good game this week, allowing just one hit and two walks in five innings Wednesday against Greensboro. He struck out eight, but did not factor in the decision. For the season, he’s 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA in nine starts.
Nathan Karns: Karns threw a gem Saturday, beating Lakewood 7-1, Karns went seven innings, allowing one run on one hit and one walks, striking out ten to improve his record to 2-0 for the season with a 2.35 ERA in 10 games, four starts.
Compiled from press releases by Washington Nationals minor league affiliates
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League
The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, dropped their second straight game to the Columbus Clippers with a 9-6 loss on Saturday night. Syracuse clawed its way back from a 9-0 deficit with a five-run seventh inning and a rally in the ninth, but the Clippers hung on for the victory.
Although Syracuse (23-26) and Columbus (23-25) combined for 14 total runs, neither team scored until the fifth inning. But the Clippers then broke a scoreless game open against right-hander Yunesky Maya. Russ Canzler doubled, Andy LaRoche singled and Matt Pagnozzi walked to start the inning.
Maya struck out Jason Donald on an inside-corner fastball for the first out, but center fielder Ezequiel Carrera laced a two-run double to right-center field, scoring Canzler and LaRoche for the game’s first two runs. Lonnie Chisenhall tacked on a sacrifice fly, upping the lead to 3-0, before Matt LaPorta was intentionally walked to bring up Jared Goedert. But Goedert would make the Chiefs pay by clubbing a three-run home run, putting Columbus ahead 6-0.
The Clippers tacked on some valuable insurance runs in the next two innings. Pagnozzi’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly scored Canzler for a 6-0 lead, with Maya exiting after five and two-thirds innings. In the seventh, Canzler’s run-scoring single and Pagnozzi’s bases-loaded walk each plated a run against right-hander Erik Arnesen.
But Syracuse launched an improbable late-game rally starting in the seventh. Jhonatan Solano’s infield single and Brett Carroll’s walk started the threat against Clippers starter Corey Kluber. Two batters later, Rivero ignited the inning with a two-run double. After a Josh Johnson single and Seth Bynum lineout, Jarrett Hoffpauir hit a pop-up to shallow center field for what looked to be the inning’s final out. However, Carrera dropped the ball for an error, with Rivero and Johnson scoring on the play to cut Columbus’ lead to 9-4. Dan Wheeler then came on in relief of Kluber, but Mark Teahen greeted the veteran right-hander rudely with a run-scoring single, capping the scoring in the inning.
In the ninth, the Chiefs loaded the bases with no outs against right-hander Cody Allen to bring the tying run to the plate. Johnson walked before Bynum and Hoffpauir lined back-to-back singles, bringing up the heart of the Syracuse order. But Allen settled down, retiring Teahen on a run-scoring groundout before Xavier Paul struck out and Solano popped out to end the game.
The Chiefs and Clippers will close out their four-game series on Sunday night at 6:30, with a fireworks show slated for after the game. Syracuse right-hander Tanner Roark and Columbus left-hander Drew Seddon are the scheduled starters.
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League
Saturday night on City Island the Harrisburg Senators snapped a two-game losing streak by knocking off the Reading Phillies 5-4. Harrisburg used two solo-homers to take leads in the first inning and again in the fourth.
The Senators got started in the first when Jose Lozada hit his second home-run in as many nights giving the Senators a 1-0 lead. Reading tied the game in the third on an RBI-single from Tug Hulett.
With the game still tied in the fourth, Tim Pahuta cranked his third home-run in the last week, and his sixth of the season to give the Sens a 2-1 advantage.
The Senators offense continued in the fifth inning. Eury Perez and Jose Lozada, who each had three hits on the evening, singled to begin the frame. Two batters later, Tim Pahuta batted in his 24th run of the season with this one coming on a sacrifice fly to left field. That was followed by Chris Rahl singling and driving in Lozada.
However, Reading would not go quietly. In the sixth inning, Sebastian Valle hit two-run home-run to left-center field to make it a 4-3 game. After Demny issued a two-out walk, Harrisburg called on RH Kevin Pucetas to work out of the jam.
Pucetas forced pinch-hitter Jeremy Barnes to ground out, and the inning was over. Pucetas went on to work 2.1 innings of hitless relief while striking out four.
Harrisburg added a much needed insurance run in the sixth, after Devin Ivany tripled to begin the inning, and scored on a Eury Perez RBI-single.
In the ninth against Eric Davis, Reading scored on a bad-hop single from Cesar Hernandez to make it a 5-4 game. With the count then 3-0 against the next hitter, Tug Hulett, the Senators elected to issue an intentional pass to face Darin Ruf with the bases loaded.
On the first pitch of the at-bat, Davis induced Ruf into hitting a ground ball right at shortstop Chris McConnell, who turned a game-ending double-play.
Game three of the series comes Sunday afternoon from Metro Bank Park. Harrisburg sends RH Jeff Mandel against Reading RH Trevor May.
Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League
The Lynchburg Hillcats used three home runs off of Potomac starter Matt Swynenberg to beat the Nationals 7-2 at City Stadium on Saturday night. With the win, Lynchburg increased their Northern Division lead over Potomac to 6.5 games.
P-Nats starter RHP Matt Swynenberg came into tonight’s contest giving up just one home run in 2012 over 45 innings. In the second with a runner at first, Edward Salcedo smacked a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence and the Hillcats took a 2-0 lead.
Lynchburg’s offense continued their barrage in the third inning with Matt Lipka hitting a line drive over the fence in left for his second homer of the year — a solo shot extending the lead to 3-0. The Hillcats added another run in the inning on an Adam Milligan single to expand the lead to 4-0.
The Nationals got to Lynchburg starter Gus Schlosser in the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, Kevin Keyes hit a sac fly scoring David Freitas to narrow the margin to 4-1. The next batter J.P. Ramirez, who had three hits in the contest, knocked a two-out single to right plating Zach Walters and the Lynchburg advantage was just 4-2.
However, in the bottom half of the inning, Lynchburg responded by scored again on a home run. Mycal Jones hit a solo shot out to left for his first homer of the year in the Carolina League and the lead grew to 5-2. It was the first time in the professional career of Swynenberg he’s given up three home runs. The Hillcats scored one more off of Swynenberg with a Lipka single and the lead was 6-2 after four innings.
The only other run in the game was a RBI single by Jones in the seventh inning that produced the final score of 7-2. Lynchburg reliever Chasen Shreve, a teammate of Bryce Harper in college, tossed the final two innings without giving up a run.
Schlosser (6-2), who tossed eight innings Opening Night against Potomac in a win for the Hillcats, went seven innings scattering six hits which were all singles earning the win. Swynenberg (3-3) took his second loss on the road trip in as many starts.
Sunday the Nationals and Hillcats finish their three-game series at 2:05 PM with RHP Adam Olbrychowski (1-4, 7.20) making his first start off of the DL.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League
The Hagerstown Suns (28-20) used a complete game effort from Nathan Karns in game one of a doubleheader to beat the Lakewood BlueClaws(19-29), 7-1, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J., on Saturday night. The Suns fell in game two, 7-5.
Karns (2-0) struck out a career high ten batters in a complete game one-hitter, leading Hagerstown to a fourth consecutive win. Right fielder Steven Souza went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Suns offense. Third baseman Matt Skole also went 2-for-3, blasting his team leading tenth home run of the season. Shortstop Jason Martinson had two hits and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to six games.
BlueClaws starter Lino Martinez (3-3) suffered his second loss to Hagerstown this season, allowing four runs on four hits over three innings pitched. First baseman Kelly Dugan broke up Karns’ no-hitter with an RBI double in the fourth inning, the BlueClaws’ only hit of the game.
In game two, the Suns fell behind 5-0 early and could not recover, despite RBIs from five different players. Brian Goodwin went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, RBI and two runs scored. Martinson extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI hit and two more runs scored, raising his league-leading total to 52.
Hagerstown starting pitcher Jason Smith (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on four hits over 1.2 innings in his South Atlantic League debut.
Lakewood right fielder Kyrell Hudson hit his first home run of the season and had three RBIs to lead the BlueClaws offense. Centerfielder Gauntlet Eldemire was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Reliever Luis Paulino (1-1) earned the win with 2.1 scoreless innings pitched, while Colton Murray (2) delivered a scoreless ninth inning for the save.
The Suns will conclude their six-game series with the BlueClaws on Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. The Suns have yet to announce a probable starting pitcher for the game, while the BlueClaws will send RHP Ramon Oviedo (1-0) to the mound for the start.
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Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League
Brown’s first-inning blast to right field gave Syracuse (23-24) a 1-0 lead. Columbus (21-25) answered quickly against Chiefs starter Zach Duke with a pair of runs in the top of the second. However, the Chiefs batted around in the second inning, scoring five runs, and sent 11 hitters to the plate in a six-run third inning to take control of the game.
After Jhonatan Solano, Brett Carroll, and Carlos Rivero led the second inning off with consecutive hits to score two runs, Seth Bynum belted a two-run homer to give the Chiefs a 5-2 edge. Syracuse added on one more in that second inning when Mark Teahen plated Josh Johnson on a sacrifice fly.
In the third, Solano, Carroll, and Rivero all reached base again, and Bynum delivered another big hit. This time, he shot a double to right field which scored Solano and Carroll, while moving Rivero to third. That gave the Chiefs a 7-3 lead and forced Clippers starter Eric Berger out of the game. Jarrett Hoffpauir and Xavier Paul both tacked on run-scoring singles later in the inning, while Teahen added another run by drawing a bases-loaded walk. The Chiefs led 12-3 after three frames.
Syracuse scored once more in the seventh. Bynum led off with a single and Brown brought him home with a triple to center field. The Chiefs’ offense finished the night with 14 hits, highlighted by three each from Bynum and Brown.
Though Duke allowed four runs in six innings, Syracuse’s bullpen trio of Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Pat Lehman, and Josh Wilkie teamed up for three innings of scoreless relief.
Syracuse has now won seven in a row at home and 11 of its last 14 overall.
The Chiefs continue their series with the Clippers at Alliance Bank Stadium on Friday night at 7:00 when John Lannan faces off against Columbus’ David Huff.
In game one, Suns starting pitcher Taylor Hill (4-3) delivered 6.1 shutout innings and struck out a career-high seven batters en-route to his fourth win of the season. Aaron Barrett (4) was called upon to record the final two outs of the game to earn his team leading fourth save.
Matt Skole’s RBI double in the fourth inning proved to be the game-winner and drove in his club-high 44th RBI of the season. Later in the inning, Caleb Ramsey added an RBI sac-fly, his 28th RBI of the season and 8th in his last five games.
BlueClaws starter Ethan Stewart (0-5) suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs on four hits in a complete game effort.
After falling behind 2-0 early in game two, the Suns rallied to take the lead, 3-2, in the sixth inning with a Jason Martinson two-run triple and another go-ahead RBI hit from Skole. Lakewood’s Brian Pointer tied the game in the seventh inning with a solo home run, but the Suns bounced back in the eighth inning. Cutter Dykstra singled and then stole second and third base, and was eventually knocked in by Skole’s second game-winning hit of the day. Skole finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs to bring his season total to 46.
Game two starter Pedro Encarnacion did not factor in the decision, pitching five innings and allowing two runs on three hits and two strike outs. Reliever Colin Bates earned the win in his Suns debut, allowing one run in the final two innings of the game. BlueClaws reliever Colton Murray (1-2) took the loss.
The Suns will send LHP Kylin Turnbull (1-3) to the mound against Lakewood’s RHP Colin Kleven (3-3) in game three of the series on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League
Syracuse was off Wednesday. They start a four-game home series with Columbus on Thursday. Zach Duke (4-2, 4.02) faces Eric Berger (1-1, 2.65) at 7:00 pm at Alliance Bank Stadium.
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League
Having lost four out of five entering Tuesday, the Senators were looking for a little luck and some hitting and found both on their way to a doubleheader sweep of Altoona by scores of 5-3 and 3-2. With the two wins, the Senators improved to 18-8 on the road and 25-20 overall. Altoona drops to 20-24 and with their loss in game one, had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Danny Rosenbaum (6-0) and Pat McCoy (2-0) were the winning pitchers in the two games for Harrisburg.
In game one, Rosenbaum wasn’t his usual self, walking three batters and allowing seven hits, but the Senators offense did just enough to win the game 5-3. Jesus Valdez singled in Chris Rahl with the first run of the game after Rahl tripled. With the score tied 1-1, Tim Pahuta homered in the fourth to put the Sens up 2-1. In the fifth, Rosenbaum helped his own cause with an RBI single followed by an RBI ground out by Eury Perez. Harrisburg scored their final run in the sixth inning when Pahuta doubled and then scored on a pop out to first baseman Matt Curry who then, thinking there were two outs, flipped the ball in the stands which allowed Pahuta to score.
Rosenbaum lasted into the sixth inning before Christian Garcia took over. Garcia gave up a double to score a run, then gave up two singles in the seventh before striking out Curry to end the game. Garcia earned his sixth save on the season.
In game two, Brandon Cumpton started for Altoona and retired the first nine Senators while Altoona scored twice against Ryan Tatusko in the bottom of the third inning. Tatusko allowed a lead-off home run in the third to Quincy Latimore which was followed by a Elyvis Gonzalez hitting a double. Pat McCoy relieved Tatusko and gave up a single to Brock Holt, scoring Gonzalez and giving Altoona a 2-0 lead. In the top of the third, Eury Perez lead-off with an infield single. Jose Lozada singled him around to third. Jesus Valdez followed with an RBI double, putting runners at second and third with no outs.
Then with one out, Rahl hit a grounder to third that Gonzalez threw to the plate, but the throw hit Lozada allowing him to score to tie the game. Valdez then scored the go ahead which turned into the winning run on a balk. Marco Frias followed Pat McCoy and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings before turning the game over to Erik Davis who pitched out of a second and third jam by inducing Miles Durham to bounce out to short stop. Davis gave up a two-out hit in the seventh, but retired Robby Grossman on a fly ball to center to end the game.
The final game of the series is Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. with RH Rob Gilliam on the hill for Harrisburg against RH Shairon Martis for Altoona.
Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League
For the second time in three games, the Potomac Nationals were shut out by the Wilmington Blue Rocks in a 3-0 loss this morning. The Blue Rocks held the P-Nats to just two runs in the three-game sweep.
Potomac had chances early against winless Wilmington starter Tyler Sample. They put runners on base in five of the six innings against Sample but couldn’t get a runner to third totaling just two hits against the Rocks starter.
The Blue Rocks scored their first run in the fourth inning against P-Nat starter Matt Grace. Brett Eibner walked to open the inning. He advanced to second then third on a pair of groundouts. Jose Bonilla just beat out an infield single to the hole at short to score Eibner giving the Blue Rocks a 1-0 lead.
Wilmington added insurance in the eighth with two runs. Eibner knocked a single scoring Whit Merrifield to increase the lead to 2-0. Cheslor Cuthbert knocked a double that easily scored Eibner from first and opened the Wilmington advantage to 3-0.
Sam Runion came on and tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the 3-0 win for Wilmington. It was the first save in the first chance of the year for Runion.
Sample (1-5) got his first win of the year striking out six over five-plus innings. Grace (2-6) took the loss tossing a career-high seven and a third innings. Grace has earned a decision in all eight of his starts.
In the series, the Potomac offense was anemic. The Nationals scored just two runs on twelve hits being shut out twice. They did not hit a home run. Today, they failed to move a runner to third after sending just one runner to third in game one of the series on Monday.
After a day off tomorrow, Potomac starts a three-game series in Lynchburg on Friday night. Trevor Holder (2-0, 6.00) makes his second spot start for the Nationals with first pitch at 6:05 PM. The P-Nats return home on Monday to face Myrtle Beach at 7:05 PM.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League
The Hagerstown Suns (24-18) rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning, but could not hold the Greensboro Grasshoppers(31-13) as they went on to beat the Suns, 8-6, in ten innings at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Suns starting pitcher Alex Meyer did not factor in the decision after going five innings allowing one run (solo home run) while striking out seven batters. Travis Henke suffered the loss, allowing three runs over 1.2 innings out of the bullpen in his Suns debut. Caleb Ramsey blasted two home runs in the game, a two-run shot in the second inning and the game-tying three-run homer in the eighth, to finish the game with five RBIs. Matt Skole cranked his team leading ninth home run of the season.
Grasshoppers starter Charlie Lowell allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in a no-decision. Reliever Scott Lyman (1-0) earned the win, allowing four runs on three hits over four innings out of the bullpen. Third baseman Josh Adams led the Greensboro attack going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Centerfielder Brent Keys finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Suns will now travel to Lakewood and begin a six game series with the BlueClaws, starting with a doubleheader on Thursday night at 6:05 p.m.