|Syracuse||Won, 11-4||vs. Norfolk,
|Mandel (1-2, 1.83) vs.
Johnson (3-6, 2.97)
|Harrisburg||Lost, 8-4||vs. New Hampshire,
|Wang (rehab) vs.
McGuire (4-10, 5.96)
|Potomac||Lost, 11-8||@ Lynchburg,
|Ray (3-6, 5.13) vs.
Schlosser (10-4, 3.22)
|Hagerstown||Won, 10-4||vs. Lakewood,
|Schwartz (Low-A debut)
vs. Milner (1-2, 5.00)
6:05 p.m. (DH)
|Medina (0-0, 3.96) vs.
|GCL Nationals||OFF DAY||vs. GCL Marlins,
|TBD vs. TBD|
|DSL Nationals||Lost, 11-1
|vs. DSL Mets1,
|Valerio (1-4, 3.89) vs.
Rodriguez (3-3, 5.28)
Syracuse 11 Norfolk 4
• Maya (W, 7-8) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Arnesen (SV, 2) 3IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Carroll 1-3, R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Maldonado 1-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Johnson 1-2, 2B, 3BB, 2RBI, SB
The Tides outhomered the Chiefs 3-2 and tied them for hits (13), but the walk differential (9-0) was too much to overcome as Syracuse beat Norfolk, 11-4. Yunesky Maya gave up two solo shots over six innings and seven hits total, but walked none and struck out six for the win. Every starter that came to bat (see below) got a hit, with four batters collecting two safeties. Erik Arnesen was roughed up in the 7th but finished the game for the rulebook save. Roster moves: LHP John Lannan optioned to Syracuse from Washington, and all indications are that OF Corey Brown, who was pulled from the game in the first inning, will be joining the parent club to replace an injured Ian Desmond.
New Britain 8 Harrisburg 4
• Tatusko (L, 2-3) 5+ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Martin (BS, 1) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB
• Ivany 2-4, 2R, SB
• Rahl 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
After taking the lead with a three-run HR by Chris Rahl in the bottom of the 5th, Harrisburg suffered the same fate in the top of the 6th as the Senators fell behind 5-3 and gave up three runs late in an 8-4 loss to New Britain. Rafael Martin gave up the big fly after Ryan Tatusko gave up a walk and a single just before getting lifted with no outs in the 6th. Tastusko took the loss with four runs allowed on four hits and three walks while striking out five. Rahl, Devin Ivany, and Justin Bloxom combined for five of the seven hits Harrisburg collected and three of the four runs scored. After the 11th loss in 13 games, manager Matt LeCroy called out some of his players for their efforts. Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow has the story.
Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 8
• Olbrychowski (L, 4-8) 4IP, 12H, 9R, 8ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Demmin 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Hague 1-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
Potomac couldn’t stand the prosperity of a seven-run lead after two innings and gave it all back and then some with nine runs allowed in the next two innings as Myrtle Beach prevented the sweep with an 11-8 win. Adam Olbrychowski was hit hard for the second straight outing, allowing nine runs on 12 hits and a walk, including a three-run shot in the 4th. Jason Martinson homered twice, scored twice and drove in five while going 3-for-5 to lead the P-Nats attack. After a 5-2 homestand, tied-for-first-place (three teams at 15-15) Potomac heads out on the road for four against Lynchburg and three against Frederick before returning to Woodbridge on the 31st.
Hagerstown 10 Augusta 4
• Hill 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Hollins (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Higley 2-2, 2R, 2-2B, 2BB, 2RBI
Hagerstown got two in the 7th to take the lead and five in the 8th to salt this one away for a 10-4 win over Augusta. Two was the magic number for J.R. Higley as the 24-y.o. doubled, walked, and scored twice while driving in two to lead the Suns offense. Starter Taylor Hill turned in a quality starte with three runs allowed (two earned) on five hits and three walks. The win went to Leonard Hollins, who gave up a run in the 7th but pitched a scoreless 8th. Roster move: LHP Kylin Turnbull was placed on the 7-Day DL.
Batavia 3 Auburn 3 — SUSP.
• Monar 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Davis 3IP, 0H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Montilla 2-4, R
• Lopez 1-2, BB, 2RBI
Rain halted play with one out in the bottom of the 8th before the game was eventually called. It will be continued as part of a doubleheader on August 19.
GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
After a 2-4 week, the G-Nats are still cellar dwellers in the GCL East. Like last week, it’s home games on M-W-F and road games on Tu-Th-Sa.
Roster move: RHP John Peters optioned to the GCL from Auburn.
DSL Cubs2 11 DSL Nationals (Saturday)
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K
• Benitez (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, H, 7R, 7ER, 6BB, 2K
• Bautista 1-3, R
• A. Martinez 1-2, 3B, BB, RBI
Perhaps this may have been best left unreported, but unlike the cable news, we don’t get to pick and choose the news that fits our agenda (well, mostly ;-). A nine-run 6th turned a 1-1 tie into a laugher as the D-Cubs2 squad pummeled the D-Nats, 11-1. Juan Benitez walked six and was charged with seven runs total while getting just two outs in the fateful frame. The D-Nats were held to just four hits total. This week it’s home and away vs. the Mets2, Yankees1, and the Giants as the 21-21 D-Nats try to climb out of 5th place in the Boca Chica South.