May 062013
 

A.J. ColeWith six shutout innings and nine K’s last Friday night, A.J. Cole earned the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week honors for the period of April 29th to May 5th.

Cole walked none and let up just four hits to earn his first High-A win for the Washington organization. He retired the leadoff batter fives times out of six and allowed just one runner to get into scoring position (he was stranded at third after a double play and a strikeout).

Overall, Cole is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.94, an FIP of 2.46, and a WHIP of 1.25 with 34 strikeouts (9.56 per 9IP) and six walks (1.69) in 32 innings pitched.

The 21-year-old was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 draft out of Oviedo HS in… wait for it… Oviedo, FL but traded away to Oakland as part of a four-for-two transaction more commonly known as the Gio Gonzalez trade. Cole was re-acquired this past January in a three-team trade between Seattle, Washington and Oakland.

May 062013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5
(11 inn.)
@ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (0-3, 7.45) vs.
Archer (4-1, 4.06)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Broderick (1-2, 5.34) vs.
Sadler (3-2, 3.50)
Potomac Won, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 5-4;
G2 PPD
@ Rome,
5:00 p.m.
Pineyro (1-2, 4.58) and
Pena (2-2, 4.43) vs.
LaFreniere (2-0, 4.50) and
Scoggin (2-2, 4.98)

Norfolk 6 Syracuse 5 (11 inn.)
• Young 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perez 3-6, R, 2B
• Kobernus 2-6, 2R, SB
• Rhymes 2-5, BB, 2RBI

After taking a two-run lead with single runs in the 6th and 7th, the Chiefs gave it back with a three-run 8th but tied the Tide with a two-out Will Rhymes RBI single in the 9th. Alas, Norfolk got to Mike Crotta (the seventh Syracuse pitcher) in the 11th for the deciding run, 6-5. Chris Young got the start and gave up just two runs on six hits and one walk (all season lows) with four strikeouts. Eury Perez scored the tying run with the second of his three singles, which led the Syracuse hit column. Jeff Kobernus and Micah Owings both scored two runs, with Kobernus swiping his 13th bag, which would lead any league without Billy Hamilton (17).

Binghamton 6 Harrisburg 1
• Clay (L, 3-1) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rendon 2-4, BB, 2K
• Hood 2-4, 2B, 2K, OF assist at 2B

Harrisburg was one hit shy of Binghamton, but outhomered 3-0 and outscored 6-1. Caleb Clay took the loss, giving up six hits and four runs, three coming via two home runs allowed. He walked one and struck out two. Anthony Rendon both went 2-for-4 and struck out twice as the Senators were a woeful 1-for-14 with RISP and 11 runners left on. Pat McCoy gave up the third big fly and the final two B-Mets runs in the 8th. Pat Lehman, activated from the DL after Marcos Frias was struck by a line drive on Saturday night, pitched a scoreless 9th.

Potomac 3 Carolina 2
• Hill 7IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Mirowski (BS, 2;W, 2-2) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Burns 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SB
• Taylor 2-5, RBI

For the second time in less than a week, Billy Burns and Michael Taylor teamed up for the walk-steal-walkoff as Potomac edged Myrtle Beach, 3-2 to take the series 2-1 and close out the homestand 5-2. The steal was Burns’s Carolina League-leading 14th while Taylor’s single was his second of the game, but just the third P-Nat hit from scoring position as the P-Nats struggled to plate their nine hits and six walks, not to mention three Pelican errors. Taylor Hill gave up just two hits over seven innings, but one was a solo shot. He walked two and struck out seven. Richie Mirowski got the win with an unearned run over the last two frames, allowing two hits and a walk but setting down three on strikes.

Hagerstown 5 Augusta 4 — GAME ONE
• Turnbull (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Hudgins (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Benincasa (SV, 5) 1IP, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Miller 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI
• Schill 2-3, RBI

Brandon Miller doubled and scored twice, homered once, and drove in three runs as the Suns edged the Braves, 5-4 in what was to be the first of two in Rome, GA yesterday afternoon. Kylin Tunrbull got the win, but continues to give up the long hits, allowing seven total with five going for extra bases (two homers, two doubles, and a triple) as he gave up four runs and walked one with three strikeouts in his second start since being demoted from Potomac. Will Hudgins pitched a scoreless 6th for his second hold while Robert Benincasa walked two and struck out three in the 7th for his fifth save.

Hagerstown vs. Augusta — GAME TWO (PPD.)
The rains came back and postponed game two. They’ll try to get in two tonight, weather permitting.

May 052013
 

Potomac scored in each of its first three turns at bat but couldn’t keep up with Myrtle Beach, as the Pelicans scored the last eight runs of the game to hand the P-Nats an 11-5 defeat.

Brian Dupra took the hill in a spot start created by Monday’s rainout, but fell victim to his own mistakes. With a little luck, one or none of the first three runs might not have scored.

Tip your cap to Myrtle Beach for making him pay for a two-out walk with a two-out double in the 1st. Gnash your teeth at the wild-pitch strikeout that put the leadoff man on in the 3rd. But give the Pelicans credit for stealing second to take away the double play, and exploiting the extra out with a two-run home run to the fourth batter of the inning.

At the time, neither mistake seemed critical. Three extra-base hits in the bottom of the 1st erased the 1-0 deficit as Michael Taylor doubled with one out, Jason Martinson tripled with two down, and Adrian Nieto plated Martinson with an opposite-field, ground-rule double that might have gone for an inside-the-park job had it not bounced out of play. Pelican RF Preston Beck dove and missed and was slow to get up and was eventually removed from the game, though three K’s in three AB’s might have been a factor as well.

Back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Billy Burns and Taylor (set up by Burns’s 13th SB) extended the lead to 4-1. Adrian Sanchez served up the fifth and final run with an opposite-field liner to right, which has become something of a trademark for the Venezuelan this season.

Potomac put two runners on in the 4th but it was the last true threat as starter Victor Payano stranded them and turned in two more scoreless for an ugly line of five runs on nine hits over six innings, but got the win nevertheless.

Dupra hit the wall in the 5th, giving up a single, walk, then a double and leaving with runners on second and third. Matt Grace was the first man out of the ‘pen but couldn’t strand either and was charged with three runs of his own over three innings on six hits and no walks.

Greg Holt followed Grace and retired four straight batters before giving up a single with one out in the 9th and was on the verge of finishing the night with two scoreless frames until Kellin Deglan took him deep for a two-run shot that capped off the Pelicans onslaught.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 14-15 and two games off the pace in the Northern Division of the Carolina League. Taylor Hill (3-1, 2.43) gets the start in this afternoon’s rubber match and a chance to win both the series and close out the homestand with a 5-2 mark. Myrtle Beach will send Jerad Eickhoff (2-2, 4.44) to stop him and go for win no. 18 in game no. 30.

May 052013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-1 @ Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Young (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Stinson (1-0, 1.96)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Clay (3-0, 2.17) vs.
Cohoon (2-0, 4.35)
Potomac Lost, 11-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (3-1, 2.43) vs.
Eickhoff (2-2, 4.44)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Rome,
2:00 p.m.
Turnbull (1-0, 1.50) and
vs. Pineyro (1-2, 4.58) vs.
W. Perez (3-1, 3.08)
Scoggin (2-2, 4.98)

Syracuse 9 Norfolk 1
• Ohlendorf (W, 3-3) 7⅓ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Crotta 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 4-5, 3R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• Walters 3-5, R, RBI
• Rivero 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

The fourth was strong with Syracuse as the Chiefs scored nine unanswered runs in a 9-1 victory over the Norfolk Tides. Just three hits did Ross Ohlendorf give up as seven and a third innings he did pitch, the solo run on a home run in the first. Jeff Kobernus led the 15-hit attack with a 4-for-5 night with a double and two RBI and two stolen bases. Zach Walters was close behind with three singles in five ABs as five Chiefs had multiple hits. The win ended a five-game losing streak.

Binghamton 8 Harrisburg 2
• Demny (L, 1-4) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K
• Holder 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hague 1-3, R, 2K
• Head 1-4, 2RBI

A three-run 4th knocked Paul Demny from the box as Harrisburg fell to Binghamton, 8-2. It was the fifth time in six starts that Demny failed to go six innings, as he was charged with five runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks, though he did strike out seven. Trevor Holder turned in two perfect innings of relief to start, but the offense never got going, tallying just three hits and three walks while fanning eight times. Anthony Rendon drew a walk but struck out twice in three ABs his return to the minors.

Carolina 11 Potomac 5
• Dupra (L, 0-1) 4+ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Taylor 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Burns 2-4, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Dykstra 2-5

Just two innings saw neither team score as Myrtle Beach pounded Potomac Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown vs. Augusta — PPD

Heavy rains rendered the field unplayable in the series opener, which is scheduled to be made up this afternoon with a doubleheader.

May 042013
 

Transactions for NPP 3With the activation of 3B Ryan Zimmerman, IF Anthony Rendon has been optioned back to Harrisburg, setting off a chain of moves (some of which were previously reported in this morning News & Notes, but repeated here for the sake of clarity)…

SYRACUSE

  • OF Erik Komatsu promoted from Harrisburg
  • OF Jimmy Van Ostrand reassigned to Harrisburg
  • C Jeff Howell activated from Temporary Inactive List (TIL), reassigned to Harrisburg

HARRISBURG

  • C Kris Watts placed on the 7-Day DL
  • IF Anthony Rendon optioned from Washingtonn
  • IF Francisco Soriano reassigned to Potomac

POTOMAC

  • RHP Taylor placed on the TIL

The TIL maneuver was used several times last summer, typically with starters that had just pitched and would not be missed anyways. Compared to the “Hellenic Flu” that Kris Watts just caught, this is much more honest. Ultimately, I’m expecting another Potomac player to be removed from the roster and/or sent to XST.

As usual, we learn of releases via the weekly transaction post from BA, which saw the Nats setting loose 21-year-old Gregori Baez, who hit the wall with a 1-1 mark, a 9.64ERA and 2.25WHIP in 9⅓ innings over three starts for Auburn last summer.

May 042013
 

Don’t look now. But these P-Nats are starting to gel into something that might just be a contender.

Of course, that’s easy to think when, for a third straight night, the starting pitcher turns in a stellar outing and the offense breaks into double digits in both runs and hits.

It was A.J. Cole’s turn to shine as the 21-year-old struck out nine over six shutout innings. He walked none and allowed just four hits, retiring the leadoff man five times out six.

That one time the first batter wasn’t retired was a pool-cue single that skipped past Cole and Adrian Sanchez couldn’t scamper in and sling it over in time. Another single put runners on first and second, but Sanchez, who wasn’t really to blame for not getting the 80-foot dribbler, teamed up with Jason Martinson for the 4-6-3 DP to clip the Pelicans’ rally with Cole delivering the killshot with a strikeout.

Backup catcher Cole Leonida, who usually spells Adrian Nieto (the DH last night) behind the plate, made the case for more playing time with a three-run blast in the bottom of the second that started the P-Nats scoring binge.

It was also the first of three innings in which Potomac had multiple runners reach base, albeit with a little help. A hit batsmen in the 6th got the bases loaded for Randolph Oduber, who cashed in the second big chance as the Groovin’ Aruban drilled a three-run triple to right-center. In the 7th, a Sanchez and Leonida went back-to-back with RBI singles to take advantage when Caleb Ramsey reached on an error following a one-out single by Nieto.

Potomac would get their tenth run in the 8th when Myrtle Beach once again couldn’t quite execute (it should be noted that the Pelicans have just eight players that aren’t 22 or younger, a byproduct of the Rangers tendency towards HS players and IFAs, not to mention being Thirsty-Thursday-Night loaded with talent) as Michael Taylor scored on a wild pitch on a Nieto strikeout with runners on the corners.

Christian Meza followed Cole with two innings of relief, allowing an unearned run on a double that followed a missed catch as Sanchez attempted to complete a 6-4-3 double play without the baseball. Colin Bates finished out the game, giving up two unearned runs on a Ramsey error in the 9th.

The win evens Potomac at 14-14 for the season, one game behind Lynchburg (14-12) and Frederick (15-13) as the Carolina League remains bunched up like a cheap pair of und…er, tube socks with all eight teams within five games of one another.

Thanks to Monday’s rainout, Brian Dupra (1-2, 3.72 at Hagerstown, scoreless IP for Potomac on Wednesday) makes the spot start tonight. Victor Payano (1-2, 4.76) is his counterpart for Myrtle Beach.

May 042013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-3, 5.46) vs.
Britton (1-0, 1.98)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (1-3, 6.12) vs.
Goeddel (1-2, 5.70)
Potomac Won, 10-3 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.76)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (1-0, 1.50) vs.
W. Perez (3-1, 3.08)

Norfolk 8 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 2-2) 5IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR
• Romero 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, RBI
• Komatsu 1-2, R, BB

This one was over early as the Tide rolled in for five in the first and cruised to another 8-2 win over the Chiefs. Starter Danny Rosenbaum doubled his season strikeout total with five on the night but also gave up twice as many runs (six) and a pair of home runs for 10 hits total over five innings. Will Rhymes led the seven-hit offensive effort with a 2-for-4 night and an RBI as Syracuse avoided the shutout with a two-spot in the eighth.

Harrisburg 3 Binghamton 1
• Treinen (W, 3-3) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 5K, WP, BK
• Holland (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 3B
• Johnson 2-4, R, RBI

The Senators returned to .500 with a 3-1 win over the Binghamton Mets. Blake Treinen evened his win-loss mark at three apiece with seven scoreless innings with five hits and one walk allowed. Neil Holland led a trio of relievers with a scoreless eighth while Aaron Barrett nailed things down by striking out the lone batter he faced with the tying runs on base in the 9th for his fifth save. The top four batters combined to go 5-for-15 with a double (Bloxom) and a triple (Goodwin) with Josh Johnson the sole Senator to have multiple hits at 2-for-4. Roster moves: C Jeff Howell was reassigned from Syracuse, with C Kris Watts placed on the 7-Day DL to make room of the Senators roster. Today, 3B Anthony Rendon will be activated with IF Francisco Soriano to be reassigned to Potomac per Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News.

Potomac 10 Carolina 3
• Cole (W, 1-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 9K
• Meza 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Leonida 2-3, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Burns 3-4, BB, RBI
• Oduber 1-3, 3B, 3RBI

A.J. Cole struck out a season-high nine as the P-Nats broke into double digits for the fourth time this season Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 9 Augusta 1
• Andwerson (W, 2-1) 6IP, 0H, 0R, 5BB, 7K
• Fischer (SV, 3) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2-1 IR-S
• McQuillan 3-4, R, RBI, SB, SAC, E(8)
• Pleffner 3-5, R, RBI

A seven-run 8th busted open a pitcher’s duel as the Suns pitchers combined to one-hit the GreenJackets in a 9-1 smackdown. Dixon Anderson walked five and struck out seven over six no-hit frames. Bryan Harper walked one in his 2/3rds of an inning while David Fischer let ‘im in on a wild pitch but closed out the game with two and a 1/3rds innings pitched and the lone Augusta hit surrendered. Hagerstown pounded out 13 hits with Mike McQuillan and Shawn Pleffner both racking up three singles.

May 032013
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 9-17, 6th place I.L. North, 8½ games behind

Good Chris Marrero .337/.385/.614, 6HR, 20RBI
Bad Yunesky Maya 0-3, 7.45 ERA, 1.62WHIP .310 OBA
Interesting Danny Rosenbaum 1.14ERA, 5K, 45GO in 23⅔ IP

HARRISBURG SENATORS 13-14, T2nd place E.L. West, 2 games behind

Good Nathan Karns 2-0, 1.13ERA, 0.88 WHIP in last four starts
Bad Brian Goodwin 36K in 27G
Interesting Justin Bloxom .325/.341/.500 in last 10G

POTOMAC NATIONALS 13-14, T2nd place C.L. North, 2 games behind

Good Michael Taylor .270/.341/.486, 2HR, 5SB, 8RBI in last 10G
Bad Christian Meza 2.28WHIP, 9.31ERA in six appearances
Interesting Blake Schwartz 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11K in 11IP over first two High-A starts

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 15-11, T1st place Sally North, 2½ games ahead

Good Pedro Encarnacion 1.93 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, .207 OBA
Bad Hunter Bailey .528 OPS
Interesting Wes Schill 18BB in 18G, team-best .455 OBP
May 032013
 

Who’s the ace of Potomac Nationals staff? Taylor Jordan made his case with eight shutout innings to lead the P-Nats to a 5-1 victory and a 3-1 series win over the Carolina Mudcats.

Facing a Carolina lineup with three lefties and three switch hitters, Jordan pounded the inside the corner all night long, producing 13 outs on the ground — thanks to some nifty defense by Khayyan Norfork, who had seven assists at 2B and combined twice with SS Cutter Dykstra on double plays — and keeping the Mudcat batters.

Indeed, the highlight of the night for Jordan might have been the matchup with the penultimate batter, Zach MacPhee. Jordan fell behind 3-0 with a runner on 2nd and just one out. A fastball inside got the mercy strike. MacPhee twirled the bat as if he were tossing it to the bat boy for ball four but didn’t let go (a rather adept move: a one-handed windmill over the shoulder and back up to the hitting position), which certainly didn’t help his case.

Jordan threw the same pitch to the same location on the 3-1 count. Though the last offering may have been ball four, this was closer, as Nieto made no effort to frame the pitch. MacPhee made the same yes-no-okay-we’re-still-here twirl with with the bat. Jordan threw the same pitch, another inch inside and lower.

Called strike three.Complain if you must about an “ump show,” but there’s not much sympathy for a guy who gets two “warnings.”

Offensively, Potomac would give Jordan all the support he would need early.

Billy Burns beat out an infield tapper despite a Omar Vizquel-style grab and sling from 19-year-old Francisco Lindor (remember that name, kid’s got the Motts), got balked to second and took third on a too-sharp line-drive single to left by Dykstra. Jason Martinson plated him a with a single literally off the pitcher (he stayed in the game) for a 1-0 lead after one.

In the 2nd, Caleb Ramsey, Adrian Sanchez, and Norfork went back-to-back-to-back with singles, with Sanchez executing a sweet hit-and-run to the right side to move Ramsey to third while Norfork got the RBI and took the extra base when Carolina missed the cutoff man. A sacrifice fly by Burns sent in Sanchez and Norfork easily came home on a leg double by Michael Taylor.

Three innings later, Norfork would complete the Potomac scoring by turning around a high fastball to dead center for his first home run of the season.

With the win, Potomac improves to 13-14 and remains two games behind Lynchburg in the Carolina League North. A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.85) takes the hill tonight for the P-Nats against Myrtle Beach’s Luke Jackson (3-0, 1.27) as the Pelicans come to town for the weekend.

May 032013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (2-1, 1.14) vs.
Jurrjens (2-1, 2.64)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (2-3, 4.76) vs.
deGrom (0-2, 4.91)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 4.85) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.76)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 2.25) vs.
Flores (2-0, 1.52)

Norfolk 8 Syracuse 2
• Perry 4+ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Tatusko 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Kobernus 2-4, 2SB (10)
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Tide ripped Ryan Perry for seven runs over four-plus innings as Norfolk defeated Syracuse, 8-2. The 26-year-old walked four and struck out none and gave up nine hits, including a solo shot to Trayvon Robinson. Ryan Tatusko let in two after coming in with the bases loaded and no outs, but stopped the bleeding with four innings of long relief, with just one run allowed (another Robinson HR). Jeff Kobernus and Will Rhymes both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense. Roster Moves: OF-1B Jimmy Van Ostrand reassigned to Harrisburg; OF Erik Komatsu reassigned to Syracuse

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 1
• Karns (W, 2-1) 6⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Barrett 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Head 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Watts 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB

A four-run fifth broke a string of 14 scoreless innings as the Senators pounded out a season-best 13 hits en route to a 6-1 win in the getaway matinee (hey, that rhymes!) versus the Rock Cats. Nathan Karns struggled some early, issuing leadoff walks in the 1st and 3rd innings, but recovered to pitch into the 7th for his second win and second quality start. Pat McCoy stranded one runner while Aaron Barrett stranded two as the two combined for two and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief. Jerad Head led the Harrisburg hit parade with a home run and two singles for his fourth straight multihit game.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Jordan (W, 2-1) 8IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Holt 3BF, 3H, 1R, 1ER
• Self (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 3-4, R
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 1PO, 7A

Taylor Jordan threw eight scoreless innings while Khayyan Norfork dazzled on both offense and defense Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Augusta 2
• Encarnacion (W, 2-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Henke (H, 1) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 3-4, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Ramos 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2K

The Suns scored three in the 2nd and held off the GreenJackets in the 9th for a 3-2 win in Augusta. All three runs came with two out as Tony Renda cashed in the back-to-back walks drawn by Wes Schill and Hunter Bailey to lead off the inning with a two-run single. Mike McQuillan send Renda to third with a safety to RF but couldn’t score from first on “Help Me” Wander Ramos’s double to CF that drove in the third Hagerstown run. Pedro Encarnacion tossed six shutout innings to get the win while the trio of Cody Davis, Travis Henke, and Robert Benincasa each pitched an inning in relief, with Benincasa getting the save, his fourth, though he gave up a home run in the 9th.