Luke Erickson

Luke Erickson is a season-ticket holder for the Potomac Nationals, but makes a point of seeing games in Hagerstown and Harrisburg at least once a summer. When the PNats are away on the weekend, Luke finds a minor-league game somewhere to watch, and generally attends 70-80 baseball games a year up across several states. A former sportswriter with newspapers in Massachusetts and Oregon, Luke lives in Western Fairfax County with his wife and two sons.

May 292016

Another strong outing from Erick Fedde was nearly ruined by an MLB rehab, but the P-Nats survived scares in the 8th and 9th innings to take another from the Dash, 5-2.

About the only issue you could take with his outing is that Fedde put on the leadoff man three times in six innings. Winston-Salem batters reach second just twice — a leadoff double by longtime Dash 1B Keon Barnum in the 2nd, a two-out double by Brett Austin in the 5th.

In between, the 23-y.o. Las Vegas native ran the table with nine straight retired before giving up a leadoff single in the 5th that was erased with a 5-4-3 DP. Fedde finished with four hits allowed, one walk, and five strikeouts to even his won-loss record at 3-3.

Offensively, the lower half of the Potomac order carried the day with six of the nine hits and all five runs scored.

Bryan Mejia (1-for-3) doubled and scored on an Alec Keller (2-for-3) single in the 2nd. Narciso Mesa (2-for-3) led off the 3rd with a single and scored on a 4-6-3 DP, then capped off a three-run 4th with a two-run triple that brought in Keller and David Masters (1-for-3).

Matt Belisle came on in the 7th to “work on stuff” and was worked over by the last-place Winston-Salem lineup for two runs on four hits over two innings. The veteran reliever did strike out three in his third appearance since joining the P-Nats.

R.C. Orlan came on in the 9th and high-wired his way through the 9th with an Osvaldo Abreu error and two wild pitches bringing the tying run up to the plate with two outs before a flyout ended the game.

The win, Potomac’s fourth straight, improved the second-place P-Nats to 26-20 but that’s still 4½ games off the pace set by Lynchburg.

The two teams will meet this afternoon for the third of four games, with Boone Whiting (5-1, 3.45) taking the hill for Potomac vs. Jordan Stephens (0-6, 5.31) for Winston-Salem.

May 292016
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 @ Gwinnett,
2:05 p.m.
Espino (2-4, 3.54) vs.
Jenkins (5-2, 3.02)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Akron,
2:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-4, 4.43) vs.
Plutko (3-2, 2.89)
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Whiting (5-1, 3.45) vs.
Stephens (0-6, 5.31)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1;
Won, 4-0
vs. Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (3-2, 2.25) vs.
Pinto (1-2, 9.33)

Syracuse 6 Gwinnett 5
• Laffey 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Davis (W, 4-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Turner 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• den Dekker 2-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, R, RBI

A 7th inning implosion, which turned a 4-0 lead into a 5-4 deficit, was overcome with single runs in the 8th and 9th as Syracuse edged Gwinnett, 6-5. Sam Runion’s streak of appearances without an earned run came to a screeching halt as the Braves stung him for four runs on three hits and a walk over a 1/3rd of an inning. That erased six shutout innings by starter Aaron Laffey. Runion got some “help” from Matt Grace, who let in both inherited runners and gave up the go-ahead run while getting the last two outs of the 7th. Trea Turner’s RBI single (to go along with a double and a triple) tied it in the 8th while Caleb Ramsey’s two-out single in the 9th completed the comeback. Erik Davis got the win with a scoreless 8th pitched while Rafael Martin worked around a walk in the 9th for his 10th save.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2
• Mapes 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Harper (L, 2-1) 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bostick 2-3, BB, CS
• Difo 2-4, SB

The Senators lead 2-0 early but succumbed to the RubberDucks in the 8th to lose again, 3-2. Tyler Mapes notched his third straight no-decision with five and 2/3rds innings of two-run ball on four hits, including a two-run HR to tie it in the 4th. He walked two and struck out five. Bryan Harper took the loss, giving up the gamewinner in the 8th on two hits and striking out two. Christopher Bostick reached base three times with a walks and two singles to lead the Harrisburg offense, which outhit Akron 8-7 but struck out 12 times.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 2
• Fedde (W, 3-3) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Orlan (S, 6) 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mesa 2-3, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Abreu 1-2, 2BB
• Keller 2-4, R, RBI

Potomac took its fourth straight – second against Winston-Salem – Last Night in Woodbridge.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 1 – GAME ONE
• A. Lee (L, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Pantoja 1IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 0K, HR, 2WP
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2E
• Wiseman 1-3, RBI

If you mustache, Lexington’s batters went to town on Hagerstown’s relievers to turn a 2-0 squeaker into an 8-1 laugher in the opener. Suns starter Andrew Lee, who had struggled in his previous two outings, returned to form with two runs let in (one earned) on three hits and two walks over five innings. Nevertheless, he lost for the second time. Jorge Pantoja, who had been nearly untouchable in his first eight appearances (13⅓ IP, 9H, 1ER) was knocked for six runs and six hits over one-plus innings (6IP, 13H, 8ER in last three outings). Max Schrock singled twice and scored once but also committed two errors as Hagerstown just barely met the Little League standard of a good game with four hits and three errors total.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 0 – GAME TWO
• Crownover (W, 5-1) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Rivera 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Page 3-3, 2B
• Wiseman 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Two Suns pitchers combined on seven-inning, five-hit shutout for a 4-0 win and a doubleheader split. Matt Crownover won his fifth game with five baserunners denied (three hits, two walks) in five innings, while Mariano Rivera III stranding both hits allowed over his two innings (sorry kids, no save). Matt Page and Rhett Wiseman both reached base three times with three singles (two by Page), two doubles (one apiece), and a walk (Wiseman). For those with a mancrush on Victor Robles, he stole two bases (13 & 14) and threw out a runner at 2B but went hitless in the doubleheader.

May 282016
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-1, 3.38) vs.
Banuelos (1st AAA start in ’16)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Mapes (5-2, 3.40) vs.
Carrasco (MLB Rehab)
Potomac Won, 2-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 5.77) vs.
Lowry (3-3, 4.22)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-1, 3.89) and
Avila (3-2, 2.25) vs.
Blewett (2-4, 4.74) and
Garabito (0-1, 11.25)

Syracuse 1 Gwinnett 0
• Voth (W, 3-2) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Gott (H, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (SV, 9) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Skole 1-3, BB

Three Syracuse pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to outduel their counterparts for Gwinnett, 1-0. Autin Voth went the first seven innings and gave up three hits, no walks, and struck out six. Trevor Gott set them down in order in the 8th on 14 pitches for hold #6 while Rafael Martin worked around a one-out single for his ninth save. Trea Turner’s RBI triple plated pinch-hitter Scott Sizemore who walked in place of Voth. The Chiefs were held to just five hits but drew four walks.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 1
• Long (L, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Self 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kieboom 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Collier 0-2, 2BB

Spencer Kieboom’s two-out RBI double in the 7th quacked up both the no-hitter and the shutout for the RubberDucks as the Senators lost, 6-1. Harrisburg starter Jaron Long was flapped for four runs on eight hits, including two homers, over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked none and struck out two in his second loss. Zach Collier was the only Senator batter to reach base twice as he drew two of the four walks Akron pitchers issued.

Potomac 2 Winston-Salem 0
• Ross (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (H, 1) 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Brinley (S, 8) 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Abreu 1-3, R

Veteran Greg Ross combined with two relievers on a five-hit shutout while Drew Ward came off the DL with bang as Potomac took the opener from Winston-Salem, 2-0. Ross walked one and struck out four over seven innings for his second win. Robert Benincasa and Ryan Brinley were both perfect in the 8th and 9th innings to earn the hold and save respectively. Ward homered on the first pitch he saw to give the P-Nats a 1-0 lead in the 2nd. Osvaldo Abreu and “Orange” Marmolejos opened the 4th with back-to-back singles with Abreu taking third and scoring on double play ball for the second and final run of the game. The P-Nats managed just five hits total while striking out 12 times. Roster moves: 3B Drew Ward activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Grant DeBruin placed on the 7-Day DL (speciem iniuriae non fictus).

Hagerstown vs. Lexington — PPD

Rain washed away Friday night’s game at the Muni. They’ll try to make it up tonight with a twi-night doubleheader.

May 272016
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-1, 3.38) vs.
Blair (3-0, 1.64)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Long (2-1, 1.41) vs.
Peoples (4-1, 3.40)
Potomac Won, 9-6 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ross (1-2, 1.50) vs.
Cooper (2-3, 3.88)
Hagerstown Won, 9-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-1, 3.89) vs.
Blewett (2-4, 4.74)

Charlotte 6 Syracuse 5
• Hill 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Masset (L, 0-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• den Dekker 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Syracuse led 2-0 and 4-2 before giving up runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th to fall behind 6-4. Matt den Dekker led off the 9th with a single, took second on a wild pitch, and went to third while Matt Skole, who drew a walk, took second on a sacrifice. den Dekker scored on Caleb Ramsey’s RBI single while Skole was gunned down at the plate to end the rally. Taylor Hill started and allowed three runs on nine hits, including a solo HR in his sixth and final inning. Hill walked none and struck out one. Nick Masset took the loss with two runs let in on one hit and two walks in his single inning pitched.

Harrisburg 5 Portland 4
• Williams 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Glover (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 1-3, R, 2BB, 2SB
• Difo 1-3, R, 2BB, SB
• Jeroloman 0-1, R, 3BB

The SeaDogs bullpen collapsed again in the 9th, walking four in the inning, including three in a row after a walk and a sacrifice put the gamewinner into scoring position to give the Senators a 5-4 win. Austen Williams got the start and gave up all four runs on five hits, including a solo HR in the 6th, his final inning of work. He walked one and struck out two. John Simms followed with two scoreless and Koda Glover worked around a hit in the 9th, which earned him a win, his first at AA. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo both went 1-for-3 with a run scored to pace the Harrisburg offense, which drew nine walks total, led by Brian Jeroloman with three.

Potomac 9 Salem 6
• Estevez 3IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 1K, HR
• Spann (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K
• Orlan (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 5RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI

Somehow this game took less than three hours despite 16 walks issued as Potomac outlasted Salem, 9-6 to take the series, 2-1. “The Weekend” came early for Wirkin Estevez, who started but was chased after three innings. Salem batters staked him for four runs on three hits, three via a homer in the 3rd, while walking four and setting down one (1) on strikes. Matt Spann followed with three innings of one-run relief to earn the win, his first, while R.C. Orlan pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his fifth. Alec Keller was a HR shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with five RBI to lead the ten-hit, nine-walk offense. Roster moves: C Jake Lowery reassigned from Auburn and placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 8
• DeRosier 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Peterson (BS, 1; W, 3-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, 4RBI, SB
• Schrock 2-4, 2R, SB
• Reetz 2-4, 2RBI, E(2), PB(5)

The Suns scored three early and got five shutout innings from starter Matt DeRosier. The bullpen did what it could to waste that effort but the batters bailed them out with a five-run 7th en route to a 9-8 Hagerstown win over Lexington. DeRosier struck out five, walked none, and gave up three hits in his no-decision. Tommy Peterson notched the dreaded blown-save-win with three runs coughed up on hour hits over two innings. Kelvin Gutierrez drove in four while going 2-for-4, a line matched by Max Schrock and Jakson Reetz as the Suns pounded out 10 hits total.

May 262016
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-3 vs. Charlotte,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (2-3, 4.53) vs.
Ranaudo (0-1, 2.08)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Portland,
10:30 a.m.
Williams (1-5, 5.55) vs.
Buttrey (0-6, 5.86)
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-3, 4.41) vs.
Jimenez (2-2, 5.75)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-2, 5.45) vs.
Ogando (4-2, 4.29)

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 3
• Cole (W, 4-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Masset ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Martinson 3-4, 2R
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Solano 2-5, 2B, 5RBI

Syracuse broke out the bats twice for three spots while getting six strong innings from A.J. Cole as they took another from Charlotte, 8-3. Cole gave up a run (not on a home run) on five hits and a walk while striking out two (2) to win his fourth game. Jhonatan Solano came up big twice, stroking a two-run single in the 3rd and unloading the bases with a three-run double in the 8th. Jason Martinson led the hit column with three hits in four trips to the plate, scoring twice.

Harrisburg 2 Portland 1
• Giolito 7IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Harper (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Collier 2-4, 2R, 3B
• Kieboom 1-3, RBI, SAC

A walkoff walk ended this one in victory for the Senators by a 2-1 decision. Lucas Giolito got the start and went the first seven innings, giving up the SeaDogs’ run on four hits and a walk while striking out six. The win went to Bryan Harper, who Cordero’d his way through a scoreless top of the 9th with a hit and two walks allowed. Zach Collier singled to lead off the 9th, took second on a Spencer Kieboom sacrifice and scored after back-to-back-to-back walks by Shawn Pleffner, Cutter Dykstra, and Adrian Sanchez.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Valdez (W, 5-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K, WP
• Brinley (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Read 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, CS
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI

The first four Potomac batters combined for eight hits, including two HR, and all five RBI as they doused Salem, 5-2. Phillips Valdez turned in another quality start with two unearned runs allowed on five hits with no walks and six K’s for his fifth win. Matt Belisle, Dakota Bacus, and Ryan Brinley each turned in a scoreless earning to go hold-hold-save in the scorebook. Andrew Stevenson and “Orange” Marmolejos both homered while Raudy Read and Osvaldo Abreu both collected three hits to lead the 10-hit, two-walk offensive effort.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 8
• Baez 3IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, 2WP
• Torres (L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Lambert 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, PO at 1B
• Wiseman 3-4, 2B, BB
• Sagdal 1-3, 2R, BB, SF, RBI, 2SB
• Reetz 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SF, RBI

Hagerstown led by scored of 2-0 and 4-2 but couldn’t catch Lakewood for a 9-8 loss in the Wednesday matinee. Joan Baez started and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over the first three innings. Luis Torres took the loss, pinched for five runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks in his lone inning of work. Trey Lambert shut down the BlueClaws for the final four innings, but Austin Davidson’s Earl Weaver special in the 6th was all the Suns could muster down the stretch.

May 252016
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-6 vs. Charlotte,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.65) vs.
Volstad (3-3, 4.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (2-2, 3.82) vs.
Haley (3-3, 2.87)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 4.31) vs.
Beeks (4-1, 3.10)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 @ Lakewood,
11:05 a.m.
Baez (1-4, 4.64) vs.
Leftwich (3-2, 2.27)

Syracuse 10 Charlotte 6
• Espino (W, 2-4) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 4-4, R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI, SB
• Ramsey 3-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Goodwin 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI

Syracuse broke its two-game losing streak with a 10-6 win over Charlotte. Paolo Espino turned in a quality start of three runs let in on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five while winning his second game. Matt den Dekker singled twice and doubled twice and drove in three while Caleb Ramsey went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored to lead the Chiefs’ 14-hit parade.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Lopez (L, 1-4) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 5BB, 4K, HR
• Robinson (W, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, R, BB, HR, 4RBI
• Perez 2-4, 2B

The SeaDogs got to Reynaldo Lopez early and often while ending the Senators’ seven-game win streak with 5-4 triumph. Lopez struggled with his control, putting just 51 of 90 pitches in the strike zone as he walked five over five and a 1/3rd innings. He gave up five runs total on four hits, including his 7th homer allowed (in 42⅔ IP) and struck out four. Shawn Pleffner delivered twice in the clutch, connecting for a two-run single in the 4th and two-run HR in the 7th, to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Salem 3 Potomac 1
• Reyes (L, 3-3) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• M. Sanchez 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, HBP, 2-1 IR-S
• DeBruin 2-3, 2B, BB
• Mejia 1-3, R, 2B

Salem burned Potomac for two runs in 6th to break a 1-1 tie and took the series opener, 3-1. Luis Reyes dropped his third decision with all three Red Sox runs allowed on five hits and three walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out five. Grant DeBruin singled, doubled, walked, and drove in the lone P-Nats run. Potomac batters struck out 11 times total without drawing a single walk.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 0
• Rodriguez (W, 4-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP
• Pantoja (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ripken 3-4, 2R
• Tillero 2-3, SAC

Three Suns pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout while the batters eked out three runs from 12 hits in a 3-0 win over the BlueClaws. Jefry Rodriguez won for the fourth time with two hits allowed over six innings with one walk and two whiffs. Jorge Pantoja bounced back with two scoreless innings for his first hold while Mick VanVossen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save. Ryan Ripken singled three times and scored twice to pace the Hagerstown offense, which left on 10 runners and was just 2-for-13 with RISP.

May 242016
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Charlotte,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (1-4, 3.40) vs.
Turner (3-1, 4.33)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Couch (2-0, 0.90)
Potomac Lost, 1-0;
Won, 2-0
vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Lakins (4-2, 5.12) vs.
Hagerstown Won, 7-4 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Rodriguez (3-2, 3.76) vs.
Gilbert (1-4, 4.54)

Syracuse – OFF DAY
The Chiefs resume their seven-game homestand with three against the Knights and hope to snap a two-game slide.

Harrisburg 6 Portland 5
• Mapes 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Self (W, 2-1) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Glover (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Collier 2-3, 3R, 3B, BB, RBI, SB, OF assist at 1B
• Bostick 2-4, 2R, 2-3B
• Pleffner 2-3, BB, RBI

Harrisburg overcame deficits of 4-0 and 5-4 to win the series opener, 6-5, and extend its winning streak to seven. Tyler Mapes got his second straight no-decision with four runs let in on eight hits, including a two-run HR in Portland’s four-run 3rd, over six innings. He walked none and struck out four. Derek Self vultured the win with a run given up in his single inning of work. Koda Glover struck out two of three batters faced while pitching a 1-2-3 ninth and earning his second save. Zach Collier was a one-man wrecking crew as he walked, singled, tripled, stole a base, drove in a run, scored three runs, and doubled a runner off first as part of a 9-6-3 DP.

Frederick 1 Potomac 0 – GAME ONE
• Fedde 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Ross (L, 1-2) 4BF, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K, WP
• Keller 1-2, R, BB
• DeBruin 1-2, 2B, BB, RBI

The Keys broke up the Star Trek convention with a walkoff single in the 7th against a five-man infield for a 1-0 win in the opener. Greg Ross failed to retire a batter as he walked one and gave up three hits to take the loss. Erick Fedde started and shut out the Keys for five innings on threes with nary a walk and six whiffs. The P-Nats bats were held to just three hits and a walk, with just four chances with runners in scoring position.

Potomac 2 Frederick 0 – GAME TWO
• Whiting (W, 5-1) 5+ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Brinley (SV, 6) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keller 1-2, R, BB
• DeBruin 1-2, 2B, BB, RBI

The tables were turned in the nightcap as three Potomac pitchers combined on a 2-0 shutout of Frederick on five hits. Boone Whiting started and got the win on five-plus innings with four hits and no walks given up and three strikeouts. Ryan Brinley stranded two while getting the last out in the 6th and worked around a leadoff single in the 7th for his sixth save. Alec Keller, Grant DeBruin, and Matt Reistetter each had a hit and a walk to pace the P-Nats attack.Roster move: RHP Matt Belisle assigned for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 7 Lakewood 4
• Avila (W, 3-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Rivera (SV, 3) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Page 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Sagdal 2-5, R, 2B
• Schrock 2-5, R, RBI

A 4-0 lead proved almost too big for the Suns bullpen, which made things interesting by coughing up three in the 8th and one in the 9th. The Hagerstown offense, however, sandwiched a three-run rally in its half of the 9th to preserve the win by a 7-4 score. Pedro Avila’s five shutout innings were not wasted as he got his third “W” on two hits and three walks allowed while fanning five. Mariano Rivera III stranded a runner in the 8th and gave up a run in the 9th while earning his third save. Matthew Page led the 11-hit charge with a single, double, a walk, two RBI and a run scored.

May 232016
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 (13 inn.) vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-2, 3.06) vs.
Wilkerson (2-1, 1.37)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 6.62) and
Whiting (4-1, 3.86) vs.
Means (4-0, 2.09) and
Schuh (0-2, 10.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2;
Lost, 2-1
@ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
A. Lee (2-2, 3.35) and TBD vs.
Weaver (2-4, 2.41) and TBD

Norfolk 6 Syracuse 0
• Laffey (L, 3-1) 3⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grace 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Campana 2-4, SB
• Goodwin 1-3, BB

Any hope of earning a series split was dashed immediately as Norfolk scored five times in four innings en route to a 6-0 shutout of Syracuse. Aaron Laffey bore the brunt of the beating, washed over by the Tides for five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out just one. Tony Campana singled twice, Brian Goodwin singled and walked, which the rest of the lineup matched (Jason Martinson and Matt Skole, respectively) as two Norfolk pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4 (13 inn.)
• Long 6⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Simms (W, 2-2) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Pleffner 3-6, R
• Bostick 2-6, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-6, R, SB

After the regular bullpen blew a 4-0 lead, starter turned reliever John Simms held down the fort until the offense could rally in the 13th for a 5-4 Sens win over the BaySox. Harrisburg starter Jaron Long was charged with two runs on two hits and two walks over six and 2/3rds innings while fanning six. He left with the bases loaded and a 4-0 lead, which was gone by the 9th as Bowie got two in the 7th and single runs in 8th and 9th to force extras. Simms pitched the rest of the way, giving up two hits and a walk over four scoreless innings for the win. Shawn Pleffner’s third single to lead off the 13th proved to be the gamewinner as pinch-runner Stephen Perez took third on a botched sacrifice and scored on Rafael Bautista sac fly.

Frederick vs. Potomac – PPD
SSDD as the P-Nats and Keys were rained out again. They’ll try again for a twinbill tonight and will make up the other game next Thursday.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 2 – GAME ONE
• Lee (L, 2-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lambert 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Page 1-3, R, BB, RBI
• Dent 1-3, R

The good news: Hagerstown scored single runs in the 3rd and 4th; the bad news: Greensboro answered both times with two-spots and scored again in the 6th to take the opener, 5-2. Andrew Lee got hammered for four runs on five hits and two walks over four innings to suffer the loss, his first. Matthew Page and Cody Dent both went 1-for-3 with a run scored as the Suns were held to just five hits total.

Greensboro 2 Hagerstown 1 – GAME TWO
• Crownover 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Peterson (L, 2-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Schrock 1-3, RBI
• Tillero 1-3, 2B

The Grasshoppers completed the doubleheader sweep with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 6th to turn a 1-0 deficit into the winning outcome of 2-1. Matthew Crownover got the spot start and blanked Greensboro for four innings on four hits while setting six down on strikes. Tommy Peterson served up the gamewinner in his second inning of work to wear the “L.” The Suns matched their hit total of five with Max “For Those About To” Schrock driving in Ryan Ripken in the 5th for the lone Hagerstown run.

May 222016
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-0, 2.38) vs.
Gunkel (0-2, 6.30)
Harrisburg Won, 7-2 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Long (2-1, 1.07) vs.
Bridwell (1-1, 4.98)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 6.62) and TBD vs.
Means (4-0, 2.09) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Greensboro,
4:30 p.m.
A. Lee (2-2, 3.35) and TBD vs.
Weaver (2-4, 2.41) and TBD

Norfolk 7 Syracuse 2
• Voth (L, 2-2) 5+IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Sizemore 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• den Dekker 2-5

The wheels came off the bus in the 6th as the Tides scored five times to break a 0-0 tie and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Chiefs. Austin Voth let the first five runners reach base in the fateful frame, “aided” by a Trea Turner error (#7), and left down 4-0. He was charged with five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks total as Erik Davis gave up two singles and his inherited runner while finishing the inning. Veterans Scott Sizemore singled, doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 2
• Williams (W, 1-5) 6⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• N. Lee (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bostick 3-3, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2SB
• Collier 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-4, 2-3B, RBI

Austen Williams turned in his longest outing and was rewarded with his first “W” of 2016 as Harrisburg won its fifth straight, 7-2 over Bowie. Williams loaded the bases with one out in the 7th but got ace relief from Nick Lee who struck out the first batter he faced and got a flyball to end the inning. Williams finished with two unearned runs allowed on five hits and two walks while striking out three. The Sens defense committed five errors but the offense roasted Bowie pitches for a baker’s dozen worth of hits. Christopher Bostick and Zach Collier led the way with three hits apiece, both tripling, as did Isaac Ballou… twice. Roster moves: UT Cutter Dykstra activated from the 7-Day DL; OF Brendan Webb placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 19.

Frederick vs. Potomac – PPD
Rain postponed the middle game of the series between Fredrerick and Potomac, setting up a doubleheader this afternoon.

Greensboro 4 Hagerstown 2
• DeRosier (L, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Pantoja 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Robles 1-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 1-3, R, RBI, SB(5)

Presumably the weather forecast shifted the makeup to today as they played nine yesterday, with the ‘Hoppers eclipsing the Suns again by a 4-2 score. Matt DeRosier took the loss as he gave up two (unearned) runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six over the first five innings. Jorge Pantoja was stung for two runs on five hits and a walk over the final three innings. Victor Robles homered in the 8th while Edwin Lora drove in Jorge Tillero with an RBI single in 5th to account for the two Hagerstown runs.

May 212016
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Despaigne (0-5, 4.61)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Williams (0-5, 6.75) vs.
Hess (2-1, 2.33)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 6.62)
Means (4-0, 2.09)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Greensboro,
4:30 p.m.
DeRosier (1-1, 6.32) and
A. Lee (2-2, 3.35) vs.
Farnworth (0-1, 2.81) and
Weaver (2-4, 2.41)

Syracuse 6 Norfolk 2
• Hill (W, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Gott 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Goodwin 3-4, R, RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2RBI
• Turner 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB

A three-spot in the 7th broke open a 3-2 game as Syracuse took another game from Norfolk, 6-2. Taylor Hill got the win, his second, with five and 2/3rds innings of two-run ball on four hits and a walks with six whiffs. J.C. Gutierrez stranded two in the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th to earn the hold. Brian Goodwin led the Chiefs’ hit column with three singles to push his batting average to a team-best .324 while Matt Skole drove in two to tie Goodwin for the team lead in RBI with 24.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2
• Giolito (W, 2-2) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Robinson (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kieboom 3-4
• Difo 2-3, R, BB
• Bostick 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Lucas Giolito ran out of gas in the 5th, but left with a 3-2 lead. The Sens ‘pen combined for four perfect innings while the offense tacked on an insurance run in the 8th to double up BaySox, 4-2. Giolito gave up both Bowie runs on five hits, including a leadoff HR in his final frame, two walks and struck out five to win his second game. Andrew Robinson retired all six batters he faced, while Derek Self and Bryan Harper each had 1-2-3 innings. Spencer Kieboom and Wilmer Difo both reach base three times to lead the Harrisburg ten-hit, four-walk offense.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3
• Estevez (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Bacus 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Carey 4-4, R
• Keller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Frederick posted a picket fence against Wirkin Estevez and Potomac for a 4-3 win in the series opener. “For the Weekend” retired the side in the 1st but gave up single runs over the next four innings on seven hits and no walks to lose for the third time. Dakota Bacus locked it down for the next three innings, but the P-Nats offense couldn’t strike the decisive blow as they left runners on in the 6th and 7th and hit into inning-ending double plays in the 8th and 9th. Dale Carey singled four times in four trips to the plate while Alec Keller drove in two on a solo HR in the 2nd and groundout in the 8th.
Roster moves: 3B Drew Ward placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Grant DeBruin recalled from XST.

Greensboro vs. Hagerstown – PPD
Rain washed out Game Two of the four-game series between the Suns and the ‘Hoppers. They’ll try to make it up today with a twi-night doubleheader.