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 152012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Columbus,
6:35 p.m.
Maya (2-4, 2.98) vs.
Kluber (3-2, 2.58)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Demny (2-2, 5.58) vs.
Westcott (3-2, 4.15)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Demmin (0-0, 3.77) and
Ray (0-1, 16.50) vs.
Simon (0-6, 5.50) and
Moore (0-4, 7.62)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Turnbull (0-2, 5.24) vs.
Perez (2-1, 4.66)

Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Wang (W, 2-0) 8IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 0HR
• VanAllen (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K; 2-2 IR-S, BK Pickoff at 1B
• Brown 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Paul 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bynum 1-3, R, HR, RBI

After pleading his case to finish the game, Chien-Ming Wang proved the coaches right for wanting to end his day after eight innings, as the Chiefs survived a 9th-inning scare. They won their 6th straight and completed the four-game sweep of the Rochester Redwings with a 6-4 win. Corey Brown homered to start a three-run 6th that broke a 1-1 tie. Seth Bynum followed suit a solo shot to start the 7th as Syracuse extended the lead from 4-2 to 6-2. Cory VanAllen let in both runs he inherited from Wang (albeit at 2nd and 3rd) on a sac fly and a single but erased the runner at 1st with a nifty balk pickoff move and got the last out on a flyball for his first save.

HARRISBURG — OFF DAY
After taking three of four from 1st-place Akron, Harrisburg finishes its seven-game roadtrip with three games today, tomorrow, and Wednesday against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Thus far, the Sens have fared much better on the road than at home — 14-6 vs. 6-10.

POTOMAC — PPD
Seems like old times as the Potomac Nationals and Frederick Keys were rained out for the second time in less than a month. It’s doubleheader tonight… weather permitting. A reporter from the Houston Chronicle caught up with Anthony Rendon, who told him "I’m probably not going to come back this year." Naturally, the Nationals’ official response was to deny that conclusion.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 3
• Estevez (ND) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Meza (W, 3-1) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Burns 2-5, R, 2B, RBI (26-game on-base streak)
• Nieto 2-4, R, RBI

After a 67-minute rain delay in the 6th, Hagerstown broke a 3-3 deadlock in the 8th with RBI singles from J.P. Ramirez (12-game hit streak) and Justin Miller for a 5-3 win over Hickory. Christian Meza got the win in relief, taking the hill after the rain delay with two and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief. Aaron Barrett got the last four outs (two by way of the K) to earn the save, his third. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez allowed all three Crawdad runs (two earned), given up on four hits and a walk over the first five innings.

May 142012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Rochester,
12:00 p.m.
Wang (1-0, 2.57) vs.
Vries (0-3, 3.90)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (0-1, 16.50) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Canceled @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Estevez (4-1, 6.69) vs.
Perez (2-1, 4.66)

Syracuse 4 Rochester 2
• Duke (W, 4-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Wilkie (SV, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Brown 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Teahen 1-3, BB, RBI
• Negrych 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A costly two-run error in the bottom of the 7th was the difference as the Chiefs clipped the Redwings for their 5th straight win. Zach Duke scattered six hits over seven inning to record his 4th “W” of the year. Josh Wilkie pitched the final two frames to earn his second save. Corey Brown, Mark Teahen and Jim Negrych combined for three of the five Syracuse hits and all three Chiefs RBIs.

Harrisburg 8 Akron 4
• Ballard 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Davis (W, 4-1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• McCoy (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Rahl 3-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Ivany 2-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Hood 2-5, 2R, 2RBI

Harrisburg doubled up Akron 8-4 for their third straight win and took the four-game series, 3-1. Chris Rahl led the Sens’ 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon, scoring twice, walking once, and driving in two. He also swiped three bases. Devin Ivany stepped in for Sandy Leon behind the plate and had two RBI doubles. Mike Ballard gave up all four Aeros runs in the 3rd inning, leaving after three innings after allowing six hits and two walks. Erik Davis and Pat McCoy each threw three scoreless innings to earn the win and save, respectively. No corresponding move for Leon has been made yet. With two catchers already on the roster and an off day today, there is no immediate need.

Carolina 3 Potomac 2
• Applebee (L, 1-1) 4+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Holder 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K; 1-0 IR-S
• Keyes 1-4, R, 2B
• Oduber 1-2, R
• Kelso 0-2, BB, RBI

The pitching was there for Potomac in the series finale, but the bats remained quiet as Carolina completed the three-game sweep with a 3-2 win. Kevin Keyes doubled and Randolph Oduber singled to account for the two (2) P-Nats hits, with Mudcat errors contributing to both P-Nats runs. Paul Applebee took the loss on this spot start, giving up all three Carolina runs on five hits over 4+ innings. Trevor Holder turned in another stellar relief outing, stringing his scoreless streak to nine innings over his last three appearances with one hit allowed over three frames. Potomac returns home for a seven-game homestand, beginning with four against the Frederick Keys starting tonight, weather permitting.

HAGERSTOWN — CNCLD
Sunday showers canceled the series finale between Lexington and Hagerstown. The Suns head to Hickory, NC for a three-game series against the Crawdads and a chance to take sole possession of second place in the Sally League North.

May 132012
 

The much ballyhooed depth of the Nationals’ catching will be put to the test as Harrisburg’s Sandy Leon gets the call to replace Wilson Ramos on the Washington roster.

Geography was apparently a factor in the decision, with the Harrisburg Senators in Akron Ohio, roughly four hours away by car from Cincinnati. Another factor: the undisclosed injury/illness of Jhonatan Solano, who remains on the DL since April 20. As reported last month, the Syracuse radio team referencing him feeling ill in one of the broadcasts.

Folks have pointed out that Solano’s last appearance was on April 16, a game in in which Solano was hit by a pitch in the 7th, however, he did not leave the game, ran the bases, and struck out in the next inning. There was no mention of his name in the timeframe in between April 16th and April 20th in either the Syracuse or Auburn newspapers that would either confirm or refute that remark.

How long Leon stays on the parent club is another question that remains open to debate and speculation. Defensively, there is little doubt that the 23-year-old Venezuelan is MLB-ready, but while the casual fan will note his hitting prowess this season (.319/.356/.457), this offensive outburst has been long time coming.

Yes, he’ll get the benefit of major-league coaching, though the diminishing offensive returns of the Washington Nationals under Rick Eckstein’s watch begs the question, “Might this do more harm than good?”

The move fills the Nationals 40-man roster to the 40-man limit, with seven players (Mark DeRosa, Brad Lidge, Michael Morse, Ramos, Drew Storen, Chien-Ming Wang, and Jayson Werth) on the 15-day DL and two on the 60-day DL (Chris Marrero, Cole Kimball). It’s worth noting that Wang’s rehab period ends in roughly 15 days, while the 60-day period for Marrero and Kimball is up about week after that.

Predicting the next move is always a fool’s errand, for if there’s one thing that’s certain, the current front office will find a way to exploit this confluence of events if there’s any way possible. (You can go looking for the rules for the 60-Day DL, but I suspect they’re not found on a sign on Jimmie Dimmick’s front lawn).

My personal opinion is that this may be harmful to Leon because it’s going to interrupt his offensive development, while folks I highly respect (e.g. Brian Oliver) feel that with a ceiling of a backup catcher, you can kill two stones with one bird instead of making an impulsive trade or burning an organizational player (e.g. Carlos Maldonado or Devin Ivany).

Congratulations to Sandy nevertheless. Quite a phone call he got to make to su mama esta la noche, no?

May 132012
 

They say that history doesn’t repeat itself… but it sure as hell rhymes.

For the second straight game, the Potomac pitchers coughed up nine runs, losing this one 9-1. Walks were the culprit in this debacle — seven given up, six of them coming around to score — as the Mudcats only had two extra-base hits, quite the contrast from Friday night.

The damage came in three big innings… a three-run 3rd, a three-run 7th, and a two-run 8th. All three pitchers were torched touched, with Matt Grace giving up four runs on seven hits, Joe Testa two runs on four walks, and Wilson Eusebio giving up three runs, and both extra-base hits.

It should come as no surprise to learn that Potomac has given up the most runs (earned or otherwise) in High-A baseball.

Offensively, as the “1” suggests, things weren’t clicking. Justin Bloxom’s solo HR in the 3rd — a monster shot that cleared the high fence in right field was one of just four balls hit out of the infield. Randolph Oduber’s double to left was the second, Zach Walters nearly hit one over the Carolina centerfielder in the 7th (he snagged it on the run, taking two steps onto the warning track), and Bloxom struck again with a single two batters later.

Three hits, seven baserunners, and six left on base, and 0-for-6 with RISP. That was the extent of the offense.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 13-19 and back into 3rd place in the Carolina League North. Paul Applebee (1-0, 4.40) gets the Sunday start this afternoon and the task of helping to avoid a three-game sweep and a 1-6 road trip.

May 132012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-0 vs. Rochester,
2:00 p.m.
Duke (3-1, 3.86) vs.
Hendriks (1-0, 1.59)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 @ Akron,
1:05 p.m.
Ballard (1-2, 2.67) vs.
House (1-0, 2.25)
Potomac Lost, 9-1 @ Carolina,
2:00 p.m.
Applebee (1-1, 4.40) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Estevez (4-1, 6.69) vs.
Foltynewicz (4-1, 1.60)

Syracuse 11 Rochester 0
• Roark (W, 2-5) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Pena 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Hoffpauir 3-5, R, 3RBI
• Brown 2-3, 4R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Howell 2-4, 2R, RBI

Tanner Roark bounced back from two horrid starts to combine with two relievers on an 11-0 shutout, the fourth straight win for Syracuse and fifth in a row vs. Rochester. Roark went six and gave up just four hits and a walk while setting down a half dozen on strikes. Corey Brown led the offense with four runs scored, three driven in, and six total bases.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 5
• Gilliam 4+ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K, 0HR
• Pucetas (W, 2-1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K; 3-1 IR-S
• Valdez 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Lozada 3-4, RBI
• Rahl OF assist at HP

A pair of two-run rallies in the 3rd and 4th innings erased an early Akron lead as the Senators edged the Aeros, 6-5. Starter Rob Gilliam put on nine baserunners in four-plus innings and left with the bases loaded in the fifth. Kevin Pucetas let in one with a single to the first batter he faced, with Chris Rahl gunning down the tying run, and then retired 9 of the next 10 batters he faced, getting the “W” with four scoreless innings of relief. Six different Senators collected an RBI with the team going 5-for-14 with RISP.

Carolina 9 Potomac 1
• Grace (L, 2-4) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Another nine runs given up Last Night In Zebulon.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 5
• Hill (ND) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• McKenzie (W, 1-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lucas (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Miller 1-3, 2R, HR, RBI
• Skole 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SB

Like the Sens, strong bullpen work and team hitting were the keys to a 7-5 Suns win over the Legends. Chris McKenzie retired all nine batters he faced to get the win, while Bobby Lucas struck out the side in the 9th to get the save. Six different Suns drove in a run while five collected multiple hits. Justin Miller homered in the 8th to break the 5-5 tie while Matt Skole homered in the 9th to give Hagerstown the insurance run.

May 122012
 

Friday nights are fireworks nights for the Carolina Mudcats, and they started earlier than usual last night.

With seven runs on six hits — all for extra bases — the Mudcats lit up the scoreboard and cruised to a 9-2 win over Potomac in the teams’ first-ever meeting.

In what’s becoming a painfully familiar refrain for this roadtrip, Carolina’s first seven batters reached base: five doubles, a walk, and a three-run home run. Kyle Winters finally got outs from the #8 and #9 batters, but both grounders produced runs.

To his credit, the 25-year-old veteran did settle down and retired nine of ten before giving up a leadoff double in the 4th, which came around to score on a two-out single. Another leadoff double (the 7th allowed), a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly scored the 9th Mudcat run.

Potomac would get on the board in the top of the 3rd as Blake Kelso directed a grounder past the second baseman into right, took second on a wild pitch, third on a deep fly to right, and trot in on Ricky Hague’s RBI single to left. Kelso and Blake would both single twice on the night.

Despite the surname, it was not for Carolina’s Michael Goodnight. He would be unable to pitch the requisite five innings as Justin Bloxom lined one off his ribcage following Michael Taylor’s one-out single (at-bat in pic above) in the 4th. He would get the painful assist and leave the ballgame.

With both teams going to the bullpen in the middle innings, it was a good night for relief pitching. The Mudcats’ Jordan Cooper and Dale Dickerson both struck out four over the next four and a 1/3rd innings while P-Nats’ southpaw Ryan Demmin fanned three. Demmin was touching 96 on the stadium gun, sporting a nice mix of heat and breaking pitches.

Potomac would score its second run in the 5th on an error, walk, a wild pitch, and a single off the actual first base by Zach Walters. Despite getting a runner on in eight of nine innings, the P-Nats would strand 10 on the night.

The series continues tonight with LHP Matt Grace (2-3, 5.84), coming off a win last Sunday, taking the hill against Carolina’s Brett Brach (0-1, 5.23).

May 122012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2 vs. Rochester,
2:00 p.m.
Roark (1-5, 5.70) vs.
Thompson (0-0, -.–)
Harrisburg Won, 8-1 @ Akron,
6:05 p.m.
Gilliam (1-3, 4.28) vs.
Espino (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 9-2 @ Carolina,
6:15 p.m.
Grace (2-3, 5.84) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-2, 2.88) vs.
Ordosgoitti (0-1, 14.73)

Syracuse 8 Rochester 2
• Lannan (W, 3-3) 8IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, 0HR
• Arnesen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Paul 3-5, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI
• Teahen 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A pair of three-run rallies and eight strong innings from John Lannan cinched an 8-2 Syracuse win over Rochester. Lannan scattered eight hits over eight innings and walked just two while evening his record at 3-3. Xavier Paul was responsible for four of the eight runs, including a three-run blast in the bottom of the first, leading the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-5 night.

Harrisburg 8 Akron 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 5-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Nelo 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pahuta 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, BB
• Leon 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Rahl 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Though he labored at the finish with a 32-pitch 6th, Danny Rosenbaum continues to steamroll the Eastern League, tossing six scoreless innings in an 8-1 Harrisburg win over Akron. The Ohio native now sports a 5-0 record, a 0.76 ERA, and a 2.39 FIP. Tim Pahuta, Sandy Leon, and Chris Rahl combined for 8 of the 13 Sens hits and scored six of the eight runs.

Carolina 9 Potomac 2
• Winters (L, 1-5) 4⅔ IP, 10H, 9R, 9ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Demmin 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kelso 2-5, 2R
• Hague 2-4, BB, RBI

The fireworks started early Last Night In Zebulon.

Lexington 4 Hagerstown 3
• Meyer (ND) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hawkins 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Newsome 2-3, 2B
• Ramirez 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

After rallying from a 3-0 deficit and being no-hit for five innings, the Hagerstown Suns fell 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th. Delino DeShields Jr. singled, took second on a passed ball, stole third and scampered home for the gamewinner on a sac fly for the gamewinner. Alex Meyer started and gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five.

May 112012
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 13-21, 6th place I.L. North, 8½ games behind

Good Mark Teahen .351/.405/.459 in May
Bad Rafael Martin 8.78ERA, 1.725 WHIP
Interesting Zach Duke 2-0, 1.80 ERA in last 3 starts

HARRISBURG SENATORS 17-16, 2nd place E.L. West, 6 games behind

Good 262 team pitching Ks leads E.L.
Bad .310 Team OBP is 11th in 12-team E.L.
Interesting Jesus Valdez .788 OPS last 10G

POTOMAC NATIONALS 13-17, 2nd place C.L. North Division, 4½ games behind

Good Adrian Sanchez .391/.404/.478 vs. RHPs as a RHB; 10-game hit streak
Bad Zach Walters 7E in 12G at SS
Interesting Trevor Holder 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP in last 3 appearances (9IP)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 17-14, 3rd place Sally League North Divison, 5½ games behind

Good Nathan Karns 1.88 ERA, 15.4K/9IP (41/24)
Bad Matt Skole 11E in 29G at 3B
Interesting J.P. Ramirez .459/.474/.541 in last 10G
May 112012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (2-3, 6.10) vs.
Manship (2-0, 2.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (4-0, 0.81) vs.
Wright (3-1, 1.13)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Winters (1-4, 5.51) vs.
Goodnight (1-2, 5.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (2-3, 4.28) vs.
Tropeano (2-2, 1.87)

Syracuse 5 Durham 1
• Maya (W, 2-4) 7IP, 7H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Lehman 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Paul 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Negrych 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Maldonado 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Durham outhit Syracuse 8-6, but three of those six went over the fence as the Chiefs beat the Bulls, 5-1 and took the series 3-1. Yunesky Maya turned in seven strong innings, giving up an unearned run on seven hits and a walk to win his 2nd game of the season. Xavier Paul, Jim Negrych, and Carlos Maldonado each went deep, with Paul’s shot driving in three. Pat Lehman and Josh Wilkie both turned in a scoreless inning to close out the game. The eight-game homestand continues tonight as Rochester comes to town for the next four games.

Akron 7 Harrisburg 0
• Mandel (L, 3-2) 3IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Kobernus 2-4
• Hood 2-4, E(1)

Jeff Mandel got manhandled for four runs in the bottom of the first and it was more than Akron would need as the Aeros flew past the Senators, 7-0. Akron opened their half of the 1st with four straight singles, with a stolen base and an error in between, before Mandel would settle down to get three of the next four batters out. The Aeros, however, would post a picket fence with single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to put the game out of reach. Jeff Kobernus and Destin Hood both went 2-for-4 as Harrisburg was held to just seven hits, shut out for the second time this week and the third time in the last 10 games.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Swynenberg (W, 3-1) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Wort (H, 2) 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Cameron Selik (S, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Keyes 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Walters 2-4, R

Perhaps all Potomac needed was a good night’s rest and a chance to take some BP, as emerging staff ace Matt Swynenberg, the back of the ‘pen, and Kevin Keyes led the P-Nats to 5-2 win in the series finale. Swynenberg faltered late, but turned in a two-runs-in-five-innings start for his team-leading 3rd W. Rob Wort and Cameron Selik combined for four shutout innings of relief with just a hit and walk and eight strikeouts between them. Kevin Keyes doubled, homered, scored twice, and drove in four runs to power the Potomac offense. Prior to the game, RHP Adam Olbrychowski was placed on the 7-Day DL with LHP Joe Testa assigned from Harrisburg taking his spot on the roster.

Lexington 6 Hagerstown 3
• Karns 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HBP
• Lucas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2RBI, BB
• Newsome 1-3, R, 2B, BB

A four-run seventh was the undoing of the Suns as the Legends doubled them up, 6-3. Nathan Karns went four innings in his first start, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk and striking out eight. Christian Meza took the loss after giving up two hits in the seventh and leaving with one out and a 3-2 lead. Greg Holt walked the next two batters to lose the lead then gave up a two-run single and a sac fly for the eventual margin of victory. The Suns were held to just seven hits, going 3-for-12 with RISP and stranding eight baserunners. RHP Alex Kreis was placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 8, making room for OF Chris Curran, who was assigned from Potomac.

May 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 15-8 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (1-5, 5.70) vs.
Torra (2-3, 5.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Mandel (3-1, 2.97) vs.
McFarland (5-1, 2.62)
Potomac Lost, 10-0;
Lost, 6-2
@ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (2-1, 3.77) vs.
Pressly (2-0, 7.06)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (0-0, 1.35) vs.
Dufek (0-0, 5.14)

Syracuse 15 Durham 8
• Wang (W, 1-0) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Severino (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S, WP
• Teahen 3-5, R, 2B, BB, 5RBI, SB
• Hoffpauir 3-3, 2R, 2BB, 3RBI
• Brown 2-3, 3R, 2B, 3BB,

It was a battle of attrition in the late innings, turning what should have been a three-hour cruise into Gilligan’s Island in a 15-8 win for Syracuse. Chien-Ming Wang turned in seven decent innings, scattering eight hits and giving up two runs while the Chiefs offense broke out and built a 10-2 lead. The Bulls gored the Chiefs ‘pen for six runs in the top of the 8th, with Austin Bibens-Dirkx facing four batters and giving up the minimum of four runs possible with three singles and grand slam allowed. The Chiefs steered things around in the bottom of the inning with a five-run rally, highlighted by Mark Teahen’s two-run double and lowlighted by a pair of ejections after a Seth Bynum strikeout (Bynum, manager Tony Beasley). Atahualpa Severino, who had gotten the final out in the 8th, retired the side in the 9th to end the game after three hours, 38 minutes.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 2
• Demny 5⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Nicol 2-3
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R
• Valdez 2-4, 2B

A pair of three-run rallies vaulted Richmond over Harrisburg for an 8-2 win and a two-game sweep of the rain-shortened series. The Senators collected nine hits, with three players getting two hits apiece, but went a dreadful 1-for-9 with RISP and stranded eight baserunners. Paul Demny took the loss, charged with five runs on five hits and three walks, with reliever Pat McCoy letting the last two runs before giving up two of his own over one and 2/3rds innings. The Senators hit the road for seven games, beginning with a four-game set against the Akron Aeros tonight.

Salem 10 Potomac 0 (comp. of susp. gm.)
• Olbrychowski (L, 1-4) ⅔ 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, 2HR
• Applebee 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 1-2, 2B, 2BB, OF assist at 3B
• Sanchez 1-2

Down 6-0 after 3½ innings, Salem had its way with relievers Shane McCatty and Wilson Eusebiom scoring a pair of runs off both to run the score to 10-0. Potomac was held to just three hits, with David Freitas and Adrian Sanchez both singling and Michael Taylor collecting his league-leading 13th double.

Salem 6 Potomac 2 (5 inn, rain)
• Ray (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, 2HR
• Holder 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Hague 1-1, R, 2BB, SB, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B, RBI

Robbie Ray lasted just 15 batters before the Salem Red Sox chased him from the game, sending him to the showers after six runs and seven hits, including a solo HR and a grand slam. Trevor Holder turned in another fine relief outing, but the offense was limited to just two hits: a single by Rick Hague, a double by Justin Bloxom. Rain halted play after five full innings, saving the bullpen further work after having pitched 9⅔ innings in less than 24 hours.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS — OFF DAY
After a 5-2 homestand, the Suns hit the road for seven games, beginning with a four-game set with the Lexington Legends. Prior to yesterday’s game, Kylin Turnbull was assigned from “Auburn,” taking the roster spot of Steve Souza, who had been placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 6.