Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 vs. Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (AAA debut) vs.
Ro. Hernandez (4-4, 4.42)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (8-6, 3.43)
vs. TBD
Potomac Lost, 7-6
(11 inn.)
@ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (2-0, 1.29) vs.
Kopech (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-4, 6.46) vs.
De Jesus (0-0, 5.40)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 2.25) vs.
Miniard (1-2, 2.17)


Durham 8 Syracuse 4
• Espino (L, 6-8) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Laffey 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 3-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• den Dekker 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The Chiefs fell behind 3-0 after four and couldn’t catch up as the Bulls doubled ’em up, 8-4 in the series finale. Paolo Espino lost for the eighth time with those aforementioned three runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. Koda Glover became the latest victim of the GBI curse as Durham lit him up for three runs in his two innings of work. Brian Goodwin singled twice, doubled and walked once, and drove in two to lead the Syracuse offense. As noted in the comments, Reynaldo Lopez is expected to pitch for Washington tomorrow; he had been slated to start today, hence the educated guess that Lucas Giolito will take his place tonight.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2
• Ross 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Self (W, 3-2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-2, 2B, 2BB
• Ward 1-4, 2RBI

The Harrisburg ‘pen was called into action early again while the offense took advantage of Altoona mistakes for a 3-2 win in the series finale. Greg Ross got hurt while covering first for the first out of the 4th, as the Curve got to him for both of its runs on three hits and no walks. Derek Self (3IP), Andrew Robinson (1IP), and Nick Lee (1IP) combined for five scoreless innings of relief for the win, hold, and save, respectively. Andrew Stevenson doubled, took third on a groundout to second, and scored on a wild pitch in the 6th. He also scored on Drew Ward’s two-out, two-run single in the 1st. The Senators managed just six hits and three walks total and were 2-for-9 with RISP.

Salem 7 Potomac 6 (11 inn.)
• Williams 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Sanchez 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mendez (L, 2-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Carey 3-4, R, 3B, BB
• Vettleson 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Schrock 2-5, R, RBI, SB(5)

The Red Sox roared back from a 5-2 deficit with a four-run 5th, to which the P-Nats answered to tie it at 6-6, but lost in extras, 7-6. Austen Williams bore the brunt of Salem’s assault with six runs allowed on nine hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez on a single-sacrifice-double sequence in the 11th, ending a streak of 11 appearances without an earned run. Dale Carey reached base four times with a walk, two singles, and a triple to lead Potomac’s 11-hit parade, followed by Max “For Those About To” Schrock, Alex Keller, and Drew Vettleson with two hits apiece.

Hagerstown 3 Greenville 2
• Avila 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Hearn (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Sagdal 3-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Encarnacion 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Ian Sagdal’s leadoff HR in the 9th answered Greenville’s two-out, two-run rally in the 8th and lifted Hagerstown to its fifth straight win, 3-2. Taylor Hearn got the blown-save-win with both Drive runs let in on four hits and a walk over three innings. Pedro Avila started and turned in his best outing of the season with six scoreless innings and five baserunners allowed (2H, 2BB, HBP) with six strikeouts. Sagdal singled twice, walked, and doubled while driving in the second Suns run. The first came on Randy Encarnacion’s solo shot in the 3rd, as he extended his hit streak to six games and improved to .349 over his last 10 (15-for-43). Roster moves: RHP Pedro Avila activated from the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 2
• W. Davis 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mooney (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Perkins 1-3, R, SB
• Sundberg 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

It’s hard to win with just three hits, but the Doubledays tried as they couldn’t make two first-inning runs stand up and lost, 3-2 to the Scrappers. Weston Davis needed just 48 pitches to retire the Mahoning batters five times as he allowed no walks and just two hits while setting down two on strikes. Steven Fuentes wasn’t as effective as the Scrappers got two runs against him in the 7th. The loss went to Kevin Mooney despite his Auburn-logo mustache via a leadoff triple and a sac fly in the 9th. Blake Perkins, Jack Sundberg, and Ryan Ripken both reached base twice and went 2-for-8 with three walks. The rest of the lineup was 1-for-23.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Durham,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (6-7, 3.12) vs.
Schultz (5-4, 3.43)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2
(12 inn.)
@ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Ross (4-1, 0.56) vs.
Waddell (6-4, 4.48)
Potomac Won, 5-4 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.00) vs.
Ball (5-4, 3.71)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 @ Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Avila (7-6, 2.95) vs.
TBD
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 3.32) vs.
Civale (0-0, 0.00)


Durham 2 Syracuse 0
• Cole (L, 6-6) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• E. Davis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Bostick 0-2, BB
• den Dekker 0-2, BB

Durham’s Justin Marks was on the mark (well, except one HBP) as he no-hit Syracuse for a 2-0 shutout. A.J. Cole took the loss despite a quality start with of two unearned Bulls runs on four hits and a walk while six. Brian Goodwin was hit by a pitch while Christopher Bostick and Matt den Dekker both walked once to account for three Chiefs baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Austin Voth placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2 (12 inn.)
• Valdez 3⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 6BB, 3K, WP (90-44 PIT-K)
• Suero (W, 2-0) 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-4, RBI
• Stevenson 2-2, 2B, RBI

The Sens got back-to-back doubles from Rafael Bautista and Wilmer and a two-out single by Andrew Stevenson to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the 12th and held off the Curve’s last gasp for a 4-2 win in extras. Philips Valdez and strike zone remain estranged as the 24-y.o. walked six of 18 batters faced. He needed 90 pitches to get through three and 2/3rds innings with one run and two hits allowed. Wander Suero picked up the win in relief as he worked aroun four hits over two scoreless. Abel De Los Santos cordero’d his way through the 12th, giving up a one-out double and a two-out walk to earn his fifth save.

Potomac 5 Salem 4
• Mayberry (W, 2-1) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Thomas (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, CS

Potomac dug out of a 4-0 hole after four innings for a 5-4 win over Salem in the series opener. Whit Mayberry got the Jack Morris win with all four Red Sox runs let in on seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two. Justin Thomas (2IP) and Gilberto Mendez (1IP) combined for three scoreless innings of relief to earn the hold an save, respectively. Alec Keller’s two-run single plated the tying and a go-ahead runs as he led the P-Nats hit column with a 2-for-4 night, with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Osvaldo Abreu also reaching base twice with a double and a walk apiece.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 5
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR, HBP
• Borne (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI, SB(10)
• DeBruin 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored three times in the 6th to break a 5-5 tie as they took Game Two from the Drive, 8-5. Hagerstown starter Joan Baez was charged with all five Greenville runs on five hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings while fanning six. Grant Borne got the last out of the 4th and went three more frames to earn the win. Jake Johansen and Mick VanVossen each threw a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save. Randy Encarnacion singled, doubled twice, and drove in three to pace the Hagerstown offense, followed by Grant DeBruin, who doubled in two while going 2-for-5. Roster moves: IF-OF Cody Dent, RHP Luis Torres released.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 5
• Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Acevedo (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-1 IR-S
• Neuse 3-5
• Barrera 2-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, BB, OF assist at 2B

Tres Barrera’s two-run shot with one out in the 7th capped a rally from a 5-2 deficit but West Virginia pushed across the game-winner in the 8th to take the game, 6-5 and complete the series sweep. Yonathan Ramirez started and gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Carlos Acevedo suffered the loss, his third, as he was charged with the final Black Bears run on four hits over three and 2/3rds innings. Sheldon Neuse singled three times, Barrera scored three times, and Jack Sundberg singled twice and walked once to the lead the Doubledays’ attack.

GCL Update
The G-Nats remain atop the Eastern Division despite a 3-3 week. The team is 3rd in the league in runs scored, 7th in runs allowed after three full weeks of the 2016 season.

DSL Update
The D-Nats are in 7th place in the San Pedro division going into the DSL’s All-Star break. 18-y.o. OF Brailin Mesa and 21-y.o. RHP are listed on the N.L. roster for this morning’s All-Star game.

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 5

GBI for NPP 2

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 44-48, 6th place I.L. North, 13½ games behind

Good Matt Skole .342/.447/.658 in July (11G)
Paolo Espino 5-3, 2.92 ERA, 1.15 WHIP in last 10GS
Bad 49 batting HR’s 14th in 14-team I.L.
25% CS rate – 13th in 14-team I.L.
Interesting Two GS for Matt den Dekker in last nine games
Koda Glover 0.00 ERA, 0.62 WHIP in first 8G


HARRISBURG SENATORS 48-43, 3rd place E.L. West, 4 games behind

Good Stephen Perez .382/.462/.509 in last 18G
Michael Brady 4BB in 31IP, 0.90 WHIP
Bad Andrew Stevenson .445 OPS in 16G
Robert Benincasa 7.27 ERA, 2.19 WHIP in 8G
Interesting 30 triples, 2nd in 12-team E.L.
30 wild pitches, tied for 2nd fewest in 12-team E.L.



POTOMAC NATIONALS 13-7, 1st place C.L. North, 1 game ahead (47-41 overall)

Good Max Schrock (duh) .405/.420/.582 in 17G
Erick Fedde 2-0, 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in four appearances (3GS) since All-Star break
Bad .800+ OPS hitters not named Jose Marmolejos: Zero
Mario Sanchez 2-0, 6.97 ERA, 1.69 WHIP in last 10G
Interesting Bryan Mejia 16-game on-base streak (7 of 15 season BBs drawn during the streak)
Justin Thomas 1-0, 3SV, 0.00 ERA in five appearances since All-Star break


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 13-9, 2nd place Sally North, ½ game behind (56-36 overall)

Good Matt Page .306/.375/.500, 3HR, 13 RBI
since All-Star break
Pedro Avila 2-1, 3.05 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
since All Star Break
Bad .800 OPS players under Lg. Avg. Age (21.4): Zero
Philip Walby 14BB in 12⅓ IP, 2.11 WHIP
Interesting Lead Sally Lg. in runs scored, RBI – no other offensive category
Lead Sally Lg. in fewest stolen bases allowed – 58, next-fewest: 71


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 14-14, 3rd Place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 4 games behind

Good Tres Barrea .269/.377/.423, HR, 7RBI in 16G
Tyler Watson 1-1, 2.25/2.21/1.04, 26K in 24IP (5GS)
Bad Paul Panaccione .364 OPS, 4E in 13G
Wilber Pena 6.75/5.87/1.64 in 14&8532; IP (4G, 3GS)
Interesting Fewest batting K’s in 14-team NYPL
Youngest pitchers: 20.3 y.o. vs. Lg. Avg. of 21.4


GCL NATIONALS 10-8, T1st Place, Eastern Division, ½ game ahead

Good Branden Boggetto .459/.512/.541, 5RBI in 16G
Jonathan Reid 1.74/2.99/0.58 in 10⅓ IP
Bad Omar Meregildo .283 OPS, 3E in 9G
Jefry Rosa 0-3, 6.57/4.29/1.38, 5HBP, 5BB, 10K in 12⅓ IP
Interesting 18-y.o. Carter Kieboom 7BB in 10G
2nd in assists in 17-team GCL (OK, maybe not)


DSL NATIONALS 15-20, 7th Place, San Pedro Division, 9 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Brailin Mesa, 1HR, 13RBI, .289/.339/.386 in 32G
18-y.o. Yelmery Sisnero 2-3, 0.65/2.41/0.98 in 27⅔ IP(6GS)
Bad 18-y.o. Jesus Morales .467 OPs in 32G
20-y.o. Yordani Garcia 12.27/6.58/3.27 in 7⅓ IP
Interesting 32 of 61E committed by four listed SS’s
Incl. 18-y.o. Bryan Bencosme who has 26H, 20BB in 34G

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-5, 4.84) vs.
Marks (2-9, 4.30)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0;
Won, 3-2
@ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
C. Dickson (7-3, 3.69) vs.
Valdez (2-2, 7.67)
Potomac Lost, 10-4 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-1, 4.76) vs.
McGrath (3-3, 3.99)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (6-6, 4.06) vs.
Raudes (8-2, 4.06)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-1, 5.17) vs.
Vieaux (0-1, 3.92)


Syracuse 5 Durham 4
• Voth (W, 5-5) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Runion 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• den Dekker 2-5, R, HR(GS), 5RBI
• Bostick 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, SF, RBI

Well, that’s one way to take the Bull(s) by the horns. Syracuse sent 14 men to the plate in the bottom of the first and plated ten of them as they defenestrated Durham, 12-1. Austin Voth evened up his won-loss record with seven strong innings, allowing the one Bulls run on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Every Chief got a hit, with four getting two, and Matt den Dekker smacking a grand slam for the first four runs of the 1st.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 0 – GAME ONE
• Brady (L, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• N. Lee ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Stevenson 1-3
• Difo 2-3

The Curve got six strong innings from rehabbing Ryan Vogelsong as they shut out the Senators, 5-0. Michael Brady gave up all five Altoona runs on seven hits, including two solo HRs, over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out four to lose his third game. Andrew Stevenson singled once, Wilmer Difo twice, and the other seven Harrisburg batters went 0-for-16 with three walks in the loss.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 – GAME TWO
• Simms (W, 6-4) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• De Los Santos (H, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Rickles 2-3, RBI

The Harrisburg bullpen bent but didn’t break as a 3-0 lead proved to be just big enough to hold in a 3-2 win in the nightcap to split the doubleheader. John Simms got his sixth win with a masterful five innings (54 pitches, 40 for strikes) as he struck out six, walked none, and allowed just two hits. Wander Suero was credited with the save despite giving up a single and a two-run homer in the last of the 7th. The Sens offense was powered by Shawn Pleffner and Nick Rickles as both connected for RBI singles in the 4th while Pleffner left the yard with his third HR in the 6th.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 4
• Crownover (L, 0-4) 3⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Lambert 3⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Vettleson 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Schrock 0-4 (hit streak ends at 18)

The Dash got eight runs in the 4th to punctuate a 10-4 win over the P-Nats and take the series, 2-1. Matthew Crownover lost for the fourth time in eight starts as he was charged with the first six runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. He left with the bases drunk and Trey Lambert sobered them up and let in three of his own over the next three and 2/3rds innings. Drew Vettleson homered twice and drove in three while Austin Davidson plated the final Potomac run with an RBI double in the 9th.

Hagerstown 10 Greenville 5
• Rodriguez (W, 7-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K, HBP, WP
• Rivera (SV, 6) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 3B
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2B, CS, OF assist at 2B

Jefry Rodriguez tossed six scoreless innings while the Hagerstown bats remained hot in a 4-1 win over Greenville. Rodriguez gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out eight to win for the seventh time. Mariano Rivera II finished the game, letting in an unearned run on three hits and no walks while fanning two as he got his sixth save. Rhett Wiseman singled and tripled while Telmito Agustin singled and doubled to lead the Suns’ 12-hit parade, with eight of the nine batters reaching base. Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen demoted from Potomac, 3B Kelvin Rodriguez activated from 7-Day DL (end of MiLB rehab for both).

West Virginia 5 Auburn 2
• Bogucki (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Simonds 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Noll 3-4, 2RBI
• Neuse 2-3, BB

West Virginia’s three-run 2nd was the difference as Auburn dropped back to .500 with a 5-2 loss, its sixth in the last eight games. A.J. Bogucki lost his second start for the Doubledays as the Black Bears clawed him for three runs on six hits and a walk over three innings. Jake Noll came through in the clutch, driving in both Doubledays runs with a pair of two-out singles in three opportunities and was 3-for-4 overall. The rest of the team? Not so much, as they were 0-for-9 with RISP.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.24) vs.
Faria (1-0, 0.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-3 @ Altoona,
5:00 p.m.
Brady (2-2, 2.84) and
Simms (5-4, 3.72) vs.
Vogelsong (0-0, 5.40) and
Holmes (8-4, 4.30)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 5.40) vs.
Valerio (3-3, 4.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-5 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (6-5, 4.46) vs.
Boyd (8-5, 5.71)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Beddes (0-1, 3.66)


Syracuse 5 Durham 4
• Hill 7IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Glover (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (BS, 4; W, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Skole 2-3, 3R, 2B, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI

“No, no, I insist: You take this gift.” That was the 9th inning in a nutshell as the Chiefs tried to give away the game in top half with two-run HR served by Rafael Martin but instead got the gamewinner on a two-out, three-base error that enabled Matt Skole to score all the way from first. Taylor Hill shook off a leadoff HR to open the game to pitch seven innings of two-run ball on three hits and a walk. He struck out three and was leading 4-2. Koda Glover mowed ’em down in the 8th and was apparently too gassed by those nine (9) pitches to pitch the 9th. Matt Williams Billy Gardner instead went to Martin, who blew his fourth save but got the win. Skole reached base four times with a single, homer, and two walks to lead the Syracuse offense, which totaled six hits and six walks and got the benefit of four passed balls and two hit batsman (this guy →). Roster moves: IF Jason Martinson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 3
• Whiting (L, 0-2) 4+ IP, 4H, 6R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K, WP
• Self 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Soto 3-4, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2B

The Curve scored seven times in the first five innings and chugged to a 9-3 win over the Senators. Boone Whiting lost for the second time in three starts as he was charged with six runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks over four-plus innings. Neftali Soto singled three times while Rafael Bautista singled and doubled to lead Harrisburg’s nine-hit parade.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Fedde 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Estevez (BS, 2) ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Peterson (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-4, 2B
• Marmolejos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Potomac ‘pen collapsed in the late innings, giving up two runs in the 7th and 8th innings to turn a 3-1 lead into 5-3 defeat by Winston-Salem. The implosion spoiled another strong outing by Erick Fedde, who let in one unearned run on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five. Wirkin “For The Weekend” retired just one of four batters faced to blow the save while the loss went to Tommy Peterson for allowing two runs (both unearned) to score in the 8th. Alec Keller and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 10 Asheville 5
• Guilbeau (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, 2WP
• Howell 3IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• La Bruna 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Page 3-3, 2R, 2BB
• Sagdal 3-5, 2R, 3B, 4RBI

Hagerstown put this one away early with 10 runs in the first two innings and survived a late charge from Asheville for a 10-5 victory. Taylor Guilbeau got his first “W” with two runs allowed on four hits and a walk over five innings. Matt Page, Ian Sagdal, and Angelo La Bruna each had three hits and combined for six RBI and five runs scored as the Suns racked up 14 hits and five walks total on the night.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 3
• Dunning 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Howard (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K
• Serrata 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, R, OF assist at 2B
• Ripken 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Black Bears struck for five runs in the 5th and held off the Doubledays for a 5-3 win. Dane Dunning tossed three scoreless innings with one hit and one whiff in his NYPL debut. Hayden Howard took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk over and inning and a third in relief. Dan Johnson and Ryan Ripken both went 2-for-4 to account for half of Auburn’s eight hits, as the Doubledays went just 1-for-7 with RISP and left on seven baserunners.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Durham,
6:35 p.m.
TBD vs.
Faria (1-0, 0.60)
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
McRae (2-4, 10.25)
Potomac Won, 7-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Fedde (5-3, 4.13) vs.
Lowry (6-6, 4.13)
Hagerstown Won, 12-3 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-4, 7.36) vs.
McCormick (0-1, 14.29)
Auburn Won, 8-4 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Dunning (NYPL debut)
vs. TBD


Syracuse – ALL STAR BREAK
Brian Goodwin started in CF and went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the International League All-Stars’ 4-2 win over the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Rafael Martin struck out the lone batter he faced to finish the 8th to earn a hold.

Harrisburg – ALL STAR BREAK
Neftali Soto was the DH and went 2-for-3 with a HR and a walk in the Western Division’s 10-2 loss in the Eastern League All-Star game. Tyler Mapes and Andrew Robinson both pitched a scoreless inning of relief with one hit allowed.

Potomac 7 Winston-Salem 2
• Blackmar (W, 2-0) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Mendez (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-4, 2R, BB
• Read 1-3, 2R, 2BB, CS, PB(13)
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Potomac got four in the 4th and two in the 5th and seven strong innings from Mark Blackmar in 7-2 win over Winston-Salem. Blackmar won his second start for the P-Nats with one run allowed on five hits and three walks while striking out five. Mario Sanchez struggled again and left the bases loaded with one out in the 9th for Gilberto Mendez, who cleaned up the mess to earn the bare-minimum save (five-run lead, tying run on deck). Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, Victor Robles, Max “For Those About To” Schrock, and Alec Keller each had two hits in the 11-hit attack on Dash pitchers while Raudy Read and Osvaldo Abreu both walked twice.

Hagerstown 12 Asheville 3
• Bourque (W, 1-4) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Hearn (H, 2) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Page 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, BB, 4RBI
• Encarnacion 2-4, R, BB, RBI, 3SB
• Mesa 2-4, 2R

The Suns burned the Tourists pitchers for nine runs in the first four innings en route to a 12-3 victory. James Bourque turned in his best outing with five innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks. He struck out two while earning his first win of 2016. Matthew Page reached base four times and drove in four while Randy Encarnacion, who singled twice, walked once, and stole three bases to lead Hagerstown’s 12-hit, eight-walk offense.

Auburn 8 Vermont 4
• Mills 4IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, 2WP
• Conner (W, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Fuentes (SV, 3) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K, BK
• Gutierrez 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• Banks 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-4, R, RBI

The hit ’em hard and hit ’em early motif for the “A” teams on Wednesday began with Auburn’s 8-4 win over Vermont. The Doubledays put up three in the 1st and one in the 2nd to take an early 4-0 lead, then repeated those tallies in the 7th and 8th. McKenzie Mills labored through four innings (82 pitches) and gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. Nick Conner got the win with one run let in over two frames. Steven Fuentes closed out the game with one run allowed over three innings on five hits and a walk. The 2-3-4 sequence of Dan Johnson, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Nick Banks combined for seven hits, three doubles, four RBI, and four runs scored.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Banks (4-0, 3.60)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 (12 inn.) vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-4, 7.36) vs.
McCormick (0-1, 14.29)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Vermont,
12:05 p.m.
Mills (3-1, 2.33) vs.
Bowers (2-2, 1.04)


Syracuse – ALL STAR BREAK
Charlotte, NC plays host to the AAA All-Star Game between the International League and the Pacific Coast League. Brian Goodwin and Rafael Martin will be representing Syracuse for the I.L. team.

Harrisubrg – ALL STAR BREAK
The Eastern League All-Star Game is in Akron, OH, home of the RubberDucks. Tyler Mapes, Andrew Robinson, and Neftali Soto will be representing Harrisburg for the Western Division team.

Potomac – OFF DAY
After the longest homestand of the season, the P-Nats make their second seven-game road trip, this time going to the Salems to play the Dash in NC for three and the Red Sox in VA for four games.

Asheville 5 Hagerstown 4 (12 inn.)
• Giolito 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Borne 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• VanVossen (L, 3-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Mesa 2-5, SB

The good news is that Lucas Giolito came in from Syracuse. The bad news is that he seems like he brought the Chiefs’ inability to hit in the clutch with him. Mix in three HRs and that’s a recipe for a disappointing 5-4 loss by Hagerstown to Asheville. Giolito gave up the four runs, three via the longball, on six hits and no walks over seven innings. He struck out four while throwing 97 pitches, 61 for strikes. Grant Borne followed with four shutout innings while Mick VanVossen served up the gamewinner on a leadoff HR to start the 12th to take the loss. The Suns collected nine hits, drew seven walks, and stole four bases but were a miserable 2-for-13 with RISP, including Matthew Page’s two-run HR in the 4th to cap off a three-run rally and Telmito’s RBI single in the 7th to tie the game.
Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Pedro Avila placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Jorge Tillero placed on the 7-Day DL; C Adderling Ruiz activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 3 Vermont 1
• Watson 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Cespedes (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, HBP
• Perkins 1-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Banks 1-4, RBI

Auburn rallied for three in the 8th to break a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Vermont. Blake Perkins’s two-run triple highlighted the outburst, which Nick Banks completed with an IF single to plate Perkins. Angher Cespedes got the win in relief with two scoreless innings, working around a hit batsman in the 8th and a single in the 9th. Tyler Watson got the start and gave up the Lake Monsters’ run on five hits and no walks over five innings. Roster moves: RHP Francys Peguero reassigned to the GCL Nationals; RHP Dane Dunning and LHP Hayden Howard promoted from the GCL Nationals.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Won, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Burke (1-2, 4.58)
Auburn Lost, 4-0 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 2.37) vs.
Puk (Pro Debut)


Syracuse – ALL STAR BREAK
Rafael Martin was named the I.L. Pitcher of the Week for July 4-10, the second Syracuse Chief to garner the award (Trea Turner) this season. Martin was named to the I.L. All-Star team last week as a replacement and will be joined by Turner and Brian Goodwin in Charlotte, NC. Roster move: RHP Nick Masset retired.

Harrisubrg – ALL STAR BREAK
The Senators go into the All-Star break in 3rd place, the highest they’ve been at the midseason point since 2013 when they were in 1st. Curiously, they have seven games left against 1st-place Altoona but are done with 2nd-place Akron, against which Harrisburg went 9-6 including two of three this past weekend.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5
• Williams 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Mendez (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI, 2SB
• Masters 2-4, 2R
• Schrock 2-5, 2B (16G hit streak)

Raudy Read’s two-run double in the 7th broke a 4-4 tie and the Potomac ‘pen bent but didn’t break for a 6-5 win to split the four-game series. Austen Williams turned in another quality start, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning one over six innings. He left with a 4-3 lead but R.C. Orlan’s struggles continues as he blew the save while getting just two outs in the 7th. The win went to Gilberto Mendez as the most effective reliever with two innings pitched and just one hit allowed while stranding an inherited runner in the 8th. Osvaldo Abreu led the P-Nats attack with two walks, two singles, and two stolen bases while Max Schrock pushed his hit streak to 16 games with a single and double.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
While it has not been officially announced yet, Lucas Giolito is slated to make a start for Hagerstown during this series to remain on his pitching schedule, perhaps as soon as tonight since there is a chance of rain tomorrow. Giolito last pitched on July 7th against the Mets and would be working on four days’ rest if he goes tonight, five if he goes tomorrow.

Vermont 4 Auburn 0
• Simonds (L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Acevedo 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Ripken 1-3, 2B
• Ortiz 1-3

The Doubledays dropped to .500 at 12-12 as their losing streak went to four with a 4-0 loss to the Lake Monsters. Kyle Simonds scattered five hits over three innings and walked one while striking out two, but took the loss in his NYPL debut. Vermont’s Xavier Altamirano dominated Auburn for seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits – three singles by Blake Perkins, Nick Banks, and Oliver Ortiz and a double by Ryan Ripken, who was thrown out at home to end the 5th inning.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 (12 inn.) ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 8-7 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 3.90) vs.
Beech (2-2, 3.27)
Hagerstown Won, 9-5 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-3 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Simonds (NYPL Debut) vs.
Altamirano (1-0, 0.63)


Syracuse 5 Norfolk 3
• Espino (W, 6-7) 7IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Martin (SV, 17) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• A. Sanchez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Collier 2-4, 3B, RBI

The Chiefs put up two-spots twice to take leads of 2-0 and 4-2 and held off the Tide for a 5-3 win the series finale. Paolo Espino gave up all three Norfolk runs on nine hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out seven while earning his sixth win. Bryan Harper and Rafael Martin each turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save, respectively. Zach Collier singled and tripled while Adrian Sanchez drove in two with a 2-for-4 night. Syracuse collected ten hits total, but also struck out ten times.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 4 (12 inn.)
• Ross 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• De Los Santos (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Simms (W, 5-4) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2B
• Bautista 3-6, R, RBI

Nick Rickles’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 12th ended a 4-4 stalemate as third-place Harrisburg took two out of three from second-place Akron with a 6-4 walkoff win. Greg Ross got the start and allowed a run on a solo HR and six hits total over seven innings, with no walks and four whiffs. He left with a 4-1 lead that Abel De Los Santos could not hold as he retired just two of six batters faced and gave up three runs on two hits, including a two-run HR. The win went to John Simms, who shut down the ‘Ducks for three scoreless and hitless innings. Wilmer Difo and Rafael Bautista each had three hits to lead the Sens’ 13-hit parade.

Carolina 8 Potomac 7
• Mayberry (L, 1-1) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Schrock 2-5, R, RBI, 15-game hit streak
• Keller 2-5, 2RBI
• Vettleson 1-2, R, 2BB

A five-run 4th by the Mudcats was too much for the P-Nats to overcome as they lost a second straight, 8-7. Whit Mayberry bore the brunt of the Carolina assault, letting in seven runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three while dropping his first decision for Potomac. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled twice to extend his hit streak to 15 games as did Alec Keller while Drew Vettleson reached base three times with a single and two walks to pace Potomac’s nine-hit, five-walk offense.

Hagerstown 9 Delmarva 5
• Avila (W, 7-6) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 9K, HR
• DeBruin 4-5, 2R, HR, 5RBI
• Agustin 2-4, R, SB
• Wiseman 2-4, R

Hagerstown put three-spots three times as they cruised to a 9-5 in the series finale vs. Delmarva. Pedro Avila struck out nine and walked one, letting in one on a solo HR and four hits total over six innings to get the win, his seventh. Grant DeBruin drove in five and went 4-for-5 with a three-run HR to lead the Suns’ 13-hit assualt on Shorebirds pitching.

State College 10 Auburn 3
• W. Davis (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Peguero 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ortiz 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Banks 3-4, R, BB, RBI

The Spikes completed the three-game sweep of the Doubledays with another 10-3 win. Weston Davis started and went just four innings, as State College gashed him for five runs on seven hits, including a two-run HR in the 3rd. He walked none and struck out two while losing his second game. Oliver Ortiz and Nick Banks both had three hits and an RBI with Ortiz connecting for a double and Banks drawing a walk to pace the Auburn offense.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Norfolk,
6:05 p.m.
Espino (5-7, 3.06) vs.
Gunkel (5-6, 3.93)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Ross (4-1, 0.44) vs.
Brown (5-3, 3.17)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-0, 2.25) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Avila (6-6, 3.07) vs.
Alvarado (7-4, 3.19)
Auburn Lost, 10-3 @ State College,
6:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-1, 1.20) vs.
Farinaro (2-0, 5.56)


Norfolk 5 Syracuse 2
• Long (L, 1-3) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R

As it has more often than not in 2016, the clutch hit eluded Syracuse as they fell last night to Norfolk, 5-2. Jaron Long was rolled for 10 of the 15 Tide hits and four of the five runs in his five innings. He walked one and struck out two while losing his third AAA game. Caleb Ramsey walked twice while Steve Lombardozzi singled twice as the Chiefs managed just seven hits and were 0-for-7 with RISP.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 3
• Valdez (L, 2-2) 4+ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 7BB, 4K, HR
• Brinley 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ballou 2-4
• Kieboom 1-3, BB, RBI

It was too little, too late for the Senators as they fell into 6-0 and only made it halfway out for a 6-3 loss to the RubberDucks. Phillips Valdez was charged with all six Akron runs on four hits, including a three-run HR to third batter he faced in the 5th. He walked seven and struck out four while losing his second AA game. Isaac Ballou singled twice while both Spencer Kieboom and Kevin Keyes singled and walked to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Carolina 6 Potomac 5
• Crownover 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 5K
• Orlan (H, 4; L, 5-3) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• M. Sanchez (BS, 2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schrock 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Masters 2-4, R

Apparently, if you have to choose, you should pick bad defense over poor relief. At least that’s what Carolina demonstrated as six errors weren’t enough to give away the game. Potomac’s 9th-inning meltdown turned a 5-3 win into a 6-5 loss and cost Matthew Crownover his first A+ “W.” In fairness, the Mudcats should have gotten more against the southpaw starter, who issued four walks and gave up six hits (including two doubles and a triple) over five and 2/3rds innings but only gave up two runs. Likewise for the P-Nats, who only got two unearned runs and stranded six despite stealing five bases against Sal Giardina, who committed three errors but smacked the game-winning double against Mario Sanchez. R.C. Orlan took the loss as he retired just one of four batters faced but was credited with a hold nonetheless.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 2
• Baez (W, 6-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 10K
• Hearn 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Encarnacion 2-2, 2BB, RBI, 2CS
• La Bruna 1-1, R, RBI, 3BB

It was almost the same story in Salisbury, Md., as the Shorebirds scored twice in the 9th in a 4-2 loss to the Suns. Joan Baez struck out a career-high 10 batters in five scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed as he evened up his won-loss record at 6-6. Taylor Hearn piled on seven more over the next three frames, though he gave up four hits and needed 63 pitches to do it (vs. 80 for Baez). Philip Walby loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsman in the 9th, getting a groundout in between, before giving way to Mariano Rivera III who let in one run on a sacrifice fly and the other on a single before ending the threat with a flyout to deep right-centerfield. Randy Encarnacion and Angelo La Bruna both reached base four times with two RBI, three singles, and five walks combined to lead the Hagerstown offense.

State College 10 Auburn 3
• Ramirez (L, 2-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Banks 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Barrera 2-4, 2B
• Brandt 2-3, 2B

A touchdown and an extra point in the 2nd was the difference as State College took another one from Auburn, 10-3. Doubledays starter Yonathan Ramirez didn’t make it out of the inning as he was charged with the aforementioned seven runs (five earned) on five hits and a walk while fanning two to lose for the first time this season. Nick Banks doubled and tripled while Tres Barrera and Clayton Brandt both singled and doubled to lead the Auburn attack.

GCL Update

The G-Nats sit atop the GCL East (five teams this year) with an 8-5 mark after back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday. Still no Anderson Franco, but Juan Soto has cooled off to a mere 1.155 OPS through 11 games. Sample sizes for the age-appropriate pitchers are still too small to comment on.

DSL Update

The D-Nats are on a four-game losing streak to fall below .500 at 14-16. Brailin Mesa (18-y.o.) remains the top hitter among the regulars with a .323/.377/.430 line while Yelmery Sisnero (also 18) is the top pitcher thus far, having given up just one earned run in five starts (22⅔ IP) with 22K and 5BB for pitcher’s line of 0.40/2.40/0.97.