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.

Apr 262016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 7.71) vs.
B. Johnson (1-2, 2.51)
Harrisburg OFF DAY “@” Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Mapes (3-0, 3.18) vs.
TBD
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-2, 5.06) vs.
Jo. Martinez (1-0, 2.50)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Lambert (1-1, 2.45)


Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 0
• Espino (L, 0-2) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Severino 2-3
• Ballou 1-2, 2B

Syracuse fell back to .500 with a 5-0 loss to Pawtucket in the great (well, no, not really) state of Rhode Island last night. Paolo Espino was strafed for three runs on 11 hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings to lose for the second time this season. Pedro Severino singled twice, Matt Skole walked twice, and Isaac Ballou doubled once. The rest of the lineup went 1-for-24 with one walk.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
With its new field still under construction, the Yard Goats — love the color scheme, hate the name — visit the Senators but play as the home team for the next three games.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Potomac will finally play a third team when Myrtle Beach comes to the Pfitz this week for three, followed by… wait for it… Wilmington.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Likewise, the Suns will finally play in a third state (fourth opponent) when they open a three-game series in Asheville before making the nearly 500-mile bus ride back to the Muni on Friday – without the benefit of an off day or an early start.

Apr 252016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Espino (0-1, 4.09) vs.
Cuevas (1-1, 6.17)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 3-1 (12 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 7 Lehigh Valley 4
• Laffey (W, 2-0) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Masset (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ryan 3-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Sizemore 2-4, R, BB

Brendan Ryan’s Earl Weaver special highlighted a five-run 1st as the Chiefs completed the three-game sweep of the RailRiders with a 7-4 win. Syracuse starter Aaron Laffey pitched five innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits and a walk while fanning one to get the win. Matt Grace and Trevor Gott were both dinged for a run before Nick Masset shut the door with a scoreless 9th. The Chiefs defense helped out with five double plays. Ryan led Syracuse’s 13-hit parade with three followed by Matt Skole and Scott Sizemore with two apiece.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 3
• J. Long 3⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Robinson (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Bostick 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Collier 2-5, RBI, CS

Harrisburg put up crooked numbers three times in the first five innings and survived a late charge to double up Bowie, 6-3, and snap a three-game slide. Newcomer Jaron Long let in a run on a homer and five hits total over three and 2/3rds, with no walks and two strikeouts. Andrew Robinson got the next seven outs in relief for the win. The Senators pounded out 10 hits, with Christopher Bostick, Shawn Pleffner, and Zach Collier each collecting two, and drew 10 walks, with Bostick, Wilmer Difo, Spencer Kieboom, Brenden Webb, and Stephen each getting two BBs.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1 (12 inn.)
• Estevez 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Glover (BS, 1) 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Thomas (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Stevenson 2-3, R, 2B, 3BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Mesa 2-5, R, SB

The two teams made donuts on the Wilmington scoreboard for seven innings before both teams scored (sconed?) once in the 8th. The scoring drought went on for three more innings before Andrew Stevenson’s RBI double and Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos’s RBI single in the 12th put the P-Nats on top to stay and complete the five-game sweep with a 3-1 win. Wirkin “For The Weekend” one-hit the Blue Rocks for five scoreless innings, walking two and fanning one. The win went to Justin Thomas for blanking the Blue Rocks in the 10th and 11th while R.C. Orlan notched the save with a 1-2-3 twelfth. Lineup bookends Stevenson and Narciso Mesa combined for four hits, three walks, and two stolen bases to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 9 Hickory 3
• Avila 4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Crownover (W, 3-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sagal 4-5, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Davidson 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Lora 2-4, R, SB

The Suns scored in six of eight “ups” to take the game, 9-3, and the series 3-1 from Hickory. Pedro Avila started and gave up a run on two hits and a walk over four innings while striking out four. The win went to Matt Crownover, who spun three shutout innings of relief with no walks and two K’s. Ian Sagdal homered twice and drove in five while going 4-for-5 to lead the Hagerstown assault that saw every batter reach base on a dozen hits and a half-dozen walks.

Apr 242016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-4 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (1-0, 1.00) vs.
Cloyd (1-0, 0.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Simms (1-1, 3.38)
vs. Garcia (1-1, 3.72)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Wilmington,
1:35 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Fernandez (2-0, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 vs. Hickory,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Fairbanks (1-1), 9.00)


Syracuse 9 Lehigh Valley 4
• Voth 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K
• Davis (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Turner 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Keyes 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Skole 2-5, R

A seven-run 8th threw the switch on a 2-2 tie as Syracuse derailed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a 9-4 win. Austin Voth did not walk a batter again in six innings as he allowed an unearned run on four hits while striking out nine in a no-decision. Erik Davis got the blown-save-win with a run let in on two hits over two innings. Trea Turner was a triple shy of the cycle as he drove in three while going 3-for-5, a mark that Kevin Keyes matched with a double and two singles and two RBI.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Mendez 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Dykstra 2-3, BB
• Bautista 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

A five-run 1st by the BaySox was more than enough as the Sens lost their third straight, 7-2. Big flies bookended Austen Williams’s third start (and third loss), with a two-run shot in the 1st and another in the 5th, his final inning. The 23-y.o. Texan gave up seven runs on seven hits and walked three. Rafael Bautista and Cutter Dykstra both reach base three times to lead the Harrisburg offense, which once again struggled to convert baserunners to runs with a 1-for-10 mark with RISP and ten left on base.
Roster move: RHP Jaron Long assigned from Washington.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Valdez (W, 3-1) 7IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 11K
• Brinley (SV, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Read 2-5, R, 2RBI
• Mesa 1-4, R, 3B, RBI

The P-Nats domination of the Blue Rocks on the road continued with a 5-2 win, the fourth straight for Potomac. Phillips Valdez struck out 11 against no walks while letting in two over seven strong innings (80 pitches, 58 for strikes) to win his third game in four starts. Ryan Brinley closed out the game with two scoreless for his second save. Raudy Read went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace the P-Nats offense.

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 6
• A. Lee 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Rivera (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 3-5, R
• Page 2-5, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Robles 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, 2SB

Hagerstown went back to the same, um, page of the script as they wrote up another walkoff win over Hickory, 7-6. The comeback masked a poor showing by the bullpen (4IP, 4R) and took another “W” away from Andrew Lee, who turned in five innings of two-run ball on four hits. He walked none and struck out six. Matthew Page’s IF single to 3B plated Victor Robles for the gamewinner as the Suns rallied for two in the 9th. Page drove in three while Kelvin Gutierrez collected three hits to lead the Suns’ 13-hit, zero-walk offense.

Apr 232016
 


In keeping with my motto of doing what I can when I can, I’ve decided to cut back the GBI to something more manageable this year — every three weeks. This will still give us eight editions, and to compensate for the lower frequency, I will double up each section. My apologies in advance to for the disappointment, but the alternative was to scrap it altogether.

For the newcomers…. this a silly little thing I began a few years ago on a lark. It’s somehow become one of the site’s staples. Stolen from Named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment of the same name from his too-brief (2009-2010) run on Comedy Central, it’s my way of taking a look at who’s doing well, poorly, or pointing out something unexpected.

Invariably, it seems that whenever a player makes this list — good or bad — his fortune turns. Of course, that’s merely coincidence, but as much as we embrace science and statistics, superstition will always be a part of baseball. Thus, the effect known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early in the season, small sample sizes, stats in the minors are misleading, void where prohibited, valid only at participating locations, employees must wash hands after using the bathroom, etc.

And the usual reminder: The guys, their friends, families, and agents reading this, so keep it clean in the comments. This is just for fun.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 7-8, 4th place I.L. North, 2½ games behind

Good Trea Turner .357/.446/.500, 6SB in 15G
Sammy Solis 1.00/1.08/0.89, 14K in 9IP
Bad Matt Skole .122/.214/.184, 12K in 14G
Taylor Hill 8BB in 15⅔ IP
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .932 OPS, .390 BA in 13G
Austin Voth 0BB in 12IP


HARRISBURG SENATORS 6-8, 4th place E.L. West, 3½ games behind

Good Rafael Bautista 8SB, 11BB, .443 OBP in 14G
Tyler Mapes 3-0, 3.18/3.85/0.94 in 3GS
Bad Zach Collier .405 OPS in 12G
Reynaldo Lopez 4HR in 16IP
Interesting Stephen Perez .320/.414/.360 in 11G
John Simms 14K in 16IP


POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-7, 2nd place C.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos .298/.437/.561 in 16G
Mario Sanchez 1.59 ERA, 80.9 LOB% in 11⅓ IP
Bad 11CS in 30SB attempts
Starters 5.60/4.30/1.47 in 16G
Interesting Drew Ward .333/.412/.550, 11RBI in 16G
R.C. Orlan 1.93 ERA, 1.18WHIP, 8BB, 9K in 9#8531; IP


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-5, T2nd place Sally North, 2 games behind

Good Victor Robles .327/.465/.582, 7SB, 2HR in 16G
Andrew Lee 1-0, 1.80/3.50/1.27 in 3GS
Bad Ryan Ripken .496OPS in 14G
Joan Baez 0-2, 6.75 ERA, 1.67 WHIP in 3GS
Interesting Max Schrock .344/.403/.4, 6SB in 15G
Jefry Rodriguez 2.70/2.07/1.20 in 3GS
Apr 232016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Haynes (1-0, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 10.57) vs.
C. Lee (2-0, 3.65)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (2-1, 7.36) vs.
Lovvorn (0-3, 5.54)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
A. Lee (1-0, 1.80) vs.
W. Benjamin (1-0, 1.00)


Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 3
• Hill 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 7K, HR
• De Los Santos (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Martinson 1-2, R, 3B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Jason Martinson’s two-run triple in the bottom of the 5th answered Lehigh Valley’s volley in the top half of the inning while the Syracuse bullpen locked it down for a 4-3 win. Starter Taylor Hill got the no-decision with all three RailRider runs allowed on five hits, capped by a two-run homer and his fourth and fifth walks before he was given the hook with two outs in the 5th. Abel De Los Santos stranded both runners and pitched a scoreless 6th for the win. Martinson also walked twice and scored a run to lead he Chiefs’ five-hit, four-walk offense.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Giolito 4+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, 81-48 P-K
• Bacus (BS, 2; L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, HBP
• Collier 2-4, R, 2B
• Dykstra 1-3, BB

The Sens ‘pen couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead as the BaySox struck for five runs in the middle innings en route to a 6-3 win. Lucas Giolito labored through four innings and gave up two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out just two. The blown-save-loss went to Dakota Bacus, who was knifed by Bowie batters for four runs on four hits and three walks over two innings. Veteran Zach Collier singled and doubled and scored a run to lead Harrisburg’s nine-hit parade. Roster move: RHP Derek Self reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Reyes (W, 1-2) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Orlan (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Mejia 3-4
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Abreu 2-5, R, 2B

Unfortunately, Potomac cannot play in Wilmington for 140 games, but they’ve won all six at Frawley so far, including last night by a 5-2 score. Luis Reyes lost the shutout bid on a two-run blast off the bat of Ryan O’Hearn but won for the first time in three starts with six innings pitched and six hits and one walk allowed. He struck out two. R.C. Orlan pitched two scoreless for the hold (his second) while Koda Glover set the side down in order for the save (ditto). Bryan Mejia and Andrew Stevenson both had three hits to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 5
• DeRosier 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Pantoja 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Peterson (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Davidson 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Gutierrez 3-5, 2R

The Suns wasted no time in erasing a 5-3 deficit in the 9th as back-to-back singles by Max Schrock and Kelvin Gutierrez were followed by a three-run walkoff home run by Matthew Page for a 6-5 win over the Crawdads. The comeback gave Tommy Peterson his second win, as he matched fellow reliever Jorge Pantoja with two scoreless innings. Starter Matt DeRosier was ineffective, charged with all five Hickory runs on six hits and three walks over five innings, though he did set down seven on strikes. Cody Dent was the beer man in a 14-hit night by Hagerstown, with Page, Gutierrez, and Austin Davidson each reaching base three times. Roster move: RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Potomac.

Apr 222016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
T. Hill (0-1, 1.64) vs.
C. Green (0-1, 1.32)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 1.17) vs.
Bridwell (0-0, 6.48)
Potomac Won, 4-3;
Won, 3-0
@ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-2, 6.52) vs.
Rodgers (1-0, 2.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-0, 2.70) vs.
Swanson (1-0, 0.00)


Lehigh Valley 10 Syracuse 2
• Cole (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 12H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Grace 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ryan 2-4
• Sizemore 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

The IronPigs smelted A.J. Cole for eight runs and 12 hits en route to 10-2 win over the Chiefs. Cole walked one and struck out seven over four and 2/3rds while losing his first game. Veterans Brendan Ryan and Scott Sizemore went 2-for-4 and 1-for-3 respectively to account for half of the six (6) Syracuse hits. Roster moves: OF Tony Campana, RHP Taylor Jordan placed on 7-Day DL; 1B Nate Freiman released; OF Isaac Ballou, OF-1B Kevin Keyes, and RHP Abel De Los Santos reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Lopez 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, 2HR
• N. Lee (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg posted a picket fence in the first four innings but three Bowie homers knocked it down in a 6-4 loss. Reynaldo Lopez gave up two longballs, three runs, and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck out six. Nick Lee gave up the third BaySox deep fly in the 7th, a two-run shot that saddled him with the blown-save-loss. Christopher Bostick (homer) and Adrian Sanchez (double) were the only two Sens to reach base twice and connect for extra bases. Roster moves: OF Brendan Webb activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Potomac; IF Neftali Soto reassigned from XST.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 – GAME ONE
• Whiting (W, 3-0) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, RBI

The Blue Rocks rallied for three in the bottom of the 6th but the P-Nats were able to answer in the top of the 7th and not give it right back for a 4-3 win in the opener. Boone Whiting earned the win with a quality start of three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings. Derek Self got the save with a 1-2-3 seventh. Drew Ward homered for the third time in two weeks (vs. two months and two days in ’15) and doubled twice while Osvaldo Avreu singled twice to pace the Potomac attack.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 0 – GAME TWO
• Ross 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Abreu 3-4, R, 3B, SB
• Stevenson 2-4, R, 3B, SB

The two newest Potomac pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout to complete the doubleheader sweep, 3-0. Greg Ross started and went the first four, allowing the four Wilmington hits while Mick VanVossen spun three perfect innings for the win. Andrew Stevenson and Osvaldo Abreu combined for five hits, each with a triple to lead the P-Nats offense. Roster move: RHP Greg Ross (no relation) assigned from Washington; RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 4
• Baez (L, 0-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HBP, BK
• Guilbeau 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 1-2, R, 3BB
• Wiseman 0-1, 3BB

Three Crawdad errors and nine walks enabled the Suns to score four times on just three hits, but it wasn’t enough in a 5-4 loss. Joan Baez got hooked for the loss with three runs let in on three hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out two and hit two batters. Taylor Guilbeau finished the game with four innings of two-run relief, though he gave up five hits and two walks. Kelvin Gutierrez and Rhett Wiseman both walked three times as Hagerstown left on 10 baserunners and was a dismal 1-for-14 with RISP.

Apr 212016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 5-4
vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 2.57) vs.
Morgan (0-1, 4.22)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (0-2, 4.09) vs.
Hess (0-1, 3.60)
Potomac Lost, 7-0 @ Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Whiting (2-0, 5.40) and TBD vs.
Goudeau (1-1, 7.27) and
Staumont (0-1, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
Baez (0-1, 7.71) vs. TBD


Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 2 – GAME ONE
• Espino (L, 0-1) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, WP
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, R, SB(5)
• Goodwin 1-3, RBI

Syracuse put up two in the 3rd, Lehigh Valley answered with three in the 4th and that’s how it finished in the opener. Starter and losing pitcher Paolo Espino gave up all three IronPig runs on four hits. He walked none and fanned six. Trea Turner went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored while Brian Goodwin went 1-for-3 with an RBI as the Chiefs managed just six hits total.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4 – GAME TWO
• Laffey 3IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martin (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Turner 2-4, R, SB
• Freiman 2-3, R, 2B

The IronPigs completed the doubleheader sweep with a four-run 7th that turned a 4-1 Chiefs lead into a 5-4 Chiefs loss. Rafael Martin retired just two of eight batters faced and gave up four long hits, including a three-run HR, while walking two to rack up the blown save and loss. Aaron Laffey started and scattered five hits over three scoreless innings with no walks and two whiffs. Trea Turner did nothing to stop the drumbeat for his callup with two more hits, another run, and another stolen base.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2
• Mapes (W, 3-0) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR; 1-2
• De Los Santos (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-4

Tyler Mapes turned in another quality start while Harrisburg doubled up Altoona, 4-2. Mapes allowed both Curve runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Abel De Los Santos, Bryan Harper, and Dakota Bacus combined for three shutout innings to close out the game. Kevin Keyes walked once and doubled twice to lead the Sens offense, which racked up 11 hits and three walks total.
Roster moves: RHP Andrew Robinson reassigned from Potomac; LHP Robert Fish released.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 0
• Fedde (L, 0-2) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 9K, HR
• Self ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4

The Hillcats completed the three-game sweep of the P-Nats with a 7-0 shutout in getaway matinee. Erick Fedde lost for the second time, giving up another home run and three runs total on three hits and four walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz peeled off two more hits to push his average to .378 (second-best in the Carolina League) but the Potomac offense was held to just six hits total and drew no walks.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 1
• Rodriguez (W, 2-1) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Pena 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, HBP
• Robles 3-4, 3R, 3B, HR, 3RBI, SB, HBP
• Tillero 2-3, R,
• Wiseman 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Victor Robles and Rhett Wiseman both went deep in Hagerstown’s four-run 4th that highlighted a 9-1 win over Lakewood. Jefry Rodriguez won his second game with the one Blue Claws run (unearned) on three hits with no walks and five K’s. Mariano Rivera III and Ronald Pena I followed with two scoreless innings apiece. Victor Robles was a double shy of the cycle and drove in three (see: HR, 4th) and scored three while Wiseman, Jorge Tillero, and Ian Sagdal had two hits apiece as every Suns batter reached base in the blowout.

Apr 202016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
4:35 p.m.
Espino (0-0, 3.60) and
Laffey (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Ja. Thompson (0-2, 6.75) and
Roibal (0-0, 8.31)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Altoona,
12:00 p.m.
Mapes (2-0, 3.27) vs.
Eppler (1-0, 2.25)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 (12 inn.) vs. Lynchburg,
10:35 a.m.
Fedde (0-1, 5.23) vs.
Merryweather (2-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 12-6 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-1, 4.32) vs.
Gilbert (0-1, 5.59)


Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2
• Jordan 4⅔ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Solis (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Turner 1-4, R, 3B
• Skole 0-2, R, 2BB

A walk, balk, a groundout, and a sacrifice fly proved to be the difference as the Chiefs edged the IronPigs, 3-2. Taylor Jordan fell one out short of going the requisitive five innings as he was lifted with two outs and the bases loaded in the 5th. He let in both Lehigh Valley runs on eight hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds. Matt Grace got the win as he stranded three in the 5th and pitched a scoreless 6th. Sammy Solis followed with two scoreless for the hold while Rafael Martin retired the side in order in the 9th for the save. Trea Turner (triple) and Jason Martinson (double) connected for extra bases as Syracuse was limited to five hits and three walks (two by Matt Skole, who scored the gamewinning run).

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 1
• Simms (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Suero (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 3-4, 2B
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Kevin Keyes’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 1st was enough for Harrisburg’s pitchers to outduel Altoona’s, 2-1. John Simms got the win with six shutout innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and striking out five. Wander Suero turned in two scoreless for the hold, his second, while J.C. Gutierrez cordero’ed his way through the 9th with a leadoff HR, a walk, and three strikeouts on a mere 32 pitches for the save. Isaac Ballou singled twice and doubled once to lead the Sens hit column, followed by Keyes, who also singled in the 5th for a 2-for-4 night.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 6 (12 inn.)
• Estevez 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Glover 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Thomas (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Abreu 3-6, 2R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Ward 2-5, 2RBI

Potomac fell to .500 with their fifth loss of the current homestand, dropping an 8-6 decision in extras to Lynchburg. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez went a season-high five innings but let in three runs on seven hits and no walks for the no-decision. The loss went to Justin Thomas with two runs allowed on a hit and two walks in his one inning of work. Osvaldo Abreu led the P-Nats’ 14-hit parade with a double and two singles, followed by Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Drew Ward, with both corner IFs going 2-for-5 with 2RBI.

Hagerstown 12 Lakewood 6
• Avila 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Crownover (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Schrock 5-5, 3R, 2-2B, 5RBI, 2SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, BB
• Ripken 2-5, 2B, 4RBI

The Suns hitters covered for the Suns pitchers, outslugging the Blue Claws for a 12-6 win. Pedro Avila took Taylor Hearn’s turn in the rotation and got pinched for three runs on four hits over three innings. Matthew Crownover got the win in relief with three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two stolen bases to lead the Hagerstown offense. Roster moves: LHP Connor Bach reassigned to Auburn; RHP Pedro Avila reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Apr 192016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 0.82) vs.
Buchanan (0-0, 5.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-5 vs. Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Simms (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Holmes (0-1, 6.30)
Potomac Lost, 9-6 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Lugo (1-0, 3.38)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
TBD vs. Kilome (0-2, 14.85)


Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 1
• Voth (L, 0-1) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Severino 2-3, R, BB
• Ramsey 2-3, BB

The Iron Pigs went deep against Austin Voth twice while the Chiefs’ struggles in the clutch continued in a 5-1 loss. Starter and loser Voth allowed four runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out six over six innings. Syracuse tallied nine hits but went just 2-for-12 with RISP and hit into three double plays. Pedro Severino and Caleb Ramsey both went 2-for-3 with a walk with Severino scoring the lone Chiefs run. You’ll be shocked (no, you won’t) to learn Trea Turner was named I.L. Player of the Week for April 7-17.

Altoona 12 Harrisburg 5
• Williams (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Lee 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 1-4, R, 2SB
• Keyes 1-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bostick 1-4, R, RBI

Four runs in the bottom of the first? Pretty good. Eight runs given back in the top of the 2nd? Not so good. Harrisburg gave up double digits in the run column for the second straight game with a 12-5 loss to Altoona. Austen Williams took the brunt of the beating, charged with seven runs on five hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds to lose for the second time in as many starts. The Sens managed five runs on just five hits (four singles and a double) and two walks, but no batter reached base or scored more than once.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 3
• Valdez (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HBP, 2WP, BK
• Self 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keller 3-4, 2R, SB
• Read 2-4, BB, RBI
• Stevenson 2-5, R, 3B, 3RBI

None of the Hillcats walked up to U2 or Thin Lizzy, but there was a whole lot of doublin’ last night at the Pfitz as the Hillcats outslugged the P-Nats, 9-6. Eight of Lynchburg’s 12 hits were two-baggers and all were hit hard. Philips Valdez was teed up for six of them and ten hits total over four and 2/3rds for the loss. He let in seven runs, walked two, hit two, and struck out five. Potomac took advantage of ten free passes to score six runs on just eight hits, highlighted by Andrew Stevenson’s three-run triple in the 4th.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3
• Lee (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Rivera (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Wiseman 2-4, R
• Dent 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

Hagerstown rallied for three in the 5th and one in the 6th and held on for 4-3 win over Lakewood. Andrew Lee finally got a “W” to show for his efforts, which was five innings of two-run ball on six hits and a walk with two whiffs. Mariano Rivera III walked three over two scoreless innings for the hold while Ronald Pena closed out the game with two innings pitched and a run given up on a solo HR in the 8th for the save. Cody Dent tripled in two and scored on a Victor Robles RBI single to highlight the 5th while Rhett Wiseman was the sole Sun to reach base twice with a pair of singles. Roster moves: OF Telmito Agustin placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Austin Davidson reassigned from XST. Agustin was apparently injured while stealing 2nd in Sunday’s loss to Delmarva.

Apr 182016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Appel (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 14-2 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Williams (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Creasy (1-0, 4.91)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (2-0, 4.50) vs.
Brown (0-1, 7.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
A. Lee (1-0, 0.90) vs.
Gueller (0-0, 6.75)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 Syracuse 1
• Hill 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Gott (L, 2-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
• Goodwin 3-4, R, 3B
• Ramsey 3-4
• Campana 3-5

The Chiefs racked up 12 hits but could only drive in one as they fell to the RailRiders, 2-1 in the series finale. Taylor Hill started and let in one unearned run on three hits over six innings for a no-decision. The loss went to Trevor Gott as he gave up the gamewinner in the 8th on a hit and two walks. Brian Goodwin, Caleb Ramsey, and Tony Campana each had three hits with Goodwin scoring the lone run after a leadoff triple followed by a Pedro Severino double in the 7th.

Reading 14 Harrisburg 2
• Giolito (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 1ER, BB, 3K, 76-55 P-K
• Bacus 2⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Bautista 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-4, 2B, RBI

Reading scored in three of four innings against Nats uberprospect Lucas Giolito as they destroyed Harrisburg, 14-2. Giolito gave up five runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk over three and 2/3rds innings. He was lifted after 76 pitches thrown, with 55 going for strikes. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo combined for five hits and drove in both runs while the other seven batters went 1-for-24 with a walk and eight strikeouts.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 3
• Reyes (L, 0-2) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, 3HBP
• Johansen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB
• Ward 2-3, R, BB, RBI

The wheels came off the bus (again) Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 3
• DeRosier 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Torres (L, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Robles 3-5, 2RBI, SB
• Dent 2-4, R

The organizatonal sweep was made complete when the Suns’ rally in the 9th fell short, 4-3. Starter Matt DeRosier struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and no walks. Luis Torres was less effective, strafed for three runs on four hits over three innings to suffer the loss. Victor Robles singled three times, including a two-run hit in the 9th with two outs to cut the Delmarva lead to one, while Cody Dent singled twice to lead the Hagerstown offense.