Last Night in Woodbridge

Rejuvenated with the additions of Victor Robles and Max “For Those About To” Schrock, the Potomac offense continues to roll as they took their fourth straight with a 5-1 win over Carolina.

It also helps to have some good pitching, which a well-rested Erick Fedde provided with six innings of one-run ball on three hits and a walk. The Nats’ #1 pick from the 2014 draft (18th overall) picked up his fifth win while striking out eight, the first time he’s had more K’s than IP since May 23.

The P-Nats got on the board first in the 1st with a Victor Robles walk, a one-out steal of 2nd, and a triple from Jose “Orange” Marmolejos.

In the 2nd, Robles was involved again but the hard way. After Alec Keller and Bryan Mejia singled and Austin Davidson walked, Robles took the first of three (3) hit by pitches to get the Homer Simpson RBI and a 2-0 lead.

Carolina crept back with a long solo HR to right-center by Braxton Davidson to cut the Potomac lead to 2-1. Fedde shook it off and rolled a grounder to third then went on a strikeout tear, finishing the fourth with a pair and setting down the side by way of the K in the 6th.

Max Schrock extended his hit streak to 13 with a two-out infield single, making it easier for manager Tripp Keister to pull the plug on Fedde (82 pitches, 49 for strikes) and go to the ‘pen. Tommy Peterson took over and retired the side in order in the 7th, fanning two.

Justin Thomas came on in the 8th and also set the side down in order, then with an extra two runs courtesy of Robles (sacrifice fly) and Schrock (RBI double), worked around a two-out single to finish the game and get his second save in as many outings.

The win improves Potomac to 11-3 in the second half, which is good for a 2½ game lead over first-half champ Lynchburg. Game Two of Four between the P-Nats and Mudcats has a lefty-righty matchup of Matt Crownover (0-3, 5.83) vs. Matt Withrow (5-4, 3.44).

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Long (1-2, 3.86) vs.
Hale (0-4, 5.31)
Harrisburg Won, 7-0 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Valdez (2-1, 6.65) vs.
Kaminsky (3-5, 4.19)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 5.83) vs.
Withrow (5-4, 3.44)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (5-6, 4.35) vs.
Jimenez (6-7, 4.42)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 2.57) vs.
Cross (1-2, 4.38)


Syracuse 4 Norfolk 3
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 0R, 6BB, 2K, WP
• Davis (BS, 2) 1+ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Glover (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-5, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Chiefs overcame a bullpen implosion in the 7th with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to edge the Tide, 4-3. Austin Voth struggled with his control, walking six over five scoreless innings with four hits allowed and two strikeouts. Erik Davis came on in the 6th to protect a 2-0 lead and retired Norfolk in order but allowed four straight singled before he was lifted in favor of Koda Glover in the 7th, who let in the go-ahead run on the fifth straight Tide single. Matt Skole’s leadoff HR in the 8th tied things up while a single-walk-error sequence in the 9th plated the gamewinner. Glover got his first AAA win, Davis his second blown save, and Rafael Martin his 16th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. RHP Lucas Giolito optioned from Washington; SS Trea Turner, OF Michael Taylor recalled to Washington; LHP Matt Grace activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 0
• Brady (W, 2-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Suero 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Bautista 4-4, BB, SB
• Ward 2-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI, SB

Wherever Mike Brady threw the pitch, that’s where it went as he combined with two relievers in Harrisburg’s 7-0 blanking of Akron. Brady allowed just two baserunners over six innings while striking out six to win for the second time this season. Wander Suero (2IP, 2H) and Robert Benincasa (1IP, 2BB) weren’t quite as efficient but kept the breeze going (4K, 2K respectively) to preserve the shutout. Rafael Bautista reached base five times with four singles and a walk while Drew Ward and Stephen Perez both went 2-for-3 and combined for four runs, three walks, and three RBI to pace the Sens’ 13-hit, 10-walk attack. IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Fedde (W, 5-3) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Thomas (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mejia 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Schrock 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats took their fourth straight win Last Night in Woodbridge.
IF Austin Davidson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 0 (5 inn.)
• Rodriguez (L, 6-5) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Wiseman 0-1, BB

Delmarva’s Ofelky Peralta no-hit Hagerstown for five innings before the rains came and ended this one in the bottom of the 5th for a 5-0 Shorebirds win over the Suns. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss as he was strafed for nine hits, including a two-run HR, over four and a 1/3rd innings. Ian Sagdal reached on an error in the 1st while Rhett Wiseman drew a walk in the 4th to account for the two Suns baserunners. OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Auburn.

State College 3 Auburn 0
• Bogucki (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• W. Pena 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Perkins 2-3, BB
• Barrera 1-3, 2BB

The clutch hit eluded the Doubledays in a 3-0 loss to the Spikes. A.J. Bogucki went the first three innings and was charged with a run on four hits without a walk and one whiff to lose his NYPL debut. Blake Perkins and Tres Barrera both reached base three times, combining for three walks and three singles. Auburn left on eight baserunners and went 0-for-6 with RISP.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-0 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.41) vs.
Miranda (3-7, 4.06)
Harrisburg Won, 14-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (1-2, 3.72) vs.
Peoples (6-3, 3.69)
Potomac Won, 8-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (4-3, 4.42) vs.
Franco (5-5, 4.43)
Hagerstown Won, 16-5 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (6-4, 4.13) vs.
Peralta (4-4, 3.69)
Auburn OFF DAY @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Kilichowski (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 8 Norfolk 0
• Hill (W, 4-8) 7IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Runion 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 3-4, R, 2B, HR, SF, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 2B, 3RBI
• Lombardozzi 3-4, R, RBI

What the Norfolk? Syracuse got both shutdown pitching and lights-out hitting in an 8-0 series-opening win. Taylor Hill, Sam Runion, and Bryan Harper combined on the seven-hit shutout. Hill went the first seven innings and allowed all seven Tide hits along with a walk and three whiffs for his fourth win. Runion and Harper made the final two donuts in the 8th and 9th respectively. Matt Skole, Brian Goodwin, and Steve Lombardozzi each had three hits in the Chiefs’ 14-hit assault, with Skole and Goodwin both doubling and driving in three runs. RHP Rafael Martin has been added to the I.L. roster for the AAA All-Star Game next Wednesday.

Harrisburg 14 Erie 3
• Mapes (W, 8-6) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Simms 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Bautista 4-5, 3R, RBI, 2SB
• Stevenson 3-5, 3R, SB
• Soto 2-4, 3R, BB, 2HR, 7RBI

The Senators broke open a 1-0 game with three consecutive crooked numbers in the middle innings to sink the Seawolves, 14-3. Tyler Mapes won his eighth game with seven innings of two-run ball on five hits and a walk while setting five down on strikes. John Simms mopped up and had his outing spoiled with a two-out solo shot in the 8th. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Andrew Stevenson combined for seven hits while cleanup man Neftali Soto drove in seven runs with an Earl Weaver special and a grand slam to lead the 16-hit assault on Erie pitchers. Roster moves: RHP Neil Holland assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Potomac 8 Wilmington 1
• Blackmar (W, 1-0) 7IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
• Estevez 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 1-2, R, BB, SF, HR, 4RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Schrock 2-5, 2R

Likewise in Woodbridge, except Wilmington had the early 1-0 advantage before Potomac put up three in the 4th and five in the 5th to take the game, 8-1 and the series, 3-1. New guy Mark Blackmar gave up the lone Blue rocks run on one hit and four walks over seven innings. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez worked around two hits and a walk to close it out. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in four with a sac fly and a three-run bomb (HR #10) while Osvaldo Abreu and Max Schrock both added two hits to pace the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 16 Delmarva 5
• Guilbeau 3⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• VanVossen (W, 3-2) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K, 2-0 IR-S
• Page 2-3, 2R, HR, SF, 3RBI
• Reetz 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Encarnacion 2-6, 3R, HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown got a pair of six-run innings in the 2nd and 5th innings to demolish Delmarva, 16-5. Taylor Guilbeau didn’t go the requisite five innings, chased with one out in the 4th and charged with four runs on nine hits and two walks. Mick VanVossen stranded two while finishing the inning and struck out six of nine batters faced over two and 2/3rds to earn the win. Grant Borne got the rulebook save with one run allowed over the final three innings. Matthew Page and Randy Encarnacion both homered while Jakson Reetz led the hit column with two singles and a double; all three Suns drove in three runs (hey, that rhymes!).

Auburn – OFF DAY

This is the annual reminder of the New York-Penn League’s packed schedule as the Doubledays got the first of just four (five if you count the All-Star game) scheduled days off over 81 days. Second-place Auburn visits first-place State College for the next three before returning to Falcon Field for three next week against Vermont.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-8, 5.06) vs.
Wright (1-0, 0.87)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (7-6, 3.49) vs.
Lewicki (0-0, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 4-3
(10 inn.)
vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (1st High-A start of
’16) vs. Griffin (1-4, 5.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-1, 4.84) vs.
Costello (0-0, 2.45)
Auburn Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A


Durham 11 Syracuse 2
• Cole 3⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Turner 2-4, R, 2B, SB(25)
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Chiefs scored early and late, but not often as the Bulls stampeded them for an 11-2 loss in the series finale. A.J. Cole didn’t make it out of the 4th, as Durham’s Jaff (not a typo) Decker connected on his 90th pitch for a three-run jack that had him hit the road. Cole finished with seven runs allowed on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Trea Turner doubled, stole third, and came in on a grounder to second for the first Syracuse run in the 1st while Christopher Bostick homered in the 9th for the second run. Both men went 2-for-4 while the rest of the lineup was 2-for-25.

Erie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Whiting (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• De Los Santos 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-4, 2R
• Kieboom 2-4, RBI

The longball was the difference in a 6-3 loss by Harrisburg to Erie. Sens starter Boone Whiting gave up two HR’s in the first four innings to account for three of the five runs he was charged with on 10 hits total. He walked none and struck out three over five and 2/3rds innings while suffering his first AA loss. Wilmer Difo singled twice and scored twice while Spencer Kieboom, Shawn Pleffner, and Neftali Soto each had an RBI to lead Harrisburg’s seven-hit, five-walk attack.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 (10 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan (W, 5-2) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Schrock 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Abreu 1-4, SB

Max “For Those About To” Schrock came big again in extras, smacking a solo shot in the bottom of the 10th to extend his hit streak to 11 games and give the P-Nats a 4-3 win over the Blue Rocks. It was just the fourth hit of the night for Potomac, which took advantage of two Wilmington errors and a hit batsman to score its first three runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. Austen Williams got yet another no-decision with one run let in on a solo HR and seven hits total over six innings. He walked one and struck out three. R.C. Orlan was the winner in relief, pitching two and 2/3rds scoreless innings to close out the game

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 0
• Bourque (L, 0-4) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• DeBruin 1-3, BB
• Tillero 1-3

Two Kannapolis pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of Hagerstown, 5-0. James Bourque was run into the wall by the Intimidators for four runs on eight hits and three walks to lose for the fourth time in six starts. It was, of course, moot as one run would have been enough to beat the Suns. Veteran Grant DeBruin was the sole Hagerstown batter to reach base twice with a single and a walk. Randy Encarnacion and Jorge Tillero collected the other two singles.

Auburn 1 Lowell 0
• Mills (W, 3-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Harmening (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Noll 2-2, 2B, BB
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB

Better news in upstate New York as four Doubledays pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of the Spinners, 1-0. McKenzie Mills walked two and allowed the first Lowell hit over the first five innings to earn his third win. Russell Harmening tossed two perfect frames for the hold, his first. Kevin Mooney worked the second Spinner single and a walk in the 8th as he also earned a hold. Angher Cespedes set ’em down in order in the 9th for save no. 3. Blake Perkins led off the Auburn 1st with a single, took third on Dan Johnson’s safety, and scored on fielder’s choice. Dan Noll singled, doubled, and walked in his NYPL debut to pace the ‘Days six-hit, three-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP Kyle Simonds (19th Rd.) reassigned from GCL Nationals

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-4, 4.31) vs.
Faria (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0;
Won, 10-3
vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Whiting (0-0, 4.26) vs.
Turley (2-6, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 14-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.50) vs.
Staumont (2-9, 5.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.06) vs.
Thompson (5-3, 2.85)
Auburn Lost, 10-3 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (2-1, 3.14) vs.
Dahlstrand (MiLB rehab)


Syracuse 6 Durham 4
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Espino (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Turner 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Severino 1-3, 2B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Matt den Dekker struck again with a big fly in the Chiefs’ big inning, but only a three-run jack this time as Syracuse took its second straight from Durham, 6-4. Reynaldo Lopez gave up runs in each of the first three innings before settling down for two scoreless to finish his second AAA start (and first AAA win). He did, however, give up two homers out of the six hits and two walks allowed while striking out five. Trea Turner also homered and went 2-for-5 to extend his hit streak to six games. The Chiefs squeezed six runs out of five hits and three walks but helped keep the Bulls infield cool with 13 whiffs.

Harrisburg 1 Erie 0 – GAME ONE
• Ross (W, 4-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 1-1, R, 3B, BB

Neftali Soto tripled to lead off the Sens’ 2nd and came in on Drew Ward’s groundout to second. That was it for the Senators, but Greg Ross made it stand up for a 1-0 shutout of the Seawolves in the opener. Ross walked none, struck out three, and allowed just five hits in seven innings to win for the fourth time in six AA starts.

Harrisburg 10 Erie 3 – GAME TWO
• Robinson 3IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 3-3, 2R, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Difo 2-4, R, 2RBI, SB
• Bautista 2-4, R

The Harrisburg bats arrived in Game Two, and everyone but Neftali Soto got a hit in a 10-3 Harrisburg smackdown on Erie. Andrew Robinson got the start and turned in three scoreless, though he walked four and struck out four. A five-run 4th broke open a 2-1 game as the offense got in gear for 12 hits, led by Isaac Ballou’s 3-for-3 effort with a double, a walk, and two stolen bases, and followed by tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo, who both went 2-for-4.

Potomac 14 Wilmington 1
• Mayberry (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Thomas (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Carey 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Masters 2-4, R, 3RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI

Same story in Woodbridge, as the P-Nats returned the favor from Monday’s 12-1 loss with a 14-1 demolition of the Blue Rocks. Starter Whit Mayberry no-hit Wilmington for three and 2/3rds innings before giving up a single. He lost the shutout in the 5th but finished with six innings pitched, with three hits and no walks allowed and six strikeouts in his first win for Potomac. Justin Thomas tossed three scoreless to earn the save, his second. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Dale Carey both homered while Raudy Read and Bryan Mejia both doubled and stole third as the P-Nats racked up 15 hits and left just three runners on base. Roster moves: RHP Luis Reyes placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Mark Blackmar assigned from Washington.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Avila (L, 6-6) 4+ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Pantoja 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, WP, 3-2 IR-S
• Wiseman 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Sagdal 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Kannapolis made the most of its one crooked number – a two-spot in the 5th – to edge Hagerstown 3-2. Pedro Avila ran into trouble in the 5th when he gave up a leadoff double and walked two to load the bases. Jorge Pantoja wild-pitched in the first run, then let in the second on a single to give the home team a 3-1 lead. All three Intimidator runs were charged to Avila, who lost for the sixth time. Pantoja recovered to put up goose eggs in the 6th and 7th, but the Suns bats were unable to get the equalizer as they got one run in the 7th and left the tying run at second in the 8th. Rhett Wiseman doubled and tripled and scored twice while Ian Sagdal singled and doubled and drove in both Hagerstown runs.

Lowell 10 Auburn 3
• Watson (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Conner 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI
• Ortiz 2-3

The Spinners unraveled the Doubledays ‘pen in a six-run 6th as they took Game Two, 10-3. Tyler Watson suffered the loss with three runs let in on five hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked none. Kelvin Gutierrez and Oliver Ortiz both singled twice as Auburn was held to seven hits and one walk. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Bogucki (8th Rd.), OF Jack Sundberg (26th Rd.), and 2B Jake Noll (7th Rd.) reassigned from GCL Nationals; RHP Maximo Valerio and 2B Jake Jefferies released.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-2 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (0-0, 1.50)
Marks (2-7, 4.66)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Erie,
5:00 p.m.
Ross (3-1, 0.53) and
Whiting (0-0, 4.26) vs.
Collier (7-5, 3.22) and
Drummond (0-1, 8.79)
Potomac Lost, 12-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (0-0, 3.00) vs.
Rodgers (2-4, 4.08)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (6-5, 2.85)
Frebis (5-7, 4.83)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-0, 1.20) vs.
Steen (0-1, 6.00)


Syracuse 9 Durham 2
• Long (W, 1-2) 7IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Glover 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Ramsey 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• den Dekker 2-5, R, HR, 5RBI

Matt den Dekker may be sweet to old ladies, but that didn’t stop him from hitting a granny to cap off a five-run 6th as the Chiefs broke a three-game losing streak with a 9-2 goring of the Bulls. Jaron Long got his first AAA win with seven innings of two-run ball on two hits and two walks while fanning seven. Caleb Ramsey also homered and singled twice while Matt Skole reached base four times with two singles and two walks to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster moves: OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington; IF Jason Martinson placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 3.

Harrisburg vs. Erie – PPD

Rain spoiled the pre-Fireworks festivities, so they’ll play two today in Harrisburg. Roster move: RHP Jonathan Papelbon MLB rehab assignment ended.

Wilmington 12 Potomac 1
• Crownover (L, 0-3) 4+ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Sanchez 4IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Schrock 2-4, 2B, 2SB

While the game was effectively over, the Blue Rocks made sure of it with a seven-run 8th in a 12-1 obliteration of the P-Nats. Matthew Crownover started and lost for third time in six starts as Wilmington connected for five runs on six hits and two walks over four-plus innings. Victor Robles provided the lone Potomac run with an opposite-field HR golfed on the second pitch of the 1st. Max Schrock (note: one syllable) extended his hit streak to nine with a single and a double while stealing two bases. Potomac managed just five hits total and was 0-for-9 with RISP.

Kannapolis 8 Hagerstown 2
• Baez (L, 5-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Hearn 1⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Lora 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Dent 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Intimidators scored eight unanswered runs as they lapped the Suns, 8-2 in the series opener. Joan Baez turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on six hits and two walks while striking out six, but lost for the sixth time. Taylor followed with a scoreless 7th but crashed and burned in the 8th as Kannapolis piled on four runs to put the game away. Edwin Lora singled, doubled, and drove in both runs to lead the Hagerstown hit column. Roster moves: RHP Jacob Howell reassigned from Auburn; RHP Robbie Dickey placed on 7-Day DL.

Auburn 4 Lowell 2
• Acevedo 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Fuentes (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3WP
• Morse (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Dulin 2-4, R
• Vilorio 1-3, R, BB

Auburn put up two-spots twice to double up Lowell, 4-2. Carlos Acevedo went the first five innings and let in a run on four hits and two walks but did not record a strikeout. The win went to Steven Fuentes, who walked none but was charged with three wild pitches, all of which contributed to the second Spinner run in the 6th. Dalton Dulin singled twice and scored a run while Luis Vilorio walked and singled to pace the Doubleday offense.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Durham,
6:05 p.m.
Long (0-2, 4.18) vs.
Schultz (5-4, 3.43)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-10 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Ross (3-1, 0.53) vs.
Drummond (0-1, 8.79)
Potomac Won, 5-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 5.33) vs.
Ray (4-2, 3.79)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-0 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (5-5, 4.34) vs.
Martinez, L (2-7, 4.62)
Auburn Won, 14-0 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (0-2, 6.75) vs.
De Jesus (2-1, 2.04)


Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Voth (L, 4-5) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K, 3HR, WP
• Harper 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4, R, SB
• Bostick 1-3, R, 2B

Back-to-back homers to open the 5th by Rochester erased an early 2-1 lead as they went on to hand the Chiefs yet another loss, 5-2. Austin Voth served up three homers total and was charged with four runs on six hit and three walks to lose for the third time in four starts. Bryan Harper followed with an inning and 2/3rds of scoreless relief but it was for naught as the Syracuse offense continues to sputter. Trea Turner and Christopher Bostick scored both runs and combined for three of four hits, with Bostick connecting for the only extra-base hit, a double in the 2nd.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 2
• Valdez ⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Simms (L, 4-4) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• N. Lee 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ward 4-5, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Rickles 3-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Difo 3-6, 2R, CS

Harrisburg saw early leads of 2-0 and 6-3 go poof in a 12-10 slugfest loss to Reading. Philips Valdez couldn’t make it out of the 1st as he retired just two of eight batters faced. He gave up three runs on four hits and two walks. John Simms left the bases loaded but was knocked for five runs over the next two innings to suffer the loss. Drew Ward led the comeback bids with two singles and two doubles and drove in three, followed by Nick Rickles (3-for-4) and Wilmer Difo (3-for-6).

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 3
• Fedde 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 4⅔ 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Orlan (SV, 9) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Schrock 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

Rain chased away both starters after one inning, but the P-Nats were able to hold the early two-run lead they took in the 1st and hold on for a 5-3 win. Gilberto Mendes got the win in relief as he turned in four and 2/3rds scoreless innings with just two hits and no walks allowed and four whiffs. R.C. Orlan closed out the game with two goose eggs, walking two and striking out three for his ninth save. Max “For Those About To” Schrock extended his hit streak to eight with a double while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos led the hit column with a pair of singles and an RBI.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 0
• Rodriguez (L, 6-4) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• VanVossen 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Lora 2-3, 2B
• Wiseman 1-4, 2B

Delmarva put up two big innings in the 5th and 7th innings as they shut out Hagerstown in the series finale, 7-0. Jefry Rodriguez lost for the fourth time as he let in four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The Suns offense was limited to five hits and one walk, with Edwin Lora the sole batter to reach base twice with a single and a double.

Auburn 14 West Virginia 0
• W. Davis (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Harmening 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perkins 2-5, 4R, 2B, BB
• Banks 3-5, 3R, 2B, SF, 3RBI
• Kerian 4-6, 2B, 4RBI

The Doubledays went to town before leaving Morgantown* as they prevented a three-game sweep of the Black Bears with a 14-0 shutout. Weston Davis allowed both West Virginia hits in the first five innings for the win, his second. Three relievers combined for near-perfect relief over the next four frames, led by Russell Harmening with two perfect innings. David Kerian drove in four runs while going 4-for-6 with a double, followed by Nick Banks’ three plated with three scores on… wait for it… three hits, as Auburn pounded out 18 hits and drew five walks.* OK, fine: technically it’s Granville, WV, but you know: poetic license #kthxbai

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-7, 4.99) vs.
Dean (1-5, 4.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Brady (1-1, 3.77) vs.
Leiter (3-0, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 11-9 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-7, 5.00) vs.
Stinnett (6-3, 3.36)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 4.87) vs.
Peralta (3-4, 4.04)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Meyer (1-1, 5.27)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 3-8) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Masset 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Turner 2-4, 2B, BB
• Severino 2-4, 2B

Syracuse once again had no answer for Rochester’s rallies in the late innings as they were doubled up, 6-3. Taylor Hill gave up HR nos. 11 and 12 and four runs total on six hits over six innings to lose for the eighth time in 16 starts. He walked two and struck out four. Syracuse totaled nine hits and four walks, leaving nine men on and going 3-for-12 with RISP. Trea Turner led the way with a single, walk, and a double while making no errors in CF.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 0
• Brady (L, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR; 1-2
• Robinson 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Stevenson 2-4, CS
• Kieboom 1-2, BB

Three Reading pitchers combined on five-hit shutout of Harrisburg, 3-0. Michael Brady started and lost for the second time, though he turned in a serviceable five innings of two-run ball on three hits and a walk while striking out three and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Andrew Stevenson single twice and Spencer Kieboom walked and singled; they were the only two Sens to reach base twice.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 9
• Reyes (L, 4-8) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 9R, 6ER, 4BB, 1K, 0HR
• Lambert 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Robles 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Schrock 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Keller 2-5, 2R, SB

The Pelicans thrashed the P-Nats early and held off a late charge for an 11-9 win. Luis Reyes continues to struggle, as he failed to give up less than three runs for the sixth time in seven starts. He was charged with nine runs (six earned) on five hits (no HR) and four walks over just two and a 1/3rd innings to lose for the 8th time. Down 11-3 after five full, Potomac struck back with five in the 6th, one in the 7th and got the tying runs into scoring position with two out in the 8th before a groundout ended the threat. They went down in order in the 9th.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 3
• Guilbeau (L, 0-1) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Page 1-4, R, 2B
• Reetz 1-3, 2B, BB

Delmarva failed to score just twice in nine “ups” in an 8-3 beatdown of Hagerstown. Taylor Guilbeau was charged with the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. The Suns were held to one hit through the first six innings but got help from the Shorebird ‘pen with two walks, a hit by pitch, and two wild pitches for two runs in the 7th. Matthew Page doubled with one down in the 9th while Ian Sagdal singled with two out to score the third and final Hagerstown run.

West Virginia 11 Auburn 5
• Y. Ramirez 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Conner (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, 2HBP
• Johnson 2-5, RBI
• Banks 2-5, 2R
• Ortiz 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI

The Black Bears gashed the first man out of the Doubledays ‘pen for four runs on just one hit as they overcame a 4-1 deficit early to win 7-6. Nick Conner loaded the bases with two hit batsman and a walk before getting a ground ball to the right side for the first out. Another walk loaded the bases, and triple unloaded them. Yonathan Ramirez started but was ineffective, allowing three runs on four hits (one HR) and two walks while striking out three. Dave Johnson and Nick Banks both singled twice while Oliver Martinez drove in four runs with an Earl Weaver special in the 4th and an RBI groundout in the 7th.

GCL Update

The G-Nats took four of six in the first full week of play, capped off by two touchdowns and a field goal in a 17-0 victory yesterday, which, of course, will skew the stat leaders. Juan Soto, for example, is batting .550/.571/.750 through six games after yesterday’s 3-for-5 effort. Anderson Franco remains in witness protection active on the roster but has not yet played.

DSL Update

The D-Nats stand at 12-12 after four weeks of play, having had a 3-2 week with yesterday’s game suspended by (presumably) rain. Of course, all eyes are on the prize for next year’s entrants. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post has the story.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-7, 4.99) vs.
Dean (1-5, 4.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Brady (1-1, 3.77) vs.
Leiter (3-0, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 8-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-7, 5.00) vs.
Stinnett (6-3, 3.36)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 4.87) vs.
Peralta (3-4, 4.04)
Auburn Lost, 11-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Meyer (1-1, 5.27)


Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Cole 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Laffey (BS, 1; L, 4-3) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Turner 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI

The Chiefs led 1-0 after one and 3-2 after five and 1/2 but had no answer to the Redwings’ three-run 6th to lose this one, 5-3. A.J. Cole labored through five innings, giving up two runs on a 2nd-inning HR and seven hits total. He threw 95 pitches, walked one, and struck out three in the no-decision. Aaron Laffey took the loss with three runs allowed on three hits and a walk in the 6th. Trea Turner walked and hit his I.L.-leading eighth triple while Steve Lombardozzi singled twice and drove in a run to lead the Syracuse attack.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 2
• Mapes (L, 7-6) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, HBP; 1-2, GIDP
• N. Lee ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 3-3, HBP
• Kieboom 2-4, R

Harrisburg scored twice in the late innings but it was too little, too late as Reading doubled ’em up, 4-2. All-Star Tyler Mapes lost for the fourth time in his last six starts as the Fightins punched him for all four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Wilmer Difo reached base four times with three singles and a HBP while Spencer Kieboom singled twice and scored a run as the Senators collected ten hits and three walks (two by Drew Ward) on the night.
Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon reassigned from Potomac for MLB rehab.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 1
• Williams (L, 0-3) 5IP, 12H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Sanchez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schrock 3-4
• Read 2-4, R, HR , RBI

The P-Nats suffered their first loss of the 2nd half with an 8-1 thrashing by the Pelicans. Austen Williams did not get a quality start loss, as Myrtle Beach manhandled him for seven runs on twelve (12) hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out one while losing for the third time in four High-A starts. Max “For Those About To” Schrock pushed his BA to a Nintendo-esque .579 (11-for-19) with another three-hit game while Raudy Read broke up the shutout bid with his fourth HR of the season.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 3
• Bourque 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, 2HR, WP
• Rivera 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Walby (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Encarnacion 3-5, R, 2SB
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2B

Hagerstown got back-to-back-to-back singles with two outs to load the bases and got the tying run in on a wild pitch and the gamewinner in on a passed ball for a gift from Delmarva, 4-3. Philip Walby got the “W” as he worked around a walk and a single in the 9th. James Bourque had his first start with fewer hits allowed (4) than innings pitched (5) though he was charged with all three Shorebird runs, two coming via solo home runs. Lineup bookends Randy Encarnacion and Telmito Agustin combined to go 5-for-9 with a double (Agustin), two stolen bases (Encarnacion) and three runs scored to lead the Suns offense.

West Virginia 11 Auburn 5
• W. Pena 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, HBP
• Peguero (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perkins 2-4, BB, OF assists at HP, 2B
• Ripken 2-4, BB, RBI
• Barrera 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Black Bears roared in the 7th for two and five in the 8th to break a 4-4 tie and gash the Doubledays for an 11-5 loss. Starter Wilber Pena wobbled through four innings, with two runs let in on four hits and five walks while striking out three. Francys Peguero took the loss with four runs on six hits over the next three innings. The Auburn offense pounded out 12 hits and drew five walks, with Blake Perkins and Ryan Ripken leading the charge with two singles and a walk apiece.
Roster moves: 3B Kelvin Gutierrez assigned from Hagerstown for MiLB rehab.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1;
Won, 6-1
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-4, 4.35) vs.
Wheeler, J (6-1, 2.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-5 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (7-5, 3.41) vs.
Viza (1-1, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 2.37) vs.
Leal (9-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.56) vs.
Costello (0-0, 1.88)
Auburn Won, 5-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (1-1, 10.57) vs.
TBD


Rochester 5 Syracuse 1 – GAME ONE
• Lopez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Harper (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K, WP, HR(GS)
• Goodwin 2-4, SB
• Bostick 1-3, R

Rochester’s Adam Walker connected for a walkoff grand slam in the first extra inning as the Redwings flew past the Chiefs, 6-1. Reynaldo Lopez turned in six innings of one-run ball on three hits and four walks and struck out four. Bryan Harper took the loss as he loaded the bases in the 8th with a single and two walks (one intentional). Brian Goodwin went 2-for-4 and Christopher Bostick went 1-for-3 to account for three of the five Syracuse hits.

Syracuse 6 Rochester 1 – GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 5-7) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Ramsey 3-3, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• den Dekker 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Solano 1-2, R, BB

Paolo Espino went the distance while Caleb Ramsey ran out of game to complete the cycle as the Chiefs took the nightcap, 6-1. Espino let in the lone Redwings run on seven hits and a walk over seven innings for his fifth win. Ramsey singled, tripled, doubled, and drove in four runs in his three at-bats to lead the Syracuse charge, which included nine hits and two walks total.

Reading 13 Harrisburg 5
• Whiting 6⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Brinley (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔+ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 0K, 3HR, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Perez 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
• Ballou 3-4
• Soto 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

A 4-1 lead proved to be too small for the Harrisburg bullpen to hold as they were immolated for 12 runs over two and 2/3rds innings in a 13-5 loss to Reading. Boone Whiting got the no-decision with four runs charged to him on five hits and three walks while striking out six over six and a third innings. Ryan Brinley let in both inherited runners by giving up a single and HR before getting the last two outs of the 7th. Things got worse in the 8th when he served up back-to-back homers then hit a batter, which got him tossed and then manager Matt LeCroy was ejected shortly thereafter. He suffered both a blown save and a loss, if not a suspension and/or fine. Neftali Soto, who was one of three Sens named to the E.L. All Star Game, homered early and Stephen Perez homered late as the Senators collected 11 hits total on offense.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 2 – 10 inn.
• Mayberry 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Thomas (W, 2-2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Orlan (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Schrock 3-5, RBI
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Max “For Those About To” Schrock came through again with another extra-inning game-winner as the P-Nats reeled off their sixth straight win, 3-2 over the Pelicans in 10 innings. Whit Mayberry turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on four hits as he walked none and struck out seven in his Potomac debut. Justin Thomas was the winner in relief while R.C. Orlan set the side down in order in the 10th to earn the save, his eighth. Schrock went 3-for-5 to lead the Potomac hit parade while Drew Vettleson also reached base three times with a single, double, and a walk, which he drew in the 10th to score on Schrock’s third single.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 2 – 10 inn.
• Avila 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Pantoja 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• VanVossen (W, 2-2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Davidson 1-3, 2B, BB
• Encarnacion 1-3, BB, RBI

Angelo La Bruna’s first career longball was a walkoff in the 10th as Hagerstown edged Delmarva, 3-2. It made a winner out of Mick VanVossen, who gave up a solo HR in the 9th but pitched a scoreless 10th. Pedro Avila got the start and gave up a run on six hits and three walks over five innings. The Suns managed just five hits total, but got three extra-base hits (doubles by Austin Davidson and Edwin Lora) and four walks to make the most of their limited opportunities.
Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Matt DeRosier placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 2
• Mills (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Fuentes (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Vilorio 2-4, R, RBI
• Brandt 1-3, BB, 2RBI

The Doubledays put up three runs in the 2nd, added two in the 4th and cruised to a 5-2 win to take this one, 5-2 from the Scrappers. McKenzie Mills got his second win with one run allowed on two hits and three walks while striking out six. Luis Vilorio singled twice and drove in one while Clayton Brandt drove in two and singled once as Auburn produced five runs from five hits and five walks, with a little help from three Mahoning Valley errors.