Last Night in Woodbridge

Erick Fedde struck out 10 and retired the last 10 batters he faced while the P-Nats bats gave him just enough offense for a 2-1 victory over Wilmington.

Defense? Well, not so much. Matthew Page got the start at 1B and won’t remind anyone of J.T. Snow or Don Mattingly as he committed one error and was less than smooth on his other chances. But the 24-y.o. did go deep in the 4th to break a 1-1 tie with his first big fly since his callup on Monday.

Potomac got on the board first in the 1st with a pair of singles by Alec Keller and Osvaldo Abreu that put runners on the corners. The Blue Rocks’ Zach Lovvorn, who would go on to lose his 13th game despite a respectable 3.58 ERA this season, wild-pitched Keller in for the first P-Nat run.

Then we got a reminder that this is indeed Single-A ball: Max “For Those About To” Schrock reached first on an error that was ruled an infield hit, then, after a Raudy Read popup, Abreu tried to score on a comebacker to the mound and was easily thrown out.

Wilmington got it back in the top of the 2nd as Page fielded a two-out grounder to his right and then threw a strike past Fedde, who was not late in covering the bag. That plated Wilmington catcher Chad Johnson, who had doubled for the only extra-base hit Fedde would give up.

Fedde took the defense out of the equation for three straight whiffs before giving up another two-out hit in the 3rd. After Osvaldo Abreu committed the second two-out error by Potomac, Page got the grounder to end the 3rd inning.

That out started a string of dominance for the Nats’ #1 pick in 2014 as he retired 13 of 14 batters with only a Willie Mays Hayes “oops” single to spoil things. He would finish with a line of one unearned run on five hits over seven innings, with no walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts to win his sixth game.

The Potomac bullpen held the 2-1 lead with a scoreless 8th from R.C. Orlan for hold #6 and a 1-2-3 ninth from Ryan Brinley for save #12, his second in as many appearances since dropping down from AA.

The series continues tonight with Matthew Crownover (2-4, 4.79) taking the hill against Corey Ray (6-5, 5.21) for Wilmington.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-5 @ Scranton/W-B,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (6-9, 3.51) vs.
Cessa (5-3, 3.23)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (10-7, 3.14) vs.
Carter (0-1, 4.00)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (5-4, 3.08) vs.
Lovvorn (2-12, 3.64)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6
(10 inn.)
@ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Arauz (3-5, 4.20) vs.
J. Rodriguez (7-8, 5.22)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Perez (2-2, 2.81)


Syracuse 9 Buffalo 5
• Cole (W, 8-7) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, 3HR
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Martinson 2-3, R, 2B, SF, 2RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 3R, 2B, 3B
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

Syracuse got three in the 1st and three in the 6th and withstood a charge from Buffalo to take the series finale, 9-5. A.J. Cole gave up four runs on three homers and five hits total over seven innings. He walked three and struck out three while earning his eighth win. Matt Skole hit his organization-leading 16th HR in the 1st to get things rolling. Jason Martinson (single, double), Michael Taylor (double, triple), and Steve Lombardozzi (single, single) each had two hits in the Chiefs’ nine-hit, four-walk offense. Pennant update: Despite taking two in a row from fifth-place Buffalo, Syracuse remains in last place in the I.L. North by 5½ games, 18 games out overall.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 2
• Long (L, 3-3) 6⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 2-4
• Soto 1-2, BB

The B-Mets got to Jaron Long twice with solo shots in the 6th and the winning run in the 7th as they edged the Sens, 3-2 to split the four-game series. Long lost his third AA contest with all three Binghamton runs allowed on five hits and no walks while striking out five. Harrisburg was held to four hits total, with Jose Marmolejos singling twice, Neftali Soto once, and Rafael Bautista homering for the second time this season. Pennant update: The Senators trail the Curve by 1½ games in the E.L. West.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 2
• Bacus (W, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, 2WP
• Sanchez (H, 4) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Page 2-4, R, 3B

Potomac posted a picket fence over four innings and survived a rocky 6th to double up Wilmington, 4-2. Dakota Bacus won for the second time in as many starts since his return from the DL, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings. He struck out six, including the side in the 5th. Mario Sanchez got a popup to the first batter he faced on the first pitch to strand three in the 6th and pitched two more scoreless to earn the hold while Gilberto Mendez cordero’d his way through the 9th with a hit and a walk for the save, his eighth. Osvaldo Abreu doubled twice, Matthew Page tripled, and Raudy Read homered to pace the P-Nats’ attack. Pennant update: Potomac leads first-half champ Lynchburg by a game in the C.L. North’s second-half race.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 6
• Guilbeau 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Johansen (BS, 1; W, 2-1) 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-3 IR-S
• Sagdal 3-4, BB, CS
• Reetz 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, 3R

The BlueClaws rallied for four in the 8th to tie, then gave away three in the 10th to lose to the Suns, 8-6. Hagerstown starter Taylor Guilbeau left with a 3-1 lead after six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Grant Borne pitched a scoreless 7th and then gave up four straight singles in the 8th. Jake Johansen came in and let in all three inherited runners while getting out of the 8th for a 5-5 tie and the blown save. He would get credit for the win as the pitcher of record when a leadoff single, a hit batsman, two errors, and a wild pitch led to three unearned runs in the top of the 10th. Mick VanVossen sandwiched a solo homer and a doubled between three outs for his eighth save. Pennant update: The Suns third straight win kept pace with the Grasshoppers and the Crawdads to maintain leads of one and one-and-a-half games in the Sally North’s second-half chase.

State College 5 Auburn 3
• W. Davis (L, 2-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Held 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• A. Martinez 2-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Neuse 1-4, R, HR, RBI

State College spiked Auburn for four in the 1st and got an insurance run in the 6th for yet another win over Auburn, 5-3. Weston Davis took the loss with four runs let in on seven hits and a walk while striking out two. Kevin Mooney allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk over the next two while Samuel Held pitched two perfect innings to finish. The Doubledays were limited to six hits, with Andres Martinez (triple) and Sheldon Neuse (homer) collecting Auburn’s two extra-base knocks on the night. Pennant update: The Doubledays’ third straight loss denied them a chance to tie the Black Bears for 4th place in the Pinckney division of the NYPL and knocked them to 13 games behind the first-place Spikes.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Buffalo,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (7-7, 4.24) vs.
Diamond (7-10, 3.42)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Long (3-2, 2.13) vs.
Montero (2-1, 2.19)
Potomac Won, 4-1 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-2, 3.45) vs.
Griffin (2-7, 6.92)
Hagerstown Won, 7-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-1, 4.65) vs.
Taveras (4-8, 3.99)
Auburn Lost, 8-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 2.17) vs.
Dobzanski (3-4, 3.83)


Syracuse 6 Buffalo 1
• Voth (W, 6-7) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 1-2, R, 3BB, SB
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Austin Voth turned in seven strong innings while the Bison bullpen gave it away as the Chiefs won, 6-1. Voth let in the one Buffalo run on six hits and three walks while striking out four for his sixth “W.” Matt Grace and Rafael Martin both turned in a scoreless inning to close it out. Steve Lombardozzi reached base four times with a single and three walks while Caleb Ramsey and Matt Skole both homered. Beers were on Christopher Bostick as the only Syracuse batter not to get a hit.

Harrisburg 6 Binghamton 1
• Valdez (W, 4-2) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Runion 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 3-5, R, 2B
• Stevenson 2-5, RBI
• Ward 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, 3BB

Harrisburg dropped a four-spot with on Binghamton in the 2nd then added two runs in the 4th as they cruised to a 6-1 win. Phillips Valdez remains on track with his third straight outing of seven innings, allowing the B-Mets run on six hits and two walks while setting down two on strikes. Sam Runion tossed two scoreless innings to close it out. Drew Ward singled, homered, and drew three walks while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos went 3-for-5 with a double to lead the Senators offense.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 1
• Whiting (W, 9-2) 6⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Holland (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Reistetter 1-3, R, SF, RBI
• Carey 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB

The P-Nats rallied for two runs twice and got solid pitching from veteran Boone Whiting as they declawed the Hillcats, 4-1 to split the four-game series. Whiting pitched into the 7th, giving up Lynchburg’s sole run on seven hits with nary a walk and five whiffs. Neil Holland stranded two in the 7th and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the hold while Ryan Brinley worked around a two-out double in the 9th to earn his 11th save. The bottom half of the P-Nats lineup got the job done with all four walks and three of the team’s six hits, including Matt Reistetter (8th) with a single, run, and a sac fly and Dale Carey (9th) with a single, run, and two walks.

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 1
• Bourque (W, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Rivera (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2B, 3B
• DeBruin 3-5, 2B, SB
• Encarnacion 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown scored once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd and never looked back as they took the game, 7-1, and the series, 2-1 from West Virginia. James Bourque turned in his best outing with five innings of one-run ball on six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts to even up his won-loss record at 4-4. Mariano Rivera III (2IP), Philip Walby (1IP), and Tommy Peterson (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings of relief. The Suns collected 14 hits total, with Kelvin Gutierrez and Grant DeBruin both going 3-for-5, and Randy Encarnacion and Rhett Wiseman each hitting a two-run HR.

State College 8 Auburn 3
• Mills 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Bogucki (L, 0-4) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Banks 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, R

The Doubledays firemen brought the gasoline instead of the water as the Spikes torched them for seven runs over the final four innings for an 8-3 loss. McKenzie Mills went the first five for Auburn with one run allowed on three hits and a walk and two strikeouts. The loss went to A.J. Bogucki with three runs let in over his two innings. Nick Banks singled and doubled and drove in two while Ryan Ripken and Jack Sundberg both went 2-for-4 to lead the Doubledays attack. Roster move: LHP Hector Silvestre assigned from Potomac for MiLB rehab.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1;
Lost, 4-0
vs. Buffalo,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (5-7, 3.58) vs.
Copeland (0-1, 3.24)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2;
Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
@ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Valdez (3-2, 5.64) vs.
Herron (2-2, 6.82)
Potomac Won, 5-2;
Lost, 9-2
@ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Whiting (8-2, 3.47) vs.
Esparza (0-1, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (2-1, 4.67) vs.
Sendelbach (8-4, 3.49)
Auburn Lost, 2-0 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-2, 2.79) vs.
Cross (3-3, 3.35)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 1 – GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 5-9) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 1-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Skole 1-2, SF, 2RBI

Taylor Hill gave up the obligatory solo HR in the 2nd and then settled in as Syracuse took the opener, 5-1. Hill won his 5th game while going six innings, with the one run allowed on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Christopher Bostick and Matt Skole both drove in two as the Chiefs made the most of their limited chances to score five times on four hits and two walks, with a little “help” from two Bison errors.

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 0 – GAME TWO
• Laffey (L, 4-5) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Gott 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Collier 2-3, 2B
• Taylor 2-4

The Bison got the last Laffey as they dropped four runs on the Chiefs’ spot starter in his five innings of work to take the nightcap, 4-0. Zach Collier and Michael Taylor combined for four of the eight Syracuse hits.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 2 – GAME ONE
• Brady (W, 3-5) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K; 2-2, R, 2B
• Robinson (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 2-3, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-3, R

Harrisburg got three in the 1st and one in the 5th as they doubled up Binghamton in the opener, 4-2. Starter Mike Brady was the architect of six innings of two-run ball on seven hits and a walk to get his third win while Andrew Robinson worked around a single in the 7th for the save, his fifth. Brady, Drew Ward, and Andrew Stevenson each had two hits in the Sens’ nine-hit attack.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.) – GAME TWO
• Simms 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Benincasa 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• DeFratus (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, IBB, 0K, HBP
• Ward 1-3, 2B, BB, 2K
• Stevenson 1-4, 2B, RBI

It took 10 innings to decide the second game, which saw the B-Mets walk off with a 3-2 victory to split the twinbill. John Simms got the spot start for the Sens and let in two runs over four innings on four hits and three walks. He struck out six. Justin DeFratus took the loss as Binghamton converted a hit batsman to lead off the 10th into the gamewinner with a sacrifice and a two-out single. Four of the six Harrisburg hits went for doubles, including Drew Ward, who also walked and was the sole batter to reach base twice for the visitors.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 2 – GAME ONE
• Williams 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Thomas (W, 3-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Abreu 2-4, 2R
• Read 1-2, 2B, RBI
• Reistetter 1-1, BB, 2RBI

Potomac exploded for four in the 7th to take the opener, 5-2. Austin Davidson homered to tie it at 2-2 while the Matts Reistetter and Page both singled with runners in scoring position to drive in three more. Justin Thomas was the winner in relief while Gilberto Mendez struck out two in the bottom of the 7th to earn his seventh save. Austen Williams got yet another no-decision with two runs allowed over the first five innings on three hits and three walks.

Lynchburg 9 Potomac 2 – GAME TWO
• Spann (L, 2-2) 3⅔ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 5BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lowery 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, R, HR, RBI

The Hillcats scratched Matt Spann and the P-Nats for three in the 1st and cruised to a 9-2 win to split the doubleheader. Spann was charged with seven runs total on eight hits and five walks over three and 2/3rds innings for his second loss. Max “For Those About To” Schrock scored the first Potomac run on a wild pitch in the 3rd while Dale Carey got the second with his seventh HR, a solo shot to lead off the 4th.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 2
• Baez (W, 7-7) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K
• Pantoja (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• DeBruin 2-3, R, BB
• Noll 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R

Hagerstown got three in the 3rd and six solid innings from Joan Baez as they tripled up West Virginia, 6-2. Baez gave up just one run on five hits, walked none, and fanned eight as he snapped a three-game string of no-decisions. Jake Noll singled, doubled, scored twice, and drove in two to lead the Suns offense.

Staten Island 2 Auburn 0
• Watson 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Howard 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Simonds (L, 0-3) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K
• Vilorio 2-3, CS, E, PB
• Neuse 1-4, 2B

The Yankees broke up the Star Trek convention on the scoreboard with two runs against the Doubledays in the bottom of the 8th as they took the series finale, 2-0, and the series, 2-1. Tyler Watson got his fifth no-decision with five scoreless innings and two hits and two walks allowed. The loss went to Kyle Simonds as the home team got to him for both runs on three hits and a walk in his single inning of work. Auburn matched Staten Island’s six hits and three walks but were thrown out on all three stolen-base attempts (versus twice) and grounded into a double play (versus none).

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Buffalo,
5:35 p.m.
Hill (4-9, 4.69) and
Laffey (4-4, 4.01) vs.
Lawrence (2-3, 3.98) and
Venditte (2-1, 4.94)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Binghamton,
5:35 p.m.
Brady (2-5, 3.68) and
Valdez (3-2, 5.64) vs.
Pill (8-9, 4.08) and
Herron (2-2, 6.82)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 @ Lynchburg,
5:30 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 4.31) and
Spann (2-1, 3.46) vs.
Robinson (1-1, 9.39) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4
(10 inn.)
vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (6-7, 4.67) vs.
Agrazal (6-8, 4.36)
Auburn Won, 3-2
(10 inn.)
@ Staten Island,
11:00 a.m.
Watson (1-2, 2.53) vs.
Martin (3-2, 2.55)


Syracuse – OFF DAY
Tonight, Chiefs return home where they actually have a winning record (29-25) to play the Bison again for four games starting with a doubleheader tonight. Last-place Syracuse’s tragic number is 18 for both the I.L. Divisional and Wild-Card races.
Roster moves: RHP Trevor Gott activated from the 7-Day D.L..

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
Harrisburg, which is tied for first place in the E.L. West with Altoona, hits the road for four against Binghamton, beginning with a doubleheader. The Sens have been break-even on the road (26-26) but will need to make hay against one of the league’s also-rans as they’ve eased into contention with Rubberducks’ recent, um, tailspin (1-9 last 10 games). Harrisburg and Altoona meet for six games in August but are done playing Akron. Roster moves: 1B Jose Marmolejos promoted from Potomac; RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Syracuse.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 4
• Mayberry (L, 3-2) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Read 4-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Mejia 3-4, 3RBI, CS(9)

The P-Nats took an early 2-1 lead but fell behind 5-2 and couldn’t catch the Hillcats as they fell, 5-4 and into a tie for 1st place in the C.L. North. Whit Mayberry turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on eight hits and no walks over six innings. He struck out five while losing for the second time. Raudy Read singled twice, doubled twice, and scored twice while Bryan Mejia drove in two in the 8th with his third single of the night before the Hillcats’ Travor Frank shut the door with a whiff of Dale Carey to end the threat. Potomac went in order in the 9th. Roster moves: LHP Matt Crownover placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHPs Ryan Brinley, Boone Whiting reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Matthew Page promoted from Hagerstown.

West Virgnia 5 Hagerstown 4 (10 inn.)
• Avila 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 6K, WP
• Howell 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Johansen (L, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Agustin 2-4, R, SB
• Gutierrez 2-5, RBI

The Sally League continues to drop hints that 19-y.o. Pedro Avila might be fatigued, the Power being the latest as they shocked him for four runs early in a 5-4 win over the Suns in extra innings. Avila was, um, charged with four runs on seven (7) hits and four walks over 82 pitches and four innings in the no-decision. Randy Encarnacion’s solo shot with two down in the 9th to force extras was quickly erased in the 10th on a walk-single-single sequence off losing pitcher Jake Johansen. Kelvin Gutierrez singled for the second time to lead off the 10th and took second on a sacrifice but watched the final two outs (liner to 2B, flyball to RF) as Hagerstown dropped into 2nd place with the loss. Roster moves: RHP Tommy Peterson reassigned from Potomac; 2B Jake Noll promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 3 Staten Island 2 (10 inn.)
• Reyes 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K, 0HR
• Reid (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP, 1-0 IR-S
• Neuse 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Johnson 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Daniel Johnson’s two-out double in the 10th scored Blake Perkins all the way from first as Auburn edged Staten Island, 3-2 in 10 innings. Luis Reyes, assigned on a rehab from Potomac, was lifted after coughing up a run in is first and only inning. Steven Fuentes followed with two runs let in over four innings. The win went to Jonny Reid as he struck out five over three and 2/3rds innings to close out the game. Tres Barrera tripled and Sheldon Neuse doubled as both went 1-for-3 with a walk to lead the Doubleday offense.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Mayberry (3-1, 4.00) vs.
Brady (10-4, 4.08)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Keller (6-5, 2.86)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ Staten Island,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (1st SS-A start of ’16)
vs. Padilla (1-1, 2.74)


Buffalo 6 Syracuse 5
• Giolito 5IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 5K, HR
• Glover (L, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, BB
• Goodwin 0-2, R, 2BB

A first-inning grand slam by Jason Martinson wasn’t enough for Lucas Giolito to work with in his second AAA start as Buffalo edged Syracuse, 6-5 in the series finale. Giolito was stampeded for five runs on five hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out five in the no-decision. The loss went to Koda Glover with a run on three hits over two innings. The Chiefs managed just five hits total and drew four walks with Martinson (HR, single), Matt Skole (single, walk) and Brian Goodwin (2BB) each reaching base twice in the loss. Roster moves: RHP Reynaldo Lopez optioned from Washington.

Hartford vs. Harrisburg – PPD
Rain postponed the finale of the Sens-Goats series in the Manchester not by the sea. It will be made up on August 26 when the two teams meet again in New Hampshire for five games now on August 25-28.

Potomac 2 Carolina 1
• Crownover (W, 2-4) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Holland (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lowery 1-2, 2BB
• Davidson 0-1, 2R, 3BB

Matthew Crownover turned in his best outing of the year as Potomac took the game, 2-1 and the series, 3-1 from Carolina. The 23-y.o. southpaw allowed the one run on four hits over a career-high seven innings. He walked none and struck out four while earning his second win. Neil Holland struck out three of seven batters faced over the final two frames to earn the save, his second for the year. Max “For Those About To” Schrock drove in Austin Davidson twice with a single in the 3rd and a groundout in the 7th as the P-Nats managed just seven hits but drew seven walks total.

Hickory 7 Hagerstown 5
• Rodriguez (L, 7-8) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Borne 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Gutierrez 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Wiseman 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns also jumped out to a 4-0 lead that was too small for Jefry Rodriguez to hold as the Crawdads took the series finale, 7-5. Rodriguez lost for the sixth time in seven starts, giving up all seven Hickory runs on seven hits and four walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Grant Borne let in both inherited runners but otherwise held things down the rest of the way. Kelvin Gutierrez singled, walked, and homered while Rhett Wiseman tripled in two and Jakson Reetz drove in two during the four-run 1st to power the Hagerstown offense.

Staten Island 7 Auburn 0
• Dunning (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Harmening 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Sundberg 1-4, OF assist at HP
• Kerian 1-4, 2B

Auburn was shut out on six hits by Staten Island’s Kolton Mahoney to lose the opener, 7-0. Doubleday starter Dane Dunning let in four runs on five hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings. He struck out three while suffering his first loss. Just two Auburn batters made it into scoring position: David Kerian with a leadoff double in the 2nd (and was stranded at third) and Nick Banks, who led off the 4th with a single and moved up on a groundout to the pitcher.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-0, 0.00)
Leroux (7-7, 4.03)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Hartford,
1:05 p.m.
Brady (2-5, 3.68) vs.
Jemiola (7-6, 4.53)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
Crownover (1-4, 5.29)
E. Franco (5-8, 4.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3;
Won, 6-2 (10 inn.)
@ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (7-7, 4.79) vs.
J. Hernandez (7-8, 4.96)
Auburn Won, 3-2 @ Staten Island,
4:00 p.m.
Dunning (0-0, 1.13) vs.
De la Rosa (3-2, 3.34)


Buffalo 8 Syracuse 2
• Ross (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Runion 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-4, 2B
• Goodwin 2-5, R, OF assist at 3B

The Chiefs gave up five unearned late and were unable to cash in on numerous chances as they fell again to the Bison, 8-2. Joe Ross made a rehab start and was charged with three runs on seven hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings. He struck out four but took the loss. Down 3-2 in the 7th, an error and a passed ball led to three runs, then another error to start the 8th added two more. Meanwhile, Syracuse collected 11 hits (10 singles; Jason Martinson doubled) and went 0-for-11 with RISP with nine LOB. Roster moves: RHP Joe Ross assigned for MLB rehab.

Hartford Harrisburg
• Mapes (L, 10-7) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 2K, HR; 1-1, BB
• Self 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Same story in the Manchester, NH, where Hartford is playing this weekend because its stadium is both unfinished and uninsured as the Goats went yard after a two-out error in the 1st to score three unearned runs that stood up for a 3-2 win. Tyler Mapes and Derek Self combined for seven scoreless innings afterwards, allowing just four hits and a walk. Mapes lost for the seventh time despite getting on base twice himself (single, walk). Kevin Keyes homered for the third straight game and Andrew Stevenson went deep for the third time in 2016 to account for the two Senators runs.

Carolina 3 Potomac 1
• Fedde (L, 5-4) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 9K
• Orlan 1IP, 0H, 0R, IBB, 0K
• Vettleson 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Carey 1-3, 2B

Erick Fedde turned in yet another strong outing (0.71 ERA, 0.99 WHIP in his last 10GS) but lost as the Mudcats’ Eric Clark outdueled him in a 3-1 victory over the P-Nats. Fedde struck out nine and pitched into the seventh for the second time this season as he gave up two unearned runs on six hits but suffered the loss. The Potomac bats were held to just four hits, with Drew Vettleson the sole batter to reach base twice with an RBI double and a walk.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 3 – COMP.
• Borque 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• VanVossen 4IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Rivera (L, 3-1) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Encarnacion 1-4, R, BB
• Lora 1-4, R, 2SB

Thanks to the rainout, any momentum Hagerstown had was, um, washed away as Hickory scored five unanswered runs to take the completion, 5-3. Mick VanVossen took over from James Bourque and pitched four innings of one-run ball on three hits and a walk. Mariano Rivera III was pinched for runs in each of his three innings of work, giving up four total on five hits and two walks to lose for the first time in ’16. Randy Encarnacio was the sole batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-4 with a walk as the Crawdads relievers held the Suns to two hits over seven scoreless innings.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 2 – COMP. (10 inn.)
• Guilbeau 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Walby 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Encarnacion 1-3, 2R, 2BB
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2RBI, CS
• Ruiz 1-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI

The Suns exploded for four runs in the 10th – in a game that was supposed to go just seven innings – to split the de facto doubleheader with a 6-2 win. Jake Johansen got the win in relief as he combined with Philip Walby for five scoreless inningss of relief. Taylor Guilbeau started and went the first five frames, allowing both Crawdads runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out four. Randy Encarnacion reached base three times and scored twice while Kelvin Rodriguez drove in two and Adderling Ruiz plated three with a double in the 10th.

Auburn 3 West Virginia 2
• Ramirez 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Held (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB
• Sundberg 2-4

Jack Sundberg’s second single of the night drove in the gamewinner as Auburn took the series finale from West Virginia, 3-2. Yonathan Ramirez gave up both Black Bears runs on five hits and a walk while fanning three for another no-decision. Brayan Serrata (1IP), Phil Morse (1IP), and Samuel Held (2IP) combined for four scoreless innings of relief with Held getting the “W.” Sundberg went 2-for-4 to lead the Doubleday hit column while Sheldon Neuse and Blake Perkins both reached base twice to lead the eight-hit, two-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP Matt Pirro promoted, RHP Nick Conner demoted from the GCL.

GCL Update
Mat Latos came out of storage to throw three scoreless innings in Saturday’s 5-0 win vs. the G-Astros to G-even out the G-week at 3-3. The G-Nats continue to lead the GCL East by a game over the G-Cards.

DSL Update
The D-Nats continue to play out the string, winning three of six games last week, but remain eight games below .500 and 14 games behind in the San Pedro Division. This week, they play the D-Yankees2, the D-Tigers, and D-Cards.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Diamond (6-10, 3.56)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3;
Won, 2-0
@ Hartford,
5:05 p.m.
Mapes (10-6, 3.30) vs.
Balog (2-0, 6.20)
Potomac Won, 4-1 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
Fedde (5-3, 3.35) vs.
Clark (1-10, 5.71)
Hagerstown Winning, 3-0
(Susp. B2)
@ Hickory,
2:00 p.m.
TBD and Guilbeau (2-1, 4.73) vs.
TBD and Palumbo (6-3, 2.27)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (3-1, 5.04) vs.
Meyer (1-4, 6.75)


Buffalo 3 Syracuse 1
• Espino 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Grace (L, 1-3) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Ramsey 1-3, RBI
• Martinson 1-3

Buffalo went deep twice to account for all three runs as they tripled up Syracuse, 3-1 to even the series at 1-1. Paolo Espino gave up a solo shot in the 2nd and five hits total over six frames with one walk and six whiffs. Matt Grace surrendered the winning two-run HR in the 7th and gave up three hits total over two innings to lose for the third time. Matt Grace broke up the perfect game bid in the 5th with a leadoff single and scored on Caleb Ramsey’s two-out safety. Ramsey went to third on Jason Martinson’s single but the two were left on when Zach Collier couldn’t make it back-to-back-to-back hits. The Chiefs threatened again in the 6th with a Christopher Bostick leadoff walk and a Michael Taylor single but that was it as the Bisons relievers set down the final 11 Chiefs in order. Roster moves: C Pedro Severino recalled to Washington; C Brian Jeroloman reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hartford 5 Harrisburg 3 – GAME ONE
• Whiting (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 4K, HR(GS)
• N. Lee 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Soto 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI

The Yard Goats slammed Boone Whiting for four in 3rd as they took the opener from the Sens, 5-3. Whiting allowed all five Hartford runs on eight hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds. He fanned four while losing his third AA game. Nick Lee stranded two in the 4th and retired three of the five batters he faced on strikes. Veterans Neftali Soto and Kevin Keyes powered the Harrisburg offense as they combined to go 4-for-6 with two runs scored, a double (Soto), a homer (Keyes) and three RBI.

Harrisburg 2 Hartford 0 – GAME TWO
• Blackmar (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• DeFratus (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 1-3, 2B, SB

Two Sens pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout for 2-0 win to split the doubleheader. Mark Blackmar allowed all four hits and both walks over the first six to earn the win while Justin DeFratus pitched a 1-2-3 seventh with two whiffs for his first save with Harrisburg. Kevin Keyes drove in both Senators runs with another two-run homer.

Potomac 4 Carolina 1
• Bacus (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Spann (H, 2) 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mendez (SV, 6) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 3-1 IR-S
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Abreu 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI

Potomac survived a scare in the 9th to take its second straight from Carolina, 4-1. Dakota Bacus returned to the rotation and pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out seven for his first C.L. win of ’16. Matt Spann followed with two more goose eggs. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez couldn’t complete the shutout bid and left ’em loaded for Gilberto Mendez, who walked the first batter he faced to lose the shutout but struck out the second to earn the save. Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos extended his hit streak to seven (on-base to 10) with a single, double, and two walks to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 0 – SUSP.

The Suns scored in each of the first two innings before the rains came and suspended this one. They’ll complete it this afternoon at 2 p.m. then play a seven-inning game at the previously scheduled time of 6 p.m. Roster moves: IF Grant DeBruin activated from the 3-Day TIL.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 2
• Davis 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Simonds (BS, 1; L, 0-2) 2IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, BB, 3K, WP, HBP
• Perkins 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 2BB
• Banks 1-2, RBI, BB, 2SB

West Virginia scored twice in the 8th and three times in the 9th to turn a 2-1 deficit into 6-2 win over Auburn. Weston Davis started and pitched five scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks while striking out four in a no-decision. The loss went to Kyle Simonds with five runs allowed (two earned) on four hits and a walk with three whiffs. Blake Perkins scored both Doubledays runs, including a solo shot in the 3rd that gave Auburn an early 1-0 lead. Ryan Ripken led the hit column with a pair of singles while Nick Banks singled, walked, and stole two bases.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (6-9, 3.62) vs.
Copeland (0-1, 6.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
@ Hartford,
1:05 p.m.
Blackmar (1-1, 4.50) or
Mapes (10-6, 3.30) and
TBD vs. Wade (1-2, 4.69) and
C. Hernandez (5-7, 5.19)
Potomac Won, 10-2 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (0-2, 4.18) vs.
Beech (2-4, 4.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-5 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (3-4, 6.13) vs.
Swanson (6-4, 3.52)
Auburn Won, 3-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 2.63) vs.
Escobar (3-2, 3.20)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 3
• Cole (W, 7-7) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Martin (SV, 20) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Skole 2-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-4, R, 2B, BB
• den Dekker 1-3, R

The Chiefs managed not to ruin A.J. Cole’s seven strong innings as they took a 5-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 win over the Bison. Cole evened up his won-loss record at 7-7 with two runs let in on eight hits and a walk while striking out six. Koda Glover whiplashed through the 8th with a HR allowed for the hold while Rafael Martin got the tying run to the plate with a two-out walk but rolled a groundout to earn his 20th save. Matt Skole powered the Syracuse offense with a single, walk, and a two-run home run followed by Jason Martinson, who went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.

Hartford 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Long 6IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Brinley (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Ballou 2-4, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Stevenson 1-4, R, BB, SB

Harrisburg was no-hit for seven and 2/3rds innings before Isaac Ballou’s two-out, two-run triple tied things at 2-2. Alas, it was the closest Harrisburg would get as Hartford turned a leadoff walk into the game-winner for a 3-2 victory in the 10th. Jaron Long started and turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Ryan Brinley suffered the loss, his second, as he gave up the aforementioned base-on-balls and a two-out single. That might have been tying run had Andrew Stevenson not been thrown out at the plate trying to score on Ballou’s two-out single in the top of the 10th.

Potomac 10 Carolina 2
• Williams (W, 2-3) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, HBP
• Schrock 3-4, R, BB, HR, 4RBI, CS
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Austen Williams won his second straight start while the P-Nats hooked the Mudcats, 10-2 in the series opener. Williams gave up both Carolina runs on six hits and three walks and struck out five. Justin Thomas closed out the game with two scoreless innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock went 3-for-4 with two singles, a walk, and a homer and drove in four. Dale Carey also went deep, while Jose Marmolejos (triple) and Raudy Read (double) connected for extra bases as Potomac marched to a 14-hit parade. Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Trey Lambert released.

Hagerstown 9 Hickory 5
• Baez 4⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR, HBP
• Howell (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S
• Pantoja 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Agustin 4-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Wiseman 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 4RBI
• Page 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Hagerstown got to the Hickory bullpen in the 8th, putting up the decisive four-spot in a 9-5 victory. Joan Baez was sent packing in the 5th as he was charged with all five Crawdad runs on seven hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings. Jacob Howell let in both inherited runners while getting the last two outs of the 5th but then pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Telmito Agustin and Rhett Wiseman both reached base four times and combined for six RBI as the Suns scorched Crawdad pitchers for 14 hits total.

Auburn 3 West Virginia 2
• Mills 5IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Acevedo (BS, 1; W, 1-3) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP, 2-1 IR-S
• Brandt 1-2, SAC, 2RBI
• Ripken 1-3, RBI

Clayton Brandt’s single over a drawn-in IF plated the decisive run as the Doubledays edged the Black Bears, 3-2. McKenzie Mills (5IP) and Nick Conner (1IP) no-hit West Virginia for six innings but Nick Conner lost the no-no as he allowed a one-out single, then the shutout with the double that followed. A third straight hit chased him and Carlos Acevedo nearly escaped the jam with a whiff but a wild pitch tied the game. A two-base error to open the 7th and a grounder to the right side put the game-winner at third for Brandt, who delivered his second RBI of the night.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-7, 4.44) vs.
Hutchison (6-4, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Hartford,
5:05 p.m.
Long (3-2, 2.22) vs.
Marquez (9-5, 2.69)
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (1-3, 4.56) vs.
Navarro (4-2, 4.66)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn OFF DAY vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-2, 3.38) vs.
TBD


Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 4
• Voth (L, 5-7) 6IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K, WP
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Goodwin 3-5, R, HR(10), RBI
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Lehigh Valley scored in four straight innings to overcome a 3-0 deficit and take the game, 6-4, complete the three-game sweep of Syracuse. Austin Voth continues to struggle, losing for the fifth time in eight starts. The former UDub pitcher gave up five runs on five hits and two walks while fanning seven over six innings. Brian Goodwin homered for the 10th time while going 3-for-5 while Matt den Dekker singled and doubled as the Chiefs collected 12 hits but drew no walks.

Harrisburg 5 New Hampshire 4
• Valdez 7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ward, Kieboom 2-3, R
• Perez, Keyes 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Kevin Keyes and Stephen Perez both homered and drove in two as the Senators made the most of their limited offense to take the series finale from New Hampshire, 5-4. Phillips Valdez turned in another strong start, walking just two, as he allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings. Robert Benincasa got the blown-save-win with some help from the New Hampshire defense in the 8th as Harrisburg turned a hit batsman into the deciding run with a sacrifice and an error. Andrew Robinson worked around a one-out single in the 9th to earn the save. Drew Ward and Spencer Kieboom both singled twice and scored a run to round out the six-hit, no-walk offense. Roster move: IF Wilmer Difo recalled to Washington.

Potomac 2 Salem 1
• Mayberry (W, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Holland (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mejia 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI
• Masters 1-3, 2B

Bryan Mejia’s two-run homer combined with some decent pitching was enough for Potomac to prevent a series sweep by Salem with a 2-1 win. Whit Mayberry won for the third time with six innings of one-run ball on five hits and walks with four strikeouts. Neil Holland tossed three scoreless to close out the game and earn the save. Austin Davidson walked, Osvaldo Abreu and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled, and David Masters doubled to comprise the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
The first-place Suns visit the Crawdads for the final time this season with a four-game set beginning tonight. Hagerstown leads Greensboro by just a half game, which is critical because the two teams meet just once in the second half (Aug. 26-28).

Auburn – OFF DAY
Auburn returns home to host West Virginia for three before heading back out on the road to NYC to visit Staten Island. The Doubledays trail by nine games in the Pinckney Division and eight games in the NYPL Wild Card race. Roster moves: RHP Trevor Gott reassigned from the GCL for MiLB rehab; OF Oliver Ortiz reassigned to the GCL.