Luke Erickson

Luke Erickson is a season-ticket holder for the Potomac Nationals, but makes a point of seeing games in Hagerstown and Harrisburg at least once a summer. When the PNats are away on the weekend, Luke finds a minor-league game somewhere to watch, and generally attends 70-80 baseball games a year up across several states. A former sportswriter with newspapers in Massachusetts and Oregon, Luke lives in Western Fairfax County with his wife and two sons.

May 082016
 

Luis Reyes issued seven walks and five-plus innings. Somehow, none of them scored.

The 21-y.o. Dominican was both lucky and good (well, at times) but was in trouble in five of the six innings he began. The lone leadoff batter he retired was also his only 1-2-3 inning (the third).

Frederick got to Reyes for their two runs in the 4th when he put the first two runners on with… wait for it… a walk and a single. The next batter chopped a high ground ball that somehow Drew Ward leapt for and snagged. He stepped on third for the force but couldn’t get the double play on the toss across to first.

The next batter sliced a double past Jose Marmolejos, who almost flinched in time to take a step towards the ball, and down the right field line. Dale Carey chased it down and kept the runner at first from scoring but Frederick got the first run in.

The second runner came in after, yes, a walk loaded the bases and once again Ward made the out but couldn’t turn two for the second Keys run.

Potomac answered immediately in its half of the 4th when Frederick’s Matt Grimes decided to get in on the walking fun, putting the first two on with bases-on-balls. Bryan Mejia laid down a bunt that Grimes couldn’t field cleanly and turned into an infield single.

Despite bases loaded and nobody out, the P-Nats just got one, as Alec Keller grounded out to second for an RBI, Matt Reistetter popped to second, and Cody Dent made his 69th out in his 85th High-A plate appearance.

The breaks evened out in the 5th when the Keys made a two-out error to allow Marmolejos to reach and moved him up with a wild pitch. Dale Carey tied things up with single.

Reyes issued walk nos. six and seven to open the 6th before Tripp Keister got the hook and called up on Mario Sanchez, who got some defensive help from Andrew Stevenson on a deep drive to the warning track in right-center for the first out, a liner to Marmolejos for the second out, and grounder to 1st for the third out.

Potomac scored the gamewinner in the last of the 6th on a Keller triple followed by a Reistetter double. The P-Nats threatened again in the 8th on a Ward double to dead center followed by a Mejia sacrifice, but Keller and Restetter couldn’t two-team again, as they made the second and third out respectively.

Sanchez earned the win with three strong innings, allowing one and hit and striking out. Ryan Brinley worked around a one-out single and a stolen base to pitch a scoreless 9th and earn his fourth save.

The series concludes this afternoon with a matchup of Phillips Valdez (3-1, 4.40) vs. Cory Jones (1-1, 3.94).

May 082016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-1, 4.76) vs.
R. Hernandez (0-1, 3.00)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Trenton,
1:00 p.m.
Lopez (0-3, 4.13) vs.
Herrera (3-2, 3.41)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Valdez (3-1, 4.40) vs.
Jones (1-1, 3.94)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ West Virginia,
2:05 p.m.
Baez (0-3, 5.59) vs.
Agrazal (1-2, 4.45)


Buffalo 2 Syracuse 1
• Espino (L, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• De Los Santos 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 2-4, SAC, 2B
• Ryan 2-5, RBI

Syracuse capitalized on a passed ball to break up the shutout with a two-out single by Brendan Ryan, but couldn’t get the equalizer from Brian Goodwin as Buffalo held on for a 2-1 win. Paolo Espino took the loss despite a quality start of two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings. Abel De Los Santos and J.C. Gutierrez each turned in a scoreless inning to keep thing close. Ryan and Goodwin combined for four of the Chiefs’ eight hits as Syracuse left on 10 runners total and went just 1-for-8 with RISP.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 1
• Mapes (W, 5-1) 6IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Suero (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Webb 2-4, BB, RBI
• Soto 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

Tyler Mapes won for the fifth time in six starts as the Sens tripled up the Thunder, 3-1. Mapes gave up the lone Trenton run on six hits and two walks while striking out one. Wander Suero worked around two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings for the hold while Bryan Harper put up the final goose egg in the 9th for the save. Veterans Brendan Webb and Neftali Soto both reached base three times and drove in a run to lead the Harrisburg offense, which collected nine hits and five walks.

Potomac 3 Frederick 2
• Reyes 5+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 7BB, 1K
• Sanchez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Carey 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Mejia 2-3

It was a Fitbit® game Last Night in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 5
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 4WP
• Pantoja (W, 4-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Peterson (SV, 4) ⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Sagdal 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Wiseman 1-3, R, 2BB, CS

The Suns rallied from 4-2 down with three runs in the final two innings and survived a late surge from the Power to win, 6-5. Jefry Rodriguez was jolted for four runs on four hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out two but was charged with four wild pitches (Jakson Reetz was catching). The win went to Jorge Pantoja with a run charged on one hit and one walk over two and a 1/3rd innings. Tommy Peterson wobbled through the ninth, giving up two hits and walking a batter while getting the last two outs to get credit for his fourth save. Kelvin Gutierrez went 3-for-5 with two RBI while Ian Sagdal singled, walked, and homered to pace the ten-hit Hagerstown offense.

May 072016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (1-2, 3.09) vs.
LeBlanc (2-1, 2.73)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (4-1, 3.41) vs.
Lail (1-2, 4.23)
Coshow (0-1, 2.89)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 4.22) vs.
Grimes (3-1, 1.75)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Helton (1-1, 5.24)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 0
• Laffey (W, 3-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 3-4, R, SF, RBI, SB
• Ryan 3-5, 2-2B
• Severino 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

Matt Skole’s Earl Weaver special in the 8th broke open a 1-0 game and Pedro Severino’s solo shot in the 9th put the cherry on top of a 5-0 Syracuse win over Buffalo. Four Chiefs pitchers combined on the two-hit shutout, starting with Aaron Laffey, who gave up both hits and both walks to the Bisons over the first six innings. Matt Grace, Nick Masset, and Rafael Martin each turned in a perfect inning of relief. Trea “When’s The Super-Two Date?” Turner went 3-for-4 with a run scored, a run driven in, and a stolen base led the 11-hit attack, matched by Brendan Ryan in the hit coulmn with a single and two doubles and a 3-for-5 mark.
Roster moves: OF Ben Revere MLB Rehab ended; OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington – no corresponding move yet.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 4
• Long (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2SB, K
• Difo 2-3, R, 2SB, BB

The Senators nearly erased a 5-1 deficit after six with two in the 8th and a leadoff home run in the 9th. A walk put the tying run on with no outs, but a failed stolen base attempt, a whiff, and a groundout ended the comeback bid as the Thunder held on for a 5-4 win.
Jaron Long got the start against his former team and let in the first three runs on five hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings to suffer his first loss of 2016. Tablestters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo ran wild, each singling twice, scoring once, and stealing two bases to account for four of the seven Harrisburg hits, one of the four walks, and one of the (gulp) 13 strikeouts.

Frederick vs. Potomac – PPD
Any farmer missing a calf today might want to look out on a rock as rain postponed Potomac for the second time this week and the fifth this season. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader on Thursday, June 9th.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 3
• Avila (L, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Rivera 1IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lora 0-1, R, 3BB
• Wiseman 1-3, 2B, BB
• 1-for-12 RISP, 8 LOB

The Intimidators ran Pedro Avila into the wall on the 1st lap with a three-run homer and raced to a 5-3 win and take the series from the Suns, 2-1. Avila recovered to put up four zeroes on the scoreboard to finish with three runs allowed (two earned) over five innings on three hits and three walk. He struck out six in his first loss of the season. The Hagerstown offense couldn’t undo the damage from defense (five errors) as they mustered just four hits. Edwin Lora was the sole batter to reach base more than once, taking three of the six bases-on-balls by the Suns.

May 062016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 14-6 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Laffey (2-0, 2.00) vs.
Diamond (2-2, 2.83)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 @ Trenton,
6:30 p.m.
Long (1-0, 1.04) vs.
Lail (1-2, 4.23)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 4.22) vs.
Grimes (3-1, 1.75)
Hagerstown Won, 7-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Thompson (1-2, 5.01)


Syracuse 14 Buffalo 6
• Voth 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Davis (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Turner 3-6, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

A touchdown in the 7th inning broke up a 5-5 tie as the Chiefs stampeded the Bisons, 14-6. Austin Voth was knocked around for five runs on on six hits, including a homer, over six innings. He walked two and struck out six. The win went to Erik Davis for pitching a scoreless 7th. Brian Goodwin went 3-for-5 with a HR and four RBI while Trea Turner singled once and doubled twice as the Chiefs pounded out 15 hits with every batter in the lineup hitting safely.

Hartford 8 Harrisburg 4
• Simms (L, 1-2) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Glover 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• N. Lee 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Bostick 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 2B

Hartford put up crooked numbers in three innings as they doubled up Harrisburg, 8-4. John Simms came off the DL to spin three innings but was the losing pitcher with two runs let in on two hits and a walk over three innings. Christopher Bostick led the Sens hit parade with a 3-for-4 night, followed by Wilmer Difo and Stephen Perez, who both went 2-for-4. Roster moves: Activated C Spencer Kieboom, RHP John Simms from the 7-Day DL; Placed RHP Austen Williams on the 7-Day DL retroactive to May 2; Reassigned C Jake Lowery to Auburn.

Frederick 5 Potomac 2
• Whiting 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
• Ross (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 1-3, R, 2B, BB, CS
• Carey 1-4, 2B

The P-Nats literally threw away the game in the 9th as the Keys scored three unearned runs on two throwing errors and a passed ball to win, 5-2. Starter Boone Whiting went the first seven innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Greg Ross, who took the loss, finished with two innings pitched, three unearned runs allowed on one hit and one walk, and two K’s. The Potmac offense was held to just five hits, with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos the sole batter to reach base twice with a walk and a double.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 0
• A. Lee (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K, WP, PO at 1B
• Crownover (SV, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Lora 4-5, 2-2B, 4RBI
• Wiseman 4-5, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Robles 3-5, R, RBI, OF assist at HP

Andrew Lee turned in his customary five strong innings and left with a 7-0 lead. Matthew Crownover baked four more donuts to complete the Hagerstown shutout of Kannapolis by the same score. Lee struck out six, walked none, and struck out six in his second win. Crownover gave up a hit and a walk and struck out three while earning his first save. Edwin Lora and Rhett Wiseman both went 4-for-5, with Lora driving in four and Wiseman scoring three times, as the Suns batters piled up 17 hits total.

May 052016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Voth (1-1, 1.57) vs.
Hutichison (0-1, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-3 vs. Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Williams (0-4, 8.84) vs.
Freeland (3-1, 0.87)
Potomac Lost, 12-5;
Lost, 8-3
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (3-1, 4.91) vs.
Means (3-0, 2.16)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-0, 2.16) vs.
Riga (0-2, 10.71)


Rochester 8 Syracuse 2
• Hill (L, 0-2) 6⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Solano 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Lozada 2-4, OF assist at HP

Syracuse’s win streak was halted with an 8-2 defeat by Rochester. Starter and losing pitcher Taylor Hill gave up two in the 1st and one in the 2nd and then settled in for four scoreless before the RedWings got to him in the 7th. He finished with five runs allowed on seven hits (another HR) and two walks while striking out six. Veterans Jhonatan Solano and Jose Lozada both went 2-for-4 to lead the Syracuse offense, which totaled 10 hits and one (1) walk.

Hartford 9 Harrisburg 3
• Giolito (L, 0-2) 3IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Self 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K,
• Soto 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Dykstra 1-3, BB

The Yard Goats struck for three runs three times as they railroaded the Senators, 9-3. Lucas Giolito took the loss, charged with six runs on five hits and four walks over three innings (73 pitches, 39 strikes). Gilberto Mendez was nearly as ineffective (3R, 3IP) before Derek Self tossed three scoreless. Self’s efforts were essentially for naught as the Harrisburg offense was held to a meager three hits, including a two-run homer by Neftali Soto, a triple by Zach Collier, and a single by Cutter Dykstra, who also drew the one and only walk.

Lynchburg 12 Potomac 5 – COMP.
• VanVossen (L, 1-1) ⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 0K, HR(GS)
• Johansen 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Carey 1-3, 2R, 2BB, SB
• Ward 3-5, 2R, HR, RBI

Lynchburg was saved by the rain on Monday and didn’t exactly face Spahn or Sain in the completion on Wednesday. The Hillcats pounded P-Nats relievers for 10 runs to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 12-5 demolition. Mick VanVossen took the brunt of the beating with six runs let in, the last four on a grand slam, as he retired just one of seven batters faced. Drew Ward connected for his sixth homer and led the Potomac hit column with a 3-for-5 night.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 3 – GAME TWO
• Fedde (L, 1-3) ⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 1K, 0HR, HBP
• Spann 3⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Read 1-3, BB, RBI, 2PB, PO at 3B

SSDG in the 1st inning as Lynchburg made confetti out of Erick Fedde for six runs on seven hits en route to an 8-3 win and the de facto doubleheader sweep of Potomac. The P-Nats starter was lifted after 35 pitches (23 for strikes) as he retired just two of the 10 batters he faced, walking none and fanning one. Veteran Matt Spann stranded two runners as he finished the first and went three more innings in relief. The P-Nats scored single runs in the 1st, 4th, and 6th, on an RBI singles by Raudy Read and Andrew Stevenson and a solo HR by David Masters, respectively.Yesterday morning, the two teams announced they would forego the tripleheader in favor of making up the third game next Monday, which had been an off day for both teams.

Kannapolis 7 Hagerstown 4
• DeRosier 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Bach (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ripken 2-3, BB, RBI
• Schrock 2-4, R, SB

The Suns jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a pair of two-run rallies in the 1st and 4th but then, um, ran out of gas as the Intimidators scored seven unanswered runs to win 7-4. Matt DeRosier started and was charged with the first four runs on seven hits over three and 2/3rds. He walked none and struck out two. Connor Bach took the loss with two runs given up over an inning and a 1/3rd one one hit and three walks. Ryan Ripken reached base three times on a pair of singles and a walk to pace the Hagerstown offense, which collected nine hits, but none by the lower third of the lineup.

May 042016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-3 vs. Rochester,
10:35 a.m.
T. Hill (0-1, 2.91) vs.
Dean (0-3, 3.00)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Hartford,
10:30 a.m.
Giolito (0-1, 2.87) vs.
Musgrave (3-0, 0.87)
Potomac Postponed @ Lynchburg,
3:00 p.m.
Fedde (1-2, 4.91) and
Whiting (3-1, 4.91) vs.
Sheffield (3-1, 4.91) and
Brown (1-1, 5.40)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-0, 4.91) vs.
L. Martinez (0-3, 4.35)


Syracuse 8 Rochester 3
• Cole (W, 3-1) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Masset 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 2-4, BB, RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, BB
• Sizmore 2-4, 2R, BB

A five-run 3rd broke open a 2-1 game as the Chiefs took their sixth straight by an 8-3 count over the RedWings. A.J. Cole labored through five innings (89 pitches, 53 strikes) to earn his third win. He gave up all three Rochester runs on four hits, including two homers, and two walks while fanning five. Matt Grace and Nick Masset both pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Trea Turner was the beer man as the rest of the lineup pounded out 13 hits and drew five walks (two by Turner, who also stole his 10th base; remember kids, the expression “beer man” comes from slow-pitch softball where walks and stolen bases aren’t a thing).

Harrisburg 3 Hartford 2 (11 inn.)
• Lopez 6⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 7K, 0HR, HBP
• Bacus 3IP, 0H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Bostick 1-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Jeroloman 1-2, RBI

Christopher Bostick’s HR in the 11th sent the Harrisburg fans that remained home happy with a 3-2 win over Hartford. Reynaldo Lopez pitched into the 7th for the first time in 2016, but was saddled with a no-decision when Wander Suero couldn’t strand three with one out in the 7th, instead allowing the tying run on infield single before rolling a double-play ball. Lopez struck out seven, walked one, and was charged with both Yard Goat runs on three hits over six and a 1/3rd innings. Dakota Bacus held things down for three innings, though he walked four. The win, however, went to Andrew Robinson for a scoreless 11th. Bostick and veteran Brendan Webb were the only two Sens to reach base twice as Harrisburg mustered just seven hits and two walks (Bostick and Webb) on the night.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg – PPD
They’ll play a minimum of 19 innings today — weather permitting, natch — as they try to complete Monday’s game and make yesterday’s rainout along with today’s regularly scheduled with a pair of seven-inning games.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
The Suns have won seven of nine on the road thus far as they embark on a seven-game swing through North Carolina and West Virginia to play the Intimidators for three and the Power for four.

May 032016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (2-1, 5.09) vs.
Darnell (0-3, 3.00)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Lopez (0-3, 4.91) vs.
Marquez (2-1, 1.71)
Potomac Winning, 4-2
(Suspended, Top 5th)
@ Lynchburg,
5:30 p.m.
Fedde (1-2, 4.91) vs.
Sheffield (2-1, 3.33)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4;
Won, 4-1
OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 1 Rochester 0
• Espino (W, 1-2) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Gott (H, 3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Skole 2-3, RBI
• Severino 2-3

Three Syracuse pitchers combined on a seven-hit, 1-0 shutout of Rochester. Paolo Espino started and went the first seven innings, giving up just four hits, no walks, and striking out five. Trevor Gott worked around two singles in the 8th for the hold. Rafael Martin put on the lead runner and issued an intentional walk but neither runner made it past second as he earned his fourth save. Matt Skole and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-3 with Skole driving in Trea Turner for the game’s only run.
Roster move: C Nick Rickles reassigned to XST.

Harrisburg 5 Hartford 4
• Mapes (W, 4-1) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP; 2-2, 2R, 2B, SAC
• Glover 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 3-4, R, SB
• Bostick 2-4, 2RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B

The Sens rallied from a 3-1 deficit and held off a late charge by the Yard Goats to take the series opener, 5-4. Tyler Mapes contributed to his own cause with a sacrifice, a single, and a double while scoring twice. On the mound, he turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on four hits and two walks over six innnings and earned his fourth win. Rafael Bautista led the hit column with three singles and his 12th stolen base while Christopher Bostick, Shawn Pleffner, and Cutter Dykstra each had two hits in Harrisburg’s 12-hit parade.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2 – SUSP.
• Estevez 4IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Mejia 2-2, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Rain interrupted play in the top of the 5th, in which Potomac was leading Lynchburg, 4-2. They’ll try to complete it tonight with a seven-inning game afterwards.

Rome 5 Hagerstown 4 – GAME ONE
• J. Rodriguez (L, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K
• Rivera 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Robles 2-4, R
• Schrock 1-3, BB, 2RBI

Rome broke through in the top of the 5th with three runs to take a 5-2 lead. Hagerstown rallied for two in the bottom of the 7th but fell one run short to lose the opener, 5-4. Jefry Rodriguez gave up all five Braves runs on six hits and three walks and struck out three but lost for the second time. Mariano Rivera III followed with two scoreless innings. Victor Robles led the Suns hit column with a 2-for-4 game while Max Schrock drove in two while reaching base twice on a single and a walk.

Hagerstown 4 Rome 1 – GAME TWO
• Baez 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 5BB, 3K
• Pantoja (W, 3-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-3, 2B
• Robles 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Victor Robles’s two-run shot in the last of the 5th put the game away as the Suns split the doubleheader with a 4-1 win in the second game. Joan Baez wobbled through four innings with five walks but escaped with only one run and two hits given up. Jorge Pantoja won for the third time in five appearances with two scoreless innings of relief while Tommy Peterson pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for his third save. Kelvin Gutierrez and Jeff Gardner both reached base twice as Hagerstown collected seven hits and two walks total for the game.

May 022016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (0-2, 4.41) vs.
Wheeler (0-0, 1.29)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 vs. Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Mapes (3-1, 3.13) vs.
Hernandez (2-1, 5.28)
Potomac Cancelled @ Lynchburg, Estevez (0-1, 3.78) vs.
Brady (2-1, 4.43)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Rome,
12:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (2-1, 2.33) and TBD vs.
Fried (0-1, 3.50) and TBD


Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 4 (10 inn.)
• Laffey 4IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Martin (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-4, 2B
• Sizemore 2-5, 2B

After falling behind 4-0 after four and a 1/2 innings, the Chiefs chipped away with single runs in five of the next six innings to walk off with a 5-4 win in extras and complete the four-game sweep of the PawSox. Aaron Laffey started and labored through four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two. The win went to Rafael Martin for pitching a perfect frame in the 10th. Trea Turner reached base four times with a walk, two singles, and a double while Scott Sizemore and Isaac Ballou both collected a single and a double as the trio acocunted for seven of the ten Syracuse hits.
Roster move: C Pedro Severino optioned from Washington. No corresponding move yet.

Harrisburg 9 Bowie 3
• Long (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• N. Lee (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 5K, 2WP, 3-1 IR-S
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Collier 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Web 2-3, R, HR, BB, 4RBI

Harrisburg put up crooked numbers in two of their first three “ups” to jump to a 4-0 lead and tripled up Bowie, 9-3 to prevent the four-game sweep. Newcome Jaron Long got the win in his second outing, allowing an unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Bowie pulled within one in the 6th when Dakota Bacus let in one on two singles and an error and Nick Lee walked in the other before striking out five of the eight batters he faced (yes, he walked the other three) over an inning and 2/3rds. Zach Collier was a triple shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run while driving in three. Brenden Webb also went deep and drove in four as the Senators pounded out 12 hits total.

Potomac vs. Wilmington – CNCLD
Take your pick of rain or wet grounds, Blue Rocks vs. P-Nats XV was canceled and won’t be made up because the two teams won’t meet again until the second half. Second-place Potomac travels to first-place Lynchburg for three before returning to the Pfitz on Thursday.

Hagerstown vs. Rome – PPD
Likewise, the rains in Western Maryland put the Rome-Hagerstown series on ice until today… weather permitting.

May 012016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 vs. Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (2-0, 1.93) vs.
O’Sullivan (2-2, 3.12
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Long (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Ja. Garcia (3-0, 2.95)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (12 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
1:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 3.78) vs.
Fernandez (2-0, 1.21)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Rome,
2:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (2-1, 2.33) vs.
Fried (0-1, 3.50)


Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 0
• Voth (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Gott 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Sizemore 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Matt Skole doubled, homered and drove in three while five Syracuse pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout as the Chiefs took their third straight, 5-0. Austin Voth went the first five with three hits and three walks allowed while striking out five to win his first of 2016. Abel De Los Santos and Nick Masset both worked around a pair of hits in a single inning to earn a hold while Trevor Gott issued one walk and fanned two over the final two (hitless) frames. Scott Sizemore led the hit column with a 3-for-5 game, scoring twice and plating one.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 0-4) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 6K
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bautista 2-4, RBI
• Bostick 2-4, R, 2B

The Senators came up one vot..er, run short again as the were edged again by the BaySox, 3-2. Austen Williams rebounded from back-to-back poundings to toss five and 2/3rds innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits and four walks while striking out six, but lost for the fourth time. Down 3-1 in the 9th, Chris Bostick doubled and scored on a Neftali Soto single to left that turned into a Little-League two-bagger with an error. Soto would be stranded as a flyball and two whiffs ended the Harrisburg threat. Bostick and Bautista both went 2-for-4 to pace the Harrisburg offense. Koda Glover hit 99mph on the stadium gun while 86’ing two batters in his AA debut.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 2 – 12 inn.
• Valdez 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• Brinley (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Abreu 3-4, R, BB, SB
• Stevenson 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB

It was stoppable force meeting a moveable object but Wilmington’s third error of the night finally ended the stalemate to give Potomac a 3-2 victory in 12 innings. Phillips Valdez turned in seven strong innings, with one run given up on five hits and no walks and four strikeouts, and 13 outs on ground balls. The win went to Ryan Brinley with two perfect innings of relief and three strikeouts. Tablesetters Andrew Stevenson and Osvaldo Abreu scored all three runs and combined for five hits and two walks to pace the P-Nats attack, which struggled in the clutch with a 1-for-10 mark with runners in scoring position and left on 13 baserunners.

Hagerstown 5 Rome 1
• Avila (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Guilbeau (H, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Gardner 2-3, 3R, BB, 2HR, 4RBI
• Schrock 1-1, 2B, 4BB

Jeff Gardner drove in four of the five Hagerstown runs with a solo shot in the 3rd and an Earl Weaver special in the 6th as the Suns beat the Braves again, 5-1. Pedro Avila won his first with five shutout innings, with two walks and four hits allowed while setting down five by way of the K. Taylor Guilbeau followed with three scoreless to earn the hold, his third. Hagerstown struck out 10 times but walked eight times, with Max Schrock collecting four, and Matt Page drawing three.

Apr 302016
 

Potomac scored not once, but twice before Wilmington responded, confusing fans at the Pfitz as they cruised to a 5-1 win.

OK, fine. It helped that Luis Reyes has figured out the Blue Rocks*, beating them for the second time after getting manhandled 12 days ago. The 21-year-old Dominican struck out eight over five and 2/3rds innings while giving up the lone run on five hits and three walks.
* With a little help with a lopsided schedule that has had the two teams play 13 times in 22 days thus far.

Perhaps with a little better defense – a “wild pitch” and an error extended the 2nd by two batters and at least 10 pitches – Reyes might have gone six scoreless and one or two fewer walks.

As the lede suggests, the P-Nats have often gone up to the plate in the bottom of the first in the hole. While the sample size is small, even Stevie Wonder can see that with (now) a 12-0 record when scoring first and a 1-8 record when they don’t, keeping the opponent off the board early is the key to winning at home, which they’ve done twice now in the past three games after once in the previous seven.

Dale Carey and David Masters teamed up for the first run with the a double and a single respectively in the 2nd. In the 3rd, Andrew Stevenson drew his second walk and broke up a double play ball, which allowed Osvaldo Abreu to reach. The Potomac shortstop swiped two bags and scored on Raudy Read’s RBI single.

The Blue Rocks chased Reyes with a single, walk, and an RBI double that cut the lead to 2-1 before Mario Sanchez put out the fire in the 6th with a popup that stranded the tying and go-ahead runs at second and third.

Narciso Mesa, who kept the lead intact with a strong relay throw in the top of the 6th, walked with one out in the 7th and scored along with Stevenson on Abreu’s two-run single to extend the lead to 4-1. Bryan Mejia closed out the scoring with one-out triple and came home on a wild pitch.

Sanchez wobbled through the 7th and gave way to R.C. Orlan in the 8th. The southpaw closed out the game with two strong innings, fanning two and working around a single, to earn his second save.

The series continues tonight with (yet another) rematch of Phillips Valdez (3-1, 5.40) vs. Zach Lovvorn (0-4, 4.50).