Good, Bad, Interesting… 2016 Season Final

Our final look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues. Repeats from 2015 are in italics.

PLEASE NOTE: This format discriminates against multi-level players (hence: no Koda Glover and Lucas Giolito) and age relative to the level is a key factor, especially in the short-season leagues. I’ve also excluded players who were traded away (Max Schrock), though I think that may have only cost him an “Interesting” mention for Potomac; the “Orange” had a longer period of sustained excellence and were it not for my disdain of BA-style double-dipping, I may have named him “Interesting” for Harrisburg because he continued to excel at AA.

61-82, 6th place International League North, 30 games behind

Good Bat: Trea Turner.302/.370/.471, 25SB in 83G
Arm: Austin Voth 7-9, 3.15/3.53/1.24 in 157IP (25GS)
Bad Bat: Jose Lozada .381 OPS in 53G
Arm: Taylor Hill 6-13, 4.60/4.56/1.33, 19HR, 5.64 K/9IP
Interesting Bat: Brian Goodwin .280/.349/.438, 14HR in 119G
Arm: Paolo Espino 8-11, 3.30/3.22/1.15 in 152⅔ IP (24GS)

76-66, 3rd place Eastern League Western Division, 1½ games behind

Good Bat: Christopher Bostick .290/.356/.462 in 62G
Arm: Reynaldo Lopez 3-5, 3.18/3.03/1.23, 100K in 76⅓ IP)
Bad Bat: Khayyan Norfork .476OPS in 36G
Arm: Mark Blackmar 4-5, 5.37/5.34/1.33, 3.95 K/9IP in 57IP
Interesting Bat: Rafael Bautista .282/.344/.341, 56SB in 136G
Arm: Phillips Valdez – first six AA starts: 2-2, 7.67 ERA, 2.30 WHIP in 27IP (4.5 IP/GS)
last 10 AA starts 4-2, 3.26 ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 60⅔ IP (6.1 IP/GS)

39-31 in 2nd half, T1st place Carolina League Northern Division, 7 games ahead – Lost, 2-1 in CLDS
34-34 in 1st half, 3rd place, 10 games behind
73-65 overall

Good Bat: Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .286/.381/.495, 11HR, 59 RBI in 103G
Arm: Erick Fedde 6-4, 2.85/3.22/1.13, 95K, 19BB in 91⅔ IP
Bad Bat: David Masters .539 OPS in 76G
Arm: Luis Reyes 4-8, 5.60/5.74/1.63, 5.86 BB/9IP in 70⅔
Interesting Bat: Austin Davidson .800 OPS in 47G
Arm: Ryan Brinley 4-1, 16SV, 1.37/2.68/0.89 in 39⅓ IP (32G)

40-30 in 2nd half, 2nd place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 5 games behind – Lost, 2-0 SALDS
43-27 in 1st half, 1st place, ½ game ahead
83-57 overall (best in Sally Lg.)

Good Bat: Victor Robles .305/.405/.459, 19SB in 64G
Arm: Grant Borne 5-2, 3.34/3.15/1.20 in 59⅓ IP (21 appearances, 2GS)
Bad Bat: Ryan Ripken .451OPS in 43G
Arm: Luis Torres 2-2, 4.62/5.27/1.43 in 37IP
Interesting Bat: Ian Sagdal, .303/.362/.474, 10 HR in 103G
Arm: Jorge Pantoja 9-1, 3SV, 2.63/2.67/1.15 in 54⅔ IP (28 appearances)

28-47, 5th Place Pinckney Division of New York-Penn League, 21½ games behind

Good Bat: Tres Barrera .703 OPS in 48G
Arm: Tyler Watson 1-2, 1.88/2.05/0.91 in 43IP (9GS)
Bad Bat: 23-y.o. David Kerian .144/.186/.226 in 44G
Arm: A.J. Bogucki 0-6, 8.20/4.53/1.97 in 26⅓ IP (10 appearances, 6GS)
Interesting Bat: (none)
Arm: 19-y.o. Steven Fuentes 3.65/2.16/1.28, 4.70 K:BB ratio

30-23, 2nd place Gulf Coast League East Division, 2½ games behind

Good Bat: 17-y.o. Juan Soto .368/.420/.553, 5HR, 32RBI in 45G
Arm: 21-y.o. Sterling Sharp 3-0, 3.28/2.85/1.26 in 41⅓ IP (11G, 7GS)
Bad Bat: 21-y.o. Chance Shepard .188/.289/325 in 28G
Arm: 23-y.o. Diomedes Eusebio 0-0, 5.01/4.53/1.84 in 23⅓ IP (14 appearances)
Interesting Bat: 21-y.o. Conner Simonetti .280 /.333/.446, 6HR in 42G
Arm: 20-y.o. Francys Peguero 2.20/2.59/1.10, 34K, 5BB, in 32⅔ IP

29-41, 6th place, Boca Chica San Pedro Division, 21½ games behind

Good Bat: 19-y.o. Jose Cabello .277/.391/.333 in 53G (last year’s “Bad”)
Arm: 18-y.o. Yelmy Sisnero, 4-1, 0.43/2.08/0.91, 41K, 9BB in 41⅔ IP (9GS)
Bad Bat: 18-y.o. Joel Andular .514 OPS in 47G
Arm: 20-y.o. Felix Taveras 4-2, 4.61/3.70/1.37 in 41IP (10GS)
Interesting Bat: 18-y.o. Brian Bencosme 33BB in 64G
Arm: 18-y.o. Warner Duran 1.65/2.28/0.73 in 32⅔ IP (19 appearances)

Hagerstown, Potomac Eliminated From the Playoffs

So LongBoth Potomac and Hagerstown lost last night and were eliminated from the playoffs to close the books on the 2016 Washington Nationals minor league season.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 1
• Crownover (L, 0-1) 6+ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Orlan 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2B
• Page 1-3, BB

The P-Nats never led this one, falling behind 1-0 after four innings and 3-0 after seven. They got the tying runs to the plate in both the 8th and 9th innings, but plated just one run with Bryan Mejia’s two-out double in the 9th. For the game, Potomac was 1-for-9 with RISP and left on seven. Osvaldo Abreu was the sole batter not to whiff as the P-Nat batters fanned 12 times total, including three times swinging in the 1st.

Matthew Crownover did his part, pitching into the 7th and giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out four, but was saddled with the loss. Gilberto Mendez came on with a runner on first that reached on Raudy Read error and retired just one of three batters before Lynchburg sent him packing with a two-run homer that proved to be the difference. R.C. Orlan got the last five outs in as many batters faced, but the offense couldn’t match his effort.

The loss was the first time Potomac had failed to reach the Mills Cup finals since 2011, when the P-Nats fell to the Keys 3-2 in the then (much more fair) best-of-five Divisional series. Lynchburg will now face the defending Carolina League champs Myrtle Beach, which upset (well, see previous parenthetical) Salem to win both Game 3 and the C.L. South Division series, 2-1.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 2
• Watson (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Beckwith 2-3, RBI

Likewise, Hagerstown fell behind 2-0 before they even came to bat and were never able to catch Lakewood, which took the game, 5-2 and swept the series, 2-0. Tyler Watson, who was making just his fifth Low-A start, was predictably knocked around for three runs on six hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings to wear the “L.” Jake Johansen got the last out of the 5th and pitched into the 7th before he ran out of gas. He left with runners on first and second but Mariano Rivera could not strand them as he gave up a two-out, two-run triple that effectively put the game out of reach.

Offensively, the Suns did little after Ian Sagdal led off the game with a HR to cut the deficit to 2-1. Blake Perkins followed with a single but a double play stopped the momentum, as did twin-killings in the 5th and 6th innings. Hagerstown managed just seven hits total and drew just one walk. The heart of the lineup – nos. three through seven – went 0-for-17 and accounted for four of the six batting strikeouts and both runners stranded in scoring position with two outs.

The first-round exit was the first for Hagerstown since 2012, when they were also swept by Greensboro. Lakewood gets an extra day off as they await the outcome of the Sally South series, which was tied up when Rome blew a 3-0 lead and lost 4-3 to Charleston to force a Game 3 tonight.

Friday’s News & Notes — Playoff Edition

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Potomac Lost, 6-5
(14 inn.)
@ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Crownover (4-4, 4.28) vs.
Brady (12-6, 4.95)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 4.80) vs.
Taveras (8-8, 3.26)

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 5 (14 inn.)
• Silvestre 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Brinley (BS, 1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Holland (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, E, ER, 2IBB, K
• Robles 3-6, 2B, RBI, wait for it, HBP
• Mejia 3-7, 2R, 2-2B
• Gutierrez 2-6, RBI

Lynchburg came back from the brink with a two-out run in the 12th and plated the game-winner with two down in the 14th to force a deciding Game 3 tonight with a 6-5 win over Potomac. Hector Silvestre got the start and gave up three over five innings on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. Ryan Brinley’s late-season struggles continued as he failed to keep any baserunners from reaching or scoring for the sixth straight appearance, as he blew a 5-4 lead with a run on two hits and two unintentional walks. Neil Holland took the loss as Lynchburg got the leadoff single in the 14th and pushed the runner to third on a sacrifice and an infield groundout. Tripp Keister ordered two intentional walks to two switch-hitters to get the RHP vs. RHB matchup (and an out at any base, natch) but Bobby Bradley, who’d been 1-for-7 before the 14th, got his second single to push across the deciding run. Roster move: RHP Austen Williams placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagestown – OFF DAY
It’s do-or-die after just one playoff game, with the Suns giving the ball to 19-y.o. Tyler Watson, who’s making his fourth Low-A start versus 22-y.o. Jose Taveras in his 21st start for the Blue Claws.

Thursday’s News & Notes — Playoff Edition

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Potomac Won, 7-0
(7 inn.)
@ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Lugo (8-5, 4.04)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 OFF DAY N/A

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 0 (7 inn.)
• Whiting (W, 1-0) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Carey 2-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Page 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

Rain delayed the start and ended it early, but in between, Potomac dominated Lynchburg for a 7-0 shutout in seven innings. Staff ace Boone Whiting went the distance, allowing just two hits and a walk while fanning three to get the win. Kelvin Gutierrez led the 13-hit parade with two singles and a double, as eight of the starting nine batters hit safely while the beer man (Bryan Mejia) contributed with a pair of sacrifices.

The series now shifts to Lynchburg, where Potomac will have two chances to win one game to advance to the Carolina League Finals for the third time in four seasons. Roster move: C Jake Lowery activated from the TIL.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 1
• Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 4+ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Guilbeau 2⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Sagdal 1-3, BB
• Perkins 0-2, R, 2BB

The BlueClaws limited the Suns to just four hits and came up big in the middle innings for a 6-1 victory in the SLDS opener. Jefry Rodriguez pitched into the 5th, giving up a double and a walk then wild-pitching them over to 2nd and 3rd before giving way to the ‘pen. Taylor Guilbeau couldn’t get an out on his own until the third batter he faced, as he gave up a single and a sacrifice before getting a strikeout. He issued an intentional walk to load the bases then surrendered a two-run double to let in both of Rodriguez’s runs and the first of four charged to him. Hagerstown’s offense drew just four walks while striking out 12 times. Ian Sagdal (single, walk) and Blake Perkins (two walks) were the only two batters to reach base twice.

After a mandated travel day, the series resumes on Friday in Hagerstown, with the Suns needing to win both Games 2 and 3 to return to the Sally League Finals, where they lost in five games to the Tourists in 2014. Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Potomac.

Wednesday’s News & Notes — Playoff Edition

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (11-3, 3.45) vs.
Esparza (2-4, 3.92)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-11, 4.96) vs.
Tirado (7-1, 3.90)

Potomac vs. Lynchburg – C.L. Division Series
For the third time in three seasons, the Hillcats and P-Nats will square off in the first round of the Carolina League Playoffs. In 2013 and 2014, Potomac prevailed 2-0 in the best-of-three series, but also had home-field advantage as double-half winners. This season, it’s just the opener in Woodbridge, then Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) in Lynchburg. The Hillcats took 12 of the 22 games between the two teams, but the P-Nats won five of nine in the second half. Pitching matchups have not yet been announced beyond tonight, but if the rotation is not altered, it’ll be Hector Silvestre in Game 2 and Matt Crownover in Game 3.

Hagerstown vs. Lakewood – S.A.L. Division Series
Like Potomac, Hagerstown makes its first playoff appearance since 2014. The Suns have been on the road since August 29, but like most 80+ game winners, have played well both home and away (44-26 vs. 39-31). Hagerstown dominated Lakewood early (11-0) but won just four of the last 11 games against the Phillies affiliate. According to, the playoff rotation will be Jefry Rodriguez, Tyler Watson, and (if necessary) Joan Baez. Roster moves: RHP Luis Reyes placed on the 7-Day DL.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-5 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-3 END OF SEASON N/A

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Ross 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Voth (L, 7-9) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 5BB, 7K
• Solano 2-3, 3RBI
• N. Soto 3-5, R
• Martinson 2-5, 2R

Syracuse secured the worst record in the I.L. with a 4-3 loss in 10 innings to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the season finale. MLB Rehab Joe Ross went the first three frames, giving up a run on a home run and three hits total over the first three innings. Austin Voth followed and took the loss, pitching the final six and 2/3rds and charged with three runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks (two intentional) while striking out seven. Jhonatan Solano drove in all three Chiefs runs while Neftali Solo singled three times to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster moves: IF Wilmer Difo reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 5 Hartford 4
• J. Martin 8IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K; 0-1, 2SAC
• Ross (W, 5-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 4-5, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• A. Sanchez 3-4, 2R
• Marmolejos 3-5, RBI

The Sens rallied for three in the 9th for a 5-4 walkoff win against the Yard Goats. Alas, it was too little, too late as Altoona beat out Harrisburg by one game for the playoffs. J.D. Martin replaced Erick Fedde and went the first eight innings, giving up all four Hartford runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Greg Ross got the “W” with a scoreless 9th. The Sens singled six times in seven at-bats in the final frame with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos driving in the deciding run on his third single of the afternoon. Rafael Bautista led the hit parade with three singles and a double, finishing September with a 15-for-36 flourish. Roster Moves: RHP J.D. Martin reassigned from Potomac, IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 1
• Mayberry (W, 4-4) 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Mendez (H, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davidson 2-4, R, RBI
• Robles 3-4

Potomac won its third second-half title in four seasons behind a masterful outing by Whit Mayberry on a Monday Afternoon in Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHPs Wirkin Estevez, Dakota Bacus activated from the 7-Day DL; C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Hagerstown; C Jake Lowery placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Hagerstown 9 Asheville 5
• Borne (W, 5-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Wiseman 4-5, R, 2RBI
• Noll 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Reetz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Suns battered Tourist pitchers for 19 hit as they took the season finale, 9-5. Grant Borne won his fifth game with five innings of one-run ball on five hits and no walks while striking out five. Beers were on Angelo La Bruna as the only Hagerstown batter to go hitless with Jake Noll and Rhett Wiseman leading the attack with eight hits, three runs, and three RBI combined.

Batavia 4 Auburn 3
• Sharp 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Ramirez (L, 4-3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• J. Soto 2-4, R, 2B, E(2)
• Ripken 2-4, 2B, RBI

Auburn completed its 0-for-September with its seventh straight loss, 4-3 to Batavia. ABC News 5 Anchorman Sterling Sharp got the callup from the GCL to make one more start and let in three runs on six hits and no walks over five innings for a no-decision. Yonathan Ramirez gave up the deciding run in the 7th to take the loss, his third. Juan Soto and Ryan Ripken both singled and doubled to lead the Doubledays offense, which managed nine hits but was 0-for-7 with RISP. Roster move: RHP Sterling Sharp reassigned from the GCL.

Monday Afternoon in Woodbridge

Potomac turned to Whit Mayberry on two days’ rest and the 26-y.o. veteran responded with seven monster innings as the P-Nats clinched a second-half title with a 3-1 victory.

The midseason pickup threw 79 pitches, 56 for strikes, and struck a career-high nine, getting Cuban cleanup man Yasiel Balaguert three times after the Prince Fielder doppelgänger had tortured Potomac pitchers for eight hits and four RBI over the past three games.

Early on, the P-Nats racked up the hits — three in the 1st, two in the 2nd, one in the 3rd — but the clutch hit was absent as they had just one run to show for it.

They finally broke through in the 5th with a little “help” from the Pelicans pitcher who threw past first base to allow Victor Robles to turn a bunt single into a Little League double, though he might have been able to make it a “triple” had he not done his best imitation of Deion Sanders by spinning around halfway past first base and backpedaling into second base.

Austin Davidson followed with a single to left to send in Robles. MLB rehab Stephen Drew did his best imitation of Robles with an HBP to push Davidson to second and Osvaldo Abreu completed the two-run rally with another single to left.

The two teams traded donuts in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, with Gilberto Mendez following Mayberry and working around a single before giving way to closer (and postseason All-Star) Ryan Brinley in the 9th.

Maybe it was nerves, but the defense was less than steady in the 9th for Brinley, with Bryan Mejia booting a grounder to second for his 26th miscue to open the innings and Austin Davidson bullfighting a two-out grounder to the 5/6 hole that was ruled a single. A subsequent safety to right plated the lone Myrtle Beach run and brought up the go-ahead run.

Light-hitting Jesse Hodges put a charge into the final out but a warning-track flyball is the same as a can of corn in the scorebook as the P-Nats celebrated their third second-half title in the past four seasons.

The win earned Woodbridge nine one less road game, as the Lynchburg Hillcats will have to come to the Pfitz on Wednesday to open best-of-three Carolina League North Divisional Series. Unofficially, it’ll be Matt Esparza (2-4, 3.92) facing off against Potomac’s Boone Whiting (11-3, 3.45).

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Scranton/WB,
12:05 p.m.
J. Ross (0-2, 3.48) vs.
Bleier (2-3, 3.61)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Hartford,
1:30 p.m.
Fedde (2-1, 3.99) vs.
Howard (5-6, 4.10)
Potomac Lost, 11-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
J. Martin (1-2, 5.96) vs.
Hagerstown Won, 10-5 @ Asheville,
2:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-2, 2.81) vs.
Johnson (7-4, 4.23)
Auburn Lost, 1-0;
Lost, 6-5
@ Batavia,
1:05 p.m.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 4
• Laffey 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Self (BS, 1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2BB, 0K
• DeFratus (L, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• den Dekker 2-5, R, RBI
• Ramsey 3-4, 2RBI

The RailRiders scored twice in the 8th and once in the 9th to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 win over the Chiefs. Aaron Laffey got the start and turned in five innings of two-run ball on five hits, including a two-run HR in the 2nd. He walked none and struck out five. Derek Self was pushed an inning too far as he blew the save in his third inning of work with two runs let in. Justin DeFratus coughed up the gamewinner in the 9th on a hit and two walks. Tablesetters Matt den Dekker and Caleb Ramsey combined for five of the ten Syracuse hits. Roster moves: RHP Reynaldo Lopez recalled to Washington; RHP Russell Harmening, LHP David Ramos reassigned from Auburn.

Harrisburg 6 Hartford 3
• Valdez (W, 6-4) 7+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, BB
• Stevenson 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI, CS
• Bautista 2-5, R, 3B, SB(55), CS

Harrisburg scored in each of the first four innings while doubling up Hartford, 6-3. Phillips Valdez pitched into the 8th for the fourth straight start, and earned his sixth win (12th overall) with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Nick Lee and Mitch Lively divvied up the 8th to each earn a hold while Rober Benincasa worked around a one-out single to get his third save. Andrew Stevenson and Adrian Sanchez both reached base three times to pace the Sens’ 11-hit, four-walk offense. Thanks to a third straight loss by the Curve, the Senators were not eliminated from the playoffs but need to win again while Altoona loses again to become the E.L. West wildcard.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 4
• Williams (L, 4-6) ⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 0K, HR, HBP
• Sanchez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Davidson 2-3, 2-2B, 2R, BB
• Robles 2-4, 2B

Mario Sanchez turned in six strong innings of pitching with two runs allowed on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The problem is that it came in relief after the P-Nats dug themselves into a 9-2 hole en route to a third straight loss to the Pelicans, 11-4. Austen Williams hit the 40-pitch-in-one-inning limit in the 1st as he retired just two of eight batters faced, giving up six runs on four hits and a walk and hitting a batter. Austin Davidson doubled twice and scored twice while Victor Robles singled and doubled to lead the Potomac offense. Playoff update: The Hillcats lost yet again to the Red Sox, 5-4 in 12 innings, to keep the P-Nats’ hopes of a 2nd half title alive.

Hagerstown 10 Asheville 5
• Baez (W, 9-7) 6IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, HBP, 4WP
• Held (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Sagdal 4-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 4-5, R, RBI
• Noll 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown put up five in the 4th and four in the 8th as they outslugged Asheville, 10-5. Joan Baez managed to give up four runs on three hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out none while winning his ninth game. Sam Held closed it out with one run over the last three innings for the save. Ian Sagdal and Grant DeBruin both went 4-for-5 while and Jake Noll both homered as the Suns pounded out 16 hits total.

Batavia 1 Auburn 0 – COMP.
• Dunning (L, 1-2) 9IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• J. Soto 1-3
• Dulin 1-3, 3B, BB

Dane Dunning picked up where he left off 22 days ago and threw another six innings for a complete-game, 1-0 Doubledays’ loss to the Muckdogs. Dalton Dulin was the only Auburn batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk as Batavia’s Sam Perez held the Doubledays to just three hits over seven innings of “relief.”

Batavia 6 Auburn 5 – GAME TWO
• Fuentes 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Mooney (L, 0-2) ⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• J. Soto 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• A. Martinez 0-1, BB, 2HBP
• 1-for-16 RISP; 11 LOB

Batavia did all it could to give it away with six errors, but Auburn insisted on being a good guest by blowing a 5-1 lead in the 7th and final inning for a 6-5 walkoff loss. Steven Fuentes tossed four scoreless innings to start, while Hayden Howard followed with an unearned run over the next two innings. Kevin Mooney retired just one of seven batters faced in the final frame as he was lit up for five runs on four hits and two walks for his second loss.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Scranton/WB,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (6-6, 3.83) vs.
Wotherspoon (2-0, 1.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2;
Won, 3-0
vs. Hartford,
1:30 p.m.
Valdez (5-4, 4.69) vs.
Jemiola (8-9, 4.27)
Potomac Lost, 5-4
(14 inn.)
vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Williams (4-5, 4.75) vs.
Pugliese (6-5, 3.87)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (8-7, 3.91) vs.
Palacios (1-5, 5.92)
Auburn Lost, 5-0 @ Batavia,
4:05 p.m.
Dunning (3-1, 2.36) and
Fuentes (2-1, 3.97) vs.

Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 1
• Hill (L, 6-13) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• E. Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Collier 1-3, BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4

Syracuse broke up the shutout in the 6th but couldn’t draw to a tie, losing the series finale to Pawatucket, 2-1. Taylor Hill let in both PawSox runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings but lost for the organization-leading 13th time. Jason Martinson’s RBI double accounted for the lone tally as the Chiefs were a woeful 1-for-10 with RISP. Steve Lombardozzi led the hit column with two singles. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker outrighted from Washington.

Hartford 3 Harrisburg 2 – GAME ONE
• Mapes (L, 12-10) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP
• Bautista 4-4, R, SB

Tyler Mapes went the distance in the opener for the Sens but the offense couldn’t do their part in a 3-2 loss in the opener. Mapes gave up eight hits and two walks and hit a batter while fanning one as he lost for the tenth time. Rafael Bautista singled four times, scored a run, and stole a base, but the rest of the line up mustered just three hits and a walk.

Harrisburg 3 Hartford 0 – GAME TWO
• Simms (W, 8-5) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP; 0-0, 2BB
• Suero (SV, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Rickles 2-3, R, HR, RBI

John Simms and Wander Suero cobmined on six-hit shutout to split the doubleheader with a 3-0 win for the Senators. Simms went the first five and allowed four hits and hit a batter while striking out four to win his eighth decision. Suero worked around two singles in the 6th then set the side down in order in the 7th for his fourth save. Adrian Sanchez doubled twice, drove in a run, and scored a run while Nick Rickles singled and homered to lead the Harrisburg attack. Playoff update: Akron also won to push Harrisburg to the brink of elimination; the RubberDucks must lose twice and the Senators must win twice to make the playoffs.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 4 (14 inn.)
• Crownover 6IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Thomas 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Orlan (L, 5-6) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 2WP
• Read 3-7, 2B, RBI, PB(19)
• Mejia 3-6, R

Potomac got a ton of solid pitching and a pound of adequate catching as they gave away this one in 14 innings, 5-4. A passed ball in the 6th let in the tying run after the P-Nats battled back from 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead. In the 14th, a wild pitch took away the double play and allowed the winning run to get to 3rd with just one out. R.C. Orlan took the loss as he gave up the final Pelicans run on two singles and no walks. Matt Crownover recovered from a three-run HR in the 1st to turn in six strong innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out nine. Raudy Read and Bryan Mejia both had three hits to pace the P-Nats attack. Playoff update: Lynchburg lost again to Mills Cup favorite Salem, 9-3, to preserve the first-place tie in the C.L. North.

Asheville 5 Hagerstown 2
• Watson (L, 1-1) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Bourque 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Beckwith 2-4, 2-2B
• Reetz 2-4

The Tourists burned the Suns for four runs in the middle innings for 5-2 win. Tyler Watson suffered the loss with four runs allowed on nine hits and two walks over five innings. Tyler Beckwith doubled twice, Jakson Reetz singled twice, and Rhett Wiseman homered to lead the eight-hit, no-walk offensive effort.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 0
• W. Davis (L, 3-6) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Ortiz 1-3, BB

Three West Virginia pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout to complete the three-game sweep of Auburn with a 5-0 win. Weston Davis dropped his sixth game while tossing five innings of two-run ball on five hits and two walks. He struck out four. Oliver Ortiz broke up the no-hitter with two out in the 4th and drew one of the four Doubledays’ walks.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0
(10 inn.)
@ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Hill (6-12, 4.75) vs.
O’Sullivan (8-6, 4.14)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3
(13 inn.)
vs. Hartford,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (7-5, 3.49) and
Mapes (12-9, 3.16) vs.
Burke (0-0, 2.89) and
Wade (1-3, 5.20)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (4-4, 4.27) vs.
Leal (10-4, 2.98)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Asheville,
6:05 p.m.
Watson (1-0, 3.60) vs.
Killian (11-6, 3.94)
Auburn Lost, 7-4 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (3-5, 2.57) vs. TBD

Syracuse 1 Pawtucket 0 (10 inn.)
• Giolito 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• DeFratus (W, 2-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Collier 0-3, R, BB, SB
• Bostick 1-4, RBI

Lucas Giolito went a career-high eight shutout innings, combining with two relievers for the Chiefs’ three-hit, ten-inning shutout of the PawSox, 1-0. The 22-y.o. walked one and struck out five while giving up a single and a double. Justin DeFratus and Derek Self each turned in a goose egg to earn the win and save respectively. Zach Collier drew a leadoff walk in the 10th, stole second, took third on groundout to second, and scored on Chirstopher Bostick’s RBI single for the fifth and final hit by Syracuse on the night. Roster moves: RHP Mat Latos, LHP Sean Burnett added to 40-man roster; OF Matt den Dekker designated for assignment; Washington recalled – LHPs Burnett, Matt Grace, RHPs Latos, Trevor Gott, Rafael Martin, C Pedro Severino, OF Brian Goodwin; IF Khayyan Norfork, C Brian Jeroloman, RHP Derek Self reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 4 Hartford 3 (13 inn.)
• Brady 7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Runion (W, 2-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K; SAC
• Difo 3-6, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R, 2BB, SB

Harrisburg finally cashed in on its numerous chances to score in extras to walk off in 13, 4-3 and keep pace with Akron, which took both ends of a twinbill from Bowie. Michael Brady got the start and gave up all three Yard Goat runs on six hits and a walk while fanning eight over seven innings. The win went to Sam Runion, who combined with Nick Lee and Andrew Robinson for six scoreless innings of relief. Stephen Perez and Spencer Kieboom both walked to lead off the 13th, were moved up 90′ with a sacrifice bunt by Runion, and Perez scored on Rafael Bautista’s RBI single. Roster moves: RHP Michael Brady, C Spencer Kieboom activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 1
• Silvestre 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Pantoja (BS, 3) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Holland (L, 1-4) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Robles 3-4, R, 2SB
• Page 1-3, E

The P-Nats and Pelicans matched up in a pitcher’s duel with the C.L. South leader edging the C.L. North, 2-1. Hector Silvestre got the start but struggled with his command, issuing four walks over five scoreless innings, though he gave up just two hits. The loss went to Neil Holland who gave up a one-out double that came around to score when Matt Page cricket-wicketed the would-be third out of the 8th. Victor Robles singled three times, stole two bags, and scored the lone run but the rest of the team managed just two hits and a walk. Lynchburg also lost, keeping the two teams in a tie for first place.

Asheville 8 Hagerstown 2
• Guilbeau (W, 5-2) 5⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• Johansen (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP, 2-0 IR-S
• Noll 2-4, R, RBI
• Wiseman 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown put up three in the 5th and cruised to a 5-1 win over Asheville. Taylor Guilbeau pitched into the 6th for his sixth straight start, giving up the lone Tourist run on five hits and three walks while striking out seven for his fifth win. Jake Johansen stranded two runners for Guilbeau then pitched two more scoreless innings to earn the hold. The Suns collected 11 hits total, with Rhett Wiseman leading the charge with a single and his 12th HR while driving in two.

West Virginia 7 Auburn 4
• Bogucki (L, 0-6) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K
• Pirro 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• J. Soto 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Banks 2-3, R, 2BB

The Black Bears mauled A.J. Bogucki for six runs over the first four innings and went on to a 7-4 win over the Doubledays in Game Two of the three-game series. Bogucki walked three and surrendered seven hits while losing for the sixth time in 12 appearances. Juan Soto and Nick Banks both went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks to pace the Auburn offense.