Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 4.76) vs.
Green (5-6, 1.67)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (5-3, 3.17) vs.
Barker (3-1, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (3-3, 4.78) vs.
Valerio (1-2, 3.31)
Hagerstown Won, 12-9 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Gilbert (4-6, 4.10)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Medina (1-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 8 Toledo 1
• Cole (W, 6-4) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, HR, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2R, BB
• Goodwin 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI, SB(10)

A.J. Cole turned in his strongest start of the season thus far while Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin both homered as the Chiefs defeated the Mud Hens, 8-1 to take the series 2-1. The 24-y.o. tossed seven innings of one-run ball on just three hits and a walk while tying his strikeout high of eight for his sixth win. Koda Glover and Sam Runion each followed with a perfect innings to close out the game. Turner was a single shy of the cycle and also drew a walk to reach base four times to lead Syracuse’s 11-hit parade.
Roster moves: RHP Bronson Arroyo assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 1
• Mapes (W, 7-5) 9IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Soto 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• A. Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

Tyler Mapes reverted to Pitcher of the Week form with another complete game in a 3-1 Harrisburg win over New Hampshire. Mapes allowed the unearned run on eight hits and a walk while fanning four. He threw 111 pitches, 75 for strikes. The Sens got single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 9th with Neftali Soto leading the hit column with a single and two doubles and Adrian Sanchez matching his five total bases with a double and a triple.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 1
• Reyes (W, 4-7) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• Stevenson 2-5, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 3RBI

The P-Nats clawed the Hillcats in each of the first four innings to build a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win to complete the three-game sweep. Luis Reyes got his fourth win with six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Justin Thomas got the save with three scoreless innings. Andrew Stevenson scored three times while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in three; both went 2-for-5 to pace the Potomac offense. Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 12 Lexington 9
• Bourque 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Walby (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Schrock 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 4RBI, SB(15)
• Sagdal 3-3, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Dent 1-1, 2R, 4BB

Hagerstown rallied for five in the 9th to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9 win and sweep Lexington. James Bourque continues to “work on stuff,” as he was dinged for five runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. The Suns lineup pounded out 14 hits and drew 12 walks, led by Ian Sagdal (single, double, triple) Cody Dent (4) respectively. Philip Walby got the win in relief with one run let in over two innings while Jorge Pantoja pitched a scoreless 9th to earn the save.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 1
• Ramirez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Fuentes (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 1-2, R, HBP, SF, RBI
• Vilorio 1-2, BB, SB

Auburn scored once in the 1st and twice in the 2nd and held on for a 3-1 win over Williamsport. Yonathan Ramirez improved to 2-0 with five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while notching two K’s. Steven Fuentes closed out the game with three donuts to earn his second save. Dan Johnson singled, scored a run, and drove in a run on a sac fly while Luis Vilorio walked, singled, and stole a base as the Doubledays squeezed three runs out of just five hits and two walks.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Toledo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (5-4, 4.64) vs.
Farmer (0-3, 6.90)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ New Hampshire,
1:35 p.m.
Mapes (6-5, 3.78) vs.
Cole (0-0, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Reyes (3-7, 5.34) vs.
Brown (2-5, 4.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (3-3, 4.76)
Garabito (0-4, 6.94)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Falter (0-1, 13.50)


Syracuse 6 Toledo 4
• Espino (W, 4-7) 8IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Turner 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Paolo Espino pitched eight strong innings of one-run ball while Nick Masset nearly gave away the game as the Chiefs plucked the Mud Hens, 6-4. Espino gave up four hits and no walks while striking out six to win his fourth game. Toledo scored three times in the 9th against Masset. Tablesetters Trea Turner and Steve Lombardozzi combined for five of the nine Syracuse hits with Turner drawing a walk and Lombardozzi stealing a base.

Harrisburg 4 New Hampshire 0
• Lopez (W, 3-5) 8IP, 7H, 0R, 2BB, 10K, WP
• Abel De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB

Reynaldo Lopez pitched a career-high eight innings and back-to-back starts for the first time in more than a year as he combined with Abel De Los Santos on a 4-0 Harrisburg shutout of New Hampshire. Lopez fanned ten, walked two, and allowed seven hits on 110 pitches (80 for strikes) to win his third game and finish June with a mark of 2-1 and a 1.57 ERA in five starts. Kevin Keyes drove in two while going 1-for-3 with a double while Isaac Ballou walked twice and also doubled to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 (12 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Mendez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• M. Sanchez (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-5, R,
• Vettleson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

Drew Vettleson’s solo home run with one out in the 12th broke a 2-2 deadlock as the P-Nats edged the Hillcats, 3-2 in extras. Starter Austen Williams turned in his third straight quality start of two runs let in on four hits and a walk over six innings and was rewarded with his third straight no-decision. Mario Sanchez, who stranded two in the bottom of the 11th, worked around a single in the 12th to garner the win, his third. Andrew Stevenson remains red-hot, going 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the way for the Potomac offense, which scored two in the 1st before cooling off and collecting just seven hits total.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 2
• Avila (W, 6-5) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
• Borne (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SF, 2RBI, CS
• Robles, 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, SB
• Davidson 2-4, R

Hagerstown jumped on Lexington twice for two-spots early as the Suns debunked the Legends, 7-2 for their third straight win. Pedro Avila served up two solo HRs and three hits total over five and 2/3rds innings to win his sixth game. Grant Borne stranded two while getting the last out in the 6th and pitched two more scoreless innings to earn the hold, his first. Max “For Those About To” Schrock got the party started with a sacrifice fly to plate Victor Robles, who led off the game with a triple. The two combined for four hits and three runs as the Suns pounded out 12 hits, with Grant DeBruin enjoying the reverse GBI jinx with his second HR.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 4
• Pena (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Dickey (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Cespedes (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• La Bruna 3-3, BB, 2RBI, CS
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ortiz 2-4

The Crosscutters got to Wilber Pena for three in the top of the 2nd but the Doubledays answered with four in the bottom of the inning as Auburn edged Williamsport, 5-4 to take the series opener. Pena gave up all four Crosscutters runs on five hits over five innings to win his first game of 2016. Nick Conner, Robbie Dickey, and Angher Cespedes combined for four scoreless innings in relief. Angelo La Bruna reached base with three singles and a walk and drove in two followed by Dan Johnson and Oliver Ortiz, who both went 2-for-4 as Auburn totaled 11 hits and drew three walks.

GCL Update
Not much to tell after two games – a 7-3 win in 11 innings on Friday, a 10-0 loss yesterday – as the G-Nats start their 10-week scrimmage with the G-Mets, G-Astros, and the G-Cards. Juan Soto has appeared once as a pinch-hitter (making an out), one of 16 batters to make a plate appearance while 11 pitchers have been used thus far.

DSL Update
The D-Nats finished out the week with a three-game win streak to improve to 9-10 for the season. Thus far, the offense has been well below the league average (3.58 R/G vs. 4.88) but the pitching has been better than league average, too (4.26). It’s early, of course, but outliers on the opposite side of good include 18-y.o. Yoel Andujar (5-for-57, 21K) and Jairon Peguero (0-3, 9.00 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in four appearances, one start).

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 4


Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 34-39, 6th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good 60 for 70 on SB attempts – best in professional baseball, per Chiefs PR staff
41 HR allowed, 2nd best in the I.L.
Bad Team .668 OPS – 13th in 14-team I.L.
516 Team K’s 11th in 14-team I.L.
Interesting Pedro Severino .293/.359/.362 in June
Zero balks in 73G



HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-33, 3rd place E.L. West, 3 games behind

Good Zach Collier .327/.365/.449 in June
Greg Ross 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.82WHIP in 4GS since callup
Bad Stephen Perez 10E in 46G
Phillips Valdez 1.56WHIP in 3GS since callup
Interesting 83SB 2nd-most in E.L.
20WP 2nd-fewest in E.L.



POTOMAC NATIONALS 35-34, 1st place C.L. North, ½ games ahead (35-34 overall)

Good Drew Ward .509 SLG% (Highest in organization among regulars)
Boone Whiting 1.2BB/9IP (Lowest in organization among SPs)
Bad Drew Vettleson .414 OPS in 16G
Matt Spann 1.85WHIP in 24⅓IP/td>
Interesting Eight Doubleheaders played thus far – most in C.L. (H/T P-Nats, PR)
17HBP (batting) – fewest in C.L.



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 2-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (45-27 overall)

Good Jorge Tillero .371 (13-for-35) in last 10G
Trey Lambert 2-0, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP in 15G
Bad Edwin Lora 14E in 61G
James Bourque 0-3, 7.71ERA, 2.14WHIP in 3GS
Interesting 24SV in 45W
No. 2 in runs scored (352, 4.89 R/G) T9th in HR (43 in 72G)

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-7, 3.53) vs.
Weber (5-6, 3.42)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-5, 3.56) vs.
Lawrence (2-5, 5.37)
Potomac Won, 6-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 2.77) vs.
Lugo (3-2, 4.41)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1;
Won, 5-1
@ Lexington,
6:35 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.71) vs.
Garabito (0-4, 6.94)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-1, 20.25) vs.
Paulino (0-0, 0.00)


Toledo 3 Syracuse 0
• Long (L, 0-2) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 2-4
• Solano 2-4

Syracuse followed a familiar script on Friday night as they got enough pitching to win, but not enough hitting as they were shut out, 3-0 by Toledo. Jaron Long gave up all three Mud Hens runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five but lost for the second time at AAA this season. Steve Lombardozzi, Matt den Dekker, and Jhonatan Solano each had two hits while Scott Sizemore drew three walks, but the clutch hit eluded the Chiefs as they went 0-for-7 with RISP and left nine men on base.

New Hampshire 3 Harrisburg 2
• Ross 7IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Lee (H, 5) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Self (BS, 1; L, 2-2) 3BF, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-4

Greg Ross continues to dominate AA with yet another seven scoreless innings, but the bullpen imploded in the 9th to turn a 2-0 Senators lead into a 3-2 loss to the Fisher Cats. Ross allowed six hits, walked two, and hit a batter in the no-decision. Nick Lee sandwiched out between a solo HR and a single before giving way to Derek Self, who walked one intentionally and one unintentionally before giving up a double (also unintentionally) to both blow the save and lose the game. Kevin Keyes’s two-run HR in the 2nd accounted for both Harrisburg runs while Christopher Bostick and Neftali Soto both went 2-for-4 to lead the Sens hit column.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 4
• Whiting (W, 8-2) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Brinley (SV, 10) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, SB
• Marnolejos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Keller 2-4, R, 3B

There was another bullpen meltdown, but this one was by Lynchburg as Potomac rallied for four in the 7th to turn 4-2 deficit into the eventual outcome of 6-4. Boone Whiting got the Jack Morris win with all four Hillcat runs let in on a walk and seven hits, including two homers. Matt Spann and Ryan Brinley combined for three innings of scoreless relief for the hold (#1) and the save (#10) respectively. Andrew Stevenson reach based four times with a walk, a single, and two doubles to lead the 11-hit, one-walk attack.
Roster moves: LHP Justin Thomas activated from 7-Day DL; RHP Jake Johansen reassigned to GCL for MiLB Rehab.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 1– GAME ONE
• Baez (W, 4-5) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• VanVossen (SV, 6) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B
• Tillero 2-3, RBI, 2CS (yes, really)

The Suns posted a picket fence in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and held off the Legends for 3-1 win in the opener. Joan Baez turned in five innings of one-run ball on three hits and three walks while striking out seven for the win. Mick VanVossen tossed two scoreless innings to notch the save, his sixth. Rhett Wiseman singled, doubled, and scored a run while Jorge Tillero singled twice and drove in a run to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 1 – GAME TWO
• Guilbeau (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Lambert 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-3, R, RBI
• DeBruin 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Grant DeBruin and Jakson Reetz both connected for two-run HRs as Hagerstown completed the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 win over Lexington. Taylor Guilbeau was credited with the win with four scoreless innings thrown, allowing two hits, one walk, and fanning six. Matthew Page accounted for the fifth RBI with a single in the 2nd following Rhett Wiseman’s walk and steal of second.
Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn reassigned to GCL.

Aberdeen 9 Auburn 2
• Mills (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, BK, HBP
• Mooney 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Encarnacion 2-4, SB(7)
• Banks 2-4

The Doubledays jumped on the IronBirds for two in the 1st but it was all Aberdeen thereafter in a 9-2 loss in the series finale. McKenzie Mills suffered the loss with five runs charged to him on two hits, three walks, and hit batsman over four and 1/3rd innings. Randy Enacarnacion and Nick Banks both went 2-for-4 while the Auburn offense went 0-for-10 with RISP and left on seven men.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Long (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Crouse (1-2, 3.03)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Ross (3-0, 0.00) vs.
Santos (4-1, 3.42)
Potomac Postponed @ Lynchburg Whiting (7-2, 3.24) vs.
Polanco (3-1, 1.88)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lexington,
5:35 p.m.
Baez (3-5, 4.89) and
Avila (5-5, 2.91) vs.
Blewett (3-6, 5.12) and
Watson (2-6, 8.06)
Auburn Lost, 4-0 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Humpal (pro debut)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Voth (W, 4-3) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Glover 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Turner 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A five-run 2nd capped off by two-run Trea Turner homerun sealed the deal early as the Chiefs took the series finale, 6-1 from the PawSox. Perhaps confused by the big lead, Austin Voth locked in and held Pawtucket to one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four while winning his fourth game. Matt den Dekker singled and doubled to lead the Syracuse offense, which maximized its efforts with six runs on five hits and four walks.

Harrisburg 5 Portland 2
• Valdez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Robinson (H, 5) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• De Los Santos (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, R, RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B

Harrisburg scored in three of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead and held on for 5-2 win over Portland. Phillips Valdez got his first AA win with a run (HR) allowed on hour hits and a walk while fanning three over five innings. Andrew Robinson turned in three innings of one-run relief to earn the hold while Abel De Los Santos pitched another scoreless 9th to get his second save in as many nights. Rafael Bautista singled twice while Wilmer Difo doubled twice and singled once to pace the Sens’ nine-hit, four-walk attack.
Roster moves: C Brian Jeroloman placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Nick Rickles reassigned from XST.

Potomac – PPD
Rain washed out yet another game for the P-Nats, but thanks to a second trip to Lynchburg in August, there’s no doubleheader tonight.

Hagerstown – PPD
It’s an extra day off for Hagerstown but they will play two tonight in Lexington.

Auburn 4 Aberdeen 0
• Watson (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Peguero (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Perkins 4-5, R, 3RBI, CS
• Kerian 1-3, R, BB

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a six-hit, 13K shutout of the Ironbirds for a 4-0 win. Tyler Watson pitched five scoreless innings with three hits, two walks, and five K’s to earn his first win. Francys Peguero tossed three scoreless with five whiffs to get the hold while Angher Cespedes struck out the side on 19 pitches in the 9th to close out the game. Blake Perkins went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored followed by David Kerian with a walk and a single to lead the Auburn offense. Roster moves: OF Nick Banks (4th Rd. Pick ’16) assigned from Washington.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (3-3, 3.11) vs.
Haley (1-0, 1.13)
Harrisburg Won, 9-6 @ Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Valdez (0-1, 6.94)
Beeks (AA debut)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lynchburg Whiting (7-2, 3.24) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (3-5, 4.89) vs.
TBD
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (0-0, 0.00)
Seabrooke (1-0, 1.59)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 4
• Hill 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Harper (BS, 1; W, 1-0) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Martin (SV, 14) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Severino 3-5, R, SB
• Turner 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, BB, SB

After blowing the lead in the 8th, Syracuse batters bailed out the bullpen with a pair of runs in the top of the 9th to take this one, 6-4. The implosion spoiled a strong outing by Taylor Hill, who gave up two runs on five hits (one HR) over seven innings with no walks and six whiffs. Trea Turner’s two-out, two-run double plated the decisive runs as the Chiefs took advantage of a critical error. It was his second extra-base hit to go along with two walks as he went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI.

Harrisburg 9 Portland 6
• Giolito 4⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Simms (W, 4-3) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• De Los Santos (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Perez 3-4, 3R
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, HR(GS), 7RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 3R, BB

The Senators nearly blew a 7-0 lead before holding off a late charge from the Sea Dogs in a 9-6 win. Lucas Giolito fell one out short of registering a Jack Morris win as he gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out three. John Simms left the bases loaded while getting the last out of the 5th before giving up a run of his own in the 6th, which was still good enough to earn the “W.” Offensively, Isaac Ballou came up bigger than Oprah with the bases loaded as he slashed a two-run double in the 3rd and hit a grand slam in the 4th for six of his seven RBI on the night.

Potomac – ALL-STAR BREAK
Potomac begins the second half with four-game series against the first-half champs in Lynchburg. They return home on Monday for three against Winston-Salem before heading back out on the road for another four-game series in Myrtle Beach.

Hagerstown – ALL-STAR BREAK
The Suns join the All-Star contingent in Lexington as they play four against the Legends to open the second half. Like the P-Nats, they’ll be back on Monday but will have seven-game homestand as they host the BlueClaws for three, then the Shorebirds for four.

Aberdeen 7 Auburn 0
• Acevedo (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Fuentes 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, HBP
• Johnson 3-4, 2B
• Barrera 2-4, 2B
• 0BB, 0DP, 9LOB

Aberdeen posted a picket fence over four innings before putting up a three-spot in the 5th as they shut out Auburn, 7-0. Starter and loser Carlos Acevedo suffered the loss as he was strafed by the Ironbirds for four runs on eight hits, including a solo HR. He walked none, struck out three, and hit a batter over four and 2/3rds innings. The Doubledays had no trouble getting hits (10) but couldn’t string them together (2-for-14 RISP) and had a runner thrown out at home. Daniel Johnson led the Doubledays’ hit column with two singles and a double, followed by Tres Barrera with a single and a double.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0;
Won, 3-2
@ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 4.98) vs.
Wilkerson (3-1, 2.03)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-4 @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (5-3, 2.71) vs.
Couch (4-2, 3.80)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 5-0 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 3.64 @ GCL in ’15) vs.
TBD


Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0
• Cole (L, 5-4) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Skole 1-2, BB

A.J. Cole turned in a complete game as the Chiefs were shut out, 2-0 in the opener. Cole walked two and struck out three while allowing seven hits over six innings during his fourth loss. Of course, it’s hard to win when you only get one hit (Matt Skole) and draw just three walks (Skole, Brian Goodwin, Trea Turner).

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 2
• Laffey 3⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Davis (W, 6-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Glover (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Solano 1-2, BB, RBI
• Campana 1-3, 2RBI

Syracuse rebounded in Game Two to edge Pawtucket, 3-2. Aaron Laffey pitched into the 4th and left with a 3-0 lead with one out and two on. Erik Davis let in both runners on a two-run single after walking the first batter he faced but got the next five outs to earn the win. Koda Glover retired the side in order in the 6th for a hold in his AAA debut. Rafael Martin nearly undid all the work before him as he Cordero’d his way through the 7th with a single, double, and an intentional walk before rolling a double play to end it. Jhonatan Solano drove in the first Chiefs run with a single and walked while Tony Campana plated two with a two-run single in the 4th as Syracuse collected five hits total.

Portland 10 Harrisburg 4
• Mapes (L, 6-5) 2⅔ IP, 10H, 9R, 8ER, 2BB, 1K, 0HR
• Brady 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Bostick 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Bautista 2-3, R, 2B

Tyler Mapes came out flat as a mackerel against the Sea Dogs in a 10-4 loss. Portland scored nine times on ten hits and two walks against the Senators starter over his two and 2/3rds innings. The bullpen combined for five and a 1/3rd innings of one-run relief, led by Michael Brady (3IP). Christopher Bostick tripled and homered and scored twice to lead the Harrisburg offense, which collected nine hits and three walks total.

Potomac – ALL-STAR BREAK
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2-3B, 2RBI
• Ward 0-4, 2K, E
• Brinley 1IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K

Andrew Stevenson tripled twice, scored twice, and drove in two to help lead the Carolina League past the California League, 6-4, and earned him MVP honors. Both Stvenson and Drew Ward played the entire game, which also saw Ryan Brinley wobble through a scoreless 8th while giving up three hits.

Hagerstown – ALL-STAR BREAK
• Robles 1-3, R, SB
• Schrock 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Rodriguez 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rivera ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K

Likewise, Max “For Those About To” Schrock drove in both Sally North runs in a 2-1 win over the Sally North and was named the MVP of the 2016 South Atlantic League All-Star game. Both he and Victor Robles started and put in three ABs before giving way to the reserves. Jefry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning while Mariano Rivera III retired both batters he faced in the parade of pitchers to appear.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 0
• W. Davis (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Dickey (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Encarnacion 3-4, 2RBI, SB
• Neuse 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, 2RBI

Auburn scored five times in the first three innings while three pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of Mahoning Valley, 5-0. Weston Davis went the first five innings and gave up just one hit and no walks while striking out four to get the “W.” Robbie Dickey followed with three scoreless for the hold, though he walked two, hit a batter, and gave up hit while fanning four. Randy Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with two RBI while Sheldon “Come On Feel The” Neuse walked, tripled, scored twice, and drove in two in his pro debut to lead the Doubleday offense.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (5-3, 4.79) and
Laffey ( ) vs.
Owens (4-3, 3.62) and
Elias (4-3, 3.54)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (6-4, 2.90) vs.
McAvoy (3-3, 8.13)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 7-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (0-2, 9.92 @ GCL in ’14) vs.
Colegate (0-1, 745 @ AZL in ’15)


Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 1
• Espino (L, 3-7) 7IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Gutierrez ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Severino 3-3
• Turner 2-4, SB, CS(1)

Pawtucket scored once in the 2nd and twice in the 4th and en route to a 4-1 victory over Syracuse. Paolo Espino lost for the seventh time despite a serviceable line of three runs allowed over seven innings on nine hits. He walked none, hit a batter, and struck out two. Pedro Severino singled three times in three at-bats while Trea Turner singled twice and stole a base to lead the eight-hit offense.
Roster moves: RHP Koda Glover promoted from Harrisburg..

Harrisburg – OFF DAY

Tyler Mapes’s nine-inning shutout was enough for him to earn the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for June 13-19. He’s also tonight’s starter for the Senators against the Sea Dogs as they begin a six-game trip through Maine and New Hampshire.

Potomac – ALL-STAR BREAK

Tonight is the California-Carolina League All-Star game, held in Lake Elsinore, CA. At least two of the three position players (Drew Ward, Andrew Stevenson, and Alec Keller) are expected to start while Ryan Brinley may see an appearance in relief.

Hagerstown – ALL-STAR BREAK

Likewise, the Sally League will hold its midseason showcase in Lexington. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Victor Robles are expected to start for the Sally North while Marian Rivera III and Jefry Rodriguez are among the pitchers. Kelvin Gutierrez will not appear because he is on the DL.

Auburn 7 Mahoning Valley 1
• Y. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Valerio (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• La Bruna 2-3, R, BB
• Perkins 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Ripken 0-0, R, SF, 3BB, RBI

The Doubledays bounced back from Sunday’s beatdown to return the favor to the Scrappers, 7-1. Yonathan Ramirez went the first five innings and gave up a HR for the lone Mahoning Valley tally (hey, that rhymes!) and three hits total. He walked none and fanned five. Maximo Valerio followed with three scoreless innings to earn the hold. Angelo Le Bruna singled twice and walked once while Ryan Ripken walked three times and lofted a sac fly to pace the Auburn attack.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-6, 3.50) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-2, 3.38)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 4-3 (11 inn.) ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 14-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-6, 2.75 @ DSL in ’15) vs.
L. Jimenez (3-5, 5.01 @ AZL in ’15)


Syracuse 2 Columbus 1 (10 inn.)
• Long 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 5-2) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-4, 2K
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI

The Chiefs rallied for two in the bottom of the 10th to end a seven-game losing streak and take the series finale, 2-1. It also transformed Erik Davis’s “L” to a “W” as he gave up the Clippers’ go-ahead run in the top of of the 10th. Jaron Long (7IP), Bryan Harper (1IP), and Rafael Martin (1IP) made the donuts in regulation, combining for six hits and one walk allowed and six strikeouts. A single, an RBI double by Steve Lombardozzi, a Trea Turner walk, and a sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin got the job done, though Syracuse was held to five hits and five walks total over nine and 2/3rds innings.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 1
• Lopez (W, 2-5) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 13K
• Suero (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Soto 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Collier 2-3, R

Reynaldo Lopez struck out 13 for the second time in three starts as Harrisburg took the game, 4-1 and the series 2-1 from Reading. The 22-y.o. Dominican issued no walks and gave up just the one run to the Fightins on five hits over seven innings for his second win. The Sens ‘pen did their best to test the hearts and/or stomachs of the fans and the manager (not necessarily respectively) as they loaded the bases in the 8th and and put on two in the 9th but stranded all five basrunners. Neftali Soto singled, walked, and homered to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: RHP Abel de Los Santos reassigned from Syracuse..

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 (11 inn.)
• Crownover 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Orlan 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 3-5
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

The P-Nats blew a 3-0 lead but prevailed in extras to take the series finale, 4-3 from the Pelicans and finish the first half at .500 (34-34). Matthew Crownover went the first five innings and gave up two runs on a two-out, two-run HR in his fifth and final inning. He walked three and struck out five while allowing four hits. The southpaw lost the possible “W” in the 8th when Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez let in the equalizer on two hits for a blown save, his first. A walk, a single, and a sacrifice in the 11th set up David Masters for the gamewinner, which he delivered with a single to center and the 12th Potomac hit of the game.

Greenville 3 Hagerstown 2
• Avila (L, 5-5) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Lambert 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Davidson 2-3, BB

Hagerstown fell behind 3-0 early and fell short of tying the game in the 8th for a 3-2 loss to Greenville, slicing their margin of victory for the division title to the minimum of a half game. Pedro Avila allowed all three Drive runs on three hits and three walks over five innings to lose for the fifth time. Austin Davidson reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk while Matthew Page went 2-for-4 with a HR to lead the Suns offense.

Mahoning Valley 14 Auburn 3
• W. Pena (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Conner ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• A. Martinez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ripken 2-4, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI

The Scrappers scored in six of nine “ups” to destroy the Doubledays, 14-3. Starter Wilber Pena took the brunt of the beating with six runs allowed on four hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Andres Martinez led the hitters with two singles and a double and an RBI, followed by Ryan Ripken who doubled twice and walked once.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Long (0-1, 8.00) vs.
Clevinger (6-0, 2.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Lopez (1-5, 3.82) vs.
Pinto (2-2, 4.40)
Potomac Lost, 2-1;
Lost, 4-0
vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 6.60) vs.
Null (2-3, 3.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Greenville,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (5-4, 3.02) vs.
Jimenez (1-1, 8.25)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Pena (1-6, 3.92 @ GCL in ’15) vs.
Hillman (0-2, 4.13 @ AZL in ’15)


Columbus 4 Syracuse 3
• Voth (L, 3-3) 7IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Gutierrez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R, RBI

The Chiefs’ circle of the drain took another spin with a 4-3 loss to the Clippers, the seventh straight defeat. Austin Voth went seven innings, shutting out Columbus for six of them, but the four-run 5th rigged him with his third loss with four hits (three doubles) and one walk allowed. He struck out five. J.C. Gutierrez both followed with a goose egg, but the Syracuse offense continues to struggle. While they drew 10 walks, just one of them scored and the team left on 14 while going 3-for-14 with RISP. Jason Martinson and Brian Goodwin both went 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the seven-hit effort.

Harrisburg 2 Reading 0
• Ross (W 3-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Glover (SV, 4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-3, R, BB, SB, 2CS, E(15)
• Kieboom 2-3, R

Greg Ross continues to dominate in his return to AA, tossing another seven scoreless innings as Harrisburg shut out Reading, 2-0. Ross gave up three hits and two walks while striking out five to win his third straight start since his callup from Potomac. Wander Suero and Koda Glover combined for two perfect innings to earn the hold and save, respectively. Wilmer Difo and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the nine-hit, four-walk offense.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 1 – GAME ONE
• Williams (L, 0-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, BB

Since swapping places with Greg Ross, Austen Williams hasn’t been as brilliant but has pitched well enough win, twice. And has lost, twice – the latest by a 2-1 decision at the wings of the Pelicans. Williams gave up both Myrtle Beach runs on four hits (one HR) and a walk while setting down six on strikes over six innings. The P-Nats mustered just three singles and a double while walking four times, with Drew Ward and Dale Carey the only two batters to reach base twice.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Reyes (L, 3-7) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K
• Spann 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 2-3
• Masters 1-3

Myrtle Beach got four in the 3rd and it was more than enough to secure the doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 shutout of Potomac. Luis Reyes took the loss with all four Pelicans runs allowed on five hits and four walks over five innings. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos went 2-for-3; the rest of the team went 3-for-23 with two walks.

Greenville 7 Hagerstown 1
• Bourque (L, 0-3) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Rivera 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 1-3, BB, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 1-3, R

The Suns lost, 7-1, but thanks to Delmarva dropping the opener of its doubleheader, Hagerstown clinched the first-half division title. James Bourque lost for the third time in as many starts with three runs let in on seven hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three. Only Mariano Rivera III managed to stall the Drive with a scoreless 9th as Greenville piled on four more against Luis Torres and Taylor Guilbeau. Rhett Wiseman was the only batter to reach base twice as the Suns were held to four hits and three walks.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Mills (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Fuentes (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Ripken 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• La Bruna 2-4, R
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB, 2SB, OF assist at 3B

Auburn completed the two-game sweep of Batavia with a 5-1 win. McKenzie Mills navigated through nine baserunners (six hit, three walks) in five scoreless innings for the win. Steve Fuentes gave up the lone run on two hits and a walk while earning the save. Ryan Ripken (turns 23 next month) continues to punish significantly younger pitchers with a single, double, and a walk and two RBI, as did Angelo La Bruna (turned 24 in April) with a pair of singles as the Doubledays took advantage of seven walks and an error to score five times on six hits. Roster moves: As noted in the comments, 3B Sheldon “Come On Feel The” Neuse was signed by Washington and assigned to the Doubledays roster.

DSL Update
The D-Nats dropped four of six to fall to 5-7 on the season thus far. Longtime DSLer Angel Guillen (19, but in his third season at the level) has struck out 12 in ten scoreless innings across two starts to lead the pitchers. Returnees Santo Falcon (19) Brailin Mesa (18), and Jesus Morales (18) are each posting .800+ OPS marks over the first two weeks to lead the hitters.