Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Indianapolis,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 4.85) vs.
Kuhl (5-1, 1.75)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.98) vs.
Brown (3-1, 3.08)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.67) vs.
Pinto (1-2, 9.43)


Louisville 3 Syracuse 2
• Espino (L, 3-5) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR; 0-2, RBI
• De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, BB
• Severino 2-4, RBI

The Chiefs fell to .500 with a 3-2 loss to the Bats. Paolo Espino made one mistake— a three-run HR to Brandon Allen—in six innings, which proved to be one too many as he gave up seven hits and a walk total over six innings. He struck out two while losing his fifth game. Abel De Los Santos, Bryan Harper, and Nick Masset each turened in a scoreless inning in a relief. Caleb Ramsey singled and doubled, Pedro Severino singled twice, Matt den Dekker singled once to account for the five (5) Syracuse hits.

Hartford 6 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 5-4) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR; 1-1, SAC
• Brady 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Keyes 0-2, 2BB

Hartford scored twice in the 1st and never looked backed in a 6-0 shutout of Harrisburg. Tyler Mapes lost his second straight start despite six innings of two-run ball on five hits and three walks while fanning five. The bullpen faltered again but it was a moot point as the Senators offense was held to five hits (two by Shawn Pleffner) and two walks (both by Kevin Keyes). Roster move: RHP Phillips Valdez promoted from Potomac.

Frederick 6 Potomac 3
• Crownover (L, 0-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ward 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats dropped their sixth straight and now lead third-place Frederick by just a game after a 6-3 loss to the Keys. Starter Matt Crownover dropped his second decision with four runs allowed on four hits and four walks over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Drew Ward surpassed his 2015 HR total with his 10th big fly of 2016, a two-run shot in the 4th, and went 2-for-5 overall. Potomac collected 10 hits total but was just 1-for-10 with RISP and left on 11 baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams demoted from Harrisburg; SS Osvaldo Abreu activated from the the 3-Day TIL.

Hagerstown 2 Lexington 1
• Avila (W, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Lambert (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walby (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, SB
• Robles 1-3, 2BB, SB, CS, OF assist (#11) at 3B

Like Potomac, Hagerstown struggled to get runners in (1-for-14 RISP, 12 LOB) but managed to eke past Lexington for a 2-1 win. Pedro Avila got his fifth “W” with one run let in on a HR and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck out two. Trey Lambert, Philip Walby, and Mick VanVossen combined for four innings of shutout relief to seal the deal. Victor Robles reached base three times with a single and two walks while Kelvin Gutierrez led the hit column with a 2-for-4 night.

Nationals Draft Picks
Longtime readers know that the draft is just not something I have the time or patience for – I’d rather worry about who we have than fret about about who we might get. Nevertheless, I know folks are talking about it, so here’s your link from MLB.com to aid in the discussion.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (3-4, 3.39) vs.
Diaz (2-0, 2.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 3.29) vs.
Senzatela (3-1, 3.45)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 10-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (4-3, 2.88) vs.
Garabito (0-3, 9.58)


Louisville 5 Syracuse 3
• Long 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Belisle (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-4, R, HR,

An early 3-1 Chiefs lead disappeared slowly as the Bats scored one in the 4th, then posted a picket fence in the 6th, 7th, and 8th for a 5-3 win. Jaron Long gave up two longballs but still turned in a quality start of three runs allowed over six innings on six hits and two walks. He struck out three. Matt Belisle failed to turn in a clean inning for the 8th time in nine innings on his current rehab tour as served up the decisive run on two hits in the 7th. The Matts den Dekker and Skole both hit solo HR’s for the only two extra-base knocks of the ten collected by the Syracuse offense. Roster move: Matt Belisle transferred from Harrisburg for MLB Rehab

Hartford 7 Harrisburg 6
• Lopez 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 13K; 1-3
• Simms (BS, 1; L, 3-3) 1IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, HR (GS), 3-2 IR-S
• Difo 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI, BB
• Bostick 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB, SB
• Baustisa 1-4, SB(30), CS(5)

Reynaldo Lopez struck out a career-high 13 batters over seven strong innings and left with a 6-2 lead. The Senators firemen brought petrol instead of water as they gave up five runs in the 8th, with John Simms doing his best imitation of Phil Simms trying to say something insightful as he let in two of three inherited and three of his own on two walks and a grand slam for the blown-save-loss. Wilmer Difo homered twice while Kevin Keyes and Christopher Bostick each homered once (all solo) to pace the ten-hit, five-walk Harrisburg attack.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Potomac will send four to the California-Carolina All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, CA on June 21st. Meanwhile, the P-Nats return home on five-game skid to play the Keys for four this weekend before heading back out on the road to Salem for three next week.

Asheville 10 Hagerstown 8
• Bourque (L, 0-1) 3IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Torres 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 3-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Page 2-4, R, 2B
• Wiseman 2-4, R, RBI

Three Hagerstown errors led to three unearned runs in a 10-8 loss to Asheville. Suns starter James Bourque’s first appearance since 2014 was a loss as the Tourists went home six times on eight hits and two walks over three innings. Taylor Guilbeau followed but was charged with four runs (one earned) on four hits over four innings. Kelvin Gutierrez was a single shy of the cycle as he doubled, tripled, and homered while driving in two. Telmito Agustin was the beer man as the only Hagerstown batter not to march in the 13-hit parade. The Suns struck out seven times and did not draw a walk.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Long (1st AAA start of ’16) vs.
Reed (4-3, 3.31)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 3.29) vs.
TBD
Potomac Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 (12 inn.) @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Borque (3-5, 4.19 @ SS-A in ’14)
Hill (3-2, 3.81)


Syracuse 3 Louisville 2 (10 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Laffey (W, 4-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R, SB
• Skole 24-game on-base streak with BB

Caleb Ramsey’s two-out double drove in the gamewinner as the Chiefs walked off in the 10th, 3-2. Both teams scored two early — Syracuse in the 1st, Louisville in the 2nd — after which the game became a pitcher’s duel. Starter Austin Voth went six innings with the two Bats runs let in on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Erik Davis, Nick Masset, Rafael Martin, and Aaron Laffey each turned in a scoreless inning, with Laffey getting the win. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-4 and scored the decisive run while Brian Goodwin went 2-for-5 with a stolen base to lead the Chiefs’ seven-hit, five-walk offense. Roster move: IF Steve Lombardozzi assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Hartford 3
• Ross (W, 1-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Suero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2B
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg gave starter Greg Ross four runs early and he responded with seven scoreless innings in a 5-3 win over Hartford. Ross gave up three hits and a walk and struck out two as he won his first AA game of ’16. The Yard Goats railroaded Koda Glover for three runs in the 9th to break up the shutout bid. Kevin Keyes, Wilmer Difo, and Chris Bostick each had two hits and scored a run as they doubled, tripled, and homered respectively to pace the Sens offense. Roster move: OF Zach Collier placed on 7-Day DL; OF-1B Kevin Keyes reassigned from Syracuse.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3 – GAME ONE
• Valdez (L, 6-3) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Peterson 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 1-2, R, BB
• Ward 1-2, BB

The P-Nats rallied for three in the 7th but fell one run short in a 4-3 loss to the Pelicans. Philips Valdez took the loss with three runs allowed on seven hits and one walk over four innings. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Drew Ward both singled and walked as the Potomac batters were held to six hits total.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3 – GAME TWO
• Bacus 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Orlan (L, 2-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, RBI

“Orange” Marmolejos homered early, Drew Ward homered late, but it wasn’t enough to prevent another 4-3 Potomac loss to Myrtle Beach. Dakota Bacus got the spot start and put in four innings of two-run ball on two hits and two walks while striking out four. The loss went to R.C. Orlan as he gave up the go-ahead run in the 5th on two hits and two walks. The P-Nats managed just six hits again, though five were for extra bases, including doubles by Alec Keller, Dale Carey, and Drew Vettleson.

Asheville 6 Hagerstown 5 (12 inn.)
• DeRosier 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Rivera (BS, 3) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP, HBP
• Pantoja (L, 7-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, BK
• Davidson 4-6, 3R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB
• Robles 3-4, R, BB, RBI, HBP, OF assist at 2B
• Telmito 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown led 3-0 and 4-2 early but coughed up the lead in 8th, blew it in the 10th, and lost it in the 12th, 6-5. Starter Matt DeRosier gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Mariano Rivera III, one of five All-Stars named yesterday, bookended runs in the 8th and 10th to blow the save and lose the “W.” The loss went to Jorge Pantoja, who gave up three straight singles after getting the first out in the 12th. Austin Davidson led the Suns’ 14-hit parade with two singles, a double, and a homer, and scored three times while Victor Robles reached base five times with three singles, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Roster moves: RHP James Bourque reassigned from Auburn; RHP Andrew Lee placed on 7-Day DL

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.83) vs.
Sampson (2-1, 1.67)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Potomac Postponed @ Myrtle Beach,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Leal (7-2, 3.33) and Null (1-2, 1.99)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-10;
Won, 12-4
@ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-2, 5.24) vs.
Craig (3-1, 6.04)


Syracuse 3 Louisville 1
• Hill (W, 3-4) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Harper (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Turner 2-3, BB

Louisville scored first with a run in the top of the 7th, but Syracuse answered with three in the bottom of the 7th to take the series opener, 3-1. The rally made a winner out of Taylor Hill, who gave up the Bats run on six hits and one walk while fanning two. Bryan Harper rolled three groundouts in the 8th for the hold while Rafael Martin set the side down in order in the 9th for save no. 11. Brian Goodwin plated the tying and go-ahead runs with a two-run single followed by Matt Skole’s RBI single to account for the three Chiefs runs. Goodwin and Trea Turner both went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the nine-hit parade for Syracuse.
Roster moves: LHP Matt Grace, RHP Trevor Gott placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Bryan Harper, RHP Jaron Long reassigned from Harrisburg; SS Trea Turner optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY

After taking three of four from the Flying Squirrels, the Senators begin a seven-game homestand as they’ll host the Yard Goats for three and the RubberDucks for four. Roster moves: RHPs Robert Benincasa, Greg Ross reassigned from Potomac.

Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac – PPD

Game three of the four-game series was postponed due to rain on Monday night. They’ll make it up tonight with a doubleheader.
Roster moves: RHP Tommy Peterson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Asheville 12 Hagerstown 10 – COMP.
• Borne 2+ IP, 7H, 6R, 4ER, BB, K
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 5-6, 2R, RBI
• Page 4-6, 2R, 3RBI, CS
• Gutierrez 3-6, R, 2B, SB

They picked up where they left off with the Suns trailing, 6-5 after five full. Both teams doubled their output over the next three and a half innings, which gave the Tourists a 12-10 win. Grant Borne “started” and was manhandled for six runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk over two-plus innings. Luis Torres let in one of two inherited runners thanks to an error by Edwin Lora while completing the 8th. The loss went to Matt DeRosier, who gave up the first six runs over three and 2/3rds on April 28. Max “For Those About To” Schrock collected five singles to lead the 18-hit Hagerstown attack.

Hagerstown 12 Asheville 4 – GAME TWO
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Lambert (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Schrock 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI,
• Gutierrez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown fell behind 4-0 after four innings, then went to town on Asheville’s pitchers as they scored 12 unanswered runs from the 6th to the 9th innings for 12-4 win in the regularly scheduled game. Joan Baez’s struggles continued as he was bounced after three and 2/3rds and the four Tourist runs allowed on six hits and three walks, though he did fan six. Trey Lambert stranded a runner for Baez in the 4th and piutched three scoreless for the win. Max Schrock drove in three and notched eight total bases with two doubles and a homer to lead the Suns offense again. Roster move: RHP Philip Walby (an American, not Australian) assigned from Washington.

Other Transaction News
• LHPs Connor Bach (Hagerstown), Noelle Arguelles (signed in April) released
• RHP Tim Alderson (Harrisburg) activated from 7-Day DL, released

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (2-4, 5.40) vs.
Stephenson (3-3, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 15-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (6-2, 3.54) vs.
Leal (7-2, 3.33)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Asheville,
5:35 p.m.
TBD and Baez (2-4, 4.32) vs.
TBD and Killian (3-3, 5.03)


Buffalo vs. Syracuse – PPD

Rain pulled the plug on this one by late morning yesterday. They’ll make it up with doubleheader on Tuesday, August 2nd.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 1-7) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR, HBP
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 2-3, SF, RBI
• 0-for-1 RISP, 3 LOB

Richmond put up a three-spot in the 5th to erase an early 2-1 deficit as they cruised to a 6-2 win over Harrisburg and prevent a four-game sweep. Austen Williams lost for the seventh time in ten starts as he gave up four runs on nine hits (HR #5) and four walks over five innings. Spencer Kieboom homered for the first Senators run in the 2nd while Isaac Ballou drove in Rafael Bautista, who had singled and stole second and third with sacrifice fly in the 3rd. Bautista was the only runner to get into scoring position as the Senators hit into two double plays and drew no walks while collecting six singles (two by Ballou) along with the Kieboom homer.

Myrtle Beach 15 Potomac 0
• Reyes (L, 3-5) 1⅔ IP, 6H, 8R, 8ER, 5BB, 0K, 2HR
• Benincasa 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 1-3, BB, 2E

Pelicans manager Buddy Bailey was mum on his decision to go for two after the second touchdown in a 15-0 blanking of the P-Nats. Starter Luis Reyes took the brunt of the beating with eight runs allowed on six hits and five walks in just an inning and 2/3rds to lose for the fifth time this season. Offensively, the P-Nats were limited to five singles and two walks, with Drew Ward the sole batter to reach base twice. Roster moves: SS Osvaldo Abreu placed on the 3-Day TIL; IF Grant DeBruin reassigned from Auburn; OF Drew Vettleson activated from 7-Day DL and reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Narciso Mesa reassigned to Auburn

Hagerstown – OFF DAY

Hagerstown leads the Sally North by four games with 15 left to play in the first half — none of them against second-place Hickory or third-place Delmarva. The Suns’ road trip continues with a completion doubleheader tonight in Asheville against the Tourists.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-4 vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (2-4, 5.40) vs.
Hutchison (2-2, 2.93)
Harrisburg Won, 8-1;
Won, 3-1
@ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Williams (1-6, 5.52) vs.
Suarez (1-2, 5.96)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Reyes (3-4, 3.81) vs.
Clifton (3-3, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 (12 inn.) OFF DAY N/A


Buffalo 13 Syracuse 4
• Cole 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Gott (L, 3-2) ⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Sizemore 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, BB
• Ramsey 2-4, R, SB

Once again, Syracuse ‘pen forgot that batting practice happens before the game, not during. The Bisons scored four in the 7th, one in the 8th, and five in the 9th to turn a 3-3 tie into a 13-4 demolition. Trevor Gott, Abel De Los Santos, and J.C. Gutierrez were stampeded for 10 runs on 11 hits and four walks, wasting A.J. Cole’s quality start of three runs on eight hits and two walks over the first six innings. Scott Sizemore drove in all four Chiefs runs with a three-run HR in the 4th and a fielder’s choice in the 8th. Brian Goodwin and Caleb Ramsey both went 2-for-4 to lead the Syracuse hit column.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 1 – COMP.
• Simms (W, 3-2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Robinson (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bostick 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Jeroloman 1-3, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Soto 2-5, R, 3RBI

In the continuation of Friday night’s game, the Senators got stellar relief pitching and broke out for four more runs in the 8th to turn a 4-1 lead into an 8-1 win over the Flying Squirrels. John Simms walked just one in three scoreless innings for the win while Andrew Robinson also allowed just one of ten batters faced to reach base in his three scoreless innings to earn the save. All eight position players hit safely for Harrisburg with veterans Neftali Soto and Brian Jeroloman each driving in three runs.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 1
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Harper (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 3-4, R, 2-2B
• Collier 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Zach Collier drove in all three Harrisburg runs while some 21-y.o. RHP turned in six strong innings as the Sens completed the de facto doubleheader sweep of Richmond with a 3-1 win. Collier hit a two-run HR in the 4th to erase an early 1-0 deficit and then singled in the third Harrisburg run in the 6th. That was enough for Lucas Giolito to win his 4th game as he shook off a first-inning run to put up five goose eggs on the scoreboard, allowing seven hits and one walk total while fanning eight. Bryan Harper struck out the side in the 7th to earn his sixth save. Neftali Soto singled once and doubled twice to lead the ten-hit Sens offense.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 2
• Crownover (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Mendez 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-5
• Ward 2-5

The Pelicans took Matt Crownover deep twice as they tripled up the P-Nats, 6-2, to take the series opener. Crownover was charged with five runs total on ten hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds to lose his Carolina League debut. Gilberto Mendez finished the game with one run let in on two hits and a walk. Potomac collected ten hits and drew two walks but left on 11 men. Andrew Stevenson, Drew Ward, and Khayyan Norfork each had two hits.

Hagerstown 2 Columbia 1 (12 inn.)
• Rodriguez 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K, HR
• Peterson 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Pantoja (W, 7-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP
• Robles 1-5, R, 2B
• Lora 1-4, 2B

Mets farmhand P.J. Conlon was brilliant, throwing a no-hitter for seven innings and holding Hagerstown to one unearned run over ten innings on just 97 pitches (i.e. less than three pitches per batter faced). But, as “predicted,” the Fireflies were snuffed by 2-1 count in 12 innings to complete the Suns’ three-game sweep. Hagerstown starter Jefry Rodriguez wasn’t too shabby either: one run on a home run, three hits total over seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight. Columbia threw it away in the 12th as Victor Robles, who led off the frame with a double, took 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on another. Jorge Pantoja got the win as he worked around a two-out walk in the 12th for his second scoreless inning of relief, following three donuts from Tommy Peterson.

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 3

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS – 27-26, 5th Place I.L. North, 3 games behind

Good Matt Skole .354/.382/.492 vs. LHPs
Matt Grace 1.00ERA, .212OBA vs. LHBs
Bad Scott Sizemore 8E in 50G
Taylor Hill 8HR in 53⅓IP
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .307/376/.412 in 48G
10HBP by Chiefs pitchers – fewest in the I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 27-25, 3rd place E.L. West, 9 games behind

Good Christopher Bostick .324/.382/.468 in May
Lucas Giolito 3-0, 1.82 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in last 5GS
Bad Wilmer Difo .549OPS, 11E in 50G
Nick Lee 20BB in 26IP
Interesting Shawn Pleffner 20RBI, 34H (one HR)
Koda Glover 2-0, 2SV, 22K, 5BB in 15⅔ IP since callup


POTOMAC NATIONALS 29-23, 2nd place C.L. North, 5 games behind

Good Alec Keller .307/.372/.405, 36RBI in 46G
Greg Ross 2-2, 1.45ERA, 1.19WHIP in 19 appearances
Bad Narciso Mesa .551OPS in 30G
Luis Reyes 29BB in 49⅔ IP
Interesting 26CS, 69.4% CS rate – 2nd most/worst in C.L.
R.C. Orlan .094 OBA by RHBs


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 35-19, 1st place Sally North, 4 games ahead

Good Max Schrock .314/.373/.440, 13SB in 52G
Jefry Rodriguez 3-0, 0.53ERA, 0.88WHIP in last 3GS
Bad Ryan Ripken 5BB, 38K in 43G
Joan Baez 1.66WHIP in 10GS
Interesting Austin Davidson .928OPS – leads the team (Robles, .888)
W’s and SV’s only two team-pitching categories Suns lead in for Sally Lg.
(Yes, they have league’s best record)

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-5 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 4.89) vs.
Leroux (3-3, 2.82)
Harrisburg Winning, 4-1
(suspended, bot. 3rd)
@ Richmond,
4:05 p.m.
TBD and Giolito (3-2, 3.17) vs.
TBD and Mejia (2-1, 1.87)
Potomac Lost, 15-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (A+ debut) vs.
Hedges (4-4, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 @ Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.86) vs.
Conlon (7-1, 1.42)


Buffalo 7 Syracuse 5
• Espino 5⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Davis (L, 4-2) ⅔IP, 0H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Sizemore 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Skole 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Lozada 2-4

Back-to-back three spots in the 6th and 7th innings by the Bison erased an early 3-0 Chiefs lead as Buffalo held on for a 7-5 win over Syracuse. Paolo Espino gave up the first three runs on five hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings for the no-decision. Erik Davis walked four of six batters faced and was charged withe the loss when Nick Masset let in both of his inherited runners in the 7th. Scott Sizemore and Matt Skole both doubled and homered and drove in two to pace the Chiefs’ offense. Roster move: SS Trea Turner recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 1 – SUSP.
• Lopez 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 0HR
• Difo 1-1, 2R, 2SB

Harrisburg scored two times twice in three innings before the rains came and suspended play after two and a 1/2 innings. They’ll finish it and play a second seven-inning game… weather permitting.

Frederick 15 Potomac 3
• Estevez (L, 0-4) 2IP, 5H, 7R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Bacus 3IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Read 3-4, R, SB, PB(9), E(3)
• Mejia 2-4, R, RBI, E(9)

The P-Nats scored three times in the 2nd to take a 3-2 lead and then got smashed like a sailor on shore leave as the Keys scored 13 unanswered runs to take the series finale, 15-3. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez, lost for third time in five starts with seven runs allowed (two earned) on five hits (two HR) and two walks with three strikeouts. Raudy Read went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base (yes, really) while Bryan Mejia singled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Potomac offense. Both committed an error, along with two by Osvaldo Abreu to lead to nine unearned runs by Frederick.

Hagerstown 6 Columbia 2
• Avila (W, 4-3) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Rivera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Robles 1-3, 2R, BB, 2SB
• Lora 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Wiseman 2-5

Hagertown continues its march towards a first-half title with its fifth straight win, 6-2 over Columbia. Pedro Avila won for the fourth time with five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one. Victor Robles returned to the lineup to walk, single, score twice, and swipe two bags and set the tone for the Suns offense, which saw every batter get a hit and eleven total. Roster Moves: 1B Ryan Ripken reassigned to Auburn; OF Telmito Agustin activated from 7-Day DL

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-4, 3.25)
R. Hernandez (2-2, 4.33)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (1-4, 4.15) vs.
Crick (1-3, 4.32)
Potomac Won, 6-5;
Won, 9-2
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (0-3, 5.02) vs.
Romero (1-0, 1.50)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (3-3, 3.28) vs.
Ingram (3-4, 4.40)


Buffalo 8 Syracuse 3
• Laffey (L, 3-2) 5IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Masset 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Goodwin 0-4, 2E, OF assists at 3B, HP

Buffalo’s three-run stampede in the 5th broke open a 3-1 game as they took Game One from Syracuse, 8-3. Starter Aaron Laffey took the loss with six runs allowed (five earned) on ten (10) hits and a walk over five innings. Jason Martinson (2-for-4) tripled and drove in a run while Matt den Dekker (1-for-3) went deep with a solo shot in the 1st as the Chiefs collected just six hits but drew four walks.
For those of you not on the Twitters, or can separate themselves from their smartphones during the evening, Bill “The Rocket” Ladson is reporting that Trea Turner will be replacing Ryan Zimmerman on the Nationals roster when the latter takes paternity leave [insert joke about strong finish to last season here].

New Hampshire 2 Harrisburg 1
• Mapes (L, 5-3) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 1-3, R, BB
• Ballou 2-4

Tyler Mapes’s no-decision streak ended with a loss as the Fisher Cats vetoed the Senators, 2-1 to take the series finale. Mapes went a season-long seven innings, giving up both New Hampshire runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. His effort went unrewarded as it was an AAMCO night for the Harrisburg offense, as they struggled in the clutch (1-for-9 RISP) and left on ten men. Isaac Ballou, Shawn Pleffner, and Rafael Bautista each had two hits while Neftali Soto reached base twice on a single and a walk.

Potomac 6 Frederick 5 – GAME ONE
• Ross 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan (BS, 2; W, 2-0) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Brinley (SV, 9) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 4-5, R, 2RBI, OF assist at 1B
• Stevenson 3-4, R, BB, 3SB
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Frederick rallied for three against R.C. Orlan in the 7th but Potomac got the decisive run in the first “extra” inning to take the opener, 6-5. The surge took a win away from Greg Ross, who turned in a quality start of six innings of two-run ball on five hits (one HR) and three walks with 3K’s. Orlan got the blown-save-win while Ryan Brinley worked around a hit in the 8th to earn his ninth save. Alec Keller led the hit coulmn with a 4-for-5 night, followed by Andrew Stevenson at 3-for-4 with three stolen bases.

Potomac 9 Frederick 2 – GAME TWO
• Spann 3⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Sanchez (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Masters 2-3, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Abreu 3-4, 3R, RBI
• Marnolejos 1-2, 2B, 2BB, RBI

The first of two David Masters longballs highlighted a five-run 5th as the P-Nats completed the doubleheader sweep with 9-2 defeat of the Keys. Matt Spann got the spot start and let in one run on a HR and five hits total over three and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out one. Mario Sanchez finished the game with one run over three and a 1/3rd innings with no walks and four K’s for his second win. Masters drove in four runs for the game, six for the doubleheader. Osvaldo Abreu singled three times and scored three times to pace the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 6 Columbia 3
• A. Lee 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• VanVossen (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Borne (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Wiseman 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Schrock 3-5, R, 2B
• Page 1-2, 2R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown scored once in the 1st and four times in the 2nd and cruised to a 6-3 win over Columbia. Andrew Lee fell two outs short of qualifying for the win as he labored through four and a 1/3rd innings on 96 pitches (60 for strikes). He only walked two, but hit a batter and was charged with two runs on four hits. Mick VanVossen let in one of three inherited runners and allowed one run of his own, which was enough to get credit for the win. Grant Borne made his season debut with three scoreless and hitless innings with no walks and five strikeouts, good for the save. Rhett Wiseman and Max “For Those About To” Schrock both singled twice and doubled once as the Suns lit the Fireflies pitchers for 10 hits total

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-1, 2.91) vs.
LeBlanc (5-1, 1.29)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-2, 3.38) vs.
Dawson (2-2, 3.72)
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Ross (2-2, 1.08) and
Spann (1-0, 4.15 vs.
Gallardo (MLB rehab) and
Long (2-3, 3.12)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 @ Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-2, 3.66) vs.
Shaw (3-2, 3.21)


Charlotte 5 Syracuse 3
• Voth 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Martin (BS, 2; L, 1-2) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, 2HR
• Goodwin 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Skole 0-2, R, 2BB

Syracuse overcame an early 2-0 deficit with two in the 7th and one in the 8th to take a 3-2 lead. With the bases empty and two outs, Rafael Martin retired just one of five batters faced to serve up three runs and a 5-3 win for Charlotte. Austin Voth turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on five hits and three walks over six innings for the no-decision. Brian Goodwin homered again and drove in the would-be gamewinner in the 8th to lead the Chiefs offense, which made the most of just five hits and four walks.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 3
• Long (W, 3-2) 7IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, HR, HBP
• Lee (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Soto 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Bostick 2-4, R
• Difo 0-4, R, SB(20), E(11)

A three-run 6th turned a one-run deficit into a two-run lead as the Sens eventually doubled up the Fisher Cats, 6-3. Jaron Long went seven strong innings, giving up all three New Hampshire runs (two earned) on five hits (one HR) with no walks and eight whiffs. Nick Lee and Bryan Harper both turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Neftali Soto singled, doubled, walked, scored twice, and drove in a run while Christopher Bostick singled twice in four trips to the plate to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster move: RHP Michael Brady reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac 6 Frederick 1
• Valdez (W, 6-2) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Benincasa 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Stevenson 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Norfork 0-2, R, 2BB

Andrew Stevenson celebrated his 22nd birthday with 3-for-5 night while Phillips Valdez cakewalked for seven innings as Potomac frosted Frederick, 6-1. Valdez gave up the lone Keys run on four hits and two walks while fanning four as he won his sixth game. Robert Benincasa finished up with two scoreless innings. Stevenson singled twice, doubled once while Alec Keller singled and doubled as the two OFs both scored a run and drove in to lead the P-Nats offense. Roster moves: RHP Gilberto Mendez reassigned from Harrisburg; LHP Matt Crownover promoted from Hagerstown; RHP Erick Fedde placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Boone Whiting placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Hagerstown 9 Asheville 7
• DeRosier 5IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K
• Pantoja (W, 6-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Davidson 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 2BB, RBI
• Schrock 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Dent 1-3, 2B, RBI

Max Schrock’s two-out, two-run walkoff homer sent the Tourists packing for a 9-7 Suns victory and three-game sweep. Matt DeRosier got the start but was ineffective as Asheville stung him for five runs on five hits and a walk over the first five innings. Schrock’s heroics made a winner out of Jorge Pantoja, who gave up an unearned run in the 8th but pitched a scoreless 9th. Austin Davidson reached base five times with a homer, two walks, and two doubles, and drove in the tying run in the 9th to pace Hagerstown’s ten-hit, two-walk offense. Roster move: LHP Grant Borne reassigned from Auburn. FYI: Victor Robles left (or was removed from) the game after grounding out to third in the 3rd. No further details could be found at virtual press time.