Luke Erickson

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 302016
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 302016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 2.00) vs.
Elias (0-1, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (0-3, 11.37) vs.
C. Lee (3-0, 2.95)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Valdez (3-1, 5.40) vs.
Lovvorn (0-4, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. Rome,
6:05 p.m.
Avila (0-0, 3.86) vs.
Weigel (1-1, 3.27)


Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Hill 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2BB, 6K, HR
• J. Gutierrez (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Martinson 4-5, 2B, RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, BB, RBI

The Chiefs took advantage of three errors in the 9th to score twice and turn a 2-1 defeat into a 3-2 walkoff win over the PawSox. Trea Turner reached on an error, stole second, took third on a dropped third strike that the catcher threw wide of first trying to retire Kevin Keyes, and scored on Jason Martinson’s fourth hit of the night. The gamewinner, scored by Jose Lozada in place of Keyes, came when PawSox shortstop Deven Marrero hit the baserunner at second trying to get an out on Martinson’s IF single. The miscues made a winner of J.C. Gutierrez, who stranded two in the 8th with a double-play ball and set the side down in order in the 9th. Taylor Hill got the start and went the first six innings, giving up both Pawtucket runs on six hits and two walks. Roster move: J.C. Gutierrez reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 4 Harrisburg 3
• Giolito 4IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, 77-44 P-K
• Mendez (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Bautista 0-1, 3BB, SB(10), OF assist at 2B
• Collier 1-4, R, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg took advantage of a walk and two errors to score three runs in the first two innings on just one hit but it wasn’t enough as Bowie chipped away and scored four unanswered runs for a 4-3 win. Lucas Giolito failed to go five innings for the fourth time in as many starts, laboring through four innings on 77 pitches (just 44 for strikes). He let in three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks wiule striking out four. Gilberto Mendez was charged with the loss with one run allowed on two hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds.
Zach Collier’s triple in the 2nd drove in the second Sens run while Stephen Perez’s bunt single accounted for the second and final hit of the night. Roster move: RHP Koda Glover reassigned from Potomac, replacing J.C. Gutierrez.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 1
• Reyes (W, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 8K, WP
• M. Sanchez 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Stevenson 1-2, R, 2BB, SB(10)
• Mejia 2-4, R, 3B, E(5)

The P-Nats may have shaken their losing ways at the Pfitz Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from XST, replacing Koda Glover.

Hagerstown 3 Rome 1
• A. Lee 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Pantoja (W, 2-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Robles 2-4, R, CS(5), OF assist at 2B
• Schrock 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, RBI, E(5)

Andrew Lee pitches five strong innings, leaves with a no-decision. In other news, Suns rallied for two in the bottom of the 8th to break a 1-1 tie and beat the Braves, 3-1. Lee allowed the lone Rome run on three hits and no walks while striking out one. Jorge Pantoja tossed three scoreless to earn the win while Tommy Peterson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Kelvin Gutierrez extended his hit streak to 10 games with his fifth straight multihit game, joined by Victor Robles and Max “For Those About To” Schrock with a 2-for-4 night with a run scored.
Roster moves: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Trey Lambert assigned from Washington.

Apr 292016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
T. Hill (0-1, 2.87) vs.
B. Johnson (1-2, 2.51)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 2.31) vs.
Bridwell (0-0, 5.14)
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-2, 5.17) vs.
Rodgers (1-1, 3.52)
Hagerstown Losing, 6-5
(Suspended, darkness)
vs. Rome,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Soroka (0-2, 1.80)


Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Cole (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martin (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Skole 3-4
• Revere 2-3, R, RBI

The Chiefs scored once in the 1st and twice in the 2nd and cruised to a 3-1 win over the PawSox. A.J. Cole bounced back from getting smelted by the IronPigs with six shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks with two whiffs on just 85 pitches. Rafael Martin worked around a single in the 9th with a popup and two strikeouts for his third save. Rehabbing Ben Revere was sterling with two singles and a run scored while Matt Skole led the Syracuse hit column with three singles in four at at-bats.
Roster move: C Nick Rickles assigned from XST.

Hartford vs. Harrisburg – PPD
Rain washed out the finale of the “road” series between Hartford and Harrisburg. No word on when it will be made up (or where).

Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac – PPD
Likewise, the combination of wet grounds and continual drizzle sent the Pelicans home early. They’ll try to make it up with a doubleheader on Thursday, June 16th.

Asheville 6 Hagerstown 5 – SUSP., 5 inn.
• DeRosier 3⅓ IP, 11H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Crownover 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 3-3, 2R, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, 2B, SB
• Page 2-3, R, 2RBI

The lights went out on the Tourists and Suns, forcing the game to be suspended after five full with the score 6-5 in favor of Asheville. Matt DeRosier got the start but was strafed for six runs (three earned) on 11 hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd inning. Hagerstown changed the Matt from DeRosier to Crownover, who stranded two in the 4th by rolling a double play and got three flyouts in the 5th. Kelvin Gutierrez extended his hit streak to nine with his third straight multi-hit game, and combined with Max Schrock, Matt Page, and Ian Sagdal for all eight Suns hits.

Apr 282016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 7.71) vs.
B. Johnson (1-2, 2.51)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 “@” Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 2.31) vs.
Freeland (3-1, 1.13)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-2, 5.17) vs.
Clifton (0-2, 4.15)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-7 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-0, 4.20) vs.
Craig (0-0, 4.22)


Syracuse – OFF DAY
The rain and cold weather has followed the Chiefs from southern New England to central New York, but it does appear that they might play tonight and begin a four-game series in Syracuse.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis recalled to Washington; OF Ben Revere assigned on MLB rehab.

Hartford 4 Harrisburg 1
• Lopez (L, 0-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Bacus 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Collier 1-3, R
• Difo 1-4, RBI

Hartford got all the runs they would need in the 1st but scored, um, insurance runs in the 3rd and 5th for a 4-1 win over Harrisburg. Reynaldo Lopez lost for the third time in four starts and gave up his fifth home run. He was charged with all four Yard Goat runs on seven hits and and two walks while setting down six on strikes. Dakota Bacus tossed two perfect innings of relief, which might have been useful had the Senators offense mustered more than four hits (albeit against the E.L.’s #1 staff by a trailer-park wide margin – 1.71 ERA to 2.89 ERA). Wilmer Difo singled in Zach Collier to break up the shutout to score the lone (unearned) Harrisburg run.
Roster moves: C Spender Kieboom placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jake Lowery assigned from Washington.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 1
• Whiting (L, 3-1) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR, WP
• VanVossen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 2-3, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, BB

Likewise, the Pelicans scored all they needed early and kept the P-Nats bats cool on a chilly night Woodbridge. Boone Whiting was taken deep twice, both times just after defensive lapses, to give up four runs total on six hits and a walk and suffer his first loss. Mick VanVossen hurled two scoreless to keep the game close, but the offense was held to just five hits and couldn’t cash in the five walks they drew. Raudy Read singled twice and walked once while driving in the lone Potomac run.

Asheville 14 Hagerstown 7
• Baez (L, 0-3) 3⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Pantoja 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B
• Robles 2-5, CS

Both teams scored six times in the 8th but Asheville still prevailed, 14-7 to take a second straight from Hagerstown. Joan Baez took the loss, with two runs let in on three hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out five and walked five. Neither Connor Bach nor Luis Torres could contain the Tourists, giving up a combined 11 runs over three and 2/3rds. The Suns struck out 10 times but took advantage of five Asheville errors to score seven times on 10 hits. Ian Sagdal led the way with a single and two walks while scoring one, driving in one, and stealing a base.

Apr 272016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 “@” Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Lopez (0-2, 4.50) vs.
Musgrave (2-0, 1.32)
Potomac Won, 7-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (3-0, 5.06) vs.
Hedges (1-2, 2.37)
Hagerstown Won, 8-7 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-2, 6.75) vs.
Killian (0-2, 12.08)


Syracuse vs. Pawtucket – PPD
Officials pulled the plug on yesterday’s matinee between Syracuse and Pawtucket due to forecasts of heavy rain. They’ll make it up June 21st with a doubleheader. Roster move: C Pedro Severino recalled to Washington. No corresponding move yet.

Hartford 2 Harrisburg 1
• Mapes (L, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Suero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, HBP
• N. Lee 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 1-1
• Jeroloman 2-3, 2B, RBI

Tyler Mapes picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue team to match up against in a pitcher’s duel as the Yard Goats, team ERA 1.80, outdueled him and Sens, 2-1. Mapes shut out Hartford for four innings before allowing single runs in the 5th and 6th to turn in a third quality start in four outings, with five hits and a walk given up over six innings and two strikeouts. Wander Suero and Nick Lee both worked around a baserunner for a scoreless inning to keep things close. Brian Jeroloman, who took over for (most likely) Syracuse-bound Spencer Kieboom, singled, doubled, and drove in the one Harrisburg run. The Senators tallied just seven hits and one walk total.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 4
• Fedde (W, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, 2WP
• Brinley (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 4-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Ward 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI, E(1)
• Read 2-4, RBI, PB(5)

Drew Ward homered twice for the first time in his pro career while Erick Fedde turned in a quality start as Potomac won its sixth straight, 7-4 over Myrtle Beach. Ward also drove in a career-best five RBI and singled to finish with a 3-for-4 night. Fedde let in three on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six to win his first game of 2016. Andrew Stevenson led the P-Nats hit column with a 4-for-5 mark, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole his ninth base. Roster moves: IF Cody Dent, RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Hagerstown; UT Khayyan Norfork placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 22.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 7
• J. Rodriguez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Guilbeau (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Rivera (BS, 2; W, 3-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Sagdal 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-3, R, RBI, 2SB, HBP
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 3B, SF, RBI

The Suns blew a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the 8th but got one back in the 9th and held on for the 8-7 win. The implosion took away a win from Jefry Rodriguez who gave up a run on HR and three hits total over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. After retiring the leadoff man in the bottom of the 8th, Taylor Guilbeau hit a batter then gave up five straight hits before Mariano Rivera was called upon to hold the then 7-6 lead. Rivera gave up a double to the first batter he faced, then a sacrifice fly to the second to blow the save. In the top of the 9th, Victor Robles was hit by a pitch, stole second, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Kelvin Gutierrez’s sac fly for the gamewinner. Rivera set the side down in order in the inning’s bottom half to earn the win Roster moves: IF Jeff Gardner reassigned from XST; LHP Connor Bach reassigned from Auburn.

Apr 262016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 7.71) vs.
B. Johnson (1-2, 2.51)
Harrisburg OFF DAY “@” Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Mapes (3-0, 3.18) vs.
TBD
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-2, 5.06) vs.
Jo. Martinez (1-0, 2.50)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Lambert (1-1, 2.45)


Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 0
• Espino (L, 0-2) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Severino 2-3
• Ballou 1-2, 2B

Syracuse fell back to .500 with a 5-0 loss to Pawtucket in the great (well, no, not really) state of Rhode Island last night. Paolo Espino was strafed for three runs on 11 hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings to lose for the second time this season. Pedro Severino singled twice, Matt Skole walked twice, and Isaac Ballou doubled once. The rest of the lineup went 1-for-24 with one walk.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
With its new field still under construction, the Yard Goats — love the color scheme, hate the name — visit the Senators but play as the home team for the next three games.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Potomac will finally play a third team when Myrtle Beach comes to the Pfitz this week for three, followed by… wait for it… Wilmington.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Likewise, the Suns will finally play in a third state (fourth opponent) when they open a three-game series in Asheville before making the nearly 500-mile bus ride back to the Muni on Friday – without the benefit of an off day or an early start.