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.

Apr 172016
 

They still gave up their customary six to the Blue Rocks. They still were sloppy on defense. But the lumber came out of its slumber as the P-Nats pounded out 13 hits and stopped a two-game slide with a 14-6 win over the Blue Rocks.

They only waited on (Wilmington starter Ashton) Goudeau until the 2nd inning, when they took advantage of two errors to score four runs, highlighted by Khayyan Norfork scampering home from second base on the second miscue and ending with a two-run triple from Osvaldo Abreu to take a 4-1 lead.

Potomac starter Boone Whiting couldn’t stand the prosperity and gave the lead right back with three runs in the 3rd. The veteran eventually would win for the second time in as many starts but with a Jack Morris line of six runs on ten hits over five innings with one walk and three whiffs.

In the 4th, back-to-back walks followed by a sacrifice by Narciso Mesa enabled Potomac to leverage its speed and score twice on an groundout by Andrew Stevenson and an infield single by Abreu. Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz then, um, crushed the ball over the right field wall for a two-run homer to push the lead to 8-4.

Potomac would put the game away with a three-run 6th. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for Drew Ward, who emptied them with a double to the left-center gap, a ball hit hard enough for catcher Raudy Read to amble in all the way from first base for an 11-6 advantage.

Three doubles in the 7th (Mesa, Abreu, Marmolejos-Diaz) pushed it to 13-6 while a Keller triple and a wild pitch in the 8th plated the 14th and final P-Nats run.

Relievers Mario Sanchez (3IP) and Justin Thomas (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.

Potomac will shoot for the 2-2 series split with Luis Reyes (0-1, 4.50) getting the ball vs. Colin Rodgers (0-0, 0.00) for Wilmington.

Apr 172016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
T. Hill (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Green (0-1, 2.35)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Giolito (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Asher (0-2, 5.40)
Potomac Won, 14-6 vs. Wilmington,
1:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Rodgers (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 @ Delmarva,
2:05 p.m.
Peralta (0-1, 6.75) vs.
DeRosier (1-0, 3.60)


Syracuse 8 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4
• Cole 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, WP, 61-34 P-K
• Laffey (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-4, R
• Skole 2-5, 2B, RBI

Syracuse dug out of an early 2-0 lead with a pair of crooked numbers in the 3rd and 4th innings and cruised to an 8-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Starter A.J. Cole lasted just two innings, pulled after 61 pitches with just 34 going for strikes as he was knocked for single runs in both frames on four hits and three walks while striking out two. Aaron Laffey led a quartet of relievers who held the RailRiders to two runs the rest of the way. Trea Turner was a triple shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with 3RBI along with a walk and a stolen base to lead the Chiefs offense.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 1
• Lopez (L, 0-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Sureo 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Kieboom 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 1-2, BB

Spencer Kieboom’s 8th-inning leadoff homer broke up the shutout but the Senators were otherwise on recess on offense as the Fightins knocked ’em out, 3-1. Reynaldo Lopez took the loss, giving up two runs on two solo HRs and four hits total over six innings. He walked one and fanned five. Cutter Dykstra was the only Harrisburg batter to reach base twice (single, walk) as the Reading pitchers limited them to five hits and two walks total.

Potomac 14 Wilmington 6
• Whiting (W, 2-0) 5IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 3K
• M. Sanchez (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI, SB
• Abreu 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Keller 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B

The P-Nats jumped on the Blue Rocks for 13 hits and 14 runs Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 4
• Baez 3IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, 75-43 P-K
• Pantoja (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Peterson (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Sagdal 2-4, 3R, 3B, SB
• Page 2-5, 4RBI
• Gutierrez 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI

Hagerstown took its sixth straight as they doubled up Delmarva, 8-4. Starter Joan Baez allowed all four Shorebirds runs on five hits and three walks as he labored through three innings on 75 pitches. Newcomer Jorge Pantoja got the win with three scoreless innings of relief while Tommy Peterson finished the game with three perfect frames for the save. Ian Sagdal singled, tripled, and scored three runs while Matthew Page drove in four while going 2-for-5 to pace the Suns offense.

Apr 162016
 

Erick Fedde and the P-Nats were done in by three home runs – two over the wall, and one “inside the park” – as the Blue Rocks doubled up the P-Nats, 6-3.

For the second straight game, Wilmington struck in the first. Fedde fell behind the first batter 3-0 before working the count full and walking. After getting the second man on a flyout to right, the third batter hit a hard line drive in front of center fielder Andrew Stevenson.

Stevenson ultimately stumbled and flopped and the ball skipped past him to the wall, allowing both runners to score. It was initially (correctly) ruled a single and a three-base error, then inexplicably (and incorrectly*) changed to a home run.
* That he never touched the ball didn’t change the fact that he clearly misplayed it, which allowed both the batter-runner and the baserunner to advance additional bases.

Shitty Questionable scorekeeping aside, Potomac was trailing again after just a half-inning. Unlike the previous night, they were able to answer immediately as Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled with two outs and scored on a Raudy Read double to cut the lead to 2-1 in favor of the visitors.

After the “homer,” Fedde settled down to retire 10 of the next 12 batters he faced. He ran into trouble again in the 6th when the Blue Rocks went deep twice in the space of three batters to extend the lead to 4-1. Fedde whiffed the final two batters he faced to finish with six but was on the hook for the loss.

Andrew Robinson followed from the ‘pen but was lit up for two run on three hits, including a triple and double, in just one inning to push the Wilmington advantage to 6-1. Ryan Brinley closed out the game with two scoreless innings, with one walk and two strikeouts.

Unfortunately, the P-Nats bats also went silent after 1st and didn’t awaken — except for one-out singles in the 5th and 6th — until the 8th when Stevenson singled to lead off the inning then trotted home ahead of Osvaldo Abreu’s two-run homer that cut the Blue Rocks’ lead to the eventual final of 6-3.

Despite a uniform-grazing HBP to lead off the 9th, Potomac went quietly in the 9th to lose again and drop into second place in the Carolina North, a half-game behind Lynchurg.

The four-game series continues tonight, with Boone Whiting (1-0, 1.80) getting the start for the P-Nats against Ashton Goudeau (1-0, 3.60) for the Blue Rocks.

Apr 162016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
4:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 0.00) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 8-0 vs. Reading,
6:00 p.m.
Lopez (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Vasquez (1-0, 2.57)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Whiting (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Goudeau (1-0, 3.60)
Hagerstown Won, 1-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Alvarado (1-0, 0.00)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 3
• Espino 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Runion (L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, BB, K
• Ramsey 3-4, R, 2-2B
• Turner 3-5, R, 2B, RBI

The RailRiders scored four in the middle innings without an answer from the Chiefs until the 9th to hand Syracuse a 5-3 loss. Paolo Espino let in two on three hits, including a solo HR over five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Sam Runion suffered the loss with three runs allowed on five hits and a walk over two innings. Caleb Ramsey doubled twice and singled once while Trea Turner singled twice and doubled once to account for six of the eight Chiefs hits.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 0
• Mapes (W, 2-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K; 1-1, SAC
• N. Lee 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, 4RBI
• Bostick 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2RBI

Dodgers Fans who didn’t show up until the 3rd inning missed out on all the action as Harrisburg made Reading illiterate with an eight-run 2nd and shut them out, 8-0. Eleven Sens came to bat during the inning, capped off by a Kevin Keyes grand slam, as the big Texan made the Fightins pay for issuing an intentional walk in front of him to load the bases. Tyler Mapes was none the worse for the long wait between innings as he spun six scoreless innings with just two hits and a walk given up and four whiffs to win for the second time in as many starts. Nick Lee and Abel De Los Santos completed the whitewash with three more shutout innings of relief. Christopher Bostick, Rafael Bautista, and Stephen Perez each had two hits while Pleffner walked three times total to lead the ten-hit, five-walk attack.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 3
• Fedde (L, 0-1) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 3HR
• Brinley 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Abreu 2-4, R, HR
• Read 1-4, 2B, RBI

Wilmington doubled up Potomac Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 1 Delmarva 0
• Rodriguez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 9K
• Guilbeau (SV, 1) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Robles 1-3, R, BB
• Page 1-4, RBI

Two Suns pitchers combined to strike out 16 while shutting out the Shorebirds, 1-0. Jefry Rodriguez worked around five baserunners in five innings with nine whiffs to even his won-loss record at 1-1 for the season. Taylor Guilbeau followed with four strong innings of two-hit relief with seven K’s and no walks to earn the save. Victor Robles singled, took second on a wild pitch, and scored on Matthew Page’s two-out single for the game’s only run.

Apr 152016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 (11 inn.) @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.21 in ’15) vs.
Swarzak (0-1, 9.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-0 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (1-0, 7.20) vs.
Pinto (0-0, 4.50)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Tenuta (0-0, 5.79)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Jones (0-0, 0.00)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 Syracuse 0
• Jordan 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Masset (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, BB
• Ramsey 1-3, BB

It was another walkoff last night, but it was the original meaning as the Chiefs reliever and fielders left the field as the losers after a two-out, two-run homer by Gary Sanchez of the RailRiders. Taylor Jordan nearly matched the efforts of Austin Voth of the day before with six shutout innings, no walks, and six K’s for the no-decision. Syracuse was limited to just four hits and five walks, with Brian Goodwin the only batter to connect for extra bases as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Reading 9 Harrisburg 0
• Simms (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Harper 1⅓ P, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 1-4, 2SB
• Pleffner 1-4

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th for Harrisburg when Reading put up a four-run frame to break open a 2-0 game as the Sens lost to the Fightins, 9-0. Starter John Simms rode the “L,” giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Just five men reached base – no one twice – via three singles and two walks while the lineup fanned ten times. Wilmer Difo and Shawn Pleffner were the only two batters to reach third base, both with two outs, as Difo singled and stole second and third in the 4th while Pleffner singled and was pushed over by the third and final single of the night by Kevin Keyes in the 9th.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2
• Estevez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Self 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 1-2, 2BB
• Norfork 2-3, 2B, SF, RBI

Sloppy defense and poor baserunning didn’t help but the Blue Rocks pitchers were also dominant in a 6-2 win over Potomac. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was ineffective, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks over four shaky innings as he took the loss. Khayyan Norfork singled, doubled, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly while Andrew Stevenson singled and walked twice but the rest of the lineup was 2-for-23 with two walks.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 1
• Crownover (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Bach (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Schrock 2-5, 2RBI, SB
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored once in 1st and twice in the 2nd and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Shorebirds. Matt Crownover spun five scoreless innings with two walks and five hits allowed while striking out six to get the “W.” Connor Bach followed with three shutout frames, though he walked three and fanned five for the hold. Max Schrock and Kelvin Gutierrez once again powered the Hagerstown offense, combining for four hits and three RBI on the night. Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Jorge Pantoja reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

Apr 142016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 (13 inn.) @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.21 in ’15)vs.
Cloyd (0-0, 2.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Jannis (0-2, 5.54 in ’15)
Potomac Won, 7-4 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 3.38) vs.
Fernandez (0-0, 2.08)
Hagerstown Won, 8-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 10.80) vs.
C. Jones (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 3 Buffalo 2 (13 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Sizemore 2-6, BB, RBI

Jason Martinson homered in the 8th to tie while Scott Sizemore’s RBI single in the 13th sent the Chiefs fans home happy with a 3-2 win. Austin Voth baked a half-dozen donuts on the Syracuse scoreboard (hey, NBT and Dunkin’ – no free advert… aw, dammit) with six scoreless innings and just three hits allowed with no walks and six whiffs. Pedro Severino, along with Martinson and Sizemore, had two hits while Matt Skole and Brian Goodwin both walked twice to lead the Chiefs’ ten-hit, eight-walk effort.

Binghamton 5 Harrisburg 1
• Williams (L, 0-1) 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Lee 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 2-3, BB
• Kieboom 2-3, BB

Uh, oh – better call AAMCO for the Harrisburg offense, as they were able to get into 1st and 2nd gear but struggled in the clutch in a 5-1 loss to the B-Mets. The Sens left on ten men while collecting ten hits and five walks, led by Ike Ballou and Spencer Kieboom, as each man reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Austen Williams turned in a quality start of two runs on eight hits over six innings but suffered the loss. He struck out four and walked one.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 4
• Valdez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 2HR, WP
• Orlan (H, 1 ) 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Ward 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Norfork 2-3, 2-2B, BB, SB

Potomac piled on five early and scored two late as they took the series finale from Lynchburg, 7-4. Phillips “Exxon” Valdez won for the second time in two starts, though with a Jack Morris line of four runs on seven hits, including two homers, and one walk over five innings. R.C. Orland and Koda Glover both spun two scoreless (and hitless) innings for the hold and save, respectively. Khayyan Norfork doubled twice and Drew Ward singled twice and both walked once to pace the P-Nats offense.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 0
• Hearn ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1BF
• Torres (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Rivera (H, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Schrock 4-4, 3R, BB
• Gutierrez 3-5, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Agustin 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns ‘pen answered the call for help early and turned in a combined two-hit shutout, 8-0. Starting pitcher Taylor Hearn was hurt (ankle) on a 3-1 putout of the first (and only) batter he faced. Luis Torres followed with three and 2/3rds of one-hit, two walk relief and was awarded the win, though Mariano Rivera III was a little bit better with four scoreless and just two baserunners allowed. Max “For Those About To” Schrock saluted the bench five times from first base as he walked once and singled four times while Kelvin Gutierrez singled once and doubled twice as the Hagerstown lineup pounded out 12 hits total.

Apr 132016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0;
Won, 4-3
vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 2.92 @ AA in ’15) vs.
Hutchison (0-1, 1.80)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 (11 inn.) @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (4-6, 2.59 @ A+ in ’15) vs.
Lara (9-5, 3.44 in ’15)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Valdez (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Brown (0-0, 5.79)
Hagerstown Won, 8-7 vs. Lakewood,
10:35 a.m.
Hearn (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Gueller (10-1, 2.23 @ SS-A in ’15)


Buffalo 2 Syracuse 0 – GAME ONE
• Hill (L, 0-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Turner 1-2, BB
• Martinson 0-1, 2BB

Buffalo put up single runs in the 1st and 3rd inning while three pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout in Game One. Taylor Hill took the loss, giving up both Bisons runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one (1). The Chiefs drew six walk but also hit into two double plays. Trea Turner (single, walk) and Jason Martinson (two walks) were the only batters to reach base twice.

Syracuse 4 Buffalo 3 – GAME TWO
• Laffey 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Gott (W, 2-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Turner 4-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Goodwin 2-3, BB, RBI

Trea Turner singled three times and doubled once as the Chiefs split the doubleheader with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. Aaron Laffey made the spot start and let in a run on three hits and a walk over three innings. The win went to Trevor Gott while Sammy Solis earned a hold and Rafael Martin closed it out for the save. Brian Goodwin singled twice and was intentionally walks as Syracuse piled up 12 hits and five walks total.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3 (11 inn.)
• Giolito 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Gutierrez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• De Los Santos (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Difo 2-4, BB
• Perez 1-1, 2B, RBI

Stephen Perez’s one-out, pinch-hit double in the 11th snapped a 3-3 deadlock as the Senators edged the B-Mets, 4-3. Lucas Giolito, who was originally announced as today’s starter, went four scoreless innings with one hit and three walks allowed with four strikeouts. The win went to veteran J.C. Gutierrez with two shutout innings while Abel De Lost Santps worked around a walk in the 11th for the save. Wilmer Difo singled twice and walked once to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 3
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 4IP, 2H, 5R, 2ER, 5BB, 4K, HBP
• M. Sanchez 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Carey 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Keller 2-4

A four-run first was too much for Potomac to overcome as they lost for the first time in 2016, 6-3 to Lynchburg. Luis Reyes inflicted much of the damage himself, walking two and hitting a batter in the 1st and five overall in four innings. He finished with five runs allowed on two hits and struck out four. Potomac cut the 6-0 lead in half with a three-run 7th, and put the tying run on base in the 9th one out before Hillcat reliever Trevor Frank got a strikeout and a flyout to stall the comeback bid and secure the win. D.K. Carey and Alec Keller both got two hits to pace the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 7
• A. Lee 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, 2WP
• Guilbeau (BS, 1) 1IP, 4H, 6R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Peterson 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Reetz 1-2, 2R, 2B, 3BB
• Agustin 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, 2SB
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2BB

The Suns took an early 3-0 lead, fell behind 7-3, then walked off in the 9th for an 8-7 win over Lakewood. Andrew Lee started and turned in five innings of one-run ball with five hits and two walks allowed. The defense took the 6th off as they committed three errors while Taylor Guilbeau was pinched for four hits including two doubles to “earn” the blown save. Tommy Peterson got the win with three scoreless innings of relief. Telmito Agustin knocked a double off the wall against a five-man infield and (presumably) a drawn-in outfield for the gamewinner. He went 3-for-5 total and stole two bases to lead the Suns 13-hit parade.

Apr 122016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
4:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-10, 5.23 in ’15) and
Laffey (5-4, 3.90 in ’15) vs.
TBD and TBD
Harrisburg Postponed @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (4-6, 2.59 @ A+ in ’15) vs.
Lara (9-5, 3.44)
Potomac Won, 10-1 @ Lynchburg,
11:00 a.m.
Reyes (6-7, 4.82 @ A- in ’15) vs.
Sheffield (0-0, 6.00)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
A. Lee (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Gueller (10-1, 2.23 @ SS-A in ’15)


Syracuse vs. Buffalo – PPD
Rain postponed Syracuse opener. Again. They’ll try for two this afternoon.
Roster moves: IF Brendan Ryan reassigned from XST; C Nick Rickles reassigned to XST; Left foot in, left foot out…

Harrisburg vs. Binghamton – PPD
As you might have already guessed, the rains also came in Binghamton and postponed the B-Mets home opener. No doubleheader today as they’ll play two in August to make this one up.

Potomac 10 Lynchburg 1
• Whiting (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Robinson (H, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Carey 3-6, R, HR, 4RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI, CS
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Potomac scored in each of the first four innings en route to a 10-1 demolition of Lynchburg. Boone Whiting was touched for a solo HR by the second batter he faced, then retired 13 of the next 14 batters to finish with the one run on one hit and one walk over five innings pitched. He struck out three. Andrew Robinson followed with three shutout innings while Koda Glover declawed the ‘Cats with a 1-2-3 ninth. Every starter hit safely and even the one replacement (David Masters) joined the 17-hit parade with a 9th-inning double.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3
• DeRosier (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• VanVossen (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Pena (S, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Robles 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Wiseman 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

After giving up two in the top half of the 3rd, the Suns immediately answered with three in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead, then held on for a 4-3 win. Starting pitcher Matt DeRosier got the win with five innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits and a walk. Mick VanVossen gave up an unearned run over the next three for the hold while Ronald Pena made his first appearance north of Florida since July 2014 as he worked around a hit in the 9th for the save. Victor Robles homered, walked, stole a base, and scored twice while Rhett Wiseman singled, doubled, and drove in two to lead the Hagerstown attack.

Apr 112016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
6:35 p.m.
T. Hill (3-10, 5.23 in ’15) vs.
LeBlanc (2-5, 4.23 in JPL in ’15)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (4-6, 2.59 @ A+ in ’15) vs.
Lara (9-5, 3.44)
Potomac Won, 9-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Whiting (4-9, 6.44 @ AAA in ’15) vs.
Brady (7-12, 3.81 @ A- in ’15)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4;
Lost, 3-0
vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 10.80 @ SS-A in ’15)
vs. Arauz (0-5, 5.75 @ SS-A in ’15)


Syracuse – PPD
Weather permitting, the Chiefs will finally begin its home slate with a matchup against the Bisons to kick off the Battle for the Thruway.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 3
• Lopez (L, 0-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K. HBP
• Bautista 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI, 2SB

Altoona doubled up Harrisburg 6-3 to prevent a three-game sweep. Reynaldo Lopez gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and three while striking out two over five innings to take the loss. Rafael Bautista continued to wreak havoc from the leadoff spot, walking twice, stealing twice, and going 1-for-2 with an RBI. The Sens drew six walks total, which helped them score three times on just three hits total.

Potomac 9 Wilmington 4
• Fedde 4⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Johansen (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, K, HBP, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Self 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Abreu 2-3, 3R, HR, RBI, 2BB, CS
• Norfork 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Ward 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, 2K

The P-Nats did complete their sweep with the help of three homers as they took the finale from the Blue Rocks, 9-4. Erick Fedde impressed the scouts early, but could not go the requisite five for the win, leaving after four and a 1/3rd innings and 86 pitches. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walks while striking out seven. Jake Johansen picked up where he left off last season and got the win, though he let in the trying run and got five outs while putting on five baserunners with two hits, two walks, and a hit batsman. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, Drew Ward, and Osvaldo Abreu each went deep to lead the Potomac offense, which pounded out nine hits and took six walks.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 4 — GAME ONE
• Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K, 3WP
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Robles 2-3, R, 3B, BB, CS
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2B, HBP

Delmarva broke through for five in the 4th to put away game one, 7-4. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss, as he gave up runs in three of the four innings he began, finishing with five runs allowed on five hits and four walks over three and a 1/3rd. Tablesetters Victor Robles and Max Schrock combined for two runs and four hits as Hagerstown outhit their opponents, 8-7, but walked once versus eight times for their counterparts.

Delmarva 3 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Baez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 1K, 2WP
• Crownover 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 2-3, 3B
• Sagdal 1-2, BB

The Shorebirds wasted no time in Game Two, scoring twice in the 1st and once in the 2nd en route to a 3-0 shutout and a doubleheader sweep. Joan Baez allowed all three Delmarva runs on four hits and four walks while striking out one for the loss. Kelvin Gutierrez came the closest to ending the scoring drought with a two-out triple in the 3rd, his second hit of the game. Ian Sagdal was the only other Sun to reach base twice with a single and a walk.

Apr 102016
 

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Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed Postponed N/A
Harrisburg Postponed @ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Lopez (6-7, 4.09 @ A+ in ’15) vs.
Eppler (6-1, 2.58 @ A+ in ’15)
Potomac Postponed @ Wilmington,
1:35 p.m.
Fedde (4-1, 2.57 @ A- in ’15) vs.
Tenuta (2-6, 4.25 @ A- in ’15)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Delmarva,
2:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-5, 6.75 in ’15) and TBD vs.
C. Jones (DNP in ’15) and TBD


Syracuse – PPD
Yesterday, Syracuse announced doubleheaders on April 20 and August 19th to make up the two remaining games of the postponed four-game series that have not yet been made up.

Harrisburg vs. Altoona – PPD
Inclement weather postponed Saturday afternoon’s contest to an unannounced future date. They’ll try again today with the same announced starters.

Potomac vs. Wilmington – PPD
Wilmington was the last to call it on account of the cold, shifting Saturday’s game to the 21st as part of a twi-night doubleheader.

Hagerstown – PPD
Despite moving up the game time from the evening to the afternoon, officials opted to postpone yesterday’s game and hope for weather warm enough for a pair of seven-inning games this afternoon.