Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-2, 2.76) vs.
Elias (10-5, 3.78)
Harrisburg Won, 8-6 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:00 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 3.38) vs.
Underwood (C.L. debut)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-2 @ Asheville,
6:35 p.m.
Guilbeau (4-2, 3.72) vs.
Tinoco (3-7, 5.83)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-5, 7.66) vs.
Beddes (5-3, 2.48)

Syracuse 2 Pawtucket 1
• Espino (W, 8-11) 8IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 8K
• R. Martin (S, 22) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 3-4, R, RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Paolo Espino turned in eight strong innings and Rafael Martin didn’t blow the save as Syracuse edged Pawtucket, 2-1. Espino let in one unearned run on four hits and two walks while fanning eight to tie A.J. Cole for the team lead in wins with eight. Martin tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 22nd save. Matt Skole singled and homered while Steve Lombardozzi went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Chiefs’ offense.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 6
• Blackmar (W, 4-5) 7+ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Benincasa (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Jeroloman 3-5, R, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-5, 2R, 3B, 2RBI

The Sens put up crooked numbers in three straight innings to win an 8-6 slugfest versus the BaySox. Mark Blackmar pitched into the 8th and was charged with five runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three to win his fourth AA game. Robert Benincasa let in one of two inherited runners in the 8th but earned the hold while Mitch Lively was credited with the save in the 9th for preserving the lead despite giving up a run. Brian Jeroloman singled three times while Shawn Pleffner doubled twice to lead the Harrisburg hit parade.
The RubberDucks fell to the Seawolves again and now lead the Sens in the loss column by just one game.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1
• Whiting (W, 11-3) 6⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Drew 1-1, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB
• Abreu 1-3, BB, RBI, CS(10)

Rehabbing Steven Drew doubled in two (hey, that rhymes!) to lead Potomac to a 3-1 victory that, coupled with a Lynchburg loss, put the P-Nats back in a first place tie in the C.L. North. Boone Whiting pitched into the seventh for the ninth time in 23 starts, giving up the lone Frederick run on five hits and a walk while striking out four to earn his team-leading 11th win. Robert Orlan and Mario Sanchez both recorded four outs to close out the game and earn the hold and save, respectively. Raudy Read led off the 5th with a triple and Osvaldo Abreu followed with a single to account for the third Potomac run. The P-Nats managed just four hits total, but drew seven walks. Roster moves: IF Stephen Drew assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; OF Alec Keller placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Hagerstown.

Charleston 8 Hagerstown 2
• Rodriguez (L, 7-11) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 7R, 7ER, 7BB, 0K
• VanVossen 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• La Bruna 2-4, R, CS
• Wiseman 2-4

The RiverDogs jumped on Jefry Rodriguez for seven runs in the first two innings to cruise to an 8-2 win over the Suns in the series finale. Rodriguez walked seven and gave up four hits over just an inning and 2/3rds to lose his 11th game. Angelo La Bruna and Rhett Wiseman both went 2-for-4 to pace the Hagerstown offense. Roster move: OF Telmito Agustin activated from the 7-Day DL.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 2
• Mills (L, 4-5) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K, HR(GS)
• Mooney 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• J. Soto 2-4, RBI
• Ortiz 1-4, R, 2B

West Virginia’s Albert Baur smacked a grand slam in the 6th to snap a 2-2 tie and Auburn had no answer, losing 6-2. McKenzie Mills gave up the gamewinner with one out in the 6th and was charged with all six BlackBear runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks while fanning five. Juan Soto picked up where he left off in the GCL and singled twice and drove in one to lead the Doubleday offense. Roster move: OF Juan Soto promoted from the GCL.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Latos (1-0, 1.29)
B. Johnson (5-6, 4.33)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4
(10 inn.)
@ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (3-5, 5.22) vs.
Hess (5-12, 5.31)
Potomac Won, 11-5 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Whiting (10-3, 3.58) vs.
Keller (0-2, 3.18)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 @ Charleston,
6:35 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-10, 4.51) vs.
Rosa (1-5, 3.32)
Auburn Lost, 9-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (4-4, 3.38) vs.
Marvel (4-6, 4.58)

Abbreviated writeups until I get back up to speed…
Rochester 4 Syracuse 3
• Ross 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Voth 6IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Gott (BS, 2; L, 3-3) 6BF, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Goodwin 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Soto 2-4, R

A 3-1 lead was too small for Trevor Gott to hold as he failed to retire the six batters he faced in the 9th to give the RedWings a 4-3 victory.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4 (10 inn.)
• Fedde 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 12K
• Lee (W, 3-1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Robinson (SV, 9) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sanchez 2-3, R, BB, SB
• Ballou 2-4, RBI

Erick Fedde struck out a career-high of 12 but the Harrisburg ‘pen couldn’t preserve the win for him as they blew it in the 9th. Rafael Bautista walked, stole second (#53), took third on an Andrew Stevenson bunt single, and scored on a Wilmer Difo sac fly in the 10th for the 6-5 tally that was the game’s final score. Akron lost to narrow the gap between the two wildcard contenders to 1½ games.

Potomac 11 Frederick 5
• Martin (W, 1-2) 7⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Brinley 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 3-5, 3R
• Vettleson 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Mejia 1-2, R, HR, 3SF, 5RBI

The P-Nats finally clinched a playoff spot with an 11-5 dismantling of the Keys, led by Bryan Mejia’s five RBI. Lynchburg, however, also won to maintain its one-game advantage on Potomac in the C.L. North 2nd half title race.

Charleston 6 Hagerstown 5
• Reyes (L, 0-2) 5IP, 9H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Held 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• DeBruin 2-5, 2-2B, RBI
• Beckwith 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB

Charleston chewed up Luis Reyes for all six runs and held off a late Hagerstown rally to win, 6-5.

Brooklyn 9 Auburn 2
• Acevedo (L, 2-5) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Pirro 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, BB
• Ortiz 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI

The Cyclones blew through the Doubledays pitchers for 14 hits and nine unanswered runs in a 9-2 win to take the series finale.

Nats Contingent to AFL Named

I can’t remember such little fanfare for the release of usually routine information related to a baseball club. Enter the 2016 Washington Nationals AFL contingent, which is as follows:

  • Ryan Brinley, RHP
  • Nick Lee, LHP
  • Austin Voth, RHP
  • Osvaldo Abreu, SS
  • Drew Ward, 3B
  • Andrew Stevenson, OF

This seems to be one of the youngest group to be sent – if memory serves, my late father always said it was the second thing to go – with the trio of Abreu, Stevenson, and Ward (22, 22, 21) along with 23-y.o. Ryan Brinley. But, the practice of using the Arizona Fall League to guage a Rule 5 eligible pitcher (Voth) and a 40-man guy on the cusp (Lee) has returned.

This year, the Nationals will be filling out the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs. Play begins in the six-team AFL on Tuesday, Oct. 11 and runs through Nov. 17 with a one-game championship on Saturday, November 19th.

Feel free to discuss in the comments.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
J. Ross (0-2, 4.15) vs.
Berrios (10-5, 2.44)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (2-1, 4.63) vs.
Barker (5-6, 4.43)
Potomac Lost, 17-10 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Martin (0-2, 6.00) vs.
Romero (6-4, 6.16)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0 @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 1.64) vs.
Cedeno (7-9, 3.83)
Auburn Won, 5-0 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Acevedo (2-4, 3.27) vs.
H. Gonzalez (6-2, 1.57)

Abbreviated writeups until I get back up to speed…
Rochester 5 Syracuse 1
• Lopez (L, 2-2) 7IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Severino 2-4, R
• Collier 1-2, 2B, 2BB

Syracuse coughed up HR’s in the 7th and 8th innings to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-1 loss in the series opener against Rochester.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Valdez (W, 5-4) 7⅔ IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Robinson (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ballou 2-3, 2R, BB
• Bautista 2-4, BB, RBI, SB

The Sens got back in the win column with a 3-1 triumph, highlighted by Philips Valdez pitching into the 8th for the second straight start to win his 5th AA decision. Unfortunately, the RubberDucks won to keep pace and remain 2½ games ahead for the E.L. West wildcard.

Frederick 17 Potomac 10
• Williams 3⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holland (L, 1-3) ⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 2-4, R, HR, BB, 4RBI
• Robles 2-4, 2R
• Davidson 2-5, R

Frederick eviscerated the Potomac ‘pen for 11 runs, including eight in the 8th, to win a 17-10 slugfest and stave off playoff elimination. The P-Nats also blew a chance to climb back into a first-place tie in the C.L. North with the Hillcats, who lost 1-0 in 11 innings to the C.L. South-leading Pelicans.

Hagerstown 2 Charleston 0
• Baez (W, 8-7) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Borne (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Peterson (S, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three Suns pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of the RiverDogs, making Rhett Wiseman’s two-out, two-run HR in the 1st stand up for a 2-0 win, their fourth straight. Hagerstown’s first-round opponent, the Lakewood BlueClaws, also won to clinch a playoff spot and lower its magic number to win the second half to four with six games to play. Roster move: CF Blake Perkins promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 5 Brooklyn 0
• Ramirez (W, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP, HBP
• Simonds 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Johnson 3-4, R, 3SB (9,10,11)
• Panaccione 3-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Banks 2-5, RBI

Four Auburn pitchers combined to blank Brooklyn on seven hits for a 5-0 win to even the series at 1-1.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (7-11, 3.48) vs.
Hurlbut (0-1, 2.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-5 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (4-4, 5.05) vs.
Means (4-6, 4.70)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (4-5, 4.32) vs.
Richardson (4-6, 4.11)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Vargas (10-6, 2.66)
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ Brooklyn,
5:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-2, 4.29) vs.
Dunn (1-1, 1.50)

Abbreviated writeups until I get back up to speed…
Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 6-12) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Grace 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Martin ⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B

Rafael Martin retired just one of eight batters faced as he turned a 4-3 deficit into a 9-3 smackdown to guide the Chiefs to a 3-1 series loss to the PawSox. Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito optioned from Washington; CF Michael Taylor recalled to Washington.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Mapes (L, 12-9) 5IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Ross 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, 2R, RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-4, R
• Perez 0-1, 3BB, SB(10)

Harrisburg rallied for five in the 9th, but left the tying run at second as they dropped the series opener to Bowie, 7-6. The loss dropped the Sens to 2½ games behind the RubberDucks for the E.L. West wildcard. Roster move: 3B Drew Ward placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to Aug. 26.

Potomac – OFF DAY
The P-Nats can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight against the Keys. The real race is for the 2nd half title, which would give Potomac a home game in the C.L. North Divisional series. Otherwise, the entire series will be played in Lynchburg. The P-Nats trail the Hillcats by one game with seven games left in the regular season.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Unlike the Carolina League, there is no advantage to winning both halves in the South Atlantic League; the 1st Half winner hosts Games 2 and (if necessary) 3 of the first round while the 2nd Half winner or wildcard hosts Game One. Thus, Hagerstown will be on the road until next Friday as they play three in Charleston, four in Asheville and (barring an epic collapse) Game One in Lakewood.

Auburn 4 Brooklyn 3
• Dunning (W, 3-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• D. Ramos (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-3, R
• Dulin 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

The Doubledays won the opener of their series against the Cyclones, 4-3, with 2016 1st Rd. pick Dane Dunning winning his third game with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out five.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (6-11, 4.70) vs.
O’Sullivan (7-6, 4.42)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (12-8, 3.08)
Garcia (5-9, 4.79)
Potomac Lost, 8-7 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 10-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ Brooklyn,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Abbreviated writeups until I get back up to speed…
Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 0
• Ross (L, 0-2) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Laffey 4IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Solano 1-3
• Collier 2-2, 2B, BB

Syracuse was shut out for the second time in three games against Pawtucket by 3-0 score, mustering just three hits.
Roster moves: C Jhonatan Solano activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Reynaldo Lopez optioned from Washington; RHP Lucas Giolito recalled to Washington; RHP Joe Ross assigned from Washington for MLB Rehab.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The Senators trail the RubberDucks by 1½ games for the wildcard and the Curve by 3½ games with a week to go in the season. They’re at last-place Bowie for the next four games before returning to City Island against Hartford for five. Roster Moves: IF Wilmer Difo optioned from Washington; RHP Michael Brady placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Greg Ross activated from the 7-Day DL.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 7
• Crownover 5IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Brinley (BS, 2; L, 4-1) ⅔IP, 3H, 4R, 4R, BB, 0K, HR
• Page 3-4, RBI
• Abreu 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Robles 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, SB

Potomac couldn’t complete the three-game sweep as Lynchburg rallied for four in the 9th to win, 8-7.
Roster move: 3B Kelvin Gutierrez reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 10 Greensboro 2
• Watson (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Bourque 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Sundberg 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Sagdal 2-3, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• La Bruna 2-5, 2B

The Suns completed a three-game sweep of Greensboro with a 10-2 smackdown while Tyler Watson won his first Low-A game with another five-inning, seven-whiff start. Roster move: OF Telmito Agustin assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab; OF Randy Encarnacion, RHP Robbie Dickey placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Jake Johansen activated from the 7-Day DL.

State College 7 Auburn 0
• Davis (L, 3-5) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Howard 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Dulin 2-3, 3B, SB, 2E
• Barrera 1-4, 3B, E

Auburn lost for the fourth time in five games with a 7-0 shutout at the hands of State College.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Cancelled @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Latos (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Haley (7-4, 3.92)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (3-3, 4.15) vs.
Glasnow (MLB Rehab)
Potomac Won, 5-4
(11 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0;
Lost, 8-2
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-2, 4.12) vs.
Garabito (2-9, 5.71)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and
TBD vs.
Suarez (5-2, 3.27) and
Paulino (1-3, 3.23)


Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5
Rain and thunderstorms pulled the plug on this one between the Chiefs and the Iron Pigs. Because the two teams do not meet again this season, it will not be made up.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 5
• Fedde 5+ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Runion (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Robinson (BS, 1; L, 4-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3R, BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, R
• Ballou 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

Harrisburg scored four times with two out in the 6th to take a 4-2 lead and held two-run going into the 9th when Richmond scored three to take the game, 6-5 and the series, 2-1. Erick Fedde pitched into the 6th but couldn’t get any outs as he finished with three runs allowed on nine hits and three walks over five-plus innings. The loss went to Andrew Robinson, who wild-pitched the tying run with two outs and gave up the game-winning RBI single in the 9th. Kevin Keyes came off the bench (presumably Rafael Bautista did not run to manager Matt LeCroy’s liking on a popup to short) and went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Isaac Ballou singled, walked, scored a run, and drove in two to lead the Sens offense.

Potomac 5 Frederick 4 (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 1K
• Mendez 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Brinley (W, 4-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davidson 3-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Read 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-5, R, 3B, RBI

The P-Nats ended their seven-game slide with a 5-4 win in 11 innings as Osvaldo Abreu scored on infield single by Bryan Mejia. Hector Silvestre made his first start for Potomac in nearly two years but was wild, walking five in four innings while giving up two runs on five hits with a single strikeout. The win went to Ryan Brinley with a scoreless 11th. Austin Davidson singled twice, scored twice, walked, and homered to lead Potomac’s nine-hit, three-walk offense. Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Dakota Bacus maneuvered onto the 7-Day DL retroactive to August 18.

Lexington 1 Hagerstown 0
• Rodriguez (L, 7-10) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Held 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 1-2, BB
• Lora 1-2

Jefry Rodriguez surrendered a single run in the 1st and that was enough for Hagerstown to lose to Lexington, 1-0 in the opener. Rodriguez went five innings with two hits and three walks allowed while striking out four to lose for tenth time this season. Kelvin Gutierrez was the only Sun to reach base twice with a single and a walk as the Legends limited the offense to just five hits and two walks total.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 2
• Borne (L, 3-2) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Dickey 2⅔ IP, 0H, R, ER, 5BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sagdal 1-3, RBI
• DeBruin 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Lexington scored in four of the first five innings and cruised to an 8-2 win in the nightcap to sweep the doubleheader from Hagerstown. Grant Borne was lit up for seven runs on nine hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings to lose for the second time this season. Ian Sagdal singled and drove in a run, Grant DeBruin hit a solo HR, and Edwin Lora doubled and scored to account for the three (3) Suns hits.

Auburn vs. Williamsport – PPD
The Doubledays didn’t lose a tenth straight on Sunday thanks to the rain, though they were eliminated from the Pinckney Division race. They’ll make this one up with a doubleheader today.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Latos (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Vasquez (3-0, 2.73)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 6.35) vs.
Molina (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Long (6-6, 4.47)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-9, 4.80) and
Guilbeau (2-2, 4.12) vs.
Puckett (0-2, 3.49) and
Watson (2-10, 8.11)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Suarez (5-2, 3.27)


Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5
• Voth 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K
• DeFratus (W, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Grace (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Soto 2-2, BB, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Bostick 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Jason Martinson homered in the bottom of the 8th to end the see-saw battle of the bullpens, with Syracuse proving to less inept for a 6-5 win. It was 2-2 after six innings with Austin Voth spinning a quality start of two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven. The “W” was credited to Justin DeFratus despite giving up three runs on two home runs in the 7th and 8th innings. Matt Grace worked around a walk in the 9th to earn his first save for the Chiefs. Neftali Soto reached base three times with two singles and a walk to lead the eight-hit, five-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole, C Pedro Severino optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 5
• Mayberry 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Self (W, 4-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Lee (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Bautista 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB(45)
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Stevenson 2-5, 2R, RBI

The Senators got three-spots twice in the middle innings to rally from a 5-2 deficit and end a five-game losing streak with an 8-5 win. Whit Mayberry was sent down I-95 from Woodbridge to make the spot start and was lit up for all five Richmond runs on five hits and two walks. Derek Self (3IP) and Nick Lee (2IP) combined for five scoreless innings despite six walks for the win and save respectively. Rafael Bautista swiped his 45th base while going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI while Drew Ward singled, doubled, and walked in five PA’s to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Whiting 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Orlan (BS, 5; L, 5-5) ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schrock 3-5, R
• Davidson 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Robles 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Potomac’s tailspin continued with a seventh straight loss, 7-6, which dropped the team into second place and sliced the lead over third-place Frederick to just 4½ games. Boone Whiting allowed three runs on four hits, including two home runs over five and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out two. R.C. Orlan blew his fifth save in 14 chances, with a little “help” from Justin Thomas, who let in all three runners he inherited from Orlan in the Frederick’s three-run 8th inning that snapped a 4-4 tie. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled three times while Austin Davidson and Victor both walked twice to pace the Potomac offense, which scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings but did not get the tying run into scoring position in either frame.

Hagerstown vs. Lexington – PPD
The Suns and Legends were washed on Saturday night. They’ll shoot to make it up this afternoon with a doubleheader. Roster moves: RHP Samuel Held promoted from Auburn; RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 3
• Mills (L, 3-4) 4IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 4K
• Howard 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Ortiz 2-4, RBI
• Kerian 2-4, R

Auburn lost its ninth straight and saw its tragic number reduced to one with a 4-3 loss to Williamsport. McKenzie Mills lost for the fourth time with three runs charged to him on two hits and five walks over four innings. The Doubledays collected ten hits, with Andres Martinez, Oliver Ortiz, and David Kerian each having two hits, but just two came in 12 chances with RISP.

GCL Update
With a 5-1 mark, the G-Nats are now one game behind the G-Cards with a chance to tie with a win today. As noted in the comments, 17-y.o. Juan Soto is living up to the hype, batting .345 (second-best in the GCL) with 77 total bases (third-best) in 39 games. 24th Rd. pick Joseph Waltrip is leading the team in appearances with 15 and has a 2-1 record with four saves.

DSL Update
The D-Nats enter their final week of play with pair of games against D-Cards, D-Angels, and the D-Braves. Nineteen-y.o. Angel Guillen leads the age-appropriate pitchers with a 4-1, 1.67/2.52/0.94 mark while Jose Cabello, also 19, is leading the hitters with a .279/ .390/.339 line.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (7-7, 3.49) vs.
Buchanan (8-8, 4.05)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Crick (3-10, 4.99)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Whiting (9-3, 3.64) vs.
Keller (0-1, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-9, 4.80) vs.
Watson (2-10, 8.11)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-3, 3.69) vs.
Romero (1-1, 2.51)


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3 – GAME ONE
• Hill (L, 6-11) 6IP, 11H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Burnett 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, HR (10), RBI

The Chiefs homered twice in the 7th but still came up one run short for 4-3 loss to the IronPigs. Taylor Hill scattered 11 hits without giving up a longball but let in three runs over six innings with one walk and one whiff as he lost for the 11th time this season. Re-acquired Sean Burnett (details) gave up a run in the 7th, which proved to the difference when Matt Skole hit his 21st HR (solo) and Jason Martinson hit #10 (two-run), which were just the fourth and fifth hits total for Syracuse.

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 2 (8 inn.) – GAME TWO
• Espino 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Martin (L, 2-4) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1R, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Collier 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Soto 1-3, 2B

In the nightcap, Rafael Martin loaded the bases with a single and two walks in the 8th, then coughed up the go-ahead run with a sac fly. Lehigh Valley did its best to return the favor with a walk (Michael Taylor), hit by pitch (Matt Skole), and a sacrifice (Caleb Ramsey) to put the tying and winning runs into scoring position but Jason Martinson and Jhonatan Solano both struck out, giving the IronPigs a 3-2 win and a doubleheader sweep. Paolo Espino turned in a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Zach Collier and Neftali Soto both doubled as the Chiefs managed just five hits total again.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2
• Valdez (L, 4-4) 8IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Norfork 2-4

Phillips Valdez walked just one and hurled his first complete game without rain… but he went eight innings, not nine, as Harrisburg fell to Richmond, 3-2. Valdez allowed six hits and struck out four while losing for the fourth time at AA. Kevin Keyes (single, homer) and Khayyan Norfork (two singles) both went 2-for-4 as the Senators collected nine hits total, with just one in six RISP chances. Roster moves: RHPs Michael Brady and Mitch Lively reassigned from Syracuse.

Frederick 6 Potomac 4
• Martin (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 6BB, 4K, HBP
• Mendez 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Schrock 2-4, R, RBI
• Keller 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The J.D. Martin experiment didn’t stop another spin ’round the drain as the P-Nats dropped their sixth straight with a 6-4 loss to the Keys. Martin walked six, hit a batter, and gave up four sharp hits and several LONG foul balls over five frustrating innings to take the loss. Mario Sanchez finished the game with two runs allowed on four hits over four innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Alec Keller combined to go 4-for-8 with two runs, a HR (Keller), and three RBI but the clutch hit eluded Potomac with a 1-for-9 mark with RISP.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 1
• Reyes 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Rivera (W, 4-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Walby (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2SB
• Wiseman 2-5, R, 2RBI, 2SB
• Sagdal 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown broke a 1-1 tie with three in the 8th as they took the series opener from Lexington, 4-1. Luis Reyes let in an unearned run on three hits and two walks over five innings for a no-decision. Mariano Rivera III was perfect for three innings with three K’s to earn the win while Philip Walby was perfect for one inning with one K to earn the save. Kelvin Gutierrez, Rhett Wiseman, and Ian Sagdal each had two hits to lead the nine-hit parade, though the Suns batters fanned 13 times.

Hudson Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Acevedo 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K
• Serrata (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Johnson 2-4, RBI
• Barrera 2-3

The Renegades, who had it made, retrieved their bounty with a 2-1 win over the Doubledays to complete the three-game sweep. Carlos Acevedo went the first four innings with one run allowed on four hits and three walks while fanning two. Brayan Serrata took the loss, his first, with the decisive run let in on a groundout after a one-out triple. Dan Johnson drove in the sole Auburn run while going 2-for-4 while Tres Barrera also singled twice to pace the Doubledays’ offense. Roster moves: LHP David “Mi hermano es Wilson” Ramos activated from the 60-Day DL.