Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.31) vs.
Milone (1-0, 1.59)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Williams (0-4, 8.49) vs.
Morimando (6-0, 1.96)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Winston-Salem,
2:00 p.m.
Fedde (1-3, 6.21)
Brennan (0-2, 5.40)
Hagerstown Won, 10-3 vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-0, 1.54) vs.
L. Martinez (1-4, 4.88)


Rochester 8 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 1-3) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Gutierrez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Severino 2-4, R
• Turner 2-5, RBI

Rochester struck for threee in the 1st, then four in the 3rd and never looked back as they cruised to an 8-3 win over Syracuse. Taylor Hill was strafed for seven runs on seven hits and three walks over two and 2/3rds. He struck out three while losing his third game. The bullpen combined for five and 1/3rd innings of one-run relief. No curse of the GBI for Pedro Severino, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the nine-hit, two-walk Chiefs offense. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker recalled to Washington.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3 (12 inn.)
• Giolito 5⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 5BB, 4K
• Suero (BS, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-2 IR-S
• Self (L, 1-1) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Difo 2-4, 2BB, 2SB, CS, E
• Bostick 2-5, BB, SB, E

The Senators bullpen and defense both fell short as Harrisburg dropped a 4-3 decision in extras to Akron. Lucas Giolito left with a 3-1 lead and two outs in the 6th, having given up three hits and five walks while striking out four. Wander Suero blew the save when he coughed up a two-run double to the first batter he faced to tie it at 3-3. All four RubberDuck runs were unearned, “thanks” to three errors, including two in the 6th and one in the 12th. Wilmer Difo reached based four times on two singles and two stolen bases to lead the Harrisburg attack, which featured five stolen bases along with ten hits and six walks.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 2
• Estevez 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Stevenson 3-4, R, 3B
• Carey 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Potomac lost this one in regulation as Winston-Salem greeted Robert Benincasa with three runs in the 6th to erase a 2-0 deficit en route to a 4-2 win. The blown save took away a potential win for Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez’s five innings of shutout ball on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Benincasa walked two and gave up two hits and had the defense let him down on two errors. Andrew Stevenson tripled while Dale Carey homered but the P-Nats offense was otherwise limited to five hits and one walk total.

Hagerstown 10 Kannapolis 3
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
• Lambert (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2HBP, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Reetz 3-3, R, 3-2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI, CS
• Page 1-3, 2R, 2BB

The Suns scored ten times in the first four innings in a 10-3 win over the Intimidators. Hagerstown starter Joan Baez ran into the wall on his second turn through the lineup as Kannapolis scored three times with two out in the 4th to chase him from the game. Trey Lambert got the win, stranding one in the 4th despite a single and a wild pitch, and high-wiring three more scoreless innings with a walk, two hit batsman, and another hit allowed for the win. Jakson Reetz doubled three times and walked twice to lead the Suns attack, which was aided by four Kannapolis errors and nine walks. Roster moves: LHP Connor Bach, OF Jeff Gardner reassigned to Auburn; IF Cody Dent, RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Auburn.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (1-2, 3.31) vs.
Darnell (3-3, 4.25)
Harrisburg Won, 11-7 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Giolito (1-2, 4.74) vs.
D.J. Brown (2-0, 2.78)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 (11 inn.) @ Winston-Salem,
6:30 p.m.
Estevez (0-2, 4.74) vs.
Adams (3-2, 4.38)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (1-3, 4.44) vs.
Frebis (3-1, 3.07)


Rochester 4 Syracuse 3
• Cole 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Grace (L, 1-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Sizemore 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

It’s go big or go home again for the Chiefs, who fell again in the late innings, 4-3 to Rochester. All three runs came via the longball, with Trea Turner smacking a two-run shot in the 6th and Scott Sizemore going solo in the 7th. The two big flies were enough to spare A.J. Cole another loss, as the 24-y.o. rebounded somewhat from the beating he took from Buffalo with five innings pitched, three runs allowed on eight hits, including his 5th HR given up (fourth in the last three starts), a walk, and seven strikeouts. Matt Grace took the loss with a run let in on two hits in the 8th.

Harrisburg 11 Akron 7
• Lopez 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 5K, HR
• Robinson (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Soto 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 6RBI
• Bautista 3-4, 4R, 2SB
• Sanchez 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

The fireworks started early in Harrisburg, highlighted a 4th inning grand slam by Neftali Soto as the Sens outslugged the RubberDucks, 11-7. Reynaldo Lopez returned to the rotation but struggled through three innings with three runs given up on three hits – yet another HR – and five walks and five K’s. He threw 70 pitches, 33 for strikes. Andrew Robinson got the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball on a walk and three hits and four whiffs. Soto also walked, singled, and doubled to drive in six runs total to lead the 14-hit, six-walk assault on Akron pitchers.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 4 (11 inn.)
• Valdez 6⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K
• Bacus (L, 0-2) 2⅓IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Norfork 2-4, RBI
• Keller 2-5, R, RBI, SB

Tie it up late, lose it later. That’s this road trip in a nutshell for Potomac, losing 5-4 in 11 innings to Winston-Salem. Phillips Valdez started and gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Él tenía cero ponchadas. Dakota Bacus suffered his second loss as the Dash plated the gamewinner against him in the 11th on two walks and a hit after retiring six straight in the 9th and 10th. Khayyan Norfork and Alec Keller both had two singles and an RBI to lead the P-Nats attack. Roster moves: Reassigned IF Cody Dent to Auburn; Activated Khayyan Norfork from the 7-Day D.L.; RHP Robert Benincasa activated from 7-Day D.L. and reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 4 Kannapolis 1
• Rodriguez 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Peterson 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Pantoja (W, 5-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Schrock 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Wiseman 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Rhett Wiseman walked off the Suns in the 9th with a three-run homer to snap a three-game skid for a 4-1 win. Jorge Pantoja got the benefit of the blast as he won his fifth game in seven appearances with a perfect top of the 9th. Jefry Rodriguez started and went the first five, giving up a run on (you know it) a HR and three hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Max “For Those About To” Schrock accounted for the first run on solo homer in the 6th. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice and Edwin Lora once to round out the five-hit output for Hagerstown.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.47) vs.
Wheeler (1-1, 1.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (0-3, 4.13) vs.
Polanco (AA debut)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (4-1, 3.79) vs.
Stephens (0-4, 5.40)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (2-2, 4.45) vs.
Banks (6-0, 2.48)


Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 3
• Espino 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 10K, HR
• Davis (L, 3-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Turner 2-5, R, 3B
• Severino 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Rafael Soriano J.C. Gutierrez coughed up the game-winning three-run homer to the first batter he faced in the 9th as the Indians doubled up the Chiefs, 6-3 and earn a 2-2 series split. Erik Davis was charged with the loss after issuing back-to-back walks before getting an out on a botched sacrifice. Paolo Espino struck out 10 and let in the first three on six hits and a walk over seven innings. Pedro Severino walked, doubled in two, and singled while Trea Turner singled and tripled to lead the Syracuse offense.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 5-2) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Simms 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bautista 1-4
• Difo 1-4, SB

Harrisburg was shut out on three hits by two Akron pitchers for a 4-0 loss. Tyler Mapes was dinged for single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th and gave up six hits and three walks total as he lost his second game. John Simms followed with two scoreless innings of relief before Akron got an insurance run in the 9th against Gilberto Mendez. Rafael Bautista, Wilmer Difo, and Neftali Soto each singled while Brendan Webb walked to comprise the Sens offense,

Carolina 3 Potomac 2 (10 inn.)
• Reyes 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Ross 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Thomas (L, 1-2) ⅓+ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2IBB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, RBI
• Mesa 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

Potomac dug out of a 2-0 hole with single runs in the 6th and 7th but fell in the 10th, 3-2 and lost the series to Carolina, 2-1. Luis Reyes turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out three. The loss went to Justin Thomas, who struck out the last batter of the 9th, then gave up a leadoff triple in the 10th. After issuing a pair of intentional walks and setting up a five-man infield, Carolina’s Joel Edgerton lined one into LF for the gamewinner. Alec Keller led the P-Nats attack with a pair of singles and an RBI while Narciso Mesa started the comeback with a solo HR.

Kannapoliis 5 Hagerstown 1
• Avila (L, 1-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Torres 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ripken 2-4
• Sagdal 1-2, 2B, BB

Kannapolis got a two-run HR in the 1st and never looked back as they defeated Hagerstown, 5-1. Pedro Avila lost for the second time despite putting up four goose eggs afterwards and allowing four hits and no walks while striking out seven over five innings. The Suns were held to just five hits and two walks, with just two batters reaching base twice – Ryan Ripken (two singles) and Ian Sagdal (double and a walk).

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Indianapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (1-3, 3.07) vs.
Glasnow (2-1, 1.64)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 (12 inn.) vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
Mapes (5-1, 3.09) vs.
Plutko (1-2, 3.55)
Potomac Won, 9-5 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 4.10)
Franco (3-1, 7.00)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (1-1, 2.65) vs.
Thompson (2-2, 3.99)


Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 1
• Laffey 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Masset (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 1-3, 2B, BB
• Campana 1-3, R, BB

Indianapolis won the battle of the bullpens, scoring two runs late to break a 1-1 deadlock and beat Syracuse, 3-1. Chiefs starter Aaron Laffey put on eight baserunners (four hits, four walks) but let in just one over five innings. He struck out six. Nick Masset was touched for two runs on two hits in the 8th and took the loss. The Syracuse starting position players were held to just four hits and five walks, with Laffey and PH Isaac Ballou rounding out the total of six hits.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1 (12 inn.)
• Long 7IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Suero 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Self (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2BB, 2K
• Collier 2-5, R, BB

Pro tip: When issuing an intentional walk, it’s best to throw to the catcher, not past the catcher. A wild pitch during an IBB plated the second and decisive run in the top of the 12th as Harrisburg edged Richmond, 2-1 to sweep the three-game series. Jaron Long got the start and turned in seven scoreless innings, with seven hits and a walk allowed and four strikeouts. Cutter Dykstra delivered another key pinch hit, this one an RBI single in the 9th to tie the game at 1-1. Derek Self was the winning pitcher, tossing two scoreless innings in the 11th and 12th. Stephen Perez singled twice and walked twice to lead the Sens 11-hit parade.

Potomac 9 Carolina 5 (10 inn.)
• Whiting 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Brinley (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 2-4, 3R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Reistetter 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Keller 2-3, BB, 2RBI

Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Matt Reistetter both homered in the 10th and twice overall as the P-Nats scored four in the 10th for a 9-5 win over the Mudcats. The outburst took the edge off Ryan Brinley blowing the save in the 9th and gave the Potomac reliever his second win. Boone Whiting started and turned in six innings of three-run ball, with a walk and seven hits allowed (two HR). Marmolejos and Reistetter both went 2-for-4 and combined for five runs scored and five RBI as the P-Nats maximized their offensive chances with nine runs scored on ten hits and three walks and left just two runners on base.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Second-place Hagerstown returns home after a 3-4 road trip, having fallen a game and a half behind first-place Hickory, which went 5-2 over the same stretch. It’ll be scoreboard watching for the division title for the next five and a half weeks as the two teams will not meet again in the first half.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Indianapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Laffey (3-0, 1.50) vs.
Kuhl (2-0, 1.35)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Long (1-1, 2.03) vs.
Mejia (0-0, 3.63)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Carolina,
11:00 a.m.
Whiting (3-1, 4.03) vs.
Clark (0-3, 6.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 3 Indianapolis 1
• Voth (W, 2-1) 6IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Martin (SV, 6) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB, SB

Caleb Ramsey drove in two, Austin Voth turned in six, and the Chiefs won, 3-1. The veteran OF singled and doubled to lead Syracuse’s offense, whch was held to seven hits and two walks. It was enough because Voth blanked Indianapolis for six innings, giving up six hits but no walks while fanning seven as he won his second game. Three relievers combined for one-run relief over the final innings with Erik Davis and Trevor Gott earning holds and Rafael Martin notching his sixth save. Roster move: OF Tony Campana activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 7 Richmond 6
• Williams 5+ IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Harper (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Glover (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Soto 3-5, R, HR, 6RBI
• Collier 2-4, 3R, BB, RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, 2SB

Neftali Soto drove in six runs, including an Earl Weaver special in the 7th that proved to be the game-winner, as Harrisburg outslugged Richmond, 7-6. Austen Williams came off the DL to start and gave up single runs in the 3rd and 5th before he was chased in the 6th by a two-run homer to the second batter of the inning. He finished with four runs let in on 10 hits and a walk over five-plus innings. Bryan Harper retired the next three batters in order and got the benefit of Soto’s three-run homer with a win. Soto led the Harrisburg hit column with a 3-for-5 night, followed veterans Cutter Dykstra and Zach Collier, who both went 2-for-4.
Roster move: Activated RHP Austen Williams from the 7-Day DL.

Carolina 4 Potomac 3 (10 inn.)
• Fedde 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Bacus (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Stevenson 2-4, R, 2SB
• Mejia 2-4, R, 2B

Potomac tied it in the 9th to force extras but lost in the 10th to Carolina, 4-3. Erick Fedde pitched into the 7th for the first time this season, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out four. He threw 95 pitches, 60 for strikes. Dakota Bacus took over and retired eight of nine batters before giving up a leadoff triple and the game-winning single in the 10th to take the loss. Andrew Stevenson and Bryan Mejia both went 2-for-4 to account for four of the eight P-Nats hits.

West Virginia 4 Hagerstown 3
• A. Lee 5IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Crownover (L, 3-1) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, IBB, 5K, HBP
• Robles 2-5
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

The Suns also tied it late but lost in regulation, 4-3. Andrew Lee got yet another no-decision, charged with three unearned runs on two hits and three walks over five innings. Matthew Crownover wore the “L” despite pitching well (hey, that rhymes!) for three innings before giving up the game-winner on a single-HBP-SAC-single sequence in the 9th. The southpaw reliever struck out five of the first ten batters he faced. Victor Robles and Kelvin Gutierrez both singled twice as Hagerstown was held to just six hits and three walks (two by Ian Sagdal, who scored twice).

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Indianapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (1-1, 2.79) vs.
Boscan, W (3-2, 1.61)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (0-4, 8.84) vs.
Crick (1-2, 4.43)
Potomac Lost, 7-2 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Fedde (1-3, 7.15) vs.
Povse (2-2, 2.97)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-0, 1.80) vs.
Sendelbach (2-1, 3.34)


Syracuse 3 Indianapolis 2
• Hill (W, 1-2) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR; 0-1, SF, RBI
• Gott (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B
• Goodwin 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse scored single runs in the 2nd, 4th, and 5th, got seven strong innings from Taylor Hill, and held on in the 9th for a 3-2 win over Indianapolis. Hill gave up one run on a home run and four hits total with no walks and three whiffs to win for the first time in 2016. Trevor Gott pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the hold while Rafael Martin was credited with a save in the one-run 9th. Pedro Severino singled, doubled, and scored a run while Brian Goodwin hit his third home run of the season to pace the Chiefs’ offense.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 4
• Giolito (W, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Simms (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Collier 3-4, R, 2B
• Soto 2-4, R, RBI
• Perez 1-2, 2R, 2BB

Lucas Giolito bounced back from his worst outing of the year to turn in his best in a 6-4 Senators win over the Flying Squirrels. The 21-y.o. turned in six innings of two-run ball with a walk, four hits, and a hit batsman as he won his first game of the season. A little luck also helped as Harrisburg rallied for three in the top of the 7th on a two-out, three-run triple by Cutter Dykstra. John Simms pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th to earn the hold while the offense piled on two more in the 8th and one more in the 9th. Veterans Zach Collier and Neftali Soto led the charge with five of the nine Harrisburg hits while Stephen Perez scored twice and drew two walks.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 2
• Estevez (L, 0-2) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 1K
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Keller 3-4, 2B
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

Potomac lost its seventh straight game to Lynchburg in a 7-2 makeup game that wasn’t pretty. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez lost for the second time with four runs given up on eight hits and two walks with one (1) strikeout over four innings. Matthew Spann was scratched by the Hillcats for three runs in the 5th and was saved from further damage by Justin Thomas who stranded three in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. Alec Keller singled twice and doubled once to lead the P-Nats hit column while Drew Ward tied for the Carolina League lead with his 7th homer. Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Jake Johansen reassigned to Auburn.

West Virginia 4 Hagerstown 0
• DeRosier (L, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HBP, 2WP
• Bach 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Sagdal 1-3
• Reetz 1-3

The Suns were eclipsed by the Sally League’s top starting pitcher in a 4-0 shutout by the Power. Mitch Keller shut down Hagerstown for six innings on two hits and a walk (his third of the season) to lower his ERA to 0.79 while striking out eight to push his league-leading total to 42 in 34IP. Losing pitcher Matt DeRosier let in all four West Virginia runs on five hits, three walks, and two hit batsman over five innings. Connor Bach shut down the Power for three innings on one hit in relief, but was matched by the two West Virgnia relievers. Ian Sagdal, Jakson “Did Anyone See My C?” Reetz, and Victor Robles each singled while Jeff Gardner drew the one Suns walk.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Indianapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (0-3, 2.81) vs.
Taillon (2-0, 1.19)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-5 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (0-2, 5.30) vs.
Beede (2-1, 4.15)
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Lynchburg,
6:00 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 3.92) vs.
Merryweather (4-1, 0.60)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-0, 5.73) vs.
Keller (2-1, 0.96)


Buffalo 4 Syracuse 2
• Cole (L, 3-2) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, 87-53 P-K
• Runion 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• den Dekker 1-4, R, K
• Skole 2-4, 2B, RBI, K
• Guys not named Matt 0-23, R, RBI, 10K

Buffalo erased an early 2-1 deficit with a three-run 4th as they took the game, 4-2 and split the series, 2-2. A.J. Cole took the loss, unable to make it out of the 4th with all four Bisons runs charged on five hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings. He gave up his fourth HR and struck out four. The offense managed to score twice on just three hits, aided by two Buffalo errors in the 4th inning.
Roster move: UT Jose Lozada placed on the 7-Day DL

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 5
• Mendez (L, 0-2) 3+ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Self 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bostick 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-5, R, CS

The Thunder rolled for five in the 4th against the Senators to take a 6-3 lead and held off a late charge for a 7-5 win. Gilberto Mendez started in place of Reynaldo Lopez — no word on why — and was pummeled for six runs on eight hits and two walks over three-plus innings for the loss. Brenden Webb was the beer man as the Senators pounded out 14 hits, led by Chrisopher Bostick’s 3-for-5 effort and Wilmer Difo’s single and two-run triple while going 2-for-5.

Potomac 2 Frederick 1
• Valdez 7IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Ross (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Orlan (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Stevenson 3-4, SB, CS
• Masters 1-2, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Phillips Valdez, Greg Ross, and R.C. Orlan combined on a one-hitter and outdueled Frederick’s trio of pitchers to take the game (and the series), 2-1. Valdez went seven inning for the third straight start, giving up the lone Keys hit and three walks while striking out three. Ross followed with a perfect 8th for the hold while Orlan worked around a walk for the save. Andrew Stevenson singled three times to push his BA to .340, which is fifth-best in the Carolina League, but David Masters was responsible for the two P-Nats runs with a two-run homer in the second.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 3
• Baez (W, 1-3) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Rivera (S, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Tillero 2-4
• Sagdal 2-4, R

The Suns eked out another one, surviving another, um, Power surge late for a 4-3 win. Joan Baez spun five scoreless innings with just one hit and one walk allowed while fanning six. Veteran Trey Lambert followed with two goose eggs before West Virginia knocked him for two in the 8th. An error, single, and a sac fly in the 9th plated the final Power run as Mariano Rivera III earned his first save of 2016. Jorge Tillero, Ian Sagdal, and Victor Robles each had two hits as Hagerstown collected nine hits and one walk total for the game.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-1, 4.76) vs.
R. Hernandez (0-1, 3.00)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Trenton,
1:00 p.m.
Lopez (0-3, 4.13) vs.
Herrera (3-2, 3.41)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Valdez (3-1, 4.40) vs.
Jones (1-1, 3.94)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ West Virginia,
2:05 p.m.
Baez (0-3, 5.59) vs.
Agrazal (1-2, 4.45)


Buffalo 2 Syracuse 1
• Espino (L, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• De Los Santos 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 2-4, SAC, 2B
• Ryan 2-5, RBI

Syracuse capitalized on a passed ball to break up the shutout with a two-out single by Brendan Ryan, but couldn’t get the equalizer from Brian Goodwin as Buffalo held on for a 2-1 win. Paolo Espino took the loss despite a quality start of two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings. Abel De Los Santos and J.C. Gutierrez each turned in a scoreless inning to keep thing close. Ryan and Goodwin combined for four of the Chiefs’ eight hits as Syracuse left on 10 runners total and went just 1-for-8 with RISP.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 1
• Mapes (W, 5-1) 6IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Suero (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Webb 2-4, BB, RBI
• Soto 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

Tyler Mapes won for the fifth time in six starts as the Sens tripled up the Thunder, 3-1. Mapes gave up the lone Trenton run on six hits and two walks while striking out one. Wander Suero worked around two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings for the hold while Bryan Harper put up the final goose egg in the 9th for the save. Veterans Brendan Webb and Neftali Soto both reached base three times and drove in a run to lead the Harrisburg offense, which collected nine hits and five walks.

Potomac 3 Frederick 2
• Reyes 5+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 7BB, 1K
• Sanchez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Carey 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Mejia 2-3

It was a Fitbit® game Last Night in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 5
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 4WP
• Pantoja (W, 4-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Peterson (SV, 4) ⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Sagdal 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Wiseman 1-3, R, 2BB, CS

The Suns rallied from 4-2 down with three runs in the final two innings and survived a late surge from the Power to win, 6-5. Jefry Rodriguez was jolted for four runs on four hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out two but was charged with four wild pitches (Jakson Reetz was catching). The win went to Jorge Pantoja with a run charged on one hit and one walk over two and a 1/3rd innings. Tommy Peterson wobbled through the ninth, giving up two hits and walking a batter while getting the last two outs to get credit for his fourth save. Kelvin Gutierrez went 3-for-5 with two RBI while Ian Sagdal singled, walked, and homered to pace the ten-hit Hagerstown offense.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (1-2, 3.09) vs.
LeBlanc (2-1, 2.73)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (4-1, 3.41) vs.
Lail (1-2, 4.23)
Coshow (0-1, 2.89)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 4.22) vs.
Grimes (3-1, 1.75)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Helton (1-1, 5.24)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 0
• Laffey (W, 3-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 3-4, R, SF, RBI, SB
• Ryan 3-5, 2-2B
• Severino 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

Matt Skole’s Earl Weaver special in the 8th broke open a 1-0 game and Pedro Severino’s solo shot in the 9th put the cherry on top of a 5-0 Syracuse win over Buffalo. Four Chiefs pitchers combined on the two-hit shutout, starting with Aaron Laffey, who gave up both hits and both walks to the Bisons over the first six innings. Matt Grace, Nick Masset, and Rafael Martin each turned in a perfect inning of relief. Trea “When’s The Super-Two Date?” Turner went 3-for-4 with a run scored, a run driven in, and a stolen base led the 11-hit attack, matched by Brendan Ryan in the hit coulmn with a single and two doubles and a 3-for-5 mark.
Roster moves: OF Ben Revere MLB Rehab ended; OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington – no corresponding move yet.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 4
• Long (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2SB, K
• Difo 2-3, R, 2SB, BB

The Senators nearly erased a 5-1 deficit after six with two in the 8th and a leadoff home run in the 9th. A walk put the tying run on with no outs, but a failed stolen base attempt, a whiff, and a groundout ended the comeback bid as the Thunder held on for a 5-4 win.
Jaron Long got the start against his former team and let in the first three runs on five hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings to suffer his first loss of 2016. Tablestters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo ran wild, each singling twice, scoring once, and stealing two bases to account for four of the seven Harrisburg hits, one of the four walks, and one of the (gulp) 13 strikeouts.

Frederick vs. Potomac – PPD
Any farmer missing a calf today might want to look out on a rock as rain postponed Potomac for the second time this week and the fifth this season. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader on Thursday, June 9th.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 3
• Avila (L, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Rivera 1IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lora 0-1, R, 3BB
• Wiseman 1-3, 2B, BB
• 1-for-12 RISP, 8 LOB

The Intimidators ran Pedro Avila into the wall on the 1st lap with a three-run homer and raced to a 5-3 win and take the series from the Suns, 2-1. Avila recovered to put up four zeroes on the scoreboard to finish with three runs allowed (two earned) over five innings on three hits and three walk. He struck out six in his first loss of the season. The Hagerstown offense couldn’t undo the damage from defense (five errors) as they mustered just four hits. Edwin Lora was the sole batter to reach base more than once, taking three of the six bases-on-balls by the Suns.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 14-6 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Laffey (2-0, 2.00) vs.
Diamond (2-2, 2.83)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 @ Trenton,
6:30 p.m.
Long (1-0, 1.04) vs.
Lail (1-2, 4.23)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 4.22) vs.
Grimes (3-1, 1.75)
Hagerstown Won, 7-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Thompson (1-2, 5.01)


Syracuse 14 Buffalo 6
• Voth 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Davis (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Turner 3-6, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

A touchdown in the 7th inning broke up a 5-5 tie as the Chiefs stampeded the Bisons, 14-6. Austin Voth was knocked around for five runs on on six hits, including a homer, over six innings. He walked two and struck out six. The win went to Erik Davis for pitching a scoreless 7th. Brian Goodwin went 3-for-5 with a HR and four RBI while Trea Turner singled once and doubled twice as the Chiefs pounded out 15 hits with every batter in the lineup hitting safely.

Hartford 8 Harrisburg 4
• Simms (L, 1-2) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Glover 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• N. Lee 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Bostick 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 2B

Hartford put up crooked numbers in three innings as they doubled up Harrisburg, 8-4. John Simms came off the DL to spin three innings but was the losing pitcher with two runs let in on two hits and a walk over three innings. Christopher Bostick led the Sens hit parade with a 3-for-4 night, followed by Wilmer Difo and Stephen Perez, who both went 2-for-4. Roster moves: Activated C Spencer Kieboom, RHP John Simms from the 7-Day DL; Placed RHP Austen Williams on the 7-Day DL retroactive to May 2; Reassigned C Jake Lowery to Auburn.

Frederick 5 Potomac 2
• Whiting 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
• Ross (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 1-3, R, 2B, BB, CS
• Carey 1-4, 2B

The P-Nats literally threw away the game in the 9th as the Keys scored three unearned runs on two throwing errors and a passed ball to win, 5-2. Starter Boone Whiting went the first seven innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Greg Ross, who took the loss, finished with two innings pitched, three unearned runs allowed on one hit and one walk, and two K’s. The Potmac offense was held to just five hits, with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos the sole batter to reach base twice with a walk and a double.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 0
• A. Lee (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K, WP, PO at 1B
• Crownover (SV, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Lora 4-5, 2-2B, 4RBI
• Wiseman 4-5, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Robles 3-5, R, RBI, OF assist at HP

Andrew Lee turned in his customary five strong innings and left with a 7-0 lead. Matthew Crownover baked four more donuts to complete the Hagerstown shutout of Kannapolis by the same score. Lee struck out six, walked none, and struck out six in his second win. Crownover gave up a hit and a walk and struck out three while earning his first save. Edwin Lora and Rhett Wiseman both went 4-for-5, with Lora driving in four and Wiseman scoring three times, as the Suns batters piled up 17 hits total.