Jun 282016
 


For most of you, this may seem too late, but in the seven seasons I’ve been doing this, it’s only a little bit later than usual. While it may seem related to the news that Lucas Giolito will debut tonight, I’d argue it has more to do with the last of the signings coming in and room needing to be made. Rather than clutter up today’s news & notes, which have been abbreviated, here’s a rundown:

SYRACUSE
• RHP Rafael Martin recalled to Washington
• RHP J.C. Gutierrez, OF Tony Campana, 3B Scott Sizemore released
• IF Christopher Bostick, OF Zach Collier, RHP Reynaldo Lopez promoted from Harrisburg

HARRISBURG
• RHP Lucas Giolito recalled to Washington
• RHP Wander Suero placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List
• RHPs Boone Whiting and Ryan Brinley, OF Andrew Stevenson, 3B Drew Ward promoted from Potomac

POTOMAC
• RHP Trey Lambert, OF Victor Robles, IF Max Schrock promoted from Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Robbie Dickey, OF Randy Encarnacion, IF Angelo LaBruna promoted from Auburn

AUBURN
• RHPs Jacob Howell, Phil Morse promoted from the GCL

No word yet on the corresponding moves for Giolito and Martin yet, though it would seem likely that Taylor Jordan will go on the 60-Day DL and perhaps someone else will be DFA’d – perhaps even Martin himself.

Jun 272016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 4.76) vs.
Green (5-6, 1.67)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (5-3, 3.17) vs.
Barker (3-1, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (3-3, 4.78) vs.
Valerio (1-2, 3.31)
Hagerstown Won, 12-9 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Gilbert (4-6, 4.10)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Medina (1-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 8 Toledo 1
• Cole (W, 6-4) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, HR, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2R, BB
• Goodwin 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI, SB(10)

A.J. Cole turned in his strongest start of the season thus far while Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin both homered as the Chiefs defeated the Mud Hens, 8-1 to take the series 2-1. The 24-y.o. tossed seven innings of one-run ball on just three hits and a walk while tying his strikeout high of eight for his sixth win. Koda Glover and Sam Runion each followed with a perfect innings to close out the game. Turner was a single shy of the cycle and also drew a walk to reach base four times to lead Syracuse’s 11-hit parade.
Roster moves: RHP Bronson Arroyo assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 1
• Mapes (W, 7-5) 9IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Soto 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• A. Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

Tyler Mapes reverted to Pitcher of the Week form with another complete game in a 3-1 Harrisburg win over New Hampshire. Mapes allowed the unearned run on eight hits and a walk while fanning four. He threw 111 pitches, 75 for strikes. The Sens got single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 9th with Neftali Soto leading the hit column with a single and two doubles and Adrian Sanchez matching his five total bases with a double and a triple.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 1
• Reyes (W, 4-7) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• Stevenson 2-5, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 3RBI

The P-Nats clawed the Hillcats in each of the first four innings to build a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win to complete the three-game sweep. Luis Reyes got his fourth win with six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Justin Thomas got the save with three scoreless innings. Andrew Stevenson scored three times while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in three; both went 2-for-5 to pace the Potomac offense. Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 12 Lexington 9
• Bourque 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Walby (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Schrock 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 4RBI, SB(15)
• Sagdal 3-3, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Dent 1-1, 2R, 4BB

Hagerstown rallied for five in the 9th to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9 win and sweep Lexington. James Bourque continues to “work on stuff,” as he was dinged for five runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. The Suns lineup pounded out 14 hits and drew 12 walks, led by Ian Sagdal (single, double, triple) Cody Dent (4) respectively. Philip Walby got the win in relief with one run let in over two innings while Jorge Pantoja pitched a scoreless 9th to earn the save.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 1
• Ramirez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Fuentes (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 1-2, R, HBP, SF, RBI
• Vilorio 1-2, BB, SB

Auburn scored once in the 1st and twice in the 2nd and held on for a 3-1 win over Williamsport. Yonathan Ramirez improved to 2-0 with five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while notching two K’s. Steven Fuentes closed out the game with three donuts to earn his second save. Dan Johnson singled, scored a run, and drove in a run on a sac fly while Luis Vilorio walked, singled, and stole a base as the Doubledays squeezed three runs out of just five hits and two walks.

Jun 252016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-7, 3.53) vs.
Weber (5-6, 3.42)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-5, 3.56) vs.
Lawrence (2-5, 5.37)
Potomac Won, 6-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 2.77) vs.
Lugo (3-2, 4.41)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1;
Won, 5-1
@ Lexington,
6:35 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.71) vs.
Garabito (0-4, 6.94)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-1, 20.25) vs.
Paulino (0-0, 0.00)


Toledo 3 Syracuse 0
• Long (L, 0-2) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 2-4
• Solano 2-4

Syracuse followed a familiar script on Friday night as they got enough pitching to win, but not enough hitting as they were shut out, 3-0 by Toledo. Jaron Long gave up all three Mud Hens runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five but lost for the second time at AAA this season. Steve Lombardozzi, Matt den Dekker, and Jhonatan Solano each had two hits while Scott Sizemore drew three walks, but the clutch hit eluded the Chiefs as they went 0-for-7 with RISP and left nine men on base.

New Hampshire 3 Harrisburg 2
• Ross 7IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Lee (H, 5) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Self (BS, 1; L, 2-2) 3BF, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-4

Greg Ross continues to dominate AA with yet another seven scoreless innings, but the bullpen imploded in the 9th to turn a 2-0 Senators lead into a 3-2 loss to the Fisher Cats. Ross allowed six hits, walked two, and hit a batter in the no-decision. Nick Lee sandwiched out between a solo HR and a single before giving way to Derek Self, who walked one intentionally and one unintentionally before giving up a double (also unintentionally) to both blow the save and lose the game. Kevin Keyes’s two-run HR in the 2nd accounted for both Harrisburg runs while Christopher Bostick and Neftali Soto both went 2-for-4 to lead the Sens hit column.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 4
• Whiting (W, 8-2) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Brinley (SV, 10) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, SB
• Marnolejos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Keller 2-4, R, 3B

There was another bullpen meltdown, but this one was by Lynchburg as Potomac rallied for four in the 7th to turn 4-2 deficit into the eventual outcome of 6-4. Boone Whiting got the Jack Morris win with all four Hillcat runs let in on a walk and seven hits, including two homers. Matt Spann and Ryan Brinley combined for three innings of scoreless relief for the hold (#1) and the save (#10) respectively. Andrew Stevenson reach based four times with a walk, a single, and two doubles to lead the 11-hit, one-walk attack.
Roster moves: LHP Justin Thomas activated from 7-Day DL; RHP Jake Johansen reassigned to GCL for MiLB Rehab.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 1– GAME ONE
• Baez (W, 4-5) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• VanVossen (SV, 6) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B
• Tillero 2-3, RBI, 2CS (yes, really)

The Suns posted a picket fence in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and held off the Legends for 3-1 win in the opener. Joan Baez turned in five innings of one-run ball on three hits and three walks while striking out seven for the win. Mick VanVossen tossed two scoreless innings to notch the save, his sixth. Rhett Wiseman singled, doubled, and scored a run while Jorge Tillero singled twice and drove in a run to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 1 – GAME TWO
• Guilbeau (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Lambert 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-3, R, RBI
• DeBruin 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Grant DeBruin and Jakson Reetz both connected for two-run HRs as Hagerstown completed the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 win over Lexington. Taylor Guilbeau was credited with the win with four scoreless innings thrown, allowing two hits, one walk, and fanning six. Matthew Page accounted for the fifth RBI with a single in the 2nd following Rhett Wiseman’s walk and steal of second.
Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn reassigned to GCL.

Aberdeen 9 Auburn 2
• Mills (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, BK, HBP
• Mooney 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Encarnacion 2-4, SB(7)
• Banks 2-4

The Doubledays jumped on the IronBirds for two in the 1st but it was all Aberdeen thereafter in a 9-2 loss in the series finale. McKenzie Mills suffered the loss with five runs charged to him on two hits, three walks, and hit batsman over four and 1/3rd innings. Randy Enacarnacion and Nick Banks both went 2-for-4 while the Auburn offense went 0-for-10 with RISP and left on seven men.

Jun 242016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Long (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Crouse (1-2, 3.03)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Ross (3-0, 0.00) vs.
Santos (4-1, 3.42)
Potomac Postponed @ Lynchburg Whiting (7-2, 3.24) vs.
Polanco (3-1, 1.88)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lexington,
5:35 p.m.
Baez (3-5, 4.89) and
Avila (5-5, 2.91) vs.
Blewett (3-6, 5.12) and
Watson (2-6, 8.06)
Auburn Lost, 4-0 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Humpal (pro debut)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Voth (W, 4-3) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Glover 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Turner 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A five-run 2nd capped off by two-run Trea Turner homerun sealed the deal early as the Chiefs took the series finale, 6-1 from the PawSox. Perhaps confused by the big lead, Austin Voth locked in and held Pawtucket to one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four while winning his fourth game. Matt den Dekker singled and doubled to lead the Syracuse offense, which maximized its efforts with six runs on five hits and four walks.

Harrisburg 5 Portland 2
• Valdez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Robinson (H, 5) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• De Los Santos (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, R, RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B

Harrisburg scored in three of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead and held on for 5-2 win over Portland. Phillips Valdez got his first AA win with a run (HR) allowed on hour hits and a walk while fanning three over five innings. Andrew Robinson turned in three innings of one-run relief to earn the hold while Abel De Los Santos pitched another scoreless 9th to get his second save in as many nights. Rafael Bautista singled twice while Wilmer Difo doubled twice and singled once to pace the Sens’ nine-hit, four-walk attack.
Roster moves: C Brian Jeroloman placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Nick Rickles reassigned from XST.

Potomac – PPD
Rain washed out yet another game for the P-Nats, but thanks to a second trip to Lynchburg in August, there’s no doubleheader tonight.

Hagerstown – PPD
It’s an extra day off for Hagerstown but they will play two tonight in Lexington.

Auburn 4 Aberdeen 0
• Watson (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Peguero (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Perkins 4-5, R, 3RBI, CS
• Kerian 1-3, R, BB

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a six-hit, 13K shutout of the Ironbirds for a 4-0 win. Tyler Watson pitched five scoreless innings with three hits, two walks, and five K’s to earn his first win. Francys Peguero tossed three scoreless with five whiffs to get the hold while Angher Cespedes struck out the side on 19 pitches in the 9th to close out the game. Blake Perkins went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored followed by David Kerian with a walk and a single to lead the Auburn offense. Roster moves: OF Nick Banks (4th Rd. Pick ’16) assigned from Washington.

Jun 212016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (5-3, 4.79) and
Laffey ( ) vs.
Owens (4-3, 3.62) and
Elias (4-3, 3.54)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (6-4, 2.90) vs.
McAvoy (3-3, 8.13)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 7-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (0-2, 9.92 @ GCL in ’14) vs.
Colegate (0-1, 745 @ AZL in ’15)


Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 1
• Espino (L, 3-7) 7IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Gutierrez ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Severino 3-3
• Turner 2-4, SB, CS(1)

Pawtucket scored once in the 2nd and twice in the 4th and en route to a 4-1 victory over Syracuse. Paolo Espino lost for the seventh time despite a serviceable line of three runs allowed over seven innings on nine hits. He walked none, hit a batter, and struck out two. Pedro Severino singled three times in three at-bats while Trea Turner singled twice and stole a base to lead the eight-hit offense.
Roster moves: RHP Koda Glover promoted from Harrisburg..

Harrisburg – OFF DAY

Tyler Mapes’s nine-inning shutout was enough for him to earn the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for June 13-19. He’s also tonight’s starter for the Senators against the Sea Dogs as they begin a six-game trip through Maine and New Hampshire.

Potomac – ALL-STAR BREAK

Tonight is the California-Carolina League All-Star game, held in Lake Elsinore, CA. At least two of the three position players (Drew Ward, Andrew Stevenson, and Alec Keller) are expected to start while Ryan Brinley may see an appearance in relief.

Hagerstown – ALL-STAR BREAK

Likewise, the Sally League will hold its midseason showcase in Lexington. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Victor Robles are expected to start for the Sally North while Marian Rivera III and Jefry Rodriguez are among the pitchers. Kelvin Gutierrez will not appear because he is on the DL.

Auburn 7 Mahoning Valley 1
• Y. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Valerio (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• La Bruna 2-3, R, BB
• Perkins 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Ripken 0-0, R, SF, 3BB, RBI

The Doubledays bounced back from Sunday’s beatdown to return the favor to the Scrappers, 7-1. Yonathan Ramirez went the first five innings and gave up a HR for the lone Mahoning Valley tally (hey, that rhymes!) and three hits total. He walked none and fanned five. Maximo Valerio followed with three scoreless innings to earn the hold. Angelo Le Bruna singled twice and walked once while Ryan Ripken walked three times and lofted a sac fly to pace the Auburn attack.

Jun 202016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-6, 3.50) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-2, 3.38)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 4-3 (11 inn.) ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 14-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-6, 2.75 @ DSL in ’15) vs.
L. Jimenez (3-5, 5.01 @ AZL in ’15)


Syracuse 2 Columbus 1 (10 inn.)
• Long 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 5-2) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-4, 2K
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI

The Chiefs rallied for two in the bottom of the 10th to end a seven-game losing streak and take the series finale, 2-1. It also transformed Erik Davis’s “L” to a “W” as he gave up the Clippers’ go-ahead run in the top of of the 10th. Jaron Long (7IP), Bryan Harper (1IP), and Rafael Martin (1IP) made the donuts in regulation, combining for six hits and one walk allowed and six strikeouts. A single, an RBI double by Steve Lombardozzi, a Trea Turner walk, and a sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin got the job done, though Syracuse was held to five hits and five walks total over nine and 2/3rds innings.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 1
• Lopez (W, 2-5) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 13K
• Suero (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Soto 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Collier 2-3, R

Reynaldo Lopez struck out 13 for the second time in three starts as Harrisburg took the game, 4-1 and the series 2-1 from Reading. The 22-y.o. Dominican issued no walks and gave up just the one run to the Fightins on five hits over seven innings for his second win. The Sens ‘pen did their best to test the hearts and/or stomachs of the fans and the manager (not necessarily respectively) as they loaded the bases in the 8th and and put on two in the 9th but stranded all five basrunners. Neftali Soto singled, walked, and homered to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: RHP Abel de Los Santos reassigned from Syracuse..

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 (11 inn.)
• Crownover 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Orlan 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 3-5
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

The P-Nats blew a 3-0 lead but prevailed in extras to take the series finale, 4-3 from the Pelicans and finish the first half at .500 (34-34). Matthew Crownover went the first five innings and gave up two runs on a two-out, two-run HR in his fifth and final inning. He walked three and struck out five while allowing four hits. The southpaw lost the possible “W” in the 8th when Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez let in the equalizer on two hits for a blown save, his first. A walk, a single, and a sacrifice in the 11th set up David Masters for the gamewinner, which he delivered with a single to center and the 12th Potomac hit of the game.

Greenville 3 Hagerstown 2
• Avila (L, 5-5) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Lambert 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Davidson 2-3, BB

Hagerstown fell behind 3-0 early and fell short of tying the game in the 8th for a 3-2 loss to Greenville, slicing their margin of victory for the division title to the minimum of a half game. Pedro Avila allowed all three Drive runs on three hits and three walks over five innings to lose for the fifth time. Austin Davidson reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk while Matthew Page went 2-for-4 with a HR to lead the Suns offense.

Mahoning Valley 14 Auburn 3
• W. Pena (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Conner ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• A. Martinez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ripken 2-4, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI

The Scrappers scored in six of nine “ups” to destroy the Doubledays, 14-3. Starter Wilber Pena took the brunt of the beating with six runs allowed on four hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Andres Martinez led the hitters with two singles and a double and an RBI, followed by Ryan Ripken who doubled twice and walked once.

Jun 192016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Long (0-1, 8.00) vs.
Clevinger (6-0, 2.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Lopez (1-5, 3.82) vs.
Pinto (2-2, 4.40)
Potomac Lost, 2-1;
Lost, 4-0
vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 6.60) vs.
Null (2-3, 3.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Greenville,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (5-4, 3.02) vs.
Jimenez (1-1, 8.25)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Pena (1-6, 3.92 @ GCL in ’15) vs.
Hillman (0-2, 4.13 @ AZL in ’15)


Columbus 4 Syracuse 3
• Voth (L, 3-3) 7IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Gutierrez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R, RBI

The Chiefs’ circle of the drain took another spin with a 4-3 loss to the Clippers, the seventh straight defeat. Austin Voth went seven innings, shutting out Columbus for six of them, but the four-run 5th rigged him with his third loss with four hits (three doubles) and one walk allowed. He struck out five. J.C. Gutierrez both followed with a goose egg, but the Syracuse offense continues to struggle. While they drew 10 walks, just one of them scored and the team left on 14 while going 3-for-14 with RISP. Jason Martinson and Brian Goodwin both went 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the seven-hit effort.

Harrisburg 2 Reading 0
• Ross (W 3-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Glover (SV, 4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-3, R, BB, SB, 2CS, E(15)
• Kieboom 2-3, R

Greg Ross continues to dominate in his return to AA, tossing another seven scoreless innings as Harrisburg shut out Reading, 2-0. Ross gave up three hits and two walks while striking out five to win his third straight start since his callup from Potomac. Wander Suero and Koda Glover combined for two perfect innings to earn the hold and save, respectively. Wilmer Difo and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the nine-hit, four-walk offense.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 1 – GAME ONE
• Williams (L, 0-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, BB

Since swapping places with Greg Ross, Austen Williams hasn’t been as brilliant but has pitched well enough win, twice. And has lost, twice – the latest by a 2-1 decision at the wings of the Pelicans. Williams gave up both Myrtle Beach runs on four hits (one HR) and a walk while setting down six on strikes over six innings. The P-Nats mustered just three singles and a double while walking four times, with Drew Ward and Dale Carey the only two batters to reach base twice.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Reyes (L, 3-7) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K
• Spann 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 2-3
• Masters 1-3

Myrtle Beach got four in the 3rd and it was more than enough to secure the doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 shutout of Potomac. Luis Reyes took the loss with all four Pelicans runs allowed on five hits and four walks over five innings. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos went 2-for-3; the rest of the team went 3-for-23 with two walks.

Greenville 7 Hagerstown 1
• Bourque (L, 0-3) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Rivera 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 1-3, BB, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 1-3, R

The Suns lost, 7-1, but thanks to Delmarva dropping the opener of its doubleheader, Hagerstown clinched the first-half division title. James Bourque lost for the third time in as many starts with three runs let in on seven hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three. Only Mariano Rivera III managed to stall the Drive with a scoreless 9th as Greenville piled on four more against Luis Torres and Taylor Guilbeau. Rhett Wiseman was the only batter to reach base twice as the Suns were held to four hits and three walks.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Mills (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Fuentes (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Ripken 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• La Bruna 2-4, R
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB, 2SB, OF assist at 3B

Auburn completed the two-game sweep of Batavia with a 5-1 win. McKenzie Mills navigated through nine baserunners (six hit, three walks) in five scoreless innings for the win. Steve Fuentes gave up the lone run on two hits and a walk while earning the save. Ryan Ripken (turns 23 next month) continues to punish significantly younger pitchers with a single, double, and a walk and two RBI, as did Angelo La Bruna (turned 24 in April) with a pair of singles as the Doubledays took advantage of seven walks and an error to score five times on six hits. Roster moves: As noted in the comments, 3B Sheldon “Come On Feel The” Neuse was signed by Washington and assigned to the Doubledays roster.

DSL Update
The D-Nats dropped four of six to fall to 5-7 on the season thus far. Longtime DSLer Angel Guillen (19, but in his third season at the level) has struck out 12 in ten scoreless innings across two starts to lead the pitchers. Returnees Santo Falcon (19) Brailin Mesa (18), and Jesus Morales (18) are each posting .800+ OPS marks over the first two weeks to lead the hitters.

Jun 152016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Louisville,
11:45 a.m.
Cole (5-2, 4.67) vs.
Moscot (1-3, 7.56)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-4, 3.27) vs.
Montgomery (5-1, 2.95)
Potomac Won, 11-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (6-2, 3.26) vs.
McGrath (1-2, 4.88)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-3 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.89) vs.
Kilome (1-5, 4.96)


Louisville 3 Syracuse 2
• Espino (L, 3-6) 5+ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 2HR; 1-2
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-3, BB, CS
• Martinson 2-3, R, 2B, 3B, BB

Three errors and two homers were too much for the Chiefs to overcome as the Bats edged them again, 3-2. Paolo Espino bookended his five-plus innings with solo HR’s allowed in the 1st and 6th innings while giving up an unearned run in the 2nd for his sixth loss. He gave up six hits total, walked one, and struck out six. Bryan Harper stranded two while finishing the 6th while J.C. Gutierrez and Nick Masset both turned in a scoreless inning to keep things close. Brian Goodwin and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-3 with a walk while the rest of the lineup went 2-for-25 with three walks.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 4
• Lopez (L, 1-5) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 1ER, 2BB, 7K, 0HR
• Self 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B
• Collier 1-3, 2RBI

Trenton took advantage of four Harrisburg errors to score six unearned runs in a 7-4 win. Reynaldo Lopez lost for the fifth time as he gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Derek Self stranded two while getting the last out of the 5th and put up two more goose eggs to keep the Sens close. Despite striking out 13 times, Harrisburg scored four times on just six hits and one (1) walk. Shawn Pleffner connected for the only extra-base hit (double) and Zach Collier drove in two to lead the offense. Roster moves: OF Zach Collier activated from the 7-Day DL; UT Cutter Dykstra released.

Potomac 11 Salem 4
• Crownover 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Estevez (W, 1-4) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mendez (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 3-6, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Read 2-3, R, BB
• Stevenson 1-2, 4R, 3B, 4BB, 3SB (23, 24, 25)

After blowing a 3-2 lead in the 5th to fall behind 4-3, Potomac torched Salem relievers for eight unanswered runs in the final three innings to take this one, 11-4. Matt Crownover labored through four innings (80 pitches) and let in the first two Red Sox runs on four hits and two walks with a single strikeout. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was the beneficiary of the P-Nats’ four-run 7th for a win despite coughing up the lead with two runs over two innings. Gilberto Mendez closed out the game with three scoreless for the save. Andrew Stevenson drew four walks, stole three bases, and scored four runs to lead the 12-hit, seven-walk attack.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 3
• Avila (L, 5-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rivera 1IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Page 1-2, R, 2BB, CS
• Lora 1-2, 2B, BB, SB

The Suns remain stuck on 40 wins while the Shorebirds won their fourth straight to close the gap to just two games in the Sally North after a 9-3 loss to the BlueClaws. Pedro Avila took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five innings. After getting a run in the top of the 8th to pull within one at 4-3, Mariano Rivera III sent the hometown fans happy as he was pinched for five runs (all earned) on six hits and a walk in the bottom of the 8th. Hagerstown squeezed three runs out of five hits and four walks with the help of one Lakewood error and three stolen bases. Matt Page led the way with a single and two walks, though he was caught stealing.

Jun 122016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Indianapolis,
1:35 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.84) vs.
Williams (0-3, 6.32)
Harrisburg Won, 11-2 vs. Akron,
3:30 p.m.
Valdez (AA debut) vs.
Peoples (5-2, 3.02)
Potomac Lost, 2-0;
Lost, 3-0
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Reyes (3-5, 5.08) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 8-5 vs. Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Ogando (4-5, 3.63)


Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 1
• Hill (L, 3-5) 6IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Gutierrez 1IP, 1H, 0R, IBB, 2K
• Ramsey 1-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Solano 2-2, 2BB
• 0-6 RISP, 11 LOB

Caleb Ramsey’s solo HR in the 8th broke up the Indians’ shutout bid as the Chiefs were clipped, 2-1. Taylor Hill kept the ball in the yard, scattering nine hits over six innings of two-run ball. He walked none and struck out five while losing his fifth decision. Matt Belisle failed to record a 1-2-3 inning again but kept Indianapolis off the board as did J.C. Gutierrez as each turned in a scoreless inning. Jhonatan Solano singled twice and walked twice to lead the seven-hit, six-walk Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 11 Akron 2
• Simms 3⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HBP, E
• Brady (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K; 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-3, 2R, SF, 3RBI
• Soto 3-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, SB(31), CS(6)

Harrisburg relievers combined for a two-run bullpen job while the hitters ducked up Akron pitchers for 14 hits in an 11-2 demolition. John Simms made the spot start and let in one run on five hits and a walk while fanning three. Michael Brady was credited with the win with the second run on three hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Isaac Ballou, Neftali Soto, and Christopher Bostick each drove in three runs while Soto and Rafael Bautista each had three hits. Every position player reached base while beers were on Kevin Keyes as the only Senator to go hitless.

Frederick 2 Potomac 0 – GAME ONE
• Williams (L, 0-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2B
• Keller 1-3, 2B

In the opener, the Keys locked down the P-Nats for a 2-0 shutout. Austen Williams pitched well enough to win, with two runs allowed on six hits and a walk over seven innings while setting down six on strikes for a complete-game loss in his return to High-A. The offense was AWOL with just three hits – an Andrew Stevenson double off the glove of the Frederick CF, an error ruled as an infield double when the Keys 3B dropped a popup, and a double peeled to left-center by Jose “Orange” Marmolejos.

Frederick 3 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Spann (L, 1-1) 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, WP
• Sanchez 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Carey 2-2
• Norfork 1-2

Frederick shut out Potomac, 3-0 in the nightcap to sweep the doubleheader and pull into a tie for second place in the C.L. North. Matt Spann got the spot start and was knocked for two runs on five hits and two walks over three innings to take the loss. That was more than enough to win as the P-Nats only mustered just four hits and one walk, with Daly Carey leading the way with two singles in two trips to the plate.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 5
• Baez (L, 2-5) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Torres 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Agustin 2-3, R, 3B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Lora 2-4, 2R
• Schrock 2-4, R, RBI

The Suns jumped out to a 3-0 lead which the Legends erased with a five-run 3rd and held on for an 8-5 win. Joan Baez continues to struggle, failing to go four or more innings for the fourth time in six starts in his fifth loss. He was pounded for five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk over three innings. Telmito Agustin tripled, homered, and drove in two to lead the Hagerstown offense.
Roster moves: 3b Kelvin Gutierrez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Grant DeBruin reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Update
The D-Nats started up this past week and fell in line the with .500 mark (3-3) that’s all the rage in the Nationals farm these days (OK, fine just Syracuse and Potomac; win some, lose some). Folks looking for a lot of new names will be sorely disappointed, as nine of the 12 pitchers to have pitched and six of the 12 position players to have batted thus far are holdovers from the 2015 team.

Jun 112016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-4, 4.92) vs.
Glasnow (6-2, 2.04)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (3-3, 3.08) vs.
Morimando (9-1, 2.17)
Potomac Won, 6-0 vs. Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (2-4, 4.76) vs.
Watson (1-6, 8.72)


Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 4
• Cole (W, 5-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, HBP
• Martin (SV, 12) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB, HBP
• Campana 2-3

Syracuse got two runs early and held off Indianapolis late for 5-4 win. Starter A.J. Cole turned in his fourth straight quality start to win his fifth game, with two runs allowed on five hits. He walked two and struck out a season-high of eight. Matt Skole homered for the aforementioned two-spot and went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and—thanks to Brian Goodwin running ahead of him—a stolen base. Goodwin also reached base four times on a hit by pitch, double, single, and a walk. Jason Martinson also homered to help cover up a team 1-for-12 mark with RISP.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 2
• Giolito (W, 5-2) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 12K
• Glover 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B
• Soto 2-4, R
• Bostick 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI

Both hands on the keyboard: Lucas Giolito also hit a season-high with K’s (12) while winning his fifth game as the Sens tripled up the ‘Ducks, 6-2. Giolito went seven innings and gave up two unearned runs on four hits and one walk. He threw 100 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Koda Glover was perfect for two innings as he retired all six Akron batters he faced while finishing the game. Shawn Pleffner doubled, Christopher Bostick tripled, and Kevin Keyes homered as Harrisburg produced six runs from seven hits and two walks.

Frederick 6 Potomac 3
• Whiting (W, 6-2) 6⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Estevez 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Marmolejos 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Vettleson 1-4, R, 2SB

Boone Whiting came back from paternity leave to show Frederick who’s their daddy Last Night In Woodbridge

Roster moves: RHP Boone Whiting activated from the the 3-Day TIL; IF Grant DeBruin reassigned to Auburn.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 3
• Rodriguez 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Borne (W, 1-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Schrock 2-5
• Page 1-3, BB
• Robles 0-2, BB, 2HBP (17, 18)
• 2-for-12 RISP, 12 LOB

The Legends went full Little League in the bottom of the 9th with an error, two walks, and two wild pitches allowing the Suns to score four times on just two singles to turn a 3-0 shutout bid into a 4-3 walkoff loss. The collapse made a winner out of Grant Borne, who allowed just a walk and a single over four innings while striking out four in relief. Starter Jefry Rodriguez was dinged for three runs on five hits and two walks over the first five innings for a no-decision. Max “For Those About To” Schrock led the hit column with two, while Victor Robles walked and was hit by a pitch twice to reach base three times.