Jun 052015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (1-0, 1.32) vs.
Severino (0-0, 4.15)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (2-3, 3.69) vs.
Ruth (3-0, 2.04)
Potomac Lost, 13-1 @ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (2-2, 4.01) vs.
Stankiewicz (1-5, 3.52)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Castillo (2-2, 4.40)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 10 Syracuse 2
• Williams (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Delcarmen 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Gwynn 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2B

A five-run fourth was more than enough to send the Chiefs to their 11th straight loss, a 10-2 trainwreck to the RailRiders. Austen Williams was activated to fill in for A.J. Cole and, predictably, got hammered on the second turn through the lineup. He gave up five runs on four hits and two walks over four innings while striking out two. Tony Gwynn Jr. and Emmanuel Burriss both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington, RHP Taylor Jordan optioned from Washington; RHP Austen Williams transferred from Auburn.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2
• Bacus 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• De Los Santos (L, 1-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, BB
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg got good pitching but not enough offense and lost yet another one-run game, 3-2. Dakota Bacus scattered eight hits over six innings, tossing a quality start of two runs over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. The loss went to Abel De Los Santos, who gave up a run in the 7th on two hits. Matt Skole homered in the 2nd while Brian Goodwin walked and doubled. The Senators totaled just six hits overall and left on five baserunners.
Roster move: IF Wilmer Difo optioned from Washington, IF Anthony Rendon MLB Rehab assignment ended.

Salem 13 Potomac 1
• Valdez (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 9R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 4E
• K. Perez 3⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 6K, HBP, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Bostick 1-3, 2B, BB
• S. Perez 0-2, BB, SB, SAC

Salem continued its domination of Potomac with a 13-1 obliteration for its fifth win in as many meetings this season. Phillips Valdez was his own worst enemy as he committed four of the five P-Nats errors while letting in nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits over four and a third innings to suffer the loss. Kevin Perez finished the game and struck out six but gave up four unearned runs on four hits and a walk. The Potomac offense managed just three hits, with Christopher Bostick the sole P-Nat to reach base twice with a walk and a double while going 1-for-3.
Roster move: LHP Justin Thomas reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 3 Greensboro 1
• Bach 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• M. Sanchez (W, 2-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• DeBruin 2-4, R, 2B
• Davidson 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to pull away from the Grasshoppers and take the first game of the series, 3-1. Starter Connor Bach got the no-decision despite allowing just an unearned run on four hits and a walk over six innings. The win went to Mario Sanchez, who struck out five and walked one over the final three innings. Grant DeBruin and Austin Davidson both went 2-for-4 with a double though the Suns struggled with clutch hitting, as they 0-for-9 with RISP as the three runs scored on an error, home run (“Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz), and a two-out double that Davidson tried (and failed) to stretch into triple.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Amlung reassigned from Potomac; C Raudy Read placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jorge Tillero, RHP Joan Baez activated from XST; 1B Jose Marmolejos-Diaz transferred from Auburn; 1B Carlos Lopes transferred to Auburn.

Trea Turner Update
Another game, another 2-for-5 night. This time Turner only drove in one and didn’t strike out. What a bum.

Jun 042015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-2, 3.26) vs.
Long (3-4, 4.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 6.00) vs.
Plutko (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Ball (3-5, 4.98)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0;
Won, 3-1
@ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Steckenrider (1-2, 2.63)


Louisville 4 Syracuse 2
• Billings 6IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Lively (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Mastroianni 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R

[! – – 2015 script – – ]
The Chiefs’ starter pitched well, the bullpen did not. A couple of hitters did well, but the offense otherwise struggled.
Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Akron 1 — GAME ONE
• Bleier 8IP, 7H, 0R, BB, K, BK
• Mendez (W, 3-2) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Rendon 1-4, 2B
• Lisson 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Mario Lisson’s two-out, two-run home run in the 9th gave the Senators a walkoff win in the opener. Starter Richard Bleier threw eight shutout innings, with seven hits and one walk allowed before giving way to the bullpen. Gilberto Mendez struck out the side but gave up single and triple in the 9th. Derrick Robinson singled to lead off the final frame and scored ahead of Lisson’s big fly. The Sens totaled just four hits and a walk overall.

Akron 1 Harrisburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Simmons (L, 2-3) 4IP, 4H, R, 0BB, 3K
• Demny 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pleffner 1-2
• Hague 1-2, SB

Harrisburg couldn’t push across the equalizing run and were shut out 1-0 in the nightcap to split the doubleheader. James Simmons was the losing pitcher, giving up the lone Akron run on four hits and no walks while striking out three. Paul Demny and Colin Bates combined for three shutout innings of relief. As they did in the first game, the Senators tallied just four hits — all singles.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After splitting an eight-game homestand, the P-Nats hit the road four against Salem and four against Carolina.

Hagerstown 2 Hickory 0 — GAME ONE
• Purke (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, K, HBP
• Van Orden (SV, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keller 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, R

Two Suns pitchers combined on a seven-inning shutout by a 2-0 score in the first of two in Hagerstown. Starter and winner Matt Purke went the first five innings, allowing a walk and all four Hickory hits while striking out one and hitting a batter. Drew Van Orden threw two perfect innings to earn the save, his third. The Suns were held to just three hits and two walks, with Alec Keller (single, BB) and Jeff Gardner (BB, HBP) the only two batters to reach base twice.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 1 — GAME TWO
• Reyes (W, 2-3) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Napoli (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 2-3, R, RBI
• Masters 1-3, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown rallied for three in the bottom of the 4th in a 3-1 win that swept the doubleheader. Luis Reyes got the win, with one run let in on two hits and four walks over five innings. Andrew Cooper and David Napoli both turned in a scoreless innings to earn the hold and save respectively. The Suns made the Crawdads pay for issuing six walks as they scored three times on just four hits, led by Grant DeBruin’s 2-for-3 effort.
Roster move: LHP Brett Mooneyham released.

Trea Turner Update
Turner ended his two-game hitless streak with a 2-for-5 night, scoring once, driving in two, and striking out twice.

Jun 032015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-5;
Lost, 6-1
vs. Louisville,
10:35 a.m.
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Smith (1-2, 3.81)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Akron,
5:00 p.m.
Bleier (3-1, 4.28) and
Simmons (2-2, 4.26) vs.
Merritt (3-4, 4.02) and
Colon (0-0, 13.50)
Potomac Won, 4-3 (11 inn.);
Won, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Cancelled vs. Hickory,
11:05 a.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) and
Purke (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76) and
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)


Louisville 8 Syracuse 5 — GAME ONE
• McGregor 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Meek (L, 2-3) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Johnson 2-4, 2R
• Gwynn 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Burriss 2-5, R

The Chiefs bullpen allowed three of four inherited runners score while blowing a 2-0 lead in the 7th and then coughed up three more in the 9th to lose this one, 8-5. Scott McGregor pitched his sixth straight quality start, charged with two runs on four hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Rafael Martin failed to get the one out necessary to earn the save, instead giving up two hits and two walks to the four batters he faced before he was lifted. Syracuse tied it with three runs scored with two out in the bottom of the 7th to send it into “extras.” Evan Meek was dinged for three runs in his second inning of work to take the loss. The Chiefs loaded the bases with one out in their final “ups” but the three baserunners became the 8th, 9th, and 10th men left on as a strikeout and a flyout ended the game.

Louisville 6 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Fornataro (L, 0-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mastroianni 1-3, 2B, BB
• Minicozzi 1-3, 2K

Louisville continued to beat up on the Syracuse bullpen, scoring six times against four relievers for 6-1 win that swept the doubleheader. Eric Fornataro was given the spot start and gave up a run on three hits and two walks with two K’s. With next-to-no offense, Fornataro’s effort would be a losing one as the Chiefs were held to two hits, enabling the Bats’ pitchers to get away with seven walks in seven innings.
Roster moves: OF Matt den Dekker recalled to Washington; RHP Sam Runion assigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg vs. Akron — PPD
It was an extra day off for the Senators as the Tuesday night contest against Akron was rained out. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader tonight.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — COMP. (11th inn.)
• Self (W, 2-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• S. Perez 2-4, 2RBI

The P-Nats got three singles in the bottom of the 11th to take the completion, 4-3. The win went to Derek Self, who worked around two hits in the top of the 11th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 5-2) 2⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Wooten 2-4, R, 2B
• Bostick 2-5, 2B, RBI

Potomac took advantage of some sloppy defense in the 8th to rally for two and take the regularly scheduled game, 4-3 to split the four-game series. Starter John Simms pitched into the 7th for the second time in three starts and let in two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Wander Suero got the win though his streak of innings without an earned run ended at 12⅔ with a run given up in the 8th. John Wooten and Christopher Bostick both singled and doubled as the P-Nats piled up 11 hits total.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Thomas reassigned to Hagerstown; RHP Justin Amlung reassigned to Potomac

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — CNCLD
Rain will shorten this three-game series to a maximum of two games today as the two teams do not meet again in the first half.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was hitless in five AB’s in a 1-0 shutout of the Missions.

May 302015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-2, 4.35) vs.
Diamond (4-2, 3.94)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 3.66) vs.
Bridwell (1-3, 4.75)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Blackburn (3-2, 4.64)
Hagerstown Won, 12-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (1-0, 3.93) vs.
Lowry (4-2, 4.18)


Durham 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 7BB, 4K
• Fornataro 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Burriss 2-3, 2B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, RBI, SB

The Chiefs outhit the Bulls 5-1, but Durham outscored Syracuse, 3-1. The decision to yo-yo A.J. Cole between starting and relieving, AAA and MLB “paid off” last night as the 23-y.o. issued five straight walks with one out in the fourth and seven total before he was taken out. He would be charged with the loss, and all three Durham runs. Jason Martinson homered in the 7th, but the Syracuse bats were largely silent, collecting just five total and wasting near-perfect relief (4⅔ IP, 0H, BB, 3K) from three relievers.
Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Bates 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (SV, 4) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 1-4, 3B

The Senators shook off a tough loss on Thursday and rallied for three in the 7th to edge the BaySox, 3-2. Colin Bates turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Gilberto Mendez finished with three scoreless innings for his fourth save. Brian Goodwin homered to break up the shutout and lead off the 7th, while Pedro Severino singled with two out to tie, and Tony Renda got plunked for the game-winning, Homer Simpson RBI.
Roster move: IF Anthony Rendon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Valdez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Self (W, 1-0) 2+ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Lee (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Norfork 2-3, R, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, 2B

Potomac rallied for two in the 8th for a sportswriter’s win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 12 Kannapolis 6
• Rodriguez 4⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 4K, 2WP, 2BK
• M. Sanchez 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Keller 2-5, R, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, HR (GS), 4RBI

Austin Davidson’s grand slam capped off a five-run 4th as the Suns scorched the Intimidators, 12-6. Starter Jefry Rodriguez fell one out short of getting a Jack Morris win as he was ineffective yet again: five runs on three hits and five walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Mario Sanchez got the win with three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief. Every Hagerstown batter hit safely as they racked up 12 hits total with Brennan Middleton also going deep with a solo shot in the 3rd.

Trea Turner Update
The Missions were rained out on Friday night.

May 292015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 2.67) vs.
Buschmann (4-3, 3.02)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
(0-0, 3.38) vs.
Berry (0-4, 7.66)
Potomac Won, 8-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (A+ debut) vs.
Skoglund (3-1, 2.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-3, 7.20) vs.
Martinez (1-4, 6.14)


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 0
• Billings 6⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Martin (BS, 2; L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Minicozzi 2-3, R, BB
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Burriss 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Rafael Martin’s struggles returned as he coughed up three in the 9th to complete Norfolk’s 6-5 comeback win and four-game sweep of Syracuse. For the second straight game, the Chiefs starter pitched well enough to win as Bruce Billings gave up three run on six hits, though two were home runs. He walked none and struck out two. The Tides’ third and final home run was a two-out, two-run walkoff shot off Martin, who blew his second save and lost for the third time. Four Syracuse batters registered multiple hits as the offense produced 11 hits and drew five walks, with Mark Minicozzi and Emmanuel Burriss both reaching base three times.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Simmons 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR; 1-2
• Ambriz (BS, 2; L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2RBI
• Renda 1-4, R

Richmond rallied in the 9th to tie and won it in the 10th for a 3-2 win. An 89-minute rain delay shelved starter Joe Ross, but James Simmons filled in admirably with four innings of one-run ball, followed by Paul Demny with three scoreless frames. The Senators offense put up two runs in the 1st but was limited to six hits and one walk total. Shawn Pleffner drove in both runs and went 2-for-4 to lead the Harrisburg attack. Hector Ambriz, who had saved two games and won one in his last three appearances, took the loss with two runs allowed over an inning and 2/3rds.

Potomac 8 Wilmington 3
• Simms (W, 2-4) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Suero (SV, 1) 4IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 3K
• S. Perez 2-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, BB
• Ward 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Potomac scored in each of the first three innings and put the game away with a four-run 5th in an 8-3 win over Wilmington. A perhaps too-rested John Simms wobbled through five innings but got his second win in as many starts, giving up three runs on seven hits and five walks over five innings while striking out four. Wander Suero was peppered for seven hits over four scoreless innings to register his first save of 2015. Stephen Perez singled twice, walked twice, and drove in two to lead the P-Nats offense.
Roster moves: RHP Phillips Valdez promoted from Hagerstown; RHP Tyler Mapes placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 0
• Purke (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, BK
• Orlan 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K
• Abreu 1-3, BB
• DeBruin 1-3, BB

Matt Purke made his first start since having Tommy John surgery last May in a 4-0 Hagerstown loss to Kannapolis. The oft-injured southpaw was charged with two runs on three hits over four innings. He walked none and struck out three. The Suns ‘pen walked seven over five innings but gave up just two more runs. The Hagerstown batters were held to four hits and four walks and were just 1-for-8 with RISP with seven men left on base. Osvaldo Abreu and Grant DeBruin both reached base twice with a single and a walk.
Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke activated from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner tripled to keep his 14-game hit streak alive and was 1-for-4 overall.

May 272015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
McGregor (3-3, 3.35) vs.
Bowden (3-1, 1.97)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Bleier (3-0, 2.48) vs.
Biagini (2-3, 1.76)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Spann (0-4, 4.66) and
Mapes (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Rico (2-2, 2.70) and
Mills (2-3, 3.32)
Hagerstown Won, 10-3 @ Greensboro,
12:30 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) vs.
Cavanerio (0-1, 3.21)


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 1
• Lively (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Fornataro 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 1-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Gwynn 1-4, 2B, RBI, OF assist at HP

The Chiefs bats were held to just three hits in a 3-1 loss to the Tides. Mitch Lively was the first of five pitchers to take the mound and the loser for allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with two K’s. Eric Fornataro followed with two scoreless, while Erik Davis let in the third Norfolk run in his two frames. Emmanuel Burriss singled, walked, and stole two bases while scoring the sole Syracuse run. Tony Gwynn Jr. drove him in with a double in the 1st while Josh Johnson accounted for the third and final hit in 9th.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 3
• Bacus (L, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Mendez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Robinson 3-4, SB
• Hague 0-2, R, 2BB

Richmond exploded for five runs in the 3rd and cruised to a 6-3 win over Harrisburg. Dakota Bacus took the loss in his second AA start, charged with all six runs on seven hits (including a three-run HR) over five innings. He walked two and struck out three. Gilberto Mendez tossed two scoreless innings and Brian Dupra one to keep the Sens within striking distance. Derrick Robinson led the Harrisburg offense with three singles and a stolen base, but the rest of the lineup managed just five hits and left on 12 baserunners.
LHP Richard Bleier was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After a drive-by, three-game homestand last week, the last-place P-Nats are in town for eight games in seven days, beginning with a doubleheader tonight (weather permitting) against the first-place Blue Rocks.

Hagerstown 10 Greensboro 3
• Dickey 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Cooper (W, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Van Orden (SV, 2) 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Carey 2-4, 2R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• DeBruin 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Read 0-2, R, 3BB, 2GIDP

Dale Carey homered twice and drove in three as the Suns scored the last seven runs in a 10-3 win over the Grasshoppers. Robbie Dickey was activated shortly before the game but was ineffective, giving up all three Greensboro runs on six hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. The win went to Andrew Cooper, who stranded two in the 3rd and went two and a 1/3rd innings total. Expected starter Drew Van Orden tossed four shutout innings for the rulebook save. Grant DeBruin was the only other Hagerstown batter to record multiple hits, thanks the Grasshopper pitchers issuing nine walks to enable ten runs to score on just eight hits.
Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams reassigned to XST, RHP Robbie Dickey reassigned from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner singled and doubled and stole a base for a 2-for-4 night, a 12-game hit streak, and a 25-game on-base streak.

May 262015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 @ Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
Lively (0-0, 1.85) vs.
McFarland (1-2, 4.24)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Lujan (1-4, 5.59)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Van Orden (2-1, 2.67) vs.
Kolek (3-2, 4.50)


Norfolk 7 Syracuse 2
• T. Hill (L, 3-2) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Rivero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• den Dekker 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI

A five-run 8th turned the, um, tide of a 2-1 game as Norfolk defeated Syracuse, 7-2. The loss went to Taylor Hill despite pitching into the 7th and letting in just two runs on eight hits and a walk. Manny Delcarmen retired just one of four batters faced in the 8th while Rich Hill prevented none of three inherited runners from scoring and let in two more to put the game away for the Tides. Four Chiefs recorded multiple hits but just three came with RISP as the team left on 14 runners.

Harrisburg 3 New Britain 2
• Voth 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Simmons (W, 2-2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, 2B, BB
• Lisson 2-4, R

Harrisburg closed out its seven-game homestand with another one-run victory, this one a 3-2 decision against New Britain. Drew Vettleson drove in two in the 7th to plate the tying and winning runs and make a winner out of James Simmons. Austin Voth started and went the first five innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five. Abel De Los Santos and Hector Ambriz each threw a 1-2-3 inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Kevin Keyes singled, walked, and doubled to pace the Senators offense.
Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Syracuse.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 0
• Giolito (L, 1-3) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Thomas 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Miller 1-3, 3B
• Manuel 1-2, HBP

Giolito may very well master the National League someday, but first he needs to get past the Carolina League. Myrtle Beach jumped on the Nats top prospect for three runs early, connecting for four extra-base hits in the first two innings and six hits total over five innings as Giolito suffered his third loss in four starts. The Potomac offense was limited to just four baserunners in nine innings. Craig Manuel was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice with a 6th-inning single and a hit-by-pitch in the 8th.

Hagerstown 4 Greensboro 2
• Williams (W, 6-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• M. Sanchez (SV, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Masters 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Read 1-4, 2B, SB

Hagerstown answered Greensboro’s two-run 2nd with two in the and added single runs in the 7th and 8th innings en route to a 4-2 win in the series opener. Austen Williams won his team-high sixth game with a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Mario Sanchez finished the game with three scoreless for his second save. David Masters collected multiple hits for the third straight game, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored though the Suns did whiff 11 times and walked just once.
Roster moves: 1B Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, C Jorge Tillero reassigned to XST; C Raudy Read activated from 7-Day DL; IF Carlos Lopez reassigned from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Keep both hands on the keyboard while you read that Turner went 1-for-3 in both games of the San Antonio-Frisco doubleheader to extend his hit streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 24 games.

May 252015
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Norfolk,
4:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-1, 4.57) vs.
Davies (1-3, 3.03)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) vs. New Britain,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 3.89) vs.
Flemer (1-1, 3.72)
Potomac Won, 1-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-2, 4.67) vs.
Tseng (1-2, 5.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-13 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (5-1, 1.47) vs.
Kolek (3-2, 4.50)


Indianapolis 5 Syracuse 4
• Espino (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K; 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Valverde 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Butler 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, BB, RBI

Paolo Espino pitched seven scoreless innings and hit a three-run HR as the Chiefs stopped their seven-game slide with a 5-3 win over the Indians. Called up from Harrisburg to replace Taylor Jordan, Espino allowed just four hits and no walks while striking out three and earned the win. Dan Butler led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, adding a triple and a run scored as well as an RBI as Syracuse made the most of their eight hits and two walks.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington, RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington; RHP Paolo Espino, OF Caleb Ramsey reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Kila Ka‘aihue released.

Harrisburg 2 New Britain 1 (10 inn.)
• Bates 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Ambriz (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Pleffner 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Skole 1-2, BB, SF, RBI

Shawn Pleffner’s second double of the afternoon was the difference as the Senators edged the Rock Cats in 10 innings, 2-1. It was just the fifth hit for Harrisburg, with Matt Skole’s sacrifice fly in the 2nd providing the other run. Colin Bates made the spot start in place of Paolo Espino and turned in five innings of one-run ball. Sam Runion and Paul Demny followed with two scoreless innings apiece before giving way to Hector Ambriz, who struck out two in the 10th and got the win.
Roster move: OF Drew Vettleson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 1 Myrtle Beach 0
• Pivetta (W, 3-3) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Self (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lee (SV, 4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-4
• Mesa 1-3, R, 3B

Three P-Nats pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Pelicans by the minimum score of 1-0. Nick Pivetta went the first six, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out four. Derek Self got his third hold in four appearances with two hits let up over an inning and 2/3rds while Nick Lee stranded a runner in the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 4th save in as many chances. Narciso Mesa tripled with one out in the 3rd and came home on a sacrifice fly by Christopher Bostick for the game’s only run.

Lexington 14 Hagerstown 13 (10 inn.)
• Rodriguez 4IP, 8H, 10R, 9ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Bach 3⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Napoli (L, 2-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 5BB, 1K
• Gardner 4-5, 2R, 3B, BB
• Masters 2-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Tillero 2-4, R, 2-2B, 3RBI

Three straight walks with one out (two intentional) put Lexington on top 14-13 in the bottom of the 10th, earning the Legends a series split. David Napoli walked five total over one and 2/3rds innings to take the loss. The Suns were unable to hold leads of 9-8 and 13-10 after rallying from a 7-1 deficit after the 1st. Starter Jefry Rodriguez was pounded yet again: 10 runs on eight hits and four walks with zero (0) strikeouts. Jeff Gardner led Hagerstown’s 17-hit attack with two runs, three singles, a triple, and a walk, going 4-for-5 overall.

Trea Turner Update
The hit streak for Turner is now at nine with a 2-for-4 game on Sunday, pushing his batting average to a season-high .340

May 232015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 vs. Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (1-3, 4.29) vs.
Sampson (3-3, 2.61)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 vs. New Britain,
6:30 p.m.
Bleier (2-0, 3.43) vs.
Carle (5-1, 3.95)
Potomac Lost, 8-4 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Mapes (0-0, 3.75) vs.
Blackburn (2-2, 5.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez, P (4-2, 1.22) vs.
Rodgers (1-3, 2.67)


Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 4
• McGregor (L, 3-3) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Delcarmen ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Stewart 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB

It was a battle of attrition between the Indianapolis and Syracuse bullpens in a 6-4 win by the visitors. Starter Scott McGregor took the loss with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Four relievers followed and none of them could prevent the Indians from scoring over the final two and 2/3rds innings. Emmanuel Burriss singled, walked, homered, and scored two runs while Ian Stewart walked twice and doubled once to pace the Chiefs offense.
Roster moves: OF Tony Gwynn Jr. activated from TIL; UT Jose Lozada placed on 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 1 New Britain 0
• Bleier (W, 3-0) 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Ambriz (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• D. Robinson 2-4, R, SB
• Lisson 1-2, BB, RBI

Two veteran pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Senators blanked the Rock Cats, 1-0. Richard Bleier gave up both hits and just one walks over eight innings while fanning seven to win his third game for Harrisburg. Hector Ambriz struck out the side — twice looking — on just 13 pitches to nail down the game and earn the save. Mario Lisson’s RBI single in the 3rd plated Derrick Robinson, who led the Senators hit column with a 2-for-4 night.
Roster move: RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Syracuse.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 4
• Lopez (L, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, WP
• K. Perez 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Miller 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Ballou 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez gave up five runs for the first time in more than two years and suffered his first loss as the Pelicans doubled up the P-Nats, 8-4. All his runs came in the 3rd on four hits (five total) and a walk (on seven pitches) as Myrtle Beach chased Lopez with two outs in the inning. Potomac homered three times with the bases empty and was unable to get the clutch hit (1-for-7 RISP) as the P-Nats scored just four times on 11 hits and three walks and left nine men on base.
Roster move: LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from Syracuse.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 1
• Reyes (L, 1-3) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Mooneyham 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• DeBruin 2-4
• Davidson 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Legends scored three times in the 3rd and never trailed as they evened the four-game series at one apiece with a 5-1 win over the Suns. Luis Reyes suffered the loss, letting in four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. Brett Mooneyham finished the game with one run charged on two hits and three walks. Hagerstown outhit Lexington 9-7 with Grant DeBruin (2-for-4), D.K. Carey (1-for-3, BB), and Austin Davidson (same) each reaching base twice.

Trea Turner Update
The hits keep coming for Turner, who went 1-for-3 with two walks in a 4-3 San Antonio loss.

May 202015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1;
Lost, 5-4
vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Lively (0-0, 2.21) vs.
A. Vasquez (1st AAA start of ’15)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 vs. Binghamton,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. Cessa (3-2, 2.97)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (0-2, 5.23)
vs. Walters (1-0, 2.41)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 vs. Greensboro,
10:35 a.m.
Williams (5-1, 1.69) vs.
Kolek (3-2, 4.60)


Lehigh Valley 2 Syracuse 1 — COMP.
• Meek (L, 2-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K

The Iron Pigs wasted no time in finishing off the Chiefs in the completion of Monday night’s game, scoring one run in the top of the 10th off reliever Evan Meek on a single, sacrifice, and a two-out single by pinch-hitter Russ Canzler. Syracuse went in order in the bottom of the 10th on a flyout and two groundouts.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4
• T. Hill 4IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K
• Rivero (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• den Dekker 2-4
• Dykstra 2-4, RBI

Syracuse rallied to tie the game with a four-run 4th, but lost the battle of the bullpens again as Lehigh Valley took the regularly scheduled game, 5-4. Taylor Hill was strafed for 11 hits over four innings and let in the first four runs by the Iron Pigs. Felipe Rivero gave up what would prove to be the gamewinner on a one-out double in the 7th to lose for the second time. Matt den Dekker and Cutter Dykstra both went 2-for-4 to lead the Chiefs offense, which totaled nine hits and five walks.

Binghamton 7 Harrisburg 6
• Espino 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Simmons (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 3BF, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Skole 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, R

The B-Mets blistered the Sens ‘pen for four runs in the top of 7th, turning a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 lead. Harrisburg got one back in the 9th and put the tying run on 3rd and the winning run on 2nd before shallow flyout and a strikeout stranded them for the eventual 7-6 loss. Paolo Espino allowed the first three Binghamton run on six hits and no walks and struck out five over six innings. The loss went to James Simmons, who failed to retire any of the three batters he faced to begin the 7th. Matt Skole homered twice and drove in three while Shawn Pleffner went 2-for-4 with a run scored to power the Harrisburg offense.
Roster moves: IF Wilmer Difo recalled to Washington, IF Adrian Sanchez activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 3 Carolina 2
• Pivetta (W, 2-3) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Johansen (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, IBB, K
• Lee (SV, 3) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Perez 1-3, R, BB, SB
• Ballou 1-3, BB

Potomac scratched out three runs to Carolina’s two for a 3-2 win in a sloppy, error-filled affair. Nick Pivetta went a season-long seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He walked none and struck out six while picking up his second win. Jake Johansen pitched out of a three-base error by Isaac Ballou (changed to a triple afterwards) in the 8th for the hold while Nick Lee got the final two outs in the 9th for the save. Stephen Perez and Isaac Ballou both went 1-for-3 with a walk as the P-Nats were held to just six hits total.

Hagerstown 7 Greensboro 2
• Rodriguez (W, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Mooneyham (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Masters 2-3, 2R, BB
• Dent 2-4, 3RBI, OF assist at HP
• Reistetter 2-5, 2R, RBI

The Suns broke open a 3-1 game with a four-run 7th and cruised to a 7-2 win over Greensboro. The win was Hagerstown’s third straight and got them back to .500 for the first time since April 21. Jefry Rodriguez gave up just an unearned run on four hits over six innings for his first win and first quality start of 2015. Brett Mooneyham (2IP) and Sam Johns (1IP) closed it out. David Masters, Cody Dent, and Matt Reistetter each had a pair of singles as the Suns racked up 10 hits total.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout in San Antonio’s 6-2 loss to Midland.