Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Columbus,
5:05 p.m.
Espino (6-10, 3.58) and
Hill (6-9, 4.49) vs.
Murata (6-2, 3.74) and
Morimando (4-1, 1.96)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Binghamton,
1:30 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 5.57) vs.
Zeid (3-3, 3.98)
Potomac Won, 12-6 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
J. Martin (1st Hi-A start of
’16) vs. Keller (0-1, 1.59)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Johnson (6-2, 3.65)
Auburn Tied, 0-0
(suspended)
vs. Batavia,
12:00 p.m.
TBD and Reyes (0-1, 1.13) vs.
TBD and TBD


Syracuse vs. Columbus – PPD
Syracuse didn’t lose on Saturday, thanks to the rain that forced a doubleheader today. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Binghamton 4
• Mapes (W, 11-8) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Suero (H, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2BB, RBI

The Senators put up four in the 1st, survived a scare in the 6th, and rallied in the 7th and 8th innings to double up the B-Mets, 8-4. Tyler Mapes won for the 11th time with all four Binghamton runs on 10 hits and a walk over six innings. Wander Suero tossed two scoreless and Andrew Robinson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos smacked his first AA longball and went 2-for-3 as did Isaac Ballou, who drove in two and walked twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 12 Frederick 6
• Williams (W, 4-3) 6+ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, WP
• Orlan (H, 7) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 3-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Keller 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB

Potomac went double-single-homer-walk-double-triple to open the 9th to turn a 6-5 game into a 12-6 smackdown of Frederick. Austen Williams got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed on 10 hits and two walks over six-plus innings while fanning one. R.C. Orlan, who let in one of Williams’s runs, earned his seventh hold pitching the rest of the 7th and a scoreless 8th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Drew Vettleson both went deep, combining for five RBI while Schrock and Alec Keller led the hit column with three apiece as the P-Nats pounded out 17 hits total on the night.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Bourque 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Rivera (SV, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-3

Ian Sagdal’s two-run HR capped a three-run 6th as Hagerstown took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win over Asheville. James Bourque got the start and was charged with both Tourist runs on six hits and no walks as he set down five on strikes. The 59-minute rain delay ended his night after four and 2/3rds innings. Robbie Dickey got the win as he stranded two while getting the last out of the 5th and pitched two more scoreless innings. The save went to Mariano Rivera III with two more goose eggs. Sagdal and Grant DeBruin both went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns attack.

Batavia 0 Auburn 0
• Dunning 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Dulin 0-0, BB

The score was still 0-0 when the rain halted play after three innings in Auburn. They’ll pick it up today at noon and complete it, followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Update
Despite a 3-2 week, the G-Nats have drifted to 3½ games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. The tragic number is 12 with two and half weeks left to play.

DSL Update
The D-Nats took a tailspin last week with five straight losses before winning yesterday, 3-2 over the D-Brewers. For those obsessed with large sums of money thrown at teenagers, $700K and 17-y.o. Elvis Alvarado was transferred from the DSL Roster to the GCL Roster last Tuesday but has yet to play professionally.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 1-0 @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Espino (6-10, 3.58) vs.
Murata (6-2, 3.74)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (10-8, 3.07) vs.
Lara (6-9, 4.62)
Potomac Lost, 8-7
(13 inn.)
@ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Williams (3-3, 3.74) vs.
Romero (2-0, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (4-5, 5.51) vs.
Berke (3-4, 3.59)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Dunning (1-1, 3.68) vs.
Lee (0-1, 2.63)


Columbus 1 Syracuse 0
• Giolito (L, 1-2) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Gott 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B
• Soto, Lozada 1-3

The good news is that Giolito reverted to form and pitched six strong innings. The bad news is that the Chiefs batters didn’t, collecting just four (4) hits in a 1-0 shutout by the Clippers. The 22-y.o. gave up the lone run on a solo shot with two outs, his third and final hit allowed over six innings. He walked one and struck out five in his second AAA loss. Trevor Gott made his fifth straight appearance without an earned run with two perfect frames to finish. Matt den Dekker was the sole Syracuse batter to reach second base with a two-out double in the 7th. Roster move: RHP Mat Latos returned from the GCL, activated from the 7-Day DL.

Binghamton 8 Harrisburg 4
• Brady 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, BK, HR
• Runion (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 3B, SB
• Perez 1-3, 2B, BB

Harrisburg coughed up another six runs in a single inning to drop the opener to Binghamton, 7-3. Sam Runion threw in-game BP for those runs with six hits and a walk to “earn” the blown-save-loss. The implosion spoiled six innings by Mike Brady, who gave up one run on six hits with no walks and four whiffs. Andrew Stevenson went 3-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base while Stephen Perez walked and doubled to pace the Sens offense.

Frederick 8 Potomac 7 (13 inn.)
• Crownover 5+ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 3HR, WP
• Holland 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (L, 2-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Read 5-7, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI
• Mejia 3-6, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 3-6, R, 2B, RBI

Raudy Read’s 9th-inning HR sent this one to extras where the Keys downed the P-Nats, 8-7 in 13 innings. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez as he failed to retire a single batter in the 13th, loading the bases on a single and two walks (one intentional) before giving up another single to send in the 8th Frederick run. Matthew Crownover was dinged for six runs on nine hits, including three homers, over five-plus innings for the no-decision. Read also homered in the 7th and had two singles and a total for a 5-for-7 night to lead the Potomac attack of 19 hits and two walks. Roster moves: OF Victor Robles returned from the GCL, activated from the 7-Day DL; C Matt Reistetter placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP J.D. Martin reassigned from Hagerstown; LHP Matthew Spann released.

Hagerstown 6 Asheville 2
• Baez 4⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Johansen (W, 3-1)3⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Noll 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Sundberg 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Sagdal 2-4, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown put up crooked number in three separate innings to break a six-game losing streak as they tripled up Asheville, 6-2. Joan Baez got the start and was lifted with two outs in the 5th with one run let in on three hits and two walks while striking out five. Jake Johansen got the last out, stranding a runner, and pitched three more scoreless innings to earn his third win. The other Jake (Noll) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run, and two RBI, followed Jack Sundberg and Ian Sagdal, who both went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned from Auburn to Potomac, activated from the 7-Day DL, transferred to Hagerstown.

Batavia 4 Auburn 2
• Ramirez (L, 3-2) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Held 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K
• Banks 2-3, BB, RBI
• Johnson 2-3, CS

The Doubledays dropped their fifth straight with a 4-2 loss to the Muckdogs. Yonathan Ramirez lost for the second time as he gave up two runs on six hits and no walks over four innings while striking out four. Nick Banks walked once and singled twice and drove in one while Dan Johnson singled twice to lead the Auburn attack.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (8-7, 4.30) vs.
Greenwood (3-2, 3.53)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (3-1, 2.16) vs.
McRae (4-6, 6.31)
Potomac Won, 6-3 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (3-2, 3.52) vs.
Hartson (0-1, 9.64)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-8, 4.95) vs.
Tinoco (2-6, 5.92)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-3, 2.65) vs.
Funkhouser (0-1, 3.13)


Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Voth 2⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 2K
• Laffey (W, 5-5) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Skole 3-3, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, SB(10)

Matt Skole’s two-out, two-run HR put the Chiefs up for good at 4-3 as they clipped the RedWings, 6-4. Austin Voth did his best imitation of Phillips Valdez with five walks over two and 2/3rds innings and was scored on in each of the first three innings for a no-decision. Aaron Laffey got the win with three innings of one-run relief. Skole also walked once, scored and singled twice and drove in three altogether followed by Michael Taylor’s 2-for-3 night with a walk, double, stolen base, two to lead the Syracuse offense, which collected ten hits and two walks total. Roster move: LHP Bryan Harper placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 5 Altoona 2
• Fedde (W, 1-0) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Robinson 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rickles 2-4, R

Let the drumbeat for Fedde in ’17 begin (as if we can stop the MASN Commenters, who probably to want him to pitch next week) as the 23-y.o. dominated in his debut with seven innings of one-run ball on five hits and two walks in Harrisburg’s 5-2 win over Altoona. The Senators gave him three runs to work with right off the bat of Kevin Keyes, who capped off the rally with his 10th HR. Andrew Stevenson led the Harrisburg column with two singles and double while Keyes, Nick Rickles, and Adrian Sanchez each went 2-for-4.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 3
• Bacus (W, 3-2) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Mendez (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, RBI
• Schrock 2-4, R

The P-Nats scored all six runs in the bottom of the 7th as the Hillcats gave this one away with two critical errors, 6-3. Dakota Bacus got the win with seven strong innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk while fanning five. Gilberto Mendez and Ryan Brinley each put up a goose egg to earn the hold and save, respectively. Alec Keller and Max “For Those About To” Schrock both singled twice to lead the Potomac offense.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Guilbeau 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Acevedo (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Wiseman 1-4, 2B
• Reetz 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown’s slide continues with a 3-2 loss to Kannapolis, completing the Intimidators’ three-game sweep. Taylor Guilbeau did his part with six innings pitched, one run let in eight hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Carlos Acevedo coughed up the gamewinning runs on three hits in the 8th (and a little “help” from an error) to take the loss. The Suns managed just four hits with Jakson “Anyone See My C?” Reetz (walk, double) and Randy Encarnacion (two walks) the only Hagerstown batters to reach base twice.

Connecticut 8 Auburn 4
• Mills (L, 3-3) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K
• Serrata 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B
• Neuse 1-3, R, BB

The Doubledays scored four in the 4th but them all back with a five-run 5th as the Tigers, um, doubled them up, 8-4. McKenzie Mills was clawed for six runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out three while losing his third game. Dan Johnson singled, doubled, and a scored a run while Sheldon Neuse singled and walked to lead the Auburn attack.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 3.45) vs.
Mejia (0-1, 2.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-7 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Fedde (AA debut) vs.
Eppler (7-8, 3.81)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-2, 3.41) vs.
Lugo (8-3, 3.75)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-1, 4.40) vs.
Easterling (6-2, 2.05)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-2, 2.65) vs.
Sodders (0-2, 2.59)


Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Hill (W, 6-9) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Gott (H, 8) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4, R
• den Dekker 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-4, R, RBI, CS

It was singles’ night in Syracuse as the Chiefs got 13 of them and scored six runs in the 3rd en route to a 6-4 win over the RedWings. Taylor Hill won for the sixth time as he allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Trevor Gott pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold while Rafael Martin gave up an unearned run on a single and a walk after a one-out error. Caleb Ramsey, Matt den Dekker, Michael Taylor, and Jhonatan Solano each had two hits as all nine Syracuse batters hit safely.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 7
• Valdez 1⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 0HR, WP, HBP
• Benincasa (L, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Marmolejos 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ward 2-4, R
• Stevenson 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg was able to even it up twice but couldn’t catch Altoona, losing a 9-7 slugfest in the series opener. Phillips Valdez was twisted by the Curve for four run on six hits and a walk as he racked up 50 pitches in getting just five outs. John Simms wasn’t much better but pitched the next four and a 1/3rd innings as the Senators offense rallied to a 4-4 tie in the 3rd and a 7-7 tie in the 8th. Robert Benincasa took the loss as Altoona got the decisive runs in the last of the 8th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled twice, scored once, doubled, and drove in two to lead the Harrisburg offense, followed by Andrew Stevenson’s 2-for-5 and a double with one RBI.

Lynchburg 2 Potomac 1
• Whiting 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Holland (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Page 2-4
• Davidson 1-3, BB

Lynchburg put the brakes on Potomac’s five-game winning streak with a 2-1 win. Boone Whiting got the start and went seven innings for the fourth time this season, letting in one run on five hits and three walks. Neil Holland took the loss with a 9th-inning run on a single-sacrifice-double sequence. The P-Nats were held to just six hits on mediocre pitching with Matt Page (two singles) and Austin Davidson (single and a walk) the only two batters to reach base twice.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 2
• J. Martin (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
• Rivera 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K, 2WP
• DeBruin 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Lora 2-3, R, 3B

J.D. Martin continues to struggle against much younger hitters as he was dinged for three runs on seven hits and four walks in a 4-2 loss to the Intimidators – the fourth straight for the Suns, who dropped a half game behind Lakewood in the Sally North. Mariano Rivera pitched the next three innings and Philip Walby tossed a scoreless 9th to keep things close, but the offense couldn’t cash in its chances (0-for-7 RISP, 8 LOB). Grant DeBruin doubled in Rhett Wiseman with two out in the 6th while Edwin Lora trotted in on a groundout after a one-out triple in the 7th to account for the two Hagerstown runs. Roster moves: RHP Carlos Acevedo, OF Jack Sundberg promoted from Auburn; RHP Jacob Howell, OF Telmito Agustin shelved placed on the 7-Day DL.

Connecticut 3 Auburn 2
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Bogucki 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Neuse 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB
• Dulin 2-4, SB

Connecticut got three unearned runs in the first two innings and held on for a 3-2 win in the series opener. Luis Reyes took the loss in his third rehab start, charged with all three Tigers runs on four hits without a walk or a whiff in four innings. A.J. Bogucki (2⅓ IP) led a quartet of relievers that combined for five scoreless innings. Sheldon Neuse scored both Doubleday runs as he reached base three times on a single, triple, and a walk to lead Auburn’s nine-hit parade. No corresponding roster moves.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (5-9, 4.53) vs.
Dean (5-6, 5.08)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 5.05) vs.
Waddell (7-6, 4.09)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (9-2, 3.30) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 8-4 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
J. Martin (1st Low-A start of
’16) vs. Frebis (7-10, 5.64)
Auburn Lost, 1-0 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Soto (1-1, 2.84)


Syracuse – OFF DAY
Yesterday was the final scheduled off day for Syracuse as the Chiefs close out the season with 29 games in 28 days. They’re currently on a three-game slide, which has reduced their tragic nos. to nine for the division and 11 for the wild card.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The second-place Senators visit the first-place Curve for three games starting tonight. Harrisburg trails Altoona by 1½ games but leads Akron by ½ games in the E.L. playoff race.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Division-leading Potomac leads runner-up (and first-half champ) Lynchburg by four games with six games left between the two teams: three starting tonight in Woodbridge, three more on August 26-28. The P-Nats are on a five-game winning streak and, like the Sens, have a comfortable lead over the next team in the playoff chase as they lead the Keys by nine games in the second-half race. Roster moves: RHP Jorge Pantoja promoted from Hagerstown.

Kannapolis 8 Hagerstown 4
• Bourque (L, 4-5) 5IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Peterson ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mesa 2-3, 2B, BB
• Noll 1-3, R, 3B, BB

The Suns dropped their third straight with an 8-4 loss to the Intimidators. James Bourque turned in a subpar start of three runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out three while losing his fifth game. Kannapolis lapped Jake Johansen and Robbie Dickey for five more runs, including two in the 9th to put the game away. Narciso Mesa singled, doubled, and walked to lead the Hagerstown offense, which collected seven hits and drew four walks. Roster moves: RHP J.D. Martin reassigned from the GCL; RHP Robbie Dickey activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Pedro Avila placed on the 7-Day DL.

Batavia 1 Auburn 0
• Watson 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Simonds 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Held (L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ortiz 2-4
• Panaccione 1-3

NYPL All-Star Tyler Watson struck out a career-high eight in a 1-0 Auburn loss to Batavia. The 19-y.o. escaped the curse of the GBI with six shutout innings, allowing two hit and a walk. Kyle Simonds followed with two perfect innings of relief. The loss went to Samuel Held, who was touched for the game winner on three hits in the 9th. Oliver Ortiz singled twice while Paul Panaccione singled once to account for the Chiefs Doubledays’ three hits. Auburn OF Nick Banks and RHP Weston Davis were also named to the NYPL All-Star game to be held next Tuesday in Hudson Valley.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 11-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (4-4, 5.52) vs.
Lambert (0-1, 1.98)
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-2, 2.19) vs.
TBD


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 0
• Lopez (L, 2-1) 6IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 2-4
• Bostick 1-3

The consternation continues as Reynaldo Lopez was taken deep twice, including a grand slam in his sixth and final inning as the RailRiders ran roughshod on the 22-y.o. en route to 5-0 win and a three-game sweep of the Chiefs. Lopez also coughed up a solo HR in the 2nd and five hits total. He walked one and struck out six while dropping his first AAA decision. Michael Taylor singled twice, Matt den Dekker and Chris Bostick once apiece to account for the four (4) Syracuse hits.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 2
• Brady (L, 3-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Bautista 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Rickles 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Rafael Bautista and Nick Rickles both homered but the two solo shots weren’t enough as Trenton thundered for five runs in the final four innings for a 7-2 win over Harrisburg in the series finale. Michael Brady turned in a quality start with three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three but lost for the sixth time. The Senators managed just six hits total with no walks and were just 1-for-3 with RISP.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Williams (W, 3-3) 8IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Brinley (SV, 13) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Read 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The P-Nats completed the four-game sweep of the Blue Rocks with another 6-2 win. Austen Williams became the first Potomac pitcher to go eight innings, giving up both Wilmington runs on seven hits with no walks and four whiffs to even his won-loss record at 3-3. Neil Holland put on two while getting the first two outs of the 9th before Ryan Brinley came on to retire the first and only batter he faced to earn his 13th save at High-A. Alec Keller singled and doubled and scored twice while Raudy Read singled, walked, scored once, and drove in a run as the P-Nats scored six times on five hits, four walks, and two errors.

Lakewood 11 Hagerstown 6
• Baez 5IP, 7H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 3WP
• Borne (L, 3-1) 2+ IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, BB, K
• Noll 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Lora 2-3, BB, 2RBI

Hagerstown came back from a 5-0 deficit to tie it at 6-6 but the bullpen collapsed in the 8th as Lakewood won 11-6 to split the four-game series. Joan Baez went the first five innings and allowed five runs on (two earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. The loss was charged Grant Borne, as his two runners left to Philip Walby came around to score in the bottom of the 8th. Edwin Lora walked once, singled twice, and drove in two as did Jake Noll to lead the Suns’ offense.

Auburn 4 Batavia 3
• Dunning (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Serrata (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• A. Martinez 2-3, R, BB
• Barrera 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Doubledays survived a late charge from the Muckdogs to win this one, 4-3. Dane Dunning got the win with five innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks while setting down five on strikes. Brayan Serrata pitched two scoreless to earn the hold. The save was credited to Jonny Reid despite a Soriano-esque line of two runs on four hits (and a two-run HR) and a walk over the final two innings. Andres Martinez reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk to lead Auburn’s ten-hit parade. Roster moves: OF Oliver Ortiz reassigned from the GCL.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Scranton/W-B,
1:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-0, 1.80)
Montgomery (0-1, 2.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 vs. Trenton,
1:30 p.m.
Brady (3-5, 3.42) vs.
Camarena (7-3, 2.38)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 4.10) vs.
Ferguson (0-2, 2.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Baez (7-7, 4.47) vs.
Tirado (3-1, 4.72)
Auburn Won, 5-1 @ Batavia,
4:05 p.m.
Dunning (0-1, 4.66) vs.
TBD


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 2
• Giolito (L, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP, HR
• Glover 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Lozada 1-3, 3B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B, BB

Trade two u’s for an “n” from August and you’ve got the angst that’s sure to come today to the Natmosphere as Lucas Giolito was less than stellar in a 4-2 Syracuse loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night. The 22-y.o. labored through three and 2/3rds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits (one HR) and two walks. He threw 93 pitches and struck out six but lost his first AAA game. As usual, the point was moot since the Chiefs offense was once again like a eunuch in a brothel with just four hits and three walks. Matt den Dekker was the sole batter to reach base twice with a walk and a double. Roster moves: OF Brian Goodwin recalled to Washington; 1B Neftali Soto reassigned from Harrisburg.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 10-8) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• DeFratus 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Marmolejos 2-4

The Thunder returned the favor from Friday as they shut out the Senators, 6-0 on Saturday. Tyler Mapes did his part with six innings of one-run ball, scattering eight hits and walking two and striking out two in his eighth loss. Trenton went to town on Robert Benincasa for two runs in the 7th to break it open, and put it away with three against Nick Lee in the 9th. Adrian Sanchez and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both singled twice, but the rest of the lineup produced just three hits (all singles) and a walk and left on six baserunners. Roster move: (unofficial) RHP Erick Fedde promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Crownover (W, 3-4) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K
• Mayberry (SV, 1) 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Schrock 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Carey 1-3, BB

Potomac jumped on Wilmington for five runs in the first, highlighted by Austin Davidson’s three-run homer as they beat Wilmington for the 17th time this season, 6-2. Matthew Crownover won for the third time in four starts with both Blue Rocks runs allowed on five hits and a walk over five innings while fanning a career-high of eight. Whit Mayberry tossed four scoreless on four days’ rest to earn the save (hint). Davidson and Max Schrock both went 2-for-4 with Schrock smacking a two-run double before running into the 1st inning’s first out trying to advance to third on a ball hit to short (that’s two baserunning mistakes in one play though). Unofficial roster move: RHP Erick Fedde promoted to Harrisburg.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 2
• Avila 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Howell (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Encarnacion 1-3, R, BB
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI

The Blue Claws pinched the Suns, 4-2 to end Hagerstown’s four-game win streak and their own four-game slide. Pedro Avila was touched for a two-out solo HR in his fifth and final inning as he gave up four hits total, walked none, and struck out four in the no-decision. Jacob Howell took the loss as he was charged with three runs over an inning and a 1/3rd of relief. Hagerstown was limited to six hits, with Kelvin Gutierrez (two singles) and Randy Encarnacion (single, walk) the only two batters to reach base twice. Roster move: C Jorge Tillero assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Silvestre 4IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Pirro (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramirez (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ripken 2-4, BB
• Banks 2-4, BB, RBI (OF assist at 1B)
• Johnson 2-4, R (OF assist at 2B)

Auburn beat Batavia for third time in as many meetings this season with a 5-1 decision on Saturday. Hector Silvestre made his first appearance north of Florida in nearly two years as he tossed four scoreless innings, scattering five hits and a walk while setting down three on strikes. Matt Pirro vultured the win with a single inning pitched after Auburn took a 3-1 lead in the 5th. The save went to Yonathan Ramirez with three scoreless innings to finish the game. Ryan Ripken and Nick Banks both reached base twice with two singles and a walk as the Doubledays collected nine hits total.

GCL Update
The G-Nats dropped two games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East with a 2-4 week. Today and Friday are off days while tomorrow and Thursday are home games as they continue to cycle between the Mets, Astros, Marlins, and Cardinals.

DSL Update
A 4-2 week improved the D-Nats to 24-30, which is roughly the pace they’ll need to keep over the next three weeks to finish .500 absent any rainouts. This week it’s games against the D-Angels, D-Braves, and D-Brewers, as they play out the string (tragic number 3 for the division, 7 for the wild card).

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Scranton/W-B,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-0, 3.09) vs.
Lail (4-3, 3.67)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 vs. Trenton,
6:00 p.m.
Mapes (10-7, 3.14) vs.
Adams (12-0, 2.41)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (2-4, 4.79) vs.
Ray (6-5, 5.21)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (7-7, 3.58) vs.
Gilbert (5-7, 3.65)
Auburn Won, 9-0 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (MiLB rehab)
vs. TBD


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 1
• Espino (L, 6-10) 7IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Solano 1-3, 2B

Brian Goodwin homered with one out in the 1st to give the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre answered back with five runs as they easily defeated Syracuse, 5-1. Paolo Espino saved the bullpen with seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and no walks while fanning nine, but lost for the 10th time. The Chiefs managed just five hits total and drew one walk while striking out 13 times.

Harrisburg 5 Trenton 0
• Blackmar (W, 3-1) 7IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 4K
• DeFratus 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Sanchez 2-3, R, RBI
• Stevenson 1-3, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ward 1-3, 2B

Harrisburg put up four in the 3rd and never looked back as they left Trenton, um, thunderstruck with a 5-0 shutout. Mark Blackmar won for the third time with seven strong innings, allowing all six Thunder hits and a walk while fanning four. Justin DeFratus closed it out with two scoreless innings. The Senators made the most of their six hits, which included doubles from Drew Ward and Stephen Perez, and a two-run triple from Andrew Stevenson. Roster moves: RHP Jaron Long placed on the 7-Day DL; 1B Shawn Pleffner activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1
• Fedde (W, 6-4) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 10K
• Brinley (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 2-3, CS
• Keller 2-4, R

Erick Fedde had his best start of the season Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: OF Victor Robles assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab; LHP Matt Crownover activated from the 3-Day TIL; Wirkin Estevez placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 1
• Rodriguez 5⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Pantoja (W, 9-1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lora 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Agustin 2-3, SB, CS

The Suns scored twice in the 7th and once in the 9th and held off a late charge by the Blue Claws for 3-1 win. Jefry Rodriguez pitched into the 6th and allowed three hits, two walks, and hit a pair of batters over five and 2/3rds scoreless innings. Jorge Pantoja won his 9th game in relief, stranding two in the 6th and laying two goose eggs on the scoreboard. Mariano Rivera III wobbled through the 9th with a run let in on two hits and a walk to get credit for his seventh save. Edwin Lora doubled twice and drove in two to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 9 State College 0
• Reyes 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Acevedo (W, 2-3) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perkins 2-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Vilorio 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Panaccione 2-3, 2R

Four Auburn pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of State College, 9-0. Luis Reyes started and tossed three scoreless with one hit and no walks while fanning three. Carlos Acevedo was the winner with three hits allowed and no runs over the next three innings. Blake Perkins, Nick Banks, Luis Vilorio, and Paul Panaccione each had two hits as the Doubledays took advantage of five Spikes errors to score nine times on nine hits and four walks.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Buffalo,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (7-7, 4.24) vs.
Diamond (7-10, 3.42)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Long (3-2, 2.13) vs.
Montero (2-1, 2.19)
Potomac Won, 4-1 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-2, 3.45) vs.
Griffin (2-7, 6.92)
Hagerstown Won, 7-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-1, 4.65) vs.
Taveras (4-8, 3.99)
Auburn Lost, 8-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 2.17) vs.
Dobzanski (3-4, 3.83)


Syracuse 6 Buffalo 1
• Voth (W, 6-7) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 1-2, R, 3BB, SB
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Austin Voth turned in seven strong innings while the Bison bullpen gave it away as the Chiefs won, 6-1. Voth let in the one Buffalo run on six hits and three walks while striking out four for his sixth “W.” Matt Grace and Rafael Martin both turned in a scoreless inning to close it out. Steve Lombardozzi reached base four times with a single and three walks while Caleb Ramsey and Matt Skole both homered. Beers were on Christopher Bostick as the only Syracuse batter not to get a hit.

Harrisburg 6 Binghamton 1
• Valdez (W, 4-2) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Runion 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 3-5, R, 2B
• Stevenson 2-5, RBI
• Ward 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, 3BB

Harrisburg dropped a four-spot with on Binghamton in the 2nd then added two runs in the 4th as they cruised to a 6-1 win. Phillips Valdez remains on track with his third straight outing of seven innings, allowing the B-Mets run on six hits and two walks while setting down two on strikes. Sam Runion tossed two scoreless innings to close it out. Drew Ward singled, homered, and drew three walks while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos went 3-for-5 with a double to lead the Senators offense.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 1
• Whiting (W, 9-2) 6⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Holland (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Reistetter 1-3, R, SF, RBI
• Carey 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB

The P-Nats rallied for two runs twice and got solid pitching from veteran Boone Whiting as they declawed the Hillcats, 4-1 to split the four-game series. Whiting pitched into the 7th, giving up Lynchburg’s sole run on seven hits with nary a walk and five whiffs. Neil Holland stranded two in the 7th and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the hold while Ryan Brinley worked around a two-out double in the 9th to earn his 11th save. The bottom half of the P-Nats lineup got the job done with all four walks and three of the team’s six hits, including Matt Reistetter (8th) with a single, run, and a sac fly and Dale Carey (9th) with a single, run, and two walks.

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 1
• Bourque (W, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Rivera (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2B, 3B
• DeBruin 3-5, 2B, SB
• Encarnacion 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown scored once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd and never looked back as they took the game, 7-1, and the series, 2-1 from West Virginia. James Bourque turned in his best outing with five innings of one-run ball on six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts to even up his won-loss record at 4-4. Mariano Rivera III (2IP), Philip Walby (1IP), and Tommy Peterson (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings of relief. The Suns collected 14 hits total, with Kelvin Gutierrez and Grant DeBruin both going 3-for-5, and Randy Encarnacion and Rhett Wiseman each hitting a two-run HR.

State College 8 Auburn 3
• Mills 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Bogucki (L, 0-4) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Banks 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, R

The Doubledays firemen brought the gasoline instead of the water as the Spikes torched them for seven runs over the final four innings for an 8-3 loss. McKenzie Mills went the first five for Auburn with one run allowed on three hits and a walk and two strikeouts. The loss went to A.J. Bogucki with three runs let in over his two innings. Nick Banks singled and doubled and drove in two while Ryan Ripken and Jack Sundberg both went 2-for-4 to lead the Doubledays attack. Roster move: LHP Hector Silvestre assigned from Potomac for MiLB rehab.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Mayberry (3-1, 4.00) vs.
Brady (10-4, 4.08)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Keller (6-5, 2.86)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ Staten Island,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (1st SS-A start of ’16)
vs. Padilla (1-1, 2.74)


Buffalo 6 Syracuse 5
• Giolito 5IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 5K, HR
• Glover (L, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, BB
• Goodwin 0-2, R, 2BB

A first-inning grand slam by Jason Martinson wasn’t enough for Lucas Giolito to work with in his second AAA start as Buffalo edged Syracuse, 6-5 in the series finale. Giolito was stampeded for five runs on five hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out five in the no-decision. The loss went to Koda Glover with a run on three hits over two innings. The Chiefs managed just five hits total and drew four walks with Martinson (HR, single), Matt Skole (single, walk) and Brian Goodwin (2BB) each reaching base twice in the loss. Roster moves: RHP Reynaldo Lopez optioned from Washington.

Hartford vs. Harrisburg – PPD
Rain postponed the finale of the Sens-Goats series in the Manchester not by the sea. It will be made up on August 26 when the two teams meet again in New Hampshire for five games now on August 25-28.

Potomac 2 Carolina 1
• Crownover (W, 2-4) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Holland (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lowery 1-2, 2BB
• Davidson 0-1, 2R, 3BB

Matthew Crownover turned in his best outing of the year as Potomac took the game, 2-1 and the series, 3-1 from Carolina. The 23-y.o. southpaw allowed the one run on four hits over a career-high seven innings. He walked none and struck out four while earning his second win. Neil Holland struck out three of seven batters faced over the final two frames to earn the save, his second for the year. Max “For Those About To” Schrock drove in Austin Davidson twice with a single in the 3rd and a groundout in the 7th as the P-Nats managed just seven hits but drew seven walks total.

Hickory 7 Hagerstown 5
• Rodriguez (L, 7-8) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Borne 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Gutierrez 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Wiseman 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns also jumped out to a 4-0 lead that was too small for Jefry Rodriguez to hold as the Crawdads took the series finale, 7-5. Rodriguez lost for the sixth time in seven starts, giving up all seven Hickory runs on seven hits and four walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Grant Borne let in both inherited runners but otherwise held things down the rest of the way. Kelvin Gutierrez singled, walked, and homered while Rhett Wiseman tripled in two and Jakson Reetz drove in two during the four-run 1st to power the Hagerstown offense.

Staten Island 7 Auburn 0
• Dunning (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Harmening 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Sundberg 1-4, OF assist at HP
• Kerian 1-4, 2B

Auburn was shut out on six hits by Staten Island’s Kolton Mahoney to lose the opener, 7-0. Doubleday starter Dane Dunning let in four runs on five hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings. He struck out three while suffering his first loss. Just two Auburn batters made it into scoring position: David Kerian with a leadoff double in the 2nd (and was stranded at third) and Nick Banks, who led off the 4th with a single and moved up on a groundout to the pitcher.