Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-7, 4.44) vs.
Hutchison (6-4, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Hartford,
5:05 p.m.
Long (3-2, 2.22) vs.
Marquez (9-5, 2.69)
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (1-3, 4.56) vs.
Navarro (4-2, 4.66)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn OFF DAY vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-2, 3.38) vs.
TBD


Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 4
• Voth (L, 5-7) 6IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K, WP
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Goodwin 3-5, R, HR(10), RBI
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Lehigh Valley scored in four straight innings to overcome a 3-0 deficit and take the game, 6-4, complete the three-game sweep of Syracuse. Austin Voth continues to struggle, losing for the fifth time in eight starts. The former UDub pitcher gave up five runs on five hits and two walks while fanning seven over six innings. Brian Goodwin homered for the 10th time while going 3-for-5 while Matt den Dekker singled and doubled as the Chiefs collected 12 hits but drew no walks.

Harrisburg 5 New Hampshire 4
• Valdez 7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ward, Kieboom 2-3, R
• Perez, Keyes 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Kevin Keyes and Stephen Perez both homered and drove in two as the Senators made the most of their limited offense to take the series finale from New Hampshire, 5-4. Phillips Valdez turned in another strong start, walking just two, as he allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings. Robert Benincasa got the blown-save-win with some help from the New Hampshire defense in the 8th as Harrisburg turned a hit batsman into the deciding run with a sacrifice and an error. Andrew Robinson worked around a one-out single in the 9th to earn the save. Drew Ward and Spencer Kieboom both singled twice and scored a run to round out the six-hit, no-walk offense. Roster move: IF Wilmer Difo recalled to Washington.

Potomac 2 Salem 1
• Mayberry (W, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Holland (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mejia 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI
• Masters 1-3, 2B

Bryan Mejia’s two-run homer combined with some decent pitching was enough for Potomac to prevent a series sweep by Salem with a 2-1 win. Whit Mayberry won for the third time with six innings of one-run ball on five hits and walks with four strikeouts. Neil Holland tossed three scoreless to close out the game and earn the save. Austin Davidson walked, Osvaldo Abreu and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled, and David Masters doubled to comprise the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
The first-place Suns visit the Crawdads for the final time this season with a four-game set beginning tonight. Hagerstown leads Greensboro by just a half game, which is critical because the two teams meet just once in the second half (Aug. 26-28).

Auburn – OFF DAY
Auburn returns home to host West Virginia for three before heading back out on the road to NYC to visit Staten Island. The Doubledays trail by nine games in the Pinckney Division and eight games in the NYPL Wild Card race. Roster moves: RHP Trevor Gott reassigned from the GCL for MiLB rehab; OF Oliver Ortiz reassigned to the GCL.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (4-8, 4.25) and
Voth (5-6, 3.45) vs.
Ja. Thompson (9-5, 2.29) and
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Harrisburg Postponed vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (2-4, 4.14) and
Valdez (3-2, 6.21) vs.
Greene (2-2, 5.06) and
Gabryszwski (5-8, 4.89)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (1-4, 4.87) vs.
Lakins (6-3, 5.65)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Charleston,
10:35 a.m.
Rodriguez (7-6, 4.40) vs.
Vargas (6-5, 3.59)
Auburn Postponed @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 1.86) and
Dunning (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Suarez (3-0, 2.56) and
Paulino (0-3, 5.28)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley – PPD
Heavy thunderstorms swept through Pennsylvania and postponed the series opener between the Chiefs and the IronPigs. They’ll make it up tonight with a doubleheader at [Your Ad Here] Park. Roster moves: RHP Trevor Gott assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab; RHP Lucas Giolito, OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg vs. New Hampshire –
Ditto for Harrisburg, though officially “wet grounds” was the reason cited for the postponement. Likewise, it’s a twinbill tonight at [parts of Major League II filmed here] Field. Roster move: RHP Jaron Long reassigned from Syracuse; 1B Shawn Pleffner placed on the 7-Day DL (dated 7/24).

Salem 7 Potomac 4
• Fedde 5IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Mendez (BS, 1; L, 2-3) 1IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, HBP
• Masters 2-4, R, RBI
• Carey 0-0, 4BB

It wasn’t La Cage aux Folles night in Woodbridge but it sure was a drag (3 hours, 46 minutes) as the Red Sox got to Gilberto Mendez again for four runs in the 9th to beat the P-Nats, 7-4. Erick Fedde labored through five innings as he let in a run on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five but threw 98 pitches. Mendez put on six straight runners with one out as Salem beat him for the third time is as many appearances, with a blown save added in for good measure. Led by Dale Carey with four, Potomac drew seven walks but all ten of its hits were singles, with David Masters, Max “For Those About To” Schrock, and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos each collecting two and driving in one.

Hagerstown 5 Charleston 4 (10 inn.)
• Guilbeau 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Borne (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Sagdal 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Page 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Matthew Page’s two-run HR in the 9th tied it, Ian Sagdal’s two-out solo shot in the 10th won it. Charleston’s Hobie Harris gave up four runs total in the final three innings to turn a 4-1 lead into a 5-4 loss to Hagerstown. Grant Borne was the winner, giving up a run on two hits and two walks over the final three innings. Taylor Guilbeau got the start and was charged with three runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out two. Rhett Wiseman also homered while going 2-for-3 with a walk as the Suns collected eight hits total but struck out 11 times. Roster move: IF Grant DeBruin placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Auburn vs. Williamsport – PPD
Rain also washed away the tilt between the Doubledays and the Crosscutters, who will also make it up tonight with a doubleheader.
Roster move: RHP Dakota Bacus reassigned from the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-0 vs Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-0, 3.27) vs.
Dean (3-5, 5.03)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Richmond,
1:30 p.m.
Blackmar (1-0, 2.57) vs.
Suarez (3-6, 5.14)
Potomac Won, 6-2;
Won, 3-2
vs. Winston-Salem,
6:00 p.m.
Spann (2-1, 3.09) vs.
Banks (4-2, 6.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-10 vs. Charleston,
2:05 p.m.
Rosa (1st Low-A start) vs.
J. Ross (MLB Rehab)
Auburn Won, 8-4 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 2.63)
Romero (0-0, 5.87)


Rochester 11 Syracuse 0
• Espino (L, 6-9) 4IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Long 4IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ramsey 3-4
• Bostick 2-4

The RedWings hit ’em early, hit ’em hard, and hit ’em late while the Chiefs did not as Rochester shut out Syracuse, 11-0. Paolo Espino threw in-game BP for six runs on ten hits and a walk over four innings and somehow struck out three to lose for the ninth time. Caleb Ramsey singled three times, Chris Bostick singled twice, and Matt Skole drew a walk. The rest of the lineup combined for two additional singles while Jason Martinson reached on an error to round out the nine runners left on base.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 3
• Mapes (W, 10-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• DeFratus (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-4
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Drew Ward and Spencer Kieboom both homered in the middle innings to break a 3-3 tie as Harrisburg took its third straight and won for the 9th time in 10 games vs. Richmond, 6-3. Tyler Mapes “only” went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits and four walks, but rolled three double plays to win his organizational-leading 10th game. New guy Justin De Fratus tossed two scoreless for the hold while Andrew Robinson cordero’d around two walks in the 8th to earn the save. The Senators collected nine hits total and drew five walks, with Rafael Bautista, Kieboom, Ward, Wilmer Difo, and Shawn Pleffner each reaching base twice. Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee outrighted from Washington.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 2 – GAME ONE
• Williams (W, 1-3) 7IP, 11H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Mejia 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Schrock 1-2, R, BB
• Read 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Austen Williams scattered 11 hits over seven innings as the P-Nats took the opener, 6-2. Williams struck out three and walked none while finally earning a win for Potomac. Ryan Zimmerman smacked a three-run HR in the 1st while Bryan Mejia took one out in the 4th as Potomac made the most of its six hits three walks.

Potomac 3 Winston-Salem 2 – GAME TWO
• Lambert 4⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Holland (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Jose “Orange” Marmolejos sliced a single to center to walk off Potomac in the nightcap for a 3-2 victory and a doubleheader sweep. The 2015 Minor League Player of the Year also pealed one over the right field wall for his 11th HR of the year. Trey Lambert made the spot start and pitched into the 5th, giving up both Winston-Salem runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five. Neil Holland got the win in relief as he stranded a runner and allowed just one hit over the final two and 2/3rds innings.

Charleston 14 Hagerstown 10
• Avila (L, 7-7) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Rivera 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Encarnacion 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB(15)
• Gutierrez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Page 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI

The Suns got a field goal in the 4th and a touchdown in the 5th but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early 7-0 deficit as the RiverDogs won, 14-10. Pedro Avila might be showing signs of fatigue as the 19-y.o. had his worst start in his first long season with six runs charged to him on five hits and four walks over just an inning and 2/3rds. Everybody hit for Hagerstown (11 total) but all but one whiffed, too (12). Randy Encarnacion, the only Suns batter not to strike out, paced the offense with a single, a walk, and a home run while he stole his 15th base.

Auburn 8 State College 4
• Ramirez (W, 3-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Held (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Noll 3-3, 2R, 2B, SF, RBI
• Panaccione 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Sundberg 2-5, RBI

Auburn finally beat State College, 8-4. Yonathan Ramirez earned his third “W” with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Sam Held got the hold with three scoreless innings. Nick Banks was the beer man in the Doubledays’ 12-hit parade, which Jake Noll led with two singles, a double, and a sac fly, followed by Paul Panaccione, who went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Roster moves: LHP Jonny Reid promoted from the GCL.

GCL Update
J.D. Martin was smoked like a cheap cigar on Friday to end a five-game win streak for the G-Nats, who still lead the GCL East by two games over the G-Cards. Seventeen-year-old Juan Soto has cooled off some (.195BA in last 10G), but still sports an .844 OPS in 20 games. Among the age-appropriate pitchers, Jonny Reid has gone 2-1` with a line of 1.72/3.15/0.70 in six appearances, totaling 15⅔ IP, which has earned him a bump up to the NYPL.

DSL Update
The D-Nats gave the D-Angels hell with an eight-run 9th yesterday to win for the second time last week, 12-9. Pitching remains the team’s strength, as they rank 11th in the 42-team league in runs allowed. Hitting? Well, there are two teams in the DSL who have scored fewer runs…

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (6-8, 3.25) vs.
Wheeler (6-2, 2.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Richmond,
6:00 p.m.
Mapes (9-6, 3.24) vs.
Beede (5-5, 3.00)
Potomac Won, 9-8 vs. Winston-Salem,
5:00 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.91) and
Lambert (0-0, 4.63) vs.
Thompson (1-0, 6.55) and
K. Valerio (3-3, 4.70)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 vs. Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (7-6, 2.73) vs.
Gomez (2-1, 2.83)
Auburn Lost, 10-8 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-1, 5.85)
Williams (4-1, 2.45)

Late start + LNIW = abbreviated writeups to get this out before 10:30 a.m.
Rochester 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 6-7) 8IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, 2HR
• Martinson 1-3, 2B
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B, RBI

A.J. Cole pitched a complete-game loss while the Syracuse offense remains woeful. Brian Goodwin extended his hit streak to six games and broke up the shutout with an RBI double in the 1st. Roster move: J.D. Martin assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1
• Whiting 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 1K
• Simms (W, 7-4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Benincasa (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Soto 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ballou 0-1, R, BB, SF, RBI

Shawn Pleffner’s pinch-hit RBI single in the 7th snapped a 1-1 tie as the Senators doubled up the Flying Squirrels again, 2-1.
Roster move: RHP Justin De Fratus assigned from Washington (MLFA, released on 7/14 by Texas).

Potomac 9 Winston-Salem 8
• Mayberry 7IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Thomas (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HR(GS), HBP
• Estevez (W, 2-4) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Vettleson 4-5, 2R, 2HR, 6RBI
• Carey 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Drew Vettleson had a career game Last Night in Woodbridge.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis assigned from Washington on MLB rehab.

Columbia 4 Hagerstown 1
• Baez (L, 6-7) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, 2WP
• Johansen ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Gutierrez 1-3, BB

Hagerstown dropped its second straight to the Fireflies, who lit up Jacob Howell for two in the 8th en route to a 4-1 win.

State College 10 Auburn 8
• Bogucki 2IP, 8H, 9R, 9ER, 3BB, 1K, HR, HBP, 2WP
• Fuentes 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Banks 5-6, R, 3RBI
• Ripken 4-5, R, BB, 2RBI
• Johnson 3-5, 3R

Doubledays pounded out 21 hits and scored eight runs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 9-0 deficit after two innings as the Spikes won again, 10-8.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-6, 4.53) vs.
Berrios (9-4, 2.42)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (0-2, 5.63)
Coonrod (2-1, 3.90)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (2-1, 5.09) vs.
Stephens (4-7 3.76)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (6-6, 4.44) vs.
Church (3-0, 0.42)
Auburn Lost, 7-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-2, 6.00) vs.
Farinaro (4-0, 5.19)


Rochester 6 Syracuse 1
• Voth (L, 5-6) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 2HR
• Laffey 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lombardozzi 2-3, R
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs’ offensive woes continued in a 6-1 loss to the Redwings. Austin Voth was stung for four runs in the first inning and all six Rochester runs on eight hits and three walks over five and 1/3rd innings. He struck out two while taking his sixth loss. Aaron Laffey stranded a pair of baserunners and locked down the Redwings the rest of the way, but as aforementioned, so did Rochester’s Andrew Albers. Brian Goodwin’s RBI double in the 6th plated Steve Lombardozzi to prevent a shutout as the two combined for four of the six (6) hits mustered by the Syracuse batters. Roster move: Austin Voth activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 2
• Valdez (W, 3-2) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Robinson (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 3-4, RBI
• Perez 2-3, R, HR, RBI (10G on-base streak)

After walking 13 in his last two starts, totaling seven and 2/3rds innings, Phillips Valdez walked none in seven innings last night. Perhaps not coincidentally, he and Harrisburg won, 4-2. Valdez allowed both Richmond runs on eight hits and struck out four as he went seven innings for the first time in eight AA starts. Wander Suero and Andrew Robinson both turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save, respectively. Rafael Bautista singled three times and drove in a run while Stephen Perez singled and homered to lead the Senators’ ten-hit parade.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 2
• Crownover (W, 1-4) 6+ IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• Mendez (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keller 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Lowery 1-4, 2B, RBI

Likewise, Matthew Crownover kept the ball down and in the zone and good things happened as the P-Nats doubled up the Dash, 4-2. Crownover won for the first time in nine A+ starts and went a career-long six-plus innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks and striking out seven (also a career high). Gilberto Mendez recovered from two rocky outings on the road to notch his fourth save. Alec Keller singled twice and drove in two while Jake Lowery doubled once and drove in one to lead the regulars. Roster move: 1B Ryan Zimmerman assigned from Washington on MLB rehab; went 2-for-4 with a double and actually ran full speed on the latter.

Columbia 6 Hagerstown 1
• Rodriguez (L, 7-6) 3⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• Hearn 3⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K, 3-0 IR-S
• Reetz 2-4, R, PB(10), PO at 3B
• La Bruna 1-2, 3B, BB, RBI

Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak came to end with a 6-1 loss to Columbia. Jefry Rodriguez threw 70 pitches over three and a 1/3rd innings and let in four runs on four hits and three walks in his sixth loss of the season. Taylor Hearn came in with the bases loaded and left ’em that way, then allowed one unearned run over the next three innings. The Suns offense didn’t respond, managing just one run on five hits total. Jakson Reetz singled with one out and scored the lone Suns run on an Angelo La Bruna triple with two outs in the 5th; the two were the only Hagerstown batters to reach base twice.

State College 7 Auburn 4
• Acevedo 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR, 3HBP
• Howard (BS, 1; L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K
• Noll 4-4
• Perkins 2-4, 2R, SB

The Spikes continued their domination of the Doubledays with a 7-4 win, the fourth straight win by State College over Auburn. Carlos Acevedo started and got the no-decision with five innings of one-run ball on one hit, two walks, and three hit batsman. Hayden Howard came in with a 4-1 lead and left with a 5-4 deficit as the Spikes scored four against him in the 6th and 7th innings for the blown-save-loss. Jake Noll singled four times to improve his BA to .333 in 11 games since his callup from the GCL while Blake Perkins went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base to pace the Auburn offense. Roster move: OF Darryl Florentino demoted to the GCL Nationals.

Anderson Franco Sighting
As noted in the comments, 3B watchlister Anderson Franco made his first appearance in the GCL, going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. A full explanation from the Nationals was released on June 31st.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (5-5, 3.11) vs.
Albers (6-2, 3.02)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 vs. Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (2-2, 7.04) vs.
Crick (2-7, 5.64)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 5.40) vs.
Leyer (0-0, 6.43)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-5, 4.15) vs.
Ingram (4-9, 5.55)
Auburn OFF DAY @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Dunning (0-0, 0.00)
Kilichowski (1-1, 0.60)


Gwinnett 3 Syracuse 2
• Hill 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• E. Davis (BS, 3; L, 6-4) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 1-3, BB, SB
• den Dekker 2-3, R, BB, SB

Taylor Hill once again tossed seven innings of one-run (on a HR, natch) ball for a no-decision as the Syracuse offense couldn’t overcome the bullpen in a 3-2 loss to Gwinnett in the series finale. Hill gave up five hits total and walked one while striking out three. After a scoreless 8th from Matt Grace on an exhausting eight pitches, Erik Davis let in the winning runs in the 9th on a walk and two hits for his fourth loss and third blown save. Matt Skole homered and Matt den Dekker came in on sac fly from Jhonatan Solano in the 4th. The Chiefs were otherwise limited to six hits and four walks and went 0-for-6 with RISP. Roster moves: RHP Koda Glover added to Washington 40-man roster; RHP Reynaldo Lopez optioned from Washington.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 2
• Brady (L, 2-4) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 10K
• Stevenson 1-3, R, BB, SB, RBI
• Perez 0-1, R, 2BB, SB

The Seawolves pounded out a baker’s dozen of hits and scored in four of eight “ups” in an 8-2 win over the Sens, halting Harrisburg’s five-game win streak. Michael Brady struck out a career-best 10 batters but was otherwise mediocre as he gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings to lose for the fourth time. Ryan Brinley was lit up again, giving up four runs over the final two innings, including the fifth HR in six AA appearances. Harrisburg managed to score twice on four singles and five walks with the help of three stolen bases. Andrew Stevenson and Steven Perez scored both runs and were the only two batters to score reach base twice. Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee designated for assignment; no corresponding moves yet, though RHP Boone Whiting will be eligible to come off the DL tomorrow.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Potomac returns to Woodbridge after a 3-4 road trip during which Lynchburg has gotten hot and taken over first place with six straight wins. The P-Nats rematch against the Salems for eight games over the next seven days beginning tonight with a five-game series against the Dash. Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Hagerstown 4 Columbia 2
• Guilbeau (W, 2-1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Borne (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 3-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Page 3-4, 2B, RBI

The Suns zapped the Fireflies by a 4-2 score to win their seventh straight and stay a half game ahead of the Grasshoppers. Taylor Guilbeau got the win with one run allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings. Grant Borne allowed an unearned run over the next three for the hold while Philip Walby worked around a single in the 9th for the save. Ian Sagdal and Matthew Page both went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead Hagerstown’s 11-hit parade, though coupled with five walks, the Suns did leave on 12 baserunners.

Auburn – OFF DAY
Auburn returns home for a single, three-game series against West Virginia before heading to New York on Sunday for three against Staten Island.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 vs. Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (AAA debut) vs.
Ro. Hernandez (4-4, 4.42)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (8-6, 3.43)
vs. TBD
Potomac Lost, 7-6
(11 inn.)
@ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (2-0, 1.29) vs.
Kopech (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-4, 6.46) vs.
De Jesus (0-0, 5.40)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 2.25) vs.
Miniard (1-2, 2.17)


Durham 8 Syracuse 4
• Espino (L, 6-8) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Laffey 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 3-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• den Dekker 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The Chiefs fell behind 3-0 after four and couldn’t catch up as the Bulls doubled ’em up, 8-4 in the series finale. Paolo Espino lost for the eighth time with those aforementioned three runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. Koda Glover became the latest victim of the GBI curse as Durham lit him up for three runs in his two innings of work. Brian Goodwin singled twice, doubled and walked once, and drove in two to lead the Syracuse offense. As noted in the comments, Reynaldo Lopez is expected to pitch for Washington tomorrow; he had been slated to start today, hence the educated guess that Lucas Giolito will take his place tonight.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2
• Ross 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Self (W, 3-2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-2, 2B, 2BB
• Ward 1-4, 2RBI

The Harrisburg ‘pen was called into action early again while the offense took advantage of Altoona mistakes for a 3-2 win in the series finale. Greg Ross got hurt while covering first for the first out of the 4th, as the Curve got to him for both of its runs on three hits and no walks. Derek Self (3IP), Andrew Robinson (1IP), and Nick Lee (1IP) combined for five scoreless innings of relief for the win, hold, and save, respectively. Andrew Stevenson doubled, took third on a groundout to second, and scored on a wild pitch in the 6th. He also scored on Drew Ward’s two-out, two-run single in the 1st. The Senators managed just six hits and three walks total and were 2-for-9 with RISP.

Salem 7 Potomac 6 (11 inn.)
• Williams 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Sanchez 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mendez (L, 2-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Carey 3-4, R, 3B, BB
• Vettleson 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Schrock 2-5, R, RBI, SB(5)

The Red Sox roared back from a 5-2 deficit with a four-run 5th, to which the P-Nats answered to tie it at 6-6, but lost in extras, 7-6. Austen Williams bore the brunt of Salem’s assault with six runs allowed on nine hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez on a single-sacrifice-double sequence in the 11th, ending a streak of 11 appearances without an earned run. Dale Carey reached base four times with a walk, two singles, and a triple to lead Potomac’s 11-hit parade, followed by Max “For Those About To” Schrock, Alex Keller, and Drew Vettleson with two hits apiece.

Hagerstown 3 Greenville 2
• Avila 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Hearn (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Sagdal 3-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Encarnacion 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Ian Sagdal’s leadoff HR in the 9th answered Greenville’s two-out, two-run rally in the 8th and lifted Hagerstown to its fifth straight win, 3-2. Taylor Hearn got the blown-save-win with both Drive runs let in on four hits and a walk over three innings. Pedro Avila started and turned in his best outing of the season with six scoreless innings and five baserunners allowed (2H, 2BB, HBP) with six strikeouts. Sagdal singled twice, walked, and doubled while driving in the second Suns run. The first came on Randy Encarnacion’s solo shot in the 3rd, as he extended his hit streak to six games and improved to .349 over his last 10 (15-for-43). Roster moves: RHP Pedro Avila activated from the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 2
• W. Davis 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mooney (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Perkins 1-3, R, SB
• Sundberg 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

It’s hard to win with just three hits, but the Doubledays tried as they couldn’t make two first-inning runs stand up and lost, 3-2 to the Scrappers. Weston Davis needed just 48 pitches to retire the Mahoning batters five times as he allowed no walks and just two hits while setting down two on strikes. Steven Fuentes wasn’t as effective as the Scrappers got two runs against him in the 7th. The loss went to Kevin Mooney despite his Auburn-logo mustache via a leadoff triple and a sac fly in the 9th. Blake Perkins, Jack Sundberg, and Ryan Ripken both reached base twice and went 2-for-8 with three walks. The rest of the lineup was 1-for-23.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Durham,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (6-7, 3.12) vs.
Schultz (5-4, 3.43)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2
(12 inn.)
@ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Ross (4-1, 0.56) vs.
Waddell (6-4, 4.48)
Potomac Won, 5-4 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.00) vs.
Ball (5-4, 3.71)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 @ Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Avila (7-6, 2.95) vs.
TBD
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 3.32) vs.
Civale (0-0, 0.00)


Durham 2 Syracuse 0
• Cole (L, 6-6) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• E. Davis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Bostick 0-2, BB
• den Dekker 0-2, BB

Durham’s Justin Marks was on the mark (well, except one HBP) as he no-hit Syracuse for a 2-0 shutout. A.J. Cole took the loss despite a quality start with of two unearned Bulls runs on four hits and a walk while six. Brian Goodwin was hit by a pitch while Christopher Bostick and Matt den Dekker both walked once to account for three Chiefs baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Austin Voth placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2 (12 inn.)
• Valdez 3⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 6BB, 3K, WP (90-44 PIT-K)
• Suero (W, 2-0) 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-4, RBI
• Stevenson 2-2, 2B, RBI

The Sens got back-to-back doubles from Rafael Bautista and Wilmer and a two-out single by Andrew Stevenson to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the 12th and held off the Curve’s last gasp for a 4-2 win in extras. Philips Valdez and strike zone remain estranged as the 24-y.o. walked six of 18 batters faced. He needed 90 pitches to get through three and 2/3rds innings with one run and two hits allowed. Wander Suero picked up the win in relief as he worked aroun four hits over two scoreless. Abel De Los Santos cordero’d his way through the 12th, giving up a one-out double and a two-out walk to earn his fifth save.

Potomac 5 Salem 4
• Mayberry (W, 2-1) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Thomas (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, CS

Potomac dug out of a 4-0 hole after four innings for a 5-4 win over Salem in the series opener. Whit Mayberry got the Jack Morris win with all four Red Sox runs let in on seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two. Justin Thomas (2IP) and Gilberto Mendez (1IP) combined for three scoreless innings of relief to earn the hold an save, respectively. Alec Keller’s two-run single plated the tying and a go-ahead runs as he led the P-Nats hit column with a 2-for-4 night, with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Osvaldo Abreu also reaching base twice with a double and a walk apiece.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 5
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR, HBP
• Borne (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI, SB(10)
• DeBruin 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored three times in the 6th to break a 5-5 tie as they took Game Two from the Drive, 8-5. Hagerstown starter Joan Baez was charged with all five Greenville runs on five hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings while fanning six. Grant Borne got the last out of the 4th and went three more frames to earn the win. Jake Johansen and Mick VanVossen each threw a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save. Randy Encarnacion singled, doubled twice, and drove in three to pace the Hagerstown offense, followed by Grant DeBruin, who doubled in two while going 2-for-5. Roster moves: IF-OF Cody Dent, RHP Luis Torres released.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 5
• Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Acevedo (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-1 IR-S
• Neuse 3-5
• Barrera 2-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, BB, OF assist at 2B

Tres Barrera’s two-run shot with one out in the 7th capped a rally from a 5-2 deficit but West Virginia pushed across the game-winner in the 8th to take the game, 6-5 and complete the series sweep. Yonathan Ramirez started and gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Carlos Acevedo suffered the loss, his third, as he was charged with the final Black Bears run on four hits over three and 2/3rds innings. Sheldon Neuse singled three times, Barrera scored three times, and Jack Sundberg singled twice and walked once to the lead the Doubledays’ attack.

GCL Update
The G-Nats remain atop the Eastern Division despite a 3-3 week. The team is 3rd in the league in runs scored, 7th in runs allowed after three full weeks of the 2016 season.

DSL Update
The D-Nats are in 7th place in the San Pedro division going into the DSL’s All-Star break. 18-y.o. OF Brailin Mesa and 21-y.o. RHP are listed on the N.L. roster for this morning’s All-Star game.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-5, 4.84) vs.
Marks (2-9, 4.30)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0;
Won, 3-2
@ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
C. Dickson (7-3, 3.69) vs.
Valdez (2-2, 7.67)
Potomac Lost, 10-4 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-1, 4.76) vs.
McGrath (3-3, 3.99)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (6-6, 4.06) vs.
Raudes (8-2, 4.06)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-1, 5.17) vs.
Vieaux (0-1, 3.92)


Syracuse 5 Durham 4
• Voth (W, 5-5) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Runion 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• den Dekker 2-5, R, HR(GS), 5RBI
• Bostick 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, SF, RBI

Well, that’s one way to take the Bull(s) by the horns. Syracuse sent 14 men to the plate in the bottom of the first and plated ten of them as they defenestrated Durham, 12-1. Austin Voth evened up his won-loss record with seven strong innings, allowing the one Bulls run on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Every Chief got a hit, with four getting two, and Matt den Dekker smacking a grand slam for the first four runs of the 1st.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 0 – GAME ONE
• Brady (L, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• N. Lee ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Stevenson 1-3
• Difo 2-3

The Curve got six strong innings from rehabbing Ryan Vogelsong as they shut out the Senators, 5-0. Michael Brady gave up all five Altoona runs on seven hits, including two solo HRs, over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out four to lose his third game. Andrew Stevenson singled once, Wilmer Difo twice, and the other seven Harrisburg batters went 0-for-16 with three walks in the loss.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 – GAME TWO
• Simms (W, 6-4) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• De Los Santos (H, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Rickles 2-3, RBI

The Harrisburg bullpen bent but didn’t break as a 3-0 lead proved to be just big enough to hold in a 3-2 win in the nightcap to split the doubleheader. John Simms got his sixth win with a masterful five innings (54 pitches, 40 for strikes) as he struck out six, walked none, and allowed just two hits. Wander Suero was credited with the save despite giving up a single and a two-run homer in the last of the 7th. The Sens offense was powered by Shawn Pleffner and Nick Rickles as both connected for RBI singles in the 4th while Pleffner left the yard with his third HR in the 6th.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 4
• Crownover (L, 0-4) 3⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Lambert 3⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Vettleson 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Schrock 0-4 (hit streak ends at 18)

The Dash got eight runs in the 4th to punctuate a 10-4 win over the P-Nats and take the series, 2-1. Matthew Crownover lost for the fourth time in eight starts as he was charged with the first six runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. He left with the bases drunk and Trey Lambert sobered them up and let in three of his own over the next three and 2/3rds innings. Drew Vettleson homered twice and drove in three while Austin Davidson plated the final Potomac run with an RBI double in the 9th.

Hagerstown 10 Greenville 5
• Rodriguez (W, 7-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K, HBP, WP
• Rivera (SV, 6) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 3B
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2B, CS, OF assist at 2B

Jefry Rodriguez tossed six scoreless innings while the Hagerstown bats remained hot in a 4-1 win over Greenville. Rodriguez gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out eight to win for the seventh time. Mariano Rivera II finished the game, letting in an unearned run on three hits and no walks while fanning two as he got his sixth save. Rhett Wiseman singled and tripled while Telmito Agustin singled and doubled to lead the Suns’ 12-hit parade, with eight of the nine batters reaching base. Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen demoted from Potomac, 3B Kelvin Rodriguez activated from 7-Day DL (end of MiLB rehab for both).

West Virginia 5 Auburn 2
• Bogucki (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Simonds 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Noll 3-4, 2RBI
• Neuse 2-3, BB

West Virginia’s three-run 2nd was the difference as Auburn dropped back to .500 with a 5-2 loss, its sixth in the last eight games. A.J. Bogucki lost his second start for the Doubledays as the Black Bears clawed him for three runs on six hits and a walk over three innings. Jake Noll came through in the clutch, driving in both Doubledays runs with a pair of two-out singles in three opportunities and was 3-for-4 overall. The rest of the team? Not so much, as they were 0-for-9 with RISP.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.24) vs.
Faria (1-0, 0.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-3 @ Altoona,
5:00 p.m.
Brady (2-2, 2.84) and
Simms (5-4, 3.72) vs.
Vogelsong (0-0, 5.40) and
Holmes (8-4, 4.30)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 5.40) vs.
Valerio (3-3, 4.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-5 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (6-5, 4.46) vs.
Boyd (8-5, 5.71)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Beddes (0-1, 3.66)


Syracuse 5 Durham 4
• Hill 7IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Glover (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (BS, 4; W, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Skole 2-3, 3R, 2B, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI

“No, no, I insist: You take this gift.” That was the 9th inning in a nutshell as the Chiefs tried to give away the game in top half with two-run HR served by Rafael Martin but instead got the gamewinner on a two-out, three-base error that enabled Matt Skole to score all the way from first. Taylor Hill shook off a leadoff HR to open the game to pitch seven innings of two-run ball on three hits and a walk. He struck out three and was leading 4-2. Koda Glover mowed ’em down in the 8th and was apparently too gassed by those nine (9) pitches to pitch the 9th. Matt Williams Billy Gardner instead went to Martin, who blew his fourth save but got the win. Skole reached base four times with a single, homer, and two walks to lead the Syracuse offense, which totaled six hits and six walks and got the benefit of four passed balls and two hit batsman (this guy →). Roster moves: IF Jason Martinson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 3
• Whiting (L, 0-2) 4+ IP, 4H, 6R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K, WP
• Self 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Soto 3-4, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2B

The Curve scored seven times in the first five innings and chugged to a 9-3 win over the Senators. Boone Whiting lost for the second time in three starts as he was charged with six runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks over four-plus innings. Neftali Soto singled three times while Rafael Bautista singled and doubled to lead Harrisburg’s nine-hit parade.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Fedde 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Estevez (BS, 2) ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Peterson (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-4, 2B
• Marmolejos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Potomac ‘pen collapsed in the late innings, giving up two runs in the 7th and 8th innings to turn a 3-1 lead into 5-3 defeat by Winston-Salem. The implosion spoiled another strong outing by Erick Fedde, who let in one unearned run on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five. Wirkin “For The Weekend” retired just one of four batters faced to blow the save while the loss went to Tommy Peterson for allowing two runs (both unearned) to score in the 8th. Alec Keller and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 10 Asheville 5
• Guilbeau (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, 2WP
• Howell 3IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• La Bruna 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Page 3-3, 2R, 2BB
• Sagdal 3-5, 2R, 3B, 4RBI

Hagerstown put this one away early with 10 runs in the first two innings and survived a late charge from Asheville for a 10-5 victory. Taylor Guilbeau got his first “W” with two runs allowed on four hits and a walk over five innings. Matt Page, Ian Sagdal, and Angelo La Bruna each had three hits and combined for six RBI and five runs scored as the Suns racked up 14 hits and five walks total on the night.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 3
• Dunning 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Howard (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K
• Serrata 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, R, OF assist at 2B
• Ripken 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Black Bears struck for five runs in the 5th and held off the Doubledays for a 5-3 win. Dane Dunning tossed three scoreless innings with one hit and one whiff in his NYPL debut. Hayden Howard took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk over and inning and a third in relief. Dan Johnson and Ryan Ripken both went 2-for-4 to account for half of Auburn’s eight hits, as the Doubledays went just 1-for-7 with RISP and left on seven baserunners.