Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-4 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.81) vs.
Carroll (0-2, 6.75)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-2 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Long (2-2, 2.15) vs.
Gabryszwski (3-1, 3.86)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Belicek (0-0, 6.00)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Asheville,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-2, 4.79) vs.
Craig (3-1, 5.90)


Charlotte 7 Syracuse 4
• Hill (L, 2-4) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• De Los Santos 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI, CS
• Skole 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Knights hit ’em hard, hit ’em early, and hit ’em often, jousting Taylor Hill in the 4th and holding off the Chiefs for a 7-4 win. Hill had all seven runs charged to him on seven hits, including two solo HRs, over three and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out three while losing his fourth game. Brian Goodwin led the Syracuse hit column with three hits, including his 5th HR in the 9th, followed by Matt Skole’s 2-for-4 effort with a double and an RBI.

New Hampshire 10 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 1-6) 4IP, 3H, 6R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• Mendez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-4, RBI
• Bostick 2-4

Harrisburg’s defense went full Little League, allowing four runs to score on one play without a hit (just two errors) in a five-run 4th as New Hampshire scored nine unanswered runs to turn an early 2-1 deficit into a 10-2 rout. Austen Williams lost for the sixth time in nine starts, as he was dinged for six runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks over four innings while striking out two. Isaac Ballou and Christopher Bostick both singled twice to account for four of the seven Senator hits. Roster move: RHP Matt Belisle rehab assignment transferred from Potomac.

Potomac – OFF DAY
It’s eight games in seven days after the P-Nats enjoyed their first scheduled off day since April 25th. The weeklong roadtrip starts with four against third-place Frederick, then a trip to the Redneck Riviera (see #3) for three against Myrtle Beach.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Baez (W, 2-4) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP
• Rivera (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gutierrez 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Wiseman 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown struck for three in the 1st and the Suns pitchers made it stand up for a 3-2 win over Asheville. Max Schrock walked and scored on Kelvin Gutierrez’s double, then Rhett Wiseman went deep to complete the rally. Joan Baez pitched into the sixth and was charged with both Tourist runs on five hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds. Trey Lambert let in one of two inherited runners but finished the inning and turned in two scoreless for the hold. Mariano Rivera III stranded a two-out double to earn his fourth save.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 (11 inn.) @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (2-3, 4.53)
Ranaudo (0-1, 3.68)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (1-5, 5.62) vs.
Santos (4-1, 3.14)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (1-4, 4.75) vs.
Killian (3-2, 5.21)


Charlotte 6 Syracuse 5 (11 inn.)
• Cole 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Davis (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Grace (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Severino 3-5, R, RBI
• Turner 2-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, 2BB

The Syracuse ‘pen couldn’t hold a 5-3 lead in the 9th and fell in the 11th, 6-5 to Charlotte. Starter A.J. Cole went seven innings for the first time this season, letting in three on six hits and no walks while striking out five. Trevor Gott didn’t have the Motts as he surrendered a two-run HR in the 9th to tie things up at 5-5. Matt Grace gave up the gamewinner in the 11th on back-to-back two-out singles for his second loss. Pedro Severino led the Chiefs hit column with three singles while Trea Turner doubled twice and drove in three.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 2
• Giolito (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 6K
• Robinson (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Simms (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-3, BB, CS
• Collier 2-4, R, 2B

The Senators scored in three of the first four innings and held on for a 3-2 win to earn a split of the four-game series with the RubberDucks. Lucas Giolito won for the third time, giving up both Akron runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks over six innings. Andrew Robinson kept the ‘Ducks off the pond, er, bases with two scoreless for the hold while John Simms shook off a leadoff single to retire the next three for the save. Christopher Bostick, Zach Collier, and Cutter Dykstra each had two hits as the Harrisburg nine collected ten hits and three walks total on the afternoon.

Winston-Salem 8 Potomac 2
• Reyes (L, 3-4) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Sanchez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Abreu 2-3, 2B, BB
• Ward 1-3, 2B, BB

Winston-Salem earned a 2-2 series split with an 8-2 dismantling of Potomac. Starter Luis Reyes battled control problems again, walking four in six innings and giving up seven hits to lose his fourth game. After a scoreless inning from Mario Sanchez, the P-Nats ‘pen imploded in the 8th, with four walks and four runs surrendered by Dakota Bacus and Matt Spann. Offensively, Potomac got the leadoff man on just once in nine innings and managed just six hits, unable to capitalize on four extra-base hits aside from an “Orange” Marmolejos HR. Roster move: IF Grant DeBruin reassigned to Auburn.

Hagerstown 2 Asheville 1
• Rodriguez (W, 5-2) 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Peterson (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Schrock 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, SB

A fifth-inning triple proved to be the gamewinner as the Suns mugged the Tourists, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez got his fifth win with six innings of one (unearned) run ball on two hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Tommy Peterson followed with two scoreless for the hold while Mick VanVossen walked one while earning his fourth save by pitching an otherwise clean 9th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock drove in both runs and went 2-for-4, as did Kelvin Gutierrez and Matt Page. Hagerstown collected ten hits total but walked just once.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-1, 3.38) vs.
Banuelos (1st AAA start in ’16)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Mapes (5-2, 3.40) vs.
Carrasco (MLB Rehab)
Potomac Won, 2-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 5.77) vs.
Lowry (3-3, 4.22)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-1, 3.89) and
Avila (3-2, 2.25) vs.
Blewett (2-4, 4.74) and
Garabito (0-1, 11.25)


Syracuse 1 Gwinnett 0
• Voth (W, 3-2) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Gott (H, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (SV, 9) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Skole 1-3, BB

Three Syracuse pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to outduel their counterparts for Gwinnett, 1-0. Autin Voth went the first seven innings and gave up three hits, no walks, and struck out six. Trevor Gott set them down in order in the 8th on 14 pitches for hold #6 while Rafael Martin worked around a one-out single for his ninth save. Trea Turner’s RBI triple plated pinch-hitter Scott Sizemore who walked in place of Voth. The Chiefs were held to just five hits but drew four walks.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 1
• Long (L, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Self 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kieboom 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Collier 0-2, 2BB

Spencer Kieboom’s two-out RBI double in the 7th quacked up both the no-hitter and the shutout for the RubberDucks as the Senators lost, 6-1. Harrisburg starter Jaron Long was flapped for four runs on eight hits, including two homers, over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked none and struck out two in his second loss. Zach Collier was the only Senator batter to reach base twice as he drew two of the four walks Akron pitchers issued.

Potomac 2 Winston-Salem 0
• Ross (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (H, 1) 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Brinley (S, 8) 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Abreu 1-3, R

Veteran Greg Ross combined with two relievers on a five-hit shutout while Drew Ward came off the DL with bang as Potomac took the opener from Winston-Salem, 2-0. Ross walked one and struck out four over seven innings for his second win. Robert Benincasa and Ryan Brinley were both perfect in the 8th and 9th innings to earn the hold and save respectively. Ward homered on the first pitch he saw to give the P-Nats a 1-0 lead in the 2nd. Osvaldo Abreu and “Orange” Marmolejos opened the 4th with back-to-back singles with Abreu taking third and scoring on double play ball for the second and final run of the game. The P-Nats managed just five hits total while striking out 12 times. Roster moves: 3B Drew Ward activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Grant DeBruin placed on the 7-Day DL (speciem iniuriae non fictus).

Hagerstown vs. Lexington — PPD

Rain washed away Friday night’s game at the Muni. They’ll try to make it up tonight with a twi-night doubleheader.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-1, 3.38) vs.
Blair (3-0, 1.64)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Long (2-1, 1.41) vs.
Peoples (4-1, 3.40)
Potomac Won, 9-6 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ross (1-2, 1.50) vs.
Cooper (2-3, 3.88)
Hagerstown Won, 9-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-1, 3.89) vs.
Blewett (2-4, 4.74)


Charlotte 6 Syracuse 5
• Hill 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Masset (L, 0-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• den Dekker 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Syracuse led 2-0 and 4-2 before giving up runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th to fall behind 6-4. Matt den Dekker led off the 9th with a single, took second on a wild pitch, and went to third while Matt Skole, who drew a walk, took second on a sacrifice. den Dekker scored on Caleb Ramsey’s RBI single while Skole was gunned down at the plate to end the rally. Taylor Hill started and allowed three runs on nine hits, including a solo HR in his sixth and final inning. Hill walked none and struck out one. Nick Masset took the loss with two runs let in on one hit and two walks in his single inning pitched.

Harrisburg 5 Portland 4
• Williams 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Glover (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 1-3, R, 2BB, 2SB
• Difo 1-3, R, 2BB, SB
• Jeroloman 0-1, R, 3BB

The SeaDogs bullpen collapsed again in the 9th, walking four in the inning, including three in a row after a walk and a sacrifice put the gamewinner into scoring position to give the Senators a 5-4 win. Austen Williams got the start and gave up all four runs on five hits, including a solo HR in the 6th, his final inning of work. He walked one and struck out two. John Simms followed with two scoreless and Koda Glover worked around a hit in the 9th, which earned him a win, his first at AA. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo both went 1-for-3 with a run scored to pace the Harrisburg offense, which drew nine walks total, led by Brian Jeroloman with three.

Potomac 9 Salem 6
• Estevez 3IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 1K, HR
• Spann (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K
• Orlan (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 5RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI

Somehow this game took less than three hours despite 16 walks issued as Potomac outlasted Salem, 9-6 to take the series, 2-1. “The Weekend” came early for Wirkin Estevez, who started but was chased after three innings. Salem batters staked him for four runs on three hits, three via a homer in the 3rd, while walking four and setting down one (1) on strikes. Matt Spann followed with three innings of one-run relief to earn the win, his first, while R.C. Orlan pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his fifth. Alec Keller was a HR shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with five RBI to lead the ten-hit, nine-walk offense. Roster moves: C Jake Lowery reassigned from Auburn and placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 8
• DeRosier 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Peterson (BS, 1; W, 3-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, 4RBI, SB
• Schrock 2-4, 2R, SB
• Reetz 2-4, 2RBI, E(2), PB(5)

The Suns scored three early and got five shutout innings from starter Matt DeRosier. The bullpen did what it could to waste that effort but the batters bailed them out with a five-run 7th en route to a 9-8 Hagerstown win over Lexington. DeRosier struck out five, walked none, and gave up three hits in his no-decision. Tommy Peterson notched the dreaded blown-save-win with three runs coughed up on hour hits over two innings. Kelvin Gutierrez drove in four while going 2-for-4, a line matched by Max Schrock and Jakson Reetz as the Suns pounded out 10 hits total.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Despaigne (0-5, 4.61)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Williams (0-5, 6.75) vs.
Hess (2-1, 2.33)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 6.62)
Means (4-0, 2.09)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Greensboro,
4:30 p.m.
DeRosier (1-1, 6.32) and
A. Lee (2-2, 3.35) vs.
Farnworth (0-1, 2.81) and
Weaver (2-4, 2.41)


Syracuse 6 Norfolk 2
• Hill (W, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Gott 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Goodwin 3-4, R, RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2RBI
• Turner 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB

A three-spot in the 7th broke open a 3-2 game as Syracuse took another game from Norfolk, 6-2. Taylor Hill got the win, his second, with five and 2/3rds innings of two-run ball on four hits and a walks with six whiffs. J.C. Gutierrez stranded two in the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th to earn the hold. Brian Goodwin led the Chiefs’ hit column with three singles to push his batting average to a team-best .324 while Matt Skole drove in two to tie Goodwin for the team lead in RBI with 24.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2
• Giolito (W, 2-2) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Robinson (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kieboom 3-4
• Difo 2-3, R, BB
• Bostick 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Lucas Giolito ran out of gas in the 5th, but left with a 3-2 lead. The Sens ‘pen combined for four perfect innings while the offense tacked on an insurance run in the 8th to double up BaySox, 4-2. Giolito gave up both Bowie runs on five hits, including a leadoff HR in his final frame, two walks and struck out five to win his second game. Andrew Robinson retired all six batters he faced, while Derek Self and Bryan Harper each had 1-2-3 innings. Spencer Kieboom and Wilmer Difo both reach base three times to lead the Harrisburg ten-hit, four-walk offense.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3
• Estevez (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Bacus 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Carey 4-4, R
• Keller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Frederick posted a picket fence against Wirkin Estevez and Potomac for a 4-3 win in the series opener. “For the Weekend” retired the side in the 1st but gave up single runs over the next four innings on seven hits and no walks to lose for the third time. Dakota Bacus locked it down for the next three innings, but the P-Nats offense couldn’t strike the decisive blow as they left runners on in the 6th and 7th and hit into inning-ending double plays in the 8th and 9th. Dale Carey singled four times in four trips to the plate while Alec Keller drove in two on a solo HR in the 2nd and groundout in the 8th.
Roster moves: 3B Drew Ward placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Grant DeBruin recalled from XST.

Greensboro vs. Hagerstown – PPD
Rain washed out Game Two of the four-game series between the Suns and the ‘Hoppers. They’ll try to make it up today with a twi-night doubleheader.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.31) vs.
Appel (3-2, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Erie,
6:35 p.m.
Long (1-1, 1.33) vs.
Riordan (3-2, 5.35)
Potomac Won, 13-6 @ Winston-Salem,
11:00 a.m.
Whiting (3-1, 4.11) vs.
Cooper (2-2, 3.29)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-0, 1.54) vs.
Taveras (1-2, 2.28)


Rochester vs. Syracuse – PPD
Rain washed away the finale of the Chiefs-RedWings series on Sunday. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader on Thursday, June 30th at 6:05 p.m. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington.

Akron 5 Harrisburg 1
• Williams (L, 0-5) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Mendez 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Bautista 1-3, BB, CS
• Bostick 1-3, R, BB

Harrisburg committed a week’s worth an errors in one game and lost again, 5-1 to Akron. Austen Williams lost for the fifth time, letting in four unearned runs on eight hits, a walk, and a hit batsman over six innings. Gilberto Mendez finished with a one run allowed on a home run. The Sens offense was mostly in recess, collecting just four hits and five walks with Rafael Bautista and Christopher Bostick both reaching base twice.

Potomac 13 Winston-Salem 6
• Fedde (W, 2-3) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Sanchez (SV, 1) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Ward 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, 3BB, 2RBI
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2BB, 3RBI

Potomac broke a three-game losing streak while missing an extra point in a 13-6 win over Winston-Salem. Erick Fedde got the Jack Morris win with five runs given up on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out two. Mario Sanchez closed out the game for the four-inning save, walking three and giving up four hits but only allowing one run. Drew Ward reached base six times with a single, two doubles, and three walks, followed by Alec Keller and Khayyan Norfork who both reach based four times and drove in three runs as the P-Nats assaulted Dash pitchers for 16 hits and took 12 walks.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 5
• DeRosier 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Torres (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Schrock 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2B, SB
• Wiseman 1-3, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at HP

Matt Page’s RBI single in the 9th completed a comeback from a 5-2 deficit as the Suns walked off for a 6-5 win over the Intimidators. Matt DeRosier got the start but was ineffective, walking four and giving up four runs on six hits over four and a 1/3rd innings. The win went to Luis Torres for two perfect innings of relief in the 8th and 9th innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock doubled, homered, and scored twice to lead the Hagerstown offense, which scored six times on just seven hits with a little help from six walks, a balk, and a Kannapolis error.

Sunday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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