Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Indianapolis,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 4.85) vs.
Kuhl (5-1, 1.75)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.98) vs.
Brown (3-1, 3.08)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.67) vs.
Pinto (1-2, 9.43)


Louisville 3 Syracuse 2
• Espino (L, 3-5) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR; 0-2, RBI
• De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, BB
• Severino 2-4, RBI

The Chiefs fell to .500 with a 3-2 loss to the Bats. Paolo Espino made one mistake— a three-run HR to Brandon Allen—in six innings, which proved to be one too many as he gave up seven hits and a walk total over six innings. He struck out two while losing his fifth game. Abel De Los Santos, Bryan Harper, and Nick Masset each turened in a scoreless inning in a relief. Caleb Ramsey singled and doubled, Pedro Severino singled twice, Matt den Dekker singled once to account for the five (5) Syracuse hits.

Hartford 6 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 5-4) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR; 1-1, SAC
• Brady 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Keyes 0-2, 2BB

Hartford scored twice in the 1st and never looked backed in a 6-0 shutout of Harrisburg. Tyler Mapes lost his second straight start despite six innings of two-run ball on five hits and three walks while fanning five. The bullpen faltered again but it was a moot point as the Senators offense was held to five hits (two by Shawn Pleffner) and two walks (both by Kevin Keyes). Roster move: RHP Phillips Valdez promoted from Potomac.

Frederick 6 Potomac 3
• Crownover (L, 0-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ward 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats dropped their sixth straight and now lead third-place Frederick by just a game after a 6-3 loss to the Keys. Starter Matt Crownover dropped his second decision with four runs allowed on four hits and four walks over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Drew Ward surpassed his 2015 HR total with his 10th big fly of 2016, a two-run shot in the 4th, and went 2-for-5 overall. Potomac collected 10 hits total but was just 1-for-10 with RISP and left on 11 baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams demoted from Harrisburg; SS Osvaldo Abreu activated from the the 3-Day TIL.

Hagerstown 2 Lexington 1
• Avila (W, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Lambert (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walby (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, SB
• Robles 1-3, 2BB, SB, CS, OF assist (#11) at 3B

Like Potomac, Hagerstown struggled to get runners in (1-for-14 RISP, 12 LOB) but managed to eke past Lexington for a 2-1 win. Pedro Avila got his fifth “W” with one run let in on a HR and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck out two. Trey Lambert, Philip Walby, and Mick VanVossen combined for four innings of shutout relief to seal the deal. Victor Robles reached base three times with a single and two walks while Kelvin Gutierrez led the hit column with a 2-for-4 night.

Nationals Draft Picks
Longtime readers know that the draft is just not something I have the time or patience for – I’d rather worry about who we have than fret about about who we might get. Nevertheless, I know folks are talking about it, so here’s your link from MLB.com to aid in the discussion.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (3-4, 3.39) vs.
Diaz (2-0, 2.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 3.29) vs.
Senzatela (3-1, 3.45)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 10-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (4-3, 2.88) vs.
Garabito (0-3, 9.58)


Louisville 5 Syracuse 3
• Long 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Belisle (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-4, R, HR,

An early 3-1 Chiefs lead disappeared slowly as the Bats scored one in the 4th, then posted a picket fence in the 6th, 7th, and 8th for a 5-3 win. Jaron Long gave up two longballs but still turned in a quality start of three runs allowed over six innings on six hits and two walks. He struck out three. Matt Belisle failed to turn in a clean inning for the 8th time in nine innings on his current rehab tour as served up the decisive run on two hits in the 7th. The Matts den Dekker and Skole both hit solo HR’s for the only two extra-base knocks of the ten collected by the Syracuse offense. Roster move: Matt Belisle transferred from Harrisburg for MLB Rehab

Hartford 7 Harrisburg 6
• Lopez 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 13K; 1-3
• Simms (BS, 1; L, 3-3) 1IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, HR (GS), 3-2 IR-S
• Difo 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI, BB
• Bostick 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB, SB
• Baustisa 1-4, SB(30), CS(5)

Reynaldo Lopez struck out a career-high 13 batters over seven strong innings and left with a 6-2 lead. The Senators firemen brought petrol instead of water as they gave up five runs in the 8th, with John Simms doing his best imitation of Phil Simms trying to say something insightful as he let in two of three inherited and three of his own on two walks and a grand slam for the blown-save-loss. Wilmer Difo homered twice while Kevin Keyes and Christopher Bostick each homered once (all solo) to pace the ten-hit, five-walk Harrisburg attack.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Potomac will send four to the California-Carolina All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, CA on June 21st. Meanwhile, the P-Nats return home on five-game skid to play the Keys for four this weekend before heading back out on the road to Salem for three next week.

Asheville 10 Hagerstown 8
• Bourque (L, 0-1) 3IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Torres 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 3-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Page 2-4, R, 2B
• Wiseman 2-4, R, RBI

Three Hagerstown errors led to three unearned runs in a 10-8 loss to Asheville. Suns starter James Bourque’s first appearance since 2014 was a loss as the Tourists went home six times on eight hits and two walks over three innings. Taylor Guilbeau followed but was charged with four runs (one earned) on four hits over four innings. Kelvin Gutierrez was a single shy of the cycle as he doubled, tripled, and homered while driving in two. Telmito Agustin was the beer man as the only Hagerstown batter not to march in the 13-hit parade. The Suns struck out seven times and did not draw a walk.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Long (1st AAA start of ’16) vs.
Reed (4-3, 3.31)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 3.29) vs.
TBD
Potomac Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 (12 inn.) @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Borque (3-5, 4.19 @ SS-A in ’14)
Hill (3-2, 3.81)


Syracuse 3 Louisville 2 (10 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Laffey (W, 4-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R, SB
• Skole 24-game on-base streak with BB

Caleb Ramsey’s two-out double drove in the gamewinner as the Chiefs walked off in the 10th, 3-2. Both teams scored two early — Syracuse in the 1st, Louisville in the 2nd — after which the game became a pitcher’s duel. Starter Austin Voth went six innings with the two Bats runs let in on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Erik Davis, Nick Masset, Rafael Martin, and Aaron Laffey each turned in a scoreless inning, with Laffey getting the win. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-4 and scored the decisive run while Brian Goodwin went 2-for-5 with a stolen base to lead the Chiefs’ seven-hit, five-walk offense. Roster move: IF Steve Lombardozzi assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Hartford 3
• Ross (W, 1-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Suero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2B
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg gave starter Greg Ross four runs early and he responded with seven scoreless innings in a 5-3 win over Hartford. Ross gave up three hits and a walk and struck out two as he won his first AA game of ’16. The Yard Goats railroaded Koda Glover for three runs in the 9th to break up the shutout bid. Kevin Keyes, Wilmer Difo, and Chris Bostick each had two hits and scored a run as they doubled, tripled, and homered respectively to pace the Sens offense. Roster move: OF Zach Collier placed on 7-Day DL; OF-1B Kevin Keyes reassigned from Syracuse.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3 – GAME ONE
• Valdez (L, 6-3) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Peterson 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 1-2, R, BB
• Ward 1-2, BB

The P-Nats rallied for three in the 7th but fell one run short in a 4-3 loss to the Pelicans. Philips Valdez took the loss with three runs allowed on seven hits and one walk over four innings. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Drew Ward both singled and walked as the Potomac batters were held to six hits total.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3 – GAME TWO
• Bacus 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Orlan (L, 2-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, RBI

“Orange” Marmolejos homered early, Drew Ward homered late, but it wasn’t enough to prevent another 4-3 Potomac loss to Myrtle Beach. Dakota Bacus got the spot start and put in four innings of two-run ball on two hits and two walks while striking out four. The loss went to R.C. Orlan as he gave up the go-ahead run in the 5th on two hits and two walks. The P-Nats managed just six hits again, though five were for extra bases, including doubles by Alec Keller, Dale Carey, and Drew Vettleson.

Asheville 6 Hagerstown 5 (12 inn.)
• DeRosier 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Rivera (BS, 3) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP, HBP
• Pantoja (L, 7-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, BK
• Davidson 4-6, 3R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB
• Robles 3-4, R, BB, RBI, HBP, OF assist at 2B
• Telmito 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown led 3-0 and 4-2 early but coughed up the lead in 8th, blew it in the 10th, and lost it in the 12th, 6-5. Starter Matt DeRosier gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Mariano Rivera III, one of five All-Stars named yesterday, bookended runs in the 8th and 10th to blow the save and lose the “W.” The loss went to Jorge Pantoja, who gave up three straight singles after getting the first out in the 12th. Austin Davidson led the Suns’ 14-hit parade with two singles, a double, and a homer, and scored three times while Victor Robles reached base five times with three singles, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Roster moves: RHP James Bourque reassigned from Auburn; RHP Andrew Lee placed on 7-Day DL

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.83) vs.
Sampson (2-1, 1.67)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Potomac Postponed @ Myrtle Beach,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Leal (7-2, 3.33) and Null (1-2, 1.99)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-10;
Won, 12-4
@ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-2, 5.24) vs.
Craig (3-1, 6.04)


Syracuse 3 Louisville 1
• Hill (W, 3-4) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Harper (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Turner 2-3, BB

Louisville scored first with a run in the top of the 7th, but Syracuse answered with three in the bottom of the 7th to take the series opener, 3-1. The rally made a winner out of Taylor Hill, who gave up the Bats run on six hits and one walk while fanning two. Bryan Harper rolled three groundouts in the 8th for the hold while Rafael Martin set the side down in order in the 9th for save no. 11. Brian Goodwin plated the tying and go-ahead runs with a two-run single followed by Matt Skole’s RBI single to account for the three Chiefs runs. Goodwin and Trea Turner both went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the nine-hit parade for Syracuse.
Roster moves: LHP Matt Grace, RHP Trevor Gott placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Bryan Harper, RHP Jaron Long reassigned from Harrisburg; SS Trea Turner optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY

After taking three of four from the Flying Squirrels, the Senators begin a seven-game homestand as they’ll host the Yard Goats for three and the RubberDucks for four. Roster moves: RHPs Robert Benincasa, Greg Ross reassigned from Potomac.

Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac – PPD

Game three of the four-game series was postponed due to rain on Monday night. They’ll make it up tonight with a doubleheader.
Roster moves: RHP Tommy Peterson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Asheville 12 Hagerstown 10 – COMP.
• Borne 2+ IP, 7H, 6R, 4ER, BB, K
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 5-6, 2R, RBI
• Page 4-6, 2R, 3RBI, CS
• Gutierrez 3-6, R, 2B, SB

They picked up where they left off with the Suns trailing, 6-5 after five full. Both teams doubled their output over the next three and a half innings, which gave the Tourists a 12-10 win. Grant Borne “started” and was manhandled for six runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk over two-plus innings. Luis Torres let in one of two inherited runners thanks to an error by Edwin Lora while completing the 8th. The loss went to Matt DeRosier, who gave up the first six runs over three and 2/3rds on April 28. Max “For Those About To” Schrock collected five singles to lead the 18-hit Hagerstown attack.

Hagerstown 12 Asheville 4 – GAME TWO
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Lambert (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Schrock 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI,
• Gutierrez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown fell behind 4-0 after four innings, then went to town on Asheville’s pitchers as they scored 12 unanswered runs from the 6th to the 9th innings for 12-4 win in the regularly scheduled game. Joan Baez’s struggles continued as he was bounced after three and 2/3rds and the four Tourist runs allowed on six hits and three walks, though he did fan six. Trey Lambert stranded a runner for Baez in the 4th and piutched three scoreless for the win. Max Schrock drove in three and notched eight total bases with two doubles and a homer to lead the Suns offense again. Roster move: RHP Philip Walby (an American, not Australian) assigned from Washington.

Other Transaction News
• LHPs Connor Bach (Hagerstown), Noelle Arguelles (signed in April) released
• RHP Tim Alderson (Harrisburg) activated from 7-Day DL, released

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-5 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 4.89) vs.
Leroux (3-3, 2.82)
Harrisburg Winning, 4-1
(suspended, bot. 3rd)
@ Richmond,
4:05 p.m.
TBD and Giolito (3-2, 3.17) vs.
TBD and Mejia (2-1, 1.87)
Potomac Lost, 15-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (A+ debut) vs.
Hedges (4-4, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 @ Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.86) vs.
Conlon (7-1, 1.42)


Buffalo 7 Syracuse 5
• Espino 5⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Davis (L, 4-2) ⅔IP, 0H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Sizemore 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Skole 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Lozada 2-4

Back-to-back three spots in the 6th and 7th innings by the Bison erased an early 3-0 Chiefs lead as Buffalo held on for a 7-5 win over Syracuse. Paolo Espino gave up the first three runs on five hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings for the no-decision. Erik Davis walked four of six batters faced and was charged withe the loss when Nick Masset let in both of his inherited runners in the 7th. Scott Sizemore and Matt Skole both doubled and homered and drove in two to pace the Chiefs’ offense. Roster move: SS Trea Turner recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 1 – SUSP.
• Lopez 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 0HR
• Difo 1-1, 2R, 2SB

Harrisburg scored two times twice in three innings before the rains came and suspended play after two and a 1/2 innings. They’ll finish it and play a second seven-inning game… weather permitting.

Frederick 15 Potomac 3
• Estevez (L, 0-4) 2IP, 5H, 7R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Bacus 3IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Read 3-4, R, SB, PB(9), E(3)
• Mejia 2-4, R, RBI, E(9)

The P-Nats scored three times in the 2nd to take a 3-2 lead and then got smashed like a sailor on shore leave as the Keys scored 13 unanswered runs to take the series finale, 15-3. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez, lost for third time in five starts with seven runs allowed (two earned) on five hits (two HR) and two walks with three strikeouts. Raudy Read went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base (yes, really) while Bryan Mejia singled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Potomac offense. Both committed an error, along with two by Osvaldo Abreu to lead to nine unearned runs by Frederick.

Hagerstown 6 Columbia 2
• Avila (W, 4-3) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Rivera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Robles 1-3, 2R, BB, 2SB
• Lora 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Wiseman 2-5

Hagertown continues its march towards a first-half title with its fifth straight win, 6-2 over Columbia. Pedro Avila won for the fourth time with five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one. Victor Robles returned to the lineup to walk, single, score twice, and swipe two bags and set the tone for the Suns offense, which saw every batter get a hit and eleven total. Roster Moves: 1B Ryan Ripken reassigned to Auburn; OF Telmito Agustin activated from 7-Day DL

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.