Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-7, 4.99) vs.
Dean (1-5, 4.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Brady (1-1, 3.77) vs.
Leiter (3-0, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 11-9 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-7, 5.00) vs.
Stinnett (6-3, 3.36)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 4.87) vs.
Peralta (3-4, 4.04)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Meyer (1-1, 5.27)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 3-8) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Masset 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Turner 2-4, 2B, BB
• Severino 2-4, 2B

Syracuse once again had no answer for Rochester’s rallies in the late innings as they were doubled up, 6-3. Taylor Hill gave up HR nos. 11 and 12 and four runs total on six hits over six innings to lose for the eighth time in 16 starts. He walked two and struck out four. Syracuse totaled nine hits and four walks, leaving nine men on and going 3-for-12 with RISP. Trea Turner led the way with a single, walk, and a double while making no errors in CF.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 0
• Brady (L, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR; 1-2
• Robinson 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Stevenson 2-4, CS
• Kieboom 1-2, BB

Three Reading pitchers combined on five-hit shutout of Harrisburg, 3-0. Michael Brady started and lost for the second time, though he turned in a serviceable five innings of two-run ball on three hits and a walk while striking out three and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Andrew Stevenson single twice and Spencer Kieboom walked and singled; they were the only two Sens to reach base twice.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 9
• Reyes (L, 4-8) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 9R, 6ER, 4BB, 1K, 0HR
• Lambert 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Robles 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Schrock 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Keller 2-5, 2R, SB

The Pelicans thrashed the P-Nats early and held off a late charge for an 11-9 win. Luis Reyes continues to struggle, as he failed to give up less than three runs for the sixth time in seven starts. He was charged with nine runs (six earned) on five hits (no HR) and four walks over just two and a 1/3rd innings to lose for the 8th time. Down 11-3 after five full, Potomac struck back with five in the 6th, one in the 7th and got the tying runs into scoring position with two out in the 8th before a groundout ended the threat. They went down in order in the 9th.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 3
• Guilbeau (L, 0-1) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Page 1-4, R, 2B
• Reetz 1-3, 2B, BB

Delmarva failed to score just twice in nine “ups” in an 8-3 beatdown of Hagerstown. Taylor Guilbeau was charged with the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. The Suns were held to one hit through the first six innings but got help from the Shorebird ‘pen with two walks, a hit by pitch, and two wild pitches for two runs in the 7th. Matthew Page doubled with one down in the 9th while Ian Sagdal singled with two out to score the third and final Hagerstown run.

West Virginia 11 Auburn 5
• Y. Ramirez 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Conner (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, 2HBP
• Johnson 2-5, RBI
• Banks 2-5, 2R
• Ortiz 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI

The Black Bears gashed the first man out of the Doubledays ‘pen for four runs on just one hit as they overcame a 4-1 deficit early to win 7-6. Nick Conner loaded the bases with two hit batsman and a walk before getting a ground ball to the right side for the first out. Another walk loaded the bases, and triple unloaded them. Yonathan Ramirez started but was ineffective, allowing three runs on four hits (one HR) and two walks while striking out three. Dave Johnson and Nick Banks both singled twice while Oliver Martinez drove in four runs with an Earl Weaver special in the 4th and an RBI groundout in the 7th.

GCL Update

The G-Nats took four of six in the first full week of play, capped off by two touchdowns and a field goal in a 17-0 victory yesterday, which, of course, will skew the stat leaders. Juan Soto, for example, is batting .550/.571/.750 through six games after yesterday’s 3-for-5 effort. Anderson Franco remains in witness protection active on the roster but has not yet played.

DSL Update

The D-Nats stand at 12-12 after four weeks of play, having had a 3-2 week with yesterday’s game suspended by (presumably) rain. Of course, all eyes are on the prize for next year’s entrants. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post has the story.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-7, 4.99) vs.
Dean (1-5, 4.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Brady (1-1, 3.77) vs.
Leiter (3-0, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 8-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-7, 5.00) vs.
Stinnett (6-3, 3.36)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 4.87) vs.
Peralta (3-4, 4.04)
Auburn Lost, 11-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Meyer (1-1, 5.27)

Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Cole 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Laffey (BS, 1; L, 4-3) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Turner 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI

The Chiefs led 1-0 after one and 3-2 after five and 1/2 but had no answer to the Redwings’ three-run 6th to lose this one, 5-3. A.J. Cole labored through five innings, giving up two runs on a 2nd-inning HR and seven hits total. He threw 95 pitches, walked one, and struck out three in the no-decision. Aaron Laffey took the loss with three runs allowed on three hits and a walk in the 6th. Trea Turner walked and hit his I.L.-leading eighth triple while Steve Lombardozzi singled twice and drove in a run to lead the Syracuse attack.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 2
• Mapes (L, 7-6) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, HBP; 1-2, GIDP
• N. Lee ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 3-3, HBP
• Kieboom 2-4, R

Harrisburg scored twice in the late innings but it was too little, too late as Reading doubled ’em up, 4-2. All-Star Tyler Mapes lost for the fourth time in his last six starts as the Fightins punched him for all four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Wilmer Difo reached base four times with three singles and a HBP while Spencer Kieboom singled twice and scored a run as the Senators collected ten hits and three walks (two by Drew Ward) on the night.
Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon reassigned from Potomac for MLB rehab.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 1
• Williams (L, 0-3) 5IP, 12H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Sanchez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schrock 3-4
• Read 2-4, R, HR , RBI

The P-Nats suffered their first loss of the 2nd half with an 8-1 thrashing by the Pelicans. Austen Williams did not get a quality start loss, as Myrtle Beach manhandled him for seven runs on twelve (12) hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out one while losing for the third time in four High-A starts. Max “For Those About To” Schrock pushed his BA to a Nintendo-esque .579 (11-for-19) with another three-hit game while Raudy Read broke up the shutout bid with his fourth HR of the season.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 3
• Bourque 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, 2HR, WP
• Rivera 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Walby (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Encarnacion 3-5, R, 2SB
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2B

Hagerstown got back-to-back-to-back singles with two outs to load the bases and got the tying run in on a wild pitch and the gamewinner in on a passed ball for a gift from Delmarva, 4-3. Philip Walby got the “W” as he worked around a walk and a single in the 9th. James Bourque had his first start with fewer hits allowed (4) than innings pitched (5) though he was charged with all three Shorebird runs, two coming via solo home runs. Lineup bookends Randy Encarnacion and Telmito Agustin combined to go 5-for-9 with a double (Agustin), two stolen bases (Encarnacion) and three runs scored to lead the Suns offense.

West Virginia 11 Auburn 5
• W. Pena 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, HBP
• Peguero (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perkins 2-4, BB, OF assists at HP, 2B
• Ripken 2-4, BB, RBI
• Barrera 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Black Bears roared in the 7th for two and five in the 8th to break a 4-4 tie and gash the Doubledays for an 11-5 loss. Starter Wilber Pena wobbled through four innings, with two runs let in on four hits and five walks while striking out three. Francys Peguero took the loss with four runs on six hits over the next three innings. The Auburn offense pounded out 12 hits and drew five walks, with Blake Perkins and Ryan Ripken leading the charge with two singles and a walk apiece.
Roster moves: 3B Kelvin Gutierrez assigned from Hagerstown for MiLB rehab.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1;
Won, 6-1
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-4, 4.35) vs.
Wheeler, J (6-1, 2.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-5 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (7-5, 3.41) vs.
Viza (1-1, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 2.37) vs.
Leal (9-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.56) vs.
Costello (0-0, 1.88)
Auburn Won, 5-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (1-1, 10.57) vs.

Rochester 5 Syracuse 1 – GAME ONE
• Lopez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Harper (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K, WP, HR(GS)
• Goodwin 2-4, SB
• Bostick 1-3, R

Rochester’s Adam Walker connected for a walkoff grand slam in the first extra inning as the Redwings flew past the Chiefs, 6-1. Reynaldo Lopez turned in six innings of one-run ball on three hits and four walks and struck out four. Bryan Harper took the loss as he loaded the bases in the 8th with a single and two walks (one intentional). Brian Goodwin went 2-for-4 and Christopher Bostick went 1-for-3 to account for three of the five Syracuse hits.

Syracuse 6 Rochester 1 – GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 5-7) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Ramsey 3-3, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• den Dekker 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Solano 1-2, R, BB

Paolo Espino went the distance while Caleb Ramsey ran out of game to complete the cycle as the Chiefs took the nightcap, 6-1. Espino let in the lone Redwings run on seven hits and a walk over seven innings for his fifth win. Ramsey singled, tripled, doubled, and drove in four runs in his three at-bats to lead the Syracuse charge, which included nine hits and two walks total.

Reading 13 Harrisburg 5
• Whiting 6⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Brinley (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔+ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 0K, 3HR, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Perez 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
• Ballou 3-4
• Soto 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

A 4-1 lead proved to be too small for the Harrisburg bullpen to hold as they were immolated for 12 runs over two and 2/3rds innings in a 13-5 loss to Reading. Boone Whiting got the no-decision with four runs charged to him on five hits and three walks while striking out six over six and a third innings. Ryan Brinley let in both inherited runners by giving up a single and HR before getting the last two outs of the 7th. Things got worse in the 8th when he served up back-to-back homers then hit a batter, which got him tossed and then manager Matt LeCroy was ejected shortly thereafter. He suffered both a blown save and a loss, if not a suspension and/or fine. Neftali Soto, who was one of three Sens named to the E.L. All Star Game, homered early and Stephen Perez homered late as the Senators collected 11 hits total on offense.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 2 – 10 inn.
• Mayberry 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Thomas (W, 2-2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Orlan (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Schrock 3-5, RBI
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Max “For Those About To” Schrock came through again with another extra-inning game-winner as the P-Nats reeled off their sixth straight win, 3-2 over the Pelicans in 10 innings. Whit Mayberry turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on four hits as he walked none and struck out seven in his Potomac debut. Justin Thomas was the winner in relief while R.C. Orlan set the side down in order in the 10th to earn the save, his eighth. Schrock went 3-for-5 to lead the Potomac hit parade while Drew Vettleson also reached base three times with a single, double, and a walk, which he drew in the 10th to score on Schrock’s third single.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 2 – 10 inn.
• Avila 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Pantoja 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• VanVossen (W, 2-2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Davidson 1-3, 2B, BB
• Encarnacion 1-3, BB, RBI

Angelo La Bruna’s first career longball was a walkoff in the 10th as Hagerstown edged Delmarva, 3-2. It made a winner out of Mick VanVossen, who gave up a solo HR in the 9th but pitched a scoreless 10th. Pedro Avila got the start and gave up a run on six hits and three walks over five innings. The Suns managed just five hits total, but got three extra-base hits (doubles by Austin Davidson and Edwin Lora) and four walks to make the most of their limited opportunities.
Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Matt DeRosier placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 2
• Mills (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Fuentes (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Vilorio 2-4, R, RBI
• Brandt 1-3, BB, 2RBI

The Doubledays put up three runs in the 2nd, added two in the 4th and cruised to a 5-2 win to take this one, 5-2 from the Scrappers. McKenzie Mills got his second win with one run allowed on two hits and three walks while striking out six. Luis Vilorio singled twice and drove in one while Clayton Brandt drove in two and singled once as Auburn produced five runs from five hits and five walks, with a little help from three Mahoning Valley errors.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 @ Rochester,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (AAA debut) and
Espino (4-7, 3.31) vs.
Albers (6-2, 3.48) and
Greenwood (1-0, 1.13)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-0 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (1st AA start of ’16) vs.
Pinto (3-3, 4.32)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-3, 1.01 @ FSL in ’15) vs.
Leal (9-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (6-5, 2.93) vs.
Gonzalez (5-4, 2.55)
Auburn Won, 4-2 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (1-1, 4.82) vs.
Jimenez (0-1, 10.38)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 11 Syracuse 2
• Long 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• E. Davis (L, 6-3) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, WP
• Ramsey 2-3, R, BB
• Turner 2-5, R, 2B

Syracuse never led in this one as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre completed the three-game sweep with an 11-2 thrashing. Jaron Long gave up a pair of first-inning runs in the 1st but recovered to put up four scoreless for a stint of five innings of two-run ball on seven hits and two walks. Erik Davis took the loss with five runs charged to him over an inning and 2/3rds on three hits and walks. Caleb Ramsey walked once and singled twice while Trea Turner, who was named an I.L. All-Star along with Brian Goodwin, singled and doubled to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster moves: LHP Matt Grace assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Bowie 8 Harrisburg 0
• Ross (L, 3-1) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Self 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Keyes 1-3, BB
• Rickles 1-3

Two BaySox pitchers worked around six walks to combine on a two-hit shutout of the Senators and take the series finale, 8-0. Harrisburg starter Greg Ross saw his scoreless inning streak end at 30 but still turned in a quality start of three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out two while dropping his first AA decision. Kevin Keyes, Drew Ward, and Neftali Soto each reached base twice while Keyes and Nick Rickles accounted for the two Sens hits.

Potomac 3 Winston-Salem 2 (11 inn.)
• Crownover 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Mendez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Orlan (W, 4-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Schrock 3-6, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB

Max “For Those About To” Schrock’s third hit was the walkoff that ended this one in favor of Potomac, 3-2 in 11 innings. Matt Crownover went the first five and a 1/3rd and let in two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three. R.C. Orlan was the winner with a scoreless inning in the top of the 11th. Schrock also homered to finish 3-for-6 while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled, doubled, and walked twice to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 2
• Baez (W, 5-5) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Borne (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wiseman 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Page 2-4, R, RBI

Joan Baez won his third straight decision while the Suns scorched the BlueClaws, 8-2 to prevent the sweep. Baez gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with one whiff over six innings for his fifth win. Grant Borne retired nine of ten batters faced over the final three innings to earn the save, his second. Rhett Wiseman tripled and homered and drove in three while Ian Sagdal and Matt Page both went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 2
• Watson 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Howell (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mooney (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Neuse 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Jefferies 2-4, R

Auburn posted a picket fence over the final four innings to double up Mahoning Valley, 4-2. Tyler Watson gave up both Scrappers runs on four hits and two walks while fanning five. The win went to Jacob Morse while the save went to Kevin Mooney as both pitchers tossed two perfect innings and struck out three. Sheldon “Come On Feel The” Neuse led the Doubledays hit parade with a single, double, and a walk while scoring a run and driving in a run.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 @ Rochester,
6:05 p.m.
Long (0-2, 4.30) vs.
Severino (3-0, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 13-10 @ Reading,
12:00 p.m.
Ross (3-0, 0.00) vs.
Aquino (3-7, 3.56)
Potomac Postponed @ Myrtle Beach,
12:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 5.85) vs.
Stephens (3-7. 3.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (4-5, 4.63) vs.
Arauz (3-4, 3.86)
Auburn Lost, 9-5 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Hillman (1-0, 2.45)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 4
• Voth (L, 4-4) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Runion 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2R, BB

The RailRiders railroaded Austin Voth for six runs in five innings and held off the Chiefs for a 6-4 win. Voth walked three, struck out none, and gave up eight hits, including a home run in his final inning to lose for the fourth time. Sam Runion and Koda Glover combined for four scoreless innings of relief. Christopher Bostick drove in the final three Syracuse runs with homer and a single while Matt Skole, Jason Martinson, and Pedro Severino each had a single and a walk to pace the eight-hit, five-walk offense.
Roster moves: RHP Rafael Martin optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 13 Bowie 10
• Valdez (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• De Los Santos (SV, 4) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 7RBI, E(19)
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Stevenson 2-4, 3R, BB, RBI, SB

Wilmer Difo had a touchdown and an extra point while the Harrisburg bullpen held Bowie to a field goal and recovered the onside kick in the final two minutes for a 13-10 victory. Philips Valdez won for the second time with five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. He struck out five and left with a 9-5 lead. Difo singled twice, doubled, and homered to drive in 7RBI while Shawn Pleffner, who’s been killing it in June (.415/.458/.547), went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead the Sens’ 15-hit assault. The BaySox rallied for three in the 9th before Abel De Los Santos came on to strike out the final batter and earn his fourth save.
Roster moves: RHP Wander Suero activated from 3-Day TIL.

Potomac vs. Winston-Salem – PPD
For the second time in the second half, rain washed away a P-Nats game and pushed it to another game in another series. They’ll make this one up when Winston-Salem returns to Potomac next month with a twi-night doubleheader on Saturday, July 23rd.
Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry assigned from Washington. FYI: He’s from Alexandria, VA, not Mt. Airy, NC.

Lakewood 12 Hagerstown 5
• Rodriguez (L, 6-3) 2⅔ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K
• Dickey 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, 2-0 IR-S
• DeBruin 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• La Bruna 1-2, R, 2BB
• Wiseman 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Lakewood scored seven times in the first three innings and it turned out to be the margin of victory in a 12-5 win over Hagerstown. All-Star Jefry Rodriguez was knocked for those seven scores on nine (9) hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds innings to lose for the third time. Robbie Dickey stranded two and let in a run of his own over three innings, but the rest of the Suns relievers were pinched for four runs in the 7th to put the game away. Grant DeBruin celebrated his 26th birthday with a single, a double, and two walks While Rhett Wiseman homered and drove in three to lead the Suns offense.

Mahoning Valley 9 Auburn 5
• Acevedo (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Cespedes 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brandt 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Barrera 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Scrappers put up crooked numbers in three consecutive innings and withstood two errors to give away four runs in the 7th to the Doubledays in a 9-5 triumph. Carlos Acevedo hit the wall in his fifth and final inning with three runs allowed on six hits and a walk to lose for the second time. Mahoning Valley made hay against Maximo Valerio, Nick Conner, and Phil Morse for six runs in the 6th and 7th before Angher Cespedes stopped the bleeding with a scoreless 8th. Sixth-round pick Tres Barrera drew the only Auburn walk and hit his first professional HR while Clayton Brandt doubled twice and drove in two to account for three of the four Doubleday hits.

Shuffling the Deck

For most of you, this may seem too late, but in the seven seasons I’ve been doing this, it’s only a little bit later than usual. While it may seem related to the news that Lucas Giolito will debut tonight, I’d argue it has more to do with the last of the signings coming in and room needing to be made. Rather than clutter up today’s news & notes, which have been abbreviated, here’s a rundown:

• RHP Rafael Martin recalled to Washington
• RHP J.C. Gutierrez, OF Tony Campana, 3B Scott Sizemore released
• IF Christopher Bostick, OF Zach Collier, RHP Reynaldo Lopez promoted from Harrisburg

• RHP Lucas Giolito recalled to Washington
• RHP Wander Suero placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List
• RHPs Boone Whiting and Ryan Brinley, OF Andrew Stevenson, 3B Drew Ward promoted from Potomac

• RHP Trey Lambert, OF Victor Robles, IF Max Schrock promoted from Hagerstown

• RHP Robbie Dickey, OF Randy Encarnacion, IF Angelo LaBruna promoted from Auburn

• RHPs Jacob Howell, Phil Morse promoted from the GCL

No word yet on the corresponding moves for Giolito and Martin yet, though it would seem likely that Taylor Jordan will go on the 60-Day DL and perhaps someone else will be DFA’d – perhaps even Martin himself.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (4-3, 2.99) vs.
Haynes (1-3, 5.06)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (1-1, 5.40) vs.
Hess (3-6, 4.64)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 5.85) vs.
Stephens (3-7. 3.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (6-2, 3.13) vs.
Tirado (0-0, 10.13)
Auburn Lost, 5-0 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (0-1, 8.31) vs.
McKenzie (0-1, 0.00)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-7) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2B
• Goodwin 1-4, OF assist at HP

The Syracuse offense was AWOL (four hits total) while Taylor Hill was knocked around early in a 5-0 loss. Trea Turner fielded both balls hit his way in CF, which was his first professional appearance in the outfield.

Bowie 10 Harrisburg 1
• Brady (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Brinley 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 1-4, 2B
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Isaac Ballou’s HR prevented the shutout as Bowie knifed Harrisburg, 10-1 in the series opener. Rafael Bautista shifted to RF in favor of new Sens CF Andrew Stevenson and made two fielding errors.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 1
• Fedde (W, 4-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Estevez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Vettleson 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Rain delayed the start of this by nearly an hour but the P-Nats wasted little time in dispatching the Dash, 5-1. Both Victor Robles and Max Schrock went 2-for-4 in their High-A debut but neither scored a run.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 5
• DeRosier 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 2IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Agustin 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

The BlueClaws pinched Mick VanVossen for five runs in the 8th and 9th innings to eclipse the Suns, 6-5. Randy Encarnacion went 0-for-5 in his Low-A debut.

Williamsport 5 Auburn 0
• W. Davis (L, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Mooney 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Johnson 1-3
• Perkins 0-3, BB

Williamsport’s Adonis Medina nearly no-hit Auburn with both Blake Perkins’s walk and Dan Johnson coming with one out in the 9th. Perkins and Johnson would be stranded as Sheldon Neuse and Ryan Ripken were easily dispatched by Crosscutters fireman Jeff Singer to complete the 5-0 shutout.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 4.76) vs.
Green (5-6, 1.67)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (5-3, 3.17) vs.
Barker (3-1, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (3-3, 4.78) vs.
Valerio (1-2, 3.31)
Hagerstown Won, 12-9 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Gilbert (4-6, 4.10)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Medina (1-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 8 Toledo 1
• Cole (W, 6-4) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, HR, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2R, BB
• Goodwin 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI, SB(10)

A.J. Cole turned in his strongest start of the season thus far while Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin both homered as the Chiefs defeated the Mud Hens, 8-1 to take the series 2-1. The 24-y.o. tossed seven innings of one-run ball on just three hits and a walk while tying his strikeout high of eight for his sixth win. Koda Glover and Sam Runion each followed with a perfect innings to close out the game. Turner was a single shy of the cycle and also drew a walk to reach base four times to lead Syracuse’s 11-hit parade.
Roster moves: RHP Bronson Arroyo assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 1
• Mapes (W, 7-5) 9IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Soto 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• A. Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

Tyler Mapes reverted to Pitcher of the Week form with another complete game in a 3-1 Harrisburg win over New Hampshire. Mapes allowed the unearned run on eight hits and a walk while fanning four. He threw 111 pitches, 75 for strikes. The Sens got single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 9th with Neftali Soto leading the hit column with a single and two doubles and Adrian Sanchez matching his five total bases with a double and a triple.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 1
• Reyes (W, 4-7) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• Stevenson 2-5, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 3RBI

The P-Nats clawed the Hillcats in each of the first four innings to build a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win to complete the three-game sweep. Luis Reyes got his fourth win with six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Justin Thomas got the save with three scoreless innings. Andrew Stevenson scored three times while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in three; both went 2-for-5 to pace the Potomac offense. Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 12 Lexington 9
• Bourque 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Walby (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Schrock 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 4RBI, SB(15)
• Sagdal 3-3, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Dent 1-1, 2R, 4BB

Hagerstown rallied for five in the 9th to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9 win and sweep Lexington. James Bourque continues to “work on stuff,” as he was dinged for five runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. The Suns lineup pounded out 14 hits and drew 12 walks, led by Ian Sagdal (single, double, triple) Cody Dent (4) respectively. Philip Walby got the win in relief with one run let in over two innings while Jorge Pantoja pitched a scoreless 9th to earn the save.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 1
• Ramirez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Fuentes (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 1-2, R, HBP, SF, RBI
• Vilorio 1-2, BB, SB

Auburn scored once in the 1st and twice in the 2nd and held on for a 3-1 win over Williamsport. Yonathan Ramirez improved to 2-0 with five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while notching two K’s. Steven Fuentes closed out the game with three donuts to earn his second save. Dan Johnson singled, scored a run, and drove in a run on a sac fly while Luis Vilorio walked, singled, and stole a base as the Doubledays squeezed three runs out of just five hits and two walks.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Toledo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (5-4, 4.64) vs.
Farmer (0-3, 6.90)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ New Hampshire,
1:35 p.m.
Mapes (6-5, 3.78) vs.
Cole (0-0, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Reyes (3-7, 5.34) vs.
Brown (2-5, 4.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (3-3, 4.76)
Garabito (0-4, 6.94)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Falter (0-1, 13.50)

Syracuse 6 Toledo 4
• Espino (W, 4-7) 8IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Turner 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Paolo Espino pitched eight strong innings of one-run ball while Nick Masset nearly gave away the game as the Chiefs plucked the Mud Hens, 6-4. Espino gave up four hits and no walks while striking out six to win his fourth game. Toledo scored three times in the 9th against Masset. Tablesetters Trea Turner and Steve Lombardozzi combined for five of the nine Syracuse hits with Turner drawing a walk and Lombardozzi stealing a base.

Harrisburg 4 New Hampshire 0
• Lopez (W, 3-5) 8IP, 7H, 0R, 2BB, 10K, WP
• Abel De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB

Reynaldo Lopez pitched a career-high eight innings and back-to-back starts for the first time in more than a year as he combined with Abel De Los Santos on a 4-0 Harrisburg shutout of New Hampshire. Lopez fanned ten, walked two, and allowed seven hits on 110 pitches (80 for strikes) to win his third game and finish June with a mark of 2-1 and a 1.57 ERA in five starts. Kevin Keyes drove in two while going 1-for-3 with a double while Isaac Ballou walked twice and also doubled to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 (12 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Mendez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• M. Sanchez (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-5, R,
• Vettleson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

Drew Vettleson’s solo home run with one out in the 12th broke a 2-2 deadlock as the P-Nats edged the Hillcats, 3-2 in extras. Starter Austen Williams turned in his third straight quality start of two runs let in on four hits and a walk over six innings and was rewarded with his third straight no-decision. Mario Sanchez, who stranded two in the bottom of the 11th, worked around a single in the 12th to garner the win, his third. Andrew Stevenson remains red-hot, going 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the way for the Potomac offense, which scored two in the 1st before cooling off and collecting just seven hits total.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 2
• Avila (W, 6-5) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
• Borne (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SF, 2RBI, CS
• Robles, 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, SB
• Davidson 2-4, R

Hagerstown jumped on Lexington twice for two-spots early as the Suns debunked the Legends, 7-2 for their third straight win. Pedro Avila served up two solo HRs and three hits total over five and 2/3rds innings to win his sixth game. Grant Borne stranded two while getting the last out in the 6th and pitched two more scoreless innings to earn the hold, his first. Max “For Those About To” Schrock got the party started with a sacrifice fly to plate Victor Robles, who led off the game with a triple. The two combined for four hits and three runs as the Suns pounded out 12 hits, with Grant DeBruin enjoying the reverse GBI jinx with his second HR.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 4
• Pena (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Dickey (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Cespedes (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• La Bruna 3-3, BB, 2RBI, CS
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ortiz 2-4

The Crosscutters got to Wilber Pena for three in the top of the 2nd but the Doubledays answered with four in the bottom of the inning as Auburn edged Williamsport, 5-4 to take the series opener. Pena gave up all four Crosscutters runs on five hits over five innings to win his first game of 2016. Nick Conner, Robbie Dickey, and Angher Cespedes combined for four scoreless innings in relief. Angelo La Bruna reached base with three singles and a walk and drove in two followed by Dan Johnson and Oliver Ortiz, who both went 2-for-4 as Auburn totaled 11 hits and drew three walks.

GCL Update
Not much to tell after two games – a 7-3 win in 11 innings on Friday, a 10-0 loss yesterday – as the G-Nats start their 10-week scrimmage with the G-Mets, G-Astros, and the G-Cards. Juan Soto has appeared once as a pinch-hitter (making an out), one of 16 batters to make a plate appearance while 11 pitchers have been used thus far.

DSL Update
The D-Nats finished out the week with a three-game win streak to improve to 9-10 for the season. Thus far, the offense has been well below the league average (3.58 R/G vs. 4.88) but the pitching has been better than league average, too (4.26). It’s early, of course, but outliers on the opposite side of good include 18-y.o. Yoel Andujar (5-for-57, 21K) and Jairon Peguero (0-3, 9.00 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in four appearances, one start).

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 4

Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 34-39, 6th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good 60 for 70 on SB attempts – best in professional baseball, per Chiefs PR staff
41 HR allowed, 2nd best in the I.L.
Bad Team .668 OPS – 13th in 14-team I.L.
516 Team K’s 11th in 14-team I.L.
Interesting Pedro Severino .293/.359/.362 in June
Zero balks in 73G

HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-33, 3rd place E.L. West, 3 games behind

Good Zach Collier .327/.365/.449 in June
Greg Ross 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.82WHIP in 4GS since callup
Bad Stephen Perez 10E in 46G
Phillips Valdez 1.56WHIP in 3GS since callup
Interesting 83SB 2nd-most in E.L.
20WP 2nd-fewest in E.L.

POTOMAC NATIONALS 35-34, 1st place C.L. North, ½ games ahead (35-34 overall)

Good Drew Ward .509 SLG% (Highest in organization among regulars)
Boone Whiting 1.2BB/9IP (Lowest in organization among SPs)
Bad Drew Vettleson .414 OPS in 16G
Matt Spann 1.85WHIP in 24⅓IP/td>
Interesting Eight Doubleheaders played thus far – most in C.L. (H/T P-Nats, PR)
17HBP (batting) – fewest in C.L.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 2-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (45-27 overall)

Good Jorge Tillero .371 (13-for-35) in last 10G
Trey Lambert 2-0, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP in 15G
Bad Edwin Lora 14E in 61G
James Bourque 0-3, 7.71ERA, 2.14WHIP in 3GS
Interesting 24SV in 45W
No. 2 in runs scored (352, 4.89 R/G) T9th in HR (43 in 72G)