Apr 212015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 4.00) and Bleier (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Meyer (1-0, 8.31) and Rogers (0-0, 3.46)
Harrisburg Losing, 2-1 @ Altoona,
5:00 p.m.
Espino (0-1, 3.27) vs.
Creasy (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Rauh (1-0, 0.84) vs.
Reed (2-0, 1.00)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Delmarva,
6:05 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 5.00) vs.
Gonzalez (1-0, 2.70)


Rochester vs. Syracuse — PPD
Rain postponed the opener of a four-game series between the Chiefs and Redwings. Weather permitting, they’ll shoot to make it up with a pair of seven-inning games this afternoon in Syracuse.

Altoona 2 Harrisburg 1 — SUSP., Top 5th
• Ross 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Lisson 1-1, R, HR, RBI

Play was stopped in the top of the 5th last night in Altoona with the Curve holding a 2-1 lead over the Senators. They’ll pick up where they left off tonight at 5 p.m. and play the full nine innings, then do a seven-inning game afterwards.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Pivetta (W, 1-1) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, WP
• Bacus (SV, 2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, BB
• Difo 2-4, R, 2-2B, SB
• Kieboom 2-4, HR, 2RBI

Nick Pivetta threw seven shutout innings while Spencer Kieboom smacked a two-run HR to power Potomac to a 3-1 win over Wilmington. The 22-y.o. Canadian walked two and let up just three hits while striking out five to earn his first win of the season. Dakota Bacus finished with a run over two innings to get the save, his second of 2015. Wilmer Difo doubled twice and stole a base to match Kieboom’s 2-for-4 mark in the boxscore.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Tyler Mapes reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 1
• A. Williams (W, 2-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Orlan (SV, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Carey 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Davidson 1-2, 2RBI, 2SF

A three-run 4th broke open a 2-0 game as the Suns took their third straight, 5-1 over Delmarva. Austen Williams spun six scoreless innings and struck out six while giving up just three hits and a walk to earn his second win. R.C. Orlan finished the game but lost the shutout bid in the 9th on leadoff triple and a groundout. Hagerstown notched eight hits total on offense with D.K. Carey leading the way at 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Roster moves: LHP Brett Mooneyham activated from the 7-Day DL.

Trea Turner Update
Turner continues his hot hitting with another multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double in a 4-3 Missions win.

Apr 202015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 4.00) vs.
Meyer (1-0, 8.31)
Harrisburg Won, 10-2 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Ross (0-1, 6.00) vs.
A. Sanchez (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 0.90) vs.
Junis (1-1, 5.40)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 vs. Delmarva,
6:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-1, 0.93) vs.
Parry (0-0, 3.38)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 1
• Jordan (L, 1-1) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 1-3, E
• den Dekker 1-4, SB

Syracuse managed just three hits, matching their error tally, as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the game, 4-1, and the series, 3-1. Taylor Jordan pitched into the 6th but committed a crucial error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to abet the RailRiders three-run rally. The 26-y.o. finished with four runs allowed on six hits and a walk over five and a third innings. The Chiefs scored their lone run in the 4th on a double-play grounder after loading the bases with single and a pair of walks. They got the tying run to the plate in the 8th after a walkd and an error but veterans Tony Gwynn Jr. (groundout), Mark Minicozzi (K), and Ian Stewart (K) each failed to drive in either baserunner.
Roster move: OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 10 Binghamton 2
• Voth (W, 2-0) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HBP
• Harper (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 1K
• Severino 4-4, 3R, BB, 2RBI
• A. Sanchez 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

After struggling to get clutch hits on Friday and Saturday, the Sens broke through on Sunday, exploding for four runs in the 8th and three in the 9th to turn a 3-2 nailbiter into a 10-2 laugher. Austin Voth picked up his second win, holding Binghamton to one run on five hits over six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Pedro Severino reached base five times with four singles and a walk and scored three times to lead the Harrisburg offense, which was 5-for-10 with RISP and left on just seven.
Roster move:

Lynchburg 4 Potomac 1
• Spann (L, 0-2) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, PO
• Lee 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Miller 2-4
• Ward 1-3, BB

The Hillcats finally stifled the P-Nats bats, holding them to just six hits as they prevented a four-game sweep with a 4-1 win. Matt Spann went seven innings but was charged with all four Lynchurg runs on 10 hits to suffer his second loss of the season. Brandon Miller (two singles) and Drew Ward (single, walk) were the only Potomac hitters to reach base twice.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 0
• Valdez 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ullmann (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Gardner 2-4

Two Suns pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Hagerstown took the game, 5-0 and the series, 3-1. Phillips Valdez scattered five hits over six innings to earn the win whole Ryan Ullman issued just a walk over the final three innings to notch the save. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled, doubled, and walked while Jeff Gardner singled twice. The Blue Claws “helped” the Suns score five times on just seven hits with two errors, two wild pitches, and a balk.

Trea Turner Update
Turner homered and doubled and drove in both San Antonio runs in a 9-2 loss to Springfield, as he hit safely for the seventh consecutive game.

Apr 192015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Mitchell (0-1, 3.68)
Harrisburg Won, 7-5 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Gant (0-0, 12.27)
Potomac Won, 15-8 @ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Spann (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Rayl (0-1, 6.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 vs. Lakewood,
3:05 p.m.
Valdez (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Oliver (1-0, 1.80)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 0
• Billings (L, 0-1) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, WP
• Runion 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Martinson 2-4, 2B
• Stewart 1-3, 2B, BB

Three RailRiders pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Chiefs, 6-0. Syracuse starter (and losing pitcher) Bruce Billings was touched for single runs in three of five innings pitched, allowing five hits and two walks total. Jason Martinson (2-for-4) and Ian Stewart (1-for-3) were the only Syracuse batters to reach base twice. Tony Gwynn Jr. was the only Chiefs baserunner to make it to third base, which he did by himself with a two-out triple in the 8th.

Harrisburg 7 Binghamton 5
• Swynenberg 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Mendez (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• De Los Santos (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, BB
• Severino 2-3, R, BB, 3RBI
• Hague 2-5, 2-2B, 3BI

Pedro Severino’s two-run single in the top of the 9th snapped a 5-5 tie and this time the Harrisburg bullpen held the lead for a 7-5 win vs. Binghamton. Matt Swynenberg started but was roughed up for four runs on eight hits over five innings. The win went to Gilberto Mendez, who blanked the B-Mets for two innings. Severino (2-for-3) and Ricky Hague (2-for-5) both notched three RBI as the Senators tallied 13 hits and drew seven walks but still struggled with RISP (3-for-16).
Roster moves: OF Randolph Oduber placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Mario Lisson assigned from XST.

Potomac 15 Lynchburg 8
• Suero (W, 2-0) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (SV, 1) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Difo 5-6, 3R, 2B, HR, 5RBI, 2SB
• Ballou 4-5, 4R, 2B, RBI
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

It was six runs in the 9th last night as the P-Nats continue to their pwnage of the Hillcats with a 15-8 smackdown for their fourth straight win. Wilmer Difo led the 17-hit barrage with a 5-for-6 night, punctuated by a grand slam in the 9th for five RBI and nine total bases — 11 if you want to count his two thefts of second. Wander Suero got the Jack Morris win with seven runs allowed (five earned) on nine hits over five innings. Jake Johansen closed out the game with four strong innings for his first career save while striking out eight.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 4
• Van Orden (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• M. Sanchez (SV, 1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K
• Keller 2-3, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R
• Read 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Raudy Read’s two-run shot in the 4th snapped a 1-1 tie as Hagerstown held off a late charge from Lakewood for a 6-4 win. Drew Van Orden turned in six innings of one-run ball, giving up three walks and four hits while striking out five to earn the win. Read, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, and Alec Keller each had a pair of hits as the Suns racked up nine hits and four walks total on the night.
As surmised earlier this week, Wednesday’s suspended game between West Virginia and Hagerstown will be resumed on April 28th at 5:05 p.m. as part of a completion doubleheader with both games scheduled for seven innings.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 2-for-4 with a walk to push his BA above .300 (.303) and extend his hit streak to six games.

Apr 182015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-7 (10 inn.) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Billings (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Davies (1st AAA start of ’15)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-7 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Cessa (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 13-7 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Suero (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Lugo (0-0, 3.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-3 vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Casimiro (0-1, 10.80)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 7
• McGregor 4IP, 4H, 4R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Delcarmen 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K (29.45 ERA)
• Grace (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Butler 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Burriss 1-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, SB
• Dykstra 1-3, BB, CS

The Chiefs rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 to send this one to extras, but fell 8-7 in 10 innings to the RailRiders. A pair of errors in the 2nd rendered three of the four runs Scott McGregor gave up unearned, but he was done after 78 pitchers over four frames. Matt Grace was touched for a run on two hits in the 10th to take the loss. Kila Ka‘ahiue’s three-run blast in the bottom of the 8th tied it at 7-7 but Syracuse couldn’t convert either one-out single in the 9th and 10th innings into the game-winner or the tying run.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Jordan optioned from Washington.

Binghamton 8 Harrisburg 7
• Alderson 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR, 2WP, HBP
• Demny (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Cleary 2-3, R, 2B
• Skole 2-3, R, 2BB
• Renda 2-5, R, 2RBI
• 3-for-18 w/ RISP, 13 LOB

Harrisburg got 20 runners on base and got seven of them in, but it wasn’t enough as Binghamton rallied for three in the 9th to walk off, 8-7. Starter Sandy Alderson was stung for five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds inning. The loss went to Paul Demny, who walked two with two out to load the bases before giving up a double to empty them. Tony Renda pushed his hitting streak to nine games with a pair of singles, while Delta Cleary Jr., Matt Skole, Pedro Severino, and Caleb Ramsey also connected for two hits.
For the second straight season, Drew Vettleson will have his season interrupted by injury. Mick Reinhard, writing for the Patriot-News has the story.

Potomac 13 Lynchburg 7
• Schwartz 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• M. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Martinez 4-5, 2R, SB
• Kieboom 1-2, R, 3BB, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-3, 2R, 2BB, 2RBI

Potomac continues to bedevil Lynchburg in the 9th inning, this time scoring nine runs to turn 7-4 deficit into a 13-7 stunner. Two Hillcats relievers walked four (twice with the bases loaded) and gave up six hits to the 14 batters that came up. Just one error aided the rally, which came with two outs and led to the final P-Nat tally (hey, that rhymes). Blake Schwartz started but was ineffective, allowing four runs, five hits, three walks, and a hit batsman over five innings. Manny Rodriguez was credited with the win but was worse, failing to retire the leadoff man in each of his three innings and giving up back-to-back homers in the 8th.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 3
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 8R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Cooper 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 3-4, R
• Abreu 1-3, BB, SB

The BlueClaws pinched the Suns for four in the first and never trailed, tripling them up for a 9-3 win. Luis Reyes started and lost, going four and 2/3rds innings with eight runs (six earned) allowed on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Three relievers combined for one run over the final four and a 1/3rd but the Hagerstown offense sputtered in the clutch (1-for-7 w/ RISP) and left on 10. Grant DeBruin singled three times in four at-bats to lead the hit column.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored, and an RBI as San Antonio drilled Tulsa, 14-6.

Apr 172015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:05 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 3.86) vs.
Whitley (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-3 @ Binghamton,
7:05 p.m.
Alderson (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Ynoa (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Schwartz (0-1, 1.50) vs.
Brown (0-1, 9.82)
Hagerstown Won, 7-3 vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Viza (1-0, 4.50)


Syracuse 10 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• T. Hill (W, 1-0) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Fornataro 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Burriss 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Stewart 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Gwynn 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs offense was clicking on all cylinders as they scored nine runs before the RailRiders could answer in a 10-2 home-opener win. Taylor Hill pitched into the 7th, charged with both Scranton/WB runs on five hits and two walks. Emmanuel Burris led the hit column with a pair of singles and a triple, followed by Ian Stewart, who was 2-for-3 with a HR, and Tony Gwynn Jr., who singled and doubled and scored two runs in four trips to the plate. Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero recalled to Washington.

Binghamton 9 Harrisburg 3
• Espino (L, 0-1) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K
• Espino 2-2
• Hague 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Skole 0-2, R, 2BB

The B-Mets jumped to a 3-1 lead after one, then pummeled the Sens ‘pen for five runs in the 6th through 8th innings to hand Harrisburg a 9-3 loss. Paolo Espino took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings. He was 2-for-2 at the plate. Ricky Hague doubled twice and scored once to lead the Senators offense, which racked up eight hits and three walks, two of which were drawn by Matt Skole. Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis assigned from XST.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 4 (10 inn.)
• Rauh 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Napoli (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Bostick 2-5, R, RBI
• Ward 1-4, 2B, 3RBI

Drew Ward’s two-out, three-run double in the 9th forced extras while Chris Bostick’s two-out RBI singled plated the gamewinner in the 10th as the P-Nats returned to .500 with a 5-4 win vs. Lynchburg. Brian Rauh struck out eight over five and 2/3rds but was down 2-1 when he left with two outs in the 6th, giving up seven hits and a walk. Nick Lee closed out the 6th and stranded two runners but was dinged for two runs in the bottom of the 8th. The win went to David Napoli, as the second southpaw fanned five while shutting down the Hillcats in the 9th and 10th innings. Roster moves: OF Rafael Bautista placed on 7-Day DL; OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 7 Lakewood 3
• Bach 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mapes (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Carey 2-4, 2R, SB, CS
• DeBruin 1-2, 2R, 2BB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, 2B, RBI

The Suns fell behind 3-0 early but scored in each of their last five “ups” to take the home opener, 7-3. Connor Bach got the no-decision with three runs given up on five hits and two walks while setting down three on strikes. Tyler Mapes allowed just one hit over three scoreless innings of relief to get the “W.” Rehabbing Denard Span was 3-for-4 with a solo HR while D.K. Carey led the regulars with a 2-for-4 night, scoring twice while stealing a base.
Roster moves: OF Denard Span assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; OF Alec Keller assigned from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and was picked off first for his second caught stealing in as many games.

Apr 162015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-5 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
2:05 p.m.
T. Hill (0-0, 0.00) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Lara (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 1-0;
Won, 6-2
@ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Rauh (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Plutko (0-1, 1.50)
Hagerstown Won, 1-0;
Winning, 1-0 (Susp., 2nd)
vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 4.50) vs.
J. Taylor (0-0, 1.80)


Lehigh Valley 8 Syracuse 5
• Bleier 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Delcarmen (L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• den Dekker 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• Ka‘aihue 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

The IronPigs smelted reliever Manny Delcarmen for a seven-run 7th, turning a 1-1 tie into an 8-1 lead as they held off the Chiefs for an 8-5 victory. Richard Bleier made the spot start in place of Taylor Jordan and gave up a run on four hits over four innings. Sam Runion, also up from AA, turned in two scoreless innings. Kila Ka‘aihue smacked a three-run HR in the 8th and doubled in the 2nd to go 2-for-4 and lead the Syracuse offense. Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington; LHP Richard Bleier, RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 3
• Ross (L, 0-1) 5IP, 9H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Bates 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 2-4, R
• Pleffner 1-3, BB, 3RBI

A four-run 4th was the difference in this one as Bowie defeated Harrisburg, 7-3 and took the series, 2-1. Joe Ross went five innings in his second start but was roughed up for six runs (four earned) on nine hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out six. Caleb Ramsey was the sole Senator to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 while Shawn Pleffner drove in all three Harrisburg runs while going 1-for-3 with a walk. Roster moves: OF Denard Span completed MLB rehab assignment. Next stop: Hagerstown.

Winston-Salem 1 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
• Pivetta 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Thomas (L, 0-1) 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Bautista 0-2, BB

Winston-Salem’s James Dykstra faced the minimum 21 batters in a 1-0 win vs. Potomac for a seven-inning no-hitter. Nick Pivetta matched goose eggs with hm for five innings, giving up two hits and a walk before giving way to Justin Thomas in the 6th. A two-out walk to Trey Michalczewski followed by a double by Keon Barnum accounted for the game-winning run for the Dash.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 2 — GAME TWO
• Bacus 3IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Difo 1-2, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Martinez 3-3, 2R, SB

Wilmer Difo and Isaac Ballou both homered as the P-Nats ran wild, stealing six bases in a 6-2 win to split the doubleheader and prevent a series sweep by the Dash. Dakota Bacus gave up both Winston-Salem runs on two hits and two walks over three innings in the spot start while Cody Davis spun three shutout innings in relief to earn the win. Estarlin Martinez led the hit column with a 3-for-3 mark, followed by Ballou at 2-for-3, while Difo and Chris Bostick both walked twice.

Hagerstown 1 West Virginia 0 — GAME ONE
• Williams (W, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Orlan (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mesa 0-1, R, BB, SB

The Suns got a run in the 1st on three walks and a hit batsman and made it stand up for a 1-0 victory. Austen Williams got the win with seven whiffs over five and 2/3rds innings, allowing four hits and a walk. R.C. Orlan earned the save by retiring the last batter of the 6th and tossing a 1-2-3 seventh. West Virginia’s relievers retired 18 of 19 batters after starter Jake Burnette was lifted with two outs in the 1st, and none of the three pitchers gave up a hit. Since 1991, MLB has defined a no-hitter as “a game in which a pitcher, or pitchers, gives up no hits while pitching at least nine innings.”

Hagerstown 1 West Virginia 0 — SUSP.
• Ullman 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Reistetter 1-1, 2B, RBI

Play was halted by rain in the bottom of the second inning with the Suns leading, 1-0. Matt Reistetter’s double following a leadoff walk by Wilman Rodriguez in the 1st gave Hagerstown the early lead. Ryan Ullman retired four of six batters faced.
A makeup date for the suspended game has not yet been announced. Hagerstown does not return to West Virginia in the first half while the Power visit twice, Apr. 28-30 and May 14-17.

Trea Turner Update
Wednesday was an off day for the San Antonio Missions.

Apr 152015
 

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Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Lehigh Valley,
10:35 a.m.
Jordan (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Billingsley (0-0, 8.10)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Ross (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Villanueva (0-1, 1.59)
Potomac Postponed vs. Winston-Salem,
10:35 a.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 1.80) and Bacus (0-0, 0.00) vs.
J. Dykstra (1-0, 0.00) and Wheeler (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Postponed @ West Virginia,
10:35 a.m.
Williams (0-1, 2.25) and Ullman (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Burnette (0-0, 3.00) and Rosario (0-0, 2.70)


Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 5
• Cole 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR, WP
• R. Hill (L, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B, 3B
• Minicozzi 2-5, R, 2RBI

After blowing a 4-0 lead, the Chiefs tied it at 5-5 in the 7th with a Mark Minicozzi single after an Emmanuel Burriss triple. In the 8th, a hit batsman, sacrifice, a steal of 3B, and a throwing error plated the gamewinner for the IronPigs in a 6-5 win. A.J. Cole started but was roughed up for three runs on five hits over four innings and left after throwing 80 pitches. Burris also doubled and came around to scored on a Minicozzi groundout as both veterans finished at 2-for-5 to pace the nine-hit attack. Roster moves: RHP Rafael Martin recalled to Washington; RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 4
• Voth (W, 1-0) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Benincasa 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, 5RBI
• Keyes 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Renda 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Matt Skole’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the 5th turned out to be the difference in an 8-4 Harrisburg victory over Bowie. It also masked a subpar outing by winning pitcher Austin Voth, who was knocked around for all four Baysox runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. Skole finished with five RBI total while going 2-for-5. Kevin Keyes also notched multiple hits with a pair of singles and an RBI while Tony Renda doubled and walked improve his OBP to .462 after six games. Roster moves: OF Caleb Ramsey reassigned from Syracuse; OF Drew Vettleson placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Denard Span assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; RHP Colin Bates assigned from XST

Winston-Salem vs. Potomac — PPD
Rain throughout the day yesterday forced a postponement of last night’s game to a pair of games this morning.

West Virginia vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Likewise in Charleston, the rain washed away Game Two of the Suns-Power to create a mid-morning doubleheader.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a 3-0 Missions win. He was caught stealing for the first time in three attempts.

Apr 142015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Jo. Rodriguez (0-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Berry (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 1.80) vs.
J. Dykstra (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-1, 2.25) vs.
Burnette (0-0, 3.00)


Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 4
• Billings 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Delcarmen (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Meek (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, RBI

After blowing a 3-2 lead in the 7th, Syracuse rallied for two in the 9th to edge Lehigh Valley, 5-4. Jason Martinson (3-for-4) doubled to tie it while Cutter Dykstra (2-for-4) singled with the infield in to win it. The rally gave Manny Delcarmen the “W” for a scoreless 8th while Evan Meek struck out two in the 9th to secure the save. Bruce Billings started and went the first five, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington

Bowie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Swynenberg (L, 0-1) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Self 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hague 1-3

Bowie spoiled Matt Swynenberg’s return to AA, making him pay for his one mistake in a 2-1 Harrisburg loss. The 26-y.o. walked two, struck out three and gave up two hits over six innings. The problem? One of those hits was a two-run homer. Kevin Keyes’s solo shot in the 7th broke up Baysox shutout bid and his single in the 9th with two outs was the fourth and final hit for the Senators, which had just one RISP chance and left on four for the night.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 3
• Spann (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Johansen 4IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-4, SB

While it did not render any runs unearned, sloppy defense in the 5th was the undoing of the P-Nats in a 4-3 loss. A throwing error, a wild pitch, and a passed ball were all rendered moot by an RBI triple, the seventh and final hit surrendered by starter Matt Spann, who was charged with all four Winston-Salem runs while walking one and striking out six. Jake Johansen finished the game with four strong innings. Wilmer Difo’s two-run homer in the 1st and John Wooten’s solo shot in the 9th were the bookends to an otherwise dismal offense (five hits, one walk).

West Virginia 3 Hagerstown 1
• Valdez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Gardner 2-4, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, SB

The Suns fell behind 3-0 after three and managed only to break up the shutout for a 3-1 loss to the Power. Phillips Valdez started and gave up all four West Virginia runs on four hits and three walks over four innings. Mario Sanchez shut down the Power for four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Hagerstown collected eight hits total, led by Jeff Gardner and Wilman Rodriguez, who both went 2-for-4.

Trea Turner Update
Turner notched his first multi-hit game with a 3-for-5 night while stealing a base in a 5-2 San Antonio win.

Apr 132015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (6-6, 5.34 in ’14) vs.
Clemens (6-3, 4.08 in ’14)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Swynenberg (0-0, 5.40 @ A+ in ’14) vs.
Bundy (1-2, 4.78 @ A+ in ’14)
Potomac Won, 5-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (9-5, 3.82 in ’14) vs.
Heidenreich (3-4, 5.40 in ’14)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
P. Valdez (2-0, 3.68 in ’14) vs.
Jo. Sever (1-3, 1.33 @ Appy Lg. in ’14)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 Syracuse 1
• McGregor (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Fornataro 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Minicozzi 2-4

The Chiefs never led in this one and only a Caleb Ramsey solo shot in the 9th prevented a shutout as the RailRiders chugged to a 3-1 win to split the four-game series. Scott McGregor took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds while striking out four. Relievers Mitch Lively and Eric Fornataro both stranded a pair of runners to keep the game close. Ramsey also singled as did Marc Minicozzi twice as the two combined for four of the six Syracuse hits.

Altoona 2 Harrisburg 1
• Alderson 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Harper (L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bleier 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-5, R
• Hague 2-4, OF assist at HP

Altoona made the most of its limited chances for 2-1 win over Harrisburg, earning a 2-2 series split. Starter Tim Alderson gave up one run on four hits and two walks over five innings, but left with the game tied 1-1. Bryan Harper struck out the first batter in the 6th but then gave up a triple and a double to suffer the loss. Ricky Hague threw out a runner at the plate on a two-out single to keep the game close and close out the 6th. The Sens got runners into scoring position in the 8th and 9th innings but couldn’t push across the equalizer, leaving a total of 11 men on base. Tony Renda connected for multiple hits for the third straight game, going 2-for-5 to raise his BA to .471 and scored the lone run on a Kevin Keyes RBI double in the 5th.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 0
• Suero (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 0K
• M. Rodriguez 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• Difo 1-2, R, 3BB
• Ballou 2-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 2-5, R, RBI

The bats awoke Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hickory 6 Hagerstown 4
• Van Orden 5IP, 2H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, WP, HBP
• Cooper (l, 0-1) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Abreu 2-3, R, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-1, 2B, RBI, HBP

A two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th snapped a 4-4 tie as Hickory took the finale, 6-4, and the series, 3-1. Drew Van Orden issued three walks on the night but all of them came in the 2nd inning, allowing the Crawdads to tie the game at 3-3 with just one hit. A hit batsman, sacrifice, and a passed ball gave Hickory a 4-3 lead in Van Orden’s 5th and final inning. The Suns got a gift in the 8th with an error on a bunt single to set up Brennan Middleton’s RBI single to tie the game at 4-4. Andrew Cooper, who had shut down Hickory in the 6th and 7th innings, suffered the loss when he allowed the game-winning HR with one out in the 8th. Osvaldo Abreu paced the Suns offense with a single, double, a run scored, and a stolen base.
According to the Hickory Record, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was removed after a pickoff throw struck him in the eye.

Trea Turner Update
Trea Turner broke up his season-starting oh-fer with an RBI double in the 2nd inning of a 4-2 San Antonio loss. He was 1-for-4 overall.

Apr 122015
 

Three pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout while the offense awoke as the P-Nats downed the Hillcats, 5-0 to earn a series split and return to .500.

Excluding an error-aided 9th on Thursday, Potomac had managed just two runs and nine hits in the previous 22 innings — even with MLB rehab Jayson Werth.

Today, Potomac threatened in every inning and connected for nine hits, including solo HRs from Isaac Ballou and Khayyan Norfork. They also drew eight walks, which with a little more continuity, could have resulted in three or four more runs.

The offensive outburst was highlighted by a three-run 3rd. Wilmer Difo walked with one out, took second on Chris Bostick’s subsequent single, then scored from second base on a flyout to center to steal a run and give John Wooten an RBI by way of a sacrifice fly. Spencer Kieboom and Brandon Miller capped off the inning with two-out RBI singles with Ballou drawing a walk in between them.

Meanwhile, Wander Suero’s return to High-A was a six scoreless innings with just three hits and one walk allowed. However, he did not strike out a batter, which is always cause for concern — especially for a pitcher who does not have mid-90s heat.

Manny Rodriguez picked up where he left off in the 2014 postseason by striking out three of the first four batters he faced in the 7th and 8th innings before putting a pair of runners on with two outs. He escaped the jam with a popup to Craig Manuel.

Brian Dupra finished the game with a scoreless ninth, working around a two-out walk.

Potomac continue its season-opening homestand with a three-game set against Winston-Salem tomorrow through Wednesday. Matt Spann is scheduled to take the hill for the P-Nats, opposed by Matt Heidenreich for the Dash.