Jul 192015

A five-run 6th turned a slim 3-2 lead into a 7-3 deficit that Potomac could not overcome, as they dropped their fourth straight to Myrtle Beach by a 7-4 score.

Starter Phillips Valdez struggled with his command in the first inning, giving up two runs before retiring his first batter as a walk, single, and a steal put two runners in scoring position for Jacob Rogers’ double to the right-centerfield gap. He would issue two more walks but escaped further damage.

Unfortunately, much like the old saw that the prizefighter who lands the first solid punch wins the fight, such is the case with the P-Nats in 2015. Potomac’s record when that happens: 16-32 (vs. 28-15).

Valdez would recover to put in four scoreless innings before getting lifted after five innings. His final line: 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 5K.

Meanwhile, rehabbers Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth joined the team and combined for three hits and two RBI, but only exerted enough energy to not get hurt. Werth, for example, watched a would-be double to the gap before settling for a single while pinch-runner Narciso Mesa scored all the way from first base.

The wheels came off the bus in 6th when Tyler Mapes was knocked for five runs on on five hits, including a three-run homer to put the game out of reach. Derek Self and Brian Dupra combined for three scoreless innings afterwards.

Potomac would score one last time in the 9th as Alec Keller singled and took second on an error with one out, then scored on Narciso Mesa’s single. Spencer Kieboom would lead the regulars with a 2-for-4 night, though he also struck out twice.

Despite the loss, Potomac remains in 1st place in the C.L. North by a ½ game as they make the short trip to Frederick for three against the Keys. Reynaldo Lopez (5-5, 4.30) gets the ball, opposed by Frederick’s Ariel Miranda (0-1, 5.63).

Jul 192015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-8 vs. Gwinnett,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (2-3, 2.54) vs.
White (1-2, 3.71)
Harrisburg Won, 11-7 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Pivetta (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Doyle (10-1, 2.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (5-5, 4.30) vs.
Miranda (0-1, 5.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Rauh (1st A- Start of ’15) vs.
Adams (6-4, 3.43)
Auburn Won, 6-4;
Lost, 3-1
vs. West Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Rivera (0-0, 5.73) vs.
McGarry (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 7 Gwinnett 6
• Cole 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Billings (L, 5-4) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Nelson 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Mastroianni 2-5, R, SB

A seven-run 7th broke a 3-3 tie as the Braves outslugged the Chiefs, 11-8. A.J. Cole got the start and was lifted after four and 2/3rds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three. The loss went to Bruce Billings as he was charged with six runs on four hits over an inning and 2/3rds. Chris Nelson led the Syracuse hit column with a 3-for-5 night.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington, optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 7
• Bates 4⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Suero (W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Jeroloman 4-4, 3R, BB
• Dykstra 3-6, R, 2B, HR, 6RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

Tablesetters Cutter Dykstra and Brian Goodwin combined for three HR and nine RBI as the Senators beat the BaySox, 11-7. Colin Bates started but was ineffective, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks over four and 1/3rd innings. Wander Suero stranded three in the 5th and pitched two more innings to get the win, his first at AA. Brian Jeroloman reached base five times with four singles and a walk to lead the 15-hit attack.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 4
• Valdez 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 5K
• Mapes (L, 1-2) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Rendon 2-2, 2B
• Kieboom 2-4, 2B, RBI

The wheels came off the bus in the sixth inning Last Night In Woodbridge

Roster move: IF Anthony Rendon added to roster for MLB rehab.

Kannapolis 1 Hagerstown 0
• Van Orden (L, 5-3) 4+ IP, 6H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K
• Orlan 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Read 1-4, 2B, K
• Page 1-4, 2B, 2K

Kannapolis pitchers outdueled Hagerstown’s for a 1-0 win. Drew Van Orden took the loss after giving up a leadoff triple in the 5th as R.C. Orlan gave up the game-winning sacrifice fly. Orlan and Sam Johns both spun two scoreless innings, but the Suns offense was held to two hits — leadoff doubles by Raudy Read and Matthew Page in the 3rd and 7th innings respectively.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Jose Morales, 2B Austin Davidson placed on the 7-Day DL; SS Osvaldo Abreu activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 6 West Virginia 4 — GAME ONE
• Fedde (W, 2-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HBP
• Peterson (S, 2) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB
• Encarnacion 1-1, R, 2BB
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B

The Doubledays scored six times in the bottom of the 1st then held on for a 6-4 win in the opener. Erick Fedde got the win, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Tommy Peterson got the save, allowing one run on one hit over two innings with one whiff. Rafael Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to pace the Auburn offense, which drew seven walks.

West Virginia 3 Auburn 1 — GAME TWO
• Crownover (L, 0-4) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Brinley 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kerian 3-3, 3B, RBI
• Me. Rodriguez 2-3, 2-2B
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B

The Black Bears took the nightcap by a 3-1 score. Matthew Crownover turned in his best outing of the season with five innings of two-run ball, letting up five hits and a walk while striking out four but lost his fourth game. Three batters accounted for all seven Auburn hits with David Kerian singling twice and driving in the lone Doubleday run with an RBI triple in the 6th.
Roster move: RHP Connor Overton added to roster from Washington.

GCL Update
The G-Nats won five of six games and now trail the GCL Mets by just one game in the GCL East, albeit with a 12-12 mark. Telmito Agustin leads the team with a .378 batting average and is now slugging a robust .622 in 14 games. Maximo Valerio, who turns 20 this week, has won three straight appearances, which earned him a mention in yesterday’s GBI.

DSL Update
Today is the DSL All-Star game, with the Nationals represented by two pitchers — Pedro Avila and Francys Peguero — and outfielder Juan Evangelista. A 2-3 week dropped the D-Nats to a 19-23 mark, which is 11 games off the pace of the Boca Chica North division-leading DSL Rangers1 at 30-12.

Jul 182015

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 37-57, 6th place I.L. North, 13½ games behind

Good Trea Turner, 12-game on-base streak
Bad Taylor Hill 0-2, 9.00 ERA, 1.86 WHIP in July (3GS)
Interesting A.J. Cole 16 shutout inning streak

HARRISBURG SENATORS 47-46, 5th place E.L. West, 4 games behind

Good Austin Voth 1-0, 0.45 ERA, 0.80 WHIP in July (3GS)
Bad 37 team HR — fewest in Eastern League
Interesting Pedro Severino .333/.368/.417in July (10G)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 11-9, 1st place C.L. North, ½ game ahead (44-46 overall)

Good Khayyan Norfork .357/.386/.452 in July (12G)
Bad Norfork’s .684 OPS highest on the current roster
Interesting 43 of 338 runs scored without an RBI

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-11, T4th place Sally North, 4 games behind (46-44 overall)

Good Connor Bach 2-0, 2.11 ERA, 0.98 WHIP since All-Star break (4G, 3GS)
Bad Diomedes Eusebio .119/.178/.143 since All-Star break (11G)
Interesting Bryan Mejia .943OPS since his callup

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 11-14, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 8 games behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .361/.413/.431, 7SB, 11R, 9RBI in 18G
Bad McKenzie Mills 0-2, 11.74 ERA, 2.23 WHIP (11⅔ IP)
Interesting Dalton Dulin 10BB in 14G

GCL NATIONALS 12-11, 2nd place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 1 game behind

Good Maximo Valerio 3-0, 1.52 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 5G, 3GS
Bad Andres Martinez 5E, .437OPS in 9G
Interesting Philip Diedrick 3HR in 5G

DSL NATIONALS 19-23, T3rd place Boca Chica North, 11 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Juan Evangelista .273/.323/.460, 28RBI in 40G
Bad 18-y.o. Angel Guillen 1-2, 5.87 ERA, 1.70 WHIP in 15⅓ IP
Interesting 19-y.o. Yordani Garcia 3-2, 2.93 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, 5HBP, 8BB in 15IP
Jul 182015

Myrtle Beach scored in six of nine innings while Potomac struggled to score at all, as the Woodbridge nine fell for the third straight gane, 7-2.

Lucas Giolito got the start on Friday night, but struggled with his command. As is often the case with high-profile prospects, it’s diffiuclt to separate the talent from the results. Giolito had moments where his changeup was a thing of beauty, as the Pelicans were light years ahead of the pitch. Yet Giolito “only” struck out four in five innings. And walked three — his second-highest total in 12 starts (oh, the horror).

Giolito would finish with a crooked line of 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, WP — not great, but not horrid, either.

While it might not satisfy the fair-weather fans, it’s fair to say that the Nats’ #1 prospect, and the #1 overall prospect according to some midseason prospect rankings (or is that post-preseason rankings?) might not yet be ready for AA just yet. And that’s okay. We’re still talking about a player that turned 21 this week.

Ulitmately, as has been the case for the past three games, it’s about the Potomac offense and its inability to score consistently. In three games against the Pelicans, they’ve collected 14 hits and scored four runs. It should come as no surprise that that’s resulted in three losses.

Veteran Khayyan Norfork was 2-for-4 and scored both runs, but the rest of the lineup was an atrocious 3-for-29 with one walk. The P-Nats had just four chances with runners in scoring position, and the one hit was a bunt single that scored the first run.

The series concludes tonight with a matchup of Phillips Valdez (3-2, 4.66) versus Jeremy Null (0-1, 4.24).

Jul 182015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-4, 3.91) vs.
Foltynewicz (1-5, 3.15)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Bates (3-0, 3.45) vs.
Gunkel (3-1, 2.23)
Potomac Lost, 7-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Valdez (3-2, 4.66) vs.
Null (0-1, 4.24)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Kannapolis,
6:05 p.m.
Van Orden (5-2, 2.92) vs.
Thompson (2-4, 4.44)
Auburn Won, 6-3 (7 inn.) vs. West Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 1.59) and
Crownover (0-3, 11.74) vs.
Paula (0-1, 27.00) and
Pimentel (0-0, 4.58)

Syracuse 7 Gwinnett 6
• Hill 5IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Demny (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Fornataro (W, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Martinson 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Gwynn 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Johnson 1-1, RBI

Josh Johnson’s two-out, pinch-hit single gave the Chiefs a 7-6 walkoff win. Syracuse trailed 5-0 after just one half inning as Gwinnett climbed all over Taylor Hill for five of the seven hits he would give up. Hill would recover to put up four goose eggs and finish with five innings pitched, with no walks and three K’s. Meanwhile, the Chiefs bats did not stand still chipped away at the 5-0 lead until they took a 6-5 lead in the 7th. Gwinnett tied it back up in the 8th against Paul Demny. Dan Butler and Tony Gwynn Jr. drew back-to-back walks with two out to set up Johnson, who delivered the gamewinner and the win to Eric Fornataro.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4
• Spann 6IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Mendez (BS, 2) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Harper (W, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Bostick 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, RBI
• Lozada 2-4, R

Christopher Bostick’s solo shot in the 9th put Harrisburg over the top for 5-4 win vs. Bowie and above .500 for the first time since April. Bostick was one of three Senators to collect multiple hits as they built a 4-1 lead for starter Matt Spann, who went six innings with five hits and three walks allowed and two strikeouts. The bullpen blew the lead with two runs allowed in the 7th and one in the 8th. Bryan Harper got the benefit of Bostick’s big fly as he got the last four outs of the game for the win, his second.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 2
• Giolito (L, 3-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Dickson 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Norfork 2-4, 2R
• Mesa 1-4, RBI

The P-Nats bats were mostly AWOL Last Night In Woodbridge

Roster move: RHP Jake Johansen assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 2
• Morales (L, 0-2) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mejia 2-4
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-2, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Intimidators lapped the Suns four times in the 2nd en route to a 5-2 checkered flag. Jose Morales was charged with all five Kannapolis runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. Andrew Cooper and Deion Williams combined for four scoreless innings of relief, but the offense was limited to just five hits. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz broke up the shutout with a two-run double with one out in the 8th.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 3 (7 inn., rain)
• Guilbeau 5IP, 7H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Boghosian (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 2-3, 2R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2SB

The Doubledays struck for three in the top of the 7th and then retired the side in the bottom of inning. A rain delay turned into a called game with Auburn the 6-3 winners. Taylor Guilbeau started and went the first five innings, letting in all three Scrappers runs on seven hits. He struck out four. Adam Boghosian got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Rhett Wiseman led the Doubleday offense with 2-for-3 night, including a two-run HR in the 1st and finished with three RBI total.

Jul 172015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-0 vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-4, 4.92) vs.
Jenkins (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 (11 inn.) @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (2-1, 4.57) vs.
O’Brien (1-1, 4.38)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (3-4, 2.76) vs.
Torrez (6-5, 3.65)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Morales (0-1, 15.00) vs.
Almonte (6-4, 4.40)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Robinson (0-2, 3.86)

Syracuse 2 Gwinnett 0
• Ross (W, 3-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Valverde (SV, 9) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Four Syracuse pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Gwinnett by a 2-0 score. Joe Ross went the first five, letting up two hits, no walks, and striking out three. Matt Grace and Rafael Martin both earned holds while Jose Valverde struck out two in the 9th for his ninth save. Trea Turner singled twice while Kevin Keyes doubled and walked to lead the Chiefs six-hit, three-walk offense.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Harrisburg; SS Trea Turner activated from 3-Day TIL; RHP Evan Meek placed on 3-Day TIL; C Steven Lerud activated from 7-Day DL; C Zach Wright placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 14.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 1 (11 inn.)
• Bleier 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Runion 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (W, 4-4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, BB, RBI
• Lozada 2-5

The Senators scored three times in the 11th to break a 1-1 deadlock and defeat the BaySox, 4-1. Richard Bleier started and threw seven innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits, two walks, and striking out two. Sam Runion turned in two scoreless, as did Abel De Los Santos, who got the win, his fourth. Jose Lozada singled twice while Brian Goodwin singled and walked as Harrisburg was held to just nine hits over 11 innings.
Roster move: IF Adrian Sanchez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Reegie Corona assigned from Washington (purchased from Long Island Ducks).

Myrtle Beach 1 Potomac 0
• A. Williams (L, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Thomas 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ward 2-3, 2B
• Martinez 1-3

Myrtle Beach’s Jonathan Martinez outdueled Austen Williams for a 1-0 victory over Potomac. Williams allowed the lone, unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out three over five innings. Justin Thomas (3IP) and Tyler Mapes (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings to keep it close, but the offense was stifled — limited to just five hits, one of which came from rehabbing Jayson Werth. Drew Ward was the sole batter to reach base twice, singling in the 4th and doubling in the 7th.
Roster move: OF Jayson Werth assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 0
• Bach (W, 3-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Orlan 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davidson 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Carey 2-5, 3RBI

Like the Chiefs, four Suns pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout last night, but the bats were busier for a 5-0 win over the Power. Connor Bach walked four but only gave up two hits over six innings for his third win. R.C. Orlan, Koda Glover, and Jake Walsh each put up a goose egg in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. Lineup bookends D.K. Carey and Austin Davidson combined for four hits and four RBI as Hagerstown scored five times on eight hits and three walks with just five men left on.
Roster move: C Jake Mayers placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Wilman Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL.

Mahoning Valley 4 Auburn 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 1-3) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Pirro 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Stevenson 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Lora 1-3

Mahoning Valley rallied for four in the 6th to take a 4-2 lead and held off Auburn for a 4-3 win. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss, charged with all four runs on eight hits and two walks while setting six down on strikes. The Doubledays could only answer with one in the 7th as Max Schrock led off with a triple and scored on a one-out groundout, then went in order in the 8th and 9th innings. Andrew Stevenson led the Auburn attack with a single, walk, and a stolen base. He also scored a run and drove in a run.

Jul 162015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Villanueva (7-6, 2.77)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Martinez (5-1, 2.92)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2;
Lost, 5-0
@ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (2-1, 3.70) vs.
Brewer (2-6, 5.23)
Auburn Won, 11-3 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Shane (0-2, 3.38)

Jason Martinson went 0-for-1 with a walk and scored a run the International League’s three-run 9th that gave the I.L. a 4-3 win over the Pacific Coast League in the AAA All-Star game.

Harrisburg — ALL-STAR BREAK
Pedro Severino came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with a run scored while Gilberto Mendez struck out two in the 8th as the E.L. All-Star game was played to a 4-4 tie, with the “win” awarded to East Division after Reading’s Brian Pointer homered in the ninth round of the “HR Derby Shootout.”

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 2
• Simms (L, 5-6) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K, 3HR
• Amlung 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Norfork 3-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Yezzo 1-4, RBI

The Pelicans took John Simms deep three times and took advantage of a critical error to take the series opener from the P-Nats, 5-2. Down 2-0 with two outs in the 3rd, Khayyan Norfork charged a slow roller and missed it completely. The next batter homered to turn what should have been a 2-0 deficit into a 4-0 hole. Simms gutted out six innings, giving up all five runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks, and struck out two. Norfork was a HR shy of the cycle while James Yezzo broke up the shutout with an RBI single — the fourth and final hit for Potomac.
Roster move: C Craig Manuel reassigned from Syracuse, C Adderling Ruiz placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 13.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 2 — GAME ONE
• Reyes 4⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 0K
• Napoli (W, 3-3) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Gardner 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Page 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown scored twice in the 2nd and once in the 3rd and held on to edge West Virginia, 3-2. Luis Reyes made the spot start and pitched into the 5th, letting in two unearned runs on three hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings with nary a strikeout. David Napoli stranded one in the 5th and completed the game for the win. Jeff Gardner singled twice, doubled once, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Suns offense.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• M. Sanchez (L, 4-4) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, 2HR, HBP
• Perez 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mejia 3-3, 2B, CS

The Power shocked Mario Sanchez for five runs in the 3rd, four of which came via the longball as the Suns dropped the nightcap, 5-0. Sanchez allowed five hits and a walk while hitting a batter over two and 2/3rds innings. Kevin Perez and Sam Johns kept West Virginia at bay the rest of the way, but it was for naught as Bryan Mejia went 3-for-3 with a double and the rest of Hagerstown lineup was 0-for-20 with one (1) walk.

Auburn 11 Mahoning Valley 3
• Hearn (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Gunter 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lora 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Reetz 2-4, 2R, 2B

The Doubledays put up big innings three times to junk the Scrappers, 11-3. Taylor Hearn gave up a run on a home run in the 4th and went five innings total for the win, the first for the 2015 5th Rd. pick in his second NYPL start. He walked one and struck out five. Edwin Lora led the 13-hit assault with two singles and a double and drove in three while Rafael Bautista, Andrew Stevenson, David Kerian, and Jakson Reetz each had two hits.

Jul 152015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (5-5, 2.89) vs.
Tseng (2-6, 3.91)
Hagerstown Postponed @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
M. Sanchez (4-3, 4.40) and
Bach (2-1, 3.70) vs.
Garcia (6-5, 2.31) and
Brewer (2-6, 5.23)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (0-1, 4.50)
vs. Tomlin (0-0, -.–)

Jason Martinson will be the sole Chief at the annual All-Star game between the International League and the Pacific Coast League tonight in Omaha. Syracuse manager Billy Gardner will manage the I.L. team.

Harrisburg — ALL-STAR BREAK
Austin Voth, Gilberto Mendez (who replaced Paul Demny), and Pedro Severino will represent Harrisburg at the Eastern League All-Star game in Portland, Maine.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After their first scheduled off day since the All-Star break, the first-place P-Nats return to Woodbridge for a four-game set against first-half winner Myrtle Beach.

Hagerstown vs. West Virginia — PPD
Rain — yes, really — washed out the opener of the Power-Suns series. They’ll try to make it up tonight with a pair of seven-inning games.

Auburn — OFF DAY
Auburn heads for eastern Ohio to take on Mahoning Valley for three games before returning home this weekend for four games against the West Virginia Black Bears.

Jul 142015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Losing, 3-1
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-5, 4.93) vs.
McRae (4-5, 4.00)
Auburn Won, 10-7 OFF DAY N/A

After last year’s aberration, all is back to normal in Syracuse at the break… just one (obligatory) I.L. all-star, in last place by 4½ games, and columnists bitching about the stadium.

Harrisburg 2 Erie 1
• Voth (W, 4-5) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• De Los Santos (SV, 6) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Robinson 2-4, 2B, RBI, CS
• Ballou 0-0, R, 3BB, SB, CS
• Dykstra 1-1, R, HR, RBI, E

Cutter Dykstra’s solo HR in the bottom of the 7th was the difference as Harrisburg edged Erie, 2-1 to earn a split of the four-game series. Austin Voth turned in seven innings of one-run ball, allowing the lone SeaWolves run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight for his fourth win. It also snapped a streak of three straight no-decisions. Derrick Robinson collected two of the Sens’ five hits while Isaac Ballou drew three of the five walks issued for the game.

Winston-Salem 3 Potomac 1 — SUSP.
Matt Purke’s return to the Carolina League was marred twice — once by the Winston-Salem batters, who knocked him for three runs in the 1st, then again in the 3rd when the rains came and suspended play. A makeup date is yet to be announced but the two teams have a remaining series in Woodbridge from August 11-13. With the 13th being a getaway matinee, look for the makeup to be played on the 11th to allow for a possible rainout.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns are 9-9 in the second half as they hit the road for West Virginia and Kannapolis for six games before returning home next Wednesday.

Auburn 10 Staten Island 7
• Rivera 3+ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Torres (W, 3-0) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Borne (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Me. Rodriguez 3-4, RBI
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Schrock 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A five-run 5th dug the Doubledays out of a 7-3 hole as they took the series finale from the Yankees, 10-7. Mariano Rivera III was pounded for the second straight start, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits over three-plus innings. Luis Torres was credited with the win but Grant Borne was the most effective reliever with three scoreless innings. Andrew Stephenson and Melvin Rodriguez both had three hits as Auburn notched 13 total on the night.
Roster moves: LHP McKenzie Mills reassigned to GCL Nationals; RHPs John Feliz, Matt Pirro reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Jul 132015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 8-1 vs. Erie,
12:00 p.m.
Voth (3-5, 3.19) vs.
Collier (2-0, 2.41)
Potomac Won, 8-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (1st A+ start of ’15) vs.
Leyer (3-6, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 7-3 vs. Staten Island,
7:05 p.m.
Bornes (1-­1, 4.91) vs.
M. Rivera (0-0, 4.50)

Syracuse 4 Rochester 1
• Jordan (W, 3-4) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Espino (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nelson 2-4, 2R, 2B, SB
• Lisson 2-4, RBI

Taylor Jordan tossed six shutout innings en route to a 4-1 win on Sunday afternoon. Jordan walked one and struck out four while he notched his third AAA win. Jose Valverde Cordero’d his way through the ninth, allowing two hits and stranding both runners for his eighth save. Chris Nelson, Mario Lisson, and Ricky Hague all went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs collected 10 hits total.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 1
• Bacus (L, 5-2) 4+ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K
• Suero 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Lozada 1-2, BB

Erie scored four runs in the first two innings and cruised to an 8-1 victory over Harrisburg. Starter and losing pitcher Dakota Bacus was strafed for seven runs on 10 hits and two walks over four-plus innings. Three relievers combined for five innings of one-run relief, but it was for naught as the Sens offense was limited to one run on six hits. Shawn Pleffner and Jose Lozada led the attack, each singling and taking a walk.
Roster move: RHP Colin Bates activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 2
• Lopez (W, 5-5) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Dupra (SV, 3) 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 1K
• Ward 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, 2PB
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Potomac exploded for four runs in the 7th to break a 1-1 tie and piled on three more runs in the 8th and 9th as they took Game Three of the four-game series with Winston-Salem, 8-2. Reynaldo Lopez evened up his won-loss record at 5-5 with six innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits, no walks, and setting seven down on strikes. Brian Dupra pitched two scoreless innings before letting in the final Dash run in the 9th. Drew Ward singled twice and doubled once to go 3-for-5 and lead the P-Nats’ 12-hit parade.

Delmarva 3 Hagerstown 1
• Van Orden (L, 5-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Cooper 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 2-3, 2B, BB, SB
• Davidson 2-3, RBI

The pitching was there for the Suns, but the bats were not as the Shorebirds took the five-game series finale, 3-1. Drew Van Orden let in the first two Delmarva runs on four hits and three walks over five innings, which was enough to suffer his second loss. Hagerstown managed just five hits total, with Bryan Mejia and Austin Davidson combining for four of them as each man went 2-for-3 on the night.

Staten Island 7 Auburn 3
• Mills (L, 0-2) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 1K
• Crownover 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kerian 2-3, BB
• Lora 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Staten Island put up four in the first and Auburn got three runs back in the first two innings to make a 4-3 ballgame. It stayed that way until the 8th, when the Yankees put up three more, for which the Doubledays had no answer as they dropped this one, 7-3. McKenzie Mills was booted after one inning, giving up the aforementioned four on three hits and two walks with one whiff. All three Auburn runs came on the long ball, with Rhett Wiseman hitting a two-run shot in the 1st and Edwin Lora going solo in the 2nd.
Roster move: OF Rafael Bautista assigned from Potomac for MiLB rehab.