Last Night In Woodbridge

Boone Whiting and Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez combined on a two-hit shutout while the P-Nats broke a six-game losing streak for a 6-0 win over the Keys.

Whiting allowed just two of the four baserunners he allowed to reach second base: an infield single and his own error in the 2nd, a two-out walk followed by a single to right in 7th. In between, he retired 15 straight batters en route to his second win in three starts against Frederick.

The final line for the new Daddy in his first start since returning from paternity leave: 6⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K.

Of course, it always helps to pitch with a big lead and Potomac wasted no time giving him one. Andrew Stevenson tripled down the right field line to lead off the game and could have played hopscotch on his way home from third as Osvaldo Abreu tripled over the head of the centerfielder to send the All-Star in. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in Abreu with a double to right-center to plate Abreu to give Potomac a 2-0 lead after one.

In the 2nd, Drew Vettleson opened with a single, stole second and third while David Masters walked (quite literally in the case of the latter), and scored on a Khayyan Norfork sac fly to push the lead to 3-0.

After a Stevenson chop to third pushed Masters to second for the second out, Abreu drew a walk. Back-to-back singles by Marmolejos and Raudy Read pushed the lead to 5-0.

Potomac struck for the final time with two outs in the 5th as All-Stars Drew Ward (double) and Alec Keller (single) combined to score the sixth run for the home team.

Estevez came on to get Whiting out of trouble and stranded both baserunners by getting the last out of the 7th. “The Weekend” issued just a walk over the final two and 1/3rd innings while striking out four to close out the game and complete the shutout.

The five-game series continues with a doubleheader tonight at 5 p.m. Neither team has announced its starters, but recently demoted Austen Williams and long reliever Mario Sanchez have not pitched since June 5th and it would be fair to guess that one or both of them may tonight start for Potomac.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-4, 4.92) vs.
Glasnow (6-2, 2.04)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (3-3, 3.08) vs.
Morimando (9-1, 2.17)
Potomac Won, 6-0 vs. Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (2-4, 4.76) vs.
Watson (1-6, 8.72)


Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 4
• Cole (W, 5-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, HBP
• Martin (SV, 12) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB, HBP
• Campana 2-3

Syracuse got two runs early and held off Indianapolis late for 5-4 win. Starter A.J. Cole turned in his fourth straight quality start to win his fifth game, with two runs allowed on five hits. He walked two and struck out a season-high of eight. Matt Skole homered for the aforementioned two-spot and went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and—thanks to Brian Goodwin running ahead of him—a stolen base. Goodwin also reached base four times on a hit by pitch, double, single, and a walk. Jason Martinson also homered to help cover up a team 1-for-12 mark with RISP.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 2
• Giolito (W, 5-2) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 12K
• Glover 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B
• Soto 2-4, R
• Bostick 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI

Both hands on the keyboard: Lucas Giolito also hit a season-high with K’s (12) while winning his fifth game as the Sens tripled up the ‘Ducks, 6-2. Giolito went seven innings and gave up two unearned runs on four hits and one walk. He threw 100 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Koda Glover was perfect for two innings as he retired all six Akron batters he faced while finishing the game. Shawn Pleffner doubled, Christopher Bostick tripled, and Kevin Keyes homered as Harrisburg produced six runs from seven hits and two walks.

Frederick 6 Potomac 3
• Whiting (W, 6-2) 6⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Estevez 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Marmolejos 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Vettleson 1-4, R, 2SB

Boone Whiting came back from paternity leave to show Frederick who’s their daddy Last Night In Woodbridge

Roster moves: RHP Boone Whiting activated from the the 3-Day TIL; IF Grant DeBruin reassigned to Auburn.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 3
• Rodriguez 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Borne (W, 1-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Schrock 2-5
• Page 1-3, BB
• Robles 0-2, BB, 2HBP (17, 18)
• 2-for-12 RISP, 12 LOB

The Legends went full Little League in the bottom of the 9th with an error, two walks, and two wild pitches allowing the Suns to score four times on just two singles to turn a 3-0 shutout bid into a 4-3 walkoff loss. The collapse made a winner out of Grant Borne, who allowed just a walk and a single over four innings while striking out four in relief. Starter Jefry Rodriguez was dinged for three runs on five hits and two walks over the first five innings for a no-decision. Max “For Those About To” Schrock led the hit column with two, while Victor Robles walked and was hit by a pitch twice to reach base three times.

Friday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

Harrisburg – OFF DAY

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

Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac – PPD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (2-4, 5.40) vs.
Stephenson (3-3, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 15-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (6-2, 3.54) vs.
Leal (7-2, 3.33)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Asheville,
5:35 p.m.
TBD and Baez (2-4, 4.32) vs.
TBD and Killian (3-3, 5.03)


Buffalo vs. Syracuse – PPD

Rain pulled the plug on this one by late morning yesterday. They’ll make it up with doubleheader on Tuesday, August 2nd.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 1-7) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR, HBP
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 2-3, SF, RBI
• 0-for-1 RISP, 3 LOB

Richmond put up a three-spot in the 5th to erase an early 2-1 deficit as they cruised to a 6-2 win over Harrisburg and prevent a four-game sweep. Austen Williams lost for the seventh time in ten starts as he gave up four runs on nine hits (HR #5) and four walks over five innings. Spencer Kieboom homered for the first Senators run in the 2nd while Isaac Ballou drove in Rafael Bautista, who had singled and stole second and third with sacrifice fly in the 3rd. Bautista was the only runner to get into scoring position as the Senators hit into two double plays and drew no walks while collecting six singles (two by Ballou) along with the Kieboom homer.

Myrtle Beach 15 Potomac 0
• Reyes (L, 3-5) 1⅔ IP, 6H, 8R, 8ER, 5BB, 0K, 2HR
• Benincasa 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 1-3, BB, 2E

Pelicans manager Buddy Bailey was mum on his decision to go for two after the second touchdown in a 15-0 blanking of the P-Nats. Starter Luis Reyes took the brunt of the beating with eight runs allowed on six hits and five walks in just an inning and 2/3rds to lose for the fifth time this season. Offensively, the P-Nats were limited to five singles and two walks, with Drew Ward the sole batter to reach base twice. Roster moves: SS Osvaldo Abreu placed on the 3-Day TIL; IF Grant DeBruin reassigned from Auburn; OF Drew Vettleson activated from 7-Day DL and reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Narciso Mesa reassigned to Auburn

Hagerstown – OFF DAY

Hagerstown leads the Sally North by four games with 15 left to play in the first half — none of them against second-place Hickory or third-place Delmarva. The Suns’ road trip continues with a completion doubleheader tonight in Asheville against the Tourists.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-4 vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (2-4, 5.40) vs.
Hutchison (2-2, 2.93)
Harrisburg Won, 8-1;
Won, 3-1
@ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Williams (1-6, 5.52) vs.
Suarez (1-2, 5.96)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Reyes (3-4, 3.81) vs.
Clifton (3-3, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 (12 inn.) OFF DAY N/A


Buffalo 13 Syracuse 4
• Cole 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Gott (L, 3-2) ⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Sizemore 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, BB
• Ramsey 2-4, R, SB

Once again, Syracuse ‘pen forgot that batting practice happens before the game, not during. The Bisons scored four in the 7th, one in the 8th, and five in the 9th to turn a 3-3 tie into a 13-4 demolition. Trevor Gott, Abel De Los Santos, and J.C. Gutierrez were stampeded for 10 runs on 11 hits and four walks, wasting A.J. Cole’s quality start of three runs on eight hits and two walks over the first six innings. Scott Sizemore drove in all four Chiefs runs with a three-run HR in the 4th and a fielder’s choice in the 8th. Brian Goodwin and Caleb Ramsey both went 2-for-4 to lead the Syracuse hit column.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 1 – COMP.
• Simms (W, 3-2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Robinson (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bostick 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Jeroloman 1-3, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Soto 2-5, R, 3RBI

In the continuation of Friday night’s game, the Senators got stellar relief pitching and broke out for four more runs in the 8th to turn a 4-1 lead into an 8-1 win over the Flying Squirrels. John Simms walked just one in three scoreless innings for the win while Andrew Robinson also allowed just one of ten batters faced to reach base in his three scoreless innings to earn the save. All eight position players hit safely for Harrisburg with veterans Neftali Soto and Brian Jeroloman each driving in three runs.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 1
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Harper (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 3-4, R, 2-2B
• Collier 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Zach Collier drove in all three Harrisburg runs while some 21-y.o. RHP turned in six strong innings as the Sens completed the de facto doubleheader sweep of Richmond with a 3-1 win. Collier hit a two-run HR in the 4th to erase an early 1-0 deficit and then singled in the third Harrisburg run in the 6th. That was enough for Lucas Giolito to win his 4th game as he shook off a first-inning run to put up five goose eggs on the scoreboard, allowing seven hits and one walk total while fanning eight. Bryan Harper struck out the side in the 7th to earn his sixth save. Neftali Soto singled once and doubled twice to lead the ten-hit Sens offense.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 2
• Crownover (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Mendez 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-5
• Ward 2-5

The Pelicans took Matt Crownover deep twice as they tripled up the P-Nats, 6-2, to take the series opener. Crownover was charged with five runs total on ten hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds to lose his Carolina League debut. Gilberto Mendez finished the game with one run let in on two hits and a walk. Potomac collected ten hits and drew two walks but left on 11 men. Andrew Stevenson, Drew Ward, and Khayyan Norfork each had two hits.

Hagerstown 2 Columbia 1 (12 inn.)
• Rodriguez 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K, HR
• Peterson 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Pantoja (W, 7-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP
• Robles 1-5, R, 2B
• Lora 1-4, 2B

Mets farmhand P.J. Conlon was brilliant, throwing a no-hitter for seven innings and holding Hagerstown to one unearned run over ten innings on just 97 pitches (i.e. less than three pitches per batter faced). But, as “predicted,” the Fireflies were snuffed by 2-1 count in 12 innings to complete the Suns’ three-game sweep. Hagerstown starter Jefry Rodriguez wasn’t too shabby either: one run on a home run, three hits total over seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight. Columbia threw it away in the 12th as Victor Robles, who led off the frame with a double, took 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on another. Jorge Pantoja got the win as he worked around a two-out walk in the 12th for his second scoreless inning of relief, following three donuts from Tommy Peterson.

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 3

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS – 27-26, 5th Place I.L. North, 3 games behind

Good Matt Skole .354/.382/.492 vs. LHPs
Matt Grace 1.00ERA, .212OBA vs. LHBs
Bad Scott Sizemore 8E in 50G
Taylor Hill 8HR in 53⅓IP
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .307/376/.412 in 48G
10HBP by Chiefs pitchers – fewest in the I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 27-25, 3rd place E.L. West, 9 games behind

Good Christopher Bostick .324/.382/.468 in May
Lucas Giolito 3-0, 1.82 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in last 5GS
Bad Wilmer Difo .549OPS, 11E in 50G
Nick Lee 20BB in 26IP
Interesting Shawn Pleffner 20RBI, 34H (one HR)
Koda Glover 2-0, 2SV, 22K, 5BB in 15⅔ IP since callup


POTOMAC NATIONALS 29-23, 2nd place C.L. North, 5 games behind

Good Alec Keller .307/.372/.405, 36RBI in 46G
Greg Ross 2-2, 1.45ERA, 1.19WHIP in 19 appearances
Bad Narciso Mesa .551OPS in 30G
Luis Reyes 29BB in 49⅔ IP
Interesting 26CS, 69.4% CS rate – 2nd most/worst in C.L.
R.C. Orlan .094 OBA by RHBs


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 35-19, 1st place Sally North, 4 games ahead

Good Max Schrock .314/.373/.440, 13SB in 52G
Jefry Rodriguez 3-0, 0.53ERA, 0.88WHIP in last 3GS
Bad Ryan Ripken 5BB, 38K in 43G
Joan Baez 1.66WHIP in 10GS
Interesting Austin Davidson .928OPS – leads the team (Robles, .888)
W’s and SV’s only two team-pitching categories Suns lead in for Sally Lg.
(Yes, they have league’s best record)

Saturday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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