May 172016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-0, 1.55) vs.
Asher (3-0, 0.40)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ Erie,
6:35 p.m.
Mapes (5-2, 3.29) vs.
Jaye (0-4, 5.71)
Potomac Won, 9-3 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 3.90) vs.
Franco (3-1, 6.09)
Hagerstown Won, 12-9 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (1-2, 4.05) vs.
Gilbert (1-3, 4.96)


Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 4
• Voth 4⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Gott (W, 3-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 2-4, 2R, 3B, SAC
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB, OF assist at HP

Trea Turner tripled and scored to tie it in the 7th, sacrificed the go-ahead run to second in the 9th, which Brian Goodwin drove in for 5-4 Syracuse win over Lehigh Valley. The comeback wade a winner out of Trevor Gott for the third time while Rafael Martin set down the Iron Pigs in order for his seventh save. Austin Voth started and was charged with three runs on nine hits over four and 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out five. Turner went 2-for-4 to lead the hit column while Caleb Ramsey reached three times on a single and two walks to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster move: UT Jose Lozada activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 2
• Long (W, 2-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Simms (SV, 1) 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Difo 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-4, R, BB
• Bautista 2-5, R, SB(20)

The Senators scored twice in the 1st, once in the 2nd, and twice in the 9th to take a 5-0 lead before the Seawolves got two back in their last “ups” for the 5-2 final. Jaron Long started and put in five scoreless innings to earn his second win. He gave up four hits and a walk while fanning three. John Simms finished the game for the four-inning save, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Wilmer Difo led Harrisburg’s 13-hit parade with a 3-for-4 game while Isaac Ballou also reached based three times with two singles and a walk. Roster moves: OF Isaac Ballou reassigned from Syracuse; UT Cutter Dykstra placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 12.

Potomac 9 Winston-Salem 3
• Whiting (W, 4-1) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Thomas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Reistetter 3-4, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

David Masters’s grand slam highlighted another six-run inning as Potomac tripled up Winston-Salem, 9-3 to earn a 2-2 series split. Veteran Boone Whiting won his fourth game while spinning seven innings of three-run ball on seven hits, one walk, and one whiff. Bryan Mejia matched his 2015 BB total with an unintentional walk in the 4th and combined with Drew Ward, Matt Reistetter, and Alec Keller for 10 of the 13 Potomac hits (including all four doubles), three walks, and four RBI.

Hagerstown 12 Lakewood 9
• A. Lee 2⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, 4BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Crownover (W, 4-1) 4⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Pantoja (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Reetz 3-3, BB, HR, 2RBI, PB(4)
• Lora 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Robles 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Lakewood landed the punches early and often but Hagerstown came off the ropes and threw a pair of three-run haymakers in the 6th and 7th innings to tie and then take a 12-9 decision. Suns starter Andrew Lee saw his ERA more than double (1.54 to 3.35) as the BlueClaws pinched him for eight runs on eight hits and four walks over two and 2/3rds innings, though he did strike out five. Matt Crownover got the last out of the 3rd and then turned in four solid innings of relief to earn his fourth win. Jorge Pantoja blanked Lakewood over the final two innings to earn his first save of 2016. Jakson “Anyone See My C?” Reetz singled twice and homered for his second straight three-hit game as Hagerstown hammered out 12 hits total and left on just six runners.

May 162016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.31) vs.
Appel (3-2, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Erie,
6:35 p.m.
Long (1-1, 1.33) vs.
Riordan (3-2, 5.35)
Potomac Won, 13-6 @ Winston-Salem,
11:00 a.m.
Whiting (3-1, 4.11) vs.
Cooper (2-2, 3.29)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-0, 1.54) vs.
Taveras (1-2, 2.28)


Rochester vs. Syracuse – PPD
Rain washed away the finale of the Chiefs-RedWings series on Sunday. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader on Thursday, June 30th at 6:05 p.m. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington.

Akron 5 Harrisburg 1
• Williams (L, 0-5) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Mendez 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Bautista 1-3, BB, CS
• Bostick 1-3, R, BB

Harrisburg committed a week’s worth an errors in one game and lost again, 5-1 to Akron. Austen Williams lost for the fifth time, letting in four unearned runs on eight hits, a walk, and a hit batsman over six innings. Gilberto Mendez finished with a one run allowed on a home run. The Sens offense was mostly in recess, collecting just four hits and five walks with Rafael Bautista and Christopher Bostick both reaching base twice.

Potomac 13 Winston-Salem 6
• Fedde (W, 2-3) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Sanchez (SV, 1) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Ward 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, 3BB, 2RBI
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2BB, 3RBI

Potomac broke a three-game losing streak while missing an extra point in a 13-6 win over Winston-Salem. Erick Fedde got the Jack Morris win with five runs given up on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out two. Mario Sanchez closed out the game for the four-inning save, walking three and giving up four hits but only allowing one run. Drew Ward reached base six times with a single, two doubles, and three walks, followed by Alec Keller and Khayyan Norfork who both reach based four times and drove in three runs as the P-Nats assaulted Dash pitchers for 16 hits and took 12 walks.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 5
• DeRosier 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Torres (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Schrock 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2B, SB
• Wiseman 1-3, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at HP

Matt Page’s RBI single in the 9th completed a comeback from a 5-2 deficit as the Suns walked off for a 6-5 win over the Intimidators. Matt DeRosier got the start but was ineffective, walking four and giving up four runs on six hits over four and a 1/3rd innings. The win went to Luis Torres for two perfect innings of relief in the 8th and 9th innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock doubled, homered, and scored twice to lead the Hagerstown offense, which scored six times on just seven hits with a little help from six walks, a balk, and a Kannapolis error.

May 152016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.31) vs.
Milone (1-0, 1.59)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Williams (0-4, 8.49) vs.
Morimando (6-0, 1.96)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Winston-Salem,
2:00 p.m.
Fedde (1-3, 6.21)
Brennan (0-2, 5.40)
Hagerstown Won, 10-3 vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-0, 1.54) vs.
L. Martinez (1-4, 4.88)


Rochester 8 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 1-3) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Gutierrez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Severino 2-4, R
• Turner 2-5, RBI

Rochester struck for threee in the 1st, then four in the 3rd and never looked back as they cruised to an 8-3 win over Syracuse. Taylor Hill was strafed for seven runs on seven hits and three walks over two and 2/3rds. He struck out three while losing his third game. The bullpen combined for five and 1/3rd innings of one-run relief. No curse of the GBI for Pedro Severino, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the nine-hit, two-walk Chiefs offense. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker recalled to Washington.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3 (12 inn.)
• Giolito 5⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 5BB, 4K
• Suero (BS, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-2 IR-S
• Self (L, 1-1) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Difo 2-4, 2BB, 2SB, CS, E
• Bostick 2-5, BB, SB, E

The Senators bullpen and defense both fell short as Harrisburg dropped a 4-3 decision in extras to Akron. Lucas Giolito left with a 3-1 lead and two outs in the 6th, having given up three hits and five walks while striking out four. Wander Suero blew the save when he coughed up a two-run double to the first batter he faced to tie it at 3-3. All four RubberDuck runs were unearned, “thanks” to three errors, including two in the 6th and one in the 12th. Wilmer Difo reached based four times on two singles and two stolen bases to lead the Harrisburg attack, which featured five stolen bases along with ten hits and six walks.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 2
• Estevez 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Stevenson 3-4, R, 3B
• Carey 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Potomac lost this one in regulation as Winston-Salem greeted Robert Benincasa with three runs in the 6th to erase a 2-0 deficit en route to a 4-2 win. The blown save took away a potential win for Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez’s five innings of shutout ball on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Benincasa walked two and gave up two hits and had the defense let him down on two errors. Andrew Stevenson tripled while Dale Carey homered but the P-Nats offense was otherwise limited to five hits and one walk total.

Hagerstown 10 Kannapolis 3
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
• Lambert (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2HBP, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Reetz 3-3, R, 3-2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI, CS
• Page 1-3, 2R, 2BB

The Suns scored ten times in the first four innings in a 10-3 win over the Intimidators. Hagerstown starter Joan Baez ran into the wall on his second turn through the lineup as Kannapolis scored three times with two out in the 4th to chase him from the game. Trey Lambert got the win, stranding one in the 4th despite a single and a wild pitch, and high-wiring three more scoreless innings with a walk, two hit batsman, and another hit allowed for the win. Jakson Reetz doubled three times and walked twice to lead the Suns attack, which was aided by four Kannapolis errors and nine walks. Roster moves: LHP Connor Bach, OF Jeff Gardner reassigned to Auburn; IF Cody Dent, RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Auburn.

May 142016
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 19-15, 1st place I.L. North, 1 games ahead

Good Brian Goodwin .316/.378/.482, 3HR, 17RBI in 32G
Aaron Laffey 3-0, 1.55/3.02/1.34 in 7 appearances, 6GS
Bad Kevin Keyes .450 OPS, 20K in 15G since callup
A.J. Cole 1.66 WHIP, 5HR in 31⅓ IP (7GS)
Interesting Pedro Severino .355/.375/.581 in May (9G)
16 holds, T2nd in I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 15-18, 4th place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Neftali Soto, .353/.411/.608, 3HR, 19RBI in May (13G)
Jaron Long 1-1, 1.33/4.09/1.33 WHIP in 4GS
Bad Shawn Pleffner .387 OPS in 31G
Gilberto Mendez 0-2, 8.24 ERA, 1.88 WHIP in nine appearances
Interesting 42SB, 2nd in E.L.; 9CS, fewest in E.L. (82.4 SB%)
33HR most allowed in the E.L.


POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-15, 2nd place C.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .331/.396/.452, 14SB in 30G
Ryan Brinley 2-0, 4 SV, 0.64/1.72/0.79 in nine appearances
Bad Justin Thomas 1-2, 8.10ERA, 11BB in 10IP
Bryan Mejia 6E in 28G
Interesting 28E, fewest (tied) in C.L. (yes, really)
23 GIDP, most (tied) in C.L. (with Salem on both)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 21-12, 2nd place Sally North, 1½ games behind

Good Victor Robles .336/.423/.484, 12SB in 33G
Matt Crownover 3-1, 1.44/3.61/1.04 in 25IP
Bad Jakson Reetz .504OPS in 19G
Luis Torres 1-1, 7.20ERA, 1.73WHIP in 15IP
Interesting Ian Sagdal .307/.386/.477 in 26G
Jorge Pantoja 5-0, 0.63/2.43/0.70 in 14⅓ IP
May 142016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (1-2, 3.31) vs.
Darnell (3-3, 4.25)
Harrisburg Won, 11-7 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Giolito (1-2, 4.74) vs.
D.J. Brown (2-0, 2.78)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 (11 inn.) @ Winston-Salem,
6:30 p.m.
Estevez (0-2, 4.74) vs.
Adams (3-2, 4.38)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (1-3, 4.44) vs.
Frebis (3-1, 3.07)


Rochester 4 Syracuse 3
• Cole 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Grace (L, 1-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Sizemore 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

It’s go big or go home again for the Chiefs, who fell again in the late innings, 4-3 to Rochester. All three runs came via the longball, with Trea Turner smacking a two-run shot in the 6th and Scott Sizemore going solo in the 7th. The two big flies were enough to spare A.J. Cole another loss, as the 24-y.o. rebounded somewhat from the beating he took from Buffalo with five innings pitched, three runs allowed on eight hits, including his 5th HR given up (fourth in the last three starts), a walk, and seven strikeouts. Matt Grace took the loss with a run let in on two hits in the 8th.

Harrisburg 11 Akron 7
• Lopez 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 5K, HR
• Robinson (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Soto 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 6RBI
• Bautista 3-4, 4R, 2SB
• Sanchez 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

The fireworks started early in Harrisburg, highlighted a 4th inning grand slam by Neftali Soto as the Sens outslugged the RubberDucks, 11-7. Reynaldo Lopez returned to the rotation but struggled through three innings with three runs given up on three hits – yet another HR – and five walks and five K’s. He threw 70 pitches, 33 for strikes. Andrew Robinson got the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball on a walk and three hits and four whiffs. Soto also walked, singled, and doubled to drive in six runs total to lead the 14-hit, six-walk assault on Akron pitchers.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 4 (11 inn.)
• Valdez 6⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K
• Bacus (L, 0-2) 2⅓IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Norfork 2-4, RBI
• Keller 2-5, R, RBI, SB

Tie it up late, lose it later. That’s this road trip in a nutshell for Potomac, losing 5-4 in 11 innings to Winston-Salem. Phillips Valdez started and gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Él tenía cero ponchadas. Dakota Bacus suffered his second loss as the Dash plated the gamewinner against him in the 11th on two walks and a hit after retiring six straight in the 9th and 10th. Khayyan Norfork and Alec Keller both had two singles and an RBI to lead the P-Nats attack. Roster moves: Reassigned IF Cody Dent to Auburn; Activated Khayyan Norfork from the 7-Day D.L.; RHP Robert Benincasa activated from 7-Day D.L. and reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 4 Kannapolis 1
• Rodriguez 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Peterson 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Pantoja (W, 5-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Schrock 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Wiseman 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Rhett Wiseman walked off the Suns in the 9th with a three-run homer to snap a three-game skid for a 4-1 win. Jorge Pantoja got the benefit of the blast as he won his fifth game in seven appearances with a perfect top of the 9th. Jefry Rodriguez started and went the first five, giving up a run on (you know it) a HR and three hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Max “For Those About To” Schrock accounted for the first run on solo homer in the 6th. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice and Edwin Lora once to round out the five-hit output for Hagerstown.

May 132016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.47) vs.
Wheeler (1-1, 1.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (0-3, 4.13) vs.
Polanco (AA debut)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (4-1, 3.79) vs.
Stephens (0-4, 5.40)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (2-2, 4.45) vs.
Banks (6-0, 2.48)


Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 3
• Espino 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 10K, HR
• Davis (L, 3-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Turner 2-5, R, 3B
• Severino 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Rafael Soriano J.C. Gutierrez coughed up the game-winning three-run homer to the first batter he faced in the 9th as the Indians doubled up the Chiefs, 6-3 and earn a 2-2 series split. Erik Davis was charged with the loss after issuing back-to-back walks before getting an out on a botched sacrifice. Paolo Espino struck out 10 and let in the first three on six hits and a walk over seven innings. Pedro Severino walked, doubled in two, and singled while Trea Turner singled and tripled to lead the Syracuse offense.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 5-2) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Simms 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bautista 1-4
• Difo 1-4, SB

Harrisburg was shut out on three hits by two Akron pitchers for a 4-0 loss. Tyler Mapes was dinged for single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th and gave up six hits and three walks total as he lost his second game. John Simms followed with two scoreless innings of relief before Akron got an insurance run in the 9th against Gilberto Mendez. Rafael Bautista, Wilmer Difo, and Neftali Soto each singled while Brendan Webb walked to comprise the Sens offense,

Carolina 3 Potomac 2 (10 inn.)
• Reyes 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Ross 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Thomas (L, 1-2) ⅓+ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2IBB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, RBI
• Mesa 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

Potomac dug out of a 2-0 hole with single runs in the 6th and 7th but fell in the 10th, 3-2 and lost the series to Carolina, 2-1. Luis Reyes turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out three. The loss went to Justin Thomas, who struck out the last batter of the 9th, then gave up a leadoff triple in the 10th. After issuing a pair of intentional walks and setting up a five-man infield, Carolina’s Joel Edgerton lined one into LF for the gamewinner. Alec Keller led the P-Nats attack with a pair of singles and an RBI while Narciso Mesa started the comeback with a solo HR.

Kannapoliis 5 Hagerstown 1
• Avila (L, 1-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Torres 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ripken 2-4
• Sagdal 1-2, 2B, BB

Kannapolis got a two-run HR in the 1st and never looked back as they defeated Hagerstown, 5-1. Pedro Avila lost for the second time despite putting up four goose eggs afterwards and allowing four hits and no walks while striking out seven over five innings. The Suns were held to just five hits and two walks, with just two batters reaching base twice – Ryan Ripken (two singles) and Ian Sagdal (double and a walk).

May 122016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Indianapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (1-3, 3.07) vs.
Glasnow (2-1, 1.64)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 (12 inn.) vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
Mapes (5-1, 3.09) vs.
Plutko (1-2, 3.55)
Potomac Won, 9-5 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 4.10)
Franco (3-1, 7.00)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (1-1, 2.65) vs.
Thompson (2-2, 3.99)


Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 1
• Laffey 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Masset (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 1-3, 2B, BB
• Campana 1-3, R, BB

Indianapolis won the battle of the bullpens, scoring two runs late to break a 1-1 deadlock and beat Syracuse, 3-1. Chiefs starter Aaron Laffey put on eight baserunners (four hits, four walks) but let in just one over five innings. He struck out six. Nick Masset was touched for two runs on two hits in the 8th and took the loss. The Syracuse starting position players were held to just four hits and five walks, with Laffey and PH Isaac Ballou rounding out the total of six hits.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1 (12 inn.)
• Long 7IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Suero 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Self (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2BB, 2K
• Collier 2-5, R, BB

Pro tip: When issuing an intentional walk, it’s best to throw to the catcher, not past the catcher. A wild pitch during an IBB plated the second and decisive run in the top of the 12th as Harrisburg edged Richmond, 2-1 to sweep the three-game series. Jaron Long got the start and turned in seven scoreless innings, with seven hits and a walk allowed and four strikeouts. Cutter Dykstra delivered another key pinch hit, this one an RBI single in the 9th to tie the game at 1-1. Derek Self was the winning pitcher, tossing two scoreless innings in the 11th and 12th. Stephen Perez singled twice and walked twice to lead the Sens 11-hit parade.

Potomac 9 Carolina 5 (10 inn.)
• Whiting 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Brinley (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 2-4, 3R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Reistetter 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Keller 2-3, BB, 2RBI

Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Matt Reistetter both homered in the 10th and twice overall as the P-Nats scored four in the 10th for a 9-5 win over the Mudcats. The outburst took the edge off Ryan Brinley blowing the save in the 9th and gave the Potomac reliever his second win. Boone Whiting started and turned in six innings of three-run ball, with a walk and seven hits allowed (two HR). Marmolejos and Reistetter both went 2-for-4 and combined for five runs scored and five RBI as the P-Nats maximized their offensive chances with nine runs scored on ten hits and three walks and left just two runners on base.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Second-place Hagerstown returns home after a 3-4 road trip, having fallen a game and a half behind first-place Hickory, which went 5-2 over the same stretch. It’ll be scoreboard watching for the division title for the next five and a half weeks as the two teams will not meet again in the first half.

May 112016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Indianapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Laffey (3-0, 1.50) vs.
Kuhl (2-0, 1.35)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Long (1-1, 2.03) vs.
Mejia (0-0, 3.63)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Carolina,
11:00 a.m.
Whiting (3-1, 4.03) vs.
Clark (0-3, 6.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 3 Indianapolis 1
• Voth (W, 2-1) 6IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Martin (SV, 6) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB, SB

Caleb Ramsey drove in two, Austin Voth turned in six, and the Chiefs won, 3-1. The veteran OF singled and doubled to lead Syracuse’s offense, whch was held to seven hits and two walks. It was enough because Voth blanked Indianapolis for six innings, giving up six hits but no walks while fanning seven as he won his second game. Three relievers combined for one-run relief over the final innings with Erik Davis and Trevor Gott earning holds and Rafael Martin notching his sixth save. Roster move: OF Tony Campana activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 7 Richmond 6
• Williams 5+ IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Harper (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Glover (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Soto 3-5, R, HR, 6RBI
• Collier 2-4, 3R, BB, RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, 2SB

Neftali Soto drove in six runs, including an Earl Weaver special in the 7th that proved to be the game-winner, as Harrisburg outslugged Richmond, 7-6. Austen Williams came off the DL to start and gave up single runs in the 3rd and 5th before he was chased in the 6th by a two-run homer to the second batter of the inning. He finished with four runs let in on 10 hits and a walk over five-plus innings. Bryan Harper retired the next three batters in order and got the benefit of Soto’s three-run homer with a win. Soto led the Harrisburg hit column with a 3-for-5 night, followed veterans Cutter Dykstra and Zach Collier, who both went 2-for-4.
Roster move: Activated RHP Austen Williams from the 7-Day DL.

Carolina 4 Potomac 3 (10 inn.)
• Fedde 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Bacus (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Stevenson 2-4, R, 2SB
• Mejia 2-4, R, 2B

Potomac tied it in the 9th to force extras but lost in the 10th to Carolina, 4-3. Erick Fedde pitched into the 7th for the first time this season, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out four. He threw 95 pitches, 60 for strikes. Dakota Bacus took over and retired eight of nine batters before giving up a leadoff triple and the game-winning single in the 10th to take the loss. Andrew Stevenson and Bryan Mejia both went 2-for-4 to account for four of the eight P-Nats hits.

West Virginia 4 Hagerstown 3
• A. Lee 5IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Crownover (L, 3-1) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, IBB, 5K, HBP
• Robles 2-5
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

The Suns also tied it late but lost in regulation, 4-3. Andrew Lee got yet another no-decision, charged with three unearned runs on two hits and three walks over five innings. Matthew Crownover wore the “L” despite pitching well (hey, that rhymes!) for three innings before giving up the game-winner on a single-HBP-SAC-single sequence in the 9th. The southpaw reliever struck out five of the first ten batters he faced. Victor Robles and Kelvin Gutierrez both singled twice as Hagerstown was held to just six hits and three walks (two by Ian Sagdal, who scored twice).

May 102016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Indianapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (1-1, 2.79) vs.
Boscan, W (3-2, 1.61)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (0-4, 8.84) vs.
Crick (1-2, 4.43)
Potomac Lost, 7-2 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Fedde (1-3, 7.15) vs.
Povse (2-2, 2.97)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-0, 1.80) vs.
Sendelbach (2-1, 3.34)


Syracuse 3 Indianapolis 2
• Hill (W, 1-2) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR; 0-1, SF, RBI
• Gott (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B
• Goodwin 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse scored single runs in the 2nd, 4th, and 5th, got seven strong innings from Taylor Hill, and held on in the 9th for a 3-2 win over Indianapolis. Hill gave up one run on a home run and four hits total with no walks and three whiffs to win for the first time in 2016. Trevor Gott pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the hold while Rafael Martin was credited with a save in the one-run 9th. Pedro Severino singled, doubled, and scored a run while Brian Goodwin hit his third home run of the season to pace the Chiefs’ offense.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 4
• Giolito (W, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Simms (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Collier 3-4, R, 2B
• Soto 2-4, R, RBI
• Perez 1-2, 2R, 2BB

Lucas Giolito bounced back from his worst outing of the year to turn in his best in a 6-4 Senators win over the Flying Squirrels. The 21-y.o. turned in six innings of two-run ball with a walk, four hits, and a hit batsman as he won his first game of the season. A little luck also helped as Harrisburg rallied for three in the top of the 7th on a two-out, three-run triple by Cutter Dykstra. John Simms pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th to earn the hold while the offense piled on two more in the 8th and one more in the 9th. Veterans Zach Collier and Neftali Soto led the charge with five of the nine Harrisburg hits while Stephen Perez scored twice and drew two walks.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 2
• Estevez (L, 0-2) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 1K
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Keller 3-4, 2B
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

Potomac lost its seventh straight game to Lynchburg in a 7-2 makeup game that wasn’t pretty. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez lost for the second time with four runs given up on eight hits and two walks with one (1) strikeout over four innings. Matthew Spann was scratched by the Hillcats for three runs in the 5th and was saved from further damage by Justin Thomas who stranded three in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. Alec Keller singled twice and doubled once to lead the P-Nats hit column while Drew Ward tied for the Carolina League lead with his 7th homer. Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Jake Johansen reassigned to Auburn.

West Virginia 4 Hagerstown 0
• DeRosier (L, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HBP, 2WP
• Bach 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Sagdal 1-3
• Reetz 1-3

The Suns were eclipsed by the Sally League’s top starting pitcher in a 4-0 shutout by the Power. Mitch Keller shut down Hagerstown for six innings on two hits and a walk (his third of the season) to lower his ERA to 0.79 while striking out eight to push his league-leading total to 42 in 34IP. Losing pitcher Matt DeRosier let in all four West Virginia runs on five hits, three walks, and two hit batsman over five innings. Connor Bach shut down the Power for three innings on one hit in relief, but was matched by the two West Virgnia relievers. Ian Sagdal, Jakson “Did Anyone See My C?” Reetz, and Victor Robles each singled while Jeff Gardner drew the one Suns walk.

May 092016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Indianapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (0-3, 2.81) vs.
Taillon (2-0, 1.19)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-5 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (0-2, 5.30) vs.
Beede (2-1, 4.15)
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Lynchburg,
6:00 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 3.92) vs.
Merryweather (4-1, 0.60)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-0, 5.73) vs.
Keller (2-1, 0.96)


Buffalo 4 Syracuse 2
• Cole (L, 3-2) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, 87-53 P-K
• Runion 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• den Dekker 1-4, R, K
• Skole 2-4, 2B, RBI, K
• Guys not named Matt 0-23, R, RBI, 10K

Buffalo erased an early 2-1 deficit with a three-run 4th as they took the game, 4-2 and split the series, 2-2. A.J. Cole took the loss, unable to make it out of the 4th with all four Bisons runs charged on five hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings. He gave up his fourth HR and struck out four. The offense managed to score twice on just three hits, aided by two Buffalo errors in the 4th inning.
Roster move: UT Jose Lozada placed on the 7-Day DL

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 5
• Mendez (L, 0-2) 3+ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Self 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bostick 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-5, R, CS

The Thunder rolled for five in the 4th against the Senators to take a 6-3 lead and held off a late charge for a 7-5 win. Gilberto Mendez started in place of Reynaldo Lopez — no word on why — and was pummeled for six runs on eight hits and two walks over three-plus innings for the loss. Brenden Webb was the beer man as the Senators pounded out 14 hits, led by Chrisopher Bostick’s 3-for-5 effort and Wilmer Difo’s single and two-run triple while going 2-for-5.

Potomac 2 Frederick 1
• Valdez 7IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Ross (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Orlan (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Stevenson 3-4, SB, CS
• Masters 1-2, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Phillips Valdez, Greg Ross, and R.C. Orlan combined on a one-hitter and outdueled Frederick’s trio of pitchers to take the game (and the series), 2-1. Valdez went seven inning for the third straight start, giving up the lone Keys hit and three walks while striking out three. Ross followed with a perfect 8th for the hold while Orlan worked around a walk for the save. Andrew Stevenson singled three times to push his BA to .340, which is fifth-best in the Carolina League, but David Masters was responsible for the two P-Nats runs with a two-run homer in the second.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 3
• Baez (W, 1-3) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Rivera (S, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Tillero 2-4
• Sagdal 2-4, R

The Suns eked out another one, surviving another, um, Power surge late for a 4-3 win. Joan Baez spun five scoreless innings with just one hit and one walk allowed while fanning six. Veteran Trey Lambert followed with two goose eggs before West Virginia knocked him for two in the 8th. An error, single, and a sac fly in the 9th plated the final Power run as Mariano Rivera III earned his first save of 2016. Jorge Tillero, Ian Sagdal, and Victor Robles each had two hits as Hagerstown collected nine hits and one walk total for the game.