Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 @ Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Latos (1st AAA start of ’16)
Farmer (4-5, 4.32)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Lewicki (1-5, 3.21)
Fedde (1-0, 1.29)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (3-2, 3.48)
Griffin (3-8, 6.31)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Vizcaino (MLB Rehab)

Syracuse 8 Toledo 1
• Voth (W, 7-7) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Glover (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Collier 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Zimmerman 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Lobaton 2-4, BB

Every Syracuse batter got a hit (wait, what?) as the Chiefs plucked the Mud Hens, 8-1 in the series opener. Well, it helped that Ryan Zimmerman and Jose Lobaton joined the lineup for a rehab assignment, and the two lived up to the hype with both going 2-for-4 with a walk and Zimmerman hitting a homer. Austin Voth evened up his won-loss record at 7-7 with six innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks while striking out five. Ahead 5-1 at the time, Trevor Gott loaded up the bases in the 8th with two hits and a hit batsman. Koda Glover was called upon to get the final out of the inning, then worked the 9th for the save. Roster moves: 1B Ryan Zimmerman, C Jose Lobaton assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; RHP Andrew Robinson reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The Senators resume their six-game homestand with three against the Seawolves, with Erick Fedde making his second AA start. Harrisburg trails Altoona 3½ games for first place in the E.L. West but leads Akron by 3 games in the wildcard race.

Wilmington 7 Potomac 3
• Whiting (L, 9-3) 3+ IP, 10H, 7R, 6ER, 0BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mejia 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B

Wilmington scored in each of the first four innings as they ran up a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 7-3 win over Potomac in the series opener. P-Nats starter Boone Whiting was lit up for all seven Blue Rocks runs on 10 hits over three-plus innings to lose for the third time at High-A. Bryan Mejia singled twice, doubled once, and drove in one while Raudy Read singled and doubled and scored two runs to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
The Suns begin a six-game road trip through Georgia and Kentucky to take on the Rome Braves and the Lexington Legends for three games apiece. Hagerstown is on a three-game win streak that has seen them climb back into a tie for first place with Kannapolis for the 2nd half title in the Sally North. Roster moves: C Matt Reistetter, RHP Luis Reyes reassigned from Potomac; C Adderling Ruiz placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Ronald Pena reassigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Tonight is the All-Star game for the New York-Penn League, which will be held in Hudson Valley, where the three Auburn representatives (Tyler Watson, Nick Banks, and Weston Davis) will be joined by their Doubledays teammates tomorrow to play the Renegades. Roster moves: RHP Carlos Acevedo reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Conner Porter reassigned from the GCL.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2;
Won, 11-3
@ Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 3.59) vs.
C. Ramos (0-1, 7.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Whiting (9-2, 3.14) vs.
Tenuta (5-8, 5.56)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Postponed ALL-STAR BREAK N/A

Columbus 5 Syracuse 2 – GAME ONE
• Hill (L, 6-10) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Soto 3-3, R
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Chiefs led 2-0 early, but the Clippers sailed past them with a three-spot in the 3rd then added two more in the 4th for 5-2 win in the opener. Taylor Hill took one for the team as he went the distance with all five runs let in on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five while losing his tenth game for the second straight season. Neftali Soto singled three times in three trips to the plate while Matt Skole had a “true outcome” game with a walk, a strikeout, and a homer.

Syracuse 11 Columbus 3 – GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 7-10) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 3-4, 2R, RBI
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, 2B
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 4RBI

Syracuse homered three times in a six-run 4th inning to break a 2-2 tie as they cruised to an 11-3 win to split the doubleheader. Paolo Espino won for the seventh time with all three Columbus runs let in on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Rafael Martin mopped up in the 7th with a perfect frame. Matt den Dekker led off the Chiefs’ putaway rally with a solo shot while the “other Matt” (no, not Grace – Skole) connected for his 19th big fly. In between, Michael Taylor dropped a three-run bomb, his first at AAA this season. Steve Lombardozzi led the Syracuse hit column with three, followed by Brian Jeroloman, who singled and doubled in four trips to the plate.

Binghamton 6 Harrisburg 2
• Valdez (L, 4-3) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, 2HR, HBP
• Simms 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4
• Kieboom 2-3, BB, RBI

Phillips Valdez’s control problems returned as he walked four in four innings in a 6-2 Harrisburg loss to Binghamton. Valdez also coughed up two longballs and four runs total on six hits as he lost his third AA game. John Simms turned in two scoreless innings to keep things close but the B-Mets got to his successors for a run apiece in the 7th and 8th innings to put the game away. Spencer Kieboom reached base three times for a second consecutive game with two singles and a walk while Rafael Bautista singled twice as the Sens were limited to seven hits total.

Frederick 5 Potomac 3
• J. Martin 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Pantoja (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, 2R, 3BB, 0K
• Robles 1-2, R, 2BB, HBP, 2SB (10, 11)
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B, RBI

Knuckler come lately J.D. Martin turned in a quality start but the P-Nats ‘pen faltered again in a 5-3 loss to the Keys. Martin walked four and gave up three hits, including a solo HR in the 4th. Jorge Pantoja couldn’t vulture his 10th relief win of ’16, instead giving up two runs in the 8th for his first Carolina League loss. Victor Robles reached base four times as he singled, walked twice, and… wait for it… got hit by a pitch while Drew Vettleson singled, doubled, and drove in a run to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 6
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walby 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sundberg 3-5, R, 2B, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, BB, 2SB, E(20)
• DeBruin 2-2, 3R, 2BB, RBI, SB

Hagerstown nearly blew a seven-run lead but held off Asheville for an 8-6 win to take the series, 3-1. Hector Silvestre got the win in his first Low-A start since 2014 with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and no walks. He struck out three while getting the “W.” The Suns put up big innings three times, with Jack Sundberg going 3-for-5 with two singles and a double while Kelvin Gutierrez walked and singled twice and stole two bases to lead the Suns’ 13-hit parade.

Batavia vs. Auburn – PPD
Yesterday’s doubleheader was postponed due to wet grounds. They’ll have to make it up—if they make it up—when the two teams meet on the final Sunday and Monday of the season.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Columbus,
5:05 p.m.
Espino (6-10, 3.58) and
Hill (6-9, 4.49) vs.
Murata (6-2, 3.74) and
Morimando (4-1, 1.96)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Binghamton,
1:30 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 5.57) vs.
Zeid (3-3, 3.98)
Potomac Won, 12-6 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
J. Martin (1st Hi-A start of
’16) vs. Keller (0-1, 1.59)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Johnson (6-2, 3.65)
Auburn Tied, 0-0
vs. Batavia,
12:00 p.m.
TBD and Reyes (0-1, 1.13) vs.

Syracuse vs. Columbus – PPD
Syracuse didn’t lose on Saturday, thanks to the rain that forced a doubleheader today. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Binghamton 4
• Mapes (W, 11-8) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Suero (H, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2BB, RBI

The Senators put up four in the 1st, survived a scare in the 6th, and rallied in the 7th and 8th innings to double up the B-Mets, 8-4. Tyler Mapes won for the 11th time with all four Binghamton runs on 10 hits and a walk over six innings. Wander Suero tossed two scoreless and Andrew Robinson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos smacked his first AA longball and went 2-for-3 as did Isaac Ballou, who drove in two and walked twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 12 Frederick 6
• Williams (W, 4-3) 6+ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, WP
• Orlan (H, 7) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 3-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Keller 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB

Potomac went double-single-homer-walk-double-triple to open the 9th to turn a 6-5 game into a 12-6 smackdown of Frederick. Austen Williams got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed on 10 hits and two walks over six-plus innings while fanning one. R.C. Orlan, who let in one of Williams’s runs, earned his seventh hold pitching the rest of the 7th and a scoreless 8th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Drew Vettleson both went deep, combining for five RBI while Schrock and Alec Keller led the hit column with three apiece as the P-Nats pounded out 17 hits total on the night.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Bourque 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Rivera (SV, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-3

Ian Sagdal’s two-run HR capped a three-run 6th as Hagerstown took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win over Asheville. James Bourque got the start and was charged with both Tourist runs on six hits and no walks as he set down five on strikes. The 59-minute rain delay ended his night after four and 2/3rds innings. Robbie Dickey got the win as he stranded two while getting the last out of the 5th and pitched two more scoreless innings. The save went to Mariano Rivera III with two more goose eggs. Sagdal and Grant DeBruin both went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns attack.

Batavia 0 Auburn 0
• Dunning 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Dulin 0-0, BB

The score was still 0-0 when the rain halted play after three innings in Auburn. They’ll pick it up today at noon and complete it, followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Update
Despite a 3-2 week, the G-Nats have drifted to 3½ games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. The tragic number is 12 with two and half weeks left to play.

DSL Update
The D-Nats took a tailspin last week with five straight losses before winning yesterday, 3-2 over the D-Brewers. For those obsessed with large sums of money thrown at teenagers, $700K and 17-y.o. Elvis Alvarado was transferred from the DSL Roster to the GCL Roster last Tuesday but has yet to play professionally.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 1-0 @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Espino (6-10, 3.58) vs.
Murata (6-2, 3.74)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (10-8, 3.07) vs.
Lara (6-9, 4.62)
Potomac Lost, 8-7
(13 inn.)
@ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Williams (3-3, 3.74) vs.
Romero (2-0, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (4-5, 5.51) vs.
Berke (3-4, 3.59)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Dunning (1-1, 3.68) vs.
Lee (0-1, 2.63)

Columbus 1 Syracuse 0
• Giolito (L, 1-2) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Gott 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B
• Soto, Lozada 1-3

The good news is that Giolito reverted to form and pitched six strong innings. The bad news is that the Chiefs batters didn’t, collecting just four (4) hits in a 1-0 shutout by the Clippers. The 22-y.o. gave up the lone run on a solo shot with two outs, his third and final hit allowed over six innings. He walked one and struck out five in his second AAA loss. Trevor Gott made his fifth straight appearance without an earned run with two perfect frames to finish. Matt den Dekker was the sole Syracuse batter to reach second base with a two-out double in the 7th. Roster move: RHP Mat Latos returned from the GCL, activated from the 7-Day DL.

Binghamton 8 Harrisburg 4
• Brady 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, BK, HR
• Runion (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 3B, SB
• Perez 1-3, 2B, BB

Harrisburg coughed up another six runs in a single inning to drop the opener to Binghamton, 7-3. Sam Runion threw in-game BP for those runs with six hits and a walk to “earn” the blown-save-loss. The implosion spoiled six innings by Mike Brady, who gave up one run on six hits with no walks and four whiffs. Andrew Stevenson went 3-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base while Stephen Perez walked and doubled to pace the Sens offense.

Frederick 8 Potomac 7 (13 inn.)
• Crownover 5+ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 3HR, WP
• Holland 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (L, 2-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Read 5-7, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI
• Mejia 3-6, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 3-6, R, 2B, RBI

Raudy Read’s 9th-inning HR sent this one to extras where the Keys downed the P-Nats, 8-7 in 13 innings. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez as he failed to retire a single batter in the 13th, loading the bases on a single and two walks (one intentional) before giving up another single to send in the 8th Frederick run. Matthew Crownover was dinged for six runs on nine hits, including three homers, over five-plus innings for the no-decision. Read also homered in the 7th and had two singles and a total for a 5-for-7 night to lead the Potomac attack of 19 hits and two walks. Roster moves: OF Victor Robles returned from the GCL, activated from the 7-Day DL; C Matt Reistetter placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP J.D. Martin reassigned from Hagerstown; LHP Matthew Spann released.

Hagerstown 6 Asheville 2
• Baez 4⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Johansen (W, 3-1)3⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Noll 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Sundberg 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Sagdal 2-4, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown put up crooked number in three separate innings to break a six-game losing streak as they tripled up Asheville, 6-2. Joan Baez got the start and was lifted with two outs in the 5th with one run let in on three hits and two walks while striking out five. Jake Johansen got the last out, stranding a runner, and pitched three more scoreless innings to earn his third win. The other Jake (Noll) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run, and two RBI, followed Jack Sundberg and Ian Sagdal, who both went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned from Auburn to Potomac, activated from the 7-Day DL, transferred to Hagerstown.

Batavia 4 Auburn 2
• Ramirez (L, 3-2) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Held 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K
• Banks 2-3, BB, RBI
• Johnson 2-3, CS

The Doubledays dropped their fifth straight with a 4-2 loss to the Muckdogs. Yonathan Ramirez lost for the second time as he gave up two runs on six hits and no walks over four innings while striking out four. Nick Banks walked once and singled twice and drove in one while Dan Johnson singled twice to lead the Auburn attack.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Giolito (1-1, 4.11) vs.
Merritt (8-7, 3.94)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (3-6, 3.54) vs.
Knapp (1-0, 5.25)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (3-4, 4.70) vs.
Horacek (5-10, 4.39)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (7-7, 4.42) vs.
Killian (9-4, 4.00)
Auburn Lost, 5-0 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (3-1, 4.36) vs.
Mertz (0-1, 4.15)

Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Cole (L, 8-8) 7⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 10K
• Espino ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 1-0 IR-S
• Soto 2-4, R, 2-2B
• den Dekker 2-4, 3RBI

A.J. Cole struck out a season-high of ten but took the loss as the Syracuse ‘pen gave up three runs late in a 5-3 loss to Rochester. The 24-y.o. longtime prospect pitched into the 8th for the second time this season and was charged with three runs on seven hits. He walked none but saw his won-loss record fall to 8-8. Matt Grace let in the decisive (inherited) run in the 8th and then two more in the 9th. Neftali Soto doubled twice while Matt den Dekker singled twice and drove in three, including the third and final Chiefs’ run in the 9th as the offense collected 11 hits but no walks.

Altoona 8 Harrisburg 4
• Blackmar (L, 3-2) 6IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 5BB, 0K, 0HR
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B
• Kieboom 1-2, BB, SF, RBI

A six-run 2nd by the Curve put this game away as the Senators were doubled up, 8-4. Mark Blackmar let in all eight Altoona runs on seven hits and five walks. He struck out as many you did last night while losing his second game. Derek Self and Wander Suero both turned in a scoreless inning in relief. Rafael Bautista singled, doubled, and scored a run while Spencer Kieboom singled, walked, and hit a sacrifice fly to lead the Harrisburg offense, which had seven hits total and whiffed 11 times.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2
• Mayberry (L, 3-3) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Orlan 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Keller 2-4, BB

SSDT on Thursday night as the wheels came off the Potomac bus in the 7th to lose the game, 3-2, and the series, 2-1 to Lynchburg. Starter Whit Mayberry was perfect through four and 2/3rds until a Texas Leaguer dropped in front Dale Carey. Lynchburg scored three times in the 7th as three straight one-out hits led to one run, a wild pitch sandwiched between two walks (one intentional, the other abominable) led to another, and a sacrifice fly plated what proved to be the gamewinner. The P-Nats rallied with two outs in the 9th to get tying and winning runs on, but Osvaldo Abreu didn’t have a third double in him as he grounded out to third to end it.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 2
• Rodriguez (L, 7-9) 7IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Borne 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Sagdal 3-4, R, 2B
• Reetz 2-4, 2B

The Suns’ circling the drain took a sixth spin with another 4-2 loss, this one to the Tourists in the series opener. Jefry Rodriguez turned in seven innings for the second time this season, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out three but lost for the 9th time. The trio of Rhett Wiseman, Ian Sagdal, and Jakson Reetz combined for six hits, including a homer (Wiseman) and two doubles (Sagdal and Reetz) but the rest of the lineup produced just two hits and three walks.

Connecticut 5 Auburn 0
• W. Davis (L, 2-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Harmening 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Panaccione 2-4, 2B
• Brandt 1-3

Connecticut shut out Auburn 5-0 to complete the three-game sweep and hand the Doubledays their fourth straight loss. Weston Davis bore the brunt of the Tigers’ assault, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three as he lost for the fourth time this summer. Russell Harmening tuned in three scoreless innings of relief but the offense did not respond, as they were held to just six hits. Paul Panaccione was the sole Auburn to reach base twice as he went 2-for-4 with a double.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (8-7, 4.30) vs.
Greenwood (3-2, 3.53)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (3-1, 2.16) vs.
McRae (4-6, 6.31)
Potomac Won, 6-3 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (3-2, 3.52) vs.
Hartson (0-1, 9.64)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-8, 4.95) vs.
Tinoco (2-6, 5.92)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-3, 2.65) vs.
Funkhouser (0-1, 3.13)

Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Voth 2⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 2K
• Laffey (W, 5-5) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Skole 3-3, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, SB(10)

Matt Skole’s two-out, two-run HR put the Chiefs up for good at 4-3 as they clipped the RedWings, 6-4. Austin Voth did his best imitation of Phillips Valdez with five walks over two and 2/3rds innings and was scored on in each of the first three innings for a no-decision. Aaron Laffey got the win with three innings of one-run relief. Skole also walked once, scored and singled twice and drove in three altogether followed by Michael Taylor’s 2-for-3 night with a walk, double, stolen base, two to lead the Syracuse offense, which collected ten hits and two walks total. Roster move: LHP Bryan Harper placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 5 Altoona 2
• Fedde (W, 1-0) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Robinson 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rickles 2-4, R

Let the drumbeat for Fedde in ’17 begin (as if we can stop the MASN Commenters, who probably to want him to pitch next week) as the 23-y.o. dominated in his debut with seven innings of one-run ball on five hits and two walks in Harrisburg’s 5-2 win over Altoona. The Senators gave him three runs to work with right off the bat of Kevin Keyes, who capped off the rally with his 10th HR. Andrew Stevenson led the Harrisburg column with two singles and double while Keyes, Nick Rickles, and Adrian Sanchez each went 2-for-4.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 3
• Bacus (W, 3-2) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Mendez (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, RBI
• Schrock 2-4, R

The P-Nats scored all six runs in the bottom of the 7th as the Hillcats gave this one away with two critical errors, 6-3. Dakota Bacus got the win with seven strong innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk while fanning five. Gilberto Mendez and Ryan Brinley each put up a goose egg to earn the hold and save, respectively. Alec Keller and Max “For Those About To” Schrock both singled twice to lead the Potomac offense.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Guilbeau 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Acevedo (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Wiseman 1-4, 2B
• Reetz 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown’s slide continues with a 3-2 loss to Kannapolis, completing the Intimidators’ three-game sweep. Taylor Guilbeau did his part with six innings pitched, one run let in eight hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Carlos Acevedo coughed up the gamewinning runs on three hits in the 8th (and a little “help” from an error) to take the loss. The Suns managed just four hits with Jakson “Anyone See My C?” Reetz (walk, double) and Randy Encarnacion (two walks) the only Hagerstown batters to reach base twice.

Connecticut 8 Auburn 4
• Mills (L, 3-3) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K
• Serrata 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B
• Neuse 1-3, R, BB

The Doubledays scored four in the 4th but them all back with a five-run 5th as the Tigers, um, doubled them up, 8-4. McKenzie Mills was clawed for six runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out three while losing his third game. Dan Johnson singled, doubled, and a scored a run while Sheldon Neuse singled and walked to lead the Auburn attack.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 3.45) vs.
Mejia (0-1, 2.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-7 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Fedde (AA debut) vs.
Eppler (7-8, 3.81)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-2, 3.41) vs.
Lugo (8-3, 3.75)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-1, 4.40) vs.
Easterling (6-2, 2.05)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-2, 2.65) vs.
Sodders (0-2, 2.59)

Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Hill (W, 6-9) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Gott (H, 8) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4, R
• den Dekker 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-4, R, RBI, CS

It was singles’ night in Syracuse as the Chiefs got 13 of them and scored six runs in the 3rd en route to a 6-4 win over the RedWings. Taylor Hill won for the sixth time as he allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Trevor Gott pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold while Rafael Martin gave up an unearned run on a single and a walk after a one-out error. Caleb Ramsey, Matt den Dekker, Michael Taylor, and Jhonatan Solano each had two hits as all nine Syracuse batters hit safely.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 7
• Valdez 1⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 0HR, WP, HBP
• Benincasa (L, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Marmolejos 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ward 2-4, R
• Stevenson 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg was able to even it up twice but couldn’t catch Altoona, losing a 9-7 slugfest in the series opener. Phillips Valdez was twisted by the Curve for four run on six hits and a walk as he racked up 50 pitches in getting just five outs. John Simms wasn’t much better but pitched the next four and a 1/3rd innings as the Senators offense rallied to a 4-4 tie in the 3rd and a 7-7 tie in the 8th. Robert Benincasa took the loss as Altoona got the decisive runs in the last of the 8th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled twice, scored once, doubled, and drove in two to lead the Harrisburg offense, followed by Andrew Stevenson’s 2-for-5 and a double with one RBI.

Lynchburg 2 Potomac 1
• Whiting 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Holland (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Page 2-4
• Davidson 1-3, BB

Lynchburg put the brakes on Potomac’s five-game winning streak with a 2-1 win. Boone Whiting got the start and went seven innings for the fourth time this season, letting in one run on five hits and three walks. Neil Holland took the loss with a 9th-inning run on a single-sacrifice-double sequence. The P-Nats were held to just six hits on mediocre pitching with Matt Page (two singles) and Austin Davidson (single and a walk) the only two batters to reach base twice.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 2
• J. Martin (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
• Rivera 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K, 2WP
• DeBruin 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Lora 2-3, R, 3B

J.D. Martin continues to struggle against much younger hitters as he was dinged for three runs on seven hits and four walks in a 4-2 loss to the Intimidators – the fourth straight for the Suns, who dropped a half game behind Lakewood in the Sally North. Mariano Rivera pitched the next three innings and Philip Walby tossed a scoreless 9th to keep things close, but the offense couldn’t cash in its chances (0-for-7 RISP, 8 LOB). Grant DeBruin doubled in Rhett Wiseman with two out in the 6th while Edwin Lora trotted in on a groundout after a one-out triple in the 7th to account for the two Hagerstown runs. Roster moves: RHP Carlos Acevedo, OF Jack Sundberg promoted from Auburn; RHP Jacob Howell, OF Telmito Agustin shelved placed on the 7-Day DL.

Connecticut 3 Auburn 2
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Bogucki 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Neuse 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB
• Dulin 2-4, SB

Connecticut got three unearned runs in the first two innings and held on for a 3-2 win in the series opener. Luis Reyes took the loss in his third rehab start, charged with all three Tigers runs on four hits without a walk or a whiff in four innings. A.J. Bogucki (2⅓ IP) led a quartet of relievers that combined for five scoreless innings. Sheldon Neuse scored both Doubleday runs as he reached base three times on a single, triple, and a walk to lead Auburn’s nine-hit parade. No corresponding roster moves.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (5-9, 4.53) vs.
Dean (5-6, 5.08)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 5.05) vs.
Waddell (7-6, 4.09)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (9-2, 3.30) vs.
Hagerstown Lost, 8-4 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
J. Martin (1st Low-A start of
’16) vs. Frebis (7-10, 5.64)
Auburn Lost, 1-0 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Soto (1-1, 2.84)

Syracuse – OFF DAY
Yesterday was the final scheduled off day for Syracuse as the Chiefs close out the season with 29 games in 28 days. They’re currently on a three-game slide, which has reduced their tragic nos. to nine for the division and 11 for the wild card.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The second-place Senators visit the first-place Curve for three games starting tonight. Harrisburg trails Altoona by 1½ games but leads Akron by ½ games in the E.L. playoff race.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Division-leading Potomac leads runner-up (and first-half champ) Lynchburg by four games with six games left between the two teams: three starting tonight in Woodbridge, three more on August 26-28. The P-Nats are on a five-game winning streak and, like the Sens, have a comfortable lead over the next team in the playoff chase as they lead the Keys by nine games in the second-half race. Roster moves: RHP Jorge Pantoja promoted from Hagerstown.

Kannapolis 8 Hagerstown 4
• Bourque (L, 4-5) 5IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Peterson ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mesa 2-3, 2B, BB
• Noll 1-3, R, 3B, BB

The Suns dropped their third straight with an 8-4 loss to the Intimidators. James Bourque turned in a subpar start of three runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out three while losing his fifth game. Kannapolis lapped Jake Johansen and Robbie Dickey for five more runs, including two in the 9th to put the game away. Narciso Mesa singled, doubled, and walked to lead the Hagerstown offense, which collected seven hits and drew four walks. Roster moves: RHP J.D. Martin reassigned from the GCL; RHP Robbie Dickey activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Pedro Avila placed on the 7-Day DL.

Batavia 1 Auburn 0
• Watson 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Simonds 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Held (L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ortiz 2-4
• Panaccione 1-3

NYPL All-Star Tyler Watson struck out a career-high eight in a 1-0 Auburn loss to Batavia. The 19-y.o. escaped the curse of the GBI with six shutout innings, allowing two hit and a walk. Kyle Simonds followed with two perfect innings of relief. The loss went to Samuel Held, who was touched for the game winner on three hits in the 9th. Oliver Ortiz singled twice while Paul Panaccione singled once to account for the Chiefs Doubledays’ three hits. Auburn OF Nick Banks and RHP Weston Davis were also named to the NYPL All-Star game to be held next Tuesday in Hudson Valley.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 11-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (4-4, 5.52) vs.
Lambert (0-1, 1.98)
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-2, 2.19) vs.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 0
• Lopez (L, 2-1) 6IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 2-4
• Bostick 1-3

The consternation continues as Reynaldo Lopez was taken deep twice, including a grand slam in his sixth and final inning as the RailRiders ran roughshod on the 22-y.o. en route to 5-0 win and a three-game sweep of the Chiefs. Lopez also coughed up a solo HR in the 2nd and five hits total. He walked one and struck out six while dropping his first AAA decision. Michael Taylor singled twice, Matt den Dekker and Chris Bostick once apiece to account for the four (4) Syracuse hits.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 2
• Brady (L, 3-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Bautista 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Rickles 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Rafael Bautista and Nick Rickles both homered but the two solo shots weren’t enough as Trenton thundered for five runs in the final four innings for a 7-2 win over Harrisburg in the series finale. Michael Brady turned in a quality start with three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three but lost for the sixth time. The Senators managed just six hits total with no walks and were just 1-for-3 with RISP.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Williams (W, 3-3) 8IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Brinley (SV, 13) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Read 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The P-Nats completed the four-game sweep of the Blue Rocks with another 6-2 win. Austen Williams became the first Potomac pitcher to go eight innings, giving up both Wilmington runs on seven hits with no walks and four whiffs to even his won-loss record at 3-3. Neil Holland put on two while getting the first two outs of the 9th before Ryan Brinley came on to retire the first and only batter he faced to earn his 13th save at High-A. Alec Keller singled and doubled and scored twice while Raudy Read singled, walked, scored once, and drove in a run as the P-Nats scored six times on five hits, four walks, and two errors.

Lakewood 11 Hagerstown 6
• Baez 5IP, 7H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 3WP
• Borne (L, 3-1) 2+ IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, BB, K
• Noll 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Lora 2-3, BB, 2RBI

Hagerstown came back from a 5-0 deficit to tie it at 6-6 but the bullpen collapsed in the 8th as Lakewood won 11-6 to split the four-game series. Joan Baez went the first five innings and allowed five runs on (two earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. The loss was charged Grant Borne, as his two runners left to Philip Walby came around to score in the bottom of the 8th. Edwin Lora walked once, singled twice, and drove in two as did Jake Noll to lead the Suns’ offense.

Auburn 4 Batavia 3
• Dunning (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Serrata (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• A. Martinez 2-3, R, BB
• Barrera 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Doubledays survived a late charge from the Muckdogs to win this one, 4-3. Dane Dunning got the win with five innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks while setting down five on strikes. Brayan Serrata pitched two scoreless to earn the hold. The save was credited to Jonny Reid despite a Soriano-esque line of two runs on four hits (and a two-run HR) and a walk over the final two innings. Andres Martinez reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk to lead Auburn’s ten-hit parade. Roster moves: OF Oliver Ortiz reassigned from the GCL.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Scranton/W-B,
1:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-0, 1.80)
Montgomery (0-1, 2.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 vs. Trenton,
1:30 p.m.
Brady (3-5, 3.42) vs.
Camarena (7-3, 2.38)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 4.10) vs.
Ferguson (0-2, 2.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Baez (7-7, 4.47) vs.
Tirado (3-1, 4.72)
Auburn Won, 5-1 @ Batavia,
4:05 p.m.
Dunning (0-1, 4.66) vs.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 2
• Giolito (L, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP, HR
• Glover 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Lozada 1-3, 3B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B, BB

Trade two u’s for an “n” from August and you’ve got the angst that’s sure to come today to the Natmosphere as Lucas Giolito was less than stellar in a 4-2 Syracuse loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night. The 22-y.o. labored through three and 2/3rds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits (one HR) and two walks. He threw 93 pitches and struck out six but lost his first AAA game. As usual, the point was moot since the Chiefs offense was once again like a eunuch in a brothel with just four hits and three walks. Matt den Dekker was the sole batter to reach base twice with a walk and a double. Roster moves: OF Brian Goodwin recalled to Washington; 1B Neftali Soto reassigned from Harrisburg.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 10-8) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• DeFratus 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Marmolejos 2-4

The Thunder returned the favor from Friday as they shut out the Senators, 6-0 on Saturday. Tyler Mapes did his part with six innings of one-run ball, scattering eight hits and walking two and striking out two in his eighth loss. Trenton went to town on Robert Benincasa for two runs in the 7th to break it open, and put it away with three against Nick Lee in the 9th. Adrian Sanchez and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both singled twice, but the rest of the lineup produced just three hits (all singles) and a walk and left on six baserunners. Roster move: (unofficial) RHP Erick Fedde promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Crownover (W, 3-4) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K
• Mayberry (SV, 1) 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Schrock 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Carey 1-3, BB

Potomac jumped on Wilmington for five runs in the first, highlighted by Austin Davidson’s three-run homer as they beat Wilmington for the 17th time this season, 6-2. Matthew Crownover won for the third time in four starts with both Blue Rocks runs allowed on five hits and a walk over five innings while fanning a career-high of eight. Whit Mayberry tossed four scoreless on four days’ rest to earn the save (hint). Davidson and Max Schrock both went 2-for-4 with Schrock smacking a two-run double before running into the 1st inning’s first out trying to advance to third on a ball hit to short (that’s two baserunning mistakes in one play though). Unofficial roster move: RHP Erick Fedde promoted to Harrisburg.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 2
• Avila 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Howell (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Encarnacion 1-3, R, BB
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI

The Blue Claws pinched the Suns, 4-2 to end Hagerstown’s four-game win streak and their own four-game slide. Pedro Avila was touched for a two-out solo HR in his fifth and final inning as he gave up four hits total, walked none, and struck out four in the no-decision. Jacob Howell took the loss as he was charged with three runs over an inning and a 1/3rd of relief. Hagerstown was limited to six hits, with Kelvin Gutierrez (two singles) and Randy Encarnacion (single, walk) the only two batters to reach base twice. Roster move: C Jorge Tillero assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Silvestre 4IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Pirro (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramirez (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ripken 2-4, BB
• Banks 2-4, BB, RBI (OF assist at 1B)
• Johnson 2-4, R (OF assist at 2B)

Auburn beat Batavia for third time in as many meetings this season with a 5-1 decision on Saturday. Hector Silvestre made his first appearance north of Florida in nearly two years as he tossed four scoreless innings, scattering five hits and a walk while setting down three on strikes. Matt Pirro vultured the win with a single inning pitched after Auburn took a 3-1 lead in the 5th. The save went to Yonathan Ramirez with three scoreless innings to finish the game. Ryan Ripken and Nick Banks both reached base twice with two singles and a walk as the Doubledays collected nine hits total.

GCL Update
The G-Nats dropped two games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East with a 2-4 week. Today and Friday are off days while tomorrow and Thursday are home games as they continue to cycle between the Mets, Astros, Marlins, and Cardinals.

DSL Update
A 4-2 week improved the D-Nats to 24-30, which is roughly the pace they’ll need to keep over the next three weeks to finish .500 absent any rainouts. This week it’s games against the D-Angels, D-Braves, and D-Brewers, as they play out the string (tragic number 3 for the division, 7 for the wild card).