Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-7, 4.44) vs.
Hutchison (6-4, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Hartford,
5:05 p.m.
Long (3-2, 2.22) vs.
Marquez (9-5, 2.69)
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (1-3, 4.56) vs.
Navarro (4-2, 4.66)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Auburn OFF DAY vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-2, 3.38) vs.

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 4
• Voth (L, 5-7) 6IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K, WP
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Goodwin 3-5, R, HR(10), RBI
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Lehigh Valley scored in four straight innings to overcome a 3-0 deficit and take the game, 6-4, complete the three-game sweep of Syracuse. Austin Voth continues to struggle, losing for the fifth time in eight starts. The former UDub pitcher gave up five runs on five hits and two walks while fanning seven over six innings. Brian Goodwin homered for the 10th time while going 3-for-5 while Matt den Dekker singled and doubled as the Chiefs collected 12 hits but drew no walks.

Harrisburg 5 New Hampshire 4
• Valdez 7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ward, Kieboom 2-3, R
• Perez, Keyes 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Kevin Keyes and Stephen Perez both homered and drove in two as the Senators made the most of their limited offense to take the series finale from New Hampshire, 5-4. Phillips Valdez turned in another strong start, walking just two, as he allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings. Robert Benincasa got the blown-save-win with some help from the New Hampshire defense in the 8th as Harrisburg turned a hit batsman into the deciding run with a sacrifice and an error. Andrew Robinson worked around a one-out single in the 9th to earn the save. Drew Ward and Spencer Kieboom both singled twice and scored a run to round out the six-hit, no-walk offense. Roster move: IF Wilmer Difo recalled to Washington.

Potomac 2 Salem 1
• Mayberry (W, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Holland (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mejia 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI
• Masters 1-3, 2B

Bryan Mejia’s two-run homer combined with some decent pitching was enough for Potomac to prevent a series sweep by Salem with a 2-1 win. Whit Mayberry won for the third time with six innings of one-run ball on five hits and walks with four strikeouts. Neil Holland tossed three scoreless to close out the game and earn the save. Austin Davidson walked, Osvaldo Abreu and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled, and David Masters doubled to comprise the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
The first-place Suns visit the Crawdads for the final time this season with a four-game set beginning tonight. Hagerstown leads Greensboro by just a half game, which is critical because the two teams meet just once in the second half (Aug. 26-28).

Auburn – OFF DAY
Auburn returns home to host West Virginia for three before heading back out on the road to NYC to visit Staten Island. The Doubledays trail by nine games in the Pinckney Division and eight games in the NYPL Wild Card race. Roster moves: RHP Trevor Gott reassigned from the GCL for MiLB rehab; OF Oliver Ortiz reassigned to the GCL.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-5;
Lost, 4-2
@ Lehigh Valley,
11:35 a.m.
Voth (5-6, 3.45) vs.
Lively (4-4, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0;
Won, 1-0
vs. New Hampshire,
12:00 p.m.
Valdez (3-2, 6.21) vs.
Dawson (6-4, 3.58)
Potomac Lost, 10-7 vs. Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Mayberry (2-1, 4.50) vs.
McGrath (4-4, 3.79)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-0;
Lost, 6-2

Sorry, gotta go short to cover all eight games north of Florida 🙁

Lehigh Valley 8 Syracuse 5 – GAME ONE
• Hill (L, 4-9) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 1K, 2HR
• Grace 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-3, BB
• Bostick 2-4, 2R, 3B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Jason Martinson’s three-run HR in the 1st was erased in the 2nd as Taylor Hill gave up seven runs (and two more HR’s) during the inning and lost for the ninth time.

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 2 – GAME TWO
• Laffey (L, 4-4) 4⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Glover 1⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Bostick 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Lomardozzi 2-2, BB

Koda Glover couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead in the 5th as the Iron Pigs plated both of his inherited runners, then got an insurance run in the 6th for a 4-2 win that swept the doubleheader.

New Hampshire 1 Harrisburg 0 – GAME ONE
• Brady (L, 2-5) 7IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Ballou 3-3, SB
• Bautista 1-3

Both pitchers went the distance, but New Hampshire got a solo HR in the 6th and made it stand up for a 1-0 shutout.

Harrisburg 1 New Hampshire 0 – GAME TWO
• Simms 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Suero (W, 3-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 3-3
• Perez 2-3, R, HR, RBI

In the nightcap, a solo HR also decided it but in the final AB, courtesy of Stephen Perez to give Harrsiburg a 1-0 win and split the doubleheader.

Salem 10 Potomac 7
• Crownover 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HR
• Orlan (BS, 4; L, 5-4) 2IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, HR
• Schrock 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, R
• Davidson 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The longball was also the story in Woodbridge where the Red Sox outhomered the P-Nats 4-2 to win 10-7.
Roster moves: C Matt Reistetter activated from the 7-Day DL; OF Victor Robles placed on the 7-Day DL (both moves backdated 7/25).

Charleston 10 Hagerstown 2
• Rodriguez (L, 7-7) 4IP, 6H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 0K, 2HR
• Rivera 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Sagdal 2-4, 2-2B
• Ruiz 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Ditto in Hagerstown where the RiverDogs got four to the Suns’ one in a 10-2 smackdown in the series finale.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 0 – GAME ONE
• Watson (L, 1-2) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Howard 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Perkins 0-2, BB

The Crosscutters’ Ranger Suarez went through Doubledays’ lineup like a, um, buzzsaw as he threw a seven-inning no-hitter to win, 4-0.

Williamsport 6 Auburn 2 – GAME TWO
• Dunning 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Fuentes (L, 1-1) 3IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ripken 1-2, SF, RBI, SB
• Brandt 1-3, RBI

Willamsport rallied for four in the 6th as they swept the doubleheader with a 6-2 win.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

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Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (4-8, 4.25) and
Voth (5-6, 3.45) vs.
Ja. Thompson (9-5, 2.29) and
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Harrisburg Postponed vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (2-4, 4.14) and
Valdez (3-2, 6.21) vs.
Greene (2-2, 5.06) and
Gabryszwski (5-8, 4.89)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (1-4, 4.87) vs.
Lakins (6-3, 5.65)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Charleston,
10:35 a.m.
Rodriguez (7-6, 4.40) vs.
Vargas (6-5, 3.59)
Auburn Postponed @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 1.86) and
Dunning (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Suarez (3-0, 2.56) and
Paulino (0-3, 5.28)

Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley – PPD
Heavy thunderstorms swept through Pennsylvania and postponed the series opener between the Chiefs and the IronPigs. They’ll make it up tonight with a doubleheader at [Your Ad Here] Park. Roster moves: RHP Trevor Gott assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab; RHP Lucas Giolito, OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg vs. New Hampshire –
Ditto for Harrisburg, though officially “wet grounds” was the reason cited for the postponement. Likewise, it’s a twinbill tonight at [parts of Major League II filmed here] Field. Roster move: RHP Jaron Long reassigned from Syracuse; 1B Shawn Pleffner placed on the 7-Day DL (dated 7/24).

Salem 7 Potomac 4
• Fedde 5IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Mendez (BS, 1; L, 2-3) 1IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, HBP
• Masters 2-4, R, RBI
• Carey 0-0, 4BB

It wasn’t La Cage aux Folles night in Woodbridge but it sure was a drag (3 hours, 46 minutes) as the Red Sox got to Gilberto Mendez again for four runs in the 9th to beat the P-Nats, 7-4. Erick Fedde labored through five innings as he let in a run on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five but threw 98 pitches. Mendez put on six straight runners with one out as Salem beat him for the third time is as many appearances, with a blown save added in for good measure. Led by Dale Carey with four, Potomac drew seven walks but all ten of its hits were singles, with David Masters, Max “For Those About To” Schrock, and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos each collecting two and driving in one.

Hagerstown 5 Charleston 4 (10 inn.)
• Guilbeau 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Borne (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Sagdal 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Page 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Matthew Page’s two-run HR in the 9th tied it, Ian Sagdal’s two-out solo shot in the 10th won it. Charleston’s Hobie Harris gave up four runs total in the final three innings to turn a 4-1 lead into a 5-4 loss to Hagerstown. Grant Borne was the winner, giving up a run on two hits and two walks over the final three innings. Taylor Guilbeau got the start and was charged with three runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out two. Rhett Wiseman also homered while going 2-for-3 with a walk as the Suns collected eight hits total but struck out 11 times. Roster move: IF Grant DeBruin placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Auburn vs. Williamsport – PPD
Rain also washed away the tilt between the Doubledays and the Crosscutters, who will also make it up tonight with a doubleheader.
Roster move: RHP Dakota Bacus reassigned from the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (4-8, 4.25)
Ja. Thompson (9-5, 2.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (2-4, 4.14) vs.
Greene (2-2, 5.06)
Potomac Won, 7-6 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (5-3, 3.45) vs.
Ball (5-4, 3.89)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Charleston,
2:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-1, 4.67) vs.
Morris (6-2, 2.64)
Auburn Lost, 2-1
(11 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 1.86)
Suarez, R (3-0, 2.56)

Syracuse 6 Rochester 0
• R. Lopez (W, 2-0) 9IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Martinson 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, 2B
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez struck out seven, walked none, and shut out Rochester on four hits in a 6-0 Syracuse win that broke a four-game losing streak. Lopez needed just 99 pitches to clip the RedWings as he went nine innings for the first time in his career. Jason Martinson singled, doubled, and homered and drove in two while Adrian Sanchez singled and doubled to lead the Syracuse offense, which surpassed five runs scored for just the fourth time in July. Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito recalled to Washington; RHP Koda Glover optioned from Washington.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 2
• Blackmar (L, 1-1) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Brinley 1IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bautista 3-4
• Difo, Ballou 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Senators couldn’t complete the four-game sweep as the Squirrels flew past them, 6-2 in the series finale. Mark Blackmar was charged with four runs on eight hits over five innings to take the loss. He walked two and struck out six in his second start for Harrisburg. Isaac Ballou homered with the bases empty with two out in the 4th while Wilmer Difo led off the 6th with a circle clout as the Sens were held to seven hits and one walk on the afternoon.

Potomac 7 Winston-Salem 6
• Spann 4⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• M. Sanchez (W, 4-0) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mendez (SV, 5) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 3-5, R, 2RBI, CS, PB(15)
• Schrock 2-5, R
• Keller 2-5, R, 2B

Potomac was able to take all five games from Winston-Salem with a 7-6 win in the series finale. Matt Spann started but was dinged for runs in all but one inning he began, as he gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds for the no-decision. The P-Nats ‘pen stranded all six inherited runners and combined for four and 1/3rd innings of one-run ball. Mario Sanchez earned the win (#4), R.C. Orlan the hold (#5), and Gilberto Mendez the save (#5). Raudy Read led the P-Nats 11-hit parade with three singles, a run scored, and two RBI, followed by Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Alec Keller who both scored a run and went 2-for-5.

Hagerstown 3 Charleston 2
• J. Ross 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bourque (W, 3-4) 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Walby (SV, 4) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• DeBruin 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Page 1-3, 2B, RBI

The Suns put up a three-spot in the 4th and the originally scheduled starter made it stand up for a 3-2 victory over the RiverDogs. Joe Ross turned in three scoreless innings to begin his rehab tour. After Sammy Solis served up a solo shot in his inning of work, James Bourque provided four innings of one-run relief to earn the win, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out three. Grant DeBruin and Matthew Page both doubled while going 1-for-3 and combined for all three Hagerstown RBI. Roster moves: RHP Joe Ross assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Potomac for MLB rehab.

Williamsport 2 Auburn 1 (11 inn.)
• Simonds 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Reid 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Conner (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K
• Barrera 2-5, R, 2B
• Noll 2-4, RBI

Williamsport broke up the Star Trek convention with a one-out solo HR in the 8th, Auburn got it back in the 9th, but the Crosscutters prevailed 2-1 in the 11th. Kyle Simonds got the start and threw four scoreless, with one hit, no walks, and three whiffs. Jonny Reid went the next five, giving up the one run on the one hit (see above), also sans bases-on-balls and a trio of K’s for an impressive NYPL debut. Tres Barrera doubled, took third on a grounder to second, and scored on Jake Noll’s single to right to tie it up. Nick Conner worked around two walks in the 10th, but the Crosscutters cashed in his third free pass with a sacrifice, a grounder to the right side, and an infield single to win it in the 11th.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-0 vs Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-0, 3.27) vs.
Dean (3-5, 5.03)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Richmond,
1:30 p.m.
Blackmar (1-0, 2.57) vs.
Suarez (3-6, 5.14)
Potomac Won, 6-2;
Won, 3-2
vs. Winston-Salem,
6:00 p.m.
Spann (2-1, 3.09) vs.
Banks (4-2, 6.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-10 vs. Charleston,
2:05 p.m.
Rosa (1st Low-A start) vs.
J. Ross (MLB Rehab)
Auburn Won, 8-4 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 2.63)
Romero (0-0, 5.87)

Rochester 11 Syracuse 0
• Espino (L, 6-9) 4IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Long 4IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ramsey 3-4
• Bostick 2-4

The RedWings hit ’em early, hit ’em hard, and hit ’em late while the Chiefs did not as Rochester shut out Syracuse, 11-0. Paolo Espino threw in-game BP for six runs on ten hits and a walk over four innings and somehow struck out three to lose for the ninth time. Caleb Ramsey singled three times, Chris Bostick singled twice, and Matt Skole drew a walk. The rest of the lineup combined for two additional singles while Jason Martinson reached on an error to round out the nine runners left on base.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 3
• Mapes (W, 10-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• DeFratus (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-4
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Drew Ward and Spencer Kieboom both homered in the middle innings to break a 3-3 tie as Harrisburg took its third straight and won for the 9th time in 10 games vs. Richmond, 6-3. Tyler Mapes “only” went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits and four walks, but rolled three double plays to win his organizational-leading 10th game. New guy Justin De Fratus tossed two scoreless for the hold while Andrew Robinson cordero’d around two walks in the 8th to earn the save. The Senators collected nine hits total and drew five walks, with Rafael Bautista, Kieboom, Ward, Wilmer Difo, and Shawn Pleffner each reaching base twice. Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee outrighted from Washington.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 2 – GAME ONE
• Williams (W, 1-3) 7IP, 11H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Mejia 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Schrock 1-2, R, BB
• Read 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Austen Williams scattered 11 hits over seven innings as the P-Nats took the opener, 6-2. Williams struck out three and walked none while finally earning a win for Potomac. Ryan Zimmerman smacked a three-run HR in the 1st while Bryan Mejia took one out in the 4th as Potomac made the most of its six hits three walks.

Potomac 3 Winston-Salem 2 – GAME TWO
• Lambert 4⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Holland (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Jose “Orange” Marmolejos sliced a single to center to walk off Potomac in the nightcap for a 3-2 victory and a doubleheader sweep. The 2015 Minor League Player of the Year also pealed one over the right field wall for his 11th HR of the year. Trey Lambert made the spot start and pitched into the 5th, giving up both Winston-Salem runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five. Neil Holland got the win in relief as he stranded a runner and allowed just one hit over the final two and 2/3rds innings.

Charleston 14 Hagerstown 10
• Avila (L, 7-7) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Rivera 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Encarnacion 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB(15)
• Gutierrez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Page 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI

The Suns got a field goal in the 4th and a touchdown in the 5th but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early 7-0 deficit as the RiverDogs won, 14-10. Pedro Avila might be showing signs of fatigue as the 19-y.o. had his worst start in his first long season with six runs charged to him on five hits and four walks over just an inning and 2/3rds. Everybody hit for Hagerstown (11 total) but all but one whiffed, too (12). Randy Encarnacion, the only Suns batter not to strike out, paced the offense with a single, a walk, and a home run while he stole his 15th base.

Auburn 8 State College 4
• Ramirez (W, 3-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Held (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Noll 3-3, 2R, 2B, SF, RBI
• Panaccione 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Sundberg 2-5, RBI

Auburn finally beat State College, 8-4. Yonathan Ramirez earned his third “W” with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Sam Held got the hold with three scoreless innings. Nick Banks was the beer man in the Doubledays’ 12-hit parade, which Jake Noll led with two singles, a double, and a sac fly, followed by Paul Panaccione, who went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Roster moves: LHP Jonny Reid promoted from the GCL.

GCL Update
J.D. Martin was smoked like a cheap cigar on Friday to end a five-game win streak for the G-Nats, who still lead the GCL East by two games over the G-Cards. Seventeen-year-old Juan Soto has cooled off some (.195BA in last 10G), but still sports an .844 OPS in 20 games. Among the age-appropriate pitchers, Jonny Reid has gone 2-1` with a line of 1.72/3.15/0.70 in six appearances, totaling 15⅔ IP, which has earned him a bump up to the NYPL.

DSL Update
The D-Nats gave the D-Angels hell with an eight-run 9th yesterday to win for the second time last week, 12-9. Pitching remains the team’s strength, as they rank 11th in the 42-team league in runs allowed. Hitting? Well, there are two teams in the DSL who have scored fewer runs…

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (6-8, 3.25) vs.
Wheeler (6-2, 2.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Richmond,
6:00 p.m.
Mapes (9-6, 3.24) vs.
Beede (5-5, 3.00)
Potomac Won, 9-8 vs. Winston-Salem,
5:00 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.91) and
Lambert (0-0, 4.63) vs.
Thompson (1-0, 6.55) and
K. Valerio (3-3, 4.70)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 vs. Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (7-6, 2.73) vs.
Gomez (2-1, 2.83)
Auburn Lost, 10-8 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-1, 5.85)
Williams (4-1, 2.45)

Late start + LNIW = abbreviated writeups to get this out before 10:30 a.m.
Rochester 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 6-7) 8IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, 2HR
• Martinson 1-3, 2B
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B, RBI

A.J. Cole pitched a complete-game loss while the Syracuse offense remains woeful. Brian Goodwin extended his hit streak to six games and broke up the shutout with an RBI double in the 1st. Roster move: J.D. Martin assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1
• Whiting 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 1K
• Simms (W, 7-4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Benincasa (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Soto 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ballou 0-1, R, BB, SF, RBI

Shawn Pleffner’s pinch-hit RBI single in the 7th snapped a 1-1 tie as the Senators doubled up the Flying Squirrels again, 2-1.
Roster move: RHP Justin De Fratus assigned from Washington (MLFA, released on 7/14 by Texas).

Potomac 9 Winston-Salem 8
• Mayberry 7IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Thomas (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HR(GS), HBP
• Estevez (W, 2-4) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Vettleson 4-5, 2R, 2HR, 6RBI
• Carey 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Drew Vettleson had a career game Last Night in Woodbridge.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis assigned from Washington on MLB rehab.

Columbia 4 Hagerstown 1
• Baez (L, 6-7) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, 2WP
• Johansen ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Gutierrez 1-3, BB

Hagerstown dropped its second straight to the Fireflies, who lit up Jacob Howell for two in the 8th en route to a 4-1 win.

State College 10 Auburn 8
• Bogucki 2IP, 8H, 9R, 9ER, 3BB, 1K, HR, HBP, 2WP
• Fuentes 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Banks 5-6, R, 3RBI
• Ripken 4-5, R, BB, 2RBI
• Johnson 3-5, 3R

Doubledays pounded out 21 hits and scored eight runs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 9-0 deficit after two innings as the Spikes won again, 10-8.

Last Night in Woodbridge

“Do you think he’ll make it back to double-A?”

The question was asked about Drew Vettleson last night in Woodbridge. While the answer may still be “probably not,” the 25-year-old made his case with four hits, a career-high six RBI, and a pair of home runs – including two-run, walkoff shot that gave Potomac an improbable 9-8 win over Winston-Salem.

Early on, it seemed even less likely as the Dash scored three times in the first, aided and abetted by back-to-back errors with one out: Whit Mayberry throwing a pickoff into the stands and Osvaldo Abreu handling a slow grounder like a greased pig (pro tip: wait until after it’s been slaughtered).

Mayberry was also hit hard in the inning, with two sharp singles to left and a double to the left-center gap and a sinking liner to shallow centerfield that CF Dale Carey just made it to and caught for the third out to end the rally.

But after walking the first batter of the 2nd, Mayberry regained his form and retired 13 straight as the Winston-Salem batters went up hunting fastballs and went over, under, and around changeups and curves.

Meanwhile, Dash pitcher Jordan Stephens retired the first six batters he faced, including a whiff of Ryan Zimmerman to end the 1st, and was in control as he worked around a single in the 3rd and a double in the 4th.

Stephens’s shutout bid went over the right field wall to lead off the 5th via Vettleson’s first home run. The two faced off again just inning later and Vettleson took away the “W” with a two-run single to tie the game at 3-3.

Winston-Salem’s Marcus Davis found the pitch he was looking for from Mayberry and homered to lead off the 7th. The 26-y.o. finished the inning and left down 4-3, with four runs charged (two earned) on five hits and a walk and three strikeouts.

It looked like his teammates would get him the win as they went to town on the first Dash reliever and scored four times to take a 7-4 lead. Rehabbing Sammy Solis gave up a leadoff single in the 8th, then struck out the side to earn the hold.

Alas, this is still “A” ball, where a three-run lead isn’t big enough for some relievers and umpires aren’t always consistent. Justin Thomas was the former, as he loaded the bases with one out on a single, walk, and a hit batsman. Chris Marco was the latter and wouldn’t ring up pinch-hitter Telvin Nash on a two-strike fastball that painted the black.

Given a new life, the 248-lb. slugger turned a 3-2 pitch into an 8-7 lead with a grand slam.

Manager Tripp Keister took Thomas out and put in Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez, who fanned the next two batters to end the 9th.

A walk by the “Orange” and a failed sacrifice by Alec Keller brought up Vettleson for a fifth AB and the veteran drilled a shot to the right-center gap that had, at the very least, “tie ballgame” written on it. But the line drive didn’t drop until after it cleared the wall, and as the pic shows above, the bench emptied for the celebration, with the god-awful song of the same name playing over the speakers.

With the win, Potomac improves to 17-9 in the second half but still trails Lynchburg by a half game. The five-game series continues tonight with a twi-night twinbill to make up last month’s rainout. Austen Williams (0-3, 4.91) gets the call in Game One vs. Zach Thompson (1-0, 6.55) while Trey Lambert (0-0, 4.63) goes against Kelvis Valerio (3-3, 4.70) in Game Two.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-6, 4.53) vs.
Berrios (9-4, 2.42)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (0-2, 5.63)
Coonrod (2-1, 3.90)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (2-1, 5.09) vs.
Stephens (4-7 3.76)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (6-6, 4.44) vs.
Church (3-0, 0.42)
Auburn Lost, 7-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-2, 6.00) vs.
Farinaro (4-0, 5.19)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 1
• Voth (L, 5-6) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 2HR
• Laffey 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lombardozzi 2-3, R
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs’ offensive woes continued in a 6-1 loss to the Redwings. Austin Voth was stung for four runs in the first inning and all six Rochester runs on eight hits and three walks over five and 1/3rd innings. He struck out two while taking his sixth loss. Aaron Laffey stranded a pair of baserunners and locked down the Redwings the rest of the way, but as aforementioned, so did Rochester’s Andrew Albers. Brian Goodwin’s RBI double in the 6th plated Steve Lombardozzi to prevent a shutout as the two combined for four of the six (6) hits mustered by the Syracuse batters. Roster move: Austin Voth activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 2
• Valdez (W, 3-2) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Robinson (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 3-4, RBI
• Perez 2-3, R, HR, RBI (10G on-base streak)

After walking 13 in his last two starts, totaling seven and 2/3rds innings, Phillips Valdez walked none in seven innings last night. Perhaps not coincidentally, he and Harrisburg won, 4-2. Valdez allowed both Richmond runs on eight hits and struck out four as he went seven innings for the first time in eight AA starts. Wander Suero and Andrew Robinson both turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save, respectively. Rafael Bautista singled three times and drove in a run while Stephen Perez singled and homered to lead the Senators’ ten-hit parade.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 2
• Crownover (W, 1-4) 6+ IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• Mendez (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keller 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Lowery 1-4, 2B, RBI

Likewise, Matthew Crownover kept the ball down and in the zone and good things happened as the P-Nats doubled up the Dash, 4-2. Crownover won for the first time in nine A+ starts and went a career-long six-plus innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks and striking out seven (also a career high). Gilberto Mendez recovered from two rocky outings on the road to notch his fourth save. Alec Keller singled twice and drove in two while Jake Lowery doubled once and drove in one to lead the regulars. Roster move: 1B Ryan Zimmerman assigned from Washington on MLB rehab; went 2-for-4 with a double and actually ran full speed on the latter.

Columbia 6 Hagerstown 1
• Rodriguez (L, 7-6) 3⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• Hearn 3⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K, 3-0 IR-S
• Reetz 2-4, R, PB(10), PO at 3B
• La Bruna 1-2, 3B, BB, RBI

Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak came to end with a 6-1 loss to Columbia. Jefry Rodriguez threw 70 pitches over three and a 1/3rd innings and let in four runs on four hits and three walks in his sixth loss of the season. Taylor Hearn came in with the bases loaded and left ’em that way, then allowed one unearned run over the next three innings. The Suns offense didn’t respond, managing just one run on five hits total. Jakson Reetz singled with one out and scored the lone Suns run on an Angelo La Bruna triple with two outs in the 5th; the two were the only Hagerstown batters to reach base twice.

State College 7 Auburn 4
• Acevedo 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR, 3HBP
• Howard (BS, 1; L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K
• Noll 4-4
• Perkins 2-4, 2R, SB

The Spikes continued their domination of the Doubledays with a 7-4 win, the fourth straight win by State College over Auburn. Carlos Acevedo started and got the no-decision with five innings of one-run ball on one hit, two walks, and three hit batsman. Hayden Howard came in with a 4-1 lead and left with a 5-4 deficit as the Spikes scored four against him in the 6th and 7th innings for the blown-save-loss. Jake Noll singled four times to improve his BA to .333 in 11 games since his callup from the GCL while Blake Perkins went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base to pace the Auburn offense. Roster move: OF Darryl Florentino demoted to the GCL Nationals.

Anderson Franco Sighting
As noted in the comments, 3B watchlister Anderson Franco made his first appearance in the GCL, going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. A full explanation from the Nationals was released on June 31st.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (5-5, 3.11) vs.
Albers (6-2, 3.02)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 vs. Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (2-2, 7.04) vs.
Crick (2-7, 5.64)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 5.40) vs.
Leyer (0-0, 6.43)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-5, 4.15) vs.
Ingram (4-9, 5.55)
Auburn OFF DAY @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Dunning (0-0, 0.00)
Kilichowski (1-1, 0.60)

Gwinnett 3 Syracuse 2
• Hill 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• E. Davis (BS, 3; L, 6-4) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 1-3, BB, SB
• den Dekker 2-3, R, BB, SB

Taylor Hill once again tossed seven innings of one-run (on a HR, natch) ball for a no-decision as the Syracuse offense couldn’t overcome the bullpen in a 3-2 loss to Gwinnett in the series finale. Hill gave up five hits total and walked one while striking out three. After a scoreless 8th from Matt Grace on an exhausting eight pitches, Erik Davis let in the winning runs in the 9th on a walk and two hits for his fourth loss and third blown save. Matt Skole homered and Matt den Dekker came in on sac fly from Jhonatan Solano in the 4th. The Chiefs were otherwise limited to six hits and four walks and went 0-for-6 with RISP. Roster moves: RHP Koda Glover added to Washington 40-man roster; RHP Reynaldo Lopez optioned from Washington.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 2
• Brady (L, 2-4) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 10K
• Stevenson 1-3, R, BB, SB, RBI
• Perez 0-1, R, 2BB, SB

The Seawolves pounded out a baker’s dozen of hits and scored in four of eight “ups” in an 8-2 win over the Sens, halting Harrisburg’s five-game win streak. Michael Brady struck out a career-best 10 batters but was otherwise mediocre as he gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings to lose for the fourth time. Ryan Brinley was lit up again, giving up four runs over the final two innings, including the fifth HR in six AA appearances. Harrisburg managed to score twice on four singles and five walks with the help of three stolen bases. Andrew Stevenson and Steven Perez scored both runs and were the only two batters to score reach base twice. Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee designated for assignment; no corresponding moves yet, though RHP Boone Whiting will be eligible to come off the DL tomorrow.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Potomac returns to Woodbridge after a 3-4 road trip during which Lynchburg has gotten hot and taken over first place with six straight wins. The P-Nats rematch against the Salems for eight games over the next seven days beginning tonight with a five-game series against the Dash. Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Hagerstown 4 Columbia 2
• Guilbeau (W, 2-1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Borne (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 3-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Page 3-4, 2B, RBI

The Suns zapped the Fireflies by a 4-2 score to win their seventh straight and stay a half game ahead of the Grasshoppers. Taylor Guilbeau got the win with one run allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings. Grant Borne allowed an unearned run over the next three for the hold while Philip Walby worked around a single in the 9th for the save. Ian Sagdal and Matthew Page both went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead Hagerstown’s 11-hit parade, though coupled with five walks, the Suns did leave on 12 baserunners.

Auburn – OFF DAY
Auburn returns home for a single, three-game series against West Virginia before heading to New York on Sunday for three against Staten Island.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Gwinnett,
12:00 p.m.
Hill (4-8, 4.46) vs.
Kelly (2-5, 3.90)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ Erie,
12:05 p.m.
Brady (2-3, 3.77) vs.
Lewicki (0-2, 5.02)
Potomac Lost, 1-0
(11 inn.)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-1, 4.93) vs.
Shaw (4-6, 4.87)
Auburn Lost, 9-1 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 4 Gwinnett 3
• Giolito (W, 1-0) 6⅔ IP, 7H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K
• Harper (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-4. 2B, 2RBI
• Skole 2-4, RBI

Lucas Giolito pitched into the 7th in his AAA debut while the Chiefs’ bullpen staggered through the 9th for a 4-3 win. The 22-y.o. northpaw struck out seven and had a shutout for six innings before giving up one run in the 7th, finishing with seven hits and two walks allowed over six and 2/3rds innings. Bryan Harper stranded two in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold. Despite needing just 14 pitches to get four outs, Harper was lifted in favor of Rafael Martin who was awarded a save despite coughing up two runs on two hits, including a two-run home run (No. 7 in 37IP). Caleb Ramsey, Brian Goodwin, and Matt Skole combined for six hits, two doubles, and three RBI to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez added to Washington 40-man roster.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 2
• Blackmar (W, 1-0) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HBP
• Benincasa (S, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 3-4, R, CS
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg posted a picket fence in the first three innings and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Erie. Mark Blackmar made his return to AA with seven innings of two-run ball on six hits and a walk to get the “W,” while Robert Benincasa recorded his first save since 8/27/14 with two scoreless innings to close out the game. Drew Ward and Andrew Stevenson both connected for their first AA home runs (both solo) while going 2-for-4 as the Senators collected 11 hits total, with Wilmer Difo leading the way with three singles. Roster moves: RHP Abel De Los Santos claimed on waivers by Cincinnati.

Salem 1 Potomac 0 (11 inn.)
• Fedde 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Mendez (L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 1-3, BB
• 0-2 RISP, 4LOB, 11K

Erick Fedde is not allowed to hit until the next level, so he couldn’t help his own cause as Salem broke up the Star Trek convention on the Lewis-Gale field scoreboard with a single run in the 11th for a 1-0 win vs. Potomac in the series finale. Fedde pitched six scoreless innings with five hits and one walk allowed while fanning five for a no-decision, his sixth in 14 starts. Gilberto Mendez took the loss as the Red Sox got to him again for an earned run on two hits over the final inning and a 1/3rd. Alec Keller was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice (single, walk) as the lineup produced just four hits and two walks. Roster moves: RHP Neil Holland demoted from Harrisburg (MiLB rehab at GCL ended).

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Hagerstown returns to Western Maryland for a seven-game homestand riding a six-game winning streak as they host Columbia (neé Savannah) for three and Charleston for four.

Mahoning Valley 9 Auburn 1
• Mills (L, 3-2) ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Harmening 4⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 1-1 IR-S
• Johnson 3-4, 3B, SB(5)
• Kerian 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The Scrappers chased McKenzie Mills with five runs in the 1st as they took the game, 9-1 and the series, 2-1 from the Doubledays. Mills retired just two of seven batters faced, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out one. Russell Harmening let in one inherited runner and one run of his own over the next four and a 1/3rd innings, but it was for naught as the Auburn offense was mostly AWOL – two singles and a triple from Dan Johnson, David Kerian with a solo homer in the 3rd to break up the shutout. Roster move: RHP Samuel Held reassigned from the GCL Nationals.