Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.46) vs.
Miranda (1-3, 3.58)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 3-0;
Won, 2-0
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (4-1, 4.07) vs.
Parsons (0-0, 4.43)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Baez (1-3, 4.82) vs.
Castellanos (1-1, 4.03)

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 0
• Espino (L, 1-4) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 1-3
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B

Three Lehigh Valley pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Syracuse for a 3-0 win in the series finale. Paolo Espino took the loss, giving up three runs on five hit, including a two-run HR in the 5th. He walked four and struck out seven. Erik Davis and Matt Grace each turned in a perfect inning in relief. Brian Goodwin doubled for the sole extra-base hit while Caleb Ramsey, Trea Turner, and Tony Campana each singled to round out the hit column.

Harrisburg 3 Erie 1
• Lopez (W, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 9K
• Suero (H, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Soto 2-4
• Perez 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez kept the ball in the yard and struck out a season-best of nine as he and the Sens won, 3-1. The 22-y.o. flamethrower gave up the one Erie run on four hits and a walk over six innings as he finally got a “W” for 2016. Wander Suero (2IP) and Bryan Harper (1IP) combined for three shutout innings of relief to earn the hold and save, respectively. Isaac Ballou’s two-run double following a Stephen Perez bases-full walk accounted for the three Harrisburg runs.

Potomac 3 Carolina 0 – GAME ONE
• Reyes (W, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Brinley (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B
• Keller 2-3, RBI

Luis Reyes and Ryan Brinley combined on a six-hit, seven-inning shutout as Potomac took the opener, 3-0. Reyes gave up six hits and a walk over six inning for his third win while Brinley worked around a single in the 7th for this fifth save. Drew Ward and Alec Keller both went 2-for-3 to lead the P-Nats offense.

Potomac 2 Carolina 0 – GAME TWO
• G. Ross (W, 1-1) 5⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Orlan (SV, 4) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mesa 2-3, 2B
• Sevenson 2-4, RBI

Greg Ross and R.C. Orlan completed the DH sweep with a cmbined two-hit shutout as the P-Nats prevailed, 2-0. Ross gave up both hits over five and a 1/3rd innings as he won his first game. Orlan retired all five batters faced to earn his fourth save. Lineup bookends Andrew Stevenson and Narciso Mesa each had two hits to pace the 10-hit, two-walk offense.

Hagerstown 2 Lakewood 1
• Rodriguez (W, 3-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Lambert (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Peterson (SV, 5) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Robles 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Dent 1-3, R

Make that six straight for the Suns as they edged the BlueClaws, 2-1 to sweep the series and finally overtake the Crawdads for 1st place in the Sally League North. Jefry Rodriguez won for the third time with five innings of one-run ball on five hits and two walks while fanning three. Trey Lambert and Tommy Peterson combined for four shutout innings to notch the hold and save, respectively. Victor Robles’s RBI double plated Cody Dent for the gamewinner as both men went 1-for-3. The Suns managed just five hits and one walk total.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
10:35 a.m.
Espino (1-3, 3.22)
vs. Eflin (4-0, 2.79)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ Erie,
11:00 a.m.
Lopez (0-3, 4.60) vs.
Collier (3-2, 4.24)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
5:00 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 3.90) and
G. Ross (0-1, 1.42) vs.
Franco (3-1, 6.09) and
Quintana (1-3, 4.76)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Lakewood,
10:35 a.m.
Rodriguez (2-2, 3.24) vs.
Watson (2-2, 4.05)

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4
• Laffey 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, WP, HBP
• De Los Santos (L, 1-1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A four-run rally in the 7th to tie things up was undone by Abel De Los Santos’s inability to find the strike zone as he threw it away in the 9th for a 5-4 Syracuse loss to Lehigh Valley. De Los Santos walked the first two batters he faced, then, after a sacrfice moved the runners up 90 feet, threw it past the catcher for the loss. Starter Aaron Laffey was smelted by the IronPigs for four runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings for the no-decision. Lehigh Valley’s Alec Asher was perfect through six before the Chiefs got to him in the 7th with a double (Trea Turner), single (Brian Goodwin) and two homers (Matt Skole and Jason Martinson). Alas, that was all for the Syracuse offense, save for a Turner walk with two out in the 8th and a Skole double with one out in the 9th.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 2
• Mapes 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• N. Lee (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-4, R, 3RBI
• Collier 2-4, R, 2B

The bullpen collapsed in the 9th, blowing a 2-1 lead and coughing up five runs. This is good news because it was the Seawolves not the Senators, as Harrisburg took its second straight game from Erie, 6-2. Tyler Mapes had his first no-decision with six innings of one-run ball on six hits, no walks, and three whiffs. Nick Lee stranded two as he got the last out in the 8th and shook off a leadoff hit in the 9th to earn his first win. Shawn Pleffner drove in three, including the tying and go-ahead runs in the 9th as he and Zach Collier both went went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac vs. Carolina – PPD
Steady rain throughout the day on Tuesday forced the postponement and will be made up today with a doubleheader.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 1
• Avila (W, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Guilbeau (H, 4) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Gutierrez 2-4

Hagerstown scored once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd and rolled to its fifth consecutive win, a 4-1 decision over Lakewood. Pedro Avila evened up his won-loss mark with one run let in on six hits and one walk over five innings. Taylor Guilbeau got the hold with three scoreless innings while Mariano Rivera bookended two strikeouts around a double to earn his second save. Rhett Wiseman singled, doubled, and walked while Kelvin Gutierrez went 2-for-4 to lead the Suns offense.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

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.

Monday’s News & Notes

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.

Sunday’s News & Notes

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.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 2

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

Saturday’s News & Notes

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.

Friday’s News & Notes

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).

Thursday’s News & Notes

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.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

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).