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.
TBD


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).

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 6


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 51-62, 6th place I.L. North, 19 games behind

Good Jason Martinson .282/.342/.577 since All-Star Break (22G)
Reynaldo Lopez 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 0.95 WHIP in first 3GS
Bad Jose Lozada .359 OPS in 42G
778K pitching K – 12th in 14-team I.L.
Erik Davis 0-1, 6.97 ERA in last 10 appearances
Interesting Nine IBB issued to Syracuse batters – T3rd fewest in I.L.
Sixteen IBB issued by Syracuse pitchers – 3rd most in I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 61-51, 2nd place E.L. West, ½ game behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .306BA (11-for-36) over last 10G, nine-game hit streak
Mark Blackmar 3-1, 2.16 ERA, 1.20 WHIP in 4GS
Bad Adrian Sanchez 10BB in 68G
Boone Whiting 0-3, 5.84 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in 5GS prior to reassignment
Interesting Drew Ward, 14HR – leads Nats minors for players born after 1990
John Simms 2-2, 2.70 ERA, 1.15 WHIP as a SP (8GS)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 28-14, 1st place C.L. North, 2 games ahead (62-48 overall)

Good Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .296/.385/.489 in 36G prior to callup
Erick Fedde 4-1, 0.68 ERA, 0.99 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad 50CS – 2nd most in C.L.
147 of 953 IP thrown by pitchers league-average age or younger
Interesting 773 batting strikeouts, 2nd fewest in C.L.
761 pitching strikeouts, fewest in C.L.


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 25-16, 1st place Sally North, 1½ games ahead (68-43 overall)

Good Ian Sagdal .392/.445/.632 in 31G since All-Star break
Jorge Pantoja 2-0, 1.71 ERA, 0.86 WHIP in 11 appearances since All-Star break
Bad Kelvin Gutierrez 18E in 79G
Joan Baez 4.8 BB/9IP (50, 94⅔)
Interesting Lead the Sally Lg. in sacrifice flies: 43
Tied for fewest balks: 5


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 20-27, T4th Place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 12 games behind

Good 75.4% SB success rate (46-for-51)
19-y.o. Tyler Watson 1-2, 2.19 ERA, 0.97 WHIP
Bad Sheldon Neuse 7E in 31G
A.J. Bogucki 0-3, 14.40 ERA, 2.70 WHIP in 4 appearances
Interesting Fewest walks drawn in 14-team NYPL
Six shutouts tied for most in NYPL


GCL NATIONALS 20-15, 2nd Place, Eastern Division, 1 game behind

Good 17-y.o. Juan Soto .330/.371/.532, 4HR, 20RBI in 29G
Carlos Pena 1-0, 1.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in 24IP
Bad Joshual Ramirez 8E in 26G
Michael Rishwain 1.80WHIP in 11⅔ IP
Interesting 3rd in team offense in 17-team GCL
3rd most pitching HBP (36 in 35G)


DSL NATIONALS 23-30, 6th Place, San Pedro Division, 16 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Jose Cabello .299/.425/.350 in 37G

Brailin Mesa, 1HR, 13RBI, .289/.339/.386 in 32G
19-y.o. Angel Guillen 4-0, 1.43 ERA, 0.91 WHIP in 44IP

Bad 18-y.o. Juan Pascal, 16E in 45G
19-y.o. Jairon Peguero 0-4, 6.04 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 22⅓ IP
Interesting 20-y.o. Franklin Sierra, 7 triples in 43G
18-y.o. Warner Duran, 23K, 4BB in 23IP over 14 appearances

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Scranton/W-B,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-0, 3.09) vs.
Lail (4-3, 3.67)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 vs. Trenton,
6:00 p.m.
Mapes (10-7, 3.14) vs.
Adams (12-0, 2.41)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (2-4, 4.79) vs.
Ray (6-5, 5.21)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (7-7, 3.58) vs.
Gilbert (5-7, 3.65)
Auburn Won, 9-0 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (MiLB rehab)
vs. TBD


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 1
• Espino (L, 6-10) 7IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Solano 1-3, 2B

Brian Goodwin homered with one out in the 1st to give the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre answered back with five runs as they easily defeated Syracuse, 5-1. Paolo Espino saved the bullpen with seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and no walks while fanning nine, but lost for the 10th time. The Chiefs managed just five hits total and drew one walk while striking out 13 times.

Harrisburg 5 Trenton 0
• Blackmar (W, 3-1) 7IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 4K
• DeFratus 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Sanchez 2-3, R, RBI
• Stevenson 1-3, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ward 1-3, 2B

Harrisburg put up four in the 3rd and never looked back as they left Trenton, um, thunderstruck with a 5-0 shutout. Mark Blackmar won for the third time with seven strong innings, allowing all six Thunder hits and a walk while fanning four. Justin DeFratus closed it out with two scoreless innings. The Senators made the most of their six hits, which included doubles from Drew Ward and Stephen Perez, and a two-run triple from Andrew Stevenson. Roster moves: RHP Jaron Long placed on the 7-Day DL; 1B Shawn Pleffner activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1
• Fedde (W, 6-4) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 10K
• Brinley (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 2-3, CS
• Keller 2-4, R

Erick Fedde had his best start of the season Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: OF Victor Robles assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab; LHP Matt Crownover activated from the 3-Day TIL; Wirkin Estevez placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 1
• Rodriguez 5⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Pantoja (W, 9-1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lora 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Agustin 2-3, SB, CS

The Suns scored twice in the 7th and once in the 9th and held off a late charge by the Blue Claws for 3-1 win. Jefry Rodriguez pitched into the 6th and allowed three hits, two walks, and hit a pair of batters over five and 2/3rds scoreless innings. Jorge Pantoja won his 9th game in relief, stranding two in the 6th and laying two goose eggs on the scoreboard. Mariano Rivera III wobbled through the 9th with a run let in on two hits and a walk to get credit for his seventh save. Edwin Lora doubled twice and drove in two to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 9 State College 0
• Reyes 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Acevedo (W, 2-3) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perkins 2-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Vilorio 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Panaccione 2-3, 2R

Four Auburn pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of State College, 9-0. Luis Reyes started and tossed three scoreless with one hit and no walks while fanning three. Carlos Acevedo was the winner with three hits allowed and no runs over the next three innings. Blake Perkins, Nick Banks, Luis Vilorio, and Paul Panaccione each had two hits as the Doubledays took advantage of five Spikes errors to score nine times on nine hits and four walks.

Last Night in Woodbridge

Erick Fedde struck out 10 and retired the last 10 batters he faced while the P-Nats bats gave him just enough offense for a 2-1 victory over Wilmington.

Defense? Well, not so much. Matthew Page got the start at 1B and won’t remind anyone of J.T. Snow or Don Mattingly as he committed one error and was less than smooth on his other chances. But the 24-y.o. did go deep in the 4th to break a 1-1 tie with his first big fly since his callup on Monday.

Potomac got on the board first in the 1st with a pair of singles by Alec Keller and Osvaldo Abreu that put runners on the corners. The Blue Rocks’ Zach Lovvorn, who would go on to lose his 13th game despite a respectable 3.58 ERA this season, wild-pitched Keller in for the first P-Nat run.

Then we got a reminder that this is indeed Single-A ball: Max “For Those About To” Schrock reached first on an error that was ruled an infield hit, then, after a Raudy Read popup, Abreu tried to score on a comebacker to the mound and was easily thrown out.

Wilmington got it back in the top of the 2nd as Page fielded a two-out grounder to his right and then threw a strike past Fedde, who was not late in covering the bag. That plated Wilmington catcher Chad Johnson, who had doubled for the only extra-base hit Fedde would give up.

Fedde took the defense out of the equation for three straight whiffs before giving up another two-out hit in the 3rd. After Osvaldo Abreu committed the second two-out error by Potomac, Page got the grounder to end the 3rd inning.

That out started a string of dominance for the Nats’ #1 pick in 2014 as he retired 13 of 14 batters with only a Willie Mays Hayes “oops” single to spoil things. He would finish with a line of one unearned run on five hits over seven innings, with no walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts to win his sixth game.

The Potomac bullpen held the 2-1 lead with a scoreless 8th from R.C. Orlan for hold #6 and a 1-2-3 ninth from Ryan Brinley for save #12, his second in as many appearances since dropping down from AA.

The series continues tonight with Matthew Crownover (2-4, 4.79) taking the hill against Corey Ray (6-5, 5.21) for Wilmington.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-5 @ Scranton/W-B,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (6-9, 3.51) vs.
Cessa (5-3, 3.23)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (10-7, 3.14) vs.
Carter (0-1, 4.00)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (5-4, 3.08) vs.
Lovvorn (2-12, 3.64)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6
(10 inn.)
@ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Arauz (3-5, 4.20) vs.
J. Rodriguez (7-8, 5.22)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Perez (2-2, 2.81)


Syracuse 9 Buffalo 5
• Cole (W, 8-7) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, 3HR
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Martinson 2-3, R, 2B, SF, 2RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 3R, 2B, 3B
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

Syracuse got three in the 1st and three in the 6th and withstood a charge from Buffalo to take the series finale, 9-5. A.J. Cole gave up four runs on three homers and five hits total over seven innings. He walked three and struck out three while earning his eighth win. Matt Skole hit his organization-leading 16th HR in the 1st to get things rolling. Jason Martinson (single, double), Michael Taylor (double, triple), and Steve Lombardozzi (single, single) each had two hits in the Chiefs’ nine-hit, four-walk offense. Pennant update: Despite taking two in a row from fifth-place Buffalo, Syracuse remains in last place in the I.L. North by 5½ games, 18 games out overall.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 2
• Long (L, 3-3) 6⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 2-4
• Soto 1-2, BB

The B-Mets got to Jaron Long twice with solo shots in the 6th and the winning run in the 7th as they edged the Sens, 3-2 to split the four-game series. Long lost his third AA contest with all three Binghamton runs allowed on five hits and no walks while striking out five. Harrisburg was held to four hits total, with Jose Marmolejos singling twice, Neftali Soto once, and Rafael Bautista homering for the second time this season. Pennant update: The Senators trail the Curve by 1½ games in the E.L. West.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 2
• Bacus (W, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, 2WP
• Sanchez (H, 4) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Page 2-4, R, 3B

Potomac posted a picket fence over four innings and survived a rocky 6th to double up Wilmington, 4-2. Dakota Bacus won for the second time in as many starts since his return from the DL, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings. He struck out six, including the side in the 5th. Mario Sanchez got a popup to the first batter he faced on the first pitch to strand three in the 6th and pitched two more scoreless to earn the hold while Gilberto Mendez cordero’d his way through the 9th with a hit and a walk for the save, his eighth. Osvaldo Abreu doubled twice, Matthew Page tripled, and Raudy Read homered to pace the P-Nats’ attack. Pennant update: Potomac leads first-half champ Lynchburg by a game in the C.L. North’s second-half race.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 6
• Guilbeau 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Johansen (BS, 1; W, 2-1) 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-3 IR-S
• Sagdal 3-4, BB, CS
• Reetz 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, 3R

The BlueClaws rallied for four in the 8th to tie, then gave away three in the 10th to lose to the Suns, 8-6. Hagerstown starter Taylor Guilbeau left with a 3-1 lead after six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Grant Borne pitched a scoreless 7th and then gave up four straight singles in the 8th. Jake Johansen came in and let in all three inherited runners while getting out of the 8th for a 5-5 tie and the blown save. He would get credit for the win as the pitcher of record when a leadoff single, a hit batsman, two errors, and a wild pitch led to three unearned runs in the top of the 10th. Mick VanVossen sandwiched a solo homer and a doubled between three outs for his eighth save. Pennant update: The Suns third straight win kept pace with the Grasshoppers and the Crawdads to maintain leads of one and one-and-a-half games in the Sally North’s second-half chase.

State College 5 Auburn 3
• W. Davis (L, 2-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Held 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• A. Martinez 2-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Neuse 1-4, R, HR, RBI

State College spiked Auburn for four in the 1st and got an insurance run in the 6th for yet another win over Auburn, 5-3. Weston Davis took the loss with four runs let in on seven hits and a walk while striking out two. Kevin Mooney allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk over the next two while Samuel Held pitched two perfect innings to finish. The Doubledays were limited to six hits, with Andres Martinez (triple) and Sheldon Neuse (homer) collecting Auburn’s two extra-base knocks on the night. Pennant update: The Doubledays’ third straight loss denied them a chance to tie the Black Bears for 4th place in the Pinckney division of the NYPL and knocked them to 13 games behind the first-place Spikes.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Buffalo,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (7-7, 4.24) vs.
Diamond (7-10, 3.42)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Long (3-2, 2.13) vs.
Montero (2-1, 2.19)
Potomac Won, 4-1 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-2, 3.45) vs.
Griffin (2-7, 6.92)
Hagerstown Won, 7-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-1, 4.65) vs.
Taveras (4-8, 3.99)
Auburn Lost, 8-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 2.17) vs.
Dobzanski (3-4, 3.83)


Syracuse 6 Buffalo 1
• Voth (W, 6-7) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 1-2, R, 3BB, SB
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Austin Voth turned in seven strong innings while the Bison bullpen gave it away as the Chiefs won, 6-1. Voth let in the one Buffalo run on six hits and three walks while striking out four for his sixth “W.” Matt Grace and Rafael Martin both turned in a scoreless inning to close it out. Steve Lombardozzi reached base four times with a single and three walks while Caleb Ramsey and Matt Skole both homered. Beers were on Christopher Bostick as the only Syracuse batter not to get a hit.

Harrisburg 6 Binghamton 1
• Valdez (W, 4-2) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Runion 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 3-5, R, 2B
• Stevenson 2-5, RBI
• Ward 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, 3BB

Harrisburg dropped a four-spot with on Binghamton in the 2nd then added two runs in the 4th as they cruised to a 6-1 win. Phillips Valdez remains on track with his third straight outing of seven innings, allowing the B-Mets run on six hits and two walks while setting down two on strikes. Sam Runion tossed two scoreless innings to close it out. Drew Ward singled, homered, and drew three walks while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos went 3-for-5 with a double to lead the Senators offense.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 1
• Whiting (W, 9-2) 6⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Holland (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Reistetter 1-3, R, SF, RBI
• Carey 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB

The P-Nats rallied for two runs twice and got solid pitching from veteran Boone Whiting as they declawed the Hillcats, 4-1 to split the four-game series. Whiting pitched into the 7th, giving up Lynchburg’s sole run on seven hits with nary a walk and five whiffs. Neil Holland stranded two in the 7th and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the hold while Ryan Brinley worked around a two-out double in the 9th to earn his 11th save. The bottom half of the P-Nats lineup got the job done with all four walks and three of the team’s six hits, including Matt Reistetter (8th) with a single, run, and a sac fly and Dale Carey (9th) with a single, run, and two walks.

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 1
• Bourque (W, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Rivera (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2B, 3B
• DeBruin 3-5, 2B, SB
• Encarnacion 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown scored once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd and never looked back as they took the game, 7-1, and the series, 2-1 from West Virginia. James Bourque turned in his best outing with five innings of one-run ball on six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts to even up his won-loss record at 4-4. Mariano Rivera III (2IP), Philip Walby (1IP), and Tommy Peterson (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings of relief. The Suns collected 14 hits total, with Kelvin Gutierrez and Grant DeBruin both going 3-for-5, and Randy Encarnacion and Rhett Wiseman each hitting a two-run HR.

State College 8 Auburn 3
• Mills 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Bogucki (L, 0-4) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Banks 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, R

The Doubledays firemen brought the gasoline instead of the water as the Spikes torched them for seven runs over the final four innings for an 8-3 loss. McKenzie Mills went the first five for Auburn with one run allowed on three hits and a walk and two strikeouts. The loss went to A.J. Bogucki with three runs let in over his two innings. Nick Banks singled and doubled and drove in two while Ryan Ripken and Jack Sundberg both went 2-for-4 to lead the Doubledays attack. Roster move: LHP Hector Silvestre assigned from Potomac for MiLB rehab.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1;
Lost, 4-0
vs. Buffalo,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (5-7, 3.58) vs.
Copeland (0-1, 3.24)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2;
Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
@ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Valdez (3-2, 5.64) vs.
Herron (2-2, 6.82)
Potomac Won, 5-2;
Lost, 9-2
@ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Whiting (8-2, 3.47) vs.
Esparza (0-1, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (2-1, 4.67) vs.
Sendelbach (8-4, 3.49)
Auburn Lost, 2-0 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-2, 2.79) vs.
Cross (3-3, 3.35)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 1 – GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 5-9) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 1-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Skole 1-2, SF, 2RBI

Taylor Hill gave up the obligatory solo HR in the 2nd and then settled in as Syracuse took the opener, 5-1. Hill won his 5th game while going six innings, with the one run allowed on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Christopher Bostick and Matt Skole both drove in two as the Chiefs made the most of their limited chances to score five times on four hits and two walks, with a little “help” from two Bison errors.

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 0 – GAME TWO
• Laffey (L, 4-5) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Gott 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Collier 2-3, 2B
• Taylor 2-4

The Bison got the last Laffey as they dropped four runs on the Chiefs’ spot starter in his five innings of work to take the nightcap, 4-0. Zach Collier and Michael Taylor combined for four of the eight Syracuse hits.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 2 – GAME ONE
• Brady (W, 3-5) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K; 2-2, R, 2B
• Robinson (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 2-3, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-3, R

Harrisburg got three in the 1st and one in the 5th as they doubled up Binghamton in the opener, 4-2. Starter Mike Brady was the architect of six innings of two-run ball on seven hits and a walk to get his third win while Andrew Robinson worked around a single in the 7th for the save, his fifth. Brady, Drew Ward, and Andrew Stevenson each had two hits in the Sens’ nine-hit attack.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.) – GAME TWO
• Simms 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Benincasa 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• DeFratus (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, IBB, 0K, HBP
• Ward 1-3, 2B, BB, 2K
• Stevenson 1-4, 2B, RBI

It took 10 innings to decide the second game, which saw the B-Mets walk off with a 3-2 victory to split the twinbill. John Simms got the spot start for the Sens and let in two runs over four innings on four hits and three walks. He struck out six. Justin DeFratus took the loss as Binghamton converted a hit batsman to lead off the 10th into the gamewinner with a sacrifice and a two-out single. Four of the six Harrisburg hits went for doubles, including Drew Ward, who also walked and was the sole batter to reach base twice for the visitors.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 2 – GAME ONE
• Williams 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Thomas (W, 3-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Abreu 2-4, 2R
• Read 1-2, 2B, RBI
• Reistetter 1-1, BB, 2RBI

Potomac exploded for four in the 7th to take the opener, 5-2. Austin Davidson homered to tie it at 2-2 while the Matts Reistetter and Page both singled with runners in scoring position to drive in three more. Justin Thomas was the winner in relief while Gilberto Mendez struck out two in the bottom of the 7th to earn his seventh save. Austen Williams got yet another no-decision with two runs allowed over the first five innings on three hits and three walks.

Lynchburg 9 Potomac 2 – GAME TWO
• Spann (L, 2-2) 3⅔ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 5BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lowery 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, R, HR, RBI

The Hillcats scratched Matt Spann and the P-Nats for three in the 1st and cruised to a 9-2 win to split the doubleheader. Spann was charged with seven runs total on eight hits and five walks over three and 2/3rds innings for his second loss. Max “For Those About To” Schrock scored the first Potomac run on a wild pitch in the 3rd while Dale Carey got the second with his seventh HR, a solo shot to lead off the 4th.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 2
• Baez (W, 7-7) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K
• Pantoja (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• DeBruin 2-3, R, BB
• Noll 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R

Hagerstown got three in the 3rd and six solid innings from Joan Baez as they tripled up West Virginia, 6-2. Baez gave up just one run on five hits, walked none, and fanned eight as he snapped a three-game string of no-decisions. Jake Noll singled, doubled, scored twice, and drove in two to lead the Suns offense.

Staten Island 2 Auburn 0
• Watson 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Howard 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Simonds (L, 0-3) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K
• Vilorio 2-3, CS, E, PB
• Neuse 1-4, 2B

The Yankees broke up the Star Trek convention on the scoreboard with two runs against the Doubledays in the bottom of the 8th as they took the series finale, 2-0, and the series, 2-1. Tyler Watson got his fifth no-decision with five scoreless innings and two hits and two walks allowed. The loss went to Kyle Simonds as the home team got to him for both runs on three hits and a walk in his single inning of work. Auburn matched Staten Island’s six hits and three walks but were thrown out on all three stolen-base attempts (versus twice) and grounded into a double play (versus none).

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Buffalo,
5:35 p.m.
Hill (4-9, 4.69) and
Laffey (4-4, 4.01) vs.
Lawrence (2-3, 3.98) and
Venditte (2-1, 4.94)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Binghamton,
5:35 p.m.
Brady (2-5, 3.68) and
Valdez (3-2, 5.64) vs.
Pill (8-9, 4.08) and
Herron (2-2, 6.82)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 @ Lynchburg,
5:30 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 4.31) and
Spann (2-1, 3.46) vs.
Robinson (1-1, 9.39) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4
(10 inn.)
vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (6-7, 4.67) vs.
Agrazal (6-8, 4.36)
Auburn Won, 3-2
(10 inn.)
@ Staten Island,
11:00 a.m.
Watson (1-2, 2.53) vs.
Martin (3-2, 2.55)


Syracuse – OFF DAY
Tonight, Chiefs return home where they actually have a winning record (29-25) to play the Bison again for four games starting with a doubleheader tonight. Last-place Syracuse’s tragic number is 18 for both the I.L. Divisional and Wild-Card races.
Roster moves: RHP Trevor Gott activated from the 7-Day D.L..

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
Harrisburg, which is tied for first place in the E.L. West with Altoona, hits the road for four against Binghamton, beginning with a doubleheader. The Sens have been break-even on the road (26-26) but will need to make hay against one of the league’s also-rans as they’ve eased into contention with Rubberducks’ recent, um, tailspin (1-9 last 10 games). Harrisburg and Altoona meet for six games in August but are done playing Akron. Roster moves: 1B Jose Marmolejos promoted from Potomac; RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Syracuse.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 4
• Mayberry (L, 3-2) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Read 4-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Mejia 3-4, 3RBI, CS(9)

The P-Nats took an early 2-1 lead but fell behind 5-2 and couldn’t catch the Hillcats as they fell, 5-4 and into a tie for 1st place in the C.L. North. Whit Mayberry turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on eight hits and no walks over six innings. He struck out five while losing for the second time. Raudy Read singled twice, doubled twice, and scored twice while Bryan Mejia drove in two in the 8th with his third single of the night before the Hillcats’ Travor Frank shut the door with a whiff of Dale Carey to end the threat. Potomac went in order in the 9th. Roster moves: LHP Matt Crownover placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHPs Ryan Brinley, Boone Whiting reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Matthew Page promoted from Hagerstown.

West Virgnia 5 Hagerstown 4 (10 inn.)
• Avila 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 6K, WP
• Howell 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Johansen (L, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Agustin 2-4, R, SB
• Gutierrez 2-5, RBI

The Sally League continues to drop hints that 19-y.o. Pedro Avila might be fatigued, the Power being the latest as they shocked him for four runs early in a 5-4 win over the Suns in extra innings. Avila was, um, charged with four runs on seven (7) hits and four walks over 82 pitches and four innings in the no-decision. Randy Encarnacion’s solo shot with two down in the 9th to force extras was quickly erased in the 10th on a walk-single-single sequence off losing pitcher Jake Johansen. Kelvin Gutierrez singled for the second time to lead off the 10th and took second on a sacrifice but watched the final two outs (liner to 2B, flyball to RF) as Hagerstown dropped into 2nd place with the loss. Roster moves: RHP Tommy Peterson reassigned from Potomac; 2B Jake Noll promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 3 Staten Island 2 (10 inn.)
• Reyes 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K, 0HR
• Reid (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP, 1-0 IR-S
• Neuse 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Johnson 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Daniel Johnson’s two-out double in the 10th scored Blake Perkins all the way from first as Auburn edged Staten Island, 3-2 in 10 innings. Luis Reyes, assigned on a rehab from Potomac, was lifted after coughing up a run in is first and only inning. Steven Fuentes followed with two runs let in over four innings. The win went to Jonny Reid as he struck out five over three and 2/3rds innings to close out the game. Tres Barrera tripled and Sheldon Neuse doubled as both went 1-for-3 with a walk to lead the Doubleday offense.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Mayberry (3-1, 4.00) vs.
Brady (10-4, 4.08)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Keller (6-5, 2.86)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ Staten Island,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (1st SS-A start of ’16)
vs. Padilla (1-1, 2.74)


Buffalo 6 Syracuse 5
• Giolito 5IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 5K, HR
• Glover (L, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, BB
• Goodwin 0-2, R, 2BB

A first-inning grand slam by Jason Martinson wasn’t enough for Lucas Giolito to work with in his second AAA start as Buffalo edged Syracuse, 6-5 in the series finale. Giolito was stampeded for five runs on five hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out five in the no-decision. The loss went to Koda Glover with a run on three hits over two innings. The Chiefs managed just five hits total and drew four walks with Martinson (HR, single), Matt Skole (single, walk) and Brian Goodwin (2BB) each reaching base twice in the loss. Roster moves: RHP Reynaldo Lopez optioned from Washington.

Hartford vs. Harrisburg – PPD
Rain postponed the finale of the Sens-Goats series in the Manchester not by the sea. It will be made up on August 26 when the two teams meet again in New Hampshire for five games now on August 25-28.

Potomac 2 Carolina 1
• Crownover (W, 2-4) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Holland (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lowery 1-2, 2BB
• Davidson 0-1, 2R, 3BB

Matthew Crownover turned in his best outing of the year as Potomac took the game, 2-1 and the series, 3-1 from Carolina. The 23-y.o. southpaw allowed the one run on four hits over a career-high seven innings. He walked none and struck out four while earning his second win. Neil Holland struck out three of seven batters faced over the final two frames to earn the save, his second for the year. Max “For Those About To” Schrock drove in Austin Davidson twice with a single in the 3rd and a groundout in the 7th as the P-Nats managed just seven hits but drew seven walks total.

Hickory 7 Hagerstown 5
• Rodriguez (L, 7-8) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Borne 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Gutierrez 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Wiseman 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns also jumped out to a 4-0 lead that was too small for Jefry Rodriguez to hold as the Crawdads took the series finale, 7-5. Rodriguez lost for the sixth time in seven starts, giving up all seven Hickory runs on seven hits and four walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Grant Borne let in both inherited runners but otherwise held things down the rest of the way. Kelvin Gutierrez singled, walked, and homered while Rhett Wiseman tripled in two and Jakson Reetz drove in two during the four-run 1st to power the Hagerstown offense.

Staten Island 7 Auburn 0
• Dunning (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Harmening 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Sundberg 1-4, OF assist at HP
• Kerian 1-4, 2B

Auburn was shut out on six hits by Staten Island’s Kolton Mahoney to lose the opener, 7-0. Doubleday starter Dane Dunning let in four runs on five hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings. He struck out three while suffering his first loss. Just two Auburn batters made it into scoring position: David Kerian with a leadoff double in the 2nd (and was stranded at third) and Nick Banks, who led off the 4th with a single and moved up on a groundout to the pitcher.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-0, 0.00)
Leroux (7-7, 4.03)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Hartford,
1:05 p.m.
Brady (2-5, 3.68) vs.
Jemiola (7-6, 4.53)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
Crownover (1-4, 5.29)
E. Franco (5-8, 4.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3;
Won, 6-2 (10 inn.)
@ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (7-7, 4.79) vs.
J. Hernandez (7-8, 4.96)
Auburn Won, 3-2 @ Staten Island,
4:00 p.m.
Dunning (0-0, 1.13) vs.
De la Rosa (3-2, 3.34)


Buffalo 8 Syracuse 2
• Ross (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Runion 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-4, 2B
• Goodwin 2-5, R, OF assist at 3B

The Chiefs gave up five unearned late and were unable to cash in on numerous chances as they fell again to the Bison, 8-2. Joe Ross made a rehab start and was charged with three runs on seven hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings. He struck out four but took the loss. Down 3-2 in the 7th, an error and a passed ball led to three runs, then another error to start the 8th added two more. Meanwhile, Syracuse collected 11 hits (10 singles; Jason Martinson doubled) and went 0-for-11 with RISP with nine LOB. Roster moves: RHP Joe Ross assigned for MLB rehab.

Hartford Harrisburg
• Mapes (L, 10-7) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 2K, HR; 1-1, BB
• Self 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Same story in the Manchester, NH, where Hartford is playing this weekend because its stadium is both unfinished and uninsured as the Goats went yard after a two-out error in the 1st to score three unearned runs that stood up for a 3-2 win. Tyler Mapes and Derek Self combined for seven scoreless innings afterwards, allowing just four hits and a walk. Mapes lost for the seventh time despite getting on base twice himself (single, walk). Kevin Keyes homered for the third straight game and Andrew Stevenson went deep for the third time in 2016 to account for the two Senators runs.

Carolina 3 Potomac 1
• Fedde (L, 5-4) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 9K
• Orlan 1IP, 0H, 0R, IBB, 0K
• Vettleson 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Carey 1-3, 2B

Erick Fedde turned in yet another strong outing (0.71 ERA, 0.99 WHIP in his last 10GS) but lost as the Mudcats’ Eric Clark outdueled him in a 3-1 victory over the P-Nats. Fedde struck out nine and pitched into the seventh for the second time this season as he gave up two unearned runs on six hits but suffered the loss. The Potomac bats were held to just four hits, with Drew Vettleson the sole batter to reach base twice with an RBI double and a walk.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 3 – COMP.
• Borque 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• VanVossen 4IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Rivera (L, 3-1) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Encarnacion 1-4, R, BB
• Lora 1-4, R, 2SB

Thanks to the rainout, any momentum Hagerstown had was, um, washed away as Hickory scored five unanswered runs to take the completion, 5-3. Mick VanVossen took over from James Bourque and pitched four innings of one-run ball on three hits and a walk. Mariano Rivera III was pinched for runs in each of his three innings of work, giving up four total on five hits and two walks to lose for the first time in ’16. Randy Encarnacio was the sole batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-4 with a walk as the Crawdads relievers held the Suns to two hits over seven scoreless innings.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 2 – COMP. (10 inn.)
• Guilbeau 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Walby 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Encarnacion 1-3, 2R, 2BB
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2RBI, CS
• Ruiz 1-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI

The Suns exploded for four runs in the 10th – in a game that was supposed to go just seven innings – to split the de facto doubleheader with a 6-2 win. Jake Johansen got the win in relief as he combined with Philip Walby for five scoreless inningss of relief. Taylor Guilbeau started and went the first five frames, allowing both Crawdads runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out four. Randy Encarnacion reached base three times and scored twice while Kelvin Rodriguez drove in two and Adderling Ruiz plated three with a double in the 10th.

Auburn 3 West Virginia 2
• Ramirez 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Held (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB
• Sundberg 2-4

Jack Sundberg’s second single of the night drove in the gamewinner as Auburn took the series finale from West Virginia, 3-2. Yonathan Ramirez gave up both Black Bears runs on five hits and a walk while fanning three for another no-decision. Brayan Serrata (1IP), Phil Morse (1IP), and Samuel Held (2IP) combined for four scoreless innings of relief with Held getting the “W.” Sundberg went 2-for-4 to lead the Doubleday hit column while Sheldon Neuse and Blake Perkins both reached base twice to lead the eight-hit, two-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP Matt Pirro promoted, RHP Nick Conner demoted from the GCL.

GCL Update
Mat Latos came out of storage to throw three scoreless innings in Saturday’s 5-0 win vs. the G-Astros to G-even out the G-week at 3-3. The G-Nats continue to lead the GCL East by a game over the G-Cards.

DSL Update
The D-Nats continue to play out the string, winning three of six games last week, but remain eight games below .500 and 14 games behind in the San Pedro Division. This week, they play the D-Yankees2, the D-Tigers, and D-Cards.