Apr 202016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
4:35 p.m.
Espino (0-0, 3.60) and
Laffey (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Ja. Thompson (0-2, 6.75) and
Roibal (0-0, 8.31)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Altoona,
12:00 p.m.
Mapes (2-0, 3.27) vs.
Eppler (1-0, 2.25)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 (12 inn.) vs. Lynchburg,
10:35 a.m.
Fedde (0-1, 5.23) vs.
Merryweather (2-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 12-6 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-1, 4.32) vs.
Gilbert (0-1, 5.59)


Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2
• Jordan 4⅔ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Solis (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Turner 1-4, R, 3B
• Skole 0-2, R, 2BB

A walk, balk, a groundout, and a sacrifice fly proved to be the difference as the Chiefs edged the IronPigs, 3-2. Taylor Jordan fell one out short of going the requisitive five innings as he was lifted with two outs and the bases loaded in the 5th. He let in both Lehigh Valley runs on eight hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds. Matt Grace got the win as he stranded three in the 5th and pitched a scoreless 6th. Sammy Solis followed with two scoreless for the hold while Rafael Martin retired the side in order in the 9th for the save. Trea Turner (triple) and Jason Martinson (double) connected for extra bases as Syracuse was limited to five hits and three walks (two by Matt Skole, who scored the gamewinning run).

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 1
• Simms (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Suero (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 3-4, 2B
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Kevin Keyes’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 1st was enough for Harrisburg’s pitchers to outduel Altoona’s, 2-1. John Simms got the win with six shutout innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and striking out five. Wander Suero turned in two scoreless for the hold, his second, while J.C. Gutierrez cordero’ed his way through the 9th with a leadoff HR, a walk, and three strikeouts on a mere 32 pitches for the save. Isaac Ballou singled twice and doubled once to lead the Sens hit column, followed by Keyes, who also singled in the 5th for a 2-for-4 night.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 6 (12 inn.)
• Estevez 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Glover 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Thomas (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Abreu 3-6, 2R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Ward 2-5, 2RBI

Potomac fell to .500 with their fifth loss of the current homestand, dropping an 8-6 decision in extras to Lynchburg. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez went a season-high five innings but let in three runs on seven hits and no walks for the no-decision. The loss went to Justin Thomas with two runs allowed on a hit and two walks in his one inning of work. Osvaldo Abreu led the P-Nats’ 14-hit parade with a double and two singles, followed by Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Drew Ward, with both corner IFs going 2-for-5 with 2RBI.

Hagerstown 12 Lakewood 6
• Avila 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Crownover (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Schrock 5-5, 3R, 2-2B, 5RBI, 2SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, BB
• Ripken 2-5, 2B, 4RBI

The Suns hitters covered for the Suns pitchers, outslugging the Blue Claws for a 12-6 win. Pedro Avila took Taylor Hearn’s turn in the rotation and got pinched for three runs on four hits over three innings. Matthew Crownover got the win in relief with three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two stolen bases to lead the Hagerstown offense. Roster moves: LHP Connor Bach reassigned to Auburn; RHP Pedro Avila reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Apr 192016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 0.82) vs.
Buchanan (0-0, 5.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-5 vs. Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Simms (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Holmes (0-1, 6.30)
Potomac Lost, 9-6 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Lugo (1-0, 3.38)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
TBD vs. Kilome (0-2, 14.85)


Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 1
• Voth (L, 0-1) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Severino 2-3, R, BB
• Ramsey 2-3, BB

The Iron Pigs went deep against Austin Voth twice while the Chiefs’ struggles in the clutch continued in a 5-1 loss. Starter and loser Voth allowed four runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out six over six innings. Syracuse tallied nine hits but went just 2-for-12 with RISP and hit into three double plays. Pedro Severino and Caleb Ramsey both went 2-for-3 with a walk with Severino scoring the lone Chiefs run. You’ll be shocked (no, you won’t) to learn Trea Turner was named I.L. Player of the Week for April 7-17.

Altoona 12 Harrisburg 5
• Williams (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Lee 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 1-4, R, 2SB
• Keyes 1-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bostick 1-4, R, RBI

Four runs in the bottom of the first? Pretty good. Eight runs given back in the top of the 2nd? Not so good. Harrisburg gave up double digits in the run column for the second straight game with a 12-5 loss to Altoona. Austen Williams took the brunt of the beating, charged with seven runs on five hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds to lose for the second time in as many starts. The Sens managed five runs on just five hits (four singles and a double) and two walks, but no batter reached base or scored more than once.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 3
• Valdez (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HBP, 2WP, BK
• Self 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keller 3-4, 2R, SB
• Read 2-4, BB, RBI
• Stevenson 2-5, R, 3B, 3RBI

None of the Hillcats walked up to U2 or Thin Lizzy, but there was a whole lot of doublin’ last night at the Pfitz as the Hillcats outslugged the P-Nats, 9-6. Eight of Lynchburg’s 12 hits were two-baggers and all were hit hard. Philips Valdez was teed up for six of them and ten hits total over four and 2/3rds for the loss. He let in seven runs, walked two, hit two, and struck out five. Potomac took advantage of ten free passes to score six runs on just eight hits, highlighted by Andrew Stevenson’s three-run triple in the 4th.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3
• Lee (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Rivera (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Wiseman 2-4, R
• Dent 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

Hagerstown rallied for three in the 5th and one in the 6th and held on for 4-3 win over Lakewood. Andrew Lee finally got a “W” to show for his efforts, which was five innings of two-run ball on six hits and a walk with two whiffs. Mariano Rivera III walked three over two scoreless innings for the hold while Ronald Pena closed out the game with two innings pitched and a run given up on a solo HR in the 8th for the save. Cody Dent tripled in two and scored on a Victor Robles RBI single to highlight the 5th while Rhett Wiseman was the sole Sun to reach base twice with a pair of singles. Roster moves: OF Telmito Agustin placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Austin Davidson reassigned from XST. Agustin was apparently injured while stealing 2nd in Sunday’s loss to Delmarva.

Apr 182016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Appel (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 14-2 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Williams (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Creasy (1-0, 4.91)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (2-0, 4.50) vs.
Brown (0-1, 7.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
A. Lee (1-0, 0.90) vs.
Gueller (0-0, 6.75)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 Syracuse 1
• Hill 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Gott (L, 2-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
• Goodwin 3-4, R, 3B
• Ramsey 3-4
• Campana 3-5

The Chiefs racked up 12 hits but could only drive in one as they fell to the RailRiders, 2-1 in the series finale. Taylor Hill started and let in one unearned run on three hits over six innings for a no-decision. The loss went to Trevor Gott as he gave up the gamewinner in the 8th on a hit and two walks. Brian Goodwin, Caleb Ramsey, and Tony Campana each had three hits with Goodwin scoring the lone run after a leadoff triple followed by a Pedro Severino double in the 7th.

Reading 14 Harrisburg 2
• Giolito (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 1ER, BB, 3K, 76-55 P-K
• Bacus 2⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Bautista 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-4, 2B, RBI

Reading scored in three of four innings against Nats uberprospect Lucas Giolito as they destroyed Harrisburg, 14-2. Giolito gave up five runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk over three and 2/3rds innings. He was lifted after 76 pitches thrown, with 55 going for strikes. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo combined for five hits and drove in both runs while the other seven batters went 1-for-24 with a walk and eight strikeouts.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 3
• Reyes (L, 0-2) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, 3HBP
• Johansen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB
• Ward 2-3, R, BB, RBI

The wheels came off the bus (again) Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 3
• DeRosier 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Torres (L, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Robles 3-5, 2RBI, SB
• Dent 2-4, R

The organizatonal sweep was made complete when the Suns’ rally in the 9th fell short, 4-3. Starter Matt DeRosier struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and no walks. Luis Torres was less effective, strafed for three runs on four hits over three innings to suffer the loss. Victor Robles singled three times, including a two-run hit in the 9th with two outs to cut the Delmarva lead to one, while Cody Dent singled twice to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Apr 172016
 

Instead of six runs total, the P-Nats decided to give ’em up in just one inning, turning a 2-2 tie into an 8-2 deficit as they went on to lose, 8-3.

Luis Reyes walked the first two batters of the game, then retired nine straight and give the illusion that he might be settling in for a quality start. Instead, he lost a no-hitter after three and a 1/3rd with yet another homer hit by Ryan O’Hearn off the second row of signage in right field.

Potomac briefly took the lead with two in the bottom of the 4th as Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos sliced the first of two doubles to left-center and scored on Alec Keller’s two-out, two-run double.

The Little League defense that’s been on display the entire series led or contributed to the next seven runs, including a botched double play in the 5th and a dropped infield pop in the 6th. Reyes also did his part by hitting two batters in the two innings and three total.

After falling behind 8-2 after five and a half, Potomac drew back-to-back walks in the 6th… and left ‘en there. In the 7th, they got the leadoff man on with a hit by a pitch, then hit into a double play.

In the 8th, the P-Nats finally broke through with “The Orange’s” second double, a walk to Dale Carey and an RBI single by Drew Ward, who continues to hit well with men on base.

Despite two strong innings from Jake Johansen and another overpowering outing by Koda Glover, there was no 9th inning magic for Potomac as they went in order.

The homestand continues with a three-game set against Lynchburg. Tomorrow night, Phillips Valdez (2-0, 4.50) is expceted to start for the P-Nats, opposed by Mitch Brown (0-1, 7.71) for the Hillcats.

Apr 172016
 

They still gave up their customary six to the Blue Rocks. They still were sloppy on defense. But the lumber came out of its slumber as the P-Nats pounded out 13 hits and stopped a two-game slide with a 14-6 win over the Blue Rocks.

They only waited on (Wilmington starter Ashton) Goudeau until the 2nd inning, when they took advantage of two errors to score four runs, highlighted by Khayyan Norfork scampering home from second base on the second miscue and ending with a two-run triple from Osvaldo Abreu to take a 4-1 lead.

Potomac starter Boone Whiting couldn’t stand the prosperity and gave the lead right back with three runs in the 3rd. The veteran eventually would win for the second time in as many starts but with a Jack Morris line of six runs on ten hits over five innings with one walk and three whiffs.

In the 4th, back-to-back walks followed by a sacrifice by Narciso Mesa enabled Potomac to leverage its speed and score twice on an groundout by Andrew Stevenson and an infield single by Abreu. Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz then, um, crushed the ball over the right field wall for a two-run homer to push the lead to 8-4.

Potomac would put the game away with a three-run 6th. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for Drew Ward, who emptied them with a double to the left-center gap, a ball hit hard enough for catcher Raudy Read to amble in all the way from first base for an 11-6 advantage.

Three doubles in the 7th (Mesa, Abreu, Marmolejos-Diaz) pushed it to 13-6 while a Keller triple and a wild pitch in the 8th plated the 14th and final P-Nats run.

Relievers Mario Sanchez (3IP) and Justin Thomas (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.

Potomac will shoot for the 2-2 series split with Luis Reyes (0-1, 4.50) getting the ball vs. Colin Rodgers (0-0, 0.00) for Wilmington.

Apr 172016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
T. Hill (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Green (0-1, 2.35)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Giolito (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Asher (0-2, 5.40)
Potomac Won, 14-6 vs. Wilmington,
1:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Rodgers (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 @ Delmarva,
2:05 p.m.
Peralta (0-1, 6.75) vs.
DeRosier (1-0, 3.60)


Syracuse 8 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4
• Cole 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, WP, 61-34 P-K
• Laffey (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-4, R
• Skole 2-5, 2B, RBI

Syracuse dug out of an early 2-0 lead with a pair of crooked numbers in the 3rd and 4th innings and cruised to an 8-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Starter A.J. Cole lasted just two innings, pulled after 61 pitches with just 34 going for strikes as he was knocked for single runs in both frames on four hits and three walks while striking out two. Aaron Laffey led a quartet of relievers who held the RailRiders to two runs the rest of the way. Trea Turner was a triple shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with 3RBI along with a walk and a stolen base to lead the Chiefs offense.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 1
• Lopez (L, 0-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Sureo 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Kieboom 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 1-2, BB

Spencer Kieboom’s 8th-inning leadoff homer broke up the shutout but the Senators were otherwise on recess on offense as the Fightins knocked ’em out, 3-1. Reynaldo Lopez took the loss, giving up two runs on two solo HRs and four hits total over six innings. He walked one and fanned five. Cutter Dykstra was the only Harrisburg batter to reach base twice (single, walk) as the Reading pitchers limited them to five hits and two walks total.

Potomac 14 Wilmington 6
• Whiting (W, 2-0) 5IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 3K
• M. Sanchez (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI, SB
• Abreu 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Keller 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B

The P-Nats jumped on the Blue Rocks for 13 hits and 14 runs Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 4
• Baez 3IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, 75-43 P-K
• Pantoja (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Peterson (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Sagdal 2-4, 3R, 3B, SB
• Page 2-5, 4RBI
• Gutierrez 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI

Hagerstown took its sixth straight as they doubled up Delmarva, 8-4. Starter Joan Baez allowed all four Shorebirds runs on five hits and three walks as he labored through three innings on 75 pitches. Newcomer Jorge Pantoja got the win with three scoreless innings of relief while Tommy Peterson finished the game with three perfect frames for the save. Ian Sagdal singled, tripled, and scored three runs while Matthew Page drove in four while going 2-for-5 to pace the Suns offense.

Apr 162016
 

Erick Fedde and the P-Nats were done in by three home runs – two over the wall, and one “inside the park” – as the Blue Rocks doubled up the P-Nats, 6-3.

For the second straight game, Wilmington struck in the first. Fedde fell behind the first batter 3-0 before working the count full and walking. After getting the second man on a flyout to right, the third batter hit a hard line drive in front of center fielder Andrew Stevenson.

Stevenson ultimately stumbled and flopped and the ball skipped past him to the wall, allowing both runners to score. It was initially (correctly) ruled a single and a three-base error, then inexplicably (and incorrectly*) changed to a home run.
* That he never touched the ball didn’t change the fact that he clearly misplayed it, which allowed both the batter-runner and the baserunner to advance additional bases.

Shitty Questionable scorekeeping aside, Potomac was trailing again after just a half-inning. Unlike the previous night, they were able to answer immediately as Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled with two outs and scored on a Raudy Read double to cut the lead to 2-1 in favor of the visitors.

After the “homer,” Fedde settled down to retire 10 of the next 12 batters he faced. He ran into trouble again in the 6th when the Blue Rocks went deep twice in the space of three batters to extend the lead to 4-1. Fedde whiffed the final two batters he faced to finish with six but was on the hook for the loss.

Andrew Robinson followed from the ‘pen but was lit up for two run on three hits, including a triple and double, in just one inning to push the Wilmington advantage to 6-1. Ryan Brinley closed out the game with two scoreless innings, with one walk and two strikeouts.

Unfortunately, the P-Nats bats also went silent after 1st and didn’t awaken — except for one-out singles in the 5th and 6th — until the 8th when Stevenson singled to lead off the inning then trotted home ahead of Osvaldo Abreu’s two-run homer that cut the Blue Rocks’ lead to the eventual final of 6-3.

Despite a uniform-grazing HBP to lead off the 9th, Potomac went quietly in the 9th to lose again and drop into second place in the Carolina North, a half-game behind Lynchurg.

The four-game series continues tonight, with Boone Whiting (1-0, 1.80) getting the start for the P-Nats against Ashton Goudeau (1-0, 3.60) for the Blue Rocks.

Apr 162016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
4:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 0.00) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 8-0 vs. Reading,
6:00 p.m.
Lopez (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Vasquez (1-0, 2.57)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Whiting (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Goudeau (1-0, 3.60)
Hagerstown Won, 1-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Alvarado (1-0, 0.00)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 3
• Espino 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Runion (L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, BB, K
• Ramsey 3-4, R, 2-2B
• Turner 3-5, R, 2B, RBI

The RailRiders scored four in the middle innings without an answer from the Chiefs until the 9th to hand Syracuse a 5-3 loss. Paolo Espino let in two on three hits, including a solo HR over five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Sam Runion suffered the loss with three runs allowed on five hits and a walk over two innings. Caleb Ramsey doubled twice and singled once while Trea Turner singled twice and doubled once to account for six of the eight Chiefs hits.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 0
• Mapes (W, 2-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K; 1-1, SAC
• N. Lee 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, 4RBI
• Bostick 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2RBI

Dodgers Fans who didn’t show up until the 3rd inning missed out on all the action as Harrisburg made Reading illiterate with an eight-run 2nd and shut them out, 8-0. Eleven Sens came to bat during the inning, capped off by a Kevin Keyes grand slam, as the big Texan made the Fightins pay for issuing an intentional walk in front of him to load the bases. Tyler Mapes was none the worse for the long wait between innings as he spun six scoreless innings with just two hits and a walk given up and four whiffs to win for the second time in as many starts. Nick Lee and Abel De Los Santos completed the whitewash with three more shutout innings of relief. Christopher Bostick, Rafael Bautista, and Stephen Perez each had two hits while Pleffner walked three times total to lead the ten-hit, five-walk attack.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 3
• Fedde (L, 0-1) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 3HR
• Brinley 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Abreu 2-4, R, HR
• Read 1-4, 2B, RBI

Wilmington doubled up Potomac Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 1 Delmarva 0
• Rodriguez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 9K
• Guilbeau (SV, 1) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Robles 1-3, R, BB
• Page 1-4, RBI

Two Suns pitchers combined to strike out 16 while shutting out the Shorebirds, 1-0. Jefry Rodriguez worked around five baserunners in five innings with nine whiffs to even his won-loss record at 1-1 for the season. Taylor Guilbeau followed with four strong innings of two-hit relief with seven K’s and no walks to earn the save. Victor Robles singled, took second on a wild pitch, and scored on Matthew Page’s two-out single for the game’s only run.

Apr 152016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 (11 inn.) @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.21 in ’15) vs.
Swarzak (0-1, 9.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-0 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (1-0, 7.20) vs.
Pinto (0-0, 4.50)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Tenuta (0-0, 5.79)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Jones (0-0, 0.00)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 Syracuse 0
• Jordan 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Masset (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, BB
• Ramsey 1-3, BB

It was another walkoff last night, but it was the original meaning as the Chiefs reliever and fielders left the field as the losers after a two-out, two-run homer by Gary Sanchez of the RailRiders. Taylor Jordan nearly matched the efforts of Austin Voth of the day before with six shutout innings, no walks, and six K’s for the no-decision. Syracuse was limited to just four hits and five walks, with Brian Goodwin the only batter to connect for extra bases as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Reading 9 Harrisburg 0
• Simms (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Harper 1⅓ P, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 1-4, 2SB
• Pleffner 1-4

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th for Harrisburg when Reading put up a four-run frame to break open a 2-0 game as the Sens lost to the Fightins, 9-0. Starter John Simms rode the “L,” giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Just five men reached base – no one twice – via three singles and two walks while the lineup fanned ten times. Wilmer Difo and Shawn Pleffner were the only two batters to reach third base, both with two outs, as Difo singled and stole second and third in the 4th while Pleffner singled and was pushed over by the third and final single of the night by Kevin Keyes in the 9th.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2
• Estevez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Self 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 1-2, 2BB
• Norfork 2-3, 2B, SF, RBI

Sloppy defense and poor baserunning didn’t help but the Blue Rocks pitchers were also dominant in a 6-2 win over Potomac. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was ineffective, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks over four shaky innings as he took the loss. Khayyan Norfork singled, doubled, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly while Andrew Stevenson singled and walked twice but the rest of the lineup was 2-for-23 with two walks.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 1
• Crownover (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Bach (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Schrock 2-5, 2RBI, SB
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored once in 1st and twice in the 2nd and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Shorebirds. Matt Crownover spun five scoreless innings with two walks and five hits allowed while striking out six to get the “W.” Connor Bach followed with three shutout frames, though he walked three and fanned five for the hold. Max Schrock and Kelvin Gutierrez once again powered the Hagerstown offense, combining for four hits and three RBI on the night. Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Jorge Pantoja reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

Apr 142016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 (13 inn.) @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.21 in ’15)vs.
Cloyd (0-0, 2.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Jannis (0-2, 5.54 in ’15)
Potomac Won, 7-4 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 3.38) vs.
Fernandez (0-0, 2.08)
Hagerstown Won, 8-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 10.80) vs.
C. Jones (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 3 Buffalo 2 (13 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Sizemore 2-6, BB, RBI

Jason Martinson homered in the 8th to tie while Scott Sizemore’s RBI single in the 13th sent the Chiefs fans home happy with a 3-2 win. Austin Voth baked a half-dozen donuts on the Syracuse scoreboard (hey, NBT and Dunkin’ – no free advert… aw, dammit) with six scoreless innings and just three hits allowed with no walks and six whiffs. Pedro Severino, along with Martinson and Sizemore, had two hits while Matt Skole and Brian Goodwin both walked twice to lead the Chiefs’ ten-hit, eight-walk effort.

Binghamton 5 Harrisburg 1
• Williams (L, 0-1) 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Lee 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 2-3, BB
• Kieboom 2-3, BB

Uh, oh – better call AAMCO for the Harrisburg offense, as they were able to get into 1st and 2nd gear but struggled in the clutch in a 5-1 loss to the B-Mets. The Sens left on ten men while collecting ten hits and five walks, led by Ike Ballou and Spencer Kieboom, as each man reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Austen Williams turned in a quality start of two runs on eight hits over six innings but suffered the loss. He struck out four and walked one.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 4
• Valdez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 2HR, WP
• Orlan (H, 1 ) 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Ward 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Norfork 2-3, 2-2B, BB, SB

Potomac piled on five early and scored two late as they took the series finale from Lynchburg, 7-4. Phillips “Exxon” Valdez won for the second time in two starts, though with a Jack Morris line of four runs on seven hits, including two homers, and one walk over five innings. R.C. Orland and Koda Glover both spun two scoreless (and hitless) innings for the hold and save, respectively. Khayyan Norfork doubled twice and Drew Ward singled twice and both walked once to pace the P-Nats offense.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 0
• Hearn ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1BF
• Torres (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Rivera (H, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Schrock 4-4, 3R, BB
• Gutierrez 3-5, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Agustin 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns ‘pen answered the call for help early and turned in a combined two-hit shutout, 8-0. Starting pitcher Taylor Hearn was hurt (ankle) on a 3-1 putout of the first (and only) batter he faced. Luis Torres followed with three and 2/3rds of one-hit, two walk relief and was awarded the win, though Mariano Rivera III was a little bit better with four scoreless and just two baserunners allowed. Max “For Those About To” Schrock saluted the bench five times from first base as he walked once and singled four times while Kelvin Gutierrez singled once and doubled twice as the Hagerstown lineup pounded out 12 hits total.