Aug 272015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (4-4, 2.41) vs.
Bowden (9-4, 2.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (5-6, 2.97) vs.
Fulmer (9-3, 1.82)
Potomac Won, 10-0 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (4-4, 2.62) vs.
McAvoy (9-9, 4.08)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-0, 0.53) vs.
Watson (1-4, 4.28)
Auburn Won, 9-8 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 4.10) vs.
D. Martinez (3-4, 3.45)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-10) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Walters 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Skole 2-4
• den Dekker 1-4, 2B

The RedWings shut out the Chiefs for the second time in the series, 6-0. Taylor Hill lost for the 10th time this year with four runs allowed on eight hits and a walk over five innings. Matt Skole was the sole batter with multiple hits as Syracuse managed just four hits and and one walk and struck out 15 times.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 0
• Bates (L, 5-5) 6⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Bacus 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 1-2, 2BB
• Dykstra 2-4

Harrisburg drew five walks and collected five hits but couldn’t push any runs across as they were blanked by Richmond, 3-0. Colin Bates gave up all three Flying Squirrel runs on nine hits over six and a 1/3rd innings. Shawn Pleffner singled once and drew two walks while Cutter Dykstra went 2-for-4 to lead the Sens offense.
Roster move: OF Derrick Robinson activated from the 7-Day DL

Potomac 10 Frederick 0
• Roark 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Dupra (W, 3-0) 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K
• DeBruin 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Mesa 1-3, R, HR, 4RBI

Potomac scored in each of the first four innings and demolished Frederick, 10-0 in the series finale. Tanner Roark pitched four scoreless innings in his side session first start for Potomac, with three hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Brian Dupra posted a nearly identical line in relief to earn the win. Grant DeBruin led the 11-hit assault with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI in four plate appearances.
Roster move:C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Harrisburg.

Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 6
• Bach 2IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, WP
• Sanchez 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Brinley (L, 1-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Page 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Keniry 2-3, R, BB, SB

The BlueClaws scorched the Suns for six early, then got the gamewinner in the 8th as they edged the Suns, 7-6. Ryan Brinley surrendered a leadoff HR in the 8th to suffer the loss. Matthew Page and Conor Keniry both went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to pace the Hagerstown offense. The loss eliminated Hagerstown from the postseason.

Auburn 9 Mahoning Valley 8
• Borne 3IP, 4H, 5R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Rivera (W, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Eusebio 2-4, R
• Gutierrez 2-5, 3RBI
• Wiseman 2-5, 2RBI

Auburn scored nine runs in the first three innings and held off Mahoning Valley, 9-8, to take the series, 2-1. Starter Grant Borne went the first three innings and was charged with five unearned runs on four hits and no walks over three innings. Mariano Rivera III got the win in relief. Rhett Wiseman and Kelvin Gutierrez both went 2-for-5 and combined for five RBI to lead the Doubledays’ attack.
Roster move: 3B Anderson Franco promoted from GCL Nationals.

Aug 262015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-9, 5.08) vs.
Berrios (11-5, 3.09)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Bates (5-4, 3.98) vs.
Lujan (7-5, 3.45)
Potomac Lost, 4-0;
Won, 7-0
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (1st A+ start of ’15) vs.
Gonzalez (5-10, 6.79)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (6-4, 3.19) vs.
Garcia (8-9, 3.05)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Borne (1-3, 3.11) vs.
Lovegrove (1-5, 5.40)

Syracuse 4 Rochester 1
• Cole (W, 5-5) 6⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Grace (H, 11) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Hague 1-2, BB, RBI, OF assist at 1B (DP)
• Sizemore 1-2, R, 2B, BB

A.J. Cole pitched into the 7th to lead the Chiefs to a 4-1 win over the RedWings. Cole gave up one run on three hits and a walk and struck out seven over six and 2/3rds for his fourth win in five August starts [insert obligatory speculation about September callup here]. Matt Grace lost the shutout bid for Syracuse but earned his 11th hold while Sammy Solis worked around a hit in the 9th for the save. Ricky Hague and Scott Sizemore both went 1-for-2 with a walk to pace the Chiefs’ offense.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 1
• Giolito (L, 2-2) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HBP
• Suero 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Pleffner 1-2, BB

Lucas Giolito couldn’t toss the shutout necessary to win with an AWOL offense as Richmond edged Harrisburg, 2-1. Giolito allowed both Flying Squirrel runs on five hits and a walk while setting down eight on strikes over six and 2/3rds innings to lose his second AA game.
Bryan Harper got the last out of the 7th and Wander Suero tossed a scoreless 8th to keep it close. Shawn Pleffner was the sole Senator to reach base twice with one of four (4) singles and one of two (2) walks recorded by the batters.

Frederick 4 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
• Mapes (L, 4-3) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Masters 1-2
• Webb 0-2, BB
• 0-0 RISP, 2LOB

The Keys nearly no-hit the P-Nats in the opener, shutting out Potomac 4-0 on one hit and one walk. Tyler Mapes was charged with all four Frederick runs on four hits and two walks over five innings to lose for the third time for Potomac. Justin Thomas was lights-out with five K’s to six batters faced over two innings. David Masters singled in the 3rd while Brendan Webb drew a walk in the 7th. Neither batter reached second base.

Potomac 7 Frederick 0 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (W, 3-2) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Valdez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 1-2, BB, RBI
• Martinez 1-3, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Webb 1-3, R, 2B

Potomac’s bats woke up in the nightcap in a 7-0 shutout of Frederick. Ian Dickson went the first five frames and got the win with a LaLoosh-like line of four walks and six whiffs over five innings with one hit allowed. R.C. Orlan followed suit with two walks and two K’s in the 6th for his third hold. Estarlin Martinez and Brendan Webb both went 1-for-3 with a double as the P-Nats scored seven times on seven hits and four walks.
Roster moves: 2B Dan Uggla, 1B-OF Tyler Moore assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; RHP Tanner Roark optioned from Washington.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 3
• Amlung (L, 3-3) 7IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• D. Williams 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2RBI
• Davidson 1-2, R

Lakewood pinched Hagerstown for six runs early en route to a 6-3 win in the series opener. Justin Amlung let in all six BlueClaws runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings for his third Low-A loss. Deion Williams followed with a scoreless 8th. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz’s two-run single — his second of the night — capped off a three-run 5th but the Suns were held to just five hits and three walks total while fanning 11 times.
Roster move: RHP Matt DeRosier assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 0
• Guilbeau 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Torres (L, 5-1) 1IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• Wiseman 1-3, BB
• Kerian 1-3, BB

Mahoning Valley broke the 0-0 tie with three runs in the 9th and completed the shutout for a 3-0 to tie the series at 1-1. Taylor Guilbeau tossed five scoreless innings with four hits allowed for the no-decision. Luis Torres suffered his first loss with all three Scrappers runs allowed on two hits and two walks in his one inning of work. Rhett Wiseman and David Kerian both went 1-for-3 with a walk but the rest of the Doubleday lineup managed just three singles and a double.

Aug 252015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-0 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-5, 3.41) vs.
Dean (10-10, 2.92)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-1, 3.77) vs.
Marte (9-5, 2.48)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (4-2, 2.51) and
Dickson (2-2, 4.15) vs.
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (3-2, 3.20) vs.
Davis (3-5, 3.36)
Auburn Won, 5-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 5.00) vs.
Robinson (1-3, 2.76)

Rochester 9 Syracuse 0
• Bleier (L, 5-2) 4⅔ IP, 12H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K
• McGregor 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mastroianni 1-4, OF assist at HP

It’s feast or famine down the stretch for the Chiefs as they were starved by the RedWings, 9-0. Richard Bleier was knocked for six of those runs on 12 hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings as he lost his second AAA game. The offense mustered just five hits — all singles — no walks and struck out nine times. The loss formally eliminated Syracuse from postseason play.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 3
• Simms 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 9K
• N. Lee (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bostick 2-5, 2B
• Jeroloman 1-2, R, 2BB

After blowing a 1-0 lead in the 7th, Harrisburg rallied for three in the 9th for a 4-3 win. John Simms tossed six shutout innings with five hits allowed, no walks, and nine strikeouts for the no-decision. Nick Lee and Paul Demny each put up a goose egg in the 8th and 9th innings for the win and save. Brian Goodwin’s two-run single completed the comeback that began with Brian Jeroloman’s one-out single, back-to-back walks by Adrian Sanchez and Isaac Ballou, and an infield single by Wilmer Difo.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
The P-Nats’ three-day homestand was shortened to two with a rainout on Monday night. They’ll make it up tonight with a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After the final scheduled off day of the season, Hagerstown travels to Lakewood for four games before returning to the Muni for their final homestand over the weekend. The Suns finish 2015 on the road with five games in Lexington.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 2
• J. Rodriguez (W, 3-5) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Boghosian (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kerian 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Robles 2-4, R, 2B

Randy Encarnacion tied the game with a solo HR in the 4th, then gave Auburn the lead for good with a three-run double in the 5th in a 5-2 win over Mahoning Valley. Jefry Rodriguez got the win, his third for the Doubledays, with a quality start (his fourth overall) of two runs let in on six hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes. Adam Boghosian (2IP) and Kevin Mooney (1IP) combined for three scoreless innings of relief to notch the hold and the save, respectively. Encarnacion was one of five batters to notch multiple hits as the Doubledays collected twelve total and walked twice.

Aug 242015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (5-1, 2.36) vs.
Darnell (3-1, 3.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-0 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-2, 3.73) vs.
Biagini (9-6, 2.59)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (4-2, 2.51) vs.
Hess (8-4, 2.78)
Hagerstown Won, 7-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 9-8 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (2-5, 4.99) vs.
Shane (2-3, 2.95)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 0
• Espino (W, 6-6) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Grace (H, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• den Dekker 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Ramsey 3-4, R, 2B, 3B

Three Syracuse pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout to take the game, 3-0, and the series, 2-1. Paolo Espino one-hit the Bisons for seven innings, walking two and fanning three for his sixth win. Matt Grace gave up the other safety in the 8th to earn his 10th hold while Rafael Martin tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save. Matt den Dekker and Caleb Ramsey completed the cycle in combination with den Dekker smacking a solo shot in the 8th and Ramsey doubling and tripling. Both batters went 3-for-4 with a run scored as the Chiefs registered nine hits total.

Portland 9 Harrisburg 0
• Rauh (L, 1-4) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• A. Sanchez 1-3
• Difo 1-4

Turnabout is fair play as Portland returned the favor from Saturday night with an eight-run 4th on Sunday afternoon en route to 9-0 shutout of Harrisburg on Sunday. Brian Rauh took the brunt of the Sea Dogs’ mauling with six runs charged on seven hits over three and 2/3rds innings. He walked none and struck out two. Offensively, the Senators were in recess with just three singles and two walks total.

Lynchburg 2 Potomac 0
• Howell (L, 0-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
• Johansen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Keller 2-4
• Bautista 1-3, 2B, BB

The Hillcats got two early and shut out the P-Nats to take the game, 2-0, and the series, 2-1. Jeff Howell took the loss despite turning in a quality start in his Carolina League debut. He gave up both Lynchburg runs on five hits and four walks and struck out three. Alec Keller singled twice while Rafael Bautista doubled and walked as Potomac managed just five hits and two walks total.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 4
• Reyes (W, 6-7) 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Brinley (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R

Hagerstown put up four in the 3rd and held off a late charge from Lexington to take the game, 7-4, and split the four-game series. Luis Reyes spun six innings of one one-run ball on two hits and a walk while striking out four to get the “W,” his sixth. Ryan Brinley got the last four outs to earn his first professional save. Bryan Mejia singled once and doubled twice and drove in two to lead the Suns attack.

Williamsport 9 Auburn 8
• Hearn (L, 1-5) 2⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, WP
• Rivera 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 3-3, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Tillero 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Schrock 2-5, 2R, 3B

A five-run 1st and a four-run 5th were too much for the Doubledays to overcome as they fell short of catching the Crosscutters, 9-8. Taylor Hearn lost for the fifth time with five runs let in on nine hits and a walk over two and a 1/3rd innings. Maximo Valerio stranded three when he took over in the 3rd and struck out seven without issuing a walk over three and 2/3rds innings but was lit up for the other four runs on eight hits. Kelvin Gutierrez and Jorge Tillero combined for six hits, including two doubles, a triple (Gutierrez), a homer (Tillero), and five RBI as Auburn pounded out 15 hits on the night.

Aug 232015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (5-6, 3.70) vs.
Hutchison (1st AAA start of ’15)
Harrisburg Won, 12-1 vs. Portland,
1:30 p.m.
Rauh (1-3, 5.06) vs.
Wilkerson (1-1, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 4-2 @ Lynchburg,
4:00 p.m.
Howell (A+ debut) vs.
Peoples (9-3, 3.76)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4 vs. Lexington,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.12) vs.
Marte (4-2, 5.95)
Auburn Lost, 6-3 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-4, 2.84) vs.
Gueller (7-1, 1.84)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 1
• Billings (W, 8-5) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Martin (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB

Matt Skole’s two-run HR in the 6th proved to be the difference as the Chiefs rebounded to beat Buffalo, 3-1. Bruce Billings tossed six shutout innings without a walk and five hits allowed to earn his eighth win. Rafael Martin worked around a two-out walk in the 9th to earn save no. 10. Jason Martinson singled and walked in four trips to the plate and was the sole Syracuse batter to reach base twice.
Roster moves: IF Scott Sizemore assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 12 Portland 1
• Voth (W, 5-6) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bacus 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, RBI

Austin Voth recovered from the shock of having a nine-run lead to work with in the top of the 2nd as the Senators went medieval on the Sea Dogs’ [buttocks] in the 1st en route to a 12-1 demoliton. Voth gave up the lone Portland run on five hits total over five innings to get the win, his fifth. Brian Goodwin singled and doubled and drove in three and led the regulars in the 15-hit outburst by Harrisburg.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2
• Spann (W, 2-6) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Dupra (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, R, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, SB(20)

Potomac took advantage of an error and a wild pitch to score twice in the 6th as they doubled up Lynchburg, 4-2. Matt Spann won his second Car. Lg. game with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk while fanning two. Bruan Dupra followed with three scoreless for his second hold. Alec Keller singled three times in five ABs to lead the Potomac offense, followed by Rafael Bautista’s two doubles and stolen base No. 20.
Roster move: 3B Drew Ward reassigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 4
• Fedde 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• K. Perez (L, 0-2) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, RBI

The Legends scored five times in the last four innings to turn a 2-2 tie into a 7-4 win. Erick Fedde started but had a no-decision with two runs let in on five hits and two walks. He struck out three and gave up a HR. Kevin Perez took the loss with a runs allowed in both the 6th and 7th innings. Raudy Read and Wilman Rodriguez both went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Hagerstown attack.

Williamsport 9 Auburn 3
• Crownover 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johns (L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Wiseman 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Florentino 2-4, R, 3B

Williamsport scored four in the 8th and three in 9th to turn a 2-2 tie into a 9-3 smackdown of Auburn. Matt Crownover started and turned in five shutout innings but saw his 2-0 lead vanish in the top of the 6th. Sam Johns lost for the second time this week as he allowed four unearned runs in the 8th. Rhett Wiseman doubled twice and drove in one while Darryl Florentino singled and tripled to account for four of the eight Doubledays hits.

GCL Update
The G-Nats went 2-4 in their penultimate week of play and were eliminated from the GCL East division race. Looking ahead to 2016, Dominican teenagers Anderson Franco and Telmito Agustin (both 18) are sporting OPS’s of .753 and .855 respectively while almost-20-y.o. Wilber Pena and and 21-in-Dec. Joan Baez are 1-2 in games started.

DSL Update
Likewise, the D-Nats closed out their season with a 2-4 mark and overall record of 31-41, which was good for a 4th-place finish in the Boca Chica North division and 19 games behind the D-Rangers1. Among the first-timers, 17-y.o. Roberto Medina led the batters with a .317/.372/.442 albeit in 34 games while 18-y.o. Pedro Avila had the lowest ERA (2.26) and WHIP (1.06), was second in IP and GS, and averaged a staggering 13.1 K/9IP vs. an equally impressive 2.6 BB/9IP.

Aug 222015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-0 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (7-5, 4.19) vs.
Redmond (2-4, 4.47)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Portland,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-6, 3.01) vs.
McCarthy (6-6, 3.52)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Spann (1-6, 4.92) vs.
Kime (3-6, 4.57)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2;
Won, 6-1
vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-1, 6.00) vs.
Griffin (2-5, 6.13)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 4.66) vs.
Arteaga (4-1, 2.75)

Buffalo 9 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-9) 4IP, 12H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 0HR
• den Dekker 2-3

Buffalo scored in five of their first six turns at bat as they shut out Syracuse, 9-0. Taylor Hill took the brunt of it with five runs charged on 12 hits and one walk over four innings. He struck out four. Matt den Dekker singled twice as did the rest of the Chiefs, who finished with four hits and one walk with just one baserunner reaching second base.
Roster moves: SS Trea Turner placed on the 40-man roster, recalled to Washington; UT Jose Lozada reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 11 Portland 6
• Bates (W, 5-4) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Carpenter 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• A. Sanchez 3-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 2-4, R, BB, 3RBI
• Bostick 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI

The Senators snapped a 3-3 tie with a four-run 5th and cruised to an 11-6 win over the Sea Dogs in the series opener. Colin Bates got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed on six hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings. Adrian Sanchez, Brian Goodwin, and Christopher Bostick combined for seven of the nine Harrisburg hits and eight of the 11 RBI with Sanchez going 3-for-4 and Bostick hitting a three-run HR in the aforementioned 5th.
Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Potomac; OF Denard Span, IF Dan Uggla, RHP David Carpenter assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 2
• A. Williams (L, 4-4) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Walsh 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bautista 1-4, R
• Manuel 1-4, R

Potomac scored early but Lynchburg scored often as the Hillcats beat the P-Nats 5-2. Austen Williams gave up all five runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six. Jake Walsh followed with two perfect innings of relief with two K’s. The offense was limited to five hits and two walks with no batter reaching base twice. Both runs came in the 3rd with the help of a two-base error that enabled Craig Manuel to score from second and Rafael Bautista to take 3rd and score on a groundout by Alec Keller.
Roster move: RHP Jeff Howell reassigned from Hagerstown.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Bach (L, 6-4) 4IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 2K
• Gardner 1-3, R, 2B, SB
• W. Rodriguez 1-3, 2B, RBI

The Legends took advantage of seven walks to score five times on just five hits as they eclipsed the Suns, 5-2 in the opener. Connor Bach issued five of those free passes in just four innings, as he lost for the fourth time with three runs let in over four innings. Jeff Gardner and Wilman Rodriguez both went 1-for-3 with a double but Hagerstown was held to just six hits total.

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 1 — GAME TWO
• A. Lee 4IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Napoli (W, 6-4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keniry 2-2, R, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-2, R, BB, RBI, SB

Hagerstown broke out for five runs in the 2nd and took the nightcap by a 6-1 score over Lexington. Andrew Lee went the first four frames with a one run allowed over four innings on one hit and two walks. He struck out six. David Napoli got the “W” with two scoreless innings of relief. Wilman Rodriguez stayed hot with two singles, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI to lead the offense.
Roster moves: RHP Kevin Perez, OF D.K. Carey activated from the 7-Day DL; C Jake Mayers place on the 7-Day DL.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 1
• Borne (L, 1-3) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K
• Pirro 1IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Kerian 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Jefferies 1-3, R, BB

The Crosscutters struck for three in the 3rd and held off the Doubledays to take the opener, 3-1. Starter Grant Borne took the loss with all three Williamsport runs given up on four hits and no walks while fanning six. Three relievers each turned in a scoreless inning but the offense, which was led by David Kerian’s double and triple in four ABs, couldn’t convert its nine hits and one walk into more than just the one run.

Aug 212015

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-8, 4.83) vs.
Copeland (9-4, 2.60)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Portland,
7:05 p.m.
Bates (4-4, 4.04) vs.
Diaz (1-9, 5.38)
Potomac Canceled @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
A. Williams (4-3, 2.09)
vs. Brown (8-11, 4.99)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Howell (1-0, 0.90) and
Bach (6-3, 3.14) vs.
Auburn Lost, 6-4 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Borne (1-2, 2.76) vs.
Kilome (2-2, 2.55)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
After taking two of three from Pawtucket, the Chiefs return to upstate New York to face Buffalo for three games before taking on Rochester for five games (three home, two away) next week.

Harrisburg 5 Akron 3
• Giolito (W, 2-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Mendez (H, 4) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ballou 1-1, R, HR, RBI, 2BB, CS
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, SF, 2RBI

Lucas Giolito wasn’t as sharp as he was last Friday night, but hung in for five innings to get the win as Harrisburg downed Akron, 5-3. The reigning E.L. Pitcher of the Week walked three and struck out five while allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He threw 87 pitches, 53 for strikes but struggled with his command. The offense pounded out 12 hits, including leadoff HRs by Drew Vettleson and Issac Ballou, doubles by Pedro Severino and Shawn Pleffner and a triple from Adrian Sanchez.

Potomac vs. Wilmington — CNCLD
Rain washed away the finale between the Blue Rocks and P-Nats on Thursday night. As the final meeting between the two teams in 2015, it will not be made up.
Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to August 19.

Hagerstown vs. Lexington — PPD
Likewise, the folks in Hagerstown pulled the plug early in the afternoon. This one, however, will be made up tonight with twinbill starting at 4:35 p.m.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 4
• Guilbeau 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Rivera (L, 0-2) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Kerian 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Jefferies 1-3, R, BB

The Black Bears struck again for three in the 7th and completed the sweep of the two-game series with a 6-4 triumph over the Doubledays. Taylor Guilbeau got the start and went the first five, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks without a strikeout. Mariano Rivera III was taken for three runs on five hits over two innings to suffer the loss, his second. David Kerian doubled and tripled while Rhett Wiseman homered as Auburn scored four times on just six hits.

Aug 202015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 (13 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-1, 4.18) vs.
von Schamann (1-0, 3.60)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
A. Williams (4-3, 2.09) vs.
Mills (6-6, 3.04)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (1-0, 0.90) vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 5-4 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 4.94) vs.
Waddell (0-0, 1.29)

Syracuse 2 Pawtucket 1 (13 inn.)
• Cole 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 8K, HBP
• McGregor (W, 6-5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 9) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 4-6, R, 2-2B
• den Dekker 2-5, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Matt den Dekker’s two-out solo HR in the top of the 13th put the Chiefs over the top and sealed a 2-1 win to take the series by the same score. A.J. Cole started and turned in seven scoreless innings, with five hits allowed, no walks, and a season-high eight strikeouts. He left with a 1-0 lead but Matt Grace blew the save in the 8th. The win went to Scott McGregor, the save to Rafael Martin as both pitchers put up goose eggs in the 12th and 13th innings respectively. Trea Turner singled twice and doubled twice and scored the first run to account for four of the eight hits notched by Syracuse.
Roster move: UT Josh Johnson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 5 Akron 3
• Simms (W, 2-2) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP
• De Los Santos (S, 7) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Goodwin 2-4, BB, SB
• Dykstra 2-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Ballou 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Harrisburg rallied for two in the 5th to tie and two in the 7th to win as the Sens ‘pen held the 5-3 lead. John Simms gave up all three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks over seven innings to even his won-loss mark at 2-2. Abel De Los Santos fanned four over two frames to earn his seventh save. Brian Goodwin reached base three times with a walk and two singles and stole a base, one of five on the night by the Senators lineup, which notched 10 hits and four walks total.

Wilmington 7 Potomac 6
• Carpenter 1IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Johansen (BS, 2; L, 1-6) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Norfork 3-4, 3R, 2-2B
• Bautista 2-3, R, SB

It was stoppable force versus a moveable object as the P-Nats were the former and the Blue Rocks were the latter, 7-6. Five pitchers appeared for Potomac, beginning with rehabber David Carpenter, who was nailed for a run in the 1st, and ending with R.C. Orlan letting in one of two inherited runners to tag Jake Johansen with his sixth loss and second blown save. Reed Johnson homered again, smacking a three-run shot in Potomac’s four-run 3rd, while Khayyan Norfork led the regulars with a 3-for-4 night including two doubles and three runs scored.
Roster move: RHP David Carpenter assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 2
• Amlung (L, 3-2) 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Brinley 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Span 2-2, BB, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, BB

Hickory scored three runs off starter Justin Amlung in the first two innings and held off Hagerstown for a 3-2 win. Amlung recovered to go seven full innings, giving up six hits and a walk while setting down three on strikes but for a losing quality start. Ryan Brinley followed with two scoreless innings, but the offense mustered just six hits and three walks beyond the two hits and two walks provided by rehabs Denard Span and Dan Uggla.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 4
• Rodriguez 5IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Johns (L,2-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Robles 0-2, R, SB
• Eusebio 1-3, 2B, RBI

Back-to-back-to-back doubles against the first reliever out of the Black Bears bullpen led to three runs in the top of the 7th and gave the Doubledays a 4-2 lead. An error and a poorly played grounder to the left side put on two runners without the ball leaving the infield to start the bottom of the 7th. A single, a walk, and a double followed as the Auburn bullpen gave those three runs right back for a 5-4 loss. Jefry Rodriguez made the start and pitched five innings of two-run ball, with two hits and two walks allowed and five whiffs. The loss went to Sam Johns on three unearned runs allowed over an inning and 2/3rds. The Doubledays managed just six hits, though four were doubles, and drew no walks while striking out seven times.

Aug 172015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (5-5, 3.43)
Escobar, Ed (0-2, 6.51)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 7-2;
Won, 4-3
vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Auburn Won, 5-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A

Buffalo 3 Syracuse 1
• Billings (L, 7-5) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• den Dekker 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Mastroianni 1-4, 2B

Syracuse’s reversion to the mean continued with a second straight loss to Buffalo, 3-1. Bruce Billings turned in a quality start of three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings and was rewarded with a loss. The offense was limited to just five hits, with Matt den Dekker’s solo HR in the 5th breaking up the Bisons’ shutout bid.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 3
• Voth (L, 4-6) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bacus 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corona 1-2, R, BB
• Difo 2-5

Austin Voth pitches well, gets no-decision; bullpen implodes, offense is too little, too late. It was a familiar sequence as Harrisburg lost the rubber game of the series, 7-3. Voth let in two runs over five innings on six hits and two walks while fanning five. The BaySox piled on two in the 8th and three in the 9th to break open a 2-1 game. The Sens managed just six hits, with Wilmer Difo and Reegie Corona the only batters to reach base twice.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 1
• Rauh (L, 2-2) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 9K, HR, HBP
• Valdez 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• DeBruin 2-4, 2B
• Norfork 2-4, R

Starter Brian Rauh pitched well enough to win, but the offense was out to lunch as the Blue Rocks took the series finale from the P-Nats, 4-1. Rauh gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks but struck out nine over seven innings. The Potomac offense eked out six hits, including a double by Grant DeBruin and an RBI triple by Zach Wright but was 0-for-6 with RISP and left on six.
Roster move: OF Denard Span assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 2 — GAME ONE
• Bach (W, 6-3) 5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Brinley 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Stevenson 2-3, R, BB, SB
• Mayers 2-4, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, HR, 5RBI

Highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, the Suns broke out for six runs in the 6th, and took the opener from the Intimidators, 7-2. The big fly took Connor Bach off the hook for the would-be 2-1 loss and instead gave him his sixth “W” with two runs allowed on two hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Andrew Stevenson paced the Hagerstown attack with two singles, a walk, and a stolen base.

Hagerstown 4 vs. Kannapolis 3 — GAME TWO
• A. Lee 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• D. Williams (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2R
• Mejia 2-3, SB
• Reistetter 2-4, 2RBI

Hagerstown survived a late rally from Kannapolis to take the nightcap, 4-3 and sweep the doubleheader. Andrew Lee got the spot start and was perfect through three before turning the ball over to Deion Williams, who got the win with two scoreless innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, Bryan Mejia, and Matt Reistetter each collected two singles as the Suns registered eight hits total.

Auburn 5 Batavia 2
• Crownover 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Boghosian (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, 2B
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

The Doubledays fell behind 2-1 in the top of the 8th but rallied for four to take the series finale, 5-2. Starter Matthew Crownover gave up a run on five hits but walked none and struck out two for a no-decision. Maximo Valerio followed with two goose eggs in his NYPL debut. Adam Boghosian was credited with the win as the pitcher of record but gave up the go-ahead run in the 8th on a hit and a walk. Luis Torres pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his second. Rhett Wiseman’s two-run single highlighted Auburn’s four-run 8th. Randy Encarnacion led the offense with single and a double and a run scored.

Aug 162015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Billings (7-4, 4.17) vs.
Redmond (1-4, 4.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-1 vs. Bowie,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 2.99) vs.
C. Lee (2-0, 3.18)
Potomac Lost, 13-10 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-1, 2.21) vs.
Lovvorn (2-3, 4.02)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Bach (5-3, 3.21) and
TBD vs.
Thompson (3-5, 4.59) and
Peralta (4-8, 6.04)
Auburn Won, 9-3;
Lost, 8-5
vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 5.12) vs.
Lilek (1-2, 3.90)

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-8) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• McGregor 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Syracuse’s ride ended with a 4-0, four-hit shutout by Buffalo. Taylor Hill suffered the loss despite pitching fairly well: one run on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings. The Chiefs bats were held to just four hits — two singles by Matt den Dekker and doubles by Emmanuel Burriss and Matt Skole.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill activated from 7-Day DL.

Bowie 9 Harrisburg 1
• Bates (L, 4-4) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Lee 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-4, R
• Lozada 1-4, RBI

The BaySox knifed the Senators in the middle innings, breaking a 1-1 tie with a run in the 5th then eviscerating the Sens ‘pen for four in the 6th and three in the 7th en route to a 9-1 win. Colin Bates took the loss with five innings of two-run ball on seven hits and a walk while striking out two. Shawn Pleffner was the sole Harrisburg bat to reach base twice as he went 2-for-4 and scored the lone run on Jose Lozada’s two-out single in the 4th.

Wilmington 13 Potomac 10
• Spann 5⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Johansen (BS, 1; L, 1-5) 6BF, 4H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HR, 1-1 IR-S
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• DeBruin 3-6, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Webb 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

The Blue Rocks took advantage of sloppy defense and pounced on flat fastballs for seven runs in the 6th as they outslugged the P-Nats, 13-10. Matt Spann swapped spots with Brian Rauh in the announced rotation and looked like he was out of sync, giving up runs in every inning but one over five and a 1/3rd thrown. He was charged with six runs on eight hits and two walks and gave up two homers. The loss went to Jake Johansen, who faced six batters and retired none, giving up four hits (including a HR), a walk and committing multiple misplays, only one of which was deemed an error. Offensively, Rafael Bautista and Grant DeBruin powered the P-Nats attack again with six hits, four runs, three RBI (DeBruin) and two stolen bases (Bautista).

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
Rain postponed last night’s game to a dreaded getaway day doubleheader for both teams.

Auburn 9 Batavia 3 — GAME ONE
• Guilbeau 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, WP
• Johns (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Jefferies 3-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Eusebio 2-3, 2R, SF, RBI
• Wiseman 2-4, 3RBI

Auburn struck for five in the 1st and cruised to a 9-3 win over Batavia in the opener. Taylor Guilbeau fell one inning short of qualifying for the win, giving up all three Muckdog runs on five hits over four innings. The “W” went to Sam Johns for pitching a scoreless 5th, walking one and striking out one. Jake Jefferies powered the Doubleday attack with a single, two doubles, and two RBI while scoring a run and stealing a base.

Batavia 8 Auburn 5 — GAME TWO
• Borne 4IP, 5H, 5R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Ramos (L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Eusebio 3-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Wiseman 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

The Doubledays twice led the nightcap — 2-0 and 5-3 — but the bullpen couldn’t hold the Muckdogs in an 8-5 loss. Grant Borne went the first four innings and was charged with the first five runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out three. David Ramos didn’t blow the save but lost the game with two runs coughed up in the 5th. Diomedes Eusebio paced the Auburn offense with two singles, a double, and a stolen base, going 5-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI for the twinbill.
Roster move: RHP Maximo Valerio promoted from the GCL Nationals.

GCL Update
Two weeks remain for the last-place G-Nats, who fell to six games back with a 1-5 week and are on a four-game slide. The elimination number is seven. The bump up for Valerio (see above) is encouraging at the individual level, but the usage of pitchers in Hagerstown (see the most recent GBI) gives little confidence that more will follow.

DSL Update
It’s the final week for the DSL and a four-game slide clinched a losing season for the first time since 2011. There’s not much else to write that hasn’t already been written… it’s the youngest set of bats in the DSL and fourth-youngest set of arms; let’s see what happens next year when the organization decides who stays and who goes up or out.