Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-6, 3.50) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-2, 3.38)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 4-3 (11 inn.) ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 14-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-6, 2.75 @ DSL in ’15) vs.
L. Jimenez (3-5, 5.01 @ AZL in ’15)


Syracuse 2 Columbus 1 (10 inn.)
• Long 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 5-2) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-4, 2K
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI

The Chiefs rallied for two in the bottom of the 10th to end a seven-game losing streak and take the series finale, 2-1. It also transformed Erik Davis’s “L” to a “W” as he gave up the Clippers’ go-ahead run in the top of of the 10th. Jaron Long (7IP), Bryan Harper (1IP), and Rafael Martin (1IP) made the donuts in regulation, combining for six hits and one walk allowed and six strikeouts. A single, an RBI double by Steve Lombardozzi, a Trea Turner walk, and a sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin got the job done, though Syracuse was held to five hits and five walks total over nine and 2/3rds innings.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 1
• Lopez (W, 2-5) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 13K
• Suero (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Soto 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Collier 2-3, R

Reynaldo Lopez struck out 13 for the second time in three starts as Harrisburg took the game, 4-1 and the series 2-1 from Reading. The 22-y.o. Dominican issued no walks and gave up just the one run to the Fightins on five hits over seven innings for his second win. The Sens ‘pen did their best to test the hearts and/or stomachs of the fans and the manager (not necessarily respectively) as they loaded the bases in the 8th and and put on two in the 9th but stranded all five basrunners. Neftali Soto singled, walked, and homered to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: RHP Abel de Los Santos reassigned from Syracuse..

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 (11 inn.)
• Crownover 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Orlan 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 3-5
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

The P-Nats blew a 3-0 lead but prevailed in extras to take the series finale, 4-3 from the Pelicans and finish the first half at .500 (34-34). Matthew Crownover went the first five innings and gave up two runs on a two-out, two-run HR in his fifth and final inning. He walked three and struck out five while allowing four hits. The southpaw lost the possible “W” in the 8th when Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez let in the equalizer on two hits for a blown save, his first. A walk, a single, and a sacrifice in the 11th set up David Masters for the gamewinner, which he delivered with a single to center and the 12th Potomac hit of the game.

Greenville 3 Hagerstown 2
• Avila (L, 5-5) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Lambert 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Davidson 2-3, BB

Hagerstown fell behind 3-0 early and fell short of tying the game in the 8th for a 3-2 loss to Greenville, slicing their margin of victory for the division title to the minimum of a half game. Pedro Avila allowed all three Drive runs on three hits and three walks over five innings to lose for the fifth time. Austin Davidson reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk while Matthew Page went 2-for-4 with a HR to lead the Suns offense.

Mahoning Valley 14 Auburn 3
• W. Pena (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Conner ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• A. Martinez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ripken 2-4, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI

The Scrappers scored in six of nine “ups” to destroy the Doubledays, 14-3. Starter Wilber Pena took the brunt of the beating with six runs allowed on four hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Andres Martinez led the hitters with two singles and a double and an RBI, followed by Ryan Ripken who doubled twice and walked once.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Long (0-1, 8.00) vs.
Clevinger (6-0, 2.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Lopez (1-5, 3.82) vs.
Pinto (2-2, 4.40)
Potomac Lost, 2-1;
Lost, 4-0
vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 6.60) vs.
Null (2-3, 3.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Greenville,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (5-4, 3.02) vs.
Jimenez (1-1, 8.25)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Pena (1-6, 3.92 @ GCL in ’15) vs.
Hillman (0-2, 4.13 @ AZL in ’15)


Columbus 4 Syracuse 3
• Voth (L, 3-3) 7IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Gutierrez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R, RBI

The Chiefs’ circle of the drain took another spin with a 4-3 loss to the Clippers, the seventh straight defeat. Austin Voth went seven innings, shutting out Columbus for six of them, but the four-run 5th rigged him with his third loss with four hits (three doubles) and one walk allowed. He struck out five. J.C. Gutierrez both followed with a goose egg, but the Syracuse offense continues to struggle. While they drew 10 walks, just one of them scored and the team left on 14 while going 3-for-14 with RISP. Jason Martinson and Brian Goodwin both went 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the seven-hit effort.

Harrisburg 2 Reading 0
• Ross (W 3-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Glover (SV, 4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-3, R, BB, SB, 2CS, E(15)
• Kieboom 2-3, R

Greg Ross continues to dominate in his return to AA, tossing another seven scoreless innings as Harrisburg shut out Reading, 2-0. Ross gave up three hits and two walks while striking out five to win his third straight start since his callup from Potomac. Wander Suero and Koda Glover combined for two perfect innings to earn the hold and save, respectively. Wilmer Difo and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the nine-hit, four-walk offense.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 1 – GAME ONE
• Williams (L, 0-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, BB

Since swapping places with Greg Ross, Austen Williams hasn’t been as brilliant but has pitched well enough win, twice. And has lost, twice – the latest by a 2-1 decision at the wings of the Pelicans. Williams gave up both Myrtle Beach runs on four hits (one HR) and a walk while setting down six on strikes over six innings. The P-Nats mustered just three singles and a double while walking four times, with Drew Ward and Dale Carey the only two batters to reach base twice.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Reyes (L, 3-7) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K
• Spann 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 2-3
• Masters 1-3

Myrtle Beach got four in the 3rd and it was more than enough to secure the doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 shutout of Potomac. Luis Reyes took the loss with all four Pelicans runs allowed on five hits and four walks over five innings. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos went 2-for-3; the rest of the team went 3-for-23 with two walks.

Greenville 7 Hagerstown 1
• Bourque (L, 0-3) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Rivera 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 1-3, BB, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 1-3, R

The Suns lost, 7-1, but thanks to Delmarva dropping the opener of its doubleheader, Hagerstown clinched the first-half division title. James Bourque lost for the third time in as many starts with three runs let in on seven hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three. Only Mariano Rivera III managed to stall the Drive with a scoreless 9th as Greenville piled on four more against Luis Torres and Taylor Guilbeau. Rhett Wiseman was the only batter to reach base twice as the Suns were held to four hits and three walks.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Mills (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Fuentes (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Ripken 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• La Bruna 2-4, R
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB, 2SB, OF assist at 3B

Auburn completed the two-game sweep of Batavia with a 5-1 win. McKenzie Mills navigated through nine baserunners (six hit, three walks) in five scoreless innings for the win. Steve Fuentes gave up the lone run on two hits and a walk while earning the save. Ryan Ripken (turns 23 next month) continues to punish significantly younger pitchers with a single, double, and a walk and two RBI, as did Angelo La Bruna (turned 24 in April) with a pair of singles as the Doubledays took advantage of seven walks and an error to score five times on six hits. Roster moves: As noted in the comments, 3B Sheldon “Come On Feel The” Neuse was signed by Washington and assigned to the Doubledays roster.

DSL Update
The D-Nats dropped four of six to fall to 5-7 on the season thus far. Longtime DSLer Angel Guillen (19, but in his third season at the level) has struck out 12 in ten scoreless innings across two starts to lead the pitchers. Returnees Santo Falcon (19) Brailin Mesa (18), and Jesus Morales (18) are each posting .800+ OPS marks over the first two weeks to lead the hitters.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 vs. Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.90) vs.
Plutko (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 vs. Reading,
6:00 p.m.
Ross (2-0, 0.00) vs.
Morris (0-0, 9.82)
Potomac Won, 4-2;
Won, 4-3
vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:00 p.m.
Williams (0-1, 2.57) and
Reyes (3-6, 5.18) vs.
Clifton (4-3, 2.21) and
Leal (8-3, 3.55)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1;
Won, 4-1
vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-2, 8.22) vs.
Almonte (1-1, 2.90)
Auburn Won, 3-0 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (0-2, 7.71 in ’15) vs.
McKay (1-3, 4.15 @ GCL in ’15)


Columbus 8 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 3-6) 6IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, HR(9)
• De Los Santos 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Severino 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• den Dekker 0-2, R, 2BB
• 1-9 RISP, 10 LOB

Columbus scored in six of nine innings as they, um, sailed past Syracuse for an 8-3 win. Chiefs starter Taylor Hill took the loss, his sixth, as he gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings while striking out four. The Syracuse offense took advantage of four Clipper errors and seven walks issued to score three times on just five (5) hits. Pedro Severino led the way with a single, a double, and two walks.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 0
• Valdez (L, 0-1) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, HBP
• Simms 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 1-2, 2B, 2BB
• Collier 2-4

Former National farmhand Nick Pivetta shut down his former teammates with a seven-hit shutout as the Fightins’ filibustered the Senators, 4-0. Phillips Valdez had but one bad inning—four in the 2nd—in six innings pitched, as he lost his first AA game with six hits and a walk allowed while fanning four. Wilmer Difo walked twice and doubled once while Zach Collier went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles to account for three of the seven hits and two of the three walks allowed by Pivetta.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 2 – GAME ONE
• Fedde 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Brinley (W, 3-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mejia 2-3, 2B
• Read 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Raudy Read’s line-drive, two-run HR to left-center ended the opener in “extras,” for a 4-3 Potomac win over Myrtle Beach in eight innings. Erick Fedde returned from the DL to pitch four innings of one-run ball on two walks and three hits as he set down two on strikes. The win went to Ryan Brinley for a scoreless 8th with a walks and two whiffs. Drew Ward also homered while Bryan Mejia led the hit column with a single and a double in three at-bats.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3
• Whiting (W, 7-2) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Orlan (SV, 7) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, 2B
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

The Pelicans got sloppy on defense and it cost them dearly as the P-Nats scored four times in the 3rd on just two hits that left the infield and two errors in a 4-3 win to complete the doubleheader sweep. Boone Whiting shook off two shaky innings early to win his seventh game. He struck out four on a quality start of two runs on two hits and a walk over six innings. R.C. Orlan held the lead but gave up a run as he was credited with his seventh save. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Drew Ward both went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored to pace the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 6 Greenville 1 – GAME ONE
• Baez (W, 3-5) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 8K
• Borne 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schrock 3-3, 3R, 2-2B, RBI
• DeBruin 1-2, BB, 2RBI
• Page 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

The Suns disengaged the Drive with a four-run 5th to take the opener, 6-1. Joan Baez struck out a season-high of eight over five innings as he won his third game. He let in the lone Greenville run on two hits and three walks. Max “For Those About To” Schrock scored three times and drove in one as he singled once and doubled twice to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Hagerstown 4 Greenville 1– GAME TWO
• DeRosier (W, 3-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Walby (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Robles 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Reetz 2-3, 2B

Hagerstown scored twice in the 1st, twice in the 2nd and cruised to a 4-1` win to sweep the doubleheader. Matt DeRosier notched his third win with as he gave up a run on five hits and a walk over five innings. Jorge Pantoja and Philip Walby each pitched a scoreless innings to earn the hold and save, respectively. The Suns collected nine hits total, seven by the top four hitters in the lineup, with Victor Robles totaling the most bases (4) with a single and a triple in four AB’s. Delmarva is keeping up the pressure with its seventh straight win but is now on the brink of elimination as they must win all three remaining games while Hagerstown loses today and tomorrow to take the first half division title in the Sally North.

Auburn 3 Batavia 0
• Watson 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Encarnacion 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ripken 2-4, R

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout to neuter the Muckdogs, 3-0. Tyler Watson went the first five innings and gave up all three Batavia hits while issuing a walk and striking out seven. Robbie Dickey followed with three scoreless innings, issuing a walk and getting four whiffs. Angher Cespedes worked around a walk in the 9th and got two K’s to push the team total to 13 on the night. Randy Encarnacion’s two-run HR in the 7th broke up the Star Trek convention on the scoreboard while Clayton Brandt drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the third Auburn run.

Friday’s News & Notes

Rain for NPP 2

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-5, 4.75) vs.
Detwiler (0-4, 5.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (0-0, 7.94) vs.
Pivetta (6-4, 3.67)
Potomac Postponed vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:00 p.m.
Fedde (3-3, 5.00) and
Whiting (6-2, 3.26) vs.
Martinez, Jon (3-4, 5.08) and
Hedges (6-4, 2.25)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greenville,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (2-5, 5.21) and
DeRosier (2-3, 5.02) vs.
Espinoza (4-4, 3.35) and
Raudes (6-1, 4.21)
Auburn N/A vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 0.00 @ GCL in ’15) vs.
Hovis (Missed 2015 with Nationals elbow)


Syracuse – OFF DAY
The last-place Chiefs return home on a five-game losing streak as they host the Clippers for three games over Father’s Day weekend. Taylor Hill gets the start tonight against former National Ross Detwiler.

Trenton 3 Harrisburg 1
• Giolito (L, 5-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR, HBP, WP
• Brady 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-4, R, 2B
• Keyes 1-2

Harrisburg fell behind 3-0 after four innings and couldn’t catch up to lose, 3-1 to Trenton. Lucas Giolito needed 92 pitches to get thrrough five innings as he gave up all three Thunder runs (two earned) on six hits (one solo HR) and a walk. He struck out seven while losing his third game. Christopher Bostick singled, doubled, and scored the Senator run to lead the seven-hit, two-walk offense.

Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac – PPD
Last night’s thunderstorms postponed the opener of a five-game series between Potomac and Myrtle Beach and will force back-to-back doubleheaders tonight and tomorrow night, weather/field conditions permitting.
Roster moves: RHP Erick Fedde activated from 7-Day DL; LHP Justin Thomas placed on 7-Day DL.

Greenville vs. Hagerstown – PPD
The rains came from the west to the east and thus washed away the Suns, too. The spectre of 2014 looms as Delmarva continues to win (six straight) and put the pressure on Hagerstown, which leads by a game and a half with four games left in the first half. Third-place Hickory was eliminated with the loss to Delmarva.

Auburn – OPENING DAY
The Doubledays start the 2016 campaign with a five-game homestand: two against Batavia, three against Mahoning Valley. Local beat writer Jeremy Houghtaling has the story on the 2016 roster.

Offseason Update: Oct. 10, 2015

It’s been an interesting week to say the least. And as much as I’d like to say there’s been a lot of news, if you look more closely, there’s a hell of a lot more smoke than fire. The entire Nats coaching staff — many of whom have been mainstays in the organization before the current GM assumed his role — was “informed their contracts would not be renewed” while the Nats have reportedly “offered several jobs to several of our former major league coaches in our system.”

I’d like to know which coaches were offered which jobs. Not that for a minute would I actually believe that Rizzo or the Nationals would answer that directly or honestly, but it would nice if somebody, somewhere would ask such an obvious (and necessary) question. Maybe it was asked, but I doubt it.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Perhaps biggest “news” is that Trea Turner won’t be playing on the taxi squad after all. This never made much sense and sounds like a (yet another) tone-deaf PR maneuver. Meanwhile, Christopher Bostick replaces Wilmer Difo, who was injured last weekend. Games start up on Tuesday the 13th.

BA TOP 20 PROSPECT LISTS
Three Nats made the Carolina League Top 20: Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Austen Williams. Not much argument about Giolito, but the previous accolades and perhaps a weak year seems to account for the picks of Lopez and Williams respectively. Giolito as the top dog in the Eastern League also reeks of laziness, as does the naming of Joe Ross — who is no longer an MLB rookie — at No. 8.

Let me be clear: I’m criticizing Baseball America here. Yes, we get that Giolito is a great talent, but double-dipping means that another guy elsewhere doesn’t get named. And a pitcher that made 13 starts for a second-place team might be a major-leaguer someday?
Even F.P. Santangelo could make that call.

TRANSACTION STUFF
Still fairly slow, as P.J. Walters was re-signed. That’s it.

WINTER LEAGUES
A look over the rosters of the Venezuelan Winter League, which started up on the 7th, has turned up two pitchers and two position players who were with the organization at the end of the 2015 season:

  • Reegie Corona
  • Mario Lisson
  • Paolo Espino
  • Mario Sanchez

So far, no Nationals have been listed on the Mexican Pacific League teams, which began last night.

THE AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS
In 2011 and 2012, the Doubldays were contenders to win the NYPL league. In 2013, they bottomed out with the league’s worst record and worst pitching. The past two seasons, it’s been a slow climb to the .500 mark. It’s worth noting that the first two teams were among the league’s oldest while the last three have been edging towards the average, falling below this year (20.6 vs. 21.1 for bats; 21.1 vs. 21.3 for arms) with the influx of more players from the D.R.

Just two of the seven Washington affiliates surpassed the league average runs scored per game. Not coincidentally, both clubs — Auburn and Hagerstown — were the closest to a winning record. Funny how that works. The Doubledays scored 4.82 R/G (vs. 4.25), which was good for second-best in the league. The pitching and defense let in 4.88 R/G which was third-worst in both categories. Thus, the 36-38 mark is only one off from the Pythagorean projection (for the folks who still mindlessly lament the “collapse” of the 2005 parent club, look at the second paragraph under “Justification”) of 37-37.

Before I unveil the Top 5’s, a note: I’m not listing Victor Robles twice, even though he was head and shoulders above the rest (.311 GPA). If that doesn’t make sense, re-read “BA Top Prospects” above 😉

TOP 5 BATS TOP 5 ARMS
1. Max Schrock, 2B/SS, .272 GPA, .308 BA 1. Erick Fedde, RHP, 2.57/2.60/1.31, 9.26 K/9IP
2. Dalton Dulin, 2B, .273 GPA, .410 OBP 2. Mariano Rivera III, RHP, 5.45/2.70/1.64, 0.82BB/9
3. Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B, .265 GPA, 21 doubles in 62G 3. Tommy Peterson, RHP, 2.66/2.83/1.23, 1.8 BB/9
4. Edwin Lora, SS, .238 GPA, .414 SLG% 4. Taylor Guilbeau, LHP, 3.88/2.89/1.39, 1.6 BB/9
5. David Kerian, 1B, .236 GPA, .995 FA 5. Grant Borne, LHP, 3.59/2.99/1.26, 1.3 BB/9

Honorable mentions to Rhett Wiseman and Matt Crownover; the former was just a tick below Kerian, the latter because he finished very strong — 2.22 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in August. And it pained me to have to include Mariano Rivera III because I am really not a fan of legacy picks (*cough* Shane McCatty *cough*) but like Crownover, getting pounded early skewed his stats.

This is why I like FIP and include it as a “pitcher’s triple slash” because it’s less volatile. Indeed, you’ll see that a lot of the pitchers listed had one thing in common: they didn’t issue walks. We can complain that they didn’t strike out many, either, but that’s a conversation for the comments section.

As always, folks who want to see the numbers for the full team can find them here.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (11 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn Won, 11-10 (10 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A


Syracuse 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 (11 inn.)
• Espino 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• J. Gutierrez 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Overton (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Hague 2-4, BB
• Sizemore 2-5, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

The Chiefs blew it in the 9th and fell behind in the top of the 11th but rallied for two in the bottom of the 11th for their second walk-off in the series, 5-4 over the RailRiders. Paolo Espino started and went the first five innings, giving up a run on seven hits, no walks, and struck out six. The win went to Connor Overton, who was actually in town, though it was a pedestrian one-run, two-inning outing. Matt Skole and Scott Sizemore both homered while Syracuse connected for twelve hits total.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2
• Rauh 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Purke (L, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2-2B

Akron scored single runs in the 4th, 7th, and 8th to edge Harrisburg, 3-2 in the season finale. Brian Rauh gave up the first run on three hits over five innings while walking two and striking out three for a no-decision. The loss went to Matt Purke, who gave up the go-ahead run in the 7th. Christopher Bostick doubled and homered while Khayyan Norfork doubled twice to account for four of the six Senators hits and both runs scored.

Salem 4 Potomac 2
• A. Williams (L, 4-6) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Read 1-3, 2B, BB
• Ward 1-3, R, BB

Salem struck for three in the 3rd and never looked back as they doubled up Potomac for a 4-2 win. Austen Williams gave up all four runs on nine hits, walked none, and struck out four in his sixth Hi-A loss. Jeff Howell and Justin Thomas combined for three scoreless innings of relief, but the P-Nats bats were limited to three singles, three walks, and two doubles (Drew Ward and Raudy Read, who both went 1-for-3).

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 2
• Fedde (W, 1-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, WP
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, 2R, BB, 2SB, CS

Hagerstown scored in three of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead and took the series finale, 6-2 from Lexington. Erick Fedde tossed five shutout innings, with two hits and one walk allowed and seven strikeouts to win his first Low-A game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled twice and homered once to go 3-for-4 and drive in two as the Suns registered nine hits and drew three walks on the afternoon.

Auburn 11 Batavia 10 (10 inn.)
• DeRosier 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Johns (W, 3-2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Dulin 4-5, 3R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Kerian 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, BB, 3RBI

Auburn rallied for two in the 9th to send it into extras, then plated the game-winner in the 10th for an 11-10 win. Matt DeRosier was ineffective in his second NYPL start, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings for a no-decision. Sam Johns was the winning pitcher with one run let in on two hits over three innings. Every Doubleday batter had a hit with tablesetters Dalton Dulin and David Kerian combining for seven hits, four runs scored, two doubles, a triple (Kerian), two walks, and six RBI.


Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.28) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 2-0 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Rauh (2-5, 5.25) vs.
Morimando (10-12, 3.22)
Potomac Lost, 8-0 vs. Salem,
1:05 p.m.
A. Williams (4-5, 2.22) vs.
McAvoy (11-9, 3.90)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-8 @ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Fedde (0-2, 5.25) vs.
Ray (5-6, 6.06)
Auburn Won, 6-1 vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 18.00) vs.
Holloway (5-6, 2.95)


Scanton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 0
• Jordan (L, 5-6) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Billings 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K, 3-1 IR-S
• Mastroianni 1-3, 2B, BB
• Skole 1-4, 2B

The RailRiders ran roughshod on the Chiefs for four runs and 14 hits in a 4-0 shutout. Taylor Jordan was charged with all four runs on 11 hits and two walks (one intentional) over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four in his sixth loss. Bruce Billings let in one of three inherited runners on the 6th and tossed two more scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th to give the offense a chance to come back. They did not. Matt Skole and Darin Mastroianni both doubled while the rest of the lineup managed just four singles.
Roster move: RHP Connor Overton reassigned from Auburn (probably a paper move to activate today’s starter for the Doubledays).

Akron 2 Harrisburg 0
• Voth 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Suero (L, 1-2) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Corona 1-2, 2B, BB
• Bostick 1-4, 3B

A no-decision for Austin Voth? How novel. The 23-y.o. one-hit Akron for six innings as Harrisburg was shut out 2-0. He walked none and struck out seven and received neither a win nor a loss for the 14th time in 28 appearances. The loss went to Wander Suero, who allowed both RubberDuck runs on three hits and two walks in his lone inning pitched. Reegie Corona doubled and Christopher Bostick tripled for the two (2) Senators hits.

Salem 8 Potomac 0
• Dickson (L, 3-3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 1K, WP
• M. Rodriguez 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mesa 2-4
• Wooten 1-3, 2B

Potomac dropped an 8-0 decision to Salem for its tenth shutout loss of the season. Ian Dickson walked only four this time out but lost again after letting in one run on one hit and four walks over an inning and 2/3rds. R.C. Orlan stranded three to finish the 2nd but was lit up for two homers in the 5th to effectively put the game away. The P-Nats bats were held to five hits total with Narciso Mesa the sole hitter to reach base twice with a pair of singles.

Lexington 14 Hagerstown 8
• A. Lee (L, 3-1) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 2WP, HBP
• Brinley 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 4-4, R, 2-2B, BB, 5RBI, SB

The Legends put up four big innings to take an 11-3 lead early as they cruised to a 14-8 victory that clinched a losing record for Hagerstown. Andrew Lee lost for the first time in five starts and was manhandled for six runs on five hits and three walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Bryan Mejia drove five of the eight Hagerstown runs and drew his fifth walk in 67 games as he went 4-for-4 with two doubles to lead the offense.
Roster move: C Jake Mayer placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Andrew Stevenson activate from the 3-Day TIL.

Auburn 6 Batavia 1
• Baez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Rivera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 2-2, 3R, 2BB
• Agustin 3-4, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-4, R

The Doubledays exploded for four runs in the 7th to break open a 1-0 lead as they took this one from Batavia, 6-1. Joan Baez evened his won-loss record with Auburn at 2-2 with six shutout innings, though he put seven runners on with three hits and four walks while fanning six. The bottom third of the order combined for eight hits, five runs, two walks (Ian Sagdal), and three RBI (Telmito Agustin) as Auburn collected 13 hits total.


Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (5-5, 2.75) vs.
Davies (10-8, 3.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 3.03) vs.
Plutko (8-5, 3.05)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-2, 3.52) vs.
Stankiewicz (4-11, 4.22)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 (10 inn.) @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
A. Lee (3-0, 0.34) vs.
Griffin (3-6, 5.49)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (1-2, 10.80) vs.
Weaver (0-1, 0.56)


Syracuse 6 Scanton/Wilkes-Barre 5
• Hill 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Runion (W, 3-3) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Lozada 2-4, R, BB
• Sizemore 2-2, R, HR, 3RBI

The Chiefs built an early 5-1 lead, blew it, then rallied in the 10th for 6-5 win over the RailRiders. Jose Lozada drew a leadoff walk, took second on an Emmanuel Burriss sacrifice, and came home on rulebook single as Isaac Ballou drove the ball over the centerfielder’s head for the gamewinner. Taylor Hill went the first six innings and gave up the first four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three for a no-decision. P.J. Walters gave up the equalizer, thus the blown save, in the 7th. Sam Runion got the win with three scoreless innings in the 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 1
• Bates (L, 6-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI

Akron broke through for three in the 3rd and stifled Harrisburg for a 3-1 win. Colin Bates gave up all three RubberDuck runs on a home run, and six hits total over six innings. He walked three and struck out four. Matt Purke pitched a scoreless 7th while Erik Davis kept Akron at bay in the 8th and 9th. Wilmer Difo scored the lone Senators run after leading off the 4th with a triple and coming home on a Brian Goodwin sacrifice fly. Goodwin later doubled, but the Sens mustered just five hits total and were 0-for-1 with RISP.

Potomac 6 Salem 2
• Mapes (W, 6-3) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Read 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Webb 3-3, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Bautista 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB, CS

Tyler Mapes turned in another seven innings of one-run ball as the P-Nats tripled up the Red Sox, 6-2. Mapes allowed six hits and walked three for his sixth Hi-A win of ’15. Jake Johansen closed out the game with a run in the 8th and a scoreless 9th. Raudy Read and Brendan Webb both reached base four times and combined for two doubles, four runs scored, and four RBI as Potomac collected 11 hits and drew three walks total.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 5
• Bach 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• D. Williams (L, 1-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Abreu 4-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Ruiz 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

The Legends walked off with a two-run shot in the 10th for a 7-5 win over the Suns. Connor Bach started and let in three on five hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings for a no-decision. The loss went to Deion Williams gave up the one hit and walked a batter for the loss, his second. Osvaldo Abreu was a homer short of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Batavia 6 Auburn 3
• Guilbeau (L, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Johns 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Robles 3-5, R, SB, CS
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, BB

Auburn never led in this one as they dropped a 6-3 decision to Batavia. Taylor Guilbeau gave up the first three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings for his third loss. He struck out seven. Victor Robles singled three times in five trips to the plate to lead the Doubledays’ 11-hit parade.


Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Lail (3-2, 3.71) vs.
Hill (3-10, 5.19)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Bates (6-5, 4.19) vs.
Brown (1-3, 3.86)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 2.47) vs.
Buttrey (8-9, 3.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (6-4, 3.75) vs.
Blewett (3-5, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 5-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-2, 3.91) vs.
Squier (5-2, 3.69)


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 1
• McGregor (L, 6-6) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Harper 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Sizemore 2-4, R
• Ballou 2-4, 2B, RBI

Syracuse closed out its road scheduled with a 4-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. Scott McGregor got the nod in place of A.J. Cole and was knocked for two runs on five hits and a walk over four innings to lose his sixth game. Dakota Bacus made his AAA debut but was dinged for a two-run homer in the 5th. Isaac Ballou and Scott Sizemore both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 4
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Corona 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Vettleson 1-2, 2RBI, 2BB, SB
• Difo 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

Lucas Giolito finished up his 2015 campaign with six innings of four-run ball as the Sens beat the ‘Ducks, 7-4. Washington’s top prospect allowed seven hits, including a HR in the 6th, walked one and struck out four to finish with a mark of 4-2 for Harrisburg, 7-7 overall with a combined pitcher’s line of 3.15/2.58/1.28 with 6HR, 37BB, 131K in 117IP. Nick Lee, Gilberto Mendez, and Paul Demny each turned in a scoreless frame to earn the hold(s) and save, respectively. Reegie Corona walked twice, scored twice, and smacked a HR top lead the Harrisburg offense, which drew eight walks total.
Roster move: RHP Tanner Roark recalled to Washington.

Salem 6 Potomac 3
• Howell (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 5BB, 1K, HR, BK
• Walsh 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Mesa 2-4, R
• Read 2-4

Salem scored six times in the 2nd and cruised to a 6-3 win over Potomac in the series opener. Jeff Howell gave up all six runs on five walks and three hits over an inning and 2/3rds to lose for the second time for the P-Nats. Jake Walsh and Derek Self both turned in three and 2/3rds scoreless innings to give the offense a chance to catch up, but the offense could only muster three runs on ten hits and two walks. Narciso Mesa and Raudy Read accounted for four of those hits, each going 2-for-4.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 4
• Amlung (L, 3-4) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• Napoli 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Abreu 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Hagerstown stranded 12 runners, five in the final three innings, as they were edged by Lexington, 5-4 in game two of the five-game series. Justin Amlung let in all five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in his fourth Low-A loss. David Napoli walked two in two scoreless innings of relief. Osvaldo Abreu and Wilman Rodriguez both homered as the Suns pounded out 11 hits and drew six walks in the loss.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 1
• Valerio (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Van Vossen (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Kerian 2-4, 2B
• Schrock 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

The Doubledays scored all five runs in the first four innings as they took the game, 5-1, and the series, 2-1 from the Scrappers. Maximo Valerio spun five scoreless innings for his second NYPL win, with two hits and one walk allowed and four K’s. Mick Van Vossen lost the shutout in the 8th but earned the hold, his second for Auburn. Kelvin Gutierrez and David Kerian both went 2-for-4 with a double as the offense registered 11 hits total.


Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won 2-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (6-5, 4.02) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-2, 3.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (3-2, 3.48) vs.
von Schamman (1-2, 7.40)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (1-1, 2.45) vs.
Ball (8-3, 4.85)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (3-3, 3.88) vs.
Tenuta (2-6, 4.14)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Valerio (1-0, 4.15) vs.
Robinson (2-3, 2.93)


Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1
• Bleier 7⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Runion (BS, 2; W, 2-3) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• J.C. Gutierrez (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, BB

A two-out walk and a stolen base by Isaac Ballou followed by an error led to the deciding run in the top of the 9th as Syracuse edged Lehigh Valley, 2-1. The miscue made a winner out of Sam Runion, who blew a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th. J.C. Gutierrez struck out the side in the 9th for his fourth save. Richard Bleier started and pitched into the 8th with six hits and one walk allowed over seven and a 1/3rd innings. Emmanuel Burriss singled and doubled and scored the first Chiefs run to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus, OF Isaac Ballou reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 2
• Simms (L, 2-3) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SB
• A. Sanchez 2-4, 2B, SB

Richmond posted a picket fence across four innings as they doubled up Harrisburg, 4-2. John Simms started and turned in a quality start of three run on seven hits over seven innings, but lost his third AA game. Wilmer Difo, Christopher Bostick, Adrian Sanchez, and Derrick Robinson each had two hits as the Senators racked up nine total while drawing two walks and stealing four bases.
Roster moves: RHP John Simms activated from the 3-Day TIL; IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 2
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Thomas (W, 1-6) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Wright 1-1, R, 2BB

Grant DeBruin’s two-out, three-run homer was the difference as Potomac took the game, 4-2 and the series, 2-1 from Myrtle Beach. The Earl Weaver special made a winner out of Justin Thomas for the first time in 2015. Thomas pitched two scoreless innings in relief of fellow southpaw Matt Spann, who started and tossed six innings of two-run ball with four hits, two walks and five whiffs. Phillips Valdez struck out the side in the 9th for his fifth save. Zach Wright was the sole P-Nat to reach base multiple times as he singled once and walked twice in three PAs.
Roster move: IF-OF John Wooten activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 2
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• K. Perez (W, 1-3) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Gardner 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB, CS

A three-run 4th broke open a 1-0 game as the Suns debunked the Legends, 5-2 to get back to .500. Jefry Rodriguez started and turned in four scoreless innings with two hits and three walks allowed. He struck out four. The win went to Kevin Perez with one less inning and one more walk. Jeff Gardner walked, singled, and doubled and scored twice to pace the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.
Roster moves: OF Andrew Stevenson placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Jake Mayer activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 4
• Hearn 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Mooney (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• K. Gutierrez 3-4, 3RBI, E(21)
• Florentino 2-4, R, RBI

Auburn turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead that the ‘pen was able to hold for a 5-4 win over Mahoning Valley. Taylor Hearn gave up all four Scrappers runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in four innings. Kevin Mooney, Adam Boghosian, and Mariano Rivera III combined for five scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, hold, and save respectively. Kelvin Gutierrez singled three times and drove in three to lead the Doubledays’ ten-hit parade.
Despite the win, Auburn was eliminated from the NYPL playoffs.