Jun 232015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-2, 4.35) vs.
Haviland (3-4, 4.96)
Harrisburg Won, 7-2;
Lost, 4-3
@ Altoona,
6:35 p.m.
Spann (1-0, 1.99) vs.
Cessa (6-4, 2.34)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (1st SS-A start of ’15) vs.
Beck (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 2 Charlotte 1
• Espino (W, 2-0) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K
• Martin (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lisson 2-2, R, BB
• Mastroianni 2-3, 2-2B, SF, 2RBI, SB

Darin Mastroianni delivered the both RBIs while Paolo Espino turned in another strong start as the Chiefs edged the Knights, 2-1. Mastroianni went 2-for-3 overall with an RBI double in the 5th and a sacrifice fly in the 7th. Espino allowed just an unearned run on five hits and two walks over seven innings for his second AAA win. After a Cordero-esque 8th by Eric Fornataro, Rafael Martin struck out the side in the 9th for a three-up, three-down save, his third of the season.
OF-1B Kevin Keyes was named the I.L. Batter of the Week for June 15-21.

Harrisburg 7 Altoona 2 — GAME ONE
• Bates (W, 3-0) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Harper ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-4, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Vettleson 3-3, 3R, 3B, BB, RBI

Harrisburg broke out for three in the 1st and cruised to a 7-2 win in the opener. Colin Bates pitched into the 7th but lost the shutout bid after a pair of extra-base hits with one out plated the first Altoona run. Bryan Harper got two groundouts to finish the game. Brian Goodwin and Drew Vettleson combined for six hits and six runs scored to lead the Sens 12-hit attack.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 3 — GAME TWO
• Simmons (L, 3-4) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Mendez 2IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Lozada 2-3, R
• Difo 2-4, RBI

A single, error, and a double with two outs in the 6th plated the unearned but decisive runs as the Senators lost the nightcap, 4-3. James Simmons started and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over four innings for the loss. Wilmer Difo went 2-for-4 with an RBI single but was caught stealing in the top of the 7th trying to get into scoring position with one out for pinch-hitter Brian Goodwin, who delivered a single that scored the final Harrisburg run.

The California-Carolina League All-Star game in on the left coast this season, with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes playing host. Spencer Kieboom is candidate to start behind the plate while Nick Pivetta is a possibility for an inning. Potomac manager Tripp Keister is leading the Carolina contingent.

Hagerstown — ALL STAR BREAK
Tonight the Sally League All-Star game will be held in Asheville, NC. RHPs Austen Williams, Drew Van Orden, and IF Grant DeBruin are on the Northern division roster and will most likely appear in reserve roles.

State College 6 Auburn 2
• Crownover (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Gunter 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Mejia 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Keniry 3-5, RBI

State College scored five times before Auburn could answer as they dropped their first decision, 6-2. Washington’s 2015 6th Rd. pick Matt Crownover lost his pro debut as he gave up a two-run HR in his second and final inning of work and three hits total while striking out two and walking none. Offensively, the Doubledays racked up 13 hits with tablesetters Bryan Mejia and Conor Keniry both going 3-for-5 with an RBI, but the clutch hit was elusive as Auburn left on 11 men and hit into two double plays. Cody Gunter made his debut as a pitcher in the 7th and pitched two scoreless innings as he walked two and struck out three.
Roster moves: LHPs Grant Borne, Matthew Crownover, RHP Mariano Rivera Jr. assigned from Washington.

Jun 222015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 (10 inn.) vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (1-3, 2.97) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Bates (2-0, 3.76) and
Simmons (3-3, 3.42) vs.
Dodson (3-3, 3.10) and
Harlan (4-2, 3.89)
Potomac Won, 4-0;
Won, 1-0
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 9-5 @ State College,
1:05 p.m.
TBD vs. J. Perez (5-3, 3.24 @ Appy Lg. in ’14)

Syracuse 1 Buffalo 0 (10 inn.)
• Jordan 7IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Billings (W, 2-3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hague 1-2, BB
• Gwynn 1-4, RBI

Tony Gwynn Jr.’s walkoff single in the 10th broke up the Star Trek convention on the NBT Bank scoreboard for a 1-0 Chiefs win, preventing a three-game sweep by the Bisons. Taylor Jordan ran his scoreless inning streak to 14 with another seven frames, letting up just two hits and walking three. The win went to Bruce Billings, who worked around a pair of two-out singles in the top of the 10th. Syracuse managed just five hits total, with Ricky Hague the sole batter to reach base twice with a single and a walk.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Hill optioned from Washington; OF Mark Minicozzi released; IF Chris Nelson assigned from Washington.

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 3
• Voth (L, 3-5) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K
• De Los Santos 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Vettleson 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th as Altoona scored five times to turn a 3-2 deficit into the eventual 7-3 winning score over Harrisburg. Austin Voth lost for the fifth time, charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out six.
The Senators mustered just five hits total, though three were for extra bases with doubles by Matt Skole and Drew Vettleson and a triple by Shawn Pleffner. You can unbunch your panties about Trea Turner not playing all nine innings. He was spotted slowing up on his way to first after an infield popup (that was nearly dropped) and was most likely benched as a result.

Potomac 4 Carolina 0 — COMP.
• Lopez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Suero (W, 6-2) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Yezzo 2-3, R, RBI
• A. Sanchez 1-3, R, BB, RBI, 2SB

Potomac scored twice before the rains came on Saturday and twice on Sunday as they shut out Carolina, 4-0 in the completion. Three pitchers combined on the three-hit shutout, with starter Reynaldo Lopez allowing two in his three innings on Saturday, winning pitcher Wander Suero one in his five innings on Sunday and Manny Rodriguez striking out two in the 9th. James Yezzo led the Potomac offense with a 2-for-3 game, followed by Adrian Sanchez 1-for-3 effort with a walk and two steals.

Potomac 1 Carolina 0 — GAME TWO
• Mapes (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lee (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ballou 3-3, 2B
• Martinez 1-1, HBP, SB

In the regularly scheduled game, the P-Nats repeated the feat with a 1-0 shutout to close out the first half with three straight wins and a third-place finish in the Carolina North for the 1st half. Tyler Mapes got the win with five innings of two-hit ball, Justin Amlung the hold with a 1-2-3 sixth, and Nick Lee his eighth save with a 1-2-3 seventh. Drew Ward drove in Stephen Perez with the third of three 1st-inning singles to plate the lone Potomac run.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 3
• Purke 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• M. Sanchez (W, 4-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 2-5, R, RBI, CS, E(20)
• Reistetter 2-3, RBI
• Davidson 1-2, 2BB

The Suns rallied for three in the bottom of the 5th to erase a 3-2 Shorebirds lead and held on for 6-3 win that assured a winning record (35-33) for the 1st half. Matt Purke was knocked for three runs, including a two-run HR in his fourth and final inning of work for a no-decision. Mario Sanchez got the win with two perfect innings of relief, while R.C. Orlan, Kevin Perez, and Jake Walsh each turned in a scoreless inning to close out the game. Osvaldo Abreu and Matt Reistetter both had two hits and an RBI as Hagerstown registered 10 hits total on the afternoon.

Auburn 9 Batavia 5
• Fedde 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Ullmann 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Webb (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, K
• Eusebio 3-5, 2RBI
• Encarnacion 2-4, R
• Dulin 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB

Batavia took a 5-2 lead into the 9th only to see Auburn score seven times to complete the sweep. Erick Fedde allowed one run on two hits over three innings in his professional debut, though he walked three and struck out four. Joey Webb got the win despite giving up two runs in the 8th on two hits and two walks. Diomedes Eusebio led the Doubledays hit column with a 3-for-5 effort, followed by Randy Encarnacion at 2-for-4.

Jun 212015

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 (11 inn.) vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (2-3, 3.20) vs.
Francis (2-0, 2.67)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Voth (3-4, 3.22) vs.
Creasy (7-1, 3.01)
Potomac Winning, 2-0
(Susp., 3rd inn.)
vs. Carolina,
12:00 p.m.
TBD and Mapes (0-0, 2.48) vs.
Robertshaw (0-0, 5.11) and
Webster (3-2, 2.91)
Hagerstown Canceled vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 1.50) vs.
Long (2-1, 2.65)
Auburn Won, 9-5 (10 inn.) @ Batavia,
1:05 p.m.
TBD vs. N. Bautista (2-1, 2.41 @ GCL in ’14)

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 3 (11 inn.)
• McGregor 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Meek (L, 2-4) 2IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K
• Keyes 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R, BB

The Chiefs rallied for three in the 6th to tie it at 3-3 but couldn’t push across the go-ahead run as the Bisons broke through for two in the top of the 11th to take this one, 5-3. Starter Scott McGregor pitched into the 7th, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Evan Meek took the loss as he gave up the final two Buffalo runs in the 11th, his second inning of work. Kevin Keyes remains red-hot (11-for-22) since his AAA arrival as the 26-y.o. went 3-for-5 with a three-run double to lead the Syracuse attack

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 0
• Bacus (W, 3-1) 7IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 3K; 0-2, BB
• Difo 3-4, 2R, SB
• Turner 2-4, R
• Skole 2-4, 2RBI

Dakota Bacus tossed a seven-inning shutout in a 4-0 Harrisburg win in the first of two scheduled yesterday. The 24-y.o. allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out three to earn his third AA win. Defensively, Trea Turner, Wilmer Difo, and Matt Skole turned four double plays. Offensively, the trio combined for seven hits and scored three runs to lead the Sens offense. Rain postponed Game Two to Monday night.

Potomac 2 Carolina 0 — SUSP., 3rd inn.
The P-Nats got two in the bottom of the 3rd before the rains came and washed out the game. They’ll resume play today at noon, and play a seven-inning game afterwards.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva — CNCLD
The strong thunderstorms that ripped through Pennsylvania and Virginia also tore through Western Maryland, forcing the cancellation of last night’s game between the Suns and Shorebirds.
Roster move: RHP Deion Williams reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 9 Batavia 5 (10 inn.)
• Rodriguez 5IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, 2WP, HBP
• Feliz 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Plouck (BS, 1); W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Keniry 3-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Guzman 2-4, R, 2B
• Page 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Auburn nearly won it in regulation, but coughed up the game-tying HR with two out in the 9th to force extras. In the 10th, the Doubledays scored four times with two outs, “aided” by two errors and a wild pitch to take this one, 9-5. Cole Plouck got the dreaded blown-save-win while starter Jefry Rodriguez was SSDL with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five tumultuous innings. Conor Keniry led the ten-hit parade with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Matthew Page and Luis Guzman, who both went 2-for-5.
Roster move: RHP Joan Baez reassigned from Hagerstown.

DSL Update
The D-Nats won three and lost four in the third week of the DSL. As you might deduce from a team with a 7-12 record and young pitchers and even younger batters, the offense is below-average (4.46 R/G vs. 5.19) and the pitching is horrid (7.00 vs. 5.20). Omar Meregildo continues to dominate (.951 OPS) as does Pedro Avila, who struck out 16 in two starts this past week to run up his total to 31 K’s in 17⅓ IP.

Jun 202015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-6 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (4-4, 3.58) vs.
Doubront (0-3, 2.65)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Altoona,
4:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 4.34) and
Simmons (3-3, 3.42) vs.
Brault (AA Debut) and TBD
Potomac Won, 4-1 (6 inn.) vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (4-3, 4.85) vs.
Waszak (4-4, 3.29)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 1.50) vs.
Long (2-1, 2.65)
Auburn Won, 10-0 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1st SS-A start of ’15) vs.
White (1-1, 2.61 @ GCL in ’14)

Buffalo 8 Syracuse 6
• Cole (L, 0-4) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Mastroianni 2-5, R, HR, RBI

A.J. Cole’s inability to keep the ball in the yard continues to dog him as a third-inning grand slam proved too much for the Chiefs to overcome in an 8-6 loss to Buffalo. It was the 12th HR he’s given up in 59 innings this season between AAA, MLB, and Spring Training. Cole was charged with five runs total on eight hits and a walk as he lost for the fourth time. Emmanuel Burriss and Kevin Keyes both went 3-for-5 with a double to lead Syracuse’s 15-hit attack.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill recalled to Washington.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 3 (10 inn.)
• Bleier 7&8531; IP, 11H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR; 1-3
• Solis (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Turner 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2SB
• Pleffner 2-5, RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2BB

The thrill of a possible victory came in the top of the 10th when Shawn Pleffner’s RBI single plated Trea Turner for a 3-2 lead. The agony of yet another walkoff loss came in the bottom of the 10th when a double, a single, and an unintentional walk loaded the bases. A hit by pitch tied the game, another hit by pitch gave Altoona the win, Sammy Solis the loss, and Adam Frazier the Homer Simpson RBI. Starter Richard Bleier scattered 11 hits over seven innings of two-run ball for his eighth quality start. Trea Turner ran wild with two doubles, two steals, and two runs scored in a 3-for-5 game.

Potomac 4 Carolina 1 (6 inn.)
• Valdez 5⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Miller 1-1, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Martinez 1-2, R, 3B, RBI

It was rain-shortened win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Justin Amlung reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 2
• Van Orden (W, 4-1) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Napoli (SV, 3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Keller 2-3, 2R, BB, CS
• Abreu 2-2, 2R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 3RBI, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B

A three-run 1st put Hagerstown in the driver’s seat early as they cruised to a 5-2 win over Delmarva. For the second time this month, Drew Van Orden turned in a quality start two days after a relief appearance, giving up both Shorebird runs on four hits and a walk for his fourth win. David Napoli closed it out with three scoreless innings for his third save. Osvaldo Abreu paced the Suns offense as he reached base four times with two walks, a double, and a home run and drove in three.
Roster move: RHP Kevin Perez reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 10 Batavia 0
• Dickey 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Torres (W, 1-0) 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mejia 3-5, 2-2B, 3RBI, 2E
• Lora 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-2, 3R, 2BB

The Doubledays scored in four of the first five innings as they neut, er shut out the MuckDogs, 10-0. Robbie Dickey got the start and turned in three scoreless innings, though he put on four baserunners with two hits and two walks. Luis Torres got the win with five no-hit innings of relief. Second baseman Bryan Mejia made two errors but also doubled twice and went 3-for-5 with three RBI while his double play partner Edwin Lora doubled and tripled while going 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead Auburn’s 13-hit parade.

Jun 192015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-3, 4.76) vs.
Boyd (0-1, 1.29)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Bleier (4-2, 3.46) vs.
Benedict (2-2, 5.46)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (0-2, 7.94) vs.
Gil (1-8, 6.47)
Hagerstown Lost, 13-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Means (5-3, 3.73) vs.
Van Orden (3-1, 1.60)
Auburn N/A @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.

Syracuse — OFF DAY
After their first scheduled day off in June, the Chiefs resume their 10-game homestand with a three-game set against Buffalo, followed by four against Charlotte.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 7 Richmond 6
• Spann 3IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Harper (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Bostick 1-4, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg’s six-run 5th turned a 4-1 deficit into a 7-4 lead, which the bullpen (*not a spoiler alert*) nearly blew for a 7-6 win to prevent a three-game sweep by Richmond. Matt Spann needed 76 pitches to get through three innings, in which he gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out three. Bryan Harper got the win for two scoreless innings, with one hit and one strikeout. Wilmer Difo led off and went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored to lead the Senator offense.

Carolina 5 Potomac 3
• Simms 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Self (L, 2-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Manuel 2-4, RBI, PO at 1B
• Miller 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI, OF assist at 2B

The Mudcats rallied for two in the 8th to snap a 3-3 tie and held on to hand the P-Nats a 5-3 loss. John Simms started and let up three over six innings on six hits and three walks while fanning four. The loss went to Derek Self, his first for Potomac in 2015, as he was charged with two runs, four hits, two walks, and no K’s over two innings. Potomac racked up 10 hits and drew two walks but left on just six as they hit into two double plays and ran into an out at second. Craig Manuel and John Wooten both went 2-for-4 while Brandon Miller homered.

Kannapolis 13 Hagerstown 5
• Baez (L, 0-1) 1+ IP, 5H, 8R, 8ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR
• Bach 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, 1-1 IR-S
• Reistetter 2-3, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, BB, RBI, E(19)
• Dent 2-4, R, RBI

Kannapolis struck for eight runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 13-5 win over Hagerstown to salvage the three-game series. Starter and loser Joan Baez retired just three of 12 batters faced in one-plus innings, burned for eight runs on five hits and three walks without a strikeout or a home run. Osvaldo Abreu tripled, homered, and walked while committing his 19th error to the lead the Suns nine-hit, four-walk attack.

Auburn — Opening Day
The Doubledays open the 2015 season on the road with three against the Muckdogs and three against Crosscutters. As some have noted in the comments, the roster does not appear to be set yet (just nine pitchers and nine position players as of this writing at ~7 a.m. EDT) nor has the team issued a press release regarding the Opening Day roster.

Sep 022014
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Won, 3-0 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Won, 6-1 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 9-8 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn Won, 4-3 END OF SEASON N/A

Buffalo 8 Syracuse 2
• Laffey (L, 12-6) 4IP, 13H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Runion 3IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Dobbs 2-4, 2B
• Hood 1-4, 2B, RBI

The Syracuse pitching staff presented few challenges to Buffalo in an 8-2 regular -season finale loss. With one out in the 1st, the Bisons loaded the bases on three singles before Matt Hague singled in Darin Mastroianni. After recording the first two outs in the 2nd, starter and loser Aaron Laffey allowed five hits, including two doubles. Among the thirteen hits Laffey allowed on the night and the twenty hits the Chiefs staff allowed, the biggest blow was a Brett Wallace double to left that scored Mastroianni and Cole Gilespie and put Syracuse down, 4-0. The Chiefs responded with an RBI double by Alabaman Destin Hood that scored Greg Dobbs. Laffey would give up two more runs on four hits and a sacrifice fly in the 4th before departing down 6-1. Sam Runion came on to start the 5th and was rudely greeted by a single, a double, and two more singles that put Syracuse down 8-1 before they put some lipstick on the pig with a Greg Dobbs ground-rule double and Will Rhymes RBI single off Brandon Morrow in the 9th.
Roster moves: Activated C Jeff Howell from 7-Day DL, CF Eury Perez from 3-Day TIL; Washington recalled C Sandy Leon, 1B-OF Tyler Moore, RHPs Blake Treinen, Aaron Barrett, LHP Xavier Cedeno; OF Steven Souza removed from roster, MLB rehab assignment ended (activated from MLB 15-Day DL).

Harrisburg 3 Portland 0
• Demny 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Simmons (W, 3-4) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Bates (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Tejeda 2-3, 2R, BB, CS
• Latimore 2-5, R, SB

Harrisburg avoided a tie for its worst record ever with a 3-0 whitewash of Portland in the season finale. Five Senators relievers combined on the shutout the Sea Dogs, beginning with Paul Demny, who threw three innings with two hits and two whiffs. Harrisburg scored an unearned run in the 2nd when Oscar Tejeda walked, took second on an error as Portland 2B Sean Coyle dropped the throw from the catcher, and scored on an RBI single by Adrian Sanchez. Tejeda and Sanchez teamed up again in the 4th as Oscar singled with one out to start the rally and Adrian beat out a double-play ball for his second RBI. James Simmons went the next three innings and earned the win by working around a one-out double in the 4th, an error in the 5th, and two-out double in the 6th. The Sens got their final tally of the 2014 campaign with a Drew Vettleson RBI single to score Quincy “The Dude” Latimore in the 7th. Robert Benincasa put up a zero the 8th to earn his first hold while Colin Bates closed it out in the 9th for his third save.

Potomac 6 Frederick 1
• Spann 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Henke (W, 5-2) 4IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Martinez 3-4, R
• Oduber 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Norfork 2-5, RBI

The Frederick fans that waited out the 104-minute rain delay might have left soon afterwards as the Keys relievers were unlocked for six runs over their first three full innings of work in a 6-1 loss to Potomac. P-Nats starter Matthew Spann threw three no-hit innings, needing just 23 pitches to go through the Frederick lineup once, as the one baserunner he allowed (walk) was erased on a double play. Travis Henke took over after the rain stopped play with one out in the top of the 4th and went the next four frames, giving up a run on five hits and a walk to earn his fifth win. Estarlin Martinez went 3-for-4 to lead the hit column while Pedro Severino went deep with a two-run blast to break the 0-0 deadlock in the 5th.
Roster move: RHP Ross Ohlendorf removed from roster, assignment with Potomac completed.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 8
• Cooper 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Johns (BS, 3; L, 3-2) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Kieboom 2-3, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Yezzo 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Mesa 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

In an apparent effort to keep the starters rested, the Suns used all relievers and blew a 7-3 lead to lose the final game of the regular season, 9-8. Andrew Cooper was barreled up for three runs on a pair of 2nd-inning homers and four hits total over three innings. Spencer Kieboom got two runs back via solo HRs as Hagerstown piled up five runs over 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings to take the aforementioned 7-3 lead. Ryan Ullmann gave up three in the 7th and 8th innings while Samuel Johns was pinched for the final three Lakewood runs for his second loss and third blown save. James Yezzo and Narciso Mesa combined for six hits, four runs, two doubles, a homer (Yezzo) and four RBI to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 4 Batavia 3
• Bourque (W, 3-5) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Bach (H, 5) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Gardner 3-4, 2B, CS
• Abreu 2-3, 2R, SB(10)

The Doubledays rallied from an early 3-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the 3rd and neutered the Muckdogs over the final six innings for a 4-3 win to close out the season. Starter James Bourque gave up all three Batavia runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four to earn his third win. Connor Bach followed with three scoreless innings for his fifth hold while Tyler Mapes worked around a hit in the ninth to notch his fifth save. Jeff Gardner singled twice and doubled once to lead Auburn’s 11-hit parade.

Sep 012014
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Buffalo,
2:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Copeland (2-1, 2.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Portland,
2:00 p.m.
Potomac Won, 6-5;
Won, 5-4
@ Frederick,
2:00 p.m.
Spann (9-5, 3.92)
vs. Brault (2-0, 0.69)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Cooper (7-4, 5.78) vs.
Prosinski (5-5, 3.50)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
Bourque (2-5, 4.03) vs.
Smigelski (2-1, 4.66)

Syracuse 4 Buffalo 3
• Espino 6⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Mattheus (H, 7) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Delcarmen (BS, 3)(W, 4-4) 1IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Moore 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Solano 2-3, R 2B, 2RBI

The Chiefs followed up their division-clinching road victory Saturday with a thrilling 4-3 walkoff win Sunday over the Bisons. Syracuse jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd with a Tyler Moore double followed by two-out doubles from Greg Dobbs and Jhonatan Solano. The Chiefs then loaded the bases with one out in the 4th on a Brandon Laird single, Destin Hood double and Greg Dobbs walk. Solano kept the line moving with a single that scored Moore, but Jose Lozada grounded into an inning-ending double play. Buffalo tied the game up with an RBI double by Brett Wallace in the 7th off starter Paolo Espino, an RBI double by Dalton Pompey off reliever Ryan Mattheus in the 8th, and an RBI single off Manny Delcarmen in the 9th. Order was restored when Destin Hood led off the 9th against Chris Hynes with his tenth homer to end the proceedings.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP A.J. Cole transferred to GCL Nationals roster.

Portland 6 Harrisburg 2
• Kroenke (L, 3-9) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Benincasa 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Canham 2-3, RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, R

The Harrisburg Senators suffered through a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Portland Sea Dogs yesterday. Mike Miller hit a homer to put Portland up 1-0 with one out in the 1st. After Jason Martinson and Drew Vettleson singled, Mitch Canham tied the score at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly that drove home Martinson. Miller continued his devastation against Harrisburg with a bases-clearing double in the 5th that scored Ryan Dent, Heiker Meneses and Shannon Wilkerson against starter and loser Zach Kroenke. Neil Holland gave up two more runs on an RBI double to Jonathan Roof and a sacrifice fly double play where Caleb Ramsey gunned down Roof trying to advance to third. Portland’s Mike McCarthy made things interesting in the 9th when Harrisburg loaded up the bases and scored a run on a one-out RBI single by Ramsey. Portland closer Noe Ramirez was then summoned to record his eighteenth save, which came on a Quincy Latimore double play.

Potomac 6 Frederick 5 — GAME ONE
• Ohlendorf 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Harper (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mendez (SV, 15) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Renda 2-3, R, 2BB, SB
• McQuillan 2-2, R, 2BB

After a 92-minute rain delay, the P-Nats racked up four in the 1st and held on for a 6-5 win in the opener. Ross Ohlendorf came out of witness protection to pitch three shutout innings, with two hits and a walk given up and two set down on strikes. Pedro Encarnacion blew a 5-0 lead with five runs allowed over an inning and 2/3rds in relief. The game-winning run came on a double-play ball in the 6th after Khayyan Norfork walked and took third on Mike McQuillan’s second single of the game. Bryan Harper, who stranded the go-ahead run in the 5th, got the win while Gilberto Mendez racked up his 15th save with four-out save. Tony Renda singled twice and walked twice to pace the Potomac offense.

Potomac 5 Frederick 4 — GAME TWO
• Bacus (W, 7-6) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Wooten 2-2, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Martinez 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

In the nightcap, the two teams traded punches in the 2nd and 3rd innings with the P-Nats outpointing the Keys, 5-4 to sweep the doubleheader and eliminate Frederick from the playoffs. Estarlin Martinez smacked a two-run triple and scored on a wild pitch to open the barrage in the 2nd, while John Wooten’s one-out triple drove in the fourth and fifth Potomac runs in the 3rd. Dakota Bacus weathered one run in the 2nd (HR), and three in the 3rd, but made it through five innings to earn his seventh win. Manny Rodriguez spun two scoreless innings in his Carolina League debut to earn the save.
Roster moves: RHP Ross Ohlendorf assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 2
• Pivetta 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP, WP
• Lee (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• C. Lopez 2-3, 2B, BB
• Chubb 1-2, R, 2BB
• Masters 1-3, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Suns rallied for three in the bottom of the 8th for a 5-2 sportswriter’s win that secured the Sally North second half title (and not much else, thanks to the Sally League’s playoff procedures). Nick Pivetta got the start and let in two over five innings on six hits, no walks and three whiffs. Jake Johansen turned in his first scoreless outing in three weeks with doughnuts in the 6th and 7th innings while Nick Lee got the win with a pair of zeroes in the 8th and 9th. Carlos Lopez reached base three times with a walk, a single, and a double while Wilmer Difo hit home run no. 14 to lead the Hagerstown attack.

Batavia 7 Auburn 6
• Reyes 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• McDowell (L, 1-3) ⅔ IP, 6H, 6R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Read 2-5, 2-2B, 3RBI, PB(10)
• Abreu 2-5, R, E(20)
• Gardner 2-5, R, 2B, E(4)

For the second straight night, the Auburn bullpen melted down for a six-run 8th inning. This time, however, the offense had only built a 6-1 lead and thus fell 7-6 to Batavia. Two critical errors aided in the train wreck, rendering five of the six runs charged to Chase McDowell as unearned, though the 23-y.o. did give up six hits in the space of nine batters. The implosion erased five innings of one-run ball by starter Luis Reyes, who allowed three hits, no walks, and struck out three.

Aug 312014
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 vs. Buffalo,
6:30 p.m.
Espino (1st AAA start of ’14)
vs. Valdes (5-5, 3.82)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Portland,
2:00 p.m.
Kroenke (3-8, 6.69) vs.
Rodriguez (5-8, 3.71)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Frederick,
4:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TAylor (6-2, 3.13) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4 vs. Lakewood,
5:05 p.m.
Pivetta (13-8, 4.24) vs.
Imhof (0-2, 4.10)
Auburn Won, 12-7 @ Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 2.84) vs.
Farnworth (1-1, 3.71)

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 2
• Lively (W, 5-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 11K, BK
• Grace (H, 8) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Souza 2-4, 2B, 3RBI, SB

The Syracuse Chiefs are now your International League North Division Champions following a professional 6-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox. After Michael “BATMAN” Taylor’s first home run for Syracuse in the 1st, Pawtucket scored its only two runs against starter Mitch Lively when Bryce Brentz doubled in Justin Henry and Alex Hassan. The Chiefs tied it up in the 4th at 2-2 when Taylor singled, stole second, and scored on Steven Souza’s RBI single. Souza would steal second and advance to third on a wild pitch, but PawSox starter and loser Matt Barnes, who recorded ten strikeouts without a walk, struck out the next three to keep the game tied. Syracuse put this away in the top of the 5th when two Chiefs snuck grounders into right and Jeff Kobernus loaded the bases on a bunt single. With two outs, Barnes threw a wild pitch to score Leon and Steven Souza doubled in Will Rhymes and Kobernus to give the Chiefs a 5-2 lead. Greg Dobbs homered to start the ninth for Syracuse, and Rafael Martin pitched the scoreless ninth that clinched the division for Syracuse.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 1
• Rivero (L, 2-7) 4⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 8K, HR
• Self 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 2-3
• Skole 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

History, bad defense, and the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the Harrisburg Senators, 5-1. Sean Coyle hit a solo shot off tough-luck starter and loser Felipe Rivero to give Portland a 1-0 lead in the 4th. Following a leadoff walk in the 5th, Rivero’s teammates declined to support him defensively in the 5th. First, third baseman Mitch Canham allowed a runner to reach on his fielding error. After a sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position, Jason Martinson’s error at shortstop allowed the Sea Dogs to take a 2-0 lead, and put runners on first and third. Drew Vettleson’s two-base error in right field allowed two more runs to score. Portland finally scored a run without an error when Sean Coyle doubled in Ryan Dent to conclude the scoring. The final tally: three errors, four unearned runs, and a 5-0 deficit. The Senators avoided a shutout when Matt Skole doubled in Quincy Latimore with two outs in the 8th.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3
• Rauh (L, 2-4) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K
• Walsh 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Norfork 2-4, RBI
• Wooten 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Potomac’s playoff-clinching hangover continued with a third straight loss, this one by a 4-3 score to Frederick. The Keys hung a three-spot on starter Brian Rauh, who finished with all four Frederick runs allowed on five hits and three walks with one strikeout. The P-Nats scored had the tying run gunned down at the plate when John Wooten was unable to follow Isaac Ballou home on Khayyan Norfork’s two-out, one-run single in the 8th. Norfork led the hit column with two singles while Wooten homered in the 6th. With a Hillcats loss, the Keys are tied for second place and can make the playoffs if they win out. The Blue Rocks dropped a doubleheader to the Red Sox, who clinched a berth in the Southern Division, and will be eliminated with either their next loss or a win by Lynchburg or Frederick.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez reassigned from Hagerstown.

Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 4
• Lopez 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Thomas (L, 3-5) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Bautista 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2SB, CS
• Yezzo 2-4, R, CS

The longball was the Suns’ downfall Last Night In Hagerstown.
Roster moves: RHP Andrew Cooper activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 12 Mahoning Valley 7
• A. Williams (W, 4-3) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Webb 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Eusebio 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 6RBI
• Read 3-5, 3R, 3-2B, RBI
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Diomedes Eusebio homered twice and drove in six as the Doubledays dumped the Scrappers, 12-7. Auburn pounded out 12 hits total with seven extra-base hits, including three doubles by Raudy Read and homers by Bryan Mejia and Jeff Gardner. Austen Williams got the win with five innings of one-run ball, giving up four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Joseph Webb and Mario Sanchez both spun two scoreless innings of relief while David “Mi Hermano es Wilson” Ramos was smoked for the remaining six runs as he failed to retire the six batters he faced in the 8th, serving up a pair of home runs.

Aug 302014
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Cole (7-0, 3.43) vs.
Barnes (8-8, 3.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Rivero (2-6, 4.38) vs.
Haley (2-2, 1.47)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Rauh (2-3, 4.37) vs.
Bridwell (6-10, 4.51)
Hagerstown Won, 10-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (4-1, 1.49) vs.
Casimiro (5-9, 4.97)
Auburn Lost, 5-2 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (3-3, 5.08) vs.
Santana (1-8, 4.58)

Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 1
• McGregor (L, 1-2) 4IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Runion 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Leon 1-2, BB
• Laird 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Syracuse offense failed to rise up to the task of clinching a playoff spot in last night’s 2-1 loss to Pawtucket. The Chiefs managed just three hits and three walks. The right field defense delivered in the bottom of the 2nd when Steven Souza threw out Ryan Lavarnway at home. The bullpen delivered with four shutout innings, including two perfect innings from Aaron Barrett. Sadly, starter and loser Scott McGregor did not deliver and only lasted four innings and eighty pitches. He gave up a single by Bryce Brentz and a homer to Lavarnway to start out the 4th. Brandon Laird’s solo shot (18th homer) to start the 5th was Syracuse’s only response. Following Souza’s strikeout and a Tyler Moore walk, PawSox reliever Dalier Hinojosa retired the final two Chiefs and recorded his third save.
Roster moves: OF Eury Perez placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; UT Jose Lozada activated from TIL.

Portland 3 Harrisburg 2
• Poveda (L, 1-3) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 7K
• Bates 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-4, R, 3B
• Keyes 2-4, RBI

History scored another victory against Harrisburg when the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the Senators 3-2. In the 1st, Portland jumped out to a 1-0 lead on two singles and an RBI double by Keury De La Cruz that scored Shannon Wilkerson. Starter and tough-luck loser Omar Poveda struck out the final two batters, however, and escaped further damage. Poveda’s luck went from bad to horrible when Matt Skole’s error from third base extended the 4th inning. Sean Coyle then snuck a grounder into left for a single that resulted in two unearned runs for Poveda and a 3-0 deficit. In the 6th, the Sens edged closer with a Quincy Latimore double and an RBI single by Kevin Keyes. Harrisburg narrowed the deficit to 3-2 when Jason Martinson tripled to lead off the 9th and scored on a Noe Ramirez balk. Ramirez then rebounded to strike out two of the next three Senators and record his seventeenth save.

Wilmington 2 Potomac 0
• Dickson (L, 5-9) 6⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, WP
• Harper 1⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Martinez 1-3
• Dent 1-2, SAC

Fighting for their playoff lives, Wilmington shut out Potomac for a second straight by a 2-0 count. Starter Ian Dickson fired another quality start (6th in 15GS) with one run let in on five hits but was saddled with the loss. He walked none and struck out seven over six and 2/3rds innings. Bryan Harper got the last out of the 7th but was greeted by the first batter in the 8th with a big fly to give the Blue Rocks a critical insurance run. Stephen Perez doubled to lead off the P-Nats 9th and took third on a Tony Renda groundout to second, but couldn’t score on flyball to center for the second out, and watched from 90′ away as Randolph Oduber became the 14th strikeout for the Blue Rocks pitchers. Lynchburg and Frederick both won to keep pace with Wilmington.
Roster moves: UT Cody Dent reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 10 Lakewood 4
• Dickey 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 5BB, 2K
• Valdez (W, 2-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bautista 3-5, 3R, 2B, RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Davidson 1-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown responded to a two-run top of the 1st with three in the bottom of the 1st and piled on four more in the 2nd as they cruised to a 10-4 win over Lakewood. Robbie Dickey wobbled through four innings and thus couldn’t get the Jack Morris win as he allowed all four BlueClaws runs on six hits and five walks with just two strikeouts. Philips Valdez and David Napoli combined for five shutout innings to earn the win and save respectively. Austin Davidson homered in his Low-A debut, hitting a three-run bomb in the 2nd and was followed two batters later by James Yezzo with a solo shot. Rafael Bautista led the Suns’ 13-hit parade with a double, two singles, and three runs scored. Roster moves: OF Austin Davidson reassigned from Auburn.

Mahoning Valley 5 Auburn 2
• Torres (L, 1-2) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mapes 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Langlois 2-4, R, 2B
• Gunter 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Read 2-4, 2B

Mahoning Valley scored three runs early and held off a late Auburn charge for a 5-2 win. Starter and loser Luis Torres was dinged for the aforementioned three runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two and walked none. Robert Orlan was effective early, but the Scrappers got to him for two runs in his fourth inning of work on a pair of one-out singles and a double before Tyler Mapes came on to roll a double play. Brian Langlois, Cody Gunter, and Raudy Read all went 2-for-4 with a single and a double, but the clutch hit eluded the Doubledays as they finished with a 1-for-7 mark with RISP.

Aug 292014
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (1-1, 3.79) vs.
Workman (6-1, 4.45)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Poveda (1-2, 6.00) vs.
Augliera (7-10, 4.69)
Potomac Lost, 8-0 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (5-8, 4.54) vs.
Manaea (6-8, 3.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Dickey (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Rios (6-1, 3.31)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (3-3, 5.08) vs.
Speer (2-1, 3.11)
GCL Nationals Lost, 19-1 (6 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A

Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 11-7) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 2-3, 2BB, E(22)
• Souza 1-3, 2BB, RBI, SB(25)

Syracuse blew the lead late in its 6-3 loss to Rochester. Following the Red Wings’ 2nd inning unearned run, Michael Taylor singled, stole second, and scored on Steven Souza’s RBI grounder up the middle to tie the score at 1-1. The Chiefs took a 2-1 lead on Will Rhymes’ triple and Jhonatan Solano’s RBI single. Chris Hermann tied the game at 2-2 with a solo homer in the 6th. In the 7th, Taylor Hill allowed a run and was pulled for reliever Matt Grace with Syracuse down 3-2 and men on first and second. Grace allowed an RBI single to Eric Farris and the inherited runner to score that was charged to Hill. Rochester added two more in the 8th before Syracuse’s Brandon Laird hit a solo shot that made the final score 6-3. Michael Tonkin recorded his tenth save for the Red Wings when Souza grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Harrisburg 9 New Hampshire 3
• Dupra (W, 2-6) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Demny (H, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Latimore 2-5, 3R

Harrisburg decided to fight the history books and dominate New Hampshire in a 9-3 victory. Former Nationals farmhand Austin Bibens-Dirkx started and took the loss for the Fisher Cats. Matt Skole’s recent hot streak (8-18, 3HR, 2BB in his last four games) continued with a two-run, two-out homer in the 1st. Jason Martinson walked, stole second, and scored on Drew Vettleson’s RBI single to put the Senators up 4-0. Cole Leonida’s two out, RBI double scored Drew Vettleson. In the 2nd, Quincy Latimore tripled and Kevin Keyes hit a two run homer to pass victory out of committee and raise the score to 6-0. The opposition from New Hampshire did respond with a three-run comeback argument on the field with a single, a double, and a three-run homer from Andy Burns in the bottom of the 3rd, but starter and winner Brian Dupra halted the debate and retired the last three Fisher Cats in order. In the 7th, RBI doubles from hot Skole and Martinson before an unearned run on a Mitch Canham grounder to first likely had fans streaming for the exits before the 7th inning stretch.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 0
• Silvestre 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Henke (L, 4-2) 2IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K
• Renda 3-4, SB, CS
• Severino 1-3

The P-Nats’ streak of 10 straight road wins ended with a no-doubt-about-it 8-0 loss to the Blue Rocks. Taking over from starter Hector Silvestre, who spun five scoreless innings with three hits and a walk, Travis Henke was torched for five runs on seven hits in the 6th and 6th innings to suffer his second loss. Tony Renda singled three times in four trips to the plate; the rest of the P-Nats went 2-for-27 with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Lynchburg and Frederick both won to keep pace with Wilmington in the race for second place.
Roster moves: 1B Shawn Pleffner, RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on the 7-Day DL.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 3
• Ott 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-s
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2-2B, SB
• Bautista 1-3, R, BB, SB

Hagerstown managed to score three times on just three hits but the bullpen couldn’t hold a 3-2 lead, giving up single runs in the 7th and 8th innings Asheville in a 4-3 loss. Starter Travis Ott was dinged for two run in the bottom of the 1st but pitched into the 5th, allowing six hits and one walk while fanning four over four and a 1/3rd innings. Jake Johansen got the last two outs in the 5th and stranded two runners but committed a critical error in the 7th with two outs to allow the game-tying run to score. Manny Rodriguez got the last out of the 7th but gave up a single and a double in the 8th to take the loss. Thanks to the BlueClaws’ 3-0 win over the Crawdads, the Suns nevertheless clinched a playoff spot in the Sally North Division series against the Grasshoppers, who beat the Shorebirds to narrow the gap to one game behind the Suns in the 2nd-half title race.

Batavia 3 Auburn 2
• A. Martinez (L, 2-3) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Bach 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Carey 2-3, R, SB
• Mejia 2-4, SB

The Doubledays connected for four straight hits with in the bottom of the 7th to rally within one but couldn’t push across the equalizer as they fell to the Muckdogs, 3-2. Anderson Martinez took the loss despite the quality start of three runs on seven hits over six innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Jeff Gardner’s 7th-inning double drove in both Auburn runs, while D.K. Carey and Bryan Mejia both singled twice and swiped a base to pace the Doubleday offense.

GCL Cardinals 19 GCL Nationals 1 (6 inn.)
• Yrizarri (L, 2-4) 10BF, 0IP, 9H, 10R, 10ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, BK
• Tillero 1-2, 2B
• Ortiz 1-2, 2B
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B

The G-Cards racked up 14 runs in the 1st and were only stopped by the rain in a 19-1 evisceration of the G-Nats, sending the mainland rookie team to the offseason with its 11th straight defeat. Starter and loser Deibi Yrizarri pitched to 10 batters, retired none of them, and all of them scored. The G-Nats batters racked up three (3) hits — all doubles — and managed to score once to avoid the shutout.