Aug 082015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Billings (6-4, 4.31) vs.
Todd (3-5, 5.07)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Turley (9-7, 3.87)
Potomac Lost, 9-4 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
A. Williams (2-3, 2.70) vs.
Thurman (5-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (A- debut) vs.
B. Gonzalez (4-7, 5.38)
Auburn Lost, 7-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 5.32) vs.
Leftwich (1-1, 2.49)

Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 0
• Bleier (W, 3-1) 9IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 106-71 P-K
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Turner 2-5, R
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI

Richard Bleier continued Syracuse’s domination of Pawtucket with a six-hit, complete-game shutout and a 5-0 win. Bleier walked none and struck out two as he needed just 106 pitches to dispatch the PawSox for his third AAA win. Matt Skole homered for the fourth time since his callup to give the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd. Syracuse got three runs in the 3rd with just one ball leaving the infield (Trea Turner’s single) as three walks and a groundout to first with Turner beating the play at the plate to take a 4-0 lead and give Skole a second RBI. Emmanuel Burriss and Skole both reached base three times to pace the Syracuse offense, which offset 10 walks drawn with three double plays.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 4
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (BS, 4; W, 6-3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Demny (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, BB
• Difo 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB(20)
• Bostick 2-5, R, 3K

Harrisburg came back twice in this one, rallying for three in the 6th to take a 4-3 lead and one in the 9th to win it, 5-4. John Simms turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on seven hits on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd. He was in line for the “W” until Gilberto Mendez let in the tying run in the 8th on a leadoff walk followed by a double. Pedro Severino walked to lead off the 9th, advanced to second on Adrian Sanchez’s one-out walk, and scored on Wilmer Difo’s RBI double. Paul Demny worked around a two-out error to close out the 9th for his second save, with Mendez earning the blown-save-win.

Carolina 9 Potomac 4
• Dickson (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, 5BB, 5K, WP, HBP
• Mapes 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-4, R, RBI
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B, BB,

The Mudcats scored seven times in the first four innings and held off the P-Nats for a 9-4 win in Zebulon. Ian Dickson took the loss, giving up those seven runs over those four innings on five hits and five walks. He struck out five and hit a batter. Alec Keller went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Potomac offense, which actually outhit Carolina 9-8 but grounded into two double plays (vs. none) and drew just three walks.
Roster moves: IF David Masters reassigned from Hagerstown; 3B Drew Ward placed on 7-Day DL retroactive to August 5.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 5
• Amlung 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Williams 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brinley (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2RBI, 2SB
• Davidson 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Page 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Delmarva took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 8th but Hagerstown answered with four for an 8-5 sportswriter’s win. Ryan Brinley wobbled through the 8th and 9th innings but got the win. Justin Amlung started and was knocked for four runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Lineup bookends Andrew Stevenson and Austin Davidson combined to go 5-for-8 with a home run (Davidson) two stolen bases, three RBI, and four runs scored as the Suns registered 13 hits total.
Roster moves: 2B Austin Davidson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Williamsport 7 Auburn 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 2-5) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K, PO, E
• Pirro 2BF, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Boghosian 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Eusebio 2-5

It was a tale of two relievers in the 6th inning for Auburn as Williamsport scored twice on bases-loaded walks to take a 4-2 lead and cruise to a 7-3 win. Matt Pirro walked both batters he faced in relief of Jefry Rodriguez, who left with a 2-2 tie and the bases loaded and one out. Adam Boghosian got the last two outs and stranded three but the offense didn’t respond as they mustered just one more run and stranded 12 baserunners. Randy Encarnacion was the leading hitter with two singles, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.

Aug 072015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (2-1, 3.71) vs.
Couch (4-9, 6.27)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-1, 5.25) vs.
Green (3-14, 4.58)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Dickson (1-1, 2.79) vs.
Barker (6-3, 2.91)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (2-1, 3.42) vs.
Walker (7-2, 3.17)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (2-4, 5.40) vs.
Gilbert (1-2, 1.64)

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 0
• Espino (W, 4-5) 8IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Runion 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramsey 3-4, RBI
• Johnson 0-2, 2BB

A change in scenery didn’t change the result as the Chiefs blanked the PawSox, 4-0 for their fourth straight win. Paolo Espino tossed eight scoreless innings, with seven hits allowed, no walks and six K’s for his fourth win. Sam Runion pitched around a hit and a walk in the 9th to preserve the shutout. Caleb Ramsey went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Matt den Dekker and Kevin Keyes both homered to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP Aaron Barrett optioned from Washington; RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 2
• Purke (L, 1-2) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Suero 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4

Akron ducked up Matt Purke for three runs in the 1st and cruised to a 4-2 victory and took the series from the Sens, 2-1. Purke recovered to pitch three more scoreless innings, but finished with three runs allowed on six hits, including a two-run HR. He walked none and struck out four. Christopher Bostick went 2-for-4 with a HR, an RBI, and two runs scored to pace the Harrisburg offense, which went 0-for-9 with RISP and left on seven baserunners while striking out 11 times.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 (12 inn.)
• Lopez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Self (L, 3-4) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Norfork 4-5, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-5

Lynchburg scored twice in the 1st, Potomac twice in the 9th, but the Hillcats scored in the last of 12th to take the game, 3-2, and the series, 2-1. Reynaldo Lopez gave up the first two runs and five hits total over six innings, with a walk and five strikeouts for a no-decision. The loss went to Derek Self, who retired seven straight before Lynchburg converted a one-out walk into the gamewinner on back-to-back two-out singles. Khayyan Norfork drove in the tying runs and went 4-for-5 overall to pace Potomac’s 10-hit parade.
Roster moves: LHP R.C. Orland reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5
• Reyes 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Lee (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 3-4, 2-2B, 4RBI, SB
• Page 2-3, 3R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

The Suns rallied for three in the 6th then two in the 8th to overcome deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 for a 5-4 win over the Shorebirds. Luis Reyes went the first five innings and gave up the first three Delmarva runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Andrew Lee got the “W” for two scoreless innings of relief, with one hit and two whiffs. Harrisburg scored six times on eight hits, but six of them were doubles, with Bryan Mejia driving in four with a pair of two-base knocks and going 3-for-4 overall.
Roster moves: RHP Jeff Howell (yes, the former catcher) reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Williamsport 5 Auburn 3
• Hearn (L, 1-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Gunter 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Tillero 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Robles 2-5, 2RBI

Auburn rallied for two in the 7th and one in the 8th but went in order in the 9th for a 5-3 loss to Williamsport. Taylor Hearn took the loss with the first two Crosscutter runs let in on five hits, no walks, and three whiffs. Jorge Tillero singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run while Victor Robles drove in two to pace the Doubledays attack.
LHP David Ramos reassigned to Auburn for MiLB rehab. Yesterday afternoon, the Doubledays announced RHP Erick Fedde had been promoted to Hagerstown but retracted the report without further details.

Aug 062015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-5, 3.42) vs.
Cuevas (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (1-1, 8.64) vs.
Morimando (8-10, 2.99)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Lopez (5-7, 4.77) vs.
Kaminsky (6-5, 2.09 @ FSL in ’15)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.17) vs.
Delgado (4-3, 3.39)
Auburn Won, 8-5 (10 inn.) vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Gueller (5-1, 2.21)

Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 4
• Jordan (W, 4-4) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Solis (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-1 IR-S
• Lerud 2-2, R, BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Lisson 2-3, 2R, BB,

Syracuse completed its sweep of Pawtucket with a 7-4 win to take sole possession of 5th place in the I.L. East. Taylor Jordan spun seven innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks while fanning five to win his fourth AAA game. Sammy Solis stranded two of three runners inherited from Matt Grace, who faced five batters in the 8th and put each one of them on base, to earn the save. The bottom third of the lineup (Caleb Ramsey, Mario Lisson, Steven Lerud) combined to go 6-for-8 with three walks drawn and five runs scored.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 2
• Voth 8IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Davis (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Severino 2-4, R

Isaac Ballou’s walkoff RBI single capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 Sens win over the RubberDucks. Erik Davis got the win for pitching a scoreless 9th. Austin Voth got yet another no-decision with two runs allowed, albeit both on solo HR, over eight innings and five hits total. He walked none and struck out six. Ballou and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-4 as Harrisburg registered 10 hits and one walk total for the night.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 6
• Rauh 6IP, 11H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 7K, 2WP
• Walsh (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Manuel 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Corona 2-5, R, 2RBI

Potomac couldn’t hold an early 6-1 lead and managed just two hits over the final six innings while losing to Lynchburg, 7-6. Brian Rauh was pounded for six runs on 11 hits and four walks in his six-inning no-decision. He struck out seven. Jake Walsh pitched the final two innings and took the loss on a leadoff HR in the bottom of the 8th. Craig Manuel reached base three times with one of four walks and two nine singles that Potomac registered. He and Reegie Corona both drove in two runs and scored a run.

Charleston 7 Hagerstown 4
• Van Orden 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K, HR
• Glover (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR, 1-1 IR-S
• Abreu 2-4, R, BB, RBI,
• Page 1-3, BB

Charleston struck for one in the 8th and three in the 9th to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 win over Hagerstown. Koda Glover got the blown save and the loss, giving up three runs of his own and one inherited over those two innings on a single and two homers. Drew Van Orden started and went the first five, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out one while the no-decision snapped a four-start losing streak. Osvaldo Abreu singled twice and walked once to lead the Suns offense.

Auburn 8 West Virginia 5 (10 inn.)
• Crownover 4⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Johns (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Gutierrez 2-4, BB
• Eusebio 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B

The Doubledays put up two big innings late to take the series finale from the Black Bears, 8-5 in 10 innings. Auburn erased a 3-0 deficit with a five-run 8th only to see the lead slip away with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings off Sam Johns. Randy Encarnacion drove in the decisive three runs with a two-out double in the top of the 10th. Adam Boghosian worked around a walk in the bottom of the 10th for the save. Matthew Crownover started and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Kelvin Gutierrez reached base three times with a walk and two singles to lead Auburn’s nine-hit parade.

Aug 052015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (3-4, 2.57) vs.
Barnes (1-0, 3.77)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-5 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 2.94) vs.
Plutko (6-4, 2.81)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Rauh (2-0, 0.76) vs.
Kime (2-5, 4.34)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 vs. Charleston,
1:05 p.m.
Van Orden (5-5, 3.43) vs.
Kamplain (3-12, 4.91)
Auburn Lost, 6-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 5.24) vs.
Brubaker (4-3, 3.72)

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Cole (W, 2-5) 5⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Treinen (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2WP, 2-0 IR-S
• den Dekker 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI

The Chiefs dragged the PawSox into the I.L. East cellar with 3-1 win. A.J. Cole won his second game with five and 2/3rds innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out six. Blake Treinen stranded the tying runs in the 6th and kept the PawSox in check for the 7th and 8th innings for the hold while Rafael Martin Cordero’d his way through the 9th with two hits allowed, no walks, and no K’s for the save. The Matts (den Dekker and Skole) both homered and scored all three Syracuse runs.
Roster move: IF Mario Lisson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Akron 9 Harrisburg 5
• Bates (L, 4-2) 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bacus 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, R
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• D. Robinson 2-4

Akron erased an early 4-0 deficit with a six-run 3rd then put the game away with three unearned runs in the 7th for a 9-5 win over Harrisburg, snapping a modest three-game streak for the Senators. Colin Bates took the loss, charged with the aforementioned six runs on six hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Wilmer Difo led Harrisburg’s 12-hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, followed by Shawn Pleffner’s 3-for-4 effort.
Roster move: IF Adrian Sanchez activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 1
• Spann (W, 1-6) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Johansen (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Corona 4-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, SB
• Keller 3-4, 2B

Potomac won back-to-back games for the first time in more than a week with a 3-1 decision over Lynchburg. Matt Spann won his first game for Potomac to end a nine-appearance drought, giving up the Hillcats run on four hits and four walks over five innings with six strikeouts. Jake Johansen, Derek Self, and Phillips Valdez combined for four scoreless innings to close out the game. Potomac wasted numerous chances on offense, scoring just three times on 13 hits and a walk. Reegie Corona led the way with two singles, a double, and a triple in his first game for the P-Nats.
Roster moves: IF Reegie Corona reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Manny Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL; UT Cody Dent placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Charleston 7 Hagerstown 2
• Bach (L, 4-3) 5+ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Brinley (BS, 1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 2B
• Masters 2-3, R, BB, CS
• Read 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Charleston rallied for four in the 6th and tacked on three more in the 7th to hand Hagerstown a 7-2 loss. Connor Bach pitched into the 6th but was lifted after the first two batters reached. Ryan Brinley let ’em both in and two more to give Bach the loss and “earn” the blown save. Raudy Read homered in the 2nd to give the Suns an early 1-0 lead while David Masters reach base three times with two singles and a walk to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 8 West Virginia 3
• Fedde (W, 4-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Borne (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Me. Rodriguez 1-3, R, 2RBI
• Sagdal 1-2, 3R, HR, BB, RBI

Auburn made the most out of its offensive chances, scoring eight times on six hits and five walks in an 8-3 win over West Virginia. Erick Fedde won his fourth game with five innings pitched, two runs allowed on five hits and a walk, and three strikeouts. Grant Borne followed with one unearned run over three innings while Mariano Rivera III mopped up in the 9th. Randy Encarnacion doubled twice and drove in two while Ian Sagdal homered to lead the Doubleday attack.

Aug 042015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-5, 4.32) vs.
Spruill (4-7, 4.54)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Bates (4-1, 3.70) vs.
Merritt (8-7, 3.61)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Spann (0-6, 4.87) vs.
Brown (7-9, 5.32)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (4-2, 3.39) vs.
Maher (2-4, 2.46)
Auburn Lost, 6-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (3-1, 2.70) vs.
McGarry (1-1, 4.86)

Syracuse 9 Pawtucket 3
• Strasburg (W, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 11K
• Grace (H, 8) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, BB, SB
• den Dekker 3-4
• Keyes 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Jason Martinson’s grand slam in the 6th broke open a 5-3 ballgame as Syracuse tripled up Pawtucket, 9-3 and moved one game closer to 5th place. Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs on five hits and struck out 11 over and walked none over five and 2/3rds innings to earn the win. He threw just 85 pitches, 55 for strikes. Trea Turner singled twice, doubled once, and scored three times. Matt den Dekker also went 3-for-4 as the Chiefs racked up 13 hits total.
Roster moves: SS Jason Martinson activated from 3-Day TIL; OF Tony Gwynn Jr., RHP Taylor Hill placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
Harrisburg returns from 3-4 trip to Northern New England for a three-game set against Akron before heading back out on the road for six games against Erie and Reading.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After three months of insanity, the P-Nats schedule returns to the more normal week-on, week-off for most of August as they head to Lynchburg for three, then Carolina for three before coming back to Woodbridge next Tuesday for three apiece against Winston-Salem and Wilmington.

Hagerstown 5 Charleston 4
• Orlan 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Lee (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 2B
• Mejia 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Gardner 2-4, 2R, RBI

Jeff Gardner led off the bottom of the 9th with a single and scored on Osvaldo Abreu’s single up the middle to give the Suns a 5-4 walkoff win over the RiverDogs. Andrew Lee got the dreaded blown-save-win for Andrew Lee, whose fielding error came around to score to tie the game in the top of the 9th. R.C. Orlan made the start and turned in five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while fanning five. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, followed by Bryan Mejia and Gardner, who both went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 3
• Guilbeau (L, 1-2) 4+ IP, 11H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Gunter 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kerian 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Eusebio 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Black Bears mauled the Doubledays for five unanswered runs to take this one by a 6-3 score. Taylor Guilbeau took the brunt of the beating, charged with all six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and two walks over four-plus innings. He struck out one (1). David Kerian went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI while Diomedes Eusebio cracked a two-run HR to cap off Auburn’s three-run 2nd, which gave the Doubledays a 3-1 lead that disappeared when West Virginia scored two in the bottom of the 3rd (then two more in the 4th, and one more in the 5th).
Roster move: OF Darryl Florentino promoted from the GCL Nationals.

Aug 032015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Strasburg (MLB Rehab) vs.
Escobar (0-1, 8.10)
Harrisburg Won, 16-12 (11 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 5-0 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 7-3 vs. Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (3-1, 3.20) vs.
Marsh (1-3, 1.99)
Auburn Won, 8-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-1, 4.00) vs. TBD

Rochester 6 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-7) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, HR(GS)
• McGregor 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ramsey 1-3
• Butler 1-3

Rochester’s Pat Dean struck out 10 and shut out Syracuse on four hits to take the game, 6-0, and the series, 2-1. Taylor Hill gave up all six runs (one earned) on seven hits, including a grand slam in the Red Wings’ five-run 3rd. He walked two and struck out six while suffering his seventh AAA loss. Caleb Ramsey, Dan Butler, Josh Johnson, and Trea Turner each connected for a single but no Chief reached base twice.
Roster move: OF Darin Mastroianni placed on 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 16 Portland 12 (11 inn.)
• Giolito (L, 0-2) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 5-3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 5-7, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, 4SB
• Vettleson 3-5, 3R, 2BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Pleffner 3-6, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI

Harrisburg fell behind 5-1 after one, blew a 12-9 lead in the 8th, and rallied for four in the 11th to take the series finale, 16-12. Buried in the box score: Lucas Giolito started and labored through five innings, charged with six runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out four and threw 98 pitches, 58 for strikes. Wilmer Difo ran wild with four stolen bases and went 5-for-7 with a walk and three runs scored to lead the Senators’ 22-hit parade, which included two doubles, a triple, and five homers.

Potomac 5 Salem 0
• A. Williams (W, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 6K, HBP
• Dupra 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Mesa 3-4, R, 2B, CS
• DeBruin 2-4, R, RBI

Four P-Nats pitchers combined on five-hit shutout while Drew Ward launched a three-run HR to power Potomac past Salem for 5-0 win that ended a five-game losing streak. Austen Williams allowed all five hits, walked one, hit one, but struck six over six innings to earn his second win at High-A. Ward’s HR came in Potomac’s four-run 4th, which also saw five straight hits. Jake Johansen, Phillips Valdez, and Brian Dupra combined for three no-hit innings of relief to close out the game.

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 3
• Amlung 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Napoli (BS, 1; W, 5-3) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Page 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Keniry 2-3, R, BB

The Suns rallied for three in the 7th to break a 3-3 tie and added on a run in the 9th to take the game, 7-3 and split the four-game series. Justin Amlung started and went the first five, letting in two on a 2nd-inning HR and seven hits total over five innings. He left with a 3-2 lead, which David Napoli blew in the 6th but got the benefit of the Suns rally for the win. Matthew Page led the Hagerstown hit column with two singles and a double while Wilman Rodriguez doubled and homered and drove in two.

Auburn 8 Hudson Valley 5
• J. Rodriguez (W, 2-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 5K
• Mooney (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lora 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Robles 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Dulin 2-5, 3B, RBI

Auburn put up big innings in the 2nd and 8th innings and outslugged Hudson Valley to take the game, 8-5, and the series, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez wobbled through five innings with four runs allowed on seven hits and four walks to earn the win, his second for the Doubledays. Four Auburn batters had multiple hits, with Edwin Lora driving in three and Victor Robles plating two in the 12-hit parade.

Aug 022015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-4 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 5.22) vs.
Dean (7-9, 3.13)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Portland,
1:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Diaz (1-9, 5.21)
Potomac Lost, 11-3 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-3, 3.48) vs.
Buttrey (7-4, 3.39)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-7 @ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Pettibone (2-3, 4.66)
Auburn Won, 1-0 vs. Hudson Valley,
2:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-4, 5.15) vs.
Varga (1-2, 3.33)

Syracuse 10 Rochester 4
• Bleier (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Solis (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Burriss 4-5, 2R, BB, SB
• Turner 4-5, 3R, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Mastrioanni 2-5, R, 2RBI, SB(20)

Trea Turner and Emmanuel Burriss reached base 10 times in Syracuse’s 10-4 rout of Rochester. Richard Bleier got the Jack Morris win with all four RedWing runs allowed on nine hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. Sammy Solis stranded two in the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th to earn the hold. Turner homered, scored three times, and drove in two while stealing his 8th AAA base while going 4-for-5 with a walk – the same line for Burriss, who scored twice and stole his 11th base.

Harrisburg 3 Portland 2
• Simms (W, 1-1) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Demny (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• D. Robinson 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Corona 0-1, R, 3BB

The Sens took advantage of seven walks — six by former Nats farmhand Danny Rosenbaum — to edge the Sea Dogs, 3-2. John Simms evened up his won-loss record with a quality start of two runs allowed on six hits and three walks over six innings. Paul Demny (2IP) and Erik Davis (1IP) closed out the game with three scoreless to earn the hold and save, respectively. Derrick Robinson collected both the lone extra-base hit and RBI with a 2nd-inning double that was the third and decisive run for Harrisburg.

Salem 11 Potomac 3
• Dickson (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 1ER, BB, K
• Mapes 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Norfork 2-4

The P-Nats dropped their ninth straight home game and fifth overall in an 11-3 Red Sox smackdown. Ian Dickson couldn’t make it out of the 2nd after Roger Dorn Drew Ward and Stephen Perez committed back-to-back to errors to lead to three unearned runs. Dickson gave up four runs total on five hits over an inning and a 1/3rd. Narciso Mesa and Khayyan Norfork both had two hits while John Wooten homered to lead the P-Nats offense.

Hickory 10 Hagerstown 7
• Reyes (L, 5-7) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, 2HR
• Brinley 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, 4R, 3B, BB
• Abreu 4-5, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B, BB, 4RBI

A four-run 6th broke open a 6-5 game as the Crawdads eclipsed the Suns, 10-7 to take a 2-1 series lead. Starter and loser Luis Reyes was ripped for six runs on seven hits, including two homers and two walks over three innings. Tablesetters Andrew Stevenson (3-4, BB) and Osvaldo Abreu (4-5) both reached base four times and combined for five runs scored and ten total bases as Hagerstown tallied 14 hits for the game.
Roster move: RHP Luis Reyes activated from 3-day TIL.

Auburn 1 Hudson Valley 0
• Hearn 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Overton (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Lora 2-3, R
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, RBI

Four Doubledays combined on a three-hit shutout of the Renegades by a 1-0 score. Taylor Hearn started and turned in five scoreless, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three. Connor Overton got the win with a hit and a walk let up over two innings. Kelvin Gutierrez’s two-out RBI single in the 6th, his second hit of the night. That scored Edwin Lora, who singled twice and committed two errors.
Roster move: RHP Luis Torres demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Update
Rain limited the G-Nats to five completed games last week, with a 2-3 record. The elimination number is now 21 with less than a month to go and a six-game deficit to overcome. In terms of usage (arguably the only reliable indicator in the short-season leagues), 18-y.o. Blake Perkins (2nd Rd. HS pick) has appeared in 30 of 34 games thus far while 20-y.o. Maximo Valerio has logged the most innings at 29.

DSL Update
A 4-2 week has improved the D-Nats to 26-28 and third place in the Boca Chica North division. Usage update: Nineteen-year-old Venezuelan Aldrem Corredor has appeared in 50 of 54 games while 18-y.o. Yonathan Ramirez has made 11 starts and logged the most innings pitched (54⅔).

Aug 012015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (1-1, 3.00) vs.
Duffey (4-6, 2.68)
Harrisburg Won, 9-4 @ Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (0-1, 7.50)
Rosenbaum (0-2, 6.92)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (1-0, 2.50) vs.
McGrath (1-4, 3.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-6 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-6, 4.75) vs.
Wiles (9-3, 2.46)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-2, 3.50) vs.
Moss (1-1, 3.48)

Rochester 8 Syracuse 3
• Espino (L, 3-5) 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Treinen 3⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gwynn 1-3, BB
• Johnson 1-2, R, 2B, BB

The RedWings scored in each of the first four innings as they soared past the Chiefs, 8-3 in the series opener. Paolo Espino was lit up for six runs on six hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings to lake the loss, his fifth at AAA this season. Syracuse made the most of its limited offense, scoring three times on four hits and three walks. Tony Gwynn Jr. and Josh Johnson led the way with a single and walk apiece.
Roster moves: C Dan Butler outrighted from Washington; SS Jason Martinson placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Purke (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Lee (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bostick 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Pleffner 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Dykstra 3-5, R, RBI

The Senators rallied for three runs in the 4th and 7th innings on their way to a 9-4 win over the Sea Dogs. Matt Purke bounced back from the beatdown in his previous start to hold Portland to two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings for his first AA win of ’15. Christopher Bostick was a triple shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI. Shawn Pleffner and Cutter Dykstra also notched 3-for-5 nights as the Sens racked up 14 hits while snapping a five-game losing streak.
Roster move: RHP Paul Demny reassigned from Syracuse.

Salem 5 Potomac 1
• Lopez (L, 5-7) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Walsh 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Dent 0-1, 2BB
• Wooten 1-4, SB

The starter got hit hard early, the offense couldn’t catch up. SSDG Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Syracuse.

Hickory 9 Hagerstown 6
• Van Orden (L, 5-5) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Page 2-4, BB
• Stevenson 2-5, RBI
• Masters 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

Drew Van Orden’s second-half spiral continued with his fourth straight loss as the Suns were pinched by the Crawdads, 9-6. Van Orden was charged with six runs on five hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds. Hagerstown rallied for four in the 8th to make things interesting at 8-6, but Hickory tacked on an insurance run in the bottom half to put the game out of reach. The Suns left on ten and were just 2-for-13 with RISP. Matthew Page and Andrew Stevenson both singled twice to lead the Hagerstown offense.
Roster move: LHP Paul Demny assigned GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 2
• Crownover 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Borne (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, BK, WP
• Kerian 2-4, R, 2B
• Robles 1-3, BB, SB

The jig was up for the Doubledays as the Renegades had it made against reliever Grant Borne with a three-run 6th en route to a 4-2. Starter Matthew Crownover saw his best outing of the season turn into a no-decision. He threw five shutout innings with four hits and two walks given up and two batters set down on strikes. Borne gave up all four runs (two earned) over three innings for the blown-save-loss. Victor Robles walked, singled, and stole a base while David Kerian went 2-for-4 with a double to pace the Auburn attack.

Jul 312015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-4, 2.78) vs.
T. Rogers (7-8, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Portland,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-1, 16.20) vs.
Haley (4-11, 5.38)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (5-6, 4.62) vs.
McAvoy (5-9, 4.40)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Van Orden (5-4, 3.09) vs.
Y. Mendez (2-1, 1.45)
Auburn Won, 6-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 6.75) vs.
Yepez (2-1, 3.19)

Syracuse 5 Buffalo 4 (10 inn.)
• Jordan 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Martin (W, 5-5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 3-5, R, 3B, 3RBI, SB
• Lerud 3-5, RBI
• Ramsey 2-3, 2R, 2BB, SB

What won’t surprise you is that the bullpen blew a four-run lead in the 9th and lost it in the 10th. What will surprise you is that it was Buffalo’s relievers, not Syracuse’s that imploded to turn a 4-0 lead into a 5-4 extra-innings loss. Steven Lerud’s third single of the night was the gamewinner, putting Rafael Martin even at 5-5 in the won-loss columns for his scoreless 10th inning. Taylor Jordan started and turned in six shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four. Trea Turner matched Lerud’s 3-for-5 mark but also tripled and drove in three.
Roster move: C Jeff Howell reassigned to GCL Nationals.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Voth 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K (rain delay)
• Bacus 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Mendez (L, 4-3) ⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Bostick 2-4, 2RBI
• D. Robinson 1-2, BB, 2RBI

Gilberto Mendez fit the usual script as he served up a walkoff homer to Portland’s Aneury Tavarez with nobody out in the 9th in Harrisburg’s 5-4 loss. Austin Voth started but was lifted after a 98-minute delay. He gave up two runs over an inning and a 1/3rd on two hits and two walks. Dakota Bacus followed with four innings but was charged with two runs when Bryan Harper let in both inherited runners. The Senators, who scored three in the 2nd, tied it in the 7th on Christopher Bostick’s second RBI single of the night. Derrick Robinson also drove in two and drew a walk as the Sens collected eight hits total.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3
• Rauh 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (BS, 2; L, 1-3) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR, 3-1 IR-S
• Bautista 4-5, R
• Mesa 2-5, RBI, SB

Ditto for Potomac’s Manny Rodriguez, who let in one of three inherited runners in the 8th, then served up a two-run shot in the 9th to turn a 3-1 lead into a 4-3 loss to Myrtle Beach. Brian Rauh turned in a quality start of one run on five hits over six innings without a walk and four strikeouts. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Narciso Mesa combined for six of the 11 hits Potomac registered for the game.

Hagerstown 8 Hickory 6
• Bach (W, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Williams ⅓ IP, 4H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Orlan ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K, 3-3 IR-S
• Mejia 4-5, R, 3B, 2RBI, SB(5)
• Carey 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2R

Deion Williams and R.C. Orlan almost played the part, but Hagerstown’s seven-run lead was just large enough for them to make it interesting in an 8-6 win over Hickory. Connor Bach’s five shutout innings, with three hits and two walks allowed, weren’t erased as the 23-y.o. southpaw earned his fourth win and struck out six. Bryan Mejia led the Suns’ 13-hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, followed by D.K. Carey’s 3-for-4 line.

Auburn 6 Aberdeen 1
• Fedde (W, 3-1) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Gunter (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Robles 2-4, R, 3B, CS
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

Sorry, the snark ends here. The Doubledays broke open a 2-1 game with a four-run 3rd and the bullpen no-hit the Ironbirds for four innings to secure a 6-1 win and take the series, 2-1. Erick Fedde got the win with five innings of one-run ball, scattering seven hits, walking one, and striking out two. Cody Gunter (2IP), Kevin Mooney (1IP), and Tommy Peterson (1IP) each earned holds. Victor Robles and Kelvin Gutierrez both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Auburn attack.

Jul 292015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Strasburg (MLB Rehab) vs.
Copeland (7-3, 2.17)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0 @ New Hampshire,
12:05 p.m.
TBD vs. J. Anderson (5-5, 4.85)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (0-5, 5.00) vs.
Torrez (7-6. 3.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 13-3 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-0 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Alvarado (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Guilbeau (0-1, 4.85)

Buffalo 6 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-6) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Treinen 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Gwynn 1-3, 2B
• Mastroianni 1-4, 2B

Veteran Jeff Francis stymied the Chiefs to lead the Bisons to a 6-0 shutout. Taylor Hill was charged with all six Buffalo runs on nine (9) hits and five (5) walks over five and 2/3rds while fanning two to lose his sixth AAA game. Blake Treinen and Paul Demny shut down the Bisons the rest of the way with seven of the ten outs coming by way of the K. Tony Gwynn Jr. and Darin Mastroianni both doubled but Syracuse managed just five hits and one walk total on offense.
Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington; IF Emmanuel Burris outrighted from Washington; C Dan Butler designated for assignment.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 0
• Giolito (L, 0-1) 5+ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• De Los Santos 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 1-3
• Difo 1-4, 2B

Lucas Giolito lost his AA debut while New Hampshire nearly no-hit Harrisburg in a 5-0 shutout. Giolito was knocked for four runs on six hits and three walks over five-plus innings. He struck out three. Abel De Los Santos stranded a runner for Giolito and tossed two scoreless before the Fisher Cats got to Nick Lee for the final run. Shawn Pleffner broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the 8th while Wilmer Difo doubled with two out in the 9th for the second and final Senators’ hit.
Roster move: RHP Nick Pivetta traded to Philadelphia for RHP Jonathan Papelbon and cash considerations.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3
• A. Williams (L, 1-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, 2HR
• Self 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Manuel 2-3, RBI
• Norfork 1-4, 2RBI

Potomac rallied for three in the 9th but left the tying run at third as the fell short, 4-3, to Myrtle Beach. Austen Williams gave up all four Pelican runs on seven hits, three coming on two home runs, over five innings. He walked three and struck out two. Derek Self and Justin Thomas combined for three scoreless innings of relief to give the offense a chance. Craig Manuel singled twice and drove in a run while Khayyan Norfork singled once and drove in two in the near-comeback effort.

West Virginia 13 Hagerstown 3
• M. Sanchez (L, 5-5) 3IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, BB, K, HR
• Cooper 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Carey 2-4, OF assist at 3B
• Read 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI

West Virginia scored 11 unanswered runs after falling behind 2-0 early as they took the game, 13-3 and the series, 3-1. Starter and loser Mario Sanchez gave up the first seven runs on seven hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out one. Sam Johns was charged with the last six runs (four earned) on four hits with neither a strikeout nor a walk over two and a 1/3rd innings. Raudy Read homered in the bottom of the 1st for the aforementioned two runs and finished at 3-for-4 to lead the Suns hit column.

Aberdeen 10 Auburn 0
• J. Rodriguez (L, 1-4) 4⅔ IP, 12H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 5K
• Overton 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Robles 2-4, OF assists at 2B, 3B
• Kerian 1-4, 2B

Three Aberdeen pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Auburn, 10-0. Jefry Rodriguez got lit up. Again. This time, it was six runs on twelve hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings while striking out five for his fourth loss for the Doubledays and ninth overall this season. Victor Robles singled twice in four trips to the plate and gunned down a runner trying to go from first to third. David Kerian doubled while Ian Sagdal singled to round out the Doubledays tally of four hits on the night.