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.

Jul 282015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-5, 4.92) vs.
Francis (4-0, 1.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-6 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (AA debut) vs.
Hoffman (0-0, 1.54)
Potomac Won, 7-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-2, 2.30) vs.
Jo. Martinez (6-2, 3.39)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 vs. West Virginia,
11:05 a.m.
M. Sanchez (5-4, 4.98) vs.
Coley (11-5, 3.93)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez(1-3, 4.22) vs. TBD

Syracuse 6 Buffalo 5
• Bleier 5⅔ IP, 9H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Runion (BS, 1; W, 5-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 1-2, 2B, BB, SF, 4RBI
• Gwynn 2-4, R, SB
• Turner 2-5

Josh Johnson’s sac fly in the bottom of the 8th put Syracuse back on top after blowing a 5-0 lead as they edged Buffalo, 6-5 in the series opener. Richard Bleier’s return to AAA was one out short of a quality start as he let in three runs on nine hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. Sam Runion got the dreaded blown-save-win, while Rafael Martin struck out the side in the 9th for his fourth save. Johnson walked, doubled, and drove in four to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster move: RHP Stephen Strasburg assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

New Hampshire 8 Harrisburg 6
• Simms (L, 0-1) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Bostick 2-5, 2B
• Pleffner 2-4, R, RBI

The reigning Carolina Pitcher of the Week was rocked for five runs in the 2nd but gutted out six innings in an 8-6 Sens loss to the Fisher Cats. John Simms went six innings total, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks and struck out five while losing his first AA game of the year. Pedro Severino and Isaac Ballou both hit two-run homers while Christopher Bostick and Shawn Pleffner both had multiple hits to lead the Harrisburg attack.

Potomac 7 Salem 1
• Mapes (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johansen 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• DeBruin 2-3, 2BB, RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Wooten 2-4, RBI

Potomac completed the three-game sweep of Salem with a 7-1 blowout. Tyler Mapes won the spot start with five shutout innings, giving up just three hits, no walks, and striking out three. Jake Johansen returned from the DL to turn in two scoreless while Jake Walsh lost the shutout with a run on three hits over the final two innings. Rafael Bautista continues to swing a hot bat, this time going 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored while the P-Nats broke out for 13 hits total.
Roster move: RHP Jake Johansen activated from the 7-Day DL.

West Virginia 4 Hagerstown 2
• Amlung (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K
• K. Perez 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Carey 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Page 2-4, 2B

West Virginia’s three-run 5th turned a 2-1 deficit into the eventual winning score of 4-2 over Hagerstown. Justin Amlung lost the spot start, charged with all four runs on eight hits over four and 2/3rds innings. Kevin Perez (2⅓ IP) and Deion Williams (2IP) short-circuited the Power the rest of the way, but the Suns offense was eclipsed by West Virginia reliever Dovydas Neverauskas with three scoreless innings himself. D.K. Carey and Matthew Page both went 2-for-4 with a double, but as a team Hagerstown was just 1-for-11 with RISP.
Roster moves: OF Andrew Stevenson reassigned from GCL Nationals; LHP R.C. Orlan reassigned from Potomac; RHP Luis Reyes placed on 3-Day TIL.

Auburn — OFF DAY
The Doubledays return to upstate New York after making the 800-plus-mile road trip to Vermont and Lowell and back to host Aberdeen for three and Hudson Valley for three as they enter a stretch of nine home games out of 12. Unfortunately, Auburn has been much better on the road (12-8) vs. home (4-11).

Jul 272015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (1-1, 2.93) vs.
Norris (3-10, 4.10)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-3 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1st AA start of ’15) vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 3-0 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (1-2, 3.00) vs.
McGrath (1-2, 3.02)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (2-0, 2.16) vs.
Brewer (2-8, 5.13)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 4 (13 inn.)
• Billings 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 2WP
• Walters (W, 5-3) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 8K, WP
• Gwynn 4-6, 2R, 2B
• Lisson 3-6, R, HR, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-5, CS

Jason Martinson’s solo HR in the top of the 13th gave the Chiefs a 5-4 win in 13 innings and prevent a three-game sweep by the Iron Pigs. Bruce Billings turned in a quality start of two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings and left with a 4-2 lead. P.J. Walters struck out eight in four scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, his fifth for Syracuse. Tony Gwynn Jr. led the hit column with a 4-for-6 afternoon, followed by Mario Lisson at 3-for-6 and Josh Johnson at 2-for-5.

Bowie 10 Harrisburg 3
• Purke (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 10H, 9R, 6ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Bacus 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Goodwin 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Lozada 1-4, RBI

The BaySox fileted the Senators for a 10-3 win on Sunday and a 3-1 series win. Matt Purke’s return to AA in ’15 was not unlike his departure in ’14 as Bowie lit him up for nine runs on 10 hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. Dakota Bacus, Nick Lee, and Colin Bates combined for five and 2/3rds innings of one-run relief, but the Senators offense was filibustered for one hit over the last eight innings after a three-run 1st that featured a two-run HR by Brian Goodwin and an RBI single by Jose Lozada.

Potomac 3 Salem 0
• Dickson (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Orlan (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, BB
• Bautista 2-5, 2RBI

Rafael Bautista’s two-run single capped off a three-run 2nd that the P-Nats rode to a 3-0 triumph over the Red Sox. Three pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout, with starter Ian Dickson going the first five and 1/3rd innings for the win, R.C. Orlan following with two and 2/3rds innings for the hold, and Brian closing out the 9th for the save. John Wooten singled, doubled, and walked to reach base three times while Bautista, Drew Ward, and Grant DeBruin each singled twice on the night.
Roster moves: LHP Matthew Spann demoted from Harrisburg; RHP Brian Rauh promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 4
• Reyes (W, 5-6) 5+ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Cooper (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Masters 2-3, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Read 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown broke out for six runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 6-1 lead and held on for an 8-4 victory over West Virginia. Luis Reyes got the win, but was charged with all four Power runs on six hits over five-plus innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Raudy Read both smacked two-run homers while David Masters went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the Suns offense.

Lowell 6 Auburn 5
• Hearn 4⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Brinley (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 3-4, R, 2B
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Encarnacion 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Lowell rallied from a 4-0 deficit to score six times in the middle innings and edge Auburn, 6-5. Taylor Hearn hit the wall in the 5th, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings. The loss went to Ryan Brinley on an unearned run in the 8th as two-out double was followed by a two-out error to send in the gamewinner. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice and doubled once in four trips to the place to lead the Doubledays’ attack.

Jul 262015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Lehigh Valley,
1:35 p.m.
Billings (6-4, 4.45) vs.
Berken (5-7, 3.39)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Purke (1st AA start of ’15) vs.
Bridwell (3-5, 4.21)
Potomac Won, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (0-0, 3.55) vs.
McAvoy (5-8, 4.70)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-6, 4.60) vs.
McRae (4-6, 4.53)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Lowell,
3:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-2, 3.38) vs.
Romero (2-2, 2.84)

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3
• Espino (L, 3-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Treinen 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, WP
• Werth 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Gwynn 2-4, BB

The IronPigs answered the Chiefs two-run rally in the 5th with two of their own to go up 4-2 and held on for a 4-3 win. Paolo Espino became the latest victim of the GBI curse as the “G” took the “L” with all four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk over five innings.
Paul Demny and Blake Treinen combined for three scoreless and six strikeouts to keep the game close. Rehabbing Jayson Werth drove in the aforementioned two runs with a two-out double and went 3-for-4 overall to lead the Syracuse offense, which collected 10 hits total.
Roster moves: LHP Richard Bleier, RHP Sam Runion, IF Matt Skole promoted from Harrisburg; 3B Chris Nelson, RHP Chris Nelson released.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 4-2) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K
• Vettleson 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 2-2, R, 3B, BB

Drew Vettleson’s two-out walkoff shot was the difference as the Sens edged the BaySox, 3-2. Austin Voth labored through five shutout innings on 87 pitches, walking three, striking out four, and giving up four hits. The win went to Gilberto Mendez, who came on in the 8th and gave up the tying run in the top of the 9th. Vettleson also singled as did Isaac Ballou twice to pace the Harrisburg attack.
Roster moves: RHPs Lucas Giolito, John Simms, LHP Matt Purke promoted from Potomac; RHP Abel De Los Santos optioned from Washington.

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Lopez 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Self (W, 3-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 3-4, 3SB
• Keller 2-3, R, BB, CS

The P-Nats were just 1-for-11 with RISP so it should come as no surprise to learn that the gamewinner came in on a passed ball in the 9th for a 3-2 win over the Red Sox. The miscue made a winner out of Derek Self, who had pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, while Manny Rodriguez matched the feat in the 9th for his fourth save. Reynaldo Lopez started and turned in seven innings of two-run ball, walking three and striking out four. The P-Nats hit parade was led by Rafael Bautista, who turned three singles into three doubles via three stolen bases, though he failed to score a run.
Roster move: C Spencer Kieboom placed on the 7-Day DL; C Zach Wright reassigned from Syracuse; LHPs Jake Walsh, R.C. Orlan promoted from Hagerstown.

West Virginia 6 Hagerstown 2
• Rauh 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K
• Torres (L, 0-1) 2+ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4
• Abreu 1-4, R, BB

The Power, um, surged for four runs in the late innings to turn a 2-2 tie into a 6-2 win over the Suns. Brian Rauh started and went the first five innings, letting in two runs on three hits and three walks while fanning six. Luis Torres “earned” the loss with four runs charged on five hits and three walks over two-plus innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the Hagerstown hit parade with three singles in four trips to the plate.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Amlung reassigned from Potomac; RHP Matthew DeRosier assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Auburn 5 Lowell 3
• Dickey 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Borne (W, 1-0) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Reetz 2-3, R, 2B, SB, 2HBP
• Sagdal 1-2, 2R, 2RBI, 2BB, SB, SF
• Dulin 1-3, R, 2BB, SB

Auburn took advantage of sloppy defense and pitching to take 5-3 decision from Lowell. Robbie Dickey made his first appearance in more than three weeks, turning in two innings but giving up a run on two hits and two walks. The Doubleday bullpen combined for seven innings of one-run ball, led by Grant Borne, who earned the win with one run allowed on four hits and two walks. Offensively, the trio of Jakson Reetz, Ian Sagdal, and Dalton Dulin combined for four hits, four runs, four walks, and three stolen bases.

GCL Update
After winning five of six the week before to get to .500, the G-Nats dropped all five this week to fall back into the GCL East cellar with a 12-17 mark. That’s roughly three games off their Pythagorean projection, though the G-Nats are just about league average in the three major phases (4.28 R/G vs. 4.20 batting; 4.34 R/G vs. 4.21 R/G pitching; .964 FA vs. 964 FA).

DSL Update
The D-Nats are 22-26 after a 3-3 week and will need to go 15-9 down the stretch to finish above .500. Seventeen-year-old Colombian Robert Medina has emerged as the team leader in OPS at .823 though he’s played in just 16 games. Nineteen-year-old Francys Peguero and 18-y.o. Pedro Avila continue to pile up the K’s, with Peguero second in the DSL with a 14.1 K/9IP rate and Avila fourth with 55K’s in 39IP (12.7/9IP).

Jul 252015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (3-3, 2.71) vs.
Buchanan (2-0, 2.96)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 2.95) vs.
Miranda (AA debut)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (5-6, 4.82) vs.
Wilkerson (7-2, 2.77)
Hagerstown Lost, 16-5 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Y. Garcia (8-5, 2.03)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
Dickey (0-1, 5.25) vs.
Almonte (2-1, 3.86)

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 2 (11 inn.)
• Jordan 5IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Martin (L, 4-5) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Butler 2-5, RBI
• Ramsey 1-4, BB

The Chiefs outhit the Iron Pigs, 8-4 but was outscored 3-2 in 11 innings for their third straight loss. Rafael Martin took the loss, giving up a leadoff single and two-out double in the 11th. Taylor Jordan started and let in two on two hits and two walks over five innings. Dan Butler singled twice and drove in a run to lead the Syracuse offense.

Bowie 5 Harrisburg 1
• Pivetta (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, HR
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Dykstra 3-4, 2-2B
• Ballou 3-4

Harrisburg peppered Bowie’s pitchers for 12 hits but came away with just one (1) run in a 5-1 loss. Nick Pivetta labored through five innings, putting on 10 baserunners (five walks, five hits) but almost got away with it until Corban Joseph took him deep for a two-run HR in the 4th. He would suffer the loss, his second at AA. Two double plays, a play at the plate, and no walks drawn lowered the LOB number to just eight. Cutter Dykstra and Issac Ballou both went 3-for-4 to lead the Senators attack.

Frederick 5 Potomac 1
• Valdez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• Thomas (L, 0-6) 4IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Wooten 2-4, 2B, RBI
• DeBruin 2-4, 2B

A three-run sixth, questionable bullpen usage, and a wasted chance in the 7th led to yet another loss Last Night In Woodbridge

Savannah 16 Hagerstown 5
• Van Orden (L, 5-4) ⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, BB, K
• Napoli 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Mejia 2-3, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Masters 2-4, RBI

Suns pitchers retired Gnat OF Joe Tuschak five times in six trips to the plate. The problem? The other eight guys racked up 16 runs on 18 hits and eight walks as Savannah torched Hagerstown, 16-5. Drew Van Orden didn’t make it out of the 1st, giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out one in 2/3rds of an inning as he lost his third straight start. Hagerstown collected 11 hits themselves, with Osvaldo Abreu, Bryan Mejia, Raudy Read, and David Masters each connecting for two hits.
Roster move: RHPs Andrew Lee, Luis Torres promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 5 Lowell 3
• Crownover 4⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Gutierrez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Schrock 2-4, R

Auburn rallied for three in the 6th to snap a 2-2 tie en route to a 5-3 victory over Lowell. Matthew Crownover started and went four and 2/3rds innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and two K’s. Cody Gunter got his first professional win as a pitcher with two and 1/3rd scoreless innings with one hit and four whiffs. Kelvin Gutierrez singled once and doubled twice to lead the Doubledays’ 10-hit parade.

Jul 242015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (3-4, 2.71) vs.
Gonzalez (1-5, 4.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Doyle (11-1, 2.08)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (3-2, 4.53) vs.
Taylor (0-0, 3.47)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-9 vs. Savannah,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (3-1, 3.39) vs.
Gibbons (0-2, 3.75)
Auburn Won, 6-2 @ Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 8.53) vs.
Cosart (1-2, 6.86)

Buffalo 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 1-5) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Fornataro 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinson 2-2, BB
• Johnson 2-4, R

Buffalo scored single runs in three of the first four innings as they took the series finale from Syracuse, 3-1. Starter and loser A.J. Cole gave up all three runs on three hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out three. Eric Fornataro and Rafael Martin shut down the Bisons with three combined scoreless innings, but the offense could only convert one run from seven hits and four walks. Jason Martinson led the attack with two singles and a walk.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Spann (L, 2-2) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 4K
• Bates 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Skole 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Corona 1-3, R, 2B

Bowie knifed Harrisburg twice for three runs in the first five innings and cruised to a 6-2 win. Matt Spann took the loss, giving up all six runs on nine hits and four walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Colin Bates stranded a runner in the 5th and turned in three more scoreless innings. A pair of errors in the 6th led to both Senators runs. Reegie Corona and Matt Skole both doubled in the inning, accounting for two of the four Harrisburg hits.

Frederick 3 Potomac 1
• Giolito 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR, WP
• M. Rodriguez (L, 1-2) ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K, WP
• Keller 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Norfork 1-3

Frederick rallied for two in the top of the 9th to break a 1-1 tie and Potomac had no answer the inning’s bottom half to fall, 3-1. Lucas Giolito allowed his first HR of 2015 — a solo shot with two out in the 1st — and five hits total over six innings. He walked two and struck out six. Manny Rodriguez retired just one of five batters faced in the 9th and was charged with aforementioned two runs after a wild pitch plated the go-ahead run and a bases-loaded bunt squeezed in the insurance run. The P-Nats mustered just four hits, with Alec Keller (2-for-4) the sole batter to reach base twice.

Savannah 10 Hagerstown 9
• Bach (L, 3-2) 3IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 6BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, R, RBI
• Carey 2-3, R, 2BB
• Gardner 2-4, 2B, BB, 5RBI

Jeff Gardner’s bases-loaded double brought the Suns within one of the Gnats, but his decision to try for three cost them the chance to tie in a 10-9 loss. Hagerstown rallied for five in the bottom of the 9th, almost erasing a horrific nine-walk outing by three Suns pitchers. Connor Bach issued six free passes in three innings and took the loss as he let in five runs on four hits. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night while Gardner totaled five RBI while going 2-for-4 with a walk.

Auburn 6 Vermont 2
• Fedde 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Boghosian (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Robles 4-5, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Lora 2-5, R, RBI

Auburn reversed the score from Wednesday night with a 6-2 win on Thursday night. Erick Fedde started but was ineffective as he was charged with two runs on four hits and three walks over three innings. Adam Boghosian, Tommy Peterson, and Ryan Brinley each turned in two scoreless with Boghosian earning a win and Peterson earning a save. Victor Robles went 4-for-5 with a triple and a homer to lead the Doubledays’ 12-hit, three-walk attack.
Roster move: OF Andrew Stevenson reassigned to the GCL Nationals.

Jul 232015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (1-4, 3.90) vs.
Copeland (6-3, 2.38)
Harrisburg Won, 13-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (2-1, 4.03) vs.
Gunkel (5-3, 3.29)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (3-5, 2.83) vs.
Hess (5-4, 4.44)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Savannah,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (3-1, 3.39) vs.
Gibbons (0-2, 3.75)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 @ Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (2-1, 2.45) vs.
Massad (2-2, 3.62)

Syracuse 7 Buffalo 5
• Hill (L, 3-5) 6IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Treinen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Gwynn 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Buffalo stampeded Syracuse for four in the 1st and held on for 4-3 win. Taylor Hill gutted out six innings total with all four Bisons runs charged to him on four hits and a walk. He struck out five and hit a batter. Blake Treinen followed with two scoreless innings of relief. Jason Martinson walked, singled twice, homered, and drove in two runs to lead the Syracuse attack, which racked up 13 hits and left on 13 baserunners.
Roster move: RHP Jose Valverde released.

Harrisburg 13 New Hampshire 0
• Bleier (W, 8-3) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Dykstra 5-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 1-2, 3R, HR, 3BB, 2RBI
• Jeroloman 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 3RBI

Cutter Dykstra went 5-for-5 while three Sens combined on a six-hit shutout as Harrisburg shut out New Hampshire, 13-0 in the series finale. Dykstra was a triple shy of the cycle, scored twice and drove in two as the offense piled up 17 hits with everybody hitting. Richard Bleier spun seven scoreless and gave up four hits, no walks, and struck out two while winning his eighth AA game. Erik Davis and Bryan Harper both put up a zero on the scoreboard to complete the shutout bid, which ended a three-game losing streak.

Frederick 5 Potomac 1
• Williams (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Dickson 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Rendon 3-3, RBI
• Mesa 3-4, R, 2B

Austen Williams no-hit the Keys for four innings before Frederick broke through for four in the 5th en route to a 5-1 win over Potomac.
The 22-y.o. Texan allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings to lose his second game for the P-Nats. Anthony Rendon singled three times in three ABs and ran hard (how novel) while Narciso Mesa went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the Potomac offense. The P-Nats went just 1-for-8 with RISP and stranded 10 baserunners.
Roster moves: OF Rafael Bautista activated from the 7-Day DL; 1B Jimmy Yezzo released.

Hagerstown 4 Savannah 3
• M. Sanchez (W, 5-4) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Orlan (H, 5) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Abreu 2-4, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI

Hagerstown scored four times in the first four innings and held on for a 4-3 win over Savannah. Mario Sanchez let in all three Gnats runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. R.C. Orlan (3IP) and Koda Glover (1IP) shut down Savannah the rest of the way to earn the hold (5th) and the save (1st) respectively. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz walked, singled, doubled, and homered to lead the Suns offense, which collected 11 hits and four walks total.

Vermont 6 Auburn 2
• Guilbeau (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 3K
• Feliz 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, RBI
• Schrock 1-3, BB

Vermont struck for three in the 5th to break a 2-2 tie and added another in the 8th for a 6-2 win over Auburn. Taylor Guilbeau took the loss, allowing the first five runs on nine hits and no walks while setting down three on strikes over four and a 1/3rd innings. Victor Robles continues to rake, as he went 2-for-4 with run scored and an RBI to push his batting average to .400 (6-for-15) since his callup from the GCL. As a team, the Doubledays managed just six hits and four walks on the night.

Jul 212015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-0 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (5-4, 4.39) vs.
Pineiro (1-1, 4.85)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (5-2, 3.77) vs.
Lawrence (9-8, 4.66)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 @ Frederick,
12:00 p.m.
Simms (5-6, 3.01) vs.
Horacek (6-9, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-3, 5.19) vs.
Derby (1-0, 1.04)

Buffalo 7 Syracuse 0
• Walters (L, 4-3) 4IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Fornataro 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Mastroianni 2-4
• Keyes 2-4

A five-run 3rd put this one away early as Buffalo shut out Syracuse, 7-0. P.J. Walters gave up all seven Bisons runs on eight hits and a walk to suffer his third loss for the Chiefs. Paul Demny and Eric Fornataro both turned in two scoreless innings of relief. The offense was held to just six hits, with Darin Mastroianni and Kevin Keyes both going 2-for-4 while the rest of the lineup was 2-for-24.
Roster moves: OF Jayson Werth added to roster for MLB rehab; RHP Blake Treinen optioned from Washington; RHP Evan Meek released.

New Hampshire 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Voth 7IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Runion (L, 3-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, HR
• Vettleson 2-4, R
• Pleffner 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

The Fisher Cats scored single runs in the 9th and 10th innings to rally from a 2-1 deficit and hand the Senators a 3-2 loss in extras. Austin Voth pitched seven strong innings and got a no-decision. In a related story, the Pope is still Catholic. The hard-luck northpaw scattered eight hits for one run with two walks and six K’s. The loss went to Sam Runion on a two-out, 10th-inning solo HR. Drew Vettleson, Shawn Pleffner, and Jose Lozada each went 2-for-4 as the Sens collected eight hits total.
Roster move: RHP Abel De Los Santos recalled to Washington; RHP Tyler Mapes reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 6 Potomac 5
• Purke 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• M. Rodriguez (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Ward 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI
• S. Perez 2-4, R
• Wooten 2-4, 2RBI

Matt Purke needed just 45 pitches to set down Frederick five times, but the bullpen was unable to follow suit, giving up all six runs — including two in the 9th — to lose this one, 6-5. Purke set down the first 13 batters he faced before letting up a single. He walked none and struck out two. Losing pitcher Manny Rodriguez was a train wreck in the 9th as he wild-pitched an inherited runner from 1st to 3rd, issued two walks sandwiched around two strikeouts to load the bases before giving up the two-run, walkoff single. Drew Ward homered while Stephen Perez, John Wooten, and Estarlin Martinez each went 2-for-4 to lead the Potomac offense.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Reyes (L, 4-6) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 0K, 2WP
• Walsh 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gardner 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, OF assist at HP
• Page 0-2, R, 2BB

Jeff Gardner’s two-run HR in the 2nd gave Hagerstown a brief 2-0 lead but Kannapolis scored three unanswered to take the series finale, 3-2. Luis Reyes started and went the first five, giving up all three Intimidator runs on seven hits and three walks with no strikeouts.
Kevin Perez (1IP) and Jake Walsh (2IP) combined for three scoreless innings of relief, but the Suns bats were limited to just four hits total with Matthew Page the sole batter to reach base twice via walks.

West Virginia 4 Auburn 3
• Hearn (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Gunter 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Wiseman 2-4, R, 2B, BB, CS

The Doubledays rallied for two and got the tying run to second with two out in the 9th but couldn’t get the equalizer as they fell, 4-3 to the Black Bears in the series finale. Doubledays starter Taylor Hearn gave up the first two West Virginia runs on five hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings to suffer the loss. Rafael Bautista and Rhett Wiseman both singled, doubled, and a scored a run to lead Auburn’s nine-hit, three-walk attack.