Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
J. Ross (0-2, 4.15) vs.
Berrios (10-5, 2.44)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (2-1, 4.63) vs.
Barker (5-6, 4.43)
Potomac Lost, 17-10 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Martin (0-2, 6.00) vs.
Romero (6-4, 6.16)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0 @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 1.64) vs.
Cedeno (7-9, 3.83)
Auburn Won, 5-0 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Acevedo (2-4, 3.27) vs.
H. Gonzalez (6-2, 1.57)

Abbreviated writeups until I get back up to speed…
Rochester 5 Syracuse 1
• Lopez (L, 2-2) 7IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Severino 2-4, R
• Collier 1-2, 2B, 2BB

Syracuse coughed up HR’s in the 7th and 8th innings to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-1 loss in the series opener against Rochester.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Valdez (W, 5-4) 7⅔ IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Robinson (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ballou 2-3, 2R, BB
• Bautista 2-4, BB, RBI, SB

The Sens got back in the win column with a 3-1 triumph, highlighted by Philips Valdez pitching into the 8th for the second straight start to win his 5th AA decision. Unfortunately, the RubberDucks won to keep pace and remain 2½ games ahead for the E.L. West wildcard.

Frederick 17 Potomac 10
• Williams 3⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holland (L, 1-3) ⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 2-4, R, HR, BB, 4RBI
• Robles 2-4, 2R
• Davidson 2-5, R

Frederick eviscerated the Potomac ‘pen for 11 runs, including eight in the 8th, to win a 17-10 slugfest and stave off playoff elimination. The P-Nats also blew a chance to climb back into a first-place tie in the C.L. North with the Hillcats, who lost 1-0 in 11 innings to the C.L. South-leading Pelicans.

Hagerstown 2 Charleston 0
• Baez (W, 8-7) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Borne (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Peterson (S, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three Suns pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of the RiverDogs, making Rhett Wiseman’s two-out, two-run HR in the 1st stand up for a 2-0 win, their fourth straight. Hagerstown’s first-round opponent, the Lakewood BlueClaws, also won to clinch a playoff spot and lower its magic number to win the second half to four with six games to play. Roster move: CF Blake Perkins promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 5 Brooklyn 0
• Ramirez (W, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP, HBP
• Simonds 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Johnson 3-4, R, 3SB (9,10,11)
• Panaccione 3-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Banks 2-5, RBI

Four Auburn pitchers combined to blank Brooklyn on seven hits for a 5-0 win to even the series at 1-1.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Cancelled @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Latos (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Haley (7-4, 3.92)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (3-3, 4.15) vs.
Glasnow (MLB Rehab)
Potomac Won, 5-4
(11 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0;
Lost, 8-2
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-2, 4.12) vs.
Garabito (2-9, 5.71)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and
TBD vs.
Suarez (5-2, 3.27) and
Paulino (1-3, 3.23)


Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5
Rain and thunderstorms pulled the plug on this one between the Chiefs and the Iron Pigs. Because the two teams do not meet again this season, it will not be made up.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 5
• Fedde 5+ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Runion (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Robinson (BS, 1; L, 4-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3R, BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, R
• Ballou 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

Harrisburg scored four times with two out in the 6th to take a 4-2 lead and held two-run going into the 9th when Richmond scored three to take the game, 6-5 and the series, 2-1. Erick Fedde pitched into the 6th but couldn’t get any outs as he finished with three runs allowed on nine hits and three walks over five-plus innings. The loss went to Andrew Robinson, who wild-pitched the tying run with two outs and gave up the game-winning RBI single in the 9th. Kevin Keyes came off the bench (presumably Rafael Bautista did not run to manager Matt LeCroy’s liking on a popup to short) and went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Isaac Ballou singled, walked, scored a run, and drove in two to lead the Sens offense.

Potomac 5 Frederick 4 (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 1K
• Mendez 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Brinley (W, 4-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davidson 3-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Read 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-5, R, 3B, RBI

The P-Nats ended their seven-game slide with a 5-4 win in 11 innings as Osvaldo Abreu scored on infield single by Bryan Mejia. Hector Silvestre made his first start for Potomac in nearly two years but was wild, walking five in four innings while giving up two runs on five hits with a single strikeout. The win went to Ryan Brinley with a scoreless 11th. Austin Davidson singled twice, scored twice, walked, and homered to lead Potomac’s nine-hit, three-walk offense. Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Dakota Bacus maneuvered onto the 7-Day DL retroactive to August 18.

Lexington 1 Hagerstown 0
• Rodriguez (L, 7-10) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Held 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 1-2, BB
• Lora 1-2

Jefry Rodriguez surrendered a single run in the 1st and that was enough for Hagerstown to lose to Lexington, 1-0 in the opener. Rodriguez went five innings with two hits and three walks allowed while striking out four to lose for tenth time this season. Kelvin Gutierrez was the only Sun to reach base twice with a single and a walk as the Legends limited the offense to just five hits and two walks total.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 2
• Borne (L, 3-2) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Dickey 2⅔ IP, 0H, R, ER, 5BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sagdal 1-3, RBI
• DeBruin 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Lexington scored in four of the first five innings and cruised to an 8-2 win in the nightcap to sweep the doubleheader from Hagerstown. Grant Borne was lit up for seven runs on nine hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings to lose for the second time this season. Ian Sagdal singled and drove in a run, Grant DeBruin hit a solo HR, and Edwin Lora doubled and scored to account for the three (3) Suns hits.

Auburn vs. Williamsport – PPD
The Doubledays didn’t lose a tenth straight on Sunday thanks to the rain, though they were eliminated from the Pinckney Division race. They’ll make this one up with a doubleheader today.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Latos (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Vasquez (3-0, 2.73)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 6.35) vs.
Molina (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Long (6-6, 4.47)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-9, 4.80) and
Guilbeau (2-2, 4.12) vs.
Puckett (0-2, 3.49) and
Watson (2-10, 8.11)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Suarez (5-2, 3.27)


Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5
• Voth 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K
• DeFratus (W, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Grace (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Soto 2-2, BB, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Bostick 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Jason Martinson homered in the bottom of the 8th to end the see-saw battle of the bullpens, with Syracuse proving to less inept for a 6-5 win. It was 2-2 after six innings with Austin Voth spinning a quality start of two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven. The “W” was credited to Justin DeFratus despite giving up three runs on two home runs in the 7th and 8th innings. Matt Grace worked around a walk in the 9th to earn his first save for the Chiefs. Neftali Soto reached base three times with two singles and a walk to lead the eight-hit, five-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole, C Pedro Severino optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 5
• Mayberry 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Self (W, 4-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Lee (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Bautista 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB(45)
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Stevenson 2-5, 2R, RBI

The Senators got three-spots twice in the middle innings to rally from a 5-2 deficit and end a five-game losing streak with an 8-5 win. Whit Mayberry was sent down I-95 from Woodbridge to make the spot start and was lit up for all five Richmond runs on five hits and two walks. Derek Self (3IP) and Nick Lee (2IP) combined for five scoreless innings despite six walks for the win and save respectively. Rafael Bautista swiped his 45th base while going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI while Drew Ward singled, doubled, and walked in five PA’s to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Whiting 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Orlan (BS, 5; L, 5-5) ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schrock 3-5, R
• Davidson 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Robles 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Potomac’s tailspin continued with a seventh straight loss, 7-6, which dropped the team into second place and sliced the lead over third-place Frederick to just 4½ games. Boone Whiting allowed three runs on four hits, including two home runs over five and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out two. R.C. Orlan blew his fifth save in 14 chances, with a little “help” from Justin Thomas, who let in all three runners he inherited from Orlan in the Frederick’s three-run 8th inning that snapped a 4-4 tie. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled three times while Austin Davidson and Victor both walked twice to pace the Potomac offense, which scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings but did not get the tying run into scoring position in either frame.

Hagerstown vs. Lexington – PPD
The Suns and Legends were washed on Saturday night. They’ll shoot to make it up this afternoon with a doubleheader. Roster moves: RHP Samuel Held promoted from Auburn; RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 3
• Mills (L, 3-4) 4IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 4K
• Howard 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Ortiz 2-4, RBI
• Kerian 2-4, R

Auburn lost its ninth straight and saw its tragic number reduced to one with a 4-3 loss to Williamsport. McKenzie Mills lost for the fourth time with three runs charged to him on two hits and five walks over four innings. The Doubledays collected ten hits, with Andres Martinez, Oliver Ortiz, and David Kerian each having two hits, but just two came in 12 chances with RISP.

GCL Update
With a 5-1 mark, the G-Nats are now one game behind the G-Cards with a chance to tie with a win today. As noted in the comments, 17-y.o. Juan Soto is living up to the hype, batting .345 (second-best in the GCL) with 77 total bases (third-best) in 39 games. 24th Rd. pick Joseph Waltrip is leading the team in appearances with 15 and has a 2-1 record with four saves.

DSL Update
The D-Nats enter their final week of play with pair of games against D-Cards, D-Angels, and the D-Braves. Nineteen-y.o. Angel Guillen leads the age-appropriate pitchers with a 4-1, 1.67/2.52/0.94 mark while Jose Cabello, also 19, is leading the hitters with a .279/ .390/.339 line.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (7-7, 3.49) vs.
Buchanan (8-8, 4.05)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Crick (3-10, 4.99)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Whiting (9-3, 3.64) vs.
Keller (0-1, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-9, 4.80) vs.
Watson (2-10, 8.11)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-3, 3.69) vs.
Romero (1-1, 2.51)


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3 – GAME ONE
• Hill (L, 6-11) 6IP, 11H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Burnett 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, HR (10), RBI

The Chiefs homered twice in the 7th but still came up one run short for 4-3 loss to the IronPigs. Taylor Hill scattered 11 hits without giving up a longball but let in three runs over six innings with one walk and one whiff as he lost for the 11th time this season. Re-acquired Sean Burnett (details) gave up a run in the 7th, which proved to the difference when Matt Skole hit his 21st HR (solo) and Jason Martinson hit #10 (two-run), which were just the fourth and fifth hits total for Syracuse.

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 2 (8 inn.) – GAME TWO
• Espino 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Martin (L, 2-4) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1R, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Collier 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Soto 1-3, 2B

In the nightcap, Rafael Martin loaded the bases with a single and two walks in the 8th, then coughed up the go-ahead run with a sac fly. Lehigh Valley did its best to return the favor with a walk (Michael Taylor), hit by pitch (Matt Skole), and a sacrifice (Caleb Ramsey) to put the tying and winning runs into scoring position but Jason Martinson and Jhonatan Solano both struck out, giving the IronPigs a 3-2 win and a doubleheader sweep. Paolo Espino turned in a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Zach Collier and Neftali Soto both doubled as the Chiefs managed just five hits total again.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2
• Valdez (L, 4-4) 8IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Norfork 2-4

Phillips Valdez walked just one and hurled his first complete game without rain… but he went eight innings, not nine, as Harrisburg fell to Richmond, 3-2. Valdez allowed six hits and struck out four while losing for the fourth time at AA. Kevin Keyes (single, homer) and Khayyan Norfork (two singles) both went 2-for-4 as the Senators collected nine hits total, with just one in six RISP chances. Roster moves: RHPs Michael Brady and Mitch Lively reassigned from Syracuse.

Frederick 6 Potomac 4
• Martin (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 6BB, 4K, HBP
• Mendez 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Schrock 2-4, R, RBI
• Keller 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The J.D. Martin experiment didn’t stop another spin ’round the drain as the P-Nats dropped their sixth straight with a 6-4 loss to the Keys. Martin walked six, hit a batter, and gave up four sharp hits and several LONG foul balls over five frustrating innings to take the loss. Mario Sanchez finished the game with two runs allowed on four hits over four innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Alec Keller combined to go 4-for-8 with two runs, a HR (Keller), and three RBI but the clutch hit eluded Potomac with a 1-for-9 mark with RISP.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 1
• Reyes 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Rivera (W, 4-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Walby (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2SB
• Wiseman 2-5, R, 2RBI, 2SB
• Sagdal 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown broke a 1-1 tie with three in the 8th as they took the series opener from Lexington, 4-1. Luis Reyes let in an unearned run on three hits and two walks over five innings for a no-decision. Mariano Rivera III was perfect for three innings with three K’s to earn the win while Philip Walby was perfect for one inning with one K to earn the save. Kelvin Gutierrez, Rhett Wiseman, and Ian Sagdal each had two hits to lead the nine-hit parade, though the Suns batters fanned 13 times.

Hudson Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Acevedo 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K
• Serrata (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Johnson 2-4, RBI
• Barrera 2-3

The Renegades, who had it made, retrieved their bounty with a 2-1 win over the Doubledays to complete the three-game sweep. Carlos Acevedo went the first four innings with one run allowed on four hits and three walks while fanning two. Brayan Serrata took the loss, his first, with the decisive run let in on a groundout after a one-out triple. Dan Johnson drove in the sole Auburn run while going 2-for-4 while Tres Barrera also singled twice to pace the Doubledays’ offense. Roster moves: LHP David “Mi hermano es Wilson” Ramos activated from the 60-Day DL.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1
(12 inn.)
vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:05 p.m.
Hill (6-10, 4.63) and
Espino (7-10, 3.55) vs.
Russell (3-5, 3.79) and
Klein (2-1, 1.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-7 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (4-3, 5.81) vs.
Gage (7-7, 3.86)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
J. Martin (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Romero (5-4, 6.06)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2;
Lost, 6-2
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1st start
at Low-A in ’16) vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 7-2 @ Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (2-3, 3.06) vs.
Navas (3-2, 1.81)


Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1 (12 inn.)
• Brady 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 7-4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• den Dekker 2-4, BB
• Ramsey 2-5, R, 2B

Syracuse tied it in the 8th and walked off in the 12th for 2-1 victory over Lehigh Valley. Michael Brady made his I.L. debut with one run let in on four hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings. The win went to Erik Davis who rebounded from retiring nobody on Wednesday to striking out the side in the 12th. Matt den Dekker walked once and singled twice while Caleb Ramsey singled, doubled, and scored a run to pace the Chiefs seven-hit, seven-walk offense, which was 2-for-14 with RISP and left on 13 baserunners. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole recalled from Washington; OF Brian Goodwin optioned from Washington; RHP Michael Brady reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Mitch Lively assigned from Washington.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 7
• Simms (L, 7-5) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Marmolejos 2-5, R
• Kieboom 2-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

The Seawolves completed the three-game sweep with an 8-7 triumph over the Senators. John Simms stepped in for Mike Brady and tossed four scoreless before the running aground in the 5th as Erie put up a five spot. He lost for the fifth time with five runs allowed on six hits and no walks while fanning four over four and 2/3rds innings. Harrisburg rallied for three late but couldn’t push across the equalizer, leaving the tying runner on at third in the 8th, and at second in the 9th. Rafael Bautista walked, singled, homered, scored a run, stole a base, threw out a runner at second, took out the trash, walked the dog, called his mother to lead the Sens’ attack while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos pushed his modest hit streak to five games with another two singles.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 2
• Williams (L, 4-4) 5+ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K, BK
• Mendez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 1-3, 2R, BB
• Read 1-3, BB

Wilmington sent Potomac packing with its fifth straight loss by a 3-2 count. Austen Williams took the loss with all three Blue Rocks runs charged to him on seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock scored both P-Nats runs while taking a walk and singling, as did Raudy Read. But the rest of the lineup went 3-for-28 with two walks and stranded nine baserunners, including the tying run and the go-ahead run in the 9th.

Hagerstown 4 Rome 2 – GAME ONE
• Baez 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4
• Peterson (W, 4-1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Lora 2-3, 2R, 2B, SB
• Sagdal 2-3, R, 2B
• Encarnacion 2-3, 2B, CS

Hagerstown scored twice in the 7th to take the opener from Rome, 4-2. Tommy Peterson was the winner in relief, stranding an inherited runner in the 5th as he retired eight of nine batters faced down the stretch. Joan Baez started and gave up both Braves runs on six hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Edwin Lora, Ian Sagdal, and Randy Encarnacion each went 2-for-3 with a double as the Suns collected 11 hits total.

Rome 6 Hagerstown 2 – GAME TWO
• Bourque (L, 4-6) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP, HBP
• Encarnacion 1-3, R, BB
• Sagdal 2-4, RBI

In the nightcap, the Braves scored in every inning but the 1st as they eclipsed the Suns, 6-2 and split the doubleheader. James Bourque took the loss and the brunt of the beating with five runs allowed on eight hit and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Randy Encarnacion singled, walked, and scored once while Ian Sagdal singled twice and drove in a run to highlight the Hagerstown offense.

Hudson Valley 7 Auburn 2
• Ramirez 5IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Harmening (L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Martinez 4-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Banks 1-3

It was a bad Happy Hour in Hudson Valley – lots of singles (23), lots of strikeouts (19) – as the Renegades splashed a drink in the face of Auburn, 7-2. Yonathan Ramirez did his part at the start with five innings of one-run ball as he scattered eight hits and a walk and struck out three, but left with the game tied, 1-1. Russell Harmening was the losing pitcher with two runs allowed on four hits in the 6th, as the Doubledays ‘pen was lit up for six runs in the final three frames. Andres Martinez homered in the 9th to fall a triple shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored to pace the Doubledays offense.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (8-8, 4.26) vs.
Pivetta (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (3-6, 3.34) vs.
Turley (5-8, 4.06)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (4-3, 4.05) vs.
Ray (6-6, 5.31)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Rome,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Sanchez (6-9, 5.20) and
Caicedo (2-5, 5.13)
Auburn Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (3-2, 4.38) vs.
TBD


Toledo 4 Syracuse 3
• Giolito 7IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 10K
• DeFratus (H, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Davis (BS, 4) 2BF, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Skole 1-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Lobaton 3-4, R, RBI

Lucas Giolito was brilliant for seven innings, the Chiefs ‘pen was anything but as they coughed up three runs in the 9th to lose to the Mud Hens, 4-3. The top Nats prospect fanned ten without issuing a walk while giving up a run on seven hits and was ahead 3-1 when the offense scored twice in the top of the 8th. In the 9th, Justin DeFratus took the loss when he gave up three singles in the space of four batters and Erik Davis blew the save by giving up two singles to the two batters he faced. Jose Lobaton led the Syracuse offense with a 3-for-4 night, but no other batter reached base twice as the Chiefs drew no walks and struck out 10 times. Roster moves: RHP Koda Glover recalled to Washington; RHP Justin DeFratus reassigned from Harrisburg.

Erie 4 Harrisburg 2
• Blackmar (L, 3-3) 8IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Runion 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Marmolejos 2-4

Harrisburg outhit Erie, 8-5 but the Seawolves outscored the Senators, 4-2. Mark Blackmar took the loss as he gave up all four Erie runs on four hits (including a homer) and two walks over eight innings. He walked two and struck out three but lost for this third time at AA. Shawn Pleffner celebrated his 27th birthday with a two-hit night while as he, Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, and Nick Rickles all went 2-for-4 to combine for six of the eight singles Harrisburg registered.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 0
• Crownover 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mayberry (L, 3-4) 2+ IP, 3H, R, ER, IBB, 4K
• Schrock 2-4, 2B
• Mejia 1-4, 3B

The P-Nats dropped their fourth straight with a 1-0 walkoff loss to the Blue Rocks, shaving their lead over Lynchburg to just 1½ games. Matt Crownover and Zach Lovvorn opened a donut shop on the Frawley Stadium scoreboard, as the two starting pitchers pitched shutouts for six and seven innings respectively. Wilmington pushed across the lone run in the 9th after two singles and an intentional walk by reliever Whit Mayberry loaded bases and Elier Hernandez did not strike out, pop out, or hit the grounder Potomac needed for a chance to go to the 10th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled and doubled while Bryan Mejia tripled to account for three of the five hits and six of the eight total bases the P-Nats collected.

Rome vs. Hagerstown – PPD
Wet grounds forced the postponement of Wednesday night’s game between Hagerstown and Rome. They’ll try to make it up today with a twi-night doubleheader.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 3 (10 inn.)
• Bogucki 4IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Held (L, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• Ortiz 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Perkins 0-2, 2BB, CS

The Doubledays took advantage of seven walks to score three times on just three hits with no stolen bases. The Renegades took advantage of four errors and a wild-pitch walkoff to win 10 innings, 4-3. Auburn starter A.J. Bogucki went the first four innings with two unearned runs let in on a hit and a walk while striking out two. The loss went to Samuel Held in his third inning of work after a leadoff double, a bunt single, and a wild pitch plated the gamewinner with one out in the 10th. Oliver Ortiz singled and doubled and drove in a run while Blake Perkins, Dalton Dulin, and Clayton Brandt each drew two walks to lead the Auburn offense.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-2, 3.38) vs.
Roach (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-4 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (3-2, 4.06) vs.
Alexander (0-1, 6.52)
Potomac Lost, 7-5 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (3-4, 5.16) vs.
Lovvorn (2-14, 3.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Sanchez (6-9, 5.20)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK @ Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Toledo 4 Syracuse 3
• Latos 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Laffey (L, 5-6) 3IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Collier 2-4, OF assist at 2B

The Chiefs’ defense faltered in the 6th as a leadoff error led to three unearned runs that proved to be the difference in a 4-3 loss to the Mud Hens. Mat Latos walked four in five innings but minimized the damage with two double plays as he allowed one run on three hits. The loss went to Aaron Laffey who gave up the aforementioned unearned runs on three hits over three innings. Matt Skole went deep again with HR #20 and moved up to 4th place in the I.L. race as he drove in two runs to bring Syracuse within one in the 8th inning. Zach Collier led the non-MLBers with two singles in four trips to the plate.

Erie 13 Harrisburg 4
• Fedde (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• A. Sanchez 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos 3-5, 2B, 2RBI

Erick Fedde’s second AA start was not quite quality as Erie laid into him for seven runs in a 13-4 demolition of Harrisburg. Fedde gave up nine hits and two walks and fanned just two over four and a 1/3rd innings. Neither Derek Self nor Nick Lee were any more effective as the Seawolves piled on six more against the Sens ‘pen. Adrian Sanchez reached base four times in four PA’s with three singles and a walk while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled twice, doubled once, and drove in two to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Wilmington 7 Potomac 5
• Bacus 4IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Holland (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Davidson 3-4, 2RBI
• Page 2-4, R, RBI
• Keller 1-3, R, BB

The Blue Rocks’ Mike Hill was the king of twice as he hit a pair of two-run HRs against the P-Nats’ first two pitchers in a 7-5 Wilmington win over Potomac. Dakota Bacus labored through four innings and let in four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out two for a no-decision. The loss went to Neil Holland with three runs allowed on four hits over an inning and 2/3rds. Austin Davidson singled three times and drove in two while Matt Page singled twice and drove in one to lead the Woodbridge nine’s 11-hit parade.

Rome 4 Hagerstown 1
• Guilbeau (L, 2-2) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Borne 2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2K
• Wiseman 0-1, SF, RBI, 2BB

Rome’s Patrick Weigel dominated the Hagerstown offense with seven scoreless innings in a 4-1 Braves’ win over the Suns. Hagerstown jumped on MLB rehabber Arodys Vizcaino for a run in the 1st on two hits, with Rhett Wiseman plating Randy Encarnacion on a sacrifice fly. After that, Weigel struck out nine while issuing two walks (both to Wiseman) and giving up just three hits to earn the win. Suns starter Taylor Guilbeau pitched well enough to win with three runs allowed on seven hits and no walks over six innings but took the loss, his second.

Auburn – ALL STAR BREAK
• Banks 1-3
• Watson 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K

Two of the three Doubledays’ representatives got into the New York-Penn League All-Star game, which was won by the South, 9-5. Nick Banks came off the bench and went 1-for-3 as the second centerfielder for the North while Tyler Watson struck out the side but gave up a run in his lone inning of work.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 @ Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Latos (1st AAA start of ’16)
Farmer (4-5, 4.32)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Lewicki (1-5, 3.21)
Fedde (1-0, 1.29)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (3-2, 3.48)
Griffin (3-8, 6.31)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Vizcaino (MLB Rehab)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A


Syracuse 8 Toledo 1
• Voth (W, 7-7) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Glover (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Collier 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Zimmerman 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Lobaton 2-4, BB

Every Syracuse batter got a hit (wait, what?) as the Chiefs plucked the Mud Hens, 8-1 in the series opener. Well, it helped that Ryan Zimmerman and Jose Lobaton joined the lineup for a rehab assignment, and the two lived up to the hype with both going 2-for-4 with a walk and Zimmerman hitting a homer. Austin Voth evened up his won-loss record at 7-7 with six innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks while striking out five. Ahead 5-1 at the time, Trevor Gott loaded up the bases in the 8th with two hits and a hit batsman. Koda Glover was called upon to get the final out of the inning, then worked the 9th for the save. Roster moves: 1B Ryan Zimmerman, C Jose Lobaton assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; RHP Andrew Robinson reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The Senators resume their six-game homestand with three against the Seawolves, with Erick Fedde making his second AA start. Harrisburg trails Altoona 3½ games for first place in the E.L. West but leads Akron by 3 games in the wildcard race.

Wilmington 7 Potomac 3
• Whiting (L, 9-3) 3+ IP, 10H, 7R, 6ER, 0BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mejia 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B

Wilmington scored in each of the first four innings as they ran up a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 7-3 win over Potomac in the series opener. P-Nats starter Boone Whiting was lit up for all seven Blue Rocks runs on 10 hits over three-plus innings to lose for the third time at High-A. Bryan Mejia singled twice, doubled once, and drove in one while Raudy Read singled and doubled and scored two runs to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
The Suns begin a six-game road trip through Georgia and Kentucky to take on the Rome Braves and the Lexington Legends for three games apiece. Hagerstown is on a three-game win streak that has seen them climb back into a tie for first place with Kannapolis for the 2nd half title in the Sally North. Roster moves: C Matt Reistetter, RHP Luis Reyes reassigned from Potomac; C Adderling Ruiz placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Ronald Pena reassigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Auburn – ALL STAR BREAK
Tonight is the All-Star game for the New York-Penn League, which will be held in Hudson Valley, where the three Auburn representatives (Tyler Watson, Nick Banks, and Weston Davis) will be joined by their Doubledays teammates tomorrow to play the Renegades. Roster moves: RHP Carlos Acevedo reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Conner Porter reassigned from the GCL.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2;
Won, 11-3
@ Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 3.59) vs.
C. Ramos (0-1, 7.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Whiting (9-2, 3.14) vs.
Tenuta (5-8, 5.56)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Postponed ALL-STAR BREAK N/A


Columbus 5 Syracuse 2 – GAME ONE
• Hill (L, 6-10) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Soto 3-3, R
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Chiefs led 2-0 early, but the Clippers sailed past them with a three-spot in the 3rd then added two more in the 4th for 5-2 win in the opener. Taylor Hill took one for the team as he went the distance with all five runs let in on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five while losing his tenth game for the second straight season. Neftali Soto singled three times in three trips to the plate while Matt Skole had a “true outcome” game with a walk, a strikeout, and a homer.

Syracuse 11 Columbus 3 – GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 7-10) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 3-4, 2R, RBI
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, 2B
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 4RBI

Syracuse homered three times in a six-run 4th inning to break a 2-2 tie as they cruised to an 11-3 win to split the doubleheader. Paolo Espino won for the seventh time with all three Columbus runs let in on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Rafael Martin mopped up in the 7th with a perfect frame. Matt den Dekker led off the Chiefs’ putaway rally with a solo shot while the “other Matt” (no, not Grace – Skole) connected for his 19th big fly. In between, Michael Taylor dropped a three-run bomb, his first at AAA this season. Steve Lombardozzi led the Syracuse hit column with three, followed by Brian Jeroloman, who singled and doubled in four trips to the plate.

Binghamton 6 Harrisburg 2
• Valdez (L, 4-3) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, 2HR, HBP
• Simms 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4
• Kieboom 2-3, BB, RBI

Phillips Valdez’s control problems returned as he walked four in four innings in a 6-2 Harrisburg loss to Binghamton. Valdez also coughed up two longballs and four runs total on six hits as he lost his third AA game. John Simms turned in two scoreless innings to keep things close but the B-Mets got to his successors for a run apiece in the 7th and 8th innings to put the game away. Spencer Kieboom reached base three times for a second consecutive game with two singles and a walk while Rafael Bautista singled twice as the Sens were limited to seven hits total.

Frederick 5 Potomac 3
• J. Martin 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Pantoja (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, 2R, 3BB, 0K
• Robles 1-2, R, 2BB, HBP, 2SB (10, 11)
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B, RBI

Knuckler come lately J.D. Martin turned in a quality start but the P-Nats ‘pen faltered again in a 5-3 loss to the Keys. Martin walked four and gave up three hits, including a solo HR in the 4th. Jorge Pantoja couldn’t vulture his 10th relief win of ’16, instead giving up two runs in the 8th for his first Carolina League loss. Victor Robles reached base four times as he singled, walked twice, and… wait for it… got hit by a pitch while Drew Vettleson singled, doubled, and drove in a run to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 6
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walby 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sundberg 3-5, R, 2B, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, BB, 2SB, E(20)
• DeBruin 2-2, 3R, 2BB, RBI, SB

Hagerstown nearly blew a seven-run lead but held off Asheville for an 8-6 win to take the series, 3-1. Hector Silvestre got the win in his first Low-A start since 2014 with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and no walks. He struck out three while getting the “W.” The Suns put up big innings three times, with Jack Sundberg going 3-for-5 with two singles and a double while Kelvin Gutierrez walked and singled twice and stole two bases to lead the Suns’ 13-hit parade.

Batavia vs. Auburn – PPD
Yesterday’s doubleheader was postponed due to wet grounds. They’ll have to make it up—if they make it up—when the two teams meet on the final Sunday and Monday of the season.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Columbus,
5:05 p.m.
Espino (6-10, 3.58) and
Hill (6-9, 4.49) vs.
Murata (6-2, 3.74) and
Morimando (4-1, 1.96)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Binghamton,
1:30 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 5.57) vs.
Zeid (3-3, 3.98)
Potomac Won, 12-6 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
J. Martin (1st Hi-A start of
’16) vs. Keller (0-1, 1.59)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Johnson (6-2, 3.65)
Auburn Tied, 0-0
(suspended)
vs. Batavia,
12:00 p.m.
TBD and Reyes (0-1, 1.13) vs.
TBD and TBD


Syracuse vs. Columbus – PPD
Syracuse didn’t lose on Saturday, thanks to the rain that forced a doubleheader today. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Binghamton 4
• Mapes (W, 11-8) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Suero (H, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2BB, RBI

The Senators put up four in the 1st, survived a scare in the 6th, and rallied in the 7th and 8th innings to double up the B-Mets, 8-4. Tyler Mapes won for the 11th time with all four Binghamton runs on 10 hits and a walk over six innings. Wander Suero tossed two scoreless and Andrew Robinson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos smacked his first AA longball and went 2-for-3 as did Isaac Ballou, who drove in two and walked twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 12 Frederick 6
• Williams (W, 4-3) 6+ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, WP
• Orlan (H, 7) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 3-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Keller 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB

Potomac went double-single-homer-walk-double-triple to open the 9th to turn a 6-5 game into a 12-6 smackdown of Frederick. Austen Williams got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed on 10 hits and two walks over six-plus innings while fanning one. R.C. Orlan, who let in one of Williams’s runs, earned his seventh hold pitching the rest of the 7th and a scoreless 8th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Drew Vettleson both went deep, combining for five RBI while Schrock and Alec Keller led the hit column with three apiece as the P-Nats pounded out 17 hits total on the night.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Bourque 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Rivera (SV, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-3

Ian Sagdal’s two-run HR capped a three-run 6th as Hagerstown took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win over Asheville. James Bourque got the start and was charged with both Tourist runs on six hits and no walks as he set down five on strikes. The 59-minute rain delay ended his night after four and 2/3rds innings. Robbie Dickey got the win as he stranded two while getting the last out of the 5th and pitched two more scoreless innings. The save went to Mariano Rivera III with two more goose eggs. Sagdal and Grant DeBruin both went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns attack.

Batavia 0 Auburn 0
• Dunning 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Dulin 0-0, BB

The score was still 0-0 when the rain halted play after three innings in Auburn. They’ll pick it up today at noon and complete it, followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Update
Despite a 3-2 week, the G-Nats have drifted to 3½ games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. The tragic number is 12 with two and half weeks left to play.

DSL Update
The D-Nats took a tailspin last week with five straight losses before winning yesterday, 3-2 over the D-Brewers. For those obsessed with large sums of money thrown at teenagers, $700K and 17-y.o. Elvis Alvarado was transferred from the DSL Roster to the GCL Roster last Tuesday but has yet to play professionally.