Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-7, 4.99) vs.
Dean (1-5, 4.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Brady (1-1, 3.77) vs.
Leiter (3-0, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 8-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-7, 5.00) vs.
Stinnett (6-3, 3.36)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 4.87) vs.
Peralta (3-4, 4.04)
Auburn Lost, 11-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Meyer (1-1, 5.27)


Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Cole 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Laffey (BS, 1; L, 4-3) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Turner 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI

The Chiefs led 1-0 after one and 3-2 after five and 1/2 but had no answer to the Redwings’ three-run 6th to lose this one, 5-3. A.J. Cole labored through five innings, giving up two runs on a 2nd-inning HR and seven hits total. He threw 95 pitches, walked one, and struck out three in the no-decision. Aaron Laffey took the loss with three runs allowed on three hits and a walk in the 6th. Trea Turner walked and hit his I.L.-leading eighth triple while Steve Lombardozzi singled twice and drove in a run to lead the Syracuse attack.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 2
• Mapes (L, 7-6) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, HBP; 1-2, GIDP
• N. Lee ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 3-3, HBP
• Kieboom 2-4, R

Harrisburg scored twice in the late innings but it was too little, too late as Reading doubled ’em up, 4-2. All-Star Tyler Mapes lost for the fourth time in his last six starts as the Fightins punched him for all four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Wilmer Difo reached base four times with three singles and a HBP while Spencer Kieboom singled twice and scored a run as the Senators collected ten hits and three walks (two by Drew Ward) on the night.
Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon reassigned from Potomac for MLB rehab.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 1
• Williams (L, 0-3) 5IP, 12H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Sanchez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schrock 3-4
• Read 2-4, R, HR , RBI

The P-Nats suffered their first loss of the 2nd half with an 8-1 thrashing by the Pelicans. Austen Williams did not get a quality start loss, as Myrtle Beach manhandled him for seven runs on twelve (12) hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out one while losing for the third time in four High-A starts. Max “For Those About To” Schrock pushed his BA to a Nintendo-esque .579 (11-for-19) with another three-hit game while Raudy Read broke up the shutout bid with his fourth HR of the season.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 3
• Bourque 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, 2HR, WP
• Rivera 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Walby (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Encarnacion 3-5, R, 2SB
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2B

Hagerstown got back-to-back-to-back singles with two outs to load the bases and got the tying run in on a wild pitch and the gamewinner in on a passed ball for a gift from Delmarva, 4-3. Philip Walby got the “W” as he worked around a walk and a single in the 9th. James Bourque had his first start with fewer hits allowed (4) than innings pitched (5) though he was charged with all three Shorebird runs, two coming via solo home runs. Lineup bookends Randy Encarnacion and Telmito Agustin combined to go 5-for-9 with a double (Agustin), two stolen bases (Encarnacion) and three runs scored to lead the Suns offense.

West Virginia 11 Auburn 5
• W. Pena 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, HBP
• Peguero (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perkins 2-4, BB, OF assists at HP, 2B
• Ripken 2-4, BB, RBI
• Barrera 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Black Bears roared in the 7th for two and five in the 8th to break a 4-4 tie and gash the Doubledays for an 11-5 loss. Starter Wilber Pena wobbled through four innings, with two runs let in on four hits and five walks while striking out three. Francys Peguero took the loss with four runs on six hits over the next three innings. The Auburn offense pounded out 12 hits and drew five walks, with Blake Perkins and Ryan Ripken leading the charge with two singles and a walk apiece.
Roster moves: 3B Kelvin Gutierrez assigned from Hagerstown for MiLB rehab.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1;
Won, 6-1
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-4, 4.35) vs.
Wheeler, J (6-1, 2.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-5 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (7-5, 3.41) vs.
Viza (1-1, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 2.37) vs.
Leal (9-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.56) vs.
Costello (0-0, 1.88)
Auburn Won, 5-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (1-1, 10.57) vs.
TBD


Rochester 5 Syracuse 1 – GAME ONE
• Lopez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Harper (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K, WP, HR(GS)
• Goodwin 2-4, SB
• Bostick 1-3, R

Rochester’s Adam Walker connected for a walkoff grand slam in the first extra inning as the Redwings flew past the Chiefs, 6-1. Reynaldo Lopez turned in six innings of one-run ball on three hits and four walks and struck out four. Bryan Harper took the loss as he loaded the bases in the 8th with a single and two walks (one intentional). Brian Goodwin went 2-for-4 and Christopher Bostick went 1-for-3 to account for three of the five Syracuse hits.

Syracuse 6 Rochester 1 – GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 5-7) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Ramsey 3-3, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• den Dekker 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Solano 1-2, R, BB

Paolo Espino went the distance while Caleb Ramsey ran out of game to complete the cycle as the Chiefs took the nightcap, 6-1. Espino let in the lone Redwings run on seven hits and a walk over seven innings for his fifth win. Ramsey singled, tripled, doubled, and drove in four runs in his three at-bats to lead the Syracuse charge, which included nine hits and two walks total.

Reading 13 Harrisburg 5
• Whiting 6⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Brinley (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔+ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 0K, 3HR, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Perez 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
• Ballou 3-4
• Soto 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

A 4-1 lead proved to be too small for the Harrisburg bullpen to hold as they were immolated for 12 runs over two and 2/3rds innings in a 13-5 loss to Reading. Boone Whiting got the no-decision with four runs charged to him on five hits and three walks while striking out six over six and a third innings. Ryan Brinley let in both inherited runners by giving up a single and HR before getting the last two outs of the 7th. Things got worse in the 8th when he served up back-to-back homers then hit a batter, which got him tossed and then manager Matt LeCroy was ejected shortly thereafter. He suffered both a blown save and a loss, if not a suspension and/or fine. Neftali Soto, who was one of three Sens named to the E.L. All Star Game, homered early and Stephen Perez homered late as the Senators collected 11 hits total on offense.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 2 – 10 inn.
• Mayberry 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Thomas (W, 2-2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Orlan (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Schrock 3-5, RBI
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Max “For Those About To” Schrock came through again with another extra-inning game-winner as the P-Nats reeled off their sixth straight win, 3-2 over the Pelicans in 10 innings. Whit Mayberry turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on four hits as he walked none and struck out seven in his Potomac debut. Justin Thomas was the winner in relief while R.C. Orlan set the side down in order in the 10th to earn the save, his eighth. Schrock went 3-for-5 to lead the Potomac hit parade while Drew Vettleson also reached base three times with a single, double, and a walk, which he drew in the 10th to score on Schrock’s third single.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 2 – 10 inn.
• Avila 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Pantoja 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• VanVossen (W, 2-2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Davidson 1-3, 2B, BB
• Encarnacion 1-3, BB, RBI

Angelo La Bruna’s first career longball was a walkoff in the 10th as Hagerstown edged Delmarva, 3-2. It made a winner out of Mick VanVossen, who gave up a solo HR in the 9th but pitched a scoreless 10th. Pedro Avila got the start and gave up a run on six hits and three walks over five innings. The Suns managed just five hits total, but got three extra-base hits (doubles by Austin Davidson and Edwin Lora) and four walks to make the most of their limited opportunities.
Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Matt DeRosier placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 2
• Mills (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Fuentes (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Vilorio 2-4, R, RBI
• Brandt 1-3, BB, 2RBI

The Doubledays put up three runs in the 2nd, added two in the 4th and cruised to a 5-2 win to take this one, 5-2 from the Scrappers. McKenzie Mills got his second win with one run allowed on two hits and three walks while striking out six. Luis Vilorio singled twice and drove in one while Clayton Brandt drove in two and singled once as Auburn produced five runs from five hits and five walks, with a little help from three Mahoning Valley errors.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 @ Rochester,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (AAA debut) and
Espino (4-7, 3.31) vs.
Albers (6-2, 3.48) and
Greenwood (1-0, 1.13)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-0 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (1st AA start of ’16) vs.
Pinto (3-3, 4.32)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-3, 1.01 @ FSL in ’15) vs.
Leal (9-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (6-5, 2.93) vs.
Gonzalez (5-4, 2.55)
Auburn Won, 4-2 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (1-1, 4.82) vs.
Jimenez (0-1, 10.38)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 11 Syracuse 2
• Long 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• E. Davis (L, 6-3) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, WP
• Ramsey 2-3, R, BB
• Turner 2-5, R, 2B

Syracuse never led in this one as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre completed the three-game sweep with an 11-2 thrashing. Jaron Long gave up a pair of first-inning runs in the 1st but recovered to put up four scoreless for a stint of five innings of two-run ball on seven hits and two walks. Erik Davis took the loss with five runs charged to him over an inning and 2/3rds on three hits and walks. Caleb Ramsey walked once and singled twice while Trea Turner, who was named an I.L. All-Star along with Brian Goodwin, singled and doubled to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster moves: LHP Matt Grace assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Bowie 8 Harrisburg 0
• Ross (L, 3-1) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Self 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Keyes 1-3, BB
• Rickles 1-3

Two BaySox pitchers worked around six walks to combine on a two-hit shutout of the Senators and take the series finale, 8-0. Harrisburg starter Greg Ross saw his scoreless inning streak end at 30 but still turned in a quality start of three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out two while dropping his first AA decision. Kevin Keyes, Drew Ward, and Neftali Soto each reached base twice while Keyes and Nick Rickles accounted for the two Sens hits.

Potomac 3 Winston-Salem 2 (11 inn.)
• Crownover 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Mendez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Orlan (W, 4-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Schrock 3-6, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB

Max “For Those About To” Schrock’s third hit was the walkoff that ended this one in favor of Potomac, 3-2 in 11 innings. Matt Crownover went the first five and a 1/3rd and let in two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three. R.C. Orlan was the winner with a scoreless inning in the top of the 11th. Schrock also homered to finish 3-for-6 while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled, doubled, and walked twice to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 2
• Baez (W, 5-5) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Borne (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wiseman 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Page 2-4, R, RBI

Joan Baez won his third straight decision while the Suns scorched the BlueClaws, 8-2 to prevent the sweep. Baez gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with one whiff over six innings for his fifth win. Grant Borne retired nine of ten batters faced over the final three innings to earn the save, his second. Rhett Wiseman tripled and homered and drove in three while Ian Sagdal and Matt Page both went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 2
• Watson 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Howell (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mooney (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Neuse 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Jefferies 2-4, R

Auburn posted a picket fence over the final four innings to double up Mahoning Valley, 4-2. Tyler Watson gave up both Scrappers runs on four hits and two walks while fanning five. The win went to Jacob Morse while the save went to Kevin Mooney as both pitchers tossed two perfect innings and struck out three. Sheldon “Come On Feel The” Neuse led the Doubledays hit parade with a single, double, and a walk while scoring a run and driving in a run.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (4-3, 2.99) vs.
Haynes (1-3, 5.06)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (1-1, 5.40) vs.
Hess (3-6, 4.64)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 5.85) vs.
Stephens (3-7. 3.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (6-2, 3.13) vs.
Tirado (0-0, 10.13)
Auburn Lost, 5-0 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (0-1, 8.31) vs.
McKenzie (0-1, 0.00)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-7) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2B
• Goodwin 1-4, OF assist at HP

The Syracuse offense was AWOL (four hits total) while Taylor Hill was knocked around early in a 5-0 loss. Trea Turner fielded both balls hit his way in CF, which was his first professional appearance in the outfield.

Bowie 10 Harrisburg 1
• Brady (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Brinley 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 1-4, 2B
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Isaac Ballou’s HR prevented the shutout as Bowie knifed Harrisburg, 10-1 in the series opener. Rafael Bautista shifted to RF in favor of new Sens CF Andrew Stevenson and made two fielding errors.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 1
• Fedde (W, 4-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Estevez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Vettleson 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Rain delayed the start of this by nearly an hour but the P-Nats wasted little time in dispatching the Dash, 5-1. Both Victor Robles and Max Schrock went 2-for-4 in their High-A debut but neither scored a run.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 5
• DeRosier 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 2IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Agustin 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

The BlueClaws pinched Mick VanVossen for five runs in the 8th and 9th innings to eclipse the Suns, 6-5. Randy Encarnacion went 0-for-5 in his Low-A debut.

Williamsport 5 Auburn 0
• W. Davis (L, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Mooney 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Johnson 1-3
• Perkins 0-3, BB

Williamsport’s Adonis Medina nearly no-hit Auburn with both Blake Perkins’s walk and Dan Johnson coming with one out in the 9th. Perkins and Johnson would be stranded as Sheldon Neuse and Ryan Ripken were easily dispatched by Crosscutters fireman Jeff Singer to complete the 5-0 shutout.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 4.76) vs.
Green (5-6, 1.67)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (5-3, 3.17) vs.
Barker (3-1, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (3-3, 4.78) vs.
Valerio (1-2, 3.31)
Hagerstown Won, 12-9 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Gilbert (4-6, 4.10)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Medina (1-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 8 Toledo 1
• Cole (W, 6-4) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, HR, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2R, BB
• Goodwin 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI, SB(10)

A.J. Cole turned in his strongest start of the season thus far while Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin both homered as the Chiefs defeated the Mud Hens, 8-1 to take the series 2-1. The 24-y.o. tossed seven innings of one-run ball on just three hits and a walk while tying his strikeout high of eight for his sixth win. Koda Glover and Sam Runion each followed with a perfect innings to close out the game. Turner was a single shy of the cycle and also drew a walk to reach base four times to lead Syracuse’s 11-hit parade.
Roster moves: RHP Bronson Arroyo assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 1
• Mapes (W, 7-5) 9IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Soto 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• A. Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

Tyler Mapes reverted to Pitcher of the Week form with another complete game in a 3-1 Harrisburg win over New Hampshire. Mapes allowed the unearned run on eight hits and a walk while fanning four. He threw 111 pitches, 75 for strikes. The Sens got single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 9th with Neftali Soto leading the hit column with a single and two doubles and Adrian Sanchez matching his five total bases with a double and a triple.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 1
• Reyes (W, 4-7) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• Stevenson 2-5, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 3RBI

The P-Nats clawed the Hillcats in each of the first four innings to build a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win to complete the three-game sweep. Luis Reyes got his fourth win with six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Justin Thomas got the save with three scoreless innings. Andrew Stevenson scored three times while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in three; both went 2-for-5 to pace the Potomac offense. Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 12 Lexington 9
• Bourque 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Walby (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Schrock 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 4RBI, SB(15)
• Sagdal 3-3, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Dent 1-1, 2R, 4BB

Hagerstown rallied for five in the 9th to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9 win and sweep Lexington. James Bourque continues to “work on stuff,” as he was dinged for five runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. The Suns lineup pounded out 14 hits and drew 12 walks, led by Ian Sagdal (single, double, triple) Cody Dent (4) respectively. Philip Walby got the win in relief with one run let in over two innings while Jorge Pantoja pitched a scoreless 9th to earn the save.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 1
• Ramirez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Fuentes (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 1-2, R, HBP, SF, RBI
• Vilorio 1-2, BB, SB

Auburn scored once in the 1st and twice in the 2nd and held on for a 3-1 win over Williamsport. Yonathan Ramirez improved to 2-0 with five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while notching two K’s. Steven Fuentes closed out the game with three donuts to earn his second save. Dan Johnson singled, scored a run, and drove in a run on a sac fly while Luis Vilorio walked, singled, and stole a base as the Doubledays squeezed three runs out of just five hits and two walks.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Toledo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (5-4, 4.64) vs.
Farmer (0-3, 6.90)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ New Hampshire,
1:35 p.m.
Mapes (6-5, 3.78) vs.
Cole (0-0, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Reyes (3-7, 5.34) vs.
Brown (2-5, 4.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (3-3, 4.76)
Garabito (0-4, 6.94)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Falter (0-1, 13.50)


Syracuse 6 Toledo 4
• Espino (W, 4-7) 8IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Turner 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Paolo Espino pitched eight strong innings of one-run ball while Nick Masset nearly gave away the game as the Chiefs plucked the Mud Hens, 6-4. Espino gave up four hits and no walks while striking out six to win his fourth game. Toledo scored three times in the 9th against Masset. Tablesetters Trea Turner and Steve Lombardozzi combined for five of the nine Syracuse hits with Turner drawing a walk and Lombardozzi stealing a base.

Harrisburg 4 New Hampshire 0
• Lopez (W, 3-5) 8IP, 7H, 0R, 2BB, 10K, WP
• Abel De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB

Reynaldo Lopez pitched a career-high eight innings and back-to-back starts for the first time in more than a year as he combined with Abel De Los Santos on a 4-0 Harrisburg shutout of New Hampshire. Lopez fanned ten, walked two, and allowed seven hits on 110 pitches (80 for strikes) to win his third game and finish June with a mark of 2-1 and a 1.57 ERA in five starts. Kevin Keyes drove in two while going 1-for-3 with a double while Isaac Ballou walked twice and also doubled to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 (12 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Mendez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• M. Sanchez (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-5, R,
• Vettleson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

Drew Vettleson’s solo home run with one out in the 12th broke a 2-2 deadlock as the P-Nats edged the Hillcats, 3-2 in extras. Starter Austen Williams turned in his third straight quality start of two runs let in on four hits and a walk over six innings and was rewarded with his third straight no-decision. Mario Sanchez, who stranded two in the bottom of the 11th, worked around a single in the 12th to garner the win, his third. Andrew Stevenson remains red-hot, going 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the way for the Potomac offense, which scored two in the 1st before cooling off and collecting just seven hits total.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 2
• Avila (W, 6-5) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
• Borne (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SF, 2RBI, CS
• Robles, 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, SB
• Davidson 2-4, R

Hagerstown jumped on Lexington twice for two-spots early as the Suns debunked the Legends, 7-2 for their third straight win. Pedro Avila served up two solo HRs and three hits total over five and 2/3rds innings to win his sixth game. Grant Borne stranded two while getting the last out in the 6th and pitched two more scoreless innings to earn the hold, his first. Max “For Those About To” Schrock got the party started with a sacrifice fly to plate Victor Robles, who led off the game with a triple. The two combined for four hits and three runs as the Suns pounded out 12 hits, with Grant DeBruin enjoying the reverse GBI jinx with his second HR.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 4
• Pena (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Dickey (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Cespedes (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• La Bruna 3-3, BB, 2RBI, CS
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ortiz 2-4

The Crosscutters got to Wilber Pena for three in the top of the 2nd but the Doubledays answered with four in the bottom of the inning as Auburn edged Williamsport, 5-4 to take the series opener. Pena gave up all four Crosscutters runs on five hits over five innings to win his first game of 2016. Nick Conner, Robbie Dickey, and Angher Cespedes combined for four scoreless innings in relief. Angelo La Bruna reached base with three singles and a walk and drove in two followed by Dan Johnson and Oliver Ortiz, who both went 2-for-4 as Auburn totaled 11 hits and drew three walks.

GCL Update
Not much to tell after two games – a 7-3 win in 11 innings on Friday, a 10-0 loss yesterday – as the G-Nats start their 10-week scrimmage with the G-Mets, G-Astros, and the G-Cards. Juan Soto has appeared once as a pinch-hitter (making an out), one of 16 batters to make a plate appearance while 11 pitchers have been used thus far.

DSL Update
The D-Nats finished out the week with a three-game win streak to improve to 9-10 for the season. Thus far, the offense has been well below the league average (3.58 R/G vs. 4.88) but the pitching has been better than league average, too (4.26). It’s early, of course, but outliers on the opposite side of good include 18-y.o. Yoel Andujar (5-for-57, 21K) and Jairon Peguero (0-3, 9.00 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in four appearances, one start).

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-7, 3.53) vs.
Weber (5-6, 3.42)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-5, 3.56) vs.
Lawrence (2-5, 5.37)
Potomac Won, 6-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 2.77) vs.
Lugo (3-2, 4.41)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1;
Won, 5-1
@ Lexington,
6:35 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.71) vs.
Garabito (0-4, 6.94)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-1, 20.25) vs.
Paulino (0-0, 0.00)


Toledo 3 Syracuse 0
• Long (L, 0-2) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 2-4
• Solano 2-4

Syracuse followed a familiar script on Friday night as they got enough pitching to win, but not enough hitting as they were shut out, 3-0 by Toledo. Jaron Long gave up all three Mud Hens runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five but lost for the second time at AAA this season. Steve Lombardozzi, Matt den Dekker, and Jhonatan Solano each had two hits while Scott Sizemore drew three walks, but the clutch hit eluded the Chiefs as they went 0-for-7 with RISP and left nine men on base.

New Hampshire 3 Harrisburg 2
• Ross 7IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Lee (H, 5) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Self (BS, 1; L, 2-2) 3BF, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-4

Greg Ross continues to dominate AA with yet another seven scoreless innings, but the bullpen imploded in the 9th to turn a 2-0 Senators lead into a 3-2 loss to the Fisher Cats. Ross allowed six hits, walked two, and hit a batter in the no-decision. Nick Lee sandwiched out between a solo HR and a single before giving way to Derek Self, who walked one intentionally and one unintentionally before giving up a double (also unintentionally) to both blow the save and lose the game. Kevin Keyes’s two-run HR in the 2nd accounted for both Harrisburg runs while Christopher Bostick and Neftali Soto both went 2-for-4 to lead the Sens hit column.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 4
• Whiting (W, 8-2) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Brinley (SV, 10) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, SB
• Marnolejos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Keller 2-4, R, 3B

There was another bullpen meltdown, but this one was by Lynchburg as Potomac rallied for four in the 7th to turn 4-2 deficit into the eventual outcome of 6-4. Boone Whiting got the Jack Morris win with all four Hillcat runs let in on a walk and seven hits, including two homers. Matt Spann and Ryan Brinley combined for three innings of scoreless relief for the hold (#1) and the save (#10) respectively. Andrew Stevenson reach based four times with a walk, a single, and two doubles to lead the 11-hit, one-walk attack.
Roster moves: LHP Justin Thomas activated from 7-Day DL; RHP Jake Johansen reassigned to GCL for MiLB Rehab.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 1– GAME ONE
• Baez (W, 4-5) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• VanVossen (SV, 6) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B
• Tillero 2-3, RBI, 2CS (yes, really)

The Suns posted a picket fence in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and held off the Legends for 3-1 win in the opener. Joan Baez turned in five innings of one-run ball on three hits and three walks while striking out seven for the win. Mick VanVossen tossed two scoreless innings to notch the save, his sixth. Rhett Wiseman singled, doubled, and scored a run while Jorge Tillero singled twice and drove in a run to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 1 – GAME TWO
• Guilbeau (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Lambert 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-3, R, RBI
• DeBruin 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Grant DeBruin and Jakson Reetz both connected for two-run HRs as Hagerstown completed the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 win over Lexington. Taylor Guilbeau was credited with the win with four scoreless innings thrown, allowing two hits, one walk, and fanning six. Matthew Page accounted for the fifth RBI with a single in the 2nd following Rhett Wiseman’s walk and steal of second.
Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn reassigned to GCL.

Aberdeen 9 Auburn 2
• Mills (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, BK, HBP
• Mooney 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Encarnacion 2-4, SB(7)
• Banks 2-4

The Doubledays jumped on the IronBirds for two in the 1st but it was all Aberdeen thereafter in a 9-2 loss in the series finale. McKenzie Mills suffered the loss with five runs charged to him on two hits, three walks, and hit batsman over four and 1/3rd innings. Randy Enacarnacion and Nick Banks both went 2-for-4 while the Auburn offense went 0-for-10 with RISP and left on seven men.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Long (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Crouse (1-2, 3.03)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Ross (3-0, 0.00) vs.
Santos (4-1, 3.42)
Potomac Postponed @ Lynchburg Whiting (7-2, 3.24) vs.
Polanco (3-1, 1.88)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lexington,
5:35 p.m.
Baez (3-5, 4.89) and
Avila (5-5, 2.91) vs.
Blewett (3-6, 5.12) and
Watson (2-6, 8.06)
Auburn Lost, 4-0 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Humpal (pro debut)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Voth (W, 4-3) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Glover 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Turner 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A five-run 2nd capped off by two-run Trea Turner homerun sealed the deal early as the Chiefs took the series finale, 6-1 from the PawSox. Perhaps confused by the big lead, Austin Voth locked in and held Pawtucket to one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four while winning his fourth game. Matt den Dekker singled and doubled to lead the Syracuse offense, which maximized its efforts with six runs on five hits and four walks.

Harrisburg 5 Portland 2
• Valdez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Robinson (H, 5) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• De Los Santos (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, R, RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B

Harrisburg scored in three of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead and held on for 5-2 win over Portland. Phillips Valdez got his first AA win with a run (HR) allowed on hour hits and a walk while fanning three over five innings. Andrew Robinson turned in three innings of one-run relief to earn the hold while Abel De Los Santos pitched another scoreless 9th to get his second save in as many nights. Rafael Bautista singled twice while Wilmer Difo doubled twice and singled once to pace the Sens’ nine-hit, four-walk attack.
Roster moves: C Brian Jeroloman placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Nick Rickles reassigned from XST.

Potomac – PPD
Rain washed out yet another game for the P-Nats, but thanks to a second trip to Lynchburg in August, there’s no doubleheader tonight.

Hagerstown – PPD
It’s an extra day off for Hagerstown but they will play two tonight in Lexington.

Auburn 4 Aberdeen 0
• Watson (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Peguero (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Perkins 4-5, R, 3RBI, CS
• Kerian 1-3, R, BB

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a six-hit, 13K shutout of the Ironbirds for a 4-0 win. Tyler Watson pitched five scoreless innings with three hits, two walks, and five K’s to earn his first win. Francys Peguero tossed three scoreless with five whiffs to get the hold while Angher Cespedes struck out the side on 19 pitches in the 9th to close out the game. Blake Perkins went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored followed by David Kerian with a walk and a single to lead the Auburn offense. Roster moves: OF Nick Banks (4th Rd. Pick ’16) assigned from Washington.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (5-3, 4.79) and
Laffey ( ) vs.
Owens (4-3, 3.62) and
Elias (4-3, 3.54)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (6-4, 2.90) vs.
McAvoy (3-3, 8.13)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 7-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (0-2, 9.92 @ GCL in ’14) vs.
Colegate (0-1, 745 @ AZL in ’15)


Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 1
• Espino (L, 3-7) 7IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Gutierrez ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Severino 3-3
• Turner 2-4, SB, CS(1)

Pawtucket scored once in the 2nd and twice in the 4th and en route to a 4-1 victory over Syracuse. Paolo Espino lost for the seventh time despite a serviceable line of three runs allowed over seven innings on nine hits. He walked none, hit a batter, and struck out two. Pedro Severino singled three times in three at-bats while Trea Turner singled twice and stole a base to lead the eight-hit offense.
Roster moves: RHP Koda Glover promoted from Harrisburg..

Harrisburg – OFF DAY

Tyler Mapes’s nine-inning shutout was enough for him to earn the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for June 13-19. He’s also tonight’s starter for the Senators against the Sea Dogs as they begin a six-game trip through Maine and New Hampshire.

Potomac – ALL-STAR BREAK

Tonight is the California-Carolina League All-Star game, held in Lake Elsinore, CA. At least two of the three position players (Drew Ward, Andrew Stevenson, and Alec Keller) are expected to start while Ryan Brinley may see an appearance in relief.

Hagerstown – ALL-STAR BREAK

Likewise, the Sally League will hold its midseason showcase in Lexington. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Victor Robles are expected to start for the Sally North while Marian Rivera III and Jefry Rodriguez are among the pitchers. Kelvin Gutierrez will not appear because he is on the DL.

Auburn 7 Mahoning Valley 1
• Y. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Valerio (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• La Bruna 2-3, R, BB
• Perkins 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Ripken 0-0, R, SF, 3BB, RBI

The Doubledays bounced back from Sunday’s beatdown to return the favor to the Scrappers, 7-1. Yonathan Ramirez went the first five innings and gave up a HR for the lone Mahoning Valley tally (hey, that rhymes!) and three hits total. He walked none and fanned five. Maximo Valerio followed with three scoreless innings to earn the hold. Angelo Le Bruna singled twice and walked once while Ryan Ripken walked three times and lofted a sac fly to pace the Auburn attack.

Monday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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