Apr 152016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 (11 inn.) @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.21 in ’15) vs.
Swarzak (0-1, 9.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-0 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (1-0, 7.20) vs.
Pinto (0-0, 4.50)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Tenuta (0-0, 5.79)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Jones (0-0, 0.00)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 Syracuse 0
• Jordan 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Masset (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, BB
• Ramsey 1-3, BB

It was another walkoff last night, but it was the original meaning as the Chiefs reliever and fielders left the field as the losers after a two-out, two-run homer by Gary Sanchez of the RailRiders. Taylor Jordan nearly matched the efforts of Austin Voth of the day before with six shutout innings, no walks, and six K’s for the no-decision. Syracuse was limited to just four hits and five walks, with Brian Goodwin the only batter to connect for extra bases as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Reading 9 Harrisburg 0
• Simms (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Harper 1⅓ P, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 1-4, 2SB
• Pleffner 1-4

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th for Harrisburg when Reading put up a four-run frame to break open a 2-0 game as the Sens lost to the Fightins, 9-0. Starter John Simms rode the “L,” giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Just five men reached base – no one twice – via three singles and two walks while the lineup fanned ten times. Wilmer Difo and Shawn Pleffner were the only two batters to reach third base, both with two outs, as Difo singled and stole second and third in the 4th while Pleffner singled and was pushed over by the third and final single of the night by Kevin Keyes in the 9th.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2
• Estevez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Self 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 1-2, 2BB
• Norfork 2-3, 2B, SF, RBI

Sloppy defense and poor baserunning didn’t help but the Blue Rocks pitchers were also dominant in a 6-2 win over Potomac. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was ineffective, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks over four shaky innings as he took the loss. Khayyan Norfork singled, doubled, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly while Andrew Stevenson singled and walked twice but the rest of the lineup was 2-for-23 with two walks.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 1
• Crownover (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Bach (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Schrock 2-5, 2RBI, SB
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored once in 1st and twice in the 2nd and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Shorebirds. Matt Crownover spun five scoreless innings with two walks and five hits allowed while striking out six to get the “W.” Connor Bach followed with three shutout frames, though he walked three and fanned five for the hold. Max Schrock and Kelvin Gutierrez once again powered the Hagerstown offense, combining for four hits and three RBI on the night. Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Jorge Pantoja reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

Apr 142016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 (13 inn.) @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.21 in ’15)vs.
Cloyd (0-0, 2.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Jannis (0-2, 5.54 in ’15)
Potomac Won, 7-4 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 3.38) vs.
Fernandez (0-0, 2.08)
Hagerstown Won, 8-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 10.80) vs.
C. Jones (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 3 Buffalo 2 (13 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Sizemore 2-6, BB, RBI

Jason Martinson homered in the 8th to tie while Scott Sizemore’s RBI single in the 13th sent the Chiefs fans home happy with a 3-2 win. Austin Voth baked a half-dozen donuts on the Syracuse scoreboard (hey, NBT and Dunkin’ – no free advert… aw, dammit) with six scoreless innings and just three hits allowed with no walks and six whiffs. Pedro Severino, along with Martinson and Sizemore, had two hits while Matt Skole and Brian Goodwin both walked twice to lead the Chiefs’ ten-hit, eight-walk effort.

Binghamton 5 Harrisburg 1
• Williams (L, 0-1) 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Lee 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 2-3, BB
• Kieboom 2-3, BB

Uh, oh – better call AAMCO for the Harrisburg offense, as they were able to get into 1st and 2nd gear but struggled in the clutch in a 5-1 loss to the B-Mets. The Sens left on ten men while collecting ten hits and five walks, led by Ike Ballou and Spencer Kieboom, as each man reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Austen Williams turned in a quality start of two runs on eight hits over six innings but suffered the loss. He struck out four and walked one.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 4
• Valdez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 2HR, WP
• Orlan (H, 1 ) 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Ward 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Norfork 2-3, 2-2B, BB, SB

Potomac piled on five early and scored two late as they took the series finale from Lynchburg, 7-4. Phillips “Exxon” Valdez won for the second time in two starts, though with a Jack Morris line of four runs on seven hits, including two homers, and one walk over five innings. R.C. Orland and Koda Glover both spun two scoreless (and hitless) innings for the hold and save, respectively. Khayyan Norfork doubled twice and Drew Ward singled twice and both walked once to pace the P-Nats offense.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 0
• Hearn ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1BF
• Torres (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Rivera (H, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Schrock 4-4, 3R, BB
• Gutierrez 3-5, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Agustin 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns ‘pen answered the call for help early and turned in a combined two-hit shutout, 8-0. Starting pitcher Taylor Hearn was hurt (ankle) on a 3-1 putout of the first (and only) batter he faced. Luis Torres followed with three and 2/3rds of one-hit, two walk relief and was awarded the win, though Mariano Rivera III was a little bit better with four scoreless and just two baserunners allowed. Max “For Those About To” Schrock saluted the bench five times from first base as he walked once and singled four times while Kelvin Gutierrez singled once and doubled twice as the Hagerstown lineup pounded out 12 hits total.

Apr 132016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0;
Won, 4-3
vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 2.92 @ AA in ’15) vs.
Hutchison (0-1, 1.80)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 (11 inn.) @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (4-6, 2.59 @ A+ in ’15) vs.
Lara (9-5, 3.44 in ’15)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Valdez (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Brown (0-0, 5.79)
Hagerstown Won, 8-7 vs. Lakewood,
10:35 a.m.
Hearn (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Gueller (10-1, 2.23 @ SS-A in ’15)


Buffalo 2 Syracuse 0 – GAME ONE
• Hill (L, 0-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Turner 1-2, BB
• Martinson 0-1, 2BB

Buffalo put up single runs in the 1st and 3rd inning while three pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout in Game One. Taylor Hill took the loss, giving up both Bisons runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one (1). The Chiefs drew six walk but also hit into two double plays. Trea Turner (single, walk) and Jason Martinson (two walks) were the only batters to reach base twice.

Syracuse 4 Buffalo 3 – GAME TWO
• Laffey 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Gott (W, 2-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Turner 4-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Goodwin 2-3, BB, RBI

Trea Turner singled three times and doubled once as the Chiefs split the doubleheader with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. Aaron Laffey made the spot start and let in a run on three hits and a walk over three innings. The win went to Trevor Gott while Sammy Solis earned a hold and Rafael Martin closed it out for the save. Brian Goodwin singled twice and was intentionally walks as Syracuse piled up 12 hits and five walks total.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3 (11 inn.)
• Giolito 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Gutierrez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• De Los Santos (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Difo 2-4, BB
• Perez 1-1, 2B, RBI

Stephen Perez’s one-out, pinch-hit double in the 11th snapped a 3-3 deadlock as the Senators edged the B-Mets, 4-3. Lucas Giolito, who was originally announced as today’s starter, went four scoreless innings with one hit and three walks allowed with four strikeouts. The win went to veteran J.C. Gutierrez with two shutout innings while Abel De Lost Santps worked around a walk in the 11th for the save. Wilmer Difo singled twice and walked once to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 3
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 4IP, 2H, 5R, 2ER, 5BB, 4K, HBP
• M. Sanchez 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Carey 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Keller 2-4

A four-run first was too much for Potomac to overcome as they lost for the first time in 2016, 6-3 to Lynchburg. Luis Reyes inflicted much of the damage himself, walking two and hitting a batter in the 1st and five overall in four innings. He finished with five runs allowed on two hits and struck out four. Potomac cut the 6-0 lead in half with a three-run 7th, and put the tying run on base in the 9th one out before Hillcat reliever Trevor Frank got a strikeout and a flyout to stall the comeback bid and secure the win. D.K. Carey and Alec Keller both got two hits to pace the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 7
• A. Lee 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, 2WP
• Guilbeau (BS, 1) 1IP, 4H, 6R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Peterson 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Reetz 1-2, 2R, 2B, 3BB
• Agustin 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, 2SB
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2BB

The Suns took an early 3-0 lead, fell behind 7-3, then walked off in the 9th for an 8-7 win over Lakewood. Andrew Lee started and turned in five innings of one-run ball with five hits and two walks allowed. The defense took the 6th off as they committed three errors while Taylor Guilbeau was pinched for four hits including two doubles to “earn” the blown save. Tommy Peterson got the win with three scoreless innings of relief. Telmito Agustin knocked a double off the wall against a five-man infield and (presumably) a drawn-in outfield for the gamewinner. He went 3-for-5 total and stole two bases to lead the Suns 13-hit parade.

Apr 112016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
6:35 p.m.
T. Hill (3-10, 5.23 in ’15) vs.
LeBlanc (2-5, 4.23 in JPL in ’15)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (4-6, 2.59 @ A+ in ’15) vs.
Lara (9-5, 3.44)
Potomac Won, 9-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Whiting (4-9, 6.44 @ AAA in ’15) vs.
Brady (7-12, 3.81 @ A- in ’15)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4;
Lost, 3-0
vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 10.80 @ SS-A in ’15)
vs. Arauz (0-5, 5.75 @ SS-A in ’15)


Syracuse – PPD
Weather permitting, the Chiefs will finally begin its home slate with a matchup against the Bisons to kick off the Battle for the Thruway.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 3
• Lopez (L, 0-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K. HBP
• Bautista 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI, 2SB

Altoona doubled up Harrisburg 6-3 to prevent a three-game sweep. Reynaldo Lopez gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and three while striking out two over five innings to take the loss. Rafael Bautista continued to wreak havoc from the leadoff spot, walking twice, stealing twice, and going 1-for-2 with an RBI. The Sens drew six walks total, which helped them score three times on just three hits total.

Potomac 9 Wilmington 4
• Fedde 4⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Johansen (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, K, HBP, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Self 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Abreu 2-3, 3R, HR, RBI, 2BB, CS
• Norfork 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Ward 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, 2K

The P-Nats did complete their sweep with the help of three homers as they took the finale from the Blue Rocks, 9-4. Erick Fedde impressed the scouts early, but could not go the requisite five for the win, leaving after four and a 1/3rd innings and 86 pitches. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walks while striking out seven. Jake Johansen picked up where he left off last season and got the win, though he let in the trying run and got five outs while putting on five baserunners with two hits, two walks, and a hit batsman. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, Drew Ward, and Osvaldo Abreu each went deep to lead the Potomac offense, which pounded out nine hits and took six walks.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 4 — GAME ONE
• Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K, 3WP
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Robles 2-3, R, 3B, BB, CS
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2B, HBP

Delmarva broke through for five in the 4th to put away game one, 7-4. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss, as he gave up runs in three of the four innings he began, finishing with five runs allowed on five hits and four walks over three and a 1/3rd. Tablesetters Victor Robles and Max Schrock combined for two runs and four hits as Hagerstown outhit their opponents, 8-7, but walked once versus eight times for their counterparts.

Delmarva 3 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Baez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 1K, 2WP
• Crownover 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 2-3, 3B
• Sagdal 1-2, BB

The Shorebirds wasted no time in Game Two, scoring twice in the 1st and once in the 2nd en route to a 3-0 shutout and a doubleheader sweep. Joan Baez allowed all three Delmarva runs on four hits and four walks while striking out one for the loss. Kelvin Gutierrez came the closest to ending the scoring drought with a two-out triple in the 3rd, his second hit of the game. Ian Sagdal was the only other Sun to reach base twice with a single and a walk.

Apr 092016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1;
Won, 2-1
Postponed N/A
Harrisburg Won, 10-4 @ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Lopez (6-7, 4.09 @ A+ in ’15) vs.
Eppler (6-1, 2.58 @ A+ in ’15)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (4-1, 2.57 @ A- in ’15) vs.
Tenuta (2-6, 4.25 @ A- in ’15)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 vs. Delmarva,
2:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-5, 6.75 in ’15) vs.
C. Jones (DNP in ’15)


Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 1 – GAME ONE
• Cole (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Solis (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 1-2, 2R, BB, SB
• Sizemore 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB, SB
• Skole 1-3, R, 2RBI

The Chiefs put up a two-spot early and three-spot late to take the opener, 5-1. A.J. Cole was the winner with an unearned run let in on one hit and two walks while setting down two (2) on strikes. Trea Turner and Scott Sizemore both stole a base and scored twice while Matt Skole drove in two to lead the Syracuse offense.

Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1 – GAME TWO
• Jordan 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Gott (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Masset (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Martinson 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Turner 0-1, R, 2BB, SB

Trea Turner walked, stole second and took third on error, then scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 6th as Syracuse took the finale, 2-1 and swept the doublehader. Taylor Jordan started and gave up Lehigh’s run on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Trevor Gott and Nick Massett followed with a scoreless inning apiece for the win and save, respectively. Jason Martinson’s solo shot in the 1st accounted for the other Chiefs run. Roster move: C Nick Rickles reassigned from XST

Harrisburg 10 Altoona 4
• Mapes (W, 1-0) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Mendez (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Bautista 1-3, 4R, 2B, 3BB, SB
• Difo 2-4, R, RBI, 2BB
• Pleffner 2-4, BB, 3RBI

Like a corrupt accountant, Harrisburg’s batters continue to put crooked numbers in the books as they took Game Two from Altoona by a 10-4 score. The Sens scored once in the 1st, three times in 4th, then twice in the 5th, 8th, and 9th innings as they rallied from a 2-1 deficit and broke a 4-4 tie. Tyler Mapes got the benefit of the onslaught, earning the “W” with despite coughing up four runs on eight hits over five innings. Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo both reached base four times as the Sens racked up 13 hits and 10 walks on the night.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Estevez 2⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Orlan (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Brinley (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ward 2-4, 2R, BB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, 2R, 2BB
• Masters 2-5, RBI, SB

For one play, the Blue Rocks dropped from High-A to low comedy as they committed two throwing errors on a sacrifice that enabled both the batter and the baserunner to score on the same play and snap a 2-2 tie. The P-Nats would tack on another in the 9th for the eventual 5-2 tally. Potomac starting pitcher Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez, who had UCL replacement in 2015, left after 50 pitches with an injury, giving up one run on four hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds. The blown-save-win went to R.C. Orlan, who gave up the tying run in the 7th but pitched a scoreless 8th. Ryan Brinley set the side down in order in the 9th for the save. Drew Ward and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz combined for three hits, four runs, and three walks to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 4
• Hearn 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Rivera (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1⅓ 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2SB
• Page 2-4, R, 2SB
• Tillero 2-4

Delmarva couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 4-3 lead courtesy of three-run rally in the top of the 8th and gave ’em all back in the bottom of the 8th as Hagerstown took this one, 6-4. The Suns put the pressure on with three stolen bases in their final turn at bat and six overall on the night. Four — two for each — came from the legs of Victor Robles and Matthew Page, who both went 2-for-4, as did Jorge Tillero. Taylor Hearn started and allowed an unearned run on four hits and a walk over the first five innings for the no-decision. Mariano Rivera III let in all three inherited runners by giving up a three-run double to the first batter he faced with two outs in the 8th. He worked around a walk in the 9th to earn the blown-save-win. Roster move: RHP Jose Morales placed on the 7-Day DL.

Apr 082016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
11:05 a.m.
Cole (5-6, 3.15 in ’15) and
Jordan (5-6, 2.95 in ’15) vs.
Ja. Thompson (11-7, 3.73 @ AA in ’15) and
Morgan (0-6, 4.74 in ’15)
Harrisburg Won, 10-6 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Mapes (6-3, 2.38 @ A+ in ’15) vs.
Holmes (0-2, 2.74 @ A+ in ’15)
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Wilmington,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 13.50 @ AFL in ’15) vs.
P. Fernandez (0-6, 8.82 in ’15)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
B. Gonzalez (4-9, 5.71 in ’15)


Syracuse – PPD
They’ll play two this morning in Lehigh Valley to make up two of the four games that were postponed between the Chiefs and the Iron Pigs.

Harrisburg 10 Altoona 6
• Simms 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 7K
• Bacus (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Sanchez 3-4, 2R, 2B, SF, 2RBI, SB
• Kieboom 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Ballou 3-5, 2R, 2B

Harrisburg ended a see-saw battle with a four-run 8th to take the season opener from Altoona, 10-6. Isaac Ballou, Spencer Kieboom, and Adrian Sanchez went single-double-double to lead off the inning and start the scoring binge. The trio combined for nine of the Sens’ 14 hits on the night. John Simms started and labored through five innings (83 pitches), issuing four walks and fanning seven, but allowing just one run and three hits in a no-decision. Dakota Bacus got the benefit of the bats with a blown-save-win as he let in two runs in the bottom of the 6th that his teammates got back in the 7th. Roster moves: RHP Tim Alderson reassigned from Syracuse; RHPs Robert Benincasa, Neil Holland, OF Drew Vettleson placed on the 7-Day DL

Potomac 6 Wilmington 1
• Valdez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 7K, HBP
• Robinson (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Stevenson 2-5, CS
• Ward 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Read 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Rain delayed the first pitch to 8:19 p.m., but the fans who stayed might have wished they’d bailed as the P-Nats crushed the Blue Rocks, 6-1. Three Potomac pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts, with starter Philips Valdez piling up the first seven in five innings while allowing just one run on three hits and a walk. Raudy Read and Drew Ward both homered while leadoff man Andrew Stevenson singled twice to lead the P-Nats’ nine-hit, three-walk offense.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 0
• A. Lee 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• VanVossen (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Page 1-3, BB
• Wiseman 1-4, 2B

Delmarva broke up the Star Trek convention on the Municipal Stadium scoreboard with a pair of crooked numbers in the 8th and 9th innings for a 4-0 shutout of Hagerstown. Andrew Lee got the start and worked around six baserunners — three hits, two walks, one hit batsman — over five scoreless innings for a no-decision. Mick VanVossen and Tommy Peterson were both touched for two runs in relief, with VanVossen wearing the “L.” Matthew Page was the only Suns batter to reach base twice as the Delmarva pitchers limited the Hagerstown offense to just three hits and four walks.

Oct 242015
 
Yes, I know Santos pitched Thursday, but folks like Lee's pics!

Yes, I know Santos pitched Thursday, but folks like Lee’s pics!

Four strong innings from John Simms and a pair of two-run rallies early helped the Rafters eclipse the Solar Sox, 5-1 and stop a three-game slide.

Simms allowed the lone Mesa run on a solo shot in the 3rd and three hits total. He walked one and struck out four and threw 57 pitches during the outing, his second for Salt River.

Christopher Bostick returned the lineup and played second base. He batted ninth and reached base twice with a single in the 6th and drew a walk in the 8th to go 1-for-3 overall. Defenisvely he had a putout and four assists.

Salt River wraps up the week with a day game today at home vs. Mesa.

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It’s a two-fer today, so let’s jump into the usual weekly post…

WINTER LEAGUE SIGHTINGS
The following players have appeared in Mexican Pacific League and the Dominican Winter League:

Rafael Bautista, Bruce Billings (Escogido, DWL)
Pedro Severino (Cibao, DWL)
Richard Bleier (Oriente, DWL)
Paul Demny (Culiacan, LMP)

THE POTOMAC NATIONALS
Like the Hagerstown Suns, Potomac went from contender to pretender to post a losing season for the first time since 2012. It’s tempting to compare this team to that team, but there are two key differences: (1) this team did no better on the road than it did at home (2) this team didn’t feel like it had underachieved. Obviously, #1 is objective — to paraphrase the grossly overrated Bill Parcells, your record is your record. And #2 is subjective — part of underachieving is a disconnect between expectation and actual performance, perceived or actual.

Lucas Giolito and Wilmer Difo were “as advertised”; Reynaldo Lopez was not. Drew Ward was a mixed bag. Rafael Bautista was hurt. This can be argued (and probably will be in the comments), but most of the other names either weren’t as highly regarded outside our bubble or there were reservations already about their prospect status.

The 2015 crew felt to me very much like the first couple of seasons I watched this team (2006, 2007): A couple of true prospects and a handful of maybes mixed in with “OGs” (organizational guys). This may be “old world order” returning, and with the parent club now drafting in the lower third, it might not be all that surprising.

And with that, I present the obligatory Top 5’s:

TOP 5 BATS TOP 5 ARMS
1. Christopher Bostick, 2B, .253 GPA, .344 OBP 1. Lucas Giolito, RHP, 2.71/1.96/1.22, 11.11 K/9IP
2. Spencer Kieboom, C, .241 GPA, .346 SLG% 2. Tyler Mapes, RHP, 2.38/2.78/1.22, 8.54 K/9, 4.18 K:BB
3. Drew Ward, 3B, .237 GPA, 29E in 95G 3. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, 4.09/2.95/1.22, 5HR in 99 IP
4. Estarlin Martinez, OF, .238 GPA, .711 OPS in 2nd half 4. Austen Williams, RHP, 2.59/3.22/1.09, .215 OBA
5. Rafael Bautista, CF, .224 GPA, 23SB in 52G 5. Phillips Valdez, RHP, 3.77/3.26/1.44, 58.1 LOB%


No honorable mentions as we’re now well past the point of ignoring a player’s age or having repeated the level. Folks interested in seeing the entire team’s stats, can find them here.

Sep 082015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (11 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn Won, 11-10 (10 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A


Syracuse 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 (11 inn.)
• Espino 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• J. Gutierrez 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Overton (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Hague 2-4, BB
• Sizemore 2-5, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

The Chiefs blew it in the 9th and fell behind in the top of the 11th but rallied for two in the bottom of the 11th for their second walk-off in the series, 5-4 over the RailRiders. Paolo Espino started and went the first five innings, giving up a run on seven hits, no walks, and struck out six. The win went to Connor Overton, who was actually in town, though it was a pedestrian one-run, two-inning outing. Matt Skole and Scott Sizemore both homered while Syracuse connected for twelve hits total.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2
• Rauh 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Purke (L, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2-2B

Akron scored single runs in the 4th, 7th, and 8th to edge Harrisburg, 3-2 in the season finale. Brian Rauh gave up the first run on three hits over five innings while walking two and striking out three for a no-decision. The loss went to Matt Purke, who gave up the go-ahead run in the 7th. Christopher Bostick doubled and homered while Khayyan Norfork doubled twice to account for four of the six Senators hits and both runs scored.

Salem 4 Potomac 2
• A. Williams (L, 4-6) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Read 1-3, 2B, BB
• Ward 1-3, R, BB

Salem struck for three in the 3rd and never looked back as they doubled up Potomac for a 4-2 win. Austen Williams gave up all four runs on nine hits, walked none, and struck out four in his sixth Hi-A loss. Jeff Howell and Justin Thomas combined for three scoreless innings of relief, but the P-Nats bats were limited to three singles, three walks, and two doubles (Drew Ward and Raudy Read, who both went 1-for-3).

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 2
• Fedde (W, 1-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, WP
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, 2R, BB, 2SB, CS

Hagerstown scored in three of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead and took the series finale, 6-2 from Lexington. Erick Fedde tossed five shutout innings, with two hits and one walk allowed and seven strikeouts to win his first Low-A game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled twice and homered once to go 3-for-4 and drive in two as the Suns registered nine hits and drew three walks on the afternoon.

Auburn 11 Batavia 10 (10 inn.)
• DeRosier 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Johns (W, 3-2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Dulin 4-5, 3R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Kerian 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, BB, 3RBI

Auburn rallied for two in the 9th to send it into extras, then plated the game-winner in the 10th for an 11-10 win. Matt DeRosier was ineffective in his second NYPL start, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings for a no-decision. Sam Johns was the winning pitcher with one run let in on two hits over three innings. Every Doubleday batter had a hit with tablesetters Dalton Dulin and David Kerian combining for seven hits, four runs scored, two doubles, a triple (Kerian), two walks, and six RBI.


Sep 072015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.28) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 2-0 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Rauh (2-5, 5.25) vs.
Morimando (10-12, 3.22)
Potomac Lost, 8-0 vs. Salem,
1:05 p.m.
A. Williams (4-5, 2.22) vs.
McAvoy (11-9, 3.90)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-8 @ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Fedde (0-2, 5.25) vs.
Ray (5-6, 6.06)
Auburn Won, 6-1 vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 18.00) vs.
Holloway (5-6, 2.95)


Scanton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 0
• Jordan (L, 5-6) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Billings 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K, 3-1 IR-S
• Mastroianni 1-3, 2B, BB
• Skole 1-4, 2B

The RailRiders ran roughshod on the Chiefs for four runs and 14 hits in a 4-0 shutout. Taylor Jordan was charged with all four runs on 11 hits and two walks (one intentional) over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four in his sixth loss. Bruce Billings let in one of three inherited runners on the 6th and tossed two more scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th to give the offense a chance to come back. They did not. Matt Skole and Darin Mastroianni both doubled while the rest of the lineup managed just four singles.
Roster move: RHP Connor Overton reassigned from Auburn (probably a paper move to activate today’s starter for the Doubledays).

Akron 2 Harrisburg 0
• Voth 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Suero (L, 1-2) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Corona 1-2, 2B, BB
• Bostick 1-4, 3B

A no-decision for Austin Voth? How novel. The 23-y.o. one-hit Akron for six innings as Harrisburg was shut out 2-0. He walked none and struck out seven and received neither a win nor a loss for the 14th time in 28 appearances. The loss went to Wander Suero, who allowed both RubberDuck runs on three hits and two walks in his lone inning pitched. Reegie Corona doubled and Christopher Bostick tripled for the two (2) Senators hits.

Salem 8 Potomac 0
• Dickson (L, 3-3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 1K, WP
• M. Rodriguez 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mesa 2-4
• Wooten 1-3, 2B

Potomac dropped an 8-0 decision to Salem for its tenth shutout loss of the season. Ian Dickson walked only four this time out but lost again after letting in one run on one hit and four walks over an inning and 2/3rds. R.C. Orlan stranded three to finish the 2nd but was lit up for two homers in the 5th to effectively put the game away. The P-Nats bats were held to five hits total with Narciso Mesa the sole hitter to reach base twice with a pair of singles.

Lexington 14 Hagerstown 8
• A. Lee (L, 3-1) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 2WP, HBP
• Brinley 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 4-4, R, 2-2B, BB, 5RBI, SB

The Legends put up four big innings to take an 11-3 lead early as they cruised to a 14-8 victory that clinched a losing record for Hagerstown. Andrew Lee lost for the first time in five starts and was manhandled for six runs on five hits and three walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Bryan Mejia drove five of the eight Hagerstown runs and drew his fifth walk in 67 games as he went 4-for-4 with two doubles to lead the offense.
Roster move: C Jake Mayer placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Andrew Stevenson activate from the 3-Day TIL.

Auburn 6 Batavia 1
• Baez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Rivera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 2-2, 3R, 2BB
• Agustin 3-4, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-4, R

The Doubledays exploded for four runs in the 7th to break open a 1-0 lead as they took this one from Batavia, 6-1. Joan Baez evened his won-loss record with Auburn at 2-2 with six shutout innings, though he put seven runners on with three hits and four walks while fanning six. The bottom third of the order combined for eight hits, five runs, two walks (Ian Sagdal), and three RBI (Telmito Agustin) as Auburn collected 13 hits total.


Sep 062015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (5-5, 2.75) vs.
Davies (10-8, 3.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 3.03) vs.
Plutko (8-5, 3.05)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-2, 3.52) vs.
Stankiewicz (4-11, 4.22)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 (10 inn.) @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
A. Lee (3-0, 0.34) vs.
Griffin (3-6, 5.49)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (1-2, 10.80) vs.
Weaver (0-1, 0.56)


Syracuse 6 Scanton/Wilkes-Barre 5
• Hill 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Runion (W, 3-3) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Lozada 2-4, R, BB
• Sizemore 2-2, R, HR, 3RBI

The Chiefs built an early 5-1 lead, blew it, then rallied in the 10th for 6-5 win over the RailRiders. Jose Lozada drew a leadoff walk, took second on an Emmanuel Burriss sacrifice, and came home on rulebook single as Isaac Ballou drove the ball over the centerfielder’s head for the gamewinner. Taylor Hill went the first six innings and gave up the first four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three for a no-decision. P.J. Walters gave up the equalizer, thus the blown save, in the 7th. Sam Runion got the win with three scoreless innings in the 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 1
• Bates (L, 6-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI

Akron broke through for three in the 3rd and stifled Harrisburg for a 3-1 win. Colin Bates gave up all three RubberDuck runs on a home run, and six hits total over six innings. He walked three and struck out four. Matt Purke pitched a scoreless 7th while Erik Davis kept Akron at bay in the 8th and 9th. Wilmer Difo scored the lone Senators run after leading off the 4th with a triple and coming home on a Brian Goodwin sacrifice fly. Goodwin later doubled, but the Sens mustered just five hits total and were 0-for-1 with RISP.

Potomac 6 Salem 2
• Mapes (W, 6-3) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Read 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Webb 3-3, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Bautista 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB, CS

Tyler Mapes turned in another seven innings of one-run ball as the P-Nats tripled up the Red Sox, 6-2. Mapes allowed six hits and walked three for his sixth Hi-A win of ’15. Jake Johansen closed out the game with a run in the 8th and a scoreless 9th. Raudy Read and Brendan Webb both reached base four times and combined for two doubles, four runs scored, and four RBI as Potomac collected 11 hits and drew three walks total.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 5
• Bach 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• D. Williams (L, 1-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Abreu 4-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Ruiz 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

The Legends walked off with a two-run shot in the 10th for a 7-5 win over the Suns. Connor Bach started and let in three on five hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings for a no-decision. The loss went to Deion Williams gave up the one hit and walked a batter for the loss, his second. Osvaldo Abreu was a homer short of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Batavia 6 Auburn 3
• Guilbeau (L, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Johns 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Robles 3-5, R, SB, CS
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, BB

Auburn never led in this one as they dropped a 6-3 decision to Batavia. Taylor Guilbeau gave up the first three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings for his third loss. He struck out seven. Victor Robles singled three times in five trips to the plate to lead the Doubledays’ 11-hit parade.