Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 vs. Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (AAA debut) vs.
Ro. Hernandez (4-4, 4.42)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (8-6, 3.43)
vs. TBD
Potomac Lost, 7-6
(11 inn.)
@ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (2-0, 1.29) vs.
Kopech (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-4, 6.46) vs.
De Jesus (0-0, 5.40)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 2.25) vs.
Miniard (1-2, 2.17)


Durham 8 Syracuse 4
• Espino (L, 6-8) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Laffey 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 3-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• den Dekker 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The Chiefs fell behind 3-0 after four and couldn’t catch up as the Bulls doubled ’em up, 8-4 in the series finale. Paolo Espino lost for the eighth time with those aforementioned three runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. Koda Glover became the latest victim of the GBI curse as Durham lit him up for three runs in his two innings of work. Brian Goodwin singled twice, doubled and walked once, and drove in two to lead the Syracuse offense. As noted in the comments, Reynaldo Lopez is expected to pitch for Washington tomorrow; he had been slated to start today, hence the educated guess that Lucas Giolito will take his place tonight.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2
• Ross 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Self (W, 3-2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-2, 2B, 2BB
• Ward 1-4, 2RBI

The Harrisburg ‘pen was called into action early again while the offense took advantage of Altoona mistakes for a 3-2 win in the series finale. Greg Ross got hurt while covering first for the first out of the 4th, as the Curve got to him for both of its runs on three hits and no walks. Derek Self (3IP), Andrew Robinson (1IP), and Nick Lee (1IP) combined for five scoreless innings of relief for the win, hold, and save, respectively. Andrew Stevenson doubled, took third on a groundout to second, and scored on a wild pitch in the 6th. He also scored on Drew Ward’s two-out, two-run single in the 1st. The Senators managed just six hits and three walks total and were 2-for-9 with RISP.

Salem 7 Potomac 6 (11 inn.)
• Williams 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Sanchez 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mendez (L, 2-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Carey 3-4, R, 3B, BB
• Vettleson 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Schrock 2-5, R, RBI, SB(5)

The Red Sox roared back from a 5-2 deficit with a four-run 5th, to which the P-Nats answered to tie it at 6-6, but lost in extras, 7-6. Austen Williams bore the brunt of Salem’s assault with six runs allowed on nine hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez on a single-sacrifice-double sequence in the 11th, ending a streak of 11 appearances without an earned run. Dale Carey reached base four times with a walk, two singles, and a triple to lead Potomac’s 11-hit parade, followed by Max “For Those About To” Schrock, Alex Keller, and Drew Vettleson with two hits apiece.

Hagerstown 3 Greenville 2
• Avila 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Hearn (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Sagdal 3-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Encarnacion 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Ian Sagdal’s leadoff HR in the 9th answered Greenville’s two-out, two-run rally in the 8th and lifted Hagerstown to its fifth straight win, 3-2. Taylor Hearn got the blown-save-win with both Drive runs let in on four hits and a walk over three innings. Pedro Avila started and turned in his best outing of the season with six scoreless innings and five baserunners allowed (2H, 2BB, HBP) with six strikeouts. Sagdal singled twice, walked, and doubled while driving in the second Suns run. The first came on Randy Encarnacion’s solo shot in the 3rd, as he extended his hit streak to six games and improved to .349 over his last 10 (15-for-43). Roster moves: RHP Pedro Avila activated from the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 2
• W. Davis 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mooney (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Perkins 1-3, R, SB
• Sundberg 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

It’s hard to win with just three hits, but the Doubledays tried as they couldn’t make two first-inning runs stand up and lost, 3-2 to the Scrappers. Weston Davis needed just 48 pitches to retire the Mahoning batters five times as he allowed no walks and just two hits while setting down two on strikes. Steven Fuentes wasn’t as effective as the Scrappers got two runs against him in the 7th. The loss went to Kevin Mooney despite his Auburn-logo mustache via a leadoff triple and a sac fly in the 9th. Blake Perkins, Jack Sundberg, and Ryan Ripken both reached base twice and went 2-for-8 with three walks. The rest of the lineup was 1-for-23.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Durham,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (6-7, 3.12) vs.
Schultz (5-4, 3.43)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2
(12 inn.)
@ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Ross (4-1, 0.56) vs.
Waddell (6-4, 4.48)
Potomac Won, 5-4 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.00) vs.
Ball (5-4, 3.71)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 @ Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Avila (7-6, 2.95) vs.
TBD
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 3.32) vs.
Civale (0-0, 0.00)


Durham 2 Syracuse 0
• Cole (L, 6-6) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• E. Davis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Bostick 0-2, BB
• den Dekker 0-2, BB

Durham’s Justin Marks was on the mark (well, except one HBP) as he no-hit Syracuse for a 2-0 shutout. A.J. Cole took the loss despite a quality start with of two unearned Bulls runs on four hits and a walk while six. Brian Goodwin was hit by a pitch while Christopher Bostick and Matt den Dekker both walked once to account for three Chiefs baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Austin Voth placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2 (12 inn.)
• Valdez 3⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 6BB, 3K, WP (90-44 PIT-K)
• Suero (W, 2-0) 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-4, RBI
• Stevenson 2-2, 2B, RBI

The Sens got back-to-back doubles from Rafael Bautista and Wilmer and a two-out single by Andrew Stevenson to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the 12th and held off the Curve’s last gasp for a 4-2 win in extras. Philips Valdez and strike zone remain estranged as the 24-y.o. walked six of 18 batters faced. He needed 90 pitches to get through three and 2/3rds innings with one run and two hits allowed. Wander Suero picked up the win in relief as he worked aroun four hits over two scoreless. Abel De Los Santos cordero’d his way through the 12th, giving up a one-out double and a two-out walk to earn his fifth save.

Potomac 5 Salem 4
• Mayberry (W, 2-1) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Thomas (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, CS

Potomac dug out of a 4-0 hole after four innings for a 5-4 win over Salem in the series opener. Whit Mayberry got the Jack Morris win with all four Red Sox runs let in on seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two. Justin Thomas (2IP) and Gilberto Mendez (1IP) combined for three scoreless innings of relief to earn the hold an save, respectively. Alec Keller’s two-run single plated the tying and a go-ahead runs as he led the P-Nats hit column with a 2-for-4 night, with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Osvaldo Abreu also reaching base twice with a double and a walk apiece.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 5
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR, HBP
• Borne (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI, SB(10)
• DeBruin 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored three times in the 6th to break a 5-5 tie as they took Game Two from the Drive, 8-5. Hagerstown starter Joan Baez was charged with all five Greenville runs on five hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings while fanning six. Grant Borne got the last out of the 4th and went three more frames to earn the win. Jake Johansen and Mick VanVossen each threw a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save. Randy Encarnacion singled, doubled twice, and drove in three to pace the Hagerstown offense, followed by Grant DeBruin, who doubled in two while going 2-for-5. Roster moves: IF-OF Cody Dent, RHP Luis Torres released.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 5
• Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Acevedo (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-1 IR-S
• Neuse 3-5
• Barrera 2-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, BB, OF assist at 2B

Tres Barrera’s two-run shot with one out in the 7th capped a rally from a 5-2 deficit but West Virginia pushed across the game-winner in the 8th to take the game, 6-5 and complete the series sweep. Yonathan Ramirez started and gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Carlos Acevedo suffered the loss, his third, as he was charged with the final Black Bears run on four hits over three and 2/3rds innings. Sheldon Neuse singled three times, Barrera scored three times, and Jack Sundberg singled twice and walked once to the lead the Doubledays’ attack.

GCL Update
The G-Nats remain atop the Eastern Division despite a 3-3 week. The team is 3rd in the league in runs scored, 7th in runs allowed after three full weeks of the 2016 season.

DSL Update
The D-Nats are in 7th place in the San Pedro division going into the DSL’s All-Star break. 18-y.o. OF Brailin Mesa and 21-y.o. RHP are listed on the N.L. roster for this morning’s All-Star game.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-5, 4.84) vs.
Marks (2-9, 4.30)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0;
Won, 3-2
@ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
C. Dickson (7-3, 3.69) vs.
Valdez (2-2, 7.67)
Potomac Lost, 10-4 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-1, 4.76) vs.
McGrath (3-3, 3.99)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (6-6, 4.06) vs.
Raudes (8-2, 4.06)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-1, 5.17) vs.
Vieaux (0-1, 3.92)


Syracuse 5 Durham 4
• Voth (W, 5-5) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Runion 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• den Dekker 2-5, R, HR(GS), 5RBI
• Bostick 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, SF, RBI

Well, that’s one way to take the Bull(s) by the horns. Syracuse sent 14 men to the plate in the bottom of the first and plated ten of them as they defenestrated Durham, 12-1. Austin Voth evened up his won-loss record with seven strong innings, allowing the one Bulls run on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Every Chief got a hit, with four getting two, and Matt den Dekker smacking a grand slam for the first four runs of the 1st.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 0 – GAME ONE
• Brady (L, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• N. Lee ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Stevenson 1-3
• Difo 2-3

The Curve got six strong innings from rehabbing Ryan Vogelsong as they shut out the Senators, 5-0. Michael Brady gave up all five Altoona runs on seven hits, including two solo HRs, over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out four to lose his third game. Andrew Stevenson singled once, Wilmer Difo twice, and the other seven Harrisburg batters went 0-for-16 with three walks in the loss.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 – GAME TWO
• Simms (W, 6-4) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• De Los Santos (H, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Rickles 2-3, RBI

The Harrisburg bullpen bent but didn’t break as a 3-0 lead proved to be just big enough to hold in a 3-2 win in the nightcap to split the doubleheader. John Simms got his sixth win with a masterful five innings (54 pitches, 40 for strikes) as he struck out six, walked none, and allowed just two hits. Wander Suero was credited with the save despite giving up a single and a two-run homer in the last of the 7th. The Sens offense was powered by Shawn Pleffner and Nick Rickles as both connected for RBI singles in the 4th while Pleffner left the yard with his third HR in the 6th.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 4
• Crownover (L, 0-4) 3⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Lambert 3⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Vettleson 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Schrock 0-4 (hit streak ends at 18)

The Dash got eight runs in the 4th to punctuate a 10-4 win over the P-Nats and take the series, 2-1. Matthew Crownover lost for the fourth time in eight starts as he was charged with the first six runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. He left with the bases drunk and Trey Lambert sobered them up and let in three of his own over the next three and 2/3rds innings. Drew Vettleson homered twice and drove in three while Austin Davidson plated the final Potomac run with an RBI double in the 9th.

Hagerstown 10 Greenville 5
• Rodriguez (W, 7-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K, HBP, WP
• Rivera (SV, 6) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 3B
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2B, CS, OF assist at 2B

Jefry Rodriguez tossed six scoreless innings while the Hagerstown bats remained hot in a 4-1 win over Greenville. Rodriguez gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out eight to win for the seventh time. Mariano Rivera II finished the game, letting in an unearned run on three hits and no walks while fanning two as he got his sixth save. Rhett Wiseman singled and tripled while Telmito Agustin singled and doubled to lead the Suns’ 12-hit parade, with eight of the nine batters reaching base. Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen demoted from Potomac, 3B Kelvin Rodriguez activated from 7-Day DL (end of MiLB rehab for both).

West Virginia 5 Auburn 2
• Bogucki (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Simonds 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Noll 3-4, 2RBI
• Neuse 2-3, BB

West Virginia’s three-run 2nd was the difference as Auburn dropped back to .500 with a 5-2 loss, its sixth in the last eight games. A.J. Bogucki lost his second start for the Doubledays as the Black Bears clawed him for three runs on six hits and a walk over three innings. Jake Noll came through in the clutch, driving in both Doubledays runs with a pair of two-out singles in three opportunities and was 3-for-4 overall. The rest of the team? Not so much, as they were 0-for-9 with RISP.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.24) vs.
Faria (1-0, 0.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-3 @ Altoona,
5:00 p.m.
Brady (2-2, 2.84) and
Simms (5-4, 3.72) vs.
Vogelsong (0-0, 5.40) and
Holmes (8-4, 4.30)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 5.40) vs.
Valerio (3-3, 4.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-5 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (6-5, 4.46) vs.
Boyd (8-5, 5.71)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Beddes (0-1, 3.66)


Syracuse 5 Durham 4
• Hill 7IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Glover (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (BS, 4; W, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Skole 2-3, 3R, 2B, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI

“No, no, I insist: You take this gift.” That was the 9th inning in a nutshell as the Chiefs tried to give away the game in top half with two-run HR served by Rafael Martin but instead got the gamewinner on a two-out, three-base error that enabled Matt Skole to score all the way from first. Taylor Hill shook off a leadoff HR to open the game to pitch seven innings of two-run ball on three hits and a walk. He struck out three and was leading 4-2. Koda Glover mowed ’em down in the 8th and was apparently too gassed by those nine (9) pitches to pitch the 9th. Matt Williams Billy Gardner instead went to Martin, who blew his fourth save but got the win. Skole reached base four times with a single, homer, and two walks to lead the Syracuse offense, which totaled six hits and six walks and got the benefit of four passed balls and two hit batsman (this guy →). Roster moves: IF Jason Martinson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 3
• Whiting (L, 0-2) 4+ IP, 4H, 6R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K, WP
• Self 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Soto 3-4, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2B

The Curve scored seven times in the first five innings and chugged to a 9-3 win over the Senators. Boone Whiting lost for the second time in three starts as he was charged with six runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks over four-plus innings. Neftali Soto singled three times while Rafael Bautista singled and doubled to lead Harrisburg’s nine-hit parade.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Fedde 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Estevez (BS, 2) ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Peterson (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-4, 2B
• Marmolejos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Potomac ‘pen collapsed in the late innings, giving up two runs in the 7th and 8th innings to turn a 3-1 lead into 5-3 defeat by Winston-Salem. The implosion spoiled another strong outing by Erick Fedde, who let in one unearned run on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five. Wirkin “For The Weekend” retired just one of four batters faced to blow the save while the loss went to Tommy Peterson for allowing two runs (both unearned) to score in the 8th. Alec Keller and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 10 Asheville 5
• Guilbeau (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, 2WP
• Howell 3IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• La Bruna 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Page 3-3, 2R, 2BB
• Sagdal 3-5, 2R, 3B, 4RBI

Hagerstown put this one away early with 10 runs in the first two innings and survived a late charge from Asheville for a 10-5 victory. Taylor Guilbeau got his first “W” with two runs allowed on four hits and a walk over five innings. Matt Page, Ian Sagdal, and Angelo La Bruna each had three hits and combined for six RBI and five runs scored as the Suns racked up 14 hits and five walks total on the night.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 3
• Dunning 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Howard (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K
• Serrata 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, R, OF assist at 2B
• Ripken 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Black Bears struck for five runs in the 5th and held off the Doubledays for a 5-3 win. Dane Dunning tossed three scoreless innings with one hit and one whiff in his NYPL debut. Hayden Howard took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk over and inning and a third in relief. Dan Johnson and Ryan Ripken both went 2-for-4 to account for half of Auburn’s eight hits, as the Doubledays went just 1-for-7 with RISP and left on seven baserunners.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 (12 inn.) ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 8-7 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 3.90) vs.
Beech (2-2, 3.27)
Hagerstown Won, 9-5 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-3 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Simonds (NYPL Debut) vs.
Altamirano (1-0, 0.63)


Syracuse 5 Norfolk 3
• Espino (W, 6-7) 7IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Martin (SV, 17) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• A. Sanchez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Collier 2-4, 3B, RBI

The Chiefs put up two-spots twice to take leads of 2-0 and 4-2 and held off the Tide for a 5-3 win the series finale. Paolo Espino gave up all three Norfolk runs on nine hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out seven while earning his sixth win. Bryan Harper and Rafael Martin each turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save, respectively. Zach Collier singled and tripled while Adrian Sanchez drove in two with a 2-for-4 night. Syracuse collected ten hits total, but also struck out ten times.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 4 (12 inn.)
• Ross 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• De Los Santos (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Simms (W, 5-4) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2B
• Bautista 3-6, R, RBI

Nick Rickles’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 12th ended a 4-4 stalemate as third-place Harrisburg took two out of three from second-place Akron with a 6-4 walkoff win. Greg Ross got the start and allowed a run on a solo HR and six hits total over seven innings, with no walks and four whiffs. He left with a 4-1 lead that Abel De Los Santos could not hold as he retired just two of six batters faced and gave up three runs on two hits, including a two-run HR. The win went to John Simms, who shut down the ‘Ducks for three scoreless and hitless innings. Wilmer Difo and Rafael Bautista each had three hits to lead the Sens’ 13-hit parade.

Carolina 8 Potomac 7
• Mayberry (L, 1-1) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Schrock 2-5, R, RBI, 15-game hit streak
• Keller 2-5, 2RBI
• Vettleson 1-2, R, 2BB

A five-run 4th by the Mudcats was too much for the P-Nats to overcome as they lost a second straight, 8-7. Whit Mayberry bore the brunt of the Carolina assault, letting in seven runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three while dropping his first decision for Potomac. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled twice to extend his hit streak to 15 games as did Alec Keller while Drew Vettleson reached base three times with a single and two walks to pace Potomac’s nine-hit, five-walk offense.

Hagerstown 9 Delmarva 5
• Avila (W, 7-6) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 9K, HR
• DeBruin 4-5, 2R, HR, 5RBI
• Agustin 2-4, R, SB
• Wiseman 2-4, R

Hagerstown put three-spots three times as they cruised to a 9-5 in the series finale vs. Delmarva. Pedro Avila struck out nine and walked one, letting in one on a solo HR and four hits total over six innings to get the win, his seventh. Grant DeBruin drove in five and went 4-for-5 with a three-run HR to lead the Suns’ 13-hit assualt on Shorebirds pitching.

State College 10 Auburn 3
• W. Davis (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Peguero 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ortiz 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Banks 3-4, R, BB, RBI

The Spikes completed the three-game sweep of the Doubledays with another 10-3 win. Weston Davis started and went just four innings, as State College gashed him for five runs on seven hits, including a two-run HR in the 3rd. He walked none and struck out two while losing his second game. Oliver Ortiz and Nick Banks both had three hits and an RBI with Ortiz connecting for a double and Banks drawing a walk to pace the Auburn offense.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Norfolk,
6:05 p.m.
Espino (5-7, 3.06) vs.
Gunkel (5-6, 3.93)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Ross (4-1, 0.44) vs.
Brown (5-3, 3.17)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-0, 2.25) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Avila (6-6, 3.07) vs.
Alvarado (7-4, 3.19)
Auburn Lost, 10-3 @ State College,
6:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-1, 1.20) vs.
Farinaro (2-0, 5.56)


Norfolk 5 Syracuse 2
• Long (L, 1-3) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R

As it has more often than not in 2016, the clutch hit eluded Syracuse as they fell last night to Norfolk, 5-2. Jaron Long was rolled for 10 of the 15 Tide hits and four of the five runs in his five innings. He walked one and struck out two while losing his third AAA game. Caleb Ramsey walked twice while Steve Lombardozzi singled twice as the Chiefs managed just seven hits and were 0-for-7 with RISP.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 3
• Valdez (L, 2-2) 4+ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 7BB, 4K, HR
• Brinley 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ballou 2-4
• Kieboom 1-3, BB, RBI

It was too little, too late for the Senators as they fell into 6-0 and only made it halfway out for a 6-3 loss to the RubberDucks. Phillips Valdez was charged with all six Akron runs on four hits, including a three-run HR to third batter he faced in the 5th. He walked seven and struck out four while losing his second AA game. Isaac Ballou singled twice while both Spencer Kieboom and Kevin Keyes singled and walked to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Carolina 6 Potomac 5
• Crownover 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 5K
• Orlan (H, 4; L, 5-3) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• M. Sanchez (BS, 2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schrock 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Masters 2-4, R

Apparently, if you have to choose, you should pick bad defense over poor relief. At least that’s what Carolina demonstrated as six errors weren’t enough to give away the game. Potomac’s 9th-inning meltdown turned a 5-3 win into a 6-5 loss and cost Matthew Crownover his first A+ “W.” In fairness, the Mudcats should have gotten more against the southpaw starter, who issued four walks and gave up six hits (including two doubles and a triple) over five and 2/3rds innings but only gave up two runs. Likewise for the P-Nats, who only got two unearned runs and stranded six despite stealing five bases against Sal Giardina, who committed three errors but smacked the game-winning double against Mario Sanchez. R.C. Orlan took the loss as he retired just one of four batters faced but was credited with a hold nonetheless.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 2
• Baez (W, 6-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 10K
• Hearn 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Encarnacion 2-2, 2BB, RBI, 2CS
• La Bruna 1-1, R, RBI, 3BB

It was almost the same story in Salisbury, Md., as the Shorebirds scored twice in the 9th in a 4-2 loss to the Suns. Joan Baez struck out a career-high 10 batters in five scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed as he evened up his won-loss record at 6-6. Taylor Hearn piled on seven more over the next three frames, though he gave up four hits and needed 63 pitches to do it (vs. 80 for Baez). Philip Walby loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsman in the 9th, getting a groundout in between, before giving way to Mariano Rivera III who let in one run on a sacrifice fly and the other on a single before ending the threat with a flyout to deep right-centerfield. Randy Encarnacion and Angelo La Bruna both reached base four times with two RBI, three singles, and five walks combined to lead the Hagerstown offense.

State College 10 Auburn 3
• Ramirez (L, 2-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Banks 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Barrera 2-4, 2B
• Brandt 2-3, 2B

A touchdown and an extra point in the 2nd was the difference as State College took another one from Auburn, 10-3. Doubledays starter Yonathan Ramirez didn’t make it out of the inning as he was charged with the aforementioned seven runs (five earned) on five hits and a walk while fanning two to lose for the first time this season. Nick Banks doubled and tripled while Tres Barrera and Clayton Brandt both singled and doubled to lead the Auburn attack.

GCL Update

The G-Nats sit atop the GCL East (five teams this year) with an 8-5 mark after back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday. Still no Anderson Franco, but Juan Soto has cooled off to a mere 1.155 OPS through 11 games. Sample sizes for the age-appropriate pitchers are still too small to comment on.

DSL Update

The D-Nats are on a four-game losing streak to fall below .500 at 14-16. Brailin Mesa (18-y.o.) remains the top hitter among the regulars with a .323/.377/.430 line while Yelmery Sisnero (also 18) is the top pitcher thus far, having given up just one earned run in five starts (22⅔ IP) with 22K and 5BB for pitcher’s line of 0.40/2.40/0.97.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Long (1-2, 3.86) vs.
Hale (0-4, 5.31)
Harrisburg Won, 7-0 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Valdez (2-1, 6.65) vs.
Kaminsky (3-5, 4.19)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 5.83) vs.
Withrow (5-4, 3.44)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (5-6, 4.35) vs.
Jimenez (6-7, 4.42)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 2.57) vs.
Cross (1-2, 4.38)


Syracuse 4 Norfolk 3
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 0R, 6BB, 2K, WP
• Davis (BS, 2) 1+ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Glover (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-5, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Chiefs overcame a bullpen implosion in the 7th with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to edge the Tide, 4-3. Austin Voth struggled with his control, walking six over five scoreless innings with four hits allowed and two strikeouts. Erik Davis came on in the 6th to protect a 2-0 lead and retired Norfolk in order but allowed four straight singled before he was lifted in favor of Koda Glover in the 7th, who let in the go-ahead run on the fifth straight Tide single. Matt Skole’s leadoff HR in the 8th tied things up while a single-walk-error sequence in the 9th plated the gamewinner. Glover got his first AAA win, Davis his second blown save, and Rafael Martin his 16th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. RHP Lucas Giolito optioned from Washington; SS Trea Turner, OF Michael Taylor recalled to Washington; LHP Matt Grace activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 0
• Brady (W, 2-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Suero 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Bautista 4-4, BB, SB
• Ward 2-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI, SB

Wherever Mike Brady threw the pitch, that’s where it went as he combined with two relievers in Harrisburg’s 7-0 blanking of Akron. Brady allowed just two baserunners over six innings while striking out six to win for the second time this season. Wander Suero (2IP, 2H) and Robert Benincasa (1IP, 2BB) weren’t quite as efficient but kept the breeze going (4K, 2K respectively) to preserve the shutout. Rafael Bautista reached base five times with four singles and a walk while Drew Ward and Stephen Perez both went 2-for-3 and combined for four runs, three walks, and three RBI to pace the Sens’ 13-hit, 10-walk attack. IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Fedde (W, 5-3) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Thomas (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mejia 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Schrock 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats took their fourth straight win Last Night in Woodbridge.
IF Austin Davidson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 0 (5 inn.)
• Rodriguez (L, 6-5) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Wiseman 0-1, BB

Delmarva’s Ofelky Peralta no-hit Hagerstown for five innings before the rains came and ended this one in the bottom of the 5th for a 5-0 Shorebirds win over the Suns. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss as he was strafed for nine hits, including a two-run HR, over four and a 1/3rd innings. Ian Sagdal reached on an error in the 1st while Rhett Wiseman drew a walk in the 4th to account for the two Suns baserunners. OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Auburn.

State College 3 Auburn 0
• Bogucki (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• W. Pena 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Perkins 2-3, BB
• Barrera 1-3, 2BB

The clutch hit eluded the Doubledays in a 3-0 loss to the Spikes. A.J. Bogucki went the first three innings and was charged with a run on four hits without a walk and one whiff to lose his NYPL debut. Blake Perkins and Tres Barrera both reached base three times, combining for three walks and three singles. Auburn left on eight baserunners and went 0-for-6 with RISP.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-0 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.41) vs.
Miranda (3-7, 4.06)
Harrisburg Won, 14-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (1-2, 3.72) vs.
Peoples (6-3, 3.69)
Potomac Won, 8-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (4-3, 4.42) vs.
Franco (5-5, 4.43)
Hagerstown Won, 16-5 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (6-4, 4.13) vs.
Peralta (4-4, 3.69)
Auburn OFF DAY @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Kilichowski (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 8 Norfolk 0
• Hill (W, 4-8) 7IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Runion 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 3-4, R, 2B, HR, SF, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 2B, 3RBI
• Lombardozzi 3-4, R, RBI

What the Norfolk? Syracuse got both shutdown pitching and lights-out hitting in an 8-0 series-opening win. Taylor Hill, Sam Runion, and Bryan Harper combined on the seven-hit shutout. Hill went the first seven innings and allowed all seven Tide hits along with a walk and three whiffs for his fourth win. Runion and Harper made the final two donuts in the 8th and 9th respectively. Matt Skole, Brian Goodwin, and Steve Lombardozzi each had three hits in the Chiefs’ 14-hit assault, with Skole and Goodwin both doubling and driving in three runs. RHP Rafael Martin has been added to the I.L. roster for the AAA All-Star Game next Wednesday.

Harrisburg 14 Erie 3
• Mapes (W, 8-6) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Simms 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Bautista 4-5, 3R, RBI, 2SB
• Stevenson 3-5, 3R, SB
• Soto 2-4, 3R, BB, 2HR, 7RBI

The Senators broke open a 1-0 game with three consecutive crooked numbers in the middle innings to sink the Seawolves, 14-3. Tyler Mapes won his eighth game with seven innings of two-run ball on five hits and a walk while setting five down on strikes. John Simms mopped up and had his outing spoiled with a two-out solo shot in the 8th. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Andrew Stevenson combined for seven hits while cleanup man Neftali Soto drove in seven runs with an Earl Weaver special and a grand slam to lead the 16-hit assault on Erie pitchers. Roster moves: RHP Neil Holland assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Potomac 8 Wilmington 1
• Blackmar (W, 1-0) 7IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
• Estevez 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 1-2, R, BB, SF, HR, 4RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Schrock 2-5, 2R

Likewise in Woodbridge, except Wilmington had the early 1-0 advantage before Potomac put up three in the 4th and five in the 5th to take the game, 8-1 and the series, 3-1. New guy Mark Blackmar gave up the lone Blue rocks run on one hit and four walks over seven innings. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez worked around two hits and a walk to close it out. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in four with a sac fly and a three-run bomb (HR #10) while Osvaldo Abreu and Max Schrock both added two hits to pace the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 16 Delmarva 5
• Guilbeau 3⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• VanVossen (W, 3-2) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K, 2-0 IR-S
• Page 2-3, 2R, HR, SF, 3RBI
• Reetz 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Encarnacion 2-6, 3R, HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown got a pair of six-run innings in the 2nd and 5th innings to demolish Delmarva, 16-5. Taylor Guilbeau didn’t go the requisite five innings, chased with one out in the 4th and charged with four runs on nine hits and two walks. Mick VanVossen stranded two while finishing the inning and struck out six of nine batters faced over two and 2/3rds to earn the win. Grant Borne got the rulebook save with one run allowed over the final three innings. Matthew Page and Randy Encarnacion both homered while Jakson Reetz led the hit column with two singles and a double; all three Suns drove in three runs (hey, that rhymes!).

Auburn – OFF DAY

This is the annual reminder of the New York-Penn League’s packed schedule as the Doubledays got the first of just four (five if you count the All-Star game) scheduled days off over 81 days. Second-place Auburn visits first-place State College for the next three before returning to Falcon Field for three next week against Vermont.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-8, 5.06) vs.
Wright (1-0, 0.87)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (7-6, 3.49) vs.
Lewicki (0-0, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 4-3
(10 inn.)
vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (1st High-A start of
’16) vs. Griffin (1-4, 5.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-1, 4.84) vs.
Costello (0-0, 2.45)
Auburn Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A


Durham 11 Syracuse 2
• Cole 3⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Turner 2-4, R, 2B, SB(25)
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Chiefs scored early and late, but not often as the Bulls stampeded them for an 11-2 loss in the series finale. A.J. Cole didn’t make it out of the 4th, as Durham’s Jaff (not a typo) Decker connected on his 90th pitch for a three-run jack that had him hit the road. Cole finished with seven runs allowed on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Trea Turner doubled, stole third, and came in on a grounder to second for the first Syracuse run in the 1st while Christopher Bostick homered in the 9th for the second run. Both men went 2-for-4 while the rest of the lineup was 2-for-25.

Erie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Whiting (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• De Los Santos 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-4, 2R
• Kieboom 2-4, RBI

The longball was the difference in a 6-3 loss by Harrisburg to Erie. Sens starter Boone Whiting gave up two HR’s in the first four innings to account for three of the five runs he was charged with on 10 hits total. He walked none and struck out three over five and 2/3rds innings while suffering his first AA loss. Wilmer Difo singled twice and scored twice while Spencer Kieboom, Shawn Pleffner, and Neftali Soto each had an RBI to lead Harrisburg’s seven-hit, five-walk attack.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 (10 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan (W, 5-2) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Schrock 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Abreu 1-4, SB

Max “For Those About To” Schrock came big again in extras, smacking a solo shot in the bottom of the 10th to extend his hit streak to 11 games and give the P-Nats a 4-3 win over the Blue Rocks. It was just the fourth hit of the night for Potomac, which took advantage of two Wilmington errors and a hit batsman to score its first three runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. Austen Williams got yet another no-decision with one run let in on a solo HR and seven hits total over six innings. He walked one and struck out three. R.C. Orlan was the winner in relief, pitching two and 2/3rds scoreless innings to close out the game

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 0
• Bourque (L, 0-4) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• DeBruin 1-3, BB
• Tillero 1-3

Two Kannapolis pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of Hagerstown, 5-0. James Bourque was run into the wall by the Intimidators for four runs on eight hits and three walks to lose for the fourth time in six starts. It was, of course, moot as one run would have been enough to beat the Suns. Veteran Grant DeBruin was the sole Hagerstown batter to reach base twice with a single and a walk. Randy Encarnacion and Jorge Tillero collected the other two singles.

Auburn 1 Lowell 0
• Mills (W, 3-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Harmening (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Noll 2-2, 2B, BB
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB

Better news in upstate New York as four Doubledays pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of the Spinners, 1-0. McKenzie Mills walked two and allowed the first Lowell hit over the first five innings to earn his third win. Russell Harmening tossed two perfect frames for the hold, his first. Kevin Mooney worked the second Spinner single and a walk in the 8th as he also earned a hold. Angher Cespedes set ’em down in order in the 9th for save no. 3. Blake Perkins led off the Auburn 1st with a single, took third on Dan Johnson’s safety, and scored on fielder’s choice. Dan Noll singled, doubled, and walked in his NYPL debut to pace the ‘Days six-hit, three-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP Kyle Simonds (19th Rd.) reassigned from GCL Nationals

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-4, 4.31) vs.
Faria (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0;
Won, 10-3
vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Whiting (0-0, 4.26) vs.
Turley (2-6, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 14-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.50) vs.
Staumont (2-9, 5.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.06) vs.
Thompson (5-3, 2.85)
Auburn Lost, 10-3 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (2-1, 3.14) vs.
Dahlstrand (MiLB rehab)


Syracuse 6 Durham 4
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Espino (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Turner 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Severino 1-3, 2B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Matt den Dekker struck again with a big fly in the Chiefs’ big inning, but only a three-run jack this time as Syracuse took its second straight from Durham, 6-4. Reynaldo Lopez gave up runs in each of the first three innings before settling down for two scoreless to finish his second AAA start (and first AAA win). He did, however, give up two homers out of the six hits and two walks allowed while striking out five. Trea Turner also homered and went 2-for-5 to extend his hit streak to six games. The Chiefs squeezed six runs out of five hits and three walks but helped keep the Bulls infield cool with 13 whiffs.

Harrisburg 1 Erie 0 – GAME ONE
• Ross (W, 4-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 1-1, R, 3B, BB

Neftali Soto tripled to lead off the Sens’ 2nd and came in on Drew Ward’s groundout to second. That was it for the Senators, but Greg Ross made it stand up for a 1-0 shutout of the Seawolves in the opener. Ross walked none, struck out three, and allowed just five hits in seven innings to win for the fourth time in six AA starts.

Harrisburg 10 Erie 3 – GAME TWO
• Robinson 3IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 3-3, 2R, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Difo 2-4, R, 2RBI, SB
• Bautista 2-4, R

The Harrisburg bats arrived in Game Two, and everyone but Neftali Soto got a hit in a 10-3 Harrisburg smackdown on Erie. Andrew Robinson got the start and turned in three scoreless, though he walked four and struck out four. A five-run 4th broke open a 2-1 game as the offense got in gear for 12 hits, led by Isaac Ballou’s 3-for-3 effort with a double, a walk, and two stolen bases, and followed by tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo, who both went 2-for-4.

Potomac 14 Wilmington 1
• Mayberry (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Thomas (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Carey 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Masters 2-4, R, 3RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI

Same story in Woodbridge, as the P-Nats returned the favor from Monday’s 12-1 loss with a 14-1 demolition of the Blue Rocks. Starter Whit Mayberry no-hit Wilmington for three and 2/3rds innings before giving up a single. He lost the shutout in the 5th but finished with six innings pitched, with three hits and no walks allowed and six strikeouts in his first win for Potomac. Justin Thomas tossed three scoreless to earn the save, his second. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Dale Carey both homered while Raudy Read and Bryan Mejia both doubled and stole third as the P-Nats racked up 15 hits and left just three runners on base. Roster moves: RHP Luis Reyes placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Mark Blackmar assigned from Washington.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Avila (L, 6-6) 4+ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Pantoja 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, WP, 3-2 IR-S
• Wiseman 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Sagdal 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Kannapolis made the most of its one crooked number – a two-spot in the 5th – to edge Hagerstown 3-2. Pedro Avila ran into trouble in the 5th when he gave up a leadoff double and walked two to load the bases. Jorge Pantoja wild-pitched in the first run, then let in the second on a single to give the home team a 3-1 lead. All three Intimidator runs were charged to Avila, who lost for the sixth time. Pantoja recovered to put up goose eggs in the 6th and 7th, but the Suns bats were unable to get the equalizer as they got one run in the 7th and left the tying run at second in the 8th. Rhett Wiseman doubled and tripled and scored twice while Ian Sagdal singled and doubled and drove in both Hagerstown runs.

Lowell 10 Auburn 3
• Watson (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Conner 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI
• Ortiz 2-3

The Spinners unraveled the Doubledays ‘pen in a six-run 6th as they took Game Two, 10-3. Tyler Watson suffered the loss with three runs let in on five hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked none. Kelvin Gutierrez and Oliver Ortiz both singled twice as Auburn was held to seven hits and one walk. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Bogucki (8th Rd.), OF Jack Sundberg (26th Rd.), and 2B Jake Noll (7th Rd.) reassigned from GCL Nationals; RHP Maximo Valerio and 2B Jake Jefferies released.