Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-4, 3.25)
R. Hernandez (2-2, 4.33)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (1-4, 4.15) vs.
Crick (1-3, 4.32)
Potomac Won, 6-5;
Won, 9-2
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (0-3, 5.02) vs.
Romero (1-0, 1.50)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (3-3, 3.28) vs.
Ingram (3-4, 4.40)

Buffalo 8 Syracuse 3
• Laffey (L, 3-2) 5IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Masset 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Goodwin 0-4, 2E, OF assists at 3B, HP

Buffalo’s three-run stampede in the 5th broke open a 3-1 game as they took Game One from Syracuse, 8-3. Starter Aaron Laffey took the loss with six runs allowed (five earned) on ten (10) hits and a walk over five innings. Jason Martinson (2-for-4) tripled and drove in a run while Matt den Dekker (1-for-3) went deep with a solo shot in the 1st as the Chiefs collected just six hits but drew four walks.
For those of you not on the Twitters, or can separate themselves from their smartphones during the evening, Bill “The Rocket” Ladson is reporting that Trea Turner will be replacing Ryan Zimmerman on the Nationals roster when the latter takes paternity leave [insert joke about strong finish to last season here].

New Hampshire 2 Harrisburg 1
• Mapes (L, 5-3) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 1-3, R, BB
• Ballou 2-4

Tyler Mapes’s no-decision streak ended with a loss as the Fisher Cats vetoed the Senators, 2-1 to take the series finale. Mapes went a season-long seven innings, giving up both New Hampshire runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. His effort went unrewarded as it was an AAMCO night for the Harrisburg offense, as they struggled in the clutch (1-for-9 RISP) and left on ten men. Isaac Ballou, Shawn Pleffner, and Rafael Bautista each had two hits while Neftali Soto reached base twice on a single and a walk.

Potomac 6 Frederick 5 – GAME ONE
• Ross 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan (BS, 2; W, 2-0) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Brinley (SV, 9) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 4-5, R, 2RBI, OF assist at 1B
• Stevenson 3-4, R, BB, 3SB
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Frederick rallied for three against R.C. Orlan in the 7th but Potomac got the decisive run in the first “extra” inning to take the opener, 6-5. The surge took a win away from Greg Ross, who turned in a quality start of six innings of two-run ball on five hits (one HR) and three walks with 3K’s. Orlan got the blown-save-win while Ryan Brinley worked around a hit in the 8th to earn his ninth save. Alec Keller led the hit coulmn with a 4-for-5 night, followed by Andrew Stevenson at 3-for-4 with three stolen bases.

Potomac 9 Frederick 2 – GAME TWO
• Spann 3⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Sanchez (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Masters 2-3, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Abreu 3-4, 3R, RBI
• Marnolejos 1-2, 2B, 2BB, RBI

The first of two David Masters longballs highlighted a five-run 5th as the P-Nats completed the doubleheader sweep with 9-2 defeat of the Keys. Matt Spann got the spot start and let in one run on a HR and five hits total over three and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out one. Mario Sanchez finished the game with one run over three and a 1/3rd innings with no walks and four K’s for his second win. Masters drove in four runs for the game, six for the doubleheader. Osvaldo Abreu singled three times and scored three times to pace the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 6 Columbia 3
• A. Lee 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• VanVossen (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Borne (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Wiseman 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Schrock 3-5, R, 2B
• Page 1-2, 2R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown scored once in the 1st and four times in the 2nd and cruised to a 6-3 win over Columbia. Andrew Lee fell two outs short of qualifying for the win as he labored through four and a 1/3rd innings on 96 pitches (60 for strikes). He only walked two, but hit a batter and was charged with two runs on four hits. Mick VanVossen let in one of three inherited runners and allowed one run of his own, which was enough to get credit for the win. Grant Borne made his season debut with three scoreless and hitless innings with no walks and five strikeouts, good for the save. Rhett Wiseman and Max “For Those About To” Schrock both singled twice and doubled once as the Suns lit the Fireflies pitchers for 10 hits total

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-1, 2.91) vs.
LeBlanc (5-1, 1.29)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-2, 3.38) vs.
Dawson (2-2, 3.72)
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Ross (2-2, 1.08) and
Spann (1-0, 4.15 vs.
Gallardo (MLB rehab) and
Long (2-3, 3.12)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 @ Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-2, 3.66) vs.
Shaw (3-2, 3.21)

Charlotte 5 Syracuse 3
• Voth 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Martin (BS, 2; L, 1-2) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, 2HR
• Goodwin 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Skole 0-2, R, 2BB

Syracuse overcame an early 2-0 deficit with two in the 7th and one in the 8th to take a 3-2 lead. With the bases empty and two outs, Rafael Martin retired just one of five batters faced to serve up three runs and a 5-3 win for Charlotte. Austin Voth turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on five hits and three walks over six innings for the no-decision. Brian Goodwin homered again and drove in the would-be gamewinner in the 8th to lead the Chiefs offense, which made the most of just five hits and four walks.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 3
• Long (W, 3-2) 7IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, HR, HBP
• Lee (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Soto 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Bostick 2-4, R
• Difo 0-4, R, SB(20), E(11)

A three-run 6th turned a one-run deficit into a two-run lead as the Sens eventually doubled up the Fisher Cats, 6-3. Jaron Long went seven strong innings, giving up all three New Hampshire runs (two earned) on five hits (one HR) with no walks and eight whiffs. Nick Lee and Bryan Harper both turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Neftali Soto singled, doubled, walked, scored twice, and drove in a run while Christopher Bostick singled twice in four trips to the plate to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster move: RHP Michael Brady reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac 6 Frederick 1
• Valdez (W, 6-2) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Benincasa 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Stevenson 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Norfork 0-2, R, 2BB

Andrew Stevenson celebrated his 22nd birthday with 3-for-5 night while Phillips Valdez cakewalked for seven innings as Potomac frosted Frederick, 6-1. Valdez gave up the lone Keys run on four hits and two walks while fanning four as he won his sixth game. Robert Benincasa finished up with two scoreless innings. Stevenson singled twice, doubled once while Alec Keller singled and doubled as the two OFs both scored a run and drove in to lead the P-Nats offense. Roster moves: RHP Gilberto Mendez reassigned from Harrisburg; LHP Matt Crownover promoted from Hagerstown; RHP Erick Fedde placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Boone Whiting placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Hagerstown 9 Asheville 7
• DeRosier 5IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K
• Pantoja (W, 6-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Davidson 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 2BB, RBI
• Schrock 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Dent 1-3, 2B, RBI

Max Schrock’s two-out, two-run walkoff homer sent the Tourists packing for a 9-7 Suns victory and three-game sweep. Matt DeRosier got the start but was ineffective as Asheville stung him for five runs on five hits and a walk over the first five innings. Schrock’s heroics made a winner out of Jorge Pantoja, who gave up an unearned run in the 8th but pitched a scoreless 9th. Austin Davidson reached base five times with a homer, two walks, and two doubles, and drove in the tying run in the 9th to pace Hagerstown’s ten-hit, two-walk offense. Roster move: LHP Grant Borne reassigned from Auburn. FYI: Victor Robles left (or was removed from) the game after grounding out to third in the 3rd. No further details could be found at virtual press time.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-4 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.81) vs.
Carroll (0-2, 6.75)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-2 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Long (2-2, 2.15) vs.
Gabryszwski (3-1, 3.86)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Belicek (0-0, 6.00)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Asheville,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-2, 4.79) vs.
Craig (3-1, 5.90)

Charlotte 7 Syracuse 4
• Hill (L, 2-4) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• De Los Santos 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI, CS
• Skole 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Knights hit ’em hard, hit ’em early, and hit ’em often, jousting Taylor Hill in the 4th and holding off the Chiefs for a 7-4 win. Hill had all seven runs charged to him on seven hits, including two solo HRs, over three and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out three while losing his fourth game. Brian Goodwin led the Syracuse hit column with three hits, including his 5th HR in the 9th, followed by Matt Skole’s 2-for-4 effort with a double and an RBI.

New Hampshire 10 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 1-6) 4IP, 3H, 6R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• Mendez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-4, RBI
• Bostick 2-4

Harrisburg’s defense went full Little League, allowing four runs to score on one play without a hit (just two errors) in a five-run 4th as New Hampshire scored nine unanswered runs to turn an early 2-1 deficit into a 10-2 rout. Austen Williams lost for the sixth time in nine starts, as he was dinged for six runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks over four innings while striking out two. Isaac Ballou and Christopher Bostick both singled twice to account for four of the seven Senator hits. Roster move: RHP Matt Belisle rehab assignment transferred from Potomac.

Potomac – OFF DAY
It’s eight games in seven days after the P-Nats enjoyed their first scheduled off day since April 25th. The weeklong roadtrip starts with four against third-place Frederick, then a trip to the Redneck Riviera (see #3) for three against Myrtle Beach.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Baez (W, 2-4) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP
• Rivera (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gutierrez 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Wiseman 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown struck for three in the 1st and the Suns pitchers made it stand up for a 3-2 win over Asheville. Max Schrock walked and scored on Kelvin Gutierrez’s double, then Rhett Wiseman went deep to complete the rally. Joan Baez pitched into the sixth and was charged with both Tourist runs on five hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds. Trey Lambert let in one of two inherited runners but finished the inning and turned in two scoreless for the hold. Mariano Rivera III stranded a two-out double to earn his fourth save.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 (11 inn.) @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (2-3, 4.53)
Ranaudo (0-1, 3.68)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (1-5, 5.62) vs.
Santos (4-1, 3.14)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (1-4, 4.75) vs.
Killian (3-2, 5.21)

Charlotte 6 Syracuse 5 (11 inn.)
• Cole 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Davis (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Grace (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Severino 3-5, R, RBI
• Turner 2-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, 2BB

The Syracuse ‘pen couldn’t hold a 5-3 lead in the 9th and fell in the 11th, 6-5 to Charlotte. Starter A.J. Cole went seven innings for the first time this season, letting in three on six hits and no walks while striking out five. Trevor Gott didn’t have the Motts as he surrendered a two-run HR in the 9th to tie things up at 5-5. Matt Grace gave up the gamewinner in the 11th on back-to-back two-out singles for his second loss. Pedro Severino led the Chiefs hit column with three singles while Trea Turner doubled twice and drove in three.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 2
• Giolito (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 6K
• Robinson (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Simms (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-3, BB, CS
• Collier 2-4, R, 2B

The Senators scored in three of the first four innings and held on for a 3-2 win to earn a split of the four-game series with the RubberDucks. Lucas Giolito won for the third time, giving up both Akron runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks over six innings. Andrew Robinson kept the ‘Ducks off the pond, er, bases with two scoreless for the hold while John Simms shook off a leadoff single to retire the next three for the save. Christopher Bostick, Zach Collier, and Cutter Dykstra each had two hits as the Harrisburg nine collected ten hits and three walks total on the afternoon.

Winston-Salem 8 Potomac 2
• Reyes (L, 3-4) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Sanchez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Abreu 2-3, 2B, BB
• Ward 1-3, 2B, BB

Winston-Salem earned a 2-2 series split with an 8-2 dismantling of Potomac. Starter Luis Reyes battled control problems again, walking four in six innings and giving up seven hits to lose his fourth game. After a scoreless inning from Mario Sanchez, the P-Nats ‘pen imploded in the 8th, with four walks and four runs surrendered by Dakota Bacus and Matt Spann. Offensively, Potomac got the leadoff man on just once in nine innings and managed just six hits, unable to capitalize on four extra-base hits aside from an “Orange” Marmolejos HR. Roster move: IF Grant DeBruin reassigned to Auburn.

Hagerstown 2 Asheville 1
• Rodriguez (W, 5-2) 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Peterson (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Schrock 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, SB

A fifth-inning triple proved to be the gamewinner as the Suns mugged the Tourists, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez got his fifth win with six innings of one (unearned) run ball on two hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Tommy Peterson followed with two scoreless for the hold while Mick VanVossen walked one while earning his fourth save by pitching an otherwise clean 9th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock drove in both runs and went 2-for-4, as did Kelvin Gutierrez and Matt Page. Hagerstown collected ten hits total but walked just once.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 5.06) vs.
Volstad (3-4, 4.45)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 @ Akron,
1:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-2, 3.40)
Kaminsky (1-2, 4.75)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (3-3, 3.50) vs.
Adams (4-3, 4.11)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-8 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (4-2, 3.25) vs.
Lambert (2-2, 2.38)

Syracuse 3 Gwinnett 1
• Espino (W, 3-4) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Masset (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Skole 2-4, 2B
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B

The Chiefs completed a three-game sweep with a 3-1 win over the Braves. Threes were wild as Paolo Espino won his third game with seven innings of one-run ball on seven hits and one walk while striking out four. J.C. Gutierrez earned his third hold while Nick Masset got his third save as both relievers turned in a scoreless inning while giving up one hit. Caleb Ramsey pushed his hit streak to seven games with a single and a double, which has pushed his batting average to .3308, which trails I.L. leader Jermaine Curtis by .0001.

Harrisburg 2 Akron 1
• Lopez 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 12K
• Glover (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Soto 1-3, R, 3B, SF, RBI
• Bostick 0-3, BB, RBI

Officially, the wind was blowing out at 10mph to CF… but there were gusts from 15 whiffs by Akron batters in a 2-1 loss to Harrisburg. That creaking you hear might just be the Reynaldo Lopez bandwagon taking on some passengers as the 22-y.o. Dominican struck out a career-high of 12 without a single walk over five innings. He gave up one run on five hits. The decision went to Koda Glover, who tossed two scoreless innings and fanned two while allowing one hit and one walk. Wilmer Difo led off the 9th with the fourth Sens hit and was sacrificed over and in by Issac Ballou and Neftali Soto, respectively. Soto scored the first run after leading off the 2nd with a triple and trotting home on a grounder to short.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 1
• Whiting (L, 5-2) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Reistetter 1-3, BB, RBI
• Carey 1-3, BB

Potomac’s four-game streak stopped with a 4-1 loss to Winston-Salem. Veteran starter Boone Whiting was charged with all four Dash runs on five hits, including two solo homers in the 1st and 3rd innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. It was his second loss. Justin Thomas finished the game with two scoreless innings. Offensively, the P-Nats were held to just three hits and two walks with Matt Reistetter and Dale Carey both reaching base twice with a single and a walk and Andrew Stevenson breaking up the shutout with an RBI double in the 3rd.

Lexington 11 Hagerstown 8
• Avila (L, 3-3) 3⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Page 4-4, R, 2-2B, 3B, BB, 6RBI
• Reetz 1-2, 3R, 2B, 3BB
• Wiseman 2-5, 2R

The Suns led 3-0 early but gave up five runs in the 4th and three in the 6th to fall behind 8-3 and couldn’t catch up to lose the series finale, 11-8. Pedro Avila took the loss with five runs allowed on nine hits and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Matthew Page went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple and drove in six while Jakson Reetz walked three times and scored three times to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 @ Gwinnett,
2:05 p.m.
Espino (2-4, 3.54) vs.
Jenkins (5-2, 3.02)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Akron,
2:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-4, 4.43) vs.
Plutko (3-2, 2.89)
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Whiting (5-1, 3.45) vs.
Stephens (0-6, 5.31)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1;
Won, 4-0
vs. Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (3-2, 2.25) vs.
Pinto (1-2, 9.33)

Syracuse 6 Gwinnett 5
• Laffey 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Davis (W, 4-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Turner 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• den Dekker 2-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, R, RBI

A 7th inning implosion, which turned a 4-0 lead into a 5-4 deficit, was overcome with single runs in the 8th and 9th as Syracuse edged Gwinnett, 6-5. Sam Runion’s streak of appearances without an earned run came to a screeching halt as the Braves stung him for four runs on three hits and a walk over a 1/3rd of an inning. That erased six shutout innings by starter Aaron Laffey. Runion got some “help” from Matt Grace, who let in both inherited runners and gave up the go-ahead run while getting the last two outs of the 7th. Trea Turner’s RBI single (to go along with a double and a triple) tied it in the 8th while Caleb Ramsey’s two-out single in the 9th completed the comeback. Erik Davis got the win with a scoreless 8th pitched while Rafael Martin worked around a walk in the 9th for his 10th save.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2
• Mapes 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Harper (L, 2-1) 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bostick 2-3, BB, CS
• Difo 2-4, SB

The Senators lead 2-0 early but succumbed to the RubberDucks in the 8th to lose again, 3-2. Tyler Mapes notched his third straight no-decision with five and 2/3rds innings of two-run ball on four hits, including a two-run HR to tie it in the 4th. He walked two and struck out five. Bryan Harper took the loss, giving up the gamewinner in the 8th on two hits and striking out two. Christopher Bostick reached base three times with a walks and two singles to lead the Harrisburg offense, which outhit Akron 8-7 but struck out 12 times.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 2
• Fedde (W, 3-3) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Orlan (S, 6) 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mesa 2-3, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Abreu 1-2, 2BB
• Keller 2-4, R, RBI

Potomac took its fourth straight – second against Winston-Salem – Last Night in Woodbridge.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 1 – GAME ONE
• A. Lee (L, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Pantoja 1IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 0K, HR, 2WP
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2E
• Wiseman 1-3, RBI

If you mustache, Lexington’s batters went to town on Hagerstown’s relievers to turn a 2-0 squeaker into an 8-1 laugher in the opener. Suns starter Andrew Lee, who had struggled in his previous two outings, returned to form with two runs let in (one earned) on three hits and two walks over five innings. Nevertheless, he lost for the second time. Jorge Pantoja, who had been nearly untouchable in his first eight appearances (13⅓ IP, 9H, 1ER) was knocked for six runs and six hits over one-plus innings (6IP, 13H, 8ER in last three outings). Max Schrock singled twice and scored once but also committed two errors as Hagerstown just barely met the Little League standard of a good game with four hits and three errors total.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 0 – GAME TWO
• Crownover (W, 5-1) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Rivera 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Page 3-3, 2B
• Wiseman 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Two Suns pitchers combined on seven-inning, five-hit shutout for a 4-0 win and a doubleheader split. Matt Crownover won his fifth game with five baserunners denied (three hits, two walks) in five innings, while Mariano Rivera III stranding both hits allowed over his two innings (sorry kids, no save). Matt Page and Rhett Wiseman both reached base three times with three singles (two by Page), two doubles (one apiece), and a walk (Wiseman). For those with a mancrush on Victor Robles, he stole two bases (13 & 14) and threw out a runner at 2B but went hitless in the doubleheader.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-1, 3.38) vs.
Banuelos (1st AAA start in ’16)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Mapes (5-2, 3.40) vs.
Carrasco (MLB Rehab)
Potomac Won, 2-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 5.77) vs.
Lowry (3-3, 4.22)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-1, 3.89) and
Avila (3-2, 2.25) vs.
Blewett (2-4, 4.74) and
Garabito (0-1, 11.25)

Syracuse 1 Gwinnett 0
• Voth (W, 3-2) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Gott (H, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (SV, 9) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Skole 1-3, BB

Three Syracuse pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to outduel their counterparts for Gwinnett, 1-0. Autin Voth went the first seven innings and gave up three hits, no walks, and struck out six. Trevor Gott set them down in order in the 8th on 14 pitches for hold #6 while Rafael Martin worked around a one-out single for his ninth save. Trea Turner’s RBI triple plated pinch-hitter Scott Sizemore who walked in place of Voth. The Chiefs were held to just five hits but drew four walks.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 1
• Long (L, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Self 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kieboom 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Collier 0-2, 2BB

Spencer Kieboom’s two-out RBI double in the 7th quacked up both the no-hitter and the shutout for the RubberDucks as the Senators lost, 6-1. Harrisburg starter Jaron Long was flapped for four runs on eight hits, including two homers, over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked none and struck out two in his second loss. Zach Collier was the only Senator batter to reach base twice as he drew two of the four walks Akron pitchers issued.

Potomac 2 Winston-Salem 0
• Ross (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (H, 1) 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Brinley (S, 8) 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Abreu 1-3, R

Veteran Greg Ross combined with two relievers on a five-hit shutout while Drew Ward came off the DL with bang as Potomac took the opener from Winston-Salem, 2-0. Ross walked one and struck out four over seven innings for his second win. Robert Benincasa and Ryan Brinley were both perfect in the 8th and 9th innings to earn the hold and save respectively. Ward homered on the first pitch he saw to give the P-Nats a 1-0 lead in the 2nd. Osvaldo Abreu and “Orange” Marmolejos opened the 4th with back-to-back singles with Abreu taking third and scoring on double play ball for the second and final run of the game. The P-Nats managed just five hits total while striking out 12 times. Roster moves: 3B Drew Ward activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Grant DeBruin placed on the 7-Day DL (speciem iniuriae non fictus).

Hagerstown vs. Lexington — PPD

Rain washed away Friday night’s game at the Muni. They’ll try to make it up tonight with a twi-night doubleheader.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-1, 3.38) vs.
Blair (3-0, 1.64)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Long (2-1, 1.41) vs.
Peoples (4-1, 3.40)
Potomac Won, 9-6 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ross (1-2, 1.50) vs.
Cooper (2-3, 3.88)
Hagerstown Won, 9-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-1, 3.89) vs.
Blewett (2-4, 4.74)

Charlotte 6 Syracuse 5
• Hill 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Masset (L, 0-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• den Dekker 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Syracuse led 2-0 and 4-2 before giving up runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th to fall behind 6-4. Matt den Dekker led off the 9th with a single, took second on a wild pitch, and went to third while Matt Skole, who drew a walk, took second on a sacrifice. den Dekker scored on Caleb Ramsey’s RBI single while Skole was gunned down at the plate to end the rally. Taylor Hill started and allowed three runs on nine hits, including a solo HR in his sixth and final inning. Hill walked none and struck out one. Nick Masset took the loss with two runs let in on one hit and two walks in his single inning pitched.

Harrisburg 5 Portland 4
• Williams 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Glover (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 1-3, R, 2BB, 2SB
• Difo 1-3, R, 2BB, SB
• Jeroloman 0-1, R, 3BB

The SeaDogs bullpen collapsed again in the 9th, walking four in the inning, including three in a row after a walk and a sacrifice put the gamewinner into scoring position to give the Senators a 5-4 win. Austen Williams got the start and gave up all four runs on five hits, including a solo HR in the 6th, his final inning of work. He walked one and struck out two. John Simms followed with two scoreless and Koda Glover worked around a hit in the 9th, which earned him a win, his first at AA. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo both went 1-for-3 with a run scored to pace the Harrisburg offense, which drew nine walks total, led by Brian Jeroloman with three.

Potomac 9 Salem 6
• Estevez 3IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 1K, HR
• Spann (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K
• Orlan (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 5RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI

Somehow this game took less than three hours despite 16 walks issued as Potomac outlasted Salem, 9-6 to take the series, 2-1. “The Weekend” came early for Wirkin Estevez, who started but was chased after three innings. Salem batters staked him for four runs on three hits, three via a homer in the 3rd, while walking four and setting down one (1) on strikes. Matt Spann followed with three innings of one-run relief to earn the win, his first, while R.C. Orlan pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his fifth. Alec Keller was a HR shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with five RBI to lead the ten-hit, nine-walk offense. Roster moves: C Jake Lowery reassigned from Auburn and placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 8
• DeRosier 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Peterson (BS, 1; W, 3-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, 4RBI, SB
• Schrock 2-4, 2R, SB
• Reetz 2-4, 2RBI, E(2), PB(5)

The Suns scored three early and got five shutout innings from starter Matt DeRosier. The bullpen did what it could to waste that effort but the batters bailed them out with a five-run 7th en route to a 9-8 Hagerstown win over Lexington. DeRosier struck out five, walked none, and gave up three hits in his no-decision. Tommy Peterson notched the dreaded blown-save-win with three runs coughed up on hour hits over two innings. Kelvin Gutierrez drove in four while going 2-for-4, a line matched by Max Schrock and Jakson Reetz as the Suns pounded out 10 hits total.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-3 vs. Charlotte,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (2-3, 4.53) vs.
Ranaudo (0-1, 2.08)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Portland,
10:30 a.m.
Williams (1-5, 5.55) vs.
Buttrey (0-6, 5.86)
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-3, 4.41) vs.
Jimenez (2-2, 5.75)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-2, 5.45) vs.
Ogando (4-2, 4.29)

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 3
• Cole (W, 4-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Masset ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Martinson 3-4, 2R
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Solano 2-5, 2B, 5RBI

Syracuse broke out the bats twice for three spots while getting six strong innings from A.J. Cole as they took another from Charlotte, 8-3. Cole gave up a run (not on a home run) on five hits and a walk while striking out two (2) to win his fourth game. Jhonatan Solano came up big twice, stroking a two-run single in the 3rd and unloading the bases with a three-run double in the 8th. Jason Martinson led the hit column with three hits in four trips to the plate, scoring twice.

Harrisburg 2 Portland 1
• Giolito 7IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Harper (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Collier 2-4, 2R, 3B
• Kieboom 1-3, RBI, SAC

A walkoff walk ended this one in victory for the Senators by a 2-1 decision. Lucas Giolito got the start and went the first seven innings, giving up the SeaDogs’ run on four hits and a walk while striking out six. The win went to Bryan Harper, who Cordero’d his way through a scoreless top of the 9th with a hit and two walks allowed. Zach Collier singled to lead off the 9th, took second on a Spencer Kieboom sacrifice and scored after back-to-back-to-back walks by Shawn Pleffner, Cutter Dykstra, and Adrian Sanchez.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Valdez (W, 5-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K, WP
• Brinley (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Read 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, CS
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI

The first four Potomac batters combined for eight hits, including two HR, and all five RBI as they doused Salem, 5-2. Phillips Valdez turned in another quality start with two unearned runs allowed on five hits with no walks and six K’s for his fifth win. Matt Belisle, Dakota Bacus, and Ryan Brinley each turned in a scoreless earning to go hold-hold-save in the scorebook. Andrew Stevenson and “Orange” Marmolejos both homered while Raudy Read and Osvaldo Abreu both collected three hits to lead the 10-hit, two-walk offensive effort.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 8
• Baez 3IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, 2WP
• Torres (L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Lambert 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, PO at 1B
• Wiseman 3-4, 2B, BB
• Sagdal 1-3, 2R, BB, SF, RBI, 2SB
• Reetz 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SF, RBI

Hagerstown led by scored of 2-0 and 4-2 but couldn’t catch Lakewood for a 9-8 loss in the Wednesday matinee. Joan Baez started and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over the first three innings. Luis Torres took the loss, pinched for five runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks in his lone inning of work. Trey Lambert shut down the BlueClaws for the final four innings, but Austin Davidson’s Earl Weaver special in the 6th was all the Suns could muster down the stretch.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-6 vs. Charlotte,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.65) vs.
Volstad (3-3, 4.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (2-2, 3.82) vs.
Haley (3-3, 2.87)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 4.31) vs.
Beeks (4-1, 3.10)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 @ Lakewood,
11:05 a.m.
Baez (1-4, 4.64) vs.
Leftwich (3-2, 2.27)

Syracuse 10 Charlotte 6
• Espino (W, 2-4) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 4-4, R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI, SB
• Ramsey 3-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Goodwin 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI

Syracuse broke its two-game losing streak with a 10-6 win over Charlotte. Paolo Espino turned in a quality start of three runs let in on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five while winning his second game. Matt den Dekker singled twice and doubled twice and drove in three while Caleb Ramsey went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored to lead the Chiefs’ 14-hit parade.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Lopez (L, 1-4) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 5BB, 4K, HR
• Robinson (W, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, R, BB, HR, 4RBI
• Perez 2-4, 2B

The SeaDogs got to Reynaldo Lopez early and often while ending the Senators’ seven-game win streak with 5-4 triumph. Lopez struggled with his control, putting just 51 of 90 pitches in the strike zone as he walked five over five and a 1/3rd innings. He gave up five runs total on four hits, including his 7th homer allowed (in 42⅔ IP) and struck out four. Shawn Pleffner delivered twice in the clutch, connecting for a two-run single in the 4th and two-run HR in the 7th, to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Salem 3 Potomac 1
• Reyes (L, 3-3) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• M. Sanchez 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, HBP, 2-1 IR-S
• DeBruin 2-3, 2B, BB
• Mejia 1-3, R, 2B

Salem burned Potomac for two runs in 6th to break a 1-1 tie and took the series opener, 3-1. Luis Reyes dropped his third decision with all three Red Sox runs allowed on five hits and three walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out five. Grant DeBruin singled, doubled, walked, and drove in the lone P-Nats run. Potomac batters struck out 11 times total without drawing a single walk.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 0
• Rodriguez (W, 4-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP
• Pantoja (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ripken 3-4, 2R
• Tillero 2-3, SAC

Three Suns pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout while the batters eked out three runs from 12 hits in a 3-0 win over the BlueClaws. Jefry Rodriguez won for the fourth time with two hits allowed over six innings with one walk and two whiffs. Jorge Pantoja bounced back with two scoreless innings for his first hold while Mick VanVossen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save. Ryan Ripken singled three times and scored twice to pace the Hagerstown offense, which left on 10 runners and was just 2-for-13 with RISP.