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.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 (13 inn.) vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-2, 3.06) vs.
Wilkerson (2-1, 1.37)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 6.62) and
Whiting (4-1, 3.86) vs.
Means (4-0, 2.09) and
Schuh (0-2, 10.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2;
Lost, 2-1
@ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
A. Lee (2-2, 3.35) and TBD vs.
Weaver (2-4, 2.41) and TBD

Norfolk 6 Syracuse 0
• Laffey (L, 3-1) 3⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grace 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Campana 2-4, SB
• Goodwin 1-3, BB

Any hope of earning a series split was dashed immediately as Norfolk scored five times in four innings en route to a 6-0 shutout of Syracuse. Aaron Laffey bore the brunt of the beating, washed over by the Tides for five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out just one. Tony Campana singled twice, Brian Goodwin singled and walked, which the rest of the lineup matched (Jason Martinson and Matt Skole, respectively) as two Norfolk pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4 (13 inn.)
• Long 6⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Simms (W, 2-2) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Pleffner 3-6, R
• Bostick 2-6, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-6, R, SB

After the regular bullpen blew a 4-0 lead, starter turned reliever John Simms held down the fort until the offense could rally in the 13th for a 5-4 Sens win over the BaySox. Harrisburg starter Jaron Long was charged with two runs on two hits and two walks over six and 2/3rds innings while fanning six. He left with the bases loaded and a 4-0 lead, which was gone by the 9th as Bowie got two in the 7th and single runs in 8th and 9th to force extras. Simms pitched the rest of the way, giving up two hits and a walk over four scoreless innings for the win. Shawn Pleffner’s third single to lead off the 13th proved to be the gamewinner as pinch-runner Stephen Perez took third on a botched sacrifice and scored on Rafael Bautista sac fly.

Frederick vs. Potomac – PPD
SSDD as the P-Nats and Keys were rained out again. They’ll try again for a twinbill tonight and will make up the other game next Thursday.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 2 – GAME ONE
• Lee (L, 2-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lambert 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Page 1-3, R, BB, RBI
• Dent 1-3, R

The good news: Hagerstown scored single runs in the 3rd and 4th; the bad news: Greensboro answered both times with two-spots and scored again in the 6th to take the opener, 5-2. Andrew Lee got hammered for four runs on five hits and two walks over four innings to suffer the loss, his first. Matthew Page and Cody Dent both went 1-for-3 with a run scored as the Suns were held to just five hits total.

Greensboro 2 Hagerstown 1 – GAME TWO
• Crownover 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Peterson (L, 2-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Schrock 1-3, RBI
• Tillero 1-3, 2B

The Grasshoppers completed the doubleheader sweep with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 6th to turn a 1-0 deficit into the winning outcome of 2-1. Matthew Crownover got the spot start and blanked Greensboro for four innings on four hits while setting six down on strikes. Tommy Peterson served up the gamewinner in his second inning of work to wear the “L.” The Suns matched their hit total of five with Max “For Those About To” Schrock driving in Ryan Ripken in the 5th for the lone Hagerstown run.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-0, 2.38) vs.
Gunkel (0-2, 6.30)
Harrisburg Won, 7-2 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Long (2-1, 1.07) vs.
Bridwell (1-1, 4.98)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 6.62) and TBD vs.
Means (4-0, 2.09) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Greensboro,
4:30 p.m.
A. Lee (2-2, 3.35) and TBD vs.
Weaver (2-4, 2.41) and TBD

Norfolk 7 Syracuse 2
• Voth (L, 2-2) 5+IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Sizemore 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• den Dekker 2-5

The wheels came off the bus in the 6th as the Tides scored five times to break a 0-0 tie and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Chiefs. Austin Voth let the first five runners reach base in the fateful frame, “aided” by a Trea Turner error (#7), and left down 4-0. He was charged with five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks total as Erik Davis gave up two singles and his inherited runner while finishing the inning. Veterans Scott Sizemore singled, doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 2
• Williams (W, 1-5) 6⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• N. Lee (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bostick 3-3, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2SB
• Collier 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-4, 2-3B, RBI

Austen Williams turned in his longest outing and was rewarded with his first “W” of 2016 as Harrisburg won its fifth straight, 7-2 over Bowie. Williams loaded the bases with one out in the 7th but got ace relief from Nick Lee who struck out the first batter he faced and got a flyball to end the inning. Williams finished with two unearned runs allowed on five hits and two walks while striking out three. The Sens defense committed five errors but the offense roasted Bowie pitches for a baker’s dozen worth of hits. Christopher Bostick and Zach Collier led the way with three hits apiece, both tripling, as did Isaac Ballou… twice. Roster moves: UT Cutter Dykstra activated from the 7-Day DL; OF Brendan Webb placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 19.

Frederick vs. Potomac – PPD
Rain postponed the middle game of the series between Fredrerick and Potomac, setting up a doubleheader this afternoon.

Greensboro 4 Hagerstown 2
• DeRosier (L, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Pantoja 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Robles 1-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 1-3, R, RBI, SB(5)

Presumably the weather forecast shifted the makeup to today as they played nine yesterday, with the ‘Hoppers eclipsing the Suns again by a 4-2 score. Matt DeRosier took the loss as he gave up two (unearned) runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six over the first five innings. Jorge Pantoja was stung for two runs on five hits and a walk over the final three innings. Victor Robles homered in the 8th while Edwin Lora drove in Jorge Tillero with an RBI single in 5th to account for the two Hagerstown runs.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Despaigne (0-5, 4.61)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Williams (0-5, 6.75) vs.
Hess (2-1, 2.33)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Fedde (2-3, 6.62)
Means (4-0, 2.09)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Greensboro,
4:30 p.m.
DeRosier (1-1, 6.32) and
A. Lee (2-2, 3.35) vs.
Farnworth (0-1, 2.81) and
Weaver (2-4, 2.41)

Syracuse 6 Norfolk 2
• Hill (W, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Gott 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Goodwin 3-4, R, RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2RBI
• Turner 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB

A three-spot in the 7th broke open a 3-2 game as Syracuse took another game from Norfolk, 6-2. Taylor Hill got the win, his second, with five and 2/3rds innings of two-run ball on four hits and a walks with six whiffs. J.C. Gutierrez stranded two in the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th to earn the hold. Brian Goodwin led the Chiefs’ hit column with three singles to push his batting average to a team-best .324 while Matt Skole drove in two to tie Goodwin for the team lead in RBI with 24.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2
• Giolito (W, 2-2) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Robinson (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kieboom 3-4
• Difo 2-3, R, BB
• Bostick 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Lucas Giolito ran out of gas in the 5th, but left with a 3-2 lead. The Sens ‘pen combined for four perfect innings while the offense tacked on an insurance run in the 8th to double up BaySox, 4-2. Giolito gave up both Bowie runs on five hits, including a leadoff HR in his final frame, two walks and struck out five to win his second game. Andrew Robinson retired all six batters he faced, while Derek Self and Bryan Harper each had 1-2-3 innings. Spencer Kieboom and Wilmer Difo both reach base three times to lead the Harrisburg ten-hit, four-walk offense.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3
• Estevez (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Bacus 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Carey 4-4, R
• Keller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Frederick posted a picket fence against Wirkin Estevez and Potomac for a 4-3 win in the series opener. “For the Weekend” retired the side in the 1st but gave up single runs over the next four innings on seven hits and no walks to lose for the third time. Dakota Bacus locked it down for the next three innings, but the P-Nats offense couldn’t strike the decisive blow as they left runners on in the 6th and 7th and hit into inning-ending double plays in the 8th and 9th. Dale Carey singled four times in four trips to the plate while Alec Keller drove in two on a solo HR in the 2nd and groundout in the 8th.
Roster moves: 3B Drew Ward placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Grant DeBruin recalled from XST.

Greensboro vs. Hagerstown – PPD
Rain washed out Game Two of the four-game series between the Suns and the ‘Hoppers. They’ll try to make it up today with a twi-night doubleheader.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 vs. Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
T. Hill (1-3, 4.74) vs.
McFarland (1-0, 0.69)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Bowie Giolito (1-2, 3.86) vs.
Aquino (1-3, 4.99)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 @ Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-2, 3.94) vs.
Long (1-2, 3.95)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
DeRosier (1-1, 6.32) vs.
Weaver (1-3, 1.46)

Syracuse 7 Norfolk 4
• Cole 5⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Runion (W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Skole 3-5, R
• Ramsey 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, HR, 4RBI

A grand slam by Brian Goodwin capped off a six-spot in the 7th as the Chiefs rolled the Tides, 7-4. A.J. Cole kept the ball in the yard but faded late, giving up three in the 6th and four runs overall on nine hits and a walk while striking out five. Sam Runion let in one of two runners inherited but pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th to earn the win while Rafael Martin set the side down in order in the 9th for save. Matt Skole led Syracuse’s 14-hit parade with three singles while Goodwin reached base three times with a walk and a single in addition to his home run.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The Senators return to Harrisburg after sweeping the Seawolves on the road. The seven-game homestand starts with three against the BaySox, then four against the SeaDogs.

Carolina 5 Potomac 4
• Valdez (L, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Spann 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Norfork 3-4, R, RBI
• Read 2-3, R

A combination of cheap hits, numerous walks, and shaky defense enabled Carolina to outscore Potomac 5-4 in the series finale. Phillips Valdez struggled with his command and was dinged for four runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings in his second loss. Khayyan Norfork went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, followed by Raudy Read’s 2-for-3 night as the P-Nats collected 10 hits and walked once but also struck out 10 times.

Greensboro 4 Hagerstown 2
• Baez (L, 1-4) 5IP, 9H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Robles 2-3, R, 2B
• Wiseman 2-4

The Suns’ six-game win streak was stopped with a 4-2 loss to the Grasshoppers. Joan Baez was knocked for three runs (two earned) on nine hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out three. Victor Robles singled and doubled and scored a run while Rhett Wiseman went 2-for-4 to account for half of the eight Hagerstown hits. The Suns walked once, fanned nine times, and left six runners on base.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.46) vs.
Miranda (1-3, 3.58)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 3-0;
Won, 2-0
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (4-1, 4.07) vs.
Parsons (0-0, 4.43)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Baez (1-3, 4.82) vs.
Castellanos (1-1, 4.03)

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 0
• Espino (L, 1-4) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 1-3
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B

Three Lehigh Valley pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Syracuse for a 3-0 win in the series finale. Paolo Espino took the loss, giving up three runs on five hit, including a two-run HR in the 5th. He walked four and struck out seven. Erik Davis and Matt Grace each turned in a perfect inning in relief. Brian Goodwin doubled for the sole extra-base hit while Caleb Ramsey, Trea Turner, and Tony Campana each singled to round out the hit column.

Harrisburg 3 Erie 1
• Lopez (W, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 9K
• Suero (H, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Soto 2-4
• Perez 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez kept the ball in the yard and struck out a season-best of nine as he and the Sens won, 3-1. The 22-y.o. flamethrower gave up the one Erie run on four hits and a walk over six innings as he finally got a “W” for 2016. Wander Suero (2IP) and Bryan Harper (1IP) combined for three shutout innings of relief to earn the hold and save, respectively. Isaac Ballou’s two-run double following a Stephen Perez bases-full walk accounted for the three Harrisburg runs.

Potomac 3 Carolina 0 – GAME ONE
• Reyes (W, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Brinley (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B
• Keller 2-3, RBI

Luis Reyes and Ryan Brinley combined on a six-hit, seven-inning shutout as Potomac took the opener, 3-0. Reyes gave up six hits and a walk over six inning for his third win while Brinley worked around a single in the 7th for this fifth save. Drew Ward and Alec Keller both went 2-for-3 to lead the P-Nats offense.

Potomac 2 Carolina 0 – GAME TWO
• G. Ross (W, 1-1) 5⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Orlan (SV, 4) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mesa 2-3, 2B
• Sevenson 2-4, RBI

Greg Ross and R.C. Orlan completed the DH sweep with a cmbined two-hit shutout as the P-Nats prevailed, 2-0. Ross gave up both hits over five and a 1/3rd innings as he won his first game. Orlan retired all five batters faced to earn his fourth save. Lineup bookends Andrew Stevenson and Narciso Mesa each had two hits to pace the 10-hit, two-walk offense.

Hagerstown 2 Lakewood 1
• Rodriguez (W, 3-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Lambert (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Peterson (SV, 5) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Robles 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Dent 1-3, R

Make that six straight for the Suns as they edged the BlueClaws, 2-1 to sweep the series and finally overtake the Crawdads for 1st place in the Sally League North. Jefry Rodriguez won for the third time with five innings of one-run ball on five hits and two walks while fanning three. Trey Lambert and Tommy Peterson combined for four shutout innings to notch the hold and save, respectively. Victor Robles’s RBI double plated Cody Dent for the gamewinner as both men went 1-for-3. The Suns managed just five hits and one walk total.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
10:35 a.m.
Espino (1-3, 3.22)
vs. Eflin (4-0, 2.79)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ Erie,
11:00 a.m.
Lopez (0-3, 4.60) vs.
Collier (3-2, 4.24)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
5:00 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 3.90) and
G. Ross (0-1, 1.42) vs.
Franco (3-1, 6.09) and
Quintana (1-3, 4.76)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Lakewood,
10:35 a.m.
Rodriguez (2-2, 3.24) vs.
Watson (2-2, 4.05)

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4
• Laffey 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, WP, HBP
• De Los Santos (L, 1-1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A four-run rally in the 7th to tie things up was undone by Abel De Los Santos’s inability to find the strike zone as he threw it away in the 9th for a 5-4 Syracuse loss to Lehigh Valley. De Los Santos walked the first two batters he faced, then, after a sacrfice moved the runners up 90 feet, threw it past the catcher for the loss. Starter Aaron Laffey was smelted by the IronPigs for four runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings for the no-decision. Lehigh Valley’s Alec Asher was perfect through six before the Chiefs got to him in the 7th with a double (Trea Turner), single (Brian Goodwin) and two homers (Matt Skole and Jason Martinson). Alas, that was all for the Syracuse offense, save for a Turner walk with two out in the 8th and a Skole double with one out in the 9th.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 2
• Mapes 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• N. Lee (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-4, R, 3RBI
• Collier 2-4, R, 2B

The bullpen collapsed in the 9th, blowing a 2-1 lead and coughing up five runs. This is good news because it was the Seawolves not the Senators, as Harrisburg took its second straight game from Erie, 6-2. Tyler Mapes had his first no-decision with six innings of one-run ball on six hits, no walks, and three whiffs. Nick Lee stranded two as he got the last out in the 8th and shook off a leadoff hit in the 9th to earn his first win. Shawn Pleffner drove in three, including the tying and go-ahead runs in the 9th as he and Zach Collier both went went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac vs. Carolina – PPD
Steady rain throughout the day on Tuesday forced the postponement and will be made up today with a doubleheader.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 1
• Avila (W, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Guilbeau (H, 4) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Gutierrez 2-4

Hagerstown scored once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd and rolled to its fifth consecutive win, a 4-1 decision over Lakewood. Pedro Avila evened up his won-loss mark with one run let in on six hits and one walk over five innings. Taylor Guilbeau got the hold with three scoreless innings while Mariano Rivera bookended two strikeouts around a double to earn his second save. Rhett Wiseman singled, doubled, and walked while Kelvin Gutierrez went 2-for-4 to lead the Suns offense.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (3-0, 1.55) vs.
Asher (3-0, 0.40)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ Erie,
6:35 p.m.
Mapes (5-2, 3.29) vs.
Jaye (0-4, 5.71)
Potomac Won, 9-3 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (2-2, 3.90) vs.
Franco (3-1, 6.09)
Hagerstown Won, 12-9 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (1-2, 4.05) vs.
Gilbert (1-3, 4.96)

Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 4
• Voth 4⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Gott (W, 3-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 2-4, 2R, 3B, SAC
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB, OF assist at HP

Trea Turner tripled and scored to tie it in the 7th, sacrificed the go-ahead run to second in the 9th, which Brian Goodwin drove in for 5-4 Syracuse win over Lehigh Valley. The comeback wade a winner out of Trevor Gott for the third time while Rafael Martin set down the Iron Pigs in order for his seventh save. Austin Voth started and was charged with three runs on nine hits over four and 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out five. Turner went 2-for-4 to lead the hit column while Caleb Ramsey reached three times on a single and two walks to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster move: UT Jose Lozada activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 2
• Long (W, 2-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Simms (SV, 1) 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Difo 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-4, R, BB
• Bautista 2-5, R, SB(20)

The Senators scored twice in the 1st, once in the 2nd, and twice in the 9th to take a 5-0 lead before the Seawolves got two back in their last “ups” for the 5-2 final. Jaron Long started and put in five scoreless innings to earn his second win. He gave up four hits and a walk while fanning three. John Simms finished the game for the four-inning save, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Wilmer Difo led Harrisburg’s 13-hit parade with a 3-for-4 game while Isaac Ballou also reached based three times with two singles and a walk. Roster moves: OF Isaac Ballou reassigned from Syracuse; UT Cutter Dykstra placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 12.

Potomac 9 Winston-Salem 3
• Whiting (W, 4-1) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Thomas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Reistetter 3-4, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

David Masters’s grand slam highlighted another six-run inning as Potomac tripled up Winston-Salem, 9-3 to earn a 2-2 series split. Veteran Boone Whiting won his fourth game while spinning seven innings of three-run ball on seven hits, one walk, and one whiff. Bryan Mejia matched his 2015 BB total with an unintentional walk in the 4th and combined with Drew Ward, Matt Reistetter, and Alec Keller for 10 of the 13 Potomac hits (including all four doubles), three walks, and four RBI.

Hagerstown 12 Lakewood 9
• A. Lee 2⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, 4BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Crownover (W, 4-1) 4⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Pantoja (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Reetz 3-3, BB, HR, 2RBI, PB(4)
• Lora 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Robles 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Lakewood landed the punches early and often but Hagerstown came off the ropes and threw a pair of three-run haymakers in the 6th and 7th innings to tie and then take a 12-9 decision. Suns starter Andrew Lee saw his ERA more than double (1.54 to 3.35) as the BlueClaws pinched him for eight runs on eight hits and four walks over two and 2/3rds innings, though he did strike out five. Matt Crownover got the last out of the 3rd and then turned in four solid innings of relief to earn his fourth win. Jorge Pantoja blanked Lakewood over the final two innings to earn his first save of 2016. Jakson “Anyone See My C?” Reetz singled twice and homered for his second straight three-hit game as Hagerstown hammered out 12 hits total and left on just six runners.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.31) vs.
Appel (3-2, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Erie,
6:35 p.m.
Long (1-1, 1.33) vs.
Riordan (3-2, 5.35)
Potomac Won, 13-6 @ Winston-Salem,
11:00 a.m.
Whiting (3-1, 4.11) vs.
Cooper (2-2, 3.29)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-0, 1.54) vs.
Taveras (1-2, 2.28)

Rochester vs. Syracuse – PPD
Rain washed away the finale of the Chiefs-RedWings series on Sunday. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader on Thursday, June 30th at 6:05 p.m. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington.

Akron 5 Harrisburg 1
• Williams (L, 0-5) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Mendez 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Bautista 1-3, BB, CS
• Bostick 1-3, R, BB

Harrisburg committed a week’s worth an errors in one game and lost again, 5-1 to Akron. Austen Williams lost for the fifth time, letting in four unearned runs on eight hits, a walk, and a hit batsman over six innings. Gilberto Mendez finished with a one run allowed on a home run. The Sens offense was mostly in recess, collecting just four hits and five walks with Rafael Bautista and Christopher Bostick both reaching base twice.

Potomac 13 Winston-Salem 6
• Fedde (W, 2-3) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Sanchez (SV, 1) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Ward 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, 3BB, 2RBI
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2BB, 3RBI

Potomac broke a three-game losing streak while missing an extra point in a 13-6 win over Winston-Salem. Erick Fedde got the Jack Morris win with five runs given up on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out two. Mario Sanchez closed out the game for the four-inning save, walking three and giving up four hits but only allowing one run. Drew Ward reached base six times with a single, two doubles, and three walks, followed by Alec Keller and Khayyan Norfork who both reach based four times and drove in three runs as the P-Nats assaulted Dash pitchers for 16 hits and took 12 walks.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 5
• DeRosier 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Torres (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Schrock 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2B, SB
• Wiseman 1-3, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at HP

Matt Page’s RBI single in the 9th completed a comeback from a 5-2 deficit as the Suns walked off for a 6-5 win over the Intimidators. Matt DeRosier got the start but was ineffective, walking four and giving up four runs on six hits over four and a 1/3rd innings. The win went to Luis Torres for two perfect innings of relief in the 8th and 9th innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock doubled, homered, and scored twice to lead the Hagerstown offense, which scored six times on just seven hits with a little help from six walks, a balk, and a Kannapolis error.