Nats Make Some Minor-League Signs

As noted yesterday, the latest BA transactions post—first in nearly two weeks—was published yesterday. Here are Washington’s signees:

• RHPs – Dustin Antolin, Derek Eitel
• LHPs – Yoan Aponte, Braulio Lara
• C’s – Brian Jeroloman, Adderling Ruiz
• 2B – Corban Joseph

Antolin, whose full name (Dustin Kamakana Mai Ku’u Makualani Antolin) makes for a difficult time at the DMV, Aponte and Eitel appear ticketed for Syracuse as inventory while little can be found on Aponte, which leads to the inference that he’s low-tier IFA.

Jeroloman and Ruiz are re-signs and will likely continue in their roles as player and player-coach, respectively. Jospeh spent 2016 with the Orioles organization as a stopgap at AA and AAA and will likely do the same for the Nationals in 2017

Nationals Trade Pedro Avila for Derek Norris

Derek Norris for NPPAs semi-predicted in the penultimate post, the Nats have begun the plug holes via the trade route with the acquisition of former farmhand C Derek Norris from San Diego for RHP Pedro Avila.

Norris, who was traded away nearly five years ago to Oakland, will most likely split time with Jose Lobaton while Pedro Severino becomes trade bait or insurance, given his age and option status.

Avila, 19, rose quickly through the Nationals farm system making the jump from the DSL in 2015 to Low-A in 2016. He went 5-5 with 2.91 ERA in the first half, but 2-2, 4.18 in the second half, which is not uncommon for young pitchers in their first full season. The Venezueln teenager had been rated as the #23 prospect in the most recent listing by the MLB.com.

Offseason Update: Sept. 27, 2016

Fallball2014A few news items to pass along “out of cycle”…

NATS TRADE BOSTICK
To the chagrin of some, the Nats did indeed trade Christopher Bostick, but to the Pirates, not the A’s. As the scouting report in the linked story indicates, the selection of a light-hitting, defensively challenged catcher seems rather odd, given the glut of the latter in the system right now.

TWO NATS MAKE THE BA TOP 20 PROSPECTS FOR THE GCL
As expected, Juan Soto – GCL MVP – made the list at #3 as did Carter Kieboom, the Nats’ 2016 1st Rd. pick, at #14. A tidbit from the BA chat:

Dan (Western MD): Might Juan Soto begin next year in Hagerstown? How does his development compare to Robles at the same stage?

Ben Badler: Yes, he almost certainly will start in the South Atlantic League next year. He’s a completely different player than Robles though. Soto is a more polished hitter than Robles was at the same age, both in terms of his swing and his approach, but he’s just an ordinary athlete at best on a corner, while Robles is one of the best athletes in the game with premium tools outside of the batter’s box.

MATT SKOLE NAMED MiLB GOLD GLOVER
The folks at Rawlings did little to diminish the perception that defensive awards are offensive awards in disguise [insert Rafael Palmeiro reference here] as Matt Skole was among the nine named for 2016. He joins Steve Lombardozzi and Taylor Hill as previous honorees. (In fairness, it’s possible he’s developed more range and quicker footspeed, but I can’t recall anyone else who has at that age/size/weight in 11 seasons I’ve been following the Nats minor-leaguers).

TRANSACTION STUFF
• Released – RHP John Feliz, SS Luis Rengel
• Re-signed – RHP Mark Blackmar, Jaron Long, and RHP Andrew Robinson

No surprises here: three veterans re-upping, two DSL guys who’ve been MIA since 2015 and 2014 (respectively).

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-5 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-3 END OF SEASON N/A

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Ross 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Voth (L, 7-9) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 5BB, 7K
• Solano 2-3, 3RBI
• N. Soto 3-5, R
• Martinson 2-5, 2R

Syracuse secured the worst record in the I.L. with a 4-3 loss in 10 innings to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the season finale. MLB Rehab Joe Ross went the first three frames, giving up a run on a home run and three hits total over the first three innings. Austin Voth followed and took the loss, pitching the final six and 2/3rds and charged with three runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks (two intentional) while striking out seven. Jhonatan Solano drove in all three Chiefs runs while Neftali Solo singled three times to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster moves: IF Wilmer Difo reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 5 Hartford 4
• J. Martin 8IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K; 0-1, 2SAC
• Ross (W, 5-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 4-5, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• A. Sanchez 3-4, 2R
• Marmolejos 3-5, RBI

The Sens rallied for three in the 9th for a 5-4 walkoff win against the Yard Goats. Alas, it was too little, too late as Altoona beat out Harrisburg by one game for the playoffs. J.D. Martin replaced Erick Fedde and went the first eight innings, giving up all four Hartford runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Greg Ross got the “W” with a scoreless 9th. The Sens singled six times in seven at-bats in the final frame with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos driving in the deciding run on his third single of the afternoon. Rafael Bautista led the hit parade with three singles and a double, finishing September with a 15-for-36 flourish. Roster Moves: RHP J.D. Martin reassigned from Potomac, IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 1
• Mayberry (W, 4-4) 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Mendez (H, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davidson 2-4, R, RBI
• Robles 3-4

Potomac won its third second-half title in four seasons behind a masterful outing by Whit Mayberry on a Monday Afternoon in Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHPs Wirkin Estevez, Dakota Bacus activated from the 7-Day DL; C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Hagerstown; C Jake Lowery placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Hagerstown 9 Asheville 5
• Borne (W, 5-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Wiseman 4-5, R, 2RBI
• Noll 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Reetz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Suns battered Tourist pitchers for 19 hit as they took the season finale, 9-5. Grant Borne won his fifth game with five innings of one-run ball on five hits and no walks while striking out five. Beers were on Angelo La Bruna as the only Hagerstown batter to go hitless with Jake Noll and Rhett Wiseman leading the attack with eight hits, three runs, and three RBI combined.

Batavia 4 Auburn 3
• Sharp 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Ramirez (L, 4-3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• J. Soto 2-4, R, 2B, E(2)
• Ripken 2-4, 2B, RBI

Auburn completed its 0-for-September with its seventh straight loss, 4-3 to Batavia. ABC News 5 Anchorman Sterling Sharp got the callup from the GCL to make one more start and let in three runs on six hits and no walks over five innings for a no-decision. Yonathan Ramirez gave up the deciding run in the 7th to take the loss, his third. Juan Soto and Ryan Ripken both singled and doubled to lead the Doubledays offense, which managed nine hits but was 0-for-7 with RISP. Roster move: RHP Sterling Sharp reassigned from the GCL.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Scranton/WB,
12:05 p.m.
J. Ross (0-2, 3.48) vs.
Bleier (2-3, 3.61)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Hartford,
1:30 p.m.
Fedde (2-1, 3.99) vs.
Howard (5-6, 4.10)
Potomac Lost, 11-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
J. Martin (1-2, 5.96) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 10-5 @ Asheville,
2:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-2, 2.81) vs.
Johnson (7-4, 4.23)
Auburn Lost, 1-0;
Lost, 6-5
@ Batavia,
1:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 4
• Laffey 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Self (BS, 1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2BB, 0K
• DeFratus (L, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• den Dekker 2-5, R, RBI
• Ramsey 3-4, 2RBI

The RailRiders scored twice in the 8th and once in the 9th to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 win over the Chiefs. Aaron Laffey got the start and turned in five innings of two-run ball on five hits, including a two-run HR in the 2nd. He walked none and struck out five. Derek Self was pushed an inning too far as he blew the save in his third inning of work with two runs let in. Justin DeFratus coughed up the gamewinner in the 9th on a hit and two walks. Tablesetters Matt den Dekker and Caleb Ramsey combined for five of the ten Syracuse hits. Roster moves: RHP Reynaldo Lopez recalled to Washington; RHP Russell Harmening, LHP David Ramos reassigned from Auburn.

Harrisburg 6 Hartford 3
• Valdez (W, 6-4) 7+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, BB
• Stevenson 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI, CS
• Bautista 2-5, R, 3B, SB(55), CS

Harrisburg scored in each of the first four innings while doubling up Hartford, 6-3. Phillips Valdez pitched into the 8th for the fourth straight start, and earned his sixth win (12th overall) with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Nick Lee and Mitch Lively divvied up the 8th to each earn a hold while Rober Benincasa worked around a one-out single to get his third save. Andrew Stevenson and Adrian Sanchez both reached base three times to pace the Sens’ 11-hit, four-walk offense. Thanks to a third straight loss by the Curve, the Senators were not eliminated from the playoffs but need to win again while Altoona loses again to become the E.L. West wildcard.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 4
• Williams (L, 4-6) ⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 0K, HR, HBP
• Sanchez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Davidson 2-3, 2-2B, 2R, BB
• Robles 2-4, 2B

Mario Sanchez turned in six strong innings of pitching with two runs allowed on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The problem is that it came in relief after the P-Nats dug themselves into a 9-2 hole en route to a third straight loss to the Pelicans, 11-4. Austen Williams hit the 40-pitch-in-one-inning limit in the 1st as he retired just two of eight batters faced, giving up six runs on four hits and a walk and hitting a batter. Austin Davidson doubled twice and scored twice while Victor Robles singled and doubled to lead the Potomac offense. Playoff update: The Hillcats lost yet again to the Red Sox, 5-4 in 12 innings, to keep the P-Nats’ hopes of a 2nd half title alive.

Hagerstown 10 Asheville 5
• Baez (W, 9-7) 6IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, HBP, 4WP
• Held (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Sagdal 4-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 4-5, R, RBI
• Noll 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown put up five in the 4th and four in the 8th as they outslugged Asheville, 10-5. Joan Baez managed to give up four runs on three hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out none while winning his ninth game. Sam Held closed it out with one run over the last three innings for the save. Ian Sagdal and Grant DeBruin both went 4-for-5 while and Jake Noll both homered as the Suns pounded out 16 hits total.

Batavia 1 Auburn 0 – COMP.
• Dunning (L, 1-2) 9IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• J. Soto 1-3
• Dulin 1-3, 3B, BB

Dane Dunning picked up where he left off 22 days ago and threw another six innings for a complete-game, 1-0 Doubledays’ loss to the Muckdogs. Dalton Dulin was the only Auburn batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk as Batavia’s Sam Perez held the Doubledays to just three hits over seven innings of “relief.”

Batavia 6 Auburn 5 – GAME TWO
• Fuentes 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Mooney (L, 0-2) ⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• J. Soto 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• A. Martinez 0-1, BB, 2HBP
• 1-for-16 RISP; 11 LOB

Batavia did all it could to give it away with six errors, but Auburn insisted on being a good guest by blowing a 5-1 lead in the 7th and final inning for a 6-5 walkoff loss. Steven Fuentes tossed four scoreless innings to start, while Hayden Howard followed with an unearned run over the next two innings. Kevin Mooney retired just one of seven batters faced in the final frame as he was lit up for five runs on four hits and two walks for his second loss.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Scranton/WB,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (6-6, 3.83) vs.
Wotherspoon (2-0, 1.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2;
Won, 3-0
vs. Hartford,
1:30 p.m.
Valdez (5-4, 4.69) vs.
Jemiola (8-9, 4.27)
Potomac Lost, 5-4
(14 inn.)
vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Williams (4-5, 4.75) vs.
Pugliese (6-5, 3.87)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (8-7, 3.91) vs.
Palacios (1-5, 5.92)
Auburn Lost, 5-0 @ Batavia,
4:05 p.m.
Dunning (3-1, 2.36) and
Fuentes (2-1, 3.97) vs.
TBD and TBD

Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 1
• Hill (L, 6-13) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• E. Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Collier 1-3, BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4

Syracuse broke up the shutout in the 6th but couldn’t draw to a tie, losing the series finale to Pawatucket, 2-1. Taylor Hill let in both PawSox runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings but lost for the organization-leading 13th time. Jason Martinson’s RBI double accounted for the lone tally as the Chiefs were a woeful 1-for-10 with RISP. Steve Lombardozzi led the hit column with two singles. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker outrighted from Washington.

Hartford 3 Harrisburg 2 – GAME ONE
• Mapes (L, 12-10) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP
• Bautista 4-4, R, SB

Tyler Mapes went the distance in the opener for the Sens but the offense couldn’t do their part in a 3-2 loss in the opener. Mapes gave up eight hits and two walks and hit a batter while fanning one as he lost for the tenth time. Rafael Bautista singled four times, scored a run, and stole a base, but the rest of the line up mustered just three hits and a walk.

Harrisburg 3 Hartford 0 – GAME TWO
• Simms (W, 8-5) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP; 0-0, 2BB
• Suero (SV, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Rickles 2-3, R, HR, RBI

John Simms and Wander Suero cobmined on six-hit shutout to split the doubleheader with a 3-0 win for the Senators. Simms went the first five and allowed four hits and hit a batter while striking out four to win his eighth decision. Suero worked around two singles in the 6th then set the side down in order in the 7th for his fourth save. Adrian Sanchez doubled twice, drove in a run, and scored a run while Nick Rickles singled and homered to lead the Harrisburg attack. Playoff update: Akron also won to push Harrisburg to the brink of elimination; the RubberDucks must lose twice and the Senators must win twice to make the playoffs.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 4 (14 inn.)
• Crownover 6IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Thomas 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Orlan (L, 5-6) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 2WP
• Read 3-7, 2B, RBI, PB(19)
• Mejia 3-6, R

Potomac got a ton of solid pitching and a pound of adequate catching as they gave away this one in 14 innings, 5-4. A passed ball in the 6th let in the tying run after the P-Nats battled back from 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead. In the 14th, a wild pitch took away the double play and allowed the winning run to get to 3rd with just one out. R.C. Orlan took the loss as he gave up the final Pelicans run on two singles and no walks. Matt Crownover recovered from a three-run HR in the 1st to turn in six strong innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out nine. Raudy Read and Bryan Mejia both had three hits to pace the P-Nats attack. Playoff update: Lynchburg lost again to Mills Cup favorite Salem, 9-3, to preserve the first-place tie in the C.L. North.

Asheville 5 Hagerstown 2
• Watson (L, 1-1) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Bourque 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Beckwith 2-4, 2-2B
• Reetz 2-4

The Tourists burned the Suns for four runs in the middle innings for 5-2 win. Tyler Watson suffered the loss with four runs allowed on nine hits and two walks over five innings. Tyler Beckwith doubled twice, Jakson Reetz singled twice, and Rhett Wiseman homered to lead the eight-hit, no-walk offensive effort.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 0
• W. Davis (L, 3-6) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Ortiz 1-3, BB

Three West Virginia pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout to complete the three-game sweep of Auburn with a 5-0 win. Weston Davis dropped his sixth game while tossing five innings of two-run ball on five hits and two walks. He struck out four. Oliver Ortiz broke up the no-hitter with two out in the 4th and drew one of the four Doubledays’ walks.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0
(10 inn.)
@ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Hill (6-12, 4.75) vs.
O’Sullivan (8-6, 4.14)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3
(13 inn.)
vs. Hartford,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (7-5, 3.49) and
Mapes (12-9, 3.16) vs.
Burke (0-0, 2.89) and
Wade (1-3, 5.20)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (4-4, 4.27) vs.
Leal (10-4, 2.98)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Asheville,
6:05 p.m.
Watson (1-0, 3.60) vs.
Killian (11-6, 3.94)
Auburn Lost, 7-4 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (3-5, 2.57) vs. TBD

Syracuse 1 Pawtucket 0 (10 inn.)
• Giolito 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• DeFratus (W, 2-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Collier 0-3, R, BB, SB
• Bostick 1-4, RBI

Lucas Giolito went a career-high eight shutout innings, combining with two relievers for the Chiefs’ three-hit, ten-inning shutout of the PawSox, 1-0. The 22-y.o. walked one and struck out five while giving up a single and a double. Justin DeFratus and Derek Self each turned in a goose egg to earn the win and save respectively. Zach Collier drew a leadoff walk in the 10th, stole second, took third on groundout to second, and scored on Chirstopher Bostick’s RBI single for the fifth and final hit by Syracuse on the night. Roster moves: RHP Mat Latos, LHP Sean Burnett added to 40-man roster; OF Matt den Dekker designated for assignment; Washington recalled – LHPs Burnett, Matt Grace, RHPs Latos, Trevor Gott, Rafael Martin, C Pedro Severino, OF Brian Goodwin; IF Khayyan Norfork, C Brian Jeroloman, RHP Derek Self reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 4 Hartford 3 (13 inn.)
• Brady 7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Runion (W, 2-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K; SAC
• Difo 3-6, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R, 2BB, SB

Harrisburg finally cashed in on its numerous chances to score in extras to walk off in 13, 4-3 and keep pace with Akron, which took both ends of a twinbill from Bowie. Michael Brady got the start and gave up all three Yard Goat runs on six hits and a walk while fanning eight over seven innings. The win went to Sam Runion, who combined with Nick Lee and Andrew Robinson for six scoreless innings of relief. Stephen Perez and Spencer Kieboom both walked to lead off the 13th, were moved up 90′ with a sacrifice bunt by Runion, and Perez scored on Rafael Bautista’s RBI single. Roster moves: RHP Michael Brady, C Spencer Kieboom activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 1
• Silvestre 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Pantoja (BS, 3) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Holland (L, 1-4) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Robles 3-4, R, 2SB
• Page 1-3, E

The P-Nats and Pelicans matched up in a pitcher’s duel with the C.L. South leader edging the C.L. North, 2-1. Hector Silvestre got the start but struggled with his command, issuing four walks over five scoreless innings, though he gave up just two hits. The loss went to Neil Holland who gave up a one-out double that came around to score when Matt Page cricket-wicketed the would-be third out of the 8th. Victor Robles singled three times, stole two bags, and scored the lone run but the rest of the team managed just two hits and a walk. Lynchburg also lost, keeping the two teams in a tie for first place.

Asheville 8 Hagerstown 2
• Guilbeau (W, 5-2) 5⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• Johansen (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP, 2-0 IR-S
• Noll 2-4, R, RBI
• Wiseman 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown put up three in the 5th and cruised to a 5-1 win over Asheville. Taylor Guilbeau pitched into the 6th for his sixth straight start, giving up the lone Tourist run on five hits and three walks while striking out seven for his fifth win. Jake Johansen stranded two runners for Guilbeau then pitched two more scoreless innings to earn the hold. The Suns collected 11 hits total, with Rhett Wiseman leading the charge with a single and his 12th HR while driving in two.

West Virginia 7 Auburn 4
• Bogucki (L, 0-6) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K
• Pirro 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• J. Soto 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Banks 2-3, R, 2BB

The Black Bears mauled A.J. Bogucki for six runs over the first four innings and went on to a 7-4 win over the Doubledays in Game Two of the three-game series. Bogucki walked three and surrendered seven hits while losing for the sixth time in 12 appearances. Juan Soto and Nick Banks both went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks to pace the Auburn offense.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-2, 2.76) vs.
Elias (10-5, 3.78)
Harrisburg Won, 8-6 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:00 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 3.38) vs.
Underwood (C.L. debut)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-2 @ Asheville,
6:35 p.m.
Guilbeau (4-2, 3.72) vs.
Tinoco (3-7, 5.83)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-5, 7.66) vs.
Beddes (5-3, 2.48)

Syracuse 2 Pawtucket 1
• Espino (W, 8-11) 8IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 8K
• R. Martin (S, 22) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 3-4, R, RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Paolo Espino turned in eight strong innings and Rafael Martin didn’t blow the save as Syracuse edged Pawtucket, 2-1. Espino let in one unearned run on four hits and two walks while fanning eight to tie A.J. Cole for the team lead in wins with eight. Martin tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 22nd save. Matt Skole singled and homered while Steve Lombardozzi went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Chiefs’ offense.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 6
• Blackmar (W, 4-5) 7+ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Benincasa (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Jeroloman 3-5, R, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-5, 2R, 3B, 2RBI

The Sens put up crooked numbers in three straight innings to win an 8-6 slugfest versus the BaySox. Mark Blackmar pitched into the 8th and was charged with five runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three to win his fourth AA game. Robert Benincasa let in one of two inherited runners in the 8th but earned the hold while Mitch Lively was credited with the save in the 9th for preserving the lead despite giving up a run. Brian Jeroloman singled three times while Shawn Pleffner doubled twice to lead the Harrisburg hit parade.
The RubberDucks fell to the Seawolves again and now lead the Sens in the loss column by just one game.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1
• Whiting (W, 11-3) 6⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Drew 1-1, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB
• Abreu 1-3, BB, RBI, CS(10)

Rehabbing Steven Drew doubled in two (hey, that rhymes!) to lead Potomac to a 3-1 victory that, coupled with a Lynchburg loss, put the P-Nats back in a first place tie in the C.L. North. Boone Whiting pitched into the seventh for the ninth time in 23 starts, giving up the lone Frederick run on five hits and a walk while striking out four to earn his team-leading 11th win. Robert Orlan and Mario Sanchez both recorded four outs to close out the game and earn the hold and save, respectively. Raudy Read led off the 5th with a triple and Osvaldo Abreu followed with a single to account for the third Potomac run. The P-Nats managed just four hits total, but drew seven walks. Roster moves: IF Stephen Drew assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; OF Alec Keller placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Hagerstown.

Charleston 8 Hagerstown 2
• Rodriguez (L, 7-11) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 7R, 7ER, 7BB, 0K
• VanVossen 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• La Bruna 2-4, R, CS
• Wiseman 2-4

The RiverDogs jumped on Jefry Rodriguez for seven runs in the first two innings to cruise to an 8-2 win over the Suns in the series finale. Rodriguez walked seven and gave up four hits over just an inning and 2/3rds to lose his 11th game. Angelo La Bruna and Rhett Wiseman both went 2-for-4 to pace the Hagerstown offense. Roster move: OF Telmito Agustin activated from the 7-Day DL.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 2
• Mills (L, 4-5) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K, HR(GS)
• Mooney 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• J. Soto 2-4, RBI
• Ortiz 1-4, R, 2B

West Virginia’s Albert Baur smacked a grand slam in the 6th to snap a 2-2 tie and Auburn had no answer, losing 6-2. McKenzie Mills gave up the gamewinner with one out in the 6th and was charged with all six BlackBear runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks while fanning five. Juan Soto picked up where he left off in the GCL and singled twice and drove in one to lead the Doubleday offense. Roster move: OF Juan Soto promoted from the GCL.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
J. Ross (0-2, 4.15) vs.
Berrios (10-5, 2.44)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (2-1, 4.63) vs.
Barker (5-6, 4.43)
Potomac Lost, 17-10 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Martin (0-2, 6.00) vs.
Romero (6-4, 6.16)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0 @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 1.64) vs.
Cedeno (7-9, 3.83)
Auburn Won, 5-0 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Acevedo (2-4, 3.27) vs.
H. Gonzalez (6-2, 1.57)

Abbreviated writeups until I get back up to speed…
Rochester 5 Syracuse 1
• Lopez (L, 2-2) 7IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Severino 2-4, R
• Collier 1-2, 2B, 2BB

Syracuse coughed up HR’s in the 7th and 8th innings to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-1 loss in the series opener against Rochester.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Valdez (W, 5-4) 7⅔ IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Robinson (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ballou 2-3, 2R, BB
• Bautista 2-4, BB, RBI, SB

The Sens got back in the win column with a 3-1 triumph, highlighted by Philips Valdez pitching into the 8th for the second straight start to win his 5th AA decision. Unfortunately, the RubberDucks won to keep pace and remain 2½ games ahead for the E.L. West wildcard.

Frederick 17 Potomac 10
• Williams 3⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holland (L, 1-3) ⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 2-4, R, HR, BB, 4RBI
• Robles 2-4, 2R
• Davidson 2-5, R

Frederick eviscerated the Potomac ‘pen for 11 runs, including eight in the 8th, to win a 17-10 slugfest and stave off playoff elimination. The P-Nats also blew a chance to climb back into a first-place tie in the C.L. North with the Hillcats, who lost 1-0 in 11 innings to the C.L. South-leading Pelicans.

Hagerstown 2 Charleston 0
• Baez (W, 8-7) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Borne (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Peterson (S, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three Suns pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of the RiverDogs, making Rhett Wiseman’s two-out, two-run HR in the 1st stand up for a 2-0 win, their fourth straight. Hagerstown’s first-round opponent, the Lakewood BlueClaws, also won to clinch a playoff spot and lower its magic number to win the second half to four with six games to play. Roster move: CF Blake Perkins promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 5 Brooklyn 0
• Ramirez (W, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP, HBP
• Simonds 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Johnson 3-4, R, 3SB (9,10,11)
• Panaccione 3-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Banks 2-5, RBI

Four Auburn pitchers combined to blank Brooklyn on seven hits for a 5-0 win to even the series at 1-1.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (7-11, 3.48) vs.
Hurlbut (0-1, 2.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-5 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (4-4, 5.05) vs.
Means (4-6, 4.70)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (4-5, 4.32) vs.
Richardson (4-6, 4.11)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Vargas (10-6, 2.66)
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ Brooklyn,
5:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-2, 4.29) vs.
Dunn (1-1, 1.50)

Abbreviated writeups until I get back up to speed…
Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 6-12) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Grace 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Martin ⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B

Rafael Martin retired just one of eight batters faced as he turned a 4-3 deficit into a 9-3 smackdown to guide the Chiefs to a 3-1 series loss to the PawSox. Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito optioned from Washington; CF Michael Taylor recalled to Washington.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Mapes (L, 12-9) 5IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Ross 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, 2R, RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-4, R
• Perez 0-1, 3BB, SB(10)

Harrisburg rallied for five in the 9th, but left the tying run at second as they dropped the series opener to Bowie, 7-6. The loss dropped the Sens to 2½ games behind the RubberDucks for the E.L. West wildcard. Roster move: 3B Drew Ward placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to Aug. 26.

Potomac – OFF DAY
The P-Nats can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight against the Keys. The real race is for the 2nd half title, which would give Potomac a home game in the C.L. North Divisional series. Otherwise, the entire series will be played in Lynchburg. The P-Nats trail the Hillcats by one game with seven games left in the regular season.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Unlike the Carolina League, there is no advantage to winning both halves in the South Atlantic League; the 1st Half winner hosts Games 2 and (if necessary) 3 of the first round while the 2nd Half winner or wildcard hosts Game One. Thus, Hagerstown will be on the road until next Friday as they play three in Charleston, four in Asheville and (barring an epic collapse) Game One in Lakewood.

Auburn 4 Brooklyn 3
• Dunning (W, 3-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• D. Ramos (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-3, R
• Dulin 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

The Doubledays won the opener of their series against the Cyclones, 4-3, with 2016 1st Rd. pick Dane Dunning winning his third game with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out five.