Catching up on Transactions

Catching Up On Transactions
After some April Fools fun, it’s time to cleanse the palate and take a look at the latest transactions (all releases, unfortunately):

SYRACUSE
• Released 3B Zach Cox
• Released RHP P.J. Walters
• Released 1B Marquez Smith

HARRISBURG
• Released LF Randolph Oduber
• Released C Craig Manuel

HAGERSTOWN
• Released 2B Conor Keniry

AUBURN
• Released 2B Melvin Rodriguez

GCL NATIONALS
• Released LF Philip Diedrick

Maybe it’s me, it seems like there are lot more releases this year. I’d like to think that perhaps the slow boat to China facade of extended spring training has fallen out of favor, but I could be proven wrong in a day or two when the rosters are announced.

So Long, Boys (UPDATED)

So Long
While I’m sure many of you heard by now that Lucas Giolito was reassigned to minor-league camp – along with Erik Davis, Burke Badenhop, and Michael Brady – our resident keeper of The Big Board, Springfield Fan, alerted me to a set of releases that happened last week (H/T as always):

  • RHP Justin Amlung (Hagerstown)
  • RHP Calvin Copping (GCL)
  • RHP Ian Dickson (Potomac)
  • RHP Brian Dupra (Harrisburg)
  • RHP Scott McGregor (Syracuse)
  • RHP Drew Van Orden (Hagerstown)
  • LHP Darin Gorski (Offseason pickup)
  • LHP David Napoli (Hagerstown)
  • LHP Jake Walsh (Potomac)
  • C Zach Wright (Potomac)

No real surprises here. These are the proverbial “other shoe(s)” to drop for the minor league free agents that were signed during the offseason. Let’s not forget that for some, if not most, of these guys this means their days as a professional baseball player are over.

UPDATE
As noted in the comments, several more cuts have been posted on MiLB.com:

  • UT Ricky Hague (Syracuse)
  • RHP Jon Velasquez (Offseason pickup)
  • IF Reegie Corona (Harrisburg)
  • OF Estarlin Martinez (Potomac)
  • RHP Deion Williams (Hagerstown)
  • RHP Adam Boghosian (Auburn)
  • RHP Kida De La Cruz (GCL)

It’s always embarrassing when a watchlist player gets released (Martinez), especially in spring training, but it’s still a mild surprise because he had just turned 24 (March 8). The saga of the lone HS bat signed in 2011 (Williams; converted to RHP in 2012) also comes to a close, as does a couple of pitchers from the past two drafts (De La Cruz, 2014; Boghosian, 2015).

Transaction Update

Transactions for NPP 2
We finally made it to March. Spring Training games start tomorrow. But first, let’s take care of some housekeeping with a look at the transactions from the past two weeks, as reported by Baseball America:

• Signed RHPs Burke Bandenhop, Matt Belisle, J.C. Gutierrez, and Connor Porter
• Released C Edward Trejos

Bandenhop and Belisle are the prototpyical veteran signs who are in camp for a look-see as the big club – like all do this time of year – looks to shuffle and solidify the bullpen. Neither has spent significant time in the minors in the past five seasons.

Gutierrez is a re-sign, having made nine appearances for Syracuse last August and September. Gutierrez last appeared in the MLB during the 2014 season.

Porter has the kind of stats and specs that scream “project” – a 54.00 ERA and 6.00 WHIP in one (1) appearance in the Frontier League in 2015 and a 4.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP in 29 appearances in the 2013 and 2014 seasons for the University of Memphis. The 22-y.o. is listed at 6’8″ and 202 lbs.

Trejos appeared in just 29 games as a 17- and 18-y.o. backup catcher for the DSL and GCL Nationals and posted a career OPS of just .613.

Nats Make a few Minor-League Signs

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As some have already noted in the comments, there’s finally some movement on the transaction front with the Nationals signing two career minor-leaguers and a former major-leaguer to a minor-league contract.

First, the guys we might see this summer:

• LHP Robert Fish – Hasn’t pitched since 2013. While he’s already succumbed to Nationals elbow (2012), the inference that he’s had another round would certainly be logical, but there’s little to found on the southpaw since his release.

• C Nick Rickles – Released in October by Oakland after a lackluster 2015 spent at three levels, but mostly at High-A. He missed all of 2014 with a torn labrum.

Both would seem to be look-see candidates with only a small chance of sticking, which should be obvious given the lateness of the offseason; most guys signed this late are released within 6-8 weeks.

The former major-leaguer is Brendan Ryan, who was also given a non-roster invite and will compete for a bench job as a utilityman and, if he loses, will look to hook on elsewhere.

Catching up on Transactions

Catching Up On Transactions
Things have been slow, but with the Baseball America transaction post earlier this week, we have some stuff to discuss:

SIGNED
• RHP Boone Whiting

RELEASED
• RHP Andrew Cooper
• RHP Sam Johns
• RHP 2B Thomas Alvarez
• RHP OF Wilman Rodriguez

OUTRIGHTED TO AAA
• RHP Erik Davis
• RHP Taylor Hill

Whiting would appear to be in the mold of other AAA/AA inventory, but *gasp* not a former Arizona draft pick. He struggled in two stops at AAA, going 0-2 with an 7.77/7.10/2.32 line in seven appearances for Mempis; 4-7, 1 SV and 6.04/5.78/1.82 in 22 appearances for Colorado Springs.

Cooper’s release is a mild surprise, given he turns 24 in June and wasn’t terrible (3.53/3.63/1.40) for the Suns last summer. Johns and Rodriguez appear to be classic cases of aging out (both will turn 25 by mid-July). Alvarez, who at one point was the youngest American-born farmhand in the Nats system, looks like he simply hit his ceiling as he struggled to produce a line of .204/.332/.284 in 151 games over four seasons in the DSL and GCL.

Monday’s News & Notes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Lail (3-2, 3.71) vs.
Hill (3-10, 5.19)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Bates (6-5, 4.19) vs.
Brown (1-3, 3.86)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 2.47) vs.
Buttrey (8-9, 3.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (6-4, 3.75) vs.
Blewett (3-5, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 5-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-2, 3.91) vs.
Squier (5-2, 3.69)


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 1
• McGregor (L, 6-6) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Harper 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Sizemore 2-4, R
• Ballou 2-4, 2B, RBI

Syracuse closed out its road scheduled with a 4-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. Scott McGregor got the nod in place of A.J. Cole and was knocked for two runs on five hits and a walk over four innings to lose his sixth game. Dakota Bacus made his AAA debut but was dinged for a two-run homer in the 5th. Isaac Ballou and Scott Sizemore both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 4
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Corona 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Vettleson 1-2, 2RBI, 2BB, SB
• Difo 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

Lucas Giolito finished up his 2015 campaign with six innings of four-run ball as the Sens beat the ‘Ducks, 7-4. Washington’s top prospect allowed seven hits, including a HR in the 6th, walked one and struck out four to finish with a mark of 4-2 for Harrisburg, 7-7 overall with a combined pitcher’s line of 3.15/2.58/1.28 with 6HR, 37BB, 131K in 117IP. Nick Lee, Gilberto Mendez, and Paul Demny each turned in a scoreless frame to earn the hold(s) and save, respectively. Reegie Corona walked twice, scored twice, and smacked a HR top lead the Harrisburg offense, which drew eight walks total.
Roster move: RHP Tanner Roark recalled to Washington.

Salem 6 Potomac 3
• Howell (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 5BB, 1K, HR, BK
• Walsh 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Mesa 2-4, R
• Read 2-4

Salem scored six times in the 2nd and cruised to a 6-3 win over Potomac in the series opener. Jeff Howell gave up all six runs on five walks and three hits over an inning and 2/3rds to lose for the second time for the P-Nats. Jake Walsh and Derek Self both turned in three and 2/3rds scoreless innings to give the offense a chance to catch up, but the offense could only muster three runs on ten hits and two walks. Narciso Mesa and Raudy Read accounted for four of those hits, each going 2-for-4.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 4
• Amlung (L, 3-4) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• Napoli 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Abreu 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Hagerstown stranded 12 runners, five in the final three innings, as they were edged by Lexington, 5-4 in game two of the five-game series. Justin Amlung let in all five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in his fourth Low-A loss. David Napoli walked two in two scoreless innings of relief. Osvaldo Abreu and Wilman Rodriguez both homered as the Suns pounded out 11 hits and drew six walks in the loss.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 1
• Valerio (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Van Vossen (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Kerian 2-4, 2B
• Schrock 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

The Doubledays scored all five runs in the first four innings as they took the game, 5-1, and the series, 2-1 from the Scrappers. Maximo Valerio spun five scoreless innings for his second NYPL win, with two hits and one walk allowed and four K’s. Mick Van Vossen lost the shutout in the 8th but earned the hold, his second for Auburn. Kelvin Gutierrez and David Kerian both went 2-for-4 with a double as the offense registered 11 hits total.


Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won 2-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (6-5, 4.02) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-2, 3.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (3-2, 3.48) vs.
von Schamman (1-2, 7.40)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (1-1, 2.45) vs.
Ball (8-3, 4.85)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (3-3, 3.88) vs.
Tenuta (2-6, 4.14)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Valerio (1-0, 4.15) vs.
Robinson (2-3, 2.93)


Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1
• Bleier 7⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Runion (BS, 2; W, 2-3) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• J.C. Gutierrez (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, BB

A two-out walk and a stolen base by Isaac Ballou followed by an error led to the deciding run in the top of the 9th as Syracuse edged Lehigh Valley, 2-1. The miscue made a winner out of Sam Runion, who blew a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th. J.C. Gutierrez struck out the side in the 9th for his fourth save. Richard Bleier started and pitched into the 8th with six hits and one walk allowed over seven and a 1/3rd innings. Emmanuel Burriss singled and doubled and scored the first Chiefs run to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus, OF Isaac Ballou reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 2
• Simms (L, 2-3) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SB
• A. Sanchez 2-4, 2B, SB

Richmond posted a picket fence across four innings as they doubled up Harrisburg, 4-2. John Simms started and turned in a quality start of three run on seven hits over seven innings, but lost his third AA game. Wilmer Difo, Christopher Bostick, Adrian Sanchez, and Derrick Robinson each had two hits as the Senators racked up nine total while drawing two walks and stealing four bases.
Roster moves: RHP John Simms activated from the 3-Day TIL; IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 2
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Thomas (W, 1-6) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Wright 1-1, R, 2BB

Grant DeBruin’s two-out, three-run homer was the difference as Potomac took the game, 4-2 and the series, 2-1 from Myrtle Beach. The Earl Weaver special made a winner out of Justin Thomas for the first time in 2015. Thomas pitched two scoreless innings in relief of fellow southpaw Matt Spann, who started and tossed six innings of two-run ball with four hits, two walks and five whiffs. Phillips Valdez struck out the side in the 9th for his fifth save. Zach Wright was the sole P-Nat to reach base multiple times as he singled once and walked twice in three PAs.
Roster move: IF-OF John Wooten activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 2
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• K. Perez (W, 1-3) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Gardner 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB, CS

A three-run 4th broke open a 1-0 game as the Suns debunked the Legends, 5-2 to get back to .500. Jefry Rodriguez started and turned in four scoreless innings with two hits and three walks allowed. He struck out four. The win went to Kevin Perez with one less inning and one more walk. Jeff Gardner walked, singled, and doubled and scored twice to pace the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.
Roster moves: OF Andrew Stevenson placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Jake Mayer activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 4
• Hearn 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Mooney (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• K. Gutierrez 3-4, 3RBI, E(21)
• Florentino 2-4, R, RBI

Auburn turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead that the ‘pen was able to hold for a 5-4 win over Mahoning Valley. Taylor Hearn gave up all four Scrappers runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in four innings. Kevin Mooney, Adam Boghosian, and Mariano Rivera III combined for five scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, hold, and save respectively. Kelvin Gutierrez singled three times and drove in three to lead the Doubledays’ ten-hit parade.
Despite the win, Auburn was eliminated from the NYPL playoffs.


Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (6-2, 2.93) vs.
Buchanan (4-2, 3.14)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (2-2, 4.50) vs.
Gage (2-3, 4.91)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (2-7, 4.66) vs.
Underwood (6-3, 2.63)
Hagerstown Won, 10-9 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-5, 7.45) vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 11-5 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-5, 3.92) vs.
Hentges (0-1, 20.25)


Syracuse 6 Buffalo 2
• Espino (W, 8-6) 6⅓ IP, 9H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• J.C. Gutierrez (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mastroianni 3-5, R, 2B, 4RBI, SB
• Burriss 2-5, RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, OF assist at HP

Syracuse rallied for four runs in the 8th and broke open a 2-1 game en route to a 6-2 win. Paolo Espino got the win with six and 2/3rds innings pitched and one run let in on nine hits and two walks. He struck out four. J.C. Gutierrez stranded two in the 8th and set the side down in order in the 9th for the save. Darin Mastroianni led the hit column with two singles and a double while driving in four as the Chiefs pounded out 13 hits total.
Roster moves: RHP Rafael Martin, LHP Matt Grace recalled to Washington; IF Mario Lisson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2
• Rauh (L, 2-5) 4IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Suero 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Manuel 1-3
• Goodwin 0-2, R, 2BB

The Flying Squirrels struck for three in the 3rd and made it stand up for a 3-2 win over the Senators. Brian Rauh gave up all three runs on three hits and a walk over four innings while striking out five for his fifth AA loss. Wander Suero and Abel De Los Santos combined for five scoreless innings of relief, but the offense was limited to four hits and three walks, two of which were drawn by Brian Goodwin.
The loss combined with a win by Bowie eliminated Harrisburg from the playoffs.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 2
• A. Williams (L, 4-5) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• M. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 2-4, BB, RBI
• Ward 2-4, RBI, E(28)

Austen Williams flirted with a no-hitter for five and 1/3rd innings but a three unearned runs in the 6th was his and Potomac’s undoing in a 4-2 loss to Myrtle Beach. Williams finished the sixth and gave up three hits and two walks while striking out two but lost his fifth game for the P-Nats. Rafael Bautista and Drew Ward both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the P-Nats outhit the Pelicans 9-5.

Hagerstown 10 Kannapolis 9
• Fedde 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Napoli (BS, 2; W, 7-5) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, WP, HBP
• W. Rodriguez 5-5, 3R, 2-2B, RBI, 2SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Stevenson 3-6, 3R, 2RBI

The Suns closed out their home schedule with a 10-9 walkoff against the Intimidators. Erick Fedde went the first five and gave up three runs on five hits, no walks, and struck out two. The (dreaded) blown-save-win went to David Napoli for coughing up two runs on two hits in the top of the 9th. Wilman Rodriguez scored the tying run after leading off the 9th with his fifth hit while D.K. Carey drew a bases-loaded walk to send in the gamewinner.
It’s five on the road in Lexington with a chance for .500 with three wins, a winning record with four.

Mahoning Valley 11 Auburn 5
• DeRosier (L, 0-1) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 4K
• K. Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, RBI
• Sagdal 2-5

Three runs in the 9th made this one look a lot closer than it was as the Doubledays were demolished by the Scrappers, 11-5. All three Auburn pitchers were scored upon, with starter Matt DeRosier taking the worst of it with six runs on seven hits over three innings. Kelvin Gutierrez, Victor Robles, and Ian Sagdal each went 2-for-5 as the Auburn offense registered 11 hits total.
The loss dropped Auburn’s tragic number for a wild-card slot to one with five games to play.


Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-1 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Espino (7-6, 3.39) vs.
Roach (2-4, 5.87)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Rauh (2-4, 5.34) vs.
C. Johnson (0-1, 7.27)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (4-4, 2.49) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 vs. Kannapolis,
1:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-2, 5.21) vs.
Lowry (12-7, 4.17)
Auburn Won, 8-4 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1st SS-A start of ’15) vs.
Esparza (3-0, 1.93)


Syracuse 7 Buffalo 1
• Jordan (W, 5-5) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Billings (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI, CS
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B

Matt Skole homered twice and Kevin Keyes went deep once as the Chiefs stampeded the Bisons, 7-1. Taylor Jordan bounced back from one of his worst outings to toss five scoreless innings with three hits and three walks allowed while striking out three to earn his fifth AAA win. Skole was 3-for-4 overall with four RBI while Keyes went 2-for-4 with two RBI as Syracuse collected 15 hits total.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 0
• Voth (W, 6-7) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bostick 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Goodwin 2-3, 3R, RBI

Three Harrisburg pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Richmond by a 4-0 score. Austin Voth went the first seven, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four to win his sixth game. Gilberto Mendez and Erik Davis put up goose eggs in the 8th and 9th innings respectively to preserve the shutout. Christopher Bostick singled, doubled, and homered and drove in two to lead the Senators hit column.
Roster moves: C Pedro Severino added to the 40-man roster, recalled to Washington; C Craig Manuel reassigned from Potomac. ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE – RHPs John Simms, Dakota Bacus, Abel De Los Santos, LHP Nick Lee, IF Wilmer Difo assigned to Salt River Rafters for 2015 season.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3
• Dickson 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1R, 8BB, 2K, 2WP, BK
• Walsh (W, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
• Norfork 1-4, SB(10)
• Ward 1-3, R, BB

The P-Nats somehow managed to issue 16 walks and still win, walking off in the 9th for a 4-3 victory. Ian Dickson gave up the first eight free passes in just three innings, but only gave up one run and one hit and struck out two. Walks also led to the Pelicans’ demise as they walked the bases loaded to start the last of the 9th. Brenden Webb singled to left to end the shutout, while Raudy Read and Stephen Perez had infield hits to plate the second and third runs. Webb then scored on a Rafael Bautista sacrifice fly for the gamewinner.
Roster move: C Raudy Read reassigned from Hagerstown. ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE – C Spencer Kieboom, 3B Drew Ward assigned to Salt River Rafters for 2015 season.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 0
• A. Lee 4⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Sanchez (W, 7-5) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Davidson 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, R
• Abreu 2-5, 2B

Hagerstown scored five times in the first four innings en route to a 6-0 shutout of Kannapolis. Andrew Lee started and struck out seven and walked one over four and 2/3rds innings. Mario Sanchez stranded two in the 5th and went three more innings to earn the “W.” Austin Davidson walked, singled, and homered and drove in two to lead the Suns offense.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Potomac. LEAGUE ALL-STAR – Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was named to the Sally League’s 2015 All-Star team.

Auburn 8 Williamsport 4
• Baez (W, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Johns (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Schrock 3-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Eusebio 3-5, 2B
• Agustin 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI

Auburn scored early and often for an 8-4 win over Williamsport. Joan Baez got the win with five innings of three-run ball, with five hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. Max Schrock, Diomedes Eusebio, and Telmito Agustin each went 3-for-5 with a double (Eusebio), triple (Agustin) and a homer (Schrock), scoring four and driving in four.