Aug 192015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-5, 3.69) vs.
Spruill (4-9, 4.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-2, 4.07) vs.
Clevinger (8-7, 2.91)
Potomac Won, 5-0;
Won, 4-2
@ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (2-2, 3.81) vs.
Fernandez (0-3, 8.78)
Hagerstown Won, 9-8 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (3-1, 3.08) vs.
Wiles (10-3, 2.65)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 2
• Bleier (W, 5-1) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, RBI
• Turner 2-5, SB, CS
• Skole 1-4, R, BB, 2RBI

Syracuse scored three in the 3rd and never looked back as they tripled up Pawtucket, 6-2. Richard Bleier got the win, his 13th between AA and AA, as he gave up both PawSox runs on five hits and no walk while striking out two over seven innings. Sammy Solis and Rafael Martin followed with a scoreless inning apiece in relief. Caleb Ramsey and Trea Turner both singled twice, with Turner stealing his 14th base and Ramsey driving in run to lead the Chiefs offense.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3
• Purke 1⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 1K, HBP
• Demny (L, 2-4) 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Corona 3-4
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

For the 10th time this season, the Senators lost on a walkoff hit as the RubberDucks took the series opener, 4-3. Matt Purke injured himself trying to run over to first on grounder to first and left with two outs in 1st. Dakota Bacus, Nick Lee, and Erik Davis combined for six and a 1/3rd innings of one-run relief. Meanwhile, the Harrisburg offense scored single runs in the 2nd, 5th, and 7th innings to tie the game at 3-3. Paul Demny suffered the loss when he gave up a leadoff single and a two-out RBI double in the 9th. The Sens collected 11 hits and stole five bases but were just 1-for-12 with RISP and hit into three double plays.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 0 — GAME ONE
• Lopez 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Dupra (W, 2-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, HBP
• Bautista 2-4, SB
• R. Johnson 2-3, R, HR, RBI

Two Potomac pitchers combined on a two-hit, 5-0 shutout of Wilmington. Reynaldo Lopez went the first three, giving up a two-out infield hit in the 3rd but walked none and fanned five. Brian Dupra earned the win with the final four innings pitched, one walk, one hit, one hit batsman, and four whiffs. Reed Johnson homered to give the P-Nats an early 1-0 lead while Rafael Bautista went 2-for-4 with a stolen base to lead the regulars.
According to the P-Nats gamer, Lopez tweaked something while fielding the infield hit. He threw some practice pitches and pitched to one more batter. Presumably, he was held back as a precaution.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 2 — GAME TWO
• Mapes (W, 4-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Self (SV, 1) 1P, 0H, R, ER, BB, K, 2WP
• Keller 2-3
• Norfork 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

In the nightcap, Khayyan Norfork’s two-run shot in the 4th broke open a 2-1 game as the P-Nats held on for a 4-2 win and swept the doubleheader. Tyler Mapes got the win with six innings pitched, allowing one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five. Derek Self allowed a run in the 7th on a walk, two wild pitches, and an groundout to second to register the save. Alec Keller led the hit column with a 2-for-3 game.

Hagerstown 9 Hickory 8
• Reyes 4IP, 5H, 6R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Cooper 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Glover (BS, 2; W, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 3-4, R, 3B, 3RBI, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Page 2-3, 3R, BB, SF, 3RBI

The lead changed hands three times in the last three innings, with Hagerstown walking off as 9-8 winners over Hickory in the 9th. Starter Luis Reyes was knocked for six runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk over four innings. The Suns scored four in the 5th and three in the 7th to take an 8-6 lead, but Koda Glover, with a little “help” from an error by Matthew Page, coughed up two runs in the 8th to tie it at 8-8. Page got his redemption for the error (one of four by Hagerstown) as he drove in the game-winner with a one-out single in the 9th.
Roster moves: OF Denard Span, IF Dan Uggla assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Auburn — ALL-STAR BREAK
The North All-Stars struck for three in the 1st and added one in the 5th, after which the South All-Stars responded with two for the game’s eventual 4-2 score. Kelvin Rodriguez came off the bench to play shortstop and went 0-for-1 and made one assist on defense.

Aug 182015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (4-1, 2.53) vs.
Haviland (4-7, 4.32)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 7.27) vs.
Morimando (9-10, 2.98)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Lopez (6-7, 4.22) and
Mapes (3-2, 2.60) vs.
Junis (4-9, 3.60) and
Strahm (1-3, 3.21)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.06) vs.
Jurado (11-0, 2.08)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A


Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 1
• Espino (L, 5-6) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• J. Gutierrez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, BB
• Burriss 2-5, 2B, RBI

Pawtucket broke open a 1-0 game with a four-run 6th to send Syracuse to its third straight loss, 6-1. Paolo Espino was knocked for five runs on eight hits, including a home run over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Caleb Ramsey walked once and singled twice to lead the Chiefs offense, which was limited to six hits and three walks.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
Turns out if you throw seven one-hit, shutout innings that’ll make you the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. It’s the third such honor for the 21-y.o. Lucas Giolito, who won the award twice last season with the Hagerstown (June 23-29, July 21-27).

Potomac — OFF DAY
Reynaldo Lopez gave up two hits in his seven-scoreless, 11-K effort last week, but walked none to effectively match Giolito’s outing and was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week. It was his second weekly award, as he won the POTW for the week June 23-29 for the New York-Penn League in 2014.
Roster move: OF Denard Span rehab assignment ended.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 2 (11 inn.)
• Fedde 4⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Napoli (L, 5-4) 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Stevenson 3-5, R, 2B, SB
• Page 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown’s modest four-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 loss to Hickory in extra innings. Erick Fedde made his second Sally Lg. start, tossing four and 2/3rds scoreless with one walk and four hits allowed and striking out four. The Crawdads pinched Drew Van Orden for two in the top of the 6th but the Suns tied it in the bottom half of the 6th on a double, wild pitch, and RBI groundout. The loss was pinned on David Napoli in his fourth inning of relief. Despite Mario Sanchez stranding three in the top of the 11th, the offense did not get the lift and went in order in the bottom of the 11th.

Auburn — ALL-STAR BREAK
Kelvin Rodriguez is the sole Auburn representative in the 2015 New York-Penn League All-Star game, held tonight at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, MD.

Aug 172015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (5-5, 3.43)
Escobar, Ed (0-2, 6.51)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 7-2;
Won, 4-3
vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 5-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A


Buffalo 3 Syracuse 1
• Billings (L, 7-5) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• den Dekker 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Mastroianni 1-4, 2B

Syracuse’s reversion to the mean continued with a second straight loss to Buffalo, 3-1. Bruce Billings turned in a quality start of three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings and was rewarded with a loss. The offense was limited to just five hits, with Matt den Dekker’s solo HR in the 5th breaking up the Bisons’ shutout bid.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 3
• Voth (L, 4-6) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bacus 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corona 1-2, R, BB
• Difo 2-5

Austin Voth pitches well, gets no-decision; bullpen implodes, offense is too little, too late. It was a familiar sequence as Harrisburg lost the rubber game of the series, 7-3. Voth let in two runs over five innings on six hits and two walks while fanning five. The BaySox piled on two in the 8th and three in the 9th to break open a 2-1 game. The Sens managed just six hits, with Wilmer Difo and Reegie Corona the only batters to reach base twice.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 1
• Rauh (L, 2-2) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 9K, HR, HBP
• Valdez 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• DeBruin 2-4, 2B
• Norfork 2-4, R

Starter Brian Rauh pitched well enough to win, but the offense was out to lunch as the Blue Rocks took the series finale from the P-Nats, 4-1. Rauh gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks but struck out nine over seven innings. The Potomac offense eked out six hits, including a double by Grant DeBruin and an RBI triple by Zach Wright but was 0-for-6 with RISP and left on six.
Roster move: OF Denard Span assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 2 — GAME ONE
• Bach (W, 6-3) 5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Brinley 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Stevenson 2-3, R, BB, SB
• Mayers 2-4, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, HR, 5RBI

Highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, the Suns broke out for six runs in the 6th, and took the opener from the Intimidators, 7-2. The big fly took Connor Bach off the hook for the would-be 2-1 loss and instead gave him his sixth “W” with two runs allowed on two hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Andrew Stevenson paced the Hagerstown attack with two singles, a walk, and a stolen base.

Hagerstown 4 vs. Kannapolis 3 — GAME TWO
• A. Lee 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• D. Williams (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2R
• Mejia 2-3, SB
• Reistetter 2-4, 2RBI

Hagerstown survived a late rally from Kannapolis to take the nightcap, 4-3 and sweep the doubleheader. Andrew Lee got the spot start and was perfect through three before turning the ball over to Deion Williams, who got the win with two scoreless innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, Bryan Mejia, and Matt Reistetter each collected two singles as the Suns registered eight hits total.

Auburn 5 Batavia 2
• Crownover 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Boghosian (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, 2B
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

The Doubledays fell behind 2-1 in the top of the 8th but rallied for four to take the series finale, 5-2. Starter Matthew Crownover gave up a run on five hits but walked none and struck out two for a no-decision. Maximo Valerio followed with two goose eggs in his NYPL debut. Adam Boghosian was credited with the win as the pitcher of record but gave up the go-ahead run in the 8th on a hit and a walk. Luis Torres pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his second. Rhett Wiseman’s two-run single highlighted Auburn’s four-run 8th. Randy Encarnacion led the offense with single and a double and a run scored.

Aug 162015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Billings (7-4, 4.17) vs.
Redmond (1-4, 4.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-1 vs. Bowie,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 2.99) vs.
C. Lee (2-0, 3.18)
Potomac Lost, 13-10 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-1, 2.21) vs.
Lovvorn (2-3, 4.02)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Bach (5-3, 3.21) and
TBD vs.
Thompson (3-5, 4.59) and
Peralta (4-8, 6.04)
Auburn Won, 9-3;
Lost, 8-5
vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 5.12) vs.
Lilek (1-2, 3.90)


Buffalo 4 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-8) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• McGregor 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Syracuse’s ride ended with a 4-0, four-hit shutout by Buffalo. Taylor Hill suffered the loss despite pitching fairly well: one run on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings. The Chiefs bats were held to just four hits — two singles by Matt den Dekker and doubles by Emmanuel Burriss and Matt Skole.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill activated from 7-Day DL.

Bowie 9 Harrisburg 1
• Bates (L, 4-4) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Lee 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-4, R
• Lozada 1-4, RBI

The BaySox knifed the Senators in the middle innings, breaking a 1-1 tie with a run in the 5th then eviscerating the Sens ‘pen for four in the 6th and three in the 7th en route to a 9-1 win. Colin Bates took the loss with five innings of two-run ball on seven hits and a walk while striking out two. Shawn Pleffner was the sole Harrisburg bat to reach base twice as he went 2-for-4 and scored the lone run on Jose Lozada’s two-out single in the 4th.

Wilmington 13 Potomac 10
• Spann 5⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Johansen (BS, 1; L, 1-5) 6BF, 4H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HR, 1-1 IR-S
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• DeBruin 3-6, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Webb 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

The Blue Rocks took advantage of sloppy defense and pounced on flat fastballs for seven runs in the 6th as they outslugged the P-Nats, 13-10. Matt Spann swapped spots with Brian Rauh in the announced rotation and looked like he was out of sync, giving up runs in every inning but one over five and a 1/3rd thrown. He was charged with six runs on eight hits and two walks and gave up two homers. The loss went to Jake Johansen, who faced six batters and retired none, giving up four hits (including a HR), a walk and committing multiple misplays, only one of which was deemed an error. Offensively, Rafael Bautista and Grant DeBruin powered the P-Nats attack again with six hits, four runs, three RBI (DeBruin) and two stolen bases (Bautista).

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
Rain postponed last night’s game to a dreaded getaway day doubleheader for both teams.

Auburn 9 Batavia 3 — GAME ONE
• Guilbeau 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, WP
• Johns (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Jefferies 3-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Eusebio 2-3, 2R, SF, RBI
• Wiseman 2-4, 3RBI

Auburn struck for five in the 1st and cruised to a 9-3 win over Batavia in the opener. Taylor Guilbeau fell one inning short of qualifying for the win, giving up all three Muckdog runs on five hits over four innings. The “W” went to Sam Johns for pitching a scoreless 5th, walking one and striking out one. Jake Jefferies powered the Doubleday attack with a single, two doubles, and two RBI while scoring a run and stealing a base.

Batavia 8 Auburn 5 — GAME TWO
• Borne 4IP, 5H, 5R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Ramos (L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Eusebio 3-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Wiseman 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

The Doubledays twice led the nightcap — 2-0 and 5-3 — but the bullpen couldn’t hold the Muckdogs in an 8-5 loss. Grant Borne went the first four innings and was charged with the first five runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out three. David Ramos didn’t blow the save but lost the game with two runs coughed up in the 5th. Diomedes Eusebio paced the Auburn offense with two singles, a double, and a stolen base, going 5-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI for the twinbill.
Roster move: RHP Maximo Valerio promoted from the GCL Nationals.

GCL Update
Two weeks remain for the last-place G-Nats, who fell to six games back with a 1-5 week and are on a four-game slide. The elimination number is seven. The bump up for Valerio (see above) is encouraging at the individual level, but the usage of pitchers in Hagerstown (see the most recent GBI) gives little confidence that more will follow.

DSL Update
It’s the final week for the DSL and a four-game slide clinched a losing season for the first time since 2011. There’s not much else to write that hasn’t already been written… it’s the youngest set of bats in the DSL and fourth-youngest set of arms; let’s see what happens next year when the organization decides who stays and who goes up or out.

Aug 152015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-7, 5.00) vs.
Jenkins (7-3, 2.48)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Bates (4-3, 4.07) vs.
Miranda (2-1, 1.66)
Potomac Won, 4-0 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Rauh (2-1, 2.21) vs.
Mills (6-6, 2.73)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (5-3, 3.21) vs.
Thompson (3-5, 4.59)
Auburn Canceled vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 4.67) and
Borne (1-2, 2.51) vs.
TBD and TBD


Syracuse 8 Buffalo 2
• Cole (W, 4-5) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Solis 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Mastroianni 3-5, R, RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Johnson 2-3, 2B, RBI

Syracuse only scored in one inning, but eight runs was more than enough to stampede Buffalo, 8-2, for their 11th straight win. A.J. Cole got the win with both Bisons runs allowed on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out two but gave up his ninth HR at AAA. Matt Grace and Sammy Solis combined for three scoreless innings to close out the game. Darin Mastroianni came off the DL and went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Kevin Keyes smacked his sixth HR to drive in three.
Roster move: OF Darin Mastroianni activated from the 7-day DL; RHP Taylor Jordan place on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to August 12 (forearm tenderness).

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 0
• Giolito (W, 1-1) 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 11K, HBP, 99-63 P-K
• Harper (H, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Demny (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-4, RBI
• Severino 1-3, R, 2B

The force was strong with young Luke Giolito as the Nats’ top prospect turned in a career-best outing in a 2-0 win vs. Bowie. Giolito allowed just a second-inning single, walked a batter, and a hit batter over seven shutout innings. He tied his season-high of 11 strikeouts and threw 99 pitches, 63 for strikes while winning his first AA game. Bryan Harper and Paul Demny followed with an inning apiece, both striking out two for a combined one-hit shutout with 15Ks for the Sens. Brian Goodwin went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 0
• Williams (W, 4-3) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Self 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP
• Bautista 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 4SB
• DeBruin 3-4, 3RBI
• Wooten 2-4, 2R, 2B

Pitching and speed made the difference Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: OF Brendan Webb assigned from Washington.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 2
• Howell (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 0K, WP
• Napoli 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2B
• Read 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, CS
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, RBI

The Suns lapped the Intimidators six times in the first six innings en route to a 7-2 checkered flag. Jeff Howell earned his first professional win, allowing one run on four hits and four walks but struck out none. Raudy Read doubled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the nine-hit Hagerstown attack.

Auburn vs. Tri-City — CNCLD
For the second time on this road trip, the Doubledays were washed away and the game won’t be made up. They return home tonight for two against Batavia tonight and one tomorrow before the two-day All-Star break on Monday and Tuesday.

Aug 142015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-2 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (3-5, 3.86) vs.
Copeland (9-3, 1.96)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 5.94) vs.
Additon (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (3-3, 2.48) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 12-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (0-0, 0.00) vs.
L. Martinez (4-10, 5.71)
Auburn Won, 7-5 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 4.67) vs.
Armenteros (1-1, 4.03)


Syracuse 11 Lehigh Valley 2
• Bleier (W, 4-1) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K; 1-3, R, BB, RBI
• J. Gutierrez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Burriss 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

The only thing hotter than the Chiefs are their wives and girlfriends (*rimshot!*) as they smelted the IronPigs, 11-2, for their 10th straight win. Richard Bleier spun seven innings of one-run ball on six hits, two walks, and three whiffs. He also contributed to his own case with a walk and a single and started two double plays. The offense racked up a baker’s dozen of hits with Trea Turner and Emmanuel Burriss both collecting two singles and a double and scoring two runs.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 0
• Simms (L, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Dykstra 1-4, OF assist at 2B
• Pleffner 1-4, 2B

Former Nationals farmhand Nick Pivetta led a quartet of pitchers that shut out Harrisburg on three hits, 3-0. Pivetta struck out eight over five and 2/3rds with just one walk for the win. John Simms was the tough-luck loser with one run allowed on five hits and two walks over six innings. Cutter Dykstra and Pedro Severino both singled while Shawn Pleffner doubled to account for the three hits, all against Pivetta. Reegie Corona and Isaac Ballou drew the two walks for the Sens to account for the five baserunners left on base.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 1
• Dickson (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 5BB, 2K, HBP
• Thomas (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP
• Martinez 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Wright 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Norfork 2-3, 2R, BB

A pair of two-run rallies in the 2nd and 8th innings by the P-Nats was the difference as they took the third of four games from the Dash for a 5-1 win. Ian Dickson walked five but made it through five innings with the lone Winston-Salem run let in on three hits. He struck out two and hit a batter. The bottom third of the order combined to go 7-for-9 with four runs scored, two walks, two doubles, and three RBI.
Roster move: OF Reed Johnson assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 12 Augusta 0
• Amlung (W, 3-1) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Cooper 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Page 3-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Mejia 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-5, R, RBI

Hagerstown missed two extra points, but punched the ball in twice in the second half for a 12-0 shutout vs. Augusta. The Suns scored in every inning from the 4th to 9th with a total of 13 hits and four walks. Matt Page led the way with a walk, two singles, and a double while going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Justin Amlung won his third Low-A game with six and 2/3rds shutout innings pitched, allowing five hits, no walks and fanning seven.
Roster moves: OF D.K. Carey placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jake Mayers activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 7 Tri-City 5
• J. Rodriguez 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 7BB, 7K, HR
• Torres (W, 5-0) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 4-5, 3R, 2-2B
• K. Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Tillero 2-4, R

The Doubledays broke open a 2-2 tie with two-run outbursts in the 7th and 8th innings and survived a bullpen meltdown for a 7-5 win vs. the ValleyCats. Jefry Rodriguez did his best imitation of Nuke LaLoosh with seven walks and seven strikeouts over five and 2/3rds, giving up two runs on three hits, including a solo shot. Luis Torres vultured the win by getting the last out of the 6th before Auburn took the lead in the top of the 7th. Max Schrock led the Auburn attack with two singles and two doubles while going 4-for-5 with three runs scored.
Roster move: RHP Erick Fedde demoted from Hagerstown.

Aug 132015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-5 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (3-1, 2.78) vs.
Biddle (2-2, 4.88)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-1, 4.91) vs.
Pivetta (0-3, 7.56)
Potomac Won, 8-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 4.24) vs.
Heidenreich (12-2, 2.67)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (2-1, 3.73) vs.
M. Reyes (7-4, 2.28)
Auburn Lost, 2-0 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (2-5, 5.36) vs.
Thornton (4-0, 3.32)


Syracuse 9 Lehigh Valley 5
• Espino (W, 5-5) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Walters (H, 2) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Butler 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse continues to roll as a five-run 4th powered them past Lehigh Valley, 9-5. Paolo Espino started and got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed over five innings on nine hits and a walk. P.J. Walters settled things down with three scoreless for his second hold. Every starter had at least one hit in the 12-hit night, with Emmanuel Burriss, Jason Martinson, and Dan Butler each having two hits and two RBI.

Reading 8 Harrisburg 4
• Purke 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Harper (L, 2-2) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Davis 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Difo 2-3, R, 3B, BB, HR, 3RBI

The Fightins once again threw haymakers at the Sens ‘pen, connecting for three in the 6th as Reading knocked out Harrisburg, 9-5. Matt Purke got the no-decision with five innings of three-run ball, giving up six hits, no walks, and striking out two. Bryan Harper took the loss with three runs charged on three hits, including a home run. Wilmer Difo was one-man wrecking crew as he walked, tripled, homered, and drove in three runs. The rest of the lineup went 3-for-27.
Roster moves: 2B Reegie Corona reassigned from Potomac; OF Derrick Robinson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 2
• Lopez (W, 6-7) 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 11K
• Johansen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Mesa 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Norfork 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez struck out a career-high 11 batters while tossing seven shutout innings in an 8-2 Potomac win over Winston-Salem. Lopez allowed just two hits and walked none while earning his sixth win. Every batter in the lineup hit safely with Alec Keller leading the pack with two singles, a walk, a run, an RBI, a stolen base, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 2
• Reyes 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Brinley (L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B
• Read 1-4, R, 2B

Hagerstown and Augusta locked up in in a pitcher’s duel that Augusta won with a walkoff single in the 9th, 3-2. Luis Reyes made one mistake, a two-run HR in the 4th, over six innings for a no-decision. He gave up four hits and a walk and struck out six. Ryan Brinley took the loss as he let in the gamewinner on a walk and two singles in the 9th. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz matched his line from Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Suns’ four-hit effort, with both runs scoring on sacrifice flies.

Tri-City 2 Auburn 0
• Hearn (L, 1-4) 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Ramos 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Florentino 1-3, BB, CS
• Encarnacion 1-3, SB

The ValleyCats scratched out single runs in the 1st and 7th innings while blanking the Doubledays for a 2-0 win. Taylor Hearn gave up just one run on four hits but left with two out in the 4th after walking the bases loaded. David Ramos stranded them and got the last out of the 4th and then pitched a scoreless 5th. The offense was limited to five hits and two walks with Darryl Florentino the sole batter to reach base twice with a single and a walk.

Aug 122015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (4-5, 3.09) vs.
Vasquez (7-4, 3.87)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-8 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 8.03) vs.
Jo. Rodriguez (4-2, 5.01)
Potomac Won, 8-5;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (5-7, 4.55) vs.
Almonte (2-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-1 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.18) vs.
Johnson (1-2, 6.41)
Auburn Canceled @ Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-3, 2.89) vs.
Murphy (0-1, 1.42)


Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 1
• Jordan 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• McGregor (W, 5-5) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Burriss 1-4, 3B, 2RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

The Chiefs rallied for four in the 2nd as they extended their win streak to eight with a 4-1 triumph over the IronPigs. Taylor Jordan got the start but was lifted after two scoreless innings (injury unlikely since he also struck out in the bottom of the 2nd). Scott McGregor got the win in relief, allowing one run on five hits over three innings without a walk or a whiff. Emmanuel Burriss and Matt den Dekker both had two-run triples in the Syracuse 2nd to pace the offense.
Roster move: RHP J.C. Gutierrez assigned from Washington.

Reading 11 Harrisburg 8
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• Mendez (BS, 5; L, 6-4) 4BF, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Ballou 4-4, 3R, BB, RBI
• Difo 4-5, 2RBI
• Pleffner 3-4, BB, RBI, SB

A six-run lead was too small for the Harrisburg bullpen to hold as they coughed up eight runs in the 7th to lose to Reading, 11-8. Austin Voth started and was knocked for three runs on four hits, including a two-run HR, over five innings. He struck out seven, but walked four. Wander Suero bore the brunt of the beating with five runs charged over an inning and a 1/3rd but the loss went to Gilberto Mendez, who let in two runners and three of his own while failing to retire a batter. Isaac Ballou reached base five times with four singles and a walk to lead the Sens’ 16-hit parade that saw seven of eight position players hit safely.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 5 — COMP.
• Mapes (W, 2-1) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Orlan (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Wright 2-3, 2R, 2-2B
• DeBruin 2-4, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2RBI, 2SB

A five-run 6th erased a 4-3 deficit as the P-Nats took the completion from the Dash, 8-5. Tyler Mapes picked up the win in relief of Matt Purke with two runs allowed over four innings on five hits and a walk. R.C. Orlan and Phillips Valdez combined for three scoreless to earn the hold and save, respectively. Grant DeBruin doubled twice and drove in three while going 2-for-4 to lead the Potomac attack.

Winston-Salem 1 Potomac 0 — GAME TWO
• Rauh (L, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 9K
• Keller 1-3, 2B
• S. Perez 2-2, 2B

Brian Rauh pitched a complete-game loss as the P-Nats bats were stifled in the nightcap for a 1-0 loss. Rauh went the full seven, letting in a run on five hits and one walk while fanning nine. Potomac was held to four hits and two walks and hit into four double plays to offset three Winston-Salem errors.

Augusta 9 Hagerstown 1
• Fedde (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K
• D. Williams 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B
• Carey 2-4

The Nats continued their tradition of promoting high-profile pitchers to start on the road and were “rewarded” for their caution as Erick Fedde was stung for six runs by the GreenJackets in a 9-1 loss. Fedde gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out three over four and a 1/3rd innings in his Low-A debut. D.K. Carey and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz both went 2-for-4 but the rest of the Suns were 2-for-28 as they were limited to six hits and a walk.
Roster moves: RHP Erick Fedde promoted from Auburn; RHP Kevin Perez placed on 7-Day DL.

Auburn vs. Connecticut — CNCLD
Rain washed out the finale between the Tigers and the Doubledays. It will not be made up because the two teams do not meet again in 2015.
Roster move: LHP David Ramos reassigned from GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Aug 082015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Billings (6-4, 4.31) vs.
Todd (3-5, 5.07)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Turley (9-7, 3.87)
Potomac Lost, 9-4 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
A. Williams (2-3, 2.70) vs.
Thurman (5-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (A- debut) vs.
B. Gonzalez (4-7, 5.38)
Auburn Lost, 7-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 5.32) vs.
Leftwich (1-1, 2.49)


Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 0
• Bleier (W, 3-1) 9IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 106-71 P-K
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Turner 2-5, R
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI

Richard Bleier continued Syracuse’s domination of Pawtucket with a six-hit, complete-game shutout and a 5-0 win. Bleier walked none and struck out two as he needed just 106 pitches to dispatch the PawSox for his third AAA win. Matt Skole homered for the fourth time since his callup to give the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd. Syracuse got three runs in the 3rd with just one ball leaving the infield (Trea Turner’s single) as three walks and a groundout to first with Turner beating the play at the plate to take a 4-0 lead and give Skole a second RBI. Emmanuel Burriss and Skole both reached base three times to pace the Syracuse offense, which offset 10 walks drawn with three double plays.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 4
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (BS, 4; W, 6-3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Demny (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, BB
• Difo 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB(20)
• Bostick 2-5, R, 3K

Harrisburg came back twice in this one, rallying for three in the 6th to take a 4-3 lead and one in the 9th to win it, 5-4. John Simms turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on seven hits on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd. He was in line for the “W” until Gilberto Mendez let in the tying run in the 8th on a leadoff walk followed by a double. Pedro Severino walked to lead off the 9th, advanced to second on Adrian Sanchez’s one-out walk, and scored on Wilmer Difo’s RBI double. Paul Demny worked around a two-out error to close out the 9th for his second save, with Mendez earning the blown-save-win.

Carolina 9 Potomac 4
• Dickson (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, 5BB, 5K, WP, HBP
• Mapes 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-4, R, RBI
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B, BB,

The Mudcats scored seven times in the first four innings and held off the P-Nats for a 9-4 win in Zebulon. Ian Dickson took the loss, giving up those seven runs over those four innings on five hits and five walks. He struck out five and hit a batter. Alec Keller went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Potomac offense, which actually outhit Carolina 9-8 but grounded into two double plays (vs. none) and drew just three walks.
Roster moves: IF David Masters reassigned from Hagerstown; 3B Drew Ward placed on 7-Day DL retroactive to August 5.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 5
• Amlung 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Williams 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brinley (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2RBI, 2SB
• Davidson 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Page 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Delmarva took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 8th but Hagerstown answered with four for an 8-5 sportswriter’s win. Ryan Brinley wobbled through the 8th and 9th innings but got the win. Justin Amlung started and was knocked for four runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Lineup bookends Andrew Stevenson and Austin Davidson combined to go 5-for-8 with a home run (Davidson) two stolen bases, three RBI, and four runs scored as the Suns registered 13 hits total.
Roster moves: 2B Austin Davidson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Williamsport 7 Auburn 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 2-5) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K, PO, E
• Pirro 2BF, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Boghosian 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Eusebio 2-5

It was a tale of two relievers in the 6th inning for Auburn as Williamsport scored twice on bases-loaded walks to take a 4-2 lead and cruise to a 7-3 win. Matt Pirro walked both batters he faced in relief of Jefry Rodriguez, who left with a 2-2 tie and the bases loaded and one out. Adam Boghosian got the last two outs and stranded three but the offense didn’t respond as they mustered just one more run and stranded 12 baserunners. Randy Encarnacion was the leading hitter with two singles, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.

Aug 072015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (2-1, 3.71) vs.
Couch (4-9, 6.27)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-1, 5.25) vs.
Green (3-14, 4.58)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Dickson (1-1, 2.79) vs.
Barker (6-3, 2.91)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (2-1, 3.42) vs.
Walker (7-2, 3.17)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (2-4, 5.40) vs.
Gilbert (1-2, 1.64)


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 0
• Espino (W, 4-5) 8IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Runion 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramsey 3-4, RBI
• Johnson 0-2, 2BB

A change in scenery didn’t change the result as the Chiefs blanked the PawSox, 4-0 for their fourth straight win. Paolo Espino tossed eight scoreless innings, with seven hits allowed, no walks and six K’s for his fourth win. Sam Runion pitched around a hit and a walk in the 9th to preserve the shutout. Caleb Ramsey went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Matt den Dekker and Kevin Keyes both homered to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP Aaron Barrett optioned from Washington; RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 2
• Purke (L, 1-2) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Suero 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4

Akron ducked up Matt Purke for three runs in the 1st and cruised to a 4-2 victory and took the series from the Sens, 2-1. Purke recovered to pitch three more scoreless innings, but finished with three runs allowed on six hits, including a two-run HR. He walked none and struck out four. Christopher Bostick went 2-for-4 with a HR, an RBI, and two runs scored to pace the Harrisburg offense, which went 0-for-9 with RISP and left on seven baserunners while striking out 11 times.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 (12 inn.)
• Lopez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Self (L, 3-4) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Norfork 4-5, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-5

Lynchburg scored twice in the 1st, Potomac twice in the 9th, but the Hillcats scored in the last of 12th to take the game, 3-2, and the series, 2-1. Reynaldo Lopez gave up the first two runs and five hits total over six innings, with a walk and five strikeouts for a no-decision. The loss went to Derek Self, who retired seven straight before Lynchburg converted a one-out walk into the gamewinner on back-to-back two-out singles. Khayyan Norfork drove in the tying runs and went 4-for-5 overall to pace Potomac’s 10-hit parade.
Roster moves: LHP R.C. Orland reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5
• Reyes 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Lee (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 3-4, 2-2B, 4RBI, SB
• Page 2-3, 3R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

The Suns rallied for three in the 6th then two in the 8th to overcome deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 for a 5-4 win over the Shorebirds. Luis Reyes went the first five innings and gave up the first three Delmarva runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Andrew Lee got the “W” for two scoreless innings of relief, with one hit and two whiffs. Harrisburg scored six times on eight hits, but six of them were doubles, with Bryan Mejia driving in four with a pair of two-base knocks and going 3-for-4 overall.
Roster moves: RHP Jeff Howell (yes, the former catcher) reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Williamsport 5 Auburn 3
• Hearn (L, 1-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Gunter 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Tillero 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Robles 2-5, 2RBI

Auburn rallied for two in the 7th and one in the 8th but went in order in the 9th for a 5-3 loss to Williamsport. Taylor Hearn took the loss with the first two Crosscutter runs let in on five hits, no walks, and three whiffs. Jorge Tillero singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run while Victor Robles drove in two to pace the Doubledays attack.
LHP David Ramos reassigned to Auburn for MiLB rehab. Yesterday afternoon, the Doubledays announced RHP Erick Fedde had been promoted to Hagerstown but retracted the report without further details.