Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.24) vs.
Faria (1-0, 0.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-3 @ Altoona,
5:00 p.m.
Brady (2-2, 2.84) and
Simms (5-4, 3.72) vs.
Vogelsong (0-0, 5.40) and
Holmes (8-4, 4.30)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 5.40) vs.
Valerio (3-3, 4.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-5 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (6-5, 4.46) vs.
Boyd (8-5, 5.71)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Beddes (0-1, 3.66)


Syracuse 5 Durham 4
• Hill 7IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Glover (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (BS, 4; W, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Skole 2-3, 3R, 2B, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI

“No, no, I insist: You take this gift.” That was the 9th inning in a nutshell as the Chiefs tried to give away the game in top half with two-run HR served by Rafael Martin but instead got the gamewinner on a two-out, three-base error that enabled Matt Skole to score all the way from first. Taylor Hill shook off a leadoff HR to open the game to pitch seven innings of two-run ball on three hits and a walk. He struck out three and was leading 4-2. Koda Glover mowed ’em down in the 8th and was apparently too gassed by those nine (9) pitches to pitch the 9th. Matt Williams Billy Gardner instead went to Martin, who blew his fourth save but got the win. Skole reached base four times with a single, homer, and two walks to lead the Syracuse offense, which totaled six hits and six walks and got the benefit of four passed balls and two hit batsman (this guy →). Roster moves: IF Jason Martinson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 3
• Whiting (L, 0-2) 4+ IP, 4H, 6R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K, WP
• Self 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Soto 3-4, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2B

The Curve scored seven times in the first five innings and chugged to a 9-3 win over the Senators. Boone Whiting lost for the second time in three starts as he was charged with six runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks over four-plus innings. Neftali Soto singled three times while Rafael Bautista singled and doubled to lead Harrisburg’s nine-hit parade.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Fedde 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Estevez (BS, 2) ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Peterson (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-4, 2B
• Marmolejos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Potomac ‘pen collapsed in the late innings, giving up two runs in the 7th and 8th innings to turn a 3-1 lead into 5-3 defeat by Winston-Salem. The implosion spoiled another strong outing by Erick Fedde, who let in one unearned run on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five. Wirkin “For The Weekend” retired just one of four batters faced to blow the save while the loss went to Tommy Peterson for allowing two runs (both unearned) to score in the 8th. Alec Keller and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 10 Asheville 5
• Guilbeau (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, 2WP
• Howell 3IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• La Bruna 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Page 3-3, 2R, 2BB
• Sagdal 3-5, 2R, 3B, 4RBI

Hagerstown put this one away early with 10 runs in the first two innings and survived a late charge from Asheville for a 10-5 victory. Taylor Guilbeau got his first “W” with two runs allowed on four hits and a walk over five innings. Matt Page, Ian Sagdal, and Angelo La Bruna each had three hits and combined for six RBI and five runs scored as the Suns racked up 14 hits and five walks total on the night.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 3
• Dunning 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Howard (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K
• Serrata 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, R, OF assist at 2B
• Ripken 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Black Bears struck for five runs in the 5th and held off the Doubledays for a 5-3 win. Dane Dunning tossed three scoreless innings with one hit and one whiff in his NYPL debut. Hayden Howard took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk over and inning and a third in relief. Dan Johnson and Ryan Ripken both went 2-for-4 to account for half of Auburn’s eight hits, as the Doubledays went just 1-for-7 with RISP and left on seven baserunners.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Banks (4-0, 3.60)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 (12 inn.) vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-4, 7.36) vs.
McCormick (0-1, 14.29)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Vermont,
12:05 p.m.
Mills (3-1, 2.33) vs.
Bowers (2-2, 1.04)


Syracuse – ALL STAR BREAK
Charlotte, NC plays host to the AAA All-Star Game between the International League and the Pacific Coast League. Brian Goodwin and Rafael Martin will be representing Syracuse for the I.L. team.

Harrisubrg – ALL STAR BREAK
The Eastern League All-Star Game is in Akron, OH, home of the RubberDucks. Tyler Mapes, Andrew Robinson, and Neftali Soto will be representing Harrisburg for the Western Division team.

Potomac – OFF DAY
After the longest homestand of the season, the P-Nats make their second seven-game road trip, this time going to the Salems to play the Dash in NC for three and the Red Sox in VA for four games.

Asheville 5 Hagerstown 4 (12 inn.)
• Giolito 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Borne 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• VanVossen (L, 3-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Mesa 2-5, SB

The good news is that Lucas Giolito came in from Syracuse. The bad news is that he seems like he brought the Chiefs’ inability to hit in the clutch with him. Mix in three HRs and that’s a recipe for a disappointing 5-4 loss by Hagerstown to Asheville. Giolito gave up the four runs, three via the longball, on six hits and no walks over seven innings. He struck out four while throwing 97 pitches, 61 for strikes. Grant Borne followed with four shutout innings while Mick VanVossen served up the gamewinner on a leadoff HR to start the 12th to take the loss. The Suns collected nine hits, drew seven walks, and stole four bases but were a miserable 2-for-13 with RISP, including Matthew Page’s two-run HR in the 4th to cap off a three-run rally and Telmito’s RBI single in the 7th to tie the game.
Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Pedro Avila placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Jorge Tillero placed on the 7-Day DL; C Adderling Ruiz activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 3 Vermont 1
• Watson 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Cespedes (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, HBP
• Perkins 1-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Banks 1-4, RBI

Auburn rallied for three in the 8th to break a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Vermont. Blake Perkins’s two-run triple highlighted the outburst, which Nick Banks completed with an IF single to plate Perkins. Angher Cespedes got the win in relief with two scoreless innings, working around a hit batsman in the 8th and a single in the 9th. Tyler Watson got the start and gave up the Lake Monsters’ run on five hits and no walks over five innings. Roster moves: RHP Francys Peguero reassigned to the GCL Nationals; RHP Dane Dunning and LHP Hayden Howard promoted from the GCL Nationals.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Long (1-2, 3.86) vs.
Hale (0-4, 5.31)
Harrisburg Won, 7-0 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Valdez (2-1, 6.65) vs.
Kaminsky (3-5, 4.19)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 5.83) vs.
Withrow (5-4, 3.44)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (5-6, 4.35) vs.
Jimenez (6-7, 4.42)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 2.57) vs.
Cross (1-2, 4.38)


Syracuse 4 Norfolk 3
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 0R, 6BB, 2K, WP
• Davis (BS, 2) 1+ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Glover (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-5, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Chiefs overcame a bullpen implosion in the 7th with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to edge the Tide, 4-3. Austin Voth struggled with his control, walking six over five scoreless innings with four hits allowed and two strikeouts. Erik Davis came on in the 6th to protect a 2-0 lead and retired Norfolk in order but allowed four straight singled before he was lifted in favor of Koda Glover in the 7th, who let in the go-ahead run on the fifth straight Tide single. Matt Skole’s leadoff HR in the 8th tied things up while a single-walk-error sequence in the 9th plated the gamewinner. Glover got his first AAA win, Davis his second blown save, and Rafael Martin his 16th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. RHP Lucas Giolito optioned from Washington; SS Trea Turner, OF Michael Taylor recalled to Washington; LHP Matt Grace activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 0
• Brady (W, 2-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Suero 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Bautista 4-4, BB, SB
• Ward 2-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI, SB

Wherever Mike Brady threw the pitch, that’s where it went as he combined with two relievers in Harrisburg’s 7-0 blanking of Akron. Brady allowed just two baserunners over six innings while striking out six to win for the second time this season. Wander Suero (2IP, 2H) and Robert Benincasa (1IP, 2BB) weren’t quite as efficient but kept the breeze going (4K, 2K respectively) to preserve the shutout. Rafael Bautista reached base five times with four singles and a walk while Drew Ward and Stephen Perez both went 2-for-3 and combined for four runs, three walks, and three RBI to pace the Sens’ 13-hit, 10-walk attack. IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Fedde (W, 5-3) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Thomas (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mejia 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Schrock 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats took their fourth straight win Last Night in Woodbridge.
IF Austin Davidson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 0 (5 inn.)
• Rodriguez (L, 6-5) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Wiseman 0-1, BB

Delmarva’s Ofelky Peralta no-hit Hagerstown for five innings before the rains came and ended this one in the bottom of the 5th for a 5-0 Shorebirds win over the Suns. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss as he was strafed for nine hits, including a two-run HR, over four and a 1/3rd innings. Ian Sagdal reached on an error in the 1st while Rhett Wiseman drew a walk in the 4th to account for the two Suns baserunners. OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Auburn.

State College 3 Auburn 0
• Bogucki (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• W. Pena 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Perkins 2-3, BB
• Barrera 1-3, 2BB

The clutch hit eluded the Doubledays in a 3-0 loss to the Spikes. A.J. Bogucki went the first three innings and was charged with a run on four hits without a walk and one whiff to lose his NYPL debut. Blake Perkins and Tres Barrera both reached base three times, combining for three walks and three singles. Auburn left on eight baserunners and went 0-for-6 with RISP.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-8, 5.06) vs.
Wright (1-0, 0.87)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (7-6, 3.49) vs.
Lewicki (0-0, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 4-3
(10 inn.)
vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (1st High-A start of
’16) vs. Griffin (1-4, 5.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-1, 4.84) vs.
Costello (0-0, 2.45)
Auburn Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A


Durham 11 Syracuse 2
• Cole 3⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Turner 2-4, R, 2B, SB(25)
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Chiefs scored early and late, but not often as the Bulls stampeded them for an 11-2 loss in the series finale. A.J. Cole didn’t make it out of the 4th, as Durham’s Jaff (not a typo) Decker connected on his 90th pitch for a three-run jack that had him hit the road. Cole finished with seven runs allowed on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Trea Turner doubled, stole third, and came in on a grounder to second for the first Syracuse run in the 1st while Christopher Bostick homered in the 9th for the second run. Both men went 2-for-4 while the rest of the lineup was 2-for-25.

Erie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Whiting (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• De Los Santos 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-4, 2R
• Kieboom 2-4, RBI

The longball was the difference in a 6-3 loss by Harrisburg to Erie. Sens starter Boone Whiting gave up two HR’s in the first four innings to account for three of the five runs he was charged with on 10 hits total. He walked none and struck out three over five and 2/3rds innings while suffering his first AA loss. Wilmer Difo singled twice and scored twice while Spencer Kieboom, Shawn Pleffner, and Neftali Soto each had an RBI to lead Harrisburg’s seven-hit, five-walk attack.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 (10 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan (W, 5-2) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Schrock 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Abreu 1-4, SB

Max “For Those About To” Schrock came big again in extras, smacking a solo shot in the bottom of the 10th to extend his hit streak to 11 games and give the P-Nats a 4-3 win over the Blue Rocks. It was just the fourth hit of the night for Potomac, which took advantage of two Wilmington errors and a hit batsman to score its first three runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. Austen Williams got yet another no-decision with one run let in on a solo HR and seven hits total over six innings. He walked one and struck out three. R.C. Orlan was the winner in relief, pitching two and 2/3rds scoreless innings to close out the game

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 0
• Bourque (L, 0-4) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• DeBruin 1-3, BB
• Tillero 1-3

Two Kannapolis pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of Hagerstown, 5-0. James Bourque was run into the wall by the Intimidators for four runs on eight hits and three walks to lose for the fourth time in six starts. It was, of course, moot as one run would have been enough to beat the Suns. Veteran Grant DeBruin was the sole Hagerstown batter to reach base twice with a single and a walk. Randy Encarnacion and Jorge Tillero collected the other two singles.

Auburn 1 Lowell 0
• Mills (W, 3-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Harmening (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Noll 2-2, 2B, BB
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB

Better news in upstate New York as four Doubledays pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of the Spinners, 1-0. McKenzie Mills walked two and allowed the first Lowell hit over the first five innings to earn his third win. Russell Harmening tossed two perfect frames for the hold, his first. Kevin Mooney worked the second Spinner single and a walk in the 8th as he also earned a hold. Angher Cespedes set ’em down in order in the 9th for save no. 3. Blake Perkins led off the Auburn 1st with a single, took third on Dan Johnson’s safety, and scored on fielder’s choice. Dan Noll singled, doubled, and walked in his NYPL debut to pace the ‘Days six-hit, three-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP Kyle Simonds (19th Rd.) reassigned from GCL Nationals

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-4, 4.31) vs.
Faria (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0;
Won, 10-3
vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Whiting (0-0, 4.26) vs.
Turley (2-6, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 14-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.50) vs.
Staumont (2-9, 5.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.06) vs.
Thompson (5-3, 2.85)
Auburn Lost, 10-3 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (2-1, 3.14) vs.
Dahlstrand (MiLB rehab)


Syracuse 6 Durham 4
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Espino (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Turner 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Severino 1-3, 2B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Matt den Dekker struck again with a big fly in the Chiefs’ big inning, but only a three-run jack this time as Syracuse took its second straight from Durham, 6-4. Reynaldo Lopez gave up runs in each of the first three innings before settling down for two scoreless to finish his second AAA start (and first AAA win). He did, however, give up two homers out of the six hits and two walks allowed while striking out five. Trea Turner also homered and went 2-for-5 to extend his hit streak to six games. The Chiefs squeezed six runs out of five hits and three walks but helped keep the Bulls infield cool with 13 whiffs.

Harrisburg 1 Erie 0 – GAME ONE
• Ross (W, 4-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 1-1, R, 3B, BB

Neftali Soto tripled to lead off the Sens’ 2nd and came in on Drew Ward’s groundout to second. That was it for the Senators, but Greg Ross made it stand up for a 1-0 shutout of the Seawolves in the opener. Ross walked none, struck out three, and allowed just five hits in seven innings to win for the fourth time in six AA starts.

Harrisburg 10 Erie 3 – GAME TWO
• Robinson 3IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 3-3, 2R, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Difo 2-4, R, 2RBI, SB
• Bautista 2-4, R

The Harrisburg bats arrived in Game Two, and everyone but Neftali Soto got a hit in a 10-3 Harrisburg smackdown on Erie. Andrew Robinson got the start and turned in three scoreless, though he walked four and struck out four. A five-run 4th broke open a 2-1 game as the offense got in gear for 12 hits, led by Isaac Ballou’s 3-for-3 effort with a double, a walk, and two stolen bases, and followed by tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo, who both went 2-for-4.

Potomac 14 Wilmington 1
• Mayberry (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Thomas (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Carey 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Masters 2-4, R, 3RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI

Same story in Woodbridge, as the P-Nats returned the favor from Monday’s 12-1 loss with a 14-1 demolition of the Blue Rocks. Starter Whit Mayberry no-hit Wilmington for three and 2/3rds innings before giving up a single. He lost the shutout in the 5th but finished with six innings pitched, with three hits and no walks allowed and six strikeouts in his first win for Potomac. Justin Thomas tossed three scoreless to earn the save, his second. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Dale Carey both homered while Raudy Read and Bryan Mejia both doubled and stole third as the P-Nats racked up 15 hits and left just three runners on base. Roster moves: RHP Luis Reyes placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Mark Blackmar assigned from Washington.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Avila (L, 6-6) 4+ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Pantoja 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, WP, 3-2 IR-S
• Wiseman 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Sagdal 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Kannapolis made the most of its one crooked number – a two-spot in the 5th – to edge Hagerstown 3-2. Pedro Avila ran into trouble in the 5th when he gave up a leadoff double and walked two to load the bases. Jorge Pantoja wild-pitched in the first run, then let in the second on a single to give the home team a 3-1 lead. All three Intimidator runs were charged to Avila, who lost for the sixth time. Pantoja recovered to put up goose eggs in the 6th and 7th, but the Suns bats were unable to get the equalizer as they got one run in the 7th and left the tying run at second in the 8th. Rhett Wiseman doubled and tripled and scored twice while Ian Sagdal singled and doubled and drove in both Hagerstown runs.

Lowell 10 Auburn 3
• Watson (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Conner 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI
• Ortiz 2-3

The Spinners unraveled the Doubledays ‘pen in a six-run 6th as they took Game Two, 10-3. Tyler Watson suffered the loss with three runs let in on five hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked none. Kelvin Gutierrez and Oliver Ortiz both singled twice as Auburn was held to seven hits and one walk. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Bogucki (8th Rd.), OF Jack Sundberg (26th Rd.), and 2B Jake Noll (7th Rd.) reassigned from GCL Nationals; RHP Maximo Valerio and 2B Jake Jefferies released.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-7, 4.99) vs.
Dean (1-5, 4.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Brady (1-1, 3.77) vs.
Leiter (3-0, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 8-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-7, 5.00) vs.
Stinnett (6-3, 3.36)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 4.87) vs.
Peralta (3-4, 4.04)
Auburn Lost, 11-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Meyer (1-1, 5.27)


Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Cole 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Laffey (BS, 1; L, 4-3) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Turner 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI

The Chiefs led 1-0 after one and 3-2 after five and 1/2 but had no answer to the Redwings’ three-run 6th to lose this one, 5-3. A.J. Cole labored through five innings, giving up two runs on a 2nd-inning HR and seven hits total. He threw 95 pitches, walked one, and struck out three in the no-decision. Aaron Laffey took the loss with three runs allowed on three hits and a walk in the 6th. Trea Turner walked and hit his I.L.-leading eighth triple while Steve Lombardozzi singled twice and drove in a run to lead the Syracuse attack.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 2
• Mapes (L, 7-6) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, HBP; 1-2, GIDP
• N. Lee ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 3-3, HBP
• Kieboom 2-4, R

Harrisburg scored twice in the late innings but it was too little, too late as Reading doubled ’em up, 4-2. All-Star Tyler Mapes lost for the fourth time in his last six starts as the Fightins punched him for all four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Wilmer Difo reached base four times with three singles and a HBP while Spencer Kieboom singled twice and scored a run as the Senators collected ten hits and three walks (two by Drew Ward) on the night.
Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon reassigned from Potomac for MLB rehab.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 1
• Williams (L, 0-3) 5IP, 12H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Sanchez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schrock 3-4
• Read 2-4, R, HR , RBI

The P-Nats suffered their first loss of the 2nd half with an 8-1 thrashing by the Pelicans. Austen Williams did not get a quality start loss, as Myrtle Beach manhandled him for seven runs on twelve (12) hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out one while losing for the third time in four High-A starts. Max “For Those About To” Schrock pushed his BA to a Nintendo-esque .579 (11-for-19) with another three-hit game while Raudy Read broke up the shutout bid with his fourth HR of the season.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 3
• Bourque 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, 2HR, WP
• Rivera 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Walby (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Encarnacion 3-5, R, 2SB
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2B

Hagerstown got back-to-back-to-back singles with two outs to load the bases and got the tying run in on a wild pitch and the gamewinner in on a passed ball for a gift from Delmarva, 4-3. Philip Walby got the “W” as he worked around a walk and a single in the 9th. James Bourque had his first start with fewer hits allowed (4) than innings pitched (5) though he was charged with all three Shorebird runs, two coming via solo home runs. Lineup bookends Randy Encarnacion and Telmito Agustin combined to go 5-for-9 with a double (Agustin), two stolen bases (Encarnacion) and three runs scored to lead the Suns offense.

West Virginia 11 Auburn 5
• W. Pena 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, HBP
• Peguero (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perkins 2-4, BB, OF assists at HP, 2B
• Ripken 2-4, BB, RBI
• Barrera 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Black Bears roared in the 7th for two and five in the 8th to break a 4-4 tie and gash the Doubledays for an 11-5 loss. Starter Wilber Pena wobbled through four innings, with two runs let in on four hits and five walks while striking out three. Francys Peguero took the loss with four runs on six hits over the next three innings. The Auburn offense pounded out 12 hits and drew five walks, with Blake Perkins and Ryan Ripken leading the charge with two singles and a walk apiece.
Roster moves: 3B Kelvin Gutierrez assigned from Hagerstown for MiLB rehab.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1;
Won, 6-1
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-4, 4.35) vs.
Wheeler, J (6-1, 2.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-5 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (7-5, 3.41) vs.
Viza (1-1, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 2.37) vs.
Leal (9-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.56) vs.
Costello (0-0, 1.88)
Auburn Won, 5-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (1-1, 10.57) vs.
TBD


Rochester 5 Syracuse 1 – GAME ONE
• Lopez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Harper (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K, WP, HR(GS)
• Goodwin 2-4, SB
• Bostick 1-3, R

Rochester’s Adam Walker connected for a walkoff grand slam in the first extra inning as the Redwings flew past the Chiefs, 6-1. Reynaldo Lopez turned in six innings of one-run ball on three hits and four walks and struck out four. Bryan Harper took the loss as he loaded the bases in the 8th with a single and two walks (one intentional). Brian Goodwin went 2-for-4 and Christopher Bostick went 1-for-3 to account for three of the five Syracuse hits.

Syracuse 6 Rochester 1 – GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 5-7) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Ramsey 3-3, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• den Dekker 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Solano 1-2, R, BB

Paolo Espino went the distance while Caleb Ramsey ran out of game to complete the cycle as the Chiefs took the nightcap, 6-1. Espino let in the lone Redwings run on seven hits and a walk over seven innings for his fifth win. Ramsey singled, tripled, doubled, and drove in four runs in his three at-bats to lead the Syracuse charge, which included nine hits and two walks total.

Reading 13 Harrisburg 5
• Whiting 6⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Brinley (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔+ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 0K, 3HR, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Perez 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
• Ballou 3-4
• Soto 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

A 4-1 lead proved to be too small for the Harrisburg bullpen to hold as they were immolated for 12 runs over two and 2/3rds innings in a 13-5 loss to Reading. Boone Whiting got the no-decision with four runs charged to him on five hits and three walks while striking out six over six and a third innings. Ryan Brinley let in both inherited runners by giving up a single and HR before getting the last two outs of the 7th. Things got worse in the 8th when he served up back-to-back homers then hit a batter, which got him tossed and then manager Matt LeCroy was ejected shortly thereafter. He suffered both a blown save and a loss, if not a suspension and/or fine. Neftali Soto, who was one of three Sens named to the E.L. All Star Game, homered early and Stephen Perez homered late as the Senators collected 11 hits total on offense.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 2 – 10 inn.
• Mayberry 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Thomas (W, 2-2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Orlan (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Schrock 3-5, RBI
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Max “For Those About To” Schrock came through again with another extra-inning game-winner as the P-Nats reeled off their sixth straight win, 3-2 over the Pelicans in 10 innings. Whit Mayberry turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on four hits as he walked none and struck out seven in his Potomac debut. Justin Thomas was the winner in relief while R.C. Orlan set the side down in order in the 10th to earn the save, his eighth. Schrock went 3-for-5 to lead the Potomac hit parade while Drew Vettleson also reached base three times with a single, double, and a walk, which he drew in the 10th to score on Schrock’s third single.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 2 – 10 inn.
• Avila 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Pantoja 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• VanVossen (W, 2-2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Davidson 1-3, 2B, BB
• Encarnacion 1-3, BB, RBI

Angelo La Bruna’s first career longball was a walkoff in the 10th as Hagerstown edged Delmarva, 3-2. It made a winner out of Mick VanVossen, who gave up a solo HR in the 9th but pitched a scoreless 10th. Pedro Avila got the start and gave up a run on six hits and three walks over five innings. The Suns managed just five hits total, but got three extra-base hits (doubles by Austin Davidson and Edwin Lora) and four walks to make the most of their limited opportunities.
Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Matt DeRosier placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 2
• Mills (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Fuentes (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Vilorio 2-4, R, RBI
• Brandt 1-3, BB, 2RBI

The Doubledays put up three runs in the 2nd, added two in the 4th and cruised to a 5-2 win to take this one, 5-2 from the Scrappers. McKenzie Mills got his second win with one run allowed on two hits and three walks while striking out six. Luis Vilorio singled twice and drove in one while Clayton Brandt drove in two and singled once as Auburn produced five runs from five hits and five walks, with a little help from three Mahoning Valley errors.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 @ Rochester,
6:05 p.m.
Long (0-2, 4.30) vs.
Severino (3-0, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 13-10 @ Reading,
12:00 p.m.
Ross (3-0, 0.00) vs.
Aquino (3-7, 3.56)
Potomac Postponed @ Myrtle Beach,
12:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 5.85) vs.
Stephens (3-7. 3.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (4-5, 4.63) vs.
Arauz (3-4, 3.86)
Auburn Lost, 9-5 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Hillman (1-0, 2.45)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 4
• Voth (L, 4-4) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Runion 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2R, BB

The RailRiders railroaded Austin Voth for six runs in five innings and held off the Chiefs for a 6-4 win. Voth walked three, struck out none, and gave up eight hits, including a home run in his final inning to lose for the fourth time. Sam Runion and Koda Glover combined for four scoreless innings of relief. Christopher Bostick drove in the final three Syracuse runs with homer and a single while Matt Skole, Jason Martinson, and Pedro Severino each had a single and a walk to pace the eight-hit, five-walk offense.
Roster moves: RHP Rafael Martin optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 13 Bowie 10
• Valdez (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• De Los Santos (SV, 4) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 7RBI, E(19)
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Stevenson 2-4, 3R, BB, RBI, SB

Wilmer Difo had a touchdown and an extra point while the Harrisburg bullpen held Bowie to a field goal and recovered the onside kick in the final two minutes for a 13-10 victory. Philips Valdez won for the second time with five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. He struck out five and left with a 9-5 lead. Difo singled twice, doubled, and homered to drive in 7RBI while Shawn Pleffner, who’s been killing it in June (.415/.458/.547), went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead the Sens’ 15-hit assault. The BaySox rallied for three in the 9th before Abel De Los Santos came on to strike out the final batter and earn his fourth save.
Roster moves: RHP Wander Suero activated from 3-Day TIL.

Potomac vs. Winston-Salem – PPD
For the second time in the second half, rain washed away a P-Nats game and pushed it to another game in another series. They’ll make this one up when Winston-Salem returns to Potomac next month with a twi-night doubleheader on Saturday, July 23rd.
Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry assigned from Washington. FYI: He’s from Alexandria, VA, not Mt. Airy, NC.

Lakewood 12 Hagerstown 5
• Rodriguez (L, 6-3) 2⅔ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K
• Dickey 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, 2-0 IR-S
• DeBruin 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• La Bruna 1-2, R, 2BB
• Wiseman 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Lakewood scored seven times in the first three innings and it turned out to be the margin of victory in a 12-5 win over Hagerstown. All-Star Jefry Rodriguez was knocked for those seven scores on nine (9) hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds innings to lose for the third time. Robbie Dickey stranded two and let in a run of his own over three innings, but the rest of the Suns relievers were pinched for four runs in the 7th to put the game away. Grant DeBruin celebrated his 26th birthday with a single, a double, and two walks While Rhett Wiseman homered and drove in three to lead the Suns offense.

Mahoning Valley 9 Auburn 5
• Acevedo (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Cespedes 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brandt 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Barrera 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Scrappers put up crooked numbers in three consecutive innings and withstood two errors to give away four runs in the 7th to the Doubledays in a 9-5 triumph. Carlos Acevedo hit the wall in his fifth and final inning with three runs allowed on six hits and a walk to lose for the second time. Mahoning Valley made hay against Maximo Valerio, Nick Conner, and Phil Morse for six runs in the 6th and 7th before Angher Cespedes stopped the bleeding with a scoreless 8th. Sixth-round pick Tres Barrera drew the only Auburn walk and hit his first professional HR while Clayton Brandt doubled twice and drove in two to account for three of the four Doubleday hits.

Shuffling the Deck


For most of you, this may seem too late, but in the seven seasons I’ve been doing this, it’s only a little bit later than usual. While it may seem related to the news that Lucas Giolito will debut tonight, I’d argue it has more to do with the last of the signings coming in and room needing to be made. Rather than clutter up today’s news & notes, which have been abbreviated, here’s a rundown:

SYRACUSE
• RHP Rafael Martin recalled to Washington
• RHP J.C. Gutierrez, OF Tony Campana, 3B Scott Sizemore released
• IF Christopher Bostick, OF Zach Collier, RHP Reynaldo Lopez promoted from Harrisburg

HARRISBURG
• RHP Lucas Giolito recalled to Washington
• RHP Wander Suero placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List
• RHPs Boone Whiting and Ryan Brinley, OF Andrew Stevenson, 3B Drew Ward promoted from Potomac

POTOMAC
• RHP Trey Lambert, OF Victor Robles, IF Max Schrock promoted from Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Robbie Dickey, OF Randy Encarnacion, IF Angelo LaBruna promoted from Auburn

AUBURN
• RHPs Jacob Howell, Phil Morse promoted from the GCL

No word yet on the corresponding moves for Giolito and Martin yet, though it would seem likely that Taylor Jordan will go on the 60-Day DL and perhaps someone else will be DFA’d – perhaps even Martin himself.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 4.76) vs.
Green (5-6, 1.67)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (5-3, 3.17) vs.
Barker (3-1, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (3-3, 4.78) vs.
Valerio (1-2, 3.31)
Hagerstown Won, 12-9 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Gilbert (4-6, 4.10)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Medina (1-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 8 Toledo 1
• Cole (W, 6-4) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, HR, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2R, BB
• Goodwin 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI, SB(10)

A.J. Cole turned in his strongest start of the season thus far while Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin both homered as the Chiefs defeated the Mud Hens, 8-1 to take the series 2-1. The 24-y.o. tossed seven innings of one-run ball on just three hits and a walk while tying his strikeout high of eight for his sixth win. Koda Glover and Sam Runion each followed with a perfect innings to close out the game. Turner was a single shy of the cycle and also drew a walk to reach base four times to lead Syracuse’s 11-hit parade.
Roster moves: RHP Bronson Arroyo assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 1
• Mapes (W, 7-5) 9IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Soto 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• A. Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

Tyler Mapes reverted to Pitcher of the Week form with another complete game in a 3-1 Harrisburg win over New Hampshire. Mapes allowed the unearned run on eight hits and a walk while fanning four. He threw 111 pitches, 75 for strikes. The Sens got single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 9th with Neftali Soto leading the hit column with a single and two doubles and Adrian Sanchez matching his five total bases with a double and a triple.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 1
• Reyes (W, 4-7) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• Stevenson 2-5, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 3RBI

The P-Nats clawed the Hillcats in each of the first four innings to build a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win to complete the three-game sweep. Luis Reyes got his fourth win with six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Justin Thomas got the save with three scoreless innings. Andrew Stevenson scored three times while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in three; both went 2-for-5 to pace the Potomac offense. Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 12 Lexington 9
• Bourque 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Walby (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Schrock 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 4RBI, SB(15)
• Sagdal 3-3, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Dent 1-1, 2R, 4BB

Hagerstown rallied for five in the 9th to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9 win and sweep Lexington. James Bourque continues to “work on stuff,” as he was dinged for five runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. The Suns lineup pounded out 14 hits and drew 12 walks, led by Ian Sagdal (single, double, triple) Cody Dent (4) respectively. Philip Walby got the win in relief with one run let in over two innings while Jorge Pantoja pitched a scoreless 9th to earn the save.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 1
• Ramirez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Fuentes (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 1-2, R, HBP, SF, RBI
• Vilorio 1-2, BB, SB

Auburn scored once in the 1st and twice in the 2nd and held on for a 3-1 win over Williamsport. Yonathan Ramirez improved to 2-0 with five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while notching two K’s. Steven Fuentes closed out the game with three donuts to earn his second save. Dan Johnson singled, scored a run, and drove in a run on a sac fly while Luis Vilorio walked, singled, and stole a base as the Doubledays squeezed three runs out of just five hits and two walks.