Jul 142015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL STAR BREAK ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Losing, 3-1
(Suspended)
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-5, 4.93) vs.
McRae (4-5, 4.00)
Auburn Won, 10-7 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse — ALL-STAR BREAK
After last year’s aberration, all is back to normal in Syracuse at the break… just one (obligatory) I.L. all-star, in last place by 4½ games, and columnists bitching about the stadium.

Harrisburg 2 Erie 1
• Voth (W, 4-5) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• De Los Santos (SV, 6) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Robinson 2-4, 2B, RBI, CS
• Ballou 0-0, R, 3BB, SB, CS
• Dykstra 1-1, R, HR, RBI, E

Cutter Dykstra’s solo HR in the bottom of the 7th was the difference as Harrisburg edged Erie, 2-1 to earn a split of the four-game series. Austin Voth turned in seven innings of one-run ball, allowing the lone SeaWolves run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight for his fourth win. It also snapped a streak of three straight no-decisions. Derrick Robinson collected two of the Sens’ five hits while Isaac Ballou drew three of the five walks issued for the game.

Winston-Salem 3 Potomac 1 — SUSP.
Matt Purke’s return to the Carolina League was marred twice — once by the Winston-Salem batters, who knocked him for three runs in the 1st, then again in the 3rd when the rains came and suspended play. A makeup date is yet to be announced but the two teams have a remaining series in Woodbridge from August 11-13. With the 13th being a getaway matinee, look for the makeup to be played on the 11th to allow for a possible rainout.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns are 9-9 in the second half as they hit the road for West Virginia and Kannapolis for six games before returning home next Wednesday.

Auburn 10 Staten Island 7
• Rivera 3+ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Torres (W, 3-0) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Borne (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Me. Rodriguez 3-4, RBI
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Schrock 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A five-run 5th dug the Doubledays out of a 7-3 hole as they took the series finale from the Yankees, 10-7. Mariano Rivera III was pounded for the second straight start, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits over three-plus innings. Luis Torres was credited with the win but Grant Borne was the most effective reliever with three scoreless innings. Andrew Stephenson and Melvin Rodriguez both had three hits as Auburn notched 13 total on the night.
Roster moves: LHP McKenzie Mills reassigned to GCL Nationals; RHPs John Feliz, Matt Pirro reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Jul 132015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 8-1 vs. Erie,
12:00 p.m.
Voth (3-5, 3.19) vs.
Collier (2-0, 2.41)
Potomac Won, 8-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (1st A+ start of ’15) vs.
Leyer (3-6, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 7-3 vs. Staten Island,
7:05 p.m.
Bornes (1-­1, 4.91) vs.
M. Rivera (0-0, 4.50)


Syracuse 4 Rochester 1
• Jordan (W, 3-4) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Espino (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nelson 2-4, 2R, 2B, SB
• Lisson 2-4, RBI

Taylor Jordan tossed six shutout innings en route to a 4-1 win on Sunday afternoon. Jordan walked one and struck out four while he notched his third AAA win. Jose Valverde Cordero’d his way through the ninth, allowing two hits and stranding both runners for his eighth save. Chris Nelson, Mario Lisson, and Ricky Hague all went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs collected 10 hits total.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 1
• Bacus (L, 5-2) 4+ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K
• Suero 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Lozada 1-2, BB

Erie scored four runs in the first two innings and cruised to an 8-1 victory over Harrisburg. Starter and losing pitcher Dakota Bacus was strafed for seven runs on 10 hits and two walks over four-plus innings. Three relievers combined for five innings of one-run relief, but it was for naught as the Sens offense was limited to one run on six hits. Shawn Pleffner and Jose Lozada led the attack, each singling and taking a walk.
Roster move: RHP Colin Bates activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 2
• Lopez (W, 5-5) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Dupra (SV, 3) 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 1K
• Ward 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, 2PB
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Potomac exploded for four runs in the 7th to break a 1-1 tie and piled on three more runs in the 8th and 9th as they took Game Three of the four-game series with Winston-Salem, 8-2. Reynaldo Lopez evened up his won-loss record at 5-5 with six innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits, no walks, and setting seven down on strikes. Brian Dupra pitched two scoreless innings before letting in the final Dash run in the 9th. Drew Ward singled twice and doubled once to go 3-for-5 and lead the P-Nats’ 12-hit parade.

Delmarva 3 Hagerstown 1
• Van Orden (L, 5-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Cooper 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 2-3, 2B, BB, SB
• Davidson 2-3, RBI

The pitching was there for the Suns, but the bats were not as the Shorebirds took the five-game series finale, 3-1. Drew Van Orden let in the first two Delmarva runs on four hits and three walks over five innings, which was enough to suffer his second loss. Hagerstown managed just five hits total, with Bryan Mejia and Austin Davidson combining for four of them as each man went 2-for-3 on the night.

Staten Island 7 Auburn 3
• Mills (L, 0-2) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 1K
• Crownover 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kerian 2-3, BB
• Lora 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Staten Island put up four in the first and Auburn got three runs back in the first two innings to make a 4-3 ballgame. It stayed that way until the 8th, when the Yankees put up three more, for which the Doubledays had no answer as they dropped this one, 7-3. McKenzie Mills was booted after one inning, giving up the aforementioned four on three hits and two walks with one whiff. All three Auburn runs came on the long ball, with Rhett Wiseman hitting a two-run shot in the 1st and Edwin Lora going solo in the 2nd.
Roster move: OF Rafael Bautista assigned from Potomac for MiLB rehab.

Jul 122015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (2-4, 2.97) vs.
Peavey (0-3, 5.23)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Erie,
1:30 p.m.
Bacus (5-1, 2.95) vs.
Collier (2-0, 2.41)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 @ Winston-Salem,
5:00 p.m.
Lopez (4-5, 4.57) vs.
Brennan (0-2, 4.34)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Delmarva,
3:05 p.m.
Van Orden (5-1, 2.86) vs.
Grimes (6-5, 4.38)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Staten Island,
5:05 p.m.
Mills (0-1, 5.06) vs.
Callahan (2-1, 4.15)


Rochester 8 Syracuse 4
• Ross 4⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Walters (L, 4-2) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, 2-0 IR-S
• Gwynn 3-5, R
• Martinson 2-4, BB

Rochester rallied for four in the 8th and two in the 9th to turn a 4-2 deficit into an 8-4 win vs. Syracuse. Joe Ross got the no-decision, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out three over four and 2/3rds. P.J. Walters stranded two to end the 5th and held the RedWings scoreless in the 6th and 7th before the wheels came off in the 8th. Tony Gwynn Jr. and Jason Martinson both reached base three times as the Chiefs notched 13 hits and 4 walks but left on 11 baserunners.
Roster move: C Zach Wright assigned from Washington; SS Trea Turner placed on 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 3
• Bleier (W, 7-3) 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• De Los Santos (S, 5) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-2 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• Dykstra 1-3, 2BB, CS, 3E

Harrisburg built a 5-0 lead and survived a bullpen meltdown in the 8th to take this one, 5-3 over Erie. Richard Bleier got the win, his seventh for the Sens, with seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits, no walks, and setting down one (1) on strikes. Nick Lee retired just one of five batters faced before giving way to Abel De Los Santos who let in two of three inherited runners on a sac fly and a double before ending the 8th. He pitched a scoreless 9th for the save, his fifth. Brian Goodwin tripled and hit a two-run HR in the 6th to lead the Senators offense.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 3
• Dickson 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Thomas (L, 0-5) 3⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• DeBruin 2-3, RBI
• Ruiz 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Winston-Salem got three in the 8th to extend their lead from 4-3 to 8-4 and, um, dash any hopes of a 9th-inning comeback by Potomac. Ian Dickson pitched into the 5th but was charged with three runs on six hits, including a home run. He walked one and struck out two. The loss went to Justin Thomas as he gave up the final four runs on four hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. Adderling Ruiz singled and homered in his High-A debut as the P-Nats collected seven hits and drew three walks on the night.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 2
• Morales (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K
• D. Williams 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Read 2-4
• Carey 2-5

The Shorebirds showed Jose Morales the door with a four-run 3rd as they tripled up the Suns, 6-2. Morales was charged with five runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out none and gave up a three-run HR. Hagerstown’s bullpen combined for five innings of one-run ball but the offense was held to just six hits and failed to capitalize on five walks issued as they left on nine men.

Staten Island 3 Auburn 1
• Fedde (L, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Guilbeau 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, K
• Kerian 2-3
• Encarnacion 1-3, RBI

Staten Island got single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 7th and outpitched Auburn for a 3-1 win. Erick Fedde walked none, struck out six, and went five innings, but gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits to take the loss. Taylor Guilbeau let in the other Yankee run on four hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds. The Doubledays were held to just four hits — all singles — and one walk. David Kerian was the sole batter to reach base twice, as he went 2-for-3.

GCL Update
The G-Nats won just two games again this past week, which puts them at 7-11 after three weeks of play. They trail the first-place G-Marlins by only 3½ games, thanks to the mediocrity parity of the four-team GCL East. As noted in yesterday’s GBI, Darryl Florentino has come on of late, now hitting .394 in 12 games. Wilber Pena has the lowest ERA (0.75) among the pitchers that have started two or more games.

DSL Update
The D-Nats won five of six to pull into a third-place tie, but are still 10 games behind the division-leading D-Rangers. 17-y.o. Juan Evangelista has become the hot hand, hitting .366 over his last 10 games. The starting pitching remains a strength, with the top five pitchers (in terms of GS) combining for a 3.34 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Jul 112015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0;
Lost, 11-2
vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Ross (2-1, 2.40) vs.
Dean (6-7, 3.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Bleier (6-3, 2.96) vs.
Green (2-11, 5.00)
Potomac Won, 4-2 @ Winston-Salem,
6:30 p.m.
Dickson (1st A+ Start of ’15) vs.
Guerrero (1-1, 4.84)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Morales (A- Debut) vs.
Walker (3-1, 3.33)
Auburn Won, 13-1 vs. Staten Island,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-0, 1.50) vs. TBD


Syracuse 4 Rochester 0 — GAME ONE
• Cole (W, 1-4) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Meek 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 2-3, R, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Nelson 2-3, RBI

A.J. Cole’s winless streak ended with a 4-0 Syracuse win over Rochester in Game One. Cole threw six shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out two to win his first AAA game since August 25, 2014. The Chiefs broke open the 0-0 game with a three-run 3rd, highlighted by Trea Turner’s two-run triple. Turner, Chris Nelson, and Darin Mastroianni each had two hits as Syracuse collected 10 in just six turns at bat.

Rochester 11 Syracuse 2 — GAME TWO
• Hill (L, 3-4) 4+ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Johnson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Hague 2-3

You know it’s a bad night when the most effective pitcher is a position player. Rochester scored nine unanswered runs from the 4th to the 6th before Josh Johnson shut them down with a 1-2-3 seventh. The loss went to Taylor Hill, who gave up five runs on six hits and two walks over four-plus innings. Syracuse managed just six hits, though one was Trea Turner’s second AAA home run.
Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole activated from 7-Day DL; RHP Taylor Hill optioned from Washington; RHP James Simmons released.

Erie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Pivetta 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Runion (L, 3-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bostick 3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Erie struck for three runs in the 7th to break a 3-3 tie and take the series opener vs. Harrisburg, 6-3. Nick Pivetta turned in a quality start of three runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings in his AA debut. Sam Runion was rung up for the deciding runs on three hits in his one inning of work. Tablesetters Cutter Dykstra and Christopher Bostick both homered and combined to go 5-for-9 as the Sens collected 10 hits total.
Roster move: IF Wilmer Difo recalled to Washington.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 2
• A. Williams (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mapes (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mesa 3-5, R, SB
• Norfork 2-4, 2B, RBI

The P-Nats scored early but not often, but the pitching held up as they doubled up the Dash, 4-2. Austen Williams got hit hard early, giving up two runs in the space of four batters before he settled in to retire 10 straight before issuing his second walk. He would finish with both Winston-Salem runs allowed on three hits over six innings to win his High-A debut. Lineup bookends Narciso Mesa and Khayyan Norfork combined for five of the nine Potomac hits on the night.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz, 1B Jimmy Yezzo activated from 7-Day DL; OF Brandon Miller retired; RHP Aaron Barrett MLB Rehab assignment ended.

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 6
• Bach 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K
• Orlan (W, 3-1) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Walsh (SV, 6) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Mejia 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Page 2-4, 2B

The Suns scored twice in the bottom of the 6th to change the score for the fifth and final time as they edged the Shorebirds, 7-6. R.C. Orlan got the win in relief, allowing a home run over three and 1/3rd innings. Connor Bach started but was knocked for five runs on six hits and three walks over four innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz walked, doubled, and tripled, scored twice and drove in two to pace the Hagerstown offense.
Roster move: C Matt Reistetter reassigned from Potomac

Auburn 13 Batavia 1
• J. Rodriguez (W, 1-2) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Borne 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kerian 2-3, 2R, 3BB, 2RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 2BB, 4RBI

The Doubledays put up a season-high 13 runs up on the board as they neutered the Muckdogs, 13-1. Jefry Rodriguez struck out eight and gave up the lone Batavia run on two hits and two walks as he pitched six innings for just the second time this season (both wins). Luis Guzman was the beer man, going 0-for-6 with three strikeouts while the rest of the Auburn lineup pounded Batavia pitchers for 14 hits and drew 10 walks.

Jul 102015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 vs. Rochester,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and Hill (3-3, 4.68) vs.
Rogers (7-5, 3.04) and TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (AA debut) vs.
Turley (8-5, 2.75)
Potomac Won, 3-2;
Won, 4-2
@ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (A+ Debut) vs.
Dykstra (3-6, 3.95)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (2-1, 3.21) vs.
Long (2-3, 4.50)
Auburn Postponed @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-2, 7.07) vs.
Holloway (1-1, 3.18)


Syracuse 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• Billings (W, 5-3) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Martin (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Valverde (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 4-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Keyes 2-5, R, 2B
• Gwynn 1-3, R, BB, 3RBI

The Chiefs scored in three of the first five innings to take the series finale vs. the RailRiders, 5-2. Bruce Billings earned his fifth win with five innings of two-run ball, giving up seven hits, two walks, and fanning three. Rafael Martin and Paul Demny combined for three scoreless innings of relief before Jose Valverde came on to lock down the 9th with his seventh save. Tony Gwynn Jr. drove in three while Caleb Ramsey notched his second four-hit game in less than a week to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: C Craig Manuel reassigned from Potomac.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Spann (L, 2-1) 6IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Davis 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Skole 1-2, BB
• Vettleson 1-4, RBI

A four-run 2nd was too much for Harrisburg to overcome as they dropped the series finale to Richmond, 5-1. Matt Spann was charged with those four runs gutted out six innings while losing his first AA game. He finished with 11 hits allowed, one walk, and struck out five.
Erik Davis closed out the game with one run let in over two innings. The Senators were limited to just five hits, with Matt Skole the only batter to reach base twice.
Roster moves: RHP Colin Bates placed on the three-day TIL; IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Valdez 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Kieboom 1-2, R, BB
• Wooten 2-3, R, RBI

Potomac rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to walk off with a 3-2 win in the opener. Phillips Valdez started and went the first five innings, letting in both Lynchburg runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Brian Dupra got the win in relief with two scoreless frames. Khayyan Norfork’s two-out single was the gamewinner as the P-Nats got three of their six hits in their final turn at the plate.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2 — GAME TWO
• Simms (W, 5-5) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 1K
• Mesa 3-4, 2B
• DeBruin 2-2, RBI

Potomac didn’t wait until the 7th to get the decisive three-spot, which they put up in the 5th in Game Two to snap a 1-1 tie. They held off a late charge from Lynchburg to complete the doubleheader sweep, 4-2. John Simms went the distance, allowing both Hillcats runs on five hits with one walk and one whiff over seven innings. Narciso Mesa singled twice and doubled once to go 3-for-4 and lead the P-Nats attack.
Roster moves: C Matt Reistetter, IF Cody Dent reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 10 Delmarva 8
• M. Sanchez 2IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Cooper (W, 2-2) 2+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Napoli (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Carey 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2BB, 2RBI, CS
• Page 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2B, 2HR, 2RBI

The Suns scored nine runs over 5th, 6th, and 7th innings to dig themselves out of a 6-1 hole and take a 10-6 lead. The Shorebirds rallied for two in the 9th but fell, 10-8. Mario Sanchez started but was sent packing after two innings, dinged for five runs on four hits, including a three-run HR in his second and final inning. Andrew Cooper got the win in relief while David Napoli stranded a runner in the 9th and shut the door for his fourth save. D.K. Carey, Matthew Page, and Raudy Ready each had two hits and two RBI for Hagerstown.
Roster moves: OF Matthew Page promoted from Auburn.

Auburn vs. Batavia — PPD
Rain postponed the middle game of the away-home-away series between the Doubledays and Muckdogs. They’ll make it up next month when Batavia visits the weekend before the NYPL All-Star break.

Jul 092015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 (13 inn.) @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
12:05 p.m.
Billings (4-3, 3.82) vs.
De Paula (2-2, 4.74)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (3-5, 3.44) vs.
Quirarte (0-1, 4.94)
Potomac Postponed vs. Lynchburg,
12:05 p.m.
Valdez (3-2, 4.81) and
Simms (4-5, 3.06) vs.
Kime (2-4, 4.41) and
Peoples (5-3, 5.22)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
M. Sanchez (4-3, 3.90) vs.
B. Gonzalez (4-6, 5.75)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-2, 7.07) vs.
Holloway (1-1, 3.18)


Syracuse 6 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 (13 inn.)
• Simmons 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HBP
• Martin (W, 4-4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Valverde (SV, 6) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 3-5, 2R, BB, SB
• Ramsey 3-5, R

The Chiefs won for the fourth time in five games with a 6-4 extra-innings win over the RailRiders. James Simmons got the spot start in place of Taylor Hill but was tracked for three runs on four hits and a walk over four innings. Four relievers combined to shut down Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for eight innings to set up Syracuse’s comeback in the 13th. Rafael Martin got the win while Jose Valverde Cordero’ed his way to a sixth save. Trea Turner and Caleb Ramsey both went 3-for-5 to lead the Chiefs’ attack.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill recalled to Washington; RHP Taylor Jordan optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 1
• Bates (W, 4-0) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Suero (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lee (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP
• Dykstra 2-2, R, 2BB, SB
• Vettleson 2-4
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

Harrisburg’s long climb to .500 was reached with a 3-1 victory over Richmond. Matt Skole’s Earl Weaver special in the 1st would be all the Senators would get, but thanks to a three-pitcher shutout, it would be all they would need. Colin Bates earned his fourth win with six hits allowed over six innings. Wander Suero got the hold with two scoreless innings. Nick Lee worked around a walk and a single in the 9th for the save. Cutter Dykstra reached base four times with two singles and two walks to lead the eight-hit, six-walk offense.
Roster move: RHP Nick Pivetta promoted from Potomac

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — PPD
Rain washed out Game Two of the three-game series between the Hillcats and P-Nats. They’ll shoot to make it up this afternoon with doubleheader.
Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams, LHP Matt Purke promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 3
• Reyes (W, 4-5) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Glover 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Carey 2-4, R, BB

Hagerstown went deep three times to defeat Delmarva, 4-1. Luis Reyes went the first five innings and allowed just one, no walks, and struck out six to earn his fourth win. Newcomer Koda Glover struck out three before giving way to Deion Williams, who lost the shutout with run given up in the 8th. Austin Davidson got the Suns on the board first with a solo shot in the 3rd. Two batters later, Bryan Mejia hit a two-run shot, then added a second big fly in the 5th. Mejia, D.K. Carey, and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz each had two hits as Hagerstown notched 10 hits total.
Roster moves: RHPs Jose Morales and Koda Glover reassigned from Auburn; SS Osvaldo Abreu placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jake Mayers activated from the 7-Day DL.

Batavia 4 Auburn 1
• Hearn (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Lee 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Page 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Stevenson 2-4

The ‘Dogs mucked up Taylor Hearn’s NYPL debut, scoring in each of the first three innings en route to a 4-1 victory over the Doubledays. Hearn would give up six hits, walk one, but strike out six over four innings in the loss. After a leadoff single by Andrew Stevenson in the 1st, Auburn wouldn’t get its second hit until one out in the 7th. Matthew Page’s RBI double in the 9th broke up the shutout bid. Page and Stevenson would both go 2-for-4 on the night.
Roster moves: OF Rhett Wiseman and LHP Taylor Guilbeau reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Jul 072015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (2-2, 2.21) vs.
Severino, L (4-0, 1.96)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0 @ Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (3-5, 3.44) vs.
Quirarte (0-1, 4.94)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 (10 inn.) vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (4-4, 4.58) vs.
Kime (2-4, 4.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-3, 3.25) vs.
Viza (4-3, 3.94)
Auburn Lost, 9-7 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 2
• Ross (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Valverde (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 3-4, SB
• Butler 1-2, 2B, BB, 3RBI

Dan Butler drove in two with a double in the 3rd and got the Homer Simpson RBI in the 6th as the Chiefs completed a three-game sweep of the PawSox with a 3-2 win. Joe Ross won his second AAA game with five shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Jose Valverde pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save. Trea Turner led the Syracuse hit column with a 3-for-4 night.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 0
• Bacus (W, 5-1) 8IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• De Los Santos (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Difo 3-5, 2B, 2RBI, SB(10)
• Goodwin 2-5, RBI

Dakota Bacus threw a career-best eight shutout innings to lead the Senators to a 3-0 win over the Curve and take the series, 2-1. Bacus walked none, struck out four, and let up just four hits as he won his fifth AA game. Abel De Los Santos retired the side in order in the 9th for his fourth save. Wilmer Difo went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI to power the Harrisburg offense.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis recalled to Washington; RHP Brian Rauh assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Wilmington 2 Potomac 1 (10 inn.)
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Giolito 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 10K, HBP, WP, BK
• Self (L, 2-3) 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Sanchez 2-4. R
• Ward 1-3, RBI

A solo HR in the top of the 10th was the difference as the P-Nats dropped a 2-1 decision to snap a modest four-game win streak. Lucas Giolito struck out 10 in six innings of relief of Aaron Barrett, who “started” for his MLB rehab outing and struck out the side in the 1st. Derek Self coughed up his seventh HR in just 37IP this season to take the loss, his third for Potomac. Adrian Sanchez went 2-for-4 and was the sole P-Nats batter to reach base twice.
Roster moves: OF Rafael Bautista assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 3
• Van Orden 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, 3WP
• Johns (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Eusebio 2-4

Hagerstown rallied for three in the top of the 8th to tie the game, but Lakewood answered with two in the bottom half to take this one, 5-3. Drew Van Orden had a no-decision and a quality start with three runs allowed on seven hits and two walks while striking out six. Sam Johns was charged with the loss when David Napoli let in the baserunner Johns left him. Osvaldo Abreu remains hot with another multihit game as he went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and extended his hit streak to five games.

State College 9 Auburn 7
• Rivera 3IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Mills (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Lora 2-5, 2B, RBI, 3E
• VanMeetren 2-3, R, SB

Auburn took leads of 4-0 and 6-3 but couldn’t hold either as they fell to State College, 9-7. Mariano Rivera III started but was battered for four runs (three earned) on eight hits over three innings. He struck out one and walked none. McKenzie Mills was the loser in relief, charged with five runs over two and 2/3rds innings. Edwin Lora was force on offense, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and a farce on defense as he committed three of the four Doubledays errors.

Jul 062015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Ross (1-1, 3.60) vs.
Johnson (8-5, 2.68)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (4-1, 3.42) vs.
Brault (1-1, 2.08)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (14 inn.);
Won, 3-1
vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (3-4, 3.08) vs.
Junis (3-6, 3.47)
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (5-1, 2.70) vs.
Taylor (4-5, 4.61)
Auburn Lost, 7-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Tomchick (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Rivera (0-0, 1.80)


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 1
• Walters (W, 4-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Meek (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mastroianni 2-4
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

A four-run 3rd proved to be enough for the Chiefs to take Game Two of the three-game series, 4-1. P.J. Walters allowed the sole PawSox run on four hits and two walks while striking out three to win his fourth game. Evan Meek led a trio of relievers who combined for four scoreless innings and six strikeouts. Kevin Keyes hit his third AAA home run and drove in two to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington; OF Tony Gwynn Jr. activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Altoona 3 Harrisburg 0
• Bleier (L, 6-3) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Runion 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Skole 2-4, 2B
• Difo 2-4

The Curve scored three times in the first four innings while three Altoona pitchers kept the Senators off the board for a 3-0 shutout. Richard Bleier was charged with all three runs on ten hits and no walks and just one strikeout over six innings as he lost his third AA game. Matt Skole’s double in the 6th was the sole extra-base hit of the eight that Harrisburg collected on the night.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 2 (14 inn.) — COMP
• Amlung (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 4-6, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

Potomac wasted no time in finishing off the Blue Rocks in the continuation, as Estarlin Martinez led off the 14th with single, took second on an Adrian Sanchez sacrifice, third on a groundout to the pitcher, and scored on Alec Keller’s fourth hit of the contest. Justin Amlung got the win for pitching the top of the 14th as he allowed one hit and struck out two.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1 — GAME TWO
• Pivetta (W, 7-4) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• Mapes (S, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Sanchez 2-4. R
• Norfork 1-3, 2B

Nick Pivetta was perfect for 19 batters until Jack Lopez beat out a high-hop grounder that got past Grant DeBruin but not far enough for Lopez to take second base. It was ruled a hit. After Lopez was thrown out trying to steal, Pivetta lost the shutout on a long solo HR to LF. He would finish with seven innings pitched and one run allowed on two hits, no walks, and nine whiffs. The offense would give him three runs to work with, led by Adrian Sanchez (2-for-4), while Tyler Mapes closed out the game with two scoreless for his first save.

Hagerstown 7 Lakewood 5
• A. Williams (W, 8-1) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Walsh (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Abreu 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Keniry 2-4, 2B

The Suns burst out of the gate for three in the 1st and added four more in the 4th as they held off a late Lakewood charge for a 7-5 win. Austen Williams turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on five hits and a walk while fanning four as he won for the eighth time. Jake Walsh worked around a one-out single in the 9th to earn his fourth save. Osvaldo Abreu doubled twice to take the lead in the Sally League at 24 two-baggers and was 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead the Suns attack.
Roster move: OF Wilman Rodriguez reassigned from Syracuse.

State College 7 Auburn 1
• Baez (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K
• Gunter 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 3-4, R, SB
• Schrock 1-3, 2B, BB

State College put up crooked number in three innings while Auburn managed just one run in a 7-1 loss. Joan Baez remains winless in six starts at two levels as he was taken for five runs on six hits and three walks over two and 2/3rds innings for his second loss at the SS-A level. 2nd Rd. pick Andrew Stevenson went 3-for-4 with a run and a stolen base while 13th Rd. pick Max Schrock doubled and walked. The rest of the Doubledays were just 1-for-23 with no walks.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hearn reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Jul 052015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 12-4 vs. Pawtucket,
5:05 p.m.
Jordan (2-4, 2.97)
Walters (3-1, 5.81) vs.
Johnson (8-5, 2.68)
Owens (2-6, 3.28)
Harrisburg Won, 11-9 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Bleier (6-2, 2.84) vs.
Kuhl (5-3, 3.29)
Potomac Tied, 2-2 (13 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and Pivetta (6-4, 2.38) and
TBD and Mills (6-3, 2.14)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (7-1, 1.88) vs.
Watson (1st Low-A start of ’15)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. State College,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (0-1, 13.50) vs.
Beck (0-1, 0.90)


Syracuse 12 Pawtucket 4
• Billings (W, 4-3) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 7K, 2HR
• Grace (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 4-4, 4R
• Nelson 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
• Martinson 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI

After falling behind 4-3 after three innings, Syracuse put the pedal to the metal and scored the last nine runs for a 12-4 victory over Pawtucket. Bruce Billings got the Jack Morris win with a pedestrian four runs let in on eight hits, including two home runs. He walked none and struck out seven. Jason Martinson homered twice and drove in four while Chris Nelson singled twice and doubled once to drive in five to lead the Chiefs attack.
Roster moves: RHP Scott McGregor placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 11 Altoona 9
• Spann 5⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K
• Lee (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 4RBI, SB
• Severino 3-5, 2R, 2-2B

Harrisburg rallied for three in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead and for five in the 8th to take a 10-7 lead en route to an 11-9 victory over Altoona. Matthew Spann started but was ineffective, giving up seven runs on six hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Nick Lee got the “W” in his AA debut, though he allowed one of two inherited runners to score in the 6th before pitching a scoreless 7th. Wilmer Difo and Pedro Severino were both 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Sens bent the Curve’s pitchers for 16 hits total.
Roster move: LHP Nick Lee promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 2 — SUSP. (13 inn.)
• Barrett 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Simms 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5

They started late. They played late. They did not finish late, as fog forced the suspension of this one in the bottom of the 13th with the scored tied at 2-2. They’ll pick it up in the five o’clock hour tonight and finish, then play the regularly scheduled nine-inning game.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 0
• M. Sanchez (L, 4-3) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• K. Perez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 2-4
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-2, 2BB

The Suns put on 10 runners, left on nine, and scored none as the Blue Claws shut them out, 6-0. Mario Sanchez was pinched for all six runs on nine hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings to suffer his third loss. Kevin Perez and Jake Walsh combined for three and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief, but the offense was limited to six hits with Raudy Read (2-for-4) and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz the only two batters to reach base more than once.

Auburn 4 State College 2
• Fedde (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Brinley (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Page 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Guzman 3-3, 2RBI

Auburn scored four times in four innings to, um, double up State College, 4-2. Erick Fedde earned his first professional win with five innings of one-run ball, striking out six, walking none, and allowing three hits. Ryan Brinley pitched two scoreless, Tommy Peterson one, to earn hold while Luis Torres was awarded the save while giving up the final Spikes run. Luis Guzman led the Doubleday hit column with three hits and drove in two, while Matthew Page also reached base three times with two singles and a walk while plating one.

GCL Update
The G-Nats won just two games this past week, which dropped them below .500 at 5-7 after two weeks of play. Victor Robles remains the flavor of the week, having stolen five bases, smacked seven extra-base hits out of 17, and scored 12 times in 12 games. Twenty-four pitchers have appeared thus with just one pitcher having pitched more than nine innings.

DSL Update
The D-Nats also were 2-4 for the week, dropping them to 12-19, which is 13 games off the pace set by the 25-6 DSL Rangers. With the July 2 start of the 2015-2016 IFA signing period, the Nats made a big splash with two notable signings: No. 13-ranked Juan Soto and SS Luis Angel Aquino.

Jul 042015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (3-3, 3.58) vs.
Couch (3-7, 5.14)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (2-0, 3.21) vs.
Glasnow (2-2, 2.45)
Potomac Won, 8-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Simms (4-5, 3.41) vs.
Manaea (1-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
M. Sanchez (4-2, 3.18)
vs. Garcia (5-6, 3.39)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-0, 1.29) vs.
Perez (2-0, 1.80)


Buffalo 8 Syracuse 4
• Hill (L, 3-3) 5IP, 11H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K
• Valverde 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mastroianni 2-4, R, BB
• Butler 2-4

The Bisons scored in five straight innings, erasing leads of 3-2 and 4-3 as they doubled up the Chiefs, 8-4. Taylor Hill was strafed for six runs on 11 hits and no walks while striking out two to lose for the third time. Veterans Darin Mastroianni and Dan Butler both went 2-for-4 as the Syracuse offense totaled nine hits and one walk but struck out 10 times.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 4 (10 inn.)
• Bates 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Simmons (W, 4-4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Vettleson 2-4, R, RBI
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B, BB

A pitcher’s duel turned into a slugfest in the late innings as the Senators walked off for a 5-4 win in 10 innings for their ninth win in the last ten games. Colin Bates nursed a 1-0 deficit into the 7th until the Flying Squirrels struck for a two-out, three-run home run. Harrisburg broke up the no-hitter in the bottom of the 7th and scored two runs to cut the lead in half, then tied it in the bottom of the 9th. A single, hit by pitch, and a wild pitch set up Wilmer Difo’s 10th-inning sac fly to seal the deal.

Potomac 8 Frederick 3
• Valdez (W, 3-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Dickson 3IP, 0H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Keller 3-5, R, RBI
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2B, CS

Potomac rallied for five in the 6th to snap a 3-3 tie and take the series finale, 8-3 against Frederick. Phillips Valdez recovered from a three-run first to go the minimum for the win, giving up five hits, no walks while striking out four. Alec Keller and Adrian Sanchez both went 3-for-5 with a run scored while Grant DeBruin hit his first High-A home run as the P-Nats pounded out 11 hits and drew nine walks.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Hagerstown and placed on the 7-Day DL.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 2
• Reyes (L, 3-5) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Napoli 3IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Abreu 1-3, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B

Greensboro scored five unanswered runs as they lost the game, 5-2, and the series, 2-1. Luis Reyes took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks over six innings while fanning four. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled and doubled to lead the Suns hit column, as Hagerstown was held to just seven hits on the night.

Williamsport 6 Auburn 1
• Crownover ⅔ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 1K, 0HR
• Borne 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B
• Stevenson 2-4, R

The Crosscutters completed the series sweep with a 6-1 win over the Doubledays. Matthew Crownover got knocked around for all six Williamsport runs on six hits and no walks while retiring just two batters in the 1st for his third loss in as many starts. Three relievers combined for six and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief, but the Auburn “attack” was five hits by three batters, with Andrew Stevenson and Kelvin Gutierrez both going 2-for-4 and Melvin Rodriguez going 1-for-4.