Apr 292016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
T. Hill (0-1, 2.87) vs.
B. Johnson (1-2, 2.51)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 2.31) vs.
Bridwell (0-0, 5.14)
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-2, 5.17) vs.
Rodgers (1-1, 3.52)
Hagerstown Losing, 6-5
(Suspended, darkness)
vs. Rome,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Soroka (0-2, 1.80)


Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Cole (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martin (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Skole 3-4
• Revere 2-3, R, RBI

The Chiefs scored once in the 1st and twice in the 2nd and cruised to a 3-1 win over the PawSox. A.J. Cole bounced back from getting smelted by the IronPigs with six shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks with two whiffs on just 85 pitches. Rafael Martin worked around a single in the 9th with a popup and two strikeouts for his third save. Rehabbing Ben Revere was sterling with two singles and a run scored while Matt Skole led the Syracuse hit column with three singles in four at at-bats.
Roster move: C Nick Rickles assigned from XST.

Hartford vs. Harrisburg – PPD
Rain washed out the finale of the “road” series between Hartford and Harrisburg. No word on when it will be made up (or where).

Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac – PPD
Likewise, the combination of wet grounds and continual drizzle sent the Pelicans home early. They’ll try to make it up with a doubleheader on Thursday, June 16th.

Asheville 6 Hagerstown 5 – SUSP., 5 inn.
• DeRosier 3⅓ IP, 11H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Crownover 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 3-3, 2R, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, 2B, SB
• Page 2-3, R, 2RBI

The lights went out on the Tourists and Suns, forcing the game to be suspended after five full with the score 6-5 in favor of Asheville. Matt DeRosier got the start but was strafed for six runs (three earned) on 11 hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd inning. Hagerstown changed the Matt from DeRosier to Crownover, who stranded two in the 4th by rolling a double play and got three flyouts in the 5th. Kelvin Gutierrez extended his hit streak to nine with his third straight multi-hit game, and combined with Max Schrock, Matt Page, and Ian Sagdal for all eight Suns hits.

Apr 282016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 7.71) vs.
B. Johnson (1-2, 2.51)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 “@” Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 2.31) vs.
Freeland (3-1, 1.13)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-2, 5.17) vs.
Clifton (0-2, 4.15)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-7 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-0, 4.20) vs.
Craig (0-0, 4.22)


Syracuse – OFF DAY
The rain and cold weather has followed the Chiefs from southern New England to central New York, but it does appear that they might play tonight and begin a four-game series in Syracuse.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis recalled to Washington; OF Ben Revere assigned on MLB rehab.

Hartford 4 Harrisburg 1
• Lopez (L, 0-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Bacus 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Collier 1-3, R
• Difo 1-4, RBI

Hartford got all the runs they would need in the 1st but scored, um, insurance runs in the 3rd and 5th for a 4-1 win over Harrisburg. Reynaldo Lopez lost for the third time in four starts and gave up his fifth home run. He was charged with all four Yard Goat runs on seven hits and and two walks while setting down six on strikes. Dakota Bacus tossed two perfect innings of relief, which might have been useful had the Senators offense mustered more than four hits (albeit against the E.L.’s #1 staff by a trailer-park wide margin – 1.71 ERA to 2.89 ERA). Wilmer Difo singled in Zach Collier to break up the shutout to score the lone (unearned) Harrisburg run.
Roster moves: C Spender Kieboom placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jake Lowery assigned from Washington.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 1
• Whiting (L, 3-1) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR, WP
• VanVossen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 2-3, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, BB

Likewise, the Pelicans scored all they needed early and kept the P-Nats bats cool on a chilly night Woodbridge. Boone Whiting was taken deep twice, both times just after defensive lapses, to give up four runs total on six hits and a walk and suffer his first loss. Mick VanVossen hurled two scoreless to keep the game close, but the offense was held to just five hits and couldn’t cash in the five walks they drew. Raudy Read singled twice and walked once while driving in the lone Potomac run.

Asheville 14 Hagerstown 7
• Baez (L, 0-3) 3⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Pantoja 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B
• Robles 2-5, CS

Both teams scored six times in the 8th but Asheville still prevailed, 14-7 to take a second straight from Hagerstown. Joan Baez took the loss, with two runs let in on three hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out five and walked five. Neither Connor Bach nor Luis Torres could contain the Tourists, giving up a combined 11 runs over three and 2/3rds. The Suns struck out 10 times but took advantage of five Asheville errors to score seven times on 10 hits. Ian Sagdal led the way with a single and two walks while scoring one, driving in one, and stealing a base.

Apr 272016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 “@” Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Lopez (0-2, 4.50) vs.
Musgrave (2-0, 1.32)
Potomac Won, 7-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (3-0, 5.06) vs.
Hedges (1-2, 2.37)
Hagerstown Won, 8-7 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-2, 6.75) vs.
Killian (0-2, 12.08)


Syracuse vs. Pawtucket – PPD
Officials pulled the plug on yesterday’s matinee between Syracuse and Pawtucket due to forecasts of heavy rain. They’ll make it up June 21st with a doubleheader. Roster move: C Pedro Severino recalled to Washington. No corresponding move yet.

Hartford 2 Harrisburg 1
• Mapes (L, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Suero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, HBP
• N. Lee 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 1-1
• Jeroloman 2-3, 2B, RBI

Tyler Mapes picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue team to match up against in a pitcher’s duel as the Yard Goats, team ERA 1.80, outdueled him and Sens, 2-1. Mapes shut out Hartford for four innings before allowing single runs in the 5th and 6th to turn in a third quality start in four outings, with five hits and a walk given up over six innings and two strikeouts. Wander Suero and Nick Lee both worked around a baserunner for a scoreless inning to keep things close. Brian Jeroloman, who took over for (most likely) Syracuse-bound Spencer Kieboom, singled, doubled, and drove in the one Harrisburg run. The Senators tallied just seven hits and one walk total.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 4
• Fedde (W, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, 2WP
• Brinley (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 4-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Ward 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI, E(1)
• Read 2-4, RBI, PB(5)

Drew Ward homered twice for the first time in his pro career while Erick Fedde turned in a quality start as Potomac won its sixth straight, 7-4 over Myrtle Beach. Ward also drove in a career-best five RBI and singled to finish with a 3-for-4 night. Fedde let in three on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six to win his first game of 2016. Andrew Stevenson led the P-Nats hit column with a 4-for-5 mark, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole his ninth base. Roster moves: IF Cody Dent, RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Hagerstown; UT Khayyan Norfork placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 22.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 7
• J. Rodriguez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Guilbeau (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Rivera (BS, 2; W, 3-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Sagdal 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-3, R, RBI, 2SB, HBP
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 3B, SF, RBI

The Suns blew a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the 8th but got one back in the 9th and held on for the 8-7 win. The implosion took away a win from Jefry Rodriguez who gave up a run on HR and three hits total over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. After retiring the leadoff man in the bottom of the 8th, Taylor Guilbeau hit a batter then gave up five straight hits before Mariano Rivera was called upon to hold the then 7-6 lead. Rivera gave up a double to the first batter he faced, then a sacrifice fly to the second to blow the save. In the top of the 9th, Victor Robles was hit by a pitch, stole second, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Kelvin Gutierrez’s sac fly for the gamewinner. Rivera set the side down in order in the inning’s bottom half to earn the win Roster moves: IF Jeff Gardner reassigned from XST; LHP Connor Bach reassigned from Auburn.

Apr 242016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-4 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (1-0, 1.00) vs.
Cloyd (1-0, 0.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Simms (1-1, 3.38)
vs. Garcia (1-1, 3.72)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Wilmington,
1:35 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Fernandez (2-0, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 vs. Hickory,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Fairbanks (1-1), 9.00)


Syracuse 9 Lehigh Valley 4
• Voth 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K
• Davis (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Turner 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Keyes 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Skole 2-5, R

A seven-run 8th threw the switch on a 2-2 tie as Syracuse derailed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a 9-4 win. Austin Voth did not walk a batter again in six innings as he allowed an unearned run on four hits while striking out nine in a no-decision. Erik Davis got the blown-save-win with a run let in on two hits over two innings. Trea Turner was a triple shy of the cycle as he drove in three while going 3-for-5, a mark that Kevin Keyes matched with a double and two singles and two RBI.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Mendez 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Dykstra 2-3, BB
• Bautista 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

A five-run 1st by the BaySox was more than enough as the Sens lost their third straight, 7-2. Big flies bookended Austen Williams’s third start (and third loss), with a two-run shot in the 1st and another in the 5th, his final inning. The 23-y.o. Texan gave up seven runs on seven hits and walked three. Rafael Bautista and Cutter Dykstra both reach base three times to lead the Harrisburg offense, which once again struggled to convert baserunners to runs with a 1-for-10 mark with RISP and ten left on base.
Roster move: RHP Jaron Long assigned from Washington.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Valdez (W, 3-1) 7IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 11K
• Brinley (SV, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Read 2-5, R, 2RBI
• Mesa 1-4, R, 3B, RBI

The P-Nats domination of the Blue Rocks on the road continued with a 5-2 win, the fourth straight for Potomac. Phillips Valdez struck out 11 against no walks while letting in two over seven strong innings (80 pitches, 58 for strikes) to win his third game in four starts. Ryan Brinley closed out the game with two scoreless for his second save. Raudy Read went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace the P-Nats offense.

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 6
• A. Lee 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Rivera (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 3-5, R
• Page 2-5, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Robles 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, 2SB

Hagerstown went back to the same, um, page of the script as they wrote up another walkoff win over Hickory, 7-6. The comeback masked a poor showing by the bullpen (4IP, 4R) and took another “W” away from Andrew Lee, who turned in five innings of two-run ball on four hits. He walked none and struck out six. Matthew Page’s IF single to 3B plated Victor Robles for the gamewinner as the Suns rallied for two in the 9th. Page drove in three while Kelvin Gutierrez collected three hits to lead the Suns’ 13-hit, zero-walk offense.

Apr 232016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Haynes (1-0, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 10.57) vs.
C. Lee (2-0, 3.65)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (2-1, 7.36) vs.
Lovvorn (0-3, 5.54)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
A. Lee (1-0, 1.80) vs.
W. Benjamin (1-0, 1.00)


Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 3
• Hill 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 7K, HR
• De Los Santos (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Martinson 1-2, R, 3B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Jason Martinson’s two-run triple in the bottom of the 5th answered Lehigh Valley’s volley in the top half of the inning while the Syracuse bullpen locked it down for a 4-3 win. Starter Taylor Hill got the no-decision with all three RailRider runs allowed on five hits, capped by a two-run homer and his fourth and fifth walks before he was given the hook with two outs in the 5th. Abel De Los Santos stranded both runners and pitched a scoreless 6th for the win. Martinson also walked twice and scored a run to lead he Chiefs’ five-hit, four-walk offense.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Giolito 4+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, 81-48 P-K
• Bacus (BS, 2; L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, HBP
• Collier 2-4, R, 2B
• Dykstra 1-3, BB

The Sens ‘pen couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead as the BaySox struck for five runs in the middle innings en route to a 6-3 win. Lucas Giolito labored through four innings and gave up two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out just two. The blown-save-loss went to Dakota Bacus, who was knifed by Bowie batters for four runs on four hits and three walks over two innings. Veteran Zach Collier singled and doubled and scored a run to lead Harrisburg’s nine-hit parade. Roster move: RHP Derek Self reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Reyes (W, 1-2) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Orlan (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Mejia 3-4
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Abreu 2-5, R, 2B

Unfortunately, Potomac cannot play in Wilmington for 140 games, but they’ve won all six at Frawley so far, including last night by a 5-2 score. Luis Reyes lost the shutout bid on a two-run blast off the bat of Ryan O’Hearn but won for the first time in three starts with six innings pitched and six hits and one walk allowed. He struck out two. R.C. Orlan pitched two scoreless for the hold (his second) while Koda Glover set the side down in order for the save (ditto). Bryan Mejia and Andrew Stevenson both had three hits to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 5
• DeRosier 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Pantoja 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Peterson (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Davidson 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Gutierrez 3-5, 2R

The Suns wasted no time in erasing a 5-3 deficit in the 9th as back-to-back singles by Max Schrock and Kelvin Gutierrez were followed by a three-run walkoff home run by Matthew Page for a 6-5 win over the Crawdads. The comeback gave Tommy Peterson his second win, as he matched fellow reliever Jorge Pantoja with two scoreless innings. Starter Matt DeRosier was ineffective, charged with all five Hickory runs on six hits and three walks over five innings, though he did set down seven on strikes. Cody Dent was the beer man in a 14-hit night by Hagerstown, with Page, Gutierrez, and Austin Davidson each reaching base three times. Roster move: RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Potomac.

Apr 222016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
T. Hill (0-1, 1.64) vs.
C. Green (0-1, 1.32)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 1.17) vs.
Bridwell (0-0, 6.48)
Potomac Won, 4-3;
Won, 3-0
@ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-2, 6.52) vs.
Rodgers (1-0, 2.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-0, 2.70) vs.
Swanson (1-0, 0.00)


Lehigh Valley 10 Syracuse 2
• Cole (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 12H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Grace 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ryan 2-4
• Sizemore 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

The IronPigs smelted A.J. Cole for eight runs and 12 hits en route to 10-2 win over the Chiefs. Cole walked one and struck out seven over four and 2/3rds while losing his first game. Veterans Brendan Ryan and Scott Sizemore went 2-for-4 and 1-for-3 respectively to account for half of the six (6) Syracuse hits. Roster moves: OF Tony Campana, RHP Taylor Jordan placed on 7-Day DL; 1B Nate Freiman released; OF Isaac Ballou, OF-1B Kevin Keyes, and RHP Abel De Los Santos reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Lopez 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, 2HR
• N. Lee (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg posted a picket fence in the first four innings but three Bowie homers knocked it down in a 6-4 loss. Reynaldo Lopez gave up two longballs, three runs, and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck out six. Nick Lee gave up the third BaySox deep fly in the 7th, a two-run shot that saddled him with the blown-save-loss. Christopher Bostick (homer) and Adrian Sanchez (double) were the only two Sens to reach base twice and connect for extra bases. Roster moves: OF Brendan Webb activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Potomac; IF Neftali Soto reassigned from XST.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 – GAME ONE
• Whiting (W, 3-0) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, RBI

The Blue Rocks rallied for three in the bottom of the 6th but the P-Nats were able to answer in the top of the 7th and not give it right back for a 4-3 win in the opener. Boone Whiting earned the win with a quality start of three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings. Derek Self got the save with a 1-2-3 seventh. Drew Ward homered for the third time in two weeks (vs. two months and two days in ’15) and doubled twice while Osvaldo Avreu singled twice to pace the Potomac attack.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 0 – GAME TWO
• Ross 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Abreu 3-4, R, 3B, SB
• Stevenson 2-4, R, 3B, SB

The two newest Potomac pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout to complete the doubleheader sweep, 3-0. Greg Ross started and went the first four, allowing the four Wilmington hits while Mick VanVossen spun three perfect innings for the win. Andrew Stevenson and Osvaldo Abreu combined for five hits, each with a triple to lead the P-Nats offense. Roster move: RHP Greg Ross (no relation) assigned from Washington; RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 4
• Baez (L, 0-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HBP, BK
• Guilbeau 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 1-2, R, 3BB
• Wiseman 0-1, 3BB

Three Crawdad errors and nine walks enabled the Suns to score four times on just three hits, but it wasn’t enough in a 5-4 loss. Joan Baez got hooked for the loss with three runs let in on three hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out two and hit two batters. Taylor Guilbeau finished the game with four innings of two-run relief, though he gave up five hits and two walks. Kelvin Gutierrez and Rhett Wiseman both walked three times as Hagerstown left on 10 baserunners and was a dismal 1-for-14 with RISP.

Apr 212016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 5-4
vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 2.57) vs.
Morgan (0-1, 4.22)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (0-2, 4.09) vs.
Hess (0-1, 3.60)
Potomac Lost, 7-0 @ Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Whiting (2-0, 5.40) and TBD vs.
Goudeau (1-1, 7.27) and
Staumont (0-1, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
Baez (0-1, 7.71) vs. TBD


Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 2 – GAME ONE
• Espino (L, 0-1) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, WP
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, R, SB(5)
• Goodwin 1-3, RBI

Syracuse put up two in the 3rd, Lehigh Valley answered with three in the 4th and that’s how it finished in the opener. Starter and losing pitcher Paolo Espino gave up all three IronPig runs on four hits. He walked none and fanned six. Trea Turner went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored while Brian Goodwin went 1-for-3 with an RBI as the Chiefs managed just six hits total.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4 – GAME TWO
• Laffey 3IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martin (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Turner 2-4, R, SB
• Freiman 2-3, R, 2B

The IronPigs completed the doubleheader sweep with a four-run 7th that turned a 4-1 Chiefs lead into a 5-4 Chiefs loss. Rafael Martin retired just two of eight batters faced and gave up four long hits, including a three-run HR, while walking two to rack up the blown save and loss. Aaron Laffey started and scattered five hits over three scoreless innings with no walks and two whiffs. Trea Turner did nothing to stop the drumbeat for his callup with two more hits, another run, and another stolen base.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2
• Mapes (W, 3-0) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR; 1-2
• De Los Santos (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-4

Tyler Mapes turned in another quality start while Harrisburg doubled up Altoona, 4-2. Mapes allowed both Curve runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Abel De Los Santos, Bryan Harper, and Dakota Bacus combined for three shutout innings to close out the game. Kevin Keyes walked once and doubled twice to lead the Sens offense, which racked up 11 hits and three walks total.
Roster moves: RHP Andrew Robinson reassigned from Potomac; LHP Robert Fish released.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 0
• Fedde (L, 0-2) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 9K, HR
• Self ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4

The Hillcats completed the three-game sweep of the P-Nats with a 7-0 shutout in getaway matinee. Erick Fedde lost for the second time, giving up another home run and three runs total on three hits and four walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz peeled off two more hits to push his average to .378 (second-best in the Carolina League) but the Potomac offense was held to just six hits total and drew no walks.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 1
• Rodriguez (W, 2-1) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Pena 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, HBP
• Robles 3-4, 3R, 3B, HR, 3RBI, SB, HBP
• Tillero 2-3, R,
• Wiseman 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Victor Robles and Rhett Wiseman both went deep in Hagerstown’s four-run 4th that highlighted a 9-1 win over Lakewood. Jefry Rodriguez won his second game with the one Blue Claws run (unearned) on three hits with no walks and five K’s. Mariano Rivera III and Ronald Pena I followed with two scoreless innings apiece. Victor Robles was a double shy of the cycle and drove in three (see: HR, 4th) and scored three while Wiseman, Jorge Tillero, and Ian Sagdal had two hits apiece as every Suns batter reached base in the blowout.

Apr 202016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
4:35 p.m.
Espino (0-0, 3.60) and
Laffey (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Ja. Thompson (0-2, 6.75) and
Roibal (0-0, 8.31)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Altoona,
12:00 p.m.
Mapes (2-0, 3.27) vs.
Eppler (1-0, 2.25)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 (12 inn.) vs. Lynchburg,
10:35 a.m.
Fedde (0-1, 5.23) vs.
Merryweather (2-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 12-6 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-1, 4.32) vs.
Gilbert (0-1, 5.59)


Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2
• Jordan 4⅔ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Solis (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Turner 1-4, R, 3B
• Skole 0-2, R, 2BB

A walk, balk, a groundout, and a sacrifice fly proved to be the difference as the Chiefs edged the IronPigs, 3-2. Taylor Jordan fell one out short of going the requisitive five innings as he was lifted with two outs and the bases loaded in the 5th. He let in both Lehigh Valley runs on eight hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds. Matt Grace got the win as he stranded three in the 5th and pitched a scoreless 6th. Sammy Solis followed with two scoreless for the hold while Rafael Martin retired the side in order in the 9th for the save. Trea Turner (triple) and Jason Martinson (double) connected for extra bases as Syracuse was limited to five hits and three walks (two by Matt Skole, who scored the gamewinning run).

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 1
• Simms (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Suero (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 3-4, 2B
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Kevin Keyes’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 1st was enough for Harrisburg’s pitchers to outduel Altoona’s, 2-1. John Simms got the win with six shutout innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and striking out five. Wander Suero turned in two scoreless for the hold, his second, while J.C. Gutierrez cordero’ed his way through the 9th with a leadoff HR, a walk, and three strikeouts on a mere 32 pitches for the save. Isaac Ballou singled twice and doubled once to lead the Sens hit column, followed by Keyes, who also singled in the 5th for a 2-for-4 night.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 6 (12 inn.)
• Estevez 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Glover 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Thomas (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Abreu 3-6, 2R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Ward 2-5, 2RBI

Potomac fell to .500 with their fifth loss of the current homestand, dropping an 8-6 decision in extras to Lynchburg. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez went a season-high five innings but let in three runs on seven hits and no walks for the no-decision. The loss went to Justin Thomas with two runs allowed on a hit and two walks in his one inning of work. Osvaldo Abreu led the P-Nats’ 14-hit parade with a double and two singles, followed by Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Drew Ward, with both corner IFs going 2-for-5 with 2RBI.

Hagerstown 12 Lakewood 6
• Avila 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Crownover (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Schrock 5-5, 3R, 2-2B, 5RBI, 2SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, BB
• Ripken 2-5, 2B, 4RBI

The Suns hitters covered for the Suns pitchers, outslugging the Blue Claws for a 12-6 win. Pedro Avila took Taylor Hearn’s turn in the rotation and got pinched for three runs on four hits over three innings. Matthew Crownover got the win in relief with three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. Max “For Those About To” Schrock went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two stolen bases to lead the Hagerstown offense. Roster moves: LHP Connor Bach reassigned to Auburn; RHP Pedro Avila reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Apr 092016
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1;
Won, 2-1
Postponed N/A
Harrisburg Won, 10-4 @ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Lopez (6-7, 4.09 @ A+ in ’15) vs.
Eppler (6-1, 2.58 @ A+ in ’15)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (4-1, 2.57 @ A- in ’15) vs.
Tenuta (2-6, 4.25 @ A- in ’15)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 vs. Delmarva,
2:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-5, 6.75 in ’15) vs.
C. Jones (DNP in ’15)


Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 1 – GAME ONE
• Cole (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Solis (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 1-2, 2R, BB, SB
• Sizemore 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB, SB
• Skole 1-3, R, 2RBI

The Chiefs put up a two-spot early and three-spot late to take the opener, 5-1. A.J. Cole was the winner with an unearned run let in on one hit and two walks while setting down two (2) on strikes. Trea Turner and Scott Sizemore both stole a base and scored twice while Matt Skole drove in two to lead the Syracuse offense.

Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1 – GAME TWO
• Jordan 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Gott (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Masset (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Martinson 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Turner 0-1, R, 2BB, SB

Trea Turner walked, stole second and took third on error, then scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 6th as Syracuse took the finale, 2-1 and swept the doublehader. Taylor Jordan started and gave up Lehigh’s run on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Trevor Gott and Nick Massett followed with a scoreless inning apiece for the win and save, respectively. Jason Martinson’s solo shot in the 1st accounted for the other Chiefs run. Roster move: C Nick Rickles reassigned from XST

Harrisburg 10 Altoona 4
• Mapes (W, 1-0) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Mendez (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Bautista 1-3, 4R, 2B, 3BB, SB
• Difo 2-4, R, RBI, 2BB
• Pleffner 2-4, BB, 3RBI

Like a corrupt accountant, Harrisburg’s batters continue to put crooked numbers in the books as they took Game Two from Altoona by a 10-4 score. The Sens scored once in the 1st, three times in 4th, then twice in the 5th, 8th, and 9th innings as they rallied from a 2-1 deficit and broke a 4-4 tie. Tyler Mapes got the benefit of the onslaught, earning the “W” with despite coughing up four runs on eight hits over five innings. Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo both reached base four times as the Sens racked up 13 hits and 10 walks on the night.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Estevez 2⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Orlan (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Brinley (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ward 2-4, 2R, BB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, 2R, 2BB
• Masters 2-5, RBI, SB

For one play, the Blue Rocks dropped from High-A to low comedy as they committed two throwing errors on a sacrifice that enabled both the batter and the baserunner to score on the same play and snap a 2-2 tie. The P-Nats would tack on another in the 9th for the eventual 5-2 tally. Potomac starting pitcher Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez, who had UCL replacement in 2015, left after 50 pitches with an injury, giving up one run on four hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds. The blown-save-win went to R.C. Orlan, who gave up the tying run in the 7th but pitched a scoreless 8th. Ryan Brinley set the side down in order in the 9th for the save. Drew Ward and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz combined for three hits, four runs, and three walks to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 4
• Hearn 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Rivera (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1⅓ 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2SB
• Page 2-4, R, 2SB
• Tillero 2-4

Delmarva couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 4-3 lead courtesy of three-run rally in the top of the 8th and gave ’em all back in the bottom of the 8th as Hagerstown took this one, 6-4. The Suns put the pressure on with three stolen bases in their final turn at bat and six overall on the night. Four — two for each — came from the legs of Victor Robles and Matthew Page, who both went 2-for-4, as did Jorge Tillero. Taylor Hearn started and allowed an unearned run on four hits and a walk over the first five innings for the no-decision. Mariano Rivera III let in all three inherited runners by giving up a three-run double to the first batter he faced with two outs in the 8th. He worked around a walk in the 9th to earn the blown-save-win. Roster move: RHP Jose Morales placed on the 7-Day DL.

Apr 032016
 

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

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

HARRISBURG
• Released LF Randolph Oduber
• Released C Craig Manuel

HAGERSTOWN
• Released 2B Conor Keniry

AUBURN
• Released 2B Melvin Rodriguez

GCL NATIONALS
• Released LF Philip Diedrick

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