Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-5 vs. Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-4, 5.66) vs.
Holmes (9-5, 3.26)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Trenton,
6:00 p.m.
Voth (3-1, 4.13) vs.
Camarena (1-1, 3.75)
Potomac Lost, 14-6 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Sharp (2-1, 5.06) vs.
Puckett (11-11, 3.86)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Kannapolis,
6:05 p.m.
Braymer (1-1, 8.56) vs.
Hickman (3-6, 4.23).

Auburn Won, 11-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Balestrieri (3-2, 5.30)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-3 vs. GCL Astros,
10:00 a.m.

Syracuse 11 Indianapolis 5
• Simms (W, 1-3) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, HR, 3RBI

The Chiefs jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Indians and never looked back in an 11-5 win.

Harrisburg 5 Trenton 1
• Estevez (W, 4-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 2K, BK
• Bacus (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Robles 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB
• Read 3-4, 2R, HR(16), 2RBI, PB(13)
• Ward 1-3, BB

Harrisburg pushed its win streak to four games with a 5-1 win over Trenton. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez one-hit the Thunder for six innings, though he issued four walks and struck out just two, but won his fourth AA game. After Tim Collins was roughed up for third time in five appearances, Dakota Bacus shut the door with two scoreless for the save. Victor Robles walked once and doubled twice while Raudy Read singled twice and homered to lead the Sens’ offense.

Winston-Salem 14 Potomac 6
• Guilbeau (L, 4-4) 4⅔ IP, 11H, 9R, 7ER, BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, BB
• Beckwith 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Sundberg 2-5, 2RBI, 2SB(20, 21)

This one went to the dogs on Bark in the Park night, which saw the Dash batters make the P-Nats fielders play fetch, 14-6. Taylor Guilbeau took the brunt of the beating, charged with nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds for his fourth loss. Rhett Wiseman singled twice and walked once while Tyler Beckwith connected for his first High-A HR and scored twice to pace the Potomac offense. Roster move: 2B Jake Noll promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 4
• Bourque 5⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Bogucki (W, 3-2) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Held (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Agustin 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• C. Kieboom 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Corredor 2-4, 2RBI

Hagerstown kept pace with second-place Greensboro and gained a game on first-place Hickory with a 5-4 win over first-half champ Kannapolis. James Bourque got the start and pitched into the 6th, but gave up all four Intimidator runs on five hits and four walks. A.J. Bogucki stranded a runner while getting the next seven outs to earn the win while Sam Held kept the tying run from scoring in the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to tally the save. Telmito Agustin was a triple shy of the cycle while going 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Suns’ hit column. Roster move: 2B Branden Boggetto promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 11 Williamsport 3
• Raquet (W, 2-2) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Cousins 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Choruby 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI
• Upshaw 1-2, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Meregildo 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Doubledays got a touchdown and an extra point in the 1st and cruised to an 11-3 win vs. the Crosscutters. Nick Raquet was charged with all three Williamsport runs on seven hits, but walked none and struck out two for the win. Jake Cousins and Alex Troop both put up two scoreless to close out the game. Nick Choruby and Armond Upshaw both drew to walks and drove in a run to lead Auburn’s ten-hit, seven-walk offense.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Cardinals 3
• Pena (W, 1-3) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Ja. Peguero 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, RBI, 2K
• Garcia 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Pineda 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI

The extra point went wide in the G-Nats’ 4th as they tripled up the G-Cards, 9-3. Malvin Pena earned his first win with five innings of two-run ball on seven hits, no walks, and five whiffs. Jairon Peguero turned in another strong outing with two more goose eggs to close out the game. Rafael Bautista, Luis Garcia, Yasel Antuna, and Israel Pineda each had two hits in the G-Nats’ 10-hit parade.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-3, 8.14) vs.
Brault (10-5, 1.94)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (3-1, 4.02) vs.
Tate (0-1, 4.50)
Potomac Won, 1-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Guilbeau (4-3, 4.58) vs.
Lambert (3-3, 4.97)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-0 vs. Kannapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (5-7, 4.98) vs.
Hickman (3-6, 4.23)
Auburn Lost, 9-8 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (1-2, 2.54) vs.
Howard (0-1, 6.27)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-6 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.

Durham 6 Syracuse 0
It was pumpkin time for Esmil Rogers as Durham lit him up for four in the 1st and all six runs in a 6-0 shutout of Syracuse. Roster move: IF Emmanuel Burris placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to August 15; 1B-3B Matt Skole activated from the 7-Day DL; LHP Enny Romero assigned from Washington for MLB Rehab.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 4
• Dragmire (W, 3-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR; 1-2, R
• Cordero (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perez 3-4, R, CS
• Read 2-4, 2K
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B

The Senators completed the sweep of the Flying Squirrels with a 5-4 win in the series finale. Brady Dragmire won for the third time as he let in three runs on seven hits over five innings. he walked one and struck out none. Kyle Schepel, Derek Self, and Jimmy Cordero each put up a goose egg to earn a hold before Andrew Robinson was touched for a run in the 9th but got the save anyway. Stephen Perez led the hit column with three singles, followed by Raud Read with a 2-for-4 night, and Victor Robles with a single and a double.

Potomac 1 Salem 0

• McGowin (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pantoja (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mills (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Beckwith 1-3, R, 3B
• Johnson 1-3, BB

Three pitchers combined on a 1-0, eight-hit shutout as the P-Nats took the four-game series from Salem, 3-1. Kyle McGowin won for the second time in 16 starts with six shutout innings, allowing a walk and five hits while setting down four on strikes. Jorge Pantoja followed with an inning and 2/3rds scoreless to notch the hold while Jordan Mills got the last four outs for the save. Tyler Beckwith tripled to lead off the 3rd and scored on a double-play ball for the game’s only run. Roster move: 1B Ian Sagdal placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 0
• DeRosier (L, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR, 2WP, BK
• C. Pena 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP
• Perkins 1-3, 3BB
• Banks 1-4

Hagerstown was no-hit for seven innings before Blake Perkins broke it up, but Hickory still got the shutout, 3-0 and took the series, 2-1. Matt DeRosier took the loss with all three Crawdads runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings Carlos Pena finished the game with two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings. Perkins also walked three times while Nick Banks collected the second of two Suns hits on the night.

Williamsport 9 Auburn 8
• Johnston 5IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• McKinney (L, 1-1) 1IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HR
• Shepard 2-2, R, 2B, 3BB, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-3, R, RBI
• Guibor 2-5, 2R, 3B, 2RBI

The Doubledays were unable to hold an 8-4 lead in the 9th and were felled by the Crosscutters, 9-8. Kyle Johnston turned in five innings two-run ball on two hits and a walk and was rewarded with a no-decision. The loss went to Jeremy McKinney with five runs allowed (two earned) on four hits (two homers) in a single inning thrown. Chance Shepard reached base five times with a single, double, and three walks to lead Auburn’s 12-hit parade.

GCL Marlins 7 GCL Nationals 6
• German 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• De Los Santos 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zwetsch (L, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B
• Connell 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Antuna 1-4, BB, RBI, E(20)

The G-Nats also fell in the 9th in a back-and-forth, 7-6 loss to the G-Marlins. Jhonatan German went the first four and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four. The loss went to Connor Zwetsch on an unearned run in the 9th, courtesy of Yasel Antuna’s 20th error. Rafael Bautista singled, doubled, and scored a run to pace the G-Nats’ nine-hit, four-walk offense.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 vs. Durham,
6:35 p.m.
Rogers (1-1, 2.65) vs.
Yarbrough (12-6, 3.41)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Dragmire (2-1, 2.00) vs.
Taylor (4-9, 4.60)
Potomac Lost, 8-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
McGowin (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Boyd (3-0, 2.10)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
DeRosier (2-2, 4.45) vs.
Matuella (3-6, 4.34)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Johnston (0-1, 3.97) vs.
Young (5-0, 1.81)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-4 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.

Durham 3 Syracuse 2
• Valdez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K

The Chiefs lost a 2-1 lead on a pair of solo HRs to drop a 3-2 decision to the Bulls. Roster moves: OF Alejandro De Aza selected, recalled to Washington; C Jhonatan Solano activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 7 Richmond 4
• G. Ross (W, 4-2) 6+ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, 2HR
• Lara (H, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Joseph 3-4, 4R, 2B, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Read 3-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, PB(12)
• Hernandez 0-2, 2BB, SB

Harrisburg climbed out of the E.L. West cellar into 5th place with its second straight win over Richmond, 7-4. Greg Ross went two batters too far to lose the quality start but won the game with as left after giving up a double then a homer to the two batters he faced in the 7th. He was charged with all four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven. Braulio Lara tossed two scoreless for the hold, Andrew Robinson pitched a clean 9th for the save. Corban Joseph racked up ten total bases with a double and two homers and scored four runs to pace the Senators offense.

Salem 8 Potomac 4 (10 inn.)
• Reyes 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 7K, HR
• G. Mendez (L, 3-3) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Masters 2-5, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-6, R, RBI

It was 2017 in a nutshell: the starter pitched well enough to win, the bullpen did not, and the offense wasn’t enough to cover up the mistakes. Potomac rallied for two in the 8th to tie it at 4-4 but had no answer for the four-run meltdown in the 10th in an 8-4 loss to Salem. Luis Reyes gave up a HR in 2nd but was otherwise solid for six innings, with four hits and one walk allowed and seven K’s. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez with four runs coughed up on four hits and a walk in just a single inning. Bryan Mejia was the beer man in a 13-hit parade, which was offset by 13 whiffs and… wait for it… 13 runners left on base. Roster move: RHP Jefry Rodriguez activated from the Restricted List.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 3
• Davis (W, 4-4) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Howard (SV, 5) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Barrera 3-5, R, 2B
• Corredor 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Agustin 2-5, 2B, RBI, CS

Hagerstown bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to double up Hickory, 6-3 and stay within striking distance (2GB) as they two teams meet tonight for the final time (weather permitting). Weston Davis pitched five shutout innings to earn the win, allowing four hits, two walks, and setting down seven on strikes. Hayden Howard stranded two in the 8th and Cordero’d around two walks in the 9th to notch the save. Tres Barrera reached base three times with a pair of singles and a double, as did Aldrem Corredor with a walk, single, and a double to lead the Suns’ offense.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 1
• O’Sullivan 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Tetreault (W, 1-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Je. Baez 2-3, R, BB
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Pryor 2-4, BB, RBI

The Doubledays scored in each of the first four innings to fell the Crosscutters, 5-1. After two scoreless innings of rehab by Sean O’Sullivan, Jackson Tetreault tossed three shutout frames with two walks and three whiffs to earn the win. Nick Choruby was the sole batter not to reach base as Auburn drew eight walks (three by Andres Martinez) and collected 12 hits but left on 15 baserunners. Roster move: RHP Sean O’Sullivan assigned from Syracuse for MiLB rehab.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 3
• Alastre 4IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Adler (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Garcia 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Cramer 1-3, R, RBI
• Pascal 0-2, R, 2BB

The G-Nats kept pace with the streaking G-Cards (six straight) as they downed the G-Mets, 6-4. Starter Tomas Alaster gave up runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks while fanning two. The win went to Sean Adler, who let in one run on two hits, no walks, and struck out four over three innings. Luis Garcia singled twice and doubled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run as the G-Nats squeezed six runs from seven hits and two walks (and two G-Mets errors).

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Transactions
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
6:35 p.m.
RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington.
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Richmond,
6:30 p.m.
IF Corban Joseph activated from 7-Day DL; RHP Ryan Brinley placed on the 7-Day DL
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
None
Hagerstown Lost, 9-4 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
SS Carter Kieboom reassigned from Auburn
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
None
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
None

Editor’s note: Abbreviated today due to family obligations
• RHP Wander Suero notched his 19th save between AA an AAA
• RHP Taylor Hill did not give up a HR
• Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases
• RHP Joan Baez walked just two and struck out five over 6IP to pick up his second High-A win
• Carter Kieboom went 0-for-4 in his return to Low-A
• Blake Perkins went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored while stealing his 27th base
• Branden Boggetto went 1-for-2 off the bench at the NYPL All-Star Game
• Jake Scudder was 0-for-2 as the starting 1B for the NYPL South team
• Max Engelbrekt struck out two in his single inning pitched at the NYPL All-Star game

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Durham,
6:35 p.m.
Long (3-4, 3.84) vs.
Chirinos (11-3, 2.80)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Richmond,
6:30 p.m.
T. Hill (4-4, 6.08) vs.
Herb (1-1, 2.95)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (1-8, 4.61) vs.
Kent (7-5, 4.15)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 7-3 OFF DAY

Syracuse – OFF DAY
Yesterday was the final scheduled off day for Syracuse, which begins a six-game homestand against Durham and Indianapolis today. Roster move: C Pedro Severino optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
Likewise for the Senators, who take on the Flying Squirrels for three and the Thunder for three over the next six games.

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Strasburg 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Sharp (W, 2-1) 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K
• Masters 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Gushue 2-4, RBI

Taylor Gushue’s RBI single in the bottom of the 8th tied while David Masters’s run-scoring single won it as Potomac edged Salem, 3-2. Stephen Strasburg did not disappoint in his rehab outing with a dominant five innings pitched (showed the full arsenal) with a three hits allowed (one solid) one run let in (on a double steal) and five strikeouts. Sterling Sharp followed with four innings of one-run ball on three hits and three walks while striking out two as he picked up his second win in as many appearances. Gushue and Masters both went 2-for-4 to lead the P-Nats’ attack.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Unlike the Chiefs and Senators, the Suns’ off day was prior to a road trip. Second-place Hagerstown faces off against first-place Hickory over the next three games. Down by two games in the second-half race, they’ll need to win at least one and have the opportunity to take a one-game lead with a sweep. This is the final time the two teams meet in 2017.

Auburn – ALL STAR BREAK
The 2017 NYPL All-Star Game is tonight in Troy, NY. Three Doubledays were selected: this year’s 16th and 40th Rd. picks, Jake Scudder and Max Engelbrekt, and last year’s 25th Rd. pick, Branden Bogetto.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Astros 3
• Stoeckinger (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Zwetsch 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Blash 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ventura 2-4, R, 2B
• Antuna 2-5, R, 2B, 0E (DH)

The G-Nats final got back into the win column with a 7-3 win to stay in first place in the GCL East. Jackson Stoeckinger tossed five scoreless to earn his professional win, allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out five. Jamori Blash reached base four times, scored twice, and drove in two while falling a homer shy of the cycle to lead the G-Nats’ 13-hit parade.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 10-9 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 9-5 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Strasburg (MLB Rehab) vs.
Raudes (4-7, 4.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2;
Lost, 5-3
OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 12-3 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 10-4 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.

Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 0
• Fedde (L, 1-2) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K; 0-1, K, SAC

Erick Fedde pitched well enough to win, but neither of the Chiefs’ two hits were home runs as Syracuse dropped its sixth straight, 2-0. Roster move: Washington recalled C Pedro Severino.

Hartford 10 Harrisburg 9
• Voth 6IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Robinson (BS, 2; L, 1-2) ⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, 1BB, 0K, HBP
• Hernandez 3-5, R, 2B, BB
• Gamache 3-5, R, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B, 4RBI, E, OF assist at 1B

Harrisburg’s 9-6 lead was too small for Andrew Robinson, who retired just two of seven batters faced in the 9th to cough up four in the 9th and lose to Hartford, 10-9. The collapse offset a four-run rally in the 8th to take an 8-6 lead, which gave starter Austin Voth a no-decision. Voth allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings, but walked none and struck out four. Victor Robles drove in four with a two-run single in the 4th and two-run double in the 8th while Yadiel Hernandez and Dan Gamche each added three hits and scored a run to pace the Sens offense. Roster move: OF Michael Taylor removed from roster, rehab ended; recalled to Washington.

Potomac 9 Frederick 5
• Guilbeau (W, 4-3) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2WP
• Pena 1IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Mejia 3-4, 2R
• Sundberg 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Gushue 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI

The P-Nats put up crooked numbers in three of four rallies and prevented a Keys sweep with a 9-5 win in the series finale. Taylor Guilbeau won for the fourth time with a quality start of three runs on six hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out five. Bryan Mejia led the 11-hit parade with three singles while Jack Sundberg reached base three times on two singles and a walk.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 2 – GAME ONE
• Bourque (L, 5-7) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• Bogucki 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K; 1-1 IR-S
• Corredor 1-2, 2B, BB
• Agustin 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown fell behind 3-0 early and couldn’t catch West Virginia, which took the first game, 5-2. James Bourque allowed all five Power runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two over five and 2/3rds innings. A.J. Bogucki allowed an inherited runner to score while closing out the 6yh and pitched a clean 7th. Aldrem Corredor doubled and walked while Telmito Agustin hit his seventh Low-A homer to lead the Suns offense.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 3 – GAME TWO
• Braymer (L, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K
• Barnett 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Banks 1-2, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Agustin 1-2, BB, RBI, CS

The Power jumped out to a 3-0 lead again but Nick Banks’s two-run HR in the 2nd and Telmito Agustin’s RBI single in the 3rd tied at 3-3. Ben Braymer hit the wall in 6th and left with the bases loaded and two outs. He would suffer the loss when Jake Barnett let in deciding runs with a walk to the first batter he faced and a bunt single to the second batter before he retired the next four batters. The Suns got a one-out walk in both the 6th and 7th innings but the tying run never got on base as Aldrem Corredor grounded into a double play to end the 6th and Anderson Franco and Oliver Ortiz lined out and flew out to end the game.

Lowell 12 Auburn 3
• Romero (L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K; 35-24 PIT-K
• Y. Ramirez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Esthay 2-4, R, SB
• Choruby 2-4, R

A six-run 5th sealed the deal for Lowell as they completed the three-game sweep of Auburn with a 12-3 win. Seth Romero’s modest five-inning scoreless inning streak ended when the Spinners smoked him for three runs on four hits and a walk in the 1st, which also resulted in his first professional loss. Yonathan Ramirez was the only effective Auburn reliever, tossing three scoreless to close out the game. Kameron Esthay, Nick Choruby, and Jeyner Baez each had two singles to account for six of the 11 hits by the Doubledays.

GCL Cardinals 10 GCL Nationals 4
• Galindez (L, 1-2) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K
• Ja. Peguero 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• L. Garcia 3-3, 3B, CS
• Antuna 3-4, RBI, CS, E(19)

The G-Nats’ slide goes to five with a 10-4 loss to the G-Cardinals. Nelson Galindez was lit up five runs on five hits and four walks over just four and a 1/3rd innings as he suffered his second loss. Jairon Peguero had a strong GCL debut with two runners stranded in the 7th and two more scoreless innings. Luis Garcia singled twice and tripled once while Yasel Antuna went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the G-Nats’ attack.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Indianapolis,
1:35 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 5.57) vs.
Holmes (8-5, 3.44)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 (8 inn.);
Won, 3-0
@ Hartford,
1:35 p.m.
Voth (3-1, 3.71) vs.
French (7-11, 6.54)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Frederick,
2:00 p.m.
Guilbeau (3-3, 4.59) vs.
Sedlock (4-4, 6.09)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. West Virginia,
2:05 p.m.
Bourque (5-6, 4.91) and
Braymer (1-0, 10.13) vs.
Wallace (3-6, 3.54) and
Meyer (1-0, 3.46)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ Lowell,
5:35 p.m.
Romero (0-0, 0.00) vs.
TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs. GCL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.

Indianapolis 8 Syracuse 2
• Simms (L, 0-3) 5+ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR

Syracuse clinched its no-playoffs bid with an 8-2 loss to Indianapolis, but remains tied with Las Vegas in the battle for the worst record in AAA.

Harrisburg 4 Hartford 2 (8 inn.) – GAME ONE
• Estevez 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Bacus (W, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hernandez 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI

Raudy Read homered to tie it at 2-2 in the 6th and put the Sens up 3-2 as they took the first game from the Yard Goats, 4-2 in eight innings. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez got the start and the no-decision with six innings of two-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Dakota Bacus followed with two scoreless innings to earn this win, his first at AA this season. Yadiel Hernandez also went deep while going 3-for-4 to lead the Harrisburg hit column.

Harrisburg 3 Hartford 0 – GAME TWO
• Dragmire 3IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Lara (W, 3-2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Gamache 2-3, BB, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2-2B, 2K

Four Sens relievers combined for five-hit shutout in the second game to complete the doubleheader sweep, 3-0. Brady Dragmire went the first three, scattering four hits and two walks while Braulio Lara earned the win with two goose eggs and two baserunners. Ryan Brinley and Andrew Robinson both turned in scoreless inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos* pealed off his 12th HR while going 3-for-3 with a walk to pace Harrisburg’s offense.
* Hyper-aggressive fantasy owners, folks who just learned about Harper’s injury: the nickname is a pun on his last name, which sounds like “marmalade.”

Frederick 4 Potomac 2
• McGowin (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Pantoja 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Masters 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Wiseman 1-3, BB, 2K

David Masters’s two-run HR in the 9th masked an abysmal night on offense as Frederick edged Potomac, 3-2. Kyle McGowin lost for the 12th time in 15 games started with two runs allowed on five hits and three walks over four innings. Jorge Pantoja one-hit the Keys over three innings to keep things close. Jakson Reetz collected the fourth and final walk and scored ahead of the third and final hit of the night before Wiseman and Lora fanned for the 11th and 12th P-Nats whiffs to end the game.

Hagerstown vs. West Virginia – PPD
Saturday afternoon’s thundershowers came and went but still claimed the game as officials deemed the field too wet to play on. They’ll shoot for to make it up with a doubleheader today.

Lowell 5 Auburn 3
• Raquet (L, 1-2) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Smith 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Esthay 1-3, R, BB, RBI
• Boggetto 1-3, BB

Auburn led early 2-0 but could only answer once to Lowell’s rallies in the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th to lose again, 5-3. Nick Raquet took the loss with four runs let in on seven hits anf two walks while striking out three. David Smith stranded one in the 5th and pitched a clean 6th, which wasn’t all that bad. The Doubledays were held to just four hits and four walks, with Kameron Esthay and Branden Boggetto the only two batters to reach base twice.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 3
• Guillen 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Butler (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Antuna 2-4, RBI
• Evangelista 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The G-Nats tumbled to their fourth straight loss, 4-3 to the G-Marlins. Angel Guillen did his part, allowing just one run over five innings on five hits without and two strikeouts. Dan Butler did not, as he gave up two in the 6th to blow the save and the deciding run in the 8th to get the “L.” Juan Evangelista singled and homered and scored twice as both he and Yasel Antuna went 2-for-4 to account for four of the seven G-Nats’ hits. Roster move: Jairon Peguero reassigned from the DSL Nationals.

DSL Update
The D-Nats had a winning week of 4-2, which was good enough to climb into 7th place, percentage points ahead of the D-Yankees. There are just two weeks left until kids go back to school in the season, and the “let’s take a closer look before instrux” exodus to Florida has begun with Jairon Peguero. This week, the D-Nats play the D-Twins, D-Rockies, and the D-Yankees

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 6


Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 45-74, 6th place I.L. North, 31½ games behind

Good Neftali Soto .309/.359/.541 in 47G
Esmil Rogers 1-1, 2.65 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in first 3GS (17IP)
Bad Chad Huffman .418 OPS in 12G
Kevin Jepsen 8.76 ERA, 1.86 WHIP in 10 appearances
Interesting Next Chiefs loss or IronPigs win eliminates team from playoffs


HARRISBURG SENATORS 48-68, 6th place E.L. West, 12½ games behind

Good Dan Gamache .356/.417/.575, 4HR, 15 RBI in 26G
Brady Dragmire 2-1, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP in 13 appearances (24IP)
Bad Drew Ward 111K in 100G
Taylor Hill 24K in 71IP
Interesting 41-17 when scoring four or more runs (H/T Sens PR)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 20-26, 5th place C.L. North, 9 games behind (53-63 overall)

Good Daniel Johnson .333/.373/.526, 3HR, 11RBI, 5SB in 18G since promotion
Joan Baez one HR allowed in 56IP
Bad Bryan Mejia 17E, 16BB in 96G
202 of 998 IP thrown by pitchers league-average age or younger (SSDY)
Interesting Most sacrifice hits, fewest GIDPs in Carolina League


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 27-18, 1st place Sally North, .004 W% ahead (65-50 overall)

Good Blake Perkins 56BB in 109G
James Bourque 102⅔ IP in 2017 (113IP in 2014, 2016)
Bad Blake Perkins 102K in 109H
James Bourque 15WP
Interesting Eight IBBs issued to Suns batters, most in Sally Lg.
57SB allowed, least in Sally Lg.


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 19-30, 5th Place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 11 games behind

Good 32HR, 3rd in the 14-team NYPL
21-y.o. Nick Raquet Watson 1-1, 1.88 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
Bad Armond Upshaw .172/.343/.216, 43K in 40G
David Smith 1-3, 8.27 ERA, 1.89 WHIP in nine appearances
Interesting 22/42 CS-SB attempts (52% CS), 71E (2nd most in NYPL)


GCL NATIONALS 23-16, 1st Place, Eastern Division, 1 game ahead

Good Alex Dunlap .279/.439/.488, 3HR, 7BB in 16G
Angel Guillen 2-0, 0.56 ERA, 0.75 WHIP in 16IP
Bad Juan Pascal .485 OPS in 26G
Nector Ramirez 3-1, 7.07 ERA, 1.93 WHIP in 14IP
Interesting 19-y.o. Nelson Galindez 2.61 ERA, 16BB, 14K in 20⅔ IP
20-y.o. Jose Cabello .396 OBP in 14G (splitting time with Dunlap)


DSL NATIONALS 24-35, 8th Place, South Division, 16 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Jesus Morales .298/.379/.374 in 48G
18-y.o. Alfonso Hernandez 1-1, 2.47 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 52K in 47⅓ IP
Bad 19-y.o. Brailin Mesa, .430 OPS (13G)
20-y.o. Gerald De La Cruz, 2.36 WHIP (18⅔ IP)
Interesting 19-y.o. Caldioli Sanfler, 32BB in 49G
18-y.o. Alejandro Vallejo 9HBP, 27BB, 37K in 30IP

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-2, 7.88) vs.
Brault (9-5, 2.06)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Hartford,
1:35 p.m./6:35 p.m.
Estevez (3-1, 4.32) and
Dragmire (2-1, 2.25) vs.
Castellani (8-11, 5.41) and
TBD
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
McGowin (1st Hi-A start of ’17) vs.
Love (2-4, 3.95)
Hagerstown Won, 7-0 vs. West Virginia,
6:05 p.m.
Bourque (5-6, 4.91) vs.
Wallace (3-6, 3.54)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Lowell,
5:35 p.m.
Raquet (1-1, 1.88)
vs. Houck (0-2, 3.48)
GCL Nationals Lost, 13-5;
Lost, 2-0
@ GCL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.

Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 1
• Severino 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 3K

Pedro Severino homered to prevent the shutout but the Indians pitchers struck out 13 in a 3-1 win over the Chiefs.

Hartford 3 Harrisburg 1
• Crownover (L, 1-6) 3⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
• Self 3⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ward 0-1, 3BB, E(14)
• Hernandez 1-3, R, HBP

Harrisburg was limited to six hits in a 3-1 loss to Hartford. Matt Crownover labored through three and a 1/3rd innings, tossing 100 pitches to get 10 outs while giving up three runs on four hits and four walks to lose for the sixth time at AA. The Senators drew five walks and got six hits but went just 2-for-13 with RISP and left on 11 baserunners.

Frederick 4 Potomac 2
• Reyes (L, 7-12) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Peterson 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 1-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Wiseman 1-4, 2B

The Keys locked up the P-Nats with a pair of two-run rallies for a 4-2 win, ending Potomac’s modest four-game win streak. Luis Reyes lost his league-leading 12th game with all four Frederick runs allowed (two earned) on six hits and two walks with four K’s over six and a 1/3rd innings. Tommy Peterson stranded two in the 7th and pitched a clean 8th to keep things close. The P-Nats bats were limited to five hits, with Daniel Johnson and Rhett Wiseman connecting for both extra-base hits (doubles), and drew five walks. Roster moves: RHP Nolan Sanburn released; RHP Kyle McGowin reassigned from Harrisburg; SS Tyler Beckwith promoted from Hagerstown; RHP Austen Williams placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 0
• DeRosier (W, 2-2) 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Held 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• La Bruna 3-4, R
• Banks 1-3, R, 2BB
• Ortiz 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown extended its win streak to five games with a 7-0 blanking of West Virginia. Matt DeRosier tossed seven scoreless frames with just two hits allowed, no walks, and six whiffs. Sam Held preserved the shutout bid with two more goose eggs, giving up a hit and a walk. Angelo La Bruna led the Suns’ hit column with three singles while Nick Bank reached base three times with a single and two walks and Oliver Ortiz smacked a three-run HR in the 5th.

Lowell 4 Auburn 3
• Crowe 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Troop 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Ja. Johnson (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• C. Kieboom 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Upshaw 2-4
• Je. Baez 0-3, BB, 2PO, 2E

The Doubledays dropped their third straight with a 4-3 loss to the Spinners. Wil Crowe got the start but was loomed for three runs on five hits and a walk over three innings. Jared Johnson took the loss with the fourth run let in on three hits and a walk in two innings. Carter Kieboom singled, doubled, walked, and a stole base to lead the Auburn offense.

GCL Met 13 GCL Nationals 5 – GAME ONE
• Ma. Pena (L, 0-3) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 9R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Jo. Sanchez 2-4, RBI
• Evangelista 1-2, BB, SF, RBI
• Bautista 0-1, R, 3BB

In the opening game, the G-Mets missed an extra point and gave up a field goal and a safety late in a 13-5 demolition of the G-Nats. Malvin Pena took the loss, giving up nine runs on eight hits, including a grand slam, over four and a 1/3rd innings. Jose Sanchez went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the G-Nats attack.

GCL Mets 2 GCL Nationals 0 – GAME TWO
• German (L, 0-3) 4⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K
• Adler 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mendez 1-3
In the “after-cap,” the G-Mets pitchers tossed a one-hit shutout to complete the doubleheader sweep. Jhonatan German lost his third game while giving up both G-Mets runs on two hits and four walks over four and 1/3rd innings. Sean Adler finished with an inning and 2/3rds scoreless with one walk and three whiffs. Ricardo Mendez connected for the lone G-Nats hit with a single in the 3rd.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Rogers (1-0, 2.45) vs.
Glasnow (7-0, 1.61)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 @ Hartford, 7:05 p.m. Crownover (1-5, 4.59) vs.
Niebla (1-5, 6.31)
Potomac Won, 9-8 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (7-11, 4.88) vs.
Alvarado (6-8, 5.70)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-2, 5.68) vs.
Vera (5-5, 3.13)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 @ Lowell,
6:35 p.m.
Crowe (0-0, 0.00) vs.
De Jesus (3-2, 3.26)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @/vs. GCL Mets

Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 1
• Valdez (L, 0-1) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HBP

Brandon Snyder broke up the shutout with a 7th-inning solo shot as the Indians tripled up the Chiefs, 3-1 in the series opener.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 3
• G. Ross (W, 3-2) 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, 3HR
• Robinson (SV, 7) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Abreu 4-4, BB, CS
• Hernandez 3-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI, PO

The two teams combined for six homers, but the Sens got theirs with runners on for a 6-3 win in the series finale. Greg Ross gave up three solo shots and six hits total over seven innings to earn the win, his third at AA. Andrew Robins stranded two in the 8th and set the side down in order in the 9th for his seventh save. Yadiel Hernandez, Drew Ward, and Dan Gamache each went deep, with Hernandez connecting for an Earl Weaver special in the 2nd and Gamache and Ward going back-to-back in the 4th. Osvaldo Abreu led the Harrisburg hit column with four singles.

Potomac 9 Myrtle Beach 8
• Baez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Orlan (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 1-1 IR-S
• Sundberg 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, SF, 3RBI, SB
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Johnson 1-2, 2R, 2BB, CS

Jack Sundberg smacked a two-run HR in the 9th for a 9-8 walkoff win and a P-Nats sweep of the Pelicans. Joan Baez turned in a quality start, his first at High-A, as he gave up two runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. Baez left with a 6-2 lead but the Potomac ‘pen was dinged for six runs over three innings, “led” by Mariano Rivera with three runs let in on zero retired. R.C. Orlan got the blown-save-win as he got the final four outs and let in two runs (one inherited, one of his own). Sundberg, Rhett Wiseman, and Daniel Johnson combined for five hits, five runs, and four walks to lead the P-Nats attack. Roster move: OF Matt Page reassigned to XST.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 2
• Davis (W, 3-4) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2WP
• Howard (SV, 4) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Perkins 1-2, 2BB, RBI
• Ortiz 1-2, 2R, 2B, BB, SB

After giving up a first-inning run to West Virginia, Weston Davis settled down and in and he and Hayden Howard combined for eight shutout innings to pitch Hagerstown to a 3-1 win over West Virginia. Davis went first six innings with the lone Power run allowed on four hits and one walk to earn the win. Howard scattered four hits and walked none over the final three to earn the save. Blake Perkins singled once and walked twice while Oliver Ortiz doubled, walked, stole a base, and scored twice to lead the Suns offense.

Connecticut 4 Auburn 1
• Tetreault (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Rishwain 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Boggetto 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 1-1, BB

The Tigers erased an early 1-0 lead with a two-spot in the 3rd and single runs in the 5th and 8th innings en route to a 4-1 win over the Doubledays. Jackson Tetrault took the loss with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Auburn was held to just four hits and two walks, with Branden Boggetto connecting for the lone extra-base hit with his second HR.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
The G-Nats resume play with a three-game lead over the G-Astros, who’ve they played 11 times and beaten twice, with a completion doubleheader against the last-place G-Mets.