Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Milone (3-4, 4.99) vs.
Shepherd (4-4, 3.36)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (1st AA start of ’18) vs.
McKenzie (1-1, 3.14)
Potomac Won, 10-0 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (3-5, 5.37) vs.
Watson (A+ debut)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greensboro,
5:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 5.59) and
DeRosier (3-4, 3.79) vs.
Beggs (2-1, 2.78) and
Cabrera (3-6, 3.27)
Auburn Lost, 10-7 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
F. Peguero (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Kery (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 11-9 @ GCL Marlins,
10:00 a.m.
 

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 4
• Suero 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Read 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-4, R, RBI
Roster moves: RHP Brady Dragmire activated from 3-Day TIL; OF Jaff Decker placed on 7-Day DL; C Raudy Read assigned for MLB Rehab.

Akron 5 Harrisburg 4
• McGowin 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, 2WP
• Guillon (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Kieboom 2-5, 2B, 2K
• Noll 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB

Round one between the first-place RubberDucks and second-place Senators went to the ‘Ducks as they answered the Sens’ two runs in the 8th with two of their own for a 5-4 win. Kyle McGowin turned in a quality start with three runs on three hits and three walks over six innings while striking out four. After striking out the side in the 7th, Ismael Guillon gave a walk, a double, and a sac fly to tie it a 4-4. He struck out the next batter and was lifted for Derek Self, who gave up a single and let in the winning run to hand Guillon the loss. Carter Kieboom singled once, doubled once, and struck out twice to maintain sky-high expectations lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 10 Wilmington 0
• Braymer (W, 3-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Fuentes (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Barrera 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Banks 2-3, R, 3B, BB, 5RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, SF, RBI

Rain threatened but never came last night in Woodbridge, except for the downpour of seven runs in the 8th by Potomac in a 10-0 shutout of Wilmington. Ben Braymer made his second start and tossed six scoreless innings with three hits and two walks allowed while setting down six on strikes to earn his third win. Steven Fuentes followed with two scoreless innings in his return to High-A and earned the hold. Nick Banks’s three-run triple highlighted the Potomac 8th as the P-Nats made the Blue rocks pitchers pay for walking them six times in the inning. Banks drove in five total while Tres Barrera led the 11-hit parade with three singles.

Greensboro vs. Hagerstown – PPD
The rain did come to Western Maryland to postpone the Suns and ‘Hoppers and force a doubleheader tonight. It’s the 11th game that’s been postponed or canceled this season for Hagerstown.

Mahoning Valley 10 Auburn 7
• Galindez (L, 0-1) 4+ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 2K
• Zwetsch 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Blash 3-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Canning 3-5, 3R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Rhinesmith 3-5, R

Auburn’s skid is now five after 10-7 loss to Mahoning Valley. Nelson Galindez bore the brunt of the beating, with six runs allowed on eight hits and four walks over four-plus innings, and lost for the first time this season. All ten Doubleday hits came from the top half of the lineup, with Jamori Blash, Gage Canning, and Jacob Rhinesmith each collecting three base knocks. Canning was a double shy of the cycle while Blash drew a walk and drove in two.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Astros 9
• Teel 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Segura (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Chisholm 4-4, 2R, 3RBI
• Emiliani 4-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at 2B
• O’Connor 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats finally got in the G-Win column by outslugging the G-Astros, 11-9. The visitors teed off on Carson Teel for two run on four hits and a walk over two innings in his pro debut. The win went to Fausto Segura with three scoreless innings pitched, one hit allowed, no walks, and two whiffs. 18-y.o. Colombian Leandro Emiliani drove in two with three singles and double while the law firm of Blake Preston Chisholm filed motions for four singles and three RBI; both scored twice as the G-Nats pounded out 19 hits total. Roster moves: LHPs Aaron Fletcher (14th Rd. pick, Univ. of Houston), Carson Teel (16th, Oklahoma St.), and SS Kyle Marinconz (24th, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) assigned from Washington.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 2-1
(10 inn.)
@ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Dragmire (0-1, 14.40) vs.
Cuevas (4-4, 3.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
McGowin (4-1, 2.18) vs.
Brady (4-3, 3.78)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Braymer (2-1, 2.45) vs.
Garabito (2-5, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 5.59) vs.
Beggs (2-1, 2.78)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Galindez (0-0, 7.71) vs.
Mingo (0-0, 5.06)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-5 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
 

Rochester 2 Syracuse 1 (10 inn.)
• Voth 6⅓ 2H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Marmolejos 0-5, 3K

Bowie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Long (L, 1-5) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Bacus 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kieboom 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ward 1-3, BB

The good news is that Carter Kieboom homered in his AA debut. The bad news is that there was no one on base as Harrisburg was edged by Bowie, 2-1. Jaron Long turned in a quality start but still lost as he gave up both BaySox run on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Dakota Bacus and Jeff Ames combined for three scoreless innings of relief. Kieboom’s big fly was one of just six hits on the night by the Senators, who walked three times and fanned 11 times.
ROSTER MOVES
Promoted: RHP Tyler Mapes, SS Carter Kieboom, IF Jake Noll (all from Potomac)
Reassigned: OF Alec Keller from Potomac; LHP Ryan Williamson from the GCL
Released: IF Stephen Perez
7-Day DL: RHP Luis Reyes placed on it, retroactive to June 19
3-Day TIL: RHP Wirkin Estevez

Wilmington 2 Potomac 1
• Baez 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Pantoja (L, 0-4) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Mejia 2-4, 2B
• Banks 2-3

Jakson Reetz threw out just one of six baserunners and committed three throwing errors, the last of which led to the game-winning run as the P-Nats were edged by the Blue Rocks, 2-1. Joan Baez had his usual bad inning early and then wobbled through five more to finish with one run allowed on five hits and four walks while striking out six. Jorge Pantoja suffered the loss despite allowing only one hit, no walks, and fanning four over two innings. Oldcomer Bryan Mejia singled and doubled while newcomer Nick Banks singled twice to lead Potomac’s nine-hit parade.
ROSTER MOVES
Promoted: OF Nick Banks, 1B Aldrem Corredor, LHP Nick Raquet (all from Hagerstown)
Reassigned: OF Telmito Agustin from Auburn; RHP Steven Fuentes from Hagerstown; LHP Jose Jimenez from the GCL
7-Day DL: RHP Wil Crowe placed on it (no reason given); IF Bryan Mejia activated from it (recovered from Hellenic flu)

Greensboro 4 Hagerstown 3
• Tetreault 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR, WP
• Bogucki (L, 1-2) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Garcia 2-3, R, BB, SB
• Baez 2-3, BB

Hagerstown dug out from a 3-0 hole with a run in the 5th and two in the 6th but had no answer for Greensboro’s tally in the 8th, and lost 4-3. Jackson Tetrault went the first five innings and was dinged from three runs on seven hits, including a HR. He walked two and struck out six. The loss went to A.J. Bogucki, who let in a run over three innings on four hits and a walk while fanning five. Luis Garcia and Jeyner Baez both went 2-for-3 with a walk as the Suns pounded out 10 hits on the night.
ROSTER MOVES
Promoted: OF Nick Choruby from Auburn
Reassigned: OF Oliver Ortiz from Auburn
7-Day DL: RHP Carlos Acevedo activated from it

Mahoning Valley 4 Auburn 1
• Y. Ramirez (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Guillen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pryor 1-1, R
• Pascal 1-3

The Doubledays’ slide extended to four with a 4-1 loss to the Scrappers. Yonathan Ramirez got the start and threw five innings of three-run ball on five hits and no walks with two (2) strikeouts and was the losing pitcher for the second time. Mahoning gave away the shutout in the 7th with a walk and two hit batsmen before Israel Pineda grounded into double play. Juan Pascal broke up the no-hitter with a single in the 9th while Jonathan Pryor singled in the 9th for the second Auburn hit.

GCL Cardinals 8 GCL Nationals 5
• Ra. Gomez ⅔ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, HBP
• A. Hernandez 4⅓ IP. 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Chisholm 2-3
• Cropley 1-3, R, BB
• O’Connor 1-4, 2B, 2RBI

Lowlighted by a six-run 1st, the G-Nats dropped their third straight with an 8-5 loss to the G-Cards. Rafael Gomez retired just two of 11 batters faced as he gave up the aforementioned six runs on six hits and two walks while hitting a batter striking out none. Alfonso Hernandez righted the ship with four and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief, with two hits, no walks, and four whiffs. Blake Chisholm and Tyler Cropley both reached base twice while Pablo O’Connor drove in two to lead the G-Nats attack.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-4, 4.37) vs.
Littell (1-3, 3.58)
Harrisburg Won, 9-4;
Won, 8-6
vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Long (1-4, 4.17) vs.
Akin (7-5, 2.65)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 2-0 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (0-1, 11.25) vs.
Oviedo (0-0, 2.25)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-3 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
 

Rochester 2 Syracuse 0
• Valdez (L, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 1-4, 2B
• Stevenson 1-4, SB
Roster move: RHP Cesar Vargas placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 9 Bowie 4 – GAME ONE
• Darnell 4IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Guillon (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, WP
• Jones 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Ward 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Walker 1-2, R, 2BB

The Senators put up crooked numbers in three of six “ups,” including a four-spot in the 6th to outslug the BaySox, 9-4. Logan Darnell went the first four innings and gave up a two-run HR and seven hits total without issuing a walk and setting down three on strikes. Ismael Guillon picked up the win with a scoreless inning and 2/3rds (one hit, walk, whiff) while Roman Mendez got the benefit of the last big inning for a save despite coughing up a two-run HR in the 7th. Hunter Jones, Adam Walker, and Drew Ward each reached base three times and scored a run to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 6 – GAME TWO
• Williams 3IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Fleck (W, 3-3) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Collier 2-3, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Abreu 2-3, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Read 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

In the “aftercap,” Harrisburg broke a 5-5 tie with a run in the 5th and got two insurance runs in the 6th to hold on for an 8-6 win and the doubleheader sweep. Austen Williams got the spot start and gave up two first-inning runs before leaving after three with three hits an one walk allowed and four K’s. Kaleb Fleck was credited with the win but pitched poorly while Bryan Harper stranded a runner in the 6th and let in a run in the 7th as he was credited with his fourth save. Raudy Read, Zach Collie, and Osvaldo Abreu combined to go 5-for-9 with a double (Abreu), two triples (Abreu, Collier), two homers (Collier, Read), and seven RBI to lead the Sens attack.

Potomac – ALL-STAR BREAK
The P-Nats begin the second half against the Blue Rocks with what should be a few new faces, as this is typically when the Nats shuffle the deck and bump up a couple of Suns and sometimes drop down a Senator or two.

Hagerstown – ALL-STAR BREAK
Hagerstown also gets the benefit of hitting the reset button but will probably get the backfills from Auburn versus any demotions from Potomac. Nevertheless, it’s still a chance to get out of seventh place and perhaps even get above .500 for the second half.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 0
• M. Pena 5IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bartow 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Tapani (L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Rhinesmith 2-4
• Pineda 1-3

The Crosscutters completed their sweep as they shut out the Doubledays, 2-0. Malvin Pena went the first five and gave up six hits, no walks, and no runs while striking out three. Frankie Bartow tossed two perfect innings in his pro debut, fanning two. Ryan Tapani didn’t do quite so well as Williamsport knocked him for both of its runs on three hits in his single inning pitched to hand him his first loss. Auburn was held to just six hits with Jacob Rhinesmith the sole batter to reach base twice with a pair of singles in four trips to the plate.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 3
• Strom 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• F. Perez (L, 0-1) 1.1 IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• Vickers 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
• O’Connor 1-3, 2B, BB

The G-Nats’ early 1-0 lead was erased by several crooked numbers as the G-Marlins handed them a 9-3 loss. Leif Strom, last year’s 21st Rd. pick, got the start and tossed two perfect innings with three whiffs. The loss went to Fray Perez, who came undone in the 5th with two unearned runs on a hit and two walks while fanning three. Tre Vickers drove in both runs while going 1-for-3 with a double, as did Pablo O’Connor, who also drew a walk. Roster moves: C Jose Cabello released; RHPs Tanner Driskill (9th Rd.), Alec Maley (32nd Rd.), and Bobby Milacki (38th Rd.; Do you have to ask? Fine. Yes, he’s the son of Bob) assigned from Washington.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Rochester,
12:35 p.m.
Valdez (2-2, 1.82) vs.
Mejia (2-2, 3.47)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Bowie,
12:00 p.m.
Reyes (5-6, 5.18) and
Williams (2-1, 1.35) vs.
Gonzalez (1-2, 7.71) and
Binford (1-2, 3.86)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-0 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Peña (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Lindow (0-0, 3.60)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
 

Rochester 4 Syracuse 3
• Simms (L, 2-3) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K, 0HR
• Adams 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Gosewich 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB
• Wilson 2-4, R, 2B

The Chief posted a picket fence and the RedWings knocked it down with a four-run 3rd to take the series opener, 4-3. John Simms got the spot start and was charged with all four Rochester runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings for his third loss. David Goforth stranded two while finishing the 5th and pitched a scoreless 6th while Austin Adams was perfect in the 7th and 8th to give the offense a chance to come back. They didn’t. Tuffy Gosewich doubled twice and walked once to lead Syracuse’s 10-hit parade. Roster moves: RHPs Austin Voth, Wander Suero optioned from Washington.

Bowie 5 Harrisburg 4 (10 inn.)
• Estevez 4⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Self 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ames (L, 2-1) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Read 2-4, RBI
• Davidson 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

Harrisburg never led in this one, but tied it twice to send it to extras where they were outscored 2-1 in the 10th to lose, 5-4. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez got knocked from the box in the 5th and gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. The loss went to Jeff Ames, who let in the free runner and one of his own on a hit and two walks while fanning two. Raudy Read’s second single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th plated the fourth run as he led the Sens hit column of eight. Austin Davidson also homered and walked. Roster move: RHP Jefry Rodriguez recalled to Washington.

Potomac – ALL-STAR BREAK
• R. Pena ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Mills ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kieboom 3-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Barrera 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Noll 0-0, SF, BB, RBI

Carter Kieboom and Tres Barrera both started and homered but the North Division lost to the South, 7-6 in the Carolina League All-Star Game. Jake Noll also started and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly while taking a walks before he was lifted in favor of someone else the scouts wished to see from the game. Ronald Pena had a hand in the loss as he let in two inherited runners and one of his own over 2/3rds of an inning. Jordan Mills also pitched 2/3rds of an inning. Sources are telling us Tyler Mapes will be called up today to Harrisburg; Mapes, Sterling Sharp, and Wil Crowe did not make the trip to Zebulon

Hagerstown – ALL-STAR BREAK
• Raquet 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Banks 0-1, K

Likewise, the Southern Division beat the Northern Division in the Sally League’s All-Star Game, 9-5. Nick Raquet was roughed up for two runs on a single and a homer in his single inning pitched while Nick Banks whiffed in his at-bat off the bench while playing right field.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 0
• Stoeckinger (L, 0-1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Canning 2-4, CS
• Jo. Sanchez 2-3

Auburn was shut out on five hits, 4-0 by Williamsport. Jackson Stoeckinger gave up just one run over five innings on five hits and a walk while fanning four but suffered the loss. Neither O.T. (Other Trey) Turner nor Jhonatan German were effective in relief as they combined to allow three runs the rest of the way. Gage Canning and Jose Sanchez bot hsingled twice while Isreal Pineda doubled to comprise the Doubledays hit column. Roster moves: IF Jason Martinson assigned from Syracuse for MiLB rehab; RHPs Ryan Tapani (21st Rd. Pick, son of Kevin) and Frankie Bartow (11th Rd.) assigned from Washington.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
After an early off day, the G-Nats are back at it today in Port St. Lucie to face the G-Mets.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Rochester, Simms (2-2, 3.65) vs.
Enns (4-6, 5.30)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Estevez (1-3, 4.35) vs. TBD
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 7-3 @ Williamsport,
2:00 p.m.
Stoeckinger (2-5, 7.84 @ Low-A) vs. G. Armas (0-3, 4.09)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-3 OFF DAY  

Yohanse Morel, We Hardly Knew Ye
Seriously, the 17-y.o. pitched just once almost three weeks ago for the D-Nats and gave up four runs on six hits over three and 1/3rd innings. But scouts from the Royals must have seen something they liked as he was included in the trade that dispatched longtime prospects Kelvin Gutierrez and Blake Perkins for a 3½ month rental of Kelvin Herrera.

As noted in the comments, this is not a bad deal. Gutierrez had improved his power numbers, but not to what you’d expect from someone of his size/build/position. Perkins had the swagger a 2nd round pick but the production of a 22nd rounder and was so visibly better batting righthanded that we wondered aloud—when the Pfitzner PA system wasn’t blasting at 90-100Db—that maybe he should give up switch-hitting. Perhaps we’ll see it soon, since Perkins was assigned to Wilmington, who come to Woodbridge on Thursday. Meanwhile, Gutierrez has been assigned to the Northwest Naturals in the Southern League and Morel will head west to pitch for the AZL Royals.

Syracuse – OFF DAY
After ending an eight-game losing streak on Sunday, last-place Syracuse goes to fifth-place Rochester for three, then heads east to play fourth-place Pawtucket for three before returning home next week. Roster move: RHP Austin Voth recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The Senators resume their seven-game homestand with four against the BaySox. Harrisburg, which is tied with Altoona for second place in the E.L. West, has gone 10-6 in the month of June.

Potomac – ALL-STAR BREAK
Tonight is the Carolina League All-Star Game, which includes eight players from Potomac and will be held at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC.

Hagerstown – ALL-STAR BREAK
The two Nicks – Banks and Raquet – will be in Greensboro tonight for the Sally Lg. All-Star game, along with manager Patrick Anderson.

Williamsport 7 Auburn 3
• Peguero 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Chu (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K
• Carrillo 2-4
• Ri. Mendez 2-4

Williamsport broke a 3-3 tie with a four-run 8th for which Auburn had no answer in the 9th and lost, 7-3. Francys Peguero made his first appearance since August 26, 2016 and gave up a run over four innings on four hits while striking out four. Gilberto Chu was lit up for two in his first inning of work and gave up the aforementioned four runs in his last inning, finishing with nine hits allowed, no walks, and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Adalberto Carrillo and Ricardo Mendez both went 2-for-4 while Nick Choruby (pictured above) tripled once and scored twice to pace the Doubledays attack.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 3
• Hill (L, 0-1) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K, HBP
• Hernandez ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• Canfler 3-4, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Morales 1-4, 2RBI

You can’t expect to give up 10 walks and win. The G-Nats did not as they were doubled up 6-3 in the season opener. Brigham Hill gave up one hit, one walk, and one unearned run over three innings and was “rewarded” with the loss. He struck out two. The trio of Elvis Alvarado, Joan Adon, and Jairon Peguero combined for nine BB’s over five and 2/3rds innings before Alfonso Hernandez came on in the 9th to strike out the lone batter he faced and strand three runners. Caldioli Sanfler singled twice, scored twice, tripled once, and stole a base to lead the G-Nats offense, which was held to just six hits. Roster moves: RHP Brigham Hill, C Alex Dunlap assigned from Hagerstown for MiLB rehab.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 4-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 8-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 10-8 @ Williamsport,
2:00 p.m.
F. Peguero (DNP in ’17) vs.
Ju. Escorcia (DNP in ’17)
GCL Nationals Love was such an easy game to play vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
 

Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• Milone 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Smith (W, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Cordero (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Reynolds 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Marmolejos 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Chiefs got homers from Matt Reynolds and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos as they broke an eight-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the RailRiders. Tommy Milone pitched into 6th, giving up both Scranwon/Wilkes-Barre runs on five hits and a walk while tying his season high of nine strikeouts. Four relievers combined for three and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief, though winning pitcher Chris Smith did allow his only inherited runner to score. Jimmy Cordero worked around a single in the 9th to pick up the save, his third. Roster move: IF Matt Reynolds activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 5
• McGowin (W, 4-1) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 9K, HR, HBP; 1-1, R, 2BB
• Fleck 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Jones 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Gamache 2-4, 2B, 3B, BB, 3RBI, E(5)

Harrisburg broke open a 2-1 game with a four-run 4th and held on for a 6-5 win to take the series, 2-1. Kyle McGowin won for the fourth time with six innings pitched, four runs allowed onn seven hits, including a HR, and a walk. He struck out nine. At the plate, he reached three times with a single and two walks. Dan Gamache, who lost a five-game hit streak on Saturday, doubled, tripled, walked, and drove in three to lead the Senators offense. Roster move: RHP Logan Darnell reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac 4 Buies Creek 2
• Sharp (W, 5-3) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Bourque (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 2-2, R, 2B, 2BB
• Keller 1-3, R, BB

The P-Nats closed out the first half with a 4-2 win over the Astros. Sterling Sharp racked up another quality start with one run let in on three hits and two walks while striking out six for his fifth “W.” The save went to James Bourque with a 1-2-3 ninth. Ian Sagdal singled, doubled, and walked twice while Alec Keller singled and walked to pace the seven-hit, six-walk offense for Potomac.

Columbia 8 Hagerstown 2
• Romero 4IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K
• Lee (L, 2-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 0K, 0HR
• Corredor 2-4, R, 3B
• Scudder 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Andrew Lee retired just two of eight batters in Columbia’s three-run 5th as Hagerstown dropped the series finale, 8-2. Seth Romer made his third start and made it through four innings on 66 pitches, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out six. Lee suffered his first loss while walking five and giving up a double over 2/3rds of an inning. Aldrem Corredor singled and tripled to lead the Suns’ hit column of just six.

Auburn 10 Batavia 8
• Galindez 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K, BK
• N. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Zwetsch (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rhinesmith 4-5, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Blash 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Jo. Sanchez 2-4, 2R, 2B

Telmito Agustin’s two-run double capped off a four-run 8th as the Doubledays outslugged the Muckdogs, 10-8 to take the series, 2-1. Nelson Galindez got the start but was knocked from the box after four and 2/3rds innings and four lets allowed on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. Nector Ramirez was the pitcher of record, having pitched two and 1/3rd innings with one run let in on two hits and a walk, though he did strand two in the 6th. Connor Zwetsch worked around a one-out double in the 9th to earn the save. 18th-Rd. pick Jacob Rhinesmith singled twice and doubled twice in five trips to the plate while Jamori Blash missed the cycle while going 3-for-5; the two combined to drive in five.

GCL Nationals – Opening Day
The G-Nats begin the defense of their 2017 GCL East title today as they host Marlins. Then it’s the Mets, Cardinals, and Astros. Repeat that sequence 13 times, mix up the venues, and that’s a total of 56 games through August 25.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 9-7
(11 inn.)
vs. Scranton/Wikes-Barre, 1:05 p.m. Milone (3-4, 5.14) vs.
N. Cortes (0-3, 5.19)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Richmond,
6:00 p.m.
McGowin (3-1, 2.63) vs.
Williams (2-4, 5.33)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Buies Creek,
1:05 p.m.
Sharp (4-3, 3.30) vs.
Bailey (2-6, 3.08)
Hagerstown Won, 12-6 vs. Columbia,
2:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 9.53) vs.
Campos (0-0, 1.02)
Auburn Lost, 11-6 vs. Batavia,
2:00 p.m.
Galindez (2-2, 3.79 @ GCL in ’17) vs. TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9 Syracuse 7 (11 inn.)
• Darnell 5IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 3K
• Torres (L, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Falu 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• Hernandez 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Dominguez 2-5, R

Syracuse dug out from an early 6-0 hole to tie it at 7-7 after eight innings, but couldn’t complete the comeback and fell in extras, 9-7. Logan Darnell returned to AAA for the first time in two years and was stung for three runs in each of the first two innings and left after five frames with nine hits, three walks, and three whiffs. Carlos Torres took the loss with two runs given up over two innings on one hit and one walk. He struck out three. Irving Falu, Yadiel Hernandez, and Chris Dominguez each had two singles as the Chiefs failed to take advantage of the six walks issue and were a woeful 3-for-17 with RISP and left on 12 baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Brady Dragmire placed on 3-Day TIL; RHP Logan Darnell reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Long (L, 1-4) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Guillon ⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Abreu 2-4, 2B, E(10)
• Walker 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Senator offense went on recess in a 5-1 loss to the Flying Squirrels to end a six-game win streak. Jaron long pitched into the 7th and let in the first three runs on three hits, including a homer, and two walks while fanning three. Adam Walker’s solo HR broke up Richmond’s shutout bid as Harrisburg mustered just five hits and four walks. Roster moves: C Matt Reistetter placed on 3-Day TIL; RHP Dakota Bacus activated from 7-day DL.

Buies Creek 4 Potomac 2
• Crownover (L, 3-5) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Guilbeau 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wiseman 1-2, R, 2BB
• Kieboom 1-4, RBI

After back-to-back shutouts, Buies Creek nearly returned the favor as they built a 4-0 lead after 7½ innings and held on for a 4-2 win over Potomac. Matthew Crownover notched a quality start with three runs allowed on five hits and three walks over six innings against the Carolina League’s seventh-best offense, but lost for the fifth time in 13 starts. Rhett Wiseman singled and drew two of the six walks issued by the Astros. He scored the lone run on Carter Kieboom’s RBI single in the 8th, the second and final hit of the night.

Hagerstown 12 Columbia 6
• DeRosier (W, 3-4) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Banks 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 5RBI, SB(10)
• Meregildo 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Scudder 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns scorched the Fireflies for 12 runs through four innings and ran out the clock for a 12-6 win. Matt DeRosier won for the third time with one run allowed on a home run and three hits total over six innings. He walked one and struck out three. The 12-1 lead was too big for the Hagerstown ‘pen to blow, but they gave it a go with A.J. Bogucki coughing up four over two innings and Phil Morse letting in an unearned run on his own error in the 9th. Every Suns batter had at least one hit in the 16-hit parade, led by Nick Banks and Omar Meregildo, who both went 3-for-5 with single, double, and home run.

Batavia 11 Auburn 6
• Ramirez (L, 0-1) 4+ IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, 3BB, 1K, 2HBP
• Guillen 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 3-3 IR-S
• Agustin 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Reynolds 2-3, R, BB
• Pineda 2-4, 2RBI

A five-run 5th broke open a 3-2 game as Batavia evened up the series with an 11-6 win. Yonathan Ramirez’s 19th NYPL start since 2016 was another disappointment as he was charged with seven runs on five hits and three walks over four-plus innings. He hit two batters and struck out one. Telmito Agustin homered while Matt Reynolds singled twice and walked once. Among the non-rehabs, 18-y.o. Israel Pineda drove in two while going 2-for-4.

GCL Update
Opening Day is tomorrow with the G-Nats hosting the G-Marlins. Watch online for the roster here which may or may not be updated prior to the noontime start. You don’t have to ask – coverage for the Chiefs will be reduced like last summer to accommodate the team with a wee bit more prospects.

DSL Update
The D-Nats cooled off some in Week 2, going 3-3 to fall to 9-4 and one game off the pace in the DSL South. 17-y.o. Panamanian Pedro Gonzalez leads the starting pitchers with a 1-0 record in 10IP, with five hits and two walks allowed and 15 strikeouts. This is his second season in the DSL. Another 17-y.o., Geraldi Diaz, is leading the hitters with a .394/.535/.667 line with 1HR and 10 RBI. Both players will turn 18 next month.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 14-2 vs. Scranton/Wikes-Barre, 7:05 p.m. Voth (4-4, 4.37) vs.
Hale (3-2, 4.69)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0 vs. Richmond,
6:00 p.m.
Long (1-3, 4.62) vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 4-0 vs. Buies Creek,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (3-4, 5.46) vs.
Valdez (2-3, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2
(10 inn.)
vs. Columbia,
6:05 p.m.
DeRosier (2-4, 4.19) vs.
Viall (2-3, 3.14)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Batavia,
6:30 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (4-3, 3.86 in ’17) vs.
TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 14 Syracuse 2
• Dragmire (L, 0-1) 5IP, 10H, 8R, 8ER, 3BB, 5K, 3HR
• Vargas 4IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Sierra 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Gosewich 1-2, BB

The Chiefs held batting practice for the RailRiders but disguised it as a game for a 14-2 loss, their seventh in a row. Brady Dragmire and Cesar Vargas both gave up 10 hits, with Dragmire going the first five innings and giving up eight runs, three HRs, and three walks, and Vargas giving the ‘pen the night off with four innings thrown and six runs let in. He walked one and gave up two homers. Moises Sierra denied Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the shutout with a two-run HR with one out in the 9th, the fifth and final hit for Syracuse. Tuffy Gosewich drew the lone walk and was the only batter to reach base twice.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 0
• Reyes (W, 5-6) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 4BB, 3K; 1-1, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Williams (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Self (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gamache 2-4, R
• Ward 2-3, BB
• Read 1-3, 3B

Three Harrisburg pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to run the Sens’ win streak to six. Luis Reyes came off the DL (and may have actually been hurt, too) win his fifth game with six innings pitched, the aforementioned four hits and four walks allowed, and three strikeouts. He also connected for his first career homer at the plate and drew a walk. Dan Gamache continued his bid for player of the week with his fifth straight multihit game while Drew Ward notched his third straight with two singles and a walk to lead the Senators offense. Roster moves: C Raudy Read assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; RHP Luis Reyes activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 4 Buies Creek 0
• Mapes (W, 6-1) 9IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 9K, 105-76 PIT-K
• Sundberg 2-3, R, BB
• Noll 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Tyler Mapes hit the trifecta with his first complete game and first shutout since 2016, and a career-high nine K’s in Potomac’s 4-0 win over Buies Creek. Mapes walked none and allowed just five hits as he won for the sixth time this season. He threw 105 pitches, 76 for strikes. Jack Sundberg singled twice and walked once while Jake Noll hit his eighth HR to lead the P-Nats attack. Veteran relievers Jordan Mills and Ronald Pena were added to the C.L. North All-Star Team, bringing Potomac’s contingent to eight for the midseason showcase.

Hagerstown 3 Columbia 2 (10 inn.)
• Tetreault 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Fuentes (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Garcia 2-4, R, 3B
• Corredor 2-4, RBI
• Scudder 2-4, RBI, CS, E(4)

Armond Upshaw’s safety squeeze pushed in Jeyner Baez in the bottom of the 10th for a 3-2 Hagerstown win over Columbia. Jackson Tetreault made his first start in eight days and came back strong with seven innings of two-run ball on six hits and a walk while fanning seven. Steven Fuentes picked up the win with three scoreless innings pitched. Luis Garcia, Aldrem Corredor, and Jake Scudder each went 2-for-4 to account for six of the seven Hagerstown hits. Roster moves: RHP Jackson Tetreault activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Ma. Pena (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, WP, BK
• D. Smith (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Blash 2-4, 2B
• Carillo 2-4, R, 2B
• Mendez 2-4, 2R, 2RBI, CS, SB

The Doubledays came up with big innings twice—three in the 2nd, two in the 6th—as they took the Opening Day game, 5-1. Malvin Pena got the start and the win as he went the first five innings and gave up the lone Batavia runs on four hits with nary a walk and five down by way of the K. Aaron Barrett pitched his first game since August 2015 but left with an injury after failing to retire two batters in the 7th. David Smith stranded both and tossed two scoreless to earn a hold and “save” a hold for Barrett. Adalberto Carillo and Jamori Blash both went 2-for-4 with a double as four Auburn batters had multiple hits in the team’s 11-hit parade. Roster moves: SS Matt Reynolds assigned from Syracuse for MiLB rehab; C Nic Perkins reassigned from Hagerstown; OF Telmito Agustin reassigned from Potomac; RHP Aaron Barrett reassigned from Syracuse.

UPDATE: The official Auburn roster is now available here – including a pronunciation guide, which I wish they all did; people are still pronouncing Carter and Spencer “kuh-boom.”

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 9-5
(10 inn.)
vs. Scranton/Wikes-Barre, 7:05 p.m. Dragmire (1st AAA start of ’18) vs. Rogers (5-5, 3.72)
Harrisburg Won, 12-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Rodriguez (4-3, 3.57) vs.
Johnson (5-5, 3.98)
Potomac Won, 2-0 vs. Buies Creek,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (5-1, 2.04) vs.
LaRue (3-3, 4.80)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Opening Day vs. Batavia,
6:30 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9 Syracuse 5
• Valdez 6⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 7K, 2HR, BK
• Gott (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Wilson 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Falu 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Sierra 2-5, RBI

Any doubts that Syracuse hasn’t reverted to the mean should be removed with last night’s six-run meltdown in the 10th for its sixth straight loss, 9-5 to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Phillips Valdez pitched into the seventh and let in three runs, two via the longball, on five hits and a walk. He fanned seven. Trevor Gott set the side down in order in the top of the 9th and retired just one of five batters faced (on a sac fly) in the 10th to take the loss. Jimmy Cordero was only slightly less ineffective as he gave up back-to-back doubles before getting the last two outs. The Chiefs got two runs back in the 10th on their 12th hit of the night (an Irving Falu double) and a wild pitch. Jacob Wilson led the hit column with two singles and a double and drove in two.

Harrisburg 12 Reading 2
• Rodriguez (W, 5-3) 5IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 4BB, 6K, BK, WP
• Harper 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Gamache 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Gushue 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Ward 2-5, 2R, 3B, 2RBI

The Senators completed the sweep of the Fightins with a 12-2 knockout, thanks to three home runs. Jefry Rodriguez allowed both Reading runs on two hits and four walks over five frames to notch his fifth win. He struck out six. Kaleb Fleck and Bryan Harper each turned in two scoreless innings to close out the game. Taylor Gushue, Dan Gamache, and Khayyan Norfork all went deep with Gushue leading Harrisburg’s 13-hit parade with 3-for-5 night and two RBI.

Potomac 2 Buies Creek 0
• Baez (W, 3-5) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 4K, WP
• R. Pena (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mills (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 2-3, 2B
• Barrera 1-3, R

It’s an even year, so that means Potomac makes the playoffs, right? Three P-Nats pitchers shut out the Astros out on three hits, 2-0 to clinch the C.L. North first half title. Joan Baez turned in his best outing of the season as he went seven full innings, allowed the aforementioned three hits and three walks, and struck out for to win his third game. Ronald Pena and Jordan Mills both pitched a perfect inning to earn the hold and save, respectively. Rhett Wiseman singled and doubled to lead the Potomac offense, which was held to just five hits and two walks. With the “W,” Tripp Keister becomes the winningest manager in franchise history with 314.

Hagerstown 7 Lakewood 6
• Johnston 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K
• Morse (BS, 1); W, 2-0) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Antuna 3-4, 2R, 2B, SF, 3RBI, SB(6), CS(5)
• Baez 2-3, 2R, 2B, SAC
• Scudder 2-4, 2R, 2B

The Suns blew a 5-0 lead after four innings but eked out a 7-6 win in regulation to prevent a four-game sweep the BlueClaws. Kyle Johnston started and pitched into the 5th where he put on four of the first five batters he faced before he was lifted. Sam Held was the first man out of the ‘pen and allowed both inherited runners to score as well as one of his own to tie things up at 5-5. The win, along with a blown save, went to Phil Morse while Carlos Pena worked around a two-out singled in the 9th to earn the save, his second. Yasel Antuna had three hits and three RBI for his 12th multi-hit game of the season (H/T Suns PR) as Hagerstown pounded out 11 hits total.

Auburn – OPENING DAY
As usual, the Auburn roster still has not been released. And yesterday afternoon, we learned that the Nationals probably won’t release it any earlier in 2019 and 2020, either. The Doubledays open at home this year against Batavia for three games before heading out to Williamsport and Mahoning for the next six games.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Valdez (2-2, 1.64) vs.
Sheffield (1-2, 2.96)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 @ Reading,
7:15 p.m.
Darnell (3-3, 5.54) vs.
Arauz (3-3, 4.57)
Potomac Won, 6-1;
Lost, 5-3
vs. Buies Creek,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 6-0 @ Lakewood, Johnston (0-2, 3.31) vs.
Young (1-3, 2.45)

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 1
• Simms (L, 2-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• Smith 1⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-3 IR-S
• Wilson 2-3, 2B, BB
• Gonzalez 1-2, R, 2B, BB

The Chiefs’ tailspin extended to five games as the PawSox completed the sweep with a 6-1 victory. John Simms stepped in for Erick Fedde and was down 2-0 when he stepped off after three and a 1/3rd innings, though he did give up five hits (including a HR) and walked two. With the bases loaded, Chris Smith let ’em all in with two hits to the first three batters he faced to put Syracuse in a 5-0 hole. Austin Adams and Carlos Torres both spun two scoreless to keep the game within reach but the offense could only push across one run for the third time in four games. Jacob Wilson (single, double, walk) and Bengie Gonzalez (double, walk) were the only two Chiefs to reach base multiple times. Roster moves: RHP Eric Fedde recalled to Washington; RHP Trevor Gott optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Reading 3
• Estevez (W, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K; 1-2, RBI, SAC
• Mendez (S, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gamache 3-5
• Ward 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gushue 2-5, R

Conversely, the Senators ran their win streak to four games with 5-3 win over the Fightins. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez tossed six scoreless with four hits and one walk allowed and struck out five for his first win. He also drove in a run with a single. After the white whale got to Ismael (Guillon) for three runs in the space of four batters, Jeff Ames got Harrisburg out of the 7th without further damage while Roman Mendez pitched two perfect innings to earn the save, his third. Dan Gamache racked up another three hits while Drew Ward and Kelvin Gutierrez both homered to lead the Sens offense.

Potomac Salem – GAME ONE
• Crowe (W, 9-0) 6⅔ IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, 103-70 PIT-K
• Bourque ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Noll 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Sundberg 2-2, BB, CS
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB, SB

Potomac reduced its magic number to one with a 6-1 win the opener vs. Salem. Wil Crowe threw just seven more pitches than his last outing but got five more outs as he won for the 9th time (1st in the C.L.), pitching six and 2/3rd innings and allowing one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. James Bourque walked the first batter he faced to lose the shutout but got the second to fly out to end the game. Like Jane Russell and her Playtex, the P-Nats offense gave Crowe plenty of support with ten hits and six runs, led by Jake Noll with two singles and a double, followed by Jack Sundberg with two singles and a walk.

Salem 5 Potomac 3 – GAME TWO
• Pantoja (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Howard 2⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Noll 2-3, 2-2B, RBI
• Keller 1-2, R, SF, RBI

Tripp Keister’s record for managerial wins and the clinching of the 1st half title will have to wait another day as the P-Nats couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and dropped the nightcap, 5-3 to the Red Sox. Jorge Pantoja got the spot start and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings as he suffered his third loss. Jake Noll collected his fourth and fifth hits of the night with two more doubles but the Potomac offense sputtered in the clutch, going just 1-for-8 with RISP.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 0
• Raquet (L, 4-6) 4IP, 11H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 5K, 0HR, BK
• Lee 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Corredor 1-3, BB
• Antuna 1-3, BB

Hagerstown opened up another donut shop on the top half of the scoreboard with a 6-0 shutout by Lakewood. Nick Raquet took the brunt of beating with the first five runs allowed on eleven (11) hits over four innings. He walked non and struck out five. Andrew Lee followed with a three innings of one-run relief before Jared Brasher loaded the bases in the 8th before rolling a double play to get out of the jam. The Suns got eight runners on with four walks and four singles, with Aldrem Corredor and Yasel Antuna the only two batters to reach base twice.