Sunday’s News & Notes

Harper takes the Nats’ minors HR lead with #6, Syracuse snaps losing streak

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-0 vs. Toledo, 2:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (2-0, 2.22) vs.
Kyle Gibson (0-1, 3.15)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 5-2 @ New Britain, 1:35 p.m. Eik Davis (1-0, 1.15) vs.
Santos Arias (1-0, 6.00)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-0 @ Salem, 4:00 p.m. Evan Bronson (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Chris Hernandez (2-0, 0.64)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-2 @ Rome, 2:00 p.m. Matt Grace (1-3, 6.63) vs.
Ronan Pacheco (0-1, 4.66)

Syracuse 3 Rochester 0
• Maya (W, 1-2) 8IP 3H 0R 1BB 6K
• Kimball (S, 4) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 0K
• Bernadina 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Bynum 1-3, BB, RBI

Yunesky Maya and Cole Kimball combined on a three-hit shutout, as the Chiefs clipped the Red Wings, 3-0 and stopped a six-game losing streak. Maya turned in his best outing of the year, laying eight goose eggs on the bottom of the scoreboard with just three hits surrendered, one walk allowed, and six strikeouts. Cole Kimball followed suit with a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the season. Roger Bernadina, fresh off his fill-in stint for Ian Desmond, went 2-for-4 with a double and stolen base to pace the Syracuse offense.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 2
• Martis (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP 8H 3R 0ER 3BB 5K
• Martinez 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
• Gilbert 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Lombardozzi 1-3, BB, SB
• Norris 0-2, R, 2BB, 2K

When the offense is struggling, every error by the defense is magnified, if not multiplied. That was the case on Saturday night in New Britain as the two Harrisburg errors rendered all five Rock Cats run unearned in a 5-2 loss. A solo HR in the 8th by Archie Gilbert and RBI single by Chris Rahl were the extent of the Sens’ offense, which managed just five hits total. Starter Shairon Martis was less than sharp, allowing three unearned runs on eight hits in four and a 1/3rd innings and walking three. He did strike out five.

Salem 7 Potomac 0
• Demny 5IP 3H 0R 3BB 1K
• Testa 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
• Kobernus 1-3, 2B, SB
• King 1-3

Salem’s Ryan Pressly needed just 62 pitches to get through his six innings against the P-Nats, who were blanked on two hits in a 7-0 loss. Potomac starter Paul Demny was nearly as good, with five scoreless frames and six baserunners allowed (three hits, three walks) but the bullpen wasn’t. The Red Sox walloped Rob Wort for a two-run shot in the sixth, and torched Ryan Demmin for five runs, all via the longball, in the seventh. Steven King broke up the no-no bid in the fifth with a single to center while Jeff Kobernus stole his 10th base in the fourth and doubled in the ninth, as those two were the only P-Nats to reach base for the game.

Hagerstown 4 Rome 2
• Selik (W, 3-0) 6IP 8H 1R 1ER 0BB 7K
• Brown (S, 2) 3IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
• Martinson 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, E
• Harper 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Taylor 1-4, 2 OF assists (2B, HP)

Cameron Selik saw his scoreless inning streak stopped at 26 with a fourth-inning run by the Rome Braves, while Bryce Harper went deep for his organization-best sixth HR as the Suns beat the Braves 4-2. Harper’s big fly was the first peg in the picket fence the Suns posted on the scoreboard from the 6th to 8th innings, turning a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 lead. Every Hagerstown batter had a hit as the Suns pounded out 10 for the night and left only five men on base. Michael Taylor gunned down runners at second base and home plate as the RF while Harper played CF for the fifth time this season, collecting his 9th putout in as many chances.