|Duke (13-5, 3.57) vs.
Below (2-1, 3.88)
|Harrisburg||Lost, 5-2||vs. Akron,
|Wang (1-3, 4.88) vs.
Murata (2-1, 3.45)
|Potomac||Lost, 9-1||@ Salem,
|Grace (7-11, 5.62) vs.
Couch (8-9, 3.75)
|Hagerstown||Lost, 14-7||@ Delmarva,
|Schwartz (1-1, 3.80) vs.
Rodriguez (5-6, 3.29)
|Auburn||Lost, 5-4||@ Mahoning Valley,
|Lee (1-1, 3.86) vs.
Morel (2-2, 4.39)
|GCL Nationals||Won, 10-4||vs. GCL Cardinals,
|TBD vs. TBD|
|DSL Nationals||Won, 13-2||@ DSL Ariz./Cincy,
|TBD vs. TBD|
Syracuse 1 Toledo 0 — GAME ONE
• Mandel (W, 4-4) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Garcia (SV, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 1-3, SB
• Leon 1-1, R, BB, HR, RBI
Sandy Leon homered for the second straight game while Jeff Mandel tossed six scoreless innings to lead the Chiefs past the Mud Hens, 1-0 in the opener. Mandel allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out five. Christian Garcia notched his 10th save and extended his scoreless inning streak to 20⅓. Eury Perez singled and stole his 13th base for Syracuse (44th overall).
Toledo 4 Syracuse 3 — GAME TWO
• Roark (L, 6-15) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• MacDougal 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Brown 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Perez 1-3, R, BB
Syracuse struck for two early but couldn’t hold the lead and couldn’t complete the last-inning comeback to lose the nightcap, 4-3. Tanner Roark lost his I.L.-leading 15th game despite throwing a quality start of three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Seven of the nine Chiefs batters hit safely, but they also hit into three double plays. Corey Brown and Eury Perez both reached base twice with hit and a single.
Akron 5 Harrisburg 2
• Holder (L, 2-3) 1+IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Tatusko 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K, 2-0 IR-S
• Van Ostrand 2-3, R, BB
• Hood 2-4, 2B
Despite a heroic bullpen effort from Ryan Tatukso, the Senators couldn’t muster the offense to dig out of an early 4-0 hole to lose their third straight, 5-2. Starter Trevor Holder got strafed for four runs on seven hits and two walk over the course of 12 batters faced. Tatusko came in with two on and no outs in the 2nd and stranded them both, then pitched five more shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk. The offense could only manage seven hits, with Jimmy Van Ostrand (2-for-3, BB) and Destin Hood (2-for-4, 2B) leading the way.
Wilmington 9 Potomac 1
• Ray (L, 4-10) ⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, WP
• Demmin 4⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• King 2-4, 2-2B
• Hague 2-4
• Kelso 2-4
Robbie Ray couldn’t make it out of the first, hitting the org’s pitch-count limit for a single inning while giving up three hits and three walks while getting just two outs for his 10th loss as the P-Nats fell again to the Blue Rocks, 9-1. Since the C.L. All-Star break, Ray has gone 1-7 with a 7.92 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Potomac registered 10 hits, with Stephen King, Ricky Hague, and Blake Kelso each going 2-for-4, but struggled in the clutch with a 1-for-12 mark with RISP and eight runners left on base. The loss drops Potomac to 3½ games behind Wilmington with three games left against each other (Sep. 1-3), as they head down I-81 to Salem for four games against the Red Sox.
Hickory 14 Hagerstown 7
• Hill 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Hawkins (BS, 1; L, 3-3) 1+IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HBP, WP
• Nieto 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2BB
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, R
Hagerstown gave up nine runs over the last four innings in a 14-7 loss that prevented a sweep of Hickory and dropped the Suns back into second place. Starter Taylor Hill gave up two gopherballs and eight hits total for five runs over five innings but left with a 6-5 lead. Ben Hawkins got tagged with the loss, allowing the tying run in the 6th and letting on what proved to be the winning runs in the 7th. All four Hagerstown relievers were touched for earned runs. Adrian Nieto led the Suns offense with a pair of doubles and a pair of walks, followed by Khayyan Norfork, who singled, doubled, walked, scored a run and drove in a run. Hagerstown visits last-place Delmarva for four games starting tonight before returning to the Muni for seven on Monday.
Mahoning Valley 5 Auburn 4
• Encarnacion 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Davis (L, 3-1) 1⅔ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• E. Martinez 3-5
• Mesa 2-4, R
Auburn fought back from a 4-0 deficit, gave the lead back in 8th, and got the tying run in scoring position with two out in the 9th, but fell 5-4 to Mahoning Valley. Starter Pedro Encarnacion gave up four second-inning runs but went six innings total, with four hits allowed, a walk, and a strikeout. Cody Davis was charged with the loss when Robert Benincase gave up a hit to the first batter he faced to send in the winning run. Estarlin Martinez led the 11-hit attack with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Narciso Mesa’s 2-for-4 effort.
GCL Nationals 10 GCL Cardinals 4
• Pena 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Barrientos (W, 4-0) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Foat 4-5, 2R, 2B, 4RBI
• Bailey 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Brooks 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
The G-Nats scored in four straight innings to cruise to a 10-4 win over the G-Cards. Joel Barrientos got the win in relief, throwing four and 2/3rds innings and giving up two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three. The G-Nats pounded out 12 hits, with Matt Foat once again leading the hit column with a 4-for-5 game with a double and four RBI.
DSL Nationals 13 DSL “Redbacks” 2
• Valerio (W, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Acevedo 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mercedes 4-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• De Los Santos 3-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
The D-Nats pounded out 16 hits en route to a 13-2 smackdown of the Cincinnati/Arizona DSL co-op. Maximo Valerio got the start and the win with two unearned runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. Yermin Mercedes singled twice and doubled twice to raise the 19-year-old’s average to .325, while 18-year-old Venezuelan Juan De Los Santos went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and two RBI.