Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-10, 5.18) vs.
Vasquez (7-7, 4.12)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Bates (5-5, 4.00) vs.
Marte (10-5, 2.38)
Potomac Won, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (6-4, 3.67) vs.
Brito (1-2, 4.32)
Auburn Won, 4-0 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Borne (1-3, 2.88) vs.
Gilbert (4-3, 2.79)

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 5-6) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Runion ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keyes 1-4
• Lozada 1-4

Syracuse barely avoided a third shutout in less than a week as they dropped a 3-1 decision to Lehigh Valley. A.J. Cole posted his fifth straight quality start, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks over six and 2/3rds innings, but lost his sixth AAA contest. The Chiefs got their lone run in the 5th on a walk and two stolen bases by Darin Mastroianni and a wild pitch. Kevin Keyes and Jose Lozada both singled to account for the two (2) Chiefs hits.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 3
• Giolito (W, 3-2) 6+ IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Suero (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 2-3, CS
• Goodwin 2-4, 2-2B, SF, RBI

Harrisburg put up four in the 7th to take a 4-2 lead and held on for 4-3 win over Erie in the series finale. Lucas Giolito earned his third AA win with six-plus innings of two run ball with five strikeouts. The defense turned three double plays behind him (four overall) to offset the 10 hits and one walk allowed. Brian Goodwin doubled twice and drove in one with a sac fly while Christopher Bostick’s homered to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 4 Salem 1
• Mapes (W, 5-3) 7IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Self (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Masters 3-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The P-Nats took the lead with a run in the 8th and put the game away with two in the 9th as they split the four-game series with Salem with a 4-1 win. Tyler Mapes gave up the lone Red Sox run on eight hits and no walks over seven innings. He struck out three. Derek Self closed out the game with two scoreless innings for the save. David Masters singled once, doubled twice, and drove in two to lead Potomac’s attack.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 4
• Amlung 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Napoli (L, 6-5) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, 2WP
• Carey 2-2, R, RBI, SAC, SF, CS, OF assist at HP
• Keniry 2-3, R, BB, RBI

Hagerstown couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead and tied the game twice before falling, 5-4. Justin Amlung started and went the first six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three. David Napoli finished the game but took the loss, his fifth, with an 8th-inning run and two hits and two walks allowed total. D.K. Carey, Conor Keniry, and Raudy Read each had two hits while the rest of the lineup went hitless.
Roster move: IF Dan Uggla rehab assignment from Washington completed.

Auburn 4 Williamsport 0
• Guilbeau (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Overton (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Schrock 3-4, R, 2B
• Dulin 3-4, 2R, RBI

Three Auburn pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Williamsport, 4-0. Taylor Guilbeau got his second win with five innings pitched, three hits and no walks allowed and two strikeouts. Max Schrock and Dalton Dulin both went 3-for-4 as the Doubledays rapped out 12 hits total. Roster moves: RHPs John Feliz, Robbie Dickey, Joan Baez, Matthew DeRosier, IF Luis Vilorio, OF Telmito Agustin reassigned from GCL Nationals; RHP Cody Gunter assigned to GCL Nationals.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (5-5, 3.18) vs.
O’Sullivan (3-2, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 @ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Giolito (2-2, 3.57) vs.
Green (4-14, 4.28)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Mapes (4-3, 2.70) vs.
Ball (8-13, 4.85)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-4 vs. Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Amlung (3-3, 3.63) vs.
L. Martinez (4-13, 5.53)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 4.39) vs.
Leftwich (2-1, 3.03)

Syracuse 2 Rochester 1
• Bleier (W, 6-2) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Grace (H, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2B
• Moore 2-4, 2B

Syracuse scored twice in the 7th to erase a 1-0 deficit and the bullpen was perfect in the final two innings to edge Rochester, 2-1. Richard Bleier gave up the lone RedWing run on three hits over seven innings for his sixth AAA win. He walked none and struck out one. Matt Grace and Rafael Martin had 1-2-3 innings in the 8th and 9th innings to earn their 12th hold and save respectively. Tyler Moore and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Chiefs’ six-hit onslaught.

Erie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Simms ⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 0HR
• Bacus 3IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 3-2 IR-S
• Demny (L, 2-5) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bostick 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Vettleson 0-1, R, 2BB, SF, RBI, OF assist at 2B

John Simms became the latest victim of the Curse of the GBI, as yesterday’s “Good” wasn’t as the SeaWolves rung him up for six runs in the 1st. The Senators managed to get him a no-decision (again) but lost via walkoff (again), 7-6. Simms struck out two but walked three and gave up three hits in 2/3rds of an inning. After letting in two of three inherited runner, the Harrisburg bullpen locked down Erie for seven innings while the offense got back four in the 4th and single runs in the 5th and 8th to tie the game. Paul Demny took the loss when the SeaWolves converted a one-out walk into the gamewinner with back-to-back singles.

Potomac 5 Salem 1
• Howell (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 6BB, 1K
• Thomas (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-5, 3B, SB
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 4RBI

Potomac stopped a two-game slide with a 5-1 win to set up a chance for a series split this afternoon. Knuckleballer Jeff Howell walked six but only gave up one run and three hits over five innings for his first Car. Lg. win. Justin Thomas followed with three scoreless innings for the hold, his second for the P-Nats. Drew Ward drove in four of the five runs with a two-run single in the 1st and two-run homer in the 8th. Lynchburg, however, clinched the C.L. North with its fifth straight win to eliminate Potomac from the playoffs.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 4
• Reyes 2⅔ IP, 0H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• K. Perez (L, 0-3) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Keniry 3-4, R
• Page 2-4, 2B, RBI

Kannapolis scored six unanswered runs to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 win over Hagerstown. Luis Reyes was chased in the 3rd after letting in three runs without a hit, thanks to two walks and a Dan Uggla error. The loss went to Kevin Perez, who left without retiring a batter in the 6th after two singles, a double, and another Uggla error. Conor Keniry went 3-for-4 with a run scored while Matthew Page
went 2-for-4 with double and an RBI to pace the Suns offense.
Roster move: IF Dan Uggla assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Auburn 3 State College 1
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Valerio (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Wiseman 3-3, 2BB, 2RBI
• Schrock 2-4, R, RBI
• 3 GIDP, 12 LOB, 4-13 RISP

The Doubledays had baserunners in eight of nine innings but couldn’t push across the go-ahead runs until the 9th where they broke a 1-1 deadlock with a two-run single by Rhett Wiseman and took the game, 3-1. Jefry Rodriguez put in five (or more) innings for the fifth straight start with one run allowed on three hits and one whiff. Maximo Valerio got his first NYPL win with three scoreless innings, though he walked two and hit a batter. Mariano Rivera III got his fourth save [insert reference to father here] as he worked around a two-out single in the 9th. Wiseman reached base five times with three singles and two walks to lead Auburn’s 13-hit, four-walk attack.

GCL Update
Rain washed out two of the final three games for the G-Nats, who finished 24-34 and in last place, 9½ games behind the G-Cards.
Teenager Anderson Franco and 28th Rd. pick Mick Van Vossen were shipped north to Auburn for further evaluation, and one would think that perhaps another pitcher (e.g. Matt DeRosier) might go, too.

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 18

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 60-74, T4th place I.L. North, 15 games behind (eliminated)

Good A.J. Cole 4-0, 0.84 ERA, 0.77 WHIP in August (5GS)
Bad Jason Martinson 177K in 121G
Interesting 158 transactions thus far this season

HARRISBURG SENATORS 63-69, 5th place E.L. West, 11½ games behind (tragic # = 4)

Good Isaac Ballou .338/.400/.632, 4HR, 15RBI in August (20G)
Bad 90HR allowed, 3rd worst in the E.L.
Interesting John Simms five quality starts out of six games started (H/T Sens PR)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 27-33, 3rd place C.L. North Division, 8½ games behind (60-70 overall; tragic # = 1)

Good Tyler Mapes 1-1, 2.75 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in August (5 appearances, 2 GS)
Bad 46HR – 8th in eight-team Car. Lg.
Interesting Leads Car. Lg in pitching strikeouts (most), batting strikeouts (fewest)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 29-31, 5th place Sally League North Divison, 13 games behind (64-64 overall; eliminated)

Good Andrew Stevenson .318/.375/.424 in August (24G)
Bad 31 passed balls – most in Sally Lg.
Interesting 18 different starting pitchers

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 29-35, 4th place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 12 games behind (tragic # = 5 for WC)

Good Matthew Crownover 1-0, 2.22 ERA, 0.82 WHIP in August (5GS)
Bad Melvin Rodriguez .163/.268/.245 in August (16G)
Interesting Leads NYPL in SLG (.367), 13th in BB drawn

Editor’s note: The final GBI will be published after the close of the regular season.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (5-2, 3.15)
vs. Buchanan (4-1, 3.24)
Harrisburg Won, 14-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-2, 3.13 ) vs.
Collier (4-3, 4.32)
Potomac Lost, 8-1 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Howell (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Buttrey (8-8, 3.99)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (6-7, 4.85) vs.
Valerio (1-2, 4.19)
Auburn Lost, 5-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-5, 3.97) vs.
J. Perez (4-2, 3.10)

Syracuse 9 Rochester 2
• Espino (W, 7-6) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Solis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sizemore 3-5, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Butler 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Moore 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

The Chiefs that can hit and pitch well at the same time were picked from the box of chocolates as they demolished the RedWings, 9-2. Paolo Espino gave up both Rochester runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six to win his seventh AAA game. Sammy Solis and Rafael Martin each put in an inning of work. Tyler Moore doubled and homered and drove in three while fellow 4A Scott Sizemore singled twice, tripled once and drove in two to lead Syracuse’s 15-hit attack.
Roster moves: OF Matt den Dekker recalled to Washington; 1B-OF Tyler Moore assigned for MLB rehab; LHP Bryan Harper promoted from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 14 Erie 1
• Rauh (W, 2-4) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Purke 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ballou 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Sanchez 3-5, 2R, 2RBI, SB
• Goodwin 3-6, 2R, 2B, SB(15)

Apparently, it was Canadian-rules football in Western Pennsylvania on Friday night as the Senators got two touchdowns to one rouge for the SeaWolves in a 14-1 demolition. Brian Rauh gave up the roug…er, run on a homer in the 5th and three hits total over seven innings for his second AA win. He walked one and struck out six. Reegie Corona was the beer man as the only Harrisburg starter not to march in the 18-hit parade, which was led by Adrian Sanchez and Brian Goodwin with three hits apiece.
Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke activated from the 7-Day DL.

Salem 8 Potomac 1
• Spann (L, 2-7) 4IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Self 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wright 2-3, 2B, BB
• Perez 1-3, R, BB, SB(15)

The Red Sox put up two-spots in the 7th and 8th first two innings to snap a 1-1 0-0 tie and beat Potomac, 8-1. Matt Spann lost for the seventh time in twelve starts for the P-Nats, letting in four runs on three hits and three walks over four innings. Potomac spoiled the shutout bid with a run in the second as Stephen Perez walked, took third on Zach Wright’s double, and scored on David Masters’s sacrifice fly. The P-Nats collected five hits and four walks total and left on nine runners.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 1
• Fedde (L, 0-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• Cooper 3IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 2-3, BB, CS
• Reistetter 1-3, RBI

Lakewood erased a 1-0 lead with a three-run 5th, then tacked on a fourth run in the 6th and cruised to a 4-1 win to take the series, 3-1. Erick Fedde went his allotted five innings, allowing the aforementioned three runs on three hits and two walks while fanning four. Andrew Cooper finished the game with one run over the final three frames on five hits without a walk or a whiff. Andrew Stevenson singled twice and walked once in four plate appearances. The rest of the lineup was 2-for-27 with a walk (D.K. Carey) and an RBI single (Matt Reistetter).

State College 5 Auburn 4
• Hearn 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Van Vossen (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Florentino 1-3, R, 2BB
• Schrock 2-5, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI

The Doubledays scored in each of the first three innings to take 4-0 lead but let five runs go answered to drop a 5-4 decision to the Spikes. Taylor Hearn started and turned in five innings of two-run ball on six hits and a walk while striking out two. Mick Van Vossen lost his NYPL debut with three runs allowed over two innings on three hits and two walks. Max Schrock tripled, homered, scored twice and drove in two to lead the Auburn offense.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (6-6, 3.44)
vs. T. Rogers (9-11, 3.91)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-4, 6.48)
vs. Kubitza (8-11, 5.55)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (2-6, 4.67) vs.
McGrath (2-6, 4.05)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-1, 5.14) vs.
Morris (5-0, 1.59)
Auburn Won, 3-1 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-5, 3.97) vs.
J. Perez (4-2, 3.10)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 0
• Jordan (L, 4-5) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 0K, 2HR
• Billings 4⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Skole 2-4, 2B
• Butler 1-3, 2B

A change in venue didn’t change the score as the RedWings shut out the Chiefs, 6-0. Again. Taylor Jordan was strafed for six runs in the 1st and left with two outs in the 4th, with one walk issued, seven hits allowed (including two HR), and no (zero, zip, zilch) strikeouts.
Bruce Billings finished the game with four and a 1/3rd scoreless innings. The offense, however, was still out to lunch with just six hits, no walks, and 13 whiffs on the night.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Mario Lisson placed on the 7-Day DL

Erie 5 Harrisburg 4
• Voth (L, 5-7) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR
• Suero 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ballou 4-4, R, 2-2B, HR, RBI, SB
• Corona 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB, CS

Harrisburg had no answer for Erie’s three-run 5th and lost for the third straight time, 5-4. Austin Voth gave up all five runs on seven hits (including two HR) and two walks over five innings. He struck out four while losing his seventh game. Wander Suero and Gilberto Mendez did their part with three scoreless innings of relief combined. Like Donald Trump and tact, the clutch hit was seldom seen as the Sens were just 1-for-9 with RISP. Isaac Ballou led the charge with a single, two doubles, and a home run, as well as a stolen base.

Salem 5 Potomac 2
• A. Williams 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 1-7) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• S. Perez 2-4, RBI
• Keller 2-4, 2B

The Red Sox put up two-spots in the 7th and 8th innings to snap a 1-1 tie and beat Potomac, 5-2. Austen Williams turned in a quality start of one run on three hits and four walks over six innings while striking out four. Jake Johansen was knocked for the other four runs over the last two innings on four hits, including a home run. He walked one and struck out none while losing his seventh game. Stephen Perez and Alec Keller both went 2-for-4 as the P-Nats registered seven hits total.
Roster moves: OF-1B Tyler Moore, 2B Dan Uggla rehab assignments ended; 3B Drew Ward activated from 7-Day DL; IF-OF John Wooten placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 1
• A. Lee (W, 3-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Napoli (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Gardner 2-3, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4

The Suns scored three runs early and held off a late charge by the BlueClaws in a 3-1 win. Andrew Lee went the first five and let up just two hits and no walks while fanning five to win his third Low-A game. David Napoli got the hold with two and 2/3rds scoreless relief, walking one and setting down four on strikes. Jeff Gardner singled and doubled and scored a run to pace the Hagerstown offense.
Roster moves: RHP Drew Van Orden placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Tommy Peterson reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 3 State College 1
• Crownover (W, 1-4) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Torres (S, 3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wiseman 1-4, 2B
• Franco 1-4, 2B, 2RBI, E(4)

Three Auburn pitchers combined on a one-hitter in a 3-1 victory over State College. Matthew Crownover was perfect through five to earn his first professional win. Luis Torres was perfect in the last three to record his third save. Adam Boghosian let in the lone, unearned run on one hit and one walk in the 6th. Anderson Franco doubled in two in the 1st inning and went 1-for-4 overall as the Doubledays collected six hits and one walk total.
Roster move: RHP Mick Van Vossen reassigned from GCL Nationals; No, I do not know why Victor Robles was lifted for a pinch-hitter in his second PA.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (4-4, 2.41) vs.
Bowden (9-4, 2.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (5-6, 2.97) vs.
Fulmer (9-3, 1.82)
Potomac Won, 10-0 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (4-4, 2.62) vs.
McAvoy (9-9, 4.08)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (2-0, 0.53) vs.
Watson (1-4, 4.28)
Auburn Won, 9-8 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 4.10) vs.
D. Martinez (3-4, 3.45)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-10) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Walters 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Skole 2-4
• den Dekker 1-4, 2B

The RedWings shut out the Chiefs for the second time in the series, 6-0. Taylor Hill lost for the 10th time this year with four runs allowed on eight hits and a walk over five innings. Matt Skole was the sole batter with multiple hits as Syracuse managed just four hits and and one walk and struck out 15 times.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 0
• Bates (L, 5-5) 6⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Bacus 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 1-2, 2BB
• Dykstra 2-4

Harrisburg drew five walks and collected five hits but couldn’t push any runs across as they were blanked by Richmond, 3-0. Colin Bates gave up all three Flying Squirrel runs on nine hits over six and a 1/3rd innings. Shawn Pleffner singled once and drew two walks while Cutter Dykstra went 2-for-4 to lead the Sens offense.
Roster move: OF Derrick Robinson activated from the 7-Day DL

Potomac 10 Frederick 0
• Roark 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Dupra (W, 3-0) 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K
• DeBruin 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Mesa 1-3, R, HR, 4RBI

Potomac scored in each of the first four innings and demolished Frederick, 10-0 in the series finale. Tanner Roark pitched four scoreless innings in his side session first start for Potomac, with three hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Brian Dupra posted a nearly identical line in relief to earn the win. Grant DeBruin led the 11-hit assault with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI in four plate appearances.
Roster move:C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Harrisburg.

Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 6
• Bach 2IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, WP
• Sanchez 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Brinley (L, 1-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Page 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Keniry 2-3, R, BB, SB

The BlueClaws scorched the Suns for six early, then got the gamewinner in the 8th as they edged the Suns, 7-6. Ryan Brinley surrendered a leadoff HR in the 8th to suffer the loss. Matthew Page and Conor Keniry both went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to pace the Hagerstown offense. The loss eliminated Hagerstown from the postseason.

Auburn 9 Mahoning Valley 8
• Borne 3IP, 4H, 5R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Rivera (W, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Eusebio 2-4, R
• Gutierrez 2-5, 3RBI
• Wiseman 2-5, 2RBI

Auburn scored nine runs in the first three innings and held off Mahoning Valley, 9-8, to take the series, 2-1. Starter Grant Borne went the first three innings and was charged with five unearned runs on four hits and no walks over three innings. Mariano Rivera III got the win in relief. Rhett Wiseman and Kelvin Gutierrez both went 2-for-5 and combined for five RBI to lead the Doubledays’ attack.
Roster move: 3B Anderson Franco promoted from GCL Nationals.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-9, 5.08) vs.
Berrios (11-5, 3.09)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Bates (5-4, 3.98) vs.
Lujan (7-5, 3.45)
Potomac Lost, 4-0;
Won, 7-0
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (1st A+ start of ’15) vs.
Gonzalez (5-10, 6.79)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (6-4, 3.19) vs.
Garcia (8-9, 3.05)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Borne (1-3, 3.11) vs.
Lovegrove (1-5, 5.40)

Syracuse 4 Rochester 1
• Cole (W, 5-5) 6⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Grace (H, 11) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Hague 1-2, BB, RBI, OF assist at 1B (DP)
• Sizemore 1-2, R, 2B, BB

A.J. Cole pitched into the 7th to lead the Chiefs to a 4-1 win over the RedWings. Cole gave up one run on three hits and a walk and struck out seven over six and 2/3rds for his fourth win in five August starts [insert obligatory speculation about September callup here]. Matt Grace lost the shutout bid for Syracuse but earned his 11th hold while Sammy Solis worked around a hit in the 9th for the save. Ricky Hague and Scott Sizemore both went 1-for-2 with a walk to pace the Chiefs’ offense.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 1
• Giolito (L, 2-2) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HBP
• Suero 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Pleffner 1-2, BB

Lucas Giolito couldn’t toss the shutout necessary to win with an AWOL offense as Richmond edged Harrisburg, 2-1. Giolito allowed both Flying Squirrel runs on five hits and a walk while setting down eight on strikes over six and 2/3rds innings to lose his second AA game.
Bryan Harper got the last out of the 7th and Wander Suero tossed a scoreless 8th to keep it close. Shawn Pleffner was the sole Senator to reach base twice with one of four (4) singles and one of two (2) walks recorded by the batters.

Frederick 4 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
• Mapes (L, 4-3) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Masters 1-2
• Webb 0-2, BB
• 0-0 RISP, 2LOB

The Keys nearly no-hit the P-Nats in the opener, shutting out Potomac 4-0 on one hit and one walk. Tyler Mapes was charged with all four Frederick runs on four hits and two walks over five innings to lose for the third time for Potomac. Justin Thomas was lights-out with five K’s to six batters faced over two innings. David Masters singled in the 3rd while Brendan Webb drew a walk in the 7th. Neither batter reached second base.

Potomac 7 Frederick 0 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (W, 3-2) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Valdez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 1-2, BB, RBI
• Martinez 1-3, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Webb 1-3, R, 2B

Potomac’s bats woke up in the nightcap in a 7-0 shutout of Frederick. Ian Dickson went the first five frames and got the win with a LaLoosh-like line of four walks and six whiffs over five innings with one hit allowed. R.C. Orlan followed suit with two walks and two K’s in the 6th for his third hold. Estarlin Martinez and Brendan Webb both went 1-for-3 with a double as the P-Nats scored seven times on seven hits and four walks.
Roster moves: 2B Dan Uggla, 1B-OF Tyler Moore assigned from Washington for MLB rehab; RHP Tanner Roark optioned from Washington.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 3
• Amlung (L, 3-3) 7IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• D. Williams 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2RBI
• Davidson 1-2, R

Lakewood pinched Hagerstown for six runs early en route to a 6-3 win in the series opener. Justin Amlung let in all six BlueClaws runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings for his third Low-A loss. Deion Williams followed with a scoreless 8th. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz’s two-run single — his second of the night — capped off a three-run 5th but the Suns were held to just five hits and three walks total while fanning 11 times.
Roster move: RHP Matt DeRosier assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 0
• Guilbeau 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Torres (L, 5-1) 1IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• Wiseman 1-3, BB
• Kerian 1-3, BB

Mahoning Valley broke the 0-0 tie with three runs in the 9th and completed the shutout for a 3-0 to tie the series at 1-1. Taylor Guilbeau tossed five scoreless innings with four hits allowed for the no-decision. Luis Torres suffered his first loss with all three Scrappers runs allowed on two hits and two walks in his one inning of work. Rhett Wiseman and David Kerian both went 1-for-3 with a walk but the rest of the Doubleday lineup managed just three singles and a double.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-0 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-5, 3.41) vs.
Dean (10-10, 2.92)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-1, 3.77) vs.
Marte (9-5, 2.48)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (4-2, 2.51) and
Dickson (2-2, 4.15) vs.
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (3-2, 3.20) vs.
Davis (3-5, 3.36)
Auburn Won, 5-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 5.00) vs.
Robinson (1-3, 2.76)

Rochester 9 Syracuse 0
• Bleier (L, 5-2) 4⅔ IP, 12H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K
• McGregor 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mastroianni 1-4, OF assist at HP

It’s feast or famine down the stretch for the Chiefs as they were starved by the RedWings, 9-0. Richard Bleier was knocked for six of those runs on 12 hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings as he lost his second AAA game. The offense mustered just five hits — all singles — no walks and struck out nine times. The loss formally eliminated Syracuse from postseason play.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 3
• Simms 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 9K
• N. Lee (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bostick 2-5, 2B
• Jeroloman 1-2, R, 2BB

After blowing a 1-0 lead in the 7th, Harrisburg rallied for three in the 9th for a 4-3 win. John Simms tossed six shutout innings with five hits allowed, no walks, and nine strikeouts for the no-decision. Nick Lee and Paul Demny each put up a goose egg in the 8th and 9th innings for the win and save. Brian Goodwin’s two-run single completed the comeback that began with Brian Jeroloman’s one-out single, back-to-back walks by Adrian Sanchez and Isaac Ballou, and an infield single by Wilmer Difo.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
The P-Nats’ three-day homestand was shortened to two with a rainout on Monday night. They’ll make it up tonight with a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After the final scheduled off day of the season, Hagerstown travels to Lakewood for four games before returning to the Muni for their final homestand over the weekend. The Suns finish 2015 on the road with five games in Lexington.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 2
• J. Rodriguez (W, 3-5) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Boghosian (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kerian 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Robles 2-4, R, 2B

Randy Encarnacion tied the game with a solo HR in the 4th, then gave Auburn the lead for good with a three-run double in the 5th in a 5-2 win over Mahoning Valley. Jefry Rodriguez got the win, his third for the Doubledays, with a quality start (his fourth overall) of two runs let in on six hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes. Adam Boghosian (2IP) and Kevin Mooney (1IP) combined for three scoreless innings of relief to notch the hold and the save, respectively. Encarnacion was one of five batters to notch multiple hits as the Doubledays collected twelve total and walked twice.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (5-1, 2.36) vs.
Darnell (3-1, 3.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-0 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-2, 3.73) vs.
Biagini (9-6, 2.59)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (4-2, 2.51) vs.
Hess (8-4, 2.78)
Hagerstown Won, 7-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 9-8 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (2-5, 4.99) vs.
Shane (2-3, 2.95)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 0
• Espino (W, 6-6) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Grace (H, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• den Dekker 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Ramsey 3-4, R, 2B, 3B

Three Syracuse pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout to take the game, 3-0, and the series, 2-1. Paolo Espino one-hit the Bisons for seven innings, walking two and fanning three for his sixth win. Matt Grace gave up the other safety in the 8th to earn his 10th hold while Rafael Martin tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save. Matt den Dekker and Caleb Ramsey completed the cycle in combination with den Dekker smacking a solo shot in the 8th and Ramsey doubling and tripling. Both batters went 3-for-4 with a run scored as the Chiefs registered nine hits total.

Portland 9 Harrisburg 0
• Rauh (L, 1-4) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• A. Sanchez 1-3
• Difo 1-4

Turnabout is fair play as Portland returned the favor from Saturday night with an eight-run 4th on Sunday afternoon en route to 9-0 shutout of Harrisburg on Sunday. Brian Rauh took the brunt of the Sea Dogs’ mauling with six runs charged on seven hits over three and 2/3rds innings. He walked none and struck out two. Offensively, the Senators were in recess with just three singles and two walks total.

Lynchburg 2 Potomac 0
• Howell (L, 0-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
• Johansen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Keller 2-4
• Bautista 1-3, 2B, BB

The Hillcats got two early and shut out the P-Nats to take the game, 2-0, and the series, 2-1. Jeff Howell took the loss despite turning in a quality start in his Carolina League debut. He gave up both Lynchburg runs on five hits and four walks and struck out three. Alec Keller singled twice while Rafael Bautista doubled and walked as Potomac managed just five hits and two walks total.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 4
• Reyes (W, 6-7) 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Brinley (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R

Hagerstown put up four in the 3rd and held off a late charge from Lexington to take the game, 7-4, and split the four-game series. Luis Reyes spun six innings of one one-run ball on two hits and a walk while striking out four to get the “W,” his sixth. Ryan Brinley got the last four outs to earn his first professional save. Bryan Mejia singled once and doubled twice and drove in two to lead the Suns attack.

Williamsport 9 Auburn 8
• Hearn (L, 1-5) 2⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, WP
• Rivera 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 3-3, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Tillero 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Schrock 2-5, 2R, 3B

A five-run 1st and a four-run 5th were too much for the Doubledays to overcome as they fell short of catching the Crosscutters, 9-8. Taylor Hearn lost for the fifth time with five runs let in on nine hits and a walk over two and a 1/3rd innings. Maximo Valerio stranded three when he took over in the 3rd and struck out seven without issuing a walk over three and 2/3rds innings but was lit up for the other four runs on eight hits. Kelvin Gutierrez and Jorge Tillero combined for six hits, including two doubles, a triple (Gutierrez), a homer (Tillero), and five RBI as Auburn pounded out 15 hits on the night.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (5-6, 3.70) vs.
Hutchison (1st AAA start of ’15)
Harrisburg Won, 12-1 vs. Portland,
1:30 p.m.
Rauh (1-3, 5.06) vs.
Wilkerson (1-1, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 4-2 @ Lynchburg,
4:00 p.m.
Howell (A+ debut) vs.
Peoples (9-3, 3.76)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4 vs. Lexington,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.12) vs.
Marte (4-2, 5.95)
Auburn Lost, 6-3 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-4, 2.84) vs.
Gueller (7-1, 1.84)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 1
• Billings (W, 8-5) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Martin (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB

Matt Skole’s two-run HR in the 6th proved to be the difference as the Chiefs rebounded to beat Buffalo, 3-1. Bruce Billings tossed six shutout innings without a walk and five hits allowed to earn his eighth win. Rafael Martin worked around a two-out walk in the 9th to earn save no. 10. Jason Martinson singled and walked in four trips to the plate and was the sole Syracuse batter to reach base twice.
Roster moves: IF Scott Sizemore assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 12 Portland 1
• Voth (W, 5-6) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bacus 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, RBI

Austin Voth recovered from the shock of having a nine-run lead to work with in the top of the 2nd as the Senators went medieval on the Sea Dogs’ [buttocks] in the 1st en route to a 12-1 demoliton. Voth gave up the lone Portland run on five hits total over five innings to get the win, his fifth. Brian Goodwin singled and doubled and drove in three and led the regulars in the 15-hit outburst by Harrisburg.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2
• Spann (W, 2-6) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Dupra (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, R, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, SB(20)

Potomac took advantage of an error and a wild pitch to score twice in the 6th as they doubled up Lynchburg, 4-2. Matt Spann won his second Car. Lg. game with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk while fanning two. Bruan Dupra followed with three scoreless for his second hold. Alec Keller singled three times in five ABs to lead the Potomac offense, followed by Rafael Bautista’s two doubles and stolen base No. 20.
Roster move: 3B Drew Ward reassigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 4
• Fedde 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• K. Perez (L, 0-2) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, RBI

The Legends scored five times in the last four innings to turn a 2-2 tie into a 7-4 win. Erick Fedde started but had a no-decision with two runs let in on five hits and two walks. He struck out three and gave up a HR. Kevin Perez took the loss with a runs allowed in both the 6th and 7th innings. Raudy Read and Wilman Rodriguez both went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Hagerstown attack.

Williamsport 9 Auburn 3
• Crownover 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johns (L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Wiseman 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Florentino 2-4, R, 3B

Williamsport scored four in the 8th and three in 9th to turn a 2-2 tie into a 9-3 smackdown of Auburn. Matt Crownover started and turned in five shutout innings but saw his 2-0 lead vanish in the top of the 6th. Sam Johns lost for the second time this week as he allowed four unearned runs in the 8th. Rhett Wiseman doubled twice and drove in one while Darryl Florentino singled and tripled to account for four of the eight Doubledays hits.

GCL Update
The G-Nats went 2-4 in their penultimate week of play and were eliminated from the GCL East division race. Looking ahead to 2016, Dominican teenagers Anderson Franco and Telmito Agustin (both 18) are sporting OPS’s of .753 and .855 respectively while almost-20-y.o. Wilber Pena and and 21-in-Dec. Joan Baez are 1-2 in games started.

DSL Update
Likewise, the D-Nats closed out their season with a 2-4 mark and overall record of 31-41, which was good for a 4th-place finish in the Boca Chica North division and 19 games behind the D-Rangers1. Among the first-timers, 17-y.o. Roberto Medina led the batters with a .317/.372/.442 albeit in 34 games while 18-y.o. Pedro Avila had the lowest ERA (2.26) and WHIP (1.06), was second in IP and GS, and averaged a staggering 13.1 K/9IP vs. an equally impressive 2.6 BB/9IP.