Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac scored not once, but twice before Wilmington responded, confusing fans at the Pfitz as they cruised to a 5-1 win.

OK, fine. It helped that Luis Reyes has figured out the Blue Rocks*, beating them for the second time after getting manhandled 12 days ago. The 21-year-old Dominican struck out eight over five and 2/3rds innings while giving up the lone run on five hits and three walks.
* With a little help with a lopsided schedule that has had the two teams play 13 times in 22 days thus far.

Perhaps with a little better defense – a “wild pitch” and an error extended the 2nd by two batters and at least 10 pitches – Reyes might have gone six scoreless and one or two fewer walks.

As the lede suggests, the P-Nats have often gone up to the plate in the bottom of the first in the hole. While the sample size is small, even Stevie Wonder can see that with (now) a 12-0 record when scoring first and a 1-8 record when they don’t, keeping the opponent off the board early is the key to winning at home, which they’ve done twice now in the past three games after once in the previous seven.

Dale Carey and David Masters teamed up for the first run with the a double and a single respectively in the 2nd. In the 3rd, Andrew Stevenson drew his second walk and broke up a double play ball, which allowed Osvaldo Abreu to reach. The Potomac shortstop swiped two bags and scored on Raudy Read’s RBI single.

The Blue Rocks chased Reyes with a single, walk, and an RBI double that cut the lead to 2-1 before Mario Sanchez put out the fire in the 6th with a popup that stranded the tying and go-ahead runs at second and third.

Narciso Mesa, who kept the lead intact with a strong relay throw in the top of the 6th, walked with one out in the 7th and scored along with Stevenson on Abreu’s two-run single to extend the lead to 4-1. Bryan Mejia closed out the scoring with one-out triple and came home on a wild pitch.

Sanchez wobbled through the 7th and gave way to R.C. Orlan in the 8th. The southpaw closed out the game with two strong innings, fanning two and working around a single, to earn his second save.

The series continues tonight with (yet another) rematch of Phillips Valdez (3-1, 5.40) vs. Zach Lovvorn (0-4, 4.50).

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 2.00) vs.
Elias (0-1, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (0-3, 11.37) vs.
C. Lee (3-0, 2.95)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Valdez (3-1, 5.40) vs.
Lovvorn (0-4, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. Rome,
6:05 p.m.
Avila (0-0, 3.86) vs.
Weigel (1-1, 3.27)


Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Hill 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2BB, 6K, HR
• J. Gutierrez (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Martinson 4-5, 2B, RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, BB, RBI

The Chiefs took advantage of three errors in the 9th to score twice and turn a 2-1 defeat into a 3-2 walkoff win over the PawSox. Trea Turner reached on an error, stole second, took third on a dropped third strike that the catcher threw wide of first trying to retire Kevin Keyes, and scored on Jason Martinson’s fourth hit of the night. The gamewinner, scored by Jose Lozada in place of Keyes, came when PawSox shortstop Deven Marrero hit the baserunner at second trying to get an out on Martinson’s IF single. The miscues made a winner of J.C. Gutierrez, who stranded two in the 8th with a double-play ball and set the side down in order in the 9th. Taylor Hill got the start and went the first six innings, giving up both Pawtucket runs on six hits and two walks. Roster move: J.C. Gutierrez reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 4 Harrisburg 3
• Giolito 4IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, 77-44 P-K
• Mendez (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Bautista 0-1, 3BB, SB(10), OF assist at 2B
• Collier 1-4, R, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg took advantage of a walk and two errors to score three runs in the first two innings on just one hit but it wasn’t enough as Bowie chipped away and scored four unanswered runs for a 4-3 win. Lucas Giolito failed to go five innings for the fourth time in as many starts, laboring through four innings on 77 pitches (just 44 for strikes). He let in three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks wiule striking out four. Gilberto Mendez was charged with the loss with one run allowed on two hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds.
Zach Collier’s triple in the 2nd drove in the second Sens run while Stephen Perez’s bunt single accounted for the second and final hit of the night. Roster move: RHP Koda Glover reassigned from Potomac, replacing J.C. Gutierrez.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 1
• Reyes (W, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 8K, WP
• M. Sanchez 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Stevenson 1-2, R, 2BB, SB(10)
• Mejia 2-4, R, 3B, E(5)

The P-Nats may have shaken their losing ways at the Pfitz Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from XST, replacing Koda Glover.

Hagerstown 3 Rome 1
• A. Lee 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Pantoja (W, 2-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Robles 2-4, R, CS(5), OF assist at 2B
• Schrock 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, RBI, E(5)

Andrew Lee pitches five strong innings, leaves with a no-decision. In other news, Suns rallied for two in the bottom of the 8th to break a 1-1 tie and beat the Braves, 3-1. Lee allowed the lone Rome run on three hits and no walks while striking out one. Jorge Pantoja tossed three scoreless to earn the win while Tommy Peterson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Kelvin Gutierrez extended his hit streak to 10 games with his fifth straight multihit game, joined by Victor Robles and Max “For Those About To” Schrock with a 2-for-4 night with a run scored.
Roster moves: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Trey Lambert assigned from Washington.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
T. Hill (0-1, 2.87) vs.
B. Johnson (1-2, 2.51)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 2.31) vs.
Bridwell (0-0, 5.14)
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-2, 5.17) vs.
Rodgers (1-1, 3.52)
Hagerstown Losing, 6-5
(Suspended, darkness)
vs. Rome,
7:05 p.m.
A. Lee (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Soroka (0-2, 1.80)


Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Cole (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martin (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Skole 3-4
• Revere 2-3, R, RBI

The Chiefs scored once in the 1st and twice in the 2nd and cruised to a 3-1 win over the PawSox. A.J. Cole bounced back from getting smelted by the IronPigs with six shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks with two whiffs on just 85 pitches. Rafael Martin worked around a single in the 9th with a popup and two strikeouts for his third save. Rehabbing Ben Revere was sterling with two singles and a run scored while Matt Skole led the Syracuse hit column with three singles in four at at-bats.
Roster move: C Nick Rickles assigned from XST.

Hartford vs. Harrisburg – PPD
Rain washed out the finale of the “road” series between Hartford and Harrisburg. No word on when it will be made up (or where).

Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac – PPD
Likewise, the combination of wet grounds and continual drizzle sent the Pelicans home early. They’ll try to make it up with a doubleheader on Thursday, June 16th.

Asheville 6 Hagerstown 5 – SUSP., 5 inn.
• DeRosier 3⅓ IP, 11H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Crownover 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 3-3, 2R, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, 2B, SB
• Page 2-3, R, 2RBI

The lights went out on the Tourists and Suns, forcing the game to be suspended after five full with the score 6-5 in favor of Asheville. Matt DeRosier got the start but was strafed for six runs (three earned) on 11 hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd inning. Hagerstown changed the Matt from DeRosier to Crownover, who stranded two in the 4th by rolling a double play and got three flyouts in the 5th. Kelvin Gutierrez extended his hit streak to nine with his third straight multi-hit game, and combined with Max Schrock, Matt Page, and Ian Sagdal for all eight Suns hits.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 7.71) vs.
B. Johnson (1-2, 2.51)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 “@” Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 2.31) vs.
Freeland (3-1, 1.13)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-2, 5.17) vs.
Clifton (0-2, 4.15)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-7 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-0, 4.20) vs.
Craig (0-0, 4.22)


Syracuse – OFF DAY
The rain and cold weather has followed the Chiefs from southern New England to central New York, but it does appear that they might play tonight and begin a four-game series in Syracuse.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis recalled to Washington; OF Ben Revere assigned on MLB rehab.

Hartford 4 Harrisburg 1
• Lopez (L, 0-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Bacus 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Collier 1-3, R
• Difo 1-4, RBI

Hartford got all the runs they would need in the 1st but scored, um, insurance runs in the 3rd and 5th for a 4-1 win over Harrisburg. Reynaldo Lopez lost for the third time in four starts and gave up his fifth home run. He was charged with all four Yard Goat runs on seven hits and and two walks while setting down six on strikes. Dakota Bacus tossed two perfect innings of relief, which might have been useful had the Senators offense mustered more than four hits (albeit against the E.L.’s #1 staff by a trailer-park wide margin – 1.71 ERA to 2.89 ERA). Wilmer Difo singled in Zach Collier to break up the shutout to score the lone (unearned) Harrisburg run.
Roster moves: C Spender Kieboom placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jake Lowery assigned from Washington.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 1
• Whiting (L, 3-1) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR, WP
• VanVossen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 2-3, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, BB

Likewise, the Pelicans scored all they needed early and kept the P-Nats bats cool on a chilly night Woodbridge. Boone Whiting was taken deep twice, both times just after defensive lapses, to give up four runs total on six hits and a walk and suffer his first loss. Mick VanVossen hurled two scoreless to keep the game close, but the offense was held to just five hits and couldn’t cash in the five walks they drew. Raudy Read singled twice and walked once while driving in the lone Potomac run.

Asheville 14 Hagerstown 7
• Baez (L, 0-3) 3⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Pantoja 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B
• Robles 2-5, CS

Both teams scored six times in the 8th but Asheville still prevailed, 14-7 to take a second straight from Hagerstown. Joan Baez took the loss, with two runs let in on three hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out five and walked five. Neither Connor Bach nor Luis Torres could contain the Tourists, giving up a combined 11 runs over three and 2/3rds. The Suns struck out 10 times but took advantage of five Asheville errors to score seven times on 10 hits. Ian Sagdal led the way with a single and two walks while scoring one, driving in one, and stealing a base.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 “@” Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Lopez (0-2, 4.50) vs.
Musgrave (2-0, 1.32)
Potomac Won, 7-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (3-0, 5.06) vs.
Hedges (1-2, 2.37)
Hagerstown Won, 8-7 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-2, 6.75) vs.
Killian (0-2, 12.08)


Syracuse vs. Pawtucket – PPD
Officials pulled the plug on yesterday’s matinee between Syracuse and Pawtucket due to forecasts of heavy rain. They’ll make it up June 21st with a doubleheader. Roster move: C Pedro Severino recalled to Washington. No corresponding move yet.

Hartford 2 Harrisburg 1
• Mapes (L, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Suero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, HBP
• N. Lee 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 1-1
• Jeroloman 2-3, 2B, RBI

Tyler Mapes picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue team to match up against in a pitcher’s duel as the Yard Goats, team ERA 1.80, outdueled him and Sens, 2-1. Mapes shut out Hartford for four innings before allowing single runs in the 5th and 6th to turn in a third quality start in four outings, with five hits and a walk given up over six innings and two strikeouts. Wander Suero and Nick Lee both worked around a baserunner for a scoreless inning to keep things close. Brian Jeroloman, who took over for (most likely) Syracuse-bound Spencer Kieboom, singled, doubled, and drove in the one Harrisburg run. The Senators tallied just seven hits and one walk total.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 4
• Fedde (W, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, 2WP
• Brinley (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 4-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Ward 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI, E(1)
• Read 2-4, RBI, PB(5)

Drew Ward homered twice for the first time in his pro career while Erick Fedde turned in a quality start as Potomac won its sixth straight, 7-4 over Myrtle Beach. Ward also drove in a career-best five RBI and singled to finish with a 3-for-4 night. Fedde let in three on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six to win his first game of 2016. Andrew Stevenson led the P-Nats hit column with a 4-for-5 mark, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole his ninth base. Roster moves: IF Cody Dent, RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Hagerstown; UT Khayyan Norfork placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 22.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 7
• J. Rodriguez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Guilbeau (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Rivera (BS, 2; W, 3-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Sagdal 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-3, R, RBI, 2SB, HBP
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 3B, SF, RBI

The Suns blew a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the 8th but got one back in the 9th and held on for the 8-7 win. The implosion took away a win from Jefry Rodriguez who gave up a run on HR and three hits total over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. After retiring the leadoff man in the bottom of the 8th, Taylor Guilbeau hit a batter then gave up five straight hits before Mariano Rivera was called upon to hold the then 7-6 lead. Rivera gave up a double to the first batter he faced, then a sacrifice fly to the second to blow the save. In the top of the 9th, Victor Robles was hit by a pitch, stole second, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Kelvin Gutierrez’s sac fly for the gamewinner. Rivera set the side down in order in the inning’s bottom half to earn the win Roster moves: IF Jeff Gardner reassigned from XST; LHP Connor Bach reassigned from Auburn.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 7.71) vs.
B. Johnson (1-2, 2.51)
Harrisburg OFF DAY “@” Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Mapes (3-0, 3.18) vs.
TBD
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-2, 5.06) vs.
Jo. Martinez (1-0, 2.50)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Lambert (1-1, 2.45)


Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 0
• Espino (L, 0-2) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Severino 2-3
• Ballou 1-2, 2B

Syracuse fell back to .500 with a 5-0 loss to Pawtucket in the great (well, no, not really) state of Rhode Island last night. Paolo Espino was strafed for three runs on 11 hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings to lose for the second time this season. Pedro Severino singled twice, Matt Skole walked twice, and Isaac Ballou doubled once. The rest of the lineup went 1-for-24 with one walk.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
With its new field still under construction, the Yard Goats — love the color scheme, hate the name — visit the Senators but play as the home team for the next three games.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Potomac will finally play a third team when Myrtle Beach comes to the Pfitz this week for three, followed by… wait for it… Wilmington.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Likewise, the Suns will finally play in a third state (fourth opponent) when they open a three-game series in Asheville before making the nearly 500-mile bus ride back to the Muni on Friday – without the benefit of an off day or an early start.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Espino (0-1, 4.09) vs.
Cuevas (1-1, 6.17)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 3-1 (12 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 7 Lehigh Valley 4
• Laffey (W, 2-0) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Masset (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ryan 3-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Sizemore 2-4, R, BB

Brendan Ryan’s Earl Weaver special highlighted a five-run 1st as the Chiefs completed the three-game sweep of the RailRiders with a 7-4 win. Syracuse starter Aaron Laffey pitched five innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits and a walk while fanning one to get the win. Matt Grace and Trevor Gott were both dinged for a run before Nick Masset shut the door with a scoreless 9th. The Chiefs defense helped out with five double plays. Ryan led Syracuse’s 13-hit parade with three followed by Matt Skole and Scott Sizemore with two apiece.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 3
• J. Long 3⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Robinson (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Bostick 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Collier 2-5, RBI, CS

Harrisburg put up crooked numbers three times in the first five innings and survived a late charge to double up Bowie, 6-3, and snap a three-game slide. Newcomer Jaron Long let in a run on a homer and five hits total over three and 2/3rds, with no walks and two strikeouts. Andrew Robinson got the next seven outs in relief for the win. The Senators pounded out 10 hits, with Christopher Bostick, Shawn Pleffner, and Zach Collier each collecting two, and drew 10 walks, with Bostick, Wilmer Difo, Spencer Kieboom, Brenden Webb, and Stephen each getting two BBs.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1 (12 inn.)
• Estevez 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Glover (BS, 1) 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Thomas (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Stevenson 2-3, R, 2B, 3BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Mesa 2-5, R, SB

The two teams made donuts on the Wilmington scoreboard for seven innings before both teams scored (sconed?) once in the 8th. The scoring drought went on for three more innings before Andrew Stevenson’s RBI double and Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos’s RBI single in the 12th put the P-Nats on top to stay and complete the five-game sweep with a 3-1 win. Wirkin “For The Weekend” one-hit the Blue Rocks for five scoreless innings, walking two and fanning one. The win went to Justin Thomas for blanking the Blue Rocks in the 10th and 11th while R.C. Orlan notched the save with a 1-2-3 twelfth. Lineup bookends Stevenson and Narciso Mesa combined for four hits, three walks, and two stolen bases to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 9 Hickory 3
• Avila 4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Crownover (W, 3-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sagal 4-5, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Davidson 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Lora 2-4, R, SB

The Suns scored in six of eight “ups” to take the game, 9-3, and the series 3-1 from Hickory. Pedro Avila started and gave up a run on two hits and a walk over four innings while striking out four. The win went to Matt Crownover, who spun three shutout innings of relief with no walks and two K’s. Ian Sagdal homered twice and drove in five while going 4-for-5 to lead the Hagerstown assault that saw every batter reach base on a dozen hits and a half-dozen walks.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-4 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (1-0, 1.00) vs.
Cloyd (1-0, 0.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Simms (1-1, 3.38)
vs. Garcia (1-1, 3.72)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Wilmington,
1:35 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Fernandez (2-0, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 vs. Hickory,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Fairbanks (1-1), 9.00)


Syracuse 9 Lehigh Valley 4
• Voth 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K
• Davis (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Turner 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Keyes 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Skole 2-5, R

A seven-run 8th threw the switch on a 2-2 tie as Syracuse derailed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a 9-4 win. Austin Voth did not walk a batter again in six innings as he allowed an unearned run on four hits while striking out nine in a no-decision. Erik Davis got the blown-save-win with a run let in on two hits over two innings. Trea Turner was a triple shy of the cycle as he drove in three while going 3-for-5, a mark that Kevin Keyes matched with a double and two singles and two RBI.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Mendez 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Dykstra 2-3, BB
• Bautista 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

A five-run 1st by the BaySox was more than enough as the Sens lost their third straight, 7-2. Big flies bookended Austen Williams’s third start (and third loss), with a two-run shot in the 1st and another in the 5th, his final inning. The 23-y.o. Texan gave up seven runs on seven hits and walked three. Rafael Bautista and Cutter Dykstra both reach base three times to lead the Harrisburg offense, which once again struggled to convert baserunners to runs with a 1-for-10 mark with RISP and ten left on base.
Roster move: RHP Jaron Long assigned from Washington.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Valdez (W, 3-1) 7IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 11K
• Brinley (SV, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Read 2-5, R, 2RBI
• Mesa 1-4, R, 3B, RBI

The P-Nats domination of the Blue Rocks on the road continued with a 5-2 win, the fourth straight for Potomac. Phillips Valdez struck out 11 against no walks while letting in two over seven strong innings (80 pitches, 58 for strikes) to win his third game in four starts. Ryan Brinley closed out the game with two scoreless for his second save. Raudy Read went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace the P-Nats offense.

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 6
• A. Lee 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Rivera (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 3-5, R
• Page 2-5, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Robles 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, 2SB

Hagerstown went back to the same, um, page of the script as they wrote up another walkoff win over Hickory, 7-6. The comeback masked a poor showing by the bullpen (4IP, 4R) and took another “W” away from Andrew Lee, who turned in five innings of two-run ball on four hits. He walked none and struck out six. Matthew Page’s IF single to 3B plated Victor Robles for the gamewinner as the Suns rallied for two in the 9th. Page drove in three while Kelvin Gutierrez collected three hits to lead the Suns’ 13-hit, zero-walk offense.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1


In keeping with my motto of doing what I can when I can, I’ve decided to cut back the GBI to something more manageable this year — every three weeks. This will still give us eight editions, and to compensate for the lower frequency, I will double up each section. My apologies in advance to for the disappointment, but the alternative was to scrap it altogether.

For the newcomers…. this a silly little thing I began a few years ago on a lark. It’s somehow become one of the site’s staples. Stolen from Named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment of the same name from his too-brief (2009-2010) run on Comedy Central, it’s my way of taking a look at who’s doing well, poorly, or pointing out something unexpected.

Invariably, it seems that whenever a player makes this list — good or bad — his fortune turns. Of course, that’s merely coincidence, but as much as we embrace science and statistics, superstition will always be a part of baseball. Thus, the effect known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early in the season, small sample sizes, stats in the minors are misleading, void where prohibited, valid only at participating locations, employees must wash hands after using the bathroom, etc.

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SYRACUSE CHIEFS 7-8, 4th place I.L. North, 2½ games behind

Good Trea Turner .357/.446/.500, 6SB in 15G
Sammy Solis 1.00/1.08/0.89, 14K in 9IP
Bad Matt Skole .122/.214/.184, 12K in 14G
Taylor Hill 8BB in 15⅔ IP
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .932 OPS, .390 BA in 13G
Austin Voth 0BB in 12IP


HARRISBURG SENATORS 6-8, 4th place E.L. West, 3½ games behind

Good Rafael Bautista 8SB, 11BB, .443 OBP in 14G
Tyler Mapes 3-0, 3.18/3.85/0.94 in 3GS
Bad Zach Collier .405 OPS in 12G
Reynaldo Lopez 4HR in 16IP
Interesting Stephen Perez .320/.414/.360 in 11G
John Simms 14K in 16IP


POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-7, 2nd place C.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos .298/.437/.561 in 16G
Mario Sanchez 1.59 ERA, 80.9 LOB% in 11⅓ IP
Bad 11CS in 30SB attempts
Starters 5.60/4.30/1.47 in 16G
Interesting Drew Ward .333/.412/.550, 11RBI in 16G
R.C. Orlan 1.93 ERA, 1.18WHIP, 8BB, 9K in 9#8531; IP


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-5, T2nd place Sally North, 2 games behind

Good Victor Robles .327/.465/.582, 7SB, 2HR in 16G
Andrew Lee 1-0, 1.80/3.50/1.27 in 3GS
Bad Ryan Ripken .496OPS in 14G
Joan Baez 0-2, 6.75 ERA, 1.67 WHIP in 3GS
Interesting Max Schrock .344/.403/.4, 6SB in 15G
Jefry Rodriguez 2.70/2.07/1.20 in 3GS

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Haynes (1-0, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 10.57) vs.
C. Lee (2-0, 3.65)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (2-1, 7.36) vs.
Lovvorn (0-3, 5.54)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
A. Lee (1-0, 1.80) vs.
W. Benjamin (1-0, 1.00)


Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 3
• Hill 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 7K, HR
• De Los Santos (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Martinson 1-2, R, 3B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Jason Martinson’s two-run triple in the bottom of the 5th answered Lehigh Valley’s volley in the top half of the inning while the Syracuse bullpen locked it down for a 4-3 win. Starter Taylor Hill got the no-decision with all three RailRider runs allowed on five hits, capped by a two-run homer and his fourth and fifth walks before he was given the hook with two outs in the 5th. Abel De Los Santos stranded both runners and pitched a scoreless 6th for the win. Martinson also walked twice and scored a run to lead he Chiefs’ five-hit, four-walk offense.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Giolito 4+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, 81-48 P-K
• Bacus (BS, 2; L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, HBP
• Collier 2-4, R, 2B
• Dykstra 1-3, BB

The Sens ‘pen couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead as the BaySox struck for five runs in the middle innings en route to a 6-3 win. Lucas Giolito labored through four innings and gave up two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out just two. The blown-save-loss went to Dakota Bacus, who was knifed by Bowie batters for four runs on four hits and three walks over two innings. Veteran Zach Collier singled and doubled and scored a run to lead Harrisburg’s nine-hit parade. Roster move: RHP Derek Self reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Reyes (W, 1-2) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Orlan (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Mejia 3-4
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Abreu 2-5, R, 2B

Unfortunately, Potomac cannot play in Wilmington for 140 games, but they’ve won all six at Frawley so far, including last night by a 5-2 score. Luis Reyes lost the shutout bid on a two-run blast off the bat of Ryan O’Hearn but won for the first time in three starts with six innings pitched and six hits and one walk allowed. He struck out two. R.C. Orlan pitched two scoreless for the hold (his second) while Koda Glover set the side down in order for the save (ditto). Bryan Mejia and Andrew Stevenson both had three hits to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 5
• DeRosier 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Pantoja 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Peterson (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Davidson 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Gutierrez 3-5, 2R

The Suns wasted no time in erasing a 5-3 deficit in the 9th as back-to-back singles by Max Schrock and Kelvin Gutierrez were followed by a three-run walkoff home run by Matthew Page for a 6-5 win over the Crawdads. The comeback gave Tommy Peterson his second win, as he matched fellow reliever Jorge Pantoja with two scoreless innings. Starter Matt DeRosier was ineffective, charged with all five Hickory runs on six hits and three walks over five innings, though he did set down seven on strikes. Cody Dent was the beer man in a 14-hit night by Hagerstown, with Page, Gutierrez, and Austin Davidson each reaching base three times. Roster move: RHP Mick VanVossen reassigned from Potomac.