Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 @ Rochester,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (AAA debut) and
Espino (4-7, 3.31) vs.
Albers (6-2, 3.48) and
Greenwood (1-0, 1.13)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-0 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (1st AA start of ’16) vs.
Pinto (3-3, 4.32)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-3, 1.01 @ FSL in ’15) vs.
Leal (9-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (6-5, 2.93) vs.
Gonzalez (5-4, 2.55)
Auburn Won, 4-2 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (1-1, 4.82) vs.
Jimenez (0-1, 10.38)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 11 Syracuse 2
• Long 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• E. Davis (L, 6-3) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, WP
• Ramsey 2-3, R, BB
• Turner 2-5, R, 2B

Syracuse never led in this one as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre completed the three-game sweep with an 11-2 thrashing. Jaron Long gave up a pair of first-inning runs in the 1st but recovered to put up four scoreless for a stint of five innings of two-run ball on seven hits and two walks. Erik Davis took the loss with five runs charged to him over an inning and 2/3rds on three hits and walks. Caleb Ramsey walked once and singled twice while Trea Turner, who was named an I.L. All-Star along with Brian Goodwin, singled and doubled to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster moves: LHP Matt Grace assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Bowie 8 Harrisburg 0
• Ross (L, 3-1) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Self 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Keyes 1-3, BB
• Rickles 1-3

Two BaySox pitchers worked around six walks to combine on a two-hit shutout of the Senators and take the series finale, 8-0. Harrisburg starter Greg Ross saw his scoreless inning streak end at 30 but still turned in a quality start of three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out two while dropping his first AA decision. Kevin Keyes, Drew Ward, and Neftali Soto each reached base twice while Keyes and Nick Rickles accounted for the two Sens hits.

Potomac 3 Winston-Salem 2 (11 inn.)
• Crownover 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Mendez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Orlan (W, 4-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Schrock 3-6, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB

Max “For Those About To” Schrock’s third hit was the walkoff that ended this one in favor of Potomac, 3-2 in 11 innings. Matt Crownover went the first five and a 1/3rd and let in two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three. R.C. Orlan was the winner with a scoreless inning in the top of the 11th. Schrock also homered to finish 3-for-6 while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled, doubled, and walked twice to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 2
• Baez (W, 5-5) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Borne (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wiseman 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Page 2-4, R, RBI

Joan Baez won his third straight decision while the Suns scorched the BlueClaws, 8-2 to prevent the sweep. Baez gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with one whiff over six innings for his fifth win. Grant Borne retired nine of ten batters faced over the final three innings to earn the save, his second. Rhett Wiseman tripled and homered and drove in three while Ian Sagdal and Matt Page both went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 2
• Watson 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Howell (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mooney (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Neuse 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Jefferies 2-4, R

Auburn posted a picket fence over the final four innings to double up Mahoning Valley, 4-2. Tyler Watson gave up both Scrappers runs on four hits and two walks while fanning five. The win went to Jacob Morse while the save went to Kevin Mooney as both pitchers tossed two perfect innings and struck out three. Sheldon “Come On Feel The” Neuse led the Doubledays hit parade with a single, double, and a walk while scoring a run and driving in a run.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 @ Rochester,
6:05 p.m.
Long (0-2, 4.30) vs.
Severino (3-0, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 13-10 @ Reading,
12:00 p.m.
Ross (3-0, 0.00) vs.
Aquino (3-7, 3.56)
Potomac Postponed @ Myrtle Beach,
12:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 5.85) vs.
Stephens (3-7. 3.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (4-5, 4.63) vs.
Arauz (3-4, 3.86)
Auburn Lost, 9-5 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Hillman (1-0, 2.45)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 4
• Voth (L, 4-4) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Runion 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2R, BB

The RailRiders railroaded Austin Voth for six runs in five innings and held off the Chiefs for a 6-4 win. Voth walked three, struck out none, and gave up eight hits, including a home run in his final inning to lose for the fourth time. Sam Runion and Koda Glover combined for four scoreless innings of relief. Christopher Bostick drove in the final three Syracuse runs with homer and a single while Matt Skole, Jason Martinson, and Pedro Severino each had a single and a walk to pace the eight-hit, five-walk offense.
Roster moves: RHP Rafael Martin optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 13 Bowie 10
• Valdez (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• De Los Santos (SV, 4) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 7RBI, E(19)
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Stevenson 2-4, 3R, BB, RBI, SB

Wilmer Difo had a touchdown and an extra point while the Harrisburg bullpen held Bowie to a field goal and recovered the onside kick in the final two minutes for a 13-10 victory. Philips Valdez won for the second time with five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. He struck out five and left with a 9-5 lead. Difo singled twice, doubled, and homered to drive in 7RBI while Shawn Pleffner, who’s been killing it in June (.415/.458/.547), went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead the Sens’ 15-hit assault. The BaySox rallied for three in the 9th before Abel De Los Santos came on to strike out the final batter and earn his fourth save.
Roster moves: RHP Wander Suero activated from 3-Day TIL.

Potomac vs. Winston-Salem – PPD
For the second time in the second half, rain washed away a P-Nats game and pushed it to another game in another series. They’ll make this one up when Winston-Salem returns to Potomac next month with a twi-night doubleheader on Saturday, July 23rd.
Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry assigned from Washington. FYI: He’s from Alexandria, VA, not Mt. Airy, NC.

Lakewood 12 Hagerstown 5
• Rodriguez (L, 6-3) 2⅔ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K
• Dickey 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, 2-0 IR-S
• DeBruin 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• La Bruna 1-2, R, 2BB
• Wiseman 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Lakewood scored seven times in the first three innings and it turned out to be the margin of victory in a 12-5 win over Hagerstown. All-Star Jefry Rodriguez was knocked for those seven scores on nine (9) hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds innings to lose for the third time. Robbie Dickey stranded two and let in a run of his own over three innings, but the rest of the Suns relievers were pinched for four runs in the 7th to put the game away. Grant DeBruin celebrated his 26th birthday with a single, a double, and two walks While Rhett Wiseman homered and drove in three to lead the Suns offense.

Mahoning Valley 9 Auburn 5
• Acevedo (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Cespedes 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brandt 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Barrera 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Scrappers put up crooked numbers in three consecutive innings and withstood two errors to give away four runs in the 7th to the Doubledays in a 9-5 triumph. Carlos Acevedo hit the wall in his fifth and final inning with three runs allowed on six hits and a walk to lose for the second time. Mahoning Valley made hay against Maximo Valerio, Nick Conner, and Phil Morse for six runs in the 6th and 7th before Angher Cespedes stopped the bleeding with a scoreless 8th. Sixth-round pick Tres Barrera drew the only Auburn walk and hit his first professional HR while Clayton Brandt doubled twice and drove in two to account for three of the four Doubleday hits.

Shuffling the Deck

For most of you, this may seem too late, but in the seven seasons I’ve been doing this, it’s only a little bit later than usual. While it may seem related to the news that Lucas Giolito will debut tonight, I’d argue it has more to do with the last of the signings coming in and room needing to be made. Rather than clutter up today’s news & notes, which have been abbreviated, here’s a rundown:

• RHP Rafael Martin recalled to Washington
• RHP J.C. Gutierrez, OF Tony Campana, 3B Scott Sizemore released
• IF Christopher Bostick, OF Zach Collier, RHP Reynaldo Lopez promoted from Harrisburg

• RHP Lucas Giolito recalled to Washington
• RHP Wander Suero placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List
• RHPs Boone Whiting and Ryan Brinley, OF Andrew Stevenson, 3B Drew Ward promoted from Potomac

• RHP Trey Lambert, OF Victor Robles, IF Max Schrock promoted from Hagerstown

• RHP Robbie Dickey, OF Randy Encarnacion, IF Angelo LaBruna promoted from Auburn

• RHPs Jacob Howell, Phil Morse promoted from the GCL

No word yet on the corresponding moves for Giolito and Martin yet, though it would seem likely that Taylor Jordan will go on the 60-Day DL and perhaps someone else will be DFA’d – perhaps even Martin himself.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (4-3, 2.99) vs.
Haynes (1-3, 5.06)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (1-1, 5.40) vs.
Hess (3-6, 4.64)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 5.85) vs.
Stephens (3-7. 3.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (6-2, 3.13) vs.
Tirado (0-0, 10.13)
Auburn Lost, 5-0 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (0-1, 8.31) vs.
McKenzie (0-1, 0.00)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-7) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2B
• Goodwin 1-4, OF assist at HP

The Syracuse offense was AWOL (four hits total) while Taylor Hill was knocked around early in a 5-0 loss. Trea Turner fielded both balls hit his way in CF, which was his first professional appearance in the outfield.

Bowie 10 Harrisburg 1
• Brady (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Brinley 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 1-4, 2B
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Isaac Ballou’s HR prevented the shutout as Bowie knifed Harrisburg, 10-1 in the series opener. Rafael Bautista shifted to RF in favor of new Sens CF Andrew Stevenson and made two fielding errors.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 1
• Fedde (W, 4-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Estevez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Vettleson 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Rain delayed the start of this by nearly an hour but the P-Nats wasted little time in dispatching the Dash, 5-1. Both Victor Robles and Max Schrock went 2-for-4 in their High-A debut but neither scored a run.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 5
• DeRosier 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 2IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Agustin 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

The BlueClaws pinched Mick VanVossen for five runs in the 8th and 9th innings to eclipse the Suns, 6-5. Randy Encarnacion went 0-for-5 in his Low-A debut.

Williamsport 5 Auburn 0
• W. Davis (L, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Mooney 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Johnson 1-3
• Perkins 0-3, BB

Williamsport’s Adonis Medina nearly no-hit Auburn with both Blake Perkins’s walk and Dan Johnson coming with one out in the 9th. Perkins and Johnson would be stranded as Sheldon Neuse and Ryan Ripken were easily dispatched by Crosscutters fireman Jeff Singer to complete the 5-0 shutout.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 4.76) vs.
Green (5-6, 1.67)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (5-3, 3.17) vs.
Barker (3-1, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (3-3, 4.78) vs.
Valerio (1-2, 3.31)
Hagerstown Won, 12-9 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Gilbert (4-6, 4.10)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Medina (1-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 8 Toledo 1
• Cole (W, 6-4) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, HR, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2R, BB
• Goodwin 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI, SB(10)

A.J. Cole turned in his strongest start of the season thus far while Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin both homered as the Chiefs defeated the Mud Hens, 8-1 to take the series 2-1. The 24-y.o. tossed seven innings of one-run ball on just three hits and a walk while tying his strikeout high of eight for his sixth win. Koda Glover and Sam Runion each followed with a perfect innings to close out the game. Turner was a single shy of the cycle and also drew a walk to reach base four times to lead Syracuse’s 11-hit parade.
Roster moves: RHP Bronson Arroyo assigned to GCL for MiLB rehab.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 1
• Mapes (W, 7-5) 9IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Soto 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• A. Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

Tyler Mapes reverted to Pitcher of the Week form with another complete game in a 3-1 Harrisburg win over New Hampshire. Mapes allowed the unearned run on eight hits and a walk while fanning four. He threw 111 pitches, 75 for strikes. The Sens got single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 9th with Neftali Soto leading the hit column with a single and two doubles and Adrian Sanchez matching his five total bases with a double and a triple.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 1
• Reyes (W, 4-7) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• Stevenson 2-5, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 3RBI

The P-Nats clawed the Hillcats in each of the first four innings to build a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win to complete the three-game sweep. Luis Reyes got his fourth win with six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Justin Thomas got the save with three scoreless innings. Andrew Stevenson scored three times while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in three; both went 2-for-5 to pace the Potomac offense. Roster moves: RHP Jonathan Papelbon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 12 Lexington 9
• Bourque 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Walby (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Schrock 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 4RBI, SB(15)
• Sagdal 3-3, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Dent 1-1, 2R, 4BB

Hagerstown rallied for five in the 9th to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9 win and sweep Lexington. James Bourque continues to “work on stuff,” as he was dinged for five runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. The Suns lineup pounded out 14 hits and drew 12 walks, led by Ian Sagdal (single, double, triple) Cody Dent (4) respectively. Philip Walby got the win in relief with one run let in over two innings while Jorge Pantoja pitched a scoreless 9th to earn the save.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 1
• Ramirez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Fuentes (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 1-2, R, HBP, SF, RBI
• Vilorio 1-2, BB, SB

Auburn scored once in the 1st and twice in the 2nd and held on for a 3-1 win over Williamsport. Yonathan Ramirez improved to 2-0 with five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while notching two K’s. Steven Fuentes closed out the game with three donuts to earn his second save. Dan Johnson singled, scored a run, and drove in a run on a sac fly while Luis Vilorio walked, singled, and stole a base as the Doubledays squeezed three runs out of just five hits and two walks.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Toledo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (5-4, 4.64) vs.
Farmer (0-3, 6.90)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ New Hampshire,
1:35 p.m.
Mapes (6-5, 3.78) vs.
Cole (0-0, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Reyes (3-7, 5.34) vs.
Brown (2-5, 4.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (3-3, 4.76)
Garabito (0-4, 6.94)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Falter (0-1, 13.50)

Syracuse 6 Toledo 4
• Espino (W, 4-7) 8IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Turner 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Paolo Espino pitched eight strong innings of one-run ball while Nick Masset nearly gave away the game as the Chiefs plucked the Mud Hens, 6-4. Espino gave up four hits and no walks while striking out six to win his fourth game. Toledo scored three times in the 9th against Masset. Tablesetters Trea Turner and Steve Lombardozzi combined for five of the nine Syracuse hits with Turner drawing a walk and Lombardozzi stealing a base.

Harrisburg 4 New Hampshire 0
• Lopez (W, 3-5) 8IP, 7H, 0R, 2BB, 10K, WP
• Abel De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB

Reynaldo Lopez pitched a career-high eight innings and back-to-back starts for the first time in more than a year as he combined with Abel De Los Santos on a 4-0 Harrisburg shutout of New Hampshire. Lopez fanned ten, walked two, and allowed seven hits on 110 pitches (80 for strikes) to win his third game and finish June with a mark of 2-1 and a 1.57 ERA in five starts. Kevin Keyes drove in two while going 1-for-3 with a double while Isaac Ballou walked twice and also doubled to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 (12 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Mendez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• M. Sanchez (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-5, R,
• Vettleson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

Drew Vettleson’s solo home run with one out in the 12th broke a 2-2 deadlock as the P-Nats edged the Hillcats, 3-2 in extras. Starter Austen Williams turned in his third straight quality start of two runs let in on four hits and a walk over six innings and was rewarded with his third straight no-decision. Mario Sanchez, who stranded two in the bottom of the 11th, worked around a single in the 12th to garner the win, his third. Andrew Stevenson remains red-hot, going 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the way for the Potomac offense, which scored two in the 1st before cooling off and collecting just seven hits total.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 2
• Avila (W, 6-5) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
• Borne (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SF, 2RBI, CS
• Robles, 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, SB
• Davidson 2-4, R

Hagerstown jumped on Lexington twice for two-spots early as the Suns debunked the Legends, 7-2 for their third straight win. Pedro Avila served up two solo HRs and three hits total over five and 2/3rds innings to win his sixth game. Grant Borne stranded two while getting the last out in the 6th and pitched two more scoreless innings to earn the hold, his first. Max “For Those About To” Schrock got the party started with a sacrifice fly to plate Victor Robles, who led off the game with a triple. The two combined for four hits and three runs as the Suns pounded out 12 hits, with Grant DeBruin enjoying the reverse GBI jinx with his second HR.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 4
• Pena (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Dickey (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Cespedes (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• La Bruna 3-3, BB, 2RBI, CS
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ortiz 2-4

The Crosscutters got to Wilber Pena for three in the top of the 2nd but the Doubledays answered with four in the bottom of the inning as Auburn edged Williamsport, 5-4 to take the series opener. Pena gave up all four Crosscutters runs on five hits over five innings to win his first game of 2016. Nick Conner, Robbie Dickey, and Angher Cespedes combined for four scoreless innings in relief. Angelo La Bruna reached base with three singles and a walk and drove in two followed by Dan Johnson and Oliver Ortiz, who both went 2-for-4 as Auburn totaled 11 hits and drew three walks.

GCL Update
Not much to tell after two games – a 7-3 win in 11 innings on Friday, a 10-0 loss yesterday – as the G-Nats start their 10-week scrimmage with the G-Mets, G-Astros, and the G-Cards. Juan Soto has appeared once as a pinch-hitter (making an out), one of 16 batters to make a plate appearance while 11 pitchers have been used thus far.

DSL Update
The D-Nats finished out the week with a three-game win streak to improve to 9-10 for the season. Thus far, the offense has been well below the league average (3.58 R/G vs. 4.88) but the pitching has been better than league average, too (4.26). It’s early, of course, but outliers on the opposite side of good include 18-y.o. Yoel Andujar (5-for-57, 21K) and Jairon Peguero (0-3, 9.00 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in four appearances, one start).

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 4

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 34-39, 6th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good 60 for 70 on SB attempts – best in professional baseball, per Chiefs PR staff
41 HR allowed, 2nd best in the I.L.
Bad Team .668 OPS – 13th in 14-team I.L.
516 Team K’s 11th in 14-team I.L.
Interesting Pedro Severino .293/.359/.362 in June
Zero balks in 73G

HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-33, 3rd place E.L. West, 3 games behind

Good Zach Collier .327/.365/.449 in June
Greg Ross 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.82WHIP in 4GS since callup
Bad Stephen Perez 10E in 46G
Phillips Valdez 1.56WHIP in 3GS since callup
Interesting 83SB 2nd-most in E.L.
20WP 2nd-fewest in E.L.

POTOMAC NATIONALS 35-34, 1st place C.L. North, ½ games ahead (35-34 overall)

Good Drew Ward .509 SLG% (Highest in organization among regulars)
Boone Whiting 1.2BB/9IP (Lowest in organization among SPs)
Bad Drew Vettleson .414 OPS in 16G
Matt Spann 1.85WHIP in 24⅓IP/td>
Interesting Eight Doubleheaders played thus far – most in C.L. (H/T P-Nats, PR)
17HBP (batting) – fewest in C.L.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 2-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (45-27 overall)

Good Jorge Tillero .371 (13-for-35) in last 10G
Trey Lambert 2-0, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP in 15G
Bad Edwin Lora 14E in 61G
James Bourque 0-3, 7.71ERA, 2.14WHIP in 3GS
Interesting 24SV in 45W
No. 2 in runs scored (352, 4.89 R/G) T9th in HR (43 in 72G)

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-7, 3.53) vs.
Weber (5-6, 3.42)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-5, 3.56) vs.
Lawrence (2-5, 5.37)
Potomac Won, 6-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Williams (0-2, 2.77) vs.
Lugo (3-2, 4.41)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1;
Won, 5-1
@ Lexington,
6:35 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.71) vs.
Garabito (0-4, 6.94)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-1, 20.25) vs.
Paulino (0-0, 0.00)

Toledo 3 Syracuse 0
• Long (L, 0-2) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 2-4
• Solano 2-4

Syracuse followed a familiar script on Friday night as they got enough pitching to win, but not enough hitting as they were shut out, 3-0 by Toledo. Jaron Long gave up all three Mud Hens runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five but lost for the second time at AAA this season. Steve Lombardozzi, Matt den Dekker, and Jhonatan Solano each had two hits while Scott Sizemore drew three walks, but the clutch hit eluded the Chiefs as they went 0-for-7 with RISP and left nine men on base.

New Hampshire 3 Harrisburg 2
• Ross 7IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Lee (H, 5) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Self (BS, 1; L, 2-2) 3BF, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-4

Greg Ross continues to dominate AA with yet another seven scoreless innings, but the bullpen imploded in the 9th to turn a 2-0 Senators lead into a 3-2 loss to the Fisher Cats. Ross allowed six hits, walked two, and hit a batter in the no-decision. Nick Lee sandwiched out between a solo HR and a single before giving way to Derek Self, who walked one intentionally and one unintentionally before giving up a double (also unintentionally) to both blow the save and lose the game. Kevin Keyes’s two-run HR in the 2nd accounted for both Harrisburg runs while Christopher Bostick and Neftali Soto both went 2-for-4 to lead the Sens hit column.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 4
• Whiting (W, 8-2) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Brinley (SV, 10) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, SB
• Marnolejos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Keller 2-4, R, 3B

There was another bullpen meltdown, but this one was by Lynchburg as Potomac rallied for four in the 7th to turn 4-2 deficit into the eventual outcome of 6-4. Boone Whiting got the Jack Morris win with all four Hillcat runs let in on a walk and seven hits, including two homers. Matt Spann and Ryan Brinley combined for three innings of scoreless relief for the hold (#1) and the save (#10) respectively. Andrew Stevenson reach based four times with a walk, a single, and two doubles to lead the 11-hit, one-walk attack.
Roster moves: LHP Justin Thomas activated from 7-Day DL; RHP Jake Johansen reassigned to GCL for MiLB Rehab.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 1– GAME ONE
• Baez (W, 4-5) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• VanVossen (SV, 6) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B
• Tillero 2-3, RBI, 2CS (yes, really)

The Suns posted a picket fence in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and held off the Legends for 3-1 win in the opener. Joan Baez turned in five innings of one-run ball on three hits and three walks while striking out seven for the win. Mick VanVossen tossed two scoreless innings to notch the save, his sixth. Rhett Wiseman singled, doubled, and scored a run while Jorge Tillero singled twice and drove in a run to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 1 – GAME TWO
• Guilbeau (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Lambert 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-3, R, RBI
• DeBruin 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Grant DeBruin and Jakson Reetz both connected for two-run HRs as Hagerstown completed the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 win over Lexington. Taylor Guilbeau was credited with the win with four scoreless innings thrown, allowing two hits, one walk, and fanning six. Matthew Page accounted for the fifth RBI with a single in the 2nd following Rhett Wiseman’s walk and steal of second.
Roster moves: LHP Taylor Hearn reassigned to GCL.

Aberdeen 9 Auburn 2
• Mills (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, BK, HBP
• Mooney 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Encarnacion 2-4, SB(7)
• Banks 2-4

The Doubledays jumped on the IronBirds for two in the 1st but it was all Aberdeen thereafter in a 9-2 loss in the series finale. McKenzie Mills suffered the loss with five runs charged to him on two hits, three walks, and hit batsman over four and 1/3rd innings. Randy Enacarnacion and Nick Banks both went 2-for-4 while the Auburn offense went 0-for-10 with RISP and left on seven men.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Long (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Crouse (1-2, 3.03)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Ross (3-0, 0.00) vs.
Santos (4-1, 3.42)
Potomac Postponed @ Lynchburg Whiting (7-2, 3.24) vs.
Polanco (3-1, 1.88)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lexington,
5:35 p.m.
Baez (3-5, 4.89) and
Avila (5-5, 2.91) vs.
Blewett (3-6, 5.12) and
Watson (2-6, 8.06)
Auburn Lost, 4-0 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Humpal (pro debut)

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Voth (W, 4-3) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Glover 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Turner 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A five-run 2nd capped off by two-run Trea Turner homerun sealed the deal early as the Chiefs took the series finale, 6-1 from the PawSox. Perhaps confused by the big lead, Austin Voth locked in and held Pawtucket to one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four while winning his fourth game. Matt den Dekker singled and doubled to lead the Syracuse offense, which maximized its efforts with six runs on five hits and four walks.

Harrisburg 5 Portland 2
• Valdez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Robinson (H, 5) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• De Los Santos (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-5, R, RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B

Harrisburg scored in three of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead and held on for 5-2 win over Portland. Phillips Valdez got his first AA win with a run (HR) allowed on hour hits and a walk while fanning three over five innings. Andrew Robinson turned in three innings of one-run relief to earn the hold while Abel De Los Santos pitched another scoreless 9th to get his second save in as many nights. Rafael Bautista singled twice while Wilmer Difo doubled twice and singled once to pace the Sens’ nine-hit, four-walk attack.
Roster moves: C Brian Jeroloman placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Nick Rickles reassigned from XST.

Potomac – PPD
Rain washed out yet another game for the P-Nats, but thanks to a second trip to Lynchburg in August, there’s no doubleheader tonight.

Hagerstown – PPD
It’s an extra day off for Hagerstown but they will play two tonight in Lexington.

Auburn 4 Aberdeen 0
• Watson (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Peguero (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Perkins 4-5, R, 3RBI, CS
• Kerian 1-3, R, BB

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a six-hit, 13K shutout of the Ironbirds for a 4-0 win. Tyler Watson pitched five scoreless innings with three hits, two walks, and five K’s to earn his first win. Francys Peguero tossed three scoreless with five whiffs to get the hold while Angher Cespedes struck out the side on 19 pitches in the 9th to close out the game. Blake Perkins went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored followed by David Kerian with a walk and a single to lead the Auburn offense. Roster moves: OF Nick Banks (4th Rd. Pick ’16) assigned from Washington.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (3-3, 3.11) vs.
Haley (1-0, 1.13)
Harrisburg Won, 9-6 @ Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Valdez (0-1, 6.94)
Beeks (AA debut)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lynchburg Whiting (7-2, 3.24) vs.
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (3-5, 4.89) vs.
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (0-0, 0.00)
Seabrooke (1-0, 1.59)

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 4
• Hill 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Harper (BS, 1; W, 1-0) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Martin (SV, 14) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Severino 3-5, R, SB
• Turner 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, BB, SB

After blowing the lead in the 8th, Syracuse batters bailed out the bullpen with a pair of runs in the top of the 9th to take this one, 6-4. The implosion spoiled a strong outing by Taylor Hill, who gave up two runs on five hits (one HR) over seven innings with no walks and six whiffs. Trea Turner’s two-out, two-run double plated the decisive runs as the Chiefs took advantage of a critical error. It was his second extra-base hit to go along with two walks as he went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI.

Harrisburg 9 Portland 6
• Giolito 4⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Simms (W, 4-3) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• De Los Santos (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Perez 3-4, 3R
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, HR(GS), 7RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 3R, BB

The Senators nearly blew a 7-0 lead before holding off a late charge from the Sea Dogs in a 9-6 win. Lucas Giolito fell one out short of registering a Jack Morris win as he gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out three. John Simms left the bases loaded while getting the last out of the 5th before giving up a run of his own in the 6th, which was still good enough to earn the “W.” Offensively, Isaac Ballou came up bigger than Oprah with the bases loaded as he slashed a two-run double in the 3rd and hit a grand slam in the 4th for six of his seven RBI on the night.

Potomac begins the second half with four-game series against the first-half champs in Lynchburg. They return home on Monday for three against Winston-Salem before heading back out on the road for another four-game series in Myrtle Beach.

Hagerstown – ALL-STAR BREAK
The Suns join the All-Star contingent in Lexington as they play four against the Legends to open the second half. Like the P-Nats, they’ll be back on Monday but will have seven-game homestand as they host the BlueClaws for three, then the Shorebirds for four.

Aberdeen 7 Auburn 0
• Acevedo (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Fuentes 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, HBP
• Johnson 3-4, 2B
• Barrera 2-4, 2B
• 0BB, 0DP, 9LOB

Aberdeen posted a picket fence over four innings before putting up a three-spot in the 5th as they shut out Auburn, 7-0. Starter and loser Carlos Acevedo suffered the loss as he was strafed by the Ironbirds for four runs on eight hits, including a solo HR. He walked none, struck out three, and hit a batter over four and 2/3rds innings. The Doubledays had no trouble getting hits (10) but couldn’t string them together (2-for-14 RISP) and had a runner thrown out at home. Daniel Johnson led the Doubledays’ hit column with two singles and a double, followed by Tres Barrera with a single and a double.