Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
G. Ross (0-1, 3.18) vs.
Stewart (0-2, 5.65)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-4 @ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Long (2-2, 1.57) vs.
McRae (2-0, 1.99)
Potomac Won, 10-3 @ Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Crownover (3-0, 0.68) vs.
McGrath (0-2, 6.50)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 (11 inn.) @ Lexington,
2:00 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Davis (2-1, 3.27)

Norfolk 4 Syracuse 3
• McGowin (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B
• Ramsey 2-4, 2B
• 0-8 RISP, 6 LOB

Make that five straight L’s for the Chiefs with a 4-3 defeat to the Tide on Saturday night. Kyle McGowin came off the DL and fit right in with four innings of two-run ball on three hits and two walks to take the loss. Austin Adams became the latest victim of the GBI curse as he walked four and gave up the fourth and final run in the 7th. Brian Goodwin and Caleb Ramsey both went 2-for-4 with a double but neither scored a run, thanks to Syracuse’s 0-for-8 mark with RISP. Roster moves: OF Rafael Bautista recalled to Washington; RHP Kyle McGowin activated from the 7-Day DL.

Altoona 12 Harrisburg 4
• Simms (L, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Cordero ⅓ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR
• Keller 4-5, R, 2B
• Stevenson 2-5, RBI, CS

The Harrisburg bullpen was torched for nine runs in the 7th and 8th innings to turn a 3-1 game into a 12-4 smackdown by Altoona. John Simms turned in a quality start of three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out five. Jimmy Cordero evened up his ERA to 27.00 by retiring just one of five batters faced as part of a trio of throwers who walked seven in the 7th. Alec Keller led the Senators hit column with a 4-for-5 night, followed by Andrew Stevenson’s 2-for-5 effort.

Potomac 10 Salem 3
• Estevez (W, 1-1) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Mendez (S, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, 2-3B, RBI
• Masters 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Carey 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

The P-Nats evened up the series with a 10-3 win over the Red Sox. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez got his first “W” for ’17 as he went the first six innings and gave up all three Salem runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning four. Gilberto Mendez tossed three scoreless innings to close it out and get the save. Ian Sagdal was the beer man in Potomac’s 13-hit assault, led by David Masters and Dale Carey, who both went 2-for-5 with a solo HR.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 4 (11 inn.)
• Watson 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, HBP
• Mills (BS, 1; W, 3-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Johnson 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Neuse 2-5, R, 2B
• J. Soto 2-5, 2R

Tres Barrera let in the tying run with a passed ball in the 9th but got it back with a solo HR in the 11th as Hagerstown edged Lexington, 5-4. Tyler Watson also allowed three runs over six innings on six hits and no walks. He tied his career high with eight strikeouts. The win went to Jordan Mills who was charged with a blown save on Barrera’s PB but gave up no hits or walks over the final two and 2/3rds innings. Daniel Johnson and Sheldon Neuse both went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored to lead the Suns offense.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1

It’s back! Your semi-monthly look at who’s hot, who’s not, and who’s (or what’s) surprising in the Nationals minors.

For anyone not familiar… This is something that was stolen from that’s named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment of the same name from his TV show from about eight years ago (i.e. around the time this site was born).

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 (OK, some more than others) embrace analytics and statistics, superstition will always have a place in baseball narrative. Therefore, this effect is known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early, sample sizes are small, stats in the minors aren’t as meaningful as we think, void where prohibited, do not taunt Happy Fun Ball, etc.

And the usual reminders: The guys, their families, their significant (and perhaps insignificant) others, and their agents reading this, too. So keep it clean in the comments. This is just for fun.

8-11, 6th place International League North, 4½ games behind

Good Bat: Rafael Bautista .291/.325/.354, 14R in 19G
Arm: Austin Adams 2-1, 0.82/2.34/1.00 in 11IP (7G)
Bad Bat: Grant Green .390 OPS, 3E in 7G
Arm: Taylor Hill 1-2, 8.14/7.25/1.81, 7HR, 11K in 21IP (4GS)
Interesting (Since 2014) Home: 122-101, .547 W%
Away: 95-132, .419 (H/T Syracuse PR)

10-9, T2nd place Eastern League Western Division, ½ game behind

Good Bat: Andrew Stevenson .361/.439/.458, 14R, 11RBI, in 18G
Arm: Erick Fedde 1.80/3.48/0.96 in 4GS (25IP)
Bad Bat: Stephen Perez .380OPS, 16K in 14G
Arm: Jimmy Cordero 0-1, 21.94/11.74/4.50 in 6G (5⅓ IP)
Interesting Bat: Raudy Read .345/.377/.569 in 15G
Arm: Jaron Long 2-2, 1.57/2.59/1.13 in 4GS (23IP)

11-9, 2nd place Carolina League Northern Division, 1½ games behind

Good Bat: Edwin Lora .364/.442/.530in 19G
Arm: Matt Crownover 3-0, 0.68/2.99/1.13 in 4G (13⅓ IP)
Bad Bat: Telmito Agustin .461 OPS in 17G
Arm: Joan Baez 0-3, 8.27ERA, 21BB in 16⅓ IP (4GS)
Interesting Bat: Taylor Gushue .302/.371/.642, 5HR in 15G
Arm: Jefry Rodriguez 4.30 ERA, 2.69 FIP in 4GS (23IP)

13-9, 1st place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 1½ games ahead

Good Bat: Juan Soto .359/.432/.526, 13RBI in 21G
Arm: McKenzie Mills 3-1, 2.18/2.31/0.77 in 4GS (20⅔ IP)
Bad Bat: Anderson Franco .456OPS, 18K in 19G
Arm: Mick VanVossen 2-1, 6.35/4.65/1.59 in 11⅓ IP (5G)
Interesting Bat: Daniel Johnson .296/.351/.606, 6HR in 20G
Arm: Sterling Sharp 0-1, 3.50/3.36/0.89 in 18IP (4G, 3GS)

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-4 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
McGowin (6-12, 6.11 in ’16) vs.
Ynoa (0-4, 8.22)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (1-1, 2.87) vs.
Garcia (0-2, 10.80)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 5.51)
Kent (1-1, 4.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 16-4 @ Lexington,
6:35 p.m.
Watson (0-1, 3.05)
Gomez (0-4, 6.50)

Norfolk 7 Syracuse 4
• Cole (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Antolin 2IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Robinson 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

The reversion to the mean continues with a 7-4 Syracuse loss to Norfolk – the fourth straight since the six-game win streak ended. The Tide washed over A.J. Cole for seven runs on eight hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds to hand him his first loss of 2017. Dustin Antolin and Rafael Martin combined for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief, but they were bested by Norfolk’s bullpen, as they held the Chiefs scoreless for four. Rafael Bautista, Brian Goodwin, and Clint Robinson each had two hits in Syracuse’s ten-hit parade.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 5
• Blackmar (W, 3-1) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, 3HBP; 1-2, R, BB
• Brinley (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Read 3-5, 2B, 2RBI, E(3)
• N. Soto 2-5, 2RBI

The Senators put up crooked numbers in the first two innings and got an insurance run late to edge the Curve, 6-5. Mark Blackmar gave up three runs in the first two innings but finished with four scoreless to notch a win and a quality start, through three of the eleven baserunners he put on were hit by pitch. Ryan Brinley worked around a single and a catcher’s interference in the 9th earn his third save. Andrew Stevenson singled twice, scored twice, walked, and doubled while Raudy Read drove in two while going 3-for-5 to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Salem 6 Potomac 2
• Baez (L, 0-3) 4⅓ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 5BB, 4K, HBP
• Schepel 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB 2K
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R
• Gushue 1-3, SF, 2RBI

The wheels came off the bus in the middle innings in a 6-2 Salem win over Potomac. Joan Baez failed to go five innings for the fourth time in four starts. He was knocked from the box in the 5th and charged with all six Red Sox runs on three hits, five walks, and a hit batsman over four and 1/3rd innings. Taylor Gushue knocked in Ian Sagdal twice with a single in the 4th and sac fly in the 6th as the P-Nats managed eight hits but were just 1-for-11 with RISP.

Lexington 16 Hagerstown 4
• C. Pena (L, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 10R, 10ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Simonds 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• C. Kieboom 1-3, BB

For six innings, the Suns pitchers held the Legends scoreless. Or they may have just been taking a breather from the four, seven, and five runs they scored in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings as Lexington destroyed Hagerstown, 16-4. Carlos Pena took the brunt of the beating with 10 runs allowed on seven hits and three walks over two and 2/3rds innings for his first loss of the year. Daniel Johnson doubled, homered, drove in two, and scored twice to lead the Hagerstown batters.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 5.02) vs.
Wilson (0-1, 12.00)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Blackmar (2-1, 4.15) vs.
Austin Coley (0-0, 2.76)
Potomac Won, 7-1 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-2, 6.75) vs.
Kent (1-1, 4.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (1-0, 4.61) vs.
Garabito (2-1, 2.63)

Durham 5 Syracuse 2
• Hill (L, 1-2) 5⅔ IP, 12H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Nathan ⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 2K, E
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B, BB

The Bulls gored the Chiefs 13-3 to complete the three-game sweep. Taylor Hill served up HR nos. six and seven and 12 hits total over five and 2/3rds to take the loss, his second. He walked none and struck out five. Neal Cotts was the only reliever to not give up any runs, but did his part by letting in one of two inherited while getting the last out in Durham’s four-run 8th. Rafael Bautista walked, singled, and doubled, and scored a run to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster move: LHP Matt Grace optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
Harrisburg returns to action after its second scheduled off day in April with a six-game swing through lovely Altoona (kind of) and delightful Trenton (not really).

Potomac 7 Frederick 1
• Rodriguez (W, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Rivera 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Gushue 2-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, RBI

Jefry Rodriguez shook off a 1st-inning run to throw seven strong in a 7-1 win over Frederick in the series finale. Rodriguez gave up one run on five hits and struck out five while winning his second game. Jorge Pantoja and Mariano Rivera III both tossed a scoreless inning in relief. Rhett Wiseman and Taylor Gushue both went 2-for-4 with a homer, as they combined for three RBI and 13 total bases.

Lexington 12 Hagerstown 2
• Bourque (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• J. Soto 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB

Juan Soto homered with two out in the 1st to give Hagerstown an early 1-0 lead. It was all Lexington after that in a 12-2 demolition. James Bourque took the loss with four runs allowed on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Soto also singled to finish 2-for-4 while leadoff man Blake Perkins went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored the other Suns run on an RBI single by Sheldon Neuse in the 7th.

Thursday’s News & Notes

The “A” teams both split a doubleheader

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Durham,
10:35 a.m.
Hill (1-1, 7.04) vs.
Ames (0-0, 2.89)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 5-2;
Won, 11-3
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-1, 5.63)
Alvarado (1-2, 10.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0;
Won, 4-1
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-0, 0.93) vs.
Davila (1-0, 4.76)

Durham 5 Syracuse 2
• Voth (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 1K, WP
• Adams 1⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 2K
• Sanchez 1-2, R, 2B, BB

Syracuse fell back below .500 with a 5-2 loss to Durham. Austin Voth couldn’t go five innings, as he was knocked from the box after three runs in on five hits and five walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Austin Adams stranded two but saw his streak of scoreless appearances snapped with a run in the 6th. Matt Skole went deep for the fourth time with solo shot in the 6th while Adrian Sanchez walked and doubled to lead the Chief’s six-hit, one-walk offense. Roster move: Recalled LHP Matt Grace to Washington.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 2
• Fedde (L, 1-2) 7IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Orlan 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Stevenson 1-3, R, 3B, BB

Erick Fedde was dinged for all four runs on two homers in a 4-2 Sens loss to the Fightins. The Nats top pitching prospect went seven innings and gave up four hits and two walks as he lost for the second time. Wander Suero and R.C. Orlan followed with a scoreless inning apiece. Andrew Stevenson walked and tripled while Drew Ward walked and homered as Harrisburg collected seven hits on the night.

Frederick 5 Potomac 2 – GAME ONE
• Reyes (L, 1-3) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K, HR, WP
• Held 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Gutierrez 0-0, R, 4BB
• Gushue 1-2, 2BB, RBI

Frederick tried all they could to give this game away with nine walks in seven inning, but Potomac was a bit too gracious as they went 0-for-11 with RISP and lost the opener, 5-2. Luis Reyes allowed all five Keys runs on six hit and two walks over six innings while notching his third “L.” Sam Held pitched a scoreless 7th to close it out. Kelvin Gutierrez drew four walks in four PAs while Taylor Gushue drew two and went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI but the P-Nats managed just five hits total.

Potomac 11 Frederick 3 – GAME TWO
• Silvestre (W, 3-0) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• R. Pena ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Davidson 2-3, 3R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Lora 3-3, R, 2B

In Game Two, the P-Nats went from zed to Marcellus as they went medieval on Keys’ pitching with four HRs in an 11-3 demolition to split the doubleheader. Hector Silvestre came one out short of tossing a complete game, charged with all three Frederick runs on six hits over six and 2/3rds innings. He walked none and struck out three. Ronald Pena let in one inherited runner while getting the final out. Austin Davidson kicked off the barrage with a two-run shot in the 1st and closed it out with an Earl Weaver special. In between, Ian Sagdal went back-to-back with opposite-field HRs (grand slam for Sagdal) in a five-run 2nd. Edwin Lora led the 11-hit parade with two singles and a double.

Kannapolis 1 Hagerstown 0 – GAME ONE
• Sharp (L, 0-1) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Y. Ramirez 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Banks 1-2, SB
• La Bruna 1-2

Sterling Sharp made one mistake as he was outdueled by former Nats farmhand Dane Dunning in a 1-0 Hagerstown loss to Kannapolis. A two-out solo HR was the game-winner off Sharp, who fanned eight, walked non, and gave up two hits total over six innings. Yonathan Ramirez tossed a scoreless inning to close it out. Nick Banks and Angelo La Bruna both singled while Tres Barrera walked to account for the three Suns baserunners allowed by the Dunning.

Hagerstown 4 Kannapolis 1 – GAME TWO
• M. Mills (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, 3HBP, WP
• J. Mills (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Franco 1-2, 2R, BB
• Tillero 2-3, 2-2B, 3RBI

The Suns got a run of the Mills pitching performance in the second game as the Intimidators fell, 4-1. McKenzie got the start, the win and was charged with the Kannapolis run on two hits and three hit batsman over five and 2/3rds innings. Jordan got the save and allowed his inherited runner to score over the final inning and a 1/3rd on one hit and no walks. Jorge Tillero doubled twice and drove in three to lead the Hagerstown attack.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Durham,
10:35 a.m.
Voth (1-1, 6.57) vs.
Yarbrough (0-2, 3.93)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 0.50)
vs. Eshelman (1-0, 3.94)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
4:30 p.m.
Reyes (1-2, 3.94) and
Silvestre (2-0, 3.94) vs.
Gonzalez (0-2, 5.65) and TBD
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Kannapolis,
10:35 a.m.
Sharp (0-0, 4.50) and
Mills (2-1, 2.40) vs.
Dunning (1-0, 0.45) and
Kubat (0-1, 0.84)

Durham 4 Syracuse 3
• Ross (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K
• Antolin 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Green 1-3, CS

Matt Skole’s two-run HR in the 2nd was immediately erased by a four-run rally by Durham as the Bulls stopped the Chiefs’ streak at six with a 4-3 defeat. Greg Ross gave up all four runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Dustin Antolin stranded two to finish the 4th and pitched two more scoreless innings, as did Rafael Martin and Neal Cotss (one IP each) but the Syracuse hitters couldn’t push across the second run to tie. Skole also walked and was the sole Syracuse batter to reach base twice as they were held to just five hits total. Roster move: OF Joey Butler placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg vs. Reading – PPD
The Senators were rained out last night. They’ll make it up in late June with a doubleheader on Tuesday the 26th.

Potomac vs. Frederick – PPD
Potomac and Frederick both got an extra day off thanks to the rain. They’ll try for two today starting at 4:30 p.m.

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis – PPD
Make that five rainouts for the Suns, which will force a doubleheader this morning and one in Kannapolis on June 14.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
G. Ross (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Honeywell (0-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-1 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 0.50) vs.
Eshelman (1-0, 3.94)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-2, 3.94) vs.
Gonzalez (0-2, 5.65)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Kannapolis,
4:35 p.m.
Sharp (0-0, 4.50) and
Y. Ramirez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Dunning (1-0, 0.45) and TBD

Syracuse – OFF DAY
After taking six straight—five at home—the Chiefs take their show on the road to North Carolina and Virginia to face the Bulls and the Tide for three games apiece. Roster move: RHP Jacob Turner recalled to Washington.

Reading 9 Harrisburg 1
• Long (L, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K
• Lara 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 2-4
• Read 2-4

Reading went to town on the Harrisburg bullpen to break open a 2-1 game and win going away, 9-1. Jaron Long took the loss with two runs allowed on six hits and a walk while striking out eight over five innings. Jake Johansen was lit up for three runs in the 6th while Jimmy Cordero was smoked for four runs in the 7th. Drew Ward and Raudy Read both went 2-for-4 to lead the Sens offense.

Potomac – OFF DAY
The P-Nats resume play after their first scheduled day off with a three-game homestand against the Keys. Weather permitting, natch.

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis – PPD
Rain interrupted or postponed play for the fourth time this month yesterday in Hagerstown. They’ll try to play two today to make it up.

Monday’s News & Notes

Blake Perkins walks off the Suns twice with a HR, single

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Simms (0-1, 3.38) vs.
Barker (1-0, 4.85)
Potomac Won, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 4-1;
Won, 5-4
(9 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
6:05 p.m.
Sharp (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Dunning (1-0, 0.45)

Syracuse 8 Norfolk 2
• Cole (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Adams 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, BB
• Goodwin 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Sanchez 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Syracuse completed the sweep of Norfolk with an 8-2 dismantling for its sixth straight win. A.J. Cole pitched five innings of two-run ball on a walk and five hits and five K’s to pick up his first “W” of 2017. Four relievers turned in a scoreless inning apiece highlighted by Austin Adams striking out the side in the 8th. Rafael Bautista reached base four times with three singles and a walk and scored two runs to lead the Chiefs’ 11-hit parade. Roster move: IF Grant Green outrighted from Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 1
• Simms (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Brinley (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Valdez (SV, 1) 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Lisson 1-2, R, BB

The Sens squeezed in two runs from three hits and two walks and got another strong out from a trio of pitchers to take the game and the series from the Baysox, 2-1. John Simms spun five strong innings with one run let in on five hits while striking out seven. Ryan Brinley followed with two perfect innings for the hold while Phillips Valdez cordero’d around three hits in the 8th and 9th innings to earn the save. Mario Lisson walked, scored on Raudy Read’s RBI double, while Spencer Kieboom’s RBI groundout plated what proved to be the gamewinner.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 3
• Estevez 5⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Crownover (W, 3-0) 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Masters 2-4, R, RBI
• Sagdal 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Potomac fell behind 3-0 after four innings but chipped away with single runs in the 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th innings for a 4-3 comeback win in the series finale vs. Lynchburg. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez went the first five and 2/3rds innings, allowing all three Hillcats runs on eighth hits and a walk, but go the no-decision. Matt Crownover continues to make his case to return to starting with another strong appearance, finishing the game with three and a 1/3rd perfect innings of relief and his third win. David Masters led the P-Nats’ offense with a pair of singles while Ian Sagdal homered and walked.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 1 – GAME ONE
• Watson 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HBP, 2WP
• VanVossen (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Perkins 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• J. Soto 2-3, RBI

Blake Perkins smacked a three-run HR to give the Suns a 4-1 walkoff win in the opener. Tyler Watson gave up the lone SHIrerun on three hits and two walks over five innings. The win went to Mick VanVossen with two scoreless innings. Perkins also doubled and scored two runs total while Juan Soto singled twice in three trips and drove in the first Hagerstown run.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4 (9 inn.) – GAME TWO
• Howard 4⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Fuentes 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Simonds (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Perkins 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, 3SB
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B
• La Bruna 3-4

Hagerstown rallied for single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to tie and connected on four straight singles in the 9th to win, 5-4 and sweep the doubleheader from the Shorebirds. Hayden Howard pitched into the 5th but was dinged for three Shorebirds runs on eight hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings. The win went to Kyle Simonds who closed out the game with a (home) run over the last two innings, and bailed out by Carter Kieboom’s HR in the bottom of the 8th. Blake Perkins delivered the gamewinner once again while going 2-for-4 with a double, as did Daniel Johnson, while Angelo La Bruna went 3-for-4 to lead the Suns hit column.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-4 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 5.79) vs.
Ynoa (0-3, 7.30)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Bowie,
1:30 p.m.
Simms (0-1, 3.38) vs.
Barker (1-0, 4.85)
Potomac Postponed @ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Esparza (1-2, 4.80)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Delmarva,
2:05 p.m.
Watson (0-1, 3.45) and
Howard (1-0, 2.00) vs.
Muckenhirn (1-1, 2.30) and
Dietz (0-1, 12.10)

Syracuse 9 Norfolk 4
• Hill (W, 1-1) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K, 0HR
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 3-4, 2-2B, R, 2RBI
• Robinson 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Falu 2-4, R, RBI

The Syracuse bats came alive with a baker’s dozen of hits and no beer man in a 9-4 pummeling of Norfolk. Taylor Hill kept the ball in the yard for the first time in three starts, allowing just two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one (1) as both he and the Chiefs evened up their won-loss records at 1-1 and 7-7, respectively. Caleb Ramsey singled once, doubled twice, scored a run, and knocked in two while Clint Robinson also reached base three times with two singles and a walk to lead the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 1
• Blackmar (W, 2-1) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Self (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Suero (SV, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Collier 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ward 1-4, RBI

The Senators got two in the 1st and one in the 2nd and strong pitching to make it stand up for a 3-1 win over the BaySox. Mark Blackmar won for the second time with a run on six hits over five innings, no walks, and two whiffs. Derek Self and Wander Suero both turned in two scoreless to earn the hold and save respectively. Zach Collier homered for the sole extra base hit for Harrisburg, which managed just six hits total

Lynchburg vs. Potomac – PPD
Rain claimed Game Three of the four-game series between Potomac and Lynchburg. They play just the one game today. No makeup date has been announced for yesterday’s postponement. The two teams play each other three more times in the first half, with two four-game series (Potomac, Lynchburg) next month and a three-game series in June (Potomac.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva – PPD
Likewise, the game between the Shorebirds and the Suns was washed away. They will try to play two today, though the two teams play two more series in the first half.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (0-1, 9.64) vs.
T. Wilson (2-0, 4.56 in ’16)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Blackmar (1-1, 5.63) vs.
Grimes (0-1, 3.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Esparza (1-2, 4.80)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3;
Lost 4-1
vs. Delmarva,
6:05 p.m.
Watson (0-1, 3.45) vs.
Muckinhirn (1-1, 2.30)

Syracuse 3 Norfolk 0
• Voth (W, 1-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• G. Ross (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Bautista 2-3, R, CS
• Snyder 1-3, RBI, SB

The Chiefs turned the Tide with another shutout, 3-0 and quietly extended their win streak to four games. 2016 Austin Voth showed up with six strong innings, allowing four hits and two walks while fanning five. Greg Ross followed with two scoreless for the hold while Joe Nathan worked around a single in the 9th for the save. Adrian Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Brandon Snyder drove in two and Brian Goodwin one to compose the Syracuse five-hit, three-run offense.

Bowie 8 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Brinley 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Read 2-4, 2B
• Abreu 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• 0-15 RISP, 9LOB, 15K

Rafael Soriano Jimmy Cordero was lit up for five runs in the 9th but improved his ERA to 18.69 as Bowie broke open a 3-0 game en route a 8-2 win over Harrisburg. Osvaldo Abreu’s two-run homer in the alst of the 9th avoided the shutout. Austen Williams took the loss despite six innings of two-run ball on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Raudy Read singled and doubled to lead the Sens hit column of six total while Andrew Stevenson drew two of the five Harrisburg walks on the night.

Lynchburg 4 Potomac 2
• Baez (L, 0-2) 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 5K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sundberg 2-3
• Wiseman 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Rhett Wiseman’s two-run HR in the 7th also broke up a would-be shutout as the Hillcats doubled up the P-Nats, 4-2. Joan Baez rebounded somewhat in his third start, letting in two runs on two hits and five walks over four innings. He struck out five while throwing 83 pitches. Jack Sundberg added two singles to Wiseman’s big fly to account for all three Potomac hits. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-24 with walks drawn by Taylor Gushue and Kelvin Gutierrez.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 3 – COMP.
• Bourque 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• C. Pena 4⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HBP, WP
• J. Mills (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2WP, 3-2 IR-S
• Perkins 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Noll 2-5, 2B, RBI, SB

Delmarva broke up the Star Trek convention on the Municipal Stadium scoreboard with a three-spot in the 7th, Hagerstown answered with two in the 7th, one in 8th, and walked ’em off with a run in the 9th for a 4-3 win in the completion. Carlos Pena took over for James Bourque and was charged up all three Shorebird runs on six hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings. Jordan Mills let in two of three inherited runners while getting out of the 7th and closed out the game with two scoreless to pick up the win. Blake Perkins singled twice, doubled once, and scored a run while Jake Noll plated the game winner with a single over the heads of a (presumably) drawn-in outfield with one out in the 9th.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 1 – GAME TWO
• DeRosier (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Y. Ramirez 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• J. Soto 2-3, R, 2B
• Tillero 2-3, 2B

It was all Shorebirds in the nightcap, as they scored single runs in four of seven “ups” to split the de facto doubleheader with a 4-1 win. Matt DeRosier took the loss wtih three runs allowed on eight hits over three and 2/3rds innings. Yonathan Ramirez stranded two while getting out of the 4th, then pitched two scoreless innings in his season debut. Juan Soto and Jorge Tillero both singled and doubled in three trips to the plate to lead the Suns offense.