Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-4 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Long (4-5, 4.18) vs.
Eshelman (9-3, 2.37)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
G. Ross (5-3, 6.26) vs.
Esparza (5-5, 5.08)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Sharp (2-2, 5.33) vs.
McKenzie (11-6, 3.57)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
B. Hill (0-1, 5.54) vs.
Seabrooke (3-8, 4.61)
Auburn Won, 3-2
(11 inn.)
vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Crowe (0-0, 2.45) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 4
• Cole (L, 4-5) 6⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 8K; 1-1, SAC
• Bautista 0-4, RBI
• Stevenson 1-4, R
• Skole 0-1

Chiefs pitchers struck out 15 and gave up 15 hits in a 7-4 loss to the IronPigs. Roster move: SS Bengie Gonzalez placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 5
• T. Hill 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Self (W, 4-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Joseph 2-5, R, CS
• Hernandez 1-4, R, BB, 2RBI

Harrisburg rallied from a 5-0 deficit with three in the 8th and three in the 9th, capped off by Yadiel Hernandez’s two-out, two-run homer. Taylor Hill gave up his 27th in the 3rd and two runs total on seven hits over seven innings while striking out a career-high of nine. Derek Self got the “W” as the pitcher of record while working around a walk in the 9th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Corban Joseph both went 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Senators offense.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 2
• Rodriguez (L, 3-3) 4IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K
• Peterson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Noll 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Reetz 1-4, R, 2K, PB, PO

Potomac took another circle ’round the drain with a 5-2 loss to Lynchburg, which reduced its tragic number to two with five to play. Jefry Rodriguez made it through only four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and five (5) walks while striking out three for his third Carolina League loss. Mariano Rivera gave up the final two Hillcats runs over three innings before Tommy Peterson threw a scoreless 8th. Jake Noll tripled and scored a run while Jakson Reetz scored the other as the P-Nats were held to just five hits total while striking out 13 times. Roster move: RHP Luis Reyes placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 4
• Braymer 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Barnett (L, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Perkins 1-3, R, 2BB, 2SB (30, 31), E(8)
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Likewise for the Suns, who dropped their third straight and 13th out of their last 17 with a 6-4 loss to the Shorebirds. Ben Braymer turned in a quality start of three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over six inning with six K’s. The loss went to Jake Barnett with three runs coughed up in the 7th and four hits total over three innings. Aldrem Corredor and Blake Perkins both singled once and walked twice to lead the Hagerstown offense, which was just 3-for-14 with RISP and left on 12 baserunners.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 2 (11 inn.)
• Romero 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Chu (BS, 1; W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Ja. Johnson (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Mergeildo 2-5, 3K
• Upshaw 1-2, 2R, 2BB, SB(9)

Despite committing four errors, which led to two unearned runs, Auburn got the winning run in on a wild pitch for a 3-2 win in extra innings. Seth Romero shut out Williamsport for five innings on one hit while striking out seven. Romero’s 2-0 lead went up in smoke with unearned runs off Dan Butler in the 7th and Gilberto Chu in the 8th. Chu was credited with the blown-save-win while Jared Johnson survived the fourth Doubledays error while giving up a walk and a hit in the bottom of the 11th to earn the save.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
The G-Marlins won to postpone the G-Nats’ celebration of the GCL East title, which can be clinched today with a win vs. the G-Mets or a G-Marlins loss.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (4-4, 5.82) vs.
H. Alvarez (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-9 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
T. Hill (4-6, 5.54) vs.
Bieber (2-1, 2.83)
Potomac Lost, 9-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (3-2, 3.06) vs.
Civale (10-2, 2.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
B. Hill (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Humpal (7-11, 4.16)
Auburn Lost, 8-2 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 5.91) vs.
Stewart (4-2, 4.44)
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1;
Won, 5-0
OFF DAY

Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 1
• Simms (W, 2-4) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 9K
• Bautista 2-4, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R
• Skole 0-3
• Severino 1-3, R

John Simms tossed seven scoreless innings while striking out nine to lead Syracuse a 4-1 victory, its third straight. Roster moves: IF Adrian Sanchez optioned from Washington; C Jhonatan Solano placed on the 7-Day DL.

Akron 10 Harrisburg 9
• Voth 3⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Bacus (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Hernandez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Abreu 2-3, R, RBI
• S. Perez 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg blew leads of 4-0 and 8-6 in a 10-9 loss to Akron. Austin Voth didn’t make it past the fourth for the fifth time this season as he gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings in a no-decision. Dakota Bacus took the loss on a two-run homer in the 9th in his one and only inning pitched. Yadiel Hernandez singled once, doubled twice, scored twice and drove in a run to lead the Sens’ offense.

Lynchburg 9 Potomac 3
• Williams (L, 2-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Reetz 2-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Carey 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats got three in the 9th to turn 9-0 demolition into a 9-3 defeat, failing to take advantage of the Keys’ 6-5 win over the Red Sox. Austen Williams let in four runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out seven in his fourth High-A loss. Neither Ronald Pena nor Jordan Mills could stop the onslaught as they gave up five runs over the next three innings. Jakson Reetz cashed in three straight walks issued with one out for a three-run double to break up the shutout. Reetz and Dale Carey both went 2-for-4 to account for four of the five Potomac hits on the night. Roster moves: 1B Ian Sagdal activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Tyler Beckwith placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 1
• C. Pena 5IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 9K
• Morse (L, 0-4) ⅓ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Banks 2-4, 2B, SB
• La Bruna 1-2, 2B, RBI, SAC

Hagerstown imploded in the 9th for five runs as they dropped to .500 in the 2nd half with a 6-1 loss to Delmarva and lowered their tragic number to two. Carlos Pena no-hit the Shorebirds for five innings, though he needed 84 pitches to do it while walking three and striking out nine. Phil Morse lost his third straight appearance and fourth game overall (all in August, in which he has a 14.09 ERA) as he was charged with the aforementioned five runs on three hits and two walks, with the “help” of Kyle Simonds, who failed to strand the two runners he inherited while retiring two of four batters to finish the 9th. Nick Banks led the Suns’ hit column of six with a single and double while stealing his 12th base.

Williamsport 8 Auburn 2
• Raquet 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, BK
• Smith (L, 3-4) 2IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 3WP
• Guibor 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Pascal 2-4, R, 2B
• 0-6 RISP, 10 LOB, 15 batting K

SSDL in the NYPL as the Doubledays’ David Smith coughed up five in the 7th and one in the 8th in an 8-2 defeat to the Crosscutters. Nick Raquet went the first six innings and scattered eight hits for two runs. He walked none and fanned three. Smith also gave up eight hits, but in just two innings while losing for the fourth time. Austin Guibor reached base three times with two walks and a double and drove in both Auburn runs.

GCL Astros 2 GCL Nationals 1 – GAME ONE
• German (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Peguero 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• L. Garcia 3-3, 2B, SB

In the first game, the G-Astros stopped the G-Nats four-game win streak with a 2-1 win. Jhonatan German gave up both runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six for his fourth loss. Luis Garcia collected all three G-Nat hits with two singles and a double and stole his 11th base.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Astros 0 – GAME TWO
• Alastre (W, 3-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Zwetsch 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Evangelista 2-3, 3R, 2B
• Jo. Sanchez 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Pineda 2-3, 2RBI

In the nightcap (hey, it is Florida), the G-Nats shut out the G-Astros, 5-0 and reduced its magic number to one. Tomas Alastre went the first five, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out six for the win. Connor Zwetsch worked around three hits over the final two innings. Juan Evangelista scored three times and doubled while Jose Sanchez and Israel Pineda both went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the G-Nats’ attack.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Simms (1-4, 6.82) vs.
Thompson (5-13, 5.34)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
Voth (3-3, 4.23) vs.
Whitehouse (7-8, 4.44)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 3.82) vs.
Brady (1-1, 6.52)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Delmarva TBD vs. H. Harvey (0-0, 0.00)
Auburn Lost, 2-1;
Won, 2-0
@ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Raquet (2-2, 2.75) vs.
Brown (3-4, 3.24)
GCL Nationals Won, 11-1 vs. GCL Astros,
10:00 a.m.

Syracuse 7 Lehigh Valley 3
• Severino 1-4, R
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Chiefs let the dogs out in the 7th inning as they scored four times to break open a 3-1 game en route to a 7-4 win in the series opener against the IronPigs. Roster moves: OFs Rafael Bautista, Andrew Stevenson, RHP Erick Fedde optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Akron 1
• McGowin 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Crownover 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Self (W, 3-2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Norfork 3-5, R, 2B, BB
• Gamache 3-6, 2B

Harrisburg fell behind 1-0 early but clamped down on Akron the rest of the way for a 2-1 win in 12 innings. Kyle McGowin spun his third consecutive quality start with the lone Ruuberduck run allowed on a homer and six hits total over seven innings. The win went to Derek Self, who retired all four batters he faced in the 11th and 12th innings. Stephen Perez’s RBI single in the 12th plated Drew Ward for the game-winner as the Senators collected 14 hits total but hit into two double plays and had a runner thrown out at home.

Potomac – OFF DAY
The P-Nats, who are fighting for the right to do this next week in the playoffs, take on the Hillcats for the next three games in Lynchburg.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Hagerstown finishes up 2017 with three against… wait for it… Delmarva and four against Lexington as they sit four games out and in fourth place, basically needing a 2011-like collapse by the three teams in front of them while they win the rest of the way to make the playoffs.

Williamsport 2 Auburn 1 – GAME ONE
• Johnston 4IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Cousins (L, 2-2) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martinez 2-3
• Esthay 1-3, RBI

The Doubledays literally threw away the first game as Jake Cousins’s throw on a bunt went awry (a.k.a. right field) and allowed the runner on first to score. Kyle Johnston went the first four innings and gave up the first run on four hits and a walk while fanning five. Cousins took the loss on the unearned run (which reached via error one batter before his miscue) over two innings. Andres Martinez led Auburn’s five-hit parade with two singles.

Auburn 2 Williamsport 0 – GAME TWO
• Tetreault (W, 2-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• McKinney (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Guibor 2-4
• Esthay 0-1, R, 3BB

Two Auburn pitchers combined on a 2-0, two-hit shutout of Williamsport to earn a split of the doubleheader. Jackeon Tetreault went the first five innings, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out six to garner the “W.” Jeremy McKinney closed it out with one hit and one whiff over two innings for the save. Austin Guibor singled twice while Kameron Esthay drew three of the six Doubledays walks to lead the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Cardinals 1
• Stoeckinger (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 9K
• Jimenez (H, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Connell 3-4, 4R, BB, 2SB
• Antuna 3-6, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Blash 2-5, 2R

The G-Nats rolled to their fourth straight win, 11-1 over the G-Cardinals, and lowered their magic number to two over the idle G-Marlins. Jackson Stoeckinger struck out nine over five innings to earn his second win while Jose Jimenez tossed three scoreless to notch his third hold. Justin Connell once again went 3-for-4, scoring four times, stealing twice, and walking once to pace the G-Nats’ attack.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
E. Rogers (2-2, 4.23) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
McGowin (1-5, 8.51) vs.
Lugo (8-7, 4.56)
Potomac Won, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 3-2
(14 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Johnston (0-2, 3.69) and TBD
vs. Young (5-2, 3.06) and Brown (3-4, 3.40)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-8
(10 inn.)
@ GCL Cardinals,
10:00 a.m.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 1
• Skole 0-4

Syracuse scored nine unanswered runs to stop a three-game slide and prevent a three-game sweep by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a 9-2 win in the series finale. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington; RHP Erick Fedde, OF Rafael Bautista recalled to Washington.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 4
• Dragmire 5⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K
• Cordero (H, 4; L, 2-6) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Robinson (BS, 3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Senators bullpen saw a 4-3 lead vanish with one swing of the bat as the Jimmy Cordero loaded the bases while getting the first two outs in the 8th and Andrew Robinson unloaded them with a grand slam for a 7-4 loss to the Fightins. Brady Dragmire got the start and gave up the first three Reading runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two over five and 2/3rds innings. Victor Robles singled and doubled while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos walked and doubled; both drove in two runs for Harrisburg.

Potomac 4 Frederick 2
• Reyes (W, 8-13) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• Orlan (SV, 5) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 2-3, RBI
• Noll 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Potomac closed out its home schedule with a 4-2 win Sunday afternoon in Woodbridge.

West Virginia 2 Hagerstown 1
• DeRosier 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• Klobosits (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Howard (BS, 1; L, 4-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• C. Kieboom 2-2, R, 2BB
• Corredor 1-4

The Suns lowered its tragic number to three with another walkoff loss, 2-1 to the Power. Matt DeRosier did his part with six shutout innings on four hits and two walks with four whiffs. So Likewise for Gabe Klobosits with two perfect innings. Hayden Howard did not as he retired just one of five batters faced to blow the save and take the loss. Carter Kieboom singled twice and walked twice while Aldrem Corredor singled once. The rest of the Hagerstown lineup was 0-for-23 with eight strikeouts.

Batavia 3 Auburn 2
• Guillen 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, WP
• Engelbrekt 4IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Brasher (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Jo. Ramirez 2-6, E(19)
• Esthay 1-5, R, BB, RBI

Auburn’s relievers worked overtime to cover for the batters, who were off the clock with just five hits over 14 innings in a 3-2 loss to Batavia. Angel Guillen gave up the first two Muckdogs runs on four hits without a walk and six whiffs over five innings. Jared Johnson and Max Engelbrekt combined for six scoreless innings and Jared Brasher made it eight straight before Batavia broke through for the game-winner in the 14th. Joshual Ramirez (two singles) and Kameron Esthay (homer, walk) were the only Doubledays batters to reach base twice.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Marlins 8 (10 inn.)
• Acevedo 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Adler (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Connell 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Jo. Sanchez 2-4, R, RBI
• Gutierrez 1-3, R, 2K

The G-Marlins took an 8-3 lead with a five-run 8th then gave it away with six unanswered runs – five in the 9th and one in the 10th – for a 9-8 loss to the G-Nats. Carlos Acevedo let in a run on three hits and struck out five as the starter. Sean Adler got the last out in the 8th and stranded two runners, then pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th to earn the win, his second. Justin Connell singled twice, scored twice, doubled once, walked once, and drove in two while Jose Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the G-Nats’ attack.

Sunday Afternoon in Woodbridge

Potomac homered twice and scored all four runs with two outs as they doubled up Frederick, 4-2 to take the series, 3-2 and keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Combined with a loss by the Red Sox, the P-Nats crept back to within three games going into their final (scheduled) off day of the 2017 season.

Much like Steven Fuentes last night, Luis Reyes looked like he was on the ropes early, as he walked three in the first inning. The, um, key difference? With nobody out, Reyes induced a critical double play to keep the Keys off the board.

The 22-y.o. then recovered to throw seven strong innings without no additional walks, allowing one run on five hits and striking out five in his 26th start of the season – his second-longest outing of the season and his 11th quality start overall.

Offensively, the P-Nats collected eight hits total and drew three walks. The game-winning, three-run rally came in the 4th, beginning with Jake Noll’s first Carolina League big fly to tie it at 1-1. After back-to-back walks sandwiched around a Frederick pitching change, Tyler Beckwith singled to left to put Potomac up 2-1 while Bryan Mejia singled to right to make it, 3-1.

An inning later, Rhett Wiseman bounced one off the top of the left-center field fence for what was initially ruled a double, then, after an umpire conference, his 13th homer of the season to give the P-Nats their fourth and final run.

R.C. Orlan came on in the 8th to close out the game and retired five straight before giving up a two-out single in the 9th, but bore down on a long at-bat with Jomar reyes to get the 6-3 grounder to secure the win and earn his fifth save for Potomac.

On Tuesday, the Woodbridge nine travel to Lynchburg to face the both-halves winner of the Carolina League North division while Salem and Frederick meet in Frederick. Because the Red Sox and Keys play each other (i.e. both can’t lose) and Potomac does not play Salem again, the P-Nats must keep winning and hope for some help from the Keys in the next series and the Dash, which plays the Red Sox over the final four games of the regular season.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
TBD vs. Lail (6-4, 5.24)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Reading,
1:05 p.m.
Dragmire (4-1, 2.89) vs.
Irvin (5-3, 4.16)
Potomac Won, 4-2;
Lost, 2-0
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Reyes (7-13, 4.49) vs.
Grimes (0-1, 4.91)
Hagerstown Won, 13-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 5-4 vs. Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
TBD vs. S. Perez (3-1, 2.14)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-4
(8 inn.)
vs. GCL Astros,
10:00 a.m.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 1
• Skole 1-4, RBI
• Severino 2-3, BB

The Chiefs took a commanding 1-0 lead in the 1st and failed to hold it for a 7-1 loss to the RailRiders.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 2
• G. Ross (W, 5-3) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bacus (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, 2B, SF, RBI
• Ward 2-3, R, BB

Harrisburg took advantage of two Reading errors to score their final two runs and secure a 4-2 victory. Greg Ross turned in six innings of one-run ball on eight hits and two walks while striking out five to notch his fifth AA win. Dakota Bacus shut the door for two innings before turning the ball over to Andrew Robinson who Soriano’d through the 9th on a leadoff HR to get the rulebook save. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled, doubled, and hit a sacrifice fly while Drew ward reach base three times with two singles and a walk to lead the Sens’ offense.

Potomac 4 Frederick 2 – GAME ONE
• Baez (W, 4-8) 7IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• Turner 2-3, R, 2B, SF, RBI
• Mejia 1-3, 2B, RBI

Joan Baez continues to dominate in the month of August (3-1, 1.88) as he spun a complete-game gem in a 4-2 P-Nats win over the Keys. Baez walked four and allowed a solo HR and two hits total but also struck out seven. Trea Turner, who flied out weakly in each of his four ABs on Friday night, singled, doubled, and hit sacrifice fly (one of three) to cap off Potomac’s two-run 6th. Bryan Mejia (double) and Rhett Wiseman (single) accounted for the other two P-Nats hits.

Frederick 2 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Fuentes (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 0K
• Pantoja 3⅓ IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Mendez 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mejia 1-1, SAC
• Beckwith 1-2

In the nightcap, it was all Frederick as two pitchers combined to shut out Potomac 2-0 on two hits to split the doubleheader. Steven Fuentes made the start but wasn’t pitching to blind basketball players, so he walked three of the seven batters he faced and fell behind in nearly every count to dig a 2-0 hole after just 2/3rds of an inning. Jorge Pantoja stranded three while getting the last out of the 1st and held the Keys scoreless for three, as did Gilberto Mendez, who retired all nine batters he faced. Matt Reistetter broke up the perfect game with a walk in the 3rd while Tyler Beckwith denied the no-no with a two-out single in the 5th. Bryan Mejia’s infield single to lead off the 6th was the fourth and final P-Nats baserunner. Roster moves: IF Austin Davidson placed on the 7-Day DL; C Matt Reistetter activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 13 West Virginia 2
• Ramirez (W, 1-2) 7IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Held 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrera 4-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, BB
• C. Kieboom 4-6, 2R, HR, 3RBI, CS
• Agustin 3-4, 2R, 2B

The extra point sailed wide in Hagerstown’s six-run 4th as they went on to a 13-2 takedown of West Virginia. Yonathan Ramirez scattered 10 hits over seven innings but walked none and struck out four as he finally earned a Low-A win. Sam Held mopped up with two scoreless innings. Tres Barrera homered twice while Carter Kieboom went deep once; both had four hits and three RBI to lead the Suns’ 17-hit parade.

Batavia 5 Auburn 4
• Crowe 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Rishwain (BS, 4; L, 1-4) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Scudder 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Pryor 2-3, 2R, BB, SF, RBI
• Pascal 2-4, SB

The Muckdogs reclaimed 5th place in the Pinckney Division with a 5-4 win over the Doubledays. Wil Crowe got the start and gave up a homer and two hits total over his three innings for the no-decision. Michael Rishwain blew his fourth save in as many opportunities and lost for the fourth time with the final four Batavia runs allowed on six hits over three innings. Jake Scudder and Jonathan Pryor both reached base three times, scoring twice (Pryor) and driving in two (Scudder) to lead the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 4 (8 inn.)
• N. Lee 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Peguero (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Connell 3-3, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at HP
• Blash 2-4, 3R, 2B, 2SB

Rain shortened this to eight innings, just in time as the G-Nats took a 5-4 lead in the top of the final frame and Justin Connell threw out the would-be tie run at the plate at the bottom of the final frame. Nick Lee made his first regular-season appearance of 2017 with a scoreless inning in the first for the “start.” Jairon Peguero got the blown-save-win as Alex Dunlap’s passed ball let in one of two inherited runners in the 6th and he worked around two singles in the 7th. Connell reached base four times with three singles and a walk and drove in two while Jamori Blash singled, doubled, scored three times, and stole twice to pace the G-Nats’ attack. Roster move: LHP Nick Lee assigned from Harrisburg for MiLB rehab.

DSL Nationals Update
The D-Nats closed out the 2017 campaign with back-to-back wins, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a last-place finish in the DSL South at 28-43, 21 games off the pace.

Playoff Update
GCL – The G-Nats lead by 3½ games and have gotten a little help from Mother Nature as rain has postponed or suspended the last three games for the streaking (seven straight wins) second-place G-Marlins.

Low-A – While the Suns went medieval on the Power’s [buttocks] last night, they remain in fourth place and four games behind (three in the loss column) in the Sally North with just one game (today’s) against the three teams they’re chasing.

High-A – Potomac lost three one-run ballgames to Salem this week, and split a pair of doubleheaders the past two nights with Frederick. The P-Nats are also in fourth place and four games back, but also play their would-be playoff opponent (Lynchburg) while the Red Sox and Keys play each other this week. TL;DR – Potomac needs to reel off several wins over the final nine and get a lot of help.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Long (4-4, 3.60) vs.
Adams (10-4, 2.69)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
G. Ross (4-3, 6.90) vs.
Kilome (1-1, 2.25)
Potomac Lost, 1-0;
Won, 5-0
vs. Frederick,
5:15 p.m.
Baez (3-8. 3.99) and TBD vs.
Peralta (2-10, 5.67) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4
(10 inn.)
@ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (0-2, 5.70) vs.
Nunez (4-7, 3.76)
Auburn Won, 4-1 vs. Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
Crowe (0-0, 2.31) vs.
Guenther (1-2, 2.92)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9 Syracuse 1
• Valdez (L, 0-2) 2⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR; 1-2
• Bautista 0-4, K
• Skole 1-4, R, 2K

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored eight times in the first four innings en route to a 9-1 demolition of Syracuse. Roster moves: C Pedro Severino optioned to Washington; RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 1
• Hill (L, 4-6) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP; 0-2, SAC
• Lara 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Robles 1-3, 2BB, CS
• Gamache 2-4, R, 2B

Taylor Hill gave up a three-run HR in the 5th—No. 26 in 25 appearances—as the Sens could only get one run back for a 3-1 loss to the Fightins. Hill was otherwise adequate, pitching six and 2/3rds innings, allowing six hits and a walk, and nearly matching his season high with five K’s. Braulio Lara stranded a runner in 7th and got the first two outs in the 8th before Jimmy Cordero came on to leave two on while getting the final out in the 8th. Victor Robles singled once and walked twice but was also caught stealing for the 9th time, which does not include every time he’s been thrown out on the basepaths, while Dan Gamache singled and doubled and scored the lone Harrisburg run.

Frederick 1 Potomac 0 – GAME ONE
• Sharp (L, 2-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 10-3 GO-FO
• Peterson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sundberg 2-3
• Noll 1-3

In the opener, Potomac could only muster four hits, even with two (2) MLB rehabs while Frederick got the customary 1st-inning run and held on for a 1-0 win. Sterling Sharp paid dearly for the leadoff walk, as it led to the game’s only run, which scored on a sacrifice fly. Sharp rolled ten grounders and got three double plays over his six innings of work while giving up five hits, two walks, and striking out two. Tommy Peterson followed with a 1-2-3 seventh and two whiffs. Jake Sundberg singled twice, Jake Noll once, and Jayson Werth doubled to compose the P-Nats hit column.

Potomac 5 Frederick 0 – GAME TWO
• Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Rivera (W, 1-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, HBP
• Masters 1-3, 2B, 3RBI
• Johnson 1-2, R, BB, RBI

Potomac capitalized on Frederick’s sole error and four walks to score five times in the 5th for a 5-0 shutout to split the doubleheader. Jefry Rodriguez dominated for four innings with just one hit allowed, no walks, and four strikeouts. Mariano Rivera III came on to finish up and careered through the final three innings (two hits, two walks, and a hit batsman) to earn the win, his first of the season. The P-Nats drew five walks total and managed five hits, with David Masters’s three-run double the killshot that put the game away. Roster moves: OF Jayson Werth, SS Trea Turner assigned from Syracuse for MLB rehab; LHP Taylor Guilbeau placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Steven Fuentes reassigned from Hagerstown.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 4 (10 inn.)
• B. Hill 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Bogucki 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Morse (L, 0-3) 1BF, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Banks 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• La Bruna 2-4, BB
• 1-14 RISP, 14 LOB

After rallying for two in the 9th to tie it at 4-4, the Suns were shocked by the Power with a leadoff, walkoff HR in the bottom of the 10th for a 5-4 win – Hagerstown’s tenth in its last 13 games. Taylor Brigham Hill gave up two homers, eight hits, four runs over six innings. A.J. Bogucki was perfect over three innings with six whiffs. Phil Morse gave up the game winner to the first and only batter he faced for his third loss. Nick Banks singled once, and doubled twice for his third three-hit game over the last seven while Angelo La Bruna walked once and singled twice to lead the Suns’ 14-hit parade. Roster moves: LHP Yonathan Ramirez, RHPs Gabe Klobosits, Alex Troop promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 4 Batavia 1
• Romero 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Smith (BS, 2; W, 3-3) 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Shepard 2-3, R, 2RBI, SB
• Pryor 1-2, 2B, SF, BB, RBI

Auburn rallied for three in the 8th for the 4-1 sportswriter’s win over Batavia. Seth Romero threw four shutout innings with four hits, no walks, and four K’s for the no-decision. David Smith got the blown-save win with an unearned run let in on two hits over three innings and also struck out four. Jake Cousins struck out the side in the 9th to earn the save, his first. Chance Shepard went 2-for-3 with two RBI while Jonathan Pryor walked, doubled, and drove in a run with a sac fly to pace the Doubledays’ offense. Roster moves: LHP Gilberto Chu, RHP Angel Guillen reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
The G-Nats’ magic number is down to six with nine games left to play. Today, they take on the last-place G-Mets while tomorrow they host the second-place G-Marlins.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-4, 5.82) vs.
German (5-2, 2.91)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (4-5, 5.66) vs.
E. Garcia (1-0, 1.29)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 vs. Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Sharp (2-1, 6.43) and
Rodriguez (3-2, 3.35) vs.
Alvarado (6-9, 5.49) and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 11-5 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
B. Hill (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Meyer (3-0, 2.67)
Auburn Lost, 6-4 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 9.45) vs.
Hock (1-1, 6.57)
GCL Nationals Postponed OFF DAY

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 1
• John Simms (L, 1-4) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR; 1-2
• Bautista 2-4, CS
• Skole 0-3, BB, 2K

The Chiefs gave Johns Simms one run to work with, but he didn’t throw the shutout necessary to win as they dropped the series finale, 5-1. Roster move: OF Zach Collier placed on the 7-Day DL.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 3-3) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Self 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 3-4, RBI
• Hernandez 2-3, R, 2B, BB

Harrisburg fell behind 3-0 in the 1st and couldn’t recover as Reading doubled ’em up, 4-2. Austin Voth recovered from the three-run 1st to throw five scoreless innings to notch a quality start but lose for the third time in eight AA starts. Derek Self put up one goose egg in the 7th while Tim Collins came up short in the 8th. He also gave up the final Fightins run. Osvaldo Abreu led the Senators hit column with three singles, followed by Yadiel Hernandez with a double, walk, and a single.

Salem 6 Potomac 5
• Williams 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Mills (L, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Sundberg 2-6, R, 2B
• Gushue 2-5, R, 2B
• Lora 2-5, 2B, 3K

The P-Nats dropped their third straight one-run decision as the Red Sox walked off in the 9th with a 6-5 win. Taylor Guilbeau started and went the first five and was knocked around for five runs on nine hits without a walk and three whiffs. Ronald Pena threw three scoreless innings to keep things close but Gilberto Mendez coughed up the game-winning homer to the second batter he faced, suffering his fourth loss and second in eight days to Salem. The trio of Jack Sundberg, Taylor Gushue, and Edwin Lora each singled and doubled to lead Potomac’s 13-hit parade. The loss formally eliminated Potomac from the division title and knocked them back to four games behind Salem in the wildcard race.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 5
• Braymer (W, 2-2) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 8K, HR, WP
• Howard 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Banks 3-5, R, RBI
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Barrera 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI

After falling behind 3-0 after two, Hagerstown scored seven times over the next three innings before Lakewood could answer, then put the game away with a four-run 7th and an 11-5 win that stopped a five-game slide. Ben Braymer went seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits without a walk and struck out eight for the win. Hayden Howard mopped up with two scoreless innings. Tres Barrera and Telmito Agustin both homered while Nick Banks went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace the Suns’ offense. Roster moves: RHPs James Bourque, Weston Davis placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to August 22.

Williamsport 6 Auburn 4
• Raquet 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Brasher (BS, 3; L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 2WP, HBP
• Choruby 3-5
• Baez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, PB(10)

The Doubledays were up 4-2 after six and a half, but the Auburn firemen were lit up for three in the 7th and one in the 8th as the Crosscutters took the finale, 6-4. The meltdown turned Nick Raquet’s quality start of two runs on four hits over six into a no-decision. Jared Brasher blew his third save with a three-run, three-hit 7th to take the loss, his first. Nick Choruby singled three times while Omar Meregildo homered again and Jeyner Baez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Astros – PPD
The G-Nats got an extra day off in front of a scheduled off day with yesterday’s rainout, which they’ll try to make up with a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-3, 7.67) vs.
Leibrandt (4-3, 4.47)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 4.19) vs.
Viza (8-9, 5.68)
Potomac Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (4-4, 5.03) vs.
Hart (2-2, 2.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Braymer (1-2, 7.71) vs.
Llovera (1-3, 3.00)
Auburn Lost, 2-0;
Lost, 3-0
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (2-2, 2.97) vs.
Stewart (4-2, 4.14)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-4 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.

Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 4
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Bautista 1-3

Syracuse took the lead with four in the 6th and held off a late charge from Lehigh Valley to win again, 5-4.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 3
• McGowin (W, 1-5) 6⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Crownover (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Norfork 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Read 2-5, 2-2B, 3RBI, SB

The Sens rallied for two in the 6th to tie, and three in the 7th to take the lead as they doubled up the ‘Ducks, 6-3 in the series finale. Kyle McGowin won his first AA game with a quality start of two runs on seven hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Matt Crownover got his first save by getting the final out in the 8th (leaving the bases loaded) and working around a leadoff single in the 9th. Khayyan Norfork and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Harrisburg hitters.

Salem 4 Potomac 3 (10 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Mills (L, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Johnson 3-5, 3-2B
• Wiseman 2-5, SB

Potomac added another one-run loss to its “old maid” season (26 – that’s a whole lot of near-misses) as Salem walked off in the 10th, 4-3. Austen Williams came off the DL to spin six innings of three-run ball on seven hits without a walk and three K’s. The loss went to Jordan Mills, who gave up the game-winner with double-whiff-single sequence in the 10th. Daniel Johnson doubled three times while Rhett Wiseman singled twice but the offense sputtered in the clutch, going just 2-for-9 with RISP and stranding 12 baserunners.

Lakewood 14 Hagerstown 2
• Pena (L, 6-6) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, 2HBP, 2WP
• Held 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Franco 2-3, R, BB, RBI, E(20)
• Banks 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

The Suns’ setting on 2017 continues with a fifth straight loss, 14-4 to Lakewood, which knocks them down to four games out with eleven left to play. Carlos Pena lost for the sixth time as he was boiled for seven runs on five hits, three walks, and two hit batsmen over just two and 2/3rds innings. Anderson Franco (two singles, one walk) and Nick Banks (double, two walks) both reached base three times and drove in a run to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Williamsport 2 Auburn 0 – GAME ONE
• Tetreault 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Troop (L, 2-4) 2IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Meregildo 2-3
• Upshaw 0-1, 2BB

Williamsport shut out Auburn on four hits in the opener, 2-0. Jackson Tetreault started and went the first four innings, with no runs, one walk, two hits, and three whiffs over four innings. Alex Troop took the loss, his fourth, with both Crosscutter runs let on seven hits and no walks over the last two innings. Omar Meregildo singled twice and Armond Upshaw walked twice, but the Doubledays had but one chance with RISP (0-1, duh) and left on six.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 0 – GAME ONE
• Johnston (L, 0-2) 4IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR, WP, HBP
• Cousins 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Jo. Ramirez 1-3
• Meregildo 1-3

The Crosscutter dropped the Doubledays and swept the doubleheader with another shutout, 3-0. Kyle Johnston was lit up for all three runs on two 4th-inning HR’s and three hits total over four innings to lose for the second time. Jake Cousins and Max Engelbrekt both put up a goose egg to keeps things close, but Auburn managed just five baserunners (and left ’em all on) with three walks and two hits.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Cardinals 4
• German (W, 1-3) 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Jimenez (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• L. Garcia 4-5, 2B, RBI
• Antuna 3-4, 2R, 2-3B, 2RBI, 2E
• Gutierrez 2-3, R

The G-Nats edged closer to a the division title with a 5-4 win over the G-Cards, but the G-Marlins also won their seventh straight to remain just three back. Jhonatan German finally won with five innings pitched, one run allowed on one hit and two walks, and four strikeouts. Jose Jimenez tossed two scoreless to earn the hold, while Connor Zwetsch let in a run over two innings but was credited with the save. Luis Garcia led the G-Nats’ 17-hit parade with three singles and a double, followed by Yasel Antuna, who singled once, tripled twice and drove in two.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Rogers (1-2, 4.57) vs.
Anderson (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 @ Akron,
12:05 p.m.
McGowin (0-5, 10.13) vs.
Lugo (8-6, 4.63)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 3.68) vs.
Boyd (3-1, 2.01)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (6-5, 5.12) vs.
Carrasco (0-2, 4.35)
Auburn Postponed @ Williamsport,
5:00 p.m.
Tetrault (1-1, 2.88) and TBD vs.
Rosso (0-0, 6.00) and TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.

Syracuse 7 Lehigh Valley 4
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 2K
• Bautista 2-4, SB

The Chiefs blew a 4-2 lead in the 7th then scored once in the 8th and twice in the 9th for 7-4 win over the IronPigs.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 6
• Dragmire (W, 4-1) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Bacus (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Marmolejos 3-5, 3R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Read 2-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Gamache 2-5, R, 2-2B

Harrisburg jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 3½ and held on for 7-6 win vs. Akron. Brady Dragmire got the Jack Morris win with four runs let in on six hits over five and a 1/3rd innings. He walked two and struck out three. Andrew Robinson stranded the tying run in the 8th and worked around a one-out single in the 9th to earn the save, his 11th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, Raudy Read, and Osvaldo Abreu each went deep to mask a 2-for-14 night with RISP and 11 LOB as the Sens collected 13 hits and drew four walks.

Salem 3 Potomac 2
• Reyes (L, 7-13) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K,
• J. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Noll 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The P-Nats also got an early lead, but could not hold it as the Red Sox rallied from 2-0 down to win, 3-2. Luis Reyes was rewarded with loss #13 for his quality start of three runs on three hits and two walks with five whiffs over six innings. While poor defense led to two unearned runs, the Potomac offense was limited to four hits and four walks and had just four chances with RISP (and went 0-for-4). Rhett Wiseman homered in the 2nd to drive in Jake Noll who had walked in front of him to account for the two P-Nats runs.

Lakewood 3 Hagerstown 2
• DeRosier (L, 2-4) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, 2E
• Bogucki 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Perkins 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Banks 1-3, R, BB, SB(10)

Make that four in a row and fourth place for Hagerstown with a 3-2 loss to Lakewood. Matt DeRosier allowed all three BlueClaws runs on five hits over five innings while striking out six for the “L.” A.J. Bogucki held down Lakewood for three innings, and Jake Barnett pinched the BlueClaws in the 9th, but the Suns couldn’t push across the tying run in the 9th. Blake Perkins drove in both Hagerstown runs with a two-out double in the 2nd and later walked, one of just two (2) Suns batter to reach base twice in a five-hit, three-walk night.

Auburn vs. Williamsport – PPD
The Doubledays and Crosscutters—winners of four and losers of five straight games, respectively—got the night off courtesy of the rain. They’ll shoot to make it up with doubleheader tonight.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 2
• Acevedo 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Alastre 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 9K
• Guillen (BS, 1; L, 2-1) 1IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K
• Garcia 2-4, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats got two runs early and if you’re reading this far, you know they didn’t hold on to it, as Angel Guillen was knocked for three runs on five hits in the 8th for a 4-2 loss. Carlos Acevedo came out of hiding down from Hagerstown for rehab and threw two scoreless innings. Tomas Alastre spun five innings of one-run ball with two hits, two walks, and nine strikeouts. The G-Nats managed just four hits and one walk, with Luis Garcia the sole G-Nat to reach base twice with a single and a double. Roster move: Carlos Acevedo assigned from Hagerstown for MiLB rehab.