Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Milone (1-1, 4.87) vs.
Eshelman (1-2, 7.08)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-8 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Long (0-1, 2.00) vs.
Castellani (1-1, 2.11)
Potomac Won, 8-4
(10 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse vs. Rochester – PPD
Citing rain and cold overnight and forecast for yesterday, the Chiefs pulled the plug on this one early so they could sleep in for the comfort of the fans and safety for the players. The game will be made up as a doubleheader on June 25th while the Bark in the Park promotion has been rescheduled to August 27th. Roster moves: RHP Austin Voth recalled to Washington; RHP Austin Adams optioned from Washington.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 8
• Rodriguez 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, 2WP
• Harper (L, 1-1) 1IP, 4H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Abreu 2-5, 2B, RBI, E(7)
• Gutierrez 2-5, 2SB
• Davidson 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI, E(3)

Back-to-back errors in the 9th by Osvaldo Abreu and Austin Davidson with a little “help” from Bryan Harper turned an 8-3 lead into a 9-8 loss for Harrisburg in the series finale against Altoona. Harper walked two and gave up four hits in the 9th and all six baserunners came around to score as he was charged with the loss. The meltdown robbed Jefry Rodriguez of a win for six innings of one-run ball on two hits and three walks – his fourth straight quality start, for which he has one (1) “W.” Davidson had homered to cap off a six-run 5th that gave the Sens an 8-1 lead and went 2-for-5 with four RBI before his third error in six games at AA. Abreu singled and doubled and drove in one before his seventh miscue of the season.

Potomac 8 Lynchburg 4 (10 inn.)
• Mapes 4IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• Bourque (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Agustin 4-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Reetz 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The P-Nats fell behind again in the middle innings and rallied for three in 8th to tie and dropped a four-spot in the 10th to take their third straight, 8-4, and win the series 3-1 vs. the Hillcats. Tyler Mapes got the start but lasted just four innings as Lynchburg strafed him for eight hits over four innings and its first three runs. James Bourque, who pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th innings, got the win while walking two and striking out five. Telmito Agustin led Potomac’s 12-hit parade with two singles and two doubles, followed by Jakson Reetz who walked twice, singled once and doubled once, and Ian Sagdal who notched a singled, double, and a walk; all three drove in two runs.

Rome 6 Hagerstown 3
• Acevedo 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, HR, HBP
• Held (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Boggetto 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Freeman 2-4, R, 2B

Hagerstown jumped on Rome for three in the 1st and then saw the 3-0 lead melt away by the 4th as the Braves eclipsed the Suns, 6-3 and took the series, 2-1. Carlos Acevedo affirmed his “B” status on the GBI with three runs let in on five hits, including a two-run HR, while walking three and striking out five over four innings. The loss went to Sam Held who didn’t as he gave up solo HR in the 6th. Elder batsman Branden Boggetto and Cole Freeman combined to go 5-for-8 with three doubles and two RBI while the rest of the lineup went 2-for-26.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (1-0, 0.96) vs.
Enns (0-3, 5.79)
Harrisburg Won, 7-1 vs. Altoona,
1:30 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-2, 3.00) vs.
Hearn (0-2, 3.45)
Potomac Won, 8-3 @ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Mapes (3-0, 2.05) vs.
Hentges (2-0, 2.29)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Rome,
2:05 p.m.
Acevedo (0-1, 9.82) vs.
Rangel (0-1, 6.00)

Rochester 2 Syracuse 0
• Vargas (L, 0-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Suero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• De Aza 2-3, BB
• Hague 1-3, BB
• 0-6 RISP, 9 LOB

Syracuse was shut out for the third time in five games, 2-0 by Rochester on Saturday afternoon. Cesar Vargas (pictured above) pitched well enough to win, allowing one run on five hits and a walk over six innings but was saddled with the loss. Alejandro De Aza reached base for the 18th straight game with two singles and a walk while Matt Hague walked and singled. The rest of the Chiefs were 3-for-25 with nine strikeouts.

Harrisburg 7 Altoona 1
• Dragmire (W, 2-0) 8IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K, 76-55 PIT-K; 0-2, BB, RBI
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gushue 3-5, R, 2B
• Collier 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, RBI

Brady Dragmire shut down the Curve on one hit as the Sens cruised to a 7-1 victory. Dragmire walked none and struck out three over eight innings for his second win of the season. Roman Mendez got in an inning of work with a scoreless 9th. Taylor Gushue led the Harrisburg offense with two singles and a double while Zach Collier also reached base three times with a double, single, and a walk.

Potomac 8 Lynchburg 3
• Baez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR, PO at 2B
• Pantoja (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Kieboom 2-3, 2R, 2BB
• Mejia 2-4
• Soto 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Potomac fell behind early to Lynchburg then rallied for two in the 4th then five in the 5th to cruise to an 8-3 win and take 2nd place in the C.L. North. Joan Baez notched his first “W” with five innings of two-run ball on four hits (one HR) and two walks. Jorge Pantoja let in one of the next three innings to earn the hold while Ronald Pena mopped up in the 9th, cordero’ing around two hits with two whiffs. Carter Kieboom, who made six outs on Friday night, reached base four times on two singles and two walks to lead the P-Nats’ 13-hit assault.

Hagerstown 4 Rome 0
• Raquet (W, 2-2) 6IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Johnston (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Corredor 1-3, 2R, HR, RBI
• Flores 1-3, 2B, BB

Nick Raquet and Kyle Johnston combined to shut out the Braves on eight hits as the Suns took this one, 4-0. Raquet dodged the curse of the GBI with six innings pitched and six hits allowed with nary a walk and four K’s for his second win. Johnson worked around four basreunners (two hits, two walks) over the final three innings to get the save. He also fanned four. Hagerstown managed just five hits but two were for extra-bases (HR, Aldrem Corredor; double, Alejandro Flores) and drew six walks.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1

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

For those not familiar… This is something stolen from named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment of the same name from his too-brief TV show from 2009 or so (i.e., around the time this site started).

Invariably, whenever a player makes this list—good or bad—his fortune seems to turns. Intellectually, we know that’s merely coincidence, but superstition will always have a place in baseball narrative, even as analytics has crossed the rubicon from acceptance to speciousness (e.g., exit velocity). Nevertheless, this sequence of events is known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the obligatory caveats… it’s early, sample sizes are small and statistically insignificant, minor-league stats aren’t as meaningful as MLB stats, void where prohibited, valid only at participating locations, etc.

And the usual reminders: The guys, their families, their wives, their girlfriends, perhaps a boyfriend here and there, and of course, their agents are known to be reading this, too. Let’s keep it civil in the comments. This is just for fun.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS
12-7, 1st place International League North, 1½ games ahead

Good Bat: Rafael Bautista .429/.442/.524, 7R in 10G
Arm: Austin Voth 1-0, 0.96/2.82/0.70 in 18⅔ IP (4GS)
Bad Bat: Michael Almanzar .533 OPS, 3E in 12G
Arm: Chris Smith 1-1, 6.14/6.19/2.19 in seven appearances
Interesting Bat: Hunter Jones .90s OPS since callup from AA (9G)
Arm: John Simms 2-0, 0.68/2.34/0.90 in six appearances


HARRISBURG SENATORS
8-11, 5th place Eastern League Western Division, 3½ games behind

Good Bat: Zach Collier .265/.357/.510 in 17G
Arm: Jefry Rodriguez 1-2, 3.00/2.39/1.17, 27K in 4GS (24IP)
Bad Bat: Kelvin Gutierrez .492OPS, 22K in 18G
Arm: Luis Reyes 1-2, 7.29/6.30/1.52 in 4GS (21IP)
Interesting Bat: Jacob Wilson .802 OPS, 4HR in 15G
Arm: Derek Self 5GF, 1.17/1.27/0.78 in six appearances


POTOMAC NATIONALS
12-10, 3rd place Carolina League Northern Division, 2 games behind

Good Bat: Austin Davidson .319/.415/.478 in 18G prior to promotion
Arm: Tyler Mapes 3-0, 2.05/3.09/1.36 in 4GS (22IP)
Bad Bat: Edwin Lora .500OPS, 5E in 10G
Arm: Steven Fuentes 1-1, 11H, 11R, 11BB in… wait for it… 11IP
Interesting Bat: Tres Barrera .294/.333/.500 in 10G
Arm: James Bourque 1-1, 0.90/0.95/0.70, 17K in 10IP


HAGERSTOWN SUNS
6-16, 7th place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 9 games behind

Good Bat: Juan Soto .373/.486/.814, 5HR, 24RBI in 16G prior to promotion
Arm: Ben Braymer 2-0, 1.45/2.52/0.64, 21K in 18⅔ IP (5G)
Bad Bat: Yasel Antuna .515OPS, 27K in 21G
Arm: Carlos Acevedo 0-1, 9.82/5.13/1.91 in 11IP (4G, 1GS)
Interesting Bat: Brandon Boggetto .387/.424/.613 in 10G
Arm: Nick Raquet 1-2, 2.18/4.05/1.06 in 4GS (21⅔ IP)

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 4-3
(10 inn.)
vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Vargas (0-1, 2.25) vs.
Slegers (1-0, 2.00)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Dragmire (1-0, 3.63) vs.
Keller (2-0, 1.93)
Potomac Won, 9-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:00 p.m.
Baez (0-1, 5.28) vs.
Paulson (2-1, 2.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 vs. Rome,
6:05 p.m.
Raquet (1-2, 2.91) vs.
Ynoa (0-2, 10.38)

Syracuse 4 Rochester 3 (10 inn.)
• Jackson 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Simms 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP
• Collins (W, 1-1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Reynolds 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
• Hague 3-4, BB, RBI

Hunter Jones’s one-out double after an IBB and failed sacrifice in the 10th made the Chiefs a walkoff winner by 4-3 score over Rochester. Extras were necessary in large part because Syracuse left on 14 baserunners and went just 3-for-16 with RISP. [Insert comparison to big club here]. Edwin Jackson made the quality start of three runs allowed on five hits and a walk while striking out two. The bullpen locked it down with four scoreless, led by John Simms (2⅔ IP) with Tim Collins rewarded for his rough outing of striking out the only batter he faced with a win. Newly acquired 1B Matt Hague reached base four times with three singles and a walk to lead the Chiefs’ 12-hit parade. Roster move: 1B Matt Hague assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 1
• Estevez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Darnell (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Williams (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 1-3, R, SF, RBI
• Abreu 1-2, 2BB
• Ward 0-1, 2BB

Kelvin Gutierrez’s sac fly in the 8th pushed Harrisburg ahead of Altoona while Austen Williams struck out the side in the 9th to seal a 2-1 victory. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez lost the shutout with a solo HR in the 3rd but gave up just three hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five. The win went to Logan Darnell with two scoreless while Williams garnered the save. The Sens managed just four hits total but drew seven walks, including two apiece by Drew Ward and Osvaldo Abreu.
Roster moves: RHP Logan Darnell activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Dakota Bacus placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 9 Lynchburg 3
• Sharp (W, 2-2) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Mills (S, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Wiseman 1-3, R, 2BB, SB, RBI
• Perkins 2-4, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

Bryan Mejia’s grand slam capped off a five-run 7th that snapped a 3-3 tie as the P-Nats tripled up the Hillcats, 9-3. Sterling Sharp got the win with all three Lynchburg runs allowed on six hits and a walk while fanning four. Jordan Mills closed out the game with three scoreless to earn his second save. Carter Kieboom was the beer man in Potomac’s 12-hit, eight-walk assault, with Mejia, Blake Perkins, Jakson Reetz, and Ian Sagdal each collecting two hits.

Rome 3 Hagerstown 1
• Troop (L, 1-3) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Bogucki 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Sundberg 1-3, BB
• Banks 1-3, 2B, RBI

Rome got single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings while Hagerstown pushed across just one run for its fourth straight loss, 3-1. Alex Troop gave up all three Braves runs on eight hits over five innings without a walk and four whiffs. A.J. Bogucki and Jared Brasher both spun two scoreless innings but the Suns were held to just three hits and two walks, with Jack Sundberg the sole batter to reach base twice (single, walk), and Nick Banks breaking up the shutout with a two-out RBI double in the 4th.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Rochester,
6:35 p.m.
Jackson (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Slegers (1-0, 2.00)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (0-2, 6.75) vs.
Waddell (0-0, 2.04)
Potomac Lost, 5-0 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Sharp (1-2, 4.66) vs.
Miniard (0-1, 4.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 vs. Rome,
6:05 p.m.
Troop (1-2, 5.25) vs.
Muller (1-0, 2.04)

Syracuse – OFF DAY
Syracuse returns home after a 3-3 road trip for its second homestand, a weekend-series against Rochester. They’ll head right back out for seven against Lehigh Valley (3 games) and Buffalo (4 games).

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
Likewise for the Sens, who suffered through a 1-5 swing through NJ and CT to drop into the cellar of the Eastern League’s Western Division, they’re back in Harrisburg for homestand No. 2 – a pair of three-game series against the Curve and the Yard Goats.

Wilmington 5 Potomac 0
• Crownover (L, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Rivera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kieboom 2-3, 2BB
• Noll 2-4, HBP

Potomac couldn’t get the sweep and couldn’t push across any of its 15 baserunners in a 5-0 loss to Wilmington. Matthew Crownover lost for the second time with three runs charged on six hits, including a HR over five innings. He walked one and struck out four. Carter Kieboom reached base four times with two singles and two walks while Jake Noll went 2-for-4 and was hit by a pitch but the story of the P-Nats bats was a woeful 1-for-11 with RISP (Edwin Lora IF single with two outs in the 2nd) and 14 runners left on base.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 0
• Stoeckinger (L, 0-2) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Braymer 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Freeman 1-3, BB
• Flores 1-3, PB(4)

It was a donut shop on the lower half of the Municipal Stadium scoreboard as the Blue Claws completed the three-game sweep with a 4-0 shutout of the Suns. “O.J.” Stoeckinger matched the other Jackson (Tetrault) with a season-high six innings and four runs allowed on six hits and no walks while fanning two for his second loss in four starts. Ben Braymer shut down Lakewood for three innings on one hit to finish the game, but the Hagerstown bats were nearly silent – just three singles by Cole Freeman, Yasel Antuna, and Alejandro Flores and two walks by Freeman and Luis Garcia. Roster moves: C Alex Dunlap placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jeyner Baez reassigned from Auburn.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 4-2
(10 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 6-2 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (1-1, 3.09)
Hernandez (1-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0;
Lost, 3-2
(8 inn.)
vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Stoeckinger (0-1, 10.50) vs.
Howard (1-1, 2.77)

Syracuse 4 Indianapolis 2 (10 inn.)
• Fedde 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 80-47 PIT-K
• Goforth (W, 2-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Jones 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Falu 2-4, BB, 4RBI
• E. Jackson 1-1, 2B

Irving Falu came through twice on two-run singles, once to tie in the 8th and again in the 10th to give the Chiefs a 4-2 victory and prevent a three-game sweep by the Indians. David Goforth got the win with two scoreless innings of relief, capping off five total from the Syracuse bullpen. Erick Fedde started and labored through five innings, allowing both Indianapolis runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Falu also walked to reach base three times, as did Hunter Jones, who doubled, scored and singled twice to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 2
• Reyes (W, 1-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Valdez (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, WP
• Harper (SV, 1) 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Gushue 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Davidson 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Six strong innings and six key hits were the difference as Harrisburg stopped its losing streak at five with a 4-2 win over Trenton in the series finale. Luis Reyes gave up both Thunder runs on three hits (one HR) and three walks over six innings for the win. He struck out three. Phillips Valdez turned in two scoreless for the hold while Bryan Harper cordero’d his way through 9th, loading the bases with no out on a walk and two single then striking out the side. The 4-5-6 hitters powered the Senators offense as they combined for all six hits, including a double by Taylor Gushue and a HR by Austin Davidson.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Crowe (W, 3-0) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Pena (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Soto 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Reetz 2-4, BB, RBI
• Perkins 0-2, R, 2BB, SB(8)

The P-Nats tripled up the Blue Rocks to take their second straight decision, 6-2. Wil Crowe let in both Wilmington runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five for his third win in four starts. Ronald Pena, Hayden Howard, and Gabe Klobosits each put up a goose egg to close out the game. Juan Soto hit his first High-A HR, a solo shot in the 7th and went 2-for-5 with two RBI while Jakson Reetz singled twice and drew his 8th walk in 12 games to pace the P-Nats offense.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 0 – GAME ONE
• Tetreault (L, 0-2) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Brasher 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Antuna 1-3
• Garcia 1-3

Hagerstown was blanked on three hits in the opener while Jackson Tetrault was hit hard (again) for a 5-0 loss to Lakewood. Tetrault pitched a season-high six innings while giving up all five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out three. Cole Freeman, Luis Garcia, and Yasel Antuna each had a single while the Suns drew just two walks.

Lakewood 3 Hagerstown 2 – GAME TWO
• Alastre 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Held (L, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Boggetto 3-3, R, HR, RBI
• Freeman 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The Suns got home runs from Cole Freeman and Branden Boggetto but fell in the 8th, 3-2 to drop the doubleheader. Tomas Alastre turned in a quality start of two runs on six hits and two walks while fanning two for the no-decision. The loss went to Sam Held as he let in the runner placed on 2nd to start the 8th inning. Hagerstown managed just six hits total, no walks, and struck out 11 times.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 @ Indianapolis,
1:35 p.m.
Fedde (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Holmes (0-0, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 @ Trenton,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (0-2, 9.00) vs.
Sheffield (1-1, 3.38)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Crowe (2-0, 3.94) vs.
Garabito (1-1, 2.12)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Tetreault (0-1, 7.98) and
Alastre (0-1, 7.50) vs.
Rosso (0-0, 1.72) and
Stewart (2-0, 1.69)

Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 0
• Milone (L, 1-1) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, BK
• Ju. Miller 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2B
• Jones 1-3, BB, 2K

Syracuse was shut out again, 4-0 by Indianapolis for back-to-back losses for the first time this season. [Insert reversion to the mean comment here]. Tommy Milone was charged with all four Indians runs on six hits and a walk over five innings for this first loss of the year. Justin Miller put up two goose eggs in his season debut while Jimmy Cordero pitched a scoreless 8th. Hunter Jones was the sole Chief to reach base twice as he singled as the Chiefs were held to just four hits and two walks total. Roster moves: IF Adrian Sanchez, OF Rafael Bautista recalled to Washington; OF-1B Matt Reynolds optioned from Washington.

Trenton 1 Harrisburg 0
• Long (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Guillon 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Hernandez 2-3, BB
• Gamache 0-2, 2BB, 2K

It wasn’t exactly a Thunder storm, but it was enough to strike down the Sens, 1-0. Jaron Long was the starter and loser, giving up the lone Trenton run on four hits and a walk over five innings. Ismael Guillon added two scoreless and Derek Self one to close out the game. Four Thunder pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout, with Yadiel Hernandez accounting for two of the four singles (Austin Davidson and Daniel Johnson had the others) and one of the four walks drawn (Dan Gamache had two, Stephen Perez had the other). Harrisburg was 0-for-2 with RISP and left on all baserunners. SSDY: Before you ask, please note that Kelvin Gutierrez grounded out to 2B for the second out of the 2nd before he was replaced by Stephen Perez in the next half inning.

Potomac 5 Wilmngton 1
• Mapes (W, 3-0) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HBP
• Mills (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Agustin 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Sagdal 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB
• Perkins 2-3, BB, SB, RBI

Potomac snapped a three-game slide with a 5-1 win over Wilmington, highlighted by a three-run 9th that put the game away. Tyler Mapes won for the third time in four starts with the Blue Rocks’ only run let in on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out six. Jordan Mills added two scoreless to earn the hold while James Bourque worked around a walk in the 9th to close it out. Telmito Agustin scored twice and drove in two with a single and a homer while Ian Sagdal doubled twice and walked once and Blake Perkins connected for two singles, drew a walk, and stole his seventh base to lead the P-Nats offense. Roster move: 1B Ian Sagdal activated from the 7-day DL.

Hagerstown vs. Lakewood – PPD
That’s three postponements out of eight scheduled home games thus far for the Suns. They’ll shoot to make this up tonight with a doubleheader.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 @ Indianapolis,
11:05 a.m.
Milone (1-0, 4.11) vs.
Eppler (1-1, 2.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Long (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Keller (0-2, 7.84)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Mapes (2-0, 2.25) vs.
Bender (1-0, 5.56)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Tetreault (0-1, 7.98) vs.
Rosso (0-0, 1.72)

Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 0
• Voth 5IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Collins (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Bautista 2-5
• Gosewich 1-2, 2BB

The Chiefs were shut out for the first time this season, 2-0 by the Indians. The game was still 0-0 in the 8th when Indianapolis ripped a triple and a single off losing pitcher Tim Collins. A sacrifice, wild pitch, and a groundout plated the second run. Austin Voth spun another five scoreless innings with five hits let up and no walks while striking out three for the no-decision. Reigning I.L. Batter of the Week Rafael Bautista went 2-for-5 to lower his AAA batting average to .429 while Tuffy Gosewich reached base three times with a single and two walks. Syracuse was 0-for-10 with RISP and stranded 12 baserunners.

Trenton 3 Harrisburg 1
• Rodriguez (L, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 8K, HBP
• Mendez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Davidson 3-4, 2B, CS
• Johnson 1-4, R, 3B

Jefry Rodriguez didn’t get the memo that giving up multiple runs early, a habit that many of his Potomac teammates fell into last summer, still loses ballgames at the next level. Trenton jumped on him and Harrisburg for three runs in the 1st and cruised to a 3-1 win. Rodriguez followed with five scoreless to notch a quality start, walking three and striking out eight in his second loss. Austin Davidson collected three hits in his AA debut. His teammates almost matched him, going 2-for-27 with 12 strikeouts. Daniel Johnson scored the lone Sens run after leading off the 4th with a triple and coming home on an groundout.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Juan Soto switched places with Jack Sundberg yesterday as the P-Nats hit the road today for a six-game swing through Delaware and Virginia to face the Blue Rocks and Hillcats.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 1
• Raquet (W, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• McKinney 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Boggetto 4-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Franco 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Flores 1-2, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Hagerstown went for two in the 2nd and converted for an 8-0 lead as they took the first of 25 games (yes, really) vs. Lakewood this season, 9-1. Nick Raquet earned his first Low-A win with six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Jeremy McKinney (2IP) and Max Engelbrekt (1IP) combined for three scoreless to finish the game. Brandon Boggetto led the Suns 11-hit parade with a 4-for-4 night, scoring twice and driving in two, followed by Anderson Franco, who reached base three times with a walk, single, and a double.

Soto Promoted to Potomac

Austin Davidson also promoted, Drew Ward activated from DL

Promotions usually come slow in the Nationals organization, but Juan Soto made it happen before the end of April with a Nintendo-esque OPS of 1.299 with 48 total bases in just 16 games with Low-A Hagerstown. He’ll escape western Maryland join the P-Nats on their second road trip, which begins tomorrow with three against Blue Rocks in Wilmington then three more in Lynchburg before Potomac returns to Woodbridge on May 1st.

Among the other moves that were announced today…
HAGERSTOWN
• C Alex Dunlap reassigned from Syracuse
• C Adderling Ruiz placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF Jack Sundberg demoted from Potomac

HARRISBURG
• IF Austin Davidson promoted from Potomac
• 3B Drew Ward activated from the 7-Day DL

SYRACUSE
• IF Jacob Wilson, C Matt Reistetter reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Justin Miller assigned from Washington
• IF Chris Dominguez placed on the 7-Day DL

As the subhead notes, Austin Davidson was also promoted after posting a .319/.415/.478 line in 18 games in his third season at High-A while Drew Ward was activated from the DL to begin his third campaign at AA. The rest of the moves were made to reshuffle the benches and bullpens for the Suns and Chiefs.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 3-2
(10 inn.)
@ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (1-0, 1.32) vs.
Eppler (1-1, 2.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-9 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-0, 2.50) vs.
Swanson (3-0, 0.66)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 9-2 vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Raquet (0-2, 3.45) vs.
Parkinson (1-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 3 Louisville 2 (10 inn.)
• Vargas 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K
• Smith (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bautista 3-5
• De Aza 2-5, 2RBI

Syracuse rallied for two in the 7th to tie and plated the runner placed on second in the 10th for a 3-2 win over Louisville. Cesar Vegas let in both Bats runs on four hits and four walks while fanning four. David Goforth and Chris Smith combined for four scoreless (two apiece) innings with the win going to Smith. Rafael Bautista extended his hit streak to eight games with a 3-for-5 afternoon while Alejandro De Aza and Spencer Kieboom went 2-for-5 to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster move: Austin Adams recalled to Washington.

Hartford 11 Harrisburg 9
• Dragmire 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Fleck (BS, 3; L, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Hernandez 3-3, R, 2B, HR, 5RBI, 2BB
• Johnson 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2K, OF assist at 2B
• Lowery 2-5, 2RBI

The Senators blew leads of 4-0, 7-3, and 9-6 before succumbing to the Yard Goats with a four-run 8th for an 11-9 loss. Brady Dragmire got the start and was charged with the first six runs on nine hits, including two homers, and three walks while striking out two. The blown save and loss (third of each) went to Kaleb Fleck as he let in three over an inning and 2/3rds. Yadiel Hernandez got the slugfest started with an Earl Weaver special in the 1st and added a single and double while drawing two walks for five times on base and five RBI. Daniel Johnson was a triple shy of the cycle and scored three runs.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 4
• Baez 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Pantoja (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Perkins 2-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Reetz 2-3, 2BB, 2RBI

Potomac dropped its third straight with a 6-4 loss to Lynchburg. Joan Baez was lit up for three runs in the first two innings before he righted the ship and turned in three scoreless. The loss went to Jorge Pantoja as he coughed up a solo HR to blow a 4-3 lead in the 6th and let in the winning runs in the 7th. Blake Perkins doubled twice and drove in two while Jakson Reetz reached base four times with two singles and two walks to lead the P-Nats attack.

Lexington 9 Hagerstown 2
• Troop (L, 1-2) 4IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Johnston 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Corredor 2-3, R, BB
• Esthay 1-3, BB, RBI

The Suns struck out 14 batters, which did not offset the nine runs and 12 hits given up in a 9-2 loss to the Legends. Alex Troop and Kyle Johnston each fanned seven in four innings and gave up a home run. Troop was one run worse with five allowed on seven hits and three walks while Johnson walked none and gave four runs on five hits. Aldrem Corredor walked once and singled twice to lead the eight-hit, four-walk offense for Hagerstown.