Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 10-3 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 1:05 p.m. Milone (2-4, 6.18) vs.
Adams (1-2, 5.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-6 vs. Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
McGowin (1-0, 2.84) vs.
Hearn (1-3, 4.32)
Potomac Lost, 4-2
(11 inn.)
vs. Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Crowe (5-0, 2.89) vs.
Lambert (3-4, 4.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-0;
Won, 4-0
vs. Greensboro,
2:05 p.m.
Bogucki (1-1, 4.78)vs.
Rogers (0-1, 9.00)

Syracuse 10 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3
• Voth (W, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Smith 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB
• Wilson 2-5, 3B, 3RBI
• Gonzalez 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB

Syracuse got back to .500 while taking its fourth straight, 10-3 from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Nash & Young. Austin Voth notched his first quality start of the year with six innings of two-run ball on five hits. He walked three and struck out four in his third win. The Chiefs broke into double digits in the hit column for the third consecutive game with four batters &ndash Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, Jacob Wilson, Bengie Gonzalez, and Hunter Jones collecting multiple hits. Roster moves: RHP Cody Satterwhite reassigned from Auburn.

Altoona 10 Harrisburg 6
• Rodriguez 6⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 7K, 2HR
• Self (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Gushue 2-4, 2R
• Ward 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Walker 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

The long ball giveth and taketh away as the Sens smacked two to take a 6-1 lead and coughed up four in the final three innings to lose, 10-6. Jefry Rodriguez gave up all five runs on two home runs and nine hits total over six and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Derek Self gave up the go-ahead run on a homer and two runs total for the blown-save-loss. Taylor Gushue, Drew Ward, and Adam Walked combined to go 6-for-12 with four runs scored, and a double (Walker), triple (Ward), and a homer (Walker) to pace the Harrisburg attack. Roster moves: OF Brian Goodwin, 2B Daniel Murphy assigned from Washington for MLB Rehab.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 2 (11 inn.)
• Sharp 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 7K, 2HBP, WP
• McKinney (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Guilbeau ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP, 3-1 IR-S
• Noll 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Wiseman 2-5, 2B, RBI

Twice Potomac scored a run to take the lead, twice Winston-Salem got the run right back in the next half-inning to tie. In extras, the Dash scored twice while the P-Nats whiffed five times to lose 4-2 in 11 innings. Sterling Sharp endured a 90-minute rain delay but still pitched into the 7th, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and no walks. He struck out seven and hit two batters. The loss went to Jeremy McKinney, who gave up two bunt singles and committed a throwing error in the 11th after retiring the side in order in the 9th and 10th innings. Jake Noll doubled twice and drove in a run while Rhett Wiseman went 2-for-5 with a double to lead the Potomac offense, which went 3-for-16 with RISP and left on 11 baserunners.

Greensboro 3 Hagerstown 0 – GAME ONE
• Tetreault (L, 0-6) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K, WP
• Held 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Antuna 1-3, 2B
• Franco 1-3, 2B

The Suns were shut out on two hits, 3-0 in the first game of the doubleheader. Jackson Tetreault reverted to the mean with his sixth loss in nine starts as he gave up all three Grasshopper runs on four hits and four walks over five innings. Sam Held lived up to his surname with two scoreless innings but the Hagerstown batters were silent after Armond Upshaw reached on a one-out error in the 3rd. Yasel Antuna doubled in the 1st and Anderson Franco doubled in the 2nd. Antuna was picked off while Upshaw was caught stealing to account for the one (1) runner left on.

Hagerstown 4 Greensboro 0 – GAME TWO
• Johnston 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• A. Lee (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Garcia 1-2, R, BB, RBI
• Flores 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

In the nightcap, Hagerstown broke up the Star Trek convention on the Municipal Stadium scoreboard with four in the bottom of the 6th and shut out Greensboro, 4-0. Kyle Johnston tossed four scoreless in the spot start, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out four. The win went to Andrew Lee who struck out the side twice but also gave up two hits and two walks over two innings that required 48 pitches to get through. Phil Morse fanned two in the 7th to bring the total to 12. No curse of the GBI for Luis Garcia, who singled, walked, and scored a run.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 2

Our monthly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 22-23, 4th place I.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Yadiel Hernandez, .942 OPS in 1st 10G since promotion
Justin Miller 2-0, 0.00/0.69/0.44, 23K in last 9G (13⅔ IP)
Bad Jose “Orange” Marmolejos 33K in in 42G
Tommy Milone 1-3, 9.35 ERA, 1.79 WHIP in May (4GS)
Interesting Jacob Wilson .313/.359/.458 in May (22G)
Phillips Valdez 2-0, 1.33/3.44/1.08 in seven appearances

HARRISBURG SENATORS 22-23, 3rd place E.L. West, 3 games behind

Good Daniel Johnson .306/.404/.412, 11BB, 7SB in May (22G)
Brady Dragmire 4-2, 2.43 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in 10GS
Bad Stephen Perez 22K, .454 OPS in 28G
Kaleb Fleck 6.48 ERA, 1.38 WHIP in 12G (16⅔ IP)
Interesting Dan Gamache 27BB, .396OBP in 42G
Austen Williams 1-1, 1SV, 1.80/1.82/1.15 in 20IP

POTOMAC NATIONALS 25-19, 1st place C.L. North, 2½ games ahead

Good Carter Kieboom .408/.484/.579, 2HR, 15RBI in May (19G)
Wil Crowe 5-0, 2.89/4.13/1.19 in 8G (43⅔ IP)
Bad Blake Perkins .202/.309/.274 in May(20G)
Mariano Rivera III 8.49/5.87/1.71 in 11&8532; IP (retired)
Interesting Team Batting .284/.364/.284 (1st in C.L. for each)
1PB (fewest), 27WP (2nd fewest)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 17-29, 7th place Sally North, 12 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Luis Garcia .363/.395/.550 in May (21G)
Nick Raquet 2.66/2.90/1.18 in 50⅔ IP (9GS)
Bad Tomas Alastre 12HR allowed in 42⅔ IP
Jeyner Baez .358 OPS in 12G
Interesting 37 of Suns 54 errors committed by Garcia, Yasel Antuna, and Cole Freeman
55 pitching HBP (2nd most), 345 pitching K’s (fewest)

Last Night in Woodbridge

It was just one bad inning, but it was enough for Potomac to lose, 3-0 to Winston-Salem.

Tyler Mapes, who’s trying to battle back from a season lost to injury, started off as you’d expect from a 26-y.o. veteran who features a sinking fastball: five straight retired, four on ground balls.

But then he hit a batter on a slurve that broke late and into the prosterior of Winston-Salem’s Zach Remillard.

The Dash then reeled off three straight singles, two of which the Potomac outfielders were less than quick to the ball and allowed runners to advance from first to third. Up 2-0, it looked like Mapes was going to help himself with a pickoff to second. But with the runner halfway between the bases, Mapes threw a lollipop into centerfield, allowing the third run to score easily.

Mapes was still rattled in the 3rd, giving up two singles, but a caught stealing and a whiff ended the threat. Just one more batter reached (a walk in the 5th) as Mapes notched the quality start with six innings pitched, three runs, five hits, two walks allowed, and four K’s.

If your pitchers give up three, you gotta score four, and the P-Nats bats fell as far short as possible with none, nada, nein, zip, zero, and zilch. Like the Dash, just two leadoff batters reached base all night, but for Potomac it was the same guy: Alec Keller with a double in the 6th, then a single in the 8th. He was erased both times as the P-Nats got just one baserunner to third the whole night, which was also the only time the P-Nats had the tying run at the plate.

With the loss, Potomac lost an opportunity to gain another game on Lynchburg and Salem, but still lead the Carolina League North by 2½ games. Tonight, the P-Nats switch from their oldest pitcher to their youngest as 22-y.o. Sterling Sharp takes the hill against Bernardo Shaw (also 22, but left-handed) for the Dash.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 10-3 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6:35 p.m. Voth (2-2, 5.58) vs.
Swanson (0-0, 4.76)
Harrisburg Won, 14-2 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Rodriguez (3-3, 3.94) vs.
Keller (5-2, 3.02)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Sharp (4-2, 3.21) vs.
Flores (3-3, 2.90)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Tetreault (0-5, 6.51) and
Johnston (0-1, 2.92) vs.
Lillie (2-1, 3.09) and
Beggs (1-0, 4.76)

Syracuse 10 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3
• Vargas (W, 1-4) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Simms (SV, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Reynolds 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Wilson 3-5, 2R, 2RBI
• Decker 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB

The Chiefs took their third straight while breaking into double digits again for both runs and hits for a 10-3 win vs. the RailRiders in the series opener. Cesar Vargas finally won a game with a quality start of three runs on three hits (one HR) over six innings. He walked four and struck out three. John Simms tossed three scoreless for the save, his second. Matt Reynolds and Jacob Wilson both went 3-for-5 with two runs scored to lead Syracuse’s 15-hit parade. Roster moves: RHP Justin Miller recalled to Washington; RHP Austin Adams placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHP Carlos Torres outrighted from Washington.

Harrisburg 14 Altoona 2
• Dargmire (W, 4-2) 8IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, BK; 2-5, 2K
• Long 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gushue 2-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Walker 0-1, 2R, 4BB

Harrisburg extended its win streak to six with a 14-2 demolition of Altoona. Brady Dragmire was lifted after 90 pitches and eight innings of two-run ball on six hits in favor of Jaron “Yup, My Dad’s Kevin” Long who held the 12-run lead with a scoreless 9th. Dragmire struck out five and went 2-for-5 at the plate. Taylor Gushue and Osvaldo Abreu homered and combined for six RBI while Adam Walker drew four of the team’s 12 walks to lead the Sens’ 10-hit assault.

Winston-Salem 3 Potomac 0
• Mapes (L, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Bourque 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, 2B
• Kieboom 1-5, 2B

All it took was one bad inning for the P-Nats to lose Last Night in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 7 Greensboro 2
• Alastre (W, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Fuentes (SV, 2) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Garcia 4-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Banks 3-5, R, 2SB
• Franco 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Hagerstown knocked out 14 hits, including four by 18-y.o. Luis Garcia, in a 7-2 win over Greensboro. Tomas Alastre got the start and the win as he allowed both Grasshopper runs on six hits and a walk over five innings while striking out three. Steven Fuentes closed it out with four scoreless to earn the save, his second. Garcia walked, doubled, drove in two, and singled three times while Nick Banks went 3-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Suns offense, which also included a pair of stolen bases apiece for Banks and Armond Upshaw.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 11-8 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Vargas (0-4, 4.35) vs.
Hale (0-1, 4.66)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Dragmire (3-2, 2.45) vs.
Waddell (2-0, 1.66)
Potomac Won, 10-7 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (3-0, 2.57) vs.
Martinez (2-3, 5.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 5-3
vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Alastre (1-2, 6.21) vs.
Cabrera (1-3, 4.09)

Syracuse 11 Buffalo 8
• Jackson (W, 3-2) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Edgin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hernandez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI
• Wilson 3-4, 3R, 2B, RBI, 2E
• Lowery 3-5, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs set season highs in hits (16) and runs scored as they closed out the series against the Bisons with an 11-8 win. Edwin Jackson turned in a quality start with three runs let in on six hits, including a homer, while fanning seven. Newcomer Josh Edgin tossed a scoreless inning before David Goforth was dinged for two in the 8th and Jimmy Cordero coughed up three in the 9th. Yadiel Hernandez reached base four times with a walk, single, and two doubles while the two Jakes (Wilson and Lowery) both had two singles and a double to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster move: RHP Erick Fedde optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 2
• Darnell (W, 3-2) 5⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Ames (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ward 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 1-2, 2BB

The Senators completed the sweep of the Seawolves with a 4-2 win in the matinee. Logan Darnell pitched into the 6th, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out three to earn his third win. Jeff Ames, Roman Mendez, and Bryan Harper combined for one run (HR, off Harper) over the final three and 2/3rds innings to seal the deal. Drew Ward finally got to .200 with a single and a two-run HR that broke open a 2-1 game while Kelvin Gutierrez reached base three times with two walks and a single to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 10 Wilmington 7
• Crownover (W, 2-4) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Mills (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrera 2-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Lora 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Keller 2-5, R, 3RBI

The wheels came off the bus for Wilmington in the 5th as Potomac batted around and scored eight times to erase a 4-0 deficit and held on for 10-7 win. Matthew Crownover got the Jack Morris win with six runs allowed (four earned) on eight hits over five and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and fanned four while picking up his second win. Ben Braymer let in two inherited and one of his own but held the lead before handing it over to Jordan Mills for three-up, three-down 9th and his fifth save. Tres Barrera, Edwin Lora, and Alec Keller each had two hits in the P-Nats hit parade as they took advantage of seven walks and went 7-for-11 with RISP.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 3 – GAME ONE
• Stoeckinger 5IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Bogucki (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Scudder 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2B

Jake Scudder’s Earl Weaver special in the top of the 5th briefly gave the Suns a 3-2 lead but Jackson Stoeckinger gave the lead right back with a leadoff HR in the bottom half of the inning. Two innings later the BlueClaws pinched A.J. Bogucki for the loss on a pair of singles sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt for the 4-3 walkoff win. Stoeckinger went five innings and gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three in the no-decision. Hagerstown managed just five hits and no batter reached base twice.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 3 – GAME TWO
• Raquet (L, 3-5) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 8K
• Garcia 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Antuna 0-1, 2BB, 2E (9, 10)

Lakewood scored in each of the first four innings and held on for a 5-3 win to sweep the doubleheader from Hagerstown. Nick Raquet threw a complete game and/or saved the bullpen with all five runs allowed on nine hits and a walk while striking out a season- and career-best eight. It was his fifth loss. Luis Garcia singled twice, scored twice, and hit a two-run homer while the rest of the lineup went 3-for-21 with four walks (two by Yasel Antuna).

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 7-2 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Jackson (2-2, 3.71) vs.
Dillon (1-1, 0.57)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Erie,
10:30 a.m.
Darnell (2-2, 3.91) vs.
Baez (0-2, 3.95)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (1-4, 5.13) vs.
Garabito (1-3, 2.88)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Lakewood,
5:05 p.m.
Stoeckinger (2-3, 8.21) and
Raquet (3-4, 2.42) vs.
Stewart (4-0, 1.26) and TBD

Syracuse 7 Buffalo 2
• Valdez (W, 2-0) 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinson 1-2, 2R, 2BB
• Gosewich 1-2, R, 2BB
• Jones 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI

Phillips Valdez may be back in the rotation after tossing seven scoreless innings in “relief” of Erick Fedde as the Chiefs stopped a five-game slide with a 7-2 win over the Bisons. Valdez allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out three to earn his second win. Thanks to Hunter Jones’s grand slam in the top of the 8th, Austin Adams coughing up two in the bottom of the 8th served only to break up the shutout. Syracuse took full advantage of seven walks to score seven times on just six hits, with Jason Martinson and Tuffy Gosewich both reaching base three times with a single and two walks to lead the way. Roster moves: 1B Matt Hague place on the 7-Day DL retroactive to May 21; LHP Josh Edgin assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 4
• Reyes (W, 4-4) 6IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Williams (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Self (SV, 5) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ward 2-3, 2B, BB
• Gushue 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB
• Gamache 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Harrisburg ran its winning streak to four with a 5-4 win over Erie. Luis Reyes scattered nine hits over six innings and let in just two runs to earn his fourth win. He walked two and struck out four. Austen Williams bridged the 7th and 8th with two scoreless but Ismael Guillon retired just one of five batters faced while allowing two runs. Derek Self came on and stranded two runners to earn his fifth save. Drew Ward (single, double, walk) and Taylor Gushue (double, two walks) both reached base three times to pace the Senators offense. Roster move: OF Adam Walkerassigned from Washington.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 5
• Baez 4⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 6BB, 4K
• Howard (BS, 2; W, 2-1) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, IBB, 4K, 3-3 IR-S
• Perkins 2-4, R, BB
• Kieboom 4-4, R, RBI
• Keller 1-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Jake Noll covered up for some poor relief and questionable bullpen management with a sacrifice fly to walk off Potomac over Wilmington, 6-5. Joan Baez started off srong with a 1-2-3 1st then reverted to the mean by walking six over the next three and a 1/3rd innings. Jorge Pantoja got Baez out of trouble in the 5th and pitched a scoreless 6th and 7th but was pushed out for a fourth inning and not lifted until after he loaded the bases with nobody out. Hayden Howard unloaded them with a wild pitch and a two-run double to a righthanded batter to tie the game in the 8th. After a ~30-pitch 8th, Howard was trotted out in the 9th and promptly gave up a leadoff triple to the Rhett Wiseman gap then a single to tie the game at 5-5. He wobbled through the rest of the inning but got three outs on another 20 or so pitches. Blake Perkins reached base for the third time and took third on Carter Kieboom’s fourth single of the night. After an intentional walk to Alec Keller, who smacked a two-run HR in the 1st, Noll lofted one into center and Perkins scampered home with the game-winning run.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 2
• DeRosier (W, 2-1) 6IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Acevedo (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Antuna 2-4, R, SB, CS
• Franco 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The Suns got three in the 4th and three pitchers made it stand up for a 3-2 victory over the BlueClaws in a Wednesday matinee. Matt DeRosier gave up a run on a home run and walked two over six innings for his second win. Following an unearned run off Kyle Johnston in the 7th, Carlos Acevedo was perfect over the 8th and 9th innings for the save, his first. Yasel Antuna, Nick Banks, and Heyner Baez each went 2-for-4 as Hagerstown piled up 10 hits on the afternoon.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
vs. Borucki (3-4, 3.40)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Erie,
6:30 p.m.
Reyes (3-4, 4.78) vs.
Burrows (5-2, 2.21)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (2-2, 5.52) vs.
Gomez (1-3, 4.80)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lakewood,
11:05 a.m.
DeRosier (1-1, 5.79) vs.
Rosso (1-0, 0.93)

* Officially, Erick Fedde

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4
• Milone (L, 2-4) 8IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 9K, 2HR
• Reynolds 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB
• Wilson 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Gonzalez 2-4, R

Tommy Milone went the distance but the knockout punches came in the 2nd as Buffalo delivered a pair of two-run HRs to take a 4-1 lead and held on for a 5-4 win, Syracuse’s fifth straight loss. Milone gave up all five Bisons runs on six hits and no walks over eight innings and struck out a season-best nine. Matt Reynolds doubled and walked twice while Jacob Wilson and Bengie Gonzalez both went 2-for-4 to the lead the Syracuse offense. Roster moves: OF Moises Sierra outrighted from Washington; OF Jaff Decker assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Erie 0
• McGowin (W, 1-0) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 10K
• Fleck (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Harper (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Collier 2-4, R, 3B
• Gamache 2-4

Three Sens pitchers combined on a three-hit, 2-0 shutout of the Seawolves. Kyle McGowin struck out a career-high 10 batters while allowing just two hits and a walk over seven innings. Kaleb Fleck retired the side in order in the 8th for the hold while Bryan Harper worked around a hit and a walk in the 9th to preserve the win and earn the save. Zach Collier and Dan Gamache both went 2-for-4 with Collier scoring after a triple and .211-hitting Austin Davidson’s groundout RBI in the 2nd and Taylor Gushue hitting a sac fly in the 3rd.

Wilmington 7 Potomac 4
• Crowe 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Bourque (BS, 2; L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Kieboom 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2K
• Wiseman 1-3, BB

Wilmington rallied for four in the 9th and Potomac had no answer for a 7-4 loss. Wil Crowe labored a little (81 pitches) as he gave up a two-run HR and four hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck out three in the no-decision. James Bourque took the loss as the Blue Rocks dinged him for the aforementioned four runs on three hits and two walks for his second blown save and second loss. Carter Kieboom remains red-hot in the month of May (.413/.513/.603) as he connected for a single and a double and drove in a run while Rhett Wiseman, who’s also had a strong second month at the plate (.327/.400/.714, 6HR) singled and walked to pace the P-Nats attack. Roster moves: 1B Ian Sagdal placed on the 7-Day DL; 2B Branden Boggetto promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown vs. Lakewood – PPD

The Suns were rained out for the seventh time last night. They’ll shoot to make it up tomorrow night—it’s a Thirsty Thursday!—rather than play two today. Roster move: SS Paul Panaccione assigned from XST.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 8-5 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Milone (2-3, 6.31) vs.
Santos (1-0, 1.72)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Erie,
6:30 p.m.
McGowin (0-0, 6.35) vs.
Burrows (5-2, 2.21)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Crowe (5-0, 2.79) vs.
Bender (1-2, 6.21)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-0 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
DeRosier (1-1, 5.79) vs.
Rosso (1-0, 0.93)

Buffalo 8 Syracuse 5
• Voth 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K
• Adams (L, 0-2) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, HBP
• Marmolejos 3-4
• Hernandez 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Reynolds 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The Chiefs took another spin around the drain as they dropped their fourth straight, 8-5 to the Bisons. Austin Voth was stampeded for five runs on six hits and three walks over five innings but got the no-decision. It was the third consecutive start in which he gave up five or more runs. Austin Adams didn’t walk a batter but Shawn Kelley’d the game-winning run on a two-run homer in the 7th for his second loss. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled three times while Jason Martinson and Yadiel Hernandez both homered to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster move: LHP Tim Collins recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
After taking four of six on a wet road trip, Harrisburg returns home for seven – three against Erie, four against Altoona.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Sharp 6⅔ IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Howard (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mills (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wiseman 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Reetz 2-4, 2-2B

Rhett Wiseman (3-for-4, 3RBI) homered twice in the last two “ups” for the P-Nats to take the series opener from the Blue Rocks, 3-1. Sterling Sharp struck out six while pitching a season-high six and 2/3rds innings. He allowed one run and was charged with eight hits, five of which weren’t near a defender. The win went to Hayden Howard, who stranded two while getting out of a jam in the 7th then threw a scoreless 8th. The save went to Jordan Mills, who struck out the side in the 9th. Jakson Reetz doubled twice while Carter Kieboom and Bryan Mejia both singled twice as Potomac, which leads the C.L. with a .288 team BA, racked up 11 hits total.

Lakewood 2 Hagerstown 0
• Tetreault (L, 0-5) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR, HBP
• Brasher 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K, 2HBP
• Freeman 1-4, 2B
• Corredor 2-3

Hagerstown was shut out for the second time in three games to drop the opener to Lakewood, 2-0. Jackson Tetrault turned in his best out of the season: six innings of one-run ball on five hits and a walk and was rewarded with his fifth loss in eight starts. Jared Brasher finished the game with one run let in over the final two innings. Cole Freeman hit safely for the 11th straight game with a double in the 9th while Aldrem Corredor went 2-for-3, but the rest of the lineup went hitless and did not draw a walk.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 4.91) vs.
Rowley (3-1, 2.81)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 9-5 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Sharp (4-2, 3.51) vs.
Vines (2-5, 6.10)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0;
Won, 8-5
@ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Tetreault (0-4, 7.47) vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2
• Vargas (L, 0-4) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 4K,
• Cordero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Falu 3-4, R
• Reynolds 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Lehigh Valley completed the sweep of Syracuse with a 5-2 win. Cesar Vargas lost for the fourth time and didn’t make it out of the 5th as the IronPigs smelted him for three runs on six hits and six walks over four and 2/3rds innings. David Goforth stranded three while getting the last out of the 5th but was pinged for a two-out, two-run HR put the game out of reach in the 7th. Irving Falu did his job and got three singles from the leadoff spot while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Jason Martinson each drove in one to pace the Chiefs’ five-hit, two-walk barrage.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 2
• Rodriguez (W, 3-3) 6⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Harper (H, 1) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Gutierrez 4-5, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, SB
• Ward 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Long 1-1, R, 2B, RBI as a PH

Kelvin Gutierrez fell a HR shy of the cycle as the Sens scored seven runs in the last four innings to turn a 1-1 nailbiter into an 8-2 victory to take the series, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez returned from the transaction wire to take his regular turn and notched his fifth quality start and third win with one run (HR) allowed over six and a 1/3rd innings, with five hits, two walks, and two whiffs. Bryan Harper got credit for the hold as he stranded one while getting the last two outs of the 7th. Drew Ward and Stephen Perez both reached base twice as Hagerstown piled up nine hits and five walks total. Roster moves: RHP Jefry Rodriguez optioned from Washington; OF Juan Soto recalled to Washington.

Lynchburg 9 Potomac 5
• Mapes 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 62-41 PIT-K
• Mills (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 5BF, 3H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, 2E
• Bourque 1IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Mejia 3-4
• Masters 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Nill 2-5, 2B, RBI

Lynchburg went to town on the Potomac ‘pen in the 8th, scoring six times en route to a 9-5 win and a three-game sweep of Potomac. Tyler Mapes got the start and tossed five innings of two-run ball on three hits and a walk while striking out three. Jordan Mills entered the game in the 8th and gave up three hits, one walk, and committed two errors before he was lifted without retiring a single batter (nor, presumably, a married one) and was tagged with the blown-save-loss. Bryan Mejia led the hit column with three singles while David Masters drove in three with a homer to lead the P-Nats attack.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 0 – GAME ONE
• Alastre (L, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, 2HR, HBP
• Morse 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Freeman 1-3, BB
• Corredor 1-2, BB

The Shorebirds shut out the Suns on three hits to take the opener, 4-0. Tomas Alastre lost for the second time with thre first three Delmarva runs charged on three hits, including two home runs. He also hit a batter, walked a batter, and struck out a batter. Phil Morse was tapped for a solo HR in his Low-A debut. Cole Freeman and Aldrem Corredor both had a single and a walk, as did the rest of the Hagerstown lineup.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 0 – GAME TWO
• A. Lee 1⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, WP
• Held (W, 2-2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Esthay 2-3, 3RBI, SB
• Flores 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2K, 3RBI
• Upshaw 1-3, 2B, BB, 2K

Hagerstown struck for runs in the 1st and in the 7th as they split the doubleheader with an 8-5 win in nightcap. Andrew Lee got the start and walked five of 11 batters faced over an inning and 2/3rds for the no-decision. Sam Held pitched two scoreless innings, the 6th and 7th, to earn the win. Kameron Esthay and Alejandro Flores both drove in three as the Suns took advantage of the eight walks issued by scoring eight times on just seven hits.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 4.91) vs.
Anderson (0-0, 5.79)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-6;
Won, 2-1
@ Richmond,
1:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Ch. Johnson (0-1, 7.36)
Potomac Lost, 12-0 @ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Mapes (3-0, 2.40) vs.
Tully (2-3, 3.92)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Delmarva,
12:35 p.m.
Alastre (1-1, 6.34) and
Tetreault (0-4, 7.47) vs.
Dietz (3-1, 3.94) and
Hanifee (4-1, 2.56

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 0
• Jackson (L, 2-2) 7IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Collins 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 2-3, BB
• Hernandez 2-4

The Chiefs fell below .500 for the first time in six weeks with a 5-0 loss to the IronPigs. Edwin Jackson turned in a pedestrian seven innings of four-run ball on eight hits and two walks while fanning three but lost for the second time. Passed-over callup candidates* Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos and Yadiel Hernandez combined for four of the seven Syracuse hits, as the lineup went 1-for-10 with RISP and left on nine baserunners. Roster move: UT Adrian Sanchez recalled to Washington (26th man for DH).
* Also have to wonder if the Nats might be telegraphing that neither Eaton nor Robles will be ready anytime soon.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 6 – GAME ONE
• Darnell (L, 2-2) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Ames 1⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Johnson 3-4, 2R
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Soto 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, 2K

A six-run 5th turned a 4-2 lead into an 8-4 deficit as Harrisburg dropped the opener 8-6. Logan Darnell ran out of gas in the 5th and left with the bases loaded and one out. Jeff Ames brought the gas and poured it on the fire as he let in all three runs while getting torched for two homers (neither a grand slam) to make Darnell the losing pitcher. Daniel Johnson led the Sens hit column with three singles while Kelvin Gutierrez and Juan Soto, who was playing LF, were next as they both went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1 – GAME TWO
• Dragmire (W, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Guillon ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 6-6 PIT-K
• Self ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Gushue 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Norfork 1-3, RBI

In the nightcap, the Sens split the doubleheader as they clipped the Flying Squirrels, 2-1. Brady Dragmire went six innings and allowed the lone Richmond run on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Ismael Guillon gave up a leadoff double then got the first two outs in the 7th before Derek Self came on to face the right-handed hitting Aramis Garcia and struck him out for the Tony LaRussa save. Taylor Gushue tripled in Kelvin Gutierrez for the first Harrisburg run and scored the second on a Khayyan Norfork RBI single. Roster move: RHP Jefry Rodriguez recalled to Washington.

Lynchburg 12 Potomac 0
• Crownover (L, 1-4) 4IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Reetz 2-4
• Sundberg 1-3

A six-run third was more than enough to put away Potomac as Lynchburg missed two extra points took this one handily, 12-0. Matthew Crownover was strafed for nine hits and the aforementioned six runs on nine hits over four innings to lose for the fourth time. Neither Jorge Pantoja nor Jeremy McKinney were much better as both gave up three runs over two innings. Jakson Reetz singled twice while Carter Kieboom walked twice as the rest of the P-Nats lineup went 2-for-24 with a walk.

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 2
• Raquet (W, 3-4) 6IP, 4H, 2R, ER, BB, 6K, HBP
• Johnston (S, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Franco 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Boggetto 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Flores 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Suns struck for three runs twice, erasing a 2-1 deficit in the 4th and padding a 4-2 lead in the 8th for a 7-2 win in the series opener. Nick Raquet won for the third time with a quality start of six innings pitched, two runs allowed on four hits and a walk, and six strikeouts. Kyle Johnston threw three scoreless innings for his second save. Anderson Franco went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Branden Boggetto doubled and homered to drive in three and lead the Hagerstown offense.