Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 12-7 vs. Toledo,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 5.15) vs.
Carpenter (1-5, 5.72)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 @ Hartford,
10:35 a.m.
Rodriguez (3-3, 4.33) vs.
Castellani (3-2, 4.65)
Potomac Tied, 0-0
(Susp.)
@ Salem,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 7-0 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Johnston (0-1, 2.51) vs.
Alexy (1-4, 5.13)

Syracuse 10 Toledo 2
• Vargas (L, 1-5) 4IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K, 3HR
• Valdez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wilson 4-6, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Sierra 3-5, RBI, SB
• Gonzalez 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Toledo’s Ronny Rodriguez hit for the cycle and drove in five in a 12-7 win over Syracuse. Taylor Hill Cesar Vargas gave up three HR and 10 hits total for seven runs over four innings for his fifth loss. He walked two and struck out two. Phillips Valdez turned in two scoreless innings while the offense crept to within two at 7-5 before David Goforth and Carlos Torres were plucked by the Mud Hens five runs in the 8th and 9th innings. Jacob Wilson drove in four while going 4-for-6 followed by Moises Sierra at 3-for-5 to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 6 Hartford 3
• Dragmire (W, 5-2) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, 2HR; 1-3
• Mendez (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ward 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, HR, RBI
(No mention of why he was replaced by Perez in the 7th; he singled and was put out at second on a groundout in the 6th)

The longball was also a factor in the Sens’ 6-3 win over the Yard Goats as Kelvin Gutierrez, Adam Walker, and Osvaldo each went deep and combined for five RBI. Brady Dragmire also gave up two solo shots and seven hits over seven innings as he won his fifth. He walked one and struck out five. Matt Grace gave up an unearned run in the 8th on two hits while Roman Mendez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. After a 2-for-35 start in his first 11 games, Drew Ward is now hitting his weight (and .292 since May 5) after a single and a double with two runs scored while Gutierrez also had two hits in Harrisburg’s ten-hit parade.

Potomac 0 Salem 0 – SUSP., Bot. 3rd
Somehow they managed to play into the 3rd before the rains came and suspended play in the bottom of the 3rd. They’ll try again tonight to finish the game, perhaps even play two. Weather permitting, natch.

Hickory 7 Hagerstown 0
• Raquet 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Fuentes (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Garcia 2-4, RBI
• Upshaw 0-1, BB, SAC, SB(11)

The Suns handed Nick Raquet a commanding 2-0 lead after three but couldn’t push across any more as the Crawdads scored three times without an answer for a 3-2 win. Raquet held Hickory to just one run on five hits and two walks over six innings. Steven Fuentes notched the blown-save-loss with two runs allowed on three hits over two innings. Luis Garcia was the sole Hagerstown batter to reach base twice as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 10-2 vs. Toledo,
10:30 a.m.
Vargas (1-4, 4.37) vs.
Turley (4-2, 3.86)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 @ Hartford,
7:05 p.m.
Dragmire (4-2, 2.43) vs.
Wynkoop (2-4, 5.83)
Potomac Postponed @ Salem,
5:30 p.m.
Crownover (2-4, 5.52) and
Braymer (1-0, 3.24) vs.
Thompson (2-3, 5.13) and
DeJesus (0-1, 16.62)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-0 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (3-5, 2.66) vs.
Bremer (0-0, 6.23)

Syracuse 10 Toledo 2
• Jackson (W, 4-2) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Simms 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Jones 3-4, 2R
• Marmolejos 2-4, BB, 4RBI
• Falu 2-3, 2R, 2BB

The veteran-laden Chiefs continued their hot streak as they plucked the Mud Hens, 10-2 for their sixth in over the last seven games. Edwin Jackson tossed six innings of one-run ball on six hits and two walks while striking out three for his fourth win. Jacob Wilson was the beer man as the only Syracuse batter not to reach base in the 12-hit parade led by Hunter Jones with three singles, followed by Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Irving Falu (two apiece). Roster moves: IF Matt Hague activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Jason Martinson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 8 Hartford 4
• Darnell 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Long (W, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Ames 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Johnson 4-5, 2R, SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Goodwin 1-4, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI

Brian Goodwin’s three-run shot in the 7th gave Harrisburg the, um, insurance they would need to double up Hartford, 8-4 in the series opener. Logan Darnell nearly blew a 5-0 lead but made it through four innings before turning it over to the Sens bullpen, which combined for five scoreless with Jaron Long getting the win as the pitcher of record. Daniel Johnson went 4-for-5 with two runs scored while stealing his 14th base to lead the 10-hit, two-walk offense. PR Alert: RHP Kyle McGowin was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

Salem vs. Potomac – PPD
Wet grounds kept these two from tangling yet again as they’ll now have to play four doubleheaders over the final two series the two teams play. Meanwhile the second-place Hillcats lost 7-0 to fall to 2½ games behind the first-place P-Nats.

Hickory 7 Hagerstown 0
• Stoeckinger (L, 2-4) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Brasher 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Corredor 2-3, BB
• Flores 1-3, 2B

Hagerstown changed opponents but not results as three Hickory pitchers combined to shut them out on five hits, 7-0. Jackson Stoeckinger went six innings and let in four runs (two earned) on six hits (one HR) and a walk while striking out three. Aldrem Corredor (two singles, walk) and Cole Freeman (two walks) were the only two Suns to reach base multiple times.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 14-4 vs. Toledo,
6:35 p.m.
Jackson (3-2, 3.62) vs.
Ladwig (5-0, 3.26)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Hartford,
7:05 p.m.
Darnell (3-2, 3.49) vs.
Jensen (0-1, 15.83)
Potomac Lost, 10-1 @ Salem,
5:30 p.m.
Crownover (2-4, 5.52) and
Braymer (1-0, 3.24) vs.
Thompson (2-3, 5.13) and
DeJesus (0-1, 16.62)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-5;
Lost, 6-1
vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Stoeckinger (2-3, 7.85) vs.
TBD

Syracuse 14 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4
• Fedde 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Valdez 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Wilson 4-5, 3R, 2-2B, RBI
• Hernandez 3-4, 3R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Falu 3-5, 3R, BB, HR, 3RBI, SB

Syracuse got a field goal in the 8th to snap a 3-3 tie, then a touchdown in the 9th as they demolished Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 14-4 to take the series, 3-1. Erick Fedde was knocked for three RailRiders runs in the bottom of the 1st but got back on track with four scoreless to earn his second AAA win. Led by Phillips Valdez, a quartet of Chiefs relievers combined for three scoreless innings before Chad Jimmy Cordero gave up the final run on a wild pitch after back-to-back singles with one out before shutting the door on whiff and flyout. Yadiel Hernandez homered twice and drove in five as the Chiefs set season highs again in hits (19) and runs (14). Roster moves: SS Matt Reynolds placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Chris Dominguez activated from the 7-Day DL.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 2
• Reyes (L, 4-5) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Williams 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gamache 2-4
• Davidson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Curve got to Luis Reyes and Senators for three in the 6th to break a 1-1 tie and held on for a 4-2 win and a series split. Reyes gave up all four Altoona runs on eight hits, including a two-run HR. He walked none and struck out three in his fifth loss. Matt Grace worked around two hits in the 7th for his first rehab outing while Austen Williams tossed two scoreless to give the offense a chance to come back. Austin Davidson got one back with a solo HR in the 6th but the Senators managed just six hits total and four walks total as only Dan Gamache (two singles) and Drew Ward (two walks) reached base twice. Roster move: LHP Matt Grace assigned from Washington for MLB Rehab.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 1
• Baez (L, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Barrera 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, 2K

Officially, Potomac was charged with just one error, but there were plenty of mistakes made in Winston-Salem’s 10-1 dismantling in the series finale. Joan Baez was perfect through the first three innings, but not so much in the next three as he was charged with three runs on five hits, including a homer (#6 in 9GS). He walked none for the second time this season (fourth time in his career) and struck out a season-best eight. Hayden Howard threw BP over the final three as the Dash dinged him for six hits and seven runs. Potomac was only two behind in the hit column with nine, led by Tres Barrera and Jack Sundberg (both 2-for-4), but ran into easy outs at home to end the 4th and third to end the 7th.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 5
• Acevedo (L, 0-3) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Freeman 2-5, R, 2B
• Corredor 2-4, R, OF assist at 3B

The bases were loaded with nobody out in the top of the 4th and the Suns leading 5-2 when play resumed. After the first three outs, the Grasshoppers were ahead 6-5 and eclipsed the Suns over six innings for an 8-5 win. Carlos Acevedo let in all three inherited runners, then one of his own over five innings as he took the loss, his third. Hagerstown collected 12 hits total but just five after play resumed.

Greensboro 6 Hagerstown 1
• DeRosier (L, 2-2) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Banks 2-3
• Je. Baez 1-2, BB, RBI

In the regularly scheduled game, Greensboro jumped on Matt DeRosier one in the 1st and three in the 3rd as they cruised to a doubleheader sweep with a 6-1 victory. DeRosier gave up six hits total over six innings and walked two while setting down six on strikes for his second loss. Nick Banks led the Suns’ hit column with two singles. The two losses lowered Hagerstown’s tragic number to six games with a little less than three weeks to go in the first half.

Monday’s News & Notes

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Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 7-4 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 1:05 p.m. Fedde (1-1, 4.35) vs.
Sheffield (0-1, 1.46)
Harrisburg Won, 7-2 vs. Altoona,
12:00 p.m.
Reyes (4-4, 4.56) vs.
Vasquez (0-1, 7.31)
Potomac Won, 4-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Baez (2-2, 5.08) vs.
Banks (2-2, 3.00)
Hagerstown Winning, 5-2
(Susp., 4th)
vs. Greensboro,
1:00 p.m.
TBD & DeRosier (2-1, 4.11) vs.
TBD & Braley (1-4, 4.91)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 4
• Milone 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Satterwhite (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Falu 3-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• Hernandez 1-3, 2BB

The Chiefs took an early 3-0 lead but the RailRiders chipped away with single runs in 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th inning before taking the lead with two in the 7th then piling on one more in the 8th for a 7-4 win that stopped a modest four-game win streak. Tommy Milone was strafed for 10 hits and four runs over six innings but got the no-decision. Cody Satterwhite retired just two of seven batters faced to give up the tying and go-ahead runs and take the loss. Irving Falu singled three times, scored once, walked once, and drove in two to lead the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 7 Altoona 2
• McGowin (W, 2-0) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 10K, HR
• Fleck 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Murphy 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 6RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, 2R, BB

Some guy named Daniel Murphy drove in six with a three-run double in the 3rd and three-run homer in the 5th as Harrisburg downed Altoona, 7-2. Kyle McGowin fanned a career-best 10 while allowing both Curve runs on six hits and a walk over six innings for his second win. Kaleb Fleck whiffed three over two and Bryan Harper got the 14th K on the night while mopping up in the 9th. Brian Goodwin scored twice and reached base twice with a single and a walk as the Sens made the most out of five hits and four walks and Altoona’s lone error.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 0
• Crowe (W, 6-0) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 5K, WP
• Pena (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Boggetto 1-2, R, 2B, BB
• Masters 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Two P-Nats pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Dash, 4-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. Wil Crowe won for the sixth time in nine appearances as he went the first six and gave up all five Winston-Salem hits and walked one while setting down five on strikes. Ronald Pena was prefect the rest of the way as he fanned five over the final three innings to earn the save. Potomac managed just four hits and four walks but took advantage of two errors in the 7th to break open a 1-0 game and score three times. Branden Boggetto and David Masters both doubled once while Jack Sundberg and Jake Noll each singled to comprise the P-Nat hit column.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 2 – SUSP.
• Bogucki 3+ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Garcia 2-2, R, RBI
• Scudder 1-2, R, HR, 4RBI

Jake Scudder’s grand slam capped off a five-run 1st to help Hagerstown build a 5-2 lead before the rains came and suspended play. Weather permitting, they’ll finish this game then play a seven-inning game afterwards this afternoon.

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.