Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.49) vs.
Shepherd (1-2, 5.33)
Harrisburg Won, 9-8
(10 inn)
vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (2-3, 5.63) vs.
Romano (5-0, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 14-3 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Crowe (5-0, 2.76) vs.
Wells (0-3, 4.22)
Hagerstown Lost, 13-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (2-3, 2.84) vs.
Cubilete (0-2, 15.43)

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 4
• Milone (W, 2-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K, 0HR
• Simms (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 4-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2SF, 3RBI

Syracuse fell behind 2-0 early than roared back for five unanswered runs en route to a 6-4 win in the series opener. Tommy Milone spun five innings of two-run ball on four hits and four walks to win his second game. John Simms followed with two scoreless innings for the hold, his second. Spencer Kieboom reached base five times with four singles and a walk followed by Adrian Sanchez, who doubled, singled twice, and walked; both drove in one while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in three with a single and two sacrifice flies.

Harrisburg 9 New Hampshire 8 (10 inn.)
• Long 5IP, 11H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K
• Ames (BS, 2) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Self (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hernandez 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2BB
• Gamache 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Soto 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI, SB

Juan Soto (pictured above) wasted no time in making his presence known as he doubled in his first AB and homered in his second in a 9-8 win in 10 innings by the Senators. Kevin Long’s son started and was strafed for five runs on 11 hits and a walk and did not strike out batter over five innings. He was in line for the “W” until Jeff Ames coughed up three runs in the 9th to allow New Hampshire to tie the game. A flyout and an error plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th, which gave Derek Self the win for a scoreless inning pitched. Yadiel Hernandez also homered while Dan Gamache singled, doubled, and walked twice to pace the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: Juan Soto promoted from Potomac; Wirkin Estevez placed on the 7-Day DL retroactive to May 9.

Potomac 14 Frederick 3
• McGowin (W, 1-1) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Noll 4-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Kieboom 3-4, 3R, HR, BB, 5RBI
• Wiseman 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Masters 3-4, 3R, BB

Potomac smacked five homers without Juan Soto in a 14-3 smackdown of Frederick. Kyle McGowin still got taken deep for the second straight start but lasted seven innings and only gave up four hits total. He walked non and struck out seven while winning his first game of ’18. Jake Noll and Rhett Wiseman both homered twice while Carter Kieboom went 3-for-4 with a walk and HR while driving in five as the P-Nats pounded out 18 hits total on the night. Roster moves: OF Alec Keller taken out of storage reassigned from Harrisburg; LHP Matt Crownover placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Mariano Rivera III placed on the voluntarily inactive list; LHP Ben Braymer promoted from Hagerstown.

West Virginia 13 Hagerstown 2
• Stoeckinger (L, 1-3) 4IP, 8H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Fuentes 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Upshaw 2-4
• Boggetto 1-2, R, 2BB, CS

Steven Fuentes’s three shutdown innings of relief kept the Power from reaching 15 or 20 runs as the Suns pitchers were lit up again for a 13-2 loss. Jackson Stoeckinger took the brunt of the beating with eight runs allowed on eight hits over four innings for his third loss in six starts. Four errors (two by Yasel Antuna) did not help and rendered three of the 13 runs unearned. Fuentes struck out seven of 11 batters faced to close out the game. Branden Boggetto reached base three times on a single and two walks while Armond Upshaw reached twice on two singles and Nick Banks on a single and a walk; the rest of the lineup was 2-for-24 with a walk.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

21 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. Obviously AA is too easy. On to Syracuse by next week?

    I’m kicking myself for missing Soto at Potomac, but who would have thought they’d be moving him up so fast? (And perhaps it isn’t coincidental that he was promoted on the same day Eaton had surgery.)

    1. Me too but going to FRED tonight to see Crowe and those guys hitting HRs as though saying : take me up too!
      Word on Wirkin? Rivera 3 hanging up the cleats?
      Who snapped the Soto picture ?
      Pulling still for Steven Fuentes
      Hagerstown may be young but second half in Sally League could be
      Right, Gil?

      1. Ty James F for photo. The coffee focused my eyes
        Taylor Guillbeau takes Crownover spot in rotation ?
        Prayers for Weiters just having a hammy pull.

      2. Congrats to Spencer Kieboom making the bigs and Pat Corrales proud.
        Passed on FRED tonight because charter school kids packing up Nymeo Field on a fireworks Friday night is just too congested in the walkways
        Hags Saturday night to see the kids

    2. I guess I did and suffered grievously for even suggesting he might be the superior hitter and prospect to Robles … is it coincidental that Harper continues to find himself in deep slump even while batting first?

  2. The promotion to AA will be a test for Soto. The Eastern League is known as a pitchers league. He certainly got off to a great start, but it seems unlikely he can continue at his torrid pace. The more experienced AA pitchers will try to find his weaknesses.

    1. Soto may not fully quality as having been “Rhineharted,” but it’s close. He’s more “Skoled” (only 18 games at A+). Anyway, the most notable hitters to skip Potomac were Bryce Harper, who then slashed a modest .256/.329/.395 at Harrisburg, and Brian Goodwin, who struggled home at .223/.306/.373. Goodwin’s development pretty clearly got stunted by the rush. Harper was ROY in the majors the following year.

  3. In other news, Braymer gets a well-deserved promotion. On the flip side, is this the beginning of the end for Rivera III? Stoeckinger’s season-long walkless streak ended, and he got hammered again. Lots of struggles for the 2017 draftee arms at Hags.

    Among the hitters, Noll seems to be pushing hard for promotion, although like Davidson, he’s somewhat of a “bat” without a true position. And goodness, Yadiel Hernandez is almost as hot as Soto . . . just a decade older. He’s slashing .303/.410/.535 with seven homers.

  4. Interesting set of moves, especially for the arms.
    – Rivera TIL? Is this a precursor to him retiring or getting released? any insight?
    – Braymer definitely deserved the promotion; does he slot right into the DL’d Crownover starting spot in high-A?
    – Potomac still seems short an arm; two guys off, only one guy promoted in.
    – Seems like a corresponding promotion from high-A->AA is inorder to cover for Estevez’s start. Crowe? Who in high-A merits a promotion? Maybe pantoja or Bourque then slide Darnell back into the rotation?

    1. Interesting to see if Anderson involves Scudder in infield corners rotations with blue.chip kids and Franco

  5. Juan Soto. Born October 25, 1998. 19. Man.

    Had Soto been born in the U.S., he would either be a freshman in college or in his first year of professional baseball.

    1. And if he were back in the day of Ted Williams he’d be playing in the American Association league shredding pitching there, just like Ted did at this age.

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