|Syracuse||Lost, 5-1||vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
|Valdez (2-2, 1.64) vs.
Sheffield (1-2, 2.96)
|Harrisburg||Won, 5-3||@ Reading,
|Darnell (3-3, 5.54) vs.
Arauz (3-3, 4.57)
|vs. Buies Creek,
|TBD vs. TBD|
|Hagerstown||Lost, 6-0||@ Lakewood,||Johnston (0-2, 3.31) vs.
Young (1-3, 2.45)
Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 1
• Simms (L, 2-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• Smith 1⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-3 IR-S
• Wilson 2-3, 2B, BB
• Gonzalez 1-2, R, 2B, BB
The Chiefs’ tailspin extended to five games as the PawSox completed the sweep with a 6-1 victory. John Simms stepped in for Erick Fedde and was down 2-0 when he stepped off after three and a 1/3rd innings, though he did give up five hits (including a HR) and walked two. With the bases loaded, Chris Smith let ’em all in with two hits to the first three batters he faced to put Syracuse in a 5-0 hole. Austin Adams and Carlos Torres both spun two scoreless to keep the game within reach but the offense could only push across one run for the third time in four games. Jacob Wilson (single, double, walk) and Bengie Gonzalez (double, walk) were the only two Chiefs to reach base multiple times. Roster moves: RHP Eric Fedde recalled to Washington; RHP Trevor Gott optioned from Washington.
Harrisburg 5 Reading 3
• Estevez (W, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K; 1-2, RBI, SAC
• Mendez (S, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gamache 3-5
• Ward 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gushue 2-5, R
Conversely, the Senators ran their win streak to four games with 5-3 win over the Fightins. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez tossed six scoreless with four hits and one walk allowed and struck out five for his first win. He also drove in a run with a single. After the white whale got to Ismael (Guillon) for three runs in the space of four batters, Jeff Ames got Harrisburg out of the 7th without further damage while Roman Mendez pitched two perfect innings to earn the save, his third. Dan Gamache racked up another three hits while Drew Ward and Kelvin Gutierrez both homered to lead the Sens offense.
Potomac Salem – GAME ONE
• Crowe (W, 9-0) 6⅔ IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, 103-70 PIT-K
• Bourque ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Noll 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Sundberg 2-2, BB, CS
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB, SB
Potomac reduced its magic number to one with a 6-1 win the opener vs. Salem. Wil Crowe threw just seven more pitches than his last outing but got five more outs as he won for the 9th time (1st in the C.L.), pitching six and 2/3rd innings and allowing one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. James Bourque walked the first batter he faced to lose the shutout but got the second to fly out to end the game. Like Jane Russell and her Playtex, the P-Nats offense gave Crowe plenty of support with ten hits and six runs, led by Jake Noll with two singles and a double, followed by Jack Sundberg with two singles and a walk.
Salem 5 Potomac 3 – GAME TWO
• Pantoja (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Howard 2⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Noll 2-3, 2-2B, RBI
• Keller 1-2, R, SF, RBI
Tripp Keister’s record for managerial wins and the clinching of the 1st half title will have to wait another day as the P-Nats couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and dropped the nightcap, 5-3 to the Red Sox. Jorge Pantoja got the spot start and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings as he suffered his third loss. Jake Noll collected his fourth and fifth hits of the night with two more doubles but the Potomac offense sputtered in the clutch, going just 1-for-8 with RISP.
Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 0
• Raquet (L, 4-6) 4IP, 11H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 5K, 0HR, BK
• Lee 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Corredor 1-3, BB
• Antuna 1-3, BB
Hagerstown opened up another donut shop on the top half of the scoreboard with a 6-0 shutout by Lakewood. Nick Raquet took the brunt of beating with the first five runs allowed on eleven (11) hits over four innings. He walked non and struck out five. Andrew Lee followed with a three innings of one-run relief before Jared Brasher loaded the bases in the 8th before rolling a double play to get out of the jam. The Suns got eight runners on with four walks and four singles, with Aldrem Corredor and Yasel Antuna the only two batters to reach base twice.