|Fresno||Won, 8-0||vs. Omaha, 10:05 p.m.||McGowin (4-2, 4.32) vs. Hernandez (1-3, 8.76)|
|Harrisburg||Won, 4-2||@ Altoona, 6:30 p.m.||Mapes (3-2, 4.30) vs. Marvel (5-6, 3.58)|
|Potomac||ALL-STAR BREAK||ALL-STAR BREAK||N/A|
|Hagerstown||ALL-STAR BREAK||ALL-STAR BREAK||N/A|
|Auburn||Lost, 11-9; Lost, 7-0||@ Batavia, 7:05 p.m.||TBD vs. TBD|
Fresno 8 Omaha 1
• Ross (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Kontos (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Noll 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Reynolds 2-4, R, HR, RBI
Led by Joe Ross, five Grizzlies pitchers combined on a two-hit, 8-0 shutout of the Storm Chasers. Ross gave up both hits, walked one, issued two Victor Robles, and struck out four as he picked up his second AAA win. George Kontos, Henderson Alvarez3, Dakota Bacus, and Fernando Rodney were all perfect for an inning with Kontos earning a hold. Fresno got four in the 6th, highlighted by homers by Matt Reynolds and Raudy Read, and three in the 7th. Jake Noll led the hit column with two singles and a double while José “Orange” Marmolejos drove in four with a single and a double to lead the Grizzlies attack.
Roster moves: C Taylor Gushue, RHP Kevin McGowan placed on the 7-day I.L.; C Matt Reistetter activated from the 7-day I.L.
Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2
• Braymer (W, 4-4) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Bonnell (H, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Barrett (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 2BB, 2K
• Bichette 2-3, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Davidson 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
The reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week wasn’t as razor-sharp, but he was the winning pitcher for Harrisburg, which doubled up Altoona, 4-2. Braymer walked two and allowed five hits over five innings whiles setting down six on strikes as he won for the fourth time. After Jonny Venters let in the second Curve run, Bryan Bonnell shut down Altoona for two innings on just 20 pitches. Instead of letting Bonnell cruise for one more, Aaron Barrett was summoned from the ‘pen and he brought the roller coaster from next door to the mound by loading the bases on a single and two walks before striking out the last batter for his 13th save.
Potomac – ALL STAR BREAK
Tonight, five P-Nats will be among the North Division squad in Frederick, which plays host to the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic. How many of them will return to Woodbridge is another story (e.g. Harrisburg has yet to make a corresponding move to replace Adrián Sanchez).
Roster moves: IF Anderson Franco activated from the 7-day I.L.; RHP Jeremy McKinney placed on the 7-day I.L.
Hagerstown – ALL STAR BREAK
It’s just two players making the trip to Charleston, SC to represent Hagerstown and the big club didn’t waste much time showing its hand for the usual Single-A roster shuffle that comes with the All-Star breaks as LHP Tim Cate was promoted to Potomac, OF Armond Upshaw was demoted from Potomac, OF Ricardo Mendez and IF Jose Sanchez were demoted to Auburn. Sixth Round pick Jackson Cluff was also assigned to the team, the first draft pick to skip short-season ball and play during the regular season since Ryan Zimmerman in 2005. So, no pressure.
State College 11 Auburn 9 – COMP.
• P. Gonzalez (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 7R, 2ER, BB, K, 0HR, E
• A. Hernandez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Caulfield 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, E
• Sanfler 2-5, 2R, BB, 2SB
• Pogue 2-5, R, 2B, 2E
State College added two more to its 6-5 lead in the 2nd and three more in the 3rd as they outslugged Auburn, 11-9. Pedro Gonzalez took the loss as he was charged with seven runs on three hits and one walk over an inning and 2/3rds. Just two of those runs were earned as three runners reached base on errors… in a row. Phil “Don’t Call Me Holden” Caulfield doubled and homered and drove in two to lead the Doubledays offense.
State College 7 Auburn 0 – GAME TWO
• C. Romero (L, 0-1) 4IP, 11H, 7R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Segura 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Arruda 1-3, 2B
• L. Peña 1-3
In the “nightcap,” the Spikes gored starter Carlos Romero for all seven runs on 11 hits and a walk as they completed the sweep of the Doubledays with a 7-0 shutout. Romero struck out three over four innings while taking the loss. J.T. Arruda collected a double, while Landerson Peña, Andrew Pratt, and Eric Senior each had a single to comprise the Auburn assault.
Roster moves: IF Jake Alu (24th Rd.)assigned from Washington.