|Fresno||ALL-STAR BREAK||ALL-STAR BREAK||N/A|
|Harrisburg||ALL-STAR BREAK||ALL-STAR BREAK||N/A|
|Potomac||Postponed||vs. Fayetteville, 12:05 p.m.||Raquet (5-8, 4.97) vs. Dubin (2-4, 4.25)|
|Hagerstown||OFF DAY||vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m.||TBD vs. TBD|
|Auburn||Lost, 9-6||@ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m.||Rutledge (NYPL Debut) vs. Valles (0-0, 5.09)|
|GCL Nationals||Winning, 5-3
|vs. GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m.|
Fresno – ALL STAR BREAK
Despite treading water all season long, the Grizzlies have the fortune of playing in a weak division – a 46-44 record has them just a ½ game out of first place vs. the 7 to 9½ games behind that would be in the other three divisions. It’s the first time Washington’s AAA affiliate has not been in last place at the break since 2014.
Harrisburg – ALL STAR BREAK
Harrisburg enters the break on a five-game losing streak and in last place. The Senators are beneficiaries of the half system that was adopted for this season, as without it they’d be 1½ games behind Altoona and just one game ahead of Erie. Since their high-water mark on May 15 (28-10), the Sens have gone 19-31.
Potomac vs. Fayetteville – PPD
The rains that stranded D.C.-area rocket surgeons also postponed yesterday’s game between the P-Nats and the Woodpeckers. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader on Saturday, July 20, which just happens to be a fireworks night and another
eBay distribution bobblehead giveaway.
Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Hagerstown dodged a bullet with a scheduled off day. Assuming the field is playable, they’ll begin a one-series homestand tonight against Lexington.
Roster moves: C Nic Perkins, CF Cody Wilson placed on the 7-Day I.L.; LHP Matt Cronin (4th Rd. pick) assigned from Washington; RHP Jared Brasher released.
West Virginia 9 Auburn 6
• Strom 3⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 1K, HR, HBP, 2WP
• Willingham (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP, 2WP, 3-2 IR-S
• Strom 3⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 7BB, 1K, HR, HBP
• Willingham (L, 0-2) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HBP, 3-0 IR-S
• Randa 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Vega 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Alu 2-5, R
In the lone game that was completed (but still rain delayed), the Doubledays fell, 9-6. Starter Leif Strom was lifted after ten outs and four runs charged on three hits (one HR) and four walks. The loss went to Amos Willingham, who let in two of three inherited runners and one of his own over two and 2/3rds while giving up three hits, four walks, and one Victor Robles. Jake Randa led the regulars with two singles and a double, followed by Onix Vega with a single, a double, and two walks. The two combined for three RBI.
GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 3 – SUSP., Top 11th
• Yean 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Ribalta 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Jameson 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Doolittle 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, 2K
• Tovar 2-3
• Martina 2-4, 2R, 3B