|Rochester||Won, 5-4||@ Syracuse, 11:05 a.m.||Abbott (0-1, 3.00) vs. Grey (2-1, 4.87)|
|Harrisburg||Lost, 6-4||vs. Altoona, 11 a.m.||Fuentes (1-1, 3.55) vs. Mlodzinski (0-2, 4.56)|
|Wilmington||Lost, 11-6||@ Aberdeen, 7:05 p.m.||Irvin (0-0, 1.64) vs. Gillespie (3-1, 3.30)|
|Fredericksburg||Lost, 6-1||vs. Salem, 7:05 p.m.||Denaburg (1-1, 7.52 in ’19 @ GCL) vs. Encarnacion (2-3, 5.28)|
Rochester 5 Syracuse 4
• Verrett (W, 2-3) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 8K, HBP
• Weems (SV, 5) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, 3-1 IR-S
• Meneses 1-4, R, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Freeman 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Stevenson 1-3, R, BB, CS
All five Rochester runs scored via the long ball as Rochester edged Syracuse, 5-4 in the series opener. The first four came via Joey Meneses’s eighth HR, a grand slam that put the Red Wings up 4-0 in the 3rd. The last came on a solo HR by Cole Freeman in the 8th. Starter Logan Verrett pitched into the 7th with one run let in on three hits and a walk. He struck out eight and hit a batter. Sam Clay failed to retire a batter in the 8th, leaving Jordan Weems to clean up his mess by stranding two of three inherited runners. Weems then made things interesting with a HR in the 9th but held on to earn his 5th save and preserve Verrett’s second win.
Altoona 6 Harrisburg 4
• Ross 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP, 31-23 PIT-K
• Reyes (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Connell 2-4, R, 2K
• Adrianza 3-3, R, BB
Likewise for the Senators, though it was a pair of two-run HRs by Drew Millas and Mitch Longo in a 6-4 loss to the Curve. Joe Ross tossed three scoreless innings on just 31 pitches, allowing two hits, no walks, and a hit batsman while striking out four. Luis Reyes reverted to the 2022 mean with five runs allowed on four hits—including a three-run HR—and three walks over two and 2/3rds innings. The 27-y.o. now has a 12.32 ERA across two levels with 19BB in 19IP. Ehire Adrianza led Harrisburg’s 10-hit parade with three singles and a walk, followed by Justin Connell with two singles. No other Senators reached base twice.
Roster moves: RHP Joe Ross, IF Ehire Adrianza assigned from Washington for MLB Rehab.
Abderdeen 11 Wilmington 6
• Cuevas (L, 1-5) 1⅔ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, 0HR
• Alston 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 3K, HBP
• Meregildo 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Ydens 1-3, 2BB, 2B
• Antuna 0-3, R, 2BB, CS
Aberdeen strafed Wilmington pitchers for two in the 1st and six in the 2nd en route to an 11-6 smackdown. Michael Cuevas’s nightmare of a May (0-3, 9.60, 15IP, 26H, 16R) continued with six runs on six hits and two walks over an inning and 2/3rds for his fifth loss in eight starts. Omar Meregildo doubled, homered, scored twice, and drove in three to pace the Blue Rocks offense, which drew nine walks but only one of them scored (Yasel Antuna in front of Meregildo’s 6th HR).
Roster moves: LHP Lucas Knowles activated from 3-Day T.I.L.; C Jarrett Gonzales assigned to Developmental List.
Salem 6 Fredericksburg 1
• Strasburg (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K, 2WP
• Alvarez 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Emiliani 1-3, BB
• House 0-3, HBP, 2K, 2E
The FredNats announced a record crowd of 5,802 to watch Stephen Strasburg face live batters (the dead ones always strike out looking *rimshot!*) for the first time in nearly a year. The velocity was close to his standards (90-93, topping at 94) and his breaking ball was sharp. His command, however, was not as the 2019 World Series MVP walked four and needed 61 pitches to record eight outs. Alas, the Fredericksburg regulars barely managed to avoid a shutout, 6-1, as they scored an unearned run in the 1st with the help of a walk, a wild pitch, and an error. Leandro Emiliani, who made a brilliant defensive play to end the top of the 1st, collected the sole FredNats hit with a two-out single in the fourth.
Roster moves: RHP Mason Denaburg activated from the 7-Day I.L.