Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 8-6 vs. Durham,
6:35 p.m.
Valdez (3-6, 2.99) vs.
Faria (MLB Rehab)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
Darnell (5-4, 5.05) vs.
Whitehouse (3-1, 1.53)
Potomac Won, 10-7 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6 @ Kannapolis,
12:05 p.m.
A. Lee (3-2, 4.22) vs.
Harrington (5-4, 4.82)
Auburn Won, 8-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
6:30 p.m.
TBD vs. Draper (1-3, 4.50)
GCL Nationals Lost, 10-3 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
 

Durham 8 Syracuse 6
• Dragmire (L, 1-4) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR, HBP
• Adams 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ward 1-4, R
Roster moves: RHP Brady Dragmire activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP John Simms placed on the 3-Day TIL; UT Adrian Sanchez placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Trevor Gott optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 3
• McGowin 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Self (W, 4-2) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Jones 3-3, R, HR(GS), 2BB, 5RBI
• Noll 2-4, R, 2B
• Kieboom 1-3, BB

Not all the HR drama was at Nationals park, as the RubberDucks blasted a two-run shot in the top of the 9th to take a 3-1 lead only to see Hunter Jones smack a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th for a 6-3, walkoff win by the Senators. Kyle McGowin made his first start in more than a week and was still sharp, with one run allowed on four hits and two walks while fanning eight. Derek Self was the blown-save-winner with four hits allowed, including a one-out triple issued after the go-ahead homer. Jones also reached base on two singles and two walks and drove in five total while Jake Noll went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 10 Frederick 7
• Johnston 3IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K
• Acevedo (W, 1-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Reetz 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, E(7), PB(3)
• Sundberg 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
• Corredor 2-2, R, 2B

Potomac got both power hitting and strong bullpen work as the bats pounded out 16 hits and eight unanswered runs while the relievers strung together six scoreless innings in a 10-7 win over Frederick. Kyle Johnston, who dominated the Carolina League’s No. 8 offense in his previous start, was unlocked by the No. 3 Keys for seven runs on eight hits and two walks over three innings. Jakson Reetz tied the game at 7-7 with his fourth HR and capped off a three-run 6th with his fifth HR, a two-run shot that gave the ‘pen a three-run lead to hold. Carlos Acevedo, who held things down for three innings, picked up his first High-A win while Taylor Guilbeau put up two goose eggs for the hold (no. 4) and Jeremy McKinney set the side down in order for the save, his first. Roster moves: 1B Ryan Zimmerman assigned from Washington for (annual) MLB Rehab; SS Luis Garcia activated from 3-Day TIL .

Kannapolis 7 Hagerstown 6
• Alastre (L, 3-5) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR
• P. Morse 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Antuna 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Esthay 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, E(3), OF assist at HP
• Pascal 1-2, R, 2BB, SB

A three-run 6th proved to the killshot as the Suns blew leads of 4-0 and 5-4 to lose 7-6 to the Intimidators. Tomas Alastre gave up all seven Kannapolis runs on nine hits, including two homers as he lost for the fifth time. He walked two and struck out four over five and 2/3rds innings. Kameron Esthay hit his ninth homer while Yasel Antuna singled, doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 8 Aberdeen 2
• Stoeckinger 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Y. Ramirez (W, 2-3) 3IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Jo. Sanchez 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SF, 2RBI
• Caulfield 2-4, 3B, BB, 3RBI
• O’Connor 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Auburn broke a 0-0 deadlock with three in the 4th and two in the 5th as they cruised past Aberdeen [insert I-95 joke here], 8-2. Jackson Stoeckinger went the first three, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out three. The win went to today’s announced starter Yonathan Ramirez as the pitcher of record despite the Ironbirds strafing him for seven hits and two runs over three innings. Phil “Don’t Call Me Holden” Caulfield got the scoring started with a three-run triple while Jose Sanchez led the 12-hit parade with two singles and a double, scoring twice and driving in two.

GCL Cardinals 10 GCL Nationals 3
• R. Gomez (L, 1-3) 3IP, 10H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Cuello 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K, HBP
• Pogue 2-4, R, 2B
• De Aza 2-5, R, 2-2B

The G-Cards scored early and often as they upended the G-Nats, 10-3. Rafael Gomez got the start and took the brunt of the beating, giving up seven runs on ten hits over three inning. he walked on and struck out two while losing his third game. Colton Pogue led the age-appropriate batters with a single and a double while rehab Alejandro De Aza doubled twice and scored a run to lead the G-Nats attack.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 5-3
(10 inn.)
vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Dragmire (1-3, 5.84) vs.
Snow (5-5, 3.48)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
McGowin (4-2, 4.02) vs.
Paulson (5-3, 3.04)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 vs. Frederick,
12:05 p.m.
Johnston (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Lowther (3-1, 2.40)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Alastre (3-4, 4.93) vs.
Lewis (2-3, 3.35)
Auburn Won, 3-2 @ Aberdeen,
11:05 a.m.
Stoeckinger (0-1, 1.80) vs.
Rios (2-1, 4.30)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-2 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
 

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Simms 5⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Torres (BS, 1; L, 2-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR – three-run, bottom of the 10th
• Marmolejos 1-4, 2K
• Ward 0-4, BB, 2K
Roster moves: RHP Austin Voth optioned from Washington; RHP Trevor Gott recalled to Washington..

Hartford 3 Harrisburg 2
• Sharp 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Mills (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Jones 3-4, R
• Keller 2-4

Raudy Read, who was picked off second to end Saturday night’s game in the bottom of the 10th, got his shot at redemption as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th… and struck out to end the game as Hartford won again, 3-2 and split the series, 2-2. Despite turning in a quality start of two runs on seven hits over six innings, Sterling Sharp had his second no-decision at AA, and eighth overall. He walked two and struck out four. Jordan Mills took the loss with a run let in the 8th and two hits total while issuing a walk and fanning three. Hunter Jones singled three times and scored a run while Alec Keller singled twice to lead Harrisburg’s nine-hit, two-walk offense.

Frederick 5 Potomac 4
• Strasburg (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K, HR, HBP
• Pantoja 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Sundberg 3-5, RBI, CS
• Barrera 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB

Stephen Strasburg gave up a two-run HR following a two-out error to turn a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit from which the P-Nats could not dig out as they lost to the Keys, 5-4. Strasburg struck out seven and allowed three runs total (all unearned) on five hits and no walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Potomac got the tying run to the plate in the 8th and on base in the 9th but couldn’t get the clutch hit (2-for-11 with RISP overall, 10 LOB). Tres Barrera reached base four times with a single, double, and two walks and scored while Jack Sundberg singled three times and drove in a run to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 4
• Hill (W, 1-3) 5IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K
• C. Pena 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Freeman 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Canning 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
• Dunlap 1-3, BB

Hagerstown exploded for four runs in the 2nd and held off Kannapolis for a 6-4 win. Brigham Hill got the Jack Morris win with all four Intimidator runs allowed on three hits and three walks over five innings while striking out one (1). Carlos Pena tossed three scoreless for the hold while Connor Zwetsch pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Cole Freeman reached base three times with single, walks, and a double while Gage Canning smacked a two-run HR and walked twice to pace the Suns offense.

Auburn 3 Aberdeen 2
• Fletcher 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Guillen (W, 2-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, 2WP
• O’Connor 1-4, R, 2B
• Caulfield 1-4, 2B

The Doubledays scored twice in the 1st and once in the 2nd and held off the Ironbirds for a 3-2 win. Aaron Fletcher started and went the first three innings, allowing a run on three hits without a walk or a whiff. Angel Guillen picked up the win with five innings of one-run relief on four hits and two walks. Alec Maley picked up the save with a three-up, three-down 9th. Auburn collected seven hits and two walks with every batter reaching base once but no batter reaching base twice.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Marlins 2
• Theophile 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• C. Morse (W, 1-1) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• Adon 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Pogue 3-4, R, RBI, E(5)
• Cropley 2-4, RBI, SB
• Connell 2-2, R, BB, SB

The G-Nats never trailed as they took 2-0 lead after the 1st and capped off a six-run burst in the middle innings to down the G-Mets, 8-2 and end a five-game losing streak. Rodney Theophile made another look-see appearance in the 1st, retiring all three batters. The win went Colin Morse, who let in a run on a hit and a walk over three innings while fanning three. Colton Pogue led the 11-hit parade with three singles in four trips to the plate, followed by Justin Connell, who singled twice, scored once, walked once, and stole a base. Victor Robles also appeared in the game and reached base four times and stole two bases. Roster moves: LHP Evn Lee (15th Rd., Univ. of Arkansas) assigned from Washington; OF Daniel Johnson assigned from Harrisubrg for MiLB Rehab.

Last Night in Woodbridge

Perhaps it was just one big inning, but they’ve been fewer and farther between in the second half as the fourth-place P-Nats beat up on the fifth-place Keys for a 9-5 win.

Early on, it looked like Ben Braymer might repeat his previous outing last Sunday, pinballing from crafty soft-tosser to meatball chef from batter to batter, as he gave up two sharp singles in between three flailing strikeouts. He would settle down in the 2nd and 3rd but then Frederick got to him in the 4th for its first run on another two singles before Braymer got some help from veteran David Masters who ranged up the middle to prevent a third single, instead turning a 6-B-3 DP to end the inning.

As it often does, the defensive gem carried over in the bottom half of the innings, with Masters starting the rally with a one-out walk, his second of the game, and then a sequence of four straight hits – along with two errors, though neither would have truly mattered as Rhett Wiseman launched his 17th HR with one out to make 5-1 and Nick Banks connected on a two-out double to make it 9-1.

Buoyed by the big lead, Braymer worked around a single in the 5th but then ran into trouble in the 6th with two doubles and two more singles before he finally got a popup to end it. While technically a quality start, it was still nine hits over six innings for the southpaw but good enough for him to earn a win.

Not that a rehabbing Koda Glover didn’t make things interesting. Sure, he looked the part, but this was a de facto spring training outing and everyone and their grandmother knew Glover would be throwing mostly fastballs. Frederick sat on ’em and racked up five more hits over the next inning and 2/3rds, including a two-run HR to make the game look closer than it should have been.

On the other hand, the P-Nats bats went dead after the 4th – aside from Jakson Reetz, who doubled in the 5th and singled in the 7th for a 3-for-3 night. They would finish with just 10 hits, six less than Frederick.

The win improved Potomac to 8-15 in the second half and back to .500 overall (45-45) as they get Stephen Strasburg for another rehab outing this afternoon for Game Three of this four-game series.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 @ Pawtucket,
1:35 p.m.
Dragmire (1-3, 5.84) vs.
Smith (2-4, 6.23)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
vs. Hartford,
1:30 p.m.
Sharp (1-1, 6.00) vs.
Garcia (1-0, 3.75)
Potomac Won, 9-5 vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Strasburg (MLB Rehab) vs.
Humpal (2-8, 4.62)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-7 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Hill (0-3, 3.92) vs.
Solorzano (1-5, 4.85)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 @ Aberdeen,
4:05 p.m.
Fletcher (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Murphy (2-1, 3.38)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
 

Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 0
• Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K
• Ward 1-2, BB
• Marmolejos 0-4, 2K

Hartford 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Mapes 5⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Pena (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Read 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Collier 1-3, 2B, BB

Ronald Pena issued a leadoff HR in the top of the 10th to give Hartford a 3-1 lead and Harrisburg could only get one back in the bottom of the 10th on a Raudy Read RBI double to lose, 3-2. Tyler Mapes bounced back from his last outing to pitch into the 6th and give up an unearned run on five hits and a walk while striking out three. He was on the hook for the loss until Jake Noll doubled in Dan Gamache to tie things at 1-1 after six full. After Bryan Harper got the last out of the 6th, James Bourque and Austen Williams built a bridge to extras with three scoreless innings of relief. Hunter Jones was stranded at 3rd after a one-out triple in the 7th and Taylor Gushue’s one-out pinch-hit single went to waste when Jones couldn’t lay one down to give Alec Keller a chance to drive in Gushue to win it in the 9th.

Potomac 9 Frederick 5
• Braymer (W, 4-3) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Fuentes (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Reetz 3-3, R, 2B, HBP
• Banks 2-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Mejia 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

One big inning was enough to carry the P-Nats Last Night in Woodbridge. Roster moves: IF Luis Garcia placed on the 3-Day TIL (Futures Game); C Matt Reistetter reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Koda Glover assigned from Washington for MLB Rehab.

Kannapolis 10 Hagerstown 7
• M. Pena 4IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Ja. Johnson (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 1K, HR
• Canning 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Scudder 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Choruby 2-4, 2RBI

Hagerstown built leads of 5-0 and 7-3 before Kannapolis went to town on the bullpen for seven unanswered runs and a 10-7 win in the series opener. Malvin Pena got the start and went to the showers after just four innings as the Intimidators got to him for three runs on eight hits. He walked none and fanned three. The loss went Jared Johnson who was run into the wall for six runs on four hits and three walks over an inning and 2/3rds. Gage Canning and Jake Scudder both doubled twice while Nick Choruby singled twice; the trio combined for three runs and five RBI to lead the Suns offense.

Aberdeen 8 Auburn 4
• Cate (L, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• N. Ramirez 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rhinesmith 2-4, R
• Shaddy 1-3, R, 2B

The Doubledays were doubled up by the Ironbirds in both hits (14-7) and runs, 8-4. Tim Cate pitched into the 4th for the first time but was dinged for two runs on five hits over three and a a 1/3rd innings. He walked none and struck out two. Jacob Rhinesmith singled twice and scored once, as did Carson Shaddy who doubled in three trips to the plate to lead the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
The G-Nats got a much-needed day off after losing five games last week. They’ll host the Mets today, the Marlins on Wednesday, the Cardinals on Saturday with a visit to Jupiter on Tuesday and an off day on Thursday. Tuesday is an away game at their home park in West Palm Beach against the Astros.

DSL UPDATE
Like the G-Nats, the D-Nats have lost five straight – including a pair of shutout losses on Wednesday – to sink into 4th place in the DSL South, six games off the pace. This is week it’s home-and-home series against divisional foes Yankees, Rockies, and Twins.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 6-3 @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Rodriguez (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Cuevas (5-5, 3.65)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 vs. Hartford,
6:00 p.m.
Mapes (1-1, 5.31) vs.
Castellani (5-5, 5.46)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Braymer (3-3, 3.40) vs.
Humpal (2-8, 4.55)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
M. Pena (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Rigler (6-3, 4.03)
Auburn Lost, 8-5
(10 inn.)
@ Aberdeen,
6:05 p.m.
Cate (1-0, 2.45) vs.
Guance (1-4, 4.84)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-1 OFF DAY  

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 3
• Milone (W, 6-4) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Adams (SV, 6) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 2-5, R

Harrisburg 7 Hartford 6
• Long 5IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Self (W, 3-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mendez (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Collier 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg rallied for five in the bottom of the 8th to take the game 7-6 and assure no less than a split of the four-game series with Hartford. Jaron Long went the first five innings but was chewed on for four runs on nine hits and a walk. After Bryan Harper dug them two runs deeper while walking four of seven batters faced, Jordan Mills escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th. Derek Self got the benefit of the rally with a 1-2-3 eighth for his third win while Roman Mendez sent ’em packing with a clean 9th for his seventh save. Jake Lowery’s pinch-hit, two-out, two-run single capped the comeback for the 13th hit of the game and the sixth of the inning. Roster moves: LHP Jordan Mills, RHP James Bourque promoted from Potomac; LHP Ismael Guillon, RHP Kaleb Fleck released.

Frederick 5 Potomac 4
• Crowe 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Guilbeau ⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Acevedo (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K, HBP, 3-1 IR-S
• Garcia 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• Sagdal 2-5, RBI, SB

After two of the P-Nats’ more reliable bullpen guys were given the bump up to AA, their replacements proved unequal to the task of holding a 4-1 lead as the Keys rallied for four runs in the last two innings to win the series opener, 5-4. Wil Crowe returned from Auburn and gave up the first Frederick run on a home run and three hits total over four innings. A.J. Bogucki followed and labored through two and 2/3rds innings, needing Taylor Guilbeau to get the one and only out he would get to finish the 7th. He opened up a singles bar in the 8th with four straight batters reaching without an out. Carlos Acevedo let in one of three runners he inherited to make it 4-3 then coughed up the lead in the 9th for the blown-save-loss with some “help” from Rhett Wiseman’s fourth (charged) error that allowed two runs to score on a botched throw after a sacrifice fly. Roster move: RHP Wil Crowe reassigned from Auburn.

Columbia 7 Hagerstown 6
• Tetreault 6IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• P. Morse 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 1K
• Brasher (L, 0-2) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HBP
• Pascal 3-4, SB
• Antuna 2-5, 2R, 3B
• Choruby 2-5, 3B, 2RBI, SB

After trailing 2-0 and 5-2, Hagerstown finally tied Columbia in the 6th but couldn’t match the ‘Flies two runs in the 9th as they got the equalizer into scoring position with one out but struck twice to lose, 7-6. Jackson Tetrault reverted to the mean with five runs allowed on ten hits, including a home run over six innings. The loss went to Jared Brasher who gave up two runs on three hits and hit two batters in the 9th. Juan Pascal let the Suns’ 14-hit parade with three singles, followed Yasel Antuna, Cole Freeman, Nick Choruby, and Jared Brasher who each had two hits. Roster move: RHP Jhonatan German promoted from Auburn.

Lowell 8 Auburn 5 (10 inn.)
• Teel 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Driskill (L, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Marinconz 2-4, 2B, BB
• Agustin 2-5, BB
• O’Connor 2-5, 2B

The Doubledays rallied to tie it in the 8th but couldn’t win it in the 9th and collapsed in the 10th for an 8-5 loss that completed the sweep by the Spinners. Carson Teel got the start and went three innings with one run allowed on four hits and a walk and nary a whiff. The loss went to Tanner Driskill who was sent out for a third inning for the first time as pro and gave up three runs in the 10th. Telmito Agustin, Pablo O’Connor, and Kyle Marinconz combined for six hits, two walks, and two doubles as Auburn collected 10 hits total, but just four in 19 chances with RISP. Roster moves: RHP Alec Maley, LHP Nelson Galindez reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Marlins 8 GCL Nationals 1
• Schaller (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• A. Hernandez 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Robles 0-0, R, 2BB, HBP, SB, CS
• Perez 1-3, BB, RBI

The G-Nats took another circle ’round the drain as they dropped an 8-1 decision to the G-Marlins. Reid Schaller lost his first game on two runs surrendered on five hits, including a homer, over an inning an 2/3rds. Victor Robles walked twice and… wait for it… was hit by a pitch. He scored the G-Nats lone run after a botched pickoff moved him to second ahead of Wilmer Perez’s RBI single Perez also walked while Eric Senior and Jesus Morales also singled to round out the three-hit, three-walk barrage.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 7-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Milone (5-4, 4.47) vs.
Pomeranz (0-1, 7.20)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
Long (3-6, 3.03) vs.
Grills (2-2, 4.55)
Potomac Won, 6-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Baumann (4-2, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Tetreault (3-7, 4.54) vs.
Grotz (1-2, 5.76)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Teel (1-0, 4.50) vs.
Brown (0-2, 1.72)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
 

Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 3
• Valdez (L, 3-6) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, @P, 2HBP
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR(5), RBI, 2K
• Ward 1-3, 2B, BB, E
Roster moves: IF Irving Falu activated from the TIL.

Harrisburg 4 Hartford 3
• Darnell (W, 5-4) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• R. Pena (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gamache 2-4, 2B
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Abreu 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI

The Senators answered the Yard Goats’ two-run rally in the top of the 2nd with a three runs and held on for a 4-3 win. Logan Darnell gave up all three Hartford runs on five hits, including a HR, over six innings for his fifth win. He walked one and struck out five. Dakota Bacus, Roman Mendez, and Ronald Pena each put up a goose egg on the scoreboard to close out the game. Alec Keller doubled twice, Dan Gamache once, and Osvaldo Abreu homered as each had two hits and combined for three runs and three RBI. Roster moves: C Raudy Read reassigned from Syracuse; OF Adam Walker placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 3
• Baez (W, 4-8) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• McKinney (H, 3) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Mejia 3-5, R, 2B
• Garcia 3-5, R, RBI
• Sagdal 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI, SB

Potomac once again had no trouble racking up the hits (15) but needed a two-HR from Nick Basto in the 9th to get some breathing room to take its third straight game from Lynchburg, 6-3 and win the four-game series, 3-1. Joan Baez won his fourth game and not coincidentally pitched into the 6th with all three Hillcats runs let in on six hits and two walks. He struck out four. Jeremy McKinney finished the 6th and had donuts in the 7th and 8th innings for his third hold. Hayden Howard cordero’d his way through the 9th with two hits allowed and two whiffs for his first save. Bryan Mejia, Luis Garcia, and Ian Sagdal each went 3-for-5 with a run scored while Rhett Wiseman was the beer man, though he did draw a walk.

Hagerstown 6 Columbia 0
• Lee (W, 3-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Held 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bartow 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Upshaw 3-3, 3R, 2B
• Esthay 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Scudder 1-3, RBI

Three Suns helped return the favor from Wednesday as they snuffed the Fireflies on three hits for a 6-0 shutout. Andrew Lee won for the third time as he got through five innings on just 68 pitches and allowed the first two hits and a walk while striking out one. Sam Held did for two innings while Frankie “Goes to Hagerstown” Bartow gave up the final Columbia hit while closing out the game with two innings. Armond Upshaw singled twice, doubled once, and scored thrice while Kameron Esthay homered to lead the Hagerstown offense. Roster moves: SS Juan Pascal reassigned from Auburn (prior to the game; Antuna appears to have been removed during the 3rd inning for not running out a popup).

Lowell 6 Auburn 1
• Peguero (L, 2-1) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, 2WP, BK
• Tapani 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• O’Connor 2-4, 2B
• Shaddy 1-4, 2B, RBI

Lowell torched four Auburn pitchers for 11 hits and cruised to a 6-1 win. Francys Peguero (pictured above) lost for the first time as he was burned for four runs on six hits and four walks over four innings. Telmito Agustin and Carson Shaddy hit back-to-back doubles in the 6th to break up the shutout bid but the Doubledays managed just four hits total, with Pablo O’Connor accounting for the other two hits, a single and a double.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Theophile 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Cuello (L, 0-2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Connell 2-4
• Morales 4-5, R
• Chisholm 2-3, RBI

Speak of the devil… Rodney Theophile made his second pro appearance and struck out the side in the 1st. After that, it was pretty much all G-Astros as they piled on six runs in the middle innings to extend the G-Nats’ slide to four games with a 6-1 loss. The “L” went to Carlos Cuello for giving up the first run on two hit over three innings. Jesus Morales picked up four hits while Justin Connell and Blake Chisholm had two apiece to lead the G-Nats attack.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (3-5, 2.83) vs.
Haley (4-7, 3.20)
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Baez (3-8, 4.86) vs.
Tully (3-8, 4.73)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (2-2, 5.00) vs.
Dibrell (3-4, 3.59)
Auburn Lost, 6-4 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Bazardo (2-2, 2.77)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-5 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
 

Syracuse – ALL-STAR BREAK
As predicted, Jacob Wilson, the Chiefs sole player named to the AAA All-Star game, did not appear in the game. For those that care, the PCL beat the IL, 12-7.

Harrisburg – ALL-STAR BREAK
• Gushue 1-2, R, K
• Gamache 0-2, 2K
• Williams ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Self (BS, 1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K

All four Harrisburg representatives on the E.L. West roster made an appearance in the E.L. All-Star Game, with Taylor Gushue going 1-for-2 with a run scored as the starting catcher; Dan Gamache going 0-for-2 with two whiffs coming off the bench at second base; Austen Williams getting the last out of the 7th; And, apparently because it was in New Jersey, there was no Self service as the E.L. East got to Derek for a run on two hits in the 9th for a 4-4 tie.

Potomac 2 Lynchburg 1
• Johnston (W, 1-0) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Bourque (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Corredor 2-2, R, 3BB
• Basto 2-4, 2-2B, BB

Kyle Johnston spun six shutout innings and won his High-A debut, as the P-Nats edged the Hillcats, 2-1. He allowed seven hits, issued two walks, and struck out three. James Bourque came on again in the 9th and worked around a one-out single for his fifth save. Aldrem Corredor reached base five times with two singles and three walks (one intentional) while Nick Basto walked once and doubled twice to lead the 13-hit, seven-walk Potomac offense, which hit into four double plays and left 15 runners on base.

Columbia 5 Hagerstown 0
• Alastre (L, 3-4) 6IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K, 2HR, BK
• C. Pena 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Scudder 1-3, 2B, E
• Antuna 0-4, 2E(24, 25)

Two Columbia pitchers combined on a three-hit, 3-0 shutout of Hagerstown. Suns starting pitcher Tomas Alastre gave up all five Fireflies runs on eight hits, including two HRs, over six innings. he walked one and struck out three. Carlos Pena (2IP) and Connor Zwetsch (1IP) combined for three scoreless inning of relief. Jake Scudder was the only Hagerstown batter to reach base twice (double, walk). Roster moves: IF Branden Boggetto released; RHP Connor Zwetsch promoted from Auburn.

Lowell 6 Auburn 4
• Y. Ramirez 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HBP, WP
• N. Ramirez (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, WP
• O’Connor 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rhinesmith 3-5, 3B, RBI

After rallying for three in the 6th to take a 4-3 lead, the Doubledays gave ’em back in the 8th to lose, 6-4. Yonathan Ramirez went the first five inning and gave up three runs on six hits and no walks while striking out three. Nector Ramirez issued the tying run on a homer to lead off the 8th, then gave up two more with the “help” of an error for the blown-save-loss. Pablo O’Connor and Jacob Rhinesmith both had three hits and an RBI as Auburn racked up 11 hits but left on 12 as they went just 2-for-13 with RISP.

GCL Cardinals 8 GCL Nationals 5
• Williamson 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Strom (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K, 0HR
• Robles 2-4, R
• Morales 2-4, 2B, RBI
• De Aza 1-2, R, BB

Like Rodney Theophile earlier this week, Ryan Williamson made the long trek from the roster he was assigned to last month (Harrisburg) to West Palm Beach to make his professional debut in an 8-5 G-Nats loss to the G-Cards. The 2016 15th Rd. pick gave up a run on three hits over an inning and 2/3rds without a walk or a whiff. The loss went to Leif Strom with six runs let in on six hits over three innings. Victor Robles singled twice and scored a run while Jesus Morales singled, doubled, and drove in a run to lead the G-Nats attack. Roster moves: LHP Ryan Williamson reassigned from Harrisburg; LHP Darly Infante placed on the 60-Day DL.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 6-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Johnston (A+ Debut) vs.
Hentges (5-5, 3.46)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Alastre (3-3, 4.71) vs. TBD
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
 

Syracuse – ALL-STAR BREAK
Tonight is the AAA All-Star game in Columbus and the lone Syracuse Chief, Jacob Wilson, may make an appearance (if there’s a blowout or they need a pinch-hitter). Roster moves: RHP Jefry Rodriguez optioned from Washington; RHPs Wander Suero, Austin Voth recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg – ALL-STAR BREAK
Likewise, the Eastern League’s best players (and Tim Tebow) will face off tonight in Trenton. Five Harrisburg Senators were named to the team, and four will likely be on hand: Taylor Gushue, Dan Gamaches, Austen Williams, and Derek Self (Kyle McGowin has since been promoted to Syracuse).

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 4
• Strasburg 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Guilbeau (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Bourque (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Banks 2-4, R, 2K
• Wiseman 1-3, 2R, HR, RBI, BB, 2K
• Sagdal 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Potomac rallied in the 9th and this time it meant something as they came back against Lynchburg for a 7-4 win and snapped a five-game losing streak. Stephen Strasburg made his annual a rehab appearance and was charged with a run on two hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out five. Taylor Guilbeau, who worked around the second of two Luis Garcia errors in the 8th, picked up his first win while James Bourque set the side down in order in the 9th for his fourth save. Rhett Wiseman and Ian Sagdal both homered while Nick Banks singled twice to lead the P-Nats attack. Roster moves: RHPs Kyle Johnston, Carlos Acevedo promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
After breaking even with a 3-3 roadtrip through Eastern Maryland and West Virginia, it’s a three-game pit stop for the Suns at the Muni against the Fireflies before heading south to North Carolina for four games against the Intimidators.

Auburn – OFF DAY
Likewise, Auburn heads home for just three against the Spinners before they head to Aberdeen over the weekend.

GCL Mets 5 GCL Nationals 3
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• R. Gomez (L, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Segura 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Connell 1-3, BB, 2SB
• Senior 1-1

For those of you just checking in on the rehabs, Koda Glover struck out two in his second one-inning appearance; Victor Robles went 1-for-3 with a run scored; Alejandro De Aza went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Rafael Gomez failed to hold a 3-1 lead and instead was strafed for nine hits over two and 1/3rd innings to pick up the loss. Among the regulars, Justin Connell got on base twice with a single and a walk and stole two bases. And if I didn’t bury this any deeper, the G-Nats lost to the G-Mets, 5-3.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 6-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Strasburg (MLB Rehab) vs.
Garza (4-6, 3.77)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
 

Syracuse – ALL-STAR BREAK
Since a 5-2 win on June 1 to get back to .500 (26-26), Syracuse has gone 11-25 to return to the I.L. North cellar, and are just a game and a half better than Louisville Bats, who they battled and “beat” last season for the I.L.’s worst record. Roster moves: C Pedro Severino optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg – ALL-STAR BREAK
Despite a two-game slide going into the break, the third-place Senators remain within striking distance of the first-place RubberDucks at five games behind and 1½ games behind the second-place Curve.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 3
• DeRosier 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Fuentes 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Banks 2-4
• Wiseman 0-2, 2R, 2BB

Twice Matt DeRosier kept Lynchburg from scoring; the other three innings, not so much. The Hillcats doubled up the P-Nats, 6-3 to hand Potomac its fifth straight loss. DeRosier was knocked for five runs on eight hits, including a home run, while walking two and striking out four over five innings. It was his second loss in three starts. Nick Banks (two singles) and Rhett Wiseman (two walks) were the only two P-Nats hitter to reach base twice.

West Virginia 6 Hagerstown 4
• Hill (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K
• Brasher 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Dunlap 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Meregildo 2-3, 2B, 2BB
• Esthay 2-5, 2-2B, 2K
• 1-15 RISP, 13 LOB

The Suns outhit the Power, 14-5 but came up short on the scoreboard for a 6-4 loss. Brigham Hill lost for the third time in five starts as he gave up four runs on four hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Jared Johnson got Hagerstown out of the 4th but gave up a two-run HR in the 5th before tossing a scoreless 6th. The other Jared (Brasher) kept West Virginia off the board to set up the Hagerstown comeback, which came in the 9th as Alex Dunlap smacked a two-run HR to cap a three-run rally. Paul Panaccione singled and Omar Meregildo doubled to put the tying runs in scoring position before Kameron Esthay made the 14th out in 15 chances with RISP to strand the 12th and 13th batters of the night.

Auburn 6 West Virginia 5
• Fletcher 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Guillen 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 4K, 2HBP, BK
• Driskill (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Daily 3-4, R
• Wilson 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Shaddy 2-4, BB, RBI, SB

Cody Wilson’s two-out double in the 9th put Auburn up for good as they edged West Virginia, 6-5 to take the series 2-1. Aaron Fletcher made his second start and turned in two scoreless innings with a one walk and one hit before turning it over to Angel Guillen, who gave up four runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings. Tanner Driskill let in the tying run in the 8th but pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the blown-save-win. Cole Daily led the Doubleday hit column with three singles, followed by Wilson and Carson Shaddy, who both went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Roster moves: RHP Chandler Day reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
After briefly surfacing above .500 (7-6) just before the 4th, the G-Nats have lost four of five to fall to 8-10 and third place in the GCL East.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 3-0 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 7.27) vs.
Plesac (5-4, 4.99)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (0-2, 3.18) vs.
Robles (6-5, 3.19).
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Shortridge (0-1, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY  

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 0
• Adams (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Suero (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Ward 1-4
Roster moves: OF Moises Sierra placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Jaff Decker activated from the 7-Day DL.

Bowie 8 Harrisburg 4
• Mapes (L, 1-1) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Bacus 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Jones 3-4, BB, RBI
• Davidson 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Bowie rallied twice for three runs in the early innings and doubled up Harrisburg, 8-4. Tyler Mapes was knocked for those six runs (five earned) on seven hits (one HR) and two walks over three innings. He struck out three while losing his first AA game. Hunter Jones reached base four time with three singles and a walk while Austin Davidson doubled, homered, scored, twice, and drove in two to lead the Senators offense.

Salem 7 Potomac 4
• Braymer (L, 3-3) 4IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 6K, HR, 2HBP
• Howard 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Sagdal 1-5, R, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Masters 1-1, R, 2B, 3BB

The P-Nats made the game look a lot closer than it really was as they dropped their fourth straight game, 7-4 to close out a 1-4 homestand against the Red Sox. Ben Braymer’s streak of four quality starts was halted as he was charged with seven runs on 10 hits (six or seven of which were unaided by shoddy defense and/or scorekeeping) over four innings. He walked two, struck out six, and hit two batters. The Potomac batters were denied a hit for six and a 1/3rd innings before Jack Sundberg bunted his way on to load the bases. Salem pitchers issued a total of eight walks without having one score until the 9th. That’s when Yankory Pimental sandwiched the ninth base on balls (Sundberg) in between a David Masters double and a Luis Garcia single before coughing up Ian Sagdal’s first homer of the season, a grand slam to break up the shutout. Roster move: LHP Matthew Crownover placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 2
• M. Pena (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Morse 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Boggetto 3-5, R, RBI
• Flores 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Upshaw 2-4

Hagerstown broke out for three in the 8th and two in the 9th to turn a 2-0 squeaker into a 7-2 win. Malvin Pena threw five shutout innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out five to win his Low-A debut. Andrew Lee and Phil Morse both put up a goose egg while the elder Pena (Carlos) was knocked for the two West Virginia runs in the 8th after throwing a scoreless 7th. Branden Boggetto singled three times while Alejandro Flores singled, doubled, and walked to lead the Suns attack.

Auburn 4 West Virginia 3
• Crowe 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Cate (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, WP
• C. Wilson 3-3, 2R, 3B, BB, CS
• Pascal 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Doubledays rallied for three in the 4th and one in the 5th and held on for a 4-3 win over the Black Bears. Wil Crowe came out of witness protection made his first appearance since June 13 with three scoreless innings, with two hits and two walks allowed and one strikeout. Tim Cate was the pitcher of record when Auburn went ahead and was awarded the “W” despite giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over two and a 1/3rd innings, though he did fan three. Cody Wilson singled twice, tripled, walked, and scored twice while Juan pascal singled, doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run. Roster move: RHP Wil Crowe reassigned from Potomac.

GCL Marlins 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Theophile 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Turner (L, 0-1) 2IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• N. Gomez 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Connell 1-3, BB
• Emiliani 2-4, 2-2B

The G-Marlins took advantage of three errors to score three runs on just five hits for a 3-1 win over the G-Nats. Rodney Theopile made the long trip from the Hagerstown roster to strike out two and issue a walk in his pro debut. The loss went to “OT” Turner, who gave up an unearned run on two errors and a passed ball over two innings. Leandro Emiliani doubled twice while Justin Connell singled and walked to lead the seven-hit, two-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP Rodney Theopile assigned from Hagerstown for MiLB rehab.