Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 3

Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS – 18-38, 6th Place I.L. North, 20½ games behind

Good Brandon Snyder .500 SLG%
Brandon Snyder 0.50 WHIP
Bad 39 Batting HR – 10th in I.L. (3 by players <26 y.o.) 371 Pitching K – 14th in I.L. (#13, 436)
Interesting Yesterday’s triple (Snyder) was the 1st of the season
Team E’s 35 – third fewest in I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 24-35, 6th place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .344/.413/.563 since return from the DL (26G)
Ryan Brinley 5.4 K:BB ratio (27-5 in 27⅔ IP)
Bad Osvaldo Abreu 11E in 55G
Taylor Hill 6HR in 27⅓ IP
Interesting 111 Batting 2B, 2nd in E.L.
3PB – fewest in the E.L. (yes, really)


POTOMAC NATIONALS 27-34, 5th place C.L. North, 11 games behind

Good Jack Sundberg .303/.392/.341 in 39G
Luis Reyes 2-0, 1.45 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 42K last 5GS (31IP)
Bad Edwin Lora .160/.252/.245 in 34G since May 1
Mariano Rivera 6.86/3.81/1.71 in 13G (21IP)
Interesting Fewest GDPs (tied) in the C.L. (31 in 61G)
2nd Fewest Pitching BB (184 in 61G)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 35-25, 1st place Sally North, 1½ games ahead

Good Jakson Reetz .381 OBP in 21G
Tyler Watson 64K in 61IP
Bad Jakson Reetz 8PB in 21G
Sam Held 1-4, 7.50/4.61/2.17 in 9G (12IP)
Interesting Telmito Agustin .424/.472/.727, 2HR, 5RBI in 9G since his demotion
Hayden Howard 3-0, 1.74 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in last five appearances

Last Night in Woodbridge

If you’re charitable, you’d call the 1-0 win by the Wood Ducks a pitcher’s duel; if you’re cruel, you’d call it a battle of who could hit less.

The two teams combined for just 13 hits – eight of them with two outs, which probably more than anything else explains the low score.

Both teams had just one leadoff hit. Ian Sagdal got the first in the bottom of the 2nd and was picked off immediately. Jack Sundberg followed with another single and David Masters steered him over to third on a two-out hit-and-run that might have scored Sagdal.

Down East got its in the 3rd and the runner moved up 90′ twice on a pair of groundouts before the lone hit in scoring position: a double by Matt Lipka that was justbarelyfair on the left field warning track and drove in the game’s only run.

The sequence made a loser out of Grant Borne, who was not overpowering (two K’s) but very democratic (11 groundouts) over seven innings. He walked one and gave up six hits total. Jorge Pantoja and Gilberto Mendez both turned in a scoreless inning and allowed a bunt single while pitching the 8th and 9th innings respectively.

After the three-hit 3rd, the P-Nats reached base just twice more: a two-out single by Sundberg and a two-out double by Victor Robles, who managed not to get hit and made an outstanding play in the outfield to gun down* Arturo Lara trying for two, which in fairness, he probably would have gotten against just about any other centerfielder in the Carolina League.
* The doubts I had about his arm late last year have been erased; he’s much stronger and more accurate this season.

The loss, Potomac’s 34th, also eliminated them from the Carolina League North’s first-half division title race. Game Three of the four-game series is tonight with Hector Silvestre (5-2, 4.55) facing off against RHP Jonathan Hernandez (0-1, 17.18) for the Wood Ducks.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (1-7, 6.00) vs.
Pino (0-2, 4.91)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-6 vs. Binghamton,
6:00 p.m.
Crownover (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Conlon (5-4, 3.32)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 vs. Down East,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (5-2, 4.55) vs.
Jo. Hernandez (0-1, 17.18)
Hagerstown Won, 8-7 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (3-3, 6.38) vs.
Romero (4-1, 2.04)

Rochester 9 Syracuse 3
• O’Sullivan 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• Satterwhite (L, 0-3) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
• Snyder 4-4, R, 3B
• Severino 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Pedro Severino smacked a three-run HR but that’s all the offense the Chiefs could muster in a 9-3 loss to Rochester. Sean O’Sullivan got the start and three innings but was clipped by the Red Wings for three runs on five hits and two walks. Cody Satterwite took the loss, his third, as he gave up the go-ahead run on four hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Brandon Snyder led the Syracuse hit column with three singles and a triple. Roster moves: IF Emmanuel Burriss activated from the Restricted List; RHP Rafael Martin outrighted from Washington.

Binghamton 10 Harrisburg 6
• Eitel 3⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 6BB, 2K
• Brinley (L, 3-4) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Orlan 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR(GS), 3-3 IR-S
• Joseph 4-5, R
• N. Soto 2-5, R, RBI
• Read 2-5, R, E(6)

Harrisburg rallied for six in the 6th to take a 6-5 lead but it was all downhill from there as Binghamton lit up the ‘pen for five runs in the late innings for a 10-6 win. Derek Eitel was chased in the 4th as he gave up five runs on six hits and six walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. The loss went to Ryan Brinley though the killshot was given up R.C. Orlan: a grand slam to snap the 6-6 tie in the 8th. Corbin Joseph went 4-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Sens’ 11-hit parade. Roster move: IF Mario Lisson reassigned from Syracuse; 3B Drew Ward placed on the 7-Day DL retroactive to June 5.

Down East 1 Potomac 0
• Borne (L, 1-2) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sundberg 2-4
• Robles 1-4, 2B, OF assist at HP

A stoppable force met a moveable object Last Night in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 7
• Bourque 5IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Howard (W, 4-0) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Johnson 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI, CS
• Neuse 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Noll 2-4, 2R

A 7-3 lead vanished in the 8th as the ‘pen coughed up five runs. But these are the Suns, so they’re ones who rallied to win, 8-7 over the Blue Claws. James Bourque have up the first five Lakewood runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. Hayden Howard got the benefit of the rally as he completed the game with four innings of two-run ball on five hits without a walk and just one strikeout. Daniel Johnson and Sheldon Neuse both homered and scored twice as Hagerstown went 5-for-9 with RISP and made the most out of their 10 hits and three walks.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
O’Sullivan (0-0, 0.00)
Wilk (0-0, 4.26)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Eitel (1-2, 2.89) vs.
Jannis (4-1, 3.74)
Potomac Won, 10-0 vs. Down East,
7:05 p.m.
Borne (1-1, 1.09) vs.
Ri. Pena (3-2, 3.62)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 (9 inn.);
Lost, 7-3
vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Fanti (4-0, 2.10) vs.
Bourque (1-3, 4.82)

Syracuse 3 Rochester 2
• Cole (W, 3-2) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 2WP
• Gott (S, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-4
• Sanchez 2-5

Syracuse scored three times in the top of the 6th and only allowed Rochester to answer with two in the bottom half as the Chiefs didn’t lose for the first time in six games, 3-2. A.J. Cole pitched his third straight quality start, letting in both Red Wings runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five for his third win. Trevor Gott stranded two while getting the last out in the 8th and worked around a leadoff single in the 9th to earn his second save. Pedro Severino’s two-run double and Irving Falu’s RBI single plated the Chiefs runs while Andrew Stevenson and Adrian Sanchez both singled twice to lead the Syracuse attack.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 2
• Hill (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, HBP; 1-3
• Fedde 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, CS
• Abreu 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Norfork 0-2, R, 2BB

The Senators scored three times in the 2nd and 5th and allowed single runs in the 3rd and 4th as they tripled up Altoona, 6-2 and stopped a six-game slide. After Joe Blanton tossed a scoreless inning of rehab, scheduled starter Taylor Hill came on in relief and tossed five and 2/3rds innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits (and his obligatory HR) while fanning two. Osvaldo Abreu singled, doubled, walked, and drove in three to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster move: RHP Joe Blanton assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 10 Down East 0
• Reyes 8IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 10K
• Skulina 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 4-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Davidson 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Masters 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Luis Reyes struck out 10 and combined with a reliever on a two-hit shutout of Down East, 10-0, which ended a four-game losing streak. Reyes needed just 92 pitches to get through eight innings and was perfect through three and 1/3rd before giving up a one-out double and single to CF that was too shallow to send in the run. He then retired another string of 13 batters before giving way to Tyler Skulina, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Ian Sagdal singled twice, doubled twice, and drove in three while Austin Davison was a HR shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4 night with two RBI to power the Potomac attack.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 4 (9 inn.) – GAME ONE
• Bogucki 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Held (BS, 3; L, 1-4) ⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 1RE, 0BB, 0K
• Perkins 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, OF assist at 2B, E(5)
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns blew leads of 3-1 and 4-3 and lost the opener in extras, 5-4. Starter A.J. Bogucki pitched five innings of one-run ball on six hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. The blown-save-loss went to Sam Held, who coughed up two runs on three hits in just 2/3rds of an inning. Telmito Agustin broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run HR in the 4th and scored twice while Blake Perkins reached base four times to lead a Hagerstown offense that went just 1-for-11 with RISP.

Greensboro 7 Hagerstown 3 – GAME TWO
• Y. Ramirez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Agustin 2-2, R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Perkins 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• 0-8 RISP, 8 LOB

Hagerstown could only score by putting the ball out of the yard as they dropped the nightcap, 7-3 to Greensboro. Yonathan Ramirez took the loss with five runs on five hits and three walks over just four innings. Telmito Agustin, Blake Perkins, and Aldrem Corredor each hit a solo HR and combined for five hits while the rest of the lineup looked like John McCain trying to ask a coherent question went 0-for-16. Roster moves: RHP Cody Gunter released; RHP Jacob Howell assigned from XST.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1;
Lost, 3-0
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (2-2, 5.80) vs.
Slegers (4-3, 4.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. Altoona Hill (1-1, 6.65) vs.
Y. Garcia (2-3, 5.13)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Down East,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-5, 4.60) vs.
Benjamin (3-5, 5.52)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ Greensboro,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
King (4-3, 3.90) and TBD

Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 1 – GAME ONE
• G. Ross (L, 2-4) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, HBP
• Suero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Snyder 1-2, 2B, BB
• Falu 1-3, R

A wild pitch is all that stood between the Chiefs another shutout, as the Paw Sox had to settle for 6-1 win instead. Greg Ross was clawed for four runs on five hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings in his fourth AAA loss. Brandon Snyder walked and doubled while Irving Falu, who singled ahead of Snyder (yes, they got both hits in the same inning) scored on the WP. The rest of the Syracuse lineup was 0-for-16.

Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 0 – GAME TWO
• McGowin (L, 1-5) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Snyder 1-3
• Robinson 1-2, HBP

No such luck in the nightcap as Pawtucket was able to get the two-hit shutout, 3-0. Kyle McGowin went the distance and allowed all three Pawtucket runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Brandon Snyder and Clint Robinson both singled while Irving Falu, Andrew Stevenson, and Mario Lisson each drew a walk.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 3
• Long (L, 5-5) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Robinson 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 3-4, R
• Joseph 1-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Harrisburg rallied for three in the 7th to make it look good, but Altoona took the game, 5-3. Jaron Long pitched into the 7th but gave up all five Curve runs on eight hits, including an Earl Weaver special to the last batter he faced, over six and a 1/3rd innings. He walked none and struck out two. Four relievers combined to get the last eight outs. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos led the Sens hit column with three singles while Corbin Joseph homered and walked to lead the seven-hit, two-walk offense.

Potomac – OFF DAY
A four-game sweep by the Keys has put the P-Nats firmly in fifth place in the Carolina League North. The Woodbridge nine returns home for seven games – four against the Wood ducks, three against the Astros – before closing out the first half with four on the road against the Mudcats.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 0
• Sharp (W, 3-3) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Fuentes (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Franco 2-3, R
• Barrera 2-4, R
• Johnson 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Sterling Sharp showed no rust as he combined with Steven Fuentes on a six-hit shutout of Greensboro, 6-0. Sharp went the first six and allowed three hits and a walk while winning his third game. Fuentest closed it out and worked around three hits and a HBP for his first save. Both pitchers struck out four. All-Star Daniel Johnson connected for his league-leading 12th homer and drove in three while Anderson Franco and Tres Barrera both singled twice to lead the Suns attack. Roster moves: RHP Sterling Sharp activated from 3-Day TIL; C Tres Barrera activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Mick VanVossen traded to White Sox to complete Ryan Raburn trade.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Pawtucket,
11:05 a.m.
G. Ross (2-3, 6.39) and TBD
vs. Velazquez (4-1, 1.50) and TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Altoona Long (5-4, 2.37) vs.
Brubaker (2-2, 4.53)
Potomac Lost, 9-8 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Postponed @ Greensboro
(Burlington, NC), 7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Brewster (4-3, 3.07)

Syracuse vs. Pawtucket – PPD
The rain that shortened Monday night’s contest postponed it on Tuesday. They’ll shoot to make it up with a doubleheader today.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 3
• Simms (L, 2-4) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, 3HR
• Brinley 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Keller 3-4
• Joseph 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Curve went deep three times in a 4-3 win over the Senators. John Simms was the victim (culprit?) as he gave up all four Altoona runs on the longball and five hits total over seven innings in his fourth loss. Ryan Brinley kept things close with two scoreless to finish the game. Alec Keller led the Harrisburg hit column with three singles while Neftali Soto and Corban Joseph both went 2-for-4. Roster move: OF Yadiel Hernandez activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Frederick 9 Potomac 8
• Sanburn 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Rivera (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Sundberg 4-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Page 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 2-3, 2R, BB, SAC

Potomac could get ’em on (12H, 6BB) but couldn’t get ’em in (4-20 RISP) and couldn’t keep the Keys in the yard again as they dropped the series finale, 9-8 to Frederick. Nolan Sanburn got the start and was lit up for five runs on nine hits, including two homers over six innings. The loss went to Mariano Rivera III, who couldn’t hold an 8-5 lead and gave up the final four runs. Jack Sundberg reached base five times with three singles, a double, and a walk while Matt Page walked, singled, and homered to lead the Potomac offense. Roster move: C Matt Reistetter reassigned from Hagerstown, placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown – PPD
The field at the Grasshoppers’ ballpark still hadn’t recovered from heavy rains last week, forcing a postponement of last night’s game and moving tonight’s contest down the road to Burlington. There is no word on when they’ll make it up.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-0
(7 inn., rain)
@ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
G. Ross (2-3, 6.39)
Velazquez (4-1, 1.50)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Altoona Simms (2-3, 4.00) vs.
Anderson (2-6, 4.41)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Sanburn (0-1, 3.86) vs.
Gonzalez (2-3, 5.70)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Brewster (4-3, 3.07)

Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 0
• Voth (L, 1-7) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Green 1-2
• Ramsey 1-2

The Chiefs (17-35) maintained their “lead” over the Baby Cakes (19-37) for the worst record in AAA with 7-0, rain-shortened loss to Pawtucket. Austin Voth threw six innings and gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two for his seventh loss. Austin Adams failed to retire the three batters he faced in the 7th (BB, BB, HBP) and Matt Grace stranded just one in the game’s final frame. The Chiefs mustered four hits and one walk while being shut out for the fifth time this season. Roster moves: OF Ryan Raburn selected by Washington; RHP Rafael Martin designated for assignment; UT Mario Lisson reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
After a brief road trip to Western Pennsylvania, Harrisburg returns to the capital for a six-game homestand against Altoona and Binghamton.

Frederick 3 Potomac 2 (11 inn.) – GAME ONE
• Estevez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• R. Pena 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mendez (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Gutierrez 3-5, 3B, RBI
• Sagdal 2-5, RBI

All three Keys runs came via the longball, including the game-winner in the 11th in a 3-2 win over the P-Nats. Gilberto Mendez took the loss, his second, on the homer in his second inning of work, following three scoreless by Ronald Pena. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez started and went the first six, giving up two runs on a homer in the 3rd and five hits total. He walked two and struck out three/ Kelvin Gutierrez led the Potomac attack with a 3-for-5 effort, followed by Ian Sagdal at 2-for-5.

Frederick 8 Potomac 6 – GAME TWO
• Guilbeau 4IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Schepel (L, 1-2) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Sundberg 2-2, R, BB, OF assist at 2B
• Page 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-4, R, SB, CS

Potomac led twice – 4-2 and 5-3 – but couldn’t stop Frederick from completing the doubleheader sweep with an 8-6 win. Taylor Guilbeau was strafed for nine hits and let in three runs over four innings, though we walked none and fanned four in a no-decision. Kyle Schepel took the loss as he gave up five runs on five hits over the last two innings. Jack Sundberg reached base three times with two singles and a walk while Matt Page singled and doubled and drove in a run to pace the P-Nats offense.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
The circus left Hagerstown and headed back to Columbia while the Suns traveled to Greensboro yesterday for a three-game series against the Grasshoppers.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
G. Ross (2-3, 6.39) vs.
Kendrick (1-3, 7.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Estevez (3-3, 4.30) and
Guilbeau (0-0, 6.23) vs.
Sedlock (4-3, 6.20) and
Love (1-1, 3.03)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 OFF DAY N/A

Postponed
Rain washed away the series finale between Syracuse and Columbus. They’ll make it up next month when the Chiefs visit the Clippers on July 20-23.

Erie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Crownover (L, 0-1) 4IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Lisson 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

The Seawolves jumped on Matt Crownover for three runs in the 2nd as they completed the four-game sweep with a 6-3 win over the Senators. Crownover made it through four innings in his losing AA debut, allowing the aforementioned three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. Erick Fedde was stung for one run and R.C. Orland for two runs as each went two innings in relief. All three Harrisburg runs came via the longball as Mario Lisson went solo in the 4th and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos sent in two during the 6th; both went 2-for-4.

Frederick 4 Potomac 2
• Silvestre (L, 5-2) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR, WP
• Pantoja 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 3-3, R, 2-2B
• Gutierrez 1-4, RBI

It was two little too late as Potomac scored twice in the 9th but fell short to Frederick, 4-2. Hector Silvestre was dinged twice and gave up all four Keys runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. Jorge Pantoja followed with three scoreless to keep things close. Matt Page singled once, scored once, and doubled twice while Kelvin Gutierrez rounded out the P-Nats hit column at just four. Roster move: RHP Joan Baez placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 2; LHP Jordan Mills reassigned from Hagerstown.

Columbia 5 Hagerstown 3
• Watson (L, 4-2) 5+ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Held 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perkins 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Noll 2-4, BB, RBI

The Fireflies got to Tyler Watson for two in the 6th to erase a 3-2 Suns’ lead and held on for 5-3 win and split the four-game series. Watson, who lost for the second time, was charged with four runs on five hits and three walks over five-plus innings. Blake Perkins and Jake Noll both went 2-for-4 with a walk to lead the Hagerstown hit parade. Roster move: RHP Phil Morse reassigned from Auburn.

Last Night in Woodbridge


Thanks to three solo shots, Potomac took the series finale from Lynchburg, 3-1 and earned a series split.

Ian Sagdal got the home run binge started in the 2nd, the first of two long hits as he would also double in the 8th.

It gave starting pitcher Grant Borne an early 1-0 lead to work with. The 23-y.o. southpaw’s lone run came in the 4th when the leadoff batter struck out but reached on passed ball from a curveball that Jake Lowery got a glove on before it hit the ground but jai-alai’d to the backstop. It was nevertheless ruled as a wild pitch and after a steal of second, the Hillcats cashed in the extra out with a single to right to tie things at 1-1.

Borne worked around a single and a hit batsman in the 5th before retiring the side in the 6th. He was charged with one run on three hits and no walks while striking out six but got the no-decision.

Tyler Skulina, recently signed by the big club in lieu of promoting someone from Hagerstown, showed the rust of someone who hadn’t pitched since last September as he got two quick outs in the 7th, then walked the bases loaded before striking out the last batter. He would get the benefit of Rhett Wiseman’s upper-deck (of advertising) homer in the bottom half of the inning to give the P-Nats a 2-1 lead.

Skulina hit another batter and walked a fourth in the 8th but wound up the winning pitcher. Austin Davidson dialed long distance with two out in the 8th for the third and final run for the Woodbridge nine.

Gilberto Mendez, who was lit up for four runs in the fist game of the series, bounced back with a scoreless 9th to earn his sixth save.

Potomac heads north for four games in three days against Frederick as the two teams battle for fourth place in the Carolina League North. Hector Silvestre takes the hill against the tireless “TBD” for Frederick.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
vs. Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
G. Ross vs.
Merryweather (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0;
Lost, 5-3
@ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Crownover (AA debut) vs.
Alexander (2-4, 4.60)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Silvestre (5-1, 4.31) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Columbia,
2:05 p.m.
Watson (4-1, 3.05) vs.
Llanes (3-3, 3.11)

Columbus 3 Syracuse 2 (10 inn.)
• O’Sullivan 3IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 1K, 2HBP
• Martin (L, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Falu 1-3, BB

The Chiefs rallied for one in the 9th to send it to extras but gave it right back in the 10th for a 3-2 loss to the Clippers. Sean O’Sullivan made the spring training start of three innings and put on five baserunners but kept them from scoring. Cody Stterwhite, Trevor Gott, and Rafael Martin each gave up a run, with the loss going to Martin on a home run in the 10th. Matt Skole doubled and homered to lead the Syracuse offense.

Erie 1 Harrisburg 0 – GAME ONE
• Eitel (L, 1-2) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 3BB, 8K, HR
• N. Soto 1-3, 2B
• Read 1-3, 2B

Derek Eitel scattered eight hits over six innings but the one that left the yard was the difference in a 1-0 Harrisburg loss to Erie. Eitel walked three and struck out eight in the complete-game loss. Neftali Soto and Raudy Read both went 1-for-3 with a double, Osvaldo Abreu singled, and Drew Ward walked to comprise the Sens’ offensive output.

Erie 5 Harrisburg 3 – GAME TWO
• Self 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Cordero (L, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• N. Soto 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Norfork 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Neftali Soto and Khayyan Norfork both homered but the Derek Self and Jimmy Cordero did the same in reverse as the Seawolves swept the doubleheader with a 5-3 win in the nightcap. Self gave up two runs on three hits and two walks and struck out two while the loss went to Cordero, who had a similar linescore but no walks or whiffs. Alec Keller doubled and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled as the Sens got four (4) hits in the second game.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 1
• Borne 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, HBP
• Skulina (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Davidson 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Three solo shots were the difference Last Night in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 Columbia 3
• C. Pena 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Y. Ramirez 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• VanVossen (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Agustin 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Corredor 3-5, 2B, 2RBI

Tim Tebow’s inability to throw accurately helped Hagerstown walk off in the 9th in a 4-3 Hagerstown win over Columbia. Agustin, who led off the 9th with his second double, dashed home on Aldrem Corredor’s two-out single (and third hit of the night). Suns starter Carlos Pena was chased in the 3rd after letting in two runs on two hits and three walks. Yonathan Ramirez stranded three in the 3rd but gave up a solo HR in the fourth before settling down. He pitched two more scorless before turning the ball over to Mick VanVossen who put up three goose eggs to notch his third win.