Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
E. Rogers (2-2, 4.23) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
McGowin (1-5, 8.51) vs.
Lugo (8-7, 4.56)
Potomac Won, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 3-2
(14 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Johnston (0-2, 3.69) and TBD
vs. Young (5-2, 3.06) and Brown (3-4, 3.40)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-8
(10 inn.)
@ GCL Cardinals,
10:00 a.m.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 1
• Skole 0-4

Syracuse scored nine unanswered runs to stop a three-game slide and prevent a three-game sweep by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a 9-2 win in the series finale. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington; RHP Erick Fedde, OF Rafael Bautista recalled to Washington.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 4
• Dragmire 5⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K
• Cordero (H, 4; L, 2-6) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Robinson (BS, 3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Senators bullpen saw a 4-3 lead vanish with one swing of the bat as the Jimmy Cordero loaded the bases while getting the first two outs in the 8th and Andrew Robinson unloaded them with a grand slam for a 7-4 loss to the Fightins. Brady Dragmire got the start and gave up the first three Reading runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two over five and 2/3rds innings. Victor Robles singled and doubled while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos walked and doubled; both drove in two runs for Harrisburg.

Potomac 4 Frederick 2
• Reyes (W, 8-13) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• Orlan (SV, 5) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 2-3, RBI
• Noll 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Potomac closed out its home schedule with a 4-2 win Sunday afternoon in Woodbridge.

West Virginia 2 Hagerstown 1
• DeRosier 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• Klobosits (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Howard (BS, 1; L, 4-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• C. Kieboom 2-2, R, 2BB
• Corredor 1-4

The Suns lowered its tragic number to three with another walkoff loss, 2-1 to the Power. Matt DeRosier did his part with six shutout innings on four hits and two walks with four whiffs. So Likewise for Gabe Klobosits with two perfect innings. Hayden Howard did not as he retired just one of five batters faced to blow the save and take the loss. Carter Kieboom singled twice and walked twice while Aldrem Corredor singled once. The rest of the Hagerstown lineup was 0-for-23 with eight strikeouts.

Batavia 3 Auburn 2
• Guillen 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, WP
• Engelbrekt 4IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Brasher (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Jo. Ramirez 2-6, E(19)
• Esthay 1-5, R, BB, RBI

Auburn’s relievers worked overtime to cover for the batters, who were off the clock with just five hits over 14 innings in a 3-2 loss to Batavia. Angel Guillen gave up the first two Muckdogs runs on four hits without a walk and six whiffs over five innings. Jared Johnson and Max Engelbrekt combined for six scoreless innings and Jared Brasher made it eight straight before Batavia broke through for the game-winner in the 14th. Joshual Ramirez (two singles) and Kameron Esthay (homer, walk) were the only Doubledays batters to reach base twice.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Marlins 8 (10 inn.)
• Acevedo 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Adler (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Connell 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Jo. Sanchez 2-4, R, RBI
• Gutierrez 1-3, R, 2K

The G-Marlins took an 8-3 lead with a five-run 8th then gave it away with six unanswered runs – five in the 9th and one in the 10th – for a 9-8 loss to the G-Nats. Carlos Acevedo let in a run on three hits and struck out five as the starter. Sean Adler got the last out in the 8th and stranded two runners, then pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th to earn the win, his second. Justin Connell singled twice, scored twice, doubled once, walked once, and drove in two while Jose Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the G-Nats’ attack.

Sunday Afternoon in Woodbridge

Potomac homered twice and scored all four runs with two outs as they doubled up Frederick, 4-2 to take the series, 3-2 and keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Combined with a loss by the Red Sox, the P-Nats crept back to within three games going into their final (scheduled) off day of the 2017 season.

Much like Steven Fuentes last night, Luis Reyes looked like he was on the ropes early, as he walked three in the first inning. The, um, key difference? With nobody out, Reyes induced a critical double play to keep the Keys off the board.

The 22-y.o. then recovered to throw seven strong innings without no additional walks, allowing one run on five hits and striking out five in his 26th start of the season – his second-longest outing of the season and his 11th quality start overall.

Offensively, the P-Nats collected eight hits total and drew three walks. The game-winning, three-run rally came in the 4th, beginning with Jake Noll’s first Carolina League big fly to tie it at 1-1. After back-to-back walks sandwiched around a Frederick pitching change, Tyler Beckwith singled to left to put Potomac up 2-1 while Bryan Mejia singled to right to make it, 3-1.

An inning later, Rhett Wiseman bounced one off the top of the left-center field fence for what was initially ruled a double, then, after an umpire conference, his 13th homer of the season to give the P-Nats their fourth and final run.

R.C. Orlan came on in the 8th to close out the game and retired five straight before giving up a two-out single in the 9th, but bore down on a long at-bat with Jomar reyes to get the 6-3 grounder to secure the win and earn his fifth save for Potomac.

On Tuesday, the Woodbridge nine travel to Lynchburg to face the both-halves winner of the Carolina League North division while Salem and Frederick meet in Frederick. Because the Red Sox and Keys play each other (i.e. both can’t lose) and Potomac does not play Salem again, the P-Nats must keep winning and hope for some help from the Keys in the next series and the Dash, which plays the Red Sox over the final four games of the regular season.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
TBD vs. Lail (6-4, 5.24)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Reading,
1:05 p.m.
Dragmire (4-1, 2.89) vs.
Irvin (5-3, 4.16)
Potomac Won, 4-2;
Lost, 2-0
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Reyes (7-13, 4.49) vs.
Grimes (0-1, 4.91)
Hagerstown Won, 13-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 5-4 vs. Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
TBD vs. S. Perez (3-1, 2.14)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-4
(8 inn.)
vs. GCL Astros,
10:00 a.m.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 1
• Skole 1-4, RBI
• Severino 2-3, BB

The Chiefs took a commanding 1-0 lead in the 1st and failed to hold it for a 7-1 loss to the RailRiders.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 2
• G. Ross (W, 5-3) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bacus (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, 2B, SF, RBI
• Ward 2-3, R, BB

Harrisburg took advantage of two Reading errors to score their final two runs and secure a 4-2 victory. Greg Ross turned in six innings of one-run ball on eight hits and two walks while striking out five to notch his fifth AA win. Dakota Bacus shut the door for two innings before turning the ball over to Andrew Robinson who Soriano’d through the 9th on a leadoff HR to get the rulebook save. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos singled, doubled, and hit a sacrifice fly while Drew ward reach base three times with two singles and a walk to lead the Sens’ offense.

Potomac 4 Frederick 2 – GAME ONE
• Baez (W, 4-8) 7IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• Turner 2-3, R, 2B, SF, RBI
• Mejia 1-3, 2B, RBI

Joan Baez continues to dominate in the month of August (3-1, 1.88) as he spun a complete-game gem in a 4-2 P-Nats win over the Keys. Baez walked four and allowed a solo HR and two hits total but also struck out seven. Trea Turner, who flied out weakly in each of his four ABs on Friday night, singled, doubled, and hit sacrifice fly (one of three) to cap off Potomac’s two-run 6th. Bryan Mejia (double) and Rhett Wiseman (single) accounted for the other two P-Nats hits.

Frederick 2 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Fuentes (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 0K
• Pantoja 3⅓ IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Mendez 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mejia 1-1, SAC
• Beckwith 1-2

In the nightcap, it was all Frederick as two pitchers combined to shut out Potomac 2-0 on two hits to split the doubleheader. Steven Fuentes made the start but wasn’t pitching to blind basketball players, so he walked three of the seven batters he faced and fell behind in nearly every count to dig a 2-0 hole after just 2/3rds of an inning. Jorge Pantoja stranded three while getting the last out of the 1st and held the Keys scoreless for three, as did Gilberto Mendez, who retired all nine batters he faced. Matt Reistetter broke up the perfect game with a walk in the 3rd while Tyler Beckwith denied the no-no with a two-out single in the 5th. Bryan Mejia’s infield single to lead off the 6th was the fourth and final P-Nats baserunner. Roster moves: IF Austin Davidson placed on the 7-Day DL; C Matt Reistetter activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 13 West Virginia 2
• Ramirez (W, 1-2) 7IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Held 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrera 4-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, BB
• C. Kieboom 4-6, 2R, HR, 3RBI, CS
• Agustin 3-4, 2R, 2B

The extra point sailed wide in Hagerstown’s six-run 4th as they went on to a 13-2 takedown of West Virginia. Yonathan Ramirez scattered 10 hits over seven innings but walked none and struck out four as he finally earned a Low-A win. Sam Held mopped up with two scoreless innings. Tres Barrera homered twice while Carter Kieboom went deep once; both had four hits and three RBI to lead the Suns’ 17-hit parade.

Batavia 5 Auburn 4
• Crowe 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Rishwain (BS, 4; L, 1-4) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Scudder 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Pryor 2-3, 2R, BB, SF, RBI
• Pascal 2-4, SB

The Muckdogs reclaimed 5th place in the Pinckney Division with a 5-4 win over the Doubledays. Wil Crowe got the start and gave up a homer and two hits total over his three innings for the no-decision. Michael Rishwain blew his fourth save in as many opportunities and lost for the fourth time with the final four Batavia runs allowed on six hits over three innings. Jake Scudder and Jonathan Pryor both reached base three times, scoring twice (Pryor) and driving in two (Scudder) to lead the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 4 (8 inn.)
• N. Lee 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Peguero (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Connell 3-3, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at HP
• Blash 2-4, 3R, 2B, 2SB

Rain shortened this to eight innings, just in time as the G-Nats took a 5-4 lead in the top of the final frame and Justin Connell threw out the would-be tie run at the plate at the bottom of the final frame. Nick Lee made his first regular-season appearance of 2017 with a scoreless inning in the first for the “start.” Jairon Peguero got the blown-save-win as Alex Dunlap’s passed ball let in one of two inherited runners in the 6th and he worked around two singles in the 7th. Connell reached base four times with three singles and a walk and drove in two while Jamori Blash singled, doubled, scored three times, and stole twice to pace the G-Nats’ attack. Roster move: LHP Nick Lee assigned from Harrisburg for MiLB rehab.

DSL Nationals Update
The D-Nats closed out the 2017 campaign with back-to-back wins, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a last-place finish in the DSL South at 28-43, 21 games off the pace.

Playoff Update
GCL – The G-Nats lead by 3½ games and have gotten a little help from Mother Nature as rain has postponed or suspended the last three games for the streaking (seven straight wins) second-place G-Marlins.

Low-A – While the Suns went medieval on the Power’s [buttocks] last night, they remain in fourth place and four games behind (three in the loss column) in the Sally North with just one game (today’s) against the three teams they’re chasing.

High-A – Potomac lost three one-run ballgames to Salem this week, and split a pair of doubleheaders the past two nights with Frederick. The P-Nats are also in fourth place and four games back, but also play their would-be playoff opponent (Lynchburg) while the Red Sox and Keys play each other this week. TL;DR – Potomac needs to reel off several wins over the final nine and get a lot of help.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:35 p.m.
Long (4-4, 3.60) vs.
Adams (10-4, 2.69)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
G. Ross (4-3, 6.90) vs.
Kilome (1-1, 2.25)
Potomac Lost, 1-0;
Won, 5-0
vs. Frederick,
5:15 p.m.
Baez (3-8. 3.99) and TBD vs.
Peralta (2-10, 5.67) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4
(10 inn.)
@ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (0-2, 5.70) vs.
Nunez (4-7, 3.76)
Auburn Won, 4-1 vs. Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
Crowe (0-0, 2.31) vs.
Guenther (1-2, 2.92)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9 Syracuse 1
• Valdez (L, 0-2) 2⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR; 1-2
• Bautista 0-4, K
• Skole 1-4, R, 2K

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored eight times in the first four innings en route to a 9-1 demolition of Syracuse. Roster moves: C Pedro Severino optioned to Washington; RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 1
• Hill (L, 4-6) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP; 0-2, SAC
• Lara 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Robles 1-3, 2BB, CS
• Gamache 2-4, R, 2B

Taylor Hill gave up a three-run HR in the 5th—No. 26 in 25 appearances—as the Sens could only get one run back for a 3-1 loss to the Fightins. Hill was otherwise adequate, pitching six and 2/3rds innings, allowing six hits and a walk, and nearly matching his season high with five K’s. Braulio Lara stranded a runner in 7th and got the first two outs in the 8th before Jimmy Cordero came on to leave two on while getting the final out in the 8th. Victor Robles singled once and walked twice but was also caught stealing for the 9th time, which does not include every time he’s been thrown out on the basepaths, while Dan Gamache singled and doubled and scored the lone Harrisburg run.

Frederick 1 Potomac 0 – GAME ONE
• Sharp (L, 2-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 10-3 GO-FO
• Peterson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sundberg 2-3
• Noll 1-3

In the opener, Potomac could only muster four hits, even with two (2) MLB rehabs while Frederick got the customary 1st-inning run and held on for a 1-0 win. Sterling Sharp paid dearly for the leadoff walk, as it led to the game’s only run, which scored on a sacrifice fly. Sharp rolled ten grounders and got three double plays over his six innings of work while giving up five hits, two walks, and striking out two. Tommy Peterson followed with a 1-2-3 seventh and two whiffs. Jake Sundberg singled twice, Jake Noll once, and Jayson Werth doubled to compose the P-Nats hit column.

Potomac 5 Frederick 0 – GAME TWO
• Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Rivera (W, 1-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, HBP
• Masters 1-3, 2B, 3RBI
• Johnson 1-2, R, BB, RBI

Potomac capitalized on Frederick’s sole error and four walks to score five times in the 5th for a 5-0 shutout to split the doubleheader. Jefry Rodriguez dominated for four innings with just one hit allowed, no walks, and four strikeouts. Mariano Rivera III came on to finish up and careered through the final three innings (two hits, two walks, and a hit batsman) to earn the win, his first of the season. The P-Nats drew five walks total and managed five hits, with David Masters’s three-run double the killshot that put the game away. Roster moves: OF Jayson Werth, SS Trea Turner assigned from Syracuse for MLB rehab; LHP Taylor Guilbeau placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Steven Fuentes reassigned from Hagerstown.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 4 (10 inn.)
• B. Hill 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Bogucki 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Morse (L, 0-3) 1BF, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Banks 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• La Bruna 2-4, BB
• 1-14 RISP, 14 LOB

After rallying for two in the 9th to tie it at 4-4, the Suns were shocked by the Power with a leadoff, walkoff HR in the bottom of the 10th for a 5-4 win – Hagerstown’s tenth in its last 13 games. Taylor Brigham Hill gave up two homers, eight hits, four runs over six innings. A.J. Bogucki was perfect over three innings with six whiffs. Phil Morse gave up the game winner to the first and only batter he faced for his third loss. Nick Banks singled once, and doubled twice for his third three-hit game over the last seven while Angelo La Bruna walked once and singled twice to lead the Suns’ 14-hit parade. Roster moves: LHP Yonathan Ramirez, RHPs Gabe Klobosits, Alex Troop promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 4 Batavia 1
• Romero 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Smith (BS, 2; W, 3-3) 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Shepard 2-3, R, 2RBI, SB
• Pryor 1-2, 2B, SF, BB, RBI

Auburn rallied for three in the 8th for the 4-1 sportswriter’s win over Batavia. Seth Romero threw four shutout innings with four hits, no walks, and four K’s for the no-decision. David Smith got the blown-save win with an unearned run let in on two hits over three innings and also struck out four. Jake Cousins struck out the side in the 9th to earn the save, his first. Chance Shepard went 2-for-3 with two RBI while Jonathan Pryor walked, doubled, and drove in a run with a sac fly to pace the Doubledays’ offense. Roster moves: LHP Gilberto Chu, RHP Angel Guillen reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
The G-Nats’ magic number is down to six with nine games left to play. Today, they take on the last-place G-Mets while tomorrow they host the second-place G-Marlins.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-4, 5.82) vs.
German (5-2, 2.91)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (4-5, 5.66) vs.
E. Garcia (1-0, 1.29)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 vs. Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Sharp (2-1, 6.43) and
Rodriguez (3-2, 3.35) vs.
Alvarado (6-9, 5.49) and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 11-5 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
B. Hill (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Meyer (3-0, 2.67)
Auburn Lost, 6-4 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 9.45) vs.
Hock (1-1, 6.57)
GCL Nationals Postponed OFF DAY

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 1
• John Simms (L, 1-4) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR; 1-2
• Bautista 2-4, CS
• Skole 0-3, BB, 2K

The Chiefs gave Johns Simms one run to work with, but he didn’t throw the shutout necessary to win as they dropped the series finale, 5-1. Roster move: OF Zach Collier placed on the 7-Day DL.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 3-3) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Self 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 3-4, RBI
• Hernandez 2-3, R, 2B, BB

Harrisburg fell behind 3-0 in the 1st and couldn’t recover as Reading doubled ’em up, 4-2. Austin Voth recovered from the three-run 1st to throw five scoreless innings to notch a quality start but lose for the third time in eight AA starts. Derek Self put up one goose egg in the 7th while Tim Collins came up short in the 8th. He also gave up the final Fightins run. Osvaldo Abreu led the Senators hit column with three singles, followed by Yadiel Hernandez with a double, walk, and a single.

Salem 6 Potomac 5
• Williams 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Mills (L, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Sundberg 2-6, R, 2B
• Gushue 2-5, R, 2B
• Lora 2-5, 2B, 3K

The P-Nats dropped their third straight one-run decision as the Red Sox walked off in the 9th with a 6-5 win. Taylor Guilbeau started and went the first five and was knocked around for five runs on nine hits without a walk and three whiffs. Ronald Pena threw three scoreless innings to keep things close but Gilberto Mendez coughed up the game-winning homer to the second batter he faced, suffering his fourth loss and second in eight days to Salem. The trio of Jack Sundberg, Taylor Gushue, and Edwin Lora each singled and doubled to lead Potomac’s 13-hit parade. The loss formally eliminated Potomac from the division title and knocked them back to four games behind Salem in the wildcard race.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 5
• Braymer (W, 2-2) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 8K, HR, WP
• Howard 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Banks 3-5, R, RBI
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Barrera 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI

After falling behind 3-0 after two, Hagerstown scored seven times over the next three innings before Lakewood could answer, then put the game away with a four-run 7th and an 11-5 win that stopped a five-game slide. Ben Braymer went seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits without a walk and struck out eight for the win. Hayden Howard mopped up with two scoreless innings. Tres Barrera and Telmito Agustin both homered while Nick Banks went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace the Suns’ offense. Roster moves: RHPs James Bourque, Weston Davis placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to August 22.

Williamsport 6 Auburn 4
• Raquet 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Brasher (BS, 3; L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 2WP, HBP
• Choruby 3-5
• Baez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, PB(10)

The Doubledays were up 4-2 after six and a half, but the Auburn firemen were lit up for three in the 7th and one in the 8th as the Crosscutters took the finale, 6-4. The meltdown turned Nick Raquet’s quality start of two runs on four hits over six into a no-decision. Jared Brasher blew his third save with a three-run, three-hit 7th to take the loss, his first. Nick Choruby singled three times while Omar Meregildo homered again and Jeyner Baez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Astros – PPD
The G-Nats got an extra day off in front of a scheduled off day with yesterday’s rainout, which they’ll try to make up with a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-3, 7.67) vs.
Leibrandt (4-3, 4.47)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 4.19) vs.
Viza (8-9, 5.68)
Potomac Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (4-4, 5.03) vs.
Hart (2-2, 2.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Braymer (1-2, 7.71) vs.
Llovera (1-3, 3.00)
Auburn Lost, 2-0;
Lost, 3-0
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (2-2, 2.97) vs.
Stewart (4-2, 4.14)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-4 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.

Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 4
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Bautista 1-3

Syracuse took the lead with four in the 6th and held off a late charge from Lehigh Valley to win again, 5-4.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 3
• McGowin (W, 1-5) 6⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Crownover (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Norfork 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Read 2-5, 2-2B, 3RBI, SB

The Sens rallied for two in the 6th to tie, and three in the 7th to take the lead as they doubled up the ‘Ducks, 6-3 in the series finale. Kyle McGowin won his first AA game with a quality start of two runs on seven hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Matt Crownover got his first save by getting the final out in the 8th (leaving the bases loaded) and working around a leadoff single in the 9th. Khayyan Norfork and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Harrisburg hitters.

Salem 4 Potomac 3 (10 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Mills (L, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Johnson 3-5, 3-2B
• Wiseman 2-5, SB

Potomac added another one-run loss to its “old maid” season (26 – that’s a whole lot of near-misses) as Salem walked off in the 10th, 4-3. Austen Williams came off the DL to spin six innings of three-run ball on seven hits without a walk and three K’s. The loss went to Jordan Mills, who gave up the game-winner with double-whiff-single sequence in the 10th. Daniel Johnson doubled three times while Rhett Wiseman singled twice but the offense sputtered in the clutch, going just 2-for-9 with RISP and stranding 12 baserunners.

Lakewood 14 Hagerstown 2
• Pena (L, 6-6) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, 2HBP, 2WP
• Held 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Franco 2-3, R, BB, RBI, E(20)
• Banks 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

The Suns’ setting on 2017 continues with a fifth straight loss, 14-4 to Lakewood, which knocks them down to four games out with eleven left to play. Carlos Pena lost for the sixth time as he was boiled for seven runs on five hits, three walks, and two hit batsmen over just two and 2/3rds innings. Anderson Franco (two singles, one walk) and Nick Banks (double, two walks) both reached base three times and drove in a run to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Williamsport 2 Auburn 0 – GAME ONE
• Tetreault 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Troop (L, 2-4) 2IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Meregildo 2-3
• Upshaw 0-1, 2BB

Williamsport shut out Auburn on four hits in the opener, 2-0. Jackson Tetreault started and went the first four innings, with no runs, one walk, two hits, and three whiffs over four innings. Alex Troop took the loss, his fourth, with both Crosscutter runs let on seven hits and no walks over the last two innings. Omar Meregildo singled twice and Armond Upshaw walked twice, but the Doubledays had but one chance with RISP (0-1, duh) and left on six.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 0 – GAME ONE
• Johnston (L, 0-2) 4IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR, WP, HBP
• Cousins 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Jo. Ramirez 1-3
• Meregildo 1-3

The Crosscutter dropped the Doubledays and swept the doubleheader with another shutout, 3-0. Kyle Johnston was lit up for all three runs on two 4th-inning HR’s and three hits total over four innings to lose for the second time. Jake Cousins and Max Engelbrekt both put up a goose egg to keeps things close, but Auburn managed just five baserunners (and left ’em all on) with three walks and two hits.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Cardinals 4
• German (W, 1-3) 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Jimenez (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• L. Garcia 4-5, 2B, RBI
• Antuna 3-4, 2R, 2-3B, 2RBI, 2E
• Gutierrez 2-3, R

The G-Nats edged closer to a the division title with a 5-4 win over the G-Cards, but the G-Marlins also won their seventh straight to remain just three back. Jhonatan German finally won with five innings pitched, one run allowed on one hit and two walks, and four strikeouts. Jose Jimenez tossed two scoreless to earn the hold, while Connor Zwetsch let in a run over two innings but was credited with the save. Luis Garcia led the G-Nats’ 17-hit parade with three singles and a double, followed by Yasel Antuna, who singled once, tripled twice and drove in two.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Rogers (1-2, 4.57) vs.
Anderson (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 @ Akron,
12:05 p.m.
McGowin (0-5, 10.13) vs.
Lugo (8-6, 4.63)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 3.68) vs.
Boyd (3-1, 2.01)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (6-5, 5.12) vs.
Carrasco (0-2, 4.35)
Auburn Postponed @ Williamsport,
5:00 p.m.
Tetrault (1-1, 2.88) and TBD vs.
Rosso (0-0, 6.00) and TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.

Syracuse 7 Lehigh Valley 4
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 2K
• Bautista 2-4, SB

The Chiefs blew a 4-2 lead in the 7th then scored once in the 8th and twice in the 9th for 7-4 win over the IronPigs.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 6
• Dragmire (W, 4-1) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Bacus (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Marmolejos 3-5, 3R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Read 2-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Gamache 2-5, R, 2-2B

Harrisburg jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 3½ and held on for 7-6 win vs. Akron. Brady Dragmire got the Jack Morris win with four runs let in on six hits over five and a 1/3rd innings. He walked two and struck out three. Andrew Robinson stranded the tying run in the 8th and worked around a one-out single in the 9th to earn the save, his 11th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, Raudy Read, and Osvaldo Abreu each went deep to mask a 2-for-14 night with RISP and 11 LOB as the Sens collected 13 hits and drew four walks.

Salem 3 Potomac 2
• Reyes (L, 7-13) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K,
• J. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Noll 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The P-Nats also got an early lead, but could not hold it as the Red Sox rallied from 2-0 down to win, 3-2. Luis Reyes was rewarded with loss #13 for his quality start of three runs on three hits and two walks with five whiffs over six innings. While poor defense led to two unearned runs, the Potomac offense was limited to four hits and four walks and had just four chances with RISP (and went 0-for-4). Rhett Wiseman homered in the 2nd to drive in Jake Noll who had walked in front of him to account for the two P-Nats runs.

Lakewood 3 Hagerstown 2
• DeRosier (L, 2-4) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, 2E
• Bogucki 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Perkins 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Banks 1-3, R, BB, SB(10)

Make that four in a row and fourth place for Hagerstown with a 3-2 loss to Lakewood. Matt DeRosier allowed all three BlueClaws runs on five hits over five innings while striking out six for the “L.” A.J. Bogucki held down Lakewood for three innings, and Jake Barnett pinched the BlueClaws in the 9th, but the Suns couldn’t push across the tying run in the 9th. Blake Perkins drove in both Hagerstown runs with a two-out double in the 2nd and later walked, one of just two (2) Suns batter to reach base twice in a five-hit, three-walk night.

Auburn vs. Williamsport – PPD
The Doubledays and Crosscutters—winners of four and losers of five straight games, respectively—got the night off courtesy of the rain. They’ll shoot to make it up with doubleheader tonight.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 2
• Acevedo 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Alastre 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 9K
• Guillen (BS, 1; L, 2-1) 1IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K
• Garcia 2-4, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats got two runs early and if you’re reading this far, you know they didn’t hold on to it, as Angel Guillen was knocked for three runs on five hits in the 8th for a 4-2 loss. Carlos Acevedo came out of hiding down from Hagerstown for rehab and threw two scoreless innings. Tomas Alastre spun five innings of one-run ball with two hits, two walks, and nine strikeouts. The G-Nats managed just four hits and one walk, with Luis Garcia the sole G-Nat to reach base twice with a single and a double. Roster move: Carlos Acevedo assigned from Hagerstown for MiLB rehab.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
J. Turner (1-5, 5.85) vs.
Taveras (2-1, 1.17)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-5 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Dragmire (3-1, 2.53) vs.
Chiang (0-1, 4.86)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (7-12, 4.63) vs.
Shawaryn (4-4, 4.48)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (2-4, 4.50) vs.
Falter (7-6, 3.12)
Auburn Won, 6-1 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Tetrault (1-1, 2.88) vs.
Rosso (0-0, 6.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-4 @ GCL Marlins,
10:00 a.m.

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Fedde 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K; 0-2
• Skole 1-4, R
• Bautista 1-4, RBI

Syracuse couldn’t make it back-to-back wins in its final at-bat as Lehigh Valley walked off in the 10th, 4-3. Roster moves: OF Jayson Werth, SS Trea Turner assigned from Washington for MLB Rehab; OF Rafael Bautista activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Cody Satterwhite placed on the 7-Day DL.

Akron 13 Harrisburg 5
• G. Ross (L, 4-3) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 9R, 7ER, 0BB, K, HR, HBP
• Lara 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Robles 3-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Ward 2-4, BB
• Joseph 2-5, R, 2B

The Sens shut out the RubberDucks for two innings, but the other six? Not so much. Akron scored nine times from the 3rd to the 7th en route to a 13-5 demolition of Harrisburg. Greg Ross took the brunt of it, with nine runs allowed on nine hits over three and a 1/3rd innings for his third AA loss. Victor Robles led off the game with an inside-the-park HR and finished a triple shy of the cycle while going 3-for-5, followed by Drew Ward who singled twice and walked once. Roster move: Wirkin Estevez placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Yesterday was a league-wide off day for the Carolina League. While Lynchburg plays Buies Creek in could-be preview of the 2017 Mills Cup, the rest of the Carolina League North plays each other, with second-place Salem hosting fourth-place Potomac, and third-place Frederick hosting fifth-place Wilmington. Anyone care to bet against the P-Nats and Blue Rocks taking two of three, creating three-way tie with Wilmington a ½ game back on Friday?

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 2
• Davis (L, 4-5) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, WP
• Fuentes 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Corredor 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Boggetto 2-5, 2B

The Suns dropped their third straight and fell to three games behind in the Sally North with a 4-2 loss to the Intimidators. Weston Davis took the loss with three runs let in on five hits and two walks while striking out one (1). Steven Fuentes pitched four innings of one-run relief, but the offense did not respond, going 1-for-10 with RISP and leaving on seven. Aldrem Corredor and Branden Boggetto both singled and doubled to lead the Hagerstown nine-hit, one-walk (Carter Keiboom) offense.

Auburn 6 State College 1
• Y. Ramirez (W, 4-3) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• Klobosits (SV, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Scudder 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Guibor 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Pryor 1-2, BB, HBP

It was another Book of Genesis (“In the Big Inning…”) night for Auburn as they scored four in the 8th to complete the three-game sweep of State College, 6-1. Yonathan Ramirez (pictured above) tossed six innings of one-run ball on four hits and no walks while fanning four to earn his fourth win of the season. Jeremy McKinney added one goose egg to the scoreboard for the hold while Gabe Klobosits added two for the save. Jake Scudder singled and doubled and drove in three while Austin Guibor drove in two, doubled, and walked twice to lead the Doubleday offense.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 4
• Stoeckinger 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• De Los Santos (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• R. Mendez 3-5, 2R
• Caulfield 2-3, 2RBI
• Garcia 2-5, 2RBI

The G-Nats walked off in the 9th to reduce their magic number to seven with a 5-4 win over the G-Mets. Jackson Stoeckinger started and gave up all four G-Mets runs on seven hits, no walks, and six K’s over five innings. Jose De Los Santos pitched a scoreless 9th to get the “W.” Ricardo Mendez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, including the game-winner on Phil Caulfield’s second RBI single. Roster move: Kelvin Gutierrez assigned from Potomac for MiLB rehab.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3
(13 inn.)
@ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-2, 4.82) vs.
Eshelman (8-3, 2.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-0 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
G. Ross (4-2, 5.93) vs.
Whitehouse (7-7, 4.19)
Potomac Won, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2
(11 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
Davis (4-4, 5.94) vs.
L. Martinez (7-1, 3.45)
Auburn Won, 5-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (3-3, 4.20) vs.
Oviedo (1-1, 5.32)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.

Syracuse 4 Indianapolis 3 (13 inn.)
The Chiefs walked off in the 13th inning – their sixth win in their final at-bat this season.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 4
• T. Hill (L, 4-5) 7⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 0HR, HBP
• Robinson ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-2 IR-S
• Robles 2-3
• Hernandez 1-3, BB

Taylor Hill pitched into the 8th (and kept the ball in the yard) but left with the bases loaded and one out in the 8th. Andrew Robinson couldn’t get the K, popup, or groundball and Trenton scored twice for a 2-0 win in the finale. Victor Robles singled twice and was removed from the game for no discernible reason aside from Matt LeCroy’s whim (didn’t run hard enough from first base on a two-out ground ball to the second baseman?). Yadiel Hernandez also reached base twice with a single and a walk, but the Sens were limited to six hits total and left on nine baserunners.

Potomac 2 Winston-Salem 1
• Baez (W, 3-8) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 7K
• Rivera (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mills (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Johnson 1-2, 2BB, 2SB
• Davidson 2-4, R

The P-Nats scored twice in the 1st and three pitchers made it stand up to take the game, and the series from the Dash, 2-1. Joan Baez allowed the lone, unearned run on two hits and four walks while striking out seven for his third High-A win. Mariano Rivera III followed with two scoreless for the hold as did Jordan Mills for the save. Jake Noll’s two-run double cashed in a single by Austin Davidson and walk by Taylor Gushue; all three reached with two out in the 1st. Potomac was limited to five hits and five walks total, led by Davidson’s two singles and two walks by Gushue and Daniel Johnson. With losses by both Salem and Frederick, Potomac is now just one game out of a playoff spot, and 1½ games ahead of Wilmington. Roster moves: RHP Kyle McGowin reassigned to Harrisburg; RHP Austen Williams activated from the 7-Day DL.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2 (11 inn.)
• B. Hill 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Howard 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Morse (L, 0-2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• C. Kieboom 2-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Boggetto 2-5, 2B

Twice the game-winning run was cut down at the plate, enabling the Intimidators to edge past the Suns, 3-2 in 11 innings. Anderson Franco was gunned down in the 9th and Angelo La Bruno was forced out on a bases-loaded grounder to short in the 10th. Brigham Hill turned in a quality start of two runs on a walk and six hits while striking out seven over six innings. The loss went to Phil Morse on a sacrifice fly in the 11th. Carter Kieboom homered to account for both Hagerstown runs. The Suns remain in 3rd place, two games behind the Grasshoppers and the Crawdads and percentage points ahead of the Power.

Auburn 5 State College 3
• Crowe 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Brasher (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Scudder 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Meregildo 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Auburn rallied for three in the 8th to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 win. Wil Crowe tossed three scoreless innings in his fourth start for Auburn. Jared Brasher got the win in relief with a goose eggs in the 8th and 9th innings. Jake Scudder reached base four times with three singles and a walk and drove in a run while Omar Meregildo homered and walked to lead the Doubledays offense.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
The G-Nats hold a 3½ game lead over G-Astros, G-Marlins, and G-Cards with 11 games left to play. Today, they face the last-place G-Mets.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Indianapolis,
1:05 p.m.
Long (4-4, 3.84) vs.
Hutchison (7-8, 3.74)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. Trenton,
1:30 p.m.
T. Hill (4-4, 5.96) vs.
Carter (2-0, 3.18)
Potomac Won, 8-7 vs. Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Baez (2-8, 4.31) vs.
Valerio (3-4, 5.53)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
B. Hill (0-1, 6.43) vs.
Cease (0-6, 4.74)
Auburn Won, 7-5 vs. State College,
2:05 p.m.
Crowe (0-0, 3.12) vs.
Summerville (3-0, 1.73)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 OFF DAY

Indianapolis 5 Syracuse 4
• Cole 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB (2IBB), 8K, HR, HBP
• Valdez 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Skole 0-3, R, BB

Syracuse took a 4-0 lead and didn’t hold it while allowing five unanswered runs to lose, 5-4 to Indianapolis. Chiefs pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in the loss, led by starter A.J. Cole, who needed 84 pitches to complete four innings.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 4
• Voth (L, 3-2) 6+ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B
• Robles 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB, E(3)

The Senators early 2-0 lead was, um, struck down by the Thunder with a four-run 7th as Trenton defeated Harrisburg, 6-4. Austin Voth, who had a shutout through six, was unable to retire the first four batters of the 7th, all of whom scored. He gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out two while losing his second AA game. Drew Ward singled, doubled, and scored a run while Victor Robles went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored to pace the Sens’ offense.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 7
• Sharp 5IP, 10H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 6K, HR (officially)
• Sharp 5IP, 8H, 7R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR (actually)
• Orlan (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Johnson 4-5, 2R, 2B, 2K, SB
• Wiseman 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Davidson 2-4, R

It was ugly, uneven, and sloppy. But enough about the official scorekeeping. Potomac overcame numerous misplays on defense and a 44-minute rain delay to walk off Winston-Salem in the 9th, 8-7. Sterling Sharp was charged with seven runs over five innings while walking one and striking out six, but got the no-decision. Tommy Peterson and R.C. Orlan both put up two goose eggs in relief, with Orlan getting the win. Daniel Johnson led the Potomac hit column with a 4-for-5 night while Austin Davidson’s second single tied it and Rhett Wiseman’s third won it. Both hits came with two out.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 3
• Braymer (L, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, HR, HBP
• Barnett 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Banks 3-4, R
• Franco 2-3, 2-2B, BB, RBI

Rain stopped play for 104 minutes in a 6-3 Intimidators win over the Suns. Ben Braymer was lapped three times on six hits and a walk over five innings to lose for the second time at Low-A. Jake Barnett threw three scoreless after play resumed in the bottom of the 6th (and Kannapolis leading 6-1), but the offense couldn’t muster the five runs needed to tie. Nick Banks singled three times while Anderson Franco doubled twice and walks to lead the Suns’ offense.

Auburn 7 State College 5
• Romero 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Smith (W, 2-3) 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Choruby 2-3, 2R, BB, CS
• Guibor 2-4, R, RBI
• Shepard 0-1, R, 3BB, SB

Auburn got biblical on State College in the big inning – the 4th – as they scored six times to turn a 5-1 deficit into the eventual, 7-5 outcome. Seth Romero got lit up for four runs on six hits and a walk over just two and 2/3rds innings. David Smith settled things down with four innings of one-run relief, which earned him his second win. The Doubledays squeezed seven runs out of nine hits, led by Nick Choruby and Austin Guibor (two apiece), and four walks (three by Chance Shepard).

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Astros 0
• Galindez (W, 2-2) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Chu (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Antuna 2-3, 2B, BB, 2E
• Cramer 2-4, RBI, 2E

The first-place G-Nats opened a 3½ game lead on the second-place G-Astros with a 4-0 shutout. Nelson Galindez no-hit the G-Astros for five innings, though he walked two, hit a batter and struck out five while winning his second game. Gilberto Chu lost the no-no with a single with two outs in the 7th but preserved the shutout. Yasel Antuna and Jack Cramer both had two hits and two errors as the G-Nats collected ten of the former and committed six of the latter.

DSL Update
The D-Nats wear rained out once, lost three times, and won twice, including a 10-6 decision to pull ahead of the D-Yankees by percentage points in the DSL South. They’ll finish up the 2017 season with two each against the D-Mets, D-Phillies Red, and the D-Cards, with an outside chance of finishing as high as fourth place in the eight-team division.

Playoff Update
GCL – The G-Nats lead by 3½ with 11 games left to play. Unlike the others below, they control their destiny entirely because all their games are against teams from the GCL East.

Low-A – As usual, the Sally Lg. North is a hot mess with four teams within two games of each other and roughly 15 games to go. The Suns, who are currently two games off the pace, only play one of those four teams (the Power), but the rest of the slate is filled with also-rans. All four teams currently have a winning record.

High-A – Believe it or not, the fourth-place P-Nats have crept to within two games of the second-place Red Sox, thanks to winning three of four vs. Salem this past week and first-place (and first-half winner) Lynchburg also beating Salem by one run last night and Friday night.

After an off day tomorrow, the P-Nats will play the Red Sox in Salem three times this week, then return to Woodbridge to play five against the Keys (currently tied with Salem for second place), three on the road against the Hillcats, and four more against Frederick on Labor Day weekend.

The X factor? The last-place Blue Rocks, who are just a ½ game behind the P-Nats and play their final seven games at home. Unlike the Sally Lg., the four teams battling for the right to visit Lynchburg in the first round are at .500 or below.