Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac couldn’t pull off a second walkoff in as many nights as their ninth-inning rally fell one run short in a 3-2 loss to Frederick.

Through eight innings, the Keys held the P-Nats to just four hits, thanks in large part to six strong innings from native son Brenden Kline. The Frederick-born 22-y.o. walked just one and struck out four while earning his third win of the season.

After Stephen Perez tapped a dribbler in front of the mound to start the ninth, Oscar Tejeda beat out an infield singled and scored ahead of Brandon Miller’s team-leading eighth home run.

The Keys lifted Miguel Chalas, who had stifled Potomac in the 7th and 8th innings, in favor of veteran Matt Hauser. Shawn Pleffner kept the one-out rally going against the 26-y.o. reliever with double to right field and took third on a wild pitch.

Potomac had two chances to send in Pleffner but couldn’t deliver as Keys shortstop Adrian Marin knocked down Khayyan Norfork’s at ’em ball with infield drawn in for the second out and then ranged behind second base to gun down Adrian Sanchez on a close play at 1st to end it.

Ronald Pena was charged with the loss despite turning his best effort of the season with six innings pitched, with two runs on four hits and one walk. He did give up a home run, his fourth of the season, on a first-pitch fastball to Frederick’s Glynn Davis.

Travis Henke was responsible for the third Keys run as former P-Nat Mike Burgess singled in the second of two walks issued with two outs in the 8th after pitching a scoreless 7th. Gilberto Mendez stranded two runners and struck out the side in the 9th to lower his pitching line to 1.54/1.74/0.69 in 11⅔ innings over nine appearances.

The loss snaps a three-game win streak for Potomac, which still leads the Carolina League North by 4½ games. The seven-game homestand continues as Myrtle Beach, the Southern division leader by two games over Carolina, visits for the the next four games.
Brett Mooneyham (2-2, 4.43) will be on the mound for the P-Nats opposed by Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-2, 2.80) for the Pelicans.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) vs. Durham,
12:00 p.m.
Laffey (3-0, 2.05) vs.
Montgomery (3-0, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (0-5, 6.14) vs.
Gorski (2-1, 3.04)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-2, 4.43) vs.
Gonzalez (2-2, 2.80)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Hickory,
4:00 p.m.
Johansen (2-1, 7.52) and
Turnbull (1st start of ’14) vs.
Ledbetter (1-2, 8.55) and
Ri. Rodriguez (1-1, 4.19)


Syracuse 6 Durham 5 (10 inn.)
• Tatusko 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Jackson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Herron (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Rhymes 3-5, R, 3B
• Souza 1-3, 2BB
• Burriss 2-6, 2B, 4RBI

Emmanuel Burris drove in four of the six Syracuse runs, including the walkoff in the 10th as the Chiefs edged the Bulls 6-5 for their fifth straight win. Tyler Herron worked around a pair of walks to notch a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win. Starter Ryan Tatusko pitched five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out four. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes went 3-for-5 with a triple to lead the hit column, while Steve Souza also reach base with a single and two walks to extend his on-base streak to 14 games.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 0
• Purke (W, 1-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 88-57 P-S
• Simmons 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Latimore 2-3, 2R, 2B

Matt Purke and Clayton Blackburn traded goose eggs for five and a half innings before Harrisburg exploded for four runs in the 6th en route to a 5-0 shutout of Richmond in the series finale. Purke threw six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out three for his first AA win. Blackburn struck out 10 over five no-hit innings before the Sens struck for six hits in the space of seven batters to break the 0-0 tie. Newly acquired James Simmons turned in two scoreless innings and Warner Madrigal pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the shutout. Caleb Ramsey led the Harrisburg offense with single, double, and three RBI.

Frederick 3 Potomac 2
• Pena (L, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Mendez 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Tejeda 2-4, R
• Miller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B

No walkoff this time Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 Hickory 2
• Voth (W, 1-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Rodriguez 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-4, BB

Hagerstown scored once in the 4th and twice in the 8th to build a 3-0 lead and held off a late Hickory comeback for a 4-2 win. Austin Voth threw six innings of one-hit ball, walking just one while matching his season strikeout high of seven for his first win of the season. Justin Thomas got the last out of the 8th with the bases loaded and weathered a three-hit ninth for the save, his first as well. Wilman Rodriguez doubled and tripled and drove in two while Estarlin Martinez singled twice and walked to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.

Transaction Update (UPDATED)

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It’s at this point that I remind the teams that perhaps there should be a set of uniforms with a high number and a name plate “New Guy” sewn on, just in case of an example like Justin Thomas.

Thomas, who was reassigned yesterday to Harrisburg from Hagerstown, has been returned to the Suns today. He was replaced on the Harrisburg roster by recently signed RHP James Simmons a bass guitarist from NYC a former Oakland (yes, really) prospect who had been pitching for the Camden Riversharks in the Atlantic League, where he was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings over two starts. Simmons split time between High-A and AAA last season in the A’s organization with a record of 8-8 and a 5.48 ERA in 20 High-A starts and an 0-2 mark with a 7.16 ERA in 12 AAA relief outings.

The 26-y.o. Simmons has already made his Nats debut, appearing in this morning’s Senators game with two shutout frames with one walk and no K’s.

The Suns, meanwhile, announced a flurry of moves this morning:

• RHP Wander Suero promoted to Potomac
• LHP Robert Orlan assigned from XST
• C Spender Kieboom activated from the 7-Day DL
• C Austin Chubb reassigned to XST
• LHP Kylin Turnbull activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP L.J. Hollins placed on the 7-Day DL

A corresponding move from Potomac may not be forthcoming, as RHP Rafael Martin’s assignment to the P-Nats from XST is a minor-league rehab stint (officially, Martin remains on the Harrisburg DL) per MilB.com.

UPDATE #1
The Senators have made a second announcement today regarding player transactions:

• C Wilson Ramos MLB rehab ended (activated today by Washington)
• RHP Brad Meyers assigned from XST
• RHP Gabriel Alfaro released
• RHP Rafael Martin activated and reassigned to Potomac

MiLB.com is still reporting the Martin’s move as a rehab assignment, which conflicts with this announcement as well as one made by the P-Nats late Monday night. Not the first time this has happened. Stay tuned for updates if/when Potomac & Syracuse make press releases this afternoon.

UPDATE #2

Potomac and Syracuse’s PR folks have weighed in, clarifying the corresponding moves:

POTOMAC
• RHP Brian Dupra promoted to Harrisburg

SYRACUSE
• RHP Brad Meyers activated from the DL, reassigned to Harrisburg.

The Potomac, Hagerstown, and Syracuse rosters are all full, while it appears that the Senators roster has one spot open. There are, of course, TBAs and TBDs in the upcoming probables. Stay tuned to the daily News & Notes to see how it plays out.

Last Night In Woodbridge

The Potomac Nationals rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to walk off in the 9th with a 4-3 win over Frederick. Randolph Oduber’s two-out double to right-center, his second two-bagger of the game and third hit overall, sent in Justin Miller all the way from first base to complete the comeback effort.

Of course, had the P-Nats not been so sloppy in the first, the drama would not have been necessary. It started with the very first batter as Oscar Tejeda booted a grounder to third by the Keys leadoff man Glynn Davis. After a 1-3 sacrifice moved up Davis, Zane Chavez singled to center.

For the second time in as many games Narciso Mesa launched a rocket in from center. If Cole Leonida were 7’2″ he might have caught it on the fly. Instead it sailed to the backstop and allowed Chavez to take second. Former P-Nat Mike Burgess drove in the first run with a groundout to first.

Frederick got another gift run when Stephen Perez committed his eighth error on a routine grounder, pulling the 6’5″ first baseman Shawn Pleffner off the bag far enough that the southpaw couldn’t get the tag play ruled in his favor (it looked like he got him but thanks to the Carolina League’s parsimony two-umpire system, the call was made from across the diamond).

Burgess would double and score in the 4th, catching the Potomac battery napping with a steal of third and trotting home on single by Jason Esposito as the Keys extended their lead to 3-0.

Frederick’s Bradley Wager went through the Potomac lineup twice with just a single hit allowed, retiring nine in a row from the 1st to the 4th, but failed the true test of a starter — making it through the lineup a third time.

Oduber doubled to the LF corner to start the 6th, Perez singled to center to push him third, and Tejeda atoned for his error with a three run bomb on a BP warmer to the tie it up at 3-3 and chase Wager from the game.

The big fly also took John Simms off the hook, as the 22-y.o. survived the errors to notch the very first quality start for Potomac in 2014: three runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings with no walks and two strikeouts.

The gamewinner came after a questionable called third strike in the 9th against Leonida, who protested without getting tossed, perhaps influencing the walk that followed to Justin Miller. Mesa missed his chance for redemption with a first-pitch popup for the second out in the ninth, setting up Oduber’s heroics.

The win went to Robert Benincasa, who pitched a scoreless 9th, while Rafael Martin made his first appearance of the year with two perfect innings in the 7th and 8th.

Potomac goes for the sweep tonight with Ronald Pena (2-0, 6.23) making the start against Frederick’s Branden Kline (2-1, 2.36).

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-4, 2.20) vs.
Montgomery (3-0, 3.19)
Romero (2-4, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Richmond,
10:30 a.m.
Purke (0-5, 9.30) vs.
Blackburn (2-2, 2.00)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (2-0, 6.23) vs.
Kline (2-1, 2.36)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Voth (0-2, 2.91) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 4.30)


Syracuse 3 Durham 2
• Poveda 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Stange (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Gonzalez (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Komatsu 2-3, R, SB, HBP

Syracuse finally surpassed the .500 mark (16-15) as they won their fourth straight with a 3-2 decision over Durham. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes’s two-run double in the last of the 7th was the game-winner, which also marked the Chiefs’ sixth win in ten one-run ballgames. Omar Poveda got the start, giving up both Bulls runs on three hits and two walks while fanning a season-high of seven. Daniel Stange got the win while Mike Gonzalez got the save (the first for both, respectively) as the two veteran relievers combined for three shutout innings. Erik Komatsu singled twice, scored once, and stole a base to lead the Syracuse attack.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington, RHP Ryan Mattheus optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 1
• Cole (W, 3-1) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 7K; 1-2
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-3, BB, RBI
• Skole 1-4, 2B, RBI

A.J. Cole spun six scoreless innings while the Harrisburg offense put up a four-spot in the bottom of the 5th to take a 5-1 win from Richmond. Cole scattered seven hits and struck out seven in his best outing of the season thus far, which earned him his third win and dropped his ERA to 2.86. Kevin Keyes and Brian Jeroloman both reached base twice with a single and a walk to pace the balanced attack of eight hits and four walks. Roster moves: LHP Felipe Rivero placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Justin Thomas reassigned from Hagerstown. As noted by Byron Kerr via Twitter, this is likely a signal that LHP Sammy Solis is about to return from XST (back).

Potomac 4 Frederick 3
• Simms 6IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Tejeda 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

A sloppy start, a fantastic finish Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 homestand, the Suns take to the road on a three-game win streak to take on Hickory for four games over three days, with one of last week’s rainouts scheduled to be made up with a doubleheader tomorrow.

Last Night In Woodbridge

It doesn’t count as a quality start, but the efforts of Ian Dickson and Matthew Spann last night are as good as it gets for a two-pitcher effort. The Potomac duo combined on a seven-hit shutout — the first of 2014 for the P-Nats — in a 4-0 win last night in Woodbridge.

Dickson, who was making his first start of the season after seven relief outings, allowed just three hits and a walk over four innings as he kept the veteran Frederick lineup (redundant, I know) off-balance with a mix of fastballs and changeups. More importantly, he retired the first batter in all five innings.

The P-Nats would draw first blood in the 1st with a leadoff double by the Groovin’ Aruban (Randolph Oduber) and one-out triple by Oscar Tejeda. Brandon Miller was responsible for three runs, the first one via the bat as he ripped one to the 5/6 hole that Keys 3B Jason Esposito stopped and threw out Miller while Tejeda charged in from third base.

The second Miller run was one he prevented with his right arm in the 3rd inning as he gunned down Tucker Nathans trying to score from second on a two-out, groundball single to right field by Lucas Herbst.

The third run came in the 6th as Miller beat out an infield hit to third to extend the Potomac lead to 3-0. Potomac would get its fourth and final run in the 8th on a Stephen Perez walk, steal of second, and Tejeda’s two-out single for his second hit and second RBI of the night.

Matthew Spann took over for Dickson in the 6th and gave up back-to-back singles before getting a flyball to medium center, which Narciso Mesa airmailed past the cutoff man, perhaps too eager to show that he’s a worth successor to the CF arms that came before him (Michael Taylor, Chris Curran).

Spann would erase the threat with a double-play ball with a 6-3 DP by Perez, the second of five batters Spann set down in a row before giving up a leadoff double and a one-out single in the 8th. Spann would go self service this time, striking out the next two batters to end the threat and catching all three Keys looking in the 9th to earn the save.

With the win, Potomac improves to 17-10 and opens up a 4½ game lead over second-place Lynchburg in the Carolina League North. John Simms (0-0, 1.80) make his second start tonight for the P-Nats with Brady Wager (2-2, 6.12) taking the hill for Frederick.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Poveda (1-3, 8.17) vs.
Romero (2-4, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-5, 9.30) vs.
Marte (1-1, 5.85)
Potomac Won, 4-0 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Wager (2-2, 6.12)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 8 Durham 4
• Roenicke 4IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Jackson (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Souza 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 2-5, R, RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, 3B

Steve Souza drove in three while going 3-for-5 in his return to AAA as the Chiefs doubled up the Bulls, 8-4. Josh Roenicke got the start and pitched around three walks and three hits for four scoreless innings before giving way to Tyler Herron. Durham spoiled the 26-y.o.’s AAA debut with four runs in the 5th before Zach Jackson bailed him out and pitched two more scoreless for the win. Josh Johnson (2-for-5) and Emmanuel Burris (2-for-4) both had multiple hits as Syracuse tallied 10 hits total.
Roster moves: OF Jerry Scott Hairston activated from 15-Day DL, recalled to Washington, OF Steve Souza optioned from Washington; LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 2, RHP Tyler Herron reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 2
• Espino (L, 0-1) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 4K
• Bates 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 3-3, RBI, SF
• Dykstra 2-4

Spot starter Paolo Espino seamlessly kept the first-inning woes of the Senators intact as the Flying Squirrels pounced for four runs early and cruised to an 8-2 win. Espino gave up six runs total on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Caleb Ramsey and Cutter Dykstra combined for five of the eight Harrisburg hits with Ramsey notching the lone RBI on a sacrifice fly in the 5th.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos added to roster as MLB rehab; RHP Rob Gilliam placed on 7-Day DL.
Potomac 4 Frederick 0
• Dickson (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Spann (SV, 1) 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Tejeda 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Perez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB

Officially, no quality start, but some strong pitching nevertheless Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster moves: OF Will Piwnica-Worms placed on 7-Day DL, RHP Rafael Martin assigned from XST

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 5
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Medina 2-3, RBI, SF
• Wooten 1-3, R, 2RBI
• Martinez 1-1, 2R, 2B, 3BB, 2SB, CS

Hector Silvestre threw five no-hit, no-run innings as the Suns built a 4-0 lead before holding off a late Lexington charge for a 6-5 win. Silvestre, working on three days’ rest, allowed just one walk and struck one to earn his first win of the season. Estarlin Martinez drew three walks, scored twice and stole two bases to lead the Hagerstown offense. Jake Walsh was awarded his third save despite giving up single runs in the 8th and 9th innings.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos removed from roster as MLB rehab.

Last Night In Hagerstown

Ed. Note: Julie Goldberg, a veteran minor-league team employee for several teams over the past nine seasons — including the Hagerstown Suns in 2005 and the Potomac Nationals currently — gives us this dispatch from the Legends-Suns game last night in Hagerstown.

Photo Credit: Joshua Mitchell via Twitter
Hagerstown, MD – The Hagerstown Suns put on a balanced offensive show in a 10-8 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday evening at Municipal Stadium. The win improves the Suns’ record to 21-7 in 2014 and keeps them 5½ games ahead of the Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division standings.

Seven of Hagerstown’s batters got at least one hit during the game, led by Wilson Ramos, who was making his first rehab start since going on the disabled list for the parent club on April 1st. Ramos went 2-for-3, with a home run and three runs batted in.

The Suns got their offense going early against Legends LHP Cody Reed. After shortstop Wilmer Difo reached on an error, he scored on Ramos’s base hit to score the game’s first run in the bottom of the 1st.

The Legends tied the game in the 2nd and the Suns retook the lead in the 3rd. Following walks to Rafael Bautista and Difo, Ramos put the Suns up by a score of 4-1 with a three-run home run over the right field wall.

It was a back-and-forth battle in the middle innings as the Legends answered with two runs of their own in the 4th inning off of Suns’ RHP Lucas Giolito. In the bottom half of the inning, Hagerstown first baseman John Wooten led off with a solo home run. The Suns tallied two more runs in the 4th after Willie Medina reached on an error and then later scored. Bautista was then hit by a pitch and scored the Suns’ third run of the inning on Difo’s sacrifice fly to extend the Hagerstown lead to 7-3.

The Suns added to their lead in the 5th inning after right fielder Estarlin Martinez walked to lead off the inning.He later scored on Medina’s sacrifice fly. With the bases loaded in the 6th inning, Isaac Ballou scored on Drew Ward’s force out at second base. Martinez then drove in Difo on a sacrifice fly to make the score 10-5.

Lexington would then tack on two unearned runs in the seventh and another unearned run in the 8th before RHP Ryan Ullman closed out the game in the 9th inning. Ullman pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to record his third save of the season.

Giolito pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five and improved his record to 2-0 on the season.

Hagerstown closes out their homestand tonight against Lexington with first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Roenicke (0-2, 6.08) vs.
Andriese (1-2, 4.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 15-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 5.09)TBD vs.
Snodgrass (1-0, 0.93)
Potomac Won, 11-3 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (0-2, 6.23) vs.
Beal (0-0, 4.41)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lexington,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Tenuta (2-2, 2.73)


Syracuse 1 Toledo 0
• Hill (W, 4-1) 9IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K, 102-67 P-K
• Solano 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The battery of Taylor Hill and Jhonatan Solano powered Syracuse to a 1-0 shutout of Toledo. Hill went the distance with just three hits and a walk allowed while striking five. Solano provided the lone Chief run with a solo shot in the 7th. Hill retired 17 batters from the 3rd to the 9th before Emmanuel Burriss’s error ended the streak. The 25-y.o. “northpaw” ended the game with the tying run at 2nd and the go-ahead at 1st with a whiff of 36-y.o. Mike Hessman, the active minor-league leader in HRs with 395.

Reading 15 Harrisburg 2
• Rivero (L, 1-5) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Grace 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Bloxom 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Latimore 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI

Reading scored six in the 3rd and the last six runs of the game in a 15-2 blowout of Harrisburg. Felipe Rivero was strafed for seven runs on seven hits and two walks while losing for the fifth time in six starts. Five of the Fightins runs were unearend, “thanks” to four errors by the Senators, who now have 37 in 27 games. Justin Bloxom (2-for-3, BB) and Quincy Latimore (1-for-2, 2BB) both reached base three times to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 11 Winston-Salem 3
• Bacus 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 4-5, R, 3B, RBI (10G hit streak)
• Oduber 3-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Oscar Tejeda’s grand-slam highlighted a five-run 8th as Potomac earned a split of the four-game series with an 11-3 smackdown of Winston-Salem. Khayyan Norfork, Shawn Pleffner, and Pedro Severino also went deep as the P-Nats saw seven of their 14 hits go for extra bases. Dakota Bacuse made his second start and went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Gilberto Mendez got the win with two perfect innings of relief. Adrian Sanchez remains on fire, going 4-for-5 to extend his hit streak to 10 games and raise his BA to .267 after a 2-for-35 start.

Hagerstown 10 Lexington 8
• Giolito (W, 2-0) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Ullmann (SV, 3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Ramos 2-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Wooten 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Martinez 1-1, R, RBI, 2BB, SF

Julie Goldberg is our latest guest writer and recaps what happened Last Night In Hagerstown.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos added to roster for MLB rehab.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 14-3 vs. Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Hill (2-1, 2.35) vs.
Hardy (1-1, 5.65)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0 @ Reading,
5:05 p.m.
Rivero (1-4, 5.06) vs.
Biddle (2-3, 3.62)
Potomac Lost, 9-5 @ Winston-Salem,
2:00 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Wendelken (3-1, 3.81)
Hagerstown Won, 7-1 vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-0, 2.95) vs.
Reed (0-1, 135.00)


Syracuse 14 Toledo 3
• Treinen 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Laffey (W, 3-0) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Komatsu 3-5, R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Goodwin, 2-3, 4R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Hood 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI

Like a Florida municipal ledger, the official scorebook was filled with crooked numbers as the Chiefs plucked the ‘Hens, 14-3. Blake Treinen started but was scheduled for just one inning as the Nationals continue playing Patriot games with the rotation. Aaron Laffey got the win in the laugher with seven innings of six-hit, two-run relief though he walked four and struck out two. Every Syracuse batter reached base, thanks to ten walks issued by Toledo pitchers and 12 hits racked up by the Chiefs lineup, with Erik Komatsu getting the benefit of “the reverse GBI curse” with a 3-for-5 game with a walk, a homer, and three RBI. As tweeted and mentioned in the comments yesterday, Taylor Jordan is not listed among the probables for the next four games (though May 7), which is consistent with the current vacillation between Wednesday or Friday for Doug Fister’s return to DC.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 0
• Schwartz (L, 0-5) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Bates 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Taylor 2-2
• Bloxom 1-4, 2B

A 38-minute rain delay in the 5th interrupted what had been a strong start by Harrisburg’s Blake Schwartz, who had given up a run on inside-the-park job when Michael Taylor slipped and fell on the warning track in the 3rd. When play resumed, Reading lit up the Senator starter for three more runs and stung Colin Bates for one run in the 5-0 shutout. Does it get worse? Of course it gets worse. Taylor, who had been 2-for-2, left the game in the 5th with a possible leg injury, as Harrisburg radio guy Terry Byrom noted Taylor flexing his left knee after the play (H/T Dave Sottile of the Patriot-Times). Justin Bloxom was the only other Sens batter to hit safely, connecting on a 7th inning double.

Winston-Salem 9 Potomac 5
• Mooneyham (L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, HBP, E
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• S. Perez 2-3, 3B, BB, RBI, SB
• J. Miller 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Brett Mooneyham’s inability to throw strikes that don’t become hits resurfaced last night as Winston-Salem pummeled the 24-y.o. southpaw for seven runs on five hits over just an inning and a 1/3rd en route to a 9-5 win over Potomac. Mooneyham walked “only” three, but two of those came with the bases loaded. He also hit a batter. Offensively, five of the P-Nats’ nine hits went for extra bases, including triples by Stephen Perez and Randolph Oduber, who led the RBI column with two. Perez and Justin Miller both went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Potomac hit parade.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 1
• Pivetta (W, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Cooper (H, 2) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB, CS
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 3B
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown hammered away at Lexington for scores in five of the first six innings in a 7-1 victory. Nick Pivetta won his team-best fourth game with five scoreless innings, giving up a walk and three hits while fanning six. The underage Drew Ward was the “beer man” as the only Sun without hit on the night, ending his 10-game hit streak but drawing a walk to maintain his 12-game on-base streak. Isaac Ballou singled, doubled, scored once, walked twice, and drove in two from the leadoff spot to pace the 13-hit, four-walk attack.