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.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-5 vs. Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-4, 5.66) vs.
Holmes (9-5, 3.26)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Trenton,
6:00 p.m.
Voth (3-1, 4.13) vs.
Camarena (1-1, 3.75)
Potomac Lost, 14-6 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Sharp (2-1, 5.06) vs.
Puckett (11-11, 3.86)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Kannapolis,
6:05 p.m.
Braymer (1-1, 8.56) vs.
Hickman (3-6, 4.23).

Auburn Won, 11-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Balestrieri (3-2, 5.30)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-3 vs. GCL Astros,
10:00 a.m.

Syracuse 11 Indianapolis 5
• Simms (W, 1-3) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, HR, 3RBI

The Chiefs jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Indians and never looked back in an 11-5 win.

Harrisburg 5 Trenton 1
• Estevez (W, 4-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 2K, BK
• Bacus (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Robles 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB
• Read 3-4, 2R, HR(16), 2RBI, PB(13)
• Ward 1-3, BB

Harrisburg pushed its win streak to four games with a 5-1 win over Trenton. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez one-hit the Thunder for six innings, though he issued four walks and struck out just two, but won his fourth AA game. After Tim Collins was roughed up for third time in five appearances, Dakota Bacus shut the door with two scoreless for the save. Victor Robles walked once and doubled twice while Raudy Read singled twice and homered to lead the Sens’ offense.

Winston-Salem 14 Potomac 6
• Guilbeau (L, 4-4) 4⅔ IP, 11H, 9R, 7ER, BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, BB
• Beckwith 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Sundberg 2-5, 2RBI, 2SB(20, 21)

This one went to the dogs on Bark in the Park night, which saw the Dash batters make the P-Nats fielders play fetch, 14-6. Taylor Guilbeau took the brunt of the beating, charged with nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds for his fourth loss. Rhett Wiseman singled twice and walked once while Tyler Beckwith connected for his first High-A HR and scored twice to pace the Potomac offense. Roster move: 2B Jake Noll promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 4
• Bourque 5⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Bogucki (W, 3-2) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Held (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Agustin 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• C. Kieboom 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Corredor 2-4, 2RBI

Hagerstown kept pace with second-place Greensboro and gained a game on first-place Hickory with a 5-4 win over first-half champ Kannapolis. James Bourque got the start and pitched into the 6th, but gave up all four Intimidator runs on five hits and four walks. A.J. Bogucki stranded a runner while getting the next seven outs to earn the win while Sam Held kept the tying run from scoring in the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to tally the save. Telmito Agustin was a triple shy of the cycle while going 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Suns’ hit column. Roster move: 2B Branden Boggetto promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 11 Williamsport 3
• Raquet (W, 2-2) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Cousins 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Choruby 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI
• Upshaw 1-2, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Meregildo 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Doubledays got a touchdown and an extra point in the 1st and cruised to an 11-3 win vs. the Crosscutters. Nick Raquet was charged with all three Williamsport runs on seven hits, but walked none and struck out two for the win. Jake Cousins and Alex Troop both put up two scoreless to close out the game. Nick Choruby and Armond Upshaw both drew to walks and drove in a run to lead Auburn’s ten-hit, seven-walk offense.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Cardinals 3
• Pena (W, 1-3) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Ja. Peguero 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, RBI, 2K
• Garcia 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Pineda 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI

The extra point went wide in the G-Nats’ 4th as they tripled up the G-Cards, 9-3. Malvin Pena earned his first win with five innings of two-run ball on seven hits, no walks, and five whiffs. Jairon Peguero turned in another strong outing with two more goose eggs to close out the game. Rafael Bautista, Luis Garcia, Yasel Antuna, and Israel Pineda each had two hits in the G-Nats’ 10-hit parade.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-3, 8.14) vs.
Brault (10-5, 1.94)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (3-1, 4.02) vs.
Tate (0-1, 4.50)
Potomac Won, 1-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Guilbeau (4-3, 4.58) vs.
Lambert (3-3, 4.97)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-0 vs. Kannapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (5-7, 4.98) vs.
Hickman (3-6, 4.23)
Auburn Lost, 9-8 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (1-2, 2.54) vs.
Howard (0-1, 6.27)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-6 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.

Durham 6 Syracuse 0
It was pumpkin time for Esmil Rogers as Durham lit him up for four in the 1st and all six runs in a 6-0 shutout of Syracuse. Roster move: IF Emmanuel Burris placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to August 15; 1B-3B Matt Skole activated from the 7-Day DL; LHP Enny Romero assigned from Washington for MLB Rehab.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 4
• Dragmire (W, 3-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR; 1-2, R
• Cordero (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perez 3-4, R, CS
• Read 2-4, 2K
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B

The Senators completed the sweep of the Flying Squirrels with a 5-4 win in the series finale. Brady Dragmire won for the third time as he let in three runs on seven hits over five innings. he walked one and struck out none. Kyle Schepel, Derek Self, and Jimmy Cordero each put up a goose egg to earn a hold before Andrew Robinson was touched for a run in the 9th but got the save anyway. Stephen Perez led the hit column with three singles, followed by Raud Read with a 2-for-4 night, and Victor Robles with a single and a double.

Potomac 1 Salem 0

• McGowin (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pantoja (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mills (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Beckwith 1-3, R, 3B
• Johnson 1-3, BB

Three pitchers combined on a 1-0, eight-hit shutout as the P-Nats took the four-game series from Salem, 3-1. Kyle McGowin won for the second time in 16 starts with six shutout innings, allowing a walk and five hits while setting down four on strikes. Jorge Pantoja followed with an inning and 2/3rds scoreless to notch the hold while Jordan Mills got the last four outs for the save. Tyler Beckwith tripled to lead off the 3rd and scored on a double-play ball for the game’s only run. Roster move: 1B Ian Sagdal placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 0
• DeRosier (L, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR, 2WP, BK
• C. Pena 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP
• Perkins 1-3, 3BB
• Banks 1-4

Hagerstown was no-hit for seven innings before Blake Perkins broke it up, but Hickory still got the shutout, 3-0 and took the series, 2-1. Matt DeRosier took the loss with all three Crawdads runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings Carlos Pena finished the game with two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings. Perkins also walked three times while Nick Banks collected the second of two Suns hits on the night.

Williamsport 9 Auburn 8
• Johnston 5IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• McKinney (L, 1-1) 1IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HR
• Shepard 2-2, R, 2B, 3BB, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-3, R, RBI
• Guibor 2-5, 2R, 3B, 2RBI

The Doubledays were unable to hold an 8-4 lead in the 9th and were felled by the Crosscutters, 9-8. Kyle Johnston turned in five innings two-run ball on two hits and a walk and was rewarded with a no-decision. The loss went to Jeremy McKinney with five runs allowed (two earned) on four hits (two homers) in a single inning thrown. Chance Shepard reached base five times with a single, double, and three walks to lead Auburn’s 12-hit parade.

GCL Marlins 7 GCL Nationals 6
• German 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• De Los Santos 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zwetsch (L, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B
• Connell 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Antuna 1-4, BB, RBI, E(20)

The G-Nats also fell in the 9th in a back-and-forth, 7-6 loss to the G-Marlins. Jhonatan German went the first four and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four. The loss went to Connor Zwetsch on an unearned run in the 9th, courtesy of Yasel Antuna’s 20th error. Rafael Bautista singled, doubled, and scored a run to pace the G-Nats’ nine-hit, four-walk offense.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 vs. Durham,
6:35 p.m.
Rogers (1-1, 2.65) vs.
Yarbrough (12-6, 3.41)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Dragmire (2-1, 2.00) vs.
Taylor (4-9, 4.60)
Potomac Lost, 8-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
McGowin (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Boyd (3-0, 2.10)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
DeRosier (2-2, 4.45) vs.
Matuella (3-6, 4.34)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Johnston (0-1, 3.97) vs.
Young (5-0, 1.81)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-4 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.

Durham 3 Syracuse 2
• Valdez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K

The Chiefs lost a 2-1 lead on a pair of solo HRs to drop a 3-2 decision to the Bulls. Roster moves: OF Alejandro De Aza selected, recalled to Washington; C Jhonatan Solano activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 7 Richmond 4
• G. Ross (W, 4-2) 6+ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, 2HR
• Lara (H, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Joseph 3-4, 4R, 2B, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Read 3-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, PB(12)
• Hernandez 0-2, 2BB, SB

Harrisburg climbed out of the E.L. West cellar into 5th place with its second straight win over Richmond, 7-4. Greg Ross went two batters too far to lose the quality start but won the game with as left after giving up a double then a homer to the two batters he faced in the 7th. He was charged with all four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven. Braulio Lara tossed two scoreless for the hold, Andrew Robinson pitched a clean 9th for the save. Corban Joseph racked up ten total bases with a double and two homers and scored four runs to pace the Senators offense.

Salem 8 Potomac 4 (10 inn.)
• Reyes 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 7K, HR
• G. Mendez (L, 3-3) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Masters 2-5, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-6, R, RBI

It was 2017 in a nutshell: the starter pitched well enough to win, the bullpen did not, and the offense wasn’t enough to cover up the mistakes. Potomac rallied for two in the 8th to tie it at 4-4 but had no answer for the four-run meltdown in the 10th in an 8-4 loss to Salem. Luis Reyes gave up a HR in 2nd but was otherwise solid for six innings, with four hits and one walk allowed and seven K’s. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez with four runs coughed up on four hits and a walk in just a single inning. Bryan Mejia was the beer man in a 13-hit parade, which was offset by 13 whiffs and… wait for it… 13 runners left on base. Roster move: RHP Jefry Rodriguez activated from the Restricted List.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 3
• Davis (W, 4-4) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Howard (SV, 5) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Barrera 3-5, R, 2B
• Corredor 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Agustin 2-5, 2B, RBI, CS

Hagerstown bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to double up Hickory, 6-3 and stay within striking distance (2GB) as they two teams meet tonight for the final time (weather permitting). Weston Davis pitched five shutout innings to earn the win, allowing four hits, two walks, and setting down seven on strikes. Hayden Howard stranded two in the 8th and Cordero’d around two walks in the 9th to notch the save. Tres Barrera reached base three times with a pair of singles and a double, as did Aldrem Corredor with a walk, single, and a double to lead the Suns’ offense.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 1
• O’Sullivan 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Tetreault (W, 1-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Je. Baez 2-3, R, BB
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Pryor 2-4, BB, RBI

The Doubledays scored in each of the first four innings to fell the Crosscutters, 5-1. After two scoreless innings of rehab by Sean O’Sullivan, Jackson Tetreault tossed three shutout frames with two walks and three whiffs to earn the win. Nick Choruby was the sole batter not to reach base as Auburn drew eight walks (three by Andres Martinez) and collected 12 hits but left on 15 baserunners. Roster move: RHP Sean O’Sullivan assigned from Syracuse for MiLB rehab.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 3
• Alastre 4IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Adler (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Garcia 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Cramer 1-3, R, RBI
• Pascal 0-2, R, 2BB

The G-Nats kept pace with the streaking G-Cards (six straight) as they downed the G-Mets, 6-4. Starter Tomas Alaster gave up runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks while fanning two. The win went to Sean Adler, who let in one run on two hits, no walks, and struck out four over three innings. Luis Garcia singled twice and doubled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run as the G-Nats squeezed six runs from seven hits and two walks (and two G-Mets errors).

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Transactions
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
6:35 p.m.
RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington.
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Richmond,
6:30 p.m.
IF Corban Joseph activated from 7-Day DL; RHP Ryan Brinley placed on the 7-Day DL
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Hagerstown Lost, 9-4 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
SS Carter Kieboom reassigned from Auburn
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.

Editor’s note: Abbreviated today due to family obligations
• RHP Wander Suero notched his 19th save between AA an AAA
• RHP Taylor Hill did not give up a HR
• Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases
• RHP Joan Baez walked just two and struck out five over 6IP to pick up his second High-A win
• Carter Kieboom went 0-for-4 in his return to Low-A
• Blake Perkins went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored while stealing his 27th base
• Branden Boggetto went 1-for-2 off the bench at the NYPL All-Star Game
• Jake Scudder was 0-for-2 as the starting 1B for the NYPL South team
• Max Engelbrekt struck out two in his single inning pitched at the NYPL All-Star game

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Durham,
6:35 p.m.
Long (3-4, 3.84) vs.
Chirinos (11-3, 2.80)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Richmond,
6:30 p.m.
T. Hill (4-4, 6.08) vs.
Herb (1-1, 2.95)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (1-8, 4.61) vs.
Kent (7-5, 4.15)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
GCL Nationals Won, 7-3 OFF DAY

Syracuse – OFF DAY
Yesterday was the final scheduled off day for Syracuse, which begins a six-game homestand against Durham and Indianapolis today. Roster move: C Pedro Severino optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
Likewise for the Senators, who take on the Flying Squirrels for three and the Thunder for three over the next six games.

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Strasburg 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Sharp (W, 2-1) 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K
• Masters 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Gushue 2-4, RBI

Taylor Gushue’s RBI single in the bottom of the 8th tied while David Masters’s run-scoring single won it as Potomac edged Salem, 3-2. Stephen Strasburg did not disappoint in his rehab outing with a dominant five innings pitched (showed the full arsenal) with a three hits allowed (one solid) one run let in (on a double steal) and five strikeouts. Sterling Sharp followed with four innings of one-run ball on three hits and three walks while striking out two as he picked up his second win in as many appearances. Gushue and Masters both went 2-for-4 to lead the P-Nats’ attack.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Unlike the Chiefs and Senators, the Suns’ off day was prior to a road trip. Second-place Hagerstown faces off against first-place Hickory over the next three games. Down by two games in the second-half race, they’ll need to win at least one and have the opportunity to take a one-game lead with a sweep. This is the final time the two teams meet in 2017.

The 2017 NYPL All-Star Game is tonight in Troy, NY. Three Doubledays were selected: this year’s 16th and 40th Rd. picks, Jake Scudder and Max Engelbrekt, and last year’s 25th Rd. pick, Branden Bogetto.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Astros 3
• Stoeckinger (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Zwetsch 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Blash 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ventura 2-4, R, 2B
• Antuna 2-5, R, 2B, 0E (DH)

The G-Nats final got back into the win column with a 7-3 win to stay in first place in the GCL East. Jackson Stoeckinger tossed five scoreless to earn his professional win, allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out five. Jamori Blash reached base four times, scored twice, and drove in two while falling a homer shy of the cycle to lead the G-Nats’ 13-hit parade.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 10-9 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 9-5 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Strasburg (MLB Rehab) vs.
Raudes (4-7, 4.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2;
Lost, 5-3
Auburn Lost, 12-3 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 10-4 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.

Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 0
• Fedde (L, 1-2) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K; 0-1, K, SAC

Erick Fedde pitched well enough to win, but neither of the Chiefs’ two hits were home runs as Syracuse dropped its sixth straight, 2-0. Roster move: Washington recalled C Pedro Severino.

Hartford 10 Harrisburg 9
• Voth 6IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Robinson (BS, 2; L, 1-2) ⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, 1BB, 0K, HBP
• Hernandez 3-5, R, 2B, BB
• Gamache 3-5, R, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B, 4RBI, E, OF assist at 1B

Harrisburg’s 9-6 lead was too small for Andrew Robinson, who retired just two of seven batters faced in the 9th to cough up four in the 9th and lose to Hartford, 10-9. The collapse offset a four-run rally in the 8th to take an 8-6 lead, which gave starter Austin Voth a no-decision. Voth allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings, but walked none and struck out four. Victor Robles drove in four with a two-run single in the 4th and two-run double in the 8th while Yadiel Hernandez and Dan Gamche each added three hits and scored a run to pace the Sens offense. Roster move: OF Michael Taylor removed from roster, rehab ended; recalled to Washington.

Potomac 9 Frederick 5
• Guilbeau (W, 4-3) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2WP
• Pena 1IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Mejia 3-4, 2R
• Sundberg 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Gushue 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI

The P-Nats put up crooked numbers in three of four rallies and prevented a Keys sweep with a 9-5 win in the series finale. Taylor Guilbeau won for the fourth time with a quality start of three runs on six hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out five. Bryan Mejia led the 11-hit parade with three singles while Jack Sundberg reached base three times on two singles and a walk.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 2 – GAME ONE
• Bourque (L, 5-7) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• Bogucki 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K; 1-1 IR-S
• Corredor 1-2, 2B, BB
• Agustin 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown fell behind 3-0 early and couldn’t catch West Virginia, which took the first game, 5-2. James Bourque allowed all five Power runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two over five and 2/3rds innings. A.J. Bogucki allowed an inherited runner to score while closing out the 6yh and pitched a clean 7th. Aldrem Corredor doubled and walked while Telmito Agustin hit his seventh Low-A homer to lead the Suns offense.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 3 – GAME TWO
• Braymer (L, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K
• Barnett 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Banks 1-2, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Agustin 1-2, BB, RBI, CS

The Power jumped out to a 3-0 lead again but Nick Banks’s two-run HR in the 2nd and Telmito Agustin’s RBI single in the 3rd tied at 3-3. Ben Braymer hit the wall in 6th and left with the bases loaded and two outs. He would suffer the loss when Jake Barnett let in deciding runs with a walk to the first batter he faced and a bunt single to the second batter before he retired the next four batters. The Suns got a one-out walk in both the 6th and 7th innings but the tying run never got on base as Aldrem Corredor grounded into a double play to end the 6th and Anderson Franco and Oliver Ortiz lined out and flew out to end the game.

Lowell 12 Auburn 3
• Romero (L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K; 35-24 PIT-K
• Y. Ramirez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Esthay 2-4, R, SB
• Choruby 2-4, R

A six-run 5th sealed the deal for Lowell as they completed the three-game sweep of Auburn with a 12-3 win. Seth Romero’s modest five-inning scoreless inning streak ended when the Spinners smoked him for three runs on four hits and a walk in the 1st, which also resulted in his first professional loss. Yonathan Ramirez was the only effective Auburn reliever, tossing three scoreless to close out the game. Kameron Esthay, Nick Choruby, and Jeyner Baez each had two singles to account for six of the 11 hits by the Doubledays.

GCL Cardinals 10 GCL Nationals 4
• Galindez (L, 1-2) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K
• Ja. Peguero 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• L. Garcia 3-3, 3B, CS
• Antuna 3-4, RBI, CS, E(19)

The G-Nats’ slide goes to five with a 10-4 loss to the G-Cardinals. Nelson Galindez was lit up five runs on five hits and four walks over just four and a 1/3rd innings as he suffered his second loss. Jairon Peguero had a strong GCL debut with two runners stranded in the 7th and two more scoreless innings. Luis Garcia singled twice and tripled once while Yasel Antuna went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the G-Nats’ attack.