Transaction Update

As noted in the comments, the latest transaction post from BA has more than one item for the Nats:
• RHPs Taylor Hill (re-signed), Justin Miller
• OF Moises Sierra
• 1B Balbino Fuenmayor

No word on whether batters in the International League and/or Eastern Leage have a sent thank-you notes to the Nats for potentially scheduling another season of in-game batting practice (Hill). The rest are your usual, run-of-the-mill MLFAs to fill out the rosters in AAA and AA.


Yesterday in the Post, Chelsea Janes passes along news that Bryan Harper has been (or will; neither BA nor MiLB has listed a transaction for Harper since September) re-signed and will be extended a non-roster invite to spring training.

It is amusing that some people believe how the Nationals treat Bryce’s big brother will have any tangible effect on his impending free agency. Sure, it can’t hurt, and unlike other legacy picks (*cough* Shane McCatty *cough*), the elder Harper has performed well enough to defuse any accusations of nepotism.

But methinks Bryce and uber-agent Scott Boras are a bit more pre-occupied on how the younger Harper is going to get paid.

Nats Make Some Minor-League Signs

In the latest BA transaction post, we’re finally seeing some free-agent signings for Washington:

• 3B Michael Almanzar BRef
• SS Jason Martinson BRef
• OF Ryan Raburn BRef

Yeah, the band’s getting back together…

…Almanzar re-signs after splitting time between Detroit and Washington’s AAA teams in 2017.

…Martinson, who went solo signed with Texas last winter, returns to the organization that drafted him in the 5th Rd. of the 2010 draft.

…Raburn, who also split time in AAA for two organizations (Chicago and Washington) in 2017, comes back with the hope of sticking with the big club on the bench, as he did for two months last summer (albeit thanks to plethora of injuries).

All three would appear to be ticketed for Syracuse for next summer, though the Nats do have a history of using veteran free agents to fill gaps at both AA and AAA.

Stay tuned for the “Favorite Pitchers” post.

AFL/Offseason Update: Nov. 11, 2017

A pitcher’s duel went into extras, but Mesa’s two runs in the final inning (by rule) were matched by Salt River for a 3-3 tie in 11 innings.

Victor Robles, who signed for eBay investors the fans prior to the game, led off the game as the DH with a infield single and homered for the third time this fall in the 8th to tie it up at 1-1.

Kelvin Gutierrez has yet to cool down as he put up another 2-for-5 effort and his fourth multihit game while playing first base again. He did, however, strike out twice and got thrown out trying to steal third base.

Daniel Johnson’s hitless streak extended to six games with an 0-for-4 game and one walk. Defensively, the centerfielder had one putout.

Jimmy Cordero worked around two hits in the 7th and struck out in his lone inning of work. He threw 19 pitches, 11 for strikes.

With the tie, the Rafters and Solar Sox remain 1½ games apart in the AFL East with five games left to play. They rematch this afternoon for the final time this season.

# # #

Minor-league free agency began this week with a fairly sizable contingent of guys – 26 though that does include a couple of player-coaches:
RHPs – Gabriel Arias, Taylor Hill, Kevin Jepsen, Jaron Long, Rafael Martin, Gilberto Mendez, Sean O’Sullivan, Neil Ramirez, Andrew Robinson, Cody Satterwhite, Kyle Schepel
LHPs – Tim Collins, Neal Cotts, Braulio Lara
C – Devin Ivany, Andruth Ramirez
IF – Michael Almanzar, Emmanuel Burriss, Benji Gonzalez, Corban Joseph, Mario Lisson, Matt Skole, Brandon Snyder, Neftali Soto
OF – Joey Butler, Chad Huffman

Eyeballing it, there’s roughly half-a-dozen homegrown players here, including the two player-coaches so we’re not looking at sizable farewell here for longtime farmhands.

Just ahead of the free-agency, the Nats made the following moves:

Released – OF Matt Page, C C.J. Picerni, RHP Michael Rishwain
Re-signed – IF Irving Falu, IF Dan Gamache, C Jake Lowery

For some reason, the Nats decided to hold onto 24-y.o. Picerni this season after a 2-for-8 showing in the GCL last summer. Our semi-annual reminder that “our guys” are treated like cattle (chattel?) when it suits the organization.

A fair amount of Nats in the Winter leagues are now ex-Nats in the winter leagues, so here’s a selection the more notable minor-leaguers, all in the Dominican Winter League except Aldrem Corredor, who’s in the Venezuelan Winter League:

  • Osvaldo Abreu .267/.313/267 in 6G
  • Rafael Bautista .125/.214/.357, 4SB in 7G
  • Jose Marmolejos .231/.324/.354, 2HR, 7RBI in 18G
  • Raudy Read .267/.267/.667, 2HR, 4RBI in 4G
  • Pedro Severino .125/.200/.125 in 3G
  • Aldrem Corredor .091/.130/.091 in 11G

Transaction Update

No Nationals got into yesterday’s 19-4 debacle in Peoria but we do a have a few transactions to pass along…

• 1B Clint Robinson
• RHP Jacob Turner

• IF Bryan Mejia
• C Adderling Ruiz
• LHP Hector Silvestre

No real surprises here – the guys that left might hook on elsewhere, the guys that didn’t felt like they wouldn’t (or their agents did).

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Auburn Won, 9-4 END OF SEASON N/A

Auburn 6 Batavia 3
• Johnston 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 5K
• Chu (W, 2-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Shepard 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Scudder 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Vilorio 2-3, R, BB

The Doubledays erased an early 2-0 deficit with crooked numbers in three consecutive innings as they neutered the Muckdogs in the season finale, 9-4. Kyle Johnston wobbled through four innings, giving up three runs on four hits and six walks while striking out five. Gilberto Chu threw three perfect innings with two whiffs to pick up the win, his second for Auburn. Chance Shepard drove in three on a single, double, and a homer while Jake Scudder doubled twice and singled once to lead the Doubleday offense. Roster moves: OFs Rafael Bautista, Andrew Stevenson recalled to Washington; OF Victor Robles added to 40-man roster, recalled from Harrisubrg.

That’s it, kids. We’re in the semi-offseason. Next up: Arizona Fall League in 5½ weeks.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4
(12 inn.)
Potomac Won, 5-3 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Won, 11-6 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn Won, 4-1 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 4.02) vs.
Oviedo (2-2, 4.25)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5 vs. GCL Yankees East,
12:00 p.m.

Buffalo 3 Syracuse 2
• Simms 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Valdez (L, 0-3) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 1-4, R, 3B
• Stevenson 1-4

The Chiefs fulfilled their destiny as the worst team in AAA with their 87th loss of the season, 3-2 to Buffalo. Roster move: C Pedro Severino and RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Altoon 7 Harrisburg 4
• T. Hill 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR(28)
• Self (L, 4-3) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, IBB, K, HR
• S. Perez 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Robles 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB, SB
• Lowery 2-4, BB, RBI

Harrisburg fell in the 12th inning, 7-4 on a three-run walkoff HR to make it an even 80 losses. Taylor Hill served up #28 but still managed to twirl a quality start of three runs on six hits, two walks, and two whiffs (only one of which was the opposing pitcher) in a no-decision. Derek Self lost for the third time as he put on two with a double and an intentional walk before he was sent packing. Stephen Perez tripled and homered, Victor Robles doubled twice, and Jake Lowery singled twice to lead the Senators offense.

Potomac 5 Frederick 3
• Rodriguez (W, 4-3) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 2-4, R, BB
• Noll 2-5, R, RBI
• Carey 1-1, 3BB, RBI

With the help of 11 walks, Potomac stopped its six-game slide with a 5-3 win over Frederick. Jefry Rodriguez got dinged for a two-run shot in the 1st but settled down to go six innings with all three Keys runs allowed on seven hits and a walk for his fourth win. Jorge Pantoja, R.C. Orlan, and Tommy Peterson combined for three scoreless innings to seal the deal. Dale Carey led the walk column with three while Rhett Wiseman and Jake Noll both singled twice to lead the P-Nats’ attack.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 3
• Braymer (W, 3-2) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Morse (SV, 5) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3-2 IR-S
• Panaccione 4-4, 3R, 2B, 2RBI
• Corredor 3-5, R, 2RBI, PO
• C. Kieboom 2-3, R, 2BB

Hagerstown scored in each of its last six “ups” to outslug Lexington, 11-6. Ben Braymer got his third win with one run allowed on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Phil Morse let in two of three inherited runners, gave up two hits and a walk, but was credited with the save for not blowing a 9-4 lead in the 8th. Paul Panaccione went 4-for-4 with three runs score while Aldrem Corredor went 3-for-5 with two RBI to pace the Suns offense.

Auburn 4 State College 1
• Raquet (W, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Cousins (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Upshaw 2-3, BB, RBI, CS
• Pryor 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI, CS
• 2-for-14 RISP, 10 LOB

The Doubledays turned four double plays as they blunted the Spikes, 4-1. Nick Raquet allowed an unearned run on five hits with no walks and one whiff for his third win. Jeremy McKinney pitched a scoreless 7th for the hold while Jake Cousins kept State College off the board in the 8th and 9th for the save. Armond Upshaw singled twice and walked once while Jonathan Pryor singled and homered to lead Auburn’s nine-hit, eight-walk offense.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Yankees East 5
• Stoeckinger 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• N. Lee (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Zwetsch (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pineda 3-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• L. Garcia 3-5, 2R, 2B

The G-Nats lost leads of 4-0 and 5-4 before rallying for two in the 7th for a 7-5 win over the G-Yankees East and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three GCL Finals. Jackson Stoeckinger went the first four innings and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks. Nick Lee blew the 5-4 lead but got the win, allowing a hit and a walk over two innings. Connor Zwetsch kept the G-Yankees East off the board in the 8th and 9th inning to earn the save. Israel Pineda, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Luis Garcia combined for nine hits, four runs scored, two doubles, and two RBI to lead the G-Nats hit parade.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Rogers (3-2, 3.58) vs.
Mu. Smith, (4-5, 3.66)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
McGowin (1-5, 7.17) vs.
McRae (10-5, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Guilbeau (4-4, 5.23) vs.
Grimes (0-2, 4.91)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lexington,
6:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Bender (5-5, 3.93)
Auburn Lost, 8-6 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Sulser (2-3, 4.58)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
10:00 a.m.

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 0
• Stevenson 1-4, SB(10)
• Severino 1-4, BB
• Bautista 0-2, 2BB, E(4)
• Skole 0-4, 2K (no, I didn’t forget to change it from yesterday)

After threatening to not finish with the worst record in AAA, the Chiefs got back on track with their third straight loss, a 4-0 shutout by the Bisons. Roster moves: RHPs Austin Adams, Erick Fedde recalled to Washington; RHP Cody Satterwhite, C Jhonatan Solano activated from the 7-Day DL.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 5
• Crownover (L, 1-7) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• S. Perez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Hernandez 2-4, R, BB
• Marmolejos 2-2, 3RBI (PH-LF)
• Robles 1-1, SB (as PH)

Altoona built a 5-0 lead before Harrisburg rallied for two in the 7th and three in the 8th, but fell one run short, 6-5. Matthew Crownover took the loss while throwing five innings of two-run ball on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Braulio Lara and Jimmy Cordero brought the petrol instead of the water and let in four more runs. Stephen Perez led the Sens hit column with two singles and a double while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos came off the bench to drive in three with two singles. Roster moves: C Raudy Read recalled to Washington; C Taylor Gushue reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 3 Potomac 2
• Jo. Baez 4⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K,
• Pantoja (L, 1-3) 2+ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Peterson ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Johnson 2-5, R
• Carey 1-3, BB

The P-Nats fell in the 9th for their fourth straight loss, 3-2 to the Keys. Joan Baez couldn’t make it out of the fifth as he put on 12 baserunners over four and a 1/3rd innings and gave up two runs. The loss went to Jorge Pantoja, who put on two in the 9th that Tommy Peterson couldn’t strand. Potomac went just 2-for-12 with RISP and left on nine baserunners. Daniel Johnson was the sole P-Nats batter with multiple hits ad he singled twice in five at-bats.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 4
• Y. Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K, HR, 2HBP
• Howard 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3-1 IR-S
• Held (W, 2-4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• C. Kieboom 2-4, R, BB
• Banks 1-3, R, HR, BB, 3RBI, SB
• Ortiz 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

Hagerstown walked off Lexington in regulation, 5-4 for back-to-back wins for the first time in more than three weeks, but were eliminated from the Sally Lg. North 2nd-half title race. Yonathan Ramirez was knocked around for four runs on three hits and four walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Hayden Howard let in one of three inherited runners to tie things at 4-4 but threw three more scoreless innings before Sam Held added a fourth goose egg in the 9th. Blake Perkins doubled with one out and scored on Aldrem Corredor’s RBI single, his fourth walkoff hit of the season. Nick Banks hit a three-run homer in the 1st while Oliver Ortiz went solo in the 4th to for a 3-0 and 4-3 lead respectively.

West Virginia 8 Auburn 6
• Guillen (L, 0-2) 3IP, 5H, 8R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Smith 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Shepard 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Je. Baez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• A. Martinez 1-3, 2BB, 2RBI

Five Doubledays errors led to seven unearned runs in an 8-6 loss to the Black Bears. Angel Guillen didn’t help his cause by serving up a grand slam and five hits total over three innings for his second loss. David Smith (4IP), Jared Brasher (1IP), and Jake Cousins (1IP) combined for six scoreless innings of relief but the offense fell two runs short of digging out of the 8-1 hole. Chance Shepard doubled and homered while Jeyner Baez singled and doubled to lead the nine-hit, three-walk effort.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 0
• Acevedo 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (L, 3-1) ⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2B, BB
• Ventura 2-3

With a playoff spot secured, now the race is for position, which the G-Nats’ 6-0 loss to the G-Marlins did not help. Carlos Acevedo started and threw three scoreless innings with one hit allowed, no walks, and two whiffs. The loss went to Jose De Los Santos, who was strafed for four runs on five hits, including a three-run homer. Kelvin Gutierrez walked and doubled while Edwin Ventura singled twice to lead the G-Nats’ seven-hit parade.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-4 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Long (4-5, 4.18) vs.
Eshelman (9-3, 2.37)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
G. Ross (5-3, 6.26) vs.
Esparza (5-5, 5.08)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Sharp (2-2, 5.33) vs.
McKenzie (11-6, 3.57)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
B. Hill (0-1, 5.54) vs.
Seabrooke (3-8, 4.61)
Auburn Won, 3-2
(11 inn.)
vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Crowe (0-0, 2.45) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 4
• Cole (L, 4-5) 6⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 8K; 1-1, SAC
• Bautista 0-4, RBI
• Stevenson 1-4, R
• Skole 0-1

Chiefs pitchers struck out 15 and gave up 15 hits in a 7-4 loss to the IronPigs. Roster move: SS Bengie Gonzalez placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 5
• T. Hill 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Self (W, 4-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Joseph 2-5, R, CS
• Hernandez 1-4, R, BB, 2RBI

Harrisburg rallied from a 5-0 deficit with three in the 8th and three in the 9th, capped off by Yadiel Hernandez’s two-out, two-run homer. Taylor Hill gave up his 27th in the 3rd and two runs total on seven hits over seven innings while striking out a career-high of nine. Derek Self got the “W” as the pitcher of record while working around a walk in the 9th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Corban Joseph both went 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Senators offense.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 2
• Rodriguez (L, 3-3) 4IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K
• Peterson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Noll 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Reetz 1-4, R, 2K, PB, PO

Potomac took another circle ’round the drain with a 5-2 loss to Lynchburg, which reduced its tragic number to two with five to play. Jefry Rodriguez made it through only four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and five (5) walks while striking out three for his third Carolina League loss. Mariano Rivera gave up the final two Hillcats runs over three innings before Tommy Peterson threw a scoreless 8th. Jake Noll tripled and scored a run while Jakson Reetz scored the other as the P-Nats were held to just five hits total while striking out 13 times. Roster move: RHP Luis Reyes placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 4
• Braymer 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Barnett (L, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Perkins 1-3, R, 2BB, 2SB (30, 31), E(8)
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Likewise for the Suns, who dropped their third straight and 13th out of their last 17 with a 6-4 loss to the Shorebirds. Ben Braymer turned in a quality start of three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over six inning with six K’s. The loss went to Jake Barnett with three runs coughed up in the 7th and four hits total over three innings. Aldrem Corredor and Blake Perkins both singled once and walked twice to lead the Hagerstown offense, which was just 3-for-14 with RISP and left on 12 baserunners.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 2 (11 inn.)
• Romero 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Chu (BS, 1; W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Ja. Johnson (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Mergeildo 2-5, 3K
• Upshaw 1-2, 2R, 2BB, SB(9)

Despite committing four errors, which led to two unearned runs, Auburn got the winning run in on a wild pitch for a 3-2 win in extra innings. Seth Romero shut out Williamsport for five innings on one hit while striking out seven. Romero’s 2-0 lead went up in smoke with unearned runs off Dan Butler in the 7th and Gilberto Chu in the 8th. Chu was credited with the blown-save-win while Jared Johnson survived the fourth Doubledays error while giving up a walk and a hit in the bottom of the 11th to earn the save.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
The G-Marlins won to postpone the G-Nats’ celebration of the GCL East title, which can be clinched today with a win vs. the G-Mets or a G-Marlins loss.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (4-4, 5.82) vs.
H. Alvarez (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-9 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
T. Hill (4-6, 5.54) vs.
Bieber (2-1, 2.83)
Potomac Lost, 9-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (3-2, 3.06) vs.
Civale (10-2, 2.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
B. Hill (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Humpal (7-11, 4.16)
Auburn Lost, 8-2 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 5.91) vs.
Stewart (4-2, 4.44)
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1;
Won, 5-0

Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 1
• Simms (W, 2-4) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 9K
• Bautista 2-4, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R
• Skole 0-3
• Severino 1-3, R

John Simms tossed seven scoreless innings while striking out nine to lead Syracuse a 4-1 victory, its third straight. Roster moves: IF Adrian Sanchez optioned from Washington; C Jhonatan Solano placed on the 7-Day DL.

Akron 10 Harrisburg 9
• Voth 3⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Bacus (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Hernandez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Abreu 2-3, R, RBI
• S. Perez 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg blew leads of 4-0 and 8-6 in a 10-9 loss to Akron. Austin Voth didn’t make it past the fourth for the fifth time this season as he gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings in a no-decision. Dakota Bacus took the loss on a two-run homer in the 9th in his one and only inning pitched. Yadiel Hernandez singled once, doubled twice, scored twice and drove in a run to lead the Sens’ offense.

Lynchburg 9 Potomac 3
• Williams (L, 2-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Reetz 2-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Carey 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats got three in the 9th to turn 9-0 demolition into a 9-3 defeat, failing to take advantage of the Keys’ 6-5 win over the Red Sox. Austen Williams let in four runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out seven in his fourth High-A loss. Neither Ronald Pena nor Jordan Mills could stop the onslaught as they gave up five runs over the next three innings. Jakson Reetz cashed in three straight walks issued with one out for a three-run double to break up the shutout. Reetz and Dale Carey both went 2-for-4 to account for four of the five Potomac hits on the night. Roster moves: 1B Ian Sagdal activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Tyler Beckwith placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 1
• C. Pena 5IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 9K
• Morse (L, 0-4) ⅓ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Banks 2-4, 2B, SB
• La Bruna 1-2, 2B, RBI, SAC

Hagerstown imploded in the 9th for five runs as they dropped to .500 in the 2nd half with a 6-1 loss to Delmarva and lowered their tragic number to two. Carlos Pena no-hit the Shorebirds for five innings, though he needed 84 pitches to do it while walking three and striking out nine. Phil Morse lost his third straight appearance and fourth game overall (all in August, in which he has a 14.09 ERA) as he was charged with the aforementioned five runs on three hits and two walks, with the “help” of Kyle Simonds, who failed to strand the two runners he inherited while retiring two of four batters to finish the 9th. Nick Banks led the Suns’ hit column of six with a single and double while stealing his 12th base.

Williamsport 8 Auburn 2
• Raquet 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, BK
• Smith (L, 3-4) 2IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 3WP
• Guibor 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Pascal 2-4, R, 2B
• 0-6 RISP, 10 LOB, 15 batting K

SSDL in the NYPL as the Doubledays’ David Smith coughed up five in the 7th and one in the 8th in an 8-2 defeat to the Crosscutters. Nick Raquet went the first six innings and scattered eight hits for two runs. He walked none and fanned three. Smith also gave up eight hits, but in just two innings while losing for the fourth time. Austin Guibor reached base three times with two walks and a double and drove in both Auburn runs.

GCL Astros 2 GCL Nationals 1 – GAME ONE
• German (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Peguero 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• L. Garcia 3-3, 2B, SB

In the first game, the G-Astros stopped the G-Nats four-game win streak with a 2-1 win. Jhonatan German gave up both runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six for his fourth loss. Luis Garcia collected all three G-Nat hits with two singles and a double and stole his 11th base.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Astros 0 – GAME TWO
• Alastre (W, 3-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Zwetsch 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Evangelista 2-3, 3R, 2B
• Jo. Sanchez 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Pineda 2-3, 2RBI

In the nightcap (hey, it is Florida), the G-Nats shut out the G-Astros, 5-0 and reduced its magic number to one. Tomas Alastre went the first five, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out six for the win. Connor Zwetsch worked around three hits over the final two innings. Juan Evangelista scored three times and doubled while Jose Sanchez and Israel Pineda both went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the G-Nats’ attack.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Simms (1-4, 6.82) vs.
Thompson (5-13, 5.34)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
Voth (3-3, 4.23) vs.
Whitehouse (7-8, 4.44)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 3.82) vs.
Brady (1-1, 6.52)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Delmarva TBD vs. H. Harvey (0-0, 0.00)
Auburn Lost, 2-1;
Won, 2-0
@ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Raquet (2-2, 2.75) vs.
Brown (3-4, 3.24)
GCL Nationals Won, 11-1 vs. GCL Astros,
10:00 a.m.

Syracuse 7 Lehigh Valley 3
• Severino 1-4, R
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Chiefs let the dogs out in the 7th inning as they scored four times to break open a 3-1 game en route to a 7-4 win in the series opener against the IronPigs. Roster moves: OFs Rafael Bautista, Andrew Stevenson, RHP Erick Fedde optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Akron 1
• McGowin 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Crownover 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Self (W, 3-2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Norfork 3-5, R, 2B, BB
• Gamache 3-6, 2B

Harrisburg fell behind 1-0 early but clamped down on Akron the rest of the way for a 2-1 win in 12 innings. Kyle McGowin spun his third consecutive quality start with the lone Ruuberduck run allowed on a homer and six hits total over seven innings. The win went to Derek Self, who retired all four batters he faced in the 11th and 12th innings. Stephen Perez’s RBI single in the 12th plated Drew Ward for the game-winner as the Senators collected 14 hits total but hit into two double plays and had a runner thrown out at home.

Potomac – OFF DAY
The P-Nats, who are fighting for the right to do this next week in the playoffs, take on the Hillcats for the next three games in Lynchburg.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Hagerstown finishes up 2017 with three against… wait for it… Delmarva and four against Lexington as they sit four games out and in fourth place, basically needing a 2011-like collapse by the three teams in front of them while they win the rest of the way to make the playoffs.

Williamsport 2 Auburn 1 – GAME ONE
• Johnston 4IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Cousins (L, 2-2) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martinez 2-3
• Esthay 1-3, RBI

The Doubledays literally threw away the first game as Jake Cousins’s throw on a bunt went awry (a.k.a. right field) and allowed the runner on first to score. Kyle Johnston went the first four innings and gave up the first run on four hits and a walk while fanning five. Cousins took the loss on the unearned run (which reached via error one batter before his miscue) over two innings. Andres Martinez led Auburn’s five-hit parade with two singles.

Auburn 2 Williamsport 0 – GAME TWO
• Tetreault (W, 2-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• McKinney (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Guibor 2-4
• Esthay 0-1, R, 3BB

Two Auburn pitchers combined on a 2-0, two-hit shutout of Williamsport to earn a split of the doubleheader. Jackeon Tetreault went the first five innings, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out six to garner the “W.” Jeremy McKinney closed it out with one hit and one whiff over two innings for the save. Austin Guibor singled twice while Kameron Esthay drew three of the six Doubledays walks to lead the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Cardinals 1
• Stoeckinger (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 9K
• Jimenez (H, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Connell 3-4, 4R, BB, 2SB
• Antuna 3-6, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Blash 2-5, 2R

The G-Nats rolled to their fourth straight win, 11-1 over the G-Cardinals, and lowered their magic number to two over the idle G-Marlins. Jackson Stoeckinger struck out nine over five innings to earn his second win while Jose Jimenez tossed three scoreless to notch his third hold. Justin Connell once again went 3-for-4, scoring four times, stealing twice, and walking once to pace the G-Nats’ attack.