Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Toledo,
1:05 p.m.
J. Turner (0-0, 3.12) vs.
C. Bell (0-1, 1.69)
Harrisburg Won, 9-2 @ Hartford,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-0, 0.00)
Almonte (0-0, 2.53)
Potomac Lost, 3-0;
Won, 6-0
vs. Down East,
10:35 a.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 6.30) vs.
Payano (0-0, 2.79)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 @ Lakewood,
11:05 a.m.
M. Mills (1-1, 3.60)
S. Sanchez (0-1, 4.66)

Syracuse 3 Toledo 2
• Cole 5⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Gott (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Joseph 2-3
• Sanchez 2-3, R, 2B

Adrian Sanchez doubled and scored on an error in the 8th as Syracuse edged Toledo, 3-2 in the series opener. A.J. Cole kept the ball in the yard, scattering eight hits over five and a 1/3rd innings for both Mud Hens runs. He walked one and struck out one. Trevor Gott was the winning pitcher while Rafael Martin earned the save; both pitched a scoreless inning in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively. Sanchez and Corban Joseph both went 2-for-3 to lead the Chiefs’ nine-hit offense, which also struck out 12 times.

Harrisburg 9 Hartford 2
• Long (W, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Valdez 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 5-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Lisson 2-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI

The Senators broke out for five in the 3rd then added two-spots in the 4th and 5th as the Senators railroaded the Yard Goats, 9-2. Andrew Stevenson singled three times and doubled twice for his second straight five-hit game, pushing his BA to .447 – second-best in the E.L. Jaron Long won for the second time in three starts, giving up just one run over seven innings on five hits and a walk. Mario Lisson’s grand slam started things off for Harrisburg’s 14-hit attack. Roster move: LHP R.C. Orlan reassigned from Potomac.

Down East 3 Potomac 0 – GAME ONE
• Reyes (L, 1-2) 5IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Mayberry 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 2-3
• Wiseman 1-3, 2B

Potomac twice loaded the bases in the final two innings but came up short both times in a 3-0, five-hit shutout by a trio of Down East pitchers. P-Nats starter and losing pitcher Luis Reyes allowed all three Wood Ducks runs on nine hits and two walks. Whit Mayberry followed with two scoreless. Ian Sagdal went 2-for-3 and was the sole Potomac batter to reach base twice. Victor Robles made his first appearance in five days with two ABs and four defensive innings played. He was not injured nor was his replacement Telmito Agustin, who took over in centerfield and was a hit by pitch.

Potomac 6 Down East 0 – GAME TWO
• Crownover (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 4K
• R. Pena 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mejia 2-3, 2B, BB
• Lowery 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lora 1-2, 2R, 2B, SB

Jake Lowery’s Earl Weaver special in the 2nd was more than enough for the P-Nats to return the favor and blank the Wood Ducks, 6-0 in the nightcap. Matt Crownover (5IP) and Ronald Pena (2IP) combined on the seven-hit shutout, with a walk and five K’s between the two pitchers. Bryan Mejia reached base three times with a double, single, and a walk while Austin Davidson capped off the scoring with a two-run single in the 6th. Roster move: RHP Gilberto Mendez assigned to Potomac from Extended Spring Training.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 4
• Sharp 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
• VanVossen (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Barrera 2-4, R, 2B, 2K
• Perkins 2-5, 2R, RBI, SB, CS
• C. Kieboom 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Carter Kieboom’s two-run double highlighted a three-run 9th as Hagerstown held on for 6-4 win over Lakewood. Sterling Sharp lived up to his surname with an unearned run on four hits, no walks, and six K’s over six innings. Kyle Simonds lost the 3-1 lead, which made Mick VanVossen the winnings pitcher as he closed out the game with one run allowed over two innings. Tres Barrera and Anderson Franco both went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Blake perkins scored twice on two singles in five trips to the plate to lead the Suns’ 10-hit parade. Roster move: LHP Yonathan Ramirez assigned from Auburn.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Toledo,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Farmer (0-0, 3.27)
Harrisburg Won, 16-14
(13 inn.)
@ Hartford,
7:05 p.m.
Long (1-1, 0.82)
Wynkoop (1-1, 2.03)
Potomac Postponed vs. Down East,
4:00 p.m.
Reyes (1-1, 3.27) and
Crownover (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Pena, R (0-0, 2.70) and
Palumbo (1-0, 1.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3
(13 inn.)
@ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Sharp (0-0, 9.00)
Romero (0-0, 5.00)

Syracuse – OFF DAY
After a 2-4 road trip, the Chiefs return home to host the Mud Hens and the Tides for three apiece.

Harrisburg 16 Hartford 14
• Simms 4⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Blackmar (W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K; 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 5-7, 4R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Keller 4-7, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 4RBI
• Perez 2-6, 3R, 2B, BB, 3K

It took 30 runs, 30 hits, and 13 innings to decide this slugfest between Harrisburg and Hartford, which the Sens won 16-14. The game was not a paragon of pitching as the Yard Goats blew an 8-4 lead in the 7th and the Senators gave away a 12-8 lead in the 9th. Harrisburg put up two in top of the 12th, gave them back in the bottom and got them back in the 13th. Mark Blackmar was the winning pitcher with two runs allowed on four hits and three walks over three innings. Derek Self, the eighth Sens pitcher, got the save with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts in the 13th.

Potomac vs. Down East – PPD
A torrential downpour of 0.23" on an uncovered infield was enough to postpone last night’s game between the Down East Wood Ducks and the Potomac Nationals. They’ll make it up today with a doubleheader at 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 3 (13 inn.)
• Watson 6IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, 2E (pickoffs)
• Howard 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Held (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2IBB, 1K
• Johnson 3-6, R, 2B
• Neuse 2-6, R, 2B, RBI

The Suns lost the battle of the bullpens as they fell, 4-3 in 13 innings. Tyler Watson turned in a quality start of three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Jordan Mills (1IP) and Hayden Howard (4IP) followed with five scoreless innings while Sam Held added a sixth before the Blue Claws got to him in his second inning of work with a run on two hits and a sacrifice. Dan Johnson singled twice and doubled once to lead Hagerstown’s 12-hit output, of which one (1) came with RISP while ten men were stranded. Roster move: RHP Weston Davis placed on the 7-Day DL.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Hill (0-1, 9.64) vs.
Wheeler (0-1, 7.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
G. Ross vs.
Scott (0-0, 3.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Baez (0-0, 6.23) vs.
Puckett (0-1, 1.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Davis (0-1, 11.25)
Wells (0-1, 3.60)

Syracuse 3 Rochester 2
• J. Turner 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Antolin (W, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Joseph 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

Corban Joseph’s second double of the game was hit hard enough to score Matt Skole from second as Syracuse rallied in the 9th to edge Rochester, 3-2 in the series opener. Jacob Turner got the start and somehow did not walk a batter in five innings. Instead he scattered nine hits and let in just two runs while striking out five. Neal Cotts (2IP), Dustin Antolin (1IP), and Joe Nathan (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings of relief, with the win going to Antolin and save going to Nathan [insert obligatory remark about how Nathan is Xth on all-time list of this specious stat here]. Rafael Bautista also had multiple hits as the Chiefs racked up more hits (9) than strikeouts (8).

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Johansen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• N. Soto 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The BaySox pitchers outdueled the Senators for 3-2 win on Friday night. Austen Williams gave up all three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings as the losing pitcher. Jake Johansen followed with two perfect innings and Mark Blackmar set the side down in order in the 8th. The Harrisburg hitters got a solo HR from Neftali Soto in the 4th and a gift run in the sixth as the first Bowie error put Andrew Stevenson on and the second enabled him to score from first on Alec Keller’s single. Raudy Read notched the fourth and final Sens hit with two out in the 9th, which ended on a groundout to third base.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 3
• Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Borne (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lora 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Unsung hero Taylor Gushue continues to sing, driving in all three runs Last Night in Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry assigned from Extended Spring Spraining; RHP Dakota Bacus placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 2
• M. Mills (L, 1-1) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, 2HBP
• Held 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J. Soto 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Johnson 1-4, R, 2SB

Juan Soto drove in the two runs with three hits, including his second HR, but Delmarva answered back seven times for a 7-2 win over Hagerstown. McKenzie Mills went the first five, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks. He hit two batters and struck out seven. The Suns not named Soto managed just four singles and no walks and were AWOL with RISP (0-for-8, five LOB).
Roster moves: RHP Matt DeRosier assigned from Extended Spring Spraining; RHP Carlos Acevedo placed on the 7-Day DL.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
J. Turner(0-0, 2.45) vs.
Tepesch (1-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Hess (0-0, 5.40)
Potomac Won, 6-4 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Ogando (0-0, 13.50)
Hagerstown Won, 12-5 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Seabrooke (0-1, 27.00)

Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 0
• J. Ross 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Adams (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B, 2K
• Robinson 1-2, RBI, 2BB

Joe Ross rebounded from the beating he took last week to throw seven innings of one-run ball on six hits, no walks, and six strikeouts. His teammates supported with one run and four hits total as the Chiefs lost in the 9th, 2-1 to the PawSox. A two-base error put the winning run on 2nd and Pawtucket cashed it in on a bloop single with two outs to take the game, 2-1 and the series, 3-1. Rafael Bautista singled and doubled and scored on Clint Robinson’s RBI single in the 6th. Joey Butler doubled to round out the Syracuse hit column. Roster move: IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 5 Harrisburg 4
• Fedde 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K, HBP
• Self (BS, 1) 4BF, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K
• Cordero (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Read 2-4, 2-2B
• Stevenson 2-5, R, 2K
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, SF, 3RBI

Erick Fedde tossed another six scoreless innings but the Harrisburg ‘pen couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead as Bowie knifed ’em in the 9th for a 5-4 walkoff win. Fedde gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out four. Derek Self put all four runners on base he faced while Ryan Brinley let in both inherited runners to fall behind 4-2. Drew Ward’s two-run HR in the 9th tied it but Jimmy Cordero did his best imitation of Rafael Soriano with two walks, two hits, and the winning run allowed. Raudy Read (single, two doubles) and Stephen Perez (double, two walks) both reached base three times to lead the Sens offense. Roster move: OF Zach Collier activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 4
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Borne (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lora 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Bryan Mejia and Taylor Gushue both homered while Hector Silvestre turned in six serviceable innings as the P-Nats took the series opener from the Blue Rocks, 6-4. Silvestre allowed all four runs on eight hits and no walks and struck out three. Grant Borne shut down Wilmington over the final three innings for the save, his first of the year. Edwin Lora reached base four times on three singles and a walk while Ian Sagdal singled twice and walked once to lead the Potomac hit parade. Victor Robles left the game in the top of the 4th with an apparent leg injury, which he appeared to suffer chasing down the first Wilmington triple, then aggravate running down the second Blue Rocks triple. Don’t worry he also got hit by a pitch, too.

Hagerstown 12 Delmarva 5
• Acevedo 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, 2BK
• Simonds (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, 1-1 IR-S
• C. Kieboom 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2K
• Barrera 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI

A seven-run third inning put this one away early as the Suns took their fourth straight, 12-5 from the Shorebirds. Carlos Acevedo got the start but couldn’t make it out of the 4th as he let in two runs on two hits and a walk, though he did strike out five. The win went to Kyle Simonds with three and a 1/3rd innings of one-run relief on four hits, no walks, and seven whiffs. Carter Kieboom singled twice and doubled once to raise his Sally Lg.-leading BA to .483 while Tres Barrera, Dan Johnson, and Jake Noll each homered to lead the Hagerstown assault.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

All four teams win and score plenty of runs. Wait, what?

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 13-5 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Cole (8-8, 4.26 in ’16) vs.
H. Velázquez (5-1, 2.47 in ’16)
Harrisburg Won, 7-5 vs. Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
Simms (8-5, 3.30 in ’16) vs.
Castellini (7-8, 3.81 @ A+ in ’16)
Potomac Won, 10-4 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (2-4, 5.03 in ’16) vs.
Peralta (8-5, 4.01 @ A- in ’16)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Sharp (3-0, 3.24 @ GCL in ’16) vs.
Falter (1-6, 3.17 @ SS-A in ’16)

Syracuse 13 Pawtucket 5
• Voth 3⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR; 77-41 PIT-K
• Adams (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Severino 2-4, 3R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Falu 2-3, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Syracuse’s offense finally awoke with a 14-hit assault on Pawtucket pitching in a 13-5 victory, its first of 2017. Austin Voth started but couldn’t make it through four, as he needed 77 pitches to get 11 outs and let in two runs on six hits and two walks. The decision went to Austin Adams with two and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief, through he did walk three and fanned five. Caleb Ramsey, who replaced Brian Goodwin in the 2nd inning without an apparent injury, led the charge with two singles, a double, and an RBI while Pedro Severino, Irving Falu, and Brandon Snyder all homered and brought in a teammate or two (Synder) along with them. Roster moves: CF Michael Taylor recalled to Washington; RHP Joe Nathan assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 7 Hartford 5
• G. Ross (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K; 1-2, R, 2B, RBI
• Brinley (SV, 2) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 3-3 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Keller 1-3, 2R, BB, SB
• Abreu 1-3, R, BB

Greg Ross tossed six scoreless for the Senators while the offense scored enough to cover for the bullpen in a 7-5 win for Harrisburg. Ross allowed three hits and no walks and fanned five on just 63 pitches. With a 6-0 lead, Jake Johansen set ’em down in order in 7th and failed to retire a batter in the 8th. Ryan Brinley came on with the bases loaded and one run in and let ’em all in and one of his own in a five-run 8th by the Yard Goats. He was credited for the save by finishing the game and not giving up the tying run. Andrew Stevenson reached base three times with two singles and a walk while Ross, Drew Ward, Yadiel Hernandez, and Neftali Soto each had an RBI double.

Potomac 13 Frederick 4
• Baez 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, 6WP, 2HBP
• R. Pena (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 3-1 IR-S
• Rivera 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Robles 3-6, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Wiseman 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Sagdal 2-5, HR, BB, 2RBI

Potomac hung a five-spot on Frederick in the 1st and cruised to a 13-4 win on 17 hits, including four doubles, a triple, and a grand slam. It was needed because Joan Baez found the plate the way Sean Spicer tells the truth, issuing four walks, hitting two batters, and throwing six wild pitches. He almost got the Jack Morris win as he stumbled through four and 1/3rd innings with four runs and five hits allowed. Ronald Pena got the “W” after letting in one inherited runner and finishing the 5th. He put up goose eggs in the 67th and 7th as did Mariano Rivera for the 8th and 9th. Every batter had at least one hit, with Victor Robles and Ian Sagdal collecting five total bases and reaching base three times, a feat matched by Rhett Wiseman (a HR shy of the cycle) and Telmito Agustin.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 4
• C. Pena 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Howard (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K, WP
• Pantoja (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• C. Kieboom 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Soto 2-4, R
• Neuse 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The Suns rallied for three in the 7th to cap a comeback from an early 4-0 deficit as they cracked the BlueClaws, 5-4 in the series opener. Carlos Pena wobbled through four innings, letting all four Lakewood runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out three. Carter Kieboom’s two-run double and Sheldon Neuse’s one-run single delivered the goods. The win went to Hayden Howard, who struck out five over three innings, while Jorge Pantoja sloed out the game with two scoreless for the save.

Monday’s News & Notes

Looks like The Onion didn’t find the game all that, um, appealing
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 10-4
@ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Voth (7-9, 3.15 in ’16) vs.
Kendrick (6-5, 4.73 in ’16)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
G. Ross (5-1, 0.83 in ’16) vs.
Niebla (0-1, 5.30 in ’16)
Potomac Won, 8-7 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
J. Baez (9-7, 3.94 @ A- in ’16) vs.
Alvarado (10-9, 3.41 @ A- in ’16)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-3 vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
C. Pena (2-2, 2.95 @ GCL in ’16) vs.
Fanti (7-0, 1.57 @ GCL in ’16)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 2
• J. Turner 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Grace (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, 3-0 IR-S
• Martin (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 3R ,3ER, 3BB, 1K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-4, RBI, SB, CS
• Snyder 2-3

Rafael Martin was in midseason form as he let in the last five runs over an inning and a third to turn a 2-1 Chiefs lead into a 6-2 loss to the Red Wings. Jacob Turner got the start and was lifted after loading the bases with two out in the 4th. Matt Grace got the last out and stranded all three runners but was responsible for the go-ahead run that came in on a two-run homer served up by Martin. Brian Goodwin led the Syracuse hit column with 3-for-4 game, followed by Brandon Snyder at 2-for-3.

Rochester 10 Syracuse 4
• Hill 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K, 3HR, HBP
• Antolin 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Falu 1-2, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse dropped a third straight game to Rochester, 10-4. Taylor Hill was lit up for five runs on eight hits (three HR) over four and 2/3rds innings. He hit one batter, walked none and struck out four. Irving Falu, Clint Robinson, Brandon Snyder, and Matt Skole each hit solo shots to make the most of just six hits and no walks drawn by the Chiefs offense. Roster move: RHP Matt Albers selected and recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 2
• Williams (W, 1-0) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 9K, HBP
• Lara (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• N. Soto 2-4, R
• Stevenson 2-4, 3RBI, 2CS

Raudy Read’s three-run HR in the last of the 6th erased a 2-0 deficit as Harrisburg tripled up Altoona, 6-2 to split the four-game series. Austen Williams got the win with a quality start of two runs on five hits and no walks in six innings pitched. He struck out nine. Andrew Stevenson also drove in three with a pair of singles, though he was caught stealing twice. Neftali Soto was third Senator with multiple hits in Harrisburg’s ten-hit parade.

Potomac 8 Wilmington 7
• Rodriguez 4IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, 3WP; 82-56 PIT-K
• Crownover (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 4-5, 2B, RBI
• Robles 3-4, 4R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Sagdal 2-5, R, HR, RBI

The P-Nats outslugged and outlasted the Blue Rocks to take the game, 8-7, and the series, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez labored through four innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk. He struck out five and was charged with three wild pitches. Matt Crownover got the win in relief, with one run allowed on two hits and two walks over three innings. Victor Robles reached base four times, scored four times, and was a triple shy of the cycle while Kelvin Gutierrez stroked three singles and a double to lead Potomac’s 15-hit offense.

Asheville 11 Hagerstown 3
• Davis (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 3HR, BK, HBP
• Noll 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Banks 2-4

Asheville returned the favor from the second game of last night’s doubleheader and thrashed Hagerstown 11-3 to split the four-game series. Weston Davis worked a scoreless 1st before giving up runs in each of the next three innings. He gave up five runs on three HR’s and six hits total over four innings. He walked one, struck out one, and hit a batter. Blake Perkins and Nick Banks both singled twice while Jake Noll singled, doubled, and drove in a run. Roster move: LHP Jordan Mills assigned from Washington; no corresponding move yet.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Carter Kieboom, Edwin Lora both homer in the late innings to decide one-run games

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-0 vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
J. Turner, (4-7, 4.71 in ’16) and
Hill (6-13, 4.60 in ’16) vs.
Tepesch (8-4, 3.96 in ’16) and
TBD
Harrisburg Won, 6-5;
Lost, 5-1
vs. Altoona,
1:30 p.m.
Williams (1-7, 5.68 in ’16) vs.
Brubaker (2-6, 5.32 @ A+ in ’16)
Potomac Won, 4-3
(12 inn.)
@ Wilmington,
1:35 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (7-11, 4.96 @ A-in ’16) vs.
Blewett (7-10, 3.80 @ A- in ’16)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1;
Won, 16-2
vs. Asheville,
2:05 p.m.
Davis (3-6, 2.67 @ SS-A in ’16) vs.
Pint (1-5, 5.35 @ Adv. Rk. in ’16)

Rochester 10 Syracuse 0
• J. Ross (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, WP; 75-47 PIT-K
• Adams 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Skole 1-3, 2B
• Bautista 1-4, 2B

The only thing colder than the weather was the Syracuse lineup, as two Rochester pitchers combined for a four-hitter and a 10-0 shutout in the AAA opener for both teams. Joe Ross did not exactly make the case to come back to DC sooner than the minimum as he was, um, winged for four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks over just two and 2/3rds innings. The Red Wings put the game away with a six-run 7th, including a grand slam off Mike Broadway. Matt Skole (pictured above) and Rafael Bautista both doubled, while Pedro Severino and Grant Green singled to compose the Chiefs’ hit column. Roster move: OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington; the corresponding move has not been announced yet.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 4 – GAME ONE
• Fedde (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K,
• Brinley (SV, 1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ward 1-2, 2R, 2B, HBP
• N. Soto 2-3, 2R, RBI
• A. Sanchez 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Erick Fedde pitched five strong innings while Adrian Sanchez highlighted a four-run 4th with a three-run bomb as the Senators straightened the Curve, 6-4 in the opener. Fedde let in an unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out five to earn his first “W” of the season. Wander Suero nearly blew a 6-1 lead as he coughed up three runs in the 7th. Ryan Brinley came on to get the final out by way of the K to earn the save. Raudy Read drove in two with a double while Neftali Soto singled twice to plate one as the Harrisburg lineup got six runs on six hits and two walks.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 1 – GAME TWO
• Blackmar (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Valdez 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• S. Kieboom 1-3, 2B, 2K
• Hernandez 1-3, RBI

Altoona got three runs in the 1st and it was more than enough to split the doubleheader for a 5-1 win over Harrisburg. Mark Blackmar went the first four innings, giving up the aforementioned three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three to take the loss. Spencer Kieboom had the sole extra-base hit while Yadiel Hernandez drove in the Senators’ only run with a 2nd-inning groundout. Harrisburg had just five hits and two walks total with nobody reaching twice.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 (12 inn.)
• Silvestre 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Borne 4⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Bacus 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lora 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI, CS

Edwin Lora’s ninth career HR broke a 3-3 deadlock as the P-Nats edged the Blur Rocks, 4-3 in 12 innings. Hector Silvestre got the start but was dinged for all three Wilmington runs on four hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out five but was lifted after 83 pitches. Grant Borne led the eight innings of shutout ball tossed by the Potomac ‘pen, with four and 2/3rds turned in. Veterans Kyle Schepel and Dakota Bacus both stranded two runners with two outs in the 9th and 11th innings respectively with Bacus picking up the win. Bryan Mejia also homered (career no. 14) as both he and Lora went 2-for-5 to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 2 Asheville 1 – GAME ONE
• Acevedo 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Held (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Perkins 1-3, R
• C. Kieboom 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Carter Kieboom’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 6th broke up the Star Trek Convention on the Municipal Stadium scoreboard as Hagerstown took the opening game of the doubleheader, 2-1. Asheville nearly got both runs back as back-to-back singles and Juan Soto’s second error in as many games put the tying runs in scoring position with nobody out. Sam Held settled down to get two grounders, one plating the lone Tourist run, and struck out the final batter with the tying run on third. Suns starter Carlos Acevedo pitched five scoreless innings with just three hits allowed in his first no-decision of ’17.

Hagerstown 16 Asheville 1 – GAME TWO
• Mills (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, 3WP
• Bourque 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-3, 2R, 2HR, BB, 5RBI
• Perkins 3-5, 2R
• J. Soto 3-3, 3R, BB, K

Like a mid-’80s Mike Tyson, the Suns hit ’em hard, early, and often in the nightcap for 16-2 demolition, and a doubleheader sweep. Daniel Johnson and Sheldon Neuse both drove in five, with Johnson smacking two homers and Neuse connecting for a grand slam, as the Hagerstown lineup strafed the Asheveille pitchers for 14 hits and four walks. Blake Perkins and Juan Soto both had three hits while Angelo La Bruna was the beer man with an 0-for-4 night.

Opening Day Washed Away

Well, as predicted, all four affiliates were indeed washed out today. It was bad enough in upstate New York wash away tomorrow’s game, too.

Still no word on who will start and when in Harrisburg, just a clue that it’s not RHP Gabriel Arias, who was placed on the DL and replaced with RHP Mark Blackmar (who did start nine games for the Senators). There’s been a couple of stories focused on Erick Fedde, and then there’s been this.

Via Insidenova.com, we’ve learned Hector Silvestre, Jefry Rodriguez, Joan Baez, Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez will follow Luis Reyes in the rotation. Take a peek at the link to see how the lineup shapes up.

Finally, in the the latest BA Transaction post, some more Washington minor-leaguers have been released…
• RHP Matt Tindall
• LHP Stone Speer
• C Brian Jeroloman
• 1B Shawn Pleffner
• OF Fernelys Sanchez

Finger crossed we can finally get this party started on Friday.

So Long, Boys

Alas, there is a flip side to the offseason signings and the reassignments. In the latest transactions post from Baseball America, we learned the following Nats minor-leaguers have been released:

• 2B Dalton Dulin (Auburn)
• RHP Russell Harmening (Auburn)
• RHP Conner Porter (GCL)
• 1B Ryan Ripken (Hagerstown, Auburn)
• RHP Brayan Serrata (Auburn)

These are just from the period of March 18-24; I suspect there will be more but no additional names have appeared on MiLB.com thus far. A reminder, as usual, that for most of these guys this is the end of their days as a professional baseball player.

Nats Option Four More to AAA

Well, ask and ye shall receive, no?

After yesterday’s 4-1 win over the Astros at the BotPB, the Nationals optioned Brian Goodwin, Matt Grace, Rafael Martin, and Pedro Severino were optioned to AAA while AAAA Emmanuel Burriss was reassigned to minor-league camp.

None of the moves were unexpected (just long delayed). There are now 37 players left in camp, including eight non-roster invitees and watchlist players Koda Glover and A.J. Cole.

Given his Glover’s role in the current closer soap opera, his continued presence in camp is expected, but Cole’s is not. This feeds into the other contrived drama* regarding manager Dusty Baker’s preference for a long man, and of course, the omnipresent third option of a trade, which is also expected to solve the “battle” between Adam Lind and out-of-options Clint Robinson. *Excluding this softer-than-a-baby’s-bottom story.

UPDATE: UT Brandon Snyder was also reassigned to minor-league camp on Sunday morning.

The Nationals have five games left in Florida before they head north to play a pair of cash grabs exhibitions against the Red Sox on Friday and Saturday.