Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-6, 3.50) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-2, 3.38)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 4-3 (11 inn.) ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 14-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-6, 2.75 @ DSL in ’15) vs.
L. Jimenez (3-5, 5.01 @ AZL in ’15)

Syracuse 2 Columbus 1 (10 inn.)
• Long 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 5-2) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-4, 2K
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI

The Chiefs rallied for two in the bottom of the 10th to end a seven-game losing streak and take the series finale, 2-1. It also transformed Erik Davis’s “L” to a “W” as he gave up the Clippers’ go-ahead run in the top of of the 10th. Jaron Long (7IP), Bryan Harper (1IP), and Rafael Martin (1IP) made the donuts in regulation, combining for six hits and one walk allowed and six strikeouts. A single, an RBI double by Steve Lombardozzi, a Trea Turner walk, and a sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin got the job done, though Syracuse was held to five hits and five walks total over nine and 2/3rds innings.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 1
• Lopez (W, 2-5) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 13K
• Suero (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Soto 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Collier 2-3, R

Reynaldo Lopez struck out 13 for the second time in three starts as Harrisburg took the game, 4-1 and the series 2-1 from Reading. The 22-y.o. Dominican issued no walks and gave up just the one run to the Fightins on five hits over seven innings for his second win. The Sens ‘pen did their best to test the hearts and/or stomachs of the fans and the manager (not necessarily respectively) as they loaded the bases in the 8th and and put on two in the 9th but stranded all five basrunners. Neftali Soto singled, walked, and homered to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: RHP Abel de Los Santos reassigned from Syracuse..

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 (11 inn.)
• Crownover 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Orlan 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 3-5
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

The P-Nats blew a 3-0 lead but prevailed in extras to take the series finale, 4-3 from the Pelicans and finish the first half at .500 (34-34). Matthew Crownover went the first five innings and gave up two runs on a two-out, two-run HR in his fifth and final inning. He walked three and struck out five while allowing four hits. The southpaw lost the possible “W” in the 8th when Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez let in the equalizer on two hits for a blown save, his first. A walk, a single, and a sacrifice in the 11th set up David Masters for the gamewinner, which he delivered with a single to center and the 12th Potomac hit of the game.

Greenville 3 Hagerstown 2
• Avila (L, 5-5) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Lambert 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Davidson 2-3, BB

Hagerstown fell behind 3-0 early and fell short of tying the game in the 8th for a 3-2 loss to Greenville, slicing their margin of victory for the division title to the minimum of a half game. Pedro Avila allowed all three Drive runs on three hits and three walks over five innings to lose for the fifth time. Austin Davidson reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk while Matthew Page went 2-for-4 with a HR to lead the Suns offense.

Mahoning Valley 14 Auburn 3
• W. Pena (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Conner ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• A. Martinez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ripken 2-4, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI

The Scrappers scored in six of nine “ups” to destroy the Doubledays, 14-3. Starter Wilber Pena took the brunt of the beating with six runs allowed on four hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Andres Martinez led the hitters with two singles and a double and an RBI, followed by Ryan Ripken who doubled twice and walked once.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Long (0-1, 8.00) vs.
Clevinger (6-0, 2.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Lopez (1-5, 3.82) vs.
Pinto (2-2, 4.40)
Potomac Lost, 2-1;
Lost, 4-0
vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 6.60) vs.
Null (2-3, 3.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Greenville,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (5-4, 3.02) vs.
Jimenez (1-1, 8.25)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Pena (1-6, 3.92 @ GCL in ’15) vs.
Hillman (0-2, 4.13 @ AZL in ’15)

Columbus 4 Syracuse 3
• Voth (L, 3-3) 7IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Gutierrez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R, RBI

The Chiefs’ circle of the drain took another spin with a 4-3 loss to the Clippers, the seventh straight defeat. Austin Voth went seven innings, shutting out Columbus for six of them, but the four-run 5th rigged him with his third loss with four hits (three doubles) and one walk allowed. He struck out five. J.C. Gutierrez both followed with a goose egg, but the Syracuse offense continues to struggle. While they drew 10 walks, just one of them scored and the team left on 14 while going 3-for-14 with RISP. Jason Martinson and Brian Goodwin both went 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the seven-hit effort.

Harrisburg 2 Reading 0
• Ross (W 3-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Glover (SV, 4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-3, R, BB, SB, 2CS, E(15)
• Kieboom 2-3, R

Greg Ross continues to dominate in his return to AA, tossing another seven scoreless innings as Harrisburg shut out Reading, 2-0. Ross gave up three hits and two walks while striking out five to win his third straight start since his callup from Potomac. Wander Suero and Koda Glover combined for two perfect innings to earn the hold and save, respectively. Wilmer Difo and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the nine-hit, four-walk offense.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 1 – GAME ONE
• Williams (L, 0-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, BB

Since swapping places with Greg Ross, Austen Williams hasn’t been as brilliant but has pitched well enough win, twice. And has lost, twice – the latest by a 2-1 decision at the wings of the Pelicans. Williams gave up both Myrtle Beach runs on four hits (one HR) and a walk while setting down six on strikes over six innings. The P-Nats mustered just three singles and a double while walking four times, with Drew Ward and Dale Carey the only two batters to reach base twice.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Reyes (L, 3-7) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K
• Spann 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 2-3
• Masters 1-3

Myrtle Beach got four in the 3rd and it was more than enough to secure the doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 shutout of Potomac. Luis Reyes took the loss with all four Pelicans runs allowed on five hits and four walks over five innings. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos went 2-for-3; the rest of the team went 3-for-23 with two walks.

Greenville 7 Hagerstown 1
• Bourque (L, 0-3) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Rivera 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 1-3, BB, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 1-3, R

The Suns lost, 7-1, but thanks to Delmarva dropping the opener of its doubleheader, Hagerstown clinched the first-half division title. James Bourque lost for the third time in as many starts with three runs let in on seven hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three. Only Mariano Rivera III managed to stall the Drive with a scoreless 9th as Greenville piled on four more against Luis Torres and Taylor Guilbeau. Rhett Wiseman was the only batter to reach base twice as the Suns were held to four hits and three walks.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Mills (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Fuentes (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Ripken 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• La Bruna 2-4, R
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB, 2SB, OF assist at 3B

Auburn completed the two-game sweep of Batavia with a 5-1 win. McKenzie Mills navigated through nine baserunners (six hit, three walks) in five scoreless innings for the win. Steve Fuentes gave up the lone run on two hits and a walk while earning the save. Ryan Ripken (turns 23 next month) continues to punish significantly younger pitchers with a single, double, and a walk and two RBI, as did Angelo La Bruna (turned 24 in April) with a pair of singles as the Doubledays took advantage of seven walks and an error to score five times on six hits. Roster moves: As noted in the comments, 3B Sheldon “Come On Feel The” Neuse was signed by Washington and assigned to the Doubledays roster.

DSL Update
The D-Nats dropped four of six to fall to 5-7 on the season thus far. Longtime DSLer Angel Guillen (19, but in his third season at the level) has struck out 12 in ten scoreless innings across two starts to lead the pitchers. Returnees Santo Falcon (19) Brailin Mesa (18), and Jesus Morales (18) are each posting .800+ OPS marks over the first two weeks to lead the hitters.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Louisville,
11:45 a.m.
Cole (5-2, 4.67) vs.
Moscot (1-3, 7.56)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-4, 3.27) vs.
Montgomery (5-1, 2.95)
Potomac Won, 11-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (6-2, 3.26) vs.
McGrath (1-2, 4.88)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-3 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.89) vs.
Kilome (1-5, 4.96)

Louisville 3 Syracuse 2
• Espino (L, 3-6) 5+ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 2HR; 1-2
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-3, BB, CS
• Martinson 2-3, R, 2B, 3B, BB

Three errors and two homers were too much for the Chiefs to overcome as the Bats edged them again, 3-2. Paolo Espino bookended his five-plus innings with solo HR’s allowed in the 1st and 6th innings while giving up an unearned run in the 2nd for his sixth loss. He gave up six hits total, walked one, and struck out six. Bryan Harper stranded two while finishing the 6th while J.C. Gutierrez and Nick Masset both turned in a scoreless inning to keep things close. Brian Goodwin and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-3 with a walk while the rest of the lineup went 2-for-25 with three walks.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 4
• Lopez (L, 1-5) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 1ER, 2BB, 7K, 0HR
• Self 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B
• Collier 1-3, 2RBI

Trenton took advantage of four Harrisburg errors to score six unearned runs in a 7-4 win. Reynaldo Lopez lost for the fifth time as he gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Derek Self stranded two while getting the last out of the 5th and put up two more goose eggs to keep the Sens close. Despite striking out 13 times, Harrisburg scored four times on just six hits and one (1) walk. Shawn Pleffner connected for the only extra-base hit (double) and Zach Collier drove in two to lead the offense. Roster moves: OF Zach Collier activated from the 7-Day DL; UT Cutter Dykstra released.

Potomac 11 Salem 4
• Crownover 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Estevez (W, 1-4) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mendez (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 3-6, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Read 2-3, R, BB
• Stevenson 1-2, 4R, 3B, 4BB, 3SB (23, 24, 25)

After blowing a 3-2 lead in the 5th to fall behind 4-3, Potomac torched Salem relievers for eight unanswered runs in the final three innings to take this one, 11-4. Matt Crownover labored through four innings (80 pitches) and let in the first two Red Sox runs on four hits and two walks with a single strikeout. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was the beneficiary of the P-Nats’ four-run 7th for a win despite coughing up the lead with two runs over two innings. Gilberto Mendez closed out the game with three scoreless for the save. Andrew Stevenson drew four walks, stole three bases, and scored four runs to lead the 12-hit, seven-walk attack.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 3
• Avila (L, 5-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rivera 1IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Page 1-2, R, 2BB, CS
• Lora 1-2, 2B, BB, SB

The Suns remain stuck on 40 wins while the Shorebirds won their fourth straight to close the gap to just two games in the Sally North after a 9-3 loss to the BlueClaws. Pedro Avila took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five innings. After getting a run in the top of the 8th to pull within one at 4-3, Mariano Rivera III sent the hometown fans happy as he was pinched for five runs (all earned) on six hits and a walk in the bottom of the 8th. Hagerstown squeezed three runs out of five hits and four walks with the help of one Lakewood error and three stolen bases. Matt Page led the way with a single and two walks, though he was caught stealing.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Indianapolis,
1:35 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.84) vs.
Williams (0-3, 6.32)
Harrisburg Won, 11-2 vs. Akron,
3:30 p.m.
Valdez (AA debut) vs.
Peoples (5-2, 3.02)
Potomac Lost, 2-0;
Lost, 3-0
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Reyes (3-5, 5.08) vs.
Hagerstown Lost, 8-5 vs. Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Ogando (4-5, 3.63)

Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 1
• Hill (L, 3-5) 6IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Gutierrez 1IP, 1H, 0R, IBB, 2K
• Ramsey 1-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Solano 2-2, 2BB
• 0-6 RISP, 11 LOB

Caleb Ramsey’s solo HR in the 8th broke up the Indians’ shutout bid as the Chiefs were clipped, 2-1. Taylor Hill kept the ball in the yard, scattering nine hits over six innings of two-run ball. He walked none and struck out five while losing his fifth decision. Matt Belisle failed to record a 1-2-3 inning again but kept Indianapolis off the board as did J.C. Gutierrez as each turned in a scoreless inning. Jhonatan Solano singled twice and walked twice to lead the seven-hit, six-walk Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 11 Akron 2
• Simms 3⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HBP, E
• Brady (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K; 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-3, 2R, SF, 3RBI
• Soto 3-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, SB(31), CS(6)

Harrisburg relievers combined for a two-run bullpen job while the hitters ducked up Akron pitchers for 14 hits in an 11-2 demolition. John Simms made the spot start and let in one run on five hits and a walk while fanning three. Michael Brady was credited with the win with the second run on three hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Isaac Ballou, Neftali Soto, and Christopher Bostick each drove in three runs while Soto and Rafael Bautista each had three hits. Every position player reached base while beers were on Kevin Keyes as the only Senator to go hitless.

Frederick 2 Potomac 0 – GAME ONE
• Williams (L, 0-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2B
• Keller 1-3, 2B

In the opener, the Keys locked down the P-Nats for a 2-0 shutout. Austen Williams pitched well enough to win, with two runs allowed on six hits and a walk over seven innings while setting down six on strikes for a complete-game loss in his return to High-A. The offense was AWOL with just three hits – an Andrew Stevenson double off the glove of the Frederick CF, an error ruled as an infield double when the Keys 3B dropped a popup, and a double peeled to left-center by Jose “Orange” Marmolejos.

Frederick 3 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Spann (L, 1-1) 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, WP
• Sanchez 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Carey 2-2
• Norfork 1-2

Frederick shut out Potomac, 3-0 in the nightcap to sweep the doubleheader and pull into a tie for second place in the C.L. North. Matt Spann got the spot start and was knocked for two runs on five hits and two walks over three innings to take the loss. That was more than enough to win as the P-Nats only mustered just four hits and one walk, with Daly Carey leading the way with two singles in two trips to the plate.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 5
• Baez (L, 2-5) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Torres 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Agustin 2-3, R, 3B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Lora 2-4, 2R
• Schrock 2-4, R, RBI

The Suns jumped out to a 3-0 lead which the Legends erased with a five-run 3rd and held on for an 8-5 win. Joan Baez continues to struggle, failing to go four or more innings for the fourth time in six starts in his fifth loss. He was pounded for five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk over three innings. Telmito Agustin tripled, homered, and drove in two to lead the Hagerstown offense.
Roster moves: 3b Kelvin Gutierrez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Grant DeBruin reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Update
The D-Nats started up this past week and fell in line the with .500 mark (3-3) that’s all the rage in the Nationals farm these days (OK, fine just Syracuse and Potomac; win some, lose some). Folks looking for a lot of new names will be sorely disappointed, as nine of the 12 pitchers to have pitched and six of the 12 position players to have batted thus far are holdovers from the 2015 team.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-4, 4.92) vs.
Glasnow (6-2, 2.04)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (3-3, 3.08) vs.
Morimando (9-1, 2.17)
Potomac Won, 6-0 vs. Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (2-4, 4.76) vs.
Watson (1-6, 8.72)

Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 4
• Cole (W, 5-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, HBP
• Martin (SV, 12) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB, HBP
• Campana 2-3

Syracuse got two runs early and held off Indianapolis late for 5-4 win. Starter A.J. Cole turned in his fourth straight quality start to win his fifth game, with two runs allowed on five hits. He walked two and struck out a season-high of eight. Matt Skole homered for the aforementioned two-spot and went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and—thanks to Brian Goodwin running ahead of him—a stolen base. Goodwin also reached base four times on a hit by pitch, double, single, and a walk. Jason Martinson also homered to help cover up a team 1-for-12 mark with RISP.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 2
• Giolito (W, 5-2) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 12K
• Glover 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B
• Soto 2-4, R
• Bostick 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI

Both hands on the keyboard: Lucas Giolito also hit a season-high with K’s (12) while winning his fifth game as the Sens tripled up the ‘Ducks, 6-2. Giolito went seven innings and gave up two unearned runs on four hits and one walk. He threw 100 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Koda Glover was perfect for two innings as he retired all six Akron batters he faced while finishing the game. Shawn Pleffner doubled, Christopher Bostick tripled, and Kevin Keyes homered as Harrisburg produced six runs from seven hits and two walks.

Frederick 6 Potomac 3
• Whiting (W, 6-2) 6⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Estevez 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Marmolejos 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Vettleson 1-4, R, 2SB

Boone Whiting came back from paternity leave to show Frederick who’s their daddy Last Night In Woodbridge

Roster moves: RHP Boone Whiting activated from the the 3-Day TIL; IF Grant DeBruin reassigned to Auburn.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 3
• Rodriguez 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Borne (W, 1-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Schrock 2-5
• Page 1-3, BB
• Robles 0-2, BB, 2HBP (17, 18)
• 2-for-12 RISP, 12 LOB

The Legends went full Little League in the bottom of the 9th with an error, two walks, and two wild pitches allowing the Suns to score four times on just two singles to turn a 3-0 shutout bid into a 4-3 walkoff loss. The collapse made a winner out of Grant Borne, who allowed just a walk and a single over four innings while striking out four in relief. Starter Jefry Rodriguez was dinged for three runs on five hits and two walks over the first five innings for a no-decision. Max “For Those About To” Schrock led the hit column with two, while Victor Robles walked and was hit by a pitch twice to reach base three times.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Indianapolis,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 4.85) vs.
Kuhl (5-1, 1.75)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.98) vs.
Brown (3-1, 3.08)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.67) vs.
Pinto (1-2, 9.43)

Louisville 3 Syracuse 2
• Espino (L, 3-5) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR; 0-2, RBI
• De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, BB
• Severino 2-4, RBI

The Chiefs fell to .500 with a 3-2 loss to the Bats. Paolo Espino made one mistake— a three-run HR to Brandon Allen—in six innings, which proved to be one too many as he gave up seven hits and a walk total over six innings. He struck out two while losing his fifth game. Abel De Los Santos, Bryan Harper, and Nick Masset each turened in a scoreless inning in a relief. Caleb Ramsey singled and doubled, Pedro Severino singled twice, Matt den Dekker singled once to account for the five (5) Syracuse hits.

Hartford 6 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 5-4) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR; 1-1, SAC
• Brady 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Keyes 0-2, 2BB

Hartford scored twice in the 1st and never looked backed in a 6-0 shutout of Harrisburg. Tyler Mapes lost his second straight start despite six innings of two-run ball on five hits and three walks while fanning five. The bullpen faltered again but it was a moot point as the Senators offense was held to five hits (two by Shawn Pleffner) and two walks (both by Kevin Keyes). Roster move: RHP Phillips Valdez promoted from Potomac.

Frederick 6 Potomac 3
• Crownover (L, 0-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ward 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats dropped their sixth straight and now lead third-place Frederick by just a game after a 6-3 loss to the Keys. Starter Matt Crownover dropped his second decision with four runs allowed on four hits and four walks over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Drew Ward surpassed his 2015 HR total with his 10th big fly of 2016, a two-run shot in the 4th, and went 2-for-5 overall. Potomac collected 10 hits total but was just 1-for-10 with RISP and left on 11 baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams demoted from Harrisburg; SS Osvaldo Abreu activated from the the 3-Day TIL.

Hagerstown 2 Lexington 1
• Avila (W, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Lambert (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walby (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, SB
• Robles 1-3, 2BB, SB, CS, OF assist (#11) at 3B

Like Potomac, Hagerstown struggled to get runners in (1-for-14 RISP, 12 LOB) but managed to eke past Lexington for a 2-1 win. Pedro Avila got his fifth “W” with one run let in on a HR and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck out two. Trey Lambert, Philip Walby, and Mick VanVossen combined for four innings of shutout relief to seal the deal. Victor Robles reached base three times with a single and two walks while Kelvin Gutierrez led the hit column with a 2-for-4 night.

Nationals Draft Picks
Longtime readers know that the draft is just not something I have the time or patience for – I’d rather worry about who we have than fret about about who we might get. Nevertheless, I know folks are talking about it, so here’s your link from to aid in the discussion.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (3-4, 3.39) vs.
Diaz (2-0, 2.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 3.29) vs.
Senzatela (3-1, 3.45)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Hagerstown Lost, 10-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (4-3, 2.88) vs.
Garabito (0-3, 9.58)

Louisville 5 Syracuse 3
• Long 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Belisle (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-4, R, HR,

An early 3-1 Chiefs lead disappeared slowly as the Bats scored one in the 4th, then posted a picket fence in the 6th, 7th, and 8th for a 5-3 win. Jaron Long gave up two longballs but still turned in a quality start of three runs allowed over six innings on six hits and two walks. He struck out three. Matt Belisle failed to turn in a clean inning for the 8th time in nine innings on his current rehab tour as served up the decisive run on two hits in the 7th. The Matts den Dekker and Skole both hit solo HR’s for the only two extra-base knocks of the ten collected by the Syracuse offense. Roster move: Matt Belisle transferred from Harrisburg for MLB Rehab

Hartford 7 Harrisburg 6
• Lopez 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 13K; 1-3
• Simms (BS, 1; L, 3-3) 1IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, HR (GS), 3-2 IR-S
• Difo 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI, BB
• Bostick 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB, SB
• Baustisa 1-4, SB(30), CS(5)

Reynaldo Lopez struck out a career-high 13 batters over seven strong innings and left with a 6-2 lead. The Senators firemen brought petrol instead of water as they gave up five runs in the 8th, with John Simms doing his best imitation of Phil Simms trying to say something insightful as he let in two of three inherited and three of his own on two walks and a grand slam for the blown-save-loss. Wilmer Difo homered twice while Kevin Keyes and Christopher Bostick each homered once (all solo) to pace the ten-hit, five-walk Harrisburg attack.

Potomac – OFF DAY
Potomac will send four to the California-Carolina All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, CA on June 21st. Meanwhile, the P-Nats return home on five-game skid to play the Keys for four this weekend before heading back out on the road to Salem for three next week.

Asheville 10 Hagerstown 8
• Bourque (L, 0-1) 3IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Torres 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 3-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Page 2-4, R, 2B
• Wiseman 2-4, R, RBI

Three Hagerstown errors led to three unearned runs in a 10-8 loss to Asheville. Suns starter James Bourque’s first appearance since 2014 was a loss as the Tourists went home six times on eight hits and two walks over three innings. Taylor Guilbeau followed but was charged with four runs (one earned) on four hits over four innings. Kelvin Gutierrez was a single shy of the cycle as he doubled, tripled, and homered while driving in two. Telmito Agustin was the beer man as the only Hagerstown batter not to march in the 13-hit parade. The Suns struck out seven times and did not draw a walk.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Long (1st AAA start of ’16) vs.
Reed (4-3, 3.31)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 3.29) vs.
Potomac Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 4-3
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 (12 inn.) @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Borque (3-5, 4.19 @ SS-A in ’14)
Hill (3-2, 3.81)

Syracuse 3 Louisville 2 (10 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Laffey (W, 4-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• den Dekker 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R, SB
• Skole 24-game on-base streak with BB

Caleb Ramsey’s two-out double drove in the gamewinner as the Chiefs walked off in the 10th, 3-2. Both teams scored two early — Syracuse in the 1st, Louisville in the 2nd — after which the game became a pitcher’s duel. Starter Austin Voth went six innings with the two Bats runs let in on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Erik Davis, Nick Masset, Rafael Martin, and Aaron Laffey each turned in a scoreless inning, with Laffey getting the win. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-4 and scored the decisive run while Brian Goodwin went 2-for-5 with a stolen base to lead the Chiefs’ seven-hit, five-walk offense. Roster move: IF Steve Lombardozzi assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Hartford 3
• Ross (W, 1-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Suero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2B
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg gave starter Greg Ross four runs early and he responded with seven scoreless innings in a 5-3 win over Hartford. Ross gave up three hits and a walk and struck out two as he won his first AA game of ’16. The Yard Goats railroaded Koda Glover for three runs in the 9th to break up the shutout bid. Kevin Keyes, Wilmer Difo, and Chris Bostick each had two hits and scored a run as they doubled, tripled, and homered respectively to pace the Sens offense. Roster move: OF Zach Collier placed on 7-Day DL; OF-1B Kevin Keyes reassigned from Syracuse.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3 – GAME ONE
• Valdez (L, 6-3) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Peterson 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 1-2, R, BB
• Ward 1-2, BB

The P-Nats rallied for three in the 7th but fell one run short in a 4-3 loss to the Pelicans. Philips Valdez took the loss with three runs allowed on seven hits and one walk over four innings. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Drew Ward both singled and walked as the Potomac batters were held to six hits total.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3 – GAME TWO
• Bacus 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Orlan (L, 2-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, RBI

“Orange” Marmolejos homered early, Drew Ward homered late, but it wasn’t enough to prevent another 4-3 Potomac loss to Myrtle Beach. Dakota Bacus got the spot start and put in four innings of two-run ball on two hits and two walks while striking out four. The loss went to R.C. Orlan as he gave up the go-ahead run in the 5th on two hits and two walks. The P-Nats managed just six hits again, though five were for extra bases, including doubles by Alec Keller, Dale Carey, and Drew Vettleson.

Asheville 6 Hagerstown 5 (12 inn.)
• DeRosier 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Rivera (BS, 3) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP, HBP
• Pantoja (L, 7-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, BK
• Davidson 4-6, 3R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB
• Robles 3-4, R, BB, RBI, HBP, OF assist at 2B
• Telmito 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown led 3-0 and 4-2 early but coughed up the lead in 8th, blew it in the 10th, and lost it in the 12th, 6-5. Starter Matt DeRosier gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Mariano Rivera III, one of five All-Stars named yesterday, bookended runs in the 8th and 10th to blow the save and lose the “W.” The loss went to Jorge Pantoja, who gave up three straight singles after getting the first out in the 12th. Austin Davidson led the Suns’ 14-hit parade with two singles, a double, and a homer, and scored three times while Victor Robles reached base five times with three singles, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Roster moves: RHP James Bourque reassigned from Auburn; RHP Andrew Lee placed on 7-Day DL

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.83) vs.
Sampson (2-1, 1.67)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
Potomac Postponed @ Myrtle Beach,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Leal (7-2, 3.33) and Null (1-2, 1.99)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-10;
Won, 12-4
@ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (1-2, 5.24) vs.
Craig (3-1, 6.04)

Syracuse 3 Louisville 1
• Hill (W, 3-4) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Harper (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Turner 2-3, BB

Louisville scored first with a run in the top of the 7th, but Syracuse answered with three in the bottom of the 7th to take the series opener, 3-1. The rally made a winner out of Taylor Hill, who gave up the Bats run on six hits and one walk while fanning two. Bryan Harper rolled three groundouts in the 8th for the hold while Rafael Martin set the side down in order in the 9th for save no. 11. Brian Goodwin plated the tying and go-ahead runs with a two-run single followed by Matt Skole’s RBI single to account for the three Chiefs runs. Goodwin and Trea Turner both went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the nine-hit parade for Syracuse.
Roster moves: LHP Matt Grace, RHP Trevor Gott placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Bryan Harper, RHP Jaron Long reassigned from Harrisburg; SS Trea Turner optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY

After taking three of four from the Flying Squirrels, the Senators begin a seven-game homestand as they’ll host the Yard Goats for three and the RubberDucks for four. Roster moves: RHPs Robert Benincasa, Greg Ross reassigned from Potomac.

Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac – PPD

Game three of the four-game series was postponed due to rain on Monday night. They’ll make it up tonight with a doubleheader.
Roster moves: RHP Tommy Peterson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Asheville 12 Hagerstown 10 – COMP.
• Borne 2+ IP, 7H, 6R, 4ER, BB, K
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 5-6, 2R, RBI
• Page 4-6, 2R, 3RBI, CS
• Gutierrez 3-6, R, 2B, SB

They picked up where they left off with the Suns trailing, 6-5 after five full. Both teams doubled their output over the next three and a half innings, which gave the Tourists a 12-10 win. Grant Borne “started” and was manhandled for six runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk over two-plus innings. Luis Torres let in one of two inherited runners thanks to an error by Edwin Lora while completing the 8th. The loss went to Matt DeRosier, who gave up the first six runs over three and 2/3rds on April 28. Max “For Those About To” Schrock collected five singles to lead the 18-hit Hagerstown attack.

Hagerstown 12 Asheville 4 – GAME TWO
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Lambert (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Schrock 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI,
• Gutierrez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown fell behind 4-0 after four innings, then went to town on Asheville’s pitchers as they scored 12 unanswered runs from the 6th to the 9th innings for 12-4 win in the regularly scheduled game. Joan Baez’s struggles continued as he was bounced after three and 2/3rds and the four Tourist runs allowed on six hits and three walks, though he did fan six. Trey Lambert stranded a runner for Baez in the 4th and piutched three scoreless for the win. Max Schrock drove in three and notched eight total bases with two doubles and a homer to lead the Suns offense again. Roster move: RHP Philip Walby (an American, not Australian) assigned from Washington.

Other Transaction News
• LHPs Connor Bach (Hagerstown), Noelle Arguelles (signed in April) released
• RHP Tim Alderson (Harrisburg) activated from 7-Day DL, released

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-5 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 4.89) vs.
Leroux (3-3, 2.82)
Harrisburg Winning, 4-1
(suspended, bot. 3rd)
@ Richmond,
4:05 p.m.
TBD and Giolito (3-2, 3.17) vs.
TBD and Mejia (2-1, 1.87)
Potomac Lost, 15-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (A+ debut) vs.
Hedges (4-4, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 @ Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.86) vs.
Conlon (7-1, 1.42)

Buffalo 7 Syracuse 5
• Espino 5⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Davis (L, 4-2) ⅔IP, 0H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Sizemore 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Skole 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Lozada 2-4

Back-to-back three spots in the 6th and 7th innings by the Bison erased an early 3-0 Chiefs lead as Buffalo held on for a 7-5 win over Syracuse. Paolo Espino gave up the first three runs on five hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings for the no-decision. Erik Davis walked four of six batters faced and was charged withe the loss when Nick Masset let in both of his inherited runners in the 7th. Scott Sizemore and Matt Skole both doubled and homered and drove in two to pace the Chiefs’ offense. Roster move: SS Trea Turner recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 1 – SUSP.
• Lopez 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 0HR
• Difo 1-1, 2R, 2SB

Harrisburg scored two times twice in three innings before the rains came and suspended play after two and a 1/2 innings. They’ll finish it and play a second seven-inning game… weather permitting.

Frederick 15 Potomac 3
• Estevez (L, 0-4) 2IP, 5H, 7R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Bacus 3IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Read 3-4, R, SB, PB(9), E(3)
• Mejia 2-4, R, RBI, E(9)

The P-Nats scored three times in the 2nd to take a 3-2 lead and then got smashed like a sailor on shore leave as the Keys scored 13 unanswered runs to take the series finale, 15-3. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez, lost for third time in five starts with seven runs allowed (two earned) on five hits (two HR) and two walks with three strikeouts. Raudy Read went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base (yes, really) while Bryan Mejia singled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Potomac offense. Both committed an error, along with two by Osvaldo Abreu to lead to nine unearned runs by Frederick.

Hagerstown 6 Columbia 2
• Avila (W, 4-3) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Rivera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Robles 1-3, 2R, BB, 2SB
• Lora 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Wiseman 2-5

Hagertown continues its march towards a first-half title with its fifth straight win, 6-2 over Columbia. Pedro Avila won for the fourth time with five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one. Victor Robles returned to the lineup to walk, single, score twice, and swipe two bags and set the tone for the Suns offense, which saw every batter get a hit and eleven total. Roster Moves: 1B Ryan Ripken reassigned to Auburn; OF Telmito Agustin activated from 7-Day DL