Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Pawtucket,
5:05 p.m.
G. Ross (2-4, 6.38) and
McGowin (1-5, 5.98) vs.
Owens (4-4, 3.88) and TBD
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Long (5-5, 2.66) vs.
Esparza (2-0, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 12-4 vs. Buies Creek,
7:05 p.m.
L. Reyes (5-5, 4.06) vs.
Quiala (4-1, 2.68)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Sharp (3-3, 3.62) vs.
Flores (6-4, 3.14)

Day 1 Draft Recap
Nats sign a Scott Boras client in the 1st round, a pitcher coming off TJ surgery in the 2nd. In a related story, the sun rose in the East this morning. Baseball America says its sources are telling them it will set in the west tonight. White Sox fans say that’s a hoax started by Keith Law.

Syracuse – OFF DAY
Syracuse didn’t lose yesterday because they didn’t play. Tonight, they start a four-game homestand with a doubleheader against fourth-place Pawtucket before heading out on the road to central PA for three against Lehigh Valley and four against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Roster moves: UT Wilmer Difo optioned from Washington; RHP Treovr Gott recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The Senators had the day off yesterday, too and will spend the next three nights in Akron to face the RubberDucks before returning to City Island for a weekend series against the Flying Squirrels. Roster move: C Jake Lowery reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 12 Buies Creek 4
• Sanburn (W, 1-1) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Skulina 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, BB
• Wiseman 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Masters 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

It’s too little, too late for the first half, but Potomac has strung together three straight wins with a 12-4 smackdown of Buies Creek. Nolan Sanburn got the start and the win with six innings of three-run ball on four hits and three walks while striking out four. Tyler Skulina followed with a run over two and 2/3rds but couldn’t go the requisite three innings for the rulebook save. Ian Sagdal, Rhett Wiseman, and David Masters all homered in a 13-hit barrage, highlighted by an eight-run 4th that erased a 3-2 lead by the Astros. Roster move: C Matt Reistetter activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 2
• M. Mills (W, 6-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Peterson (SV, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Franco 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Banks 1-2, R

The Suns scored three in the 2nd and made it stand up as they edged the BlueClaws, 3-2. McKenzie Mills won his sixth with a quality start of two runs let in on three hits and no walks while striking out four. Tommy Peterson finished the game with three scoreless innings for the save. Anderson Franco doubled in two while Angelo La Bruna squeezed in Jakson Reetz for the decisive run. Hagerstown leads the division by 1½ with seven to play, including a doubleheader tomorrow against third-place Kannapolis. Roster moves: LHP Tyler Watson placed on the 3-Day TIL; LHP McKenzie Mills activated from the 7-Day DL.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(11 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Buies Creek,
7:05 p.m.
Sanburn (0-1, 5.28) vs.
Adcock (1-3, 6.17)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
Mills (5-2, 2.30) vs.
Suarez (4-1, 1.72)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 5
• Antolin (L, 2-2) 3⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K
• Suero 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Butler 3-5, R, HR, RBI
• Solano 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SF

The Red Wings scored three in the 2nd and two in the 3rd to build a 5-0 lead and held off the Chiefs for a 6-5 win in the series finale. Dustin Antolin only put up one goose egg in four innings started as he was charged with all six Rochester runs on eight hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings. The Syracuse ‘pen combined for four and a 1/2rd scoreless innings, but the offense struggled to score without the longball, going 2-for-12 with RISP and leaving 10 men on base. Andrew Stevenson singled twice, scored twice, and doubled while Joey Butler singled twice and homered.

Binghamton 4 Harrisburg 3 (11 inn.)
• Simms 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Orlan (L, 1-2) 3BF, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Cordero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Read 2-5, R, 2B, BB
• Marmolejos 2-6, 2B
• Joseph 2-6, 2B

The wheels came off the bus in the 11th as Harrisburg’s relievers issued four walks and allowed two runs on just one hit in a 4-3 loss to Binghamton. R.C. Orlan loaded the bases on two walks and a single and Jimmy Cordero walked in one, and gave up a sacrifice fly, giving the loss to Orlan. John Simms started and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds for his sixth no-decision in 12 starts. Raudy Read reached based three times with a double, single, and a walk while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Corbin Joseph both went 2-for-6 with a double to lead the Sens offense.

Potomac 5 Down East 2
• Estevez (W, 4-3) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Schepel (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Carey 1-2, R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Lowery 1-3, 3B, RBI
• Sundberg 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez pitched into the 7th while Dale Carey homered in his first game back from “injury” as the P-Nats took the game, 5-2 and the series, 3-1. Estevez won for the fourth time and gave up both Wood Ducks runs on six hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Kyle Schepel got the next four outs for the hold while Gilberto Mendez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save. Carey also walked twice to reach base three times while Jack Sundberg singled, walked, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Potomac attack.

Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 1
• Watson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 45-27 PIT-K
• Fuentes (L, 2-2) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Perkins 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Barrera 1-3, R

Lakewood broke open a 1-0 game with three in the 6th and put it away with three more in the 9th as they defeated Hagerstown, 7-1. Tyler Watson wobbled through two scoreless innings, throwing 45 pitches, 27 for strikes before the Suns ‘pen was summoned. The loss went to Steven Fuentes, who gave up four runs on six hits and a walks over four innings. Blake Perkins walked and doubled in Tres Barrera for the sole Hagerstown run as the Suns were held to just four this and two walks total and fanned 13 times with Sheldon Neuse wearing the golden sombrero and Anderson Franco donning the silver.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-6 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Antolin (2-1, 4.97) vs.
Tracy (1st AAA start of ’17)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Binghamton,
3:30 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.13) vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 8-1 vs. Down East,
1:05 p.m.
Estevez (3-3, 4.17) vs.
Springs (1-5, 6.01)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
Watson (4-2, 3.39) vs.
Sanchez (1-2, 3.70)

Syracuse 8 Rochester 6
• Voth 4⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 3K, HR
• Grace (W, 1-3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Snyder 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R
• Skole 2-5, R

There were four homers hit and—swallow your morning beverage—all of them by Syracuse in a 8-6 win. Austin Voth, however, couldn’t get the 15 outs necessary for the “W,” which went to Matt Grace. Voth was charged with four runs on seven hits and five walks over four and 1/3rd innings. Grace walked one and tossed two scoreless innings. Every starter got a hit, with Brandon Snyder, Clint Robinson, Joey Butler, and Irving Falu all going deep in the 12-hit assault.

Harrisburg 5 Binghamton 4
• Crownover 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Robinson (W, 1-0) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Norfork 2-4, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2BB
• N. Soto 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Senators rallied for two runs on a hit, walk, and an error in the 9th to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 win. Matt Crownover made it through five innings with three runs let in on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Andrew Robinson got the win as the pitcher of record by striking out the last batter in the 9th. Mario Lisson and Neftali Soto both homered while Khayyan Norfork drove in the gamewinner with his second single of the night to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 8 Down East 1
• Silvestre (W, 6-2) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Guilbeau (H, 2) 3⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Sundberg 3-4, 3R, BB, SB
• Gushue 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Davidson 3-5, 2R, 3B, 3RBI

Potomac scored two runs in the 1st and never trailed as they beat Down East, 8-1. Hector Silvestre cruised through five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits, no walks, and fanning three. Taylor Guilbeau fell two outs short of a four-inning save and had to settle for a hold on three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings pitched. Jack Sundberg reached base four times with a walks and three singles while Austin Davidson drove in three while going 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored to power the P-Nats attack. Roster moves: 3B Kelvin Gutierrez placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Dale Carey activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 7
• C. Pena 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Simonds (W, 4-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Neuse 3-4, 2B, 2-3B, 3RBI
• Banks 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Johnson 2-5, 2R, 2RBI

The Suns rallied for six in the 7th and wobbled through the 8th and 9th innings to get past the Blue Claws, 9-7. Carlos Pena went the first five and gave up a solo HR in the 5th and four hits total while walking three and striking out six. Kyle Simonds was awarded the “W” thought he gave up a run over and inning and a 1/3rd. Sheldon Neuse doubled once, tripled twice, and plated three while Daniel Johnson went 2-for-5 with two scores and two RBIs to pace the Hagerstown offense. Neither the box score nor the gamers nor the Twitters indicate why Blake Perkins left the game after one AB.

DSL Update
The D-Nats quickly fell in line with the rest of the affiliates by dropping into last place with a 1-5 start after their first full week. As noted in the comments, none of the major IFAs from last July-August are on the roster, which should make for an interesting GCL team.

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 3

Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS – 18-38, 6th Place I.L. North, 20½ games behind

Good Brandon Snyder .500 SLG%
Brandon Snyder 0.50 WHIP
Bad 39 Batting HR – 10th in I.L. (3 by players <26 y.o.) 371 Pitching K – 14th in I.L. (#13, 436)
Interesting Yesterday’s triple (Snyder) was the 1st of the season
Team E’s 35 – third fewest in I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 24-35, 6th place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .344/.413/.563 since return from the DL (26G)
Ryan Brinley 5.4 K:BB ratio (27-5 in 27⅔ IP)
Bad Osvaldo Abreu 11E in 55G
Taylor Hill 6HR in 27⅓ IP
Interesting 111 Batting 2B, 2nd in E.L.
3PB – fewest in the E.L. (yes, really)


POTOMAC NATIONALS 27-34, 5th place C.L. North, 11 games behind

Good Jack Sundberg .303/.392/.341 in 39G
Luis Reyes 2-0, 1.45 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 42K last 5GS (31IP)
Bad Edwin Lora .160/.252/.245 in 34G since May 1
Mariano Rivera 6.86/3.81/1.71 in 13G (21IP)
Interesting Fewest GDPs (tied) in the C.L. (31 in 61G)
2nd Fewest Pitching BB (184 in 61G)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 35-25, 1st place Sally North, 1½ games ahead

Good Jakson Reetz .381 OBP in 21G
Tyler Watson 64K in 61IP
Bad Jakson Reetz 8PB in 21G
Sam Held 1-4, 7.50/4.61/2.17 in 9G (12IP)
Interesting Telmito Agustin .424/.472/.727, 2HR, 5RBI in 9G since his demotion
Hayden Howard 3-0, 1.74 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in last five appearances

Last Night in Woodbridge

If you’re charitable, you’d call the 1-0 win by the Wood Ducks a pitcher’s duel; if you’re cruel, you’d call it a battle of who could hit less.

The two teams combined for just 13 hits – eight of them with two outs, which probably more than anything else explains the low score.

Both teams had just one leadoff hit. Ian Sagdal got the first in the bottom of the 2nd and was picked off immediately. Jack Sundberg followed with another single and David Masters steered him over to third on a two-out hit-and-run that might have scored Sagdal.

Down East got its in the 3rd and the runner moved up 90′ twice on a pair of groundouts before the lone hit in scoring position: a double by Matt Lipka that was justbarelyfair on the left field warning track and drove in the game’s only run.

The sequence made a loser out of Grant Borne, who was not overpowering (two K’s) but very democratic (11 groundouts) over seven innings. He walked one and gave up six hits total. Jorge Pantoja and Gilberto Mendez both turned in a scoreless inning and allowed a bunt single while pitching the 8th and 9th innings respectively.

After the three-hit 3rd, the P-Nats reached base just twice more: a two-out single by Sundberg and a two-out double by Victor Robles, who managed not to get hit and made an outstanding play in the outfield to gun down* Arturo Lara trying for two, which in fairness, he probably would have gotten against just about any other centerfielder in the Carolina League.
* The doubts I had about his arm late last year have been erased; he’s much stronger and more accurate this season.

The loss, Potomac’s 34th, also eliminated them from the Carolina League North’s first-half division title race. Game Three of the four-game series is tonight with Hector Silvestre (5-2, 4.55) facing off against RHP Jonathan Hernandez (0-1, 17.18) for the Wood Ducks.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (1-7, 6.00) vs.
Pino (0-2, 4.91)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-6 vs. Binghamton,
6:00 p.m.
Crownover (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Conlon (5-4, 3.32)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 vs. Down East,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (5-2, 4.55) vs.
Jo. Hernandez (0-1, 17.18)
Hagerstown Won, 8-7 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (3-3, 6.38) vs.
Romero (4-1, 2.04)

Rochester 9 Syracuse 3
• O’Sullivan 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• Satterwhite (L, 0-3) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
• Snyder 4-4, R, 3B
• Severino 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Pedro Severino smacked a three-run HR but that’s all the offense the Chiefs could muster in a 9-3 loss to Rochester. Sean O’Sullivan got the start and three innings but was clipped by the Red Wings for three runs on five hits and two walks. Cody Satterwite took the loss, his third, as he gave up the go-ahead run on four hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Brandon Snyder led the Syracuse hit column with three singles and a triple. Roster moves: IF Emmanuel Burriss activated from the Restricted List; RHP Rafael Martin outrighted from Washington.

Binghamton 10 Harrisburg 6
• Eitel 3⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 6BB, 2K
• Brinley (L, 3-4) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Orlan 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR(GS), 3-3 IR-S
• Joseph 4-5, R
• N. Soto 2-5, R, RBI
• Read 2-5, R, E(6)

Harrisburg rallied for six in the 6th to take a 6-5 lead but it was all downhill from there as Binghamton lit up the ‘pen for five runs in the late innings for a 10-6 win. Derek Eitel was chased in the 4th as he gave up five runs on six hits and six walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. The loss went to Ryan Brinley though the killshot was given up R.C. Orlan: a grand slam to snap the 6-6 tie in the 8th. Corbin Joseph went 4-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Sens’ 11-hit parade. Roster move: IF Mario Lisson reassigned from Syracuse; 3B Drew Ward placed on the 7-Day DL retroactive to June 5.

Down East 1 Potomac 0
• Borne (L, 1-2) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sundberg 2-4
• Robles 1-4, 2B, OF assist at HP

A stoppable force met a moveable object Last Night in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 7
• Bourque 5IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Howard (W, 4-0) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Johnson 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI, CS
• Neuse 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Noll 2-4, 2R

A 7-3 lead vanished in the 8th as the ‘pen coughed up five runs. But these are the Suns, so they’re ones who rallied to win, 8-7 over the Blue Claws. James Bourque have up the first five Lakewood runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. Hayden Howard got the benefit of the rally as he completed the game with four innings of two-run ball on five hits without a walk and just one strikeout. Daniel Johnson and Sheldon Neuse both homered and scored twice as Hagerstown went 5-for-9 with RISP and made the most out of their 10 hits and three walks.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
O’Sullivan (0-0, 0.00)
Wilk (0-0, 4.26)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Eitel (1-2, 2.89) vs.
Jannis (4-1, 3.74)
Potomac Won, 10-0 vs. Down East,
7:05 p.m.
Borne (1-1, 1.09) vs.
Ri. Pena (3-2, 3.62)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 (9 inn.);
Lost, 7-3
vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Fanti (4-0, 2.10) vs.
Bourque (1-3, 4.82)

Syracuse 3 Rochester 2
• Cole (W, 3-2) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 2WP
• Gott (S, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-4
• Sanchez 2-5

Syracuse scored three times in the top of the 6th and only allowed Rochester to answer with two in the bottom half as the Chiefs didn’t lose for the first time in six games, 3-2. A.J. Cole pitched his third straight quality start, letting in both Red Wings runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five for his third win. Trevor Gott stranded two while getting the last out in the 8th and worked around a leadoff single in the 9th to earn his second save. Pedro Severino’s two-run double and Irving Falu’s RBI single plated the Chiefs runs while Andrew Stevenson and Adrian Sanchez both singled twice to lead the Syracuse attack.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 2
• Hill (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, HBP; 1-3
• Fedde 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, CS
• Abreu 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Norfork 0-2, R, 2BB

The Senators scored three times in the 2nd and 5th and allowed single runs in the 3rd and 4th as they tripled up Altoona, 6-2 and stopped a six-game slide. After Joe Blanton tossed a scoreless inning of rehab, scheduled starter Taylor Hill came on in relief and tossed five and 2/3rds innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits (and his obligatory HR) while fanning two. Osvaldo Abreu singled, doubled, walked, and drove in three to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster move: RHP Joe Blanton assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 10 Down East 0
• Reyes 8IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 10K
• Skulina 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 4-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Davidson 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Masters 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Luis Reyes struck out 10 and combined with a reliever on a two-hit shutout of Down East, 10-0, which ended a four-game losing streak. Reyes needed just 92 pitches to get through eight innings and was perfect through three and 1/3rd before giving up a one-out double and single to CF that was too shallow to send in the run. He then retired another string of 13 batters before giving way to Tyler Skulina, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Ian Sagdal singled twice, doubled twice, and drove in three while Austin Davison was a HR shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4 night with two RBI to power the Potomac attack.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 4 (9 inn.) – GAME ONE
• Bogucki 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Held (BS, 3; L, 1-4) ⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 1RE, 0BB, 0K
• Perkins 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, OF assist at 2B, E(5)
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns blew leads of 3-1 and 4-3 and lost the opener in extras, 5-4. Starter A.J. Bogucki pitched five innings of one-run ball on six hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. The blown-save-loss went to Sam Held, who coughed up two runs on three hits in just 2/3rds of an inning. Telmito Agustin broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run HR in the 4th and scored twice while Blake Perkins reached base four times to lead a Hagerstown offense that went just 1-for-11 with RISP.

Greensboro 7 Hagerstown 3 – GAME TWO
• Y. Ramirez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Agustin 2-2, R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Perkins 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• 0-8 RISP, 8 LOB

Hagerstown could only score by putting the ball out of the yard as they dropped the nightcap, 7-3 to Greensboro. Yonathan Ramirez took the loss with five runs on five hits and three walks over just four innings. Telmito Agustin, Blake Perkins, and Aldrem Corredor each hit a solo HR and combined for five hits while the rest of the lineup looked like John McCain trying to ask a coherent question went 0-for-16. Roster moves: RHP Cody Gunter released; RHP Jacob Howell assigned from XST.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1;
Lost, 3-0
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (2-2, 5.80) vs.
Slegers (4-3, 4.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. Altoona Hill (1-1, 6.65) vs.
Y. Garcia (2-3, 5.13)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Down East,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-5, 4.60) vs.
Benjamin (3-5, 5.52)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ Greensboro,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
King (4-3, 3.90) and TBD

Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 1 – GAME ONE
• G. Ross (L, 2-4) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, HBP
• Suero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Snyder 1-2, 2B, BB
• Falu 1-3, R

A wild pitch is all that stood between the Chiefs another shutout, as the Paw Sox had to settle for 6-1 win instead. Greg Ross was clawed for four runs on five hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings in his fourth AAA loss. Brandon Snyder walked and doubled while Irving Falu, who singled ahead of Snyder (yes, they got both hits in the same inning) scored on the WP. The rest of the Syracuse lineup was 0-for-16.

Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 0 – GAME TWO
• McGowin (L, 1-5) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Snyder 1-3
• Robinson 1-2, HBP

No such luck in the nightcap as Pawtucket was able to get the two-hit shutout, 3-0. Kyle McGowin went the distance and allowed all three Pawtucket runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Brandon Snyder and Clint Robinson both singled while Irving Falu, Andrew Stevenson, and Mario Lisson each drew a walk.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 3
• Long (L, 5-5) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Robinson 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 3-4, R
• Joseph 1-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Harrisburg rallied for three in the 7th to make it look good, but Altoona took the game, 5-3. Jaron Long pitched into the 7th but gave up all five Curve runs on eight hits, including an Earl Weaver special to the last batter he faced, over six and a 1/3rd innings. He walked none and struck out two. Four relievers combined to get the last eight outs. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos led the Sens hit column with three singles while Corbin Joseph homered and walked to lead the seven-hit, two-walk offense.

Potomac – OFF DAY
A four-game sweep by the Keys has put the P-Nats firmly in fifth place in the Carolina League North. The Woodbridge nine returns home for seven games – four against the Wood ducks, three against the Astros – before closing out the first half with four on the road against the Mudcats.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 0
• Sharp (W, 3-3) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Fuentes (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Franco 2-3, R
• Barrera 2-4, R
• Johnson 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Sterling Sharp showed no rust as he combined with Steven Fuentes on a six-hit shutout of Greensboro, 6-0. Sharp went the first six and allowed three hits and a walk while winning his third game. Fuentest closed it out and worked around three hits and a HBP for his first save. Both pitchers struck out four. All-Star Daniel Johnson connected for his league-leading 12th homer and drove in three while Anderson Franco and Tres Barrera both singled twice to lead the Suns attack. Roster moves: RHP Sterling Sharp activated from 3-Day TIL; C Tres Barrera activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Mick VanVossen traded to White Sox to complete Ryan Raburn trade.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Pawtucket,
11:05 a.m.
G. Ross (2-3, 6.39) and TBD
vs. Velazquez (4-1, 1.50) and TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Altoona Long (5-4, 2.37) vs.
Brubaker (2-2, 4.53)
Potomac Lost, 9-8 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Postponed @ Greensboro
(Burlington, NC), 7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Brewster (4-3, 3.07)

Syracuse vs. Pawtucket – PPD
The rain that shortened Monday night’s contest postponed it on Tuesday. They’ll shoot to make it up with a doubleheader today.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 3
• Simms (L, 2-4) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, 3HR
• Brinley 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Keller 3-4
• Joseph 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Curve went deep three times in a 4-3 win over the Senators. John Simms was the victim (culprit?) as he gave up all four Altoona runs on the longball and five hits total over seven innings in his fourth loss. Ryan Brinley kept things close with two scoreless to finish the game. Alec Keller led the Harrisburg hit column with three singles while Neftali Soto and Corban Joseph both went 2-for-4. Roster move: OF Yadiel Hernandez activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Frederick 9 Potomac 8
• Sanburn 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Rivera (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Sundberg 4-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Page 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 2-3, 2R, BB, SAC

Potomac could get ’em on (12H, 6BB) but couldn’t get ’em in (4-20 RISP) and couldn’t keep the Keys in the yard again as they dropped the series finale, 9-8 to Frederick. Nolan Sanburn got the start and was lit up for five runs on nine hits, including two homers over six innings. The loss went to Mariano Rivera III, who couldn’t hold an 8-5 lead and gave up the final four runs. Jack Sundberg reached base five times with three singles, a double, and a walk while Matt Page walked, singled, and homered to lead the Potomac offense. Roster move: C Matt Reistetter reassigned from Hagerstown, placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown – PPD
The field at the Grasshoppers’ ballpark still hadn’t recovered from heavy rains last week, forcing a postponement of last night’s game and moving tonight’s contest down the road to Burlington. There is no word on when they’ll make it up.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-0
(7 inn., rain)
@ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
G. Ross (2-3, 6.39)
Velazquez (4-1, 1.50)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Altoona Simms (2-3, 4.00) vs.
Anderson (2-6, 4.41)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Sanburn (0-1, 3.86) vs.
Gonzalez (2-3, 5.70)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Brewster (4-3, 3.07)

Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 0
• Voth (L, 1-7) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Green 1-2
• Ramsey 1-2

The Chiefs (17-35) maintained their “lead” over the Baby Cakes (19-37) for the worst record in AAA with 7-0, rain-shortened loss to Pawtucket. Austin Voth threw six innings and gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two for his seventh loss. Austin Adams failed to retire the three batters he faced in the 7th (BB, BB, HBP) and Matt Grace stranded just one in the game’s final frame. The Chiefs mustered four hits and one walk while being shut out for the fifth time this season. Roster moves: OF Ryan Raburn selected by Washington; RHP Rafael Martin designated for assignment; UT Mario Lisson reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
After a brief road trip to Western Pennsylvania, Harrisburg returns to the capital for a six-game homestand against Altoona and Binghamton.

Frederick 3 Potomac 2 (11 inn.) – GAME ONE
• Estevez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• R. Pena 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mendez (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Gutierrez 3-5, 3B, RBI
• Sagdal 2-5, RBI

All three Keys runs came via the longball, including the game-winner in the 11th in a 3-2 win over the P-Nats. Gilberto Mendez took the loss, his second, on the homer in his second inning of work, following three scoreless by Ronald Pena. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez started and went the first six, giving up two runs on a homer in the 3rd and five hits total. He walked two and struck out three/ Kelvin Gutierrez led the Potomac attack with a 3-for-5 effort, followed by Ian Sagdal at 2-for-5.

Frederick 8 Potomac 6 – GAME TWO
• Guilbeau 4IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Schepel (L, 1-2) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Sundberg 2-2, R, BB, OF assist at 2B
• Page 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-4, R, SB, CS

Potomac led twice – 4-2 and 5-3 – but couldn’t stop Frederick from completing the doubleheader sweep with an 8-6 win. Taylor Guilbeau was strafed for nine hits and let in three runs over four innings, though we walked none and fanned four in a no-decision. Kyle Schepel took the loss as he gave up five runs on five hits over the last two innings. Jack Sundberg reached base three times with two singles and a walk while Matt Page singled and doubled and drove in a run to pace the P-Nats offense.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
The circus left Hagerstown and headed back to Columbia while the Suns traveled to Greensboro yesterday for a three-game series against the Grasshoppers.