Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
E. Rogers (2-2, 4.23) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
McGowin (1-5, 8.51) vs.
Lugo (8-7, 4.56)
Potomac Won, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 3-2
(14 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Johnston (0-2, 3.69) and TBD
vs. Young (5-2, 3.06) and Brown (3-4, 3.40)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-8
(10 inn.)
@ GCL Cardinals,
10:00 a.m.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 1
• Skole 0-4

Syracuse scored nine unanswered runs to stop a three-game slide and prevent a three-game sweep by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a 9-2 win in the series finale. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington; RHP Erick Fedde, OF Rafael Bautista recalled to Washington.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 4
• Dragmire 5⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K
• Cordero (H, 4; L, 2-6) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Robinson (BS, 3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Senators bullpen saw a 4-3 lead vanish with one swing of the bat as the Jimmy Cordero loaded the bases while getting the first two outs in the 8th and Andrew Robinson unloaded them with a grand slam for a 7-4 loss to the Fightins. Brady Dragmire got the start and gave up the first three Reading runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two over five and 2/3rds innings. Victor Robles singled and doubled while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos walked and doubled; both drove in two runs for Harrisburg.

Potomac 4 Frederick 2
• Reyes (W, 8-13) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• Orlan (SV, 5) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 2-3, RBI
• Noll 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Potomac closed out its home schedule with a 4-2 win Sunday afternoon in Woodbridge.

West Virginia 2 Hagerstown 1
• DeRosier 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• Klobosits (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Howard (BS, 1; L, 4-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• C. Kieboom 2-2, R, 2BB
• Corredor 1-4

The Suns lowered its tragic number to three with another walkoff loss, 2-1 to the Power. Matt DeRosier did his part with six shutout innings on four hits and two walks with four whiffs. So Likewise for Gabe Klobosits with two perfect innings. Hayden Howard did not as he retired just one of five batters faced to blow the save and take the loss. Carter Kieboom singled twice and walked twice while Aldrem Corredor singled once. The rest of the Hagerstown lineup was 0-for-23 with eight strikeouts.

Batavia 3 Auburn 2
• Guillen 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, WP
• Engelbrekt 4IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Brasher (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Jo. Ramirez 2-6, E(19)
• Esthay 1-5, R, BB, RBI

Auburn’s relievers worked overtime to cover for the batters, who were off the clock with just five hits over 14 innings in a 3-2 loss to Batavia. Angel Guillen gave up the first two Muckdogs runs on four hits without a walk and six whiffs over five innings. Jared Johnson and Max Engelbrekt combined for six scoreless innings and Jared Brasher made it eight straight before Batavia broke through for the game-winner in the 14th. Joshual Ramirez (two singles) and Kameron Esthay (homer, walk) were the only Doubledays batters to reach base twice.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Marlins 8 (10 inn.)
• Acevedo 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Adler (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Connell 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Jo. Sanchez 2-4, R, RBI
• Gutierrez 1-3, R, 2K

The G-Marlins took an 8-3 lead with a five-run 8th then gave it away with six unanswered runs – five in the 9th and one in the 10th – for a 9-8 loss to the G-Nats. Carlos Acevedo let in a run on three hits and struck out five as the starter. Sean Adler got the last out in the 8th and stranded two runners, then pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th to earn the win, his second. Justin Connell singled twice, scored twice, doubled once, walked once, and drove in two while Jose Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the G-Nats’ attack.

Friday’s News & Notes

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

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

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

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

Potomac 1 Salem 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday’s News & Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Rochester,
5:05 p.m.
Turner (0-3, 6.75) and
Valdez (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Gibson (1-2, 2.08) and
Enns (1-1, 2.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1
(5 inn.)
vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Ross (2-1, 6.95) vs.
Milone (MLB Rehab)
Potomac Lost, 9-2 @ Winston Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Baez (1-7, 5.09) vs.
Flores (0-3, 5.53)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Davis (2-3, 6.85) vs.
Falter (5-6, 3.10)
Auburn Lost, 15-7
(10 inn.)
vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Crowe (NYPL Debut) vs.
Karinchak (0-2, 6.23)
GCL Nationals Lost, 14-12 @/vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 4
Syracuse completed a three-game sweep of Pawtucket with a 6-4 win. Wait, what? Roster move: RHP Cody Satterwhite activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Reading 6 Harrisburg 1
• T. Hill (L, 4-3) 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Robles 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Ward 1-2, 2B

The Fightins got two in the 1st and four in the 3rd against cannon fodd..er, Taylor Hill before the rains came and handed the Sens a 6-1 loss in five innings. Hill gave up his organization-leading 22nd HR in the 1st and six hits total over four innings while walking two and striking out one as he lost his third AA contest and eighth overall. Victor Robles homered to lead off the game while Drew Ward doubled to lead the Harrisburg hit tally of five.

Winston-Salem 9 Potomac 2
• Sharp (L, 0-1) 6IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 5BB, 3K, HR, 2WP
• Johnson 3-5, SB
• Sagdal 2-4, R
• Masters 2-4

Winston-Salem scored in each of the first five innings as they cruised past Potomac, 9-2 in the series opener. Sterling Sharp battled through six innings on 94 pitches and was charged with seven runs on nine hits and five walks as he lost his Carolina League debut. Daniel Johnson remains red-hot with three singles while Ian Sagdal and David Masters added two apiece to account for seven of the nine P-Nats’ hits. Roster moves: RHP Sterling Sharp promoted from Hagerstown; LHP Tim Collins assigned to XST.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 4
• B. Hill 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2WP
• Morse (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Ortiz 1-3, R, 2B
• Panaccione 1-3, 2B, RBI

The Suns squeezed four runs out of three doubles and a walk and were leading 4-2 going into the 9th when the Blue Claws decoded Phil Morse for three runs and a 5-4 walkoff win. Brigham Hill turned in five innings of two-run ball on four hits in his Sally Lg. debut, walking none and fanning six. Morse took the loss as he gave up three runs on four hits while getting two outs in the 9th for the blown-save-loss. Oliver Ortiz, Paul Panaccione, and Tres Barrera each had a double while Telmito drew the lone Walk to comprise the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 15 Mahoning Valley 7
• Tetreault 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR
• Smith (L, 1-3) 2IP, 10H, 8R, 8ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Esthay 3-5, R, HR, 5RBI
• Boggetto 2-4, R, BB
• Meregildo 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Since alcohol sales usually end in the 7th, there was no beer to hold, but those who stayed in Falcon Park had to watch this: an eight-run meltdown in the top of the 10th to turn a 7-7 tie into an 15-7 extra-innings loss by Auburn. Jackson Tetrault got the start and didn’t make it out of the 4th as he was charged with five runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while fanning two. David Smith gave up nine hits in the 10th and all eight runs in his second inning thrown for his third loss. Kameron Esthay and Omar Meregildo both homered while Branden Boggetto reached base three times as the trio combined for seven hits, three runs, and six RBI to pace the Doubledays’ offense. Roster moves: LHP Seth Romero reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Cardinals 14 GCL Nationals 12
• Alastre 4⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Infante (BS, 2; L, 0-2) 2IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• L. Garcia 4-5, 3R, 2B, RBI
• Jo. Sanchez 3-5, 2R, 2B, 4RBI
• Cabello 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

The G-Nats’ 11-5 lead through five vanished in just two innings as the G-Cards scored once in the 6th and eight times in the 7th for a 14-12 win. Starter Tomas Alastre was strafed for five runs on five hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. The blown-save-loss went to Darly Infante, who was touched for four runs on two hits and two walks over two innings. Jose Sanchez drove in four and scored twice while going 3-for-5 to lead the G-Nats’ attack. Roster moves: OF Luis Perdomo released; OF Rafael Bautista assigned from Syracuse for MiLB rehab.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 3-1 vs. Wilmington,
12:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-1, 3.88) vs.
Puckett (7-7, 4.11)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 3-2
@ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
M. Mills (10-2, 2.39) vs.
Hickman (1-3, 4.39)
Auburn Won, 13-12
(12 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m.  

Rochester 8 Syracuse 2
• Stevenson 1-3, R, BB (10G hit streak)

Erie 7 Harrisburg 4
• McGowin (L, 0-5) 4IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Valdez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lowery 1-2, 2B, 2BB, RBI

Drew Ward smacked a three-run HR to give Harrisburg a 3-2 lead. After that, it was all Erie for a 7-4 Seawolves win over the Senators. Kyle McGowin lost for the fifth time in five AA starts with all seven runs coughed up on eight hits and three walks over four innings thrown. Ward also singled to go 2-for-4 while Jacke Lowery reached base three times with a pair of walks and a double to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1
• Williams (L, 0-1) 4IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mejia 1-4, 2B
• Carey 1-3

The Blue Rocks edged the P-Nats, 3-1 as the two teams combined for eight hits and 20 total bases. Austen Williams took the loss with one unearned run allowed on one hit over four innings. Jack Sundberg walked, took third on a Bryan Mejia double, and scored on a grounder to short to break up the shutout bid.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2 – GAME ONE
• Pena (L, 4-5) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR, HBP
• Howard 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Neuse 2-3, 2B
• Corredor 2-3

Kannapolis got to Carlos Pena early and built a 3-0 lead that Hagerstown couldn’t overcome for a 3-2 loss. Pena gave up all three Intimidator runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out four while losing his fifth game. Sheldon Neuse and Aldrem Corredor both went 2-for-3 to pace the Suns offense.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2 – GAME TWO
• Sharp 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• J. Mills (H, 1; L, 4-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Peterson (BS, 3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Franco 1-2, RBI
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB

The Suns couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead as the Intimidators got three in the bottom of the 6th to complete the doubleheader sweep with another 3-2 win. Sterling Sharp did his part with five scoreless innings and just five baserunners allowed (3H, 2BB). The loss (and hold) went to Jordan Mills who put on three baserunners with a hit and two walks while Tommy Peterson let in the tying and deciding run for his third blown save. Blake Perkins was the sole Hagerstown hitter to reach base twice with a single and a walk.

Auburn 13 State College 12
• DeRosier 4⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• McKinney ⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 1K, 0HR
• Engelbrekt (W, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 3-7, R, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Je. Baez 2-4, 2RBI
• Bogetto 2-6, 2B, 2RBI

Jeremy McKinney may have taken the “someday you could be pitching out of the bullpen in DC” speech a little too literally as he failed to hold a six-run lead in the 9th and retired just two of nine batters faced. Max Engelbrekt stopped the bleeding and pitched three more scoreless and was rewarded with a “W” as Kameron Esthay smacked a pinch-hit HR to give Auburn a 13-12 win in 12 innings. Matt DeRosier started and gave up the first three State College runs on four hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings for the no-decision. Randy Encarnacion led the ‘Days 15-hit parade with two singles and double while driving in two.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 3
• Ma. Pena 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Ramirez (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• L. Garcia 5-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Antuna 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI, E(7)

The G-Nats got four runs early and five scoreless innings from the ‘pen to edge the G-Cards, 4-3. Malvin Pena allowed all three runs on hour hits and a walk while fanning five. Nector Ramirez was somehow given the win for a single scoreless inning pitched (vs. two by Angel Guillen) while Jared Johnson earned the save with two scoreless innings pitched and four whiffs. Luis Garcia went 5-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI while Yasel Antuna doubled, singled, walked, and drove in two to account for eight of the 13 G-Nat baserunners.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3;
Lost, 6-2
@ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 p.m. O’Sullivan (0-1, 3.38) vs.
Acevedo (1-0, 1.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (1-0, 5.06) vs.
Rios (3-4, 3.80)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 19-18
(11 inn.)
@ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Tati (5-2, 6.04 @ AZL in ’16)

Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 – GAME ONE
• Jackson 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, HBP
• Adams (W, 3-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Sanchez 1-2, R, 2B, BB

The Chiefs scored the gamewinner on a two-out wild pitch in the top of the 7th and got a 1-2-3 inning from Wander Suero to lock it down for a 4-3 win over the RailRiders in the opener. Starter Edwin Jackson warmed up for two and a 1/3rd innings, issuing a walk and hitting a batter before Sammy Solis took over and gave up his second HR in three outings. The win went to Austin Adams, who pitched a scoreless 6th. Spencer Kieboom drove in three with a two-run HR and an RBI double in the 7th that tied it. Adrian Sanchez (double, walk) and Wilmer Difo (2BB) also reached base twice to pace the Syracuse offense.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 2 – GAME TWO
• Hill (L, 1-5) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Falu 2-2, R, SB
• Ramsey 2-3, RBI

Syracuse reverted to the mean as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got three in the 1st and three in the 5th for a 6-2 win to split the doubleheader. Taylor Hill coughed up HR #19 and allowed all six RailRider runs on eight hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings for his fifth AAA loss. He tied his season high in K’s with five. Irving Falu and Caleb Ramsey both singled twice to account for four of the eight Chiefs hits.

New Hampshire 6 Harrisburg 3
• Crownover (L, 0-2) 6IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, 2HR
• Eitel 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 1K
• Keller 3-4, RBI
• Hernandez 2-5, R, SB

The Fisher Cats clawed the Senators for six runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 6-3 win in the series opener. Matt Crownover was dinged for all six runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings for his second AA loss. Derek Eitel finished the game with two scoreless innings. Alec Keller led the Harrisburg hit column with three singles followed by Yadiel Hernandez and Neftali Soto with two apiece. Roster move: RHP Brady Dragmire assigned from Washington.

Potomac – ALL STAR BREAK
• Robles 0-2
• Gushue 0-2, K

Both Victor Robles and Taylor Gushue were hitless in last night’s midseason kiss to scouts and team officials Carolina League All-Star Game. The North beat the South, 2-0.

Hagerstown – ALL STAR BREAK
• Corredor 2-3, 2RBI
• Perkins 1-1
• Neuse 0-1, K
• Johnson 0-3

Rain shortened the Sally League’s All-Star game to seven innings and a 3-3 tie. Aldrem Corredor and Daniel Johnson both started while Sheldon Neuse and Blake Perkins came off the bench.

Batavia 19 Auburn 18
• Turnbull 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 1K
• Barnett (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Simonetti (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 0K, 0HR, 3-2 IR-S; 2-6, 3R, BB, HR, 4RBI
• A. Martinez 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, 3-3 IR-S; 3-6, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Ortiz 4-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 7RBI

Auburn scored four times in the 8th inning to take an 11-6 into the 9th. They should have scored five. Two errors and four hits led to five runs in the top of the 9th and a tie game. After failing to walk off in regulation, the Doubledays turned to position players to pitch with one out in the 10th. They got lit like a stoner at a Phish concert.

Connor Simonetti let in two of three inherited runners while finishing the 10th inning to give Batavia a 13-11 lead. Oliver Ortiz, who drove in seven runs total, tied it up at 13-13 with a two-out, two-run double. Simonetti came back out in the 11th and walked four straight before Andres Martinez came in and got three outs, but not before he emptied the bases while allowing two of his own runs on three hits.

Down 19-13, Auburn rallied for five in the 11th, capped off with an Earl Weaver special from Simonetti with two down, before Omar Meregildo flied out to end it shortly before midnight.

Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

The light of day didn’t change the horror of the night before as the Potomac bullpen imploded again for an 11-6 loss to Lynchburg.

Seven unanswered runs — three in the 8th, four in the 9th — was the black mark on the report card and the scorebook, with Derek Self bearing the brunt of the beating with four runs charged on three hits, including a home run in the ninth sandwiched between two walks. Greg Holt was also victimized by the big fly in the final frame after striking out the first batter he faced.

To make matters worse, the Hillcats pitchers weren’t much better. They walked eleven batters, doing their part for the concession sales to stretch this game to 3 hours and 36 minutes.

The difference was that they were able to get the double play ball (three of ’em) and work around their mistakes as the Potomac hitters were held to a 2-for-15 mark with RISP. Keeping the ball in the yard — one vs. three — also made a wee bit of difference.

Billy Burns and Jason Martinson continue to wreak havoc from the leadoff and No. 3 spots in the lineup, with Burns reaching base four times out of five plate appearances and Martinson going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, and also drew a walk and stole a base. Conversely, Michael Taylor and Kevin Keyes — the No. 2 and No. 4 batters — have struggled mightily, a 3-for-26 combined with nine strikeouts over the first three games.

It’s early, of course, but that kind of uneven production in top half of the lineup will become much more noticeable once the P-Nats face better pitching.

Uneven is also the word to describe the season debut of A.J. Cole. The lean righthander struck out the side in the first but then was ambushed for no-doubt-about-it blast to center on a first-pitch fastball by Lynchburg cleanup man Robby Hefflinger. Cole then went away from the heat and walked the next batter then stumbled to give up two more runs in the second frame.

Cole righted himself with three strong innings in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th but a third look by the middle-of-the-order Hillcats produced a pair of doubles and another run. He was lifted with one out in the 6th after surrendering the inning’s third hit. His final line: 5⅓ innings, seven hits, four runs (all earned), one walk, seven strikeouts.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 1-2 on the season with the Salem Red Sox coming to town for the next three. Kylin Turnbull is slated to pitch tonight, but there’s a little intrigue as the tall southpaw is the only pitcher on the active roster that hasn’t pitched yet, perhaps indicating that a roster move (or two) will make way for tomorrow night’s starter.