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.