Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Auburn Won, 9-4 END OF SEASON N/A

Auburn 6 Batavia 3
• Johnston 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 5K
• Chu (W, 2-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Shepard 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Scudder 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Vilorio 2-3, R, BB

The Doubledays erased an early 2-0 deficit with crooked numbers in three consecutive innings as they neutered the Muckdogs in the season finale, 9-4. Kyle Johnston wobbled through four innings, giving up three runs on four hits and six walks while striking out five. Gilberto Chu threw three perfect innings with two whiffs to pick up the win, his second for Auburn. Chance Shepard drove in three on a single, double, and a homer while Jake Scudder doubled twice and singled once to lead the Doubleday offense. Roster moves: OFs Rafael Bautista, Andrew Stevenson recalled to Washington; OF Victor Robles added to 40-man roster, recalled from Harrisubrg.

That’s it, kids. We’re in the semi-offseason. Next up: Arizona Fall League in 5½ weeks.

Thursday’s News & Notes

GCL Nationals lose GCL Finals, 2-1

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Auburn Won, 6-3 @ Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
Johnston (0-2, 3.10) vs.
Mateo (3-3, 3.04)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-4 END OF SEASON

Auburn 6 Batavia 3
• Crowe 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Ja. Johnson (W, 1-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Je. Baez 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-2, 2B, 2BB
• Pryor 2-4, BB, RBI

Auburn broke through for three in the 6th to turn a 2-1 edge into a 5-1 lead as they doubled up Batavia, 6-3. Wil Crowe gave up a homer and four hits total over three innings. He walked none and struck out two. The win went to Jared Johnson, who followed with three scoreless innings with one it, no walks, and two whiffs. After two ineffective innings by Daniel Butler and David Smith, Jared Brasher cordero’d around a hit and a walk in the 9th to earn his second save. Jeyner Baez was a triple shy of the cycle while Andres Martinez reached base four times with a single, double, and two walks to lead the Doubledays offense.

GCL Yankees East 5 GCL Nationals 4
• Acevedo 4IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 3K, PO
• Jimenez 3IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Adler (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, IBB, K
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2R, BB
• Connell 1-3, BB, RBI
• 1-for-10 RISP, 8 LOB

An error with two outs in the top of the 2nd loaded the base for the G-Yankees East and they cashed in the extra out for three unearned runs to take a 3-0 lead. The GYE returned the favor with four walks and a passed ball in the bottom of the 2nd for the first two G-Nats runs and two walks and an error in the bottom of the 3rd for the last two G-Nats runs. The third GYE pitcher, 19-y.o. Luis Rijo, no-hit the G-Nats for five and a 1/3rd innings to enable the GYE offense to tie it at 4-4 in the 7th on a Jose Carrera homer, then take a 5-4 lead in the 9th.

The G-Nats got the tying and winnings runs on in the bottom of the 9th on a Justin Connell single and an error. A failed bunt resulted in a 1-5 putout for the first out and Ricardo Mendez’s fourth whiff pushed the G-Nats to the brink. Luis Garcia singled to load the bases but Yasel Antuna struck out to end it. Carlos Acevedo started and was charged with the first three GYE runs on three hits and a walk over four innings. Jose Jimenez worked around a walk in the 5th, set the side down in order in the 6th, and gave up the tying run in the 7th. Sean Adler had a scoreless 8th but was touched for the gamewinner on three hits and an intentional walk in the 9th.

Offensively, the G-Nats were held to four singles but drew six walks. Kelvin Gutierrez and Justin Connell both went 1-for-3 with a walk, with Gutierrez scoring twice and Connell driving in a run.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Auburn Lost, 8-6 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Crowe (0-0, 2.55) vs.
Perez (4-1, 1.88)
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1 vs. GCL Yankees East,
12:00 p.m.

State College 8 Auburn 6
• Romero 4⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 10K, 2WP
• Guillen (L, 0-3) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Esthay 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Scudder 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Choruby 2-5, 2R, SB

Auburn lost its season finale in walkoff fashion as State College’s Ricardo Bautista smacked a two-out, two-run home run in the 9th for an 8-6 win. Seth Romero struck out a career-high of 10 but also gave up five runs on four hits and three walks over just four and a 1/3rd innings. The loss went to Angel Guillen, his third, with four hits allowed, no walks, and three whiffs over an inning and 2/3rds. Kameron Esthay missed the cycle by a triple and drove in three while Jake Scudder singled and doubled and plated one to lead the Doubleday offense.

GCL Yankees East 2 GCL Nationals 1
• Ma. Pena (L, 0-1) 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HBP
• N. Ramirez 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• R. Mendez 1-3, 2B, BB
• L. Garcia 1-4, RBI

The G-Yankees East pitchers outdueled the G-Nats for a 2-1 win that forced a decisive Game Three today. Two stolen bases and a passed ball led to the first GYE run while the second came on a walk-single-single sequence with two outs in the 7th. The G-Nats took advantage of a two-base error to lead off the bottom of the 8th, which Luis Garcia cashed in with a two-out single. The GYE committed another error with one out in the 9th to put on the tie run on. A sacrifice moved the tying run into scoring position with two outs but the G-Nats couldn’t get the equalizer.

Malvin Pena took the loss with an unearned run on one hit, two walks, and two hit batsmen over five innings. Nector Ramirez followed with four innings of one-run relief, with three hits and one walk allowed. Ricardo Mendez was the sole G-Nat to reach base twice with a double and a walk as the GYE pitchers held the offense to just three hits and four walks.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4
(12 inn.)
END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Won, 5-3 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Won, 11-6 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn Won, 4-1 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 4.02) vs.
Oviedo (2-2, 4.25)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5 vs. GCL Yankees East,
12:00 p.m.


Buffalo 3 Syracuse 2
• Simms 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Valdez (L, 0-3) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 1-4, R, 3B
• Stevenson 1-4

The Chiefs fulfilled their destiny as the worst team in AAA with their 87th loss of the season, 3-2 to Buffalo. Roster move: C Pedro Severino and RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Altoon 7 Harrisburg 4
• T. Hill 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR(28)
• Self (L, 4-3) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, IBB, K, HR
• S. Perez 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Robles 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB, SB
• Lowery 2-4, BB, RBI

Harrisburg fell in the 12th inning, 7-4 on a three-run walkoff HR to make it an even 80 losses. Taylor Hill served up #28 but still managed to twirl a quality start of three runs on six hits, two walks, and two whiffs (only one of which was the opposing pitcher) in a no-decision. Derek Self lost for the third time as he put on two with a double and an intentional walk before he was sent packing. Stephen Perez tripled and homered, Victor Robles doubled twice, and Jake Lowery singled twice to lead the Senators offense.

Potomac 5 Frederick 3
• Rodriguez (W, 4-3) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 2-4, R, BB
• Noll 2-5, R, RBI
• Carey 1-1, 3BB, RBI

With the help of 11 walks, Potomac stopped its six-game slide with a 5-3 win over Frederick. Jefry Rodriguez got dinged for a two-run shot in the 1st but settled down to go six innings with all three Keys runs allowed on seven hits and a walk for his fourth win. Jorge Pantoja, R.C. Orlan, and Tommy Peterson combined for three scoreless innings to seal the deal. Dale Carey led the walk column with three while Rhett Wiseman and Jake Noll both singled twice to lead the P-Nats’ attack.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 3
• Braymer (W, 3-2) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Morse (SV, 5) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3-2 IR-S
• Panaccione 4-4, 3R, 2B, 2RBI
• Corredor 3-5, R, 2RBI, PO
• C. Kieboom 2-3, R, 2BB

Hagerstown scored in each of its last six “ups” to outslug Lexington, 11-6. Ben Braymer got his third win with one run allowed on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Phil Morse let in two of three inherited runners, gave up two hits and a walk, but was credited with the save for not blowing a 9-4 lead in the 8th. Paul Panaccione went 4-for-4 with three runs score while Aldrem Corredor went 3-for-5 with two RBI to pace the Suns offense.

Auburn 4 State College 1
• Raquet (W, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Cousins (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Upshaw 2-3, BB, RBI, CS
• Pryor 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI, CS
• 2-for-14 RISP, 10 LOB

The Doubledays turned four double plays as they blunted the Spikes, 4-1. Nick Raquet allowed an unearned run on five hits with no walks and one whiff for his third win. Jeremy McKinney pitched a scoreless 7th for the hold while Jake Cousins kept State College off the board in the 8th and 9th for the save. Armond Upshaw singled twice and walked once while Jonathan Pryor singled and homered to lead Auburn’s nine-hit, eight-walk offense.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Yankees East 5
• Stoeckinger 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• N. Lee (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Zwetsch (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pineda 3-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• L. Garcia 3-5, 2R, 2B

The G-Nats lost leads of 4-0 and 5-4 before rallying for two in the 7th for a 7-5 win over the G-Yankees East and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three GCL Finals. Jackson Stoeckinger went the first four innings and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks. Nick Lee blew the 5-4 lead but got the win, allowing a hit and a walk over two innings. Connor Zwetsch kept the G-Yankees East off the board in the 8th and 9th inning to earn the save. Israel Pineda, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Luis Garcia combined for nine hits, four runs scored, two doubles, and two RBI to lead the G-Nats hit parade.

Monday’s News & Notes

GCL Nats win one-game playoff, advance to GCL League Finals

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Cancelled vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 5.63) vs.
House (9-11, 4.27)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 6-0
@ Altoona,
12:00 p.m.
Hill (4-6, 5.33) vs.
Brubaker (7-6, 4.51)
Potomac Lost, 10-4; @ Frederick,
2:00 p.m.
Rodriguez (3-3, 3.18) vs.
Peralta (2-10, 5.58)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
Braymer (2-2, 5.97) vs.
Garabito (4-4, 2.71)
Auburn Lost, 8-0 @ State College,
12:00 p.m.
Raquet (2-2, 2.78) vs.
Summerville (4-0, 1.62)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 vs. GCL Yankees East,
12:00 p.m.


Syracuse vs. Buffalo – CNCLD
Rain cancelled last night’s game in Syracuse and enabled the Chiefs to take a ½-game lead in the battle for the worst record in AAA as the 51’s won their game, 2-1 in Las Vegas.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 3 – COMP.
• Dragmire (BS, 2; W, 5-1) 3IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Robinson (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Joseph 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Hernandez 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Corban Jopseh’s two-run homer in the top of the 9th turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 Sens lead that Andrew Robinson held for Harrisburg’s 60th win. Brady Dragmire picked up the blown-save-win with two runs allowed on seven hits and three ewalks over three innings. Robinson worked around a leadoff single for his 13th save. Joseph and Dan Gamache both finished 3-for-5 while Yadiel Hernandez also reached base three times—and extended his modest hit streak to seven games—with a single, double, and a walk.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 0 – GAME TWO
• Voth (L, 3-4) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 8K, 0HR
• Lara 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Norfork 1-3, 2B
• Robles 1-4, 0HBP

It was all Altoona in the nightcap as the Curve shut out the Sens, 6-0. Austin Voth went off the rails with a three-run first and single runs in the 2nd and 3rd before getting back on track with three scoreless. He gave up nine hits total over six innings and struck out a season high of eight. Khayyak Norfork doubled the sole extra-base knock among Harrisubrg’s tally of five hits, which included a single from (unclutch your pearls) Victor Robles.

Frederick 10 Potomac 4 – GAME ONE
• Guilbeau (L, 4-5) 1⅓ IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Rivera 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Reetz 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Masters 1-3, R, RBI

In the opener, the Keys clinched a playoff spot with a 10-4 demolition of the P-Nats. Taylor Guilbeau retired just four of 13 batters faced as Frederick tagged him for eight runs on seven hits and two walks. Mariano Rivera III was only marginally less ineffective as he let in all three inherited runners and two more runs of his own over three and 2/3rds innings. David Masters ended the shutout bid with an RBI single while Jakson Reetz dropped an Earl Weaver special to complete Potomac’s four-run output.

Frederick 10 Potomac 4 – GAME TWO
• Williams (L, 2-5) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Mills 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Mejia 1-2
• Sagdal 1-3

Potomac’s losing streak was extended to six with a 2-0 shutout in the nightcap. Austen Williams gave up both Frederick runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two but lost for the fifth time in High-A and 11th overall. Jordan Mills worked around a hit batsman in the 6th to keep things close, but the P-Nats bats were limited to five singles and no walks.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 3
• DeRosier (W, 3-4) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HBP, E(4)
• Troop (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Banks 1-2, R, BB, HR, SF, 3RBI
• La Bruna 1-2, 2B, BB

Hagerstown got two in the 1st and two in the 4th and held on for a 4-3 win. Matt DeRosier let in all three Legends runs on seven hits, but walked none and struck out six for this third win at Low-A. Alex Troop put up two goose eggs for the hold while Gabe Klobosits earned the save with a scoreless 9th. Nick Banks drove in three with a two-run HR and a sac fly to lead the six-hit, five-walk offense.

State College 8 Auburn 0
• Tetreault (L, 2-2) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Rishwain 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Esthay 2-4
• Meregildo 1-3

The wheels came off the bus in the middle innings as the Spikes scored three in 5th, three in the 6th, and two in the 7th in an 8-0 shutout of the Doubledays. Jackson Tetreault was knocked from the box in the 5th after giving up three runs on five hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings for his second loss. Gilberto Chu (3R, 1⅔ IP) and Jared Brasher (2R, 1IP) were also victimized before Michael Rishwain threw a scoreless 8th. Kameron Esthay singled twice while Omar Meregildo and Andres Martinez both singled once. The rest of the Auburn lineup went 0-for-19 with two walks.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Twins 0
• Alastre (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Adler (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Antuna 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI, 2K, 0E

Tomas Alastre and Sean Adler combined for five-hit shutout of the G-Twins for a 4-0 win that sent the G-Nats back to the GCL Championship for the first since 2013. Alastre walked none, srtuck out four, and gave up four hits over the first six innings to get the “W.” Adler gave up one hit, no walks, and fanned three over the final three frames for the “SV.” Juan Soto singled, doubled, and drove in a run while Yasel Antuna singled, tripled, drove in two, and played error-free (as the DH) to lead the G-Nats’ attack.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 5.63) vs.
House (9-11, 4.27)
Harrisburg Tied, 1-1
(Susp.)
@ Altoona,
4:00 p.m.
Voth (3-3, 4.84) vs.
Coley (5-4, 3.16)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
4:00 p.m.
Guilbeau (4-4, 5.23) and
Williams (2-4, 4.24) vs.
Grimes (0-2, 4.91) and TBD
Hagerstown Cancelled vs. Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. O. Gomez (7-11, 5.20)
Auburn Lost, 5-1 @ State College,
6:05 p.m.
Raquet (2-2, 2.78) vs.
Castano (8-3, 2.82)
GCL Nationals Lost, 13-9 vs. GCL Twins,
12:00 p.m.

Syracuse 2 Buffalo 1
• Severino 2-3, BB
• Stevenson 2-4, BB, RBI
• Bautista 0-3, BB
• Skole 1-4, 2B, 3K

The Chiefs walked off in the 9th on an Andrew Stevenson single, keeping pace with the 51’s with their 54th win in 140 games.

Altoona 1 Harrisburg 1 – SUSP.
• McGowin 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Gamache 2-2, R, 2B, RBI

Play was halted after five innings and a tie score of 1-1. They’ll make it up this afternoon, then play a seven-inning game afterwards.

Frederick vs. Potomac – PPD
Rain postponed Saturday night’s matchup between the Keys and the P-Nats. They’ll also play a doubleheader this afternoon to make it up, presumably because Salem did not lose last night, although the doubleheader was scheduled ahead of that outcome.

Hagerstown vs. Lexington – CNCLD
They pulled the plug on this one Saturday afternoon and will not make the game up, ostensibly because both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. According to the Suns media folks, it’s the 13th Hagerstown home game to be affected by the weather and the ninth home date lost this season – five more than in 2016.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 1
• Johnston 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K
• N. Perkins 2-3, 2PB, PO
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4

Powered by a four-run 6th, the Black Bears completed the sweep of the Doubledays with a 5-1 win in Auburn’s home finale. Kyle Johnston got the start and turned in five shutout innings on four hits, no walks, and three K’s. Jared Johnson gave up the aforementioned four runs on five hits and a walks while retiring the leadoff batter and watching from the mound when Nic Perkins picked a runner off third. He then gave up a double that chased him from the game. Perkins, who had two passed balls, singled twice as did Joshual Ramirez to account for four of the six (6) Auburn hits.

GCL Cardinals 13 GCL Nationals 9
• Galindez 5IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• J. Peguero (L, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Soto 5-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• L. Garcia 1-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 1-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Juan Soto went 5-for-5 with a double and a triple and drove in three in the G-Nats’ 13-9 loss to the G-Cards in the regular-season finale. Nelson Galindez was lit up for five runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out… wait for it… four. The loss went to Jairon Peguero, who was somehow trotted out in the 9th after getting torched for four runs in the 8th. He then gave up another four runs for eight total over three and a 1/3rd innings on seven hits and two walks.

Despite finishing with the third-best record of the four division winners, the G-Nats will host the G-Twins in a one-game playoff. Should they win, they will play the winner of the D-Phillies and G-Yankees East in a best-of-three series for the GCL Championship.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Rogers (3-2, 3.58) vs.
Mu. Smith, (4-5, 3.66)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
McGowin (1-5, 7.17) vs.
McRae (10-5, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Guilbeau (4-4, 5.23) vs.
Grimes (0-2, 4.91)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lexington,
6:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Bender (5-5, 3.93)
Auburn Lost, 8-6 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Sulser (2-3, 4.58)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
10:00 a.m.

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 0
• Stevenson 1-4, SB(10)
• Severino 1-4, BB
• Bautista 0-2, 2BB, E(4)
• Skole 0-4, 2K (no, I didn’t forget to change it from yesterday)

After threatening to not finish with the worst record in AAA, the Chiefs got back on track with their third straight loss, a 4-0 shutout by the Bisons. Roster moves: RHPs Austin Adams, Erick Fedde recalled to Washington; RHP Cody Satterwhite, C Jhonatan Solano activated from the 7-Day DL.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 5
• Crownover (L, 1-7) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• S. Perez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Hernandez 2-4, R, BB
• Marmolejos 2-2, 3RBI (PH-LF)
• Robles 1-1, SB (as PH)

Altoona built a 5-0 lead before Harrisburg rallied for two in the 7th and three in the 8th, but fell one run short, 6-5. Matthew Crownover took the loss while throwing five innings of two-run ball on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Braulio Lara and Jimmy Cordero brought the petrol instead of the water and let in four more runs. Stephen Perez led the Sens hit column with two singles and a double while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos came off the bench to drive in three with two singles. Roster moves: C Raudy Read recalled to Washington; C Taylor Gushue reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 3 Potomac 2
• Jo. Baez 4⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K,
• Pantoja (L, 1-3) 2+ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Peterson ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Johnson 2-5, R
• Carey 1-3, BB

The P-Nats fell in the 9th for their fourth straight loss, 3-2 to the Keys. Joan Baez couldn’t make it out of the fifth as he put on 12 baserunners over four and a 1/3rd innings and gave up two runs. The loss went to Jorge Pantoja, who put on two in the 9th that Tommy Peterson couldn’t strand. Potomac went just 2-for-12 with RISP and left on nine baserunners. Daniel Johnson was the sole P-Nats batter with multiple hits ad he singled twice in five at-bats.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 4
• Y. Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K, HR, 2HBP
• Howard 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3-1 IR-S
• Held (W, 2-4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• C. Kieboom 2-4, R, BB
• Banks 1-3, R, HR, BB, 3RBI, SB
• Ortiz 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

Hagerstown walked off Lexington in regulation, 5-4 for back-to-back wins for the first time in more than three weeks, but were eliminated from the Sally Lg. North 2nd-half title race. Yonathan Ramirez was knocked around for four runs on three hits and four walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Hayden Howard let in one of three inherited runners to tie things at 4-4 but threw three more scoreless innings before Sam Held added a fourth goose egg in the 9th. Blake Perkins doubled with one out and scored on Aldrem Corredor’s RBI single, his fourth walkoff hit of the season. Nick Banks hit a three-run homer in the 1st while Oliver Ortiz went solo in the 4th to for a 3-0 and 4-3 lead respectively.

West Virginia 8 Auburn 6
• Guillen (L, 0-2) 3IP, 5H, 8R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Smith 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Shepard 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Je. Baez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• A. Martinez 1-3, 2BB, 2RBI

Five Doubledays errors led to seven unearned runs in an 8-6 loss to the Black Bears. Angel Guillen didn’t help his cause by serving up a grand slam and five hits total over three innings for his second loss. David Smith (4IP), Jared Brasher (1IP), and Jake Cousins (1IP) combined for six scoreless innings of relief but the offense fell two runs short of digging out of the 8-1 hole. Chance Shepard doubled and homered while Jeyner Baez singled and doubled to lead the nine-hit, three-walk effort.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 0
• Acevedo 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (L, 3-1) ⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2B, BB
• Ventura 2-3

With a playoff spot secured, now the race is for position, which the G-Nats’ 6-0 loss to the G-Marlins did not help. Carlos Acevedo started and threw three scoreless innings with one hit allowed, no walks, and two whiffs. The loss went to Jose De Los Santos, who was strafed for four runs on five hits, including a three-run homer. Kelvin Gutierrez walked and doubled while Edwin Ventura singled twice to lead the G-Nats’ seven-hit parade.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
J. Turner (2-5, 5.19) vs.
Rowley (3-5, 2.79)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Dragmire (4-1, 2.93) vs.
Keller (1-2, 3.77)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Baez (4-8, 3.86) vs.
B. Gonzalez (5-7, 5.05)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (1-2, 5.19) vs.
N. Watson (1-10, 6.75)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Guillen (0-1, 4.50) vs.
G. Wallace (2-2, 2.25)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 1
• Valdez 1⅓ 0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 1-4, R
• Stevenson 1-4, RBI
• Skole 0-4, 2K
• Severino 0-3, BB

Syracuse tied it at 1-1 then opened up a donut shop on the bottom of the scoreboard in a 5-1 loss to Lehigh Valley.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 5
• G. Ross (L, 5-4) 7+ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 9K
• Robinson (BS, 4) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 3-3 IR-S
• Joseph 1-3, R
• Hernandez 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI, SB
• Ward 1-4, 2B, RBI

The Senators returned the favor from Wednesday night as they coughed up five in the 8th in a 6-5 loss to the RubberDucks. Greg Ross was pushed three batters too far as he left with the bases loaded and nobody out and a 2-1 lead. Andrew Robinson blew his fourth save as he emptied the bases then let in two of his own runs on three hits and a walk. Yadiel Hernandez homered, walked, and stole a base as Harrisburg made the most of its six hits and four walks. Victor Robles returned the to the lineup and went 1-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 1
• Sharp 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Orlan (L, 2-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Reetz 1-3, BB, SB
• Sundberg 1-4, RBI

Lynchburg completed the sweep of Potomac with a 5-1 and eliminated them from the playoffs. Sterling Sharp held the Hillcats to one run (albeit on a home run) and six hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck out seven in the no-decision. R.C. Orlan was pegged with the loss as he gave up deciding run in the 7th. Jakson Reetz was the sole P-Nats batter to reach base twice with a walk (one of two) and a single (one of five hits).

Hagerstown 9 Delmarva 6
• B. Hill 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K
• Bogucki (W, 4-2) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Barrera 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, HR, 5RBI
• Perkins 3-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Banks 3-4, 2B, 2RBI

The Suns staved off elimination with a 9-6 win over Delmarva. Brigham Hill was sent packing after three and 2/3rds innings, charged with the first five Shorebirds runs on seven hits and no walks. He struck out four. A.J. Bogucki picked up the win with three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings pitched, with two hits allowed, no walks, and five K’s. Tres Barrera drove in five while finishing a single shy of the cycle while Blake Perkins and Nick Banks both went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

West Virginia 3 Auburn 1
• Crowe 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Rishwain 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• McKinney (L, 1-2) 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Upshaw 2-4, R, 2B
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4
• Pryor 2-4, SB, CS

Auburn outhit West Virginia 9-6 but the Black Bears outscored the Doubledays, 3-1 to take the series opener. Wil Crowe gave up a homer over three innings while walking none and striking out four in a no-decision. Michael Rishwain followed with three scoreless before Jeremy McKinney was clawed for two runs on five hits over the final three innings to take the loss. Armond Upshaw, Joshual Ramirez, and Jonathan Pryor each went 2-for-4 to lead the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Mets 5
• M. Pena 4IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
• Adler (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• R. Mendez 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Soto 2-3, RBI
• L. Garcia 2-4, R, RBI

The G-Nats scored four times in the 8th to erase a 5-3 deficit and secure the GCL East Division title with a 7-5 win over the G-Mets. Malvin Pena recovered from a five-run 1st to pitch three more scoreless innings. He gave up seven hits (two homers), walked two, and struck out eight. Sean Adler picked up the win as he got the last four outs in order. Ricardo Mendez doubled twice, scored once, walked once, and drove in a run to lead the G-Nats’ attack.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-4 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Long (4-5, 4.18) vs.
Eshelman (9-3, 2.37)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
G. Ross (5-3, 6.26) vs.
Esparza (5-5, 5.08)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Sharp (2-2, 5.33) vs.
McKenzie (11-6, 3.57)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
B. Hill (0-1, 5.54) vs.
Seabrooke (3-8, 4.61)
Auburn Won, 3-2
(11 inn.)
vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Crowe (0-0, 2.45) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 4
• Cole (L, 4-5) 6⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 8K; 1-1, SAC
• Bautista 0-4, RBI
• Stevenson 1-4, R
• Skole 0-1

Chiefs pitchers struck out 15 and gave up 15 hits in a 7-4 loss to the IronPigs. Roster move: SS Bengie Gonzalez placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 5
• T. Hill 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Self (W, 4-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Joseph 2-5, R, CS
• Hernandez 1-4, R, BB, 2RBI

Harrisburg rallied from a 5-0 deficit with three in the 8th and three in the 9th, capped off by Yadiel Hernandez’s two-out, two-run homer. Taylor Hill gave up his 27th in the 3rd and two runs total on seven hits over seven innings while striking out a career-high of nine. Derek Self got the “W” as the pitcher of record while working around a walk in the 9th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Corban Joseph both went 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Senators offense.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 2
• Rodriguez (L, 3-3) 4IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K
• Peterson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Noll 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Reetz 1-4, R, 2K, PB, PO

Potomac took another circle ’round the drain with a 5-2 loss to Lynchburg, which reduced its tragic number to two with five to play. Jefry Rodriguez made it through only four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and five (5) walks while striking out three for his third Carolina League loss. Mariano Rivera gave up the final two Hillcats runs over three innings before Tommy Peterson threw a scoreless 8th. Jake Noll tripled and scored a run while Jakson Reetz scored the other as the P-Nats were held to just five hits total while striking out 13 times. Roster move: RHP Luis Reyes placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 4
• Braymer 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Barnett (L, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Perkins 1-3, R, 2BB, 2SB (30, 31), E(8)
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Likewise for the Suns, who dropped their third straight and 13th out of their last 17 with a 6-4 loss to the Shorebirds. Ben Braymer turned in a quality start of three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over six inning with six K’s. The loss went to Jake Barnett with three runs coughed up in the 7th and four hits total over three innings. Aldrem Corredor and Blake Perkins both singled once and walked twice to lead the Hagerstown offense, which was just 3-for-14 with RISP and left on 12 baserunners.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 2 (11 inn.)
• Romero 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Chu (BS, 1; W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Ja. Johnson (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Mergeildo 2-5, 3K
• Upshaw 1-2, 2R, 2BB, SB(9)

Despite committing four errors, which led to two unearned runs, Auburn got the winning run in on a wild pitch for a 3-2 win in extra innings. Seth Romero shut out Williamsport for five innings on one hit while striking out seven. Romero’s 2-0 lead went up in smoke with unearned runs off Dan Butler in the 7th and Gilberto Chu in the 8th. Chu was credited with the blown-save-win while Jared Johnson survived the fourth Doubledays error while giving up a walk and a hit in the bottom of the 11th to earn the save.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
The G-Marlins won to postpone the G-Nats’ celebration of the GCL East title, which can be clinched today with a win vs. the G-Mets or a G-Marlins loss.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (4-4, 5.82) vs.
H. Alvarez (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-9 vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
T. Hill (4-6, 5.54) vs.
Bieber (2-1, 2.83)
Potomac Lost, 9-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (3-2, 3.06) vs.
Civale (10-2, 2.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
B. Hill (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Humpal (7-11, 4.16)
Auburn Lost, 8-2 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 5.91) vs.
Stewart (4-2, 4.44)
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1;
Won, 5-0
OFF DAY

Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 1
• Simms (W, 2-4) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 9K
• Bautista 2-4, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R
• Skole 0-3
• Severino 1-3, R

John Simms tossed seven scoreless innings while striking out nine to lead Syracuse a 4-1 victory, its third straight. Roster moves: IF Adrian Sanchez optioned from Washington; C Jhonatan Solano placed on the 7-Day DL.

Akron 10 Harrisburg 9
• Voth 3⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Bacus (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Hernandez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Abreu 2-3, R, RBI
• S. Perez 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg blew leads of 4-0 and 8-6 in a 10-9 loss to Akron. Austin Voth didn’t make it past the fourth for the fifth time this season as he gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings in a no-decision. Dakota Bacus took the loss on a two-run homer in the 9th in his one and only inning pitched. Yadiel Hernandez singled once, doubled twice, scored twice and drove in a run to lead the Sens’ offense.

Lynchburg 9 Potomac 3
• Williams (L, 2-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Reetz 2-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Carey 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats got three in the 9th to turn 9-0 demolition into a 9-3 defeat, failing to take advantage of the Keys’ 6-5 win over the Red Sox. Austen Williams let in four runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out seven in his fourth High-A loss. Neither Ronald Pena nor Jordan Mills could stop the onslaught as they gave up five runs over the next three innings. Jakson Reetz cashed in three straight walks issued with one out for a three-run double to break up the shutout. Reetz and Dale Carey both went 2-for-4 to account for four of the five Potomac hits on the night. Roster moves: 1B Ian Sagdal activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Tyler Beckwith placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 1
• C. Pena 5IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 9K
• Morse (L, 0-4) ⅓ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Banks 2-4, 2B, SB
• La Bruna 1-2, 2B, RBI, SAC

Hagerstown imploded in the 9th for five runs as they dropped to .500 in the 2nd half with a 6-1 loss to Delmarva and lowered their tragic number to two. Carlos Pena no-hit the Shorebirds for five innings, though he needed 84 pitches to do it while walking three and striking out nine. Phil Morse lost his third straight appearance and fourth game overall (all in August, in which he has a 14.09 ERA) as he was charged with the aforementioned five runs on three hits and two walks, with the “help” of Kyle Simonds, who failed to strand the two runners he inherited while retiring two of four batters to finish the 9th. Nick Banks led the Suns’ hit column of six with a single and double while stealing his 12th base.

Williamsport 8 Auburn 2
• Raquet 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, BK
• Smith (L, 3-4) 2IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 3WP
• Guibor 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Pascal 2-4, R, 2B
• 0-6 RISP, 10 LOB, 15 batting K

SSDL in the NYPL as the Doubledays’ David Smith coughed up five in the 7th and one in the 8th in an 8-2 defeat to the Crosscutters. Nick Raquet went the first six innings and scattered eight hits for two runs. He walked none and fanned three. Smith also gave up eight hits, but in just two innings while losing for the fourth time. Austin Guibor reached base three times with two walks and a double and drove in both Auburn runs.

GCL Astros 2 GCL Nationals 1 – GAME ONE
• German (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Peguero 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• L. Garcia 3-3, 2B, SB

In the first game, the G-Astros stopped the G-Nats four-game win streak with a 2-1 win. Jhonatan German gave up both runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six for his fourth loss. Luis Garcia collected all three G-Nat hits with two singles and a double and stole his 11th base.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Astros 0 – GAME TWO
• Alastre (W, 3-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Zwetsch 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Evangelista 2-3, 3R, 2B
• Jo. Sanchez 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Pineda 2-3, 2RBI

In the nightcap (hey, it is Florida), the G-Nats shut out the G-Astros, 5-0 and reduced its magic number to one. Tomas Alastre went the first five, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out six for the win. Connor Zwetsch worked around three hits over the final two innings. Juan Evangelista scored three times and doubled while Jose Sanchez and Israel Pineda both went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the G-Nats’ attack.