Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Gwinnett,
12:00 p.m.
Hill (4-8, 4.46) vs.
Kelly (2-5, 3.90)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ Erie,
12:05 p.m.
Brady (2-3, 3.77) vs.
Lewicki (0-2, 5.02)
Potomac Lost, 1-0
(11 inn.)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-1, 4.93) vs.
Shaw (4-6, 4.87)
Auburn Lost, 9-1 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 4 Gwinnett 3
• Giolito (W, 1-0) 6⅔ IP, 7H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K
• Harper (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-4. 2B, 2RBI
• Skole 2-4, RBI

Lucas Giolito pitched into the 7th in his AAA debut while the Chiefs’ bullpen staggered through the 9th for a 4-3 win. The 22-y.o. northpaw struck out seven and had a shutout for six innings before giving up one run in the 7th, finishing with seven hits and two walks allowed over six and 2/3rds innings. Bryan Harper stranded two in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold. Despite needing just 14 pitches to get four outs, Harper was lifted in favor of Rafael Martin who was awarded a save despite coughing up two runs on two hits, including a two-run home run (No. 7 in 37IP). Caleb Ramsey, Brian Goodwin, and Matt Skole combined for six hits, two doubles, and three RBI to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez added to Washington 40-man roster.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 2
• Blackmar (W, 1-0) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HBP
• Benincasa (S, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 3-4, R, CS
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg posted a picket fence in the first three innings and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Erie. Mark Blackmar made his return to AA with seven innings of two-run ball on six hits and a walk to get the “W,” while Robert Benincasa recorded his first save since 8/27/14 with two scoreless innings to close out the game. Drew Ward and Andrew Stevenson both connected for their first AA home runs (both solo) while going 2-for-4 as the Senators collected 11 hits total, with Wilmer Difo leading the way with three singles. Roster moves: RHP Abel De Los Santos claimed on waivers by Cincinnati.

Salem 1 Potomac 0 (11 inn.)
• Fedde 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Mendez (L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 1-3, BB
• 0-2 RISP, 4LOB, 11K

Erick Fedde is not allowed to hit until the next level, so he couldn’t help his own cause as Salem broke up the Star Trek convention on the Lewis-Gale field scoreboard with a single run in the 11th for a 1-0 win vs. Potomac in the series finale. Fedde pitched six scoreless innings with five hits and one walk allowed while fanning five for a no-decision, his sixth in 14 starts. Gilberto Mendez took the loss as the Red Sox got to him again for an earned run on two hits over the final inning and a 1/3rd. Alec Keller was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice (single, walk) as the lineup produced just four hits and two walks. Roster moves: RHP Neil Holland demoted from Harrisburg (MiLB rehab at GCL ended).

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Hagerstown returns to Western Maryland for a seven-game homestand riding a six-game winning streak as they host Columbia (neé Savannah) for three and Charleston for four.

Mahoning Valley 9 Auburn 1
• Mills (L, 3-2) ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Harmening 4⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 1-1 IR-S
• Johnson 3-4, 3B, SB(5)
• Kerian 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The Scrappers chased McKenzie Mills with five runs in the 1st as they took the game, 9-1 and the series, 2-1 from the Doubledays. Mills retired just two of seven batters faced, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out one. Russell Harmening let in one inherited runner and one run of his own over the next four and a 1/3rd innings, but it was for naught as the Auburn offense was mostly AWOL – two singles and a triple from Dan Johnson, David Kerian with a solo homer in the 3rd to break up the shutout. Roster move: RHP Samuel Held reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 vs. Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (AAA debut) vs.
Kelly (2-5, 3.90)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (1st AA start of
’16) vs. Turley (4-6, 4.29)
Potomac Won, 7-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (5-3, 3.76)
Kent (8-4, 3.51)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 4-3
(11 inn.)
vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (3-1, 2.31) vs.
McKenzie (2-2, 0.28)

Syracuse 7 Gwinnett 4
• Long (W, 2-3) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K
• Martin (SV, 18) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 3B
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

Syracuse’s Jason Martinson tripled and homered to drive in three in a 7-4 series-opening win over Gwinnett. Jaron Long gave up all four Braves runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven to earn the win. Erik Davis, Matt Grace, and Rafael Martin each turned in a scoreless inning to seal the deal. Brian Goodwin also homered while Pedro Severino and Steve Lombardozzi both connected twice to lead the Chiefs’ ten-hit parade.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 1
• Mapes (W, 9-6) 9IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Soto 3-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B
• Bautista 1-3, 2R, 2BB, SB(40)

The Seawolves may mind Tyler Mapes coming here and wasting all their time, but the Senators don’t because his complete game effort was just what they needed for a 5-1 win. The Harrisburg bullpen got the night off after throwing 13⅓ IP in the previous two games as the birthday boy (25) allowed four hits, including solo HR in the 7th, three walks, and struck out three. Neftali Solo singled twice, doubled once, and drove in two while Rafael Bautista singled once, drew two walks, and swiped base #40 to pace the Sens’ offense. Roster moves: RHPs Boone Whiting, Greg Ross on the 7-Day DL (Boone retroactive to 7/15); RHP Mark Blackmar reassigned from Potomac; C Brian Jeroloman activated from 3-Day TIL.

Potomac 7 Salem 2
• Spann (W, 2-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Estevez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 2-3, 2B, BB, SAC, CS
• Marmolejos 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Keller 1-3, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Robles 0-0, HBP, sorry

Matt Spann came up big for Potomac in a spot start as he outdueled flamethrower Michael Kopech in a 7-2 win to even the series. The 25-y.o. spun six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks while fanning six to garner his second “W.” Bryan Mejia and Alec Keller each reached base three times while Drew Vettleson and Jake Lowery both drove in two as the P-Nats pounded out 12 hits total and drew five walks. No corresponding move yet to removal of RHP Mark Blackmar from the roster. Erick Fedde was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for July 11-17.

Hagerstown 9 Greenville 6
• Bourque (W, 2-4) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Pantoja (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Encarnacion 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB, CS
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2RBI, CS

Ian Sagdal and Randy Encarnacion once again dominated the Drive pitchers, combining for five hits and five RBI in the Suns’ 9-6 win to finish the four-game sweep. James Bourque wobbled through five innings, letting in four runs on four hits and a walk, but set down six on strikes to win for the second time. Telmito Agustin and Kelvin Gutierrez also terrorized Greenville pitchers for four hits and three RBI as Hagerstown pounded out 12 hits total.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 3 (11 inn.)
• Watson 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Conner (BS, 1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Morse (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Neuse 2-4, R, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Banks 2-4, 2B, RBI, SAC, SB

Mahoning Valley rallied for three in the 8th to send this into extras but Auburn walked off in the 11th with a 4-3 win. Tyler Watson did not succumb to the curse of the GBI as the 19-y.o. threw five shutout frames with just two hits allowed and no walks while setting down seven on strikes. Blake Perkins singled with two out in the 11th and scored all the way from 1st on a safety to RF off the bat of Dan Johnson. Sheldon Neuse and Nick Banks led the Doubledays’ hit column with two hits and an RBI apiece.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 vs. Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (AAA debut) vs.
Ro. Hernandez (4-4, 4.42)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (8-6, 3.43)
vs. TBD
Potomac Lost, 7-6
(11 inn.)
@ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (2-0, 1.29) vs.
Kopech (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-4, 6.46) vs.
De Jesus (0-0, 5.40)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 2.25) vs.
Miniard (1-2, 2.17)

Durham 8 Syracuse 4
• Espino (L, 6-8) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Laffey 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 3-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• den Dekker 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The Chiefs fell behind 3-0 after four and couldn’t catch up as the Bulls doubled ’em up, 8-4 in the series finale. Paolo Espino lost for the eighth time with those aforementioned three runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. Koda Glover became the latest victim of the GBI curse as Durham lit him up for three runs in his two innings of work. Brian Goodwin singled twice, doubled and walked once, and drove in two to lead the Syracuse offense. As noted in the comments, Reynaldo Lopez is expected to pitch for Washington tomorrow; he had been slated to start today, hence the educated guess that Lucas Giolito will take his place tonight.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2
• Ross 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Self (W, 3-2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-2, 2B, 2BB
• Ward 1-4, 2RBI

The Harrisburg ‘pen was called into action early again while the offense took advantage of Altoona mistakes for a 3-2 win in the series finale. Greg Ross got hurt while covering first for the first out of the 4th, as the Curve got to him for both of its runs on three hits and no walks. Derek Self (3IP), Andrew Robinson (1IP), and Nick Lee (1IP) combined for five scoreless innings of relief for the win, hold, and save, respectively. Andrew Stevenson doubled, took third on a groundout to second, and scored on a wild pitch in the 6th. He also scored on Drew Ward’s two-out, two-run single in the 1st. The Senators managed just six hits and three walks total and were 2-for-9 with RISP.

Salem 7 Potomac 6 (11 inn.)
• Williams 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Sanchez 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mendez (L, 2-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Carey 3-4, R, 3B, BB
• Vettleson 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Schrock 2-5, R, RBI, SB(5)

The Red Sox roared back from a 5-2 deficit with a four-run 5th, to which the P-Nats answered to tie it at 6-6, but lost in extras, 7-6. Austen Williams bore the brunt of Salem’s assault with six runs allowed on nine hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings. The loss went to Gilberto Mendez on a single-sacrifice-double sequence in the 11th, ending a streak of 11 appearances without an earned run. Dale Carey reached base four times with a walk, two singles, and a triple to lead Potomac’s 11-hit parade, followed by Max “For Those About To” Schrock, Alex Keller, and Drew Vettleson with two hits apiece.

Hagerstown 3 Greenville 2
• Avila 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Hearn (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Sagdal 3-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Encarnacion 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Ian Sagdal’s leadoff HR in the 9th answered Greenville’s two-out, two-run rally in the 8th and lifted Hagerstown to its fifth straight win, 3-2. Taylor Hearn got the blown-save-win with both Drive runs let in on four hits and a walk over three innings. Pedro Avila started and turned in his best outing of the season with six scoreless innings and five baserunners allowed (2H, 2BB, HBP) with six strikeouts. Sagdal singled twice, walked, and doubled while driving in the second Suns run. The first came on Randy Encarnacion’s solo shot in the 3rd, as he extended his hit streak to six games and improved to .349 over his last 10 (15-for-43). Roster moves: RHP Pedro Avila activated from the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 2
• W. Davis 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mooney (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Perkins 1-3, R, SB
• Sundberg 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

It’s hard to win with just three hits, but the Doubledays tried as they couldn’t make two first-inning runs stand up and lost, 3-2 to the Scrappers. Weston Davis needed just 48 pitches to retire the Mahoning batters five times as he allowed no walks and just two hits while setting down two on strikes. Steven Fuentes wasn’t as effective as the Scrappers got two runs against him in the 7th. The loss went to Kevin Mooney despite his Auburn-logo mustache via a leadoff triple and a sac fly in the 9th. Blake Perkins, Jack Sundberg, and Ryan Ripken both reached base twice and went 2-for-8 with three walks. The rest of the lineup was 1-for-23.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Durham,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (6-7, 3.12) vs.
Schultz (5-4, 3.43)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2
(12 inn.)
@ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Ross (4-1, 0.56) vs.
Waddell (6-4, 4.48)
Potomac Won, 5-4 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.00) vs.
Ball (5-4, 3.71)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 @ Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Avila (7-6, 2.95) vs.
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 3.32) vs.
Civale (0-0, 0.00)

Durham 2 Syracuse 0
• Cole (L, 6-6) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• E. Davis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Bostick 0-2, BB
• den Dekker 0-2, BB

Durham’s Justin Marks was on the mark (well, except one HBP) as he no-hit Syracuse for a 2-0 shutout. A.J. Cole took the loss despite a quality start with of two unearned Bulls runs on four hits and a walk while six. Brian Goodwin was hit by a pitch while Christopher Bostick and Matt den Dekker both walked once to account for three Chiefs baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Austin Voth placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2 (12 inn.)
• Valdez 3⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 6BB, 3K, WP (90-44 PIT-K)
• Suero (W, 2-0) 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-4, RBI
• Stevenson 2-2, 2B, RBI

The Sens got back-to-back doubles from Rafael Bautista and Wilmer and a two-out single by Andrew Stevenson to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the 12th and held off the Curve’s last gasp for a 4-2 win in extras. Philips Valdez and strike zone remain estranged as the 24-y.o. walked six of 18 batters faced. He needed 90 pitches to get through three and 2/3rds innings with one run and two hits allowed. Wander Suero picked up the win in relief as he worked aroun four hits over two scoreless. Abel De Los Santos cordero’d his way through the 12th, giving up a one-out double and a two-out walk to earn his fifth save.

Potomac 5 Salem 4
• Mayberry (W, 2-1) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Thomas (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, CS

Potomac dug out of a 4-0 hole after four innings for a 5-4 win over Salem in the series opener. Whit Mayberry got the Jack Morris win with all four Red Sox runs let in on seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two. Justin Thomas (2IP) and Gilberto Mendez (1IP) combined for three scoreless innings of relief to earn the hold an save, respectively. Alec Keller’s two-run single plated the tying and a go-ahead runs as he led the P-Nats hit column with a 2-for-4 night, with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Osvaldo Abreu also reaching base twice with a double and a walk apiece.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 5
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR, HBP
• Borne (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI, SB(10)
• DeBruin 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored three times in the 6th to break a 5-5 tie as they took Game Two from the Drive, 8-5. Hagerstown starter Joan Baez was charged with all five Greenville runs on five hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings while fanning six. Grant Borne got the last out of the 4th and went three more frames to earn the win. Jake Johansen and Mick VanVossen each threw a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save. Randy Encarnacion singled, doubled twice, and drove in three to pace the Hagerstown offense, followed by Grant DeBruin, who doubled in two while going 2-for-5. Roster moves: IF-OF Cody Dent, RHP Luis Torres released.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 5
• Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Acevedo (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-1 IR-S
• Neuse 3-5
• Barrera 2-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, BB, OF assist at 2B

Tres Barrera’s two-run shot with one out in the 7th capped a rally from a 5-2 deficit but West Virginia pushed across the game-winner in the 8th to take the game, 6-5 and complete the series sweep. Yonathan Ramirez started and gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Carlos Acevedo suffered the loss, his third, as he was charged with the final Black Bears run on four hits over three and 2/3rds innings. Sheldon Neuse singled three times, Barrera scored three times, and Jack Sundberg singled twice and walked once to the lead the Doubledays’ attack.

GCL Update
The G-Nats remain atop the Eastern Division despite a 3-3 week. The team is 3rd in the league in runs scored, 7th in runs allowed after three full weeks of the 2016 season.

DSL Update
The D-Nats are in 7th place in the San Pedro division going into the DSL’s All-Star break. 18-y.o. OF Brailin Mesa and 21-y.o. RHP are listed on the N.L. roster for this morning’s All-Star game.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-5, 4.84) vs.
Marks (2-9, 4.30)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0;
Won, 3-2
@ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
C. Dickson (7-3, 3.69) vs.
Valdez (2-2, 7.67)
Potomac Lost, 10-4 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-1, 4.76) vs.
McGrath (3-3, 3.99)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (6-6, 4.06) vs.
Raudes (8-2, 4.06)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (2-1, 5.17) vs.
Vieaux (0-1, 3.92)

Syracuse 5 Durham 4
• Voth (W, 5-5) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Runion 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• den Dekker 2-5, R, HR(GS), 5RBI
• Bostick 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B, SF, RBI

Well, that’s one way to take the Bull(s) by the horns. Syracuse sent 14 men to the plate in the bottom of the first and plated ten of them as they defenestrated Durham, 12-1. Austin Voth evened up his won-loss record with seven strong innings, allowing the one Bulls run on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Every Chief got a hit, with four getting two, and Matt den Dekker smacking a grand slam for the first four runs of the 1st.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 0 – GAME ONE
• Brady (L, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• N. Lee ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Stevenson 1-3
• Difo 2-3

The Curve got six strong innings from rehabbing Ryan Vogelsong as they shut out the Senators, 5-0. Michael Brady gave up all five Altoona runs on seven hits, including two solo HRs, over five and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out four to lose his third game. Andrew Stevenson singled once, Wilmer Difo twice, and the other seven Harrisburg batters went 0-for-16 with three walks in the loss.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 – GAME TWO
• Simms (W, 6-4) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• De Los Santos (H, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Rickles 2-3, RBI

The Harrisburg bullpen bent but didn’t break as a 3-0 lead proved to be just big enough to hold in a 3-2 win in the nightcap to split the doubleheader. John Simms got his sixth win with a masterful five innings (54 pitches, 40 for strikes) as he struck out six, walked none, and allowed just two hits. Wander Suero was credited with the save despite giving up a single and a two-run homer in the last of the 7th. The Sens offense was powered by Shawn Pleffner and Nick Rickles as both connected for RBI singles in the 4th while Pleffner left the yard with his third HR in the 6th.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 4
• Crownover (L, 0-4) 3⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Lambert 3⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Vettleson 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Schrock 0-4 (hit streak ends at 18)

The Dash got eight runs in the 4th to punctuate a 10-4 win over the P-Nats and take the series, 2-1. Matthew Crownover lost for the fourth time in eight starts as he was charged with the first six runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. He left with the bases drunk and Trey Lambert sobered them up and let in three of his own over the next three and 2/3rds innings. Drew Vettleson homered twice and drove in three while Austin Davidson plated the final Potomac run with an RBI double in the 9th.

Hagerstown 10 Greenville 5
• Rodriguez (W, 7-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K, HBP, WP
• Rivera (SV, 6) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 3B
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2B, CS, OF assist at 2B

Jefry Rodriguez tossed six scoreless innings while the Hagerstown bats remained hot in a 4-1 win over Greenville. Rodriguez gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out eight to win for the seventh time. Mariano Rivera II finished the game, letting in an unearned run on three hits and no walks while fanning two as he got his sixth save. Rhett Wiseman singled and tripled while Telmito Agustin singled and doubled to lead the Suns’ 12-hit parade, with eight of the nine batters reaching base. Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen demoted from Potomac, 3B Kelvin Rodriguez activated from 7-Day DL (end of MiLB rehab for both).

West Virginia 5 Auburn 2
• Bogucki (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Simonds 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Noll 3-4, 2RBI
• Neuse 2-3, BB

West Virginia’s three-run 2nd was the difference as Auburn dropped back to .500 with a 5-2 loss, its sixth in the last eight games. A.J. Bogucki lost his second start for the Doubledays as the Black Bears clawed him for three runs on six hits and a walk over three innings. Jake Noll came through in the clutch, driving in both Doubledays runs with a pair of two-out singles in three opportunities and was 3-for-4 overall. The rest of the team? Not so much, as they were 0-for-9 with RISP.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.24) vs.
Faria (1-0, 0.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-3 @ Altoona,
5:00 p.m.
Brady (2-2, 2.84) and
Simms (5-4, 3.72) vs.
Vogelsong (0-0, 5.40) and
Holmes (8-4, 4.30)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 5.40) vs.
Valerio (3-3, 4.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-5 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (6-5, 4.46) vs.
Boyd (8-5, 5.71)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Beddes (0-1, 3.66)

Syracuse 5 Durham 4
• Hill 7IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Glover (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martin (BS, 4; W, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Skole 2-3, 3R, 2B, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI

“No, no, I insist: You take this gift.” That was the 9th inning in a nutshell as the Chiefs tried to give away the game in top half with two-run HR served by Rafael Martin but instead got the gamewinner on a two-out, three-base error that enabled Matt Skole to score all the way from first. Taylor Hill shook off a leadoff HR to open the game to pitch seven innings of two-run ball on three hits and a walk. He struck out three and was leading 4-2. Koda Glover mowed ’em down in the 8th and was apparently too gassed by those nine (9) pitches to pitch the 9th. Matt Williams Billy Gardner instead went to Martin, who blew his fourth save but got the win. Skole reached base four times with a single, homer, and two walks to lead the Syracuse offense, which totaled six hits and six walks and got the benefit of four passed balls and two hit batsman (this guy →). Roster moves: IF Jason Martinson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 3
• Whiting (L, 0-2) 4+ IP, 4H, 6R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K, WP
• Self 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Soto 3-4, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2B

The Curve scored seven times in the first five innings and chugged to a 9-3 win over the Senators. Boone Whiting lost for the second time in three starts as he was charged with six runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks over four-plus innings. Neftali Soto singled three times while Rafael Bautista singled and doubled to lead Harrisburg’s nine-hit parade.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Fedde 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Estevez (BS, 2) ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Peterson (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-4, 2B
• Marmolejos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Potomac ‘pen collapsed in the late innings, giving up two runs in the 7th and 8th innings to turn a 3-1 lead into 5-3 defeat by Winston-Salem. The implosion spoiled another strong outing by Erick Fedde, who let in one unearned run on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five. Wirkin “For The Weekend” retired just one of four batters faced to blow the save while the loss went to Tommy Peterson for allowing two runs (both unearned) to score in the 8th. Alec Keller and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 10 Asheville 5
• Guilbeau (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, 2WP
• Howell 3IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• La Bruna 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Page 3-3, 2R, 2BB
• Sagdal 3-5, 2R, 3B, 4RBI

Hagerstown put this one away early with 10 runs in the first two innings and survived a late charge from Asheville for a 10-5 victory. Taylor Guilbeau got his first “W” with two runs allowed on four hits and a walk over five innings. Matt Page, Ian Sagdal, and Angelo La Bruna each had three hits and combined for six RBI and five runs scored as the Suns racked up 14 hits and five walks total on the night.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 3
• Dunning 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Howard (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K
• Serrata 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, R, OF assist at 2B
• Ripken 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Black Bears struck for five runs in the 5th and held off the Doubledays for a 5-3 win. Dane Dunning tossed three scoreless innings with one hit and one whiff in his NYPL debut. Hayden Howard took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk over and inning and a third in relief. Dan Johnson and Ryan Ripken both went 2-for-4 to account for half of Auburn’s eight hits, as the Doubledays went just 1-for-7 with RISP and left on seven baserunners.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Durham,
6:35 p.m.
TBD vs.
Faria (1-0, 0.60)
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
McRae (2-4, 10.25)
Potomac Won, 7-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Fedde (5-3, 4.13) vs.
Lowry (6-6, 4.13)
Hagerstown Won, 12-3 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-4, 7.36) vs.
McCormick (0-1, 14.29)
Auburn Won, 8-4 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Dunning (NYPL debut)
vs. TBD

Brian Goodwin started in CF and went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the International League All-Stars’ 4-2 win over the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Rafael Martin struck out the lone batter he faced to finish the 8th to earn a hold.

Harrisburg – ALL STAR BREAK
Neftali Soto was the DH and went 2-for-3 with a HR and a walk in the Western Division’s 10-2 loss in the Eastern League All-Star game. Tyler Mapes and Andrew Robinson both pitched a scoreless inning of relief with one hit allowed.

Potomac 7 Winston-Salem 2
• Blackmar (W, 2-0) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Mendez (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-4, 2R, BB
• Read 1-3, 2R, 2BB, CS, PB(13)
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Potomac got four in the 4th and two in the 5th and seven strong innings from Mark Blackmar in 7-2 win over Winston-Salem. Blackmar won his second start for the P-Nats with one run allowed on five hits and three walks while striking out five. Mario Sanchez struggled again and left the bases loaded with one out in the 9th for Gilberto Mendez, who cleaned up the mess to earn the bare-minimum save (five-run lead, tying run on deck). Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, Victor Robles, Max “For Those About To” Schrock, and Alec Keller each had two hits in the 11-hit attack on Dash pitchers while Raudy Read and Osvaldo Abreu both walked twice.

Hagerstown 12 Asheville 3
• Bourque (W, 1-4) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Hearn (H, 2) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Page 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, BB, 4RBI
• Encarnacion 2-4, R, BB, RBI, 3SB
• Mesa 2-4, 2R

The Suns burned the Tourists pitchers for nine runs in the first four innings en route to a 12-3 victory. James Bourque turned in his best outing with five innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks. He struck out two while earning his first win of 2016. Matthew Page reached base four times and drove in four while Randy Encarnacion, who singled twice, walked once, and stole three bases to lead Hagerstown’s 12-hit, eight-walk offense.

Auburn 8 Vermont 4
• Mills 4IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, 2WP
• Conner (W, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Fuentes (SV, 3) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K, BK
• Gutierrez 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• Banks 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-4, R, RBI

The hit ’em hard and hit ’em early motif for the “A” teams on Wednesday began with Auburn’s 8-4 win over Vermont. The Doubledays put up three in the 1st and one in the 2nd to take an early 4-0 lead, then repeated those tallies in the 7th and 8th. McKenzie Mills labored through four innings (82 pitches) and gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. Nick Conner got the win with one run let in over two frames. Steven Fuentes closed out the game with one run allowed over three innings on five hits and a walk. The 2-3-4 sequence of Dan Johnson, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Nick Banks combined for seven hits, three doubles, four RBI, and four runs scored.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Blackmar (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Banks (4-0, 3.60)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 (12 inn.) vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-4, 7.36) vs.
McCormick (0-1, 14.29)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Vermont,
12:05 p.m.
Mills (3-1, 2.33) vs.
Bowers (2-2, 1.04)

Charlotte, NC plays host to the AAA All-Star Game between the International League and the Pacific Coast League. Brian Goodwin and Rafael Martin will be representing Syracuse for the I.L. team.

Harrisubrg – ALL STAR BREAK
The Eastern League All-Star Game is in Akron, OH, home of the RubberDucks. Tyler Mapes, Andrew Robinson, and Neftali Soto will be representing Harrisburg for the Western Division team.

Potomac – OFF DAY
After the longest homestand of the season, the P-Nats make their second seven-game road trip, this time going to the Salems to play the Dash in NC for three and the Red Sox in VA for four games.

Asheville 5 Hagerstown 4 (12 inn.)
• Giolito 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Borne 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• VanVossen (L, 3-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Mesa 2-5, SB

The good news is that Lucas Giolito came in from Syracuse. The bad news is that he seems like he brought the Chiefs’ inability to hit in the clutch with him. Mix in three HRs and that’s a recipe for a disappointing 5-4 loss by Hagerstown to Asheville. Giolito gave up the four runs, three via the longball, on six hits and no walks over seven innings. He struck out four while throwing 97 pitches, 61 for strikes. Grant Borne followed with four shutout innings while Mick VanVossen served up the gamewinner on a leadoff HR to start the 12th to take the loss. The Suns collected nine hits, drew seven walks, and stole four bases but were a miserable 2-for-13 with RISP, including Matthew Page’s two-run HR in the 4th to cap off a three-run rally and Telmito’s RBI single in the 7th to tie the game.
Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Pedro Avila placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Jorge Tillero placed on the 7-Day DL; C Adderling Ruiz activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 3 Vermont 1
• Watson 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Cespedes (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, HBP
• Perkins 1-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Banks 1-4, RBI

Auburn rallied for three in the 8th to break a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Vermont. Blake Perkins’s two-run triple highlighted the outburst, which Nick Banks completed with an IF single to plate Perkins. Angher Cespedes got the win in relief with two scoreless innings, working around a hit batsman in the 8th and a single in the 9th. Tyler Watson got the start and gave up the Lake Monsters’ run on five hits and no walks over five innings. Roster moves: RHP Francys Peguero reassigned to the GCL Nationals; RHP Dane Dunning and LHP Hayden Howard promoted from the GCL Nationals.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Potomac Won, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Burke (1-2, 4.58)
Auburn Lost, 4-0 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 2.37) vs.
Puk (Pro Debut)

Rafael Martin was named the I.L. Pitcher of the Week for July 4-10, the second Syracuse Chief to garner the award (Trea Turner) this season. Martin was named to the I.L. All-Star team last week as a replacement and will be joined by Turner and Brian Goodwin in Charlotte, NC. Roster move: RHP Nick Masset retired.

Harrisubrg – ALL STAR BREAK
The Senators go into the All-Star break in 3rd place, the highest they’ve been at the midseason point since 2013 when they were in 1st. Curiously, they have seven games left against 1st-place Altoona but are done with 2nd-place Akron, against which Harrisburg went 9-6 including two of three this past weekend.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5
• Williams 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Mendez (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI, 2SB
• Masters 2-4, 2R
• Schrock 2-5, 2B (16G hit streak)

Raudy Read’s two-run double in the 7th broke a 4-4 tie and the Potomac ‘pen bent but didn’t break for a 6-5 win to split the four-game series. Austen Williams turned in another quality start, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning one over six innings. He left with a 4-3 lead but R.C. Orlan’s struggles continues as he blew the save while getting just two outs in the 7th. The win went to Gilberto Mendez as the most effective reliever with two innings pitched and just one hit allowed while stranding an inherited runner in the 8th. Osvaldo Abreu led the P-Nats attack with two walks, two singles, and two stolen bases while Max Schrock pushed his hit streak to 16 games with a single and double.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
While it has not been officially announced yet, Lucas Giolito is slated to make a start for Hagerstown during this series to remain on his pitching schedule, perhaps as soon as tonight since there is a chance of rain tomorrow. Giolito last pitched on July 7th against the Mets and would be working on four days’ rest if he goes tonight, five if he goes tomorrow.

Vermont 4 Auburn 0
• Simonds (L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Acevedo 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Ripken 1-3, 2B
• Ortiz 1-3

The Doubledays dropped to .500 at 12-12 as their losing streak went to four with a 4-0 loss to the Lake Monsters. Kyle Simonds scattered five hits over three innings and walked one while striking out two, but took the loss in his NYPL debut. Vermont’s Xavier Altamirano dominated Auburn for seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits – three singles by Blake Perkins, Nick Banks, and Oliver Ortiz and a double by Ryan Ripken, who was thrown out at home to end the 5th inning.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 (12 inn.) ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 8-7 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 3.90) vs.
Beech (2-2, 3.27)
Hagerstown Won, 9-5 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-3 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Simonds (NYPL Debut) vs.
Altamirano (1-0, 0.63)

Syracuse 5 Norfolk 3
• Espino (W, 6-7) 7IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Martin (SV, 17) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• A. Sanchez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Collier 2-4, 3B, RBI

The Chiefs put up two-spots twice to take leads of 2-0 and 4-2 and held off the Tide for a 5-3 win the series finale. Paolo Espino gave up all three Norfolk runs on nine hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out seven while earning his sixth win. Bryan Harper and Rafael Martin each turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save, respectively. Zach Collier singled and tripled while Adrian Sanchez drove in two with a 2-for-4 night. Syracuse collected ten hits total, but also struck out ten times.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 4 (12 inn.)
• Ross 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• De Los Santos (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Simms (W, 5-4) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2B
• Bautista 3-6, R, RBI

Nick Rickles’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 12th ended a 4-4 stalemate as third-place Harrisburg took two out of three from second-place Akron with a 6-4 walkoff win. Greg Ross got the start and allowed a run on a solo HR and six hits total over seven innings, with no walks and four whiffs. He left with a 4-1 lead that Abel De Los Santos could not hold as he retired just two of six batters faced and gave up three runs on two hits, including a two-run HR. The win went to John Simms, who shut down the ‘Ducks for three scoreless and hitless innings. Wilmer Difo and Rafael Bautista each had three hits to lead the Sens’ 13-hit parade.

Carolina 8 Potomac 7
• Mayberry (L, 1-1) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Schrock 2-5, R, RBI, 15-game hit streak
• Keller 2-5, 2RBI
• Vettleson 1-2, R, 2BB

A five-run 4th by the Mudcats was too much for the P-Nats to overcome as they lost a second straight, 8-7. Whit Mayberry bore the brunt of the Carolina assault, letting in seven runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three while dropping his first decision for Potomac. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled twice to extend his hit streak to 15 games as did Alec Keller while Drew Vettleson reached base three times with a single and two walks to pace Potomac’s nine-hit, five-walk offense.

Hagerstown 9 Delmarva 5
• Avila (W, 7-6) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 9K, HR
• DeBruin 4-5, 2R, HR, 5RBI
• Agustin 2-4, R, SB
• Wiseman 2-4, R

Hagerstown put three-spots three times as they cruised to a 9-5 in the series finale vs. Delmarva. Pedro Avila struck out nine and walked one, letting in one on a solo HR and four hits total over six innings to get the win, his seventh. Grant DeBruin drove in five and went 4-for-5 with a three-run HR to lead the Suns’ 13-hit assualt on Shorebirds pitching.

State College 10 Auburn 3
• W. Davis (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Peguero 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ortiz 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Banks 3-4, R, BB, RBI

The Spikes completed the three-game sweep of the Doubledays with another 10-3 win. Weston Davis started and went just four innings, as State College gashed him for five runs on seven hits, including a two-run HR in the 3rd. He walked none and struck out two while losing his second game. Oliver Ortiz and Nick Banks both had three hits and an RBI with Ortiz connecting for a double and Banks drawing a walk to pace the Auburn offense.