Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 9-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Milone (2-2, 5.09) vs.
Enns (1-4, 5.96)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2;
Tied, 4-4 (Susp., 6th)
@ Bowie,
11:05 a.m.
TBD and Reyes (2-4, 4.93) vs.
TBD and Akin (4-3, 2.75)
Potomac Postponed vs. Salem,
4:00 p.m.
Baez (2-2, 5.52) and
Braymer (1-0, 2.45) vs.
Thompson (1-2, 5.14) and
Hernandez (2-1, 4.84)
Hagerstown Won, 10-7;
Won, 7-4

Rochester 9 Syracuse 1
• Vargas (L, 0-3) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Adams 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2B, BB
• Hague 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Chiefs fell behind 3-0 after the 1st and never recovered as the RedWings cruised to a 9-1 win in the opener. Cesar Vargas took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Matt Hague broke up the shutout with a solo HR in the 4th. Syracuse was held to seven hits, with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos the sole batter to reach base twice. Roster move: RHP Cody Satterwhite reassigned to Auburn.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 2 – COMP.
• Williams (W, 1-1) 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Ames 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Soto 2-4, R, RBI
• Ward 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, SB

Drew Ward and Taylor Gushue led off the 5th and 7th innings with a homer as Harrisburg cruised to an 8-2 win in the continuation from last night’s game. Austen Williams pitched four innings, allowing one run on six hits to pick up the win in relief. He walked none and struck out six. Juan Soto broke an 0-for-12 hitless span with singles in the 1st and 4th innings and was given a seat by manager Matt LeCroy after not running the way he did for the postgame spread out a ground ball in Soto’s final plate appearance.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 4 – SUSP. (6th inn.)
• McGowin 5⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K
• Harper ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-3, R
• Soto 2-3, RBI

SSDD, as Harrisburg and Bowie were suspended after six innings with the score tied at 4-4. They’ll pick it up this morning and finish last night’s game, then play a nine-inning game. Kyle McGowin gave up all four BaySox runs on six hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds for a no-decision in his first AA start of 2018. Bryan Harper stranded a runner while getting the final out of the 6th. Daniel Johnson and Juan Soto were both 2-for-3 when play stopped.

Potomac vs. Salem – PPD
Wet grounds and thunderstorms in the forecast were the reasons cited for pulling the plug on the P-Nats-Sox game on Tuesday night. They’ll shoot to make it up with a doubleheader today. Roster moves: LHP Matthew Crownover activated from 7-Day DL; RHP Gabe Klobosits placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Jeremy McKinney reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 10 Charleston 7 – GAME ONE
• DeRosier (W, 1-1) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Fuentes (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Banks 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Upshaw 2-3, 2R, 3B, 3RBI
• Garcia 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

Hagerstown thrashed Charleston pitchers for ten hits, including four doubles, two triples, and a homer. They needed to as Carlos Acevedo (9.86 ERA, 2.14 WHIP in 21IP) turned a 9-2 lead into a 9-7 edge before Steven Fuentes came on in the 7th to earn the save, his first at Low-A this season. Nick Banks drove in three, as did Armond Upshaw, while Luis Garcia plated two to lead the Suns attack.

Hagerstown 7 Charleston 4 – GAME TWO
• Stoeckinger (W, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Bogucki (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Garcia 2-2, R, SF, RBI
• Banks 2-3, R, RBI
• Corredor 1-2, R, SF, HR, 4RBI

Hagerstown won back-to-back games for the first time this season with a 7-4 win in the second game that swept the doubleheader. Jackson Stoeckinger wobbled through the first three innings, in which he gave up all four Charleston runs, before throwing three scoreless frames to earn his second win. A.J. Bogucki pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to get the save, his second. The Suns offense was led by Luis Garcia, who singled twice and drove in a run with a sac fly, as did Aldrem Corredor, who also hit a three-run HR in the 1st. Roster move: RHP Phil Morse assigned from XST.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 2.49) vs.
Shepherd (1-2, 5.33)
Harrisburg Won, 9-8
(10 inn)
vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (2-3, 5.63) vs.
Romano (5-0, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 14-3 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Crowe (5-0, 2.76) vs.
Wells (0-3, 4.22)
Hagerstown Lost, 13-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (2-3, 2.84) vs.
Cubilete (0-2, 15.43)

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 4
• Milone (W, 2-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K, 0HR
• Simms (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 4-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2SF, 3RBI

Syracuse fell behind 2-0 early than roared back for five unanswered runs en route to a 6-4 win in the series opener. Tommy Milone spun five innings of two-run ball on four hits and four walks to win his second game. John Simms followed with two scoreless innings for the hold, his second. Spencer Kieboom reached base five times with four singles and a walk followed by Adrian Sanchez, who doubled, singled twice, and walked; both drove in one while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in three with a single and two sacrifice flies.

Harrisburg 9 New Hampshire 8 (10 inn.)
• Long 5IP, 11H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K
• Ames (BS, 2) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Self (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hernandez 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2BB
• Gamache 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Soto 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI, SB

Juan Soto (pictured above) wasted no time in making his presence known as he doubled in his first AB and homered in his second in a 9-8 win in 10 innings by the Senators. Kevin Long’s son started and was strafed for five runs on 11 hits and a walk and did not strike out batter over five innings. He was in line for the “W” until Jeff Ames coughed up three runs in the 9th to allow New Hampshire to tie the game. A flyout and an error plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th, which gave Derek Self the win for a scoreless inning pitched. Yadiel Hernandez also homered while Dan Gamache singled, doubled, and walked twice to pace the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: Juan Soto promoted from Potomac; Wirkin Estevez placed on the 7-Day DL retroactive to May 9.

Potomac 14 Frederick 3
• McGowin (W, 1-1) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Noll 4-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Kieboom 3-4, 3R, HR, BB, 5RBI
• Wiseman 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Masters 3-4, 3R, BB

Potomac smacked five homers without Juan Soto in a 14-3 smackdown of Frederick. Kyle McGowin still got taken deep for the second straight start but lasted seven innings and only gave up four hits total. He walked non and struck out seven while winning his first game of ’18. Jake Noll and Rhett Wiseman both homered twice while Carter Kieboom went 3-for-4 with a walk and HR while driving in five as the P-Nats pounded out 18 hits total on the night. Roster moves: OF Alec Keller taken out of storage reassigned from Harrisburg; LHP Matt Crownover placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Mariano Rivera III placed on the voluntarily inactive list; LHP Ben Braymer promoted from Hagerstown.

West Virginia 13 Hagerstown 2
• Stoeckinger (L, 1-3) 4IP, 8H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Fuentes 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Upshaw 2-4
• Boggetto 1-2, R, 2BB, CS

Steven Fuentes’s three shutdown innings of relief kept the Power from reaching 15 or 20 runs as the Suns pitchers were lit up again for a 13-2 loss. Jackson Stoeckinger took the brunt of the beating with eight runs allowed on eight hits over four innings for his third loss in six starts. Four errors (two by Yasel Antuna) did not help and rendered three of the 13 runs unearned. Fuentes struck out seven of 11 batters faced to close out the game. Branden Boggetto reached base three times on a single and two walks while Armond Upshaw reached twice on two singles and Nick Banks on a single and a walk; the rest of the lineup was 2-for-24 with a walk.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 8-7 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
Milone (1-2, 5.34) vs.
Cuevas (1-1, 2.93)
Harrisburg Won, 12-5 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Long (0-2, 4.74) vs.
Rios (0-2, 8.64)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
McGowin (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Peluffo (2-0, 4.76)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-3 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Stoeckinger (1-2, 7.50) vs.
Robles (1-3, 4.00)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 7
• Vargas 4⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Collins (L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, SB
• Wilson 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs dug out from holes of 5-0 and 7-5 but couldn’t get back on track as the fell to the RailRiders, 8-7 in the series finale. Cesar Vargas gave up the first six runs on eight hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings in a no-decision. The loss went to Tim Collins, as he let in the game-winning run on three hits over an inning and a third. Spencer Kieboom, Rafael Bautista, and Jacob Wilson each notched multiple hits in Syracuse’s ten-hit, three-walk offense.

Harrisburg 12 Erie 5
• Rodriguez (W, 2-3) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Guillon 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lowery 4-4, 3R, 2B, 2BB, 4RBI
• Ward 3-4, 3R, 2BB
• Gamache 2-4, 2BB, RBI

After blowing an early 4-1 lead, Harrisburg blasted Erie for five in the 5th and cruised to a 12-5 win to take the series, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez got the Jack Morris win with all five Seawolves runs allowed on six hits and three walks over five innings. Israel Guillon and Austen Williams both turned in two scoreless innings to close out the game. Jake Lowery reached base six times with three singles, a double, and two walks while Drew Ward got on five times with three singles and two walks (he’s now finally on the Interstate with a .135 BA) to pace the Sens offense.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 1
• Baez (W, 2-2) 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Pantoja (H, 3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 2BB
• Barrera 2-3, BB, RBI
• Noll 2-5, R, 2B

Juan Soto went John Henry on the Blue Rocks as he hammered a three-run home run and the P-Nats drilled them for a 5-1 win. Joan Baez evened his won-loss record with Wilmington’s lone run allows on one hit and three walks while he fanned five. Jorge Pantoja tossed three scoreless and hitless frames for this third hold while Ronald Pena struck out two while mopping up in the 9th. Carter Kieboom singled twice and walked twice to lead Potomac’s 12-hit parade.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 3
• DeRosier (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Johnson 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Garcia 1-3, 2RBI, E(8)
• Corredor 1-3

Hagerstown’s quest for back-to-back wins for the second time this season was denied by West Virginia, 7-3. Matt DeRosier returned for his third tour of duty with the Suns and was shorted by the Power for four runs on six hits over four and a 1/3rd innings. He walked two and struck out six. Kyle Johnston stranded two while getting out of the 5th and added two more goose eggs before turning it over to Sam Held, who didn’t and gave up three runs over the final two innings. The Suns managed just six hits and two walks but did steal three bases. Roster move: RHP Matt DeRosier assigned from XST.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Milone (1-1, 4.10) vs.
Rowley (2-1, 1.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-0 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Long (0-2, 6.92) vs.
Carter (0-1, 6.91)
Potomac Lost, 9-7 vs. Salem,
6:35 p.m.
McGowin (1-1, 1.80 in ’17) vs.
Mata (1-1, 1.56)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Parke (3-1, 1.86)

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Vargas 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Miller 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Adams (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Reynolds 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Gonzalez 2-4

Syracuse came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie it at 3-3 in the 9th but fell to Buffalo in 10th, 4-3 for its first extra-innings loss, and third straight loss overall. Cesar Vargas notched a quality start with three runs allowed (two earned) on seven hits and no walks over six innings while striking out five. The loss went to Austin Adams who let in the runner placed on 2nd on a one-out single. Mark Reynolds doubled and homered while scoring a run and driving in two while Bengie Gonzalez went 2-for-4 to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster moves: OF Alejandro De Aza placed on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 2.

Trenton 9 Harrisburg 0
• Rodriguez (L, 1-3) 2⅓ IP, 8H, 8R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Darnell 3⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-3, BB, SB
• Ward 0-2, 2BB

The Senators were shut on four hits, 9-0 by the Thunder. Jefry Rodriguez took the brunt of the beating with eight runs let in on eight hits and three walks over just two and a 1/3rd innings for his third loss. Logan Darnell stranded two while getting out of the 3rd and allowed one run of his own over the next three innings. Daniel Johnson extended his modest hit streak to five games with two singles in three trips to the plate while Drew Ward improved his OBP to .214 with his fifth and sixth walks (pay no attention to that .057 BA) as Harrisburg managed just seven total baserunners.

Salem 9 Potomac 7
• Baez (L, 1-2) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Howard 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Rendon 3-4, R, 2B
• Agustin 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Wiseman 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Carter Kieboom’s grand slam in the bottom of the 9th was too little, too late as Salem outslugged the P-Nats 5-3 in HRs and 9-7 on the scoreboard. Rhett Wiseman and Juan Soto (pictured above) also went deep (over all three levels of fencing for Soto). Joan Baez was lit up for six runs on eight hits including two HRs over four innings for his second loss. He walked one and struck out three. Anthony Rendon played the field and went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored while Wiseman, Edwin Lora, and Telmito Agustin each had two hits to pace the Potomac offense.

Kannapolis 11 Hagerstown 0
• Raquet (L, 2-3) 4IP, 9H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Sundberg 1-5, 2B
• Flores 0-2, BB, SB

The Suns held the Intimidators scoreless four innings last night. The other four? Not so much. Kannapolis racked up 15 hits and 11 runs while shutting out Hagerstown, 11-0 on four hits. Starter Nick Raquet was stung for five runs on nine hits and two walks to lose for the third time. Sam Held (3R, 3IP) and Jared Brasher (1IP, 3R) didn’t fare any better. With some help from the Kannapolis pitchers and defense, Hagerstown got ten baserunners on and returned the favor by going 0-for-12 with the five who got into scoring position. Roster move: LHP Alex Troop placed on the 7-Day DL.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Vargas (0-2, 2.05) vs.
McGuire (2-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-2, 2.70) vs.
Swanson (4-0, 0.87)
Potomac Won, 12-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (1-1, 4.87) vs.
Thompson (0-2, 4.01)
Hagerstown Won, 11-4 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (2-2, 2.28) vs.
Battenfield (1-1, 2.18)

Buffalo 3 Syracuse 0
• Jackson (L, 0-1) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K, HR, 2WP
• Smith 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Kieboom 2-3, 2B, E(4)
• Falu 1-3, 2B

Three Bisons combined on a four-hit shutout of the Chiefs, 4-0 – the fourth whitewash for Syracuse in its last nine games. Edwin Jackson got the start and made it quality, good even, as he allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out nine. Chris Smith completed the game with one unearned run on two hits. Spencer Kieboom singled and doubled as did Hunter Jones (single) and Irving Falu (double) but the rest of the lineup went 0-for-21.

Trenton 3 Harrisburg 1
• Dragmire (L, 2-1) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Abreu 1-3, 2B
• Gutierrez 1-4, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg was one run and two hits better, which, along with $2, gets them a cup of coffee this morning to pore over a 3-1 loss to Trenton. Brady Dragmire took the loss and gave up all three Thunder runs on seven hits, including a two-run shot in the 6th that proved to be the game-winner. Bryan Harper pitched a scoreless 8th to finish the game. Kelvin Gutierrez tripled in the 4th to knock in Taylor Gushue, who got on with a double, and break up the shutout as the Senators were limited to just six hits total.

Potomac 12 Wilmington 2
• Sharp (W, 3-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K
• Pantoja 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Soto 3-5, 3R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Perkins 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Rendon 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

Juan Soto blasted his third HR at High-A for an Earl Weaver special to highlight a four-run 1st as the P-Nats blasted the Blue Rocks, 12-2. MiLB’s Class-A Player of the Month homered again and scored three runs total while going 3-for-5 to lead Potomac’s 14-hit parade. Some guy named Anthony Rendon also singled and doubled and scored two runs. Sterling Sharp labored through five innings (92 pitches) but struck out a season-high of seven as he notched his third win. Roster moves: RHP Tyler Mapes placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Kyle McGowin reassigned from Harrisburg; 3B Anthony Rendon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 11 Greensboro 4
• Stoeckinger (W, 1-2) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, 2HR
• Fuentes 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Banks 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
• Corredor 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Antuna 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI

Likewise, Hagerstown jumped on Greensboro for four in the 1st and five in the 9th to take the series finale, 11-4. Jackson Stoeckinger turned in his best outing of the season thus far and was rewarded with his first “W” as he gave up two solo HR’s and six hits total over six innings/ He walked none and struck out eight. Nick Banks, Aldrem Corredor, and Yasel Antuna all homered and combined for eight hits, five runs, and nine RBI in the Suns 16-hit assault on the ‘Hoppers pitchers.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
10:35 a.m.
Fedde (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Irvin (1-1, 3.86)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Hartford,
10:30 a.m.
Estevez (0-2, 5.23) vs.
Lambert (1-1, 2.11)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (1-2, 3.49) vs.
A. Hernandez (2-0, 1.35)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6 @ Greensboro,
12:00 p.m.
Alastre (0-1, 6.00) vs.
Braley (1-2, 4.09)

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 0
• Voth 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K, 91-56 P-K
• Adams (SV, 3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, BB
• Wilson 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Five Chiefs pitchers combined to strike out 16 and shut out the Iron Pigs, 3-0. Austin Voth returned from his hopes being raised Washington to toss five scoreless inning with two hits and one walk issued while striking out eight. Chris Smith, Jimmy Cordero, and Tim Collins each put up donut to earn a hold while Austin Adams careered through the 9th, loading the bases with nobody out then striking out the side for the save, his third. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos pealed off two singles and a walk while Jacob Wilson doubled and scored a run to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster moves: C Matt Reistetter placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 27; 1B Mark Reynolds reassigned from Auburn.

Harrisburg 5 Hartford 3
• Reyes (W, 2-2) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Hernandez 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Gamache 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Harrisburg scored all five runs on the longball as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st and held on for 5-3 win over Hartford. Luis Reyes spun six innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Kaleb Fleck let in the second Yard Goat run over two innings for the hold while Roman Mendez coughed up the third and final Hartford run on a HR for the rulebook save. Dan Gamache connected for the Earl Weaver special in the 1st while Yadiel Hernandez provided the game-winning margin with a two-run HR in the 7th to power the Senators attack.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 5
• Crowe (W, 4-0) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Pantoja (SV, 2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Soto 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Agustin 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Reetz 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The P-Nats also went medieval on the buttocks of the Blue Rocks pitchers with three homers in a six-run 3rd and held on for 6-5 win. Telmito Agustin started the barrage with a solo shot to right field. After a groundout and an olé by Wilmington’s shortstop, Juan Soto hit it to the right of the “hit it here sign” in right-center for a two-run homer. Jakson Reetz completed the sortie with a three-run blast to LF. Wil Crowe won for the fourth time with five and 2/3rds innings pitched, two runs charged on three hits and an error misruled as a hit, three walks, and six strikeouts. Hayden Howard and Jordan Mills combined for the final three runs allowed over three innings before Jorge Pantoja came on to get the 27th out and the save.
Roster moves: LHP Taylor Guilbeau reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 8 Greensboro 6
• Tetrault 3⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Braymer (W, 3-0) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• McKinney (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Sundberg 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Freeman 2-5, R, RBI
• Franco 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Hagerstown dug out from a 6-0 hole with a pair of four-spots in the 6th and 8th innings for 8-6 win over Greensboro. Jackson Tetrault struggled again with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk while fanning four over the three and a 1/3rd innings. Ben Braymer was slightly better (2R, 3⅔ IP) and was the pitcher of record when the Suns took the lead. Jeremy McKinney was lights-out as he retired all six batters he faced, five by way of the K, to earn the save. Yasel Antuna was the beer man in the 12-hit parade, which was highlighted by Luis Garcia’s two-run HR to take the lead, and Nick Banks’s solo shot for the insurance run; both were hit with two outs in the inning. Roster moves: LHP Max Engelbrekt retired; RHP Steven Fuentes demoted from Potomac.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Juan Soto, Ben Braymer named Sally Lg. Player, Pitcher of the Week

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Postponed vs. Indianapolis,
4:05 p.m.
Vargas (0-0, 0.00) and
Voth (1-0, 1.69) vs.
Kingham (1-0, 0.82) and
Eppler(1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Dragmire (1-0, 0.77) vs.
Arauz (1-0, 3.27)
Potomac Won, 9-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-1, 10.13) vs.
Thompson (0-1, 4.22)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Troop (1-0, 0.00) and
Raquet (0-1, 3.27) vs.
Lowther (1-0, 0.00) and
Hall (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse vs. Indianapolis – PPD
SSDD, but they’ll shoot for the makeup this afternoon with a doubleheader starting at 4:05 p.m. But don’t hold your breath.
Roster move: RHP Trevor Gott optioned from Washington.

Reading 6 Harrisburg 0
• Estevez (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 6K, HR, WP
• Valdez 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Jones 3-3, SB
• Gushue 2-3, HBP

Harrisburg was shut out on seven hits and struck out 13 times against three Reading pitchers for a 6-0 loss in the series opener. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez gave up all six Fightin runs on seven hits and four walks over just four and a 1/3rd innings to take the loss. Roman Mendes and Phillips Valdez locked it down the rest of the way, but the Senators were like their counterparts in DC and couldn’t get anything productive done, going 0-for-8 with RISP and leaving seven men on base. Hunter Jones singled three times while Taylor Gushue singled twice and was Victor Robles’d to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster move: RHP Jaron Long reassigned from Syracuse.

Salem 9 Potomac 4
• Sharp 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Fuentes (W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, HBP
• Noll 3-5, R, RBI
• Davidson 2-5, R, 2-2B
• Wiseman 2-5, R

Carter Kieboom’s grand slam punctuated a seven-run 4th as the P-Nats hosed the Sox, 9-4. Sterling Sharp ran into trouble again on the second turn through the lineup as Salem got to him for one in the 4th and chased him with one out in 5th to deny him a “W.” He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks and struck out three. Steven Fuentes finished the inning and pitched two more scoreless frames to earn the win. Eight of the nine Potomac batters reached base and the one that didn’t—Bryan Mejia—still contributed with a sac fly. Jake Noll led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Austin Davidson and Rhett Wiseman at 2-for-5.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva – PPD
Like Syracuse, the players got another unscheduled day off on Monday. Unlike the Chiefs, it may actually be almost warm enough to play today in Hagerstown. Meanwhile, Juan Soto and Ben Braymer were named Player and Pitcher of the Week for the Sally Lg for the April 5-15 timeframe. As noted elsewhere, Soto has been tearing the league a new one up with four HR’s and eight XBH’s for a line of .361/.489/.861 with 10 walks, seven runs scored, and 19 RBIs. Braymer, who turns 24 next Saturday*, has turned in 11⅔ scoreless innings for two wins in three appearances.
* Managing expectations – the work is never done.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Vargas (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 15-6
(10 inn.)
vs. Bowie,
1:30 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Kelly (0-0, 3.60)
Potomac Won, 6-2 @ Frederick,
2:00 p.m.
Crownover (1-0, 3.09) vs.
B. Gonzalez (0-1, 1.93)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Greensboro,
2:05 p.m.
Troop (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Cabrera (0-1, 1.80)

Syracuse 6 Norfolk 1
• Jackson 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Cordero (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Simms (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Gosewich 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R
• Falu 1-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

Highlighted by Irving Falu’s three-run double, the Chiefs scored four in the 6th to break a 1-1 tie en route a 6-1 win over the Tide. Edwin Jackson got the start and allowed Norfolk’s run on two hits and two walks while striking out four. Jimmy Cordero was the pitcher of record when Syracuse took the lead and was awarded the “W” for a single scoreless inning pitched. John Simms locked it down with three shutout innings to earn the save. Tuffy Gosewich doubled twice while Rafael Bautista singled twice to lead Syracuse’s 10-hit, four-walk offense.

Bowie 15 Harrisburg 6 (10 inn.)
• Reyes 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR, 2WP, HBP
• Bacus (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 7H, 9R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K
• Self ⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 2K
• Lowery 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Wilson 1-2, BB, 2RBI

Bowie scored nine times in the 10th to turn a 6-6 squeaker into a 15-6 smackdown of Harrisburg. The loss went to Dakota Bacus, who gave up nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks over an inning and a third. He also blew a 6-5 lead in the 9th. Starter Luis Reyes was only slightly less ineffective, giving up five runs on six hits (two homers) and a walk over five innings. Daniel Johnson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Jake Lowery drove in two with a homer and a single in four AB’s to lead the Senators offense.

Potomac 7 Frederick 1
• Crowe (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Howard (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Davidson 2-4, R, CS
• Kieboom 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Barrera 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Wil Crowe dominated for five innings while Carter Kieboom and Tres Barrera homered on a Saturday Afternoon in Frederick.

Greensboro 6 Hagerstown 4
• Stoeckinger 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K
• Braymer (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Antuna 2-4, BB
• Boggetto 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Soto 1-4, BB, RBI

Ben Braymer tossed five scoreless innings to enable Hagerstown’s comeback from a 4-1 deficit to walk off in the 9th against Greensboro, 5-4. Jackson Stoeckinger, who was lit up for eight runs by the Fireflies in his previous outing, was pounded for just four runs on seven hits over four innings. Braymer allowed just two hits, walked none, and struck out six while he earned his second win.

The Suns made the Grasshoppers pay for two errors to start off the 9th, which enabled Armond Upshaw to bunt the tying and winning runs into scoring position for the first out. Cole Freeman drove in the equalizer with a sacrifice fly while Juan Soto delivered the game-winner with a single to left for just the third Hagerstown win of the season.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 3-2 @ Rochester,
12:35 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Romero (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Dragmire (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Brubaker (0-0, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 8-4 vs. Down East,
10:35 a.m.
Sharp (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Martinez (0-1, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 9-3 @ Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Dibrell (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 3 Rochester 2
• Vargas 5IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Simms (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Adams (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jones 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-4

Back-to-back doubles in the 8th by veterans Chris Dominguez and Alejandro De Aza plated the gamewinner as the Chiefs edged the Red Wings, 3-2 and won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Cesar Vargas started and let in an unearned run on five hits over five innings with no walks and four whiffs. The win went to John Simms who gave up the second Rochester run on four hits over two and 2/3rds innings. Hunter Jones and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos led the hit column with a 2-for-4 mark. Roster move: OF Hunter Jones assigned from Washington.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 3
• Estevez 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Fleck (BS, 2; L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Hernandez 1-3, R, BB
• Gamache 0-2, 2BB

A three-run, inside-the-park HR proved to be the difference in a 4-3 Altoona win over Harrisburg. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez got the start and allowed just one run on four hits and a walk over five innings. Kaleb Fleck took the loss with his second blown save as he was charged with the final three Curve runs on the aforementioned HR. The Senators drew eight walks and collected four singles, but none with RISP as the two of their three runs came in via errors. Yadiel Hernandez, Rafael Bautista were the only two Harrisburg hitters to both collect a hit and draw a walk.

Potomac 8 Down East 4
• Crownover (W, 1-0) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Howard 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perkins 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2B
• Davidson 2-4, R, 2RBI

The P-Nats struck again with three in the 1st and never looked back as they doubled up the Wood Ducks, 8-4. Matthew Crownover spun six innings of one-run ball on five hits and a walk while striking out five to earn the win, Blake Perkins collected three hits, scored a run, drove in two, and stole a base while Austin Davidson extended his hit streak to six games as the 25-y.o. went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Roster move: C Matt Wieters assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 9 Columbia 3
• Hill 4⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, 3WP
• Braymer (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, HBP, 2-1 IR-S
• Soto 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 6RBI
• Antuna 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, E
• Banks 2-3, 2BB, CS

Juan Soto drove in six, including two on his third HR in six games, as Hagerstown tripled up Columbia, 9-3. The 19-y.o. reached base five times total as he also singled, doubled, and walked twice. Brigham Hill struck out six but fell two outs shy of qualifying for the win. Ben Braymer let in one of two inherited runners while closing out the 5th and then threw three scoreless innings to get the “W.” Jeremy McKinney struck out two in the 9th for a baker’s dozen of whiffs by the Suns’ pitchers. Nick Banks singled twice and walked twice while Yasel Antuna doubled, walked, singled, and scored three runs to highlight the non-Soto Hagerstown offense.