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.