Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Columbus,
4:05 p.m.
Satterwhite (1-3, 4.03) vs.
Plutko (5-9, 6.94)
Harrisburg Won, 7-3 vs. Binghamton,
1:30 p.m.
T. Hill (4-1, 5.17) vs.
Conlon (6-7, 3.81)
Potomac Winning, 6-5
(Susp., Top 5th)
vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
TBD and Silvestre (7-5, 4.48) vs.
TBD and Chiang (7-7, 3.85)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
M. Mills (11-2, 3.13)
Woods (5-6, 3.48)
Auburn Lost, 5-4 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Raquet (0-0, 2.89) vs.
Garcia (2-2, 3.13)
GCL Nationals Lost, 1-0;
Lost, 4-1
vs./@ GCL Marlins  

Columbus 5 Syracuse 4
• Stevenson 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI
Roster move: SS Bengie Gonzalez assigned from Washington (released by Rochester on 7/20).

Harrisburg 7 Binghamton 3
• Voth (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2R, 2BB, 2K
• Self (H, 3) 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Collier 2-4, 3R
• Gamache 2-4, RBI

Raudy Read’s two-run double highlighted a four-run 5th as Harrisburg took another one from Binghamton, 7-3. Austin Voth was the pitcher of record and got the “W” but was charged with all three runs on four hits and two walks over five innings, which required 80 pitches to complete. Derel Self and Phillips Valdez combined for four scoreless innings to keep the Rumble Ponies in the barn. Read also singled and homered and drove in four total while Zach Collier and Dan Gamache both went 2-for-4 to lead the Senators attack. Roster move: IF Stephen Perez reassigned from Syracuse; OF Alec Keller placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 18.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 5 – SUSP.
• Guilbeau 4⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Sundberg 3-3, 2RBI

Rain halted play with two outs in the 5th. Whether that denied the P-Nats a chance for a rain-shortened win or the Hillcats a chance to tie it up became a moot discussion about 50 minutes later when the umpires called it a night. They’ll complete it this afternoon along with a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

Augusta 7 Hagerstown 3
• Sharp (L, 4-8) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 0HR, WP, 2HBP
• La Bruna 2-4, SB
• Beckwith 1-3, BB, RBI, SB

Augusta went Sherman on Sharp, marching him to the showers after six runs with one out in the 4th as they cruised to an 8-3 win over Hagerstown. Sharp gave up nine hits, one walk, hit two batters, and struck out one in his eighth loss. Kyle Simonds stranded two in the 4th and finished the game, allowing two more runs on two hits and a walk. Angelo La Bruna led the Suns’ hit column with two of the team’s seven hits. Roster move: RHP Jose Morales released.

Mahoning Valley 5 Auburn 4
• Troop (L, 1-2) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Tetreault 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Boggetto 2-5, R, 2RBI, E(5)
• N. Perkins 1-2, R, 2BB

Alex Troop’s lights found the Scrappers’ bats and shined for four runs early, which left few in Falcon park smiling, having fun, or feeling like they were number one in another 5-4 loss by the Doubledays. Troop (@supertrooper_32) lasted four innings and walked none but gave up six hits, including a homer as he lost for the second time. Nick Bogetto singled twice and drove in two while Nic Perkins scored once, singled once and walked twice to lead the Auburn attack.

GCL Mets 1 GCL Nationals 0 – COMP.
• Ja. Johnson (L, 1-1) 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Alastre 4IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Blash 2-3

They picked up where they left off on Monday, with the G-Mets leading 1-0 and that’s how it finished. Jared Johnson took the loss with the lone run allowed on two hits and no walks with one whiff. Following the Tim Collins rehab innings, Tomas Alastre pitched four scoreless with one and two walks allowed. Jamori Blash singled twice to account for two of the four (4) G-Nats hits.

GCL Mets 4 GCL Nationals 1 – GAME TWO
• Ma. Pena 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• N. Ramirez (BS, 2; L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Antuna 1-2, BB, E(11)
• Cramer 0-1, 2BB

The G-Nats extended their losing streak to five with a 4-1 loss to the G-Mets in the second game. Malvin Pena tossed five shutout innings, the bullpen coughed up all four runs in the final two frames, with Nector Ramirez blowing his second save and losing his first game. Yasel Antuna singled once, walked once, and committed his 11th error in 19 games while Jackson Cramer walked twice. The G-Nats managed just three hits total.

DSL Update
The D-Nats split their six games this week but remain in the 2017 default for the Washington affiliates (last place), 14 games behind and a tragic number of 17 with five weeks left in the season. Wilmer Perez (18) leads first-year batters with an OPS of .764 while Niomar Gomez (18) leads first-year pitchers with 31⅓ IP in 7GS and a pitcher’s line of 3.45/2.67/1.15.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-4 vs. Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Long (1-3, 4.66) vs.
Walden (7-3, 3.31)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Estevez (2-0, 3.38) vs.
Reed (0-1, 11.74)
Potomac Won, 3-2 @ Wilmington,
4:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-2, 4.12) vs.
Puckett (8-7, 4.18)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Lexington Sharp (4-6, 3.09) and
C. Pena (4-5, 5.59) vs.
Bender (2-2, 5.04) and
O. Gomez (4-7, 4.52)
Auburn Won, 5-2
(14 inn.)
@ Vermont,
5:05 p.m.
Troop (1-0, 2.45) vs.
Howard (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-1;
Lost, 3-2
OFF DAY  

Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 4
• Cole (L, 4-4) 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Stevenson 0-5, 4K
• Severino 1-4, RBI
Roster moves: RHP Dustin Antolin released; RHP Kevin Jepsen activated from 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 2
• Simms (W, 4-6) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K; 1-3, RBI
• Robinson (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Read 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gamache 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

After six meetings of the Dan Snyder Fan Club scoreless innings, Harrisburg broke out for three runs in the 7th and two runs in the 8th as they evened up the series with a 5-2 win over Richmond. John Simms got the win with seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out five. Andrew Robinson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Raudy Read smacked a two-run homer in the 8th while Dan Gamache doubled twice and scored a run to lead the Sens offense.

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Williams (W, 1-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Sanburn (S, 1) 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Carey 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Wiseman 3-4, 2RBI

Potomac broke up Salem’s bid for a fourth straight shutout with a run in the 1st and prevented the four-game sweep with a 3-2 win. Austen Williams threw five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk and fanning seven for his first A+ win of the season. Nolan Sanburn coughed up a two-out, two-run homer in the 9th but closed out the game for the rulebook save. Rhett Wiseman went 3-for-4 with two RBI while Dale Carey singled, doubled, and scored twice to pace the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
Saturday was a rare day off, albeit spent travelling from Western Maryland to Central Kentucky in preparation for a doubleheader today. The Suns have won just three times in July but are still within two games of first place in the Sally North as they start the first leg of a three-state, ten-game roadtrip.

Auburn 5 Vermont 2 (14 inn.)
• DeRosier 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• D. Smith (BS, 1) 3IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Barnett (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Boggetto 2-7, R, 2RBI
• Ortiz 2-7, 2B, RBI

Auburn rallied for three unearned runs in the top of the 14th and held on for a 5-2 win. Matt DeRosier started and pitched six scoreless innings, with a single hit allowed, no walks, and three strikeouts. The Lake Monsters rallied to tie it in the 8th with two runs off David Smith. Jake Barnett was the winning pitcher with two perfect innings in the 13th and 14th. Branden Boggetto, Oliver Ortiz, and Chance Shepard each went 2-for-7 and combined for two runs and three RBI to drive the Doubleday offense.

GCL Astros 3 GCL Nationals 1 – GAME ONE
• Collins (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• M. Pena 4IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• L. Garcia 2-4, RBI
• Caulfield 2-3, R

The G-Astros got two runs early and held on for a 3-1 win in the opener. Tim Collins gave up two unearned runs in his single rehab inning of work for the loss while usual-starter Malvin Pena turned in four innings of one-run ball. Luis Garcia and Phil “Don’t Call Me Holden”* Caulfield both had singles, with Garcia driving in Caulfield in the 7th to break up the shutout bid. * Sorry – just had to get that one out of the system… FWIW, “Catcher in the Rye” was published on this day in 1951.

GCL Astros 3 GCL Nationals 2 – GAME TWO (8 inn.)
• German 3IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 0K, 2WP
• Chu (L, 0-1) 1+ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
• Ventura 2-3, RBI
• Caulfield 1-3, BB

Thanks to the GCL’s man-on-second to start extras experiment, it took just three batters (E, IBB, BB) for the G-Astros to win in the 8th and complete the doubleheader sweep. Jhonatan German started and gave up the first two runs (one earned) on one hit and three walks over three innings. Gilberto Chu took the loss on the unearned run let in over one-plus innings pitched. Edwin Ventura singled twice and drove in a run to lead the G-Nats’ six-hit, one-walk offense. Roster move: LHP Sean Adler (NDFA) assigned from Washington.

DSL Update
The D-Nats went 2-3 in the final week to fall to 13-23 and DFL in the DSL South, 12½ games off the pace. Today is the DSL All-Star Game and somehow there are two D-Nats on the N.L. roster: 2B Jesus Morales and RHP Rafael Gomez. Tomorrow, they begin a week of playing the D-Yankees, D-Mets1, and the D-Phillies Red both home and away.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.75)
Aa. Sanchez (1st AAA start of ’17)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 6.04) and Estevez (2-0, 3.86)
vs. Oswalt (5-3, 2.13) and
Conlon (5-6, 4.15)
Potomac Lost, 7-1 @ Buies Creek,
2:00 p.m.
Borne (3-3, 1.95) vs.
Alcala (2-3, 3.38)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Sharp (4-5, 3.51) vs.
Suarez (5-2, 1.73)
Auburn Postponed vs. Mahoning Valley,
12:05 p.m.
Alastre (0-0, 4.50) and
Turnbull (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Hockin (0-1, 8.59) and
Tati (1-1, 3.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
 

Syracuse 5 Buffalo 0
• Edw. Jackson (W, 1-0) 6IP, 0H, 0R, 4BB, 5K
• Stevenson 1-5, RBI

Harrisburg vs. Binghamton – PPD
Rain washed away Game Two of the three-game series between Harrisburg and Binghamton. They’ll shoot to make it up this afternoon with a doubleheader. Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill reassigned from Syracuse.

Buies Creek 7 Potomac 1
• Sanburn (L, 3-2) 6+ IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Skulina 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gamache 4-4, R, 2B
• Masters 1-3, BB, CS

The Astros scored twice in the 6th and four times in the 7th as they took another one from the P-Nats, 7-1. Nolan Sanburn ran out of gas in the 7th with three batters faced and none retired as he was charged with the first six runs on five hits and two walks. He took the loss, his second. Dan Gamache went 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored while David Masters walked and singled to lead the Potomac offense, which struck out 13 times.

Lakewood 8 Hagerstown 1
• C. Pena (L, 4-4) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, HBP
• Fuentes 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Perkins 1-4, OF assist at HP

Rain didn’t claim this one—just delayed it nearly two hours—but maybe it should have as Hagerstown’s eight-game win streak was ended with an 8-1 loss to Lakewood. Carlos Pena lost for the fourth time with five runs given up on six hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. Dan Johnson singled and doubled and drove in the sole Suns run while Blake Perkins singled once. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-23 with three walks.

Auburn vs. Mahoning Valley – PPD
The rain that claimed the game in Binghamton also got ’em in Auburn. They’ll also try to make it up today with a doubleheader.

GCL Nationals – OFF DAY
It’s not every Sunday off this season in the GCL for the G-Nats, who are 3-1 after their first four games. This week it’s home games today, Tuesday, and Saturday with road games tomorrow, Wednesday and Friday.

DSL Update
The D-Nats finally put together a winning week with a 4-3 mark and twice (two times!) broke into double digits in runs with 10-5 and 11-5 wins vs. the DSL Yankees. But they remain dead last in the DSL South.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.68) vs.
House (6-6, 3.70)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 @ Portland,
1:00 p.m.
Hill (2-1, 6.00) vs.
Villanueva (1-2, 10.67)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Carolina,
1:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-6, 4.75) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 9-5 vs. Greensboro,
2:05 p.m.
Watson (4-2, 3.29) vs.
Mahoney (2-2, 1.88)
Auburn Won, 7-6
(11 inn.)
vs. Williamsport,
6:05 p.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Armas (0-1, 6.75)

Syracuse 6 Buffalo 5
• G. Ross 5⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Suero (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 3-4, R, RBI
• Robinson 3-5, 2B, RBI
• De Aza 2-4, R, BB, RBI

The Chiefs continue to not lose, taking their fourth straight with another walkoff, 6-5 over the Bisons. Starter Greg Ross was ineffective, giving up all five Buffalo runs on six hit and two walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. The win went to Wander Suero, capping off three and 2/3rds of scoreless relief from the Syracuse ‘pen. Alejandro De Aza plated the game winner with a bases-loaded single in the 9th after a Brandon Snyder walk, a Clint Robinson single and an intentional walk to Neftali Soto. Robinson and Burriss both had three hits to lead the Chiefs’ offense.

Harrisburg 6 Portland 5
• Eitel 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 5BB, 2K, WP
• Brinley (BS, 1; W, 4-4) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HBP
• Robinson (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
• Norfork 2-3, BB

Raudy Read bailed out Ryan Brinley’s three-run meltdown in the 8th with a two-run homer in the 9th for a 6-5 Harrisburg win over Portland. Brinley was lit up for three runs on three hits and a walk in just one inning but got the blown-save-win. The save went to Andrew Robinson with a 1-2-3 ninth. Derke Eitel started and pitched five innings of one-run ball on three days’ rest. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos also homere while Read also doubled and drove in four to lead the Sens offense.

Carolina 3 Potomac 2
• Guilbeau (L, 1-1) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Schepel 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Sundberg 2-4, 3B, RBI
• Page 1-3, BB

One bad inning was enough for the P-Nats to lose Last Night in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 5
• Bourque (W, 2-3) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Howard (H, 2) 3+ IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Reetz 2-3, R, HR, HBP, 2RBI
• Perkins 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Beckwith 2-3, 2R, BB

The Suns took a magnifying glass to the ‘Hoppers as they scored seven times in the first three innings and put the game away with two in the 8th for 9-5 win. James Bourque got the Jack Morris win with all five Greensboro runs allowed on seven hits and three walks over five innings. Hayden Howard pitched three scoreless innings and went to the mound in the 9th for the four-inning save but was pulled after putting the first two runners on. Tommy Peterson stranded them both while quashing the rally for the save. Telmito Agustin was the beer man (hombre de las cervezas?) in Hagerstown’s 12-hit, four-walk assault, led by Blake Perkins with two hits and two walks.

Auburn 7 Williamsport 6 (11 inn.)
• Alastre 4IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Barnett (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Meregildo 2-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Ortiz 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Simonetti 2-5, R, RBI

The Doubledays walked off in the 11th as they took advantage of the Crosscutters’ fifth error for a 7-6 win. Joshual Ramirez reached on a botched catch and scored as Jeyner Baez doubled to left. The sequence made a winner out of Jake Barnett, who tossed three scoreless innings of relief. Tomas Alastre made the start and was touched for three runs on six hits and three walks over four innings. Omar Meregildo and Oliver Otiz both went 2-for-4 with HR and an RBI to pace the Auburn attack.

DSL Update
The D-Nats are now 5-13 after a 2-4 week. SSDL – the starters have an ERA of 2.86 while the relievers are a Kelley-esque 6.81. As you might have already guessed, the offense is 36th in the 40-team DSL, averaging 3.78 runs per game. Two (2) of the three (3) players with an .800 or better OPS are in their third season in the DSL.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Lehigh Valley,
1:35 p.m.
Long (1st AAA start of ’17) vs.
Leiter (0-0, 6.92)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1
(10 inn.)
vs. Richmond,
1:30 p.m.
McGowin (1st AA start of ’17) vs.
Flores, Jo (1-1, 2.31)
Potomac Won, 5-2;
Lost, 6-3
@ Carolina,
2:00 p.m.
Reyes (5-6, 4.15) vs.
Diplan (4-3, 5.50)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-1, 5.82) vs.
Eckert (2-4, 4.77)

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2
• Antolin (L, 2-3) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 1K
• Solis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 4-4, 2B
• Sanchez 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A brief 2-1 lead was erased with a three-run 4th by Lehigh Valley, which took this one, 5-2 from Syracuse. Dustin Antolin started and lost, hitting the showers with two out in the aforementioned 4th after giving up four runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out one (1). The Chiefs’ bullpen held the IronPigs to one run over the final four and a 1/3rd innings, including a goose egg from rehabbing Sammy Solis, but the bats were largely silent aside from Andrew Stevenson (4-4, 2B) and Adrian Sanchez (two-run HR) as they had just one RISP opportunity and left on five baserunners.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1 (10 inn.)
• Simms 6⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Robinson 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Self (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sandford 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Hernandez 1-3, BB, RBI

A walk, sacrifice, and a two-out single gave the Senators a 2-1 walkoff win in ten innings over the Flying Squirrels. John Simms got yet another no-decision with an unearned run let in on one hit–the only one Richmond got–over six and 2/3rds innings. R.C. Orlan, Andrew Robinson, and Derek Self combined for 3⅓ scoreless innings of relief, with Self picking up the win. Darian Sandford connected on the gamewinner and went 2-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster moves: UT Corban Jospeh placed on the 7-Day DL; 3B Drew Ward activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 5 Carolina 2 – GAME ONE
• Sanburn (W, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 9K, HBP, WP
• Bacus (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Robles 2-3, 2R, BB, 2SB, OF assist at 1B
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Sundberg 1-3, R, SAC, SB(10)

Nolan Sanburn’s seven strong innings combined with four RBI from Ian Sagdal powered Potomac to a 5-2 win over Carolina in the completion of Friday night’s suspended game. Sanburn gave up both Mudcat runs on five hits and two walks while fanning nine for his second win. Dakota Bacus spun two scoreless to pick up the save, his second. Sagdal smacked a three-run HR in the 4th to erase an early 2-0 deficit and added an RBI double in the 8th while Victor Robles reached base three times on two singles and a walk and stole two bases as the P-Nats made the most of their six hits and three walks.

Carolina 6 Potomac 3 – GAME TWO
• J. Mills 2IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Rivera 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Sundberg 2-3, BB, OF assist at 2B
• Page 2-3, R, 2B

Carolina jumped on spot starter Jordan Mills for four in the 1st and cruised to 6-3 win, ending Potomac’s hopes for a .500 finish in the first half. Mills was dinged for five runs total on five hits and two walks over two innings. Mariano Rivera III spun three scoreless to keep things close but the offense didn’t respond. Jack Sundberg singled twice and walked once while Matt Page singled and doubled to lead the 10-hit parade.

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 5
• M. Mills (W, 7-2) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Peterson (SV, 4) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Agustin 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Franco 2-3, R, BB
• Barrera 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

The Suns snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Legends. McKenzie Mills won for the seventh time (T3rd Sally Lg.) with seven innings of four-run ball on six hits and a walk while striking out nine for the second time this season. Tommy Peterson finished the game with a run on three hits, no walks, and two whiffs for his fourth save. Telmito Agustin led the Hagerstown hit column with a 3-for-4 night, while Anderson Franco also reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk.

DSL Update
Syracuse del Sur snapped an eight-game losing streak on Friday with a 5-1 win and then made it two in a row with a 6-4 triumph yesterday. Through 12 games the D-Nats are 3-9 and in last place in the DSL South. This week, they’ll play just two home games while taking on the Cardinals, Phillies Red (Philadelphia’s other team is the Phillies White), Angels, and Twins.

Offseason Update: Sept. 24, 2016

Well, it’s been a week. I know some of you are still smarting from another late-inning collapse by the big club, complete with the requisite angst of “the guy we traded away did better than the guy we traded for,” as well as another managerial blunder (pro tip: when you have a true CF available in the late innings, you might want to use him on defense), but this is a site devoted to the minor leagues, so let’s follow my digital 13’s from last year and see what’s what…


THE STATE OF THE FARM

Two of the seven affiliates made the playoffs (Hagerstown, Potomac) and two narrowly missed (Harrisburg, GCL). Unfortunately, the other three were not believers in corporal punishment (that’s no hitting, kids) and had league-average pitching (Syracuse, DSL) or worse (Auburn), which resulted in finishes at or near the bottom of the standings.

Naturally, this is not the best bellwether. The system generated another starter for the big club (Trea Turner) and was able to call on a trio of upper-level starters (A.J. Cole, Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito) to fill in 16 times (as of this writing) for Joe Ross and Stephen Strasburg with subpar-but-not-bad-considering results (4-6, 5.11/5.04/1.51) as well as a hard-throwing reliever (Koda Glover). Even F.P. Santangelo can tell you that most of these guys were probably rushed a little, but it’s in line with the shift league-wide towards going younger.

As written in this space a year ago, the hopes for an influx of positional talent from the D.R. was fulfilled with the strong seasons from Juan Soto, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, with half-a-dozen or more guys behind them, though defense is a big “yeah, but” with the latter (e.g. Raudy Read, Osvaldo Abreu). And that’s not to overlook the ascendance of the age-appropriate Americans like Andrew Stevenson and Drew Ward.

In short, the system is still developing talent on both sides of the ball that can be used for both short-term and long-term needs.

BA TOP 20 LISTS
These are just starting up, so it looks like it’ll be another few days before we see our first Nationals, though I think most of us can probably guess it’ll be only a handful total and usually one or two (tops), for any given league. In other words, SSDY.

THE WATCHLIST AND THE GBI
A year ago, I was worried that this may have to be scrapped. I’m less worried about that than I am in keeping the GBI. I scaled it back this year and it still felt like a struggle to produce. I know it’s a popular feature, but if it stays, I think it’ll be monthly in 2017. My apologies in advance.

A SHOUTOUT TO DISTRICT ON DECK
My season reviews are much, much shorter than they used to be (like below). But one of the writers at District on Deck has taken on that task, and I’m passing along links to his work on the Potomac Nationals and, with my sympathies (for him, not you), the Syracuse Chiefs.

THE DSL NATIONALS
In a word, disappointing. While I don’t follow this level as closely as I used to, it just seems to me that a team with a lot of guys repeating the level should have done better. After being the youngest set of batters in the DSL in 2015, the pendulum swung back to just slight older than the league average (18.4 vs. 18.2) while the pitching staff was still younger (18.7 vs. 19.1).

As alluded to above, the offense was horrible: 35th in the 42-team league and more than a half-a-run worse than the league average (3.80 vs. 4.46). The pitching improved from near-the-worst (33rd out of 38) to middle-of-the pack (4.43 R/G vs. 4.46). The defense was, like 2015, slightly below average (.953FA vs. .957FA — remember, all we have to go on are the stats).

Without further comment, here are the obligatory Top 5’s, excluding the old-for-the-level players…

TOP 5 BATS TOP 5 ARMS
1. Jose Cabello, C/1B
.259 GPA, 28 BB
1. Yelmery Sisneros, LHSP
0.43/2.39/0.91, 4.56 K:BB ratio
2. Santo Falcon, CF
.234 GPA, 12 SB
2. Angel Guillen, RHSP
1.67/2.61/0.94, 4.17 K:BB ratio
3. Brailin Mesa, RF/LF
.225 GPA, 16 2B
3. Gilbert Chu, LHSP
3.18/2.68/0.96, 1.6 BB/9
4. Jesus Morales, 2B/3B
.215 GPA, 10E
4. Warner Duran, RHRP
1.65/2.59/1.22, 6BB in 32⅔ IP
5. Juan Pascal, SS
.209 GPA, 55 of 56G at SS
5. Jairon Peguero, LHRP
4.91/2.91/1.46, 0HR in 33IP

As you might imagine, there are no honorable mentions this year, especially since there were just two (2) batters above the league average and under the age of 20. Folks interested in seeing the entire team’s stats can find them here.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Latos (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Vasquez (3-0, 2.73)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 6.35) vs.
Molina (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Long (6-6, 4.47)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-9, 4.80) and
Guilbeau (2-2, 4.12) vs.
Puckett (0-2, 3.49) and
Watson (2-10, 8.11)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Suarez (5-2, 3.27)


Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5
• Voth 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K
• DeFratus (W, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Grace (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Soto 2-2, BB, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Bostick 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Jason Martinson homered in the bottom of the 8th to end the see-saw battle of the bullpens, with Syracuse proving to less inept for a 6-5 win. It was 2-2 after six innings with Austin Voth spinning a quality start of two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven. The “W” was credited to Justin DeFratus despite giving up three runs on two home runs in the 7th and 8th innings. Matt Grace worked around a walk in the 9th to earn his first save for the Chiefs. Neftali Soto reached base three times with two singles and a walk to lead the eight-hit, five-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole, C Pedro Severino optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 5
• Mayberry 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Self (W, 4-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Lee (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Bautista 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB(45)
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Stevenson 2-5, 2R, RBI

The Senators got three-spots twice in the middle innings to rally from a 5-2 deficit and end a five-game losing streak with an 8-5 win. Whit Mayberry was sent down I-95 from Woodbridge to make the spot start and was lit up for all five Richmond runs on five hits and two walks. Derek Self (3IP) and Nick Lee (2IP) combined for five scoreless innings despite six walks for the win and save respectively. Rafael Bautista swiped his 45th base while going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI while Drew Ward singled, doubled, and walked in five PA’s to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Whiting 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Orlan (BS, 5; L, 5-5) ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schrock 3-5, R
• Davidson 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Robles 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Potomac’s tailspin continued with a seventh straight loss, 7-6, which dropped the team into second place and sliced the lead over third-place Frederick to just 4½ games. Boone Whiting allowed three runs on four hits, including two home runs over five and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out two. R.C. Orlan blew his fifth save in 14 chances, with a little “help” from Justin Thomas, who let in all three runners he inherited from Orlan in the Frederick’s three-run 8th inning that snapped a 4-4 tie. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled three times while Austin Davidson and Victor both walked twice to pace the Potomac offense, which scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings but did not get the tying run into scoring position in either frame.

Hagerstown vs. Lexington – PPD
The Suns and Legends were washed on Saturday night. They’ll shoot to make it up this afternoon with a doubleheader. Roster moves: RHP Samuel Held promoted from Auburn; RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 3
• Mills (L, 3-4) 4IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 4K
• Howard 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Ortiz 2-4, RBI
• Kerian 2-4, R

Auburn lost its ninth straight and saw its tragic number reduced to one with a 4-3 loss to Williamsport. McKenzie Mills lost for the fourth time with three runs charged to him on two hits and five walks over four innings. The Doubledays collected ten hits, with Andres Martinez, Oliver Ortiz, and David Kerian each having two hits, but just two came in 12 chances with RISP.

GCL Update
With a 5-1 mark, the G-Nats are now one game behind the G-Cards with a chance to tie with a win today. As noted in the comments, 17-y.o. Juan Soto is living up to the hype, batting .345 (second-best in the GCL) with 77 total bases (third-best) in 39 games. 24th Rd. pick Joseph Waltrip is leading the team in appearances with 15 and has a 2-1 record with four saves.

DSL Update
The D-Nats enter their final week of play with pair of games against D-Cards, D-Angels, and the D-Braves. Nineteen-y.o. Angel Guillen leads the age-appropriate pitchers with a 4-1, 1.67/2.52/0.94 mark while Jose Cabello, also 19, is leading the hitters with a .279/ .390/.339 line.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Columbus,
5:05 p.m.
Espino (6-10, 3.58) and
Hill (6-9, 4.49) vs.
Murata (6-2, 3.74) and
Morimando (4-1, 1.96)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Binghamton,
1:30 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 5.57) vs.
Zeid (3-3, 3.98)
Potomac Won, 12-6 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
J. Martin (1st Hi-A start of
’16) vs. Keller (0-1, 1.59)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Johnson (6-2, 3.65)
Auburn Tied, 0-0
(suspended)
vs. Batavia,
12:00 p.m.
TBD and Reyes (0-1, 1.13) vs.
TBD and TBD


Syracuse vs. Columbus – PPD
Syracuse didn’t lose on Saturday, thanks to the rain that forced a doubleheader today. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Binghamton 4
• Mapes (W, 11-8) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Suero (H, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2BB, RBI

The Senators put up four in the 1st, survived a scare in the 6th, and rallied in the 7th and 8th innings to double up the B-Mets, 8-4. Tyler Mapes won for the 11th time with all four Binghamton runs on 10 hits and a walk over six innings. Wander Suero tossed two scoreless and Andrew Robinson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos smacked his first AA longball and went 2-for-3 as did Isaac Ballou, who drove in two and walked twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 12 Frederick 6
• Williams (W, 4-3) 6+ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, WP
• Orlan (H, 7) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 3-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Keller 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB

Potomac went double-single-homer-walk-double-triple to open the 9th to turn a 6-5 game into a 12-6 smackdown of Frederick. Austen Williams got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed on 10 hits and two walks over six-plus innings while fanning one. R.C. Orlan, who let in one of Williams’s runs, earned his seventh hold pitching the rest of the 7th and a scoreless 8th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Drew Vettleson both went deep, combining for five RBI while Schrock and Alec Keller led the hit column with three apiece as the P-Nats pounded out 17 hits total on the night.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Bourque 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Rivera (SV, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-3

Ian Sagdal’s two-run HR capped a three-run 6th as Hagerstown took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win over Asheville. James Bourque got the start and was charged with both Tourist runs on six hits and no walks as he set down five on strikes. The 59-minute rain delay ended his night after four and 2/3rds innings. Robbie Dickey got the win as he stranded two while getting the last out of the 5th and pitched two more scoreless innings. The save went to Mariano Rivera III with two more goose eggs. Sagdal and Grant DeBruin both went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns attack.

Batavia 0 Auburn 0
• Dunning 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Dulin 0-0, BB

The score was still 0-0 when the rain halted play after three innings in Auburn. They’ll pick it up today at noon and complete it, followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Update
Despite a 3-2 week, the G-Nats have drifted to 3½ games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. The tragic number is 12 with two and half weeks left to play.

DSL Update
The D-Nats took a tailspin last week with five straight losses before winning yesterday, 3-2 over the D-Brewers. For those obsessed with large sums of money thrown at teenagers, $700K and 17-y.o. Elvis Alvarado was transferred from the DSL Roster to the GCL Roster last Tuesday but has yet to play professionally.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Scranton/W-B,
1:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-0, 1.80)
Montgomery (0-1, 2.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 vs. Trenton,
1:30 p.m.
Brady (3-5, 3.42) vs.
Camarena (7-3, 2.38)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 4.10) vs.
Ferguson (0-2, 2.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Baez (7-7, 4.47) vs.
Tirado (3-1, 4.72)
Auburn Won, 5-1 @ Batavia,
4:05 p.m.
Dunning (0-1, 4.66) vs.
TBD


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 2
• Giolito (L, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP, HR
• Glover 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Lozada 1-3, 3B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B, BB

Trade two u’s for an “n” from August and you’ve got the angst that’s sure to come today to the Natmosphere as Lucas Giolito was less than stellar in a 4-2 Syracuse loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night. The 22-y.o. labored through three and 2/3rds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits (one HR) and two walks. He threw 93 pitches and struck out six but lost his first AAA game. As usual, the point was moot since the Chiefs offense was once again like a eunuch in a brothel with just four hits and three walks. Matt den Dekker was the sole batter to reach base twice with a walk and a double. Roster moves: OF Brian Goodwin recalled to Washington; 1B Neftali Soto reassigned from Harrisburg.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 10-8) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• DeFratus 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Marmolejos 2-4

The Thunder returned the favor from Friday as they shut out the Senators, 6-0 on Saturday. Tyler Mapes did his part with six innings of one-run ball, scattering eight hits and walking two and striking out two in his eighth loss. Trenton went to town on Robert Benincasa for two runs in the 7th to break it open, and put it away with three against Nick Lee in the 9th. Adrian Sanchez and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both singled twice, but the rest of the lineup produced just three hits (all singles) and a walk and left on six baserunners. Roster move: (unofficial) RHP Erick Fedde promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Crownover (W, 3-4) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K
• Mayberry (SV, 1) 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Schrock 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Carey 1-3, BB

Potomac jumped on Wilmington for five runs in the first, highlighted by Austin Davidson’s three-run homer as they beat Wilmington for the 17th time this season, 6-2. Matthew Crownover won for the third time in four starts with both Blue Rocks runs allowed on five hits and a walk over five innings while fanning a career-high of eight. Whit Mayberry tossed four scoreless on four days’ rest to earn the save (hint). Davidson and Max Schrock both went 2-for-4 with Schrock smacking a two-run double before running into the 1st inning’s first out trying to advance to third on a ball hit to short (that’s two baserunning mistakes in one play though). Unofficial roster move: RHP Erick Fedde promoted to Harrisburg.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 2
• Avila 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Howell (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Encarnacion 1-3, R, BB
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI

The Blue Claws pinched the Suns, 4-2 to end Hagerstown’s four-game win streak and their own four-game slide. Pedro Avila was touched for a two-out solo HR in his fifth and final inning as he gave up four hits total, walked none, and struck out four in the no-decision. Jacob Howell took the loss as he was charged with three runs over an inning and a 1/3rd of relief. Hagerstown was limited to six hits, with Kelvin Gutierrez (two singles) and Randy Encarnacion (single, walk) the only two batters to reach base twice. Roster move: C Jorge Tillero assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Silvestre 4IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Pirro (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramirez (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ripken 2-4, BB
• Banks 2-4, BB, RBI (OF assist at 1B)
• Johnson 2-4, R (OF assist at 2B)

Auburn beat Batavia for third time in as many meetings this season with a 5-1 decision on Saturday. Hector Silvestre made his first appearance north of Florida in nearly two years as he tossed four scoreless innings, scattering five hits and a walk while setting down three on strikes. Matt Pirro vultured the win with a single inning pitched after Auburn took a 3-1 lead in the 5th. The save went to Yonathan Ramirez with three scoreless innings to finish the game. Ryan Ripken and Nick Banks both reached base twice with two singles and a walk as the Doubledays collected nine hits total.

GCL Update
The G-Nats dropped two games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East with a 2-4 week. Today and Friday are off days while tomorrow and Thursday are home games as they continue to cycle between the Mets, Astros, Marlins, and Cardinals.

DSL Update
A 4-2 week improved the D-Nats to 24-30, which is roughly the pace they’ll need to keep over the next three weeks to finish .500 absent any rainouts. This week it’s games against the D-Angels, D-Braves, and D-Brewers, as they play out the string (tragic number 3 for the division, 7 for the wild card).

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.
TBD
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.