Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-6 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Edw. Jackson (1-0, 1.93) vs.
Ja. Thompson (3-9, 5.97)
Harrisburg Won, 7-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Eitel (2-2, 3.50) vs.
Lugo (4-5, 5.54)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-8, 4.63) vs.
Peralta (1-7, 6.67)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greensboro,
4:35 p.m.
Watson (5-2, 3.36) and TBD vs.
Mahoney (2-1, 4.21) and TBD
Auburn Won, 9-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Braymer (0-0, 2.89) vs.
M. Rodriguez (1-1, 9.39)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY  

Syracuse 10 Lehigh Valley 6
• Stevenson 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI, SB (6G hit streak)
• Heisey 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Roster move: RHP J.D. Martin released.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 3
• Hill (W, 4-1) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, 0HR, 2HBP
• Brinley 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keller 2-3, R, BB
• Abreu 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Sandford 2-5, R

Harrisburg put up crooked numbers in the 1st, 4th, and 5th en route to a 7-3 win over Akron. Taylor Hill kept the ball in the yard for the sixth time in 16 appearances and won his second straight AA start with seven innings of two-run ball on three hits and no walks. He struck out two (2). Ryan Brinley threw a scoreless 8th while newcomer Francisco Rodriguez let in an unearned run in the 9th. Osvaldo Abreu, Alec Keller, and Darian Sanford each had two hits in the Sens’ 10-hit parade. Roster move: RHP Francisco Rodriguez assigned from Washington.

Potomac vs. Frederick – PPD
Rain washed away Game Two of the three-game series between the Keys and the P-Nats. They’ll make it up with a twi-night twinbill on Saturday, Aug. 26th. Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams demoted from Harrisburg, LHP Kylin Turnbull released.

Hagerstown vs. Greensboro – PPD
Ditto in Washington County, but they’ll shoot for a makeup between Hagerstown and Greensboro late this afternoon. Roster move: LHP Jordan Mills reassigned from Potomac.

Auburn 9 Batavia 1
• Y. Ramirez (W, 2-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Brasher (SV, 1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Meregildo 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Ortiz 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Esthay 2-4, R, 2-2B

The Doubledays in each of the first five innings as they neutered the Muckdogs, 9-1 to end an eight-game losing streak. Yonathan Ramirez threw five scoreless innings with one hit and two walks allowed for his second win for Auburn. Jared Brasher was somehow awarded as he came in with a five-run lead and only one runner on base and got the last seven outs. Omar Meregildo was a triple shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4, scored twice, and drove in two to lead the Auburn attack. Roster moves: RHP Jeremy McKinney reassigned from the GCL, OF Nick Choruby (18th Rd., Texas A&M) assigned from Washington.

GCL Astros 7 GCL Nationals 2
• German (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 7R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Chu 1⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-1 IR-S
• Blash 2-3, R, BB
• R. Mendez 1-3, 2B

After tying it up at 1-1 in the top of the 4th, the G-Nats gave the game away in the bottom of the 4th with four errors and six runs as the G-Astros took this one, 7-2. Jhonatan German suffered the loss with seven runs allowed (three earned) on six hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. Jamori Blash reached base three times on two singles and a walk as the G-Nats were held to just six hits total. Roster moves: OF Luis Perdomo reassigned from Auburn, OF Austin Guibor (30th Rd., Fresno State) assigned from Washington.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
G. Ross (2-7, 6.61) vs.
Appel (5-4, 4.87)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Hill (3-1, 5.54) vs.
Esparza (5-0, 1.82)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-8, 4.63) vs.
Peralta (1-7, 6.67)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (5-2, 3.36) vs.
Mahoney (2-1, 4.21)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (1-1, 5.00) vs.
E. Cabrera (0-0, 5.23)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2 @ GCL Astros,
7:00 p.m.
 

Lehigh Valley 8 Syracuse 0
• Stevenson 1-5 (5G hit streak)

Akron 5 Harrisburg 2
• McGowin (L, 0-4) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K, 2HR
• Valdez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Norfork 2-3, BB, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, R

The ‘Ducks scored five times in the first four innings and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Sens. Kyle McGowin lived up to the “B” in the latest GBI as he coughed up all five runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings for his fourth loss in four AA starts and 10th in 13 overall. Phillips Valdez tossed three scoreless and Andrew Robinson one to keep it close, but the Harrisburg bats were limited to seven hits and two walks. Khayyan Norfork led the charge with a walk, two singles, and the only Harrisburg RBI. Roster moves: RHP Wirkin Estevez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Corban Joseph activated from the 7-day DL.

Potomac 7 Frederick 5
• Guilbeau 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Schepel (W, 2-3) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Robles 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Gamache 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Masters 1-1, 2R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI

Dan Gamache’s two-run walkoff HR papered over another bullpen malfunction as Potomac took the opener from Frederick, 7-5. Taylor Guilbeau got the start and delivered a quality start of three runs on six hits (two HR) over six innings. He walked none and struck out three. Dakota Bacus couldn’t get the last four outs to earn the save, getting two instead and letting in the tying runs in the 8th and 9th innings for his first blown save. The win went to Kyle Schepel, who got the last out of the 9th. Victor Robles drove in two while going 3-for-5 while Gamache and David Masters, who also homered, also had two RBI.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 1
• Bourque (W, 4-3) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Bogucki (S, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Banks 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, BB
• Agustin 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, E(5)

The Suns got two in the 4th and two more in the 8th as they picked up their 10th win of the 2nd half with a 5-1 triumph over Greensboro. James Bourque pitched six innings of one-run ball on seven hits without a walk and struck out six for the win. A.J. Bogucki finished with three scoreless to earn the save, his first of the season. Nick Banks singled, doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Batavia 3 Auburn 2
• Raquet 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Smith (L, 0-1) 3IP, 0H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K
• Ortiz 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Meregildo 2-4

Make that eight straight losses for Auburn as Batavia overcame an early 1-0 deficit and held off a late charge for a 3-2 win. Nick Raquet got the start and threw three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out three. The loss went to David Smith with two runs charged (one earned) on no hits and three walks. Oliver Ortiz singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run to pace the Doubledays offense. Roster moves: Released LHP Jonny Reid, RHP Joseph Baltrip; SS Ryan Merrill assigned from Washington; C Luis Vilorio reassigned from Syracuse.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Luzardo 4⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, BK
• Pena (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Cabello 2-4, RBI
• R. Mendez 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The G-Cards posted a picket fence in the 6th through 8th innings to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win. Jesus Luzardo struck out five and fell one out shy of five innings in his second GCL start, scattering six hits and issuing no walks over four and 2/3rds scoreless innings. The loss went to Malvin Pena, who gave up all three G-Cards runs on five hits and a walk over three innings. Jose Cabello singled twice and drove in a run to lead the G-Nat hit column of eight.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Long (1-2, 3.32) vs.
Eshelman (6-2, 2.15)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
McGowin (0-3, 9.60) vs.
Whitehouse (4-3, 3.63)
Potomac Lost, 6-0 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-1, 3.80) vs.
B. Gonzalez (2-7, 5.35)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 vs. Greensboro,
4:05 p.m.
Bourque (3-3, 4.96) vs.
D. Lee (3-8, 5.19)
Auburn Lost, 2-0
(15 inn.)
@ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (SS-A debut) vs.
Mateo (0-0, 3.27)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-7 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
 

Buffalo 6 Syracuse 2
• Fedde (L, 1-1) 7BF, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR, 31-19 PIT-K
• Stevenson 1-3, BB, RBI — named as a replacement for Brandon Snyder (see below)

Erick Fedde failed to retire a batter as the Bisons shredded him (made con-Fedde?) for five hits and two walks before he was lifted after seven batters and 31 pitches. It was his first start since May 11.
Roster moves: UT Brandon Snyder placed on the 7-Day DL; SS Ryan Jackson assigned from Washington; RHP Greg Ross activated from 3-day TIL; RHP Jacob Turner outrighted from Washington.

Binghamton 6 Harrisburg 4
• Simms 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 7K
• Dragmire (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Read 2-4, R, 2B
• Ward 2-4

Harrisburg bounded back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 4-2 lead, but had no answer for Binghamton’s last salvo in the 7th and lost, 6-4. John Simms labored through six innings (111 pitches), giving up three runs on five eight hits and five walks while striking out seven. The loss went to Brady Dragmire, who let in three runs on three hits in the Rumble Ponies’ 7th. Raudy Read, Drew Ward, and Corban Joseph each had two hits in the Senators’ 11-hit parade.

Buies Creek 6 Potomac 0
• Silvestre (L, 7-3) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, 2HR
• Robles 2-4
• 0-1 RISP, 6 LOB

Two Buies Creek pitchers combined on three-hit shutout for a 6-0 win over Potomac and complete the four-game sweep. Hector Silvestre got taken deep twice and stung for three runs on four hits over five innings for the loss. He walked one and fanned seven. Victor Robles remained upright and singled twice while Ian Sagdal singled once to round out the P-Nats hit tally.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 3
• M. Mills (W, 10-2) 5+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 10K, HR, 93-60 PIT-K
• Morse (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Noll 3-5, 2B, 3RBI
• Corredor 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Johnson 2-5, R, RBI

McKenzie Mills struck out a career-high 10 batters while winning his 10th game as the Suns doubled up the Blue Claws, 6-3. Mills gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over five-plus innings. Kyle Simonds gave up one over two innings, while Phil Morse and Tommy Peterson each put up a goose egg to earn the hold and save, respectively. Blake Perkins was the beer man in Hagerstown’s 14-hit assault, led by Jake Noll with three hits and three RBI.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 0 (15 inn.)
• DeRosier 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Barnett 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rishwain (L, 0-2) 3IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bogetto 2-5
• Panaccione 2-6

Mahoning Valley broke up the Star Trek convention on the Falcon Park scoreboard with two runs in the top of the 15th to send Auburn to its seventh straight loss. Matt DeRosier threw six scoreless innings in his seventh career start for Auburn since 2013. The loss went to Michael Rishwain, who let in both Scrappers runs on five hits over three innings. Paul Panaccione and Branden Bogetto combined for four of the eight Doubledays hits. Roster moves: Reassigned from the GCL – LHPs Nick Raquet and Alex Troop, RHPs Jackson Tetrault, Jared Brasher, Kyle Johnston, Gabe Klobosits, and David Smith; OF Zach Collier assigned From Harrisburg for MiLB rehab.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 1
• Morales 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• J.D. Martin (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• R. Mendez 3-3, R, 3B, 2BB, 2RBI, CS
• Antuna 3-5, 2R, 2B, SF, RBI, E(5)
• Pineda 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2PB(3)

The G-Nats got six runs in the first two innings and held off the G-Marlins late for a 10-7 win. Starter Jose Morales tossed three scoreless innings with one hit and three whiffs. J.D. Martin was the least ineffective reliever and was credited with the win. Ricardo Mendez reached base five times with two walks, two singles, and a triple while scoring once and driving in two, followed by Yasel Antuna’s 3-for-5 effort to pace the G-Nats offense. Roster moves: Reassigned from Auburn – RHPs Tomas Alastre, Jhonatan German, Angel Guillen, Malvin Pena; LHP Gilberto Chu; MiLB Rehab – Juan Soto from Hagerstown, J.D. Martin from Washington.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-0, 3.86) vs.
Harrell (0-2, 2.11)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0;
Lost, 3-2
@ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Simms (3-5, 3.83)
Ma. Molina (0-3, 4.26)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Buies Creek,
7:00 p.m.
Silvestre (7-2, 4.24) vs.
Ferrell (6-3, 5.19)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
M. Mills (9-2, 2.31) vs.
Fanti (5-1, 2.74)
Auburn Lost, 3-0;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:00 p.m.
DeRosier (1-1, 3.27) vs.
Tati (1-1, 3-00)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
 

Syracuse 5 Buffalo 2
• Cole (W, 4-2) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Stevenson 1-3, BB, PO
Roster moves: 1B-3B Matt Skole placed on the 7-Day DL; C Luis Vilorio reassigned from Auburn.

Binghamton 1 Harrisburg 0 – GAME ONE
• Crownover 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 6K
• A. Robinson (L, 1-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 2-3, 2B
• Lisson 1-2, BB

After Matt Crownover corralled the Rumble Ponies for six scoreless innings, they bucked Andrew Robinson for a triple and a sacrifice fly in the 7th to saddle him and the Senators with a 1-0 loss. Crownover gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out six for the no-decision. Drew Ward (single, double) and Mario Lisson (single, walk) were the only two batters to reach base twice as Harrisburg was held to just six hits and two walks.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 2 – GAME TWO
• Estevez 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Cordero (L, 2-3) ⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Joseph 2-3, R
• Lowery 2-3, R
• Marmolejos 2-3

Binghamton rallied for two in the 6th, scoring what proved to be the winning run on a two-out error to take the game from Harrisburg, 3-2 and sweep the doubleheader. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez started and went the first five. He let in one run on four hits and four walks over five innings for the no-decision. The loss went to Jimmy Cordero who walked one, balked one, and gave up two runs – one inherited, one of his own for the loss. Corban Joseph, Jake Lowery, and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos each went 2-for-3 to pace the Sens’ offense.

Buies Creek 3 Potomac 2
• Borne 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 4K
• Schepel (L, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Gamache 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Carey 1-3, BB

Buies Creek edged Potomac in another brisk (2:17) one-run game, 3-2. Grant Borne walked five and gave up two runs on five hits over four innings while setting down four on strikes. The loss went to Kyle Schepel, who let in the decisive run on two hits over two innings. He walked none and struck out three. Dan Gamache singled twice and homered to lead the P-Nats six-hit, three-walk offense.

Lakewood 2 Hagerstown 0
• Sharp (L, 4-6) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Banks 0-1, BB, SAC
• Perkins 1-4
• 0-4 RISP, 5 LOB

Ranger Suarez outdueled Sterling Sharp as the BlueClaws took another one from the Suns, 2-0. Sharp turned in seven innings of one-run ball on six hits and a walk while fanning six and walking one but took the loss, his sixth. Hagerstown was held to four hits and one walk; nobody reached base twice.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 0 – GAME ONE
• Alastre (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Chu 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Shepard 1-2, 2B, BB
• Encarnacion 1-3, OF assist at 3B

One bad inning for Tomas Alastre was more than enough for Mahoning Valley in the opener, as they shut out the Doubledays, 3-0. Alastre allowed all three Scrappers runs in his fourth and final inning of work, giving up five hits and three walks while striking out three. Chance Shepard doubled while Randy Encarnacion and Olver Ortiz both singled once to account for the three Auburn hits.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 2 – GAME TWO
• Davis 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Guillen (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Panaccione 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Upshaw 1-3, 3B, BB

The Scrappers scored all three runs in the final two innings to complete the doubleheader sweep with a 3-2 win over the Doubledays. Weston Davis got the start and tossed five scoreless innings of two-hit ball with nary a walk and three whiffs. Jonny Reid blews the save with two runs coughed up in the 6th while Angel Guillen took the loss with one run allowed in the 7th. Paul Panaccione doubled, tripled, scored a run, and drove in run while Armond Upshaw walked and tripled to lead the Auburn attack. Roster moves: LHP Max Engelbrekt reassigned from the GCL; RHP Weston Davis reassigned Hagerstown; 2017 Draft Pick RHP Brigham Hill (5th Rd., Texas A&M) assigned from Washington; RHP Diomedes Eusebio, 1B Connor Simonetti released.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 1
• Baez 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• De Los Santos (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Cramer 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• R. Mendez 1-2, BB, RBI
• Pineda 1-3, R, BB

The wheels came off the bus (2HBP, 6BB, 1E) for the G-Mets in the 8th as the G-Nats scored three of their final four runs after two outs for a 6-1 win. Joan Baez made his first appearance since June 1 and tossed three hitless and scoreless innings with one walk and four whiffs. The win went to Jose De Los Santos with two scoreless innings after Baez. Jackson Cramer doubl while Ricardo Mendez and Israel Pineda both singled to account for the three (3) G-Nats hits. Roster move: RHP Joan Baez reassigned from Potomac.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
E. Jackson (0-0, 2.36) vs.
Valdez (3-2, 3.92)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Binghamton,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 6.04) vs.
Conlon (5-6, 4.15)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 @ Buies Creek,
7:00 p.m.
Sanburn (3-1, 3.06) vs.
H. Perez (3-3, 3.45)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (4-3, 5.16) vs.
Llovera (1-0, 2.13)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Alastre (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Hockin (0-1, 8.59)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-1 OFF DAY  

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 1
• Skole 1-2, R, BB, K
• Stevenson 1-5, RBI

Roster moves: IF Adrian Sanchez placed on 40-man roster, recalled to Washington; RHP Taylor Hill, IF Stephen Perez reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Chris Heisey assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3
• Williams 2⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Dragmire (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI
• Norfork 1-3, BB

Yadiel Hernandez’s RBI single in the 9th held up as the Sens put the Rumble Ponies in the barn, 4-3. Austen Williams filled in for Taylor Hill and gave up his customary HR for him*, and four hits total over two and a 1/3rd innings. Brady Dragmire got the win with two scoreless while Ryan Brinley worked around a single and Raudy Read’s seventh passed ball to earn the save. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, who will be joined by Read and John Simms at the E.L. All-Star game, reached base three times with a single and two walks to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams, IF Corban Joseph activated from the 7-Day DL.
* To be fair, Hill pitched eight innings of one-run ball (not on a HR) for the Chiefs and was the winning pitcher.

Buies Creek 2 Potomac 1
• Reyes (L, 5-8) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Bacus 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sundberg 2-3, 2B, BB
• Mejia 1-2, BB

Potomac gave Buies Creek an extra out in the bottom of the 1st, which they cashed in with a two-out double for two unearned runs. The Astros pitchers made it stand up as they held the P-Nats to just six hits for a 2-1 win. Luis Reyes took the loss with seven hits and one walk allowed over six innings and four strikeouts. Dakota Bacus pitched two perfect innings in relief. Jack Sundberg’s second hit (and Potomac’s final) was a leadoff double in the 9th. He made it to third on a right-sight groundout, but neither Ian Sagdal nor Taylor Gushue could send him home with the equalizer.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 4
• Watson 6IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K, 2HR
• Bogucki (W, 1-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Corredor 4-5, R, RBI
• Barrera 3-5, R, 2B
• Noll 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The Suns remain red-hot and steamed the Blue Claws with two runs late for their eighth straight win, 5-4. Tyler Watson gave up all four Lakewood runs on four hits—and two HR—and two walks over six innings while striking out seven. A.J. Bogucki closed it out with three scoreless and got the win. With a little (OK, a LOT) help from a two-out error and a walk, Aldrem Corredor’s fourth single drove in Blake Perkins to cap a two-run rally that put Hagerstown up for good. The Suns collected 13 hits total with Tres Barrera tying Corredor in total bases with two singles and a double, followed by Jake Noll with a single and a double.

State College 7 Auburn 6
• Braymer 5IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 7K
• Rishwain (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, HR(solo)
• Pryor 3-5, R, RBI
• Panaccione, 3-5, RBI
• Ortiz 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• 3-15 RISP, 10 LOB

SSDG, as Auburn strafed State College pitchers for 17 hits and still lost, 7-6. OK, fine – hitting into four double plays didn’t help. And getting thrown out trying to advance from second to third on a flyball to LF to make the third out wasn’t smart, either. Doubledays starter Ben Braymer tossed five hitless and scoreless innings with three walks and seven whiffs for the no-decision. That went to Michael Rishwain who was, um, spiked for seven runs on seven hits and two walks over just two innings. Jonathan Pryor and Paul Panaccione both went 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead the Auburn hit parade.

GCL Astros 4 GCL Nationals 0
• Raquet 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Galindez (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Silva 2-4, 2B
• Ventura 1-4

The G-Nats were shut out by the G-Astros, 4-0. Third-Round pick Nick Raquet tossed two scoreless innings in his pro debut, with two hits allowed, no walks, and two strikeouts. The loss went Nelson Galindez, a 22nd Rd. HS pick (no, really they *do* exist) out of Haines City, FL, as the Astros got to him for two runs on four hits over two innings. Alian Silva was the only G-Nat to reach base twice, going 2-for-4 with a double, as the G-Nats were held to five hits and one walk while striking out ten times.
Roster move: LHP Max Engelbrekt (40th Rd., Ore. St.) assigned from Washington.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 @ Buffalo,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.75) vs.
House (6-6, 3.99)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-1 @ Binghamton,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-1, 5.54) vs.
Jannis (5-3, 4.17)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Buies Creek,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 4.97) vs.
F. Perez (3-2, 2.85)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (5-2, 3.13) vs.
Medina (2-6, 3.69)
Auburn Lost, 7-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
German (0-0, 3.60) vs.
MaVorhis (0-0, 8.10)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-1 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
 

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 6
• Skole (pictured above) 1-4, R, BB, K
• Stevenson 0-5
Roster moves: 1B Matt Skole activated from the 7-Day DL; Brandon Snyder named to the I.L. All-Star team as a reserve.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 1
• McGowin (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR, HBP
• Cordero 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Hernandez 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Perez 1-3, BB

Yadiel Hernandez homered in the bottom of the 2nd to tie it at 1-1 but it was all Reading the rest of the way in a 7-1 win over Harrisburg. Kyle McGowin lost for the third time in three AA starts as he was charged with six runs (three earned) on seven hits, including two HR’s, and three walks. He struck out three and hit a batter. Stephen Perez reached base twice with a walk while Darian Sandford singled to round out the Sens’ tally of three hits.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 1
• Guilbeau (W, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K, HR
• J. Mills 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 3-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Masters 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Gamache 2-5, R, RBI

The P-Nats dropped a four-spot in the 1st and dropped the Pelicans 5-1 in the series finale. Taylor Guilbeau pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and one walk, and struck out four to win his second game. Jordan Mill added an eighth goose egg in the 8th but Mariano Rivera lost the shutout with a run in the 9th. Ian Sagdal singled once, doubled twice, and scored twice while David Masters drove in three to lead the Potomac offense. Roster moves: IF Austin Davidson placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 24; IF Dan Gamache assigned from Washington.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 3
• Bourque (W, 3-3) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Simonds (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Noll 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, CS(9)
• Reetz 1-3, R, BB, 2K, PB(10)

Hagerstown doubled up Delmarva to complete the four-game sweep and extend its win streak to seven. James Bourque pitched into the 7th and let in three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks for his third win. Kyle Simonds stranded a runner while finishing the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold while Tommy Peterson set the side down in order, two by way of the K, for his seventh save. Jake Noll homered twice and drove in three to lead the Suns’ attack.

State College 7 Auburn 4
• German (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 2H, 5R, 4ER, 7BB, 1K, HBP, 3WP
• Eusebio 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bogetto 3-4, 2-2B, HR, 2RBI
• Panaccione 3-5, R, HR, RBI
• Esthay 2-5, R, HR, RBI

The Doubledays could get ’em on (12 hits) and bang a gong (three HR) but couldn’t get ’em in (0-7 RISP) as they fell to the Spikes, 7-4 in the series finale. Jhonatan German hit the Maginot Line in the 5th and took the loss as he allowed five runs (four earned) on two hits and seven walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. He also hit a batter and threw three wild pitches. Brandon Boggeto, Paul Panaccione, and Kameron Esthay each homered and combined for eight of the 12 Auburn hits and drove in all four runs. Roster moves: 2017 Draft Picks – C’s Nic Perkins (28th Rd.), Anthony Peroni (14th) and OFs Kameron Esthay (26th), Jonathan Pryor (19th) assigned from Washington.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Cardinals 1
• Troop 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Smith (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• McKinney (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Cramer 2-4, R
• R. Mendez 1-2, R, 2B

The G-Nats have yet to lose in three games as they folded the G-Cards, 3-1 yesterday afternoon. Ninth Rd. pick Alex Troop started and turned in two perfect innings with two K’s. The win went to Dirtbag David Smith who stranded three in the 5th and worked around a single in the 6th. Jackson Cramer singled twice to lead the hit column of just six.

Hello, October

We’re on the final weekend of the MLB season, but a week away from the start of the AFL season. The big boys are stumbling towards home-field advantage against the Dodgers in the NLDS, hoping to survive a series of late-season injuries at catcher, second base, and the outfield.

But this is a minors site, so let’s delve into what we can for today…

ORGANIZATIONAL AWARDS
It’s a bit of mystery why the team waited so long to announce its 2016 Organizational Awards, but then again, I wouldn’t put much money on the front office PR folks knowing the difference between Ed Bernays and Ed Walsh, never mind who they were.

Once Max Schrock was traded, the odds of Jose “Orange” Marmolejos repeating as Player of the Year went up tremendously, but I think he would have won anyway due to his performance at AA. Reynaldo Lopez winning Pitcher of the Year is also a, um, minor upset if you consider that the odds of a reliever getting named are very slim if he doesn’t rack up a garbage statistic. The fourth annual Bob Boone Award went to Rafael Bautista.

BA TOP PROSPECT LISTS
Nats 2016 1st Rd. pick Dane Dunning made Baseball America’s NYPL Top 20 at #6 while Victor Robles was tagged as the #1 prospect of the Sally League. Neither prospect was mentioned in the chats. For what it’s worth, former farmhand Schrock was #16 on the latter list. Given BA’s history of double-dipping, I’m expecting Robles to make the Carolina League list as well.

TRANSACTION STUFF
Nothing new here, thanks to my going “off cycle” with the previous post.

THE 2016 GCL NATIONALS
The team finished second with a 30-23 mark – the first winning season since 2013 when the team ran the table and won the GCL Championship. Thanks in part to 17-y.o. phenom Juan Soto, the team was nearly a full run above the league average (5.06 R/G vs. 4.12) on offense, which enabled them to overcome slightly subpar pitching (4.17) and defense (.962FA vs. .965). Thanks to the influx from the DSL, the team’s hitters were close to the league average. Thanks to the practice of using the GCL to rehab, the team’s pitchers were the oldest in the league, though the cohort of 21 and younger (13 total) weren’t bad: 11-11, 8SV, 3.18/3.28/1.31 in 217⅔ IP over 80 appearances.

After the obligatory reminder that short-season = small sample size (and that very, very few of these guys will rise above Low-A)…

TOP 5 BATS TOP 5 ARMS
1. Juan Soto, RF
.322 GPA, .550 SLG%
1. Francys Peguero, RHSP
2.20/2.59/1.10, 6.80 K:BB ratio
2. Connor Simonetti, 1B
.261 GPA, 6HR
2. Jeremy McDonald, LHRP
3.24/1.85/1.22, 9.23 K/9
3. Carter Kieboom, SS
.258 GPA, .452 SLG%
3. Sterling Sharp, RHSP
3.24/2.85/1.27, 1.3 BB/9
4. Joey Harris, C
.269 GPA, .414 OBP
4. Carlos Pena, RHSP
2.95/3.50/1.29, 0HR in 39⅔ IP
5. Darryl Florentino, CF
.267 GPA, .340 BA
5. Ben Braymer, LHRP
4.12/3.02/1.32, 10.98 K/9

After the first three pitchers, I may as well have taken a dartboard to pick the last two. Honorable mentions go to Aldrem Corredor and Michael Rishwain for batter and pitcher, respectively. Folks interested in seeing the full team stats, can see 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).