Thursday’s News & Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday’s News & Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday’s News & Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Norfolk,
6:05 p.m.
Espino (5-7, 3.06) vs.
Gunkel (5-6, 3.93)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Ross (4-1, 0.44) vs.
Brown (5-3, 3.17)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Avila (6-6, 3.07) vs.
Alvarado (7-4, 3.19)
Auburn Lost, 10-3 @ State College,
6:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-1, 1.20) vs.
Farinaro (2-0, 5.56)

Norfolk 5 Syracuse 2
• Long (L, 1-3) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R

As it has more often than not in 2016, the clutch hit eluded Syracuse as they fell last night to Norfolk, 5-2. Jaron Long was rolled for 10 of the 15 Tide hits and four of the five runs in his five innings. He walked one and struck out two while losing his third AAA game. Caleb Ramsey walked twice while Steve Lombardozzi singled twice as the Chiefs managed just seven hits and were 0-for-7 with RISP.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 3
• Valdez (L, 2-2) 4+ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 7BB, 4K, HR
• Brinley 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ballou 2-4
• Kieboom 1-3, BB, RBI

It was too little, too late for the Senators as they fell into 6-0 and only made it halfway out for a 6-3 loss to the RubberDucks. Phillips Valdez was charged with all six Akron runs on four hits, including a three-run HR to third batter he faced in the 5th. He walked seven and struck out four while losing his second AA game. Isaac Ballou singled twice while both Spencer Kieboom and Kevin Keyes singled and walked to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Carolina 6 Potomac 5
• Crownover 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 5K
• Orlan (H, 4; L, 5-3) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• M. Sanchez (BS, 2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schrock 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Masters 2-4, R

Apparently, if you have to choose, you should pick bad defense over poor relief. At least that’s what Carolina demonstrated as six errors weren’t enough to give away the game. Potomac’s 9th-inning meltdown turned a 5-3 win into a 6-5 loss and cost Matthew Crownover his first A+ “W.” In fairness, the Mudcats should have gotten more against the southpaw starter, who issued four walks and gave up six hits (including two doubles and a triple) over five and 2/3rds innings but only gave up two runs. Likewise for the P-Nats, who only got two unearned runs and stranded six despite stealing five bases against Sal Giardina, who committed three errors but smacked the game-winning double against Mario Sanchez. R.C. Orlan took the loss as he retired just one of four batters faced but was credited with a hold nonetheless.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 2
• Baez (W, 6-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 10K
• Hearn 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Encarnacion 2-2, 2BB, RBI, 2CS
• La Bruna 1-1, R, RBI, 3BB

It was almost the same story in Salisbury, Md., as the Shorebirds scored twice in the 9th in a 4-2 loss to the Suns. Joan Baez struck out a career-high 10 batters in five scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed as he evened up his won-loss record at 6-6. Taylor Hearn piled on seven more over the next three frames, though he gave up four hits and needed 63 pitches to do it (vs. 80 for Baez). Philip Walby loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsman in the 9th, getting a groundout in between, before giving way to Mariano Rivera III who let in one run on a sacrifice fly and the other on a single before ending the threat with a flyout to deep right-centerfield. Randy Encarnacion and Angelo La Bruna both reached base four times with two RBI, three singles, and five walks combined to lead the Hagerstown offense.

State College 10 Auburn 3
• Ramirez (L, 2-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Banks 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Barrera 2-4, 2B
• Brandt 2-3, 2B

A touchdown and an extra point in the 2nd was the difference as State College took another one from Auburn, 10-3. Doubledays starter Yonathan Ramirez didn’t make it out of the inning as he was charged with the aforementioned seven runs (five earned) on five hits and a walk while fanning two to lose for the first time this season. Nick Banks doubled and tripled while Tres Barrera and Clayton Brandt both singled and doubled to lead the Auburn attack.

GCL Update

The G-Nats sit atop the GCL East (five teams this year) with an 8-5 mark after back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday. Still no Anderson Franco, but Juan Soto has cooled off to a mere 1.155 OPS through 11 games. Sample sizes for the age-appropriate pitchers are still too small to comment on.

DSL Update

The D-Nats are on a four-game losing streak to fall below .500 at 14-16. Brailin Mesa (18-y.o.) remains the top hitter among the regulars with a .323/.377/.430 line while Yelmery Sisnero (also 18) is the top pitcher thus far, having given up just one earned run in five starts (22⅔ IP) with 22K and 5BB for pitcher’s line of 0.40/2.40/0.97.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Long (1-2, 3.86) vs.
Hale (0-4, 5.31)
Harrisburg Won, 7-0 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Valdez (2-1, 6.65) vs.
Kaminsky (3-5, 4.19)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (0-3, 5.83) vs.
Withrow (5-4, 3.44)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (5-6, 4.35) vs.
Jimenez (6-7, 4.42)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 2.57) vs.
Cross (1-2, 4.38)

Syracuse 4 Norfolk 3
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 0R, 6BB, 2K, WP
• Davis (BS, 2) 1+ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Glover (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-5, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

The Chiefs overcame a bullpen implosion in the 7th with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to edge the Tide, 4-3. Austin Voth struggled with his control, walking six over five scoreless innings with four hits allowed and two strikeouts. Erik Davis came on in the 6th to protect a 2-0 lead and retired Norfolk in order but allowed four straight singled before he was lifted in favor of Koda Glover in the 7th, who let in the go-ahead run on the fifth straight Tide single. Matt Skole’s leadoff HR in the 8th tied things up while a single-walk-error sequence in the 9th plated the gamewinner. Glover got his first AAA win, Davis his second blown save, and Rafael Martin his 16th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. RHP Lucas Giolito optioned from Washington; SS Trea Turner, OF Michael Taylor recalled to Washington; LHP Matt Grace activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 0
• Brady (W, 2-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Suero 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Bautista 4-4, BB, SB
• Ward 2-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI, SB

Wherever Mike Brady threw the pitch, that’s where it went as he combined with two relievers in Harrisburg’s 7-0 blanking of Akron. Brady allowed just two baserunners over six innings while striking out six to win for the second time this season. Wander Suero (2IP, 2H) and Robert Benincasa (1IP, 2BB) weren’t quite as efficient but kept the breeze going (4K, 2K respectively) to preserve the shutout. Rafael Bautista reached base five times with four singles and a walk while Drew Ward and Stephen Perez both went 2-for-3 and combined for four runs, three walks, and three RBI to pace the Sens’ 13-hit, 10-walk attack. IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Fedde (W, 5-3) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Thomas (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mejia 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Schrock 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats took their fourth straight win Last Night in Woodbridge.
IF Austin Davidson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 0 (5 inn.)
• Rodriguez (L, 6-5) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Wiseman 0-1, BB

Delmarva’s Ofelky Peralta no-hit Hagerstown for five innings before the rains came and ended this one in the bottom of the 5th for a 5-0 Shorebirds win over the Suns. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss as he was strafed for nine hits, including a two-run HR, over four and a 1/3rd innings. Ian Sagdal reached on an error in the 1st while Rhett Wiseman drew a walk in the 4th to account for the two Suns baserunners. OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Auburn.

State College 3 Auburn 0
• Bogucki (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• W. Pena 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Perkins 2-3, BB
• Barrera 1-3, 2BB

The clutch hit eluded the Doubledays in a 3-0 loss to the Spikes. A.J. Bogucki went the first three innings and was charged with a run on four hits without a walk and one whiff to lose his NYPL debut. Blake Perkins and Tres Barrera both reached base three times, combining for three walks and three singles. Auburn left on eight baserunners and went 0-for-6 with RISP.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-0 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.41) vs.
Miranda (3-7, 4.06)
Harrisburg Won, 14-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Brady (1-2, 3.72) vs.
Peoples (6-3, 3.69)
Potomac Won, 8-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (4-3, 4.42) vs.
Franco (5-5, 4.43)
Hagerstown Won, 16-5 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (6-4, 4.13) vs.
Peralta (4-4, 3.69)
Auburn OFF DAY @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Kilichowski (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 8 Norfolk 0
• Hill (W, 4-8) 7IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Runion 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 3-4, R, 2B, HR, SF, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 2B, 3RBI
• Lombardozzi 3-4, R, RBI

What the Norfolk? Syracuse got both shutdown pitching and lights-out hitting in an 8-0 series-opening win. Taylor Hill, Sam Runion, and Bryan Harper combined on the seven-hit shutout. Hill went the first seven innings and allowed all seven Tide hits along with a walk and three whiffs for his fourth win. Runion and Harper made the final two donuts in the 8th and 9th respectively. Matt Skole, Brian Goodwin, and Steve Lombardozzi each had three hits in the Chiefs’ 14-hit assault, with Skole and Goodwin both doubling and driving in three runs. RHP Rafael Martin has been added to the I.L. roster for the AAA All-Star Game next Wednesday.

Harrisburg 14 Erie 3
• Mapes (W, 8-6) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Simms 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Bautista 4-5, 3R, RBI, 2SB
• Stevenson 3-5, 3R, SB
• Soto 2-4, 3R, BB, 2HR, 7RBI

The Senators broke open a 1-0 game with three consecutive crooked numbers in the middle innings to sink the Seawolves, 14-3. Tyler Mapes won his eighth game with seven innings of two-run ball on five hits and a walk while setting five down on strikes. John Simms mopped up and had his outing spoiled with a two-out solo shot in the 8th. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Andrew Stevenson combined for seven hits while cleanup man Neftali Soto drove in seven runs with an Earl Weaver special and a grand slam to lead the 16-hit assault on Erie pitchers. Roster moves: RHP Neil Holland assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Potomac 8 Wilmington 1
• Blackmar (W, 1-0) 7IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
• Estevez 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 1-2, R, BB, SF, HR, 4RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Schrock 2-5, 2R

Likewise in Woodbridge, except Wilmington had the early 1-0 advantage before Potomac put up three in the 4th and five in the 5th to take the game, 8-1 and the series, 3-1. New guy Mark Blackmar gave up the lone Blue rocks run on one hit and four walks over seven innings. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez worked around two hits and a walk to close it out. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos drove in four with a sac fly and a three-run bomb (HR #10) while Osvaldo Abreu and Max Schrock both added two hits to pace the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 16 Delmarva 5
• Guilbeau 3⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• VanVossen (W, 3-2) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K, 2-0 IR-S
• Page 2-3, 2R, HR, SF, 3RBI
• Reetz 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Encarnacion 2-6, 3R, HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown got a pair of six-run innings in the 2nd and 5th innings to demolish Delmarva, 16-5. Taylor Guilbeau didn’t go the requisite five innings, chased with one out in the 4th and charged with four runs on nine hits and two walks. Mick VanVossen stranded two while finishing the inning and struck out six of nine batters faced over two and 2/3rds to earn the win. Grant Borne got the rulebook save with one run allowed over the final three innings. Matthew Page and Randy Encarnacion both homered while Jakson Reetz led the hit column with two singles and a double; all three Suns drove in three runs (hey, that rhymes!).

Auburn – OFF DAY

This is the annual reminder of the New York-Penn League’s packed schedule as the Doubledays got the first of just four (five if you count the All-Star game) scheduled days off over 81 days. Second-place Auburn visits first-place State College for the next three before returning to Falcon Field for three next week against Vermont.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-8, 5.06) vs.
Wright (1-0, 0.87)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (7-6, 3.49) vs.
Lewicki (0-0, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 4-3
(10 inn.)
vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (1st High-A start of
’16) vs. Griffin (1-4, 5.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-1, 4.84) vs.
Costello (0-0, 2.45)
Auburn Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A

Durham 11 Syracuse 2
• Cole 3⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Turner 2-4, R, 2B, SB(25)
• Bostick 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Chiefs scored early and late, but not often as the Bulls stampeded them for an 11-2 loss in the series finale. A.J. Cole didn’t make it out of the 4th, as Durham’s Jaff (not a typo) Decker connected on his 90th pitch for a three-run jack that had him hit the road. Cole finished with seven runs allowed on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Trea Turner doubled, stole third, and came in on a grounder to second for the first Syracuse run in the 1st while Christopher Bostick homered in the 9th for the second run. Both men went 2-for-4 while the rest of the lineup was 2-for-25.

Erie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Whiting (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• De Los Santos 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-4, 2R
• Kieboom 2-4, RBI

The longball was the difference in a 6-3 loss by Harrisburg to Erie. Sens starter Boone Whiting gave up two HR’s in the first four innings to account for three of the five runs he was charged with on 10 hits total. He walked none and struck out three over five and 2/3rds innings while suffering his first AA loss. Wilmer Difo singled twice and scored twice while Spencer Kieboom, Shawn Pleffner, and Neftali Soto each had an RBI to lead Harrisburg’s seven-hit, five-walk attack.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 (10 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Orlan (W, 5-2) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Schrock 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Abreu 1-4, SB

Max “For Those About To” Schrock came big again in extras, smacking a solo shot in the bottom of the 10th to extend his hit streak to 11 games and give the P-Nats a 4-3 win over the Blue Rocks. It was just the fourth hit of the night for Potomac, which took advantage of two Wilmington errors and a hit batsman to score its first three runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. Austen Williams got yet another no-decision with one run let in on a solo HR and seven hits total over six innings. He walked one and struck out three. R.C. Orlan was the winner in relief, pitching two and 2/3rds scoreless innings to close out the game

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 0
• Bourque (L, 0-4) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• DeBruin 1-3, BB
• Tillero 1-3

Two Kannapolis pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of Hagerstown, 5-0. James Bourque was run into the wall by the Intimidators for four runs on eight hits and three walks to lose for the fourth time in six starts. It was, of course, moot as one run would have been enough to beat the Suns. Veteran Grant DeBruin was the sole Hagerstown batter to reach base twice with a single and a walk. Randy Encarnacion and Jorge Tillero collected the other two singles.

Auburn 1 Lowell 0
• Mills (W, 3-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Harmening (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Noll 2-2, 2B, BB
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB

Better news in upstate New York as four Doubledays pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of the Spinners, 1-0. McKenzie Mills walked two and allowed the first Lowell hit over the first five innings to earn his third win. Russell Harmening tossed two perfect frames for the hold, his first. Kevin Mooney worked the second Spinner single and a walk in the 8th as he also earned a hold. Angher Cespedes set ’em down in order in the 9th for save no. 3. Blake Perkins led off the Auburn 1st with a single, took third on Dan Johnson’s safety, and scored on fielder’s choice. Dan Noll singled, doubled, and walked in his NYPL debut to pace the ‘Days six-hit, three-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP Kyle Simonds (19th Rd.) reassigned from GCL Nationals

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-4, 4.31) vs.
Faria (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0;
Won, 10-3
vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Whiting (0-0, 4.26) vs.
Turley (2-6, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 14-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.50) vs.
Staumont (2-9, 5.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-3, 7.06) vs.
Thompson (5-3, 2.85)
Auburn Lost, 10-3 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (2-1, 3.14) vs.
Dahlstrand (MiLB rehab)

Syracuse 6 Durham 4
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Espino (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Turner 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Severino 1-3, 2B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Matt den Dekker struck again with a big fly in the Chiefs’ big inning, but only a three-run jack this time as Syracuse took its second straight from Durham, 6-4. Reynaldo Lopez gave up runs in each of the first three innings before settling down for two scoreless to finish his second AAA start (and first AAA win). He did, however, give up two homers out of the six hits and two walks allowed while striking out five. Trea Turner also homered and went 2-for-5 to extend his hit streak to six games. The Chiefs squeezed six runs out of five hits and three walks but helped keep the Bulls infield cool with 13 whiffs.

Harrisburg 1 Erie 0 – GAME ONE
• Ross (W, 4-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 1-1, R, 3B, BB

Neftali Soto tripled to lead off the Sens’ 2nd and came in on Drew Ward’s groundout to second. That was it for the Senators, but Greg Ross made it stand up for a 1-0 shutout of the Seawolves in the opener. Ross walked none, struck out three, and allowed just five hits in seven innings to win for the fourth time in six AA starts.

Harrisburg 10 Erie 3 – GAME TWO
• Robinson 3IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 3-3, 2R, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Difo 2-4, R, 2RBI, SB
• Bautista 2-4, R

The Harrisburg bats arrived in Game Two, and everyone but Neftali Soto got a hit in a 10-3 Harrisburg smackdown on Erie. Andrew Robinson got the start and turned in three scoreless, though he walked four and struck out four. A five-run 4th broke open a 2-1 game as the offense got in gear for 12 hits, led by Isaac Ballou’s 3-for-3 effort with a double, a walk, and two stolen bases, and followed by tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo, who both went 2-for-4.

Potomac 14 Wilmington 1
• Mayberry (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Thomas (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Carey 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Masters 2-4, R, 3RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI

Same story in Woodbridge, as the P-Nats returned the favor from Monday’s 12-1 loss with a 14-1 demolition of the Blue Rocks. Starter Whit Mayberry no-hit Wilmington for three and 2/3rds innings before giving up a single. He lost the shutout in the 5th but finished with six innings pitched, with three hits and no walks allowed and six strikeouts in his first win for Potomac. Justin Thomas tossed three scoreless to earn the save, his second. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Dale Carey both homered while Raudy Read and Bryan Mejia both doubled and stole third as the P-Nats racked up 15 hits and left just three runners on base. Roster moves: RHP Luis Reyes placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Mark Blackmar assigned from Washington.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Avila (L, 6-6) 4+ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Pantoja 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, WP, 3-2 IR-S
• Wiseman 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Sagdal 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Kannapolis made the most of its one crooked number – a two-spot in the 5th – to edge Hagerstown 3-2. Pedro Avila ran into trouble in the 5th when he gave up a leadoff double and walked two to load the bases. Jorge Pantoja wild-pitched in the first run, then let in the second on a single to give the home team a 3-1 lead. All three Intimidator runs were charged to Avila, who lost for the sixth time. Pantoja recovered to put up goose eggs in the 6th and 7th, but the Suns bats were unable to get the equalizer as they got one run in the 7th and left the tying run at second in the 8th. Rhett Wiseman doubled and tripled and scored twice while Ian Sagdal singled and doubled and drove in both Hagerstown runs.

Lowell 10 Auburn 3
• Watson (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Conner 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI
• Ortiz 2-3

The Spinners unraveled the Doubledays ‘pen in a six-run 6th as they took Game Two, 10-3. Tyler Watson suffered the loss with three runs let in on five hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked none. Kelvin Gutierrez and Oliver Ortiz both singled twice as Auburn was held to seven hits and one walk. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Bogucki (8th Rd.), OF Jack Sundberg (26th Rd.), and 2B Jake Noll (7th Rd.) reassigned from GCL Nationals; RHP Maximo Valerio and 2B Jake Jefferies released.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-2 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (0-0, 1.50)
Marks (2-7, 4.66)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Erie,
5:00 p.m.
Ross (3-1, 0.53) and
Whiting (0-0, 4.26) vs.
Collier (7-5, 3.22) and
Drummond (0-1, 8.79)
Potomac Lost, 12-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Mayberry (0-0, 3.00) vs.
Rodgers (2-4, 4.08)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (6-5, 2.85)
Frebis (5-7, 4.83)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-0, 1.20) vs.
Steen (0-1, 6.00)

Syracuse 9 Durham 2
• Long (W, 1-2) 7IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Glover 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Ramsey 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• den Dekker 2-5, R, HR, 5RBI

Matt den Dekker may be sweet to old ladies, but that didn’t stop him from hitting a granny to cap off a five-run 6th as the Chiefs broke a three-game losing streak with a 9-2 goring of the Bulls. Jaron Long got his first AAA win with seven innings of two-run ball on two hits and two walks while fanning seven. Caleb Ramsey also homered and singled twice while Matt Skole reached base four times with two singles and two walks to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster moves: OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington; IF Jason Martinson placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 3.

Harrisburg vs. Erie – PPD

Rain spoiled the pre-Fireworks festivities, so they’ll play two today in Harrisburg. Roster move: RHP Jonathan Papelbon MLB rehab assignment ended.

Wilmington 12 Potomac 1
• Crownover (L, 0-3) 4+ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Sanchez 4IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Schrock 2-4, 2B, 2SB

While the game was effectively over, the Blue Rocks made sure of it with a seven-run 8th in a 12-1 obliteration of the P-Nats. Matthew Crownover started and lost for third time in six starts as Wilmington connected for five runs on six hits and two walks over four-plus innings. Victor Robles provided the lone Potomac run with an opposite-field HR golfed on the second pitch of the 1st. Max Schrock (note: one syllable) extended his hit streak to nine with a single and a double while stealing two bases. Potomac managed just five hits total and was 0-for-9 with RISP.

Kannapolis 8 Hagerstown 2
• Baez (L, 5-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Hearn 1⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Lora 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Dent 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Intimidators scored eight unanswered runs as they lapped the Suns, 8-2 in the series opener. Joan Baez turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on six hits and two walks while striking out six, but lost for the sixth time. Taylor followed with a scoreless 7th but crashed and burned in the 8th as Kannapolis piled on four runs to put the game away. Edwin Lora singled, doubled, and drove in both runs to lead the Hagerstown hit column. Roster moves: RHP Jacob Howell reassigned from Auburn; RHP Robbie Dickey placed on 7-Day DL.

Auburn 4 Lowell 2
• Acevedo 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Fuentes (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3WP
• Morse (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Dulin 2-4, R
• Vilorio 1-3, R, BB

Auburn put up two-spots twice to double up Lowell, 4-2. Carlos Acevedo went the first five innings and let in a run on four hits and two walks but did not record a strikeout. The win went to Steven Fuentes, who walked none but was charged with three wild pitches, all of which contributed to the second Spinner run in the 6th. Dalton Dulin singled twice and scored a run while Luis Vilorio walked and singled to pace the Doubleday offense.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Durham,
6:05 p.m.
Long (0-2, 4.18) vs.
Schultz (5-4, 3.43)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-10 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Ross (3-1, 0.53) vs.
Drummond (0-1, 8.79)
Potomac Won, 5-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 5.33) vs.
Ray (4-2, 3.79)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-0 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (5-5, 4.34) vs.
Martinez, L (2-7, 4.62)
Auburn Won, 14-0 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (0-2, 6.75) vs.
De Jesus (2-1, 2.04)

Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Voth (L, 4-5) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K, 3HR, WP
• Harper 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4, R, SB
• Bostick 1-3, R, 2B

Back-to-back homers to open the 5th by Rochester erased an early 2-1 lead as they went on to hand the Chiefs yet another loss, 5-2. Austin Voth served up three homers total and was charged with four runs on six hit and three walks to lose for the third time in four starts. Bryan Harper followed with an inning and 2/3rds of scoreless relief but it was for naught as the Syracuse offense continues to sputter. Trea Turner and Christopher Bostick scored both runs and combined for three of four hits, with Bostick connecting for the only extra-base hit, a double in the 2nd.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 2
• Valdez ⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Simms (L, 4-4) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• N. Lee 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ward 4-5, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Rickles 3-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Difo 3-6, 2R, CS

Harrisburg saw early leads of 2-0 and 6-3 go poof in a 12-10 slugfest loss to Reading. Philips Valdez couldn’t make it out of the 1st as he retired just two of eight batters faced. He gave up three runs on four hits and two walks. John Simms left the bases loaded but was knocked for five runs over the next two innings to suffer the loss. Drew Ward led the comeback bids with two singles and two doubles and drove in three, followed by Nick Rickles (3-for-4) and Wilmer Difo (3-for-6).

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 3
• Fedde 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 4⅔ 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Orlan (SV, 9) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Schrock 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

Rain chased away both starters after one inning, but the P-Nats were able to hold the early two-run lead they took in the 1st and hold on for a 5-3 win. Gilberto Mendes got the win in relief as he turned in four and 2/3rds scoreless innings with just two hits and no walks allowed and four whiffs. R.C. Orlan closed out the game with two goose eggs, walking two and striking out three for his ninth save. Max “For Those About To” Schrock extended his hit streak to eight with a double while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos led the hit column with a pair of singles and an RBI.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 0
• Rodriguez (L, 6-4) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• VanVossen 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Lora 2-3, 2B
• Wiseman 1-4, 2B

Delmarva put up two big innings in the 5th and 7th innings as they shut out Hagerstown in the series finale, 7-0. Jefry Rodriguez lost for the fourth time as he let in four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The Suns offense was limited to five hits and one walk, with Edwin Lora the sole batter to reach base twice with a single and a double.

Auburn 14 West Virginia 0
• W. Davis (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Harmening 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perkins 2-5, 4R, 2B, BB
• Banks 3-5, 3R, 2B, SF, 3RBI
• Kerian 4-6, 2B, 4RBI

The Doubledays went to town before leaving Morgantown* as they prevented a three-game sweep of the Black Bears with a 14-0 shutout. Weston Davis allowed both West Virginia hits in the first five innings for the win, his second. Three relievers combined for near-perfect relief over the next four frames, led by Russell Harmening with two perfect innings. David Kerian drove in four runs while going 4-for-6 with a double, followed by Nick Banks’ three plated with three scores on… wait for it… three hits, as Auburn pounded out 18 hits and drew five walks.* OK, fine: technically it’s Granville, WV, but you know: poetic license #kthxbai