Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-6;
Won, 7-6
OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Hartford,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Castellani (1-1, 3.27)
Potomac Lost, 5-4
(11 inn.)
vs. Down East,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-1, 3.27) vs.
Palombo (1-0, 1.00)
Hagerstown Won, 15-6 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Watson (0-1, 4.66) vs.
Falter (0-0, 1.80)

Rochester 10 Syracuse 6 – GAME ONE
• Voth (L, 0-1) 3IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Gott 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Robinson 3-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Falu 1-2, R, BB

Austin Voth failed to make it past the 4th inning again while Syracuse’s too-late rally was too little in a 10-6 loss to Rochester. Voth was lit up for seven runs on nine hits and a walk over three innings to lose for the first time in ’17. Clint Robinson drove in three while going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to lead the Chiefs offense.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 6 – GAME TWO
• Hill 4⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Adams 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K; 1-0 IR-S
• Snyder 3-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Solano 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Joseph 3-4, RBI

The Chiefs jumped out to a 4-0 lead early and held off the Red Wings late for a 7-6 win to split the doubleheader. Taylor Hill couldn’t go the requisite five innings for the “W” and was charged with five runs on seven hits, including the fourth and five HRs he’s allowed thus far in 2017, and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings. Austin Adams was awarded the win as the most effective reliever to follow Hill as he retired four of five batters faced and did not allow an inherited runner to score. Brandon Snyder, Matt Skole, and Adrian Sanchez each homered while every Syracuse batter reached base in the 14-hit outburst.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
Harrisburg continues its seven-game, eight-day road trip with four games in Hartford.

Wilmington 5 Potomac 4 (11 inn.)
• Estevez 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, HBP
• Schepel (BS, 1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• Mayberry (L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Wiseman 2-3, R, 3BB, CS
• Carey 2-5, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI

Potomac got the tying and winning run on base with nobody out in the bottom of the 11th but couldn’t hit the ball out of the infield to get the equalizer as they fell to Wilmington in extras, 5-4 and dropped the series, 3-1. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez turned in a strong start, pitching six innings of one-run ball on two hits (one solo HR) and two walks while fanning four. Rhett Wiseman singled twice, walked three times (once intentionally) to lead the Potomac offense, which left 14 runners on base and went just 2-for-15 with RISP.

Hagerstown 15 Delmarva 6
• C. Pena (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Pantoja 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Corredor 3-3, 2R, 3-2B, 2BB
• Johnson 3-5, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Neuse 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

The Suns put up four spots three times in the final four innings to turn a 2-1 pitcher’s duel into a 15-6 demolition of the Shorebirds. Carlos Pena got the win with one run let in over five innings pitched on five hits and two walks. Matt DeRosier was dinged for the final five Delmarva runs on four hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings in his 2017 debut while Jorge Pantoja got the final five outs with just one hit allowed. Dan Johnson hit his Sally Lg.-leading fifth HR and drove in three while Sheldon Neuse (second) and Jake Noll (third) also went deep in the 15-hit, seven-walk assault.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Hill (0-1, 9.64) and
Voth (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Wheeler (0-1, 7.20) and
Slegers (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Wilmington,
1:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 13.50) vs.
Castillo (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
C. Peña (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Humpal (0-0, 0.75)

Syracuse vs. Rochester – PPD
Yesterday’s tilt between the Chiefs and Red Wings was rained out. They’ll try to make it up today with a doubleheader.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 4
• Ross (W, 2-0) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Valdez (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Read 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Collier 2-5, 2-2B
• Keller 2-5, 2B

Harrisburg exploded for six runs in the 5th and cruised to a 7-4 win over Bowie in the series finale. Greg Ross got the Jack Morris win with all four Baysox runs allowed on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Phillips Valdez and Wander Suero each turned in two scoreless to earn the hold and save, respectively. Raudy Read singled and homered while Zach Collier doubled twice to lead the Sens’ 12-hit, seven-walk offense.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 3
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 2H, 6R, 4ER, 7BB, 0K
• Guilbeau 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 3-4, R, RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2B, BB

Joan Baez was off again Last Night in Woodbridge.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 0
• Davis (L, 0-2) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Bourque 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Franco 2-4
The Suns outhit the Shorebirds, 9-7, but were shut out 6-0. Weston Davis was dinged for all six runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. James Borque followed with three perfect innings of relief. Anderson Franco was the sole batter to reach base twice as Hagerstown did not draw a walk and was 1-for-9 with RISP, the “one” coming in the 3rd inning with Daniel Johnson connecting for a third straight single but Franco getting thrown out at home.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Hill (0-1, 9.64) vs.
Wheeler (0-1, 7.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
G. Ross vs.
Scott (0-0, 3.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Baez (0-0, 6.23) vs.
Puckett (0-1, 1.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Davis (0-1, 11.25)
Wells (0-1, 3.60)

Syracuse 3 Rochester 2
• J. Turner 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Antolin (W, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Joseph 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

Corban Joseph’s second double of the game was hit hard enough to score Matt Skole from second as Syracuse rallied in the 9th to edge Rochester, 3-2 in the series opener. Jacob Turner got the start and somehow did not walk a batter in five innings. Instead he scattered nine hits and let in just two runs while striking out five. Neal Cotts (2IP), Dustin Antolin (1IP), and Joe Nathan (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings of relief, with the win going to Antolin and save going to Nathan [insert obligatory remark about how Nathan is Xth on all-time list of this specious stat here]. Rafael Bautista also had multiple hits as the Chiefs racked up more hits (9) than strikeouts (8).

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 2
• Williams (L, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Johansen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• N. Soto 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The BaySox pitchers outdueled the Senators for 3-2 win on Friday night. Austen Williams gave up all three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings as the losing pitcher. Jake Johansen followed with two perfect innings and Mark Blackmar set the side down in order in the 8th. The Harrisburg hitters got a solo HR from Neftali Soto in the 4th and a gift run in the sixth as the first Bowie error put Andrew Stevenson on and the second enabled him to score from first on Alec Keller’s single. Raudy Read notched the fourth and final Sens hit with two out in the 9th, which ended on a groundout to third base.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 3
• Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Borne (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lora 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Unsung hero Taylor Gushue continues to sing, driving in all three runs Last Night in Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry assigned from Extended Spring Spraining; RHP Dakota Bacus placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 2
• M. Mills (L, 1-1) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, 2HBP
• Held 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J. Soto 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Johnson 1-4, R, 2SB

Juan Soto drove in the two runs with three hits, including his second HR, but Delmarva answered back seven times for a 7-2 win over Hagerstown. McKenzie Mills went the first five, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks. He hit two batters and struck out seven. The Suns not named Soto managed just four singles and no walks and were AWOL with RISP (0-for-8, five LOB).
Roster moves: RHP Matt DeRosier assigned from Extended Spring Spraining; RHP Carlos Acevedo placed on the 7-Day DL.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
J. Turner(0-0, 2.45) vs.
Tepesch (1-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Blackmar (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Hess (0-0, 5.40)
Potomac Won, 6-4 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Ogando (0-0, 13.50)
Hagerstown Won, 12-5 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Seabrooke (0-1, 27.00)

Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 0
• J. Ross 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Adams (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B, 2K
• Robinson 1-2, RBI, 2BB

Joe Ross rebounded from the beating he took last week to throw seven innings of one-run ball on six hits, no walks, and six strikeouts. His teammates supported with one run and four hits total as the Chiefs lost in the 9th, 2-1 to the PawSox. A two-base error put the winning run on 2nd and Pawtucket cashed it in on a bloop single with two outs to take the game, 2-1 and the series, 3-1. Rafael Bautista singled and doubled and scored on Clint Robinson’s RBI single in the 6th. Joey Butler doubled to round out the Syracuse hit column. Roster move: IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 5 Harrisburg 4
• Fedde 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K, HBP
• Self (BS, 1) 4BF, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K
• Cordero (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Read 2-4, 2-2B
• Stevenson 2-5, R, 2K
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, SF, 3RBI

Erick Fedde tossed another six scoreless innings but the Harrisburg ‘pen couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead as Bowie knifed ’em in the 9th for a 5-4 walkoff win. Fedde gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out four. Derek Self put all four runners on base he faced while Ryan Brinley let in both inherited runners to fall behind 4-2. Drew Ward’s two-run HR in the 9th tied it but Jimmy Cordero did his best imitation of Rafael Soriano with two walks, two hits, and the winning run allowed. Raudy Read (single, two doubles) and Stephen Perez (double, two walks) both reached base three times to lead the Sens offense. Roster move: OF Zach Collier activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 4
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Borne (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lora 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Sagdal 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Bryan Mejia and Taylor Gushue both homered while Hector Silvestre turned in six serviceable innings as the P-Nats took the series opener from the Blue Rocks, 6-4. Silvestre allowed all four runs on eight hits and no walks and struck out three. Grant Borne shut down Wilmington over the final three innings for the save, his first of the year. Edwin Lora reached base four times on three singles and a walk while Ian Sagdal singled twice and walked once to lead the Potomac hit parade. Victor Robles left the game in the top of the 4th with an apparent leg injury, which he appeared to suffer chasing down the first Wilmington triple, then aggravate running down the second Blue Rocks triple. Don’t worry he also got hit by a pitch, too.

Hagerstown 12 Delmarva 5
• Acevedo 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, 2BK
• Simonds (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, 1-1 IR-S
• C. Kieboom 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2K
• Barrera 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI

A seven-run third inning put this one away early as the Suns took their fourth straight, 12-5 from the Shorebirds. Carlos Acevedo got the start but couldn’t make it out of the 4th as he let in two runs on two hits and a walk, though he did strike out five. The win went to Kyle Simonds with three and a 1/3rd innings of one-run relief on four hits, no walks, and seven whiffs. Carter Kieboom singled twice and doubled once to raise his Sally Lg.-leading BA to .483 while Tres Barrera, Dan Johnson, and Jake Noll each homered to lead the Hagerstown assault.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Suns score seven in the 8th, complete a three-game sweep

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
J. Ross (0-1, 10.13) vs.
B. Johnson (0-0, 2.25)
Harrisburg Won, 6-0 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Fedde (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Means (1-0, 1.50)
Potomac Won, 5-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Blewett (0-0, 5.40)
Hagerstown Won, 10-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Acevedo (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Dietz (0-0, 9.00)

Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 0
• Grace (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Cotts 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-3, BB
• Falu 1-3, 2B

Brian Goodwin singled twice and walked in four PA’s Irving Falu doubled once in three AB’s. The rest of the lineup was 1-for-24 with two walks as Pawtucket shut out Syracuse, 6-0. Matt Grace made the spot start and was knocked for the first three PawSox runs on six hits, including a leadoff HR, over three innings to suffer the loss. Trevor Gott gave up the last three runs over an inning and 2/3rds before Neal Cotts, who had the Mott’s, got the last out and stranded two to end the 5th. Cotts, Joe Nathan, and Mike Broadway kept Pwatucket off the board the rest of the way, but the offense never responded. Roster move: IF Grant Green selected by, recalled to Washington; no corresponding move yet.

Harrisburg 6 Hartford 0
• Long (W, 1-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Lara (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Suero 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• N. Soto 2-3, R, RBI, BB
• Lisson 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Hernandez 2-4, 2B, 3RBI

Three Senators pitchers combined on a five-hit, 6-0 shutout of Hartford. The BABIP gods were on the side of Jaron Long (6IP), Braulio Lara (2IP), and Wander Suero (1IP) as the trio struck out just two batters, and got some “help” as Yard Goats’ Max White tried for an inside-the-park HR with two outs in 3rd but was gunned down at home. Veterans Neftali Soto and Mario Lisson both went 2-for-3 with a walk while Yadiel Hernandez drove in three with a two-out, three-run double to cap off a four-run 8th.

Potomac 5 Frederick 3
• Reyes (W, 1-1) 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR, 2WP
• Bacus (S, 1) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Gushue 3-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Lora 2-3, BB, CS
• Robles 2-4, R, SB, OF assist @ 2B

Potomac rallied for two in the 9th and it turned out to be the difference in a 5-3 win over Frederick. Taylor Gushue drove in four runs with an Earl Weaver special in the 5th—the only hit with RISP in 12 chances—and a sac fly in the 9th. The P-Nats collected 12 hits but struck out 13 times, with Gushue leading the hit column with three and Dale Carey cooling the IF with three whiffs. Luis Reyes evened up his won-loss record with a quality start of two runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out five. Dakota Bacus closed it out with three innings pitched and one run let in on a solo HR in the 9th.

Hagerstown 10 Lakewood 2
• Watson 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K, HR, HBP
• Pantoja (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perkins 2-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Soto 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Banks 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI

The Suns boiled the Blue Claws bullpen for eight runs, including seven in the 8th, for 10-2 win and a three-game sweep. Tyler Watson turned in five runs of two-run ball on five hits with three walks and seven K’s but got a no-decision. Jorge Pantoja was the winning pitcher with three scoreless innings. Juan Soto and Nick Banks both homered, drove in three, and went 3-for-5 while Blake Perkins singled, doubled, and walked twice to lead the ten-hit, seven-walk Hagerstown offense.

Monday’s News & Notes

Looks like The Onion didn’t find the game all that, um, appealing
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 10-4
@ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Voth (7-9, 3.15 in ’16) vs.
Kendrick (6-5, 4.73 in ’16)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Hartford,
6:30 p.m.
G. Ross (5-1, 0.83 in ’16) vs.
Niebla (0-1, 5.30 in ’16)
Potomac Won, 8-7 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
J. Baez (9-7, 3.94 @ A- in ’16) vs.
Alvarado (10-9, 3.41 @ A- in ’16)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-3 vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
C. Pena (2-2, 2.95 @ GCL in ’16) vs.
Fanti (7-0, 1.57 @ GCL in ’16)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 2
• J. Turner 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Grace (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, 3-0 IR-S
• Martin (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 3R ,3ER, 3BB, 1K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-4, RBI, SB, CS
• Snyder 2-3

Rafael Martin was in midseason form as he let in the last five runs over an inning and a third to turn a 2-1 Chiefs lead into a 6-2 loss to the Red Wings. Jacob Turner got the start and was lifted after loading the bases with two out in the 4th. Matt Grace got the last out and stranded all three runners but was responsible for the go-ahead run that came in on a two-run homer served up by Martin. Brian Goodwin led the Syracuse hit column with 3-for-4 game, followed by Brandon Snyder at 2-for-3.

Rochester 10 Syracuse 4
• Hill 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K, 3HR, HBP
• Antolin 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Falu 1-2, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse dropped a third straight game to Rochester, 10-4. Taylor Hill was lit up for five runs on eight hits (three HR) over four and 2/3rds innings. He hit one batter, walked none and struck out four. Irving Falu, Clint Robinson, Brandon Snyder, and Matt Skole each hit solo shots to make the most of just six hits and no walks drawn by the Chiefs offense. Roster move: RHP Matt Albers selected and recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 2
• Williams (W, 1-0) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 9K, HBP
• Lara (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• N. Soto 2-4, R
• Stevenson 2-4, 3RBI, 2CS

Raudy Read’s three-run HR in the last of the 6th erased a 2-0 deficit as Harrisburg tripled up Altoona, 6-2 to split the four-game series. Austen Williams got the win with a quality start of two runs on five hits and no walks in six innings pitched. He struck out nine. Andrew Stevenson also drove in three with a pair of singles, though he was caught stealing twice. Neftali Soto was third Senator with multiple hits in Harrisburg’s ten-hit parade.

Potomac 8 Wilmington 7
• Rodriguez 4IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, 3WP; 82-56 PIT-K
• Crownover (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 4-5, 2B, RBI
• Robles 3-4, 4R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Sagdal 2-5, R, HR, RBI

The P-Nats outslugged and outlasted the Blue Rocks to take the game, 8-7, and the series, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez labored through four innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk. He struck out five and was charged with three wild pitches. Matt Crownover got the win in relief, with one run allowed on two hits and two walks over three innings. Victor Robles reached base four times, scored four times, and was a triple shy of the cycle while Kelvin Gutierrez stroked three singles and a double to lead Potomac’s 15-hit offense.

Asheville 11 Hagerstown 3
• Davis (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 3HR, BK, HBP
• Noll 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Banks 2-4

Asheville returned the favor from the second game of last night’s doubleheader and thrashed Hagerstown 11-3 to split the four-game series. Weston Davis worked a scoreless 1st before giving up runs in each of the next three innings. He gave up five runs on three HR’s and six hits total over four innings. He walked one, struck out one, and hit a batter. Blake Perkins and Nick Banks both singled twice while Jake Noll singled, doubled, and drove in a run. Roster move: LHP Jordan Mills assigned from Washington; no corresponding move yet.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Carter Kieboom, Edwin Lora both homer in the late innings to decide one-run games

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-0 vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
J. Turner, (4-7, 4.71 in ’16) and
Hill (6-13, 4.60 in ’16) vs.
Tepesch (8-4, 3.96 in ’16) and
TBD
Harrisburg Won, 6-5;
Lost, 5-1
vs. Altoona,
1:30 p.m.
Williams (1-7, 5.68 in ’16) vs.
Brubaker (2-6, 5.32 @ A+ in ’16)
Potomac Won, 4-3
(12 inn.)
@ Wilmington,
1:35 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (7-11, 4.96 @ A-in ’16) vs.
Blewett (7-10, 3.80 @ A- in ’16)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1;
Won, 16-2
vs. Asheville,
2:05 p.m.
Davis (3-6, 2.67 @ SS-A in ’16) vs.
Pint (1-5, 5.35 @ Adv. Rk. in ’16)

Rochester 10 Syracuse 0
• J. Ross (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, WP; 75-47 PIT-K
• Adams 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Skole 1-3, 2B
• Bautista 1-4, 2B

The only thing colder than the weather was the Syracuse lineup, as two Rochester pitchers combined for a four-hitter and a 10-0 shutout in the AAA opener for both teams. Joe Ross did not exactly make the case to come back to DC sooner than the minimum as he was, um, winged for four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks over just two and 2/3rds innings. The Red Wings put the game away with a six-run 7th, including a grand slam off Mike Broadway. Matt Skole (pictured above) and Rafael Bautista both doubled, while Pedro Severino and Grant Green singled to compose the Chiefs’ hit column. Roster move: OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington; the corresponding move has not been announced yet.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 4 – GAME ONE
• Fedde (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K,
• Brinley (SV, 1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ward 1-2, 2R, 2B, HBP
• N. Soto 2-3, 2R, RBI
• A. Sanchez 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Erick Fedde pitched five strong innings while Adrian Sanchez highlighted a four-run 4th with a three-run bomb as the Senators straightened the Curve, 6-4 in the opener. Fedde let in an unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out five to earn his first “W” of the season. Wander Suero nearly blew a 6-1 lead as he coughed up three runs in the 7th. Ryan Brinley came on to get the final out by way of the K to earn the save. Raudy Read drove in two with a double while Neftali Soto singled twice to plate one as the Harrisburg lineup got six runs on six hits and two walks.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 1 – GAME TWO
• Blackmar (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Valdez 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• S. Kieboom 1-3, 2B, 2K
• Hernandez 1-3, RBI

Altoona got three runs in the 1st and it was more than enough to split the doubleheader for a 5-1 win over Harrisburg. Mark Blackmar went the first four innings, giving up the aforementioned three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three to take the loss. Spencer Kieboom had the sole extra-base hit while Yadiel Hernandez drove in the Senators’ only run with a 2nd-inning groundout. Harrisburg had just five hits and two walks total with nobody reaching twice.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 (12 inn.)
• Silvestre 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Borne 4⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Bacus 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lora 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI, CS

Edwin Lora’s ninth career HR broke a 3-3 deadlock as the P-Nats edged the Blur Rocks, 4-3 in 12 innings. Hector Silvestre got the start but was dinged for all three Wilmington runs on four hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out five but was lifted after 83 pitches. Grant Borne led the eight innings of shutout ball tossed by the Potomac ‘pen, with four and 2/3rds turned in. Veterans Kyle Schepel and Dakota Bacus both stranded two runners with two outs in the 9th and 11th innings respectively with Bacus picking up the win. Bryan Mejia also homered (career no. 14) as both he and Lora went 2-for-5 to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 2 Asheville 1 – GAME ONE
• Acevedo 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Held (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Perkins 1-3, R
• C. Kieboom 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Carter Kieboom’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 6th broke up the Star Trek Convention on the Municipal Stadium scoreboard as Hagerstown took the opening game of the doubleheader, 2-1. Asheville nearly got both runs back as back-to-back singles and Juan Soto’s second error in as many games put the tying runs in scoring position with nobody out. Sam Held settled down to get two grounders, one plating the lone Tourist run, and struck out the final batter with the tying run on third. Suns starter Carlos Acevedo pitched five scoreless innings with just three hits allowed in his first no-decision of ’17.

Hagerstown 16 Asheville 1 – GAME TWO
• Mills (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, 3WP
• Bourque 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-3, 2R, 2HR, BB, 5RBI
• Perkins 3-5, 2R
• J. Soto 3-3, 3R, BB, K

Like a mid-’80s Mike Tyson, the Suns hit ’em hard, early, and often in the nightcap for 16-2 demolition, and a doubleheader sweep. Daniel Johnson and Sheldon Neuse both drove in five, with Johnson smacking two homers and Neuse connecting for a grand slam, as the Hagerstown lineup strafed the Asheveille pitchers for 14 hits and four walks. Blake Perkins and Juan Soto both had three hits while Angelo La Bruna was the beer man with an 0-for-4 night.

Saturday’s News & Notes

No rain… but still a washout.

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
J. Ross, (0-2, 4.35 in ’16) vs.
Berrios (10-5, 2.51 in ’16)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Fedde (2-1, 3.99 in ’16) and
Blackmar (4-5, 5.37) vs.
Waddell (7-9, 4.12 in ’16) and
Coley (12-10, 4.65 @ A+ in ’16)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 2.08 in ’16) vs.
Blewett (8-11, 4.31 @ A- in ’16)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-1 vs. Asheville,
4:05 p.m.
Mills (4-5, 3.71 @ SS-A in ’16) and
Acevedo (2-5, 3.45 @ SS-A in ’16) vs.
Santos (6-4, 4.16 @ SS-A in ’16) and
Baker (3-4, 6.00 @ Adv. Rk. in ’16)

Syracuse – PPD
Joe Ross will make the first of one, perhaps two starts, for Syracuse today while he awaits his recall to MLB.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 3
• Long (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 7K, HBP
• Self 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Stevenson 2-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI, SB
• Ward 2-4, 2B, SF, RBI

Errors (five) and missed opportunities (1-for-8 RISP, 10 LOB, 14K) were the name of the game last night in Harrisburg, as the Senators fell behind 2-0 early and never could catch up. Jaron Long took the loss, giving up four runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk over five innings. Andrew Stevenson reached base four times with a pair of singles and two walks, and was among five Sens to collect two hits, joining Drew Ward, Neftali Soto, Alec Keller, and Adrian Sanchez in the hit parade. Derek Self tossed two scoreless innings to lead the bullpen.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 5IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 6BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Guilbeau 3IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 7K, HR
• Wiseman 1-4, R, 2B
• Mejia 1-4, 2B

The Blue Rocks broke through for four runs in the 6th to open up a 2-1 game and cruised to a 6-2 defeat of the P-Nats. Luis Reyes walked six and hit a batter but gave up just one hit over five innings, but that was enough to wear the loss. Taylor Guilbeau struck out seven but was lit up for the aforementioned four—three by way of an Earl Weaver special—in his first of three innings pitched. Rhett Wiseman and Bryan Mejia both doubled but the Potomac hitters were held to just five hits and one walk and struck out 13 times.

Asheville 11 Hagerstown 1
• Watson (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR, 2WP
• Pantoja 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• C. Kieboom 2-3, BB
• Soto 2-4

Asheville also went to town on the Hagerstown bullpen, scoring eight runs in the late innings en route to an 11-1 thrashing. Tyler Watson allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings to suffer the loss. Mick VanVossen was dinged for three runs in the 7th while Sterling Sharp wasn’t, giving up five in the 8th. Carter Kieboom and Juan Soto both had two singles and an error as the Suns committed five total on the night. Jake Noll’s solo HR in the 4th prevented the shutout as the offense had just seven hits and four RISP opportunities.

AFL/Offseason Update: Oct. 15, 2016

andrew-stevenson-10-14-16It was a light night for the Nats in last night’s 8-7 loss by Glendale to Scottsdale.

Andrew Stevenson was the only prospect to appear, as the 22-y.o. started, batted ninth, and played left field for the Desert Dogs. At the plate, he went 0-for-4 while grounding into a double play. In the field, he had two putouts and fielded four singles.

The loss drops Glendale to .500 with a 2-2 mark. They’ll close out Week 1 with a home game this afternoon against Salt River.
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BA TOP PROSPECT LISTS

Despite having exhausted his rookie eligibility – the generally accepted, least arbitrary way to end prospect status – Baseball America continued its practice of ignoring this standard when it suits them to name Trea Turner the #1 “prospect” in the International League. A.J. Cole, who turns 25 in January, came in at #20.

TRANSACTION UPDATE
Still the slow season as folks await the World Series to end for full-fledged free agency to begin…
• Signed – OF Yadiel Hernandez (scouting report)
• Re-signed – IF Adrian Sanchez
• Released – RHP Bronson Arroyo

WINTER LEAGUE SIGHTINGS
It’s too early to list any stats, but for those desperate for something to talk about…
• Mexico – 1B-3B Matt Skole,
• Venezuela – RHPs Mitch Lively, Greg Ross, and Boone Whiting

THE HAGERSTOWN SUNS

We’re now in the full-season territory, where the sample sizes are larger and (Auburn excepted) there’s some actual local media coverage. I have a spy in Hagerstown, who has made posts about the Suns hitters and pitchers upon my request.

Disclosure: Shawn is not a fan of Washington teams, which is perfectly fine because only the Nielsen folks consider Western Maryland part of the DC-Baltimore market. I can relate, having grown up in Western Massachusetts, where some folks were fans of NY teams (particularly in football and hockey, thanks to Hartford and its top AHL team being in Springfield) because that’s who you could see if you didn’t have cable TV.

The Suns got back on the horse and played winning baseball from wire-to-wire, winning the first half by slimmest possible margin (½ game) and finishing second in the second half by five games to the Blue Claws, who swept them in the first round, two games to none.

Hagerstown was the #1 offense in the Sally League (4.77 R/G), buoyed by the likes of Victor Robles and Max “For Those About To” Schrock, and got league-average pitching from a mixed bag of pitchers and league-average defense (one interesting caveat: Hagerstown allowed the least number of stolen bases while throwing out 35% of those that did attempt to steal).

Now, for the obligatory Top 5’s…

TOP 5 BATS TOP 5 ARMS
1. Victor Robles, CF
.297 GPA, .459 SLG%
1. Jorge Pantoja, RHRP
2.63/2.67/1.15, 1.65 BB/9
2. Max Schrock, 2B
.286 GPA, 22BB, 20K in 67G
2. Tommy Peterson, RHRP
2.11/2.85/0.89, 0.70 BB/9
3. Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B
.259 GPA, 19SB in 96G
3. Grant Borne, LHRP
3.34/3.35/1.20, 4.18 K:BB ratio
4. Austin Davidson, 3B/2B
.283 GPA, .473 SLG%
4. Andrew Lee, RHSP
3.71/3.15/1.24, 1HR in 51 IP
5. Ian Sagdal, 2B
.281 GPA, .303 BA, 30 doubles
5. Taylor Guilbeau, LHP
3.61/3.15/1.32, 8.3 K/9

Obviously, I’m probably giving short shrift to Rhett Wiseman again, but I also thought it’d be specious to skip over Schrock simply because he’s no longer in the organization. Had I gotten to see him in person, perhaps I might have slotted him ahead of the older, less talented players, i.e. like I did with Gutierrez.

It’s also worth noting that the tilt towards relievers on this list is an argument regarding performance vs. potential. The Nats kept giving the ball to the Dominican trio of Joan Baez, Jefry Rodriguez, and Pedro Avila—who started 72 games and went 23-25, 4.17 ERA combined—for a reason.

Again, this where we need to remind ourselves that development is the goal, and winning is nice but not necessary. As always, folks interested in seeing the full stats, are directed here.

Hagerstown, Potomac Eliminated From the Playoffs

So LongBoth Potomac and Hagerstown lost last night and were eliminated from the playoffs to close the books on the 2016 Washington Nationals minor league season.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 1
• Crownover (L, 0-1) 6+ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Orlan 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2B
• Page 1-3, BB

The P-Nats never led this one, falling behind 1-0 after four innings and 3-0 after seven. They got the tying runs to the plate in both the 8th and 9th innings, but plated just one run with Bryan Mejia’s two-out double in the 9th. For the game, Potomac was 1-for-9 with RISP and left on seven. Osvaldo Abreu was the sole batter not to whiff as the P-Nat batters fanned 12 times total, including three times swinging in the 1st.

Matthew Crownover did his part, pitching into the 7th and giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out four, but was saddled with the loss. Gilberto Mendez came on with a runner on first that reached on Raudy Read error and retired just one of three batters before Lynchburg sent him packing with a two-run homer that proved to be the difference. R.C. Orlan got the last five outs in as many batters faced, but the offense couldn’t match his effort.

The loss was the first time Potomac had failed to reach the Mills Cup finals since 2011, when the P-Nats fell to the Keys 3-2 in the then (much more fair) best-of-five Divisional series. Lynchburg will now face the defending Carolina League champs Myrtle Beach, which upset (well, see previous parenthetical) Salem to win both Game 3 and the C.L. South Division series, 2-1.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 2
• Watson (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Beckwith 2-3, RBI

Likewise, Hagerstown fell behind 2-0 before they even came to bat and were never able to catch Lakewood, which took the game, 5-2 and swept the series, 2-0. Tyler Watson, who was making just his fifth Low-A start, was predictably knocked around for three runs on six hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings to wear the “L.” Jake Johansen got the last out of the 5th and pitched into the 7th before he ran out of gas. He left with runners on first and second but Mariano Rivera could not strand them as he gave up a two-out, two-run triple that effectively put the game out of reach.

Offensively, the Suns did little after Ian Sagdal led off the game with a HR to cut the deficit to 2-1. Blake Perkins followed with a single but a double play stopped the momentum, as did twin-killings in the 5th and 6th innings. Hagerstown managed just seven hits total and drew just one walk. The heart of the lineup – nos. three through seven – went 0-for-17 and accounted for four of the six batting strikeouts and both runners stranded in scoring position with two outs.

The first-round exit was the first for Hagerstown since 2012, when they were also swept by Greensboro. Lakewood gets an extra day off as they await the outcome of the Sally South series, which was tied up when Rome blew a 3-0 lead and lost 4-3 to Charleston to force a Game 3 tonight.