Day Tripping the Nats Affiliates: Hagerstown

Part Two of Four from Guest/Author, Walt Triebel

By Walter Triebel, Author of
Road-Tripping the South Atlantic League:
A Guide to the Teams, Ballparks, and Cities

Available on Amazon

Hagerstown, Maryland has a long history relative to professional baseball and is the home of one of the historic ballparks of the South Atlantic League—Municipal Stadium. Professional teams have called the city home as early as the mid-1890s and the first game played in Municipal Stadium was on May 8, 1930.

Two thousand and seventeen is the thirty-seventh consecutive year that a Suns team has played at the ballpark. Those teams played in the Carolina League, Eastern League, and today the South Atlantic League. During the South Atlantic League years, the Hagerstown Suns have been the Minor League affiliate of the Blue Jays, Giants, Mets, and for the last eleven baseball seasons, the Washington Nationals

Municipal Stadium ranks as the third-oldest ballpark in the United States to be actively used by a Minor League baseball club. The stadium has undergone many renovations over the years and is an old, but quite interesting venue to view a ballgame. The area behind home plate from which the photo above was shot is a classic covered grandstand seating area.

Food concessions and the team store are on a concourse located behind that grandstand. Toward the left field end of the concourse is an area without formal seating that permits you to watch the game from the outfield fence. That is the location of a Beer Garden, which is an interesting area set up with high tables and picnic tables. This is a nice vantage point from which to casually watch the play of the game on the field.

As mentioned in Part 1, a key goal of this Washington Nationals Minor League Baseball Road Trip is to see some of the Nationals top prospects tuning their fielding, batting, and pitching skills on the field at Municipal Stadium. During the Nationals years, a number of future Major Leaguers played for the Suns and advanced to become successful in the majors. For example, both Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper were on the roster of the Hagerstown Suns during the 2011 season.

The table above lists the nine Washington National 2017 MLB Preseason Top 30 Prospects that began the season on the Hagerstown Suns roster. The table includes their MLB WSH prospect ranking, position, whether they throw right- or left-handed, bat from the right or left side of the plate or switch hit, the team or teams for which they played during the 2016 season, and the class and league of that/those team(s). For example, right hand hitting right fielder Juan Soto, who is the Nationals’ #3 ranked prospect, played for both the GCL Nationals in the Gulf Coast League (rookie class) and Auburn Doubledays in the New York-Penn League (short-season class A) during the 2016 season. Note that two more of the Nats top 10 prospects, shortstop Carter Kieboom and third baseman Sheldon Neuse are also members of the Suns roster.

In Hagerstown’s 2017 season opener at Municipal Stadium on Friday April 7th, the Suns had seven field players from the MLB.com Nats Top 30 prospects list in the batting order and an eighth as their starting pitcher. The top of their batting order was Blake Perkins (#14) leading off and playing center field, Carter Kieboom (#4) at shortstop and hitting second, Juan Soto (#3) in the number three slot and playing right field, and Sheldon Neuse (#6) at third base and batting cleanup. Meanwhile, left hander Tyler Watson (#17) took the mound as their starter.

As the 2017 season unfolds, Hagerstown Suns and Washington Nationals fans will have the opportunity to see those nine top 30 prospects continue to work on refining their game on the field at Municipal Stadium with the goal of advancing up through the Nationals’ Minor League organization and eventually make their Major League debut.

For Suns fans that live in or near Hagerstown, it is quite simple to attend a home game of the Suns at Municipal Stadium on any day during the season that fits their plans. However, for those that are traveling from a location near the Potomac Nationals, Harrisburg Senators, Washington Nationals ballparks, or possibly another area, my recommendation is to try to see the Hagerstown Suns playing a day game. This would give you some daylight time to explore the area and ballpark. Check the travel matrix in Part 1 of this post for an estimate of the travel distance and time for your day trip to attend a Suns game at Municipal Stadium.

A quick look at the Suns schedule on their official website shows that they play all of their Sunday home games at 2:05PM. Moreover, they have one weekday game during each month of the season either in the morning (10:35AM.) or afternoon (2:05PM or 4PM). Check the 2017 schedule on the Hagerstown Suns official website for specific dates and visiting teams.

For Washington Nationals, Potomac Nationals, and Harrisburg Senators fans making a day trip to Hagerstown to attend a Suns home game, here is a short list of attractions to see in the city and a few interesting places to stop for lunch or dinner. Similar information will be provided for the Potomac Nationals and Harrisburg Senators in Parts 3 and 4, respectively.

Attractions In Hagerstown
• Public Square/Historic Downtown Hagerstown, 12 Public Square
• Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 296 S. Burhans Blvd.
• Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St.

Dining In Hagerstown
• Rhubarb House, 12 Public Square
• Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant, 58 S. Potomac St.
• Stadium Grill and Tavern, 401 S. Cannon Ave.
• Public Square Café, 2 W. Washington St.
• Benny’s Pub-Antietam Brewery, 49 Eastern Blvd.

In the next post, I will look at the Potomac Nationals, their home ballpark G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, the Washington National 2017 Top 30 Prospects who started the season on the P-Nats roster, and some travel plans to attend a home game at their ballpark.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Charlotte,
6:05 p.m.
Voth (1-4, 4.73) and Cole (1-1, 6.59) vs.
Giolito (1-5, 6.41) and Danish (1-3, 3.15)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 @ Erie,
11:05 a.m.
Simms (2-2, 3.50) vs.
Lewicki (2-2, 4.54)
Potomac Won, 11-7;
Won, 7-4
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (1-2, 5.50) vs.
B. Gonzalez (2-3, 4.58)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0;
Lost, 2-1
@ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Escobar (3-2, 4.54)

Syracuse vs. Charlotte – PPD
Wet grounds forced the postponement of last night’s game in Charlotte. They’ll try to make it up with a doubleheader tonight. Roster moves: OF Brian Goodwin recalled to Washington; OF Rafael Bautista placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 5
• Williams 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Fedde (W, 3-3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Robinson (S, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos 3-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-4, 2R, BB, SB
• N. Soto 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Neftali Soto’s homer in the 7th proved to be the gamewinner in a 6-5 slugfest taken by Harrisburg. Austen Williams started but was ineffective, giving up all five Erie runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. Erick Fedde got the benefit of the Soto shot, picking up the win for a single scoreless inning pitched in the 6th. It was his first clean outing as a reliever. Andrew Robinson stranded a runner while getting the last two outs in the 8th and pitched a scoreless 9th for his first save of the season. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos reached base four times and homered again to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 11 Frederick 7 – GAME ONE
• Silvestre (W, 4-1) 5IP, 11H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 5K, 4HR
• Schepel 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Davidson 3-4, 2-2B
• Lora 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Sagdal 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI

A seven-run 5th papered over a horrific start by Hector Silvestre as the P-Nats took the opener, 11-7. Silvestre was strafed for 11 hits and four home runs while giving up all seven Keys runs over five innings. He still got the win, his fourth, while Kyle Schepel closed it out with two scoreless innings. Austin Davidson led the Potomac hit column with a single and two doubles, followed by Edwin Lora and Ian Sagdal, who both went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Potomac 7 Frederick 4 – GAME TWO
• Estevez (W, 3-3) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (S, 3) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Page 2-2, BB, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, R
• Sundberg 2-4, 2R, SB

Edwin Lora’s grand slam powered a five-run 4th as the P-Nats took the nightcap, 7-4. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez spun six innings of one-run ball on seven hits and two walks while setting down three on strikes. Jorge Pantoja cut the Potomac lead in half with three runs given up on three hits and a walk in 2/3rds of an inning before Gilberto Mendez came on to strike out the final batter in the 7th and earn his third save. Matt Page, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Jack Sundberg each had two singles in an eight-hit, three-walk offense.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 0 – GAME ONE
• Watson (W, 4-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Neuse 3-4
• Johnson 2-4, 2R

Tyler Watson and Tommy Peterson combined on a three-hit shutout of the Shorebirds, 4-0. Watson picked up his fourth win with six innings pitched, two hits and one walk allowed, and five whiffs. Peterson worked around a single in the 7th to put up the final goose egg. Sheldon Neuse singled three times while Daniel Johnson singled twice and scored twice to lead the Suns attack.

Delmarva 2 Hagerstown 1 – GAME TWO
• Ramirez 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Fuentes (L, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Perkins 2-4, R
• Neuse 2-3, 2B

The Shorebirds walked off in the second game for a 2-1 win to split the doubleheader and prevent the three-gam sweep. Yonathan Ramirez made the spot start and limited Delmarva to one run over three innings on three hits. Steven Fuentes followed and was handed the loss with a run let in with two outs in the 7th, He gave up five hits and two walks total. Blake Perkins and Sheldon Neuse each had two hits but the rest of the team was just 1-for-19. Roster move: RHP Mick VanVossen placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to May 19.

Day Tripping the DC-area Nats Affiliates

Part One of Four from Guest/Author, Walt Triebel

Municipal StadiumFNB Field

By Walter Triebel, Author of
Road-Tripping the South Atlantic League:
A Guide to the Teams, Ballparks, and Cities

Available on Amazon

The theme of this four-part series of posts is a limited Washington Nationals Minor League Baseball Road Trip. The table below lists the six American-based farm clubs in the Washington Nationals Minor League organization. Three of them, the Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League, class A), Potomac Nationals (Carolina League, advanced class A), and Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League, class AA), are located in adjoining states—Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The proximity of the ballparks of those three clubs to each other and to the Washington, DC area offers an interesting opportunity for fans of the Nationals and those of these three Minor League affiliates. That is, they are all located within what I consider day-tripping distance and drive time of each other. My metric is that if a ballpark is within a one-way travel distance of approximately 200 miles and a 3 hour or less travel time that a baseball road-trip can be done to that destination without an overnight stay. Therefore, the primary goal is to outline travel plans to attend a game at the home ballparks of the Suns, P-Nats, and Senators as a day trip.

Note from the travel matrix that, relative to Nationals Park, they are all well within the time/distance parameters I set forth earlier. In fact, they are all within day-trip distance of each other – the longest travel distance is that between the stadium of the Potomac Nationals and the Harrisburg Senators; approximately 142 miles, which should take about 2 hours and 44 minutes.

There is a second goal for these road trips. I view Minor League baseball games as an opportunity to see the up-and-coming prospects of your favorite team and possibly some of the top prospects in all of Minor League baseball play. For example, when I made stops in Hagerstown during the 2013 season while making the baseball road trip that is outlined in my book on the South Atlantic League, I saw catcher Pedro Severino play in a number of games. He was then ranked as the Nationals’ #15 MLB top prospect. In 2015, I again saw Severino, but this time at the AA level playing for the Harrisburg Senators.

Severino was a September 2015 call up and made his Major League debut in the Washington Nationals uniform at Nationals Park on September 20, 2015. On that day, he entered the game for the Nationals as a late-inning pinch hitter; doubled in his first Major League at-bat; and later that inning, scored his first run in the majors. Now, Pedro Severino is the starting catcher of the 2017 Syracuse Chiefs and is began the season ranked #8 among Washington’s 2017 MLB Top 30 Prospects.

So another benefit of this Washington Nationals Minor League Baseball Road Trip is the opportunity to see a number of the Nationals 2017 MLB Top 30 Prospects who are playing for the Suns, P-Nats, and Senators. Seventeen of Washington’s 2017 preseason top 30 prospects opened the season on the roster of one of those three clubs. Their #1 prospect, Victor Robles, is the starting center fielder of the Potomac Nationals while the #2 prospect, RHP Erick Fedde, began the season in the Harrisburg Senators starting rotation, and the #3 prospect, right fielder Juan Soto, was in the Opening Day lineup of the Hagerstown Suns. Overall, six of the Nationals top 10 prospects began the 2017 season playing for one of those three ball clubs. By mid-May the number of Nats’ Top 30 prospects on the rosters of those three teams was up to nineteen.

In Parts 2, 3, and 4, I will provide background information about each of the three teams, their ballpark, and the travel destination that will be helpful in developing plans to attend a game one of these three baseball clubs. I will start with Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, MD—the home of the Hagerstown Suns in Part 2 and then work my way up through the levels of Washington’s Minor League syste: Potomac Nationals (Carolina League, A+) and Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League, AA).

In each section, I will briefly look at the team and its players, their stadium, some travel options, and a few attractions and places to eat at that destination. As part of that, I will identify and highlight the Washington Nationals 2017 MLB Preseason Top 30 Prospects that are currently on the team’s roster.

Since each of these destinations either has or is near to some interesting attractions, I will advocate attending day games at each stadium. That would offer one some pregame and/or postgame free time to explore the cities, some of their local attractions, and possible have lunch or dinner at one of the eating establishments I will suggest.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
G. Ross (1-3, 8.63) vs.
Fulmer (5-2, 3.86)
Harrisburg Won, 14-13 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Eitel (0-1, 21.60) vs.
Jaye (0-4, 5.12)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (3-1, 3.83) vs.
Sedlock (4-2, 6.18)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (3-1, 3.89) vs.
Muckenhirn (1-4, 4.91)

Syracuse – OFF DAY
The Chiefs figured out how to not lose and not blow a lead by not playing yesterday, their second scheduled off day in May. They’ll start a six-game swing through North Carolina and Georgia with three apiece against Charlotte and Gwinnett before returning to upstate New York a week from today. Roster move: Not yet, folks; Greg Ross was moved up a day and Joe Ross was scheduled to pitch today.

Harrisburg 14 Erie 13
• Hill 3IP, 8H, 9R, 9ER, 2BB, 3K, 4HR, WP
• Orlan (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Suero (S, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 5-6, 3R, 2B, HR(GS), 5RBI, CS
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 3RBI
• Abreu 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Jose Marmolejos stunned Erie with a two-out grand slam in the top of the 9th to give Harrisburg a 14-13 win. The comeback was made necessary by Taylor Hill who continues to throw in-game batting practice with four homers (nos. 11-15 in 40IP in ’17) and eight hits (67 total) given up over just three innings. The offense was able to keep up as they pounded out 18 hits, led by the Orange with five (he also doubled), and followed by Drew Ward and Osvaldo Abreu with three hits each. R.C. Orlan pitched a perfect 8th for the win while Wander Suero went 1-2-3 in the 9th for the save.

Lynchburg 4 Potomac 3 (10 inn.)
• Crownover 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Rivera (BS, 2; L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Gutierrez 2-5, 2B
• Sundberg 1-3, R, 2B, BB

After a brief stabilization, the P-Nats’ orbital decay continued with its eighth loss in its last ten games, 4-3 to Lynchburg. Matthew Crownover pitched a season-high seven innings and let in the first two Hillcats runs on five hits and three walks while fanning five. Mariano Rivera III blew the save in the 9th and took the loss in the 10th. Kelvin Gutierrez singled and doubled while Jack Sundberg doubled and walked but the Potomac lineup was held to just six hits total. Roster move: RHP Kyle Schepel reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 0
• C. Pena (W, 3-2) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• J. Mills 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perkins 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Corredor 2-4, 2B
• Reetz 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Two Hagerstown pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout by 6-0 margin over Delmarva. Carlos Pena went the first seven and allowed four hits as he won his third game. He struck out two and walked non. Jordan Mills closed it out and worked around a pair of one-out singles in the 8th. Jake Noll was the beer man in an 11-hit offense that saw Blake Perkins, Aldrem Corredor, and Jakson Reetz connect for both a single and a double.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 8-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (1-0, 4.50) vs.
Ladwig (1-1, 4.91)
Potomac Won, 4-3 (9 inn.);
Lost, 3-2
@ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Crownover (3-1, 2.14) vs.
Hartson (2-1, 3.16)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (2-2, 7.84) vs.
Humpal (1-3, 4.26)

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 2
• McGowin 6IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 3K, HBP
• Nathan (BS, 1; L, 0-2) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 0K, 2HR
• Bautista 3-5, 2B
• Falu 2-4, RBI

It was Joe Nathan’s turn to blow a save as the 42-y.o. veteran served up two homers and all three Lehigh Valley runs for a 3-2 loss and a series sweep of Syracuse. The latest implosion gave a no-decision to Kyle McGowin, who pitched six scoreless innings and allowed three hits and three walks while striking out three. Rafael Bautista singled twice and doubled once to lead the Chiefs’ 10-hit parade.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 1
• Long (W, 4-4) 7IP, 9H, R, ER, BB, 2K; 1-3, R
• Cordero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 3-4, R, SF, RBI, CS
• Ward 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-5, R, 2-2B

Drew Ward and Isaac Ballou connected for back-to-back doubles to cap off a four-run rally in the 7th as the Senators grounded the Flying Squirrels, 8-1 in the series finale. Jaron Long got the win with seven innings of one-run ball, scattering nine hits and walking one while fanning two. Jimmy Cordero and Andrew Robinson mopped up with a scoreless inning apiece in relief. Stephen Perez led the Harrisburg hit coulmn with three singles and drove in a run with a sac fly.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 3 (9 inn.) – GAME ONE
• Reyes 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 10K, WP
• R. Pena (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Gushue 1-1, BB, RBI
• Sagdal 1-2, 2B, 2RBI

Potomac rallied for three in 7th, with Homer Simpson Victor Robles getting plunked to drive in the tying run to send the seven-inning game into “extras,” where the P-Nats won in the 9th, 4-3. Luis Reyes struck out a career-high 10 batters while allowing all three Lynchburg runs on nine hits and a walk. Ronald Pena tossed three scoreless innings and set down four on strikes for his second win. Taylor Gushue and Ian Sagdal both delivered pinch-hit RBIs with a one-run single and a two-run double, respectively.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 – GAME TWO
• Borne (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Guilbeau 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sagdal 1-3, 2B
• Agustin 1-2, R

In the second game, Lynchburg edged Potomac 3-2. Grant Borne made the spot start and pitched three and 2/3rds innings, letting in two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four. Taylor Guilbeau finished the game with two and 1/3rd innings pitched, one unearned run allowed on one hit and one walk and two whiffs. The P-Nats, who only had four hits in the opener, had just two in the nightcap: a double by Ian Sagdal and a single by Telmito Agustin.

Lakewood 6 Hagertown 3
• Bourque (L, 0-3) 6IP, 11H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 5K
• Howard 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Perkins 2-4, R, 2B, SF, RBI
• Corredor 2-5, 2-2B, RBI

Lakewood scored in three of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 6-3 win over Hagerstown to earn a split of the four-game series. James Bourque was charged with all six runs on eleven hits over six innings for his third loss. He walked one and struck out five. Hayden Howard pinched the Blueclaws for three scoreless innings with one hit and two walks allowed to close out the game. Blake Perkins and Aldrem Corredor combined for four hits and two RBI but the rest of the Suns were just 2-for-27.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
McGowin (1-2, 5.79) vs.
Lively (5-1, 3.19)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Long (3-4, 3.02) vs.
Johnson (2-2, 2.62)
Potomac Lost, 4-3
(15 inn.)
@ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Reyes (3-5, 5.36) and
Borne (0-0, 0.00) vs.
McKenzie (3-2, 2.56) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-2, 4.71) vs.
Paulino (1-3, 7.23)

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Cole 5⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 5BB, 4K; 0-0, 2SAC
• Martin (BS, 2) 1IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Satterwhite (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Stevenson 2-4, R
• Falu 2-4, RBI

Rafael Martin couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead in the 9th and Syracuse had no answer to either Lehigh Valley salvo in the 9th and 10th innings for another one-run loss in extras, 4-3. A.J. Cole labored through five and 2/3rds innings, issuing five walks and allowing five hits but let in just one unearned run. The IronPigs smelted Martin for two runs on four hits in the 9th to give the 33-y.o. journeyman his second blown save while Cody Satterwhite allowed a solo HR in the 10th to take the loss. Andrew Stevenson and Irving Falu both went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs collected eight hits in loss #25 of the season.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 3
• Simms (W, 2-2) 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Brinley (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Suero (SV, 6) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 1-3, 2R, 2BB
• Marmolejos 1-4, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R

Jose “Orange” Marmolejos peeled off his first home run of 2017 and scored twice to lead the Sens to a 5-3 win over Richmond. John Simms evened up his won-loss record at 2-2 with a quality start of two runs on eight hits over six inning. Ryan Brinley let in an unearned run over two innings to get the hold while Wander Suero worked around a one-out double to earn his sixth save. Alec Keller reached bas three times with two walks and a single while Khayyan Norfork singled twice to lead the Harrisburg attack.

Lynchburg 4 Potomac 3 (15 inn.)
• Baez 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Mendez 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Pantoja (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Robles 3-5, R, 3B, RBI*
• Davidson 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
*Unbunch your undergarments; it looks like he was removed for not running out a popup.

Just what was needed before 14 innings were scheduled for today: a 15-inning affair in which the Hillcats outlasted the P-Nats, 4-3. Joan Baez started and went the first two innings before play was halted for nearly an hour. Nolan Sanburn and Gilberto Mendez were both outstanding in long relief, combining for 10 innings of one-run relief, and Jorge Pantoja added two more scoreless before Lynchburg tagged him for the loss with a run in the 15th. Victor Robles and Austin Davidson both had three hits and an RBI in Potomac’s 15-hit parade that ended twice with runners thrown at home (Robles, 1st; Mejia, 11th).

Lakewood 4 Hagertown 3
• M. Mills 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Held (BS, 1; L, 1-2) ⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR,
• Neuse 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Corredor 2-5, 2B, 2K

Hagerstown rallied for two in the bottom of the 8th to take a 3-0 lead and then gave it all back for a 4-3 loss and stop a modest three-game winning streak. The meltdown ruined six shutout innings by McKenzie Mills, who allowed just three baserunners and struck out five. Sam Held got the blown-save-loss as he retired just two of eight batters faced, allowing four hits and two walks. Sheldon Neuse, who delivered RBI hits twice, led the Suns’ hit column with a 3-for-4 night followed by Aldrem Corredor’s 2-for-5 effort.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 8.31) vs.
Eshelman (2-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-7 @ Richmond,
6:05 p.m.
Simms (1-2, 3.58) vs.
Gage (1-3, 3.48)
Potomac Lost, 11-7 @ Lynchburg,
6:00 p.m.
Baez (1-5, 5.29) vs.
Bieber (0-0, 1.50)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
M. Mills (4-2, 2.70) vs.
Falter (1-2, 4.35)

Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 2 (10 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, WP
• Broadway (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Severino 2-5
• Joseph 2-5
• 2-for-11 RISP, 12 LOB

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Chiefs starter does well, the offense doesn’t hit well in the clutch, and the bullpen loses it. Check, check, check for a 3-2 loss to the IronPigs on Friday night. Austin Voth spun a quality start of two runs on five hits and four walks with four whiffs over six. After a scoreless inning apiece from Dustin Antolin, Trevor Gott, and Joe Nathan, Mike Broadway lost the game in the top of the 10th with a run on two hits. Pedro Severino and Corban Joseph both go 2-for-5 to lead Syracuse’s ten-hit parade. Roster move: RHP Gabriel Arias reassigned from Harrisburg

Richmond 10 Harrisburg 7
• Williams (L, 1-5) 3IP, 10H, 7R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, 0HR, HBP
• Orlan ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• N. Soto 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Ward 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The Flying Squirrels built a 7-0 lead early and held off a late charge by the Senators to take the series opener, 10-7. Austen Williams was strafed for ten hits and gave up the aforementioned seven runs (four earned) over three innings. He walked none and struck out five but lost his fifth game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Neftali Soto both reached base three times with a walk and an RBI to pace the Harrisburg comeback effort. Roster move: LHP Braulio Lara placed on the 3-day TIL; RHP Kyle Schepel reassigned from Potomac.

Lynchburg 11 Potomac 7
• Estevez (L, 2-3) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Rivera 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Robles 4-5, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Davidson 2-5, R, 3B

SSDL in Lynchburg as Potomac scored all seven runs in its final four “ups,” but fell short 11-7. Wirkin “For the Weekend” made it through five but let in seven on nine hits and four walks while striking out three for his third loss. Victor Robles celebrated his 20th birthday with a 4-for-5 night includeing a triple, a homer, and three RBI to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3
• Sharp (W, 2-2) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Fuentes (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Noll 1-2, R, BB, RBI
• Franco 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns made the Blue Claws pay for an error and a hit batsman in a four-run 1st that stood up for a 4-3 win. Sterling Sharp was dinged for three runs in the first two innings but made it through six to get the win. Steven Fuentes (2IP) and Tommy Peterson (1IP) combined for three scoreless innings for the hold and the save, respectively. Anderson Franco’s two-run HR capped off the Hagerstown rally while Jake Noll was the sole Suns batter to reach base twice.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (1-4, 5.03) vs.
Ja. Thompson(2-3, 5.46)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-2 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-4, 6.37) vs.
Taylor (1-3, 4.55)
Potomac Losing, 1-0
(susp., Top 4)
@ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Estevez (2-2, 4.08) vs.
Esparza (2-3, 3.60)
Hagerstown Won, 11-8 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Sharp (1-2, 4.55) vs.
Medina (1-2, 2.03

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 3
• G. Ross 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K
• Cotts (L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Snyder 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4

Syracuse rallied for two in the top of the 8th to tie, then gave it right back in the bottom of the 8th to lose again to Buffalo, 4-3. Greg Ross got the start and turned in a quality start of two runs on five hits and four walks over six innings. The loss went to Neal Cotts, who let in a run on a hit and a walk over 2/3rds of an inning. Brandon Snyder singled, homered, and scored twice while Adrian Sanchez went 2-for-4 to lead the Chiefs’ offense. Roster moves: 1B-3B Matt Skole placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Joey Butler activated from the 7-Day DL

Bowie 9 Harrisburg 2
• Eitel (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Self 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lisson 1-3, 2B, 2BB
• Hernandez 3-4, HR, RBI

The Baysox knocked Derek Eitel from the box in the 2nd as they took the series finale, 9-2 from Harrisburg. Eitel was charged with four runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two over an inning and 2/3rds. Derek Self was the most effective reliever with three scoreless innings pitched. Mario Lisson doubled and walked twice while Yadiel Hernandez went 3-for-4 again as the Sens managed just six hits and drew seven walks but left on 11 baserunners.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 0 – SUSP.
• Silvestre 3⅓ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• Robles 1-1, BB, SB

The lights went out on the towers and went on in the skies beyond the outfield, prompting the umpires to pull the players off the field just minutes before the rains came. Wilmington was leading 1-0 with one out in the top of the 4th and they’ll resume play when the two teams meet yet again next weekend at Frawley Stadium.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 8
• Watson (W, 3-1) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2WP
• J. Mills (SV, 3) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Perkins 4-5, 4R, 2-2B, RBI
• Corredor 4-5, 3-B, 3B, 5RBI
• Ortiz 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The Suns built a 9-0 lead after five before the BlueClaws rallied for six in the 6th and two in the 7th to make things interesting. Hagerstown answered both rallies with single runs and got shutdown relief from Jordan Mills to hold on for an 11-8 win over Lakewood. Tyler Watson got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over five and a 1/3rd innings. Mills stranded two in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th innings for his third save. Adrem Corredor racked up nine total bases with three doubles and a triple while driving in five to lead the Suns’ 14-hit parade. Roster move: RHP Sam Held reassigned from Potomac; LHP David Ramos released.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-5 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
G. Ross (1-3, 10.50) vs.
Santos (1-2, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 12-4 vs. Bowie,
10:30 a.m.
Eitel (1st start of ’17) vs.
Scott (0-0, 1.29)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (3-1, 3.83) vs.
Castillo, C (2-2, 3.20)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (2-1, 3.49) vs.
Suarez (2-0, 2.06)

Syracuse 7 Buffalo 5
• Ross (W, 2-2) 7IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Nathan (S, 4) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sanchez 3-4, R, BB, SB
• Green 3-3, R, 2BB
• Stevenson 1-2, 2R, SB

Joe Ross pitched seven innings and the offense scored seven times, building a lead big enough for the bullpen not to blow as the Chiefs beat the Bisons, 7-5. Ross allowed one run and scattered eight hits wile walking one and striking out six. Joe Nathan let in two inherited runners before getting the last two outs for his fourth save. Jhonatan Solano got the Syracuse offense going with his first career grand slam in the 5th, while Adrian Sanchez and Grant Green both singled three times to lead the 11-hit, seven-walk attack. Roster move: LHP Matt Grace recalled to Washington

Harrisburg 12 Bowie 4
• Hill (W, 1-0) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 1K, 0HR
• A. Robinson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ward 1-2, R, 3BB
• Hernandez 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI, BB

Harrisburg put up crooked numbers in four straight innings to erase an early 2-0 deficit and cruise to a 12-4 win over Bowie. Taylor Hill kept the ball in the yard and prevented nine of 12 baserunners from scoring as he won his first AA game of ’17 with six innings of three-run ball. Stephen Perez, Raudy Read, and Neftali Soto each homered while Drew Ward walked three times to pace the Senators offense.

Wilmington 5 Potomac 2
• Crownover (L, 3-1) 6⅔ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• Guilbeau 2⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Davidson 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Mejia 1-3, R, 2B
• Robles 2-5, 2R

The P-Nats fell behind early and could never catch up as the Blue Rocks took Game 3 by a 5-2 count. Matt Crownover pitched into the 7th and struck out a season-high nine batters but was charged with four runs on nine hits and no walks over six and 2/3rds. Taylor Guilbeau gave up an unearned run in the 9th while closing out the final two and a 1/3rd innings. Austin Davidson reached base three times with a homer, walk, and a single but the team was held to four hits and two walks total. Roster move: RHP Noaln Sanburn assigned from Washington Nationals.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
After a 4-3 roadtrip in GA and NC, Hagerstown returns home for four games against Lakewood (nos. 7-10 of 24, if you were wondering) before heading back out on the road for another seven games next week.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
J. Ross (1-2, 6.10) vs.
House (4-2, 2.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
TBD vs.
Hess (5-1, 3.49)
Potomac Won, 10-0 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (3-0, 1.33) vs.
Puckett (3-3, 4.25)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A

Buffalo 6 Syracuse 3
• McGowin 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Grace (L, 0-3) 1+ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Green 2-4, RBI
• Ramsey 1-3, BB

Another day, another bullpen [foul]up as Buffalo struck three times in the 8th en route to a 6-3 win over Syracuse. Matt Grace pitched to five batters in the 8th and failed to retire any of them as he was charged with the final three runs on four hits and a walk over an inning-plus. Kyle McGowin got the start and allowed three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three. Grant Green led the Chiefs’ six-hit offense with two singles.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Long (L, 3-4) 3IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, HBP
• Fedde 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Read 2-3, BB

The Baysox knocked out Jaron Long after three and took a 5-0 lead. The Sens rallied for four in the 4th but couldn’t get any closer in a 6-4 loss. Long was strafed for eight hits and gave up a walk while losing his fourth game. Erick Fedde was dinged for a run on a hit and a walk in his sole inning of work. Raudy Ready and Drew Ward both went 2-for-3 with a walk as Harrisburg left on nine men while collecting ten hits and three walks total. Roster move: RHPs Mark Blackmar, Jake Johansen released; RHP Phillips Valdez placed on the 7-Day DL; RHPs Andrew Robinson, Derek Eitel, and C Nick Rickles assigned from XST.

Potomac 10 Wilmington 0
• Reyes (W, 3-5) 6⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Borne (SV, 2) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Gushue 1-2, 2R, 3BB, HR, 3RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Robles 2-5, 2R

Two Potomac pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout while three hitters homers for a 10-0 shutout of Wilmington. Luis Reyes pitched into the 7th for the first time this season, with just one hit and walk allowed while fanning seven. Grant Borne finished the game, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the 8th and allowing four hits and a walk while earning his second save. Taylor Gushue, Bryan Mejia, and Austin Davidson each homered as the P-Nats bashed ten hits and drew eight walks total. Roster move: RHP Jefry Rodriguez placed on the restricted list.

Hagerstown 6 Asheville 3
• C. Pena (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B, CS
• Noll 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Franco 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Anderson Franco’s two-run HR capped off a three-run 6th as the Suns doubled up the Tourists, 6-3 in the series finale. Carlos Pena evened up his won-loss record at 2-2 with six innings of one-run ball on three hits and a walk while setting down three on strikes. Hayden Howard and Kyle Simond both gave up a run over final three innings. Jake Noll also went deep while scoring two and driving in two to lead the Hagerstown attack.