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.

Wednesdays’ News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Pawtucket,
4:05 p.m.
Grace (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Havliand (1-0, 6.35)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 vs. Hartford,
12:00 p.m.
Long (0-1, 1.80) vs.
Wynkoop (1-0, 1.42)
Potomac Lost, 16-6 @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Reyes (0-1, 3.60)
vs. Akin (0-0, 81.00)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3
(15 inn.)
vs. Lakewood,
6:05 p.m.
Watson (0-1, 5.79) vs.
Romero (0-0, 9.00)

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 4
• Cole 4+ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 6K, HR
• Antolin (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Skole 1-2, R, 2BB
• Bautista 1-4, 2R, BB, SB

The Chiefs scored three times in the first five innings, but were shut down the by the PawSox ‘pen over the last four in a 5-4 loss. A.J. Cole’s longball woes continur as he served up a solo shot in the 1st and walked five over four-plus innings. He was charged with four runs on three hits. The loss went to Dustin Antolin, who let in two inherited runners and one of his own as he was unable to hold the 4-2 lead in Pawtucket’s three-run 5th. Matt Skole reached base with a single and two walks while Rafael Bautista scored twice, reached base twice, and stole a base to led the Syracuse offense, which piled up 14 strikeouts – five by Brian Goodwin.

Hartford 4 Harrisburg 0
• Simms (L, 0-1) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Cordero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Stevenson 2-4, 2K
• N. Soto 1-3, BB

Three Hartford pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout of Harrisburg, 4-0. John Simms turned in a quality start of two runs on two hits, no walks, and three whiffs, but was charged with the loss. Andrew Stevenson had two of the six singles while Neftali Soto, Raudy Read, and Yadiel Hernandez each drew a walk to comprise the Senators offense.

Frederick 16 Potomac 6
• Estevez (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 5K, 3HR
• Guilbeau 1⅓ IP, 6H, 8R, 7ER, 3BB, 1K, HR, 1-1 IR-S
• Davidson 3-4, R, BB
• Wiseman 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Robles 1-4, K, 2 OF assists, (*sigh*) HBP

Potomac battled back from a 5-0 deficit to pull within one at 5-4, and again to two at 8-6, but a touchdown in the Frederick 6th and rouge in the 7th completed the 16-6 smackdown. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was strafed for seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs, over four and 2/3rds innings to take the loss. Austin Davidson led the P-Nats attack with three singles and a walk, but the clutch hit came just twice in 16 scoring chances and led to ten men left on base. Potomac also committed three errors and had a passed ball.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3 (15 inn.)
• Sharp 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• VanVossen (BS, 1) 3IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2WP
• Mills (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• C. Kieboom 3-7, E(2)
• Soto 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Neuse 2-7, R, 2B, 2RBI

After blowing it in the 9th on a defensive misplay—Aldrem Corredor stepped on first instead of throwing to second to start a would-be 3-6-3 double play with one out and runners on the corners—Hagerstown got the gamewinner on a Juan Soto leadoff walk in the 15th followed by a Sheldon Neuse* double for a 4-3 win in extras. Jordan Mills got the win in relief. Sterling Sharp started and pitched five innings of two-run ball on four hits and two walks. James Bourque and Sam Held both pitched three innings of scoreless relief while Carter Kieboom and Nick Banks both had three hits.
* With just 632 listed in attendance at the start of the game, can’t really say he brought the noise.

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. 29, 2016

austin-voth-10-29-16The Desert Dogs avoided the shutout with a second-inning run but not the loss, as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Rafters yesterday afternoon.

Austin Voth (pictured) made his fourth start this fall for Glendale. He gave up four runs on just two hits, but both were home runs – a two-run shot in the 1st, then another in the 4th. Both longballs were preceded by a hit batsman.

Voth threw 74 pitches, 41 for strikes, over five innings. He walked two and struck out two while suffering his second loss, but actually lowered his ERA to 10.43 for the AFL campaign.

The two teams switch venues for this afternoon’s game to finish out the third week of the 2016 AFL season.

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TRANSACTION UPDATES
• Fans of “The Onion” need not shed any tears, as the Nationals have re-signed C Jhonatan Solano.
• RHP Aaron Barrett was outrighted to Syracuse on Tuesday and he elected to become a free agent
• OF Yadiel Hernandez was placed on the Hagerstown Suns roster, which means… well, nothing since this is the offseason
• Likewise for P Thony Amoroso, though it’s nice to think that the recently signed IFA from Venezuela may bypass the DSL in 2017

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS FOR SALE
While this isn’t news per se — minor-league teams are bought and sold all the time — what is unusual is that both the Doubledays and their facility are city-owned. And like many businesses in upstate New York, they’re losing money. Thus, Auburn is looking to sell.

This is the fiscally right thing to do, as the local media notes in an Op-Ed that urges the city government to be transparent as it does so — unlike their counterparts in Northern Virginia.

THE HARRISBURG SENATORS
A lot of folks obsess over how a farm system is ranked relative to the other 29 teams in MLB, but where it really matters can be boiled down to two questions: (1) Does it produce players that can play? (2) Is there enough depth to sustain injuries?

Obviously, we know the answer to both of those questions. But what’s less obvious is the effect that has on the minor-league teams, especially in the upper minors where there’s not a half system. The 2016 Harrisburg Senators were an example of the roster churn that ensues as 50 players suited up (not counting MLB rehabs) and a dozen pitchers made five or more starts.

Indeed, it was that pitching that carried the team as the E.L.’s third-best staff (4.16 R/G vs. 4.34 Lg. Avg.) was able to withstand the E.L.’s second-worst offense (4.01 R/G) and nearly made the playoffs anyway. Though it should be noted that the Eastern League was similar to the Carolina League in that just six of the 12 teams had winning records and two teams were over the .600 mark.

For the fifth straight season, however, the Senators list is combined into a single Top 5:

1. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP – 3.18/3.03/1.23, 100K in 76⅓ IP
2. Lucas Giolito, RHP – 3.17/3.30/1.42, 72K in 71IP
3. Christopher Bostick, IF – .290/.356/.462 in 71G
4. John Simms, RHP – 3.30/3.84/1.08 in 29 appearances, 11GS
5. Rafael Bautista, OF – .282/.344/.341, 56SB

OK, before you rip into me about Tyler Mapes, who’d probably #6 if I were to go further, take a look at his K rate (4.53). That’s more than two full whiffs per 9IP than the league average. Coupled with nearly a hit per IP for his career… that’s just too much contact to succeed long-term at AAA or higher. And I’ve seen it before.

To be honest, after Lopez and Giolito, it’s pretty dicey. Bostick didn’t exactly light it up at AAA and is no longer a National. Simms, like Mapes, will be entering 2017 at age 25 (though he’s six months younger). Bautista, despite all that speed, had just 20 extra-base hits and just 12 doubles.

As always, folks who wish to see the full team stats can find ’em here.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-5 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-3 END OF SEASON N/A

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Ross 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Voth (L, 7-9) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 5BB, 7K
• Solano 2-3, 3RBI
• N. Soto 3-5, R
• Martinson 2-5, 2R

Syracuse secured the worst record in the I.L. with a 4-3 loss in 10 innings to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the season finale. MLB Rehab Joe Ross went the first three frames, giving up a run on a home run and three hits total over the first three innings. Austin Voth followed and took the loss, pitching the final six and 2/3rds and charged with three runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks (two intentional) while striking out seven. Jhonatan Solano drove in all three Chiefs runs while Neftali Solo singled three times to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster moves: IF Wilmer Difo reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 5 Hartford 4
• J. Martin 8IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K; 0-1, 2SAC
• Ross (W, 5-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 4-5, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• A. Sanchez 3-4, 2R
• Marmolejos 3-5, RBI

The Sens rallied for three in the 9th for a 5-4 walkoff win against the Yard Goats. Alas, it was too little, too late as Altoona beat out Harrisburg by one game for the playoffs. J.D. Martin replaced Erick Fedde and went the first eight innings, giving up all four Hartford runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Greg Ross got the “W” with a scoreless 9th. The Sens singled six times in seven at-bats in the final frame with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos driving in the deciding run on his third single of the afternoon. Rafael Bautista led the hit parade with three singles and a double, finishing September with a 15-for-36 flourish. Roster Moves: RHP J.D. Martin reassigned from Potomac, IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 1
• Mayberry (W, 4-4) 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Mendez (H, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davidson 2-4, R, RBI
• Robles 3-4

Potomac won its third second-half title in four seasons behind a masterful outing by Whit Mayberry on a Monday Afternoon in Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHPs Wirkin Estevez, Dakota Bacus activated from the 7-Day DL; C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Hagerstown; C Jake Lowery placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Hagerstown 9 Asheville 5
• Borne (W, 5-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Wiseman 4-5, R, 2RBI
• Noll 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Reetz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Suns battered Tourist pitchers for 19 hit as they took the season finale, 9-5. Grant Borne won his fifth game with five innings of one-run ball on five hits and no walks while striking out five. Beers were on Angelo La Bruna as the only Hagerstown batter to go hitless with Jake Noll and Rhett Wiseman leading the attack with eight hits, three runs, and three RBI combined.

Batavia 4 Auburn 3
• Sharp 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Ramirez (L, 4-3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• J. Soto 2-4, R, 2B, E(2)
• Ripken 2-4, 2B, RBI

Auburn completed its 0-for-September with its seventh straight loss, 4-3 to Batavia. ABC News 5 Anchorman Sterling Sharp got the callup from the GCL to make one more start and let in three runs on six hits and no walks over five innings for a no-decision. Yonathan Ramirez gave up the deciding run in the 7th to take the loss, his third. Juan Soto and Ryan Ripken both singled and doubled to lead the Doubledays offense, which managed nine hits but was 0-for-7 with RISP. Roster move: RHP Sterling Sharp reassigned from the GCL.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Scranton/WB,
12:05 p.m.
J. Ross (0-2, 3.48) vs.
Bleier (2-3, 3.61)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Hartford,
1:30 p.m.
Fedde (2-1, 3.99) vs.
Howard (5-6, 4.10)
Potomac Lost, 11-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
J. Martin (1-2, 5.96) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 10-5 @ Asheville,
2:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-2, 2.81) vs.
Johnson (7-4, 4.23)
Auburn Lost, 1-0;
Lost, 6-5
@ Batavia,
1:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 4
• Laffey 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Self (BS, 1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2BB, 0K
• DeFratus (L, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• den Dekker 2-5, R, RBI
• Ramsey 3-4, 2RBI

The RailRiders scored twice in the 8th and once in the 9th to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 win over the Chiefs. Aaron Laffey got the start and turned in five innings of two-run ball on five hits, including a two-run HR in the 2nd. He walked none and struck out five. Derek Self was pushed an inning too far as he blew the save in his third inning of work with two runs let in. Justin DeFratus coughed up the gamewinner in the 9th on a hit and two walks. Tablesetters Matt den Dekker and Caleb Ramsey combined for five of the ten Syracuse hits. Roster moves: RHP Reynaldo Lopez recalled to Washington; RHP Russell Harmening, LHP David Ramos reassigned from Auburn.

Harrisburg 6 Hartford 3
• Valdez (W, 6-4) 7+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, BB
• Stevenson 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI, CS
• Bautista 2-5, R, 3B, SB(55), CS

Harrisburg scored in each of the first four innings while doubling up Hartford, 6-3. Phillips Valdez pitched into the 8th for the fourth straight start, and earned his sixth win (12th overall) with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Nick Lee and Mitch Lively divvied up the 8th to each earn a hold while Rober Benincasa worked around a one-out single to get his third save. Andrew Stevenson and Adrian Sanchez both reached base three times to pace the Sens’ 11-hit, four-walk offense. Thanks to a third straight loss by the Curve, the Senators were not eliminated from the playoffs but need to win again while Altoona loses again to become the E.L. West wildcard.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 4
• Williams (L, 4-6) ⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 0K, HR, HBP
• Sanchez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Davidson 2-3, 2-2B, 2R, BB
• Robles 2-4, 2B

Mario Sanchez turned in six strong innings of pitching with two runs allowed on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The problem is that it came in relief after the P-Nats dug themselves into a 9-2 hole en route to a third straight loss to the Pelicans, 11-4. Austen Williams hit the 40-pitch-in-one-inning limit in the 1st as he retired just two of eight batters faced, giving up six runs on four hits and a walk and hitting a batter. Austin Davidson doubled twice and scored twice while Victor Robles singled and doubled to lead the Potomac offense. Playoff update: The Hillcats lost yet again to the Red Sox, 5-4 in 12 innings, to keep the P-Nats’ hopes of a 2nd half title alive.

Hagerstown 10 Asheville 5
• Baez (W, 9-7) 6IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, HBP, 4WP
• Held (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Sagdal 4-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 4-5, R, RBI
• Noll 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown put up five in the 4th and four in the 8th as they outslugged Asheville, 10-5. Joan Baez managed to give up four runs on three hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out none while winning his ninth game. Sam Held closed it out with one run over the last three innings for the save. Ian Sagdal and Grant DeBruin both went 4-for-5 while and Jake Noll both homered as the Suns pounded out 16 hits total.

Batavia 1 Auburn 0 – COMP.
• Dunning (L, 1-2) 9IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• J. Soto 1-3
• Dulin 1-3, 3B, BB

Dane Dunning picked up where he left off 22 days ago and threw another six innings for a complete-game, 1-0 Doubledays’ loss to the Muckdogs. Dalton Dulin was the only Auburn batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk as Batavia’s Sam Perez held the Doubledays to just three hits over seven innings of “relief.”

Batavia 6 Auburn 5 – GAME TWO
• Fuentes 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Mooney (L, 0-2) ⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• J. Soto 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• A. Martinez 0-1, BB, 2HBP
• 1-for-16 RISP; 11 LOB

Batavia did all it could to give it away with six errors, but Auburn insisted on being a good guest by blowing a 5-1 lead in the 7th and final inning for a 6-5 walkoff loss. Steven Fuentes tossed four scoreless innings to start, while Hayden Howard followed with an unearned run over the next two innings. Kevin Mooney retired just one of seven batters faced in the final frame as he was lit up for five runs on four hits and two walks for his second loss.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Scranton/WB,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (6-6, 3.83) vs.
Wotherspoon (2-0, 1.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2;
Won, 3-0
vs. Hartford,
1:30 p.m.
Valdez (5-4, 4.69) vs.
Jemiola (8-9, 4.27)
Potomac Lost, 5-4
(14 inn.)
vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Williams (4-5, 4.75) vs.
Pugliese (6-5, 3.87)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (8-7, 3.91) vs.
Palacios (1-5, 5.92)
Auburn Lost, 5-0 @ Batavia,
4:05 p.m.
Dunning (3-1, 2.36) and
Fuentes (2-1, 3.97) vs.
TBD and TBD

Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 1
• Hill (L, 6-13) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• E. Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Collier 1-3, BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4

Syracuse broke up the shutout in the 6th but couldn’t draw to a tie, losing the series finale to Pawatucket, 2-1. Taylor Hill let in both PawSox runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings but lost for the organization-leading 13th time. Jason Martinson’s RBI double accounted for the lone tally as the Chiefs were a woeful 1-for-10 with RISP. Steve Lombardozzi led the hit column with two singles. Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker outrighted from Washington.

Hartford 3 Harrisburg 2 – GAME ONE
• Mapes (L, 12-10) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP
• Bautista 4-4, R, SB

Tyler Mapes went the distance in the opener for the Sens but the offense couldn’t do their part in a 3-2 loss in the opener. Mapes gave up eight hits and two walks and hit a batter while fanning one as he lost for the tenth time. Rafael Bautista singled four times, scored a run, and stole a base, but the rest of the line up mustered just three hits and a walk.

Harrisburg 3 Hartford 0 – GAME TWO
• Simms (W, 8-5) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP; 0-0, 2BB
• Suero (SV, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Rickles 2-3, R, HR, RBI

John Simms and Wander Suero cobmined on six-hit shutout to split the doubleheader with a 3-0 win for the Senators. Simms went the first five and allowed four hits and hit a batter while striking out four to win his eighth decision. Suero worked around two singles in the 6th then set the side down in order in the 7th for his fourth save. Adrian Sanchez doubled twice, drove in a run, and scored a run while Nick Rickles singled and homered to lead the Harrisburg attack. Playoff update: Akron also won to push Harrisburg to the brink of elimination; the RubberDucks must lose twice and the Senators must win twice to make the playoffs.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 4 (14 inn.)
• Crownover 6IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Thomas 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Orlan (L, 5-6) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, 2WP
• Read 3-7, 2B, RBI, PB(19)
• Mejia 3-6, R

Potomac got a ton of solid pitching and a pound of adequate catching as they gave away this one in 14 innings, 5-4. A passed ball in the 6th let in the tying run after the P-Nats battled back from 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead. In the 14th, a wild pitch took away the double play and allowed the winning run to get to 3rd with just one out. R.C. Orlan took the loss as he gave up the final Pelicans run on two singles and no walks. Matt Crownover recovered from a three-run HR in the 1st to turn in six strong innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out nine. Raudy Read and Bryan Mejia both had three hits to pace the P-Nats attack. Playoff update: Lynchburg lost again to Mills Cup favorite Salem, 9-3, to preserve the first-place tie in the C.L. North.

Asheville 5 Hagerstown 2
• Watson (L, 1-1) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Bourque 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Beckwith 2-4, 2-2B
• Reetz 2-4

The Tourists burned the Suns for four runs in the middle innings for 5-2 win. Tyler Watson suffered the loss with four runs allowed on nine hits and two walks over five innings. Tyler Beckwith doubled twice, Jakson Reetz singled twice, and Rhett Wiseman homered to lead the eight-hit, no-walk offensive effort.

West Virginia 5 Auburn 0
• W. Davis (L, 3-6) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Ortiz 1-3, BB

Three West Virginia pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout to complete the three-game sweep of Auburn with a 5-0 win. Weston Davis dropped his sixth game while tossing five innings of two-run ball on five hits and two walks. He struck out four. Oliver Ortiz broke up the no-hitter with two out in the 4th and drew one of the four Doubledays’ walks.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0
(10 inn.)
@ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Hill (6-12, 4.75) vs.
O’Sullivan (8-6, 4.14)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3
(13 inn.)
vs. Hartford,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (7-5, 3.49) and
Mapes (12-9, 3.16) vs.
Burke (0-0, 2.89) and
Wade (1-3, 5.20)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Crownover (4-4, 4.27) vs.
Leal (10-4, 2.98)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Asheville,
6:05 p.m.
Watson (1-0, 3.60) vs.
Killian (11-6, 3.94)
Auburn Lost, 7-4 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
W. Davis (3-5, 2.57) vs. TBD

Syracuse 1 Pawtucket 0 (10 inn.)
• Giolito 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• DeFratus (W, 2-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Collier 0-3, R, BB, SB
• Bostick 1-4, RBI

Lucas Giolito went a career-high eight shutout innings, combining with two relievers for the Chiefs’ three-hit, ten-inning shutout of the PawSox, 1-0. The 22-y.o. walked one and struck out five while giving up a single and a double. Justin DeFratus and Derek Self each turned in a goose egg to earn the win and save respectively. Zach Collier drew a leadoff walk in the 10th, stole second, took third on groundout to second, and scored on Chirstopher Bostick’s RBI single for the fifth and final hit by Syracuse on the night. Roster moves: RHP Mat Latos, LHP Sean Burnett added to 40-man roster; OF Matt den Dekker designated for assignment; Washington recalled – LHPs Burnett, Matt Grace, RHPs Latos, Trevor Gott, Rafael Martin, C Pedro Severino, OF Brian Goodwin; IF Khayyan Norfork, C Brian Jeroloman, RHP Derek Self reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 4 Hartford 3 (13 inn.)
• Brady 7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Runion (W, 2-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K; SAC
• Difo 3-6, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R, 2BB, SB

Harrisburg finally cashed in on its numerous chances to score in extras to walk off in 13, 4-3 and keep pace with Akron, which took both ends of a twinbill from Bowie. Michael Brady got the start and gave up all three Yard Goat runs on six hits and a walk while fanning eight over seven innings. The win went to Sam Runion, who combined with Nick Lee and Andrew Robinson for six scoreless innings of relief. Stephen Perez and Spencer Kieboom both walked to lead off the 13th, were moved up 90′ with a sacrifice bunt by Runion, and Perez scored on Rafael Bautista’s RBI single. Roster moves: RHP Michael Brady, C Spencer Kieboom activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 1
• Silvestre 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Pantoja (BS, 3) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Holland (L, 1-4) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Robles 3-4, R, 2SB
• Page 1-3, E

The P-Nats and Pelicans matched up in a pitcher’s duel with the C.L. South leader edging the C.L. North, 2-1. Hector Silvestre got the start but struggled with his command, issuing four walks over five scoreless innings, though he gave up just two hits. The loss went to Neil Holland who gave up a one-out double that came around to score when Matt Page cricket-wicketed the would-be third out of the 8th. Victor Robles singled three times, stole two bags, and scored the lone run but the rest of the team managed just two hits and a walk. Lynchburg also lost, keeping the two teams in a tie for first place.

Asheville 8 Hagerstown 2
• Guilbeau (W, 5-2) 5⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• Johansen (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP, 2-0 IR-S
• Noll 2-4, R, RBI
• Wiseman 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown put up three in the 5th and cruised to a 5-1 win over Asheville. Taylor Guilbeau pitched into the 6th for his sixth straight start, giving up the lone Tourist run on five hits and three walks while striking out seven for his fifth win. Jake Johansen stranded two runners for Guilbeau then pitched two more scoreless innings to earn the hold. The Suns collected 11 hits total, with Rhett Wiseman leading the charge with a single and his 12th HR while driving in two.

West Virginia 7 Auburn 4
• Bogucki (L, 0-6) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K
• Pirro 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• J. Soto 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Banks 2-3, R, 2BB

The Black Bears mauled A.J. Bogucki for six runs over the first four innings and went on to a 7-4 win over the Doubledays in Game Two of the three-game series. Bogucki walked three and surrendered seven hits while losing for the sixth time in 12 appearances. Juan Soto and Nick Banks both went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks to pace the Auburn offense.