Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 vs. Buffalo,
6:35 p.m.
Long (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Bolsinger (2-2, 2.29)
Harrisburg Won, 10-1 @ Portland,
7:05 p.m.
McGowin (0-1, 9.00)
McAvoy (1-5, 5.95)
Potomac Won, 5-3 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (6-2, 4.34) vs.
Supak (1-2, 6.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Beggs (5-4, 3.09)
Auburn Lost, 5-4
(10 inn.)
@ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Braymer (0-2, 4.12 @ GCL in ’16) vs.
Plesac (pro debut)

Syracuse 7 Buffalo 6
• Antolin 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Adams (W, 4-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Falu 4-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Robinson 3-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

Irving Falu bailed out the ‘pen with a two-run walkoff homer for a 7-6 Syracuse victory over Buffalo, and back-to-back wins for the first time in three weeks. Dustin Antolin got the start and was knocked for three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. Austin Adams, who was on the hook for the loss after giving up an unearned run in the top of the 9th, got the win instead. Falu was a triple shy of the cycle while going 4-for-5 to lead the Chiefs attack. Roster move: RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 10 New Hampshire 1
• Simms (W, 3-4) 7⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 8K, WP
• Self 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Marmolejos 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Lowery 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Norfork 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

John Simms pitched into the 8th and got plenty of run support as the Senators pummeled the Fisher Cats, 10-1 to take the series, 2-1. Simms won for the third time with seven and 2/3rds innings of one-run ball on five hits and one walk while striking out eight. Andrew Robinson got the last out in the 8th while Derek Self set the side down in order in the 9th. Every Harrisburg batter reached base with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos leading the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, including a homer and two RBI.

Potomac 5 Carolina 3
• Borne (W, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Bacus (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sundberg 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Robles 1-3, 2R, 2B, RBI, HBP
• Gushue 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Taylor Gushue’s 13th HR was a long time coming but it came just in time to erase an early 3-0 Carolina lead as Potomac would go on to 5-3 win to open the second half. Grant Borne was dinged twice, including a 318′ shot over the 315′ sign in RF, for all three Mudcat runs and five hits total over six innings as he won his third game. Dakota Bacus followed with two scoreless for the hold while Gilberto Mendez cordero’d around two hits in the 9th for the save. Jack Sundberg singled twice and doubled once while Victor Robles doubled and scored two runs to lead the P-Nats attack.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 1
• Sharp (L, 3-5) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Morse 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Agustin 2-3, RBI
• Noll 2-4

The Grasshoppers blunted Sterling Sharp for three runs in the 4th and held the Suns bats to just five hits to win, 5-1. Sharp went seven innings and gave up eight hits over seven innings to take the loss. He struck out three and walked none. Telmito Agustin and Jake Noll each had two singles while Aldrem Corredor had one. Blake Perkins drew two walks to account for the remaining Hagerstown baserunners. Roster moves: LHP Tyler Watson activated from the 3-Day TIL; SS Tyler Beckwith reassigned.

Mahoning Valley 5 Auburn 4 (10 inn.)
• German 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Eusebio (L, 0-1) 2BF, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Ortiz 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Encarnacion 2-5, RBI

Auburn scored two in the 1st and single runs in the 8th and 9th but fell in the 10th, 5-4. Jhonatan German started and went the first five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four for the no-decision. The loss went to Diomedes Eusebio, who walked the first batter he faced and gave up a double to the second for the loss. Oliver Ortiz and Randy Encarnacion both went 2-for-5 with an RBI to lead the Doubledays offense. Roster moves: SS Paul Panaccione reassigned from Hagerstown.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 p.m. G. Ross (2-5, 6.08) vs.
Lail (3-2, 5.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 11-10 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Tied, 5-5 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn N/A @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3
• Long (L, 0-1) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Solano 3-4
• Snyder 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs got three runs in the late innings, but it wasn’t enough to tie as they dropped the series finale to the Iron Pigs, 4-3. Jaron Long gave up all four Lehigh Valley runs on nine hits and two walks over six innings for the loss. Rafael Martin finished the game with two scoreless innings. Jhonatan Solano led the Syracuse 11-hit parade with three, followed by Brandon Snyder and Adrian Sanchez, who both went 2-for-4. Roster move: RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 3
• McGowin (L, 0-1) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, HBP
• Cordero 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• N. Soto 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Norfork 1-2, 2BB

Richmond scored five times in the first three innings and held off Harrisburg for a 5-3 win. Kyle McGowin allowed all five Flying Squirrel runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings to wear the “L.” Jimmy Cordero (2IP), R.C. Orlan (1IP), and Ryan Brinley (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings to keep things close, but the Senators only scored twice in response. Neftali Soto went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Carolina 11 Potomac 10
• Reyes 4+ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 6BB, 6K, 2HR
• Skulina (L, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, HR, 2-0 IR-S
• Robles 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SF, RBI
• Reistetter 2-4, 2R
• Mejia 1-3, 2R, BB, HR(GS), 4RBI

The P-Nats rallied from deficits of 5-0 and 7-5 to take a 9-7 lead but couldn’t keep up with the Mudcats in an 11-10 loss to close out the first half. Luis Reyes was strafed for seven runs on seven hits (two homers) and six walks over four-plus inning. The loss went to Tyler Skulina who coughed up four runs on four hits over three innings. Bryan Mejia hit a grand slam in the 6th that gave Potomac a brief 9-7 lead while Victor Robles went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored and drove in a run with a sac fly to lead the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 5
• Bogucki 3⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Howard 4⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Noll 2-4, R, RBI
• Franco 2-4, RBI
• Perkins 1-2, 2R, 2BB

Hagerstown got one run in the 5th and two more in 7th to even this up at 5-5 before rain halted play in the 9th. As the final game of the first half, they won’t make it up, so it’ll go in the books as a tie on Father’s Day. A.J. Bogucki got the start and was ineffective over three and 2/3rds innings, letting in five runs on five hits and a walk. Hayden Howard was effective with four and a 1/3rd scoreless innings pitched with six K’s, two walks, and three hits allowed. Jake Noll and Anderson Franco both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Suns tallied nine hits and two walks total.

Auburn – OPENING DAY
As of Monday morning, the Doubledays roster has not been officially released, nor can much be inferred from the NYPL transactions on MiLB.com. But for those itching for something, here’s a story from the Auburn Citizen.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Lehigh Valley,
1:35 p.m.
Long (1st AAA start of ’17) vs.
Leiter (0-0, 6.92)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1
(10 inn.)
vs. Richmond,
1:30 p.m.
McGowin (1st AA start of ’17) vs.
Flores, Jo (1-1, 2.31)
Potomac Won, 5-2;
Lost, 6-3
@ Carolina,
2:00 p.m.
Reyes (5-6, 4.15) vs.
Diplan (4-3, 5.50)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
Bogucki (0-1, 5.82) vs.
Eckert (2-4, 4.77)

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2
• Antolin (L, 2-3) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 1K
• Solis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 4-4, 2B
• Sanchez 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A brief 2-1 lead was erased with a three-run 4th by Lehigh Valley, which took this one, 5-2 from Syracuse. Dustin Antolin started and lost, hitting the showers with two out in the aforementioned 4th after giving up four runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out one (1). The Chiefs’ bullpen held the IronPigs to one run over the final four and a 1/3rd innings, including a goose egg from rehabbing Sammy Solis, but the bats were largely silent aside from Andrew Stevenson (4-4, 2B) and Adrian Sanchez (two-run HR) as they had just one RISP opportunity and left on five baserunners.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1 (10 inn.)
• Simms 6⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Robinson 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Self (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sandford 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Hernandez 1-3, BB, RBI

A walk, sacrifice, and a two-out single gave the Senators a 2-1 walkoff win in ten innings over the Flying Squirrels. John Simms got yet another no-decision with an unearned run let in on one hit–the only one Richmond got–over six and 2/3rds innings. R.C. Orlan, Andrew Robinson, and Derek Self combined for 3⅓ scoreless innings of relief, with Self picking up the win. Darian Sandford connected on the gamewinner and went 2-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster moves: UT Corban Jospeh placed on the 7-Day DL; 3B Drew Ward activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 5 Carolina 2 – GAME ONE
• Sanburn (W, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 9K, HBP, WP
• Bacus (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Robles 2-3, 2R, BB, 2SB, OF assist at 1B
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Sundberg 1-3, R, SAC, SB(10)

Nolan Sanburn’s seven strong innings combined with four RBI from Ian Sagdal powered Potomac to a 5-2 win over Carolina in the completion of Friday night’s suspended game. Sanburn gave up both Mudcat runs on five hits and two walks while fanning nine for his second win. Dakota Bacus spun two scoreless to pick up the save, his second. Sagdal smacked a three-run HR in the 4th to erase an early 2-0 deficit and added an RBI double in the 8th while Victor Robles reached base three times on two singles and a walk and stole two bases as the P-Nats made the most of their six hits and three walks.

Carolina 6 Potomac 3 – GAME TWO
• J. Mills 2IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Rivera 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Sundberg 2-3, BB, OF assist at 2B
• Page 2-3, R, 2B

Carolina jumped on spot starter Jordan Mills for four in the 1st and cruised to 6-3 win, ending Potomac’s hopes for a .500 finish in the first half. Mills was dinged for five runs total on five hits and two walks over two innings. Mariano Rivera III spun three scoreless to keep things close but the offense didn’t respond. Jack Sundberg singled twice and walked once while Matt Page singled and doubled to lead the 10-hit parade.

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 5
• M. Mills (W, 7-2) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Peterson (SV, 4) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Agustin 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Franco 2-3, R, BB
• Barrera 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

The Suns snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Legends. McKenzie Mills won for the seventh time (T3rd Sally Lg.) with seven innings of four-run ball on six hits and a walk while striking out nine for the second time this season. Tommy Peterson finished the game with a run on three hits, no walks, and two whiffs for his fourth save. Telmito Agustin led the Hagerstown hit column with a 3-for-4 night, while Anderson Franco also reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk.

DSL Update
Syracuse del Sur snapped an eight-game losing streak on Friday with a 5-1 win and then made it two in a row with a 6-4 triumph yesterday. Through 12 games the D-Nats are 3-9 and in last place in the DSL South. This week, they’ll play just two home games while taking on the Cardinals, Phillies Red (Philadelphia’s other team is the Phillies White), Angels, and Twins.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 17-9 @ Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Antolin (2-2, 6.06) vs.
Eshelman (4-1, 1.56)
Harrisburg Won, 9-6 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.05) vs.
Slania (1-0, 1.50)
Potomac Tied, 0-0
(Suspended, Top 1st)
@ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Skulina (1-0, 1.59) and
Sanburn (1-1, 5.06) vs.
TBD and Grist (0-0, 3.68)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-3 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Davila (5-2, 5.63)

Syracuse 17 Lehigh Valley 9
• Voth 5IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, 2HR
• Martin (W, 2-1) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Snyder 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 6RBI, BB
• Difo 3-6, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs got to see a bullpen meltdown from the dugout instead of the field as the IronPigs gave up 10 runs to give Syracuse a 17-9 win. Austin Voth raised his ERA with six runs and on six hits and two Taylor Hills over five innings. Erick Fedde recorded his first AA blown save while Rafael Martin vulture the win with the last two outs in the 8th after letting in the ninth Lehigh Valley run. Brandon Snyder singled, doubled, and delivered an Early Weaver special in the 9th for six RBIs to lead the Chiefs’ 18-hit outburst. Roster move: RHP Jaron Long promoted from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 9 Richmond 6
• Estevez (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K, HR, HBP
• Valdez (H, 4) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Keller 2-4, 2R

Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez won his AA debut while the Harrisburg bats provided plenty of support in a 9-6 win. Estevez pitched into the 6th and was charged with three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two. Phillip Valdez let in one of two inherited runners while getting out of the sixth and pitched a clean 7th for the hold, his fourth. Osvaldo Abreu, Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, and Raudy Read each homered as the Senators pounded out 12 hits total. Roster move: RHP Kyle McGown demoted from Syracuse; OF Darian Sandford assigned from Washington; LHP Braulio Lara placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 0 Carolina 0 – SUSP.
Victor Robles didn’t get hit by a pitch in the four minutes of game play as the Mudcats got two quick outs on the P-Nats before the rains came. After a 65-minute delay, the umpires called it off. They’ll finish it today and then play a seven-inning contest… weather permitting.

Lexington 14 Hagerstown 3
• C. Pena 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Fuentes (L, 2-3) 2IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Corredor 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Banks 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Hagerstown wasted no time in completing its collapse as Lexington got a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the 4th quarter four runs in each of its last two “ups” to extend the Suns’ losing streak to five by a 14-3 score. Carlos Pena got the start and the no-decision with three runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. Steven Fuentes wore the loss with seven runs on eight hits, including two homers in two innings thrown. Aldrem Corredor walked and doubled and scored twice while Nick Banks singled, doubled and stole a base to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Combined with a Kannapolis win, its fifth straight, Hagerstown was eliminated from the Sally League North Division first-half title race. Lakewood kept pace and remains one game back while Greensboro lost; however, both saw its tragic number reduced to two. Give the Intimidators credit, while they may get the benefit of two cancellations, they’ve won eight of their last ten and 10 of 15 in June.

Other Transactions
In the latest transaction post from Baseball America, the following players were given their release last week:
• RHPs Nick Conner, Anderson Martinez
• LHP John Lannan
• C Jorge Tillero
• OF Alex Santana

No real shocks here – Santana hadn’t played since 2015, Martinez since 2014; Tillero had been placed on the restricted list; Lannan was attempting a comeback as a sidearmer; Nick Conner was stomped on like a narc at a biker rally last summer in Auburn and turned 24 last month.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 @ Lehigh Valley,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (1-7, 6.16) vs.
C. Ramos (4-1, 2.56)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (AA debut) vs.
Johnson (4-3, 2.76)
Potomac Won, 4-2 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Skulina (1-0, 1.59) vs.
Ponce (5-5, 3.70)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4;
Lost, 9-1
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (3-3, 5.89) vs.
Gomez (2-7, 4.55)

Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 2
• Solis 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• O’Sullivan (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Robinson 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Snyder 1-2, R, HR, RBI, 2BB

The Chiefs got back under the horse with a 6-2 loss to Pawtucket. Sammy Solis gave up a leadoff HR in the 1st then gave way to the scheduled starter Sean O’Sullivan, who gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings to get his first “L” of the season. Clint Robinson doubled twice while BrAAAAndon Snyder walked twice and homered as the Chiefs managed five hits total. Roster moves: RHP Trevor Gott optioned from Washington, LHP Matt Grace recalled to Washington, LHP Sammy Solis assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Akron 7 Harrisburg 4
• Crownover 5⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Lara (BS, 3; L, 0-2) ⅓ IP, 1H, 4R, 1ER, BB, K, HR, WP
• Keller 3-5
• Hernandez 3-5, R, 3B, RBI
• Read 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg saw a 4-3 lead evaporate in the bottom of the eighth, “thanks” to two errors, a walk, and a homer as Akron took the series finale, 7-4. Matthew Crownover got his second no-decision in three starts as he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings. Braulio Lara blew his third save and took his second loss as he retired just one of four batters faced and gave up a walk and homer as the final four RubberDuck runs were charged to him. Alec Keller and Yadiel Hernandez both went 3-for-5 while Raudy Read singled and homered to lead the Sens’ 14-hit parade. Roster move: RHP Wirkin Estevez promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Carolina 2
• Guilbeau (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Schepel 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pena (S, 1) 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Page 2-3
• Wiseman 3-4, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Robles 1-1, R, RBI, HBP

The P-Nats scored single runs in the 1st and 2nd and two in the 5th as they took their sixth win in eight games, 4-2 over the Mudcats. Taylor Guilbeau got the start and the win as he tossed five scoreless innings with six hits and one walk allowed and three whiffs. Kyle Schepel laid two more goose eggs and Gilbert Mendez one before he lost the shutout and wobbled through a two-run 9th. Victor Robles was hit by a pitch and lifted after driving in the second Potomac run on a two-out single in the 2nd. His replacement, Matt Page, went 2-for-3 while Rhett Wiseman singled, walked, and doubled twice to lead the Potomac offense.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 4 – GAME ONE
• Bourque 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 8K, HR, 2WP
• Howell (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K, WP
• Neuse 1-2, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Kannapolis 9 Hagerstown 1 – GAME TWO
• Ramirez (L, 0-2) 4IP, 11H, 8R, 8ER, BB, K, HR
• Corredor 1-3, R, HR, RBI, 2K

Hagerstown came to Kannapolis in first place, up by a game and a half. They’re leaving in third place – effectively two games behind with three to play as the Intimidators ran them into the wall with another doubleheader sweep, 5-4 and 9-1.

In the opener, a 2-0 lead courtesy of a two-run HR by Aldrem Corredor in the 3rd was erased by a four-run 5th. Sheldon Neuse tied it with another two-run jack in the 6th, but Kannapolis made quick work of Jacob Howell in the bottom of the 7th with single, sacrifice, wild pitch, and another single to plate the gamewinner and secure the 5-4 win.

In the nightcap, an early 1-0 lead vanished with three in the 1st then five in the 3rd as the Intimidators completed the four-game sweep by a combined 28-7 margin with a 9-1 rout [Insert comparison to BOS-NYY Sept. 7-10, 1978 here].

Both the Grasshoppers and the BlueClaws also won last night, which means the Suns need a whole lot of help to win the division. If they sweep, they need two losses from Kannapolis and one loss from Greensboro (Hagerstown has the tiebreaker over Lakewood). If they take two of three, they need three losses from Kannapolis, two from Greensboro, and one from Lakewood.

The Suns’ tragic number is therefore two (2) — any combination of wins by Kannapolis and/or losses by Hagerstown equaling two will eliminate them from the first-half title race.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
O’Sullivan (0-0, 3.00) vs.
Beeks (1-1, 3.75)
Harrisburg Won, 12-7 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-1, 6.00) vs.
Lugo (4-3, 4.09)
Potomac Won, 4-2 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Silvestre (6-2, 4.34) vs.
Ponce (5-5, 3.70)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1;
Lost, 10-1
@ Kannapolis,
4:30 p.m.
Bourque (1-3, 5.05) and
Ramirez (0-1, 4.18) vs.
Solorzano (1-5, 5.74) and TBD

Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 6
• Cole 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Fedde (W, 1-0) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Suero (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Robinson 1-2, R, 3BB
• Stevenson 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Solano 2-3, R, 2RBI

It took 61 games and a three-run rally in the bottom of the 8th for the Chiefs to secure their 20th win, 7-6 over Pawtucket. A.J. Cole went the first five and gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk. The win went to Erick Fedde despite giving up a run on three hits in his single inning of work. Wander Suero picked up the save as he fanned two and walked on in a scoreless 9th. Syracuse cashed in this time on nine walks as they scored seven times on just seven hits, led by Andrew Stevenson who doubled and tripled and drove in two.
Roster moves: Grant Green released; OF Alejandro de Aza assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 12 Akron 7
• Hill 5⅔ IP, 9H, 7R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Eitel (W, 2-2) 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• N. Soto 3-5, R, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Keller 3-6, 2R, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg broke out for six runs in the 7th and three in the 8th to turn a 7-3 deficit into a 12-7 win over Akron. Taylor Hill gave up his customary HR and all seven runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Derek Eitel picked up the win in relief as he plucked the ‘Ducks over three and a 1/3rd scoreless and hitless innings. Stephen Perez was the beer man in a 14-hit parade that was paced by Alec Keller and Neftali Soto at three hits apiece.

Potomac 4 Buies Creek 2
• Borne (W, 2-2) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Pena (S, 1) 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Gushue 1-1, BB, 2SF, 2RBI
• Masters 2-4, 3B

The P-Nats doubled up the Astros, 4-2 and took the series, 2-1. Grant Borne went seven solid innings and gave up a run on three hits and two walks while striking out six for his second win. Ronald Pena was dinged for a homer in the 9th but preserved the lead for the save. Taylor Gushue singled, walked, and drove in two with a pair of sacrifice flies while David Masters singled and tripled to lead the Potomac offense.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 1 – GAME ONE
• Sharp (L, 3-4) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Howard 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Neuse 3-3, R, 2B
• Noll 2-3

Kannapolis 10 Hagerstown 1 – GAME TWO
• Bogucki (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 2K, 2HR
• Panaccione 1-2, R, 2B

Kannapolis made up serious ground with a doubleheader sweep of Hagerstown, 4-1 and 10-1. Sterling Sharp wasn’t (4IP, 4R) and A.J. Bogucki did his best imitation of Taylor Hill (2⅔ IP, 2HR) to take the losses. Sheldon Neuse and Jake Noll combined for five of the seven hits in the first game while the Suns were limited to just three in the nightcap. The Intimidators got help from the Crawdads, who swept the Grosshoppers in their doubleheader, while the BlueClaws snuck back into the race with a win.

Hagerstown still leads the division by one game—you might even say they’re in the driver’s seat—but is tied with Kannapolis in the loss column, and ahead of both Greensboro and Lakewood by one game. After tonight, none of these four teams play each other and only the Suns and Intimidators can play the full 70 games. Kannapolis has won three of four games played against Hagerstown, thus a Suns sweep would effectively eliminate the Intimidators, given that the next tiebreaker is divisional record (currently 25-18 vs 20-21).

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Pawtucket,
5:05 p.m.
G. Ross (2-4, 6.38) and
McGowin (1-5, 5.98) vs.
Owens (4-4, 3.88) and TBD
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Long (5-5, 2.66) vs.
Esparza (2-0, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 12-4 vs. Buies Creek,
7:05 p.m.
L. Reyes (5-5, 4.06) vs.
Quiala (4-1, 2.68)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Sharp (3-3, 3.62) vs.
Flores (6-4, 3.14)

Day 1 Draft Recap
Nats sign a Scott Boras client in the 1st round, a pitcher coming off TJ surgery in the 2nd. In a related story, the sun rose in the East this morning. Baseball America says its sources are telling them it will set in the west tonight. White Sox fans say that’s a hoax started by Keith Law.

Syracuse – OFF DAY
Syracuse didn’t lose yesterday because they didn’t play. Tonight, they start a four-game homestand with a doubleheader against fourth-place Pawtucket before heading out on the road to central PA for three against Lehigh Valley and four against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Roster moves: UT Wilmer Difo optioned from Washington; RHP Treovr Gott recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The Senators had the day off yesterday, too and will spend the next three nights in Akron to face the RubberDucks before returning to City Island for a weekend series against the Flying Squirrels. Roster move: C Jake Lowery reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 12 Buies Creek 4
• Sanburn (W, 1-1) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Skulina 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, BB
• Wiseman 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Masters 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

It’s too little, too late for the first half, but Potomac has strung together three straight wins with a 12-4 smackdown of Buies Creek. Nolan Sanburn got the start and the win with six innings of three-run ball on four hits and three walks while striking out four. Tyler Skulina followed with a run over two and 2/3rds but couldn’t go the requisite three innings for the rulebook save. Ian Sagdal, Rhett Wiseman, and David Masters all homered in a 13-hit barrage, highlighted by an eight-run 4th that erased a 3-2 lead by the Astros. Roster move: C Matt Reistetter activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 2
• M. Mills (W, 6-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Peterson (SV, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Franco 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Banks 1-2, R

The Suns scored three in the 2nd and made it stand up as they edged the BlueClaws, 3-2. McKenzie Mills won his sixth with a quality start of two runs let in on three hits and no walks while striking out four. Tommy Peterson finished the game with three scoreless innings for the save. Anderson Franco doubled in two while Angelo La Bruna squeezed in Jakson Reetz for the decisive run. Hagerstown leads the division by 1½ with seven to play, including a doubleheader tomorrow against third-place Kannapolis. Roster moves: LHP Tyler Watson placed on the 3-Day TIL; LHP McKenzie Mills activated from the 7-Day DL.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(11 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Buies Creek,
7:05 p.m.
Sanburn (0-1, 5.28) vs.
Adcock (1-3, 6.17)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
Mills (5-2, 2.30) vs.
Suarez (4-1, 1.72)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 5
• Antolin (L, 2-2) 3⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K
• Suero 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Butler 3-5, R, HR, RBI
• Solano 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SF

The Red Wings scored three in the 2nd and two in the 3rd to build a 5-0 lead and held off the Chiefs for a 6-5 win in the series finale. Dustin Antolin only put up one goose egg in four innings started as he was charged with all six Rochester runs on eight hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings. The Syracuse ‘pen combined for four and a 1/2rd scoreless innings, but the offense struggled to score without the longball, going 2-for-12 with RISP and leaving 10 men on base. Andrew Stevenson singled twice, scored twice, and doubled while Joey Butler singled twice and homered.

Binghamton 4 Harrisburg 3 (11 inn.)
• Simms 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Orlan (L, 1-2) 3BF, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Cordero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Read 2-5, R, 2B, BB
• Marmolejos 2-6, 2B
• Joseph 2-6, 2B

The wheels came off the bus in the 11th as Harrisburg’s relievers issued four walks and allowed two runs on just one hit in a 4-3 loss to Binghamton. R.C. Orlan loaded the bases on two walks and a single and Jimmy Cordero walked in one, and gave up a sacrifice fly, giving the loss to Orlan. John Simms started and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds for his sixth no-decision in 12 starts. Raudy Read reached based three times with a double, single, and a walk while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Corbin Joseph both went 2-for-6 with a double to lead the Sens offense.

Potomac 5 Down East 2
• Estevez (W, 4-3) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Schepel (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Carey 1-2, R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Lowery 1-3, 3B, RBI
• Sundberg 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez pitched into the 7th while Dale Carey homered in his first game back from “injury” as the P-Nats took the game, 5-2 and the series, 3-1. Estevez won for the fourth time and gave up both Wood Ducks runs on six hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Kyle Schepel got the next four outs for the hold while Gilberto Mendez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save. Carey also walked twice to reach base three times while Jack Sundberg singled, walked, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Potomac attack.

Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 1
• Watson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 45-27 PIT-K
• Fuentes (L, 2-2) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Perkins 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Barrera 1-3, R

Lakewood broke open a 1-0 game with three in the 6th and put it away with three more in the 9th as they defeated Hagerstown, 7-1. Tyler Watson wobbled through two scoreless innings, throwing 45 pitches, 27 for strikes before the Suns ‘pen was summoned. The loss went to Steven Fuentes, who gave up four runs on six hits and a walks over four innings. Blake Perkins walked and doubled in Tres Barrera for the sole Hagerstown run as the Suns were held to just four this and two walks total and fanned 13 times with Sheldon Neuse wearing the golden sombrero and Anderson Franco donning the silver.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-6 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Antolin (2-1, 4.97) vs.
Tracy (1st AAA start of ’17)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Binghamton,
3:30 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.13) vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 8-1 vs. Down East,
1:05 p.m.
Estevez (3-3, 4.17) vs.
Springs (1-5, 6.01)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
Watson (4-2, 3.39) vs.
Sanchez (1-2, 3.70)

Syracuse 8 Rochester 6
• Voth 4⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 3K, HR
• Grace (W, 1-3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Snyder 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R
• Skole 2-5, R

There were four homers hit and—swallow your morning beverage—all of them by Syracuse in a 8-6 win. Austin Voth, however, couldn’t get the 15 outs necessary for the “W,” which went to Matt Grace. Voth was charged with four runs on seven hits and five walks over four and 1/3rd innings. Grace walked one and tossed two scoreless innings. Every starter got a hit, with Brandon Snyder, Clint Robinson, Joey Butler, and Irving Falu all going deep in the 12-hit assault.

Harrisburg 5 Binghamton 4
• Crownover 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Robinson (W, 1-0) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Norfork 2-4, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2BB
• N. Soto 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Senators rallied for two runs on a hit, walk, and an error in the 9th to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 win. Matt Crownover made it through five innings with three runs let in on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Andrew Robinson got the win as the pitcher of record by striking out the last batter in the 9th. Mario Lisson and Neftali Soto both homered while Khayyan Norfork drove in the gamewinner with his second single of the night to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 8 Down East 1
• Silvestre (W, 6-2) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Guilbeau (H, 2) 3⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Sundberg 3-4, 3R, BB, SB
• Gushue 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Davidson 3-5, 2R, 3B, 3RBI

Potomac scored two runs in the 1st and never trailed as they beat Down East, 8-1. Hector Silvestre cruised through five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits, no walks, and fanning three. Taylor Guilbeau fell two outs short of a four-inning save and had to settle for a hold on three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings pitched. Jack Sundberg reached base four times with a walks and three singles while Austin Davidson drove in three while going 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored to power the P-Nats attack. Roster moves: 3B Kelvin Gutierrez placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Dale Carey activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 7
• C. Pena 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Simonds (W, 4-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Neuse 3-4, 2B, 2-3B, 3RBI
• Banks 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Johnson 2-5, 2R, 2RBI

The Suns rallied for six in the 7th and wobbled through the 8th and 9th innings to get past the Blue Claws, 9-7. Carlos Pena went the first five and gave up a solo HR in the 5th and four hits total while walking three and striking out six. Kyle Simonds was awarded the “W” thought he gave up a run over and inning and a 1/3rd. Sheldon Neuse doubled once, tripled twice, and plated three while Daniel Johnson went 2-for-5 with two scores and two RBIs to pace the Hagerstown offense. Neither the box score nor the gamers nor the Twitters indicate why Blake Perkins left the game after one AB.

DSL Update
The D-Nats quickly fell in line with the rest of the affiliates by dropping into last place with a 1-5 start after their first full week. As noted in the comments, none of the major IFAs from last July-August are on the roster, which should make for an interesting GCL team.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (1-7, 6.00) vs.
Pino (0-2, 4.91)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-6 vs. Binghamton,
6:00 p.m.
Crownover (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Conlon (5-4, 3.32)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 vs. Down East,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (5-2, 4.55) vs.
Jo. Hernandez (0-1, 17.18)
Hagerstown Won, 8-7 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (3-3, 6.38) vs.
Romero (4-1, 2.04)

Rochester 9 Syracuse 3
• O’Sullivan 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• Satterwhite (L, 0-3) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
• Snyder 4-4, R, 3B
• Severino 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Pedro Severino smacked a three-run HR but that’s all the offense the Chiefs could muster in a 9-3 loss to Rochester. Sean O’Sullivan got the start and three innings but was clipped by the Red Wings for three runs on five hits and two walks. Cody Satterwite took the loss, his third, as he gave up the go-ahead run on four hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Brandon Snyder led the Syracuse hit column with three singles and a triple. Roster moves: IF Emmanuel Burriss activated from the Restricted List; RHP Rafael Martin outrighted from Washington.

Binghamton 10 Harrisburg 6
• Eitel 3⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 6BB, 2K
• Brinley (L, 3-4) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Orlan 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR(GS), 3-3 IR-S
• Joseph 4-5, R
• N. Soto 2-5, R, RBI
• Read 2-5, R, E(6)

Harrisburg rallied for six in the 6th to take a 6-5 lead but it was all downhill from there as Binghamton lit up the ‘pen for five runs in the late innings for a 10-6 win. Derek Eitel was chased in the 4th as he gave up five runs on six hits and six walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. The loss went to Ryan Brinley though the killshot was given up R.C. Orlan: a grand slam to snap the 6-6 tie in the 8th. Corbin Joseph went 4-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Sens’ 11-hit parade. Roster move: IF Mario Lisson reassigned from Syracuse; 3B Drew Ward placed on the 7-Day DL retroactive to June 5.

Down East 1 Potomac 0
• Borne (L, 1-2) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sundberg 2-4
• Robles 1-4, 2B, OF assist at HP

A stoppable force met a moveable object Last Night in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 7
• Bourque 5IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Howard (W, 4-0) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Johnson 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI, CS
• Neuse 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Noll 2-4, 2R

A 7-3 lead vanished in the 8th as the ‘pen coughed up five runs. But these are the Suns, so they’re ones who rallied to win, 8-7 over the Blue Claws. James Bourque have up the first five Lakewood runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. Hayden Howard got the benefit of the rally as he completed the game with four innings of two-run ball on five hits without a walk and just one strikeout. Daniel Johnson and Sheldon Neuse both homered and scored twice as Hagerstown went 5-for-9 with RISP and made the most out of their 10 hits and three walks.