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.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
O’Sullivan (0-0, 0.00)
Wilk (0-0, 4.26)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Eitel (1-2, 2.89) vs.
Jannis (4-1, 3.74)
Potomac Won, 10-0 vs. Down East,
7:05 p.m.
Borne (1-1, 1.09) vs.
Ri. Pena (3-2, 3.62)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 (9 inn.);
Lost, 7-3
vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Fanti (4-0, 2.10) vs.
Bourque (1-3, 4.82)

Syracuse 3 Rochester 2
• Cole (W, 3-2) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 2WP
• Gott (S, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-4
• Sanchez 2-5

Syracuse scored three times in the top of the 6th and only allowed Rochester to answer with two in the bottom half as the Chiefs didn’t lose for the first time in six games, 3-2. A.J. Cole pitched his third straight quality start, letting in both Red Wings runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five for his third win. Trevor Gott stranded two while getting the last out in the 8th and worked around a leadoff single in the 9th to earn his second save. Pedro Severino’s two-run double and Irving Falu’s RBI single plated the Chiefs runs while Andrew Stevenson and Adrian Sanchez both singled twice to lead the Syracuse attack.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 2
• Hill (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, HBP; 1-3
• Fedde 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, CS
• Abreu 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Norfork 0-2, R, 2BB

The Senators scored three times in the 2nd and 5th and allowed single runs in the 3rd and 4th as they tripled up Altoona, 6-2 and stopped a six-game slide. After Joe Blanton tossed a scoreless inning of rehab, scheduled starter Taylor Hill came on in relief and tossed five and 2/3rds innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits (and his obligatory HR) while fanning two. Osvaldo Abreu singled, doubled, walked, and drove in three to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster move: RHP Joe Blanton assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 10 Down East 0
• Reyes 8IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 10K
• Skulina 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 4-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Davidson 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Masters 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Luis Reyes struck out 10 and combined with a reliever on a two-hit shutout of Down East, 10-0, which ended a four-game losing streak. Reyes needed just 92 pitches to get through eight innings and was perfect through three and 1/3rd before giving up a one-out double and single to CF that was too shallow to send in the run. He then retired another string of 13 batters before giving way to Tyler Skulina, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Ian Sagdal singled twice, doubled twice, and drove in three while Austin Davison was a HR shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4 night with two RBI to power the Potomac attack.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 4 (9 inn.) – GAME ONE
• Bogucki 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Held (BS, 3; L, 1-4) ⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 1RE, 0BB, 0K
• Perkins 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, OF assist at 2B, E(5)
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns blew leads of 3-1 and 4-3 and lost the opener in extras, 5-4. Starter A.J. Bogucki pitched five innings of one-run ball on six hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. The blown-save-loss went to Sam Held, who coughed up two runs on three hits in just 2/3rds of an inning. Telmito Agustin broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run HR in the 4th and scored twice while Blake Perkins reached base four times to lead a Hagerstown offense that went just 1-for-11 with RISP.

Greensboro 7 Hagerstown 3 – GAME TWO
• Y. Ramirez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Agustin 2-2, R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Perkins 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• 0-8 RISP, 8 LOB

Hagerstown could only score by putting the ball out of the yard as they dropped the nightcap, 7-3 to Greensboro. Yonathan Ramirez took the loss with five runs on five hits and three walks over just four innings. Telmito Agustin, Blake Perkins, and Aldrem Corredor each hit a solo HR and combined for five hits while the rest of the lineup looked like John McCain trying to ask a coherent question went 0-for-16. Roster moves: RHP Cody Gunter released; RHP Jacob Howell assigned from XST.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Pawtucket,
11:05 a.m.
G. Ross (2-3, 6.39) and TBD
vs. Velazquez (4-1, 1.50) and TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Altoona Long (5-4, 2.37) vs.
Brubaker (2-2, 4.53)
Potomac Lost, 9-8 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Postponed @ Greensboro
(Burlington, NC), 7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Brewster (4-3, 3.07)

Syracuse vs. Pawtucket – PPD
The rain that shortened Monday night’s contest postponed it on Tuesday. They’ll shoot to make it up with a doubleheader today.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 3
• Simms (L, 2-4) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, 3HR
• Brinley 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Keller 3-4
• Joseph 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Curve went deep three times in a 4-3 win over the Senators. John Simms was the victim (culprit?) as he gave up all four Altoona runs on the longball and five hits total over seven innings in his fourth loss. Ryan Brinley kept things close with two scoreless to finish the game. Alec Keller led the Harrisburg hit column with three singles while Neftali Soto and Corban Joseph both went 2-for-4. Roster move: OF Yadiel Hernandez activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Frederick 9 Potomac 8
• Sanburn 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Rivera (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Sundberg 4-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Page 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 2-3, 2R, BB, SAC

Potomac could get ’em on (12H, 6BB) but couldn’t get ’em in (4-20 RISP) and couldn’t keep the Keys in the yard again as they dropped the series finale, 9-8 to Frederick. Nolan Sanburn got the start and was lit up for five runs on nine hits, including two homers over six innings. The loss went to Mariano Rivera III, who couldn’t hold an 8-5 lead and gave up the final four runs. Jack Sundberg reached base five times with three singles, a double, and a walk while Matt Page walked, singled, and homered to lead the Potomac offense. Roster move: C Matt Reistetter reassigned from Hagerstown, placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown – PPD
The field at the Grasshoppers’ ballpark still hadn’t recovered from heavy rains last week, forcing a postponement of last night’s game and moving tonight’s contest down the road to Burlington. There is no word on when they’ll make it up.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-0
(7 inn., rain)
@ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
G. Ross (2-3, 6.39)
Velazquez (4-1, 1.50)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Altoona Simms (2-3, 4.00) vs.
Anderson (2-6, 4.41)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Sanburn (0-1, 3.86) vs.
Gonzalez (2-3, 5.70)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Brewster (4-3, 3.07)

Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 0
• Voth (L, 1-7) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Green 1-2
• Ramsey 1-2

The Chiefs (17-35) maintained their “lead” over the Baby Cakes (19-37) for the worst record in AAA with 7-0, rain-shortened loss to Pawtucket. Austin Voth threw six innings and gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two for his seventh loss. Austin Adams failed to retire the three batters he faced in the 7th (BB, BB, HBP) and Matt Grace stranded just one in the game’s final frame. The Chiefs mustered four hits and one walk while being shut out for the fifth time this season. Roster moves: OF Ryan Raburn selected by Washington; RHP Rafael Martin designated for assignment; UT Mario Lisson reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
After a brief road trip to Western Pennsylvania, Harrisburg returns to the capital for a six-game homestand against Altoona and Binghamton.

Frederick 3 Potomac 2 (11 inn.) – GAME ONE
• Estevez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• R. Pena 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mendez (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Gutierrez 3-5, 3B, RBI
• Sagdal 2-5, RBI

All three Keys runs came via the longball, including the game-winner in the 11th in a 3-2 win over the P-Nats. Gilberto Mendez took the loss, his second, on the homer in his second inning of work, following three scoreless by Ronald Pena. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez started and went the first six, giving up two runs on a homer in the 3rd and five hits total. He walked two and struck out three/ Kelvin Gutierrez led the Potomac attack with a 3-for-5 effort, followed by Ian Sagdal at 2-for-5.

Frederick 8 Potomac 6 – GAME TWO
• Guilbeau 4IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Schepel (L, 1-2) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Sundberg 2-2, R, BB, OF assist at 2B
• Page 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-4, R, SB, CS

Potomac led twice – 4-2 and 5-3 – but couldn’t stop Frederick from completing the doubleheader sweep with an 8-6 win. Taylor Guilbeau was strafed for nine hits and let in three runs over four innings, though we walked none and fanned four in a no-decision. Kyle Schepel took the loss as he gave up five runs on five hits over the last two innings. Jack Sundberg reached base three times with two singles and a walk while Matt Page singled and doubled and drove in a run to pace the P-Nats offense.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
The circus left Hagerstown and headed back to Columbia while the Suns traveled to Greensboro yesterday for a three-game series against the Grasshoppers.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
G. Ross (2-3, 6.39) vs.
Kendrick (1-3, 7.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Estevez (3-3, 4.30) and
Guilbeau (0-0, 6.23) vs.
Sedlock (4-3, 6.20) and
Love (1-1, 3.03)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 OFF DAY N/A

Postponed
Rain washed away the series finale between Syracuse and Columbus. They’ll make it up next month when the Chiefs visit the Clippers on July 20-23.

Erie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Crownover (L, 0-1) 4IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Lisson 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

The Seawolves jumped on Matt Crownover for three runs in the 2nd as they completed the four-game sweep with a 6-3 win over the Senators. Crownover made it through four innings in his losing AA debut, allowing the aforementioned three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. Erick Fedde was stung for one run and R.C. Orland for two runs as each went two innings in relief. All three Harrisburg runs came via the longball as Mario Lisson went solo in the 4th and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos sent in two during the 6th; both went 2-for-4.

Frederick 4 Potomac 2
• Silvestre (L, 5-2) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR, WP
• Pantoja 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Page 3-3, R, 2-2B
• Gutierrez 1-4, RBI

It was two little too late as Potomac scored twice in the 9th but fell short to Frederick, 4-2. Hector Silvestre was dinged twice and gave up all four Keys runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. Jorge Pantoja followed with three scoreless to keep things close. Matt Page singled once, scored once, and doubled twice while Kelvin Gutierrez rounded out the P-Nats hit column at just four. Roster move: RHP Joan Baez placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 2; LHP Jordan Mills reassigned from Hagerstown.

Columbia 5 Hagerstown 3
• Watson (L, 4-2) 5+ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Held 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perkins 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Noll 2-4, BB, RBI

The Fireflies got to Tyler Watson for two in the 6th to erase a 3-2 Suns’ lead and held on for 5-3 win and split the four-game series. Watson, who lost for the second time, was charged with four runs on five hits and three walks over five-plus innings. Blake Perkins and Jake Noll both went 2-for-4 with a walk to lead the Hagerstown hit parade. Roster move: RHP Phil Morse reassigned from Auburn.