Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Long (0-1, 8.00) vs.
Clevinger (6-0, 2.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Lopez (1-5, 3.82) vs.
Pinto (2-2, 4.40)
Potomac Lost, 2-1;
Lost, 4-0
vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 6.60) vs.
Null (2-3, 3.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Greenville,
2:05 p.m.
Avila (5-4, 3.02) vs.
Jimenez (1-1, 8.25)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Pena (1-6, 3.92 @ GCL in ’15) vs.
Hillman (0-2, 4.13 @ AZL in ’15)

Columbus 4 Syracuse 3
• Voth (L, 3-3) 7IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Gutierrez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R, RBI

The Chiefs’ circle of the drain took another spin with a 4-3 loss to the Clippers, the seventh straight defeat. Austin Voth went seven innings, shutting out Columbus for six of them, but the four-run 5th rigged him with his third loss with four hits (three doubles) and one walk allowed. He struck out five. J.C. Gutierrez both followed with a goose egg, but the Syracuse offense continues to struggle. While they drew 10 walks, just one of them scored and the team left on 14 while going 3-for-14 with RISP. Jason Martinson and Brian Goodwin both went 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the seven-hit effort.

Harrisburg 2 Reading 0
• Ross (W 3-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Glover (SV, 4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-3, R, BB, SB, 2CS, E(15)
• Kieboom 2-3, R

Greg Ross continues to dominate in his return to AA, tossing another seven scoreless innings as Harrisburg shut out Reading, 2-0. Ross gave up three hits and two walks while striking out five to win his third straight start since his callup from Potomac. Wander Suero and Koda Glover combined for two perfect innings to earn the hold and save, respectively. Wilmer Difo and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the nine-hit, four-walk offense.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 1 – GAME ONE
• Williams (L, 0-2) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Peterson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ward 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, BB

Since swapping places with Greg Ross, Austen Williams hasn’t been as brilliant but has pitched well enough win, twice. And has lost, twice – the latest by a 2-1 decision at the wings of the Pelicans. Williams gave up both Myrtle Beach runs on four hits (one HR) and a walk while setting down six on strikes over six innings. The P-Nats mustered just three singles and a double while walking four times, with Drew Ward and Dale Carey the only two batters to reach base twice.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Reyes (L, 3-7) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K
• Spann 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 2-3
• Masters 1-3

Myrtle Beach got four in the 3rd and it was more than enough to secure the doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 shutout of Potomac. Luis Reyes took the loss with all four Pelicans runs allowed on five hits and four walks over five innings. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos went 2-for-3; the rest of the team went 3-for-23 with two walks.

Greenville 7 Hagerstown 1
• Bourque (L, 0-3) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Rivera 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 1-3, BB, OF assist at 3B
• Lora 1-3, R

The Suns lost, 7-1, but thanks to Delmarva dropping the opener of its doubleheader, Hagerstown clinched the first-half division title. James Bourque lost for the third time in as many starts with three runs let in on seven hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three. Only Mariano Rivera III managed to stall the Drive with a scoreless 9th as Greenville piled on four more against Luis Torres and Taylor Guilbeau. Rhett Wiseman was the only batter to reach base twice as the Suns were held to four hits and three walks.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Mills (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Fuentes (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Ripken 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• La Bruna 2-4, R
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB, 2SB, OF assist at 3B

Auburn completed the two-game sweep of Batavia with a 5-1 win. McKenzie Mills navigated through nine baserunners (six hit, three walks) in five scoreless innings for the win. Steve Fuentes gave up the lone run on two hits and a walk while earning the save. Ryan Ripken (turns 23 next month) continues to punish significantly younger pitchers with a single, double, and a walk and two RBI, as did Angelo La Bruna (turned 24 in April) with a pair of singles as the Doubledays took advantage of seven walks and an error to score five times on six hits. Roster moves: As noted in the comments, 3B Sheldon “Come On Feel The” Neuse was signed by Washington and assigned to the Doubledays roster.

DSL Update
The D-Nats dropped four of six to fall to 5-7 on the season thus far. Longtime DSLer Angel Guillen (19, but in his third season at the level) has struck out 12 in ten scoreless innings across two starts to lead the pitchers. Returnees Santo Falcon (19) Brailin Mesa (18), and Jesus Morales (18) are each posting .800+ OPS marks over the first two weeks to lead the hitters.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 vs. Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.90) vs.
Plutko (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 vs. Reading,
6:00 p.m.
Ross (2-0, 0.00) vs.
Morris (0-0, 9.82)
Potomac Won, 4-2;
Won, 4-3
vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:00 p.m.
Williams (0-1, 2.57) and
Reyes (3-6, 5.18) vs.
Clifton (4-3, 2.21) and
Leal (8-3, 3.55)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1;
Won, 4-1
vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-2, 8.22) vs.
Almonte (1-1, 2.90)
Auburn Won, 3-0 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (0-2, 7.71 in ’15) vs.
McKay (1-3, 4.15 @ GCL in ’15)

Columbus 8 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 3-6) 6IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, HR(9)
• De Los Santos 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Severino 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• den Dekker 0-2, R, 2BB
• 1-9 RISP, 10 LOB

Columbus scored in six of nine innings as they, um, sailed past Syracuse for an 8-3 win. Chiefs starter Taylor Hill took the loss, his sixth, as he gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings while striking out four. The Syracuse offense took advantage of four Clipper errors and seven walks issued to score three times on just five (5) hits. Pedro Severino led the way with a single, a double, and two walks.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 0
• Valdez (L, 0-1) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, HBP
• Simms 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 1-2, 2B, 2BB
• Collier 2-4

Former National farmhand Nick Pivetta shut down his former teammates with a seven-hit shutout as the Fightins’ filibustered the Senators, 4-0. Phillips Valdez had but one bad inning—four in the 2nd—in six innings pitched, as he lost his first AA game with six hits and a walk allowed while fanning four. Wilmer Difo walked twice and doubled once while Zach Collier went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles to account for three of the seven hits and two of the three walks allowed by Pivetta.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 2 – GAME ONE
• Fedde 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Brinley (W, 3-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mejia 2-3, 2B
• Read 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Raudy Read’s line-drive, two-run HR to left-center ended the opener in “extras,” for a 4-3 Potomac win over Myrtle Beach in eight innings. Erick Fedde returned from the DL to pitch four innings of one-run ball on two walks and three hits as he set down two on strikes. The win went to Ryan Brinley for a scoreless 8th with a walks and two whiffs. Drew Ward also homered while Bryan Mejia led the hit column with a single and a double in three at-bats.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3
• Whiting (W, 7-2) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Orlan (SV, 7) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos 2-3, R, 2B
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

The Pelicans got sloppy on defense and it cost them dearly as the P-Nats scored four times in the 3rd on just two hits that left the infield and two errors in a 4-3 win to complete the doubleheader sweep. Boone Whiting shook off two shaky innings early to win his seventh game. He struck out four on a quality start of two runs on two hits and a walk over six innings. R.C. Orlan held the lead but gave up a run as he was credited with his seventh save. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Drew Ward both went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored to pace the P-Nats attack.

Hagerstown 6 Greenville 1 – GAME ONE
• Baez (W, 3-5) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 8K
• Borne 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schrock 3-3, 3R, 2-2B, RBI
• DeBruin 1-2, BB, 2RBI
• Page 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

The Suns disengaged the Drive with a four-run 5th to take the opener, 6-1. Joan Baez struck out a season-high of eight over five innings as he won his third game. He let in the lone Greenville run on two hits and three walks. Max “For Those About To” Schrock scored three times and drove in one as he singled once and doubled twice to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Hagerstown 4 Greenville 1– GAME TWO
• DeRosier (W, 3-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Walby (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Robles 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Reetz 2-3, 2B

Hagerstown scored twice in the 1st, twice in the 2nd and cruised to a 4-1` win to sweep the doubleheader. Matt DeRosier notched his third win with as he gave up a run on five hits and a walk over five innings. Jorge Pantoja and Philip Walby each pitched a scoreless innings to earn the hold and save, respectively. The Suns collected nine hits total, seven by the top four hitters in the lineup, with Victor Robles totaling the most bases (4) with a single and a triple in four AB’s. Delmarva is keeping up the pressure with its seventh straight win but is now on the brink of elimination as they must win all three remaining games while Hagerstown loses today and tomorrow to take the first half division title in the Sally North.

Auburn 3 Batavia 0
• Watson 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Encarnacion 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ripken 2-4, R

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout to neuter the Muckdogs, 3-0. Tyler Watson went the first five innings and gave up all three Batavia hits while issuing a walk and striking out seven. Robbie Dickey followed with three scoreless innings, issuing a walk and getting four whiffs. Angher Cespedes worked around a walk in the 9th and got two K’s to push the team total to 13 on the night. Randy Encarnacion’s two-run HR in the 7th broke up the Star Trek convention on the scoreboard while Clayton Brandt drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the third Auburn run.

Friday’s News & Notes

Rain for NPP 2

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-5, 4.75) vs.
Detwiler (0-4, 5.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (0-0, 7.94) vs.
Pivetta (6-4, 3.67)
Potomac Postponed vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:00 p.m.
Fedde (3-3, 5.00) and
Whiting (6-2, 3.26) vs.
Martinez, Jon (3-4, 5.08) and
Hedges (6-4, 2.25)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greenville,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (2-5, 5.21) and
DeRosier (2-3, 5.02) vs.
Espinoza (4-4, 3.35) and
Raudes (6-1, 4.21)
Auburn N/A vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Watson (1-1, 0.00 @ GCL in ’15) vs.
Hovis (Missed 2015 with Nationals elbow)

Syracuse – OFF DAY
The last-place Chiefs return home on a five-game losing streak as they host the Clippers for three games over Father’s Day weekend. Taylor Hill gets the start tonight against former National Ross Detwiler.

Trenton 3 Harrisburg 1
• Giolito (L, 5-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR, HBP, WP
• Brady 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-4, R, 2B
• Keyes 1-2

Harrisburg fell behind 3-0 after four innings and couldn’t catch up to lose, 3-1 to Trenton. Lucas Giolito needed 92 pitches to get thrrough five innings as he gave up all three Thunder runs (two earned) on six hits (one solo HR) and a walk. He struck out seven while losing his third game. Christopher Bostick singled, doubled, and scored the Senator run to lead the seven-hit, two-walk offense.

Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac – PPD
Last night’s thunderstorms postponed the opener of a five-game series between Potomac and Myrtle Beach and will force back-to-back doubleheaders tonight and tomorrow night, weather/field conditions permitting.
Roster moves: RHP Erick Fedde activated from 7-Day DL; LHP Justin Thomas placed on 7-Day DL.

Greenville vs. Hagerstown – PPD
The rains came from the west to the east and thus washed away the Suns, too. The spectre of 2014 looms as Delmarva continues to win (six straight) and put the pressure on Hagerstown, which leads by a game and a half with four games left in the first half. Third-place Hickory was eliminated with the loss to Delmarva.

The Doubledays start the 2016 campaign with a five-game homestand: two against Batavia, three against Mahoning Valley. Local beat writer Jeremy Houghtaling has the story on the 2016 roster.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (5-2, 2.64) vs.
Adams (5-0, 2.65)
Potomac Cancelled vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (6-2, 3.26) vs.
Martinez (3-4, 5.08)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (2-5, 5.21) vs.
Espinoza (4-4, 3.35)

Louisville 4 Syracuse 2
• Cole (L, 5-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2B
• Campana 2-4, 2B, CS

Matt Skole’s two-run HR prevented a shutout but wasn’t enough to deny Louisville the three-game sweep with a 4-2 win over Syracuse. Starter A.J. Cole gave up all four Bats runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five while losing his third game. Erik Davis and Rafael Martin both put up a goose egg in relief but the Chiefs offense was unable to capitalize. Steve Lombardozzi and Tony Campana both singled and double while Brian Goodwin singled twice to account for six of the eight Syracuse hits, none of which came in eight RISP chances.

Harrisburg 1 Trenton 0
• Mapes (W, 6-4) 9IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K, HBP
• Soto 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Difo 1-4, R, 2B

Tyler Mapes dominated the Thunder with a 98-pitch, complete-game shutout by the minimum margin of 1-0. The 24-y.o. put on five base runners with three hits, a walk, and a hit batsman, but none of them got past first base, though he only rolled one double play. Neftali Soto’s two-out double in the 1st plated Wilmer Difo, who doubled with one out for the game’s only run. Otherwise the Senators were in recess with just four hits and three walks the rest of the night while striking out 14 times. Soto (2-for-4) and Zach Collier (1-for-3, BB) were the only two Harrisburg hitters to reach base twice.

Salem vs. Potomac – CNCLD
The rain headed for D.C. today swept through Salem and washed away the series finale between the Red Sox and Nationals. It will not be made up, as it was the final meeting between the two teams in the first half (not to mention both division titles have been clinched).

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 5
• Rodriguez (W, 6-2) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• VanVossen (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Agustin 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Tillero 2-4, 3B, BB, RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB

Hagerstown shaved the magic number for the Sally North first-half title to three with a 6-5 win over Lakewood. Jefry Rodriguez pitched into the 7th for the second time in three starts, though he couldn’t finish the frame. He was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks over six and 2/3rds while striking out five for his sixth win. Mick VanVossen let in two inherited runners while getting the last out of the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold while Trey Lambert coughed up a run in the 9th but held the lead to qualify for the save. Telmito Agustin walked twice, scored twice, and doubled to lead the Suns’ ten-hit, five-walk offense.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Louisville,
11:45 a.m.
Cole (5-2, 4.67) vs.
Moscot (1-3, 7.56)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Mapes (5-4, 3.27) vs.
Montgomery (5-1, 2.95)
Potomac Won, 11-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Whiting (6-2, 3.26) vs.
McGrath (1-2, 4.88)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-3 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.89) vs.
Kilome (1-5, 4.96)

Louisville 3 Syracuse 2
• Espino (L, 3-6) 5+ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 2HR; 1-2
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-3, BB, CS
• Martinson 2-3, R, 2B, 3B, BB

Three errors and two homers were too much for the Chiefs to overcome as the Bats edged them again, 3-2. Paolo Espino bookended his five-plus innings with solo HR’s allowed in the 1st and 6th innings while giving up an unearned run in the 2nd for his sixth loss. He gave up six hits total, walked one, and struck out six. Bryan Harper stranded two while finishing the 6th while J.C. Gutierrez and Nick Masset both turned in a scoreless inning to keep things close. Brian Goodwin and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-3 with a walk while the rest of the lineup went 2-for-25 with three walks.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 4
• Lopez (L, 1-5) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 1ER, 2BB, 7K, 0HR
• Self 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B
• Collier 1-3, 2RBI

Trenton took advantage of four Harrisburg errors to score six unearned runs in a 7-4 win. Reynaldo Lopez lost for the fifth time as he gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Derek Self stranded two while getting the last out of the 5th and put up two more goose eggs to keep the Sens close. Despite striking out 13 times, Harrisburg scored four times on just six hits and one (1) walk. Shawn Pleffner connected for the only extra-base hit (double) and Zach Collier drove in two to lead the offense. Roster moves: OF Zach Collier activated from the 7-Day DL; UT Cutter Dykstra released.

Potomac 11 Salem 4
• Crownover 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Estevez (W, 1-4) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mendez (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 3-6, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Read 2-3, R, BB
• Stevenson 1-2, 4R, 3B, 4BB, 3SB (23, 24, 25)

After blowing a 3-2 lead in the 5th to fall behind 4-3, Potomac torched Salem relievers for eight unanswered runs in the final three innings to take this one, 11-4. Matt Crownover labored through four innings (80 pitches) and let in the first two Red Sox runs on four hits and two walks with a single strikeout. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was the beneficiary of the P-Nats’ four-run 7th for a win despite coughing up the lead with two runs over two innings. Gilberto Mendez closed out the game with three scoreless for the save. Andrew Stevenson drew four walks, stole three bases, and scored four runs to lead the 12-hit, seven-walk attack.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 3
• Avila (L, 5-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rivera 1IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Page 1-2, R, 2BB, CS
• Lora 1-2, 2B, BB, SB

The Suns remain stuck on 40 wins while the Shorebirds won their fourth straight to close the gap to just two games in the Sally North after a 9-3 loss to the BlueClaws. Pedro Avila took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five innings. After getting a run in the top of the 8th to pull within one at 4-3, Mariano Rivera III sent the hometown fans happy as he was pinched for five runs (all earned) on six hits and a walk in the bottom of the 8th. Hagerstown squeezed three runs out of five hits and four walks with the help of one Lakewood error and three stolen bases. Matt Page led the way with a single and two walks, though he was caught stealing.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-5, 3.49) vs.
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (1-4, 3.97) vs.
Campos (1-0, 1.46)
Potomac Lost, 7-1 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 7.36) vs.
Lakins (5-2, 5.77)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Avila (5-3, 2.76) vs.
Arauz (2-4, 3.35)

Louisville 7 Syracuse 1
• Long (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 1K, WP
• De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• den Dekker 2-4
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, BB

Louisville broke out the, um, bats as they scored four times in the first five innings to hand Syracuse a 7-1 loss. Jaron Long took the brunt of the beating, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one (1) for his first AAA loss of ’16. Matt den Dekker singled twice while Brian Goodwin walked and doubled. The rest of the team went 3-for-24 with a walk.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 0
• Ross (W, 2-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 8K
• Glover (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Bostick 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Soto 3-4, 2R, 2B

Three Senators pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to complete the four-game sweep of the ‘Ducks by a 4-0 score. Greg Ross won his second start since his recall to AA, allowing three hits and three walks over seven innings while fanning eight. Wander Suero loaded the bases before he was lifted with two out in the 8th but Koda Glover stranded all three runners, then worked around a hit in the 9th to earn his third save. Christopher Bostick was a homer shy of the cycle while Neftali Soto singled twice and doubled once as both went 3-for-4 to lead the ten-hit parade.

Salem 7 Potomac 1
• Bacus 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Orlan (L, 2-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 0K, 2WP
• Read 1-3, 2B, BB, PB(10)
• Carey 1-3, R

Salem cast a spell on the Potomac bullpen, putting up two in the 6th and four in the 8th en route to a 7-1 win that clinched the C.L. South. Dakota Bacus went the first five innings and let in a run on four hits. He walked two and struck out six. R.C. Orlan walked five of seven batters faced over 2/3rds of an inning in the 6th to suffer the loss, his second. Raudy Read walked and doubled and was the only P-Nat to reach base twice as the team mustered just six hits total.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 0
• Bourque (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR, HBP
• Guilbeau 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Reetz 1-3
• Davidson 1-3, BB

Two BlueClaws pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout to eclipse the Suns, 5-0. James Bourque was the loser for the second time in as many starts as Lakewood took him deep twice to account for four of the five runs he was charged with over four and 2/3rds innings. He hit a batter, walked two, and struck out three. Taylor Guilbeau and Trey Lambert combined for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief, but the Hagerstown hitters were too busy muttering to themselves as they walked back to the dugout 15 times after striking out. Austin Davidson was the only batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with single and a walk.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Long (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Reed (5-3, 3.38)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Ross (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Plutko (3-2, 3.02)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (0-2, 4.82) vs.
Kent (5-3, 3.57)
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-1, 15.00) vs.
Leftwich (5-3, 2.43)

Indianapolis 5 Syracuse 4
• Voth 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K,
• Martin (BS, 3; L, 1-3) ⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Severino 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2R, RBI

A two-run lead was too small for Rafael Martin to hold as Indianapolis got to the Syracuse reliever for three in the 9th to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 walkoff win. The blown save and loss (third on both counts for Martin) turned five innings of two-run ball by Chiefs starter Austin Voth into another no-decision (seven times in 11 starts). Pedro Severino singled twice and went yard for a 3-for-4 game, followed by Matt Skole, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 6
• Valdez 5⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 5K
• Robinson (W, 4-0) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Bautista 4-4, R, BB
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ballou 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The RubberDucks issued three straight walks with two out in the bottom of the 9th – one intentionally, two unintentionally – to give away a 7-6 win to the Senators. The free passes made a winner out of Andrew Robinson, who had given up a two-out solo HR in the top of the inning to tie it at 6-6. Philips Valdez was knocked for five runs on nine hits and four walks over five and 2/3rds innings in his AA debut for a no-decision. Rafael Bautista reached base five times with four singles and a walk to lead Harrisburg’s 16-hit parade, followed by Shawn Pleffner’s 3-for-4 afternoon with a triple, a walk, two singles, two runs scored, and two RBI.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3
• Reyes (L, 3-6) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR
• Mendez 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Read 2-5, 2B
• Vettleson 2-5, 2B

After erasing a 2-0 deficit with a three-run 4th, Potomac had no answer for Frederick’s two-spot in the 6th in a 4-3 loss, dropping the Woodbridge nine below .500, into 3rd place, and out of the first-half playoff race. Luis Reyes gave up all four Keys runs on six hits, including two solo HRs. He walked two and struck out four to lose for the sixth time. Raudy Read and Drew Vettleson both went 2-for-5 with a double, but the offense struggled in the clutch with a 2-for-14 mark with RISP and 11 men stranded—including the tying and go-ahead runs in the 8th at second and third base.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 5
• DeRosier (W, 2-3) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Walby (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Page 3-4, 3R, 2B, 2HR, 2RBI
• Tillero 2-3, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Sagdal 2-5, 2B

Matt DeRosier nearly suffered the fate of Austin Voth as Mariano Rivera got blasted for four runs in the 7th to turn a 7-1 beatdown into a 7-5 decision over the Legends as the Suns took the series, 3-1. DeRosier fanned seven and gave up a run on a homer and two hits total with nary a walk to win his second game. Philip Walby kept Lexington off the board in the 8th and 9th innings for his first save. Matthew Page homered twice and doubled for ten total bases and two RBI while Jorge Tillero singled, doubled, and drove in three to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Indianapolis,
1:35 p.m.
Voth (3-2, 2.84) vs.
Williams (0-3, 6.32)
Harrisburg Won, 11-2 vs. Akron,
3:30 p.m.
Valdez (AA debut) vs.
Peoples (5-2, 3.02)
Potomac Lost, 2-0;
Lost, 3-0
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Reyes (3-5, 5.08) vs.
Hagerstown Lost, 8-5 vs. Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Ogando (4-5, 3.63)

Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 1
• Hill (L, 3-5) 6IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Gutierrez 1IP, 1H, 0R, IBB, 2K
• Ramsey 1-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Solano 2-2, 2BB
• 0-6 RISP, 11 LOB

Caleb Ramsey’s solo HR in the 8th broke up the Indians’ shutout bid as the Chiefs were clipped, 2-1. Taylor Hill kept the ball in the yard, scattering nine hits over six innings of two-run ball. He walked none and struck out five while losing his fifth decision. Matt Belisle failed to record a 1-2-3 inning again but kept Indianapolis off the board as did J.C. Gutierrez as each turned in a scoreless inning. Jhonatan Solano singled twice and walked twice to lead the seven-hit, six-walk Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 11 Akron 2
• Simms 3⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HBP, E
• Brady (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K; 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-3, 2R, SF, 3RBI
• Soto 3-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, SB(31), CS(6)

Harrisburg relievers combined for a two-run bullpen job while the hitters ducked up Akron pitchers for 14 hits in an 11-2 demolition. John Simms made the spot start and let in one run on five hits and a walk while fanning three. Michael Brady was credited with the win with the second run on three hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Isaac Ballou, Neftali Soto, and Christopher Bostick each drove in three runs while Soto and Rafael Bautista each had three hits. Every position player reached base while beers were on Kevin Keyes as the only Senator to go hitless.

Frederick 2 Potomac 0 – GAME ONE
• Williams (L, 0-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2B
• Keller 1-3, 2B

In the opener, the Keys locked down the P-Nats for a 2-0 shutout. Austen Williams pitched well enough to win, with two runs allowed on six hits and a walk over seven innings while setting down six on strikes for a complete-game loss in his return to High-A. The offense was AWOL with just three hits – an Andrew Stevenson double off the glove of the Frederick CF, an error ruled as an infield double when the Keys 3B dropped a popup, and a double peeled to left-center by Jose “Orange” Marmolejos.

Frederick 3 Potomac 0 – GAME TWO
• Spann (L, 1-1) 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, WP
• Sanchez 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Carey 2-2
• Norfork 1-2

Frederick shut out Potomac, 3-0 in the nightcap to sweep the doubleheader and pull into a tie for second place in the C.L. North. Matt Spann got the spot start and was knocked for two runs on five hits and two walks over three innings to take the loss. That was more than enough to win as the P-Nats only mustered just four hits and one walk, with Daly Carey leading the way with two singles in two trips to the plate.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 5
• Baez (L, 2-5) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Torres 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Agustin 2-3, R, 3B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Lora 2-4, 2R
• Schrock 2-4, R, RBI

The Suns jumped out to a 3-0 lead which the Legends erased with a five-run 3rd and held on for an 8-5 win. Joan Baez continues to struggle, failing to go four or more innings for the fourth time in six starts in his fifth loss. He was pounded for five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk over three innings. Telmito Agustin tripled, homered, and drove in two to lead the Hagerstown offense.
Roster moves: 3b Kelvin Gutierrez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Grant DeBruin reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Update
The D-Nats started up this past week and fell in line the with .500 mark (3-3) that’s all the rage in the Nationals farm these days (OK, fine just Syracuse and Potomac; win some, lose some). Folks looking for a lot of new names will be sorely disappointed, as nine of the 12 pitchers to have pitched and six of the 12 position players to have batted thus far are holdovers from the 2015 team.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-4, 4.92) vs.
Glasnow (6-2, 2.04)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (3-3, 3.08) vs.
Morimando (9-1, 2.17)
Potomac Won, 6-0 vs. Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (2-4, 4.76) vs.
Watson (1-6, 8.72)

Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 4
• Cole (W, 5-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, HBP
• Martin (SV, 12) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB, HBP
• Campana 2-3

Syracuse got two runs early and held off Indianapolis late for 5-4 win. Starter A.J. Cole turned in his fourth straight quality start to win his fifth game, with two runs allowed on five hits. He walked two and struck out a season-high of eight. Matt Skole homered for the aforementioned two-spot and went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and—thanks to Brian Goodwin running ahead of him—a stolen base. Goodwin also reached base four times on a hit by pitch, double, single, and a walk. Jason Martinson also homered to help cover up a team 1-for-12 mark with RISP.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 2
• Giolito (W, 5-2) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 12K
• Glover 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B
• Soto 2-4, R
• Bostick 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI

Both hands on the keyboard: Lucas Giolito also hit a season-high with K’s (12) while winning his fifth game as the Sens tripled up the ‘Ducks, 6-2. Giolito went seven innings and gave up two unearned runs on four hits and one walk. He threw 100 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Koda Glover was perfect for two innings as he retired all six Akron batters he faced while finishing the game. Shawn Pleffner doubled, Christopher Bostick tripled, and Kevin Keyes homered as Harrisburg produced six runs from seven hits and two walks.

Frederick 6 Potomac 3
• Whiting (W, 6-2) 6⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Estevez 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Marmolejos 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Vettleson 1-4, R, 2SB

Boone Whiting came back from paternity leave to show Frederick who’s their daddy Last Night In Woodbridge

Roster moves: RHP Boone Whiting activated from the the 3-Day TIL; IF Grant DeBruin reassigned to Auburn.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 3
• Rodriguez 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Borne (W, 1-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Schrock 2-5
• Page 1-3, BB
• Robles 0-2, BB, 2HBP (17, 18)
• 2-for-12 RISP, 12 LOB

The Legends went full Little League in the bottom of the 9th with an error, two walks, and two wild pitches allowing the Suns to score four times on just two singles to turn a 3-0 shutout bid into a 4-3 walkoff loss. The collapse made a winner out of Grant Borne, who allowed just a walk and a single over four innings while striking out four in relief. Starter Jefry Rodriguez was dinged for three runs on five hits and two walks over the first five innings for a no-decision. Max “For Those About To” Schrock led the hit column with two, while Victor Robles walked and was hit by a pitch twice to reach base three times.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Indianapolis,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 4.85) vs.
Kuhl (5-1, 1.75)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.98) vs.
Brown (3-1, 3.08)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2.67) vs.
Pinto (1-2, 9.43)

Louisville 3 Syracuse 2
• Espino (L, 3-5) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR; 0-2, RBI
• De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, BB
• Severino 2-4, RBI

The Chiefs fell to .500 with a 3-2 loss to the Bats. Paolo Espino made one mistake— a three-run HR to Brandon Allen—in six innings, which proved to be one too many as he gave up seven hits and a walk total over six innings. He struck out two while losing his fifth game. Abel De Los Santos, Bryan Harper, and Nick Masset each turened in a scoreless inning in a relief. Caleb Ramsey singled and doubled, Pedro Severino singled twice, Matt den Dekker singled once to account for the five (5) Syracuse hits.

Hartford 6 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 5-4) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR; 1-1, SAC
• Brady 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Keyes 0-2, 2BB

Hartford scored twice in the 1st and never looked backed in a 6-0 shutout of Harrisburg. Tyler Mapes lost his second straight start despite six innings of two-run ball on five hits and three walks while fanning five. The bullpen faltered again but it was a moot point as the Senators offense was held to five hits (two by Shawn Pleffner) and two walks (both by Kevin Keyes). Roster move: RHP Phillips Valdez promoted from Potomac.

Frederick 6 Potomac 3
• Crownover (L, 0-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ward 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats dropped their sixth straight and now lead third-place Frederick by just a game after a 6-3 loss to the Keys. Starter Matt Crownover dropped his second decision with four runs allowed on four hits and four walks over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Drew Ward surpassed his 2015 HR total with his 10th big fly of 2016, a two-run shot in the 4th, and went 2-for-5 overall. Potomac collected 10 hits total but was just 1-for-10 with RISP and left on 11 baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams demoted from Harrisburg; SS Osvaldo Abreu activated from the the 3-Day TIL.

Hagerstown 2 Lexington 1
• Avila (W, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Lambert (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walby (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• VanVossen (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, SB
• Robles 1-3, 2BB, SB, CS, OF assist (#11) at 3B

Like Potomac, Hagerstown struggled to get runners in (1-for-14 RISP, 12 LOB) but managed to eke past Lexington for a 2-1 win. Pedro Avila got his fifth “W” with one run let in on a HR and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck out two. Trey Lambert, Philip Walby, and Mick VanVossen combined for four innings of shutout relief to seal the deal. Victor Robles reached base three times with a single and two walks while Kelvin Gutierrez led the hit column with a 2-for-4 night.

Nationals Draft Picks
Longtime readers know that the draft is just not something I have the time or patience for – I’d rather worry about who we have than fret about about who we might get. Nevertheless, I know folks are talking about it, so here’s your link from to aid in the discussion.