Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 p.m. E. Jackson (0-0, 3.10 @ AAA
in ’17) and Hill (1-4, 9.29) vs.
Mitchell (0-2, 5.09) and
Mantiply (3-3, 3.03)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Greene (3-5, 3.47)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 8-2 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 1
• G. Ross (L, 2-6) 6⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Cotts ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Difo 1-4, 2B
• Robinson 0-1, 3BB

Syracuse came to Moosic, PA to help extend Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s win streak to five with a 6-1 loss. Greg Ross pitched into the 7th and let in four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two. Neal Cotts stranded two while fanning two to finish the 7th before Trevor Gott let in the final two runs. It didn’t much matter as the Chiefs were limited to four hits – singles by Emmannuel Burriss and Alejandro de Aza and doubles by Wilmer Difo and Adrian Sanchez. Roster moves: RHP Austin Voth placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHP Taylor Hill reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Edwin Jackson assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
After a travel day on Monday, the Sens make a six-game swing into Northern New England for three games against the Fisher Cats and three against the Sea Dogs before returning home on the 26th for five games in four days against the Fightins.

Potomac – ALL STAR BREAK
Tonight is the Carolina League All-Star game and for the first time since 1995 it will not be against the California League. Victor Robles will start in center while Taylor Gushue starts behind the plate. Kelvin Gutierrez, currently on the Potomac DL (and actually hurt, too), is one of the Northern Division reserves while Ronald Pena was named as a replacement reliever last week.

Hagerstown – ALL STAR BREAK
A sizable contingent from Hagerstown will man the rosters for the Sally League All-Star Game tonight in Columbia. Last night, Sheldon Neuse brought the noise as the winner of the 2017 HR Derby, flashing his “above-average to plus raw power” per NatsGM.

Batavia 8 Auburn 2
• DeRosier (L, 0-1) 4IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K
• A. Martinez 2-4, 2E
• Boggetto 1-3, BB, E
• Simonetti 0-4, 4K

Auburn kicked off the 2017 campaign in the tradition of their upstate New York neighbor with an 8-2 loss to Batavia. Matt DeRosier was mucked up by the ‘Dogs for five runs on eight hits over four innings for the loss. Neither Gilberto Chu nor IF-turned-RHP Diomedes Eusebio produced better results as Batavia piled three more runs on them over the final four innings. Andres Martinez was the sole Doubleday with multiple hits (and multiple errors) as he went 2-for-4 to lead the six-hit, three-walk offense. Roster move: LHP Kylin Turnbull assigned from Potomac for MiLB rehab.

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).

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.