|Syracuse||Won, 7-4||vs. Gwinnett,
|Giolito (AAA debut) vs.
Kelly (2-5, 3.90)
|Harrisburg||Won, 5-1||@ Erie,
|Blackmar (1st AA start of
’16) vs. Turley (4-6, 4.29)
|Potomac||Won, 7-2||@ Salem,
|Fedde (5-3, 3.76)
Kent (8-4, 3.51)
|Hagerstown||Won, 9-6||OFF DAY||N/A|
|vs. Mahoning Valley,
|Mills (3-1, 2.31) vs.
McKenzie (2-2, 0.28)
Syracuse 7 Gwinnett 4
• Long (W, 2-3) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K
• Martin (SV, 18) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 3B
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
Syracuse’s Jason Martinson tripled and homered to drive in three in a 7-4 series-opening win over Gwinnett. Jaron Long gave up all four Braves runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven to earn the win. Erik Davis, Matt Grace, and Rafael Martin each turned in a scoreless inning to seal the deal. Brian Goodwin also homered while Pedro Severino and Steve Lombardozzi both connected twice to lead the Chiefs’ ten-hit parade.
Harrisburg 5 Erie 1
• Mapes (W, 9-6) 9IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Soto 3-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B
• Bautista 1-3, 2R, 2BB, SB(40)
The Seawolves may mind Tyler Mapes coming here and wasting all their time, but the Senators don’t because his complete game effort was just what they needed for a 5-1 win. The Harrisburg bullpen got the night off after throwing 13⅓ IP in the previous two games as the birthday boy (25) allowed four hits, including solo HR in the 7th, three walks, and struck out three. Neftali Solo singled twice, doubled once, and drove in two while Rafael Bautista singled once, drew two walks, and swiped base #40 to pace the Sens’ offense. Roster moves: RHPs Boone Whiting, Greg Ross on the 7-Day DL (Boone retroactive to 7/15); RHP Mark Blackmar reassigned from Potomac; C Brian Jeroloman activated from 3-Day TIL.
Matt Spann came up big for Potomac in a spot start as he outdueled flamethrower Michael Kopech in a 7-2 win to even the series. The 25-y.o. spun six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks while fanning six to garner his second “W.” Bryan Mejia and Alec Keller each reached base three times while Drew Vettleson and Jake Lowery both drove in two as the P-Nats pounded out 12 hits total and drew five walks. No corresponding move yet to removal of RHP Mark Blackmar from the roster. Erick Fedde was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for July 11-17.
Hagerstown 9 Greenville 6
• Bourque (W, 2-4) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Pantoja (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Encarnacion 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB, CS
• Sagdal 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2RBI, CS
Ian Sagdal and Randy Encarnacion once again dominated the Drive pitchers, combining for five hits and five RBI in the Suns’ 9-6 win to finish the four-game sweep. James Bourque wobbled through five innings, letting in four runs on four hits and a walk, but set down six on strikes to win for the second time. Telmito Agustin and Kelvin Gutierrez also terrorized Greenville pitchers for four hits and three RBI as Hagerstown pounded out 12 hits total.
Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 3 (11 inn.)
• Watson 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Conner (BS, 1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Morse (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Neuse 2-4, R, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Banks 2-4, 2B, RBI, SAC, SB
Mahoning Valley rallied for three in the 8th to send this into extras but Auburn walked off in the 11th with a 4-3 win. Tyler Watson did not succumb to the curse of the GBI as the 19-y.o. threw five shutout frames with just two hits allowed and no walks while setting down seven on strikes. Blake Perkins singled with two out in the 11th and scored all the way from 1st on a safety to RF off the bat of Dan Johnson. Sheldon Neuse and Nick Banks led the Doubledays’ hit column with two hits and an RBI apiece.