From staff and wire reports:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Louisville Bats, 5-0, on Friday night at NBT Bank Stadium in front of a crowd of 5,686. Matt Reynolds had two hits for Syracuse and Alejandro De Aza walked three times in the game for the Chiefs.
Louisville (39-55) scored four runs in the top of the first inning off Syracuse starting pitcher Jefry Rodriguez. Mason Williams walked, Rodriguez hit Blake Trahan with a pitch, and Brandon Dixon singled to load the bases. After Rodriguez struck out Gabriel Guerrero, Hernan Iribarren walked with the bases loaded, scoring Williams for a 1-0 Bats lead. After Stuart Turner struck out, Josh VanMeter doubled to right-field to clear the bases as Trahan, Dixon, and Iribarren all scored to give Louisville a 4-0 advantage.
The Bats extended their lead in the fourth. Turner singled and moved to third base on a VanMeter single. C.J. McElroy then grounded into a fielder’s choice where VanMeter was out at second, but McElroy was safe at first, and Turner scored to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
Syracuse (40-57) was shut down on offense by Louisville starting pitcher Justin Nicolino. The left-hander threw seven scoreless innings while allowing just four hits.
Chiefs relievers Koda Glover, Trevor Gott, Jimmy Cordero, and Josh Edwin each pitched one scoreless innings, combining to allow just one hit while striking out six batters without walking anyone.
Syracuse and Louisville meet again on Saturday night. RHP Brady Dragmire will start for the Chiefs opposite RHP Jose Lopez for the Bats. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators blew out the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 12-1 Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The Senators hit a season-high four home runs in the win.
The Senators broke the game open with five runs in the third. With one out, the Senators hit four consecutive single including back-to-back run-scoring hits from Dan Gamache and Raudy Read. With two runners on base and two outs, Noll crushed a three-run home run to left, his second with the Senators, to double the advantage to 6-0.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. plated New Hampshire’s only run in the third with an RBI single to center.
Abreu and Read hit solo home runs in the sixth and seventh respectively to expand the lead to 9-1.
After an Abreu RBI double drove in another run in the eighth, Zach Collier capped the scoring in the ninth with a two-run home run to right as the club took a 12-1 advantage.
Senators starting pitcher Sterling Sharp (1-2) tossed seven innings of one run ball, limiting the Fisher Cats to three hits and two walks while striking out six. The right-hander retired the final 13 batters he faced.
New Hampshire starter Jon Harris (7-4) surrendered six runs on nine hits in just three innings of work.
Read, Keller and Abreu each finished with three hits and seven of the nine Senators position players had multiple hits. Four players knocked multiple RBI led by Noll who drove in three, all on the home run. Harrisburg scored at least one run in every innings except with first and fifth.
The Senators and Fisher Cats play game three of their series Saturday night. Kyle McGowin takes the bump for the Senators against New Hampshire starter Jordan Romano. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The game can be heard on CBS Sports Harrisburg 96.5 & 95.3 FM and 1400 AM or at www.cbssportsharrisburg.com beginning at 6:50 p.m.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): Inclement weather has postponed the series finale between the Potomac Nationals (48-46, 11-16) and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (46-51, 12-15) at TicketReturn.com Field.
As the P-Nats are not set to return to Myrtle Beach, SC for the remainder of the 2018 regular season, the teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, VA on Saturday, August 4th. The doubleheader will feature two seven-inning games, and first pitch of game one is set for 5:30pm.
Gates will open for the 8/4 doubleheader at the regularly scheduled time of 5:00pm. 8/4 is The Sandlot 25th Anniversary Night, which will feature an appearance from Chauncey Leopardi, The Sandlot specialty theme jerseys, and a Chauncey Leopardi bobblehead for the first 1,250 fans. All regular bobblehead policies will remain the same for the doubleheader.