Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse Chiefs: The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Rochester Red Wings, 8-3, Saturday night at Frontier Field. The Red Wings scored all eight runs in the first four innings for their second straight win to start the series. The loss moves the Chiefs into a three-way tie atop the I.L. North division with Rochester and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Rochester (20-17) started its early offensive assault in the first frame of the game. James Beresford singled – the first of his four hits in the game – with one out. Max Kepler then walked and Kennys Vargas singled to load the bases against Taylor Hill. Buck Britton cleared the bases with a three-run double to give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead.
Syracuse (19-16) battled back with one of its own in the top of the second against left-hander Logan Darnell. The Chiefs loaded the bases after Matt Skole doubled, Jason Martinson walked and Kevin Keyes reached on an infield single. Caleb Ramsey followed with a ground ball to second. Beresford got the out at second base, allowing Skole to score on the fielder’s choice to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Red Wings broke the game open in the bottom of the third. Beresford again started a rally with a single. After a strikeout, Vargas homered to deep right field, estimated at 429 feet, to give Rochester a 5-1 lead. The Red Wings continued the rally when Britton walked and Wilfredo Tovar singled. Two batters later, John Ryan Murphy doubled in both runners to extend the lead to 7-1.
Rochester added an eighth run in the fourth. The Red Wings loaded the bases after a Beresford single, and walks to Kepler and Britton. Tovar then blooped a single along the right-field line to score Beresford and push the lead to 8-1.
The Chiefs added two runs in the fifth. Pedro Severino and Isaac Ballou each singled to start the frame against Logan Darnell putting runners on first and third. Trea Turner then singled through the left side of the infield to score Severino. After Brian Goodwin reached on a fielder’s choice, Ballou scored from third on an errant pick-off throw to first by Darnell with an unearned run.
Syracuse will try to avoid the series sweep Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Austin Voth is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Tommy Milone for the Red Wings.
Harrisburg Senators: Errors and missed opportunities came back to haunt the Senators in their 4-3 loss to Akron in extra innings. The game lasted over four hours and was delayed from starting for 95 minutes by rain.
Harrisburg starter Lucas Giolito was matched zero for zero by Akron’s D.J. Brown through the game’s first four innings. But the Senators (15-19) would get to Brown in the fifth inning and chase the right-hander from the game.
Adrian Sanchez delivered an RBI single that scored Spencer Kieboom for the Senators’ first run. Shawn Pleffner would tack on another run as the first baseman scampered home after Brown uncorked a wild pitch. Rafael Bautista finalized the scoring in the fifth as he flared a single into right field to plate Sanchez from third base.
The Senators’ lead would be short lived, however, as Akron responded with a rally of their own in the top of the sixth inning. Aided by a leadoff walk and back to back errors, the RubberDucks cut the Harrisburg lead to 3-1. After a double play and another walk, Giolito’s night was done after 5.2 innings of work. Reliever Wander Suero allowed a double to his first batter, DH Eric Haase, which scored both inherited runners to even the game back at 3-3.
The Senators couldn’t cash in on scoring opportunities in the 6th and 7th innings as they combined to leave five men on base. On the night, Harrisburg left 10 on base and was 4 for 17 with runners in scoring position.
Akron scored the go ahead run in the 12th inning when Taylor Murphy scored from second base as Harrisburg left fielder Chris Bostick misplayed Nellie Rodriguez’ two-out fly ball. The Senators would once again threaten in the bottom half of the inning, but come up short as Neftali Soto grounded into a game-ending double play with the tying run on third base.
Lucas Giolito worked into the sixth inning for the second straight game as the 21-year-old allowed three runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four. Koda Glover once again looked sharp as the right-hander threw two innings of scoreless relief before giving way to Derek Self in extra innings. Self (1-1) collared the hard luck loss as he struck out four and scattered three hits.
The Senators conclude their weekend set against the RubberDucks with a Sunday afternoon contest scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at FNB Field. Harrisburg will send Austen Williams to the mound opposed by Shawn Morimando.
Potomac Nationals: Though the Potomac Nationals (17-16) did not go to extra innings for the first time in five games, the tough eight-game road trip continued, as the P-Nats fell 4-2 to the Winston Salem Dash (14-22) at BB&T Ballpark. Potomac jumped out to a 2-0 lead through five innings, but a misplay on a potential double play ball in the sixth led to the eventual winning run, as the Dash scored the final four runs of the game. Potomac is now 1-5 on the three-city trip so far.
RHP Wirkin Estevez (ND) was brilliant over five-shutout innings, as the righty allowed just four hits, walked one, and struck out a pair. In his best start of the season, the righty threw 64 pitches, 41 of them for strikes, and left with a 2-0 lead in line for the victory.
In his eighth start for the Dash, RHP Spencer Adams (W, 4-2) had his longest professional outing. The righty went eight innings and gave up just two runs on three hits. Potomac CF Andrew Stevenson led off the fourth inning with a triple and he scored on DH Alec Keller’s sacrifice fly. In the fifth inning, LF Dale Carey cleared the wall in left field, his third home run of the season. Just four batters reached base over Adams’ eight innings, as Stevenson also tallied a single in the seventh and 1B Jose Marmolejos walked in the fourth.
In his 2016 debut, RHP Robert Benincasa (L, 0-2) relieved Estevez to start the sixth inning. Benincasa walked CF Adam Engel to start the frame. An error by Marmolejos on a pickoff attempt allowed Engel to get to third base, and he scored on LF Hunter Jones’ RBI single. After 3B Gerson Montilla walked, 1B Keon Barnum singled, which loaded the bases. Benincasa got DH Marcus Davis to foul out to 3B Drew Ward and induced a ground ball off the bat of C Brett Austin. Marmolejos fielded Austin’s grounder and threw to second base to retire Barnum, but SS David Masters’ turn to first base went over the head of Benincasa covering the bag. A successful double play would have kept Potomac ahead 2-1, but instead two runs scored and the Dash led 3-2. Benincasa was charged with two earned runs in the frame as Masters was charged with his second error of 2016.
The Dash added an insurance run in the eighth inning against RHP Matthew Spann. Jones led off the frame with a triple, his third hit of the night. With the infield drawn in, Montilla chopped a ball up the middle into centerfield, as he picked up his team best 21st RBI of the season. Winston-Salem led 4-2 after eight innings.
Out of the pen after eight brilliant innings from Adams, RHP Jacob Morris (SV, 2) narrowly avoided a blown save. Stevenson led off the ninth inning with a single, Keller flied out to right field, Morris hit Marmolejos in the foot with a curveball, but struck out Ward looking. With men on first and second, 2B Khayyan Norfork went the other way on a 2-2 pitch, a single to right field which loaded the bases. On a 3-2 offering, C Matt Reistetter nearly cleared the bases with a double down the right field line, but it landed just inches foul. Reistetter flied out to right field on the next pitch, as Morris stranded the bases loaded and secured the Winston-Salem Win.
Just four Potomac hitters reached base in the loss. Stevenson had three hits, Marmolejos walked and was hit by a pitch, Norfork singled, and Carey homered. The other five Potomac starters were a combined 0-17 with seven strikeouts. The five-shutout inning start was the second of the season for Estevez, though he has not factored in the decision in either outing.
Sunday afternoon will feature an opportunity for the P-Nats to get back into the series, as RHP Erick Fedde (1-3, 6.21) looks to follow up his last outing, 6.1 innings and two earned runs, with another quality start. Opposite the former first round pick will be RHP Brandon Brennan (0-2, 5.40) who started the season with AA-Birmingham and has gone more than five innings in just one of his six total starts this season. His two starts with Winston-Salem have both been losses vs. Myrtle Beach. First pitch is set for 2:00pm at BB&T Ballpark.
Hagerstown Suns: The Suns (22-12) took on the Kannapolis Intimidators (16-18) in game 3 of the 4 game series in South Atlantic League play at Municipal Stadium on Saturday night.
The bats for the Suns got hot and got hot early. Max Schrock lead of the Suns half of the first by reaching base on an error. He was then moved over thanks to the Ian Sagdal walk. Up came Kelvin Gutierez who to the 1-0 up and away fast ball well over the Muni Monster in center field to open the scoring up at 3-0 Suns.
In the bottom half of the third inning, the Suns kept the pressure on Kannapolis pitcher Jonathan Frebis (3-2). Ian Sagdal lead of with the second of his two walks. The basses were eventually loaded by back to back walk from Matt Page and Kelvin Gutierrez. Rhett Wiseman sent a SAC fly into center scoring Sagdal. Gutierrez was caught stealing at second for the first out but that was made up by the Jakson Reetz RBI double. Reetz later scored off of an Austin Davidson Double.
Errors were the major problem for the Inimidators Saturday night. There were 8 errors total for Kannapolis Saturday night.
Joan Baez got the start for Hagerstown. He threw 3.2 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 5.
Kannapolis could not find away to get to Trey Lamber (1-0), who got the win, and Mariano Rivera III. They bot combined to throw 5.2 scoreless innings. Each gave up two hits, Lambert walked 1 and both struck out 4.
The nail in the coffin for Kannapolis was bottom of the fourth inning. Sagdal lead off and reached first on an error Gutierrez and Page both walked. Wiseman drove Sagdal and Gutierrez in with a 2 RBI double. Reetz then Page and Wiseman in with a 2 RBI double of his own to bring the score to 10-3.
The Suns send out RHP Andrew Lee (0-3, 6.46) to face RHP Luis Martinez (2-1, 4.88) in the final game of this four game series against Kannapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05pm.