Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the third game of a four-game series with the Norfolk Tides Saturday, 7-2. Syracuse looks for a series win Sunday afternoon.
Neither Norfolk (15-29) nor Syracuse (22-19) could push a run across until the sixth inning. Syracuse starter Austin Voth had been cruising to that point, but he allowed a leadoff walk to Xavier Avery. Tides designated hitter L.J. Hoes then roped a single to left, which Mike Yastrzemski followed with a single of his own, loading the bases with nobody out. Next, Trey Mancini ripped a grounder to short, which Trea Turner fumbled for an error, allowing the game’s first run to score and all Tides runners to advance safely. The ensuing batter, Dariel Alvarez, drove a double to the gap in right-center, clearing the bases and giving Norfolk a 4-0 lead. Erik Davis replaced Voth after the hit, and allowed his first inherited runner of the season to score when Corban Joseph singled to center improving the Tides’ lead to 5-0.
The Tides tacked on another run in the eighth inning off of Syracuse reliever Abel De Los Santos. Audry Perez led off the inning with a double, which Joseph followed with a single, placing Norfolk runners on the corners. Sharlon Schoop then matched Joseph with a single of his own, plating Perez for a 6-0 lead.
Syracuse eventually got on the scoreboard in the eighth inning. With one out, Matt Skole singled to left. A wild pitch from Norfolk reliever Edgar Olmos moved Skole to second before Sizemore drove a double down the left-field line, scoring Skole and cutting the lead to 6-1. The next batter, Jason Martinson, pushed Sizemore to third on a groundout. Caleb Ramsey was then walked, and Olmos was replaced by Pedro Beato on the mound. With Jhonatan Solano at the plate, Perez allowed a passed ball which brought home Sizemore and moved the score to 6-2.
Norfolk tacked on an insurance run in the ninth. With two outs, Alvarez ripped his second double of the day down the left-field line. Perez followed up the hit with a single which drove in Alvarez for the 7-2 lead.
Norfolk starter Odrisamer Despaigne earned his first win of the season in six and two-thirds innings of work. He allowed eight hits, all singles, while striking out seven Chiefs and walking none.
Syracuse and Norfolk wrap up their four-game stand Sunday afternoon. Aaron Laffey is penciled in to start for the Chiefs opposite Joe Gunkel for the Tides. First pitch is set for 1:05.
Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators overcame a season-high five errors and missed scoring opportunities to defeat the Bowie Baysox, 7-2, for their fifth consecutive victory. Harrisburg starter Austen Williams earned his first win of the season after both teams sat out an 82-minute rain delay to start the game. The victory also evened the Senators’ record at .500 for the first time since they were 6-6 on April 20.
Bowie used two Harrisburg errors in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. After a single by Jeff Kemp, Senators’ catcher Spencer Kieboom bounced a pickoff throw that deflected off Kemp’s helmet into the stands and moved the baserunner to third base. A fielding error by Stephen Perez extended the inning and scored Kemp to give Bowie the one-run advantage.
Harrisburg (20-20) would even the score in the bottom of the second as Kieboom lifted a sacrifice fly to left-center field to score Chris Bostick and advance Zach Collier to third base. The next batter, Shawn Pleffner, fisted a ball into shallow left field to score Collier and give the Senators a lead they would never relinquish.
The Senators’ fifth and sixth batters in their lineup, Bostick and Collier, teamed up again in the fourth inning to produce another run as Bostick led off with a triple and Collier plated the run with a grounder through the drawn-in Bowie infield. An inning later, Harrisburg added to their lead when Isaac Ballou came through with his second triple of the night to score Wilmer Difo from first base.
Bowie would get a run back in the sixth inning, but Williams (1-5) would hold the Baysox bats at bay to pick up the victory. Williams had his best and deepest start of the season as the right-hander worked into the seventh inning allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three.
Faced with a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning, LeCroy called on Nick Lee out of the bullpen. The southpaw was up to the challenge as he struck out Henry Urrutia and induced an inning-ending fielder’s choice to keep the Senators’ margin at two runs. Lee came back out to work a perfect eighth inning striking out two before deferring to Koda Glover in the ninth.
The Senators’ 12-hit attack was highlighted by Bostick going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Collier chipped in with three hits while Kieboom and Perez added two RBI apiece as the Senators tacked on three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Senators look for their sixth win in a row on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Harrisburg will send Jaron Long to the hill against Bowie’s Parker Bridwell.
Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): After last night’s rainout, the Potomac Nationals (21-18) are set to play a doubleheader in Frederick vs. the Keys (19-22) this afternoon. First pitch of game one is set for 2:00pm.
In game one, RHP Erick Fedde (2-3, 6.62) is set to toss for the P-Nats, while RHP Matthew Grimes (5-2, 1.51) will take the hill for Frederick.
In game two, RHP Boone Whiting (4-1, 3.86) is scheduled to start for Potomac. The Keys are set to use a variety of bullpen arms in the back half of the doubleheader.
First pitch at Harry Grove Stadium is set for 2:00pm in Frederick, MD.
Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Suns are in Greensboro this weekend taking on the Grasshoppers. They tried to play a doubleheader yesterday but game one was washed out due to rain. They did play the second game as the Grasshoppers prevailed 4-2.
The Suns scored one run in the fifth and eighth innings. Trailing 1-0, Jorge Tillero led off the fifth with a double to right field. Two batters later, Edwin Lora singled to score Tillero to tie the game at one.
Down 3-1 in the top of the eighth, the Suns pulled within one on a home run by Victor Robles. That was as close as they could get.
The remaining two games of the three game weekend series will take place Sunday afternoon in a doubleheader. Game 1 starts at 2:00 with Game 2 following.