Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs were blanked by the Norfolk Tides, 6-0, Sunday afternoon. The loss split the series at two wins apiece after Syracuse dropped the last two games.
Norfolk (16-29) wasted no time before scoring in the first inning. With one out, Christian Walker earned a walk from Syracuse (22-20) starter Aaron Laffey. The next batter, Mike Yastrzemski, followed with a double into the left-center-field gap, plating Walker for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
The Tides tallied again in the third inning. Leadoff batter L.J. Hoes started the frame with a double to right. A Walker single put Norfolk runners on the corners for Yastrzemski, who drove in Hoes with a sacrifice fly to left that improved the Tides’ lead to 2-0.
Norfolk continued the scoring in the fourth. Back-to-back singles from Dariel Alvarez and Audry Perez put the first two runners aboard for the Tides. Sharlon Schoop moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt, setting the table for Garabez Rosa. Rosa drove the first pitch he saw into center, which scored both Alvarez and Perez and pushed the score to 4-0. Rosa moved to second on Brian Goodwin’s throw home. Rosa then advanced to third on a Michael Almanzar single, which prompted a Syracuse pitching change. Sam Runion came in for the Chiefs, getting Hoes, the first batter Runion faced, to ground out. Rosa came in to score on the play and the lead was 5-0. Laffey’s day ended after three and one-third innings of work, giving up five earned runs and two walks while striking out one.
The Tides finished strong against Syracuse closer Rafael Martin in the ninth. Walker started the frame with a double to the left-center-field gap and came around to score on Yastrzemski’s ground-rule double to right for a 6-0 lead. It was Yastrzemski’s fourth double in his last seven at-bats.
After a day off Monday, the Chiefs resume play at NBT Bank Stadium Tuesday when they face the Charlotte Knights. Paolo Espino is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Jacob Turner for Charlotte. First pitch for the series opener is set for 6:35.
Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): Jaron Long flirted with perfection into the sixth inning, but it took extra-inning heroics for the Harrisburg Senators to notch the 5-4 win over the Bowie Baysox. With the victory, the Senators swept their second straight series and pushed their current winning streak to six games.
Shawn Pleffner led off the 13th inning with a single, his third hit of the day, off Bowie reliever Genison Reyes. After Stephen Perez was inserted to pinch-run for Pleffner, Brian Jeroloman dropped a sacrifice bunt down that first baseman Joey Terdoslavich threw away allowing Perez to race all the way to third base. A batter later, Rafael Bautista lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to score Perez easily with the game-winning run.
Harrisburg (21-20) had jumped out to a four-run lead with a pair of early two-run innings. On the front end of a double steal, Bautista stole third base and eased home when Chris O’Brien’s throw bounced into center field. Chris Bostick followed with a two-out single that scored Isaac Ballou from second and doubled up Harrisburg’s lead. In the fourth inning, a single by Pleffner and doubles by Jeroloman and Bautista increased the Senators’ advantage to 4-0.
Long retired the first 16 batters he faced before Drew Dosch lined a double into left-center field with one out in the sixth inning. The 24-year-old right-hander was efficient and in control for most of the game. In 6.2 innings, Long allowed two hits, two walks, and struck out six.
Long ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed a base hit and walked two that loaded the bases to end his day. Bowie shortstop Adrian Marin greeted reliever Wander Suero with a single that scored two inherited runners to spoil the shutout bid and pull the Baysox within 4-2.
Suero allowed another Bowie run in the eighth inning before acquiescing to Bryan Harper. With the tying run on first base, the lefty induced a 1-6-4-3 double play on his first pitch and a lazy fly ball on his fourth to get out of the jam. But the ninth was a different story for Harper who got the first two outs of the inning before O’Brien launched a solo homer into the Senators’ bullpen to tie the game up at 4.
Bowie and Harrisburg traded zeroes into the 13th inning as John Simms threw four scoreless innings of relief. Simms (2-2) allowed two hits and walked one while striking out one in earning the victory.
The Senators host a four-game series with the Portland Sea Dogs, class AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, beginning on Monday evening at 7 p.m. Harrisburg will send Tyler Mapes to the bump looking for their seventh win in a row against Portland’s Aaron Wilkerson.
Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): With rainouts on consecutive days, the Potomac Nationals (21-18) and Frederick Keys (19-22) will finally take the field to wrap up the series at Harry Grove Stadium.
Game one will feature Potomac RHP Erick Fedde (2-3, 6.62) and Frederick LHP John Means (4-0, 2.09). Means struck out 10 in his only start vs. the P-Nats in 2016.
The back half of the twin bill will see P-Nats RHP Boone Whiting (4-1, 3.86) and Keys LHP Max Schuh (0-2, 10.80) take the ball to start things off.
First pitch of the doubleheader in Frederick is set for 5:00pm.
Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Greensboro Grasshoppers used tried and true methods to control the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday.
The Suns can’t score if they aren’t on base. Greensboro held Hagerstown to 10 hits in a doubleheader — all singles except for a solo home run by Matthew Page — and didn’t allow a stolen base in a 5-2, 2-1 sweep.
The Suns were forced to play station-to-station baseball, making them unable to use their speed as they lost their second and third games in a row. Despite the sweep, Hagerstown (26-16) remains in a tie for first with Hickory in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division.
In the opener, Greensboro scored four runs against Hagerstown starter Andrew Lee (2-1). Grasshoppers starter Jordan Holloway (1-1) went five innings to earn the win as the Suns only had four chance with runners in scoring position and left just four on base. The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the third as Cody Dent led off with a single and moved to second on Victor Robles’ sacrifice bunt. Max Schrock singled to drive in Dent.
Greensboro took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on Giovanny Alfonzo’s sacrifice fly and Josh Naylor’s RBI grounder. The Suns tied the game in the third on Page’s second homer of the year, a drive to right field. But Greensboro bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the inning on Korey Dunbar’s RBI single and Zach Sullivan’s fielder’s choice.
Greensboro got an insurance run off Suns reliever Trey Lambert in the sixth on a Kyle Barrett sacrifice fly.
In the nightcap, the seven-inning game was scoreless until the Suns broke through for a run in the fifth against Greensboro starter Chuck Weaver. Ryan Ripken singled and took second on a passed ball before scoring on a Schrock single. Greensboro got two runs in the sixth against Suns reliever Tommy Peterson (2-1), scoring on Isael Soto’s two-run homer.