Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 6-1, Thursday night at McCoy Stadium. The Chiefs scored five runs in the second inning, the first time Syracuse scored more than two in an inning since June 6th. Trea Turner hit his fourth home run of the year to cap the inning.
Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): Phillips Valdez threw five strong innings and the Senators held its early lead in a 5-2 win over the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday night at Hadlock Field.
With the win, the Senators (39-32) move to a season-high seven games over .500 and win the season series over Portland, five games to two.
The Senators started quickly Thursday night with three consecutive singles, capped by Isaac Ballou‘s eighth RBI of the series to score Rafael Bautista. Chris Bostick added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to put the Senators up 2-0.
Harrisburg added to its total in the third when Wilmer Difo doubled to start the inning. Ballou followed by swinging at a 3-0 pitch, hitting a high fly ball deep to right field that was dropped by Portland’s Aneury Tavarez. Difo scored, and Ballou reached third, but was stranded there. With runners on first and third in the fourth inning, Bautista drove in a run with a bunt base hit to score Zach Collier.
Harrisburg starter Phillips Valdez was solid in his third outing with the Senators, breezing through four scoreless innings. Portland’s Tavarez led off the fifth inning with a home run to center field, which was followed by a double. Valdez walked a runner later in the fifth with two outs, and after a wild pitch, runners were on second and third. Valdez, however, limited the damage by inducing a ground out to end the inning.
The Senators added a run in the seventh inning when Kevin Keyes hit a hot shot to the shortstop Mauricio Dubon with the bases loaded that glanced off Dubon’s glove, allowing Ballou to score from third in what turned out to be a fielder’s choice out at second base.
Difo finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Bautista had two hits and a run scored as well. The Senators struck out a season-high 16 times Thursday and left 10 men on base.
Andrew Robinson worked three innings on Thursday, allowing a run on one hit to earn his fifth hold of the season. Abel De Los Santos picked up his second save in as many days by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The Senators now travel to Manchester, N.H. to take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in a three-game series this weekend. Harrisburg’s Greg Ross will try to win his fourth straight start as he takes on New Hampshire’s Luis Santos with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Friday night. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1460 AM, on the internet at senatorsbaseball.com, or through the TuneIn and iHeart Radio apps with The Matt LeCroy Show beginning the radio broadcast at 6:50 p.m.
Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (34-34), who played a league-high eight doubleheaders in the first half, ran into more rain and had their second half opener postponed, as Thursday night’s matchup with the Northern Division champion Lynchburg Hillcats (45-25) has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 2nd at Calvin Falwell Field. That doubleheader will get started at 5:30pm.
The teams will continue their scheduled series, which will now be just three games, Friday night in Lynchburg, VA. First pitch at Calvin Falwell Field is set for 6:30pm. The preceding “P-Nats Leadoff Show” gets going at 6:15pm. The broadcast can be heard on PotomacNationals.com or via the TuneIn App.
Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Suns game at Lexington was postponed to rain. Tonight a doubleheader will take place with game one beginning at 5:35 p.m.
Auburn Doubledays (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays shut down the Aberdeen IronBirds for a 4-0 win on Thursday night from Ripken Stadium. The Doubledays pitching staff didn’t allow a run while striking out 13 batters in the win. Doubledays leadoff hitter Blake Perkins picked up four hits and three RBIs in the win.
The Doubledays (5-2) scored right away with a run in the first inning off IronBirds (2-5) left-hander Travis Seabrooke. Perkins led off with a single. Seabrooke then hit Paul Panaccione with a pitch to put runners on first and second base. After a Sheldon Neuse fly out, Ryan Ripken reached first on a fielder’s choice where Panaccione was tagged out, but Perkins scored to give the Doubledays a 1-0 lead.
Auburn scored another run in the second inning. With two outs, Angelo LaBruna hit a ground rule double that one-hopped over the right-field fence. Perkins followed with a single to left-center field that scored LaBruna for a 2-0 Auburn lead.
The Doubledays added two more runs in the seventh inning. Nick Banks reached first base because of an error on IronBirds shortstop Chris Clare. David Kerian also reached on another error on Clare that allowed Banks to get to third base and Kerian to reach second. Three batters later and with two outs, Perkins singled to center field. Banks and Kerian both scored as Auburn took a 4-0 advantage.
Doubledays left-hander Tyler Watson collected the win with five innings of three-hit baseball. Watson stuck out five batters while only walking two. Auburn right-handed reliever Francys Peguero struck out five batters in three innings of work, while right-hander Angher Cespedes struck out all three batters he faced.
The Doubledays and IronBirds conclude their three-game series on Friday night. Left-hander McKenzie Mills will start for the Doubledays. First pitch from Ripken Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m.