From the wires:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Durham Bulls Sunday afternoon, 8-4, in the final game of a four-game series at NBT Bank Stadium. J.P. Arencibia went 3 for 5 with two home runs, a double and three RBIs for the Bulls. Brian Goodwin tallied three hits for the Chiefs in the loss.
Durham (42-54) scored the game’s first run in the second. Arencibia opened the inning with a home run estimated at 393 feet off Syracuse starter Paolo Espino, giving the Bulls a 1-0 lead.
The Bulls crossed the plate twice in the fourth, again courtesy of Arencibia. Jake Hager led off with a single into center field, followed by a Jaff Decker walk. With runners on first and second and no outs, Arencibia hit a line-drive double to right-center field, clearing the bases to give Durham a 3-0 lead.
Syracuse (44-50) scored for the first time in the bottom of the inning. Matt Den Dekker led off the inning with a long home run over the family fun park in right field off Schultz. The home run was his seventh of the season and cut the lead to 3-1.
Syracuse scored again in the sixth. Casey Coleman came on in relief and Christopher Bostick greeted him with an infield single to third base. Three batters later, Zach Collier singled advancing Bostick to third base. Bostick then scored on a passed ball on Arencibia to make the tally 3-2.
Durham followed with five consecutive runs, two of which scored in the seventh. Daniel Robertson led off the inning with a line-drive single to center field off reliever Koda Glover. Eury Perez sacrifice bunted in the ensuing at-bat, advancing Roberston to second base. Johnny Field followed with a walk. Hager then hit a bases-clearing double to left-center field, pushing the Bulls’ lead to 5-2.
Arencibia continued his hot-hitting in the eighth. With Glover still on the mound, the Durham catcher led off with his second home run of the game, and third of the series, to put the Bulls on top 6-2.
The Bulls tacked on two more runs in the ninth off reliever Sam Runion. Robertson again started the inning with a single, this time to left field. Perez was hit by a pitch in the ensuing at-bat and Field walked to follow, loading the bases. Robertson then scored on a wild pitch from Runion. Then, following a strikeout, Decker grounded out to second base, plating Perez to make the score 8-2.
The Chiefs added two runs in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Jhonatan Solano singled into right field off right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar. Following a ground out, Ramsey reached on an error by the shortstop Robertson. Goodwin followed with a double to deep center field, scoring both Solano and Ramsey to cut the lead to 8-4.
The Chiefs return to action Monday night for the first of a three-game series against the Gwinnett Braves. Reynaldo Lopez is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite of Roberto Hernandez for Gwinnett. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern): Drew Ward drove in two with a bases loaded first inning single helping to lead the Harrisburg Senators to a 3-2 win over Altoona on Sunday afternoon. The Senators improved to 50-43 with the win, their third straight while Altoona falls to 52-41 with the loss.
Greg Ross started for the Senators and retired the first nine batters before allowing a pair of runs in the fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, Ross stumbled going across the bag at first trying to beat out a ball hit to third base. Ross left the game.
Derek Self took over and pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win, his third on the season against two losses with the Senators.
Harrisburg took the lead in the sixth when Andrew Stevenson doubled, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
Self was followed by Andrew Robinson who pitched a scoreless eighth. Nick Lee pitched the ninth for the Senators, looking for his first save. With two on and one out, Justin Maffei launched a long fly ball to center field that Stevenson tracked down, starting an 8-6-4 double play to end the game as Eric Wood had rounded third for Altoona thinking the ball wouldn’t be caught.
The Senators bullpen tossed five shutout innings after tossing 8.1 innings on Saturday night allowing just a single run.
Offensively the Senators managed only six hits, but they were enough as they move to 7-4 on the season against the first place Curve.
The Senators and Erie SeaWolves play game one of their three-game series Monday night at 7:05 p.m. at Jerry Uht Park in Erie. 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 (High-A Carolina): In their longest game of the season, the Potomac Nationals (48-42, 14-8) played for more than four hours Sunday night at LewisGale Field, but fell victim to a walk-off double by 2B Jose Sermo, as the Salem Red Sox 55-37, 12-11) picked up a 7-6 11-inning victory. Neither starter, RHP Austen Williams (ND) for Potomac, nor LHP Trey Ball (ND) for Salem was all that effective, as both gave up at least five runs and neither made it through five innings.
A night after their largest come from behind win of the season, the P-Nats jumped out early against Ball in the top of the first inning. The Salem starter walked three batters and gave up two runs in the first frame. C Raudy Read had an RBI groundout and DH Alec Keller had a two-out RBI single for Potomac , as the P-Nats led 2-0 after half an inning. Ball walked five and gave up five runs, three earned, over 3.2 innings.
Potomac made it 4-0 with a pair of runs in the third frame. SS Osvaldo Abreu led off the inning with a single, while 1B Jose Marmolejos followed with a walk. Ball then appeared to have Abreu picked off at second base, but his throw deflected off of SS Deiner Lopez’s glove, which allowed Abreu to get to third base. The error by Lopez led to two unearned runs in the inning, as Read had a sacrifice fly, which plated Abreu, and RF Drew Vettleson scored Marmolejos with a two-out double. Potomac led 4-0 after 2.5 innings.
Williams stranded a man in scoring position in each of the two innings but could not escape in the third. With one out, Salem’s top three in the order had consecutive singles. 3B Rafael Devers got the Red Sox on the board with an RBI base hit, while 1B Nick Longhi followed with a sacrifice fly. Salem trailed 4-2 after three innings.
The P-Nats got a run back in the fourth and extended the lead to three runs, as LF Dale Carey tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Ball departed after he walked Marmolejos with two outs, as RHP Yankory Pimentel retired Read and ended the fourth.
Salem had its biggest inning of the night in the sixth, as Williams recorded just one out. The Potomac starter gave up a single to LF Bryan Hudson, an RBI double to Devers, walked Longhi, and saw his night end on an RBI double by RF Mike Meyers. Meyers’ double tied the game, while RHP Mario Sanchez relieved Williams and immediately gave up a go-ahead RBI single to C Jordan Procyshen. Sanchez limited any further damage, but Salem led 6-5 after five innings.
Down by one run entering the sixth, Potomac tied the game on an RBI single by 2B Max Schrock. It was the final run scored by either team until Sermo’s walk-off double in the 11th. Salem had a chance to take the lead in the eighth, and walk-off in both the ninth and 10th innings, but came up short on all three occasions. The Red Sox left the bases loaded in the eighth inning against LHP RC Orlan, stranded men at first and second base vs. RHP Tommy Peterson in the ninth, and left men on the corners vs. Peterson in the 10th.
Pitching for the second consecutive night, RHP Gilberto Mendez (L, 2-1) allowed his first earned run in his last 12 outings. Meyers led off the 11th with a single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Procyshen. Sermo then lined a double over the head of Carey in left field, which ended the game and leveled the series at a game apiece. The Salem bullpen combination of RHP Mario Alcantara and RHP Simon Mercedes (W, 2-1) allowed just three hits and struck out three over five scoreless frames. At 4:07, it was the longest game time wise for Potomac in 2016.
With the series tied, Potomac will look to RHP Mark Blackmar (2-0, 1.29) Monday night. Blackmar has allowed one earned run over seven innings in each of his first two starts with the P-Nats. For Salem, RHP Michael Kopech (0-0, 0.00) is set to get the start. Kopech has not allowed a run over his first two starts, and was clocked at 105 MPH in his last start for the Red Sox. First pitch is set for 7:05pm at LewisGale Field.
The Potomac Nationals Baseball Network will carry live coverage beginning with the “P-Nats Leadoff Show” at 6:50pm. P-Nats Gameday Audio on the Potomac Nationals Baseball Network is available atwww.potomacnationals.com or via the TuneIn Radio App.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic): Ian Sagdal was the right guy in the right place for the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday.
Sagdal hit a solo home run in the ninth inning for his second RBI in the game to lead Hagerstown to a 3-2 win over the Greenville Drive.
The first-half champion Suns hold a one-game lead in the South Atlantic League second-half standings.
Greenville had a runner on second in the bottom of the ninth, but Nick Lovullo grounded out to end the game.
Sagdal led off the ninth with his blast off Drive reliever Gerson Bautista (0-1) for his fourth homer of the season.
He gave the Suns a 2-0 lead after four innings with a ground-rule double to right to drive home Matthew Page, who hit a one-out double off Greenville starter Austin Glorius.
Hagerstown (58-36, 15-9) took a 1-0 lead after Randy Encarnacion hit a solo home run in the third inning.
Greenville (48-44, 11-2 ) tied the game in the eighth inning when Josh Ockimey hit a two-run double off reliever Taylor Hearn (1-0).
Suns starter Pedro Avila pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out six. Hearn allowed two unearned runs on four hits in three innings.
Sagal went 3-for-3 with his two RBIs to lead the Suns, while Encarnacion added two hits and an RBI to pace the Suns’ seven-hit attack.
With the win, Hagerstown improved to 5-2 against Greenville this season.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays, Single-A Short Season affiliate of the Washington Nationals, lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 3-2, on Sunday night from Falcon Park. Weston Davis pitched five innings of two-hit baseball for Auburn in the loss.
The Doubledays (14-16) jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning off of Scrappers right-hander Aaron Civale. Civale hit Blake Perkins with a pitch to lead off the inning. Jack Sundberg followed with a triple to right-center field that scored Perkins to give Auburn a 1-0 lead. With Daniel Johnson batting, Civale threw a wild pitch that allowed Sundberg to score from third base and extend the Doubledays’ lead to two, 2-0.
The Scrappers (11-19) tied the game in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, Jodd Carter singled. Erlin Cerda then worked a walk to put runners on first and second with two outs. Emmanuel Tapia followed with a single that scored Carter and moved Cerda to third base as Mahoning Valley cut Auburn’s lead to one, 2-1. Gavin Collins then knocked in Cerda from third with a single that tied the game at two.
Mahoning Valley took their first lead of the game in the ninth inning. Carter led off with a triple to center field. Cerda then hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Carter and gave the Scrappers a 3-2 advantage.
The Doubledays and the Scrappers play the second game of a three-game series Monday night at Falcon Park. Left-hander Tyler Watson will pitch for Auburn against Mahoning Valley right-hander Micah Miniard. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Monday marks the last chance this season to get $1 general admission tickets as part of “Fan Fare Monday” at Falcon Park.