By Michael Marzzacco
From the wires:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Rochester Red Wings, 6-1, Thursday night at Frontier Field. Byung Ho Park and Adam Brett Walker homered for the Red Wings in the victory. Brian Goodwin extended his on-base streak to 14 games in a row in the loss.
Rochester (58-42) started the scoring off Austin Voth in the first. Darin Mastroianni walked to lead off the inning and was replaced at first by James Beresford after a fielder’s choice. Two batters later, Danny Palka singled and Adam Brett Walker followed with a single to bring home the game’s first run. Park followed with his 3rd home run with the Red Wings to extend the lead to 4-0.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): Pinch-hitter Shawn Pleffner delivered the go-ahead RBI to back a steady start by Phillips Valdez as the Harrisburg Senators bested the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 4-2, in front of 5,989 fans at FNB Field. The victory was the Senators’ sixth in seven games against the Flying Squirrels this season.
Richmond plated a run off Harrisburg starter Phillips Valdez in the first inning, but the right-hander avoided a big inning by rolling a double play ball. The Senators (53-44) evened the score an inning later as Spencer Kieboom hustled all the way home from second base on Rafael Bautista’s infield single.
Richmond re-took the lead, but the Senators answered back as Stephen Perez clubbed his third home run of the season, a solo shot, in the bottom of the fourth. Both teams posted zeroes until Pleffner delivered a double into the gap that scored Kieboom from first base to give the Senators a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the seventh. Pleffner scored when the next batter, Bautista, singled and got caught in a rundown between first and second.
Valdez (3-2) tossed his longest outing of the season, seven innings, in earning the win for Harrisburg. The lithe Dominican allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out four. The start was also Valdez’ first outing this season where he didn’t allow a walk. Wander Suero worked a scoreless eighth inning for Harrisburg and Andrew Robinson closed the game out for his second save of the season.
Bautista led the Senators’ 10-hit effort with three singles, while Perez contributed two base knocks to the cause.
Harrisburg sends Boone Whiting to the mound against Sam Coonrod for Richmond as the two teams continue their four-game series on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): In his best start of the season, LHP Matthew Crownover (W, 1-4) allowed just one run over six+ innings, as the Potomac Nationals (50-43, 16-9) opened up an eight-game homestand with a 4-2 win over the Winston-Salem Dash (40-56, 12-14). On rehab from the Washington Nationals,1B Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and scored a run as he played seven innings for Potomac.
After two scoreless innings, Potomac got to RHP Robinson Leyer (L, 0-1), who was making a start for the recently promoted RHP Spencer Adams. Leyer surrendered back-to-back singles to SS Osvaldo Abreu and 2B Max Schrock, and with runners on the corners, a wild pitch plated Abreu. Potomac led 1-0 after three innings. The P-Nats added a run in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI double by C Jake Lowery, as Leyer allowed two runs on five hits over a season high 3.2 innings.
The P-Nats put the game away with two runs against RHP Drew Hasler in the fifth inning. Zimmerman, who singled in the first frame, doubled with one out in the fifth and advanced to third base on a single by DH Jose Marmolejos. After Marmolejos stole second base, LF Alec Keller plated both runners with a single to right field, as the P-Nats took a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning.
The four run lead was more than enough for Crownover, who set a season high for innings and strikeouts, at six and seven respectively. At one point, the lefty retired 10 consecutive Winston-Salem hitters. The Dash plated their lone run against the starter in the sixth inning, as LF Landon Lassiter led off the frame with a single, went to third base on a base hit by RF Mason Robbins, and scored on a sacrifice fly by 1B Nick Basto.
With a 4-1 lead in the seventh, Crownover pitched to two batters, but walked one and gave up a single. With two men on and no outs, RHP Tommy Peterson came in from the Potomac bullpen and escaped without any damage. Peterson struck out CF Michael Suiter and then induced an inning-ending double play off the bat of SS Cleuluis Rondon. The Dash did plate a run against the righty on a double by Lassiter and an RBI single by Robbins in the eighth inning, though that was the final run of the game for either side.
Potomac didn’t muster a hit over two innings vs. RHP Manny Martinez, while RHP Gilberto Mendez(SV, 4) worked around a single in the ninth and closed out the P-Nats 4-2 victory. Both teams left seven men on base, while the Dash went just 1-6 with RISP.
In search of consecutive wins for the first time in nearly 10 days, the P-Nats are set to send RHP Whit Mayberry (2-1, 5.09) to the hill. Mayberry gave up just three total earned runs over his first two starts with the P-Nats, but has given up 10 total earned runs over his last two starts. For the Dash, RHP Jordan Stephens (4-7 3.76) is set to start for the fourth time vs. Potomac. In his first three starts vs. the P-Nats, Stephens went 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA. First pitch is set for 7:05pm Friday night at Pfitzner Stadium.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): Chase Ingram combined with a pair of Columbia relievers on Thursday night to make sure the Hagerstown Suns’ seven-game winning streak didn’t reach eight.
Ingram allowed one run on four hits and three walks over 6 2/3 strong innings, and Johnny Magloozzi and Tyler Bashlor closed it out to give the Fireflies a 6-1 victory over the Suns at Municipal Stadium.
Hagerstown (60-37, 17-10) remained a half-game ahead of Greensboro in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division standings. The Grasshoppers lost 2-0 to Greenville.
Eight of the nine players in the lineup had a hit for Columbia (43-53, 7-19) and six players drove in a run each. Dash Winningham led the attack with two hits.
Ingram (5-9) struck out eight before turning it over to the bullpen. Magliozzi was perfect in his 1 1/3 innings and Bashlor allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth.
Jakson Reetz had two hits and Angelo La Bruna tripled in the Suns’ only run. Jefry Rodriguez (7-6) allowed four runs on four hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.
Tyler Moore doubled and scored on Enmanuel Zabala’s single in the third to put the Fireflies on the board. Columbia made it 4-0 with a three-run fourth, getting RBI singles from Winningham and Milton Ramos. A bases-loaded walk to Moore added another run.
Reetz singled and scored on La Bruna’s triple in the fifth.
J.C. Rodriguez doubled and scored on Vicente Lupo’s groundout in the seventh, and Brandon Brosher tagged Suns reliever Mariano Rivera III for a solo homer in the eighth.
AUBURN (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays lost the series opener against the State College Spikes, 7-4, on Thursday night. Doubledays second baseman Jake Noll was perfect from the plate with four hits in four at bats.
The Doubledays (15-18) took a lead over the Spikes in the top of the first inning. Blake Perkins led off with a single. With Jack Sundberg batting, Perkins stole second base. Sundberg then flew out to center field, but Perkins tagged up and advanced to third base on the play. Daniel Johnson followed with a fly out to center field. Perkins tagged from third and tried to score on the play. The throw and tag beat Perkins, but interference was called on State College catcher Jeremy Martinez for blocking the plate before he had the ball. This allowed Perkins to score, giving Auburn a 1-0 lead. Tres Barrera then walked and Noll singled to put runners on first and second base for Oliver Ortiz. Ortiz singled to right field as Barrera scored from second to put the Doubledays up 2-0.
The Spikes (22-11) scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning off of Doubledays right-hander Carlos Acevedo. Acevedo hit both Ryan McCarvel and Jeremy Martinez with pitches to begin the inning. After an Elier Rodriguez fly out, Ricardo Bautista doubled to center field to score McCarvel and cut the Doubledays’ lead to one.
Auburn responded in the fifth inning. With two outs, Perkins singled to right field. Sundberg followed with a triple that scored Perkins to put the Doubledays back up by two, 3-1. Johnson then singled to center field to score Sundberg and extend Auburn’s lead to three, 4-1.
State College scored again in the sixth inning. Martinez singled to lead off the inning. Rodriguez followed with a double to left field that scored Martinez and cut Auburn’s lead back to two, 4-2.
The Spikes took their first lead of the game in the seventh inning. With one out, Vince Jackson and McCarvel both walked to put runners on first and second. Martinez then flew out to center field. Jackson tagged up and moved to third base on the play. Rodriguez followed with a ground rule double that one-hopped over the wall in right-center field. Jackson scored on the play and McCarvel moved to third base to cut the Doubledays lead to one, 4-3. With Bautista batting, a wild pitch allowed McCarvel to score and Rodriguez to move to third base, tying the game at four. Bautista then singled to right field, which scored Rodriguez to put the Spikes up, 5-4.
State College extended its lead in the eighth inning. Anthony Ray led off with a single. Tommy Edman then walked to put runners on first and second base. Josh Swirchak singled on a bunt to load the bases. Jackson followed with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Ray and moved Edman to third base, giving the Spikes a 6-4 advantage. After a McCarvel strikeout, Martinez singled to score Edman and put State College up by three, 7-4.
The Doubledays and the Spikes continue their three-game series on Friday. The second game of the series is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.