From the wires:
Syracuse (AAA International League):
The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Rochester Red Wings, 11-0, Saturday night at NBT Bank Stadium. Byungho Park went went 3 for 5 with a home run and James Beresford had five hits. Rochester tallied an International League season-high 22 hits in the victory. Caleb Ramsey had three hits for the Chiefs in the loss.
Rochester (60-42) opened the scoring in the first against Syracuse starter Paolo Espino. James Beresford started the inning with a one-out bloop single to right field. Following a fly out, Daniel Palka hit a line-drive double down the right-field line, scoring Beresford. Adam Brett Walker then singled to center field, scoring Palka, making the score 2-0. In the ensuing at-bat, Byungho Park hit a two-run home run to right-center field to put Rochester on top 4-0.
The Red Wings crossed the plate again in the second. With one out, Carlos Paulino, Darin Mastroianni, and Beresford each singled, to load the bases. Jorge Polanco followed with a double into the right-field corner, plating both Paulino and Mastroianni to give Rochester a 6-0 lead.
Syracuse (46-54) was held scoreless by the combination of Jason Wheeler, Neil Ramirez, and Marcus Walden. Wheeler went six and two thirds, allowing just four hits while striking out six.
Rochester added to its lead in the seventh. Park began the inning with a single into center field off Syracuse reliever Jaron Long. Following consecutive fly outs, Paulino singled into left field. With runners on first and second and two outs, Mastroianni slapped a base hit to center field, scoring Park to put the Red Wings up 7-0.
The Red Wings scord four more times in the ninth. Sam Runion came on in relief of Long and Wilfredo Tovar met him with a single. Mastroianni followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second with no outs. After a fly out, Beresford singled to right field, loading the bases. Polanco then hit a line-drive single to center field, scoring Tovar. Palka followed with a two-run double to left field, scoring both Mastroianni and Beresford. Lastly, with one out and runners on second and third, Walker hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Polanco and give the Red Wings the final 11-0 advantage.
Syracuse and Rochester wrap up the home-and-home series Sunday afternoon. Reynaldo Lopez is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Pat Dean for the Red Wings. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): Home runs from Drew Ward and Spencer Kieboom made the difference as the Harrisburg Senators doubled up the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6-3, in front of 6,483 fans at FNB Field. Tyler Mapes became the first Senators’ pitcher since Nate Karns in 2013 to reach double-digit wins with his 10th of the season.
Harrisburg (55-44) raced out to an early lead in the first inning off Richmond starter Tyler Beede. Isaac Ballou delivered the bases loaded, two-out single that drove in the first two Senators’ runs. Kieboom followed with a double that scored Pleffner, but Ballou was cut down at the plate trying to score an additional run.
Senators’ starting pitcher Mapes cruised through the first three innings until a balk seemed to throw the right-hander off kilter. The Flying Squirrels nibbled away at the lead scoring two in the four and one in the fifth to tie the game up at three. Mapes (10-6) scattered five hits and four walks while striking out two in six innings of work.
But Harrisburg responded in an unlikely way, with a pair of home runs. The Senators had come into the game dead last in the Eastern League with 46 home runs, but Ward’s two-run round-tripper in the fifth inning and Kieboom’s solo shot in the sixth were the consequential blows in the victory.
Reliever Justin DeFratus tossed two innings of scoreless relief in his first appearance with Harrisburg and Andrew Robinson locked down the ninth for his third save.
Sunday afternoon is the last chance to catch the Flying Squirrels as the teams conclude their series at 1:30 p.m. in Richmond’s only visit to FNB Field in 2016. Newcomer Mark Blackmar takes the mound for the Senators looking for the series sweep against Andrew Suarez.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): In their league-high ninth doubleheader, the Potomac Nationals (53-43, 19-9) picked up a sweep of the Winston-Salem Dash (40-59, 12-17) and ran their win streak to four games.1B Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run home run in the first inning of game one for Potomac in route to a 6-2 win, while 1B Jose Marmolejos hit a walk-off single in the seventh inning of game two in a 3-2 victory. With the two wins, Potomac improved to 11-6 vs. the Dash this season.
After falling behind Friday night 3-0 in the first inning, the P-Nats reversed that in game one Saturday night. Dash RHP Zach Thompson (L, 1-1) walked the first two batters in the bottom of the first inning on nine pitches, while Zimmerman launched a first pitch fastball 440 feet over the wall in left-centerfield. Potomac led 3-0 after one inning, as Zimmerman’s home run proved to be the eventual game-winning hit.
Potomac plated two more runs in the third and a final run in the fourth against Thompson. C Raudy Read plated Zimmerman and Marmolejos with a two-run double in the third inning, while 3B Bryan Mejia tallied his first home run of the season to lead off the fourth. The P-Nats led 6-0 after four innings.
In a complete game effort, RHP Austen Williams (W, 1-3) allowed 11 hits but just two runs over seven innings. Nine of the Dash’s 11 hits were singles, as only CF Landon Lassiter and C Zack Collins tallied a double. The two doubles came in the fifth frame, as Lassiter scored on a groundout by RF Mason Robbins, while Collins drove home Robbins with his second hit of the night. Williams had just one 1-2-3 inning, thought it was the final frame, as he capped off the night with a perfect inning, as Potomac took the first half of the doubleheader 6-2.
Game two got off to a slow start, as neither side scored in the first two frames. The Dash got the scoring started with a pair of runs vs. RHP Trey Lambert (ND) in the third. Lambert, making his first start of the season and sixth appearance overall, walked 3B Ryan Leonards to start the inning and then gave up a single to SS Cleuluis Rondon. With men at the corners, a wild pitch from the Potomac starter made it 1-0 Winston-Salem, while a two-out RBI single by LF Nick Basto plated the Dash’s second, and final, run of the game. Lambert went 4.1 innings and allowed just two runs on three hits, as he struck out a season high five.
Down a pair against RHP Kelvis Valerio (ND), Potomac cut the deficit in half on a fourth inning leadoff home run by Marmolejos, his 11th home run of the season. RF Drew Vettleson followed with a single and then moved to third base on a double by 3B Austin Davidson. On a 3-0 pitch, C Jake Lowery plated Vettleson with a groundout to second base, but Potomac left the go-ahead run at third base. Tied entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Potomac had men at second and third base with one out, as RHP Yelmison Peralta (L, 0-1) entered for the Dash. With the infield drawn in, Marmolejos hit a sharp ground ball to 2B Toby Thomas, who narrowly got SS Osvaldo Abreu at the plate for the second out of the inning. Leonards then robbed Vettleson of a go-ahead single on a line drive that ended the inning. The P-Nats left the go-ahead runner in scoring position in the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth frame.
Out of the Potomac bullpen, RHP Neil Holland (W, 1-0) allowed just one hit over 2.2 innings of shutout relief. The righty faced just one over the minimum as a perfect seventh inning gave Potomac the walk-off chance with the game tied at two. Peralta gave up a leadoff single to LF Alec Keller in the home half of the seventh. On a 3-2 pitch to Abreu, Keller broke for second base, Abreu struck out, while the throw from C Brett Austin went into centerfield, which allowed Keller to get to third base with only one out. With the winning run at third base, DH Max Schrock swung at the first pitch and hit a massive popup no more than five feet from the plate, but Leonards whiffed on the catch attempt, as Potomac had men at the corners and one out for Marmolejos. With the infield and outfield both playing in, Marmolejos roped a single into centerfield, which plated Keller, and got Potomac a doubleheader sweep with a 3-2 win.
In search of their second five-game sweep of the season, Potomac will look to LHP Matthew Spann(2-1, 3.09) Sunday night. Spann went six-shutout innings against the Salem Red Sox in his last start. Opposite Spann, LHP Tanner Banks (4-2, 6.00) is set for his eighth start of the season for the Dash. Banks has given up six earned runs in each of his last two starts, and failed to get through two innings last time out vs. Myrtle Beach. First pitch of the series finale is set for 6:05pm.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League): Ricardo Ferreira and Alexander Palma each drove in four runs, while Kane Sweeney added three RBIs as the Charleston RiverDogs beat the Hagerstown Suns 14-10 on Saturday night at Municipal Stadium.
Charleston took the lead in the first when Palma hit a three-run double.
Trailing 11-3, the Suns cut into the deficit with seven runs in the fifth inning, including a three-run double by Matthew Page.
The RiverDogs later tacked on three runs in the eighth, including a single by Cesar Diaz that scored Gosuke Katoh.
Cody Carroll (4-4) got the win in relief, while Hagerstown starter Pedro Avila (7-7) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Randy Encarnacion homered and singled, scoring two runs for the Suns.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays beat the State College Spikes, 8-4, on Saturday night. Doubledays starting pitcher Yonathan Ramirez threw five innings of one-run baseball en route to the win.
State College (23-12) scored first in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Andy Young singled. After a Ricardo Bautista fly out to left field, Danny Hudzina hit a ground rule double to left field that put runners on second and third base. Anthony Ray followed with a base hit to score Young and put the Spikes up 1-0.
Auburn (16-19) stole the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Jake Noll singled to begin the inning. Oliver Ortiz then walked. With Paul Panaccione batting, a wild pitch allowed Noll to get to third base and Ortiz to move to second. Panaccione then singled to score Noll and move Ortiz to third base, tying the game at one. After an Andres Martinez strikeout, Blake Perkins grounded out to second base. On the play, Ortiz scored and Panaccione moved to second base to give Auburn a 2-1 lead. Jack Sundberg followed with a single that scored Panaccione and put Auburn up by two, 3-1.
The Doubledays added to their lead in the sixth inning. Tres Barrera led off the inning with a single. After a Ryan Ripken strikeout, Noll doubled to put runners at second and third with one out. With Ortiz batting, a wild pitch allowed Barrera to score and Noll to advance to third base, giving Auburn a 4-1 advantage. Noll then scored on an Ortiz single to extend the Doubledays’ lead to four, 5-1.
Auburn scored again in the seventh inning. Martinez led off the inning and hit a ball to right field. Bautista, the right fielder, misplayed the ball, allowing Martinez to get to third base on the play. Perkins followed with a sacrifice fly out to center field that scored Martinez and put Auburn up by five, 6-1.
The Doubledays continued to pour on the runs in the eighth inning. Ripken tripled to right-center field to start the inning. Noll then hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Ripken and put Auburn up 7-1. After Ortiz struck out, Panaccione doubled. Martinez followed with a double that scored Panaccione to extend the Auburn lead to seven, 8-1.
State College scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to cut Auburn’s lead to four, 8-4. The Spikes had the bases loaded with one out, but Doubledays reliever Phil Morse struck out back-to-back batters to end the game.
The Doubledays travel to Williamsport on Sunday to begin a three-game series against the Crosscutters. Auburn won two out of three games against Williamsport in a three-game series at Falcon Park in June. First pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.