By Michael Marzzacco
Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped both games of a doubleheader against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, falling 8-5 in game one and 4-2 in game two Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Park. Syracuse took the lead first in both games but the IronPigs scored seven runs in the second inning of game one, and Darnell Sweeney hit a two run double in the fifth inning of game two for the lead. Jason Martinson homered in game one for the Chiefs.
Syracuse (47-56) grabbed the lead in game one in the opening inning. Caleb Ramsey and Christopher Bostick each singled against Jake Thompson. Two batters later, Martinson drilled a three-run home run to center field to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.
In the first game of the twin bill, Connor Greene outdueled Michael Brady to lead New Hampshire to the one-run victory. The difference for the Fisher Cats was a solo home run by Roemon Fields in the sixth inning that broke the scoreless tie.
Brady (2-5) took another hard luck loss as the right-hander tossed the seven-inning complete game for the Senators scattering eight hits while striking out one. It was the third time this season the Senators were shut out in games Brady has started.
Harrisburg mustered only four hits off Greene, the Blue Jays’ number two-ranked prospect per Baseball America. Three of the hits were off the bat of Isaac Ballou as the outfielder was perfect at the plate in three trips.
In the nightcap, John Simms started for Harrisburg and went five scoreless but earned the no decision as the Senators failed to plate a run for the Rice product. Wander Suero (3-0) pocketed the victory behind two innings of relief where the Dominican allowed a lone hit and struck out one.
Perez led off the bottom of the seventh inning with the game-winning blast, his fourth of the season, to send the Senators home winners. Harrisburg’s eight-hit attack was led by Rafael Bautista’s three hits and two base knocks from Drew Ward and Perez.
The Senators and Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series with a matinee slated to begin at 12:00 noon. Phillips Valdez gets the ball for Harrisburg against southpaw Shane Dawson.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): A night after they were stunned with a four-run ninth inning, the Potomac Nationals (54-45, 20-11) lost three separate leads in a 10-7 loss to the Salem Red Sox (60-40, 17-14). Potomac led 2-0, 6-5, and 7-6, yet fell for the second straight night to the Red Sox.
Potomac led 2-0 through four innings, as RHP Travis Lakins (ND) gave up a solo home run to RF Drew Vettleson in the second inning and an infield RBI single to C Raudy Read in the third frame. Opposite Lakins, LHP Matthew Crownover (ND) was very good through the first four innings, but struggled in a five-run fifth. Lakins allowed six earned runs over five innings, while Crownover allowed five earned runs over five frames. Both starters surrendered two home runs.
2B Jose Sermo led off the fifth inning with a home run over the right field wall. After the next two men reached, DH Joseph Monge hit a three-run home run, which put Salem on top 4-2. CF Danny Mars doubled, and two batters later, RF Nick Longhi made it 5-2 Salem with an RBI double.
The P-Nats answered immediately and plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lakins retired the leadoff hitter, but then went walk, single, walk, which loaded the bases for Vettleson. Vettleson made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly, while 3B Austin Davidson followed with his first Potomac home run, a three-run blast that put the P-Nats back on top 6-5.
Both teams then scored a single run in the sixth inning, as SS Deiner Lopez scored on an RBI single by Mars against LHP RC Orlan (L, 5-4), while 2B Max Schrock put the P-Nats on top 7-6 with a fielder’s choice groundout against RHP Yankory Pimentel (W, 7-5).
With Potomac on top 7-6 entering the seventh inning, Orlan remained in the game and gave up back-to-back singles to Longhi and LF Mike Meyers to start the frame. 1B Jordan Betts tied the game with an RBI groundout, while Sermo followed with a two-run home run over the left field wall. Sermo’s second home run of the game put Salem ahead 9-7. In the ninth inning, Sermo homered over the batter’s eye in centerfield off of RHP Wirkin Estevez, as the second baseman had the first three home run game in the Carolina League since 2014. RHP Jamie Callahan (SV, 3) pitched a perfect ninth inning against the middle third of the Potomac order and secured the Salem victory.
For a second straight night, Potomac allowed a season high 17 hits. Eight of the nine Potomac starters had at least one hit, while 1B Jose Marmolejos had two hits and Schrock had three. Seven of the nine Salem starters recorded at least one hit, while there were six different Red Sox hitters who had multiple hits, including Mars’ game-high four. One night after the teams left a combined 22 men on base, they totaled 17 Tuesday night.
In an effort to avoid a sweep, Potomac will turn to RHP Whit Mayberry (2-1, 4.50) Wednesday afternoon. The Red Sox are set to counter with LHP Daniel McGrath (4-4, 3.79). The two met on July 16th in Potomac’s 5-4 win, as Mayberry earned the victory while McGrath was tagged with the loss. First pitch Wednesday is set for 12:05pm.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic): The Charleston RiverDogs (56-44) defeated the Hagerstown Suns (62-40) 10-2 on Tuesday at Municipal Stadium to split the series.
Kane Sweeney had three hits and five RBIs for Charleston.
Winning pitcher, Daris Vargas (7-5), held Hagerstown to three hits through six scoreless innings.
In the first inning, Cesar Diaz singled and Hoy Jun Park and Chris Gittens walked to load the bases for Sweeney. With no outs, Sweeney hit a grand slam to center field to give Charleston an early lead.
Sweeney hit another home run with one out in the third inning to put the RiverDogs ahead by five runs.
In the fourth inning, Austin Afenir scored on a throwing error and Diaz scored on a sacrifice fly by Jun Park.
Stretching Charleston’s lead to ten runs in the seventh inning, Jun Park hit a solo home run and Jhalan Jackson hit a two-run home run.
Adderling Ruiz hit a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh for Hagerstown’s only runs.
Hagerstown will travel to Hickory for a four game series starting Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.