From the wires:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the series finale to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 6-4, Wednesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Park. Syracuse took the lead first for the third game in a row, but the IronPigs again battled back to sweep the series. Brian Goodwin homered and Matt den Dekker tallied two RBIs for the Chiefs in the loss.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern): In a back and forth affair, the Harrisburg Senators outlasted the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 5-4, in front of 3,458 fans at FNB Field. The outcome clinched the Senators’ sixth straight series victory.
Harrisburg (57-46) got on the board in the third inning when Stephen Perez clubbed a home run, his fifth of the season, after Spencer Kieboom singled to reach base. New Hampshire plated an unearned run two frames later to cut the Senators’ lead in half, 2-1.
Harrisburg starter Phillips Valdez was brilliant against the Fisher Cats lineup until he ran into trouble in the top of the seventh inning. A pair of walks and a pair of singles off Valdez gave New Hampshire a 3-2 lead and put the right-hander on the hook for the loss. A half-inning later the Senators’ offense took him off it, but by then Valdez’s outing was complete as he allowed six hits and two walks while striking out two and inducing 12 groundball outs.
The Senators re-took the lead as Drew Ward singled up the middle, his second hit of the day, to start the Harrisburg rally and set the stage for Kevin Keyes. The first baseman delivered the go-ahead two-run home run that gave the Senators a 4-3 lead for the moment. But the Fisher Cats weren’t done as they got to Harrisburg reliever Robert Benincasa for the tying run on back-to-back doubles with two outs.
The Senators responded in their half of the inning as Khayyan Norfork led off by getting hit by a pitch. A Rafael Bautista sacrifice bunt moved him up 90 feet, and he reached third base on an Andrew Stevenson groundball to second base that was mishandled for an error. With the New Hampshire infield in, Isaac Ballou hit a soft grounder to third that he was able to beat out on the back-end of the double play attempt. It was enough to give the Senators another one-run lead as they turned the game over to reliever Andrew Robinson.
Despite the Fisher Cats getting the tying run to third base, Robinson struck out one and induced two pop-up outs to nail down his fourth save of the season.
The Senators head out on the road to face the Hartford Yard Goats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH over the next four days. Jaron Long will take his turn in the Harrisburg rotation against German Marquez for the game slated to start at 5:05 p.m. on Thursday.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): Two consecutive tough losses opened the series for the Potomac Nationals (55-45, 21-11), but thanks to a two-run home run from LF Bryan Mejia and stellar outings on the mound fromRHP Whit Mayberry (3-1) and RHP Neil Holland (SV, 1), Potomac salvaged the series finale with a 2-1 win over the Salem Red Sox (60-41, 17-15) Wednesday afternoon.
Potomac won despite only four hits, as LHP Daniel McGrath (L, 4-5) tossed a complete game for Salem. The lefty faced the minimum over the first three innings, while Potomac’s only hit in the first half of the game came from SS Osvaldo Abreu, who singled in the fourth. Mayberry gave up a single in each of the first three innings, but Salem did not advance anyone beyond first base until SS Deiner Lopez doubled in the top of the fifth inning.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning, 2B Austin Davidson drew a one-out walk, and Mejia tucked a fly ball inside the left field foul pole. Mejia’s second home run of the season, both on the most recent homestand, put Potomac ahead 2-1 and ended up as the game-winning hit.
The Red Sox answered with a run in the sixth inning, as Mayberry walked both 1B Nick Longhi and C Jordan Procyshen with one out. 1B Jordan Betts singled, which loaded the bases for DH Jose Sermo. Sermo, who hit three home runs in Tuesday night’s Salem victory, hit a ball deep to right field, but it came up shy of the warning track, as RF Alec Keller tracked it down. The sacrifice fly cut the Potomac lead to one run, but Mayberry got Lopez to fly out to right field to end the inning.
After six strong innings from Mayberry, Holland pitched the final three frames. The righty worked around a leadoff single in the seventh, set down the side in order in the eighth, but ran into trouble in the ninth. Consecutive one-out singles by Lopez and LF Bryan Hudson put the tying run at second base for CF Danny Mars. Mars, who had four hits Tuesday night, drilled a ball right back up the middle, but Holland snared it out of the air and doubled off Lopez at second base to end the game and cap of Potomac’s homestand with six wins in eight games.
Potomac will start an eight-game road trip Thursday night, as RHP Austen Williams (1-3, 4.56) takes the hill against Carolina RHP Raymar Navarro (4-2, 4.66). First pitch at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC is set for 7:00pm Thursday.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic): OFF.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Doubledays dropped both games of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Williamsport 0-4 and 2-6