Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bisons, 5-3, Thursday night in the first of a stretch of eight straight games between the two teams. A.J. Cole allowed just one earned run in seven innings and Matt Skole hit his 14th home run of the year for Syracuse to snap a three-game losing streak.
Syracuse (48-57) scored first for a fifth game in a row. With Brian Goodwin on first and two outs, Skole hit a long home run over the right center field fence off Drew Hutchison for a 2-0 Chiefs lead. From there, Matt den Dekker singled and Jhonatan Solano doubled home den Dekker for a 3-0 advantage.
The Chiefs added two more runs in the seventh. Jason Martinson doubled off Chad Girodo with one out and scored on Zach Collier‘s single for a 4-0 lead. Bostick then hit a ground ball to short. Andy Burns flipped to second to get the first out, but Ryan Goins threw high to first, allowing Bostick to reach second on an error. Goodwin took advantage with a single to score the run and make the score 5-0.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators started their important nine-game road trip Thursday against Hartford and lost 3-2 in ten innings. It was the second time this season the Senators have been walked-off. With the loss the Senators fall to 57-47 on the season while Hartford improved to 59-44.
German Marquez started for Hartford and took a no-hitter into the eighth inning when Rafael Bautista reached on a two-out infield single. Andrew Stevenson followed with a sharp single to right and then Isaac Ballou tripled in both runners to tie the game 2-2.
Hartford had scored an unearned run off starter Jaron Long in the third, then Raimel Tapia homered in the fifth to give the Yard Goats a 2-0 lead.
With the score 2-2 in the tenth, Stevenson singled with two outs, stole second and then tried to score on a single to center by Ballou but was thrown out by Tapia on a perfect throw home.
Hartford then turned a lead-off walk into a run in the bottom of the tenth when Jan Vazquez drove in Rosell Herrera with a two out single. Ryan Brinley took the loss for the Senators.
Only Bautista, Stevenson and Ballou had hits for the Sens. Long tossed six strong innings followed by Justin De Fratus, Wander Suero and then Brinley.
Games two and three of the series are Friday afternoon with game one starting at 1:05 p.m.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): Though they fell behind 1-0 after the first inning, the Potomac Nationals (56-45, 22-11) opened up an eight-game road trip with a 10-2 victory Thursday night over the Carolina Mudcats (41-63, 12-22). The P-Nats plated seven runs from the second through the fourth inning, while RHP Austen Williams (W, 2-3) allowed only two earned runs over seven innings. It was Williams’ second straight seven-inning victory.
Carolina started the bottom of the first inning with hits from SS Luis Valenzuela and 2B Omar Obregon, while a sacrifice fly hit by DH Isaias Tejeda put the Mudcats on top 1-0. Carolina left Obregon at second base and then did not have another runner reach scoring position until the eighth inning. Carolina’s only other run came on a leadoff home run by RF Braxton Davidson in the fourth inning.
Down 1-0 after the first, Potomac responded with two runs in the second inning, three in the third, and two in the fourth frame, all against RHP Raymar Navarro (L, 4-3). 1B Jose Marmolejos tripled to start the second inning and scored on an RBI groundout by RF Drew Vettleson. C Raudy Read was hit by a pitch and later scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by 3B Bryan Mejia. Mejia’s sacrifice fly put Potomac on top 2-1 and the P-Nats held the lead for the rest of the night.
With the lead, CF Dale Carey led off the third inning with a solo home run off of the scoreboard in left field, Carey’s sixth home run of the season. Potomac followed with three straight singles, as 2B Max Schrock’s RBI base hit made it 4-1 Potomac, and a two-out RBI single by Read put the P-Nats ahead 5-1. Potomac then loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, as LF Alec Keller’s RBI single made it 6-1 and knocked Navarro out of the game. Out of the Carolina bullpen, LHP Michael O’Neal struck out SS Osvaldo Abreu, but walked Schrock with the bases loaded, as Potomac led 7-1 after the top of the fourth, while Davidson’s home run made it 7-2 through four full innings.
The score remained 7-2 until the seventh, when Potomac tagged RHP Carlos Portuondo with back-to-back hits from Marmolejos and Read, as Read’s RBI double made it 8-2 Potomac. Portuondo stranded men at second and third base in the seventh and then quickly struck out the first two men that he faced in the eighth. With two outs, the righty hit Abreu in the shoulder with a fastball, before Schrock hit a home run that bounced off of, and then over, the top of the short wall in right field. Schrock’s fourth home run of the season capped a three-hit night for the second baseman and the scoring on the night. After seven innings from Williams, LHP Justin Thomas worked two scoreless frames and secured Potomac’s 10-2 win.
All nine starters for Potomac had at least one hit, while four starters had multiple hits. Schrock’s four RBIs were the most he’s had with the P-Nats this season, one shy of his 2016 season high five set with the Hagerstown Suns. Williams now has seven quality starts in nine outings with Potomac and has averaged more than six innings per start.
Friday night, the P-Nats will turn to RHP Dakota Bacus (0-2, 4.18) as they look for their third straight win. Carolina RHP Caleb Beech (2-4, 4.26) is set to start opposite the Potomac righty. Bacus made his 2016 Potomac debut vs. Carolina on May 10th and allowed one run over 2.2 innings out of the bullpen, while Beech did not factor in the decision in his lone start vs. Potomac, as he allowed three earned runs over five innings on July 11th. First pitch at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC is set for 7:00pm Thursday.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic): In a game full of punches and counterpunches, the Hagerstown Suns finally landed a haymaker.
Rhett Wiseman‘s three-run double in the top of the eighth inning was the knockout blow as the Suns outlasted the Hickory Crawdads 9-5 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series in the South Atlantic League.
The hit culminated a four-run inning after the game was tied at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5.
Telmito Agustin went 4-for-4, driving in two runs. Wiseman added a solo home run and Ian Sagdal had three hits and the game-winning RBI as Hagerstown (63-40, 20-13) maintained its 1/2 game lead over Lakewood (48-53, 19-13) in the second-half standings in the SAL Northern Division.
Jacob Howell (1-0) earned the win, allowing one hit, one walk and no runs while fanning four in 2 2/3 innings. Jorge Pantoja finished up on the mound for Hagerstown, pitching two scoreless innings.
Howell’s performance started poorly as he uncorked two wild pitches, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score in the bottom of the fifth inning. Both runs were charged to Suns starter Joan Baez as Hickory (54-48, 16-16) took its only lead of the game, 5-4.
But Wiseman tied it back up in the seventh inning with his eighth home run of the season. Then in the eighth, Edwin Lora doubled off losing pitcher Omarlin Lopez (6-4), moved to third on a single by Agustin and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Sagdal.
After a walk to Kelvin Gutierrez, Wiseman unloaded his double to right field.
For Hagerstown, Matthew Page went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs. Lora added two doubles and scored a pair of runs.
For Hickory, Chuck Moorman had three hits, including a two-run home run in the second inning which tied the game. Frandy De La Rose also had three hits.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays won the first game of a three-game series on Thursday night, 3-2, against the West Virginia Black Bears. Doubledays shortstop Clayton Brandt knocked in two runs in the game en route to the win.
The Doubledays (17-22) scored first in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nick Banks led off the inning by reaching base on a fielding error by Black Bears shortstop Stephen Alemais. After a Tres Barrera strikeout, Jake Noll doubled to right field to put runners on second and third with one out. Ryan Ripken followed with a base hit to center field that scored Banks and moved Noll to third base, giving Auburn a 1-0 lead. Brandt then laid down a sacrifice bunt on a safety squeeze that scored Noll from third base to put the Doubledays up 2-0.
The Black Bears (19-20) tied the game in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Will Craig singled. Kevin Krause followed with a double to the left-field wall that scored Craig to cut Auburn’s lead to one, 2-1. Albert Baur followed with an infield single to put runners on the corners. Sandy Santos then struck out for the second out of the inning. With Tyler Leffler batting, a wild pitch allowed Krause to score from third base and tie the game at two.
Auburn took back the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Noll grounded a ball to third base. Craig, the third baseman, fielded the ball but airmailed the throw to first. The errant throw allowed Noll to reach second base on the play. Noll then moved to third base on a Ripken groundout to first. With Noll on third base and the West Virginia infield playing in, Brandt singled over the infield to right field, scoring Noll and giving the Doubledays a 3-2 advantage.
The Doubledays and Black Bears meet on Friday night for the second game of a three-game series. Right-hander Weston Davis will pitch for Auburn against West Virginia right-hander Luis Escobar. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Falcon Park.