Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Buffalo Bisons, 3-1, Friday night at Coca-Cola Field. Paolo Espino allowed just one run in six strong innings for the Chiefs. Andy Burns’ two-run homer in the seventh gave the Bisons the lead.
Buffalo (53-54) started the scoring in the second. Matt Dominguez led off the frame with a home run off Paolo Espino to give the Bisons a 1-0 lead.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern): Kevin Keyes’ two run home run with two outs in the sixth inning of game two powered the Senators to a 2-0 win over the Hartford Yard Goats. The Senators dropped game one, 5-3, which was their second straight loss to Hartford in the series.
Mark Blackmar worked six scoreless innings in game two. He retired the final six batters and 11 of the final 12 he faced. He allowed four hits and walked two. Justin DeFratus pitched a perfect seventh to earn his first save as a member of the Senators.
In the sixth inning, Andrew Stevenson doubled but was thrown out at home on a single by Neftali Soto. Keyes followed with his blast to left, his second home run on the day, to provide all the Senators needed in game two.
In game one, Ryan McMahon hit a grand slam off Boone Whiting in the third to give Hartford a 4-0 lead. The Senators bounced right back in the fourth, though, scoring three runs. The first came on a double by Soto scoring Stevenson all the way from first. Kevin Keyes then followed with a two-run blast to right to cut the deficit to 4-3. Hartford came back with a run in the fourth to make it 5-3 and that’s where the game ended. The Senators did threaten in the sixth inning with two on and one out, but didn’t score.
The Senators with the split are back to ten games over .500 at 58-48 while Hartford is 60-45.
Game four of the five game series is Saturday afternoon at 5:05 p.m.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): One out away from a shutout, the Potomac Nationals (57-45, 23-11) surrendered a run on a bases loaded walk in the ninth inning, but picked up a victory as RHP Gilberto Mendez (SV, 6) struck out SS Luis Valenzuela with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Friday night. The Carolina Mudcats (41-64, 12-23) left the tying runs on base, as the P-Nats won 4-1, their third straight victory.
In his return to the P-Nats, RHP Dakota Bacus (W, 1-2) allowed only three hits over five-shutout innings. Only one man reached scoring position against the righty, as Bacus struck out a season high seven. Bacus scattered singles to 1B Sal Giardina in the first inning, Valenzuela in the third inning, and Giardina again in the fourth frame, and only once did the Mudcats have multiple base runners on against him.
Opposite Bacus, RHP Caleb Beech (L, 2-5) muscled his way through 6.1 innings and saved a depleted Carolina bullpen. 1B Jose Marmolejos led off the second inning with a double, and after Beech retired the next two Potomac hitters, 3B Bryan Mejia put the P-Nats on top 1-0 with an RBI single. DH Austin Davidson then led off the third inning with a triple and scored on an RBI base hit by LF Alec Keller, who came home one batter later on an RBI double by SS Osvaldo Abreu, as Potomac led 3-0 after 2.5 innings. Beech allowed four runs on nine hits in the loss.
The P-Nats scored their final run in the seventh frame, as Abreu and 2B Max Schrock had consecutive one-out singles against Beech. Schrock’s lone hit of the night knocked the starter out of the game, as RHP Taylor Lewis entered and gave up a single to Marmolejos. RF Braxton Davidson misplayed Marmolejos’ base hit, which allowed Abreu to score, though the P-Nats left the bases loaded. Potomac took a 4-0 lead into the ninth inning.
In relief of Bacus, LHP Matthew Spann allowed three hits over two-shutout innings, while RHP Wirkin Estevez needed only five pitches in a perfect eighth inning. Estevez returned for the ninth looking to protect a four run lead, but he could not get through the frame. A one-out single by Giardina paired with a fielding error by Estevez put men at the corners. After Estevez struck out LF Ryan Gebhardt he walked 3B Jordan Edgerton, which loaded the bases. With the tying run at the plate, Potomac brought in Mendez who immediately walked C Tanner Murphy and gave Carolina its lone run. Mendez bounced back and struck out Valenzuela to end the game, as the Mudcats left the bases loaded and Potomac won 4-1.
Carolina had seven hits, all singles, four by Giardina. Four different Potomac starters had multiple hits, while Abreu led the way with three hits, and two doubles. The P-Nats left 11 men on base and went just 3-13 with RISP in the victory.
A season high 12 games over .500, the P-Nats look to make it four straight wins, as they will send RHP Erick Fedde (5-3, 3.35) to the hill Friday night. Fedde has allowed no more than one earned run in nine straight outings and is 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA over that stretch. Opposite the righty, Carolina will send RHP Ryan Clark (1-10, 5.71) to the mound. Clark allowed five runs over 5.1 innings in his lone start vs. Potomac, a no-decision, on May 11th. First pitch at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC is set for 6:00pm Friday night.
Hagerstown (L0w-A South Atlantic): Last night’s game at Hickory was suspended in the bottom of the second with the Suns holding a 3-0 lead. The game will resume at 2:00 today with the second game of the series beginning at 6:00.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays fell to the West Virginia Black Bears, 6-2, on Friday evening. Outfielder Blake Perkins hit a home run for the Doubledays in the loss.
The Doubledays (17-23) scored first in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Perkins hit a solo home run to right field to put Auburn up 1-0.
The Black Bears (20-20) responded in the top of the sixth inning. Stephen Alemais and Clark Eagan both singled to put runners on first and second base. Austin Meadows flew out to left field for the first out of the inning. With Will Craig batting, Alemais and Eagan stole to put runners on second and third base. Craig followed with a sacrifice fly out to right field that scored Alemais to tie the game at one.
Auburn regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Perkins led off the inning with a walk. Jake Noll then singled to put runners on first and second. Nick Banks followed with a singled to right field that scored Perkins from second base to give the Doubledays a 2-1 advantage.
West Virginia took its first lead of the game in the eighth inning. With one out, a pitch hit Eagan. With Sandy Santos batting, Eagan stole second base. Santos then struck out. With Craig batting, a wild pitch allowed Eagan to move to third base. Craig then singled to left field to score Eagan and tie the game at two. With Albert Baur batting, Craig stole second base and advanced to third because of a throwing error by catcher Luis Vilorio. Baur doubled, and Craig scored to give the Black Bears a 3-2 lead.
The Black Bears extended their lead in the ninth inning. With two outs, Erik Forgione walked. Alemais then reached on an error to put runners on first and second. Eagan followed with a single to right field that scored Forgione and put West Virginia on top 4-2. During the play, Alemais moved to third base and Eagan advanced to second base on a throw home. Ty Moore then singled to right-center field, scoring Alemais and Eagan to extend the Black Bears’ lead to four, 6-2.
The Doubledays and the Black Bears conclude their three-game series Saturday night at Falcon Park. Left-hander Yonathan Ramirez will pitch for Auburn against West Virginia right-hander Stephan Meyer. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.