By Michael Marzzacco
Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped a second straight game to the Buffalo Bisons, 8-2, Saturday night at Coca-Cola Field. Seven of the 10 total runs scored in the game were unearned. Joe Ross threw 67 pitches in four and two-thirds innings for the Chiefs, allowing three runs on seven hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.
Buffalo (54-54) started the scoring in the first inning against Ross. Dalton Pompey led off with a walk and Ryan Goins singled. Two batters later, Jesus Montero singled sharply up the middle, scoring Pompey. Domonic Brown then hit a groundball to third, enough to score Goins for a 2-0 Bisons lead.
Tyler Mapes started for the Senators and gave up a three-run home run to Ryan McMahon giving Hartford a 3-0 lead in the first. The home run followed an error which rendered the runs unearned. Mapes pitched out of trouble a couple times to limit Hartford to just the three runs through six innings.
Andrew Stevenson put the Senators on the board with a solo home run in the sixth. Keyes followed with a one-out double but was left stranded at third base.
Mapes pitched six innings allowing five hits and the three unearned runs. Derek Self followed Mapes with two scoreless innings.
The Senators offense has struggled all series hitting just .176, 21-119 with four home runs.
The final game of the five game series is Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): Despite a 10th straight outing from RHP Erick Fedde (L, 5-4) in which he did not allow more than one earned run, the Potomac Nationals (57-46, 23-12) fell 3-1 to the Carolina Mudcats (42-64 13-23) Saturday night. Fedde allowed two unearned runs and matched his season high with nine strikeouts, but two defensive misplays led to both runs against the right-handed starter.
After both Fedde and RHP Ryan Clark (ND) worked a perfect first inning, both gave up a run in the second frame. Clark walked 1B Jose Marmolejos to begin the second, and an RBI double by RF Drew Vettleson gave Potomac its only lead of the night. Carolina quickly tied it in the bottom of the frame, as 1B Isaias Tejeda reached on a throwing error by 3B David Masters and scored on an RBI double by CF Keith Curcio. Neither team scored over the next four innings, as the game was tied at one through six frames.
Working on his longest outing of the season, Fedde gave up a leadoff single to Tejeda in the seventh, but struck out the next two men. 3B Jordan Edgerton singled and put men at first and second base for LF Ryan Gebhardt. Gebhardt reached on an infield single to SS Osvaldo Abreu, while Abreu’s throw to first base got past Marmolejos, which allowed Tejeda to score the go-ahead run. RHP Tommy Peterson relieved Fedde with two outs in the inning and got DH Luis Valenzuela to pop out on the first pitch.
The Mudcats added on an insurance run against Peterson in the eighth inning, as SS Omar Obregon led off the frame with double that bounced off the chalk down the left field line, while 2B Travis Demeritte had his first hit with the Mudcats, an RBI double off the wall in left field. Demeritte’s double made it 3-1 Carolina, the eventual final.
Out of the Carolina bullpen, RHP Matt Withrow (W, 6-5) worked around a single in a scoreless seventh inning, RHP Carlos Salazar worked around a base hit in a scoreless eighth inning, and RHP Chad Sobotka (SV, 2) pitched a perfect ninth inning, as the Mudcats snapped a three-game losing streak, while Potomac fell for the first time in the past four games.
Fedde has now allowed only four earned runs in his last 50.2 IP and has an ERA of 0.71 over that stretch. The righty has not allowed more than one earned run in an outing since he gave up five earned runs over five innings in a victory over the Winston-Salem Dash on May 15th. In the loss, the top five hitters in the Potomac order went a combined 0-19, while the bottom four went 4-12. 2B Austin Davidson extended his on-base streak to 15 games with a single in the seventh inning, while Marmolejos reached base for the 11th consecutive start.
In search of a series win, Potomac will look to LHP Matthew Crownover (1-4, 5.29) Sunday night against the Mudcats. Crownover allowed two earned runs over 5.2 innings in his lone start, a no-decision, vs. Carolina this season. RHP Enderson Franco (5-8, 4.59) is set to start for Carolina. Franco is 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA in three starts vs. the P-Nats this season. First pitch at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC is set for 6:00pm Sunday night.
Hagerstown (L0w-A South Atlantic League): Adderling Ruiz‘s three-run double in the 10th inning put the finishing touches on the Hagerstown Suns’ 6-2 victory over the Hickory Crawdads in South Atlantic League action that went deep into Saturday night.
The Suns (64-41, 21-14 second half) took a 3-2 lead on Kelvin Gutierrez‘s RBI single earlier in the inning. A walk and single loaded the bases and Ruiz made the most of his opportunity to drown the Crawdads (55-49, 17-17).
Jake Johansen (1-0) was the beneficiary. He allowed two hits over two scoreless innings for the win.
Omarlin Lopez (6-5) gave up all four runs in the 10th and was saddled with the loss.
Edwin Lora hit an RBI single in the second inning, and Randy Encarnacion singled and scored on a throwing error in the third as the Suns took an early 2-0 lead.
Dylan Moore led off the fourth with a home run to cut the deficit in half, and Chuck Moorman’s RBI double tied the game later in the inning.
From there, pitching took over in a game scheduled for seven innings.
Taylor Guilbeau allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings for the Suns, striking out four. Philip Walby allowed two hits and struck out four over three scoreless innings of relief before giving way to Johansen.
Joe Palumbo allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings for the Crawdads, striking out seven. John Werner struck out two over two perfect innings of relief. Ti’Quan Forbes and Eric Jenkins each had three hits.
• In the completion of Friday’s game, the Hickory Crawdads rallied from a 3-0 deficit with five unanswered runs from the fifth through eighth innings, while a trio of pitchers held the Suns in check for a 5-3 victory.
Emerson Martinez allowed just one hit and one walk over four innings. Garrett Brummett (1-0) got the win with one perfect inning, and Jason Richman earned his first save with two innings of shutout ball for the Crawdads (55-48, 17-16 second half), allowing one hit and one walk.
Frandy De La Rosa’s two-run homer off Mariano Rivera III (3-1) in the sixth inning tied the game at 3. Sherman Lacrus doubled and scored the go-ahead run on Eric Jenkins’ single in the seventh.
De La Rosa walked, stole second and scored on a fielding error for an insurance run in the eighth.
Rivera took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over three innings. Mick VanVossen pitched well in his relief appearance, allowing one run on three hits and a walk over four innings.
The Suns took the lead on Friday with two runs in the first and one in the second. Randy Encarnacion and Ian Sagdal hit singles to open the first, and both scored on a fielding error. In the second, Edwin Lora singled, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error on his second steal to make it 3-0.
Eric Jenkins went 3-for-4 for the Crawdads.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays walked off against the West Virginia Black Bears, 3-2, on Saturday night. With runners on the corners in the bottom of the ninth inning, Doubledays outfielder Jack Sundberg singled up the middle to score the game-winning run.
West Virginia (20-21) got on the board first in the top of the first inning. Stephen Alemais and Clark Eagan started the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second base. Austin Meadows then grounded into a force out in which Eagan was out at second base, but Alemais was safe at third base and Meadows reached first base. Will Craig followed with a double to left field that scored Alemais to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead.
Auburn (18-23) responded in the bottom of the first inning. Blake Perkins led off with a single. Jake Noll followed by hammering a ball over the left-field wall for a two-run home run that put the Doubledays up 2-1.
The Black Bears tied the game in the fifth inning. Arden Pabst worked a walk to lead off the inning. Moore then struck out and Alemais flew out to right field for the first two outs of the inning. Eagan followed with a triple that scored Pabst to tie the game at two.
The Doubledays won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Tres Barrera led off with a single up the middle. Ryan Ripken then grounded into a fielder’s choice in which Barrera was out at second base, but Ripken was safe at first base. Clayton Brandt then grounded a ball to first that first baseman, Albert Baur, misplayed. Ripken moved to third base on the play and Brandt was safe at first because of the error. Sundberg followed with a single to center field that scored Ripken from third base and gave the Doubledays a 3-2 walk-off win.
The Doubledays hit the road and begin a three-game series against the Staten Island Yankees on Sunday. Right-hander Dane Dunning will start for Auburn against Staten Island right-hander Simon De la Rosa. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.