From staff and wire reports:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped a third straight game to the Buffalo Bisons, 6-5, Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. Lucas Giolito allowed four earned runs in five innings, with four walks and five strikeouts in his second start in Triple-A. Jason Martinson hit a grand slam for the Chiefs in the loss.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): The game scheduled Sunday afternoon between the Senators and Hartford Yard Goats has been postponed. No make-up date has been scheduled.
The Senators open a four-game in three day series against the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday at 5:35 p.m. in Binghamton. Harrisburg returns home on Friday night to play the Trenton Thunder in a three-game series, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon.
The doubleheader on Tuesday in Binghamton begins at 5:35 p.m.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): On the back of the best start of the season from LHP Matthew Crownover (W, 2-4), the Potomac Nationals (58-46, 24-12) earned a series win with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Mudcats 942-65, 13-24) Sunday night at Five County Stadium. Crownover needed just 82 pitches over a season high seven innings. The left-handed starter struck out four and did not walk a batter in the win.
Potomac had just seven hits in the game but drew seven walks. 1B David Masters drew three of those walks and scored both of Potomac’s runs. RHP Enderson Franco (ND) walked Masters to start the third inning, and with two outs, 2B Max Schrock flared a single to centerfield, which plated Masters and put Potomac on top 1-0.
The Mudcats answered vs. Crownover in the fourth frame, but it was their lone run of the night. 3B Travis Demeritte led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a triple off of the centerfield wall, and scored two batters later on a game-tying sacrifice fly hit by 1B Isaias Tejeda. After Demeritte’s triple, just two more men reached against the P-Nats. DH Ryan Gebhardt doubled and was left at third base in the sixth inning, while RF Braxton Davidson singled with two outs in the ninth and never moved beyond first base.
Franco departed after six innings, and the Carolina bullpen quickly gave the lead to the P-Nats. RHP Zack Bird (L, 3-3) walked Masters on four pitches to begin his outing, while a sacrifice bunt by SS Bryan Mejia moved Masters to second base. LHP Michael O’Neal then entered and gave up an infield single to LF Alec Keller, which moved Masters to third base, and an RBI groundout by Schrock put the P-Nats ahead 2-0. Schrock had both RBIs on the night for Potomac in the win.
After seven strong innings from Crownover, RHP Neil Holland (SV, 2) worked a perfect eighth inning. Holland then struck out each of the first two batters in the ninth before Davidson’s single, but induced a groundout from Tejeda, which ended the game.
The P-Nats went just 2-10 with RISP and left on 12 in the loss, while Carolina went 0-4 with RISP. 3B Austin Davidson extended his on-base streak to 16 games with a single in the sixth inning, while DH Jose Marmolejos lengthened his on-base streak to 12 games with a walk in the seventh frame.
Off of a series win, Potomac heads to face the Lynchburg Hillcats for four games over the next three days. The series opens up Monday night, as RHP Whit Mayberry (3-1, 4.00) is set to start for Potomac, while LHP Sean Brady (10-4, 4.08) is scheduled to take the hill for the Hillcats. Mayberry has not pitched against the Hillcats this season, while Brady is 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA in two starts vs. Potomac. First pitch at Calvin Falwell Field is set for 6:30pm Monday night.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League): After Rhett Wiseman’s two-run triple and Jakson Reetz’s two-run homer in the first inning Sunday, things looked pretty good for the Hagerstown Suns.
It almost all went downhill from there.
Hickory put up a pair of three-run innings to surge to the lead, and the Crawdads silenced the Suns’ bats after the early outburst to score a 7-5 victory in the rubber match of the five-game series.
Hagerstown (64-42, 21-15 second half) holds a half-game lead over Greensboro in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division. The Suns already clinched a playoff berth by winning the first half.
Jonathan Hernandez (8-8) bounced back from the rough first inning to earn the win. He lasted six innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out five. Garrett Brummett allowed one run on two hits over the final three innings for his second save, striking out five.
Jefry Rodriguez (7-8) took the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four.
Dylan Moore started the Crawdads (56-49, 18-17) on the comeback trail with an RBI single in the bottom of the first.
Hickory tied the game with three runs in the third. The runs came home on a double-play grounder, a passed ball and Tyler Sanchez’s RBI single.
The Crawdads took the lead with three more runs in the fifth. Sanchez’s RBI double broke the tie, and Ti’Quan Forbes drove in two with a two-out single.
Kelvin Gutierrez’s solo homer in the eighth, his third of the season, wasn’t enough for the Suns. Gutierrez and Wiseman had two hits each.
Grant Borne allowed only one run and two walks over 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief for Hagerstown, striking out three.
Frandy De La Rosa went 2-for-2 with a walk for Hickory.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays, Single-A Short Season affiliate of the Washington Nationals, lost the series opener to the Staten Island Yankees, 7-0, on Sunday. Staten Island starting pitcher Kolton Mahoney pitched a complete game-shutout for the Yankees in the win.
The Yankees (23-18) scored their first run in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Chris Godinez singled. Drew Bridges then singled to put runners on first and second base. Timmy Robinson followed with a single that scored Godinez to put the Yankees up 1-0.
Staten Island added to its lead in the fourth inning. With one out, Bridges singled. Robinson then popped out to first base. With Dom Thompson-Williams batting, a wild pitch allowed Bridges to move to second base. Thompson-Williams then singled to right field to score Bridges and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. With Angel Aguilar batting, Thompson-Williams stole second base. Aguilar followed with a single to left field. Thompson-Williams scored, and Aguilar advanced to second base on the throw home as the Yankees extended their lead to three, 3-0. Kendall Coleman then walked to put runners on first and second. Jerry Seitz followed with a double to left field that scored Aguilar, giving Staten Island a 4-0 advantage.
The Yankees extended their lead in the sixth. Thompson-Williams and Aguilar both walked to begin the inning. After Coleman flied out to right field, Seitz doubled to score Thompson-Williams and Aquilar to put the Yankees up by six, 6-0.
Staten Island brought one more run home in the seventh inning. Godinez worked a walk to lead off the inning. Bridges followed with a double to put runners on second and third base. A pitch then hit Robinson to load the bases. Thompson-Williams followed with a sacrifice fly out to right field. Godinez tagged up and scored from third on the play to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead.
The Doubledays (18-24) were held scoreless in the game despite six hits. Auburn left five runners on base and went hitless in five at bats with runners in scoring position.
Auburn and Staten Island will meet on Monday night for the second game of a three-game series. Right-hander Luis Reyes will be on the mound for the Doubledays, while the Yankees will send right-hander Jonathan Padilla to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.