By Michael Marzzacco
From staff and wire reports:
Syracuse (AAA International League):
The Syracuse Chiefs and Buffalo Bisons split a doubleheader Tuesday night, with Syracuse winning the first game, 5-1 while Buffalo took the nightcap, 4-0. Christopher Bostick paced the Chiefs’ offense in game one by scoring twice and driving in two runs. Jio Mier and Matt Dominguez did the damage for Buffalo in the later game by driving in two runs apiece.
Syracuse (49-61) tallied game one’s opening run in the bottom of the first off Buffalo starter Casey Lawrence. Bostick lead off by reaching first base on an error from Bisons shortstop Andy Burns. Brian Goodwin followed with a walk. In the ensuing at-bat, Michael Taylor reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Matt Skole drove home Bostick with a sacrifice fly to follow, giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.
Buffalo (56-55) answered in the top of the second off Syracuse starter Taylor Hill. Darrell Ceciliani led off the frame with a home run to right field. The solo shot, Ceciliani’s eighth of the year and second in as many games, evened the score at 1-1.
The Chiefs opened the floodgates in the bottom of the frame. Jhonatan Solano led off with a single to right field, followed by a Caleb Ramsey walk in the next at-bat. Jose Lozada then attempted a sacrifice bunt and reached base when Lawrence misplayed the ball, loading the bases. Bostick followed with a line-drive double to right-center field, plating both Solano and Ramsey to put the Chiefs up 3-1. Goodwin drove home Lozada with a sacrifice fly in the ensuing at-bat. After a flyout, Skole capped the scoring with a line-drive single to right field, scoring Bostick to give the Chiefs the final 5-1 lead.
Hill earned the win on the mound for Syracuse. He went six strong innings while allowing four hits and the one unearned run while striking out four. Koda Glover came in to work the seventh for the Chiefs, striking out one in a perfect frame to seal the victory.
In game two, Buffalo jumped out to an early lead against Syracuse starter Aaron Laffey. Darrell Ceciliani legged out an infield single with one out in the first frame for the Bisons. Chris Colabello followed by working a walk. After a fly out, Dominguez doubled off the wall in left field, scoring both Ceciliani and Colabello to give Buffalo an early 2-0 lead.
The Bisons added to their total in the top of the second. Erik Kratz opened the frame with a double just inside the left-field line. Andy Burns then dropped in a single to left field, pushing Kratz to third. Mier plated Kratz with a ground ball to second, pushing the Buffalo lead to 3-0.
The Bisons tacked on another run in the fourth. Kratz again started things off for Buffalo, sending a one-out single into left field. He then reached second when Laffey overthrew a pickoff attempt to first base. Mier followed with a looping single to right field, scoring Kratz to move the Buffalo lead to 4-0, which stood until the final.
The Chiefs were held scoreless thanks to an excellent start from Buffalo’s Pat Venditte. The ambidextrous starter went four innings while scattering five hits and striking out four.
The Chiefs and Bisons meet again Wednesday night in the team’s seventh straight game against one another. Syracuse has scheduled Austin Voth to start opposite Buffalo’s Scott Copeland. First pitch is slated for 6:35.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern League):
The Senators and Binghamton Mets split their doubleheader on Tuesday night in Binghamton with the Sens winning game one 4-2 and the B-Mets 3-2 in ten innings in game two. With the split the Senators are 59-50 on the season and move one-half game behind the Altoona Curve.
The Senators produced most of their offense in the doubleheader in the first inning of game one. They have four straight hits to plate three runs to take a 3-0 lead. Neftali Soto drove in a run with a double and Drew Ward drove in two with a single.
With the score 3-1 in the fifth, the Senators scored a run on a wild pitch making the score 4-1. Binghamton scored a run in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of two Senators errors. But that was all they would score off Michael Brady, who earned the win. Andrew Robinson pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.
The Senators jumped out 1-0 in game two on a single by Jose Marmolejos but Binghamton came back with two runs in the first. The Senators had a one-out double in the third, a leadoff double in the fourth and a leadoff double in the sixth, but didn’t score in any of those situations. They did tie the game when Adrian Sanchez doubled leading off the fifth and he eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Stevenson.
The game remained 2-2 into the tenth when the B-Mets had runners on first and second and two outs when Jayce Boyd hit a bounce up the middle that Khayyan Norfork fielded but threw away at second base allowing the winning run to score from third.
Stevenson and Ward both had two hits in game one. The Senators pitching allowed just three earned runs in the two games.
Game three of the series is Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League):
Despite another quality start from RHP Whit Mayberry (L, 3-2), the Potomac Nationals (58-47, 24-13) came up short Monday night, as they dropped the series opener to the Lynchburg Hillcats (69-38, 24-13) 5-4 and fell into a first place tie in the Northern Division. Mayberry allowed only three runs, two earned, over six innings in his fifth quality start in seven tries with Potomac. RHP Mario Sanchez gave up two runs in the seventh inning that proved to be the difference in the loss.
Lynchburg jumped out front early with a run in the first frame, as C Francisco Mejia extended his hit streak to 43 games with a one-out single, and 1B Bobby Bradley plated him with a two-out RBI base hit. Bradley’s two-out hit was the first of six two-out hits on the night for the Hillcats, three of which plated a run.
The P-Nats responded with a run in the second inning and another in the third against LHP Sean Brady (W, 11-4), who won for the sixth time in his last seven starts. C Raudy Read led off the second inning with a double, the first of his four hits on the night, and 3B Bryan Mejia tied the game with an RBI single. Potomac left a runner at third base in the frame, one of three left at third base in the game. The P-Nats then rallied with two outs in the third inning, as singles by SS Osvaldo Abreu and 2B Max Schrock brought Read to the plate. Read doubled for the second consecutive inning, which plated Abreu and gave Potomac the lead, but the P-Nats left runners at second and third base.
Just as quickly as Potomac had taken the lead, the Hillcats responded, as Bradley launched his league leading 20th home run of the season with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. Bradley had two RBIs on the night and now leads the league in both home runs and RBIs. The Hillcats added an unearned run against Mayberry in the fifth, as 2B Mark Mathias doubled, took third on a passed ball, and scored on a groundout by Mejia. Lynchburg led 3-2 after five innings.
Out of the Potomac bullpen, Sanchez struggled in the seventh inning. CF Connor Marabell led off with a single and then scored on Mathias’ second double of the night. Two batters later, Mathias came around with what proved to be the winning run on a double by LF Anthony Santander, as the Hillcats led 5-2 after seven innings.
Down to their final four outs, the P-Nats rallied in the eighth. With Schrock on first base, Read singled, his fourth hit of the night, LF Matt Page, in his Potomac debut, walked, which loaded the bases, and Mejia plated a pair with a single off of LHP David Speer. Speer departed for RHP Trevor Frank (SV, 10), who struck out CF Dale Carey on three pitches, and then worked a perfect ninth inning. Frank now has three saves in three tries vs. Potomac this season.
In the loss, DH Austin Davidson had his 16-game on-base streak end with an 0-4 night. Potomac went 4-8 with RISP and left six men on base, four in scoring position. Monday night was just the second time in Mayberry’s seven starts that Potomac has lost.
Tied atop the division, the P-Nats and Hillcats are set to play a doubleheader Tuesday night at Calvin Falwell Field. In game one, RHP Austen Williams (2-3, 4.31) is set to toss for Potomac against RHP Jared Robinson (1-1, 9.39). The P-Nats are set to start LHP Matthew Spann (2-1, 3.46) in the back half of the twin bill. The doubleheader gets underway at 5:30pm Tuesday night.
In their 10th doubleheader of the season, the Potomac Nationals (59-48, 25-14) used a four-run seventh inning in game one to earn a come from behind victory, but gave up multiple runs in three separate innings in a game two loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats (70-39, 25-14). Potomac took game one 5-2, while Lynchburg earned a split with a 9-2 win in game two.
In the opener Tuesday night, both sides scored a run in the first inning and then went scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. C Raudy Read put Potomac on top 1-0 in the first inning with a two-out RBI double against RHP Jared Robinson (L, 1-2), while the first three men reached for the Hillcats in the bottom of the first against RHP Austen Williams (ND). C Francisco Mejia extended his hit streak to 44 games with an RBI single, as the game was tied at one after one frame.
The Hillcats plated a run against Williams in the fifth, though it was not charged to the right-handed starter. With one out, 3B Mark Mathias hit a ground ball to SS Osvaldo Abreu, but the Potomac shortstop’s throw sailed over first base and Mathias reached on the throwing error. Mathias then went from first to third base on a wild pitch by Williams and scored on an RBI single by Mejia. Mejia had both RBIs in the game for the Hillcats while Mathias scored both runs.
Lynchburg took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning. Robinson, who narrowly avoided disaster with the bases loaded in the sixth, returned for the final frame, but only recorded one out. DH Austin Davidson led off the seventh with a game-tying solo home run. With one out, LF Alec Keller and Abreu hit consecutive singles, which knocked Robinson out of the game. LHP Billy Strode entered and walked 2B Max Schrock on four pitches, which loaded the bases for C Matt Reistetter. Reistetter, who pinch-hit for Read in the sixth inning, gave Potomac the lead with a two-run single to centerfield. 1B Matt Page plated Potomac’s fourth run of the inning with a single, as the P-Nats led 5-2. RHP Gilberto Mendez (SV, 7) struck out two in a perfect final frame. LHP Justin Thomas (W, 3-2) gave up a hit and walked one in a scoreless sixth inning.
Game two got off to a rough start for Potomac, as LHP Matthew Spann (L, 2-2) gave up three runs in the first inning. 1B Bobby Bradley, who left six men on base in game one, made it 1-0 Hillcats with an RBI single. 2B Tyler Krieger followed with an RBI base hit, while RF Taylor Murphy made it 3-0 with an RBI groundout.
The P-Nats battled back and made it a one run game with a single run in the third and the fourth. Schrock, who reached on a fielder’s choice, scored on a wild pitch by RHP Dominic Demasi (ND). CF Dale Careycut the deficit to one run on his seventh home run of the season, which made it 3-2 Lynchburg, though that was as close as Potomac got.
Spann struggled in the fourth, as the first six men reached against the lefty, while four came around to score. Murphy led off the frame with a solo home run, while CF Connor Marabell capped off the scoring in the frame with a two-run single. Four runs scored before an out was recorded, as Spann got just two outs in the inning. Out of the bullpen, RHP Wirkin Estevez struck out Murphy with the bases loaded and escaped any further damage, though the P-Nats trailed 7-2 after four innings. Estevez later gave up two runs on a bases loaded single hit by LF Anthony Santander. Santander’s base hit closed the scoring, as Lynchburg led 9-2 after five innings.
Out of the Lynchburg bullpen, RHP Mitch Brown (W, 3-6) did not allow a hit over two-shutout innings, while RHP Jordan Milbrath set down the side in order in the seventh inning, as Potomac fell 9-2. LHP RC Orlan pitched a perfect inning in relief for the P-Nats.
With the doubleheader split, Potomac and Lynchburg remain tied for first place in the Northern Division. In the series finale Wednesday, RHP Boone Whiting (8-2, 3.47) will make his first start for Potomac since June 24th. Opposite Whiting, RHP Matt Esparza (0-1, 3.00) will make his second start of the season for the Hillcats. First pitch Wednesday night is set for 6:30pm.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League:
August 1: The Hagerstown Suns (64-43) took on the West Virginia Power (53-53) in game one of their three game series at Municipal Stadium on Monday Night.
The first time Hagerstown and West Virginia faced off was all way back in May where they split the series 2 a-piece and the margin of victory was no more than 3 runs in each of those four games.
The scoring started off when RHP Pedro Avila (7-7, 3.58) gave up a lead off double to Carlos Munoz. He was then moved over to third thanks to the Daniel Arribas base hit. Ryan Nagle plated Munoz with a Sac Fly to bring the score to 1-0 Power.
The Power added another run in the top of the third when Munez knocked in Logan Ratledge who lead the inning off with a walk from Avila.
In the bottom of the third Telmito Agustin got his first hit of the day off of West Virginia starter Mitch Keller (6-5, 2.86) when he laid a perfect bunt down the third base line. Randy Encarnacion was then hit by pitch. Ian Sagdal then earned his fifth RBI in his last 8 games when he scored Agustin with a base hit. Kelvin Gutierrez followed suit when he earned his own RBI plateing Encarnacion thanks to a base hit of his own.
The West Virginia Power answered the Suns two runs in the third with two of their own in the fourth with Christian Kelley and Casey Hughston both scoring.
Keller was relieved in the fifth by Cesilio Pementel in the fifth. Pimentel threw five 1 hit innings, striking out four. He replaced by Seth McGerry in the ninth inning.
Starter for the Suns, Pedro Avila was relieved in the sixth by Jacob Howell who also threw three shut out innings. He was then replaced by Jake Johanson in the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Suns were trailing the Power 3-4, when Randy Encarnaicon belted his first Municipal Stadium homerun to tie it up at 4.
West Virginia added their own run in the 10th when Daniel Arribas scored off of the Christian Kelley base hit. The Suns could not recover in the bottom of the 10th and drop game one to the West Virginia Power 5-4.
Seth McGarry earned the win bringing his record to 4-2 and the loss went to Jake Johanson taking his record to 1-1
The Suns send out RHP Joan Baez (6-7, 4.67) and the Power send out RHP Dario Agrazal (6-8, 4.36) in game two of the thee game series here in Hagerstown, Maryland. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm
August 2: The Hagerstown Suns (65-43) took on the West Virginia Power (53-54) in game two of the three game series at Municipal Stadium on Tuesday night after the Power took game one from the Suns in extras 5-4.
This series was tagged early as one that would be a back and forth affair, which is how Monday night turned out, but the Suns started off hot and stayed hot by plating three runs in the second inning.
The Suns half of the second inning started off with Grant DeBruin pushing a base hit past Power short stop Alfredo Reyes.DeBruin was moved to third base when Jake Noll got his first hit as a Hagerstown Sun and walked into second with a ground rule double. DeBruin and Noll both scored on an RBI ground out by Jakson Reetz and a Narciso Mesa double. The third and final run came across when Narciso Mesa was brought in after an Edwin Lora RBI double.
The starter for the Suns on Tuesday night was Joan Baez who tossed his best outing of the year.
Baez went 6 innings giving up five hits, one earned run and struck out eight. The only real jam that Baez found himself in came in his last inning of action. After grounding out lead off man Casey Houghston, Logan Ratledge knocked his first base hit of the game. He then scored on the RBI double to center field by Carloz Munoz after the fly out from Logan Hill. Baez settled in and struck out Daniel Arribas on three straight fastballs to end the top of the sixth inning.
The starter for the West Virginia Power, Dario Agrazal, went 6.2 innings giving up 4 runs on eight hits. The Suns added the fourth run in the bottom of the sixth when Kelvin Gutierrez scored after his lead off base hit on the Jake Noll RBI single.
Jorge Pantoja came into the game in the 7th inning for the Suns and pitch two hitless innings.
Former Hagerstown Suns Taylor Hearn made his Pittsburgh organization and Power debut after being traded from Washington to Pittsburgh on the 29th of July when he came in to the game in the 7th inning.
After a three up three down 7th, Hearn gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth to extend Hagerstown’s lead to 6-1.
Tommy Peterson started the ninth inning for Hagerstown and worked himself into a bases loaded situation but fought through, only giving up one run and made Christian Kelley fly out to Edwin Lora to end the game.
The winning pitcher in Tuesday’s game was Hagerstown’s starter Joan Baez extending his record to 7-7 and receiving the loss was West Virginia starter Dario Agrazal moving his record to 6-9.
The Suns will send out RHP James Bourque (2-1, 4.67) to face West Virginia’s RHP Logan Sendelbach (8-4, 3.49) in the final game of the three game series here in Hagerstown, MD. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League):
August 1: The Auburn Doubledays, Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, won their second extra-inning game of the season with a 4-3 victory over the Staten Island Yankees on Monday night. Doubledays outfielder Daniel Johnson knocked in the eventual game-winning run in the top of the tenth inning.
The Yankees (23-19) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Carlos Vidal led off the inning with a walk. Nick Solak then singled to put runners on first and second base. On a Drew Bridges fly out to right field, Vidal tagged up and advanced to third base. Timmy Robinson followed with a sacrifice fly out to center field that scored Vidal to give Staten Island a 1-0 lead.
The Doubledays (19-24) tied the game in the top of the second inning. With one out, Tres Barrera doubled. Barrera then advanced to third base on a Ryan Ripken ground out to second. Paul Panaccione followed with a single to left field that scored Barrera to tie the game at one.
Auburn took the lead in the top of the third. With two outs, Johnson singled. Sheldon Neuse followed with a triple down the right-field line that scored Johnson to give the Doubledays a 2-1 lead. With Nick Banks batting, a wild pitch allowed Neuse to score, extending the Auburn lead to two, 3-1.
Staten Island cut into the Auburn lead in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Solak worked a walk. Bridges then doubled to right field, scoring Solak to cut the Doubledays’ lead to one, 3-2.
The Yankees tied the game in the fifth inning. With one out, Solak singled to center field. With Bridges batting, a passed ball allowed Solak to advance to second base. Solak then moved to third base on a wild pitch with Bridges still up to bat. Bridges followed with a sacrifice fly out to center field to score Solak and tie the game at three.
The Doubledays scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the tenth inning. With two outs, Blake Perkins singled to right field. Johnson then doubled down the left-field line. Perkins scored from first base on the play to put the Doubledays up 4-3.
Auburn and Staten Island conclude their three-game series on Tuesday morning. Left-hander Tyler Watson will pitch for the Doubledays, while right-hander Chad Martin will be on the mound for the Yankees. First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m. from Staten Island.
The Auburn Doubledays dropped the final game of a three-game series against the Staten Island Yankees, 2-0, on Tuesday morning. Starting pitcher Tyler Watson tossed five innings of two-hit baseball during the game.
The game was tied until the bottom of the eighth inning when Staten Island (24-19) brought home a pair of runs. Eduardo Navas led off the inning with a single. Carlos Vidal then singled as Navas advanced to third base to put runners on the corners. Nick Solak followed with a single to right field that scored Navas and moved Vidal to third base to put the Yankees up 1-0. Drew Bridges then walked to load the bases. Two batters later, with Dom Thompson-Williams batting a passes ball allowed Vidal to score, giving State College a 2-0 lead.
Auburn (19-25) got another excellent start from Watson. The left-hander allowed just two hits in five innings of action. Watson walked two batters and struck out five.
The Doubledays return home to begin a three-game series against the State College Spikes on Wednesday. Left-hander McKenzie Mills will pitch for Auburn against State College right-hander Carson Cross. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at Falcon Park.