From staff and wire reports:
Syracuse (AAA International League):
The Syracuse Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bisons Wednesday night, 6-1. Austin Voth earned the win on the mound in a stellar seven-inning outing. Six different Syracuse players picked up an extra-base hit in the game.
Buffalo (56-56) responded in the top of the sixth inning off Voth. Matt Dominguez and Jesus Montero opened the frame with back-to-back singles. Chris Colabello then hit a ground ball to Matt Skole at third base. Skole elected for the double play, cutting down Montero and Colabello in 5-4-3 fashion. This put Dominguez on third base with two outs. Next up was Junior Lake, who hit a soft groundball to Christopher Bostick at second. Bostick fielded and threw on the run, but Lake beat out the throw to first. The infield single drove in Dominguez to tie the score at 1-1.
The Chiefs regained the lead in the last half of the sixth. After Copeland earned one out, Chad Girodo came on in relief for the Bisons. Skole welcomed him to the game with a solo home run over the fence in right field. Martinson followed the home run by earning a walk. Matt den Dekker then added to the Syracuse total, driving in Martinson with a double to right-center field to make the score 3-1.
Syracuse widened its lead in the seventh. To start the frame, Matt Dermody replaced Girodo on the mound for Buffalo. After recording one out, Dermody walked Lombardozzi, who later stole second base. Skole followed by earning another walk to bring up Martinson with runners aboard first and second with two outs. Martinson ripped a double to deep right-center field, scoring both teammates to give Syracuse a 5-1 advantage.
Caleb Ramsey tacked on a final insurance run in the eighth inning. He drove a one-out solo home run off Buffalo reliever Bobby Korecky, moving the Syracuse lead to 6-1.
Voth left the game after seven strong innings of work. He scattered six hits in the outing, allowing just one earned run and three walks while striking out four. Matt Grace worked a scoreless eighth inning before giving way to Rafael Martin who finished the game on the mound.
The Chiefs and Bisons meet Thursday night in the series finale of this four-game set. A.J. Cole is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Buffalo’s Scott Diamond. First pitch is at 6:35.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): Phillips Valdez went seven strong innings and the Senators offense came alive in their 6-1 win over the Binghamton Mets Tuesday night in Binghamton. The Senators scored four in the second and two more in the fourth to cruise to the win. Harrisburg moved to ten games over .500 at 60-50 while the B-Mets fell to 50-59.
Valdez didn’t run into any trouble until the seventh when the B-Mets scored, but left the bases loaded. He allowed six hits, struck out two, walked two and eleven ground ball outs. Valdez is now 4-2 with the Senators and Harrisburg has won his last four starts.
In the second, Jose Marmolejos singled which was followed by a Drew Ward two-run home run giving the Senators a 2-0 lead. Harrisburg plated two more runs in the inning on RBI singles by Rafael Bautista and Andrew Stevenson. The lead was stretched to 6-0 when Isaac Ballou hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Marmolejos had three hits for the Senators and every Senator starter except Adrian Sanchez had a hit.
Sam Runion pitched two scoreless innings to finish the game for the Sens. The final game of the four-game series is Thursday night at 6:35 p.m.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): Behind a dominant return from RHP Boone Whiting (W, 9-2), and a pair of two-run innings, the Potomac Nationals (60-48, 26-14) took down the Lynchburg Hillcats (70-40, 25-15) in the series finale at Calvin Falwell Field Wednesday night. The P-Nats scored a pair of runs in the third inning and another pair in the sixth frame in route to a 4-1 win.
After five starts with the Harrisburg Senators, Whiting returned to Potomac and won for the sixth time in his last nine starts with the P-Nats. Whiting allowed only one run on seven hits, as the right-handed starter struck out five and did not walk a batter over 6.1 innings.
Opposite Whiting, RHP Matt Esparza (L, 0-2) saw his defense plague him in a two-run third inning. C Matt Reistetter reached to start the inning on a fielding error by 1B Bobby Bradley. After CF Dale Careywalked, LF Alec Keller reached on a sacrifice bunt, as the throw by C Francisco Mejia went into left field. Mejia’s error allowed Reistetter to score. Two batters later, 2B Max Schrock drove in Carey with an RBI groundout.
The Hillcats cut the deficit to one with their only run of the game, as they rallied with two outs vs. Whiting in the bottom of the third. SS Mark Mathias doubled over the head of Keller in left field and scored on a single by Mejia. Mejia’s base hit extended his hit streak to 45 games. Potomac led 2-1 after three innings.
Potomac put the game away with two runs in the sixth inning, as the P-Nats loaded the bases with no outs against Esparza. Two singles and a walk brought DH Austin Davidson to the plate, but Davidson fouled out to Mejia behind the plate, which ended Esparza’s night. RHP Justin Garcia entered and gave up a sacrifice fly to Reistetter, while Carey followed with an RBI single. Carey’s single wrapped up the scoring and made it 4-1 Potomac, the eventual final.
Out of the Potomac bullpen, RHP Neil Holland retired all five men that he faced, while RHP Ryan Brinley (SV, 11) worked a scoreless ninth inning in his return to Potomac. The P-Nats won despite not tallying an extra base hit. With the win, Potomac stands one game ahead of Lynchburg in the Northern Division and eight games ahead of the Frederick Keys for a playoff spot.
Returning home, the P-Nats will host the Wilmington Blue Rocks for a four game series at Pfitzner Stadium. Thursday night, RHP Dakota Bacus (1-2, 3.45) is set to take the mound for Potomac, while LHP Foster Griffin (2-7, 6.92) is scheduled to start for the Blue Rocks. First pitch Thursday night is set for 7:05pm.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (66-43) took on the West Virginia Power (50-57) in the series finally on Wednesday night at Municipal Stadium where Hagerstown’s James Bourque faced off against West Virginia’s Logan Sendelbach.
The Suns got things opened up in the bottom of the first inning when Randy Encarnacion led off with a line drive up the past Sendelbach. Encarnacion then reached second on the following play when the pick off throw got past first baseman Carlos Munoz. Ian Sagdal then moved him to third on a base hit of his own. Encarnacion then scored on the Jackson Reetz fielders choice.
Hagerstown added two more runs in the bottom of the second when Randy Encarnacion came up to the plate with Telmito Agustin on first base. Encarnacio took the first pitch fastball from Logan Sendalbach and belted his second home run of the series that hit off of the jumbo-tron in left center field moving the score to 3-0.
James Bourque was relieved in the 6th by Mariano Rivera III but it came after one of his bast starts of the year.Bourque went 5 innings giving up one run on six hits and struck out three.
The starter for the Power, Logan Sendelbach was relieved in the bottom of the sixth by Juilo Vivas. Sendelbach gave up three runs on eight hits in his 5 innings of action.
Julio Vivas put the Suns down in order in the sixth, but the Suns put three runs up on the board when Kelvin Gutierrez lead off with a triple then came in to score on a two run home run by Rhett Wiseman. Jakson Reetz later scored to extend the Suns lead to 6- 1.
Mariano Rivera III, Phil Walby and Tommy Peterson all came into the game in the sixth, eighth and ninth respectively. They all combined to only give up 3 hits through those four innings.
Ian Sagdal reached base in the bottom of the eighth with a lead off double, was then moved to third on the Kelvin Gutierrez base hit. Sagdal was brought in on a Wiseman SAC fly earning him his third RBI of the night and pushed the score to 7-1.
Hagerstown’s James Bourque earned the win changing his record to 4-4 and the Powers Logan Sandelbach received the loss moving his record to 8-5.
The Hagerstown Suns head to Lakewood for a four game series starting on Thursday night. The Suns will send out Taylor Guilbeau (2-1, 4.65) and the BlueClaws will send out Jose Taveras (4-8, 3.99) for the 7:05pm series opener.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays reached double-digit hits but lost to the State College Spikes, 8-3, on Wednesday evening. Doubledays outfielder Nick Banks collected two hits and two RBIs in the loss.
State College (31-14) scored first in the top of the first inning. With one out, Andy Young singled. Vince Jackson followed with a doubled to right field that scored Young to give the Spikes a 1-0 lead.
Auburn (19-26) tied the game in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Tres Barrera and Ryan Ripken both singled to put runners on first and second base. Paul Panaccione followed with a base hit that scored Barrera to tie the game at one.
The Spikes scored seven runs combined over the last four innings of the contest to break the game open. State College scored two runs in the sixth inning, one run in the seventh inning, and two runs each in both the eighth and ninth innings. Jackson knocked in four runs for the Spikes in the game.
The Doubledays added their final two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. With two outs, Jack Sundberg and Sheldon Neuse singled to put runners on first and second. Nick Banks then hit a two-run double that one-hopped off the left-field wall.
Auburn and State College meet on Thursday night for the second game of a three-game series. Right-hander Weston Davis will pitch for the Doubledays against Spikes right-hander Bryan Dobzanski.