From staff and wire reports:
Syracuse (AAA International League):
The Syracuse Chiefs used a barrage of singles to defeat the Rochester Red Wings on Tuesday evening, 6-4. The Chiefs tallied 13 total hits, all of them singles, while scoring all six of their runs in one inning. Every player in the Syracuse lineup had at least one hit, while Taylor Hill pitched seven strong innings on the mound to earn the victory.
Rochester (65-52) jumped out to an early lead against Hill. To open the second inning, Daniel Palka lined a home run over the fence in right field, spotting the Red Wings a 1-0 advantage. The homer was the team’s 102nd of the year, second in the International League behind only Columbus’ 106.
Syracuse (52-64) responded in a big way in the third inning off Rochester’s Pat Dean. The Chiefs knocked eight hits in the frame en route to grabbing a 6-1 lead. Christopher Bostick led off the inning with a single before moving to second on Caleb Ramsey’s hit. Michael Taylor tied the game at 1-1 by driving in Bostick. Matt Skole then gave the Chiefs the lead with a fourth straight single to plate Ramsey. After a visit to the mound from pitching coach Stu Cliburn, Neftali Soto tacked on another single which scored Taylor and made the lead 3-1. Matt den Dekker capped the singles streak at six straight with a ground ball up the middle and into center. Skole scored to move the lead to 4-1 while Soto advanced to third. Dean finally earned the frame’s first out when Jason Martinson hit a sacrifice fly to right field. This drove in Soto to make the Syracuse lead 5-1. With Zach Collier at the plate, den Dekker stole second base. Collier then capitalized with the runner in scoring position, hitting another single to score den Dekker from second.
The Red Wings earned a run back in the sixth inning. Tommy Field started the frame with a wall-ball double off Hill. Two batters later, Adam Brett Walker roped a triple into the corner in left field to score Field and cut the Chiefs’ lead to 6-2.
Rochester got to Hill once again in the seventh. A second triple in as many innings helped the Red Wings score. This one came from James Beresford, who lined the pitch into the left-field corner with one out. The ensuing batter Wilfredo Tovar singled home Beresford to shorten the Syracuse lead to 6-3.
Taylor Hill left the game after that seventh frame. He allowed the three earned runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking just one. The outing for Hill marked his fifth quality start in his last six outings. Trevor Gott replaced the starter in the eighth before giving way to Rafael Martin in the ninth.
Rochester managed to score once again in that inning against Martin. Beresford reached on an error by Bostick at second base with one out to give the Red Wings a base runner. After pop out later, Martin walked John Ryan Murphy to put runners on first and second. Field then hit a pop up into right field, which dropped due to a miscommunication between Bostick and den Dekker for an RBI single. Beresford scored to cut the lead to 6-4. Logan Schafer now represented the go-ahead run at the plate. Martin struck him out, though the ball got by Jhonatan Solano and to the backstop. However, after a conference between umpires, the pitch was ruled to have hit Schafer’s foot as he swung, making it a dead ball to end the game. The save for Martin was his 21st on the season, good for second in the International League.
Syracuse and Rochester meet again Wednesday evening for the middle game of this three-game series. The Chiefs have scheduled Austin Voth to start against the Red Wings’ Adalberto Mejia. First pitch in the game is set for 6:35.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): The Senators offense broke out of their month-long slump, scoring seven runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Senators fell 9-7 in game one of their three-game series against the Altoona Curve. With the loss, the Senators fall 2 ½ games behind Altoona for first place in the Western Division. Harrisburg falls to 61-54 on the season and has now dropped three in a row and eight of twelve. Altoona is 63-51 on the season and snapped out of their hitting slump as well.
Phillips Valdez started for the Senators and didn’t last through the second inning. John Simms followed and pitched 4.1 innings before turning things over to Robert Benincasa, who pitched two innings and took the loss.
The offense came back from 4-1 and 7-4 deficits to tie the game each time. Adrian Sanchez had a two-out two-run single in the second to tie the game. Andrew Stevenson drove in the tying run in the eighth with a two-out single, his second hit of the game. Jose Marmolejos had three hits, driving in a run in the seventh and one in the third. Drew Ward had two hits in the game as did Stevenson.
After the Senators tied the game 7-7 in the top of the eighth, Stetson Allie homered off Benincasa leading off the bottom of the eighth to give Altoona an 8-7 lead. They tacked on one more in the eighth for the 9-7 final.
Game two of the series is Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): Following complete control in a series sweep over the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Potomac Nationals (64-49, 30-15) opened up their series with the first half Northern Division Champion Lynchburg Hillcats (72-43, 27-18) with a 2-1 loss at Pfitzner Stadium Tuesday night. The Hillcats improved to 4-0 on the road against Potomac thanks to a ninth inning RBI double by 2B Tyler Krieger, which plated 1B Bobbly Bradley.
Potomac got out to an early lead with a run in the first inning, but failed to score the rest of the night, as the P-Nats left eight men on base, four in scoring position. In the first inning, RHP Matt Esparza (ND) walked SS Osvaldo Abreu with one out, and C Raudy Read gave the P-Nats their lone lead with a two-out RBI double. With men on the corners, Esparza got 1B Matt Page to ground out to first base to end the inning. Esparza allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings.
Matching Esparza with a nearly identical final line, RHP Boone Whiting (ND) tallied his team best ninth quality start. Like Esparza, Whiting gave up only one run over seven innings. The Potomac starter walked multiple hitters for the first time this season, but needed only 83 pitches to get through seven frames.
The Hillcats leveled the score against Whiting in the third inning with a two-out rally. C Francisco Mejia, who extended his hit streak to an MiLB 2016 high 48 games with a double in the first inning, dropped a single into shallow left field. After LF Anthony Santander walked, Bradley plated Mejia with an RBI single to right field. The throw to get Bradley at the plate from RF Drew Vettleson got through the infield, but as Santander tried to score, Whiting backed up the play and got the ball to Read covering the plate in time for the final out of the inning. Whiting gave up just two more hits after that, and faced the minimum over his final 3.2 innings.
With the game tied, the P-Nats had multiple opportunities to retake the lead. DH Austin Davidson led off the fifth inning with a single and got to third with one out, but LF Alec Keller lined out to 3B Claudio Bautista and Abreu grounded out to third base. 2B Max Schrock then led off the sixth inning with a single, but he was left at third base as 3B Bryan Mejia struck out to end the frame.
In relief of Esparza, LHP Billy Strode (W, 2-0) hit the first man that he faced, as Abreu reached to start the eighth inning. Schrock then reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on a wild pitch, but he was left in scoring position. Out of the bullpen for Potomac, RHP Neil Holland (L, 1-1) faced the minimum in the eighth inning, but gave up a leadoff single to Bradley in the ninth. A sacrifice bunt by DH Dorssys Paulino moved the potential go-ahead run into scoring position, while Krieger’s double scored Bradley and made it 2-1 Lynchburg. Back out for the ninth, Strode retired the first two men that he faced but walked Davidson. The Hillcats then went back to the bullpen, as RHP Trevor Frank (SV, 12) struck out CF Dale Carey to end the game.
The loss for Potomac snapped a five-game win streak, just the team’s sixth loss in the past 21 games. The P-Nats went 2-9 with RISP and were out-hit for the third straight game. With the defeat, Potomac’s lead in the division over the Hillcats dropped to three games.
Still in search of their first win over Lynchburg at home, the P-Nats will turn to RHP Dakota Bacus (2-2, 3.41) Wednesday night. Bacus has allowed just two earned runs over 10.2 innings between his last two starts. For Lynchburg, LHP Luis Lugo (8-3, 3.75) is set to take the hill. Lugo has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last four starts, and has allowed five earned runs over 11.0 innings in two no-decisions to Potomac. First pitch Wednesday night is set for 7:05pm.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic): The Kannapolis Intimidators (48-67) defeated the Hagerstown Suns (68-47) 4-2 on Tuesday at Municipal Stadium.
The Suns and the Intimidators each gathered eight hits.
Tyler Sullivan had three hits for Kannapolis.
Kannapolis scored their first run on a passed ball with two outs in the second inning.
In the third inning, Sullivan singled and scored on a single to right field by Antonio Rodriguez.
Danny Mendick had an RBI single in the fourth inning to stretch the Intimidators’ lead to three runs.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Rhett Wiseman walked and scored on a double by Grant DeBruin for Hagerstown’s first run after five scoreless innings.
Alex Call walked and scored on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Edwin Lora tripled to right field and scored on a groundout by Narciso Mesa to make the final score 4-2.
Winning pitcher, Johnathan Frebis (8-10), allowed five hits and one earned run through 5.2 innings.
Jack Charleston earned his fifth save, allowing one hit through two innings.
Kannapolis’ Brannon Easterling (6-2, 2.05) will face Hagerstown’s Taylor Guilbeau (2-1, 4.40) in the final game of the series on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays came up one-run short on Tuesday night at Falcon Park in a 3-2 loss to the Connecticut Tigers. Sheldon Neuse had two hits and scored two runs for the Doubledays.
The Tigers (28-23) scored first in the top of the first inning. With one out, Daniel Piñero singled. With Joey Havrilak batting, a wild pitch allowed Piñero to advance to second base. Havrilak then hit a ball to first base, but Ryan Ripken misplayed to ball, allowing Piñero to score for a 1-0 Connecticut lead. Blaise Salter followed with a fly out to right field. With Josh Lester batting, Havrilak stole second base. Lester followed with a single to right field that scored Havrilak to put the Tigers up 2-0.
Connecticut extended its lead in the third inning. With two outs, Havrilak reached on a two-base throwing error by pitcher Luis Reyes. Salter followed with a base hit to left field as Havrilak scored to give the Tigers a 3-0 advantage.
The Doubledays scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sheldon Neuse and Nick Banks led off with back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second base. Tres Barrera then grounded into a fielder’s choice in which Banks was out a second, but Neuse was safe at third base and Barrera was safe at first. With Ripken batting, a wild pitch allowed Neuse to score from third to cut the Connecticut lead to two, 3-1.
Auburn scored again in the sixth inning. Neuse led off the inning with a triple. After a Banks strikeout, Barrera hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Neuse tagged up and scored to make the Doubledays’ deficit one, 3-2. That’s as close as Auburn would come though.
The Doubledays and the Tigers meet on Wednesday for the second game of a three-game series. Left-hander McKenzie Mills will pitch for Auburn against Connecticut left-hander Austin Sodders. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.