Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse (AAA International League):
The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Rochester Red Wings, 6-4, Wednesday at NBT Bank Stadium. Matt Skole was the catalyst in the win, going 3 for 3 with two singles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Rochester (65-53) opened the scoring in the top of the first, against Chiefs starter Austin Voth. Byron Buxton led off with a walk and then stole second. Tommy Field doubled in the ensuing at-bat, driving home Buxton to give Rochester a 1-0 lead.
The Red Wings crossed the plate again in the second. Reynaldo Rodriguez, like Buxton, led off with a walk. After a wild pitch advanced Rodriguez to second base, Mitch Garver singled to right field, putting runners on first and third with no outs. In the following at-bat, James Beresford singled to right field, scoring Rodriguez to put Rochester on top 2-0.
Syracuse (53-64) answered back in the bottom of the inning off Rochester starter Adalberto Mejia. Skole led off with a base hit to right field. After a groundout, Matt den Dekker singled, putting runners on first and third with one out. Following a strikeout, Zach Collier hit a bases-clearing double off the right-field wall, evening the score, 2-2.
Rochester retaliated in the third. Byungho Park opened the action with a line-drive double off the left-field wall and Daniel Palka followed with a walk. After a strikeout and pop out, Garver walked to load the bases with two outs. The walk ended Voth’s night before Aaron Laffey entered in relief. With Beresford at the plate, Laffey threw a wild pitch, bringing home Park from third, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.
The Chiefs got back on the board in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Michael Taylor walked and Skole followed with a two-run home run to right-center field, handing the Chiefs their first lead, 4-3. The home run was Skole’s 17th on the year.
Billy Gardner’s bunch brought home another in the fifth. With two outs, Taylor hit a single to shallow right field. Skole followed with his own single to shallow right and Taylor, off on contact, came across to score. The run gave Syracuse a 5-3 lead.
The Red Wings answered back in the sixth. With one out, Beresford and Leonardo Reginatto hit back-to-back singles. Following a fly out, Field singled to center field, bringing home Beresford, narrowing the deficit to 5-4.
The Chiefs scored the game’s final run in the seventh off reliever Neil Ramirez. With one out, Christopher Bostick hit a line-drive single to left field. After a fly out, Taylor hit a double to shallow right field, bringing home Bostick to give Syracuse the final 6-4 advantage.
The Chiefs return to action tomorrow night for the finale of the three-game series. Right-hander A.J. Cole is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite left-hander Nick Greenwood for Rochester. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): Erick Fedde pitched seven solid innings to lead the Harrisburg Senators to a 5-2 win over the Altoona Curve. The win evened the series at a game each and snapped the Senators three-game losing streak. The Senators also move to within a game and a half of Altoona for first place in the Western Division. Harrisburg improves to 62-54 while Altoona falls to 63-52.
Andrew Stevenson doubled and scored on a passed ball in the first inning giving the Senators a 1-0 lead. With Shawn Pleffner at first, Kevin Keyes unloaded his 10th home run of the year to extend the Senators lead to 3-0. In the fourth, the Senators made it 4-0 when Rafael Bautista hit a sacrifice fly scoring Nick Rickles. Harrisburg made it 5-0 in the sixth when Bautista doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Stevenson.
Fedde only retired the side in order one time, but was solid in his double-A debut. Altoona touched him for a two-out run in the seventh inning. He scattered five hits for his first win for the Senators.
Andrew Robinson and Justin De Fratus finished the game for the Senators as they pitched the eighth and ninth innings respectively. Altoona scored a run in the ninth off De Fratus but with runners at first and second, he retired the final three batters to nail down the win.
Stevenson led the hit parade with three hits and Keyes, Rickles and Adrian Sanchez all had two hits in the game. The Senators offense has 24 hits in the past two games.
The final game of the three-game series in Altoona is Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): In search of their first home victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats (72-44, 27-19), the Potomac Nationals (65-49, 31-15) trailed 3-0 at the stretch, but took full advantage of two errors by 1B Bobby Bradley in a six-run seventh inning in route to a 6-3 victory. It was Potomac’s first win in five meetings with the Hillcats at Pfitzner Stadium.
For the third straight game, the P-Nats were outhit by their opponent, yet for the second time in the past three games, Potomac came out on top. Four of Lynchburg’s nine hits came in succession in the second inning against RHP Dakota Bacus (W, 3-2). RF Taylor Murphy, C Sicnarf Loopstok, CF Connor Marabell, and 3B Mark Mathias each had a single in the inning, the latter two plated a run. Bacus then held the Hillcats scoreless until the sixth inning, as he opened up the sixth frame with a walk to SS Yu-Cheng Chang, who eventually scored on a two-out single by Loopstok. Lynchburg led 3-0 after six innings.
Potomac went scoreless against LHP Luis Lugo (ND) over six frames. Lugo gave up just three hits, all singles, and faced just two over the minimum in a quality start. The left-handed starter struck out five and did not walk a batter, but did not factor in the decision for the third time in three starts vs. Potomac.
After failing to score through six innings, and 15 straight frames dating back to the first inning of the series opener, Potomac tallied six runs in the seventh inning against the Lynchburg bullpen. RHP Jordan Milbrath (L, 3-4) recorded just one out in the inning and gave up five runs, though only one was earned, while RHP Justin Garcia allowed two inherited runners to score and also gave up an unearned run.
The P-Nats sent 11 men to the plate in the seventh inning. Potomac loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk. 1B Matt Page hit a bases loaded ground ball to Bradley, who failed to field it cleanly, the first of his two errors in the inning. Page’s ground ball made it a two run game. After 3B Bryan Mejia flied out, DH Austin Davidson hit a ground ball down the first base line that went under Bradley’s glove and plated two runs. Bradley’s second error of the inning tied the game and ended Milbrath’s night. Garcia entered and immediately walked CF Dale Carey, which loaded the bases. LF Alec Keller put Potomac on top with an RBI single, while SS Osvaldo Abreu made it 6-3 with a two-run single.
Bacus retired the final four men that he faced, while the Potomac bullpen allowed just one man to reach base over the final two innings. RHP Gilberto Mendez set down the side in order in the eighth, while Ryan Brinley (SV, 14) worked around a single in a scoreless ninth.
Eight of Potomac’s nine starters reached base at least once, while six different P-Nats scored a run. Keller and Schrock each had two hits in the win. Potomac pitching held the 3/4/5 hitters, DH Anthony Santander, Bradley, and Chang to just one hit in 11 at-bats, though the bottom three in the Lynchburg order went 5-12.
In the rubber match Thursday night, RHP Whit Mayberry (3-2, 3.52) is set to take the hill for Potomac. Mayberry gave up only two runs over six innings in his lone start vs. Lynchburg, yet picked up the loss. For the Hillcats, RHP Brock Hartson (0-1, 9.64) will make his second start of the season for Lynchburg. Hartson allowed five runs over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Salem Red Sox in his Carolina League debut. First pitch Thursday night is set for 7:05pm.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic): The Kannapolis Intimidators (49-67) defeated the Hagerstown Suns (68-48) 3-2 on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium to sweep the Suns and extend their losing streak to five games.
Starting pitcher, Brannon Easterling, held Hagerstown to three hits through six scoreless innings.
Kannapolis out-hit Hagerstown 11-4.
After four scoreless innings, Kannapolis scored their first run in the fifth inning. With one out, Tyler Sullivan singled on a bunt and with two outs, Alex Call singled on a ground ball to right field. Sullivan scored from second base on a single to left field by Seby Zavala.
With Randy Encarnacion at the plate and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Suns scored two runs on wild pitches to take the lead.
The Suns did not hold the lead for long, though. Kannapolis scored two runs in the eighth inning to go back ahead, 3-2.
The Intimidators tied the game on a wild pitch and went ahead on Zavala’s second RBI single of the night.
Winning pitcher, Dylan Barrow (3-1), did not give up any hits through 2/3 of an inning.
Ian Hamilton pitched the final two innings and earned his fifth save.
Hagerstown will host Asheville for a four game series starting Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays fell to the Connecticut Tigers, 8-4, on Wednesday night at Falcon Park. Clayton Brandt knocked in two runs for the Doubledays in the loss.
Connecticut (29-23) scored in the top of the first inning for the second straight game. Daniel Woodrow singled to lead off the inning. Cole Bauml then singled to put runners on the corners. Joey Havrilak followed with a single to right field that scored Woodrow to put Connecticut up 1-0.
Auburn (22-30) stormed back to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Daniel Johnson began the inning with a single. Sheldon Neuse followed with a single to put runners on first base and third base. Nick Banks then flied out to left field. With Tres Barrera bating, a wild pitch allowed Neuse to advance to second base, but Johnson held at third. Barrera then walked to load the bases. Andres Martinez followed with a single that scored Johnson and kept the bases loaded to tie the game at one. David Kerian then hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Neuse scored on the play to give the Doubledays a 2-1 lead. Clayton Brandt followed with a double that scored both Barrera and Martinez to extend the Auburn lead to three, 4-1.
The Tigers responded with five runs in the top of the fifth inning. A pitch hit Mario Sanjur to lead off the inning. Junnell Ledezma followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Woodrow then laid down a bunt along the first-base line for a base hit to load the bases. After Bauml flied out to center field, Havrilak grounded into a force out. Woodrow was out at second base, but Sanjur scored, Ledezma advanced to third, and Havrilak was safe at first as Connecticut still trailed Auburn, 4-2. Blaise Salter followed with a triple down the left-field line that scored both Ledezma and Havrilak to tie the game at four. Austin Athmann then singled to score Salter as the Tigers regained the lead, 5-4. Daniel Piñero followed with a double to left field that scored Athmann to extend the Tigers’ lead to two, 6-4.
Connecticut added one run in the seventh inning and one more run in the eighth inning en route to the 8-4 victory.
The Doubledays and the Tigers conclude their three-game series on Thursday night at Falcon Park. Right-hander Weston Davis will pitch for Auburn against Connecticut right-hander Kyle Funkhouser. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.