By Michael Marzzacco
Compiled from team press releases:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 9-0, Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium. Pedro Severino, Matt Skole and Brian Goodwin combined to drive in seven runs with two hits each. Lucas Giolito threw one perfect inning for Syracuse, but was removed to remain an option to start for Washington on Saturday.
Syracuse (58-72) started the scoring in the opening inning against Roenis Elias. Goodwin walked and Neftali Soto singled with one out. Skole this hit a high pop up into shallow left field that dropped under Bryce Brentz’s glove along the line, and rolled away to allow both runners to score on the eventual Skole triple. Severino followed with a sacrifice fly to score Skole for a 3-0 lead.
Pawtucket (67-62) had its best chance to score in the second. After Aaron Laffey started the second inning in relief of Giolito, three straight PawSox batters reached on two singles and a walk. But the PawSox could not score as Laffey got Brennan Boesch to fly out and Deven Marrero grounded into a double play to end the threat. Laffey ended up retiring 11 PawSox in a row at one point, allowing just three hits in five scoreless innings.
The Chiefs added two more in the third. Soto was hit by a pitch and Skole doubled to put runners on second and third. Severino then singled home both with his second and third RBIs of the game for a 5-0 advantage.
Severino continued his big night, hitting a one-out double in the sixth. Two batters later, Caleb Ramsey singled up the middle, and Severino beat the throw by Castillo to the plate for a 6-0 Chiefs lead. Christopher Bostick then doubled home Ramsey to push the lead to 7-0.
Goodwin finished off the scoring in the ninth. After Michael Taylor was hit by a pitch, Goodwin homered over the short wall in right off Ramon Mendez to cap the scoring at 9-0.
Syracuse returns home Wednesday to open its final homestand of the season, starting with a two-game series against the first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Taylor Hill is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Luis Severino for the RailRiders.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators held off an Altoona Curve charge to top the division leaders, 4-3, in front of 3,487 fans at FNB Field on Tuesday night. The win gave Harrisburg pitcher Tyler Mapes his Eastern League-leading 12thvictory.
Altoona drew first blood as outfielder Barrett Barnes launched a solo home run in the top of the second inning off Harrisburg starter Mapes (12-8). But the Senators’ stopper kept the Curve off the board the rest of his outing as the 25-year-old right-hander scattered six hits over five innings while walking one and striking out five.
Harrisburg (65-63) put Mapes in position to get the win with some clutch two-out hits in the third after loading the bases on a single from the pitcher and two walks. Drew Ward cashed in with a single up the middle that plated two to give the Senators a one-run lead. Another walk re-loaded the bases and Adrian Sanchez slashed a single to score two and push the advantage to 4-1.
But as Altoona relievers shut down the Senators, the Curve batters chipped away as they scored a run off both Sam Runion and Wander Suero in the sixth and seventh innings to cut the lead down to 4-3. The run off Suero came courtesy of a solo shot from Stetson Allie, his 13th home run of his career against Harrisburg.
Suero would get his revenge an inning later as Altoona loaded the bases on a hit batsman, single, and walk with two outs to bring Allie back up to the plate. This time, Suero froze the outfielder on a curve ball that got him looking for a called third strike.
Andrew Robinson avoided the drama and worked a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save of the season.
The Senators conclude their series with the Altoona Curve on Wednesday evening at FNB Field as Michael Brady will face Cody Dickson.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): Despite entering Tuesday night’s series opener on opposite trajectories, the Potomac Nationals (68-58, 34-24), who had dropped eight of 10, took down the Salem Red Sox (78-48, 35-22), who had won 10 straight, 10-3 at Pfitzner Stadium. After an early 2-0 deficit, the P-Nats rattled off 10 straight runs, while the Potomac pitching duo of LHP Matthew Crownover (W, 4-4) and RHP Neil Holland held the Red Sox to just five total hits.
The hottest team in the Carolina League entering Monday’s day off got help from the P-Nats in the second inning, as the Red Sox scored two unearned runs against Crownover. Salem loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two singles. With the bases full, C Jordan Procyshen grounded out to Crownover, who got a force out at the plate, but C Raudy Read threw an attempted double play ball to first base into the right field corner, which allowed both DH Michael Chavis and 2B Jose Sermo to score. Crownover stranded Procyshen in scoring position and then did not allow another man to reach base until there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
Notwithstanding the early defensive miscue, the P-Nats rallied with two outs in the third inning. After RF Drew Vettleson walked, LHP Daniel McGrath (L, 7-6) retired the next two hitters. One strike away from getting out of the inning, McGrath hit CF Victor Robles on the left leg, which put men at first and second base. 2B Max Schrock made it a one-run game with an RBI single, and SS Osvaldo Abreu tied the game with an RBI base hit. In McGrath’s first 16 starts, the lefty allowed just three hits in 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position in two outs. Consecutive hits in that situation tied the game in the third inning. After McGrath intentionally walked Read, which loaded the bases, 3B Austin Davidson appeared to end the inning with a fly out to left field, but LF Mike Meyers never caught sight of the ball, as it landed about 25 feet to his right, just shy of the warning track. Ruled a double, the hit plated three runs and put Potomac ahead 5-2.
The P-Nats knocked McGrath out of the game with two straight walks to start the fourth inning, as the left-handed starter walked a season high five and allowed six earned runs over three+ innings. RHP Mario Alcantara got 1B David Masters to pop out a bunt attempt, but an errant pickoff attempt at second base put runners at second and third with one out. Robles’ RBI single made it 6-2, while Schrock followed with an RBI single, as the P-Nats led 7-2 after four innings.
Vettleson tied for the team lead in home runs with a leadoff home run in the sixth inning against Alcantara, and Potomac plated another pair of runs in the seventh inning against RHP Jeffry Fernandez. Schrock led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, his third hit of the night. Abreu followed with a double, while a wild pitch plated Schrock. After Read walked, Davidson hit a sacrifice fly, which put Potomac on top 10-2.
After seven dominant innings from Crownover, Holland started the eighth inning on the mound for Potomac. SS Deiner Lopez tripled with one out and scored on a groundout by CF Joseph Monge, and despite a HBP and a single, Holland got out of the inning without any further damage. The righty then set down the side in order in the ninth inning and secured Potomac’s 10-3 win.
Tuesday night was the second straight start in which Crownover did not allow an earned run, as the lefty has lowered his ERA from 5.16 to 4.31 over his last two starts. Schrock had a game high three hits, while Davidson led the way with four RBIs. Eight of the nine Potomac starters reached base successfully, as the P-Nats tallied eight hits and walked seven times.
Still tied atop the Northern Division with Lynchburg, Potomac will look for its first series win in nearly two weeks, as they take on the Red Sox Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium. RHP Austen Williams (4-4, 4.02) is set to take the mound for the P-Nats. Williams allowed just two earned runs in his last start, a loss to Wilmington, and gave up six earned runs over 4.1 innings in his lone start against the Red Sox. For Salem, RHP Michael Kopech (3-1, 1.42) will make his 10th start of the season. Kopech has struck out at least 10 batters in three of his last four starts and struck out nine over five innings in his lone start vs. the P-Nats. First pitch Wednesday night is set for 7:05pm.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Delmarva Shorebirds (63-63) fell to the Hagerstown Suns (75-53), 4-2, on Tuesday at Municipal Stadium.
Hagerstown out-hit Delmarva 10-4.
After the first game of the series opened up with two scoreless innings, Hagerstown jumped on top with a run in the third inning on a fielder’s choice.
Randy Encarnacion led off the bottom of the inning with a double and advanced to third on a fly out by Ian Sagdal. With one out, Encarnacion beat out the throw home as Kelvin Gutierrez reached first and gathered the RBI.
The Suns led the Shorebirds through the fourth inning, but the Shorebirds scored two runs in the fifth inning to take the lead.
With two outs, Cedric Mullins walked and scored on a triple to right field by Ryan Mountcastle. Mountcastle scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch by Suns’ starter, Tyler Watson.
The Suns trailed by one run through the next two innings, but scored three runs in the eighth inning to go back on top, 4-2.
With one out, Sagdal doubled to right-center field and advanced to third base on a single by Gutierrez.
Sagdal scored the tying run on a wild pitch and the Suns went ahead on an RBI double by Rhett Wiseman.
Wiseman scored on a single by Jake Noll for the final run of the inning.
Winning pitcher, James Bourque (5-6), held Delmarva to one hit through three innings.
Bourque relieved Watson to start the sixth inning after Watson’s first start for Hagerstown.
Tommy Peterson dominated the ninth inning, striking out all three batters to earn his sixth save.
Delmarva will send Cristian Alvarado (9-8, 3.41) to the mound to face Hagerstown’s Joan Baez (7-7, 4.31) in the second game of the series on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium. First pitch is slotted for 7:05 p.m.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays picked up their league-leading eighth shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats on Tuesday night. Right-hander Dane Dunning pitched five innings of scoreless baseball in the win.
The Doubledays (25-36) scored first in the bottom of the second inning off of ValleyCats (32-31) right-hander Tyler Britton. Britton hit Oliver Ortiz with a pitch to begin the inning. After a Paul Panaccione strikeout, Tres Barrera singled to put runners on first and second base. Ryan Ripken then grounded a ball to first base. Tri-City first baseman Connor Goedert tried to get Barrera out at second but couldn’t, so the bases were loaded for Auburn. David Kerian then popped out to shortstop for out number two. Clayton Brandt followed with a single to center field that scored Ortiz to give the Doubledays a 1-0 lead.
Auburn added to its lead in the third inning. With two outs, Ortiz worked a walk. Panaccione followed with a single to right field. Ortiz scored from first base on the play to extend the Auburn lead to two, 2-0.
The Doubledays and the ValleyCats play the second game of their three-game series on Wednesday. Left-hander Yonathan Ramirez will pitch for Auburn against Tri-City right-hander Abdiel Saldaña. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.