By Michael Marzzacco
Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse (AAA International League):
The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Wednesday night, 10-4. The Chiefs held a 4-1 lead after five innings, but couldn’t withstand an offensive surge from the RailRiders that saw 12 hits from the sixth inning on. Caleb Ramsey had two hits and drove in a run for Syracuse.
Syracuse (58-73) got on the board in the first inning off RailRiders starter Luis Severino. Ramsey and Brian Goodwin opened the game for the Chiefs with back-to-back singles. Matt Skole later earned a walk to load the bases before Pedro Severino came to bat. Severino plated Ramsey with a sacrifice fly, the catcher’s fourth RBI in his last five plate appearances.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (82-59) responded in the next frame against Taylor Hill. Jake Cave had the innings’ biggest hit, lining a one-out double to the left-center alley. Pete Kozma followed with a single, putting RailRiders on first and third. Cito Culver was next up, and scored Cave with a sacrifice fly to right, knotting the game at 1-1.
The Chiefs used a big fifth inning to jump out to a 4-1 lead. Jason Martinson and Zach Collier opened the frame with back-to-back doubles, with Martinson coming around to score to take a 2-1 lead. Collier then advanced to third on a groundout by Christopher Bostick. With the RailRider infield on the grass, Ramsey blooped in a jam-shot single to shallow left to plate Collier for a 3-1 advantage. Syracuse, which entered the fifth with two hits off Severino, got its fourth hit of the inning when Neftali Solo singled to right field. That advanced Ramsey to second. Ramsey came around to score on the next play, when Matt Skole reached on an infield single that was hit to Culver at first. Severino dropped the throw to first base for an error, which allowed Ramsey to come home and give the Chiefs a 4-1 lead.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre wasted no time in regaining the lead in the sixth. A single from Ben Gamel and walk to Clint Frazier put RailRiders on first and second with one down. Cave then singled home Gamel and advanced Frazier to third. On the throw, Cave took second. Syracuse manager Billy Gardner Jr. then replaced Hill for reliever Justin DeFratus. Hill went five and one-third innings, allowing four earned runs and two walks while striking out three. Kozma faced DeFratus first, plating Frazier with a sacrifice fly to cut the Chiefs’ lead to just 4-3. Culver then drove in another run, scoring Cave with a double to right field. Culver himself then came around to score on a single from the ensuing batter Mason Williams. That gave the RailRiders the lead, 5-4. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tacked on another run on consecutive singles from Donovan Solano and Rob Refsnyder, the latter scoring Williams for a 6-4 advantage.
The RailRiders added another run in the seventh thanks in large to a one-out Frazier triple. He came home to score when Cave followed with a single, making the lead 7-4.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added three more in the eighth off reliever Matt Grace, giving the RailRiders nine unanswered runs since the beginning of the sixth. Williams opened with a single, which Solano followed by stroking a double to left. Gamel then brought home both runners with a double to the left-center gap, growing the lead to 9-4. The lead became 10-4 RailRiders when Gamel scored on a throwing error from Martinson at short.
The Chiefs and RailRiders face off Thursday night in the final meeting between the two clubs at NBT Bank Stadium. Paolo Espino is scheduled to pitch for the Chiefs opposite the RailRiders’ Jordan Montgomery. First pitch is set for 6:35.
Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): Down to their last out, the Harrisburg Senators rallied off Altoona closer Montana DuRapau for a stunning 4-3 victory in front of 4,052 fans at FNB Field on Wednesday night. The win marked the first time since July 26 and 27 that Harrisburg (66-63) has won back-to-back games.
Kevin Keyes delivered the game-winning RBI with a single up the middle that scored Andrew Stevenson from third base. Stevenson had previously singled home Shawn Pleffner in the inning to tie the score and set up the late game heroics.
The game had started out as a pitcher’s duel as Harrisburg’s Michael Brady and Altoona’s Cody Dickson posted zeroes on the scoreboard until the Senators scored in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Adrian Sanchez singled and Stephen Perez followed with a line drive that ended up down in the left field corner allowing Sanchez to score on the RBI double.
Brady scattered four hits and three walks while striking out five in five scoreless innings of work. Altoona greeted reliever Derek Self in the sixth inning with consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly to tie the score up at one.
The Senators answered in the bottom half as Spencer Kieboom led off the frame with a walk. Sanchez stroked a single that got by right-fielder Stetson Allie to the wall as Kieboom scored all the way from first.
It was a lead that would be short-lived as Altoona took advantage of two walks from reliever Mitch Lively. The Curve made Lively pay for his wildness as pinch-hitter Edwin Espinal laced a double over the outstretched glove of right-fielder Rafael Bautista as both runners scored to give Altoona a 3-2 lead heading into the late innings.
Nick Lee worked a perfect top of the ninth inning to pocket his second win of the season.
The Senators head to Manchester, N.H. to face the Hartford Yard Goats in a four-game series beginning on Thursday evening at 5:05 p.m. Harrisburg sends Phillips Valdez to the hill to square off against Sam Howard.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): A night after ending a 10-game win streak for the Salem Red Sox (79-48, 35-23), the Potomac Nationals (68-59, 34-25) fell victim to three separate three-run innings in route to a 9-1 defeat. Salem took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning, as RHP Michael Kopech (W, 4-1) faced just two over the minimum over seven one-hit innings. Kopech struck out 10, his third straight start with at least 10 strikeouts.
Opposite Kopech, RHP Austen Williams (L, 4-5) had five great innings, but struggled in the first frame and once again in the fourth. CF Joseph Monge led off the game with a single and LF Bryan Hudson followed with a walk. Williams retired the next two Salem hitters, but a two-out RBI single by DH Michael Chavis put Salem on top 1-0, while RF Jayce Ray followed with a two-run single, as the Red Sox led 3-0 after half an inning.
Just one Potomac hitter reached base over the first three innings, as DH Austin Davidson walked with one out in the first. 2B Max Schrock had Potomac’s lone hit against Kopech, as Schrock reached on a weakly hit ground ball to 3B Rafael Devers, but was immediately erased on a double play groundout by C Raudy Read. Potomac’s third and final base runner against Kopech came in the form of a leadoff walk drawn by 1B Matt Page in the sixth. Potomac did not advance a runner past first base until the eighth inning.
The Red Sox broke the game open with three runs in the fourth inning. Chavis led off the inning with a walk and scored on an RBI double by C Jordan Procyshen, though the Salem catcher was thrown out trying to advance to third base. 2B Jose Sermo followed with a solo home run, which made it 5-0 Salem. SS Deiner Lopez singled, stole second base, and then scored on an RBI single by Monge. Salem led 6-0 after four innings. Williams allowed six earned runs on eight hits over seven innings and has now given up 12 earned runs over 11.1 innings vs. Salem.
In relief of Williams, LHP Justin Thomas gave up three two-out runs in the eighth inning. 1B Nick Longi singled and went to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Ray plated Longhi with his second RBI single of the night, and Procyshen’s second RBI double of the night scored Ray and made it 8-0. Sermo reached on an infield single to 3B Bryan Mejia, but the Potomac third baseman’s throw to first sailed over Page, which allowed Procyshen to score. Thomas was charged with two earned runs in an inning of work. RHP Mario Sanchez worked a perfect ninth inning out of the Potomac bullpen.
After Kopech cruised through seven innings, Potomac got its first runner into scoring position in the eighth. SS Osvaldo Abreu started the eighth inning with a walk against RHP Simon Mercedes, took second base on a passed ball, and moved to third base on a groundout. Page then grounded out to Mercedes, and CF Dale Carey grounded out to end the inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Mejia led off with a solo home run, but Mercedes retired the next three hitters and leveled the series at a game apiece.
Potomac managed just two hits in the loss, a season low. It was the first career outing of more than six innings for Kopech, who is 4-0 in his last five starts. Wednesday night was the second start for Williams in which he gave up six earned runs to the Red Sox. The win for Salem evened up the season series at 7-7.
One game behind the Lynchburg Hillcats and 5.5 games ahead of the Frederick Keys in the Northern Division with 11 games to play, the P-Nats are set to host the Red Sox in the series finale Thursday night at Pfitzner Stadium. It will be the final regular season meeting between the two clubs. RHP J.D. Martin (0-1, 5.73) is set to start for Potomac. Martin has walked 10 and allowed seven earned runs over 11 innings in his first two starts vs. Potomac, both vs. the Keys. For the Red Sox, LHP Matt Kent (9-6, 3.83) is scheduled to start in the finale. Kent has allowed two earned runs in each of his last two starts, and is 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA (1/14.1) in two starts vs. Potomac. First pitch Thursday night is set for 7:05pm.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League): Jake Noll hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, and the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 3-2 on Wednesday night at Municipal Stadium for their third straight win.
Philip Walby struck Ricardo Andujar out with runners on second and third to end the game for his seventh save of the season.
Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead after Matt Reistetter hit an RBI single in the fourth inning and Rhett Wiseman hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Delmarva answered in the next half-inning when Cedric Mullins hit a two-run home run.
Mariano Rivera (5-1) got the win in relief, while Mike Burke (0-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays fell to the Tri-City ValleyCats in 12 innings on Wednesday night, 5-4. The 12-inning game marks the longest game of the season for the Doubledays.
Tri-City (33-31) scored two runs on back-to-back solo home runs in the second inning. Ronnie Dawson rounded the bases on a blast to right field, and Connor Geodert followed with a no-doubter that crashed into the scoreboard beyond the left-field fence.
The ValleyCats added a run in the top of the ninth inning. Carmen Benedetti singled to begin the inning. Taylor Jones then walked to put runners on first and second base. Dawson drove in his second run of the game on a single into right field that scored Benedetti to give Tri-City a 3-0 advantage.
The Doubledays (25-37) mounted a rally to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ryan Ripken and Clayton Brandt walked to begin the inning. Luis Vilorio then doubled down the left-field line to score Ripken and leave Brandt at third cutting the Tri-City lead to two, 3-1. Dalton Dulin followed with a sacrifice fly out to center field that scored Brandt to cut the deficit to one, 3-2. After Daniel Johnson struck out, Andres Martinez hit a ball to second base. Alex DeGoti misplayed the play, allowing Martinez to reach first and Vilorio to score to tie the game at three.
Tri-City took the lead for good in the top of the 12th inning. DeGoti hit a ball to left field that was misplayed by David Kerian. The two-base error allowed DeGoti to reach second base. Marcos Almonte followed with an infield single that put runners at first and second. A pitch then hit Miguelangel Sierra to load the bases. A wild pitch scored DeGoti to give Tri-City a 4-3 advantage and move the runners to second and third. Bryan De La Cruz then grounded out to second base, but Almonte came home to extend the ValleyCats’ lead to two, 5-3.
Auburn nearly completed another tying rally in the bottom of the 12th inning. With one out, Andres Martinez singled. Nick Banks then hit a ground rule double to put runners on second and third. David Kerian followed with a sacrifice fly out to center field that scored Martinez and moved Banks to third base as the Doubledays once again cut the deficit to one, 5-4. That would be the final score though as Auburn’s rally fell short.
The Doubledays and the ValleyCats play the rubber game of their three-game series on Thursday. Right-hander Carlos Acevedo will take the mound for Auburn against Tri-City left-hander Ryan Hartman. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.