By Michael Marzzacco
Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Rochester Red Wings, 5-1, Tuesday night at Frontier Field. The Red Wings scored all five of their runs on three home runs for the win. Reynaldo Lopez allowed just three hits in seven innings for the Chiefs, but two of the three were home runs.
Rochester (78-60) finally solved Lopez in the fifth inning. After Lopez threw four and two-thirds no-hit innings, John Ryan Murphy hit a hanging breaking ball over the left-field fence to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.
Syracuse (59-78) got on the board in the seventh against Omar Bencomo. Pedro Severino reached on his first of two hits in the game, his fifth multi-hit game in his last seven. Three batters later, Zach Collier doubled home Severino to bring the Chiefs within one.
Daniel Palka immedietly answered in the next half inning. Palka hit Lopez’s third pitch over the right field fence for a 3-1 Red Wings lead.
Rochester added two more in the ninth. Adam Brett Walker hit a two-out, two-run home run off his former teammate Sean Burnett to cap the scoring at 5-1.
The Chiefs did load the bases in the ninth with two walks and an infield single, but Edward Mujica got Christopher Bostick to fly out to end the game.
The Chiefs will play their final game against the Red Wings in 2016 Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Joe Ross will start on Major-League rehab for the Chiefs opposite Jose Berrios for the Red Wings.
Trea Turner Named to Postseason I.L. All Star Team
Harrisburg (AA Eastern): Phillips Valdez pitched into the eighth inning as the Senators shut down the Baysox Tuesday night for a 3-1 win. Valdez scattered eight hits and allowed just a single run leading the Senators to their 70th win on the season. The Senators kept pace with Akron, which also won, and meant they gained a game on Altoona as the Curve lost to Binghamton.
Harrisburg scored first in the in third inning when Isaac Ballou singled and scored on a triple by Brian Jeroloman. With the score 1-1, the Senators plated two in the fourth when Adrian Sanchez tripled in Ballou then scored on a bunt single by Rafael Bautista.
Valdez settled down and had little trouble through the middle innings. At one point he retired eight straight before a single in the eighth inning by Chance Sisco with one out. Nick Lee came on with one on and two outs in the eighth. He walked Henry Urritia but struck out Joey Terdoslavich to end the inning. Andrew Robinson pitched a perfect ninth to earn his eighth save.
Game three of the four-game series is Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. The Senators send Erick Fedde to the mound.
Note: In the fifth inning Rafael Bautista stole second base for his 52nd stolen base on the season. That ties Jim Reboulet (1987) for the single season record.
Potomac (High-A Carolina League): Eight outs away from clinching a playoff berth, the Potomac Nationals (70-62, 36-28) saw a 9-6 advantage quickly go away and even quicker become an eight run deficit. The Frederick Keys (67-67, 31-33) staved off playoff elimination with a three-run seventh inning and an eight-run eighth inning, which featured nine straight two-out base runners. The Keys scored 11 of the final 12 runs of the game, set a new season high for runs and hits in a game in their 17-10 win over the P-Nats. It was the most runs allowed by Potomac in a game this season, while Frederick’s 22 tied for the most by a single team in a game in the Carolina League this season.
Needing one win in the series to officially be playoff bound, the series opener could not have started much better for Potomac. The P-Nats tagged RHP David Richardson (ND) for two runs in each of the first two innings. CF Victor Robles led off the game with a single, stole second base, and scored on an RBI base hit by 3B Kelvin Gutierrez. After Gutierrez stole second base, he advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout by RF Drew Vettleson. Up 2-0, Potomac began the second inning with consecutive singles from 1B Matt Page and LF Dale Carey. Robles dropped down a sacrifice bunt right back to Richardson, but the pitcher’s throw to get the lead runner at third base ended up in left field. Two runs scored on the play, as Potomac led 4-0 after 1.5 innings.
The Keys were quick to get back into the game, as Frederick scored three in the second inning, two in the third frame, and one in the fourth. 1B Aderlin Rodriguez started the bottom of the second inning with a single and advanced to third base on a double by RF Conor Bierfeldt. It looked like RHP Austen Williams (ND) would get out of the inning unscathed, as he retired the next two hitters, but 2B Steve Wilkerson made it a two-run game with a two-out, two-strike single. After CF Josh Hart singled, SS Erick Salcedo cut the deficit to one run with an RBI base hit.
In the bottom of the third, Rodriguez drew a leadoff walk and scored on a go-ahead two-run home run from Bierfeldt, the right fielder’s 18th home run of the season. With a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning, Wilkerson led off with a single, the second of his four hits on the night, and scored four batters later on an RBI single from C Wynston Sawyer. After falling behind 4-0, the Keys scored six straight and took a 6-4 lead, which lasted until the top of the seventh.
Neither starter was very effective, as Williams failed to make it through five innings for the first time in eight starts, and Richardson’s pitch count kept him from going beyond five innings. Williams gave up six runs, all earned, on eight hits over 3.2 innings, his shortest start for Potomac in 2016. After a rough first two innings for Richardson, the righty got a double play to end a scoreless third inning and set down the side in order in the fourth and fifth frames. Richardson allowed four runs, three earned, over five innings.
LHP Garrett Cleavinger worked a perfect sixth inning, but recorded just one out in the seventh. After Carey flied out to lead off the frame, Robles and DH Austin Davidson hit back-to-back singles, which knocked the lefty out of the game. RHP Tanner Chleborad (W, 5-3) entered and got Gutierrez to ground into a force out at second base. With men on the corners, C Raudy Read drew a walk, which loaded the bases for Vettleson. Chleborad promptly threw a ball to the backstop, which allowed Robles to score and made it a one run game. The Keys intentionally walked Vettleson, which loaded the bases for SS Osvaldo Abreu. On a 3-2 pitch with two outs, Abreu cleared the scoreboard in left field with a towering grand slam, Potomac’s second grand slam of the season. Abreu’s sixth home run of the year put Potomac on top 9-6, the score at the stretch.
In relief of Williams, RHP Whit Mayberry got the final out of the fourth inning and then worked two more scoreless frames. The righty returned for the seventh inning and gave up a leadoff home run to Rodriguez. The first baseman’s 25th home run of the season made it 9-7. Mayberry struck out Bierfeldt and handed the ball over to RHP Gilberto Mendez. Mendez immediately walked DH Yermin Mercedes and gave up a single to 3B Jomar Reyes. With the tying runners on base, Wilkerson made it a one run game with an RBI single, though Reyes was thrown out after a wide turn around second base. With two outs, Wilkerson stole second base, and Hart tied the game with an RBI triple. Mendez stranded Hart at second base, as Salcedo lined out to Abreu and ended the inning.
Tied at nine apiece after seven innings, the P-Nats went in order against Chleborad in the top of the eighth. RHP Neil Holland (L, 1-3) came on for Potomac to start the bottom half of the frame. Holland got LF D.J. Stewart to ground out, gave up a single to Sawyer, and struck out Rodriguez. With the go-ahead run on base and two outs, Bierfeldt grounded out to third base, but Gutierrez’s throw got past Page at first base. The error by the Potomac third baseman put men at the corners with two outs. After the error, six straight Frederick hitters came away with an RBI hit, while eight straight reached overall after the error. Mercedes made it 10-9 with an RBI single, Reyes plated a man with an RBI base hit, Wilkerson made it 13-9 with a two-run double, Hart plated a man with his fourth hit of the night, Salcedo made it 15-9 with an RBI single, while Stewart made it 16-9 with an RBI double. After a pitch hit Sawyer, Rodriguez had an RBI single, which ended Holland’s night. Holland gave up eight runs, all unearned, and recorded just two outs. LHP Justin Thomas retired Bierfeldt to end the 13-batter eighth inning, as Frederick led 17-9.
In the ninth, Potomac manufactured a run but came well short of a much-needed big rally. Davidson led off the frame with a single, took second base on defensive indifference, moved to third base on a groundout by Gutierrez, and scored on an RBI groundout by Read. Vettleson followed with a double, but Abreu grounded out to end the game, as Potomac fell 17-10.
All 18 starters reached base and all but Read had at least one hit. Every starter for both teams aside from3B Bryan Mejia scored a run. Eight of Frederick’s starters had multiple hits, while Wilkerson and Hart each had a game high four. Every Frederick starter had at least one RBI. The Keys went 11-20 with RISP while Potomac went just 2-11.
Still just a win over the Keys away from clinching a playoff berth, the P-Nats will turn to RHP J.D. Martin (0-2, 6.00) Wednesday night. Martin has made two of his first three starts with Potomac against the Keys and has given up seven earned runs in 11 innings vs. Frederick. For the Keys, RHP Franderlin Romero (6-4, 6.16) will make his fifth start of the year vs. Potomac. Romero gave up seven earned runs in his last start, a no-decision vs. Winston-Salem, but is 3-0 with a 3.80 ERA vs. the P-Nats. First pitch Wednesday night is scheduled for 7:00pm.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic): Rhett Wiseman hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Hagerstown Suns held on to beat the Charleston RiverDogs 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Hagerstown starter Joan Baez (8-7) picked up the win after allowing just two hits over five scoreless innings. Opposing starter Daris Vargas (10-7) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up two runs and seven hits over five innings. Tommy Peterson retired the side in order in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
The RiverDogs were held off the scoreboard for the 11th time this season, while the Suns recorded their seventh shutout of the year.
Suns’ Anderson named SAL’s top manager
The South Atlantic League announced on Tuesday that Hagerstown Suns manager Patrick Anderson was voted the league’s top manager.
Anderson led the Suns to the Northern Division’s first-half title and has guided Hagerstown to the playoffs in two of three seasons with the team.
The All-Star squad was voted on by team managers, general managers, sports writers and broadcasters for the SAL’s 14 teams.
West Virginia’s Mitch Keller was selected the SAL’s most outstanding pitcher, while Asheville’s Brendan Rodgers was named the league’s top major league prospect and teammate Brian Mundell was chosen as league MVP.
Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays shut out a team for the tenth time this season with a 5-0 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones on Tuesday night. Left-hander Yonathan Ramirez fired five shutout innings for the Doubledays en route to the win.
The Doubledays (28-40) scored first in the top of the fifth inning. Erik VanMeetren led off the inning with a walk. Daniel Johnson followed with a single to right field to put runners on first and second base. Dalton Dulin then laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved VanMeetren to third base and Johnson to second. With Nick Banks batting, a wild pitch allowed VanMeetren to score and Johnson to advance to third as Auburn took a 1-0 lead. Banks then singled to right field to score Johnson and put the Doubledays up 2-0.
Auburn scored again in the sixth inning. Paul Panaccione began the inning with a single. After a Ryan Ripken strikeout, Andres Martinez singled to right field to put runners on the corners. Luis Vilorio followed with a safety squeeze bunt that scored Panaccione from third base when the pitcher misplayed the ball, giving Auburn a 3-0 advantage.
In the eighth inning, the Doubledays scored without getting a hit. Martinez walked to start the inning. Vilorio then struck out for the first out of the inning. VanMeetren followed with a walk to put runners on first and second. With Johnson batting, a wild pitch allowed Martinez to go to third base and VanMeetren to move to second. A pitch then hit Johnson to load the bases. Dulin followed by working a bases loaded walk to bring home Martinez and give the Doubledays a 4-0 lead.
Auburn added another insurance run in the ninth inning. Panaccione tripled off the left-field wall to lead off the inning. After a Ripken walk, Martinez grounded into a fielder’s choice. Ripken was out at second base, but Martinez was safe at first and Panaccione scored to extend Auburn’s lead to five, 5-0.
The Cyclones (34-36) couldn’t find a rhythm on the offensive end. The Doubledays pitching staff combined to allow no runs and just seven hits. Ramirez started strong for the Auburn pitching staff by throwing five scoreless innings. The shutout is the Doubleday’s tenth of the season
The Doubledays go for their first series sweep of the season on Wednesday night. Auburn takes on Brooklyn in the final game of a three-game series from Coney Island. Right-hander Carlos Acevedo will pitch for the Doubledays against Cyclones right-hander Harol Gonzalez. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.