By Michael Marzzacco
Compiled via team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League):
4/15: Rain out
The Syracuse Chiefs and Rochester Red Wings split a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field in Rochester. The Chiefs won game two 7-6 after the Red Wings took game one 10-6. The two teams combined for 29 runs, 17 extra-base hits, and eight home runs between the two games. Clint Robinson and Brandon Snyder each tallied four hits between the two games for the Chiefs.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League):
4/15: Raudy Read hit a two-run home run and had two hits, as the Harrisburg Senators exploded for a season-high seven extra-base hits in a 7-4 win over the Bowie Baysox on Saturday.
Bowie started the scoring in the second inning when Adrian Marin hit an RBI single and Jay Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly.
The Senators took the lead for good with six runs in the fifth inning. The Senators sent 10 men to the plate as Read hit a two-run home run en route to the four-run lead.
The Senators tacked on another run in the eighth when Zach Collier scored on a wild pitch.
Starter Greg Ross (2-0) got the win while Bobby Bundy (0-1) took the loss in relief in the Eastern League game. Wander Suero pitched two scoreless innings for his first save of the season.
Harrisburg had a pair of season bests in its victory, drawing seven walks and hitting six doubles.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League):
4/15: In his second start of the season for the Potomac Nationals (5-4), RHP Joan Baez (L, 0-1) walked a 2017 P-Nats high seven batters in route to a 6-3 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (4-5). Of Baez’s seven walks, five came around to score, while Wilmington’s sixth run initially reached on a HBP.
Baez walked the first batter of the game, hit the third batter, and loaded the bases with a walk to RF Anderson Miller, the fourth man to bat in the first inning. DH Chase Vallot made it 1-0 Wilmington with an RBI single. LF Roman Collins then grounded into what could have been an inning-ending double play, but after a force out at second base, Potomac SS Edwin Lora threw the relay into the Potomac dugout. Two runs scored on the play, as the Blue Rocks led 3-0 after half an inning.
Wilmington tallied two more runs in the second inning, as the Blue Rocks loaded the bases with no outs against Baez. 1B Travis Maezes and C Nate Esposito each drew a walk, while SS Nicky Lopez reached on an error by 2B Bryan Mejia. 2B DJ Burt and CF Elier Hernandez each followed with a sacrifice fly, as Wilmington took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the second frame.
After the Blue Rocks added a run on another sacrifice fly in the third inning, Potomac finally got on the board against RHP A.J. Puckett (W, 1-1). Mejia led off the inning with a single, and after 1B Ian Sagdoll walked, 3B Kelvin Gutierrez drove in Mejia with an RBI single. After C Taylor Gushue walked, RF Rhett Wiseman grounded into a force out, which brought home one run, and Gutierrez crossed the plate on an error by 2B DJ Burt. Potomac cut the deficit in half in the inning, but failed to score after that. Puckett allowed three runs, two earned, over five innings in the victory.
Both bullpens worked shutout relief, as the Blue Rocks’ duo of RHP Yunior Marte and RHP Franco Terrero (SV, 1) allowed just one hit and struck out five over four shutout innings. After Baez allowed six runs, four earned, over 3.2 innings, LHP Taylor Guilbeau, RHP Ronald Pena, and RHP Mariano Rivera combined for 5.1 shutout frames.
Needing a win in the series finale to earn a series split, Potomac will turn to RHP Wirkin Estevez (0-1, 13.50). Estevez allowed seven runs on eight hits in his 2017 debut, a loss against Frederick. LHP Cristian Castillo (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start of the season for the Blue Rocks. Castillo allowed just one unearned run over five innings against Carolina. First pitch of the series finale is set for 1:05pm.
4/16: Playing at home on Easter for the first time in nearly a decade, the Potomac Nationals (5-5) lost two separate leads, and eventually fell victim to three straight 11th inning hits, as the Wilmington Blue Rocks (5-5) took the series finale 5-4 at Pfitzner Stadium Sunday afternoon.
For the first time in the four game series, the P-Nats scored the first run of the game. SS Edwin Lora drew a one-out walk against RHP Cristian Castillo (ND) in the first inning, and after a double by 1B Ian Sagdal, 3B Kelvin Gutierrez made it 1-0 Potomac with a sacrifice fly.
After a perfect first inning, RHP Wirkin Estevez (ND) gave up a leadoff home run to CF Anderson Miller, which tied the game at one in the top of the second inning. Estevez gave up just one run on two hits over six innings, the best start from a starting pitcher for Potomac through the first 10 games of 2017.
Potomac tagged Castillo for a run in the fourth inning and a pair of runs in the fifth. Castillo issued a leadoff walk to LF Dale Carey in the fourth inning, and he later scored on an RBI single by 2B Bryan Mejia. In the fifth frame, Gutierrez reached on an error by 2B DJ Burt, and RF Rhett Wiseman followed with a single. Carey made it 4-1 Potomac with a two-run triple, the first of two hits on the day for the outfielder. Potomac did not score after that, as the P-Nats went just 2-15 with RISP and left 14 men on base, nine in scoring position.
In relief of Estevez, RHP Kyle Schepel (BS, 1) walked two and gave up three hits in a three-run seventh inning for Wilmington. C Chase Vallot drew a one-out walk, while RF Roman Collins followed with a single. 3B Wander Franco made it a two-run game with an RBI single, before Schepel struck out LF Jonathan McCray. After 1B Colton Frabasilio walked, SS Nicky Lopez tied the game with a two-out, two-run single, though Wilmington left the go-ahead run at third base.
The two teams traded zeroes after that, as RHP Jacob Bodner and RHP Jared Ruxer (W, 1-1) tallied 5.1 combined shutout innings for Wilmington, while LHP R.C. Orlan notched three-shutout innings for Potomac.
After Wilmington stranded two men in scoring position in the 10th inning, the Blue Rocks rallied with one out in the 11th frame against RHP Whit Mayberry (L, 0-1). Collins and Franco singled, while McCray’s RBI double made it 5-4 Blue Rocks. The first two Potomac hitters reached against Ruxer in the bottom of the 11th inning before he retired Sagdal. RHP Andres Machado (SV, 2) relieved Ruxer and retired Gutierrez on a groundout, which moved the runners to second and third base. After Wilmington intentionally walked Wiseman, Carey grounded out to Franco to end the game.
The loss for Mayberry was the first loss for a Potomac relief pitcher this season. Sunday was the second straight game in which Potomac outhit the Blue Rocks yet ended up with the loss.
Off of their first series loss of the season, the P-Nats will welcome in the Down East Wood Ducks, who will visit Pfitzner Stadium for the first time in franchise history. First pitch of the series opener is set for 7:05pm Monday night.
Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League):
4/15: Alex Wells, Jake Bray and Zeke McGranahan combined for a shutout as the Delmarva Shorebirds defeated the Hagerstown Suns 6-0 on Saturday.
Wells (1-1) picked up the win after he struck out three while allowing seven hits over six scoreless innings. Weston Davis (0-2) went five innings, allowing six runs and seven hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out two and walked one.
Delmarva scored two runs in the first, including a ground out by Collin Woody that scored Jake Ring. The Shorebirds scored again in the third inning, when they put up four runs, including a single by Cole Billingsley that scored Woody.
The Suns were held scoreless for the first time this season, while the Shorebirds’ staff also registered their first shutout of the year.
4/16: Daniel Johnson hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and Aldrem Corredor had three hits and scored two runs as the Hagerstown Suns topped the Delmarva Shorebirds 15-6 on Sunday.
The home run by Johnson scored Jorge Tillero to give the Suns a 2-0 lead.
Trailing 7-1, the Shorebirds cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Jake Ring hit a three-run triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Shaw.
The Suns later scored four runs in the eighth and ninth innings to complete the blowout. In the eighth, Johnson hit an RBI single, while Jake Noll hit a two-run home run in the ninth.
Hagerstown right-hander Carlos Pena (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on five hits over five innings. Opposing starter Lucas Humpal (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after he allowed four runs on just three hits over five innings.
Hagerstown hit a season-high five doubles in its victory.
For the Shorebirds, Ring was a home run short of the cycle, driving home four runs.