By Michael Marzzacco
Compiled via team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs notched their fourth consecutive victory with a 3-0 shutout of the Norfolk Tides on Friday night. Austin Voth picked up his first win of the season, tossing six scoreless innings, and the Chiefs extended their staff’s scoreless streak to 19 innings.
Syracuse (6-7) opened up the scoring in the third inning as the Chiefs scored three runs. Shortstop Adrian Sanchez led off the inning with a single off of Norfolk (5-9) starter Mike Wright. After right fielder Caleb Ramsey walked, and center fielder Rafael Bautista flied out, left fielder Brian Goodwin plated Sanchez with an RBI single. First baseman Clint Robinson grounded out in the next at-bat advancing the runners to second and third. Brandon Snyder singled to left field, bringing in Ramsey and Goodwin to score.
The Tides would threaten in the top half of the fifth as they loaded the bases on three singles, the last of which was a bunt from center fielder Logan Schafer. Voth was able to get out of the jam, however, as Johnny Giavotella popped out and Chris Dickerson grounded out to end the inning. The right-hander dazzled in his third outing of the season. After allowing nine runs in his first six and one-third innings of the season, Voth blanked the Tides in six innings of scoreless baseball, surrendering just four hits.
Triple-A newcomer Greg Ross impressed in his season debut for Syracuse. The right-hander threw two hitless innings, walked just one batter, and struck out another in his first game since being promoted from Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday.
Closer Joe Nathan also made his home debut in the win. The 42-year-old right-hander picked up the save in Friday’s victory allowing just one hit in the third save of his Chiefs career.
The Chiefs and Tides continue their three-game series with game two on Saturday afternoon at 1:05. Taylor Hill is scheduled to take the mound for Syracuse opposite right-hander Tyler Wilson for Norfolk.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): D.J. Stewart homered and singled twice, driving home three runs and scoring a couple as the Bowie Baysox topped the Harrisburg Senators 8-2 on Friday.
Aderlin Rodriguez doubled twice and singled with a run and an RBI for Bowie.
Bowie got on the board first in the third inning when Stewart hit a two-run home run.
The Baysox later added a run in the seventh and five in the ninth. In the seventh, Austin Wynns hit an RBI single, while Garabez Rosa hit a two-run home run in the ninth.
Jason Garcia (1-0) got the win with four innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Harrisburg starter Austen Williams (1-2) took the loss in the Eastern League game. Ryan Meisinger gave up two runs in two innings and recorded his second save of the season.
Bowie took advantage of some erratic Harrisburg pitching, drawing a season-high six walks in its victory.
With the win, Bowie improved to 3-1 against Harrisburg this season.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): For the second consecutive night, the Lynchburg Hillcats (8-7) struck for the first run in the game with a run in the first inning. Unlike the series opener on Thursday night, the Potomac Nationals (8-7) were unable to rally Friday night, as the Hillcats picked up a 4-2 win. RHP Shao-Ching Chiang (W, 2-1) did not allow a run until there were two outs in the seventh inning, and was not charged with an earned run for the second straight start. Opposite the Lynchburg righty, Potomac RHP Joan Baez (L, 0-2) gave up two runs over four innings. Baez walked five and had two wild pitches in the loss.
The Hillcats got a leadoff double from 2B Sam Haggerty in the bottom of the first inning. After a groundout by CF Ka’ai Tom, 1B Sicnarf Loopstok made it 1-0 Lynchburg with an RBI single. Haggerty reached base to lead off an inning twice more, and scored both times. The second baseman walked to open up the third inning, took second base on a wild pitch, moved to third base on a groundout by Tom, and scored on another wild pitch by Baez. In the fifth frame against RHP Whit Mayberry, Haggerty doubled, stole third base, and scored on a throwing error by C Taylor Gushue. Mayberry allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits in three innings out of the Potomac bullpen.
Chiang dominated Potomac throughout the night. The righty dazzled over seven frames and needed just 82 pitches to do so. Chiang walked Gushue in the second inning, gave up a single to CF Jack Sundberg in the third frame, gave up another hit to Sundberg in the sixth frame, and faced just two over the minimum through six innings.
Potomac finally got on board with a two-out rally in the top of the sixth. After Chiang retired both 1B Ian Sagdal and 3B Kelvin Gutierrez, Gushue struck out on a pitch that got passed C Daniel Salters. Ruled a passed ball, it allowed RF Rhett Wiseman to get to the plate in the frame. Wiseman took the first pitch he saw from Chiang and put it over the right field wall. Wiseman’s first home run of the season cut the deficit from four to two, but it was the final time that Potomac got on the board.
Out of the Lynchburg bullpen, LHP Billy Strode retired the first five men that he faced, four by strikeout, before he walked Gutierrez with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. RHP Leandro Linares (SV, 2) entered and got Gushue to hit an infield popup, as he tallied the one-out save. In the loss, Potomac set a 2017 single game low with three hits.
After the P-Nats had their three-game win streak snapped, they’ll turn to RHP Wirkin Estevez (0-1, 6.75) on Saturday night. After a rough season debut, Estevez dominated Wilmington last time out, as the righty allowed just one earned run on two hits over six innings. Opposite Estevez, RHP Matt Esparza (1-2, 4.80) will make his fourth start of the season. Last time out, Esparza tallied his first win of the year, as he allowed just two earned runs over seven innings vs. Myrtle Beach. First pitch is set for 6:00.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): After nearly 16 innings on Friday, the Hagerstown Suns (10-6) split a doubleheader with the Delmarva Shorebirds (8-8) thanks to a walk-off single by Jake Noll in a 4-3 win before Delmarva handed Hagerstown a 4-1 loss in the nightcap.
The first game of the doubleheader served as a resumption of Thursday’s game that was suspended in the top of the second inning when severe thundershowers soaked the diamond in downtown Hagerstown.
The Suns trailed 3-0 in the middle of the seventh, but tied it up after back-to-back RBIs by Blake Perkins and Carter Kieboom in the bottom of the seventh and a sacrifice fly RBI from Tres Barrera in the eighth.
Suns reliever Jordan Mills (Win, 2-0) stranded Shorebird runners at second and third base in the eighth inning and set them down 1-2-3 in the ninth, maintaining a 3-3 tie.
Perkins led off the bottom of the ninth with a double and nearly scored the game-winning run from second on a single by Juan Soto, but Delmarva center fielder Ryan McKenna beat Perkins to the plate with his throw and catcher Daniel Fajardo applied the tag.
Despite the out at the plate, the Suns loaded the bases with one out and Noll lifted a fly ball to left that landed on the warning track and scored Kieboom for the second Suns walk-off victory of the year, 4-3.
Noll finished 2-for-5 with his game-winning RBI and a run scored. Perkins led all hitters with a 3-for-5 output at the plate including his RBI and a run scored.
Carlos Pena pitched the first 4 2/3 innings of Friday’s action and gave up an RBI single to Gerrion Grim in the seventh before loading the bases. Mills entered from the bullpen and allowed two inherited runners to score on a pair of wild pitches. Both runs were charged to Pena and his final line totaled three earned runs on six hits.
In the second game on Friday, scheduled for just seven innings, the Suns mustered only one run on five hits. Aldrem Corredor drove in the lone score with a first-inning single that plated Soto from second. The Suns tallied just three hits in the final six innings.
In his second appearance of the season, Suns reliever-turned-starter Matthew DeRosier (Loss, 0-1) allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings during the second game of the doubleheader.
On Saturday night, the Suns and Shorebirds return to Municipal Stadium for a 6:05 p.m. first pitch. Suns southpaw Tyler Watson (0-1, 3.45) gets the start.