By Michael Marzzacco
Compiled via team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League):
After getting no-hit by former teammate Lucas Giolito in game one, the Syracuse Chiefs mashed out 14 hits in game two on the way to a doubleheader split with the Charlotte Knights at BB&T Ballpark Thursday night, taking game two 8-4 after falling 4-0 in game one. Caleb Ramsey and Clint Robinson each homered in game two as the Chiefs scored eight runs between the second and fifth innings. In game one, Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter in his first start against the organization that traded him last December.
The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the opening game of a four-game set to the Gwinnett Braves, 6-2, Friday night at Coolray Field. The Braves scored five unanswered runs from the fifth inning on to take the series opener.
The Syracuse Chiefs dropped a second game in a row to the Gwinnett Braves, falling 6-4 Saturday night at Coolray Field. Brandon Snyder went 4-for-4 in the loss. Ryan Raburn made his Syracuse debut, going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his first game since being traded to the Nationals from the White Sox.
The Gwinnett Braves scored the final six runs of Sunday’s game to beat the Syracuse Chiefs, 6-1, at Coolray Field. Sean O’Sullivan made his first start for the Chiefs, throwing three-strong innings of one-hit ball.
The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Gwinnett Braves, 4-3, in ten innings Monday afternoon at Coolray Field. Clint Robinson hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to tie the game, but the Braves rallied in the bottom of the tenth, and Lane Adams hit a line drive over the head of right fielder Brandon Snyder to score the game-winning run and give the Braves a series sweep.
Gwinnett (27-22) started the scoring in the first inning against Greg Ross. Ozzie Albies singled and moved to second on a wild pitch that hit off the glove of Pedro Severino. Albies scored two batters later on Adonis Garcia’s double for a 1-0 lead.
Syracuse (15-31) tied the game in the top of the third. Brandon Snyder, Ryan Raburn and Robinson all singled with two outs against Patrick Weigel, with Robinson’s driving in Snyder. Robinson now has RBIs in four straight starts, and including his RBI in the ninth finished with ten on the road trip.
But the Braves answered right back in the bottom of the third. Weigel singled to start the inning and moved to second on another wild pitch, another fastball that nicked off Severino’s mitt. Albies dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Weigel to third and Weigel scored on Johan Camargo’s sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.
Ross helped his own cause in the sixth. First Grant Green singled and was replaced at first by Andrew Stevenson after a fielder’s choice. Irving Falu singled up the middle to put two runners on with two outs. The Braves turned to Akeel Morris out of the bullpen, and Ross singled to right field to drive in Stevenson and tie the game.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh. Xavier Avery singed to lead off the inning and pinch hitter Matt Tuiasosopo walked. After Albies flied out to center to move Avery to third, Camargo hit a sharp grounder to first. The ball hit off Robinson’s glove and knocked up in the air. Robinson was able to get the out at first, but Avery scored and the Braves took a 3-2 lead.
The Chiefs rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth against Rhiner Cruz. Cruz walked pinch hitter Caleb Ramsey to start the inning, and Brandon Snyder singled two batters later. Cruz hit Raburn with a pitch to load the bases, and Robinson hit his sacrifice fly to deep left to tie the game.
The game held at 3-3 until the tenth. In his second inning out of the bullpen, Neal Cotts allowed a double by Camargo and single by Garcia. The Chiefs intentionally walked Mel Rojas, Jr., and then turned to Rafael Martin out of the bullpen. Adams lined a 2-2 pitch to right field, over the head of the drawn-in outfield for a walk-off win for the Braves.
Syracuse finished its final South Division road trip of the season at 2-5 after the sweep by the Braves. The Chiefs open a six-game homestand Tuesday night with a three-game series against the Charlotte Knights. Austin Voth is scheduled to start for the Chiefs in the opener Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. opposite former Chief, Lucas Giolito for the Knights.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern):
Neftali Soto hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, leading the Harrisburg Senators to a 5-2 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Friday.
The home run by Soto, part of a three-run inning, gave the Senators a 4-2 lead before Yadiel Hernandez hit an RBI double later in the inning.
Richmond went up 2-0 after a solo home run and an RBI double by Hunter Cole. Harrisburg answered in the fifth inning when Mario Lisson hit a two-run home run.
Ryan Brinley (3-2) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Carlos Alvarado (0-1) took the loss in the Eastern League game. Wander Suero recorded his eighth save of the season.
For the Flying Squirrels, Cole homered and doubled, driving in two runs.
Harrisburg improved to 3-1 against Richmond this season.
Dylan Davis hit a bases-clearing double in the ninth inning, leading the Richmond Flying Squirrels to an 8-4 win over the Harrisburg Senators on Saturday.
The double by Davis came in the midst of a seven-run inning and gave the Flying Squirrels a 5-4 lead. Later in the inning, Ali Castillo hit a sacrifice fly and Slade Heathcott scored on a passed ball and Miguel Gomez scored on a single.
Tyler Cyr (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while R.C. Orlan (1-1) took the loss in the Eastern League game.
Neftali Soto was a triple short of the cycle, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two for the Senators.
Miguel Gomez hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, and Andrew Suarez allowed just four hits over 6 2/3 innings as the Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Harrisburg Senators 3-2 on Sunday.
Harrisburg had runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth, but Isaac Ballou flew out to end the game.
Mario Lisson scored on a forceout in the first inning to give the Senators a 1-0 lead. The Flying Squirrels came back to take the lead in the fourth inning when Gomez hit a solo home run and Myles Schroder scored on an error.
Harrisburg tied the game 2-2 in the seventh when Ballou hit an RBI single, driving in Raudy Read.
Starters Suarez and Taylor Hill both pitched gems in a classic pitchers’ duel. Suarez struck out eight and walked three while allowing two runs. Hill struck out three while allowing two runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Collin Balester (1-1) got the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Ryan Brinley (3-3) took the loss in the Eastern League game.
Derek Eitel allowed just one hit over six innings, leading the Harrisburg Senators over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in a 1-0 win on Monday.
Wander Suero struck Ryan Lollis out with runners on first and second to end the game for his ninth save of the season.
Eitel (1-1) picked up the win after he struck out six and walked one.
The game’s only run was scored in the bottom of the sixth inning. After hitting a single with two outs, Alec Keller advanced to second on a walk by Jose Marmolejos and then scored on a single by Yadiel Hernandez.
Christian Jones (0-3) went two innings, allowing one run and four hits in the Eastern League game. He also struck out two and walked one.
The Flying Squirrels were held scoreless for the seventh time this season, while the Senators’ staff recorded their second shutout of the year.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League):
Both home teams came away with victories in the two games on Friday evening at Frawley Stadium. The Potomac Nationals (23-25) won the continuation of the suspended game that began at Pfitzner Stadium with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory. The Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-24) took the regularly scheduled game 4-2 in seven innings. Potomac scored two out of three runs in the suspended game with two outs and held on for the win. Wilmington scored the final three runs of the game on it’s way to a two-run triumph.
The first game of the day began on Thursday, 5/18 but was suspended with one out in the top of the fourth inning after a lightning storm rolled into Pfitzner Stadium. So, we began the game on Friday with Wilmington leading 1-0 and DH Chase Vallot at the plate with an 0-1 count. The first run of the game was scored off a two-out RBI triple from CF Cody Jones in the top of the second inning.
Neither starting pitcher returned to the mound on Friday evening. LHP Grant Borne (W, 1-1) came in to relieve LHP Hector Silvestre who began the game last Thursday. Silvestre will start on Monday afternoon against the Blue Rocks. Borne was magnificent, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings against Wilmington. He kept the Rocks off-balance all game. He only surrendered one hit and one walk while striking out three.
Potomac scored two out of it’s three runs with two outs. The Red, White & Blue tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning against reliever RHP Andres Machado. DH Edwin Lora reached base with one out in the frame on a fielding error by 2B D.J. Burt. After a steal of second and a SS Bryan Mejia strikeout, RF Rhett Wiseman doubled home Lora to even the score at one.
The second two-out run came across in the bottom of the fifth inning. 2B Austin Davidson singled with one out and stole second with 1B Ian Sagdal at the plate. After a groundout, 3B Kelvin Gutierrez lined a single to center to plate the second Potomac run of the game.
Davidson struck again in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI of his own in the inning. CF Victor Robles doubled with one out to set up Davidson’s 25th run batted in of the season. He slashed a single to left to give Potomac a 3-1 lead.
Wilmington made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning and put the tying run on base. 1B Chris DeVito crushed his second home run of the season and Vallot singled with two outs in the final inning. But, RHP Gilberto Mendez (S, 4) buckled down and slammed the door shut with a three-pitch strikeout of 3B Wander Franco to end the game.
The second game was shortened to seven innings since both teams played six innings in the suspended game beforehand. The Blue Rocks jumped out early against RHP Joan Baez (ND) with a run in the first. But, the right-hander settled down to strike out a season-high seven batters in five innings of work in his ninth start of the season.
The P-Nats took the lead in the top of the third inning against RHP Scott Blewett (W, 3-4) scoring two unearned runs against the Blue Rocks starter. Mejia led off the inning with a strikeout on a pitch in the dirt but advanced to first on a throwing error by Vallot. Robles sacrificed Mejia to second and RF Jack Sundberg followed with a game-tying single to center. After a walk to C Taylor Gushue, Blewett threw a wild pitch with Davidson at the plate. Both Sundberg and Gushue advanced. Sundberg scored after Vallot threw to second to try and get Gushue. The ball ended up in center field and the P-Nats had a 2-1 lead.
Potomac held that lead until the bottom of the fifth inning. The Red, White & Blue surrendered three runs combined between the fifth and the sixth. Baez surrendered the lead on an RBI single to ML-Rehab 3B Hunter Dozier. RHP Nolan Sanburn (L, 0-1) faltered in the sixth on his way to his first loss of the season. After a lead off walk to Vallot, the right-handed pitcher allowed four hits in the inning allowing the two game-winning runs to score.
With a win and a loss, the P-Nats remain two games below .500 on the season. Potomac and Wilmington will play three more games over the next three days at Frawley Stadium. On Saturday night, the P-Nats turns to their ace RHP Luis Reyes (3-5, 5.26) against LHP Colin Rodgers (1-2, 3.03) for the Blue Rocks. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm at Frawley Stadium.
The Potomac Nationals (23-26) allowed four runs over the final two innings to lose 7-6 on Saturday night at Frawley Stadium against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (25-24). RHP Luis Reyes struck out eight over five solid innings of work and 1B Ian Sagdal hit his second grand slam of the season. However, the effort was not enough as the Potomac bullpen surrendered the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The P-Nats got on the board first in the top of the second inning against Blue Rocks starter LHP Colin Rodgers. 3B Kelvin Gutierrez drew a walk to lead off the inning. Two batters later, SS Edwin Lora doubled on a grounder up the right-field line. RF Hunter Dozier attempted to throw out Lora at second on the play, but the ball got away from SS Nicky Lopez, which allowed Gutierrez to score the game’s first run.
Wilmington answered immediately in the bottom of the second against Reyes. With runners on first and second and one out, 3B Travis Maezes launched his second home run of the season deep into the Wilmington night. After two innings, the Blue Rocks led 3-1.
The home run was the only blemish on Reyes’ record during his tenth start of the season. The Potomac ace went five innings and allowed four hits, two walks and three earned runs. He struck out eight Wilmington hitters after setting a career high in strikeouts with ten in his previous start against Lynchburg. However, after leaving in the sixth Reyes was in line for the victory.
The following half inning, Potomac used the long ball to retake the lead. CF Victor Robles and LF Jack Sundberg singled to begin the inning against Rodgers. Then, Gutierrez drew a walk with one out to load the bases. With the sags full, Sagdal lined his second grand slam of the season over the right-field fence. His fifth home run of the season gave Potomac a 5-3 lead in the third inning.
Wilmington and Potomac traded runs in the bottom of the seventh and top of the eighth. The Blue Rocks got a run on a wild pitch from LHP Taylor Guilbeau. The P-Nats answered with an RBI groundout by Lora. The Red, White & Blue held a 6-4 lead heading into the eighth inning.
The bullpen could not hold a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth. The Blue Rocks tagged two relievers for three runs in the frame to take the lead. DH Roman Collins led off the frame with a double. PH/3B Wander Franco laid down a sacrifice bunt up the first base line that new pitcher RHP Ronald Pena (L, 2-2) fielded but threw into right field to allow Collins to score. Two batters later, Lopez tripled to right-center scoring the tying run from first. Then, 2B D.J. Burt doubled down to left to plate the go-ahead run.
Potomac put the tying run in scoring position in the ninth but could not cash in against RHP Franco Terrero (SV, 3). PH Austin Davidson lined a single to center field to lead off the inning and ended up on second after a sacrifice bunt from 2B Bryan Mejia. But, Terrero got Robles and Sundberg to ground out to end the game.
The P-Nats and Blue Rocks continue their series at Frawley Stadium on Sunday night at 6:05 pm. The Red, White & Blue look to LHP Matthew Crownover (3-1, 2.21) to try and end a two-game skid. Crownover pitched a season high seven innings in his last start against Lynchburg. He opposes Top 30 Royals prospect RHP A.J. Puckett (5-4, 3.54) who makes his tenth start of the season for Wilmington.
The Potomac Nationals (23-27) dropped a third straight game in a row against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (26-24) on Sunday night at Frawley Stadium. For the third consecutive night, the Blue Rocks came from behind in the late innings to defeat the P-Nats. With Potomac leading 3-0 in the seventh inning, Wilmington brought nine men to the plate in the bottom of the seventh and scored four runs on five hits, a walk and an error against two P-Nats relievers.
Potomac jumped out early against Wilmington starter RHP A.J. Puckett. The first four batters to reach the plate registered a hit against Puckett to give the P-Nats a 2-0 lead. CF Victor Robles led off the game with a single to center. The next batter, 2B Austin Davidson, doubled into left-center field, scoring Robles from first for the first run of the game. C Taylor Gushue followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Then, 3B Kelvin Gutierrez capped off the two-run inning with an RBI infield single to second base.
The P-Nats added another in the top of the fourth inning with some timely two-out hitting. After Puckett retired the first two batters in the frame, LF Jack Sundberg lined a double down the left-field line. Robles blooped a single down the right-field line to plate his 15th run of the season and give The Red, White & Blue a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Matthew Crownover pitched very well for Potomac on Sunday night throwing five and two-thirds scoreless innings against Wilmington. The left-hander allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. He was pulled from the game with two outs in the sixth after allowing a single to C Nathan Esposito.
All of the trouble for Potomac came in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Blue Rocks broke out for four runs on five hits, a walk and one costly error in the frame. RHP Mariano Rivera III began the inning after getting the final out of the sixth and allowed the first three men in the inning to reach on two singles and a walk. Rivera was pulled for RHP Kyle Schepel (L, 1-1) with the bases loaded and nobody out. The right-hander allowed a single to RF Anderson Miller to drive in the first run. The tying runs scored after an infield single back to Schepel, who threw the ball away trying to throw the runner out at home plate. Two runs scored on the base hit and error. 1B Chris DeVito put the Rocks on top with an RBI single to center to give Wilmington a 4-3 lead over Potomac.
While the bullpen faltered for Potomac, the Wilmington relievers stood strong. RHP Yunior Marte (W, 2-2) and LHP Richard Lovely (SV, 3) pitched four scoreless innings in relief of A.J. Puckett. The two relievers allowed only one hit over the final four frames and struck out five P-Nats.
Wilmington came from behind in the final three innings of the game for the third consecutive game against Potomac. The Rocks scored the final three runs of the game in the fifth and sixth of a seven-inning game to win 4-2 on Friday night. They scored four times in the seventh and eighth to win 7-6 on Saturday. Tonight, they scored four runs in the seventh after trailing 3-0 heading into the frame.
The errors once again proved costly for Potomac for the second straight night. On Saturday night, the P-Nats committed three errors in the game, which allowed two unearned runs to scored. In a 7-6 game, that was the difference between a win and a loss. Tonight, the P-Nats committed two errors and allowed one earned run which gave them their third loss in three nights against Wilmington.
The P-Nats try and salvage the final game of a four-game set against the Blue Rocks at 12:05 pm on Memorial Day from Frawley Stadium. Potomac sends LHP Hector Silvestre (4-1, 4.80) to the mound against LHP Cristian Castillo (3-2, 2.61) for Wilmington. The P-Nats have won all but one of Silvestre’s starts in 2017. The Red, White & Blue look to avoid falling five games below .500 for the first time all season.
The Potomac Nationals (24-27) salvaged the final game of a four-game set with the Wilmington Blue Rocks (26-25) with a 3-2 win on Memorial Day at Frawley Stadium. Potomac scored three runs with two-outs in the top of the fifth inning and the bullpen held on the rest of the way. The one-run win marked the third consecutive game decided by one run. All five games played in Wilmington this weekend were decided by a total of six runs.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when the P-Nats struck for three two-out runs against LHP Cristian Castillo (L, 3-3). With 1B David Masters on first base and two outs, CF Victor Robles crushed his sixth home run of the season over the left field wall to give Potomac a 2-0 lead. More two out hitting would follow as LF Jack Sundberg lined a double down the left-field line. The next batter, DH Austin Davidson singled on a ground ball to right-field to plate Sundberg and The Red, White & Blue took a 3-0 lead.
LHP Hector Silvestre (W, 5-1) registered his team-high fifth win of the season after another dominant performance in his tenth start of the season. Silvestre allowed one earned run over six innings of work. He allowed just four hits, but a season-high five walks in the outing while striking out just one batter. Silvestre left the game in the top of the seventh after allowing a double and a single to the first two hitters in the inning.
Wilmington capitalized in the seventh inning after Silvestre exited with runners on first an third. After RHP Nolan Sanburn entered the game, the Blue Rocks got on the board off of an RBI single by SS Nicky Lopez. The threat was not over with the bases loaded and no outs in the frame. But Sanburn got 2B D.J. Burt to fly out to center and got an inning-ending 4-3 double play off the bat of RF Anderson Miller to end the threat in the seventh.
The Blue Rocks cut the deficit to one with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. For the second consecutive inning, Wilmington put the tying runs in scoring position. With runners on second and third and one out, RHP Gilberto Mendez (S, 5) entered the game to get the final five outs of the game. PH Travis Maezes grounded out to first to make it 3-2 and put the tying run on third. But, Mendez got CF Cody Jones to fly out to right field to end the eighth.
The P-Nats threatened for some insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning against LHP Matt Tenuta. With two outs, Sundberg dragged an infield single up the first-base line and Davidson drew a walk. Then, with two on 3B Kelvin Gutierrez drove a ball deep down the right-field line, but Miller chased it down into the corner to keep the Potomac lead at one heading into the final frame.
In the bottom of the ninth, Wilmington put the tying run on third base against Mendez. Once again, with the game on the line, Mendez shut the door. With two outs and Lopez on third, the right-handed relief pitcher struck out Franco swinging to end the game.
Potomac registered nine hits on Monday afternoon. Davidson, Sundberg and RF Rhett Wiseman each registered multi-hit performances in the Memorial Day win. Gutierrez also reached base twice in the contest.
All five games played at Frawley Stadium over the past four days were decided by a total of six runs. Potomac won the suspended game on Friday and the Memorial Day matinee 3-2. The Blue Rocks won the regularly scheduled game on Friday 4-2, the game on Saturday 7-6, and the Sunday night contest 4-3. Over 19 games between these two clubs throughout the first two months of the season, Wilmington holds an 11-8 series advantage over Potomac.
The P-Nats have the day off on Tuesday but return to action at Pfitzner Stadium on Wednesday night at 7:05 pm against the Lynchburg Hillcats. RHP Wirkin Estevez (3-3, 4.66) makes his ninth start of the season for the P-Nats against RHP Brock Hartson (2-1, 2.93) for the Hillcats.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic):
Ty Moore hit a run-scoring single in the third inning to give the West Virginia Power a 2-1 win over the Hagerstown Suns in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday.
Adrian Valerio scored on the play after he hit an RBI single and advanced to third on a single by Moore.
The single by Moore capped a two-run inning for the Power that started when Valerio hit a single, scoring Clark Eagan.
In the top of the first, Hagerstown grabbed the lead on a solo home run by Daniel Johnson.
Luis Escobar (4-2) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Hagerstown starter Sterling Sharp (2-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Matt Frawley retired the side in order for his first save of the season.
Sheldon Neuse hit a three-run home run and had two hits as the Hagerstown Suns topped the West Virginia Power 5-2 in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday.
Hagerstown took the lead in the first when Neuse hit a three-run home run.
The Power cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Carlos Munoz hit a solo home run and Brent Gibbs scored on a ground out.
The Suns later tacked on a run in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, Jake Noll hit an RBI double, while Tyler Beckwith hit a solo home run in the seventh.
Hayden Howard (2-0) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while West Virginia starter Oddy Nunez (0-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Munoz homered and singled for the Power.
The teams split the doubleheader after West Virginia won the first game 2-1.
Jakson Reetz hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, leading the Hagerstown Suns to a 3-1 win over the West Virginia Power on Saturday.
Sheldon Neuse scored on the play to give the Suns a 2-1 lead after he reached base with a double and advanced to third on a single by Jake Noll.
The Suns tacked on another run in the ninth when Daniel Johnson hit an RBI single, driving in Anderson Franco.
Kyle Simonds (3-0) got the win with two innings of scoreless relief while Eduardo Vera (2-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Sam Held retired the side in order for his first save of the season.
Blake Perkins hit a two-run home run and had two hits, and James Bourque allowed just four hits over six innings as the Hagerstown Suns beat the West Virginia Power 7-2 on Sunday.
Bourque (1-3) picked up the win after he struck out seven while allowing one run.
Up 2-0 in the second, Hagerstown extended its lead when Perkins hit a two-run home run.
West Virginia answered in the bottom of the frame when Clark Eagan hit an RBI double, scoring Carlos Munoz to cut the deficit to three.
The Suns later added single runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings to secure the victory.
Matt Anderson (3-3) went two innings, allowing four runs and five hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked one.
Preston Palmeiro homered and singled, driving home three runs as the Delmarva Shorebirds beat the Hagerstown Suns 8-4 on Monday.
Ryan McKenna doubled twice with two runs for Delmarva.
Delmarva went up 4-0 in the second after Jake Ring hit a three-run double.
Trailing 6-2, the Suns cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Daniel Johnson scored on a ground out and Jake Noll scored on a wild pitch.
The Shorebirds extended their lead in the ninth when Palmeiro hit a two-run home run.
Delmarva southpaw Zach Muckenhirn (2-5) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on nine hits over six innings. Opposing starter Carlos Pena (3-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up four runs and three hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Noll doubled twice and singled for the Suns.