Compiled from team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped game one of a three-game series to the Indianapolis Indians, 6-4, on Friday night. Chiefs starter Scott McGregor threw six and one-third innings, striking out five while only surrendering three runs. Shortstop Emmanuel Burriss connected for his second home run of the year in the loss.
After dropping its previous five games, Syracuse (16-25) scored first in the series opener against the Indians. Burriss led off the top of the third with a drag-bunt single. In the next at-bat, with the hit-and-run on, left fielder Tony Gwynn, Jr., lined a double down the right-field line that scored Burriss. The Chiefs led 1-0 at the end of three innings.
Indianapolis took the lead 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. After center fielder Darin Mastroianni struck out swinging to lead off the inning, third baseman Ian Stewart hit his eighth double of the season to give the Chiefs a runner in scoring position with only one out. First baseman Mark Minicozzi then singled to right field, advancing Stewart to third. Following a Matt den Dekker walk, catcher Dan Butler stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and only one out. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Butler hit a fly ball to center, deep enough for Stewart to tag from third and score, evening the game at two.
The tie would not hold for too long, however, as Indianapolis scored two more runs in the top of the seventh. The Chiefs tacked on a run in the bottom of the seventh off the bat of Burriss. Reliever Deolis Guerra came in and retired pinch-hitter Josh Johnson to start off the inning. With a 1-1 count and one out, Burriss connected and drove his second home run of the season over the right-field wall, cutting the Indians’ lead to 4-3 at the end of seven.
The runs continued in the top of the eight. Felipe Rivero came in at the start of the inning to replace Hill. Indians catcher Tony Sanchez led off the inning with a walk and moved to second after left fielder Jaff Decker hit a bunt single. Rivero then struck out Brent Morel before Hernandez hit into a fielder’s choice, advancing Sanchez to third and putting Hernandez on first. Manny Delcarmen then entered the game to relieve Rivero to face pinch-hitter Elias Diaz. Diaz singled on a ball to right field, driving in Sanchez for the Indian’s fifth run of the game, and giving the Indians’ a 5-3 lead.
The Chiefs would not go down without a fight. In the bottom of the frame, Stewart walked off of new pitcher Josh Wall. Wall retired the next two batters before giving up a single to Butler, and letting Stewart advance to third after he stole second on a wild pitch. With Cutter Dykstra at the plate and a full count, Wall threw a wild pitch and Stewart easily scored from third, bringing the score to 5-4 in favor of Indianapolis.
The Indians tacked on another run in the top of the ninth off of Chiefs pitcher Jose Valverde. Third baseman Debinson Romero doubled with two outs and came around to score when Sanchez singled to center, making the final score 6-4.
The Chiefs and Indians play game two of the three game series Saturday night with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. The Chiefs will send right-hander Bruce Billings to the hill to face right-hander Adrian Sampson.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Richard Bieler pitched eight innings of two hit baseball for his third win of the season (3-0, 2.48 ERA) while Hector Ambriz got the save as the Senators (18-22) blanked the New Britain Rock Cats 1-0 on Friday night at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.
The Senators scored their lone run of the night in the bottom of the third inning. Derrick Robinson got it started with a single to right field. Two batters later, Brian Goodwin singled to right field to move Robinson to third. Then Mario Lisson hit an RBI single to left field to score Robinson.
Today at 6:00 is game two of the three game set vs. New Britain. Joe Ross (2-1, 2.54 ERA) takes the ball for the Sens.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (18-23 Overall, 8-13 Road) snapped a three-game winning streak on the Grand Strand Friday evening on TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark losing the series opener of the best-of-four Memorial Day Weekend set opener to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (25-14 Overall, 9-9 Home) by the final score of 8-4.
Potomac is now a (5-9) club against teams from the Carolina League’s Southern Division.
Nationals RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-1) suffered the roughest start of his Potomac Nationals’ career and the phenom took his first losing decision of the 2015 season.
Lopez, amid his fourth Carolina League start, pitched just 2.2 innings and surrendered five earned runs on five base hits including just one extra-base knock while walking one batter, striking out just two men, and unleashing one wild pitch.
The Nationals got to Myrtle Beach RHP Duane Underwood, Jr. (5-0) the eventual winning pitcher, in Act One using solo home runs from RF Brandon Miller and 2B Christopher Bostick in the 2nd and 3rd innings, respectively. Miller’s geyser to the last row of the grandstands in left field was his team-best fifth longball of the 2015 season, and for Bostick it was his first dinger this year which was sent over everything in left field out of the Home of the Pelicans.
Bostick, in his return to Pelicans Ballpark after serving as the Myrtle Beach second baseman last year for the 2014 Southern Division Champions before being traded this off-season to the Nationals in a package for former P-Nats LHP Ross Detwiler, went 2-for-5 with one run scored and one run batted in on the four-bagger.
Underwood, Jr. went on to hurl 6.0 innings in which the power big-bodied righty allowed just two earned runs on two homers and six total hits. Underwood, Jr. walked two P-Nats and fanned four batters en route to staying undefeated with his fifth win to no losses in the circuit.
Kevin Perez dealt 3.1 frames in relief of Lopez, served up just that one earned run on three hits and two walks, and struck out a duo.
Both clubs threw up a two-run spot on the scoreboard in their halves of the 8th stanza. For the Nationals off RHP Juan Paniagua, LF Isaac Ballou blasted a solo home run over the right field barrier, his third deep fly before 1B John Wooten dashed a triple into the left-center field gap setting up a one-out RBI single gunned into center field by 3B Khayyan Norfork to cut the Pelicans’ edge to 6-4.
Paniagua had not allowed an earned run in 2015 in 11.1 innings before this relief appearance.
This was the first three home run game of the 2015 journey for the red, white, and blue.
Pelicans RHP Jasvir Rakkar (6 SV) earned his sixth save in seven save chances with 1.2 scoreless frames in which the crafty reliever allowed one hit, a single to SS Stephen Perez in the 9th. Rakkar entered the game with runners at first and second base in the 8th and Myrtle Beach up two runs before inducing C Craig Manuel into a popup to shallow right-center field and retiring CF Narciso Mesa on a 3-1 groundout. Rakkar sidestepped the Perez single in the final inning by getting Bostick to fly out to left field before Ballou reached on a fielder’s choice groundball cutting down Perez at second base. Then, Wooten scorched a line drive at Pelicans SS Carlos Penalver who squeezed the hot shot to seal the victory for the home club, the Pelicans’ 25th win this season.
Tomorrow night in series Game Two Potomac sends RHP Tyler Mapes (0-0, 3.75) to the hill in a spot start to duel with Myrtle Beach RHP Paul Blackburn (2-2, 5.00) with first pitch slated for 6:05pm.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (21-20) fell to the Lexington Legends 5-1 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky. Luis Reyes (1-3, 5.44 ERA) got the loss for Hagerstown.
Hagerstown scored their lone run in the top of the fourth. With one out Austin Davidson smacked a double to right field, then Brennan Middleton singled on a line drive to left field to score Davidson.
Tonight is game three of the four game series. First pitch is at 7:05. Phillips Valdez (4-2, 1.22 ERA) will take the ball for the Suns against Colin Rodgers of Lexington.