Compiled from team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the series finale to the Rochester Red Wings, 6-4, Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field. Syracuse put up three runs in the ninth inning, but Michael Tonkin came out of the bullpen to get the final out and his fifth save.
Rochester (9-7) started the third with a walk from Chiefs starter Taylor Jordan to Aaron Hicks. Two batters later, with Hicks on second base after a stolen base, Josmil Pinto singled in Hicks to give the Red Wings their third 1-0 lead of the series. Jordan then walked Reynaldo Rodriguez and allowed a single to Brock Peterson. After a force out at the plate, Jose Martinez singled in two more runs, ending Jordan’s day.
Syracuse (6-11) got one run back in the top of the fourth. Tony Gwynn, Jr. singled with one out off Pat Dean. Three batters later, after a strikeout and Mark Minicozzi walk, Kila Ka’aihue singled to centerfield, scoring Gwynn and getting the Chiefs on the board.
Syracuse mounted a ninth-inning rally off Stephen Pryor. Minicozzi doubled, Ka’aihue walked and Jason Martinson singled to load the bases. Matt den Dekker hit into a 4-6-3 double play, which scored Minicozzi to get the Chiefs within four. Cutter Dykstra then worked the count to 3-2 and launched a two-run shot to left field to make it a 6-4 game. Tonkin came out of the bullpen and got Steve Lerud to strike out for the save.
The Chiefs hit the road and open a four-game series with the defending Governor’s Cup Champion Pawtucket Red Sox tomorrow. A.J. Cole is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Brian Johnson for Pawtucket. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.
HARRISBURG (AA-Eastern League): A home run by Reading’s Gustavo Pierre in the top of ninth inning proved to be the game-winner in the Fightin’ Phils 4-3 victory over the Harrisburg Senators in front a lively crowd of 4,386 Sunday at Metro Bank Park.
Tony Renda was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the third inning that put the Senators up, 1-0. Harrisburg’s Paolo Espino pitched well in four scoreless innings to start his outing, but in the fifth inning he allowed a solo home run to Gabriel Lino that tied the game at 1-1. Espino walked the next batter and left with an apparent injury. Derek Self relieved Espino and allowed the runner to score via an RBI single that pushed Reading in front, 2-1. Self then allowed a solo homer in the sixth inning, but finished his outing with one run allowed in 1.2 innings. Sammy Solis impressed again with two scoreless frames in which he struck out a batter. Paul Demny was saddled with the loss after allowing Pierre’s game-winning homer in the ninth.
Harrisburg quickly put two runners on against left-handed reliever Ethan Stewart in the eighth inning. Reading replaced Stewart with Stephen Shackleford, who allowed a single to Harrisburg’s Derrick Robinson that loaded the bases with one out. Two batters later and with two outs, Brian Goodwin bounced a game-tying two-run single back up the middle. Harrisburg left two runners when the eighth inning ended. As a team, Harrisburg struck out 14 times – a season-high.
The Senators continue their home stand by welcoming in New Britain for a three-game series tomorrow night. Monday’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Brian Rauh making his first start for Harrisburg this season.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (9-8 Overall, 4-6 Home) dropped both of their doubleheader contests on Sunday at Pfitzner Stadium to the Lynchburg Hillcats (7-10 Overall, 4-6 Road) in series Games Two and Three by the final scores of 6-5 and 6-3.
The Hillcats scored a total of 12 runs on 18 hits while the Nationals plated eight run tallies on 14 base knocks.
In Game One, Potomac starter, RHP Dakota Bacus also did not factor into a decision after throwing for 3.0 innings and surrendering three earned runs on four hits while walking two, fanning one, and allowing one home run.
The Nationals struck first with one run in the 1st inning on an RBI infield single from catcher Spencer Kieboom. Potomac pulled ahead in the second courtesy of a run-scoring two-bagger from SS Wilmer Difo, his first of three doubles in the contest. The P-Nats put up a two-run spot in the fourth on a two-run double blasted down the right field line by Difo making it a 4-3 lead.
Nationals RHP Jake Johansen (0-1), the losing pitcher of record who took his first loss of the campaign, allowed three unearned runs in the fifth inning to give the Hillcats a 6-4 advantage after a throwing error committed by Difo. Johansen walked two, struck out two, and surrendered three base hits in his 1.2 innings.
Reliever David Napoli tossed 2.1 innings, hit one batter, and sat down a pair via the strikeout.
In the de facto “nightcap,” the Hillcats got out to an early 2-0 1st inning lead thanks to a two-run four-bagger from Rodriguez, his second tater of the afternoon, over the center field barrier to virtually the same spot as his first dinger in Game One of the double dip.
Game Two’s losing pitcher of record, LHP Matthew Spann (0-3) held Lynchburg scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd frames before the Hillcats brought home one run in the 4th on a run-scoring single from 2B Joe Sever to tie the game at 3-3.
Spann allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings while walking one and fanning four.
The series finale tomorrow night (Monday) will pit Potomac RHP Nick Pivetta (1-1, 0.53) against Lynchburg RHP Michael Peoples (0-1, 3.48) at 7:05pm. Gates to Pfitzner Stadium will open at 6:00pm on Monday night.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (8-9) managed to win a pair of one-run games against the Lakewood BlueClaws (8-10) over the weekend, coming away with a split of the four-game series in Lakewood. With the split the Suns record on the road this season now sits at 4-6.
Hagerstown secured its split of the series in New Jersey by registering a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon. The win came despite the Suns getting out-hit by the BlueClaws 7-4. Hagerstown went up 2-0 in the first inning thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by 1B Grant DeBruin and catcher Raudy Read and never looked back. Starting RHP Austen Williams (3-1) limited the BlueClaws to one earned run on four hits over six innings while striking out five to earn the win. LHP Joseph Webb kept Lakewood off the scoreboard for the final 1.2 frames to record his first save of the year.
The Suns next head home to Hagerstown to resume a game against the West Virginia Power (4-3) that was suspended due to rain in West Virginia on April 15. The game will be resumed beginning at 5:05pm in Hagerstown on Tuesday. Following the completion of that game, the Suns will then begin their originally scheduled three-game series against the Power, the first game of which will also be held on the 28th. Both the suspended game and the originally scheduled game on the 28th will be played as seven-inning games.