Compiled from team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the opening game of a two-game series, 3-2, Thursday night at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo. Caleb Gindl’s three-run homer in the second inning was enough to lift the Bisons to a victory.
Buffalo’s (38-42) three-run second was all it would need. Luke Scott singled with one out off Paolo Espino, followed by a walk to Brad Glenn. Espino then surrendered a three-run home run to Gindl to give the Bisons a 3-0 lead.
Syracuse (28-53) got its two runs in the third. Darin Mastroianni and Trea Turner each singled to start the inning against Jeff Francis. Newly named International-League All-Star Jason Martinson then doubled in both runners to cut the lead to 3-2.
That would be it for the scoring, as Espino and Francis shut down the bats. Each pitcher allowed six hits, with Espino striking out six Bisons and Francis posting 10 strikeouts of his own.
Syracuse and Buffalo plays the finale of this two-game series Friday. Taylor Hill is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Felix Doubront for the Bisons. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators’ season-long eight-game winning streak came to end Thursday as they lost, 2-0, to the Richmond Flying Squirrels before 4,275 fans at Metro Bank Park. The Senators (38-42) will try to win the four-game series tomorrow night.
Despite some command issues, Austin Voth pitched well again, firing six scoreless innings. The righty threw 101 pitches, 55 of which were strikes, and scattered five hits in his eighth quality start of the season. In his first Double-A appearance, right-hander Wander Suero pitched two scoreless innings before allowing a go-ahead 2-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. Suero allowed three hits and walked one in three innings of work.
Meanwhile, the Senators were almost completely shut down by Richmond starter Kelvin Marte. Wilmer Difo led off the bottom of the first with a single, but he was picked off. Marte then retired the next 22 Senators consecutively before Shawn Pleffner doubled with two outs in the eighth inning. Against Richmond closer Derek Law in the ninth, Jose Lozada and Difo both singled with one out but were stranded when Law finished off the inning with two strikeouts.
The Senators finish a seven-game homestand Friday night against Richmond with first pitch coming at 7:00 p.m.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Nationals (37-40-Overall, 16-23-Road, 4-3-Second Half) blew a one run lead in the bottom of the eighth to fall to the Frederick Keys (35-43-Overall, 21-19-Home, 3-5-Second Half) 4-3 at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium on Thursday night.
Leading 3-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth frame with RHP Derek Self (2-2, 4.79) on the mound in relief of RHP Reynaldo Lopez, rehabbing big Leaguer 2B Jonathan Schoop hit a monster home run over three tiers of signage in left to tie the game 3-3 followed by a C Chance Sisco single with two outs. SS Jeff Kemp came up and hit a dump shot double to right field that RF Brandon Miller came charging in on. At the last minute he lunged forward for the ball but had it go off his glove for an RBI double with Sisco scoring from first base with two outs and a 4-3 Keys lead.
Lopez made the start for Potomac needing a win to clinch back-to-back series wins for the Nationals and Lopez did not disappoint, logging seven innings allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits, he did not issue a walk and he struck out seven Keys in the loss.
RHP David Hess, the reigning Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, made the start for Frederick, his second against Potomac this season. Hess logged a career high seven innings, giving up identical hits and runs as Lopez, two runs (both earned) on five hits, he walked two and struck out four.
The game was scoreless through three frames until Potomac broke the stalemate in the fourth when SS Stephen Perez doubled to begin the frame. Three batters later with two outs 3B Drew Ward knocked in Perez with an RBI single to give the P-Nats a 1-0 lead.
It remained 1-0 Potomac until the top of the sixth when 1B John Wooten crushed a pitch from Hess over the signage in left field for his fifth home run of the season, a solo blast that gave Potomac a 2-0 lead.
Frederick was held scoreless by Lopez through the first six innings but in the seventh they finally got to the Dominican born righty. Lopez retired the first two batters of the inning only to allow a single to 1B Wynston Sawyer. DH Brenden Webb then singled, moving Sawyer to second base and RF Connor Bierfeldt brought them both home with a two-run double to tie the game. The two runs for the Keys in the inning broke a 29.2 consecutive innings streak of having not scored a single run.
Frederick went to the bullpen in the eighth frame and in came LHP Donnie Hart for the second consecutive night. LF Alec Keller laced a double and moved to third on CF Narciso Mesa’s infield bunt single. Perez then hit into a 6-4-3 double play but Keller came home from third for a 3-2 Nationals lead.
Potomac countered in the bottom half of the eighth with Self that set up the two run come-from-behind victory for Frederick.
The P-Nats tied their season long winning streak of four consecutive games but saw it end in the 4-3 loss and now Potomac looks to win back-to-back series for the first time since June 15th – June 21st when they took two-out-of-three from Lynchburg followed by three-out-of-four from Carolina.
The rubber match is now set for tonight in the series finale with Potomac sending RHP Phillips Valdez (2-2, 5.34) to the mound against LHP Ariel Miranda (0-0, 4.50) for the Keys. First pitch in Game Two is set for 7:00 pm.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): One night after getting shutout for the seventh time this season, the Hagerstown Suns (4-4, 39-37) returned the favor and blanked the Greensboro Grasshoppers (1-7, 30-47) by a final of 5-0 on Thursday night. It was the seventh shutout thrown by the Suns this season, as they limited Greensboro to just two hits in the game.
LHP Connor Bach (2-1) and RHP Andrew Cooper combined to keep the Grasshoppers off the board in the game. Bach got the start and the win for the Suns, going six innings and allowing both hits and three walks while striking out eight. The eight strikeouts and the six innings pitched both matched a season-high for Bach, who has now not allowed a run over his last 11.1 innings. Cooper picked up his first save of the season by tossing the final three innings without allowing a hit, run, or walk, and striking out two. His only blemish was hitting one batter.
Offensively Hagerstown opened up the game with a four-run frame in the fifth. With two on and one out 3B Bryan Mejia stepped to the plate, and he delivered a blast over the left field wall for his first homerun of the season in just his second game with the Suns. Then, RF Dale Carey also left the yard with a shot to left, giving the Suns back-to-back homeruns for just the second time this season. Carey’s solo shot was his team-leading seventh homer of the season, and wound up setting the final score.
The first Suns run crossed the plate in the first inning. Shortstop Osvaldo Abreu led off with a double to center field, his 21st of the season, which is second most in the South Atlantic League. Abreu finished the night with his first four-hit game of the season. Abreu went on to steal third following his double, and he scored from third when 1B Jose Marmolejos knocked a ground ball single up the middle to make it 1-0.
All five Hagerstown runs were charged to starting LHP Ben Holmes (2-5), who suffered the loss for Greensboro. In 5.2 innings pitched he gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out six. RHP Tyler Kane tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Grasshoppers, surrendering one hit and one walk while striking out three.
These teams will conclude their four-game series at Municipal Stadium on Friday July 3. The Suns will send RHP Luis Reyes (3-4) to the mound for his 14th start and appearance this season. He will square off against LHP James Buckelew (3-3) for Greensboro. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.