Compiled from team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs took the final game of a three-game set against the Buffalo Bisons, 1-0, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. The game remained scoreless until the 10th when Tony Gwynn Jr. hit an RBI single to walk off the Bisons.
The game was a pitchers’ duel between Syracuse starter Taylor Jordan and Buffalo starter Jeff Francis. Neither starter surrendered a run in their outings on Sunday. Jordan completed seven innings and allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out two against the Bisons. Over his past two starts, Jordan has now thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings.
Francis was just as dominant for Buffalo (34-37). The 34-year-old veteran hurled eight innings of shutout baseball for the Bisons. The left-hander allowed only three hits and one walk and struck out seven on Sunday. Francis lowered his ERA to 2.06 on the season after eight scoreless frames.
Syracuse (24-46) won and broke the scoreless tie in the 10th inning against Andrew Albers. Kevin Keyes continued his hot hitting and grounded a single into left field to lead off the inning. Ricky Hague followed with a sacrifice bunt that moved Keyes to second with one man out. Then, Gwynn Jr. lined an RBI single to right-center field, which scored Keyes and gave the Chiefs the 1-0 win.
The Chiefs open a four-game set against the Charlotte Knights on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium. Syracuse sends right-hander Paolo Espino to the mound against a pitcher to be announced for Charlotte.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): A five-run fifth inning propelled the Altoona Curve to a 7-3 victory over the Harrisburg Senators Sunday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Altoona has taken two of the series’ first three games from Harrisburg (29-39).
Senators’ starter Austin Voth allowed two runs in the first inning, but appeared to settle in, retiring nine of 11 hitters in three scoreless innings that ensued. However, after the Senators took the lead in the fifth, Altoona loaded the bases against Voth via a single, error and a walk. Mel Rojas Jr.’s two-run double ended Voth’s day, but the right-hander’s two other runners also scored. Paul Demny relieved Voth and allowed an RBI single followed by a two-run double to blow the game open in favor of Altoona. Demny finished his evening by pitching 1.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks. All five outs he recorded were strikeouts. Abel De Los Santos pitched the final two innings, striking out five in two scoreless innings. The three Harrisburg pitchers struck out 16 batters and 11 of the last 12 outs recorded were via the punchout.
Matt Skole hit his fifth double of the year to start the top of the second inning, and came around to score on a Shawn Pleffner RBI groundout. Trailing 2-1 entering the fifth, Drew Vettleson doubled and Pleffner tripled on back-to-back hitters to tie the game. Harrisburg took the lead when Brian Jeroloman drove in Pleffner with a sacrifice fly. The Senators finished with five hits and five walks, but left just four runners on the base paths.
The Senators and Curve will play a doubleheader tomorrow to finish the series, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina Legue): The P-Nats (33-37-Overall, 18-17-Home) picked up two wins, both shutouts, over the Carolina Mudcats (34-35-Overall, 14-19-Road) after Saturday night’s game was suspended 4-0 and 1-0 to win the series three-games-to-one at Pfitzner Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
RHP Reynaldo Lopez made the start for Potomac and cruised through three innings allowing two hits and no runs, he didn’t issue a free pass and struck out five in the outing.
Saturday night’s game was suspended after three innings with a 2-0 lead. Potomac, against RHP Andrew Waszak (4-5, 3.48), went six-up, six-down through two and busted through in the third against the righty. 2B Khayyan Norfork singled and moved to second on DH Jimmy Yezzo’s single. RF Estarlin Martinez hit a fielder’s choice ball on a bunt attempt that had Norfork put out at third base. CF Isaac Ballou then hit a fielder’s choice ball again where Martinez was put out at second base and Yezzo moved to third. 2B Adrian Sanchez then singled in Yezzo for a 1-0 lead. 1B John Wooten then singled and Ballou came home for a 2-0 lead and then the game went into a rain delay before being suspended. Waszak took the loss and for his three innings allowing four hits and two runs (both earned), he didn’t allowed a walk and he didn’t record a strikeout.
When play resumed on Sunday afternoon RHP Wander Suero (6-2, 2.50) entered the game for Lopez and pitched five scoreless innings recording the win while holding the Mudcats scoreless on just one hit, two walks and struck out three.
RHP Britt Robertshaw came in and Potomac added a run in his first inning of work. With two outs RF Brandon Miller doubled, his 11th two-bagger of the year. After a Norfork walk, DH Jimmy Yezzo singled in Miller for a 3-0 lead. Robertshaw pitched three innings and gave up two hits, the one run on two walks and he struck out six.
In the bottom of the eighth against RHP Mauricio Cabrera the P-Nats added their final insurance run. 2B Adrian Sanchez walked and then stole second and third base. Two batters later 3B Drew Ward brought him home with a sacrifice fly to centerfield for the 4-0 P-Nats lead.
RHP Manny Rodriguez came in for the ninth and pitched a one, two, three frame to seal the suspended game shutout victory.
The regularly scheduled game began just after two PM and it featured RHP Tyler Mapes (1-0, 2.12) for Potomac, who had his best outing of the season. Mapes hurled five shutout innings allowing just two hits to Carolina and he struck out two.
Potomac against Carolina’s starter RHP Seth Webster (3-3, 2.79), who lasted 4,2 innings relinquishing six hits and one run (earned) with one strikeout and no walks, scored their lone run in the bottom of the first when SS Stephen Perez singled. LF Isaac Ballou singled behind Perez moving him to second base and after a Miller flyout, Ward picked up his 29th RBI with a single driving in Perez for a 1-0 P-Nats lead.
LHP Matt Marskberry came in relief of Webster and pitched an inning and a third scoreless to finish the game for Carolina. He was perfect with two strikeouts.
RHP Justin Amlung, who made his Carolina League debut, and pitched a perfect sixth followed by LHP Nick Lee (8 SV) facing just three in the top of the seventh to close the 1-0 win for Potomac.
Potomac wrapped up the first-half of the 2015 season at 33-37 and earned their sixth and seventh shutout wins of the year.
With the back-to-back shutout victories Potomac has now gone 20.2 scoreless innings to end the series against Carolina. The streak is a new consecutive scoreless streak for Potomac in 2015.
The Carolina League now pauses for the All-Star break and Potomac will resume play to begin the second-half in Wilmington against the Northern Division Champion Blue Rocks.
First Pitch from Wilmington is set for 6:35 pm.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (35-33) finished off the first half of the South Atlantic League season on Sunday afternoon with a decisive 6-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds (33-35) in front of 997 at Municipal Stadium. The win evens the season series between the two teams at four wins apiece, and gives Hagerstown its first series sweep since a two-game series sweep at home against Hickory on June 3.
The Suns took the lead for good on Sunday with a three-run fifth inning. Trailing 3-2 entering the frame, Hagerstown was able to get its first two hitters of the inning aboard thanks to a missed catch error on a play at first and a single to left. Then, 1B Jose Marmolejos came to the plate and he mashed a fly ball to center field just out of the reach of CF Jay Gonzalez, driving in 2B Osvaldo Abreu from third to tie the game. Designated hitter Grant DeBruin followed Marmolejos’ double with a single to short, driving in another run to put the Suns up for good. Catcher Matt Reistetter was next up to the plate, and he drove in Marmolejos from third with a sacrifice fly to right, making it 5-3 Hagerstown.
The Suns had taken an initial 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Three of the first four hitters in the inning singled to load the bases with one out. Then, CF Dale Carey came to the plate and he lifted a fly ball to center field deep enough for SS David Masters to tag up and score from third when the ball was caught for a sacrifice fly. Back-to-back walks followed, which pushed across the second run of the frame.
The final Suns run crossed the plate in the eighth thanks to an RBI single by Abreu. Abreu finished with his third straight multi-hit game, and the Suns as a team totaled 10 hits for the second consecutive game. Nine of the 10 hits by Hagerstown were singles.
RHP Lucas Long (2-2) allowed all three Hagerstown fifth inning runs, and thus he was tagged with the loss. He threw 2.1 innings in relief, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out one. RHP Mario Sanchez (4-2) earned the win for the Suns. He threw two perfect innings in relief, striking out one. LHP Jake Walsh gave up two hits in the ninth but still managed to pick up his third save in three tries this season.
The Suns now have three days off for the South Atlantic League All-Star break before beginning the second half of the season on Thursday June 25 at Delmarva. First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 7:05pm. The South Atlantic League All-Star game will take place Tuesday June 23 in Asheville, North Carolina.