Compiled from team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs clipped the Pawtucket Red Sox, 4-1, on Sunday evening at NBT Bank Stadium. Kevin Keyes hit his third home run of the season while the bullpen was untouchable en route to the three-run victory.
Syracuse (30-54) scored first in the bottom of the third inning against Pawtucket starter Henry Owens. Chris Nelson led off the frame with a walk. The next batter, Dan Butler, doubled down the left-field line and scored Nelson from first to score the Chiefs’ first run. Darin Mastroianni followed with a bunt single down the third-base line to put runners on the corners with no outs. Two batters later, Jason Martinson hit into a fielder’s choice to the third baseman Travis Shaw to plate Butler and give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. With two outs and Martinson on first, Keyes belted a long home run off of the batter’s eye in center field to give Syracuse a 4-0 lead after three.
Pawtucket (38-47) got on the board in the top of the fifth inning against P.J. Walters. With one out, Mike Miller tripled into the right-field corner. Luis Martinez stepped in next and lined an RBI single to center field to cut the lead to 4-1.
The Chiefs’ bullpen was solid in the win on Sunday evening. Walters was pulled after five innings and one run allowed. However, the Chiefs relievers did not allow a hit in four innings to close out the PawSox. Rafael Martin struck out two in a scoreless sixth inning. Evan Meek tossed two perfect innings while striking out three Pawtucket hitters in the seventh and eighth. Then, Jose Valverde finished it off for his fourth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning to give the Chiefs the victory.
Syracuse seeks a sweep of Pawtucket on Monday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. The Chiefs send Joe Ross to the hill against left-hander Brian Johnson for a 1:05 p.m. matinee in Syracuse.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Despite eight hits in the game, the Harrisburg Senators were shut out by the Altoona Curve, 3-0, Sunday at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona. The loss was just the second in 12 games for the Senators (40-43). The two teams have played each other incredibly tight this season, with Harrisburg winning 10 and Altoona winning nine of the 19 meetings this season.
Richard Bleier worked around 10 hits to throw his eighth quality start of the season, allowing three runs in six innings of work. The left-hander allowed an RBI double in the first, a run-scoring double play in the third and an RBI single in the fourth inning. Bleier did not walk a batter and struck out one, throwing 58 of 88 pitches for strikes. Gilberto Mendez and Sam Runion each followed with a scoreless inning, but the Senators offense remained dormant.
It wasn’t for a lack of chances, though, as the Senators had eight hits Sunday. Wilmer Difo and Matt Skole each had two hits, including Skole’s 11th double of the season. However, the Senators lined into a pair of double plays to end two separate innings. Overall, the Senators were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
Harrisburg will try to win this series and the season series Monday night with Dakota Bacus on the mound. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (40-40-Overall, 23-17-Home, 7-3-Second Half) and the Wilmington Blue Rocks (44-36-Overall, 16-24-Road, 6-4-Second Half) resumed play from the suspended game and Potomac earned a walk-off 14-inning victory before defeating the Blue Rocks 3-1 in the nightcap to win their third straight series.
In the suspended game in the bottom of the 14th RF Estarlin Martinez led-off against RHP Kevin McCarthy (3-2, 1.71) with a single. After 2B Adrian Sanchez put a sacrifice bunt down to move Martinez to second before he moved to third on a DH Brandon Miller comebacker before LF Alec Mills played the hero, knocking in Martinez for the walk-off win. Keller finished with a four-hit night, picking up a double, triple and two singles, including the game winner.
RHP Justin Amlung (1-0, 6.75), who pitched a scoreless top of the 14th earned the win for his one inning of work while McCarthy took the loss finishing with 2.2 innings and allowing one run on three hits.
Wilmington took had a 2-0 lead, scoring a run in the top of the first against the MLB rehabber RHP Aaron Barrett, who made the start and pitched one inning for Potomac. Barrett gave up a lead-off double to 2B Carlos Garcia, who moved to third on a SS Ramon Torres’s single. Torres stole second base and on the play C Spencer Kieboom threw the ball into centerfield and scoring was Garcia for an unearned run and 1-0 Wilmington lead. Barrett went one inning and gave up two hits and one unearned run, he didn’t walk a batter and he struck out one.
RHP John Simms entered and gave up one unearned run in the top of the fourth when 3B Mauricio Ramos doubled to begin the frame. On a DH Cody Stubbs fly out, Ramos moved to third base and came home to score on a throwing error charged to 3B Drew Ward for a 2-0 Wilmington lead. Both runs were unearned and Wilmington did not have an RBI despite the 2-0 lead.
Simms pitched seven innings giving up the one unearned run on four hits, he walked one and struck out two.
LHP Sean Manaea made the start for Wilmington and held Potomac scoreless through the first five frames until the bottom of the sixth. Miller led-off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball charged to C Cam Gallagher. Keller came up next and lined an RBI double to cut the lead in half at 2-1.
Manaea pitched six innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits, he didn’t issue a free pass and he struck out five.
RHP Yender Caramo entered the game and was dinged for the equalizer in the bottom of the eighth when Keller tripled to begin the inning. Two Batters later SS Stephen Perez brought him home with a sacrifice fly to left field and the score was 2-2.
RHP Brian Dupra pitched three scoreless innings allowing one hit and issuing one walk and he struck out three. Caramo pitched five frames giving up the one run (earned) on five hits, three walks and he struck out two.
RHP Manny Rodriguez entered and retired all six batters he faced to get the game to the bottom of the 13th. RHP Kevin McCarthy entered in the 12th and faced only three batters in the 12th before retiring the first two hitters in the bottom of the 13th, setting up the dramatic finish.
In the regularly scheduled game, a nine inning contest, RHP Nick Pivetta (7-4, 2.29) got the nod for the Nationals against the RHP Alec Mills (6-4, 2.20) for Wilmington.
Pivetta was perfect through six and a third innings, retiring 19 straight Blue Rocks until SS Jack Lopez reached on an infield single to break-up the stretch. Lopez was retired trying to steal and 3B Mauricio Ramos connected for a solo home run against Pivetta for the only run of the game for Wilmington. Pivetta finished with seven innings, allowing one run (earned) on two hits, he didn’t issue a free pass and struck out a season high nine batters, earning his seventh win of the year.
Potomac got on the board in the bottom of the first when SS Stephen Perez doubled with two outs. 1B Grant Debruin followed with an RBI single scoring Perez for a 1-0 Potomac lead.
The Nationals added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth against Mills with back-to-back singles from CF Narciso Mesa and Keller. On a pick-off attempt of Keller at first base, Mills threw the ball down the right field line and Mesa scored easily from third for a 2-0 P-Nats advantage.
The final Potomac tally came in the bottom of the sixth against Mills when 2B Adrian Sanchez singled and stole second base. Two batters later C Craig Manuel went the other way with a single scoring Sanchez for a 3-0 lead.
The solo home run for Ramos made it 3-1. RHP Tyler Mapes (SV 1) entered the ballgame in the top of the eighth inning and struck out the side before hitting CF Dominique Taylor with one out in the ninth. Mapes then got 2B Ramon Torres to hit into a twin killing to end the ball game.
Mills pitched six innings, allowing nine hits and three runs (two earned) with no walks and five strikeouts taking his fourth loss of the season. Potomac has now won three consecutive series and seven of eight ballgames.
Tonight in the finale Potomac will send RHP Lucas Giolito (3-4, 3.08) against RHP Jakob Junis (3-6, 3.47) as Potomac goes for the sweep with first pitch set for 5:00 pm.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): Lakewood played the role of gracious host on Sunday by committing three errors to lead the Hagerstown Suns to a 7-5 win. The three miscues accounted for six unearned runs.
The Suns (40-39, 5-6) took a 3-0 lead in the first with the help of the BlueClaws’ shaky play. Bryan Mejia reached base after striking out on a wild pitch and Lakewood added a pair of errors to provide two runs. Jose Marmolejos had an RBI double off Lakewood starter Shane Watson.
Lakewood (38-41) countered with two runs in the bottom of the first off Suns starter Austen Williams to trim the deficit. Hagerstown widened the lead with four runs in the fourth, starting with another Lakewood error. David Masters had an RBI single and Austin Davidson added a run-scoring ground-rule double before Osvaldo Abreu added a two-run double.
Lakewood scored a run in the fourth to make it 7-3 and two in the eighth off reliever Deion Williams to close the scoring. Austen Williams (8-1) allowed three runs on five hits in six innings to get the win. The series continues in Lakewood tonight with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.