Compiled from team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, split a doubleheader against the Rochester Red Wings Saturday afternoon at Frontier Field. Syracuse took game one 5-4 in come-from-behind fashion, and dropped game two 5-2.
In game one, Chiefs starter Scott McGregor surrendered three straight singles to Reynaldo Rodriguez, Danny Ortiz, and Jose Martinez, which plated the game’s first run.
The Chiefs (6-10) rallied in the sixth inning. Kila Ka’aihue started the inning with a single. Two batters later, Matt den Dekker hit a pop up right behind the mound which fell to the turf for an infield single, putting runners on first and second. Cutter Dykstra walked to load the bases. With two outs, Michael Taylor singled to bring the Chiefs within one. Tony Gwynn, Jr. then singled, bringing in Dykstra to tie the score. Ian Stewart followed with a ground-ball single, allowing Taylor to score and give the Chiefs their first lead.
In game two, the Red Wings broke the game open in the third. Jose Ortiz doubled to start the inning. Chiefs starter Bruce Billings then walked Eric Fryer, and Nate Hanson reached on an error by the shortstop Jason Martinson. With the bases loaded, Farris was hit by a pitch to force in Rochester’s third run. Diaz then singled home a fourth run, over the pulled-in infield. Billings was relieved by Mitch Lively, who walked Hicks to force in a fifth run before getting out of the frame.
The Chiefs and Red Wings play the finale of this three game set Sunday at Frontier Field. Taylor Jordan is slated to start for Syracuse opposite Pat Dean for Rochester. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35.
HARRISBURG (AA-Eastern League): Pedro Severino and Mario Lisson both hit two-run singles in a four-run eighth inning as the Harrisburg Senators beat the Reading Fightin’ Phils 7-4 in front of 3,672 fans at Metro Bank Park Saturday night.
With the score tied at 3-3, Tony Renda, Brian Goodwin and Shawn Pleffner all walked to load the bases with one out for Severino, who poked a line drive into left field to score two. Stephen Perez was hit by a pitch and Lisson followed with a two-run single to provide insurance for the Senators.
Joe Ross was outstanding in the first seven innings, shutting out Reading while allowing just two hits. Ross walked two batters and struck out a season-high eight batters. Abel De Los Santos allowed Reading to tie the game in eighth inning with three runs on four hits. However, De Los Santos picked up the victory despite being saddled with his first blown save of the season.
In his second rehab game with Harrisburg, Anthony Rendon played second base and went 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.
The final game of the four-game series will begin at Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Harrisburg will shoot for a series win with right-hander Paolo Espino on the mound against Reading’s Tom Windle.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (9-6-Overall, 4-4-Home) and Lynchburg Hillcats (5-10-Overall, 2-6-Road) had Game Two of their four-game series at The Pfitz rained out on Saturday night. The game has been postponed and re-scheduled as part of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon consisting of two seven-inning contests.
The gates will open at 12:00 pm with Game One slated to begin with a 1:05 pm first pitch and Game Two to begin approximately 30-45 minutes following the conclusion of Game One.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): A spirited Lakewood BlueClaws comeback fell one hit short on Saturday, as Carlos Tocci struck out swinging to end the game with the bases loaded in the 9th inning as Hagerstown topped the BlueClaws 6-5 on Saturday at FirstEnergy Park.
Hagerstown (7-9) got its first win of the series after the BlueClaws (8-9) had won the first two games of the four-game set, which wraps up on Sunday.
RC Orlan (1-0) was credited with the win after allowing two runs over three innings. Sam Johns allowed an unearned run in the 9th inning but got his first save.
The series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 pm. LHP Elniery Garcia (1-1) starts for the BlueClaws against RHP Austen Williams (2-1).