Compiled from team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the first game of a three-game weekend series to the Rochester Red Wings, 8-3, Friday night at Frontier Field. The Red Wings hit two home runs in the first three innings on the way to victory.
Rochester (55-51) started the scoring in the first inning off Paolo Espino. Reynaldo Rodriguez doubled with two outs, followed by an Oswaldo Arcia walk. Danny Ortiz then doubled home both runs to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.
The home-run ball then paced the Red Wings the next two innings. Chris Herrmann led off the second with a solo home run to make the score 3-0.
Syracuse (42-66) got on the board in the top of the third. Dan Butler walked to lead off the inning followed by a Josh Johnson double. Darin Mastroianni and Trea Turner each followed with RBI singles to cut the gap to 3-2.
The Red Wings began the third with another long ball. Rodriguez knocked a solo home run over the left-field wall to give Rochester a 4-2 lead. Two batters later, Ortiz walked and Jose Martinez doubled him home to make the score 5-2. The Chiefs turned to P.J. Walters out of the bullpen. After a hit-by-pitch, Argenis Diaz singled home Martinez to push the lead to 6-2.
The Chiefs answered back in the top of the fourth. Matt den Dekker was hit by a pitch, went first to third on a Tony Gwynn, Jr. single, and scored on Butler’s sacrifice fly to bring Syracuse within three.
The Red Wings finished off the scoring in the fifth. Herrmann singled with one out, followed by back-to-back walks to load the bases. After P.J. Walters struck out Xavier Avery, the Chiefs turned to Blake Treinen out of the bullpen. James Beresford doubled off Treinen, scoring two more runs to cap the scoring at 8-3.
Syracuse and Rochester return to Frontier Field Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Richard Bleier is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Tyler Duffey for the Red Wings.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Chris Bostick had three hits, including a home run, and four RBI in the Harrisburg Senators’ 9-4 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs Friday night at Hadlock Field. The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Senators (51-56) and evens the series at one apiece.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the fourth inning, Bostick hit his third home run of the season just to the right of the Maine Monster in left-center field to put Harrisburg on top. Cutter Dykstra and Brian Goodwin then singled in front of Shawn Pleffner, who doubled home a run. Three batters later, Reegie Corona hit an RBI single to make it 4-1, Senators. Portland was able to add a run in the bottom of the fourth inning off Senators’ starter Matt Purke, but then stranded two.
Purke was solid through five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and walking just one. The win was Purke’s first at Double-A since May 7, 2014. Nick Lee pitched a scoreless sixth inning, and the Senators went back to work in the seventh. Derrick Robinson singled and Wilmer Difo was hit by a pitch before Bostick doubled to left, scoring both runners. Bostick scored later on a wild pitch to make it a 7-3 Senators lead. Bostick picked up his fourth RBI in the ninth inning with a run-scoring single. Pleffner added his second RBI of the night with a single through the right side later in the inning.
Lee finished two innings Friday night, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts. Abel De Los Santos surrendered a run in the eighth, but then pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the Senators’ win off.
Dykstra and Pleffner both finished 3-for-5, with Dykstra driving in one and Pleffner two. Corona had two hits while Wilmer Difo reached three times and scored each time. Harrisburg, as a team, recorded 14 hits, including six knocks with runners in scoring position.
Saturday night’s game between the Senators and Sea Dogs will begin at 6:00 p.m.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Salem (52-54-Overall, 26-26-Road, 14-22-Second Half) used a three run second inning and added runs in the fourth and sixth frames to walk away with a 5-1 win over Potomac (48-56-Overall, 25-27-Home, 15-19-Second Half) at Pfitzner Stadium on Friday night.
RHP Reynaldo Lopez (5-7, 4.77), making his third start against Salem, and only his fifth start at home. Lopez wasn’t his sharpest in five innings of work, allowing seven hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts.
RHP Kevin McAvoy (6-9, 4.12) was brilliant for the Salem Red Sox. He logged seven innings allowing five hits and one unearned run on three walks and two strikeouts. McAvoy, in back-to-back starts against Potomac has logged 13.2 innings and allowed no earned runs (four total) on 13 hits.
RF Kevin Heller Smashed a home run over all three tiers of signage in left field to begin the scoring in the second, his fifth home run of the year, giving Salem a 1-0 lead. CF Forrestt Allday followed with a hard single and then 1B Mario Martinez whacked a hard single. After a sacrifice bunt by DH Cole Sturgeon, C Jordan Procyshen dumped a two-run double into left field scoring both Allday and Martinez for a 3-0 Red Sox lead.
Potomac answered with their only run of the game in the bottom of the third. RF Estarlin Martinez singled and swiped second base. 2B Cody Dent walked on a full count pitch and a passed ball charged to Procyshen moved both runners up. Two batters later, LF Alec Keller lined a ball into left field for a sacrifice fly bringing home Martinez to cut the lead 3-1.
Salem added their fourth run in the fourth inning when Martinez doubled and after an infield single by Sturgeon moved him to third, Procyshen brought home Martinez with an RBI ground out for a 4-1 lead.
The final run of the ball game came in for Salem in the sixth against RHP Derek Self who entered in the sixth in relief for Lopez. With one out, Martinez struck again with his second double of the game and third hit of the evening. Sturgeon followed up with an RBI single to make it 5-1.
Self pitched two innings and allowed one run (earned) on five hits, he didn’t walk anyone and he didn’t record a strikeout.
LHP Jake Walsh entered in the eighth and logged two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, two walks and he picked up one strikeout.
RHP Taylor Grover entered in the eighth for Salem in relief of McAvoy and he finished out the game, walking one and striking out three to seal the 5-1 Salem victory.
Salem snapped a six game losing streak, while Potomac’s losing streak has reached four in a row and sits now at eight consecutive losses at home. Potomac has also now allowed a home run in four straight contests (five total).
Tonight Potomac takes on Salem in Game Two at The Pfitz. Potomac will send RHP Ian Dickson (1-0, 2.50) against LHP Daniel McGrath (1-4, 3.86) for the Sox. First pitch is set for 6:35 pm.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hickory Crawdads opened up a six-run lead in the seventh inning, then withstood Hagerstown’s late rally to beat the Suns 9-6 in a South Atlantic League game Friday night.
The Crawdads (63-39, 19-15) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Suns starter Drew Van Orden (5-5). Jose Cardona drew a leadoff walk, stole second with two outs and scored when Jose Trevino’s grounder was mishandled by second baseman Bryan Mejia for an error.
Hickory made it 3-0 in the second. Jairo Beras led off with a home run, his fifth of the season, before Xavier Turner tripled and scored on Juremi Profar’s sacrifice fly. Crawdads starter Yohander Mendez struck out six through the first four innings before Hagerstown (50-52, 15-19) got on the board in the fifth. David Masters hit a leadoff double and came around on two groundouts, with Osvaldo Abreu picking up an RBI to make it 3-1. Mendez was pulled after 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits and one walk.
The Suns cut the lead to 3-2 off Ariel Jurado (11-0) in the sixth on Jeff Gardner’s two-out RBI single. Hickory pulled away with a three-run sixth — all with two outs. Carlos Arroyo had the biggest blow, a two-run triple that ended Van Orden’s night, and Profar followed with an RBI double off Luis Torres for a 6-2 lead.Trevino hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his 13th of the season, to make it 8-2.
Hagerstown cut the lead to two with a four-run eighth. The Suns scored their first run of the inning on a hit batter, Mejia’s single and two walks, all with no outs against Chris Duda. Andrew Stephenson greeted Scott Williams with an RBI infield single, Abreu drove in a run with a groundout and Jose Marmolejos added a sacrifice fly to cap the rally and make it 8-6.
The Crawdads made it 9-6 in the bottom of the eighth. Josh Morgan singled with one out, Eduard Pinto doubled and Trevino hit an RBI single. The series continues tonight at 7.