Compiled from team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs put on a show in front of a packed house at NBT Bank Stadium, beating the Pawtucket Red Sox, 12-4, on Saturday night. Jason Martinson hit two home runs and drove in four. Chris Nelson went 3-3, with a double, a home run and five RBIs. A crowd of 12,526 was on hand – the sixth-largest in stadium history – to watch the Chiefs blast the Red Sox in the series opener.
Both the Chiefs and Red Sox got on the board via solo home run in the first inning. In the top of the first, PawSox left fielder Carlos Peguero hit a solo shot over the right field wall. In the bottom of the frame, also with two outs, Martinson leveled the game with his team-leading 11thhomer of the season.
Syracuse (29-54) took the lead in the bottom of the second off Red Sox starter Keith Couch. Left fielder Ricky Hague led off the frame with a single to center field. Following a strikeout, Hague advanced to third from a Caleb Ramsey single to left. In the next at-bat, Nelson doubled to left, scoring Hague and putting runners on second and third with one out. Catcher Steve Lerud then grounded out on a fielder’s choice to first, but Ramsey scored on the sacrifice, putting the Chiefs up 3-1.
Pawtucket (38-46) answered right back off the bat of Peguero in the top of the third. Mike Miller and Jackie Bradley, Jr., led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After Rusney Castillo struck out, Peguero blasted his second home run of the night to right-center field. Pawtucket led 4-3 after three innings.
The score remained at 4-3 until the bottom of the fourth inning. Ramsey singled with one away. Nelson, the next batter, recorded his second and third RBIs of the game on a two-run homer to left field, putting the Chiefs up 5-4 after four.
The Chiefs tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Mario Lisson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Ramsey and Nelson followed the hit batter with back-to-back singles, which drove in Lisson. After Jess Todd came in to replace Couch, Lerud flied out to center, allowing Ramsey to tag from second and advance to third. In the next at-bat, Darin Mastroianni hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Ramsey. With two away, shortstop Trea Turner singled up the middle, putting two men on for Martinson. Martinson connected for his second home run of the night and 12th of the season, this time a three run blast to left, putting Syracuse up 10-4.
Syracuse continued to pile on the runs in the bottom of the seventh. With Pat Light replacing Todd, Lisson singled and moved to third after a throwing error on a Ramsey double and only one out. Nelson recorded his fifth RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly to left that scored Lisson. Light then walked three consecutive batters to score Ramsey.
The Chiefs and Red Sox play the second of a three-game series Sunday evening with first pitch set for 5:05 p.m. Syracuse will send right-hander Taylor Jordan to the hill to face Pawtucket left-hander Brian Johnson.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): For the second game in a row, the Harrisburg Senators rallied to win, this time over the Altoona Curve 11-9. The Senators twice trailed by three runs, but scored seven runs over the final three frames to make a winner out of Nick Lee in his Harrisburg debut.
Six different Senators had at least two hits, and three different Senators had at least three RBI in the game. The Sens scored a season-high eleven runs while equaling a season-high in hits. They also had seven doubles, a season high.
Trailing 3-0 into the third, Wilmer Difo drove in Jose Lozada with a double. In the fifth inning, Difo again drove in Lozada, then scored himself on a single by Cutter Dykstra to tie the game. Dykstra then scored on a double by Matt Skole to give the Senators a 4-3.
Altoona came back with a run in the fifth then three more in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead. But the Senators weren’t even close to being done yet. In the seventh, the Senators loaded the bases with one out, then scored two on a single by Difo. Dykstra followed with a single to score two more runs to give the Senators a 9-7 lead. Matt Skole capped the scoring in the seventh scoring Brian Goodwin with a single giving the Sens a 10-7 lead.
After Altoona scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth, the Senators scored an insurance run in the ninth on a single by Lozada driving in Severino. Leading 11-9 into the bottom of the ninth, Erik Davis finished the game with a perfect inning to earn his first save with the Senators. Davis pitched two innings giving up two runs on two hits. Matt Spann started and gave up seven runs on six hits before leaving with an apparent injury in the sixth inning.
Difo had three hits and drove in four runs with two doubles. Pedro Severino had three hits and two doubles while Cutter Dykstra, Brian Goodwin, Matt Skole and Jose Lozada all had two hits. Dykstra and Skole also drove in three runs.
With the win the Senators are now 40-42 while Altoona is 43-38. The Senators and Altoona Curve play game two of their three-game series on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. in Altoona.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (38-40-Overall, 21-17-Home, 5-3-Second Half) and the Wilmington Blue Rocks (44-34-Overall, 16-22-Road, 6-2-Second Half) played to a standstill, tied at 2-2 with two outs in the bottom of the 13th when the game was put into a fog delay and ultimately suspended.
The suspended game will be picked up tonight at 5:00 pm and then a regularly scheduled nine inning contest will follow the conclusion of the suspended game roughly 30-45 minutes later.
When play is resumed this evening there will be two outs in the bottom of the 13th with the bases empty and 3B Drew Ward will be the hitter. Neither team has announced who will be on the mound when play is resumed.
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. DH Brandon Miller led-off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball charged to C Cam Gallagher. LF Alec 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.
Tonight’s regularly scheduled game will be a nine inning contest with RHP Nick Pivetta (6-4, 2.38) for Potomac against RHP Alec Mills (6-3, 2.14) for Wilmington.
Gates will open at 4:45 pm for a 5:00 pm first pitch in the suspended game and the first 2,000 fans will receive the Wilson Ramos “Buff-a-rine” presented by Lindsay Automotive and its Fireworks night courtesy of WTOP. Sunday is Family Fun Day at the Pfitz and Kids Run the Bases presented by Glory Days Grill. It’s also VA529 Super Saver Sundays presented by Virginia529.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): Lakewood starting pitcher Elniery Garcia worked seven shutout innings, allowing the BlueClaws to chip away at the Hagerstown Suns on Saturday in a 6-0 victory. Garcia (6-6) allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out two. Four Hagerstown runners reached second base, but none were able to score.
Lakewood (38-40, 5-5) took care of business early to make it easy for Garcia. The BlueClaws took a 3-0 lead in the second off Hagerstown starter Mario Sanchez (4-3). Kyle Martin and Cord Sandberg led off with singles and Delvi Grullon drew a one-out walk to load the bases.
Derek Campbell followed with a two-run double to left and Scott Kingery added a sacrifice fly for the early three-run cushion. Lakewood added a run in the third on a two-out double to right by Martin, who scored on Sandberg’s single for a 4-0 lead. Drew Stankiewicz added a two-run homer to right — his first of the season — in the fourth to give Lakewood a 6-0 lead.
Sanchez lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two for the Suns (39-39, 4-6). Scott Harris pitched the final two innings for Lakewood, allowing one hit. Raudy Read led the Suns with two of their six hits. Sandberg had three hits for Lakewood, while Stankiewicz and Martin finished with two each. The series continues tonight at 7:05 p.m.