Compiled from team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the second game of a three-game series to the Louisville Bats, 4-0, Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field. Kristopher Negron homered and Irving Falu drove in two as the Bats returned the favor after the Chiefs shut out Louisville Monday night.
Louisville (39-40) scored first on Negron’s first-inning home run off Chiefs starter Taylor Jordan. The Bats pushed across two more runs in the second. Chris Dominguez singled with one out and Ramon Cabrera walked. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, Dominguez left the game with an apparent injury and was replaced by Jermaine Curtis. Irving Falu then singled home both runners to stretch the Bats lead to 3-0.
The Bats finished the scoring in the eighth. Hernan Iribarren reached base on a fielder’s choice with two outs against Rafael Martin. A batter later, Irving Falu singled to right. Caleb Ramsey overran the ball in right, allowing Iribarren to score on the error to extend the lead to 4-0.
Syracuse (27-52) could not solve four Louisville pitchers. Raisel Iglesias threw the first three innings in a rehab start, followed by Sam LeCure, Drew Hayes and Jumbo Diaz.
The Chiefs and Bats meet for the rubber game of the series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Joe Ross is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite David Holmberg for Louisville.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators extended their season-long winning streak to seven with a 2-0 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels Tuesday at Metro Bank Park. The Senators (37-41) are within four games of .500 for the first time since May 26.
Matt Skole ended June in a big way by doubling twice in four at-bats. His first double, which came in the first inning, scored Chris Bostick, and put the Senators on top, 1-0. The Senators finished with just five hits, but left the bases loaded in the sixth inning before adding insurance in the eighth. Brian Goodwin walked with one out, and came around to score on an RBI double by Drew Vettleson with two outs.
Richard Bleier continued his outstanding season by throwing seven innings of shutout baseball. The lefty scattered six hits, walked one and struck out two while throwing 60 of his 80 pitches for strikes. The closest Richmond came to scoring was when it strung together three straight hits in the sixth inning, but the first hit – a single – was followed by a caught stealing. Another single followed, but then Bleier picked that runner off first. A triple followed the pickoff, and Bleier stranded that runner by snaring a liner right back to him on the mound. Sam Runion earned a hold by pitching a scoreless eighth and Gilberto Mendez saved his eighth game by striking out a pair of batters in a scoreless ninth.
The Senators will try to extend their winning streak to eight tonight at 7:00 p.m.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (36-39 Overall, 21-17 Home, 3-2 Second-Half) used a 9th inning walk-off double from SS Stephen Perez blasted to right-center field to down the Carolina Mudcats (37-38 Overall, 14-22 Road, 3-3 Second-Half) by the final score of 6-5 in the series finale of a three-game series at Pfitzner Stadium on Tuesday evening.
With the “W,” the P-Nats have won a season-best six consecutive home games and have now swept the Mudcats for the second time amid the 2015 campaign.
The see-saw affair began with the Red, White, and Blue jumping on the scoreboard first in the opening inning as Nationals DH John Wooten grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice to bring the leadoff single of CF Narciso Mesa to the plate giving the home club a 1-0 lead.
In a no-decision, Carolina starter, RHP Brandon Barker dealt 5.1 innings and surrendered five runs (four earned runs) on nine hits while walking one batter, hitting a man, and fanning four hitters.
Conversely, as Barker dug a hole for the Mudcats, the quality start of Nationals RHP Nick Pivetta put Potomac in position for a victory, and the ace of the Nationals’ staff was in line for his seventh win when he exited the game after six innings.
Pivetta, who like Barker did not receive a decision, allowed just one earned run on two hits despite walking three and letting go of a wild pitch. Pivetta fanned four Carolina swingers in the process.
The Nationals added two runs in the 2nd inning on back-to-back RBI singles lashed by RF Estarlin Martinez and Mesa through the right side of the infield and passed the six hole at shortstop, respectively to put Potomac on top 3-0.
Carolina scored their first run in the 5th on an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of 2B Keith Curcio which resulted in a double play after the run had scored. Mudcats SS Johan Camargo was out 9-3-5 at the third base bag to end the frame with a 3-1 score.
In the last of the 5th, the P-Nats made it a 4-1 contest when Wooten socked an RBI single to left field off Barker to deliver Mesa, who led off the inning as a hit batter.
In the 6th, Potomac upped the ante to a 5-1 advantage on account of a bases loaded hit batter in Martinez on a ball out of the hand of Carolina RHP Richie Tate. The run was charged to Barker.
Tate went 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of Barker walking two and striking out one in his appearance.
Nationals 1B Grant DeBruin, in his Carolina League debut, stashed a single, one double, and one run scored. DeBruin ranked third in the South Atlantic League in batting (.327) prior to his promotion to the Potomac Nationals earlier today.
Trouble arose for the Nationals’ bullpen as RHP Justin Amlung served up a solo home run swatted over the dead center field 400-foot marker by Mudcats 3B Carlos Franco. The clout was his seventh dinger of the season. Amlung would also surrender an RBI two-bagger ripped inside the first base bag by Curcio to catalyze a 5-3 score.
Nationals RHP Brian Dupra stranded the tying run in scoring position by getting Carolina CF Connor Lien to strike out swinging to wrap the 7th stanza.
In the 8th against Dupra, Mudcats LF Dustin Peterson stroked a single to center field off the end of his bat before 1B Taner Krietemeier reached on a fielding error by DeBruin halfway between first and second base. Nationals LHP Nick Lee (BS 2) entered and induced a fielder’s choice groundball off the stick of Franco. Carolina DH Jose Briceno then worked a walk in advance of RF Joey Meneses striking out hacking for the second out. Mudcats C Joe Odom then worked a full count and nailed a two-run single up the middle to tie the game at 5-5 forcing Lee’s second blown save of 2015. Ironically, Odom hit a go-ahead grand slam on June 9th at Five County Stadium against Lee which was the southpaw closer’s first blown save. Lee got the final out on a Camargo fielder’s choice hopper to strand the go-ahead run on board.
Lee (1-1), the eventual winning pitcher, turned in a one-two-three top of the 9th as Curcio popped up in foul territory, Lien struck out waving for his fourth “K” of the night, and Peterson supplemented the evening breeze with his swinging strikeout.
In the bottom of the 9th, Martinez worked a one-out, 3-2 pitch walk against the losing pitcher Mudcats LHP Andy Otero (0-3) before Mesa fanned cutting. With two outs, Perez, the evening’s P-Nats’ hero, saw Otero unleash a wild pitch getting Martinez into scoring position at second base then on a 3-2 offering belted a changeup over the outstretched glove of the galloping Meneses in the right-center alley which got down in deep waters allowing Martinez to chug home to score the game-winning run. Perez was mobbed by his teammates around the second base sack after his walk-off RBI double which registers as his second game-winning hit of the 2015 season as a member of the Nationals.
Potomac travels to Frederick, MD to engage the Frederick Keys (Baltimore Orioles) in a three-game “Battle of the Beltway” set from Wednesday to Friday.
Washington Nationals unanimous number one overall prospect, RHP Lucas Giolito (2-4, 3.55) gets the ball for the P-Nats in Game One on Wednesday night. With a 7:00pm first pitch scheduled, Giolito will pitch against Frederick LHP Chris Lee (2-3, 5.13) in the opener.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (3-3, 38-36) remained undefeated against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (0-6, 29-46) at Municipal Stadium this season thanks to a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. The win ensures that Hagerstown will finish with a winning record against the Grasshoppers this season.
The win on Tuesday was of the comeback variety for Hagerstown, as the Suns found themselves trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs in the inning, 3B Austin Davidson struck out swinging, but the third strike pitch got past catcher Roy Morales, allowing Davidson to reach first safely and DH Diomedes Eusebio to score from third to make it 3-2. Then, RF Cody Dent came to the plate, and he smacked a double into the gap in left-center field, driving in two to give Hagerstown the lead for good.
Greensboro had taken an initial 2-0 lead in the top of the third. With a runner on second and one out 2B Rony Cabrera smashed a line drive down the left field line. Center fielder Zach Sullivan scored easily from second on the play, and Cabrera wound up at third with a triple. Two batters later, Cabrera cruised home from third on a sacrifice fly off the bat of 1B Arturo Rodriguez to give the Grasshoppers the two-run cushion.
That two-run advantage was short lived, however, as Hagerstown plated its first run in the bottom of the third. With a runner on second and two outs SS Osvaldo Abreu came through with a double to left, driving in Dent to make it 2-1. The double was the 20th of the year for Abreu.
The score remained 2-1 until the fifth. Right fielder Ryan Aper led off the frame with a ground ball single to left. He moved to second on a groundout, and scored from second when Cabrera laced a single to left. Cabrera finished the game with four hits in four at-bats, and was a homerun shy of the cycle.
Starting RHP Drew Van Orden (5-1) was the beneficiary of the three-run sixth by Hagerstown as he wound up with the win. Van Orden tossed six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out two. LHP James Buckelew (3-3) suffered the loss in relief for the Grasshoppers. He lasted just 0.1 innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two. RHP Sam Johns pitched the final three innings for Hagerstown to record his second save in three tries this season.
These teams will continue their four-game series at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday July 1. The Suns will send LHP Matt Purke (1-3) to the mound for his seventh start and appearance this season. He will square off against LHP Michael Mader (3-7) for Greensboro. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.