Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League
Syracuse was off Wednesday. They start a four-game home series with Columbus on Thursday. Zach Duke (4-2, 4.02) faces Eric Berger (1-1, 2.65) at 7:00 pm at Alliance Bank Stadium.
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League
Having lost four out of five entering Tuesday, the Senators were looking for a little luck and some hitting and found both on their way to a doubleheader sweep of Altoona by scores of 5-3 and 3-2. With the two wins, the Senators improved to 18-8 on the road and 25-20 overall. Altoona drops to 20-24 and with their loss in game one, had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Danny Rosenbaum (6-0) and Pat McCoy (2-0) were the winning pitchers in the two games for Harrisburg.
In game one, Rosenbaum wasn’t his usual self, walking three batters and allowing seven hits, but the Senators offense did just enough to win the game 5-3. Jesus Valdez singled in Chris Rahl with the first run of the game after Rahl tripled. With the score tied 1-1, Tim Pahuta homered in the fourth to put the Sens up 2-1. In the fifth, Rosenbaum helped his own cause with an RBI single followed by an RBI ground out by Eury Perez. Harrisburg scored their final run in the sixth inning when Pahuta doubled and then scored on a pop out to first baseman Matt Curry who then, thinking there were two outs, flipped the ball in the stands which allowed Pahuta to score.
Rosenbaum lasted into the sixth inning before Christian Garcia took over. Garcia gave up a double to score a run, then gave up two singles in the seventh before striking out Curry to end the game. Garcia earned his sixth save on the season.
In game two, Brandon Cumpton started for Altoona and retired the first nine Senators while Altoona scored twice against Ryan Tatusko in the bottom of the third inning. Tatusko allowed a lead-off home run in the third to Quincy Latimore which was followed by a Elyvis Gonzalez hitting a double. Pat McCoy relieved Tatusko and gave up a single to Brock Holt, scoring Gonzalez and giving Altoona a 2-0 lead. In the top of the third, Eury Perez lead-off with an infield single. Jose Lozada singled him around to third. Jesus Valdez followed with an RBI double, putting runners at second and third with no outs.
Then with one out, Rahl hit a grounder to third that Gonzalez threw to the plate, but the throw hit Lozada allowing him to score to tie the game. Valdez then scored the go ahead which turned into the winning run on a balk. Marco Frias followed Pat McCoy and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings before turning the game over to Erik Davis who pitched out of a second and third jam by inducing Miles Durham to bounce out to short stop. Davis gave up a two-out hit in the seventh, but retired Robby Grossman on a fly ball to center to end the game.
The final game of the series is Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. with RH Rob Gilliam on the hill for Harrisburg against RH Shairon Martis for Altoona.
Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League
For the second time in three games, the Potomac Nationals were shut out by the Wilmington Blue Rocks in a 3-0 loss this morning. The Blue Rocks held the P-Nats to just two runs in the three-game sweep.
Potomac had chances early against winless Wilmington starter Tyler Sample. They put runners on base in five of the six innings against Sample but couldn’t get a runner to third totaling just two hits against the Rocks starter.
The Blue Rocks scored their first run in the fourth inning against P-Nat starter Matt Grace. Brett Eibner walked to open the inning. He advanced to second then third on a pair of groundouts. Jose Bonilla just beat out an infield single to the hole at short to score Eibner giving the Blue Rocks a 1-0 lead.
Wilmington added insurance in the eighth with two runs. Eibner knocked a single scoring Whit Merrifield to increase the lead to 2-0. Cheslor Cuthbert knocked a double that easily scored Eibner from first and opened the Wilmington advantage to 3-0.
Sam Runion came on and tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the 3-0 win for Wilmington. It was the first save in the first chance of the year for Runion.
Sample (1-5) got his first win of the year striking out six over five-plus innings. Grace (2-6) took the loss tossing a career-high seven and a third innings. Grace has earned a decision in all eight of his starts.
In the series, the Potomac offense was anemic. The Nationals scored just two runs on twelve hits being shut out twice. They did not hit a home run. Today, they failed to move a runner to third after sending just one runner to third in game one of the series on Monday.
After a day off tomorrow, Potomac starts a three-game series in Lynchburg on Friday night. Trevor Holder (2-0, 6.00) makes his second spot start for the Nationals with first pitch at 6:05 PM. The P-Nats return home on Monday to face Myrtle Beach at 7:05 PM.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League
The Hagerstown Suns (24-18) rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning, but could not hold the Greensboro Grasshoppers(31-13) as they went on to beat the Suns, 8-6, in ten innings at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Suns starting pitcher Alex Meyer did not factor in the decision after going five innings allowing one run (solo home run) while striking out seven batters. Travis Henke suffered the loss, allowing three runs over 1.2 innings out of the bullpen in his Suns debut. Caleb Ramsey blasted two home runs in the game, a two-run shot in the second inning and the game-tying three-run homer in the eighth, to finish the game with five RBIs. Matt Skole cranked his team leading ninth home run of the season.
Grasshoppers starter Charlie Lowell allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in a no-decision. Reliever Scott Lyman (1-0) earned the win, allowing four runs on three hits over four innings out of the bullpen. Third baseman Josh Adams led the Greensboro attack going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Centerfielder Brent Keys finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Suns will now travel to Lakewood and begin a six game series with the BlueClaws, starting with a doubleheader on Thursday night at 6:05 p.m.