May 30, 2015

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 30

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SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the four-game series finale to the Pawtucket Red Sox, 4-0, Thursday afternoon at McCoy Stadium.

The Chiefs (7-14) couldn’t solve Pawtucket knuckleballer Steven Wright all day, who allowed just four hits in seven innings on 114 pitches. Wright struck out seven and walked just two. Syracuse’s best chance to score came in the fifth, when it loaded the bases with one out. But Matt den Dekker grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Syracuse finishes the month of April at 7-14, even in the loss column with last year’s 11-14 record in the season’s first month. The Chiefs start May at home for the first of a nine-game homestand. Syracuse opens a three-game set with Columbus tomorrow at 7:05. Bruce Billings is scheduled for the Chiefs opposite Mike Roth for the Clippers.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): OFF

POTOMAC (High A-Carolina League): The P-Nats (10-11-Overall, 6-4-Road) withstood a ninth inning rally to hold on for a 5-4 win in the series finale with the Winston-Salem Dash (10-10-Overall, 4-5-Home) to snap their five-game losing streak on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark.

Potomac sent swingman RHP Dakota Bacus (0-0, 3.21) to the mound trying to play stopper and get the P-Nats back into the win column.

SS Stephen Perez began the ballgame with a bang for Potomac in the bottom of the first with a one out, solo home run to right-centerfield. The Nationals added a run in the top of the third when C Spencer Kieboom extended his hitting streak to nine games with a one-out double. He moved to third on a groundout and came home to score on a throwing error.

The P-Nats got three more in the sixth.

Bacus pitched four innings, a season high, allowing six hits and no runs. He did not issue a walk and he struck out four.

RHP Jake Johansen relived Bacus and pitched 3.2 innings. He was hit for two runs on two hits and two walks but he struck out six in his outing. Johansen now has 22 strikeouts in 16 innings on the mound and he earned his first win of the year for his relief work.

1B John Wooten, who entered the game batting .208 put together a four-hit night, including a double in the win.

The Nationals now jump on the bus and head to Salem, VA to begin a four-game set with the Red Sox. First pitch in Game One is scheduled for 7:05 pm and features LHP Matthew Spann (0-3, 5.82) for Potomac vs. RHP Kevin McAvoy (1-1, 1.72) for Salem.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (9-11) game against the West Virginia Power (13-7) scheduled for Thursday was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at a later date.

The Suns open a four-game series at Municipal Stadium Friday against the Greenville Drive (12-8). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 29

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SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 5-1, Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. The win snapped the Chiefs’ four-game losing streak. Richard Bleier was superb in a spot start, holding the PawSox to one run on six hits in six innings, working on just two day’s rest.

A three-run first inning paced Syracuse (7-13). Emmanuel Burriss led off the game with a walk off Henry Owens. Tony Gwynn, Jr. next reached on an error at first base by Matt Spring. Burris came around to score on an RBI double by Mark Minicozzi. Ian Stewart followed with a sacrifice fly to score Gwynn and give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. A batter later, Jason Martinson singled home Minicozzi to bring the lead to three.
The Chiefs tallied again in the sixth. Stewart and Martinson hit back-to-back solo home runs, one off Owens and one off Miguel Celestino, to extend the lead to 5-1.
The Chiefs look for a series split tomorrow afternoon. Scott McGregor is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Matt Barnes for Pawtucket. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): In an odd sequence of events, Senators’ outfielder Brian Goodwin worked a walk with the bases loaded to cap off a three-run ninth inning as Harrisburg topped New Britain, 3-2, Wednesday at Metro Bank Park. The win prevented a New Britain sweep and improved Harrisburg’s record to 9-11 on the season.

Senators’ starting pitcher Austin Voth struck out five of the first six batters he faced before getting into trouble in the third inning. Voth settled in to pitch six innings, allowing five hits and striking out six. The quality start was Voth’s third of the season and lowered his season ERA to 3.77. Abel De Los Santos followed with two scoreless innings, and James Simmons pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Harrisburg’s offense didn’t score for the first time until the ninth inning when Kevin Keyes lined an RBI single into the right-centerfield gap to score Mario Lisson. A Caleb Ramsey intentional walk loaded the bases for Harrisburg with one out, and Tony Renda came through with an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2. Goodwin followed and worked a 3-2 count against Rock Cats’ closer Austin House before taking a pitch high to win the game. Goodwin was also 2 for 4 with two doubles in the game.

Harrisburg will travel to Bowie for a three-game set with the Baysox. Joe Ross will start for Harrisburg in the game on Friday night, which will begin at 6:35 p.m.

POTOMAC (High A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (9-11-Overall, 5-4-Road) never recovered from a four-run first inning orchestrated by the Winston-Salem Dash (10-9-Overall, 4-4-Home) and fell for the fifth straight time 6-3 to drop the series on Wednesday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark.

The ace of the P-Nats staff RHP Wander Suero (3-1, 3.60) took the ball for the fourth time in 2015 looking to play the stopper in Winston-Salem, but didn’t make it out of the third inning. Suero lasted two-plus innings and allowed six runs (three earned) on four hits, five walks and he struck out one, taking his first loss of the season.

Potomac’s offense mustered just two hits through the first five innings. It wasn’t until the top of the sixth when CF Narciso Mesa tripled, his first of the season, to begin the inning. DH Isaac Ballou followed with a two-bagger that scored Mesa and made it 6-1 Dash. Ballou turned in another three hit afternoon, including two doubles, and now has eight hits over his last three games. A Wooten groundout moved Ballou to third and he came home to score on an RBI groundout by RF Brandon Miller to cut the lead to 6-2 Winston-Salem.

A lead-off walk to LF Estarlin Martinez in the eighth was followed by a one out single by Ballou and a sacrifice fly for Wooten to make it 6-3. LHP Nick Lee pitched two scoreless innings to end the ballgame on a strong note for the P-Nats bullpen.

Wednesday’s Game Three is a 7:00 pm first pitch from BB&T Ballpark and features RHP Dakota Bacus (0-0, 4.50) for Potomac vs. RHP Robinson Layer (0-2, 4.20) for Winston-Salem.

HAGERSTOWN (Low A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (9-11) got shutout for the second time this season on Wednesday night, falling to the West Virginia Power (13-7) by a final of 4-0.

Starting RHP Luis Reyes (0-2) surrendered two of the four West Virginia runs, and thus got tagged with the loss for the Suns. He went a season-long six innings, giving up the two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out one. RHP Mario Sanchez threw the other three innings for Hagerstown, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk while striking out five.

These teams will conclude their three-game series at Municipal Stadium on Thursday April 30. The Suns will send RHP Phillips Valdez (1-1) to the mound for his fourth start of the season. He will square off against RHP Austin Coley (3-0) for West Virginia. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 28

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SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped game two of the four-game series to the Pawtucket Red Sox, 4-1, Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox struck for two runs in each of the first two innings, enough for a second straight win to start the series.

The Chiefs got on the board in the fifth. Matt den Dekker reached on a bunt single off PawSox reliever Robby Scott. He made it to second on an error on the flip to first by Coyle charging from second base. Den Dekker moved to third on a single by Josh Johnson, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Taylor.

Syracuse and Pawtucket return to McCoy Stadium Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. Richard Bleier is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Henry Owens for the Red Sox.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): For a second consecutive outing, Tim Alderson pitched seven solid innings, but the Senators couldn’t hold a one-run lead after eight innings in a 4-2 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats Tuesday night at Metro Bank Park.

Alderson allowed one run on six hits and struck out four in his seven innings of work. He retired 16 of the final 19 batters he faced after allowing an RBI single in the second inning. Gilberto Mendez followed with a scoreless eighth inning, but allowed New Britain to come back and take the lead in the ninth. In 1.2 innings, Mendez allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two batters. Derek Self walked in one of the runners he inherited from Mendez, but secured the final out in the top of the ninth to avoid further damage.

Pedro Severino continued his incredible hot streak by going 3-for-4 in the game with three singles. Severino now has 15 hits in last eight games, raising his batting average from .000 (0-for-22) to .321. Tony Renda tripled in the first inning and was driven in by an RBI groundout from Mario Lisson. Harrisburg didn’t threaten again until the seventh inning when Ricky Hague led off with a double. Severino followed with a single, and pinch-hitter Brian Goodwin scored Hague with a fielder’s choice.

The final game of a three-game set starts Wednesday at noon with Austin Voth taking the mound for Harrisburg.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (9-10-Overall, 5-3-Road) traveled to Winston-Salem (9-9-Overall, 5-6-Home) but fared no better away from home, dropping the series opener with the Dash 5-3 at BB&T Ballpark to lose their fourth ballgame in a row.

Toeing the rubber for the first time in 2015 after joining the P-Nats on April 24th was RHP John Simms (0-1, 7.36), who did suit up for Potomac for parts of 2014.

Extending his on-base streak to 13 games with an infield single to begin the ballgame was SS Wilmer Difo in the top of the first. Two batters later RF John Wooten moved Difo to second base on a groundout before C Spencer Kieboom brought him home for a 1-0 Potomac lead. Kieboom, with the RBI single, extended his hitting streak to eight games, the longest of the season for a P-Nat this year.

Simms was lifted after 3.2 innings on the mound allowing three runs (all earned) on two hits, three walks and he struck out two. Simms took his first loss of the season in the ballgame.

Wednesday’s Game Two is an 11:00 am first pitch from BB&T Ballpark and features RHP Wander Suero (3-0, 2.50) for Potomac vs. LHP Jace Fry (0-3, 2.45) for Winston-Salem.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (9-10) and West Virginia Power (12-7) completed two games against each other on Tuesday, with the Power coming out victorious in the first matchup of the day while Hagerstown won the nightcap. After the day’s split the season series between the two teams now stands at two games apiece.

The first game that was completed on Tuesday had actually begun in West Virginia a couple of weeks ago. With the Suns up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning the game had been suspended due to rain. When play resumed on Tuesday West Virginia quickly erased its 1-0 deficit with a five run frame.

Starting RHP Ryan Ullmann (1-2) was charged with all 10 of those Power runs as he suffered the loss for Hagerstown. He went four innings, giving up the 10 earned runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out two.

In the nightcap it was a three-run fifth inning the opened the game up as the Suns scored a 6-2 win. Up 3-2 entering the frame, Hagerstown got its first three hitters of the inning aboard thanks to a single, a double, and a hit batsman. That loaded the bases with no one out, and following a pitching change 2B Austin Davidson came to the plate. Davidson had hit a solo homerun in each of his two previous plate appearances in the game, and this time he hit another long fly ball to right, though this one stayed in the ballpark. It was deep enough, however, for catcher Raudy Read to tag up and score from third when it was caught to put the Suns up 4-2. Then, DH Grant DeBruin cleared the bases with a double down the right field line, setting the final score.

RHP David Ramos (1-2) got the win in relief for the Suns. He threw three innings without being charged for a run, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five.

These teams will continue their series at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday. The Suns will send RHP Luis Reyes (0-1) to the mound for his fourth start of the season. He will square off against RHP Dovydas Neverauskas (0-1) for West Virginia. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 27

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SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): The Syracuse Chiefs lost 3-1 in the opener of a four-game series at the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night. Right-hander Taylor Hill allowed just two runs in five and two-thirds innings in the game, but three Pawtucket pitchers combined to hold the Chiefs to one run.

Syracuse (6-12) sliced the lead in half with a third-inning run off left-hander Brian Johnson. Former Red Sox catcher Dan Butler started the inning with a walk, and Cutter Dykstra followed with a bunt single on the next pitch. Michael Taylor then walked to load the bases with no outs. After a Tony Gwynn fly out, third baseman Ian Stewart knocked a sacrifice fly into left field, cutting the score to 2-1.

That score held until the eighth inning, when Pawtucket grabbed an insurance run against right-hander Eric Fornataro for a 3-1 Pawtucket advantage.

The Chiefs and Red Sox play the second game in their four-game set Tuesday night at 6:15 at McCoy Stadium.

HARRISBURG (AA-Eastern League): A pair of five-run innings by New Britain was too much to overcome as the Harrisburg Senators lost to the Rock Cats, 13-6, Monday at Metro Bank Park.

In the loss, Pedro Severino continued his hot hitting with two home runs and three RBI. Severino also singled and is now 12-for-21 with 12 RBI in his last seven games played. His first homer, a two-run shot, pushed Harrisburg in front 2-1 in the second inning. His second long ball came in the fifth inning, and cut Harrisburg’s deficit to 8-3. Kevin Keyes launched his second home run of the season as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. Keyes’ two-run shot pushed his season RBI total to 10. Severino scored Harrisburg’s final run on a Ricky Hague sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Senators’ leadoff man Derrick Robinson had a fine game, reaching five times on two singles, two walks and an error. Brian Goodwin also had two hits and scored a run.

Brian Rauh’s 2015 Senators debut did not go as planned as the right-hander allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings.

The Senators continue their series with New Britain tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday’s game will feature Harrisburg’s Tim Alderson starting against New Britain’s Yohan Flande.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (9-9-Overall, 4-7-Home) rallied in the late innings to pull within one run of the Lynchburg Hillcats (8-10-Overall, 5-7-Road) but comeback rally ultimately fell short and the P-Nats dropped the series finale 4-3 at G. Pfitzner Stadium on Monday night.

The ace of the staff RHP Nick Pivetta (1-2, 1.35) took the mound for the fourth time this season looking to right the ship and get the P-Nats back into the win column before embarking on another seven-game road trip. Pivetta was lifted after three innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on one hit, six walks and he struck out three, taking his second loss of the season.

Potomac scratched across a run in the bottom of the fourth against Peoples when CF Isaac Ballou singled sharply to right field. Two batters later with Ballou standing on third base, 3B Drew Ward knocked him in with an RBI groundout to cut the lead to 3-1 Lynchburg.

Ward knocked in his second run of the ballgame in the sixth with a single to make it 4-2 Hillcats. Ward now has 14 RBIs on the season and 12 of them have come against the Lynchburg Hillcats.

Potomac now hits the road for the second time in 2015 on another seven game road trip. They head to Winston-Salem for a three game series followed by a trip to Salem for the final four games of the trip. The P-Nats will send RHP John Simms (0-0, 0.00) to the mound against RHP James Dykstra (3-0, 0.45)

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): Off

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliates Report April 26

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SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the series finale to the Rochester Red Wings, 6-4, Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field. Syracuse put up three runs in the ninth inning, but Michael Tonkin came out of the bullpen to get the final out and his fifth save.

Rochester (9-7) started the third with a walk from Chiefs starter Taylor Jordan to Aaron Hicks. Two batters later, with Hicks on second base after a stolen base, Josmil Pinto singled in Hicks to give the Red Wings their third 1-0 lead of the series. Jordan then walked Reynaldo Rodriguez and allowed a single to Brock Peterson. After a force out at the plate, Jose Martinez singled in two more runs, ending Jordan’s day.

Syracuse (6-11) got one run back in the top of the fourth. Tony Gwynn, Jr. singled with one out off Pat Dean. Three batters later, after a strikeout and Mark Minicozzi walk, Kila Ka’aihue singled to centerfield, scoring Gwynn and getting the Chiefs on the board.

Syracuse mounted a ninth-inning rally off Stephen Pryor. Minicozzi doubled, Ka’aihue walked and Jason Martinson singled to load the bases. Matt den Dekker hit into a 4-6-3 double play, which scored Minicozzi to get the Chiefs within four. Cutter Dykstra then worked the count to 3-2 and launched a two-run shot to left field to make it a 6-4 game. Tonkin came out of the bullpen and got Steve Lerud to strike out for the save.

The Chiefs hit the road and open a four-game series with the defending Governor’s Cup Champion Pawtucket Red Sox tomorrow.  A.J. Cole is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Brian Johnson for Pawtucket. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.

HARRISBURG (AA-Eastern League): A home run by Reading’s Gustavo Pierre in the top of ninth inning proved to be the game-winner in the Fightin’ Phils 4-3 victory over the Harrisburg Senators in front a lively crowd of 4,386 Sunday at Metro Bank Park.

Tony Renda was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the third inning that put the Senators up, 1-0. Harrisburg’s Paolo Espino pitched well in four scoreless innings to start his outing, but in the fifth inning he allowed a solo home run to Gabriel Lino that tied the game at 1-1. Espino walked the next batter and left with an apparent injury. Derek Self relieved Espino and allowed the runner to score via an RBI single that pushed Reading in front, 2-1. Self then allowed a solo homer in the sixth inning, but finished his outing with one run allowed in 1.2 innings. Sammy Solis impressed again with two scoreless frames in which he struck out a batter. Paul Demny was saddled with the loss after allowing Pierre’s game-winning homer in the ninth.

Harrisburg quickly put two runners on against left-handed reliever Ethan Stewart in the eighth inning. Reading replaced Stewart with Stephen Shackleford, who allowed a single to Harrisburg’s Derrick Robinson that loaded the bases with one out. Two batters later and with two outs, Brian Goodwin bounced a game-tying two-run single back up the middle. Harrisburg left two runners when the eighth inning ended. As a team, Harrisburg struck out 14 times – a season-high.

The Senators continue their home stand by welcoming in New Britain for a three-game series tomorrow night. Monday’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Brian Rauh making his first start for Harrisburg this season.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (9-8 Overall, 4-6 Home) dropped both of their doubleheader contests on Sunday at Pfitzner Stadium to the Lynchburg Hillcats (7-10 Overall, 4-6 Road) in series Games Two and Three by the final scores of 6-5 and 6-3.

The Hillcats scored a total of 12 runs on 18 hits while the Nationals plated eight run tallies on 14 base knocks.

In Game One, Potomac starter, RHP Dakota Bacus also did not factor into a decision after throwing for 3.0 innings and surrendering three earned runs on four hits while walking two, fanning one, and allowing one home run.

The Nationals struck first with one run in the 1st inning on an RBI infield single from catcher Spencer Kieboom. Potomac pulled ahead in the second courtesy of a run-scoring two-bagger from SS Wilmer Difo, his first of three doubles in the contest. The P-Nats put up a two-run spot in the fourth on a two-run double blasted down the right field line by Difo making it a 4-3 lead.

Nationals RHP Jake Johansen (0-1), the losing pitcher of record who took his first loss of the campaign, allowed three unearned runs in the fifth inning to give the Hillcats a 6-4 advantage after a throwing error committed by Difo.  Johansen walked two, struck out two, and surrendered three base hits in his 1.2 innings.

Reliever David Napoli tossed 2.1 innings, hit one batter, and sat down a pair via the strikeout.

In the de facto “nightcap,” the Hillcats got out to an early 2-0 1st inning lead thanks to a two-run four-bagger from Rodriguez, his second tater of the afternoon, over the center field barrier to virtually the same spot as his first dinger in Game One of the double dip.

Game Two’s losing pitcher of record, LHP Matthew Spann (0-3) held Lynchburg scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd frames before the Hillcats brought home one run in the 4th on a run-scoring single from 2B Joe Sever to tie the game at 3-3.

Spann allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings while walking one and fanning four.

The series finale tomorrow night (Monday) will pit Potomac RHP Nick Pivetta (1-1, 0.53) against Lynchburg RHP Michael Peoples (0-1, 3.48) at 7:05pm. Gates to Pfitzner Stadium will open at 6:00pm on Monday night.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (8-9) managed to win a pair of one-run games against the Lakewood BlueClaws (8-10) over the weekend, coming away with a split of the four-game series in Lakewood. With the split the Suns record on the road this season now sits at 4-6.

Hagerstown secured its split of the series in New Jersey by registering a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon. The win came despite the Suns getting out-hit by the BlueClaws 7-4. Hagerstown went up 2-0 in the first inning thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by 1B Grant DeBruin and catcher Raudy Read and never looked back. Starting RHP Austen Williams (3-1) limited the BlueClaws to one earned run on four hits over six innings while striking out five to earn the win. LHP Joseph Webb kept Lakewood off the scoreboard for the final 1.2 frames to record his first save of the year.

The Suns next head home to Hagerstown to resume a game against the West Virginia Power (4-3) that was suspended due to rain in West Virginia on April 15. The game will be resumed beginning at 5:05pm in Hagerstown on Tuesday. Following the completion of that game, the Suns will then begin their originally scheduled three-game series against the Power, the first game of which will also be held on the 28th. Both the suspended game and the originally scheduled game on the 28th will be played as seven-inning games.

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 25

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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).

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 24

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SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): Due to inclement weather, Friday’s game between the Syracuse Chiefs and the Rochester Red Wings was postponed, marking the second straight postponement between the two teams. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Frontier Field in Rochester, with game one beginning at 12:35 p.m. Game two will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

Right-handers Scott McGregor, in game one, and Bruce Billings, in game two, are slated to start for Syracuse. Mark Hamburger and Pat Dean are scheduled to start for Rochester. The teams will also play a doubleheader in Syracuse on July 10 after yesterday’s postponement at NBT Bank Stadium.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): In Anthony Rendon’s first rehab appearance, the Harrisburg Senators were unable to come back from a six-run deficit in a 7-4 loss to the Reading Fightin’ Phils before 3,265 fans at Metro Bank Park.

Rendon played five innings and went 1-for-2 with a double.

In his fourth start of the season, Austin Voth struggled, allowing seven runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Reading’s four-run fifth inning pushed it ahead, 7-1. James Simmons followed Voth with 1.1 scoreless frames. Paul Demny impressed in two scoreless innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out a batter. Bryan Harper finished off a solid collective bullpen outing by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Game three of the four-game series will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday night. Joe Ross will take the mound for Harrisburg against Reading’s Zach Eflin.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Potomac’s (9-6-Overall, 4-4-Home) Wander Suero set a season high pitching seven innings while holding the Lynchburg Hillcats (5-10-Overall, 2-6-Road) to one unearned run on four hits and seven strikeouts in a P-Nats 3-1 win in Game One of the four game series at The Pfitz on Friday night.

It was Suero’s (3-0, 2.50) third start of the season and the third time he toed the rubber against Lynchburg in 2015, a winner in both previous starts against the Hillcats.

Saturday night, a 6:35 pm first pitch, will feature RHP Dakota Bacus (0-0, 2.57) making his second start of the season for Potomac against LHP Michael Rayl (0-1, 4.50) of Lynchburg.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Lakewood Blue Crabs manufactured a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and beat the Hagerstown Suns 2-1 on Friday in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Phillips Valdez allowed just one run — unearned — on four hits and no walks, striking out five over five innings for the Suns, but did not factor in the decision. Ryan Ullman relieved, and in his second inning of work was victimized for the game-winner. He gave up four hits and a run in his two innings of work.

The Suns got their run in the fifth. Jose Marmolejos-Dias singled, went to second on a groundout and scored on Grant DeBruin’s double. DeBruin finished 3 for 3 and is hitting .304 this season.

The series continues Saturday at 4:05 pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 23

Compiled from team press releases

SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): Due to inclement weather, Thursday’s game between the Syracuse Chiefs and the Rochester Red Wings has been postponed. The game will be made up as part of a Friday-night doubleheader on July 10th, with game one beginning at 5:05 p.m. Game two will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

“With snow, cold temperatures, and wind gusts in the forecast,” said Chiefs general manager Jason Smorol, “today is not fit for man or beast. We wanted to postpone this game for the safety of our fans and players. We’ll play two in July in the sunshine!”

HARRISBURG (AA-Eastern League): Behind seven shutout innings from Tim Alderson, the Harrisburg Senators beat the Reading Fightin’ Phils, 3-0, Monday at Metro Bank Park. Alderson surrendered just four hits, while walking two and striking out three batters. The tall right-hander threw 59 of 89 pitches for strikes.

 Following Alderson was Sammy Solis, who was making his first appearance at Metro Bank Park this season. Solis rode a live fastball to a scoreless eighth inning, stranding a runner following a one-out double. Gilberto Mendez earned his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Most of Harrisburg’s damage came in the first inning against Fightin’ Phils pitching prospect, Aaron Nola. Caleb Ramsey’s one-out triple got things started, and Tony Renda followed with an RBI single. Renda stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Reading catcher, Gabriel Lino. Matt Skole delivered a two-out, RBI single to put Harrisburg up 2-0 after one inning. The Senators offense remained quiet against Nola through seven innings, but added one in the eighth against Reading’s Elvis Araujo. Ramsey walked, moved to second on an errant pickoff throw and advanced to third on a Renda single. Ramsey scored Harrisburg’s third run on a Kevin Keyes fielder’s choice.

The Senators send Austin Voth to the hill tomorrow night for game two of the four-game set. He’ll face Reading’s Jesse Biddle in a 6:30 p.m. start. The game can be heard starting with the pregame show at 6:15 p.m. on Fox Sports 1460am and iHeart Radio.

POTOMAC (High-A-Carolina League): Off.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A-South Atlantic League): Tyler Viza and Jesen Therrien combined on a four hit shutout and the Lakewood Blue Claws beat the Hagerstown Suns 4-0 on Thursday in Lakewood. Drew Van Orden (L, 1-1, 3.38) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk, striking our four for the Suns (6-8). Alec Keller, Raudy Read, Grant DeBruin and David Masters collected Hagerstown’s four hits, all singles.

Deivi Grullion hit a two-run homer for Lakewood.

Game two of the four-game set is Friday night at 7:05 pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliates Report April 22

Compiled from team press releases

SYRACUSE (AAA, International League): The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell to the Rochester Red Wings 11-7 at NBT Bank Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Jason Martinson, Michael Taylor and Ian Stewart had a home run apiece in the loss. Rochester rallied from a five-run deficit early in the ball game to defeat the Chiefs by four in the third-game of a four-game set.

The momentum completely shifted in the fourth inning as the Red Wings hitters got to starter Taylor Hill in the top half of the frame. Hill put the first two runners on in the inning but seemed to settle down as he recorded the next two outs. Rochester proceeded to score five runs with two away against the Syracuse starter. Doug Bernier started the rally with an RBI single to left. Aaron Hicks plated two more Red Wings with his first of two extra-base hits on the afternoon. Then, Eddie Rosario tied the score at 6-6 with a two-run home run.

Syracuse (5-9) and Rochester play the final game of a four-game series Thursday afternoon at 1:05. Chiefs right-hander Scott McGregor will try and salvage a split of the series against Red Wings right-hander Mark Hamburger.

HARRISBURG (AA, Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators and the Altoona Curve were postponed Wednesday night due to rain and cold temperatures. No makeup date was announced.

The Senators will return home to begin a seven-game home stand tomorrow night. The first four games will be against the Reading Fightin’ Phils, followed by three games with the New Britain Rock Cats. Tomorrow night’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A, Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (8-6 Overall, 5-2 Road) settled for a (5-2) two-city road trip after falling to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (7-6 Overall, 4-3 Home) on Wednesday afternoon inside Daniel S. Frawley Stadium by the final score of 6-3 in the series finale of a three-game set.

Wilmington used a five-run 5th inning attack to sink the red, white, and blue, and salvage the series with the lone victory. The Nationals stranded a season-high 13 runners on base and left the bases loaded on three occasions, but still managed to bang out 12 base hits.

Potomac starting slinger, RHP Blake Schwartz (0-2) shouldered his second loss of the 2015 journey after surrendering five earned runs (all scored in the 5th inning) on eight hits in 4.1 innings of work while walking two, striking out three, and hitting one batter.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A, South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (6-7) couldn’t maintain a one-run lead in the ninth inning Wednesday afternoon, and wound up falling to the Delmarva Shorebirds (7-6) by a final of 5-4. Despite the loss the Suns finished their first homestand of the 2015 season with a 4-3 record.

Delmarva began its ninth inning rally with a home run by LF Jamill Moquete into the visitor’s bullpen past the center field wall for his first homer of the season. That knotted the score at 4-4, but the rally wasn’t over yet. Catcher Jonah Heim then stepped to the plate and hit a double to left field. He went to third on a single by SS Jared Breen, and scored what wound up being the winning run on a groundout.

RHP David Ramos (0-2) was charged with the loss for Hagerstown. He pitched the final three innings for the Suns, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two.

The Suns next head to Lakewood, New Jersey to begin a four-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws starting Thursday April 23. The Suns will send RHP Drew Van Orden (1-0) to the mound for his third start of the season. He will square off against RHP Tyler Viza (2-0) for Lakewood.

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