April 19, 2014

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending May 27

 

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (23-27)

Corey Brown: Brown is the current minor league player everyone wants to see called up to the big club. He’s been on fire for the Chiefs, especially over the last ten games, where he’s hitting .372/.417/.930 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in that period. He had homered in five straight games through Friday, but curiously hasn’t played since that time, perhaps on instruction from the big club as they assess Chad Tracy‘s injured groin. Brown is a rightleft-handed hitting outfielder that can play all three positions, and for the season is hitting .297/.399/.584 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs.

Mark Teahen: The veteran infielder is slumping, hitting just .189/.262/.270 over the last ten games, though he’s driven in six runs in his past four contests. For the season, Teahen is hitting .282/.349/.391 and has played all four corners.

Zach Duke: The lefty had a rough week, allowing nine earned runs in 11 innings over two starts. He gave up 16 hits and five walks, striking out just five. For the season, the MLB veteran is 5-2 with a 4.25 ERA and .277 BAA in nine starts.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League (27-22)

Jesus Valdez: Valdez, 28, is no longer a prospect, but he’s been hot for Harrisburg, hitting .395/.400/.658 over his last ten games, including a two-homer game Sunday against Reading. For the season, he’s hitting .305/.329/.433.

Eury Perez: Perez continues to work on his game in Double-A, and over his last ten games he’s .268/.333/.268 with three RBIs and five stolen bases, though he’s been caught four times as well. For the season, he’s hitting .257/.294/.293 with 13-for-19 steals. Still very much a work in progress, Perez will turn 22 on Wednesday.

Destin Hood: Another 22-year old prospect, Hood’s had a tough go of it recently, hitting just .175/.244/.200 over his last ten games. He has one extra base hit during that time, a double on May 18 against Bowie. This season, Hood is hitting .220/.291/.302 and really struggling against right-handed pitchers, hitting a paltry .193.

Daniel Rosenbaum: The most prolific pitching prospect in the system right now due to graduation or attrition by trade, Rosenbaum had an uncharacteristicly poor outing Wednesday against Altoona, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four. For the season, the 24-year old is 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA and .194 BAA in nine starts. He’s struck out 41 and walked just nine in 63 1/3 innings.

Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League (19-27)

David Freitas: The catcher has been productive att he plate in his last ten games, going .296/.457/.370 with seven runs driven in. For the season, his .407 OBP is very encouraging.

Michael Taylor: The toolsy, 21-year old  outfielder is 11-for-40 (.275) in his last ten games with six RBIs in and five extra-base hits, all doubles. For the season, Taylor — who some think has a chance to be the Nats center fielder of the future — is just 8-for 15 in stolen bases this season, though his .345 OBP is showing signs of better plate discipline.

Robbie Ray: Tuesday was a nice outing for the 20-year old lefty. He gave up just one earned run on five hits and two walks — striking out eight — in 5 2/3 innings. That halted a string of three consecutive poor starts for Ray, who’d given up at least four earned runs in each of the three previous games.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League (29-20) 

Matthew Skole: The slugging third baseman has been raking in his last ten games to the tune of .371/.476/.657 with two homers and six RBIs. The 6’4″, 230 22-year old for the season is hitting .309/.456/.562 with ten homers and 48 RBIs. The power is legit, but his 13 errors makes many wonder if he isn’t destined for first base at some point in his near future.

Billy Burns: The diminutive (5’9″, 180) speedster is having a great season leading off for th Suns but is in a little dry patch right now, hitting just .258/.303/.355 in his last ten games. Overall, the Nats 2011 32nd round pick is hitting .300/.427/.379 and is 19-for-21 in stolen bases.

Alex Meyer: Meyer had a good game this week, allowing just one hit and two walks in five innings Wednesday against Greensboro. He struck out eight, but did not factor in the decision. For the season, he’s 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA in nine starts.

Nathan Karns: Karns threw a gem Saturday, beating Lakewood 7-1, Karns went seven innings, allowing one run on one hit and one walks, striking out ten to improve his record to 2-0 for the season with a 2.35 ERA in 10 games, four starts.

Washington Nationals Minor League Scoreboard for May 26

Compiled from press releases by Washington Nationals minor league affiliates

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, dropped their second straight game to the Columbus Clippers with a 9-6 loss on Saturday night. Syracuse clawed its way back from a 9-0 deficit with a five-run seventh inning and a rally in the ninth, but the Clippers hung on for the victory.

Although Syracuse (23-26) and Columbus (23-25) combined for 14 total runs, neither team scored until the fifth inning. But the Clippers then broke a scoreless game open against right-hander Yunesky Maya. Russ Canzler doubled, Andy LaRoche singled and Matt Pagnozzi walked to start the inning.

Maya struck out Jason Donald on an inside-corner fastball for the first out, but center fielder Ezequiel Carrera laced a two-run double to right-center field, scoring Canzler and LaRoche for the game’s first two runs. Lonnie Chisenhall tacked on a sacrifice fly, upping the lead to 3-0, before Matt LaPorta was intentionally walked to bring up Jared Goedert. But Goedert would make the Chiefs pay by clubbing a three-run home run, putting Columbus ahead 6-0.

The Clippers tacked on some valuable insurance runs in the next two innings. Pagnozzi’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly scored Canzler for a 6-0 lead, with Maya exiting after five and two-thirds innings. In the seventh, Canzler’s run-scoring single and Pagnozzi’s bases-loaded walk each plated a run against right-hander Erik Arnesen.

But Syracuse launched an improbable late-game rally starting in the seventh. Jhonatan Solano’s infield single and Brett Carroll’s walk started the threat against Clippers starter Corey Kluber. Two batters later, Rivero ignited the inning with a two-run double. After a Josh Johnson single and Seth Bynum lineout, Jarrett Hoffpauir hit a pop-up to shallow center field for what looked to be the inning’s final out. However, Carrera dropped the ball for an error, with Rivero and Johnson scoring on the play to cut Columbus’ lead to 9-4. Dan Wheeler then came on in relief of Kluber, but Mark Teahen greeted the veteran right-hander rudely with a run-scoring single, capping the scoring in the inning.

In the ninth, the Chiefs loaded the bases with no outs against right-hander Cody Allen to bring the tying run to the plate. Johnson walked before Bynum and Hoffpauir lined back-to-back singles, bringing up the heart of the Syracuse order. But Allen settled down, retiring Teahen on a run-scoring groundout before Xavier Paul struck out and Solano popped out to end the game.

The Chiefs and Clippers will close out their four-game series on Sunday night at 6:30, with a fireworks show slated for after the game. Syracuse right-hander Tanner Roark and Columbus left-hander Drew Seddon are the scheduled starters.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League

Saturday night on City Island the Harrisburg Senators snapped a two-game losing streak by knocking off the Reading Phillies 5-4. Harrisburg used two solo-homers to take leads in the first inning and again in the fourth.

The Senators got started in the first when Jose Lozada hit his second home-run in as many nights giving the Senators a 1-0 lead. Reading tied the game in the third on an RBI-single from Tug Hulett.

With the game still tied in the fourth, Tim Pahuta cranked his third home-run in the last week, and his sixth of the season to give the Sens a 2-1 advantage.

The Senators offense continued in the fifth inning. Eury Perez and Jose Lozada, who each had three hits on the evening, singled to begin the frame. Two batters later, Tim Pahuta batted in his 24th run of the season with this one coming on a sacrifice fly to left field. That was followed by Chris Rahl singling and driving in Lozada.

However, Reading would not go quietly. In the sixth inning, Sebastian Valle hit two-run home-run to left-center field to make it a 4-3 game. After Demny issued a two-out walk, Harrisburg called on RH Kevin Pucetas to work out of the jam.

Pucetas forced pinch-hitter Jeremy Barnes to ground out, and the inning was over. Pucetas went on to work 2.1 innings of hitless relief while striking out four.

Harrisburg added a much needed insurance run in the sixth, after Devin Ivany tripled to begin the inning, and scored on a Eury Perez RBI-single.

In the ninth against Eric Davis, Reading scored on a bad-hop single from Cesar Hernandez to make it a 5-4 game. With the count then 3-0 against the next hitter, Tug Hulett, the Senators elected to issue an intentional pass to face Darin Ruf with the bases loaded.

On the first pitch of the at-bat, Davis induced Ruf into hitting a ground ball right at shortstop Chris McConnell, who turned a game-ending double-play.

Game three of the series comes Sunday afternoon from Metro Bank Park. Harrisburg sends RH Jeff Mandel against Reading RH Trevor May.

Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League

The Lynchburg Hillcats used three home runs off of Potomac starter Matt Swynenberg to beat the Nationals 7-2 at City Stadium on Saturday night.  With the win, Lynchburg increased their Northern Division lead over Potomac to 6.5 games.

P-Nats starter RHP Matt Swynenberg came into tonight’s contest giving up just one home run in 2012 over 45 innings.  In the second with a runner at first, Edward Salcedo smacked a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence and the Hillcats took a 2-0 lead.

Lynchburg’s offense continued their barrage in the third inning with Matt Lipka hitting a line drive over the fence in left for his second homer of the year — a solo shot extending the lead to 3-0.  The Hillcats added another run in the inning on an Adam Milligan single to expand the lead to 4-0.

The Nationals got to Lynchburg starter Gus Schlosser in the fourth.  With the bases loaded and one out, Kevin Keyes hit a sac fly scoring David Freitas to narrow the margin to 4-1.  The next batter J.P. Ramirez, who had three hits in the contest, knocked a two-out single to right plating Zach Walters and the Lynchburg advantage was just 4-2.

However, in the bottom half of the inning, Lynchburg responded by scored again on a home run.  Mycal Jones hit a solo shot out to left for his first homer of the year in the Carolina League and the lead grew to 5-2.  It was the first time in the professional career of Swynenberg he’s given up three home runs.  The Hillcats scored one more off of Swynenberg with a Lipka single and the lead was 6-2 after four innings.

The only other run in the game was a RBI single by Jones in the seventh inning that produced the final score of 7-2.  Lynchburg reliever Chasen Shreve, a teammate of Bryce Harper in college, tossed the final two innings without giving up a run.

Schlosser (6-2), who tossed eight innings Opening Night against Potomac in a win for the Hillcats, went seven innings scattering six hits which were all singles earning the win.  Swynenberg (3-3) took his second loss on the road trip in as many starts.

Sunday the Nationals and Hillcats finish their three-game series at 2:05 PM with RHP Adam Olbrychowski (1-4, 7.20) making his first start off of the DL.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League

The Hagerstown Suns (28-20) used a complete game effort from Nathan Karns in game one of a doubleheader to beat the Lakewood BlueClaws(19-29), 7-1, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J., on Saturday night. The Suns fell in game two, 7-5.

Karns (2-0) struck out a career high ten batters in a complete game one-hitter, leading Hagerstown to a fourth consecutive win. Right fielder Steven Souza went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Suns offense. Third baseman Matt Skole also went 2-for-3, blasting his team leading tenth home run of the season. Shortstop Jason Martinson had two hits and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to six games.

BlueClaws starter Lino Martinez (3-3) suffered his second loss to Hagerstown this season, allowing four runs on four hits over three innings pitched. First baseman Kelly Dugan broke up Karns’ no-hitter with an RBI double in the fourth inning, the BlueClaws’ only hit of the game.

In game two, the Suns fell behind 5-0 early and could not recover, despite RBIs from five different players.  Brian Goodwin went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, RBI and two runs scored. Martinson extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI hit and two more runs scored, raising his league-leading total to 52.

Hagerstown starting pitcher Jason Smith (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on four hits over 1.2 innings in his South Atlantic League debut.

Lakewood right fielder Kyrell Hudson hit his first home run of the season and had three RBIs to lead the BlueClaws offense. Centerfielder Gauntlet Eldemire was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Reliever Luis Paulino (1-1) earned the win with 2.1 scoreless innings pitched, while Colton Murray (2) delivered a scoreless ninth inning for the save.

The Suns will conclude their six-game series with the BlueClaws on Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. The Suns have yet to announce a probable starting pitcher for the game, while the BlueClaws will send RHP Ramon Oviedo (1-0) to the mound for the start.

Washington Nationals Minor League Scoreboard for May 24

Compiled of press releases from the Washington Nationals minor league affiliates and box scores

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, returned to Alliance Bank Stadium on Thursday night with a 13-4 win over the Columbus Clippers. Corey Brown came within a double of the cycle, as the center fielder homered for the fourth game in a row to tie a Chiefs club record.

Brown’s first-inning blast to right field gave Syracuse (23-24) a 1-0 lead. Columbus (21-25) answered quickly against Chiefs starter Zach Duke with a pair of runs in the top of the second. However, the Chiefs batted around in the second inning, scoring five runs, and sent 11 hitters to the plate in a six-run third inning to take control of the game.

After Jhonatan Solano, Brett Carroll, and Carlos Rivero led the second inning off with consecutive hits to score two runs, Seth Bynum belted a two-run homer to give the Chiefs a 5-2 edge. Syracuse added on one more in that second inning when Mark Teahen plated Josh Johnson on a sacrifice fly.

In the third, Solano, Carroll, and Rivero all reached base again, and Bynum delivered another big hit. This time, he shot a double to right field which scored Solano and Carroll, while moving Rivero to third. That gave the Chiefs a 7-3 lead and forced Clippers starter Eric Berger out of the game. Jarrett Hoffpauir and Xavier Paul both tacked on run-scoring singles later in the inning, while Teahen added another run by drawing a bases-loaded walk. The Chiefs led 12-3 after three frames.

Syracuse scored once more in the seventh. Bynum led off with a single and Brown brought him home with a triple to center field. The Chiefs’ offense finished the night with 14 hits, highlighted by three each from Bynum and Brown.

Though Duke allowed four runs in six innings, Syracuse’s bullpen trio of Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Pat Lehman, and Josh Wilkie teamed up for three innings of scoreless relief.

Syracuse has now won seven in a row at home and 11 of its last 14 overall.

The Chiefs continue their series with the Clippers at Alliance Bank Stadium on Friday night at 7:00 when John Lannan faces off against Columbus’ David Huff.

 
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League
 
The Senators (25-21) were knocked off by the Altoona Curve, 5-4, after Altoona put up all their runs in the first inning off Harrisburg starter Robert Gilliam (L, 1-5, 4.98). The Senators chipped away at the lead all day, including scoring in the eighth inning, but just couldn’t quite catch the Curve.
 
Gilliam recovered to throw six innings and was strong after his rough start, striking out six and not allowing another run, but the damage was done.
 
Former Nats farmhand Shairon Martis (3-0, 2.63) got the win for Altoona. He pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks, striking out six.
 
Harrisburg faces the Reading Phillies for a four-game homestand over the holiday weekend. Mike Ballard (1-3, 3.30) hosts Jonathan Pettibone (3-4, 3.59) in the first game Friday night at 7:00 pm at Metro Bank Park.
 
Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League
 
The P-Nats (18-25) were off Thursday. Friday they start a three-game road trip to Lynchburg to face the Hillcats. Trevor Holder (2-0, 6.00) pitches in the opener. HIs opponent is still unannounced.
 
Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League
 
The Hagerstown Suns (26-19) began a six-games-in-four-days series with the Lakewood BlueClaws (18-27) with a doubleheader sweep, winning game one, 2-0, before taking game two, 4-3, in eight innings at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J., on Thursday night.

In game one, Suns starting pitcher Taylor Hill (4-3) delivered 6.1 shutout innings and struck out a career-high seven batters en-route to his fourth win of the season. Aaron Barrett (4) was called upon to record the final two outs of the game to earn his team leading fourth save.

Matt Skole’s RBI double in the fourth inning proved to be the game-winner and drove in his club-high 44th RBI of the season. Later in the inning, Caleb Ramsey added an RBI sac-fly, his 28th RBI of the season and 8th in his last five games.

BlueClaws starter Ethan Stewart (0-5) suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs on four hits in a complete game effort.

After falling behind 2-0 early in game two, the Suns rallied to take the lead, 3-2, in the sixth inning with a Jason Martinson two-run triple and another go-ahead RBI hit from Skole. Lakewood’s Brian Pointer tied the game in the seventh inning with a solo home run, but the Suns bounced back in the eighth inning. Cutter Dykstra singled and then stole second and third base, and was eventually knocked in by Skole’s second game-winning hit of the day. Skole finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs to bring his season total to 46.

Game two starter Pedro Encarnacion did not factor in the decision, pitching five innings and allowing two runs on three hits and two strike outs. Reliever Colin Bates earned the win in his Suns debut, allowing one run in the final two innings of the game. BlueClaws reliever Colton Murray (1-2) took the loss.

The Suns will send LHP Kylin Turnbull (1-3) to the mound against Lakewood’s RHP Colin Kleven (3-3) in game three of the series on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

Washington Nationals Minor League Scoreboard for May 23

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.

Washington Nationals Minor League Scoreboard for May 22

Comprised of press releases from the Washington Nationals minor league affiliates

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, ended a successful road trip with a 7-0 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday afternoon. Syracuse won its third out of four games in the series against the Mud Hens and fifth in eight games between Columbus and Toledo. Outfielder Corey Brown homered and drove in five of the seven runs in the victory, while starting pitcher Mitch Atkins allowed just two hits in six shutout innings.

Syracuse (22-24) jumped ahead early against Mud Hens left-hander Andy Oliver, who had allowed just 27 hits in 44 and one-third innings entering the game. Brett Carroll doubled to lead off the second inning, and Carlos Rivero, who played his first professional game at first base, singled him home just two pitches later. Jason Michaels followed with an infield single before Oliver recorded two outs, but Brown followed to smash open the inning. He crushed a three-run home run well over the right-field fence, putting the Chiefs on top, 4-0. Brown has now homered in three straight games.

The Chiefs then added to their lead in the sixth. With runners at first and third and one out, Michaels lined a single to center field, scoring Xavier Paul and knocking out Oliver. Left-hander Ryan Robowski then entered for his first Triple-A game of the year after a recent promotion from Double-A Erie. He immediately walked Seth Bynum and James Skelton, loading the bases for Brown. The center fielder added to his big day with a two-run single to center field, capping the scoring.

Meanwhile, Toledo (23-23) was held completely in check by two Syracuse pitchers. Atkins tossed six shutout innings of two-hit ball, walking two and striking out three, to earn his fourth win in eight starts. Atkins lowered his ERA to 3.07. Erik Arnesen then completed the final three innings without allowing a run to pick up his first save of the season.

Syracuse heads home after a scheduled day off to face Columbus on Thursday at 7:00. The Chiefs and Clippers will begin a four-game set.

 
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League
 
The Senators and Altoona Curve game scheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd in Altoona has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made-up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 23rd beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona. Both games on Wednesday are scheduled for seven-innings.

The Senators send LH Danny Rosenbaum to the mound in game one and RH Rob Gilliam to the hill in game two. Altoona goes with RH Phil Irwin and RH Brandon Cumpton.

Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League

The Wilmington Blue Rocks used a three run eighth inning to beat the Potomac Nationals 4-2 in Delaware on Tuesday night. For the first time this season, the P-Nats lost a game they led after seven innings.

Potomac starter Robbie Ray cruised through the first two innings striking out five of the seven batters he faced. Ray had a 10 pitch second inning where he struck out the side. Wilmington did get to Ray in the third. With two outs and no one on, Whit Merrifield worked a walk then stole second. Geulin Beltre lined a single to center that scored Merrifild to give Wilmington a 1-0 lead.

Wilmington hurler Yordano Ventura was excellent for the Blue Rocks tossing four scoreless frames. The P-Nats got to him in the fifth. With two outs, Kevin Keyes stole second base. He then scored on a Blake Kelso single to tie the contest 1-1. Ventura did not get a decision pitching five innings striking out nine while allowing just one run on four hits and a walk.

Ray was very sharp as well as he struck out a season-high nine batters. He was relieved in the sixth inning by Rob Wort who got out of a two-on jam to keep the score tied 1-1.

The P-Nats took their first lead of the series in the seventh with Justin Bloxom smacking a double to left-center to start the frame. The next batter Kevin Keyes knocked in Bloxom on a single to centerfield and Potomac led 2-1.

But, for the first time this season with a lead late, the bullpen tandem of Wort and Cameron Selik could not close out a win with a lead after the seventh inning. In the eighth, Wort walked Brian Fletcher on four pitches to start the inning then Cheslor Cuthbert knocked a one-out single to put runners at the corners with one out. Selik replaced Wort and the first batter he faced was Roman Hernandez who hit a ground-rule double to left scoring Fletcher to even the score 2-2. Next up was Alex McClure who laced a single against a drawn in infield to center scoring both Cuthbert and Hernandez to give the Blue Rocks their first lead of the game 4-2.

Nick Rogers tossed a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to preserve the win for Wilmington. It was just the second 1-2-3 inning for Potomac in the game. Rogers (1-0) struck out three over two innings. Wilmington as a team struck out 14 Nationals.

Wort (0-2) took the loss giving up his first earned run sine April 17th at Frederick. Selik blew a save for the first time in six chances this season.

The Nationals wrap up their series with Wilmington tomorrow at 11:05 AM with LHP Matt Grace (2-5, 7.34) getting the start for Potomac.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League

The Hagerstown Suns (24-18) and the Greensboro Grasshoppers (31-13) split their doubleheader on Tuesday night, with the Suns winning game one, 5-4, in ten innings and the Grasshoppers taking game two, 8-4, in seven innings at Municipal.

The Suns benefited from a walk off single off the wall by catcher Adrian Nieto in the tenth inning to complete a come-from-behind victory in the resumed portion of last night’s suspended game. It was Nieto’s second RBI hit of the game and it gave reliever Aaron Barrett (3-1) the win after suffering a blown save in the ninth. Greensboro’s Daniel Oliver took the loss.

In game two, Suns’ starter Brian Dupra suffered the loss as he was hit for eight runs in 1.2 innings pitched. Billy Burns went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and RBI, while Brett Newsome blasted his fifth home run of the season in the effort for Hagerstown. The Grasshoppers got a three-run homer from DH Matt Smith, followed by a grand slam from third baseman Josh Adams to pace their offense. James Nygren (2-1) earned the win out of the bullpen.

The Suns will conclude the series and home-stand during an RBC Wealth Management Education Day at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday morning at 10:35 a.m. when RHP Alex Meyer (2-3) makes the start for Hagerstown. LHP Charlie Lowell is scheduled to start the game for the Grasshoppers.

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Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (21-24)

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, recovered from a walkoff loss with a 3-1 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Monday afternoon. Corey Brown’s first-pitch home run gave the Chiefs an immediate lead, and five Syracuse pitchers combined to hold Toledo to just one run on four hits.For the second straight day, Brown opened the scoring for Syracuse (21-24) with a leadoff home run. The center fielder drilled Thad Weber’s first pitch over the right-center field wall, staking the Chiefs to an early 1-0 lead. Brown extended his team-leading total to nine home runs on the season.

The teams then traded zeroes through the end of the fifth inning, with Syracuse right-hander Tanner Roark matching Weber pitch for pitch. Roark tossed five scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season and extend a stellar streak. Over his last three appearances, the right-hander has thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings, lowering his ERA from 5.70 to 3.89 over the span.

In the sixth inning, the Chiefs added a pair of huge insurance runs. Josh Johnson laid down a bunt single on the first pitch of the frame, with Brown following with a bunt down the third base line. Third baseman Audy Ciriaco fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw sailed into the stands for a two-base error, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Jarrett Hoffpauir then lined a sacrifice fly to center field, with Johnson scoring to extend the Syracuse lead to 2-0. Two batters later, Xavier Paul slammed a double into right field, scoring Brown for a third Chiefs run.

Toledo (23-22) scored its lone run in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. Ciriaco reached first base on a strikeout and dropped third strike against right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who departed after a Bryan Holaday groundout. Atahualpa Severino then entered and walked Quintin Berry to put runners on first and second, and a double steal moved runners to second and third. Justin Henry’s groundout to first base then scored Ciriaco, but Severino struck out Ryan Strieby to end the inning with no further damage.

Right-hander Rafael Martin tossed a scoreless eighth inning in just his second appearance in 12 games, and right-hander Hassan Pena cut down the Mud Hens in the ninth for his first save of the season.

Syracuse and Toledo will close out their series on Tuesday morning with another 10:30 start. The Chiefs will send right-hander Mitch Atkins to the mound against Mud Hens left-hander Andrew Oliver.

 
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League (23-20)
 
Monday night in Altoona the Senators offense struggled again in falling to Altoona 4-2. The Senators outhit Altoona, but couldn’t come up with the one big hit needed in the ballgame. Both teams committed costly errors in the game, with the Sens error directly costing them one, possibly two runs.

Altoona got on the board first, scoring a run in the second inning off Sens’ starter Jeff Mandel. Harrisburg tied the game in the second with Altoona committing two errors which allowed Tim Pahuta to score the tying run.

The game stayed 1-1 into the bottom of the sixth when the Curve loaded the bases with one out. Tony Sanchez hit a potential double-play ball to Manny Mayorson but the ball went through his legs for an error and allowed two runs to score giving Altoona a 3-1 lead.

They stretched the lead to 4-1 in the eighth when Matt Curry doubled in Jarek Cunningham off Hector Nelo. Harrisburg scored a run in the ninth when Jose Lozada tripled to start the inning then scored on a two-out single by Eury Perez. Lozada had three hits in the game.

The Senators had an opportunity to get back in the game in the seventh inning when they loaded the bases with two outs, but Jeff Kobernus bounced into an inning ending fielder’s choice.

Harrisburg falls to 23-20 with the loss while Altoona wins for the seventh straight game and improves to 20-22. Tuesday night LH Danny Rosenbaum is on the mound for the Senators against RH Phil Irwin for Altoona.

Potomac Nationals, High A Carolina League (18-23)

Behind a stellar start from Greg Billo, the Wilmington Blue Rocks shut out the Potomac Nationals 7-0 at Frawley Stadium on Monday Night. The Blue Rocks held the Nationals to just two-hits in their first meeting of the season in Delaware.

Against P-Nats starter Matt Swynenberg, Wilmington opened the scoring in the third inning. Juan Graterol led off the inning with a double and scored on a Whit Merrifield double to give the Rocks a 1-0 lead. Brian Fletcher knocked in Merrifield to increase the lead to 2-0 for Wilmington.

In the fifth, Wilmington blew the game open with four runs. With one out, Randolph Oduber misplayed a Merrfild line drive into a two-base error and the flood gates opened. Angel Franco hit a triple down the first base line scoring Merrifield increasing the lead to 3-0. Fletcher, Brett Eibner and Cheslor Cuthbert followed with hits and the Blue Rocks opened the lead to 6-0. Swynenberg (3-2) left the game after a double from Cuthbert giving up six runs over four and a third innings. He tied his season high with six strikeouts.

The Blue Rocks added another run in the sixth on a Graterol solo home run to lead off the inning. The first homer of the season for Graterol increased the Wilmington advantage to 7-0.

Blue Rocks starter Greg Billo was dominant from the start. He gave up just three base runners: two hits — one to Ricky Hague and one to Michael Taylor while also walking Taylor. Just two times, Taylor in the second and also in the fifth, Potomac was able to advance a player to second. Billo (4-3) got his second win of the year against Potomac in two starts. Billo along with reliever Leondy Perez were able to retire the final 15 Nationals.

Tuesday is game two of the series as Potomac will send LHP Robbie Ray (1-1, 11.25) to the hill for a 6:35 start. The P-Nats return home Monday to face the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League (23-17)

The Hagerstown Suns (23-17) and the Greensboro Grasshoppers (30-12) game on Monday evening at Municipal Stadium has been suspended due to inclement weather. The game was halted by the umpires in the top of the second inning with Greensboro leading, 1-0.

The Suns and Grasshoppers will complete the nine-inning suspended game as part of a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, at 5:05 p.m. Game two, the originally scheduled game for Tuesday, will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one and will be played as a seven-inning game.

Tickets for Monday night’s suspended game will be honored for both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader, or may be exchanged for any future Suns’ regular season home game.

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Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, blew a ninth-inning lead in a 5-2 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday afternoon. With two runners on and two outs in a 2-2 tie, pinch-hitter Brad Eldred slammed a three-run home run against Josh Wilkie to end the game, handing the Chiefs their first loss in a game they led after eight innings this season. The home run was Eldred’s league-leading 17th of the season.

After Pat Lehman and Cory VanAllen combined to work a shutout eighth inning, Wilkie entered to try and earn the save in the ninth. Justin Henry led off the inning with a single to left field, but Wilkie retired the next two hitters. However, Danny Worth followed with a single to put two runners on. Right fielder Matt Young then lined Wilkie’s next pitch into center field, tying the game and setting the stage for Eldred’s heroics.

Sunday’s game was a low-scoring affair throughout, but Syracuse (20-24) cracked the scoreboard almost immediately thanks to Corey Brown. With left-hander Casey Crosby on the hill, Brown blasted a 1-1 pitch into the right field seats to lead off the game, giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead on the center fielder’s eighth home run of the season.

Meanwhile, Syracuse right-hander Yunesky Maya retired the first ten batters of the game before running into a bit of trouble in the fourth inning. Henry bounced a single up the middle with one out and stole second base a few pitches later. After a groundout, designated hitter Eric Patterson lined a single to center field, scoring Henry to give Toledo (23-21) its first run and tie the score.

The Chiefs were held scoreless from Brown’s home run until the seventh inning by Crosby, but the left-hander finally relented. Teahen led off the frame with a blooper down the left field line that turned into a leadoff double, and Xavier Paul’s ensuing sacrifice bunt moved Teahen to third. Carroll then fell behind 1-2 in the count before hitting a fly ball to left field, and Teahen beat Jeff Frazier’s throw home to put Syracuse in the lead.

Maya answered with a scoreless seventh, finishing off another brilliant performance. He allowed just two hits and two walks, recording 14 total groundouts in seven innings of work. The Cuban right-hander lowered his ERA to a team-best 2.57 despite the loss.

The Chiefs will look to gain their second win of the series against Toledo on Monday morning at 10:30. Right-hander Tanner Roark is the scheduled starter for Syracuse, with right-hander Thad Weber slated to throw for the Mud Hens.

 
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League
 
Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park the Harrisburg Senators salvaged the final game of a three-game series with the Bowie Baysox by winning 4-0. Starting pitcher Paul Demny worked eight scoreless innings before giving way to Christian Garcia in the ninth to complete the shutout.

In the first inning, Bowie had an opportunity to score the first run for the third time in the series, when Steven Bumbry started the game with a double to right-field. After a sacrifice bunt moved Bumbry to third with one out, Demny retired the next two Baysox hitters he faced without allowing Bumbry to score.

Matching Demny through the first three innings was his counterpart, Bowie starter Bobby Bundy. Bundy retired the first ten, and eleven of the twelve that he faced. However, with Jose Lozada aboard in the fourth inning with the Sens’ first hit of the game, Tim Pahuta gave Harrisburg its first lead of the series, slugging a two-run home-run into the right-field bullpen.

Pahuta’s at-bat was followed by Destin Hood reaching base after being hit on an 0-2 offering from Bundy. The next hitter was Chris Rahl, and he too hit a two-run homer to right-field.

That was all the run support Demny would need. The East Bernard, Texas-native exited scattered two hits, and three walks on way to throwing eight scoreless frames. In the ninth, Garcia allowed the first two to reach, before striking out Manny Machado and then getting a double-play ground-out to end the game.

Next for Harrisburg is a four-game series in Altoona, beginning Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. RH Jeff Mandel takes the mound for Harrisburg against LH Nathan Baker for the Curve.

Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League

The Potomac Nationals scored three runs in the first inning in a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Mudcats Sunday afternoon at Pfitzner Stadium. In a spot start, Ryan Demmin tossed four scoreless innings for the P-Nats.

Potomac started their scoring in the first against Carolina for the second straight day. Francisco Soriano walked against Mudcats starter LHP Mike Rayl with one out. Soriano stole second then third and scored on a throwing error by Carolina catcher Dwight Childs when advancing to third to give the P-Nats a 1-0 lead. Justin Bloxom knocked a solo homer over the left field fence to increase the Nats lead to 2-0. It was his fifth blast of the season. Michael Taylor doubled to right-center field and scored on a two-out single by Randolph Oduber to increase the Nationals lead to 3-0.

The Nationals added another run in the fourth on a solo homer by Oduber — his fifth blast of the year. The shot out to left extended the P-Nats lead to 4-0. Rayl (3-5) ended his day tossing six innings with four runs and six hits against.

Demmin made his second spot start of the year for the Nationals and evaded trouble through four scoreless innings. He allowed runners in each inning but used a season-high five strikeouts to not allow a run.

The Mudcats would touch up the Nationals bullpen for two runs. Ronny Rodriguez hit a solo home run off of Shane McCatty to lead off the sixth to cut the lead to 4-1. Carolina added another tally on an unearned run in the seventh against Joe Testa to get within 4-2 of Potomac.

But Neil Holland shut the door on any Carolina comeback with two scoreless innings for the save. Holland got his first save of the season by retiring six of the seven batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings.

McCatty (1-0) was the first reliever out of the bullpen replacing Demmin and picked up his first win of the season.

Monday the Nationals start a six-game road trip in Wilmington for their first trip to Delaware of the season to face the Blue Rocks. Matt Swynenberg (3-1, 3.95) gets the start for the P-Nats with the contest set to start at 6:35.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League

The Hagerstown Suns (23-17) split their four game series with the Delmarva Shorebirds(20-22) after a 3-1 loss at Municipal Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Shorebirds starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (1-0) earned his first professional win, delivering four perfect innings against the Suns to begin the outing. Bundy went on to pitch five scoreless, allowing one hit, no walks and four strike outs. Reliever David Baker picked up his first save of the season.

Delmarva shortstop Mychal Givens went 2-for-4 with an RBI while right fielder Brenden Webb was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Defensively, Webb robbed J.P. Ramirez of a home run with a leaping catch in right field in the second inning.

Suns starter Kylin Turnbull (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits over five innings of work. Third baseman Matt Skole broke up Bundy’s perfect game with a double to lead off the fifth inning. Right fielder Steven Souza drove in the Suns’ lone run with a sacrifice fly.

The Suns will now begin a three game series with the first place Greensboro Grasshoppers at Municipal Stadium on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Righty Nathan Karns (1-0) will start for the Suns.

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Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, were bombarded by Columbus hitters on Friday night in a 12-2 loss to the Clippers. The loss gave Syracuse a split of the four-game series.

Columbus (20-21) took control early in the game with two runs in the first inning against Syracuse left-hander Zach Duke. After Ezequiel Carrera singled, left fielder Matt LaPorta launched a home run just over the 365-foot mark in left-center field. His 12th home run of the year gave Columbus a 2-0 lead.

The Clippers quickly added to the lead in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and two runners on, Jason Donald lined a single to left field, scoring Russ Canzler from second base.

Syracuse (19-23) plated its first run in the fifth inning against Clippers right-hander Kevin Slowey. Seth Bynum singled to lead off the frame, with Jeff Howell following with a double. Corey Brown’s sacrifice fly to straightaway center field scored Bynum, cutting the lead to 3-1, but Slowey struck out Jarrett Hoffpauir and retired Mark Teahen on a fly out to left field, limiting the damage.

The Clippers then immediately reasserted control in the bottom half of the frame. LaPorta and Jared Goedert each walked with one out. After Duke induced a fly out from Cord Phelps, designated hitter Andy LaRoche blasted a two-run double off the right-center field wall. One batter later, Duke would exit after five innings of five-run ball.

Columbus scored a sixth-inning run against Erik Arnesen when Donald tripled in Luke Carlin. Carlin had started the inning by striking out, but he advanced to second when the ball got away from catcher Jeff Howell, who then threw wildly to first.

The Clippers then blasted off for six runs in an 11-batter seventh inning. Carlin’s two-run double against left-hander Cory VanAllen was the big blow, with five different Columbus hitters driving in runs in the frame.

A Bynum RBI single in the ninth inning capped off the scoring for Syracuse. The shortstop was 2 for 4, scoring one Chiefs run and driving in the other.

Syracuse now heads to Toledo for a Saturday night affair at 7:00. Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is slated to make his third start for the Chiefs, with the Mud Hens sending right-hander Jacob Turner to the hill.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League

On Friday night at Metro Bank Park, the Bowie Baysox snapped their six-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over the Senators. Bowie scored single runs in each of the first three innings, two of them with two outs and no one on base, before scoring three in the seventh and the eighth to break the game open.  Zelous Wheeler homered twice in the game for Bowie to lead their 13-hit attack.

LJ Hoes and Robbie Widlansky combined to put on the board in the first as Hoes tripled with two outs and Widlansky followed with a single. In the third, Hoes doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Widlansky.

Trailing 3-0 into the sixth inning, Harrisburg caught a break when Manny Mayorson scored from first base on a groundball to short stop, that was thrown away at second base. With Jesus Valdez at second and no outs though, the Senators did not score further in the inning.

Rob Gilliam started for Harrisburg and pitched six quality innings, allowing eight hits but just three runs while striking out five.

Bowie broke the game open against Ryan Tatusko, scoring three runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth.  The Senators scored a pair of runs in the ninth to account for the final tally on the night.

Jesus Valdez had three hits in the game.

Game two of the three game series is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League

In their first ever game at Pfitzner Stadium, the Carolina Mudcats pounded out a season-high 18 hits as they knocked off the Potomac Nationals 12-5.  The loss ends the P-Nats win streak at three games.

Both offenses were on display early in the contest.  The Mudcats behind four straight hits in the second inning took a 2-0 lead against Potomac starter Matt Grace.  With one out, Jeremie Tice, Jake Lowery, and Ronny Rodriguez each singled to load the bases.  Anthony Gallas then drove home Tice and Lowery with the fourth consecutive single of the inning to put the Mudcats up 2-0.

Justin Bloxom tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second with a two-run home run off Kyle Blair.  The home run was Bloxom’s second off of Blair this season after he homered last Saturday at Five County Stadium.

Carolina (21-19) continued to swing the bats well in the third inning tacking on four more runs.  Tyler Holt and Tony Wolters singled to begin the frame and Carlos Moncrief followed with an RBI single to regain the lead for the Mudcats at 3-2.  Tice then delivered the biggest hit of the inning crushing his eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot, to increase the advantage to 6-2.

Potomac (16-22) battled back once again in the bottom of the third inning.  Randolph Oduber led off with a solo home run and with one out, David Freitas and Zack Walters hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the deficit to 6-5.

Those would be the last runs scored by the P-Nats in the game as the Mudcats bullpen combined to throw six scoreless innings.  Jordan Cooper (1-2) picked up his first win of the season firing four shutout innings allowing just one hit while striking out five.

The Mudcats kept the pedal down in the fourth inning adding two more runs.  Holt brought home Gallas with an RBI triple and Jesus Aguilar added an RBI single to put Carolina back up three runs at 8-5.

Grace (2-5) made his seventh start of the season for Potomac and second straight against the Mudcats.  He took the loss yielding a season-high eight runs on twelve hits in five innings of work. Carolina added one run in the sixth and one in the eighth against the P-Nats bullpen courtesy of RBI singles by Tice and Lowery to push the lead to 10-5.

The Mudcats scored their final two runs of the night in the ninth inning.  With two outs, Wolters tripled home Justin Toole and eventually scored on another RBI single by Moncrief to make it 12-5.

The P-Nats continue their series against the Carolina Mudcats tomorrow evening at 6:35 PM.  Trevor Holder (2-0, 4.34 ERA) will be on the mound making his first start of the season for the Nationals while Francisco Jimenez (4-1, 2.43 ERA) will pitch for the Mudcats.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League

The Hagerstown Suns (23-15) rallied for three runs to tie in the eighth inning, and then walked-off with a 5-4 win in the ninth against the Delmarva Shorebirds(18-22) at Municipal Stadium on Friday Night.

 teven Souza got the Suns eighth inning rally started with an RBI sac-fly, followed by Caleb Ramsey’s two-run home run to even the score at 4-4. Brian Goodwin led-off the ninth inning with a walk and then went to third on a throwing error by the pitcher Williams Louico (0-1). With one out, Jason Martinson singled to drive in Goodwin and give Hagerstown their third walk-off win of the season.

Suns starting pitcher Alex Meyer did not factor in the decision, allowing four runs in five innings. The Suns relief combination of Ben Hawkins and Bobby Lucas (2-0) each pitched two perfect innings, with Lucas earning the win.

Delmarva starter Eduardo Rodriguez also took a no-decision after pitching six innings, allowing one run (unearned) on four hits. Louico took the loss after walking Goodwin to begin the ninth inning and then committing a throwing error to advance him to third base.

Shorebirds right fielder Brenden Webb homered in his second straight game, while left fielder Kyle Hoppy went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

The Suns and Shorebirds will play game three of the series at Municipal Stadium on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. when righty Taylor Hill (3-2) takes the ball against Delmarva’s RHP Miguel Chalas (3-2).

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Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, returned to their winning ways on Thursday night with a 6-1 victory over the Columbus Clippers. Five of the Chiefs’ six runs came in the second inning, and three Chiefs pitchers combined to hold down a potent Columbus attack.The night after Syracuse (19-22) had its seven-game winning streak was snapped, the Chiefs ignited their offense early in the second. With one out and Xavier Paul on first base, designated hitter Jim Negrych slammed a 1-1 offering from Clippers starter Paolo Espino over the right field wall for a two-run home run. Negrych, who had five home runs in 106 games with Double-A Jacksonville last season, has already hit three home runs in just 14 games this year.

Brett Carroll followed with a walk and Seth Bynum reached on an infield single. After a passed ball moved the runners to second and third, catcher James Skelton, in his first Syracuse game, hit a ground ball to second to score Carroll. Left fielder Corey Brown then followed with a double off the right-center field wall on an 0-2 pitch, plating Bynum to give the Chiefs a 4-0 lead. Not to be outdone, shortstop Josh Johnson laced an 0-2 pitch right down the third base line for another run-scoring double, putting Syracuse ahead by a 5-0 score. Johnson, in his 29th Triple-A game, collected his first Triple-A hit since a double in his first ever Syracuse game.

Columbus (19-21) answered with an unearned run against right-hander Mitch Atkins in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Andy LaRoche reached on an error by third baseman Carlos Rivero. Two batters later, Russ Canzler lined a single in front of Brown, who lost the ball in the sun, cutting the lead to 5-1.

That would be the only run Columbus scored, with Atkins twirling a brief but effective start. In five innings, he allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out two. Right-hander Tanner Roark followed Atkins with three scoreless innings, striking out five, while Josh Wilkie tossed a perfect ninth to close the game out.

The Chiefs would add a seventh-inning run as well, with Paul’s single scoring Mark Teahen from second base. Paul was two for four in the game, increasing his batting average to a team-best .329.

Syracuse and Columbus will finish their series on Friday night with a 7:05 start time. Left-hander Zach Duke is the scheduled starter for Syracuse.

 
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League
 
The Richmond Flying Squirrels walked off with a 1-0 win over the Senators on Thursday night in Richmond. Marcos Frias walked four batters in the bottom of the 14th, including Joel Weeks, to force in the game’s only run and hand the Flying Squirrels a 1-0 win. Richmond salvages the final game of the series and moves to 20-20 on the season. The Senators fall to 22-17 with the loss.

The Senators had their five-game winning streak snapped with the loss, but went 5-2 on the road trip. After amassing over 60 hits in the first six games of the trip, Harrisburg mustered only five hits in 14 innings.

The Senators had only one base runner reach third in the game, Eury Perez in the 14th, but he was left stranded. The Senators had a pair of two out hits in the first, but nothing came of it. Jesus Valdez reached second in the ninth inning on an error and wild pitch, but was thrown out trying to reach third on a fly ball to center field off the bat of Tim Pahuta.

Danny Rosenbaum started and pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out four and walking two. Kevin Pucetas pitched three scoreless innings, followed by two scoreless innings by Pat McCoy. Marcos Frias went an inning and a third and fell to 1-3 with the loss.

The Senators return home for a three-game series with Bowie. The game on Friday night starts at 7:00 p.m. with RH Rob Gilliam on the hill.

Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League

David Freitas hit a two-out two-run single to propel the Potomac Nationals to a 10-9 win over the Frederick Keys. The Nationals scored three runs in the night to overcome a 9-7 deficit.

A back and forth game came down the bottom of the ninth inning with the Keys leading 9-7. Randolph Oduber led off with a single and Blake Kelso got a one-out single. With two outs, Justin Bloxom knocked a single to the right side that scored Oduber and advanced Kelso to third to bring the P-Nats within 9-8. With David Freitas up, Bloxom took second on defensive indifference. That was significant as on a 2-2 pitch down to his last strike, Freitas laced a knock to left field that easily scored Kelso and Bloxom winning the game 10-9 for Potomac. It was the second straight night the Nationals were walk-off winners.

The contest started well for the P-Nats who scored three times in the first against Frederick starter Scott Copeland to take a 3-0 lead. All three runs were unearned with the big hit a Michael Taylor two-run two-out single.

Frederick responded with two in the fourth with Adam Davis knocking an RBI double and scoring a groundout and the Keys were within 3-2.

But in a contest that went just short of three and a half hours, the Nationals would again score with the help of the Frederick defense. Kevin Keyes singled in Zach Walters and the lead was 4-2. Walters and Taylor would score on a fielding error by Garabez Rosa and the P-Nats opened their biggest lead of the contest 6-2.

The Keys came back again with two more in the fifth as Aaron Baker hit an RBI double and Matt Sweeney hit a RBI single and Potomac’s lead was cut to 6-4. The following half inning Potomac scored another unearned run on a double by Taylor scoring Bloxom and Potomac led 7-4.

The two starters ddn’t factor into the decision. Winters gave up four earned runs over five innings. Copeland ended up tossing four innings but giving up seven runs. Just two of the seven were earned.

For the fifth straight half inning, Frederick was able to put a crooked number on the board in the top of the sixth. They scored a run off of Potomac reliever Shane McCatty and the lead skunk to 7-5 for the Nationals but the Keys left the bases loaded..

Then a nightmare of the seventh was in the cards for the P-Nats. The first six batters all reached against McCatty who was relieved by Neil Holland who limited the damage. Holland retired there of the four batters he faced and the Keys left the bases loaded scoring just four runs but taking a 9-7 lead.

After three scoreless innings from reliever Jason Gurka, David Walters (1-2) came in to try and close the game for the Keys. He would blow the save and take the loss while Holland (2-1) tossing two scoreless innings got the win.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League

The Hagerstown Suns (22-15) turned in a 13-11 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds(18-21) in a see-saw affair at Municipal Stadium on Thursday Night. It was the Suns’ season-best fifth consecutive win.

Eight of the nine batters in the Suns’ starting line-up registered at least one RBI as Hagerstown pounded out 14 hits and drew nine walks against Shorebirds pitching. Cutter Dykstra enjoyed a three hit night, including his first home run of the season to lead-off the first inning. He finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored, three RBIs and a stolen base. Shortstop Jason Martinson went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs.

Suns reliever Greg Holt (1-0) earned his first win, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits with two strike outs. Todd Simko (1) earned the save, inducing a 5-4-3 double-play ball to end the game.

Delmarva’s Jesse Beal (2-2) suffered the loss allowing six runs on four hits, and three walks over two-plus innings of work. Third baseman Jason Esposito blasted one of four Shorebirds home runs in the game, a grand slam, and finished his night 3-for-5. Second baseman Nicky Delmonico went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.

The Suns and Shorebirds will play game three of the series at Municipal Stadium is on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. when righty Alex Meyer (2-3) takes the ball against Delmarva’s LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-0).

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