August 31, 2016

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 7

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs won the final game of the season, 5-4, against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Monday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. Emmanuel Burriss hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Chiefs a series win in the final three-game set of the season.

Syracuse (66-78) scored first with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the second inning against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Chaz Herbert. Matt Skole led off the inning with a solo home run over the right-field fence. Skole’s eighth home run in Triple-A gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (81-63) squared the score in the top of the fifth inning against Syracuse starter Paolo Espino. With one out, Jake Cave doubled over the center fielder Jose Lozada’s head. The next batter, Ali Castillo, singled to right field to knot the score at 1-1.

The RailRiders took the lead in the top of the seventh inning against Dakota Bacus. Cito Culver led off the inning with a walk. With one out and Jake Cave at the plate, Bacus threw a wild pitch to advance Culver to second base. Then, Castillo drove in his second run of the game with an RBI double to right field.

The lead was short-lived for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as Syracuse took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning against Jonathan Holder. With one out, Isaac Ballou doubled into the right-center field gap. Scott Sizemore followed with a two-run home run over the left-field wall to put the Chiefs up 3-2 after seven.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tied the game in the top of the ninth against Juan Gutierrez. Kyle Roller pinch-hit for Kyle Higashioka and singled to center field. Ben Gamel pinch-ran for Roller and stole second base with Cave batting. Then, Cave drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Castillo burned the Chiefs yet again with an RBI to drive in his third run of the day to tie the score at three.

The game remained tied until the top of the 11th inning. The RailRiders scored one run against Connor Overton. Cave tripled to lead off the 11th. Castillo singled in his fourth run of the day with an RBI single to center field.

The Chiefs fought back in the bottom of the 11th to score two runs and win the game against the RailRiders. With one out, Steve Lerud and Jose Lozada walked to put two runners on the Chiefs with one out. Two batters later, Sizemore drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Then, Jason Martinson drew a bases-loaded walk to square the score at four. Burriss finished the game one batter later with a walkoff single to right field to score Lozada and give Syracuse the victory.

The Syracuse Chiefs have finished the 2015 season with a record of 66-78. The Chiefs finish with both the longest win streak (11) and losing streak (12) in the International League this season. Information on Syracuse’s 2016 schedule will officially be released soon. The Chiefs open the season on Thursday, April 7th against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): In their final game of the season, the Harrisburg Senators dropped a 3-2 decision to the visiting Akron RubberDucks in front of 3,426 fans.

The Senators drew first blood when Derrick Robinson singled through the left side of the infield to score Khayyan Norfork from second base. Akron would equalize the score in the fourth inning off Harrisburg starter Brian Rauh.

Rauh scattered three hits over five innings while allowing a run, striking out three, and walking two. Matt Purke was tagged with the loss as the southpaw worked two innings of relief allowing the go-ahead run in on a single. Following Purke (1-3), Nick Lee allowed an insurance run to make it 3-1 on a sacrifice fly after loading the bases with three walks.

Chris Bostick cut the deficit in half in the eighth inning with his eighth Double-A home run, and twelfth overall. The Senators went down in order in the ninth to close out the 2015 campaign with a record of 67-75.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (65-74-Overall, 34-35-Home, 33-37-Second Half) allowed three runs in the top of the first to the Salem Red Sox (66-73-Overall, 35-35-Road, 41-35-Second Half) and ultimately dropped the season finale 4-2 at Pfitzner Stadium on Labor Day Monday.

RHP Austen Williams (4-6, 2.59) made his 25th start overall in 2015 and 11th start for the Nationals, looking for his 13th win combined in 2015. Williams ran into trouble right out of the gate in the ballgame, giving up three runs in the top of the first.

SS Mauricio Dubon led the whole thing off with a single followed by an infield single by the number two man 2B Wendell Rijo. CF Kevin Heller knocked in Dubon with an RBI single to give the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead and they weren’t done yet. Two batters later, RF Franklin Guzman brought home both Rijo and Heller for a 3-0 lead for the Sox.

The Nationals answered with a solo run in the bottom of the first on two, one out singles by LF Alec Keller and 1B John Wooten. DH Brenden Webb grounded out but moved both runners up a bag and then 3B Drew Ward walked to load the bases. C Raudy Read picked up his fifth RBI of the season with the Nationals in his fifth game on a walk issued by the starter for Salem RHP Kevin McAvoy, cutting the lead to 3-1.

Salem added a run against Williams in the top of the fifth inning when Dubon doubled. Two batters later Heller doubled home Dubon for a 4-1 lead.

Williams pitched six innings for the seventh consecutive start with the Nationals, allowing four runs (earned) on nine hits, no walks and he struck out four, throwing 83 pitches with 61 for strikes. Williams took his sixth loss of the season with Potomac.

McAvoy last only 2.2 innings getting dinged for one run (earned) on two hits, two walks and punched out one.

RHP Kyle Kraus (2-2, 1-34) entered in the bottom and struck out Ward to end the third in relief of McAvoy. Kraus earned the win for his 3.1 innings of work allowing only one run (earned) on three hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

The Nationals scored their lone run against Kraus in the sixth inning when Ward singled to extend his on-base streak to 21 games to end the season. C Raudy Read doubled him to third and then RF Estarlin Martinez lined a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home Ward to cut the lead to 4-2 Red Sox.

That was the final as LHP Luis Ysla pitched a scoreless two innings, striking out one batter and RHP Taylor Grover (SV 4) pitched a one, two, three ninth to close out the 4-2 Red Sox win and ink his fourth save of the season.

For the Nationals RHP Jeff Howell pitched a scoreless seventh inning, walking two and striking out one followed by LHP Justin Thomas, who threw the final two innings, walking one and striking out one.

The Nationals end the season 65-74 overall and 33-37 in the second half, also finishing 9-13 against Salem and 32-37 against the Southern Division.

The Red Sox, with their win yesterday in the finale, win the series and hand Potomac their second straight loss to wrap up the 2015 season.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (33-37, 68-70) ended their 2015 season on Monday afternoon with a 6-2 win over the Lexington Legends (27-41, 58-80) at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Despite the win, however, the Suns dropped the five-game series against Lexington three games to two.

In the season finale on Monday the Suns jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four innings and cruised from there. Hagerstown was able to build its early comfortable lead thanks to strong starting pitching from RHP Erick Fedde (1-2), who earned his first ever win in a Suns uniform by tossing five scoreless innings and giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. Starting RHP Corey Ray (5-7) suffered the loss for Lexington. He went six innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight.

In the fourth game of the series on Sunday afternoon the Legends won a slugfest 14-8. Lexington scored at least three runs in four different innings, including three of the first four frames to take command of the game early. That allowed starting LHP Foster Griffin (4-6) to earn the win for the Legends. He threw six innings and gave up three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two. Starting RHP Andrew Lee (3-1) got tagged with the loss for Hagerstown. He went just 2.2 innings and surrendered six earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two.

In game three of the series on Saturday afternoon Lexington used the long ball to power past the Suns in 10 innings for a 7-5 win. The Legends clobbered four homeruns in the game, which is the most allowed in a game by the Suns all season. The last of those four long balls was hit by DH Chase Vallot in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Lexington the walk-off win. It was RHP Deion Williams (1-2) who surrendered the homerun to Vallot, thus getting tagged with the loss for the Suns. LHP Brennan Henry (2-3) threw the final 3.2 innings for the Legends to earn the win. He did not allow a run, while giving up two hits and striking out four.

In the second game of the series on Friday night Lexington notched a one-run, 5-4 win. Hagerstown held a 3-0 advantage early in the contest, but a two-run sixth inning gave the Legends the lead for good. All five Lexington runs were charged to starting RHP Justin Amlung (3-4), who went six innings and gave up five earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five as he suffered the loss. RHP Torey Deshazier (4-5) earned the win for Lexington. He threw 2.2 innings in relief, allowing one earned run on two hits and three walks.

In game one of the series on Thursday night the Suns picked up their first win of the series by a final of 5-2. The Legends were held off the scoreboard until the ninth, as they stranded 13 men on base throughout the game. RHP Kevin Perez (1-3) picked up the win for Hagerstown in relief. He threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and four walks while striking out three. Starting RHP Yunior Marte (4-5) suffered the loss for the Legends. In 3.1 innings pitched he gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out one.

In total Lexington out-scored Hagerstown 34-24 in the series, but the Suns outhit the Legends 48-43. The Suns will begin the 2016 season, their 36th season in Hagerstown, with a home game on April 7 against the Delmarva Shorebirds.

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 6

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 4-0, on Sunday night in the penultimate game of the season. Syracuse pitchers combined for eight strikeouts.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (81-62) opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Kyle Roller and Rob Segedin hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. After a fly out, third baseman Cito Culver singled to left, scoring Roller and giving the RailRiders an early 1-0 lead.

The RailRiders added to their tally in the top of the fifth. Juan Graterol, Jake Cave and Ali Castillo all singled to begin the inning, which loaded the bases for Slade Heathcott. Heathcott promptly singled to left, scoring both Graterol and Cave and increasing Scranton/Wilkes-Barres’ lead to 3-0.

For the third straight inning, the RailRiders scored against the Chiefs, this time in the top of the sixth. With one out, Graterol singled and then advanced to second when Cave reached on a fielding error by Chiefs starter Taylor Jordan. Jordan then walked the final batter he faced, Castillo, to load the bases. Bruce Billings came in in relief and gave up an RBI single to Heathcott that gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 4-0 lead.

Despite the loss, the Syracuse (65-78) pitching staff had a solid outing. Jordan struck out four in five and one-third innings of work. Billings struck out four as well, while only allowing one walk in two and two-thirds innings. Finally, Bryan Harper pitched one scoreless inning, only walking one batter.

The Chiefs play their final game of the 2015 season on Monday afternoon against the RailRiders with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Paolo Espino will take the mound for the final time for Syracuse to face a starter to be announced.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators managed only two hits in a 2-0 loss to the Akron RubberDucks on Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park in front of 6,521 fans. The game marked the twelfth time the Senators (67-74) were shut out this season.

Harrisburg starter Austin Voth traded zeroes back and forth on the scoreboard with Akron’s Adam Plutko for six innings. Voth allowed only one hit through six frames while striking out seven in his final start of the 2015 campaign.

Wander Suero relived Voth and immediately ran into trouble in the seventh inning as he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. Suero (1-2) struck out Akron’s Jordan Smith with the bases loaded but by then the damage was done. Abel De Los Santos threw two scoreless innings to keep the Senators within striking distance.

Reegie Corona and Chris Bostick delivered Harrisburg’s two hits as Corona doubled in the sixth inning and Bostick tripled with two outs in the ninth.

The Senators will play their final game of the 2015 season on Monday with Brian Rauh on the mound, starting at 1:30 p.m.

 POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): On Labor Day Sunday, the Potomac Nationals (65-73 Overall, 34-35 Home, 32-36 Second Half) were shut out by the Salem Red Sox (65-73 Overall, 34-35 Road, 27-41 Second Half) in series Game Three at Pfitzner Stadium 8-0 in the penultimate contest of the 2015 season for both clubs.

Red Sox starting hurler, RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (5-11) improved to five wins on the 2015 campaign by tying his season-high in innings pitched with 7.0 stanzas in which he surrendered no runs, five hits, and two walks. Stankiewicz struck out five batters in the clash.

Salem went only 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base in the team’s 65th win of the season which gave both squads the same overall record on the 2015 season (65-73).

Potomac mustered only five hits including four singles and a double smacked by 1B John Wooten while Salem put together a 12-hit outing offensively.

The Red Sox earned their 12th shutout win and the Nationals were blanked for the 10th time in 2015.

Nationals starter, RHP Ian Dickson (3-3), en route to suffering his third loss, lasted just 1.2 innings and was removed from the mound due to pitch count. Dickson gave up one earned run on one hit and four walks while striking out just one batter.

In the opening inning, Dickson issued a leadoff four-pitch walk to SS Mauricio Dubon and 2B Wendell Rijo laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Dubon to second base but Dickson pitched out of trouble by getting LF Kevin Heller to yank a fielder’s choice groundball to the six hole and a popup by 1B Mario Martinez to Potomac 2B David Masters.

Salem got their first run in the 2nd inning on a leadoff ground-rule double smacked by Red Sox CF Mike Meyers off the warning track and over the wall in left-center field before three straight walks handed out to RF Franklin Guzman, C Jordan Procyshen, and DH Zach Kapstein (RBI walk), respectively.

Potomac LHP R.C. Orlan took over for Dickson and got the final out of the 2nd inning on a fielder’s choice groundball off the bat of Rijo.

Orlan went 4.1 innings and allowed three runs (two earned runs) on six hits including two home runs but no walks. Orlan fanned four men and faced one batter in the 7th (Rijo singled into center field).

The Red Sox plated two runs in the 5th inning to take a 3-0 lead despite the fact Orlan fanned the side. Martinez cranked his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot off the third tier of signage in left field. Guzman also left the yard with a mammoth blast that smacked into the scoreboard on the other side of the left-center field fence. The clout was Guzman’s eight dinger of the season.

One more run was sent home by the Red Sox against Nationals RHP Manny Rodriguez in the 7th but the unearned run was charged to Orlan. An errant throw by Potomac C Zach Wright on a double steal by Rijo and Heller, who walked, put the Sox ahead by the score of 4-0.

Rodriguez pitched 1.2 scoreless relief innings and allowed one hit plus one walk with three strikeouts to his line.

Salem RHP German Taveras went to full counts on P-Nats SS Stephen Perez and Wright but retired them both on a strikeout swinging and a flyout to deep waters in dead center field before Masters went down on a popout in foul ground on the first base side.

Four unearned runs off Nationals RHP Phillips Valdez scored in the top of the 9th. Masters made an errant throw with the bases loaded over the head of Wooten at first base to bring in Rijo, who tapped an infield single to get aboard, and Meyers, who rolled a single into right field to reach base. The second double of the contest for Kapstein, smoked down the right field chalk, drove home Guzman, who walked, and Procyshen, who benefited by the Masters’ error.

Red Sox RHP Chandler Shepherd finished the game by turning in a perfect bottom of the 9th.

Potomac hosted Salem in front of 5,611 fans to clinch the 13th sellout in 2015 at Pfitzner Stadium.

In their final game of the 2015 season, the Nationals will send RHP Austen Williams (4-5, 2.22) to the hill to face off with Red Sox RHP Kevin McAvoy (11-9, 3.90).

McAvoy is (3-2) with a 1.39 earned run average in five starts against Potomac this season while Williams has earned a (1-0) record and a 0.75 ERA in a pair of starting outings vs. Salem in 2015.

Williams will throw first pitch at 1:05pm on Labor Day Monday.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): After pitching brilliantly in his first season of professional baseball, Andrew Lee couldn’t keep it up on Sunday.  In his final outing this season for the Hagerstown Suns, the 6-foot-5 right-hander was hit hard in a 14-8 South Atlantic League loss at the Lexington Legends.

Lee had given up only one earned run in 15 minor league appearances.  But on Sunday, Lexington (58-79, 27-40 second half) collected five hits and six earned runs off Lee in 2 2/3 innings. After walking just seven in 36 minor league innings, Lee walked three batters, hit another with a pitch and uncorked two wild pitches.

Lee (3-1), picked in the 11th round of the June draft by the Washington Nationals, surrendered three runs in the second inning, all with two out.  The key blow was a two-run triple by Austin Bailey.  In the following frame, Lee headed to the showers after wild-pitching home a run and serving up a two-out, two-run single to Alexis Rivera.

David Napoli offered little relief, giving up five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as Lexington jumped to an 11-3 lead.  Hagerstown (67-70, 32-37) wasted strong offensive work from Bryan Mejia, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs, lifting his batting average to .346.  He was the only Suns player with more than one hit.

Foster Griffin (4-6) got the win for Lexington, which will try to conclude a rough season with a four-game winning streak this afternoon.

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 5

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 6-5, Saturday night at NBT Bank Stadium. Isaac Ballou hit a walkoff single in the tenth inning in just his third Triple-A game to lift the Chiefs over the 2015 I.L. North champs.

Syracuse (65-77) scored first in the bottom of the first inning against Scranton starter Brady Lail. Emmanuel Burriss led off the inning with a single to center field. With two outs, Matt Skole walked to put runners on first and second. Then, Scott Sizemore lined a two-out RBI single to left field to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (80-62) got on the board with two runs in the top of the third inning against Taylor Hill. Kyle Higashioka singled to left field and Slade Heathcott walked with one out. After a fielder’s choice by Ali Castillo, Ben Gamel lined a double to center field to plate Higashioka and Heathcott to give the RailRiders a 2-1 lead.

The Chiefs answered immediately in the bottom of the third inning with three runs against the RailRiders. Jason Martinson led off the inning with a solo home run deep over the left-field fence. With one out, Sizemore walked. Two batters later, Ricky Hague tripled to deep center field to plate Sizemore. Then, Steve Lerud scored Hague with an RBI single to right field.

The RailRiders rallied in the sixth and the seventh innings to square the score at five. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh inning. In the sixth, Gamel led off the inning with a double and Aaron Judge singled to center to put runners on first and third with no outs. The next batter, Kyle Roller lined a single to center to plate Gamel and pull the RailRiders within two runs. Three batters later, with runners on first and third, Jake Cave hit an infield single to shortstop to pull Scranton/Wilkes-Barre within one.

In the seventh, Slade Heathcott doubled to lead off the inning against new Chiefs pitcher P.J. Walters. A batter later, Ali Castillo doubled home Heathcott to tie the game at five.

The game remained tied until the tenth. Jose Lozada worked a walk against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Mark Montgomery. Lozada moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Emmanuel Burriss. Ballou then came through, driving a ball over the head of Cave in center field, scoring Lozada and lifting the Chiefs.

Syracuse will play its penultimate game of the season Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Taylor Jordan is slated to start for the Chiefs opposite Kyle Davies for the RailRiders.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Fueled by a three-run home run by Jake Lowery, the Akron RubberDucks turned away the Harrisburg Senators, 3-1, on Saturday night at Metro Bank Park. The Senators (67-73) managed only five hits for the second straight game in the defeat.

Harrisburg starter Colin Bates threw six solid innings, really making only the one mistake to Lowery that collared the right-hander with the loss. Bates (6-6) allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out four in his final start of the season.

Southpaw Matt Purke worked an inning of relief striking out two while not allowing a run. Erik Davis followed with two scoreless innings of his own, also striking out two.

The Senators were baffled by Akron starting pitcher D.J. Brown and relievers Josh Martin and Jeff Johnson as Harrisburg struck out 11 times. That trio also retired the last nine batters of the game in order.

Wilmer Difo collected two of the Senators’ hits including a triple and scored the lone run on a Brian Goodwin sacrifice fly. Goodwin also chipped in a double for the other extra-base hit for Harrisburg.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Nationals (65-72-Overall, 34-34-Home, 32-35-Second Half) turned a 1-0 deficit into a 6-2 win with two runs in the second and three in the fourth, adding an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Salem Red Sox (64-73-Overall, 33-35-Road, 26-41-Second Half) in Game Two to even the series at a win apiece at Pfitzner Stadium on Saturday Night.

For the Nationals, it was RHP Tyler Mapes (6-3, 2.38), who has been a swingman for the Nationals all season, making 22 appearances out of the bullpen and eight starts, making the start tonight.

RF Brenden Webb finished a triple shy of the cycle, homering, scoring three times and driving in one while C Raudy Read had a three hit night and drove in three in the win for Potomac.

Mapes, tied a season high in innings pitched with seven strong, allowing one run (earned) on six hit, all singles, three walks and he struck out three. Of the six singles Mapes allowed, five of them were infield singles.

The lone run Mapes relinquished came for Salem in the top of the first inning when SS Mauricio Dubon and 2B Wendell Rijo reached on infield singles hit deep in the hole to the SS Stephen Perez. Dubon stole second base before the Rijo single and then Kevin Heller, the club leader in batting average, grounded into a twin killing that brought home Dubon for an early Red Sox 1-0 lead.

Mapes never allowed another run, sprinkling the final four hits he allowed, with two in the fourth and two in the seventh, his final frame. Mapes earned his sixth win of the season and seventh win of the 2015 season combined over two levels and he finished his season 3-0 against Salem, having allowed three earned runs (three runs total) in 30.0 innings on the mound.

The Nationals, against a familiar foe in RHP Ty Buttrey (8-10, 4.20), were held scoreless in the bottom of the first but then took a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in the bottom of the second. With one out 3B Drew Ward extended his on-base streak to 19 games by singling. Webb followed with a laced double down the right field line that pushed Ward to third. Read then knocked in Ward and Webb with a two-run single and was thrown out trying to stretch it second base, but it gave the Nationals a 2-1 lead.

The P-Nats were turned away in the third, stranding two before busting the game open in the fourth. Webb connected for his first home run as a National, a laser beam down the right field line for a 3-1 lead. Read then walked against Buttrey and Perez laced a triple into the right-centerfield gap for a 4-1 Nationals advantage. DH Estarlin Martinez was hit by a pitch and then CF Rafael Bautista brought home Perez on a sacrifice fly for a 5-1 lead.

Buttrey lasted five innings, giving up five runs (all earned) on seven hits, two walks and he struck out two in the loss. Buttrey fell to 1-3 against the Nationals.

RHP Jake Johansen pitched the eighth and ninth and gave up a run to Salem in the eighth when he struck out Rijo, but Wendell reached on a wild pitch. Heller singled Rijo to third and then another wild pitch by Johansen brought him home for a 5-2 Nationals lead.

Potomac snatched the run back in the bottom of the eighth against LHP Mike Adams, who came in for Buttrey in the sixth and hurled two scoreless innings before the eighth. He walked Webb and then Read doubled him home for a 6-2 Nats’ lead.

Johansen came back out for the ninth and hurled a scoreless frame, facing four batters and allowing a double before closing out the 6-2 Nationals win. Johansen pitched two innings, struck out four and gave up one run (earned) without allowing a walk.

The Nationals improve to 9-11 against the Red Sox and keep hope alive of finishing with a winning record at the friendly confines of Pfitzner Stadium in 2015.

The series opener tomorrow night at The Pfitz will feature RHP Ian Dickson (3-2, 3.52) for Potomac vs. RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (4-11, 4.22) for Salem in Game Three.

First pitch is set for 6:05 pm from Pfiztner Stadium.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic):  Chase Vallot hit a two-run homer off reliever Deion Williams in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Lexington Legends past the Hagerstown Suns 7-5 on Saturday in the South Atlantic League.

The Suns (67-69, 32-36 second half) took a 3-0 lead with a three-run second inning, and led 5-3 after the top of the seventh, but the Legends (57-79, 26-40) rallied each time.  Jeff Gardner, Adderling Ruiz and Osvaldo Abreu each hit RBI doubles in the second to give Hagerstown the lead.

Brian Bien doubled and scored on Luis Villegas’ single for Lexington in the third. Mike Hill led off the fifth with a homer, and the Legends added another run on two singles and two hit batters to tie the game at 3.

Ruiz homered in the sixth, and Abreu tripled and scored on Bryan Mejia’s groundout in the seventh to give the Suns a 5-3 lead.

Alexis Rivera led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer, and Austin Bailey went deep with two outs to pull the Legends back into a tie.  Vallot and Bien each had three hits for Lexington. Abreu went 4-for-5 for Hagerstown.

Brennan Henry (2-3) got the win, pitching a scoreless final 3 2/3 innings for the Legends.  He allowed two hits and struck out four. Williams (1-2) took the loss.  Conner Bach allowed three runs on five hits while striking out five over 4 1/3 innings in his start for the Suns.

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 4

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped their final road game of the season, 4-1, to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Friday night at Coca-Cola Park. The IronPigs slugged two home runs to split the two-game series.

Lehigh Valley (63-78) got on the board in the second inning. Cord Phelps doubled to start the inning off Scott McGregor. Three batters later, Logan Moore singled in Phelps to give the IronPigs a 1-0 lead.

Syracuse (64-77) squared the game in the fourth. Scott Sizemore reached on a fielder’s choice with one out. Caleb Ramsey followed with a single and Isaac Ballou singled home Sizemore for Ballou’s first Triple-A RBI.

The IronPigs grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the frame. Tommy Joseph launched a home run over the left field wall with one out to get the led back at 2-1.

Another home run finished the scoring in the fifth. Dakota Bacus made his Triple-A debut, and hit Kelly Dugan with two outs. Russ Canzler followed with his tenth home run of the season to lift the IronPigs to a 4-1 lead.

Syracuse returns home for the final three games of the season, starting Saturday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Taylor Hill is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Brady Lail for the RailRiders. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators used two big innings to handle the Akron RubberDucks, 7-4, in front of 5,245 fans on Friday night at Metro Bank Park. Despite getting outhit 10-5 by the RubberDucks, the Senators (67-72) took advantage of eight walks issued by four Akron pitchers.

Akron got on the board first as they plated two runs off starter Lucas Giolito as Nellie Rodriguez delivered a two-out single into left field. The Senators responded with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Reegie Corona started the rally with his first home run of the season and the Senators scored two more on an RBI groundout and wild pitch.

Giolito settled down and although Akron would score four runs off the right-hander, he picked up his fourth Double-A victory of the season. The 21-year-old allowed seven hits, walked one, and struck out four in his last start of 2015.

The Senators broke the game open with four runs in the fifth inning. A Wilmer Difo double, Chris Bostick single, and Drew Vettleson single with the bases loaded chased Akron starter Duke von Schamann from the game.

Relievers Nick Lee, Gilberto Mendez, and Paul Demny each worked one inning of scoreless relief to secure the victory.

The Senators continue their final series of the 2015 season against Akron on Saturday with Colin Bates on the mound, starting at 6:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): On Friday night under the lights at Pfitzner Stadium, the Potomac Nationals (64-72 Overall, 33-34 Home, 31-35 Second Half) were usurped by the Salem Red Sox (64-72 Overall, 33-34 Road, 26-40 Second Half) in the series opener of four games to finish the 2015 regular season by the final score of 6-3.

Knuckleballer RHP Jeff Howell (1-2), a former professional catcher, made his third Carolina League start and suffered his second loss with the P-Nats after getting bombarded by Salem in a six-run 2nd inning.

Howell walked one batter in the 1st frame after garnering two outs but his battery mate, C Raudy Read fired out Red Sox CF Kevin Heller from his knees with a 77 miles per hour throw down to second base.

An inning later, Howell walked four, balked once, and surrendered three hits including a leadoff single to 1B Mario Martinez, an RBI free pass to 3B Jordan Betts, a bases loaded three-RBI triple off the bat of LF Yoilan Cerse, and a gargantuan two-run home run blasted by 2B Wendell Rijo off the third tier of signage in left field. Salem DH Zach Kapstein, SS Deiner Lopez, and Heller also received first base due to excessive balls out of the strike zone.

In all, Howell went just 1.2 innings and gave up the aforementioned six earned runs on three hits and five walks while fanning just one man.

Opposite Howell, Salem starter, LHP Trey Ball (9-13) earned his ninth win with the requisite 5.0 innings worked to qualify for a victory. Ball allowed two runs (one earned run) on six hits and two walks. Ball struck out six hitters.

The Red Sox went just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base but lived off their six runs in Act One to garner their 64th “W” of the season despite not scoring for the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, the P-Nats plated individual runs in the 3rd, 4th, and 9th innings.

Potomac got on the scoreboard in the 3rd via an RBI 4-3 groundout from 1B Grant DeBruin. Prior to that run, Nationals CF Rafael Bautista was thrown out at home plate on an infield single rapped by RF Narciso Mesa along the third base line that was thrown away at first base by Betts. Salem RF Franklin Guzman picked up the ball and fired it to the dish. Betts was on the receiving end and he applied the tag to the sliding Bautista as Red Sox C Carlos Coste was backing up at first base and unavailable to cover the plate.

In the 4th stanza, the leadoff double of Nationals 3B Drew Ward blasted to left-center scored when SS Stephen Perez muscled an RBI single to right-center field.

In the 9th off Salem reliever, RHP Brandon Show (2 SV), The Red, White, and Blue received a single off the lumber of Read nailed into center field before Perez grounded into a 1-6-3 double play. Potomac LF Estarlin Martinez sprayed a single on the ground back up the middle, advanced to second base on defensive indifference, and scored on the second error of the night committed by Betts at third base on a throw-away at first base. Bautista tested Betts again with a groundball his way and it appeared Bautista was safe on the bang-bang play but he was called out and the ballgame was over.

Nationals bullpen slingers, LHP Jake Walsh, in long-man duty, and RHP Derek Self in short relief, both gave up no runs in 3.2 innings.

Walsh allowed two hits plus one walk and the southpaw fanned five men.

Self’s offerings resulted in three base knocks by the Red Sox but also three strikeouts of visiting club swingers.

Show converted his second save in as many save chances with 4.0 frames out of the bullpen. Show allowed the one unearned run on four hits but no walks.

The Nationals cart RHP Tyler Mapes (5-3, 2.47) to the mound tonight in series Game Two. Mapes will gun against Red Sox RHP Ty Buttrey (8-9, 3.98).  First pitch is at 6:35

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): Alexis Rivera had two hits and three RBIs, including the go-ahead two-run triple in the sixth inning, as the Lexington Legends edged the Hagerstown Suns 5-4 on Friday night in the South Atlantic League.  The Suns (67-68, 32-35) and Legends (56-79, 25-40) will play three more games to wrap up the season-ending five-game series.

Osvaldo Abreu led off Friday’s game by taking Matt Tenuta deep to left center for his sixth home run of the season and a 1-0 Suns lead.  Hagerstown added two runs in the third. Abreu hit a one-out double, went to third on Matt Reistetter’s single and scored on Jose Marmolejos’ double.  Reistetter came home on a groundout by Matthew Page to make it 3-0.  The Legends got on the board in the bottom of the third against Justin Amlung (3-4), who retired the first two batters before hitting Austin Bailey with a pitch.  Chad Johnson singled and Wander Franco drove in both runners with a double to cut the lead to 3-2.

Hagerstown got singles from Wilman Rodriguez, Abreu and Reistetter in the fourth, but Rodriguez was thrown out trying to score on Reistetter’s hit to end the inning.  Lexington tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the fourth when Samir Duenez hit a leadoff single, stole second and scored on Rivera’s double.  Amlung got out of the inning with a double play.  Rodriguez gave the Suns a 4-3 lead in the sixth, greeting reliever Torey Deshazier (4-5) with a leadoff home run to left, his third of the year.  But in the bottom of the sixth, two walks led to Rivera’s two-run triple, giving the Legends a 5-4 lead.

Hagerstown loaded the bases on three walks with two outs in the eighth, chasing Deshazier, but Jake Newberry got Marmolejos to ground out to first to end the threat.  Newberry worked through the ninth to finish off a game in which the Suns stranded 12 runners.  Abreu finished 3-for-5 and Marmolejos had two hits and two RBIs.

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 2

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SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bisons, 6-2, Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Field. Syracuse scored six runs between the seventh and eighth innings to sweep the two-game series and win their fourth straight against the Bisons.

Syracuse (62-76) rallied in the seventh off Ben Rowen, who had previously not given up a run in 15 innings with the Bisons this year. Ricky Hague singled with one out to start the rally and moved to second base on a groundout. Darin Mastroianni then singled to center field, and Hague slid in just ahead of Melky Mesa’s throw to the plate, tying the game at one. Emmanuel Burriss followed with another RBI single to score Mastroianni and give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead.

The Chiefs broke the game open in the eighth. Rowen hit Matt Skole with a pitch to start the inning. After a groundout, Kevin Keyes singled to end Rowen’s outing. Chad Girodo came out of the bullpen, and Caleb Ramsey hit a ground ball to first. Matt Hague nearly collided with Girodo on the play and failed to tag Ramsey, allowing Skole to score on the RBI fielder’s choice. Two batters later, Steve Lerud reached on an infield single to load the bases. Mastroianni followed with a three-run double to break open the game and give Syracuse a 6-1 lead.

Syracuse hits the road for their final series away from NBT Bank Stadium, a two-game set against Lehigh Valley. The Chiefs will send Richard Bleier to the mound Thursday night opposite David Buchanan for the IronPigs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators couldn’t overcome an early three-run deficit as they lost 3-2 to the Richmond Flying Squirrels in front of 3,849 fans on Wednesday night. Harrisburg (66-71) went down in order six of the nine innings.

Brian Rauh (2-5) scattered three hits over four innings and struck out five. Wander Suero was outstanding in relief as the lithe right-hander tossed three scoreless innings. He held Richmond off the board while striking out two and limiting the Flying Squirrels to only one hit.

Abel De Los Santos picked up where Suero left off and posted two zeroes on the scoreboard while allowing one hit and striking out three.

The Senators scratched out only four hits including an RBI single by Cutter Dykstra. Drew Vettleson, Craig Manuel, and Adrian Sanchez accounted for the other base knocks.

The Senators finish their series against Richmond on Thursday with John Simms on the mound, starting at 7:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): On Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (78-54 Overall, 39-26 Road, 37-26 Second Half) swooped down on the Potomac Nationals (63-71 Overall, 32-33 Home, 30-34 Second Half) and took a 4-2 win in series Game Two of a three-game set using a three-run 6th inning to carry the First Half Southern Division Champions to their Carolina League-best 78th win.

The Nationals are now just (4-13) against the “birds” on the current ledger.

Potomac starter, RHP Austen Williams (4-5) threw 5.2 no-hit innings but faltered in the 6th in his quest to keep the Pelicans off the hits and runs section of the scoreboard. Williams allowed three unearned runs on three hits and two errors behind him in the 6th. In his fifth loss in 2015 with the Nationals, Williams tossed 6.0 stanzas and allowed just the three unearned run tallies on three hits and two walks while fanning a pair.

The Nationals left nine men on base and went just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the clash while the Pelicans went 3-for-8 with RISP.

Only three P-Nats hitters turned in multi-hit efforts (Bautista, Ward, and Martinez) in the game.

In the rubber match on Thursday night at 7:05, the P-Nats will throw LHP Matthew Spann (2-7, 4.66) and the Pelicans will turn to RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (6-3, 2.63).

Potomac is (5-7) in their rubber games during the 2015 season.

 

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (31-34, 66-67) walked-off with a 10-9 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators (28-36, 63-70) on Wednesday afternoon in the final game at Municipal Stadium this season. It was the third walk-off win this year for the Suns, as Hagerstown finishes with a home record of 35-33 this season.

The Suns entered the bottom of the ninth trailing by a run in a back-and-forth ballgame. Left fielder Wilman Rodriguez led off the inning by hitting a ground ball double down the left field line. It was Rodriguez’s fifth hit of the game, making him the first Suns hitter this season to collect five hits in a game. Two batters later CF Andrew Stevenson singled to left, driving in Rodriguez to tie the game at 9-9. Second baseman Osvaldo Abreu then drew a walk, and both Abreu and Stevenson advanced a base on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt of Stevenson at second. First baseman Jose Marmolejos drew an intentional walk to load the bases, and that’s when RF Dale Carey came to the plate. Carey, the team’s leader in walks this season, drew his 61st free pass of the year, pushing Stevenson across the plate to give the Suns the win.

Hagerstown had led by one entering the top of the ninth, but 2B John Ziznewski began the frame with a triple for Kannapolis. Left fielder Michael Suiter was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on the corners with no one out. Suiter moved to second on a wild pitch with CF Hunter Jones at the plate. Jones wound up hitting a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Ziznewski home and tie the game at 8-8. Designated hitter Louie Lechich was next to the plate for the Intimidators, and he lined a single to right to give Kannapolis its one run cushion heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Those were the first two runs for Kannapolis since the sixth, when they plated four unearned runs to erase a 5-3 deficit. The top of the sixth inning should have ended on a ground ball hit to SS Bryan Mejia with two outs, but he couldn’t field the ball cleanly, allowing RF Mason Robbins to reach first and 1B Alexander Simon to head to second. Then the flood gates opened as the Intimidators collected three hits in a row, including a double and a triple, putting Kannapolis on top 7-5.

The Suns responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Mejia, and then they pushed two more across the plate in the seventh. RBI singles by Stevenson and Marmolejos in the inning did the damage, giving Hagerstown the lead until the ninth.

Hagerstown had an initial 2-0 lead after the first inning, and the Suns were able to stretch the lead to 3-0 in the third on an RBI double by DH Matthew Page. The Intimidators tied the game for the first time with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth. However, Hagerstown answered right back with a two-run frame in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-3. In total the teams combined for 31 hits in the game and four errors.

LHP David Napoli (7-5) wound up getting the win for the Suns despite blowing a save opportunity. He threw one inning and gave up two earned runs on two hits. RHP David Trexler (0-3), the reigning South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week, suffered the loss for the Intimidators. He threw 1.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits and three walks. Both teams used three pitchers in the game.

The Suns now head out on the road to Lexington, Kentucky to play their final series of the season. They will begin a five-game series against the Lexington Legends (24-38, 55-77) on Thursday, September 3. The Suns will send RHP Jefry Rodriguez (1-5) to the mound for his 10th start and appearance with the Suns this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 1

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SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bisons, 7-1, Friday night at Coca-Cola Field. The Chiefs hit three home runs off Bisons starter Todd Redmond to win their third straight game over Buffalo. Matt Skole homered twice and drove in four in the win.

Syracuse (62-76) got on the board in the second inning. Jason Martinson singled to start the inning against Buffalo starter Todd Redmond. Skole followed with the first of his two home runs in the game, a blast to right-center field feet, to give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead.

The game stayed 2-0 until the seventh. Skole led off the inning with a fly ball atop the roof of the right-field patio for a solo homer, giving the Chiefs a three-run lead. Kevin Keyes hit Redmond’s next pitch well beyond the wall in left-center field for a 4-0 advantage. Caleb Ramsey followed with a triple to left-center field, still with no one out in the inning. Two batters later, Steve Lerud drilled the fourth extra-base hit of the inning, a double to right field, to score Ramsey and give Syracuse a 5-0 lead.

Syracuse added two more runs in the eighth. Tyler Moore and Martinson each singled to open the inning. Skole followed with an RBI groundout, his fourth RBI of the game, to give the Chiefs a 6-0 lead. Keyes then singled to drive in his second run of the game and cap the Syracuse scoring at 7-0.

The Chiefs and Bisons play the final of 21 meetings between the teams Wednesday night in Buffalo. Paolo Espino is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Donn Roach for Buffalo. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Austin Voth and two relievers silenced the Richmond Flying Squirrels as the Harrisburg Senators won 5-0 in front of a crowd of 3,468 at Metro Bank Park on Tuesday night. Harrisburg (66-70) posted their eighth shutout of the season as they won their third straight game.

Voth (6-7) hurled seven strong innings as the right-hander allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out four. In four starts against Richmond this season, Voth threw 27 innings without allowing a single run. Relievers Gilberto Mendez and Erik Davis each worked scoreless frames to close out the victory.

The Senators’ batters finally solved Richmond starter Matt Lujan as they collared the southpaw with the loss. Lujan had previously held Harrisburg to a .198 batting average and only three earned runs in four starts.

Chris Bostick and Brian Goodwin led the charge for the Senators. Bostick went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in on his seventh Double-A home run and Goodwin 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

The Senators continue their series against Richmond on Wednesday with Brian Rauh on the mound, starting at 7:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): CF Rafael Bautista hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring DH Brenden Webb and Potomac (63-70-Overall, 32-32-Home, 30-33-Second Half) completed an improbably, come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (77-54-Overall, 38-26-Road, 36-26-Second Half) with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn their sixth walk-off victory of the season at Pfitzner Stadium on Tuesday night.

In the bottom of the ninth trailing 3-0 to Myrtle with RHP David Garner on the mound, Potomac worked three consecutive free passes to LF Alec Keller, 1B Grant DeBruin and 3B Drew Ward to load the bases with nobody out. The Pelicans went to their bullpen and brought in RHP Jasvir Rakkar (3-3, 3.09). Rakkar gave up three straight RBI singles, a line drive to left-center field by Webb, followed by back-to-back infield singles by C Raudy Read and then SS Stephen Perez to tie the ballgame at 3-3. After 2B Khayyan Norfork popped out to right field, Bautista came up and hit a fly ball to medium deep centerfield. CF Pin-Chieh Chen made the catch and his throw bounced in to C Victor Caratini behind the feet first slide of Webb and the Nationals were in the win column 4-3.

RHP Ian Dickson battled through three innings of work, issuing eight walks, two wild pitches and he was charged with a balk in his outing, but only allowing one hit and one run and not factoring into the decision. Dickson issued two walks in the first and the second and then four free passes in the third inning.  He fired 78 pitches with 35 for strikes in three innings.

LHP R.C Orlan came in and pitched the next 3.2 innings, issuing five walks and holding Myrtle off the scoreboard in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. It was in the seventh that Orlan finally gave up a run.

RHP Jake Johansen entered and issued two walks in his 1.1 innings on the mound but did not allow a run to the Pelicans on two hits and two strikeouts.

Johansen inherited Rogers at second base and allowed a single that put runners on first and third but then struck out 2B Daniel Lockhart to end the threat.

LHP Jake Walsh (1-1, 4.50) came in for the ninth and with two outs relinquished a triple to Lockhart in the ninth. He then fired a wild pitch that allowed Lockhart to score and give Myrtle a 3-0 lead.

Potomac pitching issued 16 walks, committed two errors, threw four wild pitches and was charged for a balk and still only managed to allow three runs while stranding 17 Pelicans on the base paths in the eventual win.

The Nationals inked their sixth walk-off victory on the Bautista sacrifice fly giving Walsh his first Carolina League win in 2015 and handing Rakkar the loss in the ninth.

The game featured a combined 21 walks allowed, ten hits, three errors, four wild pitches, 15 strikeouts and seven runs.

Game Two tonight will see RHP Austen Williams (4-4, 2.49) for Potomac against a To Be Announced pitcher for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

First pitch is set for 7:05 pm from Pfiztner Stadium.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (30-34, 65-67) snapped their four-game losing skid on Tuesday night by shutting out the Kannapolis Intimidators (28-35, 63-69) by a final score of 6-0. It was the 11th shutout pitched by the Suns this season.

Starting RHP Andrew Lee set the tone for the Suns pitching staff by tossing 4.2 innings and striking out a season-high seven batters. RHP Mario Sanchez (7-5) then took over and allowed just one base runner over 3.1 innings to earn the win. RHP Koda Glover finished off the shutout by striking out the side in the ninth.

Hagerstown got its offense going early for the second straight night. In the bottom of the second 2B Bryan Mejia led off by reaching on a fielding error by Kannapolis 3B Cody Daily. Catcher Matt Reistetter then doubled to left, putting runners on second and third with none out. Left fielder Jeff Gardner was able to bring Mejia home from third with a sacrifice fly to center field. Reistetter tagged up and advanced to third on the fly out, and an errant throw to third by CF Hunter Jones allowed Reistetter to score to make it 2-0.

The lead increased to 3-0 in the third when 1B Jose Marmolejos led off with a double, and moved to third on a groundout to short. Marmolejos then scored from third on the second sacrifice fly of the game, giving the Suns a three-run lead.

Third baseman Austin Davis was responsible for stretching the lead to five in the fourth. With a runner on first and no one out Davidson lifted a line drive over the center field fence for his sixth homerun of the season. It was the first homerun hit in the series by the Suns, and made it 5-0.

The final Suns run crossed the plate in the sixth. Again it was a sacrifice fly that did the damage, this time by Marmolejos giving him his league-leading 82nd RBI this season. Earlier in the day it was announced that Marmolejos was named to the South Atlantic League’s Annual All-Star Team.

These teams will conclude their five-game series at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, September 2. The Suns will send RHP Erick Fedde (0-2) to the mound for his fifth start and appearance with the Suns this season. He will square off against RHP Thaddius Lowry (12-7) for Kannapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm.

 

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 31

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SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 8-3, on Monday night. Lehigh Valley broke a tie with a five-run sixth inning to take the lead for good. Matt Skole had two hits and two RBIs in the loss.

Trailing 3-2, Syracuse (61-76) finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Emmanuel Burriss walked to begin the inning against left-hander Anthony Vasquez, and Scott Sizemore singled to put runners on first and second with none away. After a Tyler Moore pop out, Jason Martinson walked to load the bases. Matt Skole followed Martinson with a two-RBI single to center that scored Burriss and Sizemore to close the gap to 3-2.

The Chiefs evened the score in the fifth. Dan Butler started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a Hill sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Scott Sizemore stroked an 0-2 pitch from Vasquez into right-center field to tie the game.

The Chiefs head to Buffalo on Tuesday for a two-game series against the Bisons. Taylor Jordan is expected to take the mound for the Chiefs opposite Todd Redmond with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators used two three-run innings and held on for the 6-5 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in front of 3,761 fans at Metro Bank Park.

The Flying Squirrels got on the board first off Harrisburg starter Tanner Roark when Rando Moreno came around to score after a leadoff single. The Senators responded with three runs of their own as Roark and Wilmer Difo delivered back-to-back singles with the bases loaded.

Devin Harris launched a three-run home run in the fourth inning to reclaim an advantage for Richmond. Their lead was short lived as Harrisburg (65-70) answered back with a three-run frame of their own punctuated by a two-run shot into the Senators’ bullpen off the bat of Brian Goodwin.

Making his first appearance on City Island since 2011, Roark went two innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out two. Colin Bates worked four innings in relief and earned the victory, his sixth of the season, despite giving up four runs.

Nick Lee pitched two scoreless innings striking out three batters as he bridged the gap to Paul Demny in the ninth. Demny secured the victory as he pocketed his sixth save of the season.

The Senators continue their series against Richmond on Tuesday evening with Austin Voth on the mound, starting at 7:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): OFF.  The PNats will host Myrtle Beach tonight at 7:05 from the Pfitz.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (29-34, 64-67) blew a three-run lead for the second straight game on Monday night, falling to the Kannapolis Intimidators (28-34, 63-68) by a final of 6-4. The win was the fourth in a row for Kannapolis, matching a season-high, while the Suns matched a season-high in losing their fourth straight game.

The Suns built their early advantage by scoring one run each in the first, third, fourth, and fifth. In the first 1B Jose Marmolejos brought home a run with a sacrifice fly to center field. He produced another run in the third again with a sacrifice fly, giving him his league-leading 81st RBI of the season.

In the fourth inning Hagerstown added to its lead when 2B Bryan Mejia hit a one-out triple to center field. He then scored when the next batter, LF Matthew Page, singled to right to make it 3-1 Suns. Hagerstown’s final run crossed the plate the next inning thanks to an RBI single by Mejia.

These teams will continue their five-game series at Municipal Stadium with game four on Tuesday, September 1. The Suns will send RHP Andrew Lee (3-0) to the mound for his fourth start and ninth appearance with the Suns this season. He will square off against RHP Zach Thompson (3-6) for Kannapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 30

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SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the second game of the series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. Lehigh Valley held the Syracuse offense to just two hits on the afternoon. Darin Mastroianni scored the only run for the Chiefs after he stole two bases and took home on a wild pitch.

Trailing 2-1, Syracuse (61-75) cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth inning against Lehigh Valley starter Sean O’Sullivan. Mastroianni drew a leadoff walk against the right-hander to start the inning. With Jason Martinson at the plate, Mastroianni stole second base and third base.Two batters later, O’Sullivan threw a wild pitch with Matt Skole batting that allowed Mastroianni to swipe home and cut the deficit to one.

The Chiefs and IronPigs finish this three-game set on Monday night at NBT Bank Stadium. Syracuse sends right-hander Taylor Hill to the mound against left-hander Anthony Vasquez. The game is set to start at 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): In their final road game of the season, the Harrisburg Senators plated four runs in the decisive seventh inning to top the Erie SeaWolves, 4-3. Harrisburg (64-70) overcame a 2-0 deficit despite getting outhit by the SeaWolves.

Erie got to Harrisburg starter Lucas Giolito early as they scored two first-inning runs on four singles and a throwing error by right-fielder Drew Vettleson. But Giolito (3-2) settled down after that as he used three double plays in the next three innings. The right-hander scattered ten hits over six innings, but struck out five for the victory.

Wander Suero threw 1.2 scoreless innings but ran into trouble allowing a walk and single in the eighth inning. Matt Purke relieved Suero and struck out pinch-hitter Connor Harrell to get out of the jam. Erie’s Wade Gaynor led off the ninth frame with a solo home run off Abel De Los Santos to cut the Senators’ lead in half. De Los Santos got the next three batters in order including two strikeouts to pocket his eighth save of the season.

Chris Bostick, Brian Goodwin, and Wilmer Difo led the Senators’ offensive attack. Difo and Goodwin both registered two hits and drove in a run to even the score. Bostick followed with a home run, his sixth at Double-A, to score the go-ahead runs. Isaac Ballou almost remained hot at the dish with two hits on the afternoon.

The Senators begin their final homestand of the season on Monday evening against the Richmond Flying Squirrels with Colin Bates on the mound, starting at 7:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): On Sunday afternoon in their 2015 road campaign finale on LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, the Potomac Nationals (62-70 Overall, 31-38 Road, 29-33 Second Half) took series Game Four from the Salem Red Sox (60-72 Overall, 31-38 Home, 22-40 Second Half) by the final score of 4-1. With their “W,” the P-Nats secured a series split.

Nationals SS David Masters had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored, and two RBIs.

P-Nats starter, RHP Tyler Mapes (5-3) clinched his fifth winning decision with a season-long 7.0 inning outing. Mapes allowed one unearned run on eight hits and one hit batter but no walks while striking out a trio.

Mapes is now (4-1) with a 1.29 earned run average in seven starts this season.

The Red, White, and Blue plated the first run of the game in the 3rd inning. Potomac LF Estarlin Martinez ripped a one-out double into the left field corner and the next batter, Masters, also blasted a two-bagger to the same part of the yard to deliver Martinez to the plate.

The P-Nats are now (43-18) in 2015 when the club scores first and inked their 15th win when tied or trailing after six complete innings.

In the top of the 8th with the game tied at one, the Nationals immediately retook the lead on Masters’ leadoff two-sacker that led to a sacrifice bunt by Potomac CF Rafael Bautista moving Masters to third base. P-Nats RF Narciso Mesa flew out to left field and Masters started to come to home plate to draw a throw from Red Sox LF Mike Meyers then stopped halfway to the dish then hit the gas and motored home as the throw sailed over the batters’ circle.

Up 2-1 in the 9th, the Nationals poured on two more runs to take a 4-1 advantage via an RBI double cranked to the left field wall by 2B Khayyan Norfork and a run-scoring single off the stick of Masters.

Potomac RHP Derek Self (2 SV) closed out the game with a two-inning save, his second save in three save opportunities in 2015.

Self pitched a perfect 8th and sidestepped an infield single from Procyshen by getting three 5-3 groundouts in the 9th.

The P-Nats will head home to enjoy an off day on Monday before entertaining the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs) for a three-game series.

The Nationals will throw RHP Ian Dickson (3-2, 3.57) in their series opener with Myrtle Beach. The Pelicans’ starter is to-be-determined.

Set Game One will get underway with a 7:05pm first pitch at Pfitzner Stadium.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (29-33, 64-66) coughed up a three-run lead on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Kannapolis Intimidators (27-34, 62-68) by a final of 5-4. The loss drops Hagerstown’s record in one-run games this season to 17-16.

The Suns built their initial three-run lead by plating three runs in the bottom of the second. First baseman Matthew Page drew a walk to begin the inning, and that was followed by back-to-back singles from LF Dale Carey and 3B Conor Keniry. Keniry’s single brought home Page from third to make it 1-0. There was also a fielding error by RF Michael Suiter on Keniry’s single, which allowed Keniry to advance to second and Carey to head to third. Carey scored from third on a sacrifice fly to center field, though on the throw home to get Carey there was another error, allowing Keniry to move to third with just one out. Keniry also scored on a sacrifice fly, making it 3-0 Hagerstown.

Hagerstown knotted the score at 4-4 in the sixth. Catcher Raudy Read led off with a double, and moved to third on a groundout to first. He scored from third on a sacrifice fly to right by Carey, making it three runs on the day brought home by sacrifice flies for the Suns.

David Napoli got tagged with the loss for Hagerstown. In three innings pitched in relief he allowed the one earned run on two hits, two walks, and two wild pitches while striking out four.

These teams will continue their five-game series at Municipal Stadium with game three on Monday, August 31. The Suns will send LHP Connor Bach (6-4) to the mound for his 19th start and 25th appearance this season. He will square off against RHP Jose Brito (1-2) for Kannapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 29

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 2-1, on Saturday night. Syracuse starter Richard Bleier pitched lights-out baseball, only allowing one run and three hits over seven innings. Dan Butler drew a walk to drive in a run and a Kevin Keyes sacrifice fly put the Chiefs ahead for good.

Lehigh Valley (60-75) struck first against Syracuse in the top of the fifth inning.  Syracuse (61-74) answered two innings later in the bottom of the seventh. Jason Martinson singled to left field to start the inning. Matt Skole then doubled off the right-field wall, putting runners on first and second. After a Sizemore groundout that held the runners, IronPigs starter David Buchanan intentionally walked Caleb Ramsey to load the bases. Butler followed the intentional walk with a walk of his own, plating Martinson and tying the game at one. Keyes then came to the plate to pinch-hit for Bleier. Keyes hit a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring Skole from third to seal the game at 2-1 in favor of Syracuse.

Starting pitchers Bleier and Buchanan were locked in a duel for most of the game. Buchanan lasted seven innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out three Syracuse batters. Bleier was even more impressive, only giving up one run while only allowing three hits and no walks. The Syracuse bullpen shut down the IronPigs as well. Matt Grace pitched one perfect inning, striking out one. Rafael Martin came in to pitch the ninth, striking out a batter while earning the save.

The Chiefs and IronPigs will play the second of a three-game home set Sunday afternoon with first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. Right-hander A.J. Cole will take the mound for Syracuse opposite Lehigh Valley right-hander Sean O’Sullivan.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Senators rallied from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game in the eighth only to lose in walk-off fashion in the last of the ninth, 7-6 to Erie. It was the 11th walk-off loss of the year for the Senators. The Senators fell to 63-70 with the loss while Erie improved to 58-74.

The three-hour game was delayed by rain for 23 minutes in the top of the eighth inning. The game started slowly as Erie sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, knocking Senators starter John Simms out after nine batters. Erie scored six runs to take the lead.

The Senators rallied for four runs in the fourth with an RBI double by Chris Bostick being the only run scoring hit in the inning. They drew a run closer in the fifth when a run scored on a balk. They finally tied the game in the eighth when after the rain delay Drew Vettleson walked and then raced home on a double by Adrian Sanchez.

Bostick had three hits and scored twice in the game. He was the only Senator player with more than one hit. The bullpen was fantastic for Harrisburg with Dakota Bacus (3.0 IP), Nick Lee (1.1 IP), and Erik Davis (2.0 IP) combining to go 6.1 innings without allowing a run. Losing pitcher, Paul Demny, pitched a perfect eighth before giving up the winning run in the ninth.

The final game of the four game series is Sunday afternoon with RH Lucas Giolito on the hill for the Senators. Game time on Sunday is at 1:35 p.m. It’s also the final road game for the Senators in the 2015 season.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Potomac (61-70-Overall, 30-38-Road, 27-33-Second Half) scored two runs in the top of the first and never trailed, adding runs in the seventh and eighth in the 5-1 win in Game Three over the Salem Red Sox (60-71-Overall, 31-37-Home, 22-39-Second Half) at LewisGale Field on Saturday night.

Potomac jumped on Salem’s RHP Ty Buttrey (8-9, 3.98) in the top of the first inning to plate two runs and take a lead they would not relinquish in the ballgame. CF Rafael Bautista tripled to begin the game and then RF Narciso Mesa reached on a fielder’s choice ball that saw Bautista, who broke for home on contact, put out at home plate for the first out. Mesa swiped second base and 1B Grant DeBruin was then issued a free pass. After a DH Brenden Webb groundout moved both runners up a bag, 3B Drew Ward knocked in both Mesa and DeBruin to give the Nationals that 2-0 lead.

For the Nationals, the knuckle baller RHP Jeff Howell (1-1, 2.45) made his second start of the 2015 season with Potomac, still looking for his first Carolina League win. Howell allowed at least one base runner in every inning he was on the mound and only faced three batters once in the contest, the bottom of the third. Salem had two runners on in the bottom of the first after Howell issued two free passes. A nice defensive play by LF Estarlin Martinez kept Salem off the board.

Salem received a one out walk in the second inning and nothing else before picking up a lead-off single in the third that was erased when 2B Wendell Rijo hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

In the fifth Howell again issued two walks, for a total of six in the ballgame, but stranded both runners on the base paths in what proved to be his final frame. The six free passes are a new season high for Howell.

Howell left in line for the win, pitching five innings and he allowed three hits and one run (earned) on six walks and he struck out one, earning his first Carolina League win.

Against Buttrey, Potomac scored the two runs in the first and then were held off the scoreboard until the top of the seventh, Buttrey’s last inning. 2B Khayyan Norfork, snapped a long stretch of futility at the plate with a one-out double before coming home on the Martinez RBI single that extended his hitting streak to five consecutive ballgames and push the lead to 3-1 Nationals.

Buttrey logged seven innings and was responsible for three runs (all earned) on six hits, three walks and he struck out five in the loss.

LHP Justin Thomas entered the game in relief of Howell in the sixth inning and faced three men in the frame courtesy of a double play ball to keep the 3-1 lead. Thomas then retired the Red Sox one, two, three in the seventh and allowed two runners to reach base on singles in the eighth before recording two strikeouts and a groundout to dance out of the jam in the eighth.

Ward, in his third game back from the disabled list, hammered a pitch from RHP Chandler Shephard over the right field wall for a two-run home run, bringing home DeBruin, who reached on an infield single. The two-run homer was the sixth of the season for Ward and it gave the Nationals a 5-1 lead in the top of the eighth. Ward finished the ballgame two-for-four with four RBIs, a season high in runners driven in.

Shephard pitched two innings and allowed the two runs on the Ward home run on two hits and a strikeout.

Thomas logged three innings and allowed only three hits and no runs, while not issuing a walk and striking out three in his outing.

RHP Phillips Valdez entered for the bottom of the ninth and hit 3B Deiner Lopez with two outs before recording the final out a ground ball that DeBruin fielded and flipped to Valdez covering the base to end the ballgame.

Lynchburg won again, their fifth win in a row, and eliminated the Nationals from the postseason contention.

The series finale this afternoon will see RHP Tyler Mapes (4-3, 2.70) for Potomac against LHP Trey Ball (8-13, 4.85) for the Red Sox.

First pitch is set for 4:05 pm from LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (29-32, 64-65) surrendered four runs in the top of the sixth inning to the Kannapolis Intimidators (26-34, 61-68) on Saturday night, resulting in a three-run deficit and eventually a 9-4 loss in front of 2,168 at Municipal Stadium. It was the first time this season the Suns have played in front of more than 2,000 fans at Municipal Stadium.

Trailing 4-3 entering the sixth, CF Louie Lechich and 1B Alexander Simon began the frame with back-to-back singles for the Intimidators. Shortstop Toby Thomas followed with a double to left, bringing home both base runners to wind up giving Kannapolis the lead for good. Thomas had moved to third following his double on a throw to the plate to try and gun down Simon, and Thomas was able to score from third when DH Mason Robbins reached on a fielding error by Suns 2B Dan Uggla. The former National League All-Star was making his second rehab start this season with the Suns. Robbins not only reached base, but also advanced to second on Uggla’s error. Robbins then advanced one base each on back-to-back groundouts to make it 7-4.

Uggla also committed an error in the third, which helped the Intimidators plate their first three runs of the game. With two on and one out in the inning, Uggla threw wide of second after cleanly scooping up a ground ball. That allowed catcher Daniel Gonzalez to score and two runners to wind up in scoring position. A wild pitch by Suns starting RHP Luis Reyes then allowed 2B Ethan Gross to score from third and RF Michael Suiter to advance to third. Suiter scored the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to put the Intimidators up 3-0.

However, Uggla made up for his error and the Suns stormed back to take the lead in the bottom of the third. Uggla came to the plate with two runners in scoring position and none out, and he smacked a fly ball off the left field wall, bringing both runners in with a double to make it 3-2. Later in the inning, Uggla scored on a double to right by LF Matthew Page to even the score at 3-3. Catcher Raudy Read scored the go-ahead run before the inning came to an end on a fielder’s choice, giving the Suns their only lead of the night.

Kannapolis added a run each in the eighth and ninth to salt the game away. In the eighth Gonzalez hit a two-out RBI line drive single to left. Gonzalez was making his Intimidators debut and that was his first hit of the night. In the ninth Lechich hit an RBI double to right to set the final score.

RHP Kevin Perez (0-3) suffered the loss for Hagerstown. After taking over for Reyes, who left the game due to injury in the third, Perez went 2.1 innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) on four hits while striking out three.

These teams will continue their five-game series at Municipal Stadium with game two on Sunday, August 30. The Suns will send RHP Justin Amlung (3-3) to the mound for his seventh start and 18th appearance this season. He will square off against RHP Luis Martinez (4-13) for Kannapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 28

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Rochester Red Wings, 9-2, Friday night at Frontier Field. Tyler Moore, playing his first Syracuse game of the year on Major-League rehab, homered and drove in three runs as the Chiefs took the final meeting of the year between the clubs.

Syracuse (60-74) started the scoring in the first. Emmanuel Burriss reached on a bunt single with one out. Moore followed with his first RBI of the game, a double to left field, to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

Kevin Keyes continued the scoring in the second. Keyes launched his seventh home run of the season off starter Taylor Rogers to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Chiefs put the game out of reach in the third. Burriss led off with a single. Moore then stuck again, launching a two-run homer into the bullpen in left field to push the lead to 4-0. Syracuse didn’t stop there. Jason Martinson reached on an error on shortstop Danny Santana. After a groundout, Kevin Keyes singled to put runners on the corners. Caleb Ramsey followed with an RBI single to give the Chiefs a 5-0 lead. The Red Wings went to the bullpen and Tim Shibuya came in to pitch. Shibuya allowed a triple to Scott Sizemore, scoring Keyes and Ramsey to break open the game at 7-0. Dan Butler followed with a double to finish off a six-run third inning and give Syracuse an 8-0 lead.

The Chiefs added a ninth run in the eighth inning. Three straight hits from Sizemore, Butler and Darin Mastroianni loaded the bases with no one out. After Alex Meyer retired two straight batters, Sizemore scored on a passed ball by catcher Eric Fryer to score the Chiefs’ ninth run.

Syracuse returns home to open a three-game series with Lehigh Valley. Richard Bleier is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite David Buchanan for the IronPigs. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Behind 18 hits, the Harrisburg Senators blitzed the Erie SeaWolves in a 14-1 drubbing on Friday night at Jerry Uht Park. Harrisburg (63-69) jumped out to a 10-run lead after three innings and cruised the rest of the way to win the second game of their four-game series.

Each Harrisburg starter except second baseman Reegie Corona had at least two hits in the offensive explosion. Seven of the original nine in the lineup scored at least one run with Chris Bostick leading the way with three scores. Isaac Ballou kept the hot bat going as the outfielder drove in four runs on a double and triple. Adrian Sanchez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Brian Goodwin chipped in three hits as well.

Harrisburg starter Brian Rauh threw seven strong innings allowing only one run on three hits and one walk while striking out six. Staked to the early lead, Rauh (2-4) was efficient and attacked Erie hitters as he threw only 86 pitches. Matt Purke, just activated off the disabled list, and Abel De Los Santos each worked a scoreless inning in relief.

The Senators square off against the SeaWolves in the third game of their four-game set on Saturday evening with John Simms on the mound, starting at 7:05 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): On Friday evening at Salem Memorial Ballpark in front of a sellout crowd (6,324) overlooking LewisGale Field, the Potomac Nationals (60-70 Overall, 29-38 Road, 27-33 Second Half) were thumped by the Salem Red Sox (60-70 Overall, 31-36 Home, 22-38 Second Half) in an 8-1 one-sided clash.

A series Game Two victory for Salem assured the Red Sox of at least a series split in the four-game set.

Nationals starter, LHP Matthew Spann (2-7) was hit with his seventh loss of the 2015 journey after allowing four runs (two earned runs) on just three hits in 4.0 frames. Spann walked three, fanned four, hit a batter with the bases loaded, and unleashed one wild pitch.

Meanwhile, Salem LHP Daniel McGrath (3-6) earned his third win with 6.0 innings of one-run hurling. McGrath allowed just two base hits, a single off the bat of Potomac 3B David Masters and a double socked by C Zach Wright while walking a pair and striking out a quartet.

Potomac arms walked a total of eight Red Sox hitters and tossed three wild pitches in the contest as Nationals reliever, LHP Jake Walsh was hit hard and could not find the strike zone consistently. Walsh pitched 3.0 innings and served up four earned runs on four hits, five walks, and two wild offerings.

The Nationals’ lone run scored in the 5th inning as Potomac SS Stephen Perez earned a leadoff free pass to first base and later in the frame scored on a sac fly lofted by Masters to right field.

P-Nats RHP Derek Self turned in the only one-two-three inning for the Nationals’ defense on the night in the 8th with one strikeout to his line.

The Red, White, and Blue have now committed six errors in their last two games after making three errors in their set opener with Salem and three more defensive miscues on Friday night.

Potomac left nine men on base and went hitless (0-for-5) with runners in scoring position.

The P-Nats’ elimination number in the second half playoff race is now one with their loss.

Nationals RHP Jeff Howell (0-1, 3.00) looks for his first career Carolina League win in a standoff with Red Sox RHP Ty Buttrey (8-8, 3.99) on Saturday night in series Game Two.

Howell, a former professional catcher, converted to a mound worker just this season.  First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (29-31, 64-64) could not score after the second inning on Friday night, falling to the Lakewood BlueClaws (33-27, 66-62) by a final of 4-1. The win secured the series win and the season series win for the BlueClaws, while the three losses for Hagerstown in the series officially eliminated the Suns from postseason contention.

Starting RHP Erick Fedde (0-2) suffered the loss for the Suns. He threw five innings, surrendering three earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four.

In the third game of the series on Thursday night the Suns held Lakewood scoreless for the first eight innings en route to a 3-1 win. Starting RHP Andrew Lee (3-0) set the tone for Hagerstown by giving up just two hits and no walks while striking out five over five innings to earn the win. LHP David Napoli followed, going 2.2 innings without allowing a run and striking out four. RHP Koda Glover earned his fourth save of the year, despite surrendering one run in the ninth. In 1.1 innings he gave up the one earned run on three hits while striking out three. Suns pitching totaled 12 strikeouts in the game, one shy of the team’s high for a game this season.

In game two of the series on Wednesday night 1B Damek Tomscha broke a 6-6 tie with a solo homerun over the left field wall in the bottom of the eighth to give Lakewood the 7-6 win. Hagerstown had two homeruns of its own in the game, including a grand slam by RF Jeff Gardner in the second inning. It was RHP Ryan Brinley (1-2) who gave up the game-winning homerun to Tomscha, and thus he got tagged with the loss. In one inning in relief that was the only hit he allowed.

In the first game of the series on Tuesday night the Suns fell behind 6-0 after three innings and could never recover, dropping the game by a final of 6-3. All six Lakewood runs were charged to Suns starting RHP Justin Amlung (3-3), who got tagged with the loss. Despite his early struggles Amlung wound up pitching seven innings for a second consecutive start. He allowed nine hits, walked one, struck out two, and five of the six runs charged against him were earned.

In total Lakewood out-scored Hagerstown 18-13 in the series, and the BlueClaws outhit the Suns 31-25. The Suns next head back home to Hagerstown to take on the Kannapolis Intimidators (24-34, 59-68) in a five-game series beginning on Saturday, August 29. The Suns will send RHP Luis Reyes (6-7) to the mound on Saturday for his 24th start and appearance this season. He will square off against RHP Kelvis Valerio (1-2) for Kannapolis. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 7:05pm.

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