December 3, 2021

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report May 4

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Norfolk Tides on Monday night, 3-1, in an extra-inning affair. The Chiefs loaded the bases in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to put a run across before losing in 10 innings. Chiefs starter A.J. Cole pitched six strong innings, allowing only one run on seven hits.

Syracuse (10-15) struck first in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and two on, Cutter Dykstra hit a ground-ball single to right field, scoring Kila Ka’aihue — who had walked — from third. But Dan Butler was thrown out at the plate on the play by right fielder Henry Urrutia to end the inning.

The Tides finally broke the 1-1 stalemate in the top of the 10th inning. Chiefs reliever Rafael Martin gave up a leadoff infield single then walked the next two batters he faced to load the bases. With two outs, Martin gave up a go-ahead, two-run bloop single.

The Chiefs are back in action for another night game tomorrow with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Syracuse will send right-hander Scott McGregor to the hill to face Norfolk right-hander Tyler Wilson.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): A rough sixth inning was more than the Harrisburg Senators could overcome in a 4-2 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats on Monday night at New Britain Stadium.

Senators starting pitcher Austin Voth started his outing with five scoreless innings and struck out the first batter of the sixth. However, Voth allowed a double which was followed by a Senators error. New Britain then singled in a run off Voth to tie the game at 1-1. Another defensive miscue led to an infield single to load the bases and end Voth’s outing. Reliever Derek Self began his outing by walking in a run and then allowing a two-run double that extended New Britain’s lead to 4-1. Voth was charged with all four runs, but only two were earned. Self finished with 1.2 scoreless innings in which he allowed a hit, a walk, but allowed all three inherited runners to score. Paul Demny followed with a perfect eighth inning.

Harrisburg initially took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when Ricky Hague scored on a Tony Renda RBI groundout. Hague led the inning off with a single, moved to second and third on a pair of sacrifice bunts before Renda’s grounder. In the top of eighth inning, Mario Lisson and Wilmer Difo both doubled to cut New Britain’s lead to 4-2.

The Senators will send lefty Richard Bleier to the hill Tuesday evening in game two of the series against New Britain’s Matt Flemer. The game is slated to begin at 6:35 p.m.

POTOMAC (High A Carolina League): The Salem Red Sox (13-10-Overall, 8-5-Home) plated two runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth against Wander Suero and held on for a 4-2 victory in the finale to sweep the Potomac Nationals (10-15-Overall, 6-8-Road) at LewisGale Field on Monday night.

RHP Wander Suero (3-2, 4.14), went six innings allowing four hits and four runs, he walked a batter and struck out three while also hitting two batters.

Potomac’s offense countered in the top of the fifth when CF Narciso Mesa led-off with a single. Mesa stole second base, his second swipe of the game, and scored on C Spencer Kieboom’s RBI double to cut the lead to 2-1 Salem.

3B Drew Ward led-off the sixth inning against Ball with a walk. After retiring DH Khayyan Norfork on a lineout to right field, Ball was lifted for RHP Tyler Grover. Grover gave up a double to 2B Christopher Bostick and an RBI ground out to RF Estarlin Martinez to make it a 4-2 game.

Wilmington comes to town for a three-game series and Potomac will send RHP Dakota Bacus (0-0, 3.21) to the mound in Game One against LHP Luis Rico (2-0, 2.93) for the Blue Rocks

HAGERSTOWN (Low A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (10-14) could not cool down the Greenville Drive (15-10) bats on Monday afternoon, as Greenville came away with a 9-6 win to secure a victory in the four-game series.

Already down 3-0, Hagerstown answered with a run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by catcher Raudy Read. Then, in the third, the Suns responded with a three-run inning of their own to go up 4-3. In that third inning Hagerstown sent eight batters to the plate, and collected the three runs on three hits, a walk, and an error. The biggest hit of the inning was a two-run double by 1B Grant DeBruin, which came with one out in the frame. DeBruin finished with two hits in the game.

The Suns increased their lead to two in the fourth on an RBI double by RF Alec Keller.

All three Greenville runs in the fifth came against RHP Mario Sanchez (0-1), and thus he suffered the loss for Hagerstown. He threw 2.1 innings in relief, allowing the three runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out one.

The Suns next head to Rome, Georgia to begin a three-game series against the Rome Braves starting Wednesday May 6. The Suns will send RHP Luis Reyes (0-2) to the mound for his fifth start of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP


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