May 20, 2022

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 14

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bisons, 8-2, en route to a season-high 11th straight win on Friday night. Chiefs starter A.J. Cole went six innings allowing only one earned run while striking out two. Kevin Keyes hit his sixth home run of the season on a three-run home run in the Chiefs’ win. Every Chief batter recorded a hit and five players reached base multiple times.

Buffalo (62-59) struck first at NBT Bank Stadium, scoring in the top of the fourth. With one out, Matt Hague lined a solo home run to right-center field to give the Bisons an early 1-0 lead.

Syracuse (54-67) responded immediately in the bottom of the fourth with force. Jason Martinson and Matt Skole led off the inning with back-to-back singles off Buffalo starter Scott Copeland. With runners on first and second, Keyes blasted a three-run home run to center to make the score 3-1. Matt den Dekker followed Keyes with a double to center and then advanced to third when Caleb Ramsey hit a single in the next at-bat. Josh Johnson plated another run with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored den Dekker. Steve Lerud continued the rally in the next at-bat with a double to right field that scored Ramsey to make the score 5-1. Darin Mastroianni was the next batter and singled in Lerud and advanced to second on the play. Trea Turner then grounded out for the second out of the inning, but was able to advance Mastroianni to third. Martinson was the next batter for his second plate appearance and promptly lined a double to center that scored Mastroianni to increase the score to 7-1. After reliever Bobby Korecky replaced Copeland, Matt Skole doubled to center, scoring Mastroianni and capping the Chiefs’ rally at 8-1.

The win moved Syracuse within one game of tying the Chiefs’ all-time franchise record. In 1979, the Chiefs won 12 straight games, a record that has not been matched in the 36 years since. Syracuse currently owns the longest winning streak and losing streak in the International League this year.

The Chiefs and Bisons play game two of a three-game series Saturday evening with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Taylor Hill will get the start for Syracuse opposite Buffalo right-hander Chad Jenkins.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Lucas Giolito threw seven shutout innings, retiring the final 17 batters he faced, in the Harrisburg Senators’ 2-0 win over the Bowie Baysox Friday at Metro Bank Park. The win snaps a four-game losing streak for Harrisburg (57-62).

Giolito walked just one and allowed one hit in his seven innings of work while tying a season-high with 11 strikeouts. Giolito threw 99 pitches Friday, with 63 for strikes, in his first win as a member of the Senators. Bryan Harper then threw a perfect eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts and Paul Demny earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Overall, the Senators sent down the final 23 Bowie batters consecutively to finish off the combined one-hitter.

Offensively, the extent of Harrisburg’s damage came in the 3rd inning after Pedro Severino doubled and Jose Lozada pushed a bunt single up the first base side to put runners on first and third with nobody out. Wilmer Difo knocked in a run with a groundout and Brian Goodwin hit an RBI single to make it 2-0, Senators. Harrisburg had a chance to add to its total in the fourth as Shawn Pleffner walked and Cutter Dykstra singled to start the inning, but the two were stranded there after a pair of pop outs and a strike out.

Goodwin was the only Senator with a multi-hit game as he finished 2-for-4.

The Senators will try to secure a series win tonight in a 6:00 p.m. start on Pink Night.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Potomac (55-62-Overall, 29-29-Home, 22-25-Second Half) took an early lead and rolled to a 4-0 shutout victory over the Wilmington Blue Rocks (53-63-Overall, 20-41-Road, 15-31-Second Half) at Pfitzner Stadium on Friday night.

RHP Austen Williams (4-3, 2.09) got Potomac in the win column in the series opener against the Wilmington Blue Rocks for their third win in a row. He hurled six innings, logging a quality start, and allowed three hits, a walk and he struck out three. Williams, earned his organization leading 12th win of the season combing both his work with Hagerstown and Potomac.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when CF Rafael Bautista walked against RHP Pedro Fernandez, the starter for Wilmington. After walking Bautista swiped second and third base before coming home on 1B Grant DeBruin’s first of three RBI singles.

In the fifth Potomac added to their lead with two runs in the frame. Again Bautista started the rally, with a one out double. Bautista swiped third base and finished with a single season game high of four stolen bases in the win. LF Alec Keller brought Bautista home with a fly ball to centerfield for a 2-0 lead. DH John Wooten extended his on-base streak to 23 consecutive games with a two out double followed by DeBruin’s second straight run scoring single for a 3-0 lead. Fernandez didn’t survive the fifth, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs (all earned) without issuing a walk and striking out one in the loss.

Potomac added their final tally in the bottom of the eighth against RHP Matt Alvarez. It was Wooten who singled and stole second base and DeBruin struck again, with an RBI single, his third of the game, to make it a 4-0 lead.

RHP Ashton Goudeau hurled a scoreless 2.1 innings in between Fernandez and Alvarez, allowing one hit and he struck out three.

RHP Derek Self came in for relief of Williams in the seventh innings and continued to hang zeros, pitching two innings and giving up three hits and picking up one strikeout.

RHP Brian Dupra logged an inning, giving up one hit and striking out batter to close out the 4-0, shutout victory for Potomac, the 12th of the season for The Red, White and Blue.

Tonight’s Game Two features RHP Brian Rauh (2-1, 2.21) for Potomac against RHP Alec Mills of the Blue Rocks (6-6, 2.73).

First pitch is set for 6:35 pm at Pfitzner Stadium with gates opening at 5:00 pm.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): Jeff Howell pitched six solid innings and the Hagerstown Suns took advantage of three Kannapolis errors to beat the Intimidators 7-2 on Friday night in the South Atlantic League.  Howell (1-0) allowed one run on four hits and four walks for the Suns.  He has a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings covering his two starts with Hagerstown.

The Suns (58-57, 23-24) opened the scoring in the first inning.  Osvaldo Abreu singled, went to third on a double by Jose Marmolejos and scored on a wild pitch by Luis Martinez (4-11) with two outs.  Hagerstown extended the advantage to 3-0 in the fourth.  Raudy Read hit a leadoff double, Matthew Page singled and stole second, Read scored on a wild pitch and Page came home on Wilman Rodriguez’s single.

The Suns scored three runs in the fifth with the help of two errors.  Abreu was hit by a pitch, took second on Marmolejos’ single, went to third on a double-play grounder and scored when Page reached on a miscue by left fielder Alexander Simon.  Bryan Mejia drove in Page with a single, and later stole third and scored when catcher Ryan Plourde’s throw was wild for a 6-0 lead.

Kannapolis (58-58, 23-24) finally got on the board against Howell in the sixth when Mason Robbins drew a leadoff walk, took second on a wild pitch, went to third on a groundout and scored on Toby Thomas’ two-out single.

Hagerstown made it 7-1 in the seventh after Abreu reached on an error by third baseman John Ziznewski.  Abreu took second on a wild pitch and scored on Read’s second double of the night.  The Intimidators got a run in the bottom half off Mario Sanchez, as Michael Suiter hit a two-out single and Robbins ripped an RBI double.

Martinez was charged with six runs, but only three were earned, on seven hits while striking out four in five innings of work.  David Napoli pitched a scoreless ninth to finish off the Suns’ win.  Hagerstown pitching held Kannapolis to 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.  Marmolejos also had two hits for Hagerstown.  The series continues tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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