May 20, 2022

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 18

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 6-2, Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium. The Chiefs scored three runs in the third inning to snap a three-game losing streak. Richard Bleier turned in another tremendous start, allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work.

Pawtucket (48-77) started the scoring for the second straight night. Deven Marrero singled to start the game, and reached second when Emmanuel Burriss dropped the throw from the outfield after the single. Marrero reached third on a groundout and scored on another groundout, hit by Carlos Rivero, to give the PawSox a 1-0 lead on the unearned run.

Syracuse (55-70) grabbed the lead for good in the third. Josh Johnson tripled off Shawn Haviland with one out, and scored on Burriss’ double to tie the score. After a fly out, Jason Martinson drew a two-out walk to extend the inning. Haviland then hit Kevin Keyes to load the bases. Matt Skole followed with a two-run single to center field to push the Chiefs’ lead to 3-1.

Pawtucket answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. Jemile Weeks singled to lead off the frame. After Marco Hernandez singled with one out, Rivero drove in his second run of the game with a single to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Chiefs grabbed a fourth run in the fourth. Caleb Ramsey reached on a leadoff single. He moved to second on Dan Butler‘s walk. Johnson sacrificed Ramsey to third, and Ramsey scored on a groundout by Burriss to make the score 4-2.

Syracuse finished off the scoring in the eighth. Kevin Keyes started the inning with a fly ball to shallow left-center field, which Weeks dropped for an error. Skole followed with a walk. Keyes advanced to third on a flyout and scored on Ramsey’s single to extend the lead to 5-2. Butler followed with a double to score Skole and cap the lead at 6-2.

Syracuse and Pawtucket play the rubber game of the three-game set Wednesday, the final game between the two clubs this year. A.J. Cole is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Zeke Spruill for the PawSox. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Alex Lavisky’s walk-off RBI double lifted the Akron RubberDucks to a 4-3 win over the Harrisburg Senators Tuesday at Canal Park. The walk-off loss was the 10th of its kind for the Senators (57-65) in 2015.

Senators’ starter Matt Purke struggled greatly with his control early on, but battled well. Akron loaded the bases against him in the first inning with a walk, a single and a hit by pitch, but scored just one run on a passed ball by Pedro Severino. After recording the first out of the second inning, Purke walked the bases loaded. Again, Akron managed just one run on a fielder’s choice. However, on the fielder’s choice, Purke injured himself running off the mound, and he was forced to leave the game.

Dakota Bacus entered for Purke, and stranded two runners in the second before allowing a run by hitting a batter with the bases loaded. But once again, that was the only run Akron could muster despite loading the bases. Nick Lee followed Bacus with two scoreless innings of his own in which he struck out two. Erik Davis allowed a single and two baserunners in the ensuing two innings, but he also had a scoreless outing.

Harrisburg scored its first run in the second inning when Drew Vettleson singled, stole second, stole third and scored when the throw to third went into left field. Isaac Ballou’s solo home run in the top of the fifth inning cut Akron’s lead to 3-2. Three straight singles in the seventh inning by Ballou, Reegie Corona and Adrian Sanchez, who picked up the RBI, tied the game 3-3.

Paul Demny came on in the ninth inning and allowed Akron to place runners on first and third with two out, but Demny struck out Ronny Rodriguez with a high fastball to send the game to extras. Brian Goodwin reached second base with one out in the top of the 10th but was stranded there after a pair of strikeouts. In the bottom of the 10th, Demny allowed the leadoff man, Jordan Smith, to reach. Smith moved to second on a wild pitch, but Demny recorded back-to-back outs to keep Smith at second. However, Akron’s Lavisky came through with a deep drive to center field to win the game.

The Senators outhit Akron 11-6, but the RubberDucks drew nine walks – a season-most issued by Senators pitching. The two teams combined to strand 20 runners and go 2-for-26 with runners in scoring position.

Game two of the three-game series will begin Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (57-64-Overall, 28-33-Road, 24-27-Second Half) blanked the Wilmington Blue Rocks (55-66-Overall, 33-25-Home, 17-34-Second Half) 5-0 in Game One of the scheduled twin bill tonight and then followed up with a sweep 4-2 in the nightcap on Tuesday night from Frawley Stadium.

RHP Reynaldo Lopez got the nod for Game One against the Rocks and he only pitched three innings but he allowed just one hit and it was an infield single by DH Carlos Garcia. On the play Lopez appeared to tweak something and despite throwing some practice pitches to make sure it wasn’t anything serious he remained in the game to finish out the bottom of the third but he did not come back out for the fourth. Lopez recorded five strikeouts before departing.

Potomac, against LHP Matthew Strahm (1-4, 3.25) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third of the seven inning contest. Washington Nationals LF Reed Johnson, continuing his rehab appearance with Potomac, hit a solo home run off Strahm to give the P-Nats the advantage.

The Nationals added a run in the top of the fifth inning against Strahm when C Zach Wright led-off the inning with a walk. 3B David Masters grounded out, moving Wright to second base and CF Rafael Bautista moved him to third with an infield single. RF Narciso Mesa picked up the RBI with a sacrifice bunt bringing home Wright for a 2-0 lead.

Strahm logged five innings for Wilmington, taking the loss and giving up two runs (earned) on four hits, a walk and he struck out five.

RHP Robinson Yambati entered in relief of Strahm in the sixth.

RHP Brian Dupra (2-0, 3.27) came in for Lopez in the fourth and continued the scoreless stretch for the Nationals, logging four scoreless frames to close out the eventual 5-0 win, Dupra gave up only one hit and walked one and struck out four.

The Nationals in the top of the seventh hit Yambati around, scoring three times to put the game away. 2B Khayyan Norfork reached on an error to begin the inning. Wright laced a ground ruled double that bounced over the left field wall that pushed Norfork to third base and then Masters hit a sacrifice fly to left field to make it a 3-0 lead. Mesa followed with an RBI triple and then scored himself on a wild pitch by Yambati for the 5-0 score.

Game Two saw RHP Tyler Mapes (4-2, 2.51) make a spot to start, his fifth of the year for Potomac. Mapes earned the win, pitching six innings. Wilmington scored one run against Mapes on five hits, a walk and Mapes struck out five in the win.

In the backend ballgame the Blue Rocks sent RHP Jakob Junis (4-10, 3.70) to the hill. Potomac took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Bautista began the game with a single. A Junis wild pitch moved him to second base and he scored on 1B Grant DeBruin’s RBI single.

C Craig Manuel doubled with one out for Potomac in the second inning and he scored on Masters RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

Wilmington plated a run against Mapes in the bottom of the third. CF Dominique Taylor singled with one out and then Garcia doubled. SS Humberto Arteaga knocked in Taylor with an RBI ground out to cut the lead in half at 2-1 Nationals.

The last two runs for Potomac came in the top of the fourth when Norfork blasted a home run over the left field wall to 4-1 Nats’. For Norfork, it was his second long ball of the season. RHP Derek Self (SV 1) inked his first save of the season, pitching the ninth inning and giving up one run. A lead-off walk to LF Alfredo Escalera began it and Self then fired back-to-back wild pitches to moved Escalera all the way to third. It was the C Santiago Nessy who brought home Escalera with another RBI ground out to make it 4-2 Nationals. That was as close as Wilmington got, falling in both games of the twin bill to Potomac.

The series continues tomorrow night from Frawley Stadium with a 635 pm first pitch and RHP Ian Dickson (2-2, 3.81) will make the start for the Nationals against RHP Pedro Fernandez (0-3, 8.78) for Wilmington.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (26-25, 61-58) erased a six-run deficit on Tuesday night and walked off with a 9-8 win over the Hickory Crawdads (28-23, 72-47) in the bottom of the ninth. The six-run hole that Hagerstown faced is the largest deficit it has come back from to win a game this season.

Hagerstown entered the bottom of the ninth with the score knotted at 8-8. Right fielder Matthew Page led off the inning by drawing a walk. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by 2B Bryan Mejia. Designated hitter Matt Reistetter then drew another walk, putting runners on first and second with one out. Up stepped LF Jeff Gardner to the plate, and he lined a single into left, brining home Page from second for the win.

The Suns had trailed 6-0 after three and a half innings, but they scored eight runs over the next three and a half frames to take a two-run lead. In the bottom of the fourth Hagerstown plated its first run on an RBI triple by Mejia. Then in the fifth, the Suns plated four more runs to cut their deficit to just one run. Hagerstown sent eight men to the plate during that fifth inning, with the biggest hit coming from Page. He ripped a two-out, two-run double to center field. All four runs in the inning scored with two outs.

The seventh inning was when Hagerstown finally completed its comeback and took its first lead of the night. First baseman Jose Marmolejos began the frame with a line drive double to left. A throwing error by SS Michael De Leon allowed the next hitter, catcher Raudy Read, to reach second and Marmolejos to advance to third with no outs. Page then brought Marmolejos home from third with a sacrifice fly. Mejia followed with a single up the middle to plate Read and make it 7-6 Suns. The final run of the inning scored on a triple by Gardner.

That initial lead by the Suns did not last long, as in the top of the eighth Hickory tied the game with two runs of its own. Both runs came home on a two-run double by De Leon, making up for his error the inning before. That set the stage for Gardner’s ninth inning heroics.

The Crawdads built their initial 6-0 lead with one run in the second, two in the third, and three in the fourth. All six runs were charged to Suns starting RHP Luis Reyes, who because of the comeback did not factor into the decision. Instead it was RHP Koda Glover (1-1) who wound up with the win for Hagerstown despite blowing the save. In two innings he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out two. RHP Chris Dula (1-1) suffered the loss for Hickory. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out one.

These teams will conclude their three-game series at Municipal Stadium with a rubber game on Wednesday August 19. The Suns will send RHP Justin Amlung (3-1) to the mound for his fifth start and 16th appearance with the Suns this season. He will square off against RHP Collin Wiles (10-3) for Hickory. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

%d bloggers like this: