May 20, 2022

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 20

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): OFF.  The Chiefs travel to Buffalo tonight at 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Behind home runs from Drew Vettleson and Isaac Ballou, the Harrisburg Senators won the rubber game, 5-3, over the Akron RubberDucks Thursday at Canal Park. The Senators (59-65) have won back-to-back games for the first time since July 7-8.

Senators starter Lucas Giolito threw 87 pitches in five innings of work to pick up his second with Harrisburg. The tall right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out five. The Senators scored in the top of the first inning when Wilmer Difo and Brian Goodwin both singled before completing a successful double steal. Shawn Pleffner drove in Difo with a sacrifice fly. Akron responded with a run in the first and third off Giolito to take a 2-1 lead, but Harrisburg shot back in the fourth.

Vettleson led off the fourth with his fifth home run of the year and was followed by Pedro Severino’s 13th double. Severino moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Ballou. Giolito gave way to Gilberto Mendez after five, and again the Senators’ bullpen was solid. Mendez fired a scoreless sixth after Harrisburg added a run on Ballou’s solo shot in the top half. Cutter Dykstra then led the seventh inning off with a triple and scored on a Pleffner RBI single. Mendez, however, ran into trouble in the seventh and left the game with two on and two out. Bryan Harper entered and struck out Akron’s Bradley Zimmer to end the threat.

Harper allowed Akron to come a run closer as the RubberDucks’ Nellie Rodriguez hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. Harper bounced back, though, and struck out the next three batters in order. Paul Demny allowed two runners to reach in the ninth, but shut the door with a strikeout of Zimmer for his fourth save in five tries with Harrisburg.

The Senators now return home for a weekend series with the Portland Sea Dogs. Tonight’s series opener will begin at 7:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Nationals (57-65-Overall, 28-34-Road, 24-27-Second Half) and Blue Rocks (56-66-Overall, 34-25-Home, 18-34-Second Half) were washed away at Frawley Stadium on Thursday night in the series finale and the game will not be made up.

After a steady rain pelted the Wilmington, DE area all afternoon and into the evening the tarp was never pulled and game was canceled. Due to the fact that Potomac and Wilmington do not play again throughout the remaining 2015 Carolina League season the game will be lost to both squads. The wash out marks the first time this season Potomac has lost a game completely.

The Nationals now jump on the bus and head to the home of the first place Lynchburg Hillcats, Calvin Falwell Field to open up a three game series starting tomorrow night from Lynchburg with a 6:30 pm scheduled first pitch.

The Nationals will send LHP Matthew Spann (1-6, 4.92) to the mound against the Hillcats RHP Mitch Brown (8-11, 4.99).
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (26-26, 61-59) game against the Lexington Legends (19-31, 50-70) scheduled for Thursday (August 20) has been postponed. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Municipal Stadium on Friday August 21. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 4:35pm. The second game of the doubleheader will begin no earlier than 7:05pm. In the South Atlantic League doubleheaders consist of two seven-inning games. Gates tomorrow will open at 3:30pm.


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