September 20, 2019

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 30

Compiled from team press releases:

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.

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