September 21, 2019

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 31

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 8-3, on Monday night. Lehigh Valley broke a tie with a five-run sixth inning to take the lead for good. Matt Skole had two hits and two RBIs in the loss.

Trailing 3-2, Syracuse (61-76) finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Emmanuel Burriss walked to begin the inning against left-hander Anthony Vasquez, and Scott Sizemore singled to put runners on first and second with none away. After a Tyler Moore pop out, Jason Martinson walked to load the bases. Matt Skole followed Martinson with a two-RBI single to center that scored Burriss and Sizemore to close the gap to 3-2.

The Chiefs evened the score in the fifth. Dan Butler started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a Hill sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Scott Sizemore stroked an 0-2 pitch from Vasquez into right-center field to tie the game.

The Chiefs head to Buffalo on Tuesday for a two-game series against the Bisons. Taylor Jordan is expected to take the mound for the Chiefs opposite Todd Redmond with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators used two three-run innings and held on for the 6-5 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in front of 3,761 fans at Metro Bank Park.

The Flying Squirrels got on the board first off Harrisburg starter Tanner Roark when Rando Moreno came around to score after a leadoff single. The Senators responded with three runs of their own as Roark and Wilmer Difo delivered back-to-back singles with the bases loaded.

Devin Harris launched a three-run home run in the fourth inning to reclaim an advantage for Richmond. Their lead was short lived as Harrisburg (65-70) answered back with a three-run frame of their own punctuated by a two-run shot into the Senators’ bullpen off the bat of Brian Goodwin.

Making his first appearance on City Island since 2011, Roark went two innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out two. Colin Bates worked four innings in relief and earned the victory, his sixth of the season, despite giving up four runs.

Nick Lee pitched two scoreless innings striking out three batters as he bridged the gap to Paul Demny in the ninth. Demny secured the victory as he pocketed his sixth save of the season.

The Senators continue their series against Richmond on Tuesday evening with Austin Voth on the mound, starting at 7:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): OFF.  The PNats will host Myrtle Beach tonight at 7:05 from the Pfitz.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (29-34, 64-67) blew a three-run lead for the second straight game on Monday night, falling to the Kannapolis Intimidators (28-34, 63-68) by a final of 6-4. The win was the fourth in a row for Kannapolis, matching a season-high, while the Suns matched a season-high in losing their fourth straight game.

The Suns built their early advantage by scoring one run each in the first, third, fourth, and fifth. In the first 1B Jose Marmolejos brought home a run with a sacrifice fly to center field. He produced another run in the third again with a sacrifice fly, giving him his league-leading 81st RBI of the season.

In the fourth inning Hagerstown added to its lead when 2B Bryan Mejia hit a one-out triple to center field. He then scored when the next batter, LF Matthew Page, singled to right to make it 3-1 Suns. Hagerstown’s final run crossed the plate the next inning thanks to an RBI single by Mejia.

These teams will continue their five-game series at Municipal Stadium with game four on Tuesday, September 1. The Suns will send RHP Andrew Lee (3-0) to the mound for his fourth start and ninth appearance with the Suns this season. He will square off against RHP Zach Thompson (3-6) for Kannapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

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