February 26, 2020

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for July 1

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs slugged their way to a series-clinching 10-1 victory over the Louisville Bats Wednesday night at Louisville Slugger Field. Kevin Keyes hit two home runs and drove in five runs and Trea Turner hit his first Triple-A home run in the victory.

Syracuse (28-52) got its first of three home runs in the second inning. Keyes hit a solo home run to lead off the inning to give Syracuse an early 1-0 lead. It was Keyes’ first Triple-A home run. An inning later, Turner picked up his first Triple-A home run, a two-run shot, to give the Chiefs a 3-0 advantage. It was also Turner’s first Triple-A hit in his fifth start.

Louisville (39-41) ended the streak of two shutouts to start the series in the fourth. Jermaine Curtis homered off Joe Ross to left field to cut the lead to 3-1. That would be the only run Ross allowed in five solid innings.

Keyes was not done, however. The Chiefs left fielder hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot, to the back row of the seats beyond the left-field wall to extend the lead to 5-1.

Syracuse broke the game open in the eighth. Nick Christiani walked Scott McGregor and Darin Mastroianni to start the inning. After a force out and strikeout, the Chiefs had runners on first and second with two outs. Keyes then picked up his fourth RBI on a single up the middle scoring Mastroianni to give Syracuse a 6-1 lead. Christiani then walked Mario Lisson and Caleb Ramsey to force in a seventh Chiefs run. The Bats brought Joe Paterson on in relief of Christiani. Paterson surrendered a single to Ricky Hague to score an eighth run. Then with Steve Lerud batting, Patterson threw a wild pitch, scoring Lisson to extend the lead to 9-1.

Keyes finished off his stellar night in the ninth. A ninth-inning single scored Turner, who had reached on a force out, for Keyes’ fifth RBI and a 10-1 Chiefs lead.

Syracuse hits the road and opens a two-game series with the Buffalo Bisons Thursday night. Paolo Espino is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Jeff Francis for the Bisons. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Matt Skole’s walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 13th inning sealed a 6-5 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels Wednesday at Metro Bank Park. The win extends Harrisburg’s (38-41) season-high winning streak to eight games.

Brian Goodwin doubled to lead off the 13th and Skole followed with a long fly ball that landed on the warning track in left-center field, allowing Goodwin to score and win the game. Skole also homered earlier in the game for Harrisburg’s first run in the fourth inning. Chris Bostick drove in a run with a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning, but Harrisburg trailed 5-2 entering the bottom of the seventh. The Senators scored a run in the seventh on an RBI fielder’s choice by Wilmer Difo. In the eighth, Pedro Severino doubled in a run to cut the deficit to one and Shawn Pleffner beat out a potential double play to bring home the game-tying run. Severino, Goodwin and Derrick Robinson all had two hits while Skole finished 4-for-6 with the homer, the double and a pair of singles.

Dakota Bacus allowed five runs in 6.1 innings of work, and was mainly victimized by a pair of home runs. His fifth run allowed came across when Paul Demny surrendered a run-scoring double in the seventh inning. Demny, however, did not allow a run of his own in 1.2 innings. Bryan Harper and Abel De Los Santos followed with two scoreless innings each while Sam Runion received the win after pitching a scoreless 13th inning.

The Senators will try to extend their winning streak to nine and clinch a series win Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Potomac (37-39-Overall, 16-22-Road, 4-2-Second Half) was two outs away from history with RHP Aaron Barrett, RHP Lucas Giolito and RHP Manny Rodriguez having thrown a combined no hitter through 8.1 innings before it was broken up by a single in the ninth but they held on for the 4-0 win over Frederick (34-43-Overall, 20-19-Home, 2-5-Second Half) on Wednesday night at Nymeo Field.

RHP Manny Rodriguez entered in the ninth inning after Major Leaguer RHP Aaron Barrett, on a rehab assignment with Potomac, threw a hitless, scoreless first frame, allowing a walk and striking out two. RHP Lucas Giolito’s (3-4, 3.08) entered in the second inning and threw seven hitless, scoreless innings where he walked one, hit two batters and struck out seven to earn the win before giving way to Rodriguez in the ninth.

Rodriguez retired the first hitter in the ninth, CF Josh Hart on a fly ball to centerfield. 2B Jeff Kemp was the next hitter and he lined a hard single to left field that LF Alec Keller came rushing in on and at the last second decided not to dive and played it on a bounce, it went off his glove and Kemp moved to second base after breaking up the no hitter with a single and moved to second on an error charged to Keller. Rodriguez retired the next two hitters to complete the 4-0 shutout victory for Potomac, their fourth win in a row.

LHP Chris Lee (2-4, 4.58) made the start for Frederick, his second against Potomac in 2015.

The P-Nats broke the scoreless tie in the top of the second when Lee, with one out, issued back-to-back walks to DH Grant Debruin and RF Brandon Miller. 2B Adrian Sanchez, the reigning Carolina Player of the Week, lined an RBI double to give Potomac a 1-0 lead and extend his hitting streak to eight games.

That was the only blemish for Lee on the night as he hurled six innings allowing one run (earned) on two hits, he walked three and struck out six, logging a quality start despite taking the loss.

RHP Jimmy Yacabonis entered in the seventh and pitched a one, two, three seventh inning to keep it at a 1-0 lead for Potomac. The eighth inning wasn’t so kind to Yacabonis. Potomac scored three times when Keller reached on an infield single followed by a CF Narciso Mesa RBI double to make it 2-0. SS Stephen Perez, the hero from an evening ago, reached on an error charged to Kemp at second base to put runners on first and third. Two batters later C Spencer Kieboom lined a two-run double down the left field line to make it a 4-0 lead for the P-Nats, which was plenty for Giolito and company.

Yacabonis pitched two innings allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits, he didn’t issue a walk and struck out three.

RHP Donnie Hart pitched one inning, allowing two hits and no runs with a strikeout.

Potomac tied their season high winning streak with their fourth straight win after sweeping the Carolina Mudcats and look to win back-to-back series for the first time in 2015 tonight in Game Two against Frederick.

Potomac is now 8-4 in shutouts.

Potomac fell two outs short of throwing the franchise’s first no hitter since May 19th, 1995 when RHP Rich Pratt hurled a seven inning no hitter against Frederick in a 3-0 Cannons win. The last franchise combined no hitter was on April 8th, 1995, as a White Sox affiliate, when RHP Brian Woods and RHP Archie Vazquez combined for an 8-0 win over Salem in a nine hitter no-no.

Game Two tonight from Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium puts RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-4, 4.88) for Potomac against RHP David Hess (3-4, 5.43), the reigning Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, for Frederick.  First pitch in Game Two is set for 7:00 pm

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (3-4, 38-37) were in a scoreless duel with the Greensboro Grasshoppers (1-6, 30-46) on Wednesday night until the top of the ninth inning, when Greensboro plated three runs to come away with a 3-0 win. It was the seventh time this season the Suns have been shutout, and it was the first win this season for Greensboro in Hagerstown.

The ninth inning rally for Greensboro began with one out. Third baseman Brian Schales started it with a line drive single to left. Catcher Roy Morales followed with another single to left, and that was followed by LF Ryan Aper reaching on a fielder’s choice play at second in which the runner was safe, thereby loading the bases. That’s when CF Zach Sullivan came to the plate, and he delivered with a line drive single to right to knock home the first run of the game and break the scoreless tie. Then, two batters later, with the bases still loaded and two outs, RF John Norwood hit a fly ball single to right, driving in two more runs and setting the final score.

LHP R.C. Orlan (2-1) was responsible for letting up all three Greensboro runs and thus was tagged with his first loss of the season. The ninth inning was his only inning of work, and he wound up allowing four hits while striking out one. RHP Josh Hodges (3-2) earned the win for Greensboro. He threw three innings in relief, also giving up four hits while striking out one. LHP Michael Mader started for the Grasshoppers and threw six innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five. LHP Matt Purke and RHP Deion Williams combined to keep Greensboro off the board for the first eight innings, with Purke tossing five frames and giving up five hits and one walk while striking out two, and Williams surrendering two hits and two walks while striking out two over three frames.

In total the Grasshoppers outhit the Suns 11-8, and the teams combined to leave 17 men on base. These teams will continue their four-game series at Municipal Stadium with game three on Thursday July 2. The Suns will send LHP Connor Bach (1-1) to the mound for his ninth start and 15th appearance this season. He will square off against LHP Ben Holmes (2-4) for Greensboro. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.


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