September 15, 2019

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for June 2

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs lost both games of a doubleheader against the Louisville Bats on Tuesday evening at NBT Bank Stadium. Scott McGregor threw six and two-thirds strong innings in game one, but Syracuse fell 8-5 in nine innings. The Bats held the Chiefs to just two hits in game two and won by a score of 6-1.

There was no score in game one until the bottom of the fifth inning when Syracuse (17-35) finally tallied first with two runs in the frame against right-hander Dylan Axelrod. Caleb Ramsey chopped a soft ground ball to second and beat it out for an infield single with one away in the inning. Josh Johnson followed with a single to right field to put two runners on. Two batters later, Darin Mastroianni drove a double into deep right-center field to plate two to give Syracuse a 2-0 lead.

Scott McGregor put together his sixth quality start in a row in on Tuesday. The right-hander kept Louisville scoreless until the final inning when he surrendered a two-out home run over the left-center field fence to Eugenio Suarez to end his bid for a shutout. In six and two-thirds, McGregor allowed two runs on only four hits and struck out one Louisville hitter.

After Louisville (27-25) made a comeback in the top of the seventh, Syracuse fought back in the bottom half of the seventh against Nate Adcock to tie the game at five. Johnson led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by the shortstop Suarez. After Adcock retired the next two Chiefs, Tony Gwynn Jr. kept the game alive and shot a single into left field to plate Johnson and close the gap to 5-3. Emmanuel Burriss followed Gwynn with a single to center field to put runners on the corners. The next batter, Mark Minicozzi, dunked a line drive in the right-center field gap to plate Gwynn from third and Burriss from first to tie the game at five and send the game into extra innings.

The game remained tied until the ninth inning when the Bats broke loose for three runs against Evan Meek. Final score 8-5.

In game two, Louisville got out to a 6-0 lead.  Syracuse scored its only run of game two in the final inning against Carlos Contreras. The right-hander struggled with his control in the bottom of the seventh and walked three hitters in the frame. With one out and the bases loaded, Gwynn lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Butler for the Chiefs’ only run.

The Chiefs and Bats finish off this three-game set on Wednesday at 10:35 a.m. at NBT Bank Stadium. Syracuse sends Bruce Billings to the mound against Louisville starter Josh Smith to try and salvage the final game of the series.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The game scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 between the Harrisburg Senators and Akron RubberDucks has been postponed due to rain.

The game on Tuesday will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, June 3 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The doubleheader will consist of two seven-inning games with a break of approximately 30 minutes between games.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Potomac (23-29-Overall, 14-14-Home), after a game suspension an evening ago, walked it off in the bottom of the 11th courtesy of SS Stephen Perez’s RBI single. The Nationals then picked up back-to-back 4-3 wins over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (31-18-Overall, 20-8-Road) in the nightcap when SS Christopher Bostick gave Potomac the lead in the bottom of the eighth to close out the series and earn the split at Pfitzner Stadium on Tuesday night.

The defacto doubleheader began on Monday evening with RHP Lucas Giolito on the mound against the righty for Myrtle Jen-Ho Tseng. Neither starter factored in the decision as the ballgame was scoreless through five frames.

Gio, after walking back-to-back hitters in the fourth, proceeded to strike out the side of the Pelicans in the frame. The Santa Monica, CA native finished with nine strikeouts under his belt in his five innings of work. He allowed two hits and he walked two batters in addition to the strikeouts.

LHP Matthew Spann came out of the bullpen for the first time in 2015 in the sixth inning in relief of Giolito. Spanner walked RF Mark Zagunis to begin his day of work. After a sacrifice bunt and then a DH Chesney Young single, 3B Jeimer Candelario walked to load the bases. The C Victor Caratini knocked in two with a double for a 2-0 Pelican lead.

In the bottom of the sixth against Tseng Potomac tied the ballgame after back-to-back singles with one out. The equalizers came off the bat 1B John Wooten, scoring C Spencer Kieboom and 3B Drew Ward, and the two-bagger chased Tseng from the affair tying it at 2-2.
The contest remained tied at two runs apiece until the top of the tenth when the rain began to fall. LHP Nick Lee came into the game with a runner on first courtesy of a CF Pin-Chieh Chen single and allowed another one by Young. The next hitter Candelario put the ball into the air towards Bostick in the rain drops. Bostick had the ball go off the leather for an error and scoring was Young to give Myrtle a 3-2 lead.

The baseball gods gave Bostick an opportunity to atone for his sins immediately, as he led-off the bottom of the tenth. The former Pelican tripled to start the frame RHP Jasvir Rakkar (1-1, 2.29) in his first inning of work. Bostick enthusiastically scored on Perez’s sacrifice fly to knot the game at 3-3 in the tenth.

LF Isaac Ballou, the next hitter, had a 2-2 count when the game was suspended until tonight, being resumed at The Pfitz on Tuesday.

Once play resumed RHP Derek Self (2-0, 1.86) pitched a scoreless top of the 11th and it headed to the home half. RF Estarlin Martinez singled with one out for Potomac to begin the frame. CF Narciso Mesa then singled behind Martinez and with two outs Perez knocked in Martinez for the 4-3 walk-off win.

Self picked up the win in the walk-off and Rakkar took the loss for his 1.2 innings allowing six hits and a run. Self allowed two hits but nothing else in his one-inning of work for Potomac.

The nightcap, after the suspended game was finished, began shortly thereafter with RHP John Simms on the mound against RHP Jonathan Martinez.

Mesa, for Potomac, in the fifth connected for his first home run of 2015, a solo shot, to cut the Myrtle Beach lead in half at 2-1.

Simmsy went 6.1 for Potomac giving up six hits and two runs, he walked two and struck out a season-high tying four strikeouts.

RHP Josh Conway entered the game against Potomac in the sixth and a run after two straight singles from Potomac. DH Brandon Miller knocked in Kieboom, who walked to reach the bases and the game was tied at two.

Myrtle took the lead in the top of the eighth when SS Carlos Penalver doubled to begin the inning against Potomac’s RHP Wander Suero (5-2, 2.85). Two batters later Zagunis singled into right field bringing home Penalver for a 3-2 ‘Birds lead. For Suero the run allowed snapped a consecutive scoreless streak of 13.1 innings in six appearances out of the bullpen.

RHP Zach Cates (1-1, 1.50) came in for the Pelicans in the eighth and Wooten led-off the inning with a double, his third two-bagger in two games. Martinez, two batters later, hit a fielder’s choice ball to first base. 1B Jacob Rogers came to the plate with a high throw and the ball went off the glove of the backstop Caratini allowing Wooten to slide in safely for a 3-3 tie. Martinez ended up at second base and after a Mesa infield single Bostick drove in Martinez for a 4-3 Potomac lead on a single.

Suero remained in the game and picked up a double play ball off the bat of Caratini to seal the second consecutive 4-3 Potomac win of the day.

Potomac earned the series split against the first-place ballclub and now, after an off-day on Wednesday, will open up an eight game road trip with four in Salem and four in Carolina.

Both clubs are to be determined regarding the starting pitchers in the opener and first pitch is set for 7:05 pm in Salem, VA.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (25-25) game against the Hickory Crawdads (34-16) scheduled for tonight (June 2) has been cancelled due to rain/wet grounds. The teams will play a double-header as part of a shortened two-game series at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday June 3. The first game of the double-header will begin at 11:05am. In the South Atlantic League double-headers consist of two seven-inning games.

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