December 11, 2018

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 1

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bisons, 7-1, Friday night at Coca-Cola Field. The Chiefs hit three home runs off Bisons starter Todd Redmond to win their third straight game over Buffalo. Matt Skole homered twice and drove in four in the win.

Syracuse (62-76) got on the board in the second inning. Jason Martinson singled to start the inning against Buffalo starter Todd Redmond. Skole followed with the first of his two home runs in the game, a blast to right-center field feet, to give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead.

The game stayed 2-0 until the seventh. Skole led off the inning with a fly ball atop the roof of the right-field patio for a solo homer, giving the Chiefs a three-run lead. Kevin Keyes hit Redmond’s next pitch well beyond the wall in left-center field for a 4-0 advantage. Caleb Ramsey followed with a triple to left-center field, still with no one out in the inning. Two batters later, Steve Lerud drilled the fourth extra-base hit of the inning, a double to right field, to score Ramsey and give Syracuse a 5-0 lead.

Syracuse added two more runs in the eighth. Tyler Moore and Martinson each singled to open the inning. Skole followed with an RBI groundout, his fourth RBI of the game, to give the Chiefs a 6-0 lead. Keyes then singled to drive in his second run of the game and cap the Syracuse scoring at 7-0.

The Chiefs and Bisons play the final of 21 meetings between the teams Wednesday night in Buffalo. Paolo Espino is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Donn Roach for Buffalo. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Austin Voth and two relievers silenced the Richmond Flying Squirrels as the Harrisburg Senators won 5-0 in front of a crowd of 3,468 at Metro Bank Park on Tuesday night. Harrisburg (66-70) posted their eighth shutout of the season as they won their third straight game.

Voth (6-7) hurled seven strong innings as the right-hander allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out four. In four starts against Richmond this season, Voth threw 27 innings without allowing a single run. Relievers Gilberto Mendez and Erik Davis each worked scoreless frames to close out the victory.

The Senators’ batters finally solved Richmond starter Matt Lujan as they collared the southpaw with the loss. Lujan had previously held Harrisburg to a .198 batting average and only three earned runs in four starts.

Chris Bostick and Brian Goodwin led the charge for the Senators. Bostick went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in on his seventh Double-A home run and Goodwin 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

The Senators continue their series against Richmond on Wednesday with Brian Rauh on the mound, starting at 7:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): CF Rafael Bautista hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring DH Brenden Webb and Potomac (63-70-Overall, 32-32-Home, 30-33-Second Half) completed an improbably, come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (77-54-Overall, 38-26-Road, 36-26-Second Half) with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn their sixth walk-off victory of the season at Pfitzner Stadium on Tuesday night.

In the bottom of the ninth trailing 3-0 to Myrtle with RHP David Garner on the mound, Potomac worked three consecutive free passes to LF Alec Keller, 1B Grant DeBruin and 3B Drew Ward to load the bases with nobody out. The Pelicans went to their bullpen and brought in RHP Jasvir Rakkar (3-3, 3.09). Rakkar gave up three straight RBI singles, a line drive to left-center field by Webb, followed by back-to-back infield singles by C Raudy Read and then SS Stephen Perez to tie the ballgame at 3-3. After 2B Khayyan Norfork popped out to right field, Bautista came up and hit a fly ball to medium deep centerfield. CF Pin-Chieh Chen made the catch and his throw bounced in to C Victor Caratini behind the feet first slide of Webb and the Nationals were in the win column 4-3.

RHP Ian Dickson battled through three innings of work, issuing eight walks, two wild pitches and he was charged with a balk in his outing, but only allowing one hit and one run and not factoring into the decision. Dickson issued two walks in the first and the second and then four free passes in the third inning.  He fired 78 pitches with 35 for strikes in three innings.

LHP R.C Orlan came in and pitched the next 3.2 innings, issuing five walks and holding Myrtle off the scoreboard in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. It was in the seventh that Orlan finally gave up a run.

RHP Jake Johansen entered and issued two walks in his 1.1 innings on the mound but did not allow a run to the Pelicans on two hits and two strikeouts.

Johansen inherited Rogers at second base and allowed a single that put runners on first and third but then struck out 2B Daniel Lockhart to end the threat.

LHP Jake Walsh (1-1, 4.50) came in for the ninth and with two outs relinquished a triple to Lockhart in the ninth. He then fired a wild pitch that allowed Lockhart to score and give Myrtle a 3-0 lead.

Potomac pitching issued 16 walks, committed two errors, threw four wild pitches and was charged for a balk and still only managed to allow three runs while stranding 17 Pelicans on the base paths in the eventual win.

The Nationals inked their sixth walk-off victory on the Bautista sacrifice fly giving Walsh his first Carolina League win in 2015 and handing Rakkar the loss in the ninth.

The game featured a combined 21 walks allowed, ten hits, three errors, four wild pitches, 15 strikeouts and seven runs.

Game Two tonight will see RHP Austen Williams (4-4, 2.49) for Potomac against a To Be Announced pitcher for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

First pitch is set for 7:05 pm from Pfiztner Stadium.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (30-34, 65-67) snapped their four-game losing skid on Tuesday night by shutting out the Kannapolis Intimidators (28-35, 63-69) by a final score of 6-0. It was the 11th shutout pitched by the Suns this season.

Starting RHP Andrew Lee set the tone for the Suns pitching staff by tossing 4.2 innings and striking out a season-high seven batters. RHP Mario Sanchez (7-5) then took over and allowed just one base runner over 3.1 innings to earn the win. RHP Koda Glover finished off the shutout by striking out the side in the ninth.

Hagerstown got its offense going early for the second straight night. In the bottom of the second 2B Bryan Mejia led off by reaching on a fielding error by Kannapolis 3B Cody Daily. Catcher Matt Reistetter then doubled to left, putting runners on second and third with none out. Left fielder Jeff Gardner was able to bring Mejia home from third with a sacrifice fly to center field. Reistetter tagged up and advanced to third on the fly out, and an errant throw to third by CF Hunter Jones allowed Reistetter to score to make it 2-0.

The lead increased to 3-0 in the third when 1B Jose Marmolejos led off with a double, and moved to third on a groundout to short. Marmolejos then scored from third on the second sacrifice fly of the game, giving the Suns a three-run lead.

Third baseman Austin Davis was responsible for stretching the lead to five in the fourth. With a runner on first and no one out Davidson lifted a line drive over the center field fence for his sixth homerun of the season. It was the first homerun hit in the series by the Suns, and made it 5-0.

The final Suns run crossed the plate in the sixth. Again it was a sacrifice fly that did the damage, this time by Marmolejos giving him his league-leading 82nd RBI this season. Earlier in the day it was announced that Marmolejos was named to the South Atlantic League’s Annual All-Star Team.

These teams will conclude their five-game series at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, September 2. The Suns will send RHP Erick Fedde (0-2) to the mound for his fifth start and appearance with the Suns this season. He will square off against RHP Thaddius Lowry (12-7) for Kannapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm.

 

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