September 21, 2019

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 2

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bisons, 6-2, Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Field. Syracuse scored six runs between the seventh and eighth innings to sweep the two-game series and win their fourth straight against the Bisons.

Syracuse (62-76) rallied in the seventh off Ben Rowen, who had previously not given up a run in 15 innings with the Bisons this year. Ricky Hague singled with one out to start the rally and moved to second base on a groundout. Darin Mastroianni then singled to center field, and Hague slid in just ahead of Melky Mesa’s throw to the plate, tying the game at one. Emmanuel Burriss followed with another RBI single to score Mastroianni and give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead.

The Chiefs broke the game open in the eighth. Rowen hit Matt Skole with a pitch to start the inning. After a groundout, Kevin Keyes singled to end Rowen’s outing. Chad Girodo came out of the bullpen, and Caleb Ramsey hit a ground ball to first. Matt Hague nearly collided with Girodo on the play and failed to tag Ramsey, allowing Skole to score on the RBI fielder’s choice. Two batters later, Steve Lerud reached on an infield single to load the bases. Mastroianni followed with a three-run double to break open the game and give Syracuse a 6-1 lead.

Syracuse hits the road for their final series away from NBT Bank Stadium, a two-game set against Lehigh Valley. The Chiefs will send Richard Bleier to the mound Thursday night opposite David Buchanan for the IronPigs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators couldn’t overcome an early three-run deficit as they lost 3-2 to the Richmond Flying Squirrels in front of 3,849 fans on Wednesday night. Harrisburg (66-71) went down in order six of the nine innings.

Brian Rauh (2-5) scattered three hits over four innings and struck out five. Wander Suero was outstanding in relief as the lithe right-hander tossed three scoreless innings. He held Richmond off the board while striking out two and limiting the Flying Squirrels to only one hit.

Abel De Los Santos picked up where Suero left off and posted two zeroes on the scoreboard while allowing one hit and striking out three.

The Senators scratched out only four hits including an RBI single by Cutter Dykstra. Drew Vettleson, Craig Manuel, and Adrian Sanchez accounted for the other base knocks.

The Senators finish their series against Richmond on Thursday with John Simms on the mound, starting at 7:00 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): On Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (78-54 Overall, 39-26 Road, 37-26 Second Half) swooped down on the Potomac Nationals (63-71 Overall, 32-33 Home, 30-34 Second Half) and took a 4-2 win in series Game Two of a three-game set using a three-run 6th inning to carry the First Half Southern Division Champions to their Carolina League-best 78th win.

The Nationals are now just (4-13) against the “birds” on the current ledger.

Potomac starter, RHP Austen Williams (4-5) threw 5.2 no-hit innings but faltered in the 6th in his quest to keep the Pelicans off the hits and runs section of the scoreboard. Williams allowed three unearned runs on three hits and two errors behind him in the 6th. In his fifth loss in 2015 with the Nationals, Williams tossed 6.0 stanzas and allowed just the three unearned run tallies on three hits and two walks while fanning a pair.

The Nationals left nine men on base and went just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the clash while the Pelicans went 3-for-8 with RISP.

Only three P-Nats hitters turned in multi-hit efforts (Bautista, Ward, and Martinez) in the game.

In the rubber match on Thursday night at 7:05, the P-Nats will throw LHP Matthew Spann (2-7, 4.66) and the Pelicans will turn to RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (6-3, 2.63).

Potomac is (5-7) in their rubber games during the 2015 season.

 

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (31-34, 66-67) walked-off with a 10-9 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators (28-36, 63-70) on Wednesday afternoon in the final game at Municipal Stadium this season. It was the third walk-off win this year for the Suns, as Hagerstown finishes with a home record of 35-33 this season.

The Suns entered the bottom of the ninth trailing by a run in a back-and-forth ballgame. Left fielder Wilman Rodriguez led off the inning by hitting a ground ball double down the left field line. It was Rodriguez’s fifth hit of the game, making him the first Suns hitter this season to collect five hits in a game. Two batters later CF Andrew Stevenson singled to left, driving in Rodriguez to tie the game at 9-9. Second baseman Osvaldo Abreu then drew a walk, and both Abreu and Stevenson advanced a base on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt of Stevenson at second. First baseman Jose Marmolejos drew an intentional walk to load the bases, and that’s when RF Dale Carey came to the plate. Carey, the team’s leader in walks this season, drew his 61st free pass of the year, pushing Stevenson across the plate to give the Suns the win.

Hagerstown had led by one entering the top of the ninth, but 2B John Ziznewski began the frame with a triple for Kannapolis. Left fielder Michael Suiter was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on the corners with no one out. Suiter moved to second on a wild pitch with CF Hunter Jones at the plate. Jones wound up hitting a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Ziznewski home and tie the game at 8-8. Designated hitter Louie Lechich was next to the plate for the Intimidators, and he lined a single to right to give Kannapolis its one run cushion heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Those were the first two runs for Kannapolis since the sixth, when they plated four unearned runs to erase a 5-3 deficit. The top of the sixth inning should have ended on a ground ball hit to SS Bryan Mejia with two outs, but he couldn’t field the ball cleanly, allowing RF Mason Robbins to reach first and 1B Alexander Simon to head to second. Then the flood gates opened as the Intimidators collected three hits in a row, including a double and a triple, putting Kannapolis on top 7-5.

The Suns responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Mejia, and then they pushed two more across the plate in the seventh. RBI singles by Stevenson and Marmolejos in the inning did the damage, giving Hagerstown the lead until the ninth.

Hagerstown had an initial 2-0 lead after the first inning, and the Suns were able to stretch the lead to 3-0 in the third on an RBI double by DH Matthew Page. The Intimidators tied the game for the first time with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth. However, Hagerstown answered right back with a two-run frame in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-3. In total the teams combined for 31 hits in the game and four errors.

LHP David Napoli (7-5) wound up getting the win for the Suns despite blowing a save opportunity. He threw one inning and gave up two earned runs on two hits. RHP David Trexler (0-3), the reigning South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week, suffered the loss for the Intimidators. He threw 1.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits and three walks. Both teams used three pitchers in the game.

The Suns now head out on the road to Lexington, Kentucky to play their final series of the season. They will begin a five-game series against the Lexington Legends (24-38, 55-77) on Thursday, September 3. The Suns will send RHP Jefry Rodriguez (1-5) to the mound for his 10th start and appearance with the Suns this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

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