October 18, 2018

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 5

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 6-5, Saturday night at NBT Bank Stadium. Isaac Ballou hit a walkoff single in the tenth inning in just his third Triple-A game to lift the Chiefs over the 2015 I.L. North champs.

Syracuse (65-77) scored first in the bottom of the first inning against Scranton starter Brady Lail. Emmanuel Burriss led off the inning with a single to center field. With two outs, Matt Skole walked to put runners on first and second. Then, Scott Sizemore lined a two-out RBI single to left field to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (80-62) got on the board with two runs in the top of the third inning against Taylor Hill. Kyle Higashioka singled to left field and Slade Heathcott walked with one out. After a fielder’s choice by Ali Castillo, Ben Gamel lined a double to center field to plate Higashioka and Heathcott to give the RailRiders a 2-1 lead.

The Chiefs answered immediately in the bottom of the third inning with three runs against the RailRiders. Jason Martinson led off the inning with a solo home run deep over the left-field fence. With one out, Sizemore walked. Two batters later, Ricky Hague tripled to deep center field to plate Sizemore. Then, Steve Lerud scored Hague with an RBI single to right field.

The RailRiders rallied in the sixth and the seventh innings to square the score at five. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh inning. In the sixth, Gamel led off the inning with a double and Aaron Judge singled to center to put runners on first and third with no outs. The next batter, Kyle Roller lined a single to center to plate Gamel and pull the RailRiders within two runs. Three batters later, with runners on first and third, Jake Cave hit an infield single to shortstop to pull Scranton/Wilkes-Barre within one.

In the seventh, Slade Heathcott doubled to lead off the inning against new Chiefs pitcher P.J. Walters. A batter later, Ali Castillo doubled home Heathcott to tie the game at five.

The game remained tied until the tenth. Jose Lozada worked a walk against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Mark Montgomery. Lozada moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Emmanuel Burriss. Ballou then came through, driving a ball over the head of Cave in center field, scoring Lozada and lifting the Chiefs.

Syracuse will play its penultimate game of the season Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Taylor Jordan is slated to start for the Chiefs opposite Kyle Davies for the RailRiders.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Fueled by a three-run home run by Jake Lowery, the Akron RubberDucks turned away the Harrisburg Senators, 3-1, on Saturday night at Metro Bank Park. The Senators (67-73) managed only five hits for the second straight game in the defeat.

Harrisburg starter Colin Bates threw six solid innings, really making only the one mistake to Lowery that collared the right-hander with the loss. Bates (6-6) allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out four in his final start of the season.

Southpaw Matt Purke worked an inning of relief striking out two while not allowing a run. Erik Davis followed with two scoreless innings of his own, also striking out two.

The Senators were baffled by Akron starting pitcher D.J. Brown and relievers Josh Martin and Jeff Johnson as Harrisburg struck out 11 times. That trio also retired the last nine batters of the game in order.

Wilmer Difo collected two of the Senators’ hits including a triple and scored the lone run on a Brian Goodwin sacrifice fly. Goodwin also chipped in a double for the other extra-base hit for Harrisburg.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Nationals (65-72-Overall, 34-34-Home, 32-35-Second Half) turned a 1-0 deficit into a 6-2 win with two runs in the second and three in the fourth, adding an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Salem Red Sox (64-73-Overall, 33-35-Road, 26-41-Second Half) in Game Two to even the series at a win apiece at Pfitzner Stadium on Saturday Night.

For the Nationals, it was RHP Tyler Mapes (6-3, 2.38), who has been a swingman for the Nationals all season, making 22 appearances out of the bullpen and eight starts, making the start tonight.

RF Brenden Webb finished a triple shy of the cycle, homering, scoring three times and driving in one while C Raudy Read had a three hit night and drove in three in the win for Potomac.

Mapes, tied a season high in innings pitched with seven strong, allowing one run (earned) on six hit, all singles, three walks and he struck out three. Of the six singles Mapes allowed, five of them were infield singles.

The lone run Mapes relinquished came for Salem in the top of the first inning when SS Mauricio Dubon and 2B Wendell Rijo reached on infield singles hit deep in the hole to the SS Stephen Perez. Dubon stole second base before the Rijo single and then Kevin Heller, the club leader in batting average, grounded into a twin killing that brought home Dubon for an early Red Sox 1-0 lead.

Mapes never allowed another run, sprinkling the final four hits he allowed, with two in the fourth and two in the seventh, his final frame. Mapes earned his sixth win of the season and seventh win of the 2015 season combined over two levels and he finished his season 3-0 against Salem, having allowed three earned runs (three runs total) in 30.0 innings on the mound.

The Nationals, against a familiar foe in RHP Ty Buttrey (8-10, 4.20), were held scoreless in the bottom of the first but then took a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in the bottom of the second. With one out 3B Drew Ward extended his on-base streak to 19 games by singling. Webb followed with a laced double down the right field line that pushed Ward to third. Read then knocked in Ward and Webb with a two-run single and was thrown out trying to stretch it second base, but it gave the Nationals a 2-1 lead.

The P-Nats were turned away in the third, stranding two before busting the game open in the fourth. Webb connected for his first home run as a National, a laser beam down the right field line for a 3-1 lead. Read then walked against Buttrey and Perez laced a triple into the right-centerfield gap for a 4-1 Nationals advantage. DH Estarlin Martinez was hit by a pitch and then CF Rafael Bautista brought home Perez on a sacrifice fly for a 5-1 lead.

Buttrey lasted five innings, giving up five runs (all earned) on seven hits, two walks and he struck out two in the loss. Buttrey fell to 1-3 against the Nationals.

RHP Jake Johansen pitched the eighth and ninth and gave up a run to Salem in the eighth when he struck out Rijo, but Wendell reached on a wild pitch. Heller singled Rijo to third and then another wild pitch by Johansen brought him home for a 5-2 Nationals lead.

Potomac snatched the run back in the bottom of the eighth against LHP Mike Adams, who came in for Buttrey in the sixth and hurled two scoreless innings before the eighth. He walked Webb and then Read doubled him home for a 6-2 Nats’ lead.

Johansen came back out for the ninth and hurled a scoreless frame, facing four batters and allowing a double before closing out the 6-2 Nationals win. Johansen pitched two innings, struck out four and gave up one run (earned) without allowing a walk.

The Nationals improve to 9-11 against the Red Sox and keep hope alive of finishing with a winning record at the friendly confines of Pfitzner Stadium in 2015.

The series opener tomorrow night at The Pfitz will feature RHP Ian Dickson (3-2, 3.52) for Potomac vs. RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (4-11, 4.22) for Salem in Game Three.

First pitch is set for 6:05 pm from Pfiztner Stadium.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic):  Chase Vallot hit a two-run homer off reliever Deion Williams in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Lexington Legends past the Hagerstown Suns 7-5 on Saturday in the South Atlantic League.

The Suns (67-69, 32-36 second half) took a 3-0 lead with a three-run second inning, and led 5-3 after the top of the seventh, but the Legends (57-79, 26-40) rallied each time.  Jeff Gardner, Adderling Ruiz and Osvaldo Abreu each hit RBI doubles in the second to give Hagerstown the lead.

Brian Bien doubled and scored on Luis Villegas’ single for Lexington in the third. Mike Hill led off the fifth with a homer, and the Legends added another run on two singles and two hit batters to tie the game at 3.

Ruiz homered in the sixth, and Abreu tripled and scored on Bryan Mejia’s groundout in the seventh to give the Suns a 5-3 lead.

Alexis Rivera led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer, and Austin Bailey went deep with two outs to pull the Legends back into a tie.  Vallot and Bien each had three hits for Lexington. Abreu went 4-for-5 for Hagerstown.

Brennan Henry (2-3) got the win, pitching a scoreless final 3 2/3 innings for the Legends.  He allowed two hits and struck out four. Williams (1-2) took the loss.  Conner Bach allowed three runs on five hits while striking out five over 4 1/3 innings in his start for the Suns.

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