October 18, 2018

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 6

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 4-0, on Sunday night in the penultimate game of the season. Syracuse pitchers combined for eight strikeouts.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (81-62) opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Kyle Roller and Rob Segedin hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. After a fly out, third baseman Cito Culver singled to left, scoring Roller and giving the RailRiders an early 1-0 lead.

The RailRiders added to their tally in the top of the fifth. Juan Graterol, Jake Cave and Ali Castillo all singled to begin the inning, which loaded the bases for Slade Heathcott. Heathcott promptly singled to left, scoring both Graterol and Cave and increasing Scranton/Wilkes-Barres’ lead to 3-0.

For the third straight inning, the RailRiders scored against the Chiefs, this time in the top of the sixth. With one out, Graterol singled and then advanced to second when Cave reached on a fielding error by Chiefs starter Taylor Jordan. Jordan then walked the final batter he faced, Castillo, to load the bases. Bruce Billings came in in relief and gave up an RBI single to Heathcott that gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 4-0 lead.

Despite the loss, the Syracuse (65-78) pitching staff had a solid outing. Jordan struck out four in five and one-third innings of work. Billings struck out four as well, while only allowing one walk in two and two-thirds innings. Finally, Bryan Harper pitched one scoreless inning, only walking one batter.

The Chiefs play their final game of the 2015 season on Monday afternoon against the RailRiders with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Paolo Espino will take the mound for the final time for Syracuse to face a starter to be announced.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Harrisburg Senators managed only two hits in a 2-0 loss to the Akron RubberDucks on Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park in front of 6,521 fans. The game marked the twelfth time the Senators (67-74) were shut out this season.

Harrisburg starter Austin Voth traded zeroes back and forth on the scoreboard with Akron’s Adam Plutko for six innings. Voth allowed only one hit through six frames while striking out seven in his final start of the 2015 campaign.

Wander Suero relived Voth and immediately ran into trouble in the seventh inning as he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. Suero (1-2) struck out Akron’s Jordan Smith with the bases loaded but by then the damage was done. Abel De Los Santos threw two scoreless innings to keep the Senators within striking distance.

Reegie Corona and Chris Bostick delivered Harrisburg’s two hits as Corona doubled in the sixth inning and Bostick tripled with two outs in the ninth.

The Senators will play their final game of the 2015 season on Monday with Brian Rauh on the mound, starting at 1:30 p.m.

 POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): On Labor Day Sunday, the Potomac Nationals (65-73 Overall, 34-35 Home, 32-36 Second Half) were shut out by the Salem Red Sox (65-73 Overall, 34-35 Road, 27-41 Second Half) in series Game Three at Pfitzner Stadium 8-0 in the penultimate contest of the 2015 season for both clubs.

Red Sox starting hurler, RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (5-11) improved to five wins on the 2015 campaign by tying his season-high in innings pitched with 7.0 stanzas in which he surrendered no runs, five hits, and two walks. Stankiewicz struck out five batters in the clash.

Salem went only 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base in the team’s 65th win of the season which gave both squads the same overall record on the 2015 season (65-73).

Potomac mustered only five hits including four singles and a double smacked by 1B John Wooten while Salem put together a 12-hit outing offensively.

The Red Sox earned their 12th shutout win and the Nationals were blanked for the 10th time in 2015.

Nationals starter, RHP Ian Dickson (3-3), en route to suffering his third loss, lasted just 1.2 innings and was removed from the mound due to pitch count. Dickson gave up one earned run on one hit and four walks while striking out just one batter.

In the opening inning, Dickson issued a leadoff four-pitch walk to SS Mauricio Dubon and 2B Wendell Rijo laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Dubon to second base but Dickson pitched out of trouble by getting LF Kevin Heller to yank a fielder’s choice groundball to the six hole and a popup by 1B Mario Martinez to Potomac 2B David Masters.

Salem got their first run in the 2nd inning on a leadoff ground-rule double smacked by Red Sox CF Mike Meyers off the warning track and over the wall in left-center field before three straight walks handed out to RF Franklin Guzman, C Jordan Procyshen, and DH Zach Kapstein (RBI walk), respectively.

Potomac LHP R.C. Orlan took over for Dickson and got the final out of the 2nd inning on a fielder’s choice groundball off the bat of Rijo.

Orlan went 4.1 innings and allowed three runs (two earned runs) on six hits including two home runs but no walks. Orlan fanned four men and faced one batter in the 7th (Rijo singled into center field).

The Red Sox plated two runs in the 5th inning to take a 3-0 lead despite the fact Orlan fanned the side. Martinez cranked his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot off the third tier of signage in left field. Guzman also left the yard with a mammoth blast that smacked into the scoreboard on the other side of the left-center field fence. The clout was Guzman’s eight dinger of the season.

One more run was sent home by the Red Sox against Nationals RHP Manny Rodriguez in the 7th but the unearned run was charged to Orlan. An errant throw by Potomac C Zach Wright on a double steal by Rijo and Heller, who walked, put the Sox ahead by the score of 4-0.

Rodriguez pitched 1.2 scoreless relief innings and allowed one hit plus one walk with three strikeouts to his line.

Salem RHP German Taveras went to full counts on P-Nats SS Stephen Perez and Wright but retired them both on a strikeout swinging and a flyout to deep waters in dead center field before Masters went down on a popout in foul ground on the first base side.

Four unearned runs off Nationals RHP Phillips Valdez scored in the top of the 9th. Masters made an errant throw with the bases loaded over the head of Wooten at first base to bring in Rijo, who tapped an infield single to get aboard, and Meyers, who rolled a single into right field to reach base. The second double of the contest for Kapstein, smoked down the right field chalk, drove home Guzman, who walked, and Procyshen, who benefited by the Masters’ error.

Red Sox RHP Chandler Shepherd finished the game by turning in a perfect bottom of the 9th.

Potomac hosted Salem in front of 5,611 fans to clinch the 13th sellout in 2015 at Pfitzner Stadium.

In their final game of the 2015 season, the Nationals will send RHP Austen Williams (4-5, 2.22) to the hill to face off with Red Sox RHP Kevin McAvoy (11-9, 3.90).

McAvoy is (3-2) with a 1.39 earned run average in five starts against Potomac this season while Williams has earned a (1-0) record and a 0.75 ERA in a pair of starting outings vs. Salem in 2015.

Williams will throw first pitch at 1:05pm on Labor Day Monday.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): After pitching brilliantly in his first season of professional baseball, Andrew Lee couldn’t keep it up on Sunday.  In his final outing this season for the Hagerstown Suns, the 6-foot-5 right-hander was hit hard in a 14-8 South Atlantic League loss at the Lexington Legends.

Lee had given up only one earned run in 15 minor league appearances.  But on Sunday, Lexington (58-79, 27-40 second half) collected five hits and six earned runs off Lee in 2 2/3 innings. After walking just seven in 36 minor league innings, Lee walked three batters, hit another with a pitch and uncorked two wild pitches.

Lee (3-1), picked in the 11th round of the June draft by the Washington Nationals, surrendered three runs in the second inning, all with two out.  The key blow was a two-run triple by Austin Bailey.  In the following frame, Lee headed to the showers after wild-pitching home a run and serving up a two-out, two-run single to Alexis Rivera.

David Napoli offered little relief, giving up five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as Lexington jumped to an 11-3 lead.  Hagerstown (67-70, 32-37) wasted strong offensive work from Bryan Mejia, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs, lifting his batting average to .346.  He was the only Suns player with more than one hit.

Foster Griffin (4-6) got the win for Lexington, which will try to conclude a rough season with a four-game winning streak this afternoon.

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