September 21, 2019

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for September 7

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs won the final game of the season, 5-4, against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Monday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. Emmanuel Burriss hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Chiefs a series win in the final three-game set of the season.

Syracuse (66-78) scored first with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the second inning against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Chaz Herbert. Matt Skole led off the inning with a solo home run over the right-field fence. Skole’s eighth home run in Triple-A gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (81-63) squared the score in the top of the fifth inning against Syracuse starter Paolo Espino. With one out, Jake Cave doubled over the center fielder Jose Lozada’s head. The next batter, Ali Castillo, singled to right field to knot the score at 1-1.

The RailRiders took the lead in the top of the seventh inning against Dakota Bacus. Cito Culver led off the inning with a walk. With one out and Jake Cave at the plate, Bacus threw a wild pitch to advance Culver to second base. Then, Castillo drove in his second run of the game with an RBI double to right field.

The lead was short-lived for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as Syracuse took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning against Jonathan Holder. With one out, Isaac Ballou doubled into the right-center field gap. Scott Sizemore followed with a two-run home run over the left-field wall to put the Chiefs up 3-2 after seven.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tied the game in the top of the ninth against Juan Gutierrez. Kyle Roller pinch-hit for Kyle Higashioka and singled to center field. Ben Gamel pinch-ran for Roller and stole second base with Cave batting. Then, Cave drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Castillo burned the Chiefs yet again with an RBI to drive in his third run of the day to tie the score at three.

The game remained tied until the top of the 11th inning. The RailRiders scored one run against Connor Overton. Cave tripled to lead off the 11th. Castillo singled in his fourth run of the day with an RBI single to center field.

The Chiefs fought back in the bottom of the 11th to score two runs and win the game against the RailRiders. With one out, Steve Lerud and Jose Lozada walked to put two runners on the Chiefs with one out. Two batters later, Sizemore drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Then, Jason Martinson drew a bases-loaded walk to square the score at four. Burriss finished the game one batter later with a walkoff single to right field to score Lozada and give Syracuse the victory.

The Syracuse Chiefs have finished the 2015 season with a record of 66-78. The Chiefs finish with both the longest win streak (11) and losing streak (12) in the International League this season. Information on Syracuse’s 2016 schedule will officially be released soon. The Chiefs open the season on Thursday, April 7th against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): In their final game of the season, the Harrisburg Senators dropped a 3-2 decision to the visiting Akron RubberDucks in front of 3,426 fans.

The Senators drew first blood when Derrick Robinson singled through the left side of the infield to score Khayyan Norfork from second base. Akron would equalize the score in the fourth inning off Harrisburg starter Brian Rauh.

Rauh scattered three hits over five innings while allowing a run, striking out three, and walking two. Matt Purke was tagged with the loss as the southpaw worked two innings of relief allowing the go-ahead run in on a single. Following Purke (1-3), Nick Lee allowed an insurance run to make it 3-1 on a sacrifice fly after loading the bases with three walks.

Chris Bostick cut the deficit in half in the eighth inning with his eighth Double-A home run, and twelfth overall. The Senators went down in order in the ninth to close out the 2015 campaign with a record of 67-75.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (65-74-Overall, 34-35-Home, 33-37-Second Half) allowed three runs in the top of the first to the Salem Red Sox (66-73-Overall, 35-35-Road, 41-35-Second Half) and ultimately dropped the season finale 4-2 at Pfitzner Stadium on Labor Day Monday.

RHP Austen Williams (4-6, 2.59) made his 25th start overall in 2015 and 11th start for the Nationals, looking for his 13th win combined in 2015. Williams ran into trouble right out of the gate in the ballgame, giving up three runs in the top of the first.

SS Mauricio Dubon led the whole thing off with a single followed by an infield single by the number two man 2B Wendell Rijo. CF Kevin Heller knocked in Dubon with an RBI single to give the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead and they weren’t done yet. Two batters later, RF Franklin Guzman brought home both Rijo and Heller for a 3-0 lead for the Sox.

The Nationals answered with a solo run in the bottom of the first on two, one out singles by LF Alec Keller and 1B John Wooten. DH Brenden Webb grounded out but moved both runners up a bag and then 3B Drew Ward walked to load the bases. C Raudy Read picked up his fifth RBI of the season with the Nationals in his fifth game on a walk issued by the starter for Salem RHP Kevin McAvoy, cutting the lead to 3-1.

Salem added a run against Williams in the top of the fifth inning when Dubon doubled. Two batters later Heller doubled home Dubon for a 4-1 lead.

Williams pitched six innings for the seventh consecutive start with the Nationals, allowing four runs (earned) on nine hits, no walks and he struck out four, throwing 83 pitches with 61 for strikes. Williams took his sixth loss of the season with Potomac.

McAvoy last only 2.2 innings getting dinged for one run (earned) on two hits, two walks and punched out one.

RHP Kyle Kraus (2-2, 1-34) entered in the bottom and struck out Ward to end the third in relief of McAvoy. Kraus earned the win for his 3.1 innings of work allowing only one run (earned) on three hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

The Nationals scored their lone run against Kraus in the sixth inning when Ward singled to extend his on-base streak to 21 games to end the season. C Raudy Read doubled him to third and then RF Estarlin Martinez lined a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home Ward to cut the lead to 4-2 Red Sox.

That was the final as LHP Luis Ysla pitched a scoreless two innings, striking out one batter and RHP Taylor Grover (SV 4) pitched a one, two, three ninth to close out the 4-2 Red Sox win and ink his fourth save of the season.

For the Nationals RHP Jeff Howell pitched a scoreless seventh inning, walking two and striking out one followed by LHP Justin Thomas, who threw the final two innings, walking one and striking out one.

The Nationals end the season 65-74 overall and 33-37 in the second half, also finishing 9-13 against Salem and 32-37 against the Southern Division.

The Red Sox, with their win yesterday in the finale, win the series and hand Potomac their second straight loss to wrap up the 2015 season.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (33-37, 68-70) ended their 2015 season on Monday afternoon with a 6-2 win over the Lexington Legends (27-41, 58-80) at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Despite the win, however, the Suns dropped the five-game series against Lexington three games to two.

In the season finale on Monday the Suns jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four innings and cruised from there. Hagerstown was able to build its early comfortable lead thanks to strong starting pitching from RHP Erick Fedde (1-2), who earned his first ever win in a Suns uniform by tossing five scoreless innings and giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. Starting RHP Corey Ray (5-7) suffered the loss for Lexington. He went six innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight.

In the fourth game of the series on Sunday afternoon the Legends won a slugfest 14-8. Lexington scored at least three runs in four different innings, including three of the first four frames to take command of the game early. That allowed starting LHP Foster Griffin (4-6) to earn the win for the Legends. He threw six innings and gave up three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two. Starting RHP Andrew Lee (3-1) got tagged with the loss for Hagerstown. He went just 2.2 innings and surrendered six earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two.

In game three of the series on Saturday afternoon Lexington used the long ball to power past the Suns in 10 innings for a 7-5 win. The Legends clobbered four homeruns in the game, which is the most allowed in a game by the Suns all season. The last of those four long balls was hit by DH Chase Vallot in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Lexington the walk-off win. It was RHP Deion Williams (1-2) who surrendered the homerun to Vallot, thus getting tagged with the loss for the Suns. LHP Brennan Henry (2-3) threw the final 3.2 innings for the Legends to earn the win. He did not allow a run, while giving up two hits and striking out four.

In the second game of the series on Friday night Lexington notched a one-run, 5-4 win. Hagerstown held a 3-0 advantage early in the contest, but a two-run sixth inning gave the Legends the lead for good. All five Lexington runs were charged to starting RHP Justin Amlung (3-4), who went six innings and gave up five earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five as he suffered the loss. RHP Torey Deshazier (4-5) earned the win for Lexington. He threw 2.2 innings in relief, allowing one earned run on two hits and three walks.

In game one of the series on Thursday night the Suns picked up their first win of the series by a final of 5-2. The Legends were held off the scoreboard until the ninth, as they stranded 13 men on base throughout the game. RHP Kevin Perez (1-3) picked up the win for Hagerstown in relief. He threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and four walks while striking out three. Starting RHP Yunior Marte (4-5) suffered the loss for the Legends. In 3.1 innings pitched he gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out one.

In total Lexington out-scored Hagerstown 34-24 in the series, but the Suns outhit the Legends 48-43. The Suns will begin the 2016 season, their 36th season in Hagerstown, with a home game on April 7 against the Delmarva Shorebirds.

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