April 21, 2021

Washington Nationals Minor League Scoreboard for May 18

Comprised of press releases from the Washington Nationals minor league affiliates

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, were bombarded by Columbus hitters on Friday night in a 12-2 loss to the Clippers. The loss gave Syracuse a split of the four-game series.

Columbus (20-21) took control early in the game with two runs in the first inning against Syracuse left-hander Zach Duke. After Ezequiel Carrera singled, left fielder Matt LaPorta launched a home run just over the 365-foot mark in left-center field. His 12th home run of the year gave Columbus a 2-0 lead.

The Clippers quickly added to the lead in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and two runners on, Jason Donald lined a single to left field, scoring Russ Canzler from second base.

Syracuse (19-23) plated its first run in the fifth inning against Clippers right-hander Kevin Slowey. Seth Bynum singled to lead off the frame, with Jeff Howell following with a double. Corey Brown’s sacrifice fly to straightaway center field scored Bynum, cutting the lead to 3-1, but Slowey struck out Jarrett Hoffpauir and retired Mark Teahen on a fly out to left field, limiting the damage.

The Clippers then immediately reasserted control in the bottom half of the frame. LaPorta and Jared Goedert each walked with one out. After Duke induced a fly out from Cord Phelps, designated hitter Andy LaRoche blasted a two-run double off the right-center field wall. One batter later, Duke would exit after five innings of five-run ball.

Columbus scored a sixth-inning run against Erik Arnesen when Donald tripled in Luke Carlin. Carlin had started the inning by striking out, but he advanced to second when the ball got away from catcher Jeff Howell, who then threw wildly to first.

The Clippers then blasted off for six runs in an 11-batter seventh inning. Carlin’s two-run double against left-hander Cory VanAllen was the big blow, with five different Columbus hitters driving in runs in the frame.

A Bynum RBI single in the ninth inning capped off the scoring for Syracuse. The shortstop was 2 for 4, scoring one Chiefs run and driving in the other.

Syracuse now heads to Toledo for a Saturday night affair at 7:00. Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is slated to make his third start for the Chiefs, with the Mud Hens sending right-hander Jacob Turner to the hill.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League

On Friday night at Metro Bank Park, the Bowie Baysox snapped their six-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over the Senators. Bowie scored single runs in each of the first three innings, two of them with two outs and no one on base, before scoring three in the seventh and the eighth to break the game open.  Zelous Wheeler homered twice in the game for Bowie to lead their 13-hit attack.

LJ Hoes and Robbie Widlansky combined to put on the board in the first as Hoes tripled with two outs and Widlansky followed with a single. In the third, Hoes doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Widlansky.

Trailing 3-0 into the sixth inning, Harrisburg caught a break when Manny Mayorson scored from first base on a groundball to short stop, that was thrown away at second base. With Jesus Valdez at second and no outs though, the Senators did not score further in the inning.

Rob Gilliam started for Harrisburg and pitched six quality innings, allowing eight hits but just three runs while striking out five.

Bowie broke the game open against Ryan Tatusko, scoring three runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth.  The Senators scored a pair of runs in the ninth to account for the final tally on the night.

Jesus Valdez had three hits in the game.

Game two of the three game series is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League

In their first ever game at Pfitzner Stadium, the Carolina Mudcats pounded out a season-high 18 hits as they knocked off the Potomac Nationals 12-5.  The loss ends the P-Nats win streak at three games.

Both offenses were on display early in the contest.  The Mudcats behind four straight hits in the second inning took a 2-0 lead against Potomac starter Matt Grace.  With one out, Jeremie Tice, Jake Lowery, and Ronny Rodriguez each singled to load the bases.  Anthony Gallas then drove home Tice and Lowery with the fourth consecutive single of the inning to put the Mudcats up 2-0.

Justin Bloxom tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second with a two-run home run off Kyle Blair.  The home run was Bloxom’s second off of Blair this season after he homered last Saturday at Five County Stadium.

Carolina (21-19) continued to swing the bats well in the third inning tacking on four more runs.  Tyler Holt and Tony Wolters singled to begin the frame and Carlos Moncrief followed with an RBI single to regain the lead for the Mudcats at 3-2.  Tice then delivered the biggest hit of the inning crushing his eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot, to increase the advantage to 6-2.

Potomac (16-22) battled back once again in the bottom of the third inning.  Randolph Oduber led off with a solo home run and with one out, David Freitas and Zack Walters hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the deficit to 6-5.

Those would be the last runs scored by the P-Nats in the game as the Mudcats bullpen combined to throw six scoreless innings.  Jordan Cooper (1-2) picked up his first win of the season firing four shutout innings allowing just one hit while striking out five.

The Mudcats kept the pedal down in the fourth inning adding two more runs.  Holt brought home Gallas with an RBI triple and Jesus Aguilar added an RBI single to put Carolina back up three runs at 8-5.

Grace (2-5) made his seventh start of the season for Potomac and second straight against the Mudcats.  He took the loss yielding a season-high eight runs on twelve hits in five innings of work. Carolina added one run in the sixth and one in the eighth against the P-Nats bullpen courtesy of RBI singles by Tice and Lowery to push the lead to 10-5.

The Mudcats scored their final two runs of the night in the ninth inning.  With two outs, Wolters tripled home Justin Toole and eventually scored on another RBI single by Moncrief to make it 12-5.

The P-Nats continue their series against the Carolina Mudcats tomorrow evening at 6:35 PM.  Trevor Holder (2-0, 4.34 ERA) will be on the mound making his first start of the season for the Nationals while Francisco Jimenez (4-1, 2.43 ERA) will pitch for the Mudcats.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League

The Hagerstown Suns (23-15) rallied for three runs to tie in the eighth inning, and then walked-off with a 5-4 win in the ninth against the Delmarva Shorebirds(18-22) at Municipal Stadium on Friday Night.

 teven Souza got the Suns eighth inning rally started with an RBI sac-fly, followed by Caleb Ramsey’s two-run home run to even the score at 4-4. Brian Goodwin led-off the ninth inning with a walk and then went to third on a throwing error by the pitcher Williams Louico (0-1). With one out, Jason Martinson singled to drive in Goodwin and give Hagerstown their third walk-off win of the season.

Suns starting pitcher Alex Meyer did not factor in the decision, allowing four runs in five innings. The Suns relief combination of Ben Hawkins and Bobby Lucas (2-0) each pitched two perfect innings, with Lucas earning the win.

Delmarva starter Eduardo Rodriguez also took a no-decision after pitching six innings, allowing one run (unearned) on four hits. Louico took the loss after walking Goodwin to begin the ninth inning and then committing a throwing error to advance him to third base.

Shorebirds right fielder Brenden Webb homered in his second straight game, while left fielder Kyle Hoppy went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

The Suns and Shorebirds will play game three of the series at Municipal Stadium on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. when righty Taylor Hill (3-2) takes the ball against Delmarva’s RHP Miguel Chalas (3-2).

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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