Washington Nationals Farm Report May 13

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Courtesy of the Hagerstown Suns

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs: The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Rochester Red Wings, 4-3, Friday night at Frontier Field. Trea Turner and Scott Sizemore each homered for the Chiefs as Syracuse erased a three-run deficit, but John Ryan Murphy’s RBI single in the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner for the Red Wings.

Rochester (19-17) took the lead on the third batter of the bottom of the first. After James Beresford tripled with one out off A.J. Cole, Max Kepler singled to drive in the run and give the hometown team a 1-0 lead.

The Red Wings extended their lead in the fifth. Stephen Wickens led off the inning with his second home run of the year to give Rochester a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Beresford started a rally with an one-out double. After an out, Kenny Vargas singled, scoring Beresford to stretch the lead to 3-0.

Syracuse (19-15) started its comeback in the sixth after tallying just two hits off Jason Wheeler in the first five innings. Turner hit his third home run of the season to deep left-center field to get the Chiefs on the board. Two batters later, Sizemore drilled his second home run of the year over the left-field wall to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Chiefs tied the game an inning later. Tony Campana singled with two outs against left-hander Buddy Boshers and, after right-hander Marcus Walden entered, stole second. Campana was on second when Turner hit a chopper up the middle. Beresford fielded from second, but his throw was late to give Turner an infield single. Campana, who never stopped running from second on the play, sprinted home ahead of Vargas’ throw to the plate from first to tie the score.
The Red Wings took the lead back in the bottom of the eighth off Matt Grace. After a one-out single by Adam Brett Walker, Wilfredo Tovar reached on a fielder’s choice. Tovar then stole second base on a 2-1 pitch from Grace to Murphy. On Grace’s next offering, Murphy lined a single to right field. Tovar slid in ahead of Ramsey’s throw to give Rochester a 4-3 lead. That score would hold after left-hander Ryan O’Rourke retired the Chiefs in order in the ninth.
The Chiefs will try and snap a three-game losing streak Saturday in the second game of the series. Taylor Hill is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Logan Darnell for Rochester. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Harrisburg Senators: In a wild game befitting being played on Friday the 13th, the Harrisburg offense erupted in the 11-7 victory in front of 4,857 fans on Friday night at FNB Field. The win by the Senators (15-18) handed Akron only their second loss in the last 14 games.

For the second straight night, Akron led off the game with a solo home run to give the RubberDucks the early advantage. But it was the last lead Akron would have as the Harrisburg offense exploded for a season high in runs and matched their most hits with 14.

Five Senators recorded multiple hits including Neftali Soto who drove in six runs for the second time in the last four games. The game’s big blow came off the bat of Soto as he delivered a grand slam in the fourth inning to give the Senators a 7-3 lead.

Chris Bostick, Stephen Perez, and Adrian Sanchez chipped in with two hits apiece as the trio also each scored twice. Rafael Bautista singled three times, stole two bases, and scored four runs in the victory.

Reynaldo Lopez started for the Senators and went three innings, allowing three runs on three hits. The right-hander struggled with his command as he walked five batters and threw just 33 strikes out of 70 total pitches. Andrew Robinson picked up the win in three innings of relief. Robinson (3-0) gave up a lone run on three hits while striking out four.

Bryan Harper worked the final 1.1 innings in perfect fashion to secure the victory for Harrisburg.

The Senators and RubberDucks continue their four-game series with a Saturday evening contest scheduled for 6 p.m. at FNB Field. Harrisburg sends top Nationals’ prospect Lucas Giolito to the hill to face off against Akron’s D.J. Brown.

Potomac Nationals: Despite a change in venue, though remaining in the state of North Carolina, the Potomac Nationals (17-15) could not avoid extra innings, as for the fourth straight game, the P-Nats went passed nine frames. In their first matchup with the Winston-Salem Dash (13-22) in 2016, the P-Nats rallied from a one-run deficit on four different occasions but never led, as the Dash came away with a victory on a walk-off single by CF Adam Engel in the 11th inning.

After playing 10 innings in each of the three games vs. the Carolina Mudcats, the P-Nats trailed just one inning into the first of a four-game series vs. the Dash. In the first inning, RHP Phillips Valdez (ND) allowed a leadoff single to Engel, who scored two batters later on 3B Gerson Montilla’s RBI single. Against RHP Jordan Stephens (ND), the Nationals tied the game in the second inning on a double by C Raudy Read and a two-out RBI single by LF Alec Keller.

The trend of the Dash scoring and Potomac scoring in the next half inning continued, and that occurrence totaled four by the end of the night. The Dash plated a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by 2B Toby Thomas. Potomac answered in the fifth on a sacrifice fly turned double play by CF Andrew Stevenson, in which 2B Bryan Mejia was doubled off for not touching second base after rounding it and heading back to first base.

The Dash took a 3-2 lead in the home half of the sixth inning on back-to-back two-out doubles by C Brett Austin and Thomas, but the P-Nats answered yet again vs. Stephens. In the seventh, 3B Drew Ward led off with a double and DH Khayyan Norfork, in his first game off of the disabled list, flared a single into right field, which plated Ward and tied the game at three.

Valdez returned for the bottom half of the seventh and issued a leadoff walk to Engel, who moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by RF Hunter Jones. Montilla put the Dash back on top with his second RBI single of the night, which ended Valdez’s outing. The Potomac starter went 6.1 innings, gave up four runs, and did not strike out a batter for the first time this season. Stephens meanwhile went a season high seven innings and recorded his first quality start as he allowed just three runs.

Out of the pen, RHP Connor Walsh allowed a run in the eighth inning. After SS Osvaldo Abreu struck out, 1B Jose Marmolejos tripled into the gap in right-centerfield. After Walsh struck out Keller, Ward stepped in and without taking the bat off of his shoulder, saw the tying run score, as Austin was charged with a passed ball that plated Marmolejos. The score remained 4-4 until the 11th.

In relief of Valdez, LHP RC Orlan escaped trouble in the seventh and worked a perfect eighth frame. RHP Dakota Bacus (L, 0-2) was the third pitcher of the night for Potomac, and the righty set down the first six that he faced over the ninth and 10th frames. But Bacus walked Austin to start the 10th, struck out Thomas, walked SS Cleuluis Rondon, and then gave up the game-winning single to Engel, a line shot down the left field line. The victory went to LHP Andre Wheeler (W, 2-0), who allowed two hits and struck out one over two innings.

With now four straight games that have gone beyond the requisite nine innings, the P-Nats will turn to RHP Wirkin Estevez (0-2, 4.74). For the Dash, RHP Spencer Adams (3-2, 4.38) will take the mound looking to tally Winston-Salem’s second straight victory. First pitch is set for 6:30pm at BB&T Ballpark.

Hagerstown Suns: When it came to figuring out how to pull out a victory, the Hagerstown Suns needed a wise man.  Rhett Wiseman, that is — and his answer was a three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning on Friday, lifting the Suns to a 4-1 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators.  The quick-jolt victory kept the Suns (21-12) within 1 1/2 games of Hickory in the South Atlantic League Northern Division race.

Kannapolis (16-18) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Cody Daily’s two-out home run to right center before the Suns tied the game in the sixth on Max Schrock’s first home run of the season, a two-out blast off Intimidators starter Tanner Banks on a 2-0 count.

Wiseman became the smartest guy in Municipal Stadium when he beat Kannapolis’ ninth-inning strategy.  Kelvin Gutierrez greeted Intimidators reliever Yelmison Peralta (0-1) with a one-out single to short in the ninth. Gutierrez stole second, which allowed Peralta to intentionally walk Matthew Page to keep a possible double play in order.  Ryan Ripken struck out to give the Intimidators the opportunity to end the game on any grounder.

Wiseman came up and took a first strike before fouling off the second pitch.  With an 0-2 count, he hit a drive to right for the shot that ended the game.

 

The homer made a winner of Jorge Pantoja (5-0), who pitched a scoreless ninth with one strikeout as Hagerstown’s third pitcher of the night.  Jefry Rodriguez started and pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out five.  Tommy Peterson allowed two hits and struck out three in his three innings.  Each team finished with five hits.  Antonio Rodriguez and Daily had two hits each for Kannapolis, while Gutierrez had two for the Suns.

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