Washington Nationals Farm Report May 15

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Courtesy of the Potomac Nationals

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA): Sunday’s scheduled game between the Syracuse Chiefs and Rochester Red Wings has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for a doubleheader at Frontier Field on Thursday, June 30th at 6:05 p.m.

Harrisburg Senators (AA): For the second straight game, errors were the Senators’ undoing as Akron scored four unearned runs to win the series finale, 5-1. The Senators committed a season-high four errors on the afternoon in front of 3,620 fans at FNB Field.

Harrisburg (15-20) began the day with three straight singles off Akron starter Shawn Morimando. However, Rafael Baustista slid over the bag on a steal attempt and Wilmer Difo was picked off to erase both baserunners. They still managed to cash in for an early run as a Neftali Soto grounder to RubberDucks’ third baseman Joe Sever was thrown away allowing Chris Bostick to score from second base.

Akron would even the score in the third inning as a fielding error by Difo loaded the bases after a hit by pitch and single. Jeremy Lucas worked a walk off Harrisburg starter Austen Williams to plate the tying run.

The score remained knotted at 1 as Williams and Morimando traded scoreless half-innings into the sixth inning. After getting the first two outs, Williams allowed back to back singles but two more errors pushed another run across the plate for the RubberDucks. A single later and Akron had increased the lead to 4-1.

Williams matched his longest outing of the season as the 23-year-old went six full innings yielding four unearned runs on eight hits while striking out three. Gilberto Mendez allowed one run, a solo homer to Clint Frazier, over three solid innings of relief that limited the Senators’ bullpen utilization.

After those three singles to start the game, the Senators were limited to just one more hit the rest of the day as Neftali Soto accounted for their fourth and final base hit. Bautista, Bostick, and Soto were the only three Senators to reach base more than once.

The Senators head out on the road for a three-game series against the Erie SeaWolves beginning Monday evening at 6:35 p.m. Harrisburg’s Jaron Long will square off against Cory Riordan at Jerry Uht Park in the Senators’ first visit to Erie this season.

Potomac Nationals (High-A): The Potomac Nationals (18-16 Overall, 12-8 Road) snapped a brief three-game slide with one of their best offensive performances of the season, as they tallied 13 runs on 16 hits in a 13-6 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash (14-23 Overall, 5-15 Home) at BB&T Ballpark.

Following a walk-off loss in the series opener and a blown early lead in Saturday’s 4-2 loss, the P-Nats got off to a good start yet again with two runs in the second inning off of RHP Brandon Brennan (L, 0-3). In his third start with the Dash, Brennan allowed eight earned runs on nine hits over three+ innings. In the second inning, LF Alec Keller got Potomac on the board with an RBI double, and he scored one batter later on DH Khayyan Norfork’s RBI single. Potomac led 2-0 after two innings.

In his seventh start of the season, RHP Erick Fedde (W, 2-3) did not have his best stuff, but saw his offense give him plenty of support. With a 2-0 lead in the third, Fedde allowed a three-run home run to 3B Gerson Montilla, Montilla’s fourth home run of the season put Winston-Salem on top 3-2 after three innings. Fedde allowed five earned runs on seven hits over five innings.

From that point forward, it was all Potomac. The P-Nats set a season high for runs in an inning with six off of Brennan in the fourth. The righty pitched to six batters in the frame and failed to get an out. In the inning, RF Dale Carey and SS Osvaldo Abreu each had an RBI single, 3B Drew Ward had a two-run double, and a run scored on both a wild pitch and passed ball. RHP Kelvis Valerio inherited the bases loaded and allowed all three runs to score. The righty was then charged with a run in the fifth on an RBI double by 1B Jose Marmolejos and then an unearned run in the sixth, as C Raudy Read, who had reached on an error, scored on a bases loaded groundout by Keller.

Ahead 9-3 after 4.5 innings, the Dash tried to creep back into the game with a pair of runs off of Fedde in the fifth. The first came on an RBI single by Montilla, his fourth RBI of the game. The second came on a bases loaded 4-6-3 double play groundout by DH Marcus Davis. Potomac led 9-5 after five innings.

The P-Nats continued the offensive onslaught against the Winston-Salem bullpen and scored in the sixth and seventh innings. Keller’s RBI groundout plated Read in the sixth, and three runs were charged to RHP Danny Dopico despite the fact that he did not allow a hit over 1.1 innings. Dopico walked Abreu, Ward, and 2B Bryan Mejia in a span of five batters and left the game for RHP Euclides Leyer. Leyer walked Keller with the bases loaded and made it 11-5 Potomac. Norfork followed with a two-RBI single, which capped off Potomac’s scoring and made it 13-5. Norfork and Keller each had three RBIs in the victory.

RHP Mario Sanchez (SV, 1) pitched four innings and got credit for a save despite the blowout final score. Sanchez gave up an RBI single to C Sean O’Connell in the eighth inning, but induced a pair of double plays in the outing. The righty walked three and gave up four hits but only one run over his longest outing of the season.

All nine Potomac starters had at least one hit, while CF Andrew Stevenson, Marmolejos, Keller, and Norfork each had two hits. Ward led the way and reached base six times on three hits and three walks. 13 runs and 16 hits were both one shy of the season high for Potomac.

It will be a Monday matinee at BB&T Ballpark, as the P-Nats will turn to RHP Boone Whiting (3-1, 4.11) in an effort to split the series. Opposite Whiting will be RHP Matt Cooper (2-2, 3.29) who allowed just one run over seven innings last time out vs. Myrtle Beach. Whiting meanwhile has four straight quality starts and has gone at least five innings in all six starts so far in 2016. First pitch is set for 11:00am at BB&T Ballpark.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A): Matthew Page’s two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Ian Sagdal and gave the Hagerstown Suns a 6-5 walk-off win over the Kannapolis Intimidators Sunday afternoon in the South Atlantic League.

It was the third game this season that Page, a 24-year-old lefty has ended a game with a hit. The first two came on back-to-back nights in April against Hickory.

In rallying from 5-2 deficit in the final three innings, Hagerstown (23-12) won its third straight game, a nice rebound from the opener of the series Thursday when the Suns lost their third straight for the first time this season.

Hagerstown scored three runs in the seventh inning using a walk, an error, an RBI groundout by Sagdal and doubles by Max Schrock and Rhett Wiseman to tie the game 5-5.

Then in the ninth, against Kannapolis’ 6-foot-9, 290-pound closer Taylore Cherry (0-1), Sagdal drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a balk and scored on Page’s hit to left-field.

The rally made a wining pitcher out of reliever Luis Torres (2-1) who retired all six batters he faced.  Hagerstown also got a first-inning solo home run from Schrock and a run in the third inning when Sagdal walked, moved to third on a double by Kelvin Gutierrez and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wiseman.

 

Hagerstown starting pitcher Matthew DeRosier appeared on his way to a loss as he gave up runs in four of the five innings he worked. He was in trouble throughout his 4 1/3-inning stint as he allowed six hits and four walks. But DeRosier did well to minimize the damage and keep Hagerstown in the game.

Danny Mendick had two run-scoring hits — a single and a double — for Kannapolis (16-20). Landon Lassiter had a perfect day at the plate for the Intimidators drawing three walks and hitting a two-run single in the fifth inning off Suns reliever Mick VanVossen which gave Kannapolis a 5-2 lead.

But from there, it was all Hagerstown as its relievers held Kannapolis without a hit in the final four innings. Next up for the Suns are the Lakewood BlueClaws. Right-hander Andrew Lee (2-0), who has limited opposing batters to a .205 average in seven starts, is scheduled to throw the first pitch tonight at 7:05.

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