Washington Nationals Farm Report May 16

Courtesy of the Syracuse Chiefs

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs came from three runs down to beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5-4, Monday night at Coca-Cola Park. Despite being out-hit by seven in the game, the Chiefs came back from a 3-0 deficit through five to clip the IronPigs. Brian Goodwin’s RBI single in the ninth inning provided the winning margin. The victory snapped Syracuse’s four-game losing streak and, coupled with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Rochester losses, returned the Chiefs to sole possession of first place in the I.L. North division.

Lehigh Valley (19-18) took an early lead in the second inning. In his first Triple-A at-bat after being optioned from Philadelphia, Darin Ruf homered over the right-field wall against Austin Voth for a 1-0 lead.

The IronPigs added two more runs over the next two innings. In the third, Taylor Featherston tripled and scored on a wild pitch to stretch the advantage to two. In the fourth, Carlos Alonso singled with one out and stole second with two outs. Cedric Hunter followed with an RBI single to right to extend the lead to 3-0.
Syracuse (20-16) finally solved Mark Appel in the sixth. After tallying just one hit through the first five innings, Trea Turner singled to start the sixth. Appel then walked Brian Goodwin and Matt den Dekker to load the bases with no outs. After Scott Sizemore popped out, Matt Skole dropped a single to left-center field to score Turner. Williams bobbled the ball in center, allowing Goodwin to score and den Dekker to advance to third on the error to cut the deficit to one. Jason Martinson followed with a groundout to short, scoring den Dekker and tying the game.
The IronPigs got back on the board in the bottom of the frame thanks to a stroke of luck. Cam Perkins reached base with one out against Matt Grace on a pinch-hit bunt single. Hunter then singled to put runners on first and third. Featherston then hit a taylor-made double-play ground ball to short. However, the ball hit right on the lip of the infield grass and hopped up over Turner and into left field, allowing Perkins to score and give Lehigh Valley the lead back at 4-3.
The Chiefs answered right back in the top of the seventh. Turner tripled off the wall in center to start the inning against Severino Gonzalez. The Syracuse shortstop scored on Goodwin’s groundout to second to square the game at four.
Syracuse finished off the impressive comeback in the ninth. Tony Campana pinch-hit and singled to start the inning against Edward Mujica. Turner then moved Campana to second with a sacrifice bunt. Campana scored on Goodwin’s RBI single just past Sweeney at second to give the Chiefs a 5-4 lead. Rafael Martin retired the IronPigs in order in the ninth to preserve the win.
The Chiefs return to Coca-Cola Park for game two of this three-game set Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Aaron Laffey is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Alec Asher for Lehigh Valley.


Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators opened their three-game series in Erie with a 5-2 in on Monday night. The Senators (16-20) stroked 13 hits with five different players notching at least two. The SeaWolves (16-21) had their three-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

Jaron Long started for the Senators and delivered five shutout innings in earning his second win of the season. Long allowed four hits and struck out three while walking just one.

John Simms followed Long and went four innings, the longest relief outing of the season for the Senators. He picked up his first save this season and his fifth as a professional pitcher. He allowed two runs on two hits. With the terrific pitching the Senators lowered their team ERA to a season low 4.04.

Meanwhile the offense created plenty of opportunities but scored just five times, which was enough. The Senators scored four unearned runs in the game with Wilmer Difo driving in Spencer Kieboom with the only earned run that scored. The Senators scored two in the first and one in the second which was more than enough for Long and Simms.

Chris Bostick drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and ninth inning single.

Difo had three hits to go with his RBI.  Rafael Bautista, Isaac Ballou and Spencer Kieboom all had two hits in the game. Bautista and Difo worked a double steal which led to the Senators scoring two insurance runs in the ninth inning.

Game two of the three-game series is Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. with RH Tyler Mapes on the hill for the Senators against RH Myles Jaye for Erie.

Game two of the series is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Richmond.

Potomac Nationals (High A Carolina League): After a loss in each of the first two games of the series, the Potomac Nationals (19-16 Overall, 13-8 Road) saw their offense come alive over the final two games vs. the Winston-Salem Dash (14-24 Overall, 5-16 Home). Sunday afternoon, the P-Nats tallied 13 runs on 16 hits. In a Monday matinee, Potomac used a six-run fourth inning in route to a 9-3 victory that earned a series split.

Though Potomac fell behind early, RHP Boone Whiting (W, 4-1) was great over seven innings. Whiting allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly but then kept the Dash off the scoreboard until the seventh, when the game was well in hand.

The P-Nats smothered Dash RHP Matt Cooper (L, 2-3) to the tune of seven runs over just four innings. Like the Dash, the first Potomac run of the game was unearned, as RF Dale Carey reached on an error to start the second inning and he later scored on an RBI single by 2B Bryan Mejia.

After a 1-2-3 inning for Cooper in the third, the P-Nats unloaded their offense on the righty in the fourth. Carey started the frame with a walk, DH Drew Ward singled, and Cooper walked Mejia, which loaded the bases. LF Alec Keller grounded out to second base, but both 2B Toby Thomas and Barnum went after the ball, and no one covered first, which allowed everyone move up 90 feet and put Potomac on top 2-1. C Matt Reistetter followed with an infield RBI single that went in, and then out, of the glove of Cooper on the mound. With two runs home in the frame, 3B David Masters stepped in and launched a grand slam over the wall in left field. It was Masters’ third home run of the season and Potomac’s first grand slam of 2016. The P-Nats sent 10 men to the plate and plated six in a single inning for the second straight game.

Whiting gave a pair of runs back in the seventh as he allowed three straight two-out singles to CF Hunter Jones, LF Adam Engel, and 3B Gerson Montilla, the latter two which plated a run. He departed after seven innings with his fifth straight quality start. Potomac got a run back in the top of the eighth on a bases loaded error by Thomas with RHP Colin Kleven on the hill, then scored the final run of the game on an RBI single by Mejia in the ninth. LHP Justin Thomas worked an eight-pitch 1-2-3 eighth inning and RHP Ryan Brinley worked around a pair of baserunners in the ninth to secure Potomac’s 9-3 win.

Ward led the way with three hits for the second straight game, while Masters had a season high four RBIs. Reistetter also had three hits, while Mejia and Keller each had a pair of hits.

The Carolina Mudcats will now head to Woodbridge, VA and get a three game series started with the P-Nats. RHP Luis Reyes (2-2, 3.90) is scheduled to start for Potomac, while RHP Enderson Franco (3-1, 6.09) will make his second straight start vs. Potomac for the Mudcats. Franco allowed two earned runs over seven innings on May 12th at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC. First pitch is set for 7:05 at Pfitzner Stadium.

Hagerstown Suns (Low A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (24-12) took on the Lakewood BlueClaws (15-21) in game one of their three game series in South Atlantic League North play at Municipal Stadium on Monday Night.

Its not often that the Suns find themselves with a hill to climb early in the game.

The Suns were down 9-4 in the fourth inning and mounted their biggest comeback of the season.

The starter for the Suns, Andrew Lee, only threw 2.2 innings. In those 2.2 innings he gave up eight hits, eight earned runs, 4 walks, struck out 5 and gave up a home run. The Bullpens for both teams where who set the tone for the ret of the game.

Matt Crownover came in to relieve Lee in the top of the 3rd inning. Crownover (4-1), who was credited with the win in his 4.1 innings, gave up only three hits and one earned run. Jorge Pantoja came out of the bull pen to take over for Crownover in the 8th inning. Pantoja, who was credited with the save tonight, gave up only 3 hit and struck out 3.

In the fourth inning, with the score at 9-4 Lakewood, Edwin Lora came up to the plate with Jakson Reetz on base and knocked his second home run of the season off of Jose Taveres to bring the deficit to only three.

Alejandro Arteaga came out of the bullpen for Lakewood. Reetz started things off with a one out single. Lora then moved him around to third after his double. Ian Sagdal followed Lora and grounded into a fielders choice to score Reetz. Victor Robles then brought the two runs still out on the bases home off of his single to center.

The winning run came off of Lakewood pitcher Jacob Waguespck. Matt Page reached base on a walk. Then Ryan Ripken got his first hit of the night and moved Page to second. Rhett Wiseman scored both Page and Ripken with a single to right field.

The Lakewood pitching staff gave up a combined six runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Jakson Reetz fully broke out of his minor slide with a 3-for-3 night including a home run and two RBIs.

The Suns send out RHP Pedro Avila (1-2, 4.05) to face Lakewood’s LHP Tyler Gilbert (1-3, 4.96) in game two of the four game series at Municipal Stadium on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.


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