Washington Nationals Farm Report May 17

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Courtesy of the Harrisburg Senators

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5-4, Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Park. Darnell Sweeney scored from third on a wild pitch by Abel De Los Santos, who was attempting to intentionally walk Brock Stassi in the tenth inning, leading to the IronPigs’ win.

Lehigh Valley (20-18) took an early lead in its first turn at-bat. Cedric Hunter hit Aaron Laffey’s second pitch of the game over the right-field wall to give the IronPigs a 1-0 lead. The IronPigs continued their strong first inning with three hits in a row from Taylor Featherston, Andrew Knapp and Darin Ruf, who drove in Featherston to make the score 2-0. Laffey then walked Cam Perkins, still with no one out in the inning. Sweeney followed with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 3-0.

The IronPigs added a fourth run in the fifth. Sweeney singled with one out and stole second. He scored a batter later on Will Venable’s single to right to push the score to 4-0.

Syracuse (20-17) once again rallied from a deficit in its third time through the order. Alec Asher was outstanding for the IronPigs, holding a perfect game through the first six innings. The Chiefs, however, got to Asher in the seventh. Trea Turner ended the perfect game with a double off the right-field wall to start the inning. Brian Goodwin followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Turner scored his league-leading 32nd run on Matt den Dekker’s groundout to the mound to cut the deficit to 4-1. The Chiefs then did something they had yet to accomplish this year. Matt Skole and Jason Martinson hit back-to-back home runs, tying the game at four. Skole’s homer, a two-run shot, was his fourth of the season. Martinson followed with a solo blast to center field for his third long ball of the year.
The game stayed tied at four into extra innings. In the bottom of the tenth, De Los Santos walked Sweeney and Venable to start the frame. Angelys Nina successfully sacrificed the runners up a base to put them on second and third. De Los Santos set up to intentionally walk pinch hitter Brock Stassi. However, his first pitch sailed over Jhonatan Solano’s head to the backstop. Sweeney scored on the wild pitch to win the game 5-4.
The Chiefs and IronPigs will play the finale of the three-game set Wednesday morning at 10:35 a.m. Paolo Espino is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Zach Eflin for Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): On Tuesday night in Erie, the Harrisburg Senators rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to defeat Erie 6-2. It was the second time the Senators (17-20) won a ballgame when trailing into the ninth inning. The win is also their fifth straight on the road as they go for second consecutive road three-game series sweep tomorrow morning against Erie (16-22).

Shawn Pleffner was the hero on Tuesday night as he delivered a one-out two-strike two-run bases loaded single to right field off losing pitcher Joe Mantiply. Pleffner also drove in a run in the fifth with single. Stephen Perez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly following Pleffner’s single to give the Senators a 4-2 lead. Wilmer Difo singled to drive in Pleffner and on the same play, Bautista scored from first when the ball was misplayed in center field which gave the Senators a 6-2 lead.

The Senators had four hits, a walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly in the ninth as they sent nine batters to the plate.

Nick Lee pitched the final one and a third innings for the win, his first on the season. Lee came on in the eighth inning and retired the final batter of the inning with runners on second and third.

Tyler Mapes started for the Senators and went six innings allowing just one run on six hits for his seventh consecutive quality start. Koda Glover pitch 1.2 innings and allowed an unearned run to score, which was the go ahead run for Erie.

Rafael Bautista had two hits in the game along with Pleffner.

The final game of the three-game series is Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. with RH Reynaldo Lopez on the mound for the Senators.

Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): Rain in and around Woodbridge throughout Tuesday has caused the series opening matchup between the Potomac Nationals (19-16) and Carolina Mudcats (15-21) to be postponed. It has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader that will take place Wednesday, May 18th. The teams will play two-seven inning games, with game one set to begin at 5:00pm. Gates will open for game one at 4:30pm.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (25-12) took on the Lakewood BlueClaws (15-22) in South Atlantic League Northern Division play and in game two of their three game series at Municipal Stadium on Tuesday night.

Pitching and timely hitting were the key to victory for the Suns on Wednesday night.

The starter for the Suns was Pedro Avila (2-2). Allowing only one hit, a double to BlueClaws second baseman Josh Tobias, in first inning of the game. The through his next four innings he gave up only one run, walked 1 and struck out four. The one rough patch for Avila was in third inning.

The third started off with a Jiandido Tromp base hit. Tromp later advanced to third on the Emmanuel Marrero base hit. Tromp scored when Josh Tobias grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Taylor Guilbeau came into the game in relief of Avlia. In his three innings of action Guilbeau shut down the lakewood hitters. The line for Guilbeau was zero runs on zero hits and he struck out the side in the sixth.

The Suns pitchers (Avila, Guilbeau and Rivera III) combined to give up one run on 10 hits, one walk and nine strike outs.

The Suns scored first on Tuesday night when Max Schrock reached base with a one out base hit. Schrock reached third on the Kelvin Gutierrez base hit then scored off of the Matt Page base hit. The Suns added two more runs in the second but the bats were halted by the BlueClaws bullpen until the seventh.

The starter for the BlueClaws, Tyler Gilbert, threw 7 innings giving up four runs on seven innings. He also walked one and struck out 8. The lone home run in the game was hit by Suns OF Victor Robles in the seventh inning off of Gilbert. Zach Morris came in for Lakewood in the 8th inning and gave up only one hit and walked one.

Pedro Avila was given the win for the Suns Tuesday night; Mariano Rivera III got the save.

The Suns send out RHP Jefry Rodrigues (2-2, 3.24) to faces Lakewood’s RHP Shane Watson (2-2, 4.05) in the final game of the series and home stand here at Municipal Stadium. First pitch is slotted for 10:35pm

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