Washington Nationals Farm Report May 20

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Courtesy of the Syracuse Chiefs

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs earned a 6-2 victory Friday night over the Norfolk Tides. Brian Goodwin was again electric for the Chiefs with three hits, a RBI and a run scored. The win gave Syracuse a second straight victory to begin a seven-game homestand

Syracuse (22-18) got out front early with another run-scoring first inning. Trea Turner led off the Chiefs’ rally with a hard-hit double to center field, coming around to score on the ensuing Brian Goodwin single to center. After a stolen base and a groundout put Goodwin on third, a wild pitch from Norfolk (14-29) starter T.J. McFarland brought Goodwin home to give the Chiefs an early 2-0 lead.

Syracuse struck again in the second frame. Norfolk was forced to use its bullpen early when McFarland left after just one inning of work. Scott McGough replaced the starter and immediately allowed a home run to the inning’s leadoff batter, Jason Martinson. The solo shot pushed the Chiefs’ lead to 3-0.

Norfolk eventually tallied a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Michael Almanzar led off the inning with a ground-rule double off Syracuse starter Taylor Hill. After two quick outs, Mike Yastrzemski walked, putting Tides runners on first and second. The next batter, Trey Mancini, hit a ground ball to Jason Martinson at third, who elected to try and force Yastrzemski out at second. Yastrzemski was safe, and the bases were loaded for Dariel Alvarez, who doubled down the left-field line, scoring both Almanzar and Yastrzemski to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 3-2. Juan Gutierrez replaced Hill on the mound, setting down Corban Joseph on a fly out to end the threat.

For the second straight night, the Chiefs had a multi-run seventh inning. Zach Phillips began the inning for Norfolk by allowing a walk to Scott Sizemore. Sizemore then stole second, advancing to third on a throwing error from Tides catcher Francisco Pena. Two batters later, Jose Lozada lined a run-scoring single to right field for a 4-2 advantage. Two of the next three batters, Turner and Matt den Dekker, walked, loading the bases for Matt Skole. The Chiefs’ cleanup hitter grounded a two-run single into left field, driving home Lozada and Turner for the game’s final runs.

The Chiefs search for the series win Saturday afternoon at 1:05. Right-hander Austin Voth will oppose Norfolk starter Odrisamer Despaigne.

Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators used some early offense and stellar mound work to best the Bowie Baysox, 4-2, in the opening game of their weekend series before 5,449 fans at FNB Field. The win was the Senators’ fourth straight victory, a season high for the team.

Harrisburg (19-20) wasted little time in getting on the board as Chris Bostick laced a pitch off the glove of a diving Glynn Davis in centerfield. The two-out double scored both Wilmer Difo and Isaac Ballou to give the Senators a 2-0 lead. Harrisburg added to the lead when Adrian Sanchez delivered a flare down the line in right field to score Zach Collier from second base.

Bowie chipped away in their next at-bats though as Drew Dosch homered off Harrisburg starter Lucas Giolito and Adrian Marin doubled to score Davis and cut the lead to 3-2. That was as close as the Baysox would get as a solo shot by Harrisburg first baseman Neftali Soto in the 8th inning gave the Senators some breathing room.

Giolito (2-2) threw 98 pitches over five innings for the victory. The 21-year-old allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five. The Harrisburg bullpen was brilliant on the evening as they retired the last 12 Baysox batters of the game. Andrew Robinson worked two innings striking out three, Derek Self tossed a frame striking out two, and Bryan Harper earned his fourth save of the season.

Spencer Kieboom led the Senators’ offensive attack with three hits in the game while Difo and Bostick each added two apiece.

The Senators look to keep their winning streak alive on Saturday night at 6 p.m. as they send Austen Williams to the mound to take on Bowie’s David Hess.

Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): In their first trip to Harry Grove Stadium in 2016, the Potomac Nationals (22-17 Overall, 13-9 Road) scored first but could not push the final game-tying run across the board in a 4-3 loss to the Frederick Keys (19-22 Overall, 8-13 Home).

Hitting over .400 in May, LF Alec Keller continued his stellar month with a leadoff home run in the top of the second inning vs. RHP Lucas Long (W, 2-2). It was Keller’s first home run of the season and the first of two RBIs on the night for the former Princeton Tiger.

Despite an early lead for the fourth straight game, the Potomac pitching staff failed to hold the lead. RHP Wirkin Estevez (L, 0-3) allowed a single run in four straight innings from the second through the fifth. DH Austin Wynns tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the second inning. The Keys took the lead on SS Erick Salcedo’s first home run of the year in the third inning, while 2B Steve Wilkerson scored Frederick’s third run of the game on an RBI groundout by 1B Wynston Sawyer in the fourth, as the Keys led 3-1 after four innings.

Potomac made it a one-run game vs. Long in the top of the fifth, as RF Dale Carey led off the frame with his second of four hits on the night. After a pair of errors by the Keys, 3B Khayyan Norfork brought home Carey on a sacrifice fly to left field. That made it 3-2, but it was as close as the P-Nats could get.

The Keys answered right away in the home half of the fifth inning against Estevez. CF Josh Hart’s two-out RBI single plated Salcedo and made it 4-2 Frederick. Hart’s RBI single ended up as the game-winning hit. Estevez allowed four earned runs on seven hits over five innings. The righty struck out only one but did not walk a batter for the second time in eight starts.

The eighth inning presented Potomac’s best opportunity to tie up the game. DH Jose Marmolejos led off the frame with a walk against LHP Jeff Beliveau. C Raudy Read doubled over the head of RF Cam Kneeland, which moved Marmolejos to third base. Keller’s RBI groundout plated Marmolejos and moved Read to third base. With the tying run at third and only one out, 2B Bryan Mejia flied out to Kneeland in right field. Read attempted to tag from third base, but Kneeland threw a one-hopper to C Jonah Heim, who applied the easy tag to Read at the plate to end the frame. Potomac then got a one-out single by Carey in the ninth, but he was doubled off of first base on SS David Masters’ lineout to third base to end the game.

Long allowed just one earned run over seven innings in the victory, his second longest start of the season. Beliveau was charged with an earned run in just 0.1 innings, while RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (SV, 4) faced the minimum over 1.2 innings to close out the victory for the Keys. Potomac went just 1-10 with men in scoring position in the loss and left six men on base. Carey’s four-hit night was just the second four-hit game of the season for Potomac.

The P-Nats will look to even up the series Saturday night, as RHP Erick Fedde (2-3, 6.62) is set to take the ball for Potomac. Opposite the former first round pick, LHP John Means (4-0, 2.09) will make his second start of the year vs. the P-Nats. Means struck out a season high 10 over six two-run frames in a no-decision vs. Potomac on May 5th. First pitch is set for 6:00 at Harry Grove Stadium.

 Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League): Last night’s game at Greensboro was postponed. The Suns and Grasshoppers play today at 4:30

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