Washington Nationals Farm Report May 27

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Courtesy of the Syracuse Chiefs

Compiled via team press releases:

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Austin Voth allowed just three hits in seven innings Friday night (Jeffrey Irizarry)

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Gwinnett Braves, 1-0, Friday night at Coolray Field. Trea Turner broke a scoreless tie in the top of the eighth inning with an RBI triple to give the Chiefs the only run they would need.

The Chiefs and Braves traded zeros through the first seven innings thanks to outstanding pitching performances. Austin Voth hurled seven shutout innings, allowing just three Braves hits with no walks and six strikeouts. On the other side, Ryan Weber and Joel De La Cruz combined to throw six shutout innings, surrendering four hits, no walks, and striking out nine Chiefs.

Syracuse (25-21) finally opened the scoring in the eighth. Scott Sizemore pinch-hit for Voth and walked to lead off the inning against new Gwinnett pitcher Matt Marksberry. Turner followed with an RBI triple, scoring Sizemore to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

Gwinnett (24-25) managed just three baserunners for the game. Trevor Gott and Rafael Martin each threw a scoreless inning in the eighth and ninth, with Martin tallying his ninth save.

The Chiefs and Braves return to Coolray Field Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Aaron Laffey is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Manny Banuelos for Gwinnett.

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Spencer Kieboom ended the no-hitter with an RBI double in the seventh inning (via pennlive.com)

Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators (24-22) opened their four-game series against Akron (34-13) with a 6-1 loss. Three Akron pitchers limited the Senators to just a single hit. The win was the 16th straight at home for Akron.

Michael Peoples started for Akron and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning when with two outs and runners at first and second, Spencer Kieboom doubled to drive in a run and breaking up the no-hitter and the shutout.

Akron scored three runs in the fourth off Senators starter Jaron Long to break a scoreless tie and take a 3-0 lead. They tacked on a run in the fifth to push their lead to 4-0. Long went 5.2 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. Derek Self pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Gilberto Mendez pitched the eighth allowing two runs on three hits.

The Senators lost for the just the second time in their past eleven games and had their six-game road winning streak snapped.

The Senators and Akron RubberDucks play game two of their four-game weekend series at 6:35 p.m.

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Greg Ross and Drew Ward (Courtesy of the Potomac Nationals)

Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): One pitch into his return from the disabled list, 3B Drew Ward hit one of Potomac’s longest home runs of the season. Ward’s solo home run with one out in the bottom of the second inning put the P-Nats ahead 1-0, and RHP Greg Ross (W, 2-2) tossed seven shutout innings in Potomac’s 2-0 shutout win over the Dash.

In his third start for Potomac (25-20 Overall, 11-10 Home), Ross had arguably the best start of the season for any Potomac starter. Ross retired the first seven hitters that he faced and allowed just five hits in the win. The righty struck out four and did not walk a batter. In his three starts this season, Ross is 2-0 and has not given up a run in 16.1 innings.

Opposite Ross, RHP Matt Cooper (L, 2-4) spun one of the best starts of the season for Winston-Salem (17-32 Overall, 12-13 Road). The right-handed starter struck out a career high 12, one shy of the Dash’s franchise record. Cooper threw only 89 pitches over eight innings, as he tallied the loss in the complete game effort.

Cooper’s only mistake came in the second inning. In his first game off of the disabled list, Ward launched a first-pitch fastball from Cooper and cleared all three sections of fencing in right field. Ward’s home run, the team-leading eighth of the year for Potomac, put the P-Nats ahead 1-0, which was all that the pitching staff needed.

Ross worked out of jams in the third and fourth innings. After a single by RF Louie Lechich broke of Ross’ perfect game in the third inning, Ross walked SS Cleuluis Rondon. CF Hunter Jones beat out a potential double play ball, but Ross got LF Mason Robbins to line out to SS Osvaldo Abreu. In the fourth, DH Marcus Davis and 2B Toby Thomas had back-to-back two-out hits, but Ross got C Brett Austin to take a called third strike to end the frame. Ross then got a double play to work around a single in the fifth, set down the side in order in the sixth, and got around a leadoff single by Davis in the seventh.

After going down 2-0, Cooper allowed just one man to reach base. C Matt Reistetter singled in the fifth inning and was the last Potomac player to reach base. Cooper retired the last 10 batters that came up against him, seven of them via the strikeout. Cooper’s 12 strikeouts were the most by a single player against Potomac this season. All nine P-Nats starters struck out at least once.

The Potomac bullpen continued it’s stellar work, as RHP Robert Benincasa worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and RHP Ryan Brinley (SV, 8) set down the side in order in the ninth and tallied his league-leading eighth save.

With three straight wins in hand, Potomac will turn to RHP Erick Fedde (2-3, 5.77). The Dash are set to counter with RHP Thad Lowry (3-3, 4.22). Fedde picked up the win on May 15th vs. Winston-Salem despite allowing five earned runs over five innings. The righty then went five-shutout frames in his last start. Lowry, a fifth round pick by the White Sox in 2013 has picked up the victory in his last two starts and in three of his last four. First pitch at Pfitzner Stadium is set for 6:35.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League): Rainout. Doubleheader today beginning at 5:05 vs. Lexington.

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