Washington Nationals Farm Report May 28

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Courtesy of the Hagerstown Suns

Compiled via team press releases:

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Caleb Ramsey drove in the winning run Saturday night. (Justin Lafleur)

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs rallied for a 6-5 win over the Gwinnett Braves on Saturday night. Syracuse scored runs in the eighth and ninth innings to overcome a five-run Gwinnett rally in the seventh. Caleb Ramsey‘s RBI single in the ninth inning provided the winning run.

Syracuse (26-21) started the scoring in the first. Brian Goodwin reached on an error by shortstop Ozzie Albies. Matt den Dekker followed by hitting his first home run with the Chiefs over the right-field wall against Braves starter Manny Banuelos. The long ball gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead.

Gwinnett (24-26) could not solve Chiefs starter Aaron Laffey through the first six innings. The Syracuse left-hander surrendered just two hits in six shutout frames, with three walks and four strikeouts. The G-Braves managed just five hits against Syracuse starters over the first two games of the series.

The Chiefs added to their lead in the seventh. Tony Campana pinch-hit for Laffey and walked against Lucas Harrell. Trea Turner followed with his second triple in as many nights, scoring Campana to give Syracuse a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, after a pitching change, den Dekker singled off Dario Alvarez to extend the lead to 4-0.

The Braves followed with a stunning rally, scoring their first runs of the series and taking the lead in the bottom of the inning. Gwinnett loaded the bases off Sam Runion after Rio Ruiz singled, Ronnier Mustelier walked and Anthony Recker singled. Blake Lalli then singled home Ruiz and Mustelier to cut the deficit in half. The Chiefs went to the bullpen and Matt Grace replaced Sam Runion. Albies followed the pitching change by singling to left field, plating Recker and making the score 4-3. After Grace struck out Jace Peterson, Emilio Bonifacio doubled into the right-field corner, bringing home two runs to give the Braves the lead for the first time at 5-4.

Syracuse immediately followed by tying the game in the eighth. Jason Martinson singled to start the inning against Kanekoa Texeira. After a fielder’s choice groundout from Caleb Ramsey, Jhonatan Solano singled to move Ramsey to second. Two batters later, Turner sent a ground-ball single to center field, plating Ramsey to tie the score at five.

In the ninth, the Chiefs grabbed the lead back for good. den Dekker started the inning with a five-pitch walk. Matt Skole grounded the next pitch toward the middle, where second baseman Jace Peterson fielded and subsequently attempted a behind-the-back throw to second base. The throw, however, was not in time, putting a pair on board for the Chiefs. After pinch-hitter Taylor Hill bunted into a fielder’s choice at third and Martinson flied out, Ramsey stepped up with two runners on and two outs. He ripped Texeira’s first pitch into center field, and Skole slid in ahead of Bonifacio’s throw for a 6-5 lead.

Rafael Martin, for the second consecutive night, closed the door with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Chiefs search for a sweep of the three-game set Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Paolo Espino is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Tyrell Jenkins for Gwinnett.

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Shawn Pleffner had two hits for the Harrisburg Senators, including one that put him in position to score the game-tying run. (Courtesy of Sean Simmers of pennlive.com)

Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators took an early 2-0 lead against Akron but couldn’t hold it as Akron rallied for a 3-2 win. The win was the 17th straight at Canal Park for the RubberDucks.

In the first, the Senators took a 1-0 lead against Carlos Carrasco, starting for Akron in a big league rehab outing. In the fourth, Neftali Soto connected for his fourth home run on the season giving Harrisbug a 2-0 lead. The Senators followed the home run with a hit and a walk but couldn’t score further in the inning or the game. The Senators left six runners in scoring position. Harrisburg went one-for-nine in at bats with runners in scoring position.

Akron tied the game in the fourth on a two-run home run off the bat of Nellie Rodriguez then took the lead in the eighth on a double by Rodriguez scoring Bradley Zimmer.

In the ninth with one out, Shawn Pleffner narrowly missed a game tying home run but later drilled a double putting the tying run at second with one out. However Stephen Perez followed with a flyball to left and Rafael Bautista grounded to first to end the game.

Wilmer Difo, Chris Bostick and Pleffner all had two hits for the Senators.

Tyler Mapes started and went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs. He was followed by Nick Lee who pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. Bryan Harper pitched the ninth and took the loss, though he allowed a run he also pitched out of a second and third no outs situation by striking out two and getting a pop up, giving the Senators a shot in the ninth.

The Senators and Akron RubberDucks play game three of their four-game weekend series at 2:05 p.m.

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Erick Fedde (Courtesy of the Potomac Nationals)

Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): Behind a second straight shutout outing by RHP Erick Fedde (W, 3-3), the Potomac Nationals (26-20 Overall, 12-10 Home) ran their win streak to four games with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Winston-Salem Dash (17-33 Overall, 12-14 Road). The victory moved the P-Nats to six games over the .500 mark, equaling the highest mark of the season.

With a dominant Fedde on the mound, the P-Nats struck in three consecutive innings, from the second through the fourth. With two outs, 2B Bryan Mejia doubled off of RHP Thad Lowry (L, 3-4). LF Alec Keller followed with an RBI single, as Potomac led 1-0 after two innings. With the bases loaded and no outs in the third, 1B Jose Marmolejos grounded into a double play, which plated RF Narciso Mesa and made it 2-0.

Potomac broke the game open in the fourth against Lowry. A pair of walks and a fielder’s choice groundout put men on the corners for Masters, who drove home Mejia with a single and made it 3-0 Potomac. Mesa followed with his second triple of the season, which plated Keller and Masters. Potomac went ahead 5-0, as Masters’ single proved to be the game-winner.

Fedde cruised through much of his outing. Over six innings, the righty walked just one and gave up four hits. C Raudy Read erased a first inning single as he caught CF Hunter Jones stealing second base. Fedde allowed a leadoff double to 1B Keon Barnum in the second, but then retired nine straight. A double play helped him get out of a jam in the fifth, and he retired three straight after he issued a leadoff walk in the sixth. Fedde struck out two of the last three that he faced, part of a five-strikeout night.

In relief of Fedde, RHP Matt Belisle allowed two runs in his first multi-inning outing on rehab from the Washington Nationals. Barnum singled off of the righty to start the seventh, and 2B Toby Thomas homered over the left field wall. Thomas’ home run made it 5-2, the eventual final. Belisle then worked out of a second and third, one-out jam in the eighth, as he struck out Jones and LF Mason Robbins. LHP RC Orlan (SV, 6) escaped with the tying run at the plate in the ninth, after an error put Davis aboard, and a wild pitch on a strikeout put pinch-hitter Zach Fish on first base. SS Cleuluis Rondon squared up on a fastball, but lined out to left field to end the game.

In the win, eight of Potomac’s nine starters reached base successfully. Keller and Mesa each had two hits for the Nationals, as the P-Nats had at least nine hits for the third straight game. With back-to-back scoreless starts, Fedde has gone 11.1 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

The P-Nats have a chance to clinch the series Sunday afternoon, as they host the Dash in the third game of the four game series. First pitch is set for 1:05, as RHP Boone Whiting (5-1, 3.45) is set to toss for Potomac, while RHP Jordan Stephens (0-6, 5.31) is scheduled to start for the Dash. Stephens had a quality start (7 IP, 3 ER) against Potomac on May 13th, while Whiting went seven innings and gave up two runs against the Dash on May 16th.

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Courtesy of the Hagerstown Suns

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (30-18) defeated the Lexington Legends (20-29) 4-0 in Saturday’s second game and split Saturday’s doubleheader with Lexington.

Hagerstown took an early lead when Rhett Wiseman sent a ball over the right field fence in the second inning.

The Suns scored another run in the next inning on a sacrifice fly by Kelvin Gutierrez, putting the Suns up 2-0.

In the fourth inning, Rhett Wiseman hit a double to centerfield and advanced to third on a throwing error by Lexington’s second baseman, D.J. Burt. Wiseman scored on a sacrifice fly by Jakson Reetz.

Later in the fourth inning, with one out, Cody Dent had an RBI single to put Hagerstown up 4-0.

Mariano Rivera lll relieved Matthew Crownover to start the sixth inning.

Matthew Crownover gave up three hits and had five strike outs through five innings pitched.

The losing pitcher, Gerson Garabito, gave up six hits and four runs through 3.1 innings pitched.

Lexington’s Julio Pinto (1-2, 9.33) is expected to face Hagerstown’s Pedro Avila (3-2, 2.25) in the final game of the series today at Municipal Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET.

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