Washington Nationals Farm Report May 30

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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 Charlotte Knights, 6-5, Monday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Chiefs answered the Knights’ two-run first with four in the second and led until the bottom of the ninth when the Knights tied the game and eventually won in the 11th.

Charlotte (25-27) tallied two first-inning runs after just three batters. Tim Anderson led off with a triple against A.J. Cole. Carlos Sanchez then singled to score Anderson for a 1-0 Knights lead. Jason Coats followed with a double to score Sanchez and push the lead to 2-0.

Syracuse (27-22) immediately answered with a four-spot in the top of the second, with all the runs scoring with two outs. Caleb Ramsey and Scott Sizemore each walked against Chris Volstad. Pedro Severino followed with a single to center, scoring Ramsey to cut the deficit to one. Tony Campana then singled to load the bases. After a mound visit, Trea Turner cleared the bases with a three-run double to give the Chiefs a 4-2 lead.

The Knights got back on the board in the fourth. Jason Bourgeois singled with two outs, moved to third on Nicky Delmonico’s double, and scored on Leury Garcia’s single to cut the score to 4-3.

The Chiefs again answered the Knights’ run in their next turn at bat. Turner doubled with one out in the fifth and scored two batters later on Matt den Dekker‘s double to give Syracuse a 5-3 lead.

Despite the early runs, Cole settled in and hurled an impressive outing. After allowed three hits to the first three batters, Cole allowed just three hits the rest of the way in seven innings.

The Chiefs held the lead until the bottom of the ninth. Trevor Gott came out of the bullpen and walked Matt Davidson. Danny Hayes followed with the game-tying two-run home run, squaring the score at five.

The game remained tied until the 11th. Coats singled off Matt Grace to start the inning. Davidson replaced Coats at first after a force out at second. Two batters later, Jason Bourgeois singled to put runners on first and second. The Knights pinch-ran Andy Parrino for Davidson, and Parrino scored on Delmonico’s game-winning single to center field to give the Knights a 6-5 victory.

The Chiefs and Knights return to BB&T Ballpark Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Taylor Hill is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Anthony Ranaudo for Charlotte.

Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): Lucas Giolito combined with Andrew Robinson and John Simms to limit the Akron RubberDucks to just four hits in the Senators 3-2 win on Monday afternoon. The Senators gained a split with the win and move to 26-23 on the season while Akron has dropped two straight and fell to 35-15.

Giolito went the first six innings for his third win. He walked four in the first two innings but settled down to strike out six and allow just one earned run. Andrew Robinson pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four. John Simms earned his second save with a scoreless ninth. The RubberDucks put the tying run at first with no outs in the eighth and ninth but Robinson and Simms kept them at bay.

Rafael Bautista singled leading off the game, stole second and third and scored when the throw to third sailed into left field. Trailing 2-1 in the third, Wilmer Difo raced home with Chris Bostick in a run down between first and second. The Senators took a 3-2 lead when Adrian Sanchez singled in Zach Collier with two outs in the fourth.

Chris Bostick, Cutter Dykstra and Collier all had two hits for the Senators in the game. They had ten hits overall in the game.

With the win, the Senators are now 19-10 in May. With a win on Tuesday night, they would have their first 20-win month since June 2009 when they went 20-9. RH Austen Williams is on the mound for the Senators on Tuesday night.

The Senators return home Tuesday night to begin a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Game time Tuesday is 7:00 p.m.

Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): Despite wins in the first two games of the series, the Potomac Nationals (26-22 Overall, 12-12 Home) managed just a split of the four game series vs. the Winston-Salem Dash (19-33 Overall, 14-14 Road). Even with a first inning home run by 1B Jose Marmolejos, the P-Nats held a lead for less than half an inning, as the Dash tied it in the second and took the lead for good in the third. Potomac pitching issued a season high nine walks in the loss, four of which eventually scored. Potomac dropped each of the final two games of the series by at least three runs.

RHP Spencer Adams (W, 5-3) tossed his second consecutive eight inning, two-run performance vs. Potomac. The righty gave up the home run to Marmolejos three batters into the game, the first baseman’s seventh of the season, then did not allow another run until his final frame on an RBI groundout by Marmolejos. Adams struck out seven and gave up only five hits in the win.

For Potomac, RHP Luis Reyes (L, 3-4) gutted his way through six innings and kept Potomac within striking distance. The Dash tied the game at one on a second inning leadoff home run by 1B Keon Barnum, his first of the season. Winston-Salem then plated two runs in the third inning. Following a leadoff walk and then a single, 3B Gerson Montilla put the Dash on top 3-1 with an RBI single. Barnum followed with a sacrifice fly, which made it 4-1 Winston-Salem. Montilla’s hit proved to be the game-winner. The Dash tacked one more off of Reyes on back-to-back two-out hits by Barnum and DH Marcus Davis in the fifth inning.

Reyes allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. The righty walked four, the sixth time in nine starts that he has walked at least three batters. In the outing, Reyes struck out two, hit a batter, and had a wild pitch.

Once the Dash got to the Potomac pen, Winston-Salem put the game away. After a 1-2-3 seventh inning by RHP Mario Sanchez, the game got away from the P-Nats in the eighth with RHP Dakota Bacus and LHP Matthew Spann on the hill. Bacus threw 20 pitches, just three for strikes. Two of the strikes were put in play for outs, but the righty walked four and was charged with four earned runs over just 0.2 innings. Bacus walked CF Hunter Jones with the bases loaded, which made it 5-1 Winston-Salem, before Spann relieved him from the bullpen. LF Mason Robbins greeted Spann with a ground rule double over the wall in centerfield, which plated C Brett Austin and 2B Ryan Leonards. A wild pitch from Spann plated Jones and closed the books on Bacus, who had walked just three over his first 11 innings with Potomac in 2016.

After Adams went the first eight innings, the Dash turned to RHP Danny Dopico for the ninth. 3B Drew Ward led off the frame with a double but was left at second base. LF Alec Keller walked with one out, but CF Dale Carey hit into a game-ending double play, his team leading eighth double play of the season.

In the loss, RHP Ryan Brinley pitched a perfect ninth inning, ran his scoreless outing streak to six games, and lowered his ERA to a team best 0.44. 2B Bryan Mejia ran his hit streak to seven games, while SS Osvaldo Abreu increased his hit streak to five games with a two-hit night.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (31-19) defeated the Asheville Tourists (26-23) 2-1 on Monday night at Municipal Stadium. Max Schrock drove in both of Hagerstown’s runs.

In the first inning, Schrock brought Victor Robles home from first on a double.

Asheville tied the game up in the third inning on a throwing error by Hagerstown’s shortstop, Edwin Lora. Mylez Jones scored.

Schrock’s second RBI of the game put Hagerstown back on top 2-1 in the fifth inning. Schrock drove in the Suns’ second run on a triple that scored Austin Davidson.

Winning pitcher, Jefry Rodriguez, gave up two hits and one run through six innings pitched. Mick VanVossen pitched the ninth inning and got the save.

Peter Lambert was the losing pitcher. Lambert gave up six hits and two runs through 4.1 innings pitched.

Asheville’s Trey Killian (3-2, 5.21) will face Hagerstown’s Joan Baez (1-4, 4.75) in the second game of the series Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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