Washington Nationals Farm Report June 11

Courtesy of the Harrisburg Senators

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Indianapolis Indians, 2-1, Saturday night at Victory Field. Caleb Ramsey hit his first home run of the season, but it was not enough as the Chiefs left at least a runner on base in each of the first eight innings in the game. Taylor Hill threw a quality start for Syracuse, allowing two runs in six innings, striking out five.

Indianapolis (32-30) started the scoring off Hill in the second. Jason Rogers singled to start the inning. He scored a batter later on Willy Garcia’s double to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.

In the third, Adam Frazier singled with one out off Hill. Frazier moved to second on a groundout, and Josh Bell followed with his second of three doubles in the game to plate Frazier for a 2-0 lead.

Syracuse (30-30) finally got on the board in the eighth. Ramsey hit his first home run since May 23, 2015 with Harrisburg to cut the deficit to one with two outs in the inning. But that was as close as the Chiefs would get. Jhonatan Solano and Tony Campana each followed with singles, but Jorge Rondon got pinch hitter Matt den Dekker to fly out to end the threat. Rondon got the Chiefs 1-2-3 in the ninth for the save, with Brian Goodwin flying out to the wall in center for the final out of the game.

The Chiefs can still pick up a series win in the rubber game of the series with the Indians Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Austin Voth is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Trevor Williams for Indianapolis.

Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators scored in six of their eight half-innings on their way to an 11-2 rout of the Akron RuberDucks. Akron left 12 men on base including two bases loaded situations on their way to their seventh straight loss.

Harrisburg (32-28) scored early and often to take a commanding lead on the Ducks and starting pitcher Shawn Morimando. Isaac Ballou plated Wilmer Difo from third base with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to give the Senators a 1-0 advantage. Situationally hitting, Ballou once again delivered with an RBI groundout in the third. Neftali Soto followed with a single up the middle to score Rafael Bautitsta.

John Simms made the spot start for Harrisburg before running into trouble into the fourth inning after 65 pitches. Michael Brady relieved and worked out of the jams the next two frames while allowing only one run to score. Brady (1-0) picked up the win scattering three hits over 2.1 innings of work while striking out two.

The Senators posted four multi-run innings as part of their 14-hit attack. Soto and Chris Bostick both hit home runs on their way to each driving in three runs. Cutter Dykstra delivered a big two-run double in the fourth when the outcome was still in question and Ballou also plated three on a 2-for3 night at the plate.

The Senators and RubberDucks continue their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at a special time of 3:30 p.m. Right-hander Phillips Valdez will make his Class AA debut for Harrisburg against Akron’s Michael Peoples. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1460 AM, on the internet at senatorsbaseball.com, or through the TuneIn and iHeart Radio apps with The Matt LeCroy Show beginning the radio broadcast at 3:15 p.m.

Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): Behind two dominant starts, the visiting Frederick Keys (31-31 Overall, 19-12 Road) pulled off two shutouts over the hometown Potomac Nationals (30-30 Overall, 13-15 Home) Saturday night. Frederick took game one of the doubleheader 2-0 behind four shutout innings by starter RHP Cory Jones (ND), and capped off the daily sweep with a 3-0 win in game two behind a complete game shutout by LHP Mitch Horacek (W, 3-6).

Potomac managed just three hits in the game one loss, two of them came on balls that likely should have been caught. CF Andrew Stevenson led off the bottom of the first inning with a single on a fly ball to centerfield, which went off the glove of Frederick centerfielder Josh Hart. DH Alec Kellerhad an infield double in the second inning on a ball that landed just off to the first base side off the pitchers mound. Potomac’s lone true hit of game one came in the fourth inning, as 1B Jose Marmolejos tallied his team best 21st double on a ball hit into the gap in left-centerfield. Those were Potomac’s only three baserunners in the loss, and all three were left at third base.

Jones, in his fifth start of the season, allowed just the three hits and did not walk a batter. The righty struck out three but did not qualify for the win. Out of the bullpen, RHP Mike Burke (W, 1-0) retired all nine men that he faced in route to the victory. Burke struck out four in three perfect innings.

In his first start with Potomac in 2016, RHP Austen Williams (L, 0-1) struck out six but gave up two runs in the complete-game outing. Frederick 1B Cam Kneeland drew Williams’ only walk to start the fourth, and DH Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a double into the left field corner. After Williams struck out RF Conor Bierfeldt, 3B Jomar Reyes had a two-strike RBI single, which proved to be the game-winning hit. C Jonah Heim followed with a two-strike RBI groundout, which wrapped up the scoring at 2-0, the eventual final.

In game two, the Potomac offense was slightly more active, but was still unable to get on the board. Horacek, who entered Saturday night with an ERA of 6.06, allowed just four hits and struck out a season high nine in the complete game shutout. The lefty retired the first six batters of the game and then the final six batters of the night. In between, the P-Nats had the leadoff man reach base in four straight innings, but only placed one man in scoring position.

In the third inning, CF Dale Carey started the frame with a single before Horacek walked 2B David Masters. With men on first and second with no outs, Potomac’s best offensive chance of the night,3B Khayyan Norfork grounded the first pitch from Horacek into a 4-6-3 double play. With Carey at third base, Stevenson struck out and ended the frame. SS Osvaldo Abreu led off the fourth with a single, but was erased on an inning-ending double play by C Raudy Read. DH Drew Ward walked to start the fifth, but was erased on Potomac’s third double play in as many innings. Norfork then led off the sixth with a single, but Horacek set down the next three in order. The lefty worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning and capped off his best start of the season.

Over three innings in his second P-Nats start of the season, LHP Matthew Spann (L, 1-1) allowed two runs on five hits over three innings. The lefty struck out five and walked two in the loss. Spann gave up four consecutive singles to start the third inning, as an RBI base hit by Rodriguez made it 1-0 Frederick, and Bierfeldt followed with an RBI single, as the Keys led 2-0 after 2.5 innings. The Keys finished the scoring with an unearned run off of RHP Tommy Peterson in the seventh on an RBI single by Bierfeldt.

With two losses, Potomac fell to .500 for the first time since the club was 7-7 on April 15th. The P-Nats now sit in a statistical tie for second place in the Northern Division with Frederick, both with an elimination number of one. Potomac went a combined 0-9 with RISP in the doubleheader and left five men on base.

The homestand wraps up Sunday afternoon with a 1:05pm start vs. the Keys. Family Fun Days at the Pfitz includes an opportunity for kids to run the bases, presented by Kids N Motion, and a catch for families on the field after the game.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Lexington Legends (23-38) defeated the Hagerstown Suns (39- 23) 8-5 on Saturday in the third game of the four game series at Municipal Stadium. The Suns scored runs early, but after the Legends’ five run third inning, the Suns trailed the rest of the game. In the first inning, Victor Robles singled to right field and moved to second on a single by Max Schrock. Grant DeBruin grounded out to third, scoring Robles, and Rhett Wiseman doubled on a throwing error, scoring Schrock. Telmito Agustin added a run in the second inning to Hagerstown’s early lead with a triple scoring Edwin Lora, putting Hagerstown up 3-0. The Suns lead did not last long. The Legends scored five runs in the third inning to take a two run lead, 5-3. Marten Gasparini singled and reached second on a fielding error, moving Roman Collins to third base. Collins and Gasparini both scored on a double by Samir Duenez. With one out, Anderson Miller doubled and tied the game, 3-3. Lexington went ahead on a fielding error and stretched their lead on a double by Michael Hill, who got thrown out at third. After the first scoreless inning, Lexington and Hagerstown both scored one run in the fifth inning. Lexington scored on a double by Hill to left-center field and Hagerstown scored on a solo home run by Agustin to right-center field. The Legends scored two more runs in the sixth inning, on singles by Gasparini and Duenez, and the Suns scored one more run in the seventh inning on a single by Schrock. Hill had two doubles for Lexington. Winning pitcher, Nolan Watson, held Hagerstown to five hits and three earned runs through five innings. Matt Ditman pitched the ninth inning for Lexington and earned his second save. The series finale at Municipal Stadium is scheduled for Sunday at 2:05 p.m. ET.


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