Washington Nationals Farm Report June 12-13

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Courtesy of the Harrisburg Senators

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League):

June 12:

The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Indianapolis Indians, 5-4, Sunday afternoon at Victory Field. Josh Bell hit a walk-off double as part of a three run ninth for the Indians. Pedro Severino went 3 for 4 with a home run in the loss. Austin Voth allowed just two runs in five strong innings.

Syracuse (30-31) started the scoring in the second inning. Matt Skole reached on an infield single to the left side to start the inning off Trevor Williams. Skole moved to second on Matt den Dekker‘s single and to third on a double-play groundout. Caleb Ramsey then reached on an error on Williams, allowing Skole to score for a 1-0 Chiefs lead.

Severino then led off the third inning with his second home run of the season over the left-field fence to push the lead to 2-0.

The Chiefs added two more runs in the fifth. Trea Turner reached on a bunt single back to the mound and moved to second when Williams’ throw sailed wide of first, the pitcher’s third error of the game. Turner advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Steve Lombardozzi. After a pop out, Skole singled home Turner for a 3-0 Chiefs lead. Den Dekker followed with a single to right, and Skole moved to third on an error on right fielder Willy Garcia, Indianapolis’ fourth error of the game. Skole scored on Jason Martinson’s single to extend the lead to 4-0.

Indianapolis (33-30) started the comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Voth walked Max Moroff with one out. Adam Frazier, the league’s leading hitter by average coming into the game, followed with a triple to deep right-center, scoring Moroff to cut the lead to 4-1. Bell then grounded out to first, bring home Frazier and cutting the lead in half.

The Indians finished the comeback in the ninth off Rafael Martin. Pedro Florimon walked with one out. Hanson then singled, putting runners on first and third. Moroff followed with an RBI single to cut the lead to 4-3 and again put runners on the corners. Frazier then grounded into a force out at second, bring home Hanson to tie the game at four. Bell then doubled to deep center, bring home Frazier and giving Indianapolis the walk-off win.

June 13:

The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Louisville Bats, 7-1, Monday night at Louisville Slugger Field. The Bats first three hitters of the game scored and Louisville led wire-to-wire for a series-opening win.

Louisville (33-31) started the first inning with singles by Hernan Iribarren and Jose Peraza. Scott Schebler then tripled both runners home for a 2-0 Bats lead against Jaron Long. After a fly out, Seth Mejias-Brean reached on a fielder’s choice to shortstop, with Trea Turner’s wide throw allowing Schebler to score for a 3-0 lead.

Syracuse (30-32) got on the board in the third. Jason Martinson tripled against Cody Reed with one out. After Reed walked the pitcher Long, Trea Turner grounded out to third, scoring Martinson to cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Bats answered right back in the bottom of the frame. Long walked Schebler and allowed a single to Brandon Allen. Mejias-Brean then singled in Schebler and Carlor Triunfel doubled home Allen for a 5-1 Louisville lead.

Louisville added a sixth run in the fourth against Sam Runion. Iribarren singled and Peraza was hit by a pitch. The runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Schebler brought in Iribarren on a sacrifice fly for a 6-1 advantage.

Juan Perez brought home a seventh run in the fifth inning. After Chris Berset singled and moved to second on a wild pitch, Perez hit an RBI double to give the Bats a 7-1 lead.

The Chiefs and Bats return to Louisville Slugger Field Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Paolo Espino is scheduled to start for Syracuse. The Louisville starter has yet to be announced.

Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League):

June 12:

The Harrisburg Senators fought back to overcome two three-run deficits on their way to a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Akron RubberDucks. The Senators (33-28) set a season-high with 16 hits on a sunny afternoon in front of 5,547 fans at FNB Field.

Deadlocked at six entering the bottom of the ninth inning, Isaac Ballou led off with a double down the right field line. After a perfectly executed bunt by Adrian Sanchez moved Ballou up to third base, Chris Bostick popped out and Akron consecutively walked Kevin Keyes and Shawn Pleffner to load the bases. That set the stage for Brian Jeroloman who drew the walk to force home the game-winning run.

Phillips Valdez made his Class AA debut for the Senators and struggled in the early going. Akron registered four hits and a walk off Valdez in the first inning on their way to scoring three runs. In the next frame, the RubberDucks rallied with two more hits, two more walks, and a hit batsman to plate an additional two runs off the lithe 24-year-old. Valdez settled down and posted zeroes after that as he worked 5.2 innings allowing five runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out five.

The Senators’ offense picked Valdez up with five runs of their own over the first three innings. For the second straight day, Harrisburg cashed in with good situational at-bats as Ballou and Neftali Soto came through with an RBI groundout and sacrifice fly, respectively. Pleffner delivered the big blow when he delivered a two-out triple to the deepest part of the park that drove in two. Jeroloman followed with an RBI single to drive in Pleffner and tie the game up.

The score remained knotted at five until the bottom of the eighth inning when Harrisburg took their first lead. Rafael Bautista picked up his fourth hit of the day (and third infield single) but Akron shortstop Ivan Castillo had the rushed throw go wide enough to score Pleffner rounding third base.

Andrew Robinson was stellar in relief of Valdez working from the sixth through the ninth inning. One strike away from the victory, Akron’s Bradley Zimmer launched an opposite field home run that tied the game up. The RubberDucks subsequently loaded the bases, but Robinson (4-0) retired Jeremy Lucas to end the threat.

June 13:

Behind another impressive outing from Greg Ross and enough offense from the heart of the order, the Harrisburg Senators completed the series sweep of the Akron RubberDucks with a 4-0 victory on Monday evening. The win notched the Senators’ first four-game sweep since August 2011 and sent the RubberDucks to their ninth consecutive defeat.

In his second start with Harrisburg, Ross (2-0) continued posting zeroes on the scoreboard. The 26-year-old twirled seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks while matching his career-high with eight strikeouts. Between Potomac and Harrisburg, Ross has allowed only two runs over 36.1 innings while starting this season.

For the third straight game, the Senators (34-28) reached double digits in hits as the team rapped out ten base knocks. Chris Bostick fell a home run short of the cycle as the second baseman went 3-for-4 with three runs driven in. Hitting ahead of Bostick in the lineup, Neftali Soto also went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Cutter Dysktra was the only other Senator to reach base three times with two singles and a walk.

Wander Suero struggled finding the strike zone in relief of Ross. A hit batsman and two walks sandwiched between a couple of outs loaded the bases for Akron before Koda Glover was summoned from the bullpen. Glover induced an inning-ending fly ball to center field and then worked a scoreless ninth inning for his third save as a Senator.

Harrisburg embarks on a short three-game set against the Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton. Reynaldo Lopez squares off against Vicente Campos with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. 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 6:45 p.m.

 Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League):

June 12:

After nearly six weeks over .500 and in the second spot in the Northern Division standings, the Potomac Nationals (30-31 Overall, 13-16 Home) dropped in both of those marks with a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Frederick Keys (32-31 Overall, 20-12 Road) Sunday afternoon. Even with at least one base runner in each of the first eight innings, the P-Nats managed to score in only one frame.

With two quick outs in the first inning, it appeared as though RHP Luis Reyes (L, 3-6) was set to bounce back from his prior outing, one in which he went just 1.2 innings vs. Myrtle Beach. But with two outs in the top of the first inning, DH Wynston Sawyer hit his sixth home run of the year. The solo home run made it 1-0 Frederick. Reyes settled down and retired the side in order in the next two frames, but after he induced a double play in the fourth, the righty allowed a solo home run to RF Conor Bierfeldt, the outfielder’s second home run of the series. The Keys led 2-0 after 3.5 innings, but sloppy defense and gusty winds brought Potomac back into the game.

In his second start in less than two weeks vs. Potomac, LHP Trevor Belicek (ND) did not allow an earned run over his four-inning outing. He did allow three unearned runs on six hits in the start, as the Keys defense made two crucial errors, part of a three-run fourth inning for the P-Nats. With one out in the frame, 2B Bryan Mejia reached on a fly ball to left field, which LF Cam Kneeland dropped. After Mejia stole third base, 1B David Masters grounded out to 3B Jomar Reyes, which plated Mejia, and Masters was safe at first after Reyes couldn’t handle the ground ball. RF Dale Carey followed with a single that put the tying man into scoring position, but CF Andrew Stevenson struck out. SS Osvaldo Abreu followed with a fly ball to left field that appeared to be routine off the bat. But with winds gusting north of 20 MPH at Pfitzner Stadium, Kneeland was unable to stay with the ball, as it landed at his feet. Ruled a double, Abreu picked up two RBIs and put Potomac ahead 3-2.

The lead lasted into the sixth inning, as Reyes remained on the hill in search of his fourth quality start of the season. The righty walked Sawyer with one out and gave up a single to Bierfeldt. With men on the corners, Jomar Reyes plated two with an RBI double to centerfield, as Stevenson’s dive came up short and he ball bounced behind him. The two-run double put Frederick on top 4-3, the eventual final.

Potomac threated in the seventh and eighth frames, but left the tying man in scoring position in both innings. Against RHP Tanner Chleborad (W, 1-2), the P-Nats had men on first and second with one out in the seventh. LHP Tanner Scott entered the game and struck out DH Drew Vettleson before LF Alec Keller grounded one back to the pitcher’s mound. In the eighth inning, Scott issued back-to-back one-out walks to Masters and Carey before a groundout by Stevenson put men at second and third. Frederick went to RHP Michael Zouzalik (SV, 7) for the four out save, and the righty punctuated the eighth inning with a strikeout of Abreu. Zouzalik then pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the Frederick win, the Keys’ fourth in the five game series.

After six innings and four runs from Reyes, RHP Gilberto Mendez did not allow a hit over two frames, while RHP Ryan Brinley allowed one hit and struck one man out in a scoreless ninth. Potomac went 2-14 with RISP and left 11 men on base in the loss. It was the second loss in the series for the P-Nats when they outhit the Keys, just the third such victory of the season for Frederick. With the loss, Potomac fell into third place in the Northern Division for the first time in 2016. Also with the loss, Potomac was officially eliminated from the playoff race in the first half, and with Lynchburg’s win Sunday afternoon, the Hillcats clinched the division crown.

June 13:

With an opportunity to spoil a potential division clinching celebration, the Potomac Nationals (30-32 Overall, 17-16 Road) failed to contain the offense of the Salem Red Sox (41-23 Overall, 21-11 Home) Monday night at LewisGale Field. The P-Nats managed just one run on six hits in a 7-1 loss that ended with the Red Sox celebrating a Southern Division title on the mound.

Officially eliminated from the playoffs with Sunday afternoon’s loss, the P-Nats fell into an early hole Monday night in their first visit to Salem. DH Yoan Moncada led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored two batters later on an RBI groundout by 3B Rafael Devers. That was Salem’s only run against RHP Dakota Bacus (ND), who made his second start of the season. Bacus allowed just four hits and struck out a season high six in the no-decision.

Potomac leveled the game at one with three singles in a span of four hitters vs. LHP Matt Kent (W, 6-3) in the third inning. LF Dale Carey and 2B Khayyan Norfork started the inning with singles, and after CF Andrew Stevenson struck out, SS Osvaldo Abreu tied the game with an RBI single to left field. Potomac left men at first and second in the inning.

After Bacus went the first five innings, LHP RC Orlan (L, 2-2) struggled to find the strike zone in the sixth frame. Orlan walked a season high five hitters and recorded just two outs. With runners on first and second and one out, Orlan’s first of two wild pitches in the inning took the double play out of order, and 2B Deiner Lopez made it 2-1 with an RBI groundout to Abreu on what could have been an inning-ending double play. Orlan’s second wild pitch plated C Jordan Procyshen, who had advanced to third base on Lopez’s groundout. Salem led 3-1 after six innings, as LHP Justin Thomas got Devers to ground out with the bases loaded, which ended the inning.

Kent pitched into the seventh frame for Salem but walked C Raudy Read to start the frame and gave up a one-out single to DH Alec Keller. With men on the corners and one out, RHP Jamie Callahan entered from the Salem bullpen and struck out Carey, before Norfork flied out to right field. Stevenson then led off the eighth with a single but Callahan retired the next three hitters, the righties first scoreless outing in his last eight appearances.

Thomas pitched a perfect seventh inning for the P-Nats, but the Red Sox broke the game open with a four-run eighth. After Procyshen popped up to first base to start the inning, five straight Salem hitters came up with a hit. Lopez tripled off of the wall in left field, LF Bryan Hudson had an RBI triple to the left field wall, Moncada had an RBI double off of the wall in left-centerfield, SS Mauricio Dubon singled, and Devers had an RBI single. 1B Nick Longhi capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly, as Salem went on top 7-1 after eight innings.

After 1.2 scoreless innings from Callahan, RHP Simon Mercedes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with three groundball outs, which clinched the division for the Red Sox. Despite starting the night 1-10 with RISP, Salem went four for its last six with a man in scoring position in route to the 7-1 win. Potomac meanwhile went just 1-9 with RISP and left six men on base.

A season high two games under .500, the P-Nats will turn to LHP Matthew Crownover (0-2, 7.36) Tuesday night in an effort to even up the series. Crownover has given up two home runs in each of his first two Potomac starts, both losses. With the division in hand, Salem will turn to RHP Travis Lakins (5-2, 5.77). Lakins allowed just one run over six innings in Salem’s lone victory at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge this season. First pitch Tuesday night is at 7:05pm.

The Potomac Nationals Baseball Network will carry live coverage beginning with the “P-Nats Leadoff Show” at 6:50pm. P-Nats Gameday Audio on the Potomac Nationals Baseball Network is available at www.potomacnationals.com or via the TuneIn Radio App.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League):

June 12:

The Hagerstown Suns (40-23) defeated the Lexington Legends (23- 39) 7-5 on Sunday in the final game of the series at Municipal Stadium.

In the second inning, Matthew Page doubled and scored from third on a sacrifice-fly by Jorge Tillero to put the Suns up 1-0.

Jecksson Flores hit a solo home run in the third inning to tie the game 1-1.

In the fourth inning, the Suns went back on top 5-1. Page led the inning off with a solo home run and Tillero doubled to centerfield to score Austin Davidson. With two outs, Telmito Agustin hit a two-run home run to right field.

The Suns added two more runs to their lead in the fifth inning on Page’s second home run of the game and Tillero’s second hit of the game.

The Legends scored four runs in the seventh inning on a solo home run by Samir Duenez, a double by Ben Johnson and a two-run home run by Travis Maezes.

Page had three hits and two RBIs for Hagerstown.

Matthew DeRosier was the winning pitcher. DeRosier had seven strikeouts and allowed only two hits and one earned run through six innings.

Philip Walby struck out four through two innings and earned the save.

June 13:

@ Lakewood L 0-5

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