Washington Nationals Farm Report June 14

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Courtesy of the Potomac Nationals

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Louisville Bats, 3-2, Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field after a 93-minute rain delay before the start of the game. Jason Martinson doubled and tripled, his second straight game with a triple.

Louisville (34-31) got on the board in the first inning for a second night in a row. Scott Schebler hit his sixth home run of the season over the right-field fence off Paolo Espino for a 1-0 lead.
The Bats added an unearned run in the second. Chris Berset singled to start the inning. Then Juan Perez reached on an error on second baseman Steve Lombardozzi to put runners on the corners. After a strikeout, Hernan Iribarren brought the run in on a groundout to second for a 2-0 Louisville lead.
Syracuse (30-33) added its first run in the fourth. Lombardozzi doubled to left field to lead off the inning. Brian Goodwin followed with a ground ball to the right side and reached on an infield hit. Carlos Triunfel fielded the ball at second but his flip with the glove sailed high of first, allowing Lombardozzi to score on the error to cut the lead to 2-1.
Brandon Allen needed one pitch to give the Bats a two-run lead back. Allen came into the game defensively in the top of the sixth for Major-League rehabber Jordan Pacheco. In Allen’s first at-bat in the bottom of the inning, he knocked the first pitch from Espino out of the yard to right for a 3-1 Bats advantage.
The Chiefs again trimmed the lead to one in the eighth. Martinson tripled against Matt Magill to start the frame. He scored on pinch hitter Tony Campana‘s groundout to short to bring the score to 3-2. Syracuse loaded the bases from there but Jumbo Diaz got Matt den Dekker to bounce out to short to preserve the one-run lead. In the ninth, Martinson walked with two outs against Diaz, but pinch hitter Jose Lozada grounded out to end the game.
The Chiefs and Bats wrap up their season series Wednesday morning at 11:45 a.m. A.J. Cole is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Jon Moscot for Louisville.
Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators four-game winning streak came to an end on Monday night amid a flurry of errors allowing six runs to score in a 7-4 loss to the Trenton Thunder. Harrisburg (34-29) had only six hits in the game while Trenton (38-26) went six-for-twelve with runners in scoring position.

Reynaldo Lopez started and pitched better than his line indicates. He was touched for six runs, just one earned, on nine hits while he struck out seven. Lopez allowed two unearned runs in the first and three more in a four run fifth inning that broke the game open for Trenton.  He fell to 1-5 with the loss.

The Senators tied the game at two with two runs in the fourth. Isaac Ballou drove in a run with a singled and then Chris Bostick drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to left.

After Trenton took a 6-2 lead, the Senators scored two two-out runs in the seventh on a two-run single by Zach Collier.

Derek Self pitched 2.1 innings and retired all seven batters he faced. Nick Lee pitched the eighth and gave up the last unearned run to Trenton.

No Senator had two hits as six different Sens had one hit each.

Game two of the three-game series is Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.  Tyler Mapes is on the hill for the Senators.

Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): After seeing a celebration by their opponents Monday night, the Potomac Nationals (31-32 Overall, 18-16 Road) broke out the bats and scored double-digit runs for the first time since May 15th, as they knocked off the Salem Red Sox (41-24 Overall, 21-12 Home) 11-4 Tuesday night. Despite two different one-run deficits, Potomac picked up its first win of 2016 when trailing after six innings. Down by one after six innings, the P-Nats scored four runs in the seventh, two runs in the eighth, and two runs in the ninth in route to the victory.

In his third start with Potomac, LHP Matthew Crownover (ND) had his best start. Though the lefty went just four innings, Crownover allowed only two runs and did not give up a home run for the first time in his three outings. He did however give up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, as Potomac went into an early 2-0 hole. SS Mauricio Dubon walked with one out in the first and LF Mike Meyers followed with a single. 1B Nick Longhi then tallied his team best 42nd RBI with a single that plated Dubon, and a sacrifice fly by 3B Jordan Betts put the Red Sox on top 2-0. After the shaky first inning, Crownover faced just two over the minimum over the next three frames.

For the Red Sox, RHP Travis Lakins (ND) was good through four innings before things got away from him in the fifth with little help from the defense. SS David Masters had a one out single before Lakins walkedCF Andrew Stevenson, the first of four walks for the Potomac centerfielder. DH Osvaldo Abreu chopped a ball to third base but Betts could not handle it. What could have been an inning-ending double play resulted in a bases loaded situation for Potomac. With the bases full, 1B Jose Marmolejos found a gap in between CF Joseph Monge and RF Jayce Ray, as Marmolejos’ team best 21st double cleared the bases and put Potomac ahead 3-2. After the next two batters reached, Salem went to the bullpen, and RHP Yankory Pimentel (L, 5-2) got RF Drew Vettleson to ground into a bases loaded, inning-ending double play.

The Red Sox quickly jumped back into the lead, as RHP Wirkin Estevez (W, 1-4) came in for his second bullpen appearance of the season. The first four men reached against Estevez in the fifth, as an RBI single by Dubon tied the game, and Betts’ second sacrifice fly of the night put the Red Sox on top 4-3. Estevez retired the final three hitters of the fifth in order and faced just four hitters in a scoreless sixth inning.

Salem’s lead lasted until the seventh frame, as Potomac sent nine men to the plate vs. the combination of Pimentel and RHP Mario Alcantara. Stevenson led off the inning with a triple, Abreu tied the game with an RBI double, Marmolejos singled, 3B Drew Ward put the P-Nats up 5-4 with an RBI groundout, C Raudy Read singled, and Vettleson had an RBI single, all vs. Pimentel. With three runs home and down 6-4, Alcantara entered the game and LF Alec Keller reached on a run-scoring error by Betts, the third baseman’s second defensive misplay of the game. Potomac led 7-4 at the stretch.

The P-Nats put the game away with a pair of runs in each of the final two frames, as RHP Gilberto Mendez (SV, 1) provided three shutout innings of relief for Potomac. Stevenson led off the eighth inning with his third walk of the night and then stole second base. After Abreu walked, the pair pulled off a double steal, and the throw from C Ben Moore to third base went into left field, an error that allowed Stevenson to score. Two batters later, Ward snapped an 0-17 slide with an RBI single, which made it 9-4 Potomac. In the ninth, with RHP German Tavares on the hill, Stevenson drew his fourth walk of the night with two outs. Abreu followed with his third home run of the season, a line drive shot over the left field wall. Abreu’s home run capped the scoring, as Mendez stranded runners at second and third base in the bottom of the ninth inning.

In the win, eight of Potomac’s nine starters had at least one hit. Stevenson set a new 2016 Potomac single game high with four walks, while both he and Abreu scored a 2016 single game high four runs. The top three in the P-Nats’ order combined to score nine runs, while the top four in the order had eight total RBIs. Stevenson had his third three-steal night of the year, the only Potomac player with three steals in a single game. Potomac went 9-21 with RISP in the victory.

With the series even at a game apiece, Potomac will turn to RHP Boone Whiting (6-2, 3.26) Wednesday night in the series finale. Whiting, who was named the most recent Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, enters off of his best start of the season, as the righty allowed only two hits over 6.2 innings of shutout baseball vs. Frederick on June 10th. Opposite Whiting, LHP Daniel McGrath (1-2, 4.88) will make just his sixth start of the season. The Australian spent nearly six weeks on the disabled list from mid-April to the end of May. First pitch of the finale 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 atwww.potomacnationals.com or via the TuneIn Radio App.

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