Washington Nationals Farm Report June 15

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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 Louisville Bats, 4-2, Wednesday afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field. Matt Skole homered for the Chiefs, but Syracuse dropped its fifth straight game after being swept by the Bats. There was a 17-minute rain delay in the top of the ninth inning before the conclusion of the game.

Louisville (35-31) scored first for the third game in a row. In the third inning, Rafael Lopez walked with one out against A.J. Cole. After a strikeout, Juan Perez reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second with two outs. Carlos Triunfel then hit an 0-2 pitch into left field for an RBI single to give the Bats a 1-0 lead. Scott Schebler continued his great success against the Chiefs next. Schebler tripled for the third game in a row on a ball misplayed in right by Matt den Dekker to push the lead to 3-0.
Syracuse (30-34) answered right back in the top of the fourth. After Brian Goodwin singled off Jon Moscot, Skole drilled his ninth home run of the year over the right field fence to cut the deficit to 3-2.
But the Bats did not stay quiet for long. With one out, Donald Lutz homered to nearly the same spot in right to give the Bats a two-run lead back at 4-2.
The game held at 4-2 until the ninth. Before the first pitch of the inning, the umpires called for the tarp in light rain. After a delay of 17 minutes, the game resumed and Michael Lorenzen struck out the side in the ninth for the save.
The Chiefs return home and will have a day off Thursday before opening a three-game series with the Columbus Clippers Friday night at NBT Bank Stadium. Taylor Hill is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite former Chief Ross Detwiler for Columbus. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): On Wednesday night in Trenton, Tyler Mapes outdueled Trenton LH Jordan Montgomery as the Senators defeated the Thunder 1-0. Mapes went the distance for the first time in his professional career and it was the first nine-inning complete game this season for the Senators.

 

Mapes didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and no Trenton base runner reached second base. Trenton managed just three singles, a walk and a hit batter. Mapes struck out just four and he induced twelve ground ball outs. He threw 98 pitches, 69 for strikes in the gem.

The Senators scored the lone run in the game in the first inning when Neftali Soto doubled in Wilmer Difo with one out. The Senators threatened in the fifth, loading the bases with one out, but Difo hit into a double play ending the threat.

Montgomery, the Thunder starter, struck out a career-high 11 batters as he, too, tossed a gem of his own.

The Senators didn’t have anyone up in the bullpen until the ninth inning when Koda Glover began loosening up. With two outs in the ninth, Miguel Andujar singled for Trenton which brought Matt LeCroy out of the dugout to talk to Mapes. LeCroy allowed Mapes to face Sebastian Valle and Mapes responded by striking out Valle to end the game.

The Senators are now 35-29 on the season while Trenton falls to 38-27.

The final game of the three-game series is Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. as the Senators send RH Lucas Giolito to the hill.

Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): Severe rain has cancelled Wednesday night’s game between the Potomac Nationals (31-32) and the Salem Red Sox (41-24) at LewisGale Field. The game will not be made up as this was the final scheduled matchup between the two teams in the first half.

Potomac will now return home to begin a five-game, four-day series vs. the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Thursday night.

Thursday’s series opener gets underway at 7:05 with the preceding “P-Nats Lead-Off Show” at 6:50pm. The broadcast can be heard on PotomacNationals.com or via the TuneIn Radio App.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League): @ Lakewood W 6-5.

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