Washington Nationals Farm Report June 18 and 19: Suns win first half division crown plus all teams were in action on Father’s Day

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Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League):

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Jason Martinson doubled in two runs in a two-hit performance Saturday. (Kaimeng Yang | Syracuse Chiefs)

June 18:

The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Columbus Clippers, 4-3, at NBT Bank Stadium on Saturday night. Jason Martinson went 2 for 5 with a two-run double in the loss.

Columbus (37-32) opened the scoring in the top of the fifth inning off Syracuse starter Austin Voth. Adam Moore led off with a single into center field. Ronny Rodriguez followed with a bunt, forcing Moore out at second base, while Rodriguez reached at first. After a fly out from Michael Choice, Joey Butler hit a line-drive double to left field to score Rodriguez. The ensuing batter, Colin Cowgill, walked to put runners on first and second. Erik Gonzalez then doubled to right field, plating both Butler and Cowgill. Yandy Diaz wrapped up the scoring with the third double of the inning, scoring Gonzalez, giving the Clippers a 4-0 advantage.

Voth only allowed one baserunner outside of the fifth inning, finishing his night after seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits, while striking out five.

Syracuse (30-36) got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the sixth off Columbus starter Adam Plutko.  Brian Goodwin led off with a base-hit bunt down the third base line. After a Matt Skole strikeout, Matt den Dekker walked, putting runners on first and second with one out. Following a Pedro Severino strikeout, Martinson doubled to left field, scoring Goodwin and den Dekker, cutting the Columbus lead to 4-2.

The Chiefs rallied and nearly tied the score in the bottom of the eighth inning. Singles from Martinson and Trea Turner, coupled with a Scott Sizemore walk, loaded the bases with two outs.  An infield single from Goodwin brought home Martinson, but Matt Skole followed with a strikeout, ending the threat with Syracuse trailing 4-3.

Syracuse walked 10 times and managed 18 baserunners on the night, but left the bases loaded in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings in the loss. Sizemore was the recipient of the four of the 10 walks for the Chiefs.

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Brian Goodwin was doused by Jason Martinson after a walk-off sacrifice fly. (Jeff Irizarry | Syracuse Chiefs)

June 19:

The Syracuse Chiefs snapped a seven-game losing streak with a walk-off win over the Columbus Clippers Sunday afternoon, 2-1. Brian Goodwin drove in the winning run in the tenth inning, plating Trea Turner with a sacrifice fly to give Syracuse the victory.

Columbus (37-33) scored the game’s first run in the top of the tenth inning. Erik Davis entered the game on the mound for Syracuse to begin the frame. Guillermo Quiroz led off for the Clippers with a single. After Yhoxian Medina replaced Quiroz on the basepaths, a Joey Butler sacrifice bunt put the Clippers in scoring position. Erik Gonzalez then hit a two-out single to center field, plating Medina to give Columbus a 1-0 lead.

The Chiefs overcame the deficit in the bottom of the tenth inning. Joseph Colon came on to work the tenth inning for the Clippers. Jhonatan Solano led off the frame with an infield single. Tony Campana then replaced Solano on first with a fielder’s choice. Turner walked to bring up Steve Lombardozzi with runners on first and second. Lombardozzi ripped a double to left field, which brought Campana around to score and tie the game. With runners on second and third, Goodwin then came up, and sent a fly ball to right field. Butler caught the ball moving in, but his throw to the plate was too late, and Turner scored to give the Chiefs a 2-1 win.

Syracuse starter Jaron Long was impressive on the mound for the Chiefs in just his third Triple-A start. Long threw seven scoreless innings while allowing five hits, with all of them coming prior to the fourth inning. After giving up a single to Erik Gonzalez in the third, Long didn’t allow another baserunner, setting down 15 consecutive Columbus batters before exiting the game. Bryan Harper and Rafael Martin worked scoreless eighth and ninth innings, with both relievers striking out two batters.

Mike Clevinger was equally as impressive forColumbus. The Clippers’ starter worked five and two-third innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight and walking four. Clevinger was relieved by Toru Murata, who gave up just one base hit to Jason Martinson in two and one-third innings on the mound. Ben Heller worked a scoreless ninth for Columbus before Colon came on in the tenth.

Syracuse now heads on the road for a four-day trip, which includes five games against the Pawtucket Red Sox, including a doubleheader on Tuesday. Paolo Espino is scheduled to get the start Monday against Pawtucket’s Sean O’Sullivan. First pitch is set for 7:05.

Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League):

June 18:

Greg Ross continued posting zeroes and the Harrisburg Senators generated enough offense to top the Reading Fightin’ Phils, 2-0, in front of 6,273 fans at FNB Field. The win snapped Reading’s 11-game winning streak.

Ross (3-0) once again dazzled for Harrisburg as the right-hander went another seven shutout innings. Ross allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five, none bigger than his final batter with the tying run at third base. That baserunner, Rhys Hoskins, was the only Fightin’ Phil to advance past first base off Ross. He has now thrown 21 scoreless innings to begin his tenure with the Senators.

Harrisburg (36-31) gave Ross an early lead when Neftali Soto doubled home Wilmer Difo from second base in the bottom of the third inning. The Senators tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Isaac Ballou came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit single that plated Spencer Kieboom.

Reliever Wander Suero retired both Reading batters he faced before deferring to closer Koda Glover. Glover struck out two over 1.1 perfect innings to earn his fourth save with Harrisburg.

Besides scoring both of the Senators’ runs, Difo and Kieboom were the only batters with two hits for Harrisburg. Chris Bostick and Zach Collier also safely reached base twice as each recorded a hit and walk.

June 19:

Reynaldo Lopez matched a career best with 13 strikeouts as the Harrisburg Senators tamed the Reading Fightin’ Phils, 4-1, to take the rubber match in their three-gamer series.

Reading got on the scoreboard early as Jesmuel Valentin led off the game with a triple and scored two batters later. But that was the only run the Fightin’ Phils would get on the day as Lopez (2-5) cruised the rest of the way. The 22-year-old right-hander dominated over seven innings allowing five hits without walking a batter.

Harrisburg (37-31) took a lead in the second inning after Brian Jeroloman delivered an RBI single that scored Chris Bostick. The next batter, Stephen Perez, hit a pop foul down the first base line that carried far enough for Zach Collier to tag up and score from third base.

Reading starter Ricardo Pinto and Lopez traded zeroes until Harrisburg pushed across an insurance run in the seventh inning. Perez reached on a throwing error, stole second base, advanced on an errant throw, and waltzed home on Kevin Keyes‘ pinch-hit single.

The Fightin’ Phils threatened in the eighth as a hit by pitch and single put runners at the corner off reliever Andrew Robinson. Nick Lee was summoned to face Dylan Cozens, the leading home run hitter in the Eastern League, but the southpaw walked him on five pitches. Wander Suero worked out of the bases loaded jam by inducing a shallow fly to right.

Neftali Soto pushed the Senators’ advantage to 4-1 in the eighth with a solo home run. The dinger was Soto’s second hit of the day as he joined Collier as the only Senators with more than one base knock.

Despite allowing a couple of singles, Suero earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Harrisburg has a day off on Monday as they travel to Portland to face the Sea Dogs for a three-game series. Tyler Mapes will square off against Kevin McAvoy on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. from historic Hadlock Field. 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 18:

A night after the Potomac Nationals (33-34 Overall, 15-18 Home) responded from a sweep at the hands of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-33 Overall, 18-17 Road) less than two weeks ago in Myrtle Beach, SC with a doubleheader sweep of their own, the Pelicans answered right back in similar fashion Saturday night in Woodbridge, VA. Myrtle Beach got dominant bullpen work in game one and a stellar starting outing in game two. The Pelicans’ pen allowed just one run on three hits over 4.2 innings in the doubleheader opener, while RHP Erick Leal (W, 9-3) allowed just two runs over six innings in the back half of the twin bill.

In Friday’s doubleheader sweep, the P-Nats fell behind early in both games but came back to win. Saturday night, Potomac fell behind early in both games and never managed to even tie the game.

In his second start with the P-Nats this season, RHP Austen Williams (L, 0-2) was the tough luck losing pitcher once again. The righty allowed two runs on four hits over six innings, his second straight quality start in a loss. Williams faced just one over the minimum through the first three innings, but SS Gleyber Torres led off the fourth inning with a solo home run over the left field wall, his eighth home run of the season.

Down 1-0 after five innings, Williams got the first two outs quickly in the sixth before the Pelicans made it 2-0 with a two-out rally. Once again it was Torres, as the shortstop singled to left field and then scored on an RBI double into the by 2B Ian Happ. Williams got the final out of the sixth, while RHP Tommy Peterson worked around a walk and pitched a scoreless seventh.

RHP Trevor Clifton (ND) was effective but inefficient over 2.1 innings in the game one start for Myrtle Beach. CF Andrew Stevenson led off the bottom of the first inning with a 14-pitch at-bat that resulted in a walk, while SS Osvaldo Abreu then drew another free pass. With two on and nobody out, 1B Jose Marmolejos grounded into a double play, while 3B Drew Ward took the third walk of the inning. C Raudy Read flied out to left field, which ended the frame. It was Potomac’s best scoring threat over the first five innings.

Clifton struck out Stevenson in the third before the Pelicans went to the bullpen. Clifton threw 60 pitches in the no-decision. Out of the bullpen, RHP James Pugliese (W, 1-2) allowed just one hit over three innings. The righty retired nine of the first 10 men that he faced before Marmolejos doubled with one out in the sixth inning. Myrtle Beach went back to the bullpen, as LHP Jordan Minch entered and gave up an infield single to Ward. With men at the corners, Read’s sacrifice fly to centerfield cut the deficit to one, but Potomac left the tying run in Ward at third base. RHP Ryan McNeil (SV, 6) came on for the Pelicans in the seventh and got LF Alec Keller to ground out. 2B Bryan Mejia singled, which put the tying run on base, but on a 3-2 pitch, RF Dale Carey struck out, and catcher Tyler Pearson threw out Mejia at second base, which ended the game.

Game two got off to a similar start for Potomac, as RHP Luis Reyes (L, 3-7) struggled to throw strikes over his five-inning outing. Reyes gave up a double and walked one in the first inning but escaped. The righty then gave up a single and walked a man in the second, but also posted a zero, as the game remained scoreless through two innings.

Myrtle Beach had the only runs of the game in a four-run third inning, as the Pelicans sent eight men to the plate despite only two hits. Reyes issued back-to-back walks to CF Charcer Burks and Torres before Happ had an infield single, which loaded the bases with nobody out. 1B Gioskar Amaya hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, which plated Burks and made it 1-0. 3B Jason Vosler made it 2-0 with an RBI double to right field, while Happ scored on a wild pitch. LF Daniel Spingola capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly, as the Pelicans led 4-0, the eventual final, after 2.5 innings. Reyes allowed four runs, all earned, on five hits, and the righty walked four over five innings in the loss.

For the Pelicans, Leal shined over six-shutout innings. The righty struck out a season high seven and allowed just five hits. Potomac only threatened in the fourth and fifth frames, as the P-Nats did not have a man reach scoring position in any other inning.

The home half of the fourth began with back-to-back base runners, as Marmolejos singled and Ward walked. With two on and nobody out, Leal struck out CF Drew Vettleson. With one down, 3B Khayyan Norfork struck out, while Mejia popped up to 2B Andrew Ely and ended the inning. In the fifth frame, Potomac got back-to-back one-out singles from SS David Masters and Stevenson. Once again, Leal escaped, as he got groundouts from Keller and Marmolejos.

Out of the pen in game two, LHP Matthew Spann kept Potomac in the game with two-shutout innings, but the Potomac offense failed to muster any offense. RHP Daury Torrez closed out the Myrtle Beach win with a perfect seventh inning, as Potomac fell in game two 4-0.

The P-Nats totaled just one run on nine hits in the doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Pelicans. Potomac went a combined 1-10 with RISP and left on 12 in the doubleheader.

June 19:

Nine inning were not enough in the final game of the first half for the Potomac Nationals (34-34 Overall, 16-18 Home) and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-34 Overall, 18-18 Road), as the two clubs went to the bottom of the 11th inning before Potomac 1B David Masters plated C Raudy Read with a single, as Potomac pulled out a 4-3 win.

The P-Nats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against RHP Jeremy Null (ND). Read put Potomac on the board with a solo home run in the second inning, the catcher’s second home run of the series and third of the season. CF Dale Carey then led off the third frame with his fourth home run of the season, and three singles in a span of four hitters made it 3-0. 3B Drew Ward’s RBI single plated 2B Bryan Mejia, Potomac’s final run until the 11th.

In his fourth start with Potomac, LHP Matthew Crownover (ND) worked out of a bases loaded jam in the first frame and started the outing with four scoreless innings. With a man on first and two outs in the fifth, DH Ian Happ launched a two-strike, two-out pitch over the wall in left field. Happ’s third home run of the season series made it 3-2 Potomac. Crownover got the final out of the fifth, as he allowed just two runs on four hits over five innings in the no-decision.

After two shutout innings from RHP Gilberto Mendez, RHP Wirkin Estevez entered and gave up the game-tying run in the eighth inning. 1B Yasiel Balaguert singled with one out and went to third on a double by 3B Jason Vosler. C Gioskar Amaya followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, which tied the game at three.

The score remained 3-3 until the 11th, as Potomac had just one base runner from the sixth through 10th inning. After LHP Tommy Thorpe (L, 2-4) retired the side in order in the 10th inning, the lefty walked Read to start the 11th. LF Alec Keller failed to get a sacrifice bunt down, but with two strikes, the All-Star found a gap in front of centerfielder Rashad Crawford. RF Drew Vettleson laid down a successful sacrifice bunt, which moved the winning run to third base. With the infield and outfield drawn in, Masters hit a high fly ball to centerfield, which would have been deep enough for a sacrifice fly, but Crawford failed to get to it, as it went in as a walk-off RBI single for the Potomac infielder.

In the top half of the frame, LHP RC Orlan (W, 3-2) worked around a two-out single by 2B Andrew Ely, as Myrtle Beach left the go-ahead run at third base in the 10th and at second base in the 11th.

Sunday afternoon featured Potomac’s second walk-off of the five-game series and the club’s third of the first half. The P-Nats finished the first half at 34-34, third place in the Northern Division. Entering the All-Star break, Potomac will send four players out to The Diamond in Lake Elsinore, CA, as RHP Ryan Brinley, 3B Drew Ward, CF Andrew Stevenson, and LF Alec Keller will represent The Red, White, & Blue for the Carolina League.

Potomac will open up the second half at Calvin Falwell Field in Lynchburg, VA vs. the Hillcats. First pitch Thursday, June 23rd is set for 6:30pm between the P-Nats and Hillcats.

The Potomac Nationals Baseball Network will carry live coverage beginning with the “P-Nats Leadoff Show” at 6:15pm. 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 18: vs. Greenville L 1-7

June 19: vs. Greenville L 2-3

 

 

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