Washington Nationals Farm Report June 22

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Courtesy of the Harrisburg Senators

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 6-4, Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium. Trea Turner doubled home two runs to break a ninth-inning tie and give the Chiefs a second straight win.

Syracuse (33-38) started the scoring in the second inning. The Chiefs loaded the bases with one out against Aaron Wilkerson after Pedro Severino singled, Matt den Dekker was hit by a pitch, and Caleb Ramsey singled. After Scott Sizemore struck out, Trea Turner walked to force in a run and give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Steve Lombardozzi flied out from there, the first of three-straight innings the Chiefs would leave the bases loaded.
After the Chiefs left the bases loaded again in the third, Turner tripled with one out in the fourth inning against Wesley Wright. After a walk to Lombardozzi, Brian Goodwin singled home Turner for a 2-0 lead. Matt Skole followed with a ground ball to first. Chris Marrero’s throw to second sailed high into left field, allowing Lombardozzi to score on the error for a 3-0 advantage. Severino singled to again load the bases, but den Dekker and Jason Martinson struck out to leave them loaded.
Pawtucket (38-35) started its comeback in the bottom of the fourth. Henry Ramos hit his first career triple-A home run off Taylor Hill to bring the score to 3-1.
The Chiefs got the run back in the top of the fifth. Ramsey and Sizemore each singled and Turner walked to load the bases for a fourth inning in a row. Lombardozzi then bounced into a 5-4-3 double play, but Ramsey scored from third to extend the lead to 4-1.
The PawSox again answered with a run in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Court and Mike Miller each singled to start the inning. Three batters later, Jantzen Witte singled home Court to bring the PawSox within two.
The game remained 4-2 until the eighth. Juan Gutierrez surrendered back-to-back doubles to Rusney Castillo and Witte, bringing Pawtucket within a run. After a strikeout, Syracuse turned to Bryan Harper who got Ramos to hit a ground ball to short. Turner recorded the first out a second, but Ramos beat the return throw to first, allowing Witte to score and tie the game.
But the Chiefs again would get the runs back an inning later. Den Dekker hit a fly ball to left field that Bryce Brentz dropped for a key error. After a sacrifice bunt moved den Dekker to third, the PawSox elected to intentionally walk Caleb Ramsey. The decision paid off in the short term as Roman Mendez struck out Sizemore for the second out. But Turner followed with the game-winning two-run double to left-center field to give the Chiefs a 6-4 lead. Rafael Martin recorded his 14th save in the ninth.
The Chiefs and PawSox will wrap up the five-game, four-day series Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. Austin Voth is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Justin Haley for Pawtucket.

Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern): Isaac Ballou hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs as the Senators jumped out to an early lead before holding on in a 9-6 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs Wednesday night at Hadlock Field.

The Senators (38-32) led 7-0 after three and a half innings, and never trailed despite seeing their lead cut to one after six innings.

The Senators’ first big inning came in the third when they loaded the bases with nobody out for Wilmer Difo, who drove in a run with an RBI fielder’s choice. Ballou followed with his first big swing of the game – a two-run double to left that put Harrisburg up 3-0.

Harrisburg again loaded the bases in the fourth inning with no outs, but a fielder’s choice cutting down the runner at home and a pop out left the Senators with two outs and no runs scored. However, Ballou moved ahead in the count 3-1 before lining a grand slam over the two-tiered right field wall to extend the Senators’ lead to 7-0.

From there Portland began to chip away, scoring two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth off Senators’ starter Lucas Giolito to force the right-hander out of the game with two outs in the fifth inning. Giolito exited with the bases loaded, and John Simms stranded all three runners by inducing a grounder back to the mound.

Simms then allowed Portland to cut the Senators’ lead to 7-6 with a run in the sixth, but finished his night with a scoreless seventh to throw 2.1 effective innings.

The Senators added two runs in the eighth inning when Rafael Bautista laid down a wonderful bunt with runners on first and second. Portland catcher Jake Romanski rushed to throw out the speedy Bautista but his throw went down the first base line, allowing Harrisburg’s Shawn Pleffner to score. Ballou made it seven RBI later in the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 9-6, Senators.

Nick Lee pitched a scoreless eighth for his fourth hold and Abel De Los Santos earned the save with a clean ninth inning in his first appearance with the Senators since April 20.

Zach Collier and Pleffner each had two hits while Stephen Perez had three singles for the Senators. Pleffner and Perez each scored three runs.

The finale of the three-game series in Portland will begin Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. as Phillips Valdez will make his third AA start with Harrisburg looking for a series victory. 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 5:45 p.m.

Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): OFF. The PNats travel to Lynchburg to take on the Hillcats.

Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic League): OFF. The Suns travel to Lexington tonight at 7:05 to take on the Legends.

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The Doubledays didn’t score on Wednesday night despite racking up ten hits in a 7-0 loss to the IronBirds (Glenn Gaston)

Auburn Doubledays (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays fell to the Aberdeen IronBirds, 7-0, on Wednesday evening from Ripkin Stadium. The Doubledays picked up a season-high ten hits, but couldn’t knock in a run.

Aberdeen (2-4) scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning off Auburn (4-2) starting pitcher Carlos Acevedo. With one out in the inning, Jaylen Ferguson hit a solo home run to left field to put the IronBirds up 1-0.

The IronBirds added another run in the third inning. With two outs, Alejandro Juvier singled. Austin Hays then tripled to the left-center field gap to score Juvier and give Aberdeen a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Aberdeen extended its lead once again with two outs. Jason Heinrich led off the inning with a single. After back-to-back fly outs to right field, Stuart Levy knocked in Heinrich with a double, and the IronBird went up 3-0.

Aberdeen scored for the fourth straight inning in the bottom of the fifth frame. With one out, Hays singled. Hays advanced to third base on a Ronarsy Ledesma single. Ferguson then flew out, but Hays tagged up and scored from third to put Aberdeen on top, 4-0.

The IronBirds continued to pile up runs in the sixth inning. With one out, Chris Clare singled. After a Levy fly out, Ryan McKenna singled, moving Clare to third base. Clare and McKenna both scored when Juvier doubled to the outfield, and Aberdeen took a 6-0 lead. Hays followed with an infield single. Juvier scored on the play because of an errant throw to first base, which put the IronBirds up, 7-0.

The Doubledays collected a season-high ten hits, led by Daniel Johnson who singled twice and doubled once to pick up three hits in the second professional game of his career.

The Doubledays and IronBirds return to action Thursday night for game two of their three-game series at Ripken Stadium. Left-hander Tyler Watson will make his second start of the season for Auburn. Aberdeen will send left-hander Travis Seabrooke to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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