Washington Nationals Farm Report June 26

Courtesy of the Potomac Nationals

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs topped the Toledo Mud Hens, 8-1, on Sunday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin both tallied three hits, with Turner homering and Goodwin driving in four runs.

Syracuse (36-39) jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning off Toledo starter Buck Farmer. Turner led off the inning with his fifth home run of the year estimated at 411 feet for a 1-0 Chiefs lead.

The Chiefs crossed the plate again in the third, again thanks to Turner.  The shortstop doubled down the third-base line and scored on the play after Tyler Collins misplayed the ball in left field for an error. The oddly generated run gave Syracuse a 2-0 lead.

Toledo (32-43) answered back in the top of the fifth off Chiefs starter A.J. Cole. Jordany Valdespin led off with a line-drive triple to left field and scored in the ensuing at-bat on a groundout. Cole then struck out the following two batters, to end the frame with Syracuse leading 2-1.

Cole was stellar on the afternoon, allowing just one run over seven innings. The right-hander tied his season high with eight strikeouts and only walked one batter.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Chiefs tacked on another run. Caleb Ramsey led off with an opposite field single and moved to second on a Jose Lozada sacrifice bunt.  After Turner grounded out, Steve Lombardozzi walked, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Brian Goodwin then hit a hard line drive off the glove of the second baseman Tyler Bortnick and into right field. The single brought home Ramsey to put the Chiefs up 3-1.

Syracuse blew the game open two innings later. Turner and Lombardozzi led off the seventh inning with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second. Mud Hens Manager Lloyd McClendon then brought left-handed pitcher Blaine Hardy on in relief of Angel Nesbitt to face lefties Goodwin and Matt Skole. However, the two left-handed batters met Hardy with consecutive singles of their own, scoring both Turner and Lombardozzi for a 5-1 lead. Preston Guilmet then came on in relief of Hardy, and walked Pedro Severino to load the bases with no outs. After Matt den Dekker grounded into force out at home plate, Jason Martinson hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Skole to give the Chiefs a 6-1 lead.

Goodwin capped off the Chiefs scoring in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Turner walked, and then Lombardozzi hit a groundball to short. Dixon Machado got the lead runner at second, but Bortnick’s throw to first pulled Valdespin off the bag extending the inning.  Goodwin capitalized in the next at-bat, hitting a long home run to right field to give the Chiefs the final 8-1 advantage.

Syracuse returns to action Monday night for the first of a three-game set against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Taylor Hill is scheduled to pitch for the Chiefs opposite of Chad Green for the RailRiders. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.

Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): Tyler Mapes capped off a weekend of fine starting pitching by the Harrisburg Senators by throwing a complete game gem in a 3-1 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on a sunny afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

With the win, the Senators (41-33) have reached a season-high eight games over .500 as they remain packed among three-team cluster atop the Eastern League Western Division.

Mapes made it 24 innings by Harrisburg’s starting pitchers this weekend without allowing an earned run by throwing his second complete game in his last three starts. Greg Ross threw seven scoreless on Friday night, followed by Reynaldo Lopez‘s eight shutout frames on Saturday before Mapes’ outstanding effort Sunday

Just removed from his worst start of the season in Portland on Tuesday, Mapes scattered eight hits and struck out four to earn his seventh win of the season. New Hampshire was able to score an unearned run in the ninth when the leadoff man reached on an error and later scored when Harrisburg just missed completing a game-ending double play.

With the tying run on first base, Mapes induced a groundout to second base on his 111th pitch to end the game.

Again, the Senators scored early but did not add much to the total as the day progressed. Neftali Soto doubled to start the second inning, and after back-to-back one-out walks, the bases were loaded. In his first game with the Senators this season, catcher Nick Rickles scored the first run with an RBI groundout.

Wilmer Difo singled with one out in the third inning, and then stole second base as Isaac Ballou struck out for the second out. Soto followed by hitting a double for a second consecutive inning to score Difo and put Harrisburg on top, 2-0. Soto finished 3-for-4 on the day and is hitting .368 in the month of June.

Harrisburg went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position through eight innings, but in the ninth Adrian Sanchez doubled with two outs, and Rafael Bautista followed with a double of his own to make it 3-0, Senators.

Sanchez’s double was his team-high 13th of the day, as he also tripled in Sunday’s game.

The Senators return home for a three-game series against the Bowie Baysox, beginning Monday night at 7:00 p.m. Lucas Giolito will face off against Bowie’s Brandon Barker in the series opener. 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 (High-A Carolina League): The opening series to the second half could not have gone any better for the Potomac Nationals (37-34, 3-0), as they picked up a series sweep over the first half Northern Division champion Lynchburg Hillcats (45-28, 0-3) Sunday afternoon with a 7-1 wire-to-wire win. The P-Nats scored seven runs over the first four innings, as RHP Luis Reyes (W 4-7) had his best start of the season. Reyes allowed just one run over six innings in route to the victory.

With LHP Mitch Brown (L, 2-6) on the hill, Potomac scored in each of the first four innings. 1B Jose Marmolejos had an RBI single three batters into the game and then scored on an RBI bunt single byRF Drew Vettleson later in the inning. Potomac led 2-0 after half an inning.

The P-Nats continued the offensive onslaught in the second, as Brown hit 3B David Masters with a pitch to open the inning. CF Andrew Stevenson followed with an RBI triple, and Stevenson scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by SS Osvaldo Abreu. Abreu’s 27th RBI of the season made it 4-0 Potomac in the second.

Potomac scored on an RBI double by C Matt Reistetter in the third inning, and scored two more on a two-run single by Marmolejos in the fourth. The P-Nats led 7-0 after 3.5 innings. Brown allowed seven runs, all earned, on eight hits over four innings. The lefty has now allowed 15 earned runs in 12.2 innings over his three starts vs. Potomac.

Reyes cruised through much of his outing, as the righty faced just one over the minimum over the first three innings. With one out in the fourth, DH Anthony Santander singled. A double by 1B Bobby Bradley put men on second and third base, while a sacrifice fly by SS Yu-Cheng Chang plated Lynchburg’s only run. Reyes struck out two and walked just two over six innings. It was the first time in five starts that the righty gave up fewer than four earned runs.

Out of the bullpen, LHP Justin Thomas (SV, 1) picked up a three-inning save. Thomas retired nine of the 10 men that he faced, as only a single by LF David Armendariz spoiled a perfect outing. For the Hillcats, RHP Justin Garcia and RHP Jordan Milbrath combined for five one-hit shutout innings.

With the sweep, Potomac sits at a league best 3-0 and the only undefeated team in the Carolina League in the second half. In the victory, Marmolejos had three RBIs while Stevenson scored three runs. Marmolejos’ first inning single ran his hit streak to nine games. Potomac held the league’s top offense to just seven runs over the three-game sweep.

Looking for their fifth consecutive win, the P-Nats return home to face off with the Winston-Salem Dash. Monday night, RHP Erick Fedde (3-3, 4.78) is set to take the ball for Potomac. The righty has allowed just one total earned run over his last three starts and is 2-0 in his two outings vs. the Dash. For Winston-Salem, RHP Kelvis Valerio (1-2, 3.31) will make just his second start of the season, his 19thappearance. The righty has pitched twice out of the bullpen vs. Potomac in 2016. First pitch is set for 7:05pm at Pfitzner Stadium.

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.


Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic): @ Lexington W 12-9

Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays won their second straight game with a 3-1 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Sunday evening from Falcon Park. The Doubledays scored a run in the first inning for the fourth straight game.

The Doubledays scored in the bottom of the first inning tonight off Crosscutters left-hander Bailey Falter. With one out, Falter hit Daniel Johnson with a pitch. Sheldon Neuse then walked to put runners on first and second base with one out. Two batters later, Nick Banks grounded a ball to first base. Williamsport first baseman Darick Hall misplayed the ball as Banks reached first base and Johnson scored from second to give Auburn a 1-0 lead.

Auburn scored two more times in the second inning. Luis Vilorio and Clayton Brandt led off with back-to-back singles. Dalton Dulin reached base on a fielder’s choice in which Vilorio advanced to third base, Brandt was out at second, and Dulin reached first. Vilorio scored on an RBI single from Perkins as Dulin moved to third base, and the Doubledays took a 2-0 advantage. Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to bring Dulin home from third base as Auburn led 3-0.

Williamsport’s lone run came in the sixth inning off Auburn right-hander Russell Harmening. With two outs, Lucas Williams doubled. Harmening then walked Hall to put runners on first and second with two outs. Luis Encarnacion followed with a single to left field, which scored Williams to trim the Doubledays lead to two, 3-1.

Doubledays starting pitcher Yonathan Ramirez picked up his second win of the season. Ramirez pitched five innings of scoreless baseball while only allowing three hits.

The Doubledays and Crosscutters play the final game of a three-game series Monday Night. Right-hander Weston Davis will pitch for Auburn, while right-hander Adonis Medina will take the mound for Williamsport. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. from Falcon Park. General Admission tickets are one dollar as part of “Fan Fare Monday” at Falcon Park.


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