Washington Nationals Farm Report June 27: Papelbon on rehab assignment with PNats

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Trea Turner made his first career appearance in the outfield, starting in center field. (Herm Card | Syracuse Chiefs)

Syracuse (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs were blanked by the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Monday night, 5-0. Zach Collier picked up his first career Triple-A hit in the loss.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (46-32) tallied first, plating a run in the second inning off of Syracuse starter Taylor Hill. The frame began with a single from Jake Cave. Donovan Solano, the brother of Chiefs’ catcher Jhonatan Solano, then ripped a double to the left-center alley. The hit drove in Cave from first for a 1-0 lead.

Syracuse (36-40) allowed three runs in the fourth inning. Tyler Austin started the rally with a single. Hill then walked Cave to put runners aboard first and second with no outs. Solano was next up and ripped another double, this time to the right-center gap, to drive in Austin for a 2-0 lead. Following a Pete Kozma groundout, Jonathan Diaz hit a fly ball to deep right field. Collier made the catch, but the sacrifice fly plated Cave to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 3-0 advantage. Solano tagged up and moved to third on the play. Next up was Ben Gamel, who increased the RailRider lead to 4-0 by driving in Solano with a single. The hit ended Hill’s night on the mound.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tallied again in the fifth off of Syracuse reliever Aaron Laffey. Aaron Judge led off the inning with a home run to left field. The solo shot gave the RailRiders a 5-0 lead. Laffey settled in after the homer. He allowed just the one run in three and one-third innings of work.

Chad Green was excellent on the mound for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The starter threw six innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six and walking only one in the win. For Syracuse, two players made their Triple-A debut after being promoted from Double-A Harrisburg earlier in the day. Collier played in right field and went 1-for-3 with a single, while Christopher Bostick manned second base and finished 0-for-4 at the plate. Right-handed pitcher Reynaldo Lopez was also promoted but did not make an appearance in the game. Lopez is scheduled to start Thursday at Rochester.

Trea Turner made his first career appearance in the outfield in the game. Turner manned center field smoothly, catching a pair of fly balls, including one to open the game.

The Chiefs and RailRiders are back Tuesday for game two of this three-game set. Austin Voth is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Kyle Haynes for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. First pitch from NBT Bank Stadium is at 6:35.

Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): The Bowie Baysox ambushed the Harrisburg Senators, 10-1, in front of 2,368 fans at FNB Field. The Baysox outhit the Senators 13-4, while Harrisburg (41-34) also committed four errors in the loss.

Harrisburg starter Michael Brady cruised through three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Five base hits and a sacrifice fly plated four Baysox runs and ended the right-hander’s night. Brady (1-1) collared the loss in his first start for the Senators striking out two in the process.

The Harrisburg bullpen struggled to stem the tide as Bowie tacked on six runs to put the game out of reach. Relievers Robert Benincasa and John Simms had similar outings as each tossed two innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Benincasa struck out two and Simms whiffed five while walking three. Ryan Brinley worked a clean top of the ninth inning in his first appearance with Harrisburg.

The Senators got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning as Isaac Ballou launched a solo home run, his second of the season, to avoid the shutout. Ballou added a double later to go 2-for-3 on the night. Only Rafael Bautista and Andrew Stevenson, making his Class AA debut, also registered hits for the Senators as Harrisburg scuffled offensively.

Harrisburg continues their three-game set against the Baysox on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. as Phillips Valdez heads to the hill opposed by David Hess. Fans can bring any Karns receipt to the box office for buy one, get one free box seats. 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 hot start to the second half for the Potomac Nationals (38-34, 4-0) continued, as they picked up a series-opening victory over the visiting Winston-Salem Dash (31-44, 3-2) 5-1 Monday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Rain delayed the start of the game for 49 minutes, and scheduled starter RHP Erick Fedde (W, 4-3) gave way to RHP Jonathan Papelbon (ND), as rain had the Washington Nationals closer start for the P-Nats.

Papelbon, in his first rehab appearance of his career, needed just 10 pitches in a perfect first inning. The righty got CF Hunter Jones to fly out to centerfield, struck out RF Mason Robbins, and induced a groundout from 3B Gerson Montilla.

Potomac got on the board first, as 1B Jose Marmolejos had a two-out RBI single off of RHP Kelvis Valerio (L, 1-3) in the first inning. Valerio, in his second start of the season, but 19th appearance, allowed five runs over six innings. After he posted scoreless frames in the second and third, defense haunted the righty in the fourth. Marmolejos led off the inning with a ground ball to SS Danny Mendick, but Mendick’s throw pulled 1B Telvin Nash off the bag. C Raudy Read followed with what could have been a double play ball, but Mendick’s dive only knocked the ball down, as Read reached on an infield single. Two batters later, RF Drew Vettleson made it 3-1 with a two-run double, the eventual game-winning hit.

In relief of Papelbon, Fedde allowed just one run over five innings in route to the win. After Fedde got two quick outs in the second inning, Nash hit his second home run of the season, which tied the game at one. Fedde then worked a perfect third inning, got a double play that ended the fourth, stranded men at the corners in the fifth, and induced another double play, which ended the sixth and his night.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Potomac put the game out of reach. With Valerio past his season high of 60 pitches, LF Alec Keller hit a two-run home run, his second home run of the season. Keller leads the team with 41 RBIs.

Following Fedde out of the bullpen, RHP Wirkin Estevez and RHP Tommy Peterson combined for three shutout innings. Estevez allowed two hits and walked a pair over two frames, while Peterson labored through a 27 pitch ninth, though he only allowed one man to reach base.

In the win, Marmolejos extended his hit streak to 10 games, while the top seven hitters in Potomac’s order each had at least one hit. In his debut for Potomac, CF Victor Robles had two hits and made multiple ranging catches in the outfield. Also in his P-Nats debut, 2B Max Schrock had a pair of hits.

At 4-0, Potomac remains the only unbeaten team in the Carolina League in the second half. They look to win their sixth consecutive game overall Tuesday night as they host the Dash once again at Pfitzner Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:05pm, as LHP Matthew Crownover (0-2, 5.85) is set for his fifth start with Potomac. Opposite Crownover, RHP Jordan Stephens (3-7. 3.86) is scheduled to start for the Dash. The righty is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts vs. the P-Nats this season.

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): The Hagerstown Suns fell to the Lakewood Blue Claws 6-5 on Monday night at Municipal Stadium. The loss dropped the Suns record to 47-28. They were unable to hold onto a 4-1 lead as the Blue Claws put together a four run eighth inning rally.

Hagertown jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a home run by Telmito Agustin on a fly ball to center field in the bottom of the third. After Lakewood got their first run on the board in the top of the fourth, Hagerstown answered right back in the bottom frame as Matthew Page hit a sacrifice fly to score Grant DeBruin. In the fifth, an RBI double by Edwin Lora put the Suns up 4-1.

Trailing 6-4 into the bottom of the ninth, Ian Sagdal got an RBI single to score Jakson Reelz with one out but that was all Hagerstown could muster as they fell 6-5.

Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays lost the final game of a three-game home series against the Williamsport Crosscutters, 5-0, at Falcon Park on Monday evening. Williamsport starting pitcher Adonis Medina came two outs away from a no-hitter in the game

Williamsport put the first runs on the board in the top of the fifth inning off Auburn starting pitcher Weston Davis. With two outs in the inning, Davis walked Arquimedes Gamboa. Luke Maglich then doubled to right field. Doubledays right fielder Nick Banks made an errant throw to the infield, which allowed Gamboa to score and Maglich to advance to third base as the Crosscutters took a 1-0 lead. Gregori Rivero followed with an RBI single to right field to score Maglich and extend Williamsport’s lead to two, 2-0.

The Crosscutters added a run in the sixth inning off of Doubledays right-hander Francys Peguero. David Martinelli led off the inning and took the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence to give Williamsport a 3-0 advantage.

In the seventh inning, Williamsport scored again with two outs. After back-to-back groundouts to begin the inning, Maglich walked. Rivero then hit a two-run home run to right field to put the Crosscutters on top, 5-0.

The Doubledays return to action Tuesday night with the beginning of a three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. This will be the second series between Auburn and Mahoning Valley this season with the Doubledays winning two out of three games during the first three-game set. First pitch of Tuesday’s game is set for 7:05 p.m. with right-hander Carlos Acevedo on the mound for the Doubledays against Scrappers right-hander Triston McKenzie.

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