Washington Nationals Minor League Notebook August 29

By Michael Marzzacco

Chiefs, Senators and Doubledays were all in action while the Suns and PNats had the day off.

Compiled via team press releases:

Syracuse (AAA International League):

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Matt Skole launched his team-high 22nd home run in the Chiefs’ NBT Bank Stadium finale. (Herm Card | Syracuse Chiefs)

The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Pawtucket Red Sox, 9-3, Monday night in the final game of the year at NBT Bank Stadium. Matt Skole hit a two-run home run in the loss. Ryan LaMarre went 3 for 4 with three runs and an RBI.

Pawtucket (71-64) opened the scoring in the top of the first against Syracuse’s starter Taylor Hill. With one out, Ryan LaMarre hit an infield single to second base. LaMarre then stole second. The steal was LaMarre’s 16th on the year. Christian Vasquez followed with a single to left field, advancing LaMarre to third. In the ensuing at-bat, Chris Marrero hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring LaMarre to give Pawtucket a 1-0 lead.

The PawSox scored again in the fourth. With two outs, Chris Dominguez hit an infield single to shortstop. Deven Marrero followed with a base hit to left field, putting runners on first and third. Mike Miller hit a third consecutive single in the next at-bat, this time to center field to score Dominguez and put the PawSox up 2-0.

Pawtucket crossed the plate twice more in the fifth. The first two batters of the inning, LaMarre and Vasquez, were hit by pitches. Chris Marrero followed with a line-drive single to left field, scoring LaMarre, while moving Vasquez to third. With no outs, Bryce Brentz then grounded into a double play, scoring Vasquez to give the PawSox a 4-0 advantage.

Syracuse (59-77) rallied in the bottom of the seventh. Matt Skole opened the inning with a double down the right-field line against Pawtucket’s starter Sean O’Sullivan. Following a pop out, Matt den Dekker walked and Jason Martinson singled to left field, loading the bases. The single brought an end to the night for O’Sullivan, who finished after throwing six and one-third innings, striking out five without allowing a run. Southpaw Robby Scott entered in relief for the PawSox. With the bases loaded and one out, Scott struck out Zach Collier and forced Christopher Bostick to line out to left field, ending the threat.

Billy Gardner’s bunch got on the board for the first time in the eighth inning. With one out, Brian Goodwin worked a walk against Scott and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Neftali Soto followed with a single to right field, scoring Goodwin. In the ensuing at-bat, Skole hit a two-run home run to right-center field, cutting the lead to 4-3. Scott exited after the home run in favor of Noe Ramirez, who completed the inning unscathed.

The PawSox answered back in the ninth against Chiefs closer Rafael Martin. Pawtucket scored five runs on six hits to take a 9-3 lead. Pawtucket batted around in the inning. Ramirez then pitched a scoreless ninth inning, sealing the win for the PawSox.

Syracuse returns to action again Tuesday evening for the first of an abbreviated two-game series in Rochester. Paolo Espino is scheduled to pitch for the Chiefs against David Hurlbut for the Red Wings. Time of the game is set for 7:05 p.m.

Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): On Monday night in Bowie, the Senators trailed 7-1 into the ninth, rallied to score five runs, but fell short in a 7-6 loss to Bowie. The Sens loss, coupled with Akron’s 4-2 over Erie, means the Senators are now 2 ½ games behind Akron with eight games to go.

Trailing 7-1 into the ninth, the Senators sent 10 batters to the plate and had RBIs from Adrian Sanchez, Nick Rickles, Rafael Bautista and a two-run two-out single by Wilmer Difo. Kevin Keyes, a hero twice last week, bounced out with two outs and two on to end the game.

The Senators scored first on an RBI single by Keyes in the first giving the Senators a 1-0 lead for starter Tyler Mapes. Bowie though scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings off Mapes. Leading 3-1 into the seventh, Bowie scored four times off Derek Self including a three-run home run by Quincy Latimore.

Bautista and Isaac Ballou both had two hits in the game for the Senators.

Game two of the series is Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. with RH Phillips Valdez on the mound for the Senators.

Auburn (Short Season-A New York Penn League): The Auburn Doubledays, Single-A Short Season affiliate of the Washington Nationals, beat the Brooklyn Cyclones, 4-3, on Monday night from Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Second baseman Dalton Dulin had a hit and two RBIs for the Doubledays in the win.

The Doubledays (27-40) struck first in the top of the second inning. With one out, Tres Barrera singled to left field. Paul Panaccione followed with a double to right-center field that scored Barrera to give the Doubledays a 1-0 lead.

Auburn extended its lead in the top of the third inning. With one out, a pitch hit Daniel Johnson. Dulin followed with a triple to right-center field that scored Johnson to put the Doubledays up by two, 2-0. Nick Banks followed with a sacrifice fly out to center field, scoring Dulin to extend the Auburn advantage to three, 3-0.

Brooklyn (34-35) scored its first run in the bottom of the third inning. With one out and nobody on base, Michael Paez homered to left field to cut the Auburn lead to two, 3-1.

The Doubledays responded in the fifth inning. With one out, Clayton Brandt singled. Johnson followed with a single to put runners on first and third base. Dulin then hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Brandt to make the Doubledays’ lead three, 4-1.

The Cyclones once again cut into the Doubledays’ lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Anthony Dimino reached on a bunt single. Gene Cone then doubled down the right-field line, scoring Dimino to make it a 4-2 ballgame.

Brooklyn got another run with one swing of the bat in the eighth inning. With one out, Blake Tiberi hammered a ball over the right-center-field wall to cut Auburn’s lead to one, 4-3.

The Doubledays and the Cyclones meet on Tuesday night for the second game of a three-game series. Left-hander Yonathan Ramirez will pitch for Aubrn, while right-hander Justin Dunn will take the bump for Brooklyn. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.

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