Nationals Minor League Notebook: May 4

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Photo: @HagerstownSuns

By Michael Marzzacco

Compiled via team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): Tonight’s scheduled game between the Syracuse Chiefs and Pawtucket Red Sox has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:05 p.m. Gates will open for the doubleheader at 4:30 p.m.

Syracuse next begins a three-game series Friday night with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at 6:35 p.m. The Chiefs will return home Monday for a seven-game homestand, beginning Monday night at 6:35 p.m. against Buffalo.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): Neftali Soto hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, leading the Harrisburg Senators to a 6-2 win over the Hartford Yard Goats on Thursday. The home run by Soto started the scoring in a four-run inning and gave the Senators a 4-2 lead. Later in the inning, Yadiel Hernandez hit an RBI double and Mario Lisson hit a sacrifice fly.

Ryan Brinley (1-1) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while D.J. Johnson (0-1) took the loss in the Eastern League game.

With the win, Harrisburg improved to 5-2 against Hartford this season.

Oh and the Hershey Bears had some fun at the park:

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Thursday night’s series opener between the Potomac Nationals (14-11) and Lynchburg Hillcats (12-12) has been postponed due to rain. The team’s will play Friday night’s game as scheduled, and then play a doubleheader on Saturday. The doubleheader will start at 5:30pm at Pfitzner Stadium.

The P-Nats and Hillcats officially begin the series Friday night. First pitch from Pfitzner Stadium is set for 7:05pm.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League):

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Photo: @HagerstownSuns

As rain poured down on Municipal Stadium with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Aldrem Corredor sliced a fly ball over Rome left fielder Anthony Contreras, who went sliding through the wet grass, and Jake Noll scored the winning run from third in a 3-2 victory for the Hagerstown Suns (17-10) on Thursday.

Corredor’s RBI single capped off the fifth walk-off win by the Suns in 16 home games this season.

Rain started soaking the diamond in downtown Hagerstown during the third inning. The Rome Braves (17-10) held a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth and summoned closer Brandon White (Blown Save, 1), hoping the game might be called after six complete innings, but the Suns kept it going with a game-tying sac fly RBI by Noll that scored Daniel Johnson .

Suns reliever Mick VanVossen tossed his first scoreless outing of the season with three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. He was pulled for relief ace Jordan Mills (Win, 4-0) with two on and one out in the top of the ninth and Mills struck out two Braves to preserve the 2-2 tie.

Hagerstown rallied in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff single by Noll, who moved to second on a bunt single by Nick Banks , and then stole third before Corredor brought him home to end the ballgame.

Tres Barrera tallied the only extra-base hit of the game for Hagerstown on a line shot into left field for an RBI double that scored Anderson Franco in the second inning.

Suns starter James Bourque took a no-decision after wiggling out of multiple jams. He allowed one Rome run with the bases loaded in the second before Concepcion committed interference on a slide into Noll at second base, forcing infield umpire Reed Basner to call a double play that retired the side.

Rome scored another run with the bases loaded against Bourque in the third, but when a wild pitch evaded Barrera behind the plate, Marcus Mooney tried to steal home and the Suns executed a 2-1-3-2 play at the plate to end the inning with Rome settling for a 2-1 lead.

The Suns completed their fifth comeback win of the season to maintain their one-a-half-game lead over the Lakewood BlueClaws (16-12) for first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division. Hagerstown will make its only trip to Rome next Wednesday for three more games against the defending SAL champions.

This Friday, the Suns continue their weeklong homestand with the first of four games against the Hickory Crawdads (10-17). Suns right-handed starter Carlos Pena (1-1, 9.37) goes the mound at 7:05 p.m. against fellow righty Edgar Arredondo (0-2, 6.91) for the last-place team in the SAL Southern Division.

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