Nationals Minor League Notebook: May 18

Hagerstown Suns

By Michael Marzzacco

From the wires:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the final game of a four-game series to the Buffalo Bisons, 4-3, Thursday night at Coca-Cola Field. After the Chiefs tied the game in the top of the eighth, Roemon Fields singled home the eventual game-winning run, giving the Bisons a third win in the series in their final at-bat.

Buffalo (21-17) got on the board with two two-out runs against Greg Ross in the first. Rowdy Tellez singled with two down and Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked. Jason Leblebijian then tripled down the right-field line, scoring both runners for a 2-0 Buffalo lead.
Syracuse (13-23) would crack the scoreboard in the sixth. Brandon Snyder hit a solo home run off Bisons reliever Jeff Beliveau over the left-field fence. Snyder’s eighth homer of the season cut the deficit to one.
Buffalo nearly added another run in the bottom of the sixth, but Ross got out of a bases-loaded jam to end his strong start. Ross allowed just five hits in six innings in a quality start.
The Bisons added a run in the seventh. Fields and Jake Elmore each singled against Cody Satterwhite. After a groundout moved the runners to second and third, Fields scored on a passed ball on Pedro Severino to give Buffalo a 3-1 edge.
The Chiefs tied the game with two runs in the top of the eighth. Andrew Stevenson walked with one out against Matt Dermody. Snyder and Clint Robinson each singled to load the bases. Severino then hit a ground ball to second base that Leblebijian bobbled at second, allowing Stevenson to score on the error. Corban Joseph then grounded out to second to score Snyder and tie the game.
As it was in the first two games of the series, the bottom of the eighth was pivotal again for the Bisons. Christian Lopes walked with one out and moved to second on a bunt. He scored on Fields’ second hit of the game, a single up the middle to give the Bisons a 4-3 lead.
Syracuse returns home to open a three-game weekend series with the first-place Lehigh Valley IronPigs Friday night at 6:35 p.m. Austin Voth is scheduled for the start for the Chiefs opposite Jake Thompson for the IronPigs.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Erick Salcedo hit a grand slam in the second inning, leading the Bowie Baysox to a 9-2 win over the Harrisburg Senators on Thursday.

The grand slam by Salcedo scored Aderlin Rodriguez, Yermin Mercedes, and Randolph Gassaway to give the Baysox a 4-0 lead.

The Baysox later added two runs in the third and three in the seventh to punctuate the blowout.

Jason Garcia (3-1) got the win with four innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Harrisburg starter Derek Eitel (0-1) took the loss in the Eastern League game.

For the Senators, Yadiel Hernandez homered and singled twice.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The series finale between the Potomac Nationals (19-20) and Wilmington Blue. Rocks (19-21) has been suspended due to rain. The game was suspended in the top of the fourth inning with one out and Wilmington ahead 1-0.

Wilmington does not visit the P-Nats in Woodbridge again in the first half, and thus the two teams will make up the game at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington during the scheduled four-game series set for 5/26-5/29.

The P-Nats will head to Lynchburg on Friday, where the teams will begin a four-game series. The battle between Potomac and the Hillcats is set to get underway at 6:30pm at Calvin Falwell Field.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): Aldrem Corredor drove in a career-high five runs and Blake Perkins matched his personal-best with four runs scored as the Hagerstown Suns (24-15) won an 11-8 slugfest against the Lakewood BlueClaws (22-18) on Thursday night at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns tallied 10 extra-base hits, setting a new record by a BlueClaws opponent in their 17-year history as a franchise. Corredor finished 4-for-5 at the plate with three doubles and a triple. The 21-year-old Venezuelan designated hitter is the first South Atlantic League batter to swat four extra-base hits in one game against Lakewood.

Hagerstown left fielder Oliver Ortiz opened the scoring with his first homer of the year, a solo blast, in the bottom of the second. Anderson Franco added a two-run shot in the third before Corredor’s RBI double in the fifth gave the Suns a 9-0 advantage.

Lakewood rallied back with six runs in the sixth and plated two more in the seventh to put pressure on the Suns, 10-8, before Perkins and Corredor added insurance with back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the sixth.

Jordan Mills (Save, 3) entered from the pen to record the final eight outs for Hagerstown with just one hit allowed.

Tyler Watson (Win, 3-2) picked up his third victory in a row for the Suns, thanks to early run support. The 19-year-old Nationals prospect allowed four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Reliever Mick VanVossen inherited a bases-loaded situation in the sixth and allowed all three base runners to score on a double down the right field line by Lakewood left fielder Carlos Duran.

Hagerstown pitchers held Lakewood to 4-for-22 at the plate with runners in scoring position and matched a season-high by stranding 12 BlueClaws on base.

The Suns now lead the SAL Northern Division by two games over the Greensboro Grasshoppers (22-17). Lakewood fell to third place, 2 1/2 games behind Hagerstown, entering Friday’s rematch at 7:05 p.m. Right-handed starter Sterling Sharp (1-2, 4.55) takes his screwball-changeup hybrid to the mound against Lakewood righty Adonis Medina (1-2, 2.03).


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