Wow time flies. I’ve been keeping up with this stuff for about two years now. Anyway without further ado, here’s your daily Nats Minor League notes from down on the farm.
Compiled via team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs bashed four home runs against Carson Fulmer, and beat the Charlotte Knights, 6-2, Tuesday night to open a seven-game road trip. Clint Robinson posted his second two home run game of the season. Greg Ross was also excellent on the mound for the Chiefs, throwing seven innings of one-run ball.
Syracuse (14-26) scored its first two runs in the first inning. With one out, Adrian Sanchez hit a fly ball down the right-field line which hit off the glove of Cody Asche for a three-base error. Two batters later, Robinson hit a line drive over the left-field fence for his sixth home run of the season. Both first-inning runs were unearned.
The Chiefs added a third run on Brandon Snyder‘s ninth home run of the season. The third-inning blast made the score 3-0.
The home-run ball helped break the game open for the Chiefs in the sixth. Snyder singled ahead of Robinson’s second home run of the game, another line drive over the left-field fence. Robinson’s seventh blast of the season extended the lead to 5-0. Pedro Severino then followed with his second home run of the year, crushed off the scoreboard in left-center field. The Chiefs second set of back-to-back home runs this year pushed the lead to 6-0.
Charlotte (22-21) finally scratched the scoreboard against Ross in the seventh. Ryan Raburn singled with one out and moved to third on Asche’s single. Adam Engel then hit a ground ball to short. Adrian Sanchez got an out at second, but it was hit too slowly to turn two, allowing Raburn to score to cut the lead to 6-1.
Ross threw a season-high seven innings in an outstanding effort, allowing just the run on five hits, with two walks (none after the first inning) and four strikeouts.
The Knights added one additional run in the ninth against Rafael Martin. Nicky Delmonico hit a fly ball into the left-field corner. Rafael Bautista slipped in left, and Delmonico was able to score on an inside-the-park home run. Bautista was forced to leave the game with an apparent injury. The Knights would put two more on base, but Martin got out of the jam to end the game, with the tying run left on-deck.
The Chiefs and Knights return to BB&T Ballpark Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Austin Voth is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite former Chief Lucas Giolito for Charlotte.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): A.J. Simcox hit a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning, as the Erie SeaWolves defeated the Harrisburg Senators 2-1 on Tuesday.
Ross Kivett scored the game-winning run after he entered the game as a pinch runner on second base and advanced to third on a flyout.
The Senators tied the game 1-1 in the top of the ninth when Alec Keller hit an RBI single, scoring Yadiel Hernandez.
Erie starter Myles Jaye struck out 11 and walked two while allowing four hits over six scoreless innings. Ruben Alaniz (1-1) got the win in relief while Ryan Brinley (2-2) took the loss in the Eastern League game.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The series opener between the Potomac Nationals (20-24) and Frederick Keys (22-22) has been postponed due to rain. The team’s will play a doubleheader on Wednesday night, which will get underway at 4:00pm.
The P-Nats and Keys officially begin the series Wednesday night. First pitch from Pfitzner Stadium is set for 4:00pm.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): Postponed. Doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 10:35 a.m.