Nationals Minor League Notebook: May 30

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Photo: @KevinGehlSuns

By Michael Marzzacco

Compiled via team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): Tuesday night’s game between the Syracuse Chiefs and Charlotte Knights has been postponed due to poor field conditions and weather-related concerns. The two teams will make the game up as part of a Wednesday-evening doubleheader, scheduled to begin at 5:05 p.m.

“We feel it is best to postpone this game for the safety of both teams’ players”, said Chiefs general manager Jason Smorol. “Based on the unusual amount of recent rain, with more rain scheduled for later today, our field is currently soft as it has taken more rain than expected. We look forward to a great start to this exciting homestand on Wednesday night.”
Chiefs RHP Austin Voth is expected to start game one on Wednesday against Knights right-hander and 2016 Chiefs starter Lucas Giolito. The starting pitchers for game two have yet to be announced.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): The Senators game scheduled for tonight against New Hampshire has been postponed due to weather. The game tonight will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 31st beginning at 5:30 p.m. The doubleheader will consist of two seven-inning games with a 30-minute break between games.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): OFF.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): Aldrem Corredor and Jake Noll broke a scoreless tie with RBIs in the bottom of the eighth before Angelo La Bruna saved the day with a diving play for the final out as the Suns (31-20) held on for a 3-1 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds (20-29) on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium.

Hagerstown starter Tyler Watson and reliever Hayden Howard (Win, 3-0) combined to allow just three base hits and held the ‘Birds hitless for the final seven innings.

Delmarva scored in the top of the ninth when right fielder Jake Ring came home from second on a throwing error. The Shorebirds placed the tying run at second base with one out, but Nick Banks snagged a lineout in right field and La Bruna dove deep in the hole at shortstop before firing a strike to Corredor at first base for a dazzling game-ending groundout.

La Bruna led off the Hagerstown rally in the bottom of the eighth with a double to the wall in right field. Blake Perkins followed with his first sacrifice bunt of the season and Corredor plated La Bruna with an RBI single. Two batters later, Noll tallied his team-leading 28th RBI this season on a two-run single to left.

Hagerstown bats started slowly against Matthias Dietz, who tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings and held the Suns to just two base hits before Matt Trowbridge (Loss, 0-2) allowed three runs on three hits in just one inning of relief.

Noll led with two RBIs as the Suns managed five base hits; it was just the sixth time this year Hagerstown’s league-leading offense tallied five hits or less.

The rubber match of this three-game series begins Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. when right-handed pitcher A.J. Bogucki (0-0, 4.15) makes his second start for the Suns against fellow righty Jhon Peluffo (3-1, 1.91) for Delmarva.

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