Nationals Minor League Notebook: June 5

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Courtesy of the Syracuse Chiefs

By Michael Marzzacco

Only the Syracuse Chiefs were in action today while the rest had an off day. Here’s what happened from their game, direct from the team.

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs lost 7-0 on Monday night in a rain-shortened, seven-inning game at the Pawtucket Red Sox. The game, delayed at the beginning and end, was officially called at 10:15 p.m. after a 45-minute rain delay following the seventh inning.

Pawtucket (25-27) struck first with a three-run, two-out rally against Austin Voth in the first inning. With Ryan Court aboard after a one-out bunt single, Bryce Brentz singled to center field. Allen Craig followed by lining an 0-2 pitch into left field for a run-scoring hit. On Brandon Snyder‘s throw to the plate, both Brentz and Craig advanced an extra base, a play that proved costly with Blake Swihart up next. The PawSox’ catcher lined a one-hop single into center field, plating the pair for a 3-0 lead.

Voth pitched well over the next three innings, all of which concluded with inning-ending double plays, but ran into trouble in the fifth. With one out, Rusney Castillo singled, and two batters later, Steve Selsky launched a two-run home run through the swirling wind and over the left-field fence. The homer stretched the Sox’ lead to five runs.
Syracuse (17-35) went to the bullpen for right-hander Austin Adams in the seventh inning, when Pawtucket grabbed its final two tallies. On 27 pitches, Adams walked Jantzen Witte and Mike Miller before hitting Castillo. All three batters fouled off multiple two-strike pitches before reaching on full counts. Left-hander Matt Grace entered and struck out Court, but Selsky followed with a two-run ground-ball single to center field for the game’s final runs.
On the other side, right-hander Kyle Kendrick twirled an efficient shutout for Pawtucket. He allowed just four hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out two and hurling just 71 pitches, of which 52 were strikes.
Syracuse and Pawtucket play the middle game of a three-game set Tuesday at 7:05. Chiefs right-hander Greg Ross is set to throw against RedSox right-hander Hector Velazquez.
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