Nationals Minor League Notebook: June 7

By Michael Marzzacco

Compiled via team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped a pair of games in a doubleheader Wednesday against the Pawtucket Red Sox, falling 6-1 in game one and 3-0 in game two.

Pawtucket (27-27) grabbed the lead in the second inning of game one. Bryce Brentz singled back up the box against Greg Ross and Brian Bogusevic followed with his third home run of the season for a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Blake Swihart reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Allen Craig’s double for a 3-0 PawSox advantage.
Syracuse (17-37) scored its only run of the day in the fifth. Irving Falu broke up Henry Owens’ no-hitter with a single to start the inning, and Brandon Snyder doubled with one out to put runners on second and third. Falu would scored on a wild pitch to bring the Chiefs within 3-1.
The PawSox stretched the lead back to three in the bottom of the fifth. Rusney Castillo was hit with a Ross pitch, stole second, and moved to third on a passed ball. After a walk, Steve Selsky brought in Castillo with a single for a 4-1 edge.
Pawtucket added the final two runs in the seventh. Swihart and Craig eached walked against Dustin Antolin. Two batters later, Mike Miller singled and Castillo then doubled to plate the runs and make the score 6-1.
In game two, Edgar Olmos held the Chiefs in check. Olmos, who came in after one inning from Hector Velazquez who was removed to stay available for Boston later this week, threw five no-hit innings in relief, despite not striking out a batter.
Pawtucket struck the scoreboard against Kyle McGowin in the second inning. Bogusevic, Matt Dominguez, and Jantzen Witte all singled to start the inning, and McGowin walked Dan Butler to bring in a run. Heiker Meneses then singled to score Dominguez and push the lead to 2-0. Rusney Castillo followed by hitting into a double play, but Witte scored to make the score 3-0.
Syracuse broke up the no-hitter in game two in the seventh with Snyder’s single, but left the bases loaded when Kyle Martin struck out Andrew Stevenson to end the game.
Syracuse continues its seven-game road trip with a four-game series starting Thursday night in Rochester. A.J. Cole is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Aaron Slegers for the Red Wings. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): J.T. Brubaker tossed six scoreless innings, leading the Altoona Curve over the Harrisburg Senators in a 5-3 win on Wednesday.

Montana DuRapau struck Osvaldo Abreu out with a runner on second to end the game for his ninth save of the season.

Brubaker (3-2) picked up the win after he struck out five while allowing two hits.

Altoona started the scoring in the second inning. After hitting a single with two outs, Jordan Luplow scored on a single by Wyatt Mathisen.

After Altoona added four runs, the Senators cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Yadiel Hernandez hit an RBI single and then scored on a two-run home run by Corban Joseph.

Jaron Long (5-5) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits while striking out two in the Eastern League game.

Jose Marmolejos singled three times for the Senators.

Altoona improved to 6-3 against Harrisburg this season.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): OFF.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): Sterling Sharp allowed just three hits over six innings, leading the Hagerstown Suns over the Greensboro Grasshoppers in a 6-0 win on Wednesday.

Sharp (3-3) picked up the win after he struck out four and walked one.

In the third inning, Hagerstown took a 4-0 lead after Aldrem Corredor hit a sacrifice fly and Daniel Johnson hit a three-run home run. The Suns scored again in the fifth inning when Blake Perkins hit a two-run home run.

LJ Brewster (4-4) went five innings, allowing six runs and five hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out two and walked one. Steven Fuentes pitched three scoreless innings for his first save of the season.

The Grasshoppers were held scoreless for the third time this season, while the Suns’ staff recorded their third shutout of the year.


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