Nationals Minor League Report: July 7

Photo: Nats top prospect (#5 in MLB) Victor Robles’ bag for the Futures Game. His card is his luggage tag (@MLBPipeline)

By Michael Marzzacco

Friday night down on the farm.

Compiled via team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the opening game of a three-game series to the Rochester Red Wings, 9-3, Friday night at Frontier Field. Rochester scored eight runs in the third inning on eight hits on the way to the win. Syracuse’s bullpen was excellent though, retiring 15 Red Wings in a row at one point between the third and eighth innings. Emmanuel Burriss drove in all three of the Chiefs’ runs in the game.

Rochester (47-39) started the scoring against A.J. Cole in the first inning. Niko Goodrum led off the game with a single. Two batters later, Tommy Field singled and then Matt Hague’s single drove in Goodrum for a 1-0 Red Wings lead.
Syracuse (32-53) took the lead momentarily thanks to a two-run second. After Red Wings’ starter David Hurlbut retired the first two batters of the inning, Jhonatan Solano singled, Caleb Ramsey doubled, and Burriss singled to drive in both runs and give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead.
The Red Wings broke the game open in the third though, sending 11 batters to the plate with eight reaching on five singles, a double and two home runs. Mitch Garver and Field each singled and then after a fly out, ByungHo Park doubled down the left-field line, bringing in both runners and giving Rochester the lead back at 3-2. From there after a groundout, Ryan Strausborger singled in Park, Bengie Gonzalez singled, and Engelb Vielma singled in Strausborger, pushing the score to 5-2. Goodrum followed with a three-run home run off Cole to break the game open at 8-2. Cody Satterwhite came out of the bullpen and surrendered a home run to Garver to extend the lead to 9-2.
Satterwhite would retire the next ten batters he faced, as part of the stretch where the Chiefs bullpen retired 15 batters in a row.
The Chiefs added another run in the ninth against John Curtiss. Solano doubled to open the inning, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on Burriss’ single to left to make the score 9-3.
The Chiefs and Red Wings play the second game of the three-game series Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Erick Fedde is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Aaron Slegers for Rochester.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): Kody Eaves homered and had two hits, and Artie Lewicki allowed just four hits over six innings as the Erie SeaWolves topped the Harrisburg Senators 4-1 on Friday.

Lewicki (7-3) allowed one run while striking out five and walking one to get the win.

Harrisburg started the scoring in the first inning. After reaching base on a walk, Darian Sandford stole second, went to third on a groundout, and then scored on a groundout.

The SeaWolves took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth inning. Steven Moya and Eaves hit solo home runs en route to the one-run lead.

The SeaWolves later tacked on a run in both the sixth and ninth innings. In the sixth, Miguel Gonzalez hit an RBI double, while Logan Watkins scored on an error in the ninth.

Matt Crownover (0-4) went six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits in the Eastern League game. He also struck out two and walked three. Jairo Labourt struck out the side for his fourth save of the season.

Erie improved to 8-3 against Harrisburg this season.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): For the third consecutive night, rain played a factor at Pfitzner Stadium. After two consecutive rainouts, the Potomac Nationals (38-45, 5-9) endured a 36-minute rain delay in the middle of the third inning, completed the game, but fell 6-1 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (46-40, 7-9). The Blue Rocks tallied two home runs off of RHP Luis Reyes (L, 5-9), which proved to be more than enough in the victory.

2B D.J. Burt led off the series opener with a single, and after Reyes retired two straight batters, 1B Chris DeVito made it 2-0 Wilmington with a two-out, two-run home run. Reyes escaped further damage, as he stranded two men in scoring position in the frame.

After the rain delay, Potomac pulled within one run, but left the bases loaded, and never came closer in the loss. DH Austin Davidson doubled with one out against RHP Scott Blewett (ND), and 3B Dan Gamache plated Potomac’s lone run with an RBI single. Another base hit and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, but LF Dale Carey struck out looking and left the bases full.

The Blue Rocks built the lead back to two runs in the fourth inning, as DH Roman Collins tallied a solo home run off of Reyes. The right-handed starter for Potomac allowed three runs, all earned, over five innings in his first start in more than a week.

Following a scoreless inning from both RHP Tyler Skulina and RHP Nolan SanburnRHP Ronald Pena gave up the final three runs of the night. Pena hit the first man that he faced in the eighth inning and followed that with a walk. Collins made it 4-1 Wilmington with an RBI single, while SS Jecksson Flores made it 5-1 with an RBI groundout. In the top of the ninth inning, Pena loaded the bases with one out, and SS Carlos Diaz wrapped up the scoring with a sacrifice fly, which made it 6-1.

LHP Matt Tenuta (W, 2-1) relieved Blewett after three innings. The left-handed reliever allowed just one hit and struck out five over 3.1 innings. LHP Luis Rico (SV, 1) recorded the final two outs in the seventh frame, worked around an error in the eighth inning, and stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Potomac finished the night just 1-9 with RISP and left 14 men on base.

Off of the series-opening loss, Potomac is set to start LHP Grant Borne (3-3, 2.14). Borne made his first four outings of the season for Potomac vs. the Blue Rocks, all out of the bullpen, but has not pitched against the Blue Rocks since 5/18. RHP Jared Ruxer (4-2, 2.86) will try to extend Wilmington’s win streak to four games. Ruxer gave up just one run over seven innings in his last start, a no-decision against the Salem Red Sox.

First pitch is set for 6:35pm Saturday night. The Potomac broadcast will get underway at 6:20pm with the P-Nats Leadoff Show. You can listen to the Potomac broadcast at or on the TuneIn Radio App.

Saturday night is a premium giveaway night, and this is one fans won’t want to miss! The first 1,250 fans through the gates will take home an Ode to Tommy John Surgery Elbow Statue, courtesy of Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic. The figurine pays homage to the surgery with a removable ulnar collateral ligament. Saturday is also How the Grinch Stole Halfway to Christmas Night, celebrating 60 years of the classic Dr. Seuss book. The night will cast a Whoville-esque winter wonderland on The Pfitz while infusing the Grinch’s proclivities (that would make Dr. Seuss proud).

The series against the Blue Rocks continues with Kids Day Sunday! The first 250 kids 12 and under will eat free, presented by Little Caesars.

The homestand concludes with Summer Camp Day! Area camps will head to The Pfitz to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of baseball. There will also be water balloons being tossed into the crowd.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): Yosmer Solorzano pitched a complete game and Jake Burger had three hits and scored two runs, as the Kannapolis Intimidators topped the Hagerstown Suns 7-5 on Friday.

Solorzano (3-7) picked up the win after he allowed five runs and eight hits over seven innings. He also struck out three and walked two.

Down 3-0 in the third, Hagerstown took the lead when it scored five runs, including two-run home runs by Telmito Agustin and Jake Noll.

After Kannapolis added a run in the fourth when Zach Remillard scored on an error, the Intimidators took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth inning. Casey Schroeder drove in two runs and Remillard drove in one en route to the two-run lead.

Tyler Watson (5-3) went five innings, allowing seven runs and 10 hits while striking out three in the South Atlantic League game.

For the Suns, Agustin homered and doubled, driving in two runs.

Kannapolis improved to 6-1 against Hagerstown this season.


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