Nationals Minor League Notebook: July 22-25

After a bit of a hiatus, we’re back with your Nationals minor league updates.

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League):

Saturday: An eighth-inning rally by the Clippers saw the Chiefs fall short in a 5-4 loss on Saturday night. Former Chief Michael Martinez tallied the winning RBI on a single, marring a pair of Syracuse home runs from Andrew Stevenson and Clint Robinson.

Syracuse (34-64) started the scoring in the third inning. Michael Almanzar singled with one out off Jarrett Grube. Two batters later, Andrew Stevenson hit his second home run of the season, over the right-center field fence for a 2-0 lead.
Columbus (54-45) answered back with four in the bottom of the fourth. Ronny Rodriguez singled and Michael Martinez walked with one out. Adam Moore followed with a three-run home run off Sean O’Sullivan to give the Clippers a 3-2 lead. After a strikeout, Tyler Naquin homered to left-center to push the lead to two.
Clint Robinson brought the Chiefs back within one with a lead-off home run to right in the sixth inning. Robinson’s sixth extra-base hit of the road trip made the score 4-3. The inning continued with the Chiefs loading the bases on a Brandon Snyder single, which knocked Grube out of the game, and walks by Alejandro De Aza and Spencer Kieboom against Shawn Armstrong. After a forceout at the plate, Emmanuel Burriss grounded out to third, enough to score De Aza and tie the game at four. Stevenson would ground out to second to end the rally, with the Chiefs stranding two.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth. Richie Shaffer walked and Yandy Diaz singled to start the inning against Sammy Solis. After a Ronny Rodriguez sacrifice bunt, Martinez dumped a single into right-center field to score pinch-runner Jordan Smith and give the Clippers a 5-4 lead.
In the ninth, Irving Falu led off with a single and moved to second on a Neftali Soto groundout. However, Louis Head struck out Robinson and Snyder to finish the game.

Sunday: The Syracuse Chiefs scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning in a 6-4 come from behind win over the Columbus Clippers Sunday night at Huntington Park in Columbus. Neftali Soto led off the ninth with a home run, starting a rally that gave the Chiefs a second win in the five-game, four-day series.

Syracuse (35-64) grabbed the game’s first run in the opening inning. Irving Falu doubled with one out off Adam Plutko. Two batters later, Clint Robinson singled Falu home for a 1-0 lead.
Columbus (54-46) took the lead in the third. After Cody Satterwhite retired the first two hitters of the frame, Tyler Naquin singled to right, Yandy Diaz walked, and Erik Kratz was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kevin Jepsen came out of the bullpen, and Ronny Rodriguez hit Jepsen’s first pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam to give the Clippers a 4-1 edge.
The Chiefs moved back within two in the top of the seventh. Brandon Snyder doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a groundout. Snyder scored on Spencer Kieboom‘s sacrifice fly to bring Syracuse within 4-2.
Soto started the ninth-inning rally with his sixth home run of the season to left-center field off Robbie Aviles to bring the score to 4-3. After Robinson walked, the Clippers turned to Carlos Frias out of the bullpen. After a fly out, Alejandro De Aza singled and Kieboom walked to load the bases. Michael Almanzar then walked in the fourth run to tie the game. Jeff Johnson then came into the game and Caleb Ramsey hit a sacrifice fly to center to score De Aza and give Syracuse a 5-4 lead. Bengie Gonzalez followed with an RBI single to center to push the lead to 6-4.
Wander Suero threw a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up the save.


Monday: Postponed.


John Simms threw five innings in game two in his Triple-A debut. (Herm Card | Syracuse Chiefs)

The Syracuse Chiefs dropped both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader to the Louisville Bats, by scores of 4-3 and 6-5. Irving Falu put on strong performances in both games, smacking four hits, including a double and a walk.

Brandon Dixon smashed two home runs in both games. His first came in game one in the top of the second. The third baseman led off the inning with a solo shot off Jacob Turner to deep left-center.

Louisville (42-60) added to its lead in the top of the fourth. Sebastian Elizalde led off the frame with a single to center. Two batters later, Jesse Winker singled to right. Dixon moved the runners over on a groundout. Zach Vincej followed with an infield single to short, bringing in Elizalde and moving Winker to third.

The Bats kept their bats hot in the top of the fifth with a two-out rally. After back-to-back strikeouts, Turner walked Phillip Ervin. He then stole second. Elizalde pummeled Louisville’s second homer off Turner with a line drive to right.

Syracuse (35-66) didn’t get on the board until the bottom of the fifth, where the Chiefs narrowed the lead to one. The rally began with Alejandro De Aza’s single off Jackson Stephens to right to lead off the inning. After Spencer Kieboom struck out, De Aza stole second for the first time this year. Emmanuel Burriss singled to left, moving De Aza to third. Caleb Ramsey replaced Turner at the plate, and plated De Aza on a ground ball. Burriss was thrown out at second while Ramsey reached first on the fielder’s choice. Zach Collier picked up his first hit with the Chiefs on a single to left, which deflected off the leg of Stephens. Falu then slashed a double to right, plating both Ramsey and Collier.

Unfortunately for Syracuse, the Chiefs only managed one hit after that from the bat of Brandon Snyder. I.L. Mid-Season All-Star Kevin Shackelford shut the door for his eleventh save of the season.

In game two, Louisville loaded the bases with a single and back-to-back walks off John Simms. Winker scored on a Brandon Dixon sacrifice fly to left. Alex Blandino singled to center, scoring Phillip Ervin. Elizalde was thrown out at third on the play.

In the top of the second, Jesse Winker singled on a line drive to left, scoring Vincej, who had doubled with one out. Ervin followed with a line drive home run to right.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, Louisville added to its lead. Dixon picked up his second homer of the day on a blast to left with two outs.

Syracuse grabbed a run back in the bottom of the fifth when Austin Brice replaced Lisalverto Bonilla. With one out, Zach Collier doubled on a liner to right. Bengie Gonzalez singled in Collier on a liner to center.

The Chiefs made the game close with a big bottom of the sixth after Kyle McMyne replaced Brice. The first four batters reached base with singles from Brandon Snyder, De Aza, and a walk from Michael Almanzar. With the bases loaded, Caleb Ramsey singled to left, plating Snyder. McMyne struck out Jhonatan Solano and Jimmy Herget replaced McMyne. Pinch-hitter Clint Robinson golfed a pop-up to shallow left, short enough to score De Aza and Almanzar. After Benji Gonzalez lined out, Falu reached on an infield single to third. Ramsey scored and Robinson moved to third on a throwing error by Dixon. Neftali Soto lined out to third to end the inning.

Syracuse was again unable to tie the game up in the bottom of the seventh. With outs, Michael Almanzar singled but Ramsey struck out. Herget picked up the save for the Bats.

The Chiefs return to action Wednesday afternoon against the Bats at 12:05. A.J. Cole will pitch for Syracuse and Tyler Mahle is on the hill for Louisville.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League):

Saturday: Raudy Read hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, leading the Harrisburg Senators to a 7-3 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Saturday.

The double by Read started the scoring in a four-run inning and gave the Senators a 4-3 lead. Later in the inning, Jose Marmolejos scored on a ground out and Osvaldo Abreu hit an RBI single.

The Senators tacked on another run in the sixth when Zach Collier scored on a forceout.

Starter Austin Voth (1-1) got the win while Corey Taylor (5-5) took the loss in relief in the Eastern League game.

Sunday: P.J. Conlon allowed just six hits over 6 1/3 innings, leading the Binghamton Rumble Ponies over the Harrisburg Senators in a 3-1 win on Sunday.

Conlon (7-7) picked up the win after he struck out five and walked one while allowing one run.

Binghamton went up 3-0 in the seventh after L.J. Mazzilli and Conlon hit RBI singles.

Harrisburg answered in the bottom of the inning when Stephen Perez hit an RBI single, scoring Yadiel Hernandez to cut the deficit to two.

Taylor Hill (4-2) went seven innings, allowing three runs and six hits in the Eastern League game. He also struck out two and walked one. Cory Burns retired the side in order for his 12th save of the season.

Monday: Caleb Gindl had three hits and two RBI, and Jordan Johnson allowed just three hits over six innings as the Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Harrisburg Senators 5-4 on Monday.

Cody Hall struck Yadiel Hernandez out with a runner on second to end the game for his first save of the season.

Johnson struck out three and walked one while allowing two runs.

Down 4-2 in the seventh, Harrisburg tied the game when Dan Gamache scored on a ground out and Stephen Perez hit an RBI single.

Richmond answered in the bottom of the inning when Gindl hit an RBI single, scoring Myles Schroder.

Seth Rosin (1-0) got the win in relief while Jimmy Cordero (2-4) took the loss in the Eastern League game.

Tuesday: Dan Slania and three other pitchers combined for a shutout as the Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Harrisburg Senators 6-0 on Tuesday.

Slania (2-1) went 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits while striking out two and walking four to pick up the win. Matt Crownover (0-5) went six innings, allowing two runs and six hits to take the tough loss in the Eastern League game. He also struck out three and walked three.

In the bottom of the third, Richmond took the lead on a triple by Jerry Sands that scored Myles Schroder. The Flying Squirrels then added a run in the sixth and four in the seventh. In the sixth, Rando Moreno hit an RBI single, while Jeff Arnold hit a two-run double in the seventh.

Sands tripled and singled, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple in the win.

The Senators were blanked for the 10th time this season, while the Flying Squirrels’ staff recorded their third shutout of the year.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League):

Saturday: The Potomac Nationals (41-55) and Lynchburg Hillcats (57-40) were suspended in the top of the fifth inning on Saturday night with the P-Nats leading 6-5 at Pfitzner Stadium. The game will resume tomorrow at 1:05 pm before the regularly scheduled contest. Sunday’s game will now be played as a seven-inning contest after the completion of the suspended game.

The game will begin in the top of the fifth inning with runners on first and second and two outs. 1B Sicnarf Loopstok is at the plate with a 1-0 count. The Hillcats have already plated two runs in the inning.

After a one hour rain delay to start, Lynchburg scored first with a run in the top of the second against LHP Taylor Guilbeau . DH Gavin Collins crushed his second career Carolina League home run to lead off the frame. The Hillcats held a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.

Potomac pounced on Lynchburg in the bottom half of the second. Starter RHP Brock Hartson was pulled after one batter in the frame after suffering an injury in the inning. RHP Paul Hendrix did not fair well against the P-Nats. With the bases loaded and two outs in the inning, CF Victor Robles doubled on a hard hit ball to shortstop that ended up in left field. Then, LF Jack Sundberg drove in two more with a single up the middle. The four-run frame had the P-Nats up 4-1 after the second.


The P-Nats put up two more runs using the long ball in the bottom of the third inning. Taylor Gushue launched his team-leading 16th home run of the season over the right-center field wall. Two batters later, RF Rhett Wisemanwent yard for the eighth time this season. Potomac opened up a five-run lead after three.

However the Hillcats would battle back in the fourth and fifth innings. SS Willi Castro singled to begin the fourth and was followed by a LF Andrew Calica ground-rule double to put runners on second and third to open up the frame. Collins drove in his second run of the game on an RBI groundout to third. Next, Loopstok launched a double off the right-field wall to plate Calica and cut the Lynchburg deficit to 6-3.

In the top of the fifth, the Hillcats pulled within one before the game was suspended. With one out, DH Daniel Salters tripled into the right-field corner. 2B Sam Haggerty walked and stole his Carolina League-leading 30th base with Castro at the plate. Then, the Lynchburg shortstop singled to score Salters. After a Guilbeau strikeout, Collins singled to center to bring the Hillcats to within one at 6-5.

The rain started with Collins at the plate. The game lasted just one more pitch after the RBI single with Loopstok at the plate. Guilbeau missed with the first pitch before the umpires called for the tarp. With rain in the forecast for the rest of the night, the umpires decided to suspend the game on Saturday and finish the contest on Sunday. The suspended game will pick up at 1:05 pm.


Sunday: The Potomac Nationals (42-56) split the final two games of the series with the Lynchburg Hillcats (58-41) on Sunday afternoon at Pfitzner Stadium. The Hillcats completed a five-run come back and won 8-6 in the completion of the suspended game from Saturday night. Potomac beat Lynchburg in the regularly scheduled seven-inning contest 4-1 to salvage the final game of the series.

The suspended game picked up again after a rain delay of one hour and 49 minutes. The Hillcats had runners on first and second with two outs and a 1-0 count on 1B Sicnarf Loopstok in the top of the fifth inning.  RHP Kyle Schepel (L, 2-4) entered the game for the starter LHP Taylor Guilbeau with the P-Nats on top 6-5. After a walk to Loopstok, Schepel got CF Ka’ai Tom to pop out to third to end the fifth inning threat.

However, the Lynchburg offense was too much to contain for Potomac. The Hillcats scored the final seven runs of the game including two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Lynchburg grabbed the lead in the sixth off of a RBI double from C Daniel Salters and a RBI single from SS Willi Castro. The Hillcats would not surrender their 7-6 lead.

Lynchburg added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. LF Andrew Calica began the frame with a lead off home run. The Hillcats held on to their 8-6 win and won the completion of the suspended game. Calica finished a triple shy of the cycle.

In game two, Potomac scored in each of the first three frames against RHP Shao-Ching Chiang (L, 7-8). The P-Nats opened the scoring with a two-run bottom of the first. LF Jack Sundberg led off the frame with a double down the right-field line. After a sacrifice bunt from DH Edwin Lora 2B Austin Davidson drove in the first run and reached on an RBI fielder’s choice. With 3B Ian Sagdal at the plate, Davidson stole second and scored after the Potomac third baseman lined a single to center field. The Red, White & Blue took a 2-0 lead after one.

The P-Nats would add two more in the second and third innings against Chiang. RF Rhett Wiseman crushed his ninth home run of the season to lead off the second. Four out of five hits that Wiseman has against Chiang this season have been round trippers. Wiseman’s fifth hit against Chiang was an RBI single with Sagdal on second to plate the fourth Potomac run of the game in the bottom of the third.

LHP Hector Silvestre (W, 8-5) shut out the Hillcats over five scoreless frames in his 18th start of the season. Silvestre scattered three hits and two walks while striking out three. Silvestre’s eighth win of the season leads the P-Nats and moves him into a tie for third in the Carolina League in that category.

RHP Dakota Bacus and LHP R.C. Orlan completed the shut out with two scoreless frames. Bacus pitched a perfect sixth. In the seventh, Orlan allowed the only Lynchburg run of the game on a RBI single to Salters with two outs. Potomac earned it’s 42nd victory of the season with a 4-1 win.


Monday: The Potomac Nationals (43-56) won a wild game over the Down East Wood Ducks (38-62) 11-9 in 11 innings on Monday night at Grainger Stadium. The opener of a three-game set saw six lead changes and two ties before Potomac pulled away for the final time in the 11th. RF Rhett Wiseman drove in four runs and smashed the go-ahead two-run home run in the victory.

CF Daniel Johnson began his Carolina League career with a lead-off home run on the second pitch he saw out of the hand of RHP Emerson Martinez. Johnson received a promotion from the Hagerstown Suns on Monday morning and made his debut in the lead off spot with Potomac on Monday evening. His first career Carolina League home run gave the P-Nats a 1-0 lead after a half inning.


After Down East tied the score in the bottom of the first, the P-Nats answered with a two spot in the top of the second. 3B Ian Sagdal singled to begin the inning and was advanced to second on a soft ground ball to first by SSEdwin Lora . Wiseman drove in his first run of the game on an RBI single to right. The right-fielder now has an RBI in four straight games. With two outs, 2B Bryan Mejia singled to put runners on first and third. Johnson delivered again in his second at bat with an RBI single to right to put Potomac up 3-1.

The Wood Ducks broke out for four runs against RHP Luis Reyes in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, 2B Luis La O and RF Josh Altmann drew a walk. Then, DH Chuck Moorman singled in La O from second on a RBI base knock to left field. LF LeDarious Clark followed with his team-leading ninth home run of the season. The three-run homer gave the Wood Ducks a temporary 5-3 lead after three frames.

Potomac responded with a four-run frame of it’s own in the top of the third. DH Austin Davidson doubled and CTaylor Gushue singled to put runners on the corners to begin the inning. Two batters later, Lora plated the fourth P-Nats’ run on a single to center. Once again, Wiseman delivered with runners in scoring position with a double to right-center to tie the score at five. Then, 1B Matthew Page pushed Potomac ahead with a two-run double to right. The P-Nats held a 7-5 lead after just three innings.

The P-Nats extended the lead to 8-5 with a sacrifice fly by Lora in the top of the seventh. But, Down East had one more rally in it’s system in the bottom of the eighth. The Wood Ducks used it’s second four-run inning to take their second lead of the game. With the bases loaded and two outs, La O doubled on a blooper down the right-field line to cut the deficit to one. Altmann tied the game on a RBI ground out to second. Moorman made it 9-8 on a sacrifice fly to center.

Down to their final three outs, Lora played hero once again tying the game with his third RBI of the game in the top of the ninth inning. The six, seven, and eight hitters in the lineup drove in nine of the eleven Potomac runs in the series opener. RHP Kelvin Vasquez walked the first two batters in the inning. Sagdal sacrificed the runners to second and third. Then, Lora singled to left to tie the score at nine.

Wiseman finished off the Wood Ducks with his 10th home run of the season in the top of the 11th. Playing in it’s 24th inning in two games, Down East turned to a position player to pitch for the second consecutive night.  Their right fielder, Altmann, came in to pitch in the 11th. After getting the first two outs, the right-fielder turned pitcher hit Lora and surrendered a two-run round-tripper to Wiseman. With the long ball, Wiseman extended his home run streak to three consecutive games.

LHP R.C. Orlan (SV, 2) finished off the game with his first Potomac save since 4/9 against Wilmington. He threw a perfect bottom of the 11th. LHP Jordan Mills (W, 1-1) also pitched well out of the bullpen throwing three perfect innings with three strikeouts in his return to the Nationals.

Eight of nine Potomac starters reached base in the contest as the P-Nats recorded 16 hits in the contest. Six starters recorded a multi-hit game. The game featured 20 total runs on 27 total hits and 33 total base runners. Johnson completed his debut 3-6 with two RBIs and a home run.


Tuesday: The Potomac Nationals (44-56) beat the Down East Wood Ducks (38-63) for the second straight night by a final score of 7-3 on Tuesday at Grainger Stadium. With the win, Potomac has now tied it’s season-high winning streak at three games in a row. DH Austin Davidson led the way with two hits and two RBIs while five P-Nats drove in a run on Tuesday night.

For the third consecutive game, Potomac scored in the first inning. CF Daniel Johnson led off his second career Carolina League start with a double down the left-field line. After a sacrifice bunt from SS Edwin Lora , Davidson drove in Johnson on a RBI single to center field. The P-Nats led 1-0 after an inning of play.

The Wood Ducks tied the score in the bottom of the second inning. However, The Red, White & Blue took the lead again in the top of the third against LHP Brett Martin (L, 1-6). Lora walked with one out. Then, Davidson doubled into the right-center field gap plating the P-Nats shortstop from first base. Potomac held a 2-1 lead in the third.

Down East got to RHP Nolan Sanburn (W, 4-3) again in the bottom of the third to take it’s first and only lead of the game. With one out, LF Yanio Perez laced his second career triple to right-center field. 3B Ti’Quan Forbes followed with a RBI single to center to tie the score at two. After a DH Luis La O single to put runners at the corners, 2B Evan Van Hoosier hit a single to left to give the Wood Ducks a 3-2 advantage.

Potomac took the lead right back in the ensuing half inning with a two spot in the top of the fourth. 3BDavid MastersRF Rhett Wiseman and LF Dale Carey each singled with one out to tie the score up at three. Then, 2B Bryan Mejia laid down a bunt with runners on the corners. Wiseman scored from third and Carey moved to second as Mejia turned the tides back towards the P-Nats. The Red, White & Blue would never trail again after taking a 4-3 lead in the fourth.

Sanburn settled down after the first three innings and returned to the starting rotation with a quality start and fourth win of the season. Despite allowing 10 hits, Sanburn scattered just three runs over his six inning start. The right-hander now has four quality starts with Potomac in 2017.

The P-Nats would score three more times the rest of the game. Potomac added one in the sixth and two in the seventh against Down East. 1B Ian Sagdal and Jakson Reetz capped off the scoring with two, two-out RBI extra base hits in the seventh. Sagdal’s triple scored his 53rd run batted in this season. Reetz roped a double to center to plate his first career RBI in the Carolina League and give The Red, White & Blue a 7-3 lead.

RHP Tyler Skulina and RHP Mariano Rivera III closed out the game the rest of the way tossing three shut out innings in relief of Sanburn. Skulina allowed just two base runners in two innings in his first appearance back from the DL. Rivera recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning to nail down the four-run victory.

With the win, Potomac has now won all four series against Down East in the Wood Ducks inaugural Carolina League season. The P-Nats are 9-3 against the Wood Ducks and 17-14 overall against the Southern Division this season. After 28 hits over the first two games of this series, the P-Nats are hitting .295 against Down East over 12 matchups this season.

The P-Nats and Wood Ducks close out their regular-season schedule against one another with the final game of a three-game set on Wednesday morning. Potomac turns to RHP Austen Williams (1-2, 1.93) in search of it’s first sweep of the season. Down East counters with LHP Wes Benjamin (6-6, 4.38).

First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 am at Grainger Stadium.


HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League):

Saturday: Cristian Paulino, Jean Angomas and Kelvin Beltre each had three hits, as the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Hagerstown Suns 8-3 on Saturday.

Paulino doubled and singled twice, scoring three runs. Angomas doubled and singled twice, driving in two runs.

Up 1-0 in the third, Augusta extended its lead when Jacob Heyward got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Jose Vizcaino hit a two-run double.

After Augusta added two runs in the fourth on a single by Angomas, the Suns cut into the deficit with three runs in the fifth inning, including an RBI double by Anderson Franco and an RBI single by Tyler Beckwith.

Augusta southpaw Domenic Mazza (6-8) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings. Opposing starter Sterling Sharp (4-8) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed six runs and nine hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Sunday: Blake Perkins had two hits and scored two runs, and McKenzie Mills allowed just five hits over seven innings as the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Augusta GreenJackets 9-1 on Sunday.

Mills (12-2) picked up the win after he struck out six while allowing one run.

Hagerstown went up 2-0 in the third after Jake Noll hit a solo home run.

Augusta answered in the bottom of the frame when Cristian Paulino hit an RBI double, bringing home Michael Bernal to get within one.

The Suns later scored in three additional innings to finish off the blowout, including three runs in the seventh.

Stephen Woods (5-7) went five innings, allowing four runs and five hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked two.

For the GreenJackets, Bernal doubled and singled.

Monday: Trailing 5-3 in the seventh inning, the Hagerstown Suns (16-13, 54-44) scored four including a pair of runs driven in by Blake Perkins , who led with three RBI in a 7-6 comeback victory over the Augusta GreenJackets (12-19, 35-61) on Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Steven Fuentes (Win, 3-3) earned the victory out of Hagerstown’s bullpen with 2 1/3 innings and four strikeouts. Shawon Dunston, Jr., son of the former Major League shortstop, drove in the lone run against Fuentes on a sacrifice fly to cut the Suns lead to one, but Augusta never drew closer as Phil Morse (Save, 2) recorded the final four outs with one hit and one strikeout.

Following the promotion of outfielder Daniel Johnson to the Potomac Nationals in Class A Advanced on Monday, Suns designated hitter Jake Noll seized the team lead in RBIs with a sac fly in the first and the eventual game-winning RBI single to left that gave the Suns a 7-5 cushion in the seventh. The 23-year-old from Punta Gorda, Florida now has 53 RBI in 87 games, moving him into the top ten run producers in the South Atlantic League.

Perkins led off the ballgame with a triple to right and Telmito Agustin immediately followed with an RBI triple to left. Perkins picked up his first RBI with a sac fly in the fifth that scored Angelo La Bruna . Perkins recorded his first three RBI game since April 23 in the opener of a doubleheader with the Delmarva Shorebirds. Perkins electrified Municipal Stadium with walkoff base hits in both games of the double dip and finished the day with four RBI.

On Monday, Hagerstown trailed 4-2 in the third inning after Skyler Ewing took Carlos Pena deep for a three-run homer. The Suns starter left with one out in the sixth following a Jacob Heyward RBI double that pushed Augusta’s lead to 5-3. Pena took the no-decision after allowing five earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

The Suns loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh before the game-tying, two-run double by Perkins and Aldrem Corredorrolled an RBI groundout to second base that brought home La Bruna, who matched Perkins with two runs scored and two hits in the ballgame. Noll stepped up next and rolled his decisive two-out RBI to left field.

Tuesday: For the second straight night, the Hagerstown Suns (17-13, 55-44) rallied with a four-run inning to take the lead for good over the Augusta GreenJackets (12-20, 35-62) and secured a third consecutive victory, 6-4, at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Suns won three of four games in their lone series with the GreenJackets and finished their longest road trip of the season with a 6-4 record during a three-city tour of Lexington, Charleston, and Augusta that covered 1,716 miles of round-trip travel from Hagerstown.

Augusta starter Garrett Williams (Loss, 4-3) held the Suns to one hit through the first four innings. Trailing 3-0 in the top of the fifth, Nick Banks led off with a single and Anderson Franco got aboard with a walk. Following a pair of strikeouts, Angelo La Bruna ignited the two-out rally with an RBI single that scored Banks, and Blake Perkins added an infield single to second base that brought Franco home. Moments later, Hagerstown took its first lead on a throwing error by GreenJackets first baseman Jose Vizcaino, Jr. that allowed both La Bruna and Perkins to score for a 4-3 lead.

Tyler Watson (Win, 6-4) gave up an RBI double and a pair of run-scoring singles in the second inning but steadied to give up just two singles and a walk in his final three innings of work. The 20-year-old SAL All-Star left with a 5-3 lead after six frames, three earned runs, eight hits, and six strikeouts.

The Suns added key insurance runs on a double-play ball that scored Tres Barrera in the sixth and a Telmito AgustinRBI single that gave Hagerstown a 6-4 advantage in the ninth. Perkins, Banks, and Barrera all led with two hits each. Perkins finished the Augusta series 6-for-16 at the plate with five runs and four RBI.

Augusta scored once against Sam Held (Hold, 1) on a fielding error in the eighth, but Hayden Howard (Save, 3) stranded runners at first and second by striking out Cristian Paulino to end the eighth before setting down the GreenJackets orderly in the ninth.

Following a league-wide off day on Wednesday, the Suns return to Hagerstown Municipal Stadium for a seven-game homestand beginning Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against the West Virginia Power, Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Suns will send right-handed starter James Bourque (4-5, 5.17) to the mound against Power righty Mike Wallace (2-4, 3.36) on Thirsty Thursday with beer prices starting at just two dollars each. For tickets, call (301) 791-6266 or visit




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