Nationals Minor League Notebook: August 8

Courtesy of the Hagerstown Suns

Compiled via team press releases: 

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Toledo Mud Hens, 3-2, in ten innings Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field. Omar Infante hit a walk-off sacrifice fly off Rafael Martin, scoring Brendan Ryan from third. Clint Robinson tied the game with a single in the ninth inning to send the game to extras. Jaron Long threw seven strong innings for Syracuse, allowing just five hits.

Syracuse (45-71) started the scoring in the second inning. The Chiefs posted three straight hits with two outs off Josh Turley, from Alejandro De Aza, Pedro Severino and Michael Almanzar, with Almanzar’s single bringing home De Aza for a 1-0 lead.
Toledo (54-61) tied the game in the bottom of the third. Matt den Dekker walked to start the inning against Jaron Long. Juan Perez and Brendan Ryan then each singled to load the bases. Tyler Collins followed with a sacrifice fly to left to tie the game.
The Mud Hens took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Efren Navarro doubled with one out, and scored a batter later on Dominic Ficociello’s single for a 2-1 lead.
After Almanzar grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the eighth down by one run, Zach Collier started a ninth-inning rally by reaching on an infield single off Jeff Ferrell. Irving Falu then singled and moved to second on the throw to third from Juan Perez in right. The Mud Hens then intentionally walked Neftali Soto, and Robinson stroked a single to right field to score Collier and tie the game. Ferrell would retire the next two batters to strand the bases loaded.
In the tenth, the Chiefs would again load the bases, this time against Bryan Garcia. After a single and force out, Garcia walked Collier and Falu, but struck out Neftali Soto to again strand three. Syracuse left a season-high 16 runners on base in the game.
In the bottom of the tenth, Ryan singled with one out, and moved to third on Tyler Collins’ single. Infante then lined out to right, and Ryan just beat Brandon Snyder’s throw to win the game for the Mud Hens.
The Chiefs will try to split the series Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Jacob Turner is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Anthony Vasquez for Toledo.


HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): Osvaldo Abreu hit a grand slam in the ninth inning, leading the Harrisburg Senators to a 14-4 win over the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday.

The grand slam by Abreu capped a five-run inning and gave the Senators a 14-4 lead after Yadiel Hernandez hit an RBI single earlier in the inning.

Harrisburg right-hander Austin Voth (3-1) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings. Opposing starter Lucas Long (7-5) took the loss in the Eastern League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Ryan Flaherty was a triple short of the cycle, scoring two runs for the Baysox.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Thanks to a five-run second inning, and a dominant start from LHP Taylor Guilbeau (W, 3-3), the Potomac Nationals (18-25, 51-61) picked up a 7-2 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (16-28, 59-55) Tuesday night at Pfitzner Stadium. The Potomac pitching trio of Guilbeau, RHP Ronald Pena, and LHP R.C. Orlan retired the final 13 Myrtle Beach hitters of the night, as the P-Nats held the Pelicans to just four hits.

Myrtle Beach took an early lead, as the P-Nats fell behind just two batters into the game. DH Zack Short led off the game with a triple, and scored one batter later on a groundout by C P.J. Higgins. That was the final earned run of the night that Guilbeau allowed, as the run he surrendered in the fifth inning came due to a Potomac error.

The P-Nats sent nine men to the plate in the second inning, tallied six hits, and scored five runs in frame against RHP Casey Bloomquist (L, 3-5). 3B David Masters tied the game with an RBI single, RF Rhett Wiseman put Potomac ahead 2-1 with a sacrifice fly, CF Daniel Johnson plated two runs with a two-out double, and LF Jack Sundberg capped off the scoring in the inning with an RBI single. The P-Nats took a 5-1 lead into the third frame.

Guilbeau cruised through much of his outing, as he allowed just six men to reach base over seven innings. The left-handed starter set a season high with nine strikeouts. Guilbeau gave up an unearned run in the fifth inning, as 1B Tyler Alamo led off the inning with a double, and scored on a two-out throwing error by SS Edwin Lora .

Potomac wrapped up the scoring in the game with two insurance runs in the eighth inning off of RHP David Berg. Masters led off the inning with a single, and Wiseman followed with a two-run home run, his 11th home run of the season. Pena pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the P-Nats, while Orlan struck out the side in the final frame of the night. The Potomac pitching staff faced the minimum in six innings.

In the victory, the P-Nats improved to 7-2 vs. Myrtle Beach this season. With a chance to take the third and final series of the season between the two teams, Potomac will send RHP Sterling Sharp (0-1, 9.00) to the mound on Wednesday night. Sharp allowed six runs on nine hits over six innings in his Carolina League debut on 8/3. For the Pelicans, RHP Thomas Hatch (4-9, 4.14) will make his third start of the season vs. Potomac. Hatch is 0-2 with a 6.37 ERA in his first two outings vs. the P-Nats. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.


HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): Paul Panaccione hit two home runs and drove in five runs, as the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 9-8 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Sam Held got Ryan McKenna to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his second save of the season.

Panaccione hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning off Matthias Dietz and then hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Steven Klimek.

Kyle Simonds (5-0) got the win with three innings of scoreless, four-hit relief while Jake Bray (2-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Preston Palmeiro singled three times, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two for the Shorebirds.

With the win, Hagerstown improved to 13-6 against Delmarva this season.

Nick Banks hit a two-run triple in the third inning, leading the Hagerstown Suns to an 8-5 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Phil Morse got Daniel Fajardo to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game for his fourth save of the season.

The triple by Banks came in the midst of a six-run inning and gave the Suns a 4-1 lead. Later in the inning, Oliver Ortiz hit an RBI double and Adderling Ruiz hit an RBI single.

The Suns later tacked on a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Paul Panaccione hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Blake Perkins, while Ruiz hit an RBI single in the fifth.

Ruiz singled three times, driving in two runs for Hagerstown.

Jake Barnett (1-0) got the win in relief while Delmarva starter Travis Seabrooke (3-6) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Several Shorebirds chipped in at the plate, as five players had at least two hits.

The Suns swept both games of the doubleheader after winning the first game 9-8. Hagerstown improved to 14-6 against Delmarva this season.




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