Thank you for following along with our Minor League coverage on the Nationals prospects and the stars of the future. I certainly wish I could’ve made it out to a ballgame in Hagerstown, Potomac or Harrisburg (Syracuse is kind of a far drive from DC) but I hope to next summer. Anyway here is our last Minor League report for 2017
By Michael Marzzacco
Compiled via team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League): An Andrew Stevenson walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning led the Syracuse Chiefs to a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Bisons on Saturday night at NBT Bank Stadium. The game was a pitchers’ duel throughout with both starters allowing just an earned run each. For Syracuse, Esmil Rogers allowed just one run on six hits and struck out six in seven strong innings. Meanwhile for Buffalo, Murphy Smith put together a strong outing. The right-hander hurled six innings of one-run baseball, allowing just four hits, and fanning five Chiefs.
Syracuse (54-86) opened the scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning against Smith. With two outs Neftali Soto singled into right field. In the next at-bat, Clint Robinson doubled on a deep fly ball into left-center field, bringing Soto in to score, and giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.
Buffalo (64-76) knotted the game in the top of the seventh. Jason Leblebijian led off the frame with a double down the left field line. Two batters later, Shane Opitz tapped a soft line drive over the head of Matt Skole, scoring Leblebijian from second and tying the score at one.
After each team put at least a runner on base in the preceding five half innings, Stevenson delivered the final blow of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with Wil Browning on the mound. Pedro Severino started with a bloop single into right field. Two batters later, Irving Falu, who pinch-hit for Michael Almanzar, smacked a line drive at Buffalo second baseman Jon Berti. The ball hit off Berti’s glove but fell to the ground. Berti still threw Severino out at second, but Falu reached first on the fielder’s choice. In the next at-bat, with Rafael Bautista at the plate, Falu stole second base. Bautista then walked on a wild pitch from Browning which allowed Falu to move up to third. One batter later, Stevenson slapped a single between short and third, plating Falu for the game-winning run. The walk-off was Stevenson’s second of the season, after hitting a walk-off single in game two of a doubleheader versus Charlotte on May 31st.
The Chiefs and Bisons continue with the third game of a four-game series Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium. John Simms is slated to take the mound for Syracuse opposite left-hander T.J. House for Buffalo.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators and Altoona Curve were suspended on Saturday night after five innings with the game tied 1-1. Altoona scored a run in the second on a wild pitch and the Senators tied the game in the fourth on a single by Osvaldo Abreu driving in Dan Gamache.
The game will resume at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday with the Senators batting in the top of the sixth inning. The game scheduled for Sunday will now be a seven-inning game and will follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The second game of the four-game series between the Potomac Nationals (62-75, 29-38) and Frederick Keys (66-70, 35-32) has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make up Saturday night’s matchup with a doubleheader on Sunday.
Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 4:00pm at Nymeo Field, with game two set for approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game one. The Potomac broadcast will get underway at 3:45pm with the “P-Nats Leadoff Show.” The broadcast can be heard on potomacnationals.com or via the TuneIn Radio App.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): Due to continuing rain on Saturday afternoon, the second game of four between the Hagerstown Suns and Lexington Legends at Municipal Stadium has been canceled and will not be made up.
Nick Adenhart bobbleheads will now be distributed to the first 1,000 fans through the gate before Sunday’s game with first pitch at 2:05 p.m. Season ticket holders are invited to enter at 12:30 p.m. and the general public will be welcomed at 1 p.m.
13 Suns home games have been postponed, suspended, or canceled by rain in 65 home dates this season. Municipal Stadium has now lost nine gate openings this season; the most among all 14 South Atlantic League teams. In 2016, the Suns postponed only four home games.
Fans holding tickets for Saturday’s game may exchange those tickets at the Municipal Stadium Box Office for either of the final two Suns games of 2017 on Sunday or Monday with first pitch at 2:05. For more info on Hagerstown Suns ticketing, call (301) 791-6266.
Live radio coverage of the final two games will begin with the Sunrise Pregame Show at 1:50 p.m. on the Hagerstown Suns Radio Network with Kevin Gehl and Brian Brownfield. Listen live from anywhere on hagerstownsuns.com.
Compiled via team press releases:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League):
Neftali Soto anticipated his future while waiting on the field for a post-game interview.
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