• Class-A Hagerstown: The Hagerstown Suns and Rome Braves game on Sunday will be the 24th game of the season for the Washington Natinonals' Class-A affliliate and the 21st game of the year for 2010 no.1 overall pick Bryce Harper, who ends the month of April in the midst of a five-game hit streak which has seen him connect for three doubles and three HR's while driving in five runs in 17 at bats. As his first month as a pro ends, Harper's hitting .333 (23 for 69) with a .432 OBP, .861 SLG, 1.113 OPS, six doubles, six HR's, 19 RBI's, 12 walks and 20 K's. He's stolen four bases, been caught twice and almost started a bench-clearing brawl. Harper's third on the Suns in hits, second in doubles, has the second best batting average and is first in HR's, first in RBI's, OBP and SLG.
On Sunday afternoon, Harper went 1 for 4 with an RBI double (his 7th double and 20th RBI) in a 4-0 Suns' win over the Braves. 6'3'' left-hander Matthew Grace, a 22-year-old 2010 8th Round pick out of UCLA, threw 6.0 scoreless, allowing just two hits and three walks while recording three K's for his second win in five starts. Box Score: Suns 4, Braves 0.
• VIDEO: Harper's 6th HR...
• Triple-A Syracuse:
It took five starts for 29-year-old right-hander Yunesky Maya to record his first win of the season for the Syracuse Chiefs. Saturday night in Alliance Bank Stadium, the Cuban-born right-hander, labeled the Washington Nationals' first major international signing when he inked a 4-year/$8M dollar major league deal last July, threw 8.0 scoreless in a 3-0 win over the Rochester Red Wings, in which he walked just one while striking out six to lower his 2011 ERA to 3.73 in 31.1 IP in which he's allowed 25 hits, 13 runs, 2 HR's and 7 walks while recording 26 K's...Roger Bernadina was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, singling in the third, stealing second, taking third on a throwing error by the opposing catcher, and scoring on Seth Bynum's RBI single. '06 1st Round pick Chris Marrero was 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Jesus Flores, who caught Maya, was 1 for 3 with an RBI single that scored Marrero from third after his double. After Maya's 8.0, Cole Kimball came on to close it, walking one but earning his fourt save of the year. Box Score: Chiefs 3, Red Wings 0.
Sunday it was Ross Detwiler's turn on the mound for the Chiefs. The '07 1st Round pick got hit hard by the Red Wings, who put seven runs up on the 25-year-old left-hander before he was chased in the third having allowed nine hits, two walks and seven runs, all earned.