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Washington Nationals Daily Minor League Affiliate Report

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Daily news, notes and game reports from across the Nats' minor league affiliates.

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA): The Chiefs outlasted the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday in a 3-2, 13-inning win. Second baseman Scott Sizemore lined a game-winning single in the bottom of the 13th to score Trea Turner and send the Chiefs to a second consecutive series-opening win. Right-hander Austin Voth tossed six sterling innings in the game, which marked his Triple-A debut.

In the 13th, Syracuse (4-1) struck against Bisons right-hander Ben Rowen. Caleb Ramsey started the inning with a double down the left-field line. Turner followed with a pop-up bunt single to catcher Humberto Quintero, close enough to being caught that Ramsey held at second. After Tony Campana bunted into a force out at third base, Sizemore drove a 1-2 pitch over the head of left fielder Alexi Casilla, sending the Chiefs to victory.


Back in the first, the Chiefs opened the scoring in Drew Hutchison's lone rough inning. The Bisons starter walked Campana, Sizemore, and Matt Skole consecutively to load the bases with one out. Hutchison then hit Jason Martinson to bring a run and give the Chiefs an early lead.

The game held at 1-0 thanks to an outstanding Triple-A debut for Voth. The 23-year-old right hander did not allow a run in six innings of work, surrendering just three hits. Voth did not walk a batter, struck out six and retired 13 straight Bisons hitters at one point. Not to be outdone, Hutchison set down ten straight Chiefs between the second and fifth innings.

Thursday, the Chiefs hit the road to begin a six-game trip to Pennsylvania. The Chiefs first play the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at 6:35 Thursday, with right-hander Paolo Espino set to make his season debut against RailRiders right-hander Tyler Cloyd.

HARRISBURG (AA): The Senators had plenty of offensive chances on Wednesday but couldn’t capitalize in a 5-1 loss to Binghamton. The Senators had ten hits and received five walks but could only score one run in the final game of the opening road trip. With the loss, the Senators fall to 3-2 on the season while the B-Mets evened their record at 2-2.

Rafael Bautista reached base three more times with two hits and a walk. He had five hits on the road trip and walked nine times.  Isaac Ballou and Spencer Kieboom also had two hits and both wrapped up terrific road trip Shawn Pleffner also had two hits and scored the Senators lone run in the eighth inning. Pleffner finished the road trip with seven RBIs.

Austen Williams started for the Senators and went six innings, allowing a pair of runs. The six inning outing was the longest for a Senators starter thus far this year. Robert Fish and Nick Lee also pitched in the ballgame.

Harrisburg returns home on Thursday night to take on the Reading Fightin' Phils at FNB Field. Game time is 6:30 p.m. for the Senators 2016 home opener. The Senators are celebrating their 30th season since returning to the Eastern League in 1987.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A): Following their first loss of the season, the Potomac Nationals (5-1 Overall, 5-1 Road) stated that they wanted to follow in the footsteps of the Golden State Warriors and not lose back-to-back games. The club followed through on that statement Wednesday night with a 7-4 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats (4-3 Overall, 4-3 Home).

Potomac got early runs, two in the second inning and three in the third, and then withstood a late rally in route to a win. The Nationals started the scoring vs. RHP Mitch Brown in the second inning. Drew Ward led off the frame with a single and went to third on a sacrifice bunt. Alec Keller plated Ward with an RBI single, while Keller later scored on an RBI double by Khayyan Norfork.

Brown continued to struggle in the third and failed to make it through five innings for the second straight start. Brown hit Osvaldo Abreu in the shoulder to begin the frame, then walked Jose Marmolejos and Raudy Read. With the bases loaded and no outs, Ward and Bryan Mejia had back-to-back RBI singles, which made it 4-0. Keller then drove in his second run of the game and Potomac led 5-0 after 2.5 innings.

RHP Phillips Valdez (W, 2-0) was not as effective as he was in his first start, but took the run support and pushed his way through five innings. Valdez struck out six, one shy of his season high, walked only one, and allowed four earned runs. RC Orlan pitched two shutout, no-hit innings in relief and allowed just one base runner over the sixth and seventh innings. Koda Glover, on his 22nd birthday, struck out four over two no-hit innings for the save.

With the opening road trip in the books, the Nationals will return home for the home opener, as the Wilmington Blue Rocks (1-5 Overall, 0-0 Road) make the trip to Pfitzner Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:05pm, as Wirkin Estevez (0-0, 3.38), who left his first P-Nats start due to injury, will return to the hill.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A): Max Schrock and Kelvin Gutierrez led a 12-hit day and the Suns trounced the Lakewood Blue Claws 8-0 on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium.

Schrock went 4 for 4 with three runs scored in the two-hole while Gutierrez -- hitting third -- went 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Suns (4-3). Telmito Agustin added a pair of hits with a homer and two RBIs out of the ninth spot in the order.

The beneficiary was Luis Torres, who came on for Taylor Hearn after just one-third of an inning. Torres (W, 1-0) went 3 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and two walks, striking out two. Mariano Rivera pitched four scoreless, giving up one hit and one walk, striking out three.

Hagerstown starts a four-game set in Delmarva on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.