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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.

Courtesy of Potomac Nationals

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 5-3, on Friday night at PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania. The RailRiders scored five unanswered runs, including four between the fifth and seventh innings to come from behind for a second-straight win over the Chiefs.

Syracuse (4-3) grabbed the lead in the first inning four batters into the game. Trea Turner doubled to lead off the game and moved to third on a groundout. Scott Sizemore then walked against RailRiders starter Anthony Swarzak to put two runners on. Matt Skole followed with a two-run double to give the Chiefs an early 2-0 lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (6-2) began to chip away at the lead right away in the bottom of the first. Aaron Judge hit an opposite-field home run off Paolo Espino to cut the lead in half at 2-1.

The game stayed 2-1 until the fifth. Donovan Solano singled with one out against Espino and moved to second on Chris Parmelee's walk. A batter later, Pete Kozma doubled in Solano to square the game at two.

The RailRiders took the lead for good in the sixth. Judge reached on an error on Sizemore at third to start the frame. After a walk, Judge moved to third on a double-play groundout. Nick Swisher then doubled with two outs off Sam Runion to score Judge and give the RailRiders a 3-2 lead. Then, Donovan Solano singled in Swisher to extend the lead to 4-2. Both runs in the inning were unearned.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added one more run in the seventh. Ben Gamel and Judge hit back-to-back singles with two outs to put two runners on. Rob Refsnyder then his a slow ground ball to short. As Brendan Ryan's throw was late to first, Gamel did not stop, and came around to score when the return throw from Skole was late to the plate, giving the RailRiders a 5-2 lead.

Syracuse finally got back on the board in the ninth. Caleb Ramsey led off with a double, moved to third on a fly out to right, and scored with two outs on Turner's RBI single up the middle. Connor Mullee, however, entered from the bullpen and struck out Brendan Ryan to end the game.

The Chiefs look to snap their first two-game losing streak Saturday at 4:05 p.m. in game three of this four-game series. A.J. Cole is slated to start for the Chiefs against a RailRiders starter to be announced.

HARRISBURG (AA): The Senators ambushed Reading starter Ricardo Pinto in the second inning as they pushed across eight runs on their way to an 8-0 shutout victory over the Reading Fightin’ Phils in front of 3,639 fans. The win broke the Senators’ (4-3) two-game losing streak.

The Harrisburg rally started with a stand-up triple from Isaac Ballou to the base of the wall under the 405 sign in right-center field. Ballou trotted home on the next pitch as Chris Bostick laced the first offering he saw into left field to break the scoreless tie. Catcher Brian Jeroloman worked a walk and Stephen Perez followed with a flare that scored Bostick from second base. After a sacrifice bunt from pitcher Tyler Mapes, Rafael Bautista plated two more runs with a sharp single into left field.

The Senators’ bats weren’t finished though as Wilmer Difo lifted a ball over the right fielder’s head that placed him at second base and Bautista at third base. Reading elected to intentionally walk Shawn Pleffner to load the bases for cleanup hitter Kevin Keyes.

The power hitting left-fielder would make them regret the decision as he launched a grooved fastball on a 3-0 count off the ribbon board for the grand slam. It was the Senators’ first grand slam since May 16 of last year also hit by Keyes.

That eight-run cushion was more than enough as Mapes (2-0) cruised through the potent Reading lineup on the way to the victory. The right-hander worked six innings allowing only two base hits to Roman Quinn while striking out four. Nick Lee and Abel De Los Santos completed the shutout with three scoreless frames.

Harrisburg plays the third game of their four game series with Reading on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. as Reynaldo Lopez makes his FNB Field debut for the Senators against Anthony Vasquez.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A): Ryan O'Hearn hit two home runs off Nationals starter Erick Fedde and the Wilmington Blue Rocks beat the P-Nats 6-3 on Friday at Pfitzner Stadium.

Fedde, one of the organization's top prospects, gave up three homers in all as part of a six inning performance in his second start of the season. He gave up only one other hit and one walk, striking out six.

Potomac managed six hits and three runs. The P-Nats (5-3) got to Wilmington starter Matt Tenuta (W, 1-0) for one in the first. With two down, Jose Marmolejos-Diaz singled and scored on Raudy Reed's double.

They got two more in the eighth. Andrew Stevenson singled on a ground ball up the middle, then Osvaldo Abreu homered to left. Abreu finished 2 for 4 on the night, the only P-Nats player with a multi-hit night.

The Nationals are at Wilmington again Saturday at 6:35 p.m.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A): The Suns were the beneficiaries of two terrific pitching performances and topped the Delmarva Shorebirds 1-0 before 4,692 at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland.

Jefry Rodriguez struck out nine in five innings to even his record at 1-1. He gave up four hits and did not issue a walk. Taylor Guilbeau went four innings with seven Ks, allowing just two hits and no walks.

Hagerstown (6-3) picked its run up in the fourth inning. Victor Robles singled to leadoff and after two outs, went to second on a wild pitch. Matthew Page then singled up the middle to bring home Robles.

Jorge Tillero and Edwin Lora had the other two hits for the Suns.

Hagerstown faces Delmarva again on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.