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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 Harrisburg Senators

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA): The Chiefs blasted the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 8-4 on Saturday afternoon in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Syracuse picked up season highs in runs, hits and extra-base hits in the game. Trea Turner led the way with three hits, including a home run and a double, three runs and three RBIs.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (6-3) grabbed A 2-0 lead against A.J. Cole in the first inning.

Syracuse (5-3) battled back in the third. After Jose Lozada walked against RailRiders starter Ronald Herrera, Turner hit a two-run home run, his first of the year, to tie the score at two.

The Chiefs took the lead in the fourth. Brian Goodwin reached on a single and stole second. After Caleb Ramsey singled to put runners on the corners, Lozada singled home Goodwin to give the Chiefs a 3-2 lead. Turner followed with his second hit of the game, plating Ramsey on a ground-ball single to push the lead to 4-2. Brendan Ryan then tripled home Turner for his first hit of the year, extending the lead to 5-2.

After Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got within two in the sixth, Turner helped Syracuse answer right back in the top of the seventh. The shortstop doubled against left-hander Daniel Camarena to lead off the inning and scored on Matt Skole's double to stretch the lead to 6-3.

Syracuse put the game away in the ninth. After Ryan reached on an error, Sizemore hit his first home run of the year, blasting a two-run shot down the left-field line, to give Syracuse an 8-4 lead.

One day after his 31st birthday, left-hander Aaron Laffey earned the win in the game. He replaced Cole in the third inning and tossed three scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits and two walks while striking out a pair.

Syracuse aims for a series split on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Chiefs will send right-hander Taylor Hill to the mound against right-hander Chad Green.

HARRISBURG (AA): Anthony Vasquez was strong for 7 1/3 innings and the Reading Fightin Phils knocked off the Senators 3-1 on Saturday in the third of a four-game set before 4,392 at FNB Field.

Reynaldo Lopez (L, 0-2, 4.09) allowed two earned runs of four hits and one walk, striking out five, for the Senators (4-4). The Phils picked up single runs against the Nats prospect in the second and sixth -- both solo home runs by Dylan Cozens and Jorge Alfaro. Their third run came off reliever Wander Suero in the seventh.

Vasquez (W, 2-0) limited Harrisburg to five hits -- all singles -- while walking just two and striking out eight. Spencer Kieboom went 1 for 3 and is hitting .364 so far in 2016.

The finale on Sunday against Reading is set for 1:30 p.m.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A): The Nationals pummeled the Wilmington Blue Rocks 14-6 in the third of a four-game set on Saturday night at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium.

Every P-Nats’ starter reached base safely, eight of nine swingers recorded a base hit, and the combination of Osvaldo Abreu (four), Jose Marmolejos (three), and Drew Ward (three) turned in a total of 10 runs batted in.

In the contest, 20 total runs scored, 26 hits were collected, and five overall errors were made between Potomac and Wilmington. The P-Nats (6-3) went 8 for 20 with runners in scoring position during their victory.

In three of their scoring innings, the Nationals had more runs than hits. The Nationals set a 2016 season high for runs in a single game after their shellacking of the Rocks.

Potomac Andrew Stevenson set a 2016 single game high for stolen bases in the clash with three.

Despite being tagged for six runs (five earned) on 10 hits, P-Nats starter, Boone Whiting (2-0) earned his second win of the season. Whiting walked one, fanned three, and overcame a wild pitch.

Wilmington leads the series two games to one entering the finale on Sunday afternoon at 1:05pm. with Luis Reyes (0-1, 4.50) on the mound to deal against Blue Rocks LHP Colin Rodgers (0-0, 0.00).

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A): The Suns scored early and often, cruising to an 8-4 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds in the third of a four-game series at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland.

Matthew Page went 2 for 5 with four RBIs, Ian Sagdal went 2 for 4 with a triple and three runs scored and Victor Robles tripled and scored twice on the day. Robles, Sagdal and Kelvin Gutierrez all had stolen bases.

Joan Baez started and was roughed up a bit, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and three walks in three innings. Jorge Pantoja took over and was masterful, pitching three scoreless on one hit and no walks, striking out three, to earn the win. Tommy Peterson went three innings of perfect relief to earn his first save of the season.

Hagerstown (7-3) plays the Sunday finale at Delmarva at 2:05 p.m.