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Washington Nationals Daily Minor League Affiliate Report

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

Courtesy of Hagerstown Suns
Courtesy of Hagerstown Suns

SYRACUSE (AAA): The Chiefs dropped the final game of a four-game series to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania. The Chiefs allowed just one hit after the second inning, outhitting the RailRiders 12-4.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7-3) got on the board in the first. Aaron Judge singled with one out off Taylor Hill. Judge moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on Rob Refsnyder's single to give the RailRiders an unearned run and 1-0 lead.

Hill settled in from there, allowing just one more hit over the next five innings. Hill finished after six strong innings with just the one unearned run allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. Hill set down the final 13 batters he faced.

Syracuse (5-4) finally got on the board in the seventh. Brian Goodwin tripled to lead off the inning against Luis Cessa. He scored on Pedro Severino's double to tie the score at one. The Chiefs would load the bases after Caleb Ramsey singled, Trea Turner grounded into a fielders choice, and Tony Campana singled. But Cessa got Sizemore to strikeout and Skole to pop out to keep the game tied at one.

The RailRiders took the lead in the eighth against Trevor Gott. Lance Adams singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Gott then walked Jonathan Diaz and Ben Gamel to load the bases. Judge then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Adams just ahead of Ramsey's throw to give SWB a 2-1 lead. The RailRiders nearly added to the lead, but Refsnyder flew out to the wall in left one batter later to end the inning.

Ramsey reached on a bunt single to lead off the ninth, but was stranded on second as Nick Goody picked up the save.

Syracuse takes the short trip to Allentown to open a two-game series at Lehigh Valley Monday at 7:05 p.m. Austin Voth is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Mark Appel for the IronPigs.

HARRISBURG (AA): The Reading Fightin’ Phils amassed 16 hits and took advantage of three errors on their way to a series-clinching 14-2 victory over the Senators (4-5) in front of 3,517 fans on Sunday afternoon. The Harrisburg loss sent them for the first time this season under the .500 mark.

Lucas Giolito struggled to keep the ball down in the strike zone as Reading got to the Nationals’ top prospect for five runs on seven singles and one walk. Four of the five runs allowed were unearned thanks to a pair of throwing errors by Wilmer Difo and Giolito (0-1) himself.

The 21-year-old lasted 3 2/3 innings, striking out three, and throwing 76 pitches. The much anticipated matchup between two of the top prospects in baseball, Giolito and Reading’s J.P. Crawford, never materialized as Crawford was held out of the Fightin’ Phils’ starting lineup.

Relievers Dakota Bacus and Robert Fish couldn’t keep the potent Reading offense down either as the Fightin’ Phils got two runs off Bacus and an additional six off Fish. Bryan Harper was also touched for his first hit and run of the season as Jake Fox slugged a ninth-inning home run to finish the Reading onslaught.

The top two batters in the Senators’ lineup did the majority of the damage for Harrisburg as Rafael Bautista and Difo combined for five of the team’s six hits and both runs batted in. Kevin Keyes chipped in a double in the losing effort. A trio of Reading relievers worked the final three hitless innings with Spencer Kieboom the lone Senators’ baserunner after getting hit by a pitch in the final frame.

Harrisburg sends Austen Williams to the mound on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. to begin their three-game set against the Altoona Curve. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ affiliate will rely on right-hander Jason Creasy for the series opener at FNB Field.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A): On a picture perfect day for baseball, the end result for the Nationals was anything but. Despite a good first few innings from Luis Reyes the P-Nats could not survive the big inning as the Wilmington Blue Rocks won their first series of the season 8-3.

For the fourth time in four games, the Blue Rocks struck first. After a stretch in which Reyes set down nine in a row, Ryan O’Hearn hit his third home run of the series in the fourth inning, a solo home run that made it 1-0

Potomac (6-3) answered immediately and took the lead in the home half of the fourth inning. Jose Marmolejos began the frame with a double, and after Drew Ward walked, Alec Keller plated them both with a two-out, two-strike, two-RBI double to left field to make it 2-1 Potomac after four.

Marmolejos and Ward were the only P-Nats with multi-hit efforts on the day but Potomac was 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Things spiraled out of control in the sixth inning, as Wilmington sent 11 men to the plate as part of a six-run frame.

Reyes (L, 0-2) struggled with his command for the second straight start, as the righty walked three and gave up five hits and five earned runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Jake Johansen and Koda Glover combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

On tap is a set against. the Lynchburg Hillcats (8-3) that gets started Monday evening at 7:05 p.m. On the mound for Potomac will be RHP Phillips Valdez (2-0, 4.50) facing RHP Mitch Brown (0-1, 7.71) for Lynchburg.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A): The Suns picked up a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning, but the comeback wasn't enough as Hagerstown dropped a 4-3 decision to the Delmarva Shorebirds before a crowd of 5,729 at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland.

Cody Dent hit a one-out single and went to second when Edwin Lora was hit by a pitch. Reliever Reid Love then uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners up. After Rhett Wiseman popped up, Christian Turnipseed took over for Love and was greeted by a ground ball single by Victor Robles to plate both runners and Robles moved up to second on the throw. Unfortunately, Max Schrock struck out to end the game.

Robles had three hits and a stolen base on the afternoon, upping his season average to .333. Dent finished 2 for 4.

Hagerstown starter Matthew DeRosier gave up one run on three hits without a walk, striking out seven in five innings. Reliever Luis Torres (L, 1-1) didn't fare as well, coughing up three earned runs on four hits and a walk in three innings.

The Suns (7-4) start a three-game series at Lakewood on Monday at 6:35 p.m.