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Washington Nationals Daily Minor League Affiliate Report

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

Courtesy of Syracuse Chiefs
Courtesy of Syracuse Chiefs

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA): The Chiefs fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 10-2 in the final game of a five-game series on Thursday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. Lehigh Valley scored eight unanswered runs from innings three through five in the win.

Syracuse (6-8) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. A Trea Turner walk preceded a Brendan Ryan single, with Turner (.377) eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Scott Sizemore, handing the Chiefs a 1-0 lead at the end of one inning.

But starter A.J. Cole had his troubles and ended his afternoon after 4 2/3 innings, surrendering 8 earned runs on 12 hits. He struck out seven and walked one.

Back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the sixth from second baseman Scott Sizemore and third baseman Jason Martinson put the Chiefs back on the board.

Brian Goodwin extended his on-base streak to 13 in the loss and is hitting .362 so far this season.

The Chiefs are back in play Friday night at NBT Bank Stadium for a three game series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. First pitch is at 6:35. Syracuse’s Taylor Hill is set to take the mound against Scranton Wilkes-Barre’s Chad Green.

HARRISBURG (AA): Chris Bostick homered and Zach Collier collected his first hit of the season, but neither was enough in the Senators 6-4 loss to the Bowie Baysox on Thursday night. The Senators led three different times, 1-0, 3-1, & 4-3 before the Baysox overtook them in the seventh. It was the first time the Senators lost a game when leading into the seventh inning.

The Senators took a 1-0 lead in the first on an error when Rafael Bautista scored from second on an infield error. After Mike Yastrzemski homered to tie the game in the first, the Senators took a 2-1 in the second on another error on the Baysox.

The Senators tacked on a run in the third on a long home run by Chris Bostick, his first of the season. In the bottom third, Yastrzemski hit a two-run home run to tie the game. The Senators reclaimed the lead in the fourth when Adrian Sanchez doubled in Stephen Perez giving the Sens a 4-3 lead.

It was still 4-3 into the seventh when Trey Mancini hit his sixth home run, a two-run shot to right, to give the Baysox the lead. They tacked on a run in the eighth for the win.

Reynaldo Lopez started for the Senators and went five innings, allowing three runs. Nick Lee and Wander Suero both pitched in relief and both allowed runs. Lee took the loss in the game, allowing the Mancini home run.

Offensively Bostick and Sanchez both had two hits and had the Senators only two extra-base hits.

Game two of the four-game series is Friday night at 7:05 p.m. The Senators send Lucas Giolito to the hill making his third start for the Senators.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A): Back at the friendly confines of Frawley Stadium, the Nationals picked up where they left off from a season opening road series win, as they took down the Wilmington Blue Rocks 4-3 in game one of the doubleheader and 3-0 game two. Osvaldo Abreu’s two-strike RBI single in the seventh inning of game one propelled Potomac (8-7) to a win that snapped a four-game skid, while RF Dale Carey’s RBI single in the sixth frame of game two gave the P-Nats an early 2-0 series lead in the five games scheduled in Wilmington.

Game one got off to a good start, as Boone Whiting (W, 3-0) pitched through three shutout innings. The P-Nats had five straight men reach base to start the fourth inning and built a 2-0 lead. Raudy Read started the frame with a single and went to third on a double by Drew Ward, Ward’s second double of the game. Bryan Mejia made it 1-0 with an RBI single, while Alec Keller doubled up the Potomac lead with an RBI groundout.

Ward continued his hot hitting with his third home run of the season, a solo home run that began the top of the sixth, his third extra-base hit of the game.

Game two started much like the first, only the starting pitchers went even further into the game before there was any scoring. In his debut in the Washington Nationals’ system, Greg Ross threw four-shutout innings.The righty gave up four hits, induced two double plays, and did not walk a batter. In relief of Ross, RHP Mick VanVossen (W, 1-0) retired all nine men that he faced in his Potomac debut. VanVossen set down the side in order in the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh in route to the win.

Potomac’s offense in game two came in the final two frames. Abreu led off with a triple in the eighth and scored on an infield single to third, with the throw home much too late. Keller then led off the seventh inning with a single, moved to second on a groundout, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on David Masters’ high chopper to the mound. With two outs, Stevenson tripled into the left-centerfield gap and then scored on a wild pitch, as Potomac led 3-0, the eventual final.

In game one, Jose Marmolejos had his league best 13-game on-base streak snapped.

Off of the sweep, the P-Nats will look to make it three in a row Friday night vs. the Blue Rocks. On the mound for Potomac will be Luis Reyes (0-2, 6.52). Reyes allowed five runs in 5.2 innings at home vs. Wilmington on April 17th. Wilmington will send LHP Colin Rodgers (1-0, 2.00) to the hill.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A): The Suns were limited to three hits and fell to the Hickory Crawdads 5-4 on Thursday at Municipal Stadium.

Hickory scored three in the fifth inning off starter Joan Baez (L, 0-2, 6.75) and picked up single runs in the eighth and ninth off reliever Taylor Guilbeau. Baez allowed three hits and a walk, striking out two over five innings. Guilbeau went four innings, giving up five hits and two walks with three Ks.

The Suns (10-5) scored in the fifth on a Max Schrock double, a ground ball out and after a pitching change and a Ryan Ripken walk, another ground out.

Hagerstown got two more in the eighth. Kelvin Gutierrez walked and went to second when Ripken reached on an error. Ian Sagdal struck out, then Rhett Wiseman drew a base on balls to load the bases. Jakson Reetz drove in a run with a ground out, and another run scored as Edwin Lora reached on an error.

In the ninth, Victor Robles led off with a double and came around on a wild pitch and throwing error.

Hagerstown faces Hickory again on Friday at 6:05 p.m. at Municipal Stadium.