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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.

SYRACUSE (AAA): The Chiefs swept the Scranton Wilkes/Barre RailRiders with a 7-4 win Sunday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. The Chiefs scored five runs in the first inning and never trailed in the series finale.

Syracuse (9-8) started things early in the bottom of the first against right-hander Tyler Cloyd. Trea Turner led off the inning by reaching on a throwing error from third baseman Rob Refsnyder, followed by back-to-back walks from Scott Sizemore and Kevin Keyes. Matt Skole then doubled into the right-field center gap, driving in both Turner and Sizemore. With two outs, Brendan Ryan hit a three-run home run down the left field line, driving in Keyes and Skole, handing Syracuse a 5-0 lead after the first frame.

The Chiefs eventually jumped on top 6-0 in the bottom of the third. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with one out, with a Pedro Severino sacrifice fly bringing across Kevin Keyes.

Aaron Laffey finished his afternoon tossing five innings, surrendering two runs on six hits. 

The bottom of the sixth saw Syracuse jump back on the board. Turner singled to right field, advancing to third on outs from Sizemore and Jason Martinson. Turner later scored on a line-drive double off the bat of Kevin Keyes, giving the Chiefs a 7-2 lead after six frames.

The Chiefs are back in play for the first game of a two-game set at Pawtucket on Monday night. First pitch is set for 6:15 p.m. with Paolo Espino slated to get the ball for Syracuse.

HARRISBURG (AA): The Senators used three two-run innings and strong pitching to beat the Bowie Baysox 6-3 on Sunday afternoon. With the win the Senators avoided the weekend sweep.  Harrisburg is now 7-9 on the season while Bowie falls to 8-9.

Five Senators pitchers combined on the win with newly signed Jaron Long starting for the Senators and pitching the first 3.2 innings. Andrew Robinson followed and earned the win against his former teammates pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. Bryan Harper pitched two scoreless innings before turning things over to Derek Self. Self allowed two runs in the ninth inning before giving way to Juan Gutierrez who retired Trey Mancini to finish the game and earn his second save on the season.

The Senators scored two in the first on a single by Chris Bostick and a double by Brenden Webb. In the fourth, they plated two more when Zach Collier drove in a run with a single and Stephen Perez followed with a sacrifice fly. They tacked on two more in the fifth when Shawn Pleffner doubled in Wilmer Difor, then advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a wild pitch.

Pleffner and Bostick both had two hits while five different Senators drew a pair of walks in the game. The Senators also had three more doubles in the game.

After an off day on Monday, the Senators start a three-game series with the Hartford Yard Goats on Tuesday night.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A): On Sunday afternoon, the Nationals bested the Wilmington Blue Rocks 3-1 in 12 innings to stay undefeated playing at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium in 2016 (8-0).

Designated hitter Andrew Stevenson drilled an RBI double to the gap in right-center field to score the go-ahead run in the 12th.

The Nationals (11-7) sealed the deal on a five-game sweep of the Blue Rocks with their first extra-innings victory of the 2016 campaign.

The Red, White, and Blue won the standoff despite going 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

P-Nats starter Wirkin Estevez turned in his best outing of the year with five scoreless innings logged in which he allowed just one base hit. Estevez walked a pair and struck out one in the no-decision.

Estevez threw 66 pitches and 43 offerings for strikes while the Dominican-born righty faced three batters over the minimum.

Potomac reliever Mario Sanchez took the ball in a scoreless stalemate in the 6th and went on to throw 2.1 scoreless frames. Sanchez gave up an unearned run without walking a batter and struck out a trio of men.

The Nationals manufactured the first run of the game in the eighth inning against Wilmington LHP Ian Tompkins. Narciso Mesa reached first via an infield single and went to second on a wild pitch. Stevenson, who reached base five times in the game, drew a walk to put two runners aboard, and the duo completed a double steal. Abreu then lofted an RBI sacrifice fly out to right field to score Mesa and break up the scoreless tie.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Rocks struck back with a run of their own.

In the top of the 12th, Blue Rocks lefty Tim Hill (0-2) entered the game and immediately walked Alec Keller, who reached base for the first time on the day. Matt Reistetter bunted Keller to second base. Mesa then smoked a low line drive snared nicely by O’Hearn behind the first base bag for the second out as Keller moved to third base. Stevenson came up next and cranked his go-ahead, run-scoring, two-sacker into right-center to spring Keller loose to the plate. After Abreu was plunked on the lead thigh by Hill, Marmolejos punched an RBI single through the six hole and into left field plating Stevenson to make it a 3-1 contest.

The Nationals are now (1-1) in extra-inning games this year while the Blue Rocks are (0-1).

Potomac will enjoy a league-wide off-day tomorrow before hosting the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs) for a three-game series at Pfitzner Stadium that ignites a six-game homestand beginning on Tuesday. The P-Nats’ series opener vs. Myrtle Beach starts with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A): Ian Sagdal went 4 for 5 with two home runs and five RBIs to lead the Suns over the Hickory Crawdads 9-3 on Sunday at Municipal Stadium.

Sagdal's big day paced a 12-hit attack for Hagerstown (13-5), which won its third in a row. Austin Davidson and Edwin Lora both had multi-hit days, with Davidson hitting his first home run of the season.

Pedro Avila started and pitched four innings, allowing one run -- unearned -- on two hits and a walk, striking out four. Matthew Crownover threw three scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit and striking out two to earn the win, his third of the season.

Max Schrock went 1 for 3 with two walks and stole three bases, upping his season total to nine. The Suns stole five bases in the game.

Hagerstown is off on Monday and starts a three-game series in Asheville on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.