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Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report

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

Courtesy of Harrisburg Senators

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Chiefs fell to the Indianapolis Indians by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday night. Indianapolis scored two runs in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie.

Indianapolis (16-15) scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning. Syracuse (19-13) starter Aaron Laffey opened the frame by walking Jason Rogers. After a strikeout, Laffey then walked Willy Garcia to put Indians runners on first and second base. Jacob Stallings then singled to load the bases before Laffey struck out Gift Ngoepe. That brought up opposing starter Chad Kuhl, who fouled off three two-strike pitches before working a RBI walk, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. Prior to the three-walk fourth inning, Laffey had given up no more than two walks in any of his previous outings on the year.

Kuhl kept Syracuse at bay through his six innings of work, allowing just four hits while striking out three. The Chiefs seriously threatened Kuhl just once during the outing in the fifth inning. Kuhl allowed a walk to Tony Campana and then back-to-back singles to Isaac Ballou and shortstop Trea Turner to load the bases with just one out. The rally ended when Kuhl induced a fly out from Scott Sizemore and Matt den Dekker grounded out.

Syracuse scored its first run of the game in the seventh off of Indians reliever Guido Knudson. A single from Campana and a walk to Turner put two speedy Chiefs on first and second with just one out in the inning. Sizemore then drove a single into center, which plated Campana and tied the game at 1-1. Cory Luebke then replaced Knudson on the mound, and he stopped the rally after den Dekker grounded out and Matt Skole struck out swinging.

Indianapolis took the lead back in the ensuing eighth inning. Garcia reached first base with his third hit of the game and went to second on Stallings’ groundout. Ngoepe then singled to drive home Garcia, giving the Indians a 2-1 lead, with Ngoepe going to second on den Dekker’s throw home. The hit was Ngoepe’s first of the series. Dan Gamache followed the single by reaching on an error from Turner. The error allowed Ngoepe to score for a 3-1 Indians lead, a score which held for the remainder of the game.

Thursday night the Chiefs conclude their four-game series with the Indians. Paolo Espino is set to start for Syracuse, with Tyler Glasnow scheduled to start opposite him. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): The Senators finished their rare sweep of the Flying Squirrels in Richmond with a 2-1 win in twelve innings on Wednesday afternoon. The Senators last swept Richmond in their only visit to The Diamond in 2010. The Senators improve to 14-17 and Richmond falls to 10-22.

Cutter Dykstra provided the first big highlight of the afternoon with a two-out pinch-hit single in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at 1-1. It was the second big pinch-hit for Dykstra in the series as he had a pinch-hit three-run triple in the opener Monday night.

Jaron Long started for the Senators and pitched seven shutout innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. Long struck out four, walked one, and scattered seven hits. His seven inning out is the longest of the season for the Senators thus far.  Nick Lee followed and allowed an unearned run to score in the eighth inning giving Richmond a 1-0 lead, before the Senators tied the game in the ninth.

Wander Suero pitched two scoreless innings and had three strikeouts.

With the score 1-1 into the 12th inning, Zach Collier lead off with a perfectly placed bunt for a single. He then moved to second on an errant pick-off throw. Chris Bostick bunted him to third and he scored on a wild pitch on ball four of an intentional walk to Neftali Soto.

Derek Self, who had tossed a 1-2-3 11th inning stayed in the game, allowed a one-out walk in the 12th but finished up the win with two harmless fly ball outs. It was Self’s first win with the Senators this season.

Collier, Bostick and Soto all had two hits in the game. With the win the Senators are now 3-0 in extra innings.

Harrisburg returns home to start a four-game series on Thursday evening against the Akron RubberDucks with RH Tyler Mapes on the hill.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (17-13) struck for four runs in the top of the 10th inning as Matt Reistetter led off the frame with his second solo home run of the game, Osvaldo Abreu drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and Jose Marmolejos tallied a two-run home run -- his second long ball of the afternoon -- and the Nationals leveled the series against the Carolina Mudcats with a 9-5 victory.

Marmolejos tallied his fourth home run of the season, a solo blast with one out in the fourth inning that made it 2-1. After Drew Ward singled and Bryan Mejia doubled, Alec Keller tied the game with an RBI groundout that plated Ward. With Mejia at third base, a wild pitch plated Mejia and put Potomac on top 3-2. Reistetter then led off the fifth inning with his first home run of the season and Keller had an RBI single in the sixth, which made it 5-2 in favor of the Nationals after 5 1/2 innings.

Despite the three-run deficit, the Mudcats chipped away. Joseph Odom led off the bottom of the sixth with an inside the park home run as Potomac right fielder Dale Carey crashed into the wall along the foul line and flipped into the stands. As the ball trickled towards the wall, Odom easily had his third home run of the season. Carolina's Joey Meneses made it a one-run game with an RBI single, and the Mudcats tied it and forced extras in the ninth again Ryan Brinley.

RC Orlan pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the P-Nats and induced a game-ending double play.

After the extra innings victory, the P-Nats will turn to Luis Reyes (2-2, 4.10) in the rubber match. For Carolina, Venezuelan RHP Enderson Franco (3-1, 7.99) looks for his fourth straight start of at least five innings and three or fewer earned runs. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A South Atlantic League): Off day. The Suns (20-11) host the Kannapolis Intimidators at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday on Ladies' Night at Municipal Stadium.