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Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report--Weekend Roundup

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

Courtesy of Potomac Nationals

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Chiefs fell to the Rochester Red Wings in the first two of a three-game set on Friday and Saturday before getting washed out on Sunday.

On Friday, Rochester picked up a run in the bottom of the eighth to edge the Chiefs 4-3. A.J. Cole allowed three earned runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings, striking out seven. Matt Grace took the loss and gave up the run in the eighth. Trea Turner went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. He hit his third home run and recorded stolen base No. 14 of the season. Scott Sizemore added a solo home run, his second.

In Saturday's game, the Red Wings clobbered Chiefs starter Taylor Hill and won 8-3. Hill was charged with seven earned runs on seven hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. Hill struck out three. On offense, Turner went 2 for 5 to up his average to .319, and Pedro Severino added a pair of hits. The Chiefs (19-16) went 2 for 11 with RISP.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): The Senators dropped 3 of 4 to the Akron Rubber Ducks over the weekend.

Harrisburg mustered just three hits on Thursday against Akron starter Adam Plutko (six innings) and reliever Robbie Aviles. Tyler Mapes was the hard-luck loser, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks over six innings.

On Friday, the Senators found their bats, pounding out 14 hits in an 11-7 win. Neftali Soto had a big day with a grand slam and six total RBIs, going 3 for 4 at the dish. Rafael Bautista went 3 for 4  with four runs scored and two stolen bases and Chris Bostinck went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. Stephen Perez and Adrian Sanchez added two-hit games as well.

Akron took a 4-3 decision in 12 innings on Saturday, as a fielding error by Bostick in left field allowed the go-ahead run to come across. Wilmer Difo and Bostick both had a pair of hits. Difo and Bautista both stole two bases. Nats top prospect Lucas Giolito started and allowed three runs -- none earned -- on three hits and five walks over 5 2/3 innings, striking out four.

Defense hurt the Senators (15-20) in the Sunday matchup, as four errors helped Akron win 5-1. Harrisburg was limited to four hits in the series finale. Austin Williams (L, 0-5) gave up four runs -- again, none earned -- on eight hits and a walk in six innings.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A Carolina League): The P-Nats dropped the first two games of a three-game series with the Winston-Salem Dash before salvaging the Sunday finale, 13-6.

Potomac (18-16) pounded out 16 hits on Sunday, led by Drew Ward's 3-for-3 day with three walks, two runs and two RBIs. Alec Keller and Khayyan Norfolk both went 2 for 4 with three drive in, while D.K. Carey, Jose Marmolejos and Andrew Stevenson all had two hits apiece in the slugfest. Prospect Erick Fedde got the win (2-3), though didn't pitch all that well, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings.

On Friday, Potomac dropped a 5-4 decision in 11 innings. The Dash's Adam Engel singled with two men on -- both via walks off Dakota Bacus (L, 0-2). Keller was 2 for 5 with a run, RBI and steal, and Norfolk added two hits.

Stevenson (.344) went 3 for 4 and Carey homered (3) in Saturday's 4-2 loss. Wirkin Estevez didn't allow a run in five innings, surrendering four hits and a walk. Robert Benincasa was roughed up for three runs on a pair of hits and two walks in an inning of relief work.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A South Atlantic League): The Suns took 3 of 4 from the Kannapolis Intimidators over the weekend.  After splitting on Thursday and Friday, Hagerstown won 10-3 on Saturday and 6-5 on Sunday.

Kelvin Gutierrez hit his first homer of the year on Saturday, a three-run shot in the first inning, to pace the Suns. Jakson Reetz went 3 for 3 with two walks and two RBIs and Rhett Wiseman had three driven in and went 1 for 4. Trey Lambert picked up the win (1-0), throwing 3 1/3 shutout relief innings. He gave up two hits and a walk, striking out four.

On Sunday, the Suns pushed one across in the bottom of the ninth to escape with a 6-5 win. With one out, Ian Sagdal walked, then went to second on a balk and scored on Matthew Page's single. Max Schrock homered (2) in the first inning and went 2 for 5 with two runs, and Gutierrez went 2 for 5 with a run. Luis Torres (2-1) got the win with two shutour innings of relief work.