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Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report: Weekend Roundup

(Not quite) 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 (22-20) split a four-game series with the Norfolk Tides, winning the first two games on Thursday and Friday before getting dumped over the weekend.

In a 7-4 win on Thursday, Brian Goodwin continued his hot hand, smacking his fourth homer of the season -- a grand slam -- as part of a 2 for 5 day, raising his average to .311 for the season. Matt Skole added three hits, while Scott Sizemore and Caleb Ramsey were both 2 for 4. A.J. Cole (5.65 ERA) gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings on four hits and a walk.

On Friday, the Chiefs were 6-2 winners, picking up three runs int he seventh inning. Goodwin was a catalyst again, going 3 for 4, while Skole was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Jason Martinson hit his fourth home run of the year. Taylor HIll allowed two earned run son four hits and a walk, striking out six over 5 2/3 innings.

The Tides roughed up Austin Voth on Saturday to beat the Chiefs 7-2. Voth didn't get an out in the sixth inning -- giving up a five-spot in the process. Voth allowed five hits and two walks, striking out three.  Matt den Dekker and Scott Sizemore had mulit-hit games.

In the series finale on Sunday, Norfolk's Joe Gunkel shut out the Chiefs over seven innings on three hits and two walks and the Tides won 6-0. Aaron Laffey gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks in just 3 1/3 innings for the Chiefs.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): The Senators (21-20) swept the Bowie Baysox in a three-game set, stretching their winning streak to six games.

Sunday's finale went 13 innings. Shawn Pleffner started the rally with a single to right, and Stephen Perez pinch-ran for the first baseman. Brain Jerolman sacrifice bunted, and with a throwing error on the play Perez went over to third. Adrian Sanchez popped out, but Rafael Bautista's sacrifice fly to center got the job done, allowing Perez to carry the winning run home.

Pleffner finished the day 3 for 6, and Isaac Ballou and Chris Bostick both added a pair of hits.

Austin Williams won his first game of the season on Saturday, allowing two unearned runs on five hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings and the Senators took a  7-2 decision. Bostick was 3 for 3, Zack Collier was 3 for 4 and Spencer Kieboom drove in a pair of runs.

On Friday, Lucas Giolito evened his record to 2-2 with a 4-2 win over Bowie. He gave up two earned runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five. Neftali Soto hit his fourth homer of the season, and Kieboom banged out three hits in four trips.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (21-18) were washed out again on Saturday and Sunday, and lost 4-3 to Frederick on Friday night.

Potomac right fielder D.K. Carey went 4 for 4 and Alec Keller homered, but it wasn't enough to top the Keys. Wirkin Estevez gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A South Atlantic League): The Suns (26-16) were swept in a three-game set by the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Greensboro got two runs in the bottom of the sixth on Isael Soto's homer off Tommy Peterson to win 2-1 in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Sunday, shortened to seven innings.

In the first game, Andrew Lee gave up four runs on five hits and two walks over four innings and Grasshoppers won 5-2. Suns outfielder Victor Robles was hit by a pitch on his right hand in his first appearance and was removed from the game.

Robles hit his fifth homer of the year in Saturday's 4-2 loss.