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Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report

(Not quite) 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): Off day. The Chiefs (22-20) start a three-game home series against the Charlotte Knights Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League)The Senators (22-20) fought their way out of a 4-1 hole and again at 5-4 to best the Portland Sea Dogs, 6-5, in the series-opening game. The victory extended the Senators’ winning streak to seven games.

Harrisburg pushed a run across in the second inning as Adrian Sanchez’ swinging bunt scored Zach Collier from third base. The lead was short-lived, however, as Portland broke through for a big inning in the top of the third when they plated four runs off Harrisburg starter Tyler Mapes. In the frame, the Sea Dogs rapped out a double, triple, single, and a home run to take a 4-1 lead. Mapes would hold the Sea Dogs at bay the rest of the way, scattering eight hits over six innings with four strikeouts.

After scoring a run on a Shawn Pleffner RBI single earlier, Spencer Kieboom delivered the big blow, an opposite field home run, to tie the game up at four headed into the seventh inning.

Portland reclaimed the lead off Harrisburg reliever Derek Self, but the Senators had one more answer for the Sea Dogs. Chris Bostick led off the eighth inning with a triple, his second of the game, to the right-center field gap. Zach Collier followed with his own triple to score Bostick and put the go-ahead run 90 feet away.

After a walk and a groundout, Sanchez came through with the two-strike sacrifice fly to score Collier with the deciding run.

Self (2-1) picked up the win and Koda Glover worked a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to pocket his second save of the season.

Bostick went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Collier rapped out two hits and scored three times, and Shawn Pleffner chipped in two singles to lead the Senators’ offensive attack.

The Senators continue the Portland Sea Dogs’ only visit to City Island this season on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Harrisburg will send Reynaldo Lopez to the mound looking for his second straight victory against Portland’s Keith Couch.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A Carolina League)It took until the final half inning of the first half of Monday night’s doubleheader for any scoring at Harry Grove Stadium. With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the seventh of a scoreless game, Frederick's Jonah Heim hit a fly ball single down the left field line, which plated Aderlin Rodriguez and got Frederick a 1-0 walk-off win. In game two, Potomac (22-19) plated two runs off the Keys’ Max Schuh (L, 0-3) in the second inning and cruised the rest of the way to a 2-0 win.

Game one of the twin bill was as much a pitcher’s dual as one could ask for. For Potomac, Erik Fedde tossed five-shutout innings, gave up just three hits, and struck out six in the no-decision.

Potomac had a least one base runner in four innings in game one but never advanced anyone beyond second base.

On rehab from the Washington Nationals, RHP Matt Belisle worked around a leadoff single in the sixth to provide a scoreless inning of relief.

Game two featured more stellar pitching from Potomac, as RHP Boone Whiting (W, 5-1) matched Fedde with five-shutout frames. Whiting gave up just four hits, struck out three, and did not walk a batter as he pitched one batter into the sixth inning. The righty gave up three hits, two doubles, in the first frame, but did not allow a run. Whiting retired 13 straight Frederick hitters until Erick Salcedo ended Whiting’s night with a leadoff double in the sixth.

Offensively in the back half of the doubleheader, Potomac’s lone run-scoring inning came in the second frame. D.K. Carey started the inning with a single and Alec Keller reached on a single hit five feet in front of the plate. A groundout by Khayyan Norfork put men at second and third with one out before a wild pitch plated Carey. Grant DeBruin followed with an RBI double, which plated Keller and made it 2-0, the eventual final.

With the split, the P-Nats moved to 5 1/2 games back of division leading Lynchburg. Potomac heads back to Woodbridge to start a seven-game homestand, as they welcome the Salem Red Sox to town for the first time in 2016.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A South Atlantic League): The Suns (27-16) broke open a one-run game with three runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Lakewood Blue Claws 7-4 at FirstEnergy Park.

Edwin Lora led off with a double on a soft line drive to right. After Cody Dent was called out on strikes, Max Schrock singled on a ground ball to center and Lora scored. Ian Sagdal lined out to left for the second out, but a wild pitch by Robert Tasin sent Schrock to second. Kelvin Gutierrez earned a base on balls, then Matthew Page doubled on a line drive to left, plating both runners.

The Blue Claws picked up one in the bottom, but it wasn't enough.

Pedro Avila pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks, striking out five, to pick up the win. Mariano Rivera went the final two innings for his third save of the season. Ryan Ripken homered in the fourth, his first of the year. Schrock, Ian Sagdal and Matthew Page had two hits apiece.