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Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Weekend Roundup

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

Courtesy of Syracuse Chiefs
Courtesy of Syracuse Chiefs

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Chiefs (27-21) closed out a three-game sweep of the Gwinnett Braves with a 3-1 victory at Coolray Field on Sunday afternoon. Paolo Espino threw seven strong innings in the win, moving the Chiefs one shy of a season high at six games over .500.

Espino retired 11 straight at one point and did not surrender a run after the first. He walked one and struck out four in seven innings of seven-hit, one-run ball. Tony Campana, Matt Skole and Caleb Ramsey all had two hits, and Pedro Severino drove in two.

Syracuse scored twice in the seventh, then pushed single runs across in the eighth and ninth innings to beat Gwinnett 6-5 on Saturday. Trea Turner (.317) was 3 for 5 with two RBIs, Matt den Dekker had a first-inning home run and finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs and the Chiefs pounded out 13 hits. Aaron Laffey pitched six innings of shutout, two-hit ball but didn't factor in the decision.

On Friday, Austin Voth pitched a gem, allowing three hits and no walks over seven innings, striking out six, and the Chiefs beat Gwinnett 1-0. Turner drove in the Chiefs' lone run with a triple in the eighth, plating Scott Sizemore.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): On Sunday afternoon in Akron, the Senators (25-23) had just enough offense to beat the RubberDucks (35-14) 2-1. The Senators win snapped Akron’s 17-game home winning streak and snapped the Sens mini two-game losing streak.

Reynaldo Lopez started and worked five innings fanning a career-high twelve batters while allowing a run on five hits. Lopez struck out the side twice, and had at least two punch outs in each of his five innings of work.

On Saturday, Neftali Soto homered but the Senators fell 3-2 to Akron and Carlos Carrasco, on a rehab assignment for the Cleveland Indians. Chris Bostick, Wilmer Difo and Shawn Pleffner all had two-hit games. Tyler Mapes started and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs.

The Senators dropped the series opener on Friday 6-1. Spencer Kieboom had an RBI double for Harrisburg's only hit of the night as Akron's Michael Peoples took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (26-21) were held to three hits in a 4-1 loss to Winston-Salem on Sunday. The three hits match a season-low.

Potomac won the first two games of the series. On Friday, Greg Ross combined with two relievers on a five-hitter as the P-Nats beat the Dash 2-0. Ross gave up the five hits with one walk over seven innings, striking out four. Drew Ward clubbed his eighth home run of the season in support.

On Saturday, a three-run fourth propelled Potomac to a 5-2 win. Alec Keller and Narciso Mesa had multi-hit games, with Mesa's two-run triple in the fourth providing the fireworks. Prospect Erick Fedde pitched six shutout innings and gave up four hits and a walk, striking out five.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A South Atlantic League): The Suns (30-19) fell to Lexington 11-8 on Sunday in the rubber match to drop the weekend series. Hagerstown pounded out 10 hits, including a 4 for 4, six-RBI day from Matthew Page, but it wasn't enough. Starter Pedro Avila was roughed up, surrendering five runs on nine hits and two walks over just 3 2/3 innings.

The teams split a pair of seven-inning contests on Saturday after a rainout on Friday. The Suns took the nightcap 4-0 behind Matt Crownover's strong start. he went five shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks, striking out five. Rhett Wiseman was 2 for 3 with his third home run two runs scored.

In the early game, Hagerstown was clobbered 8-1. Lexington scored six runs in the sixth and seventh innings off reliever Jorge Pantoja.