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Washington Nationals Minor League Report--Weekend Edition

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

Courtesy of Hagerstown Suns
Courtesy of Hagerstown Suns

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Chiefs (17-12) split a four-game weekend series with the Buffalo Bisons, winning Thursday and Friday while dropping the last two of the series.

On Thursday, Brian Goodwin (3 for 5, 4 RBIs) and Matt Skole homered to lead a 15-hit attack in a 14-6 win. Trea Turner went 3 for 6 with two runs and two RBIs, Caleb Ramsey and Pedro Severino both added a pair of hits. Austin Voth allowed five earned run over five innings, but Erik Davis earned the win (3-0) with an inning of shutout relief as the offense kicked into gear.

The Chiefs won on Friday 5-0 as Aaron Laffey (W, 3-0), Matt Grace, Nick Masset and Rafael Martin combined on a two-hit shutout. Skole and Severino both homered and Turner went 3 for 4 with a run, RBI and stolen base (12).

Buffalo took the third game on Saturday 2-1. Syracuse scored in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game but couldn't find the equalizer. Brendan Ryan and Goodwin had multi-hit games. The Bison also won on Sunday, 4-2. A.J. Cole (L, 3-2) was roughed up, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks in just 3 2.3 innings.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern league): The Senators (11-17) took one of three from the Trenton Thunder in their weekend series, losing Friday and Sunday while winning the middle game on Saturday 3-1.

On Friday, Zach Collier homered and Harrisburg swiped four bases, two apiece by Wilmer Difo and Rafael Bautista, but it wasn't enough to top Jordan Montgomery and the Thunder. Montgomery (W, 4-0) gave up just one run over five innings, striking out nine, in Trenton's 5-4 win. Difo and Bautista also had two hits apiece.

Tyler Mapes (W, 5-1) was superb on Saturday, guiding the Senators to a 3-1 win. He gave up one run on six hits and two walks over six innings. Bautista and Brenden Webb had two-hit games and both drove in runs.

Trenton took Sunday's rubber game 7-5 as Gilberto Mendez (L, 0-2) was tagged for six runs on eight hits and two walks over three innings. Bautista was 2 for 5, Difo was 2 for 5 with an RBI and stolen base (9), and Chris Bostick went 3 for 5 with an RBI.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (16-11) suffered through another rainout on Friday, but took two of three from the Frederick Keys over the weekend at the Pfitz.

The Keys took the first game on Thursday, 5-2, as Frederick got to reliever Greg Ross for a three-spot in the top of the ninth inning, though none of the runs were earned. Andrew Stevenson was 1 for 4 with a steal (11).

Potomac won on Saturday 3-2, getting single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Mario Sanchez (W, 1-0) tossed three scoreless innings of relief for the win and Ryan Brinley struck out two to earn his fourth save. D.K. Carey and Bryan Mejia both had a pair of hits while Carey, Alec Keller and Matt Reistetter drove in runs.

Potomac took the series finale on Sunday 2-1. Starter Wilson Valdez (W, 4-1) went seven innings and allowed one run on one hit and three walks, striking out three. Greg Ross and Robert Orlan both pitched hitless innings of relief as the three combined on a one-hitter. Jose Marmolejos went 2 for 4 with an RBI and David Masters hit a solo home run, his second of the year. Stevenson was 3 for 4 (.340) with his 12th stolen base.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A South Atlantic League): The Suns (20-9) took the first two games of a four-game set at the West Virginia Power.

Hagerstown won Saturday 6-5, combining to score three runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Ian Sagdal hit his third home run as part of a 2 for 3 day and Kelvin Gutierrez went 3 for 5 and drove in two to up his average to .336. Jorge Pantoja (W, 4-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing one earned run on a hit and a walk.

On Sunday, the Suns took a 4-3 decision from the Power. Victor Robles was 2 for 5, Sagdal and Jorge Tillero had a pair of hits apiece, and Austin Davidson drove in two without a base hit. Robles swiped his 12 bag of the year. Joan Baez (W, 1-3) didn't give up a run over five innings, striking out six.