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Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report: Weekend Edition

News, notes and game reports from across the Nats' minor league affiliates.

Courtesy of Auburn Doubledays
Courtesy of Auburn Doubledays

From staff and wire reports:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Chiefs (37-33) dropped two of three to the Columbus Clippers over the weekend.

On Sunday, Syracuse salvaged the last of the three-game set in dramatic fashion, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning after Columbus made it 1-0 in the top of the frame to win 2-1.

Jhonatan Solano reached on an infield single to lead off against reliever Joseph Colon. Tony Campana grounded into a force out to second, wiping out Solano. Trea Turner walked, then Steve Lombardozzi doubles on a ground ball to left and Campana scored, with Turner to moving to third. Brian Goodwin's sac fly to left scored Turner for the win.

Starter Jaron Long provided seven shutout innings on five hits and no walks, striking out two. Erik Davis got the win (5-2) despite allowing Columbus' run in the top of the 10th.

Austin Voth gave up four earned runs on four hits and one walk, striking out five, in Saturday's 4-3 loss. Goodwin went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI and Jason Martinson went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

On Friday, ex-Nats starter Ross Detwiler beat Taylor Hill in an 8-3 Clippers win. Hill allowed five earned runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Aaron Laffey was roughed up for three runs on six hits in two innings of relief. Pedro Severino (2 for 3, two runs) was the only Chief with multiple hits.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): The Senators (37-31) took two out of three from the Reading Fightin' Phils, capped by Sunday's magnificent performance by Reynaldo Lopez.

Lopez, one of the Nats top five prospects, struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings and allowed one earned run on five hits with no walk in a 4-1 win. Neftali Soto hit his seventh home run of the season in support.

Om Saturday, Greg Ross was pretty good in his own right, tossing seven shutout innings on three hits and two walks in a 2-0 win. Ross struck out five to move to 3-0 on the season. Wilmer Difo and Spencer Kieboom both went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Reading won Friday's affair 4-0 behind former Nats farmhand Nick Pivetta. The righty blanked the Senators on seven hits in a complete game. Phillips Valdez gave up four earned runs on six hits and a walk, striking out six, for the Sens.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (34-34) won three of five with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in an extended series making up games from April and Thursday's washout.

Potomac won on Sunday in 11 innings 4-3. Raudy Read led the 11th off with a walk, went to second on Alec Keller's single, moved to third on Drew Vettleson's sac bunt, and scored on David Master's single to center. Keller had three hits on the day while Masters, Read and Bryan Mejia added a pair apiece.

The Pelicans took both Saturday games, 2-1 and 4-0 and Potomac won both games on Friday, 4-2 and 4-3. In Friday's first game, Drew Ward hit his 11th home run of the season, while Read and Mejia both also homered. Erick Fedde allowed one run on three hits and two walks over four innings.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A South Atlantic League): The Suns (43-27) split a four-game series with the Greenville Drive.

On Sunday, Pedro Avila gave up one earned run on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts over five innings, but it was the two unearned runs that did him in, in a 3-2 loss. Matthew Page, Austin Davidson and Jorge Tillero all had two-hit days, and Page hit his sixth home run of the season.

On Saturday, the Suns managed just four hits in a 7-1 loss. James Bourque (L, 0-3) gave up seven hits and three runs in four innings.

Hagerstown swept a pair of seven-innings games on Friday, 6-1 and 4-1. In the early game, Grant DeBruin and Page both knocked in a pair of runs and Joan Baez (W, 3-5) gave up one run on five hits and three walks, striking out eight, over five innings. In the nightcap, Victor Robles (.315), Max Schrock (.331), DeBruin and Jakson Reetz all had two-hit days and Matt Derosier (W, 3-3) gave up a run on five hits in five innings.

AUBURN (SHORT-SEASON A New York/Penn League): The Doubledays' season got underway with a two-game sweep of Batavia, then a loss to Mahoning Valley on Sunday.

In Friday night's opener, Randy Encarnacion homered as part of a three-run seventh and Tyler Watson pitched five shutout innings with three hits, one walk and seven strikeouts to win 3-0. Robbie Dickey (W, 1-0) got the win with three no-hit innings.

McKenzie Mills (W, 1-0) gave Auburn five shutout innings on Satruday night, scattering six hits and three walks with five strikeouts in a 5-1 win. Ryan Ripken went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Angelo La Bruna added a pair of hits.

On Sunday, Mahoning Valley pounded five Auburn pitchers for 15 hits in a 14-3 romp. Wilber Pena (L, 0-1) took the brunt of it, allowing six runs on four hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 innings. Ripken went 2 for 4 and Andres Martinez went 3 for 4 with an RBI.