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Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report: Weekend Edition

(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 (27-27) dropped the first three of a four-game weekend series with the Buffalo Bison before mercifully getting rained out on Sunday.

Buffalo pounded the Syracuse bullpen on Saturday en route to a 13-4 pasting. Starter A.J. Cole gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings, then the floodgates opened. Trevor Gott (L, 3-2) allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning and Juan Gutierrez coughed up five earned on five hits and a walk in one inning. Scott Sizemore hit his fifth homer and Brian Goodwin went 2 for 4 (.303).

On Friday, Buffalo DH Jesus Montero went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and the Bison won 7-5. Erik Davis (4-2) walked four and gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss. Sizemore went 2 for 3 with a homer and Matt Skole went 2 for 5 with his sixth homer of the season.

Buffalo opened the series on Thursday with a 8-3 win, jumping on starter Aaron Laffey for six runs on 10 hits and a walk over five innings. Matt den Dekker launched his second round-tripper of the year and Jason Martinson went 2 for 4 with a triple and and RBI.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): The Senators (29-26) took two of three from the Richmond Flying Squirrels over the weekend.

Richmond salvaged a sweep on Sunday, winning 6-2. Austen Williams (1-7) took the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks over five innings. Spencer Kieboom hit his third homer of the season and Isaac Ballou went 2 for 3.

In Saturday's scheduled game, Lucas Giolito held the Squirrels to one run on seven hits over six innings with eight strikeouts to win 3-1 in seven innings. Zach Collier went 2 for 3 with his third homer and three RBIs and Neftali Soto added three hits.

Earlier in the day, the teams completed Friday's washed out game, with Harrisburg winning 8-1. Soto and Brian Jerolman both drove in three runs and Chris Bostick was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. John Simms (3-2) picked up the win in relief as Reynaldo Lopez pitched just two innings. Matt Belisle, on Major League rehab assignment, pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

POTOMAC (HIGH-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (29-25) dropped the first two of a four-game set with teh Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

The Pelicans pounded Potomac starter Luis Reyes and reliever Mario Sanchez on Sunday for 12 runs in 3 2/3 innings en route to a 15-0 crush. The P-Nats managed just five hits on the day, and Drew Ward committed two errors at third base.

On Saturday, Matt Crownover gave up five runs on 10 hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings and Myrtle Beach won 6-2. The P-Nats had 11 hits, but only one extra-base hit, went 3 for 10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A South Atlantic League): The Suns (36-19) won three straight over the Columbia Fireflies.

On Saturday in the final game, Victor Robles scored in the top of the 12 inning to deliver a 2-1 win. Robles doubled to lead off and Max Schrock walked. Reliever Alex Palsha then threw two wild pitches, which allowed Robles to carry home the eventual winning run. Jefry Rodriguez gave up one run on three hits and two walks, striking out eight, over seven innings.

Pedro Avila pitched five shutout innings on Friday to help the Suns win 6-2. Avila (4-3) gave up just two hits and a walk. Robles was 1 for 3 with a walk, two stolen bases (16) and two runs scored. Rhett Wiseman and Edwin Lora both added a pair of hits.

Wiseman went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a steal and Hagerstown won on Thursday 6-3. Schrock went 3 for 5 and Kevin Gutierrez drove in a pair. Grant Borne earned a save, throwing three perfect innings with five strikeouts.