Washington Nationals minor league report: 4/25/19

From staff and wire reports:

Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast League): The homestanding Reno Aces (6-14) out-slugged the Fresno Grizzlies (11-9) on Thursday night in Northern Nevada by a 15-5 final, in a contest that featured nine home runs- by only four players. Grizzlies first baseman Brandon Snyder collected his second two-homer game of the season – and since Sunday – with a pair of solo shots. But that was no match for the Reno duo of Kevin Cron (7 RBI) and Tim Locastro (6 RBI), who each launched three homers. Locastro’s third was a grand slam in the fifth inning.

Fresno’s Jake Noll, optioned by Washington earlier in the day following his second stint in the big leagues this season, lifted his second career Triple-A homer in the fourth, a two-run shot. Snyder now has eight home runs on the season. With a 3-for-4 night (three runs), Snyder is enjoying the Grizzlies’ longest current hit streak, a five-game span in which he is 11-for-20 (.550) with five homers, two doubles, eleven RBI and eight runs scored.

In all, the top three in Reno’s order (Cron, Locastro & Juniel Querecuto) went a combined 10-for-14 with six homers, 13 RBI, Querecuto’s triple and 10 of the 15 runs scored. Fresno dropped to 5-2 against Reno this season, snapping a four-game win streak against the Aces. Overall, the Grizzlies have alternated wins and losses in their last eight games and have yet to win consecutive road games in 2019 (3-5).

Top Performers: Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals)

• 1B Brandon Snyder (3-4, 2 HR, 3 R)

• 2B Jake Noll (1-4, HR, 2 RBI)

• RHP Austin Adams (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K)

Top Performers: Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks)

• 3B Kevin Cron (3-4, 3 HR, 7 RBI)

• RF Tim Locastro (4-5, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)

• SS Juniel Querecuto (3-5, 3B, 3 R)

Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): On Thursday night in Hartford, the Senators and Hartford Yard Goats went back and forth before the Senators hung on to win 10-7 in eleven innings. The Senators rallied for four runs in the 8th inning but couldn’t hold the lead. They took two-run leads into the bottom of the 9th and 10th innings but couldn’t hold either lead. Finally, the Sens broke through with four runs in the 11th inning and held Hartford to just a single tally in the bottom of the 11th. James Bourque was the winner, going to 3-0 and Chuck Taylor drove in four runs after coming in the game in the 8th inning as a pinch-hitter. Harrisburg improves to 17-3 while Hartford falls to 10-11.

Turning Point
Chuck Taylor didn’t enter the game until the 8th inning as a pinch hitter. He drove in the go-ahead run with a single, giving the Senators a 2-1 lead. Then in the 10th, he hit a sac fly to give the Senators a 5-4 lead. In the 11th, he drove in two more with a single which gave the Senators a three-run lead.

On Capitol Hill
Five pitchers saw action for the Senators. Tyler Mapes started and went five innings allowing just an unearned run. Dan Jennings followed and allowed three hits but no runs. Taylor Guilbeau faced one batter and retired him. Aaron Barrett pitched two innings and allowed a pair of home runs. James Bourque earned the win tossing two innings.

With the Gavel
Chuck Taylor came into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning and in three trips to the plate the rest of the game he drove in four runs. Adrian Sanchez had two hits, scored two runs, and drove one in. Rhett Wiseman drove in two runs with a hit and a rbi walk. Austin Davidson drove in two runs with a single in the eighth inning. Tyler Goeddel had two hits and two runs scored.

Filibusters

  • The 4:05 game is the longest this season for the Senators. The longest game they played last season was 4:04 and it was opening night.
  • It’s the first time the Senators have won an extra-inning game.
  • After 20 games, this is the best start in modern Sens history (since 1987). 
  • 11 pitchers combined to throw 403 pitches.

On Deck
The Senators and Hartford Yard Goats play game two of their four-game series Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford. Harrisburg sends LH Ben Braymer to the mound against LH Jack Wynkoop.

Potomac (High-A Carolina League): In extra innings for the first time in 2019, the Potomac Nationals (8-13) fell victim to a 10thinning, two-out error from 3B Anderson Franco, as the Salem Red Sox (8-12) picked up a series sweep with a 7-6 win.

The series finale got off to a tough start for RHP Luis Reyes (ND), as he saw all nine Salem batters come to the plate in the opening inning, while four of the first five batters eventually scored. SS Ryan Fitzgerald put the Red Sox on the board with a sacrifice fly, LF Victor Acosta made it 2-0 with an RBI single, while C Charlie Madden gave the Red Sox a 4-0 lead with a two-run double. Reyes allowed a run in the second inning but settled in and didn’t allow a hit over his final 3.2 innings on the mound.

Potomac scored in each of the first two innings against RHP Daniel Gonzalez (ND), but the right-handed starter responded with three straight scoreless innings after that. LF Telmito Agustin picked up a home run in the opening frame, his first home run of the season, while SS David Masters tallied his 11th RBI of the season with an RBI groundout in the second inning.

After Gonzalez departed for RHP Hunter Smith for the sixth inning, Potomac pulled within a run on a two-run home from DH Nick Banks, which hit off of the left field foul pole. In the home half of the eighth inning, Potomac tied the game on an errant pick-off throw to first base from RHP Andrew Politi (W, 2-0). Politi’s throw to first base came with men on the corners and allowed Banks to score for the second time in the game.

The P-Nats got three scoreless frames from RHP Andrew Lee, while RHP Steven Fuentes (L, 1-1) entered for the ninth inning. The right-handed reliever worked a perfect ninth inning but couldn’t get out of the 10th inning unscathed. With a runner at third base and one out, Potomac intentionally walked SS Ryan Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald then attempted to get caught in a rundown between first and second base, but Potomac didn’t throw to second base, which resulted in a stolen base. With two men in scoring position and two outs, Acosta hit a routine ground ball to Franco. In an attempt to avoid the baserunner, Franco’s throw to first base went passed 1B Aldrem Corredor. The error resulted in two runs and gave Salem a 7-5 lead.

Banks continued his impressive night in the bottom of the 10th inning, as his leadoff single scored C Jakson Reetz, who began the frame as the free baserunner at second base. RHP Jake Cosart (SV, 3) then struck out Masters for the first out of the inning. On a 2-2 pitch to Franco, Banks broke for second base in a stolen base attempt, while Franco popped up behind the second base bag. Fitzgerald made the catch behind second base, and his throw back to first base beat Banks by a step and resulted in a game-ending double play. Banks finished the night with a season-high four hits in the loss.

Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic): The Suns pitching staff issued seven walks in a 6-3 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers at Municipal Stadium Thursday night.

Tomas Alastre  (L, 2-2) allowed three runs in the first two frames while issuing half a dozen walks in four innings of work during the Suns (9-12) loss to the Grasshoppers (12-8).

The scoring started in the first with Mason Martin ‘s sixth homer of the season that plated Lolo Sanchez, who was hit by a pitch to start the game. In the second with the ‘Hoppers leading 2-0, Connor Kaiser drew a bases loaded walk to score Patrick Dorrian.

The Suns clawed back, scoring a run in the third, fourth and fifth, but never were able to tie the game.

Trey Vickers singled to drive in Pablo O’Connor in the third to cut Greensboro’s lead to 3-1. In the fourth, Justin Connell drove a base knock to right to usher KJ Harrison home. Hagerstown’s final run of the game came home on a Jacob Rhinesmith ground out that allowed Cody Wilson to score in the fifth.

That came after Chandler Day entered the game in the fifth and let three runs score after facing eight Greensboro hitters.

Logan Stoelke  (S, 3) entered in the ninth to shut the Suns down and earn his tenth career save in as many opportunities.

The Suns continue the series with Greensboro tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. Hagerstown sends RHP Joan Adon  (1-1, 3.14 ERA) to the hill, while Greensboro counters with RHP Steven Jennings (1-2, 6.75 ERA).

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