News and notes from Wednesday around the Nationals organization.
Low Single-A Hagerstown Suns lost to Delmarva 8-4, but got a three-run homer from third baseman Matt Skole, who now has a league-leading 18 round-trippers. Billy Burns swiped three bases to raise his season total to an amazing 28.
The lineup is littered with guys buzzing at the plate: Brian Goodwin (.315), Burns (.307), Caleb Ramsey (.299), Skole (.293), Cutter Dykstra (.293), Steven Souza, Jr. (.286) and Bryce Ortega (.278).
Taylor Hill went six innings and allowed three runs to improve to 8-4.
Ricky Hague smacked his fourth homer, and Michael Taylor and Hague combined for four hits as high Single-A Potomac beat Wilmington 7-4. Trevor Holder pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs with six strikeouts. Adam Carr got four outs for his first save.
J.R. Higley crushed a grand slam as short-season Single-A Auburn shut down Jamestown 7-0. Ben Meyers(@citizenmeyers)of the Auburn Citizen, tweeted that the Doubledays now have scored 61 runs in 10 games, best in the New York-Penn league.
Mark Teahan went 4-for-4 for Triple-A Syracuse.
Paul Demny (6-4) went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk, firing 102 pitches with 63 for strikes, as Double-A Harrisburg dropped Altoona, 5-2.
Henry Rodriguez, on a major league rehab assignment, faced four batters in the eighth inning, striking out two and walking one.