Cole Henry Spins Another Gem in Friday’s MiLB Recap

Washington Nationals’ minor league affiliates went 4-1 yesterday. Today, they looked to keep it rolling. The first-place FredNats are coming off a bounce-back win versus the RiverDogs. Brendan Collins was on the bump and he went up against a good Charleston offense. Up in High-A, the Blue Rocks had Tim Cate make his first start of the season to follow up last nights pitcher’s duel. The Senators started the day tied for first place and had their ace, Cole Henry, on the hill to try and take sole possession of the Eastern League Southwest. The Red Wings offense has been hot against the Syracuse Mets, scoring 23 combined runs in the first two games of the series.

Class-A Fredericksburg “FredNats” Nationals

Brendan Collins put together an exceptional outing giving up one run on four hits and nine strikeouts in five innings. This was the righty’s third start of the season — and he’s been solid. He controlled a lineup full of top Rays’ prospects. Sammy Infante has taken away the spotlight from Brady House as of late, today was no different. He broke the seal in the 4th inning with a two-RBI single then hit his league leading seventh homer of the season to put Fredericksburg up three in the 6th. Following two homers and a triple from the RiverDogs, the FredNats’ lead disappeared late in the game. However, Geraldi Diaz had an answer. He crushed a double to score Branden Boissiere and tie up the game heading into the last inning. In the 9th, Orlando Ribalta gave up an unearned run (Brady House error) and the FredNats couldn’t respond in the bottom half. FredNats lose 6-5.

High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks

Tim Cate made his first start of the season and was not efficient in 2 2/3 innings of work. The relievers who followed were not much better and the Rocks game ended in a 9-1 blowout loss. The hitters combined for five hits and eleven strikeouts.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators

Cole Henry was nothing short of dominant once again for Harrisburg, not giving up a hit and walking two. With a low pitch count through the 3rd inning, he went out for the fourth, marking the first time he’s gone that far in four starts this season. In every start this year, today included, Henry has gotten ahead of hitters, then put them away with a devastating curveball-changeup combination. Being able to command three above average pitches is what separates good pitchers from great ones. The offense came to play again today. Wilson Garcia hit a two-run homer in the first, then hit an RBI single in his second at bat. K. J. Harrison went deep in the same inning to make it a 7-0 ball game through three. The Yard Goats finally got something going after Cole Henry came out. Brenton Doyle hit an inside-the-park home run in the 5th, then they tacked on four more runs in the 6th to make it 7-5, Senators still lead. Jackson Cluff extended the lead with a line-drive RBI single to right, then Matt Cronin and Matt Brill came in for the last two innings to secure the 8-6 win.

Triple-A Rochester Red Wings

The Red Wings played the Mets close despite multi-RBI games from Mets outfielders, Daniel Palka and Nick Plummer. Luis García stayed scorching hot today with a line drive RBI double to tie the game in the bottom of the 3rd.  Nick Banks singled to take a one run lead in the next inning, but the Mets offense was too much for Rochester. Despite an Andrew Stevenson home run in the bottom of the 9th, the Wings fell 6-4. Jackson Teatreault gave up the bulk of the runs in his 5 1/3 innings, but gave his team a chance to win. In his first Triple-A outing since being designated for assignment, Patrick Murphy got knocked around for two runs on three hits in an inning of work.

Farm System final notes 🎶

The Nats’ minor league system had a less successful night, but there were still some bright spots. Looking forward to a busy Saturday tomorrow.
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