Down on the farm was a walk-off, a shut-out, and a 4-hit JDLR game!

Jeremy De La Rosa is also hot at the plate; Photo by Clint Often for TalkNats

The final tally was a 3-1 day for the Washington Nationals minor league affiliates that had lots of highlights.

Class-A Fredericksburg “FredNats” Nationals

One of the top pitching prospects, Andry Lara, notched his first win tonight. He went the required 5.0 innings to earn the win, and he was a little wild in this one as he issued six walks with only three strikeouts, but he held a hot Delmarva team to only two runs. It was Jeremy De La Rosa with a 4-hit night including a double to raise his batting average to .340 with a .960 OPS, but it was his teammate Sammy Infante who brought the big lumber and smacked his league-leading 9th homer of the season on a 2-homer night. Of course Brady House added a hit, and Viandel Pena stays red hot with two more hits and his 11th stolen base. Pena doesn’t lead the team in steals, that belongs to 5-tool De La Rosa who has a cool dozen. The defense showed up big at key times for the FredNats who had two outfield assists and the Jacob Young laser to home to throw out a runner who would have tied the game. Lara also had a key pick-off. Jose Ferrer earned the save in this 5-4 winner.

High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks

Wilmington notched another walk-off winner. It seems like they have one per homestand. It was Drew Mendoza who hit the game tying home run in the 8th inning, and Omar Meregildo had the walk-off single. Yasel Antuna had an RBI double in this game and Cole Daily as the lead-off man had the team’s big production with 3-hits in the game and scoring two runs. Mitchell Parker went 4.0 innings of 2-run baseball, and it was Zach Brzykcy who finished the final 1 2/3 innings to save his win in this thriller.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators

The Senators had a tough one in a 4-0 loss. Five different Senators pitched Saturday with Franklyn Kilome starting and going the first three innings. He allowed three runs on four hits.  Matt Cronin, Brian Gonzalez and Francys Peguero all pitched perfect innings. Dondrei Hubbard was the only hitter for the Senators with two hits, one of them a double. Drew Millas also doubled. Harrisburg loaded the bases on walks with one out in the seventh but failed to score. The Senators committed their first error in the past 11 games and just the second error in their past 14 games. Offensively they went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Triple-A Rochester Red Wings

This was a rain shortened thriller for the Red Wings in a 1-0 winner. A home run from Donovan Casey sealed the win for Jackson Tetreault who was filthy on his way to 5.0 innings of no-run baseball. He limited Philadelphia’s Triple-A team to just 2-hits. Casey’s homer went an estimated 420 foot bomb to left field, his fourth of the year and was the only tally of the game. In Tetreault’s last 4 starts, his ERA is 0.92, ER 2, WHIP 0.97, IP 19.1, Ks 22, Avg against .159. Quietly, JT has been one of the top pitchers in Triple-A in the past month, and certainly the best for Rochester, Contrast it against his teammate Sterling Sharp who was smacked around for 5-runs against the same squad on Friday. Tetreault’s curveball had the IronPigs off-balance and JT had five key K’s in the game. There was a benches clearing incident after a called strike three that stranding two runners. No punches were thrown and the sole ejection was Red Wings Manager Matt LeCroy.

Farm System final notes 🎶

The Nats’ minor league system had an eventful night going 3-1 on the day with some great highlights.
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