With some help from former Auburn Doubledays, the Washington Nationals opened the 2014 season with a 9-7 extra-innings win over the New York Mets Monday.
Infielder Anthony Rendon hit a three-run home run in the 10th inning and finished the day with a career-high four RBI, while reliever Aaron Barrett struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to register his first career MLB win.
Rendon and Barrett are two of the three former Doubledays on the Nationals' opening day roster. Pitcher Taylor Jordan also made the 25-man opening day roster.
Barrett was a part of the 2011 Doubledays, which made it to the New York-Penn League finals. He went 1-2 that season with nine saves. Over 26.2 innings, the reliever struck out 32 and allowed 16 hits and 12 earned runs.
Anthony Rendon rehabbed with the Doubledays in 2012. The infielder went .259 over eight games, and registered seven hits, seven runs and three RBI.
Taylor Jordan, in a rehab stint after Tommy John surgery, was the opening day starter for Auburn in 2012. In six starts, he went 0-3 with 8.16 ERA. In 14.1 innings, the Florida native allowed 19 hits, 15 runs (13 earned) and struck out 17.
Other former Doubledays are also climbing the organizational rankings. Here's a look at Auburn players in the rest of the Nationals system:
Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A): Pitchers Christian Garcia, Taylor Hill and Blake Treinen.
Harrisburg Senators (Double-A): Pitchers Gabriel Alfaro, Colin Bates, Richie Mirowski, catcher Sandy Leon, infielder Matt Skole, and outfielders Caleb Ramsey and Destin Hood.
Potomac Nationals (Advanced-A): Pitchers Robert Benincasa, Brian Dupra, Pedro Encarnacion, Bryan Harper, Travis Henke, Nick Lee, Gilberto Mendez, Brett Mooneyham, Ronald Pena, Brian Rauh and Derek Self. Infielders Mike McQuillan, Stephen Perez and Tony Renda, and outfielders Brandon Miller and Justin Miller.
Hagerstown Suns (Single-A): Pitchers Andrew Cooper, Lucas Giolito, LJ Hollins, Jake Johansen, Nick Pivetta, John Simms, Justin Thomas and Austin Voth. Infielders Wilmer Difo, David Masters, Khayyan Norfork and Jimmy Yezzo, outfielders Isaac Ballou, Estarlin Martinez and Wilman Rodriguez and catchers Spencer Kieboom and Craig Manuel.