As expected, former Mt. Juliet star Taylor Hill dropped back down to Class-AA Harrisburg by the parent Washington Nationals.
Hill took the loss Sunday in a 2-1 home loss to Portland. The right-hander was reached for two unearned runs on six hits and three walks in seven innings with three strikeouts. He fell to 2-6 in the Eastern League despite a 2.18 earned-run average.
He was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse and made two starts, picking up his first International League victory last week. His high school coach, Mark Purvis, indicated last week Hill might only be up for a couple of appearances by design before dropping back down.
Meanwhile, Hill's Golden Bear and Vanderbilt teammate Caleb Cotham also made a Sunday start up Interstate 81 in eastern Pennsylvania, drawing a no-decision in what turned out to be a 2-0 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre win over visiting Lehigh Valley.
Cotham threw 6 2/3 shutout innings on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 5.18. The RailRaiders scored both runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a walk-off homer.