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FredNats Drop Road Finale in Back-And-Forth Defeat

September 12, 2021 - Carolina League (CarL) - Fredericksburg Nationals News Release

SALISBURY, MD - In the final road game of their inaugural season, the Fredericksburg Nationals fell 4-3 to the Delmarva Shorebirds on Sunday afternoon.

An early two-run homer from José Sánchez gave the FredNats a lead until the final innings, when a pair of big two-out hits gave the Shorebirds a split in the six-game series.

Sánchez blasted his third homer of the year against Jean Pinto in the second inning, putting the FredNats up 2-0. Jackson Rutledge had his second solid start in a row, allowing only one run on three scratch singles over 4.0 innings.

The FredNats couldn't extend their lead against Pinto, who ultimately went 6.0 innings in long relief. The 2-1 lead held until the bottom of the seventh, when Dustin Saenz allowed two Delmarva baserunners to reach and Lucas Knowles allowed a two-out, two-run double to Reed Trimble that put the Shorebirds in front 3-2.

In the eighth, Juan Paulino answered back for the FredNats with a leadoff double against Daniel Lloyd (W, 1-0) and scored from second on a sacrifice bunt from Jacob Young. Lloyd left the potential go-ahead run at second, however, and a two-out RBI single from Billy Cook against Michael Kirian (L, 0-1) in the bottom of the eighth put Delmarva back in front for good.

The FredNats finished their road schedule with a 17-43 record, and will play their final six games at home against the Lynchburg Hillcats beginning on Tuesday. First pitch from FredNats Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05, with FredNats On Deck beginning at 6:50 on the FredNats Baseball Network.

The Fredericksburg Nationals are a minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals in the Low-A East League. They are playing their inaugural 2021 season at the brand new, state-of-the-art FredNats Ballpark located at 42 Jackie Robinson Way next to the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Stay up to date with the team online at and follow the Fredericksburg Nationals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @FXBGNats.

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