P-Nats Hand Woodies First Walk-Off Loss Of Season
Woodbridge, Va. - With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, Aldrem Coredor grounded a ball deep in the hole at shortstop, Anderson Tejeda fielded it and threw to third, but Diosbel Arias was unable to step on the bag in time to get the runner, while Anderson Franco slid across home safely to give the Nationals a 4-3 win.
The Woodies (27-11) suffer just their second road loss of the season, and just their third overall in their last 17 games.
Potomac (14-21) struck first in the first inning. Nick Banks led off with a single, advanced to third after a pair of groundouts, and scored an infield single by KJ Harrison to make it 1-0.
The Woodies evened the score in the fifth against Nick Raquet. Tyreque Reed reached on an infield single, and scored one batter later when Yanio Perez belted a double to straight away center, to make it 1-1.
Raquet worked 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, he walked five and struck out four. He did not factor in the decision.
The P-Nats were quick to respond against Sal Mendez. Gage Canning led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield single, and scored on a Banks double after stealing second. Later in the inning, Banks would come into score on an Coredor RBI groundout to make it 3-1.
Mendez went 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walked one and struck out two, in his first start of the season.
The Woodies would fight back to tie in the sixth. Leody Taveras began the sixth with a walk, and Tejeda followed with a single to second. Two batters later Arias walked to load the bases, and then Yohel Pozo came through with a two-run double to left, to level the score at 3-3.
The Woodies loaded the bases in the ninth, but failed to score on a safety squeeze, in their best opportunity late.
After retiring the first six men he faced in relief, Cole Uvila (loss, 1-2) issued back-to-back four pitch walks in the ninth. Joe Kuzia then came on and got a force at the plate and a strikeout. After an intentional walk to Cole Freeman, Corredor came through with the game winning ground out, to give Potomac their second walk-off win of the year.
The teams are back in action tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. when lefty Jake Latz (0-1, 5.40) faces off with Potomac right-hander Andrew Lee (1-1, 3.46). The broadcast will begin at 6:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull, and online at 960thebull.com as well as the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio App.
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