Salem, VA - The Potomac Nationals (6-6) completed a three-game road sweep of the Salem Red Sox (4-8) at LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon with a 4-2 triumph on the wings of a terrific start from RHP Taylor Jordan (1-0), the winning pitcher.
After dropping two of three games in Lynchburg, the P-Nats finish their opening 2013 road trip with a record of (4-2).
Jordan tossed his third consecutive quality start after motoring through 7.0 strong innings in which he surrendered just two unearned runs on six hits while walking none and striking out five.
Salem struck the first blow as 2B Sean Coyle reached on an infield single to shortstop before stealing third base and forcing an errant throw from C Cole Leonida allowing Coyle to score.
Red Sox LHP Henry Owens (0-1), the losing pitcher of record, pitched well but could not match the prowess of his opposite number.
Potomac tallied three runs in the 4th frame courtesy of a line drive two-run double up the left field chalk belted by 2B Adrian Sanchez. Then an error by Salem SS Nick Natoli on a ball that got through his legs hit by 1B Justin Miller gave the Nationals a 3-1 lead.
Salem earned one run back, another unearned tally, against Jordan in the 7th stanza as CF Brandon Jacobs sent a bloop single up the right field line which lead to a high throw from Sanchez on a ball struck softy to shortstop by 1B Jose Garcia allowing Jacobs to get to third base. Natoli would wrap an RBI groundout to 2B Khayyan Norfork who shoveled to first base with his barehand to get the out despite the run coming in to score to put the contest at 3-2 in favor of the P-Nats.
In the top of the 9th, Leonida cranked a long ball over the left field wall for his first home run of the season, a solo shot, to propel the Nationals to a 4-2 lead the visitors would not relinquish.
P-Nats RHP Tyler Herron (SV 1) was phenomenal out of the bullpen striking out the side in the 8th inning and fanning two more in the 9th stanza to garner his first save of the season.
Potomac travels back to Woodbridge, VA to take on the Frederick Keys (Baltimore Orioles) in a four game home series at Pfitzner Stadium from Thursday, April 18th through Sunday, April 21st.
Upcoming P-Nats Promotions:
*Thursday Cheers: Drink Specials presented by: Bungalow Alehouse (Thursday, April 18th...Gates Open: 6:00pm...First Pitch: 7:05pm)
*Jordan Zimmermann Poster to first 1,000 fans sponsored by: Burke and Herbert Bank on Premium Giveaway Friday (Friday, April 19th...Gates Open: 6:00pm...First Pitch: 7:05pm)
*2013 Team Photo Giveaway to first 1,000 fans presented by: Yellowbook and Post-game Fireworks (Saturday, April 20th...Gates Open: 5:00pm...First Pitch: 6:35pm)
*Joe Theismann Appearance to support Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Game Used Jersey Auction with title sponsor: Trusted Choice Insurance (Sunday, April 21st...Gates Open: 12:00pm...First Pitch: 1:05pm)
The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. P-Nats 2013 season tickets and mini plans are on sale now. Sponsorship opportunities for the '13 season are now available. Plan your corporate outing now in preparation for the summer months as the P-Nats offer discounted group rates and all-inclusive picnic options. Visit the P-Nats online at www.potomacnationals.com or call the ticket office at 703-590-2311 for more!
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