Woodbridge, VA-On a night in which our country showed great appreciation for the sacrifices made by our nation's military members, the Potomac Nationals (26-23, 15-10) beat the Salem Red Sox (20-27, 11-16) by the final score of 5-2 on Memorial Day Monday. The Nationals flirted with a combined no-hitter and kept the opposition hitless for 6.1 innings, the deepest no-hit bid of the season. Potomac has now won three consecutive ballgames and owns a (5-2) head-to-head record with the Salem Red Sox.
Potomac LHP Sammy Solis, who received a no decision in his second start of the season following a 2012 campaign that featured Tommy John surgery, tossed four no-hit innings and surrendered three walks while striking out four. Solis fanned the side in the 3rd inning.
The Nationals struck first off the losing pitcher, RHP Heri Quevedo (1-3) with an RBI single off the lumber of C Adrian Nieto ripped into right field in the 1st frame that summoned home CF Michael Taylor, who nailed a one-base shot to right field to get aboard.
Quevedo allowed three earned runs on six hits in 5.0 innings while walking a trio and striking out just one.
The home club added a pair of runs in the 5th inning as RF Randolph Oduber drew a leadoff walk, LF Billy Burns, who was activated from the disabled list today, laid down a successful drag bunt for a base hit, and with 3B Cutter Dykstra batting, Oduber and Burns pulled off a double steal to put two runners in position to score at second and third base respectively. Dykstra then belted a two-run single back up the middle on the ground to put Potomac up 3-0.
P-Nats RHP David Fischer (1-0), the eventual winning pitcher, took the ball in the 5th inning and turned in 2.0 scoreless innings before allowing a single knocked through the left side of the infield with one out in the 7th stanza to 1B David Renfroe effectively ending the no-hit bid. Fischer ran into trouble allowing C Blake Swihart aboard with a walk and after getting a fielder's choice chopper off the stick of DH Carson Blair, a wild pitch put two runners into scoring position. Fischer, noticeable on empty, served a 3-2 breaking ball up in the zone and it got bashed for a two-run double up the left field line by 2B Jose Garcia to make it a 3-2 Nationals lead.
Fischer allowed two earned runs in 2.2 innings with three walks and a pair of strikeouts en route to his first win of the season.
The Nationals added an insurance cushion of two runs in the 8th inning off RHP Noe Ramirez as 1B Kevin Keyes lined a one-out single into center field, SS Adrian Sanchez drew a two-out walk, and 2B Francisco Soriano blasted a two-run triple to the alley way in right center field to put the P-Nats up by the score of 5-2.
Potomac RHP Rob Wort (SV 1), a mid-season 2012 Carolina League All-Star, spun a perfect 9th inning featuring a pair of strikeouts to garner his first save of the 2013 campaign for the Nationals. Wort got Swihart swinging to end the contest.
A Two-for-Tuesday featuring buy-one, get-one hot dogs, drinks, and general admission tickets is the scheduled promotion for Game Two on Tuesday night at Pfitzner Stadium with gates opening at 6:00pm.
The Nationals will cart out RHP A.J. Cole (1-2, 4.98) to toss against Salem RHP Kyle Stroup (2-3, 4.86) for a 7:05pm first pitch..
The Potomac Nationals Baseball Network will begin streaming with the P-Nats Baseball Lead-Off Show at 6:50pm in preparation for the live play-by-play at 7:05pm. Broadcast coverage of Potomac Nationals Baseball is accessible by heading to www.potomacnationals.com.
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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