Woodbridge, VA --- The Potomac Nationals (2-1, 1-0) pounded the Salem Red Sox (1-3, 1-3) on Sunday evening with an 11-4 win. LF Randolph Oduber and CF Will Piwnica-Worms each scorched their second home runs of the season in the win.
The P-Nats used a six-run third inning to get ahead early. Piwnica-Worms led off the inning with a tater to left field. 3B Oscar Tejeda brought in C Cole Leonida with a fielder's choice groundout. 1B Shawn Pleffner and Oduber followed with a pair of RBI-Singles before DH Khayyan Norfork delivered two more with a double.
The first eighth Nationals runs came off Red Sox starter LHP Cody Kukuk (L, 1-5). Leonida and RF Estarlin Martinez scored runs seven and eight in the fourth inning on a Tejeda walk and Pleffner sac fly.
RHP John Simms (W, 2-4) tossed five innings allowing four runs while striking out four to earn his second win of the year. Relievers RHP Brian Rauh and RHP Richie Mirowski combined to allow just one hit over the final four innings.
For Salem, C Carson Blair and 3B Jantzen Witte each collected a pair of singles and a run in the first four innings but were held hitless afterwards. With the stellar bullpen outings from Potomac, Salem never amounted any sort of comeback effort.
Oduber added some unnecessary insurance with a solo shot in the seventh followed by a 2B Tony Renda two-RBI single.
The Potomac Nationals Baseball Network, which is accessible at www.potomacnationals.com, will broadcast the second game of a three game series against Salem on Monday, June 23rd. Broadcast coverage will begin with the P-Nats Leadoff Show at 6:50pm in preparation for the 7:05pm first pitch. RHP Dakota Bacus (2-2, 3.63) will step up for the P-Nats, and the Red Sox will send RHP Justin Haley (5-2, 2.05) to the mound. It will be a Dollar Monday at The Pfitz when Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos come to Woodbridge for their rehab appearances.
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. The Potomac Nationals have claimed four Carolina League Championship titles (1982, 1989, 2008, and 2010) and eight division championships. Most recently, the P-Nats earned a 2013 Carolina League Northern Division pennant. P-Nats 2014 season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 season and beyond are available. Plan your corporate outing now for the 2014 season to see the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz 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 Potomac Nationals Ticket Office at 703-590-2311 for more information!
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