WOODBRIDGE, VA - For the second consecutive night the Nationals jumped out to a big start and the Wood Ducks could not come from behind in an 8-4 defeat on Tuesday night. The loss marks the first series loss of the young season for the Woodies.
Down East managed to score in the first on a sacrifice fly by Alex Kowalczyk, marking his second straight game with an RBI. The sac fly was set up by a perfect hit-and-run play with Blaine Prescott moving from first to third on Leody Taveras's single to right-center.
Yet just as the P-Nats did on Monday night, they countered with three runs in the bottom of the first. Only two of the three were earned against starter Christian Torres in the first due to an error on Chuck Leblanc at third.
Potomac added two more runs in the third inning - also unearned on RBI singles from Austin Davidson and Bryan Mejia. The Woodies trailed 5-1 after three and would not surmount the lead.
Big League catcher Matt Weiters played in a rehab assignment for Potomac on Tuesday, but that didn't matter to LeDarious Clark. He stole each of his first two bases of the year off of Weiters in the third and sixth inning.
The Woodies spawned a late rally trailing 7-1 in the seventh on a two-run double by Andretty Cordero and an RBI single by Anderson Tejeda. All three runs scored on Mariano Rivera III - the son of Yankees legend Mariano Rivera.
The comeback was not meant to be as the Nationals added one more unearned in the seventh to set the final score at 8-4.
Down East looks to salvage the final game of the series at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday morning. Emerson Martinez will make his second start of the season as he takes on right-hander Sterling Sharp for the Nationals.
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