Nationals lose four run lead in 7-6 loss

April 26, 2012 6:23 PM ET

(WINSTON-SALEM, NC) - On a night with the wind blowing out of BB&T Ballpark, the Winston-Salem overcame a four-run Potomac lead to beat the Nationals 7-6. The Dash swept the four-game series in North Carolina on a walk-off hit by Trayce Thompson.

In the ninth with the score tied 6-6, Winston-Salem got a one-out hit from Jake Oester off Neil Holland. Ryan Demmin came into the contest to replace Holland and Wagner knocked a double down the left field line to put runners at second and third with one out. Kyle Eveland pinch ran for Oester and after a walk to Marcus Semien, Eveland scored on a single to left-center field by Trayce Thompson and for the second time this year Potomac lost on a walk-off hit.

Randolph Oduber started the contest with a bang: a homer over the 18-foot high wall in center directly over the 399 marker off of Winston-Salem starter Matt Heidenreich. The Nationals barrage continued with a Blake Kelso triple off the short three-foot high wall in right field. Kelso scored on a Zach Walters ground out to first. Potomac added another run in the first with back-to-back doubles from Michael Taylor (to right center) and Justin Bloxom (to left center) and led 3-0.

The Dash scored themselves in the first off LHP Bobby Hansen Jr. Three singles from Marcus Semien, Trayce Thompson and Dan Black equaled a run for Winston-Salem and it was Nationals 3-1 after an inning.

Potomac tacked on a run in the top of the second on a RBI single by Oduber that scored Sean Nicol. Winston-Salem got that run back with Michael Earley knocking in Mike Blanke who reached on a double and the P-Nats led 4-2 after two complete.

Again Potomac got on the board in the third. David Freitas led off with a single and Taylor hit a double off the top of the tall wall in deep right center that put runners at second and third. Kevin Keyes knocked in Freitas for his team leading 11th RBI of the season to extend the Nats lead to 5-2.

The Dash would chase Hansen Jr. from the game in the fourth after a two-run homer by Earley out to straight away left scored Blanke. Winston-Salem was within 5-4. Hansen Jr. finished up tossing three and a third innings yielding four runs all earned, seven hits, a walk and no strikeouts.

With the wind blowing out to left, the Winston-Salem Dash hit two solo shots off of Paul Applebee in the fifth. Marcus Semien hit his second homer in as many days. The home run landed on the bar top in the left-center field "Bullpen Bar". Dan Black hit a towering fly ball out onto the grass beyond the left field fence for his fifth homer of the year.

Winston-Salem starter Heidenreich had his day end after five innings. He gave up seven hits, three walks, five runs and struck out five. Both started got no-decisions.

Potomac was able to tie the back and forth game in the seventh off of Winston-Salem's Justin Collop. Randolph Oduber and David Freitas both singled putting runners at first and third with out. Taylor again hit a double off the center field wall that scored Oduber but Freitas was out at home on the relay throw and it was knotted 6-6.

The P-Nats had a threat in the eigth with Bloxom at second with no out. But two strike outs and a grounder against Nick McCully left Potomac and Winston-Salem tied at six.

Holland (0-1) took the loss even though he didn't give the hit for the winning run. McCully (1-1) picking up his first win of the year after he tossed two scoreless innings.

The Nationals return home tomorrow for the start of a ten game home stand. RHP Adam Olbrychowski starts for the P-Nats against Myrtle Beach for a 7:05 PM start. For tickets, call us at 703-590-2311.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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