(WOODBRIDGE, VA) Robbie Jacobsen roped a two-run double to left field that sent the Potomac Nationals to a 7-6 victory and secured a winning record for the 2010 regular season.
For most of the day, it didn't look like the Nationals would need late-inning heroics. They coasted out to a 5-0 lead through six innings behind a dominant start from Marcos Frias.
Frias went six and two thirds scoreless innings and struck out a career-best eight.
Tyler Moore got the Nationals on the board in the second inning with his 31st home run. Moore ends the regular season with 111 RBIs, the second most in franchise history.
Potomac cashed in on a host of Kinston walks in the sixth to score four runs. Bill Rhinehart and Moore led off the inning with free passes before Jose Lozada sacrificed them to second and third. Sean Nicol singled to score Rhinehart and then Robbie Jacobsen hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Nick Moresi capped the scoring with his first home run of the season to make it 5-0.
Jeremie Tice got Kinston its first run in the eighth with an RBI single that scored Donnie Webb.
Things got wild in the ninth, and Kinston regained the lead with five runs.
Rhinehart opened the ninth with a one-out single and gave way to Chris Curran as a pinch runner. After Tyler Moore struck out for the second out, Lozada singled to left. Jamar Walton walked to bring Jacobsen to the plate.
Potomac has posted a winning record for four straight seasons, and heads in to the Mills Cup Playoffs for the second time in three years.
The Nats open the postseason in Frederick on Wednesday at 7 P.M. Pftzner Stadium hosts Game Three Friday, September 10 at 7:03.
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