Nationals Out-Slug Hillcats 11-8
LYNCHBURG, Va – The Potomac Nationals held onto a 11-8 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats Friday night at City Stadium. Potomac used a five-run first to get their first win on the road over their last seven tries.
The Nationals scored five runs in the first inning to get off to a quick start against Lynchburg starter RHP Cody Martin. The key play was a missed catch of a throw by first basemen Chris Garcia with two out which opened the flood gates to three unearned runs. The big hits: an RBI double by David Freitas and a two-out two-run double by Kevin Keyes. Potomac’s five runs in the first were equal to the total runs scored by the P-Nats in the last two series on the road (at Carolina and Wilmington) over six games.
Potomac added runs in the second and third innings on RBI singles. Ricky Hague scored Adrian Sanchez in the second and Randolph Oduber got an RBI single with two-outs in the third to extend the Potomac advantage to 7-0. The seven run lead equaled the biggest lead of the season for Potomac which was their home opener against Lynchburg back on April 13th. It was the first time Potomac has led by seven runs on the road in 2012.