P-Nats Jump Out to Early Lead, Drop Mudcats

By Darren Headrick / Carolina Mudcats (919-269-2287/mudcatsradio@carolinamudcats.com)

Woodbridge, VA June 22, 2013 — The Potomac Nationals scored six runs over the first two innings, and held off the Carolina Mudcats for a 7-5 triumph on Saturday night at Pfitzner Stadium. The Mudcats drop to 0-2 in the second, and 22-50 overall. The Nationals clinch the weekend series as they improve to 2-0 and 44-27 overall.

Greg Holt (3-0) earned the win by tossing 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. The right-hander from Clemmons, N.C., allowed two hits. Robert Benincasa struck out three in his debut to notch the save.

Michael Peoples (0-3) was hit early in the loss, surrendering six runs, three earned. In all, Peoples allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out six.

Carolina Mudcats

Joey Wendle

Joey Wendle put Carolina out front with a drive over the high wall beyond right field with two away in the first inning. The lead didn’t last, however, as Potomac scored three times in the bottom of the frame. Michael Taylor doubled to right, and scored on a single by Jason Martinson to tie the game.

Adrian Nieto followed with a two-run homer to left-center for a 3-1 advantage.

The Mudcats got a run back on a groundout by Alex Lavisky in the second before the P-Nats struck for three more. A single and an error set up run-scoring hits by Taylor and Martinson, again. All the runs were unearned in the second, but the Nationals led 6-2.

Carolina rallied for three in the fifth off starter Ivan Pineyro. Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindor set the table with back-to-back singles. Wendle followed with a double off the right field wall to score Naquin. A groundout by Jordan Smith and a sacrifice fly by Myles brought home the other two runs as the Mudcats cut the deficit to one.

Potomac plated their seventh run off a throwing error in the seventh by Jerrud Sabourin.

Sabourin paced the offense by finished 4×4 with a double and a walk. Lindor totaled three hits, including his fifth triple. Wendle cracked his sixth home run, and drove in two on the night.

The Mudcats finish their weekend series in Potomac on Sunday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. The Mudcats return home on June 24th for a four-game series with the Frederick Keys. Tickets are available by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.