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Game Notes: Fredericksburg Nationals vs. Delmarva Shorebirds (September 5, 2023)
After splitting last week's final home series of the year, the Fredericksburg Nationals hit the road for the final series of the regular season to Salisbury, MD
Fredericksburg Nationals (61-61, 31-28) at Delmarva Shorebirds (54-70. 26-33)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Riley Cornelio (4-7, 4.80 ERA) vs. LHP Deivy Cruz (8-4, 3.74 ERA)
Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2023 – 6:35 p.m. ET
Location: Arthur W. Perdue Stadium | Salisbury, MD
TV: Bally Live, MiLB.TV
Radio: Fox Sports 1280/iHeartRadio
Upcoming Games and Probable Pitching Starters
Wednesday, September 6 at Delmarva LHP Liam Sullivan (1-0, 5.25 ERA) vs. RHP Juan De Los Santos (1-9, 4.40 ERA) 5:05 p.m.
Wednesday, September 6 at Delmarva RHP Jefrem Leon (FredNat debut) vs. RHP Moises Chace (5-2, 4.43 ERA) approx. 7:45 p.m.
Thursday, September 7 at Delmarva RHP Mikey Tepper (0-2, 14.21 ERA) vs. RHP Carter Baulmer (1-0, 3.00 ERA) 7:05 p.m
Game Story Line
After splitting last week’s final home series of the 2023 season, the FredNats are fighting for their lives in the chase for the 2nd half-crown in the Carolina League North. Fredericksburg travels to Salisbury, MD for the second time in the 2nd half to face the Delmarva Shorebirds - Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles - for the final week of the regular season.
The Fredericksburg Nationals come into play today 4.5 games back of the division lead with seven games to play - the two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday to make up for a rainout in July when Fredericksburg last visited Delmarva. The team’s elimination number is three, which is a combination of wins from the Carolina Mudcats and Fredericksburg Nationals losses needed to eliminate Fredericksburg. Lynchburg is also still in the mix, sitting 3.0 games behind Carolina and 1.5 games ahead of the Fredericksburg Nationals.
For the first time this year, a Fredericksburg Nationals pitcher won a weekly award. RHP Luke Young was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for his effort last week against Lynchburg of 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.
RHP Riley Cornelio made his professional debut for the Fredericksburg Nationals in a start at Fayetteville this season, after being selected in the 7th round of the 2022 MLB Draft. The 22-year-old righty more than answered the bell, firing five innings with just one earned run, while picking up seven punchouts to just a pair of walks. However, he got the loss in a 3-2 defeat against the Woodpeckers.
RHP Riley Cornelio was effective in his most recent start at home, against the Lynchburg Hillcats. He gave the Fredericksburg Nationals five solid innings, allowing three earned runs(four total) with four strikeouts and three walks in a no-decision.
Catcher Max Romero Jr. continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the Carolina League since returning from a second stint on the injured list in June. He currently sits at the top with the longest on-base streak at both the Single-A and High-A levels of Minor League Baseball at 30. Since returning from the injured list on June 23, catcher Max Romero is hitting an impressive .308/.461/.492 for an OPS of .953, and his wRC+ is 174 (100 is average).