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Game Preview: <strong>Fredericksburg Nationals (2-5) at Fayetteville Woodpeckers (5-1)</strong>
After dropping four straight in Fayetteville - the last three by a combined 27 runs - the FredNats will try to get things back on track going into the final two games of this series at Segra Stadium
Matchup: Fredericksburg Nationals (2-5) at Fayetteville Woodpeckers (5-1)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Brad Lord (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Jose Nodal (0-0, 3.86 ERA)
Game Info: Saturday, April 15, 2023, | 7:05 p.m. ET | Game 8 of 132
Location: Segra Stadium – Fayetteville, NC
Fredericksburg Nationals Story Line
After dropping four straight in Fayetteville - the last three by a combined 27 runs - the FredNats will try to get things back on track going into the final two games of this series at Segra Stadium. RHP Brad Lord gets the ball tonight for the FredNats in his first career professional start.
He pitched one inning of scoreless relief on Sunday at home against Lynchburg in his professional debut after being drafted by the Nationals in 2022.
The FredNats got a strong start from Jarlin Susana, who pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball with six strikeouts, but Fayetteville once again had a big inning in the middle of the game, scoring seven times in the 5th inning for an 8-2 win. The FredNats got an RBI single from Elijah Green in the 9th inning, but it was too late to mount a serious comeback. The Woodpeckers have now won five, four straight games in this series, alone in first place in the Carolina League South Division.
What you need to know
Three players have an OBP of over .500 in the series. Johnathon Thomas leads the way, going 5-for-11 with a walk in the series, and Branden Boissiere has a couple of hits and six walks.
Brady House has two extra-base hits in the series, including a home run, and his OBP is .538 this week due to four walks.
Through the first four games, the FredNats have 26 walks and 8 hit batters, and of those 34 free passes, 23 of them have come around to score for the Woodpeckers. On the flip side, the FredNats have struck out a whopping 58 times at the plate in the series, and the Woodpeckers have walked 19 men
Brad Lord (no relation to pitching coach Justin Lord) comes to the FredNats as a 2022 draft choice of the Washington Nationals. He played a key role in the USF Bulls rotation over his three years in Tampa. Lord developed a reputation as a postseason performer with the Bulls, earning an all-AAC Tournament Team honor in 2021.