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Game Preview: Fredericksburg Nationals via Delmarva Shore Birds
After winning six straight and sweeping yesterday’s doubleheader with Delmarva, the Fredericksburg Nationals have won six straight and will try to keep the winning rolling tonight against the Delmarva Shorebirds
Yesterday, the Fredericksburg Nationals nabbed two come-from-behind wins in both games of the doubleheader, with Zion Pettigrew getting a walk-off single in game two for the third walk-off win of the year for the Fredericksburg Nationals.
RHP Riley Cornelio starts today, and he had one of the weirder starts of the season last time out against Salem.
He made it through four innings and allowed just two runs, but he gave up 10 hits in the start. He stranded seven men on base to keep it close in a game the Fredericksburg Nationals eventually won. With a win today, the FredNats would finish the month of May with an even .500 (12-12) record.
YESTERDAY: Picking up where we left off in the suspended game from April 22, the Shorebirds led 2-1 in the 2nd inning. The Shorebirds had two runs leads at multiple points in the game, and the Fredericksburg Nationals had the answer every time. With the game tied at 5 in the 8th inning, Paul Witt hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the 8th inning for an eventual 7-5 win in game one. Game two was a pitchers' duel, with Jake Bennett and Edgar Portes dueling. Each team only had four hits, but the Fredericksburg Nationals got the game tied in the 5th inning on a Branden Boissiere blast and eventually got the winning run in the 8th inning on an RBI single from Zion Pettigrew. It was the third walk-off win of the season for the Fredericksburg Nationals.
What to look for tonight
25-year-old Paul Witt is the hottest hitter in the FredNat lineup right now. After hitting .400 with five RBI and five runs scored last week, he hit the go-ahead home run in the 8th inning yesterday as part of a four-reach game. In the month of May, the utility man is slashing .361/.410/.556 for an OPS of .966, and he’s struck out just twice this month.
BULLPEN SUCCESS: After giving up a 3-0 lead in the 9th inning last Tuesday in Salem, the last week, the FredNat bullpen has locked it down. During this winning streak, the bullpen has allowed just four earned runs in over 25 innings pitched, and four different relievers have recorded their first career saves, three of which came in three-inning outings to finish off a win.
MAKING THE MOST OF IT: Despite seeing limited action, Zion Pettigrew has made the very most of his chances when called upon. The 24-year-old from Chicago hit the walk-off single in game two of the doubleheader yesterday, and in the month of May, he’s 9-for-17 (.529) with a double, triple, three RBI and has an even strikeout-to-walk rate.
TRIFECTA: For the first time in franchise history last Friday night, the FredNats turned a triple play. Murphy Stehly started it 5-4-3 around the horn, and it took a great turn from Sammy Infante at second base to make it happen.