Last Night In Woodbridge

For eight innings, there was a Star Trek convention on the Pfitzner stadium scoreboard — nothing but zeroes.

Austin Voth, who actually looked a little shaky early, did nothing to discourage the folks who want to Rhinehart him to Harrisburg with another seven scoreless innings. After giving up a 1st-inning single to Raul Mondesi and walking Jared Schlehuber in the 2nd, all he did is mow down the next 16 batters — striking out the side in the 4th.

The problem was, Wilmington’s Jonathan Dziedzic was nearly as good. Not as dominant, with four hits and a walk, but matched Voth zero for zero (Trekker for Trekkie?) until this became a battle of the bullpens.

Ian Dickson came on in the 8th and extended the retired batters streak to 19. Wilmington countered with veteran Blake Wood, who retired Randolph Oduber on a tapper back to the mound, then gave up a wall-scraping double to Khayyan Norfork.

Except Norfork missed first base, which Wilmington appealed so successfully that it didn’t even show up in the official box score play-by-play*.
* Not sure who to blame for that, but I haven’t seen something that egregious since the ’90s when an entire homestand was “rained out” during a drought in southern New Hampshire.

As you’ve no doubt inferred from the picture above, things fell apart rapidly thereafter. Estarlin Martinez tapped out to end the 8th. Wilmington led off the 9th with a single, got a sacrifice turned into a single, then a walk to load the bases. A sacrifice fly and a double brought ’em all in for the 3-0 lead and eventual final score.

Potomac went in order in the 9th to lose for the fourth time in five games and fall out of 1st place, a 1/2 game behind Wilmington. The next six are on the road against the Salems, three in Virginia, three in North Carolina before the P-Nats return next Friday for six against the Mudcats and Pelicans.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

10 thoughts on “Last Night In Woodbridge”

  1. PS on Potomac. : funny thing. The kids on Potomac
    Seemed to handle royal kids in Sally League in Lexy.
    Bummer about not fitting Suarez into draft budget.
    We could have had a college groomed pitcher
    In fall instructional league plus probably
    Time with Spin and McCatty as a March invitee
    Now we cross fingers and hope Solis, Rivero or
    Mooneyham break loose.

  2. I wonder if the “Zeroes” that go to Star Trek conventions would think about someone is a Zero who believes that having a season ticket in a horrible minor league stadium makes him a Scout and baseball expert?

    1. I’d be willing to bet they’d not comment with a run-on sentence with that many grammatical errors.

        1. And I can never figure out how to post the correct link. Here’s the link to “Word Crimes”. Copy and paste to several hours of brilliant joy!

    2. Dude, I love Star Trek, and I suspect Luke does as well. It’s a joke. We make jokes on this site, and I’m sorry that this one appears to have offended you. You’re getting free content from a pretty dedicated cat who puts articles up on the site. I hope you take time to thank Mr. Erickson as much as you do to point out when his jokes stick in your craw.

  3. Bad baseball, bad official scoring, bad result, bad mood! How dare you write about such a godawful outcome, Mr. Erickson! As the Wicked Warlock of the West I demand that nobody bring me bad news! Syracuse and Harrisburg got that memo. You did not, sir! Good day! [stomps away angrily inspired by “No Bad News” from the Wiz, which one of my students sang excellently at her high school’s rendition of it]

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