Last Night In Woodbridge

Don’t look now. But these P-Nats are starting to gel into something that might just be a contender.

Of course, that’s easy to think when, for a third straight night, the starting pitcher turns in a stellar outing and the offense breaks into double digits in both runs and hits.

It was A.J. Cole’s turn to shine as the 21-year-old struck out nine over six shutout innings. He walked none and allowed just four hits, retiring the leadoff man five times out six.

That one time the first batter wasn’t retired was a pool-cue single that skipped past Cole and Adrian Sanchez couldn’t scamper in and sling it over in time. Another single put runners on first and second, but Sanchez, who wasn’t really to blame for not getting the 80-foot dribbler, teamed up with Jason Martinson for the 4-6-3 DP to clip the Pelicans’ rally with Cole delivering the killshot with a strikeout.

Backup catcher Cole Leonida, who usually spells Adrian Nieto (the DH last night) behind the plate, made the case for more playing time with a three-run blast in the bottom of the second that started the P-Nats scoring binge.

It was also the first of three innings in which Potomac had multiple runners reach base, albeit with a little help. A hit batsmen in the 6th got the bases loaded for Randolph Oduber, who cashed in the second big chance as the Groovin’ Aruban drilled a three-run triple to right-center. In the 7th, a Sanchez and Leonida went back-to-back with RBI singles to take advantage when Caleb Ramsey reached on an error following a one-out single by Nieto.

Potomac would get their tenth run in the 8th when Myrtle Beach once again couldn’t quite execute (it should be noted that the Pelicans have just eight players that aren’t 22 or younger, a byproduct of the Rangers tendency towards HS players and IFAs, not to mention being Thirsty-Thursday-Night loaded with talent) as Michael Taylor scored on a wild pitch on a Nieto strikeout with runners on the corners.

Christian Meza followed Cole with two innings of relief, allowing an unearned run on a double that followed a missed catch as Sanchez attempted to complete a 6-4-3 double play without the baseball. Colin Bates finished out the game, giving up two unearned runs on a Ramsey error in the 9th.

The win evens Potomac at 14-14 for the season, one game behind Lynchburg (14-12) and Frederick (15-13) as the Carolina League remains bunched up like a cheap pair of und…er, tube socks with all eight teams within five games of one another.

Thanks to Monday’s rainout, Brian Dupra (1-2, 3.72 at Hagerstown, scoreless IP for Potomac on Wednesday) makes the spot start tonight. Victor Payano (1-2, 4.76) is his counterpart for Myrtle Beach.

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.

6 thoughts on “Last Night In Woodbridge”

  1. Living in Canada doesn’t give me the luxury (or pleasure) of seeing any Potomac games. But they genuinely appear to be very good in the pitching department. And good enough on the field. I think they have an excellent chance at a playoff position.

  2. Nice to see Cole getting a good start in as I was checking in on his outing from time to time last night. Any ideas on what made last night’s start better? Better command of breaking stuff? Better control?

    1. Yes to both, though some could be said for the ump having a low strike zone and Cole taking advantage of that, too.

  3. Soul drummer how are you:/???? I recognize you from last year.
    Nats nation I travel in the airline indutry wearing myNats
    windbreaker and in 24 hours I came across two Braves fans.
    Suffice to say any win vs. ATL. is great in any farm level!!!
    Love AJ Cole. Not a man crush but the dude looks like
    blue chip.
    Anyway, I had to correct a Braves fan about 1994. No, they would not have won with out a Bud Selig lockout. The Expos would have won as Bobby Cox agreed by at least 25 games ahead.
    the other Braves fan I asked. what pct. is 1 WS out of 13-14 years in playoffs????
    Interesting to see Ramsey play 1b last night on line.
    You see with all my travels I follow games on the website PLAYS section.
    who here believes thet Trey Moore was pumped last summer amidst the phenominal good squad production?
    especially with Morse around?
    if we loose a series to PITT- would they for once finish above .500 and win the bloody NL central for once! pleasssssssse!!!
    when does Robbie ray go up to Harrisburg to join the interesting Blake Treinen??? PO in first IP last night? sweet
    bom noite!

    1. I am doing okay. I follow Nats minors pretty closely but was struggling with some stuff after last year that took me away from the boards. Fantasy baseball takes up more of my hardball time these days, but I always appreciate Luke’s work and try to check in here when I’m able.

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