Thanks to three solo shots, Potomac took the series finale from Lynchburg, 3-1 and earned a series split.
Ian Sagdal got the home run binge started in the 2nd, the first of two long hits as he would also double in the 8th.
It gave starting pitcher Grant Borne an early 1-0 lead to work with. The 23-y.o. southpaw’s lone run came in the 4th when the leadoff batter struck out but reached on passed ball from a curveball that Jake Lowery got a glove on before it hit the ground but jai-alai’d to the backstop. It was nevertheless ruled as a wild pitch and after a steal of second, the Hillcats cashed in the extra out with a single to right to tie things at 1-1.
Borne worked around a single and a hit batsman in the 5th before retiring the side in the 6th. He was charged with one run on three hits and no walks while striking out six but got the no-decision.
Tyler Skulina, recently signed by the big club in lieu of promoting someone from Hagerstown, showed the rust of someone who hadn’t pitched since last September as he got two quick outs in the 7th, then walked the bases loaded before striking out the last batter. He would get the benefit of Rhett Wiseman’s upper-deck (of advertising) homer in the bottom half of the inning to give the P-Nats a 2-1 lead.
Skulina hit another batter and walked a fourth in the 8th but wound up the winning pitcher. Austin Davidson dialed long distance with two out in the 8th for the third and final run for the Woodbridge nine.
Gilberto Mendez, who was lit up for four runs in the fist game of the series, bounced back with a scoreless 9th to earn his sixth save.
Potomac heads north for four games in three days against Frederick as the two teams battle for fourth place in the Carolina League North. Hector Silvestre takes the hill against the tireless “TBD” for Frederick.