Wiseman’s home run sinks Woodies
A two-out ninth-inning home run to right field by Potomac right fielder Rhett Wiseman was the deciding factor in Thursday’s 2-1 Nationals’ victory against the Down East Wood Ducks at Historic Grainger Stadium.
Facing an 0-2 count, Wiseman hit his 14th home run of the season. It was his only hit of the game.
Potomac’s Jack Sundberg had half his team’s eight hits with a 4-for-4 performance – all singles. James Bourque earned the victory for Potomac (3-4 second half, 39-35 overall) with two innings of hitless relief in which he struck out three and walked two.
Nationals’ starter Ben Braymer went six innings of seven-hit work, striking out eight and walking one in a tidy 88-pitch effort. He dropped his ERA to 1.85.
Like his Nats counterpart, Wood Ducks starting pitcher Walker Weickel turned in one of his best performances of the 2018 season, striking out eight while giving up five hits, no walks and one earned run in six innings.
Woodies catcher Melvin Novoa had three hits in his four plate appearances, including a single in the ninth inning that was originally ruled an error but later changed to a hit by the official scorer. Novoa was replaced by pinch runner Eric Jenkins, who eventually made it to third base.
The Wood Ducks (3-5, 38-40) and Nationals will play the final contest of the five-game series Friday at Grainger Stadium. First pitch is at 6 and the gates open at 7; a fireworks show is scheduled to follow the game.