The Wilmington Blue Rocks rallied from two one-run deficits early on, but a two-run eighth inning proved to be the difference as the Potomac Nationals took Game 2 of the season opening series at Frawley Stadium on Friday.
The Nationals (2-0) were the first to score in the top of second inning as Potomac’s David Masters singled to drive in Drew Ward. The Blue Rocks (0-2) responded with a run in their half of the frame as Alfredo Escalera was plated on Austin Bailey’s infield single.
The game remained tied at 1-all until the top of the sixth when the Nationals’ Alec Keller recorded an RBI with a bases-loaded walk, scoring Jose-Marmolejos-Diaz.
Wilmington responded again in the bottom of the seventh as Corey Toups scored on a Potomac error. Although the Blue Rocks had two runners on with one out, they could not cash in on taking the lead.
The tie would soon be unbroken the following inning as the Blue Rocks committed two costly errors that would plate two runs, including the eventual go-ahead score.
In the top of ninth, the Nationals would round out the scoring as Bryan Mejia tripled, plating Marmolejos-Diaz.
Potomac’s Robert Orlan earned the win on the mound striking out four Blue Rocks while allowing two walks, one unearned run and one hit. Ryan Brinley picked up his first save of the season. On offense, Masters and Ward each recorded two hits while Ward and Marmolejos-Diaz each scored twice.
For the Blue Rocks, Josh Staumont was tagged with the loss allowing three runs — one earned — in 2 2/3 innings of work. He also struck out seven batters while walking four and allowing two hits. At the plate, Ryan O’Hearn collected two hits.
The season-opening four-game series continues Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
For Wilmington, Matt Tenuta will take the mound against Potomac’s Erick Fedde.