Despite scoring two runs in each of the last two innings, the Potomac Cannons were unable to overcome an 8-1 deficit, and lost to the Winston-Salem Warthogs, 10-5, yesterday in a Class A Carolina League game in front of 3,475 at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge.
The Warthogs jumped on Potomac starter Jason Navarro early, collecting four extra-base hits and three runs in the top of the first inning. Although Navarro settled down over the next four innings, allowing only one hit and no runs, his teammates didn't give him much offensive support, failing to convert several opportunities.
The Cannons (1-2) got their first run in the fourth. Center fielder Jason Lee and designated hitter Luke Quaccia led off with consecutive base hits, putting Potomac runners on first and third with no outs. Catcher Bryan Rupert grounded into a double play that scored Lee but ended the threat.
With the help of two Potomac errors and a three-run homer by Warthogs designated hitter Brian Manning, Winston-Salem was able to put the game out of reach in the seventh inning, tagging reliever Lance Franks for five runs, four of them earned.
Although the Cannons equaled Winston-Salem with 11 hits, they stranded 10 base runners. Warthogs starter Brian Scott pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on six hits while striking out eight to even his record at 4-4.
SEA DOGS 5, BAYSOX 3: Brandon Villafuerte scattered six hits over 6 2/3 innings while his teammates stretched 10 singles into a win as Portland beat visiting Bowie in a Class AA Eastern League game.
Cesar Devarez hit the game's only extra-base hit in Bowie's loss, a solo homer.
Portland (36-40) led from the first inning, after combining five singles for two runs.
Bowie (42-32) came back with a run in the second and one in the third. After the Sea Dogs went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the third on a walk, stolen base, error and sacrifice fly, they added two in the fourth on four singles.
Devarez homered in the seventh to close the scoring.
Villafuerte (4-5) walked two and struck out two in getting the win, while closer Hector Almonte notched his 15th save. Bowie starter Josh Towers (6-5) gave up all five Portland runs in taking the loss.
BLUE ROCKS 9, KEYS 7: Frederick starter Richard Bauer surrendered nine runs on nine hits and two walks and left after four innings as host Wilmington won a Class A Carolina League game. Darnell McDonald and Jayson Werth each contributed three hits and a stolen base for the Keys, whose record dropped to 38-34. Wilmington improved to 40-32.