When the Potomac Cannons blundered defensively last night, Jason Fitzgerald was quick to take advantage and help his visiting Kinston Indians defeat the Cannons, 4-2, in a Class A Carolina League game before 5,047 at Pfitzner Stadium.
Fitzgerald, Kinston's designated hitter, went 2 for 4 and drove in all four of the Indians' runs with a two-run single in the third and a two-run double in the seventh. Potomac dropped to 7-7 in the second half of the season, and Kinston improved to 6-10.
Kinston's Scott Pratt hit a one-out single in the top of the third and Zach Sorenson reached on a fielding error by Potomac first baseman Billy Deck to put runners on first and second. After a strikeout, Brad Freeman fielded a grounder to third, but instead of immediately running to step on the third-base bag for the inning's final out, he hesitated and fired a late throw to first, loading the bases.
Fitzgerald followed by grounding an RBI single into left field that gave Kinston a 2-0 edge.
The Indians increased their lead to 4-1 in the seventh. With runners on first and second attempting a double steal, Kinston's Mike Edwards swung and missed for the first out. But Potomac catcher Bryan Rupert's throw bounced halfway up the third-base line, putting both runners in scoring position for Fitzgerald, who responded with a two-run double.
Kinston starter Tim Drew, the younger brother of Cardinals outfielder J.D. Drew, earned his third win of the season against the Cannons and improved to 7-4.
Potomac's hard-luck starter Robert Smith, a fourth-round St. Louis Cardinals draft pick last year, slipped to 0-5 despite yielding no earned runs in five innings of work. The left-hander has posted a 2.46 earned run average since his promotion to the Cannons from Peoria on May 31, but is winless in seven starts.
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