By Darren Headrick / Carolina Mudcats (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Woodbridge, Va. May 2, 2013 – Taylor Jordan hurled eight scoreless innings as the Potomac Nationals came away with a 5-1 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Thursday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Carolina drops to 11-16, and finished a tough road trip 2-5. Potomac won three of four to claim the series, and the Nationals improved their record to 13-14.
Jordan (2-1) scattered five hits over eight dominant frames. The right-hander fanned four, and allowed one walk. Derek Self snuffed out a late rally by the Mudcats in the ninth for his second save.
Cody Anderson (3-1) suffered his first loss for Carolina. The righty from Quincy, Calif., surrendered a season-high five runs on 11 hits over six innings. He struck out five without a walk.
Potomac scored against Anderson in the opening frame when Jason Martinson scored Billy Burns on the third hit of the inning. The Nationals plated three in the second on four hits, including three straight to start the inning, for a 4-0 advantage. Khayyan Norfork polished off the P-Nats’ barrage with a solo shot to straightaway center.
Trailing 5-0 in the ninth, the Mudcats attempted a comeback against reliever Greg Holt. Francisco Lindor beat out an infield single, and scored when Jerrud Sabourin lined a double to the left-center gap.
Jordan Smith followed with a single to put runners at the corners before Self entered the game. The right-hander induced a pop out to third by Charlie Valerio, and Smith was caught off first base for a double play. Luigi Rodriguez struck out after a lengthy battle to end the game.
The Mudcats return home to host the Keys May 3-5. The weekend series features “Friday Night Fireworks” presented by Carolina Ford Dealers on the 3rd, and a Mudcats fishing hat giveaway on Saturday, May 4th. Purchase tickets today by calling (919) 269-2287, or visiting carolinamudcats.com.