In Woodbridge, Nolan Jones’ two-run homer capped Lynchburg’s four-run second inning and four Hillcats pitchers combined to stymie Potomac’s bats in a 5-1 victory Friday night at Pfitzner Stadium.
The Hillcats (29-30) used a pitching committee in the second of a four-game series against the Nationals (26-33), and the move paid dividends.
Jonathan Teaney (2-0) was the only pitcher to throw more than two innings and was credited with the victory after allowing one hit and striking out three in three scoreless frames.
Starter Jean Carlos Mejia, Aaron Pinto and Yapson Gomez each threw two innings. Mejia gave up three hits without allowing a run, while Pinto and Gomez each surrendered a single.
The P-Nats’ scored an unearned run against Pinto in the fourth inning after Bryan Mejia reached on a two-out error and scored on Gage Canning’s double one batter later that cut the deficit to 5-1.
The pitching staff was aided by four double plays turned by the Hillcats defense.
The offense recorded seven of its nine hits in the first two innings and scored all five runs against P-Nats starter Kyle Johnston (5-7).
Oscar Gonzalez got the Hillcats’ scoring started with a line-drive single to left to score Steven Kwan in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.
Kwan drove in Connor Smith with a single in the second, and Jodd Carter followed with a double to right that scored Luke Wakamatsu. Kwan was thrown out at the plate attempting to score.
Jones connected on the second pitch of his at-bat for a towering homer to right field to put the Hillcats ahead 5-0.
Johnston lost his third straight start for the P-Nats. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits and struck out three in four innings.
The teams continue the series at 6:35 p.m. today. Adam Scott (3-5, 3.15) is scheduled to start for Lynchburg against Potomac’s Carson Teel (2-0, 2.77).