The spectacular FredNats rally is right next door
The Fredericksburg Nationals nearly pulled off their biggest comeback of the season on Wednesday night, but left the bases loaded in the ninth in a 9-7 loss to the Salem Red Sox.
Fredericksburg trailed 6-1, 9-2 before scoring four runs in the seventh and one in the ninth. Mitchell parker (L, 3-6) pushed his way through 5.0 innings, relinquishing a career-high eight hits and three homers.
Salem’s home run came first, after Jaxx Groshans put the Red Sox on the board with a single RBI. Joe Davis took a two-point shot, his second in as many games, to put the Red Sox ahead 3-0.
The FredNats responded in their first half with back-to-back doubles of Ricardo Méndez and Jeremy Ydens, but Salem scored single runs in each of the next three innings to extend his lead even further. Nicholas Northcut scored in the third and Stephen Scott scored in the fourth as Parker became the first Fredericksburg pitcher to allow three homers in one game.
Onix Vega doubled in the sixth from Robert Kwiatkowski (V, 5-0) and scored on a Groundout of Kevin strohschein, but again in the seventh the Red Sox responded. Dean Miller capped a two-on-one rally Bryan peña with a three-run homerun to take Salem’s lead to 9-2.
Fredericksburg made his way from striking distance, scoring four runs in the seventh on a two-run single from Ydens and a two-run homer from Vega. They rallied once again in ninth against Cody Scroggins (S, 5), as Vega was hit by a pitch to force in a run, but the closest to Salem pulled out the last two strikeouts with the winning run. on the base to end the game.
The FredNats continue their streak against the Red Sox on Thursday night. The first throw of the FredNats Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 am.