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Pimentel’s Grand Slam proves key to 5-2 victory

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April 20, 2024 – Carolina League (CarL)
News item from Fredericksburg Nationals

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Brandon Pimentel’s first-inning grand slam got the FredNats off to a hot start, and they never looked back in a 5-2 victory over the Woodpeckers. Fredericksburg improved to 8-6 with the win and Fayetteville is now 9-5.

Marc Davis turned in a scoreless top of the first inning before the Nationals jumped on Fayetteville starter Derek True. Phillip Glasser singled on the first pitch to lead off in the first, then Gavin Dugas walked and Cristhian Vaquero was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Brandon Pimentel. The left-handed slugger took a called strike one and then blasted the next pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam. It was Pimentel’s second strike this season as the Freddies took a 4-0 lead.

Now armed with a lead, Davis attacked Fayetteville’s hitters. He struck out two Woodpeckers in the second inning, and induced an inning-ending double play in the third, concluding his outing. All told, Marc Davis threw three scoreless and hitless innings, with three strikeouts.

True settled down after the first inning, as he completed 4.1 innings of work without further damage aside from the grand slam.

In the top of the fifth inning, Fayetteville got on the board against Miguel Gomez. Nehomar Ochoa Jr. hit a one-out double down the left field line, then later in the inning Will Bush also doubled to score the first Woodpecker run of the evening.

But in the home half, Fredericksburg struck back. After a strikeout and a pitching change, Phillip Glasser deposited an 0-1 pitch well beyond the right field wall to make it 5-1 FredNats.

The Woodpeckers scored another run in the top of the seventh inning, against Merrick Baldo. Oliver Carrillo led off with a single, and Chase Jaworsky walked behind him. Then a pair of infield grounders spun Carrillo around to score from second base, pulling Fayetteville within three runs.

Baldo then pitched a scoreless eighth inning, before Thomas Schultz closed the door in the ninth inning to secure a 5-2 FredNat win. Miguel Gomez (1-0) got the win, Derek True (0-1) was the losing pitcher and Schultz recorded his third save.

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