Theophile’s strong start spoiled: FredNats fall, 8-3

Fredericksburg NationalsDespite a dominant start from Rodney Theophile, the Fredericksburg Nationals lost their series finale 8-3 at the hands of the Delmarva Shorebirds on Sunday afternoon.

Theophile allowed only one hit over 4.0 scoreless innings, but the Shorebirds attacked Bryan Peña (L, 1-2) in a six-run sixth inning that sent the FredNats to their fifth loss in six games.

Though Fredericksburg had plenty of opportunities, they left the bases loaded in back-to-back innings as they missed a chance to take a decisive early lead. José Sánchez drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and Onix Vega hit an RBI single in the fifth, but in both innings the Shorebirds were able to limit further damage.

Leading 2-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth, Peña entered and allowed a leadoff homer to Cristopher Cespedes to get Delmarva on the board. He worked through the rest of the inning, but ran into more trouble in the sixth as Darell Hernaiz tied the game 2-2 with a sacrifice fly. Tomás Alastre entered with the bases loaded, but allowed a two-run single to Ryne Ogren, a bases-loaded walk to Ramon Rodriguez, and a two-run double to Jean Carmona before finally recording the third out.

Jeremy Ydens hit his team-leading fifth homer of the year off Houston Roth (W, 2-1) in the seventh, but that would be all the FredNats could manage as they failed to score more than three runs for the 12th time in their past 13 games.

The FredNats have an off day on Monday before beginning a 12-game homestand against the Salem Red Sox and Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Tuesday. Tuesday’s first pitch against the Red Sox from FredNats Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05, with FredNats On Deck beginning at 6:50 on the FredNats Baseball Network.

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