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FredNats end five game losing streak

The FredNats shut out the Salem Red Sox 2-0, to snap a five-game losing streak.

 Salem starter Noah Dean danced out of some trouble in the first two innings. The southpaw walked six batters in just 1.2 innings of work, but managed to avoid any damage.

 For the FredNats, lefty Erik Tolman made his 2023 debut and was spectacular. He breezed through four shutout innings, surrendering just one base hit while walking none to keep Fredericksburg and Salem tied at 0-0.

 The Nats finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth. Shortstop Armando Cruz opened the frame by working to a 2-2 count, before depositing his first home run of the year on to the home run porch in left field to put the FredNats up 1-0.

 Another new National, Bubba Hall, made his season debut in relief of Tolman, and worked a pair of scoreless innings to preserve the 1-0 edge. Then in the eighth, Branden Boissiere singled, and later moved to second on a passed ball. Wilmer Perez flipped a two-strike pitch down the left field line, driving in Boissiere with a crucial insurance run for Fredericksburg.

 Franklin Marquez dealth two strong innings to go back to the mound in the ninth inning, but struggled with his command in the final frame. The lefty walked the bases loaded with one out, prompting Jake Lowery to call on Marquis Grissom Jr. with the game on the line. The Georgia Tech product delivered with back-to-back strikeouts, securing a 2-0 FredNat victory. He got the save, with Bubba Hall earning his first win, and Luis De La Rosa taking the loss for Salem. In game three of six Froiday night, Bryan Caceres takes the ball against Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz.

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