Woodbridge, VA- The Hillcats (9-13) plated three runs off Major League right-hander Doug Fister in the first four innings, but eventually blew a 4-0 lead and lost 6-5 for their eighth straight loss. Peraza led the Lynchburg offense with three hits, including a game-tying RBI single in the ninth.
Fister made his Washington Nationals organizational debut this afternoon with Potomac. He had two errors committed behind including the first play of the game, which allowed Peraza to reach first base. He would score three batter later on a Kevin Ahrens single. Kyle Wren had singled behind Peraza and he scored on a passed ball to make it 2-0 in first.
The Nationals (14-8) made another error to start the third inning, which allowed Ahrens to reach base. Tyler Tewell singled moving Ahrens to third, and then Edison Sanchez singled Ahrens home. Fister pitched through the fourth without allowing another run. All three runs were unearned against him. He allowed six hits, walked no one, and struck out one.
Lynchburg added another run in the fifth. Ahrens added another RBI single. He finished the day 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. He currently leads the team with 13 RBIs this season.
The Nationals started their comeback later in the fifth. Hillcats starter Greg Ross surrendered a pair of singles to start the inning. A wild pitch pushed the runners to second and third. After a strikeout, Will Piwinica-Worms hit a sacrifice fly to right field to break up the shut out.
Ross stayed in for the sixth. Brandon Miller hit a two-out solo home run to left field bringing the Nationals within two runs. It was Miller's sixth home run of the season, and fourth off of Hillcats pitching.
Nate Hyatt entered in the seventh for Lynchburg. The Nationals collected four hits off Hyatt and forced him out of the game after just one-third of an inning. Pedro Severino and Randolph Oduber both drove in runs against Hyatt. Brandon Cunniff relived Hyatt. He had an error committed behind him and then struck out two to get out of the inning.
The score was tied 4-4 going to the eighth. With Cunniff still on the mound, the Nationals strung together three straight singles with one out to plate the go-ahead run. It was the first run scored off of Cunniff this season. The Hillcats came back to tie the score in the ninth. Peraza singled home Levi Hyams with two outs.
Colby Holmes relieved Cunniff in the ninth. He gave up a single to Khayyan Norfork to start the inning. Norfork advanced to second base on a balk, putting the winning run at second base with nobody out. The Hillcats then chose to intentionally walk Oscar Tejeda to get to Miller. Miller struck out swinging, but then Shawn Pleffner hit a deep fly to the warning track in center field over the head of Wren. Norfork scored and the Nationals walked off with the victory.
Brett Mooneyham (2-1) finished the game behind Fister. He gave up two runs over five innings and earned the win. Holmes (0-1) suffered the loss for the Hillcats.
Game three of the four game series is set for Monday night at 7:05pm. Lynchburg will start right-hander Jarett Miller (0-2, 3.86) against righty Dakota Bacus (1-1, 2.08).