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Mudcats finish sweep of Nationals

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. —  Starting pitcher Bowden Francis fired five scoreless innings and a trio of relievers combined to finish the shutout for the Carolina Mudcats, who completed a sweep of their Single-A Carolina League series with a 2-0 win over the host Potomac Nationals on Wednesday.

Carolina, now 5-2, took a 1-0 lead on Payton Henry’s RBI double with two out in the first inning off Potomac starter Kyle Johnston (0-2). Joantgel Segovia homered for the second game in a row, a solo shot in the eighth, for the Mudcats’ other run.

Francis (1-0) walked three and struck out five before Christian Meister took over in the sixth.  J.T. Hintzen pitched a scoreless seventh and got two outs in the eighth before yielding to Rodrigo Benoit with the bases loaded. Benoit picked up his second save after getting out of the jam and retiring three of the four batters he faced in the ninth.

The Nationals (3-4) stranded 12 base runners.

The Mudcats will host the Wilmington Blue Rocks in their home opener Thursday at Five County Stadium in Zeblon with a 7 p.m. first pitch.

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