The middle-infield prospect hit .266 at Potomac this season and stole 25 bases.
Jhonathan Solano and Boomer Whiting each collected three hits in the game and the power came on a three-run shot by Francisco Plasencia and a grand slam by Michael Burgess.
Starter Luis Atilano made the most of the offensive explosion and pitched five innings before turning things over to the Potomac bullpen, which has been outstanding in the post-season. Cole Kimball and Dan Leatherman handled the final four innings without allowing a run. Atilano has now thrown 11 shutout innings in the playoffs and has allowed just eight hits. The Nats bullpen has allowed just one earned run in 21 playoff innings for a 0.43 ERA. The starters aren't too far behind, with a 0.82 ERA in the playoffs.
An impressive part of the shutout is that Myrtle Beach featured the Carolina League's top offense this season and came into the series opener hitting .318 in the post-season and scored 27 runs in their five playoff games.
The two teams play Game Two at Myrtle Beach Tuesday night (September 9) before the series takes a day off and heads back to Potomac for Game Three. Jeff Mandel (6-6, 3.68) goes for Potomac against lefty Carlos Rivas (6-4, 5.20) in Game Two.