FREDERICK, MD – Behind a second straight flawless start from Devin Jones, the Keys shut out the Potomac Nationals 3-0 in front of 5,825 fans at Harry Grove Stadium.
Jones, along with relievers Ryan Berry and David Walters combined to allow just four hits and two walks as they succeeded in keeping the Nationals off of the scoreboard the whole night.
For Jones, in just his third Carolina League start, posted a second straight start in which he did not allow a run. The Orioles’ ninth round pick in 2011 went six innings, giving up just three hits to go along with two walks and one strikeout. Jones induced thirteen groundball outs compared to three fly ball outs.
The Keys did all their scoring in the first two innings, as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Potomac starter Adam Olbrychowski and never looked back thanks to their shut out performance from their pitching staff.
Jones gets credited with the win, as he moves to 2-0 on the year with a 3.00 ERA.
The Keys move to 16-18 on the year and remain within two games of the final playoff spot in the North Division.
The Keys scored first in the second inning when Justin Dalles, with a runner in scoring position and two outs, singled in the game’s first run to allow the Keys an early lead.
The next inning, again with two outs, Tyler Townsend hit a double to get into scoring position and the next batter, Jeremy Nowak, hit a towering shot over the center field wall for his fifth home run, giving the Keys a 3-0 lead.
That would be all the scoring in the game as the Keys prevented Potomac to get just one run as they coasted to victory from there.
The Keys will try and clinch the series tomorrow against Potomac when LHP Tim Berry (3-2, 4.71 ERA) takes the mound against the recently demoted Robert Gilliam.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM and fireworks follow after the game.
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