Keys Fall Six Outs Short as Potomac Comeback Looms Large
The Frederick Keys were six outs away from their first Northern Division title in four years but it all came to a halt as Potomac plated six eighth inning runs to stun the Keys forcing a winner take all Game Five on Monday evening. The Keys led to the eighth inning but fell 6-1 on Sunday.
Nationals CF Eury Perez beat out an infield single to lead off the inning. That was followed by a walk and a hit by pitch to load the bases. With the infield drawn in, RF Destin Hood singled home two runs and the lead was Potomac’s for good. Later in the frame 3B Jose Lozada would single home two more runs. SS Zach Walters put the finishing touches on the rally with a two-RBI triple to right field.
The Keys led to the eighth inning because of a masterful outing by starter Ryohei Tanaka. Tanaka did not allow a leadoff hitter to reach in six shutout innings of work. He struck out five batters, including three to close out innings with a runner in scoring position.
Frederick nabbed the lead in the fourth inning. SS Manny Machado was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame but was still at first with two outs. 1N Mike Flacco then singled and set it up for C Brian Ward. Ward grounded a single to left scoring Machado with the games first run.
Now the Keys turn to either LHP Nick Haughian or Game One starter Jake Pettit Monday night with its season on the line. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. with coverage beginning 30-minutes prior on 1450-AM The Source.
Playoff tickets are on-sale for decisive Game Five Monday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. For tickets contact the Keys Box Office at 1-877-8-GO-KEYS or purchase online at frederickkeys.com.