Potomac turned a nip and tuck affair into a blowout as the Nationals scored the game’s final 13 runs as the Keys fell 14-3 on Thursday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Frederick led the game 3-1 into the bottom of the sixth inning but as the final out was recorded that lead felt like a distant past.
The Keys grabbed the lead in the fourth inning with two triples. CF Trent Mummey ripped a ball into the right-center field gap for a triple with one retired. After a four-pitch walk to 2B Ty Kelly, 1B Aaron Baker repeated the feat, tripling hard off of the glove of Nats 1B Stephen King to drive home both baserunners grabbing a 2-1 advantage.
An inning later the Keys brought home a third run. After SS Travis Adair legged out an infield single. On a hit and run 3B Mike Mosby lined a ball in the right-center gap scoring Adair with ease. The RBI-double gave the Keys a 3-1 lead.
But things fell apart for Frederick in the sixth inning. Having not allowed an earned run entering, starter Tyler Wilson did not get an out. A fielding error, single and three-run David Freitas home run pushed Wilson from the contest.
Down just 4-3 Frederick struggled out of the pen. RHP Oscar Melendez retired the first five batters he faced but in the 7th inning allowed three consecutive singles, followed by two wild pitches and a walk. He was followed by RHP David Baker who faced nine batter and got two outs. SS Travis Adair was summoned to get the final two outs in the eighth inning. All-in-all the Keys pen allowed ten runs in three innings.
The rubber match awaits against Potomac, Friday, July 6th at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Scott Copeland getting the start.