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Tejeda, Nats top Marlins in Game 1 of GCL Finals09/02/2009 2:13 PM ET
By Josh Jackson / MLB.com
Two key hits from Yeurys Tejeda was all the Nationals needed in Game 1 of the GCL Finals on Wednesday.
Tejeda drove in all three of the Nationals' runs -- he notched RBI singles in the sixth and eighth frames -- in a 3-1 win over the Marlins that put the Nats in position to claim the championship with a win in Game 2 tomorrow.
In the sixth with two outs and runners on first and second, the 21-year-old Dominican Republic native smacked a ground ball through the hole on the right side of the infield to put the Nationals on the board.
Tejeda came up with the bases loaded and the score tied at one in the eighth, and he banged a line drive up the middle to plate two. Not yet satisfied, he was thrown out trying to steal second.
Former first-round Draft pick Josh Smoker, who was 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA for the GCL Nationals this year, gave up one run on seven hits over five innings, but didn't factor in the decision. The Nationals' Shane McCatty, who was picked in the 34th round of this year's Draft, earned the win, having walked three and given up a hit while working two shutout innings. John Santiago worked two scoreless frames for the save.
Brent Keys, another 2009 draftee, knocked in the Marlins' lone run with a two-out single to center field in the second inning.
Marlins starter Alvaro Estevez pitched well, striking out five without walking anybody over six innings while allowing a run on four hits. He ended up with a no-decision, and Tyler Topp, who pitched the last three innings of the game, was stuck with the loss.
The Marlins and Nationals face off in Game 2 at noon ET on Wednesday.
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