What was thought out to be a pitcher's duel between two of the best pitchers in the Carolina League, ended up being a game of the long ball Sunday afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium. The Frederick Keys fell to the Potomac Nationals 9-8 to end the first half of their season.
Frederick Keys starter and Carolina League All-Star, Eduardo Rodriguez, left after pitching just three innings, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned. The Keys struck first in the bottom of the second inning with a leadoff home run hit by Michael Ohlman, his fourth of the season. Ohlman finished the series 6-for-19 with two home runs.
The Potomac Nationals answered back with four runs in the top off the third inning. A throwing error on Keys' third baseman, Nicky Delmonico, scored the first run followed by a three-run home run from first baseman Justin Miller.
It was not long before the Keys responded with two home runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Delvi Cid drove three runs with a deep home run to left followed shortly by a Jerome Pena two-run home run putting the Keys up by two, 6-4.
P-Nats' starter, Robbie Ray, had not given up more than two earned runs in a start this season. He was pulled at the end of the fourth inning after giving up six hits and six runs. He had only given up three home runs this year and gave up three today.
Pena finished the game 2-for-3 with two walks after going 5-for-6 last night with a double. He finished the series 10-for-19 with three doubles, and four RBIs.
However, the P-Nats were not finished just yet scoring five of their own in the fifth inning. With two runners on, a fielding error by Delmonico scored the first run followed by an Adrian Sanchez single to score one more. After a Keys pitching change, Zach Fowler gave up a bases-loaded single followed by a bases-loaded walk. The P-Nats scored one more run on a fielding error by shortstop Sammie Starr.
The Keys ended the game with three errors, each costing a run. Tommy Winegardner took the loss, allowing five runs in 1.1 innings.
Designated hitter, Allan de San Miguel, hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the Keys within one run but it was not enough to pull off the win.
David Fischer pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four for Potomac and was awarded the save.