WOODBRIDGE, VA-Frederick Keys starting pitcher, Mike Baumann, tossed seven shutout innings as the Keys blanked the Potomac Nationals 3-0 on Thursday night at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium. Limiting the P-Nats to two hits, Baumann and Keys closer, Tyler Erwin , combined to retire the last 17 batters of the game.
Baumann (8-5) tied a career-high with seven innings pitched. He walked one and struck out five while using just over 80 pitches. The win was his 13th overall between Frederick and Low-A Delmarva, second-best among Orioles minor leaguers (trailing only Bowie's Keegan Akin who has 14).
Frederick (63-71, 28-37) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third against Matthew Crownover. With one out, Chris Clare got hit by a pitch before moving to second on a single by Wilson Garcia . That brought up Jomar Reyes , who hit a two-run double to left-center.
The Keys added one more run in sixth against Nationals (71-60, 34-30) reliever A.J. Bogucki. Reyes reached on an error by P-Nats shortstop Luis Garcia, while a double by T.J. Nichting put two in scoring position. Cole Billingsley then added a sac-fly to make it 3-0.
Following a single by Garcia in the fourth, Potomac did not pick up a hit the rest of the way.
Crownover (5-9) suffered the loss allowing two runs on four hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three. Erwin tallied his 18th save for the Keys retiring all six men he faced with three strikeouts.
On Friday the Keys return to Nymeo Field to begin the team's final homestand of the year against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Right-hander Cody Sedlock (0-2, 10.05) starts for Frederick and will be opposed by Pelicans left-hander Bryan Hudson (6-11, 4.92). First pitch is at 7:00 p.m from Nymeo Field and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app starting at 6:45.
Homestand Highlights include Art in the Park Night with a jersey auction benefiting the Frederick Arts Council, a Keyote bobblehead sponsored by Certa Advisors, a Sesame Street Meet and Greet, three fireworks shows and Fan Appreciation Day. For tickets, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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