WOODBRIDGE, VA-The Potomac Nationals (61-49, 24-19) jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat the Frederick Keys (54-61, 19-27) 7-2 on Wednesday night. The win was the Nationals sixth in a row, while they have outscored the Keys 31-2 over the last three contests.
Luis Garcia got the scoring started for the Nationals in the first inning. The 18-year-old launched a solo home run to right field to make it 1-0.
The P-Nats added to their lead in the fourth thanks to another home run. Garcia led off with a single. Ian Sagdal followed the single with a two-run blast to right field. It was the third basemen's fifth home run of the year.
In the fifth, Collin Woody hit his eighth home run of the year, and his seventh away from Nymeo Field. It ended a stretch of 29 unanswered runs for the P-Nats against the Keys. The Keys would add another run in the frame. Cole Billingsley walked and moved to second on a Daniel Fajardo single. The bases were loaded after Jake Ring looped a single into right, and Billingsley scored on a double play to make it 3-2 Nationals.
Potomac responded with three runs in the bottom half of the frame. Jack Sundberg drew a one-out walk. He then advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Matthias Dietz , and scored on a Bryan Mejia single. After Garcia walked, Aldrem Corredor hit a two-out double to drive in Mejia and Garcia and push the Nationals lead to 6-2. In the seventh, Sundberg added an RBI single to finish the scoring.
A.J. Bogucki (3-1) picked up the win in two innings of relief. He allowed an inherited runner to score, but did not allow a run himself over two innings. Dietz (0-5) took the loss. The right-hander surrendered six runs on five hits over 3.1 innings. He walked three and struck out two.
The two teams conclude their series on Thursday afternoon. Left-hander Zac Lowther (3-2, 2.76) makes the start for the Keys. He will be opposed by left-hander Ben Braymer (6-3, 2.82) for the Nationals. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m., and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
The Keys return home on Friday night to begin a series with the Buies Creek Astros. Highlights for the weekend include Cancer Awareness Night on Friday, Salute to the Orioles on Saturday, and the final meet the team event on Sunday. For tickets, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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