WOODBRIDGE, VA-The Potomac Nationals (29-25) scored early and held on to defeat the Frederick Keys (23-32) 6-1 on Wednesday night at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium. In his second straight Major League rehab assignment with the Keys, Colby Rasmus went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
The Nationals scored in the first inning to take the lead. Blake Perkins walked and scored on a Carter Kieboom double. Kieboom would later score on an Ian Sagdal single to make it 2-0 Nationals.
Frederick would respond in the top of the second. With two outs, Chris Clare hit a single to left field. An error on Kieboom allowed Stuart Levy to reach, and Clare scored on an Alexis Torres single. The single for Torres was his first hit and RBI as a member of the Keys, while it ended a 21 2/3 inning scoring drought.
Potomac scored a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. Rhett Wiseman reached on an error and moved to third on a David Masters double. A walk to Adam Eaton loaded the bases, and Wiseman then scored on a sacrifice fly from Perkins to push the P-Nats lead to 3-1.
Two more would score in the bottom of the fifth. Perkins doubled and Kieboom walked. The two would then complete a double steal, while an errant throw from Levy allowed Perkins to score and Kieboom to move to third. Two batters later, Sagdal drove in Kieboom with a single.
The final Nationals run scored in the sixth. Keys reliever Steven Klimek allowed back-to-back base hits and then hit a man to load the bases with nobody out. Klimek then struck out Eaton before a fielder's choice would score a run and make it 6-1. The damage was limited when the right-hander struck out Kieboom.
Matthew Crownover (3-4) earned the win for the Nationals. He allowed an unearned run on six hits over six innings. The left-hander walked one and struck out three. Alex Wells (3-4) took the loss for the Keys. He surrendered five runs on five hit over five innings while walking three and striking out two.
Frederick and Potomac conclude their series on Thursday night. Right-hander Mike Baumann (2-0, 1.45) makes the start for the Keys. He will be opposed by Nationals right-hander Sterling Sharp (4-2, 3.45). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
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