FREDERICK, MD- The Frederick Keys (6-5) scored twice in both the eighth and ninth innings to earn a walk-off victory against the Potomac Nationals (6-5) on Sunday afternoon at Nymeo Field. Jomar Reyes doubled down the right field line to drive in two in the ninth in the 6-5 win.
After J.C. Escarra got a pinch-hit single to lead off the ninth, Cole Billingsley walked which advanced pinch-runner Tyler Coolbaugh to second. Ryan McKenna laid down a bunt that allowed him to reach and load the bases for Reyes. Reyes then hit a double down the right field line to score Coolbaugh and Billingsley, and give the Keys their first walk-off win of the year.
The scoring started with a Jakson Reetz home run in the second inning. It remained a 1-0 game until the fifth, when the Nationals scored again. Edwin Lora singled, and advanced to third on a Telmito Augustin double. Blake Perkins drove in Lora with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
Frederick scored twice in the sixth inning to tie the game. McKenna doubled, and then scored from second on a wild pitch that got away from catcher Jakson Reetz and rolled near the Keys dugout. Then with Reyes at first base after a walk, Preston Palmeiro lifted a ball to left field. Telmito Augustin started back and then had to readjust and come in, but misplayed the ball. Reyes was able to score after the throw from Augustin went up the first base line.
Potomac then scored twice in the seventh inning. Edwin Lora singled, but was erased on a fielder's choice that allowed Augustin to reach. Perkins then singled, and Carter Kieboom hit a double to right-center field to score both runners and give the Nationals a 4-2 lead.
The P-Nats added another run in the eighth on a Rhett Wiseman home run, but the Keys responded in the bottom of the frame. McKenna walked, and Reyes followed with a single. Following a fielder's choice, Palmeiro drove in his second run with a single to center field. Ronald Pena came in to relieve Jorge Pantoja, and walked the first two men he faced on eight straight pitches to make it a 5-4 Nationals lead. The bases loaded threat ended there, as Jake Ring grounded out to first, but the stage was set for Reyes to double in the ninth.
Jhon Peluffo (1-0) earned the win for the Keys, throwing three innings and allowing three runs on five hits while walking three. Pena (0-1) took the loss for the Nationals. The right-hander struggled to find the strike zone, throwing just seven strikes out of his 25 pitches while walking three of the five batters he faced and allowing two runs.
Brian Gonzalez delivered the Keys third quality start of the year. The left-hander tossed six innings and allowed two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out five.
The Keys begin a three-game set at Lynchburg on Monday night. Right-hander Ofelky Peralta (0-0, 2.25) makes the start for the Keys. He will be opposed by Hillcats left-hander Sam Hentges (1-0, 0.90). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app. For ticket information, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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