Nationals Tally Eight Unanswered to Force Split

Six-Run Second Not Enough

By Frederick Keys | July 16, 2018 3:47 PM

WOODBRIDGE, VA-The Potomac Nationals scored eight unanswered runs to take down the Frederick Keys 10-7 on Monday afternoon at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium. With the loss, the Keys were forced to settle for a series split.

 

Trailing 2-1 after one frame, the Keys (42-53, 7-19) exploded for six runs in the second and sent all nine men to bat. With two on, Alejandro Juvier hit an RBI single, while a base knock by Daniel Fajardo loaded the bases for Cole Billingsley . He responded with an RBI base knock and T.J. Nichting followed with a two-run double to make it 5-2. An error by MLB rehabber Ryan Zimmerman brought in one more, while a double play ball put the visitors ahead by five.

 

From there, the Nationals (46-46, 9-16) chipped away, scoring three times in the bottom of the second off Zac Lowther . With two outs, Jack Sundberg homered while a single and an RBI double from Zimmerman made it a 7-4 game. Ian Sagdal also an added an RBI base hit to cut the deficit to two.

 

After a sac-fly by Rhett Wiseman in the fourth, the Nationals tied the game in the fifth on a Jakson Reetz home run to left-center off Mike Burke . Potomac then went ahead for good in the sixth. With men at the corners, Nick Banks singled home Aldrem Corredor, while Reetz hit his second longball, a two-run homer to right to stretch the P-Nats edge to three.

 

Following a rocky start by Kyle Johnston, Potomac received six shutout innings of two-hit baseball from the bullpen trio of Carlos Acevedo, Taylor Guilbeau and Jeremy McKinney to close things out.

 

Acevedo (1-1) earned the win throwing three scoreless frames of two-hit baseball. Burke (0-2) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on nine hits in three innings. McKinney pitched a scoreless ninth to register the save.

 

The Keys have an off-day Tuesday before beginning a three-game series with the Down East Wood Ducks on Wednesday night at Nymeo Field. Right-hander Cristian Alvarado (8-7, 4.13) starts for the Keys against Woodies right-hander Walker Weickel (1-7, 4.87). First pitch is at 7:00 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and TuneIn. Homestand highlights include Geekend and a pair of fireworks shows. For tickets, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.

 

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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