FREDERICK, MD - A late surge from the Potomac Nationals (27-20, 57-57) sunk the Frederick Keys (17-28, 46-68) as they dropped an 8-2 rubber match on Thursday night at Nymeo Field. The Keys trailed 3-2 up until the eighth inning when the P-Nats piled on five runs. Jakson Reetz hit a two-run home run in the eighth and Potomac got three more in the ninth. The Keys offense was held to just the two runs they scored in the first inning.
The P-Nats benefitted early after a couple of miscues from Frederick. DL Hall hit Cole Freeman, who reached second after a passed ball to put himself in scoring position. Hall then struck out Aldrem Corredor, but Freeman stole third base and came in to score on a throwing error. Hall then walked Reetz and gave up a two-run shot to KJ Harrison to make it 3-0 P-Nats.
The Keys came storming back in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back doubles from Zach Jarrett and Cadyn Grenier put the Keys on the board and Jomar Reyes made it a one-run game with an RBI single. Frederick then stranded a pair of runners on, squandering their best opportunity of the night.
Nick Raquet (9-8) was dominant after that for Potomac. The Keys mustered just one hit against him in the final five innings of his outing. Raquet allowed two runs on four hits and struck out three over six frames.
Hall (4-5) had a solid outing after the first as well. The southpaw got help in the third inning from Robbie Thorburn, who had two great defensive plays in left-field. Hall took over after that and struck out the final three of four batters he faced.
An error kept Hall from finishing the sixth inning as he was pulled after throwing 99 pitches. He was responsible for three runs on three hits, walked three batters and struck out five over 5.2 innings.
Zach Matson came in relief of Hall and pitched well despite giving up the two-run shot to Reetz. The P-Nats got another home run from Omar Meregildo and tallied two more runs in the ninth off Reed Hayes.
The Keys offense was held in check in the final eight innings. They had just four total baserunners over that stretch.
The Keys welcome in the Down East Wood Ducks for a three-game series starting on Friday, August 9. RHP Ofelky Peralta (0-2, 8.44) takes the mound for Frederick against RHP Tim Brennan (4-0, 2.25) for Potomac. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm with pregame coverage starting at 6:45pm on the Tune In app and frederickkeys.com.
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