FREDERICK, MD-Jefri Hernandez shut down the Potomac Nationals over four scoreless innings of relief to guide the Frederick Keys to a 4-2 victory on Friday night at Nymeo Field. It was Frederick's 35th home win and the team's ninth in their last 11 games in Frederick.
Hernandez (1-0) picked up the victory in his Keys debut, allowing only two hits in his four innings of work. The right-hander struck out three and walked two.
Potomac landed the opening salvo in the third inning against Cristian Alvarado . Bryan Mejia kicked off the inning with a single and scored on an RBI double by Daniel Johnson. Later in the frame, Ian Sagdal brought his teammate in via a groundout to the right side.
Nationals starter Luis Reyes worked four perfect innings to begin the night but ran into trouble in the fifth. After allowing a walk and a base hit to open the inning, Jomar Reyes lined into a double play. Nearly out of the frame, Reyes (7-12) got Ricardo Andujar to hit a groundball to second, but Austin Davidson booted it to keep things alive. A hit by pitch then loaded the bases, while a wild pitch scored Glynn Davis . Later on, Jay Gonzalez singled in Andujar to tie the game.
Frederick went ahead in the seventh for good on a solo homer by Davis, while three straight singles provided the Keys with an insurance run. Davis finished the game 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored.
Reyes took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits in 6.1 innings. He walked two and punched out four.
The Keys and Nationals play the middle game of their series on Saturday. Frederick will face off against Potomac right-hander Kyle McGowin (0-0, --). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., and can be heard on MAX Country 93.5/100.5 FM, frederickkeys.com, and the TuneIn Radio App.
Saturday is Salute to the Orioles Night, complete with a Jonathan Schoop Gnome giveaway sponsored by Flying Dog Brewery. Additionally, there will be an appearance by the Oriole Bird and Chainsmokers fireworks also presented by Flying Dog. For tickets fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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