A back and forth game came down the bottom of the ninth inning with the Keys leading 9-7. Randolph Oduber led off with a single and Blake Kelso got a one-out single. With two outs, Justin Bloxom knocked a single to the right side that scored Oduber and advanced Kelso to third to bring the P-Nats within 9-8. With David Freitas up, Bloxom took second on defensive indifference. That was significant as on a 2-2 pitch down to his last strike, Freitas laced a knock to left field that easily scored Kelso and Bloxom winning the game 10-9 for Potomac. It was the second straight night the Nationals were walk-off winners.
The contest started well for the P-Nats who scored three times in the first against Frederick starter Scott Copeland to take a 3-0 lead. All three runs were unearned with the big hit a Michael Taylor two-run two-out single.
Frederick responded with two in the fourth with Adam Davis knocking an RBI double and scoring a groundout and the Keys were within 3-2.
But in a contest that went just short of three and a half hours, the Nationals would again score with the help of the Frederick defense. Kevin Keyes singled in Zach Walters and the lead was 4-2. Walters and Taylor would score on a fielding error by Garabez Rosa and the P-Nats opened their biggest lead of the contest 6-2.
The Keys came back again with two more in the fifth as Aaron Baker hit an RBI double and Matt Sweeney hit a RBI single and Potomac's lead was cut to 6-4. The following half inning Potomac scored another unearned run on a double by Taylor scoring Bloxom and Potomac led 7-4.
The two starters ddn't factor into the decision. Winters gave up four earned runs over five innings. Copeland ended up tossing four innings but giving up seven runs. Just two of the seven were earned.
For the fifth straight half inning, Frederick was able to put a crooked number on the board in the top of the sixth. They scored a run off of Potomac reliever Shane McCatty and the lead skunk to 7-5 for the Nationals but the Keys left the bases loaded..
Then a nightmare of the seventh was in the cards for the P-Nats. The first six batters all reached against McCatty who was relieved by Neil Holland who limited the damage. Holland retired there of the four batters he faced and the Keys left the bases loaded scoring just four runs but taking a 9-7 lead.
After three scoreless innings from reliever Jason Gurka, David Walters (1-2) came in to try and close the game for the Keys. He would blow the save and take the loss while Holland (2-1) tossing two scoreless innings got the win.
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