P-Nats drop lead late, fall to Keys
In front of a sellout crowd at Pfitzner Stadium on the Fourth of July, the Frederick Keys rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to stun the Potomac Nationals 6-4. Trent Mummey delivered the go-ahead three-run home run for Frederick in the ninth and Potomac has now dropped four games in a row.
Trailing 4-3 entering the ninth inning, the Keys mounted their comeback against reliever Rob Wort. Pinch hitter Travis Adair drew a one-out walk and Johnny Ruettiger followed with a single, his fourth hit of the night. Mummey then stepped to the plate and launched the first pitch he saw over the right field wall to give the Keys their first lead of the game. The homer surrendered by Wort was the first allowed by him this season.
The game marked the first rehab appearance for Washington Nationals first baseman Chad Tracy. Tracy, who is rehabbing a right groin tear suffered in late May, was 0-for-3 in the contest with a run and an RBI. He hit a sacrifice fly in his first at bat and worked a ten-pitch walk in his second at bat.
Tonight’s pitching matchup was highly anticipated as the Nationals’ Nathan Karns was pitted against top prospect Dylan Bundy from Frederick. The Nationals got to Bundy right away in the bottom of the first. Adrian Sanchez led the game off with a triple to right-center field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tracy to give the P-Nats a 1-0 lead.
Erick Fernandez doubled the lead for Potomac in the second inning with just his second RBI of the season. With Stephen King aboard at second base with two outs, Fernandez lined a double down the left line to pad the advantage to 2-0.
Potomac made it three straight innings with a run in the third inning. Tracy led off with a walk and moved over to third on a single by J.P. Ramirez. Tracy came in to score on a fielder’s choice by Jason Martinson to put the P-Nats up 3-0.
Bundy’s night ended after four innings and 83 pitches thrown. The Orioles #1 prospect took a no decision yielding three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four.
Martinson tallied his second RBI of the night in the fifth inning with his fourth home run as a P-Nat, a solo shot, to up the lead to 4-0.
Frederick got in the scoreboard in the sixth inning thanks to a two-out rally. After the first two batters were retired, Aaron Baker doubled to left-center field and advanced to third on an infield single by Jeremy Nowak. That ended the night for Karns as Potomac brought Matt Swynenberg out of the bullpen. Steve Bumbry then beat out an infield single to score the first run of the night and Michael Mosby followed with a two-run single two bring the Keys within a run at 4-3.
Karns made his sixth start for Potomac and did not finish six innings for the first time since June 9th. He received the no decision tossing five and two-thirds innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out seven batters.