It’s a Win for the P-Nats
– April 18, 2011 9:30 pm
Frederick, Md. –– Potomac snapped their three-game losing streak in style Monday in Frederick in 9-0 win over the Frederick Keys.
Marcos Frias gave the Potomac Nationals strong starting pitching, going 6.2 shutout innings, striking out five, walking two and yielding just four hit. The righty didn’t allow a runner to reach third base until the fourth inning, and only three runners made it into scoring position while he was on the bump.
Frias is now 1-1 on the season and dropped his ERA to 0.71.
The bullpen was equally dominating. Rob Wort and Pat Lehman combined for 2.1 innings pitched. Wort whiffed two, while Lehman fanned one. Neither pitcher gave up a hit.
Potomac hitters chipped away at Frederick starter Jacob Rasner in the early innings, and broke through in the top of the third. Stephen King came up with two runners on and launched a three-run homer entirely over the three-level wall in left at Harry Grove Stadium to put the P-Nats up 5-0.
King continued to snap his own personal slump with his second home run of the game in 8th. The two-run shot made it a 9-0 game, the eventual final score.
After unplugging briefly, Steven Souza recharged his early season power surge. The first baseman was quiet in the three game series in Wilmington, but launched a solo home run in the fifth. It’s his fourth of the year, one short of Winston Salem’s Ian Gac for the league lead. Destin Hood went 2-4 with an RBI.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the P-Nats, who were swept in Wilmington by the Blue Rocks over the weekend.
The series continues in Frederick Tuesday at 1 pm.
Paul Demny (0-0, 1.59) fires for Potomac tomorrow, and the Keys counter with Nathan Moreau (1-0, 6.75).
Will Flemming is the Director of Broadcasting for the Potomac Nationals.