The Skies were finally cooperative Friday but the Keys bats were not as the Potomac Nationals defeated Frederick 8-0 to tie the series at one game a piece heading into the weekend.
Frederick starter Rick Zagone recorded the first two outs in the first inning before Destin Hood walked and Brian Peacock homered to center to put the Nationals out in front early. The Potomac offense continued their two out success in the second inning as Jose Lozada walked and Eury Perez singled to put two men on base. Francisco Soriano followed with a three-run homer to left-field to extend the Potomac lead to 5-0 through the first two innings. The Nationals would add three more runs in the blowout victory. Zagone gave up five runs, four hits and struck out three batters in three innings of work.
The Keys reached base in every inning but were unable to manufacture any runs. Dale Mollenhauer led Frederick in hits with two. The series continues in Potomac with games three and four Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11. If necessary a decisive game five will be in Frederick Monday night.
On his performance
"The two [home run] balls that were hit were actually balls. It was a pretty confusing outing for me. They fouled off a lot of pitches and really worked the counts. It was a weird game for me."
On if he did anything differently then his previous success in Frederick this season
"No not really, I wasn't hitting my spots like I needed to. It was just frustrating. One of the balls that were hit was low and inside and the other was outside."
On if the 24 hour delay was a factor
"It was probably a little bit, but I have to be ready. I felt good today just didn't get the results."
"I don't think he had his best location today. The first home run ball that was not really down but wasn't a bad pitch. The second one was low and inside."
On trying to avoid losing three straight like 2010
"I'm not thinking about that at all. This is a new year and new team."
"He was kind of flat with his pitches. His location was off and he paid for it. Most of the runs he gave up were two outs. I saw the one to straight centerfield the pitch was waist high. I thought the ball was flat."
On getting opportunities to score but not scoring off them
"We had a few opportunities and everything. They came back and made some good pitches. [Solis] battled and made the pitches he needed to make."