Written by Tim Murray
Keys Take Series Opener in Thrilling Fashion
Allan de San Miguel Led off 12th Inning with Solo Home Run; Keys Top P-Nats, 9-8
If Thursday night is any indication, the Keys and Nationals are going to have some epic battles during the 2013 season. In a seesaw battle at Pfitzner Stadium, the Keys prevailed 9-8 in 12 innings. DH Allan de San Miguel belted a pair of home runs on the night including a solo shot to lead off the 12th inning. RHP Eric Beaulac closed out the game with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen and notched his second win of the season.
The Potomac Nationals got off to a quick start on Thursday evening. Facing RHP Zach Petersime, the P-Nats plated three runs on five hits and enjoyed a three-run advantage through the first three innings.
Petersime settled down after a rough first inning. The Greenwood, Indiana native allowed just one hit after the first. On the night, Petersime allowed three earned runs on six hits over six innings of work. Petersime struck out two and walked one.
Nationals starter, RHP A.J. Cole, retired the first nine Keys in order. CF Glynn Davis led off the fourth inning with a triple off the center field wall. SS Sammie Starr brought home Davis on a groundout to SS Cutter Dykstra and cut the Keys’ deficit to two runs.
The Keys put together a two-out rally in the sixth inning and took the lead. After A.J. Cole walked to 3B Nicky Delmonico, Delmonico advanced to second a wild pitch with C Zane Chavez at the plate. Chavez drove in Delmonico with a RBI single to left field. Allan de San Miguel stepped to the plate next. In his first start of the season, de San Miguel hit a two-run home run to centerfield. Following de San Miguel’s homer, A.J. Cole was pulled from the game.
Frederick scored another run in the sixth and led the Nationals, 5-3.
Potomac regained the lead in the seventh following some defensive miscues by the Keys. With Caleb Ramsey on second and Khayyan Norfork on first, Billy Burns put down a sacrifice bunt. P Trent Howard’s throw to first deflected off of 1B Connor Narron’s glove. With no outs, the bases were loaded following the Narron error. Following a Michael Taylor strike out, Cutter Dykstra grounded out to first to bring in a run. DH Jason Martinson followed with a three-run home run to right field. All four runs in the inning were unearned.
The Keys recaptured the lead in the eighth inning. RF Brenden Webb hit a RBI double off the wall in centerfield to cut the Keys’ deficit to one run. After a Jerome Pena strikeout, LF Steve Bumbry singled to center field to bring home Narron and Webb and give the Keys a 8-7 lead.
The Nationals tied the game at eight in the bottom of the ninth on a Cutter Dykstra sac fly to centerfield.
Thursday night’s game remained tied at eight until the 12th inning. Facing Colin Bates, Allan de San Miguel launched a solo home run down the right field line. De San Miguel’s second home run of the game proved to game’s winning run. RHP Eric Beaulac tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the 12th inning to close the door on a dramatic victory.
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