Three Frederick Keys pitchers combined to toss a five hit shutout in blanking the Potomac Nationals 3-0 Thursday afternoon at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium.
Dean Kremer, Luis Perez (1-1), and DL Hall scattered five hits and held the P-Nats (12-20) hitless in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Home runs from Willy Yahn and Jake Ring were enough to secure the win.
It is the third time in five games the Keys (15-17) have tossed a shutout.
Kremer made his first start of the season after dealing with an oblique injury that sidelined him during spring training. He had trouble in the second after loading the bases on a walk, a single and a hit-by-pitch but induced a flyout to end the 27-pitch inning.
In the third, with runners on first and second, Kremer struck out Alex Dunlap to end the threat. Perez relieved Kremer with two-outs in the fourth.
He allowed four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts over 3 2-3 innings.
Yahn blasted a solo shot to left field in the third inning for his third home run of the season, while Ring yanked one just fair of the right field foul pole with a runner on base in the fourth to put the Keys up 3-0.
The Keys begin a three-game series with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers Friday at Nymeo Field.