With the 2-3 format that’s prevalent in the minors and independent baseball, winning Game One is crucial for the visiting team.
Because it instantly negates the chance of the first-half team, the home team for Games 1 and 2, either sweeping or going on the road only needing to win one game.
Harrisburg was up to the task, responding to a three-run 1st with a five-run 2nd and putting away Altoona with another five-run rally in the 8th en route to a 10-5 victory.
Potomac refused the hospitality of five walks and a two-out error that built an 8-0 lead after its half of the 1st and let the Keys back into the game with a seven-run rally. Instead, the bats napped for the next eight innings until Derek Norris went deep on an opposite-field blast to tie it in the top of the 9th at 9-9. A three-base error by Tyler Moore on a sacrifice gave the Keys the Little-League-esque win at 10-9.
Tom Milone started for Harrisburg and bore down after the first to go 5⅔ innings, with three runs allowed (two earned) on four hits and two walks. He allowed one home run, but struck out seven.
Danny Rosenbaum started for Potomac and lasted just one inning, giving up seven earned runs on four hits and two walks, the big hurt coming on a two-out grand slam by Brian Ward, his fourth professional home run.
For the rest of the highlights…
|Team||Pitching Star||Hitting Star #1||Hitting Star #2|
2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
2-5, R, 3RBI
3⅓ IP 5H 2R 0ER 0BB 6K
1-4, R, HR, 4RBI
2-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI