Potomac Nationals home run busts lights, wins game

“The Potomac Nationals received a stellar Carolina League starting pitching debut from RHP Blake Schwartz, promoted today from Class-A Hagerstown, and a two-run rocket off the lumber of 1B Kevin Keyes, his first longball of the season, to sink the Carolina Mudcats on Wednesday evening at Five County Stadium,” the P-Nats Web site reported.

And that’s all true enough. But maybe the Keyes bit was more dramatic than the Schwartz bit. Read on.

“Keyes’ majestic, Ruthian blast was a high-arching drive that collided with a band of bulbs on the left field light pole, smashing one of the bulbs and putting that individual light out of commission a la The Natural.”

See, that’s the thing that would send me looking for more information. Tell me more, BeachCarolina.com:

“Kevin Keyes belted a soaring blast that shattered a bulb on the left field light tower to score the only runs in a 2-0 Potomac win over the Carolina Mudcats on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. The homer was estimated to travel 440 feet.”

You can see a bit of the shattered bulb plummeting to the ground above. Watch the video below.

(Via everyone on the internet.)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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Dan Steinberg · April 25, 2013