In the Keys' longest game in almost exactly three years, a late passed ball scored Myrtle Beach's game-winning run in the top of the 15th inning and Frederick dropped its series finale with the Pelicans, 4-3.
The four-hour, 26-minute extra-inning marathon at Harry Grove Stadium nearly extended further into the afternoon, but a two-out diving stop by Myrtle Beach first baseman Trever Adams on a hard-hit groundball by Brenden Webb prevented Jerome Pena from scoring the tying run. The Keys' last 15-inning game came on May 1, 2010, against the Pelicans, a 7-3 win on the road that took 4:42.
Chris Cantwell scored the game-winning run from third on a breaking ball that skipped past catcher Zane Chaves with two outs. Cantwell led off the inning with a bunt single, moved over to second on Prado's throwing error on a Jake Skole bunt and reached third on Luis Sardinas' sacrifice bunt. Prado got Rougned Odor to softly line out to third for the second out. Adams, who flew out to end the frame, was at-bat when the go-ahead run scored.
Prado threw one inning and took the loss while Randol Rojas picked up the win, pitching 1.1 innings, allowing just a walk to Pena to lead off the bottom of the 15th.
The teams traded runs in the 11th, Connor Narron extending the game with a two-out RBI double for the Keys. Myrtle Beach scored on a two-out wild pitch thrown by Zach Fowler, scoring Preston Beck.
Strong outings from both starting pitchers had the 3,281 in attendance at Harry Grove Stadium likely expecting a quick game. Pelicans starter Nick Martinez threw 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out nine. Keys starter Tyler Wilson nearly matched him, allowing one run over six innings, walking four, giving up a pair of hits and fanning five.
Myrtle Beach scored single runs in the fourth, thanks to an RBI single from Royce Bolinger, and in the seventh, on Jake Skole's sacrifice fly that scored Edwin Garcia, who made it to third base with help from a throwing error by reliever David Walters.
Two solo homers tied the game at 2-2. Steve Bumbry went deep in the seventh off Will Lamb and Jerome Pena hit his first homer of the season in the eighth off Nick McBride. Gene Escat pitched scoreless 12th, 13th and 14th innings for Frederick. Pena and Brenden Webb recorded two hits for the Keys while Odor went 1-for-5 with a walk and stole three bases. Eleven total pitchers were used in the game.
The Keys hit the road tomorrow to take on Carolina at 7:15 p.m. Lefty Tim Berry is slated to pitch for the Keys against right-hander Jacob Lee.
Frederick's next homestand begins Friday, May 10, with a 7 p.m. game against Wilmington. For tickets, purchase online at FrederickKeys.com, call 301-815-9939 or visit the Keys' box office at Harry Grove Stadium.