A three-run third inning by Salem proved too much for the Keys to overcome Friday night, falling 3-2 to the Red Sox in front of 5,718 at Harry Grove Stadium. The loss moved the Keys to 23-22 and Salem improved to 20-24, snapping a three-game losing streak.
The game, however, started with a bang for Frederick, courtesy of second baseman Jerome Pena.
After feigning a bunt attempt on the first pitch of the game, the Keys' leadoff batter sent the second over the right field fence for his fourth homer of the season. His blast gave Frederick a 1-0 lead that held up until the third, when Salem plated three runs.
Back-to-back singles off Keys starter Zach Petersime started Salem's rally, which continued when Garin Cecchini was a hit by a pitch that loaded the bases. Keury De La Cruz then doubled home a pair of runs on a fly ball that bounced off the heel of center fielder Brenden Webb's glove as tried to make a running catch in the left-center gap. David Renfroe's RBI groundout brought home Cecchini and put the Red Sox ahead 3-1.
The third inning was the only frame in which Petersime (1-5) allowed runs, pitching five innings, giving up six hits and two walks. He took the loss, his fifth of the season, and struck out six batters. Red Sox starter Michael McCarthy (3-2) didn't allow a run after Pena's leadoff shot, going five innings and allowing four hits and two walks while striking out two. He received the win, his third of the year.
Salem nearly ended the scoring drought in the sixth on Sean Coyle's double to the left field corner, but Johnny Ruettiger hit his cut-off man Travis Adair who threw out Carson Blair at the plate. The Keys scored their second run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on Adair's bunt to second baseman Coyle, scoring Delvi Cid from third base.
Zach Fowler relieved Petersime in the sixth and threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and a walk, while striking out three. Marcel Prado pitched a perfect ninth for Frederick, striking out two. Matt Price relieved McCarthy and allowed a run in two innings on one hit and a walk. Neifi Ogando picked up his second save of the season with two scoreless innings, allowing just a walk to the first batter he faced, Zane Chavez.
Michael Ohlman was the only key to record multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Frederick managed just five hits to Salem's seven, walked five times and left fifteen runners on base. Three times the Keys ended an inning with a runner in scoring position. Coyle went 3-for-5.
Frederick will try to even the series at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at Harry Grove Stadium. Zach Davies will start for Frederick against Mike Augliera. Tomorrow's game will be followed by "Man on Fire," which entails Guinness World Record holder Ted Batchelor running the bases ablaze. For tickets to Saturday's game, purchase online at FrederickKeys.com, call 301-815-9939 or visit the Keys' box office at Harry Grove Stadium.