The Frederick Keys took a 9-0 lead in the third inning Saturday night and cruised to a 13-6 win against Myrtle Beach, snapping a four-game losing streak against the Pelicans. The win improved the Keys to 1-1 in the second half and 35-36 overall.
Tim Berry (5-4) tossed six innings, allowing just two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out two to pick up the win. The last time Frederick beat Myrtle Beach (1-1, 41-30) was on May 1, a 3-1 victory.
The Keys hit three homers and set a season-high in runs scored in front of 9,477 at Harry Grove Stadium, the biggest crowd of the season, leaving little doubt as to the outcome of the game from the very first inning.
The Keys recorded just one hit in the first inning but plated four runs against Myrtle Beach starter Victor Payano, who didn't return for the Keys' second at-bat. Payano walked two batters start the game, recorded a strikeout of Nicky Delmonico and then issued a free pass to Michael Ohlman to walk the bases loaded. Christian Walker grounded into a force at second base to drive in the first run of the game and Payano then balked home the second run from third base.
The Keys' only hit of the inning came courtesy of Allan de San Miguel, who hit a two-run homer two pitches after Payano's balk, putting Frederick ahead 4-0.
Joe Van Meter relieved Payano in the second and faced just four batters before retiring the side. In the third however, Michael Ohlman's two-run homer was the start of a five-run rally that put Frederick ahead 9-0. Walker followed Ohlman with an infield single and scored on a double steal from second when the throw to third went into left field.
Jerome Pena's two-out, bases-loaded single to right drove in the final two runs of the inning.
Myrtle Beach scored twice in the fifth, Patrick Cantwell singling home two runs off Keys starter Tim Berry to bring the score to 9-2.
Sammie Starr pushed the Keys into double digits in the seventh inning with his fourth homer of the season, a three-run shot that gave Frederick a 12-2 lead. Davis added the 13th run in the eighth on a two-run RBI single to center field.
A pair of walks and an error helped spark a four-run ninth inning for Myrtle Beach, all four runs coming against Matt Price, though just one was earned. Gene Escat came into the game to record the final out, doing so with one pitch. He induced Drew Robinson into a bases-loaded groundout to first base, ending the game at 13-6.
Trent Howard relieved Berry to start the seventh and pitched two perfect inning, striking out two. Payano (5-4) took the loss for Myrtle Beach, allowing four runs in one inning, Van Meter allowed five runs on five hits over two innings, Taylor Dennis surrendered three runs in 3.2 innings and Francisco Mendoza allowed the final run, pitching 1.1 innings.
Every Keys player to bat recorded at least one hit and Delmonico and Walker each had two hits. Starr drove in three runs and de San Miguel, Ohlman and Pena all drove in two.
The Keys go for a series win Sunday night at 6 p.m. Brady Wager will start for Frederick against Myrtle Beach's Luke Zimmer, the Carolina League's ERA leader. For tickets, purchase online at FrederickKeys.com, by phone at 301-815-9939 or at the Keys' box office at Harry Grove Stadium.