Winston-Salem scored a run or more in all but three innings, beating the Frederick Keys 8-2 Sunday night. The Dash's win earned them a series-victory in the three game set at Harry Grove Stadium.
Winston-Salem starter Chris Beck (7-8) won his seventh game of the season, throwing seven innings and allowing two run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Keys starter Luc Rennie, making his first start at the Advanced-A level, held his own through four innings, but got in trouble in the fifth and would be charged with a total of four runs in the game. He took the loss, falling to 1-1.
In front of 6,233 at Harry Grove Stadium, the Keys fell to 4-6 in the second half and 38-41 overall.
David Herbek's two-out single to center in the second inning gave Winston-Salem (6-4, 44-36) a 1-0 lead, plating Rangel Ravelo, who had doubled. Ravelo's run nearly didn't count, as Jeremy Farrell was tagged out at third just as Ravelo touched home.
An error by Keys shortstop Sammie Starr extended Winston-Salem's third inning and led to the Dash's second run of the game. Starr failed to glove Joey DeMichele's bouncing grounder, allowing Joe De Pinto, who singled, to advance to second with no outs. After a fly-out to center and a pop out to second, Kevan Smith flared a ball to right field to score De Pinto, putting the Dash ahead 2-0.
Rennie, making just the third start of his professional career and first above the short-season-A level, struck out the side in the fourth but lost his command in the top of the fifth, a frame that saw two more Dash runs cross the plate.
Rennie allowed a leadoff homer to De Pinto and then walked the bases loaded with one out. Left-hander Zach Fowler then relieved Rennie and walked home the Dash's fourth run of the game. Fowler would strike out Jeremy Farrell and get Grant Buckner to fly out, limiting the damage to one run.
Rennie pitched 4.1 innings, allowed five hits and four runs, three earned, while walking four and fanning four.
Frederick countered the Dash's two-run fifth with their first run against Beck in the bottom of the inning on a broken-bat RBI infield single by Starr that cut their deficit to 4-1. But the Dash scored three more times off Fowler in the sixth to blow the game open.
Leading off the inning, David Herbek reached on a two-base error by third baseman Jason Esposito and DeMichele singled him home. Adam Heisler walked and with two outs, Smith doubled him and DeMichele home, putting Winston-Salem ahead 7-1.
Nicky Delmonico led off the bottom of the sixth with his 13th homer of the season and brought the Keys back within five. A Dash run in the eighth, courtesy of Smith's bases-loaded double-play ball, set the final score.
Casey Jarrett relieved Beck and threw two scoreless innings for Winston-Salem. Fowler pitched 1.2 innings and allowed three runs, none of which were earned.
In the seventh, former starter Zach Petersime made his debut out of the Keys' bullpen throwing sidearm. He recorded a scoreless inning, but was responsible for the run that scored in the eighth. David Walters recorded the final six outs for Frederick.
Jerome Pena and Brenden Webb were the only Keys to record multi-hit games, each picking up two singles. The Keys' only extra-base hit of the game, a double, came off the bat of Christian Walker.
Smith drove in three for the Dash and went 2-for-4 and DeMichele picked up two hits and scored three times.
The Keys' homestand continues with a three-game series against Wilmington, the first contest slated for a 7 p.m. start Monday. Lefty Trent Howard starts for the Keys against Blue Rocks right-hander Kellen Moen. For tickets, purchase online at FrederickKeys.com, by phone at 301-815-9939 or visit the box office at Harry Grove Stadium.