WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Down by three runs in the top of the eighth inning, the Keys came from behind on Monday night to defeat the Dash, 6-4. Michael Ohlman tied the game in eighth with a three-run homer and Aaron Baker put the Keys in front with a two-run double to center field in the ninth inning. Ohlman and Baker drove in all six of the Keys' on the night.
Facing one of the top pitcher's in the Carolina League on Monday night, the Keys plated a run in the first against Chris Beck. Aaron Baker drove home Jerome Pena on a RBI double to left-center to put Frederick in front before Keys' starter Brady Wager took the hill. Prior to the RBI double, Baker was hitless as a member of the Keys in 2013.
Wager got off great start in Winston-Salem. He retired the first five batters faced and did not surrender a run until the fifth inning. Micah Johnson and Joey DeMichele each had a RBI single in the fifth to give Winston-Salem their first lead of the night.
After six innings of work, Wager exited the game. He allowed two runs on three hits while walking three.
LHP Ashur Tolliver replaced Wager in the seventh and surrendered a two-run home run to Chris Curley. Curley's 20th home run of the season put the Dash in front, 4-1.
Johnny Ruettiger led off the eighth inning with a walk and Jerome Pena followed with a single to left field. After the Pena single, Cody Winiarski relieved Chris Beck. Michael Ohlman stepped to the plate with no outs. Ohlman launched a shot down the right field line. It was ruled fair and the Keys tied the game at four on Ohlman's 12th home run of the season.
Tolliver tossed a scoreless eighth inning to send Monday night's game to the ninth inning tied at four. With one out, Johnny Ruettiger walked. After a Jerome Pena strike out, Winiarski walked Michael Ohlman. Ruettiger and Ohlman each advanced a base via stolen bases. Aaron Baker came to dish looking to put the Keys in front. Baker drove a deep shot to center field. Ruettiger and Ohlman both scored easily on the two-run double.
In the bottom of the ninth, Gene Escat got Chris Curley to fly out to right field to end the game. Ashur Tolliver (1-0) picked up the win after tossing 2.2 innings of relief and Escat notched his third save of the season.
For the first time in 2013, Winston-Salem's Chris Beck did not factor in the decision of a game he started. Beck was 9-8 in his previous 17 starts.
The Keys and Dash will play the rubber match of their three-game series on Tuesday night. RHP Zach Davies (5-3, 3.28) will start for the Keys while the Dash will counter with RHP Jake Cose (2-3, 5.33). First pitch from BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem is set for 7 p.m. Coverage on 1450 AM The Source will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show.