WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Four Winston-Salem pitchers stifled the Frederick bats on Tuesday evening en route to a 4-0 Keys defeat in the opening game of a three-game set at BB&T Ballpark. In his fifth rehab start with the Keys, Dylan Bundy allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings and walked a career-high five hitters.
A pitching duel throughout the first four innings, each team had a chance to jump on top before the Dash took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth.
Winston-Salem starter Tyler Danish (4-2) allowed a leadoff walk to Johnny Ruettiger to begin the game, but picked him off en route to a minimum faced top of the first inning. Bundy (1-2) escaped a second and third, two-out jam in the bottom half.
In the top of the third, Jerome Pena earned himself a one-out walk. Ruettiger followed with a single that pushed Pena to third and Ruettiger advanced to second on an error by the left fielder Courtney Hawkins. Danish locked down the Keys bats though, striking out Adrian Marin and inducing Trey Mancini into a flyout.
Jacob May drilled a ball to right-center field in the last of the third, one that Ruettiger made a lunging attempt for, but the centerfielder came up empty. The ball trickled to the fence, and as May rounded third, Chih-Hsien Chiang darted a throw to Pena, who relayed the ball home in time to throw out May.
It was the Dash taking advantage in the fifth on a leadoff double by Grant Bucker against Bundy. The righty then walked two of his next three batters and was removed from the game after 4 1/3 innings. Jimmy Yacabonis replaced Bundy and chucked a wild pitch on his first delivery to the backstop to allow the game-winning run to score. Barnum lifted a sacrifice fly for an RBI and a 2-0 Dash lead. Yacabonis would toss 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball.
The Keys would place at least one runner on base from the second inning to the ninth, but went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on the bags. The Dash scored twice more in the eighth against Gene Escat to finish off the Keys 4-0.
Frederick plays the middle game of the three-game set tomorrow at 12 p.m. Brady Wager (5-7, 5.58) is scheduled to go for the Keys against J.B. Wendelken (5-8, 5.10). The broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source.