WINSTON-SALEM, NC-Michael Baumann tossed six shutout innings of four-hit baseball as the Frederick Keys topped the Winston-Salem Dash 6-1 on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark. The win gives the Keys a three-game sweep of their CL South rival.
Baumann (6-2) walked one and struck out two en route to his second consecutive start of six scoreless frames. Earning the win, the right-hander has now thrown 13.2 straight innings of scoreless baseball and now leads all Orioles minor league farmhands in wins (11). In the series, Baumann, Cristian Alvarado and Alex Wells all delivered quality starts.
T.J. Nichting put the Keys (48-56, 13-22) ahead 1-0 two batters into the game with a solo homer to right off Blake Battenfield. In the fourth, Frederick scored three more times to go ahead 4-0. Opening the inning with five straight hits, Randolph Gassaway singled home Wilson Garcia , while a double by Jomar Reyes and an RBI single by Jake Ring completed the inning field goal.
Frederick added two more in the sixth to knock Battenfield (3-2) out of the game. With men at second and third, Collin Woody doubled off the leftfield wall to score Preston Palmeiro and Reyes. Tagged with the loss, Battenfield allowed six runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.
Winston-Salem (62-42, 21-13) managed its only run in the ninth, on a bases-loaded single by Yermin Mercedes, but Tyler Erwin came on and retired both batters he faced to end the game. Erwin earned his 12th save, while striking out one.
Frederick continues their roadtrip beginning a three-game series in Down East on Friday night. Right-hander Matthias Dietz (0-3, 8.53) starts for the Keys and will be opposed by Wood Ducks right-hander Jason Bahr (0-2, 4.32). First pitch is at 7:00 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and TuneIn.
Following a six-game roadtrip the Keys return to Nymeo Field from July 31-August 2 when the Potomac Nationals visit for three games. Highlights include a Flying Dog Beer Dinner and Super Splash Day. For ticket information, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9900 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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