FREDERICK, MD-The Winston-Salem Dash (45-30, 4-1) exploded for 19 runs on 20 hits to defeat the Frederick Keys (36-28, 1-4) 19-2 on Monday night at Nymeo Field. The 19 runs and 20 hits marked season-highs against Keys pitching, while the nine runs scored in the ninth was the highest run total in an inning against the Keys.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning. Laz Rivera led off with a walk, and Luis Gonzalez reached on catcher's interference. After a sacrifice bunt moved each man up one base, Blake Rutherford brought them home with a double. Rutherford would later score on a sacrifice fly to make it a 3-0 Dash lead.
Winston-Salem doubled their lead in the sixth. Rivera doubled, and Gonzalez followed with a single. Luis Robert was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Micker Adolfo brought home everyone with a double to right field.
In the seventh, the visitor's added four more runs. Yeyson Yrizarri and Nate Nolan walked, while Rivera plated Yrizarri with a single. Gonzalez doubled in Nolan, and Rivera scored on a Robert groundout. The 10th run for the Dash came home on a Jomar Reyes error that allowed Gonzalez to come home.
The Keys scored their two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Preston Palmeiro led off with a double. Two batters later, Randolph Gassaway launched his second home run of the year to make it a 10-2 game.
The Dash added to their lead with a nine-run ninth. Rivera collected his fourth hit of the game with a double. He moved to third on a Gonzalez single, and scored on a Zach Remillard double. A single from Adolfo allowed Gonzalez to score. A walk to Gavin Sheets loaded the bases, and Ti'Quan Forbes singled in a run. Yrizarri then brought in everyone with a grand slam. Nolan then walked and scored on a Rivera two-run home run to finish 5-for-5 on the night.
In his Carolina League debut, Blake Battenfield fired eight innings. Earning the win, Battenfield (1-0) struck out seven and scattered four hits and allowed just the Gassaway two-run homer. Lucas Humpal (2-7) took the loss for the Keys. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. Four Keys relievers combined to surrender 16 runs over 4.2 innings.
The Keys and Dash continue their five-game series on Tuesday night. Left-hander Zac Lowther (3-0, 0.44) makes the start for the Keys against Dash left-hander Tanner Banks (7-2, 2.71). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
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