MYRTLE BEACH, SC-The Frederick Keys were lifted by early offense to defeat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6-4 in game one, but Birds arms held the orange and black to three hits in a 3-0 loss in game two on Sunday at TicketReturn.com Field. In spite of the setback the Keys claimed three of four in the front leg of the roadtrip.
After a pair of errors and a sacrifice fly got Myrtle Beach (1-3) on the board in the first game, the Keys (3-1) scored the next six runs. Randolph Gassaway and Preston Palmeiro singled off Bryan Hudson, while Chris Clare walked. Gassaway scored on a wild pitch and Collin Woody cranked a two-run double to left-center to make it a 3-1 affair.
In the third, Ryan McKenna reached second on a throwing error, moved to third on a Jomar Reyes single, while a passed ball made it a 4-1 game. Palmeiro added an RBI base knock and an error made it a five run Keys lead.
Myrtle Beach got one run back in the third with a solo homer by Tyler Alamo and a bases loaded walk in the fourth and an additional sacrifice fly made it a 6-4 contest. However the Keys relief duo of Steven Klimek and James Teague closed the door.
In his Carolina League debut, Klimek (1-0) earned the win, tossing a scoreless fifth frame. Teague earned the save striking out three over two clean stanzas. Hudson (0-1) suffered the loss for Myrtle Beach. Pitching five innings, the southpaw gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits. He walked three and punched out two.
The Pelicans scored all three of their runs between the second and third innings. With two outs and a runner on in the second, Johnny Pereda hit a two-run homer to left off Lucas Humpal . One frame later, Andruw Monasterio doubled, moved to third on a single and came home on a groundball back to the mound.
Inefficient through his first three innings (60 pitches) Pelicans starter Tyson Miller utilized a quick fourth and struck out the side in the fifth to keep it a 3-0 game. Earning the win, Miller (1-0) allowed only three hits and struck out seven through five scoreless innings. Jhon Romero pitched the last two innings to draw the save.
Humpal (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three.
The Keys continue their roadtrip on Monday when they visit the Carolina Mudcats for the first of a three-game series. Left-hander Brian Gonzalez (0-0, --) starts for the Keys and will be opposed by Mudcats left-hander Cam Roegner (0-0, --). First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app.
The Keys play their first home series starting on Thursday, April 12 against the Potomac Nationals. For ticket information, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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