Keys Split Two in Salem

By Frederick Keys | August 22, 2018 10:55 PM

SALEM, VA-The Frederick Keys defeated the Salem Red Sox 5-3 in the completion of Tuesday's suspended game, while the home team claimed game two, 2-1 on a walk-off single by Tyler Hill in the bottom of the seventh. With the split, the Keys are now 11.5 games behind Lynchburg Hillcats with 12 to play (with the Hillcats game not complete tonight).


Picking up game one in the top of the second inning, the Keys (59-67, 24-33) got an immediate lift from Jomar Reyes who deposited the third pitch he saw from Daniel Gonzalez over the leftfield wall. Salem (60-65, 28-29) tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a Josh Tobias home run, but the Keys scored four of the final six runs.


In the fifth, a double by Preston Palmeiro put two in scoring position and Wilson Garcia made it 2-1 Keys with a sac-fly. Jake Ring singled home T.J. Nichting from third one inning later, while Randolph Gassaway doubled home Garcia from first in the seventh.


Salem challenged in the seventh. After tossing five innings of one-run baseball, Zac Lowther allowed a leadoff triple to Jake Romanski who scored on an RBI single from Jagger Rusconi. A second base knock put runners at the corners, prompting a pitching change. Steven Klimek entered and walked the first batter to load the bases, before Brett Netzer hit a sac-fly to make it a one-run game. From there, the Keys right-hander retired two of the next three to keep the tying and go-ahead runs on base.


Garcia added insurance in the ninth, with a home run to right. It was his third of the road trip and 22nd of the season. Tyler Erwin retired all six men he faced to close things out.


Lowther (5-2) earned his second win in as many games against Salem, delivering five innings of three-run baseball to go with five hits. He walked two and struck out three. Gonzalez (8-7) suffered the loss for Salem surrendering three runs on eight hits in five frames. Erwin picked up his 16th save.


In game two, neither side scored until the fifth. Daniel Fajardo doubled down the leftfield line and scored two batters later on an RBI single to left by Palmeiro as Fajardo negotiated his way around the tag of Nick Sciortino.


Lucas Humpal tossed four scoreless innings, while Ryan O'Rourke tossed a clean fifth and Matt Trowbridge worked a scoreless sixth. In the seventh, Trowbridge (4-2) returned to the mound. Tobias opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a sac-bunt before the Keys lefty struck out Ryan Scott. That sent up Jagger Rusconi who singled home the tying run.


From there, Sciortino walked to bring up Hill. Working the count full and with both runners on the move, Hill singled to left and Rusconi scored to give Salem a walk-off win.


Durbin Feltman (1-0) picked up the win for the Red Sox working a scoreless seventh. Trowbridge was tagged with the loss, surrendering two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings.


Frederick and Salem conclude their series on Thursday night. Right-hander Cristian Alvarado (10-10, 4.49) starts for the Keys and will be opposed by Red Sox right-hander Denyi Reyes (2-1, 2.55). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on and the TuneIn app.


The Keys return to Nymeo Field from Friday, August 24-Sunday, August 26 when the Carolina Mudcats come to town. Homestand highlights include Alzheimer's Awareness Night, Scout Night presented by Wegman's, Game of Thrones Night and Prince and Princess Day to go with two fireworks shows. For tickets, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit  

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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