SALEM, VA-The Frederick Keys were limited to just three combined hits as the Salem Red Sox completed a sweep of Wednesday's twinbill at Haley Toyota Field. Frederick was shutout for the fifth time this year in game one, 6-0, before dropping the nightcap 7-2.
Held to one hit in game one, the Keys (7-13) were limited by Red Sox (12-8) arms Darwinzon Hernandez and Hildemaro Requena. Earning the game one victory, Hernandez (2-1) allowed the lone hit of the game, while walking three and striking out six. The victory for Hernandez came after he lasted just 0.2 of an inning in his previous start.
The Red Sox got on the board in the bottom of the third thanks to an RBI single from Brett Netzer off Frederick starter Alex Wells . Salem then added another run in the bottom of the fourth. After a two-out walk to Tyler Hill, Jhon Nunez drove him in with a double to left-center field to make it a 2-0 game.
Salem doubled their lead with one swing in the fifth. Chris Madera walked, and came around to score on a Trenton Kemp two-run homer. They added two more runs in the sixth on three hits. Bobby Dalbec and Tyler Hill singled, which set up Nunez. He plated Dalbec with a single, while Hill completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Wells (0-2) suffered the loss, surrendering four runs on five hits in five innings. He walked a career-high four batters.
In game two, Frederick got on the board first, after Ryan McKenna reached second on an error and Preston Palmeiro added an RBI single.
The Keys lead did not last long. In the second, Tyler Hill singled to right off Cristian Alvarado , then came around on a base hit by Ryan Scott. Scott reached third base on a throwing error by Jomar Reyes , while a hit by pitch put two more on base. Two batters later, both men would score on a double by Santiago Espinal.
A double steal by the Keys returned it to a one-run game in the third, but Salem put the finishing touches on the Keys in the fifth.
Scoring four times in the inning, the Red Sox got two quick hits to put men at the corners. Dalbec then walked to load the bases. Jerry Downs drove home the first run with a single, while Hill added a three-run double to make it a five-run contest.
On the mound, Alvarado (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in five innings. Tanner Houck earned the win for the Red Sox, allowing two runs on two hits in five innings. It was the first CL win for Houck (1-2).
Frederick and Salem conclude their series on Thursday night. Right-hander Lucas Humpal (0-3, 5.29) takes the mound for the Keys. He will be opposed by Red Sox righty Bryan Mata (1-1, 2.03). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio App.
The Frederick Keys are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and play their home games at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. In 2017, the Keys received the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award for Carolina League for the second straight season, after leading the circuit in highest percentage of attendance based on ballpark capacity. The club will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. For more information about the Frederick Keys please contact Geoff Arnold by phone at (301)-815-9915 or by emailing at GArnold@FrederickKeys.com.
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