SALEM, VA-The Salem Red Sox (13-8) defeated the Frederick Keys (7-14) 9-4 on Thursday night. With the loss, the Keys dropped their seventh straight road game, and ninth game in their past ten overall.
The Red Sox struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Roldani Baldwin hit a single, and came around to score on a Bobby Dalbec double. Dalbec scored on a Jerry Downs single to make it 2-0.
Salem would add to their lead in the second with another two-out run. Kyri Washington singled, and later scored on a Brett Netzer single off of Keys starter Lucas Humpal .
In the fifth, Matt Trowbridge walked two men and allowed a single to load the bases. Ryan Scott then brought in two with a single up the middle. After Tyler Hill stole third, he came home on a Chris Madera sacrifice fly, pushing the lead to 6-0.
Frederick plated two in the seventh. Alejandro Juvier led off with a single, and Stuart Levy followed two batters later with a single. Cole Billingsley brought both men home with a triple to right field.
The Red Sox scored again in their half of the seventh. Hill started the inning with a double, and scored on a Scott single. Following a Washington double, Santiago Espinal hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-2.
In the eighth, Collin Woody and Jake Ring walked. Then, Juvier collected his third hit of the game to drive in Woody. Following a Chris Clare walk, Ryan McKenna walked to score Woody. The threat ended when Billingsley grounded out to second with the bases loaded, keeping the score 8-4.
Salem added their final run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth to complete the scoring and win 9-4.
Humpal (0-4) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out three. Daniel Gonzalez (3-0) picked up the win in relief. He tossed three innings, and allowed two runs on five hits.
The Keys head to Buies Creek to face the Astros on Friday. Left-hander Brian Gonzalez (0-1, 4.60) takes the mound for the Keys. He will be opposed by right-hander Corbin Martin (1-0, 0.00). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio App.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.