Keys starter Tim Berry was locked in. He threw just 39 pitches in his first four innings of work and the Keys offense got to work as Frederick took an early lead and held on late in a 4-3 win at Carolina. The win gave the Keys the final two games of the series, splitting it at two games apiece.
Berry had innings of six, seven and nine pitches as he established his fastball in the game's opening innings. The lone run he allowed scored on a throwing error in the third inning. It was just the second time in Berry's 15 starts that he has not allowed an earned run.
The Keys (3-4, 37-39) grabbed the lead for their starter early. LF Johnny Ruettiger walked and reached second base on a failed pickoff attempt. He scored with two men out on DH Michael Ohlman's RBI'single down the left field line.
In the third inning, the Keys gained some needed insurance. 3B Nicky Delmonico and Ohlman each singled with one man out. 1B Christian Walker then doubled home Delmonico. Later in the inning two errors would lead to two more runs and the Keys carried a 4-0 lead to the bottom of the third inning.
Berry (6-4) left the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning. Reliever Miguel Chalas entered and got a groundout to preserve the three-run lead. Consecutive doubles for Carolina made it 4-2 in the 8th inning and a solo home run for Tony Wolters cut the Keys lead to 4-3 in the ninth.
With runners at the corners and two outs, Chalas got a groundball to second baseman Jerome Pena off of the bat of Joe Wendle to end the game. For Chalas it was his first Carolina League save.
Frederick returns home Friday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate their 25th season with a Card Set Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans presented by Keeney and Basford Funeral Home. The game against Winston-Salem will kick off a six-game homestand in six days.
Tickets can be purchased for all Keys home games at 301-815-9939 during regular business hours or online at frederickkeys.com anytime.
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