MYRTLE BEACH, SC -Dylan Bundy earned his first win since having Tommy John surgery last June, while the Frederick Keys scored in each of the final four innings, to top the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-0 on Tuesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Park. Making his fourth start with the orange and black, Bundy scattered three hits and allowed only five baserunners in his longest start of the year. Thanks to his strong outing, Frederick earned its seventh shutout win of the year and its fourth straight victory against Myrtle Beach.
Coming off a rocky outing last Wednesday, where he allowed a career-high six runs, Bundy was on point from the onset. He faced the minimum through three innings, while he worked around a pair of baserunners in the fourth. After Jorge Alfaro and Edwin Garcia reached to open the inning, the Oklahoma native got Nick Williams and Royce Bolinger to pop-up and Preston Beck to lineout.
The Pelicans threatened again in the fifth, but Bundy negotiated his way around men in scoring position. Lewis Brinson opened the inning with a single off Bundy before stealing second. Nick Vickerson then walked, while a passed ball allowed Brinson to reach third and Vickerson to advance to second. Bearing down, Bundy got a pair of pop-ups to end the threat.
With a little over 10 offerings remaining on his 75-pitch limit, the righty worked a six-pitch sixth to bring his night to an end. Over six innings, he walked two and struck out one. It was Bundy's longest outing since August 20, 2012, when he was pitching for Double-A Bowie against Richmond. Additionally it was his first win since August 28 of that year.
Victor Payano was very effective for the Pelicans, giving up one run over six innings, but the one marker would turn out to be all the Keys needed. After allowing two hits over five innings, Payano misfired on his fourth pitch of the sixth. Facing Trey Mancini, the former Notre Dame standout crushed a solo blast over the leftfield bleachers to make it 1-0. Payano later allowed a double to Jason Esposito, but got Brenden Webb to groundout. Payano walked three, gave up four hits and struck out one. It was his fourth loss in his last five starts.
In the seventh, the Keys added one run after a pair of walks and an RBI single by Adrian Marin before going back to the longball in the eighth. Making his Keys debut, Chih-Hsien Chang cranked a frozen rope over the rightfield wall to make it 3-0. It was Chang's fourth home run of the year, after joining the club from Double-A Bowie earlier in the day.
Jerome Pena wrapped up the scoring for the Keys in the ninth, bring home Joel Hutter on a single through the right side after the Iowan reached on a throwing error by Nick Vickerson.
Matt Hobgood tossed three scoreless innings of relief to garner his fourth save in as many opportunities. Over three innings, he walked one and struck out three.
The Keys and the Pelicans play the second of three games on Wednesday night on the Grand Strand. Brady Wager gets the start for the orange and black and will be opposed by Birds lefty Chad James (1-0, 0.00). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source. The Keys return home on Friday night when the Lynchburg Hillcats come to town. For ticket information, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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