Two games that could not have been more different in nature ended with a similar result. Winston-Salem upended Frederick in both ends of the double dip as the Keys fell 17-5 and 1-0 on Tuesday night.
In the opener the Dash rattled Keys starter Tim Berry early. SS Chris Curley homered down the right field line in the first to put the Dash atop 2-0. The second inning though opened the game up. Berry was knocked from the game as the first nine Dash batter reached. Winston-Salem plated eight runs to lead 10-0.
The Keys showed life late though as 2B Jerome Pena hit his fifth home run of the year with a three-run shot to right field. It was too little toolate though as the Dash plated six more runs in the sixth inning to reach 17 on the affair. The total is the most in the four seasons of Dash baseball.
Frederick turned to LHP Trent Howard in game two. The reliever getting a spot start flourished, getting out of a first inning jam to throw four scoreless innings. The Keys though could not crack through against Winston-Salem starter Jason Van Skike. Van Skike retired the first 11 batters he faced before C Michael Ohlman walloped a triple high off the center field wall. Frederick could not bring Ohlman home and would strand two batters aboard in the fifth inning.
The Dash got a two-out RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth inning off of the bat as Mark Haddow to plate the game's lone run.
With two defeats matched with a Lynchburg win the Keys currently sit 1.5 games out of the Northern Division lead with 20 games to play in the half.
The Keys are back at it Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00 p.m. with RHP Zach Petersime on the hill in Winston-Salem. Coverage begins 30 minutes prior on 1450-AM The Source with the Frederick Gorilla Pre-Game Show.
Frederick returns home next Monday, June 3rd for a four game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats. Thursday, June 6th will be the first of two Dog Days of Summer at the ballpark presented by Crossroads Animal Referral and Emergency (C.A.R.E.). Game time is 7 p.m. To register your dog call the Keys Group Offices at 301-815-9900.
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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