Salem, VA -The Salem Red Sox (25-15) beat the Frederick Keys (21-19) 10-7 on Thursday night at Haley Toyota Field. The Red Sox used a six run third inning to avoid the sweep.
Leading 4-0 heading into the third, the Red Sox put some separation between themselves and the Keys. Josh Ockimey led off with a walk and advanced to third on a Trenton Kemp double to left field. Austin Rei then notched his second RBI of the game on a single to right field, and Jordan Betts followed with an RBI single of his own, making the lead 6-0. A Nick Lovullo walk loaded the bases, and knocked Keys starter Cody Sedlock out of the game.
Franderlin Romero came in, and allowed a sacrifice fly to Tate Matheny. A triple from Chad De La Guerra added another run. De La Guerra then scored on a wild pitch, making the lead 10-0, and giving the Sox their sixth run of the inning. The six runs allowed in an inning is tied for the most allowed by the Keys this year, dating back to opening night against Carolina when the Mudcats scored six in the first inning.
The Keys got on the board in the fifth inning on Ademar Rifaela's fourth home run of the year. Frederick then plated three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to reduce the Salem lead to 10-7, but that was as close as they would get. The visitors threatened in the eighth when Rifaela led off with a double, but a fly out and a pair of ground outs ended the inning, and they would go down in order in the ninth.
Sedlock (4-2) took the loss, tossing 2.1 innings while giving up nine hits and a career-high nine runs. He walked two and struck out four. Yankory Pimentel (2-1) picked up the win for Salem, throwing 1.2 innings of relief, surrendering one run on two hits while walking one. Bobby Poyner earned his fourth save, pitching a perfect ninth inning.
The Keys head back home to play the Wilmington Blue Rocks for four games starting Friday night. Cristian Alvarado (2-3, 8.04) gets the ball for the Keys. He will be opposed by Blue Rocks lefty Foster Griffin (3-2, 3.48). First pitch is at 7:00 p.m. and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com. It is also Family Fitness Weekend. Washington Redskins safety Deshazor Everett makes an appearance on Friday, while former NBA star Muggsy Bogues stops by on Saturday, May 20. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 301-815-9939 or by visiting frederickkeys.com.
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