In his second Carolina League at bat, SS Manny Machado crushed a Cameron Bayne pitch over all three tiers of fencing in left field to give the Keys a one-run advantage on his first home run as a Frederick Key. The Machado blast, however, was the lone run Frederick scored on the night as they fell 2-1 to Winston-Salem in the second-half opener.
LHP Nathan Moreau took the hill on Thursday night gunning for his eighth victory of the season. The Dash had runners in scoring position in the first three innings but Moreau was able to escape all three frames without a blemish.
Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the first time in a Keys uniform in the bottom of the first. With one out and 2B Jonathan Schoop at first, Machado popped up the first pitch he saw. 3B Jake Oester moved under the ball in foul ground and made the catch for the second out of the inning. Bayne held the Keys scoreless in the first.
In the bottom of the second, Frederick wasted a golden opportunity to take an early lead. Cameron Bayne walked 1B Tyler Kolodny, CF Miguel Abreu, and 3B Dale Mollenhauer in succession to the load the bases with no outs. Bayne, however, escaped the inning without allowing a run. C Brian Ward grounded a ball to first and 1B Andy Wilkins quickly fired home for the force out. Bayne then struck out DH Jacob Julius and RF Steve Bumbry in a row to end the inning.
The Keys took the lead against Bayne in the third when Machado came to the plate for his second at bat of the game. With one out, Machado launched the Bayne offering well over the left field fence for a solo shot.
Thursday's contest remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth inning. RF Jared Martinez led the frame off with a single into left field. The Carolina League leader in home runs, DH Ian Gac, followed Martinez. Gac drove a Moreau pitch deep to left-center for a two-run home run. Gac's 19th homer of the season proved to be the difference.
Frederick was held scoreless over the final three innings as the fell to 0-1 in the second-half of the season. Cameron Bayne picked up the win and improved to 7-4 on the season. Nathan Moreau dropped to 7-5 and Brandon Kloess notched his sixth save of the year.
Manny Machado finished his debut in Frederick 1-for-4 with a home run and a strikeout. On the night, Machado became the highest drafted position player to play for the Keys in the Frederick's 23-year franchise history.
The Keys and Dash will play game two of the three-game series on Friday night. RHP Ryohei Tanaka (5-0, 2.43) will take the hill for Frederick while Winston-Salem will send RHP Justin Collop (1-3, 4.97). First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium.
Friday night is Fredneck Night at Harry Grove Stadium. Cooter and the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard will at the ballpark for pictures and autographs. A Daisy Dukes look-a-like contest will also take place during Friday night's game. The winner will take home $250! A special hoedown menu will be available in the courtyard throughout the game ($23 all-you-can-eat or $10 a plate). Gates will open at 3 p.m.
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