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Keys Denied Series Sweep

August 12, 2017 - Carolina League (CarL) - Frederick Keys News Release

FREDERICK, MD-The Winston-Salem Dash (46-70/22-24) scored four times in the sixth inning en route to a 5-2 victory over the Frederick Keys (53-61/22-23). With the setback, the Keys were denied a series sweep of the Dash. Frederick played the game under protest with one out in the eighth inning after an illegal pitch was not called on Kelvis Valerio.

The two sides exchanged solo home runs over the first four innings. Brallan Perez went deep for the Keys in the third off Bernardo Flores before Seby Zavala followed suit in the fourth off Ofelky Peralta.

Winston-Salem grabbed the lead for good in the sixth. Franderlin Romero allowed three straight singles to begin the inning, while Joel Booker lifted a sac-fly to score Louis Silverio. Bryant Flete then grounded into a fielder's choice and Zack Collins walked to load the bases with two outs. From there, Eloy Jimenez doubled in Brady Conlan and Flete and a pair of errors enabled Collins to score as well.

Trailing by four runs, Frederick got one run back in the seventh, following a Chris Clare single, an error on a pickoff throw by Kelvis Valerio and an RBI single by Armando Araiza.

In the eighth inning, the Keys protested after an illegal pitch was not called on Valerio while pitching to Glynn Davis. After a delay of more than 10 minutes, umpires David Martinez and Anthony Perez stuck with the initial ruling and the Keys made their protest.

Davis eventually struck out and was ejected in response to an obscene gesture made by Valerio. This prompted both benches and bullpens to clear. Warnings were eventually issued to both sides and Keys manager Keith Bodie was ejected. Valerio was not thrown out of the game.

Flores (2-3) earned the win for the Dash, allowing one run on four hits in six innings. Romero (1-4) suffered the loss for the Keys, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits in two frames. He walked two and struck out two. Mike Morrison pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

The Keys begin a series with the Potomac Nationals on Friday night. Right-hander Cristian Alvarado (6-8, 5.70) takes the mound for the Keys and will be opposed by Nationals right-hander Luis Reyes (7-11, 4.88). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and can be heard on 1450 AM The Source, frederickkeys.com, and the TuneIn Radio App.

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