Marathon in Salem; Keys Win in 16 Innings
SALEM, VA - Facing Robby Scott in the top of the 16th, Michael Ohlman belted a RBI double to right-center field. Sammie Starr scored on the play as the Keys defeated the Red Sox, 3-2, in 16 innings. Gene Escat tossed a scoreless 16th inning to close out the longest game in the Carolina League in 2013. In his 20th start of the season, Tim Berry took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Friday night.
From the first pitch of the game, Mike Augliera and Tim Berry were on point. Augliera surrendered two hits over seven shutout frames on the night. Tim Berry took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and allowed just three hits over 7.1 innings of work.
The Keys plated the game's first run in the top of the eighth inning. Allan de San Miguel led off the inning with a single off RHP Kyle Kraus. Jason Esposito followed with a double to right field. With the infield pulled in, Tucker Nathans singled up the middle to bring in de San Miguel. Kraus then hit Sammie Starr to load up the bases. After Kraus got Johnny Ruettiger and Glynn Davis to hit into back-to-back fielder's choices, Michael Ohlman walked home a run.
Tim Berry took the hill for the eighth inning with a two-run lead to work with. David Chester led off the inning with a single to right field. Following a Carson Blair fly out to right, CF Cody Koback doubled to end Berry's night. LHP Ashur Tolliver entered out of the Keys' bullpen. With the infield in, Nick Natoli singled through the left side of the infield to cut the Red Sox deficit to one run. Matty Johnson then tied the game with a chopper down the third base line.
Tied at two after eight innings, Friday night's game remained tied until the 16th inning.
Frederick struggled at the plate in extra innings and did not notch a base hit until the 16th.
Ashur Tolliver tossed a scoreless ninth and tenth inning and Miguel Chalas replaced Tolliver in the 11th. Chalas retired the Red Sox in order in the 11th but ran into trouble in the following inning. Stefan Welch led off the 12th with a double to right field. David Chester and Carson Blair popped out in back-to-back at bats. With two outs, Chalas hit Cody Koback. Nick Natoli stepped to the plate with men on first and second and two outs in the 12th. Natoli connected on a Chalas pitch and drove it to deep left-centerfield. CF Glynn Davis raced to his right and made an incredible, game-saving catch.
In his Carolina League debut, Lex Rutledge tossed a scoreless 14th and 15th inning.
Sammie Starr led off the 16th inning with a single off Robby Scott. Red Sox SS Deven Marrero leaped to grab the Starr line driver but the liner deflected off Marrero's glove for the Keys first hit since the eighth inning. Robby Scott retired the next two Keys but could not get Michael Ohlman out. Ohlman lifted a Scott pitch to deep right field for a double. Sammie Starr scored on the play to put Frederick in front, 3-2.
Gene Escat threw a perfect 16th inning to close the door on the Keys' victory.
Friday night's game was the longest game (innings) in the Carolina League.
Following a lengthy evening, the Keys and Red Sox will close out their four-game series on Saturday night. RHP Brady Wager (2-4, 4.86) will start for Frederick and Salem will counter with LHP Henry Owens (8-4, 2.78). First pitch from Lewis Gale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark is set for 6:05 p.m. Coverage on 1450 AM The Source will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show.
The Keys return to Harry Grove Stadium on Monday night for a three-game series against the Lynchburg Hillcats. For Keys tickets, call 301-815-9939 or purchase online www.frederickkeys.com.
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