Walks Sink Keys
FREDERICK, MD. - Late runs and free passes sunk the Frederick Keys (18-21) who dropped a 9-5 contest to the Salem Red Sox (16-23) on Friday night at Nymeo Field. Keys pitching gave up a season-high nine walks while Salem slugged five doubles that resulted in six runs. Willy Yahn was the bright spot for Frederick after falling a triple shy of the cycle and knocking in three runs. The loss is the fourth straight for the Keys.
The Red Sox jumped out early, as Tanner Nishioka knocked in Jarren Duran with a single on just the fourth pitch of the game. Ryan Fitzgerald followed with an RBI double, but Trevor Craport and Sean Miller's rely throw caught Nishioka trying to score.
The 2-0 lead was cut in half by Yahn, who slugged his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Yahn came to the plate with two on and two-out. The Connecticut-native singled in a run, and Austin Hays forced an errant throw and scored after he was caught in a run down to give the Keys a 3-2 lead. A throwing error from Marco Hernandez scored Yahn to make it 4-2.
Blaine Knight settled in after the first inning and worked through the Salem lineup until the sixth inning, when he allowed a leadoff walk and a single before he was pulled. Knight gave up five hits, three walks and struck out four. He was charged with four runs (three earned) despite being on the mound for two of them.
Mattias Dietz (1-4) came in relief and struggled out of the gate. After hitting a batter to load the bases, he threw a wild pitch that scored a run and Salem was able to tie it 4-4 on a ground out.
In the seventh, Dietz walked three batters and gave up a double to Garrett Benge that scored two runs to make it 6-4 Red Sox. Diogenes Almengo replaced Dietz in the seventh. With the bases loaded, Duran hit a double that almost knocked in all three runners, but Isaias Lucena was gunned at the plate by Craport to keep the score at 8-4.
The Red Sox would score one more in the eighth on a Victor Acosta RBI single while Yahn smacked an RBI double in the ninth.
Dietz was dealt the loss after allowing four runs on four walks and one hit in an inning and a third. Robbie Baker (1-0) earned a win in his Carolina League debut. Salem's starter Enmanuel De Jesus pitched 5.2 innings and allowed five hits, four runs (two earned) and struck out five.
The Keys take on the Red Sox on Saturday, May 18 for game two of this three-game series. RHP David Lebron (1-0, 3.20) starts for Frederick opposed RHP Kutter Crawford (3-1, 2.48) for Salem. Family Fitness Weekend continues on Saturday with Hail to the Redskins Night. Vernon Davis and Gary Clark will visit Nymeo Field to meet fans starting at 5:00pm sponsored by PMSi. Fireworks will follow the show. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app with pregame coverage starting at 6:45 p.m.
The Frederick Keys are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and play their home games at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Following the 2018 season, the Keys were named the winner of the Carolina League's Complete Franchise Award. This goes to a team in the league which demonstrates franchise stability and significant contributions to its community and the league. In 2019, the team will host the Carolina League All-Star Classic presented by Visit Frederick. For more information about the Frederick Keys please contact Geoff Arnold by phone at (301)-815-9915 or by emailing at GArnold@FrederickKeys.com.
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