After Lengthy Delay, Jones Dominates Lynchburg

FREDERICK, MD – With a spectacular pitching performance form starting pitcher Devin Jones, the Keys were able to sweep Lynchburg with a 3-1 victory, as they moved into sole possession of first place.

Jones pitched eight innings – the first Key to do so this year – and gave up just one run. He allowed just five hits in that span while allowing no walks and striking out seven.

Interestingly enough, the delay prior to the game was longer than the actual game itself. The game tied for being the shortest game of the year, lasting just two hours and three minutes, but a lengthy two hour and thirty-five minute delay preceded the start, pushing the start time back to 9:35 PM.

Jones, rightfully, earns the win, moving to 4-0 on the year as his ERA drops to 2.70. Ryan Berry picked up his tenth save of the year, working a scoreless ninth inning.

At 22-23 in the second half, the Keys move into sole possession of first place in the North Division standings.

The Keys, as they did the night before, led throughout the game and with Jones’ dominant outing, the game was never too much in doubt.

Frederick took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when recent call-up Jerome Pena singled off of Lynchburg starter Gus Schlosser to get on base. Tyler Townsend hit him home with a double, putting the Keys on top early.

The Keys again got through against Schlosser in the fourth inning, scoring twice to claim a 3-0 advantage. After Jeremy Nowak was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, Brenden Webb, in his first game at Advanced-A, hit a double to put both him and Nowak in scoring position. Allan de San Miguel hit one runner home with a single and Steve Bumbry followed with a single himself, bringing home two runs in the inning.

With Jones in control of the game, the Keys were never in threat of losing. Edward Salcedo did get on the board for Lynchburg in the fifth inning with a solo home run, but that would prove to be the lone blemish of the night for Jones.

Following the sweep, the Keys will look to win their fourth in a row as Myrtle Beach comes into town for a three game series. The Keys have yet to win four consecutive this year.

First pitch for tomorrow night’s game versus the Pelicans is scheduled for 7:00 PM and live coverage starts at 6:40 PM on 1450-AM The Source and online at WTHU.org.

LHP Tim Berry (3-3, 4.36 ERA) is expected to start for Frederick.

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