WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Scoring all their runs with two outs and getting a dominant performance from starting pitcher Tim Berry, the Keys won 4-2 against the Winston-Salem Dash to take the series.
Berry earns his third win of the year after giving up two runs through five innings of work to the league’s highest scoring team. Berry managed to strikeout eight Dash hitters in his time on the mound as he gave up just four hits.
While Berry’s performance put the Keys in a position to win, their clutch hitting was a deciding factor as all of their runs came with two outs.
Scoring three times in the fifth and once more in the sixth, the Keys led throughout the game as their bullpen was able to close the game out, working four innings and surrendering no runs. David Walters earned his eighth save of the year after retiring the side in order.
The win puts the Keys at 14-16 in the second half of the year as they currently sit just one game back of a playoff spot.
The Keys initially took the lead in the fifth inning after Justin Dalles and Joe Oliveira reached to lead off the inning on starter Matt Wickswat. After Wickswat retired the next two batters to get two outs in the inning, Michael Rooney hit single into center field to score the game’s first run and put the Keys on top 1-0.
Although Winston-Salem would answer with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, Joe Oliveira came through in the sixth with another two-out RBI as he hit a line drive home run over the left field wall to put the Keys up 4-2.
With Berry pulled after the fifth inning, the bullpen of Oscar Melendez, Eric Beaulac, and Walters combined to allow no runs in four innings of work.
The Keys now head to Wilmington for a four-game series, which starts Monday at 7:05 PM. RHP Tyler Wilson (4-4, 3.49 ERA) will be on the hill for the start in game and he’ll tangle with RHP Andy Ferguson (1-0, 3.55 ERA).