FREDERICK, MD – Despite another solid outing from superstar prospect Dylan Bundy, the Keys fell 5-4 to Winston-Salem Dash as Frederick surrendered a 4-1 lead late in the game to lose for the sixth time in seven games.
Bundy, Baseball America’s number one overall prospect, gave up just one earned run but did surrender a career-high seven hits. Bundy lasted 4 and 2/3 innings as he struck out six in that span and walked only one. His ERA now dips to 2.98 in what was his ninth start with Frederick.
The lone run Bundy gave up came against the first batter he faced in recent call-up Keenyn Walker as he sent a Bundy pitch over the right field wall to give the Dash a very early 1-0 lead. After Bundy then allowed consecutive line drive singles, he settled in from there, giving up just four singles the rest of the game.
With Bundy helping the Keys maintain a lead, they lost it late in the seventh inning when Winston-Salem rallied with two outs to stage another big inning, this time scoring four runs – three of which were unearned – to instantly lead 5-4 and ultimately take home a victory.
The Keys now fall to 12-16 in the second half of the year and 39-59 overall.
With reliever Andy Loomis on the mound with two outs, Carlos Sanchez hit a triple to kick-start their four-run rally in the seventh. The next batter, Marcus Semian, doubled to bring in their first run and draw the Dash to within two, as they trailed 4-2.
That’s when the costly error occurred, allowing the inning to continue and bring in three more runs. With Michael Earley batting, he hit a ground ball to third, which went off the glove of Michael Mosby and into left field. A run scored on the error and with Ryan Berry on the mound, he allowed a double and single to bring in the tying and go-ahead run that allowed the Dash to claim a 5-4 lead.
The Keys were unable to come back on the Dash, losing the series opener.
The Keys will try and get one back against the Dash tomorrow night as RHP Devin Jones (0-0, 11.25 ERA) makes his second High-A start. He’ll go against RHP Jake Petricka (5-5, 5.33 ERA).