FREDERICK, MD – The Keys shot into a tie for first place with a definitive 8-5 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats as Dylan Bundy earned his sixth win as a Key in front of 4,113 fans at Harry Grove Stadium.
The Keys, despite being 21-23 in the second half of the year, are tied with Wilmington atop the North Division standings.
In a game the Keys never trailed, Bundy was able to get his sixth win of the year, going to 6-3 with Frederick holding a 2.98 ERA as the 19-year old gave up four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. Bundy also gave up seven hits along with issuing two walks and striking out seven.
All four runs against Bundy came in the first three innings, but he settled in after that, giving up just one hit and two walks thereafter.
While Bundy gets the win, Lynchburg starter Dimasther Delgado (6-6, 4.21 ERA) takes the loss after giving up seven runs in just a little over two innings of work.
The Keys have now won five consecutive against Lynchburg.
The Keys would jump on Delgado in the first inning, scoring five times to open up a big 5-0 lead. After Johnny Ruettiger and recent call-up Jerome Pena reached on a walk and bunt single, respectively, Tyler Townsend got the scoring started with an RBI single. After Jeremy Nowak singled to load the bases, a sacrifice fly from Mike Flacco, double from Joe Oliveira, and single from Michael Mosby allowed the Keys to bring five runners to the plate.
Lynchburg would respond, however, against Bundy, scoring four times in the second and third innings to pull within one as they trailed just 5-4. In the two innings, Bundy allowed six hits including two doubles and a home run.
Frederick would answer though, extending their lead in the bottom of the third when Garabez Rosa singled in two runs to put the Keys on top 7-4.
With Bundy settling in from there, the Keys would only allow one more run to score as they were able to close the game out successfully, winning 8-5.
The Keys will try to win six in a row versus the Hillcats tomorrow night when RHP Devin Jones (3-0, 3.27 ERA) takes the mound for Frederick. He’ll face RHP Gus Schlosser (12-4, 2.91 ERA).
Game time is 7 PM and live coverage starts at 6:40 PM on 1450-AM The Source and online at WTHU.org.