Winston-Salem Scores 10-plus Runs for Twentieth Time This Year
FREDERICK, MD – The Winston-Salem Dash once again found a way to trounce the Frederick Keys, winning 12-5 in front of 3,892 fans at Harry Grove Stadium.
Frederick is now 1-5 against the Dash at home this year as Winston-Salem has averaged 9.8 runs per game in those contests.
Winston-Salem, after jumping out to an early 7-1 lead in the third inning, never looked back as they eventually ran double digits up on the scoreboard, which is the 20th time they’ve done so this year.
Frederick drops to 25-27 on the second half of the year while the Dash improve to 33-20 and 78-44 overall – the second-best overall mark in Minor League Baseball.
Keys starting pitcher Tyler Wilson, who entered with one of the lowest ERA figures on staff, was chased out of the game after giving up seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Although the Keys would pull to within four runs in the fifth inning, as they trailed 9-5, the Dash put three on the board in the ninth, ending the night with a 12-5 victory.
The early lead for Winston-Salem came on two big swings of the bat. A bases-loaded triple and bases-loaded double brought in seven runs.
In the second, with the bases loaded and two away, Marcus Semien hit a triple to empty the bases and as he was heading in for third, the relay from shortstop Garabez Rosa went into the stands, allowing Semien to go from third to home. With one swing, the Dash led 4-0.
The next inning, again the Dash had the bases loaded and Dan Wagner cleared them all when he hit a double, giving the opposition a 7-1 lead.
The Keys, down 9-2 in the bottom of the fifth, would claw their way back into the game when Steve Bumbry hit a three-run home run to put the Keys to within four as they trailed 9-5.
Yet Frederick could not find a way to score after Bumbry’s blast as the Keys ultimately fell 12-5.
The Keys will try and bounce back tomorrow night when LHP Trent Howard (3-9, 4.82 ERA) takes the mound against RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 1.67 ERA).
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM and live coverage starts at 6:40 PM on 1450-AM The Source and online at WTHU.org.
Tickets still remain for when Kevin Gausman, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, makes his Frederick debut on Saturday night. For tickets for Gausman’s debut, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit FrederickKeys.com.