Starter Tyler Wilson Throws 10-Strikeout Gem in No Decision
FREDERICK, MD – With a pinch-hit two-run homerun in the bottom of the eighth to put the Keys ahead, on top of a gem from starter Tyler Wilson and a dramatic close to the top of the ninth inning, the Keys won a thrilling 4-3 affair in front of 4,213 fans at Harry Grove Stadium.
With the Keys trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning and having a runner in scoring position, manager Orlando Gomez elected to have Mike Flacco pinch hit for Steve Bumbry. The move worked. On the first pitch to Flacco, he blasted it over the left-field wall to suddenly give the Keys a 4-3 advantage.
Closing the game out, however, was not an easy task. With relief pitcher David Walters on to preserve the lead in the final frame, the first two batters reached on an infield single and misplayed fielder’s choice to put two runners on base with nobody out.
After a sacrifice bunt with two strikes from Giovanny Urshela bumped both runners into scoring position, Walters promptly got the next batter, Future’s Game participant Jesus Aguilar, to ground back to the pitcher’s mound. With two outs, Walters shut the door for good, getting Carlos Moncrief to ground out to first to put the game to rest.
The win puts the Keys back on level ground in the second half at 10-10 as they now sit just a half-game back of first place Lynchburg.
As impressive as the pinch-hit homerun and ninth inning were, equal in stature was Tyler Wilson’s performance.
The Keys starting pitcher struck out a team-high and career-best ten batters as he went 6 and 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks. Only two of the hits left the infield.
Yet as impressive as Wilson was, he did not factor into the decision as the bullpen lost a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning. After a single and walk was allowed by reliever Matt Bischoff, Walters came on to try and get the Keys out of the jam. But after he hit Alex Monsalve, Anthony Gallas delivered a two-RBI single to put the Mudcats on top 3-2.
That lead, though, would not last thanks to the clutch homerun from Flacco in the Keys’ next at-bat.
The Keys will now shift their focus to tomorrow night when RHP Scott Copeland (3-7, 6.15 ERA) takes the mound for Frederick against LHP Francisco Jimenez (7-6, 4.09 ERA).
The Frederick County 4-H and Verizon Wireless will be presenting Going Green Night while both will be sponsoring the Fireworks after the game as well. For tickets, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit FrederickKeys.com.