The Keys never trailed, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the third inning as they were able to fend off the Carolina League’s highest scoring team to move to 13-16 in the second half of the year.
Tyler Townsend was responsible for four of the Keys runs, as he finished with four RBI on the night. Perhaps none were bigger than when he drove in two runners with the bases loaded and two outs and the Keys clinging to a 3-2 lead. His two-RBI base hit gave the Keys a much more comfortable three-run lead at 5-2, which is how the game ended.
Devin Jones, making just his second start as a professional in just his second career Advanced-A appearance, shut down the high scoring Dash, preventing them from scoring in his five innings of work. Overall, Jones allowed five hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts.
After Jones’ stellar start, Matt Bischoff entered from the bullpen in the sixth and the first batter he faced, Trayce Thompson, crushed a pitch over the left field wall for the Dash’s first run, cutting the Keys lead to 3-1.
After a walk and a double put two runners in scoring position with nobody out, Bischoff settled in and did not give up a hit from there and prevented the big inning from happening. He did allow a runner to score on a sacrifice fly, but with a 3-2 lead in hand, that gave way for Townsend’s big two-RBI single.
With Kevin Moran entering in relief for the Dash, he walked three straight batters with two outs to load the bases. With Moran pulled in favor of J.R. Ballinger, that’s when Townsend laced a pitch to right field to bring home two runners and give the Keys a 5-2 lead.
Bischoff and reliever David Walters combined to not allow any more runs to score, helping the Keys get back in the win column with a 5-2 victory.
The Keys will look to take the series tomorrow when LHP Tim Berry (2-2, 4.86 ERA) takes to the mound for Frederick. The Dash’s scheduled starter, Blair Walters, was traded hours before the game and it is to be determined who Berry’s opponent will be.