Having just absorbed another big inning from Winston-Salem, the Keys battled back valiantly scoring five runs in the sixth inning to tie the game. In the end Winston-Salem RF Nick Ciolli’s two-out RBI-double pushed the Dash over the hump as the Keys fell 8-7 on a rainy Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark.
The Keys used the long ball to their advantage through the game. 2B Bobby Stevens homered well over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1 in the third inning. The home run was his sixth of the year. Two innings later it was SS Garabez Rosa going the other way into the first row of seats in right field to give the Keys a 2-1 lead.
That is when the Dash got the dreaded big inning that has frustrated Frederick through the season series with Winston-Salem. As they did a night ago, the Dash batted around, sending ten men to the plate while knocking Keys starter Rick Zagone from the game. Zagone, who had not allowed more than two runs in any outing in 2012 at any level, allowed seven runs, six of which earned on the evening.
Frederick then battled back in the sixth inning. 3B Ty Kelly lined a double the other way down the left field line to kick-start the rally. Kelly had three more hits in the game making seven in the series. LF Kipp Schutz two batters later launched his second home run of the year, and third of the game for the Keys deep to right-center field. The three home run game tied a season high for the Keys.
Down 7-4 the rally continued. 1B Mike Flacco walked and two batters later Stevens singled. Then Rosa lined a sharp two-RBI double to RF that tied up Ciolli in right field. Down 7-6, CF Johnny Ruettiger tied the game with an RBI-single to right field.
The Keys got good work from Davis Walters (who recorded four outs) and Ryan Berry (who retired five in a row to open his outing before the late rally.)
Frederick returns to action Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m. with LHP Trent Howard on the hill. Coverage begins 20-minutes prior on 1450-AM The Source.
The Keys return home for Bark in the Park Night Monday, June 4th presented by Crossroads Animal Referral and Emergency. It will be a 7:00 p.m. first pitch and is the only night you can bring man’s best friend to the ballpark.
For tickets contact the Keys at 301-815-9939 or purchase online at frederickkeys.com.