WILMINGTON, DE – With a grand slam, a near cycle and another dazzling starting pitching performance, the Keys charged past the Wilmington Blue Rocks 10-5.
Roderick Bernadina, a 19-year old recently called up from Short Season-A Aberdeen, got his first Carolina League hit on a grand slam in the eighth inning to put the final nail in the Blue Rocks’ coffin, as that put the Keys up 10-3.
It was the first grand slam hit by a Key since May 4th, 2011 when Miguel Abreau accomplished the feat versus Winston-Salem.
Steve Bumbry was one tough break away from hitting the Keys first cycle since Jeff Fiorentino did so in 2005. Bumbry, in the same inning as the grand slam, came to the plate with a single, double, and home run. All that was needed was a triple.
In the at-bat, Allan de San Miguel occupied first base, as Bumbry hit a pitch deep to left-center field that hit off the wall. De San Miguel, unsure if the ball would be caught, had to stop at second base. Bumbry, who was motoring around the bases in pursuit of the rare cycle, had to stop at second base so he wouldn’t pass de San Miguel and cause an out. The tough break left Bumbry with a double and a triple shy of the cycle.
Starter Tyler Wilson grabbed the win for Frederick, as he ran his record to 5-4 as he struck out seven and walked none.
The quality start from Wilson allowed the Keys to lead throughout the game.
The Keys led early as they scored three times in the first with two outs in the inning. After Tyler Townsend and Jeremy Nowak singled, de San Miguel singled to bring in their first run. Bumbry, the next batter, hit a double off the wall in right-center field which brought in the Keys’ second and third runs as they grabbed an early 3-0 lead.
After getting runs in the third and fourth innings to eventually lead 5-3, Bumbry would tack on another run in the sixth when he hit his third home run as a Key to deliver a 6-3 lead for Frederick.
That would enable Bernadina to blow the game open in the eighth with the grand slam. After de San Miguel singled, and Bumbry settled for a double instead of the cycle-clinching triple, Wilmington intentionally walked Travis Adair to load the bases. The move did not pay off.
With two outs, Bernadina crushed a pitch over the left field wall to put the Keys up 10-3 as the proverbial icing was put on the cake.
The Keys will try and go on their first four-game winning streak of the year when they take on Wilmington on Tuesday night at 7:05 PM. LHP Matt Bywater will be on the mound to face RHP Jason Adam.