FREDERICK, MD – Behind strong pitching and timely hitting, the Keys swept their double-header with the Wilmington Blue Rocks to pull within a half-game of first place.
Frederick Keys starter Devin Jones shined once more, as in game two he throw a complete game – the first of the year for Frederick – as he earned his sixth win and pushed his record to a perfect 6-0 on the year while his ERA stands at 2.25.
Jones allowed two earned runs through seven innings of work while striking out five and walking just one.
In game one, which completed a game suspended by rain on July 26th, Matt Bywater, the de facto starter, pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up just one run as he took the win.
The original game featured Dylan Bundy as the starter, and with the game now in the books, Bundy’s final ERA in Frederick closes at 2.84.
The double-header sweep also puts the Keys back at .500 in the second half of the year at 28-28.
The Keys never trailed in either game as their offense provided runs in timely fashion. Through both games, the Keys hit a combined 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Steve Bumbry had a big night for Frederick, going 4-for-6 with three RBI, including hitting his sixth home run of the year.
And with the Keys getting excellent pitching, their lead in each game was never threatened, allowing the Keys to their first double-header sweep of the year.
Game one saw the Keys break a 0-0 tie in the fifth inning as Steve Bumbry, with two runners in scoring position, hit a single to give the Keys a one-run lead. Two batters later, Alan de San Miguel hit a single of his own to drive in the second run of the inning and Frederick led 2-0.
The Keys opened up the game in the eighth inning when manager Orlando Gomez called for a suicide squeeze. With two runners in scoring position and Joe Oliveira batting, the suicide squeeze was called and executed perfectly. Oliveira bunted it in play, allowing the runner to score from third base. The throw to first from the pitcher Tyler Sample then sailed wide of the bag, allowing Oliveira to be safe at first base.
A sacrifice fly from Brenden Webb and base hit from Bumbry brought in two more runs to cap off the inning as they led comfortably 5-1 and would ride the sizable advantage to victory in game one.
In game two, the Keys used a five run first inning to knock around Wilmington starter Jason Adam, and although they never scored after the first, they didn’t need to as Jones was excellent once more.
The big five run first inning started with de San Miguel, who, with runners on first and third base, singled in the game’s first run. The next batter, Jeremy Nowak, with two runners on, belted a pitch over the wall for a three-run home run. Just five batters into the game, the Keys led 4-0.
Yet they weren’t done there as Steve Bumbry hit a solo home run for the exclamation point to put Frederick on top 5-0 after just one inning of play.
Jones would take care of the rest, putting Frederick in the win column for the second time in one night.
If the Keys win tomorrow night, they’ll be back in first place and they’ll look to LHP Tim Berry (4-4, 4.09 ERA) to deliver the victory. He’ll face RHP Andy Ferguson (2-2, 3.22 ERA) of Wilmington.
Live coverage starts at 6:40 PM on 1450-AM The Source and first pitch is slated for 7:00 PM.