Keys Doused By Salem 11-1

Keys Outscored 37-16 in Four-Game Series

FREDERICK, MD – For the second straight outing, the Keys lost by ten runs, this time getting doused 11-1 on Super Splash Day to the Salem Red Sox in front of 4,922 fans at Harry Grove Stadium.

Last night the Keys fell 14-4, as once again the Salem offense proved lethal, this time getting 15 hits, three of which were home runs that brought in eight of their eleven runs. Every Salem batter reached base and by the fifth inning, Salem led the Keys 10-1.

The Keys were outscored 37-16 in the four-game series and out-hit 53-23 as they fall to 12-15 in the second half of the season and 39-58 overall.

Between both teams, they hit 17 home runs in the series, bringing in a total of 32 of the 53 runs scored in the four-game set. For Salem, they hit ten home runs, bringing in 21 runs as the Keys hit seven of their own, resulting in eleven runs.

After an unearned run scored on starter Trent Howard in the first, Salem would kick-start their deluge of runs in the third, scoring four times to open up an early 5-0 lead. With runners on first and third and one out, Brandon Jacobs hit an RBI single to bring in their first run of the inning, but Michael Almanzar’s three-run home run is what gave Salem a definitive lead.

The Red Sox opened up the floodgates two innings later as two home runs brought in five more runs to give Salem a 10-1 lead. After Howard gave up a two-run blast to Jacobs, relief pitcher Matt Bywater came on and gave up a three-run homerun with two outs in the inning.

The Keys and Sox traded runs in the final four innings of the game.

Bywater, in relieving Howard, pitched the rest of the game, going 4 and 1/3 innings and giving up three earned runs.

The Keys kick off a seven game road trip starting tomorrow night against Winston-Salem and Wilmington. Star prospect Dylan Bundy (4-3, 3.11 ERA) gets the start tomorrow night and he’ll go against RHP Chris Bassitt (1-2, 2.72 ERA).

Live coverage starts at 6:40 PM on 1450 AM The Source and first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

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