Keys Drown Mudcats In Extras With 2-1 Win

Tyler Wilson Dominates Again; Gives Up No Runs and Strikes Out Ten

FREDERICK, MD – With a walk, balk, sacrifice bunt and then sacrifice fly, the Keys walked-off 2-1 winners against the Carolina Mudcats in the 10th inning in front of 5,704 fans at Harry Grove Stadium.

The decisive play came with Tyler Townsend at the plate and Glynn Davis, ranked as the fastest base runner in the Orioles organization according to Baseball America, stood at third with one out. Townsend hit a ball into shallow centerfield, and the speedy Davis tagged up from third and beat out the throw to give the Keys an instant win.

Tyler Wilson was largely responsible for the outcome, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out ten and walking none. Wilson ends his season with three straight starts of double-digit strikeouts and no walks. Overall, his last three starts totaled 22 innings, where he incredibly struck out 32 batters and walked none.

Despite the dazzling start from Wilson, he did not earn the win as it took the late game heroics from the Keys to pull out the victory.

The Keys scored the winning run without a hit in the final frame as it started with Davis drawing a leadoff walk. A balk from relief pitcher Josh Johnson suddenly put Davis into scoring position. Jerome Peña laid down a sacrifice bunt to then move Davis to third with just one out. That’s when Townsend delivered with a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Davis to score.

Johnson is tagged with the loss while David Walters, who blew the save in the ninth, gets the win.

Webb gave the Keys a slim 1-0 lead in the fifth inning with his third home run, but they wouldn’t score again until the tenth inning.

David Walters was out to close the game in the ninth inning, but Giovanny Urshela altered those plans when he hit a solo home run to tie the game.

Yet the blown save did allow for another dramatic Keys victory as they won their fourth extra inning game of the year.

The Keys close out the 2012 season tomorrow afternoon as they’ll try and win their fourth game in a row – something they haven’t done all year.

LHP Trent Howard (3-10, 4.89 ERA) is expected to make the start. He’ll face RHP Will Roberts (5-9, 5.69 ERA).

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