Kevin Gausman Gives Up Four Runs in Keys Debut
FREDERICK, MD – In a game featuring the debut of highly touted fourth overall pick Kevin Gausman, the relievers and bottom of the order stole the show as Frederick came from behind to win 8-4 over the Winston-Salem Dash.
Guasman pitched three innings giving up four runs on two home runs – both to Keenyn Walker – as Frederick trailed early 4-0. The second home run from Walker was a three-run inside-the-parker. Yet the despite the early setback, the Keys bullpen of Eric Beaulac and Matt Bischoff combined to allow just two hits in the final six innings as the Keys scored eight unanswered runs to eventually pull out a victory.
The comeback started with a Mike Flacco three-run home run in the fourth inning, which put the Keys down by just one run. From there, the Keys scored in every inning and with the bullpen able to shut down Winston-Salem, the Keys were able to avoid losing their third straight.
The bottom four batters proved vital for Frederick, as they went a combined 8-for-14 with two walks and were responsible for five of the eight runs scored.
The win puts Frederick at 26-28 in the second half of the year.
Winston-Salem struck early off of Gausman as Keenyn Walker led off the game with a home run. Against former Key Dylan Bundy, Walker also led off the game with a home run.
In the second, Walker came through again, this time with a rare three-run inside-the-park home run. After a leadoff walk to Michael Earley and then a single to Michael Blanke to allow two men to reach, Walker hit a deep fly ball to center field that center fielder Brenden Webb tried to make a leaping catch on. Instead, the ball hit off the wall and Webb fell to the ground. With the ball a good 15 yards away from Webb, Walker was able to motor all the way around the bases to score an inside-the-park home run and drive in three runs in the process.
Yet the lead would not last long. Flacco, with two men on base and two away, hit a three-run home run that put the Keys back in the game as they trailed just 4-3. From there, the Keys scored in every inning.
Jerome Peña allowed the Keys to tie the game in the fifth as with runners on second and third, a ground out allowed the runner from third to score, which knotted things up at four apiece.
A costly error the next inning gave the Keys a 6-4 lead as second basemen Marcus Semien butchered a slow ground ball that should have ended the inning. With the bases loaded and two down, Garabez Rosa hit slow ground ball to the second basemen Semien. Yet the fielder bobbled the ball and threw it wide of the bag, allowing two Keys runners to score. The costly blunder gave the Keys a lead they never surrendered.
Tacking on runs in the seventh and eighth inning, Frederick built up a comfortable 8-4 lead and were able to avoid their third straight loss.
The Keys will look to split the series tomorrow afternoon as LHP Matt Bywater (0-2, 6.10 ERA) takes the hill for Frederick. He’ll face RHP Steve McCray (6-3, 4.01 ERA).
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