Frederick Keys Win Slugfest Over Winston-Salem Dash, 12-10
Orioles and White Sox Affiliates combine for 22 runs and 26 hits.
The Frederick Keys and Winston-Salem Dash opened the 2015 season with the Dash taking three out of four games, but on Tuesday, the Keys came out victorious scoring early and holding on late to a 12-10 win.
Frederick sent starter Jhonathan Ramos to the mound against Dash righty, Robinson Leyer.
After escaping a rally in the first inning, the Keys came out swinging in their half of the first as they scored five runs on six hits highlighted by a two-out two run single by Anthony Caronia, plating Adrian Marin and Steel Russell.
The Keys responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the second when Jeff Kemp launched his second home run of the season over the center field fence.
The Dash would add a run in the top of the fifth on a home run by Cleuluis Rondon and the Keys would answer with one in the bottom of the sixth, with Brenden Webb scoring on a ground out to make the score 10-2.
But Winston-Salem was not done as they tacked on seven runs in the top of the seventh to pull within 10-9. The key hits were a grand slam home run by White Sox top prospect Trey Michalczewski and a three-run home run by Nick Basto.
The Keys added two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI-single by Dosch and a passed ball by catcher Narvaez scoring Kemp to make the score 12-9. Frederick scored one more run in the top of the eighth as Walker scored on a Michalczewski ground out, but they would not get any closer.
Keys reliever Cody Wheeler (2-0, 1.74) pitched the ninth and shut the door by striking out the side to preserve the 12-10 Keys victory.
Frederick and Winston-Salem will meet on Wednesday night at Nymeo Field, with the Keys sending lefty Mitch Horacek (2-2, 2.40) to the mound against Dash starter Jake Cose (0-0, -.–). Cose will make his first minor league start since the 2013 season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.