Keys score big early to salvage series split
Frederick, Md. — The Frederick Keys scored six times in the first inning and pulled away for a 12-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Monday night at Harry Grove Stadium. The Keys (10-13, 44-49) salvaged a split of the four-game series and the Mudcats (11-12, 33-60) finished the road trip 4-3.
Nick Pasquale (1-6) struggled with his command as a he failed to make it out of the first inning. The right-hander surrendered six runs on two hits and three walks. Carolina used five pitchers in the effort.
Tim Berry (8-5), bolstered by the early offense, cruised through five innings in the win. He held the Mudcats to a run on six hits while striking out four.
The Keys plated six runs with two out in the first thanks to an RBI-single from Jason Esposito, three hit batters and four walks. The team built more separation with back-to-back, run-scoring hits in the fourth for an 8-1 lead.
Brenden Webb doubled in a run in the seventh and scored on a single by Jerome Pena for a 10-1 advantage. The scoring was capped by a two-run homer from Allan de San Miguel in the eighth.
Carolina produced a run in the second on double by Matera. He scored on a groundout by Jordan Smith. Bryson Myles singled in the Mudcats’ second run in the eighth.
Smith recorded three hits for the second straight game. Justin Toole, Mater and Myles also had multi-hit efforts.
The Mudcats return home to host the Winston-Salem Dash for the first of four games on Wednesday, July 17th. First pitch is set for7:15 p.m.