Keys Cruise Past Salem for Third Straight Win

The Keys used a two RBI performance from Garabez Rosa to defeat Salem 5-1

The Keys were able to score early off Salem starting pitcher Drake Britton as first baseman Tyler Kolodny began the second inning with a double to left field. Kolodny would advance to third and left fielder Brian Conley was hit by a pitch to place runners on the corners. Catcher Luis Bernardo drove in Kolodny on an RBI infield single to put the Keys on the board 1-0. Garabez Rosa followed with a two-run double that scored Conley and Bernardo to increase the score to 3-0 after the second inning.

Frederick would add on to their lead in the third inning as L.J. Hoes led off the inning with a single and Jacob Julius walked. Kolodny singled and drive in Hoes to make it 4-0 Keys. Conley follwed a Bobby Stevens strikeout with an RBI ground out to second that scored Julius to increase their lead to 5-0.

Salem scored their only run in the fourth inning on a Dan Butler RBI ground out to shortstop that scored Kolbrin Vitek, who reached base after a single to right field.

Ryan O'Shea earned his first win of the season as the Keys won 5-1 and was in control the entire outing.

“I felt great first off, I was doing a good job getting ahead of hitters,” O'Shea said. “I was throwing my pitches for strikes, the defense played well behind me and it was a good team effort.”

O'Shea recorded 6 2/3 innings and gave up only five hits and one run in his second start of the season.

The wind was a factor through out the ball game as it blew in the majority of the time and O'Shea knew that it was important to get through the innings as quickly as possible.

“I tried to have quick innings,” O'Shea said. “The wind helped because I think two balls were hit pretty good that on another day I am not sure if they would have went out but they would have went a lot farther than they did so the wind helped me a lot.”

Keys manager Orlando Gomez was pleased with the overall performance of his starting pitcher especially in the windy conditions on the field.

“The wind was very tricky and I thought he pitched really well,” Gomez said. “One of the good things was he threw his breaking ball and changeup for strikes.”

Julius left the game in the sixth inning after getting hit on the wrist on a Will Latimer fastball. No official diagnosis was given but Gomez gave an update on his condition.

“He went to the doctor and his hand on his side is swelled up pretty big and we hope there is no break.”

Steve Bumbry came in and replaced Julius and was tested early on a deep fly ball to right field that he would drop to allow David Mailman to go to second. The outfielder was tested again as Michael Almanzar drove a pitch similar to Mailman's and made the difficult catch in the wind.

The Salem Red Sox's pitching staff did not allow an earned run in three consecutive games coming into Friday but Frederick jumped out early with five runs after the third inning.

“The whole thing tonight was when we scored some runs it was the bottom of the lineup,” Gomez said. “Bernardo got a clutch base hit with the infield single and RBI and Rosa came up with a clutch double with two out. The production the last two games have come from the end of the lineup and that helps a lot.”

The Keys will look to extend their three game winning streak Saturday afternoon as they continue their series with the Salem Red Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 P.M.

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