Keys fall to Winston-Salem 8-5

The Frederick Keys fell to Winston-Salem Monday night despite a strong performance by Townsend

The Frederick Keys fell to the Winston Salem Dash in the first game the series 8-5 at Harry Grove Stadium Monday. Winston Salem in last place in the Carolina League Southern division.

The Dash scored the first run of the game in the opening inning as centerfielder Jared Mitchell drove in Daniel Wagner, who doubled to start the game, to make it 1-0.

Ryohei Tanaka, who was demoted to Frederick because prospect Dan Klein was promoted to Bowie, pitched only three innings but struck out seven batters and only gave up one run.

The score held firm until the fourth inning when first baseman Ian Gac crushed his eighth home run of the season to center field which increased the Dash lead slightly to 2-0.

The Keys would respond with a home run of their own from Tyler Townsend to leftfield to cut the deficit in half 2-1.

Winston Salem scored another run on a base hit by Ryan Colligan that scored Andy Wilkins to make it a 3-1 Dash lead.

Tyler Kolodny was hit in the shoulder by a fast ball with one out in the sixth. Dale Mollenhauer drove in Kolodny on an RBI triple that Jose Martinez dove for but went behind him to cut the deficit to 3-2. After a Brian Ward walk and Buck Britton pop fly, Garabez Rosa singled to short center field which tied the game at three. Right fielder Kyle Hudson singled to short leftfield to load the bases with two out. Trent Mummey followed with a walk to give the Keys a 4-3 lead.

The Dash right fielder Jose Martinez was ejected from the game in the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes.

After recording the first two outs of the seventh inning, Keys pitcher Nick Haughian walked two consecutive batters. Jake Oester made Frederick pay as he ripped a two run double to right field which gave the Dash a 6-5 lead.

Townsend led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single up the middle. Kolodny followed with a walk which placed runners on first and second. After a sac bunt and a strike out, Britton was intentionally walked to load the bases for pinch hitter Jacob Julius. The Keys outfielder grounded out to second base to end the threat.

Winston Salem would add three more runs in the top of the eighth inning to increase their lead to 8-4.

The Keys would add one more run in the ninth on a Ward double to left field that scored Mollenhauer to make it 8-5. Britton flied out to leftfield to end the game.


Orlando Gomez

On the team's tough loss tonight

“Especially when we take the lead and everything, you know the kids they play hard. They were swinging the bat and playing really hard. It was just one of those things.”

On if Tanaka had a pitch count

“Yea, we had a pitch count with him. He went three innings and had 50 some pitches and we wanted to be sure that he didn't go farther than that. That's what the pitching coach told me.”

On the bases loaded situation in the seventh inning benching Garabez Rosa, who had two hits for Jacob Julius

“In that situation I think the pitcher had a great slider. In my years with Julius he was always like a hot potato. At that point I thought the best matchup I could put out there was Julius against the right-hander. Situation of the game changes sometimes and I go by what the other team did to see if we can get the best matchup.”

Tyler Townsend

On his individual performance tonight

“Just trying to get good pitches to hit and im seeing the ball well and I am just getting some hits out of it.”

On his rare opposite field home run

“Most of my home runs in college were to left center or left. Nobody has come in so I was trying to go the other way. I got a good pitch to drive out there and it helps when he is throwing 95.”

On building off of last year's success

“I am just trying to finish the way I left off last year. So far so good and hopefully I can keep it going.”

Good to get the extra base hits going?

“Yea, it is good to get the extra base hits. I mean home runs are better than doubles, but

I will take the doubles too. The other day you know you feel like you're in the one and just capitalize on good pitches and take advantage of it.”

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