Shake the Keys: Gomez Impressed with Ranaudo

Frederick Keys were able to get out on Salem early for a 4-2 victory.

The Frederick Keys gained another game on the Wilmington Blue Rocks as they defeated the Salem Red Sox 4-2 Friday.

The Keys have been facing some stiff competition lately as they recently won three of four games against the southern division leading Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Steve Bumbry recorded three hits and Tyler Townsend homered for Frederick to contribute to the victory.

The win came against the Red Sox top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo, who made his Carolina League debut Friday.

"I saw a lot of fastballs," Townsend said. "I chased a high fastball my second at bat but then he left one a little lower and got it but I knew he was going to leave me something lower and I got a good swing on it."

Keys manager Orlando Gomez was impressed by the Redsox prospect.

"The kid threw the ball well and he has a great arm and everything. He is going to be a pretty good pitcher. I think he is going to be a number one."

Gomez has been impressed by the overall quality of the pitchers they have faced recently and the success the Keys have had recently against the pitching.

"In the last few games we have been facing number one guys. The other night we probably played the top one in the league and then we played one of the tough guys."

Ranuado threw a lot of strikes early on in the game and Frederick was able to jump out on him for three runs in the first two innings.

The Keys will continue to see quality prospects as they face pitchers Chris Hernandez and Drake Britton in the next two days.

Britton has struggled this season for Salem as he currently has a record of 1-5 with a 6.30 ERA but is still among one if their prospects.

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