Keys rattle bats late to halt Pelicans’ four-game surge

pel-dpJeffrey Baez and Erick Castillo both notched up two hits, but the Frederick Keys scored in the top of the eighth to steal a 4-3 win Thursday in front of a sellout crowd 6,599 fans at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, snapping Myrtle Beach’s four-game winning streak.

With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Tommy Thorpe (4-5) walked D.J. Stewart before being relieved by Daury Torrez. After a sacrifice bunt, Torrez got Aderlin Rodriguez to ground out. With two outs and Stewart at third, Cam Kneeland connected on a single up the middle on an 0-2 count to give Frederick (47-43, 11-9) a 4-3 advantage.

Keys reliever Tanner Scott worked two shutout innings to earn his fifth save of the year and seal the 4-3 Keys victory.

Pelicans (47-44, 11-10) starting pitcher Trevor Clifton turned in a quality start, giving up three runs over six innings while fanning six.

Clifton ran into trouble early in his outing, giving up back-to-back singles to Erick Salcedo and Stewart to begin the ballgame. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Wynston Sawyer drove in Salcedo with a sacrifice fly to right to give Frederick a 1-0 lead.

With the score the same in the top of the third, Clifton walked the first two batters of the inning before an error advanced Josh Hart to third. Stewart followed with a sacrifice fly to left to make the score 2-0. After a Sawyer single, Clifton struck out Rodriguez before Cam Kneeland plated Salcedo on an infield single with two outs to give Frederick a 3-0 lead.

Down by three in the bottom of the fourth, David Bote singled on an infield roller and advanced to second on an error. A Baez single to left coupled with another Frederick error allowed Bote to come and score, making it 3-1.

Still down two in the bottom of the sixth, Jason Vosler doubled to right-center off Keys reliever Ryan Meisinger (2-0) to begin the inning. Bote then walked before Baez bunted the runners to second and third. Castillo followed with a single to left to score Vosler and cut the deficit to 3-2. With runners at the corners and one out, Tyler Pearson laid down a perfect squeeze bunt, plating Bote and tying the contest at three.

Bote reached base three times for Myrtle Beach, scoring two runs on the evening.

The Pelicans and Keys will play the rubber game of the three-game set at 7:05 p.m. on Friday.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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