SALEM, Va. — The Frederick Keys were pummeled 11-3 by the Salem Red Sox on Tuesday night at Haley Toyota Field.
Salem’s Pedro Castellanos crushed a pair of home runs, including a two-run shot in the first inning, and the Red Sox never looked back. They scored multiple runs in five innings, fueled by seven extra-base hits.
The Keys (47-71 overall, 18-31 second half) tallied 10 hits but left 11 on base.
After a rough start to his outing, Cameron Bishop (1-9) started to rebound. He set the Red Sox down in the third and struck out the side in the fourth. He took the mound to start the fifth but was met by Castellanos, who slugged his second home run of the night to lead off the inning.
That put the Red Sox ahead 5-2. Things got worse from there, and Bishop was pulled. He was charged with the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits while he walked four and struck out four in 4 1-3 innings.
While Salem piled on the runs, Frederick went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position down the stretch.
The Red Sox’s Enmanuel De Jesus (7-9) got the win, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings.
The Keys and Red Sox play the middle game of a three-game set Wednesday, August 14. Righty Blaine Knight (1-9, 5.63) takes the mound for Frederick against Salem righty Dylan Thompson (5-8, 6.01).