Edgar Corcino went 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs as the Salem Red Sox blasted the Frederick Keys 12-7 on Monday at Nymeo Field, capping a 3-3 homestand.
Keys pitching did not help their cause, walking 11 — seven of which scored — as starter Cameron Bishop went just 2 2-3 innings while dropping his record to 0*8.
Corcino hit his first home run in the second inning off of Cameron Bishop, but Bishop seemed unfazed. The southpaw struck out four in the opening two innings and picked up a strikeout in the third as well, making it appear as though he’d continue a consistent second half that had seen him record a 2.01 ERA in 22 1-3 innings.
Then it fell apart for him.
Bishop loaded the bases before a pair of singles by Pedro Castellanos and Garrett Benge made it 4-0 in the third. Corino followed with an RBI single, and Bishop walked the final batter he faced before he was pulled.
Bishop was charged with five runs on five hits after striking out five and walking three.
The Keys struck for a run in the bottom of the third after Zach Jarrett — entered Monday with the third highest average (.310) in the Carolina League — singled home a run.
Salem’s Victor Acosta picked up an RBI base hit in the fourth to make it 6-1. Then, Corcino slugged a two-run shot in the fifth against Zach Matson and Benge lined an RBI double to right field in the sixth to push it to 9-2.
In the sixth, a double by Frederick’s Kirvin Moesquit and a single by Jarrett single to put runners at the corners for Jomar Reyes, who entered the game on a .468 tear in the month of July. Reyes delivered with a line-drive base hit to make it 9-3.
Salem’s Enmanuel De Jesus buckled down after that. He struck out the next two batters he faced and after allowing a two-out walk to load the bases, induced a fly-ball to end the threat. De Jesus (6-6) picked up the win after allowing the two runs on six hits while striking out six over six innings.
The Keys’ Tyler Joyner struggled out of the bullpen in the eighth, throwing more than 30 pitches and leaving after allowing three more runs.
The Keys offense found some life in the bottom of the inning against Dominic LoBrutto. Consecutive doubles from Reyes, Ryan Ripken, and Trevor Craport brought home three runs while Sean Miller got a fourth run home on a groundball to third. The Keys tallied one more in the ninth on Ripken’s RBI single.
The Keys have the day Tuesday before heading to Potomac for a three-game series followed by a weekend visit to Lynchburg.