The Frederick Keys blew a four run lead in the ninth inning, eventually dropping a 7-6 decision in 10 innings to the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night at Nymeo Field.
The Red Sox scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 10th inning after Garrett Benge tied the game 6-6 with a two-run single to send it to extra innings. Frederick had 12 hits, including three from Zach Jarrett and Jomar Reyes, but left 12 runners on base for the second straight night. It’s also their second straight extra-inning loss.
With the Keys leading 6-2 in the ninth, Luis Perez hit a batter and allowed back-to-back singles to load the bases. He was replaced by Tim Naughton, who got a force out at home to get the second out of the inning, but the inning unraveled from there.
Naughton walked in a run and allowed a Marcus Wilson RBI single to bring the game to 6-4. Benge then came to the plate and tied the game on a single that brought home a pair of runs.
The Keys failed to respond in the ninth, and the Red Sox were able to take the lead on a Diogenes Almengo (5-4) wild pitch. Frederick had the tying run at third with one-out but could not score. The Keys went 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base.
Ofelky Peralta had a good second start with Frederick. He gave up the two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.