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Anything you can do I can do better. The Keys pitching staff has been living by that motto over the last two days as right-handers Tyler Wilson and David Walters combined for the Keys second consecutive shutout win in a 5-0 series opening victory in Carolina. The shutout effort make 21 consecutive innings in which the Keys have not allowed a run.
Wilson (3-3) set the tone facing 22 batters to get 21 outs. His seven inning effort came after consecutive losses to Lynchburg. The bouceback start was the longest start by a Keys pitcher this year eclipsing the 6 and 2/3rd inning thrown by LHP Rick Zagone on May 1st against Myrtle Beach.
The Keys grabbed the lead for Wilson on an RBI-ground out by SS Garabez Rosa in the 5th innng. Frederick opened it up in the sixth inning. 3B Travis Adair laid down a bunt single to lead off the inning. 2B Ty Kelly lined a single into right field and then the red-hot Aaron Baker homered to left-center field making it a 4-0 Keys lead.
Baker has homered four times in the last five games and five times in the last eight. He now is the Carolina League leader with 14 home runs on the year.
That was enough for Wilson who need just 73 pitches to make his way through seven innings. He gave way to RHP David Walters, who still has not allowed a run in June, for the last two innings. When Walters got a game ending double play ball the Keys had shut out Carolina having faced 28 batters, just one over the minimum.
Prior to the bottom of the fourth inning, the Shorebirds were called off the field due to heavy rain at CMC-Northeast Stadium. The game never resumed and was suspended in a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game will be resumed at a to-be-determined date when the Shorebirds return to Kannapolis in August.
Williams Louico tossed four shutout innings and did not allow a run on just two hits. Erik Johnson tossed three scoreless innings.
The IronBirds looked to claim the series on Sunday night at Ripken Stadium. The Cyclones took the lead early in the game when CF Brandon Nimmo scored on a RBI single by DH Alexander Sanchez at the top of the first inning.
IronBirds held the Cyclones to one run until the fourth inning when Cyclones RF Eudy Pina blasted a hit into deep centerfield bringing Sanchez and C Nelfi Zapata to the plate.
The Cyclones extended their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Sanchez picked up another RBI and brought home 2B Richie Rodriguez. 1B Cole Frenzel picked up a two-run single allowing CF Brandon Nimmo and Sanchez to score. Cyclones continued to do more damage in the sixth inning with an RBI from SS Phillip Evans scoring LF Jonathan Clark and in the seventh inning when Zapata homered to left field, bringing the score to 8-0.
With bases loaded in the seventh inning, the IronBirds bats came alive. 1B Doug Bream’s grand slam off of P Ernesto Yanez and cut the score in half and brought home RF Roderick Bernadina, 3B Torsten Boss and SS Joel Hutter. C Sam Kimmel scored off of a ground ball. Bream’s grand slam was the first home run of his professional career.
The Cyclones continued to gain more runs in the ninth inning with Zapata and 1B Cole Frenzel scoring off of a fielding error made by Hutter. This brought the score to 10-5.
Ynoa picked up the win for the Cyclones while Sebastian Vader picked up the loss for the IronBirds. John Mincone notched the save.
The IronBirds travel to Staten Island on Monday, June 25 to begin their three-game series with the Staten Island Yankees. RHP Jaime Esquivel (1-0, 3.60) will start series opener for the Birds. The Yankees will counter with LHP Evan Rutckyj (0-1, 5.79).
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