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by Will DeBoer

Randolph Gassaway hit a two-run eighth inning home run to lift the Frederick Keys (6-7) past the Winston-Salem Dash (4-10) 5-4 on Wednesday night at BB&T Ballpark. A game that featured a variety of lead changes, the win gave the Keys their first series of 2017.

Winston-Salem grabbed a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh on a triple by Aaron Schnurbusch and a double by Landon Lassiter. The Keys quickly answered though a half inning later. Facing Yelmison Peralta, Ryan Mountcastle earned a one-out walk to send up Gassaway who sent Peralta’s 1-1 offering over the leftfield wall. 

Luis Gonzalez recorded a shut down eighth inning and came back for the ninth. He quickly recorded the first two outs, before handing out back-to-back free rides to Danny Mendick and Luis Basabe. From there, Gonzalez buckled down and retired Johan Cruz on a fielder’s choice to end the game.

Schnurbusch gave Winston-Salem the initial lead in the second with an RBI single before the Keys came firing back with two runs in the top of the fourth. With two aboard, Jomar Reyes doubled to right, scoring Austin Hays and Mountcastle.

That lead lasted until the sixth when Louis Silverio doubled home Zack Collins from first. The Keys then countered in the seventh with an Alex Murphy double and a Stuart Levy single. After the Dash scored the initial run in the game, the lead would change hands four times.

Mitch Horacek (2-0) earned the win for Frederick, giving up a run on three hits in the seventh. Peralta (0-1) suffered a loss and a blown save, giving up two runs on three hits in the eighth. Gonzalez received his second start after working the last two innings.

Brian Gonzalez tallied his first quality start of the year, pitching six innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in a no-decision. He walked three and struck out four.   


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