After falling behind by 10 runs in the third inning of Saturday night's loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Frederick Keys turned the tables on the defending Class A Carolina League champions this afternoon by jumping to an eight-run lead after five innings en route to an 8-4 win before 3,390 at Harry Grove Stadium.
"In baseball, I believe it is easier to come back from a game like [Saturday] night -- a good, old-fashioned whooping that you never had a chance to win," said Manager Andy Etchebarren, whose Keys (14-16) lost 14-3 on Saturday to Wilmington (13-17). "Games that you lose in the ninth inning, those are the ones that are hard to come back from. When I came to the ballpark today, I knew [Saturday] night would not have an effect."
The Keys, who lead the league in batting average and runs, provided more than enough offensive support for right-hander Matt Achilles (2-4), who yielded one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings to earn his first victory since his Keys debut on June 12. Achilles retired nine batters in a row at one point.
After stranding four runners in the first two innings, Frederick rallied with one out in the third. Joey Hammond walked, Ivanon Coffie singled, and both advanced on a balk. Hammond scored when Roberto Rivera sent a hard chopper back up the middle that deflected off the glove of Wilmington pitcher Corey Thurman (0-3 vs. Frederick this season) and landed in front of second base.
Keys first baseman Franky Figueroa followed with his team-leading 12th home run, a towering three-run blast down the left field line. Figueroa (2 for 5), who also leads the Keys with 57 RBI, has hit safely in eight of the past nine games to overcome a previous 5-for-55 slump.
Frederick second baseman Eddy Garabito delivered an RBI double off the wall in right-center in the fourth and scored on a single by Coffie (2 for 5). The Keys led 8-0 after two runs scored when Garabito reached on an error in the fifth.
BAYSOX 8, SEAWOLVES 5: Bowie broke open a 5-5 tie with a run in the seventh inning and got a strong relief performance from Terry Rosenkranz to win a Class AA Eastern League game in Erie, Pa. Rosenkranz (2-1) gave up one hit and struck out three over the final three innings to take the win. Wady Almonte and Tom Hage both homered for the Baysox (55-45), who moved to within 1 1/2 games of first-place Erie in the Southern Division.