Salem Red Sox sweep Frederick Keys

Sox carry five-game win streak into All-Star break

SALEM, Va. – Tanner Nishioka and Edgar Corcino both crushed three-run homers in a 16-2 rout of the Keys on Sunday afternoon at Haley Toyota Field in the final game of Carolina League play of the first half of 2019.

How it Happened
* Salem got the bats going early, taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning. A single from Pedro Castellanos drove home Jagger Rusconi right before Edgar Corcino smashed one over the wall to add three.
* The second inning saw the Sox tack on five more runs to take a 9-0 lead. Ryan Fitzgerald grounded in to a force-out at second, allowing Tanner Nishioka to score, which was followed by a single from Castellanos that brought home Rusconi. Corcino continued his stellar outing with a double to right field, crossing Fitzgerald and Castellanos, and Garrett Benge pushed across Marcus Wilson with a sacrifice fly.
* Frederick got on the board in the third, making it 9-1.
* Castellano would cross home once again in the fourth off a Charlie Madden single, making it 10-1 in favor of the Sox. In that same inning, designated hitter Tanner Nishioka crushed one to left field for the second three-run homer of the night as Salem continued to pepper on the runs.

* A series of walks in the sixth inning allowed both Marcus Wilson and Garrett Benge to score, before a knock from Korby Batesole crossed Charlie Madden for the Sox's final run of the night.

*The Keys hit a solo homer in the top of the eighth, but ultimately fell to the Sox 16-2.

*Starter Enmanuel DeJesus earned the win, allowing seven hits, one run and zero walks while striking out three across six innings of work.

Standout Sox
* Enmanuel DeJesus: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
* Tanner Nishioka: 3-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI
* Edgar Corcino: 3-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI
* Pedro Castellanos: 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI

* Jagger Rusconi: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI

* Marcus Wilson: 1-for-3, 3 R

* Garrett Benge: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI

* Charlie Madden: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI


* Salem scored 16 runs, the most they have scored this season, and the most runs they have scored since they recorded 17 against Myrtle Beach on Aug. 16, 2014.

*Seven different Red Sox recorded hits, combining for 13 hits overall.

*Tanner Nishioka recorded his first home run of the 2019 season.
* The Sox closed out the first half with their fifth-straight win, their second-longest winning streak of the season.

What's Next
Pedro Castellanos, Ryan Fitzgerald, and Eduard Bazardo head to Frederick for the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Game on June 18.

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