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Sunday, May 19, 2013
HOKIE HIGH: Most everybody Steve Bumbry knew at Virginia Tech is out of school by now and either playing pro ball or working. But that didn't stop him from having a little fun on this return trip to Southwest Virginia.
The ex-Hokie hit a long home run and delivered an RBI single in Frederick's three-run ninth inning, helping the Keys rally past Salem 6-4 on Sunday at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
"I really enjoy playing here," said Bumbry, an outfielder who starred at Tech from 2007-09. "I always play well at Salem. Any time I can get back to Tech and just be around the campus, I enjoy it."
A BIT OF PAYBACK: Bumbry, drafted by the Orioles in the 12th round in '09, has spent parts of three seasons in the Carolina League. He was batting ninth Sunday but muscled up for a two-run shot in the fourth inning and finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
The big performance came one day after he struck out swinging against fellow Tech alum Matt Price.
"That was tough," Bumbry said with a smile. "Conditions weren't fun for either of us, but it was fun getting to see him throw again. I think he humped up against me to try to blow it by me, and he got me that time. But I'll be ready next time I see him."
NO BROOMS, AGAIN: For the second straight series, the Sox (19-22) were three outs away from securing a sweep. They got it neither time.
Zane Chavez's RBI double off reliever Nate Striz tied the game at 4-4, and a two-out infield single by Travis Adair drove in the go-ahead run. Bumbry roped a single to right to provide the final margin.
TRYING TO FIND IT: Striz allowed three runs on four hits in his one inning of work. After posting a 2.13 ERA in April, Striz has been saddled with losses in three of his past four appearances.
"His stuff just hasn't been as good as it was earlier," Salem manager Billy McMillon said. "I think this is just one of those bumps in the road he's got to just kind of grind through and work through. His preparation and everything has been good; we just haven't seen the quality of execution that we want."
ON DECK: The Sox are off today before opening a three-game home set with Winston-Salem at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, with Salem RHP William Cuevas (1-4, 6.60) facing Dash RHP Chris Bassitt (4-1, 3.25).
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