Keys left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez outdueled his counterpart Alec Asher as Rodriguez worked into the seventh inning with a no-hitter intact in a Keys 3-1 win on Wednesday night. With the win, accompanied by a Lynchburg loss, the Keys are tied for first place in the Carolina League.
Rodriguez, coming off of a tough outing his last time out, was magnificent going seven innings while allowing a run on three hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
The only runners to reach in the first six innings off of Rodriguez (2-2) were both on throwing errors. In the seventh inning with the no-hitter still intact, Pelicans shortstop Luis Sardinas legged out an infield hit to end the no-no bid. After allowing the run on three hits, Rodriguez finished the inning strong getting a fly out and a strikeout to end his evening.
Frederick grabbed the lead in the fourth inning when they finally got to Asher. After having the first ten men retired consecutively, shortstop Sammie Starr walked to start the rally. Third baseman Travis Adair then doubled moving Starr to third base. After a walk loaded the bases, designated hitter Zane Chavez singled sharply up the middle, scoring two runs to give the Keys a 2-0 lead.
Keys centerfielder Delvi Cid reached on an error and then later scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to up the advantage to 3-0.
Left-handed pitcher Trent Howard worked a scoreless two innings to put an end to the game notching his first save. The game was the shortest nine inning game of the year, played in two hours and 12 minutes. The victory is the fourth in their last five for the Keys.
Frederick is right back at it with an 11 a.m. series finale Thursday morning, May 2nd. On the hill with be right-hander Tyler Wilson. For tickets contact the Keys Box Office at 301-815-9939 or purchase online at frederickkeys.com.