FREDERICK, MD-A trio of home runs helped the Buies Creek Astros (66-50, 29-18) defeat the Frederick Keys (55-62, 20-28) 6-4 on Friday night despite a late comeback effort. Continuing his Major League rehab assignment, Craig Gentry went 1-for-5 with a single and three strikeouts.
Trailing 6-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Keys were looking for a comeback. Randolph Gassaway started the frame with a double, and Collin Woody reached on an error. A single from Cole Billingsley scored Gassaway and brought up pinch hitter Wilson Garcia. Garcia tagged a ball to righ-center field, but Jacob Meyers leapt at the wall to make the catch. After Alejandro Juvier was hit by a pitch, T.J. Nichting reached on an error that allowed another run to score. With the bases loaded and the score 6-4, Gentry struck out to end the game.
Two batters into the game, the Astros took a 2-0 lead. Corey Julks led off the game and reached on an error by Jomar Reyes . The next batter was J.J. Matijevic, who launched a two-run home run to right field.
The Keys would tie the game in the third inning. Nichting worked a one-out walk. Following a Gentry strikeout, Preston Palmeiro hit an RBI double to left-center field. Gassaway followed with double to center field to score Palmeiro and make it 2-2.
Buies Creek got those two runs back in the next half inning. Seth Beer hit his first Carolina League home run on a ball that barely got over the left field fence. Two batters later, Orlando Marquez hit his first CL home run to push the lead to 4-2.
In the ninth, the Astros added a pair of runs. Beer recorded a leadoff double while Chuckie Robinson followed with a walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and eventually scored on a Cody Bohanek single which made it 6-2.
Enoli Parades (3-1) earned the win. He fired two scoreless innings of relief. Cristian Alvarado (10-9) took the loss. The right-hander tossed six innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on just four hits, including three home runs. He walked one and struck out eight. Finishing the final four innings, Tyler Ivey earned his first save. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five.
The Keys and Astros continue their series on Saturday night. Left-hander Alex Wells (5-7, 3.68) takes the mound for the Keys. He will be opposed by right-hander Abdiel Saldana (8-2, 3.54) for the Astros. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For tickets, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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