FREDERICK, MD-Cristian Alvarado worked a season-high 7.1 innings, but the Wilmington Blue Rocks scored early to take the series finale 3-2 on Thursday night at Nymeo Field. With the setback, Wilmington claimed three in the four-game series.
Alvarado (8-7) allowed all three runs over the first two innings before locking in for the rest of the game. Blake Perkins doubled to begin the game, moved to third on a sac-bunt and scored on a sac-fly to left by Gabriel Cancel.
One inning later, Perkins made it 3-0 game. After the Blue Rocks (42-47, 11-8) put two on base, a fielder's choice and a throwing error by Jomar Reyes put men at second and third for Wilmington. Two batters later, Perkins stroked a two-run single.
Following the second, Alvarado faced only one batter over the minimum for the rest of his start. Despite suffering the loss, the right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings. He walked one and struck out four while throwing 96 pitches (66 strikes).
Frederick (40-51, 5-17) plated single markers in the second and fifth innings. With two outs in the second, Cole Billingsley walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Jake Ring RBI single. Three innings later, Wilson Garcia slugged his 17th home run to left off Cristian Castillo.
Earning the victory, Castillo (4-5) worked three innings of one-run relief and scattered four hits. Julio Pinto tallied the save tossing a scoreless ninth.
The Keys make a quick four-game roadtrip to Potomac starting on Friday night. Right-hander Michael Baumann (4-2, 4.09) starts for Frederick. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m from Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app.
Frederick returns home for six games starting next Wednesday, July 18 when the Down East Wood Ducks and Blue Rocks come to town. Highlights include Geekend and a pair of fireworks shows. For tickets, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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