WILMINGTON, DE-A Chris Clare double gave the Frederick Keys a ninth inning lead that the team would not relinquish, in a 3-2 win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Sunday afternoon at Frawley Stadium. With the victory the Keys claimed the series over the Blue Crew, while the orange and black have now won four of their last five games.
With the game tied at two in the ninth, the Keys (12-18) broke the deadlock against Vance Tatum. With two outs, Alejandro Juvier singled to send up Clare. Working the count full, Clare doubled off the top of the left field fence to bring his teammate home.
Matt Trowbridge entered in the ninth and got into trouble, issuing a five-pitch walk to Kort Peterson before plunking Brandon Downes and Xavier Fernandez. Still, the left-hander got Chris DeVito to ground out and end the game.
Limited to two hits through their first seven innings by Gerson Garabito, the Keys fortunes turned in the eighth. Trailing 2-0, the visitors got a one-out double from Clare, before an infield single by Ryan McKenna and an error put runners at the corners. Tatum (0-1) bounced back with a strikeout, but back-to-back singles by Randolph Gassaway and a Jomar Reyes leveled the game.
Wilmington (13-16) tallied single markers in the third and fourth innings. A double by Angelo Castellano and a single by Gabriel Cancel got the home team on the board in the third, before doubles by Fernandez and DeVito made it a 2-0 game.
The Blue Rocks had a variety of other chances for runs in the game, but went 2-for-15 with men in scoring position and stranded 13 on base.
James Teague (1-1) earned the win for Frederick delivering two scoreless innings of one-hit baseball. Tatum allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in two frames in a losing effort. Trowbridge earned his first save working a scoreless bottom of the ninth.
The Keys return home on Monday night to take on the Lynchburg Hillcats. Right-hander Cristian Alvarado (3-2, 4.18) gets the ball for the Keys and will be opposed by Lynchburg left-hander Tanner Tully (1-2, 4.23). For tickets, fans can call the club at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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