LILLINGTON, N.C.-The Frederick Keys (7-15) collected just one hit in a shutout loss to the Buies Creek Astros (15-7) at Jim Perry Stadium on Friday night. The loss marked the second time on the road trip that they were one-hit in a game, and the sixth time the team has been shut out on the year.
Buies Creek took a lead in the first inning two batters into the game. Following a leadoff walk, Josh Rojas doubled to score a run. Two batters later, Chas McCormick singled to drive in Rojas and give the Astros a 2-0 lead.
In the third, McCormick drove in his second run of the game. Rojas hit his second of three doubles, and McCormick singled to push the Astros lead to 3-0.
The score remained 3-0 until the seventh. After Branden Kline walked his first batter of the year, Anibal Sierra stole second. Rojas then doubled in Sierra, finishing the scoring. The run was the first that Kline had allowed on the season.
Frederick's lone hit came off the bat of Jake Ring . He hit a single to left in the third, as the Keys managed just four baserunners. Ring reached on an error later in the game to go along with walks to Randolph Gassaway and Ryan McKenna .
Brian Gonzalez (0-2) took the loss. The left-hander produced a quality start, surrendering three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out one. Corbin Martin (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit over five innings. Brett Adcock earned his first save, firing four scoreless innings and striking out nine.
The Keys and Astros continue their series on Saturday night. Ofelky Peralta (1-1, 1.29) takes the mound for the Keys. He will be opposed by Jorge Alcala (0-3, 4.61) 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.
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