WILMINGTON, DE-The Frederick Keys defeated the Wilmington Blue Rocks in a five-inning, rain-shortened game 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Frawley Stadium. With the win, the Keys take the series against their First State rival and finish their final first-half roadtrip 3-3.
Wilmington (28-35) got their lone run in the second against Ofelky Peralta . Kort Peterson opened the frame with a single and advanced to third on a ground rule double by Chase Vallot following an 11-pitch at-bat. From there, Peterson scored on a wild pitch, before Peralta (2-6) struck out the side to end the inning.
In the fifth, the Keys (26-33) went ahead for good against Arnaldo Hernandez. Alejandro Juvier started the inning with a double down the rightfield line, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a single by Ryan McKenna through a drawn-in infield. One batter later, Preston Palmeiro slugged an RBI double to left-center to make it a 2-1 Keys advantage.
Peralta tossed a scoreless bottom of the fifth before play was stopped by umpires Isaias Barba and Matt Brown. Following a 22 minute delay, the game was called.
Sunday marked the second five-inning complete game of Peralta's career. Over five stanzas, he allowed one run on three hits to go with three walks and four strikeouts. Hernandez (6-4) took the loss, giving up two run on seven hits in five innings. He struck out five.
The Keys return to Nymeo Field on Monday, June 11 when the team begins a 10-game homestand, starting with five against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Left-hander Alex Wells (3-4, 3.99) starts for Frederick and will be opposed by Hillcats southpaw Sam Hentges (3-5, 3.95). First pitch is at 7:05 and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn app.
Homestand highlights include two shows of the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, Father's Day 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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