KINSTON, NC-The Frederick Keys swept the Down East Wood Ducks in a doubleheader that took more than 6:30 hours to complete on Sunday at Grainger Stadium. Taking game two by a 9-8 score, the Keys needed 12 innings and 3 hours and 38 minutes to come away with a one-run victory, after winning game one 3-2. Thanks to the twinbill sweep, the Keys also earned a sweep of the three-game series and went 6-0 on the roadtrip. Frederick's current six-game win streak is the club's second-longest of the year.
In the 12th inning of game two, Frederick (51-56, 16-22) took the lead for good against Josh Altmann. Normally a position player, the right-hander came on for the fifth time after Locke St. John pitched the 11th. Starting with T.J. Nichting at second, Altmann (0-1) walked Cole Billingsley and then intentionally walked Preston Palmeiro after the count went to 2-0. From there, a wild pitch scored Nichting and Jomar Reyes added a two-run single to make it 9-6.
Down East (46-62, 11-27) pulled within one in the bottom of the 12th on a RBI singles by Josh Altmann and Yanio Perez off Francisco Jimenez . However, LeDarious Clark struck out and Brendon Davis flied out to deep rightfield to end the game.
Both sides exchanged a pair of runs in the 11th inning. With the bases loaded, Daniel Fajardo singled to center off St. John to plate two to make it 6-4, before a Davis double and a wild pitch by Jimenez (1-2) enabled Down East to force a 12th inning.
Each side exchanged a run in the eighth, after an Altmann two-run homer in the sixth tied the game. The Keys enjoyed a 3-1 lead through 5.5 innings. A Nichting single in the third scored Fajardo from second in the third inning, while Frederick received an RBI single from Fajardo and were assisted by an error in the fifth that led to a run.
Down East managed only a triple by Leody Taveras and an RBI groundout by Leblanc until the sixth.Jimenez earned the win, allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out five. Altmann was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on a hit in the 12th.
In game one, the Keys scored three times in the seventh to earn the win. With Nichting at first, Collin Woody singled to shallow right off Sal Mendez on a ball that landed between Leblanc and Altmann. That brought home Nichting from first. Woody moved to second on the throw home and came around on a double by Billingsley. One batter later, an error by Leblanc at second made it 3-1.
Down East put men at the corners in the seventh, after a Ricky Valencia double and a single by Andretty Cordero, by an RBI groundout was all that the Wood Ducks could muster against Tyler Erwin .
The Wood Ducks took the lead temporarily in the sixth on an RBI single by Altmann which scored Leody Taveras from third. Keys starter Zac Lowther (5.2 IP, 1R) and Woodies starter Rollie Lacy (5IP/0R) were locked in a pitcher's duel for most of the game.
Steven Klimek (3-2) earned the win for the Keys delivering 0.1 of an inning, while Mendez (1-1) suffered the loss. The southpaw gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits in two innings. Erwin allowed one run in the seventh to earn his 14th save.
Following a Monday off-day the Keys begin a three-game series with the Potomac Nationals on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Left-hander Alex Wells (4-6, 3.69) starts for the Keys. The game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn App. Homestand highlights include a Flying Dog Beer Dinner and Super Splash Day. For ticket information, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9900 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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