ZEBULON, NC-Held scoreless in their previous two games, the Frederick Keys offense came to life and crushed the Carolina Mudcats 12-1 on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium. Pounding out 12 hits, the orange and black posted their highest run total for a game this season and their biggest inning of the year. Frederick was also assisted by 11 Carolina walks.
Held scoreless over their previous 20 innings entering the game, the Keys (4-2) snapped the drought in the second. With one out, Braden Webb walked the bases loaded and Daniel Fajardo singled in two to make it a 2-1affair. Throwing 40 pitches in the second, Webb (0-1) would not make it through the inning.
Following a clean third, the Keys batted around in the fourth, scoring a season-high seven runs. With one out, seven straight Frederick hitters reached. With the bases loaded and one out, a wild pitch made it a 3-1 game. Fajardo then singled in two more, while Ryan McKenna (single) and Randolph Gassaway (double) each drove in two in the inning. In total, 11 men came to bat.
Frederick nearly batted around again in the seventh, adding two more runs. Loading the bases thanks to two walks and a hit-by-pitch, Chris Clare collected a sac-fly and Fajardo added a fifth RBI on a base knock to the right side. The Keys catcher finished 3-for-4 on the game and now has driven in six this year.
On the mound, Ofelky Peralta gave up one run in four innings, before turning things over to Steven Klimek . Working a season-high three innings, Klimek (2-0) earned his second win in as many outings. Holding Carolina (4-2) off the board, he walked one and struck out five.
Frederick native, Branden Kline , pitched the final two frames. He struck out four and did not allow a run.
Webb suffered the loss for Carolina. In 1.2 innings, the right-hander gave up two runs on two hits. Overall, Carolina used six pitchers, including position player, Cooper Hummel in the ninth.
The Keys conclude their seven-game roadtrip on Wednesday morning. Left-hander Alex Wells (0-0, 4.15) starts for the Keys and will be opposed by Mudcats right-hander Marcos Diplan (0-0, 4.76). First pitch is slated for 11:00 a.m and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app.
The Keys play their first home series starting on Thursday night against the Potomac Nationals. For ticket information, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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