ZEBULON, NC-Carolina Mudcats starter, Cam Roegner tossed six shutout innings and the Frederick Keys were limited to seven hits in a 5-0 setback on Monday night at Five County Stadium. After scoring 22 runs in the first three games, the orange and black have not plated a run in their last two games and have endured a scoring drought of 20 innings.
Making his Carolina League debut, Roegner (1-0) tossed six scoreless innings of five-hit baseball. The left-hander walked one and struck out six while throwing 83 pitches (57 strikes).
Carolina (4-1) got on the board in the second. With one out, Luis Aviles walked, stole second and advanced to third on a single by Max McDowell. That sent up Ryan Aguilar who hit a line drive to left. Cole Billingsley could not locate the ball and it rolled to the leftfield wall to make it 1-0.
Brian Gonzalez rebounded for the Keys (3-2) over the next two innings, but Carolina batted around in the fifth. After the left-hander recorded the first two outs, Jomar Reyes was charged with an error at third and a walk to Ronnie Gideon prompted a pitching change. Jhon Peluffo took over and allowed a base hit to Weston Wilson and a two-run single to Aviles to make it 3-0. From there, back-to-back walks forced in the fourth run of the game.
Three eighth inning singles completed the Mudcats scoring, while the bullpen duo of Miguel Sanchez and Chase Williams closed things out.
Gonzalez (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits in 4.2 innings. The southpaw walked two and struck out eight.
The Keys play the middle game of their series against Carolina on Tuesday night. Right-hander Ofelky Peralta (0-0, --) starts for the Keys and will be opposed by Mudcats right-hander Braden Webb (0-0, --). First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.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, April 12 against the Potomac Nationals. For ticket information, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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