FREDERICK, MD-Behind a great pitching performance from Alex Wells , the Frederick Keys defeated the Carolina Mudcats 2-1 on Friday night at Nymeo Field. The left-hander produced his fourth straight quality start and struck out eight.
Wells (7-7) fired six innings of one-run baseball, scattering five hits and walking two in the process. Over his last seven starts, the Australian native has a 4-1 record with a 2.21 ERA and has struck out 38.
The Keys (61-67, 26-33) scored their first run in the top of the first inning. With one out, Randolph Gassaway launched his fourth home run of the year to give the Keys a 1-0 lead.
In the third, Frederick added to their lead. As part of a three-hit game, Cole Billingsley singled to right field. After a wild pitch moved Billingsley to scoring position, Wilson Garcia brought him home with an RBI single.
The lone Mudcats (59-69, 25-33) run came in the fourth inning. Ryan Aguilar hit a two-out solo home run to right field off of Wells. Carolina would threaten in the sixth, loading the bases, but the Wells earned a strikeout of Dillon Thomas to end the threat.
Carolina put the tying run at third base in the ninth inning, but Matt Trowbridge earned a strikeout of Devin Hairston to preserve the 2-1 victory. It was the second save for Trowbridge on the year.
The two teams continue their series on Saturday night. The Keys send right-hander Michael Baumann (7-4, 4.13) to the mound against Mudcats right-hander Bowden Francis (0-2, 7.84). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For tickets, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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