MYRTLE BEACH , SC -Adbert Alzolay delivered seven shutout innings to lead the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (39-26) to a 2-0 victory over the Frederick Keys (29-35) on Tuesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Park. The loss extends Frederick's losing streak to a season-high six games and moves the team six games below .500 for the first time this year.
Alzolay (6-1) was outstanding, tying a career-high with seven shutout innings. Surrendering five hits, the right-hander struck out six and walked two. He threw 85 pitches, 59 for strikes. The right-hander is now tied for third in the CL South in wins and has been victorious in three of his last five starts.
Pedro Araujo worked the final two innings to record his third save in five tries. Over that time he struck out four and walked one to send the Keys to their fifth shutout defeat of the year.
Myrtle Beach got on the board in the second against Ofelky Peralta . Eloy Jimenez opened the inning with a single. Peralta then bounced back, getting a pop out by Jesse Hodges and a strikeout of Eddy Martinez. From there, Peralta went to a full count against Matt Rose who doubled down the third baseline to score Jimenez from first.
The only run Peralta (0-5) gave up, the right-hander was hit with the loss. Over four innings he surrendered one run on three hits. Peralta walked two and struck out three.
In the eighth, the Pelicans added an insurance run courtesy of a solo home run by P.J. Higgins off Mario Alcantara . In the game Myrtle Beach was out-hit by the Keys 5-4, while the two sides went a collective 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Frederick and Myrtle Beach complete their series on Wednesday night at TicketReturn.com Field. Right-hander Cristian Alvarado (3-6, 7.07) makes the start for the Keys and will be opposed by Pelicans right-hander Thomas Hatch (1-6, 4.23). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m and can be heard on 1450 AM The Source, frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio App.
The Keys return to Nymeo Field on Thursday, June 15 when the Lynchburg Hillcats come to town. For tickets fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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