WILMINGTON, DE -Wilmington Blue Rocks (59-53/20-22) pitching walked seven batters, but the Frederick Keys (51-59/20-21) once again scuffled with men in scoring position in a 3-1 loss on Saturday night at Frawley Stadium. For the game the Keys were limited to just three hits.
Wilmington broke through in the second against Ofelky Peralta . With one out, Travis Maezes singled and advanced to third after back-to-back wild pitches. The second wild pitch also resulted in a walk of Jonathan McCray to put a pair on base for Colton Frabasilio. Owner of just two extra-base hits with the Blue Rocks, Frabasilio slugged a double over the head of Randolph Gassaway in left to score both runners.
In the fourth, Wilmington added its second run. Maezes advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home on a triple by Wander Franco that centerfielder Glynn Davis lost sight of in centerfield.
Blue Rocks starter Jace Vines (1-1) threw only 48 of his 91 pitches for strikes, but the right-hander completed five innings without allowing a run. The former Texas A&M product scattered three hits and struck out four to earn his first Carolina League win.
The Keys had a chance to tie the game in the eighth, but managed only one run. Justin Camp walked Shane Hoelscher and Jay Gonzalez , while Franco Terrero issued a third free ride to load the bases.
Gassaway hit a sac-fly to left to score Hoelscher which also moved Gonzalez and Ademar Rifaela into scoring position. From there, Terrero got Yermin Mercedes to fly out and end the threat. Frederick ended the night 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Peralta (2-9) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He walked four and struck out four. Terrero did not allow a run in his final 1.2 innings to post his fifth save.
The Keys and Blue Rocks conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Cristian Alvarado (6-8, 5.88) makes the start for Frederick and will be opposed by Wilmington right-hander Jared Ruxer (5-4, 3.20). First pitch is slated for 4:05 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source, frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio App.
The Keys return home on Tuesday, August 8 when the Winston-Salem Dash come to town. Homestand highlights include Cancer Awareness Night with a special jersey auction, Salute to the Orioles Night with a Jonathan Schoop Gnome giveaway and the final Meet the Team event of the year. For tickets fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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