The Frederick Keys had no answer for Jordan Cooper Friday night.
The Carolina Mudcats' starter silenced Frederick's bats over eight shutout innings, allowed just three hits, a walk and struck out eight batters, leading his team in a 10-2 blowout win.
In front of 6,128 at Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick spoiled Carolina's shutout bid in the ninth inning when Travis Adair singled through the right side, scoring Steve Bumbry, who drew a walk from Enosil Tejeda. Tejeda, who entered the game to start the ninth, then saw catcher Zane Chavez hit a sacrifice fly to left field that plated Mikey Planeta, who reached base on a fielding error by Mudcats shortstop Francisco Lindor.
Cooper's win was his first of the season and brought Carolina to 10-11 while Frederick fell to the same record.
In a four-run top of the fifth that sealed the Keys' fate Friday night, Carolina sent eight batters to the plate, the first four of whom reached base. Already trailing 4-0, Rodriguez walked Jerrud Sabourin to lead off the inning, Jordan Smith followed with a single and then designated hitter Jake Lowery drove a two-run double into the gap in left-center, knocking Rodriguez out of the game.
Charlie Valerio then singled off reliever Trent Howard, who gave up a pair of runs in the inning, the first coming on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bryson Myles and the second on Yhoxian Medina's groundout, which followed third baseman Justin Toole's double. When center-fielder Justin Naquin grounded out to end the inning, the Keys trailed 8-0.
Rodriguez's line Friday night ended at four innings pitched, allowing six hits, seven runs, five earned, walking five and striking out four. The loss was his second on the season. Howard pitched 2.1 innings and allowed three runs, just one of which was earned.
The Mudcats struck first Friday, scoring three runs in the second inning. After Lowery led the inning off with a walk, left fielder Myles doubled down the left field line, putting runners on second and third with one out. Toole then hit a grounder to shortstop Sammie Starr, who handled a bad hop but threw over first baseman Connor Narron's glove and out of play, scoring both Lowery and Myles. Naquin doubled home Toole two batters later to put Carolina ahead 3-0.
Another bad hop sent a grounder past Keys second baseman Adair in the third inning, catcher Charlie Valerio picking up an RBI single and putting the Mudcats ahead 4-0.
The Mudcats added a pair of runs in the seventh to take a 10-0 lead. Medina singled home Bryson Moore and Eric Beaulac's wild pitch allowed Toole home from third, putting Carolina into double digits.
Beaulac allowed one of his two inherited runners to score but held Carolina scoreless after that, pitching 1.2 innings.. Zach Fowler pitched a scoreless ninth for the Keys, who mustered just four hits and committed a season-high five errors in the field.
Chavez went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI, Bumbry went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored and Adair went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. Starr recorded the Keys other hit of the game, a single in the fourth inning. For Carolina, Medina went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Lowery finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Frederick, which has lost five of its last six games, will look to rebound Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Tyler Wilson starts for Frederick and Cody Anderson is slated to start for Carolina. For tickets to Saturday's game, visit FrederickKeys.com, call 301-815-9939 or purchase at the Harry Grove Stadium box office.
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