WILMINGTON, DE -The Frederick Keys (51-58/20-20) earned their first win at Frawley Stadium in 2017, posting a 5-0 victory over the Wilmington Blue Rocks (58-53/19-22) on Friday night. It was the Keys fourth shutout win of the year. In the contest, six different Frederick players tallied multi-hit games.
The orange and black recorded single markers in three of their first five innings. In the first, Ademar Rifaela reached on a hit by pitch, while a walk and a base hit by Yermin Mercedes loaded up the bases for Jomar Reyes . He hit a sacrifice fly to right which made it 1-0 Keys.
In the fourth, back-to-back singles by Glynn Davis and Chris Clare set up runners at the corners. Drew Turbin then got a bunt down which enabled Davis to score. One inning later, Mercedes hit a solo homer off Scott Blewett to make the Keys lead a field goal.
Keegan Akin tossed the first four innings and did not allow any runs while scattering four hits. Giving way to Luis Gonzalez and Tanner Chleborad , the Frederick bullpen duo allowed only two hits in the final five innings and retired the final 12 batters they faced. Gonzalez (4-2) posted three scoreless innings to earn the victory and Chleborad tallied his 15th save.
Blewett (5-9) was hit with the loss, surrendering three runs on nine hits in five innings. It was his third straight loss to the Keys.
Frederick added two more runs in the ninth. An error by Nick Heath in rightfield allowed Mercedes to reach second to start the inning. Reyes then singled and Heath was charged with a second error enabling Mercedes to score and Reyes to take second. Davis followed with an RBI two-bagger to make it 5-0.
Mercedes (3-for-5) and Davis (3-for-5) led the charge offensively while the former also scored two runs.
The Keys and Blue Rocks meet up for the third game of the series on Saturday night. Right-hander Ofelky Peralta (2-8, 5.73) starts for Frederick against Wilmington right-hander Jace Vines (0-1, 6.52). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on MAX Country 93.5/100.5 FM, 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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