The Keys could not take advantage of a strong start from RHP Dylan Bundy in the opener as the Keys fell in both ends of a doubleheader in Wilmington Saturday evening 1-0 and 2-1.
For the Keys they were coming off of a series in which they scored six runs or more four times in five games. But in Wilmington the Keys bats went cold against two tough starters Yordano Ventua and Greg Billo.
In Game One the Keys loaded the bases and failed to score in the first inning and put the first two runners on in the third inning but did not bring one home.
Bundy, making his second Carolina League start, was dominant at times, striking out seven batters while allowing just three hits in five innings. But in that fifth inning the Blue Rocks played small ball to grab the lead.
LF Roman Hernandez got an infield single on a groundball deep in the hole at shortstop. SS Mike Rooney fielded but slipped when trying transition to throw allowing Hernandez to reach. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second base with one out. C Juan Graterol then hit a skidding low line drive up the middle that Rooney got a glove on but could not secure. A second infield hit had put runners on the corners. Then SS Alex McClure put down a safety squeeze that brought home the lone run of the game.
In game two the Keys grabbed the lead on a Kipp Schutz RBI-single in the top of the fourth inning. The base hit was bobbled by right-fielder Geulin Beltre who fired in quickly. Schutz was caught off the bag and the base running gaffe took the steam out of the Keys rally.
Keys starter Kyle Simon, who had pitched well through three innings came unhinged, walking three batters in the bottom of the fourth inning. The final walk came with the bases loaded and two down to bring home Wilmington’s second run of the inning.
The Keys now look to salvage a ga,e of the three-game series as RHP Scott Copeland gets the starting nod Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1:35 p.m. with coverage beginning 20-minutes prior.
Frederick returns home for four days to take on the Potomac Nationals Monday, June 4th on Bark in the Park Night presented by Crossroads Animal Referral and Emergency. For tickets to the 7:00 p.m. game contact the Keys Box Office at 301-815-9939 or purchase online at frederickkeys.com.