Final 19 Keys Batters Retired Consecutively
FREDERICK, MD – After Wilmington took a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning, the Blue Rocks flipped a switch and went into shutdown mode, not allowing another base runner to Frederick the rest of the game, as they claimed a 5-4 victory over the Keys at Harry Grove Stadium.
In total, Wilmington retired the final 19 batters in a row as Frederick was demonstrating a lesson in futility against the likes of Blue Rocks starter Andy Ferguson and reliever Edwin Carl.
The Keys led 4-3 in the third inning after Steve Bumbry doubled in two runs, but the Keys bats were stymied from that point on by Blue Rocks pitching, dropping Frederick’s record to 28-29 and 1.5 games out of first place Wilmington, who improves to 30-28.
Keys starter Tim Berry takes the loss Frederick after going 3 2/3 innings and giving up five earned runs on seven hits, three walks while collecting one strikeout.
No runs were scored after the fourth inning, as all the action took place in the early stages of the game.
Wilmington took the lead first just one batter into the game when Orlando Calixte led off the game with a solo home run against starter Tim Berry. After singles from Lane Adams and Cheslor Cuthbert put two runners on, Nick Van Stratten singled in the second run with two outs.
The Keys tied the score in the second, plating two runners with two outs in the inning. With two down, new call-up Torsten Boss was hit by a pitch to get on base, which was followed by a Mike Flacco double which enabled Boss to score the Keys first run. A single from Garabez Rosa scored Flacco, equaling the score at two.
Wilmington would strike back in the third to take a 3-2 lead, but Bumbry had an answer. With runners on second and third and two outs, Bumbry lined a pitch in the left-centerfield gap to give Frederick a 4-3 lead. Little did they know that would be their final batter to reach base.
After Bumbry gave the Keys the lead, Wilmington responded again, scoring twice in the fourth lead 5-4. Guelin Beltre led off the inning with a home run to tie it. The next batter, Jose Bonilla, would walk to get on first. After a successful sacrifice from Angel Franco put Bonilla in scoring position, Calixte hit a double to bring him home, putting Wilmington on top 5-4.
With the Keys failing to produce a base runner from that point onwards, they could not come back, eventually falling 5-4.
The Keys will look to rebound in Wednesday night as RHP Tyler Wilson (6-6, 4.04 ERA) takes the mound for Frederick against RHP Matt Ridings (6-1, 2.25 ERA) of Wilmington.
First pitch is scheduled for 7 PM and live coverage starts on 1450-AM The Source at 6:40.