WILMINGTON, Del. — The Frederick Keys were hindered by a four-run fourth inning and a strong outing by pitcher Brady Singer in a 6-1 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium.
Singer (4-2) was dominant, striking out a career-high 10 hitters over six scoreless innings to give Wilmington the series victory. Meanwhile, Frederick’s offense ended its scoreless streak at 25 2-3 innings with a run in the seventh inning.
Wilmington (23-16) jumped out early in the second inning thanks to a Brewer Hicklen RBI triple to right field. With the infield drawn in, Cristian Perez poked a single past second baseman Sean Miller to score Hicklen and give the Blue Rocks a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Keys pitcher DL Hall (1-2) struck out the first two hitters he faced, but things went south from there. MJ Melendez doubled and Nick Pratto launched back-to-back doubles to drive in a run and make it 3-0.
After the play, home plate umpire Raul Moreno quickly ejected Hall. Keys pitching coach Justin Lord and manager Ryan Minor came out to argue with Moreno, and Minor was eventually ejected as well.
Once play resumed, Seuly Matias doubled on the first offering from Cameron Ming, and Dennicher Carrasco put the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence to give Wilmington a 6-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Keys (18-20) put runners at first and third with one-out but failed to score.
In the sixth, after Cole Billingsley doubled for his third hit of the day, Reyes singled to put runners at first and third again. Singer buckled down and retired the next three, including a pair of strikeouts.
Austin Hays, with the team on a rehab assignment, finally ended the Keys’ scoreless-innings streak in the seventh when he scored Yeltsin Gudino on a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.