KINSTON, N.C. — For the second straight game, the Frederick Keys (28-33) were shut out 5-0 by the Down East Wood Ducks (45-18) on Sunday afternoon.
Down East’s Reid Anderson (3-2) pitched six scoreless innings while Francisco Villegas retired the final nine batters and struck out five in three innings. The loss extends Frederick’s losing streak to a season-high seven games as the Keys were winless on their road trip.
Michael Baumann (1-5) struggled in his second inning of work. After allowing two walks to lead off the frame, Tyler Depreta-Johnson singled in the game’s first run. Baumann than walked Eric Jenkins to load the bases for Yonny Hernandez, who knocked in two more to give the Mudcats a 3-0 lead.
The Keys’ best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning. With two outs in the inning, J.C. Escarra and Zach Jarrett tallied back-to-back base hits. Ryan Ripken then singled to center, but Jarrett was gunned down at third to end the inning before Escarra could score. The Keys have been shut out for 18 consecutive innings, the second longest streak of the season.
In the bottom of the frame, the Wood Ducks tallied two base hits and a walk to load the bases with one out. Baumann then walked in a run before he was relieved by Ryan Conroy, who also gave up a run on a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-0.
Baumann (1-4) was charged with all five runs. He walked five, gave up five hits and struck out four over 5 1-3 innings. Conroy allowed just a hit and two walks in 2 2-3 innings.
The Keys return home Monday to Nymeo Field to face the Carolina Mudcats for a three-game series.