The Wilmington Blue Rocks have been rolling lately with their six game winning streak but that streak was cut tonight after the Frederick Keys beat the Rocks 3-2 on Friday at Frawley Stadium.
Keys early production led them to the close win and the Rocks offense was silent until the seventh inning where the team scored two runs which was two runs short for a comeback win.
Big name in the game was right fielder Colby Rasmus who was at the Keys for a rehab stint before heading back to the Baltimore Orioles. Rasmus had two runs, two hits and one RBI in the win.
It all started in the top of the first inning where Frederick was first to get on the board with third baseman Collin Woody’s sacrifice fly that scored Colby Rasmus.
Both team’s offense were silent in the second inning but it was in the third inning where the Keys struck again.
This time it was Rasmus who hit a triple to center field that scored center fielder Ryan McKenna which made the score 2-0 in favor of the Keys.
Then the next batter up second baseman Preston Palmeiro ( the son of former Orioles player Rafael Palmeiro) hit a line drive single to right field which scored Rasmus to make the score 3-0 Keys lead.
Rocks starting pitcher Ofreidy Gomez did settle down after giving up the early inning runs going seven innings, nine hits, three runs, three earned runs, three walks and three strikeouts.
The problem was the offense was getting silenced by Keys starter Zac Lowther who went six innings, three hits, one walk and eight strikeouts.
The Rocks did not score their first and only runs till the seventh inning of the ball game.
In the bottom of the seventh inning had catcher Xavier Fernández double on a fly ball to left field which scored right fielder Kort Peterson to cut the Keys lead to 3-1.
The next Rocks batter up was first baseman Chase Vallot who also doubled on a fly ball but this time to right field which scored Fernández and cut Keys lead to 3-2.
Even though reliever Justin Camp threw two great innings of work with him giving up only one hit, the Rock offense were silenced by Keys bullpen and could not pull off the comeback win.
Rocks look to come back tomorrow and start a new winning streak as they face the Keys at home with the first pitch at 6:05 PM ET.