Keys fall to Blue Rocks, 2-1, before record crowd of 10,319 Frederick's offense stalls as 11 runners are left on

Minor Leagues

August 16, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

FREDERICK WIRE REPORTS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS ARTICLE. — FREDERICK -- An eighth-inning single by Alejandro Prieto knocked home the decisive run as Wilmington overcame five errors to beat the Frederick Keys, 2-1, last night before a Grove Stadium record crowd of 10,319.

The victory enabled the Blue Rocks (31-21) to hold onto first place in the Single-A Carolina League's Northern Division and prevented a four-game sweep by Frederick (28-22).

Singles by Donovan Delaney and Al Shirley preceded Prieto's game-winner against Sidney Ponson (6-5).

It was a frustrating game for the Keys, who left 11 runners on base and had two runners tagged out at the plate in the bottom of the eighth.

Mike Wolff tried to score by going two bases after a passed ball and was retired by winner Matt Saier (8-8). Rick Short was thrown out trying to score on a foul pop to the first baseman.

"We still have five games left against them," said Keys manager Carlos Garcia. "Hopefully, we can still be close when we get to them in the last series.

"We're going on the road for seven games with teams we haven't been real successful against [10-20 record against Durham and Winston-Salem]."

The teams traded unearned runs in the fifth, with Wilmington scoring without a hit.

A walk to Matt Smith, a passed ball charged to Jim Foster and two ground outs pushed the Blue Rocks ahead 1-0.

The Keys countered with a two-out rally launched by Carlos Akins' double. Sergio Nunez then booted Lincoln Martin's potential inning-ending grounder and Akins scored. Johnny Isom singled, but Eric Chavez struck out.

Ponson checked Wilmington on three hits through seven innings and all three runners reached scoring position without scoring.

Frederick had even better opportunities. Martin tripled with one out in the first but was stranded, and a throwing error put Keys at first and third with one out in the fifth before Saier struck out the next two batters.

Suns 10, Bats 0: Craig Wilson's grand slam off Brien Taylor sparked a seven-run first, helping host Hagerstown rout Greensboro.

Taylor, the top pick in the amateur draft by the Yankees in 1991, gave up the seven runs, six of them earned, in one-third of an inning.

The Suns' Mike Johnson pitched a three-hit shutout.

Pub Date: 8/16/96

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