FREDERICK, MD., JULY 26 -- A lack of clutch hitting did in the Frederick Keys as they dropped a 6-2 decision to the Peninsula Pilots tonight at Harry Grove Stadium.
The Keys collected 10 hits against Peninsula's Mark Czarkowski (5-3), but also stranded 10 base runners to drop their second straight at home. Meanwhile, the light-hitting Pilots (.226 team average) made good use of their 10 hits, scoring six times against three pitchers, including starter Oswald Peraza (0-2).
The Keys started off well in the first. Roy Gilbert led off the game with a single and moved to third on a fielder's choice and a single by Mike Lehman. Tim Holland drove in Gilbert for his team-leading 46th RBI and the Keys led, 1-0.
Peninsula responded with two runs in the second. With one out, Brett Boone singled to center and moved to second when Peraza hit Jimmy Campanis with a pitch. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, then scored as Jorge Robles lined a double beyond the reach of third baseman Holland.
Czarkowski came up with big pitches when he needed them. He stranded two runners in the first, retiring Ed Horowitz on a groundout to end the inning. With runners in scoring position in the third and fourth innings, he struck out Holland and Don Kessinger.