Right-hander Sean Douglass struck out 12, breaking the Keys' season mark held by Baltimore Orioles prodigy Matt Riley, to lead Frederick to a 6-2 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats in a Class A Carolina League game last night before 8,211 at Harry Grove Stadium.
Douglass pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings to improve his record to 4-3. It was his second victory of the season over the Hillcats (20-21). Lyle Prempas (0-1) took the loss in his debut with the Hillcats.
"I threw well against them last time," Douglass said, "so I tried to throw the same and let them make the adjustments. Some pitches worked a little better than others tonight. I got most of my strikeouts on the curveball or the half-curve half-slider." Riley, a third-round draft pick of the Orioles, had 11 strikeouts on April 16 and again on May 8 for the Keys (20-21) before being promoted to Class AA Bowie.
The Hillcats yielded just three hits, but 10 walks proved costly.
BLUE ROCKS 6, CANNONS 3: After being shut out for eight innings, Wilmington scored two runs in the ninth and pushed four more across in the top of the 10th for the victory in front of 5,022 at Pfitzner Stadium.
After going hitless through nine innings, Blue Rocks leadoff hitter Mike Curry hit a high bouncer over a drawn-in infield, scoring two runs to give Wilmington a 4-2 lead and extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Two batters later Brandon Berger took advantage of the drawn-in infield with a chopper over shortstop, scoring two more runs. It was Berger's second and third RBI of the game and his 16th in the past five games.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first seven innings as both starting pitchers dominated. The Blue Rocks' Todd Thorn held Potomac to two hits through seven innings but after surrendering a hit and a walk in the eighth, he was relieved by John Thompson. Cannons center fielder William Ortega greeted Thompson with a two-run double off the wall in left-center field, giving Potomac a 2-0 lead.
Wilmington came right back with Berger hitting an RBI triple and then scoring on a wild pitch from reliever Jason Marr to force the game into extra innings.
Despite a brilliant performance by both Potomac starter Robert Smith (seven innings, no runs, three hits, five strikeouts) and Thorn, neither pitcher figured in the decision.
-- Mike Mattix