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Carolina totals season high 17 hits in 9-4 loss to Frederick

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Aug, 19 2017, 11:10 PM

Luis Aviles hit a solo home run in the fourth, Cooper Hummel and Max McDowell both went 3-for-5 and Monte Harrison totaled three hits in a game for the third straight night, but the Mudcats fell 9-4 in game two of a three game series versus the Keys on Saturday night at Five County Stadium.

The Mudcats (61-63, 25-31) received multi-hit games from six different players while totaling a season high 17 hits in Saturday’s loss to the visiting Keys (58-65, 27-27). Frederick homered three times in the game and, with the victory, managed to even the series at a game apiece before Sunday’s rubber game in Zebulon.

Ademar Rifaela led the way for the Keys after going 3-for-5 with four runs, a two-run home run and two RBIs. Rifaela fell a triple shy of the cycle and his two-run homer in the fifth was his league leading 23rd of the season. Yermin Mercedes and Chris Clare also hit home runs for the Keys, with Mercedes’ homer coming in the eighth and Clare’s in the ninth.

Rifaela got things started for the Keys with a double and a run in the first off Carolina’s starter Conor Harber. Glynn Davis later drove in two with a run scoring triple in a three run Frederick third as the Keys took a 4-0 lead.

Harber (3-9, 5.60) allowed the four early runs on five hits over the first three innings and finished his start with six runs allowed on six hits over five innings pitched. He also allowed Rifaela’s home run in the fifth and finished with a walk and two strikeouts in the loss.

Trey Supak followed Harber and ended up working through the final four innings of the game with three runs (two earned) allowed on three hits. Supak allowed two home runs (Mercedes in the eighth and Clare in the ninth) in his appearance, giving him a Carolina League high 12 home runs allowed since May 31.

The Mudcats were down 4-0 after the third, but came back with a run in the fourth when Aviles hit a solo home run to right. The Keys then answered with Rifaela’s home run in the fifth while taking a 6-1 lead. Hummel later drove in Corey Ray with a two-out single, but Mercedes homered in the eighth to put Frederick up 7-2. Ray later drove in two with a single to center in the eighth, but the Keys came back with two more in the ninth and held on for the 9-4 victory.

Reid Love started for the Keys and allowed just one run on nine hits over six innings while earning the victory. Love (4-4, 3.64) also struck out six and walked one in the victory. Relievers Luis Gonzalez and Mike Burke followed Love and combined to work through the final three frames while sealing the Frederick victory. Gonzalez allowed three runs on five hits over an inning and 1/3, but Burke held Carolina scoreless over an inning and 2/3.

The Mudcats finished the game with 14 men left on, including three in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth. Carolina also had at least two hits in all but two innings in Saturday’s home loss to the Keys.

UP NEXT: The Mudcats and Keys will wrap up both the current three game series and their overall season series on Sunday at Five County Stadium. The Keys lead the overall season series 9-8, but the current series is tied at 1-1 with Sunday’s game acting as the rubber game. The game will air on the Mudcats Radio Network, The Big Dawg 98.5 FM and online at carolinamudcats.com via TuneIn Radio. The game will also stream live via video on MiLB.tv.

web_editor : Marilyn Payne