Blue Rocks pound out a season-high 18 hits in route of Keys
Sturge Nails Down Win & Club Snaps Road-Losing Streak
Frederick, MD--- A night after an 11-run loss in the series opener to the Frederick Keys on Monday, the Wilmington Blue Rocks produced a season-high 18 hits in a 13-2 win over the Keys on Tuesday night at Harry Grove Stadium. The win put an end to Wilmington's six-game losing streak on the road.
The Rocks scored in six straight innings, starting in the second inning against losing pitcher Fredy Deza (3-7). In the second, Scott White drove in Wilmington's first run with a triple to centerfield and he scored on a single by Zach Borowiak.
The Keys scored both of their runs in the bottom of the second inning against starting pitcher Tommy Hottovy. Hottovy allowed two earned runs on two hits over three innings of work.
The Rocks broke the game open by scoring four runs in the third inning. Matt Van Der Bosch, who went 3-for-4 with three singles and two walks on the night, drove in two runs with a two-out single. Chad Spann then came through with a run-scoring single to give Wilmington a 7-2 advantage.
Deza went two and two-thirds innings and allowed six earned runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out two.
In the fourth inning, Dusty Brown led off the inning with his fourth home run of the season against Frederick reliever Richard Salazar. It was his third of the season against Frederick.
Wilmington added two runs in the fifth and sixth innings on a two-run double by Ian Bladergroen and a two-run home run by Scott White in the sixth.
The Rocks had eight extra-base hits in the game and every starter in the lineup except Iggy Suarez had at least one hit.
Justin Sturge (2-1) entered in the fourth inning and tossed four innings of one-hit shutout baseball to pick up the win. Sturge allowed a one-out single to Mario Delgado in the fifth inning and then got the next hitter to hit into an inning-ending double play. He faced the minimum 12 hitters during his longest outing of the season with the Blue Rocks.
Michael James, who was added to the roster on Monday from Single-A Greenville (SAL), made his Wilmington debut out of the bullpen and worked two scoreless innings to close out the game.
Van Der Bosch, Jeff Ontiveros, and Bladergroen each had three hits apiece in the win for the Blue Rocks, who have won five of their last six.
The two teams play their series finale on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Luis Mendoza makes his first start since being claimed back off of waivers by the San Diego Padres. The Keys, who have lost four of their last five, counter with Adam Loewen (5-7, 3.94).
Game Notes: The Rocks are 5-10 this season against the Keys with five regular-season games remaining between the two clubs.
The Blue Rocks are 4-12 on the road during the second half of the season after Tuesday's win.
Wilmington scored five of their runs with two outs in an inning against Frederick.
Bladergroen has hit safely in eight of his last 10.
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