Good Morning From The Best Western
Happy Saturday Keys Fans!
I hope everyone is doing well, and that you’re all enjoying KeysFest this afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium. Still plenty of time to get over and check it out, as the event runs until 2 p.m. And the best part is, the it’s FREE!! So come on out and get excited for the start of the home schedule on Tuesday.
Doug Raftery and myself wish we could be there, but we are both with the team in Lynchburg. After a great performance by Branden Kline on opening night, Parker Bridwell struggled, walking six over four innings. The offense picked him up, as the Keys took the lead in the top of the eighth, but Lynchburg was able to force extra innings after an RBI single by Kyle Wren in the home ninth. Going to extras, the Hillcats put two aboard in the 10th against Matt Price before Jose Castro singled home the winning run.
The Hillcats and Keys each had their chances, but neither side performed well with runners in scoring position. Frederick finished 3-for-11 while Lynchburg was 4-for-19 with 10 men left on base. Those numbers will need to improve, but they are little surprise over the first month, as hitters try and get their timing back, and get to know the league’s pitchers.
That being said, Creede Simpson has had no problems so far. In his first season with the Keys, the former Auburn Tiger is 4-for-10, and is tied for the CL lead with three doubles.
On the pitching side, Jesse Beal looked terrific on Friday. First out the bullpen, he attacked the strike zone while tossing three innings of two-hit, no-run baseball. Former 1st rounder Matt Hobgood was also very sharp on opening night. In two shutout innings he struck out a pair and showcased a tight breaking ball.
While we’re on the topic of pitching, the BIG NEWS out Lynchburg today, and it is worthy of all caps: BRANDEN KLINE WILL START THE HOME OPENER ON TUESDAY NIGHT!!!! For Kline it will be his second start of the season, after allowing one run over five innings in the opener.
Talking with Kline on the pregame show yesterday, he said he wasn’t expecting “too many” people at his first start. However, I’ll go out on a limb and say he’ll get a nice surprise on Tuesday. Who knows, maybe the righty will get an entire cheering section. I’ll even suggest “Kline Krazies” as a possible section name. That being said, if you can do better, it might be worthy of an on-air mention. Doug and myself like creativity.
Alright folks, back to game-prepping. Make sure to tune into the broadcast tonight at 5:45 p.m. when Doug and myself will have the pregame show on 1450 AM The Source. First pitch is scheduled for 6: 05 p.m. Lefty Matt Taylor takes the mound for Frederick and Wes Parsons throws for Lynchburg.
Enjoy KeysFest and Shake Your Keys!