Game Notes 4-16-14

Good Morning Keys Fans!

Enjoy brunch with the Keys this morning, as Frederick and Winston-Salem play a doubleheader following a rain-out last night.

To get you ready I’ve attached some game notes below.

Talk soon and shake your keys!

Geoff

Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 · Game #12/#13 · Road Game #5/#6

Frederick Keys (3-8) vs Winston-Salem Dash (4-7)

Game 1: LHP Matt Taylor (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Brad Goldberg (0-1, 8.64)

     Game 2: RHP Jesse Beal (0-0, 6.14) vs RHP Bryan Blough (0-0, 2.45)

DANCING IN THE RAIN:Mother Nature was not so kind on Tuesday night, as the Keys and the Winston-Salem Dash were postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a rare Wednesday morning twinbill at BB&T Ballpark. Both games will be seven innings in length, with a break of approximately 30 minutes in between games. This is the Keys first doubleheader of the 2014 season.

FREE BASEBALL DOESN’T MEAN FUN BASEBALL:Playing for a series-split with Lynchburg, the Keys forced extra-innings, but a sac-fly by Kyle Wren in the 12th allowed the Hillcats to prevail 5-4 on Monday night. The defeat ended a difficult homestand, where Frederick went just 1-6, and was swept by the Carolina Mudcats in three straight games. Monday’s loss also dropped the Keys to 0-2 in extra-inning games this season (with the first defeat also coming to the Hillcats on April 4 at City Stadium).

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: Frederick may only be 11 games into the season, but five have been decided by one run. Sadly, the Keys have not won any of them. That 0-5 mark is the worst in the Carolina League, while Wilmington (0-4) is the only other club yet to win a one-run game. On the other side of the coin, Lynchburg is a perfect 4-0 in games decided by a single tally, with all four of those triumphs coming at Frederick’s expense. This season, the Dash are 2-2 in one-run games.

THE TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN: On Tuesday afternoon, the Keys roster received a bit of a shakeup. Outfielder Trent Mummey and infielder Michael Mosby were both released, while infielder Jerome Pena was activated from the seven-day disabled list and outfielder Lucas Herbst was promoted from Low-A Delmarva. In seven games with Frederick this season, Mummey hit .182 (4-for-22) with a run scored. Mosby was 0-for-12 at the plate in three games. As for Herbst, he was hitting .250 (3-for-12) with two RBIs over four games with the Shorebirds.

DON’T MESS AROUND WITH GLYNN: Arguably the hottest hitter in the Carolina League, Glynn Davis recorded a hit for the 11th straight game on Monday-the longest streak in the Carolina League this season. Finishing 1-for-4, the outfielder’s start has been something to behold. He currently paces all Advanced-a hitters with a.458 batting average, 18 points higher than his next closest competition. Meanwhile, he leads the Carolina League in hits (22) and runs scored (13). Additionally, Davis is tied for the lead in total bases (28), is second in on-base percentage (.490) and is fourth in slugging percentage (.583). Despite an all-around great start, Davis was not named Carolina League Player of the Week-an honor that went to Joey Gallo of Myrtle Beach.

SPEAK SOFTLY, AND CARRY A BIG STICK: Keys catcher Wynston Sawyer continued his hot stretch of hitting on Monday. After going 2-for-3 on Friday night, the San Diego native went 3-for-4 on Monday with a home run, a double, an RBI and a run scored. In the process, it moved his batting average up to a season-high .233. The three hits also tied a career-high for Sawyer, who most recently accomplished the feat on April 11, 2013 as a member of the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds. Of Sawyer’s seven hits this season, four (three doubles and a homer) have gone for extra-bases.

GOING LONG: After failing to homer in six games at Harry Grove Stadium, the Keys finally recorded their first longballs at home on Monday night. Wynston Sawyer got things started with a monster shot to left, before Brenden Webb followed suit in the third with a deep fly to right. Prior to the game, the Keys had hit only one home run as a club through 10 games-a two-run shot by Michael Burgess on April 6 at Lynchburg. Currently, Frederick is tied for last in the league in longballs with Winston-Salem and Wilmington. Potomac leads all CL clubs with nine home runs on the season.

THAT’S QUALITY: After two rocky outings to open the season, Parker Bridwell turned in his best Carolina League start on Monday night. Tossing a season-high six innings, the right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits, while he walked one and struck out four. All three runs came across in the sixth. It was his first quality start of the season, and the fourth by a member of the Keys starting rotation this year.

FREDERICK VS WINSTON-SALEM 2013: The Dash controlled the 2013 season series, winning 12 of the 20 meetings. Still, the games were often close. Of the 20 matchups, half were decided by two runs or less, while six came down to only one run. To add a little more excitement, this year’s Winston-Salem team is skippered by former Frederick manager Tommy Thompson. From 2007-08, he posted a 97-96 record, while he led the 2007 Keys to the club’s third Mills Cup title.

NAME THAT PUJOLS!: Luis Pujols becomes the 20th manager in Keys history, after spending 2013 as the skipper at Low-A Delmarva. He takes the reins from Ryan Minor, who went 61-78 in his lone season as Frederick’s head man. The cousin of Angels star, Albert Pujols, the 58-year-old has considerable experience as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. Since spending nine years as a big league catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas, Pujols has worked as a bench/first base coach for Montreal (1993-00) and San Francisco (2003-06), while he served as interim manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. He has also managed for Double-A affiliates in the Detroit and Houston systems.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis have played at the Advanced-A level.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Brad Goldberg makes his third start of the season on Wednesday and his first against Frederick. Rated the No. 28 prospect in the White Sox system according to Baseball America, Goldberg last pitched on Thursday at Salem and received a no-decision. Over 4.1 innings, he allowed six runs on eight hits. He walked two, hit two batters and struck out three. In 2013, Goldberg made stops in Great Falls of the Pioneer League, Low-A Kannapolis and Advanced-A Winston-Salem. Over 16 combined games (all out of the bullpen), he went 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA. In only two relief appearances with the Dash last season he went 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA (5.2 IP/2ER). Selected by Chicago in the 10th round of the 2013 draft out of Ohio State, Goldberg began his college baseball career at Coastal Carolina in 2009. However he transferred to OSU after the 2010 season. After sitting out all of 2011 on account of NCAA transfer rules, the right-hander missed all of 2012 when some of his Coastal Carolina credits did not transfer and he was ruled academically ineligible. Finally getting his chance in 2013, Goldberg shined, going 6-1 with a 2.99 ERA. He was signed for a reported $10,000. Goldberg’s signature pitch is a power sinker which will sit in the low-mid 90s and can top out at 96 mph. He also throws a curve (75-78), slider (82-84) and a changeup.

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