Frederick Keys Game Notes 5-5-14

Good Evening Keys Fans!

The Keys tangle with the Potomac Nationals for the first time in 2014. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. from historical Pfitzner Stadium, and a fresh batch of game notes are below!

You can also catch tonight’s broadcast on 1450 AM The Source and on frederickkeys.com beginning at 6:45. The talented, affable and witty Doug Raftery will have all of the play-by-play for you.

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

                                   Monday, May 5, 2014 · Game #28 · Road Game #16

                                 Frederick Keys (12-15) vs Potomac Nationals (16-10)

                          RHP Jesse Beal (0-0, 4.41) vs. RHP Ian Dickson (0-2, 6.23)

HOW DO YOU KNOCK A PELICAN OFF ITS PERCH?: The Frederick Keys used outstanding starting pitching from Matt Taylor, as well as a pair of multi-run innings, to secure a 6-1 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Sunday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Park. The win enabled the Keys to earn a split over their Southern Division counterpart. Taylor was brilliant over seven shutout innings, scattering only three hits. At the plate, Lucas Herbst stayed hot, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs. On Monday, Frederick tangles with the Potomac Nationals for the first time in 2014.

LEFTY: Matt Taylor was lights-out for the Keys on Sunday night. In his sixth start of the season, the Georgian blanked Myrtle Beach for seven innings, allowing only three hits on the night. He walked two and struck out three. The start tied for the longest by a Keys pitcher this season (Branden Kline also has a pair of seven-inning starts under his belt), while it was Taylor’s deepest outing since August 15, 2013, when he tossed seven innings against Hagerstown. For his effort on Sunday, Taylor earned his third win, the most by a Keys pitcher this season. That mark is also good for second-best in the Carolina League. Additionally, the former Alabama Crimson Tide is third in the Carolina League in ERA (1.32) trailing only Carolina’s Ryan Merritt (1.19) and Potomac’s Brian Dupra (1.25).

HITMAN HERBST: Since being called up from Low-A Delmarva, Lucas Herbst has worn out opposing pitchers. In the series finale against the Pelicans, the Keys outfielder went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored, while he tied his career-high with three RBIs. The two-hit effort gave Herbst his sixth multi-hit game in 15 Carolina League contests. He also extended his hitting streak to eight games. During that time, he is hitting .375 (12-for-32) with three doubles and seven RBIs. This is the Californian’s first year at Advanced-A.

LET’S GO STREAKING!: Some of the longest hitting streaks in the Carolina League this season have belonged to members of the Keys. Jason Esposito’s 12-game streak came to a close on Saturday night, and is tied for the second-longest in the league this season (Salem’s Matty Johnson also hit in 12 straight). Right behind Esposito and Johnson is Glynn Davis, who hit .458 over an 11-game streak which stretched from April 3-14. Currently, the longest active streak on the team belongs to Lucas Herbst, who has hit safely in his last eight straight.

BULLPEN BLUES: Frederick’s bullpen ended April with a 4.40 ERA (90 IP/44 ER). Over the three games in May, the bullpen has allowed 13 runs in 10.2 innings (19.98 ERA). The slow May start can be largely attributed to a rocky outing on Thursday by Mychal Givens. Over 0.1 of an inning, the Floridian allowed seven runs. The seven runs eclipsed Givens’ previous career-high of six runs allowed in an outing. That occurred last season, when the righty surrendered six runs on five hits over just 0.2 of an inning. Prior to Thursday, Givens had issued only one earned run in 11 innings, and had scattered only four hits (entering Thursday’s action, opponents were hitting only .108 against him-the third-lowest mark in the CL at the time). On Friday, Miguel Chalas had two runs charged to him in 2.2 innings, and has now allowed at least one earned run in four of his last five appearances. On Saturday, Matt Hobgood allowed three earned runs for the second straight outing, while Lex Rutledge also surrendered a run over two innings of work.

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL:  Glynn Davis turned in his 13th multi-hit game of the year on Sunday night, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. The 13 multi-hit games paces the club. Next closest are Lucas Herbst (6) and Adrian Marin (6). Currently, Davis is second in the Carolina League in hitting (.365), (38) and runs scored (23).

PENA TO DL, HAUSER JOINS KEYS: On Tuesday, Jerome Pena was placed on the seven-day DL with a left wrist sprain. The move is retroactive to April 28. Taking his place on the roster is RHP Matt Hauser. Originally drafted by Minnesota out of the University of San Diego in 2010, Hauser was signed as a free-agent by Baltimore in mid-April. He spent each of the last four years as a Twins farmhand, reaching as High as Double-A. Splitting last season between New Britain and High-A Ft Myers, Hauser went 4-5 with a 5.09 ERA over 30 games.

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 played at the Advanced-A level prior to 2014.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander Ian Dickson makes his eighth appearance of the year, and his first start in the Carolina League. In seven games, he is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA. He last pitched on Thursday night at Winston-Salem. Over two innings, he allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out three. Despite making his first start on Monday, Dickson has pitched as many as five innings this season, tossing five frames of one-run baseball on April 18 at Lynchburg. Susceptible to the longball, the New York native has given up four home runs over 21.2 innings, tied for the most in the Carolina League this season. Originally a 35th round draft pick of the Cubs in 2011, Dickson split 2013 between two Low-A clubs (Kane County and Hagerstown). Over 27 games (13 starts), he went 7-5 with a 5.26 ERA over 101 innings. During that time, he showed a propensity for picking up the strikeout (103). Dickson was acquired from the Chicago Cubs last June in exchange for Nationals right-hander Henry Rodriguez (who was designated for assignment by Washington right before the trade took place). Selected by the Cubs out of Lafayette College, Dickson went 1-4 with a 7.00 ERA in two seasons with the Leopards. He did not play during the 2011 season due to injury.

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