Keys Update 5-11-14
Good morning Keys fans and happy Mother’s Day!
As a result of Saturday night’s rain-induced suspension, we will pick up last night’s game against the Winston-Salem Dash in the bottom of the fifth inning at 1:00 this afternoon followed by today’s scheduled game, which has been reduced to seven innings. The forecast calls for a beautiful afternoon so come on out and celebrate Mother’s Day with a little baseball!
The Keys will have only 4.2 innings to mount a comeback in the opener of today’s doubleheader. Dash starting pitcher Francellis Montas struck out six Keys, allowing zero earned runs before play was suspended. Keys starter Joe Van Meter, making his first appearance with the team, was pulled after 3.2 innings, where he allowed two runs off of three hits and four walks. He was relieved by right-hander Mark Blackmar who pitched 1.1 innings, giving up one run off five hits before the rain came pouring down.
The second game of today’s doubleheader will mark the end of the Keys four game series with the Dash. The Keys will send right-hander Brady Wager (2-2, 6.00 ERA) to the mound to face off against Dash right-hander Tony Bucciferro (2-3, 4.34 ERA). Wager won his matchup against Winston-Salem earlier this season, allowing three runs in six innings pitched, but has not tallied another win since, going 0-1 in three starts.
The Orioles walked-off in the bottom of the tenth inning last night as catcher Steve Clevenger’s RBI double propelled the team to a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros. With the Yankees losing to the Brewers Saturday night, the O’s lead in the AL East now sits at 1.5 games with the highly-anticipated return of slugger Chris Davis set to take place any day now. Davis went 1-4 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game with the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
Once again happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there and we hope to see plenty of you this afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium!