Frederick Keys Game Notes 6-5-14
Good Afternoon Keys Fans!
Well Mother Nature refused to cooperate last night as the Keys and the Red Sox were halted in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game is tied 4-4 with two outs, and a runner at third for Salem.
When the two sides get back underway at 5 p.m., the Keys will be fighting for their 25th win. At the moment, the Keys are 6 games back with 12 (including the suspended game) left to play in the first half. With very little margin for error, and no games left against Northern Division competition, the 0range and black will need to win and get some help from the rest of its Division mates.
Neither side has said who will throw when the suspended game resumes this evening. Meanwhile, Joe Van Meter and Justin Haley will make their regularly scheduled starts in tonight’s regularly scheduled game. It will be a seven-inning contest.
Some game notes are below. Doug Raftery will have all the play-by-play starting at 4:45 on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com.
Shake your keys!
Thursday, June 5, 2014 · Game #57/58 · Road Game #31/32
Frederick Keys (24-32) vs Salem Red Sox (28-29)
RHP Joe Van Meter (2-0, 3.04) vs. RHP Justin Haley (4-2, 2.20)
SUSPENDED: The Frederick Keys and the Salem Red Sox were suspended due to rain on Wednesday night at LewisGale Field. The game was halted with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, a runner at third and the game tied 4-4. The Keys grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second, after walks to Jerome Pena and Sammie Starr, a wild pitch, and an error by Red Sox third baseman Dreily Guerrero. Frederick stretched its lead to 3-0 in the third on a solo homer by Creede Simpson, and back-to-back doubles by Michael Burgess and Wynston Sawyer. Salem tied the score in the third after a two-bagger by Matty Johnson, a walk to Ryan Dent, an RBI double by Reed Gragnani and a two-run single by Carson Blair. Both sides then exchanged runs in the fourth, before the game was stopped. The contest will resume at 5 p.m., with the remainder of the game being completed. Afterwards, the two sides will play a seven-inning contest to wrap up the series.
NOT THE FIRST TIME: Wednesday night was not the first time the Keys had been suspended in 2014 due to rain. On May 10, Frederick and Winston-Salem were halted with one out in the bottom of the fifth at Harry Grove Stadium with the visitors ahead 3-0. The stoppage proved beneficial, as the Keys came away with a walk-off win. Trailing 3-1 to start the ninth, Sammie Starr tied the game with a two-run homer off Euclides Leyer. Glynn Davis then reach on an infield single and moved to second on a balk, before Brenden Webb stroked a walk-off single to right.
STARTING STREAK SNAPPED: Frederick’s string of quality starts came to an end on Tuesday night. After the rotation posted five straight quality starts, Brady Wager failed to make it through five innings on Tuesday night. Over 4.2 innings the righty gave up two runs on four hits, he walked five and struck out four. A streak which started last Thursday at Lynchburg,Wager got the ball rolling with six innings of two-run baseball. Parker Bridwell and Joe Van Meter followed with seven frames of one-run and two-run baseball respectively, while Mark Blackmar allowed just one run over six innings on Sunday. On Monday, Branden Kline closed out the streak, by giving up one run over 6.2 innings. One of the team’s strengths in the month of May, Frederick’s starting rotation posted a 3.58 over 30 games.
HEY NOW YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that Glynn Davis and Matt Taylor had been named to the Carolina League All-Star team. It marks the first time in their professional careers that the duo had been named to an all-star team. On Tuesday, June 17, the Carolina League All Stars will play the California League All-Stars in the two leagues annual clash. The No. 29 prospect in the Orioles system according to Baseball America, Davis enters Wednesday’s action with the fourth-best batting average in the Carolina League (.313). He ranks second in hits (65), runs scored (46) and is third in doubles (16). The Baltimore native also paces the Keys with 19 multi-hit games. Although Taylor was named to the All-Star squad, he will not play in the game due to injury. Still, the Georgian has impressed this season, going 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA in eight games. He is second in the league in ERA and is tied for second in wins. This year’s Carolina League All-Star team will be managed by Blue Rocks skipper Darryl Kennedy, while Wilmington’s Steve Luebber will serve as pitching coach.
WELCOME BACK MIKE!: Michael Burgess returned to the Keys lineup on Tuesday night after being transferred from Aberdeen earlier in the day. Playing in his first game with the Keys since June 3, the Tampa native went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two strikeouts. The team leader with 34 RBIs, Burgess is also tied for fifth in the Carolina League. Formerly a first round pick by Washington in 2007, Burgess is batting .280 over 43 games with the orange and black this season, his first with the Orioles organization. Tough to get out in the month of May, Burgess hit .289 over 21 games to go along with a home run, seven doubles, a triple and 19 RBIs.
HOIST THE HARDWARE:On Monday, Adrian Marin was named the Carolina League’s “Player of the Week” for May 26-June 2. It is the first time the Miami native has earned a player of the week honor in his pro career, while he becomes the second member of the Keys to receive a weekly award in 2014. In mid-May, Parker Bridwell was named the Carolina League “Pitcher of the Week” after throwing a near no-hitter against Potomac. Owner of three mutli-RBI games in last six contests, Marin led all of Advanced-A in runs batted in last week, posted the second-most among Orioles farmhands (Delmarva’s Trey Mancini recorded 12), while his 11 RBIs were tied for the sixth-most in all of minor league baseball. Mark Minicozzi of Triple-A Fresno and Brad Snyder of Triple-A Round Rock also finished with 11, while Frank Schwindel of Low-A Lexington paced all the minors with 16. Thanks to the 11 RBIs output, Marin has more than doubled his season output. Over his past six games, he is batting .429 (9-for-21) while eight of his nine hits have gone for extra-bases (seven doubles and one homer).
FREDERICK V SALEM 2013: The Keys posted an 11-9 record against the Red Sox last season. One of only two head-to-head series Frederick won all season (the Keys went 12-8 against Carolina), Salem was also one of only two clubs that the orange and black swept in 2013. The two teams split the 20 game season-series in 2012, while the Keys manhandled the Sox in 2011, going 15-5. Despite being June 3, Tuesday goes down as the first time that the Keys and the Red Sox have met all year. The last head-to-head battle took place last August 30, when Salem took three of four at LewisGale Field.
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 Justin Haley makes his 12th appearance of the season and his fifth start. His most recent outing came last Saturday at Potomac. Pitching out of the bullpen, the right-hander allowed a career-high seven runs (two earned) on five hits over three innings. He walked one and struck out one. Haley is currently third in the Carolina League in ERA (2.20), and leads all CL right-handers in that department. He places fourth in the eight-team circuit in WHIP (1.14), is fifth in batting average against (.230), while he is one of only two Carolina League pitchers to record a complete game shutout this year. Pitching in the second game of the doubleheader on May 16 at Carolina, Haley blanked the Mudcats for seven innings, tying a career-high with nine strikeouts and scattering only three hits. It was the first complete game shutout of his career. In his first year at Advanced-A, Haley spent all of 2013 at Low-A Greensville. In 26 games (24 starts) with the Drive, he went 7-11 with a 3.68 ERA. There, he held opponents to a .219 batting average, fifth-lowest in the South Atlantic League. Still, walks were a problem at times, as the Californian surrendered 74 in 124.2 frames, third-most in the league. The 22-year-old was selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Fresno State University. There, he was teammates with current Keys reliever Gene Escat. In two years with the Bulldogs, Haley went 8-4 with a 3.08 ERA in over 33 games. In 125.2 total innings, he struck out 122. Haley was also drafted by Cleveland in the 46th round of the 2010 draft out of Sierra College but did not sign. The right-hander throws a low-90s fastball, a slider and a changeup.