Frederick Keys Game Notes 6-6-14
Good Evening Keys Fans!
After dropping 2 of 3 to the Salem Red Sox, the Keys continue south to Myrtle Beach, where the club will play three games against the Pelicans.
First pitch tonight is slated for 7:05 p.m. from the Grand Strand, and Doug Raftery has got you covered on 1450 AM The Source.
Also, don’t forget to tune in to the Keys Corner tomorrow! You can catch it all on 1450 AM The Sources starting at 1 p.m. This week’s guests include: Carolina League All-Star Glynn Davis, Keys starting pitcher and local product Branden Kline, as well as Keys General Manager Dave Ziedelis. It should make for an exciting show, so don’t forget to tune in!
A fresh batch of game notes are below.
Shake your Keys!
Friday, June 6, 2014 · Game #59 · Road Game #33
Frederick Keys (25-33) vs Myrtle Beach Pelicans (40-18)
RHP Mark Blackmar (3-1, 4.50) vs. LHP Victor Payano (3-2, 4.50)
MOMENTUM ISN’T EVERYTHING: After Wednesday night’s game was suspended due to rain, the Frederick Keys and the Salem Red Sox played to a thrilling finish on Thursday night, before Justin Haley dazzled in the nightcap. Picking things up in the bottom of the fourth with the things the game even at four, Frederick grabbed a two-run lead thanks to a double by Glynn Davis which plated Jerome Pena and Sammie Starr. A double by Lucas Herbst and a single by Jason Esposito stretched the Keys lead to 7-4 after 6.5 stanzas, but Salem evened the score in the home-half of the inning. After allowing three straight men to reach, Gene Escat surrendered a three-run triple to Mario Martinez, while neither side scored again in regulation. In the 12th, the Keys broke the deadlock. Once again Davis came through, this time with a two-run single to right off Kyle Stroup. Salem scratched across one run in the bottom of the 12th, however Miguel Chalas did not allow any more as the Keys held on for a 9-8 win. Unfortunately, the orange and black could not capitalize off the 12-inning win. Tossing six shutout innings, Haley scattered only four hits and struck out seven, as the Red Sox claimed the seven-inning finale 4-0.
FREE BASEBALL FUN: Frederick’s 9-8 victory in 12 innings on Thursday was only the club’s second win in games stretching past regulation this year. The team’s only other extra-inning win came on April 18 at Carolina. Additionally, it marked the second time in 2014 that the Keys had won a game previously suspended on account of Mother Nature. After Winston-Salem and Frederick were halted due to rain on May 10, the orange and black scored the final four runs, as the Keys won 4-3 on a walk-off single by Brenden Webb.
TOO MANY DOUGHNUT HOLES: The 4-0 defeat in the series finale, was the Keys fifth shutout defeat of the season. It also marked the second time in four games that the Frederick had been shutout. On Monday night, the orange and black were limited to just three hits against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, who secured a 3-0 win. In the process, the Keys were denied their second series sweep of the year. Frederick’s five shutout losses are tied for the second-most in the Carolina League (Carolina has also been blanked five times), while only Winston-Salem (seven) has been shutout more times. Aside from the Keys, Mudcats and Dash, all five other Carolina League clubs have been shutout only once or twice.
ONE GAME SHORT!: Glynn Davis equaled his season-high 11 game hitting streak thanks to a monster performance in the middle game against Salem. Finishing 3-for-7 with two doubles and three RBIs, Davis tallied his 20th multi-hit game of the year, as well as sixth game of two or more RBIs. Sadly, Davis’ streak would come to a close in the series finale, as he finished 0-for-2. Over the 11 game jaunt, Davis hit .288 with eight doubles, a triple, seven RBIs and eight runs scored. The Baltimore native also put together an 11-game hitting streak from April 3-14.
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.
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).
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: Left-hander Victor Payano makes his 13th start of the season on Friday and his fourth against Frederick in 2014. His most recent start came on June 1 against Potomac. Over six stanzas, he allowed only two runs on five hits. He walked five and struck out five. In the process, Payano put together his third quality start in four outings. When Payano has gotten into trouble this year, walks have often been the problem. The Carolina League’s leader in free tickets, the 21-year-old leads the eight-team circuit in free passes (48). A problem throughout his entire career, Payano has walked 218 over 344.2 innings as a professional, or roughly six per nine innings. The lefty spent all of 2013 with Myrtle Beach, going 5-7 with a 6.67 ERA over 21 games (20 starts). In 82.1 innings, he allowed 82 hits, walked 54 and surrendered a career-high 11 home runs. Payano’s best season came with Low-A Hickory in 2012. As a 19-year-old that season, he went 6-8 with a 4.63 ERA over 25 games (20 starts). The Pelicans opening day starter this season, Payano was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Texas in February 2010. Clocked in the upper 80s as a 16-year-old, the Dominican originally agreed to terms with Boston for $900,000, but failed his physical. That allowed Texas to swoop in and sign him for a reported $75,000. Payano throws a low-mid 90s fastball, a curveball and a changeup.