Good Afternoon Keys Fans!!
The Keys try and even up the series against Potomac at one game apiece.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. tonight. You can catch Doug and I on 1450 AM The Source beginning at 5:45!
Some notes are below.
Shake your keys!
Saturday, July 12, 2014 · Game #90 · Home Game #42
Frederick Keys (42-47/10-12) vs Potomac Nationals (48-40/10-9)
RHP Sebastian Vader (1-0, 4.50) vs. LHP Matthew Spann (5-4, 4.15)
OVER AT SIX: Austin Voth twirled seven shutout innings, limiting the Frederick Keys to only two hits, while the Keys mustered only two hits off Richie Mirowski and Jake Walsh in a 4-0 loss to the Potomac Nationals on Friday night at Harry Grove Stadium. The loss snapped the Keys season-best six game winning streak. Despite receiving a seven-inning start from Branden Kline, the Frederick bats could not figure out Voth, who did not allow a hit through his first five innings of work. In the process, the right-hander saw his ERA shrink to 0.35 (26 IP/R) and pushed his scoreless innings streak to 19 innings. Meanwhile, the loss and a win by Wilmington dropped the Keys into third place in the CL Northern Division standings (10-12). This season, the Keys have been shutout six times, while Friday marked the first time that the club had been blanked in the second-half.
WINNING STREAK NOTES: On Friday night, the Keys string of six straight wins came to a close. It was the club’s first six-game streak since June 1-8, 2011, when the club took eight in-a-row against Myrtle Beach, Salem and Potomac. Prior to the recent swing, the club’s longest winning streak had been four games (stretching from April 16-18 against Winston-Salem and Carolina). In 2013 and 2012, Frederick had never won any more than four games in a stretch. Perhaps most impressive, was that all six wins came on the road. Ending the recent seven-game roadtrip 6-1, Frederick pushed its road record to 25-23, the second-best mark in the eight-team circuit (Myrtle Beach is 31-16 in road games this year). In contrast, the Keys home record is the worst in the league at 17-24.
THREE-HEADED MONSTER: For the third straight day, the Keys struggled mightily against an opposing starting pitcher. On Wednesday, Frederick mustered only one run on three hits in six innings against Justin Haley, while Red Sox righty Pat Light gave up one run on six hits over six innings the following day. Following Voth’s performance on Friday, the Keys have scored only two runs on 11 hits in 19 frames against the last three starters they have faced. Voth’s performance was one of the best of the year by an opposing starter. Surrendering only two hits through seven stanzas, the former Washington Husky became the fourth visiting pitcher to carry a no-hitter through five innings or more against the Keys this season. Voth lost the no-hitter in the sixth, when Wynston Sawyer began the inning with a single. In addition to Voth, former Myrtle Beach starter Chi Chi Gonzalez (six innings), Carolina’s Dylan Baker (six innings) and Wilmington’s Luis Santos (five innings) have also kept the Keys out of the hit column for five frames or more.
NO HOME COOKIN: Branden Kline turned in his sixth seven-inning start of the season on Friday, but was hit with his fourth loss of the year. Allowing four runs on eight hits, the Frederick native walked two and struck out four. Saturday’s loss ended a two-game winning streak, while Kline remained winless at Harry Grove Stadium. Over eight games at the friendly confines this year, Kline is 0-4 with a 5.02 ERA.
BULL MARKET: Frederick’s offense carried the club during its seven-game roadtrip. Over the trip to Virginia, the club scored 56 runs on 87 hits. The club finished with 10 or more hits in six of the seven contests, while the Keys finished with 19 knocks in last Saturday’s 17-3 dismantling of the Lynchburg Hillcats at Calvin Falwell Field. Thanks to that impressive display, Frederick is batting .304 as a team over 10 July games, the second-best mark in the Carolina League (Carolina is hitting .308). Glynn Davis has led the way during that time, batting .367, while Mike Yastrzemski is one point below at .366, and has driven in 12 runs and scored 13 times in 10 contests.
BURGESS NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH: On Thursday, Michael Burgess received word that he had been named the Carolina League Player of the Month for June. The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon by Minor League Baseball. The award was voted on by all eight of the league’s managers. Burgess enjoyed a monster June, hitting .371 with nine homers, three triples, seven doubles and 22 RBIs. The nine longballs were the most by a CL player and tied for the fourth-most by a minor leaguer during that month. Burgess also led the CL in total bases (73), extra-base hits (19), and slugging percentage (.820). He placed second in the circuit in batting average and triples, while his 22 RBIs were third-most by a CL player during the season’s third month. Entering Saturday’s action, the Tampa native is tops in the circuit in RBIs (66), extra-base hits (47), and total bases (173) while he is tied for the lead in doubles (28). Additionally, he rates second in homers (15), slugging percentage (.595), home run to at-bat ratio (1/19.40) and, is tied for second in hits (92) and is fifth in batting average (.316).
YASTRZEMSKI NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK:On Monday morning, Mike Yastrzemski was named the Carolina League “Player of the Week” for June 30-July 6. The first weekly honor of his professional career, the 23-year-old hit .400 (12-for-22) over six games with a home run, a triple, four doubles, eight RBIs and nine runs scored. The nine runs scored were the most by a Carolina League player over the last week, while only Michael Burgess (12) ended with more RBIs. The majority of Yastrzemski’s damage came on Saturday night, when he became the 12th minor leaguer to hit for the cycle in 2014. In total, four Keys players have now earned weekly honors this season. Burgess and Adrian Marin also received player of the week recognition, while Parker Bridwell was named the CL’s pitcher of the week for May 12-19. The four weekly winners eclipses last year’s total of three, when Michael Ohlman (twice) and Christian Walker took home player of the week honors three weeks in-a-row.
TYSON FINALIST FOR HALL OF FAME: Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson has been named a finalist for the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by the organization’s advisory committee. The winningest manager in Charleston Riverdogs history (Yankees Low-A), Tyson put together a 232-186 record during his tenure with the Riverdogs from 2007-09. Currently, Tyson is in his second year with the Keys as hitting coach, after serving as the Yankees minor league defensive coordinator from 2011-12. Three individuals will be selected for enshrinement, with two being voted on by the fans and one being voted on by the committee. The three individuals will be inducted on August 15, prior to Charleston Riverdogs’ game against the Rome Braves. Notable members of the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame include Roberto Alomar, David Cone and Willie Randolph.
BUNDY BLURBS: Dylan Bundy made his second rehab start with the Keys on Thursday and fifth overall. Limited to 75 pitches, the righty last only three-plus innings and surrendered three runs on five hits. The second inning was problematic, as Bundy allowed a pair of runs and needed 32 pitches to escape. He received a no-decision. Bundy’s first outing came on July 4, when he gave up three runs on four hits in 4.2 stanzas. In two starts with the Keys, he has posted a 7.04 ERA (7.2 IP/6R). Prior to joining Frederick, the righty made three rehab starts with Short-Season Aberdeen. Working five innings in each outing, Bundy went 0-1 with a 0.60 ERA. In 15 innings, he allowed only one run on 10 hits while he walked three and struck out 22. Opponents were hitting just .189 against him.
LONELY ISLAND: Since the start of the second-half, the Keys pitching staff has taken its lumps. Over the first 22 games of the second-half, Keys arms have posted a 5.91 ERA (190.1 IP/125ER) and allowed 222 hits during that time as well as 19 home runs. This year, Frederick arms have given up 59 home runs, the second-most longballs allowed by a CL pitching staff.
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 Matthew Spann makes his 15th appearance with the Nationals on Saturday as well as his 10th start. His most recent outing came last Sunday against Myrtle Beach. Turning in his third quality start of the season, the lefty gave up one run on seven hits over six innings, while he walked four and struck out four. It was his third straight defeat. A member of the rotation since late-May, Spann is 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA as a starter and 3-0 with one save to go along with a 2.03 ERA in five games as a relief pitcher. June was a rough month for Spann, who tallied a 6.04 ERA over five appearances (25.1 stanzas). In 25.1 frames, he gave up 19 runs (17 earned) while opponents hit .302 against him. Spann began the year at Low-A Hagerstown, and recorded a 2-0 record and a 1.20 ERA over 20 relief appearances. In 15 innings, he gave up just two runs and 13 hits, while opponents hit .228 against him. Selected by the Rays in the 25th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Columbia Central High School (TN), Spann was acquired by Washington in late-August of 2013 as part of a trade which sent veteran MLB outfielder David DeJesus from Washington to Tampa Bay. Before joining Washington, Spann was 4-3 with a 2.87 ERA over 19 games for Low-A Bowling Green. He spent 2012 with Short-Season Hudson Valley. A native of Columbia, Tennessee, Spann’s hometown is known as the “Mule Capital of the World.” It is roughly one hour south of Nashville.