Frederick Keys Game Notes 7-17-14
Good Evening Keys Fans!
The Keys try and bounce back after losing the series opener to the Salem Red Sox on Wednesday night against LewisGale Field. To do it, the team will turn to Brady Wager. He will be countered by sinkerballer Pat Light.
Doug Raftery has the call on 1450 AM The Source as well as frederickkeys.com beginning at 6:50 p.m. First pitch is at 7. To tide you over, some game notes are below.
Shake your keys!
Wednesday, July 17, 2014 · Game #93 · Road Game #50
Frederick Keys (42-50/10-15) vs Salem Red Sox (45-48/12-13)
RHP Brady Wager (3-7, 5.89) vs. RHP Pat Light (3-4, 5.53)
CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: The Frederick Keys battled back from a 6-0 deficit, but a late charge was not enough, as the Salem Red Sox scored an 8-5 win on Wednesday night at LewisGale Field. It was Frederick’s fourth straight loss. Six of the eight Red Sox runs were pinned on Dylan Bundy, who was making his third rehab start with the Keys and his sixth since returning from “Tommy John” surgery last June. The Red Sox grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second, after a single by Carson Blair, a double by Kendrick Perkins and a two-run single by Mario Martinez. Salem added single tallies in the third and fourth, before posting two more in the fifth. Dreily Guerrero led off the inning with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by Matty Johnson to end Bundy’s night. Later in the inning, Johnson would steal second and come home on a base hit by Kevin Heller off Jimmy Yacabonis. The Keys cut the Red Sox lead in half in the sixth. After a leadoff walk to Lucas Herbst and a single by Michael Burgess, Brenden Webb doubled both men home, and scored two batters later on a single by Steel Russell. Down 6-3, the orange and black pulled within a run in the eighth thanks to a two-run homer by Adrian Marin, but Frederick would get no closer. With a runner at first, Jerome Pena reached on an infield single, while third baseman Mario Martinez threw the ball away. Trying to score, Russell was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Aneury Tavarez, before the Sox added two more to close things out.
GOING THE WRONG WAY: Following the Keys season-best six-game winning streak, the team has dropped four straight, the club’s second-longest losing streak of the second-half. That team’s longest slide lasted seven games (June 21-27) and went down as the club’s longest downswing of the year. Fortunately, the Keys have fared well against the Red Sox this season. Despite losing to their commonwealth foe on Wednesday, Frederick is 8-4 against Salem, the Keys best head-to-head record against any CL club in 2014. Although the orange and black have more wins against Myrtle Beach (nine), Frederick has lost eight times to the Pelicans.
BUNDY BLURBS: Dylan Bundy struggled in his third rehab start with the Keys on Wednesday. Working four-plus innings, the Oklahoma native allowed a career-high six runs on six hits. In the process, Bundy was tagged with his first loss as a member of the Keys. Limited to 75 pitches for the duration of the season, the former fourth-overall pick has struggled in three outings with the orange and black. In 11.2 innings he has given up 12 runs (9.26 ERA) and has surrendered 15 hits and walked six. Opponents are hitting .326 against Bundy, while he has not completed five innings in any of his Advanced-A outings. 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.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Frederick’s struggles in series openers continued on Wednesday. The Keys have dropped the first game in three of the last four sets they have played, while on the year, the Keys are 9-20 in series openers. In 2014, when Frederick loses the first game, the club has lost the series on 12 occasions. Earlier this season, the orange and black lost 10 straight series openers (April 23-May 27).
WHERE’S THE HOME COOKIN?: Since the start of the second half, the orange and black have claimed only one win in 11 games at home. The Keys have not won back-to-back games at home since June 13-15, when the team took three straight from the Pelicans to close out the first-half. That has dropped the club to 17-26 in home games, the worst mark in the Carolina League. Additionally, Frederick’s 17 home wins is the fewest in the CL, with Wilmington’s 22 victories the next fewest. In contrast, the Keys road record is tied for the third-best in the league. Only Myrtle Beach (50-42) and Potomac (23-21) have fared better in road tilts.
MOVING ON UP!: Mike Yastrzemski has been promoted to Double-A Bowie after a sterling 23-game stretch with the Keys. During that time, he hit .312 with a home run, 19 RBIs, seven doubles, two triples and 21 runs scored. The grandson of Hall of Famer and former Red Sox great, Carl Yastrzemski, the former Vanderbilt Commodore becomes the second Frederick player to advance to Double-A for the first time this season. Mychal Givens was moved up to Bowie on June 21. At his best during the first week of July, Yastrzemski became the 12th minor leaguer to hit for the cycle in 2014, when he accomplished the feat on July 5 at Lynchburg. Going 5-for-6 with a homer, a triple, two doubles and five RBIs, the Massachusetts native became the first Keys player to hit for the cycle since May 2, 2005, when Jeff Fiorentino did it against Winston-Salem. In a corresponding move, Frederick received Lucas Herbst from Low-A Delmarva.
NO RELATION TO TOM: Wynston Sawyer extended his on-base streak to 25 games on Sunday night thanks to a single in the seventh inning. That swing is second-longest active streak in the Carolina League, and is tied for the third-longest by a Carolina Leaguer this year. Salem’s Carson Blair has reached in 26 straight, which is the longest active streak in the circuit, and is tied for the longest in the league this season, along with Carolina’s Joe Sever. Meanwhile, Sawyer is tied with teammate, Glynn Davis, who reached in 25 straight from May 9-June 6. Over the 25 games, Sawyer is batting .263 with one homer, six RBIs, four doubles and 12 walks. Currently on a six-game hitting streak, Sawyer is batting .348 (8-for-23) during that time with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored, while it has raised his average from .196 to .215 the highest it has been since May 5.
BURGESS NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Last 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 Thursday’s action, the Tampa native is tops in the circuit in RBIs (67), extra-base hits (48), total bases (176), slugging percentage (.581) and home run to at-bat ratio (1/20.20) and tied for the lead in doubles (29). Additionally, he rates second in homers (15), and fourth in hits (94) and batting average (.310).
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) and Branden Kline (20). Trey Mancini (25) joined the club following the All-Star break, while Mychal Givens (23) opened the season with the Keys, but was moved up to Double-A on June 21. 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 Pat Light makes his 15th start of the season and his second against Frederick. He’s most recent outing against the Keys came last Thursday, when he tossed six innings of one-run, six hit baseball. Although he received a no-decision, it was Light’s second straight quality start. Excellent in his last three outings, the Garden State native is 2-0 in his last three starts with a 1.06 ERA (17IP/2ER). Light experienced a learning curve in the first-half, going 1-2 with a 5.00 ERA (45 IP/25ER) over nine starts. He made his debut with Salem on April 24, after opening the season with Low-A Greenville. There, he went 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA over three starts. Rated the No. 21 prospect in the Red Sox system entering 2013 by Baseball America, the 23-year-old battled injuries and spent three tours on the disabled list last season. Limited to only 13 games (12 starts), he went a combined 1-4 with a 7.34 ERA between the GCL Red Sox and Greenville. Selected by Boston in the sandwich round (39th overall) of the 2012 draft out of Monmouth University, he signed for $1 million, below the assigned value pick of $1,394, 300. The highest draft pick in school history, he set a Hawks school record with 102 strikeouts as a junior, and led the Northeast Conference in that category. He was also selected by Minnesota in the 29th round of the 2009 draft but did not sign. Light throws a fastball than can reach the mid-90s with heavy sink. He also throws a slider and a changeup.