Frederick Keys Game Notes 7-19-14

Good afternoon Keys fans!

The team is back in Frederick this evening opening up a three game series against the Winston-Salem Dash. The Keys come in on a two-game winning streak after closing out their road series against the Salem Red Sox. The Dash and the Keys have not met since late June in a rain-delay-dominated series in which Winston-Salem swept Frederick in Harry Grove Stadium.

Dash pitcher Frank Montas, who was expected to pitch in the Futures Game, is out for the season after undergoing right knee surgery.

Branden Kline takes the mound for the Keys tonight and will face off against Dash starter J.B. Wendelken.

The Frederick Keys welcome Duck Dynasty’s own Mountain Man to Harry Grove tonight!

Come on out tonight, enjoy some baseball, meet Mountain Man, and shake your keys!

Below are the game notes for tonight’s game:

Saturday, July 19, 2014 · Game #95 · Home Game #44

Frederick Keys (44-50/12-15) vs Winston-Salem Dash (44-54/14-15)

RHP Branden Kline (5-4, 3.92) vs. RHP J.B. Wendelken (5-7, 5.02)

SALEM SWAN SONG: Parker Bridwell turned in his best road start of the season, while the Frederick bats provided just enough offense to lead the orange and black to a 4-2 win on Friday night at LewisGale Field. The win completed a series victory for the Keys, who wrapped up the road portion of the season series on a high note. Although the game started 58 minutes late due to rain, it did not effect Bridwell, who twirled seven innings of one-run baseball and scattered only four hits. Sox starter Joe Gunkel also put together a quality outing, but the Keys managed individual runs off the righty in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. In the fourth, Frederick loaded up the bases with one out following a fielder’s choice, a single by Jason Esposito and a walk. That loaded the bases for Joel Hutter, who brought home Michael Burgess on a groundout to the left side. One inning later, Glynn Davis came home with the second run after a double, a single by Adrian Marin and a sac-fly by Tucker Nathans. Gunkel was knocked out in the seventh, following an RBI infield single by Marin to make it 3-0. Brenden Webb added a sac-fly in the eighth to complete the scoring. Bridwell pitched into the eighth, and was tagged with a run after exiting. Jesse Beal allowed three singles in the ninth, including an RBI knock by Matty Johnson, but managed to close things out to earn his third save.

BIG DADDY BRIDWELL: For the first time all season, Parker Bridwell posted a quality start on the road. Working into the eighth inning on Friday, Bridwell scattered only four hits over seven frames, in his longest start since June 9. In that outing, the Texan gave up one run over seven innings against the Red Sox. Thanks to the strong start, Bridwell picked up his first win in more than a month, to improve to 5-7 on the year. The five wins are tied for the most on the club with Branden Kline, but the seven defeats also equal the most by a Keys pitcher (Brady Wager has lost seven times as well). In spite of the strange record, Bridwell leads the team in quality starts (nine).

ADRIAN!: Adrian Marin registered his third multi-hit game in four contests on Friday. Finishing 3-for-4, the Miami native tallied his 30th RBI in the seventh via a single off Gunkel. Hitting out of the two-hole for the first time all season, the three hits tied a season-high for Marin, who had recorded three hits on five prior occasions this season. Over the last week, the 20-year-old has seen his average climb 15 points (.234 to .249) and is batting .450 (9-for-20) with a home run, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored in his last five games.

MULTI-HIT MAN: Although Marin’s recent surge has been impressive, Glynn Davis’ run of multi-hit games is even more prolonged. In his last 10 affairs, Davis has recorded two hits or more on seven occasions, while he has moved his batting average up 14 points (.278 to .292) in the process. Over the 10 games, he is batting .386 (17-for-44) with two doubles, two RBIs and 10 runs scored (he has also scored a run in eight of his last 10 games). Trying to rebound after a lackluster June, Davis is batting .333 over 14 games in July after hitting only .220 in 21 tilts the month prior.

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. Wilmington has the next-worse home record in the second-half (3-5), but the Blue Rocks have played the fewest second-half home games in the circuit. The Keys have not won back-to-back games at home since June 13-15, when the team took three straight from Myrtle Beach to close out the first-half. Overall Frederick is 17-26 in home games, the worst mark in the Carolina League. Wilmington’s 22 home victories are the next fewest. In contrast, the Keys road record is the second-best in the league, with only Myrtle Beach (33-17) faring better in road tilts.

NO RELATION TO TOM: Wynston Sawyer extended his on-base streak to 27 games on Friday night thanks to a single in the seventh inning. That is the second-longest active swing in the Carolina League, and rates as the second-longest overall. Salem’s Carson Blair has reached in 28 straight, which is the longest streak of its kind this year (it started on May 20). Over the 27 games, Sawyer is batting .259 with one homer, six RBIs, four doubles and 15 walks. On Thursday, Sawyer wrapped up a six-game hitting streak. During that time he hit .348 (8-for-23) with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored.

KELLER JOINS THE KEYS: On Friday, Jon Keller was promoted to Frederick from Low-A Delmarva. He takes the roster spot of Matt Price, who was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday. In 24 relief appearances, Keller went 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and tallied five saves in eight opportunities. Over 56.2 stanzas, he gave up just 39 hits, walked 14 and struck out 66. Rated the No. 17 prospect in the Orioles system according to Baseball America, the 21-year-old limited opponents to a .192 average, the fourth-lowest mark by a South Atlantic League reliever. Drafted by Baltimore in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of the University of Tampa, Keller helped lead the Spartans to the 2013 Division II College World Series.

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.

MOVING ON UP!: Mike Yastrzemski was 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.

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). Jon Keller (17) and Trey Mancini (25) have joined the club since 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 J.B. Wendelken makes his 19th start of the season on Saturday and his second against Frederick in 2014. Activated from the disabled list before the game, Wendelken has not pitched since July 8, when he surrendered a season-high nine runs against Myrtle Beach on 10 hits over 3.1 innings. Although he received a no-decision, the second-half has not been kind to the righty, who has registered a 10.07 ERA (19.2 IP/22ER). In contrast, he was 5-6 with a 3.76 ERA over 14 first-half starts. In his lone outing against the Keys on May 9, the righty struck out a career-high 10 but suffered the loss giving up four runs in six innings. Just 21 years old, Wendelken made his Dash debut in 2013. Working exclusively out of the bullpen, he went 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in six games. He also pitched three games for Low-A Kannapolis, going 0-1 with two saves and a 9.64 ERA. Originally selected by Boston in the 13th round of the 2012 Draft out of Middle Georgia College, Wendelken was named the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year as a member of the Knights. That season, he went 6-0 with a 0.20 ERA over 21 appearances (0.20). Keys pitcher, Matt Taylor, also pitched for Middle Georgia, but was a member of the team the year before Wendelken arrived. The righty was dealt to the White Sox last July 30 as part of the trade that sent Jake Peavy to Boston. In addition to Wendelken, the White Sox received Avisail Garcia, Francellis Montas and Cleuluis Rondon. In 40 games as a member of the Red Sox system, Wendelken went 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA. He throws a 90-93 mph fastball, a curveball (high 70s) and a changeup.

 

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