Frederick Keys Game Notes 8-15-14
Good evening Keys fans!
Frederick won 4-1 last night in the final game of their three-game set with the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Keys took the lead with a three-run fourth inning behind RBI’s from Wynston Sawyer and John Ruettiger. Ruettiger, who finished 2-5 with 3 RBI’s on the night, homered in the sixth inning to extend the Frederick lead to 4-1. Branden Kline allowed only one run in 5.1 innings pitched, striking out four and walking two. 3.2 innings of scoreless relief from Miguel Chalas and Dennis Torres clinched the Frederick victory.
The Keys take to Harry Grove Stadium tonight against the Lynchburg Hillcats to begin a three-game series that will mark the end of the teams’ regular season series. Frederick is 5-12 against the Hillcats this season, their last win coming in Lynchburg on July 6.
LHP Matt Taylor gets the nod for the Keys tonight, making his second start in Frederick after a rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League following a back injury. Taylor got the start last week against Wilmington, giving up three runs off of seven hits in 3.1 innings of action. Lynchburg righty Cody Scarpetta gets the start for the Hillcats tonight.
Here’s a look at the game notes for tonight’s matchup:
Friday, August 15, 2014 · Game #119 · Home Game #56
Frederick Keys (54-64/22-29) vs Lynchburg Hillcats (62-60/28-24)
LHP Matt Taylor (5-2, 2.36) vs. RHP Cody Scarpetta (3-6, 4.25)
BOUNCE BACK: The Frederick Keys used a big fourth inning and strong pitching from Branden Kline, Miguel Chalas and Dennis Torres to top the Wilmington Blue Rocks 4-1 on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium. With the win, the Keys were able to avoid a three-game sweep. Shutout in both ends of a doubleheader on Wednesday, the Keys tallied 12 hits, while four members of the starting lineup finished with two knocks or more. Frederick did the brunt of its damage in the fourth inning, sending all nine to bat against the duo of Johnny Walter and Andrew Edwards. Wynston Sawyer brought home the first Keys run with a sac-fly to right. That made it 1-1 after Raul Mondesi opened the scoring with an RBI double in the home-third. Following the sac-fly by Sawyer, Brenden Webb (single) and Jerome Pena (walk) reached to load the bases. Johnny Ruettiger followed with a two-run single to left to put the Keys on top for good. In the sixth, Ruettiger also hit his first home run of the year. On the mound, Branden Kline allowed one run over 5.1 innings to pick up the win. Chalas and Torres closed the door with 3.2 innings of shutout relief.
AVOIDING THE SWEEP: Thanks to a win in the season finale, the Keys avoided being swept for the seventh time. Since the All-Star break, the Keys have been swept four times by four different teams (Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Potomac and Lynchburg). However, all four of those broomings have taken place at Harry Grove Stadium. This season, the Keys have been swept only once on the road-something accomplished by Lynchburg from May 27-29.
SCORELESS STREAK SNAPPED: Wynston Sawyer’s sac-fly in the fourth inning on Thursday ended a string of 20 scoreless innings for the Keys. Held off the scoreboard in both games of their doubleheader on Wednesday, the run was the Keys first since the fifth inning on Sunday, when Sawyer recorded a two-run single of Yender Caramo. The 20 innings marks the Keys longest scoring drought of the year. Frederick’s previous high without a run scored was 17.2 innings, which stretched from July 27-30 against Lynchburg and Winston-Salem.
GO JOHNNY GO!: Johnny Ruettiger tied his career-high with three RBIs on Thursday night, thanks to a two-run single and a solo homer. Ending the night 2-for-5, the former Arizona State Sun Devil also snapped a string of 14 at-bats without recording a hit. Although the outfielder is batting just .171 over 19 games with the Keys, he has recorded three RBIs in a game on two occasions. On July 24, he established a new career-high for runs batted in, when he finished 2-for-5 with a triple at Myrtle Beach.
MAKING A SNOW MAN: Branden Kline became the first Keys pitcher to reach eight wins on Thursday night thanks to 5.1 innings of one-run baseball. He walked two and struck out four. With the victory, Kline takes solo possession of the team wins lead. He came into the game tied with Mark Blackmar (7-1). A pitcher who has been difficult on the road all year, the right-hander is 7-0 away from the friendly confines and sports a 2.79 ERA.
BUNDY TO THE DL: Just before Thursday’s game against Wilmington, Dylan Bundy was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right latissimus strain. Taking his spot on the roster was Branden Kline, who was received from Short-Season Aberdeen. In six starts with the orange and black, Bundy is 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA. In his last start 10 days ago, the Oklahoma native tossed 4.1 innings of shutout baseball against Carolina and struck out seven.
NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Intra-division competition for the Keys has often been problematic. Against Wilmington, Lynchburg and Potomac, Frederick is just 18-31, while the orange and black do not have a winning record against any CL North club. Frederick is the only team without at least 20 wins against divisional competition. This season, 24 of the Keys 31 losses in northern play have come to Wilmington and Lynchburg. The Keys have been defeated by each team 12 times, though Frederick has a worse winning percentage against the Hillcats (5-12).
THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE MARIN: Adrian Marin’s season-high eight game hitting streak came to an end on Thursday. Over the eight-game jaunt, he hit .375 (12-for-32) with two homers, four doubles, eight RBIs and six runs scored, while he saw his batting average jump from .236 to .248. During the streak, Marin also tallied four two-hit games. After hitting .242 over 23 games in July, the Miami native has looked good in August, batting .308 over 10 games. His best month of the season was May, when he hit .289 over 27 games, and won Carolina League “Player of the Week” for May 26-June 2.
JASON, JASON, HE’S OUR MAN: Although the calendar has flipped to August, Jason Esposito has maintained the torrid pace he set in July. After hitting .354 with four homers and 16 RBIs last month, the former Vanderbilt Commodore is batting .364 (16-for-44) over his first 12 August tilts to go along with a home run, six doubles and seven RBIs. He has multiple hits in five of his last nine games (and seven of his last 13 tilts). During that time, he has seen his batting average climb 16 pts (.258 to .274).
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. Pitcher Dylan Bundy (1) and shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlight the list and are joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19) and Branden Kline (20). Jon Keller (17) and Trey Mancini (25) joined the club after the All-Star break, while Mychal Givens (23) and Glynn Davis (29) opened the year with the Keys but were promoted in the second-half. 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 Cody Scarpetta makes his 11th start of the season on Friday and his second against the Keys. His most recent outing came last Thursday at Salem. Tagged with the loss, the righty allowed four runs on four hits over 3.1 innings. He walked two, struck out two and gave up a homer. Scarpetta has received the loss in two of his last three games, while he has struggled in his first two August outings. In two games, he is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA (6IP/9R). His only start against the Keys came on July 27, where he allowed one run on three hits over six innings in a no-decision. Signed by the Braves as a free agent on June 9, Scarpetta’s best outing came on June 27, when the Illinois native combined with Benito Pruneda to pitch back-to-back no-hitters. The night prior, Lucas Sims and Alex Wilson combined on a no-hitter against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Scarpetta’s performance helped earn him Carolina League “Pitcher of the Week” honors. Prior to joining the Braves, Scarpetta was playing for the Lancaster Barnstormers in the independent Atlantic League, where he went 0-2 with a 5.13 ERA. Originally selected by the Brewers in the 11th round of the 2007 draft, Scarpetta spent all of 2013 with Milwaukee’s Advanced-A affiliate, Brevard County. Pitching 12 games (11 starts) he went 0-5 with a 7.15 ERA. He made his debut on June 2, after missing all of 2012 due to “Tommy John” surgery. Not the only member of his family to play professional baseball, Scarpetta’s dad, Dan, pitched in the Brewers organization for seven years, making it as high as Triple-A