Frederick Keys Top 10 Moments (#6)

Good Evening Keys Fans!

It’s time to continue our countdown of the season’s top 10 moments! In case you missed any of the previous 10 moments, simply scroll down the page for a recap and audio highlights. Before we get to moment #6 on our countdown list, we want to give a quick congratulations to former Key Garabez Rosa, who has received a late invitation in the Arizona Fall League. Rosa will play on the Glendale Desert Dogs, and takes the place of another ex-Key, Dariel Alvarez.

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Rosa spent all of 2014 at Double-A Bowie, where he hit .282 over 124 games with 11 homers and 69 RBIs. He split time between several infield and outfield spots. A Frederick player from 2011-12, Rosa joins a talented cadre of ex-Keys headed to the Fall League, which is considered a “finishing school” for minor league prospects. As many players will tell you, getting selected for the AFL is an honor and a sign of encouragement. Since the league’s inception in 1992, approximately 60% of Fall League alumni have gone on to play in the Major Leagues.

Rosa will be joined by former Keys Jason Esposito, Parker Bridwell, Zach Davies, Michael Ohlman, Ashur Tolliver and Mychal Givens. Before season’s end, I had a chance to ask Bridwell about playing in the Fall League:

In case you missed it, here is a full release detailing the selection of Bridwell and Esposito to the Desert Dogs.

Alright, without further or do, it is time to continue the countdown! After discussing two fine pitching performances, moment #6 details one of the most impressive offensive innings of a year. If you are wondering, no, it is not one of the Keys two eight-run innings from the season. Rather, it was an inning where Frederick scored four runs, but did something very rare.

The game in question took place on June 14 against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and was the second-to-last game (or penultimate game if you want to sound fancy) of the first-half. Offense came at a premium over the first seven innings, with starters Alex Claudio and Brady Wager allowing just one run each.

Matt Price pitched a scoreless eighth, while Justin Sprenger returned for the home-half of the inning. Entering the frame, the sidearmer had allowed only one hit through 2.1 innings. However the Keys finally diagnosed him in the eighth. And the first man to break the code, was Sammie Starr:

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That proved to be the decisive blow, but Frederick wasn’t finished. Following a double by Tucker Nathans, Michael Burgess stepped to bat and promptly applied the dagger:

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With the damage all but done, Pelicans manager Joe Mikulik kept Sprenger in the game. He would get Esposito to bounce out, but trouble would strike a third time with Zane Chavez up at bat:

It was the only time all season the orange and black would hit three longballs in an inning. Additionally, it marked one of only three occasions all season where the club would hit four homers in a game (Joel Hutter added a fifth inning blast).

Stay tuned for more of the countdown!

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

 

Frederick Keys Top 10 Moments (#7)

Good Evening Keys Faithful!

Earlier this afternoon the Orioles slammed the door shut on the Yankees playoff hopes, thanks to a 9-5 victory. Thus, Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium will be a meaningless one. Although some will complain about the year-long sendoff tour for Jeter and make snacks at all the gifts and things that he has received along the way, it is hard to ignore the way he played the game and the respect other players had for him.

Two Orioles notes from last night:

-Nelson Cruz became the sixth player in franchise history to hit 40 home runs in a season:

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The 40 longballs rank as the second-most by a player in his first season with Baltimore. Currently, the Major League leader in longballs here is a look at the video of Cruz’s big fly from last night.

-  Chris Tillman received word that he will start Game 1 of the American League Division Series. It is a nice honor for Tillman who did not get a chance to pitch when the O’s were in the postseason two years ago.

Although all is quiet on the Keys front at the moment, here is scouting report on Baltimore catching prospect Chance Sisco, who won the South Atlantic League batting title as a 19-YEAR-OLD. Seriously. Sisco figures to make his home in Frederick next season. He was selected by Baltimore in the second round of the 2013 draft.

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If Sisco continues his upward trend, he may be catching fellow-prospect Dylan Bundy one day. Rated the organization’s top arm by Baseball America earlier this year, the Oklahoma native made six starts for the Keys this past season as he continued his recovery from Tommy John surgery. So why do we bring up Bundy? Well, he is the subject of moment #7 on our top 10 list from the 2014 season.

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After back-to-back subpar outings against the Salem Red Sox, Bundy would try his luck against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on July 22. Limited to 75 pitches per start, the right-hander’s first three starts were a mixed bag. Although he was pitching better than his 9.26 ERA indicated, command was still a problem. As a result, he never made it through the fifth frame in any of his first three starts.

On the Grand Strand, something clicked though. Over his first four innings Bundy was economical. He surrendered only two hits, and retired eight in-a-row at one stretch. In the fifth, things got a little dicey. With the score 0-0, Lewis Brinson singled off Bundy and stole second. Two batters later, Nick Vickerson reached on a walk, while both men advanced into scoring position with two outs. That sent up Rangers prospect Jorge Alfaro, who would provide Bundy with one of his biggest challenges of the night:

As you may have heard in the background, Bundy had a little cheering section behind him, which provided a nice greeting as he came back into the dugout.

Now the question was could Bundy pick up a win? As well as he had thrown, his counterpart Victor Payano was matching him pitch for pitch. However in the sixth, the lefty make one misstep to the wrong hitter:

With a little more than 10 pitches remaining in his 75-offering allotment, Bundy worked a lightning-fast sixth to conclude his night:

The six innings was the most Bundy had thrown since August 20, 2012, when he was pitching for Double-A Bowie, and following his lockdown sixth, hard-throwing Matt Hobgood would do the rest:

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Working three no-hit innings, Hobgood put the finishing touches on the three-hit shutout and Bundy’s first win.

Stay tuned for moment #6 tommorrow.

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

Frederick Keys Top 10 Moments 2014 (#8)

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

And a happy Tuesday to everybody. Last night just goes to show that even division champs can have a case of the Mondays. Held to one hit on the game, the Orioles were shutout by the Yankees 5-0 in the Bronx. Michael Pineda was the story for the Bronx Bombers, tossing 7.1 innings and striking out eight. For those that missed it, here is a full recap from MASN’s Steve Melewksi

One fact from the game that could show up on a Sportscenter “Did you Know?” segment: Despite clinching the AL East for the first time since 1997, the club has been one-hit three different times this season, tying a club record. The O’s would be one-hit three times in 1968 as well (tip of the cap to O’s PR Wizards Jeff Lantz and Jay Moskowitz for the tidbit).

The good news is that Baltimore did not lose any ground in its bid for home field throughout the playoffs (remember the AL won the All-Star game and has home field advantage in the World Series). Los Angeles suffered an 8-4 setback in Oakland, due in large-part to a six-run A’s first, where Angels starter C.J. Wilson walked four and failed to get out of the initial frame. At the moment, the O’s are 2.5 games behind the Halos for the best record in the American League.

In other Orioles news, the 2015 Spring Training Schedule was released. Having been down to Spring Training a couple of times myself, I can attest it is a blast. Players are extremely accessible, and as you might expect the weather is gorgeous.

Plus, if you don’t want to spend all your time at the ballpark you can check out the gorgeous beaches of Siesta Key:

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And if you’re a breakfast person, I recommend hitting up “The Broken Egg”

The Broken EggAt the Broken Egg it is not uncommon to run into ESPN’s very own Dick Vitale, who lives nearby and is often on hand to sign autographs to benefit the Jimmy V Foundation.

In non-Orioles news, here is a great article which talks about all the pieces required to move a Major League team from point a to point b. Tip of the cap to Doug Raftery who brought this article to my attention (it focuses on the Washington Nationals). If you’ve never been around a professional team on a travel day before, prepare to have your mind blown.

Alright, time to change gears and get back to our top 10 countdown of the year’s best moments! After we started things with two walk-off wins, we’re going to shift gears to pitching. August was a tremendous month for Keys starting pitchers, where top-notch performances were the norm, especially from this man:

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One of the Carolina League’s top arms, Mark Blackmar went 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA over five August starts, before being traded to the White Sox at the end of the month for outfielder Alejandro De Aza.

As the numbers indicate, Blackmar was a tough customer during the season’s penultimate month. However, his outing against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on August 10 really stood out. With the Keys looking to avoid a three-game  sweep, Blackmar sliced through the Wilmington order, facing the minimum through six frames. During that time, only Fred Ford reached via a walk, before being set down on a double-play.

Given the Blue Rocks offensive struggles throughout the year, it was hard to ignore the no-hitter talk once the game reached the seventh inning. Even though Blackmar needed nine outs, two things had you thinking something special could happen:

1) Wilmington had already been no-hit in  BACK-TO-BACK GAMES earlier in the year by the Lynchburg Hillcats. It was believed to be the first time that had happened in Carolina League history.

2) Blackmar’s defense was firing on all cylinders, thanks to  a quick game pace and a TON of quick swings. Although there were a number of fine plays in the field, Jason Esposito stole the show with two fine plays from foul territory:

Sadly, the no-hit bid would come to an end in the seventh. With one out, Blackmar would tangle with Raul Mondesi, who entered the day 5-for-10 in the series with two home runs:

It may not have been the conclusion he wanted, but that would be the only run (and one of just two hits) Blackmar allowed on the day. He would end up as the winning pitcher (Frederick won 5-2) while the victory kicked off a four-game winning streak for the Texan, the longest of his professional career.

You can bet that won’t be the only great moment by a Keys pitchers! Tomorrow, we will look at one of the season’s top performances by a Keys pitching duo.

Talk soon and shake your keys!

Geoff

 

 

 

Frederick Keys Top 10 Moments 2014 (#9)

Happy Monday Keys Fans!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and the last drops of summertime. For former Key Christian Walker, the end of summer proved to be the sweetest. On Wednesday afternoon, he received word that he had been called up to the Orioles following a stellar minor league season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. In 139 games, Walker hit .288 with 26 home runs and 96 RBIs en route to being named the O’s Minor League Player of the Year. Put in the starting lineup on Wednesday, he recorded his first big league hit in the seventh inning off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. And after the game, you can guess what happened:

Three days later, he hit his first home run off Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa, as well as his first multi-hit effort in a 7-2 Orioles win over the Red Sox. On Sunday, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun examined Walker’s fantastic season, and how he has remained consistent with his hitting approach.

In other Orioles news, Nelson Cruz was named “Most Valuable Oriole” on Sunday afternoon, besting Adam Jones and former Key Zach Britton for the award. Although Jones and Britton were very deserving, it is hard to argue with Cruz’s selection. Following a 50-game suspension last year, Cruz had few suitors in the offseason. Taking a chance, the Orioles hit the jackpot. The Major League’s leader in home runs (39) and second-leading RBI man (106), Cruz has been worth every penny of the $8 million he has received.

Shifting our focus back to the Keys, it is time to continue our top 10 moments of the season countdown! Last week, Wynston Sawyer kicked things off with a game-winning double against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Today, we fast forward two weeks to bring you moment #9.

Although the saying typically goes “April Showers bring May Flowers” Mother Nature must not have gotten the memo on May 10. Rains fell throughout the day, forcing the Key City Roller Derby to be postponed, while the grounds crew was constantly called into action. In spite of all the rain, the game eventually got underway.

Making his season debut, Keys starter Joe Van Meter struggled with command, walking four over 3.2 innings. One of those walks forced home a run in the third, while a sac-fly by Nick Basto and an RBI groundout by Keon Barnum staked the Dash to a 3-0 edge after 4.5 innings.

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With rain starting to fall again, Frederick needed runs and fast. Three more outs and the game would be official. Fortunately, Mother Nature intervened. After Steel Russell struck out to begin the bottom of the fifth, home plate umpire Travis Godec called for the tarp. Furious (because his team was two outs away from a win) Winston-Salem manager Tommy Thompson tried to convince both umpires to keep the game going to no avail. Roughly an hour and a half later, play was suspended, meaning the Keys and Dash would continue Saturday’s game on Sunday as part of a “pseudo doubleheader.”

It would not be the last time all year that a game would be rolled over to the next day, but the conclusion of this quasi-twinbill was arguably the most memorable.

Entering the ninth inning, the Keys trailed 3-1, a precarious position to be sure. Coming into the contest, Frederick was 0-14 when trailing after eight frames. However this game would veer off script.

With one out, Russell singled off Leyer, sending nine-hole batter Sammie Starr to the plate. Homerless coming into the at-bat, the Canadian pounced on a mistake by the Dash righty:

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Clearly frazzled, Leyer surrendered an infield single to Glynn Davis, before committing a balk to place the winning run at second. Now the question was, could the Keys convert with a man in scoring position?

Lucas Herbst was unsuccessful, but Brenden Webb would have the answer with two outs:

Not a bad way to kick off a Sunday Funday! The 4-3 victory was the club’s second of three walk-offs in 2014.

Stay tuned for more of the Top 10 countdown later this week!

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

 

 

 

Former Keys Help Back the Birds

Good Morning Keys Fans!

Tuesday was an exciting night to be an O’s fan. For the first time since 1997, the Orioles are AL East champs! Even more thrilling was that the club was able to accomplish the feat in Baltimore for the first time in 1969. And while I’m sure that celebration was fun, how could it top this?

That’s how you make a lifelong connection!

Then there were those that celebrated the more traditional way…

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No matter how you celebrated, it was a night that that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

What has been most impressive is how the O’s have done it. Without guys such as Matt Wieters and Manny Machado, the club was still able to book a trip to the postseason with more than a week to spare. Tuesday night’s clincher really underscores this point, with the Orioles getting a quick lift from Steve Pearce (three-run homer), insurance from Jimmy Paredes (solo homer) and a dagger from Alejandro De Aza (bases clearing triple).

That may be the headline of the season. However for Frederick fans, one additional storyline has been the number of former Keys that have contributed to the Orioles success:

Zach Britton (’09 Keys)-One of the league’s biggest surprises. Since taking the closer’s reins from Tommy Hunter, Britton has posted a 1.74 ERA, and is fourth in the American League with 35 saves, while he has the most in the Majors since May 15. Not bad for the Keys single-season ERA leader (he had a 2.70 ERA in ’09)

Kevin Gausman (’12 Keys)-Although his stay in Frederick was short, his dominating stuff left a quick impression. Now in Baltimore to stay, the former LSU Tiger has turned it on down the stretch. In each of his last three starts he has worked at least seven innings, and given up just six combined runs during that span. His ERA is a very respectable 3.57.

Caleb Joseph (’09 Keys)-After hitting .284 with the orange and black in ’09, Joseph seemed to stall at Double-A. Then an injury to Matt Wieters provided a golden opportunity. Since making his Major League debut on May 7, he has provided stability behind the plate, and has worked his way into the gold glove conversation. With the Orioles has thrown out 41% of all attempted base stealers, a mark that would be the best in the Majors if he qualified.

Brian Matusz (’09 Keys/’11 on rehab)-Like Gausman, Matusz has turned it on for the O’s down the stretch. In his last 23 appearances he has been virtually lights out, recording a 0.96 ERA (18.2 IP/2ER).

Jonathan Schoop (’10-’11 Keys)-Despite some recent struggles at the plate, Schoop has shown signs of what he is capable of. A few weeks ago, he homered in 3 consecutive games. Just 22 years old, Schoop last won a championship with the Keys in 2011, when his double-play partner was none other than Manny Machado.

Nick Markakis (’05 Keys)-One of the leader’s of the O’s, Markakis has tallied 50 multi-hit games this year. There was little doubt after last night’s clinch he would get his first pie in the face:

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Although Steve Pearce and Ryan Flaherty have only been with the Keys on rehab assignments, both have played integral roles in the O’s Division title. Pearce especially,  who has had a career year, batting .294 over 96 games (that includes 18 home runs).

Even Alejandro De Aza has a Keys connection. A member of the White Sox until late August, he was traded to the O’s in exchange for two guys with Keys connections: Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas. Although the loss of Blackmar was particularly tough for Frederick fans, De Aza has provided a huge spark. He has hit safely in 11 of 12 games with the Orioles, hitting .327 during that time with seven extra-base hits. And oh by the way, the O’s have won 11 of the 12 games where he has been the lineup.

In short, this season for the O’s has been special, but for Keys fans it’s even more special because of all the Frederick connections.

So in the words of O’s GM Dan Duquette, keep on partying like it’s 1969

Shake Your Keys!

Geoff

 

Frederick Keys Top 10 Moments of 2014

Good Evening Keys Fans!

It’s hard to believe the offseason has finally arrived. April-August seemed like it completely flew by. However that typically happens when you’re having fun, and this year’s team provided plenty of great moments and memories.

Over the next few weeks, we will be counting down the top 10 moments of the 2014 season. Doug Raftery and I have racked our brains, and put together a list which encompasses some of the top plays and performances of the 2014 slate.

So without further or do…

#10-April 24 Frederick vs Myrtle Beach (Harry Grove Stadium)

Wynston Sawyer Walks it Off:

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It may have been only April 24, but it was a game the orange and black needed to win. Following a 21-6 defeat the following night to the Pelicans, the Keys needed a win to get back on track and force a Friday rubber game (where the team would have the services of platinum glover Manny Machado).

Branden Kline turned in a great performance on the mound, twirling seven innings and allowing one unearned run, while Frederick grabbed a 3-1 advantage in the fifth thanks to an RBI double by Jerome Pena and a single by Lucas Herbst which plated Creede Simpson from third.

It looked to be the Keys game, but the eventual first-half south champs would not go down without a fight. After adding a run in the seventh on a Herbst double play, the Keys saw the Pelicans plate three in the eighth off Matt Hobgood. Sending eight men to bat, Myrtle Beach leveled the count on a bunt single by Hanser Alberto.

With the contest tied 4-4, the Pelicans turned to flamethrower Keone Kela. Entering the game with a 2.35 ERA, Kela struck out two of the three he faced in the eighth, and flashed a fastball which occasionally hit triple digits.

Back for the ninth after his team was held scoreless, Kela got Pena to pop out, but walked Simpson. A single by Michael Burgess advanced his teammate into scoring position, to set the table for Wynston Sawyer:

It was the club’s first walk-off victory of the year, but it would not be the club’s last against the Pelicans. On June 13, Frederick battled back from a 6-1 deficit to top the Birds 7-6, as another catcher, Zane Chavez,  played the role of hero with a dunk single down the right field line. That victory was also the team’s biggest come-from-behind win of the season…

But the question is, will it make the top 10 list? Find out in the coming days!

Shake your Keys and let’s go O’s!!

Geoff

Frederick Keys Game Notes 8-31-14

Sunday, August 31, 2014 · Game #135/#136 · Home Game #65/#66

Frederick Keys (65-69/33-34) vs Potomac Nationals (75-58/37-27)

LHP Matt Taylor (6-2, 3.13) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (0-1, 27.00)

CLOSER TO CLINCHING: The Frederick Keys earned their third straight win on Saturday night, utilizing a three-run second inning to defeat the Potomac Nationals 4-3 at Harry Grove Stadium. Coupled with a loss by the Lynchburg Hillcats, Frederick is now tied for the CL North wildcard spot with three games remaining in the regular season. Receiving a boost from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Keys pulled into a tie after a grand slam by Ryan Cordell which gave the Birds a 5-2 win last night. Utilizing several defensive mistakes by the Nationals, the orange and black scored three times off Brian Rauh. Following a leadoff walk to Chih-Hsien Chiang, he advanced to third on a single by Tucker Nathans before Austin Wynns brought Chiang home with a short grounder to second which was misplayed by Khayyan Norfork. An RBI single by Jerome Pena and a fielder’s choice by Johnny Ruettiger rounded out the scoring. Parker Bridwell endured a long second inning, but allowed only two runs through six innings to earn his seventh win.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS: Any number of scenarios would help Frederick reach the playoffs. Entering today, the Keys and the Lynchburg Hillcats are tied for the wildcard, but the orange and black have three games left and the Hillcats have only two. Should the Keys sweep Sunday’s doubleheader, they would clinch a playoff berth with a Lynchburg loss, while if Frederick dropped both ends of the twinbill, a Hillcats win would send them to the postseason. A Keys sweep of the doubleheader and a Hillcats win would put the Keys a half-game up. If Frederick splits, a Lynchburg lead would drop the Keys a half-game behind, but a Hillcats loss would put the orange and black a half-game ahead. Losses by all parties on Sunday, gives Lynchburg a half-game edge going into Monday. Wilmington hangs on by a thread going into Sunday against Salem. For the Blue Rocks to make the postseason, they would need to win out and the Keys and the Hillcats would need to lose all their remaining games.

PLAYOFFS, PLAYOFFFS?: On Sunday, Frederick will have a chance to reach postseason play for the first time since 2011. That season, Frederick won its fourth Carolina League title, defeating the Kinston Indians for the Mills Cup. Should the Keys advance to the postseason, it would mark the club’s sixth trip to the playoffs in 10 seasons.

BLACKMAR TRADED TO WHITE SOX: The Keys playoff hopes took a blow on Saturday night, as Mark Blackmar was traded to the White Sox in a trade for outfielder Alejandro De Aza.  Former Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas was also sent to Chicago in the deal. One of Baltimore top minor league arms this season, Blackmar went 10-1 with one save and a 3.18 ERA over 26 games (18 starts). At the time of the trade, he was fifth in the CL in ERA, third in WHIP (1.08) and fourth in batting average against (.229). His ERA was also second-best among Orioles farmhands. De Aza was hitting .243 with five home runs and 31 RBIs to go along with 15 stolen bases at the time of the deal.

HOME COOKING?: Despite problems at home all year long, Frederick has won nine of its last 10 home games. That included a six-game home winning streak from August 10-27. That is the club’s longest home winning streak of the year, and represents a monumental turnaround from the club’s abysmal second-half start at the Grove, where the Keys went 1-10 in the first 11 second-half home games. This season, the Frederick is 3-4 against Potomac at the friendly confines.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END: Chih-Hsien Chiang saw his 12-game hitting streak come to an end on Thursday after going 0-for-3 with a run, two walks and two strikeouts. It was the first time he had failed to record a hit since August 8 against Wilmington. Over the 12-gamer, Chiang hit .325 (13-for-40) with a homer, two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. In the process, he saw his average jump 58 points (.175 to .233). This year, two members of the Keys have posted 12-game hitting streaks, as Jason Esposito hit in 12 in-a-row from April 14-May 2.

BURGESS NAMED POSTSEASON CL ALL-STAR: On Thursday morning, Michael Burgess was named a Carolina League postseason All-Star. The only Frederick player selected for the squad, it marked the third time that the Floridian had been named to a CL mid-season or postseason All-Star squad. As a member of the Potomac Nationals, Burgess won midseason accolades in 2009 and 2010. One of the league’s top hitters this season, the 25-year-old hit .315 over 83 games-and still qualifies as the league’s leader in batting average. He was promoted to Double-A Bowie on July 22, but was limited to only seven games due to injury.

NATIONALS KILLER: Once again, Parker Bridwell shutdown the Nationals, working eight innings of shutout baseball on Monday night. Carrying a perfect game into the seventh, Tony Renda broke it up with a single to right. Still, it was a great night for Bridwell who ended with 13 strikeouts, one short of his career-high (which occurred last August 14 against Lakewood). Meanwhile, the eight innings was one out short of the 23-year-old’s personal-best, which he set in his first outing against Potomac. In that ballgame, Bridwell carried a no-hitter into the ninth, before Renda singled to center. This season, Renda is the only Potomac hitter to record a hit off of Bridwell. In 16.1 shutout innings, the righty is 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and two walks.   

KEYS NAMED TO THE ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE: Late on Tuesday afternoon, two members of the Keys roster as well as four former Frederick players were named to the Arizona Fall League. Parker Bridwell and Jason Esposito were selected to the Glendale Desert Dogs preliminary roster, while past Keys Mychal Givens, Ashur Tolliver, Michael Ohlman, Zach Davies and Dariel Alvarez were also selected to the squad. Coming off eight shutout innings on Monday, Bridwell is 6-10 with a 4.51 ERA over 25 games this season. Rated the No. 19 prospect in the Orioles system according to Baseball America, the Hereford, TX native tallied seven straight quality home starts from May 13-June 27. Esposito also gets the call after a terrific second-half. Over 59 games since the All-Star break, he is batting .314 with six homers and 30 RBIs, while he is hitting .266 in 119 games.

BRAULT NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK: On Monday afternoon, Steven Brault was named the Carolina League “Pitcher of the Week” for August 18-24. He becomes the fifth Keys player to take home a weekly honor this year, and the second pitcher to receive the award. Parker Bridwell (May 12-19) was the last pitcher to earn pitcher of the week honors, while Michael Burgess, Mike Yastrzemski and Adrian Marin were all named “Players of the Week.” It is the first weekly award of Brault’s professional career. Promoted from Low-A Delmarva on Thursday, Brault dazzled in his Advanced-A debut that same night, tossing six innings of shutout, one-hit baseball. Rated the No. 14 prospect in the Baltimore system according to Baseball America, Brault leads all Orioles farmhands in ERA (2.91) and is tied for second in wins (10).

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf joins the Nationals on a Major League rehab assignment and is making his second appearance against the Keys. Currently, Ohlendorf is on the 60-day disabled list with a right lumbar strain. This season, he has pitched in just four games, going a combined 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA between Potomac, Triple-A Syracuse and the GCL Nationals. In his lone start against Frederick on May 14, Ohlendorf was tagged for seven runs on 11 hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. His most recent outing came on Tuesday in the GCL. There, he allowed one run on two hits over 1.2 frames. This season, Ohlendorf has not thrown any more than five innings in a start. A player with just over four years of Major League service time, Ohlendorf has pitched for the Yankees, Pirates, Padres and Nationals. In the big leagues, he is 22-33 with a 4.88 ERA. He last pitch with the Washington Nationals in 2013, going 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 16 games (seven starts).

Frederick Keys Game Notes 8-29-14

Friday, August 29, 2014 · Game #133 · Home Game #63

Frederick Keys (63-69/31-34) vs Salem Red Sox (65-66/32-31)

RHP Mark Blackmar (9-1, 3.06) vs. RHP Jacob Dahlstrand (3-0, 2.08)

EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM: The Frederick Keys scored five times off Salem Red Sox starter Cody Kukuk in the first inning, while the Sox squandered multiple bases loaded opportunities to help the orange and black earn a 10-3 win on Thursday night at Harry Grove Stadium. It was the Keys fourth win in five games, and helped the club keep pace in the CL North wildcard race. Unfortunately, Frederick did not gain any ground on Thursday though, as Lynchburg used six shutout innings by Blair Walters and a three-RBI game by Kevin Ahrens to top the Carolina Mudcats 6-2. With five games remaining on the Keys schedule, they trail the Hillcats by one game. After Sebastian Vader stranded the bases loaded in the first, the orange and black batted around against Kukuk. In the inning, Frederick put the first five men on base and used RBI doubles by Adrian Marin, Trey Mancini, singles by Jason Esposito and Jerome Pena and a sac-fly by Austin Wynns to put the Keys ahead. Frederick would add two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and two more in the seventh to complete the scoring. On the night, Salem went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.

QUICK-START KEYS: In three of their last four games Frederick has scored in the first inning. In addition to the club’s five-run first on Thursday, the Keys scored twice in the first inning on Tuesday, and three times in game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday. Those 10 runs account for just less than half of the club’s runs scored in this series (22 total). This season, the first inning has been Keys third-most productive inning, behind only the sixth (79 runs) and the third (78 runs).

NOT A BAD FIRST IMPRESSION: After a long day of travel from Greensboro to Frederick, Austin Wynns shined in his Keys debut. Taking the roster spot of Matt Price (who was placed on the DL Thursday), Wynns went 2-for-3 in his Advanced-A debut with a double and three RBIs. The three driven in equaled a season-high for Wynns, who served as a catcher at Low-A Delmarva. In 85 games in the South Atlantic League, the former Fresno State product hit .252 with a home run and 33 RBIs.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END: Chih-Hsien Chiang saw his 12-game hitting streak come to an end after going 0-for-3  with a run, two walks and two strikeouts last night. It was the first time he had failed to record a hit since August 8 against Wilmington. Over the 12-gamer, Chiang hit .325 (13-for-40) with a homer, two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. In the process, he saw his average jump 58 points (.175 to .233). This year, two members of the Keys have posted 12-game hitting streaks, as Jason Esposito hit in 12 in-a-row from April 14-May 2.

LORENZO JOINS KEYS: On Friday, outfielder Gregory Lorenzo was promoted from Low-A Delmarva. He takes the roster spot of Brenden Webb, who was placed on the disabled list after coming out of the game in the sixth inning on Thursday. Originally signed by the Orioles as an international free agent on July 4, 2009, Lorenzo hit .263 over 125 games with the Shorebirds to go along with a home run and 34 RBIs. At the time of his promotion he was third in the South Atlantic League in stolen bases (42). He was hitting .311 over 24 games in August.

BURGESS NAMED POSTSEASON CL ALL-STAR: On Thursday morning, Michael Burgess was named a Carolina League postseason All-Star. The only Frederick player selected for the squad, it marked the third time that the Floridian had been named to a CL mid-season or postseason All-Star squad. As a member of the Potomac Nationals, Burgess won midseason accolades in 2009 and 2010. One of the league’s top hitters this season, the 25-year-old hit .315 over 83 games-and still qualifies as the league’s leader in batting average. He was promoted to Double-A Bowie on July 22, but was limited to only seven games due to injury.

NATIONALS KILLER: Once again, Parker Bridwell shutdown the Nationals, working eight innings of shutout baseball on Monday night. Carrying a perfect game into the seventh, Tony Renda broke it up with a single to right. Still, it was a great night for Bridwell who ended with 13 strikeouts, one short of his career-high (which occurred last August 14 against Lakewood). Meanwhile, the eight innings was one out short of the 23-year-old’s personal-best, which he set in his first outing against Potomac. In that ballgame, Bridwell carried a no-hitter into the ninth, before Renda singled to center. This season, Renda is the only Potomac hitter to record a hit off of Bridwell. In 16.1 shutout innings, the righty is 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and two walks.   

CHALAS GETS THE CALL TO NORFOLK: Right before Monday’s game, Keys reliever Miguel Chalas was officially promoted to Triple-A Norfolk. He becomes the 10th Frederick player to receive a call-up to Double-A or Triple-A this season, while he is the third Keys pitcher to receive a promotion in the last six days. Last Wednesday, Branden Kline was moved up to Double-A Bowie, before Gene Escat was officially moved on Friday. In 28 games with the orange and black this season, Chalas was 2-3 with a 4.80 ERA. Taking his roster spot is Ivan Hernandez, who joins the team from Short-Season Aberdeen. In 18 games with the Ironbirds, he was 1-2 with four saves and a 3.47 ERA in 18 games. It is Hernandez’s first promotion to the Carolina League.

KEYS NAMED TO THE ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE: Late on Tuesday afternoon, two members of the Keys roster as well as four former Frederick players were named to the Arizona Fall League. Parker Bridwell and Jason Esposito were selected to the Glendale Desert Dogs preliminary roster, while past Keys Mychal Givens, Ashur Tolliver, Michael Ohlman, Zach Davies and Dariel Alvarez were also selected to the squad. Coming off eight shutout innings on Monday, Bridwell is 6-10 with a 4.51 ERA over 25 games this season. Rated the No. 19 prospect in the Orioles system according to Baseball America, the Hereford, TX native tallied seven straight quality home starts from May 13-June 27. Esposito also gets the call after a terrific second-half. Over 59 games since the All-Star break, he is batting .314 with six homers and 30 RBIs, while he is hitting .266 in 119 games.

BRAULT NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK: On Monday afternoon, Steven Brault was named the Carolina League “Pitcher of the Week” for August 18-24. He becomes the fifth Keys player to take home a weekly honor this year, and the second pitcher to receive the award. Parker Bridwell (May 12-19) was the last pitcher to earn pitcher of the week honors, while Michael Burgess, Mike Yastrzemski and Adrian Marin were all named “Players of the Week.” It is the first weekly award of Brault’s professional career. Promoted from Low-A Delmarva on Thursday, Brault dazzled in his Advanced-A debut that same night, tossing six innings of shutout, one-hit baseball. Rated the No. 14 prospect in the Baltimore system according to Baseball America, Brault leads all Orioles farmhands in ERA (2.91) and is tied for second in wins (10).

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander Jacob Dahlstrand makes his sixth appearance with the Salem as well as his fifth start. His most recent start came last Sunday against Wilmington. Receiving a no-decision, the righty allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings of work. He surrendered a homer and struck out two. Friday marks his first outing against the Keys after he was promoted from Low-A Greenville on July 27. Over 22 games with the Drive he went 5-5 with a 2.93 ERA, but made only one start. Dominant before his call-up, Dahlstrand posted a 1.61 ERA over eight games following the All-Star break. In his fifth professional season, Dahlstrand spent all of 2013 at Low-A Greenville, going 4-8 with a 4.65 ERA over 18 games (15 starts). Originally selected by Boston in the 10th round of the 2010 Draft out of Memorial (TX) High School, the Texan went 7-2 as a senior with a 3.83 ERA. Originally committed to the University of Houston, he was lured away by a reported $150,000 signing bonus. He throws a fastball, a curveball and a slider.

Frederick Keys Game Notes 8-25-14

Monday, August 25, 2014 · Game #128 · Road Games #70

Frederick Keys (59-68/27-33) vs Potomac Nationals (72-54/34-23)

RHP Parker Bridwell (5-10, 4.79) vs. RHP Brian Rauh (2-2, 4.00)

SPLITSVILLE: The Frederick Keys split a Sunday doubleheader with Potomac at Pfitzner Stadium, claiming the front end 4-3, before falling 12-1 in the nightcap. In game one, Mark Blackmar was superb, tossing a seven-inning complete game. He gave up just three runs en route to his third straight win, while he was helped out by a three-run Keys second, highlighted by a two-run homer from Brenden Webb. Things did not go as smoothly in game two, as the Keys were no-hit until the seventh inning by Nationals righty Ian Dickson. Chih-Hsien Chiang broke up the no-no and the shutout by homering off Jake Walsh in the seventh, but that was the only offense the Keys would muster. Potomac scored runs in five of its six innings, while Keys pitchers walked 10 and threw six wild pitches.

BLACKMAR STRIKES AGAIN: Mark Blackmar tossed the first complete game of his career on Sunday, and the third by a Keys starting pitcher this season. Over seven innings, Blackmar scattered three runs on four hits, while he struck out a career-high seven, two more than he had ever punched out in a professional game. Winner of nine games, Blackmar paces Frederick in victories and is fourth in the Carolina League in that department. Meanwhile, he is fifth in ERA (3.06). In his three prior pro seasons, the Texan had won 11 games combined.

CHIANG TO THE RESUCE: Chih-Hsien Chiang bailed the Keys out in game two of the doubleheader, with a solo homer on the first pitch of the seventh inning. Playing for the first time in eight days, the Taiwan native finished a combined 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, an RBI. a run scored and two walks over both ends of yesterday’s twinbill. That pushed his hitting streak to eight games (it started on August 9). During that time, he is batting .296 (8-for-27) with a homer, a double, an RBI and a run scored. In each game he has recorded just one hit, but has seen his average jump by 36 points (.175 to .211).

WALK THIS WAY: In the second game of the doubleheader, Keys pitchers threw six wild pitches and walked 10 Potomac batters.  Nearly half of that total came in the third inning, when the duo of Dennis Torres and Jimmy Yacabonis combined on four free passes. It was the second time this week that Frederick arms had walked 10 in a ballgame, after the club gave out 10 free rides to Carolina last Tuesday. Frederick’s season-high for walks is 11 (that occurred on April 23 against Myrtle Beach), while the Keys have walked 463 for the year, second-most in the Carolina League.

BRAULT NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK: On Monday afternoon, Steven Brault was named the Carolina League “Pitcher of the Week” for August 18-24. He becomes the fifth Keys player to take home a weekly honor this year, and the second pitcher to receive the award. Parker Bridwell (May 12-19) was the last pitcher to earn pitcher of the week honors, while Michael Burgess, Mike Yastrzemski and Adrian Marin were all named “Players of the Week.” It is the first weekly award of Brault’s professional career. Promoted from Low-A Delmarva on Thursday, Brault dazzled in his Advanced-A debut that same night, tossing six innings of shutout, one-hit baseball. Rated the No. 14 prospect in the Baltimore system according to Baseball America, Brault leads all Orioles farmhands in ERA (2.91) and is tied for second in wins (10).

POWER SURGE: Over their last 10 games, the Keys have hit 11 home runs, after Brenden Webb and Chih-Hsien Chiang each finished with longballs during the doubleheader. This season, the team has hit 83, a mark which ranks second in the Carolina League (only Myrtle Beach at 102 has more) but is still well short of last year’s total (109). Since 2011, Frederick has hit 99 home runs or more in a season. Of the 11 deep flies, six have come with men on base.

LEATHER TROUBLES: On Friday, the Keys committed four errors, tying a season-high. Previously, the team had made four errors on only one occasion this season. Coming off an overnight bus trip from Myrtle Beach, the orange and black made four defensive miscues en route to an 11-1 loss (including three in the first inning). A team that is well-regarded for its defense, Frederick has made 13 errors in its last 12 games, and has made at least one miscue in nine of the 11 contests. Currently, the team is tied with Wilmington for the CL lead in fielding percentage (.978), while the Keys have made the second-fewest errors (107).

MORE NEW FACES: Gene Escat was officially promoted to Double-A Bowie on Friday, becoming the second member of the orange and black to move up to the Eastern League in the last three days. On Wednesday, Branden Kline got called up, and made his debut against the Reading Phillies. Including Kline and Escat, nine Keys have been promoted to Double-A this year (Michael Burgess, Glynn Davis, Mychal Givens, Mike Yastrzemski, Zane Chavez, Sammie Starr and Ashur Tolliver were the others). In 31 games with Frederick, Escat went 2-5 with one save and a 3.49 ERA. Taking Escat’s place on the roster is Dylan Rheault, who moves up from Low-A Delmarva. In 34 games, the 6-9 right-hander went 8-4 with three saves and a 2.82 ERA. At the time of his promotion, he had not allowed any earned runs in August (10 IP).

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.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander Brian Rauh makes his 16th appearance of the year as well as his 11th start. His last outing came on August 14. Tossing a season-high 6.1 innings, the righty gave up two unearned runs on four hits. He struck out a season-high seven and did not walk a batter but was hit with his second loss. Owner of back-to-back quality starts, Rauh has given up just two unearned runs in his last 12.1 inning and scattered seven hits. Over 10 second-half games (six starts) he is 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA, after missing a sizable chunk of the first-half. After making five appearances in April, he was on the disabled list from May 2-June 21 on account of shoulder tendinitis. In 15 games this year, opponents are batting .250 against Rauh, who has fared better as a reliever (2.08 ERA) than as a starter (4.65 ERA). He has not faced the Keys this year, after his scheduled start against Frederick on April 14 was postponed due to rain. Rauh split 2013 between Low-A Hagerstown, Double-A Harrisburg and Potomac. In 31 games (12 starts) he went 7-4 with a 4.50 ERA over 106 frames. He went 4-2 with a 4.22 mark over 16 games with the Nationals. Selected by Washington in the 11th round of the 2012 Draft out of Chapman University, Rauh dominated Division III competition in his three years at the school, going 30-1 with a 1.78 ERA. A pitcher who refined his mechanics and increased his lower body strength once he got to college, Rauh went from throwing 83-84 mph in high school to touching 90 mph by the end of his freshman year at Chapman. His 2010 season was outstanding, as he went 11-0 with 100 strikeouts in 83.1 innings pitched, en route to being named the NCAA Division III Pitcher of the Year. In 2011, he set the school’s all-time single-season strikeout record (133). Not the only member of his family to advance to the professional ranks, Brian’s brother. Jeff, currently plays for the St. Louis Cardinal organization.  He throws a fastball (low-90s), a curveball, a slider and a change.

 

Frederick Keys Game Notes 8-24-14

Sunday, August 24, 2014 · Game #126/127 · Road Games #68/69

Frederick Keys (58-67/26-32) vs Potomac Nationals (71-53/33-22)

RHP Mark Blackmar (8-1, 3.02) vs. LHP Hector Silvestre (1-1, 4.57)

RAIN MEANS ANOTHER DOUBLEHEADER: After some afternoon showers and an additional cell of rain right before first pitch, the Frederick Keys and the Potomac Nationals were postponed on account of rain. Saturday’s game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 5 p.m. Both games will be seven innings in length. Over the final week of the season, the orange and black will play three doubleheaders, including two against Potomac (with one taking place next Sunday in Frederick). The Keys most recent twinbill came last Wednesday in Wilmington, a set which was swept by the Blue Rocks (both via shutout). Potomac swept its last doubleheader on Wednesday in Lynchburg. Frederick holds a 4-4 record in doubleheaders (third-best in CL), Potomac is in fifth (10-10).

IT WAS THERE FOR THE TAKING:  The Frederick Keys committed four errors, including a pair in the ninth inning alone, which allowed the Potomac Nationals to rally for a 4-3 win on Friday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Down to their final out in the ninth, the Keys grabbed a 3-2 lead on a two-run homer by Wynston Sawyer. However, back-to-back errors by Jason Esposito at third and Matt Hobgood on the mound kept the door open in the bottom of the ninth. Taking advantage, Tony Renda riffled a single up the middle to force extra innings. After Gilberto Mendez held the Keys off the board in the top of the 10th, the Nationals loaded the bases against Dylan Rheault. Making his Advanced-A debut, Rheault walked the leadoff batter, before a sacrifice bunt, an intentional walk and a hit-by-pitch set up a chance for Estarlin Martinez. Grounding a ball slowly to third, Esposito’s throw hit Shawn Pleffner in the back to give Potomac a walk-off victory. Despite the loss, the Keys did not lose any ground in the second-half wildcard race, as Wilmington was also a 4-3 loser in 10 innings to Salem.

TOUGH DAY WITH THE LEATHER: On Friday, the Keys committed four errors, tying a season-high. Previously, the team had made four errors on only one occasion this season. Coming off an overnight bus trip from Myrtle Beach, the orange and black made four defensive miscues en route to an 11-1 loss (including three in the first inning). A team that is well-regarded for its defense, Frederick has made 12 errors in its last 10 games, and has made at least one miscue in eight of the 10 contests. Currently, the team is tied with Wilmington for the CL lead in fielding percentage (.977), while the Keys have made the second-fewest errors (107).

FREE BASEBALL IS NOT ALWAYS FUN: The series opener was the Keys 12th extra-inning game on the year. This year, the club is 5-7 in games stretching past regulation, giving Frederick the third-worst mark in the Carolina League. Only Carolina (3-8) and Winston-Salem (3-5) have fared worse, while Lynchburg leads the circuit with a 7-1 record. Friday was the first extra-inning tilt for the Keys since July 13, when Potomac earned a 2-1 victory at the Grove in 13 innings.

SPEAK SOFTLY, BUT CARRY A BIG STICK: Wynston Sawyer paced the Keys offensively, accounting for all three of the team’s RBIs on Friday. Going 2-for-3 with a double a two-run homer and three RBIs, the Californian briefly gave Frederick the lead in the ninth with a longball off Gilberto Mendez. The three RBIs were a new season-high for Sawyer, and gave him his first three RBI game since last August 19, when he was playing for Low-A Delmarva.

MORE NEW FACES: Gene Escat was officially promoted to Double-A Bowie on Friday, becoming the second member of the orange and black to move up to the Eastern League in the last three days. On Wednesday, Branden Kline got called up, and made his debut against the Reading Phillies. Including Kline and Escat, nine Keys have been promoted to Double-A this year (Michael Burgess, Glynn Davis, Mychal Givens, Mike Yastrzemski, Zane Chavez, Sammie Starr and Ashur Tolliver were the others). In 31 games with Frederick, Escat went 2-5 with one save and a 3.49 ERA. Taking Escat’s place on the roster is Dylan Rheault, who moves up from Low-A Delmarva. In 34 games, the 6-9 right-hander went 8-4 with three saves and a 2.82 ERA. At the time of his promotion, he had not allowed any earned runs in August (10 IP).

NOT A BAD FIRST IMPRESSION: Steven Brault excelled in his Advanced-A debut, tossing six shutout innings. The only hit he allowed was a single to James Roberts, while he was highly efficient, tossing just 74 pitches (48 strikes over the course of his outing). Going back to his final two starts with Low-A Delmarva, Brault has won three in-a-row, and has allowed just one run over his last 19 innings (0.47) on nine hits. Taking the rotation spot of Branden Kline (who was promoted to Double-A Bowie on Wednesday), Brault has been one the organization’s elite pitchers in 2014. Entering Saturday, Brault paces all full-season O’s farmhands in ERA (2.91) and is tied for second in wins (10).

POWER SURGE: Over their last eight games, the Keys have hit nine home runs. After Wynston Sawyer’s fourth home run in the ninth inning on Friday, the club’s total is up to 81. That mark ranks second in the Carolina League (only Myrtle Beach at 102 has more) but is still well short of last year’s total (109). Since 2011, Frederick has hit 99 home runs or more in a season. Of the nine deep flies, two have come from Trey Mancini and Tucker Nathans. Mancini homered last Friday and Saturday, while Nathans went long last Saturday and Sunday. Making these home runs more destructive is that five of them have come with men on base.

BOOMER: Trey Mancini has posted three straight multi-hit games. During that stretch he is batting .354 (7-for-15) with two doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored. In the process, he has seen his average climb from .245 to .260, the highest it has been since July 12. Following a challenging July where Mancini hit only .229, the former Big East batting champ is hitting .303 over 19 games in August.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Left-hander Hector Silvestre makes his 23rd start of the season and his fifth as a member of the Nationals. His most recent outing came on Tuesday at Lynchburg, as part of game one of a doubleheader (the second game was later postponed due to rain). Receiving a no-decision, Silvestre went four innings and allowed one run on six hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. Sunday will mark the fourth time in five games that the southpaw has pitched in one end of a scheduled doubleheader. The first time that occurred proved to be a memorable outing. Facing Carolina on August 3 in Zebulon, Silvestre came within one out of a seventh inning no-hitter, before a triple by Yandy Diaz broke it up. He lost the shutout one batter later, as Jeremy Lucas followed with a homer and LeVon Washington and Luigi Rodriguez contributed singles before Silvestre was taken out. A pitcher who has commanded his stuff extremely well, the lefty has walked just two in 21.2 innings and has not walked any more than one in an individual outing. Since signing with the Nationals, Silvestre’s BB/9 IP ratio is just 2.6 (and a combined 1.8 this year). Promoted to Potomac on July 26, the 21-year-old opened the year at Low-A Hagerstown, where he went 6-7 with a 4.14 ERA (91. 1 IP/42ER). Prior to his call-up, he was 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA over four games in July. Signed as an international free agent by Washington out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, Silvestre signed as an 18-year-old. He spent 2011-12 with the DSL Nationals before moving stateside to the GCL Nationals in 2013. A postseason GCL All-Star, he ranked second in ERA (1.82) and WHIP (0.82) and tied for second in wins (seven). He also made one start for Potomac. Originally from San Pedro de Macoris, DR, the baseball rich town in the Dominican has produced Major League stars such as Robinson Cano, Johnny Cueto, Starlin Castro, Sammy Sosa, Tony Fernandez and Julio Franco.

 

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