Frederick Keys Notebook 2011: Wk 1

The Frederick Keys opened the season with a record of 4-2 and trail by half a game over Wilmington

The Big Picture
This report covers the opening week from April 8 through April 15.  The Keys were scheduled to begin their season on the 8th at Salem, but Mother Nature prevented them as rain cancelled the first two days of their season.  The Keys split a double header Sunday April 9 as they won game one 7-2 and lost game two 5-4.

Frederick began their home schedule Tuesday April 12 against Myrtle Beach with a 4-3 loss.  The Keys would take the last two games of the series 2-0 Wednesday and 6-5 Thursday.  Frederick faced Salem pitcher Drake Britton for the second time this season Friday night and would score early off him again.  Britton went 2 1/3 innings and gave up six earned on seven hits in the 7-2 April 9.  The Keys scored five earned runs on five hits in two innings pitched in the 5-1 win Friday.

Frederick is currently in second place in the Carolina League Northern division with a record of 4-2 and trail by a half game over 5-2 Wilmington.

The Lineup
Manager Orlando Gomez has used a few combinations of lineups but Kyle Hudson, L.J. Hoes and Steve Bumbry are the only Keys to play in all six games of the season.

Catcher Brian Ward is hitting .250 on the young season and leads the team with seven walks including a three walks in the home opener. 

Tyler Townsend has played five games at first base and is hitting .263 with a home run and five RBI.  Townsend was scratched from the lineup Friday after getting hit by a pitch in Thursday's win against Myrtle Beach.  He could return to the lineup as early as Sunday.

Hoes is playing exceptional defense at second base this season for the Keys, but is struggling at the plate with only three hits in his first 19 plate appearances.  Hoes, who is a top five Orioles prospect according to Baseball America, hit .290 in three levels in 2010.

Garabez Rosa is getting off to a quick start at the plate this season hitting .313 with a home run and a team leading six RBI.  Defensively, he is on point as he scooped up a chopper off the pitcher's mound and recorded the game winning throw to first Thursday against Myrtle Beach.  If Rosa did not make the play the Pelicans would have tied the game late in the ninth.  The 21-year-old also turned a 6-3 double play to finish off Salem Friday.

Dale Mollenhauer and Buck Britton are sharing the duties at third base for the Keys.  Mollenhauer has seen the majority of the reps, but Britton has a slightly higher RBI total and a better average than Mollenhauer in seven less plate appearances in 2011.

Kyle Hudson, Jacob Julius and Steve Bumbry have seen the majority of the time in the outfield this season. 
Hudson has been hitting well at the top of the lineup with a .273 average but has an on-base-percentage of .385 and is tied with Townsend for the team lead in runs scored (5).  The centerfielder leads the team in stolen bases (3) and has been a catalyst for the Keys in the leadoff spot.

Julius has played in five games for the Keys this season and is hitting only .188.  The 25-year-old is slowly working out of his mini 1 for 11 slump to start the season with two hits in his last five at bats.  Julius left the game Friday after getting hit by a pitch on the wrist.  The right fielder was checked out by a doctor and his playing status Sunday is unknown.

Bumbry has played in all six games for the Keys and has only recorded two hits in 18 at bats.  The Lutherville, Maryland native replaced Julius after the injury. 
Pitching Staff 
Ryan O'Shea recorded his first win of the season Friday against Salem.  The 24-year-old has posted a 1.86 ERA in his first two starts of the season.  O'Shea was able to get ahead of hitters with his fast ball and breaking pitches and stay in control throughout the outing.

Top five Orioles prospect Dan Klein has pitched five innings of relief for the Keys and has only given up one earned run with an ERA of 1.80.  The former UCLA Bruin has recorded six strikeouts in two appearances this season.

Will Startup has pitched in four innings this season.  In two appearances in relief for the Keys, the southpaw has posted a win and a 2.25 ERA.  The high powerful leg kick he possesses provides balance for him on the mound.  Despite the low ERA he has walked five batters this season but has limited the damage.

Game summaries
April 10: Frederick 7 Salem 2
The Keys jumped out early off Salem starting pitcher Drake Britton and scored seven runs in the first three innings of the game. Kyle Hudson went 2 for 3 with an RBI in the leadoff spot and also walked.  Tyler Townsend doubled three times in the win and Tyler Kolodny homered and drove in three runs.

April 10: Salem 5 Frederick 4
The Keys had the sweep in hand but Josh Dowdy blew the save and allowed the Red Sox to score three runs in the final inning to take the split.  Buck Britton recorded the only extra base hit of the game for the Keys.

April 12: Myrtle Beach 4 Frederick 3
The Keys opened their home schedule against the Myrtle Beach.  Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger led the way for the Pelicans as he went 4 for 4 at the plate with a double and RBI.  Third baseman Michael Olt went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI for Myrtle Beach in the win.
Keys starter Bobby Bundy recorded the loss as he pitched four innings and gave up four hits and an earned run.

April 13: Frederick 2 Myrtle Beach 0
In a pitcher's duel at Harry Grove Stadium the Keys recorded their second win of the season behind starter Jacob Rasner's five scoreless innings.  Dan Klein and Sean Gleason combined to shut out the Pelicans the rest of the way; Gleason recorded his first save of the season. 

April 14:  Frederick 6 Myrtle Beach 5
The offense shined as Jacob Julius recorded the game winning two-run single to give the Keys a 6-4 lead.  Patience was the appropriate word for this game as both teams combined to walk 19 times.  Garabez Rosa made the defensive play of the game when he scooped a chopper off the pitchers mound to throw and get the runner at first to end the game.  The Keys improved to 3-2 after the win.
April 15: Frederick 5 Salem 1
The Keys once again knocked around Salem starter Drake Britton for five earned runs in two innings.  Tyler Kolodny was the player of the game offensively as he drove in a run and recorded three hits. 

Who's Hot
Kolodny has a .462 average (6-13) with one home run and four RBI in his role as a designated hitter, outfielder and first baseman this season.   

Who's Not 
Hoes is starting off the season cold with a .158 average (3-19).  The second baseman despite the slump has been able to reach base with a .360 on-base-percentage and has scored four runs. 

Frederick Team Stats and Rank with Carolina League (8 teams)

Batting Average (.228)

Ranked 4th in Carolina League

Home Runs (3)

Ranked 7th in Carolina League

Runs Scored (27)

Ranked 4th in Carolina League

Team ERA (2.72)

Ranked 2nd in Carolina League

Walks (17)

Ranked 2nd in Carolina League

Strikeouts (45)

Ranked 6th in Carolina League

Up Next
The Frederick Keys will wrap up their first home stand of the season with a double- header against the Salem Red Sox Sunday April 17.  The first game will begin at 1:00 P.M and the second game will begin shortly after game one. 

The upcoming week will see the Keys visit Potomac April 18 through the 20 and will host Lynchburg April 21 through the 24.



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