Gomez Reacts to 14-6 loss and Discusses Team

The Keys allowed six home runs, Buck Britton hot and could C Luis Bernardo convert to pitcher?

The Frederick Keys fell behind early and lost to the Potomac Nationals 14-6 Thursday.

Ryan O'Shea struggled as he gave up eight earned runs in three innings. O'Shea's ERA has doubled to 3.79 on the season.

Buck Britton continues to swing a hot bat as he added three more hits and three more RBI to his season total. The infielder has 18 RBI in his last eight games.

Keys manager Orlando Gomez discusses the game today and other matters of the team.


On if the ending Wednesday had any bearing on today's game

"No excuses, I mean we tried to come back but we came out sloppy and we gave up six home runs. You have to give credit to the other team with the way they came in and swung the bats. They swung the bat, they scored some runs. We tried to come back. I felt like we didn't play the way we could have played but once and a while that's going to happen. We have to put it behind us and come back the following day and do it right."

On if you're going to have a game like this if it is better to have it at the end of a series as opposed to the beginning of the series

"I guess it was good to get it out of the way today. After a long night, early game and we waited that long and everything you know if you're going to get it out of the way then get it out of the way. We Just have to put it behind us and come back tomorrow and play the game that we play. I didn't like it."

On your team making a rally to cut the game closer and losing it the following inning

"Well yea, we didn't close the door when we needed to. We made a lot of mistakes and every mistake we made they hit it. We were behind and when you get ahead of a hitter and you don't make your pitch those things happen. Tonight was just one of those days."

On Ryan O'Shea

"He didn't have his best stuff today. He had trouble locating his pitches and he was kind of flat today. That's what happens if your flat and you don't locate right away then you are going to be in trouble."

On Britton continuing his hot stretch at the plate

[Laughs} "He just continues to swing the bat. He got three more hits, RBI and now he has almost an RBI in every game in like eight or nine games. He is going to keep hitting second. He is going to stay there. He is driving the runs in there and that is a good sign."

On Tyler Townsend's mini slump

"He is kind of struggling a little bit. He is trying to pull it a little more. Usually when he swings the bat well he uses all fields especially left field. I think his swing is a little bit long and from third base it looks like he is starting his hand a little bit late. Hope that bloop single will get him on track. The game is like that. You swing the bat well and then something happens and you go through that. Good experience for him. He will get out of it he is too good a hitter to stay that way."

On rumors that backup catcher Luis Bernardo converting to a pitcher

"Yea, yea he is working with Blaine [Beatty] in the bullpen and he is doing some work. The first day he threw he was consistent at 91 MPH and now they are working with his mechanics and his legs and everything. At this point they are probably going to make a switch with him so he can learn how to pitch. He will probably go to Sarasota [Gulf Coast League Orioles]. Whats going to happen next we don't know but right now it is in the air. Probably by the next road trip we will know for sure what is going to happen. With that type of arm I don't blame him."

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