Townsend Slowly Emerging From Slump

Keys first baseman Tyler Townsend recorded two hits including a home run in Sunday's loss vs Kinston

Frederick Keys first baseman Tyler Townsend has been mired in a slump that caused him to press at the plate but things seem to be coming back for the third round pick of the 2009 draft.

In Saturday's walk off victory, Townsend just missed earning the hero tag as he lined out to right field on a diving play by Bo Greenwell.

Sunday's game brought the Orioles prospect some success as he doubled and homered to left field in consecutive plate appearances.

Kinston used the shift on him where the second baseman played in short right field. Townsend just looked for his pitch on the outer third and crushed it to left field.

"Yea I mean it worked out they played the shift on me but they threw me outside pitches," Townsend said. "I just got back to my strength and went back to the back side."

Townsend has been taking some extra batting practice to try and get out of the slump. He believes he has figured out the approach that has helped him lead the team in home runs. Townsend believed Saturday's game was the turning point.

"Saturday I hit the ball hard three times and I only got one hit, but I felt like I was seeing the ball well. I squared three pitches up and sometimes it doesn't fall in for you but yesterday I felt more comfortable and relaxed."

Manager Orlando Gomez is happy to see his first baseman emerge out of the slump and was also surprised to see Kinston play the shift defensively on him.

"I was surprised to see them play the shift because usually he goes to left field."

Townsend is hitting .289 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 39 games with the Frederick Keys this season.

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