Scott Copeland Game Report August 17th
Season Stats: 7-9, 5.92 ERA in 22 starts before Wednesday's start
Delmarva Stats: 5-9, 6.58 ERA in 20 starts
Frederick Stats: 2-0, 0.00 ERA in two starts before Wednesday's start
Wednesday August 17th Results: 1-0, 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Copeland only needed 11 pitches to retire the first six batters of the game. The 21st round pick in the 2010 draft recorded the first three outs in the game via the ground out on four pitches. The ground out theme continued in the middle innings as he induced seven ground outs in the start.
The command and velocity of the Keys pitcher was sharp for most of the game as his fastball ranged from 87-90 MPH with good sinking action and topped out at 93. The slider was breaking well in the range of 76-78 MPH.
Copeland started to tire in the sixth inning as he struck out the first batter then allowed a single and a double down the left field line and was pulled. He left some pitches up as a result of the fatigue. Randy Henry came in from the bullpen and allowed one of the runs charged to Copeland to score.
The former Southern Mississippi right-handed pitcher threw six innings in his first two starts with the Keys coming into the game Wednesday.
Game Quotes from Scott Copeland
On his performance
"I did pretty well. I hit my spots for the most part. I had a very good catcher [Brian Ward] he called a great game and I threw enough strikes."
On first two innings throwing just 11 pitches
"Yeah they are a very aggressive team I knew that coming in if I threw a first pitch strike they were going to make contact or do something with it."
On his command tonight
"Yeah that was the positive part about it. I got like seven walks in the 12 innings and I knew I had to start spotting up more and getting ahead of batters.
On the success in Frederick after struggling in Delmarva
"Ward is one of the best catchers in the organization. This team is confident they are a winning team. When you are around a bunch of guys that are confident and having fun and playing the game with all they have its great and it makes it easier."
On what happened in the sixth inning.
"I gave up a single on a slider that [Jonathon] Schoop couldn't get to and I gave up a double. Their lefty came up, one of their best hitters, I knew I couldn't give him anything to hit so I threw a fastball on the outside and he got me and Henry came in to do his job."