Apr 24

Strange Weekend Comes to End With Keys Splitting Two Doubleheaders

When it rains, it pours. For the Frederick Keys, that proved especially true this weekend, as they lost both games of their doubleheader to the Salem Red Sox on Friday, then after another rainy day, they beat the Sox twice Sunday to split the strange four-game series.

The floodgates opened on Thursday night and, even though the tarp was on the field prior to the downpour, the outfield grass was deemed to wet to play. It was just as well – most of the fans had already left for the evening, although a few die-hards stuck around just to make sure.

The first of two 7-inning doubleheaders did not go well for the Keys, as Salem started with four extra-base hits and


just kept scoring after that for the 10-3 win. Ryan Mountcastle, who is tearing up Carolina League pitching right now, accounted for all three of the Keys’s runs. Christian Alvarado (1-2) took the loss for Frederick, giving up eight runs on eight hits in 5 innings. Salem’s Josh Ockimey drove in six of the Red Sox’s 10 runs, a career high for him.

In the second game, trailing by four, Frederick evened the game in the bottom of the third, sending all nine batters up against Salem starter Travis Lakins. Randolph Gassaway singled in Austin Hays from second, while two batters later, Yermin Mercedes doubled in Gassaway. Ademar Rifaela added a pair of RBIs later in the inning, which scored Jomar Reyes and Mercedes.

In the sixth, with men at first and second, Jay Flaa threw a wild pitch, while the throw by Stuart Levy went off the glove of Ricardo Andujar and into left. That allowed Deiner Lopez to score. Josh Tobias completed the scoring with an RBI double to make it 7-5 Salem.

The Keys scored once in the sixth on a Hays RBI single, but could not bring home the tying run in the seventh. Lakins (3-0) got the win despite allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings. Flaa (0-1) took the loss, surrendering two runs in 2.2 innings. Gerson Bautista worked the final two innings and gave up one run to secure the save.

The rain seemed to wash away the negative vibes on Saturday, as the Keys turned everything around.


One of the Baltimore Orioles’s top prospects, Keegan Akin (1-2), picked up his first win for Frederick in Sunday’s 2-1 first game victory, allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts in five solid innings. It was also Akin’s first win as a professional, so a tip of the cap to you, Keegan.


In the nightcap, another Orioles top prospect, Cody Sedlock (3-0), coming off his second quality start of the year, threw five innings of one-hit baseball, the only hit coming off a leadoff single from Jhon Nunez in the third.

Sedlock earned the win for the Keys while Daniel McGrath (0-2) took the loss for the Red Sox. The Keys have a scheduled off day on Monday before traveling to Potomac to take on the Nationals for a three-game set starting Tuesday. Lefty Brian Gonzalez (0-2, 5.65) takes the mound in game one for the Keys.

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