The Frederick Keys start off a busy stretch of games with a 23-31 record. A successful week can get them right back into it right before the all star break. Here is a recap from all 8 games this week.
Game 1: 6/6/18: Keys 1 Nationals 6
Alex Wells gets the ball as he went 5 innings and allowing 5 runs (4 earned) he issued a rare 3 walks. Alex Wells’ control is usually on point. The Keys seemed to string a lot of hits together but just couldn’t get the big hit. McKenna, Reyes, and Palmeiro each had multiple hits. But a quiet game for the most part, as the Keys fall.
Game 2: 5/7/18: Keys 4 Nationals 2
Michael Baumann impressed once again as he went 5.1 innings, only allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs, and striking out 5. Colby Rasmus finally got a hit in his rehab stint, Collin Woody homered, he also doubled. Yohjan Quevedo also has multiple hits. Ryan McKenna ended up with a rare no hit game as he went 0-3 but did have 2 walks. Despite no hits tonight he does hit the ball hard just about every time. The player of the game goes to Collin Woody (2-4, HR, 2B)
Game 3: 6/8/18: Keys 3 Blue Rocks 2
Zac Lowther was fabulous on the mound as he is seeing immediate results after his promotion. Today he went 6 innings, walking one, allowing 3 hits, no runs, and striking out 8. Tyler Erwin threw a scoreless two innings at the end to get the save and lower his ERA to .91. Preston Palmeiro led the way with 3 hits, Colby Rasmus had 2 hits an a RBI, Wilson Garcia, the DH, also had 2 hits. Zac Lowther is the player of the game for his performance on the mound.
Game 4: 6/9/18: Keys 6 Blue Rocks 10
Christian Alvarado did not get the start he was looking for. Alvarado allowed 10 runs (8 Earned) in 5 innings of work. Up until this start Alvarado had been fairly solid, hopefully he can get back to it in his next start. The bullpen held it together the rest of the game, as Steven Klimek and Lucas Humpal each had scoreless outings. Ryan McKenna had a big day at the plate, he continued his outstanding start to the season with 4 hits in 5 at bats and 2 RBIs both coming off his 6th home run of the season. Wilson Garcia had 3 hits, Palmeiro, and Fajardo also had 2 hits a piece.
Game 5: 6/10/18: Keys 2 Blue Rocks 1 Final/5
In a rain shortened game, Ofelky Peralta was putting together arguably his best start of the season. Peralta likely would not have gone any farther as he was over 100 pitches but nonetheless still a good outing for Peralta. The 21 year old right handed went 5 innings, walking 3, striking out 4, and only allowing one earned run. Preston Palmeiro led the way on the offense side he was 2-3 with a RBI. Palmeiro’s numbers seem to keep on climbing. McKenna also had another hit and RBI. The player of the game goes to Ofelky Peralta.
Game 6: 6/11/18: Hillcats 0 Keys 1
Alex Wells was incredible as he pitched arguably the best game of his career. Unfortunately he could not get a win out of the terrific outing because the game went into extra innings. The final stat line for Wells was 8 innings, 3 hits, and 9 strikeouts, on top of that he did it all on 85 pitches so he very well could have gone the distance. McKenna led the way once again with 2 hits but Chris Clare was the savior as he singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Alex Wells is the player of the game.
Game 7: 6/12/18: Hillcats 1 Keys 2 Final/7
Game 1 of the doubleheader and Michael Baumann gets the nod. He went 5.2 innings, striking out 2, and allowing 1 earned run. He could have gone deeper into the game but I’m sure the manager just felt he needed to mix it up a little bit. Tyler Erwin came in for the save over 1.1 innings. Ryan McKenna is just getting ridiculous, he was 2-2 with a walk and a lead off home run to improve his batting average to .374 on the year. McKenna’s days in Frederick are limited. Preston Palmeiro was 2-3 also. The player of the game goes to Ryan McKenna for leading the offense to victory.
Game 8: 6/12/18: Hillcats 1 Keys 8 Final/7
Lucas Humpal contributed in a big way with 6 scoreless innings to set the Keys up for a big win. Humpal struck out 6 in 6 innings of work. Steven Klimek came in to seal the deal in the seventh also. Again Ryan McKenna was incredible as he went 2-3 with a walk. TJ Nichting went 3-3 with a walk and Jomar Reyes also had multiple hits. The player of the game goes to Lucas Humpal is your player of the game.
The Keys did what they needed to do this week. Playing well to get back up to .500 and beyond. Another busy week next week with multiple double headers. Hopefully Michael Baumann, Zac Lowther, Alex Wells, and Lucas Humpal build off their previous starts and I’m positive Christian Alvarado will bounce back at some point soon. The offense is hot, hopefully it stays that way.