The Frederick Keys open the week 6-8 looking of course to improve on their record and improve on their consistency. This week gives them a couple off days, so hopefully the team can rest and regroup to come back stronger next week. Here is the recap from each of the games this week.
Game 1: 4/19/18 Wilmington 15 Frederick 4
The first few innings were not pretty for the Keys, Cody Sedlock, a former 1st round pick, goes 1.1 innings giving up 3 hits, 4 walks, and 6 earned runs. On top of that Scott Burke comes in to relieve Cody Sedlock hoping to keep the Keys in the ballgame, but he too has a bad outing, only lasting 1.2 innings giving up 6 runs (5 ER). Preston Palmeiro goes 3-5 with a RBI and he is the player of the game.
Game 2: 4/20/18: Wilmington 2 Keys 0
Lucas Humpal pitches 5 solid innings striking out 6 and only allowing 1 earned run. In this game the offense did not give the pitching any run support but not only that, the two runs that were scored were both scored off of infield hits. So it turns out to be a tough loss for the Keys. The player of the game goes to Ryan McKenna (1-3, 2 BB)
Game 3: 4/21/18: Wilmington 12 Keys 10
The Keys outhit the Blue Rocks 17 to 9 but still fall short of the victory. The defense is the difference in this one giving up 2 unearned runs. Brian Gonzalez goes 5 innings allowing 5 earned runs with 5 walks and 5 strikeouts. James Teague, who allows 5 earned runs in just 1 inning of work, ends up with the loss. Ryan McKenna stays hot going 3-4 with an RBI and a walk, he is the player of the game.
Game 4: 4/22/18: Wilmington 2 Frederick 6
The offense and the pitching finally get on the same page! Ofelky Peralta goes 6 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 ER) on 3 hits and 3 strikeouts. Branden Kline and Tyler Erwin do not allow a hit the rest of the ballgame and lead the Keys to victory. Ryan McKenna with yet another player of the game. Going 2-2 with 2 walks.
The Keys once again did not play the way they had hoped and fall deeper into a hole this week. It seems the offense and the pitching can’t seem to keep each other in the ballgame and neither can stay consistent. The Keys have the potential to contend in the Carolina League it’s just a matter of staying consistent.