The Big Picture
This report covers the week of April 17 through April 22. The Keys were scheduled to end their home stand against the Salem Red Sox April 17, but the Potomac Nationals field was unplayable and the series was moved to Frederick. The Keys officially are ending a 13 game home stand this weekend against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Keys Manager Orlando Gomez continues to use different lineup combinations because of the four doubleheaders the team has played this season and some injuries to the lineup.
The team is struggling offensively with a .233 average which ranks near the bottom in the Carolina League. Frederick ranks last in the league in hits (80). Lynchburg is ranked second to last with 95. Stolen bases have the Keys ranked in the middle of the pact with 16 but are tied for the league lead in caught steals (8) with Salem.
The Keys are getting on base as they are second in the league in walks (48) and lead the league in on base percentage (.345). Frederick is not getting the timely hits to drive in runners as they rank last in the league in runs scored (44).
It is early in the season and the Keys can turn it around offensively. In order for the Keys to play consistent baseball they will need to score more than their average of three and a half a game.
The pitching staff is ranked second to last in the league in ERA (5.03). Lynchburg ranks below them (5.33).
Among the bright spots in the rotation are Ryan O'Shea and Nathan Moreau.
O'Shea has started three games for the Keys this season and has posted a 1-1 record and an ERA of 2.30. O'Shea has only walked two batters and is tied for the team lead in strikeouts (11).
Moreau has started two games for the Keys and has compiled a 2-0 record and an ERA of 3.60.
The bullpen has struggled at points this season which has contributed to the high ERA this season.
April 17: Salem 6 Frederick 5, Game 1: The Keys trailed early 5-0 but fought back to tie the game. The Red Sox won the game in extra innings on a home run by leftfielder David Mailman. The Keys could not capitalize on their opportunity in the eighth inning and fell short.
April 17: Salem 8 Frederick 1, Game 2
The Keys could not split the doubleheader. The offense was absent with only three hits and struggled defensively as they committed three errors. Gomez said the team came out flat and did not play well at all.
April 18: Potomac 9 Frederick 0
The Keys continued their trend of trailing early and did not rally. Jacob Rasner struggled as he gave up 10 hits and seven earned runs. Frederick only recorded four hits in the game and struggled offensively.
April 19: Game Postponed
April 20: Frederick 6 Potomac 1
Moreau pitched six strong innings and gave up five hits and one earned run to earn his second victory of the season. Dan Klein pitched the seventh and final inning of the game and allowed one hit and struck out two. L.J. Hoes homered for the first time and drove in two runs.
April 20: Potomac 8 Frederick 4
Frederick owned a 2-0 lead until the top of the third inning when Potomac jumped out to a 3-2 lead. The Nationals added three more in the fourth to increase their lead to 6-2. The Keys rallied but could not make the comeback and split the doubleheader.
April 21: Lynchburg 9 Frederick 1
Frederick began their final series of this home stand on a sour note against the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Keys were held without a hit until the fifth inning when third baseman Dale Mollenhauer singled off pitcher Zeke Spruill. O'Shea pitched well giving up only two earned runs. Will Startup and Sean Gleason combined to give up seven earned runs in the bullpen.
April 22: Game Postponed.
Buck Britton is hitting .400 in his last 10 games with two RBI.
Tyler Kolodny is continuing his hot start to the season with a .333 batting average and three RBI and 10 hits in his last 10 games.
Mollenhauer is hitting .100 (2-20) with only one RBI. His only two hits in this span came in Friday's loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Hoes continues to struggle hitting only .171 (6-35) with a home run in his last 10 games. Expect the Orioles top five prospect to swing better at the plate as the weather gets warmer.
Upcoming Schedule for Frederick
The Keys will begin their seven game road trip with a four game series at Winston-Salem. They will travel to Myrtle Beach for three games following the Winston-Salem series. Frederick is 1-1 on the road this season.