A Jeff Kobernus defensive lapse at second base attributed to the end of the Keys 16 consecutive scoreless innings streak and a rain shortened 5-1 victory Wednesday.
Kobernus bobbled what should have been an inning ending double play with one out in the fourrth but could only get the out at second base.
The miscue set up Miguel Abreu as he crushed a ball over the left field wall to bring in three runs which gave the Keys a 3-1 lead. Catcher Brian Ward added another run with a home run of his own to left field.
Jacob Pettit started the game for Frederick and gave up one run on three hits and struck out four in six innings of work.
Abreu wasn’t finished as he recorded his second hit of the evening on a single in the sixth inning to bring home Jacob Julius to increase the lead to 5-1.
The rain came pouring down again in between the bottom of the sixth inning as they brought the tarp out and the game was delayed 45 minutes before it was officially called.
On his home run in the fourth inning
“The first at bat he was kind of throwing me a little inside and got jammed a little bit. This at bat I thought he was going to come inside and he came with a fast ball with strike and I just reacted to it. It was a good feeling.”
“He is the same guy he won seven games and didn’t lose any games so we know what he is doing. We play those guys about 15 or 16 games this season so we know what they can hit and not hit. Pettit is good. A bad day for him is a really good day.”
On the home run and game one victory
“It feels great and it was a good first win. We have the momentum going into the second game. I thought Pettit threw the ball great, the defense played good and Miguel Abreu got us started.”
On what made Pettit so effective
“Throwing his off speed pitches in fastball counts for strikes. When we were ahead in the count he used them as out pitches and he did a great job.”
On his performance tonight
“I feel pretty good about it. I didn’t have the fastball command I wanted. The changeup got me out of a couple jams. Overall I am happy with the performance.”
On how it feels to be the number one starter and getting the job done
“It feels great man! It’s just nice to get that out of the way. Hopefully we keep winning and I can get another start.”
On his stuff on the mound
“I didn’t have my best stuff. The fastball wasn’t there. The speed was there but I couldn’t get it on the inner half.
On his success in Frederick
“It is being on the same page as my catcher. The catcher just calls a great game and knows my strengths.”
Surprised that a catcher could make this much of a difference?
“No not at all the catcher makes everything. Ward does a lot of homework on the hitters and knows how to get them out.”
On calling the game after 5 ½ innings
“They called both managers to the office, checked the radar and it looked like there was going to be rain for a couple more hours. The decision was both managers to call the game off. There was no chance to play again with this weather.”
“Pettit threw six strong innings. He threw the ball well and kept us in the game. He threw strikes and used his changeup effectively.”
On the Kobernus error that helped end the scoring skid
“That is the break you need! It happens a lot in this game. Sometimes they give a breather to the other team and we took advantage of it and we are happy.
“He swung the bat good tonight. He was short and quick with his swing and he took advantage of the error.