Keys and Woodpeckers Split Twinbill
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Frederick Keys (51-76/22-36) used a four-run fifth inning to defeat the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (64-65/33-27) 4-3 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader, before Fayetteville used a walk-off, hit-by-pitch to claim the nightcap 1-0. Frederick has now officially been eliminated from playoff contention.
In game one, the Keys and Woodpeckers offenses each claimed only one hit apiece through the first four innings. Still, Fayetteville got on the board off that one base knock. Following back-to-back walks by Brenan Hanifee, Marty Costes flared a single to shallow right that scored Chandler Taylor.
Frederick came roaring back in the fifth, scoring four times and sending eight to bat against Cody Deason. Singles by Patrick Dorrian, Daniel Fajardo and Chris Clare loaded the bases for Cole Billingsley, who doubled down the right field line to score a pair. One batter later, Sean Miller added a two-run single to make it 4-1 Keys.
In the bottom of the fifth, Fayetteville also strung together four straight hits, with a single by Michael Papierski making it a one-run game. Hanifee escaped the inning though, striking out Costes to strand the tying and go-ahead runs on base.
Diógenes Almengo pitched the final two innings to earn his 12th save. Striking out three, the former Astros farmhand twice left the tying run in scoring position.
Hanifee (9-9) earned the win, tossing five innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out six. Deason (3-3) was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs on six hits across five innings. He walked one and struck out six.
In game two, pitching was on full display. Only one Keys baserunner reached against Fayetteville starter, Austin Hansen. Following an error by Miguelangel Sierra to start the game, Hansen retired 12 in-a-row before exiting after four frames.
Frederick starter David Lebron walked a pair in the first inning, but turned in three innings of one-hit baseball. Tyler Joyner then picked up where Lebron left off. Giving up only one hit through three frames, the Alabama native struck out five.
The Keys managed their first hit in the fifth, as Irving Ortega collected an infield single to load up the bases against Jojanse Torres. The Woodpeckers right-hander escaped damage though, getting a lineout to leftfield to keep it a scoreless game. An error by Ruben Castro at second, gave the Keys a chance in the top of the seventh but they failed to score with men at second and third.
Tim Naughton came on for the seventh, but after striking out David Hensley, issued three straight walks. He then plunked Scott Schreiber on a 1-0 count to end the game. It was the Keys sixth walk-off defeat of the year.
Naughton suffered the loss going 0.1 of an inning, while Torres (8-0) earned the win. He walked four over three frames and surrendered two hits.
Frederick and Fayetteville conclude their three-game series on Sunday evening at SEGRA Stadium. Right-hander Luis Perez (6-1, 2.80) starts for the Keys and will be opposed by Woodpeckers left-hander Parker Mushinski (0-1, 3.38). First pitch is at 6:00 p.m. and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn app.
The Keys return home for the final five games of the season from Friday, August 30-Monday, September 2. Homestand highlights include Art in the Park Night with a jersey auction benefiting the Frederick Arts Council, Wrestling Night with Jake the Snake Roberts, a Baby Shark Picnic and Fan Appreciation Day. For tickets, fans can visit frederickkeys.com or call 301-815-9939.
The Frederick Keys are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and play their home games at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Following the 2018 season, the Keys were named the winner of the Carolina League's Complete Franchise Award. This goes to a team in the league which demonstrates franchise stability and significant contributions to its community and the league. In 2019, the team will host the Carolina League All-Star Classic presented by Visit Frederick. For more information about the Frederick Keys please contact Geoff Arnold by phone at (301)-815-9915 or by emailing at GArnold@FrederickKeys.com.
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