FREDERICK, M.D.- The Carolina Mudcats took the field on Sunday afternoon in hopes of winning the weekend series against the Frederick Keys, but walked out 10-5 losers Sunday afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium.
Right-handed pitcher Jacob Lee (0-2) started the game for the Mudcats but did not fare well. He pitched 1.2 innings, allowing six runs on five hits and walked three.
Starting left-hander Tim Berry (2-1) earned the win for the Keys, pitching six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, and striking out eight.
The Mudcats lit up the scoreboard first in the second inning when catcher Charlie Valerio launched a two-run shot to left, scoring Jordan Smith. It was Valerio’s first home run of the season, and it gave the Muddies a 2-0 lead.
It would be short-lived, as the direction of the game quickly turned thanks to walks and home runs.
Lee walked three straight batters with one out when shortstop and leadoff hitter Sammie Starr hit a grand slam to left field, giving the Keys a 4-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Second baseman Travis Adair followed with a two-out solo shot to right field with no one on. The Keys , up 5-2, weren’t done yet.
The Keys DH and cleanup hitter, Zane Chavez, continued the onslaught with a double that knocked out starter Jacob Lee, who was replaced by right-handed pitcher Michael Goodnight.
The change didn’t slow down Frederick at all as Catcher Allan de San Miguel singled on a ground ball to left field that brought Chavez home to score. The inning ended with the Keys holding a sturdy lead 6-2.
The Keys picked up where they left off in the third when Left fielder Steve Bumbry started things off with a one-out single. An attempted pickoff by Goodnight resulted in a throwing error that allowed Bumbry to advance to second base. Bumbry scored when Starr continued his big game with an RBI single.
Chavez then hit a two-out, line drive single that scored Glynn Davis.
The Mudcats graced the scoreboard in the fourth inning when a suddenly streaking Jordan Smith hit a homerun to left center field, bringing the Key’s lead to 8-3.
The Key’s scored again in the fifth inning on an RBI ground-out by Chavez.
The Mudcats reciprocated in the top of the sixth to minimize the lead to five once again when center fielder Tyler Naquin scored on a RBI double by Lindor. However, the Keys furthered their lead 10-4 with a RBI single from Davis to end the sixth inning.
In the eighth inning, Lindor added to the Mudcats score with his second RBI of the game bringing Naquin home to score the games’ final run.
The Mudcats did manage to have three players with two-hit games, including former #1 Tribe picks, Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin. Jordan Smith managed to hit his first home run, and had his fourth straight two-hit ballgame.
The Mudcats start a four game series against the Potomac Nationals Monday night at Pfitzner Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.