29 Feels Fine In Keys Win

Keys Rain Shortened Third Consecutive Shutout Makes 29 Consecutive Scoreless Innings

Frederick Keys starter Kyle Simon kept the dominance rolling as he delivered 6 and 2/3rds scoreless innings en route to a third consecutive Keys shutout. This time an eight-inning, rain-shortened 1-0 win. Simon allowed only two hits while striking out seven batters.

Only one Mudcats batter hit a ball that reached a Keys outfielder off of Simon in the game.

Still though it was 0-0 into the seventh inning and after a leadoff single from 2B Tony Wolters the Mudcats had a great opportunity. A sacrifice bunt moved Wolters to second base and with two men down LHP Andy Loomis entered. After a failed pickoff play moved the runner to third base, Loomis got Mudcats RF Carlos Moncrief to line out to shortstop and the inning was over.

The Keys, who had five hits without a run in the two innings prior off of starter Michael Goodnight, went to work. 3B Travis Adair walked and went to third on a chopped single into right field by 2B Ty Kelly. A throw from right field sailed, allowing Kelly to get second base on the throwing error. Next up was Aaron Baker who was named Carolina League Player of the Week prior to the game. Baker lined a single to left field, scoring Adair with the game’s lone run.

Rains halted the game just prior to the ninth inning.

Frederick pitching has not allowed a run since the 6th inning in a Friday loss to Myrtle Beach. With three consecutive shutouts the streak is now at 29 innings without a run allowed. Keys starters Dylan Bundy, Tyler Wilson and Kyle Simon have worked 18 and 2/3rd’s innings of the streak.

The baton is passed Tuesday, June 26th at 7:15 p.m. to RHP Scott Copeland to look to continue the torrid stretch. Coverage begins 20 minutes prior with The Keys On-Deck Show on 1450-AM The Source.

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