Frederick Leaves Nine Men on Base in 3-1 Loss to Kinston
In the Keys first Mills Cup appearance since 2007, Frederick fell in game one to the Kinston Indians, 3-1. The Keys left nine men on base and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the losing effort. SS Manny Machado drove in Frederick’s lone run with a RBI double in the bottom of the third inning.
The Keys first scoring chance in the game came in the first inning. 2B Jonathan Schoop reached base via a one out walk. Schoop stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. DH Aaron Baker walked with two outs to put men on the corners but CF Miguel Abreu flew out to left field to end the inning.
Scoreless after two innings, Kinston struck first with an unearned run in the top of the third. With one down, CF Tyler Holt put down a bunt in front of the pitcher’s mound. LHP Nick Haughian raced off the hill to field the bunt. In the process, Haughian slipped and fell to the turf. From his back, he misfired to first and Holt advanced to second on the throwing error. After an infield single by LF Bo Greenwell moved Holt to third, 3B Adam Abraham hit into a fielder’s choice which scored Holt.
Frederick quickly responded with a run of their own in the home-half of the third. RHP Clayton Cook walked LF Bobby Stevens to leadoff the inning. Following a Dale Mollenhauer sac bunt and a Jonathan Schoop lineout, SS Manny Machado doubled down the left field line. Machado’s double easily scored Stevens and tied the game at one.
1B Jesus Aguilar led off the fourth inning for Kinston and put the K-Tribe right back on top. Aguilar hit a solo shot to left field to put the Indians in front, 2-1. Kinston added an unearned run in the frame and led by two after three-and-a-half innings.
The Keys had plenty of opportunities to get back into the game but failed to score another run on the night. Frederick had men on the corners in the fourth, sixth, and eighth innings but squander the scoring opportunity every time.
Chris Jones, Toru Murata, and Preston Guilmet combined to close out the contest with 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Clayton Cook picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.
Nick Haughian got the loss for Frederick. He surrendered three runs, one earned, on six hits over four innings.
In the losing effort, RHP Kenny Moreland tossed three innings of scoreless relief and LHP Chris Petrini followed Moreland with two perfect innings out of the bullpen.
Game two of the Mills Cup Championship Series will take place on Wednesday night in Frederick. LHP Rick Zagone will get the nod for the Keys while Kinston will turn to RHP Michael Goodnight. First pitch from Harry Grove Stadium is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.