FREDERICK, MD -Mudcats right-hander Dylan Baker retired all 18 men that he faced, while the trio of Baker, Jacob Lee and Rob Nixon allowed only two Keys hits, as Frederick was shutout in its home opener 7-0 at Harry Grove Stadium on Tuesday night. With the loss, the Keys drop to 2-3 on the season.
Making his Carolina League debut, Baker (1-0) used a quick pace and a solid mix of pitches to keep Frederick off balance all game. Over six innings, the Alaska native struck out four. Glynn Davis broke up the perfecto in the seventh with a triple to right-center, but the Keys finished the game with only two hits.
Meanwhile, the Mudcats acted quickly against Branden Kline. With one out in the top of the first, Erik Gonzalez executed a perfect hit-and-run to move Logan Vick up to third. He scored on an RBI single by Anthony Gallas to make it 1-0 Carolina.
After striking out Jeremy Lucas to end the first though, Kline (1-1) settled into a nice rhythm. With a throng a family and friends in attendance, the former Governor Thomas Johnson product retired 12 in a row, before allowing a single to James Roberts in the fifth.
Kline made it through six innings, but allowed one additional run before departing. After walking Todd Hankins, the Carolina leadoff man stole second and later scored on a comebacker by Gonzalez. Over six innings, the right-hander allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out eight.
In the seventh, Carolina doubled its lead. Facing Jesse Beal, Alex Monsalve walked, moved to third on a single by LeVon Washington and scored on a second base hit by Roberts. Later in the inning, Washington came home on a single by Hankins.
In front 4-0, the Muddies added two more runs in the eight on a triple by Lucas and an RBI single by Monsalve, before adding an additional run in the ninth.
Frederick continues its series against Carolina on Wednesday night. Right-hander Parker Bridwell (0-0, 6.75 ERA) makes his second start for the Keys. He will be countered by Mudcats left-hander Shawn Morimando (0-0, 3.60). First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. from Harry Grove Stadium. For ticket information, please call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.