Baltimore Orioles prospect Kyle Simon fell victim to his sixth loss of the year in the Keys 9-2 loss to Winston Salem, but had one of his better outings of the season.
The right-handed pitcher came into his start Thursday 0-5 with a 5.87 ERA in six starts.
Simon gave up two earned runs, five hits, two walks and struck out three in 5 1/3 innings Thursday.
“I left a few pitches over the plate, but other than that I had really good defense behind me,” Simon said.
That defense included a spectacular diving play made by second baseman Bobby Stevens in the fourth.
Simon held the Dash, who currently own the best record in the Carolina League, scoreless through the first four innings.
“He threw the ball down a little bit more,” Keys Catcher Joe Oliveira said. “He got a few swing and misses which helped.”
“I thought he threw the ball well at the beginning,” Manager Orlando Gomez said. “He was a little bit stronger today than before, but I was pleased with how he threw the ball.”
Simon is in his first full professional season after being drafted by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of the University of Arizona. He made 14 appearances out of the bullpen between Aberdeen and Delmarva last season.
Simon also had an extra day rest as the Keys were rained out the last two nights. Frederick is in the second game of their scheduled doubleheader with Winston-Salem.