The Keys sent Dylan Bundy out to the mound, who was looking for his fifth win as a member of the Frederick Keys.
The 19-year-old dominated the Carolina Mudcats lineup as he gave up an unearned run and tied a career high with eight strikeouts in five innings. He was in control of his fastball, and off-speed pitches as he only surrendered one walk on 65 pitches. Bundy’s only run given up was unearned run in the fourth as Bo Greenwell reached on a double and scored on a base hit by Jesus Aguilar.
Frederick had their chances to take the lead, but two ground-ball double plays wiped away the threat. The costly one in the fifth after Mike Flacco led off the inning with a walk and Joe Oliveira singled.
The Mudcats extended their lead in the seventh as Carlos Moncrief led off the inning with a walk. He was sacrificed by Ronny Rodriguez, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on an Anthony Gallas infield single. Moncrief added another run with a solo home run to make it 3-0.
The Keys started a rally in the ninth as Trent Mummey singled to right-center field. Ty Kelly walked to set up runners on first and second with nobody out. Aaron Baker put the Keys on the board with a base hit to cut the deficit to 3-1. Frederick was unable to complete the rally and suffered the defeat.
Post game Quotes
– On his performance
“I felt great. I felt like I had command on all of my pitches and threw well.”
- On innings limit
“I threw 65 pitches tonight. I feel like I can go about seven or eight innings and throw more pitches, but I am on a five inning limit.”
- On overall performance in Carolina league
“I went through a rough patch my last couple starts, but I feel like I am getting better.”
- On breaking and off-speed pitch command
“I feel like I had the best command of my curveball and changeup that I have had in the Carolina League. It’s getting a lot better.”
– On lack of run support in your starts
“It’s really something I can’t control. All I try to do is go out and give my team the best chance to win every fifth day.”
– On Bundy
“He pitched a little better. He made one mistake and put a ball right in the middle of the plate. He threw the ball and had a great breaking ball. It was sharp and had a lot of bite to it. He went after the hitters.”
- On when Bundy will get extended in games
“I believe he has one or two more at five innings, and then he can go about 90 pitches or six to seven innings.”
- On Bundy finishing in the bullpen
“Normally he is going to throw around 85 pitches, but he is going to need to because he still has to build his arm. The way he is pitching he is going to have to do it.”
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