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Wei-Yin Chen has a high E.R.A. (4.91), and a high W.H.I.P. (1.591), but he also has 17 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched so far this season.


Nori Aoki - RF

Omar Infante - 2B

Eric Hosmer - 1B

Billy Butler - DH

Alex Gordon - LF

Salvador Perez - C

Danny Valencia - 3B

Justin Maxwell - CF

Alcides Escobar - SS

Jeremy Guthrie - RHP (2-1, 4.68 ERA)


Jemile Weeks - DH

Nelson Cruz - RF

Nick Markakis - 1B

Adam Jones - CF

Matthew Wieters - C

J.J. Hardy - SS

Ryan Flaherty - 3B

Jonathan Schoop - 2B

David Lough - LF

Wei-Yin Chen - LHP (3-1, 4.91 ERA)


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Hope so. These obliques are bad as hell. :(


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by Geoff Arnold



FREDERICK, MD –Three errors by the Keys defense and a dominating performance by Carolina starter Shawn Morimando handed Carolina a 4-2 game one win on Saturday afternoon. Two runs in the fifth and a pair more in the seventh was all the Mudcats needed to defeat Frederick for the sixth time in eight tries this year.

A pitcher’s duel throughout, southpaws Morimando (3-0) and Keys starter Matt Taylor (2-1) traded zeroes through the first four innings. Taylor, who was wildly effective, walked a season-high five batters. However, he wiggled through trouble to keep Frederick close.

In the first, Taylor walked two, but escaped damage. In the third, the formerly-undefeated starter stranded runners on the corners with two outs. Meanwhile, Morimado set the first 10 Keys batters down in order before a Manny Machado single in the fourth broke the streak. Machado finished the day 1-for-4 and played all nine innings at third base.

Carolina made noise in the fifth, albeit with some help from the Keys defense. Charlie Valerio smacked a single to begin the inning, and Taylor issued a free pass to Luigi Rodriguez.

Logan Vick squared up to sacrifice the runners, which was successful, but Taylor fumbled the bunt and allowed Vick to reach first. One batter later, Jeremy Lucas grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring home the first run of the game. Then with two outs on the board, Taylor got Anthony Gallas to bounce one to Machado at third, but the throw pulled Creede Simpson off the bag and plated Rodriguez for a 2-0 Carolina advantage.

Frederick would cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the sixth with the help of a miscue behind Morimando. Lucas Herbst smacked one to the shortstop Erik Gonzalez, but it kicked off of his glove and led to a two-base error. Jerome Pena singled to place runners on first and third, and a Glynn Davis double play ground ball scored Herbst to make it 2-1.

In six innings, Taylor finished without a strikeout, but gave up just two unearned runs to drop his ERA to 1.67. Mychal Givens replaced Taylor, and struggled with command early in the seventh. Rodriguez muscled one in to center field for a leadoff single, and Givens walked Vick. A sacrifice bunt by Gonzalez moved two runners into scoring position, and Lucas followed with a walk that loaded the bases. With one out, Gallas rolled one in front of the mound, but Givens sailed his throw over catcher Wynston Sawyer’s head trying to get a force at home. The error brought home two runs for a 4-1 Carolina lead. The two runs were unearned to Givens, who lowered his ERA to 0.82 in six appearances this season.

The Keys threatened in the seventh with two outs against Morimado after a walk and a hit batter, but reliever Jacob Lee killed the rally. In the eighth, Herbst doubled off of Lee and ended up scoring on a ground ball out by Davis to make it 4-2.

In the ninth, Louis Head served up a two-bagger to Michael Burgess and a walk to Sawyer to place two runners aboard with one out, but a 4-3 double play started by Todd Hankins ended the game and gave Head his fifth save of the year.

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