FREDERICK, MD., JUNE 22 -- An early evening storm canceled the scheduled visit of President Bush to Harry Grove Stadium tonight, and the Keys defeated the Lynchburg Red Sox, 4-2, to open the second half of the Carolina League season.
While the President opted to take in the Class AA game in Hagerstown, Md., Keys starter Mike Oquist settled down after a shaky start to record 14 strikeouts in seven innings.
Bush "really missed a good game," Keys Manager Wally Moon said. "It was a well-played game, he should have been here."
The star tonight was Oquist (5-3), who looked as if he was headed for trouble. He retired the first two batters in the first, but surrendered consecutive doubles off the wall in left to Greg Blosser and Paul Williams for a 1-0 deficit.
Frederick struck back quickly against Ken Ryan (2-7) in the bottom of the inning. Roy Gilbert led off with a walk and scored as Ricky Gutierrez's single rolled under Blosser's glove in right field. Gutiererez also scored on the play.
Oquist struck out the side in the second on his way to fanning seven of eight batters. The only batter he didn't strike out during that string, Mickey Rivers, reached base and eventually scored the tying run.
Rivers led off the third inning with a single to center. With James Byrd at bat, Rivers stole second as catcher Ed Horowitz's high throw went into center field. Rivers scored as Roy Gilbert overran the ball for a two-base error.
The Keys took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Tim Holland led off with his fifth homer of the season, a towering solo shot over the left field wall. Keith Kessinger, running for Pete Rose, scored an insurance run in the sixth on Dan Berthel's RBI double.