FREDERICK, MD., JUNE 24 -- Jeff Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings and struck out a career-high 13 batters as the Frederick Keys defeated the Lynchburg Red Sox, 1-0, in a Carolina League game today at Harry Grove Stadium.
Bumgarner (4-3) had command of his fastball, curve and a change-up that kept the Red Sox off balance all afternoon. "You wouldn't classify him as a strikeout pitcher," said Keys Manager Wally Moon. "But he can usually get you six to eight strikeouts a game."
His counterpart, Kevin Uhrhan (3-2), making only his second start, pitched well in defeat, allowing six hits.
The Keys reached Uhrhan for the only run of the game in the fourth. Dan Berthel (six for 12 in the series) singled to lead off and moved to third on Tim Holland's hit-and-run single. Tyrone Kingwood followed with a single to right to score Berthel.
Meanwhile, Bumgarner was overpowering the light-hitting Red Sox (.236 team average). He struck out at least one batter in every inning, including the side in the second and sixth.
Bumgarner cruised through the first six innings, but got into trouble in the seventh. He opened by getting John Malzone for his fifth consecutive strikeout. Miguel Monegro followed by hitting the ball back to the mound. Bumgarner knocked it down, but he threw the ball past first baseman Mike Richardson. Right fielder Tyrone Kingwood got Bumgarner out of trouble, however, throwing out Monegro trying to reach third.