The Frederick Keys didn't have much trouble putting runners on base tonight. Getting those runners home, however, was a completely different matter.
The Keys had a base runner in all but one inning, including nine in scoring position, and every batter reached at least once, but it wasn't enough as they fell to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 4-2, in a Class A Carolina League game before 7,109 at Harry Grove Stadium.
The Pelicans' pitching staff did its part to help the Keys (24-23), walking 10 and hitting a batter. But Frederick only got one hit with runners in scoring position, when Brian Hughes doubled in Richard Paz and Eddy Martinez in the sixth inning. Two innings later Hughes grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end a threat. The Keys left 11 runners on base.
"When you have young kids they need to learn how to hit with runners in scoring position," Frederick Manager Andy Etchebarren said. "You can see it on their faces. It's almost like, `I've gotta get this hit.' I think what they do is put the pressure on themselves when they should be putting it somewhere else."
Keys starter John Parrish (0-2) walked just one in seven innings, but Myrtle Beach (21-25) got to him early. In the first inning, Jim Scharrer singled in Marcus Giles for the Pelicans' first run, and two innings later Giles scored again on a double by Ryan Lehr, who then scored on an RBI single by Scharrer. The Pelicans added an unearned run in the seventh inning.
Darnell McDonald, Luis Matos and Paz each stole a base for Frederick, which increased its league-leading total to 73. But Frederick remains last in the league in homers with 20.
INDIANS 11, CANNONS 10: With the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth inning, Potomac's Corey Avrard hit Kinston's Jeff DePippo with a pitch to score Mike Edwards with the winning run in a Class A Carolina League game in Kinston, N.C.
Kinston (25-21) scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to even the score at 10. Esix Snead had four hits and stole five bases for the Cannons (18-30) and Luke Quaccia's two-run single capped a four-run eighth inning.
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