Jay Spurgeon credits his recent resurgence in the Frederick Keys' rotation to a back-to-basics approach, abandoning experiments with arm angles in favor of his more natural motion.
Tonight against Potomac, he once again showed that he doesn't need to be fancy to be good, throwing six innings of no-hit ball before being removed with a slightly pulled hamstring in Frederick's 6-2 Carolina League win. David Kim broke up the no-hitter with a one-out home run in the seventh off reliever Kasey Richardson.
It was the fifth straight win for the Keys (34-32).
Spurgeon (3-4), a 6-foot-6 right-hander, yielded an unearned run, struck out two and walked three in winning his first decision since May 25. Including last Wednesday's start against Salem, Spurgeon has retired 29 of the last 35 hitters he's faced.
"I'm just trying to stay back and throw the ball how it would naturally come out of my hand," Spurgeon said. "That's what I did last year when I had some good success, but this year I've been trying to experiment and use different arm angles. Now, I'm just getting back to basics."
Jason Navarro (4-8) surrendered 11 hits and six runs over 5 innings in the loss, as Potomac dropped its fourth straight, including the past three against the Keys.