When a team is on a winning streak, most everything seems to go right. Tonight was no exception as the Frederick Keys converted a botched play into a game-winning hit to defeat the Potomac Cannons, 2-1, in a Class A Carolina League game for their sixth straight win.
Keys third base coach Floyd Rayford signaled for a suicide squeeze with his team trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on second and third base. With Jayson Werth sprinting toward home from third, Brian Hughes swung away and singled to left field, scoring Werth and Roberto Rivera for a 2-1 lead.
"When I hit it and turned to left field to see where I hit it, [Werth] was standing about 10 feet from me," Hughes said about missing the sign. "I think we finally caught a break."
Though pleased with the outcome, Keys Manager Andy Etchebarren was not happy that his batter missed the sign.
"I said `you missed the sign,' " Etchebarren said he told Hughes after the inning. " `Nice hitting, but you missed the sign.' And that's about the fourth sign we missed, so tomorrow, we've got class on signs."
BAYSOX-ROCK CATS, PPD.: The Class AA Eastern League game in Bowie was postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Friday night starting at 6:05. Both games will be seven innings.