The Frederick Keys' No. 3 hitter, Luis Matos, was promoted to Class AA Bowie before the game. Their cleanup hitter, Franky Figueroa, and setup man, Ken Sims, were playing for the Baltimore Orioles in their exhibition against AAA Rochester. Their closer, Derek Brown, was out with a tender elbow.
The Keys seemed to have the cards stacked against them tonight against Winston-Salem. As much as the Keys gave up, however, the Warthogs gave back in a wild 4-3 win in a Class A Carolina League game before 3,806 at Harry Grove Stadium.
Despite wasting a strong outing from starter Chad Paronto, the Keys (3-1) took advantage of 14 walks, a hit batsman, four wild pitches and three errors by the Warthogs, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth and winning on Chris Paxton's bases-loaded walk off closer Brian Tokarse that scored Ivanon Coffie.
The Keys earlier ran themselves out of a potential big inning on a weird triple play. After the Keys took a 2-1 lead in the eighth on a bases-loaded wild pitch, Eddy Martinez popped out to shortstop, Mike Lopez-Cao was thrown out trying to go to second and Ntema Ndungidi, on his first day on the roster, then was thrown out trying to score.
That lead, however, was short-lived, as Brian Murphy -- inserted for Paronto, who had been taken out with a blister on his pitching hand -- gave up a two-run homer to Aaron Rowand on his first pitch in the ninth.
Murphy (2-1) still picked up the victory, as Frederick won its fifth game out of six and 11th out of 13, dating from the first half of the season.
The Keys handed Winston-Salem its first run in the fourth, when center fielder Ndungidi, recalled Monday from Class A Delmarva, hesitated on Danny Ramirez's fly ball to the gap, allowing it to drop for a leadoff double. Three batters later, Ramirez scored from third when shortstop Martinez misplayed Rowand's routine grounder.
After leaving the bases loaded in the sixth, Frederick tied the game in the seventh when Darnell McDonald reached second on a single and error, and scored two batters later on Coffie's groundout to first.
CANNONS 5, AVALANCHE 1: Patrick Coogan struck out five and pitched a complete game for his first win of the season as Potomac (2-2) beat host Salem (1-3) for the second straight game. First baseman Luke Quaccia had two sacrifice flies in two at-bats. The Cannons broke a scoreless tie in the seventh, scoring four runs off Salem starter Mark DiFelice (6-6).