In a Class A Carolina League game that featured as many hit batsmen as home runs, and spectacular and not-so-spectacular defensive plays, the Potomac Cannons defeated the Frederick Keys, 7-5, last night before a season-high crowd of 8,885 at Pfitzner Stadium.
Andy Bevins, who was batting .302 before last night, hit one of the game's three home runs in the first inning, a three-run shot over the right field wall that gave the Cannons (4-4) a 3-0 lead. Bevins has 14 home runs, fourth in the Carolina League, and is among the league leaders in hits with 87.
"I was looking for a pitch to hit, hopefully to score a run on a sacrifice fly," Bevins said. "I wasn't sure if it was going out. When I saw the right fielder stop moving I had a pretty good feeling."
That early lead was not enough, as Frederick (4-6) methodically produced at least one run in four consecutive innings to tie the score at 5 in the sixth.
Ivanon Coffie hit his third home run in two days to put the Keys on the scoreboard in the third inning. Frederick scored its next run in the fourth off an unusual play. Joey Hammond, who had singled to reach first base, attempted to steal second on ball four. As batter Ntema Ndungidi took first base, Cannons catcher Rob Macrory instinctively threw toward second, but his errant throw landed in center field, allowing Hammond to advance to third base. Hammond later scored when Tom McGee hit into a double play.
The Keys scored again in the fifth when Eddy Garabito hit a solo home run, his first since May 16. Frederick tied the game at 5 in the sixth when Hammond and Ndungidi scored on center fielder Jason Lee's error.
Potomac went ahead when Brad Freeman singled in Dennis Kim in the seventh inning. In the eighth, Bevins scored the final run off the first of Hammond's two errors, one of three Keys errors in the inning.
"It seemed like we were ahead by a lot more than we were," Bevins said. "It was nice to get an extra run in the eighth. It was a nice game to win. Hopefully, we can build some momentum."
Potomac first baseman Billy Deck made two nice catches in the seventh inning to prevent Frederick from scoring. He ran down two foul balls, making an over-the-back basket catch to end the inning.
AEROS 7, BAYSOX 6: Heath Hayes hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth and the go-ahead run in the ninth to lead host Akron past Bowie in a Class AA Eastern League game. Chan Perry had a three-run homer in the first inning off starter Carlos Medina.
Scott Morgan added an RBI double in the fifth for the Aeros (46-37).
Augie Ojeda had a two-run homer to right field in the second inning for the Baysox (45-36). Darrell Dent added two RBI on sacrifices and Tom Hage had an RBI double.
Reliever Marc Deschenes (3-2) picked up the win, giving up one hit and no runs in two innings.