Baltimore Orioles second baseman Delino DeShields, who is on a rehabilitation assignment with Frederick, hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the Keys to a 5-3 victory over Myrtle Beach today in a Class A Carolina League game.
DeShields, who spent two days with the Delmarva Shorebirds, was originally expected to report to Frederick Saturday but arrived a day late because of muscle stiffness. He went 1 for 4 today batting leadoff.
"It's feeling better every day," DeShields said of his strained right hamstring. "Really, it's frustrating for me. It's been such a physically challenging year."
The Keys (10-13) broke a four-game losing streak, getting plenty of help from starting pitcher Rick Bauer (6-7). Bauer allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits over seven innings to beat the Pelicans for the fourth time in as many starts.
Myrtle Beach's "lineup sets up pretty good for him," Keys Manager Andy Etchebarren said of the 6-foot-5 right-hander. "They've only got one left-handed hitter, and he's not a power hitter."
Jeff Spencer led off the game with a double and scored three batters later on Jim Scharrer's sacrifice fly to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead. The Keys then tied it in their half of the inning, when Ivanon Coffie doubled to score Darnell McDonald.
The Pelicans regained the lead in fourth when Mike Hessman scored on a mishandled throw by Keys first baseman Franky Figueroa. Frederick pulled even in the fifth, when Eddy Garabito's RBI single scored Pappy Ndungidi.
DeShields's homer gave the Keys a 4-2 lead, and McDonald's solo shot an inning later extended it to 5-2. DeShields will continue his rehabilitation with the Keys Monday before spending two days in Bowie. He is commuting to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for treatment.
INDIANS 7, CANNONS 6: Casey Smith scored the winning run on the second of two ninth-inning errors as Kinston earned the come-from-behind victory in a Class A Carolina League game in Kinston, N.C.
BAYSOX 8, SENATORS 6: Richard Paz had three hits and two RBI, and Rick Short added two hits as visiting Bowie won a Class AA Eastern League game. Josh Towers surrendered five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings but still got the win for the Baysox (51-42).