In a briskly played first three innings tonight at Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick and Winston-Salem are 0-0.
Keys lefty Rick Zagone has pitched shutout ball on just one hit through the first three frames. After giving up a hit to the second hitter of the opening frame, he got a double-play ball.
Zagone, who began the night 0-2, 3.65, has retired the last seven batters and has thrown just 30 pitches through three.
He is pitching vs. a Winston Salem team that leads the league with a batting average of .315.
The Keys could use some good starting pitching. Their offense and bullpen has mostly carried this team during a 15-10 start.
Frederick had a second and third, two-out rally in the first on a L.J Hoes single and Joe Mahoney double, but Ronnie Welty grounded out to end that rally.
Update: Winston-Salem scored single runs off Zagone in the 4th and 5th to lead 2-0 after five innings. Frederick has six hits, but has stranded five runners so far. L.J. Hoes is 2 for 2 with a pair of singles and is now 10 for 20 during a six-game hitting streak.
Billy Rowell, who began tonight with 11 hits in his last 21 at bats and batting .315 on the year, has walked twice tonight.