By Contributing Writer: Nick Stevens
One word to describe Cody Sedlock’s first start of the 2017 season: outstanding. In front of 3,353 fans at Nymeo Field in Frederick, Cody Sedlock earned his first win of the season, throwing six innings of shutout baseball as the Frederick Keys defeated the Carolina Mudcats, 5-1.
Photo: Patrick Cavey
Sedlock’s six inning performance was the longest of his professional career up to this point. After walking Mudcats’ leadoff hitter, Trent Clark, Sedlock struck out three of the next four batters.
His final line read: six innings pitched, two hits, zero runs, one walk and five strikeouts. Cody needed only 83 pitches to get through his six innings after holding batters to a .105 batting average.
Cody’s only hiccup came in the second inning. Lucas Erceg led off the inning with a single and Max McDowell reached on a Ryan Mountcastle error before Sedlock was able to induce Luis Aviles into a double play. His performance was still highly impressive for the former Fighting Illini. The double play would begin a series of 10 straight outs recorded by Sedlock, seven of which were groundouts or strikeouts.
Sedlock’s next start should come against the Carolina Mudcats again next Thursday. That broadcast is scheduled to be shown on MiLB.tv. I highly encourage all Baby Birdland fans to invest in this amazing package to keep up with your favorite Baby Birds.
I will be glued to my computer screen next Thursday to see if Cody can make the necessary adjustments and have similar success in his second start of the young season.