Let the Playoffs Begin

To start things off, here is the 2011 Keys playoff video, courtesy of Creative Production Manager Paul Denillo…

Well, the regular season is over and your Frederick Keys are entering the Northern Division Championship Series against the defending Carolina League Champions, Potomac Nationals. The teams have evenly split 20 games between them this season and the Keys will look to bring home their first Mills Cup since 2007. The team has endured a tough stretch entering the postseason, tallying just one win over their final seven games. That being said, the 2011 Keys are still the most winningest in franchise history at 80-69.

The playoffs mean more of the same for front office staff members despite the time of year. With kids in school and cooler weather upon us, attendance is not necessarily at its peak when it comes to minor league baseball playoffs. There are some good things though at this point in time. The Keys are the only Orioles affiliate that is in the playoffs. The Baysox were close, but missed out by a half of a game.

Sean Gleason tallied 32 saves for the Keys during 2011, the most in franchise history

Also, players from the team that were promoted and demoted return to Frederick for the playoff run. Fan favorite Sean Gleason will be back closing games for the postseason. Sean was promoted to Triple-A a few weeks ago. He went 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA over 10.2 innings. Gleason broke the Keys record for most saves in a season earlier this year with 32. Ryohei Tanaka also returns after a short stint in Norfolk. Tanaka made two starts and went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and is 9-5 with a 3.33 ERA with Frederick this season. Jacob Julius will also be back along with first basemen, Aaron Baker. Baker will be a big part of the playoff roster with Tyler Townsend on the DL. Baker hit .386 over his 12 games with the Keys before being promoted to Bowie, where he saw limited playing time. Aaron hit two homers and knocked in nine runs during his short time in Frederick.

Game one will be played tonight, Wednesday the 7th and game two will be played Thursday the 8th. Thursday will be NFL Night with an appearance by Redskins Hall of Famer, Brian Mitchell. Mitchell was originally scheduled to appear on August 27th, but Hurricane Irene had other plans. The former Redskin, Eagle and Giant will be around signing autographs on the concourse following his ceremonial first pitch. Mitchell is currently a host on the DC sports station, 106.7 The Fan.

Thursday is also Fan Appreciation Night. As fans enter the gates, they will receive raffle tickets. Throughout the game, we will draw tickets for different prize packs that include Keys trinkets, bobbleheads and more!

We hope to see you here at the Grove for games one and two of the NDCS and hopefully our Keys will bring another championship to Frederick! If necessary, game five will be in Frederick at 2pm on Sunday, September 11th.

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