Keys drop first game, resume play tonight
In case you missed it, the Keys lost their first game of the season yesterday, falling 5-4 in 10 innings to previously winless Winston-Salem.
The Keys held a 4-3 lead with two out and nobody on in the ninth, but the Dash rallied with an infield single and three walks to tie the game and win it the next inning. Tonight’s game starts at 7 at The Grove. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, the Orioles’ No. 3 pitching prospect according to Baseball America, squares off against righty Justin Collop from Winston-Salem. Get your tickets now.
Coverage of last night’s game is below.
*LISTEN: Kevan Smith’s game-winning RBI single for Winston-Salem.
*WATCH: Highlights on WHAG news
*READ: A scouting report on Zach Davies’ start from Baltimoresportsandlife.com’s Tucker Blair
*Other bits of interest from this afternoon
-Keys broadcaster and AGM Adam Pohl talked with the guys at Baltimore Sports Report for their podcast. Listen Here.
-On Flag Day, June 14, The Keys will be part of a special ceremony in honor of the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key, for whom the Keys are named, penning the poem that would become our national anthem. As part of the two-day ceremony that will feature the original manuscript of The Star-Spangled Banner, a marker will be installed at Harry Grove Stadium before the 6 p.m. game against Potomac that evening.
Read all about it in Find it Frederick magazine, beginning on page 56.
*Some notes on tonight’s game:
BREAKING OUT: After putting up a combined six runs in its first three games, Winston-Salem put five on the board Tuesday night in the Dash’s first victory of the season. The Dash raised their team batting average from .170 to .191 last night, thanks to nine hits.
HOT GLOVIN’: Frederick has made a just one error on the 2013 season, which is tops in the Carolina League. The Keys turned their first double play of the season last night, a 6-4-3 twin-killing.
NO GLOVE CONNECTION HERE: Winston-Salem has struggled mightily in the field this season. In four games, the Dash have committed nine errors and made four blunders in the field during Tuesday night’s victory, Winston-Salem’s first of the season. They lead the Carolina League in errors.
STREAKING IN CENTER FIELD: Don’t look now, but Keys center fielder Glynn Davis has started 2013 with a four-game hit streak. Frederick’s leadoff man is hitting .278 with five hits, two homers – one a walk-off shot against Salem on April 7 – four RBIs and one walk. He’s the only Key to have a hit in all four games this season and leads the team in runs with four.
TOP PROSPECT: The top White Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins went 1-for-10 with a single, six strikeouts and a stolen base in his first three games this season. A 19-year-old outfielder, Hawkins did not play Tuesday, but had five hits in five games with the Dash in 2012.
This Day in Keys History: April 10, 2000 - Led by OF Papy Ndungidi, the Keys topped Kinston 8-7 at Harry Grove Stadium. Ndungidi, who is Canadian, went 2-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBIs.
*And tonight’s Keys lineup:
See you at The Grove. Shake your Keys.