May 2013

Sounds from Tuesday Night in Winston-Salem

Doubleheaders have been unkind to the Keys in 2013. Following the Winston-Salem sweep of the Keys last night, Frederick is now 2-6 on the season in double dips

On a positive note, Jerome Pena belted his fifth home run of the season in the sixth inning of game one. 

In game two, LHP Trent Howard tossed four scoreless innings in his second start of the season. Howard has allowed just one earned run in six appearances (one start) away from Harry Grove Stadium. Out of the bullpen this season, the former Central Michigan Chippewa is 3-0 with one save and an ERA of 0.84.

Prior to Tuesday night’s doubleheader in the Tar Heel State, Keys broadcaster Adam Pohl sat down with Keys closer Marcel Prado.  

With just 20 games left in the first half of the season, the Keys are 26-24 and are 1.5 games behind the Lynchburg Hillcats for first place in the Northern Division of the Carolina League.

In case you missed it, in Edition 7 of “Mike’d Up,” Keys PR Assistant Mike Mueller looked at the unlikely rise to Frederick by LHP Tim Berry.

#LetsGoKeys

Keys Look To Take Two Of Three From Salem

Brenden Webb came up big for the Frederick Keys last night contributing a go-ahead two run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.  The Keys beat the Salem Red Sox 3-2 at Harry Grove Stadium.

Keys’s starter, Zach Davies, pitched 7 innings only giving up one run, five hits and was awarded the win.  David Walters got his second save this season.

The Keys take on Salem tonight in the final game of this three game series.  The two teams currently split the series one to one but the momentum is in favor of Frederick.

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The Key’s lineup for tonight’s game

Eduardo Rodriguez will get the call tonight for the Keys.  Rodriguez is 4-2 this season in eight starts.  He has racked up 42 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched.

*Do you Groupon? The Keys do. Check out this deal: two field seats to any Sunday-Thursday home game and a Keys hat for $20. Normally, that would run you $44. Buy it here.

*Read last night’s game recap on the Frederick Keys website here or on The Frederick News-Post’s website here.

Keys Hoping To Catch Fire Tonight

The Frederick Keys host the Salem Red Sox for game two of a three game series tonight at 6 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium.  Last night, the Keys fell 3-2 to the Red Sox despite Jerome Pena’s leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the first inning.

Zach Davies will take the mound for the Keys tonight.  The twenty year old, six footer is 3-2 in eight games started this season.  He faced Salem in his last appearance and threw seven strikeouts in just 3.1 innings pitched.

Be sure to keep an eye out for designated hitter Michael Ohlman in tonight’s game.  He has recently come off the disabled list and will be batting in the third spot in tonight’s lineup.

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In other Keys news, tonight is a very special night at the Grove.  Not only is it a Saturday night game, not only is it a firework night but tonight we have a very special guest… (drum roll please) The Man On Fire!

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Yeah that is exactly what it sounds like. After tonight’s game the Man On Fire himself will run around the bases. You do NOT want to miss this one.

Be sure to come out to tonight’s game and support the Keys!!

*Do you Groupon? The Keys do. Check out this deal: two field seats to any Sunday-Thursday home game and a Keys hat for $20. Normally, that would run you $44. Buy it here.

*Read last night’s game recap on the Frederick Keys website here or on The Frederick News-Post’s website here.

Salem Comes To The Grove For Three Games

The Salem Red Sox are in town for a three game series against the Frederick Keys.  The first game is tonight at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium.  The Keys are coming off of a big win against the Potomac Nationals last night 7-4.  Frederick’s Travis Adair was awarded Player Of The Game and rightfully so.  Adair went 2-for-4 with a two run double that gave the Keys’ the lead in the 6th inning.

On the mound for the Keys in tonight’s matchup is Zach Petersime.  The six foot four, 24-year old starter is looking for his second win of the season.

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The Keys’ starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Salem Red Sox

Be sure to keep your eyes open for Michael Ohlman during tonights game.  Ohlman played in his first game back from the disabled list last night where he went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.  He will be the designated hitter in tonight’s lineup, batting in the fifth position.

*Do you Groupon? The Keys do. Check out this deal: two field seats to any Sunday-Thursday home game and a Keys hat for $20. Normally, that would run you $44. Buy it here.

*Read last night’s game recap on the Frederick Keys website here or on The Frederick News-Post’s website here.

Tarp Is Up, Game Is ON

Last night’s Potomac Nationals, Frederick Keys matchup was postponed due to a severe thunderstorm that hit the Maryland/Virginia area late in the evening.  The game has been rescheduled for June 14th for a doubleheader here at Harry Grove Stadium.

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Tim Berry will start for the Keys today

The skies are beginning to clear here in Frederick this morning so we will be playing baseball.  Today’s game is set to start at 11 a.m. gates open at 10. Hope to see you at the ballpark.

Lefty Tim Berry will start today’s game.  In eight starts, Berry is 2-2 with 46 strikeouts and a 3.50 ERA.  The 22-year old is rated by Baseball America as Baltimore’s 11th-best prospect entering the 2013 season.  The Keys ball club is 6-2 in games started by Berry.

Be sure to keep an eye on Michael Ohlman in today’s game.  After being recently taken off of the disabled list, Ohlman will be hitting in the fifth spot in the DH position.

Another player to take a look at is Johnny Ruettiger.  He will be batting in the number nine position playing left field.  Since moving out of the lead-off spot, Ruettiger is hitting .471 (11-23) with four RBIs. He is also in the middle of an eight game hitting streak.

Our very own broadcaster, Tim Murray, sat down with Ruettiger before last night’s postponed game.

TODAY’S KEYNOTES:

STRONGER AS THE GAME GOES ON: Tim Berry tends to improve with the length of the game. The Keys’ southpaw has a 3.38 ERA in first innings and a 5.63 ERA in second frames. From there, his ERA declines to 4.50 in the third, back to 3.38 in the fourth and all the way down 1.29 in fifth innings. In the sixth, Berry’s ERA is 1.93.

OHLMAN RETURNS, BUMBRY TO BOWIE: Keys catcher Michael Ohlman makes his return to the lineup tonight after missing the last six weeks with a shoulder injury suffered on April 15. He will take the roster spot that belonged to outfielder Steve Bumbry, who was promoted to Double-A Bowie. Ohlman was batting just .182 when he was injured and Bumbry hit five homers for the Keys, tying him for the team lead.

*Do you Groupon? The Keys do. Check out this deal: two field seats to any Sunday-Thursday home game and a Keys hat for $20. Normally, that would run you $44. Buy it here.

 

Ohlman Returns, Bumbry Moves On Up

The Frederick Keys are set to play game two against the Potomac Nationals tonight at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium.  The P-Nats pulled off a victory last night 6-5 in ten innings.

Last night, Christian Walker went 4-4 with two RBI’s including a two out RBI in the bottom of the ninth that scored Travis Adair to send the game into extras.  Walker will bat tonight in the three spot.

Michael Ohlman is back in lineup for the Keys tonight after being reinstated from the disabled list.  He will bat in the six spot in tonight’s game.  In nine games this season, Ohlman hit .192 (6-33) with three RBI’s.

Another Key’s update, Keys’ outfielder Steve Bumbry has been promoted to Double-A Bowie.  The left-handed outfielder, originally from Lutheran, MD and son of former Oriole, Al Bumbry, played in 27 games for the Keys this season.  He batted .221 (21-95) with five home runs and 17 RBI’s. Wishing Bumbry the best of luck at the next level.

*Do you Groupon? The Keys do. Check out this deal: two field seats to any Sunday-Thursday home game and a Keys hat for $20. Normally, that would run you $44. Buy it here.

*Read last night’s game recap on the Frederick Keys website here or on The Frederick News-Post’s website here.

The Keys Are Back In Town

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The Frederick Keys’ line-up for tonight’s game against the Potomac Nationals.

The Keys’ will start their six-game home stand tonight (May 21) at 7 pm against the Potomac Nationals.  After grabbing one of three games from the Red Sox in Salem Virginia, the Keys are looking forward to taking advantage of the home field advantage on a beautiful summer evening in Maryland.

After a hot game against the Red Sox on Sunday, Zane Chavez is hoping to have similar success in the five spot of tonight’s line-up.  Chavez went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.  The 27-year old catcher is batting .295 this season with 38 hits.

Sound from Friday Night in Salem

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Keys 3B Nicky Delmonico spoke with Tim Murray prior to Friday’s game

It was not a pretty series opener for the Keys against the Salem Red Sox. The Salem Sox topped the Keys, 10-2. In the top of the second, Brenden Webb tied up the game at one with a RBI double down the right field line. C Allan de San Miguel scored on the play.

Webb finished up the game 2-for-4. Friday night was also the first time Webb started in center field during the 2013 season. His last start in CF came on August 18, 2012.

Prior to Friday night’s game, Keys 3B Nicky Delmonico chatted with Tim Murray on the Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show. Delmonico talked about coming back from his concussion, growing up in a baseball family, and his transition to third base.

Keys go for series win with Berry on the hill

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Keys starter Tim Berry takes the hill for Frederick in Lynchburg tonight.

Tyler Wilson gave his performance of the season for the Keys last night, but Kyle Kubitza spoiled what looked like was going to be the Keys’ third straight win with a walk-off solo homer in the ninth inning. Frederick can still take the series tonight with a win. Tim Berry (2-2, 2.95) starts for the Keys.

*From last night’s game:

READ: The recap here. The box score here. And a story by Kent Zakour of The Gazette on Tommy Winegardner’s j0urney to the pitching mound in Frederick is here.

LISTEN: To last night’s Keys highlight of the game, Johnny Ruettiger’s two-RBI single.

Also, an interview with Keys reliever Zach Fowler.

For tonight’s game:

KEYS STARTER: LHP Tim Berry (2-2, 2.95)

  • Leads starters in ERA, ninth in the Carolina League.
  • Struck out 11 Hillcats on April 17 but allowed four runs in six innings, taking his first loss on the season.
  • Rated by Baseball America as Baltimore’s 11th-best prospect.
  • Drafted in the final (50th) round of the 2009 draft by the Orioles after senior season of high school, during which he threw a no-hitter and then had Tommy John surgery.

LAST APPEARANCE FOR BERRY:

  DATE

OPP

RES

DEC

IP

    H

R

ER

BB

SO

5/11

W-S

L

L

5.2

6

5

0

2

4

HILLCATS STARTER: RHP James Hoyt (2-1, 3.77)

  • Pitching in his 10th game of the season and making his third start; 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA as a starter and 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA as a reliever.
  • Threw six scoreless, no-hit innings in his first start of the season on May 3 against Winston-Salem. Allowed 7 runs in 3.1 innings against Myrtle Beach six days later.
  • Signed by Atlanta as a free agent out of independent leagues where he played two seasons. Pitched in 11 games in the Mexican League after signing.

KEYNOTES:

PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Keys third baseman Nicky Delmonico picked up a hit in the April 18 game at Potomac when he suffered a concussion that forced him to miss three weeks. Since returning Sunday, Delmonico’s pushed his hit streak to five games, extending his streak with a double last night. Just 20 years old, Delmonico has reached base in 14 of the 15 games he’s played and has recorded hits in 13 of them. His longest hitting streak this season was seven games and he’s hit in six consecutive away games.

HOLDING BACK HEFFLINGER: In their first series this season, the Keys held Lynchburg slugger Robby Hefflinger, currently second in the Carolina League in homers (8) and RBI (26), to just one hit in 12 at-bats, an RBI double. He didn’t play in Tuesday’s game and went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts on Wednesday.

PUNCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ORDER: The Keys middle of the order saw a significant change last weekend. Beginning on Sunday afternoon, first baseman Christian Walker took over the No. 3 spot after being promoted from Class-A Delmarva and Nicky Delmonico returned from the disabled list to his fifth-spot in the batting order. Catcher Zane Chavez, among league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and walks, batted fourth. In their games at the heart of the order, the trio has gone a combined 12-for-48 (.250) with three homers, 10 RBIs and eight doubles.

*Do you Groupon? The Keys do. Check out this deal: two field seats to any Sunday-Thursday home game and a Keys hat for $20. Normally, that would run you $44. Buy it here.

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Keys can jump into first tonight

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Tyler Wilson starts tonight for the Keys knowing a win would put Frederick in first place.

Behind Eduardo Rodriguez’s stellar start, the Keys beat Lynchburg on the road last night, 7-2. Another win over the Hillcats tonight would put Frederick (20-17) a half game ahead of Lynchburg (20-16) and back into first place in the Carolina League North. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.

*As for last night’s win:

READ: The recap’s here. Box score is here. Rodriguez has now won three starts in a row.

LISTEN: Christian Walker’s first Carolina League home run

*And as for tonight’s game, some notes:

KEYS SP: RHP Tyler Wilson (0-1, 5.00)

  • Has yet to make it out of fifth inning in a road start, exiting after four innings after allowing five runs, four earned, at Winston Salem in last start.
  • Went 7-7 with a 3.49 ERA and a WHIP of 1.03 in ’12, making 19 starts for Frederick and striking out 114.
  • Rated by Baseball America as the Orioles’ 26th-best prospect.
  • Won 22 games at UVA despite only starting as a senior, when he went 10-0 with a 2.24 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 16 starts. Drafted by the Orioles in 2011 in the 10th round.

LAST APPEARANCE FOR WILSON:

DATE

OPP

RES

DEC

IP 

    H

R

ER

BB

SO

5/8

W-S

L

ND

4.0

7

5

4

0

5

HILLCATS: RHP A.J. Holland (3-1, 3.00)

  • Worked around eight base hits and a two walks over 5.2 innings at Carolina in his last start to pick up his third win of the season.
  • He beat the Keys on April 17 for his first win of the season, striking out seven over five innings and allowing just an unearned run.
  • Went 5-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 17 games, 15 starts, for Class-A Rome in 2012.
  • Was drafted in the 16th round by Atlanta in the 2011 draft out of St. Joseph’s, where he split time as a starter and a reliever.

KEYNOTES:

HEY, MR. WILSON!: Lynchburg has been quite the menace for Tyler Wilson, as has the fifth inning this year. Last season, he lost both his starts against Hillcats, allowing 10 runs in nine innings. In his first start against Lynchburg this season, the Hillcats put up five runs and knocked him out of the game in the fifth, which has been Wilson’s worst frame this year. In fifth innings, Wilson has recorded 14 outs, given up nine hits, walked five batters and allowed eight runs. Batters are hitting .391 against Wilson in the fifth.

HOLDING BACK HEFFLINGER: In their first series this season, the Keys held Lynchburg slugger Robby Hefflinger, currently second in the Carolina League in homers (8) and RBI (26) and eighth in batting average (.293), to just one hit in 12 at-bats, an RBI double. He didn’t play in Tuesday’s game.

PUNCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ORDER: The Keys middle of the order saw a significant change over the weekend. Beginning on Sunday afternoon, first baseman Christian Walker took over the No. 3 spot after being promoted from Class-A Delmarva and Nicky Delmonico returned from the disabled list to his fifth-spot in the batting order. Catcher Zane Chavez, among league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and walks, batted fourth. In their games at the heart of the order, the trio has gone a combined 11-for-37 (.297) with three homers, 10 RBIs and seven doubles.

*Also, The Keys have homered in four straight games, going deep seven times. Listen to tonight’s broadcast on 1450 AM The Source at wthu.org. The Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show starts at 5:30.

*Do you Groupon? The Keys do. Check out this deal: two field seats to any Sunday-Thursday home game and a Keys hat for $20. Normally, that would run you $44. Buy it here.

*2012 Key Kevin Gausman is expected to reach the majors this year, but the Orioles aren’t calling up their first-round right-hander just yet, reports MLB.com Orioles beat writes Britt Ghiroli.

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