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.

Shake your Keys.

1 Comment

I WISH I COULD BE THERE TO SUPPORT HIM, HE NEEDS SOME HOME SUPPORT, GO HOOS, TYLYER SETTLE DOWN YOU’VE GOT THIS THROW YOUR PITCH & GO TO THE MITT !!!! :) <3 SHERRI

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