June 2013

In the big inning…

The conclusion of last night’s game was nothing short of incredible. Despite Ryan Minor and Jerome Pena’s ejections in the top of the ninth inning, the Keys rallied and scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The real hero, Michael Ohlman.

Ohlman finished the game three-for-four with a double, a home run and four RBIs. The Keys catcher has been tearing it up in June batting .372 (32-86) with five homers and 17 RBIs. Ever since the All Star break, he has been batting .484 (16-33).

*To read Adam Vencill’s full game story from the Frederick News-Post, click here! Vencill talked with Ohlman about his game ending homer after the win last night.

“I don’t know what else they could come up with. They threw the kitchen sink at me, but I’ll take it and enjoy the moment.”

*Listen here for a compilation of all of the runs scored in last night’s game below.

The Keys beat the Winston-Salem Dash in the second game of the series last night, 9-7. In tonight’s rubber match, Frederick is hoping improve to .500 in the first half of the season. They are currently 4-5 and in third place in the Carolina League Northern division. Gates are open now for our six o’clock start time.

Luc-Rennie-Profile

Luc Rennie will start for the Keys in tonight’s game. This 19-year old, originally from San Diego, California, was drafted in the 19th round in last year’s MLB draft and is the youngest player to play for the Keys this season. He was pulled up from short-season-A-Aberdeen just two days ago.

*Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game:

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*For all of the information about tonight’s, check out the game notes below.

*Tonight is Faith Night at Harry Grove Stadium. Prior to the game at around three o’clock, Electric City and The Water Boys will be performing on the field.  Don’t forget, every Sunday here at the Grove is Sunday Funday. Come out and play catch in the outfield and get autographs from your favorite Frederick Keys players.

*Former Frederick Key, Eddie Gamboa just threw a no-hitter for the Bowie Baysox. In 2009, Gamboa pitched 14 games for the Keys and finished the season with four wins and no losses.

*Speaking of Double-A baseball, Keys outfielder, Delvi Cid, was just moved up to Bowie this morning. The Orioles also acquired Eric Thames from the Mariners farm system. In three seasons in AAA (two with Las Vegas and one with Tacoma), Thames batted .325 with 20 home runs and 110 RBIs.

Disney Day At The Park

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Tonight is Disney Night at Harry Grove Stadium as the Frederick Keys take on the Winston-Salem Dash in the second game of this three game series. Gates open at five for tonight’s six o’clock game. But before we wish upon a star, let’s talk about last night’s game.

*Brady Wager had his best start of the season for the Keys last night at the Grove. He pitched six innings, gave up seven hits and just three runs however the Keys offense could not capitalize. The Keys fell to the Dash 3-2 for their fifth loss of the second half of the season.

Michael Ohlman reached base on all four plate appearances last night.  He ended the game 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks and a RBI.  His first inning run-scoring double:

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*Zach Davies (4-3, 3.32) will start tonight for the Keys. In six home starts this season, Davies has a 2.37 ERA, he’s given up just 13 runs and held batters a .230 batting average. In his last start, he pitched seven scoreless innings and only gave up three hits and struck out six batters.

Tonight’s Lineup:

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*Check out tonight’s game notes for everything you need to know about the Keys’ matchup against the Dash.

*Tim Murray sat down with Keys pitcher, Tim Berry, before yesterday’s game to talk about his success this season. The two go in depth about Berry’s seven inning, 17 strikeout game.

*Former Keys starter, Eduardo Rodriguez was recently moved up to Bowie and also selected for the Futures game. According to Steve Melewski, the Baysox are accommodating to Rodriguez’s skills by going to a six man rotation.

*Listen to the Keys weekly radio show, The Keys Corner. This week interviews with Keys starters Tim Berry and Eduardo Rodriguez along with highlights from the last week of Keys baseball.

*Tonight is Disney and Fireworks Night here at the Grove but even more importantly, one fan will actually get to say, “I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!” See you at the ball park!

Keys celebrate 25 seasons tonight vs. Dash

Let us begin with this sweet video:

That’s a little preview of tonight, but before we get to tonight’s happenings, let’s talk about last night and this afternoon.

*The Keys picked up a series split yesterday with a 4-3 win at Carolina. Tim Berry delivered 6.2 innings and allowed no earned runs as Frederick won its second game in a row. Read about it here.

Miguel Chalas came relieved Berry and picked up his first Carolina League save. The final out of the game:

Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the Keys tonight after his team lost in a walk-off last night.

Eduardo Rodriguez was promoted to Double-A Bowie today.

*The Keys’ 20-year-old ace Eduardo Rodriguez was promoted to Double-A Bowie today, a move that was well deserved. Rodriguez, a southpaw, went 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA, the fourth-best ERA in the Carolina League. He’s also third in the league with 85.1 innings pitched. He represented the Keys in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose and was named to the All-Star Futures Game earlier this week.

*All-time winningest Keys mamanger Orlando Gomez picked up his 1,000th career win with the Gulf Coast League Orioles yesterday. An article from MASN’s Steve Melewski on both Rodriguez and Gomez:

*Tonight the Keys play Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. and will celebrate their 25th season of baseball. Brady Wager starts for the Keys against Myles Jaye, a rematch of an April 9 South Atlantic League game. More in the game notes:

Tonight’s lineup:

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*As for our 25th season festivities, we’ll have an on-field presentation with a number of former Keys employees and players, we’re giving away 1,000 25th season card sets that feature Manny Machado, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis and 22 others thanks to Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, the players will wear special 25th season hats that will be sigend and sold during a silent auction during the game to benefit Heartly House and we’ll be looking back at Frederick’s championship seasons.

The hats look like this: photoShake your Keys.

Rodriguez to Futures game, Keys go for split in Zebulon

Wednesday was a good day for the Keys — they snapped a 3-game losing streak and beat Carolina and just over a half an hour after their 6-2 win, starter Eduardo Rodriguez was selected to play in Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game.

More on the Keys’ victory a little later. First, let’s talk about Rodriguez.

Keys southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez was selected to the All-Star Futures game yesterday.

Keys southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez was selected to the All-Star Futures game yesterday.

*One of the Keys’ two Carolina League All-Stars, Rodriguez is 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts and was named Baltimore Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, when he went 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts. He is tied for fourth in the Carolina League in ERA and is tied for second in innings pitched, having thrown 85.1. He threw a scoreless inning at the California-Carolina League All-Star Game, and more on his experience in San Jose can be viewed in this blog post from last week. He’ll join Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia as the two O’s prospects at the game. Rodriguez is the only player from Venezuela selected to this year’s game.

Some reaction for Eduardo on being named pitcher of the month and his selection to the Futures game:

And from others:

*Read more about Rodriguez and his upcoming trip to the Big Apple here. Both the U.S. and World rosters are here. And here’s a video of MLB.com analyst Jonathan Mayo breaking down the World roster, though Eddy didn’t get any extra love.

*As for yesterday’s win, fueled by Glynn Davis and Michael Ohlman, read about it on FrederickKeys.com here or in the Frederick News-Post here. The highlight of the game came on defense, when Johnny Ruettiger robbed Carolina of a possible two-run double in the bottom of the eighth, protecting the Keys’ one-run lead.

Keys starter Tim Berry is 5-4 with a 4.30 ERA. The Keys are 10-4 when he stars and he's 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in June.

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*Tonight, the Keys go for a series split in Zebulon, N.C. Tim Berry, who’s 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in June,  starts against Michael Peoples. First pitch is at 7:15 with coverage beginning at 6:45 on wthu.org. Listen here or on 1450 AM The Source. All you need to know regarding tonight’s game is below, in the game notes:

*The seemingly inevitable bad news about former Key and top prospect Dylan Bundy finally came yesterday — he needs Tommy John surgery. More on Bundy below:

*Now, to cheer you up, read this story from Tim Kurkjian about 2011 Key Manny Machado chasing the all-time doubles record, set all the way back in 1931.

*The Keys return home Friday at 7 p.m. to play Winston-Salem. Buy your tickets here and get your 25th season card set at Friday’s game.

*And I’ll end today’s post with a public service announcement. Watch out for bears in downtown Frederick.

Shake your Keys.

Breakfast and baseball, anyone?

Trent Howard starts this morning for the Keys, looking to stop their three-game losing streak.

Trent Howard starts this morning for the Keys, looking to stop their three-game losing streak.

The Keys’ recent slide continue last night, falling 5-0 to Carolina, their third loss in a row and 13th in their last 16 games. Frederick gets right back at it this morning, taking on the Mudcats in an 11 a.m. game. Coverage starts at 10:30 a.m. on 1450 AM The Source and whtu.org. Feel free to listen in while you work.

*Eduardo Rodriguez was great again for the Keys last night, tossing seven innings and allowing just three hits and one run. Unfortunately, his offense did not support him, picking up a total of three hits against four Mudcats pitchers. For more on last night, read the recap on FrederickKeys.com.

*Trent Howard will start today’s game for the Keys, taking the rotation spot of Zach Petersime. Howard has been lights out as a reliever (3-0, 0.69 ERA) and has started four games this season, going 0-0 with a 2.87 ERA. Opposing Howard and the Keys is Shawn Morimando, owner of the seventh-best ERA in the Carolina League. More on today’s starting southpaws in the game notes:

*Dylan Bundy news seems to be getting worse. From the people who get paid to report these things:

Shake your keys.

Keys turn to Rodriguez after walk-off loss

Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the Keys tonight after his team lost in a walk-off last night.

Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the Keys tonight after his team lost in a walk-off last night.

Zach Davies threw a seven-inning scoreless gem last night and was in line for his fifth win of the season when Nicky Delmonico hit a two-run homer in the eighth, breaking a scoreless tie in Zebulon, N.C.  But the Carolina Mudcats rallied against reliever Miguel Chalas to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth and won it 3-2 on a walk-off single in the ninth.

*Read the game recap on FrederickKeys.com here.

The good news for the Keys is that they’re stopper, Eduardo Rodriguez starts tonight. Frederick’s 20-year-old ace makes his first start since pitching a scoreless inning at the California-Carolina All-Star Game a week ago in San Jose. More on Rodriguez and tonight’s 7:15 p.m. game against the Mudcats is below. in today’s game notes:

*Not good news for former Key and top prospect Dylan Bundy, who experienced some discomfort while throwing from 120 feet, Bundy hasn’t pitched this season and was shut down this spring after experiencing tightness in his forearm. Read all about Bundy’s set back from the O’s writer of your choice:

*Here’s a story about Keys manager Ryan Minor, written by Shane Mettlen for The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. An excerpt:

Ryan Minor looks a bit cramped in the Frederick Keys manager’s office, a tiny room in the corner of the clubhouse. Perhaps he’s too big for the Carolina League, but he’s comfortable here. He’s once again a rising star, moving up in the organization that in the 1990s drafted him twice as a player.

“I really am very fortunate to be a part of this organization,” he said.

*Here’s former Key Matt Wieters’ walk-off grand slam against Tampa Bay in April,  just because:

The Keys come back home Friday. Keep shaking those keys.

Keys are gone fishin’, Ohlman wins POTW

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Keys catcher Michael Ohlman was named Carolina League Player of the Week this morning. He and the Keys start a four-game series at Carolina tonight.

Before we get started, take a listen to this:

That was one of Michael Ohlman’s two triples Friday night, part of a weekend that saw him go 5-for-10 with four extra-base hits and earned him the Keys’ first Carolina League Player of the Week nod this season.

Ohlman has been the Keys’ most productive offensive player since returning from the disabled list on May 23, batting .340 with five home runs, four triples, five doubles and 12 RBIs. His average now sits at .300 for the year. Read more about Ohlman and his league honor here.

Ohlman’s been getting some twitter love today, as word of his POTW honor spread quickly through the Baltimore media.

*As for last night, the Keys lost 6-5 to Myrtle Beach and are just 11-18 in one-run games this year. Read Adam Vencill’s game story in the Frederick News-Post here. It was an ugly game and here’s a little of what Ryan Minor said in today’s paper.

“A poor game all around. We can’t have nine walks. We can’t have runners not score with less than two outs two or three times,” Minor said. “It’s a tough loss, but we’ll bounce back tomorrow and go back at it.”

Zach Davies starts tonight for the Keys against Carolina.

Zach Davies starts tonight for the Keys against Carolina.

*Tonight the Keys head to Carolina to open a four-game set with the 22-51 Mudcats. Zach Davies starts for Frederick against all-star Cody Anderson, who has the second lowest ERA in the league at 2.63. Davies won his only start against the Mudcats this season, despite allowing five runs. More on tonight’s 7:15 p.m. game is below, in the game notes. You can listen to the Keys on 1450 AM The Source in Frederick or online at wthu.org. The broadcast is also available on smartphones through the  TuneIn Radio app.

*Offense hasn’t been an issue for the Keys lately as they’re averaging nearly eight runs per game over their last six. Keys play-by-play man Adam Pohl sat down with Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson before last series:

*The Keys are back in town Friday and stay home through July 3rd. Get your tickets online.

*Saturday is Disney Night presented by Cruise Holidays of Frederick, who will be giving away a Disney trip at Saturday’s game. We’re placing beach balls around Frederick this week that can be redeemed at Cruise Holidays for a free ticket to Saturday’s game and an entry in the giveaway. Keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on our Facebook page for clues.

*We’ll have fireworks all weekend and on July 3rd, which will also feature a beer tasting special called “Taste of History Night.” Brewer’s Alley will be unveiling their newest Civil War era beer, Gettysburg Wheat, along with five other tasty brews. More info on the beer special is in flyer below. Call 301-815-9000 for more info or to purchase.

 

Until next time, Shake your Keys.

Sunday Funday: Split Series, Game Three

Last night, the Keys pulled off a big win, 13-6, completely pummeling Myrtle Beach’s first three pitchers.  Frederick scored nine runs in the first three innings thanks in part to Allan de San Miguel’s and Michael Ohlman’s two-run homers.

*To read the Frederick News-Post’s game story from last night, click here.

*To read Mike Mueller’s story on Frederickkeys.com, click here.

Keys’ starter, Tim Berry, improved to 5-4 this season after only giving up two runs and six hits in six innings pitched.  The Pelicans scored four runs off of Matt Price in the top of the ninth inning, but that was not nearly enough to mount a comeback against last night’s killer Keys’ offense.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

The Keys are looking tonight to take two of three games in this series from the Pelicans. Myrtle Beach won the first game, 7-3, but after last night’s victory, the momentum is in favor of Frederick.

Brady Wager will start tonight for just his third time this season. In his first two starts, Wager faced Potomac and gave up a total of eleven runs on eight innings pitched.

*For all of the information about tonight’s game, take a look at the game notes below.

*One of our very own Keys’ staff members, Wayne Buckingham, got recognized in the Frederick News-Post today for his charisma and work ethic as the guest clubhouse attendant. His story is heart warming and provides a great look into how much he does for this ball club. You can read the story here.  Frederick’s General Manager, Dave Ziedelis, says that Buckingham has a spirit that is unmatched by anyone in the league.

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Photo Courtesy: The Frederick News-Post

“Wayne is very respected in the (Carolina) league by the visiting teams. He is very accommodating, assists the umpires and has a very good demeanor.”

*Tonight at Harry Grove Stadium is Sunday Funday, PJ Day and Meet The Team Day! That means you have the chance to play catch in the outfield before the game and the meet all your favorite Frederick Keys AND get all the autographs you want. Do not forget to bring your PJ’s to tonight’s game as well!

Scout Night at The Grove feat. Berry and the Keys

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Tim Berry looks to right the Keys’ course tonight against the Pelicans at 6 p.m.

Myrtle Beach continued its dominance of the Keys last night, winning its ninth game in the 12 that the two teams have played this season. The Pelicans won 7-3 last night to open the second half, but in baseball there’s almost always tomorrow, and that’s the case today.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

The Keys host the Pelicans at 6 p.m. for the annual Scout Night at The Grove. Hopefully the 1,000 or so campers spending the night at the stadium will be happy after tonight’s contest. More on tonight’s game in a bit. First, let’s look back at last night, Fredrick’s 10th loss in its last 12 games.

*Read Bill Cauley’s game story from last night’s loss here on the Frederick News-Post’s website. He spoke with Keys manager Ryan Minor post-game. Here’s a bit of their conversation:

“They just seem to have our number, we can’t quite figure them out,” Keys’ manager Ryan Minor said. “You want to get off to a good start in the second half, this is not the way to do it.”

*Tim Berry starts for the Keys tonight, a winner in his only start against Myrtle Beach this season, against fellow left-hander Victor Payano, owner of the third lowest batting average against in the Carolina League. All your info for today’s game is in the game notes:

*A few Keys have been slumping lately, including the team leader in home runs, Nicky Delmonico, who went 0-2 with the bases loaded last night. He’s got just six hits in his last 38 at-bats, but attempted to remedy his slump with what he calls “vacuum therapy.”

Read more about vacuum therapy, a technique Michael Ohlman has also picked up, in this FNP story by Adam Vencill.

*Tickets are still available for tonight’s game. Buy them here.

Shake your Keys.

Let The Second Half Begin

The Carolina League season is back in the swing of things as the Frederick Keys take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the first game after the All-Star break.

The Keys just fell short of .500 in the first half of the season finishing 34-35, eight games behind the first-place Potomac Nationals. The Pelicans finished on top of the Carolina League Southern division with a record of 40-29. The Keys are 3-8 against the Pelicans in the first half of the season, 2-2 when at home.

Myrtle Beach finished the season with an 11-5 record in the month of June, the Keys did just opposite finished 5-11.

The Keys will start right-hander, Zach Petersime (2-6, 6.71) in tonight’s matchup against the Pelicans at Harry Grove Stadium.  The game is set to start at 7pm.  In his last start, Petersime faced Myrtle Beach on the road and gave up ten hits and three runs in six innings.  He is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA this season at home.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

The Keys have activated Glynn Davis from the disabled list after injuring his hamstring in late May. He will be starting tonight in centerfield and batting in the ninth spot for Frederick.  Prior to his injury, he was batting .236 with two home runs and 19 RBIs.

Though Frederick struggled at the end of the first half, a few Keys got hot just as the team headed into the all-star break. Jerome Pena went 7-for-9 in the Keys final two games with a home run and three RBIs, recording a hit in six
straight at-bats at one point. Delvi Cid hit two home runs and drove in five in Frederick’s last three games of the first half, going 6-for-12. Michael Ohlman alsowent 6-for-12 in those games, hitting a pair of solo homers

*For all of the information for tonight’s game, check out the game notes below

The Pelicans will start 22-year-old Jerad Eickhoff in tonight’s game.  In the first half of the season, Eickhoff started 13 games and compiled a 5-3 record with a 3.52 ERA.  In his last outing, he pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up only four hits against the Carolina Mudcats.

The Keys’ Eduardo Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning at the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday in which they came up on top 12-2. Zane Chavez joined the Carolina League for the game but did not play due to an injury to his oblique he suffered earlier this month.

*Come out to the Grove tonight for Sgt. Slaughter, Fredneck Night and Fireworks.

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