Extra Inning Comeback Thriller Gives Keys Momentum

Eduardo Rodriguez looks to win his sixth decision in a row tonight against  Lynchburg.

Eduardo Rodriguez looks to win his sixth decision in a row tonight against Lynchburg.

The Frederick Keys finished up on top last night, 7-6, in ten innings against the Lynchburg Hillcats last night.  Coming into the bottom of the tenth inning, the Keys were down two runs but thanks to a Nicky Delmonico solo home run and a walk-off two-run by Zane Chavez.

*Listen to Chavez’s blast:

*Read about it in the Frederick News-Post here and on FrederickKeys.com  here.

*After splitting the first two games of this four game series, the Keys call lefty Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound for the start.  Rodriguez has been a stud on the mound this season for Frederick.  He is 5-0 in six starts in the month of May with a 2.23 ERA.

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Keys’ lineup for June 6

*Keep your eyes open for Nicky Delmonico in tonight’s game batting second in the lineup.  Delmonico was just a triple shy of the cycle in last night’s game.  He went 4-5 with a double and an extra inning homer.

*Christian Walker also came up in the clutch last night with a home run of his own and finished with three big RBI’s.  Johnny Ruettiger hit his first home run of the season last night in front of a crowd of 4,205 screaming Keys fan at Harry Grove Stadium.

*Be sure to come out for tonights game at the Grove at 7pm and always remember to Shake Your Keys!!

*Some game notes:

KEYS STARTER: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6-2, 3.13)

  • Has won five straight decisions and five of his last six starts, pitching no fewer than six innings in each outing. Tied for the Carolina League lead in wins.
  • Rated by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in Orioles organization and third-best pitching prospect behind 2012 Keys Dylan Bundy & Kevin Gausman.
  • Potentially could be the first Venezuelan player signed, developed and promoted to the majors by Baltimore.
  • At age 20, Rodriguez is the youngest player on the Keys. Yesterday’s starter, Zach Davies, also 20, is the second youngest.

LAST APPEARANCE FOR RODRIGUEZ:

DATE

OPP

RES

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

5/31

@WIL

W

W

6.1

5

1

1

3

3

HILLCATS STARTER: RHP A.J. Holland (3-4, 4.11)

  • Has lost three straight starts and failed to record an out in his last start on May 31 at Potomac. Holland threw 28 pitches, nine strikes, walked four, allowed two hits and gave up four runs.
  • 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. On May 15, allowed two runs in six innings at home against the Keys.
  • 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:

TRENDING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS: Keys starter Eduardo Rodriguez is hot, Hillcats starter A.J. Holland is not. Rodriguez started six games in in May and went 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA, holding runners to a .208 batting average against him and inducing seven double plays. Holland, on the other hand, didn’t record an out in his last start and saw his ERA rise from 3.00 to 4.11 in eleven days.

POWER SURGE: In the last 17 days, the Keys have hit 19 homers, including four last night, and have homered in four straight games. The only games in which Frederick failed to round the bases during that 16-game stretch were the second half of a doubleheader at Salem on May 28 and at Wilmington on May 31. The Keys are 10-6 in their last sixteen games, during which Jerome Pena, Nicky Delmonico and Brenden Webb have all gone deep four times.

HAMPERING HEFFLINGER: Hillcats outfielder Robby Hefflinger has had his way with most Carolina League pitching, but not so much when he faces the Keys. He’s 2-for-7 with a double this series and the Carolina League home run leader is batting just .214 (6-28) with a homer and two RBIs in six games against Frederick this season. He’s batting .313 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs against everyone else.

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