A Friday evening doubleheader with the P-Nats: fireworks, tote bags, an unveiling and ranch dressing
Last night’s 8-0 shutout loss to Potomac ended the Keys’ first-half division-title hopes, halting my #drivefor5 hashtag before it even got going. Oh well.
But, despite the absence of a race for the Carolina League North crown, this is still a big weekend at the Grove. It’s starts tonight, Going Green Night, with a 5 p.m. doubleheader against the P-Nats,
*As for last night’s game, here’s Greg Swatek’s story in the Frederick News-Post in case you missed it this morning. He asked Keys manager Ryan Minor about the potential let-down that could follow last night’s loss, given that these final four games of the first half are essentially about playing for pride. Minor’s response:
“We’ll see the true character of the kids in situations like this,” he said. “We’ll see the guys that want to play and the guys who are just here. We still have ballgames to play. You still have to prepare yourself. You still have to be ready. You shouldn’t have to have someone refocus you all of the time.”
*There weren’t many Keys’ highlights last night. Thus, the final out of the game, clinching Potomac’s division title, was the highlight of the evening:
*As for tonight’s games, Tim Berry starts game one for the Keys, followed by Trent Howard in game two. Berry is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two June starts and Howard tossed four scoreless innings in a doubleheader at Potomac last Saturday. Berry won game one.
The P-Nats will throw Taylor Hill, who threw six shutout innings against the Keys on Sunday, in game one. And for whatever reason (maybe the P-Nats’ staff is moving slow after last night’s celebration), game two’s starter has yet to be announced.
All the info you need for tonight’s game (except for that second starter) are in tonight’s game notes:
*Coverage starts at 4:30, tune in on 1450 AM The Source or WTHU.org for all the Keys action.
*Other happenings at The Grove tonight:
There will be a tote bag giveaway presented by On The Mark and Sport&Health to the first 1,000 fans in the gates, which open at 4 p.m. It’s a good-looking tote:
If you bring a bag of household goods to the stadium to donate to Goodwill tonight, we’ll give you a free general admission ticket. Limit four per family. Nothing beats free.
Around 6 p.m., we’ll have an official unveiling of a marker commemorating the national anthem’s union with baseball, as part of Author and Anthem Reunited, the ceremonies celebrating the arrival of Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” We’ll also be raising a 15-star flag, which became the official American Flag in 1795. The 14th and 15th stars were added to symbolize the admission of Vermont and Kentucky into the Union.
Tonight’s the first night of Frederick County’s Keys for Reading weekend, too. Bring your bookmarks to the ballpark for some baseball.
We’ll also have these after game two:
And, as you exit, you’ll be handed one, two or several Hidden Valley ranch dressing samples. We’re giving away 6,000 tonight and tomorrow. Who loves ranch dressing?
Get your tickets and Shake your Keys.