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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