June 2013

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.

Keys Look For Rematch After Close Game

The Frederick Keys fell to the Lynchburg Hillcats 3-2 last night at the Grove.  Zach Petersime pitched his best outing of the season going six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four. Jerome Pena’s seventh home run of the year came in the fifth inning that tied the game at two.

However, it was the error that Pena committed in the top of the ninth inning that scored the go-ahead run and ultimately lost the game for the Keys.

Zach Davies will take the mound for the Keys against Jarret Miller for the Hillcats. Davies is 4-2 on the season with a 3.92 ERA. The twenty-year old from Arizona is 2-0 at the Grove this season.

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The Keys’ lineup for June 4th

Manager Ryan Minor has decided to stick with the same defensive set up as last night’s matchup.  Be sure to keep your eyes open for the designated hitter, Michael Ohlman, hitting third in tonight’s lineup.  Ohlman hit 2-3 with two doubles and a walk last night.

KEYNOTES:
BETTER BY GROUND: When Zach Davies gets groundballs, he’s tough to beat. And at home this season, he’s averaging 2.1 groundouts per every air out. He’s also 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA at Harry Grove Stadium. For the season, his GA/AO ratio is 1.66, up from 1.50 last season with Delmarva.
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Entering tonight’s action in the Carolina League, only two games separate first and third place in the North. Potomac, winners of six straight, have taken control of first place at 32-24. Lynchburg’s win last night snapped a three-game losing streak and moved them to 30-25, 1.5 games behind the P-Nats, and a half-game ahead of Frederick (30-26) in third. The Keys have three games left against Lynchburg, eight against Potomac and three against Myrtle Beach in the first half.
HAMPERING HEFFLINGER: Hillcats outfielder Robby Hefflinger has had his way with most Carolina League pitching, but not so much when he faces the Keys. After going 1-for-3 with a strikeout last night, the Carolina League home run leader is batting just .208 (5-24) 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.
A SALLY STAR: Keys reliever Matt Price was promoted from Delmarva on Monday and Tuesday was selected as a South Atlantic League All-Star, though he can’t play due to his promotion. With the Shorebirds, Price went 8-for-8 in save opportunities, fanned 21 batters in 20 innings and posted a 2.70 ERA.
 
*Read last night’s game story on the Frederick Keys Official Website here!

The Keys Come Home To Face Hillcats

The Frederick Keys return to Harry Grove Stadium after an eight game road trip, five games against the Winston-Salem Dash and three games against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.  The Keys took five of the eight games improving to 30-25 on the season.

The Lynchberg Hillcats are in Frederick for a four game series starting tonight at seven o’clock. Currently 29-25, the Hillcats are also riding a three game losing streak coming into tonight’s matchup.

Zach Petersime is on the hill tonight for the Keys.  In his last outing on May 29th, Petersime threw five innings, gave up six hits and three runs and got the win against Winston-Salem.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Be sure to keep your eyes open for Jerome Pena leading off in tonight’s matchup.  Last night against the Blue Rocks, Pena hit a grand slam, his sixth home run of the season , to put the Keys up 5-0 in the top of the fifth inning. The Keys eventually won 5-3.

KEYNOTES:
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Entering tonight’s action in the Carolina League, only 1.5 games separate first and third place in the North. Potomac, winners of five straight, have taken control of first place at 31-24. The Keys sit a game behind them and Lynchburg, at 29-25, is a half-game behind the Keys. The Hillcats have lost three in a row entering Monday’s game. Twelve of the Keys’ remaining 15 games in the first half are against Potomac and Lynchburg.
HAMPERING HEFFLINGER: Hillcats outfielder Robbie Hefflinger has had his way with most Carolina League pitching, but not so much when he faces the Keys. The Carolina League home run leader is batting just .190 (4-21) with a homer and two RBIs in five games against Frederick this season. He’s batting .313 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs against the rest of the league.
SAME MONTH, DIFFERENT RESULTS: Lynchburg starter Navery Moore must have enjoyed May, going 5-1 with a 3.44 ERA in six starts after going 1-3 in April with a 7.71 ERA in five starts. For Keys starter Zach Petersime, May wasn’t so kind. Petersime went 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA.
NAVERY VS. THE ROAD: Navery Moore started his third game of the season at Harry Grove Stadium on April 16, allowing five runs, seven hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. Moore seems to prefer pitching in Lynchburg, given that in six road starts, he is 2-3 with an 8.04 ERA.
 

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