July 2013

UPDATE: Keyote will not be traded, signs extension

UPDATE (5:15): Keyote agrees to 10-year extension with Keys, and will award a Boog Powell signed baseball to one lucky supporter and four O’s tickets to another. Stay tuned to our twitter @FrederickKeys! Continue voting for Keyote in MiLB Mascot Mania for a chance to win!

UPDATE (4:21 p.m.):  Keyote will not be traded! Overwhelming fan support can be attributed to last-minute decision. Keyote currently working on an extension.

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BREAKING NEWS (11 a.m.):

Rumors are circulating that Frederick Keys mascot Keyote is the target of several teams looking to make a deal before today’s 4 p.m. mascot trade deadline. Keyote, a 20-year veteran of Minor League Baseball and the Frederick Keys, is a coveted asset. Multiple sources have confirmed that among the clubs interested in Keyote are the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL, The University of South Dakota, Cal State-San Bernadino and the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Sources also say Keyote does not want to be traded. If he remains a Frederick Key after today’s 4 p.m. deadline, he will give away a signed Boog Powell baseball to one of his supporters and four tickets to an Orioles game to another.

*You can help keep Keyote in Frederick! Show your support and prove Keyote’s value to the Keys in two ways!

  1. Help the Keys gain more Twitter followers.
  2. Vote for Keyote in MiLB’s Mascot Mania

Help by retweeting the tweets below:

You can also vote for Keyote here.

Tell your friends!

Vote Keyote! Keys At Home Tonight

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Keyote is without a doubt the best mascot in the Carolina League and possibly the greatest mascot ever. He would go to the end of earth for his all-time favorite team, the Frederick Keys.

But now, Keyote needs YOUR help! It takes all but a few seconds to vote for Keyote as the best mascot in the Carolina League!

Speaking of Keyote, the Keys have a game tonight at 7pm against the Lynchburg Hillcats at Harry Grove Stadium. Last night’s  game ended with the Hillcats on top, 6-1.  Michael Ohlman came up with the Keys only RBI of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.

*Check out Greg Swatek’s story on the Frederick News-Post here.

Frederick is hoping to bounce back from last night’s lost and tie this series up at one.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Steve Pearce, who is rehabbing here in Frederick for this home stand, will be batting in the two spot as the designated hitter.  He went 1-for-2 last night with a single, HBP and a walk.

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Zach Davies will take to the mound tonight for Frederick. He is 5-4 this season with a 3.66 ERA.  In 48 innings pitched at home, Davies has given up just 14 earned runs.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below!

*Tonight is Guaranteed Win Night at the Keys so be sure to come out to Harry Grove Stadium tonight.  Gates open at 6pm and the game is set to being at 7pm.

*Manager Ryan Minor sat down for his “Monday With Minor” segment with our broadcaster Adam Pohl.

Be sure to vote on this week’s poll.

Steve Pearce Rehabs In Frederick

Steve Pearce is the first Baltimore to rehab with the Frederick Keys this season. He has been out since June 21 with sore wrists. He plans to play all three games of this home stand against the Lynchburg Hillcats and will bat second and play first base in tonight’s lineup. Check out the official press release on Pearce’s visit to Frederick here.

*Fun facts about Pearce at Harry Grove Stadium from out broadcaster, Tim Murray.

In other transactions news, Keys catcher, Zane Chavez, has been activated from the disabled list and will bat fourth as the designated hitter in tonight’s lineup. He was placed on the DL on June 14 due to an oblique strain.

*The Keys went 16 innings against the Salem Red Sox on Friday night.  Thanks to Michael Ohlman, the Keys finished their road trip with a win.

On their last road trip, the Keys went .500 winning three of their six games.  The final game against Salem was postponed due to rain. The Keys face the Hillcats at home tonight at 7pm.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Jason Esposito has been a silent killer for the Keys in the month of July. He is batting .312 this month with four doubles and 17 RBIs in addition playing both corners of the diamond. He will bat in the sixth position tonight where is hitting .299 with two home runs and 16 RBIs this season.

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Brady Wager is set to start in tonight’s game against the Lynchburg Hillcats.  Wager is 2-4 this season with a 4.86 ERA.  He has lost all four of his home starts this season.

*Speaking of Keys starters, Tim Murray sat down Zach Clark last week to talk some Keys baseball.

*Tim Murray also sat down with Lex Rutledge on July 25, just a day after he was promoted from Class-A Delmarva.

*Have you voted for Keyote yet as the best mascot in the Carolina League? Do it now!

*Don’t forget to take out poll and follow us on Twitter.

Howard to the hill as Keys try to bounce back

Before we get to tonight, let’s quickly recap last night, which wasn’t pretty for the Keys in Salem.

A seven-run Salem fourth turned a 4-3 lead into a 10-3 deficit and led to an eventual 13-9 loss. The last time the Keys led was on Jason Esposito’s two-run jack in the top of the fourth. Let’s take a listen:

*More on last night in the game story on FrederickKeys.com

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As for tonight’s game, Trent Howard takes the mound 13 days since he last pitched. He held Carolina scoreless and allowed just one hit and no walks over five innings against Carolina on July 12, a game the Keys won 1-0. As a starter, Howard is 0-0 with a 3.25 ERA in seven starts. As a reliever, Howard is 3-0 with a save, a 0.62 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 29 innings.

With Julio Rodriguez being placed on the DL on Tuesday, Howard could claim a rotation spot, especially if he continues pitching so well. More on everything Keys vs. Red Sox in tonight’s game notes:

*In other Keys news, the Orioles announced that they’ve signed Cuban OF Dariel Alvarez and will assign him to Frederick.

More on that from The Sun and MASN:

*Keys catcher Michael Ohlman wants fans to help him choose his walk-up song when the Keys return home Monday. Vote in this blog post. The choices:

You can vote here, too:

*While you’re in the voting mood, vote for Keyote in MiLB’s Mascot Mania. Vote on MiLB.com by clicking here and via twitter by tweeting/retweeting any tweet with #mascotmania and @FrederickKeys in it. For example:

*Those two were winners of our #VoteKeyote giveaways today. Here’s what they won:

*Keep your eyes peeled to twitter for more #VoteKeyote giveaways tomorrow.

*And our Former Key Highlight of the Day: Look at ’04-05 Key Jim Johnson shut the door on the Yankees in game two of the ALDS.

Shake your Keys.

Pick Michael Ohlman’s walk-up song

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Keys catcher and designated hitter Michael Ohlman wants some help.

The man with the Carolina League’s second-best batting average (.311), slugging percentage (.556) and on-base percentage (.410) would like some help picking out his walk-up song when the Keys return home on Monday to play Lynchburg.

After taking dozens upon dozens of fan suggestions, he’s narrowed his list down to five songs. Vote for the song you want to hear when Ohlman steps to the plate Monday evening at Harry Grove Stadium. YouTube videos of each song are below the poll.

Vote until Monday morning!

Keys open four-game set at Salem

Before we get started with the usual pregame blog post, here’s a highlight for Nicky Delmonico, who was traded to Milwaukee last night during the Keys’ game at Winston-Salem:

Plenty more on the Delmonico trade is in our earlier blog post here.

Last note on Delmonico in this post : Keys broadcaster Adam Pohl talked Delmonico’s trade on 1570 AM The Score in Appelton, Wisc. Listen via the link below.

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Zach Clark starts for the Keys tonight.

*The Keys got thumped 13-2 in Winston-Salem last night, the highlight of the game Sammie Starr’s diving grab at shortstop:

*If you want to read about last night’s game, do that here.

*Tonight, knuckleballer Zach Clark starts against the Red Sox, five days since they put up six runs in four innings against him. The Keys actually won that game, 9-8 in what was an odd series. The Keys were outscored by 13 runs in that four-game set against the Salem last week, but pulled out a split against the Sox. In the series opener, the Keys were no-hit for the first time since August 7, 2002. In the finale, the Keys mustered just two hits in a 9-0 defeat. Sandwiched in the middle, the Keys won a pair of one run games. On Friday night, the Keys surrendered four runs in the top of the first inning but battled back and won in walk-off fashion, 9-8, in 10 innings. The Keys have won three games via walk-off hits against the Red Sox.

More on tonight in the game notes:

Tonight’s lineup:

*As of Monday, Keyote is fifth in the Carolina League in fan votes in MiLB’s Mascot Mania. He needs your votes to charge back and take the crown on Aug. 1! Vote here an unlimited number of times and on Twitter up to 25 times a day. To vote on twitter, just include @FrederickKeys #mascotmania in your tweet or retweet. See the tweets below.

*We’ll be doing giveaways for voting for Keyote all week long via twitter. Today, we gave away this vintage signed Keyote baseball card:

*And lastly, your Former Key Highlight of the Day: Hello, 2009-10 shortstop Pedro Florimon!

Shake your Keys and #VoteKeyote.

Delmonico traded to Milwaukee for K-Rod

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Big news broke for Orioles, Keys, Brewers and Nicky Delmonico fans around 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Delmonico was traded to the Brewers for their closer, veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez straight up.

Delmonico, who entered the season rated as Baltimore’s No.4 prospect by Baseball America, batted .243 for the Keys and led the team with 13 homers. He was in the game at Winston-Salem’s when the trade happened and was pulled.

Steve Melewski then talked with Delmonico about the trade. From the story:

“I didn’t know I was traded straight up for him,” he (Delmonico) said. “I thought there might be a couple other guys. But when you see it on paper, it’s pretty cool.”

Dan Duquette talked about the deal in these stories from Britt Ghiroli and The Baltimore Sun:

And some player and coach reaction to the trade. From teammate Michael Ohlman:

From Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson:

From Frederick native and Delmarva Shorebird Branden Kline:

We, too, wish Nicky the best. And he’s already rated the No.3 prospect in the Brewers’ system by MLB.com.

Nicky’s final homer as a Key came on Sunday, June 30 vs. Winston-Salem:

An interview with Nicky on May 17:

Keys broadcaster Adam Pohl talked Delmonico’s trade on 1570 AM The Score in Appelton, Wisc. Listen via the link below.

As for the other half of the trade, here’s K-Rod on joining the O’s:

A month ago, he racked up his 300th save:

Shake your Keys.

Baker, Ohlman spark offense in last night’s win

Michael Ohlman hit his 12th homer of the season in Monday's win at Winston-Salem.

Michael Ohlman hit his 12th homer of the season in Monday’s win at Winston-Salem.

There’s really only one way to start today’s post.

First, watch Michael Ohlman smack this game-tying three-run homer in the eighth. Was it fair? The umps said so and that’s really all that matters.

Now, listen to Aaron Baker drive home the go-ahead runs in the ninth:

That’s how the Keys won it last night, beating the Dash 6-4 after trailing 4-1 after the seventh. More on how they got it done in Tim Murray’s recap on FrederickKeys.com.

As for tonight, Zach Davies takes the ball, looking for his first win in four tries against the Dash. He’ll be opposed by Jake Cose. Good news for Davies is Baker’s three-hit outburst last night could be the start of an offensive tear for the big first baseman. After going 0-12 in his first four games since being transferred to the Keys from Double-A Bowie on July 15, Baker belted two doubles and drove in three runs last night. Last season, Baker hit 22 homers and drove in 72 runs in 89 games for the Keys.

More in today’s game notes:

Tonight’s lineup:

*Today’s Former Key Highlight of the Day: If you hit it toward Manny Machado, just head for the bench.

*Broadcaster Tim Murray sat down with Keys manager Ryan Minor yesterday. Catch up with the Keys manager by listening below.

*VOTE FOR KEYOTE

*Vote again by retweeting this:

*Miss Clue Night? Well, we put it all on the blog. Play along here.

Shake your Keys.

Clue Night revisited: Experience the murder mystery at The Grove

After a seven-inning investigation, the killer of Frederick Keys beloved mascot Frank Key was apprehended, his heinous crime pieced together and revealed to the crowd at Harry Grove Stadium Wednesday night.

Confused? Then you probably missed Clue Night at The Grove on Wednesday. No worries if you did, you can experience it right here on the blog.

*For those of you who are impatient and want to see the murder scene, watch the video below. If you’d like to play along, don’t watch now, watch it at the bottom of the page.

*Clue sheets, to play along:

The Crime

Murder at Harry Grove Stadium! Beloved mascot Frank Key was found dead in front of the stadium this afternoon and Frederick Keys detective Brandon Apter is working to solve the crime. He knows Frank Key’s body was moved after he was killed. Det. Apter, who just happens to be the stadium butler, has six prime suspects – Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet and Mrs. White – all of whom he will be questioning during the game. The questions are who did it, where and with what weapon?

*The crime scene, the question and the suspects in six seconds!

The Suspects, in greater detail

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter, stadium butler.

*On twitter, the people,  outraged by the crime, took to aiding the investigation using #WhoKilledFrankKey. Some leads were helpful, others not so much.

The investigation begins

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Shortly after 7 p.m., Butler/Det. Apter took the first base dugout to inform the crowd that their was a murderer in their midst and introduce the suspects. He also alerted them to the ongoing investigation, the six possible murder weapons and six places the killing might have occurred, that clues would be shown on the video board and live interrogations of the suspects would occur on the dugout.

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Fans would be alerted to the new developments by this sound:

What Apter knew at this point was that all six suspects were hanging out in the clubhouse earlier that day. Then, Frank Key was dead!

The first clue

It came during the top of the second and appeared on the video board. All the clues were also sent out on Twitter for those playing along at home.

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*So, it appears, Mrs. White may be off the hook.

The second clue: Mr. Green’s interview

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The stadium butler brought Mr. Green atop the dugout in the middle of third inning, to tell his story. He appeared flustered, once referring to Col. Mustard as Corporal Mustard, but did his best to exonerate himself. The interview transcript:

Det. Apter:         I’m here with Mr. Green. Tell me, sir, what do you know?

Mr. Green:         I was in the clubhouse with everyone waiting for Mrs. White to bring lunch back and fell asleep. I awoke to a scream and saw Professor Plum was still there. I noticed all the cleats were accounted for but a bat and the Gatorade cooler was missing. Professor Plum said Miss Scarlet, (Colonel) Mustard and Mrs. Peacock were all gone.

*A missing bat, eh, Mr. Green?

The third clue

The next development in the case came after the fourth inning.

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*Never mind the questionable grammar/awkward wording, the missing bat was in the press box. Hmmmmm…..

The fourth clue: Mrs. Peacock’s interview

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Before the sixth inning, Stadium Butler/Det. Apter brought Mrs. Peacock in front of the crowd to tell her story. Peacock’s alibi? She was “stuffing her face” at concession stand when she heard Frank Key’s bone-chilling scream. More from her interview:

Det. Apter:         So, Mrs. Peacock, things don’t look so good for you right now. We know you weren’t in the clubhouse at the time of the murder. Why did you leave the clubhouse? Did you kill Frank Key?!?!

Mrs. Peacock:    I left the clubhouse but I did not kill Frank Key! I was sick of waiting for Mrs. White so I went to the concession stand to make lunch. When walking there I passed Colonel Mustard trying to get into the press box, but it was locked. I made myself an Angus burger and then heard a scream. I ran out and saw nobody in the bullpen. The tarp was also rolled up and untouched. I did however see a table knife fall from the Mattress Warehouse Club and Miss Scarlet was hurrying back inside the club.

*A knife! Mustard and the press box! Scarlet in the Club!

Before we reveal the killer, who do you think did it?

The killer revealed

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After the seventh inning, Apter brought all six suspects atop the dugout to face the crowd, Frank Key’s family and friends. He said he had solved the murder! He had put it together and solved this heinous crime.

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The transcript:

Det. Apter:         One of you is the murderer and I know who it is. It is not Mrs. White, who was getting food, or Mr. Green or Professor Plum, who were in the clubhouse. It was not Mrs. Peacock in the concession stand making lunch either. It must be either Miss Scarlet or Colonel Mustard and I know who it is….

*The murder reenacted:

Det. Apter:          It was you Colonel Mustard!  You stashed a bat in the press box thinking Frank Key would be there alone and you could kill him but when you returned the press box was locked! Then, your plan foiled, you stepped out on the concourse and you saw him! You saw Frank Key in the dugout and raced down to the field, catching him by surprise! Then, you drowned him in the Gatorade cooler!

Col. Mustard:    Lies! What about Miss Scarlet!? She had the knife!

Det. Apter:         Miss Scarlet is not the killer! Just a neat freak who went to the club to clean. She found a table knife and picked it up. Startled when she heard Frank Key scream,  she threw it over the ledge!

Col. Mustard:    It wasn’t me!

Det. Apter:         Then why are your trousers soaked in Gatorade!?!?! (Quick pan in on soaked pants)

Col Mustard:      That’s right – I did do it! I never liked that Frank Key guy. It was me – Colonel Mustard – in the Dugout – with the Gatorade Cooler!

*So, it was Mustard all along! Security escorted him out to boos and one fan’s cry of “Get him out of here! You’re disgusting!”

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Frank Key’s killer has been brought to justice.

Mystery solved.

*Butler/Detective Apter debriefed:

Time to wake up the bats in Winston-Salem

Before we get started talking current Keys, let’s take a moment to watch former Key Nick Markakis’ incredible home-run robbing catch. Because I just figured out how to embed MLB.com videos here, Markakis’ grab becomes the first in a new segment: Former Keys Highlight of the Day.

No homer for you, Adrian Beltre.

Moving on to the current Frederick squad, the Keys lost 3-2 last night, only able to muster five hits. One of them was Allan de San Miguel’s RBI double, which sounded like this:

*The Keys’ catcher was also featured in this week’s edition of Five Questions in the Frederick News-Post. Read it here

Read more on last night’s loss on FrederickKeys.com.

*In today’s Keys notebook in the FNP, Greg Swatek takes a look at Matt Hobgood’s 4.1 inning, one-run debut on Saturday.

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Tonight’s Keys starter Brady Wager surely hopes his teammates break out of their recent offensive funk.

*Frederick’s offense has been lacking for all but one game in the last five.

The Keys have had five or fewer hits in four of their last five games and have scored two or fewer runs in those four. On Friday, Frederick had 14 hits, 13 of them singles, and scored nine runs, an anomaly during their recent offensive woes. Since being no-hit by Salem on Wednesday, Frederick has had just four extra-base hits and is batting .176 (6-for-34) with runners in scoring position.

Here’s to hoping their bats reawaken tonight, with the Keys just 1.5 games behind Wilmington for a second-half playoff berth.

Brady Wager starts for the Keys against Chris Beck, who, incredibly, is yet to register a no-decision through 17 starts. He’s 9-8, leading the league in wins and has the second-most losses. More on Wager, Beck and tonight’s game in the game notes:

*O’s legend Boog Powell was Frederick’s guest Saturday on Salute to the Orioles Night at The Grove. Tim Murray sat down and talked with the man best known for hitting homers, going sleeveless and making some excellent barbeque:

Have you voted for Keyote yet in MiLB’s #mascotmania? If not, do it right now. If yes, vote again! Either click on the link above, tweet your vote by including #mascotmania @FrederickKeys and @MiLB, or retweet an existing tweet like the one below. If you vote on twitter, the Keys will retweet you, too! You can vote on up to 25 times a day on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/TimJMsnyder/status/359361687839076352

Vote Keyote and shake your keys.

 

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