Independence Day Baseball and Fireworks

The Frederick Keys have been everything but successful since the start of the second half of the season. After losing the first of a three game set in extra innings to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Keys surrendered 13 hits and eight runs in an 8-3 loss to the Rocks last night.  The Keys had seven hits of their own, none of which were more than a single.

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Patriotic Hat Auction tonight to benefit Frederick Keys Care Foundation. They are also on sale at the stadium store.

Now in danger of losing four straight at home, the Keys need to pull together a successful outing tonight against Wilmington. Jason Esposito has strung together six hits in nine at-bats in the last two games including an RBI in last night’s game. Greg Swatek of the Frederick News-Post sat down with him after the game.

“(Last season) was a good learning experience. It was a tougher transition from college than I imagined. It was frustrating because I expected more of myself. But I’ve been trying to learn and stay involved in the game and wait for my opportunity.”

Although the Keys only scored three runs, Brenden Webb came up in the clutch with two outs in the sixth inning to bring the game within two runs.

*If you missed the game last night, check out the Frederick Keys game story here. You can also check out Greg Swatek’s story from the Frederick News-Post here.

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*Tim Berry will get the start tonight for Frederick. He is 6-4 this season with a 3.95 ERA. Since the All-Star break, Berry has won both games he started. He pitched 12.1 innings in those two starts and gave up just three runs and eleven hits.

Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game:

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Two-time Carolina League Player of the Week, Michael Ohlman, is batting in the three spot against the Rocks tonight. Despite going one-for-four in last night’s game, he is batting .467 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in the second half of the season.

*For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*Keys reliever, Jesse Beal, pitched 2.2 innings scoreless innings last night and has been one of Frederick’s go-to guys in the bullpen this season. Tim Murray sat down with Beal before last night’s game.

*Eduardo Rodriguez made his first start for Double-A Bowie last night. He pitched five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and struck out five batters.  The Baysox pulled off a win last night, 10-6, Rodriguez did not factor in the decision.

*Patriotic Hat Auction is tonight to benefit Frederick Keys Care Foundation. Also, A Taste of History Civil War Beer Tasting Event in the Courtyard with Brewer’s Alley and the Civil War Medicine Museum. Gates open at 5pm, game starts at 6pm. Fireworks sponsored by Mattress Warehouse will happen after the game!

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