July 2013

Get your Bundy Bobblehead tonight

The day has come, all you bobblehead collectors.

The Keys will be giving away 1,000 Dylan Bundy bobbleheads courtesy of Frederick Radiology when the gates open at 5 p.m. for tonight’s 6 p.m. game against the Carolina Mudcats. This is what a few to several hundred folks will be waiting in line for:

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*If you want a bobble:

  1. Get your ticket. You can do that here or at the box office at the stadium.
  2. Get here early. The earlier the better. We give one bobble for each person through the gate, not each ticket. One bobble per warm body.
  3. Be prepared to wait. Maybe bring a magazine.

*All your other gameday info is here.

Shake your Keys.

Four Games At The Grove

The Keys return to Harry Grove Stadium after a seven game road trip against Lynchburg and Wilmington.  Frederick took two-of-three from the Lynchburg Hillcats however the Blue Rocks of Wilmington took three games of the four game set.

Trent Howard starts this morning for the Keys, looking to stop their three-game losing streak.

Trent Howard to start at tonight’s 7pm game.

*The Keys face the Carolina Mudcats in a four game series starting tonight with Trent Howard on the mound.  The seventh round pick in 2011 out of Central Michigan University has started only six games this season but has worked mostly out of the bullpen. Howard is 3-0 as a reliever with a 0.62 ERA in 13 appearances.  He has yet to factor into a decision as a started in six games.

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*For all of the information about tonight’s game, check out our game notes below!

*Christian Walker is the man to watch in tonight’s game. He was the Carolina League’s Player of The Week and was invited to play in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 14 with teammates Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Urrutia in representing the Orioles’ organization. Walker sat down with Adam Pohl last week to discuss his recent success.

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“I has to be the greatest honor in my baseball career up until now. I couldn’t be more happy.”

Walker sat down with Adam Pohl last week to discuss his recent success.

*We would like to wish a VERY happy birthday to two of our very own Frederick Keys, Jesse Beal turning 23 and Nicky Delmonico will be celebrating his 21st here at Harry Grove Stadium!

*Former Key, Aaron Baker jacked up two three-run homers for Double-A Bowie last night in their 10-1 win over Richmond. Check out the video link below.

*Over the long road trip, Delvi Cid was transferred from Double-A Bowie. Outfielder Tucker Nathans and lefty Ashur Tolliver were brought up from Class-A Delmarva.  Luc Rennie and Anthony Caronia were both sent down to Delmarva and David Walters was released.

Series split at stake for Keys tonight

The Keys broke out of their most recent funk last night. snapping a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 win at Wilmington. Brady Wager was exceptional, picking up his second straight win by allowing just one run over seven innings. And Johnny Ruettiger got the Keys started offensively on the first pitch of the game:

*Read more about last night’s win here.

Zach Davies is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA vs. Wilmington this year.

Zach Davies is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA vs. Wilmington this year.

As for tonight, Zach Davies will start for Frederick, the Keys with the opportunity to split this four-game series in Wilmington after dropping the first two games. Davies hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last 10 starts and is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against Wilmington. The Blue Rocks’ starter, Kyle Smith, isn’t so bad either. His 2.91 ERA is the fourth best in the Carolina League and he’s 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in three starts against the Keys this season. More on tonight’s contest in the game notes:

*Going back to last night, Christian Walker racked up two more hits and two more RBIs, continuing his stellar month of July. The reigning Carolina Player of the Week talked about heading to the All-Star Futures Game this weekend with broadcaster Adam Pohl.

*Another nugget from last night’s win: Ashur Tolliver‘s season debut. He made his first appearance for the Keys since Sept. 4, 2011 in last night’s 6-1 win. Tolliver threw two scoreless innings, allowed a hit and a walks and struck out three in his 2013 Keys debut. He missed all of 2012 after having Tommy John surgery and was promoted to Frederick from Delmarva on Sunday.

*Have you seen Miguel Chalas catch the skunk in Lynchburg yet? If not, here it is.

*Have you voted for your favorite Frederick Keys’ thrift shop outfit yet? If not, check out the impromptu player fashion show that took place in Lynchburg over the weekend here.

*The Keys return home tomorrow to take on the Mudcats. Dylan Bundy bobblehead giveaway is Saturday. Get your tickets.

Shake your keys.

Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg Skunk

Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas shows no fear and gloves a wayward skunk in right field Saturday in Lynchburg.

Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas shows no fear and gloves a wayward skunk in right field Saturday in Lynchburg. Courtesy of wset.com

Buried beneath yesterday’s ever-popular thrift-shop fashion show post was another brief tale from the recent road trip to Lynchburg — that of a 21-year-old Keys reliever and his encounter with a skunk in right field on Saturday, July 6.

Thanks to WSET-TV, better known as ABC 13 to folks in the Lynchburg area, we have video of Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg skunk. Sadly, I cannot embed the video below, but I will break it down using  vines (short-looping videos, if you didn’t know)  from the story that aired on WSET’s nightly news. You can watch the video by clicking here and then clicking on “Hillcats Have Unwanted Guests On The Field” beneath the video player.

The transcript of the story is here and has some incredible quotes, including this gem from Lynchburg right fielder David Rohm on Chalas fearlessly gloving the skunk:

“He said he thought it was a cat,” said Rohm.

Now, for the abridged story of Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg Skunk. Let’s meet our contenders:

Miguel Chalas

Miguel Chalas

A 21-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, Chalas stands at 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. The Orioles signed him as a 17-year-old and he was promoted to Frederick on June 3 from Class-A Delmarva. He is currently 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in nine appearances and leads the league in skunk traps.

The Lynchburg Skunk

The Lynchburg Skunk

Also known as a polecat, the skunk is a mammal known for its ability to spray a liquid with a strong odor. Skunk species vary in size from about 15.6 to 37 inches and in weight from about 1.1 pounds to pounds.

Now, the footage:

That ordeal delayed Saturday’s game for four minutes. The skunk continues to make appearances in the outfield. The next opportunity of a possible Chalas-Skunk rematch would be Aug. 24-27.

BREAKING NEWS!  

The skunk glove has been spotted!!

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Location: Behind the Keys clubhouse at Harry Grove Stadium.

Condition: Unknown (still contaminated)

*Listen to Trent Howard’s account of the skunk incident. It starts at the 6:10 mark.

Keys turn to Berry against the Blue Rocks

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

The Keys dropped a one-run, extra-inning game at Wilmington last night, blowing a 10th inning lead. Tonight, they hope to rally with Tim Berry on the mound.

*Here’s last night’s game story on FrederickKeys.com.

*Last night’s highlight, the first half of back-to-back homers in the fifth inning from Mike Ohlman and Christian Walker:

*The last time Tim Berry took the mound, it was July 3 and he was pitching against the Blue Rocks. He delivered an eight-inning, one-run outing in that contest, helping Frederick to a much-needed win. Losers of two in a row, the Keys could use another strong performance to their left-hander tonight. More in today’s game notes

*Do the Keys know fashion? You be the judge. Check out the thrift store showcase the Keys happened to put on in Lynchburg here. A taste of what’s awaiting behind that link:

Say hello to Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson, who served as judge in the thrift shop fashion show.

Say hello to Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson, who served as judge in the thrift shop fashion show.

Shake your Keys.

The fashion show and the skunk incident

Ah, Lynchburg.

The Keys took two of three from the Hillcats over the July 4 weekend, but things got a little weird in Southern Virginia Saturday. First came the thrift shop fashion show, then came the skunk in right field.

And thanks to Twitter, we can easily chronicle both of them on this blog.

The Lyncburg Thrift Shop Fashion Show podium: Gold - Michael Ohlman (center), Silver - Jerome Pena (right), Bronze - Sammie Starr (left)

The Lynchburg Thrift Shop Fashion Show podium: Gold – Michael Ohlman (center), Silver – Jerome Pena (right), Bronze – Sammie Starr (left)

Look above. This is apparently what happens when you mix the Frederick Keys, a little per diem and a thrift shop. Hitting coach Torre Tyson was the judge of the contest. I’ll let his tweets speak for themselves now.

Contestant #1: P Zach Petersime

Contestant #2: P David Walters (who was released Sunday. We wish him the best.)

Contestant #3: C Allan de San Miguel

Contestant #4: P Gene Escat

Contestant #5:  OF Glynn Davis

Contestant #6:  Bullpen catcher Jason Stifler

Contestant #7: OF Brenden Webb

Contestant #8 and third runner-up: P Jesse Beal

Contestant #9: 1B Christian Walker

Contestant #10: Trainer Pat Wesley

Contestant #11: Coach Kyle Moore

Contestant #12 and first runner-up:

Contestant #13 and second runner-up: SS Sammie Starr

Contestant #14 and winner: C Michael Ohlman

Who’s your thrift shop fashion show winner? Vote below. And Leave a comment stating your case, if you’d like.

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*As for the skunk, it wandered into right field in the eighth inning and stopped the game for four minutes before one brave man, Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas, gloved it. We have video in this blog post.

Rumor has it Chalas escaped unscathed, but his glove did not.

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The skunk apparently made an appearance in center field last night and has garnered the hashtag #rallyskunk

On The Road Report: Keys Take Two Of Three In Lynchburg

After a winning just two of six games at home against Winston-Salem and Wilmington this past week, the Frederick Keys took to the road to play three games against the last place Lynchburg Hillcats.

On July 4 in Lynchburg, Brady Wager got his first win of the season. He gave up seven hits and three runs in seven innings pitched in his best outing of the season. Zach Fowler then came in to pitch two scoreless innings leaving the Keys on top, 8-3.

Christian Walker had a big game going three-for-five with three doubles and three runs scored.  Michael Ohlman hit a three-run homer in the third inning putting the Keys ahead 4-1. Ohlman is batting .424 in the second half of the season with six doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs.  He also has back-to-back Carolina League Player of the Week Awards under his belt.

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Photo Credit: Tim Jacobsen

*Check out the July 4 game story on FrederickKeys.com right here.

The Keys pulled off another 8-3 win the following day with Zach Davies on the mound. Davies left the game in the seventh inning after giving up just three runs and seven hits with four strikeouts (identical to Wager’s start yesterday in those four categories).  Miguel Chalas came in to pitch two scoreless innings for Frederick.

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Davies picked up his fifth win of the season and his first since May 25.

Christian Walker had another great game going three-for-five with two doubles and a solo homer in the first inning to put the Keys up 2-0. In the month of July, Walker is batting .375 with five doubles and two homers.

*Want to read the full game story from the Keys July 5 game? Check it out right here.

In game three against the Hillcats, Luc Rennie got the start for Frederick. Rennie gave up four earned runs in 4+ innings pitched in his first start in the Carolina League on June 30. His July 6 outing was sadly not much different. Rennie gave up six hits, five runs (four earned) in only five innings pitched.

Hillcats starter, Greg Ross, held the Keys to just two hits and no runs in the six innings pitched.  The Keys ended up losing 8-4.

Christian Walker came up big with a three run home off of reliever, Ronan Pacheco. Walker ended the game with just that one eighth inning homer.

*Walker will join former teammate, Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Urrutia in representing the Orioles’ organization in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 14.

*In Orioles news, former Key, Manny Machado, was just selected as an American League All-Star. Machado is currently hitting .314 with a league-leading 29 doubles.

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!

A New Rodriguez To Start For Keys

Last night’s eleven inning battle sadly ended in a loss for the Frederick Keys. The Wilmington Blue Rocks scored two runs in the top of the eleventh inning and won the game shortly after 7-5.

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Jason Esposito had three singles last night. He is batting sixth in tonight’s lineup.

*The Keys mounted a comeback in the eighth inning to eventually send it into extras. Jason Esposito had three singles last night along side this RBI.

Michael Ohlman finished last night’s game four-for-four, just a triple shy of the cycle. He drove in two runs and walked once. He is batting .488 (20-41) in the second half of the season with six doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs.

*Keys manager, Ryan Minor talked about his player’s improvement throughout the season with Tim Murray before yesterday’s game.

“[Ohlman] is taking more of a mental approach on it instead of just going out and playing. He studies the pitchers and he understands what they are trying to do to him.”

If you missed last night’s game, check out Adam Vencill’s story in The Frederick News-Post here. You can also check out our game story from the Frederick Keys website here.

*Tonight the Keys take on the Blue Rocks in game two of this three game series at Harry Grove Stadium. Julio Rodriguez will get the start for the Keys tonight.

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Rodriguez was transferred from Double-A Bowie to Frederick today after just one start for the Baysox. He pitched 2.2 innings, gave up six runs, walk seven batters and threw three wild pitches in his Eastern League Debut.  He started twice in the Gulf Coast League pitching a total of nine innings and only gave up eight hits and five runs.

For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out our game notes!

*The Baltimore Orioles are looking to add a little more beef to their starting rotation and did just that with their trade with the Chicago Cubs. The O’s traded reliever Pedro Strop, starter Jake Arrieta and international bonus slots Nos. 3 and 4 to the Cubs for Scott Feldman.  Feldman, age 30, is currently 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts with Chicago.   Baltimore also acquired catcher, Steve Clevenger in the deal.

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Photo Courtesy of 40yearrangerfan.mlblogs.com.

*Former Keys pitcher, Eddie Gamboa, was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. He threw a seven inning no-hitter on Sunday for the Bowie Baysox.

*In other Baysox news, former Keys pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, will get his first start in Double-A baseball tonight at 7:05.  Rodriguez was promoted to Bowie on June 28 of this year. Before getting moved up, he was 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts with Frederick.

Wilmington Comes To The Grove

The Frederick Keys just finished out a three game series against the Winston-Salem Dash after an 8-2 loss last night. The Dash took two of three from the Keys this past weekend.

Trent Howard starts this morning for the Keys, looking to stop their three-game losing streak.

Trent Howard starts tonight for the Keys against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Tonight the Keys welcome the Wilmington Blue Rocks for the first of a three game series but before we get into tonight’s matchup, let’s talk about last night’s game.

*Despite a lack of offensive production, Nicky Delmonico hit his thirteenth home run off of Winston-Salem’s started, Christopher Beck, in the bottom of the sixth inning.

*Luc Rennie started last night’s game for the Keys after being called up from short-season-A-Aberdeen just two games prior to the game. The 19-year old righty gave up four runs (three earned) in four innings pitched. After last night’s loss, Rennie is now 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA.

*If you missed the game last night, be sure to check out the game story on our website, FrederickKeys.com. You can also check out The Frederick News-Post’s story here.

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*Despite going 0-for-4 in last night’s game, Keys catcher Michael Ohlman was awarded Player of the Week honors for the second straight week. During the week of June 24-30, he batted .407 with five doubles, a three-run walk-off home run, eight RBIs and three runs scored. To read more about Ohlman’s accomplishments, click here for The Frederick Keys story or click here for his statistics.

Ohlman sat down with Tim Murray before yesterday’s game against the Dash to talk about his recent success in the Carolina League.

*Trent Howard will start tonight for the Keys. This will be his sixth start this season but has yet to factor into the decision. He has appeared as a reliever in 12 games this season going 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA.  In his last start, he gave up one run in three innings pitched.

Ryan Minor’s Lineup for tonight’s 7pm game.

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*For all of the information you need for tonight’s game, check out the game notes!

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