Hoes to the ‘Stros, Keys hope to snap skid in Carolina

When we last left you on the blog, a mascot trade deadline deal for Keyote had just been blocked and Frederick’s mascot signed a 10-year extension with the Keys. Thank goodness. More on that here:

In actual trade deadline news, Oriole and former Key L.J. Hoes, a draft pick and Delmarva Shorebird LHP Josh Hader were traded to Houston for RHP Bud Norris, who made his Orioles debut last night, fanning eight batters and picking up the victory against his former club.

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Hoes, a Key in 2010 who hit .278 while with Frederick, picked up his first major league hit last night off Norris.

*Moving on to current Keys, they’re in Zebulon, N.C., taking on Carolina in a three-game series. Frederick dropped its fourth game in a row last night, falling 9-5 to the Mudcats.

*An interview with last night’s starter Trent Howard from Wednesday. Howard went four innings and allowed two runs last night.

*As for tonight’s game, Tim Berry will attempt to right Frederick’s course, the left-hander 3-0 against Carolina this season and the Keys 14-6 when he starts. Opposing Frederick will be right-hander Cole Cook, making his third start for Carolina this season.

*Fun fact about Tim Berry: Since the all-star break, Berry is 4-2 with a 2.89 ERA in seven starts. Before the break, batters hit .288 against him and after their average is down to .230, despite Berry’s K/9 rate going from 8.6 before to just under 6.0 after.

*Another: He was drafted in the final (50th) round of the 2009 draft by the Orioles after senior season of high school, during which he threw a no-hitter and then had Tommy John surgery.

*Fun fact about Cook: He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 draft by Cleveland out of Pepperdine, where he missed his freshman season in ’08 due to a broken wrist suffered while helping with the tarp.

More on tonight’s game in the game notes:

*Great news! Unlocking the Keys jumped from 12th to 5th in this month’s Latest Leaders rankings among MiLB blogs! Thanks to everyone for reading!

Shake your Keys.

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