Keys Try To Bounce Back From Tough Loss

After getting shutout 6-0 in the first game against the Pelicans of this three game series, last night seemed a little more promising.  the Keys lead 3-1 after seven innings and the Pelicans managed to string together three runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth to pull ahead and win 6-4.  Frederick compiled 14 hits in the last two games, none of which were extra base hits.

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Wilson Betemit played his first rehab game in Frederick last night and went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.   You can check out his single on Vine below. To see all of his at-bats in last night’s game, click here.

The Keys take on the Pelicans for one more game before they head to Woodbridge, VA to play three games against the Potomac Nationals.  Tonight’s game is set to start at 7pm, gates open at 6pm.

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Tucker Nathans will be making his leadoff debut for the Keys tonight.  He batted first for Delmarva in one game earlier this year and went 0-for-5.  Travis Adair went 3-for-4 in last night’s game with a run scored.  In July and August, he has played in 15 games with Frederick and is batting .389.  He is batting in the fifth spot tonight.

He is 8-6 this season with a 3.87 ERA.  He gave up five runs in 4.1 innings pitched in his last start at home against the Carolina Mudcats. He has not factored into the decision in his last three starts.

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

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

*New York Times writer, Hillel Kuttler, recently published an article about knuckleball pitchers and the struggles of making the switch from power to pitcher to knuckleballer. Our very own Zach Clark was highlighted in the article as an up and coming knuckleball pitcher.  You can read the entire article here.

These Orioles and Red Sox players are dedicated to mastering the pitch, although Clark acknowledged that he was not comfortable with relying on his knuckleball. He throws it about half the time, he said, and feels he has to “protect it with my conventional stuff”: a sinker, a two-seam fastball and a curveball.

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Zach Clark, Keys starting pitcher
Photo Courtesy of the New York Times

*Every minor league ball park prides themselves on their fun promotions in between the action.  At Harry Grove Stadium, our Taco Bell Sauce Race is a tradition however last night, it did not go quite as planned.  Let’s just say, the packets were spilling every where. That was just the first slip up of the race, check out the whole thing here.

*This Saturday night is Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Night here at Harry Grove Stadium at 6pm. Be sure to be here. To read up more about the night, click here.

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