Plenty of Fun In Store Over Next Two Days at the Grove! Including…BUNDY TIME!
Good Morning Keys Fans!
Well on Tuesday night we saw something that doesn’t happen all that frequently: a five inning shutout win. Facing the Salem Red Sox, the Keys tallied three runs off Sox starter Joe Gunkel in the third, while the rains started to fall in the fourth. After Brady Wager worked through the fifth, the tarp was called for by home plate umpire Travis Godec. It was removed after a 54 minute wait, but after the umpires and each manager checked things over, the field was deemed too wet for baseball, and the Keys were awarded a 3-0 victory.
Why you might ask? Well, in the event a game cannot be completed due to rain, the home club is awarded a win if they lead after 4.5 innings. It is also an official game if the visiting team is leading after five complete innings and they hold the lead.
Tuesday night was slightly different from last homestand against Winston-Salem, where the Keys led the Dash 3-2 after 3.5 innings. Since the two sides had not played long enough for it to become an official game, it turned into a suspended game. Both sides then had to pick things up from the point of interruption the following day. Fortunately, Mother Nature allowed the Keys a little more wiggle-room on Tuesday night. A few closing notes about the game:
-The win was Frederick’s first shutout victory since June 7, when the Keys blanked Myrtle Beach on the Grand Strand 1-0. In that contest, Pedro Perez recorded the game-winning RBI, a sac-fly in the 10th off Jose Leclerc.
– Brady Wager earned his third win of the season, and his first since April 17 at Winston-Salem. Credited with a complete-game shutout (also highly unusual), it was the Arizona native’s second as a member of the Keys. Last August 3, he was even better at Carolina though.
– Jason Esposito finished 2-for-2 with a run scored, his second multi-hit effort in his last three ballgames.
Some additional Keys Nuggets from yesterday:
-Michael Burgess wrapped up his June with a .371 batting average. Never seeming to cool off, the Tampa native clubbed 9 home runs and 22 RBIs during the season’s third month. The nine homers was the most by a Carolina Leaguer in the month of June.
-Sebastian Vader has been added to the Keys roster from Low-A Delmarva. In 13 games with the Shorebirds, he went 8-4 with a 3.04 ERA. In 83 innings, he surrendered only 79 hits . Vader takes the roster spot of Joe Van Meter, who was released by the Orioles on Monday.
However the biggest news in Keys land is the RETURN OF……
DYLAN BUNDY! He is scheduled to toe the mound for the Keys on Thursday night against the Red Sox. It will be his fourth rehab start, after he underwent Tommy John surgery last June. In three rehab starts with Short-Season Aberdeen, Bundy destroyed his competition, allowing just one run over 15 innings and striking out 22. Now, many of those players have limited minor league service time, as some were just recently drafted. However, it is still an encouraging sign for Bundy, who the Orioles are hoping will be able to contribute to the big league club later this year.
Regardless of what happens, it will be awesome to see Bundy back in a Keys uniform. It will be his 13th overall appearance as a member of the Keys, and his first since August 2012. Here are some more details about his upcoming start on Thursday, while below is a Youtube clip of Bundy’s FIRST EVER appearance in a Keys uniform:
Besides Bundy, we’ve got a ton of fun planned for Thursday night. It is Frederick Ransom Night at the Grove, as we’ll flash back to 1864, when the city of Frederick was held up for Ransom (or if you have any math savy, you probably realized that it is the 150th anniversary of the historic day). For those who don’t know the story, here is how how it happened.
Additionally, if you’re coming to the game, we’ll need your help! Keyote is being held for Ransom, and we’ll be testing fans on their knowledge of the ransom story to set him free! Brewer’s Alley and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will also be debuting Bad Old Man Ransom Ale. And as you would expect, there will be a postgame fireworks barrage. So get your 4th of July started on the right foot!
You can also come out to Wednesday night’s game, where there will be a fantastic belly buster picnic. Feel free to stuff your faces with hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, watermelon and plenty more, all for just 21 bucks. So when it comes to tomorrow’s food options? You’ve got an ace in the hole.
That’s all for now folks. Stay tuned for some game notes later on, and tune in Doug and myself on 1450 AM The Source for all the action starting at 6:45 p.m.
Shake your Keys!