The Streak is at Six!!

Good Morning Keys Fans!!

The Keys completed a four-game sweep of the Salem Red Sox on Thursday night and have now won six in-a-row! It is the Keys longest winning streak since July 14-19, 2011, when the club took six straight against Wilmington and Salem. After a 1-8 start to the second-half, the orange and black are now within one gave of the .500 mark (10-11) with a chance to gain some ground in the CL North standings. With Thursday’s victory, the Keys are now tied for second with Wilmington, and trail Potomac by only half a game. That means a Friday win will move Frederick into first place, given that the P-Nats are the team the Keys will be facing. A couple of closing notes from the roadtrip:

- Michael Burgess continued his assault on Carolina League pitching. During the roadtrip he went 13-for-31 with two homers, seven doubles, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored. He is batting .317 on the year and is at the top of every triple crown category. Burgess leads all active CL players in home runs (15)-second to Joey Gallo who is now in Double-A-and leads in RBIs (66), while he is fifth in batting average (.317). He also leads the league in total bases (172) and extra-base hits (47), is tied for the lead in doubles (28), is second in slugging percentage (.599) and  third in hits (91). That impressive body of work can be attributed to an outstanding June. On Thursday afternoon, he was recognized as the Carolina League Player of the month for June. Here is a link to the full release.

-Mike Yastrzemski was named the Carolina League Player of the Week after hitting .400 (12-for-22) with a homer, a triple, four doubles and eight RBIs and nine runs scored over a six-game stretch. That was highlighted by a cycle on Saturday night. It was the first by a Key since May 2, 2005, when Jeff Fiorentino did the trick against Winston-Salem. Yastrzemski wouldn’t stop there, hitting a combined .412 (14-for-34) with a homer, two triples, five doubles,  11 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Not bad…

-Dylan Bundy made a pair of rehab starts on the road as he recovers from Tommy John surgery last June. In his first outing at Lynchburg, the righty allowed three runs over 4.2 innings, while on Thursday he surrendered three runs in three-plus innings. Buck Showalter announced on Wednesday that Bundy will be limited to 75 pitches a game in each of his outings this year. However, he won’t be precluded from joining the Orioles in September if need-be. No word on what Bundy’s next step is after Thursday’s outing.

-Wynston Sawyer has reached base in 22 straight games, a streak that dates back to May 21

Overall, plenty to be happy about going into the upcoming homestand. One where there will be lots of great baseball to watch, but also one that will feature a number of great promotions.

The fun begins on Friday with Daddy Daughter Date Night. So dad’s spend some time with your daughter, and enjoy a fireworks SUPER SHOW after the game.

Saturday night should also be a ton of fun. There will be a Scout Night Sleepover after the game presented by Wegmans. So scout troops…. unite! Come pitch a tent, watch a movie and enjoy a fun night at Harry Grove Stadium.

On Sunday come on out for Sunday Funday sponsored by Hearfields of Frederick! There will be a pregame catch in the outfield, as well as a chance to meet players before the game and get autographs! First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.

The series wraps up on Monday with Kids Eat Free Night, as well as Social Media Night! So if you follow the Frederick Keys and twitter, facebook or both? We are going to be relying on YOU to help us run the show! There will also be a “Tweet Me in the Club” special.

And there you have it. A TON of fun to be had over the next four days at the Grove. So make sure and join us tomorrow night, and see if the Keys can make it seven straight wins!

Until tonight, shake your keys!

Geoff

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