The Keys are Back!!
Good Evening Keys Fans!
After a week on the road the Keys are back in town! Following an off-day today, the club will start a six-game homestand beginning tomorrow night. The Carolina Mudcats will roll in to Harry Grove Stadium for the final time, while a familiar face is scheduled to take the mound!
That’s right folks! Dylan Bundy will make his first rehab start at the Grove. Originally, the Oklahoma native was scheduled to pitch on July 3 in Frederick against Salem, but Mother Nature being the schizophrenic soul that she is, brought the rains and the game was never played. Couple the rain with a number of short home series, and Bundy has made all 5 of his Carolina League rehab starts on the road.
Strangely, the scheduling gods have often conspired against the Keys in regards to Bundy’s home starts. Of his 17 career CL outings, 12 have come on the road. Still, Tuesday should be a fun homecoming. The last time the Keys were at home, the Washington Post’s Ian Oland wrote a terrific article about Bundy and his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Among other things they discussed was how the recovery process draws some parallels to one of Bundy’s favorite hobbies: hunting. Worth a read.
Bundy’s most recent start came last Tuesday, the first contest in a six-game roadtrip. Once again, the Keys held their own away from the Grove, going 3-3. That included wins in 2 out of 3 against the Wilmington Blue Rocks this weekend. Currently, the Keys own the third-best road record in the Carolina League (32-28) trailing only Myrtle Beach (37-19) and Potomac (30-23) in that department.
Some other notes from the trip:
-After a terrific July, Jason Esposito continued to hit the cover off the ball, going 9-for-24 during the roadtrip. That included back-to-back three-hit games on Thursday and Friday. His batting average is now up to .266 for the year. Here is a recent interview the former Commodore did with Greg Swatek of the Frederick News Post
-Following a rough start on July 25, Branden Kline bounced back with a winning outing at Wilmington on Friday. Tossing 5.1 shutout innings, the Frederick native scattered six hits and struck out three. Kline now leads the Keys pitching staff in wins, and has been victorious in 2 of his last 3 starts. He outdueled Royals first rounder Brandon Finnegan
- Sunday’s win gave the Keys their first series victory against a CL North team since June 30, when the Keys claimed 2 out of 3 against Potomac
- Making his first relief appearance since 2012, Brady Wager earned the win on the Sunday at Wilmington tossing two scoreless innings. It was only the fourth time he had pitched out of the bullpen since being drafted by the Orioles, and was his first relief outing since July 12, 2012.
- Keys reliever Jon Keller was placed on the seven-day DL with a left intercostal strain.
- On Sunday, Jimmy Yacabonis sat down with Matt Leon on KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia to chat about his season. A link to the audio can be found here.
In addition to the Keys being at home, there will be a number of great promotions taking place over the next couple of days!
In addition to Dylan Bundy taking the mound on Tuesday, it will be NFL Kickoff Night. So, are you ready for some football???
Everyone at the Keys certainly will be! Everyone on staff will be wearing the jerseys of their favorite team, and you are invited to as well! Fans that come out to the game will also have a chance to win a football autographed by Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch:
Who by the way, hit a 60yd field goal in practice the other day. Not too shabby.
Friday night should be a blast as well, especially for younger fans. Game time is at 7 p.m. and we’ll be celebrating Keyote’s Birthday! This year it is Ninja Turtle themed, and all Kids Club Members are invited to a pre-game pizza party. Additionally the first 1,000 youngsters through the gates will receive a baseball piggybank courtesy of Nymeo. Following the game there will be postgame fireworks sponsored by Nymeo, but the fun doesn’t stop there! Kids club members and their families are invited for a sleepover, where we will be showing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the video board! Here is a link for more information.
On Saturday at 6, we will be partnering with the American Cancer Society as part of Cancer Awareness Night at the ballpark. Every member of the team will be wearing special hats that will be auctioned off, while there will be postgame fireworks sponsored by CRA and Somerford Assisted Living and Memory Care.
We’ll wrap things up with a Sunday Funday at the Grove presented by Heartfields of Frederick. First pitch is at 2 p.m. and there will be a pre-game catch on the field as well as players signing autographs beforehand. AND…………..There will be a team photo giveaway sponsored by the Great Frederick Fair! So make sure to arrive early and pick up a momento of this year’s team!
All in all, it should be another fun homestand. Plenty of fun to be had, and remember after Sunday, there are only TWO regular season homestands left! So come on out and shake your keys!